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Parade to Feature 'Caparisoned Horse'
By Jean Perry
They say the custom dates back to the time of Genghis Khan - the riderless horse led to the burial place of its fallen warrior to soon after be sacrificed and eaten in his honor - when it was believed that a horse was useless without its warrior companion.
Things have changed over time in obvious ways, but the sentiment behind the riderless horse remains constant.
Today, the solemn practice of leading the horse with no rider, known as a "caparisoned horse," is reserved for extraordinary people during their funeral procession, a moving tribute to a great life that has passed on to death.
On each side a boot, traditionally of the deceased, is placed in the stirrup facing backwards, symbolizing the fallen rider's last look back on life before riding into the afterlife.
Going back in U.S. history, Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be honored by the cap horse, which was President Lincoln's personal horse, Old Bob.
The cap horse is truly a poignant sight to behold, the vision of a horse that must go on without its rider.
This Memorial Day in Mattapoisett, parade watchers will witness Mattapoisett's first caparisoned horse in recallable Mattapoisett history make its way through the village dressed in a traditional black saddle and pulled by Cheryl Randall Mach in honor of our fallen heroes.
The brown and cream 'Honey,' Mach's registered paint horse, has been practicing for weeks for her first caparisoned horse procession slated for Monday.
"This is our first time doing this, thanks to Dad," said Mach. Her father is George Randall, a Mattapoisett veteran and member of the Florence Eastman American Legion Post 280. He suggested to Mach that she participate with Honey in the parade to help draw attention to the Legion.
With only a week until show time, on Sunday, May 22, Mach readied Honey outside her stall for a dress rehearsal with the boots of Mach's grandfather, Arthur C. Lewis, a member of the cavalry in WWI, securely mounted in the stirrups and a shiny silver cavalry sword hanging on her side.
"He taught us how to ride military style," said Mach, recalling time spent with "Grandpa Lewis" when she and her sister were little. "At his farm in East Longmeadow, he would drill us."
Mach said Honey had previously attended a police horse training to get her used to sirens and noise including barking dogs, and diversions like smoke and other obstacles. She said she has been quite the spectacle in her neighborhood these days, walking Honey up and down Chapel Road where Honey's home is at Peacock Farm. But practice makes perfect, and Mach wants to be sure Honey is confidant on the big day.
"A sword hanging off your side isn't normal for horses these days," said Mach. "Not like they used to."
Cap horses, Mach said, have traditionally been darker horses, but these days more people are using horses of all different colors and breeds.
"This was really all Dad's idea," said Mach.
Randall said the legion is having a hard time recruiting new members and he worries about the future of Post 280.
"We really got to try to keep the legion going," said Randall.
See Honey on Monday, May 30, in the Florence Eastman American Legion Post 280 Memorial Day ceremony and parade at 1:30 pm at the Mattapoisett Library.
Mattapoisett resident Richard Langhoff, retired professional engineer, is the guest speaker of the pre-parade service. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Vietnam War era veteran, Langhoff trained as a U.S. Air Force pilot through the Aviation Cadet Program, while also training as a navigator. He served in the 463rd Troop Carrier Wing of the Tactical Air Command and holds a commercial pilot license.
Langhoff began his work career at age 17 as a technician at Westinghouse Electric's Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, builders of the nuclear reactors in the first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, as well as the world's first commercial nuclear power station and first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise.
While at Bettis, he attended college, interrupting his education to enlist in the Air Force. After graduating with a degree in metallurgical engineering, he worked as a metallurgist for several companies.
In 2002, he retired from Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems in Portsmouth, Rhode Island as a principal systems engineer. He is now a part-time school bus driver and part-time driver for the Mattapoisett Council on Aging.
Langhoff has been a member for over 30 years in the Florence Eastman American Legion Post 280 where he currently serves as a director and chaplain.
After the ceremony, which features the Old Hammondtown Concert Band, junior high student Luke Thomas Couto will recite of the Gettysburg Address and the New Bedford High School Junior ROTC will post the colors.
The parade will start from the library and proceed to Water Street, to the Town Wharf, on to Cushing Cemetery, and end at the Legion Hall on Depot Street where refreshments will be served to the marchers.
Rochester will hold its Memorial Day observance on Sunday, May 29, with a parade that will begin at the Town Hall at 11:30 am, march to the memorial at the intersection of Mary's Pond Road and Route 105, and conclude around 1:00 pm.
