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Nasketucket Bird Club
Who knew there was a connection between the coffee we drink in the morning and the birds we watch outside? Bill Wilson of Birds & Beans Coffee knows. Bill will present on neo-tropical migrants and what we can do, including coffee choice, to help bird conservation.
The event will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 22 at the Mattapoisett Public Library, 7 Barstow Street. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Carolyn Longworth at or visit the club website at

Academic Achievements
Six seniors from Falmouth Academy have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for testing within the top five percent of students, nation-wide, on PSAT exams.
Commended students are Charles Colt-Simonds of Woods Hole, John "Samuel" Cox of Falmouth, Alexander Gottlieb of Mashpee, Gregory Pickart of Falmouth, Nicolas Pingal of Hatchville and Charlotte VanVoorhis of Mattapoisett.
These students were selected from among more than 1.5 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Winter Moth Prevention: Free Workshop
The Mattapoisett Tree Committee and Tree Warden Roland Cote will present a tree-banding workshop to demonstrate how to band trees to trap winter moths this fall before they climb trees and lay eggs for a new generation of caterpillars. The workshop will take place on Saturday, October 17 at the Mattapoisett Land Trust's property at Dunseith Gardens (Salty, The Seahorse), located at the corner of Rte. 6 and North Street at 1:00 pm. Rain date is October 18.
This environmentally-friendly technique is relatively easy for homeowners to use on their trees. The workshop is presented in partnership with the Mattapoisett Land Trust and the two trees that will be banded will be visible for several months for all to see the quantity of female moths trapped and prevented from laying their numerous eggs.
If you would like to attend this free workshop, please contact the Mattapoisett Tree Committee at or like us on Facebook at MattapoisettTreeCommittee for updates on our work to protect and encourage trees in Mattapoisett.
For those who are unable to attend the workshop, the following is a list of some things to do to protect trees:
1. Clean up leaves around trees to control the moth population.
2. Tree banding in the fall is a preventative control. The proper way to tree band will be demonstrated at the workshop. Visit for information if unable to attend the workshop. It is important to never apply petroleum or sticky substances directly to a tree.
3. Dormant oil sprays are safe for home application when used as directed and works by coating and suffocating egg deposits on the bark of trees. It must be applied before winter moth caterpillars hatch, usually February into March.
4. Chemical spray application works when pests are active. Chemical spray should be applied by licensed professionals. Timing will be determined by the professional for best results.

Culture, Color and Art
The Mattapoisett Woman's Club will hold their October meeting on October 15 at noon in Reynard Hall of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 27 Church Street.
Mary Worden, a local artist, will speak about art, her paintings, travel, and the importance of art for children. Mary has traveled to many foreign lands including Mexico, Wales, Italy, Ireland and France. Her paintings express the cultures, colors and art forms she has experienced in her journeys. Mary also volunteers at Nativity Preparatory School where she loves working with students to develop their love for and talent in The Arts.
Please join us for a very inspiring talk and a close-up view of some of Mary's work. We welcome interested residents of all nearby towns to our meetings. You do not have to be a Mattapoisett resident to be a part of our Woman's Club.
Please come; we'd love to have you be a part of our growing Woman's Club.
Questions, to reserve a spot, or ask for a ride, call Barb at 508-864-5213.

Athletic Achievements
For the first time in 27 years of coaching, Old Colony's John Abaray had one of his players get a hole-in-one.
Using a pitching wedge, senior Tom Mydlack sank the one-timer on the 143-yard, par-3 sixth hole Thursday afternoon in a 5-5-3-5 loss to Tri-County at the New England Country Club in Bellingham.
"He's probably going to get struck by lightning tomorrow," joked Abaray.
Mydlack shot a three-over par 39 to pace the Cougars, who also got a win from Kyle Elliott and a tie from Jared Gammell.

Yo-Chi Offered at Marion Recreation
Yo-Chi is a balanced fusion of Tai Chi moves used for mobility and Yoga poses for stability, strength, balance and flexibility. It is a body-mind cross training class, ideal for all ages. This one-hour class includes instruction in restorative breathing as well as relaxation/meditation techniques. All exercises are done standing or seated using a chair or the wall as a prop. Class is being taught by Ellie Higgins, a certified group fitness instructor. Drop-in class is held at the Marion Recreation Facility, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion. Classes begin Thursday, October 15 and run through November 19. Time is 4:00 - 5:00 pm. No mat is required. Bring a bottle of water only! Cost is $5 per class payable to the instructor. For more information, please call Ellie at 508-758-2782.

