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Dear Editor,
I read the announcement, ORR Joint School Committee, to hold a full day of classes on Good Friday, in 2015. I was shocked! I wept! I weep!
Jacqueline A. McGraw, Mattapoisett

A Friendly Reminder to Marion Drivers
We live in the center of Marion and I spend hours in my little garden right near Front Street. Most people driving through town are going too fast. Did you know that the speed limit in Marion village is 25 MPH ? As summer approaches and pedestrians and kids are out and about, PLEASE go slowly through the village. 25 MPH! Thank you.
Tinker and Bill Saltonstall

Mattapoisett Land Trust Acquisition
The Mattapoisett Land Trust is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to purchase 22 acres of woodland and wetland in western Mattapoisett from Greg and Jeanne Downey of Mattapoisett. The property lies southwest of Mattapoisett Neck Road between preserves previously protected by the Mattapoisett Land Trust and the Wildlands Trust.
The property is identified by the Commonwealth's Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program both as "Core Habitat" and "Critical Natural Landscape," indicating that it is among the most critical lands for protecting the natural diversity of Mattapoisett. Adding the Downey property to the previously protected land in the area will create a permanently protected region of over 200 acres, extending from Brandt Island Cove to Mattapoisett Neck Road.
Fund-raising activities will continue during the spring as the MLT prepares for the acquisition in June. The MLT has received a grant of $75,000 through a North American Wetlands Conservation Act, administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but it still needs to raise approximately $40,000 before the closing. Donations can be made through the MLT website at, or by sending donations to the Mattapoisett Land Trust, P.O. Box 31, Mattapoisett, MA, 02739. All donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
For those interested in visiting the property, the Land Trust will sponsor a walk on Saturday, May 2, beginning at 2:00 pm from the junction of Whalers Way and Mattapoisett Neck Road. For more information call 774-263-6657 or email Or visitors may simply wish to drive by the property at their leisure to see if there is activity on the existing osprey stand. MLT protection should provide many more years of viewing pleasure.
Founded in 1974 as a 501(c)(3) organization, in its 40 years, the Mattapoisett Land Trust has protected over 700 acres following its mission of protecting land in order to enrich the quality of life for Mattapoisett residents and visitors.

SLT Peirson Woods Storywalk
The Sippican Lands Trust is currently offering a posted storywalk at our Peirson Woods property. Pages from Forest Night Forest Bright, written by Jennifer Ward and illustrated by Jamicheal Henterly, are laminated and posted along a well-marked nature trail. Storywalks are fun and encourage literature in nature for all ages. We hope you enjoy it!
Peirson Woods is located on Point Road in Marion. Take a right off of Route 6 west onto Creek Road. Then take a right onto Point Rd. Peirson Woods is located approximately ½ a mile down on the right. It is marked with a kiosk sign and has parking available.
Founded in 1974, the Sippican Lands Trust strives to acquire and protect natural areas in Marion. Its purpose is to conserve land, protect habitat, provide public access to the beautiful, protected lands of our town and offer events for nature lovers of all ages!
Please do not hesitate to contact Executive Director Robin Shields at 508-748-3080. Visit us on Facebook and

Fairhaven Historical Society
The Fairhaven Historical Society will present an illustrated lecture titled "Fairhaven at the Heart of the Whaling Era," and "The Curious Case of the Charles W. Morgan," by James Russell, president and CEO of the New Bedford Whaling Museum. All are welcomed to attend this presentation at the Fairhaven Town Hall, located at 40 Center Street in Fairhaven on Friday, May 2, at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served and donations are accepted. The Town Hall auditorium is accessible.
How did the Whaling Museum come into existence? In 1602, the English explorer Batholomew Gosnold landed on the shore of Cuttyhunk Island, 17 years before the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. Civic leaders placed a monument on the location where Gosnold had established his trading post. The Old Dartmouth Historical Society was formed to care for this monument, as well as to "create and foster an interest in Old Dartmouth," which comprised Fairhaven, Acushnet, Dartmouth, and New Bedford.

Become a Global Family with AFS-USA
Old Rochester Regional High School residents -- open your home to the world and make a global connection! Host an AFS Exchange Student!
Each year, AFS Intercultural Programs/USA, a leader in international high school student exchange for more than 65 years, welcomes 2,300 high school students from more than 90 countries into communities like our ORR area. These students are eager to attend a local high school, live with a host family, and discover what America is all about.
AFS-USA is always looking for supportive host families. By hosting an AFS Exchange Student, you and your family will help build bridges of intercultural understanding at home and abroad, while connecting with an outstanding young people.
"Hosting Martin was a life changing event for our family," said host mother Dawn Fuchs. "His incentive to also share what he has learned with his own country and community has also had a transforming effect on us, his American family. We have also been given new eyes to see the world! The gratitude (and love) goes both ways."
Host families provide a bed and meals, share their daily lives with students, and help guide and support students as they would their own children. Families and their hosted students receive ongoing support from AFS Staff and experienced, local volunteers.
For more information about how to host a student, study abroad, or volunteer with AFS, call 800-AFS-INFO or visit

RMS to Perform "The Tempest"
The Rochester Memorial School Drama Club will perform its 26th Shakespeare production, featuring "The Tempest" on May 2. Since 1988, the Drama Club has been performing Shakespeare under the direction of teacher, Danni Kleiman.
Each January 20-30 students are cast as the Bard's most colorful characters in productions such as A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, and Hamlet. This year, students will delight audiences with a performance of The Tempest.
This magical play about a storm and a playful spirit includes Elise Mello as Prospera, Ceci Prefontaine as the spirit Ariel, Hannah Johnson as Prospera's daughter Miranda, and Aidan Root as Ferdinand. The Tempest includes a cast and stage crew of 35 RMS students, and four students from ORR on the Senior Tech Crew.
This experience is unique for RMS students and gives them a chance to experience and learn the work of Shakespeare. They learn the importance teamwork, public speaking, stagecraft, and have fun along the way. One former sixth grade student was asked if he would audition for the TV show Zoom and he replied, "I can't do television, I'm a Shakespearian Actor!" That pretty much says it all.
Ms. Kleiman designed the set for The Tempest. Community member Kate Tarleton designed costumes. In addition, the backstage crew is made up of senior tech members from ORR. These RMS alumni return to help with the production of the play and act as mentors. Members of the RMS staff, as well as members of the community, volunteered to pitch in with all aspects of the play to support this upcoming production.
Performance Schedule:
- In School Performance: Thursday May 1st at 1:30 pm
- Actual Performance: Friday May 2nd, at 7:00 pm
- Dress Rehearsals: April 28, 29 and 30, 3:15 - 5:15 pm at RMS
Tickets are $9 and can be purchased prior to the show by contacting Danni Kleiman at Rochester Memorial School at 508-763-2049, or at the door on the evening of the performance.
Please contact Tina Rood at 508-763-0597, or for any questions or to arrange a photo of this talented cast.

