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REGAIN Addiction Support Group
The REGAIN addiction support group ministry originated from the experiences of individuals feeling led to serve in poor inner-city churches of Southeastern Massachusetts. Finding there was an incredible need for resources, prayer, love and compassion, this 501(c)(3) faith-based ministry was founded. REGAIN does not provide any addiction recovery services for the addict. Its purpose is to form a support network for families and individuals affected by the addiction of a loved one. This is accomplished by helping people REGAIN hope, healing, trust, and power over their lives from the support of others living with the same struggles and difficulties. The REGAIN addiction support group SM meetings are faith-based, observing a no-blame, no-shame policy with all conversations respectfully kept confidential. There is no cost for attending and regional resource materials are provided on recovery programs, family services, education, and faith-based options. Topic demonstrations and trainings are hosted frequently, and prayer is available and voluntary for those needing comfort and strength.
Current REGAIN addiction support group SM meeting location: Mattapoisett. (For residents of Mattapoisett, Marion, and Rochester) Council on Aging Room (Center School Building), 17 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.
For more information: 774-328-6196, e-mail, Facebook: regain addiction support group.

A Salute to John Williams and the Boston Pops
On Friday, August 26, the Marion Concert Band will close its 2016 season with a concert featuring the music of film composer John Williams and the Boston Pops Orchestra. The program, which includes a clarinet soloist as well as several pieces performed by the Pops, is as follows:
Them Basses - G. H. Huffine
Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna - F. von Suppe
Strike Up the Band - G. Gershwin
Second Concerto for Clarinet (move 1) - C. M. von Weber
Daniel Moniz, clarinet
Olympic Fanfare and Theme - J. Williams
Belle of the Ball - L. Anderson
Star Wars Medley - J. Williams
Clarinet Escapade - R. Ward
Raiders of the Lost Ark Medley - J. Williams
Mancini! - H. Mancini
Theme from E.T. - J. Williams
The Stars and Stripes Forever - J. P. Sousa
Daniel Moniz, clarinet soloist, performs regularly with several local ensembles. He is the principal clarinetist of the UMass Dartmouth Wind Ensemble and a member of the Swansea Community Musicians. He performs regularly with the St. Cecilia Band from Fall River and has been a member of the Marion Concert Band since 2005.
The concert, under the direction of Tobias Monte, will begin at 7:00 pm at the Robert Broomhead Bandstand, Island Wharf off Front Street in Marion. The concert is free and open to the public. "Like" us on Facebook at "Marion Town Band" for up-to-date announcements and rain cancellation notices.

MYC Holds Ensign National Championship
Perhaps you noticed a little more activity just outside Mattapoisett harbor last week as 30 Ensigns, a 22' keelboat, raced off Strawberry Point to determine who would be the 2016 Ensign National Champion. One hundred and twenty sailors travelled from as far away as Texas and Michigan to compete in the four-day event. Ten races were sailed in various conditions with winds from 10 mph to 30 mph giving sailors a true taste of Buzzards Bay racing. The eventual winner, Bud Brown and his crew from Tom's River YC sailing on Lorelei, bested the competition by eight points over Thom Hering in CanAm Express from Centerport YC. Seven MYC boats participated, placing two boats in the top 10 as Steve Clark placed eighth in Brou Ha Ha and Rick Warren placed 10th in Odyssey. Olivia Silva, sailing in her first national championship, raced the MattSail Ensign Slicker with her crew all under 24 years old.
MYC commodore, Bob Warren, who raced with his brother Rick in Odyssey, said "the racing was fantastic and we couldn't have asked for better conditions." He went on to thank the entire race staff headed by Mike Dahill, the PRO for the regatta, the 50 volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout and the Mattapoisett Boatyard for exceptional work launching and hauling all the boats and providing such a great atmosphere during the week-long event. Nightly events were catered by Joe Sauro from The Gateway Restaurant in Wareham and John Mello's Sail Loft in New Bedford. Lunches for sailors were provided by Oxford Creamery, On The Go, Shipyard Galley and How on Earth. "Mattapoisett is certainly a special place," and he went on to say, "With the help of the townspeople, the local vendors, and our town officials, we were able to put together an event that people will talk about for a long time. Everybody who came from out of state loves it here and will be back."
The Awards dinner took place at Shining Tides on August 18 with over 150 people in attendance. Next year's Championship will be held in Michigan and Commodore Warren expects some of the Mattapoisett fleet will travel out there to compete.
The next big event for MYC is the Hurricane Cup on September 14 in which everybody is welcome to compete, member or not. Boats as small as Bullseyes all the way up to 50 footers race together in a one-race free for all. For more information on all MYC events and for a complete rundown of all the scores of the Ensign Championship, visit the Mattapoisett YC website at

