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To the Editor:
I write this letter with great interest. It pertains to the article written by Margaret and Robert McGee and the decision made by the School Committee to make Good Friday a school day. I first want to commend them for speaking up for what it is they feel deeply about.
My Webster dictionary defines Thanksgiving as the act of giving thanks - a prayer expressing gratitude; a legal holiday for giving thanks for divine goodness. To this end, I am recalling my first experience at attending a Thanksgiving dinner put on by the students at ORR and who ever else had a hand in it. After the opening welcome, I was expecting a call of silence so that each person may give thanks in their own manner. This did not happen. It would seem more appropriate if they were to drop the word Thanksgiving and simply say - come join us for a turkey dinner. A little on the cool side, but more accurate than the way it is being handled.
Having said this, I feel the School failed to teach the students the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
Now we come to Good Friday and the decision made by the School Committee to make it a school day. This would seem to me that it is a step in the wrong direction. Instead of uniting people, you are dividing them. Wouldn't it be a better decision to teach the students to respect another person's views? I feel the School Committee should reverse its decision. A little respect can go a long way in teaching our students to live together in peace and harmony.
Thank you.
Francis Cairns

Dear Editor:
The school committee, with little if any thoughts or discussion, voted to abandon Good Friday which has been observed for years. The public was given no public notice. We are a Christian nation and this day has solemn connections to the faith of our founding fathers and to all Christians. The decision was not thought out but brought up without prior notice to the committee. The Tri-Town families should have a say in this decision as it will affect many students who are being raised with Christian principles. Praying was removed, Christmas has been removed, and now Good Friday. Our country's religious freedom is in rapid decline. What is to follow, only the prophets of old are sure to tell.
Jane Awad, Mattapoisett

Dear Editor:
I wish to call to the attention of not only the Brandt Beach and Leisure Shores communities, but also to the whole town of Mattapoisett, about the changes that the Brandt Point Realty Trust is trying to get in their original agreement for a cluster development on Brandt Island Road. Their attorney, Mr. John Williams, is asking for an amendment to the previous agreement which would allow for a change to three-bedroom homes from two-bedroom homes so that he can better market the sale of this land. In his presentation, he notes that the original plan called for a septic system that could handle 10,000 gallons of water treatment a day and that this would be "improved" with a system that could handle 15,000 gallons a day. I truly question whether or not such a system would ever be placed, and I'm told that some of the people who live south of this development have seen an increase in the ground water flowing through their yards just as a result of the first few houses that have been erected since phase one was initiated. Barry Denham had to demand that the roads that had been put in by the developer were not up to standards and that changes had to be made. If this is any indication of the way this development is going to proceed, then the claims of an "improved" septic system must be looked at with skepticism. A perennial stream runs through Leisure Shores and originates from this land. It's soaking wet back there where phase two is planned.
This whole plan was originally "sold" on the basis that there would be 41 housing units with two bedrooms, eight of which would be three bedroom units. That brings it to a total of 90 bedrooms. With the new "plan" there would be approximately 120 bedrooms. This makes it a significant increase in the number of souls that must be serviced by the town without any increase in revenue to the town. We the citizens and tax payers of Mattapoisett would like to thank the Brandt Point Realty Trust for thrusting this cost upon us. Mr. Williams is quoted as saying that the schools of Mattapoisett are under filled and that "Mattapoisett is a dying town." Thanks again for "filling" our schools without increasing our revenues. He should come down to Brandt Beach and see the large number of young children that will be "filling" the schools.
The Planning Board voted to require another full hearing regarding this request for and amendment on the grounds that this is a significant change to the original agreement. I urge all who care for Mattapoisett to attend this hearing and discuss this issue completely.
We are being sold a bill of goods by someone who wants a BAILOUT. This country has seen enough bailouts. The developers made a bad decision and we don't have to "fix it" for them. Just because they didn't plan their venture correctly doesn't mean that we have to "pull them from the financial fire" that they had not seen. We shouldn't have to absorb the costs of a faulty plan just to stuff our schools. The cost in services provided by the town like fire, police and emergency services for this development doesn't balance with the revenues that this development will provide. The runoff of water which will come from this area will have a serious impact on the water quality in the Brandt Island Cove where some of the cleanest water on the south coast of New England lies.
Watch out all you quahogs, oysters, and fish in Brandt Island Cove, the Brandt Point Realty Trust is coming to make Mattapoisett an "undying town."
Paul E. Osenkowski, Mattapoisett

