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19th Annual Marion Village 5K
By Julia O'Rourke
The weather held out on June 27 for the 19th annual Marion Village 5K.
About 250 runners flocked to Tabor Academy's waterfront to prepare for the 3.1 mile race where the top 20 runners all ran times under 20 minutes.
Andrew Sukeforth won the race for the second year in a row in an impressive time of 16:02, over a minute ahead of the next finisher. Yet the course record still belongs to Jarrod Shoemaker, who captured it 10 years ago in a time of 14:15.
Next came Marion resident Tim Bolick in a time of 17:07 to take second overall. Then Bill Whelan of Wareham came in with a time of 17:49.
Fourth overall and first for the women was Devyn Pryor in an outstanding time of 18:33, finishing 45 seconds ahead of the next female. Meg Hughes, at age 13, finished 10th as the second woman in a time of 19:18.
Locals rounded out the top 10: Frederick Warburg and Paul Bolick of Marion finished 4th and 5th overall. Adam Sylvia of Rochester came in 7th while Tom Gelson of Marion finished in 9th.
In the 1-13 age group, there were 40 participants. The top three youth females were Meg Hughes, Grace Russell, and Rachel Zutaut. For the males, 10-year-old Harrison Hughes was first in a time of 19:37 followed by Marion residents Joshua Herndon and Bude Gelson.
Of the 19 high school runners, Alivia Bienz of Marion finished first for the ladies, followed by Emily Josephson of Rochester and Lulu Russell of Marion. For the boys, Adam Sylvia was first by over a minute followed by Evan Tilley of Rochester and Samuel Ferreira of Lakeville.
In the Female Submaster category (ages 30-39), Beckett Warburg of Marion led the way in a time of 22:12 followed by Jennifer Norige and Tara Couto. For the men, Frederick Warburg of Marion finished first in 18:43 followed by Brian Ayotte and Michael Phillips.
In the Female Master category, Marion native Gina Shield was first in 23:08, followed by Lisa Horan of Marion and Lynette Dochaine of Mattapoisett.
Sal Corrao of Mattapoisett led the Male Master's in a time of 19:33 followed by Timothy Horan of Marion and Richard Cole of Westport.
In the Female Senior category, Janice Burston and Kathy Lopes finished just ahead of Marion's Teresa Mattson.
Marion's Paul Bolick and Tom Gelson led the male seniors followed by Lee Stover.
Anne Shoemaker of Marion was the first of the Female Veterans followed by Joanie Peterson and Mattapoisett's Teresa Dall.
Mark Norige, Jeffrey Osuch, and Steve Morris were the top three Male Veterans.
Rachel McGourthy of Mattapoisett was the only woman over 70 to race, finishing in 37:14. William Jennings (72) and Joseph Oliveira (73) finished the course in times of 32:25 and 36:24 respectively.
Tabor Cross Country and Track Coach Chris Adams directed the race, which was once again a success, closing with a raffle, food, and prizes. Kathy Adams assisted in putting on the race as well as a number of Adams' former and current Tabor athletes.
Next up for local races is the five-mile Mattapoisett 4th of July Road Race at Shipyard Park at 9:00 am.
Marion Welcomes Its New Fire Chief
By Jean Perry
During a swearing-in ceremony on June 30, Marion said farewell to Chief Thomas Joyce, its 12th fire chief, and welcomed Chief Brian Jackvony, its 13th fire chief.
Jackvony was officially sworn in before an audience in the Marion Music Hall, which was drenched in afternoon sunlight, with firefighters and Honor Guard members from the Police Department surrounding the perimeter of the room, and family, friends, and supporters seated beside and behind the new fire chief.
The ceremony began with firefighters and the Honor Guard, dressed in full uniform, marching in led by the traditional sounds of the bagpipes. Marion Selectman Jody Dickerson opened the ceremony and addressed Jackvony, his wife Linda, two sons, and some colleagues from Cumberland and other surrounding towns in Rhode Island.
"To our neighbors in Rhode Island, we welcome you to Marion," Dickerson said.
Selectmen Chairman Stephen Cushing said it was not only a time for celebrating as the town welcomes its new fire chief, but also a time for honoring the man who has served in the fire chief position for the last six years.
Cushing said he admires Jackvony's sense of family and community, saying Jackvony has a vision, not just for the Town of Marion Fire Department, but also for the fire service profession in general.
