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To the Editor:
The Quakers at Mattapoisett Friends Meeting thank the Community Preservation Committee and May 11 Town Meeting attendees for the $80,000 grant to help rehabilitate their 1827 Meeting House on Route 6.
With $90,000 already raised by Friends, it still leaves the meeting with the daunting task of coming up with an additional $75,000 to reach the estimated total project cost of $245,000.
The CP grant is designed to cover Phase 1 costs and the sum now raised by the meeting is expected to cover all of Phase 2 and a part of Phase 3. The Friends intend to raise in coming months enough to cover the rest of Phase 3 and most, if not all, of Phase 4.
As the meeting primarily serves residents and summer people from Fairhaven to Wareham and north to Middleboro, those living in this area can provide additional help by attending as many of the future fundraising activities as possible, by donating items for the next yard sale, or by contributing a tax deductible check, cash or appreciated stock to: Mattapoisett Friends Meeting, P.O. Box 795, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.
Have questions? Call 508-758-3579. And thank you all once again.
Elks Student of the Month
The Elks of Wareham Lodge No. 1548 sponsors the Elks Student of the Month and Student of the Year Awards for students enrolled in local area high schools. The criteria used in nominating a student includes a student who excels in scholarship, citizenship, performing arts, fine arts, hobbies, athletics, church, school, club and community service, industry and farming.
We congratulate Senior Ryan Noonan of Marion for being selected by the Old Rochester Regional High School faculty and staff. Ryan has volunteered for the last two years with special needs students at Old Rochester Regional High School, helping them with academic and social skills. Additionally, since junior high Ryan has worked as a volunteer firefighter in Marion, eventually culminating in a paid position and newsworthy "Promposal." His school spirit and exuberance have made him a fixture at the school and a constant source of school pride. Next year, Ryan will continue his fire studies at the University of New Haven. He will be missed dearly at Old Rochester.
Upper Cape Tech Graduation
The Upper Cape Tech graduation ceremony will take place Sunday, June 7 at 1:00 pm on the Upper Cape Tech campus. If inclement weather, the ceremony will be held inside the gymnasium at 3:00 pm.
ORR Tri-Town Early Childhood Program
The ORR Tri-Town Early Childhood Program is sponsoring a three-part Seminar Series presented by Certified Health Coach Kim Laughlin. The series will be held at Sippican Elementary School in Marion (Park Street entrance). There is only one payment of $15 per person to attend ALL three seminars. Pay at the door. Free giveaways and food samples. Bonus raffle for those who attend!
Monday, June 1 at 6:00 pm: Picky Eaters
Monday, June 8 at 6:00 pm: How to Fuel your Child for Sports and Academics!
Monday, June 15 at 6:00 pm: Family Wellness 101
To register, contact Shawn Sweet at firstname.lastname@example.org/508-748-1863 or Kim Laughlin at Kim@KimLaughlinHC.com/508-965-4954.
Honoring Local Environmental Leaders
The Buzzards Bay Coalition invites its members and the public to learn about the organization's past year of accomplishments to improve and protect the health of Buzzards Bay during its 27th annual meeting on Thursday, May 21 at Shining Tides at Camp Massasoit in Mattapoisett.
The meeting, which will run from 5:30 - 7:30 pm, is free and open to the public. At 5:30 pm, meeting attendees will enjoy a reception with fellow members and coalition board and staff. The formal part of the meeting, beginning at 6:30 pm, will include a brief discussion of the organization's 2014 accomplishments, election of board members, and a presentation of the 2015 Buzzards Bay Guardian Awards and Volunteers of the Year awards.
The Buzzards Bay Guardian Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Buzzards Bay Coalition. Buzzards Bay Guardians must have demonstrated outstanding service in the cleanup, restoration or protection of Buzzards Bay. Their work may be as a citizen volunteer, an organization, or a public official or employee. Most importantly, a Buzzards Bay Guardian is an unsung hero or heroine who deserves public recognition, not only for what they have achieved but also for inspiring others to make a difference.
This year, the Coalition will present four Guardian awards that recognize leadership in addressing nitrogen pollution, conserving land, and protecting Buzzards Bay from oil spills. Recipients include:
Paul Niedzwiecki, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Commission, for his outstanding leadership in producing the Cape Cod 208 Water Quality Plan that charts a path for addressing the Cape's nitrogen pollution crisis.
Jennifer Howard, Director of Land Protection at Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation, whose leadership on behalf of the Commonwealth supported the completion of the Nasketucket Bay Land Conservation Project that helped double the size of the Nasketucket Bay State Reservation.
Seth Scofield & Pierce Cray, Massachusetts' Assistant Attorneys General, for a decade of excellent defense of the Massachusetts Oil Spill Prevention Act.
Joe Costa, Executive Director of the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program, for a lifetime of outstanding service to the health of the Bay, including starting the Baywatchers water quality monitoring program.
