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Academic Achievements
Paul Graves, Class of 2018, of Marion and Sarah Rogers, Class of 2019, of Rochester were named to the fall 2016 Dean's List at Stonehill College. To qualify for the Dean's List, students must have a semester grade point average of 3.50 or better and must have completed successfully all courses for which they were registered.

Athletic Achievements
Tatum Leclair of Mattapoisett (formerly of Tabor Academy) was one of 65 student-athletes honored for their excellence in the classroom when the NESCAC announced its 2016-17 Winter All-Academic Team on March 9. Leclair is a member of the Women's Squash team at Wesleyan University.
To be honored on the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.40. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution.

Spring Art Class for Tweens at MAC
The Marion Art Center is now accepting registrations for the following children's art class for spring 2017:
Fashion Design & Illustration for Tweens (ages 9-12): Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5:30 pm; April 4 to May 30 (8 weeks - no class on April 18); Instructor: Catherine Carter; Tuition: $180 for MAC members* and $195 for non-members (supplies not included). Minimum of 5 students required for this class to run. Registration deadline for Spring Session is March 28.
Love fashion and coming up with your own designs? This exciting MAC offering for youngsters between ages 9 and 12 will cover the basics of fashion illustration, including drawing the fashion figure and rendering fabrics with colored pencil and marker. We will create a series of design projects inspired by a range of sources including fashion history, ethnic costume, and fine art. The instructor, Catherine Carter, has taught drawing, painting and design at colleges and museums for the 15 years. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and currently works at Hatch Street Studios in New Bedford. Her artwork may be viewed at her website: CatherineCarterPainting.com *Current membership is required for discount. The 2016-2017 Membership Year runs August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017.

ORRJHS Students of the Month
Kevin T. Brogioli, Principal of Old Rochester Regional Junior High School, announces the following Students of the Month for February, 2017:
Green Team: Rachel Foye & Steven Carvalho, Jr.
Orange Team: Bessie Pierre & David Oliver
Blue Team: Sophia Martins & Marc Pothier
Red Team: Erin Besancon & Austin O'Malley
Purple Team: Tavish Nunes& Brendan Burke
Special Areas: Cassidy Yeomans & George Barry

Baked Fish Dinner
There will be a baked fish dinner at The Knights, 57 Fairhaven Road (lower level) in Mattapoisett on April 14 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The menu includes baked fish, baked potato, season vegetables, salad, rolls, dessert and coffee for $15 per person (eat in or take out). For reservations, call Jim at 508- 863-3496.

American Treasures at Mattapoisett Library
On Sunday, April 9 at 2:00 pm, author and historian Stephen Puleo will talk about his latest book American Treasures at Mattapoisett Free Public Library, 7 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett.
American Treasures is the story of the U.S. government's secret efforts to save the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Gettysburg Address. These and other priceless documents were secretly relocated from the Library of Congress to other places for safekeeping in 1941 and 1942, when U.S. political and military leaders feared an attack on Washington D.C. in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
After his talk, Mr. Puleo will answer questions and sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase.
This event is sponsored by the historical societies of Freetown, Mattapoisett, Rochester, Sippican, and Wareham. Everyone is welcome. Admission is free.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Mattapoisett Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Sunday Morning Stroll in Mattapoisett
Get outside and take a Sunday Stroll with the Buzzards Bay Coalition and Southcoast Health at the Mattapoisett Land Trust's Munn Preserve (189 Mattapoisett Neck Road, Mattapoisett) on April 2 at 10:00 am. During this leisurely one-hour walk through the woods to the shores of Brandt Island Cove, you'll get some fresh air and exercise while learning how to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.
In addition to the walk, the Southcoast Health Wellness Van will be parked at the Munn Preserve trailhead to provide free health screenings for participants and members of the public.
Sunday Strolls are a monthly series of free mid-morning walks led by a Buzzards Bay Coalition environmental educator and health professionals from Southcoast Health. The next Sunday Stroll will take place on May 7 at West Island Town Beach in Fairhaven.
Registration is required for this walk. To RSVP, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/events/sunday-stroll-munn-preserve-apr-02-2017/ or contact the Buzzards Bay Coalition at 508-999-6363 ext. 219.
This walk is part of Discover Buzzards Bay, a resource to find unique and exciting ways to explore the outdoors, get some exercise and connect with nature. Use Discover Buzzards Bay to get outside and discover woods, wetlands and waterways from Fall River to Falmouth. To learn more, visit savebuzzardsbay.org/discover. Discover Buzzards Bay is sponsored by Southcoast Health.

Mindfulness Walk
Enjoy the peace and beauty of nature during this mindfulness walk at Church's Field (81 Mattapoisett Road, Rochester) on Saturday, March 25 at 1:00 pm. Through guided mindfulness meditation, participants will experience the outdoors with their senses wide open.
All fitness levels are welcome on this free, one-hour walk. The walk will be conducted at a deliberately slow and mindful pace in social silence without digital devices. Please wear appropriate footwear and layers to ensure you are comfortable during the walk.
Pre-registration is required. To RSVP, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/events/mindfulness-walk-mar-25-2017/ or contact the Buzzards Bay Coalition at 508-999-6363 ext. 219 or bayadventures@savebuzzardsbay.org.
The next Mindfulness Walk will take place on Saturday, April 22 at Smith Farm in Dartmouth.

Home Energy and Sustainability
Are you concerned about your increasing energy bills? Do you worry about remaining in your house during a power outage? What is all of this talk about renewable and green energy, and does it really make a difference? Come listen to Mr. Jamie Jacquart, Assistant Director of Campus Sustainability at UMass Dartmouth, discuss these issues and more. He will tell us what the University is doing, and what lessons can be shared with homeowners. In addition to some fun and informative slides, there will be lots of opportunities for questions. The Home Energy and Sustainability program is sponsored by the Marion Energy Management Committee and will be held on Thursday, April 13 at 7:00 pm in the Music Hall, 164 Front Street. For additional information, please contact Eileen Marum: u_emarum@umassd.edu.

Marion Open Space Acquisition Commission
The Open Space Acquisition Commission has made a new webpage to better communicate to Marion residents, www.marionopenspace.com.
While the town website, www.marionma.gov, contains some information, Open Space Commission members consider the town site a cumbersome way to get information across to folks in town. In addition to the basic information on the town website, this site will have easily updated details about trails, lists of wildlife and reports from the committee. "On our new site we have posted all our trail maps right at the top of the page so they are easy to find," said Commission Chair John Rockwell. "We went with a blog format because it is easier for folks to make comments," he added.
Links to maps of the open space along the route of the bike path and of all the permanently protected open space in the town are on the new site.
A Flora and Fauna list from 1995 is also up on the site, and the Commission would like interested folks to take a look and suggest updates. "We know there are more than a few birders in town and would love to have their observations reflected in the current list," said Rockwell.
The Commission has also posted their 2016 Annual Report.
The Open Space Acquisition Commission expects to post more information regarding open space in the town in the coming month, and has created an email address openspace@marionma.gov to make it easier for folks to contact them.
For more information, contact Commission Chair John Rockwell at 508-728-5585 or johnrockw@gmail.com.

Early April Programs at Plumb Library
April is National Greyhound Adoption Month. On Saturday, April 1 from 10:30 - 11:30 am, you can meet our reading/therapy dog, Amos, and learn about greyhounds, their origins and anatomy, what makes them great pets, and care requirements from Denise Schumtiz. Denise is an adoption representative from Greyhound Pets of America, Massachusetts. She has been volunteering for GPAMA since 2012. She has helped to find over 300 greyhounds homes and loving families. Denise and her husband Matt have six greyhounds of their own at home. Our friend, Amos, came from GPAMA. Denise will talk about Greyhound Pets of America, Massachusetts and their mission and how they receive their hounds and find them their forever homes. Brochures and pictures of current adoptable dogs that are looking for homes will be shared, and there will be a Q&A about the adoption process or greyhounds in general.
David Downs has taken a serious topic (clutter) and created a fun-filled humorous program loaded with amusing personal examples of his own love/hate relationship with STUFF. In "Downsizing Your Stuff," Dave shares original thoughts, practical tips, and easy to understand strategies that anyone can use to begin the process of change. Join us on Saturday, April 8 from 1:00 - 2:00 pm for an innovative, upbeat program that contains useful information that will help motivate you to begin downsizing. Register at the Events Calendar at www.plumblibrary.com for this fun informative program. Sponsored by the Friends of Plumb Library.

Rochester Democratic Town Committee
The Rochester Democratic Town Committee will be holding its caucus on Saturday, April 1 from 11:00 to 11:30 am in the conference room of the Rochester Town Hall, 1 Constitution Way, to elect delegates to the State Democratic Convention that will be held at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA on Saturday, June 3. The Democratic Committee welcomes everyone, but only registered Democrats can vote or run for delegate. Voter registration forms will be available at the caucus for same day registration. Any resident of the town may register to vote as a Democrat and participate in the caucus.

