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To the Editor:
To whoever let their dog deposit the mini mountain of poop in the middle of the sidewalk on Water Street in Marion on Sunday morning, pick up your dog's "pinch" for Pete's sake!!!!
Alexandra Heavey, Marion
ORR Head Coach Selected
Principal Michael Devoll and Athletic Director Bill Tilden are pleased to announce the hiring of Justin Kogler as the next Head Coach of the Old Rochester Regional High School Football program. Coach Kogler is just the third Head Coach at Old Rochester since the 1986 season, succeeding Henry Quinlan and Craig Sherman. Justin was most recently the Head Coach at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River, Massachusetts. At Bishop Connolly, Justin's team set the school record for the most wins in a season in each of his first three seasons as Head Coach. Bishop Connolly also qualified for the playoffs for the first time in school history and made the South Sectional Semi Finals in 2014. Prior to taking over at Bishop Connolly, Coach Kogler was an Assistant Football Coach at ORRHS, working under former coach Henry Quinlan. Justin's work at ORRHS included stints as the Offensive and Defensive Line Coach and the Defensive Coordinator. Justin also worked with the receivers and linebackers. Justin also was an Assistant Coach for the ORRHS Winter and Spring Track Teams. Professionally, Justin works as a Physical Education Teacher at Williams Intermediate School in the Bridgewater-Raynham School District. According to Bill Tilden, "He coached here a while back and even after he left, he's been a big fan and he'd come to games. The kids are really loyal to him. He has a laid-back coaching style, but he expects a lot of his kids. We just like his style. He took on a program at Bishop Connolly that no one wanted and it was in a lot of disarray, and he turned it around so we know what he can bring to a program." Principal Devoll said, "Having a Coach like Justin on staff is an asset. He was the perfect candidate for our search committee as he brings a strong background in both education and football. Having worked under Coach Quinlan and with Coach Sherman has afforded Justin the opportunity to learn from the best. We are very excited for the future of our athletic program."
The Big Love Your Library Book Sale
The Friends of the Mattapoisett Library's Big Love Your Library Book Sale is on Saturday, February 14 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm, downstairs at the library. It's a two-for-one sale - buy one book, get one free; buy a bag of books, get a bag of books free. Coupled with the Junior Friends Bake Sale, browsing is almost mandatory. Show your love for the library by turning out for this great sale, sign up for a Friends membership, and pick up something sweet for your Valentine.
Valentine Cabaret At Marion Art Center
The Marion Art Center will start off its cabaret season with two nights of "A Love-ly Occasion" with musical entertainment by The Occasion Singers on Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14 at 7:30 pm. The Occasion Singers are an elegant a cappella vocal group directed by Cassandra Morgan with singers Christopher Saulnier, Rui Moniz, Michael Moniz, Pam Breton, Dan Guay, Jillian Zucco, Eric Bosworth, Melanie Hannack, Denise Bastos, and Caroline Blais. They will perform all your favorite love songs, classics such as "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "The Way You Look Tonight," as well as the pop hits "So Much In Love," "Falling In Love With Love," "Hold On" and many, many more. As always, the pace is non-stop and the warm and lighthearted entertainment style will leave audience goers wanting more! Cassandra Morgan will accompany the group on piano. The group is known for its tight harmonies and velvety vocal interpretations. Your Valentine will cuddle right up!
Cabaret tables are available for reserved parties of four or more. Tickets for the Cabaret are $12.50 for MAC members and $15 for general admission. Guests are invited to bring their own refreshments.
Reservations are highly recommended: Call 508-748-1266 or email email@example.com.
Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street in Marion, MA 02738.
Rhode Island College is pleased to announce that Jaclyn Hahn of Mattapoisett and Sarah Blasenak of Rochester been named to the Fall 2014 Dean's List for scholastic achievement. Full-time RIC students must attain a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the semester in order to qualify.
Breannon Meuse of Rochester was recently named to the Castleton College Dean's List for the fall semester of the 2014-15 academic year. To qualify for this academic honor, the student must maintain full-time status and a semester grade point average of 3.5.
UMass Dartmouth students are named to the Chancellor's List in recognition of earning a semester grade point average of 3.8 or higher of a possible 4.0:
Jessica Chalkley of Marion
Derek Marshall of Marion
Michael Rezendes of Marion
Ian Whelihan of Marion
Mya Akins of Mattapoisett
Matthew Burke of Mattapoisett
Myles McQuade of Mattapoisett
Megan Merlo of Mattapoisett
Sarah Ribeiro of Mattapoisett
Izak Thuestad of Mattapoisett
Aimee Gonsalves of Rochester
Nathan Murphy of Rochester
Amanda Pacheco of Rochester
Tabor Academy to Host
Tabor Academy is honored and excited to host the 68th annual New England Independent School Wrestling Championship. On Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21 approximately 280 wrestlers, representing fifty New England independent schools, will compete for All New England status and a chance to qualify for the Prep National Tournament held annually at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. While this is the first time Tabor has had the opportunity to host this prestigious New England Tournament, the Tabor wrestling program is experienced in competing for the championship - holding four team titles and crowning 33 individual champions. Last winter, the Seawolves placed third in this event and we will be just as competitive this year. Wrestling begins on Friday at 5:00 pm and continues on Saturday at 9:00 am in Tabor's Fish Center for Health and Athletics at 256 Front Street, Marion, MA 02738. The public is welcome.