"We have no doubt he will emerge as a strong and effective leader of the Marion Fire Department," said Cushing.
After the official swearing-in performed by Town Clerk Ray Pickles, Jackvony addressed those in attendance from the podium.
"I am very excited to have this opportunity at this point in time in my career with the Marion Fire Department," said Jackvony. "This is a proud, vibrant, and well-organized Fire Department."
Jackvony praised the Fire Department's dedication to the Town of Marion and the dedication of many of the Fire Department's members who have served as firefighters for many years.
"I am in awe when they tell me how long they've been with the department," said Jackvony.
As for the future of Marion, Jackvony said his main goals are to "build community equity" and engage the community through neighborhood programs to help reduce the number of fires and household accidents.
Jackvony then turned to Joyce and said, "I have quickly come to realize that I have very large shoes to fill." He continued, "The respect [the members of the Fire Department] have for their chief is obvious. It is now my job to earn the trust of these men and women..."
Jackvony quoted Sir Isaac Newton when he said, "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Now he sees, Jackvony said, that he is indeed standing on the shoulders of giants.
During his fond farewell to Joyce, Cushing said Joyce had exceeded all the town's expectations during his tenure, noting his accomplishments, including the merger of the Emergency Medical Service and the Fire Department "at a time when everyone thought such a merger was impossible."
"People can look around and say, 'He made a difference,'" Cushing said. "Tom Joyce, you made a difference. And our grateful community says 'Thank you.'"
Stepping Out this Fourth of July
By Jean Perry
By now it is no secret that the most exciting addition to Tri-Town annual Independence Day events is the return of the Marion fireworks display, after skipping a year due to a lack of funding. This year, Marion Recreation is proud to present the 2015 firework display on July 4th beginning at 9:15 pm from a barge off Silvershell Beach.
Preceding the fireworks is a free concert at Silvershell Beach put on by the Marion Concert Band at 8:00 pm. This patriotic themed show is the kick-off to the band's summer season. Under the direction of Tobias Monte, the band will perform songs including "God Bless America," "The Stars and Stripes Forever," and "America the Beautiful."
Earlier in the day, Marion will host its annual Fourth of July parade at 9:00 am, beginning at the ball field beside the Town House and heading east on main Street to Spring Street and north to Route 6.
Also in Marion is the annual Marion Horse Show at Washburn Memorial Park, starting at 8:30 am and running until 4:00 pm.
Mattapoisett will hold its 45th annual July 4th five-mile Mattapoisett Road Race beginning at Shipyard Park at 9:00 am. The course winds its way through the scenic roads of Mattapoisett, around Ned's Point Lighthouse, and then back to the village wharf area.
For fireworks in the surrounding areas, Middleboro will hold its fireworks display at 10:00 pm at Battis Field/Pierce Playground on Jackson Street.
New Bedford's awesome fireworks display over New Bedford Harbor starts early at 9:00 pm, and there are also fireworks starting at 9:15 pm in New Bedford at 328 Park Street in the center of the field.
We at The Wanderer wish all of you a safe and happy Fourth of July. Happy Birthday America!
Marine to Honor Fallen Friends in Road Race
By Jean Perry
Marine Sergeant William Simpson, 25, will be carrying a heavy burden when he runs the five miles of the July 4th Mattapoisett Road Race on Saturday. With a heavy heart and a 70-pound pack on his back, Simpson, a Mattapoisett native and graduate from Old Rochester Regional High School, will be wearing his fatigues while he runs the race to honor seven fellow special forces Marines killed when their U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training mission near Eglin, Florida on March 10. Five of the young men, said Simpson, were close friends of his.
Last year, Simpson ran the 5K with a 45-pound pack on his back in honor of his friend Marine Sergeant William Woitowitz, who was killed in Afghanistan on June 7, 2011. Simpson recalled his run last year during a cellphone interview on June 30 from his airplane in San Diego getting ready to take off for Boston that afternoon.
"As I was running, I kept hearing people say, 'Oh, good job!' And 'Hey, number 858!'" said Simpson. "I kept wondering, why does everybody love this boy so much and I started looking around. I asked my buddy, 'Hey what number am I?' Then I realized I was 858."
He knew he wanted to run the race again this year and contemplated running with a 50-pound pack, even though he described last year's run as "miserable." He decided, instead, that he would fill his pack this time with two 35-pound weights - ten pounds for each of the seven fallen friends.
