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Letters to the Editor
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An Open Letter to the Woman in the Powder-Buff Blue VW Convertible Leaving the Parking Lot of the Marion General Store around 11:00 am Thursday, November 13
Dear Madam:
Perhaps, as you were pulling out of the parking lot of the Marion General Store, you were too distracted talking on your cellphone (held in your right hand) to see the pedestrian entering the crosswalk in front of you. That is understandable.
Perhaps you did notice the pedestrian, but opted not to yield. That is a bit less understandable.
But certainly you took notice of the fact that you clipped the pedestrian's left leg with the right rear quarter of powder-buff blue VW convertible as you pulled out. When our eyes met in your car's sideview mirror, the wide-eyed expression on your face made it clear to me that you knew very well you had hit me. I do not understand why you did not stop, if only to apologize. Instead, you drove away.
It should not matter that I was not injured, and suffered only a bump to the knee. The incident could have been much more serious. I beseech you, for the safety of all: In the future, please refrain from talking on the phone while you drive; please yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk; and please stop if you strike someone with your car, even if is only a glancing blow.
Most respectfully,
Gregory Ruf

Bishop Stang Honor Roll
The following Tri-Town students have been recognized on the Bishop Stang Q1 Honor Roll:
Samuel Appleton, grade 12, First Honors, Mattapoisett
Sandra Decas, grade 12, First Honors, Mattapoisett
Meghan Domagala, grade 12, Second Honors, Rochester
Emma Downes, grade 12, First Honors, Mattapoisett
Aidan Downey, grade 9, Second Honors, Mattapoisett
Caroline Downey, grade 12, First Honors, Mattapoisett
Adam Estes, grade 11, First Honors, Mattapoisett
Daniel Fealy, grade 11, First Honors, Mattapoisett
Carolyn Foley, grade 12, First Honors, Mattapoisett
Hunter Foley, grade 11, Second Honors, Rochester
Kyleigh Good, grade 12, Second Honors, Rochester
Jeannette King, grade 9, First Honors, Rochester
Matthew Lee, grade 12, Second Honors, Marion
Ruben Llanas-Colon, grade 12, First Honors, Mattapoisett
Elizabeth Lonergan, grade 11, Second Honors, Marion
Maura Lonergan, grade 12, First Honors, Marion
Mariah MacGregor, grade 12, Second Honors, Rochester
Martha MacGregor, grade 9, Second Honors, Rochester
Anne Martin, grade 12, Second Honors, Mattapoisett
Katherine Martin, grade 12, Second Honors, Mattapoisett
Lillian McIntire, grade 11, Second Honors, Mattapoisett
Hannah Nordstrom, grade 10, Second Honors, Marion
Christian Paim, grade 11, Second Honors, Marion
Madeline Pope, grade 10, Second Honors, Mattapoisett
Carli Rita, grade 10, Second Honors, Mattapoisett
Jessica Rush, grade 11, Second Honors, Marion
Joseph Russo, grade 9, First Honors, Marion
Matthew Russo, grade 9, First Honors, Marion
Tyler Trate, grade 9, Second Honors, Mattapoisett
Olivia Ucci, grade 10, Second Honors, Marion

Annual Christmas Fair
The churches of St. Anthony, Mattapoisett and St. Rita, Marion invite all Tri-Town residents to our annual Christmas Fair from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, December 6 at St. Anthony's Church Hall, 22 Barstow St., Mattapoisett. Come enjoy malasadas and muffins for breakfast. Stay for a hot dog, wrap sandwich or hot lunch. Shop for live wreaths and fresh holiday greens, hand-made ornaments and gifts, Silpada jewelry and kitchenware from Pampered Chef. Take a chance on our grand raffle with gifts valued over $800. Children of all ages will enjoy our toy shop and craft workshop. Santa will arrive at 10:00 am. The fair honors all major credit cards and proceeds help support college scholarships. Parking is free and the hall is handicap accessible via the Barstow Street entrance.

Bourne-Wareham Art Association Call for Art
BWAA is honored to participate in the "Christmas In Old Bourne Village" celebration with a Members Only Art Show. The show will be judged by Terry Kole, an internationally renowned artist/illustrator from Sagamore Beach, MA. The show will open on Friday, December 5 at 6:00 pm with an opening reception with refreshments on Saturday, December 6 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. The show will be open during regular library hours of operation. A portion of the sales will benefit the Bourne Library. There is a $10 per piece hanging fee for members in good standing with the BWAA with a limit of three pieces. All work should be original to the artist. Photography and limited edition prints are welcome as well as fine crafts/sculpture. For an application form or other information, please contact Show Manager Chas Wood at

Mattapoisett Library Helps Kids Cozy Up
Add a little joy to someone's life this season when you go shopping! Library patrons in Mattapoisett are helping the children of women served by The Women's Center to stay warm and entertained this winter. Everyone is encouraged to bring in new pajamas for babies and children along with a new book for the children to read. Each month the PJs and books will be brought to The Women's Center for distribution by the Center's staff. The identities of the families will remain confidential.
Decorated boxes to receive the donations are in the children's department and upstairs near the adult circulation desk. Any size new pajamas for boys or girls are welcome. A clothesline is being hung in the mezzanine to show off some of the fun PJs and to remind patrons of "the pajama drive."
"We already have a few donations and we're just getting started. The entire staff is excited about this project to benefit women and children served by The Women's Center. What better gift for a child this winter than a cozy pair of PJs and a new book?" stated Library Director Susan Pizzolato.
The pajama and book drive will continue throughout the winter to benefit families who seek help at The Women's Center. For more information, please call the library at 508-758-4171. For information about The Women's Center, please call 508-996-3343, or visit the organization's website
For over 40 years, The Women's Center has provided free and confidential, 24-hour, easily accessible services for victims of violence, abuse and trauma. With offices in New Bedford and Fall River, The Women's Center offers counseling, education, outreach, referrals and resources to those in need. If you need help or know someone who does, call the 24 Hour Hotline at 508-999-6636.

