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The Wanderer gladly accepts any and all news and press release items from local non-profit organizations for publication on a weekly basis. The deadline for submission of news items is Monday at 12:00 noon for publication in that week's edition. Due to the increasing number of submissions, however, publication of press material is never guaranteed. The Wanderer will make every effort to publish timely news items and announcements as the subject warrants and as often as spacing allows. All press material must be submitted in writing via fax (508-758-4845), e-mail (, or mail (The Wanderer, P.O. Box 102, Mattapoisett, MA 02739), and must be typed or word-processed. We cannot accept any handwritten material or news items via telephone, no matter how brief.
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The September 4 installment of Take a Hike! stated that the East Over Reservation Hales Brook Tract & Sippican River Tract was managed by the Sippican and Rochester Land Trusts; however, the property is owned by the towns of Marion and Rochester and is managed by the Trustees of Reservations.

Letters to the Editor
The views expressed in the "Letters to the Editor" column are not necessarily those of The Wanderer, its staff or advertisers. The Wanderer will gladly accept any and all correspondence relating to timely and pertinent issues in the great Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester area, provided they include the author's name, address and phone number for verification. We cannot publish anonymous, unsigned or unconfirmed submissions. The Wanderer reserves the right to edit, condense and otherwise alter submissions for purposes of clarity and/or spacing considerations. The Wanderer may choose to not run letters that thank businesses, and The Wanderer has the right to edit letters to omit business names. The Wanderer also reserves the right to deny publication of any submitted correspondence.

Dear Editor:
It seems NSTAR has hired a logger, not an arborist, to enforce its easement rights on residents abutting the power lines. I can only speak to Mattapoisett, but from sun up to sun down, loggers are stripping the land and loading truck after truck of wood that technically belongs to the property owners- all under the guise of clearing to protect the power lines. Several complaints to NSTAR have not been responded to after several days. A call to the Mattapoisett Conservation Office also states that a permit was granted for routine maintenance. I have lived here for more than seventeen years and have never seen clearing taken to this destructive level. The logging efforts have destroyed homeowners' privacy, devalued our property and stripped the wetlands. We are told by the logging company: "Be careful not to make waves, we can actually take more." Amazingly, it is mostly hardwood that seems to pose the most eminent danger to the power lines. This is complete devastation. In my backyard, I now have sweeping views of ugly powerlines that will appear even worse in winter when there is no foliage. My backyard was a sanctuary. It was never explained to us that the clearing would be this drastic. As people are complaining, the loggers keep cutting. I would like to see the surveying done to support NSTAR's drastic devastation of this area and what environmental impact this has caused our area. I saw a buck this morning on someone's front lawn; the loggers probably wiped out the homes of many wildlife. My only hope is to ask the media to investigate. These trees once cut are gone forever. We must do something! Your attention is sincerely appreciated.
Julie Lizotte, Mattapoisett

Academic Achievements
Aidan St. James of Rochester was recently recognized for achieving academic distinction at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
St. James, majoring in plastics engineering, was named to the dean's list at UMass Lowell for the Spring 2014 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.

Little Harbor Scores
"The Good and the Bad" Best Ball - September 3, 2014 - Field of 67
1st Place (34): Kathy Macedo, Louise Tuohy, Steffi Peck, Deb Wilson
2nd Place Tie (35): Joan Forrester, Claire Schell, Pat Grace, Jeannine Wales MaryEllen Ryder, Linda Mowles, Joan Harrington, Sally Billington, Dyan Kieltyka, Judy Williams, Margaret Linehan, Kay Conroy, Michelle Smith, Fran Milotte, Carlos DaSilva, Lee Guerin, Shirley Collins, Phyllis Russo, Janet Perkins
Closest to the Pins: #1 Kay Conroy, #2 Ann Roche, #6 Sally Billington, #11 Anita Poyant, #15 Michelle Smith

Learn to Quahog in Marion with the BBC
Join the Buzzards Bay Coalition at Silvershell Beach (end of Front Street in Marion) on Saturday, September 20 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm for a fun, free program to learn to dig your own quahogs from Buzzards Bay. Experts with the Coalition will teach you the basics of local quahogging: what you need, how to do it, and where to go. This will be a "dig and release" event, unless you have a current Marion shellfish permit.
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
Registration is required for all Bay Adventures. To RSVP, email or call 508-999-6363 ext. 219.

Do You Have Time to Join Us?
The Mattapoisett Woman's Club will hold their first regular meeting of the fall on September 18 at noon in Reynard Hall of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 27 Church Street.
Now that summer company has departed, kids are back in school, the garden is looking good, and you have a free afternoon, please be our guest and enjoy a delicious, informal luncheon while chatting with new acquaintances and renewing old friendships.
Learn about our upcoming programs and small-group activities. Our monthly programs include Art and Jewelry, the Great Hill and Stone Estate, the Whitfield-Manjiro story, the roseate tern, and the making of a Great Chef.
Whether your interests lie in gardening, bridge, book discussions, Great Decisions programs, knitting or something else, you'll find others enthusiastically sharing ideas and creativity. These small groups meet at various times during the month and provide a great way to make new friends and improve a skill or hobby.
We welcome interested residents of all nearby towns to our meetings. You do not have to be a Mattapoisett resident to be a part of our Woman's Club.
Please come; we'd love to have you join us!
Questions or need a ride? Call Barb at 508-864-5213.