War and Peace
United States Coast Guard Band trombonist Musician First Class Karna Millen will join Music Director and Principal Conductor Philip Sanborn as the Tri-County Symphonic Band performs music of epic battles and historic truces entitled "War and Peace" on Sunday, February 1 at 3:00 pm at the Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett.
The first half of the program will start with John Philip Sousa's "Bullets and Bayonets" march reflective of the trenches of World War I. From there, the band will perform the "Blue and the Gray," a Civil War suite by American composer Clare Grundman. Music from the award-winning movie Saving Private Ryan is next with the somberly haunting "The Hymn to the Fallen" by John Williams. Concluding the first half of the concert is an arrangement of Jean Sibelius' uplifting and joyful opus, "Finlandia." "Toccata Marziale," Ralph Vaughan Williams' cornerstone of the English wind band repertoire, begins the second half of the program. Next, MU1 Karna Millen offers a virtuosic tour-de-force for trombone written by the romantic German composer Ferdinand David. David's "Concertino" displays MU1 Millen's rhapsodic vocal qualities on the instrument as well as her superb technical rapidity. The concert will conclude with the ever poignant and exhilarating "1812 Overture" by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Musician 1st Class Karna Millen, trombone, joined the United States Coast Guard Band in 2009. Originally from Edina, Minnesota, her early trombone training came from her father, also a professional trombonist. Currently the second trombonist of the Albany Symphony, she is an active orchestral, chamber, and freelance musician throughout New England. In Boston, she has played with the Symphony, Pops, Esplanade, Ballet, and Opera Orchestras, and was a two-time Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center. MU1 Millen is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, and her principal teachers include Norman Bolter, Douglas Wright, and Ron Barron.
There will also be a celebration at intermission marking the 95th birthday of original member (joined in 1962), trumpet player Edith Pliskin.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students, and children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth and The Bookstall in Marion. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Please visit http://tricountysymphonicband.org/ for more details.
Marion COA Trips
The Marion Council on Aging has the following trips scheduled for 2015. Call to reserve your spot on the van. These trips fill up quickly.
February 23 - IKEA
March 23 - Outdoor World
April 20 - JFK Memorial, Hyannis
May 18 - Wrentham Mall
June 15 - Glass Museum in Sandwich
July 20 - Butterflies of Cape Cod, Bourne
August 17 - Canal Boat trip
September 21 - Isaacs Plymouth
October 19 - Fall River Maritime Museum
Bill Harley to Visit Sippican
We would like to remind you that next week, Sippican School is proud to host Grammy award winning singer/songwriter/storyteller, Bill Harley, for a special engagement. Bill will conduct three days of workshops and assemblies of storytelling and song with students and teachers. As part of his visit, we invite families and all members of the Sippican School community to a free Bill Harley concert on Thursday evening, January 29 at 6:30 pm in the multi-purpose room. This is going to be a fun event and hope to see you there.
YMCA Announces New Program Director
YMCA SouthCoast is proud to announce Stephanie Winterson as the new Program Director of the Mattapoisett YMCA located at 38 Reservation Road, Mattapoisett, MA.
Ms. Winterson has been an employee here for the past four years. She has played key roles in the leadership of YMCA Camp Massasoit and has previously been an afterschool site director at both the Mattapoisett location as well as Rochester Memorial School.
"I am pleased to have promoted Stephanie as the new Program Director at the Mattapoisett YMCA. She is a breath of fresh air. She has great energy and leadership, along with dedication to the Y and the children and families in our programs. These are only some of the attributes that made Stephanie the ideal candidate for this position," states Joseph Marciszyn, Executive Director of the Mattapoisett YMCA, a Division of YMCA SOUTHCOAST. "She brings a youthful enthusiasm to our organization, and I look forward to working with Stephanie in her new position."
In her new role as Program Director, Ms. Winterson will be responsible for leading and managing the day-to-day operations of the School Age programs at the Mattapoisett YMCA and at Rochester Memorial School. Steph will be the Assistant Camp Director and work with our community to offer new programs and enrichment classes. "I am quite lucky to be in this position as the Program Director at this beautiful place that I have considered a second home for the past four years! Words cannot properly express how excited I am to start my new journey here." states Ms. Winterson. She resides in Fairhaven with her family and dog, Bronx.
