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Dear Editor:
On behalf of the Elizabeth Taber Library and the Library's Bridge Event Planning Committee, we would like to thank all of the participants in last week's highly successful Bridge Tournament. Held at the Marion Music Hall on Friday, August 4, a crowd of 60 avid bridge players turned out to play bridge, socialize and support the library's programming goals.
Special thanks go to the event sponsor and the local businesses who contributed to our raffle prizes. Thank you to Tim Dyer for the gorgeous fresh flowers and to Lynn Crocker for her expertise in space planning. Thank you to Robin Worcester for the table favors. A most generous thank you to Bridge Director Alan Hudson who ran the tournament without a hitch.
Based on the day's success, we hope to repeat this tournament as an annual summer fundraiser for the library. The library is only partially funded by the Town of Marion and relies on private donations and corporate sponsors for the balance of our budget.
Elisabeth O'Neill, Elizabeth Taber Library Director and Bridge Event Planning Committee: CC Dyer, Kathy Feeney, Andy Kotsatos, Susan Mead, Kathy Reed, Meg Steinberg

Academic Achievements
Maria Teran Dondyk of Mattapoisett has been recognized for achieving academic distinction at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Teran Dondyk, majoring in information technology, was named to the dean's list at UMass Lowell for the spring 2017 semester.
To qualify for the dean's list at UMass Lowell, a student must have completed no fewer than 12 graded credits for the semester and earned at least a 3.25 grade-point average with no grade lower than C and without any incompletes.

Coastline Elderly Nutrition Program
Monday, Aug 21: Chicken a la king, confetti rice, Scandinavian blend, whole wheat roll, Mandarin oranges
Tuesday, Aug 22: Hamburger, ketchup, tater tots, zucchini & summer squash, whole wheat hamburger roll, cantaloupe
Wednesday, Aug 23: Roasted chicken with red pepper pesto sauce, Italian pasta, Tuscan vegetables, multigrain roll, fresh orange
Thursday, Aug 24: Beef & broccoli, Asian rice, oatmeal roll, pineapple, fortune cookie
Friday, Aug 25: Potato pollock filet, tartar sauce, mashed potatoes, Riviera vegetables, potato bread, mixed fruit

Rochester Cultural Council
The Rochester Cultural Council is seeking proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs due October 16.
The Rochester Cultural Council is accepting online applications from organizations, schools, and individuals for grants that support cultural activities in the community. Online applications will be accepted from September 1, 2017 until October 16, 2017 at
The Rochester Cultural Council is a local agency funded by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
The Rochester Cultural Council will accept online applications ONLY. Paper applications will no longer be accepted. The application has a responsive design and is easily accessed by a phone, tablet, or computer. Before submitting an application, applicants should read the RCC's priorities. Applications and priorities can be found at
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.
Please note, schools requesting funding for field trips and transportation costs should use this online application as well.
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, advertise their project locally 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.
This year, the Rochester Cultural Council expects to distribute about $4000 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 Chalk-Full-O-Fun Street Painting Festival.
For local guidelines, complete information on the Rochester Cultural Council and application forms visit online at
To contact the RCC directly, please email at

Rochester Council on Aging Day Trips
The Rochester Council on Aging announces the following day trips scheduled during the month of August.
- Thursday, August 17: Marshfield Fair Trip
- Friday, August 18: Free Fun Friday Trip to Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford
- Monday, August 21: Fieldstone Farm Market Trip
- Friday, August 25: Free Fun Friday Day Trip to Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park
- Tuesday, August 29: Shopping and lunch at Clinton Crossings Premium Outlets, CT
Please call the Senior Center at 508-763-8723 for more information regarding these events, including times, any costs involved and reservations.

John Nicolaci Memorial Float Fly
The John Nicolaci Memorial Float Fly will take place at Mary's Pond, Rochester on August 19 from 9:30 am to early afternoon. This event - for radio control model seaplanes and flying boats - is hosted by the Bristol County Radio Control Club. Spectators are welcome. Pilots must be AMA members; this is an AMA-sanctioned event. Entrance is opposite 507 Mary's Pond Road in Rochester.