8th Annual Rochester Grammar School Reunion
Remember the Good Old Days with the students who attended Rochester's Waterman, Pierceville and Center Schools on Saturday, September 20 at the Rochester COA, Dexter Lane from 11:00 am to 3:00pm. $20 per person includes lunch. Send payment to The Rochester Historical Society, P.O. Box 171, Rochester, MA 02770.

H.H. Rogers Tours in Fairhaven
The Fairhaven Office of Tourism has announced that weekly Henry H. Rogers Walking Tours will be extended through the month of October on Thursday mornings only. The tours will start at 10:00 am outside the Town Hall, 40 Center Street. They will be guided by Howe Allen.
The tour outlines the life of Fairhaven native and Standard Oil Co. executive Henry H. Rogers and the outstanding architectural gifts he gave to his hometown between 1885 and 1909. The tour includes visits inside the Town Hall and the Millicent Library. It lasts about 90 minutes and is free of charge.
This tour is also given on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:00 through September. The Thursdays in October are an addition to the regular schedule.
For more information, you may email or call 508-979-4085.

Nasketucket Bird Club
Sunday, September 14 at 7:30 am is Fairhaven Favorites Bird Walk. As fall migration picks up, we'll be exploring some of Fairhaven's best places to see warblers and other migrating birds. Meet at Park & Ride, North Street, Mattapoisett, or check the website for contact information at
Name That Bird! will be held on Thursday, September 25 at 7:00 pm at Mattapoisett Public Library, 7 Barstow Street. What's that little brown bird? We often pass over the "little brown birds" that we can't identify at our feeders or on a walk. Jim Sweeney of the South Shore Bird Club, MassAudubon, and an all-around expert in the field will be speaking on sparrow identification.
Our club meets every 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Mattapoisett Public Library unless otherwise announced. Annual membership is $10. New members are always welcome. "We're not just bird-friendly, we're friendly birders."

Marion COA
Take the AARP Smart Driver Course hosted by the Marion COA at the Marion Police Station on Wednesday September 24. The classroom course will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm with a break for lunch. Please bring a bag lunch as lunch will not be provided. Space is limited, so register by calling 508-748-3570.
Call the Marion COA to reserve your spot on the van to the Westport Farmers Market on September 13 with pick up beginning at 8:30 am.
Lunch and Learn will begin again on October 1 at 12:00 noon. Bring your lunch and see if a reverse mortgage is right for you. All are invited, free and preregistration is not needed.

Rochester Historical Society
The September 17 meeting of the Rochester Historical Society is at the East Rochester Church/Museum, 355 County Rd. at 7:00 pm.
Title of the program is "Sweetheart Cottage: Restoring a Hidden Gem on Snipatuit Pond." Andrea King, current owner of this 1925-29 cottage, will present a PowerPoint program chronicling the restoration of this lovely cottage. All are welcome. Refreshments will follow the presentation.

2014 Mattapoisett Road Race Award Winners
The Mattapoisett 4th of July Road Race Committee, chaired by Bill Tilden, ORRHS Athletic Director, is pleased to announce award winners for 2014. Throughout the history of the race, the Committee has given over $200,000 in awards to Tri-Town students who have been involved in running.
This year, a record $19,000 was dispersed to the following award recipients:
From Marion: Zachary Tilden, Gabrielle Gleiman, Samantha Barrett, Kaitlyn Sethares, Evan Augustine.
From Mattapoisett: Abigail Adams, Colin Knapton, Robert Magee, Hannah Vieira.
From Rochester: Morgan Dasilva, Michael Wyman, Paige Santos.

Marion NHM After-school Programs
September 24: Tour of Sippican Harbor. We will once again be taking a look at Marion's lovely harbor with the Harbormaster's crew. Depending on the weather, we may be able to get to Bird Island and take a look at one of the few nesting locations of the roseate tern. Otherwise, we will enjoy looking for other bird species that are moving through our area. This program is limited to 12 and always very popular, so please get your registrations in early. Also, please bring a life jacket (which fits!) and plan to dress warmly and get a little wet. Pick up and drop off will be at the Marion Harbormaster's office.
October 15: Exploring the night sky. Using the museum's Starlab portable planetarium, our new presenter, Sidney Batchelder, will introduce us to the fall constellations. The planetarium is an inflatable, room-size teaching tool that is always a popular interactive astronomy program.
October 29: Looking at leaves. We will explore the ways that trees and other vegetation prepare for the winter months. We will also be collecting some examples of the vibrantly colored leaves of fall to press in our individual plant presses to take home.
Please go to to register for any of these programs.

Elizabeth Taber Library Fall Children's Programs
Fall Story Time, for children between the ages of three and five, begins October 6 and runs through November 24. Children are invited to enjoy stories, finger-plays and crafts Monday mornings at 10:30 am.
Fall Tales for Twos, for children 24-36 months, begins October 1 and runs through November 26. Children must be two years old by October 1 to attend and must be accompanied by enthusiastic adult companions. The half-hour of stories, finger-plays and crafts takes place at 10:30 am on Wednesday mornings.
Fall Lapsit, for children birth through 23 months and their caregivers, begins October 7 and runs through November 25. Each Tuesday morning program begins at 10:30 am and includes a 20 minute "story time" followed by 20 minutes of socializing. One child per "lap" please!
Pre-registration is required for these programs; please sign up by stopping by the library, calling 508-748-1252, or by emailing Mrs. Grey, Children's Librarian, at

