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Land Trust Seeks Purchase of Historic Quarry

By Jean Perry

The Mattapoisett Land Trust is looking to acquire a 53-acre parcel off Mattapoisett Neck Road, once the site of the historic Hammond Quarry, an active pink granite mine dating back to about 1710 up until the early 1900s.

Although the region is most famous for its whaling history, the area was once a significant spot for the sought-after pink granite used to build the foundations of local homes, wharves, piers, and street curbs, as well as lighthouses, in addition to being exported far and wide.

The MLT is hoping to purchase the land, preserve the two quarry pits that lie hidden beneath overgrown brush and towering white pines in the woods, and carve out hiking trails and build information kiosks for public use with the assistance of the Mattapoisett Historical Society.

The acquisition, appraised at $570,000, would serve as a link that would create roughly 400-plus acres of contiguous conservation land, linking the Hammond Quarry to the bike path, surrounding Land Trust properties, and also the Nasketucket Bay State Reservation.

MLT President Mike Huguenin said the Mattapoisett Land Trust has applied for Community Preservation Act funding for $75,000; however, the Mattapoisett Community Preservation Committee has not yet received an application from the MLT by deadline for consideration in the current funding cycle. Huguenin is also hopeful that the Land Trust might be granted state funding for $300,000 due to the presence of an endangered box turtle habitat. The rest of the funding, the Land Trust hopes, will come from private donations.

"We think we have the potential to preserve a good piece of history and wildlife habitat that is significant to the town," said Huguenin.

Huguenin led a group of over 50 residents on a walk about the property on Saturday, November 26, on newly cleared trails the property owner allowed the Land Trust to clear for the occasion. Trails led to two quarry pits: the east pit - dry, covered with debris with large white pines reaching up towards the sky, and the west pit - surrounded by granite outcroppings and stagnant water filling the pit like milk at the bottom of a cereal bowl.

The trails slope up and down slightly through the woodland, with holly groves and baby pines filling in the lower space of the woods over the almost 100 years since mining at the site ceased.

Little is known about the history of Hammond Quarry, but the Land Trust and Historical Society is digging deep into the past of the site, mining as much information about it to share with the public and make the land acquisition one that Mattapoisett residents will treasure - not just for its historical value, but also for its natural beauty.

Mattapoisett currently boasts over 2,800 acres of protected open space.

"We just think it would be great to add these old quarries to that," said Huguenin.

For more information or to make a donation towards the acquisition of Hammond Quarry, visit www.mattlandtrust.org.

ORR Drama Presents A Christmas Carol

ORR Update

By Jo Caynon

The Old Rochester Regional High School Drama Club is back once again to perform Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, just in time for the start of the holiday season.

The familiar yuletide tale will unravel on stage as Ebeneezer Scrooge, performed by John Roussell, is visited on Christmas Eve by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, played by Paul Kippenberger, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, played by Grace Stephens, Alice Bednarczyk, and Michaela Mattson, respectively, to receive one final chance to become a better person.

The high school drama club gives this same opportunity of personal development to its student members.

"I do drama because it has become an essential part of my life," says Christopher Savino, who plays Bob Cratchit. "But I also love the thrill of being up on stage and entertaining people and giving them a time where they can forget about their issues and just focus on something else."

Stephens, who plays the Ghost of Christmas Past, agreed with the sentiment.

"You are creating productions for others' enjoyment," Stephens said, "and being able to share it is such a privilege."

Being a part of productions is something many students choose to continue after their first play, with a good majority contributing for all four years of high school. Both Savino and Stephens, already juniors, follow this practice.

Speaking of the holiday production, Savino commented on how his favorite scenes were those involving the Ghost of Christmas Future.

"I love these scenes because it goes from happy to sad really quickly," said Savino. "Also, as an actor, I love to tap into sad emotions."

For Stephens, there is no particular favorite scene in the play; rather, she enjoys them all equally.

"The sets and costumes are all beautiful and everyone is so energetic," Stephens said. "I have never been so proud of what the drama club has produced."

The holiday production stars Paul Kippenberger, John Roussell, Sarah Achorn, Alice Bednarczyk, Kelly Bruce, Nicholas Claudio, Camryn Kidney, Kate MacLean, Michaela Mattson, Adam Perkins, Christopher Savino, Grace Stephens, Sienna Wurl and Damion Alton as Tiny Tim.

