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To The Editor:
We are Maureen and George Butler, the couple who have lived next to the Inn at Shipyard Park for many years. We have read that we are trying to close down the Inn at Shipyard Park. Nothing could be further from the truth.
When the Inn was purchased by the current owners a few years ago, we congratulated them on their new venture in a letter to the Editor of The Wanderer.
As we did with the last two previous owners, we ate at their restaurant.
On April 26, 2012 the Mattapoisett Selectmen held a hearing on the current owners' application for an entertainment license. Many of the neighborhood residents attended.
This is what they were told at that hearing:
The new owners of the Inn planned on having "upscale food." They said that entertainment would be a "very small part of the percentage" of the Inn's business.
With regard to entertainment, a well-respected, local folk musician was cited as being the type of music that would typically be performing at the Inn, with "perhaps Jazz for brunch." We were specifically told by Mr. Johnson, at the hearing, that the room doesn't support a "Rock and Roll" band. He stated that he would agree to set up the music "kitty corner to the kneewall in the bar area."
We were comfortable with that, and we and the rest of the neighborhood welcomed the new owners. And we think that our neighbors would still join us in saying that we welcome the Inn that was described to us that night.
But, shortly after the current owners started operating the Inn, the bar's configuration was drastically changed, the "kneewall" was removed, and the occupancy in the bar more than tripled, from 26 to 80 patrons.
And, in addition to the previously cited local folk musician, the following have played at the Inn Wednesday to Saturday evenings: Dancing Dogs, Daddy O, Pumpkin Head Ted, Moldy Suitcases, Loose Cannon, Whiskey Affair, Pourmen, and Wood N Wire, etc.
We are not alone in thinking that the noise from the Inn's entertainment is disturbing. At the Inn's website, people interested in booking a room there are warned of the noise from the bar area, specifically from live, electronically amplified noise, that may be heard in the Inn's rooms that are available for lodging. Of course, the prospective guest has the option of staying somewhere else. But we and our neighbors don't have that choice. This is where we live!
And, we are not the only ones disturbed by the noise. We are aware of neighbors who have resorted to wearing earplugs to sleep, who keep the air conditioning on, and close all their doors and windows to try to prevent the noise from disturbing them at all hours of the night. This is not right.
Again, we do not want to close the Inn. We want the Inn to operate like an Inn, as opposed to a nightclub. The Inn is in a residential neighborhood.
On numerous occasions, we have tried to meet and work with the current owners of the Inn. We were optimistic when some of the Town officials became involved. We so appreciated Chief Lyons and Selectman Paul Silva for taking time from their very busy schedules to participate in a meeting with us.
At that meeting, an amazing draft of Entertainment License Rules and Regulations, which included regulations for noise that Police Chief Lyons had prepared and posted on the Town's website, was discussed. It was clear to us, if this noise regulation was put in place, that it would be a benefit to the Town of Mattapoisett as a whole and would address many of the issues related to the Inn. If enacted, and enforced, no residential area or any area in the vicinity of entertainment, would have an issue with noise.
Turk's and Reservation Restaurant stated, in writing, at that time, that they had no problem with that Noise Regulation language drafted by Chief Lyons.
Chief Lyons is to be congratulated in being so forward thinking as to create these regulations (including noise) for entertainment licenses in the town. Unfortunately, to date, these rules and regulations have not been enacted, and, as such, there has been no attempt to restrict the noise from the Inn.
This has left us in an untenable position. Without any cooperation from the Inn, we have been forced towards litigation. This is never where we wanted to be.
Again, we have no interest in closing the Inn.
We would ask anyone who has an interest in this matter, take a few minutes and review the proposed Entertainment License Rules and Regulations that was drafted by Chief Lyons. If people take the time to review it, and realize that it was proposed in order to ultimately protect all of the residents of Mattapoisett, it is our belief that not only would it put this matter to rest, it also would safeguard some of what makes this great town so special to us all.
We are more than happy to share our experience and concerns with anyone who cares to hear our side of the story.
George and Maureen Butler, Mattapoisett
Coastline Elderly Nutrition Program
Monday, June 27: LS hot dog, ketchup packet, baked beans, hot slaw, hot dog roll, cinnamon apples
Tuesday, June 28: Caribbean chicken, pineapple rice, spring veggies, honey wheat bread, tropical fruit, yogurt cup
Wednesday, June 29: Tuna noodle casserole, beets, whole wheat roll, mini tiramisu, low sugar cake
Thursday, June 30: Roast turkey with rosemary gravy, mashed potatoes, winter squash, cranberry sauce, multigrain bread, fresh apple
Friday, July 1: Cheeseburger, ketchup packet, purple cabbage withcarrots, baked beans, hamburger bun, 4th of July cupcake, diet: graham wafer
Marion Mattapoisett Rochester Youth Soccer
Marion Mattapoisett Rochester Youth Soccer (formerly MRYS), run by the Marion Recreation Department, welcomes Eric Parada of the Boston Bolts as the new Director of Soccer Operations. Coach Parada is a professional development coach with experience coaching soccer players and parents in soccer ranging from U4 to Open Men's divisions. MMRYS will benefit not only from Eric's extensive knowledge but also from his long standing affiliation with the FC Boston Bolts and Scorpion SC soccer clubs and their team of coaches.
Registration is now open for the Fall Soccer Recreation Program, which starts at age 3 and goes through U13 divisions. Several meet and greet registration events will be held over the summer and registration forms can be found on the website, mryouthsoccer.org, and on the Marion Recreation website, marionrecreation.com.
Also look for several registration drop-off locations in the Tri-Town area including the Ropewalk Plaza in Mattapoisett; check the website for updated locations.
In addition to the Recreation Program, MMRYS is actively recruiting for all Town Travel Team age groups. The travel teams had a great experience in the Maple Premier League last year but MMRYS is excited to announce their acceptance into the South Shore Soccer League. This league, which is expanding into the south coast area and is one of the most established and respected leagues in Massachusetts, will afford the kids an opportunity to play at a more competitive level but still close to home. Check the website for Try Out dates or email questions or interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Travel team divisions include U9 Boys and Girls and are available as numbers warrant through U19.
MMRYS has also teamed up with Seaside Soccer to offer soccer camps to be held all summer long at locations convenient to all Tri-Town families and kids. Seaside Soccer Training is an established organization dedicated to the progression and improvement of both novice and advanced soccer in the Buzzards Bay region. More information about the camp can be found at Seaside Soccer's Facebook page.
While focus will be on development of players at a recreation level, educating coaches and growing the program to a year round opportunity, under the leadership of Eric Parada and his Boston Bolt connections, MMRYS CLUB level for players that are looking to compete at an even higher level will be a possibility in the future. With all the exciting changes, MMRYS expects to be a center for great Youth Soccer in Massachusetts.
For Marion Rec and Youth Soccer news, please log on to and stay connected to our website at www.mryouthsoccer.org.
For more information on any of the programs, contact Jody Dickerson at the Marion Recreation Department, email@example.com.
Mattapoisett Track Club
The Mattapoisett Track Club will begin its summer program on Monday, June 27 at ORRHS with registration at 5:00 pm and practice at 6:00 pm. Track will be held every Monday and Wednesday night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm with no track on July 4. The Mattapoisett Track Club is open to everyone ages 3 years and up regardless of town or country of residency. Registration fee is $60 per member for six weeks of summer fun. Like us on Facebook.
Calling All 12-14 Year Old Rochester Kids
Growing up in Rochester in the 1950s was quite different than it is today. Back in the day, there were no iPhones, iPads or iTunes.
The Rochester Historical Society is sponsoring a writing contest for Rochester's youth between the ages of 12-14 years old. The essay, which should be a minimum of one page, should compare the differences of playtime activities of 12-14 year-old children in the 1950s in Rochester with what 12-14 years old kids do today for fun.
Ask your parents, your grandparents, your neighbors, or visit the Historical Society's museum to help you unlock the ideas for your essay. What would you do without your iPad? What would you be doing if you couldn't text or Tweet your friends or watch videos? You might be surprised by all the things the Rochester kids of the 1950s did for fun.