Friends to Launch Community-Wide Project
The Friends of Marion Council on Aging (FMCOA) will host their second annual membership meeting on Wednesday, September 17 at 5:00 pm. The meeting will be held at the Marion Music Hall at 164 Front Street in Marion, MA.
Officers of the Friends - Sue Wood, Jerry Garcia, Priscilla Ditchfield, and Chrissie Bascom - will convene the meeting. In addition to past accomplishments and information from the Friends group, a special presentation from the UMass Boston Gerontology Institute, a nationally recognized leader of research topics related to aging, will be featured.
Director of the Institute, Jan Mutchler, will highlight aspects unique to the town of Marion with respect to its senior population. The Institute will also be facilitating small groups of volunteers town-wide during the fall months to determine unmet needs and develop strategies for Marion to respond to the current and future senior population. FMCOA has been working in conjunction with the Council on Aging and hopes to engage a broad representation of adults living in Marion as part of this process. All are invited to attend the meeting on September 17.
The Friends of Marion Council on Aging, founded in 2012, is a private non-profit corporation with a 501(c)(3) status, whose primary purpose is to seek donations through memberships, fundraising events, sponsorships and/or corporate gifts to financially assist the various projects that support and enhance the operation of the Marion Council on Aging. In addition, FMCOA advocates for the COA and for Older Adults in our town.

Marion Cultural Council LCC Grants
The Marion Cultural Council is seeking funding proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities and science projects for the FY15 LCC cycle. Application forms for the grants are available online at Form templates are also available at the Elizabeth Taber Library, 8 Spring Street, Marion. Please visit the Massachusetts Cultural Council website for details regarding the submission of funding proposals. The deadline to submit grant applications is October 15.
Grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in and around Marion including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.
The Marion Cultural Council will also consider funding proposals from schools and youth groups to assist in subsidizing school-age children to attend cultural field trips.
The Marion Cultural Council is a part of a network of Local Cultural Councils (LCC) serving over 350 communities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The LCC program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. This year, the Marion Cultural Council will distribute nearly $4,300 in grants.
For more information, please email Madelaine Smith at

Rochester Cub Scout Sign-up
The Rochester Cub Scouts are having an Ice Cream Social and sign-up night on Friday, September 19 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Rochester First Congregational Church at Plumb Corner. Come and see what Cub Scouting is all about. Cub Scouting is for boys in Grades 1-5. For further information, please call the Cub Master at 508-763-4596.

Mattapoisett Free Public Library Announcements
Sunday Hours at the Library: The Mattapoisett Library is now open Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm until Memorial Day. Stop in to read the Sunday newspapers, use the computers, or browse the collection. Students: Get some extra help with homework or finding the material you need for your upcoming school project.
Food Sensitivity and Intestinal Health: On Tuesday, September 30 at 6:30 pm, registered nurse Pamela Ferro will discuss the effects of food sensitivities and intestinal health on the behavior, socialization and cognition of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Recent research documents ways that dietary changes can support positive outcomes. Parents and professionals are encouraged to attend. Ferro is the co-founder of Hopewell Associates. Inc. Register by calling 508-758-4171.
How Much Stress is Too Much for Our Children? Join school psychologist Joel Ristuccia on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30 pm to learn more about how much stress IS too much, what is healthy stress, and how stress and anxiety affect our children's school performance and general well being. He will explore new research on the affects of stress on children and what we can do to make needed changes. Parents, grandparents and school staff are encouraged to attend this free program which will be followed by time for questions. Childcare will be provided in the library. Call 508-758-4171 to register.
Library Resources for Parents and Professionals: Thanks to a generous grant from The Phyllis McGillicuddy Charitable Trust, the library has acquired many new materials for families whose children have special concerns. These new books and other materials may be just what parents are looking for to answer questions about health, school and particular families concerns. Join the library staff on Sunday, September 21 from 3:00 to 3:45 pm or Tuesday, September 23 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm to get an orientation to these new books, websites, and apps. Register by calling 508-758-4171.
First Day Jitters? Take Our New StoryWalk! A new StoryWalk has been set up on the grounds of the library for all to enjoy whether the library is open or closed. First Day Jitters (Mrs. Hartwell's Class Adventures) by Julie Dannenberg wraps all around the library and will remain through the end of the month.
It's GAME ON! Students are invited to the library on Friday, September 19 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm to have fun with X-Box Kinect video games on the big screen! Also on hand will be plenty of board games, card games, and snacks. Bring your friends!
Caregivers Wanted: Jobs Available! Do you have the compassion and heart to become a caregiver? The staff from Home Instead Senior CareO will be at the library on September 11 at 11:00 am to tell you more about employment opportunities working for their agency. They are now hiring for non-medical care positions to serve seniors in the southcoast area. More details about the positions and benefits will be available, as well as instructions for applying. No medical experience is necessary and training is provided.
Fall Story Time Registration: Sign your child or grandchild up for the upcoming eight-week story time session by stopping by the children's room or calling 508-758-4171 beginning Tuesday, September 16. Story times for toddlers will begin Tuesday, September 30 from 10:30 to 11:00 am. Preschool story times will be held beginning Thursday, October 2 and Friday, October 3 from 10:30 to 11:15 am. For more information, please call the children's library staff.