Upcoming Adult Library Programs at the ETL
Technology Tuesdays at 11:00 am: Three more weeks left of technology workshops at the Elizabeth Taber Library, running through Tuesday, May 13th. Come learn all about the FREE library electronic resources! Workshops will include:
April 29 at 11:00 am: Mango Languages: a free program for all Marion library cardholders to learn over 40 foreign languages.
May 6 at 11:00 am: Using the Goodreads website to answer that common question of, "What Do I Read Next?"
May 13 at 11:00 am: A snapshot of the Boston Public Library electronic resources (which are also all free to use from home!)
Drop in Tech Help - Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 pm through May: Do you need one-on-one help with a device you recently bought or acquired, or maybe you just have a basic technology question? Then stop into the Elizabeth Taber Library any Thursday in April and May between 4:00-5:00 pm, and Libby O'Neill will walk you through it! First come, first served.
If you cannot make this time, please call Libby O'Neill at 508-748-1252 to make a one-on-one appointment.
Saturday Workshops, 1:30-2:30 pm, led by Tabor Academy students: Tabor Academy students will be leading three workshops on Skype, Facebook and Twitter this May. Join us at the Elizabeth Taber Library at 1:30 pm on May 3rd, May 10th, and May 17th to learn how to create an account, how to navigate through the sites, and what tips and tricks might be useful. Tabor Academy students will walk participants through a brief demo and then be available for one-on-one assistance. Please bring your iPad or laptop with you to get more hands on experience. Sign up is encouraged, but not required. Please call the Elizabeth Taber Library for more information at 508-748-1252.
Fiction Writing Workshop: This three-week writing workshop, led by Dr. Susan B. Iwanisziw, will be held at the Elizabeth Taber Library on Tuesday, May 6th, May 13th and May 20th from 6:30-7:30 pm. These workshops are designed for both novice and experienced fiction writers in all genres (suspense, humor, mystery, literary, historical, paranormal, sci-fi, fantasy, etc.) Whether you write short fiction or novels and aim for traditional publishing, self-publishing, or simple self-fulfillment, you will benefit from a review of the writing strategies demanded by a competitive marketplace. The essentials of good fiction writing, including pre-planning, the hook, point-of- view, dialogue, setting, action, and character, will be explained and defined. Additionally, the mechanics of writing for maximum clarity, effect and the "how-to" of critique and revision will all be addressed. Registration is required. Please call the Elizabeth Taber Library at 508-748-1252 to sign up.

Margaret Gibson Reading at MFPL
Award-winning poet Margaret Gibson will read from past works and from her forthcoming book Broken Cup at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Saturday, April 26th at 3:00 pm. The public is invited to attend, and refreshments will be offered by the Friends of the Mattapoisett Library in honor of Poetry Month.
Margaret Gibson, of Preston, CT, is the author of ten books of poetry all published by Louisiana State University Press. She is also the author of a memoir, The Prodigal Daughter, Reclaiming an Unfinished Childhood, published in 2008 by the University of Missouri Press. Her poetry and other writing has appeared in many magazines and literary journals. She also edited The New Virginia Review for six years.
"Margaret Gibson has created a voice and an art that connect the sensuous experience of the physical work with the inner Life," poet Pattiann Rogers has written.
Professor Emeritus in English from the University of Connecticut and formerly on the creative writing faculty at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Gibson has been a finalist for the National Book Award, has been a Lamont Selection, and has won several Pushcart Prizes for her poetry, among other awards. She has taught in many schools, colleges and universities during her long career.
The public is invited to attend. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The library is located at 7 Barstow Street in Mattapoisett village. For more information, please call 508-758-4171.

Mattapoisett Road Race
Celebrate Independence Day by running the 44th annual 5-mile road race held in the scenic seaside town of Mattapoisett, MA! The race begins at 9:00 am Friday, July 4; mail-in registration is $20 by June 22; online registration is $15 by June 24; registration at Shipyard Park is $20 July 3 (5-7:30 pm); $25 the day of the race. All proceeds from the race are awarded to graduating senior athletes from ORRHS. For more information and/or to register, log on to

BBAHFH Home & Garden Show
Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity (BBAHFH) will host a Home & Garden Show at Old Rochester Regional School on Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The show will be held inside the cafeteria at Old Rochester Regional School, located at 135 Marion Road in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts.
Admission into the Habitat Home & Garden Show will be FREE to the public with donations accepted. The event is in support of the Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate. The Home & Garden show will feature a variety of home improvement vendors, including contractors, window and door suppliers, energy efficiency experts, kitchen designers, architects, landscape designers, nurseries, banks, and mortgage and insurance companies. The event will also include activities for children including FACE PAINTING by Eastern Bank, and musical entertainment by the Showstoppers. Complimentary BBAHFH tote bags filled with Lindt chocolates will be distributed to the first 50 attendees!
BBAHFH would like to thank our sponsors...Eastern Bank, Jonathan's Organic, and Cape Cod Five Bank. We would also like to thank Old Rochester Regional School for the use of their facility.

Cool Science Art Competition
Two students from the graphic arts department at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School were among winners of the Cool Science Art Competition, sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the University of Massachusetts Boston.
The June 2014 winner is Melissa Peets, a junior in graphic arts from Acushnet, whose artwork will be put on display on the outside of a bus in the Lowell Regional Transit Authority system during the month of June. She also received a $100 gift certificate.
The May 2014 honorable mention winner is Aimee Hill, a junior in graphic arts from Mattapoisett, whose artwork will be put on display on the inside of a bus in the LRTA system during the month of May.
"Congratulations to all the graphic students on a job well done," said Graphics Instructor Erin Murray.
The students were honored at the second annual Cool Science Awards Ceremony and Reception on April 4 at UMass Lowell.
Cool Science is a statewide K-12 student art competition designed to foster learning about climate change. The students were asked to create an artwork depicting climate change, which, in turn, will help educate the public through the Mass. transit system.
"In the fall, Cool Science received over 400 works of art from school districts across Massachusetts. A distinguished and diverse panel selected six winning entries, six runner-ups, and 12 honorable mentions. The 24 artists and their works of art represent the very best of our State's young people," the Cool Science team stated in an award memo to Murray.
"Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing our generation. Using the visual arts as a medium, Cool Science engages teachers, parents, and students in climate change science," the Cool Science team stated.
The Cool Science team consisted of Dr. David Lustick, UMass Lowell, Dr. Jill Lohmeier, UMass Lowell, and Dr. Robert Chen, UMass Boston.
Additional information on Cool Science may be found on their website

Dance Party Fundraiser
The Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging (formerly the Friends of the Elderly) is sponsoring a fundraiser on Saturday, May 3 from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 57 Fairhaven Road (Route 6) Mattapoisett, MA.
We will be featuring Ballroom and Line Dancing with music provided by Dave Valerio. Light refreshments, cash bar, door prizes and a Chinese Auction will be included.
Ticket prices are $20 per person in advance (prior to April 28) and $25 per person at the door. Tickets are limited to 100 and reserved table seating is currently available. All proceeds are for the benefit of the Mattapoisett COA. Contact Jo Pannell for tickets 508 758-2654.
It promises to be a great night so come and dance or come to enjoy some great music while you socialize with some delightful folks.