In Marion, the parade starts at 9:00 am on Monday, May 30, at the Marion Music Hall on Front Street. The observance will start with the National Anthem and the raising of the colors.
After a brief service, the marches will organize and proceed down Main Street to Spring Street and turn right down Spring Street to the Marion Town House for the service and speakers.
The parade then proceeds north on Spring Street to Old Landing Cemetery for a service at the gravesite of Benjamin D. Cushing. After the short service, the parade continues on Route 6 east, turning right onto Ryders Lane over to Front Street and Veterans Memorial Park.
OC Creates a Results-Driven Program
By Marilou Newell
Objective: To purchase a new piece of equipment. Goal: To secure a capital equipment grant. Problem: Grant required a plan, a purpose for the equipment. Result: Grant not achieved. Lesson: Every failure is a learning opportunity, a chance to re-think and start again.
And it was that loss that inspired Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School Assistant Principal Jackie Machamer to think outside the proverbial box - why not give the students a chance to partner with small and emerging businesses and help them achieve their real-time goals and objectives? Thus, OC Creates was born.
Problem solving and strategic thinking are part of each and every school day for OCRVTHS students. Students design and build, working in inter-discinplinary teams as part of their academic and shop experience. Now the school has a program that focuses solely on bringing real world problems into the shop while helping the students develop their skillsets in a richer, more layered experience.
OC Creates gives the students a chance to interface with local businesses and assist them by designing and building prototypes of equipment or pieces of apparatus that perform within the businesses' industrial atmosphere.
"This is a new venture pulling together different shops whose collaboration will bring to fruition a product for a client," Machamer said.
On May 18, Machamer, along with department heads Al Amaral, Mike Ferreria, and Mike Richards, introduced the students whose efforts created a hoist device for Anchor Insulation of Pawtucket, RI.
Acushnet senior Felisha Shiner from the metal fabrication and joining technology shop, Assonet junior Sky Bowker of CADD drafting and design, and Mattapoisett junior Nat Nicolosi from machine and tool technology explained how that collaborative process came together.
"I want to major in design," said Bowker. "I did the detail drawings to build a machine to lift insulation, which is heavy."
Prior to the development of the hoist machine, workers at Anchor had to either work on the floor or struggle to manually lift heavy rolls of insulation, Chris King of Anchor explained.
Shiner took Bowker's drawings and thought, "I got this."
The team would later learn that, sometimes, the first plan is not always the best plan, as half way through the construction process they had to go back to the drawing board. Shiner expressed her emotions at that juncture: "holy crap!"
In the end, the students' focused efforts resulted in a finished product that Anchor could use to improve ergonomic functioning on their factory floor.
"It was a fun experience," King said, finding the students to be "very impressive." "Our expectations were exceeded."
King plans to remain in contact with OCRVTHS and to try to "reciprocate and help partner students with real time projects in the field." King had tried to work with vocational schools in Rhode Island, but they were unresponsive. As a Lakeville resident, he knew of OCRVTHS and has a nephew who is a student at the school.
"They were very responsive," he said.
The group then went outside to see the finished product as Shiner demonstrated how it works to the clients.
Representative Bill Straus, who was on hand to witness the unveiling of the hoist, told the students, "I'm blown away by your presentation. You've already done the kind of skills that are useful outside the school. You've translated a concept to real life. A day like this is special."
Principal Karen Guenette told the assembled, "Watching the stages, there was not only a great team building but a level of pride. They are proud. They know customer satisfaction is important. This was a great partnership."
"Stuff like this happens all the time here," Machamer said with a smile. With the development of OC Creates, the business community may now tap into the potential waiting to be explored at OCRVTHS.
For more information on how your business may partner with OC Creates, contact Jackie Machamer at 508-763-8011 ext. 119.
Man Charged with 153 Counts of Poaching
By Jean Perry
Mattapoisett Harbormaster Jill Simmons sensed something fishy on Wednesday, May 18, while giving a hand to a boater who was having a hard time backing up his trailer to the boat ramp.
Following her gut, her hunch led to the arrest of Belmiro Baptista, 65, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island for poaching sea bass.
"We got to talking," said Simmons. "I asked him how the fishing was and he said it wasn't that good and he only got five or six sea bass."
Hmm, thought Simmons.
Baptista said he had a commercial saltwater fishing license, but Simmons wasn't certain if it was even the legal season for commercial sea bass fishing. So she excused herself and phoned the Environmental Police. They told her commercial sea bass season wasn't until August 1, and recreational sea bass season didn't start until the following Saturday, May 28.