The top three essays will be announced at the Historical Society Booth at the Rochester Country Fair in August. First prize will be $100; second prize will be $75; and third prize will be $50. Submissions must be postmarked no later than August 1. Please mail your entry to Rochester Historical Society, P.O. Box 171, Rochester, MA 02770. Please include your name, address and age on your essay. Any questions, call Edyie at 508-961-7401.
So Rochester kids between the ages of 12-14, put down your iPad and pick up your pencils. We look forward to reading your essays.
Western New England University congratulates the following Tri-Town students named to the Spring 2016 Dean's List. Students are named to the Dean's List for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.30 or higher.
- Jonathan Morton, an Accounting major, of Mattapoisett
- Sophia Asker, a Communication - Public Relations major, of Marion
Michael David Cordeiro of Marion graduated with a degree in communication studies from James Madison University during the May 6 commencement exercises.
Megan Psyhojos, of Marion, received a BA degree in Elementary Education at Loyola University Maryland's 164th commencement exercises on May 21.
Katherine Downey of Mattapoisett has graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University's Robert J. Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences majoring in Economics.
On Saturday, May 14, on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) campus quadrangle, 907 bachelor's degrees were awarded during the university's 148th commencement ceremony.
- Erin Murphy of Marion was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering with distinction.
- Sean Murphy of Mattapoisett was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering.
- Oliver Lizotte of Mattapoisett was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering.
- Michael Gifford of Rochester was awarded a Master of Science degree in management.
- Gregory Kornichuk of Rochester was awarded a Master of Science degree in management. Ryan Muther, of Marion, was honored at Union College's annual Prize Day celebration. Muther was honored with the George H. Williams Prize, which is given to a graduating senior for excellence in computer science.
American International College awarded more than 800 undergraduate and graduate degrees to students representing 18 states and 10 countries during its 2016 commencement ceremony. Congratulations to the following degree recipients:
- Jeremy McDonald of Rochester, Master of Education
- Sarah Coucci of Mattapoisett, Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science
- Trisha Motta of Rochester, Master of Education
Elizabeth Taber Library's Annual Meeting
The Marion Library's Board of Trustees welcomes all to attend our Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 30 at 6:30 pm at the Elizabeth Taber Library. Libby O'Neill, the Library Director, will give a brief overview of the library's services and programs and then highlight some of our accomplishments over the past year. During this meeting, you'll have the opportunity to ask any questions and provide suggestions for services in the future. For more information, please call the Elizabeth Taber Library at 508-748-1252.
10th Annual Arts in the Park
On Saturday, July 9 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Marion Art Center will host its 10th annual Arts in the Park at Bicentennial Park in Marion, MA. Bicentennial Park is located at the corner of Main and Spring Streets, where there is plenty of free parking. There is no admission fee, and the event is open to the public.
A wide variety of fine art and artisan crafts will be displayed in tents throughout the Park. Arts in the Park is a juried show and sale featuring local artists and artisans who will be offering unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, glass, paintings and prints, ceramics, textiles, collage, photography, turned, carved and painted wood, garden sculpture and garden furniture. Over 35 artists and artisans will be exhibiting their work. There will be live entertainment by Yesterday's Country Band, and the New Bedford Museum of Art's ArtMobile will be on hand to provide art projects for kids from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Food and beverage will be offered by Harriett's catering.
There will be a raffle of art work that has been donated by the artist exhibitors. Raffle tickets will be for sale and can be purchased throughout the day. The proceeds of the raffle will benefit the operation and maintenance of the Marion Art Center.
This year's exhibitors will include Ceramic artists Karen Zaharee, Tessa Morgan of Flying Pig Pottery, Terry Simijis of Vera Petra Designs, and Chrissy Feiteira. Fiber creations will be offered by Liz Howland, Cindy Walsh, Heather Kidson, and Mary Monteiro. Fine jewelry will be offered by Emily Condon, Lynn Hahn, Trish Kozub, Karen Silvia, Donna Andrews-Maness, Julie Kohaya, Annika McKenna, Donna Driscoll, and Harmony Winters. Paintings, prints, photographs and collage will be offered by Mary Ross, Stephanie DeGeorge, Chazz Wood, Sarah Brown, Jane Egan, Carol Way Wood, Barry Cronin, Remmi Franklin, Bryan McSweeny and Doug Hockman. Hand-crafted bags will be offered by Chikako Mukai and Liz Howland. Painted objects and furniture will include Sarah Brown's hand-painted chairs and tables, garden sculpture by Stephen Koleshis, and James Gallagher will offer his delightful folk-art fish. Turned wood and hand-crafted furniture will be offered by Gregory Strange and John Nadeau. Glass creations will be offered by Liza Abelson. Hand-crafted soaps by Jennifer Marie Hofmann will round out the show.
Marion Art Center's galleries will be open during the event where the latest exhibition of paintings by Susan Strauss and Alison Horvitz will be available for view and sale. Visitors are invited to come inside to see the current exhibition of art in both galleries and to visit the theater where a permanent collection of portraits by Cecil Clark Davis is on display.
For more information, please visit www.marionartcenter.org and click on the "Arts In The Park" tab, or call 508-748-1266.
Sippican Woman's Club Scholarships Awarded
Since 1947, the Sippican Woman's Club has awarded scholarships to Marion students. The scholarships are funded by proceeds from the club's Annual Holiday House Tour held in December. Any Marion resident who is currently a high school senior and who will attend an accredited college or university to pursue a Bachelor's degree in the coming year is eligible. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, community service and need.
In addition, two special scholarships are awarded: 1) The Lu Chevrier Scholarship is awarded to a high school senior with a particularly outstanding record of community service; and 2) the Alice Ryder Book Award is presented to the highest ranking English student in the middle school graduating class.
Fifteen scholarship awards have been awarded this year. In addition to the Alice Ryder Award, the following awards were given based on scholarship, service to the community, activities and need.
ORR Regional High School: Isabella King, Charlotte Levine, Hayli Marshall, Nicole Mattson, Hannah Rose, Kristina Sauerbrey - Lu Chevrier Award, and Emily Savino
Continuing Education Students: Samantha Barrett, Madeline Cafarella, Maura Lonergan, Laura Mc Coy, Hannah Rose Olson, Colleen Packard, Kaitlyn Sethares, and Patrick Tracy
Alice Ryder Book Award: Alexa Lyn Mc Leod
FORM Celebrates the Contributions of ORR Music Students
The Friends of Old Rochester Music (FORM) is pleased to announce that 19 graduating seniors received scholarships and awards for their contributions to the ORR Music Program. Their commitment to the program and the impact that music has made in their lives was eloquently detailed in their impressive applications. Thanks, in part, to the generous support of donors and sponsors to FORM, the following students received awards this year: Sydney D. Arruda, Samantha Babineau, Colleen Beatrice, Hannah June Dean, Samantha Dean, Lillie Farrell, Holly Frink, Meghan Johnson, Jane Kassabian, Jessica Rose Keegan, Isabella King, Alyson Maggiore, Alexandra Taylor Melloni, Victor Schoen Morris, Zenobia Ruth Nelles, Kaeli Peters, George Rentumis, Hannah Rose, Natasha Heather Shorrock.
We extend our congratulations to these accomplished student musicians and wish them much success in their future endeavors.
On behalf of FORM and the ORR Music Program, we would also like to recognize and applaud the efforts of Jill Peters, who after more than a decade of supporting FORM, is retiring from FORM and leaving her current role as President. Without her leadership and personal contributions, the FORM organization would not have flourished and reached so many students. It is with our heartfelt gratitude that we wish you all the best!
FORM is a volunteer, non-for-profit organization whose mission is to support the ORR Music Program. Funds are used to defray some of the costs associated with music competition fees, travel, instruments, and more. Thanks to the generosity of donors and patrons to FORM, students were able to attend Great East Music Festival, MAJE, the Berklee High School Jazz Festival, the UNH Jazz Festival, and MICCA competition during the academic year as well as play at Faneuil Hall in Boston. In addition, FORM donated a new drum set from Symphony Music Shop to benefit our aspiring percussionists.
