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Elks Student of the Month
The Elks of Wareham Lodge No. 1548 sponsors the Elks Student of the Month and Student of the Year Awards for students enrolled in local area high schools. The criteria used in nominating a student includes a student who excels in scholarship, citizenship, performing arts, fine arts, hobbies, athletics, church, school and community service, industry and farming.
The Old Rochester Student of the Month for October is Maxxon Wolski. Max has been a four-year member of the jazz band, student who challenges himself with the most rigorous curriculum, student ambassador, and member of the ORR tennis team. Max contributes to a positive school culture every day through his actions. Most recently, when the jazz band could not perform at open house, Max volunteered to demonstrate his talents on the piano for the entire night. Thanks, Max, for all you do for ORR.

Knights Teen Dance
The next Knights Teen Dance is on Friday, December 9 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm at The Knights, 57 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett for $8. Teen dances provide a safe place for 6th, 7th and 8th graders to have a good time socializing, dancing and listening to their favorite music on a Friday night. Knights of Columbus chaperones and a uniformed police officer are on site at all of our dances.

RHS at the Plumb Library Holiday Fair
The Rochester Historical Society will be on hand on December 3 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Plumb Library Holiday Fair with everything Rochester. They will be selling sweatshirts (hooded and not / zippered and not), hats, T-shirts, golf shirts, books about Rochester, and wooden notion boxes. They will also have some hand-made knitted and crocheted items. These are all great items for last minute Christmas shopping. Hope you can stop by.

Holiday Luncheon and Cookie Walk
Stop by The First Congregational Church of Marion on Saturday, December 10 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm for the 26th Annual Holiday Luncheon. Enjoy a delicious lunch stop while on the Sippican Woman's Club Holiday House Tour or come by for a welcome break from the holiday rush.
The favorite hot chicken salad will be featured, along with cranberry gelatin salad, assorted homemade breads, beverages, plus cheesecake for dessert. The cost of the luncheon is $11 and tickets will be available at The Bookstall and at the door.
New this year: a Cookie Walk will be held at the same time as the luncheon. Some of the best bakers of the church will be busy making their signature cookies for this sale.
Your first step on the Cookie Walk will be to pick up a beautifully decorated cookie box. Next you get to fill your box with a dozen of your favorite (or new favorite) cookies from the wonderful assortment offered. The boxes are then artfully tied up in baker's twine. The cost of each box of cookies is $10. These cookie boxes make a perfect hostess gift or a special treat when company pops in!
The Holiday Luncheon and Cookie Walk will be held in The First Congregational Church Community Center (same building which houses Penny Pinchers), 144 Front Street (rear of parking lot), Marion. Parking is available at the rear of the parking lot to the right. Additional parking is available at Island Wharf.

December Programs at Plumb Library
On Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 pm at the Plumb Memorial Library, 17 Constitution Way, Rochester, come meet Mrs. Chris Williamson, Instrumental Music Teacher from Rochester Memorial School, and learn about brass instruments like the trombone and trumpet. You will be given a chance to hold, and try playing, one of these instruments. (No worries, special sanitizing spray provided.) Best for children ages 5 and up, but families are welcome. Please register so we know how many children to expect! Space is limited! Register on the Plumb Library's Event Calendar found on our website,, or call 508-763-8600.
Food for Fines will take place at the Plumb Library from December 1 to 27. Patrons can donate non-perishable food items that will be taken to Damien's Pantry in Wareham, or pet food, toys, or cat litter for local animal shelters. Donations will cover overdue fines only; not copying or faxing fees, or payments for lost cards or books. Please call the library for more information.
The Friends of Plumb Library will hold their annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Plumb Library. Featured will be the Silent Auction, offering handmade items, gift baskets of many types, and gift certificates from local businesses; the famous Bake Sale; the Rochester Historical Society, with T-shirts and books on local history; Essential Oils make-and-take; Pampered Chef; Avon; and a visit from author Nancy Cote. There will be entertainment throughout the day, and a visit from Santa from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.
For their December book, "Just the Facts" Nonfiction Book Discussion Group will be reading Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan. Two thousand years ago, an itinerant Jewish preacher and miracle worker walked across Galilee, gathering followers to establish what he called the "Kingdom of God." The revolutionary movement he launched was so threatening to the established order that he was captured, tortured, and executed as a state criminal. Within decades, his followers would call him God. Balancing the Jesus of the Gospels against historical record, Aslan describes the many contradictions of the story of Jesus. We will discuss this book on Thursday, December 16 at 6:30 pm.
The Cafe Parlez' selection for December is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Enzo, the dog, is so sure that he will come back as a human that he prepares by watching television and observing the humans around him. Fiercely protective of his owner, Dennie, a race car driver, and his daughter Zoe, he reflects on his life on the eve of his death. In his observations, he folds thrilling car races and driving lessons into family drama. We will discuss this book on Thursday, December 29 at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk.
Please note that Plumb Library will be closed on Saturday, December 24, Monday, December 26, and Monday, January 2.

Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols
On Sunday, December 11 at 7:30 pm, the Tabor Academy choirs and student and faculty readers will present their annual Festival of Lessons and Carols in Wickenden Chapel, 81 Spring Street, Marion. The six choral ensembles, 60 choristers in all, will lead the congregation in seasonal carols and perform choruses, recitatives, and arias from Handel's Messiah. Additionally featured in this annual celebration of the return of light are choral arrangements by Pentatonix, Chanticleer and David Horne, culminating in Handel's magnificent chorus Hallelujah! The congregation is invited to join in the singing of the Hallelujah chorus and copies will be available at the door.
Tabor Academy's venerable Festival of Lessons and Carols tradition follows the popular Marion Stroll (starting at 3:00 pm and hosted by the Marion Business Association). The Wickenden Chapel doors will be open at 7:00 pm and admission is free to the public. The event will also be live-streamed on Tabor Academy's Facebook page.

Gateway Youth Hockey
PeeWees: Gateway Gladiator PeeWees dominated the Coastal Stars on Sunday, winning 6-0 last weekend. In the first period, Matthew Paling started the scoring for Gateway with assist from Jacob Hebbel. Paling came back to add another with assists from Lucy Murphy and Sean Pollock. In the second period, Ty Rebeiro put in an unassisted goal. Nathan Ribeiro got one past the goalie with an assist from Paling. Paling then secured the hat trick with assist by Pollock. In the third, Paling scored his fourth of the night with an assist from Ribeiro. Ryker King made some key saves to secure the shut-out.
The Gateway Gladiators PeeWees faced Duxbury on Saturday, securing a 5-1 win. In the first period, Rebeiro started the scoring with an unassisted goal. Paling would also score with assists from Rebeiro and Hebbel. In the second period, Gateway, with excellent passing, struck again with a second goal by Rebeiro with assist by Thomas Leger. Rebeiro secured a hat trick later in the second with assist from Paling and Joe Urnek. In the third, Rebeiro added his fourth goal of the night with assists from Brady Kidney and Paling.
On Sunday, Gateway Gladiators then played against the Seahawks, earning their second win of the weekend 7-1. In the first period, Rebeiro put in an unassisted goal, and Paling added one assisted by Rebeiro. In the second, Ribeiro got an unassisted goal and Paling put in another assisted by Rebeiro. Paling would complete the hat trick by the end of the second period. In the third period, Rebeiro scored another unassisted goal and Urnek added the final goal with an assist from Matthew Stone. King had a great game, making some impressive glove saves.
Bantams: The Gateway Gladiators Bantam team traveled to Foxboro this weekend for the Goblet Tournament. They played up a division and certainly held their own against their competition; however, they lost the first game of the tournament to Walpole Express. They couldn't hold a 3-1 lead late in the third period, eventually losing on a shot that trickled in after the referee blew his whistle. The Gladiators turned the tables around in their second game, beating Franklin 8-5. They then won their third game 5-2 over the Ice Cats Hockey Club. In the semi-final game, it seemed as though the Gladiators had spent all of their energy in their two wins. The fell behind early in the first, and never could quite get it going, losing again to Walpole Express 4-2. Overall in the tournament for scoring, Quirino doCanto led the way with 12 goals and 3 assists, Tyler Lovendale had 2 goals and 8 assists, Robert Maloney had 1 goal and 7 assists, Jack Martins had 1 goal and 2 assists, and Christian Araujo had 1 goal & 1 assist. Mike Parker also scored his first goal of the season during the tournament. The real story of the tournament was goal-tender Alex DeMarco, who played remarkably well, facing 164 shots and only allowing 15 goals, finishing with a staggering 149 saves over four games.