With a little optimism in his voice, he hopes the weather will be less hot and that he will be able to run the entire race without having to slow down to a walk at some point before crossing the finish line.
"My goal is to finish in the same time as last year," said Simpson, although this year his weight will be almost doubled. And adding to the pain will be the chafing of the pack against a fresh tattoo on his back. The tattoo depicts a ship with seven cannons, one for each of the Marines who were killed. In the background, he said, is a rendering of a lighthouse from the hometown of one of the Marines.
So if you are struggling to reach the finish line on Saturday when you spot Simpson running those Mattapoisett miles sweating and panting in his fatigues carrying the weight of the loss of his friends, Simpson said you can draw inspiration from that to get yourself through the pain to the end.
"It's not the distance, it's the pain," said Simpson. "But it's nothing like the pain the wives and daughters of the seven Marines who died have to deal with. There is physical pain, but it doesn't hurt as much as the pain of the loss of someone you love."
The names of the seven Marines that Simpson is honoring are Staff Sgt. Kerry Kemp, 27; Staff Sgt. Marcus Bawol, 26; Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif, 26; Staff Sgt. Trevor Blaylock, 29; Captain Stanford H. Shaw III, 31; Master Sgt. Thomas A. Saunders, 33; and Staff Sgt. Liam A. Flynn, 33. All were from the 2nd Special Operations Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Command.
The Tar and Feather Incident
By Kyle DeCicco-Carey
This story is being run in two parts. Part one was published in the June 25 edition of The Wanderer. If you missed part one, you can find it online at www.wanderer.com.
At the town hall, Charles saw that about 50 men had gathered, all wearing hooded masks or handkerchiefs covering their faces. The men made their way through the woods to the Potter house with additional men joining the party along the way. At the house, Charles counted perhaps 100 men who had joined the mob. Five of them walked up to the front door and knocked. One of the men asked for a beer. McDonald opened the door just slightly and the men kicked in the door and forced their way inside.
McDonald grabbed a chair and held it up in defense. He yelled for Clara to get his revolver. It was too late. Some of the men grabbed Clara while the others wrestled the chair from McDonald. The men dragged McDonald and Clara into the yard. Clara screamed, "Murder!" She begged them to let her stay with her child that was still in the house. One of the men told her not to worry. He would stay with the child.
McDonald and Clara were taken to a nearby sandpit. McDonald was thrown to the ground and his clothing was torn off. He was blindfolded and his hands bound. Using whisk brushes they painted pine tar all over him and then brought out a feather tick bed. They opened the tick bed and dumped the feathers on him.
While the tarring and feathering was taking place, a man carrying a lantern told the two men that were holding Clara to take her back home. One of the men grabbed her by her collar and led her back home. Outside the house one of the men tore open Clara's clothing at the waist. The other man tore the hooks off her skirt and let it fall to the ground. The string of her underskirt was broken and her underclothing removed.
All the while Clara pleaded with them not to take her clothing off. They slapped her and said "Shut up!"
"I won't shut up. Don't you take off my clothes!" she pleaded.
She tried to scream out. One of the men placed his hand over her mouth. The other placed his hand on her. "If you say anything about this, we will hang you."
She pleaded with them to let her go in the house.
"Will you behave yourself after this?" one of them asked.
She answered that she always did. They hit her again and told her to shut up.
At that point, another man came up to them and called for the lantern that one of them was carrying. The man with the lantern left. The other man led Clara up to the house. "If I hear anything from you, I'll hang you. Don't you dare open your mouth about this."
He gave her clothing back to her and led her into the kitchen. Standing there waiting for her was a masked man, a man she would later refer to as Mr. Turner, and her husband.
Back at the sandpit, the mob tried to place McDonald on a rail post so they could parade him out of town, but he could not balance on it. Some of the men went to the house of Selectman Henry Ryder. They asked to borrow his democrat wagon. He let them borrow it. He was pleased to see the matter of Charles Potter's home affairs being handled, though he thought it was "a little rash."
McDonald was placed on the wagon and several of the men took hold of the shafts and led the cart out to Front Street. They passed Hosea Knowlton's house and headed for Hiller's stable. There they attached a horse to the cart and headed back out to Mill Street toward Mattapoisett.