Gateway Youth Hockey
Squirts: The Gateway Squirts came out a little sluggish, but soon picked up the pace and took their first win of the season 8-0 against Braintree White. Thomas Leger, Matthew Quinlan, Juni Suarez, Trendyn Mederios, and Nate Ribeiro scored for the team with assists from Matthew Paling and Suarez. The whole team put in 100% effort and skated together, keeping the puck down the offensive end most of the game, and thus helping Ryker King earn his first shut-out for the season.
Pee Wees: The Gateway Pee Wee hockey season opener resulted in a 6-1 loss against Duxbury. Duxbury took an early three-goal lead in the first period until Jack Martins got Gateway on the board with their only goal of the game in the second period. Duxbury would go on to score three additional goals in the third. Gateway goalie, Ryker King, played a great game with some incredible stops, but the opposing team's pressure was consistent throughout the entire game and proved too much for Gateway. This was the first game of the season for Gateway with no place to go but up, and this team will do just that. The loss was tough, but so were the players. Gateway skated hard to the last seconds of the game and showed a lot of promise for the 2014-2015 season. There will be some work to do in order to come together as a team, but the foundation is there and some good solid team building is all that will be needed to be successful.
Bantams: The Gateway Youth Hockey Bantam team opened the season with a decisive 8-0 victory over Plymouth. Steven Strachan and Zachary Pateakos shared the shutout in net. Jackson St. Don, Jake Demoranville, and Jameson Woodward each had two goals. Zack Lovendale added a goal and an assist. Jared Westgate also chipped in with a goal. Playmakers Josh Smolinsky and Robert Ramsay each had three assists.
Middle School 1: The Middle School 1 Jr. Vikings opened up their 2014-15 season with a victory over Walpole 6-2 Friday night. The scoring started early with a goal off the first face-off of the game. Quirino doCanto won the face off and headed up the ice with line mates Tyler Lovendale and James L'Heureux. doCanto then passed over to L'Heureux to score 10 seconds into the game. The Vikings played great defense, led by Coleby Paling and Seth Tomasik, to hold Walpole scoreless for the first period. Peter Pimental started the second period scoring on assists from Vyper LaTulippe and Zack Lovendale. Pimental returned the favor and fed Lovendale for his first of two goals on the night. Walpole got on the board in the second when a wide open player snuck one by goaltender Alex DeMarco. doCanto then got his name in the goal-scorer column by tapping in a rebound off a shot from Tyler Lovendale. Walpole then added another goal making it 4-2. The final two goals were scored by the Lovendale brothers, making the final score 6-2. It was a good first game to the season, with well-played defense and great goaltending. DeMarco made a number of saves in his first game for the Middle School 1 team.
Middle School Game 2: The MS 1 Jr. Vikings played their second game on Sunday, squeaking out a 2-2 tie against the North Devils. The game was a defensive battle from the beginning. North got on the board early in the first period beating Alex DeMarco. DeMarco then put up a brick wall, stopping almost every other shot after that. The Vikings defense, Paling, Tomasik, Kaleb Riggle, Wylde Latulippe, played strong as well, keeping the Devils away from DeMarco. The Jr. Vikings put up a number of shots on the North goalie, but he was definitely up to task, pushing away everything in the first two periods. The third period started off as another tough defensive period, until the Jr. Vikings finally broke through. The line of Tyler Lovendale, doCanto, and L'Heureux got the offense going early in the third period. On an offensive zone face off, an errant pass found the stick of Lovendale, who quickly made a no-look backhand pass to a cutting doCanto. doCanto made the goalie miss and drew the puck back in, before stuffing in a backhand as he was going down to the ice. On the ensuing possession, all three came down the ice and combined for the second goal with a pass from doCanto to L'Heureux to Lovendale who put it in the net. Unfortunately, the lead was short lived as North quickly tied it up. The game then became defensive again, with neither team being able to score again. It was a great game to watch and well played by both teams.

Mattapoisett Cultural Council Grants
Mattapoisett Cultural Council seeks grant proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs. These grants support a variety of artistic projects and activities in and around Mattapoisett - including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.
This year, Mattapoisett Cultural Council will distribute about $4,300 in grants. Previously funded projects include: Young People's Concerts by New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, theatrical programs for children at Mattapoisett Free Public Library and for adults at Mattapoisett Council for Aging, and a performance for all ages by SouthCoast Children's Chorus, among others.
Guidelines, application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at Questions may be addressed to Application forms are also available at Mattapoisett Free Public Library.
Grant applications must be postmarked no later than October 15 (10 copies).
Mattapoisett Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

Marion Toastmaster's Club
The Marion Toastmaster's Club, a public speaking, communications and leadership organization meets the first and third Thursday of each month from noon to 1:00 pm at the Marion Recreation Center at 13 Atlantis Drive in Marion. The building is located near the Sippican Healthcare campus and Marconi Village.
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

Old Rochester Class of 1964
A reminder that the Old Rochester Class of 1964's 50th class reunion will be held at the Century House in Acushnet on September 27 at 6:00 pm. The Reunion Committee looks forward to greeting old friends and classmates.

Meet John Adams
On Thursday, September 25, the public is invited to spend an evening with John Adams, the father of American Independence and 2nd President of the United States, as portrayed by historical re-enactor, George Baker. During his presentation, entitled "Meet John Adams – A Witty and Revolutionary Conversation with America's Second President," Mr. Baker will present Adams' views of the nation, history and family life in a humorous and inspiring speech. He will be dressed in the clothes he would have worn as the Second President of the United States from 1797-1801.
George Baker is a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School. He practices law in New Canaan, Connecticut. In 2008, Mr. Baker created his one-man show to represent the humor and patriotism of President John Adams. Receiving rave reviews, his performances have taken place at venues across the nation – to include three Presidential Libraries. The presentation, which will begin promptly at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall, is open to the public, with no registration required. Though the presentation is offered free of charge, donations are always greatly appreciated. Ample parking is available across from the Music Hall (164 Front Street) at Island Wharf Park. For more information, call SHS at 508-748-1116.

