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To the Editor:
On behalf of the missions committee of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, I wish to thank all those who made our fundraising concert last Saturday, March 28, such a success. Thanks to the almost 100 folks who attended to enjoy an evening of terrific music, we raised just over $1400 for the New Bedford Baby Project, plus more than 50 packages of diapers and wipes! We also want to recognize Target, Fairhaven Stop & Shop, Fairhaven Rite Aid and Fairhaven CVS who generously donated diapers or gift cards.
Special thanks to the musicians who donated their time and talent: Paul Amenta, David Dunn, Beth Grosart, Chris Little and Joe Zajac and a special shout out to David Dunn who provided the sound equipment. Also thanks to the Mattmen group who set up chairs, Drew and Lynne Nahigyan who donated the gift baskets, and to Betty Parker, Elliot Talley and the members of the missions committee - Tara Rajaniemi, Dennis Desroches, David Anderson, Gary Grosart and Drew and Lynne Nahigyan - for manning the concert.
For the committee, Susan Grosart

To the Editor:
Update on Benson Brook Community Solar Garden on the Landfill
Two years ago, Marion's Energy Management Committee proposed using the flat area on top of the town's landfill for a solar array to provide clean electricity power to town residents and small business owners. A Municipal Solar Overlay District zoning change was overwhelmingly approved at Town Meeting to permit this project.
In May 2014, the Selectmen appointed an EMC subcommittee to draft a request for proposals from solar developers. The proposal from My Generation Energy was evaluated as the most responsive and recommended to the Board of Selectmen for acceptance. Early on in the detailed design, however, we learned that Eversource (formerly NSTAR) could not provide a grid connection for the project without adding capacity to the Mattapoisett substation that serves the site on Benson Brook Road. Marion's project, along with several larger Mattapoisett solar farm projects, will have to share the cost of the substation upgrades. A formal application to Eversource has been submitted by My Generation Energy and engineering drawings have been furnished. All the projects are waiting for Eversource to assess the substation revisions and assign the costs proportionately to the projects that are involved. It may take another year for the grid connection to be approved before the project can move forward.
Once Eversource approves the grid connection, My Generation Energy will still have to secure a Post Closure Permit from Massachusetts DEP for the proposed work on the capped landfill, submit for the Planning Board's Minor Site Plan Review, and obtain a building permit before construction can proceed.
The finished project will net meter clean, renewable, solar power to homes and small businesses at lower cost than standard rates, and the Town will receive annual lease payments for the use of its capped landfill. This project will be a win-win for residents who choose to participate in the solar cooperative and for the town as a whole. Marion residents who would like to use solar power but cannot or don't want to install panels on their own property may contact the undersigned for further information.
Submitted by:
Bill Saltonstall, Jennifer Francis, & Norm Hills
Members of Energy Management Committee.

To the Editor:
An Arbor Day Fun-filled Day - Mark your Calendars Now!
Saturday, May 9 is a day calling all citizens young and old from the Tri-Towns to welcome spring and show true community spirit. Marion's Annual Spring Litter Clean-up will take place at the Music Hall from 9:00 am - noon. Volunteers are needed to pick up the huge amounts of debris all along our roadsides. Bags, gloves, and safety vests will be available, along with a cup of hot coffee and a sweet. Questions about the Clean-Up morning may be directed to coordinator Sue Noonan at 508-748-6679.
Gifts to Give will participate in the morning effort by providing a truck at Island Wharf so that you can deposit good used clothing, housewares, toys, and books. You are encouraged to bring used items to benefit homeless and needy residents of the Southcoast.
From noon - 4:00 pm everyone is invited to Washburn Park for the Annual Arbor Day Celebration, an afternoon filled with activities and refreshments. The Sippican Lands Trust, the Marion Tree Committee, The Recreation Department and numerous other civil organizations are co-sponsoring the afternoon. Activities will include a craft table, Caribiners, Toe Jam Puppets, Birds of Prey, Handy Mandies, Petting Zoo, and Touch a Truck. All ages are encouraged to plan ahead to make this a morning of volunteering and an afternoon of fun and games. For questions about the Afternoon Arbor Day Springfest, please call the Sippican Lands Trust Office at 508-748-3080.
Arbor Day Planning Committee

Academic Achievements
Madeleine West of Mattapoisett was recently named to the high honor roll for the 2014-2015 winter term that just ended at Pomfret School. A student earns high honors with a grade-point average of at least 3.5 and no grade lower than a B-. Madeleine is a member of the Pomfret Class of 2015.

SLT Easter Egg Hunt Cancelled
The Sippican Lands Trust will not be holding its Annual Easter Egg Hunt this spring. After a long winter and a delayed spring warming, the trails are not in good condition for this event.
We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you have a great holiday! Stay tuned for other upcoming kids events as the weather improves.
Please contact Executive Director Robin Shields at info@sippicanlandstrust.org or 508-748-3080 with any questions. Thank you!

Yard Sale/Ham & Bean Supper
There will be a Yard Sale on April 11 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at The Knights of Columbus Hall, 57 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett. Donations for the yard sale will be accepted on April 10 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm or call Jim at 508-863-3496 to arrange a pick up. No heavy appliances, heavy furniture or clothing please. Tables can also be rented for $20 each to sell your own items.
There will also be a Ham & Bean Supper on April 11 at 5:30 pm with entertainment to follow at the same location. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 7 to 12 years old. For tickets or information call Jim at 508-863-3496 or Rick at 508-758- 4933.