The meeting is free and open to the public. Camp Massasoit is located at the Mattapoisett YMCA at 38 Reservation Road in Mattapoisett. For more information and directions to the annual meeting, contact the Buzzards Bay Coalition at 508-999-6363 or visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/events.
Award-winning Children's Author to Visit Tri-Town
Children's author Loree Griffin Burns will visit Old Hammondtown School, Rochester Memorial School, and Old Rochester Regional Junior High School May 27, 28, 29 and June 1 to speak to students in Grades 5 through 7. Old Hammondtown School students will enjoy a program based on Ms. Burns' book, Tracking Trash, Rochester Memorial School will focus on Citizen Scientists, and 7th graders will hear a program based on Ms. Burns' latest book, Beetle Busters, about the Asian Longhorn Beetle infestation in the Worcester area.
The public is invited to a MOBY (My Own BackYard) event on Saturday, May 30 at 1:00 pm, when Loree Burns will present a citizen science program based on the Lost Ladybug Project. The program will begin at the Plumb Memorial Library in Rochester and move to a nearby field on Dexter Lane. Ms. Burns will teach children and their families to collect ladybugs, photograph them, and then upload their data to the Lost Ladybug Project website (http://lostladybug.org/) where their data will be used by scientists keeping track of North American ladybug species.
The Saturday program is part of the Tri-Town libraries project, My Own BackYard (MOBY) federally funded with LSTA funds through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. MOBY is a year-long science and nature exploration program for students in grades three through eight and their families.
To register for the library Citizen Science program on Saturday, May 30 at 1:00 pm, please call Rochester Library at 508-763-8600.
Boat Race Ham & Bean Supper
The Rochester Memorial Day Boat Race (RMDBR) Ham & Bean Supper will be held Saturday, May 23 at the Rochester Memorial School, 16 Pine Street in Rochester. The supper will be served from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, and tickets can be purchased at the door. Adults cost $10 and children under 12 are only $5. Beans baked by the best bean bakers in town, coleslaw and potato salad prepared by the Culinary Arts Department at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, rolls and brown bread. To top it all off, apple crisp prepared by Meredith of The Artisan Bake Shop will be served for dessert. Proceeds from the supper help offset the expenses of the race. This is the 81st anniversary of the race, and it remains one of the few racing events with no entry fees as it was in 1934 when it was started. Enjoy a great meal at one of the important social events of the year in our area. The more the merrier. Parking at the rear of the school, enter at the rear door. For additional information, please contact Arthur Benner, Chairman, RMDBR, 508-763-2024.
Frogs at the Bogs
Listen to the melodic sound of frogs during "Frogs at the Bogs," a free outdoor exploration program at The Bogs at the Mattapoisett River Reserve (approximately 137 Acushnet Rd.) on Friday, May 29 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. During this guided evening walk hosted by the Buzzards Bay Coalition, you'll learn some fun facts about frogs and maybe even see a few frogs yourself! The program will include frog and marsh discovery activities that families of all ages will enjoy.
This program is part of the Coalition's Bay Adventures series - programs designed for explorers of all ages to get outside and discover Buzzards Bay. To learn more about all our upcoming Bay Adventures, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/BayAdventures.
Registration is required for all Bay Adventures. To RSVP for this program, email email@example.com or call 508-999-6363 ext. 219.
Adult Literacy Tutoring at the Mattapoisett Library
A new program at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library offers the opportunity for adults and out-of-school youth over 16 to prepare for a high school equivalency diploma with the help of a tutor - for free. The new Hi-Set exam, which has replaced the GED test, is challenging for many, and this program will help students prepare at their own pace. Anyone is welcome to participate.
Tutoring is also available for those whose first language is not English but who would like to improve their English reading, writing, and conversational skills. "The cultural exchange is very enjoyable," stated one tutor. "We love to have conversations about all sorts of topics and get to know one another."
"It's never too late to improve one's reading skills," offered library director Susan Pizzolato. "Adults sometimes come in for reading assistance who already have high school diplomas but want to read more fluently. Sometimes their motivation is wishing to read more confidently to their grandchildren. There are many reasons why someone doesn't read at the level he wishes he could. This is a wonderful, discreet way to work with a caring adult who can help."
The program also offers basic computer assistance and basic money management. These important skills can sometimes need brushing up, especially for older adults or those who never learned to manage a check book.
Volunteer tutors are paired with adult learners, depending on the educational goals of the learner and convenient times for both. Tutoring sessions are typically once a week at the library. All materials are provided by the library.
Anyone wishing to tutor is encouraged to contact Deena Kinsky by leaving a message at the library 508-758-4171 or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org. No previous teaching or tutoring experience is necessary. Each tutor will receive training and an orientation to the program.
This one-on-one, confidential tutoring program has been funded with a grant from The Marianne J. H. Witherby Foundation. Brochures describing the program are available at the Mattapoisett Library, located at 7 Barstow Street.