Free Movie - Last Tuesday of November
It's Complicated (R, 120 min.) is being shown at the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, COA Senior Center, Center School, 17 Barstow St., on Tuesday, November 25 at 12:00 noon. The free movie is sponsored by the Friends of the Mattapoisett COA (formerly known as the Friends of the Elderly).
It's Complicated: The complication is the unhealthy relationship of a secret affair between a fifty-something hottie and her ex-husband. The fellow on the sidelines is her kitchen re-design architect. Her ex-husband's current spouse is the woman with whom he cheated on his wife ten years earlier. So that makes it complicated, and "humorous?"
You get two pizza slices for only $2 prepaid. Pay for your pizza at the COA Senior Center by Monday, November 24. Also, please reserve your seat - so we'll know how many chairs need to be set up.

Cecil Clark Davis: A Self Portrait
A limited edition of a new book is being printed and will be available for sale at the Marion Art Center on November 21. Cecil Clark Davis: A Self Portrait (1877-1955) was conceived by Wendy Todd Bidstrup with design consultation by Barbara Gee. It is an inspiring, insightful, amusing portrait of a gracious time and an amazing woman artist who lived in Marion. The narrative in first person includes diary entries, letters and observations. The text is enhanced with drawings based on illustrations by famous artist Charles Dana Gibson, whose images often reflected the lives of his close friends, Cecil Clark and her journalist husband, Richard Harding Davis. Full color photographs of her paintings are annotated with quotations of conversations with the subjects.
Her circle of friends included many of the leading figures in artistic, intellectual and political life during the first half of the 20th century: Ethel Barrymore, the actress, was maid of honor at her wedding to Richard Harding Davis, internationally known war correspondent; Walter Damrosch, composer and conductor of the New York Philharmonic was a close friend; Isabella Stewart Gardner, society matron and art collector; John Singer Sargent, world famous portrait painter; Jane Addams, advocate for women's rights; and Teddy Roosevelt, president of the United States. She traveled widely and often had many adventures in Africa, Europe, South America and the Far East.
Publication of this book was made possible in part by an anonymous gift in memory of Betsy Arms and Lib Davis, two wonderful women who encouraged and supported the Cecil Clark Davis research project and gave generously to the community at large.

Friends of ORR Swimming Holiday Wreath Sale
Friends of Old Rochester Swimming is holding a holiday wreath fundraiser to help raise money for the ORR Swim Team.
Please help make our holiday fundraiser a huge success! Help support the ORR swim team by asking your family, friends, and neighbors to purchase their fresh holiday wreaths from F.O.R.S. ORR Swimmers have the order forms and the forms can also be downloaded from the ORR High School website. Orders are due by Friday, November 28 and the pick-up date for the wreaths is either Saturday, November 29 or Saturday, December 6 between 10:00 am - 2:00pm at the ORR High School main door. Happy Holidays to all and thank you for supporting our team. For more information or to place an order, please email or call 508-717-2445.

"Tidings of Comfort and Joy"
As it has for nearly five decades, the Sippican Choral Society of Marion ushers in the Christmas season in Southeastern Massachusetts with its annual Christmas concerts on Friday, December 5 at Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford at 8:00 pm, and again on Sunday, December 7 at 4:00 pm in Tabor Academy's Wickenden Chapel in Marion.
The chorus will again be joined by the fabulous Sippican Children's Chorus under the direction of Leslie Piper, which will sing two of their own pieces, the German carol "Still, Still, Still" and the contemporary gospel spiritual "Go Where I Send Thee" by Caldwell and Ivory. They will also join the choral society on a number of selections.
If you want to bring comfort and joy into your life this Christmas, this concert is a wonderful place to start. The chorus will open the concert with the joyous Advent motet "Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Gates" by Andreas Hammerschmidt, followed by Haydn's "Qui Sedes," which is based on the first two verses of Psalm 80. The repertoire also will include some familiar Christmas music, such as "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen" and "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day."
Comfort music will include a very unusual - and hauntingly beautiful - arrangement of "Lo, How a Rose" merged with Amanda McBroom's "The Rose." Chorus member Barbara Connulty will be the soloist for this piece.
In addition, a chamber choir, composed of about 20 chorus members, will sing three pieces.
As always, the audience will have the chance to sing along with the chorus on several familiar Christmas carols.
The following Monday evening, about 40 members of the chorus will sing selections from the concert at the Sippican Long Term Health Care Center in Marion.
Now in its 49th season, the 80-member Sippican Choral Society is under the direction of Mr. Brian Roderick, with Ms. Michelle Gordon of Mattapoisett as its accompanist. The group performs at least two concerts every year, singing the works of the world's great composers, as well as contemporary music.
Beginning with our spring concert in April, the chorus will be celebrating 50 years of providing classical and popular music to audiences along the South Coast. That concert will be a joint one with the Tri-County Symphonic Band, reminiscent of the chorus's very first concert in 1965 when it performed with the same symphonic band. Back then, with Shirley Cowell as the 35-member chorus's first President, Zavan Mazmanian was the first Music Director, and Thelma Ostenfeld was the accompanist. John Pandolfi directed the Tri-County Symphonic Band.
Tickets for this year's Christmas concert are $15 each ($7 for children under 18), and are now available at The Bookstall in Marion, the Symphony Shop in Dartmouth, the Euro in Fairhaven, and No Kidding in Mattapoisett's Ropewalk. Chorus members (and parents of the children's chorus members) also have tickets for sale. A limited number will be available at the door. Doors for the Friday concert at Grace Church on County Street in New Bedford will open at 7:30 pm. Doors of the Sunday concert at Wickenden Chapel on Spring Street in Marion will open at 3:30 pm.
For further information about these concerts, contact Peter McDonald at 508-748-0286 or via email at