The Y is one of the nation's leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. With five branch sites serving more than 37,000 people, YMCA SOUTHCOAST has been working to meet the needs of our community for over 150 years. The Y engages people of all ages - regardless of income or background - to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Everyone is welcome at the Y and financial assistance is available. For more information about YMCA SOUTHCOAST, visit one of the branches in Dartmouth, Fall River, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Swansea, and Wareham or online at ymcasouthcoast.org.
Tabor Academy Hosts Ceramics Exhibition
Two years ago, Tabor Academy art department faculty member Kevin Arnfield (Ceramics, Art History) received a Braitmayer Fellowship from Tabor to research, design and construct a 50-cubic foot wood-fired kiln. Mr. Arnfield's project, much more complicated and involved than he anticipated, took nearly two years to complete and ended up involving a range of people from the Tabor community and beyond. Tabor art faculty, students, trustees, alumni, and people from the local community came together, either in the work of constructing and preparing the kiln or in the work of filling the kiln with ceramics to be fired. The inaugural firing of the kiln in October 2014 was a great success and produced very promising results.
During the first two weeks of February, the gallery in the Braitmayer Art Center will feature an exhibition entitled Wood Fire: Kiln, Art & Community - Ceramics from a Pre-Industrial Technology curated by Mr. Arnfield. The exhibition will address the history and aesthetics particular to wood-fired ceramics and the design and construction of his kiln. It will also address the value of labor and community work inherent in the wood firing process. A selection of ceramics from the 300+ pieces fired in inaugural kiln firing will be on view side by side with a number of important pieces of wood fired art pottery from local collections.
The public is invited to the opening reception of this exhibition on February 6 in the Braitmayer Art Center at Tabor Academy from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
Blue Book Deadline
Work is underway on the 2015-16 edition of The Blue Book, the popular telephone directory published by the Tri-Town League of Women Voters for the benefit of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester residents. To assure accuracy in the new edition, residents should check their current listing in the online version of the directory which can be found at lwvmmr.org/phonebook. The deadline for any changes in the residential listings is February 15.
Notify the League of any corrections, additions or deletions including name, address, P.O. Box number, and telephone number, whether landline or cell. Send the requests for change via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail at LWV-MMR, P.O. Box 812, Marion, MA 02738. No changes? We will reprint your 2013-14 listing.
Advertising information will be mailed to previous advertisers during the last week of February. Others who would like the opportunity to promote their services with an ad should contact the League at email@example.com or by the postal address above. Please include the mailing address of your business.
The 2015-16 Blue Book will be mailed FREE to all Tri-Town postal patrons in late June and is a community service project of the League of Women Voters of Marion-Mattapoisett-Rochester.
Marion Republican Town Committee
The Marion Republican Town Committee will conduct its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 3 at 7:00 pm at 122 Converse Road, Marion. The public and new members are welcome.
Gateway Youth Hockey
Mite C: The Gateway Mite C team had an off night and lost to the SC Panthers on Saturday by a score of 28-11. The Mites came out in the first period slow but were able to only be down by two goals in the first period, 9-7. The second period, however, they were not so lucky. The Panthers took control of the game and the lead and never looked back. Brayden Cannon led the team with a hat trick. The other scorers on the night were Jarrod Frates, Paxton Jones, Brayden Hathon, Jack Langlais, Pat Tripp, and Tommy Clavell. Nate Wilson had 21 saves filling in for the sick Charlie Carroll. It was a tough loss for the Mites, but we will be sure to get back to our total team effort ways against Nantucket next Saturday in Falmouth.
Squirts: The Gateway Squirts faced Plymouth Orange Saturday morning and played a stellar game and taking the win 8-0. Joe Urnek got Gateway on the board in the first period assisted by Braden MacDonald. Juni Suarez added two more goals in the first. In the second period, Matthew Quinlan cleared the net assisted by Urnek and Nathan Ribeiro, who also got a goal himself assisted from Matthew Paling. Ty David found the net assisted by Suarez. In the third period, Quinlan and Suarez both put points on the board giving Suarez a hat trick. On defense, Jacob Hebbel, McDonald, Paling, and Thomas Leger were on their game keeping the puck out of Plymouth's possession. Brady Kidney made some nice passes to keep the puck moving. Ryker King earned the shut-out, making some key saves.
Pee Wees: The Gateway Youth Hockey Pee Wee team faced the #1 Pembroke Titans Sunday evening. Although the Pee Wees played hard, they weren't able to overcome the relentless pressure of the Titans, who won the game with a score of 4-0 to hold their top ranking.
Bantams: The Gateway Youth Hockey Bantams blanked Hanover B2, 5-0. Gateway goal scorers included: Tyler and Zachary Lovendale, Jake Demoranville, Robert Ramsay, and Jameson Woodward. Tyler also added an assist. Jared Westgate added two helpers. Noah Demoranville, Jackson St. Don, and Mike Ripley also assisted Gateway goals. Goalie Zachary Pateakos turned away several late-game scoring attempts to preserve the shutout.