Elks Student of the Year
The Elks of Wareham Lodge No. 1548 sponsors the Elks Student of the Month and Student of the Year Awards for students enrolled in local area high schools. The criteria used in nominating a student includes a student who excels in scholarship, citizenship, performing arts, fine arts, hobbies, athletics, church, school, club and community service, and industry and farming.
We congratulate senior Renae Reints of Rochester for being selected by the Old Rochester Regional High School faculty and staff as Student of the Year. Renae is an accomplished student. She is on the field hockey team and is also involved with many committees. Renae is an asset to the ORR community.

Marion Republican Town Committee
The Marion Republican Town Committee will conduct its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 6th at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front Street, Marion. The public and new members are welcome.

Mattapoisett Election Meet and Greet
The League of Women voters is sponsoring a "Meet and Greet" the candidates running for office in Mattapoisett, as well as a warrant review on Sunday, May 3 from 1:00-3:00 pm at the town library meeting room. We hope to see you there.

Marion Town-Wide Cleanup & Springfest
Litter and clutter beware! Streets will be cleaned and closets will be cleared as the Marion Tree and Parks Committee and Gifts to Give join forces for Marion's 2014 Town-Wide Cleanup. To be held on Saturday, May 10 from 9 am until noon, the event is sponsored by the Tree and Parks Committee and the Sippican Lands Trust.
From the rallying point at Marion's Music Hall, participants will be provided gloves and bags, and then directed to designated locations to clear the trash and other debris left in winter's wake. Families, students, Scouts and individual adults traditionally participate. As a warm-up to the May 10th event, the students and faculty of Tabor Academy held a Community Service Day on April 9, with 100 students and faculty cleaning up areas along Rte. 105, County and Point Roads. Litter collected on May 10 will be returned to the town's bandstand to create the annual 'trash mountain.'
In addition to the day's focus on cleaning up our streets, cleaning out our closets will also be on the agenda, as New Bedford's Gifts to Give organization collects gently used children's items (clothes, books, toys, etc.) for distribution to deserving families throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. Items for donation can be brought that morning to Island Wharf Park, where a Gifts to Give collection truck will await their arrival.
Finally, to balance the morning's hard work, the Sippican Lands Trust and Marion Tree & Parks Committee will host an afternoon of fun, family activities at Washburn Park, from noon to 4. The event has something for everyone, including: a performance by the Sippican School Band, Carabiners' climbing wall (all 4 hrs!), Toe Jam Puppet Band playing from 12:30-1:15pm, Handi Mani Face painting, Farm Animal petting zoo, a craft table using recyclable materials, Touch a Truck (kids can climb on) and a SLT self guided story walk. Through generous donations from area businesses and individuals, free food and drinks will be provided for the public. A good time is guaranteed, and organizers hope community families will join in the fun, celebrate the arrival of spring and the beautiful town of Marion.

Maconchu Club
The Maconchu Club of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church will meet at 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 26 instead of their regular meeting night due to the Easter holiday. The speaker for the evening will be Thomas Shire who has a very varied background and who will speak to us about having owned a number of theaters, including the State Theater in New Bedford, now known by its original name, the Zeiterion.
As always, all are welcome to join us for the program and for coffee and refreshments following.

Congregational Church Rummage Sale
On Saturday, May 3, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church Parish Hall at 27 Church Street, there will be plenty of men's, women's and children's clothing and domestic goods for sale at bargain prices. And don't miss "The Boutique Booth."
In addition, there will be White Elephant Tables filled with a large variety of items, including books. Questions? Call 508-758-3744. Donations may be left in the Parish Hall beginning April 21.

Earth Day Cleanup
The Rochester Women's Club is again sponsoring a Town-wide cleanup event to celebrate Earth Day.
Please come to our clubhouse at 37 Marion Road, Rochester to pick up trash collection bags and gloves on Saturday April 26 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Pick up trash along the roadside in your neighborhood and leave the filled bags along the roadside to be picked up by the Rochester DPW. Let's give the town a good spring cleaning!
In conjunction with this event, The Rochester Land Trust will be collecting old electronic items (also at 37 Marion Road from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm). Among the accepted items will be computers, monitors, appliances, and TVs. If it has an engine, motor, or can be plugged in, it's electronic trash and can be dropped off. A fee will be charged for certain items. Call Norene at 508-763-3628 for more details on this collection.

Marion Candidates' Night
The Tri-Town League of Women Voters will hold a Candidates' Night in what promises to be an energetic discussion of local issues in three contested races in Marion. It is scheduled for Wednesday evening, April 30, at 7:00 pm in the Music Hall, 164 Front Street, Marion.
There are six elective positions that must be filled. For the Select Board, challenger William Dale Jones will face incumbent Steve Cushing. The Planning Board has three open positions with four candidates on the ballot: Eileen Marum, Michael Popitz, and Robert Lane will challenge incumbent Ted North. The Marion School Committee has two open positions: Michele Ouellette and Christine Winters are running again for another three-year term, and they are challenged by newcomer Kate Houdelette.
Eight positions are unopposed: Ray Pickles for Town Clerk; Catherine Gibbs for the Assessor; David Titus for Town Moderator; Elizabeth Dunn for the Board of Health; Paul Goulet for ORR School Committee; Joseph Keogh and Jeffrey Oakes for two positions on the Open Space Acquisition Commission; and no one has filed to run for the position of Tree Warden being vacated by Tim Crowley.
Citizens of Marion are strongly urged to attend Candidates' Night to become familiar with these candidates running for town offices. Last year, only 10 percent of Marion's registered voters decided the outcome of the election. If you care about the leadership of this town, please attend Candidates' Night and be sure to cast your vote on May 16.
For further information, please contact Nan Johnson at 508-748-0046 or Tinker Saltonstall at 508-748-0160.