To the Editor:
I would like to thank The Wanderer for its detailed reporting of the Mattapoisett Rail Trail's progress and Town Administrator Michael Gagne for his kind words at Finance Committee meeting regarding the work of Steve Kelleher and myself. Across the state and the country, promoting bike path construction is a time-consuming job; but the ultimate payoff is well worth the effort. Research shows that bike path investments return much more than expected to the communities where they are located. After the Outer Banks in South Carolina invested 6.7 million dollars in bike paths, people began returning to that area specifically for its bike-friendly environment. Now, cyclists annually contribute $60 million to the Outer Banks' economy. In a similar scenario, the state of Oregon attributes $400 million of its tourism industry to bicycling. These days, our South Coast's economy could use all the help it can get. South Coast can and should be a premier bicycling destination. By supporting the Mattapoisett Rail Trail, residents also support the completion of the South Coast Bikeway and the economic well being of our Town. And upon completion of the trail, residents will experience improved options for exercise, fun, and transportation around town. Please come to the Mattapoisett Town Meeting on Monday, May 12 and support the Mattapoisett Rail Trail.
Bonne DeSousa
President, Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path

Coastline Elderly Nutrition Program
Monday, April 21: Closed
Tuesday, April 22: Chicken parmesan, penne pasta, Tuscany-blend veggies, multigrain roll, strawberry cup, yogurt cup.
Wednesday, April 23: Tossed salad, vegetarian chili, dirty rice, fruit muffin, mixed fruit.
Thursday, April 24: Roast turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, whipped potatoes, winter squash, whole wheat roll, apple crisp.
Friday, April 25: Beef steak with peppers and onions on a French sub roll, hash-browned potatoes, zucchini and tomatoes, fresh fruit.

Destination Imagination Global Finals
After winning honors for creativity, teamwork and problem solving in regional and state tournaments, 'Saphistikashun' and 'Unknown Error' have both earned the right to travel to Destination Imagination's Global Finals, the largest creative thinking and problem solving competition in the world, to be held May 21-24 in Knoxville, TN.
Team members for Saphistikashun - representing Massachusetts for "Laugh Art Loud" senior level (sophomores) - are Rikard Bodin, Kyle Rood, Sara Lafrance, Ed Krawczyk, Maddie Meyers, and Will Lynch. The members of Unknown Error - representing Massachusetts for "Laugh Art Loud" Middle School Level (7th and 8th Grade) - are Ben Lafrance, Brett Rood, Michael Stack, Kelsea Kidney, Pat O'Neil, Maggie Farrell and Matthew Carvalho. The Team Managers for both teams are Tina Rood and Kerry Bulman.
Unknown Error and Saphistikashun are among more than 8,000 students representing more than 1,250 teams that will advance to Global Finals. Both teams competed at the Cape Cod Regional Tournament on March 16 and each team received a Renaissance Award for creativity, design and engineering, within their solution. They competed and won at the state tournament held on March 29 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Destination Imagination is an educational program where student teams are immersed in the creative process needed to solve open-ended challenges, and then present their solutions at regional and state tournaments. Teams choose one of seven, open-ended challenges that require young people to apply science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), in addition to improvisation, theater arts, writing, project management, communication, innovation, teamwork, and community service.
These Tri-Town teams are working together over the next six weeks to raise the money towards the $15,000 it will cost the 13 team members and their managers to compete at Global Finals. They are raising funds online at and search ORR Destination Imagination.
We thank Uncle Jon's in Marion, Lloyd's in Rochester, and Stop & Shop in Fairhaven for allowing the kids to stand out front and ask customers for their support.
Scheduled fundraising events include:
-April 26 and May 10: Car Washes at the Mattapoisett Fire House; and
-Letter writing campaign: If you would like to support the team, you can send a check to Tina Rood or Kerry Bulman at 101 Williams Way, Rochester, MA 02770.