Science at Work Lecture Series
Dr. Gretchen LeBuhn, Professor of Biology at San Francisco State University, will kick off Tabor Academy's Science at Work Lecture Series on October 12 at 6:30 pm in Lyndon South Auditorium in the Stroud Academic Center at 232 Front Street, Marion. Her talk is free and open to the public.
Dr. LeBuhn, a widely published scientist on the topic of conservation biology with a special interest in the plight of North American bees, will speak about the power of citizen science. She has lectured internationally, most recently at The White House as part of the forum entitled, "Open Science and Innovation: All Hands on Deck."
Citizen science - scientific research conducted in whole or part by amateur scientists - has emerged as a new tool for studying biodiversity and ecosystem services. Over the past five years, the field of citizen science has exploded and citizen scientists can be found doing research on everything from galaxies to disease. Dr. LeBuhn leads the largest international citizen science project on pollinators in the world and is a leading scientist in the field.
She will talk about the role of citizen science in biodiversity research and what makes these programs successful. As the lead author on the Pollination Assessment for the Intergovernmental Platform Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, the leading intergovernmental body for assessing the state of the planet's biodiversity, its ecosystems and the essential services they provide to society, and the technical advisor for GEF/UNEP/FAO's Global Action on Pollination Services for Sustainable Agriculture, LeBuhn designed a monitoring program implemented in seven countries now regarded as standard protocol for assessing bee diversity.
The plight of the bees impacts our very life on earth. Come learn about what is being done, and how you can help to hopefully reverse their declining populations.

Open Table
You are invited for supper on Friday, October 9 at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. As always, something delicious and nutritious is on the menu and we can't wait to see you. There is no charge, although donations are gratefully accepted. Doors open at 4:30 pm and the meal will be served at 5:00 pm. Everyone is welcome!

Fall Quaker Yard Sale
The annual Fall Quaker Yard Sale will be held from 8:30 am - noon on Saturday, October 17 at the Mattapoisett Friends Meeting, 103 Marion Road (Rte. 6).
All proceeds from this sale will be added to the 1827 Meeting House Restoration Fund.
The architect's estimate for the work is $245,000. To date, the meeting has raised $95,000 and the town of Mattapoisett has contributed $80,000 from its Community Preservation Fund.
The project is expected to get underway soon. Donations of items for the sale, from single to multiple gifts, can be made by calling 508-758-3579. No large pieces of furniture, appliances or electronics can be accepted.
Outdoor space is available to the general public for $10. Call Alan Harris at 508-748-0098 by October 15 if interested.
The Friends still have to raise $70,000 to complete the work. Gift certificates from area businesses, cash or checks, or donations of securities, books, coin and stamp collections, would be most welcome.

Join the Kitties for Oktopurrfest
It's All About the Animals will host Oktopurrfest, a free, fun-filled celebration for pet lovers of all ages, on October 18 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm on the shelter grounds located at 103 Marion Road, Rochester.
"Autumn is a beautiful time of year on the South Coast and offers the 'purrfect' opportunity for shelter friends both old and new to visit the facility and meet our feline residents," says Pam Robinson, shelter founder. "You just might leave with four paws wrapped around your heart."
The event will include a wide array of raffles and more than 20 vendors featuring gifts and services for cats, dogs and their human friends. Tours of the modern, well-equipped facility will be offered. More than 50 beautiful shelter cats, all hoping to be adopted by a loving forever home, will serve as goodwill ambassadors and happily greet guests.
Vendors will include dog trainers, canine bakeries, groomers and masseurs specializing in massages for animals and their owners. Representatives of several local shelters will be available to discuss their adoption programs.
"Please come dressed as your favorite character," Robinson continues, adding that the celebration will also include a children's costume contest and a pumpkin decorating competition. Guests can bring their own pumpkin or purchase one at the event.
Light refreshments will be sold. Visitors are advised not to bring pets. For more information, e-mail or call 508-763-2035.

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, community service, industry and farming.
We congratulate senior Brett Noone of Marion for being selected as Student of the Month for September by the Old Rochester Regional High School faculty and staff. Brett is an outstanding member of the ORRHS community. He is always respectful, polite and smiling. He is a solid student and is willing to help his peers. He is a three-season athlete and is Captain of the Soccer team. Brett was invited to the 21st annual sportsmanship seminar. During his four years at ORR, he has volunteered to work with students with special needs and is a Student AmbassadOR. When not in school, Brett volunteers with the Southcoast Elderly and can often be seen doing yard work for his neighbors.

Super Spooky, Extra Scary Halloween Event
The Sippican Lands Trust is planning a super spooky, extra scary Halloween event for kids 8 years and older on Friday, October 30 beginning at 5:00 pm. Renowned scary storyteller David Mello will be featured as we walk through Aucoot Woods, property managed together by the Sippican Lands Trust and the Marion Open Space Acquisition Committee (MOSAC). More information to come.
Founded in 1974, the Sippican Lands Trust strives to acquire, protect and maintain natural areas in Marion. Its purpose is to conserve land, protect habitat and offer public access to the beautiful protected lands of our town. Currently, its main focus is to develop more events and educational programs for nature lovers of all ages.
Please do not hesitate to contact Head Steward, Yelena Sheynin, with any questions at 508-748-3080 or Visit us on Facebook and

Gateway Youth Hockey
Bantams: The Gateway Gladiator Bantam Youth Hockey team was eliminated from the Mass Hockey State Playdown Tournament, suffering a 4-1 loss to Nantucket. After an evenly matched first period, Nantucket found the back of the net early in the second. But less than two minutes later, Quirino DoCanto tied the game with a goal for the Gladiators, assisted by Ty Lovendale and Bethany Davis. Despite stellar goaltending by Zachary Pateakos, Gateway struggled to kill 15 minutes in penalties. Nantucket took advantage, scoring three more goals as the Gladiators simply couldn't keep their legs fresh. The non-conference loss marks the first defeat of the season for the Gateway Bantam team.