Marion Music Hall
As part of the on-going effort to upgrade the Marion Music Hall, the Board of Selectmen has unanimously approved new Guidelines and Rental Fees. With the Council on Aging having now moved to the renovated Veteran's Hall on Route 6, there are increased rental opportunities at the Hall as well.
This historic masterpiece was the gift of Elizabeth Sprague Pitcher Taber whose vision was that Marion and surrounding communities have a hall for lectures, concerts, and performances. It was constructed in 1891 for $23,000. Through the years, it has been a favored venue for town committee meetings and parties, for concerts and musicals, and for private events including weddings and parties. Mrs. Taber also had the vision to build the Town Library and Natural History Museum, the Stone Chapel at the Congregational Church, and Tabor Academy, originally founded to educate girls and boys of Marion.
The Music Hall is available free of charge to all Town of Marion committees and organizations such as the Elizabeth Taber Library, the Council on Aging, and the Police and Fire Departments. In honoring Elizabeth Taber's wishes, it remains accessible to all Marion citizens according to the new fee schedule, which helps defray the costs to taxpayers while covering maintenance and utility expenses. While the rate structure has changed, the rates remain among the most competitive in Marion and surrounding towns. Local couples will be hard pressed to find such a great wedding venue on a weekend for as low as $600. (Bookings made before September 1, 2017 will honor the original rental fees.)
For inquiries and further information, please contact Tami Daniel, Music Hall Coordinator, at or 508-748-9556.

Mattapoisett Historical Society
Seth Mendell, president emeritus of the Mattapoisett Historical Society, will give a lecture on Cuttyhunk and the Elizabeth Islands on Sunday, September 3 at 5:30 pm at the Mattapoisett Historical Society, 5 Church Street, Mattapoisett.
Eighteen years before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth, Captain Bartholomew Gosnold, sailing for the Queen of England, landed on Cuttyhunk Island in 1602. He named the string of islands separating Buzzards Bay from Vineyard Sound in honor of his queen. For over 400 years, the islands have had an interesting and colorful history.
Seth Mendell will trace the development of the Township of Gosnold on Cuttyhunk and the particular contributions of Peleg Slocum, William Wood and the U.S. Government. He will conclude his remarks with the disastrous wreck of the Wanderer on the rocky shores of Cuttyhunk on August 26, 1924.

St. Philip's Episcopal Church
St. Philip's Episcopal Church, next to the Town Beach in Mattapoisett, continues their long tradition of visiting clergy from Massachusetts and beyond.
Services using the 1928 Book of Common Prayer are conducted at 8:00 am and 10:00 am each Sunday through Labor Day weekend.
The Rev. Nathan Humphrey, Rector, St. John the Evangelist, Newport, RI officiates on Sunday, August 20.
Come visit our historic chapel by the sea in Mattapoisett! All are welcome.

The Best of Broadway
On Friday, August 18, the Marion Concert Band continues its Friday evening concert series with a program of music from the Broadway stage. The program, which includes highlights from some of Broadway's most memorable shows, is as follows:
Thundercrest March - E. Osterling
Lohengrin (Introduction to Act III) - R. Wagner
Broadway Show-Stoppers Overture - arr. W. Barker
Highlights from Camelot - F. Loewe
Selections from Into the Woods - S. Sondheim
Opening Night on Broadway - arr. M. Brown
Selections from My Fair Lady - F. Loewe
Selections from Wicked - S. Schwartz
The Sound of Music - R. Rodgers
The Circus Bee - H. Fillmore
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. All concerts are free and open to the public. "Like" us on Facebook at "Marion Town Band" for up-to-date announcements and rain cancellation notices.

Marion Art Center Auditions
The Marion Art Center will be holding auditions for its upcoming fall production of ART, the international hit play written by Yasmina Reza with English translation by Christopher Hampton. Auditions will be held from 7:00 - 9:00 pm on Tuesday, August 22, and Thursday, August 24, at the Marion Art Center, 80 Pleasant Street in Marion. Production dates will be November 10, 11, 12, 17 and 18. Auditioning actors should be prepared to read from a provided script. For the cast, the Marion Art Center is seeking three male actors, age 30 to 50:
- Serge: somewhat self-important, but also very affected by his friends' opinions of him
- Marc: blunt, sarcastic, confident and down-to-earth
- Yvan: a little nervous and wishy-washy
Winner of the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play and the 1996 Olivier Award for Best Comedy, ART is the story of three friends and the painting that threatens to tear their relationship apart. Through all their squabbling, Serge, Marc, and Yvan discover that like the painting, their friendship is not what it seems. The ensemble piece will be directed by Linda Costa. For more information, call 508-748-1266.