April programs at Plumb Library
On Thursday, April 9 at 6:30 pm, Mr. William J. Goldsmith will present a talk on "Solving the Social Security Puzzle." This seminar will address your important questions on Social Security such as:
- Will Social Security be there when I'm ready to claim?
- How are my benefits calculated?
- How much will I get?
- How do I get more?
Bill is a registered financial planner with more than 22 years of financial planning experience. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call the library at 508-763-8600 or email info@plumblibrary.com. You can also register by visiting the library's events calendar and clicking the "register" button on the Social Security seminar listing.
Learn to become a responsible babysitter with the Plymouth County Extension 4-H on Tuesday, April 21 from 10:30 am - 5:00 pm at the Joseph H. Plumb Memorial Library, 17 Constitution Way, Rochester. This full day interactive 4-H class trains young people to be responsible babysitters. Pre-registration is required. Please visit the library or www.PlymouthCounty4H.org for a registration form. Space is limited! There is a registration fee of $10, and the rest of the course is funded by the Friends and Junior Friends of Plumb Library. Deadline for registration is April 14. Participants should bring a peanut/tree nut safe bagged lunch. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion, a 4-H Babysitter Handbook, learn how to make your own babysitter's bag, and a Boo-Boo Bunny. For more information, call the library at 508-763-8600 or email info@plumblibrary.com.
The Cafe Parlez' selection for April is Under the Wide and Starry Sky, by Nancy Horan. From Nancy Horan, New York Times bestselling author of Loving Frank, comes her much-anticipated second novel, which tells the improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny. Fanny and Louis meet at an artist's colony in France, and begin their life-long love affair which thrived despite many setbacks, including Louis' recurring TB, and the disapproval of society in general and both of their families. We will discuss this novel on Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk, or bring your own copy.
For their April book, "Just the Facts" Nonfiction Book Discussion Group will be reading Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Gilded Age opulence of the 19th Century with a 21st Century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is a reclusive heiress so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades. Despite owning palatial homes in California, New York and Connecticut, why had she lived for 20 years in a simple hospital room, despite being in excellent health? Was she in control of her fortune, or controlled by those managing her money? We will discuss this book on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 pm. Copies are available at the desk.
For the Week of the Young Child, the Plumb Library will be presenting our favorite ballerina Plumbelina! On Thursday, April 16 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm, children ages 3-8 can learn about ballet and practice a short routine. Pre-registration is requested. For more information or to register, call the library at 508-763-8600 or check our Events Calendar and click on the "register" button on the Plumbelina event.
April Vacation Programs
April 22, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Lego Challenge. Drop-in program. Create your own project or use our prompts.
April 24, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm: Fingerprint Art a la Ed Emberley. Drop-in program.
April 21 - 25: Help birds build their nests. Put out nesting materials such as embroidery floss, pine needles, yarn, or shredded paper. A MOBY program.

Marion Candidates' Night
The Tri-Town League of Women Voters will hold its Annual Candidates' Night this year on Wednesday evening, April 29 at 7:00 pm in the Music Hall at 164 Front Street. It promises to include presentations by all contested candidates with a chance to hear their views on major issues as well as a brief overview of warrant and budget items.
There are going to be four contested races this year: Selectman, Moderator, Planning Board, and Marion School Committee. For the Select Board, challenger William Dale Jones will face incumbent Jonathan "Jody" Dickerson. After 35 years of service as Moderator, David Titus will step down following this year's town meeting. Patricia A. McCardle and Matthew William Nowick will be vying for the gavel. The Planning Board race will have two openings on the ballot. Contestants will include two incumbents, Stephen Kokkins and Stephen Gonsalves, and two challengers, Jennifer Francis and Todd Richins. The Marion School Committee has two open positions on the ballot this year. Three candidates will seek to serve, including Michelle Ouellette, Jessica Harris, and David McDonald.
Two positions are unopposed: Assessor and Board of Health. Ray Pickles will seek a new three-year term on the Board of Assessors and John Howard wishes to serve on the Board of Health for another three-year term. There are no contestants for the Open Space Acquisition Commission's available seat.
All contestants who have stepped up to run are to be congratulated for their willingness to serve in town government.
Key Dates to Remember:
Candidates' Night - April 29
Town Meeting - May 11
Town Elections - May 15
For further information, please contact Nan Johnson at 508-748-0046. Sponsored by the MMR League of Women Voters.

Rochester Women's Club
The April meeting of the Rochester Women's Club will be held Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 pm. The club house is located at 37 Marion Road in Rochester.
Wine and cheese will be served before the meeting. We are looking forward to our very busy spring and are working on our 2015-2016 schedule. Women from all towns are welcome to join our club.

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

Friends of Marion Visiting Nurses Scholarship
Those interested in pursuing a career in nursing are invited to apply for a scholarship through the Friends of Marion Visiting Nurses, a nonprofit organization that awards annual scholarships to local high school seniors.
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 accompanying materials are due by May 15, and the award recipients will be notified shortly thereafter. To receive the scholarship application, email your request to orourke.laura@comcast.net.

Children's Books are Needed
Business has been as brisk as the weather at the Friends of the Mattapoisett Library's second Saturday of the month book sales. So good, in fact, that the supply of children's books is low. Now is a great time for a bit of spring cleaning, and for donating good quality children's books to the Friends. Donations can be brought to the library during business hours; if you need to arrange a pick-up, you can contact the library at 508-758-4171, and the staff will put you in touch with the Friends. As always, your donations are tax-deductible and all proceeds benefit the library. The next sale is Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library.

Sippican Lands Trust Annual Meeting
The Sippican Lands Trust cordially invites the public to our Open Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 9 at 5:30 pm. The event will be held at Lyndon South Auditorium at Tabor Academy. Street parking is available on Spring Street.
There will be a brief business meeting followed by a presentation by Dr. Tammy Calise entitled "Healthy Communities - Connecting Theory with Action."
Dr. Calise, DrPH, M.Ed, a Senior Research Scientist from John Snow Inc., will discuss innovative ways that community stakeholders - including health organizations, professionals, elected officials, advocates and citizens - can work together to create more vibrant communities supportive of healthy behaviors.
Refreshments will be served. We encourage members of our community to attend! We hope to see you there!
For more information, contact Executive Director Robin Shields at 508-748-3080 or info@sippicanlandstrust.org. Thank you!