Thanksgiving Story Time
Thanksgiving is a fun time for children to gather for stories about families, turkeys, Pilgrims, and more! Join Mrs. Burke and volunteer Chuck McIntyre on Tuesday, November 18 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Children in grades K through 3 are invited to hear stories and make a craft to take home for their holiday table. Register by calling 508-758-4171. The library is located at 7 Barstow Street.

Tickets for Seniors
The Marion Council on Aging has tickets available to the yearly ORR Thanksgiving dinner. The event will be held on November 23. Doors open at 11:15 am and dinner is served at noon by the students. Call the COA if you need a ride. Meals will be delivered to home-bound elders.

BBAHFH 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Gala
Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity's (BBAHFH) 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Gala and Silent Auction will be December 4 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Marion Music Hall on Front Street in Marion. Start your holiday shopping while raising funds for local families in need.
Join Habitat for a night that will feature local choirs singing Christmas carols, as well as a selection of wine from Martignetti Distributors and artisanal beer from Samuel Adams, hors d'oeuvres from On the Go Fine Catering, Turks Sushi Bar and Lindsey's Family Restaurant, dessert from Artisan Kitchen and coffee from Dunkin' Donuts of Wareham. As you listen to the holiday music, you can provide further support to local families in need of housing by bidding on the silent auction items.
Tickets are a donation of $50 per person and are limited, so please reserve your tickets by December 1. Children under 18 years of age may come to the event for a $5 donation. Reserve tickets by email at, on our website,, or by calling 508-758-4517. Sponsors and auction items are still needed. Your support will help to make the event a success!
Thank you to our sponsors whose support allows Habitat to have such a great community event: A.D. Makepeace, Baycoast Bank, Franklin American Mortgage, and G.H. Dunn Insurance, as well as all the food sponsors listed above. Thank you for your continued support!
The event will also feature a Gingerbread House Contest. All houses will be auctioned off with proceeds helping local families in need. Entry forms are available online or by calling 508-758-4517. Deadline for entry forms to be submitted is December 1. Prizes will be awarded by category.
For more information on the event or our next build, please feel free to visit our website at Thank you for your continued support!

ORR Among Honored Schools
Old Rochester Regional High School is one of 547 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 5th Annual AP(R) District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. 2014 is a milestone year for the AP District Honor Roll, and more districts are achieving this objective than ever before. Reaching these goals indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP. Since 2012, Old Rochester Regional High School has increased the number of students participating in AP while improving the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher.
Data from 2014 show that among African American, Hispanic, and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half of students are participating. The first step to delivering the opportunity of AP to students is providing access by ensuring courses are available, that gatekeeping stops, and that the doors are equitably opened so these students can participate. Old Rochester Regional High School is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.
"The devoted teachers and administrators in this district are delivering an undeniable benefit to their students: opportunity. When coupled with a student's hard work, such opportunities can have myriad outcomes, whether building confidence, learning to craft effective arguments, earning credit for college, or persisting to graduate from college on time." said Trevor Packer, the College Board's senior vice president of AP and Instruction. "We applaud your conviction that a more diverse population of students is ready for the sort of rigor that will prepare them for success in college."
Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with a variety of initiatives and strategies to determine how to simultaneously expand access and improve student performance.
In 2014, more than 3,800 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process, with many colleges and universities in the United States offering credit in one or more subjects for qualifying AP scores.
Inclusion on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2012 to 2014, looking across 34 AP Exams, including world language and culture.