Call for Art
The Annual Bourne Wareham Art Association Member Art Show will be held at the Jonathan Bourne Library, 19 Sandwich Road, Bourne from December 17 to December 30. Entry fee is $10 for up to three paintings in all mediums. A monetary award of $50 will be presented to the Best of Show winner. A portion of sales will go to the library. For more information or an application, contact Charles Wood at

White Gifts Pageant Service
Mattapoisett Congregational Church's White Gifts Pageant Service is Sunday, December 11 at 5:30 pm in Reynard Hall, 27 Church Street. For over 80 years, children have shared the Christmas message of Peace, Hope, Joy and Love with a creative combination of hymns, storytelling, and stewardship. This year, the Christmas Story will be presented in a "Pageant in the Round" style format. If you know a child who would to like to participate in a Christmas pageant, there is always room in the manger. All children are welcome. Only commitment is to attend practices from 10:00 - 11:00 am on Sunday, December 4, and Sunday, December 11, and participate in the evening Pageant. Gifts of children's clothing wrapped in white paper appreciated to help support local families in need. Contact Patricia Berry at 508-758-2671 or email with questions or to sign up to participate. All are welcome.

Great Decisions Program
2017 brings exciting new topics for "Great Decisions," a Foreign Policy Association discussion group sponsored by the Mattapoisett Woman's Club and held at the Mattapoisett Library. The discussions will begin on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 and continue for eight consecutive weeks on Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. The group will meet in the conference room at the Mattapoisett Library, 7 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett, where there is an accessible entrance and elevator.
The topics are: The Future of Europe, Trade and Politics, Conflict in the South China Sea, Saudi Arabia in Transition, U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum, Latin America's Political Pendulum, Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Nuclear Security.
The fees for the Foreign Policy Association discussion series booklet and one two-part DVD for classroom showing, plus refreshments and a donation to the library will be $35 each. If you are two people sharing one book, your fee is $45 (for fees & one Book). Please make checks payable to The Mattapoisett Woman's Club and mail to The Mattapoisett Woman's Club, P.O. Box 1444, Mattapoisett, MA 02739 by deadline of Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Please note on check: For Great Decisions. The class limit is 25, and sign up is first-come, first-serve basis. The books will be handed out at the Library ten days prior to the first day of class.
You will find this a stimulating community experience; we look forward to your participation.

Marion COA, December Lectures
The Waterfront Memory Cafe will meet every Wednesday in December at the Marion Music Hall on Front Street. Anyone living with early onset or moderate dementia/Alzheimer's and their family or care partner are invited to attend. Please call the COA office, 508-748-3570, for more details. Free, open to the community, you do not have to be a Marion resident.
Marion COA Learning and Lecture Series meets every Monday at the Music Hall, 164 Front Street at 12:45 pm. The lecture series is free and open to the community.
- December 5: New England Pie: History Under a Crust. Pie has been a delectable centerpiece of Yankee tables since Europeans first landed on New England's shores in the 17th century. With a satisfying variety of savory and sweet, author Robert Cox takes a bite out of the history of pie and pie-making in the region. From the crackling topmost crust to the bottom layer, explore the origin and evolution of popular ingredients like the Revolutionary roots of the Boston cream. One month at a time, celebrate the seasonal fixings that fill New Englanders' favorite dessert from apple and cherry to pumpkin and squash. With interviews from local bakers, classic recipes and some modern twists on beloved standards, this mouthwatering history of New England pies offers something for every appetite.
- December 12: Santa of the Lighthouses. Santa ... does he really exist? For the lighthouse keepers of the New England Coast, there was never any doubt. From Christmas 1936 to Christmas 1980, Edward Rowe Snow, a high school teacher, rented a pilot and a plane and dropped holiday presents to the keepers and their families stationed at some of the most desolate lighthouses on the eastern seaboard. Join author John Galluzzo as he chronicles the adventure and hardship on his missions to deliver "love from above."
- December 19: A Country Christmas. Celebrate the Holidays with a musical performance by Yesterday's Country Band.
- December 26: Holiday, no lecture.