Gateway Youth Hockey Championships
Squirts Championship Game: Gateway Gladiators Squirts had a nail bitter of a Championship game against Lower Cape Black Sunday morning, losing its last game of the season by a close 2-1 margin. Gateway came out strong, but with a bad pass seconds into the first, Lower Cape got on the board giving Gateway an immediate hill to climb. Soon after, Juni Suarez matched the LCB goal, getting Gateway on the board and making for a very competitive game. Lower Cape scored again making Gateway continually fight for the puck. It was back and forth hockey with some incredible chances with Ryker King preventing another LCB goal. Despite all efforts and hard teamwork, Gateway was unable to score again, giving Gateway its second and final loss of the season. Squirts played a great season going 22-0-3 during the regular season, and 2-1-0 in the playoffs. Look for the Gateway Gladiators Squirts next season.
Pee Wees Championship Game: The Gateway Gladiators Pee Wees played their championship game against Hanover on Saturday. The Gladiators were clearly fired-up before the game even started, and they hit the ice with a purpose. The defense, along with goalie Ryker King, made it nearly impossible for Hanover to score and the offense applied so much pressure that Hanover could not muster their typically strong presence. The game started evenly matched as expected with both teams battling for the puck. However, halfway through the first period Danny Flynn got Gateway on the board first and that raised the Gladiators intensity higher than we have seen this season. A few minutes later, Jack Martins scored off of an assist by Chris Cogan and Luke Mello, and Gateway ran with the momentum scoring two more times in the first period off of goals by Flynn and Ben DeMoranville who were each assisted by Zach Barris and Martins. The first period ended with a score of 4-0, but Hanover would not go down without a fight, scoring two goals of their own in the third period and then they pulled their goalie and applied even more pressure in the final minute of the game. An empty netter by DeMoranville sealed the deal, ending the game with a 5-2 championship win for Gateway.
The Gateway Bantams play for the Yankee Conference Bantam Championship on Saturday, April 4 at 4:20 pm in Pembroke.

Marion Scholarship Committee
The Marion Scholarship Committee is accepting applications from Marion residents who would like to be considered for a need-based college scholarship. The applications are now available in the Guidance/College Counseling offices at Old Rochester Regional High School, Tabor Academy and Bishop Stang High School. Scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 and the deadline to apply is April 20.

Spring Fling Dance Fundraiser
There will be a Spring Fling Dance Fundraiser sponsored by the Rochester Historical Society on Friday, April 10 from 7:00 to 11:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Reservation Golf Club, 10 Reservation Road, Mattapoisett. Tickets are $15. For tickets or information call 508-961-7401.

Rochester Police Schedule Entrance Exam
The Rochester Police Department, in conjunction with Police Exam Solutions, has scheduled an Entrance Exam for the Rochester Police Department on May 30.
The Rochester Police Department employs 10 full-time officers, five part-time officers and a number of reserve officers serving a population of approximately 5,400 residents. The department will hold an entrance exam to fill part-time openings now and full-time positions in the future.
Because of the small size of the department, officers handle many of their own cases from start to finish. This allows officers the opportunity to participate in investigations, write and serve warrants, and make arrests as a result of their own work.
Rochester police officers also have the opportunity to participate in a number of the department's specialized units such as bike patrol and ATV patrol as well as being able to join specialized units such as the dive team, SWAT team, and search and rescue team attached to the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC).
Details and eligibility requirements are provided on the Police Exam Solutions website www.policeexamsolutions.com. Any questions are to be directed to the testing company through the "contact us" section of their website. Any calls made directly to the police department or Police Exam Solutions may disqualify you from being hired.
Perhaps you know someone who is thinking of getting involved in law enforcement. This is a great opportunity for them to participate in the entry level testing process and possibly earn a career in law enforcement.
If you or anyone you know would like further information on this upcoming exam, please visit www.policeexamsolutions.com. All registrations must be done online.

Open Table
You are invited to join us for supper on Friday, April 10 at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. Everyone is welcome. Open Table offers a delicious, nutritious meal prepared by volunteers on the second Friday of every month. There is no charge, although donations are gratefully accepted. Doors open at 4:30 pm and the meal will be served at 5:00 pm. Please come!

Cape Verdeans on the South Coast
The Sippican Historical Society's 2015 lecture series continues on Thursday, April 16 with the topic, From the Archipelago to America: Cape Verdeans on the South Coast, featuring speaker Marilyn Halter. To truly appreciate the history of Marion and the surrounding area, it's critical to explore the Cape Verdean experience here. Immigration to the South Coast area began when whalers from New Bedford first began travelling to the Cape Verdean islands in the 1790s, returning with crewmen to work on the whaling ships. Once on the South Coast, in addition to working - and excelling - in the maritime industry, many Cape Verdeans found work as shore side laborers, textile and cordage factory workers and agricultural workers, particularly in the cranberry industry. As employment opportunities and communities continued to expand, so did the local Cape Verdean population. Today, Massachusetts enjoys - by far - the largest population of Cape Verdeans in the United States.
The evening's lecture will explore the important connections between the South Coast and Cape Verde, the unique characteristics of Cape Verdean culture, and its history and legacy here on the South Coast. A professor at Boston University, Ms. Halter's scholarship spans the fields of history, sociology and anthropology. Her published works on the Cape Verdean experience include Between Race and Ethnicity: Cape Verdean American Immigrants, 1860-1965 and The Historical Dictionary of the Republic of Cape Verde (with Richard Lobban). Areas of specialization include the study of immigrants of African descent, New England and Boston immigrant and ethnic history, as well as the relationship of commerce and culture.
The presentation, to be held at the Marion Music Hall (164 Front Street) at 7:00 pm, is offered free to the public, with no reservations required. Ample parking is available across the street at Island Wharf. For more information, contact the Sippican Historical Society at 508-748-1116.

Tai Chi in Marion
Tai Chi classes will be offered to Marion residents starting May 5. Marion native Kyle Marston will be the instructor. Kyle has over 11 years of training in Tai Chi as well as Qigong and Kung Fu.
"I was still in high school when I went with a friend to a tai chi class. I was drawn to it immediately. It is based on the universal laws of life, such as day and night, hot and cold, yin and yang....what this means is that breathing is like that .. .in and out and striking a balance in all things. We have a left and right brain hemisphere ... there is a duality in all things," says Kyle.
Tai Chi is a slow movement exercise that focuses on breathing and stretching. You may have seen photos of hundreds of Chinese citizens doing this exercise outside in a park or on a beach. Google Tai Chi to see impressive photos of the large number of people who practice this ancient health promoting exercise.
According to Kyle, one of the benefits of doing slow movement exercise is that it improves resistance to disease and infection by accelerating the elimination of toxins from the tissues, organs and glands through the lymphatic system.
"In our culture, many people do not pay attention to their bodies. When was the last time you just sat and listened to your heart beat? We have too many distractions and external things going on with smart phones, computers, television and sounds everywhere," says Kyle.
"If you didn't feel well and went to a doctor in China, he'd probably tell you to go home and do some Tai Chi," says Kyle.
Classes will be held at 13 Atlantis Drive in Marion. There will be classes on Tuesdays, beginning May 5 from 6:00 - 7:30 pm and Thursdays, beginning May 7 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm. The cost for eight lessons is $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Space is limited. Register by calling the Council on Aging at 508-748-3570, Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355, or email sschwager@marionma.gov or info@marionrecreation.com.