Evening of Irish Music
Come for an evening of Irish music with Gerry O'Beirne, Jay and Abby Michaels, and The Buzzards Bay Buccaneers on Friday, October 23 at 7:00 pm at the Fireman Center, Tabor Academy, 235 Front St., Marion. Open to the Public - Free Admission.

Tri-County Symphonic Band
The Tri-County Symphonic Band presents "October," a concert of music that reflects the various moods of autumn in our area on Sunday, October 25 at 3:00 pm at the Fireman Center, Tabor Academy, 235 Front St., Marion. Adults - $15; Students - $5; Children 12 and under - Free.

Volunteers Needed at Tobey Hospital
Southcoast Health is looking for friendly and energetic people from the greater Wareham community who would like to become volunteers at Tobey Hospital.
Joining the Tobey Volunteer Team is a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Volunteers enjoy flexible hours and serve many functions from the Emergency Department to the Gift Shop.
If you are interested or have questions, please call the volunteer line at 508-273-4102.

Friday Night Movie: Moby Dick
The Sippican Historical Society will be showing Moby Dick on Friday, October 9 at the Marion Music Hall at 7:00 pm. We will be showing the 1956 film starring Gregory Peck and Richard Basehart. The movie is based on Herman Melville's book, which was originally published in 1851. Ishmael, the narrator, begins the story in New Bedford when he joins the whaling ship, Pequod, whose captain Ahab begins his self-destructive obsession to hunt and kill the white whale, Moby Dick. After the movie, David Pierce will lead a discussion about not only the movie, but also about this very important era of our local history. We hope to see you there. The movie is free and open to the public.

The Halloween Contests Are Here!
Are you ready for some spooktacular fun? Dust off the cobwebs and sharpen those scary pencils. Once again, The Wanderer is hosting three Halloween contests to get you into the Halloween spirit!
Contest 1 - The Halloween Story Contest - Write a story, and maybe even win a prize! During the month of October, The Wanderer prints Halloween stories submitted by our readers and the writer of the best story wins a $250 gift certificate to any of our display advertisers!
The deadline for the story contest is Friday, October 9 at noon, in order to give our judges enough time to read the entries. Stories will be printed in the October 15, 22, & 29 editions of The Wanderer. The winner will also be announced in the October 29 edition.
Contest 2 - The Halloween Cover Contest - Your best Halloween artwork could be on the cover of The Wanderer and you could win a great prize! Submit your best original Halloween drawing, photo, compilation or artwork to enter for publication on our October 29 cover.
Deadline for submitting artwork is Friday, October 16 at noon. Online voting will take place from October 18 to October 26. The cover winner will win a $250 gift certificate to any of our display advertisers and his or her artwork will be on the October 29 cover of The Wanderer!
Contest 3 - Facebook Photo Contest - Gather up your best Halloween Photo and submit it to us at by November 3. We'll be posting them on Facebook and letting everyone choose the top photos. The top winners will all receive a special yet-to-be-determined prize! Stay tuned at
The Fine Print - All entries must include a signed copy of the Official Entry Form, which can be picked up at The Wanderer office, 55 County Road, Mattapoisett. Entry forms can also be downloaded at (click on "Halloween Contest").
All entries must be original. Stories must be previously unpublished and cover entries must contain completely original artwork and/or photos. No copied items, including traced clip art, will be considered for the contest. All stories must be accompanied by an electronic version (preferably in Word format emailed to: A full list of rules and regulations can be found at For more information, call our office at 508-758-9055.

Lion's Club Movie
The Mattapoisett Lions Clubs invites you to join us in the Old Rochester Regional High School Auditorium on Friday, October 9 at 6:30 pm for a screening of the movie Home.
This DreamWorks production takes place on planet Earth, where an alien race called the Boov invade the planet. However, a girl named Tip manages to avoid capture and goes on the run with Oh, a fugitive Boov. We are asking that you bring a non-perishable food item, or school supplies for children, children's socks, underwear, toothbrushes, toothpaste, new/gently used children's clothing or new/gently used books as a donation. These items are collected as part of a Lions Club initiative to help local children and to assist with Operation Shoebox.