With Director Paul Sardinha, costumes by Helen Blake, sound by John Farrell, and over 100 students to aid in telling the classic tale, A Christmas Carol is one production not to miss.

The production runs on December 1, 2, and 3 at 7:30 pm, and December 4 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors, and $12 for general admission and can be purchased at Plumb Corner Market (Rochester), The Pen & Pendulum (Mattapoisett), and The Marion General Store (Marion). Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Where The Library Is Always Open

By Marilou Newell

In a modern world where much reading is done via the use of electronic devices, librarians are working hard to keep libraries relevant. And there is a growing movement to get the word out - the written word, that is, in the form of real tangible books.

For one Mattapoisett resident, printed books are still very relevant, and helping the community with easy free access to books seems even more relevant. To that end, Mary Kathleen Briand, AKA 'Mary K,' has a rather special tiny building right in her front yard for her particular purpose.

"I was on a business trip in Maryland," Briand said, "and I saw what looked like an English phone booth." When she inquired of her traveling companion what the structure was, she learned it was a Little Free Library, a small kiosk where books may be borrowed and exchanged anytime, any day, by anybody.

Briand explained that she thought it would be fun and useful to her neighborhood as well as the larger community to have a little free library in her front yard.

"I get a fair amount of foot traffic going by my front door," she said.

Briand's home is next door to the tennis courts at Center School. There, sprouted in her front yard, is the attractive little book box. But the real inspiration for following through and learning more about Little Free Libraries was her mother, a former reading teacher.

Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin first established the Little Free Library movement in 2009. Bol's idea was inspired by his mother. She had been an educator.

With an associate, Bol struck on the concept of placing little libraries in under-serviced neighborhoods or in rural locations where getting to a brick and mortar library might prove difficult or even impossible.

On the Little Free Library website, www.littlefreelibrary.org, the founders' stated mission is "To promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide and to build a sense of community as we share skills, creativity and wisdom across generations." The website reports that by November 2016, 50,000 little libraries had been established around the globe.

Book exchanges aren't a new idea. One can find book exchanges almost everywhere, even at local landfills. Yet, having a little free library in one's neighborhood makes accessing something to read more of a social activity.

"You never know what book someone might leave in the library," Briand said.

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization. There are fees associated with full participation. Those subscribing to partner with LFL are called stewards and are given permission to use the name, logo, to register their library on the LFL website, and full access to their Facebook page. LFL uses donations and registration fees to place libraries in areas where economic conditions have compromised access to books.

Stewards provide the library structures by building them to suggested size and scale, buying pre-built libraries, or purchasing the materials from LFL. It's important that anyone planning to put a little library on their property check in with local building departments to ensure compliance with all local codes and standards.

And lest you think LFL hasn't gone big time, Whoopi Goldberg included LFL in her November 2016 list of favorite things that was aired on the program The View. Audience members were asked to bring a book to donate. Enough books were donated to fill five little free libraries. The libraries were given to communities who had pre-registered with the show. Those libraries went to cities and towns in Florida, California, North Carolina, and New Jersey.

Briand's library has only been up for a few weeks.

"The children across the street watch the library and tell me when someone has stopped by," Briand said. She hopes to get the word out that there is a Little Free Library ready and waiting in the Mattapoisett village area.

There are two other Little Free Libraries in Mattapoisett. One is at the Mattapoisett Housing Authority located at 1 Acushnet Road and the other is at 4 Edgewood Lane.

As for Briand's library, she invites all to by stop. Currently, there are children's holiday storybooks, as well as mysteries, classics, and a few surprises.

One final word on reading, Will Schwalbe of The Wall Street Journal recently wrote an article on the importance of reading with a sub-heading of "Reading books remains one of the best ways to engage with the world, become a better person and understand life's questions big and small."

Thoughts on Local Whaling History

By George B. Emmons

The life and work of Herman Melville (1819-1894) coincided with the rise and fall of the whaling industry, and in 1841 he set sail from Fairhaven in the whaler Acushnet on a quest for sea-going experience that later in 1850 would launch the nautical narrative Moby Dick as a most prodigious novel in American literature.