Walt Whitman at the Mattapoisett Library
Actor Stephen Collins will perform "Unlaunch'd Voices: An Afternoon with Walt Whitman" at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Sunday, April 19 at 2 pm. The public is invited to attend this free performance, 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.
The play, written and directed by Michael Keamy, was conceived and has been performed by Stephen Collins since 1998 in libraries, schools. museums, and community centers across New England. "Unlaunch'd Voices" opens with the elderly poet Whitman on the eve of his birthday celebration. He begins to reminisce about his life and his success as a poet. He recalls his most famous work 'Leaves of Grass' and recites some of the poetry and letters that he received about his work.
In the second part of the performance, Collins depicts Whitman during and after the Civil War, during which the poet nursed wounded soldiers in hospitals and on the battlefield. The audience experiences Whitman's growth into a mature artist, more concerned now with his fellow man and with nature.
Collins's performance has received noted reviews since the play premiered. He not only resembles Whitman, but it is said he captures the poet's sensibility and his empathy and concern for the every day American.
Everyone is welcome to attend this engaging performance, followed by a reception sponsored by the Friends of the Mattapoisett Library. The event is free, and seating is available on a first come basis. Please make a reservation by calling the library at 508-758-4171 or emailing mfpl@sailsinc.org.

AHA! Night Sustainable SouthCoast
Spring has sprung, the weather is warmer, the days are longer, and just in time for Earth Day. AHA! celebrates our "Sustainable SouthCoast" on April 9.
AHA! (Arts, History and Architecture!) is a FREE family-friendly event held rain or shine on the second Thursday of each month from 5:00 to 9:00 pm in historic downtown New Bedford - but feel free to arrive early and stay late.
Earth Eve festivities sponsored by Clean Right Cleaning Solutions, Veolia, SEEAL, SouthCoast Serves and UMass-Dartmouth.
Highlights this month include:
Keep It Sustainable!
- Earth Eve Eco-Friendly People Powered Procession
- Mother Earth & Father Ocean Ceremony
- New Bedford Whaling Museum hosts SEEAL's 8th Annual Shrink Your Footprint Fair
- Backyard Chicken Basics at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum
- Join WHALE and Your Theatre at the First Baptist Church National Trust Award Ceremony, Open House, and staged reading of The Obraz
- Paper The Town Green with 1850s Lady Abby at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park
- Collage It at Alison Wells Fine Art Studio and Gallery
- For The Birds: Build your own bird feeder from recycled materials at BCC New Bedford
- Eco-Friendly Flower Pot Craft at Buzzards Bay Coalition
More AHA! Awesomeness!
- Evening Sponsor Clean Right Cleaning Solutions presents a "Light It Up Blue" inspired Sensory Station
- Kekelhi African Drumming and Dancers on Purchase St.
- Egyptian Chamomile Tea Tasting and Spring Book Sale at Gatlin's Framing and Subtext Books
- House of Music takes the stage at Pilgrim UCC
- New Bedford Parks, Recreation and Beaches host their Annual Spring Egg Hunt in Custom House Park
- Be a part of the United Way's Chain of Hope
- Featured Performer Molly O'Leary at Cafe Arpeggio
Arts In Bloom In DNB!
- 2015 MFA Thesis Exhibition Preview at the UMD CVPA Star Store
- Three New Shows at NBAM/Artworks
- 2015 BFA Senior Exhibition Preview
- The Subject Is Paint: Works by Steve Denton
- 11th Annual Teen Artist Internship Program Exhibit
- 2015 CVPA Master of Art Education Exhibit Preview at NB Education Foundation
- Migration: Artwork inspired by birds at Gallery 65

Annual Easter Egg Hunt
The Mattapoisett Lions Club will not be having the annual Easter Egg Hunt this year. The conditions at the lighthouse are not good for safety reasons. We will host a "Spring Saturday" when the conditions improve and we will have activities and giveaways.

Baked Fish Dinner
On Good Friday, April 3, a baked fish dinner will be held at The Knights of Columbus Hall (lower level), 57 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett. The time is 5:00 to 7:00 pm for $12 per person and can be paid for at the door.

Worms Work Wonders: The Joy of Composting
Learn all about the importance of composting and how to build your own backyard compost bin at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Saturday, April 4 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. The program is free, and students in grades 3 through 8 and their families are especially encouraged to attend this informative and hands-on event, part of the library's MOBY (My Own BackYard) science program.
Dr. John Porter, director of Agricultural Research and Development at the A.D. Makepeace Company, will discuss the importance of composting to companies and communities, and to individuals. He will be presenting how one U.S. city is using composting to reduce their landfills and provide a valuable resource to gardeners.
Bring in a clean empty 2-liter bottle and some kitchen scraps to learn how to make a composter in a bottle and how this material is beneficial in yards and gardens. The group will also be learning about the library's new compost bin.
Register by calling the library at 508-758-4171 or visit the children's department.
MOBY, an outdoor science program for students in grades 3 through 8, is federally funded with LSTA funds administered through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

Annual Easter Pie and Dessert Sale
The Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging will hold an Easter Pie and Dessert Sale on Saturday, April 4 from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm at BowlMor Lanes, 22 County St, (Route 6), Mattapoisett Village. Use the door on the side, marked with balloons, to access the sale area.
Please donate your favorite, home-baked Easter Pie and/or Dessert to the sale. Bring it to the BowlMor by 8:30 am on April 4. Questions? Call Mary Scott at 508-758-6311. Let her know what you are bringing and she'll reserve a space to display it for the sale. Mary would like to make this fundraiser the best ever Saturday before Easter Sale!