Animal Shelter Donations
"It's been ruff living in a shelter. Make a paw-sitive difference today." This sentiment is the reasoning behind Hailey Cohen's community service project. Over the past few weeks, Hailey has been volunteering at the Fairhaven Animal Shelter, located on Bridge Street in Fairhaven. She is also collecting desperately needed supplies for the shelter. The shelter provides a safe and temporary home for animals that have been abandoned and is a nonprofit organization that relies heavily on the kindness of the community for support. The shelter is in need of supplies such as wet/dry cat food, wet/dry dog food, and non-clumping cat litter. They need household and cleaning supplies as well - bleach, Windex, anti-bacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, paper towels, and gently used towels and blankets. Hailey is now asking for the public's help. From mid-March until the end of April, she has set up collection drop-off boxes in the Elizabeth Taber Library, Spring Street in Marion, and the shopping plaza at 67 County Road in Mattapoisett (Sister's Hair and Shipyard Galley). She will be checking the boxes on a weekly basis and delivering the supplies to Fairhaven. Your donation goes a long way to help provide for these animals.
This summer, as Hailey turns 13, she will have completed her Jewish studies and will celebrate with a bat mitzvah service. As part of the curriculum at Falmouth Jewish Congregation, each student must partake in a community service project as a way of learning to become a responsible citizen who makes a positive difference in his/her community.
For more information or questions, please contact Debbie Cohen at debcohen@comcast.net or 508-273-3552.

Benefit Concert
Wareham musician Grace Morrison will perform a benefit concert for the Tri-Town and Wareham Relay for Life on March 26.
The concert starts at 4:00 pm and will be held in the Thatcher Fellowship Hall at the First Congregational Church, located at 11 Gibbs Avenue, Wareham.
The FCC Angel Walkers is the Relay for Life team organizing the event. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children under 18 years old. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Mattapoisett Recreation Spring Program
Mattapoisett Recreation Spring Program registration is open for the following programs: Crafting: "Spring is Springing" classes are on Thursdays from 2:45 - 4:00 pm in the Center School Cafeteria. Session runs April 6 - June 1.
Fencing Classes for 7-12 year olds are on Monday evenings at 6:00 pm in the Center School Gymnasium. Session runs April 3 - May 15.
Spring Tennis Lessons for 5-13 year olds will be at the Hammond Street Tennis Courts on Tuesdays at 5:00 & 6:00 pm. Tennis classes run May 9 - June 13.
Spring Kid Fit Program is on Thursdays from 2:45 - 4:00 pm for children in grades K-3. Session runs April 27 - June 1.
For more information and to register online, visit the Mattapoisett Recreation website at www.mattrec.net.

What's Your Story?
"Learn How To Write And Self-Publish An Autobiography, Memoir Or Family History." Henry Quinlan, publisher, with more than 40 years of experience in publishing, will make this presentation on Thursday, April 20 at 4:00 pm at the Mattapoisett COA, 17 Barstow Street.
Mr. Quinlan will present a guide on how to write and how to self-publish your book. He focuses on using online tools that are user friendly and that will place your book on Amazon. There is also information for those who want to finance their book using Kickstarter, to market their book and make it available for sale in bookstores. Attendees will receive a handout containing all the points in his presentation. He presents tips for writing, gained through working with hundreds of authors. Never has it been so easy to be a published author. Everyone is invited to attend. RSVP to 508-758-4110.

Celebrating Women Composers
The Tri-County Symphonic Band will present a concert "Celebrating Women Composers" on Sunday, March 26 at 3:00 pm in the Fireman Performing Arts Center on the campus of Tabor Academy in Marion, MA. This concert will present the World Premiere of "Helen Of Troy," composed by New York City composer JoAnne Harris. Last August, the Tri-County Music Association was approved for a Cultural Investment Portfolio Projects grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in the amount of $2,500. As part of the Cultural Investment Portfolio Project, composer JoAnne Harris was commissioned to write an original work for the band. She completed "Helen of Troy" last month.
Flutist Wendy Rolfe will be our soloist as the band displays its versatility and numerous sonorities in this concert featuring mostly modern pieces written for band by some of the best and brightest women composers of recent times. Marion, MA resident Wendy Rolfe is one of the United States' leading performers on historical and modern flutes. She has recorded solo CDs, "Images of Eve," and "Images of Brazil." She has toured the USA with a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. Rolfe was a Tanglewood Fellow and has also performed at the Waterloo, Monadnock, and Buzzards Bay Music Festivals, and the Boston Early Music and Connecticut Early Music Festivals. She performed and taught at International Festivals in Brasilia, Peru, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, and Finland. She has appeared with Boston's Handel and Haydn Society at the Royal Albert Hall in London on the BBC "Proms" series, and performed with Boston Baroque at the Casals Festival. She is Professor of Flute at the Berklee College of Music. Ms. Rolfe earned the D.M.A. and M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music with Harvey Sollberger, and the B.M. from the Oberlin Conservatory with Robert Willoughby. She studied with the legendary Marcel Moyse, Lois Schaefer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Janice Smith of the St. Louis Symphony. Ms. Rolfe will be performing Cecile Chaminade's Flute Concertino as well as "Variations and Theme" by Anne McGinty on the "Celebrating Women Composers" concert.
Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults, $5 for students. Children 12 and under will be admitted to the concert free of charge. Tickets may be purchased at The Bookstall in Marion, The Symphony Music Shop in North Dartmouth and online at BrownPaperTickets.com. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

24th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim
With spring on the horizon, there's no better time to test the waters and get ready for the 24th annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 24. With nearly 200 swimmers and 20 teams already signed up, the Swim promises to be a fun, philanthropic outdoor event that you won't want to miss. Swimmers can register now at www.savebuzzardsbay.org/swim.
The Swim draws participants of every age, ability and fitness level, and first-time swimmers are encouraged to register. Swimmers complete a 1.2-mile open water point-to-point course across outer New Bedford Harbor to raise money for clean water in Buzzards Bay. Beginning in the South End of New Bedford and ending at Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation in Fairhaven, participants are greeted at the finish line with a beach party featuring a pancake breakfast, fresh coffee and pastries, live music, free massages and local beer.
"When I first told people I was swimming the Bay, people said, 'I could never do that.'" said Rosie Byrnes of New Bedford, a three-time swimmer who first participated in 2013. With a few months of weekly training that first year, Rosie was able to work her way up from swimming just 12 laps in a pool to 44 laps - the equivalent of the Swim's 1.2-mile distance - by June.
Don't want to swim solo? Many swimmers recruit friends and form a team to swim across the harbor together. This year, several spirited teams including "Just Keep Swimming," "#cleanwater," and "Scollops not Scallops" are registered and training for the Swim. The champion "Salty Seadogs" of Lakeville will be back to defend their Wheeler Cup award for fastest adult team, as will the youth teams from Waltham's MetroWest Aquatic Club, who won the Quicks Awards for fastest youth teams in 2016.
Prizes are awarded for the top fundraisers and fastest swimmers, both individuals and teams. Swimmers who have participated in the Swim for five, 10, and new this year, 20 years will also receive special participation awards.
All funds raised through the Swim support the Buzzard Bay Coalition's work to protect clean water in communities across the Buzzards Bay watershed - from Little Compton to Vineyard Sound.
Newcomers "Scenic Swim Team" from Austin, Texas, are already at the top of the fundraising leaderboard, having raised $1,500 so far. Not to be outdone, locals and members of team "ButtersBergers" of Acushnet are attempting to raise $5,000 this year in honor of their fifth Buzzards Bay Swim. Think you can outdo them? Register now at www.savebuzzardsbay.org/swim.
The Buzzards Bay Swim is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series Event, presented nationally by Toyota. The SPLASH Series engages local citizens in recreational use of our waterways to celebrate access to clean water. Event sponsors also include Amica Insurance, Anderson Insulation, YMCA Southcoast and Fiber Optic Center.

RLT Annual Meeting Has New Venue
The Annual Meeting of the Rochester Land Trust has a new venue this year. Instead of the usual Pot Luck at the Congregational Church Hall, the meeting will be held at Covanta SEMASS at 141 Cranberry Highway (Route 28) on Wednesday, April 12 at 6:00 pm.
The public is invited to attend the brief business meeting, after which the group will be given a tour of the plant.
The Rochester Land Trust has had several notable achievements this past year, including acquisition of the Pony Pasture and much stewardship work on existing properties. New officers will be elected and the Year in Review, given out each year at the Annual Meeting, will give members a detailed look at all that has been accomplished.
So please plan to join the Rochester Land Trust at its Annual Meeting and get a look at the inner workings of that big plant that gobbles up so much trash.