Before his departure, he stayed in New Bedford, which he described as the dearest place on Earth to visit, going to church at Seamen's Bethel to hear the legendary Reverend Mudge preach from his bowsprit pulpit about dangerous encounters with monsters of the deep.

The sperm whale was known to fight back with fury, to ram the ship to stove it in, actually sinking the whalers Kathleen, Pocahontas, Ann Alexander, and the Essex out of Nantucket, the plot for Moby Dick and Nathaniel Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea.

At the New Bedford Whaling Museum, the most popular nexus to whaling is the annual Moby Dick marathon in mid January, taking 25 hours to read the entire masterpiece written in the winter of 1850/51 on his second-floor desk at Arrowhead residence in Pittsfield, MA, now a museum open to 6,000 visitors a year.

Out his window, he took inspiration from the view of the Berkshire Mountains that he and his contemporaries joked about exuding creative kinetic energy to fuel their writing. Particularly for Melville, there was Mt. Greylock, whose rising shape resembled the hump of a whale.

He took his publisher Every Doychinck, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Oliver Wendell Holmes on a picnic to the top of nearby Monument Mountain where a thunderstorm with wind and rain crowded them under a rock shelter. But Melville, who had a literary fixation about man against the elements, stood out on the peak to entertain his guests by waving his arms and shouting ship commands, railing against the elements much like Captain Ahab on the Pequod.

Historian Judith Westland Rosbe wrote about whaling in her book Maritime Marion: "For many, the sea is a temperamental and dangerous mistress and the town experienced both great gains and loss of life and property."

Fortunately, today we can enjoy a great historical wealth of local nautical heritage.

Holiday Happenings in Tri-Town

By Jean Perry

There is a ton of holiday-themed stuff going on in the Tri-Town area - from Santa sightings to performances, fairs, tree lightings, and other community events.

We have compiled one great go-to list of all the Christmas season events so that our readers can plan ahead for December and make sure all Tri-Town kids get a chance to see Santa and tell him what they most wish to find under the Christmas tree this year.

The biggest events are, by far, the town-sponsored ones in each of the three towns: the Rochester Tree Lighting, the Mattapoisett Holiday in the Park, and the Marion Christmas Stroll.

Rochester will lead us into the holiday season with the annual tree lighting in front of Town Hall on Monday, December 5, beginning at 6:30 pm. Santa Claus will ride in atop Rochester's shiniest fire engine and greet all the kids before the tree lights are turned on and refreshments of cider and cookies are served in the meeting room inside town hall. The Rochester Memorial School Chorus and band will also perform Christmas songs to muster up the Christmas spirit nice and early in December.

The Mattapoisett Holiday in the Park follows on Saturday, December 10, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm at Shipyard Park on Water Street. You'll want to watch out for a whole host of Christmas characters wandering around the park, including Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The tree lighting is at dusk, and event-goers will also enjoy refreshments, crafts, and holiday music.

The annual Marion Christmas Stroll is Sunday, December 11, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in the village, with Santa ushering in the big event from the Town Wharf, coming in from the North Pole on his motor boat. From there, he will proceed down Front Street aboard his horse-drawn carriage.

During the event, the Sippican Woman's Club will welcome visitors into "Handy's Tavern" at the clubhouse at 152 Front Street, serving hot apple cider.

As for Santa sightings, kids in Marion can get in line this Sunday, December 4, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and have pizza with Santa at the Marion Music Hall, sponsored by the Marion Police Brotherhood. The Marion Police Brotherhood will be accepting donations of new unwrapped presents for The Justice Resources Institute, a local nonprofit that provides intensive foster care and adoption programs for area children.

On Sunday, December 12, Santa will be at the Rochester Council on Aging Senior Center at 67 Dexter Lane for the annual Pancakes with Santa from 8:00 - 11:00 am.

As of press time, the Rochester Post Office had not scheduled any visits from Santa as they have in the past, and the Mattapoisett Knights of Columbus had not yet returned our call requesting the event information, but once we find out we will post it to our Facebook page, so be sure to 'Like' The Wanderer on Facebook to stay up-to-date on Tri-Town news and events.

