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News Submission Policy
The Wanderer gladly accepts any and all news and press release items from local non-profit organizations for publication on a weekly basis. The deadline for submission of news items is Monday at 12:00 noon for publication in that week's edition. Due to the increasing number of submissions, however, publication of press material is never guaranteed. The Wanderer will make every effort to publish timely news items and announcements as the subject warrants and as often as spacing allows. All press material must be submitted in writing via fax (508-758-4845), e-mail (, or mail (The Wanderer, P.O. Box 102, Mattapoisett, MA 02739), and must be typed or word-processed. We cannot accept any handwritten material or news items via telephone, no matter how brief.
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Letters to the Editor
The views expressed in the "Letters to the Editor" column are not necessarily those of The Wanderer, its staff or advertisers. The Wanderer will gladly accept any and all correspondence relating to timely and pertinent issues in the great Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester area, provided they include the author's name, address and phone number for verification. We cannot publish anonymous, unsigned or unconfirmed submissions. The Wanderer reserves the right to edit, condense and otherwise alter submissions for purposes of clarity and/or spacing considerations. The Wanderer may choose to not run letters that thank businesses, and The Wanderer has the right to edit letters to omit business names. The Wanderer also reserves the right to deny publication of any submitted correspondence.

To the Editor:
The family of Greenwood 'Sonny' Hartley, Jr. wants to thank the many people who expressed their love and respect for him in many ways. Your prayers, telephone calls, visits, flowers and letters were all acts of love and kindness. Words cannot express our appreciation and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Shirley (his wife) and our children, Woody, Marsha & Wally

Dear Editor:
A colossal thank you is offered to all the wonderful members of the Mattapoisett Women's Club who gave generously of their time and energy to make the Taste of the Town a magnificent event and success. We appreciated the cooperation, dedication and time members took away from family and friends to unselfishly reach out and serve the community. Also, special appreciation is extended to devoted vendors and loyal patrons for supporting the Mattapoisett Women's Club scholarship fundraising efforts. We could not have done it without you.
Finally, deep thanks to the glorious Showstoppers. This spirited group of young performers dazzled everyone with their array of songs and boundless enthusiasm.
With deep gratitude,
Lois Ennis and Eileen Marum
Co-chairs, Taste of the Town Committee
Mattapoisett Women's Club

Ladies and Gentlemen, can I get a volunteer?
When we hear these words it brings us back to a magic show or the circus or perhaps a performance at the New England aquarium. In my younger years, I attended such a show and did raise my hand to be part of the sea lion performance. When I was selected and was asked to go on stage, it was very exciting. I was going to be part of the show! I was instructed to stand still and do whatever I was told. The sea lion performed his trick, the last being a kiss on my cheek. He, of course, got all the applause. After all, he was the star of the show. I spent the rest of the day happy to have been a part of something fun, but also left smelling of fish.
Many years later, when I read in the paper that a Town Committee was looking for a volunteer, I again raised my hand. Friends and family were supportive, telling me that I would be great in such a position. I am not much of a politician, but this appointment didn't seem to be a political role. Merely an enforcement group with a very defined set of rules to uphold: Laws, in fact. But I quickly learned that everyone reads the rules differently, and others feel the rules don't apply to them and they should be granted an exception. When these people don't get what they want, a battle ensues and the officials become 'The Bad Guys".
I have been a member of both successful committees and some not so successful. My experience has been that at first it always seems like a good idea to volunteer. After all, I can make a difference, right? But here are some lessons that I have learned:
- There will always be someone with an agenda or constituency (no matter the level of service).
- Good or bad, a group of individuals (a committee) is always heard as a group, even if its members are all saying different things.
- People will more likely base their decisions on popular opinion rather than spend the time to research the fact of a matter.
Now that my relatively short stint in public office is complete, I am glad to have had the opportunity to serve my community. I have also learned some valuable lessons about myself and society. And I did escape this time without smelling of fish.
So I ask you again, Ladies and Gentlemen, can I get a volunteer?
Call the Town Hall, there are openings available.
Wendy Carreau, Marion

To the Editor:
I would like to thank Mattapoisett police officers Jason King, Dennis Tavares, Turner Ryan and William McImail, as well as paramedics Shawn Samanica and Shawn Grajoies from the Fairhaven fire department.
I greatly appreciate your quick response, professionalism and excellent care in my time of need.
Raymond M. Briggs, Mattapoisett