"So I said to him, how many bass did you get?" This time Baptista replied, "Eight," Simmons said. "So we went from five to eight..."
Another check showed Baptista had been cited four times in the past 12 months for illegal catches.
"[The Environmental Police] came down and they're the ones who have the authority to tear the boat apart," said Simmons.
She said some of the fish were covered by clothes and trawling gear on the deck, which raised suspicions that there could be more on board.
"When they opened up the door to the cabin, I heard them say, 'Whoa! We hit the mother lode!'"
According to Simmons and the Massachusetts Environmental Police, Baptista had caught exactly 153 sea bass, with 75 of them below the 15-inch size minimum. The legal limit of a sea bass catch is five sea bass.
Baptista was placed under arrest for failing to display the fish on demand, possession of undersized sea bass, possession of over the limit of sea bass, possession of sea bass in a closed season, and no saltwater permit.
Simmons said Baptista will likely have his commercial fishing license revoked as well.
Baptista will be arraigned on June 27 at Wareham Superior Court.
The Ice Cream Man Cometh
This Mattapoisett Life
By Marilou Newell
If there is one guilty pleasure I will readily share in this public forum, it is that I love ice cream. Not all flavors or all types, however. Not the avant-garde green tea sorbet or bacon chip coffee mocha latte. No, I like the flavors of my youth when choices were few and the rarity of eating ice cream - generally done only in the summer months - made doing so memorable.
It's funny how memory works.
Sounds, smells, and even tastes can linger in our brains and be revisited upon request, returning us to a place in time. A time when knees were perpetually covered in band-aides, summer people flocked into town like migratory birds as soon as schools closed for the season, and the ice cream man returned from his winter hibernation.
One of my strongest childhood memories, one that comes to me now as summer approaches, is the ice cream man who drove for Dainty Maid ice cream. My love affair with ice cream surely began way back then and surely is, in part, because of the ice cream men themselves.
Dainty Maid was a family-owned ice cream factory and shop on Cranberry Highway in Wareham. Their small fleet of white ice cream trucks became a fixture along the streets of Onset village after Memorial Day when I was a child.
These were not the panel vans that now roam beaches or public recreational venues with blaring brash loud recorded ear-splitting tuneless loops of noise. Oh no, Dainty Maid trucks were small pick-ups with custom-built refrigerator units tucked behind the cabs. Bright chrome handles on small doors, one on each side of the refrigerator unit, allowed the driver to reach inside and extract the yummy frozen treats.
Of course, we heard the ice cream truck long before we saw it advancing towards our corner where a group of giggling squirmy kids fresh from the beach anxiously waited for its arrival. The drivers controlled that sweet gentle tinkling bell, a real bell jingled back and forth via a string attached to the interior of the cab. So delightful was that sound, chime like, and so welcoming to our ears.
Everything was white. The trucks were white, the ice cream man's uniform was white, even his hat and shoes were white. Those young men whose summer job it was to drive a route selling ice cream novelties had to actually park the truck, get out, and walk to the freezer door. It took time, but then everything was slower and anticipation appreciated in the last century.
The ice cream man was someone you came to know and someone who knew what you wanted before you could ask. You developed a relationship with the ice cream man because he was part of your neighborhood life.
He was polite and expected the children to act like decent little citizens - no pushing, no fighting, no screaming, just line up one-at-a-time so he could then focus his attention on the tiny customer standing before him. From my little kid vantage point, he was tall and elegant standing there with the power to fulfill my deepest desire: ice cream!
You felt grown-up handing the ice cream man a fifty-cent piece and he, in turn, would click the coin machine levers that hung from his belt. He'd press the coins in your hand with a friendly reminder, "Now don't lose that."
Children would scamper to the sidewalk curb under a shady tree to eat their treats. I can feel the warm summer breezes now as they floated up the street from Sunset Island and I, sitting on the curbstone, tried to make my chocolate-covered bar last as long as possible.
Removing the paper wrapper from the ice cream, we'd twist it around the stick to help catch the drips we knew would come. Then, placing the wonderfully smooth, thickly-coated chocolate-covered bar in our mouths, voices disappeared into a chorus of "M-mmm."
Everyone had their own style, their own technique for eating a chocolate-covered bar. Some licked and sucked the top off exposing the creamy homemade vanilla ice cream inside, while others ate the hard chocolate coating off first and then devoured the vanilla. Regardless of one's mastery for eating what can only be described as a bit of frozen heaven, you'd end up with melted chocolate and ice cream on your fingers. It was gooey and glorious.