Mattapoisett Cub Scouts
Once again, we will be kicking off the Cub Scout year in Mattapoisett on Thursday September 18, starting promptly at 6:15 pm. It will be held in the Church Hall of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. We encourage all boys from first to fifth grade to come see what we are all about, join in a night of activities and fun - no obligation - and siblings are welcome! We'll be having fun with rockets, boats, a Lego car raceway and more!

Friends Second-Saturday Book Sale
The Friends of the Mattapoisett Library's second-Saturday book sale resumes its regular schedule on September 13 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm downstairs at the library, 7 Barstow Street. This month's highlight is the addition of nearly 1,000 nearly-new non-fiction books on nearly every subject: history; military history; biography; and sports, particularly baseball. As always, there's a great selection of fiction for all ages, CDs and DVDs, the Junior Friends' bake sale, and the deposit-bottle and can collection. Stop by to browse and to support your library.

Seaside Harvest Festival
The Seaside Harvest Festival, sponsored by The Ladies Auxiliary of Damien Council 4190, will be held on Saturday, October 4 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (with a rain date of October 5). The event will take place at the Knights of Columbus grounds located at 57 Fairhaven Road, Mattapoisett. There will be arts, crafts, sales booths, food and entertainment. For more information, please contact Gloria Alferes at 774-994-6627 or Caryn Hodges Coulombe at 508-989-7805. All proceeds will benefit the charitable organizations supported by The Ladies Auxiliary of Damien Council 4190.

Tinkhamtown Artists Show
The Mattapoisett Area Artists will present a gallery show at Tinkhamtown on September 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, from noon until 6:00 pm. Artist Open House reception is September 12 from 7:00 until 9:00 pm. Tinkham Chapel was established in 1890. The show will be next door at 188 Acushnet Road, in Mattapoisett. Read about the history of the chapel and view local artists. The picturesque setting and artistic creations displayed will make a visit well worth your while. Contact for more information.

Gateway Youth Hockey
Gateway Youth Hockey is looking for the next generation of hockey players now!
Learn to Skate/Play - Session 1 begins Friday, September 12 and runs eight weeks for $99. Location: Tabor Ice Rink in Marion from 6:00 - 7:00 pm. Dates: September 12, 19, 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24; and November 7. Registration will be taken on the first day, September 12. The equipment list is as follows: Required: Helmet with face cage; Recommended: hockey or winter gloves; snow pants or hockey pants; knee and elbow pads; hockey skates (no double blades).
For more information, email

September Programs at Plumb Library
For their September book, "Just the Facts", the nonfiction book discussion group, will be reading Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss. In the spring of 1999, the heads of the world's largest processed-food companies - from Coca-Cola to Nabisco - gathered at Pillsbury headquarters for a secret meeting. On the agenda: the emerging epidemic of obesity and what to do about it. Increasingly, the salt, sugar, and fat-laden foods these companies produced were being linked to obesity, and a day of reckoning was at hand. In Salt, Sugar, Fat, Moss shows how we got here. Featuring examples from some of the most recognizable and profitable companies and brands of the last half century, Moss' explosive, empowering narrative is grounded in meticulous research. We will discuss this book on Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 pm. Copies are available at the desk or can be downloaded from Overdrive.
Cafe Parlez' selection for September is The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor. "Wonderland" is real. Alyss Heart is the heir to the throne until her murderous Aunt Redd steals the crown and kills Alyss' parents. To escape Redd, Alyss and her bodyguard Hatter Madigan escape to our world through the Pool of Tears, but are separated on the way. Alone and lost in Victorian England, Alyss is befriended by an aspiring author to whom she tells her story. Hatter must find Alyss and return her to Wonderland to defeat Redd and take her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts. We will discuss this book on Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk or bring your own copy.
Plumb Library Knitters meets every Monday at 6:30 pm. Knitting lessons will be given on Mondays at 6:00 pm starting September 15. Call the library at 508-763-8600 to reserve a spot in the 6:00 pm beginning knitter class.
New computer users can receive training and assistance with Mr. Charles Tate on Wednesdays at 10:00 am starting September 17. Please contact the library for more information or to let us know what you need to work on. Stop by the library, call us at 508-763-8600, or email

Classic Film Friday
On Friday, September 12 at 7:00 pm, the public is invited to the Marion Music Hall (164 Front Street) for its Classic Film Friday Presentation: Double Indemnity. The event is co-sponsored by the Sippican Historical Society and the Marion Council on Aging, and is offered to the public, free of charge. The 1944 film noir is an urban crime drama in which Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) seduces insurance agent Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) into murdering her husband to collect his accident policy. Complications arise when Neff's boss, Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson), a brilliant insurance investigator, grows suspicious of the death's true nature. Praised by many critics when first released, the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, though it did not win any. Widely regarded as a classic, Double Indemnity is regarded as the iconic film noir, setting the standard for the films of that genre.
Running time for Double Indemnity is 107 minutes, and the film will be followed by a brief talk-back session by David Pierce. The Marion Music Hall is located at 164 Front Street, and ample parking is available across the street at Island Wharf. For more information, contact the SHS at 508-748-1116.