ORR Present Sweeney Todd - School Edition
The Old Rochester Regional High School Drama Club is very proud to present Sweeney Todd - School Edition. This full-scale musical / thriller, written by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler stars Emily Faulkner (Jr), Kyle Costa (Jr), Holly Frink (Jr), Michael Amato (Sr), Isaiah Kidney (Sr), Patrick McGraw (Sr), Victor Morrison (Jr), Chris Savino (Fr), and Lexi Melloni (Jr) along with a supporting on-stage cast of 55 students, as well as 54 technicians and seven high school band members playing in the 17-member orchestra.
Sweeney Todd - School Edition: Costumes by Helen Blake; Sound by John Farrell; Musically Conducted by Michael Barnicle; and Directed by Paul Sardinha.
Presented in the Gilbert D. Bristol Auditorium of Old Rochester Regional High School, under the auspices of the David S. Hagen Performing Arts Series, Sweeney Todd - School Edition will be performed Thursday, April 9 through Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, April 12 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $12 for students and seniors and $15 for adults and are available at The Pen & Pendulum in Mattapoisett, The Marion General Store in Marion, and Plumb Corner Market in Rochester. For information and ticket reservations, please call 508-951-5302. Tickets may also be purchased at the door; ORR is located on Route 6 in Mattapoisett.

Rabies Clinic
The Town of Rochester will conduct a rabies clinic on April 12 from 12:00 to 2:00 pm at the Rochester Grange, Hartley Road. A fee of $12 will be charged per shot. Please contact the Rochester animal control officer, 508-468-6197, for details.

Marion Town Election Information
The Town of Marion's Annual Town Election will be held on Friday, May 15.
Late voter registration will take place in the Town Clerk's office on April 21. The Town Clerk's office will remain open until 8:00 pm for anyone who wishes to register to vote. If you aren't registered to vote and wish to vote in the May 15 Annual Town Election, you must register by April 21.
The Marion Annual Town Election will be on May 15 at the VFW, 465 Mill Street (Route 6), Marion. Polls will open at 8:00 am and close at 8:00 pm.

From the Mattapoisett Town Clerk
Annual Census Forms have been mailed out to all households in Mattapoisett. If you did not receive one, please contact the Town Clerk's Office at 508-758-4100 ext. 2. Please return them as promptly as possible. Failure to respond to the census may result in removal from the voting list. Dog license applications are on the back page of the census form. If you send in a check for the appropriate fee, we would be happy to mail the license out to you. Dog licenses are $12 or $9 if your pet is spayed or neutered. Remember, we must have a copy of a current rabies certificate on file in order to issue a 2015 license. Also, as a new option, payments may be made online through our town website www.mattapoisett.net.
Our Town Election is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19. The Annual Town Meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 11 at Old Rochester Regional High School. Please mark your calendar. We look forward to seeing you there!

"Love, Loss & What I Wore"
Make your reservations now for Marion Art Center's production of "Love, Loss and What I Wore," a comedy written by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron based on the 1995 book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman. The show will open on Friday, April 10 at 7:30 pm, and will run on Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 pm, Sunday, April 12 at 2:00 pm, Friday, April 17 at 7:30 pm and Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 pm. The MAC Theater will be set up cabaret style with tables available for reserved parties of four or more, and guests are invited to bring their own refreshments.
Rex McGraw will direct the rotating cast of five women, played by Suzie Kokkins, Kim Teves, Clare Healy Foley, Deborah Bokelkamp, and Cynthia Latham. The play is organized as a series of monologues and ensemble pieces. With a running time of about 1 hour and 30 minutes, the show is composed of 28 different stories that seek to illuminate the female identity. Generally composed of comic stories, it is at times hilariously funny, at times poignant and thought provoking. The women, their clothes and their memories cover all the important subjects - mothers, prom dresses, mothers, buying bras, mothers, hating purses and why we only wear black!
The show was initially presented as a part of the 2008 summer series at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York, and then as a benefit series at the DR2 Theatre in New York in early 2009. Later the same year, the show was produced Off-Broadway as an ongoing commercial theatrical production at the Westside Theatre in New York, where it continues to run as the second-longest running show in the theatre's history. The production and its cast received positive critical attention. The production won the 2010 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience as well as the 2010 Broadway.com Audience Award for Favorite New Off-Broadway Play. The show has been produced on six continents and more than eight countries. It began a national tour in the United States in September 2011 in Chicago. It made an encore performance in Paris in January of 2012.
Reservations are highly recommended! To make a reservation, please email marionartcenter@verizon.net. In the subject line type "Love, Loss & What I Wore - Tickets." In the body of the email include last name, telephone number, MAC Membership status, the date you are coming and number of tickets needed. Or call 508-748-1266 and leave a message. Tickets are $12.50 for MAC members and $15 for general public. The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street in Marion, MA 02738.

Inflammation & Women's Health
Inflammation drives many disease processes and greatly affects women's health. In fact, 80% of patients with autoimmune disorders are women. An underlying factor in many diseases, inflammation plays a role in the development and progression of many diseases and ailments including cancer, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, depression, anxiety, and allergies. Inflammation & Women's Health, a Connector Series Event, will feature dynamic and multi-faceted presentations on inflammation and how to treat it on Saturday, May 16 from 8:30 am-12:15 pm in downtown New Bedford.
Hosted by the Biological Medicine Network and Connecting for Change Conference, this event is part of the new "Connector Series" initiative to connect Marion Institute programs, conference topics, and local interest and ideas into a workshop and lecture series throughout the year.
Keynote speaker John McGonigle, M.D., will explore the genetic, environmental, hormonal and psychoneuroimmunological reasons for chronic inflammation and auto-immune diseases, a silent epidemic in the United States. Dr. McGonigle is a board-certified Family Doctor who practices and teaches Family and Integrative Medicine at Brown Medical School in Providence, RI.
Breakout workshop sessions will dive deeper into this topic with solution-based conversation about the dietary, musculoskeletal and herbal techniques of reducing inflammation and supporting the body's natural healing abilities.
Mary G. Brackett, Nutrition Consultant and author of The Heal Your Gut Cookbook: Nutrient-Dense Recipes for Intestinal Health Using the GAPS Diet will lead a small workshop in understanding the role of nutrition in quelling inflammation. Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) refers to disorders, including ADD/ADHD, autism, addictions, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, stemming from or exacerbated by leaky gut and dysbiosis. GAPS also refers to chronic gut-related physical conditions, including celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes type one, and Crohn's disease, as well as asthma, eczema, allergies, thyroid disorders, and more.
Dr. Athina Giovanis owner of Ocean State Osteopathic Medicine in Providence will guide workshop attendees through the philosophy and science of osteopathy and explore how understanding the body's neuromusculoskeletal system, drainage and exercise influence inflammation.
Herbalist and Ethnobotonist Kerry Hughes will present on the use of herbs for inflammation. She will include clinical substantiation of the use of herbs in her presentation and also guiding theories in which herbs are used ultimately to address the same issue; i.e., constitutional theory supporting organ systems which also addresses inflammation. Hughes, a teacher at the Herbal Academy of New England, has authored several books including The Incense Bible, The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements, and Botanical Medicines: The Desk Reference for Major Herbal Supplements.
Inflammation & Women's Health is open to practitioners, patients and interested individuals. The event will be held at the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center at 874 Purchase St., New Bedford, MA 02740 from 8:30 am - 12:15 pm and light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.biologicalmedicinenetwork.org or via phone at 508-748-0816. Seating is very limited and the event is expected to sell out. Please contact Brooke Baptiste, Connecting for Change Conference Manager, at brooke@marioninstitute.org or Abby Smith, Biological Medicine Network Manager, at abby@marioninstitute.org or call 508-748-0816 with any questions.