Small Works Holiday Exhibition
Art on Center kicks off the holiday season with its third annual "Small Works Holiday Exhibition" starting with an opening reception Saturday, November 22 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This exhibition and sale features art created by local artists and all works are priced at $250 and under. Join us for holiday cheer this opening day and meet the artists at the "Jingle Mingle" from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Art on Center is located at 15 Front Street, Fairhaven, Massachusetts.
Art on Center also carries a variety of fine, handcrafted gift items including jewelry, stained glass ornaments and lamps, hand painted silk scarves, woodcraft, and more.
For your holiday gift buying, consider selecting one of a kind, handcrafted items and artwork for your loved ones. The recipients are sure to appreciate the uniqueness of their gifts, and you will be supporting local artists, your local economy, and your local nonprofit art center as well!
This exhibition runs through December 20th.
Art on Center is a 501(c)3 federally approved nonprofit organization. For the center's hours and more information, call 774-206-1709 or email or check out the website,

Mom's Shopping Night Out with Bingo
The 6th grade parents group at Sippican Elementary will be hosting a Mom's Shopping Night Out with Bingo on December 5 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. All proceeds go to 6th grade activities such as their Appalachian Mountain Trip, Cape Cod Canal Bike Trip and more.
We are looking for vendors, crafters and bakers or businesses that would like to sell gift certificates, etc. Cost for vendors is $20 per table plus a raffle item. For more information, please email us at

ORR High School Honor Roll
The following students have achieved honors for the first term at Old Rochester Regional High School.
Highest Honors: Grade 9: Erin Burke, Thais DaSilva, Celia Deverix, Mackenzie Drew, Owen Foster, Hanil Kang, Maxine Kellum, Alexander Lorenz, Lindsey Merolla, Sam Pasquill, Hannah Powers, Jackson Reydel, Courtney Vance; Grade 10: Hannah Guard, William Kiernan; Grade 11: Daniel Carneiro, Paige Watterson; Grade 12: Jennifer Aguiar, Ariel Costa-Medeiros, Sierra Ennis, Andrea Harris, Mya Lunn, Julia Nojeim, Austin Salkind, Gwendolyn Underwood.
High Honors: Grade 9: Nicholas Claudio, Evan Costa, Rachel Demmer, Abigail Dyson, Maggie Farrell, Megan Field, Collin Fitzpatrick, Elle Gendreau, Alexandra Hulsebosch, Sophie Johnson, Fiona Lant, Tyler Menard, Jahn Pothier, Madeline Scheub, Grace Stephens, Ashleigh Wilson; Grade 10: Mason DaSilva, Olivia Labbe, Daniel Renwick; Grade 11: Samantha Babineau, Julianna Bernardi, Keegan Lant, Jacob Plante, Gabrielle Poitras, Drew Robert, Evan Roznoy; Grade 12: Morgan Browning, Stephen Burke, Danielle Cammarano, Hannah Cormier, Michael Kassabian, Owen Lee, Ashley Pacheco, Christina Sebastiao.
Honors: Grade 9: Margaret Adams, Haleydawn Amato, Felicia Araujo, Samantha Ball, Ainslee Bangs, Elizabeth Baroa, Alice Bednarczyk, Emily Bock, Thomas Browning, Eleni Buss, Joanna Caynon, Gabrielle Choquette, Isabelle Choquette, Alexa Costa, Jacob DeMaggio, James Dwyer, Noah Fernandes, Alexandrea Gerard, Owen Gleasure, Mackenzie Good, Riley Goulet, Reese Graham, Sophie Gurney, Kacey Henriques, Emma Higgins, Christian Hotte, Marina Ingham, Zachary Kelley, Caitlyn Kutash, Allison Kvilhaug, Alexander le Gassick, Joseph MacKay, Madisen Martin, John Maurice Massaad, Julia Melloni, Andrew Miller, Elizabeth Mitchell, Ethan Mort, Elise Parker, Alyssa Perry, Leah Przybyszewski, Victoria Quinlan, Caroline Regis, Michael Ripley, Marcus Rita, Jamie Roznoy, Christopher Savino, Noah Schipper, Meghan Seguin, Michael Sivvianakis, Julia Smith, Benjamin Snow, Abigail Stark, Erin Stoeckle, Caitlin Stopka, Trevor Stopka, Aidan Thayer, Jake Thompson, Evan Tilley, Eleanore Wiggin, Julia Winsper, Jacob Yeomans; Grade 10: Madison Barber, Julia Barrett, Morgan Bliss, John Breault, Kyle Brezinski, Emma Cadieux, Tessa Camboia, Emma Collings, Madison Cristaldi, Amy Crocker, Patrick Cummings, Ariane Dias, Griffin Dunn, Gavin Fox, Emma Gelson, Kathleen Gifford, Sakari Gomes, James Goulart, Kelsey Holick, Caleb Jagoda, Abigail Johnson, Connor Kelley, Molly Lanagan, Hunter LaRochelle, Diana LaRock, Victoria MacLean, Davis Mathieu, Jordan McArdle, Camryn McNamara, Ava Mendonca, Thomas Miller, Mackenna Milton, Camryn Morais, Tyler Mourao, Andrew Nadeau, Hannah Nadeau, Alexandra Nicolosi, Russell Noonan Jr, Riley Nordahl, Max Pallatroni, Alexis Parker, Krishna Patel, Graham Poirier, Charlotte Rathborne, Hannah Ribeiro, Lauren Scott, Riley Shaughnessy, Gregory Sheehan, Jacob Spevack, Ali Taylor, Lauren Valente, Jacob Vinagre, Maxxon Wolski, Matthew Wyman, Emily Ziino; Grade 11: Elexus Afonso, Haley Aguiar, Rikard Bodin, Laura Casey, Lillie Farrell, Matthew Fortin, Brianna Grignetti, Serena Jaskolka, Meghan Johnson, Jane Kassabian, Jessica Keegan, Mallory Kiernan, Isabella King, Madeleine Lee, Kylie Machado, Hayli Marshall, Nicole Mattson, Alexandra Melloni, Lucy Milde, Abigail Morrill, Victor Morrison, Zenobia Nelles, Lauren Ovian, Alexandria Powers, George Rentumis, Hannah Rose, Bryant Salkind, Evan Santos, Rachel Scheub, Kameron Silvia, Robert Smart, Zoe Smith, Ally Sylvia, Teagan Walsh, Jared Wheeler; Grade 12: Michael Amato, Catherine Ball, Kasey Baltz, Mikayla Burke, Shelby Cunningham, Benjamin Dion, Jaclyn Dyson, Luke Gillette, Evan Gillis, Kaleigh Goulart, Michaela Guard, Chrystina Hai, Jennifer Hughes, Gerald Lanagan Jr., Hannah Lerman, Kyra Lorden, Ian MacLellan, Lindsey MacMurdo, Samantha Malatesta, Ryan Manning, Julianne Mariner, Laura McCoy, Jordan Menard, Mitchell Midwood, Heather Nadeau, Ryan Noonan, Margaret O'Day, Seijal Parajuli, Michael Pellegrino, Zachary Peterson, Chloe Riley, Jentelle Rioux, Sarah Robertson, Zachary Rogers, Benjamin Rounseville, Peter Sands, Jillian Sethares, Kyle Sherman, Riley Sherman, Sydney Swoish, William Taylor, Vincent Tepe, Courtney Tranfaglia, Bradley Weedall.