Middle School 1: The Middle School 1 team was back in action on Friday night against a tough Taunton team. The Jr. Vikings skated away with a 5-2 victory, pushing their win streak up to six games. The team came out a little flat early on, but eventually found their rhythm when Peter Pimental tipped home a Seth Tomasik slap shot. Next to score was James L'Heureux, who grabbed the puck out from a pile of players in front of the net and snuck it by the goalie. Taunton wouldn't be outdone, scoring on a deflection and a one timer from in close. With the score tied at two, defenseman Coleby Paling found a streaking Quirino doCanto, who beat the defender and somehow managed to get it by the sprawling goalie to give the Jr. Vikings a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Robert Ramsay scored the fourth goal on a nifty backhand shot up and over the goalie, almost from behind the net. Vyper LaTullippe found an open Robert Maloney in the slot to score the last goal, making it 5-2. Jake DeMoranville did a great job in net again, making multiple saves.
Mattapoisett Free Library News
Read to Sadie the Listener Dog: Sadie, the library's wonderful listening ears dog, is coming back to hear young patrons read on Saturday, January 31 from 11:00 to 11:45 am. Children may sign up to read to the pup who loves to sit patiently and enjoy stories. Sign-ups are limited to ten children, so call today.
Harry Potter Club: The Fun Begins - Join the Harry Potter Club! Students age 7 and up are encouraged to join other HP fans for fun, a team trivia challenge, crafts, snacks, and more. Wear your best HP outfit. The first meeting will be held Tuesday, February 17 (school vacation week) from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Register for this meeting at the library or by calling 508-758-4171.
Get Ready for the Great Backyard Bird Count! Families are encouraged to join Justin and Jessica Barrett and other experienced birdwatchers for a program on Saturday, February 7 at 11:00 am. Learn how to participate in the bird count by identifying birds and recording your findings. Be a citizen scientist while having fun in your own backyard. This program is part of the Tri-Town libraries' MOBY, My Own BackYard natural science program, supported with federal funds as administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
Take Your Child to the Library Day - It's a National event! All over the country, families are visiting their public libraries on this day to enjoy stories, crafts, and fun.
Visit the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Saturday, February 7 between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm where you can:
- Explore the Preschool Science Station's sensory tables, magnets, and building sets
- Try the new Apps on the Children's Department iPad
- Play some fun educational games on the AWE Learning Stations
- Go on the Library Scavenger Hunt and enter to win a prize
- Play with the library's Lego Collection or chess
- Sign up for the Harry Potter Club and see the HP movie schedule
- Check out the Literacy Backpacks that offer books and activities for all ages on a variety of subjects
Sign up to be on the MOBYfun mailing list and learn more about this new exciting natural science program for children in grades 3 through 8.
Need a library card for your child or grandchild? Children 5-years old and up can have one - free!
The Future of Fundraising is Here: Looking for funding for a new business, a great idea, or a favorite charity? Learn how to use websites such as Kickstarter, gofundme, Indiegogo, and others on Tuesday, February 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Register for this workshop by calling the library at 508-758-4171 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chess Club: The Chess Club will resume Wednesday, January 28 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Instructor Jim Kegle is ready to get students' chess skills back in shape after the holiday break or teach new participants some of the basics. Bring ideas for how the chess club might grow and expand. Suggestions including membership cards and tournaments will be discussed. Please bring a chess set, if possible. Students: Sign up in the children's department or by calling the library at 508-758-4171.
Marion COA Information
Tax Help: Income tax preparation for simple returns will be available by appointment only on Wednesday afternoons.
Drug Disposal: Drop off at the police station. No liquids.
Emergency Fund: For Marion residents in need of life sustaining services.
Transportation: Call as soon as you have an appointment.
- Wareham area - Monday am & Thursday pm.
- Dartmouth & New Bedford - Monday pm & Thursday am.
- Plymouth on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
- Boston on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month.
- Every Wednesday, Market Basket - pick up at 12:30 pm.
- Alternate Fridays to Shaw's in Wareham and Fairhaven marts - pick up 12:30 pm.
Please arrange errands with the above schedule.
Donations are appreciated.
Outreach Worker: Outreach worker is available to meet in your home or at the COA office at Town House to assist with information, referrals, or assistance with applications. Call for appointment.
Mailbox Sticker: If you have not picked up your mail in three days, the post office will notify the COA so we may do a well check. Call the COA for more info.
Book Delivery: Free delivery of books to home-bound residents. Please call the library at 508-748-1252.
Legal Assistance: On February 12 beginning at 10:00 am. Simple wills, estate planning. Appointments are needed.
LGBT Supper Club: LGBT supper club, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Suggested donation: $3. Call the Fairhaven Senior Center, 229 Huttleston Avenue, 508-979-4029, to sign up.
Telephone Reassurance: Daily check on people living alone. Call for more details.
Movies: It Happened One Night to be shown on February 6. All movies begin at 7:00 pm at the Music Hall. Free.