A Stroll Down Tin Pan Alley
Hold onto your hats, the Dixie Diehards are back in town and the joint will be jumpin' at the corner of Main and Pleasant Street in Marion. The Dixie Diehards Jazz Band will make its 10th appearance at the Marion Art Center at 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 25 with a concert titled "A Stroll Down Tin Pan Alley!" The theater will be set up cabaret style with tables available for reserved parties of four. Audience members are invited to bring their own refreshments. The show starts at 7:30 pm. Doors will open at 7:00 pm.
To make a reservation - highly recommended as the Dixie Diehards always sell out! - please email marionartcenter@verizon.net. In the subject line of the email please write "Dixie Diehard Tickets." In the body of the email include your last name, MAC membership status, a telephone number for confirmation and number of tickets needed. Tickets are $12.50 for MAC members and $15 for non-members.
Or call 508-748-1266 and leave a voice message that includes last name, MAC membership status, telephone number for confirmation, and how many tickets needed. The theater will be set up with cabaret tables available for reserved parties of four and guests are invited to bring their own refreshments.
Tin Pan Alley appeared on the music scene in the late 1800s. This is when a number of music publishers set up shop in the same district of Manhattan. The Diehards' stroll will cover some of the hit or "pop" tunes that appeared from the early 1900s until its eventual demise in the 1950s with the rise of Rock & Roll. The program will include tunes from many of the most prolific composers of that period, including Irving Berlin, Walter Donaldson, Duke Ellington and many others. Jazz lovers will recognize just about every tune, and many they'll be able to sing along to with the band. This musical journey will include some early jazz hits, the Great Depression and Roarin' 20s, and swing tunes from the 30s & 40s.

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.
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/.

BBAHFH Home & Garden Show
Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity (BBAHFH) will host a Home & Garden Show at Old Rochester Regional School on Saturday, May 2 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The show will be held inside the cafeteria at Old Rochester Regional School, located at 135 Marion Road in Mattapoisett. Join us in support of our newest upcoming build in Marion.
BBAHFH is currently seeking exhibitors for the event. The show offers opportunities for contractors, landscape designers, nurseries, banks, mortgage companies, and other homecare experts to promote products and services to the public. The exhibit booth donation is $200 for an 8-foot by 8-foot space. Various sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Businesses and suppliers interested in exhibiting at the show or sponsoring the event can contact Christine Lacourse, Executive Director at BBAHFH, at 508-758-4517 or BuzzardsBayAreaHabitat@yahoo.com.
Admission into the Habitat Home & Garden Show will be FREE to the public with donations accepted. The event is in support of the Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity affiliate. BBAHFH will hold raffles throughout the show. The Home & Garden show will feature a variety of home improvement vendors, including contractors, window and door suppliers, energy efficiency experts, kitchen designers, architects, landscape designers, nurseries, banks, mortgage and insurance companies. The event will also include activities for children. Complimentary BBAHFH tote bags will be distributed to the first 50 attendees.
BBAHFH would like to thank Old Rochester Regional School for the use of their facility.

SLT & MAC Announce Joint Art Exhibition
The Sippican Lands Trust (SLT) and the Marion Art Center are partnering to sponsor a non-juried exhibition by local artists to highlight the many scenic sites that comprise the Lands Trust's forests and marshes. This is one of several initiatives undertaken by the SLT to encourage visitation and enjoyment of the properties protected by the Trust. Local artists are invited to submit up to three works, in any media, for a non-juried exhibition to be held at the Marion Art Center, October 2 through November 14, 2015.
All submitted works must depict scenes of or from SLT properties.
Registration by September 1 is required. Register online at http://www.marionartcenter.org/call-artists/.
The Marion Art Center will receive a 30% commission on the sale of each piece.
There will be a special "Young Artists" division within this exhibition. Young artists in elementary school, middle school and high school are invited to submit one piece for the exhibition.
Artists wishing to exhibit should submit original pieces (no more than three), matted and framed with title, medium and price. Sculpture should be presented exhibition ready.
All pieces must be for sale, must be originals and have been executed within the last three years, and must not have been previously exhibited at the Marion Art Center.
All paintings and photographs must be framed, preferably matted (in white or neutrals) and ready to hang (i.e., secured with heavy picture wire and wrapped in tape, affixed to eye-hooks that have been attached securely to the frame).
Dates for dropping off artwork at the Marion Art Center are Tuesday, September 29 and Wednesday, September 30 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
Trail maps of the Lands Trust properties are available at the SLT offices, 354 Front Street, Marion (next to Uncle Jon's) or on-line at www.sippicanlandstrust.org. Walking tours of SLT properties will be conducted for interested artists in June, July and August (dates to be determined). Complete registration packets are also available at the Marion Art Center at 80 Pleasant Street in Marion.

Showstoppers Performing Arts Camp
Registrations are now being accepted for Showstoppers' 11th Annual Performing Arts Camp for boys and girls in Grades 2-8, April 20-24, 9:00 - 3:00 daily, at the Knights of Columbus in Mattapoisett. A musical theater showcase will be presented to the public at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 25 at the Music Hall in Marion. The camp costs $175 per child and includes performance CD, T-shirt, gift pack and certificate of completion. Don't delay! Reserve your spot today! For more information or to register, call 508-758-4525 or email info@showstoppers.us.