Gateway Youth Hockey
Squirts: On Sunday, March 12, the Gladiator Squirts opened the playoffs with a loss to the WHK Hawks 5-1. After a back-and-forth scoreless first period, the Hawks opened the scoring with two goals in the second for a 2-0 lead. The Hawks continued the offensive attack in the third, extending the lead to 5-0 before the Gladiators got their lone goal of the game from Brayden Cannon on a pass from Liz Kilpatrick to bring the score to 5-1. In net, Ryan Killion stopped 18 shots.
On Saturday, March 18, the Squirts offensive attack woke up with a 9-1 win over Canton to even their playoff record to 1-1. In net, Killion stopped 21 of 22 shots. On offense, Patrick Duggan got the Gladiators going in the first on a pass from Cannon. Mike Brown followed it up with a goal from the point on a pass from Kilpatrick to close out the first with a 2-0 lead. In the second period, Cannon, Patrick Tripp and Tommy Clavell each scored to extend the lead to 5-1 after two periods. The third period offense was led by two goals from Clavell, one from Cannon and one from Brayden Hathon.
On Sunday, the Squirts continued the playoffs with win No. 2 over Walpole Express, 4-1. The Gladiators, supported by the strong defensive play of Brown, Tripp, John Goll, and Bree Killion, dominated the entire game. In net, R. Killion was stellar, stopping 23 of 24 shots. The offensive attack was balanced with Clavell scoring two goals on passes from Kilpatrick and Hathon in the first. Duggan scored on a pass from Kilpatrick early in the second to extend the lead to 3-0. Kilpatrick added a late goal in the second on a penalty shot with a slick move drawing the goalie to the right while pulling the puck around and finding the back of the empty net. The final 4-1 score was a total team effort with the team playing its best hockey of the season.
Pee Wees: Gateway Gladiator Pee Wees faced off against the South Coast Stars on Saturday in their second week of Yankee Conference Playoff action. Gateway opened the game with five unanswered goals to start the first period. Scorers were Ty Rebeiro assisted by Brady Kidney, Sean Pollock assisted by Matthew Paling, Rebeiro assisted by Jacob Hebbel and Matthew Stone, an unassisted goal from Paling, and Rebeiro securing a hat trick with an assist from Lucy Murphy. In the second period, the game tightened up with strong defense from Lucas Demoranville and Thomas Leger and strong effort from Connor Macleod helping to get the puck to the net. In the final frame, Rebeiro was able to score his fourth goal of the game with assist from Joe Urnek, making the final score of the game 6-0. Goalie Ryker King made a number of key saves to shut down the Stars throughout the game.
The Pee Wees' next playoff game will be on Saturday, March 25 at 6:40 pm at Pembroke.

UCT Golf Tournament
The Bette-Lee Marsland / Upper Cape Tech Golf Tournament will be held at the Falmouth Country Club on Sunday, June 11 with 7:00 am registration and 8:00 am shotgun start.
This is our 20th annual golf tournament and we need your help in the way of teams and sponsors. If registered by May 19, cost is $120 per player. After May 19, it will be $130 per player. Cost includes golf, carts, high-quality golf apparel, great prizes and raffles, and a BBQ lunch catered by the chefs of the Upper Cape Tech Culinary Arts Department.
One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the students in the way of scholarships and financial assistance. Please support the students who will support the communities of Cape Cod in the future. Please contact Roland Poliseno at 508-759-7711 ext. 233 with any questions.
For further information and registration, please visit www.uppercapetech.com.

Mattapoisett Tax Relief Fund
Enclosed with the property tax bills that were mailed out in December was a donation form for the Elderly and Disabled Tax Relief Fund. The fund was established under MGL Chapter 60 Section 3D in order to help elderly and disabled residents to remain in their homes. It provides financial assistance to those who qualify. Last year, the committee was able to help five taxpayers in need with $500 being given to each recipient. In order to qualify, an applicant's gross income cannot exceed $20,000 if single and $40,000 if married. Your total estate excluding your domicile cannot be more than $35,000 if single and $45,000 if married. Applications are available on the Town of Mattapoisett's website, www.mattapoisett.net, under the COA tab and at the Council on Aging which is located in Center School. Completed applications and/or donations should be mailed to the Treasurer's Office, P.O. Box 433, Mattapoisett. Applications for help must be received by April 1 to be considered.

Rochester Town-Wide Cleanup
The Rochester Women's Club is again sponsoring a town-wide cleanup to celebrate Earth Day.
Come to the clubhouse at 37 Marion Road in Rochester to pick up trash collection bags and gloves on Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. There will be coffee and donuts on a first come, first served basis.
In conjunction with this event, the Rochester Land Trust will be collecting old electronic items, also at the clubhouse during the same hours.
Among the accepted items will be computers, monitors, appliances and TVs. If it has an engine, motor or can be plugged in, it is 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.

Left Right Center Fundraiser
The Rochester Women's Club is pleased to announce the return of our Left Right Center Fundraiser. This is our second year hosting this fun-filled event to support our scholarship fund.
Please come down to The Ponderosa (242 Robinson Road, Acushnet) on Saturday, April 29 at 7:00 pm to join in on the fun. The Women's Club will provide snacks. Cash bar will be available. Call Dee at 508-763-4748 for more details.

Be a Friend. Change a Life
The Friendly Visitor Program is sponsored by the Mattapoisett Senior Center to provide companionship and support to isolated seniors who express feelings of loneliness and isolation. Through weekly home visits, volunteers develop meaningful, long-term relationships with seniors who appreciate the company and look forward to the visits. Many seniors have fascinating life stories to share. And often volunteers discover they receive as much as they give. The impact is powerful. Your time and commitment can change a person's life; friendship is an essential ingredient for everyone's mental health. Refer someone you know or become a visitor yourself. Contact Susan Keir, Outreach Coordinator, at 508-758-4110 or email outreachcoa@mattapoisett.net.

Rochester Rabies Clinic
The Rochester Rabies Clinic will be held on Sunday, April 9 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at the Grange Hall on Hartley Road in Rochester. Shots are $12 each and will be given by Dr. J. Brito, DVM. Licensing will be available for Rochester residents: $10 for intact males or unspayed females; $7 for spayed or neutered. All animals must be properly restrained, with dogs on leashes and cats in carriers. Contact Rochester ACO Anne Estabrook at 508-649-9813 with any questions, and know that all are welcome to this event.

Mattapoisett Democratic Town Caucus
The Mattapoisett Democratic Town Committee will hold its annual caucus on Saturday, March 25 from 10:15 to 10:45 am in the conference room of the Mattapoisett Library, 7 Barstow Street, to elect delegates to the State Democratic Convention that will be held at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, MA on Saturday, June 3. All Mattapoisett residents registered as Democrats are eligible for election but must be physically present at the caucus.
Following the brief caucus, from 10:45 am to 12:00 pm, Massachusetts State Representative Dylan Fernandes, who was elected in November of 2015 to serve the Barnstable, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket district, will share his experiences as a first-time candidate for public office. During his presentation, Representative Fernandes will discuss his experiences working in campaigns for Elizabeth Warren and Maura Healey and how he came to the decision to run for office himself. He will share with the audience the organizing and campaigning processes needed to be a successful candidate. Representative Fernandes, age 27, is one of Massachusetts' youngest state representatives.
If you have ever considered running for public office or if you are just curious to learn what drives some people to want to serve the public in a political office, you will find this talk very informative.
The public is welcome to this event regardless of political affiliation.

Bible Faith Milestones Classes
Mattapoisett Congregational Church offers Communion and Bible Faith Milestones classes starting Sunday, March 26. Communion Faith Milestone is offered to children in grades 2-6 to further explore the Communion Sacrament. Through storytelling, symbolism, and hands-on activities like bread making, art, and sign language, children with gain a new understanding of the meaning and mystery. Parents are also welcome to attend. Participants will receive a Faith Milestone recognition during our Maundy Thursday Simple Supper. This is not a "First Communion," for it is a practice at the United Church of Christ that all are welcome at the Lord's Table. It is opportunity to experience the Sacrament in a new and engaging way. Teachers are Pat Goss, UCC Church Deacon, and Patricia Berry, Certified UCC Christian Educator. Classes this year are on Sunday, March 26, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm, Wednesday, April 12, 3:00 - 5:00 pm; Recognition is on Thursday, April 13, during Maundy Thursday Simple Supper.
"My Bible" Faith Milestone is offered to children in grades 3-6 who do not have a Bible. It includes a family potluck Bible class and a recognition. What is the Bible? What does it mean to me? As a family, we will explore these questions and more in a fun and engaging setting. Family Bible Class Potluck will be Friday, April 7 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm, and children will be presented their very own Bible on Bible Sunday, April 30 at 10:00 am, which also includes guest speakers, a special display of Bibles and cake.
All classes and recognition will be held at Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 27 Church Street. If you are interested in signing up your children or grandchildren, contact Patricia Berry, Christian Education Director, at 508-758-2671 or radiantwaves@verizon.net. All are welcome to participate.

Friends Academy Summer Camp Fair
Friends Academy, located at 1088 Tucker Road in North Dartmouth, will hold a Summer Camp Fair on Sunday, April 2 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. SouthCoast families who are interested in learning more about the any of the school's camp programs, including the Orton Gillingham Program and Summer Math and Writing Maintenance Program for children with language-based learning differences, are invited to tour the school with student guides, visit classrooms, and speak with camp counselors.
The Friends Academy Summer Programs serve students from Early Childhood through grade 9. This event is designed to allow families to explore the summer programs in depth and to better understand the value of the dynamic, fun, and meaningful experiences the school provides children in the SouthCoast, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island areas.
The summer programs offer a wide array of innovative, interesting programs including sports camps, creative camps, cooking camps, technology based programs, and educational programs.
Founded in 1810, Friends Academy is an independent, nonprofit day school, serving boys and girls. For more information about our summer programs call Charley Pelissier, Director of External Programs, at 508-999-1356. For information about Friends Academy, call Katherine Gaudet at 508-999-1356.