Knights of Columbus Clambake
A clambake is scheduled on Sunday, June 28 at The Knights of Columbus Hall, 57 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett. The starting time is 1:30 pm and the cost is $35 per person. Tickets need to be bought in advance for this function. For tickets or information, call Jim at 508-863-3496.
Mattapoisett Democratic Town Committee
The Mattapoisett Democratic Town Committee will hold its annual caucus on Saturday, June 6 at 10:15 am in the lower level conference room in the Mattapoisett Library to elect four delegates and four alternates - equally divided between men and women - to The Democratic State Convention to be held on Saturday, September 19 at MassMutual Center in Springfield.
The Town Democratic Committee encourages all voters registered as of January 31, 2015 as Democrats in Mattapoisett to attend the caucus so that they can either vote for delegates or run for election as a delegate. Registered voters do not have to be members of the town committee to run for election as a convention delegate. Persons seeking election can nominate themselves.
Attending a state Democratic Convention is a great way to meet people who share similar political views with you. Delegates have opportunities to see and hear from many of our elected state officials as well as those who are the organizers and officials of our state party. This year's action agenda will feature forums, organizing workshops, exciting speakers and much more.
The Machacam Club will hold a special meeting on June 3 at the Legion Hall, 3 Depot Street. Social time is 5:30 pm; dinner is at 6:00 pm.
This meeting will be a business meeting of the club and will feature a new proposed menu for the members' approval. We hope to have a maximum attendance for this very important discussion.
Callers and members are asked to bear in mind the importance of call list accuracy. Caller lists should be done and reported no later than 9:00 pm on June 1 by email to GPFNR@AOL.COM or by phone to Mike at 508-758-9311. Members with requests or changes can contact either no later than 9:00 am June 2.
Ryan Muther, of Marion, was recently inducted into Union College's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Muther majors in Computer Science and History. Juniors and seniors of academic distinction who are candidates for the B.A. or general B.S. degree are eligible for membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Election is based on scholarship and character, with particular attention given to intellectual maturity and breadth.
John Hayes of Marion graduated from the University of New Hampshire during the Commencement Ceremony held Saturday, May 16, on the Durham, NH campus. He earned a BA degree in Communication.
Bryant University held its 152nd Commencement on Saturday, May 16. The following local students were among the graduates:
- Stephanie Barrett of Marion, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance Cum Laude
- Bradley Ellis of Mattapoisett, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing
- Austin Gibbs of Marion, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting Cum Laude
The following local residents were among 1,166 students from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) named to the university's Dean's List for academic excellence for the spring 2015 semester.
- Michael Gifford of Rochester, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering
- Erin Murphy of Marion, a junior majoring in architectural engineering
Tabor Academy Graduates
The following Tri-Town students will graduate from Tabor Academy on Tuesday, May 26. Commencement will take place on the waterfront at 11:00 am.
- Robert Balboni of Marion
- William Curley of Marion
- Hannah Gierhart of Marion
- Melissa Hooke of Marion
- William Knight of Marion
- Gweneth McCain of Marion
- Rachel McCoog of Marion
- Julia O'Rourke of Marion
- Logan Russell of Marion
- Eleanore Sullivan of Marion
- Jared Gamache of Mattapoisett
- Peter Poulin of Mattapoisett
- Abigail Taber of Rochester
- Connor West of Rochester
Mattapoisett Democratic Town Committee
The Mattapoisett Democratic Town Committee elected a new slate of officers on May 16. Serving two-year terms will be Co-Chairmen Rick Ernst and Bill Cantor, Vice Chairperson Michelle Bernier, Secretary Kathy Reed, and Treasurer Diane Tsitsos.
This team will continue to provide leadership on issues such as Tax & Income Fairness, Infrastructure Repair, International Trade & Energy, Energy Policy, and Regulation of Too Big to Fail Banks.
Registered Democrats are always welcome at meetings of the Mattapoisett Democratic Town Committee.
Paint the Town Purple
The Relay For Life of Tri-Town needs your help spreading hope in our community. Please join us in the Fight Against Cancer and "Paint the Town Purple." During the weeks of May 23 throughout June 14 we are asking home owners, restaurants and business owners to help turn the town purple. Decorate your home or store windows with a purple display. Decorate your front entrance, fence or doorways with lights, bows, ribbons, balloons, candle lights anything you can think of to "Paint the Town Purple."
Purple is the color of hope - the color Cancer Survivors wear as they walk the track during the Relay For Life Events. Help show our survivors in the community that the people of the Tri-Towns are behind them 100% and we stand together to Fight Back Against Cancer.
Also, please consider joining us at the Relay For Life of Tri-Town - Carnival for a Cure Event, June 13 & 14 from 3:00 pm - 8:00 am at Old Rochester Regional High School.
Come participate and walk in memory of a loved one, survivor or fighter. Together we can all help finish the fight against cancer! Food, games, entertainment, team fundraisers, drawings, etc. will be taking place all day and night.