Dainty Maid Ice Cream has long since ceased to exist, except in memory. But on summer evenings when the wind chimes in the garden catch a warm breeze that send the tiny pipes to tinkling softly, I remember the Dainty Maid ice cream man, taste the chocolate-covered ice cream bars of my youth, and see his friendly smile.
Special Permit Filing Withdrawn
Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals
By Marilou Newell
Patricia Harrington, 169 North Street, laid out all the reasons why the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals should approve her request for a special permit to construct a new home on her undeveloped abutting lot.
During the May 19 hearing, Harrington told the board that when she purchased the two side-by-side parcels in 1975, it was with an eye towards the future.
"We left it undeveloped until maybe family needed it," she told them. Her daughter is now ready to build on the lot she said.
Continuing with her defense of the filing, she said, "It would be no detriment to the neighborhood.... It's the same as many lots on North Street." Harrington finished her comments by adding, "It would seamlessly fit into the neighborhood." She described the proposed new home as being a colonial style.
The board members looked at one another. Then ZBA member and clerk Mary Ann Brogan asked, "Where are the plans?" Harrington said she didn't want to spend the money to get plans or engineered drawings until she knew whether or not the board would view her request favorably.
Building Inspector Andy Bobola responded, "I tried to explain in-depth, but Mrs. Harrington wished to file anyway."
ZBA member Paul Millott said, "We're looking at a pretty big blank."
Brogan interjected, "We are not the last stop."
Board members then took turns explaining to Harrington that, before they could review and make a determination on a special permit, they needed specific details such as a septic plan and architectural drawings at the very least. Brogan said, "You need ConCom approval first."
Harrington again said that she didn't want to spend thousands of dollars without knowing if the house could be built.
"That's the chance you take," Brogan said. "It's a business decision."
Harrington fired back, saying it wasn't a business decision because it was for her family. Harrington also said that her daughter could not get a construction loan without showing ZBA approval.
Brogan said that Harrington could sell the land to her daughter without town department approval, but the existing process protected both the town and the landowner.
"I have to spend money and cross-fingers that you would approve it," Harrington declared with exasperation.
Bobola told Harrington she should follow the checklist provided to her by the Building Department to help her navigate through the process.
Harrington was at a standstill at that point as Bobola suggested to the board that they allow Harrington to withdraw her filing without prejudice so that she could start over.
Harrington heard that if she wished for the board to vote on her application then and there, it would be denied and she would have to wait two years before re-filing. "Please don't do that," Harrington pleaded as she agreed to withdraw her request.
In other business, David Vermette, 0 Harbor Road, received a special permit to build a single-family home on the undeveloped lot.
Also coming before the board was Phil Goyette, 11 Mattapoisett Neck Road, for a special permit to demolish the existing structure and construct a new single-family home. Goyette's request was approved.
The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Zoning Board of Appeals will be posted for June 16 at 6:00 pm in the town hall meeting room if there are filings to be heard.
Developer Fixing Erosion Control Concerns
Mattapoisett Conservation Commission
By Marilou Newell
Ted Gowdy of Aerie Homes of Waltham, the developer of high-end residences at The Preserve at the Bay Club, apologized during the May 23 meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission for several site work issues previously raised by Conservation Agent Elizabeth Leidhold.
Gowdy confirmed that Leidhold had brought such matters as water being pumped into designated wetlands and concrete spills near buffer zones to his attention weeks ago during an on-site visit. He said that several days later, those matters had been rectified.
Gowdy said the water that was being pumped was clean water, and it was a miscommunication between Leidhold and himself that had led him to believe that activity was acceptable. He also said that concrete waste had been cleaned up.
Chairman Bob Rogers thanked him for bringing that to the attention of the commission as they moved on to the three filings Gowdy was present to discuss.
First was a Request for Determination of Applicability for 146 Fieldstone Drive for the building of a single-family home.
Rogers said that use of doubled-stacked hay bales versus straw would provide better erosion control throughout the site. Gowdy said that hay bales had been hard to find, which prompted commissioner Mike King to say, "Hay will be available locally in a couple of weeks." Gowdy said his crew had recently found some and procured them from a local farmer.
The commissioners granted the project a Negative 3 determination, additionally requiring permanent markers denote the 50-foot buffer zone and several other special conditions to ensure good erosion controls were in place.