Fifth Annual Brad Barrows Memorial
The Fifth Annual Brad Barrows Youth Athletic Fund Motorcycle Ride will be held Saturday, September 27 at Rick's Tavern (formerly Brads Inc.), 35 County Rd, Route 6 in Mattapoisett. Rain date is September 28. The ride starts at Rick's Tavern, travels to a Mystery Ride destination, and then return to Rick's Tavern for great food, cheers, and merchandise raffles. Registration is at 10:00 am, kickstands up at 12:30 pm; the cost is $20 per bike including passenger. No bike? Join us after the ride for $10. Proceeds benefit youth sports and activities in Mattapoisett, Marion and Rochester. For more information, contact Dick Barrett at 774-263-4596. Hope to see you there. Please note: The previous date of September 20 has been changed to above date of September 27.

Machacam Club
The Machacam Club will hold its October meeting on October 1 at the Legion Hall, 3 Depot Street. Social time is 5:30 pm, with dinner at 6:00pm.
Our special guest will be Seth Mendell, who will be departing the next day to return to Florida for the winter. As this year is the 100th anniversary of our Cape Cod Canal, Seth will talk about the early attempts to build a canal across the isthmus and the actual building in the early 1900s. Today's canal was built by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1930s and is the widest sea-level canal in the world. With Seth's skills, the resulting presentation will certainly be most interesting.
Callers and members are asked to bear in mind the importance of call list accuracy, especially in view of the potential food cost increases. Caller lists should be done and reported no later than 9:00 am on September 29 by email to or by phone to Mike at 508-758-9311. Members with requests or changes can contact either no later than 9:00 am on September 30. As this is the first meeting, if any caller has a conflict with their list, please let Mike know.

'Race to Nowhere' Viewing
The film Race to Nowhere is considered one of the top documentary films on American education and calls us to challenge our current thinking about how we prepare our children for success. Come see this film with the Tri-Town community on Wednesday, September 24 at the Old Rochester Regional High School Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the film begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased for $10 online ( or for $15 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the JHS Needy Family Fund. For those who are interested, the film will be followed by a panel discussion led by school psychologist Dr. Jessica Stewart, pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Russell, and local therapist and school administrator Charlie West. We hope you are able to attend and be part of this important conversation. To view trailer and order tickets, visit

Plumb Corner 25th Anniversary
On Saturday, September 13 from 3:00 - 7:00 pm there will be a huge celebration at Plumb Corner Mall to celebrate its 25th Anniversary/Birthday. Some of the festivities include, but are not limited to, live music with the Relics, DJ Howie, vendors and raffles, games for kids, face painting courtesy of the Junior Friends of Plumb Library, balloon animals courtesy of Rochester Lions Club, and much more!

Bike Path Hearing
A public hearing with Massachusetts Department of Transportation is scheduled for September 25 at 7:00 pm at Old Hammondtown School. All are welcome. For people who cannot attend, Friends of Mattapoisett Bike Path are holding an informational meeting and letter writing opportunity on Wednesday, September 10 at the Inn on Shipyard Park beginning at 7:00 pm.

Marion Democratic Town Committee
The Marion Democratic Town Committee will meet Saturday, September 20 at 10:00 am at the Music Hall, 164 Front Street, Marion.
State Representative Bill Straus, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation, and State Senator Marc Pacheco will be guest speakers. Transportation and its significance in keeping Massachusetts competitive in the national and global economy, and why the state needs funding to fix our roads and bridges will be the main topic. Also, a representative from the Committee for Safer Roads and Bridges will address the importance of Question 1 on the statewide ballot.
For more information, call 508-748-1282. Guests are always welcome.

MPOA Charity Golf Tournament
The Mattapoisett Police Officer's Association Charity Golf Tournament will be held at the Allendale Country Club, 1047 Allen St. Dartmouth, on October 6 at 8:30 am.
Entry Price is $125 per person, $500 Foursome and the entry deadline is September 29.
Registration fee includes: 18 holes of traditional scramble golf format, golf cart fee, awards lunch, gift bag, and T-shirt. Prizes awarded for winning team, longest drive, and closest to the pin, in addition to raffle prizes and a chance to win a 2014 GMC automobile for Hole-In-One Contest. All proceeds benefit local charities and community-sponsored events.
For further sponsorship opportunities and donations, contact Turner Ryan at or 508-525-2531. For registration forms and online registration, visit:

The Tri-Town Celebrates the Beatles
Local Beatles historian and collector Jim Cushman, along with Old Rochester Community Television, would like to invite you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first appearance in New England by joining us for a memorabilia show that will benefit a local food pantry. Come see rare Beatles collectibles including Beatle-worn clothing, band autographs and other rare memorabilia. There will also be showings of rare Beatles film footage and photo opportunities; cameras are welcomed and encouraged. This event will be held on Saturday, September 13 from noon until 5:00 pm at the ORCTV studios at 345 Front St. in Marion, nearly 50 years to the date of the Beatles legendary performance at the old Boston Garden on September 12, 1964. Admission for this event is one nonperishable food item per person to be donated to a local food pantry for the upcoming holiday season. For more information, please call ORCTV at 508-748-1600. We look forward to seeing you!