For more information on Paint the Town Purple, contact Kelsey Newton at 508-897-4323 or visit www.RelayForLife.org/TriTownMA.
10th Annual Relay For Life of Tri-Town
The American Cancer Society's 10th Annual Relay For Life of Tri-Town will be held from 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 13 until 8:00 am on Sunday, June 14 at Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett. The Relay For Life is an event where teams made up of local community members take turns walking around a track. Because cancer never sleeps, Relays are an overnight event.
Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during the Relay.
The dollars raised through Relay For Life events help to fund the American Cancer Society's vital cancer research, education, advocacy, and patient service programs to defeat this disease.
Last year, our Relay For Life of Tri-Town was able to raise more than $50,000 and included many teams made up of family, friends, cancer survivors, and those passionate in the fight against cancer.
Are you a cancer survivor? We would love to honor you at our Survivors luncheon held on Saturday, June 13 at 1:00 pm at the Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett. Free entertainment and a free catered lunch by On the Go, which includes a survivors T-shirt and lots of door prizes!! Your caregiver is also welcome. Join us at 3:00 pm for the opening ceremonies where survivors and caregivers kick off the event with the first lap around the track.
Have you lost a loved one to cancer? Come to our beautiful Luminaria ceremony at 9:00 pm on June 13 where we honor the people we have lost during a beautiful candlelight ceremony.
This is a great family event!! Come join us for a fun Carnival! We will have a Midway with lots of games, face painting, popcorn, cotton candy, frozen slushies and more!!!
If you would like to participate or join us for the Survivors lunch, please contact Kelsey Newton, American Cancer Society at 508-897-4323, Pam Houston, Co-Chair, Tri-Town Relay For Life at 508-922-4024 or MaryBeth Meunier Tripp, Co-Chair Tri-Town Relay For Life at 508-991-9870 or sign up on our website: www.relayforlife.org/tritownma or "Like" our Facebook page Tri-Town Relay for Life. Please help us finish the fight!
Free Movie: Last Tuesday of the Month
The Imitation Game (PG-13 1hr. 54min.) is being shown at the Mattapoisett CoA Senior Center, Center School, 17 Barstow St., on Tuesday, May 26 at 12:00 noon. The free movie is sponsored by the Friends of the Mattapoisett CoA.
In The Imitation Game, Alan Turing, a pioneer of computers, leads a group of scholars to crack the codes of Germany's WWII Enigma machine. A genius under nail-biting pressure helps to save millions of lives. And he is ultimately convicted for the crime of homosexuality.
You get two pizza slices for only $2 prepaid. Pay for your pizza at the CoA Senior Center by Monday, May 25. Also call the Senior Center at 508-758-4110 to reserve your seat - we need to know how many chairs to set up.
St. Anthony and St. Rita's Churches are holding a Spaghetti Supper on Saturday, May 23 in St. Anthony's Parish Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Tickets will be sold at the churches or you may call 508-758-9578. Tickets are $5/person capped at $25 for a family. Head chef will be Marion's own Joe Napoli, and he will be assisted by Mattapoisett's chef extraordinaire, Colby Rottler. Mangiare mia famiglia!
Keystone Project Participant
Laurene Gerrior of Rochester successfully completed the three-day Training Workshop for the Keystone Project, held at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, April 16 -19. She attended representing both the Rochester Conservation Commission and the Rochester Land Trust.
In ecology, a keystone species is one whose impacts on its environment are larger and greater than would be expected from one species. The Keystone Project invests education and reference materials in important, keystone people making a large impact at their local level. The training covers subjects such as forest ecology and management, wildlife management, land protection, and community outreach. In exchange for the training and take-home resources, graduates of the program, called Cooperators, agree to return to their communities and volunteer at least 30-hours of their time towards projects that promote forest and wildlife conservation. For more information about the Keystone Project, visit http://masskeystone.net/.
The Keystone Project is designed to stimulate forest landowners and community opinion leaders to be advocates of sound forest conservation and to help inform the land management and conservation decisions of their friends, neighbors, organizations, and communities. Keystone Cooperators can be very effective in doing this, since they are well-connected community leaders. Other past Cooperator projects have included permanently conserving their own land, initiating a forest landowner cooperative, promoting management on municipal and conservation lands, writing newspaper articles, hosting educational events, and improving their own properties for wildlife, recreation, and timber.
The Keystone Project has reached over 450 community opinion leaders and landowners over 24 years. In 2013, Keystone Cooperators collectively volunteered over 44,636 hours to conservation-related activities, the equivalent of 22 full-time conservation positions, 63% of which were volunteer hours, reached 15,033 people, and made 1,742 referrals to foresters, land trusts and other resources. Cooperators reported owning or being involved in the management decisions (e.g., land trust, town own) on over 143,000 acres of land.