Next, Gowdy discussed a Notice of Intent filing for 107 Fieldstone Drive for the construction of a single-family home and driveway within the buffer zone of a bordering vegetated wetland. He was asked if the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program had responded to his request for comment. He said he had not pursued that yet, but assured the commissioners that the agency's comments thus far had been neutral.
"A very strict commission would continue this [hearing] until Natural Heritage responded," said Rogers. "I don't want to ignore them."
King then displayed a job site photograph, noting that it appeared that "erosion controls are non-existent."
Gowdy responded that those were eight or nine years old, "We are putting new erosion controls in as we go along," he stated.
King continued, however, saying it appears that a slope was eroding into wetlands.
"We are in a transition," said Gowdy. "Once approved, new controls will be put in place."
The commissioners felt they could approve the application with special conditions of confirmation from Natural Heritage, at which time Gowdy would return for an amended Order of Conditions, and that abutter notifications would be verified. They also asked for permanent markers for wetlands.
The last filing Gowdy discussed was a continued request for a partial certificate of compliance. The commissioners weren't satisfied with the sparse details from Outback Engineering for work completed on 108 Fieldstone Drive, a storm water detention basin.
Rogers said he needed to see the differences between approved plans and as-built. He also wondered if the Planning Board had any comment regarding the project.
Rogers asked Gowdy to request a continuation until these questions could be answered. Gowdy complied.
Earlier in the evening, Boy Scout Davis Mathieu, joined by Mattapoisett Land Trust Chairman Mike Huguenin and member Paul Osenkowski, came before the commission seeking approval for Mathieu's Eagle Scout project. Mathieu plans to build a bird observation stand at the Walega-Livingstone Preserve. The 8x6-foot platform will be supported by 5-foot pilings secured on four Sonotubes.
"It will be enjoyable for anyone going in there," said Rogers, adding, "We are fortunate to have Boy Scouts to do projects like this."
Late into the proceeding, Peter Chmiel, 10 Brandt Island Road, who had been invited to discuss disturbances near a buffer zone on his property, met with the commissioners.
"We are willing to cooperate with you," said Chmiel, as he explained the clearing and cleaning he had completed.
King said, "You may have done some clearing in a buffer zone."
Rogers suggested Chmiel work with Leidhold and said he might have to file an after-the-fact RDA.
Highway Surveyor Barry Denham said, "Remember, this property has been developed over 50 years. I don't see anything that I haven't seen before; they are basically removing overgrowth."
"It's a fine line between cleaning and clearing," said King.
Chmiel will follow-up with Leidhold.
Regarding the construction taking place next to the Town Landing on Mattapoisett Neck Road, Rogers wanted the public to understand that, in June 2011, the commission had issued an Order of Conditions, which was subsequently appealed to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. The DEP issued a superseding Order of Conditions.
Rogers said that residents should contact Dan Gilmore of the Massachusetts wetlands division. He also reminded the public that the town does not have local wetlands bylaws that might have prevented the construction.
King said it was "a shame" the town had not offered to buy the parcel when the owner offered it to them.
The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission is scheduled for June 13 at 6:30 pm in the town hall meeting room.
ORR Turns Vegas (for a Night)
By Sienna Wurl
Twinkling lights offset the darkness of the sky on Saturday, May 21, the evening of the annual Junior Semi-Formal Dance.
The students, most of whom had been preparing outfits, hair, dates, and everything else for months, arrived at Old Rochester at around 6:30 pm. A line was formed in the courtyard, which was decorated with sparkling lights and a small fountain surrounded by beautiful plants.
The theme, Las Vegas, was embodied through the artful decorations created by a committee of parents in charge of sprucing up the courtyard and cafeteria for the dance. As the doors opened, students were greeted with a cafeteria straight out of Vegas itself - an Elvis cardboard cutout, sets of cards and a poker chips (all personalized with "ORR Junior Semi") for every person, an abundance of large dice, and a chandelier made of ribbons of lights adorning the center of the ceiling. After everyone had found a table at which to sit, it was announced that food was ready.
On The Go catered the event, serving an abundance of delicious food, from chicken fingers and fries, to mashed potatoes, salad, and chicken-broccoli-ziti. After most of the students had finished eating, there was a general consensus to move the party to the dance floor.
The DJ, Michael Rock from Fun 107, accepted requests from anybody willing to give them, which led to an extremely diverse playlist. It included everything from 80s song Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners, to current Top 10 song Work by Rihanna, to classics that everybody knows, like Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice.