Effective Discipline for Children 2-12
Who among us has not worried that we were raising our children correctly? Who has not wondered how to discipline, set limits, and have the hard conversations? On Wednesday, March 29 at 6:30 pm in the Commons at 1088 Tucker Road, North Dartmouth, Friends Academy hosts Dr. Thomas Phelan, author of 1-2- 3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12, which has sold almost two million copies and is now in its sixth edition. This is the second in a two-part Speaker Series that is focused on the health and wellness of the whole child. It is free and open to the public.
Dr. Phelan and his wife of 45 years raised two children and experienced first-hand many of the problems he now helps parents tackle. A clinical psychologist who has worked with children, parents, and teachers for over 35 years, he will discuss effective parenting tools to raise children in the 21st century. Dr. Phelan is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Illinois Psychological Association and has also served on the boards of directors for both ADDA and CHADD, two ADHD international support groups. He maintains an active schedule of international lectures and is a frequent guest on radio and television. His articles appear in numerous regional and national publications.
A question and answer period will follow Dr. Phelan's presentation. His books will be available for purchase and signing. From 6:00-6:30 pm, tours of the Friends Academy will be available.

Nasketucket Bird Club Meeting
Ever wonder about those summertime flying cigars with wings way up in the sky? Find out more about those mosquito-eating machines at the next meeting of the Nasketucket Bird Club, Thursday evening March 23, at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library at 7:00 pm. The library is located on Barstow Street and is handicapped accessible.
Chimney Swifts have a unique relationship with, and dependency upon, humans. Come learn about this fascinating connection and how you can help.
Alan Kneidel is currently doing research at Delaware State University focusing on how climate change may affect the ecological functioning of barrier island ecosystems as globally important avian stopover sites. Previously, Alan has worked at Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences as a Lead Bander and Shorebird Scientist; Klamath Bird Observatory; and fieldwork for a variety of universities.
Check our website at http://massbird.org/Nasketucket/ or email our President Justin Barrett at jmbarrett426@gmail.com

Knights Teen Dance
The next Knights Teen Dance is Friday, March 24 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm for $8 at The Knights, 57 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett. Teen dances provide a safe place for 6th, 7th and 8th graders to socialize, dance and listen to their favorite music on a Friday night. Knights of Columbus chaperones and a uniformed police officer are on site at all of our dances.

Open Mic Night at the MAC
Attention, local performers! The Marion Art Center (MAC) invites you to share your talent at its first Open Mic Night on Saturday, March 25, at 7:00 pm. Local vocalists, instrumentalists (acoustic only), poets, humorists, storytellers and more are invited to perform on the MAC stage in this relaxed, fun and family-friendly event. To help ensure we can share the spotlight with many different performances, each act will be given a five-minute time slot. Performers are encouraged to reserve a spot right away by emailing OpenMicMAC@gmail.com. Interest is expected to be high for this exciting inaugural event, so don't delay! This general seating gathering is open to the public, and there is no admission cost for MAC members, though a small donation by non-members would be welcome. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks will be available.

Twenty for Many, Marion Fireworks
The Marion Fireworks Committee is seeking to raise $40,000 for the 2017 "Independence Day" fireworks. A small donation of $20 from the many people who enjoy the fireworks can make this bi-annual event possible this year.
Marion offers an idyllic setting for families to enjoy the celebration of the birth of our nation. Families from all over the south coast come to Marion to enjoy the fireworks and the support of many is needed to host the event this year. The Fireworks Committee currently has $13,000 from the 2016 fundraising campaign and needs to raise an additional $40,000 by May 1 for the fireworks to happen this year.
If you would like to help support this great event, please visit: www.gofundme.com/vmvhus-2017-4th-of-july-fireworks. Funds will be mailed directly from GoFundMe to Marion Fireworks Fund.

Old Rochester Youth Lacrosse
Registration is now open for the 2017season. Open to boys and girls in grades 1-8. Residents of all towns are welcome. No experience required; we will teach you. Please visit our website to register and for more information: www.orylax.com.

ORR Annual Hoops Classic
The Old Rochester Regional Athletic Hall of Fame (ORRAHOF) is having its "Annual Hoops Classic" basketball games on March 24 at the ORR Gymnasium.
The annual event features returning ORR basketball alumni ladies and gentlemen to play games versus current all-star student players from ORR sports.
The ladies' game begins at 6:30 pm with the men's game to follow at 7:30 pm. All proceeds go to the annual ORRAHOF induction banquet event to be held on June 24.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students sold at the door.
For more info, please contact Dena Xifaras at dxifaras@poah.org or 617-834-9378.

Marion Art Center Art Classes
The Marion Art Center is now accepting registrations for its Spring 2017 Adult Art Classes. Offerings include:
Acrylic Painting for Adults: Mondays, 10:00 to noon at the MAC Studio; April 3 to June 5 (8 weeks), Note: No class April 17 or May 29; Instructor: Catherine Carter. Discover the versatile medium of acrylic paint. Students will practice basic application techniques, color mixing, and using value to create the impression of three-dimensional space. Note: A minimum of 5 students is required. There will be no class on Monday, April 17 or Monday, May 29. Tuition for the class is $180 for MAC members* and $195 for non-members (supplies not included). *Current MAC membership is required for discount. The 2016-2017 Membership Year runs August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017.
Beginner & Continuing Drawing for Adults: Tuesdays, 10:00 am to noon at the MAC Studio; April 4 to May 23 (8 weeks); Instructor: Anthony Days. This class will expose students to a number of traditional illustration skills and concepts. Note: A minimum of 5 students is required. Tuition is $180 for MAC members* and $195 for non-members (supplies not included). *Current MAC membership is required for discount. The 2016-2017 Membership Year runs August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017.
Pastels for Adults: Wednesdays, 10:00 am to noon at the MAC Studio; April 5 to May 24 (8 weeks); Instructor: Cynthia Getchell. This class is designed for those who would like to work with pastel but do not know how to begin, or have tried working with the medium but are having trouble achieving desired results. Note: A minimum of 5 students is required. Tuition for the class is $180 for MAC members* and $195 for non-members (supplies not included). *Current MAC membership is required for discount. The 2016-2017 Membership Year runs August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017.
The Art of Reupholstery: Wednesdays, 10:00 am to noon at 188 Front Street in Marion; April 5 to August 16 (Tuition covers total of 10 classes on dates of participant's choosing), no classes in June; Instructor: Harriet Ingerslev. This class will teach students the basics of reupholstery, an applied art that has its roots in the Renaissance period. Note: A minimum of 5 students is required. Tuition is $180 for MAC members* and $195 for non-members *Current MAC membership is required for discount. The 2016-2017 Membership Year runs August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017.
Watercolor Painting for Adults - All Levels: Thursdays, 10:00 am to noon; April 6 to May 25 (8 weeks); Instructor: Patricia White. After a brief introduction each week, students will explore different techniques, while working on the landscape, still life, figurative, and/or imaginative painting, in a nurturing environment. Note: A minimum of 5 students is required. Tuition for the class is $180 for MAC members* and $195 for non-members (supplies not included). *Current MAC membership is required for discount. The 2016-2017 Membership Year runs August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017.
Continuing & Advanced Watercolor Painting for Adults: Fridays, 10:00 am to noon; April 7 to May 26 (8 weeks); Instructor: Jay Ryan. This course is a perfect "next step" for those who would like to explore watercolor painting beyond a basic understanding of color and brush strokes. Note: A minimum of 5 students is required. Tuition for the class is $180 for MAC members* and $195 for non-members (supplies not included). *Current MAC membership is required for discount. The 2016-2017 Membership Year runs August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017.
To register online, please visit http://www.marionartcenter.org/about/register/. For more information, call the Marion Art Center at 508-748-1266.

John R. Pandolfi Scholarship
The 2017 John R. Pandolfi Scholarship applications are due April 1. The Tri-County Music Association is still accepting scholarship and summer study grant applications. Scholarships of $1,000-$1,500 will be awarded to students attending a four-year college or university as a music major. Current college students and college-bound high school seniors from Bristol, Plymouth and Barnstable counties are eligible to apply.
We are also proud to offer summer music study grants to deserving high school students. This program helps to defray the cost for recipients' musical study in summer camps, summer programs and private lessons.
Visit our website www.tricountysymphonicband.org for details.

Mattapoisett Free Public Library Program
Strings That Zing: The Ukulele Family Tree! This program is for interested listeners of all ages. Come to the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Sunday, March 26, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm to learn about and hear the mighty mite of the musical world - the ukulele - and the many "cousins" that make up the extended ukulele family including the Hawaiian guitar. Tom Goux, local singer and instrumentalist, will share songs from his life-long collection that typify how the uke and related instruments have been enjoyed over the last century. Tom will be inviting interested listeners to hold/strum/pet the ukes he is bringing in. The library is located at 7 Barstow Street and is handicapped accessible.