More than three-fourths of all woodland in Massachusetts is owned by thousands of private families and individuals. Much of this land is at risk of conversion to developed uses. It is important to reach woodland owners and communities with information on the care of this land. Keystone training is designed to provide Cooperators with skills and information to better engage in this important activity at the local level.
The Keystone Project is organized by the University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation and UMass Extension, with support from MA DCR, the Harvard Forest, MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and the MA Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
For more information on forest conservation or Keystone, contact Paul Catanzaro, Extension Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts, 413-545-4839, email@example.com.
National Water Safety Month
As swim season approaches, the YMCAs across Massachusetts encourage children and parents to explore the many benefits of swimming, while also keeping safety top of mind. In the Y's swim programs, participants can enjoy water sports, enhance or learn new techniques, meet new friends and develop confidence, while also learning safety skills that can save lives.
Swimming is a fun and enjoyable activity for children and adults alike, and it's an easy way to stay physically active and improve strength, flexibility and stamina. YMCAs across the state are committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for everyone to swim and learn water safety practices.
As part of National Water Safety Month in May, Massachusetts YMCAs encourage parents to take an active role in their child's safety. Following are safety tips to practice when in and around the water:
- Only swim when and where there is a lifeguard on duty; never swim alone.
- Adults should constantly and actively watch their children.
- Inexperienced or non-swimmers should wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket.
- Parents or guardians of young children should be within an arm's reach.
- Children and adults should not engage in breath-holding activities.
In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, children can increase their physical activity by swimming. Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation, and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. It also teaches life lessons of sports and sportsmanship, so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches and how to deal with winning and losing.
As a leading nonprofit committed to youth development, the Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for more than 100 years. The Y continues to help youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming, so they can be healthy, confident and secure in the water. There are a variety of programs to choose, including swim lessons for all ages, water fitness classes, competitive swimming, and family swim times. To ensure that everyone has an opportunity to participate, financial assistance is available for those in need to help cover the costs.
The Y is one of the nation's leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. With five branch sites serving more than 37,000 people, YMCA SOUTHCOAST has been working to meet the needs of our community for over 150 years. The Y engages people of all ages - regardless of income or background - to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation's health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Everyone is welcome at the Y and financial assistance is available. For more information about YMCA SOUTHCOAST, visit one of the branches in Dartmouth, Fall River, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, and Wareham or online at ymcasouthcoast.org.
Nazareth College Bach Children's Chorus
On May 24, for the 10:30 am Sunday Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Church, a choir of 30 children will be leading the congregants in song. The Nazareth College Bach Children's Chorus from Rochester, New York, directed by Karla Krogstad, is in Massachusetts for a learning field trip and performing experience. From their repertoire in their concert at Christ Episcopal Church, Pittsford, New York, they will be singing Frank's "Panis Angelicus", and Mendelssohn's "Lift Thine Eyes" from Elijah, plus concluding the Mass with a Portuguese Holy Ghost Feast ritual and songs. These children are also opening the Red Sox game on Saturday, May 23, with the "Star Spangled Banner." The Sunday Mass is open to all, and everyone is welcome to attend.
For more information, please call Thom at 508-717-2824. Visit www.bachkidsusa.org or www.facebook.com/bachchildrenschorus.
Summer Youth Program: Summer Musical Theatre - Sing, dance, and audition to act in a production of Frozen! During this one week course, students will learn the basics of putting together a theatre production and how to take part in a musical theatre performance. They will then audition for a role in Frozen and participate in the performance on the final day of the course. Class is open to boys and girls ages 5-13 and runs July 13 - July 17 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm in the OHS Cafetorium. To register, visit www.mattapoisett.net, go to MATT REC then Summer Musical Theatre.
Summer Adult Fitness Opportunity: Adult Boot Camp - Get fit and have fun in a one-hour workout designed for men and women of all fitness levels. The sessions will address all areas of fitness including cardio, muscular endurance, weight loss, strength, agility, balance and flexibility. Join the group and workout in a supportive non-intimidating environment. Instructor Chad Cabeceiras has a Masters degree in Physical Education, Exercise Science and Biomechanics. Chad is a certified trainer who has designed and implemented multiple fitness programs and boot camps over the past 15 years. Program starts June 1 and runs through July 24. Register for 3X per week, 2X a week, or Drop in at www.mattapoisett.net, go to MATT REC then Adult Boot Camp.
Tabor Academy Announces Commencement Speakers
Tabor's Commencement services on May 26 honoring of the Class of 2015 will feature two engaging speakers who are both successful and important social entrepreneurs.
Christine Ward, parent of Francesca Ward '15 and Lulu Ward '16, will speak at Baccalaureate on the evening before Commencement. Ward was the Founder of The Darfur Project, an initiative connecting the financial community with the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur and the surrounding areas. From 2007 to 2010, they provided over $17 million worth of medical support for the region. Seeking a longer-term solution to some of the world's most pressing problems, Ward is now focusing her energies on a new project, ROCKFLOWER, a not-for-profit venture philanthropy fund investing in women in developing countries. By partnering with local community organizations and social impact strategists, ROCKFLOWER works to develop resourceful and practical solutions to improve and often rebuild the lives of women and girls. In their unique roles as mothers and providers, Tine says, women "discover innovative and adaptable solutions necessary to protect, educate and care for their children." ROCKFLOWER believes this determination and resilience has enormous and far-reaching impacts on communities as a whole. Read more at www.rockflower.org.