Rochester Cultural Council
The Rochester Cultural Council is accepting online applications from organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community from September 1, 2016 until October 17, 2016.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is excited to announce that the Local Cultural Council Program online application will be available at The pages that an applicant uses in applying will have a responsive design and will be easily accessed by a phone, tablet, or computer.
The Rochester Cultural Council will accept online applications ONLY (located at Paper applications will no longer be accepted.
For schools, please note that you must apply online through this application as well to request a grant for funds to cover the cost of buses for field trips.
According to Council Members, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Rochester and surrounding areas - including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.
The Rochester Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth.
This year, the Rochester Cultural Council will distribute about $4400 in grants. Previously funded projects include: author visits at Rochester Memorial School, the Rochester COA's Community Thank You Event, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra's school assemblies, and the Rochester Historical Society's 10th Annual Grammar School Reunion Music Program.
Once an application is approved, the grantee should complete the project as outlined in their original application, acknowledge their funding from the LCC and MCC, and then request reimbursement. Grant recipients have one year from the date of their approval letter to request reimbursement. Approval and denial letters will be communicated via email by the Rochester Cultural Council.
For local guidelines and complete information on the Rochester Cultural Council, contact us at 508-763-3871 ext.10 or Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

ORCTV's Marion Town Hall Feed Restored
Old Rochester Community Television is pleased to announce that the live feed, allowing government meetings held at the Marion Town House Conference Room to be broadcast live, has been restored.
ORCTV had not been able to broadcast live coverage of government meetings from the Town House since late in the year 2015. Poor weather contributed to an interruption of the signal from Marion to the ORCTV studio in Mattapoisett. Marion Town Administrator Paul Dawson and ORCTV staff worked with Comcast technicians over the past several weeks, resulting in the cable lines being repaired and the live feed from the Marion Town House to the cable access station being restored. ORCTV is pleased to once again provide the service of live coverage of the Board of Selectmen, School Committee, Planning Board and Conservation Commission meetings originating from the Marion Town House.

Rochester Historical Society Essay Winners
The Rochester Historical Society would like to thank those individuals who entered our essay contest. The winners were announced on Saturday at the Rochester Country Fair. First Place went to Delaney Shaw (age 13) - $100; Second Place to Colin Kulak (age 13) - $75; and Third Place to Lukas Michaelis (age 12) - $50.
All remaining participants received a gift certificate to Captain Bonny's. Congratulations to all.

Sippican Hotel and Casino
David Pierce, Vice President of the Sippican Historical Society, will present a lecture on the history of the Sippican Hotel and Casino, which stood in the heart of Marion Village during its Golden Age. The hotel had 200 rooms, and families from Boston, New York, and elsewhere would stay there for the entire summer. The building was eventually torn down in 1929. Pierce will discuss postcards and photographs from the Society's archives and from Curator Pete Smith's book, A Picture Postcard History of Marion, Massachusetts.
The lecture will be held at the Marion Music Hall on Thursday, August 25 at 7:00 pm. It is free and open to the public.

Dog Walk-A-Thon Parade
Eagle Scout Freemin Bauer will hold a Dog Walk-A-Thon Parade on Saturday, August 27 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon, rain or shine. Sign up available at the Mattapoisett Hammond Street Tennis Courts. The $20 cost to walk a dog (two-dog limit) comes with a T-shirt. No dog, no problem: Dog-Gone-Walk-A-Thon, same time, same place. The cost is $10 to walk, an extra $5 for a T-shirt. There will be two routes: one for large dogs and one for small dogs. All proceeds go to the Fairhaven Dog Shelter. Poop bags will be provided. Rules: no running; no wheels (skateboards, roller blades, etc.), pull-back leashes. Dogs must be on a leash, no free walking. Baby carriages are allowed, but you must be holding the leash. Hope to see you there.