For more information about FORM, to make a contribution to the scholarship fund, or to become a volunteer, please contact Susan Gorden Ryan at 508-208-1927 or Susan@boldrealtors.com.
New Summer Programs at the MNHM
Join us on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 - 4:00 pm this summer for nature programs with the Marion Natural History Museum. The cost for each program is $24 for members, $30 for non-members.
July 20: Exploring Fresh Water Ecosystems at Washburn Park. We'll be exploring vernal pools, woods and bogs. We'll spend the afternoon looking at plants and soils, netting amphibians and fish, and looking for birds and signs of other types of wildlife.
July 27: Introduction to Our Coastal Birds. A naturalist with MA Fish and Wildlife will be giving us a presentation on shore birds of our area. We will be able to hear first-hand from one of the naturalists how they've been helping to improve the nesting habitat for the Roseate Terns of our area. Then we will be taking a trip to Bird Island, courtesy of Marion Harbormaster's office and lead naturalist, Carolyn Mostello.
August 3: Summer Star Lab. Explore summer constellations with the Museum's Star Lab portable planetarium. We will have the opportunity to work with the Star Lab instructor to learn to identify some of the features of our nighttime summer skies.
August 10: Children's Nature Journaling Workshop. Learn the art of observation with Artist and Naturalist Tricia Cassidy. This is a great way to introduce the students to the world of journaling. We will make a small sketchbook and then go outside to learn different ways to observe and draw from nature.
August 17: Making Artwork from Nature. During this program, we'll collect interesting items during our hike around town and then use them to create our own masterpieces here at the museum.
These programs are designed to be small groups, and registration is limited to 15 children per session. To register for any of these programs, please go to www.marionmuseum.org, fill out the registration and submit with payment. Please call the museum if you have any questions at 508-748-2098, and please visit the museum during our open hours this summer.
ETL Sunset Cruise
The Elizabeth Taber Library is holding its first ever Cape Cod Canal Sunset Cruise, taking off from Marion Town Wharf on Saturday, September 10 at 5:00 pm and returning at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $40 and include cruise, a DJ and light refreshments. There will be a cash bar on board the Capt. John's Boat cruiser that will fit up to 140 people. Tickets are now available at the Elizabeth Taber Library, 508-748-1252. This is a 21 and over cruise. Proceeds from the event go toward ETL programming, one of the last remaining private libraries in the state with the town providing roughly 70 percent of the library funding and the rest to come from fundraising.
NBSO Announces Exciting 2016-2017 Season
The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra has an ambitious season planned for 2016-2017 as the search for the new Music Director unfolds. Four classical concerts are planned, presenting each of the incredibly talented finalists with an opportunity to showcase his talents. Each classical concert will also present a piano concerto with a prominent guest artist. The much-loved Family Holiday Pops concerts in December will feature the return of David MacKenzie as guest conductor, and the season finale is a John Williams extravaganza with guest conductor Ken-David Masur.
- Powerful Beauty: October 15, 2016; 7:30 pm; Christopher James Lees, Music Director Finalist; Guest artist: Alexander Schimpf
- Villains and Heroes: November 12, 2016; 7:30 pm; David Amado, Music Director Finalist; Guest artist: Diane Walsh
- Family Holiday Pops: December 17, 2016; 3:30 pm & 7:00 pm; David MacKenzie, Guest Conductor
- An American in Russia: January 21, 2017; 7:30 pm; Yaniv Dinur, Music Director Finalist; Guest artist: Yakov Kasman
- Strings Attached: February 18, 2017; 7:30 pm; Dirk Meyer, Music Director Finalist; Guest artist: Sheng Cai
- The Music of John Williams: April 29, 2017; 7:30 pm; Ken-David Masur, Guest Conductor
All concerts will take place at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in downtown New Bedford, with free and convenient concert parking available in the Z garage. Ticket prices remain the same as last season at $25-$60, with $10 tickets available for children and students under age 22. Subscriptions to three or more concerts are currently available at discounted prices by calling the NBSO at 508-999-6276. Individual concert tickets will go on sale August 5.
You deserve a symphony in your life: the New Bedford Symphony! The NBSO is a professional orchestra that annually presents a concert series of classical and pops music with prize-winning guest artists from around the world, as well as a chamber music series. In addition, the NBSO's innovative and nationally recognized educational programs reach 30,000 students each year. The NBSO is dedicated to building a community of music in the South Coast. Visit www.nbsymphony.org for more information.
YMCA Southcoast Annual Meeting
On Thursday, June 9, YMCA Southcoast held its 149th Annual Meeting at the Mattapoisett YMCA, overlooking the beautiful Mattapoisett Harbor. Peter Bullard, Chairman of the Board and member of the Board Development Committee, recapped the Y's 2015 year as highlighted in the annual report.
YMCA Southcoast recognized its outstanding volunteers and employees with special awards and gratitude. James Scherer, President and CEO of YMCA SOUTHCOAST honored Geoffrey Swett as YMCA Southcoast's "Volunteer of the Year." Geoff has served as a member of the board for YMCA Southcoast and has been a driving force in helping to recruit community leaders and supporters for the Y. His commitment to the association and expanding the awareness of the Y's mission in the community were contributing factors to Geoff being chosen for this award.
Nancy L. Bonell, COO/VP of Operations presented the "Employee of the Year" Award to Raymond Prevost from the Fall River YMCA. Executive Directors from each of YMCA Southcoast's six branches recognized individuals who best represented the "Spirit of the Y" for their branch with an Outstanding Volunteer Award.
- Anne Burnett - Gleason Family YMCA
- Jack MacDonald - Dartmouth YMCA
- Susan Rodman - New Bedford YMCA
- Bob Kerr - Fall River YMCA
- Susan Shallies and Kathy Langevin - Mattapoisett YMCA
- Donna Frank - Stoico/FIRSTFED YMCA
Rhonda Veugen, Development Director, spoke about how the new Y nationwide branding and marketing is helping to define the Y's mission: allowing everyone the opportunity to be healthy, feel supported and to thrive. In following the Y's mission, two young scholars were presented with scholarships to continue with their higher education. Lauren Harper was presented with the Dr. Samuel W McFadden II scholarship and Marissa Bolton received the Dr. Robert H. Goodwin Memorial Scholarship.
The following individuals were voted in as officers of YMCA Southcoast at the meeting: Peter C. Bullard, Chairman; Geoffrey Swett, First Vice Chairperson; Margaret D. Xifaras, Second Vice Chairperson; Dr. Brian K. Bowcock, Treasurer; David W. Wright, Clerk. The Board Development Committee of YMCA Southcoast also elected Joseph R. Costa, Thomas P. Crotty, Steven H. Galavotti, Irving J. Goss, Marc Haslam, Michelle Keith, Cary LeBlanc, Nancy McFadden, Elaine Robertson, Geoffrey Swett and Margaret D. Xifaras to a two-year term on the Board of Directors.
The Wanderer is pleased to announce that we are soliciting nominations for our 21st annual "Wanderer Keel Awards." The yearly community service honor - which is presented to one Tri-Town resident from each of the three central towns in our circulation area - will be announced in our July 28 edition, and each winner will be the subject of a short feature highlighting their contributions to the local community. But The Wanderer needs your help in selecting these "unsung heroes."
The requirements are simple. Nominees must be legal residents, for at least five years, of Mattapoisett, Marion or Rochester and must have contributed in some way to the overall benefit of the community - either directly to town residents, or indirectly through efforts in promoting town activities, or working to keep the wheels of local government well oiled. The only restriction is that these persons cannot benefit from their efforts in any other way - either financially or politically (hence, sitting elected officials are not eligible).
In doing this, we hope to applaud those who are rarely recognized for their countless hours of service and focus on the many people behind the scenes who remain otherwise anonymous, but provide crucial support to many town functions. Like the keel of a ship, which keeps the vessel from capsizing, the recipients of the Annual Wanderer Keel Award will be recognized for their stalwart efforts in keeping the community on an "even keel."