Travis Roy, a member of the Tabor Academy Board of Trustees and a graduate of the Class of 1995, will be the Commencement Speaker. Travis is the founder of the Travis Roy Foundation (http://www.travisroyfoundation.org) and in November was awarded the Spirit of Courage Award by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation for his work assisting people with spinal cord injuries. The Travis Roy Foundation has awarded over $6 million in equipment and research grants that directly impact quality of life. One of his annual fundraisers is the Travis Roy Cup, a much loved hockey game held each year between Tabor and St. Sebastian's School. Travis also raises money for the Foundation through his motivational speeches at schools, businesses and organizations around the country.
With many Tabor students devoting more and more of their time to community engagement, these speakers will provide final lessons to the Class of 2015 in effective ways to best impact the course of people's lives in lasting ways as they head off to leave their own indelible marks on our world.
Mattapoisett Land Trust
The Mattapoisett Land Trust invites the public to join its members and friends on Saturday, May 30 for a presentation by Kathy Zagzebski, President and Executive Director of the National Marine Life Center in Buzzards Bay. In the middle of the spring's seal pup "shower", Ms. Zagzebski will describe the work of the center in saving abandoned seal pups and how volunteers can help in that work. She'll also describe how the center assisted with last fall's "Kempocalypse" when hundreds for Kemp's ridley turtles were rescued from the shores of Cape Cod. Learn how you can help with this national effort having a local flavor.
The lecture will take place at the Friends' Meeting House on Marion Road (Route 6) in Mattapoisett beginning at 1:00 pm. The presentation is part to the Land Trust's annual meeting and will follow a pot-luck lunch at noon to which the public is also invited.
For more information about the presentation, contact the Mattapoisett Land Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 774-377-9191.
Silvershell Summer Program
Marion Recreation is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Silvershell Summer Program. The program is open to all boys and girls entering Grades 1-6. You do not need to be a Marion resident to participate. Every week we will be venturing on a field trip corresponding with the theme of the week. Join us for Pirate Week, Shark Week, Bubble Week, Sports Week, just to name a few. The program is a two-week minimum. Weeks do not need to be consecutive! Cost is $325 for two weeks per child. Once you have enrolled for two weeks, additional weeks may be added at $162.50 per child. Take 10% off your second child! Early drop off and late pick up are available for an additional nominal charge. If you are enrolling three or more children, please contact Marion Recreation for more details. The first day will be June 22 and the program will run for eight weeks until August 14. For more information, visit www.marionrecreation.com, call Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or email email@example.com.
Marion Recreation Sailing Program
Marion Recreation is offering Sailing Lessons on Sippican Harbor! The program will teach basic sailing skills including boat handling, how to identify parts of the boat, boating terms and basic knots. Classes will be tailored to fit the needs of those enrolled. Personal flotation devices will be provided. Adults are welcome, too! The one-week sessions begin the week of June 22. Lessons are held Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, leaving from Island Wharf. The cost for up to three people in a session is $225. For a complete list of dates and times, please visit www.marionrecreation.com. For more information, please contact Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited; please register early for the best availability.
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.
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 departments 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.
3rd Annual Clam Boil
The American Legion, Florence Eastman Post 280, 3 Depot Street, Mattapoisett will hold a Clam Boil under the tent in Shipyard Park, Mattapoisett on July 12 serving at 2:00 pm. Venue courtesy of the Mattapoisett Lions' Club. Call Mike at 508-758-9311 for reservations or questions. The Boil will include our special chowder, two pounds of clams, stuffing, sweet corn, onion, potato, sausage and linguica.
Reservations are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Cost is $25 per ticket. We need your support to continue our Community Service and look forward to providing our guests with a great meal and good fellowship right on the water!
Mattapoisett Road Race
Celebrate Independence Day by running the 45th annual five-mile road race held in the scenic seaside town of Mattapoisett. The Race begins at 9:00 am on Saturday, 4th of July. All proceeds are awarded to graduating seniors from ORRHS. For more information and/or to register, log on towww.mattapoisettroadrace.com.
Rochester Historical Society Yard Sale
The Rochester Historical Society will hold a yard sale at the East Rochester Church/Museum, 355 County Rd., Rochester on Saturday, May 30 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Items for the sale may be dropped off at the Museum on the following Fridays: May 22 and 29 from 9:00 am to noon or call 508-763-2122 or 508-763-2724 to make other arrangements. No clothing or electronics please.