Fairway Golf Tournament
The Fairway Golf Tournament sponsored by The Church of The Good Shepherd will take place on Saturday, September 10 at the Little Harbor Country Club in Wareham. Shotgun start is at 8:00 am; the cost - $75 per person or $280 for a foursome - includes golf and lunch, raffles and prizes. Join us as we raise money for The Church of The Good Shepherd's Outreach Ministries that benefit the community. Contact Natecia Alfonso for more information at 774-260-1924 or

Senior Luncheon
The Mattapoisett Friends of COA will host a Senior September Picnic on Thursday, September 15 at 12:00 noon at the Knights of Columbus Hall.
We are asking seniors to call the COA office at 508-758-4110 to reserve a place and they will pick up the ticket at the door on the day of the Picnic. A van is available for those who need transportation; just don't forget to request it.
The Oxford Creamery Ox Cart will be on hand to cook the hamburgers, hotdogs & French fries. There will also be punch, watermelon and lots of coffee, all accompanied by Rick LeBlanc's tropical music.

SLT Junior Board Program
Calling all young environmentalists. The Sippican Lands Trust is seeking 3rd-8th grade Marion students to join our Junior Board Program. Started in 2014, the Junior Board is a group of dedicated young members who seek to increase environmental awareness and involvement among peers. They aim to share the SLT mission, to host events, and participate in activities on many properties owned by the Trust.
The Junior Board meets on the third Wednesday, ten months of the year (September-October) and (January-August). Meetings are held either on the trails or in the SLT office. Some of the activities you can anticipate are the annual Halloween preparation and event, snowshoeing, bird watching and box preparation and maintenance, bee hotel building and maintenance, tree identification activities, the annual Easter Egg Hunt preparation and event, July 4th preparation and event, and assistance and participation in Sippican Lands Trust events throughout the year.
Please send in your application form to the Sippican Lands Trust office at 354 Front Street, Marion. Application forms are available on the SLT website, at the SLT office, in the library entrance and in Uncle Jon's. Applications are due by September 1, 2016 for election to the Junior Board. Participants will be notified by September 10. There is a $25 membership fee. Please attach a check made out to the Sippican Lands Trust. If you are not selected this year, your check will be returned and you will be put on a waiting list.
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 call the Sippican Lands Trust at 508-748-3080 or email for more information. Thanks and we look forward to an exciting year of Junior Board Activities.

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

Music of the 1970s - Hot Stuff
If you loved last summer's Swingin' 60s concert at the Rotch-Jones-Duff House & Garden Museum, then this is the show for you - from folk rock to disco and everything in between. Join us on Thursday, August 25 at 7:00 pm under the terrace tent in the museum gardens.
Relive the era of leisure suits and shag carpet with songs that first appeared in the 1970s from Broadway to the Bee Gees. From "Love Will Keep Us Together" to "Last Dance," you won't want to miss a beat. We are delighted to welcome back last year's stars Matt Ban, Erin Rubico and Patrice Tiedemann. This talented trio will be accompanied by pianist Nancy Sparklin, with guitarist Donn Legge and percussionist Neil Sylvia.
Tickets are available online at or by calling the RJD at 508-997-1401. Tickets are $20 through August 22 or $25 at the door. Seating is first come, first served; doors open at 6:30 pm. Picnics are welcome and the concert will be held rain or shine. The museum is located at 396 County Street, in New Bedford. On-street parking is available.

Women's Guild Spaghetti Supper
The First Congregational Church of Rochester Women's Guild will hold a Spaghetti Supper on Saturday, September 10. There will be one seating at 5:00 pm. Adults cost $10 and children under 12 years of age cost $5. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the church secretary at 508-763-4314. No tickets will be sold at the door.