Holiday Fair
Make your list and check it twice. Get your holiday shopping done early. The Mattapoisett Congregational Church's annual Holiday Fair will be held on Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. A host of holiday 'shops' will be featured in Reynard Hall, 27 Church Street, Mattapoisett.
You will find all your favorites: handmade and knitted items, jewelry, heirloom treasures in silver, crystal and china, as well as never-been-used gifts and holiday decorations. The busy holiday season can be made less stressful with the purchase of delicious homemade goodies and already prepared frozen entrees.
Make your list and check it twice. Park the car once. Get all your holiday shopping done in one day and enjoy this most beautiful season amidst a quaint, seaside village.
For additional information, please call the church office at 508-758-2671 or email

Rochester Police to Hold Entrance Exam
The Rochester Police Department in conjunction with Police Exam Solutions has scheduled an Entrance Exam for the Rochester Police Department on January 21, 2017. The Rochester Police Department employs 10 full-time officers, five part-time officers, and a number of reserve officers serving a population of approximately 5,400 residents. The department will be holding an entrance exam to fill both full- and part-time openings in the future.
Because of the small size of the department, officers handle many of their own cases from start to finish. This allows officers the opportunity to participate in investigations, write and serve warrants, and make arrests as a result of their own work.
Rochester police officers also have the opportunity to participate on a number of the departments specialized units such as bike patrol and ATV patrol as well as being able to join specialized units such as the dive team, SWAT team, and search and rescue team attached to the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (SEMLEC).
Details and eligibility requirements are provided on the Police Exam Solutions website Any questions are to be directed to the testing company through the "contact us" section of their website. Any calls made directly to the police department or Police Exam Solutions may disqualify you from being hired.
Perhaps you know someone who is thinking of getting involved in law enforcement. This is a great opportunity for them to participate in the entry level testing process and possibly earn a career in law enforcement.
If you or anyone you know would like further information on this upcoming exam, please visit All registrations must be done online.

Sippican Woman's Club Holiday House Tour and Tea
The Sippican Woman's Club invites you to join in celebrating our Thirtieth Holiday House Tour and Tea on Saturday, December 10 from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. This festive event starts out a weekend of celebration in the Village of Marion - starting on Saturday, The Sippican Woman's Club House Tour (10:00 am - 4:00 pm) and Tea (served from 2:00 - 4:00 pm at Saint Gabriel's Parish Hall) will put out the welcome mat to visitors to our "A Coastal Christmas" decorated clubhouse along with five private Marion homes.
The Village Stroll follows on Sunday, December 11 when The Sippican Woman's Club welcomes visitors at our club house "Handy's Tavern" and offers hot cider and cookies during the village stroll (3:00 - 5:00 pm).
Advance House Tour & Tea tickets are $20 and are available in Marion at Serendipity by the Sea, The Bookstall and the General Store, and in Mattapoisett at Isabelle's in The Ropewalk. Tickets are $25 on the day of the Tour & Tea (Saturday, December 10). Tour starts at 152 Front Street, Marion where you purchase tickets on the day of the tour or where you exchange your pre-sale ticket for a tour map. All proceeds go to local eligible Marion scholarship recipients. For additional information and tickets, visit us our website at