Rabies Clinic
There will be a Rabies Clinic on October 11 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Mattapoisett Fire Station. All dogs must be leashed and all cats in carriers. The cost per animal is $15. Thank you from all the unvaccinated critters in town and the surrounding towns! You do not have to live in Mattapoisett to attend our clinic

Marion Congregational Church Organ Recital
Following the success of its organ recital in June, the First Congregational Church in Marion, Massachusetts, will present a Mini-Organ Festival on its historic George S. Hutchings organ on two Sundays, November 1 and 15, at 4:00 pm.
Performing on November 1 is Christa Rakich in a program of music by Nicolaus Bruhns, J. S. Bach, and Anna Amalia, Princess of Prussia, in addition to modern works by James Woodman and Ms. Rakich herself. Flutist Wendy Rolfe will be featured as soloist in the Bach and Amalia.
In addition to works by J. S. Bach, Steven Young will perform music of Vincent Luebeck, Henry M. Dunham, William Bolcom, and John Knowles Paine on November 15.
The First Congregational Church in Marion was built in 1841. In 1884, with support from local philanthropist Elizabeth Taber, a new mechanical-action organ by George S. Hutchings was installed. Hutchings was prominent among American organ builders and built organs for the old Boston Music Hall, the Old South Church, and Symphony Hall.
Tickets for the recitals at $10 may be purchased at The Bookstall on Front Street in Marion and at the door. For more information and reservations, call 508-748-2067. The First Congregational Church, located at 28 Main Street at the corner of Front and Main in Marion, is handicapped accessible.
Concert and recording artist Christa Rakich is artist-in-residence at the First Congregational Church in Somers, Connecticut. A prizewinner at international organ competitions, Rakich has received acclaim for her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach. She concertizes widely throughout the U.S. and will have just returned from Europe, where she played in Alsace, Germany, and Holland. As a Fulbright Scholar, Christa Rakich studied for two years with Anton Heiller at the Hochschule fuer Musik in Vienna, Austria. She holds degrees from Oberlin College and New England Conservatory and has served on the faculties of Westminster Choir College, Brandeis University, New England Conservatory, and the University of Connecticut. At Harvard, she was Assistant University Organist in Memorial Church.

North Rochester Congregational Church Yard Sale
The North Rochester Congregational Church, located at 247 North Avenue, Rochester will be having a yard sale on Saturday, October 10 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in the basement of the church. There will be a variety of items for sale. Contact Patti Keller at 508-947-6618 with any questions or if you have any items you would like to donate.

Municipal Bike Walk Plan
A public input session about walking and biking in Mattapoisett will be held on October 8 at 6:30 pm at Center School Cafeteria. People of all ages and abilities who use public ways, including walkers, wheelers of all types, and motorists are invited to give their input into the draft Mattapoisett Municipal Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan.
Program description: 6:30 pm - Introductions and brief overview of the purpose of a Municipal Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan; 6:40 pm - Break into four small groups to discuss walking/wheeling experience on public ways in four sections of our town: 1) north of I-195; 2) south of I-195 and west of River Road; 3) south of I-195 and East of Church Street extension; and 4) south of I-195 between River Road and Church Street Extension. People will be asked to mark large maps with their primary destinations, favorite routes, and areas that they consider hazardous for walkers, bikers. Separate comment sheets will be provided for participants to make specific written notes. At a future date, a separate meeting will specifically address the Route 6 Business District.
At 7:00 pm, the group will come together for a brief information session about various projects including Bike Path planning. This will be followed by a "priorities setting" discussion. The public input session should conclude by 7:30 pm.

Salty's Silvery Moon Soiree
Salty the Seahorse and the Mattapoisett Land Trust once again wish to invite children of all ages to join us for what has become a fall tradition of fun in the firelight on Saturday, October 24 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at Dunseith Gardens (Route 6 at North Street). The Land Trust will provide the cooking fires, with hay bale seating, and the ingredients for "S'mores" as well as cider as a healthy thirst quencher. Entertainment will include music and storytelling by Toby Dills. Entrance to the property will be illuminated by luminaria created by the students at Center School.
All are welcome. Guests need to park off site, so please bring a flashlight to help you return to your car and for safety on the grounds.

October Programs at Plumb Library
Love to doodle? Join us for a relaxing and enjoyable class to discover your own uniquely personal art form on Saturday, October 17 at 2:00 pm. Learn to use doodling to tap into your latent creativity and find a restful state of mind. Patterns of tangling will be taught that will be combined with your own ideas to produce a fun finished project. No memorizing patterns. No pressure to copy someone else's style. This program is best for ages 13 and up, and is free thanks to the Friends of Plumb Library. All materials will be provided. Register by calling us at 508-763-8600 or visit the Plumb Library Events Calendar at
For their October book, "Just the Facts" Nonfiction Book Discussion Group, will be reading The American Way of Death by Jessica Mitford. First published in 1963, this book exposed the excessive expense of funerals at the time and caused an uproar in the funeral industry. In publishing her research, Mitford felt that funerals were becoming too industrialized and that funeral directors preyed on the bereaving. Written with wit and wisdom, this book was a cause celebre in its time. We will discuss this book on Thursday, October 15 at 6:30 pm. Copies are available at the desk.
The Cafe Parlez' selection for October is Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen. Frances Osgood, single mother in 1845 New York City, jumps at the chance to meet the famous Edgar Allan Poe, if only to help her fledgling career. What follows is a flirtation, then a seduction and an illicit affair. But when Edgar's frail wife, Virginia, insists on befriending Frances as well, the relationship becomes as dark and twisted as one of Poe's tales. Inspired by literature's most haunting love triangle, Lynn Cullen delivers a perfect rendering of Poe, his mistress's confession, and his wife's obsession. We will discuss this book on Thursday, October 29 at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk.
The Friends of Plumb Library and the Rochester Friends of the Elderly will be holding another Dinner and Movie night at the Council On Aging, 67 Dexter Lane, Rochester on Saturday, October 17 at 5:30 pm. Cost is $8 per person or $25 for a family of three or more. The movie will be "Halloween Town." Enjoy a great spaghetti supper and a fun movie. For more information, call the library at 508-763-8600 or register on the Plumb Library Event Calendar.