Health & Wellness:
YMCA: Tuesdays and Thursdays - pick up at 10:00 am and return at 12:30 pm. Scholarships are available.
Step & Stretch: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:00 pm at the Rochester COA. Transportation provided.
Senior Stretch: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 9:30 - 10:30 am at First Congregational Church hall. Sponsored by Friends of Marion visiting nurse. Ten-week sessions for $45. Sign up for one, two or three days.
Low-impact Dance Aerobics: Mondays from 9:30 - 10:40 am, Fridays from 9:00 - 10:00 am at Atlantis Drive. Donation: $4.
Public Health Nurse: Nurse is available for health consultation, blood pressure and glucose monitoring, wound assessment and routine adult vaccinations on Mondays at Town House from 9:30 - 11:30 am. The nurse is available by appointment Tuesday - Friday.
Meals on Wheels: Delivered daily to home-bound elders.
Podiatry Clinic: Call for appointment.
Social Day Program: Monday - Friday to the Fairhaven social day program. Pick up begins at 7:45 am and return is at 2:30 pm.
Medical Equipment: Walkers, bath seats, commodes, etc. Free loan.
Friendship Table: Free meal at St. Gabriel's church in Marion, 1st and 3rd Thursdays at the Congregational Church Community Center at 5:00 pm.
SHINE Counselor (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders): Have a health insurance question? Ask our SHINE counselor. Call the COA for appointment.
Fuel Assistance: Applications are available at the office. Please call to make an appointment.
Classic Film Friday
On Friday, February 6 at 7:00 pm, the public is invited to the Marion Music Hall for the month's Classic Film Friday Presentation: It Happened One Night. The event is co-sponsored by the Sippican Historical Society and the Marion Council on Aging, and is offered to the public free of charge. Directed (and co-written) by Frank Capra, the 1934 film is considered one of the greatest romantic comedies in film history. Not only was it a box office sleeper hit, but it was a critical success, as well, garnering five Academy Award nominations and winning in all five categories: Best Picture, Best Actor (Clark Gable), Best Actress (Claudette Colbert), Best Director (Frank Capra), and Best Adaptation (Robert Riskin).
In a reversal of the classic Cinderella story, the film's heiress heroine (Claudette Colbert) rejects her wealthy lifestyle and falls in company - and love - with a gruff, out-of-work reporter (Clark Gable). Class conflicts, socio-economic differences, and battles of wit are played out along a madcap road trip that contains some of the most memorable film scenes ever created. Running time for It Happened One Night is 105 minutes, and the film will be followed by a brief talk-back session by David Pierce. The Marion Music Hall is located at 164 Front Street, and ample parking is available across the street at Island Wharf. For more information, contact the SHS at 508-748-1116.
Mattapoisett Free Public Library
PJs and a Book for The Women's Center: Donations of new pajamas and books for children are still being accepted at the library for The Women's Center. Patrons are encouraged to bring in these donations so they can be distributed to families served by The Women's Center in the greater New Bedford and Fall River areas.
Friends' Used Book Sale - Two for One: The next Book Sale will be held Saturday, February 14 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. In celebration of Valentine's Day, patrons may purchase two bags filled with books for the price of one. Buy one book, get one free. The Junior Friends will also be holding a bake sale from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Learn About E-readers, iPads and other Devices: Did you receive an e-reader for the holidays, or did you upgrade your smart phone or iPad? Stop by one of the tech trainings on Fridays at 3:00 pm or Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm. One-on-one assistance is also available by making an appointment with Elizabeth Sherry. Call 508-758-4171 for more information or to make an appointment.
Delayed Opening on Thursday, February 19: The Mattapoisett Library will open at 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 19 so that the entire library staff can participate in a strategic planning session.
Fun Items Available for Check-out at Your Library: The library has many cake pans available for check-out with a library card. Instructions for decorating are also included. See the selection in the Children's Department. Choose from several dozen themed pans to make a great cake. Also available for check-out are children's snowshoes.
Writer's Group: All genres and levels of experience are welcome. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of each month.
Medical Reserve Corps
The Marion-Rochester MRC is seeking volunteers to assist with efforts to prepare for and respond to threats to the health and well-being of our towns' residents. We need a diverse group of volunteers with both medical and non-medical skills and abilities. A steering committee will be formed at our next meeting on Thursday, January 29 at 6:30 pm at the Rochester Council on Aging, 66 Dexter Lane, Rochester.
All interested residents of Marion and Rochester are invited to attend and participate. The steering committee will guide the reorganization and development of the Marion-Rochester MRC.
If you aren't able to attend the meeting but are interested in being involved, please contact the Marion Board of Health at 508-748-3530 or the Rochester Board of Health at 508-763-5421.