Throughout the ordeal, McDonald swore at the mob and planned his revenge. Every once in a while, his blindfold would slip or angle in such a way so he could see a face. He made mental notes of whom he saw.
Once the mob reached Mattapoisett, many of the men in the mob took switches and hit McDonald. A rope was thrown over a tree branch. At one end, a couple of the men held on while the other end of the rope was placed over McDonald's neck. The plan was to scare him into thinking he was to be hanged. But someone had miscalculated the length of the rope. When the men holding the rope realized McDonald was suspended in air they let go and McDonald crashed to the ground.
Charles Potter, who had since rejoined the mob, watched as McDonald ran into the woods as people yelled at the naked, feathered man to never come back. Charles headed back home thinking it was all over and justice had been served.
The news of what had happened spread quickly. The next day, newspaper reporters were in town asking questions. Selectman Ryder said the trouble was behind them. There would be no investigation. "Nobody has complained to the selectman about it," the reporters were told.
Though local authorities appeared to be turning a blind eye to justice, several sheriff county officers arrived in Marion and arrested five men that McDonald had apparently identified. A week later, two more men were arrested in Marion.
District Attorney Asa P. French, who would later be appointed to United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts by President Theodore Roosevelt, called the act against McDonald "mob punishment" in a town that had always been known to "maintain such a high standard of peace and order, and ... always been a law abiding community."
The men were charged with riotous assault. A fund of $5,000 was raised in Marion in defense of the accused. A grand jury indicted the seven men and the case went to trial.
The trial, which began on November 24, was sometimes referred to as the "Whitecap Case" in reference to a lawless movement called whitecapping that took place in the late 19th and early 20th century, in which members of a community formed secret societies that enforced community morals. The movement occurred throughout the U.S. taking on an anti-black theme in the rural south.
The trial contained as much drama as the actual events that led to the trial. A witness for the prosecution went missing, but was later found and brought into court drunk. It was thought he had been enticed away by persons supporting the defense and hidden at a hotel in Duxbury. He spent the night in jail to sober up for his testimony.
A witness for the defense was arrested for perjury. The witness, Robert Hiller, testified that he did not see any feathers in the sand pit other than the feathers the chickens were wearing. Deputy Sheriff Hurley and four other witnesses testified that they did see feathers and tar at the site.
To add to the drama, Charles and Clara Potter and James McDonald were spotted walking "arm in arm to the Potter house" one night and then arriving in the courtroom together. Charles even identified in court several of the accused as taking part in the tar and feathering.
On December 1, both the prosecution and defense made their final arguments. At 4:15 in the afternoon, the judge instructed the jury on finding the verdict and adjourned until the jury came back with a verdict. Because of the time it took to hear the case, and the charges on each man would have to be discussed by the jury separately, nearly all of the court officials and spectators of the trial went home. Though the judge and Attorney French stayed in Plymouth, the attorney for the defense, John Cummings, traveled back home to Fall River. There was a lot to discuss and no one expected a verdict for each of the men to be announced anytime soon.
However, just before 1:00 in the morning, the judge was summoned out of bed. The jury had reached a verdict. In a nearly empty courtroom, the jury announced that all of the accused were not guilty. The judge ordered all seven men released, thanked the jury, and went back to bed.
The drama with the Potters apparently did not end with the trial. In January, Charles Potter was found unconscious on the side of the road, his faced bruised and bloody. It was believed that Potter had been attacked due to his testimony against the accused and siding with McDonald. Potter claimed that, while working that day cutting wood, a limb struck him across the face. While walking home later, he said he fainted.
Little is known what happened to James McDonald after the trial. He died sometime in 1905, and he is buried at Union Cemetery in Scituate. His son, James Henry, never spoke of his father out of the shame he brought to the family.
Clara Potter received a letter from Alabama in 1903 filled with racist comments. The letter writer, W. F. Spurlin, described how southerners "hang and burn" black people and warned her she was not safe in her community and invited her to move south, which she seemed to consider. But she did not sell the house and she lived there with Charles until they died. The house is no longer there. The property eventually became part of the Old Landing Cemetery where the Potters lie side by side within sight of where they once lived.
Kyle DeCicco-Carey is a librarian at Harvard University and an avid historian. He recently worked with the Rochester Historical Commission to help organize and preserve hundreds of documents that date back all the way to 1679. This article was compiled through dozens of historical records found during that period.