Tri-Town Early Childhood Program
The Tri-Town Early Childhood Program, located at Old Rochester Regional High School, is accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year. The preschool program serves three- and four-year-olds and follows the school calendar. It is unique in that it provides a high quality early childhood education opportunity to preschoolers, while also offering high school students a chance to learn about working in the field of early childhood education. A licensed early childhood teacher and a rotation of high school students staff the classroom.
A limited number of spaces are available. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis. The enrollment policy is based on a balance of three- and four-year-olds, a balance of boys and girls, and a balance among residents of the three member towns.
For an application or for more information, visit our website at wwworrhsprek.weebly.com or contact Aimee Fox at 508-758-3745, extension 1612.

Marion Census Reminder
If you have not yet returned, or telephoned in, your 2015 Annual Street Listing (Census) please do so immediately to the Marion Town Clerk, 2 Spring Street, Marion, MA 02738.
Home visits will be made to all residents failing to respond. Should you have any questions, please contact the Town Clerk's office 508-748-3502.

ORR Class of 1970
ORR's class of 1970 is planning our 45th reunion for sometime this summer and would like to update as many email addresses as possible to keep everyone informed of the event. Please contact Dede Pangaro Smith at Dsmithlil@comcast.net or Cindy Haskell at Molly5971@gmail.com with your new or updated email address.

Marion Fireworks Fundraising
It may be winter weather outside, but it is time to think ahead to summer! Think Fireworks!
Our fundraising efforts for 2014 fell short of our goal. We are confident that we will be able to bring the fireworks back this year! The fireworks are tentatively scheduled for Saturday, July 4.
The Marion Fireworks Committee will again be under the direction of the Marion Recreation Department.
As you may know, all costs associated with the fireworks are paid for from the money raised through the fundraising efforts of the Marion Fireworks Committee.
Please consider making a donation to help bring the fireworks back to Marion again for 2015. All amounts are welcome. All donations are tax deductible.
The Fireworks are enjoyed by Marion and surrounding communities. Donations from residents in communities other than Marion are greatly appreciated also. If you and your family have come to Silvershell Beach for the fireworks in the past, please consider donating so we can continue this tradition.
Donations may be mailed to the Marion Fireworks Committee, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion, Massachusetts 02738. Any questions, feel free to contact us at 774-217-8355 or fireworks@marionrecreation.com.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the Marion Independence Day Fireworks in 2015!

22nd Annual Buzzards Bay Swim
New Bedford Harbor may be icy and covered with snow right now, but the warmth of summer will be here before we know it! If you love to swim and want to make a difference for our local environment, then sign up for the Buzzards Bay Coalition's 22nd annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 20.
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, beginning in the South End of New Bedford and ending at Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation in Fairhaven.
Now in its 22nd year, the Buzzards Bay Swim is a signature outdoor event for the SouthCoast. The Swim draws participants of every age, ability and fitness level. Some 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.
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.
To register and learn more about the Swim, visit 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.

Helen A. Arthur Scholarship
The Sippican Lands Trust is seeking applicants for its "Helen A. Arthur Scholarship." A monetary award of up to $1000 is available to a Marion resident who is a graduating senior from any secondary school by June 2015 and is preferably pursing an education in environmental studies or a related field. Please postmark a completed application by May 1 and mail to: Sippican Lands Trust, Attn: Scholarship Committee, 354 Front Street Marion, MA 02738.
The scholarship is made available through the Sippican Lands Trust Scholarship Fund. This fund was created and named after Helen Adams Arthur (1940-2008). Helen was a beloved resident of Marion who had a deep interest in the preservation of the beautiful open spaces in town, reflecting the mission of the lands trust.
Those interested in applying should visit the Sippican Lands Trust website, www.sippicanlandstrust.org, to download the application. Applications will also be available at the SLT office located at 354 Front Street, Marion next to Uncle Jon's Coffee. Call 508-748-3080 or email info@sippicanlandstrust.org for more information.

Mattapoisett Lions Club Award
The Mattapoisett Lions Club, a member of Lions International, which consists 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 a $5,000 scholarship to be awarded this year to a graduating high school or homeschooled student residing in Mattapoisett, Marion or 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. Special consideration will be given to those looking to a career in an eyesight related field.
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 may also be obtained by calling Helene Rose at 508-758-9841. Applications must be received by April 4.

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 at www.cfsema.org/scholarships by April 30, unless otherwise noted:
The George Earl and Katherine Hartley Church Scholarship Fund provides several scholarships of at least $1,000 annually for tuition assistance to students pursuing an LPN, RN or BSN Nursing Degree while attending a two- or four-year accredited college or university. Applicants must be residents of Acushnet, Rochester, Marion and Mattapoisett who are graduating from 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 students residing in Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, New Bedford, Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, Wareham, or Westport, who have been accepted or are currently enrolled at Harvard University. Scholarships are based on financial need and academic excellence. The total amount to be awarded is $4,200 to one or two recipients.
The 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. Please contact the school's guidance office for details and an application.

Mattapoisett Woman's Club Scholarships
Mattapoisett Woman's Club is pleased to offer four $1,000 scholarship awards to Mattapoisett residents who are high school seniors graduating June 2015. Those who are re-entering the academic world after graduating prior to 2015, and are in pursuit of a post secondary degree program, will also be considered for one of these awards.
The Mattapoisett Woman's Club is a philanthropic organization that plans and executes fundraising events to help generate the revenue for these scholarships and other charitable donations. In offering these scholarships, the club supports educational leadership and helps to give back to the community that has partnered with the club in its fundraising efforts.
To apply and obtain the scholarship applications, contact the Guidance offices at the local high schools or preparatory schools. Both applications will be available. You must be a Mattapoisett resident. Deadline for returning the completed application is April 30.
The following schools will be participating: ORRHS, Bishop Stang High School, Old Colony Vocational Tech High School, Tabor Academy, Bristol County Agricultural High School.
The scholarship winners will be announced at each school's awards night prior to graduation.
The actual money from the scholarship will be granted after the first successfully completed semester in college.
Final deadline for returning completed applications is April 30. No one will be considered after this date.
If you have any further questions, you may contact the Mattapoisett Woman's Club at P.O. Box 1444, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.