The Birthday of Henry David Thoreau
The public is invited to read selected works by Henry David Thoreau on Saturday, August 19 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the Munro Property near the Mattapoisett wharf as part of the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read. Reading selections will be available there, and participants are also encouraged to bring a brief selection they would like to read and share.
Participants of all ages are welcome to read or to just listen and enjoy the beautiful local landscape and Thoreau's words. Refreshments will be served.
Co-sponsored by the Mattapoisett Free Public Library and the Mattapoisett Land Trust, the reading is part of a state-wide celebration of Henry David Thoreau's 200th birthday, with events taking place in many cities and towns in Massachusetts throughout 2017.
The Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read is part of a global celebration that highlights the continued relevance of Thoreau's writings and philosophical contributions, even 200 years after his birth (July 12, 1817). Mattapoisett will host our reading of Thoreau on August 19 and also on Saturday, October 28 at the Dunseith Garden on Route 6 at 10:00 am.
Please join us in celebrating this great American author, philosopher, and poet. His message still rings clear in our hectic society, and perhaps some of his words might help to alleviate the pressures of modern-day life.
For more information about the Thoreau Bicentennial Statewide Read as a whole, please contact the Walden Woods Project at or visit

Walk to End Alzheimer's
Someone you know has Alzheimer's or a related dementia. You may not know who it is right now, but you will. It may be your spouse, your partner, your parent, a sibling or your best friend. And, sadly, it may be you. Every 66 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Over 5 million people have been diagnosed nationwide. It is the 6th leading cause of death. There is no prevention, no effective treatment, and there is no cure. Fifteen million unpaid caregivers provide approximately 18.2 billion hours of care for those with Alzheimer's or a related dementia. This care is valued at over $230 billion. Alzheimer's is the most expensive illness; in 2017, along with other dementias, it will cost the nation $259 billion.
If you think it is a natural part of aging, you would be wrong. If you think only the elderly are affected, you would be wrong. People in their 40s have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's or related dementias. Younger-onset Alzheimer's has a devastating impact on a family. Imagine a parent with school-age children being faced with an illness that will take away her memory of those children.
We must find a cure for Alzheimer's and related dementias. The Alzheimer's Association is the largest nonprofit agency supporting research, education and support services. Close to 80% of funds raised go to research and support services. The 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's for southeastern MA will take place on Saturday, September 23 at Ft. Taber in New Bedford. Hundreds of your friends, relatives, and neighbors will be there to show their support. Consider joining them. Create a team of your own or join a team. If you can't participate, consider donating to a team. Every little bit helps in the fight to end this devastating disease. Go to to start a team, join a team or make a donation.

Mattapoisett Recreation Fall Programs
Mattapoisett Recreation fall program registration is now open for the following:
Flag Football (for ages 6-12): Sundays; 8:30 - 10:00 am; runs September 10 - November 12 at Tabor Academy Football Field. Through a partnership with NFL Play60, your child will learn the fundamentals of football in a safe environment. Each week will be drills and skills followed by a 5 v 5 Flag Football Game. Each player receives a NFL Flag football jersey and flag belt. Cost is $90. Registration deadline is September 11.
Kid Fit (for Grades K & 1): Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm; (for Grades 2 & 3): Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00; runs September 19 - November 2 at Center School Gymnasium. Join Mr. C. for a new session of Kid Fit. Classes are designed to increase physical fitness and expend some energy all while having fun! Different games and sports will be played each week. Six-week session. Cost is $80 and registration deadline is September 15.
Gymnastics & Tumbling (for ages 5 & up): Fridays; 3:15 - 4:15 pm, 4:15 - 5:15 pm; runs September 22 - December 8 at Old Hammondtown Gymnasium. Gymnastics and Tumbling offered each session. These classes are perfect for beginner gymnasts as well as students with previous gymnastics experience. Qualified instructors from BSGA will work individually with each gymnast on all four gymnastic events: Floor Tumbling, Balance Beam, Bars and Vaulting. Tumbling classes are designed for any gymnast or cheerleader interested in working solely on their floor/tumbling skills. Eight-week session. Cost is $145. Open registration is available August 30-September 11.
Martial Arts (for ages 5-8): Mondays; 3:00 - 4:00 pm; runs September 25 - December 18 at Center School Gymnasium. Join The Pound Martial Arts Center for a 12-week course. Learn amazing self-defense moves, discipline and leadership skills while finding a positive outlet for all that energy! The course will promote self-confidence and self-discipline. Each participant will be given a uniform and a belt. Twelve-week session. Cost is $155 and registration deadline is September 18.
Tennis Lessons (for ages 5-13): Wednesdays; 4:00 - 5:00 pm (for ages 5-7) and 6:00 - 7:00 pm (for ages 8 & up); runs September 13 - October 18. Join tennis pro Karsten Rathlev for a six-week tennis program which will include instruction, games and drills. Six-week session. Cost is $85 and registration deadline is September 7.
Fencing (for ages 7-14): Mondays; 6:00 - 7:00 pm (for ages 7-11) and 7:00 - 8:00 pm (for ages 10-14); runs October 2 - November 13 at Center School Gymnasium. Blackstone Valley Fencing Academy will teach your child the basic techniques and language of fencing. Their goal is to promote self-confidence and self-reliance as a fencer and an individual. All equipment is provided. Please wear sneakers and long pants. Six-week session. Cost is $125 and registration deadline is September 25.
Center Stage Kids (for ages 5-12): Wednesdays; 3:00 - 4:00 pm; runs October 4 - November 29 at Center School Gymnasium. MATTREC is excited to partner again with Tracy Gendreau Fiore for a theatre program. Children will learn various aspects of the performing arts and will participate in a theatrical production on the last day of the eight-week session. Perfect for children that need to gain confidence speaking in front of others or for the family performer! Cost is $105 and registration deadline is September 27.
Science is Fun (for Grades 1-3): Thursdays; 2:45 - 4:00 pm; runs September 21 - October 12 in Center School Cafeteria. What happens to Ivory Soap in the microwave? Do oil and water mix? If you want to experiment and find out ... this class is for you! Maria Lynch will be doing many fun experiments and projects. Four-week session. Cost is $45 and registration deadline is September 14.
Golf Lessons at the Bay Club (for ages 8 & up): Thursdays; 3:30 - 4:30 pm and 4:30-5:30 pm; runs September 14 - October 5 at The Bay Club. Join The Bay Club's PGA Professionals for a four-week session offering instruction on the fundamentals of golf and how those skills are then used to have fun playing the game of golf. Session 1 from 3:30-4:30 pm is for advanced juniors that have played 9 holes before. Session 2 from 4:30-5:30 is for newer junior golfers and will be more instructional. Sign up online to avoid being waitlisted! Cost is $105 and registration deadline is September 18.
Dodgeball (for Grades 5 & 6): Wednesdays; 3:00 - 4:00 pm; runs October 4 - November 8 at Old Hammondtown School Gymnasium. Join Coach Craig Letourneau for an afterschool Dodgeball Clinic. Each week, participants will play different style games. Six-week session. Cost is $65 and registration deadline is September 25.