Coastline Elderly Nutrition Program
Monday, July 28: Vegetarian chili with cheddar cheese and sour cream, dirty rice, fruit muffin, cantaloupe cup.
Tuesday, July 29: Grilled chicken breast, BBQ sauce, red bliss potatoes, Brussels sprouts, multigrain roll, vanilla pudding, diet: sugar free pudding.
Wednesday, July 30: Meatloaf, brown gravy, chive-whipped potatoes, beets, rye bread, double chocolate cake, diet: graham wafer.
Thursday, July 31: Tossed salad, turkey stew with veggies, tri-color rotini pasta, whole wheat roll, fresh fruit.
Friday, Aug 1: Low sodium hot dog, hot dog roll, mustard and relish packet, baked beans, hot German slaw, strawberry cup.

Academic Achievements
Paul Grossi of Mattapoisett graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

RCF Photo Exhibit and Contest
It's Country Fair time again! This year, the Rochester Country Fair is having a "Team Spirit" photo exhibit and contest. We are looking for photos that show teams past and present: Baseball, soccer, dance, football, etc!!
There are three categories:
1. Teams
2. Action Photos
3. Unique or humorous
The photos should be framed for display. Participants in the event must deliver their photos to the Country Fair on Thursday, August 14. Please bring your photos to the little gray cottage building in the fairgrounds.
Help us celebrate what being part of a team really means! Cash prizes will be awarded and presented at the fair on Saturday, August 16. The flyer for this event can be viewed on the Fair website,
For detailed information or any questions, feel free to email Carol Grime at

Mattapoisett Ensign Fleet 76
The local Ensign class from Mattapoisett Fleet 76 had an excellent showing at this year's regional regatta. Fleet 76 regally races every Tuesday night in Mattapoisett Harbor during the months of June, July and August. The Ensign class is one of the largest full keel one design classes in the country. The Mattapoisett Fleet 76 is a relatively new fleet for the organization, but it is one of the fastest growing fleets at present time. On Tuesday nights, one might see as many as 10 boats on the race course, and as you move around the harbor, you could see an additional five or six boats. The average age and condition of these boats vary; most boats are over 40-years old and many of them have been brought back to pristine condition. Although the Pearson Company who originally built the Ensign is no longer in existence, there is a new company - Ensign Spar - that is currently building new boats and thus keeping the class alive.
This is only the second year in which local boats actually traveled outside the harbor to compete in regional events. Last year, three boats made the trip to Niantic, CT, with the top boat finishing in 6th place among the 20 competitors. This year, regionals were located in Newport, RI, as part of the Sail Newport One Design Regatta. The regatta itself had over 200 boats entered. Mattapoisett Fleet 76 had six boats entered, doubling our last year's number. This year, the Ensign line had a total of 19 boats competing, making it one of the largest divisions in the regatta. The competition arrived from the local Newport, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut areas and as far away as New Jersey. This was very impressive considering all the newer sports boats out there. It was nice to see these old, classic design boats still being active.
Fleet 76 worked well together supporting all the boats that traveled. Five went via the tow method behind two larger boats and one boat traveled by trailer. All six boats were in Newport harbor Friday night awaiting the Saturday races. The big talk among the group at Friday night's events was the prediction for light wind and how we were going to adjust. The Fleet had been racing all year in very windy conditions on Tuesday nights. This group from Mattapoisett was hoping to show the Ensign class that we might be new to this organization, but as a group, we are all improving and can be a threat to some of the old timers.
Saturday's races started with a delay start waiting for the wind to fill in. The Ensign line was just north of the Newport Pell Bridge. Four races were run on Saturday, with the first two having an outgoing tide and the last two experiencing the tide change as well as the wind continuing to build throughout the day. The wind prediction was a little off and the wind filled in very nicely for Saturday, with which the Mattapoisett boaters felt very comfortable. On the race course on Saturday, we saw a few of our boats in the top finishers. The highlight of Saturday's races was the last race in which Brou Ha Ha (Steve Clark #1008) took first place and One Love (John Mello #1125) was second, forcing Nightwind of CT to a third-place finish. This was a big moral victory for both boats, as Nightwind has been the top finisher in the past two regional championships and proved to be there again this year.
Sunday's races saw winds in the 20s, with gusts even higher. It felt like a typical Tuesday night in Mattapoisett. Entering Sunday races, Odyssey (Rick Warren #2001) was sitting in second place with a very consistent day of racing on Saturday of nothing below a fifth place finish. Brou Ha Ha was in fourth place, but had an inconsistent day of racing and was carrying an 11th place. With the thought of a minimum of two races being run on Sunday, Brou Ha Ha was looking forward to drop that 11th place and move up on the leaderboard. One Love was in 5th place after Saturday and was still within striking distance of placing in the top three. Sunday's race results did little to change the leaderboard. Odyssey pulled off two second places and held off the local favorite, Challenge, from Newport, RI by one point to finish in second place overall. Odyssey becomes the first boat from Fleet 76 to earn honors.
Black Ice (Phil Warren #304) was competing in its first regional event and they found themselves getting better with every race and finished with an amazing seventh place over all. Not Trying (Kai Srisirkul #863) and Hydra (Jason Dubreuil #1335) finished 14th and 15th respectively in their first regional regatta. With a total of four Fleet 76 boats in the top seven places, people are talking about what's going on in Mattapoisett. The Ensign Class Organization is looking for Mattapoisett Fleet 76 to host the National Ensign Regatta in the summer of 2016.