Enchanted April
The Marion Art Center is pleased to announce the ticket pre-sale and sale for its upcoming production of Enchanted April by Matthew Barber. The two-act period dramedy is a 2003 Tony Award nominee for Best Play; it is based on the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim. Feeling lost in the shadows of marriage and post-WWI society, two unhappy London housewives rent a villa in Italy for a ladies-only holiday retreat, reluctantly recruiting a pair of difficult upper-class women to share the cost and the experience. Under the Mediterranean sun, the four women clash - and then begin to bond and bloom - until men once again upset the balance. The play will open on Friday, March 31 at 7:30 pm, with additional performances on Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, April 2 at 2:30 pm; Friday, April 7 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 9 at 2:30 pm. Under the direction of Kate Fishman, the cast includes Pippa Asker, Arthur Beecher, Camerin Bennett, Al Cacciatore, Suzie Kokkins, Susan Massey, Susan Sullivan and Harvey Ussach.
Tickets are available at a cost of $15 for MAC members* and $18 for non-members. While reservations and holds cannot be accommodated, ticket purchases may be made both in person and by calling the Marion Art Center at 508-748-1266 during regular gallery hours (Tuesday through Friday from 1:00-5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm). General seating and cabaret seating (for parties of 4) are available on a first come, first served basis. *The 2016-2017 MAC membership year runs August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017.

Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
Buzzards Bay provides some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in New England - from Sakonnet Point in Little Compton and the farm coast of Westport and Dartmouth to New Bedford's working waterfront, charming Onset Village and the famed science community of Woods Hole on Cape Cod. If you love cycling and want to protect clean water in our community, then sign up for the 11th annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride on Sunday, October 1 by visiting savebuzzardsbay.org/ride.
The Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride is a fun community event that supports a great cause: clean water in Buzzards Bay. More than 150 cyclists participate in the Watershed Ride each year, pedaling across the beautiful Buzzards Bay region to raise funds for clean water.
Riders can sign up for 35- and 75-mile routes as well as a 100-mile "century ride" that circles the entirety of Buzzards Bay starting from the dramatic breakwater at Sakonnet Point, RI. All three routes join together to end with a lively finish line party in the heart of Woods Hole Village featuring dinner, beer and wine, live music, awards and free massages.
"I've really enjoyed the event all three times and will definitely plan to come back again," said Jeff Gonsalves of Dartmouth, who participated in the 100-mile century ride from Sakonnet Point to Woods Hole last year. "The route is fantastic, the rest stops are well placed and well stocked, and volunteers provide great support to all the riders."
Whether you're an avid cyclist or a more casual rider, you'll enjoy the Ride's gorgeous scenery through coastal villages, farmland, working waterfront and colorful cranberry bogs. Many cyclists form teams with their friends, family and coworkers, sporting flashy uniforms and colorful names like "The Patch Pedalers," "Shore Acres Scallywags," "Team Girl Power," and "The Speeding Turtles."
Cyclists ages 12 and over are welcome. Riders are fully supported along the course with water and snack stations, clear route markings, a hearty food truck lunch at Eastover Farm in Rochester, helpful volunteers, and on-the-road bike repair technicians. Prizes go to the riders and teams that raise the most money as well as the winners in categories including Best Team Outfit and Biggest Team.
Each rider raises a minimum of $300, but many participants set larger fundraising goals. All funds go directly to the Coalition's work to protect land and clean water around Buzzards Bay. Last year, cyclists and their supporters raised more than $120,000 to support the Coalition.
To learn more about the Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride and sign up, visit savebuzzardsbay.org/ride.

March Programs at the Plumb Library
The Cafe Parlez' selection for March is The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter that he has never opened. We will discuss this book on Thursday, March 30 at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk.
Did you know there are vampires in your house? Don't start wearing garlic just yet, though. These are "power vampires," using up electric power just sitting there, turned off. They could be the coffeemaker, the computer, the game system, or the printer. You can borrow our Electric Usage Meter to see how much power these vampires are consuming in your home and take steps to unplug them, if possible. This will cut down on your electric usage and save you money on your next electric bill. Thanks to Eversource for the donation of this meter. Call the library at 508-763-8600 to reserve the meter or for more information.

Calling All Artists to Benefit the Mattapoisett Library
The Friends of the Mattapoisett Library invite artists of all ages to create their vision of "Build a Better World" on an 8- by 8-inch canvas to raise funds for the Friends in support of library programs. Everyone is welcome to participate - no matter what skill level or artistic experience they may have.
Canvases can be decorated with an original design in any medium - paint, pastel, collage, or markers - and will be on display throughout the library from Tuesday, May 2 to Saturday, July 29. Each canvas will be available for purchase for $25.
A reception to celebrate the artistic efforts of all participants will be held at the library on Tuesday, May 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends.
"Build a Better World" is the theme of this summer's library statewide Summer Reading Program. Each artist is welcome to interpret that theme. Share your talent to benefit the Friends, a nonprofit group that supports the Mattapoisett Free Public Library.

ORR "The Gathering"
Have you heard? It's The Gathering of the initial four classes at ORR back in September 1961. That's right, the Classes of '62, '63, '64 and '65 are planning a get-together. With no history or traditions to guide us on that first day of High School in 1961, we had to create the traditions and history that became the foundation for all future classes at ORR. That is something to be proud of and to celebrate. So, come join us on September 9 at our informal Gathering in Marion.
For further details contact any of the following:
- Donna Andrews, Class '65, dmandrews1@verizon.net
- John DeMello, Class '65, jfdemello@verizon.net
- Richard Morgado, Class '64, dickmorgado@hotmail.com
- Peter Foster, Class '64, pfcoot@gmail.com
- Suzanne Petersen, Class '63, suzpet44@hotmail.com

Mattapoisett Congregational Church Memorials Scholarships
Mattapoisett Congregational Church is pleased to once again offer scholarships to students graduating from high school in June who reside in the town of Mattapoisett, Marion or Rochester. Three $1000 scholarships will be awarded on the basis of scholastic achievement, community service and financial need. Applications and supplementary information are now available at the local public and private schools. The deadline for electronic submission of documents is Friday, April 21, 2017.
Students will be notified of their selection by May 5 via email. Scholarship recipients will be presented in church on Scholarship Sunday, May 21 during the 10 o'clock service of worship.
If you are a graduating senior from ORR, Old Colony, Bishop Stang or Tabor Academy and have any questions about the scholarship application process, you are invited to contact the Mattapoisett Congregational Church office via email at mattcong@verizon.net.

2nd Annual Tour De Creme
Get ready to kick off the summer with a fun day of ice cream and bicycle riding in Mattapoisett and surrounding towns when the Mattapoisett Land Trust and the Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path hold the 2nd Annual Tour de Creme this year on Sunday, May 21.
Featuring scenic bicycle rides of 11, 19, 25, and 50 miles with two to five stops at participating creameries, this family-friendly event has rides for cyclists of all levels. The creamery tours start from Mattapoisett Town Beach between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, rain or shine.
They end between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm at Munro Preserve at the head of Mattapoisett Harbor. Here, by the water, participants will enjoy lobster rolls and hot food, cold beverages, more ice cream, and live music at the post-ride party!
As part of the event, we are asking participants to support a rail-trail connection to Marion and conservation of the Old Hammond Quarry off Mattapoisett Neck Road through voluntary fundraising. Our goal is to raise $10,000.
If cycling is not your thing, you can enjoy the event as a volunteer. You'll meet fine folks, receive a distinctive T-shirt and are most welcome to join us at the party.
Participation is limited and advance registration is required. The fee is approximately $1 per mile and we offer discounts on the 11- and 19-mile tours for families of up to four.
Registration opens on March 15. Visit our website at www.tourdecreme.org for complete details, route maps, volunteer signup, and registration details.

The Magic of Lyn
Enjoy a magical afternoon as Master Illusionist Lyn Dillies performs in "The Magic of Lyn" on Thursday, April 27 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Route 6, Mattapoisett. Lunch will be served at 12:15 pm, followed by the show at 1:00 pm.
Lyn Dillies is an award-winning magician who has performed at Lincoln Center in New York and all over the United States for over twenty years. This performance will be a scaled-down version of her full show, but still promises to be awe-inspiring. Cost for lunch and the show is $10; show only $5.Tickets are on sale at the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, 17 Barstow Street from now until April 19 or until sold out. Seating is limited, so don't delay. Call 508-758-4110 for more information.