Machacam Club
The Machacam Club will hold its May meeting on May 7 at the Legion Hall, 3 Depot Street. Social time is 5:30 pm; dinner is at 6:00 pm.
Mark Mello will return for his third visit and will make a presentation on "Pickett's Charge." This is a PowerPoint program and, as we have heard, was an overwhelming presentation at the last Civil War Round Table held in New Bedford. It will surely prove to be an excellent program to end our meetings for this year!
Callers and members are asked to bear in mind the importance of call list accuracy. Caller lists should be done and reported no later than 9 a.m. on May 5. Email to or by phone to Mike at 508-758-9311. Members with requests or changes can contact either no later than 9 a.m. on May 6.

Electronics Recycling Event
Are you tired of looking at that old computer, television, or appliance that no longer works, but is gathering dust in your basement or garage? Bring your item(s) to the Rochester Town Hall Annex parking lot on Saturday, April 26, where the Rochester Land Trust will join with CRT Recycling of Brockton to collect electronic items and appliances for recycling. CRT will then haul these items to their Brockton facility for sorting, for reuse, or to be broken down for appropriate recycling of the components. Whichever the outcome, less solid waste will end up in our landfills. Visit for information on CRT. Also, on that Saturday, we partner with the Women's Club for the annual roadside trash pickup. Once you drop off your electronics, get gloves and yellow trash bags, select a road, and pick up roadside trash that has accumulated all year.
The following items will be accepted: CRTs (monitors/televisions), computers, network servers, large office computer equipment, CPU boxes, laptops, printers, fax machines, CD-ROMs, DVD-ROMs, VCRs, audio equipment, video games, disc drives, modems, cards, keyboards, computer mice, electronic wires or plugs, pc speakers, recording, surveillance or camera equipment, digital cameras, cell phones and accessories, LCD products, parts or pieces of computers, as well as regulated and non-regulated appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, mini-refrigerators, and coolers.
There is a $15 charge for televisions, and a $10 charge for monitors. These items require extra care in recycling due to their cathode ray tubes. A video showing part of the process can be seen at While there is no charge for other items, the RLT requests a donation of $5 for other electronic items or bag/box of accessories and $10 for appliances and other large items. Funds raised will go toward protecting open space in our community. RLT members will be there from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm to help you unload. For more information, call Norene at 508-763-3628.

Women's Fund Tiara 5K Mother's Day Race
Registration is now open for the 8th Annual Women's Fund Tiara 5K Mother's Day Race, Walk and Fun Run. The Women's Fund Tiara Race Team is in full training mode as they prepare for the 8th Annual Women's Fund Tiara 5K, walk and fun run, to take place on Mother's Day, Sunday May 11. As in prior years, the race will start and finish at the Oxford Creamery in Mattapoisett. Registration opens at 7:00 am, with the Children's Fun Run starting at 9:00 am, and the 5K starting at 9:30 am.
Many friends and family have made Mother's Day morning with the Women's Fund Tiara 5K their annual tradition. A scenic course, festive t-shirts, music and kids activities draw an enthusiastic crowd. Through the efforts of these runners and walkers and many generous sponsors, the Women's Fund Tiara 5K has become the largest fundraising activity of the Women's Fund, as well as its signature event. Last year's event attracted close to 1,000 participants and raised over $40,000. Join us now and register at Registration is $20 for the 5K and $5 for the kid's fun run. Starting May 1, 5K registration increases to $30, so register early. T-shirts will be provided to the first 300 5K registrants.
The mission of the Women's Fund at the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts is to advance the educational attainment and economic security of women and girls in Southeastern MA. Organized by a committed "Tiara Team" of volunteers, the Women's Fund Tiara 5K began seven years ago to offer women and their families the opportunity to engage in a philanthropic, family friendly, Mother's Day activity on a day that celebrates women and motherhood. Revenue from the Tiara 5K will support all Women's Fund activities.
Celebrate Mother's Day in a different way this year. No breakfast in bed. No sleeping in. Instead, wrap around Ned's Point lighthouse with your family and loved ones in Mattapoisett at the 8th Annual Women's Fund Tiara 5K. You don't have to clock your fastest time - just the best time with those you love!
The Women's Fund Tiara 5K is sponsored in part by Healthcare for Women at Hawthorn Medical. For more information about the Women's Fund, to become a sponsor, or to register for the Tiara 5K visit or call 508-717-0283.

Nasketucket Bay State Reservation Clean-up
On Saturday, April 26, the Commonwealth is sponsoring the Department of Conservation and Recreation's 8th Annual Park Serve Day. Even though Nasketucket Bay State Reservation is not one of the 40 properties targeted, the Friends of Nasketucket Bay State Reservation and the Mattapoisett Land Trust believe that our own park could benefit from a spring cleaning again this year. The public is invited to spend a couple of hours enjoying the early spring beauty of the park while collecting litter and debris from the paths and beaches.
Everyone interested in helping to beautify our local "park" should meet at the Nasketucket Bay Sate Reservation parking lot at 9:00 am on April 26. Clean-up will end at 11:00 am to give us time to visit the transfer station. Please bring your own gloves; rubber boots are highly recommended. Bags will be provided for trash and recyclables. For more information, call 774-377-9191 or email Share a couple of hours in service to celebrate Earth Day.

Sippican Woman's Club
The Sippican Woman's Club will hold a luncheon and its Annual Meeting on Friday, April 25 at noon at The Kittansett Club in Marion. There will be a cash bar from 12:00 - 12:45 pm. Seating is at 12:30 pm, with luncheon served at 12:45 pm.
The Nominating Committee will present the slate of officers for the upcoming club year. Nominations will be taken from the floor as well. Guests are welcome. RSVP by April 21 to M. J. Wheeler, 27 Riverview Lane, Marion, MA 02738. The luncheon is $25 per person, payable to SWC. Include luncheon selection in memo portion of check. Luncheon choices are: Spinach- feta-stuffed chicken breast with tomato orzo salad and Greek herbs; Grilled fillet of salmon with lemon and herbs, green beans, leeks and roasted fingerling potatoes; Vegetarian frittata (mushrooms, leeks, tomatoes and asparagus) served with mixed greens and shallot-herb vinaigrette. All entrees are served with carrot and ginger soup, artisan rolls and butter, followed by a dessert platter of assorted petite pastries, coffee/tea.
For membership information, contact Jeanne Lake at 508-748-0619 or visit our website:

Sea Chantey Concert at the MHS
Come join the melodic fun as The New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus performs at the Mattapoisett Historical Society, 5 Church Street, on Sunday, April 27 at 2:00 pm. The 40+-member chorus's repertoire includes the chanteys (work songs) of the Yankee sailor and whaler, along with the ballads and ditties of global mariners and coastwise fisherfolk in North America, the Cape Verde Islands and the British Isles. Free. Donations welcome. For more information, please call 508-758-2844 or email

Rochester Republican Town Committee
The next Rochester Republican Town Committee meeting will be Saturday, May 3 at 9:30 am at the East Freetown Crossroads Plaza, second floor. The public is welcome.