107th Rochester Grange Fair
The Annual Agricultural Fair will be held on August 19 from 1:30 to 7:00 pm. Admission to the fair is free. There will be exhibits of home-grown vegetables, fruits and flowers as well as baking, needlework and crafts. If you are looking for something tasty, check out our Bake Table. There is always something sweet to be found there. Our tried and true Ham & Bean Supper will be held at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children under 10.
For those of you with gardens or who like making things with your hands, think about entering the Fair. Our bright pink Fair Books are out and around the Tri-Town area. All the information you need is in them for entering. The books are a guide. If you have something you would like to enter, but it is not in the book, bring it to the hall. We accept all. To enter, bring your vegetables, etc. to the Grange Hall, 205 Hartley Road, on Friday, August 18 between 2:00 and 4:00 pm and between 7:00 and 8:30 pm.
Remember, anyone of any age is eligible to enter. We look forward to seeing many old friends and meeting new ones at the fair. If you have any questions, please call Sue at 508-295-8908 or email

RHS at the County Fair
Stop in at the Rochester Historical Society booth at the Rochester Country Fair on August 18, 19, 20. We will have farming artifacts, Rochester T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hats for sale, books on the history of Rochester, information on many of the older homes in Rochester and much more. Additionally we'll have a photo contest and raffle. Saturday will feature a Bake Sale. It would be a good time to renew your membership or join the Historical Society for next year.
There will be no monthly Historical Society Meeting this month (August). Our September meeting will be Wednesday, September 13 (a week earlier than usual) at 7:00 pm at the Church/Museum at 355 County Road. Keeping in line with the theme of the Country Fair, the subject of this meeting will be History of Farming in Rochester, Past and Present. Connie Eshbach will be the speaker. Members and non-members are always welcome. Please come and learn about Rochester's roots ... perhaps you have some farming stories to share.
If you are on Facebook, check us out at Rochester MA Historical Society. There's always something interesting on it.

Mariner Youth Soccer Fall Program
The Mariner Youth Soccer Fall Program is now open for registration. The program runs on Saturdays from September 9 - November 4 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: and click on register online. Or contact

The 2017-18 Blue Books Have Arrived
The latest edition of the Blue Book - the popular Tri-Town telephone directory - has recently been mailed to 8275 postal addresses in Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester. Check your post box for your book. If you haven't received one yet, contact your local post office for your free copy.
The directory, published by the League of Women Voters of Marion-Mattapoisett-Rochester, contains the names, addresses and phone numbers of Tri-Town residents as well as community pages that provide contact information for community services. Advertisements by local and area businesses and professionals are found in the yellow pages and make the book a useful shopping service. Please support our advertisers who have made this directory possible.
Every effort has been made for accuracy in the book. Any corrections, additions or deletions should be sent by email to or by postal mail to LWV Phone Book, P.O. Box 812, Marion, MA 02738. New information or changes will be added to the online version of the book found at
Extra copies of the new directory are available while they last at The Bookstall in Marion, The Wanderer in Mattapoisett, and at the Plumb Library in Rochester. While a resident's delivered book is free, the League would welcome a donation of any amount for an extra copy.
The League of Women Voters is proud of this community service and is grateful to our advertisers for their support.