Holiday Spirit at Pops Concerts
Maestro David MacKenzie returns as guest conductor of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra for a special family holiday treat. Choose from two performances of Family Holiday Pops on December 17 at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center: a 3:30 pm children's matinee or a 7:00 pm evening performance. The earlier show is perfect for kids and grandkids, with a visit from Santa and a gift for each child. This wonderful holiday tradition makes the perfect gift for the whole family. The evening program has a bit more music and a bit less Santa, with three additional pieces performed by the orchestra. Featured at both performances are advanced members of the New Bedford Symphony Youth Orchestra, who will sit side-by-side with our professional musicians, as well as the talented local singing troupe Showstoppers.
This holiday season, the NBSO is partnering with Rise Up for Homes to help them build community awareness and to meet the complex needs of homeless individuals and families in our community. We will be holding a clothing drive at The Z on December 17 during our Family Holiday Pops concerts. Warm hats, gloves, scarves, socks, and blankets will be collected for distribution to South Coast families by Rise Up for Homes.
Holiday Pops tickets are $15-$38, with student tickets always $10 (available only through box office, not online). Purchase Holiday Pops tickets through the Z box office in person (684 Purchase Street, New Bedford), by phone (508-994-2900) during box office hours: Mon-Tue-Wed-Fri, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Thu, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm; Sat, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm, or purchase online 24/7 at
If you know someone who loves music, treat them to an NBSO gift subscription. By subscribing to any three or more NBSO performances, you'll get discounted ticket prices, too. Visit to learn more about the second half of our exciting 2016-2017 concert season.
The NBSO's classical and pops concerts are held at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in downtown New Bedford. Free and convenient concert parking is available in the Z garage.
You deserve a symphony in your life: the New Bedford Symphony. The NBSO is a professional orchestra that annually presents a concert series of classical and pops music with prize-winning guest artists from around the world, as well as a chamber music series. In addition, the NBSO's innovative and nationally recognized educational programs reach 30,000 students each year. The NBSO is dedicated to building a community of music in the South Coast. Visit for more information.

Author Talk at the Elizabeth Taber Library
The Elizabeth Taber Library is sponsoring an author talk with Donna Lee Tufts about her newly-published book on Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30 pm.
The Marion native's first book, From My Kayak: A Photographic Journey by Kayak on Aucoot Cove, is a compilation of 42 color photographs with accompanying text describing her observations and feelings while paddling around the cove.
Tufts attended a memoir class at the Elizabeth Taber Library. Members of the group encouraged Tufts to write about kayaking and to turn it into a coffee table book. Tufts will discuss how her book reflects her perspective on life and how kayaking gives her daily inspiration. Signed copies will be available to purchase.

3rd Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
The holidays are coming. The Mattapoisett Historical Society's 3rd annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will be held at the museum (5 Church Street) on Saturday, December 3 from 9:00 am until 12:00 noon. The Fair will offer delightful gifts for all ages and interests. We will have books, totes, cosmetics, art, bookmarks, sea glass, artisanal soap, handmade clothing, local goat cheese and photography as well as a few surprises - items that are just great for stocking stuffers or that special present under the tree. Come by to see us and then head over to the Congregational Church and St. Anthony's Fair for other gifts and lunch. For more information, please email or call 508-758-2844. It is sure to be a great day for shopping in Mattapoisett.

Church Ride Program
Do you miss going to church on Sunday because you are unable to get there? Do you want to go to church but don't want to go alone? The First Congregational Church of Marion is initiating a church ride program for its Sunday service.
A group of volunteers would like to pick you up on Sunday for the church service and take you home afterwards. The worship service begins at 10:00 am and a fellowship time follows the service. The church has an elevator and is handicap accessible.
This is a new program, and all you need to do is call the church office at 508-748-1053 by noon on Friday to arrange for a ride on Sunday. Also, let the office know whether you have any mobility aids such as a walker or wheelchair so that the appropriate vehicle can transport you. We have a team of six drivers who would love to bring you to church. More drivers will be arranged if needed.
We will gladly arrange for this transportation for one week or for every week. Please do not hesitate to call the church office to ask for transportation. Our drivers are happy to transport you.
We are excited about this new program and look forward to seeing you in church.