Past recipients of this honor include:
- MATTAPOISETT: Maurice "Mudgie" Tavares (1994); Priscilla Alden Hathaway (1995); Norma Holt (1996); Gale Hudson (1997); Kenneth Stickney (1998); Clara Morgan (1999); Betty and Bert Theriault (2000); John N. "Jack" DeCosta (2001); Jo Pannell (2002); Stan Ellis (2003); Evelyn Pursley (2004); Luice Moncevitch (2005); Seth Mendell (2006); Bradford A. Hathaway (2007); Kim Field (2008), David Spencer Jenny (2009), Stephen L. Kelleher (2010), Bento Martin (2011), Howard C. Tinkham (2012), Ellen Flynn (2013), Jennifer Shepley (2014), Ruth Bates (2015).
- MARION: Claire Russell (1994); Ralph and Phyllis Washburn (1995); Annie Giberti (1996); Jay Crowley (1997); Tyler Blethen (1998); Olive E. Harris (1999, posthumously); Kathleen P. "Kay" Reis (2000); Loretta B. "Lori" Schaefer (2001); Ann and Warren Washburn (2002); Andrew Santos Sr. (2003); Eunice Manduca (2004); Annie Giberti (2005); A. Lee Hayes (2006); Horace "Hod" Kenney (2007); Margie Baldwin (2008), Jack Beck (2009), Dr. John Russell (2010), Jane McCarthy (2011), Nancy Braitmeyer (2012), Rodney Hunt (2013), Hanna Milhench (2014), Robbi Dunn-Tracy (2015).
- ROCHESTER: Joseph McCarthy (1994); Jean Fennell (1995); Katherine Hartley Church (1996); Chris Byron (1997); Albert Alderson (1998); Arthur and Aline Lionberger (1999); Kenneth E. Daggett (2000); Georgia D. Chamberlain (2001); Mary P. Wynne (2002); Evelyn F. Benner (2003); Mike Meunier Sr. (2004); Arthur F. Benner (2005); Pamela J. Robinson (2006); Anna E. White (2007); John E. Lafreniere (2008), Cathy Mendoza (2009), Kate Tarleton (2010), John Cobb (2011), Thomas Goyoski Jr. (2012), Kevin Woodward (2013), Kate Lanagan MacGregor (2014), Gordon Helme (2015).
Please send the name, address and telephone number of recommended nominees, along with a brief description of their key contributions to the community and why you feel they are deserving of this honor to: Keel Award, The Wanderer, P.O. Box 102, Mattapoisett, MA 02739, or e-mail your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for nominations is Thursday, July 21 by 3:00 pm. Selected recipients will be announced in the July 28 edition.
Mattapoisett Lions Club Triathlon
Sign up today for the Mattapoisett Lions Club Triathlon, a USAT-sanctioned, .25-mile swim in well-sheltered harbor, 10-mile bike ride on scenic county roads, and 5K run to ocean-front park and around Ned's Point Lighthouse. Held on Sunday, July 10 at 8:00 am at the Mattapoisett Town Beach, Water Street, Mattapoisett, the entry fee is $70 early registration until July 1. After July 1, the fee will increase by $5. Register online at www.lightboxreg.com/mattapoisett-lions-triathlon or email email@example.com for registration form. Proceeds benefit Mattapoisett Lions Club charities.
ORR Class of 1964 Annual Summer Gathering
The Old Rochester Class of 1964 will hold their annual summer gathering at noon on July 9 at Ned's Point Lighthouse rain or shine. Classmates and friends are invited to bring a lawn chair and a bag lunch to catch up on the past year's activities, reminisce about the good old days or just enjoy an afternoon of good conversation. If you are in the area, stop by as you never know who might show up.
Elizabeth Taber Library Programs
Annual Book Sale: Our annual book sale will take place at the Marion Music Hall on Friday, July 29 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm and Saturday, July 30 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Please come and support your local library. All funds raised from the book sale are spent on enhancing our programs and services. Gently-used book/CD/DVD donations will be collected at the library during our open hours. For more information on the book sale, please call the library at 508-748-1252.
Book a Librarian: Do you have basic technology questions or need assistance with an electronic device you recently acquired? Then call the library to book a one-on-one appointment with one of our friendly staff members. We're happy to help!
Mystery Book Club: Please join us for our monthly mystery book discussion on Wednesday, July 6 at 11:00 am. We will be discussing I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman. Please stop into the Elizabeth Taber Library today to register and reserve a copy of the monthly book.
Afternoon Book Club: Please join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion on Tuesday, July 19 at 2:00 pm. We will be discussing Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. Please stop into the Elizabeth Taber Library today to register and reserve a copy of the monthly book.
Museum Passes: Looking for something fun to do with friends and family this summer? Then come to the Elizabeth Taber Library to check out any of our museum passes with your SAILS library card! We currently have discounted passes to the Heritage Museums and Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts, Mystic Aquarium, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Plimoth Plantation, Providence Children's Museum, Roger Williams Zoo and the Mass Parks Pass. To reserve a pass or for more information, please call the library at 508-748-1252 or visit our website at www.elizabethtaberlibrary.org.
MCC Community Input Survey
The Mattapoisett Cultural Council is collecting input to help set its community funding priorities for the next three years.
The survey seeks information about the community's awareness of the local cultural council's annual grant-making as well as recommendations for local funding priorities.
The survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3T8MCDT and paper copies may be found at Town Hall, Mattapoisett Free Public Library, and Council on Aging (COA). Community members are encouraged to complete the survey in the most convenient way that suits them.
Surveys will be collected until July 1, 2016. Information about Mattapoisett Cultural Council can be found at https://www.mass-culture.org/mattapoisett#.
7th Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour
With the support of the Massachusetts Cultural Council LCC grant program and donors to the group's GoFundMe campaign, local musicians Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards will once again traverse Massachusetts on foot for their 7th Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour. The tour will run June 12 to June 28 starting in North Truro and landing in Swansea and will cover over 100 miles. As part of the National Park Service "Healthy Parks Healthy People" initiative and the MA Libraries "Get Moving" Summer Reading program, the public is encouraged to join in the daily hikes and to walk or bike to the events with all routes available for PDF download at www.masswalkingtour.org.
This concert will feature a performance by local musicians Boodle Am Sheiks as well as the MA Walking Tour troupe. The Group will be hiking along the South Coast Bike Way between towns.
The concert tour features the music of Mandeville and Richards as well as Berklee College of Music alumni Amy Alvey and Mark Kilianski (Boston-based duo Hoot and Holler) with arrangements on guitar, banjo, harmonica, tin whistle, ukulele and fiddle accompanied by a brief talk on the philosophy behind the Walking Tour. After each day's hike, the troupe will perform free community concerts in towns along the Cape Cod Rail Trail, Myles Standish State Forest and towns along the South Coast Bikeway. Each two-hour program will include local musicians and artists from each town while promoting community-based cultural organizations and local support for the arts.
The Massachusetts Walking Tour sets forth on a grass roots level to organize local artists together with community based-organizations such as land conservation groups, hikers, nature lovers, musicians, artists and local cultural councils statewide - these concerts are conducted in outright support for community-based arts events sponsored on the local level.
For a full list of concert dates, day by day hiking routes, to make donations, or for more information about the 7th Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour, visit www.masswalkingtour.org.
Many Heads and Many Hands
Mau VanDuren, the author of Many Heads and Many Hands: James Madison's Search for a More Perfect Union, will speak on Tuesday, June 28 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall. Mr. VanDuren, an independent historian, is from the Netherlands and immigrated to the United States in 1982. In his book, he discusses that the Pilgrims spent 12 years in the Netherlands before leaving on the ship Mayflower and arriving in Plymouth in 1620. Mr. VanDuren will discuss the development of law and democracy in America and the individuals whose ideas guided the drafters of our Constitution.