Gateway Youth Hockey
Mites: The Gateway Mites earned their first win of the season over Lower Cape Coyotes by a score of 17-13. Gateway was ready to play from the drop of the puck. Jarrod Frates opened the scoring in the first minute of the game on a great wrist shot from almost half ice. Gateway went up by two goals before Lower Cape tallied one of their own. It was a tight first period with both teams trading goal for goal, ending with Gateway up by two. In the second period, Gateway came out flying, passing and back checking, resulting in scoring goal after goal. It was a total team effort and all their hard work in practice finally paid off. Frates lead the team with eight goals. Pat Tripp had a season high five goals on the night. Thomas Clavell, Ben Hebble, Brayden Cannon and Bree Killion all had a goal apiece. It was Killion's first goal of the season. Paxton Jones helped in the win by playing a great game on defense. Charlie Carroll played another solid game, ending with forty saves including four of five penalty shots, helping to seal the win. The Gateway Mites are back in action next Saturday looking for their second win against the South Coast Panthers at 11:30 am at the Falmouth ice arena.
Squirts: Gateway Squirts took home another win on Saturday 6-2 versus Lower Cape White. They came out showing some great passing which kept LCW unsure where the puck would go next. Osvaldo (Juni) Suarez scored two goals, Matthew Quinlan secured a hat trick and Tyler (TY) Ribeiro scored his first career goal. Assists were credited to Suarez, Joe Urnek and Thomas Leger. Squirts will play Franklin next Saturday.
Pee Wees: The Gateway Youth Hockey Pee Wee team continues to improve their season and their gameplay. Gateway had a decisive win over the Lower Cape Coyotes by a score of 7-1. Goalie Ryker King made some great stops, and with the support of the entire team, Gateway was able to put significant pressure on the Coyotes. Stephen Old started the scoring with back-to-back goals in the first period and would earn a hat trick by the end of the game. Other goal scorers included Chris Cogan, Jack Martins and Zachary Barris.

It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play
The Old Rochester Regional High School Drama Club is very proud to present "It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play" This production, written by Joe Landry and based on Frank Capra's classic film, stars Holly Frink (Jr), Ian MacLellan (Sr), Kyle Costa (Jr), Will Lynch (Jr), Patrick McGraw (Sr), Evan Roznoy (Jr), Sara Achorn (So), Michael Amato (Sr), Rikard Bodin (Jr), Brittan Brezeznski (Sr), Emily Faulkner (Jr), Evan Gillis (Sr), Levi Hartley (Sr), along with a supporting cast of eighty-one.
This beloved, family holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. The 94-member ensemble brings a few dozen characters to the stage to reveal the story of George Bailey as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
This production, with costumes by Helen Blake and directed by Paul Sardinha, will be sure to entertain!
Presented in the Gilbert D. Bristol Auditorium of Old Rochester Regional High School, under the auspices of the David S. Hagen Performing Arts Series, "It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play," will be performed Thursday, November 20 through Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for adults, and are available at The Pen & Pendulum in Mattapoisett, The Marion General Store in Marion, and Plumb Corner Market in Rochester. Tickets may also be available at the door. ORR is located on Route 6 in Mattapoisett.
For information and ticket reservations, please call 508-951-5302; they may also be purchased at the door.