Bristol County Beekeepers Association
Bristol County Beekeepers Association, Inc. will be hosting a one-day speaker seminar on Saturday, August 19 at Bristol Community College in Fall River, MA. Entomologist and PhD student Samuel Ramsey will discuss his latest research on the Varroa destructor, one of the biggest threats to honeybees in the United States. Master Beekeeper Erin MacGregor-Forbes will also present topics on developing your own sustainable apiary. Open to the public, seating is limited and preregistration is highly recommended. For more info on our guest speakers and registration info, please visit

Sock Donations for Vets
Mattapoisett Public Health Nurse Amanda Stone will be representing our community at Stand Down for Veterans in Boston on September 8.
Amanda will be providing much-needed foot care to homeless and "at risk" veterans.
Amanda is looking to bring with her from our community donations of clean white cotton socks to support the group's "A Pair and a Spare" program that provides two pairs of socks to each veteran who receives foot care at the event.
Mattapoisett, Marion, and Rochester residents wishing to donate clean white cotton socks may leave them at the Veterans' Office at the Mattapoisett Town Hall.
For additional information, please contact Amanda Stone at 508-758-4118.

Meet Me At The Tremont
The Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce, Town of Wareham, and the Tremont Nail Advisory Group are hosting "Meet Me At The Tremont," 8 Elm Street, Wareham, on Saturday, August 26 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. The event takes place at the Tremont Nail Factory, a historic landmark on the Wankinco River, featuring breathtaking views.
Enjoy a chef-prepared buffet and delectable desserts by Lindsey's Restaurant. Cash Bar.
Listen to entertainment by local favorite Cranberry Coast Concerts that will add some pizzazz. Their motto is "from Bach to Rock" featuring a wide variety of music. The concert will be directed by husband and wife duo pianists and composers Kirk Whipple and Marilyn Morales. CCC has presented local, regional, and international touring artists in hundreds of performances.
Judge artwork provided by the Bourne-Wareham Art Association and the Sandwich Art Alliance. It's a wonderful way to admire paintings by local artists, which can also be purchased.
Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased on-line at or stop in and see Traci Medeiros at The Gallery Consignment Shoppe, 247 Main Street, Wareham.
Preview the future venue for art, entertainment and recreation. For more information, contact Marie Oliva, at 508-759-6000 ext. 12,
The event is sponsored by the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce, Town of Wareham, Eastern Bank, Lindsey's Restaurant, Cape Cod Five, Cranberry Coast Concerts and Southcoast Health System. Proceeds will go to the Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber Scholarship Program.
The Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce promotes, represents and educates our members and the community for their economic and social benefits. Learn more about the Chamber at

Rochester Country Fair
The 18th Annual Rochester Country Fair will take place Friday, August 18 through Sunday, August 20. The Fair Committee has worked diligently to move several of our headline events around to provide family-friendly entertainment for all.
We are excited to announce a few changes and additions:
- Sharpen your chainsaws. The Woodsman Show will now take place on Friday night in the main arena, including axe throwing under the direction of Chris and Brittney Faustino, Jr.
- Get your floats and tractors ready. The Parade is coming back on Sunday due to the support of Diversified Roofing.
- Expanded Children's Area, events including cow milking & roping, corn shucking and Lego contest
- Volleyball & Corn Hole Tournament area hosted by Jeff Ponte
- Concrete Slab Pulls
- New static displays throughout the Fairgrounds
A complete event listing can be found on our website at or Country-Fair Rochester on Facebook.

Mattapoisett Congregational Church
Summer worship should be cool and casual, so Mattapoisett Congregational Church, UCC, has moved Sunday morning worship from the Sanctuary to Reynard Hall.
All the usual worship elements will be in place for the 9:00 am service, including sermon, music, hymns, etc. The mood will be more upbeat and casual, and the hall is typically cooler than the sanctuary during the summer months.
Worshippers may enter through either Mechanic or Church Street entrances. Come early for coffee fellowship! Mattapoisett Congregational Church, UCC, is located at 27 Church Street. All are invited to worship and to join in celebrating an open (inclusive) Communion the first Sunday of the month.
Meanwhile, construction projects will take place in the sanctuary, following a successful capital campaign in 2016.

Old Rochester Farmers' Market
Old Rochester Farmers' Market is held every Tuesday from 3:00 - 6:00 pm at Old Rochester Regional Junior High School. There is live entertainment, and every week from 4:00 - 5:00 pm your children can enjoy a mix of interactive book read-a-louds and activities, best for ages 2 and up, but all families are welcome free of charge, presented by Plumb Memorial Library of Rochester.