The lecture will be illustrated with PowerPoint slides followed by a question and answer session. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Marion Fourth of July Parade
The Town of Marion and the Benjamin D. Cushing VFW Post 2425 of Marion are presently organizing the Annual Marion Fourth of July Parade that is scheduled for Monday, July 4 at 9:00 am sharp.
The Parade will form beginning at 8:00 am on the Fourth of July in the ball field behind the Marion Town House and adjacent to the Sippican School. Parade organizers will be available to check participants in and to line up the parade.
Trophies will be awarded for First and Second place in each category listed on the application. Ribbons will be awarded to Third and Fourth place in each category. There is also a Best in Parade award.
Applications for participating in the parade are available at the Marion Town House or they can be submitted online at www.marionrecreation.com.
For questions, please contact the Parade Committee at 774-217-8355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mattapoisett Road Race
The Mattapoisett Road Race is a great way to celebrate Independence Day. The course winds through picturesque Mattapoisett village, around fabled Ned's Point Lighthouse and back to Shipyard Park at the town wharf. Race proceeds are awarded to college bound ORRHS runners. Enter online at www.mattapoisettroadrace.com.
St. Rose of Lima Chicken Barbecue
The Saint Rose of Lima Church in Rochester will hold their 53rd Chicken Barbecue on Sunday, June 26 beginning at noon.
Plan on a day of family fun beginning with St. Rose of Lima's tasty and ever-popular chicken dinner prepared on their open barbecue pit. The menu includes half a chicken with cranberry sauce, peas or corn, potato, roll, watermelon, and a beverage. Meals will be available from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm, or while supply lasts. Tickets may be purchased after week-end masses or on the day of the event. They are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 years and under. Concession stands and a bakery booth will be stocked with a variety of other foods to tempt everyone's palate.
Come and enjoy some good, old-fashioned fun. There will be games to test your skill and luck, a Bounce House, raffles, a silent auction, and a white elephant table. DJ Alex will provide entertainment throughout the day.
Bring your whole family and join the festivities at St. Rose of Lima, just off Route 105 in Rochester on Vaughan Hill Road.
June Programs at Plumb Library
Registration for the Plumb Library's Summer Library program - Ready, Get Set, Read! - started on June 1 and continues through July 4. Register at www.plumblibrary.com. Programs for June are:
- Thursday, June 23, 6:30 to 7:30 pm: Brain Circus at the Congregational Church, for ages 5 and up. Thanks to the Rochester Cultural Council.
- Saturday, June 25, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm: Ride Your Bike to the Library Day!
- Sunday, June 26, 10:00 to 11:00 am: Yoga for Relaxation at Studio 105 - for adults only!
- Wednesday, June 29, 10:30 to 11:15 am: Toe Jam Puppet Band Workout!
Throughout the month of June, the Friends of Plumb Library are collecting clean, used clothing, linens, and shoes as a fund-raiser through Savers. Donations can be left at the library during regular business hours until June 30. For more information, please call the library at 508-763-8600.
The Cafe Parlez' selection for June is Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. U.S. Marshall Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of the Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane to find an escaped patient, a murderer named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down on the island. But nothing at Ashecliffe is as it seems, and neither is Teddy Daniels. Is he there to find a missing patient or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe's radical approach to psychiatry? Or is there another, more personal reason why he has come there? We will discuss this book on Thursday, June 30 at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk.
Gear up for summer and celebrate science with STEM activities at the library, sponsored by the Early Childhood Office. All activities are hands-on and meant for children ages 3-6 and their grown-ups. Programs will run from 1:30 to 2:15 pm on Thursday, June 23 and from 10:30 to 11:15 am on Friday, June 24. Call the Early Childhood Office at 508-748-1863 to register.
Marion Natural History Museum's Summer Program
The Marion Natural History Museum's Summer Program is one of the most well known and well regarded in the Southcoast area. Children from across the country visit us each summer and participate in the program. The programs are designed to be small groups, and registration is limited to 15 children per session.
Coastal Explorations for Grades 3-5: This program will feature exploration of our rocky intertidal shorelines, salt marshes, estuaries as well as freshwater riverbanks, swamps, ponds and bogs to take a close-up look at the birds, amphibians, fish and invertebrates that make these areas so special. For students entering grades 3-5, Coastal Explorations will run from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Monday to Friday, July 11-22. Cost for the program is $200 members, $250 non-members.
Adult Nature Journaling Program. Observation is a key attribute of citizen scientists, and a necessary ability for all who enjoy the outdoors and the natural world. Nature journaling is the perfect way to observe, document and reflect on your nature experiences. By creating a journal you may end up learning more about nature and about yourself. Our educator for this workshop is Tricia Cassidy, an Artist and Naturalist who has held similar workshops for the Soule Homestead Education Center in Middleborough, MA. See our website for more examples of her work! Saturday, August 6, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm: $40 members, $45 non-members.
To register for either of these programs, please go to www.marionmuseum.org, fill out the registration and submit with payment. Please call the museum if you have any questions at 508-748-2098, and please visit the museum during our open hours this summer.
Summer Fun for All Ages at the MFPL
"On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!" This summer is all about being active, both mentally and physically, at the Mattapoisett Library. A full program of children's activities and events has been planned for babies through teens. Adult summer reading activities have also been scheduled, including Library Bingo with prizes and a drawing for a large basket of summer reading and fun items. Adults and teens are also invited to the weekly Book Walk and Talk with the library staff to Ned's Point and back on Wednesday mornings at 8:00 am.
Children can register for the summer reading program at the library, where they will receive a reading log and a schedule of events. There will be a new craft each week, fun science activities in the library's new STEM center, drop-in weekly story times on Thursday mornings, movies, chess club, and more. Check in and report reading hours in order to attend the Ice Cream Social on August 10 when the winners of raffle prizes will be drawn.
The children's summer program officially kicks off on Thursday, June 23 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm with crafts, face painting, prizes, and fun on the Mattapoisett Congregational Church lawn, followed by a community concert from 6:00 to 8:00 pm with musicians from the Massachusetts Walking Tour of Traveling Musicians and local talent. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner to enjoy the evening.
Special events at the library include the annual visit from the Wareham Gatemen on June 28 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. The baseball players will read stories and sign autographs. Pictures will be taken for children to make their own baseball card. No registration required. Bring your glove and play catch with the Gatemen!
Science fun is being offered for an hour each on July 1, July 23, and August 6, for children ages 3 and up. Younger children are welcome with an adult helper to try some exciting experiments. Registration required.
Move and Groove at the library on July 5, July 12 and August 2 at 3:00 pm. Play fun games, try new dance moves, and enjoy a yoga pose. The program is geared to children in kindergarten through grade 3, but everyone is welcome. Sign up in the children's room.
On July 8, from 10:30 to 11:30 am, dance educator Kay Alden will show children how to warm up in the right way and escape injury with exercises. Learn to stretch before dance and sporting activities, for ages 4 through 10. Please sign up.
Thursday, July 14 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm will be a Fun Fair on the lawn, featuring the Junior Friends of the Library as hosts. While coming to shop at Harbor Days and the Friends' Annual Book Sale, children are invited to play games, win prizes, and make crafts. Rain date is Friday, July 15. All ages are welcome, and no registration is required.
Marvelous Marvin's Circus Arts Health Extravaganza will take place on Tuesday, July 19 at 2:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. Marvelous Marvin will entertain with a performance that emphasizes the benefits of keeping your mind and body healthy and active. Audience members can try out some circus arts for themselves by juggling balls, clubs, spinning plates, and more! All ages are invited to this free event. Sign up at the library. This program is sponsored by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
More programs and events for children of all ages will continue into August. The Back to School Bash at the Library with Vinny the Bubble Guy and the Mud Dauber Band will be held on Tuesday, August 23 at 1:00 pm.
Visit the Children's Department at the library for the full schedule of events and more details.
Summer reading books and audiobooks are available for students from area schools. Ask a librarian to help reserve what you need.
And, if this isn't enough, don't forget to shop at the Annual Book Sale on July 16 and 17, and check out the library's new 3D printer!