Mattapoisett Free Public Library News
Knitting Group: The knitters meet each Thursday at the library from 3:00 - 4:30 pm. Beginners and experienced knitters of all ages are welcome. Need some supplies? The group can offer you needles and yarn as well as instruction to get you started. Patterns and instructions are shared among members. Bring your project and have some fun.
Memoir Writing: The next meeting of the Memoir Writers will be Friday, November 21 from 10:00 am to noon. Each month a writing suggestion is offered to the group. Call the library at 508-758-4171 to sign up to attend. New writers are welcome.
Friends' Jewelry and Accessories Sale: The Friends are currently accepting donations of jewelry, scarves, handbags and other accessories at the library for the upcoming sale. This is a great time of the year to clean out your drawers and jewelry box of unwanted items. Members of the Friends get first look at the items during the Preview Sale to be held Friday, November 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. New members are welcome to join that evening. The sale is then open to the public on Saturday, November 22 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The proceeds of the sale benefit the work of the Friends.
Sunday Library Hours: The Mattapoisett Free Public Library is open on Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Stop by to enjoy the newspapers, have coffee, or use the public computers. A color printer is now available.
New England Irish Harp Orchestra to Perform: Mark your calendars for a holiday performance by the New England Irish Harp Orchestra in the beautiful upstairs reading rooms on Sunday, December 14 at 2:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Library. This exciting and educational presentation, sponsored by the Library Trust, will be preceded by the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Mattapoisett Library downstairs in the community meeting room.

Tabor Boy One Hundred Years at Sea
To celebrate the SSV Tabor Boy's 100th Anniversary, Tabor Academy commissioned an exclusive anniversary documentary called "Tabor Boy One Hundred Years at Sea."
We invite the community to join us for the free, public premiere on November 23 at 4:30 pm in the Fireman Center for the Performing Arts in Hoyt Hall at Tabor Academy (GPS Address: 235 Front Street, Marion).
This film, produced by John Rice ('70, Parent '07), depicts the rich history and tradition of Tabor's sail training programs since 1917 and celebrates the school's 92-foot schooner, Tabor Boy. Enjoy stories from the captain and crew about lessons learned through offshore adventures, weathering Hurricane Bob, and research trips to the Caribbean, as well as rare footage of an historic journey to Chicago in 1933 to see the Chicago World's Fair. Come celebrate our local flagship: Tabor Boy!

Barn and Kennel Inspections
The Rochester Animal Inspector has commenced barn and kennel inspections as of November 1, 2014.

SLT Post-Thanksgiving Dog Walk
Shake off that food coma, grab your canine friend, and come join the Sippican Lands Trust for our 2nd annual guided dog walk on Sunday, November 30! The Hot-to-Trot Post-Thanksgiving Doggie Walk will begin at 10:00 am at our White Eagle Property kiosk. All dogs and owners are welcome. Dogs must be leashed and under their owners' control at all times. The first 30 dogs will receive a complimentary SLT doggie bandana, and all dogs will get treats!
White Eagle is located off of Route 6 in Marion. Turn onto Parlowtown Road across from the town cemetery, and follow it until you reach the cul-de-sac. Veer left onto the dirt road and follow past an abandoned cranberry bog on your right. Parking is available directly past the bog and along the dirt roadside. The kiosk is a short walk beyond.
Founded in 1974, the Sippican Lands Trust strives to acquire and protect natural areas in Marion. Its purpose is to conserve land, protect habitat, provide public access to the beautiful, protected lands of our town and offer events for nature lovers of all ages.
Please do not hesitate to contact Executive Director Robin Shields at 508-748-3080 for more information. Visit us on Facebook and

ORRHS Boys Soccer Alumni Game
The ORRHS Boys Soccer Alumni Game will be held on Friday, November 28 at 1:00 pm at ORRHS. From the class of 2014 to the class of 1964, ORRHS soccer alums of all ages and shapes(!) are invited to play!!
For more information, please contact Coach Devoll at

Tri-County Music Association Scholarship Showcase
The Tri-County Music Association will present its annual Scholarship Showcase on Friday, November 28 at 7:00 pm in Lyndon South Auditorium on the campus of Tabor Academy, 85 Spring St., Marion, MA. This benefit concert is a special fundraiser for the Tri-County Music Association Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at The Bookstall in Marion and the Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

November Programs at Plumb Library
For their November book, "Just the Facts," the nonfiction book discussion group, will be reading The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Family's Century of Art and Loss by Edmund de Waal. The Ephrussis were a grand banking family in 19th century Paris and Vienna. Yet, by the end of World War II, almost the only thing remaining of their vast empire was a collection of 264 wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox. The renowned ceramicist Edmund De Waal became the fifth generation to inherit this small and exquisite collection of netsuke. Entranced by their beauty and mystery, he determined to trace the story of his family through the story of the collection. Starting in 1871 Paris, we travel through time with the collection. We will discuss this book on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 pm. Copies are available at the desk.
Cafe Parlez' selection for November is Jack Maggs by Peter Carey. The time: the 1830s. Jack Maggs, a foundling trained in the fine art of thievery, is cruelly betrayed and transported to Australia. Now, his fortunes reversed, he returns 'home' under threat of execution, and inveigles his way into a household in Great Queen Street, where he is quickly embroiled in various emotional entanglements, and where he falls under the hypnotic scrutiny of Tobias Oates, a celebrated young writer fascinated by mesmerism and obsessed with the criminal mind. We will discuss this version of Great Expectations on Monday November 24 at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk, or bring your own copy.
The Friends of Plumb Library are once again selling 12-inch wreaths. A 12-inch double sided wreath with a bow is $14; without a bow, the cost is $11. Order forms are at the library or can be copied from the newsletter link on our website You can also place orders by phone at 508-763-8600 or email Deadline for orders is Tuesday, December 2, and wreaths can be picked up from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm on Saturday, December 6. Special arrangements can be made for pickup if you cannot make it on that date. Call the library for more information.