Property Tax Relief Available for Marion
Applications are now available to help qualified Marion residents with their 2014-2015 property taxes through the Marion Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA).
All applications must be received in the Community Foundation's offices by 3:00 pm on Friday, August 29. Applications are available at the Town House in Marion, the Council on Aging, and the Community Foundation, 30 Cornell Street, New Bedford, MA 02740, or by calling 508-996-8253. They can also be downloaded at
The Marion Community Fund was established in 1999 by a private donor to provide qualified Marion homeowners with property tax relief. The Fund's goal is to preserve the town's diversity and character by providing property tax relief for Marion homeowners who are a key part of the town's makeup and who might be forced to leave Marion due to higher taxes. There are no age restrictions on this grant.
The Marion Community Fund hopes people of all ages who qualify will apply. If you are a Marion homeowner, have owned your home for at least one year, have earned income of less than $25,000 (single) or $37,500 (married), and have assets of $46,000 or less (single) or $63,000 or less (married), excluding your home, you may be eligible for tax relief. All payments will be made to the Town of Marion and credited toward the grant recipient's tax bill.

Young People's Concert
The Marion Concert Band continues its Friday evening concert series with a Young People's Concert on Friday, July 25. The program, which will include a storyteller, a hands-on "rhythm band" piece, and the selection of a guest conductor from among the children in the audience, is as follows:
National Anthem
"Montmartre March" by H. Wood
"Looney Tunes Overture" by B. Holcombe
"A Disney Spectacular" arranged by J. Moss
"Pixar Movie Magic" arranged by. M. Brown
"Froggy Plays in the Band" by P. D'Angelo/J. London
Paul D'Angelo, composer & storyteller
"The Candy Man" from Willie Wonka by A. Newley)
Variations on "Bingo" by S. Reisteter
"Pass Me By" by C. Coleman
"Video Games Live-Part 1" arranged by R. Ford
"Walt Disney Overture" by J. Christensen
"Shrek Dance Party" arranged by P. Murtha
"Hey, Look Me Over" by C. Coleman
"The Flintstones" by W. Hanna/J. Barbera
"The Wizard of Oz Fantasy" by H. Arlen
Paul D'Angelo has extensive experience in music, theater and education. He holds degrees from the University of Miami, New England Conservatory, and Bridgewater State College. Mr. D'Angelo has also written arrangements for the Cape Cod Conservatory Jazz Ensemble.
The concert, under the direction of Tobias Monte, will begin at 7:00 pm at the Robert Broomhead Bandstand, Island Wharf off Front Street in Marion. All concerts are free and open to the public.

Author Talk at the Elizabeth Taber Library
Join us at the Elizabeth Taber Library on Thursday, July 31 at 6:30 pm, for a book reading, discussion, and signing with Deborah Doucette, author of The Forgotten Roses. Deborah Doucette began her writing career as a free-lance journalist subsequently writing the non-fiction book Raising Our Children's Children: Room In The Heart. Her novel, The Forgotten Roses, is about the choices women face, family, a mystery and a little magic. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post, an artist, and mother of four. She lives in a small town west of Boston with her red standard poodle Fiamma (Italian for flame), enjoying the comings and goings of her twin grandchildren and working on a new novel.
For more information, please contact the Elizabeth Taber Library at 508-748-1252.