50 Years of a Changing Political Climate
On Friday, April 25 at 7:00 pm, the public is invited to the Marion Music Hall as John and Margaret (MarDee) Xifaras present "Reflections on 50 Years of a Changing Political Climate." Long-time participants in legal and political affairs, the husband and wife have experienced politics from both personal and professional perspectives, and will offer their observations and analysis of the ever-changing landscape. John Xifaras has been practicing law for more than 50 years in various capacities - as an attorney, judge, mediator and arbitrator. MarDee Xifaras is a practicing attorney, and a frequent presenter on family law and ethics. Mr. & Mrs. Xifaras are long-time Marion residents, and have each been honored for their outstanding community service in the Boston and Southcoast areas.
Co-sponsored by the Sippican Historical Society and the Elizabeth Taber Library, the Xifaras' lecture is offered free to the public, with no registration required. Parking is available across from the Marion Music Hall at Island Wharf Park. For more information, please call the SHS at 508-748-1116.

Sippican Schooner 5K Fun Run & Mini Run
The Second Annual Sippican Schooner 5K Fun Run & Mini Run, hosted by the Volunteers at Sippican Elementary (VASE), will be held on Sunday, May 4. The Mini Run is for children up to nine years old and will begin at 9:30 am on Tabor Academy's Martin Field/Hoyt Hall, Front Street, Marion. Registration fee for the Mini Run is $7.50 until April 30, and $10 from May 1 until race day. The 5K begins at 10:15 am. Registration fee for the 5K is $15 until April 30, and $20 from May 1 until race day. Registration is available online at, or by obtaining a paper registration from VASE. Any questions, please contact VASE at 508-748-0100 or

Free Movie: Last Tuesday of the Month
Philomena (PG-13, 94 min.) is playing at the Mattapoisett Senior Center, Center School, Barstow St., on Tuesday, April 29 at 12:00 pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Elderly, the movie is free.
You get two pizza slices for only $2 prepaid. Pay for your pizza at the Senior Center by Monday, April 28. Also, reserve your seat - so we know how many chairs are needed.
Dame Judi Dench stars as an aging woman in search of the son she was forced to give up for adoption 50 years ago when she was a teenager in a Catholic home for girls. A journalist assists her in her quest. Their chemistry adds depth to this true-story based tale. This is a moving movie.

Sippican Choral Society
The Sippican Choral Society and the Sippican Chamber Choir will present their Annual Spring concert on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 at 8:00 pm at St. Gabriel's Church, 124 Front Street, Marion.
Directed by Brian Rodericks, the concert is titled "Music of the Mountains", and features folksongs and hymns of the Appalachians. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. They will be available at the Book Stall in Marion, The Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth, and Euro Ship/Phoenix in Fairhaven. Tickets will also be available at the door. Please visit our website

Rochester Rabies Clinic
There will be a Rochester Rabies Clinic on Sunday, April 27 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at Grange Hall, Hartley Road, Rochester. $12 per shot. All animals must be properly restrained: All dogs must be leashed and all cats in cat carriers. Licensing will be available for Rochester residents. $10 for intact male or unsprayed female; $7 for spayed or neutered animal. Contact Anne Estabrook ACO at 508-649-9813 with any questions.

Earth Day for Buzzards Bay Expo
The Buzzards Bay Action Committee invites you to its second annual Earth Day for Buzzards Bay Expo on April 26 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Fairhaven Senior Center. Bring your families and come and enjoy a wide variety of interactive exhibits and demonstrations on sustainable activities for a healthy lifestyle that benefit you and the planet! Learn what you can do to protect Buzzards Bay and live lightly on the Earth. Explore exhibits, food, and presentations for adults and children about organic gardening, solar energy, native plants, toxin-free cleaning, geocaching, feeding wild birds, and more at our second annual Earth Day for Buzzards Bay Expo event!
For more information, please contact your Buzzards Bay Action Committee Director at your Town Hall, or call Merilee at 508 998-0202.

MPD National Drug Take Back Day
The Mattapoisett Police Department will be participating in a prescription drug disposal day. This event is part of a nationwide initiative by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, (DEA). It will be held Saturday, April 26 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The purpose of such programs is to allow for safe, legal, and environmentally-friendly disposal of extra drugs that patients have not used.
This program serves two purposes. First, this program reduces the risk of prescription drugs being consumed inappropriately - either by accident or through illegal sale. Prescription medication abuse is becoming far more prevalent than common street drugs. Widespread anecdotal and survey evidence indicates that a huge portion of illegal prescription drug use occurs when people raid friends' and relatives' medicine cabinets. Second, it reduces the risk of prescription drugs entering the water, potentially harming aquatic life or getting into a human water supply. If the household waste is incinerated, the drugs are far less likely to pose an environmental problem than if they go into the wastewater stream.
This program is being provided as a continuing proactive effort by the Mattapoisett Police Department to prevent drug abuse before it happens in or community. We encourage everyone to collect expired or useless prescription medications and bring them to the Mattapoisett Police Station at 64 County Road on Saturday, April 26.
This program is not designed for doctor's offices or other commercial entities to dispose of their unwanted drugs. Its purpose is to provide a venue for households and private parties to dispose of unwanted medications. For further information, please contact Captain Anthony M. Days of the Mattapoisett Police Department at 508-758-4141.

Metal Recycling Fundraiser & Tractor Show
Winter is finally over! The Rochester Country Fair will hold its 2nd Annual Metal Recycling Fundraiser on Saturday, April 26. Get ready for spring and help support the Rochester Country Fair by donating your unwanted ferrous and non-ferrous metals to the Rochester Country Fair! Donations of scrap metal items can be dropped off at the Fairgrounds, located at 65 Pine Street, on Saturday, April 26 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Rain date is Sunday, April 27.
Scrap metal collected will help support the Rochester Country Fair as we continue to make improvements to the fairgrounds and bring new and exciting events to the Fair. So get ready for spring by cleaning up some unwanted recyclable items in your yard while supporting your local fair.
If you have any questions or need assistance in getting your donated items to the Fairgrounds, please don't hesitate to contact the Fair Committee at or visit us on the web at
We will also be accepting intact car batteries for recycling.
No tires on rims or appliances containing Freon will be accepted.
Please properly drain all fluids out of engines and transmissions prior to delivery.
While you're there, the New England Antique Tractor & Truck Association will be hosting an Antique Tractor and Garden Tractor Pull, Static Show of Antique Farm Tractors, Garden Tractors and Trucks as well as a Swap Meet at the Fairgrounds. The NEATTA Club has been very helpful in assisting the RCF Committee, and we are happy to provide them with a place to host their popular spring show. The event will also have kid's games and crafts. A cash donation or donation of non-perishable canned food is asked per person and will be delivered to Shepherd's food pantry. Please visit their website or contact Bev Baker at 508-222-7109 for additional information on this event.
The Rochester Country Fair Committee will be serving coffee and donuts in the morning as well as serving hot lunch out of the Fair's Food Booth. Rain date is scheduled for Sunday, April 27.