Elks Student of the Month
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, industry and farming.
We congratulate Senior Haakon Perkins from Mattapoisett for being selected by the Old Rochester Regional High School faculty and staff as Student of the Month for April. Haakon is a senior who contributes with enthusiasm to the technology department assisting whenever and wherever needed. He is a very responsible and trustworthy individual and a very personable young man. He is a good role model for ORR.
We congratulate Sophomore Moira Flynn from Rochester for being selected by the Old Rochester Regional High School faculty and staff as Student of the Month for May. Moira is on the Honor Roll in Honors classes. Moira assists students of all grade levels in the Guidance Office. She is very thoughtful and giving of her time. Moira was working on her History Research paper and was assisting others in writing math, photocopying and senior projects. She would be a great asset to the ORR community.

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 Easter. 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, 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.

Plumb Corner Easter
Come celebrate Easter at Plumb Corner Mall, 565 Rounseville Road, Rochester on Saturday, April 19. The event starts at 10:00 am with bag decorating at Countryside Child Care Center and the Hair & Body Solution. The Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10:30 am, and there will be cookie decorating at Rockland Trust, face painting with the Junior Friends of Plumb Library, and a guest appearance by the Bulldogs mascot, as well as a raffle for a gift card to Toys R Us. Hope to see you there!

Rochester 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 Natural History Museum Earth Day Event
The Marion Natural History Museum is having an Earth Day event on April 19 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. The event is free, light refreshments will be served, and there will be crafts for the kids. Come celebrate the Museum's reopening by visiting the museum, enjoying the displays and working on some crafts. We will also have a volunteer sign up sheet for those willing to help the museum with a few of the remaining tasks. Hope you will join us.

ORRJHS Students of the Month
Kevin T. Brogioli, Principal of Old Rochester Regional Junior High School, announces the following Students of the Month for March 2014:
- Red Team: Megan Guaraldo and Logan King
- Blue Team: Vanessa Ortega and Joseph Robinson
- Orange Team: Ainslee Bangs and Tyler Menard
- Green Team: Allison Kvilhaug and Benjamin Lafrance
- Special Areas: Julia Cabral and Samuel Austin

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.

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 per cent 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 9:00 am 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 9:00 am on May 6.

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.

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.

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 Brocton 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 partnered 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.

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!

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.

Academic Achievements
Pierce Randall of Mattapoisett was recognized at SUNY Cobleskill on Monday, March 31, 2014 for excellence in student leadership. Randall was the recipient of the Excellence in Student Leadership Award, which recognizes students who demonstrate the positive attributes of student leadership and continually enrich the student life experience and campus community through sustained involvement in campus life through activities, clubs, organizations, service, athletics and/or program development.
The following Tri-Town residents were inducted into the national honor society of their field of study at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. Casey Mathews of Mattapoisett was inducted into the Financial Management Association Honor Society, and Taylor Matthews of Mattapoisett was inducted into the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society.