Mattapoisett Council on Aging
Everyone either knows someone over 60, cares for someone over 60, or will be someone over 60! The Council on Aging (COA) is conducting a survey to better understand the needs of the community. The goal of the survey is to get a better picture of who the council serves (and will serve) and what programs and services interest people in town.
The COA serves full-time, part-time and summer residents and their families in many ways - educational, fitness, social (including activities, games, trips and more); and resources and services (including, but not limited to, friendly visitors, fuel assistance, Medicare & supplemental insurance, legal, footcare, durable medical equipment). With over 35% of Mattapoisett being over age 60, that number will continue to grow. As the population grows, the COA also needs to grow.
We would like everyone's input, positive, negative and constructive. Our mission is to enhance people's quality of life. We hope that the survey will help us know how to best do that.
The information gathered will help the Council on Aging choose senior center programs and services. The survey can be found on-line at or via Facebook at Mattapoisett Council on Aging.
Paper copies can be found at the Mattapoisett Senior Center, 17 Barstow Street (at Center School), at the Town Library, Town Clerk (at Town Hall) or by calling 508-758-4110 or e-mail to
If you've already completed the survey, thank you! Surveys will be available on-line until August 31, 2017.

Mapping Mattapoisett: Tracing Our Place in the World
Mapping Mattapoisett: Tracing Our Place in the World explores the museum's extensive collection of maps and charts, most of which have never been displayed. The exhibit will have maps of all types on show, from Clifford Ashley's "A Chart of the Whale Coast of New England" c. 1810 down to small, hand-drawn sketches of old Mattapoisett street plans and landmarks. The exhibit at 5 Church Street, Mattapoisett will be open on Thursdays, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Fridays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, and Saturdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm, throughout July and August. Come visit to see how Mattapoisett has been represented through cartography! Questions:; 508-758-2844;

Historical Lecture Series
Mattapoisett Historical Society and Mattapoisett Free Public Library will be presenting a Lecture Series by Seth Mendell, president emeritus of the Mattapoisett Historical Society. The subject of the series is the Inter-war Years (1918-1939): Witness the Rise of Communism, Fascism, Nazism and Militaristic Japan.
Labeled by some as "the war to end all wars," the First World War failed in all respects and in many ways sowed the seeds for another World War in only 20 short years. During these years, Lenin and Stalin built the Soviet Communist State. The Italians, humiliated by their losses to Germany during the war, eagerly followed Benito Mussolini in building a Fascist State based on exaggerated nationalism. The German people, broken by defeat in the war and further punished by the allied Powers with heavy reparation payments, were ready to follow a charismatic Adolf Hitler who talked of a master race and a thousand year Reich. In the Orient, the Japanese military faction gained control of the government and in 1936 Japanese forces began invading the Chinese mainland. The League of Nations during the inter-war years was merely a sounding board with no means to enforce its declarations. The League was also minus the United States, which had played such an important role in the defeat of Germany.
This series of six lectures will attempt to analyze the events of the period and the reactions of England, France, and the United States as the structure set up by the Paris Peace Conference and Treaty of Versailles crumbled, sending Europe and the world into another war. The lectures will be held on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library through September 19. Questions:; 508-758-2844; The remaining lectures are as follows:
August 22: Seth Mendell's The Inter-war Years (1918-1939) Lecture Series: The Formation of the Nations of Eastern Europe and the Development of the Soviet Union.
August 29: Seth Mendell's The Inter-war Years (1918-1939) Lecture Series: England and the Commonwealth, France and Security and The Italian Fascist State.
September 5: Seth Mendell's The Inter-war Years (1918-1939) Lecture Series: The United States - Isolation and Depression; The Rise of Nazi Germany.
September 12: Seth Mendell's The Inter-war Years (1918-1939) Lecture Series: The Conflicts of the 1930s: Japan's Aggression in China; The Italo- Ethiopian War; the Spanish Civil War.
September 19: Seth Mendell's The Inter-war Years (1918-1939) Lecture Series: The Approach of War - Nazi Aggression in Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland.

Annual Marion Town Party
The Annual Marion Town Party will be held on Saturday, August 26 (rain date is Sunday, August 27) 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.
Free inflatable fun for the kids, a free rock climbing wall, music and dancing, PLUS a huge bonfire! A great night of fun for the entire family! There will be food and beverages for sale.
Once again, 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, 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 508-748-3515, email to, or you may send a check (made out to Marion Recreation) to the Marion Town House, c/o Marion Town Party, 2 Spring Street, Marion, Massachusetts, 02738.