Summer Track and Field Camp
Summer track and field camp, for boys and girls in grades 6-12, will be held at ORRHS Saturday August 16 through Wednesday August 20, 9:00 - 11:00 am. The cost is $125 and checks should be made out to Mattapoisett Recreation. Online registration is available at (online deadline is August 6). You may also mail in registration to Mattapoisett Recreation or bring the registration form with you on August 16. Camp is coached by head coaches from Old Rochester, Foxboro, New Bedford, Wareham, and Bourne.

ORR Class of 1965
A committee of the Old Rochester Regional High Class of 1965 has started planning their fifty-year reunion in the summer of 2015. If you graduated from ORRHS in 1965, please email your current address to as well as any current addresses of classmates and teachers with which you have kept in touch. It's been many years since the last reunion, and we need to update the contact list.
Visit our Facebook page, "Orrhs1965 Reunion". Like and Share to get the word out.

Free Movie: Last Tuesday of the Month
The Book Thief (PG-13, 2 hr. 10 min.) is playing at the Mattapoisett Senior Center, Center School, 17 Barstow Street, on Tuesday, July 29 at 12:00 noon. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging (formally known as the Friends of the Elderly), the movie is free.
You get two pizza slices for only $2 prepaid. Pay for your pizza at the Senior Center by Monday, July 28. Also, reserve your seat - so we'll know how many chairs are needed.
The Book Thief is a 2013 American-German war drama film about a young girl living with her adoptive German family during the Nazi era. Taught to read by her kind-hearted foster father, the girl begins "borrowing" books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee being sheltered by her foster parents in their home. She creates a magical world that inspires them all.

Super Duper Summer Fair
There will be fun for all ages at the First Congregational Church of Marion's annual Super Duper Summer Fair on Saturday, July 26 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 28 Main Street, Marion.
Find furniture, paintings, decoys, glassware, rugs and more at the Silent Auction and Fine Gifts tables. The expanded craft table features hand-painted slates, rocks and bird houses, along with decorative iPhone covers and crocheted princess and prince crowns. Bring the children for crafts, games, dunk tank, putting green and much more. Entertainment will be provided by the Harpoon Harmonizers and Showstoppers.
Treat yourself to yummy home-baked goods, candy and fresh-picked local blueberries. Yard Sale items abound at the White Elephant table. Perk up your home and garden with some new plants and have fun at the Mystery Pound Auction. Pick up some great beach books along with nautical and sports equipment. The Mission Committee will feature gifts from around the world plus coffee, tea and Rada knives.
Stay for lunch and savor our famous lobster rolls and chicken wraps at the Chapel Cafe. Enjoy grilled fresh catch from the boat by Harbor Blue Seafood, along with hot dogs and hamburgers at the Sidewalk Grill. For information, go to

SLT "Osprey Marsh" Visit
The Sippican Lands Trust (SLT) cordially invites the public to visit our newly acquired property "Osprey Marsh" on Saturday, July 26 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. "Osprey Marsh" was recently gifted to the SLT by the Howland family of Marion, and is a 19.8 acre waterfront property on Planting Island Cove. Please join us in celebrating the opening of this beautiful piece of land that showcases upland forest, wetland and marsh habitats.
Executive Director Robin Shields, Head Steward Yelena Sheynin, and a rotating group of Board of Director Members from the Sippican Lands Trust will be on site during the duration of the event to greet you and answer any questions you may have about the property or our non-profit organization. A primary trail from the parking area to the shore is available to explore. The end of the trail offers a view of Planting Island Cove and beyond. Sturdy, waterproof boots are recommended as the trail cuts through marshy areas. "Osprey Marsh" is located on Point Road on the right hand side before you reach the main entrance to Piney Point. It is just beyond SLT's "Howland Marsh" on the same road. There is a trail head sign for identification and a small lot parking.
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 SLT Executive Director Robin Shields at 508-748-3080 or online at if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!

Crescent Beach Art Show
The Crescent Beach Association will host an art show of local artists on Saturday, July 26 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at Raymond Hall, 12 Beach St., Mattapoisett. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the association.

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.