MNHM Adult and Family Programs
Saturday, January 31, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm: Tracking with the Marion Natural History Museum
We will meet at Washburn Park to do some tracking and search for other evidence of wild animals with naturalist and experienced tracker, Jennifer Carlino. Jennifer has volunteered with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Department for many years and has trained with the likes of biologist Scott Jackson. Please remember to dress warmly. You may want to bring a pair of binoculars or a camera to document your findings. Cost for the program is a $6/person donation to the museum.
Friday, February 6, 7:00 - 8:30 pm: "The Right Whale Sedation Story" with Dr. Michael Moore
Woods Hole Marine Biologist Michael Moore will present his new strategy for sedating right whales to enable dis-entangling. Mr. Moore has devoted much of his career to understanding the endangered North Atlantic right whale, which are too often the victims of human activities. Since coming to WHOI as a graduate student in 1986, Moore has investigated why populations of North Atlantic right whales have not rebounded as they could have in the eight decades since whaling was outlawed, while their South Atlantic cousins have. Moore and colleagues at the New England Aquarium and elsewhere, as part of the Right Whale Consortium, have come to recognize that the species lives mostly in a highly "urbanized" ocean, where ship strikes and fishing gear entanglements are a constant concern.
As a result, Moore has studied various pharmacological and mechanical tools to help restrain or sedate large whales so that they can be cut loose from ropes and fishing gear. These efforts include the development of methods of injecting large whales with sedatives or antibiotics. Moore and colleagues Becky Woodward and Jeremy Winn have also modeled the interactions between fixed fishing gear and large whale body parts and conducted engineering tests to determine how rope interacts with whale baleen.
This program promises to be an interesting one, and preregistration is strongly recommended. Please preregister at the museum's website: www.marionmuseum.org. Cost is a $6 donation to Marion Natural History Museum.
Friday, February 27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm: Family Program - Bugworks!
Join Bugworks! on Friday, February 27 for an interactive evening featuring live invertebrates. Topics will include insect life cycles, characteristics, defense mechanisms, historical significance, and more. We'll also compare insects to other arthropods such as millipedes and arachnids. Join us as we peer at a praying mantis and marvel at millipedes! Program will be held at the Marion Natural History Museum. Cost for this program is a $6 donation to the museum. "This program is supported in part by a grant from the (name of local cultural council), a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency."
Friday, March 6, 7:00 - 8:30 pm: Beyond the White Shark - Sharks of New England with Dr. Tom Burns
Dr. Tom Burns has been photographing sharks for over 20 years. His pursuit of shark encounters has taken him around the world. Years of in-water interactions with sharks, often without the barrier of a cage, has allowed him to obtain a real perspective of these intelligent animals. Based on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, it is the sharks of New England that have become his focus including the mako shark, basking shark, porbeagles and the rare hammerhead and tiger sharks. Beyond the species profiles, Dr. Burns will give the audience background on how he dives, photographs, and interacts with these different species. Some might be surprised to learn that he never uses a shark cage and will sometimes use aerial spotters for encountering sharks such as hammerheads. The presentation will include some of Dr. Burns' stunning photographs which have been published in numerous magazines. Location: Marion Natural History Museum, 8 Spring Street, Marion, MA. Cost: $6 donation to the Marion Natural History Museum.
The Machacam Club will hold its February meeting on February 4 at the Legion Hall, 3 Depot Street. Social time is 5:30 pm; dinner is at 6:00 pm.
Our special guest, courtesy of Mike Jennings, will be Captain Brad Smith, our December speaker who is returning to continue his presentation on his 32-year career with the Military Sealift Command. Brad is certain to be of great interest to the members as he was in his earlier presentation.
Callers and members are asked to bear in mind the importance of call list accuracy, especially in view of the food cost increases. Caller lists should be done and reported no later than 9:00 pm on February 2 by email to GPFNR@aol.com or by phone to Mike at 508-758-9311. Members with requests or changes can contact either no later than 9:00 am on January 3.
Marion Census Forms
Marion Annual Street Listing 2015 (census) forms were mailed out this month. Please complete the forms as soon as possible and drop them off at the Town House, 2 Spring Street, or mail them back in the enclosed envelope.
These census forms are very important for the Town as State aid is based on the numbers returned. The Annual Street List is compiled from this information. No children under the age of 16 are placed in the street list; however, it is very important that children be noted on the census form for school and state purposes. Again, no children under the age of 16 are placed in the street list.
2015 Dog Licenses are now available at the Town Clerk's office. Please stop by or use the application which will be with the Annual Street List form, making sure to read the instructions carefully as incomplete applications will be returned. People over 70 years of age do not have to pay for one dog license fee but are still responsible for showing current rabies information.
Please call the Town Clerk's office at 508-748-3502 with any questions.