From The Mattapoisett Town Clerk's Desk
Annual Town Election: The last day to register to vote to be able to participate in both the Annual Town Election as well as the Annual Town Meeting is Tuesday April 22. The office will be open until 8:00 pm for that purpose. The polls open at 10:00 am and are open until 8:00 pm; the polling place is Old Hammondtown School on Shaw Street. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the election, please feel free to contact the Clerk's office.
Annual Town Meeting: The Town Meeting is scheduled for May 12 and will be held in the Old Rochester Regional High School Auditorium at 6:30 pm.
Mooring, wharf, skiff late bills: The second billing with a $50 late fee was mailed on April 4, 2014. This bill is due and payable within 60 days. Failure to do so could result in loss of space and privileges. Any questions or concerns, please contact the office at 508-758-4103 ext. 2.

Mattapoisett Transfer Station
The summer hours at the Transfer Station are Tuesday through Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm, beginning week of April 8. If you have any questions, please call the Mattapoisett Board of Health at 508-758-4100 ext. 8.

VASE Golf Tournament
The First Annual Golf Tournament, hosted by the Volunteers at Sippican Elementary (VASE), will be held at the Little Harbor Country Club, Wareham on Saturday, May 31. The day consists of 18 holes of golf with various contests followed by lunch and an auction. Fee is $100 per golfer and includes golf and lunch. For more information or to register, please contact VASE at 508-748-0100 or

Mattapoisett Woman's Club Garden Tour
On Saturday, June 28 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, rain or shine, the Mattapoisett Woman's Club will host their biennial garden tour "Down by the Bay."
Nine gardens will be featured including a lily farm, Bay Club, seaside, and village locations. Not only will there be spectacular gardens, but some of the home sites are situated in historic Mattapoisett village. A variety of formal, informal, cottage gardens and a working daylily farm will delight and inspire you. Colorful perennials, annuals and vegetables, and beautiful views and warm sea breezes will surround you as you enjoy this year's spectacular gardens.
A delicious buffet luncheon will be served at the Bay Club, an Audubon Sanctuary, on the terrace overlooking the beautiful #1 fairway. What a perfect spot to relax and rest along your tour! Reserve your luncheon tickets early - no luncheon tickets will be sold on the day of the tour.
Advance tickets will be sold at the following local shops beginning May 3: Periwinkles in Fairhaven; The Bookstall in Marion; and Isabelles, Pen & Pendulum, Town Wharf General Store, and Ying Dynasty Restaurant in Mattapoisett. Advance tickets are $15 for the tour only, and $40 for the tour and luncheon. Tour day tickets will be $18. Remember, luncheon tickets will be sold in advance only. For additional information, please call Barb Van Inwegen at 508 864-5213.

Marion Fireworks Committee
The 2014 Marion Fireworks Committee held the Second Annual Beach Party at the Marion Music Hall on Saturday, April 5. The night was a great success! Thank you to all that attended.
The Committee would like to say a special thank you to the many sponsors, businesses and individuals that sent monetary donations or a donation for our Silent Auction: Anthony Days, Barden's Boat Yard, Congressman William Keating, Eden's Florist, Ensemble Events, Fairfield Inn-Middleboro, Harriet's Catering, Jeff Hemphill, Joan Gerster & Fred Trezise, Kaleidoscope of Dance & Gymnastics, Karma Salon, Lindt Chocolate, Little Harbor Country Club, Marion Recreation, Nick's Pizza-Mattapoisett, Pat Kelleher, R. Carroll & Son Property Management, Residence Inn-Dartmouth, Sea Dips, Serendipity by the Sea, Top of the Hill Liquors, Ying Dynasty-Mattapoisett, and Zulu Nyala, South Africa.
A limited number of special-edition 2014 Marion Fireworks T-shirts are available to purchase for only $20 each.
Through Beach Party ticket sales, auction proceeds, T-shirt sales, and previous contributions, the Committee has raised $23,000 to date. However, this is still shy of the goal of $50,000.
The deadline to raise all funds for the fireworks is May 15.
Please send your donations today to: Marion Fireworks Committee, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion, Massachusetts, 02738. No amount is too big or too small. All donations are tax deductible.
Any questions, please contact the Marion Fireworks Committee at 774-217-8355 or
The 2014 Marion Fireworks Committee thanks you for your support and looks forward to celebrating Independence Day with fireworks again this year!

MAC Exhibition of Photography
The Marion Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of photographs by Ronald Wisner and Corinna Raznikov. A reception honoring the photographers will be held on Friday, April 25 at the Marion Art Center from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Both the Cecil Clark Davis Gallery and the Patsy Francis Gallery will be filled with photographs featuring Corinna's whimsical portraits and Ron's landscapes from around the world and in our own backyard. The show will run until May 31.
Corinna Raznikov's photography has been featured in numerous galleries and museums in group and one-woman shows from Scotland to San Francisco and is regularly published in national and regional magazines.
She received her B.A. in Art and English from the University of the Pacific, where she concentrated her studies on the portrait in photography. Corinna furthered her training by studying the history of photography at the University of Glasgow, Scotland and the aesthetics of photography at Harvard University.
After completing her degree, Corinna taught photography at the University of the Pacific, and continues to teach in her field as a highly-regarded instructor.
Along with her commercial work as a wedding photographer, Corinna continues exhibiting her artwork and volunteering her photography services in many capacities. Her recent project "Vocabulary Day" is an ambitious six-year project where she is photographing more than 500 children dressed as definitions in Sippican's "Living Dictionary" to raise awareness for literacy as well as funds for Sippican School's Etta Hicks-Allen Library.
Her work has been described as "mysteriously revealing of the spirit of her subjects." She has received numerous awards and acclaim for her images that capture the natural beauty of her subjects. She lives in Marion, MA with her husband, daughter Josephine, Jezebel the cat and Stella the dog. They all love art and sailing.
Ronald Wisner is the former CEO and founder of the Wisner Company, which manufactured and sold photographic devices world-wide for over two decades through 2004. He has taught, lectured and published on the subject of photography extensively, holds several U.S. photographic device patents, and was the official OEM manufacturer of the Polaroid 20x24 instant camera, which he installed in key major cities in Europe and Asia in partnership with Polaroid Corporation. Ron Wisner is primarily a landscape photographer and photographs internationally.