Mattapoisett Recreation Pickleball Drop-in
Pickleball drop-in will now be offered on both Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Thursday is 6:00 pm to sundown and Saturday is 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. We have pickleball racquets and balls available at the court. We now have a permanent pickleball court next to the tennis courts on Hammond Street. This can be used for pickleball or mini tennis for young children. Portable pickleball nets will be set up on the tennis court closest to the pickleball court during drop-in times on Thursdays and Saturdays. The second tennis court will remain available for tennis.
Please note that the tennis courts are reserved for Mattapoisett Recreation programs during the following days: Monday - Friday from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 - 8:00 pm for youth tennis lessons. If you have questions regarding court usage or equipment, please email Mattapoisett Recreation at

Friends of Plumb Library Book Sale
The Friends of Plumb Library are seeking used books and other items for their annual book sale that will take place on September 23. Please bring your clean, used copies of books, DVDs, CDs, or games to the Plumb Library, 17 Constitution Way, Rochester, during library hours. Last date to drop off books will be Thursday, September 21. Please call the library at 508-763-8600 for more information.

Rochester Country Fair Auction Fundraiser
Donated items for Live Auction wanted to benefit the Rochester Country Fair. Did you finish your spring-cleaning in time for summer? The Fair Committee is currently looking for donated items to be auctioned at the Rochester Country Fair. We hope to have approximately 100 items to auction off, so your help in reaching this goal is greatly appreciated!
This Good Old Country Auction Fundraiser will take place at the Rochester Country Fair on Sunday, August 20 at 1:00 pm under the big tent provided by Chase Canopy Company. You name it and we can sell it!
Antiques, Farm Implements, Livestock, Home Goods, Pies, Furniture, Tools, Automotive Parts & Accessories, Unique one-of-a-kind items and Odds & Ends.
Contact us via email at, call Mike at 774-263-1146, or message us on Facebook if you would like to donate and help us reach our goal.
Additional Fair information can be obtained on our website

Mattapoisett Enhanced Online Bill Pay Service
Mattapoisett residents and taxpayers are now able to pay their Real Estate, Personal Property, Motor Vehicle and Boat Excise taxes and Water/Sewer bills with greater flexibility. The new system is secure, easy to use and allows customers the option of paying their bills via their checking account with ACH or by using a credit/debit card. Customers are able to view their bills and make a one-time payment without registering, or, by registering, they can enjoy 24/7 access to payment history and bills. By registering, customers will also be able to pay anytime, anywhere with a mobile optimized experience, either online, on their mobile device or by text message. Other enhanced features include the ability to schedule a payment, either for the same day or a future date, or to establish an automatic payment schedule.
Paying electronically is faster and more convenient than paying with personal online banking. Paying with personal online banking results in an actual bank check mailed to the Town. Many times incorrect or missing information causes delays in payment posting. EFT/ACH payments are received and cleared faster than checks issued by banks. The Collector's Office uploads electronic payment files, therefore, improving the accuracy and timeliness of payment posting for customers. In addition to receiving email reminders when a payment is due and a confirmation email after making a payment, customers can sign up for courtesy email reminders.
Advantages of e-Billing and Payment:
- Paying online is faster than mailing a check
- Bills and payment history are kept securely in one place
- No worries about a bill or check getting lost in the mail
- Paying online saves stamps, envelopes and gas
- Pay your bill from wherever you have Internet access
- Late fees can be avoided with scheduled or automatic payments
Please go to to learn more and begin paying online!

Fair Way Golf Tournament
The 2nd Annual Fair Way Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, September 9 at Little Harbor Country Club, 9 Little Harbor Road, Wareham, MA with a shotgun start at 8:00 am. The Entry Fee, which includes lunch, is $75 per person or $280 per foursome. All registrations are due by September 2 by cash or check only. Mail payment to Sue Sleasman, 220 Shore Road, Bourne, MA 02532. Please make checks payable to Church of the Good Shepherd with "The Fair Way Golf" on the memo line. Sponsored by the Church of the Good Shepherd in Wareham, all proceeds benefit the homeless, hungry, and other outreach ministries for people in need of compassion and understanding.
"This golf tournament raises much needed funds to support our outreach ministries at Church of the Good Shepherd," said The Rev. Dan Bernier, pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd. "Throughout the year, volunteers help feed 126 families per month at Good Shepherd's Food Panty, which started in January 2007. Shepherd's Table, which serves hot meals every Thursday night, has served over 145,000 meals to individuals and families in need since it began in April 2000. During the months of January through March, the Church of the Good Shepherd joins with other churches in the area to provide a safe, warm place to sleep for the homeless. This year, 59 unduplicated individuals took shelter from the cold winter temperatures at the Nights of Hospitality for a total of 1,016 shelter night stays with an average of 12.2 people per night. We could not continue to provide these critical programs and services without the support of the community."
All are welcome to participate in this year's Fair Way Golf Tournament at Little Harbor Country Club. This 18-hole Executive Golf Course is challenging enough for the accomplished golfer, yet fun for the novice. The course is a Par 56 with holes ranging in distance from 100 to 291 and a total yardage of 3038. But don't let these numbers fool you; you will need every club in your bag.
"All levels of golfers can enjoy a fun day of golf with the added bonus of supporting your neighbors in need who are homeless, hungry or just need a helping hand at the holidays and throughout the year," said Natecia Alfonso, Golf Tournament Chair. She added "if you've never entered a golf tournament before, this is a good place to start. You just need a set of clubs for each golfer and the desire to do your best to have a great time." For more information, contact Natecia Alfonso at 774-260-1924 or email
The Church of the Good Shepherd has been an integral part of the Wareham community for many years. It makes a difference in the lives of hundreds of individuals and families each year by providing weekly meals for the homeless on Thursday nights, opening Shepherd's Pantry once a month giving bags of food to people experiencing food insecurity, and taking on a leadership role in Nights of Hospitality to house homeless men and women from January into March in partnership with other churches in the community. The church also rents meeting space for community groups and posts ads in its weekly bulletin. For more information, call the office at 508-295-2840, email or visit the website at Like them on Facebook and keep up to date with community events for Church of the Good Shepherd Wareham.