Sippican School Kindergarten Registration
Children who will be five years of age by August 31, 2015 and reside in Marion are eligible to enroll in Kindergarten. Kindergarten Registration will be held at Sippican School on Wednesday, February 11 from 9:30 - 10:30 am and from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
During these times, registration forms will be processed, and new parents will have the opportunity to meet with our Principal and Nurse. A copy of each student's updated immunization record must be submitted at the time of registration. Records should include verification of lead screening, hepatitis B vaccination and other immunizations. An original birth certificate for each student must be presented to be photocopied. Proof of residency requirements must also be met. Please provide three verifications of home address, (e.g., copy of lease or real estate tax bill, vehicle registration, driver's license, current electric, cable or gas bill, etc.).
Information and forms will be mailed by Friday, January 23 to the parents of all prospective kindergarteners. Any parent not receiving this information should call Cathy Caramanica at Sippican School at 508-748-0100, ext. 316.
The Marion Fire Fighters Association will hold their annual Spaghetti Dinner, Saturday January 31 between 5:00 and 7:00 pm at the Marion VFW Pavilion on Route 6. Tickets will be $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under, available at the door.
Center School Parent Orientation Meeting
A Parent Orientation Meeting for the parents of all children eligible to enter Kindergarten has been scheduled on Thursday, January 29 at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria of Center School. All parents of children eligible to attend Kindergarten are asked to attend this special informational meeting. Any child born before September 1, 2010 is eligible for enrollment in Kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year. At this meeting, our Kindergarten teachers will be present and we will highlight our Kindergarten program and curriculum, discuss our Kindergarten Orientation Program on the first day of school, provide you with an opportunity to visit a kindergarten classroom and share other information regarding your child's transition to Center School. In addition, school Registration Packets will be available for you to take home to complete. Mattapoisett offers a free full-day Kindergarten program. Any questions you may have will be addressed at this meeting.
Kindergarten registration dates are Wednesday, February 11 from 3:00 - 5:30 pm or on Thursday, February 12 from 8:45 - 11:00 am in the cafeteria at Center School. In order to have the registration process proceed in a timely manner, we ask parents to bring completed registration packets with them when they attend registration.
If you have a child who was born before August 31, 2010 and is eligible to enter Kindergarten, but will not be entering Kindergarten and/or will be attending a private Kindergarten, please call the office at Center School (508-758-2521) to notify us of your decision not to enter your child in Center School for the 2015-2016 school year. This will enable us to keep an accurate count of the number of students who will be entering Center School. If you know of a child who is eligible to enter Kindergarten and they did not receive this information about our orientation/registration in the mail, please have them contact Center School so that a registration packet can be forwarded to them.
We look forward to seeing you on January 29 and welcoming you to the Center School community!
SCC Presents Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music
On January 30 at 6:30 pm at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front St. in Marion, the SouthCoast Children's Chorus presents Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music. "If you've always wanted to be a part of a musical, this is your chance!" ABC World News Tonight
Having started in the UK back in 1999, the Sing-a-Long-a Sound of Music show has now become a worldwide hit, playing to packed houses across the globe with over 10,000 performances in 11 different countries! It's even filled the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles - seven times!
Let's start at the very beginning (a very good place to start)...
Sing-a-long-a Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical in glorious, full-screen technicolor, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along!
The fun-filled show will start with a vocal warm-up led by Leslie Piper, Artistic Director of the SouthCoast Children's Chorus, who will also take the audience through their complimentary 'magic moments fun pack,' containing various props to be used at strategic points throughout the film.
Audience members are strongly encouraged to come in costume, and prizes will be awarded for the best/most creative costumes!
So get those vocal cords warmed up, cut up those chintz curtains and hurry down to the Marion Music Hall for a most extraordinary, fun-filled evening of participatory entertainment!
The event begins at 6:30 pm on Friday, January 30 at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front St. in Marion. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 8 - 18, with a maximum of $40 per family. Tickets may be purchased at The Bookstall in Marion, the Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth, and the Double Bar in Westport beginning on Saturday, January 10. All remaining tickets will be sold at the door, but we expect to sell out, so get your tickets early!
SouthCoast Toastmaster's Club
The SouthCoast Toastmaster's Club, also known as Marion Toastmaster's Club, is a public speaking, communications and leadership organization that meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from noon to 1:00 pm at the Wareham Library, 59 Marion Road, Wareham, MA.
Come and experience what happens at our meetings! We have a vocabulary word of the day, a joke of the day, two 5-7 minute prepared speeches, two minute extemporaneous speaking sessions and evaluations of what just happened. The meeting is one hour. Come and bring your brown bag lunch.
Get over your jitters and gain more confidence in your presentation skills. Bring a friend. For more information, call 508-292-6706 or visit our web site at www.Marion.ToastmastersClubs.org
Mystery Book Club at the ETL
Join us at the Elizabeth Taber Library for our monthly Mystery Book Club, which meets the first Wednesday of every month at 11:00 am. The upcoming books we will discuss are:
February 4: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
March 4: Broken Harbor by Tana French
April 1: Strangers by Bill Pronzini
May 6: Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus
June 3: On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle
Please stop into the Elizabeth Taber Library to register and reserve the monthly book!