Occasion Singers: 'Songs of the Season'
The Marion Art Center is delighted to announce a special holiday concert performance by the Occasion Singers on Friday, December 16 at 7:30 pm. Under the direction of Cassandra Morgan, who will also accompany on keyboard, audiences will enjoy harmonic arrangements of seasonal favorites. The Marion Art Center Holiday Shop will be open before and after the show, brimming with unique and limited edition artisan gifts and stocking stuffers, to include beautiful paintings, ceramics and fine art jewelry.
Ticket prices are $15 for MAC members and $18 for non-members, and may be purchased in person at the MAC during regular gallery hours (Tuesday - Friday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm). Unfortunately, holds and reservations cannot be accommodated. The Marion Art Center, a not-for-profit organization, is located at 80 Pleasant Street (corner of Main and Pleasant Streets) in Marion, MA 02738 and has been promoting the visual and performing arts in the community since 1957.

Sippican Choral Society Christmas Concert
Once again, the Sippican Choral Society ushers in the holiday season with its presentation of the 2016 Christmas concert. This year, they will feature the works of Pergolesi, Vaughn Williams, Rutter and Lauridsen and will be accompanied by an orchestra. They are delighted to have the opportunity, once again, to be joined by the SouthCoast Children's Chorus. Dr. Tianxu Zhou is music director and has planned a beautiful experience for everyone involved.
Concert dates are Friday, December 2 at 8:00 pm at St. Lawrence Church, New Bedford and Sunday, December 4 at 4:00 pm at Wickenden Chapel, Tabor Academy, Marion.
Tickets are priced as follows: $15 for Adults; $10 for ages 13-17; $7 for ages 6-12; and free for ages 5 and under. Tickets may be purchased at any of the following locations: The Bookstall, Marion; Symphony Music Shop, Dartmouth; No Kidding, Dartmouth; Euro, Fairhaven; RMS Mortgage, New Bedford; db Mortgage, New Bedford; from any chorus member as well as at the door.

5th Annual Pizza with Santa
The 5th Annual Pizza with Santa - compliments of the Marion Police Brotherhood - will be held on Sunday, December 4 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front Street. Once again, we will be accepting donations to help "fill a cruiser" with new unwrapped toys for The Justice Resources Institute, a local nonprofit organization providing intensive foster care and adoption programs for children and adolescents in our community.
Please register at the Marion Police Department, 550 Mill Street Marion, or email by December 3. For more information, visit the Marion Police Brotherhood's "Facebook" page.

Marion Cultural Council Members Needed
Are you interested in supporting local cultural events in Marion? Have you considered serving on a board and helping to determine how to disperse funds for cultural events? The Marion Cultural Council is looking for three volunteers interested in serving as voting members who can help share ideas and knowledge when making determinations of how funding for the cultural council is dispensed.
Please contact Kristen Saint Don, Chairperson of the Marion Cultural Council, with any questions about becoming a member. Applications are available at the Marion Town House, 2 Spring Street, Marion, MA 02738.

YMCA Holiday Craft Fair & Bazaar
The Gleason Family YMCA in Wareham is hosting a Holiday Craft Fair & Bazaar on Saturday, December 10 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This family-friendly event is free and will offer over 20 local crafters with unique gift items and holiday stocking stuffers for those last minute gifts. Or maybe you will find a little something to treat yourself. Our handmade craft items from local crafters will include rope work wreaths & bracelets, fleece doll bedding & outfits, sea glass jewelry, knitted hats & gloves & scarfs, quilted handbags, a variety of children's clothing, all natural dog treats, country primitive signs, holiday ornaments, crochet items, custom designed pillows, handmade soaps, paper arts, artwork & graphic prints, and more. There will be raffles, bake sale, concession table, a kids craft table and holiday story trail, as well as selfies with Santa throughout the day. Come show you support for your community and shop local this holiday season.