Bird Island Restoration Moves Forward
Marion Conservation Commission
By Jean Perry
The Commonwealth's plan to restore the tern habitat of Bird Island in Marion was given the green light by the Marion Conservation Commission on June 24.
Bird Island, a two-acre island just south of Butlers Point in Sippican Harbor, is the nesting habitat for about 53 percent of the endangered Roseate Tern population and about 11 percent of Common Terns.
The migratory birds return to the same nesting area every year and, at Bird Island, the habitat is slowing eroding away, leaving the terns competing for decreasing nesting space.
"They're very attached to Bird Island, even though the habitat has deteriorated quite a bit," said Carolyn Mostello, coastal waterbird biologist from the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries & Wildlife. She said the project will likely double the terns' present nesting habitat area.
Mostello said the plan entails a new and taller revetment to protect the island from wave energy, the placement of fill and the planting of vegetation, and a ring of concrete blocks to keep tern chicks from getting trapped in the crevices of the revetment. Completion will take two years.
Less than an acre of "low-functioning" salt marsh on the island will be lost during the restoration of the revetment, so the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife has filed with the Town of Dartmouth to restore nine acres of salt marsh in Aponagansett Bay. A patch of eelgrass near where the barge will be offloaded might also experience damage; however, measures are planned to mitigate the loss of eelgrass, with before and after photos being taken for comparison.
"This is an exciting project and I'm 100 percent for it," said Conservation Commission member Stephen Gonsalves. He questioned whether the work could withstand a hurricane or significant storm event, wondering if the project had a back-up plan in case of damage.
The nine and a half-foot revetment that will replace the current six-foot revetment was designed to withstand that kind of force, said Adam Burnett, project manager from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
"The whole design is to absorb all that energy so that it doesn't come crashing on the island," said Burnett. The fill, he added, will be of a "hardy" nature - not fine sand, but gravel mixed with rocks up to eight inches in size.
The state reserves the responsibility of the upkeep of the island, the maintenance of fill levels, and the management of vegetation.
Commission member Lawrence Dorman's main concern was about the logistics of the project's staging area at Town Wharf, although Burnett said he had spoken with Harbormaster Michael Cormier and they came up with a plan for parking, storage areas, and use. Burnett said workers on the project are restricted from working during the summer months when the terns are nesting on the island, so the project would not affect those using the wharf during busy summer months.
"[Cormier] made it very clear that he didn't want us interfering," said Burnett.
The commission still voted to make regular updates on staging area activities at the wharf part of the conditions for approval.
Also during the meeting, the commission approved the amending of an Order of Conditions for Kate Mahoney of 40 Dexter Road to add an outdoor shower to the existing deck of her house.
The next meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission is scheduled for July 8 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Town House.
Coastal Zone Management Counsels Advisory Board
Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board
By Marilou Newell
Charged with helping the town find a way to improve its harbor plan, David Janik, South Coast regional coordinator for the Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Office (CZM), a branch of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, met with the Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board on June 25. The MAB over the years has aided in crafting waterside rules and regulations for boating. Several years ago they developed a harbor management plan, but that document did not protect the town against proposed construction of private docks and piers.
Town Administrator Michael Gagne was directed by the Board of Selectmen to bring some clarity and strength to the existing harbor management plan on the heels of an appeal to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for the construction of a large private pier that extends into the harbor - an area designated for recreation by the MAB via the harbor management plan. The appeal is currently being reviewed by the DEP after lengthy public hearings.
Over the past months, the pier application has navigated through various town boards and subsequently appealed at the state level. The town's harbor management plan seemed too weak to be of meaningful use in upholding the town's assertion that the pier location would be a detriment to public access and rights.
"The selectmen are concerned our plan didn't have the strength or clout we needed," Gagne told the board members, adding, "...We need a plan with some substance and teeth."
Janik then described the plan development process.
For a state approved plan, Janik said, "The state has a detailed process that is time consuming and expensive." He pointed to the harbor management plan created by New Bedford and Fairhaven several years ago, saying that it cost them approximately $200,000, primarily in consultant fees. He said that consultants are generally used to help cities and towns create a document that would be acceptable for state certification. But he questioned if Mattapoisett really needed something that complex.
For a plan to receive state approval, Janik said that first the town needed to identify "the suite of issues you want to address." He then said that a proposal is sent to the CZM and, if it meets all the requirements, it would receive approval to proceed.