The library is located at 7 Barstow Street in Mattapoisett village. Also see events and services at www.MattapoisettLibrary.org
The Finest Hours
Michael Tougias will present a talk and slide show on his book, and recently released movie, The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue, and his newest book, So Close to Home, on Friday, July 8 from 7:00 until 9:00 pm in the Media Center of the Old Rochester Regional Junior High School, 133 Marion Road, Mattapoisett. Introducing the author will be Mattapoisett resident Attorney Richard J. Grahn, President and CEO of The National Coast Guard Museum Association. The program, sponsored by the Friends of the Mattapoisett Library, is free and open to the public.
On February 18, 1952, a ferocious nor'easter split in half a 500-foot long oil tanker, the Pendleton, approximately one mile off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts; twenty miles away, a second oil tanker, the Fort Mercer, also split in half. On both fractured tankers, men were trapped on the severed bows and sterns, all four sections sinking in 60-foot seas. Thus began a life and death drama of survival, heroism, and a series of tragic mistakes. Of the 84 seamen aboard the tankers, 70 would be rescued. Tougias tells the tale of the men, the storm, the wrecks, and the four young Coast Guardsmen who launched themselves over Chatham Bars and into the storm to save the 32 souls stranded on the stern of the Pendleton.
Tougias has said, "This event was - and still is - the greatest, most daring sea rescue ever performed by the Coast Guard, and it happened right here off the New England coast. I like doing these programs because I transport the audience into the heart of the storm, so they can ask, 'What would I have done?' With a slide presentation, the viewer can visually relive the adventure of it."
Tougias, author and co-author of 24 books, recently published So Close To Home, the story of a hard-working, blue collar family in the post-Depression years. When war broke out, they unknowingly entered the crosshairs of an ugly battle taking place right off America's shores, sailing into the path of a German U-boat that was on a killing spree through unprotected waters near major port cities. So Close to Home takes you into both the struggle to get ahead as experienced by the Downs family and the U-boats' race against the American war machine.
The presentation is suitable for all ages, and a book-signing will follow the program.
SLT Summer Event Series
The Sippican Lands Trust invites you and your family to enjoy two free summer event series this summer. We are planning a three-month run of our popular "storywalks" for young readers, as well as a guided tour of our properties each month throughout the summer.
Storywalks are a great way for families to spend time together in the outdoors and they promote literacy in nature. The following books will be on display for a month each at the following locations: June 15-July 15 at Brainard Marsh off of Delano Road, Frogs, Toads and Turtles by Diane Burns; July 15-August 15 at Osprey Marsh off of Point Road, Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Lees; and August 15-September 15 at Radio Tower off of Benson Brook Road (be sure to watch town dump hours of operation so you do not get locked in!), Tracks, Scats and Signs by Leslie Dendy.
Each month our Head Steward, Yelena Sheynin, will be offering guided tour of some of our most popular properties. The schedule and locations are as follows: Saturday, July 23 (raindate Sunday, July 24) at 10:00 am at White Eagle off of Parlowtown Road; Saturday, August 20 (raindate Sunday, August 21) at 10:00 am at Hagemann Woods off of Point Road; and Saturday, September 10 (raindate Sunday, September 11) at 10:00 am at Radio Tower off of Benson Brook Road.
Founded in 1974, the Sippican Lands Trust strives to acquire, protect and maintain natural areas in Marion. Its purpose is to conserve land, protect habitat and offer public access to the beautiful protected lands of our town. Currently, its main focus is to develop more events and educational programs for nature lovers of all ages!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at 508-748-3080 or email@example.com.
Visit us on Facebook and www.sippicanlandstrust.org.
Tri-Town Education Foundation
The Tri-Town Education Foundation is looking for Foundation members to take it through the next decade and beyond, helping to administer the Lighthouse Fund, which provides grants to the Tri-Town school community each year. The Lighthouse Fund is an endowed fund of the Old Rochester Educational Foundation Inc. which means that it is a permanent source of funding for the schools. Only the return on the investment will be awarded, while the remaining money grows for the future.
To date, more than 25 grants have been awarded through the Tri-Town Education Foundation to outstanding educators in the district, most recently for the ORR cross-curriculum "Cub Reporter" program, the Sippican School's "Playing with MakerSpaces: in the Library" and ORR's "Dreamfar High School Marathon". Grants totaled $3,949.60 for 2015.
The Foundation is looking for new members, including a Chairman and Treasurer, to help continue the tradition and expand the Lighthouse Fund for Future Generations. Grant experience would be a huge plus.
Please contact Jay Pateakos at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Rochester Online Bill Pay
The Town of Rochester Tax Collector is pleased to announce that the Town of Rochester now has online bill pay through Unibank's Unipay. This system is now in place for bills issued from June 3, 2016 forward. Pay bills online through Unipay at townofrochestermass.com.
Marion Planning Board Community Engagement
The Marion Planning Board announces a new regular item in its regular meeting agenda called "Community Engagement." Fifteen minutes will be set aside at the beginning of each regular meeting during which any Marion resident may bring questions, ideas, and/or concerns to discuss with the Planning Board - no advanced notice required. Topics related to the Master Plan, general planning, and zoning bylaws are welcome. The Planning Board hopes that this opportunity will enhance communication and discussion with our community. Our meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7:00 pm in the Town House conference room. Additional information is available from the Planning Board Assistant, Terri Santos: tsantos@MarionMA.gov.
Mattapoisett Town Beach Opening Day
Mattapoisett Town Beach Opening Day will be held on Saturday, June 25 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Join us for games, crafts, face painting and an Ice Cream Sundae Party. This will be a fun afternoon for the whole family. Rain date is Sunday, June 26 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. For more information, contact Mattapoisett Recreation at email@example.com or call us at 508-758-4548.
Buzzards Bay Musicfest
Buzzards Bay Musicfest returns for its twentieth year with concerts July 13 to 17 at the Fireman Performing Arts Center at Tabor Academy, 235 Front Street in Marion. Nationally and internationally prominent musicians will perform orchestral and chamber music, with selections from Mozart, Hummel, Rossini, Ravel, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Haydn and Beethoven, among others. Orchestral performances will be held on Wednesday, July 13 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, July 17 at 2:00 pm. Chamber music performances will be held on Thursday, July 14 and Friday, July 15 at 8:00 pm. Jazz performance by the Orrin Evans Quartet, with vocalist Joanna Pascale, will be held on Saturday, July 16 at 8:00 pm. An Open Rehearsal for Children (with accompanying adult) will be held on Wednesday, July 13 at 2:30 pm. The rehearsal is a unique occasion for young or aspiring musicians to experience watching and listening as artists perform orchestral pieces in preparation for the acclaimed concert series. After the rehearsal, children have the opportunity to chat with Maestro Antony Walker, Artistic Director Charles Stegeman and the musicians. All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.buzzardsbaymusicfest.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marion COA to Offer Free Summer Exercise Class
Every Wednesday, the Marion Council on Aging will offer a free group exercise class from 10:30 to 11:30 am at the Marion Music Hall, Front Street.
The class - Strength and Conditioning with personal trainer Larry Bigos - is designed to strengthen your core and improve flexibility and posture. This program is for those seeking a relaxed, go-at-your-own-pace workout. Bring your own weights or use ours (limited). Open to anyone in the surrounding area over the age of 60 and made possible by a grant from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Call 508-748-3570 for more information.
MATTREC Summer Clinics & Programs
Mattapoisett Recreation is offering the following summer clinics. These programs are open to all Tri-Town residents and family members.
Summer Conditioning Clinic: Grades 4-6; 4:00 - 5:30 pm; Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 12-August 4 at Old Hammondtown School. This clinic is geared towards children interested in increasing their conditioning levels in a fun and safe environment. The clinics will focus on youth conditioning through speed, agility, strength and power drills along with fun game play. Chad Cabeceiras (Mr. C) will direct the clinics. Cost is $130. Registration deadline is July 5. Space is limited to 15 participants.