Rochester Women's Club
The next meeting of the Rochester Women's Club will be held on Thursday, October 8 at 6:30 pm. We are located at 37 Marion Road in Rochester. We welcome ladies from surrounding communities.
This meeting is a costume Halloween Party. Although costumes are certainly optional, we encourage members to join in the fun of dressing up.
Our entertainment this month is provided by Yvonne Benton. Yvonne has been a bar tender for over 30 years and she will be sharing her "behind the Bar" stories as well as teaching us the ins and outs of mixology. Be ready for a fun night of tasting. Grab a friend and join us on Thursday evening, October 8 at 6:30 pm. RSVP by calling Marsha or emailing

Marion Flu Clinics
The Marion Board of Health is pleased to announce seasonal flu clinics for the residents of Marion. The flu vaccine will be available as nasal mist for residents between the ages of 2 and 49 years of age and is also available in the injectable form for all residents over the age of 6 months.
Those attending the flu clinics are reminded to wear a short sleeve shirt and to bring all insurance and Medicare cards. Vaccinations will be given to all regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.
- Wednesday, October 14, 4:00 - 7:00 pm at the Marion Sippican School
- Monday, October 26, 2:00 - 6:30 pm at the Marion Town House
- Monday, November 9, 2:00 - 6:30 pm at the Marion Town House
Transportation to the clinics can be arranged with the Council on Aging. For information, call the Marion Board of Health at 508-748-3530.

Miss South Coast Scholarship Pageant
Miss South Coast organizers have announced the annual pageant will be held on Saturday, October 24 at 6:00 pm. The Miss South Coast Organization is proud to welcome contestants, aged 13-17 for the teen program and 17- 24 for Miss, from around the area to the competition which will take place at the Music Hall at 164 Front Street in Marion, MA.
Contestants will compete in five phases of competition during the event, including talent, interview, evening gown, lifestyle & fitness, and onstage question. During the competition, each contestant will also discuss her chosen platform, a social or community issue of concern to herself and our society at large.
As an affiliate of the Miss America Organization and the Miss Massachusetts Scholarship Foundation, this program provides scholarship monies and in-kind funds to young women throughout the Commonwealth. The winner of the Miss South Coast Competition and the teen pageant will be awarded scholarship monies to put toward college or a graduate school education as well as additional prizes. Miss South Coast will also be eligible to compete for the Miss Massachusetts title in Worcester in July, and the teen winner will be eligible to compete for Miss Massachusetts Outstanding Teen pageant in the Spring.
For more information about the Miss South Coast Competition, email or call 508-454-1713.

Mattapoisett Community Preservation Committee
The Mattapoisett Community Preservation Committee is now accepting project funding applications for inclusion in the spring 2016 town meeting. Applications can be picked up in paper form at the Mattapoisett Town Hall or can be downloaded at
Applications must be turned into the selectmen's office by November 15 in order for consideration.

Rochester Cultural Council
The Rochester Cultural Council is seeking funding proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities and science projects which must also ensure a public benefit component. Grant application forms are available online at Please visit the Massachusetts Cultural Council website for grant submission details. The deadline to submit grant applications is October 15, 2015 and six copies must be made for the Council's consideration.
Grants can support a variety of arts and sciences related projects in and around Rochester including exhibits, festivals, performances, workshops, cultural field trips, and lectures. Nonprofits, organizations, schools and youth groups are encouraged to apply.
The Rochester Cultural Council is a part of a network of Local Cultural Councils (LCC) serving over 350 communities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The LCC program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which allocates funds to each community. This year the Rochester Cultural Council will distribute nearly $4,400 in grants.

Mattapoisett Cultural Council
Mattapoisett Cultural Council seeks grant proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs. These grants support a variety of artistic projects and activities in and around Mattapoisett - including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.
This year, Mattapoisett Cultural Council will distribute about $4,400 in grants. Previously funded projects included: performances and programs by Mattapoisett Historical Society, Movies in the Park by Mattapoisett Lions Club, theatrical programs for children and adults at Mattapoisett Free Public Library and ORRHS, and arts and science programs sponsored by the Mattapoisett PTA at Center School and Old Hammondtown School, among others.
Guidelines, application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at Questions may be addressed to Application forms are also available at Mattapoisett Free Public Library.
Grant applications must be received at: Mattapoisett Cultural Council, Town Hall, 16 Main St., P.O. Box 435, Mattapoisett, MA 02739, and postmarked no later than October 15, 2015 (10 copies).
Mattapoisett Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