An Introduction to Biological Medicine
Please join us for "An Introduction to Biological Medicine" on Saturday, December 6. We have the great honor of hosting Dr. Frank Pleus, one of the most prominent and leading practitioners of biological medicine, formerly with the Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland. This FREE event is open to doctors, nurses, alternative health care practitioners, patients, health care advocates and anyone interested in learning more about biological medicine. We invite you to join us at the Marion Music Hall at 8:30 am for coffee/tea and muffins with the lecture starting promptly at 9:00 am. We expect the lecture to go until late morning with time for a question and answer period.

Rochester Women's Club
Once again, the Rochester Women's Club will be selling decorated wreaths for the Holiday Season. Prices range from $25 -$35.
Over the years, this has been one of our best fundraising events for the Raymond C. Hartley Scholarship Fund.
Fresh evergreen wreaths are decorated in many styles and colors and can be viewed/purchased at the clubhouse starting on Saturday, November 29 from 9:00 am to 1:00pm.
The sale will continue on the following Saturday, December 6 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. A Bake Sale will also be held in conjunction with the wreath sale on December 6.
Special colors, styles, or the much sought after 'Seashell' wreaths can be pre-ordered by calling Marsha at 508-322-0998 or Nancy at 508-654-6621.
Visit our Facebook page (Rochester Women's Club) to see photos of wreaths from past years.
Also, please help us help others this Holiday season. We will be collecting non-perishable food items during all of our wreath sale days. All items collected will be donated to Damien's Pantry.

5K Turkey Trot
The Fourth Annual Guard Oil 5K Turkey Trot hosted by Marion Recreation will be held on Sunday, November 23 at 10:15 am.
The start and finish line will be on Front Street at Tabor Academy.
100% of the proceeds benefit Marion Recreation programs.
Sponsors are needed. Several levels of sponsorship are available.
The first 300 runners that register before November 1 will receive a free T-shirt.
Registration forms are available at Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive and at the Marion Town House. Forms also may be downloaded and printed from Click "Turkey Trot" from the menu.
For more information, visit, call 774-217-8355 or email

Old Rochester Athletic Hall of Fame
The Old Rochester Athletic Hall of Fame Committee would like to remind our ORR Alumni that we are now taking nominations for our fifth year "High Five" Induction Ceremonies to be held on the weekend of June 13, 2015. Our deadline for accepting new nominations is December 1, 2014. You can go to our website, and nominate a fellow classmate today.

Arctic Whaler Nathaniel Ransom Lecture
Join the Mattapoisett Historical Society on Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 pm for a lecture with Helen Hiller Frink, author of Oil, Ice and Bone Arctic Whaler Nathaniel Ransom. Helen Hiller Frink is descended from two Mattapoisett whaling families, but only recently began researching their history. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of New Hampshire, and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles and four books, two of them town histories. In Oil, Ice and Bone, Frink tells the story of Mattapoisett's own Nathaniel Ransom who survived the worst whaling disaster in the history of the New England fleet, when captains and crew abandoned thirty-three vessels, trapped and crushed by drifting ice, off the Alaskan coast. Ransom's eyewitness account of his four voyages depicts in rich detail whaling's brutal slaughter and sudden losses. This engrossing story opens a window on the life of an ordinary whale man during the heyday of the Arctic bowhead hunt. The lecture is free; donations encouraged. The Mattapoisett Historical Society is located at 5 Church Street. For more information, please call 508-758-2844 or visit

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

ORR Class of 1989
The Old Rochester Regional High School Class of 1989 will celebrate its 25th High School Reunion at The Inn on Shipyard Park on November 29 from 7:00 to 11:00 pm. Join us for light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. A $10 donation per person will be collected at the door. Please RSVP by November 15 via Facebook (Old Rochester Class of 1989 25th Reunion) or email

Yellowstone and its Birds
Explore the interrelationships of the birds, mammals and forests of Yellowstone National Park. Alicia Crabbe has lived at the Lamar Valley Buffalo Ranch for the last two spring/summer seasons. She will share stories of living in a remote part of Yellowstone, observing and living with wildlife while volunteering for the Yellowstone Institute, which is the educational organization which connects the people to the Park. Birding there is different and exciting because of visibility and the specialized behaviors essential to survival of other species. Come and share the birds of Yellowstone on Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Public Library, 7 Barstow Street. Free and everyone is welcome. The Nasketucket Bird Club is on the web at