The Dixie Diehards at the MAC
Hold onto your hats, The Dixie Diehards are back in town and the joint will be jumpin' at the corner of Main and Pleasant Street (80 Pleasant Street) in Marion, MA 02738! The Dixie Diehards Jazz Band will be making its ninth appearance at the Marion Art Center on Saturday, May 10 with a concert entitled "The Evolution of Jazz!" This concert will trace the evolution of jazz from Ragtime at the turn of the century, through the Blues, Street Marches, Dixieland, Charleston, to the sophisticated swing of the early 1940s. The Diehards will conclude with some Tin Pan Alley notables. The show starts at 7:30 pm. Doors will open at 7:00 pm.
To make a reservation - highly recommended as the Dixie Diehards always sell out! - please email In the subject line of the email, please write "Dixie Diehard Tickets." In the body of the email include your last name, MAC membership status, a telephone number for confirmation and number of tickets needed. Tickets are $12.50 for MAC members and $15 for non-members.
You can also call 508-748-1266 and leave a voice message that includes last name, MAC membership status, telephone number for confirmation, and how many tickets needed. The theater will be set up with cabaret tables to accommodate reserved parties of four, and guests are invited to bring their own refreshments.

My Life, My Health Workshop
My Life, My Health: Living with Chronic Conditions, a six-week evidenced-based workshop, will be offered by the Marion Council on Aging and Coastline Elderly Services of New Bedford from April 23 through May 28. Certified leaders Ellen Keogh and Beth Lederman will facilitate the program. The participants will meet weekly from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Marion Police Station. The workshop uses a supportive problem solving approach to develop techniques for managing symptoms related to chronic conditions.
This workshop is available to elders with a chronic illness or their caretakers.
Participants who complete the six-week course will receive a $50 Market Basket gift certificate.
To register for this free program or for more information, please call the Marion Council on Aging at 508-748-3570 or Jacqueline Medeiros of Coastline Elderly Services Inc. at 508-742-9151.
My Life, My Health helps people with chronic conditions and their caretakers regain control of their lives and do the things that matter to them. Participants feel empowered and more confident in managing their health. They meet new people, share what they know and learn new ways to actively manage their symptoms.
The program topics include: physical activity and exercise; dealing with difficult emotions; pain and fatigue management; healthy eating; communication skills; medication usage; making informed treatment decisions; and working with health care professionals and the health care system.
A five-year study of 1000 workshop participants revealed that after six months, people demonstrated increased exercise, better coping strategies and symptom management, improvement in self-rated health, increased social interaction and fewer visits to the doctor.

Rochester Historic District Commission
The Rochester Historic District Commission is seeking new members. Please send letter of interest to Rochester Selectmen, 1 Constitution Way, Rochester, MA 02770.

Mission Trip - The Craddock Center
Volunteers are getting closer to their June departure! About two-dozen people continue to prepare for a Mission Trip to the Craddock Center in Cherry Log, GA. Participants are doing special reading programs, taking part in very rich discussions, and chipping away at the fundraising goal of $15,000. Everyone needs to be involved! Attend as many events as you can and bring your friends!
If you would like to participate in the mission trip but can't go this year, here are some suggestions to contribute financially:
Sponsor a volunteer - cover the cost for food & lodging for the week = $500
Cover the cost of gas for one van for the week = $100
Cover the cost of food for one day = $50
Contribute a cash gift in any amount you'd like.
Volunteers will be part of a pilot program to deliver food, fun and learning to youngsters living in remote areas of Southern Appalachia. They also plan to provide age-appropriate books for the primary grade kids and build bookshelves for storing those already on site.
Also, participants look forward to sharing experiences upon their return. Make checks payable to the Mattapoisett Congregational Church (send to 27 Church St., P.O. Box 284 in Mattapoisett) and write "Mission Trip" on the memo line.

Marion Recreation Summer Guide
Marion Recreation Summer Guide 2014 is now available! Pick one up at the Marion Recreation Department, Elizabeth Taber Library and Marion Town House. Back for the 4th summer, the Silvershell Summer Program will run for a total of eight weeks. Each week the children will go on a different field trip. The Silvershell Summer Program is open to boys and girls entering grades 1-6 in the fall of 2014. In addition to the Silvershell Summer Program, there are sailing lessons, dance classes, basketball clinics, junior lifeguard, and swimming lessons just to name a few. For more information, please contact Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or

Afterschool Programs at the MNHM
Boat Trip to Bird Island - April 30, 3:30 - 4:30pm. Our annual trip to Bird Island with the Harbormaster's office. This program is very popular, so please register early to get a spot! Please remember to bring hats, waterproof coats, and sensible shoes. Subject to change to a "Harbor Tour" if the waves are too high. *NOTE: THIS TRIP IS FULL.
Wild Plants - May 21, 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Let's welcome back our hibernating herbaceous flora. Please plan to go outside and get a little dirty as we explore some of these plants close up.
ROCKETS! - May 28, 3:30 - 5:00 pm. Each child will have his/her own rocket with motor to assemble and set off. Warning: These are not the soda bottle rockets! The program is limited to 12 children aged 6+, accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Parent volunteers are encouraged to help with rocket assembly. Cost for this program is $20/participant. Program usually runs about 1.5 hours. Please submit payment to Marion Natural History Museum to hold your child's spot.
Where Does Our Water Come From? - June 4, 3:30 - 4:30 pm. From mountains to the shore, how does water travel to our town? We will be building our own examples of watersheds, so please plan to get dirty, and maybe a little wet!
Cost for all programs - unless otherwise noted - is $4 for members, $6 for nonmembers. To find out how to register for these programs, please go to the museum website at

Rochester Women's Club
The Rochester Women's Club second annual Scholarship Dance will be on Saturday June 7. The dance will be held at The Redmen Hall in Wareham and The Relics will be performing. There will also be a prize raffle, and we would like to invite area businesses to donate items to be included in the raffle. Contact Wendy at 508-314-9567 to donate items. Proceeds will go to the 2014 Scholarship fund. Ticket information will be coming soon.
The Women's Club Yard Sale will be held on a date to be determined at the Clubhouse at 37 Marion Road, Rochester. Do you have any items in your home that you need to get rid of? Consider donating them to this cause. Proceeds from this sale will benefit the 2014 Scholarship Fund. A limited number of spaces will also be available to rent for $25 so you can sell your own items. Call Nancy at 508-654-6621 for additional information.