He again asserted that for plans heading towards state certification, consultants who specialize in this area must be used. However, even after expending time and money, some plans may still not achieve certification, Janik warned.
When asked what the advantages and disadvantages are to developing a state certified plan, Janik responded, "The ability to change a significant number of Chapter 91 requirements.... Things can be manipulated and adjusted through the tool of a state certified plan." Massachusetts General Law Chapter 91 regulates many aspects of water-related activities, including construction of docks and piers.
As for disadvantages, Janik pointed to the time, effort, and costs associated with the process. But again, he questioned if Mattapoisett even needed a certified harbor management plan.
"New Bedford's Chapter 91 area extends inland," Janik explained, as Chapter 91 jurisdictional area goes to historic high tide lines. In the case of New Bedford, the harbor line has changed significantly over decades of use and has been filled in to create landmass. He said that Mattapoisett's coastline has basically not changed or been filled.
Board member Patricia Apperson asked, "So what are the advantages?"
"Probably very little," Janik replied.
Gagne asked what the town should do to improve the language in the existing document so that it would be viewed as meaningful to the DEP in the future.
Janik said the language in the plan needed to be very specific and not vague, such as simply stating an area should be reserved for "recreational use." He said piers and docks were not viewed as encumbrances to such activities.
"If you go through a reasonable process to show the DEP where you don't want docks and piers," said Janik, "you show your reasoning on it such as the past, present, or future presence of eelgrass, shell fishing beds, endangered species, for these reasons, these sensitive areas ... no more docks and piers." Janik said such language is stronger and therefore has more meaning to the DEP.
According to Janik, public hearings showing public involvement should also be produced to demonstrate resident involvement. Janik told the MAB that a strongly worded letter from the selectmen should accompany the harbor management plan, even if the plan itself is not state certified. The combination of the two documents carried weight with the DEP, he said.
"You must show a process and fairness," Janik emphasized. He said this process with the letter from local governing bodies is "a tool that very few communities know about or have used."
Janik also said aesthetics - a desire by the town to keep certain coastlines clear of private docks and piers - can be part of a harbor management plan.
Gagne said, "So we don't have a problem down the road if we need to perfect this."
Janik offered his assistance moving forward. The MAB will review the harbor plans from Harwich, Chatham, Marion, and the state certified plan from New Bedford/Fairhaven as they work towards improving the language in Mattapoisett's harbor plan.
The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Marine Advisory Board is scheduled for July 30 at 7:00 pm in the Mattapoisett Town Hall conference room.
Condo Developer Compromises with Neighbors
Marion Zoning Board of Appeals
By Jean Perry
Some residents weren't happy June 25 when the motion to continue the hearing for the First Congregational Church's appeal of the building permit issued to the developer of the abutting proposed condominium development failed. Some residents sighed loudly in disapproval and made insulting remarks about Marion Zoning Board of Appeals member Bob Alves because he refused to continue the appeal, although whether the board continued the hearing or if it simply took the matter under advisement would not have made a difference that evening regarding the outcome of the appeal deemed to have no standing.
Church members and their appointed representative Bill Saltonstall told the board that developer Christian Loranger had already acquiesced to the abutters' request to alter the plan to one more agreeable to them, and alleged that Loranger would be filing a new plan with the Town the next day on Friday, June 26.
Members of the church filed an appeal of the building permit Building Inspector Scott Shippey issued Loranger to convert 16 Cottage Street into condominiums, saying the development would be a detriment to the neighborhood because of size, insufficient parking, and that the building would make the village "look more like Brockton or New Bedford - filled with flat-roofed three-story boxes," reads the May 22 appeal letter signed by Saltonstall.
Since May, Saltonstall told the board that Loranger has changed his design to accommodate the neighbors, and in a letter from Loranger's attorney, John Mathieu, Loranger was to file for a Special Permit the following day. Saltonstall asked the board that night to continue the hearing for the appeal to allow Loranger the chance to file.
Attorney Patricia McArdle said the appeal had no standing anyway, and continuing the appeal would only undermine the building inspector who performed his due diligence and properly issued the building permit. She said the abutters had no standing, other than they simply did not like the plan.
"Just because they are an abutter does not give them standing to appeal," said McArdle. "They have to prove that they've been injured ... or aggrieved by the issuance of the building permit."