BBC Volunteer Baywatchers
Do you love the water and want to help protect it? Volunteer as a Baywatcher with the Buzzards Bay Coalition in your community this summer. The Coalition is looking for dedicated volunteers to help monitor the health of local waterways across the Buzzards Bay region from Dartmouth to Falmouth.
The Coalition is in need of volunteer Baywatchers in the following locations:
- Wareham: Weweantic River, Agawam River, Broadmarsh River, Little Harbor, Shell Point Bay
- Marion: Aucoot Cove, Sippican Harbor, Blankenship Cove
- Mattapoisett: Brandt Island Cove, Mattapoisett River, Eel Pond, Aucoot Cove
- Fairhaven: Nasketucket River, Little Bay
The Baywatchers program is the largest volunteer-based coastal monitoring effort in New England. Through the Baywatchers program, the Coalition monitors all of Buzzards Bay's major rivers, coves and harbors - an area covering more than one-quarter of the Massachusetts coast. The data collected through the Baywatchers program form the foundation of the Coalition's efforts to restore and protect Buzzards Bay.
Baywatchers volunteer approximately one morning per week from May to September at a designated location in their community. Using a water testing kit, Baywatchers collect samples and measure salinity, temperature, water clarity and dissolved oxygen at the site. Baywatchers receive training prior to volunteering and do not need a science background.
If you're interesting in becoming a Baywatcher, contact Director of Monitoring Programs Tony Williams at 508-999-6363 ext. 203 or For more information about the Baywatchers program, visit

Property Tax Relief Grants Available
Applications are now available to help qualified Marion residents with their 2017-2018 property taxes through the Marion Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts.
All applications must be received in the Community Foundation's offices by 5:00 pm on Monday, October 2, 2017, and decisions will be made by December 15. 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.

Tri-Town Early Childhood Program
The Tri-Town Early Childhood Program, located at Old Rochester Regional High School, is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. The preschool program serves 3-, 4- and 5-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 3- and 4-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 or contact Aimee Fox at 508-758-3745, ext. 1612.

Welcome To Mattapoisett Guide
The Mattapoisett Historical Commission is pleased to announce that the "Welcome To Mattapoisett Guide" is now available online. The 19-page guide is packed with historical perspectives, photographs, recreational opportunities, places to eat and shop, as well as information on boating and shellfishing in location waters. Copies of the guide are limited and will be available at Mattapoisett Town Hall, library and several other venues. To view a virtual copy or downtown and print your personal copy, visit

Addiction Support Group
The Regain Addiction Family Support Group will be starting a new group session in Mattapoisett. This peer discussion group will provide encouragement and information to anyone that has been affected by another's addiction. Each session has a Certified Naloxone/Narcan trainer, Addiction Recovery Coach, and faith-based ministry group host to answer questions. Meeting groups are being held in the Southeast Massachusetts area now.
Please contact us for information if you are interested in joining one of our new summer support group sessions.
For more information contact us: Telephone: 774-328-6196, e-mail:, Facebook: Regain addiction support group.

Need a Bible?
The Mattapoisett Congregational Church has several Bibles that are no longer being used and is giving them away to new homes. If you'd like a Bible, please drop by the church during office hours, 8:30 am to noon, Monday through Friday. You may call ahead to 508-758-2671 to reserve a copy if you wish.
Most of these Bibles are in the Revised Standard Version. They are all clean, complete, and in very good shape.

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

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

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