19th Annual Moby-Dick Marathon
The New Bedford Whaling Museum's 19th Annual Moby-Dick Marathon is scheduled for January 2-4, 2015 and all those interested in reading are invited to contact the museum starting at 12:01 am on Tuesday, November 11. Call 508-717-6851 or email to request a 7-10 minute reading slot. Be sure to provide your full name and preferred reading time as well as two alternate times.
New this year! Children ages eight and older are invited to read excerpts from the abridged version of Moby-Dick. The Children's Mini-Marathon will take place on Saturday, January 3 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm and on Sunday, January 4 from 10:00 am to noon. It will occur concurrently with the annual reading. Children interested in participating should follow the same instructions listed above, but should specify the Children's Mini-Marathon in their request.
Every January, the world's largest whaling museum marks the anniversary of Herman Melville's 1841 whaling voyage from New Bedford with a 25-hour nonstop reading of America's greatest novel: Moby-Dick. The weekend includes three days of activities, January 2-3-4, 2015, including a ticketed buffet dinner and lecture on Friday evening.
A midwinter tradition, the marathon attracts hundreds of readers and listeners from around the world. The reading begins at noon on Saturday, January 3 and finishes at 1:00 pm on Sunday, January 4. Snow and cold will not stop this literary happening. Come at any time, leave at any time, or stay 25 hours and win a prize! For more information, visit

Marion Town Events Calendar
As Marion residents look ahead to the busy holiday season, they should keep in mind that the Town Events Calendar, found at the Town of Marion website, is a great place to learn about the many holiday activities in Marion that are open to the public. There are listings for community happenings such as the Christmas Stroll, events sponsored by the Sippican Historical Society, the Elizabeth Taber Library, Tabor Academy, and the Marion Art Center, and many other opportunities to learn, listen, and enjoy. Go to the town website at, click on calendars, choose the Town Events Calendar and learn what is going on in Town that might appeal to you.
This site can also be useful when considering a date for an event to determine what the competition might be for your choice of day and/or time.
The Town Events Calendar is managed for the Friends of Marion Council on Aging by Michele Bissonette, Assistant Town Clerk. To register an event in the calendar, contact Michele at and request a copy of the Calendar Guidelines and an online Event Notice Form.

ORRJH Senior Citizen Thanksgiving Banquet
The twenty-fourth annual Thanksgiving Dinner for Tri-Town - Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester - senior citizens, sponsored by the eighth-grade class of Old Rochester Regional Junior High School, will be held on Sunday, November 23 at 12:00 pm in the ORRJHS cafeteria. Doors will open at 11:15 am. Three hundred tickets will be available, 100 per town and distributed through the local Councils on Aging. Shut-in meals will be available. Please notify your local Council on Aging with the names and address of the intended recipient. Any individual or local business interested in making cash contributions or donating door prizes should call the junior high at 508-758-4928 and speak with Mr. Kevin Brogioli, Principal. As always, we look forward to the continued support of the Tri-Town communities.

Friends Jewelry and Accessory Sale
Gather up your bangles, baubles and bows, and donate them to the Friends of the Mattapoisett Library for the Holiday Jewelry and Accessory Sale. Donations of jewelry (even broken items), beads, single earrings, scarves and purses can be left at the library's circulation desk during business hours. Then, come try on some bright and shiny things at the sale, which opens with a Friends' Members-Only preview on Friday, November 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. (It's a great time to sign up for a Friends membership.) The sale continues Saturday, November 22 from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, 7 Barstow Street. The Friends of the Mattapoisett Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Donations are tax-deductible, and all proceeds benefit the Mattapoisett Free Public Library.

Upper Cape Tech Craft Fair
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School will hold their 20th annual American Made Professional Arts and Craft Fair on Saturday, November 22 and Sunday, November 23 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm each day. The Craft Fair is sponsored by Upper Cape Tech's Parent Teacher Organization, which funds student activities, scholarships, and other school events. For additional information, please call 508 759-7711 ext. 117.

Calling Local Artists and Crafters
The Mattapoisett Historical Society is looking for local Artists and Crafters to join our Arts and Crafts Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 6 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. If you are interested in helping us bring unique handmade gift-buying opportunities to Mattapoisett, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Elizabeth Hutchison at for more details and entry forms. We look forward to hearing from our truly talented community!

Practical Nurse Program
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School's Practical Nurse Program at 220 Sandwich Road in Bourne Massachusetts will be hosting information sessions on the following dates:
Monday, December 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10:00 am
Please join us in the "new" Nursing and Allied Health Education Center (The "LPN" Building) to learn about the UCT Practical Nurse Program:
- Receive detailed program information
- Have your questions about the program answered
- Complete an Application for Admission
- Register for the Entrance Exam (Test of Essential Academic Skills - TEAS)
- Enjoy light refreshments
It is not necessary to register. If you have any questions, please call Nancy Taddia at 508-759-7711 ext. 277 or visit our website at

SouthCoast Toastmaster's Club
The SouthCoast 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 Avenue 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

Blue Book Telephone Directory
Did you know ... The white pages of the popular Blue Book telephone directory are available online? The updated listings for residences and businesses in the three towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester can be found at All additions and changes received since the 2013-14 edition was printed have been entered into these listings and this database will become the basis of the next print edition to be published in the spring of 2015.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to check their listings in this online resource and send any additions, deletions, or corrections by email to or by postal mail to LWV-MMR, P.O. Box 812, Marion, MA 02738.
The Blue Book is a community service of the League of Women Voters of Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester, and is mailed free of charge to all postal patrons every other year.

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.

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, free

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