Miss Inspirational Program Seeking Girls With Special Needs
On Saturday, May 6, the reigning Miss Bristol County Jillian Zucco will host the 2nd Annual Miss Inspirational program for girls with special needs and disabilities at the Old Rochester Regional High School auditorium at 6:00 pm.
Ms. Zucco, a 2016 graduate of the Honors Nursing Program at UMass Dartmouth, is now accepting registrations from girls and young women for participation in this event on a first-come, first-serve basis. The goal of the pageant is to highlight and celebrate the achievements of those around us who are breaking barriers and overcoming challenges every single day.
Now employed as a full-time registered nurse at a regional hospital and still a part-time personal care attendant with the Cerebral Palsy of Massachusetts organization, Ms. Zucco has worked with girls and young women with varying levels of disability. "This event focuses on ability and empowerment. My goal is to raise public awareness by giving these young women and girls a platform to show the community how truly inspirational they are."
The program will have four phases: Introduction, using any form of communication with or without assistance; Talent, sharing a unique ability, talent, or something the individual is proud of; Formal Wear, demonstrating grace and confidence in a party dress or gown of one's own or one provided courtesy of the Cinderella Project through Gifts to Give; and Personal Statement submitted in writing before the event detailing obstacles overcome, barriers broken, and/or goals and aspirations, pieces of which will be read to the audience during the Formal Wear portion of the live show.
Last year's inaugural event was a great success, showcasing 30 participants from across the state to a sold-out audience. "I was delighted to have a standing room only turnout for these deserving individuals. What they have to share with all of us is nothing short of amazing!"
Ms. Zucco's program accommodates individuals with all types of disabilities, including mental, physical, developmental and medical. An ASL interpreter is available for those who need this service. The stage, dressing room and auditorium meet ADA accessibility guidelines, and a volunteer will be assigned to assist each participant on and off stage the night of the show to ensure they are prepared and ready for each phase.
The program also recognizes any males with special needs who would like to be involved as well.
There is no fee to participate. Tickets to the event will be available at the door for $15. All proceeds will benefit Boston Children's Hospital through the Children's Miracle Network.
To register or for more information, email JillianZucco@gmail.com

Music from Land's End
Music from Land's End Wareham presents a Duo Recital with violinist Ariadne Daskalakis and pianist Anthony Spiri on Friday, March 24, at 7:30 pm at Lyndon South Auditorium, Tabor Academy. They will present works by Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert.
Admission is by donation; $20 suggested. Proceeds from the concert to benefit the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Centennial Endowment Fund.
Ariadne Daskalakis and Anthony Spiri have just recently recorded the complete Brahms Violin Sonatas for the West German Radio. In this program, they pair up Brahms' lyrical 2nd Sonata and his fiery Scherzo with the Schubert Fantasy in C, a great favorite in the duo repertoire.
This past fall, both Ariadne and Anthony enjoyed guest residencies at the Juilliard School in New York; Anthony also toured the Northeast with singer Bernarda Fink and gave guest lectures in England. Ariadne toured in Suzhou, China and in Italy, and gave further performances in Berlin, Cologne and northern Germany.
On this trip, Ariadne and Anthony will also be appearing at Brandeis University and at the esteemed Blue Hill Concert Series in Maine.

Community Foundation Accepting Grant Proposals
The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts is now accepting applications for grants from the Huidekoper Fund.
Grant requests of up to $4,000 will be awarded to local organizations seeking funding for programs focused on athletic activity and fitness for youth. The Request for Proposals can be found at https://www.cfsema.org/grants/current-requests-for-proposals-other-opportunities. The deadline to submit applications is 5:00 pm on Friday, March 31.
The Huidekoper Fund was created with a generous bequest from the late Peter G. and Mary B. Huidekoper of South Dartmouth. The Huidekopers and their children spent many summer days on the shores and the waves of Buzzards Bay. The Fund celebrates this legacy and the rich heritage of youth athletics that is an essential part of an engaging and active life in Southeastern Massachusetts. Contributions to the Fund can be made at https://www.cfsema.org/donors/donate-to-a-fund/donate; select Huidekoper Fund from the donation fund drop-down menu.
Eligibility and Guidelines:
- Applicant organizations must directly serve youth (age 18 and younger) in Southeastern Massachusetts (view the service area online).
- Open to schools and nonprofits. Eligibility not limited to organized sports/teams. Fitness programs and recreational programs that focus on encouraging physical activity among youth are welcome to apply.
- Funding allowed for general programming costs or equipment.
- No awards will be made to individuals.
- $4,000 maximum request per organization.
- Awards will be announced in April for the funding period April through December 2017.

Showstoppers' Performing Arts Camp
Registrations are now being accepted for Showstoppers' 13th Annual Performing Arts Camp for boys and girls in grades 2 to 8, April 17-21, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm daily, at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church Hall on Church Street in Mattapoisett. A musical theater showcase will be presented to the public at 7:00 pm on the Friday night. The $175 fee per child includes performance CD, T-shirt, daily snacks and certificate of completion. Don't delay! Reserve your spot today! For more information or to register, call 508-758-4525 or email kzucco@comcast.net.

Mattapoisett Woman's Club Scholarship
Mattapoisett Woman's Club is pleased to offer four $1,000 scholarship awards to Mattapoisett residents who are high school seniors, graduating June 2017. Those who are re-entering the academic world after graduating prior to 2017, and are in pursuit of a post-secondary degree program, will also be considered for one of these awards.
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. Deadline for returning the completed application is April 30, 2017.
The following schools will be participating:
1. ORRHS, Marion Road, Mattapoisett MA 02739
2. Bishop Stang High School, 500 Slocum Road, N. Dartmouth, MA 02747
3. Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, 476 North Avenue, Rochester, MA 02770
4. Tabor Academy, Front Street, Marion, MA 02738
5. Bristol County Agricultural High School, 135 Center Street, Dighton, MA 02715
The scholarship winners will be announced at the schools' awards night prior to graduation. Final deadline for returning completed applications is April 30, 2017. No one will be considered after this date. The scholarship money is paid directly to the student's college and the scholarship will be granted after the first successfully completed semester in college.
If you have any further questions, you may contact the Mattapoisett Woman's Club at P.O. Box 1444, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.

Living in Two Worlds
Renowned Irish mystic Lorna Byrne and English author and publisher Mark Booth are joining forces to kick off the Marion Institute's 2017 Connector Series with "Living in Two Worlds" on March 25. Together, they will explore the intertwining roles of the feminine and masculine as illustrated in the world of mythology and alchemy, offer spiritual guidance, and answer questions from the audience.
As long as she can remember, Ms. Byrne has seen angels with as much clarity as the rest of us see other people. Although she sees them every day, Ms. Byrne did not talk about it until seven years ago. Since then, the diminutive, soft-spoken mystic has become an international bestselling author. Her books, Angels in my Hair, Stairways to Heaven, A Message of Hope from the Angels, and Love from Heaven have been translated into 30 languages. Ms. Byrne has been featured extensively in worldwide television, radio and print media, including CNN, NBC Today, BBC, The London Times, and The Economist.
"Like Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Paramhansa Yogananda, and Rudolf Steiner, she has exceptional access to spiritual realms and spiritual beings," said Mr. Booth. "In fact, in Lorna Byrne's case, she can't tune out. This other realm is present to her all the time, intermingling with the material world and influencing it."
Mr. Booth, who sometimes writes under the pen name Jonathan Black, is the author of The Secret History of the World, The Secret History of Dante, and The Sacred History. Mr. Booth studied philosophy and theology at Oxford's Oriel College. His books are the result of a lifetime spent researching and publishing theological, philosophical and spiritual texts.
This all-day spiritual journey will take place at TownePlace Suites Wareham and includes breakfast and lunch. Tickets cost $100 and are available at give.classy.org or by calling 508-748-0816.
The Marion Institute is an incubator of initiatives that generate positive social change in the areas of fresh food, health, sustainability and spirituality. For over 20 years, locally and globally, we have been working, first through Connecting for Change and now via the Connector Series, to promote thoughtful dialogue and action, and steer change in a positive direction. The Marion Institute's work has connected change-makers to organizational support in ways that have impacted individuals and communities all over the world.

From the Mattapoisett Town Clerk
Mattapoisett Census/Dog Licensing: The Town of Mattapoisett has mailed out their 2017 census forms. Please check that all your household members are listed and that their information is current and correct. Return the census forms to the Town Clerk's Office as soon as possible. On the back of the census is a form for dog licensing. If you enclose a payment, a current rabies certificate and a self-addressed stamped envelope, we would be glad to mail your dog license to you. Dogs must be licensed on or before March 31, 2017. If you did not receive a census form in the mail, please contact the Town Clerk's Office at 508-758-4100 ext. 2.
Mattapoisett Harbor Billing Notice: All bills for Mattapoisett Harbor Permits for the 2017 season have been mailed out. If you provided an email address, the bills were sent out via email. Please contact the Town Clerk's Office at 508-758-4100 ext. 2 if you did not receive your bill or have any questions regarding it. In order to issue a permit for the upcoming season, we must have an updated mooring inspection and current boat registration or documentation on file. The due date for the harbor bills is April 3, 2017.
Mattapoisett Town Election Info: Nomination papers are available for the Mattapoisett Town Election at the Town Clerk's Office. There are many offices on the ballot this year including Board of Selectmen, Board of Assessors, Town Clerk, Moderator, Community Preservation Committee, Board of Health, School Committee, Planning Board, Public Library Trustee, and Water & Sewer Commissioner. The last day to obtain nomination papers is Friday, March 24, 2017. The Town Election will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. If you have any questions, please call the Town Clerk's Office at 508-758-4100 ext. 2.