She reiterated that there was no basis for an appeal.
"It sounds a little bit like snobbery," said McArdle, "and certainly should not be coming from a church."
ZBA Chairman Eric Pierce thought it would be prudent to continue the hearing "because it's good for the town and we want to have conversations with the neighbors.
"I think our purpose as a board is to be gatekeepers to change in Marion," said Pierce. "I don't see any point in closing or denying at this time," he said of the appeal hearing.
Saltonstall said the group just wanted to delay long enough to make sure that Loranger follows through the next day.
Shippey told the board he had "big shoulders," and a continuance was "not stepping on my toes."
"I do not take it personally," said Shippey.
Members Alves and Christine Marcolini openly expressed their confidence in Shippey's issuance of the permit, saying the matter did not require a continuance since the permit still stood. In a 3-2 vote, a motion to continue was defeated. After, a motion to close the hearing and take the matter under advisement for a maximum of 90 days passed unanimously, which angered some residents but still allowed Loranger time to file for the Special Permit since a denial of the appeal might not come for weeks.
In a follow-up email with Donna Hemphill, administrative assistant in the Building Department, she confirmed that Loranger submitted his application for the Special Permit that Friday.
The next meeting of the Marion Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled for July 23 at 7:30 pm at the Marion Town House.
Chaperones 'Survive' Year After Year
By Patrick Briand
The annual Survival camping trip is one of the most notable features of the Old Rochester Regional Junior High School experience. Each year since 1973, a large group of seventh grade students has traveled up to the hills and forests of Northfield, MA for a week of hiking, climbing, exploring, and learning about the great outdoors. This year's trip departed on Sunday, June 14, and returned on Saturday, June 20.
As a byproduct of the Survival experience, many former participants continue to take the trip as chaperones. Noah Tavares, a rising junior at ORRHS, Jared Wheeler, a rising senior, and Evan Tilley, a rising sophomore, are among the students that travel up to Northfield each year to aid the seventh graders. Jillian Higgins was one of the many students who participated in this year's trip. She, Wheeler, Tilley, and Tavares shared their experiences post-Survival.
This was Noah Tavares' third year as a chaperone. For him, it's all about seeing the seventh graders live up to Survival's motto.
"I enjoy seeing the seventh graders succeed, and helping them achieve the many goals that the trip sets for them," said Tavares. "[One of the best benefits of Survival] is watching the seventh graders unite and empower their fellow classmates to overcome challenges."
Speaking on his best Survival memories, Tavares mentioned the great mountain views in Northfield that "we don't get down here near the ocean."
Wheeler has now been a Survival chaperone for four consecutive years. He had an interesting take on Survival's effects on junior high culture.
"For one week, all the cliques dissolved and became friends," he said, reflecting on his initial voyage as a camper in 2011.
Wheeler's best memory - so far - is lying under stars with a group of fellow chaperones this past year. He called the experience "surreal."
Survival has had a big impact on Wheeler.
"The friends I have made will last a lifetime, and the gratitude of the kids and their families makes it all worthwhile," said Wheeler.
Tilley enjoyed being a chaperone for the first time in 2014, so he returned this year.
"I think it's a good experience that creates lots of memorable moments and makes you appreciate your daily lifestyle," said Tilley.
Tilley acknowledges that Survival has had a profound impact on him as a person.
"I've learned how to become more supportive, helpful, and optimistic," he said.
All three of these chaperones plan to continue with the program in the future.
As any past Survival participant knows, climbing the Notch Mountain is one of the most physically challenging parts of the trip. Seventh grader Jill Higgins noted that this was the one thing she was nervous about before heading up to Northfield this year. However, when asked what her favorite part of the experience was, she said it was "the feeling of accomplishment and the great views at the top of the Notch."
Like many before her, Higgins wasn't sure what to expect on the trip.
"The hardest part was preparing, because you didn't know what was coming," said Higgins.
In Higgins' experience, the most important lesson Survival taught was "learning to encourage and support the people around me."
The mission statement of the Survival program is "A shared road to a stronger self." Each and every year, Survival instills great values into the students who participate, allowing them to achieve this goal. For this group of chaperones, the lessons taught by Survival have left a lasting impact, causing them to come back each year. Higgins' experiences resonate with the mission statement, and as 40+ years of Survival participants can tell you, the program does make a person stronger: mentally, physically, and emotionally.
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