Ladies' Branch Of Port Society Scholarships
The Ladies' Branch of the New Bedford Port Society is accepting applications for its annual scholarships.
The board awards scholarships based on need and merit, giving first consideration to descendants of seamen.
Applicants must be residents of New Bedford, Dartmouth, Westport, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Mattapoisett, Marion or Rochester.
All of these requirements must be met in order to be eligible for consideration:
- Show financial need. Include a written summary of the size of your family residing at home, number currently enrolled in college, and any other financial circumstances.
- Provide transcript of grades from the school currently attending.
- Meet one or more of the following criteria: document family ties to the sea, such as whaling forebears, fishing, merchant marine, or maritime service; acceptance letter from a maritime academy; or plans to major in marine science.
- Submit a typed or neatly handwritten educational resume of no fewer than 100 words describing future career intentions, areas of study, and college acceptances.
Applications must be postmarked no later than April 7 and must be mailed to: The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, Attn: Ladies' Branch Scholarship Application, 30 Cornell St., New Bedford MA 02740.
Inquiries can be made directly to ladies.branchnbps@gmail.com.

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 2015. 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 and of furthering environmental education in the community."
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. A 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 Rd, N. Dartmouth 02747.
3. OCRVT High School, 476 North Avenue, Rochester 02770.
4. Tabor Academy, Front St, Marion 02738.
The deadline for submitting the forms will be April 30.
The recipient will be selected by May 20 and will be notified by mail. The recipient will be recognized at his or her school's awards ceremony. The award will be disbursed after the student submits an official college transcript documenting a successful completion of his or her first semester in college to the President of the Mattapoisett Land Trust.
The application forms will be found in the guidance offices at the local public and private schools and at the Mattapoisett Land Trust website: www.mattlandtrust.org/education/.

Greater New Bedford Garden Club Scholarship
The Greater New Bedford Garden Club is accepting applications for the $1,000 Rose L. Murphy Scholarship to be awarded to a student enrolled in a full-time college program in 2015-2016. The applicant must be pursuing a degree in horticulture, landscape architecture, conservation, environmental sciences, or related fields. Student must have been a legal Massachusetts resident for at least one year prior to June 1 of their high school graduation.
Applications and required paperwork must be received before May 1.
For more information, call 508-995-9386.

Marion COA Trips
The Marion Council on Aging has the following trips scheduled for 2015. Call to reserve your spot on the van. These trips fill up quickly.
April 20 - JFK Memorial, Hyannis
May 18 - Wrentham Mall
June 15 - Glass Museum in Sandwich
July 20 - Butterflies of Cape Cod, Bourne
August 17 - Canal Boat trip
September 21 - Isaacs Plymouth
October 19 - Fall River Maritime Museum

Marion COA Information
Tax Help: Income tax preparation for simple returns will be available by appointment only on Wednesday afternoons.
Drug Disposal: Drop off at the police station. No liquids.
Emergency Fund: For Marion residents in need of life sustaining services.
Transportation: Call as soon as you have an appointment.
Medical Appointments:
- Wareham area - Monday am & Thursday pm.
- Dartmouth & New Bedford - Monday pm & Thursday am.
- Plymouth on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
- Boston on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month.
Shopping:
- Every Wednesday, Market Basket - pick up at 12:30 pm.
- Alternate Fridays to Shaw's in Wareham and Fairhaven marts - pick up 12:30 pm.
Please arrange errands with the above schedule.
Donations are appreciated.
Outreach Worker: Outreach worker is available to meet in your home or at the COA office at Town House to assist with information, referrals, or assistance with applications. Call for appointment.
Mailbox Sticker: If you have not picked up your mail in three days, the post office will notify the COA so we may do a well check. Call the COA for more info.
Book Delivery: Free delivery of books to home-bound residents. Please call the library at 508-748-1252.
LGBT Supper Club: LGBT supper club, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Suggested donation: $3. Call the Fairhaven Senior Center, 229 Huttleston Avenue, 508-979-4029, to sign up.
Telephone Reassurance: Daily check on people living alone. Call for more details.
Health & Wellness:
YMCA: Tuesdays and Thursdays - pick up at 10:00 am and return at 12:30 pm. Scholarships are available.
Step & Stretch: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:00 pm at the Rochester COA. Transportation provided.
Senior Stretch: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 9:30 - 10:30 am at First Congregational Church hall. Sponsored by Friends of Marion visiting nurse. Ten-week sessions for $45. Sign up for one, two or three days.
Low-impact Dance Aerobics: Mondays from 9:30 - 10:40 am, Fridays from 9:00 - 10:00 am at Atlantis Drive. Donation: $4.
Public Health Nurse: Nurse is available for health consultation, blood pressure and glucose monitoring, wound assessment and routine adult vaccinations on Mondays at Town House from 9:30 - 11:30 am. The nurse is available by appointment Tuesday - Friday.
Meals on Wheels: Delivered daily to home-bound elders.
Podiatry Clinic: Call for appointment.
Social Day Program: Monday - Friday to the Fairhaven social day program. Pick up begins at 7:45 am and return is at 2:30 pm.
Medical Equipment: Walkers, bath seats, commodes, etc. Free loan.
Friendship Table: Free meal at St. Gabriel's church in Marion, 1st and 3rd Thursdays at the Congregational Church Community Center at 5:00 pm.
SHINE Counselor (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders): Have a health insurance question? Ask our SHINE counselor. Call the COA for appointment.
Fuel Assistance: Applications are available at the office. Please call to make an appointment.

ORR Class of 1965
The Old Rochester Regional High School Class of 1965 has planned a 50-year reunion on September 19, 2015 and is searching for classmates. Graduates of ORRHS Class of 1965, please email your current address to mdjonesww@aol.com as well as any current addresses of classmates and teachers you have contact with. Visit our Facebook page, "Orrhs1965 Reunion". Like and Share to get the word out.

Marion Council on Aging
Applications for the Senior Property Tax Work-Off Program are now available at the Marion Council on Aging. This program allows Marion seniors, 62 and older, to perform services for the town in exchange for a maximum of $750 reduction on their real estate taxes. Please call the COA for more information or to register for this program at 508-748-3570.

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.

Mattapoisett COA Happenings
Knitting: Mondays at 10:00 am
Scrabble: Mondays at 1:00 pm
Bingo: Wednesdays at 1:00 pm
Mah Jong: Wednesdays at 1:15 pm
Bridge: Thursdays at 9:00 am
Exercise:
Belly Dancing: Mondays, 1:30 pm, $3
Qi Gong: Mondays, 10:00 am, free
Strength and Balance: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00 pm, free
Cardio Fit: Wednesdays, 9:00 am, free
Yoga: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:45 am, $3
Walking Group: Tuesdays, 9:00 am, free

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