Bay Club Golf: Ages 5-8 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Ages 9-12 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm; Wednesdays, July 6-27 at The Bay Club. MATTREC is excited to partner with The Bay Club and their PGA professionals again for summer golf clinics. Each session will offer instruction on the fundamental skills of golf and how those skills are then used to have fun playing the game of golf. Ages 5-8 will do the SNAG golf program and equipment will be provided. Ages 9-12 will take their game to the next level utilizing the practice facility, short game area and course play. Players will need to bring their own clubs. Space is limited so sign up early! Cost is $80. Registration deadline is June 30.
Summer Tennis Clinic: Ages 5-8 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm, Ages 9 & up from 6:00 - 7:00 pm; Wednesdays, July 6-August 10 at Hammond Street Courts. MATTREC is offering summer tennis lessons at the Hammond Street Tennis Courts. Stevie Lake, Assistant Pro at the Casino tennis club, will teach the 6-week tennis program. Classes will consist of instruction and game play. This program is designed for girls and boys ages 5 & up. Cost is $80. Registration deadline is June 27.
Outdoor Summer Yoga: Ages 5-10; 4:00 - 5:00 pm; Tuesdays, July 5-August 16 (no class July 26) at Center School (near Council on Aging entrance) Join MATTREC and certified children's yoga instructor Lynda Jacobvitz for an outdoor Summer Yoga class. Explore age-appropriate yoga poses and creative movement through music, games, and storytelling. Cost is $60. Registration deadline is July 1.
Swimming Lessons: Ages 3-12; Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 11-28 at Mattapoisett Town Beach. Intermediate level 9:30 - 10:15 am, Beginner Youth 10:30 - 11:00 am, Pre-school (age 3-5) 11:00 - 11:30 am. Cost is $45. Registration deadline is July 1. Space is limited to 6-8 participants per class.
Competitive Basketball Training Clinic will be held July 11-15 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm at ORR High School Gymnasium. This clinic is geared towards competitive travel/AAU level basketball players in Grades 4-8. The clinic will be run by Brian Rudolph, a former Division 1 basketball player at Loyola University & former Cabo Verde International Team point guard and current New Bedford High School JV coach. The clinic will focus on ball handling, footwork, shooting, finishing moves, defensive techniques, conditioning and basketball IQ. Cost is $150. Sign up deadline is July 5. Space is limited to 26 players.
Shooting Stars Girls Instructional Basketball Clinic will be held July 18-22 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm in the Old Hammondtown School gym. This clinic is geared towards instructional level players in Grades 3-5. The clinic will focus on ball handling, passing, shooting, man-to-man defensive techniques, footwork and gameplay. Director Julie Letourneau is a former Division 2 basketball player who played professionally in Luxembourg and currently coaches with the MATTREC basketball program. Cost is $150. Sign up deadline is July 12.
Nature Explorers Program will be held July 25-29 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (with possible additional week August 1-5). Join MATTREC and the Marion Natural History Museum to explore some of Mattapoisett's unique natural areas including Ned's Point Lighthouse, Aucoot Cove, the Mattapoisett River, along with various salt marshes, bogs, forests and Land Trust properties. Participants will visit with local aquaculture operators, the Harbormaster, Shellfish Officer, and other local authorities. Your child will enjoy exploring nature with Elizabeth Leidhold, Director/Lead Educator at the Marion Natural History Museum and Mattapoisett's Conservation Agent. Cost is $125. Sign up deadline is July 6.
Space is limited, so make sure to register on-line today at www.mattrec.net.
Like our Mattapoisett Recreation Facebook page. Late registration forms will only be accepted if space is available. If you have questions on any programs, please email email@example.com or call 508-758-4548.
MWC 75th Diamond Jubilee Year
In celebration of their 75th Anniversary, the Mattapoisett Woman's Club announces their 2016 biennial garden tour on Saturday, June 25 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, rain or shine.
Join us in viewing six fabulous gardens, along with five points of interest, on display in Bay Club, woodland and village locations. The gardens selected feature a variety of gardening styles - from formal to informal, woodsy to cottage - as well as annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs and beautiful container plantings.
Club members have also created several fairy gardens in containers that will be raffled at Ying Dynasty Restaurant the day of the tour.
A delicious buffet luncheon will be served from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Inn on Shipyard Park, overlooking the gazebo and Mattapoisett harbor.
Advance tickets are available at Periwinkles and Gotta Have It in Fairhaven; The Bookstall in Marion; 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. Tickets on the day of the tour will be $18. Luncheon tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be sold the day of the tour.
All proceeds benefit the Mattapoisett Woman's Club Scholarship Fund.
Marion Recreation Summer Programs Guide
Marion Recreation began rolling out its summer program guide and it is filled with activities for participants of all ages. Silvershell Summer Camp, a new Silvershell Teen Camp, basketball, tennis, sailing, swimming and more are all included in this year's planned offerings. Registration has already begun and space is first come first served, so don't delay. A full program guide is available for pick up at the Marion Town House, 2 Spring Street, Marion or by visiting Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion. Also the full guide is available digitally on the recreation website at www.marionrecreation.com. Contact Marion Recreation for more information.
Old Rochester Farmers' Market
This year's Old Rochester Farmers' Market will run through October 18. The market is open every Tuesday from 3:00 - 6:00 pm, held outside the gymnasium of Old Rochester Regional Junior High School. The market has live entertainment on a weekly basis and will also have additional activities, such as face painting for kids as well as free yoga from 5:00 - 6:00 pm on every third Tuesday. This year's market will have a variety of items to choose from including fresh local produce, breads, cut flowers, herbs, fruits, sweets and pastries, yogurts, cheeses, pasture-raised pork, grass-fed beef, non-GMO local chicken, sweet and savory pies, honey, jams, fresh eggs, organic baby food, sauces, ethnic foods and artisan crafts. Don't miss out visiting our market. Accepting applications for new vendors; please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 Stone Horse Builder's Cup
The Builder's Cup is a series of one-design races limited to the 23-foot Stone Horse built by Edey & Duff, formerly of Aucoot Cove, Mattapoisett. The 2016 races will be sailed in Buzzards Bay off of the New Bedford Yacht Club on Saturday, August 13.
Overnight moorings are available through New Bedford Yacht Club
For information or to RSVP, contact Tom Kenney at 508-984-1820, email@example.com.
Summer Training in Reading Disorders
From August 15-20, The Sally Borden Program at Friends Academy, 1088 Tucker Road, North Dartmouth, will offer training in the Orton-Gillingham Reading Approach, a program that teaches children and/or adults with dyslexia or reading disorders how to read. Orton-Gillingham offers systematic, structured, and multisensory reading instruction that is highly successful and geared to the specific reading needs of each child.
This 60-hour course prepares its participants for the Associate Level at the Orton-Gillingham Academy (ortonacademy.org). Dawn Nieman, a Fellow at the Academy, who has been approved and licensed by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators to teach the Associates Level, will teach the course. She will provide this rigorous course during eight sessions this fall: August 15-20; and on October 15 and 16.
During this training, in addition to learning about dyslexia and reading disorders, participants will learn the following fundamental elements of the Orton-Gillingham approach: an introduction to phonology; handwriting instruction; basic phonics; morphology and words derived from Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Greek; strategies for multi-sensory instruction; formal and informal testing and how to use that information for tutorials; Orton-Gillingham lesson planning; and writing and grammar skills.
Once participants have successfully completed this course, they may then begin working on a practicum by making arrangements with the instructor. This practicum will take place throughout the school year and prepare trainees to apply to the Academy of Orton-Gillingham at the Associate level.
For further information and sign-up, please call Friends Academy at 508-999-1356 ext. 1143 or visit the Friends Academy website at www.friendsacademy1810.org.
Remember Then? Storm Recollections Wanted
Were you in Mattapoisett in August 1991 during Hurricane Bob? Do you have pictures or stories to share from that storm or another big storm?