Marion's Annual Town Party
Marion Recreation and the Marion Firefighters Association is proud to announce the Annual Town Party will be held on Saturday, August 22 (rain date is Sunday, August 23) on the grounds of the Marion Town House, 2 Spring Street. Festivities begin at 4:00 pm. Proceeds will be distributed between the Marion Firefighters Association and Marion Recreation to benefit local community needs.
There will be food and beverages for sale. Also, as in past years we will have a fabulous selection of baked goods for sale at the Bake Sale Table. FREE bounce houses sponsored by the Marion Police Brotherhood, a FREE rock climbing wall, music and a Photo Booth by Ensemble Events as well! PLUS, a huge bonfire! A great night of fun for the entire family!
New this year, organizers are seeking corporate sponsors. We will have different levels of sponsorship. Also, we will be selling advertising space in the Town Party booklet. This is a great opportunity for local businesses to get the word out and advertise their businesses.
Donations from the community are needed to help underwrite the event. Food, services, bake sale items, 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 Steve Gonsalves at 508-264-5852, Chris Berg at 508-776-1615, Jody Dickerson at 774-217-8355, or you may send a check to Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion, Massachusetts, 02738.
SouthCoast Toastmasters Speak Their Minds
The SouthCoast Toastmaster's Club, also known as Marion Toastmaster's Club is a public speaking, communications and leadership organization which meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 12:00 pm (noon) to 1:00 pm at the Wareham Library, 59 Marion Road, Wareham, MA.
Come and experience what happens at our meetings! We have a vocabulary word of the day, a joke of the day, two 5-7 minute prepared speeches, two minute extemporaneous speaking sessions and evaluations of what just happened. The meeting is one hour. Come and BRING your brown bag lunch.
Get over your jitters and gain more confidence in your presentation skills. Bring a friend. For more information, call 508-292-6706 or visit our web site at http://southcoast.toastmastersclubs.org/.
Mattapoisett Recreation Summer Programs
Mattapoisett Recreation is pleased to announce the following Summer Programs:
- Youth Tennis Clinics: Mattapoisett Recreation is offering youth tennis lessons for girls and boys ages 5 & up at the Hammond Street Tennis Courts. Mattapoisett resident Jake Jaskolka has taught at Marion Indoor Tennis, Dartmouth Tennis Club, and The Casino tennis club for the past four years. Session runs July 13 through August 5 on Monday and Wednesday evenings: Ages 5-8, 5:30 - 6:30 pm; 9 & over, 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Space is limited. Online registration available; visit our website at www.mattapoisett.net, click on Matt Rec then Tennis Lessons.
- Youth Swimming Lessons: Join us at Mattapoisett Town Beach for swimming lessons taught by our certified instructors. Options include group and private lessons. Sessions start on June 29 and run every week through the summer. Class times will be determined by swimming level. Your child will be evaluated and placed in an appropriate class. Class size is limited, so sign up today! Online registration is available; visit our website at www.mattapoisett.net, click on Matt Rec then Swimming Lessons.
Mattapoisett Recreation Seahorse Summer Explorers
Mattapoisett Recreation is excited to launch their second year of Seahorse Summer Explorers. The program runs for eight weeks starting June 22 through August 14 and is open to Tri-Town girls and boys entering grades K-6 in September. Each week, explorers will enjoy fun-filled days of sports, arts & crafts, swimming, tennis, library visits and more! Every week is a different theme with new activities and adventures. Director Kate Oleson is returning as are many of your favorite counselors! Program options include Weekly Full- or Half-Day and Choose Your Day. Visit our website at www.mattapoisett.net and select Matt Rec then Seahorse Explorers.
MNHM Environmental Educator Opening
The Marion Natural History Museum's Summer Program is one of the most well known and well regarded in the South Coast Massachusetts area. Children from across the country visit us each summer and participate in the program. The classes are designed to be for small groups, and registration is limited to 15 children per session. Our program involves visiting various marine and freshwater systems and exploring the plants and animals that live in our area's many unique habitats. With the use of games, journals and introductory science techniques, this program is a wonderful first look at nature.
This year, we are in need of an experienced environmental educator who is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the coastal environment. If interested, please forward a resume and cover letter to the Marion Natural History Museum, P.O. Box 644, Marion, MA 02738.
MNHM Summer Program
The Marion Natural History Museum's Summer Program is one of the most well known and well regarded in the South Coast area. Children from across the country visit us each summer and participate in the program. The programs are designed to be small groups, and registration is limited to 15 children per session.
Our Life Along The Shore program for grades entering 1-2 includes visiting the shoreline and exploring the plants and animals that live in our area's many coastal habitats. With the use of games, journals and introductory science techniques, this is a wonderful first look at life in our coastal environment. During our Coastal Explorations I program for grades entering 3-4, we feature explorations of our rocky intertidal shorelines, salt marshes, estuaries as well as freshwater riverbanks, swamps, ponds and bogs. We take a close-up look at the birds, amphibians, fish and invertebrates that make these areas so special. And in our Coastal Explorations II program for grades entering 5-8, we increase our investigations into the unique habitats Marion has to offer, which include several field trips and meetings with specialists to expand our knowledge of our coastal and freshwater ecosystems.