Marion Recreation Fall Dance Classes
Marion Recreation Fall Dance classes are open for registration. Once again, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre are being offered. This session's Musical Theatre Class will be Mary Poppins. Classes begin on Wednesday, October 8 and run until Wednesday, December 3 (no classes on November 26). Musical Theatre is 3:15 - 4:15 pm and Hip Hop is 4:15 - 5:15 pm. For boys and girls, 5 to 13 years old. All levels of experience are welcome! Both classes are held at the Marion Music Hall on Front Street in Marion. Fee is $120 per student per class. Registration deadline is Monday, September 29. Forms are available for pick up at the Marion Town House and the Marion Recreation Department, 13 Atlantis Drive. Forms may also be downloaded and printed from our newly updated website, For more information, please contact Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or

Spaghetti Supper Fundraiser
A Spaghetti Supper to support Matt Robbie, a '95 FHS graduate who is battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma, will be held at the Knights of Columbus on September 27 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm or 6:00 - 8:00 pm. There will also be high-value raffles and entertainment. Visit to purchase tickets or make a donation. All proceeds go to the Robbie Strong Fund.

Junior Achievement Seeks Volunteers
Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts is seeking volunteers to teach classes in Bristol County and Southern Plymouth County during their fall session.
Junior Achievement is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, ultimately empowering young people to own their economic success. Last year, JA of Southern Massachusetts impacted 4,425 students throughout their service area.
Volunteers will educate students about free enterprise, financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship.
"JA programs fill a very important gap that often exists between what students are learning in school and how it applies to the real world," said Caroline Paradis, Junior Achievement President. "Volunteers don't need to have any previous experience in the classroom; in fact, most people don't when they first start volunteering with JA. They just need to be willing to share their experiences and help open a student's eyes to a world of new possibilities."
JA provides new volunteers with training and all program materials needed to teach the course. Opportunities are available at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Volunteers will give 45-60 minutes per week for 5-7 sessions, depending on the program. For more information, call Corrie Martin at 508-997-6536 ext. 12 or via email at
For more information about Junior Achievement or to sign up as a volunteer, visit

Marion Art Center Fall Classes
Watercolor Painting for Adult Beginners
Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
September 17 - November 5 (8 weeks)
Instructor: Patricia White
Tuition: $175 members / $190 non-members (materials not included)
Note: This course requires a minimum of 5 students to run
This course is designed for people who would like to try watercolor painting, but do not know where to start. Students will explore different techniques, while working on the landscape, still life, figurative, and/or imaginative painting, in a nurturing environment.
About the Instructor: Patricia White is a painter and a Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is past President of the Marion Art Center and the current President of the Bourne-Wareham Art Association. She studied Realist Painting at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and has shown her work in numerous exhibitions in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including the Marion Art Center, The Jonathan Bourne Library, The Wareham Library, Don's Art Shop of Warren, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ArtWorks! of New Bedford, the Annual BWAA Show and Sale, and the Gift Shop of The Cape Cod Museum of Art.
Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor
Thursdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
September 18 - November 6 (8 weeks)
Instructor: Jay Ryan
Tuition: $175 members / $190 non-members (materials not included)
Note: This course requires a minimum of 5 students to run
This course is a perfect "next step" for those who would like to explore watercolor painting beyond a basic understanding of color and brush strokes. Using the brilliant nature of light (and dark), we'll "push" the medium, adding other water media, brushes, and paper surfaces, and experiment with palette color mixing to capture magic and luminosity. In each class, we will start a new painting together using landscape, still life, the figure, abstract or imaginative thought, or narrative ideas as subjects. Each class will also provide a brief and supportive group "critique". Students will leave with expanded knowledge of technique and traditional and contemporary use of watercolor.
About the Instructor: Jay Ryan is a Fairhaven painter and a Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A former K-12 public school art teacher and administrator, Jay has studied at Massachusetts College of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Framingham State and Lesley Universities. His work has been locally shown at the Judith Klein Gallery, ArtWorks! and Gallery X in New Bedford, and the Marion Art Center.
Preschool Piano (age 3-5 yrs)
Fall 2014 Session: September 12 - November 14 (10 weeks)
Friday mornings at the Marion Art Center
Recital: November 14
25-minute private lessons for children ages 3-5 yrs.
$20 per lesson (includes cost of music/materials/recital)
Little Mozart's Preschool Piano is an early music enrichment program for children ages 3 to 5. Lessons are designed to introduce children to the piano and teach basic foundation skills that will inspire an early appreciation for music. Individual lessons place an emphasis on rhythm, finger position, music vocabulary, music notation, note reading, and encourage overall fine motor development. It is offered three times per year at the Marion Art Center for 10-week sessions during the fall (Sept-Dec), winter/spring (Jan-April), and summer (July-August). Each session concludes with a short recital. Children may repeat sessions through age 5 to enhance their knowledge and performance skills.
To reserve a lesson time, contact Jamie Wiksten at or 508-295-0379.
Saturday Morning Piano Lessons
Piano lessons for beginners and intermediates are offered on Saturday mornings, by appointment only, with instructor Donald Richard.
Fall 2014 Session begins September 27 and runs until December 13. Winter Session begins January 10, 2015 and runs until the end of the school year. To reserve a lesson time, please call Donald Richard at 781-582-6273 or email him at
About the Instructor: Donald Richard earned his Bachelor of Music from University of Lowell and has been teaching private lessons on piano and trumpet since 1980. He has substituted in the Old Rochester Regional School District since 1999 and since 2003 has assisted with the Sippican Elementary School Annual Band Blast and other events.
Registration and payment for all classes except piano can be made on line at
The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street (main entrance is on Main Street) in Marion, MA 02738. For more information, please call 508-748-1266 or visit