South Coast Bikeway Alliance
The South Coast Bikeway Alliance (SCBA) is pleased to announce their 7th Annual Bike Summit will be held on Thursday, March 23 at the Fort Taber Community Center, 1000A S. Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford. This year's summit focuses on "Building the South Coast Bikeway" and hopes to bring awareness to the numerous pathway projects, large and small, within the South Coast communities.
All who bike, hike, walk or run are invited to join the SCBA for an interesting and informative evening as they celebrate recently completed South Coast Bikeway pathways in New Bedford and Fall River and share the latest news for planned projects in Dartmouth, UMass Dartmouth, Marion, Mattapoisett and Wareham. Learn about the potential to link New Bedford and Fall River with a 3.5 mile greenway in the largely rural areas north of I-195.
Colleen Abrams, the President of Wachusett Greenways, will be the keynote speaker. Ms. Abrams will speak about Wachusett Greenways' mission of connecting the Wachusett-area community with trails and greenways. In 1995, this all-volunteer nonprofit group and their partners began to build and maintain trails. Wachusett Greenways is best known as the steward of the Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT) in central Massachusetts. Discover how their model of working with nonprofits and state agencies could advance the progress of the pathways in your communities. A welcoming reception with exhibitors begins at 5:30 pm. Representatives from multiple local organizations who support greater passive enjoyment of our natural resource areas will be on hand to answer your questions. Meet with bikeway advocates, land preservationists, town and city planners and bicycle enthusiasts and discover what you can do to help complete the Bikeway. South Coast Bikeway Alliance representatives from South Coast towns and cities will be on hand to discuss progress and potential for new trails and multi-use paths in their communities.
The speakers program begins at 6:00 pm and concludes at 7:30 pm. All who have an interest in pathways for recreation, alternative transportation, promotion of tourism and economic development on the South Coast are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event. Light refreshments will be offered. Pre-registration is appreciated. Go to http://www.southcoastbikeway.com and click on "events calendar" or call SRPEDD at 508-824-1367 ext. 234 and ask to speak to Jackie Jones.

Scholarships Available for Tri-Town Seniors
Graduating high school seniors from the Tri-Town area are urged to apply for a several scholarships now available through the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA).
The following scholarships can be applied for online by clicking the "Apply for a Scholarship" link on the CFSEMA website, www.cfsema.org. Both parts of the application are due on April 1.
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 and Mattapoisett who are graduating from either Fairhaven, New Bedford, Bishop Stang, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical or Old Rochester Regional high schools or a graduating senior 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 one or two 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 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 of 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.
About the Community Foundation. Since 1995, area residents have been turning to the Community Foundation to make their philanthropic giving as effective as possible. CFSEMA is a public charity serving thousands of people who share a common concern: improving the quality of life in Southeastern Massachusetts.
While the Foundation's primary grantmaking focus is on the SouthCoast communities of Greater New Bedford, Greater Fall River, and Southern Plymouth County, CFSEMA is a regional foundation serving 41 cities and towns. To date, the Community Foundation has distributed more than $25 million in grants and program support from 250 funds to humanitarian, educational and cultural organizations in the region. To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.cfsema.org.

Bourne-Wareham Art Association Awards
The Bourne Wareham Art Association has Art Achievement Award Scholarships available to graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a career in art. Applications are available by contacting your High School Guidance or Art Departments or Betty Beaulieu, awards coordinator, at brbolo@comcast.net or 508-763-2724. Applications must be received by April 10, 2017. Applicants will be invited to present their portfolios at the Bourne Wareham Art Association meeting on Saturday, April 29 at the Jonathan Bourne Library, 19 Sandwich Road, Bourne, MA.

Scholastic Chess Tournament
After last year's successful event, The Rotary Club of Dartmouth will sponsor the 2nd Annual Scholastic Chess Tournament on Saturday, April 8 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Dartmouth Middle School, 366 Slocum Street, Dartmouth.
Students can register online by clicking http://senecachess.org/event/2nd-annual- dartmouth-rotary-chess-tournament//. There is a $10 entry fee. Registrations will also be accepted at the door for a slightly higher fee of $15.
This event is open to all area students through Grade 12, and all levels are welcome. Chess Boards/ Pieces will be provided (Players who use a chess clock are encouraged to bring one - not required). Trophies will be awarded to the top three players in each section.

League of Women Voters Blue Book
A new edition of The Blue Book is in the works. The 2017-18 phone directory, to be published by the Tri-Town League of Women Voters, will be mailed free of charge to every postal patron in Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester in early July. The book contains the names, addresses and phone numbers of each town's residents and businesses as well as advertisements by area businesses and professionals for their products and services. An online version of the book contains the residential listings and the classified business listings, and can be found at lwvmmr.org/phonebook.
The only printed residential phone book in this area, The Blue Book is highly popular, providing an important communication tool for the three towns. To make the book as accurate as possible, residents can submit additions, deletions and corrections to their listings by email at lwvphonebook@comcast.net or by postal mail to LWV-MMR, P.O. Box 812, Marion, MA 02738. Advertising information can be requested using the same addresses.
The League is proud of this community service and appreciates the support of the advertisers who help to make this book possible.

Greater New Bedford Garden Club Scholarship
The Greater New Bedford Garden Club is accepting applications for the $1,500 Rose L. Murphy Scholarship to be awarded to a student enrolled in a full-time college program in 2017-2018. The applicant must be pursuing a degree either in environmental sciences, horticulture, landscape architecture, conservation, or related scientific fields.
Students are required to have been a legal Massachusetts resident for at least one year prior to June 1 of his /her school graduation. You will find application forms and requirements at your local high school or secondary school's guidance office.
You can send applications to Ms. Ellen P. Flynn, Chair of Scholarship for the Greater New Bedford Garden Club, P.O. Box 1312, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Applications and required paperwork must be received on or before May 1, 2017.

Blanche B. Perry Scholarship
The Mattapoisett Land Trust is seeking applicants for their $1,000 "Blanche B. Perry Scholarship." This award is available to a Mattapoisett resident interested in the field of Environmental Studies, Sciences, Technology or a related field, and is a graduating senior from a secondary school by June 2017. The scholarship is made available through the Edith Glick Shoolman fund, a bequest left to provide support for children in the community. Offering this scholarship is consistent with the mission "of preserving land in order to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations of Mattapoisett residents and visitors."
Along with the application, the following additional information is required:
1. A Personal Statement about career goals as they relate to the mission of the MLT, past and present.
2. A signed Community Service Form documenting a minimum of 20 hours of community service.
3. Professional letter of reference (teacher or guidance counselor).
4. A Character letter of reference from an employer, scout or community leader, and/or neighbor is required.
5. Official school transcript including credits and class rank.
Applicants will be assessed according to academic achievement, personal statement, professional and personal references, community service, and financial need. Preference will be given to individuals who are members of the Mattapoisett Land Trust or whose parents or grandparents are members of the MLT.
Participating School are:
1. ORRHS, Marion Road, Mattapoisett 02739.
2. Bishop Stang High School, 500 Slocum Road, N. Dartmouth 02747.
3. OCRVT High School, 476 North Avenue, Rochester 02770.
4. Tabor Academy, Front Street, Marion 02738.
The deadline for submitting the forms will be April 30, 2017.

Police Warn of Phone Scam
The Rochester Police Department has received information that town residents are receiving calls from a company claiming to be "Legal Support Services." This is a fictitious company being used as the front for a phone scam. The victims are being told by the company that they will be at the address within 48 hours serving papers with a uniformed officer and to put away any dogs on the property.
Victims are asked for personal information and or financial information. Do not provide any information to these calling parties. One of the phone numbers being used by this scam which may appear on caller ID is 866-353-1944. If you are contacted by these people, please report it to the police.

Boating Safety Course Offered
The Marion Harbormaster's Office will host the Boating Safety Course at the Marion Police Station Conference room again this year. You will need to attend two Saturday classes consecutively. The first offering is May 13 and 20. The second offering is June 3 and 10. The class size is limited to 25, so sign up early. Please contact Marion Harbormaster's Office to sign up at 508-748-3535. A brief description of the course is as follows:
Boat Massachusetts is a state and nationally approved boating safety course that concentrates on the equipment and operating guidelines needed to enjoy boating in a safe and responsible way.
All graduates in the 12- through 15-year-old age group will be issued a safety certificate allowing them to operate a motorboat without adult supervision, as required by state law. The same is true for 16- and 17-year-old youth who wish to operate a personal watercraft (jet ski, wave runner, etc.)
All classes are free of charge. Classes are for adults and youth 12 years of age and older. Family participation is encouraged and has proven to be very rewarding. Hope to see you there.

Loft School of Marion
The Loft School is now accepting applications for 2017-2018 preschool and pre-K enrollment. If you are interested, please contact The Loft School at 508-748-1243 or loftschool@verizon.net.