Throughout the night, groups of friends made their way to the back of the cafeteria, where a photo booth had been set up with props ranging from boas and cowboy hats, to crazy sunglasses and devil horns.
At 11:00 pm, the music slowed to a stop, signifying the end of the dance. Those who were attending the after-party held in the school's gym grabbed their things and changed into comfortable clothing optimal for the two bouncy houses that stood inflated just waiting to be bounced on. A henna artist and a caricature artist were also present for any students who wished to participate.
A raffle was held, with most prizes being donated from local communities. The "big raffle" included items like a GoPro, a FitBit, and a school parking pass for next year.
Festivities also occurred in the auditorium right across the hall from the gym. A hypnotist put on a magical (and hilarious) show, and afterwards the auditorium became home to a movie, which doubled as a comfortable, quiet place to take a nap for many of the exhausted students.
The after-party came to a close at 5:00 am, and students grabbed their stuff and shuffled to their cars to, hopefully, sleep the day away.
All in all, the juniors who attended Semi (and its after-party) seemed to be very happy with the way it came together. The freedom to do what they wanted seemed to be the best part, as explained by Emily Newell: "I really liked that they let us be us and that they didn't make us do any of the events."
Lauren Valente felt similarly. "I loved the fact that we were trusted and the parents weren't breathing down our necks all night."
Students also appreciated the sheer amount of things to do at the sleepover. As Elise Parker said, "I liked that there were many different things you could do between the dance and the sleepover. It was cool that we got to do or try so many different things."
Students felt that the way the dance itself was set up worked well.
"I liked the arrangement," said Krishna Patel. "How there was a photo booth, and how there were people serving food there." It made for a very smooth-flowing night.
At any dance, music choice is, arguably, the paramount factor in determining whether or not the dance was successful. One bad song can kill the excitement almost immediately. But for Semi, the students generally felt good about the way the music was selected, as Emma Cadieux said: "For the most part, music requests were listened to, and you could tell that mostly, the music was chosen by the students."
All in all, the Junior Semi Formal was a smashing success, and the students who attended appeared to thoroughly enjoy themselves.
Tabor's Summer Program
Tabor Academy News
By Madeleine Gregory
As the school year winds down and graduation approaches, Tabor Academy is looking towards the summer and the opportunities that it provides. The summer program is designed for kids of all ages and provides the chance to develop new skills and try new activities.
Bobbi Krein is the director of the Summer Program and is very excited to begin this next year of activities.
"Tabor Academy is the perfect location for a summer camp," said Krein.
Since it's right on the water but also has access to all the opportunities that Tabor's facilities provide, there are a wide range of activities for kids to try. There are programs geared towards marine science, sailing, and swimming, and other land-based ones like ceramics, photography, squash, soccer, and lacrosse.
"One of the coolest things we do," said Krein, "is we have enrichment programs like drone technology, GoPro, The Incredible Machine (which is a look at the human body), and Crack the Cube (a strategy-based course designed to teach campers the tools to solve puzzles like the Rubik's Cube)."
Both the faculty and counsellors who work at the summer program and the campers who spend their days at Tabor get a lot out of the program.
"The program is built to nurture risk-taking in a supportive and loving environment," said Krein, who sends her own kids to the summer program every year. She says her daughter loves sailing, Ultimate Frisbee, and fitness, and her son loves squash, soccer, and drama. They've both been able to take "safe-risks" at Tabor, exploring new passions and putting themselves outside their comfort zone in comfortable ways.
"Professionally, I love offering young people and not-so-young people the opportunity to take on new challenges and build talents in areas that they never imagined," said Krein. "Our staff is able to get creative and build offerings that are engaging and fun, while interacting with the campers in our program. We create a culture of 'be who you want to be and do what you want to do,' so kids feel safe and supported to try new things."
Krein loves that, in addition to all their work, "We also have an insane amount of fun while keeping safety and camper happiness at the center of our goals and mission."
Following this belief in safety, sunscreen dispensers will be added to Tabor campus so that students and counsellors can stay safe and not sunburnt throughout the many days spent on the waterfront.
Krein sums up the camp nicely by saying, "the TASP values are respect, community, caring, growth, connection, and joy."
Many current Tabor students were once campers, and a lot of the counselors are Tabor alumni. This network of Tabor involvement brings life to the summer program and helps many young children start their Tabor careers and discover some new passions that they'll continue throughout their lives.
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