MATTREC Flag Football Registration is Open
Mattapoisett Recreation is excited to offer another season of Flag Football. Sign up by August 28 and receive a NFL Play 60 Patriots Jersey. The season will kick off with a free instructional clinic on Sunday, September 11 from 9:00 - 10:00 am. Regular season runs Sunday, September 18 through November 6 from 8:30 - 10:00 am.
Mariner Youth Soccer has generously donated fields for the program so all sessions will be held at the Mariner Youth Soccer Complex in Fairhaven. The season will end with an Under the Lights game and pizza party at ORR High School. This program is open to Tri-Town and Fairhaven residents. Sign up online at or download your registration form and drop the completed form off at MATTREC mailbox at Mattapoisett Town Hall.
MATTREC is also offering Tennis, Golf, Yoga, Gymnastics and Tumbling, Crafting, Conditioning, Drama, Girls Pre-season Basketball clinics and Lego programs this fall. To see all program offerings and to sign up online, check out our website at
Emil us at with any questions or call our office at 508-758-4548.

Marion COA Memory Cafe
Thanks to funds donated by The Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging and Senior Center, MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs and Friends of the Marion Visiting Nurse, beginning September 7, the Marion Council on Aging will launch the area's first Memory Cafe at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front Street.
Waterfront Cafe is a weekly gathering for individuals with Alzheimer's type or other memory loss, even for those questioning but not yet diagnosed, with their care partner, family or friends, in a safe, supportive and engaging environment.
The cafe will begin with lunch at 11:45 am followed by an afternoon of programming from 12:15 to 2:15 pm. Activities are loosely structured and will range from games, music, singing, dancing, crafts and occasional speakers. This is not a social day or respite program; care providers, friends and family members are strongly encouraged to attend with the person experiencing memory loss. It's a time and place where everyone can interact, find support, establish friendships and share concerns without feeling embarrassed or misunderstood.
The Cafe is free, donations accepted, and open to the community; you need not be a Marion resident. Contact the Marion COA office with any questions or to register (suggested, not required), or 508-748-3570. Volunteers interested in helping are encouraged to contact the COA for more information.

St. Rose of Lima Faith Formation Registration
St. Rose of Lima Church will conduct Faith Formation Registration after Masses the weekend of August 27 & 28: Saturday Mass at 5:00 pm; Sunday Mass at 9:00 am. St. Rose of Lima is located at 282 Vaughan Hill Road, Rochester.
Generations of Faith (GoF) Program Parent/Child Grades 1-6: Tuesdays from 4:30 to 7:00 pm or Wednesdays from 5:30 to 8:00 pm, six monthly sessions beginning in September.
Jr. High Program Grades 7 & 8: Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm beginning in October.
Eucharist 2-year Program: Offered to children beginning in Grade 1. Lessons will be held after the Sunday 9:00 am Mass. This program is in addition to the GoF program.
Confirmation 2-year Program: Offered to teens beginning in Grade 9 who have been part of a faith formation program. Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm and also assisting with GoF program.
Please contact the St. Rose office at 508-763-2244 or for more information.

Sippican Woman's Club
The Sippican Woman's Club will hold its first meeting on Friday, September 9 at 12:30 pm, with a finger-food luncheon, followed by a business meeting at 1:00 pm and program at 1:30 pm. The meeting will be held at The Sippican Woman's Club, Handy's Tavern, 152 Front Street, Marion. Parking is available at the Landing Wharf parking lot. Pre-registration of guests is encouraged as programs often fill. Guests may RSVP to There will be a $5 fee for non-members. Guests who become members may deduct the $5 fee from their dues.
Pam Kubbins will start our program year off with tales and trinkets of world travel. After 28 years of traveling the world as a flight attendant, Pam launched Pam's Pashminas and Exotic Scarves as a second career, combining both her love of travel and keen sense of style and design. Pam continues to travel returning with colorful and/or textured fabrics and new ideas inspired from the distant cultures, people and places she visits. Pam will take us on a visual journey to some of her travel destinations, speak about her own journey and share an opportunity to see and perhaps purchase a scarf/pashmina for your travels in town and beyond.
For club membership information, contact Jeanne Lake at 508-748-0619 or visit our website:

Annual Marion Town Party
The Annual Marion Town Party will be held on Saturday, August 27 (rain date is Sunday, August 28) on the grounds of the Marion Town House, 2 Spring Street. Festivities begin at 4:00 pm. This year's party is dedicated to the Benjamin D. Cushing VFW Post 2425 and its members.
The Committee would like to thank Tabor Academy for being the Platinum Sponsor of this year's party. Also, the Committee would like to thank Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank for being the Silver Sponsor and Chapman, Cole & Gleason for being the Bronze Sponsor of this year's party.
There is still time to sponsor this great event. All sponsors will have their business logo listed in the ad booklet as well as on the Marion Town Party Facebook page. This is a great opportunity for local businesses to get the word out and advertise their businesses.
Proceeds will be distributed between the Marion Firefighters Association and Marion Recreation to benefit local community needs.
Free inflatable fun for the kids, a free rock-climbing wall, music & dancing, PLUS a huge bonfire! A great night of fun for the entire family! There will be food for sale. Marion Social Club will be selling beverages at the bar.
Donations from the community are needed to help underwrite the event. Food, services, cash or any other in-kind donation would be greatly appreciated. All contributions are tax deductible.
For further information, or to make a donation, please contact Chris Berg at 508-776-1615 or Donna Hemphill at 508-748-3560, email to or you may send a check to Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion, Massachusetts, 02738.

Programs at the Elizabeth Taber Library
Help Decorate the Library: Friday, August 26, 3:00 - 4:30 pm, kids ages 10 and up. Start with creating beautiful designs outside the library by participating in Marion Recreation Department's "Chalk It Up" drawing contest event. Then head inside the Elizabeth Taber Library, anytime between 3:00 - 4:30 pm, to paint some of our book ends to help us decorate the library.
Memoir Writing Workshop: Tuesdays, September 6 to October 4, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Everyone has a story to tell. Here's your chance to get it on paper and share it with your family. This five-week introductory workshop is free to the public and will be led by Al Caron and Linda Schuessler. Participants will write segments about their life and read them aloud to others to receive feedback on each piece. Registration is required. Please call the Elizabeth Taber Library at 508-748-1252 to reserve your spot today.
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 State Parks Pass. To reserve a pass or for more information, please call the library at 508-748-1252 or visit our website
Homebound Library Services: The Elizabeth Taber Library, in partnership with the Council on Aging, is pleased to offer homebound delivery services to those Marion residents unable to visit the library because of short- or long-term illness, as well as physical or visual disabilities. To be eligible for this program, you must be a Homebound Marion resident with a library card in good standing. To arrange to have library books or audio books delivered to your home, please call the Elizabeth Taber Library at 508-748-1252.
Free Online Resources: With your Marion library card, you now have access to a whole lot of fun and free information online. The Elizabeth Taber Library now subscribes to the following e-resources: Instantflix - access to thousands of streaming films and shorts from around the world; Universal Class - an online continuing education program with over 500 courses; Zinio Digital Magazines - access to 50 top magazines online; and A to Z World Travel - access to over 200 city travel guides online. For more information, please call the Elizabeth Taber Library at 508-748-1252.

World War I Lecture Series
The Mattapoisett Historical Society and The Mattapoisett Free Public Library present five lectures about World War I by Seth Mendell. All lectures will begin at 7:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, 7 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett. The remaining lectures are as follows:
August 30 - Middle Phases: Major Battles and Events: Some of the war's most notable battles and events played out in the context of changing warfare practices in the early 20th century.
September 6 - United States Entry & The Russian Revolution: In his fourth lecture, Seth Mendell outlines the circumstances that brought the U.S. into the war and the impact of Lenin's ascendance in Russia.
September 13 - Ploughboys into Doughboys - Collapse of Central Powers: This final entry of Seth Mendell's WWI series focuses on the American side of the conflict and the eventual surrender of Germany and the Central Powers.
If you have questions, please call the Mattapoisett Historical Society at 508 758 2844 or the Mattapoisett Free Public Library at 508-758-4171.

Tobey Hospital Guild Annual Meeting
The Tobey Hospital Guild will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, September 29 beginning at noon at the Rosebrook Event Center in Wareham. Community members are invited to attend the event, and in particular the panel discussion which begins at 1:30 pm.
Guest speakers for the panel discussion are Dr. David McGinnis, Chairman of the Tobey Hospital Emergency Department; Kevin Walsh, Wareham Police Chief; and Jeanne Flynn, mother of the late Brian Flynn. They will speak on the opioid crisis that is affecting the young and adult populations in our communities.
The Tobey Hospital Guild supports the hospital, its not-for-profit subsidiaries, its patients, and promotes the health and welfare of the community. The Guild also raises money throughout the year by hosting various fundraisers and running the hospital gift shop with all proceeds going to Tobey Hospital.
For more information on attending the annual meeting or panel discussion, please call 508-973-5752.