Rochester's Newest Walking Trail Announced
The Town of Rochester, Wildlands Trust and Rochester Land Trust are proud to announce the opening of the Doggetts Brook Trail, which culminates a successful multi-year effort to link existing Town and conservation lands. The trail originates at the Dexter Lane ball fields and meanders by a reservoir, abandoned cranberry bogs, vernal pool, and through open field and woodlands bordering on Doggetts Brook. In late 2011, the Town purchased a 29-acre parcel of land from Deb Arney of Rochester with funding from the Rochester Land Trust and Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program The Arney property had long been a conservation priority for the Town, Wildlands Trust and Rochester Land Trust because it was a key link to an assemblage of conservation properties. The groups worked together over the past two years to improve a loop trail that links over 100 acres of open space for public enjoyment. Thanks to a grant from the Makepeace Neighborhood Fund, the trailhead is marked by a map display case, and a kiosk and signage are installed at strategic points along the trail.
Please join us to celebrate the newest walking trail in Rochester at the grand opening on Saturday, September 13 at 1:00 pm at the Dexter Lane Recreational Area by the trailhead display case on the restroom building. After a short dedication, all are invited to walk the trail led by local naturalists. Refreshments will be available at the end of the walk, which normally takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete. Please bring bug spray, water bottles, hats and walking sticks if needed. Dogs are welcome but must be leashed.

Bike for Clean Water
October is a great time to explore the beauty of Southeastern Massachusetts and the Cape - and what better way to experience the region's spectacular autumn scenery than on your bicycle? Register today for the Buzzards Bay Coalition's eighth annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride on Sunday, October 5, and you can celebrate the beauty of the Bay and our region while helping to protect it for future generations.
Each year, the Watershed Ride draws avid cyclists, casual riders, families, teams and clubs. Cyclists ages 12 and over are welcome. All funds raised from the Watershed Ride will support the Coalition's work to protect and restore clean water in and around Buzzards Bay.
Participants can choose between two picturesque routes: a 75-mile option that begins at Horseneck Beach in Westport or a 35-mile route that begins in Rochester. Both finish at Quissett Harbor in Woods Hole. Along the way, riders will enjoy scenic views of Southeastern Massachusetts' beaches, harbors, rivers, farms, and forests awash in the colors of fall. Riders will cycle through cities and towns all around the Buzzards Bay region, including Westport, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Acushnet, Rochester, Wareham, Bourne and Falmouth.
With a lunch stop, water and snack stations along the course, and on-the-road repair technicians available at call, riders can feel confident that the course is safe and fully supported. At the finish line, the 150-plus riders will be greeted by a crowd of cheering supporters and a celebration with food, drinks and live music.
So pump up your tires, strap on your helmet, and get ready for the ride of your life! The Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride is just two months away. To learn more about the Watershed Ride, register as a rider or sign up to volunteer, visit

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.

Marion Town Events Calendar
The Town of Marion, in conjunction with the Friends of the Marion Council on Aging, is pleased to make available an online Town Events calendar through the Town of Marion website, Our goals for the Events calendar are to:
- Increase citizen awareness of and participation in community-wide events;
- Provide non-profit, Marion organizations the vehicle to list/post their events on the Town website; and
- Decrease scheduling conflicts among Marion organizations.
The Events calendar is a free service provided for and maintained by the Town of Marion. It is now available to Marion non-profit organizations and can be used to promote educational, social, cultural, athletic, or recreational events open to the general public. All calendar listings must follow the Town of Marion guidelines and be submitted using the online Event Notice form that can be obtained from the calendar editor, Michele Bissonnette, Assistant Town Clerk,

Marion Council on Aging
The Council on Aging will be running the following trips:
September 22: Isaac's in Plymouth
October 20: Battleship Cove in Fall River
November 17: Lee's and Partner's Country Store in Westport
Pick up will be at 11:00 am. Please call to reserve your spot on the van. Admission and lunch are up to the individual riders.

Best Seat in the House? Every Seat!
The Music Hall Advisory Committee is pleased to announce two very significant donations - an audio system donated by an anonymous donor, as well as 150 comfortable, new chairs from a dual donation by an anonymous donor and the Sippican Historical Society. The Committee is deeply grateful for these wonderful contributions that will greatly enhance the comfort and enjoyment of audiences for the many civic and cultural activities held at the Music Hall.
For information on various programs held at the Music Hall by organizations such as the Sippican Historical Society, Elizabeth Taber Library and Marion Council on Aging, as well as other local venues, you can now consult the Town of Marion's Events calendar at
Increased use of the Music Hall has led to more awareness of the maintenance issues it faces, and the Committee is very pleased to be working actively with the town's new Facilities Manager, Shaun Cormier, to ensure the long-term 'health' of this historic building. We look forward to honoring the vision of Elizabeth Taber when she built the Music Hall in 1891, as well as the generosity of another benefactress whose large donation in 1995 provided funds for a major renovation to the building as well as an endowment.
The focus now is on stabilizing the Hall's foundation, increasing handicap access, upgrading the kitchen, replacing the furnace, redoing the interior painting and floors, as well as furnishing the Reading Room. Excellent assistance from many local volunteers has proved invaluable, and the Committee welcomes any and all suggestions as the project moves forward.
Anyone who wishes to be involved in the Music Hall's improvement initiative is encouraged to contact Phyllis Washburn at

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, fr

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