Fifth Annual Turkey Trot
The Fifth Annual Guard Oil 5K Turkey Trot hosted by Marion Recreation will be held on Sunday, November 22 at 10:15 am. The start and finish line will be on Front Street at Tabor Academy. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit Marion Recreation programs. Sponsors are needed. Several levels of sponsorship are available. The first 300 runners who 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 2015" from the menu. For more information, visit, call 774-217-8355, or email

Senior Tax Work-Off Program
Applications for the Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Program are now available. This program allows Mattapoisett seniors, older than 60, to perform services for the town in exchange for a maximum $750 reduction on the taxes for Mattapoisett property that they own and occupy. Anyone interested must complete an application, even if you have served in the past.
Applications are available online at the Town's website,, under the "COA" under "FY16 Work-Off Package." Hard copy applications may also be picked up in person at the Council on Aging. The application will contain a summary of the eligibility requirements for program participation and will be accompanied by an information package. All applications must be turned in to the Council on Aging office by 3:00 pm on Friday, October 16. Anyone with questions may call Jacqueline Coucci, Council on Aging Director, at 508-758-4110.

Rochester Democratic Committee
Rochester Democrats are looking for interested Democrats to serve on the Town Democratic Committee. Registered Democrats must sign the nomination paper and name will be placed on the ballot for next town election. Please call Carol St. Don at 508-763-2795 to sign up for more information.

Marion Cultural Council LCC Grant
The Marion Cultural Council is seeking funding proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities and science projects for the FY15 LCC cycle. Application forms for the grants are available online at Form templates are also available at the Elizabeth Taber Library, 8 Spring Street, Marion. Please visit the Massachusetts Cultural Council website for details regarding the submission of funding proposals. The deadline to submit grant applications is October 15 and seven copies must be made for the Council's consideration.
Grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in and around Marion including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.
The Marion Cultural Council will also consider funding proposals from schools and youth groups to assist in subsidizing school-age children to attend cultural field trips.
The Marion Cultural Council is a part of a network of Local Cultural Councils (LCC) serving over 350 communities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The LCC program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. This year, the Marion Cultural Council will distribute nearly $4,400 in grants.
For more information, please email Kristen Saint Don-Campbell at

Mattapoisett Flu Clinic
The Mattapoisett Board of Health is pleased to announce a flu clinic for Mattapoisett residents aged 60 years and older. The flu clinic will be held at the Mattapoisett Council of Aging, 17 Barstow Street, on Thursday, October 8 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. The flu vaccine is offered free of charge. A $5 suggested donation and/or a non-perishable food item is greatly appreciated to support residents in need. Please wear a short-sleeved top to the clinic. Residents in need of a ride to the clinic may call the COA at 508-758-4110. For more information, please call the Mattapoisett Public Health Nurse at 508-758-4118. This flu clinic is sponsored by the Board of Health in collaboration with the Southcoast Wellness Van and the COA.

Mattapoisett Bike Path Crowdfunding
Friends of Mattapoisett Bike Path have launched a crowdfunding effort to raise $33,000 toward final permitting and design costs. If permitting and fundraising stay on schedule, construction can begin in fall or winter 2016. We are hoping that bicycling enthusiasts everywhere and people in communities around Mattapoisett will support the Town in its long effort to complete this project. The Friends website, where people can find all the information they need, is The crowdfunding site is Mattapoisett's bike path is part of a regional bikeway that will make it easier for people to ride between towns and neighborhoods. All donations are tax deductible, so please go to the website, give a little, and then share on your Facebook account. If you'd rather simply send a check, the name and address is Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path, P.O. Box 1336, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.

Annie B. Copps Cooking Demonstration
Area residents can sharpen their cooking skills at a special demonstration by renowned chef, journalist and PBS personality Annie B. Copps on Tuesday, October 13 at 3:00 pm. Annie will share her lively stories and culinary secrets while preparing a three-course fall-themed meal using locally sourced ingredients. To be held at the demonstration kitchen at the Bay Club in Mattapoisett, this demonstration will be an exciting event for foodies and those looking to learn new cooking techniques.
This event is part of the Buzzards Bay Coalition's annual Golf Outing, Cocktail Party and Auction event at the Bay Club, which raises money for the cleanup of nitrogen pollution in New Bedford Harbor.
Tickets to the cooking demonstration are only $50, which includes entry to the cocktail party with hors d'oeuvres, open bar and live/silent auction.
Space is limited for this event. To purchase tickets, visit

Teenage Assistants Needed at the MNHM
The Marion Natural History Museum is in need of a teenage assistant or two to help with afterschool programs - mainly crowd control and helping small groups with a project. Babysitting experience and/or interest in nature or science is preferred but not necessary. We meet every other Wednesday afternoon from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, and there is a small stipend available. This is a great opportunity to add the museum as a reference for future employment opportunities! Please contact Elizabeth Leidhold, Museum Director, c/o Marion Natural History Museum, P.O. Box 644, Marion, MA 02738 for further information.