MNHM After-School Programs
The Marion Natural History Museum will host the following after-school programs:
March 29: Very basic computer mapping. Looking for something else to do with your computer besides playing a game? Let's explore one of the free programs provided by the state to help explore and create a map of your town.
April 12: Herring of Southeast Massachusetts. River herring play an important role in the culture, ecology, and economies of coastal towns in Massachusetts. Because river herring are so important, many citizens dedicate a great deal of their time to protecting the rivers and ponds these fish spawn in. Rochester Herring Inspector David Watling will be coming in to share with us a little background on this important local fish species.
May 3: Our annual trip to Bird Island with the Marion Harbormaster. We will talk about some of the changes being made to the Island to give the birds more nesting area. Warning: This program fills fast, so please get your registrations in as soon as possible!
May 17: All about Worms! What's the difference between a nightcrawler and an earthworm? These important little animals are vital to the health of our soil, and they're fun to watch! Come join Jim and Madeleine Porter - worm enthusiasts - and explore the world of these creepy crawlies.
All programs are $6 for members or $8 for nonmembers. To register, go to the museum's website: www.marionmuseum.org.

Friends of Marion Visiting Nurses Scholarship
Interested in pursuing a career in Nursing? The Friends of Marion Visiting Nurses is a Marion nonprofit 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, 2017, and the award recipients will be notified shortly thereafter. To receive the Friends of Marion Visiting Nurses Scholarship Application, please email your request to REEMERSON78@gmail.com and an application will be sent to you.

Safe Storage and Disposal of Medications and Syringes
Many local police departments offer 24/7 prescription medication drop-boxes for the safe disposal of unused or expired medications. Medications that can be disposed of in the drop-boxes include prescription ointments, prescription medications, medication patches, and samples, as well as over the counter medications, vitamins and pet medications. Lotions, liquids, and non-prescription ointments are not permitted. For your privacy, please remember to remove all personal identification before placing items in the drop-box. In Mattapoisett, the medication drop-box is in the lobby of the Police Station, located at 64 County Road (Route 6).
For the safe disposal of needles and syringes, sharps containers are available free of charge from the Mattapoisett Police Station and the Public Health Nurse's office. Used sharps containers may be returned to the Public Health Nurse's office for safe and proper disposal of these items.
The safe and proper storage and disposal of all medications, needles, and syringes helps to prevent accidents or misuse. These items should always be stored in a secure location, out of sight and out of reach of children. To assist you with safe storage in the home, lock-boxes can be purchased at your local pharmacy or retail store such as CVS, Walgreens, or Rite Aid.
For more information, please contact the Mattapoisett Police Department at 508-758-4141 (Non-Emergency), or the Public Health Nurse at 508-758-4118.
Thank you for your help in protecting our community by safely storing and disposing of your medications, needles, and syringes.

Project GROW
Project GROW is now accepting applications for 2017-2018 preschool enrollment in Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester schools. If you are interested, please contact the Early Childhood Office at 508-758-1863 or email ChelseaHarrison@oldrochester.org.

Mattapoisett Lions Club Award
The Mattapoisett Lions Club, a member of Lions International consisting of 45,000 clubs and more than 1.3 million members worldwide making this the world's largest service club organization, is pleased to announce two (2) $2,500 scholarships to be awarded this year to a graduating high school or homeschooled student residing in Mattapoisett, Marion and Rochester.
The funds for this Award are raised through fundraisers held by the Mattapoisett Lions Club throughout the year, including Harbor Days, an annual Arts and Craft Festival held in Shipyard Park every third weekend of July and attended by up to 10,000 people.
The Lions Club motto is "We Serve," and one of the largest charitable causes of Lions International includes raising funds for eye research in an effort to end preventable blindness throughout the world and providing services for those in need in our community.
To qualify, a graduating student or homeschooled student shall be enrolled in their first year of a recognized school of higher education, must be a resident of the Tri-Town area, and have demonstrated service to the community.
To obtain an application, learn more about this award, or to learn how to become a member of the Lions Club, visit our website: www.mattapoisettlionsclub.org. Award applications are available through the guidance department at your high school. Applications must be received by March 25.

Mattapoisett COA Happenings
Everyone is welcome to participate in activities and services at the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, 17 Barstow Street. Most activities are "drop in." For any questions and/or to register for trips and special events, call 508-758-4110 or email to: coadirector@mattapoisett.net.
Mondays: 8:45 am - Tai Chi (free); 10:00 am - Qi Gong meditative healing (free); 10:00 am - Knitting; 12:00 pm - Strength & Balance (free); 1:00 pm - Scrabble; Foot Care - once a month by appointment.
Tuesdays: 8:45 am - Sport Yoga ($3); 10:00 am - Dance Fit ($4); 10:00 am - Legal Consulting (2nd Tues. of month, free 15 min, by app't); 11:00 am - Walking Group; 12:00 pm - Movie & Pizza (last Tues. of month); 12:30 pm - Art History (once every other month, free); 1:00 pm - Water Color Painting (free); 4:00 pm - CHESS (free).
Wednesdays: 9:30 am - Dance Fit (free); 10:00 am - Men's Group (2nd Wed. of month at Public Library); 10:45 am - Meditation; 11:00 am - Book Club (3rd Wed. of month); 12:00 pm - Strength & Balance (free); 1:00 pm - Bingo; 1:15 pm - Mah Jongg.
Thursdays: Various Trips (call for details); 1:00 pm - Country Line Dance.
Fridays: 8:45 am - Sport Yoga ($3); 9:00 am - Computer Tutor (free, by appointment); 10:00 am - Rx Qi Gong ($6.50); 11:15 am - Chair Yoga ($3); 1:00 pm - Line Dancing (donation).

Mattapoisett Library News
LEGOs Abound: Each Saturday at 1:00 pm, the LEGO table and thousands of LEGOs are available for play and design. Stop in and meet the weekly challenge! Photos will be taken of everyone's creation. For youth of all ages.
Books for Everyone! Dozens of new fiction, non-fiction, and audiobooks are available in the reading room. Stop by and browse the many well-reviewed titles that represent all genres. Ask the library staff for a reading suggestion or log onto the library's website, www.mattapoisettlibrary.org, and use Novelist to search for your next great read. The library staff is happy to demonstrate this great reader's advisory tool.
New Scrapbooking Group to Meet Monthly: Bring your photos, papers, tools, and ideas to a new group Scrapbook Crop! The group will meet the first Friday of every month at 10:30 am in the library meeting room. Ideas for designs will be shared over coffee and tea. All skill levels are welcome.
Tech Help: Get a new tablet, smart phone or e-reader as a gift? Work with librarian Elizabeth Sherry to learn how to use it efficiently. Download free books from the library to enjoy any time, any place. For an appointment, call 508-758-4171.

Church Ride Program
Do you miss going to church on Sunday because you are unable to get there? Do you want to go to church but don't want to go alone? The First Congregational Church of Marion is initiating a church ride program for its Sunday service.
A group of volunteers would like to pick you up on Sunday for the church service and take you home afterwards. The worship service begins at 10:00 am and a fellowship time follows the service. The church has an elevator and is handicap accessible.
This is a new program, and all you need to do is call the church office at 508-748-1053 by noon on Friday to arrange for a ride on Sunday. Also, let the office know whether you have any mobility aids such as a walker or wheelchair so that the appropriate vehicle can transport you. We have a team of six drivers who would love to bring you to church. More drivers will be arranged if needed.
We will gladly arrange for this transportation for one week or for every week. Please do not hesitate to call the church office to ask for transportation. Our drivers are happy to transport you.
We are excited about this new program and look forward to seeing you in church.

Red Cross Volunteers Needed
There are many ways our Red Cross volunteers are involved and give back to the community. They help canteen for our brave first responders, keep you hydrated during a local road race or even a Cape Cod Baseball League game on a hot summer day. We have blood service volunteers that help us fill this critical life-saving need for blood. There are opportunities to volunteer to Service to our Armed Forces, Youth Services and Health and Safety Preparedness, Communication volunteers, Administrative Support - there are so many ways to serve. Our Disaster Action Team (DAT) members help those in crisis: when disaster strikes, the Red Cross is always there. These wonderful volunteers are not only here for our local communities but for those in other areas of the country and the globe that need assistance - everything from flooding, fires, natural disasters, and more. We are looking for all these types of volunteers, people just like you and me who want to help. Don't worry, we provide training and you will be ready and confident in your skills to serve in the best capacity. We can't wait until you join our Team.
And it's so easy. Simply go on-line to www.redcross.org/ma/hyannis and click on VOLUNTEER to sign up today for our local Cape, Islands & Southeast Mass Chapter. We serve Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Plymouth and Bristol Counties in Southeast Mass.
Once you volunteer, you become part of an honorable tradition you can be proud of. Sign up today.

Depression, Bipolar Support Alliance
Depression, Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) support group meets every first and third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Southeast Medical Building located at 100 Rosebrook Way, Wareham. For more information, call John at 508-971-0018.

FISH - Friends In Service Helping
Friends In Service Helping has been in operation in Mattapoisett since 1969. We provide rides to medical appointments for elderly residents who cannot drive anymore. We service Mattapoisett residents with transportation from their homes to Wareham, Marion, Fairhaven, New Bedford, and Dartmouth, as well as right here in Mattapoisett. Last year alone, we transported 409 residents.
Our town does not have public transportation. Our elderly residents are counting on FISH to get them to their medical appointments. We need more volunteer callers and drivers. We always work around your schedule when it is convenient for you! To find out more about your opportunity to be a FISH volunteer, please call FISH Coordinator Jacquie McGraw at 508-758-9278.

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