There are always plenty of Christmas fairs that pop up around this time of year, and the bulk of them are on Saturday, December 3. The Mattapoisett Congregational Church's annual Holiday Fair starts at 9:00 am and finishes at 12:00 pm. The church boasts "a host of holiday 'shops'" this year at Reynaud Hall at 27 Church Street. You'll encounter handmade gifts such as knitted items, jewelry, chinaware, as well as other "never-been-used" gifts and decorations.

"Make your list and check it twice," says the church. "Get all your holiday shopping done in one day and enjoy this most beautiful season amidst a quaint, seaside village."

Also on December 3, the Friends of the Plumb Library Holiday Fair will happen from 10:00 am till 3:00 pm at the library located at 17 Constitution Way in the center of Rochester.

The event features a silent auction, gift baskets, handmade items and goodies, and local business gift certificates. Santa will even stop by for a spell at some point in the day.

The Saint Anthony's and Saint Rita's Church annual Christmas Fair by the Sea is on Saturday, December 3, as well with doors to the Church Hall at 22 Barstow Street in Mattapoisett opening at 9:00 am.

There are a couple of holiday lunches slated for the season in Marion on Saturday, December 10. A Holiday Luncheon and Cookie Walk at the First Congregational Church of Marion will take place from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm located at 144 Front Street. Hot chicken salad with cranberry gelatin salad, along with homemade bread and cheesecake, is on the menu for $11, with tickets available at the door. New this year is the Cookie Walk, which features local bakers offering their best holiday cookies. You get to fill a box with a dozen cookies for $10.

Also in Marion on Saturday, December 10, is the Sippican Woman's Club Holiday House Tour and Tea from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The house tour to five different Marion homes decorated for the holidays, along with tea served afterwards at the clubhouse, is available to ticketholders for $20 pre-purchased at various local shops or $25 the day of the tour that starts at 152 Front Street.

There are also a number of Christmas and holiday concerts and performances, beginning with the Sippican Choral Society Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 4 at 4:00 pm at Wickenden Chapel at Tabor Academy. Tickets are $15, $10 ages 13-17, $7 for ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and under, available at the door. The SouthCoast Children's Chorus will join in the performance too, and works performed include those of Pergolesi, Vaughn Williams, and Rutter and Lauridsen with orchestral accompaniment.

The Occasion Singers will perform a holiday concert on Friday, December 16 at 7:30 pm at the Marion Art Center, 80 Pleasant Street. Tickets are $15 for MAC members, $18 for non-members. The MAC Holiday Shop will be open as well, offering holiday gifts including paintings, ceramics, and jewelry.

The Wanderer calendar of events is updated often throughout the week, so visit www.wanderer.com for later events that could pop up in the season. And if you attend any of these events, be sure to smile for the camera and read The Wanderer - you might be in it! Happy Holidays everybody!

Brandt Island Sub-Division Phase 2

Mattapoisett Conservation Commission

By Marilou Newell

During the November 28 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission, Al Loomis of McKenzie Engineering Group, representing Armand Cortellesso of Brandt Island Realty Trust, sought orders of conditions for two notice of intent filings for lots in Phase 2 of the Brandt Village sub-division.

The housing project has been the subject of many hearings, meetings, and discussions since it was first approved nearly a decade ago. On this night, concerns that had been aired at Planning Board meetings bled over into the conservation hearing, but only briefly.

Loomis explained that the two homes planned for construction in Phase 2 were being built by Cortellesso on speculation. With that being the case, he said that some landscaping details might change slightly when buyers take possession. If that should happen, those owners would request an amended order of conditions, he said.

The commission members were satisfied with the plans as submitted, but not before hearing from one resident whose voice has sounded time and again at Planning Board meetings with concerns over the large sub-division and issues documented by the town's engineer, Field Engineering.

Paul Osenkowski, 8 Oaklawn Avenue, was recognized by Chairman Bob Rogers during the public hearing. Osenkowski inquired how the private septic system could handle Phase 2 when it had apparently failed testing with only the homes of Phase 1 utilizing it. Rogers told Osenkowski to take it up with the Board of Health.

Osenkowski made a gesture that implied no one was taking responsibility for the issues he was attempting to point out, saying, "It goes on and on, Bob, all the time."

Rogers responded, "I know ... we take care of the business in front of us." He said, "If everyone does their job, we end up with a good result." He said that if other boards and town departments wanted to meet with members of the commission that would be fine, but the commission would review only the matters before it.