Carrington Medals On Display
The Sippican Historical Society recently received the military medals of long-time Marion resident, George W. Carrington. Upon his death, Carrington's good friend, John P. Kendall of Marion, received the colonel's medals, which Mr. Kendall had framed and then donated to the Society. The Sippican Historical Society has hung the medals, along with Col. Carrington's obituary, in its Museum.
Col. Carrington was born on January 5, 1921 and died February 21, 2015. He graduated from Yale University in 1942, after which he began an illustrious career in the United States Marine Corps. He fought in the Pacific theatre during WWII, where he received many medals including the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart. He also received medals for his service in the Korean and Viet Nam Wars.
After his military career, he earned a Doctorate in Chinese History from Oxford University in England. He also wrote many books and served as Dean of Faculty at the Marine Military Academy. The Sippican Historical Society invites the community to visit its Museum and to view the impressive collection of Col. Carrington's medals.

MNHM Fall Programs
It's time for school and we at the Marion Natural History Museum have our new Fall/Winter 2015 afterschool programs ready to go.
October 21: Let's look at the soil under our feet. Natural Resource Conservation Service scientist Maggie Payne will speak about our local soils. We will use the museum's soil tunnel and do some experimenting, so please plan to get dirty!
October 28: Changing Colors of Fall with artist/naturalist Tricia Cassady. We will examine the colors of fall in and around Marion and work with watercolors to develop our own pieces of artwork expressing these colors.
Cost for all programs is $6 for members, $8 for nonmembers. All programs start at 3:30 pm unless otherwise noted. To register, please go to, fill out the registration and submit with payment. See you soon!

2015 Mattapoisett Street List Books
The new 2015 Street List Books are now available at the Mattapoisett Town Clerk's Office. The cost for a copy of this newly redesigned book is $10. Stop by during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm) and pick up one of these handy reference books. While you are at Town Hall, don't forget to grab a free copy of the new color street map of Mattapoisett that was published by a company called Mail a Map with the cooperation of the Town Clerk's Office. A link to the map is also available on the Town of Mattapoisett's website,

Buzzards Bay Coalition Golf Outing
Southcoast golfers have a unique opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of golf at a championship golf course while also helping to clean up pollution in New Bedford Harbor.
The Buzzards Bay Coalition is hosting its annual Golf Outing at noon on Tuesday, October 13 at the Bay Club at Mattapoisett. All proceeds from the event will go into a dedicated fund to support projects that stop nitrogen pollution - Buzzards Bay's largest pollutant - from reaching New Bedford Harbor.
For golfers, it's a rare opportunity to enjoy the private Bay Club's parkland-style 7,100 yard course, designed by PGA Tour professional Brad Faxon in conjunction with golf course architect Brad Booth.
"We're looking forward to a great day on the course at the Bay Club," said Buzzards Bay Coalition Vice-President of Development Marc Bellanger. "The Golf Outing is a fun way to support a great cause, and we love seeing so many golfers out there participating. We are happy to once again be partnering with the Bay Club on this event. They've earned Silver Certification recognition from Audubon International demonstrating that environmental sensitivity and sustainable practices - including fertilizer reduction - are a top priority."
Golfers can register online, individually or as a foursome, at
Not a golfer? You can still enjoy the festivities and show your support for clean water by signing up for a cooking masterclass at 3:00 pm with renowned chef and PBS personality Annie B. Copps. You can also attend the cocktail party reception, which will begin at 5:00 pm after the conclusion of play. The reception will feature an open bar, hors d'oeuvres, live music, awards and a live and silent auction, all taking place on the Golf House Restaurant patio overlooking the course. The auction will include one-of-a-kind experiences from around Buzzards Bay - and around the world. Information on tickets for the cooking class, reception and auction are all available at

Online Voter Registration Now Available
Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin is pleased to announce that online voter registration is available in the Commonwealth through the portal launched by his office. This important advancement will make registration easier and more convenient as well as cut costs relating to the printing of voter registration forms.
Massachusetts citizens can apply online by visiting Secretary Galvin's website at and clicking the "Massachusetts Register to Vote Online" button to access the online application system. Any Massachusetts citizen who has a valid identification card issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles will be able to use the online system to apply to register to vote, update their address, or change their party enrollment.
Massachusetts citizens who do not have identification issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles can still complete an application online which they can print, sign and mail or hand-deliver to their local election official.
With the Presidential Primary only six months away on March 1, 2016, now is the time to visit Secretary Galvin's website to check your voter registration status and make any updates as necessary.

Old Rochester Farmers' Market
The Old Rochester Farmers' Market runs every Tuesday from 3:00 - 6:00 pm outside the ORRJHS. This year's market will have two produce farms, Cervelli's and Skinny a Dip (organic); Sweet and Salty Farm which has veal and yogurt; Wyandotte Farm with chicken and a variety of other meats; and Robbins Trout Farm with fresh-harvested trout. The market also has cheese, bread, honey, oils & vinegars, fresh ground coffee, sweets (also gluten free and vegan options), homemade pies, sweet and savory cinnamon rolls, freshly popped kettle corn, organic baby food, barbecue sauces, soups, toffee, jams and herbs. Additionally, artisan vendors with soaps, candles, skin products, jewelry, roped nautical items, and organic and gluten-free pet treats. Lastly, the market will include healthy option food vendors and Running Brooke Vineyards winery. We also welcome weekly guest vendors. Come check us out - an event the whole family can enjoy with musical entertainment and free face painting!