For more information, please call the Elizabeth Taber Library at 508-748-1252 or email Libby at email@example.com.
Marion Rec's Adult Beginner Crochet Classes
Take a little time to learn something new and have fun. Learn basic crocheting!
Practice yarn will be provided; all you need is a crochet hook, size G or H. This course is offered for six weeks: Wednesday, January 28 to Wednesday, February 25 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Classes meet at Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive. Registration forms can be found at www.marionrecreation.com and at the office at 13 Atlantis Drive. To register, please return payment and registration form to Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion, MA 02738.
For more information, please contact Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tri-Town Library Snow Day
Ever wanted to be part of a "flash mob"? Join the Tri-Town Libraries in a Snow Day! group event as part of our MOBYfun collaboration.
When? We don't know!! (We have to wait until it snows!) Let your library know how you want to be contacted (via email? Facebook? phone?), and when we plan to do it, we'll get in touch.
Where? At your library! All three libraries - Rochester, Marion and Mattapoisett - will invite their patrons to come to their library lawn and build forts, snow angels, sculptures ... all at the same time! Work as an individual, family or group of friends to construct some fabulous creations from snow. Hot chocolate will be served and pictures will be taken ... say cheese!
Need some ideas on snow sculpting?? Check out what your library has on the shelf to spark your creativity!
Contact your library for more information:
Mattapoisett Free Public Library: 508-758-4171
Marion-Elizabeth Taber Library: 508-748-1252
Rochester-Plumb Memorial Library: 508-763-8600
The MOBYfun program is federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
ORR Class of 1965
The Old Rochester Regional High School Class of 1965 has planned a 50-year reunion on September 19, 2015 and is searching for classmates. Graduates of ORRHS Class of 1965, please email your current address to email@example.com as well as any current addresses of classmates and teachers you have contact with. Visit our Facebook page, "Orrhs1965 Reunion". Like and Share to get the word out.
FISH - Friends In Service Helping
Friends In Service Helping has been in operation in Mattapoisett since 1969. We provide rides to medical appointments for elderly residents who cannot drive anymore. We service Mattapoisett residents with transportation from their homes to Wareham, Marion, Fairhaven, New Bedford, and Dartmouth, as well as right here in Mattapoisett. Last year alone, we transported 301 residents!
Our town does not have public transportation. Our elderly residents are counting on FISH to get them to their medical appointments. We need more volunteer callers and drivers. We always work around your schedule when it is convenient for you! To find out more about your opportunity to be a FISH volunteer, please call FISH Coordinator Jacquie McGraw at 508-758-9278.
Best Seat in the House? Every Seat!
The Music Hall Advisory Committee is pleased to announce two very significant donations - an audio system donated by an anonymous donor, as well as 150 comfortable, new chairs from a dual donation by an anonymous donor and the Sippican Historical Society. The Committee is deeply grateful for these wonderful contributions that will greatly enhance the comfort and enjoyment of audiences for the many civic and cultural activities held at the Music Hall.
For information on various programs held at the Music Hall by organizations such as the Sippican Historical Society, Elizabeth Taber Library and Marion Council on Aging, as well as other local venues, you can now consult the Town of Marion's Events calendar at http://www.marionma.gov/Pages/MarionMA_Eventscal/.
Increased use of the Music Hall has led to more awareness of the maintenance issues it faces, and the Committee is very pleased to be working actively with the town's new Facilities Manager, Shaun Cormier, to ensure the long-term 'health' of this historic building. We look forward to honoring the vision of Elizabeth Taber when she built the Music Hall in 1891, as well as the generosity of another benefactress whose large donation in 1995 provided funds for a major renovation to the building as well as an endowment.
The focus now is on stabilizing the Hall's foundation, increasing handicap access, upgrading the kitchen, replacing the furnace, redoing the interior painting and floors, as well as furnishing the Reading Room. Excellent assistance from many local volunteers has proved invaluable, and the Committee welcomes any and all suggestions as the project moves forward.
Anyone who wishes to be involved in the Music Hall's improvement initiative is encouraged to contact Phyllis Washburn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marion Council on Aging
Applications for the Senior Property Tax Work-Off Program are now available at the Marion Council on Aging. This program allows Marion seniors, 62 and older, to perform services for the town in exchange for a maximum of $750 reduction on their real estate taxes. Please call the COA for more information or to register for this program at 508-748-3570.
Mattapoisett COA Happenings
Knitting: Mondays at 10:00 am
Scrabble: Mondays at 1:00 pm
Bingo: Wednesdays at 1:00 pm
Mah Jong: Wednesdays at 1:15 pm
Bridge: Thursdays at 9:00 am
Belly Dancing: Mondays, 1:30 pm, $3
Qi Gong: Mondays, 10:00 am, free
Strength and Balance: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00 pm, free
Cardio Fit: Wednesdays, 9:00 am, free
Yoga: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:45 am, $3
Walking Group: Tuesdays, 9:00 am, free
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