NBSO Single Concert Tickets
The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra is now offering individual concert tickets for sale. The 2016-2017 NBSO season promises to be an exciting one, with four classical concerts planned to showcase the music director finalists, as well as the annual Holiday Pops concerts and an exciting season finale featuring the music of John Williams. Learn more about the concert season by visiting or by calling the NBSO at 508-999-6276.
Single concert tickets will be sold through the Zeiterion Theatre box office and can be purchased in person at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, or by calling the box office at 508-994-2900, during box office hours: Tues-Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Concert tickets may also be purchased online 24/7 through the NBSO website at Tickets are $25-$60 for classical performances and $15-$38 for the Holiday Pops concerts. Box office orders are subject to a $5 processing fee, and tickets purchased online or by phone are subject to a $3.50 per ticket convenience fee. Tickets for children and students under age 22 are always $10 and are available by calling or visiting the box office (not available online).
Discounted ticket prices through subscriptions to three or more concerts are still available for the 2016-2017 season. Receive 10-20% discounts plus no ticketing fees by calling the NBSO office at 508-999-6276. For information about group sale discounts, call the NBSO at 508-999-6276.
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 for more information.

A clambake will be hosted by The Knights at 57 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett on Sunday, August 28 at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $35 per person and can only be purchased in advance by calling Jim at 508-863-3496. Tickets will not be available at the door. The clambake menu is clams, fish, linguica, sausages, hot dogs, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, corn on the cob, brown bread and watermelon.

Gateway Youth Hockey
The Gateway Youth Hockey program announces the offering of a new girl's developmental program for the upcoming 2016-17 season. The program will be offered to girls of all ages interested in learning the fundamentals of playing hockey in an exclusive environment of girls only. The program will be heavily focused on learning through November and will add scrimmages in addition to the practice schedule during the early months of 2017. The overall emphasis of the program is to offer a learning environment focused on girls only for all girls interested in learning how to play ice hockey. The fall session will run from 11:00 - 11:50 am for 12 weeks starting September 11 and ending November 27. The cost for the 12-week program will be $149. The cost includes 12 practice sessions and a player jersey to keep. To register, please send name, address, email, applicant's name and age, and a check to Gateway Youth Hockey, P.O. Box 742, Wareham, MA 02571.
The Gateway Youth Hockey program is announcing the schedule for the fall session of Learn to Skate/Play. The program is offered to all ages interested in learning to skate or learning the fundamentals of playing hockey. The fall session will run for eight weeks starting on September 16 at 6:00 pm at Tabor Academy and running concurrent Friday evenings from 6:00 - 7:00 pm to November 4. The cost for the eight-week program will be $99. The cost includes eight practice sessions and a player jersey to keep. To register, please send name, address, email, applicant's name and age, and a check to Gateway Youth Hockey, P.O. Box 742, Wareham, MA 02571.

Sippican Choral Society
The Sippican Choral Society is looking for quite a few new members to help us ring in the Christmas 2016 season. Rehearsals are starting soon, and we'd love to see you there.
We are a group of local singers who love to lend our voices to this large and inviting group. The rehearsals are a lot of fun and are certainly an educational experience, as our new director, Dr. Tianxu Zhou, leads us through the many ins and outs and nuances of the music he selects for our group. He is always very respectful of all of our members, and you will be very comfortable during the process and amazed at how he coaxes the best out of everyone. The end result is a completely well-rehearsed and balanced chorus accompanied flawlessly by not only our incredible rehearsal accompanist, Michelle Gordon, but also by the hand-picked orchestra members who fill out our sound, delighting every audience member.
The Sippican Choral Society is a volunteer organization and does not require auditioning; however, there is a select Chamber Chorus that requires an audition should you choose to participate.
Rehearsals start on Monday, September 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church Auditorium. Our Christmas 2016 concert will be presented on December 2 at St. Lawrence Church, New Bedford, and December 4 at Wickenden Chapel, Marion.
If you have any questions, please call Nancy Sparklin at 508-763-2327 and leave a message, or you can check out our website at