Old Rochester Farmers' Market
Old Rochester's Winter Farmers' Market will run every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month (excluding December 24 and May 13) from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The market will include new and old vendor favorites: fresh produce, grass fed non-hormone meats, fresh seafood, sweet and savory pies, breads, pastries, jellies, honey, alpaca garments, cheeses, sauces, coffees, soaps and surprises. There will also be live entertainment each market day with cooking demonstrations and fun for the whole family. Come and please support your local farmers.

Marion Recreation Fall and Winter Programs
Marion Recreations is pleased to announce several fall and winter programs available to the public.
Open Skating at Tabor Academy. This popular yearly event takes place on most Sundays from 12:00 - 2:00 pm. Strap on some ice skates and take a turn on the rink during open public skating at Tabor Academy until March 5. Cost is $5 per skater or you may purchase an individual season pass for the discounted rate of $45. Visit for more information.
Winter Musical Theater. Children will learn the basics of putting together a production. In this class, boys and girls will audition for a role in the musical Jasmine's Medley Excerpts. This play has been rewritten along the theme of the original Aladdin. Children will sing, dance, and act their way into a world of excitement. Cost is $130. Classes run Wednesdays beginning January 25 and ending March 22 (no class during the week of February vacation). Visit for more information.

Passion To Teach
The Elizabeth Taber Library is pleased to host the area premiere of the new documentary film Passion To Teach on Thursday, December 1 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall. The event will include a post-viewing discussion with the film-makers, Sandria Parsons and Bart Nourse.
The event is open to the public at no charge, although a $5 donation ($10/family) is requested at the door to support the library's programming budget.
Passion to Teach is the story of a veteran middle school teacher, Amy Lake. The documentary explores the tension between the individual teacher and the current top-down school reform system. The movie aims to:
- inspire young would-be teachers to enter the profession
- encourage veteran teachers to become teacher leaders
- motivate parents to advocate for their children as self-directed learners
Regardless of the educational venue, the film's premise is that in all cases, we are preparing our children for adulthood. And what is the very essence of adulthood? Self-direction, the very essence of adulthood in a changing world.
For further information about the film, please contact Sandria Parsons at Learning Network Associates: 508-577-1634 or

Machacam Club
The Machacam Club will hold its monthly meeting on December 7 at the Legion Hall at 3 Depot Street. Social time is 5:30 pm; dinner is at 6:00 pm.
The meal will be a traditional ham & bean supper with pie for dessert. Courtesy of Peter Reed, our speaker for the evening will be Albert Doucett, Mattapoisett's own active scrimshaw artist. After 13 years working on his father's commercial fishing vessel, he decided to open the "Whale's Tale" at 42 North Water Street, New Bedford. He spent the next 26 years developing a mecca for those of us who prize his scrimshaw treasures.
Al retired to his Mattapoisett home and, at 85, he still practices his art and creates beautiful scrimshaw for his large number of loyal customers, as well as the public. Al will discuss his career and, based upon his experiences, will also touch upon the evolution of New Bedford's business community. We are looking forward to his presentation and hope he considers returning next year and joining us as a member!
Callers and members are asked to bear in mind the importance of call list accuracy. Caller lists should be done and reported no later than 9:00 pm on Monday, December 5 via email to GPFNR@AOL.COM or by phone to Mike at 508 758-9311. Members with requests can contact Mike by phone at 508-758-9311 no later than 9:00 am on Tuesday, December 6 for any changes.

Mattapoisett Recreation Announces New Program
Fencing. A new session of MATTREC's Fencing will begin on Monday, December 5. Have you always wanted to learn the art of fencing in a fun, safe environment? Join MATTREC and instructors from Blackstone Valley Fencing for a 6-week session. Classes are Mondays at 6:00 and 7:00 pm in the Center School Gymnasium. Sign up online at
Please email with any questions.

MNHM After-school Program
The last Marion Natural History Museum Fall 2016 After-school Program - the Nature Craft Party - will be held on December 21. This annual event is always a popular program. We will have some fun using natural and recycled materials to make gifts for the holidays. Light refreshments will be served.
To register for this program, please go to our website Keep checking the website for our new archaeology series on Saturday mornings in November.