The Town of Mattapoisett, working with the Environmental Protection Agency and Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management, is evaluating impacts of extreme weather events like hurricanes in Mattapoisett. We are asking those who can remember the water height in their neighborhood to share their memories and stories with us. We will use your information from Hurricane Bob to help us estimate future storms to better protect Mattapoisett residents and property from future flooding.
If you remember Hurricane Bob and its flood waters, you can help us by sending:
- A picture of the exact location where you remember flooding in Mattapoisett. The library staff can scan your photos for you.
- The closest street address and an estimate in feet and inches of the highest level of flood water for that location - the best you can recollect.
- A story or recollection about how you weathered that storm or another one. Did you evacuate? Was there damage to your home and/or property or your neighbor's?
- Your name and the best way to contact you [this is optional] if we can ask you for more details at a later date.
If you have pictures from other extreme weather events (floods, snow storms, hurricanes, etc.) or stories you would like to share, we'd be interested in seeing and hearing about those as well.
You can send all the information by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to Mattapoisett Free Public Library, Attn: Susan Pizzolato, P.O. Box 475, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Or, you can contact Melody Pacheco in the Selectmen's Office, Memorial Town Hall. You can also tweet messages and images to #mattapoisettstorms.
Marion COA Announces New Office Hours
The Marion Council on Aging is pleased to announce that effective immediately their office hours will be extended. The COA office will now be open and staffed Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please call the COA at 508-748-3570 with any questions or for more information.
ORR Class of 1979 Alum
A reunion of the ORR class of 1979 is being planned for Saturday, July 16 during Harbor Days weekend. We are compiling a contact list. Please share your contact information or anyone you are in contact with from the class of '79 to Orrclassof1979@gmail.com or mail to DBW, P.O. Box 771, Mattapoisett, MA 02739. Please include your current name, name in 1979, email and mail address. For current updates, follow us on Facebook by joining the "Orr class of 1979" group.
Rochester Historic Commission Seeks New Members
Are you a closet history geek? Were you riveted to the miniseries Patriot? Do ancestry shows like 'Who Do You Think You Are' and the PBS series fascinate you? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you might be a prime candidate to join the Rochester Historic Commission.
This Town Committee meets once a month, currently on the first Monday, at the Police Station Meeting Room on Dexter Lane. A meeting date change is planned for the future to return us to the Town Hall where our archives are stored. Due to recent resignations, we currently have openings for two members. Our agenda can be as varied as viewing building plans for developments (to ensure no historic structures are at risk), to updating the MCRIS list of historic properties and areas in Rochester or presenting programs at Rochester Memorial School. And all our meetings include a sharing of any interesting things our members have discovered in the last month.
Rochester has an incredible history for a small town, and it is fascinating to maintain its legacy and find new information to add. If you are interested in joining us, please drop a letter of intent to the Selectmen.
Seventh Annual Brad Barrows Bike Run
The seventh annual Brad Barrows bike run will be held on September 17. The event will start at 12:30 pm at The Stowaway Pub, 35 County Road, Mattapoisett. The rain date will be September 18. The ride raises money for Tri-Town youth sports, a cause that was near and dear to Brad's heart. Anyone interested in participating in the run should contact any of the people listed below.
Last September, the ride generated funds for the Old Rochester Regional Swim Team ($400), the Carl Collyer scholarship fund for the Mattapoisett Community Sailing Association ($400) and the Mattapoisett Y ($300). In addition, this year, we have $1400 available for coaches or parents to request financial help for individual athletes with league or school fees.
Requests can be directed to President Pete Collins, 30 Highland Street, Fairhaven MA 02719; Dick Barrett, 774-263-4596; Barry Barrows, 508-758- 2635; or Rory McFee, 508-954-0864. Checks will be made out to the league or the school. The funds will be distributed based on need, on a first come, first serve basis.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesdays: 8:45 am Sport Yoga ($3); 10:00 am Legal Consulting (2nd Tuesday of month, free 15 min, by appt); 11:00 am Walking Group; 12:00 pm Movie & Pizza (last Tuesday of month); 12:30 pm Art History (once every other month, $3); 1:00 pm Water Color Painting (free).
Wednesdays: 9:30 am Cardio Fit (free); 10:00 am Men's Group (2nd Wednesday of month at Public Library); 10:45 am Meditation; 11:00 am Book Club (3rd Wednesday of month); 12:00 pm Strength & Balance (free); 1:00 pm Bingo; 1:15 pm Mah Jongg.
Thursdays: Various Trips (call for details); 11:00 am Computer Tutor (free, by appt); 1:00 pm Country Line Dancing.
Fridays: 8:45 am Sport Yoga ($3); 10:00 am Rx Qi Gong ($6.50); 11:15 am Chair Yoga ($3); 1:00 pm Line Dancing (donation); Foot Care (once a month by appt).
Friends of the Mattapoisett COA
Everyone is invited to join the Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The FMCoA serves as the fundraising arm of the Council on Aging. You can become a "Friend" and help out through your annual membership. Pick up the FMCoA membership application at the Senior Center or go online www.mattapoisett.net/friends-mattapoisett-coa-formerly-foe. Download the PDF-form (top-left menu item). Your membership will be valid through the end of 2016! For more information, contact Bob Kelley at 508-758-6311 or email email@example.com.
SouthCoast Toastmasters Speak Their Minds
The SouthCoast Toastmaster's Club, also known as Marion Toastmaster's Club is a public speaking, communications and leadership organization which meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 12:00 pm (noon) to 1:00 pm at the Wareham Library, 59 Marion Road, Wareham, MA.
Come and experience what happens at our meetings! We have a vocabulary word of the day, a joke of the day, two 5-7 minute prepared speeches, two minute extemporaneous speaking sessions and evaluations of what just happened. The meeting is one hour. Come and BRING your brown bag lunch.
Get over your jitters and gain more confidence in your presentation skills. Bring a friend. For more information, call 508-292-6706 or visit our web site at http://southcoast.toastmastersclubs.org/.
FISH - Friends In Service Helping
Friends In Service Helping has been in operation in Mattapoisett since 1969. We provide rides to medical appointments for elderly residents who cannot drive anymore. We service Mattapoisett residents with transportation from their homes to Wareham, Marion, Fairhaven, New Bedford, and Dartmouth, as well as right here in Mattapoisett. Last year alone, we transported 301 residents!
Our town does not have public transportation. Our elderly residents are counting on FISH to get them to their medical appointments. We need more volunteer callers and drivers. We always work around your schedule when it is convenient for you! To find out more about your opportunity to be a FISH volunteer, please call FISH Coordinator Jacquie McGraw at 508-758-9278.
23rd Annual Buzzards Bay Swim
Set a resolution to make a splash in 2016 by signing up for the Buzzards Bay Coalition's 23rd annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 25.
The Buzzards Bay Swim is a fun community event that supports a great cause: clean water in Buzzards Bay. Swimmers complete a 1.2-mile open water course across outer New Bedford Harbor. The point-to-point course begins in the South End of New Bedford and ends at Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation in Fairhaven.
Now in its 23rd year, the Buzzards Bay Swim is a signature outdoor event for the SouthCoast. The Swim draws participants of every age, ability and fitness level. Many swimmers form teams with their friends, families and fellow swim team members. Over 300 swimmers are expected to participate in this year's Swim, hailing from communities across southeastern New England and around the United States.
This year, swimmers will enjoy a new state-of-the-art chip timing system, which will provide instant, accurate results as each swimmer crosses the finish line. There will also be new youth categories to allow more swimmers to participate and compete for fun awards and prizes. Additionally, registered swimmers can work with a professional swim coach at their local YMCA Southcoast branch and join other swimmers for an organized open-water practice in spring.
All funds raised from the Buzzards Bay Swim support the Coalition's work to protect clean water in communities across the Buzzards Bay region - from Westport to Woods Hole.
So if you love to swim and you want to make a difference for our local environment, then sign up for the Buzzards Bay Coalition's 23rd annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 25 at 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 with activities that the whole community can enjoy as they raise critical funds to support their local Waterkeeper organization. For more information, please visit splashseries.org.
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