Loomis offered, "The Planning Board has a $1.4 million bond in place ... they maintain control ... there are safeguards in place."

Osenkowski pressed on, asking about problems with the stormwater system that had been discussed at Planning Board meetings and saying runoff would impact other properties and wetlands.

Loomis discussed how the problems brought to light by Field Engineering with respect to the size and position of grates for the system are being addressed and that new custom-made covers would be in place shortly.

Rogers did acknowledge that problems with the main road that serves the Phase 1 residents were of a longstanding nature, saying it "was not one person's fault..."

Osenkowski said, "Barry [Denham] has been asking for a topcoat for five years."

Rogers concluded, "The town deserves better and the residents deserve better."

The commissioners voted to condition the notice of intent filings for two Phase 2 lots as presented.

A request for determination of applicability from Fred Schernecker, 1 Goodspeed Island, received an order of conditions. Represented by Douglas Schneider of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates, the Scherneckers are planning to remove a structural gazebo and replace it with a deck and patio area that is located in land subject to coastal storm flowage and is within the 100-foot buffer zone.

William and Lenore Everett, 99 Mattapoisett Neck Road, received an order of conditions for their RDA filing for the removal of up to 10 trees on their property. Everett described the poor condition of the trees and possible damage to electrical cables in the area planned for clearing.

A continued hearing with Daniel and Lisa Craig, 4 Seabreeze Lane, had to be continued again when their representative, Brandon Fanuef of Ecosystem Solutions, Inc., was unavoidably delayed. The hearing will resume on December 12.

Also requesting and receiving a continuation was a notice of intent filed by Samuel Waterston, 13 Shipyard Lane, for an addition to an existing groin that will access a proposed gangway and float. The hearing is continued until December 12.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission is scheduled for December 12 at 6:30 pm in the town hall conference room. This will be the only meeting of the commission in December.

Tabor Boy Arrives in Bermuda

Tabor Academy Update

By Jack Gordon

While most of us were enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends and taking advantage of some time off, the crew of the S.S.V. Tabor Boy successfully completed the first leg of their journey, arriving at the island country of Bermuda on the morning of November 26.

Four mornings prior, on November 22, Tabor Boy left the Fairhaven Shipyard in New Bedford Harbor. In Fairhaven, the vessel was briefly removed from the water for maintenance, and then later returned to the water where final preparations for the voyage were conducted. This departure was two days later than scheduled due to a storm offshore that brought dangerous sea conditions and high winds that persisted until Monday.

Despite the challenges that the trip inevitably brought, the first leg of the trip proved to be memorable, especially for those who experienced it for the first time. Aidan McEnroe, a senior at Tabor and the executive officer (XO) of the Tabor Boy, was blown away by the voyage.

"The sail south was one of the most incredible experiences of my life," said McEnroe. "Sailing offshore for two weeks is the best academic decision I've ever made."

The stop in Bermuda was used to restock on necessary supplies and relieve the sea legs, but it was also a chance to showcase the Tabor Boy on the island and reconnect with Tabor alumni and families living on the island.

On November 27, Head of School John Quirk joined the Tabor Boy crew dockside on the island for a reception with these alumni and families. The Tabor Boy holds these receptions throughout the spring and summer across Cape Cod, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard, but the trip to the Virgin Islands provides the opportunity for the Tabor Boy to visit several locations off the Eastern Seaboard.

The crew onboard the vessel is led by longtime Tabor Boy Captain James Geil. Zane Randall is operating as chief mate, Kevin Murray as second mate, and Elise Hubner as licensed third mate. Three classes of 2016 Tabor graduates - Deckhand Hayden Mann, Cook Tucker Francis, and former XO and deckhand Thibaut Deluca-Verley - are spending a portion of their gap years aboard the Tabor Boy as members of the crew. The final member of the crew for the trip to Bermuda is XO Aidan McEnroe, who will be returning to school after the Tabor Boy arrives in the Virgin Islands.

The Tabor Boy departed Bermuda early in the morning on November 29, setting sail for her destination of St. John in the United States Virgin Islands. Once on the island, the crew will prepare the vessel for its role as a floating laboratory for the school's REEF program. REEF is a program that allows students to learn about the history, culture, and unique ocean ecology of the Caribbean.