SouthCoast Toastmasters Speak Their Minds
The SouthCoast Toastmaster's Club, also known as Marion Toastmaster's Club is a public speaking, communications and leadership organization which meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 12:00 pm (noon) to 1:00 pm at the Wareham Library, 59 Marion Road, Wareham, MA.
Come and experience what happens at our meetings! We have a vocabulary word of the day, a joke of the day, two 5-7 minute prepared speeches, two minute extemporaneous speaking sessions and evaluations of what just happened. The meeting is one hour. Come and BRING your brown bag lunch.
Get over your jitters and gain more confidence in your presentation skills. Bring a friend. For more information, call 508-292-6706 or visit our web site at

Mattapoisett Transfer Station Hours
The Mattapoisett Transfer Station hours are Tuesday through Saturday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Marion COA Information
Outreach Worker: Outreach worker is available to meet in your home or at the COA office at Town House to assist with information, referrals, or assistance with applications. Call for appointment.
Drug Disposal: Drop off at the police station. No liquids.
Emergency Fund: For Marion residents in need of life sustaining services.
Transportation: Call as soon as you have an appointment.
Medical Appointments:
- Wareham area - Monday am & Thursday pm.
- Dartmouth & New Bedford - Monday pm & Thursday am.
- Plymouth on the 4th Tuesday of the month.
- Boston on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month.
- Every Wednesday, Market Basket - pick up at 12:30 pm.
- Alternate Fridays to Shaw's in Wareham and Fairhaven marts - pick up 12:30 pm.
- Please arrange errands with the above schedule.
- Donations are appreciated.
Mailbox Sticker: If you have not picked up your mail in three days, the post office will notify the COA so we may do a well check. Call the COA for more info.
Book Delivery: Free delivery of books to home-bound residents. Please call the library at 508-748-1252.
LGBT Supper Club: LGBT supper club, for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors on the 4th Wednesday of each month from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Suggested donation: $3. Call the Fairhaven Senior Center, 229 Huttleston Avenue, 508-979-4029, to sign up.
Telephone Reassurance: Daily check on people living alone. Call for more details.
Health & Wellness:
- YMCA: Tuesdays and Thursdays - pick up at 10:00 am and return at 12:30 pm. Scholarships are available.
- Step & Stretch: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:00 pm at the Rochester COA. Transportation provided.
- Senior Stretch: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays from 9:30 - 10:30 am at First Congregational Church hall. Sponsored by Friends of Marion visiting nurse. Ten-week sessions for $45. Sign up for one, two or three days.
- Low-impact Dance Aerobics: Mondays from 9:30 - 10:40 am, Fridays from 9:00 - 10:00 am at Atlantis Drive. Donation: $4.
Public Health Nurse: Nurse is available for health consultation, blood pressure and glucose monitoring, wound assessment and routine adult vaccinations on Mondays at Town House from 9:30 - 11:30 am. The nurse is available by appointment Tuesday - Friday.
Meals on Wheels: Delivered daily to home-bound elders.
Podiatry Clinic: Call for appointment.
Social Day Program: Monday - Friday to the Fairhaven social day program. Pick up begins at 7:45 am and return is at 2:30 pm.
Medical Equipment: Walkers, bath seats, commodes, etc. Free loan.
Friendship Table: Free meal at St. Gabriel's church in Marion, 1st and 3rd Thursdays at the Congregational Church Community Center at 5:00 pm.
SHINE Counselor (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders): Have a health insurance question? Ask our SHINE counselor. Call the COA for appointment.
Fuel Assistance: Applications are available at the office. Please call to make an appointment.

FISH - Friends In Service Helping
Friends In Service Helping has been in operation in Mattapoisett since 1969. We provide rides to medical appointments for elderly residents who cannot drive anymore. We service Mattapoisett residents with transportation from their homes to Wareham, Marion, Fairhaven, New Bedford, and Dartmouth, as well as right here in Mattapoisett. Last year alone, we transported 301 residents!
Our town does not have public transportation. Our elderly residents are counting on FISH to get them to their medical appointments. We need more volunteer callers and drivers. We always work around your schedule when it is convenient for you! To find out more about your opportunity to be a FISH volunteer, please call FISH Coordinator Jacquie McGraw at 508-758-9278.

Mattapoisett COA Happenings
Knitting: Mondays at 10:00 am
Scrabble: Mondays at 1:00 pm
Bingo: Wednesdays at 1:00 pm
Mah Jong: Wednesdays at 1:15 pm
Bridge: Thursdays at 9:00 am
Belly Dancing: Mondays, 1:30 pm, $3
Qi Gong: Mondays, 10:00 am, free
Strength and Balance: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00 pm, free
Cardio Fit: Wednesdays, 9:00 am, free
Yoga: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:45 am, $3
Walking Group: Tuesdays, 9:00 am, free

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