Time for all programs is 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Session Dates: Session I: July 6-17 and Session II: August 3-14. Cost for each program: $200/ members; $250/Nonmembers. Registration information is found at our website: www.marionmuseum.org. Hope you can join us!
ORR Seniors Upcoming Event Schedule
The following schedule is provided to help you plan for the end of year activities for seniors.
Thursday, May 21 through Thursday, May 28: Senior final exams will be held in their classrooms. Please report on time for all exams. Students missing exams will be expected to make that exam up during Thursday's makeup period. The order of blocks will be different for all students on May 26 and 27. Students late to a final exam will not be admitted. Students need permission in advance from the principal to take an exam during the makeup sessions.
Tuesday, June 2: Promenade (line up at 4:15 pm); Senior Prom: Doors open at 6:30 pm; dancing until 11:00 pm.
Thursday, June 4: Graduation Rehearsal at 9:00 am. Senior Awards Night: Ceremony begins at 7:00 pm. Students arrive by 6:00 pm (gown only, do not bring caps). Students are to park at the Junior High School. This program will be held in the gymnasium. Attendance is mandatory unless excused by the Principal. We encourage all students to invite their parents to this special senior event. Please press gown and wear for Senior Awards Night.
Dress Code for Senior Events: Dress code for Senior Awards Night, Senior Assembly, and Graduation: No jeans, shorts, or sneakers. Gentlemen should wear dark pants, a collared shirt with tie, and shoes. Ladies should wear appropriate dress and shoes. In addition, no sunglasses or purses will be allowed.
Friday, June 5: Senior Last Assembly: 9:15 - 10:38 am in the gymnasium. Block 1: 7:38 - 8:20 am (42 minutes); Block 2: 8:26 - 9:09 am (43 minutes). Seniors are to arrive and report to the auditorium no later than 8:30 am. Gowns, no caps, are mandatory. Proper footwear and dress is to be worn. Underclassmen will leave belongings in Block 2 classroom or locker.
Saturday, June 6, Graduation, 12:00 pm. Students arrive at school at 11:00 am. Students are to park at the Junior High School. Report to gym to pick up flowers. Attendance is mandatory unless excused by the Principal. If an indoor graduation is required due to inclement weather, seniors are to report to the library.
Graduation Ticket Information: There will be six graduation tickets issued to each graduate. Students not needing six tickets are asked to let Mrs. Durocher know so that these additional tickets may be used by other families who have additional seating needs. Families needing more than six tickets should contact Mrs. Durocher and make their request known as soon as possible. Additional tickets will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parents are able to call the school on Friday, May 29 to request additional tickets. With an outdoor graduation, unlimited seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.
Rochester Country Fair Announces Theme
The Rochester Country Fair Committee is excited to announce this year's fair is centered around a "Prehistoric" theme. For the past 16 years, families in our local area come together each summer to celebrate our rural and rich farming history with some old-fashioned, unique, and entertaining events. This year's festivities will take place from August 13 to August 16 on the newly-renovated Fair Grounds located on Pine Street.
Make no bones about it, this year's fair will feature fun events, such as Tractor Pulling, Woodsman Show Competitions, Pie Eating and Pie Bake Off Contests, dinosaur dig hunt, Pebbles & Bam Bam Contest, and the return of the Buana Iguana Reptile Show. The Fair Committee is also working to bring a Highland Games Exhibition as well as Vyntyge Skynyrd, New England's Tribute band that captures the musical fire and soul of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
"We're all excited to continue to bring new and entertaining events to the fair and are incredibly thankful for all of the support we've received," said Julie Koczera, co-chair of the Rochester Country Fair Committee.
Co-Chair David Souza added, "I am looking forward to bringing together the community and offering exciting new events."
The Rochester Country Fair is completely funded through the generous donations of local residents and businesses, advertising through ad and banner placements, and fundraising events throughout the year.
Requests for advertisements must be received by May 22 for inclusion in the fair program book. There are several tiers of budget-friendly advertising placement available to purchase. Email the Rochester Country Fair Committee at email@example.com for further information.
About Rochester Country Fair: The Rochester Country Fair Committee was founded in 1999 by a small group of Rochester residents - Dianne Wood, Julie Koczera, Arthur Westgate, Chris Faustino, Duffy Clapp, Pat Lafleur, Slim Bernier, and John Lafleur - to celebrate a Millennium Celebration. Completely funded by fundraising events and donations, the Rochester Country Fair has since flourished into an annual, family celebration held at the Pine Street Fairgrounds in Rochester, Mass.
Mattapoisett Transfer Station Hours
The Mattapoisett Transfer Station hours are Tuesday through Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.
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.
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
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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
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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