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:

Gateway Youth Hockey Championships
Middle School 1 vied for their Foxboro League Championships Thursday night. The Vikings had played Mansfield in the last game of the playoff series, and they knew they had their work cut out for them. Mansfield seemed to set the tone early, when their goalie punched Vikings forward Quirino DoCanto in the face after a collision at the net. The refs did a good job of keeping the game in check though, and the Vikings kept themselves above the fracas.
After a scoreless first period, Mansfield was able to get the puck past starting goalie Teaghin Andre on a breakaway. Both teams were continuously shooting on net, and the Vikings tied up the score shortly after, when Vyper LaTulippe scored on a fast pass from Coleby Paling to Tyler Lovendale. Andre and his defense kept the net safe for the rest of his shift, blocking 17 shots in the first half of the game. Key to the defense were Paling, Caleb Riggle, Jackson St Don and Bryan Gallagher.
The 1-1 tie was broken when Mansfield took advantage of relief goalie Steven Strachan as he came in cold to start his shift. Strachan quickly recovered however, and stayed on his game, making 13 more saves through the third period. DoCanto helped the Vikings tie it up again as the third period started, getting his revenge on the goalie in the best way possible. Zack Lovendale had the assist. Mansfield pulled ahead again near the end of the third, scoring on a power play. It seemed all was lost until the Vikings pulled their goalie for a six-man attempt, and Lovendale scored with just 30 seconds left, assisted by Seth Tomasik and Paling. A 3-3 tie looked to send the game into overtime, but Mansfield managed to grab the puck and take it down the ice, scoring on a breakaway with just 15 seconds left. The Vikings took a time out, the goalie was pulled again, and the Vikings worked valiantly to tie it up, but it was not to be. Mansfield won, 4-3.

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' 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.

Annual Easter Pie & Cake Sale
The Friends of the Elderly of Mattapoisett is holding its Annual Easter Pie & Cake Sale on the Saturday before Easter, April 19 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Banner Store across the driveway from the Post Office.
Delicious homemade pies, cakes, and other sweet mischiefs are available. Again this year is the sale of the cutest yarn pups you have ever seen. Also be sure to take a chance, or two, on our Easter dinner basket.
The drawing for this year's raffle of an Easter dinner basket will take place at 12:00 noon, just at the end of the sale. Winner does not need to be present to win.
This fund-raiser benefits the FoE to enable them to support the Mattapoisett Council on Aging and the senior citizens.

Marion Democratic Town Committee
The Marion Democratic Town Committee will hold a meeting at the Music Hall, 164 Front Street, Saturday, April 19, at 10:00 am. Brendan Joyce from the Juliette Kayyem campaign will be guest speaker. All Marion Democrats and Independents are welcome.
For more information, contact Chairwoman Eileen Marum at 508-748-1282.

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

Rochester Historical Society Spring Bake Sale
Spring is here and our great cooks are at it again. On Saturday, April 19, the Rochester Historical Society will hold a Spring Bake Sale at the East Rochester Church/Museum from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Some of the items featured will be pies, cakes, brownies, breads, cookies, scones, and baked beans. Stop by for some tasty homemade treats for Easter and visit our beautiful historic church at 355 County Road or just stop in for a cup of coffee and conversation.

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.

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 noon. 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 fifty years ago when she was a teenager in a Catholic home for girls. She is assisted in her quest by a journalist. 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 folk songs 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

Habitat 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.
There is still room for additional exhibitors and sponsors for the show. The show offers opportunities for contractors, landscape designers, nurseries, banks, mortgage companies, and other homecare experts to promote products and services to the public. The exhibit booth donation is $200 for an 8-by-8 foot space. Various sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Businesses and suppliers interested in exhibiting at the show or sponsoring the event, can email Christine Lacourse, Executive Director at BBAHFH, at, or call 508-758-4517.
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. BBAHFH will hold raffles throughout the show. 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, mortgage and insurance companies. The event will also include activities for children. Complimentary BBAHFH tote bags 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.

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.

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.

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

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 waste water 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.