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

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

Tri-Town Education Foundation
The Tri-Town Education Foundation is looking for Foundation members to take it through the next decade and beyond, helping to administer the Lighthouse Fund, which provides grants to the Tri-Town school community each year. The Lighthouse Fund is an endowed fund of the Old Rochester Educational Foundation Inc. which means that it is a permanent source of funding for the schools. Only the return on the investment will be awarded, while the remaining money grows for the future.
To date, more than 25 grants have been awarded through the Tri-Town Education Foundation to outstanding educators in the district, most recently for the ORR cross-curriculum "Cub Reporter" program, the Sippican School's "Playing with MakerSpaces: in the Library" and ORR's "Dreamfar High School Marathon." Grants totaled $3,949.60 for 2015.
The Foundation is looking for new members, including a Chairman and Treasurer, to help continue the tradition and expand the Lighthouse Fund for Future Generations. Grant experience would be a huge plus.
Please contact Jay Pateakos at for more information.

Rochester Historic Commission Seeks New Members
Are you a closet history geek? Were you riveted to the miniseries Patriot? Do ancestry shows like 'Who Do You Think You Are' and the PBS series fascinate you? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you might be a prime candidate to join the Rochester Historic Commission.
This Town Committee meets once a month, currently on the first Monday, at the Police Station Meeting Room on Dexter Lane. A meeting date change is planned for the future to return us to the Town Hall where our archives are stored. Due to recent resignations, we currently have openings for two members. Our agenda can be as varied as viewing building plans for developments (to ensure no historic structures are at risk), to updating the MCRIS list of historic properties and areas in Rochester or presenting programs at Rochester Memorial School. And all our meetings include a sharing of any interesting things our members have discovered in the last month.
Rochester has an incredible history for a small town, and it is fascinating to maintain its legacy and find new information to add. If you are interested in joining us, please drop a letter of intent to the Selectmen.

Depression, Bipolar Support Alliance
Depression, Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) support group meets every first and third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Southeast Medical Building located at 100 Rosebrook Way, Wareham. For more information, call John at 508-971-0018.

Mattapoisett COA Happenings
Everyone is welcome to participate in activities and services at the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, 17 Barstow Street. Most activities are "drop in." For any questions and/or to register for trips and special events, call 508-758-4110.
Mondays: 8:45 am Tai Chi (free); 10:00 am Qi Gong meditative healing (free); 10:00 am Knitting; 12:00 pm Strength & Balance (free); 1:00 pm Scrabble.
Tuesdays: 8:45 am Sport Yoga ($3); 10:00 am Legal Consulting (2nd Tuesday of month, free 15 min, by appt); 11:00 am Walking Group; 12:00 pm Movie & Pizza (last Tuesday of month); 12:30 pm Art History (once every other month, $3); 1:00 pm Water Color Painting (free).
Wednesdays: 9:30 am Cardio Fit (free); 10:00 am Men's Group (2nd Wednesday of month at Public Library); 10:45 am Meditation; 11:00 am Book Club (3rd Wednesday of month); 12:00 pm Strength & Balance (free); 1:00 pm Bingo; 1:15 pm Mah Jongg.
Thursdays: Various Trips (call for details); 11:00 am Computer Tutor (free, by appt); 1:00 pm Country Line Dancing.
Fridays: 8:45 am Sport Yoga ($3); 10:00 am Rx Qi Gong ($6.50); 11:15 am Chair Yoga ($3); 1:00 pm Line Dancing (donation); Foot Care (once a month by appt).

Friends of the Mattapoisett COA
Everyone is invited to join the Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The FMCoA serves as the fundraising arm of the Council on Aging. You can become a "Friend" and help out through your annual membership. Pick up the FMCoA membership application at the Senior Center or go online Download the PDF-form (top-left menu item). Your membership will be valid through the end of 2016! For more information, contact Bob Kelley at 508-758-6311 or email

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

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