Mariner Youth Soccer Fall Program
The Mariner Youth Soccer Fall Program is now open for registration. The program runs on Saturdays from September 10 - November 5 at the Mariner Youth Soccer Fields located in Fairhaven. Programs are offered to children ages 4-14. There is no residency requirement.
Come join Mariner Youth Soccer this fall! Register now to reserve your spot: or contact

Town of Marion Water Restriction
The following mandatory water restriction will be in effect from June 15 through September 15. The use of any outside watering is prohibited except between the hours of 6:00 am and 8:00 am, and between the hours of 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for even street-numbered homes, and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for odd-street numbered homes. Residents may wash vehicles and water plants on Sundays by means of a hand-held hose between the hours of 6:00 am and 12:00 noon.
This restriction will be strictly enforced. Any person violating this State of Water Supply Conservation Bylaw shall be liable to the Town in the amount of $50 for the first violation and $100 for each subsequent violation. If you have any questions, please contact the Marion DPW at 508-748-3540.

Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
From Sakonnet Point in Little Compton to the village of Woods Hole, the Buzzards Bay region provides some of the best biking around. If you love to ride and want to protect clean water, then sign up for the 10th annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride on Sunday, October 2 by visiting
The Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride is a fun community event that supports a great cause: clean water in Buzzards Bay. More than 150 cyclists participate in the Watershed Ride each year, pedaling across the beautiful Buzzards Bay region to protect clean water.
To celebrate 10 years of the Watershed Ride, the Coalition is adding two new distances in addition to the traditional 75- and 35-miles routes. New this year, riders can sign up for a 100-mile 'century' route that lets you bike around the entirety of Buzzards Bay starting from the dramatic breakwater at Sakonnet Point, RI. Also new this year, a 10-mile Family Ride entirely on the Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth - an easy way to let the whole family get in on the fun of "biking for clean water." These new routes are in addition to the traditional 75-mile route starting in Westport or the 35-mile route that starts in Rochester. All the routes end with a party in Woods Hole.
Whether you're an avid cyclist or a more casual rider, you'll enjoy the Ride's gorgeous scenery through coastal villages, farmlands, working waterfront, and colorful cranberry bogs. Cyclists ages 12 and over are welcome to sign up. Many riders also form teams with their friends and families. Together, they put their cycling skills to work to raise thousands of dollars for Buzzards Bay. With a lunch stop, water and snack stations along the course, and on-the-road repair technicians available at call, all riders can feel safe and supported.
Each rider raises a minimum of $300, but many participants set loftier fundraising goals. All funds go directly to programs and projects that protect land and clean water around Buzzards Bay. Prizes go to the riders and teams that raise the most money as well as the winners in new categories including "Best Team Outfit" and "Most Riders."
To learn more about the Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride and sign up, visit

Property Tax Relief Grants
Applications are now available to help qualified Marion residents with their 2016-2017 property taxes through the Marion Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA).
All applications must be received in the Community Foundation's offices by 3:00 pm on Monday, October 3, 2016, and applicants will be informed by mail by late December. Applications are available at the Town Hall in Marion, the Council on Aging, and the Community Foundation, 30 Cornell Street, New Bedford, MA 02740. They can also be downloaded at
The Marion Community Fund was established in 1999 by a private donor to provide qualified Marion homeowners with property tax relief. The Fund's goal is to preserve the town's diversity and character by providing property tax relief for Marion homeowners who are a key part of the town's makeup and who might be forced to leave Marion due to higher taxes. There are no age restrictions on this grant.
The Marion Community Fund hopes people of all ages who qualify will apply. If you are a Marion homeowner, have owned your home for at least one year, have earned income of less than $25,000 (single) or $37,500 (married), and have assets of $46,000 or less (single) or $63,000 or less (married), excluding your home, you may be eligible for tax relief. All payments will be made to the Town of Marion and credited toward the grant recipient's tax bill.
For assistance with the application, contact the Marion Council on Aging at 508-748-3570.

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.

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 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

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:

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.

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

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.

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 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

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

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

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