Showstoppers' Performing Arts Camp
Registrations are now being accepted for Showstoppers' 10th Annual Performing Arts Camp for boys and girls in grades 2-8, April 21 - 25, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm daily, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Rt. 6 in Mattapoisett. A musical theater showcase will be presented to the public at 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 26 at the Music Hall in Marion. A fee of $175 per child includes performance CD, tee shirt, daily snacks and certificate of completion. Limited need-based scholarships are available. Don't delay! Reserve your spot today! For more information or to register, call 508-758-4525 or email

Old Rochester Class of 1964
The Old Rochester Class of 1964 is planning a 50th reunion in September 2014. If any one has information on the whereabouts of the following "missing" classmates, please call 317-769-3175: Allan Humphrey; Carol Wordell Quellette; Doris Hartley; Ruth Pare Robichaud; Clark Springgate; David Cobb; Dan Hebert; Martin Bauer; Chris Hayward; Clarissa Dow West; Virginia FaFrance; Robert Mandell; John Rosa; Darla Fidalgo; Malcolm Hardy; and Fred Tavares.

Plumb Library News
"Just the Facts" the nonfiction book discussion group, will be reading Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, by Richard Louv. "I like to play indoors better 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are," reports a fourth-grader. Never before in history have children been so plugged in and so out of touch with the natural world. In this groundbreaking new work, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation - he calls it nature deficit - to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as rises in obesity, Attention Deficit Disorder, and depression. This alienation damages children and shapes adults, families, and communities. There are solutions, though, and they're right in our own backyards. We will discuss Last Child in the Woods on Thursday, April 17 at 6:30 pm.
Cafe Parlez' selection for April is The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolley. High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is propelled into a land that is populated by heroes and monsters, and is ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in "The Book of Lost Things." We will discuss this book on Thursday, April 24 at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk, or bring your own copy. Cafe Parlez is sponsored by the Friends of Plumb Library.
The Plumb Library Knitters meets Mondays at 6:30 pm. All knitters and crocheters are welcome. Chocolate is always served.
Our very own Library Dancing Fairy, Plumbelina, has volunteered to be here every Saturday in April from 1:00 to 1:30 pm. She will do a story/dance program for children ages three and up. Pre-registration is requested. If we have enough interest, she will continue the program until further notice. For all who have requested more Plumbelina, please adjust your schedules so you can participate!
What is Tumblebooks? Tumblebooks is an online collection of picture books, early readers, and short chapter books presented in a format that will attract children and help them learn to read. Click the link on our website - - and your child will be able to watch short, animated versions of many popular picture books and early readers. The text is highlighted when the line is read aloud, helping emerging readers to recognize the words being read. There are puzzles and games that will also help new readers. Tumblebooks also offers streaming videos produced by National Geographic on a number of topics. You can access Tumblebooks from any computer or device, and kids can use it by themselves. Tumblebooks is provided by the SAILS library system. To learn more about Tumblebooks and how the website works, watch the Library Tour video at or ask the library staff for a demonstration.

Afterschool Programs at the MNHM
Spring Thaw - April 16, 3:30 - 4:30 pm. (postponed from March 28). Finally, spring is here! Let's investigate those signs of life - both animal and plant - that can be seen now that the winter is officially over. Specimens will be available for handling, so please dress accordingly.
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, water-proof coats, and sensible shoes. Subject to change to a "Harbor Tour" if the waves are too high.
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

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.

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.

GYH Summer League Pee Wee Team
Gateway Youth Hockey is looking for all Pee Wee and/or second-year Squirt ice hockey players interested in maintaining and further developing skill and fitness levels during the summer months. The team will compete in the Hobomock Arenas Summer Youth Hockey League.
The team will skate six - eight practices and is guaranteed 10 games from June - August. Roster is limited to 15 skaters and two goalies. Cost includes game jersey and is $275 per skater, $250 for goalies and siblings. Players must be USA Hockey registered and have a birthdate in 2002, 2003, or 2004. Contact coach Kevin Woodward, USA Hockey CEP Level 3, at or 781-361-3047 if interested or for more information.

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.

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.

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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