For eight days each, seven groups of 15 Tabor students will fly south to meet the Tabor Boy in St. John. There, the students will collect data on the health of the Elkhorn coral and the waters in and around the Virgin Islands National Park for the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the Department of the Interior.

After the REEF program is concluded, several current members of the Tabor Boy crew will join the hired crew in the Virgin Islands to begin the voyage back north to Sippican Harbor. This trip occurs primarily during spring break, ensuring students miss as little school as possible. By arranging the REEF program schedule in this way, more students are able to experience the unique offshore trip.

"Sailing offshore is something no other high schools offer," said McEnroe as he prepared for the early morning departure from Bermuda. With these opportunities on the Tabor Boy, "The School By The Sea" certainly lives up to its name.

Old Colony Heads to Fall Leadership Conference

Old Colony Update

By Elizabeth Jerome

This past Sunday, November 20, nine of Old Colony's SkillsUSA members headed to Marlborough, Massachusetts to attend the annual SkillsUSA Massachusetts Fall State Leadership Conference.

By 11:00 am, the group was off, accompanied by their two advisers, Norman L'Heureux and Lindsey Couto. The event was held at the Best Western Hotel, which hosted not only the conference but also the 52 schools attending.

State Officers opened the floor, introducing the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation and Be Like Brit as charities to which SkillsUSA would be contributing. Tim Lawrence and Karen Ward, the national executive director and Massachusetts executive director, spoke on the importance of leadership and its role in the workplace. This was preceded by a fashion show displaying proper work attire for the various trades.

The students were then allowed back to their hotel rooms, where they put away their luggage for the week and donned their professional dress. Once back at the conference room, students worked together to design quilt squares showcasing diversity and understanding among people. This would be the last time the students would work together as a school. For the rest of the week, they would split up and join separate teams to compete for gold, silver, and bronze metals.

By the afternoon, students were working diligently within one of seven teams, with each team consisting of different groups competing in separate competitions. Each competition focused on challenging a student's leadership, communications skills, group dynamics, and employability skills. Students worked on their respective projects all day, checking in with their team and returning to their hotel room late at 11:00 pm.

Community service kids spent their day away at the Metrowest YMCA. There, they cleared walking trails, repaired and painted picnic tables, and performed other maintenance work in an attempt to get the facility ready for spring.

The students dressed in layers and were supplied warm hats, safety glasses, work gloves, and hand warmers in an effort to stay safe while braving the cold. Though it was a bitter 16 degrees with wind chill, no complaints were heard from the community service groups.

In between working on readying their projects for competition, students enjoyed meals provided by the hotel and attended workshops focused on developing workplace skills. One workshop focused on teaching the students to acknowledge their strengths and taught them the different types of management techniques and how these different personalities were each valuable to a working team. The other taught students about work preparedness, focusing on proper hygiene and personal maintenance habits.

Students also worked to earn their SkillsUSA Massachusetts Leader Award, the highest leadership award offered in Massachusetts. In order to earn such a prestigious award, students had to complete a workbook and memorize criteria of SkillsUSA programs such as the pledge, habits of highly effective teens, and the meaning of the SkillsUSA emblem. Although it is not an easy feat to memorize an entire book's worth of information in three days, every student managed it by the end of the week.

The students weren't the only ones working. While they worked within their teams, their advisors were working in teams of their own. The advisors completed workshops and competitions that earned them Massachusetts Professional Development points.

Monday night marked a night of celebration. All work had been completed and for the first time since arrival, students were allowed to cut loose and show off their skills in the talent show. Amazing magicians, dancers, and musicians all played for the entertainments of their fellow students. Kids were welcomed to attend a dance social or an open mic night. Some of the more tired teens just headed up to bed. By midnight curfew, everyone, including the advisors, was ready to hit the hay.

By the time the judging occurred on Tuesday, students were both exhausted and excited - exhausted from the intense and demanding programs and schedule, but excited for the chance to win a gold metal. Teams waited to be called forward to display to the judges what they had accomplished. At the final closing ceremony, winners were announced and called to receive their medals. Whether win or lose, the Old Colony students left with a better appreciation for leadership, volunteerism, and workplace skills.

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