Calling All Volunteers!
The Elizabeth Taber Library is starting an Adult Volunteer Program this spring and is seeking interested volunteers to assist with shelving books, collection maintenance, and other various projects. To learn more about this program, please stop in, call Libby at 508-748-1252, or email us at

Mattapoisett Road Race
The committee met recently to start planning the 44th Annual Mattapoisett Road Race, which will start at Shipyard Park at 9:00 am on July 4. The course is mostly shaded, and winds through the village of Mattapoisett, around Ned's Point lighthouse and back to Shipyard Park. There are plenty of water stops along the way, and drinks and fruit for the runners at the finish line. All proceeds from the race are awarded to college-bound Old Rochester Regional High School athletes. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, over $100,000 dollars have been awarded throughout the history of the race. Award applications are available on the website or at the ORRHS guidance office.
Runners can register on-line at or by completing and mailing the registration form on the website. This year, we will again be guaranteeing moisture-wicking T-shirts to the first 750 entrants.

Marion Visiting Nurses Scholarship
Interested in pursuing a career in nursing? The Friends of Marion Visiting Nurses is a Marion non-profit organization that awards annual scholarships to local high school seniors who desire to work toward a degree in the field of nursing. Recipients must be residents of Marion, Mattapoisett, or Rochester, and are chosen on the basis of academic ability, community service, and financial need. The application and its accompanying materials are due by May 1, and the award recipients will be notified shortly thereafter. To receive the Friends of Marion Visiting Nurses Scholarship Application, please email your request to and an application will be sent to you.

Sippican Woman's Club Scholarship
Since 1947, the Sippican Woman's Club has awarded scholarships to Marion students. The scholarships are funded by proceeds from its annual Holiday House Tour fundraiser.
Any student who is a Marion resident and who will attend an accredited college or university to pursue a Bachelor's degree is eligible to apply. Undergraduates applying for continuing support may also apply.
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities and community service.
Application forms can be downloaded in Adobe pdf or MSWord format. High school seniors must use APP-2014. Undergraduates applying for continuing support must use Re-APP-2014.
Mail applications to Sippican Woman's Club, Attn: Scholarship Committee, PO Box 121, Marion, MA 02728 or email to

Marion Scholarship Applications Available
The Marion Scholarship Committee was created to raise, collect and distribute scholarship funds for local Marion residents. Over $60,000 has been distributed since its inception, with scholarships ranging from $250 - $1,000. The committee is pleased to announce that applications for the 2014-15 academic year are now available in the Guidance/College Offices of ORRHS, Bishop Stang, Tabor Academy and Upper Cape Regional High School as well as the Marion Town Hall. Applications are due to the committee by April 21.

Scholarships Available for Tri-Town Seniors
Graduating high school seniors from the Tri-Town area are urged to apply for several scholarships now available through the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA).
The following scholarships can be applied for online at by April 30, unless otherwise noted:
The George Earl and Katherine Hartley Church Scholarship Fund provides several scholarships of at least $1,000 annually for tuition assistance to students pursuing an LPN, RN or BSN Nursing Degree while attending a two- or four-year accredited college or university. Applicants must be residents of Acushnet, Rochester, Marion or Mattapoisett who are graduating from Fairhaven, New Bedford, Bishop Stang, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical or Old Rochester Regional high schools or graduating seniors from Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School. The criterion for selection will be weighted 75% on financial need and 25% on academics.
The Charles J. Lewin Interfaith Scholarship Fund was established to provide scholarships to returning students and graduating high school seniors of Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes and Plymouth counties. The Fund provides several scholarships ranging from $700 to $2,000. Scholarships are granted for one year only, although recipients may reapply annually. The criterion for selection will be weighted 50% on financial need, 30% on academics and 20% on personal circumstances. Students with Expected Family Contributions (EFC) above $16,000 are very unlikely to be selected for this scholarship.
The Thomas S. Hathaway Scholarship is awarded to students residing in Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, New Bedford, Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, Wareham, or Westport, who have been accepted or are currently enrolled at Harvard University. Scholarships are based on financial need and academic excellence. The total amount to be awarded is $4,200 to one or two recipients. The online application deadline is June 1.
The Ladies' Branch of the New Bedford Port Society Scholarship provides scholarships for high school seniors and current undergraduates who have one or more of the following: documented family ties to the sea, have received an acceptance letter from a Maritime Academy, or will major in maritime science. First consideration is given to families of descendants of seamen. Applicants must be residents of the Greater New Bedford area, defined as New Bedford, Dartmouth, Westport, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Mattapoisett, Marion or Rochester. The criterion for selection will be weighted 75% on financial need and 25% on academics. Please contact the school's guidance office for details and an application.

Dwayne Cameron Annual Mathematics Scholarship Award
Applications for the Dwayne Cameron Annual Mathematics Scholarship Award are being accepted for qualified applicants at Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett.
In October 1989, Richard I. Arthur, president and CEO of Sippican, Inc., established this annual scholarship to honor Dwayne Cameron on his recognition as Mathematics Teacher of the Year. Mr. Cameron was chosen as the 1989 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by the National Science Foundation. This award is given annually to the student most deserving of such an honor, to be based upon the criteria set by Mr. Cameron and Old Rochester Regional High School. Lockheed Martin Sippican has continued to sponsor this $1000 scholarship after the retirement of Mr. Arthur. After Mr. Cameron's passing in 2007, the award was increased to $1500 thanks to generous contributions from his friends, former students, and colleagues.
Seniors and alumni of ORRHS, who are currently enrolled as full-time students in graduate school or a four-year college or university, are eligible for this $1500 scholarship and are encouraged to apply. Please request an application from the Guidance Department of ORRHS. The deadline for applications this year is May 19.

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
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

Mattapoisett Woman's Club Scholarship
Mattapoisett Woman's Club is again pleased to offer three $1,000 scholarship awards to Mattapoisett residents who are high school seniors graduating June 2014. The returning student scholarship award is for $750. This award is designed for a student who is re-entering the academic world after graduating prior to 2014, and is in pursuit of a post-secondary degree program.
The Mattapoisett Woman's Club is a philanthropic organization that plans and executes fundraising events to help generate the revenue for these scholarships and other charitable donations. In offering these scholarships, the club supports educational leadership and helps to give back to the community that has partnered with the club in its fundraising efforts.
To apply and obtain the scholarship applications, contact the Guidance offices at the local high schools or preparatory schools. Both applications will be available. You must be a Mattapoisett resident, and those who are a member of or have a family member belonging to the Mattapoisett Woman's Club will also be considered.
Deadline for returning the completed application is April 30, 2014.
The following schools will be participating:
1. ORRHS, Marion Road, Mattapoisett, MA 02739
2. Bishop Stang High School, 500 Slocum Rd, N Dartmouth, MA 02747
3. Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, 476 North Avenue, Rochester, MA 02770
4. Tabor Academy, Front St. Marion, MA 02738
The scholarship winners will be announced at the schools' awards night prior to graduation.
The actual money from the scholarship will be granted after the first successfully completed semester in college.
Final deadline for returning completed applications is April 30, 2014; no one will be considered after this date.
If you have any further questions, you may contact the Mattapoisett Woman's Club at P.O. Box 1444, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.

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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