A Visual History of Tabor Academy
On Thursday, July 24 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall, you can see Tabor and Marion as they were in the late 1800s as David Pierce presents "A Visual History of Tabor Academy." Mr. Pierce, a faculty member at Tabor, will share a series of photographs - taken from yearbooks and other school publications - representing Tabor's earliest days. The Academy's story begins with its founding by Elizabeth Taber in 1876, in its original location at the corner of Main and Spring Streets. The tale then continues with the steps taken by Headmaster Lillard in the early 1900s to move Tabor to the sea, a change that made it unique among New England schools. The final photographs in the series show how, after years of hurricanes, Tabor's latest buildings move back to higher ground.
A question-and-answer period will follow the PowerPoint presentation, which is free and open to the public, with no registration required. Ample parking is available across from the Music Hall (164 Front Street) at Island Wharf Park. For more information, call SHS at 508-748-1116.

Elizabeth Taber Annual Book Sale
The Elizabeth Taber Library annual book sale will take place at the Marion Music Hall on Friday, August 8 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm and Saturday, August 9 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. Both dates are now open to the public! Please come and support your local library. The cost for items is $3 for a hardcover, $2 for a large paperback, $1 for a small paperback, $1 for three children's books, audio books are $3, DVDs are $1, and CDs are 3 for a $1. All funds raised from the book sale are spent on enhancing our programs and services. Gently-used book donations will be collected at the library until August 7. For more information on the book sale, call the library at 508-748-1252.

Minecraft Club at Plumb Library
The Junior Friends will hold a Minecraft Club for children aged 10+ on Tuesdays in July from 4:30 to 5:30 pm at the Plumb Library, 17 Constitution Way, Rochester. An older teen will be on hand to supervise. All skill levels will be welcome. The group will be playing Minecraft and doing Mine "Crafts." Bring your device or laptop with Minecraft on it. To reserve a space or for more information, contact Mrs. Fuller at or call 508-763-8600.

Elizabeth Taber Library Technology Workshops
Come to the Elizabeth Taber Library to learn more about using your computer or device, navigate through the Internet, and take advantage of all that the library resources have to offer! Technology Tuesday Workshops at 4:00 pm include:
July 29: Discover a new language with Mango Languages
To register for any one of these workshops, please stop in, call us at 508-748-1252, or email Libby at
Drop in Tech Help: Do you need one-on-one help with a device you recently bought or acquired, or maybe you just have a basic technology question? Then stop into the Elizabeth Taber Library any Thursday from July 10 through August 21 between 4:00 - 5:00 pm, and Libby O'Neill will walk you through it! First come, first served.
If you cannot make this time, please call Libby O'Neill at 508-748-1252 to make a one-on-one appointment.

From the Mattapoisett Town Clerk
Residents are notified that the $10 late fee for dog licenses is now in effect. If you haven't already done so, please stop by our office to renew your pet's license today. An updated rabies certificate must be on file.
Also, our annual street listing book is available for purchase. The cost is $10. Stop by today to purchase one as there is a limited amount available and they sell quickly.

Cow Chip Bingo at RCF!
Watch cows do their magic as they meander over 600 virtual squares of prime real estate at the Rochester Country Fair. This country-style fundraising event will take place on Thursday, August 14 at 65 Pine Street in Rochester. Gates open at 4:00 pm and cows will make their appearances around 8:00 pm. Come watch these well-fed cows take care of business and enjoy all the fun events, crafts and food that the fair offers.
How it works: 600 squares will be sold in this random game of chance. Each parcel of real estate costs only $5, so get your tickets before they're gone! Tickets will be sold in advance only and will not be sold at the Fair. Participants are randomly assigned a horizontal and vertical coordinate on the Cow-Chip Bingo game board.
The first place winning square will be the first cow plop made, followed by the second cow plop, then the third cow plop. Prizes of $500, $300 and $200 will be awarded in that order for the first, second and third cow plop. A complete list of rules and other event information can be found on the Fair's website at
Take your chance on the gastronomical actions of a cow while supporting the Rochester Country Fair! Tickets are on sale now by visiting Bev at Matt's Blackboard Cafe or by contacting any of the Fair Committee Members.

Friends of Bike Path
The SouthCoast Bikeway Alliance (an Alliance of all South Coast Friends of Bike Paths) is announcing the First Annual South Coast Summer Bike Challenge. Do you enjoy bicycling? Would you like to start a mid-year fitness resolution? If so, join forces with others in your community in a Summer Bike Challenge. During the next three months - July, August and September - communities will compete against each other to log the most miles collectively on their bicycles. All you need to do is 1) Ride your bike whenever and wherever; 2) Log your miles online at the National Bike Challenge; and 3) Win big for your health and your community. Your online account shows you how many miles you have ridden, and you can compete with your friends. It's amazing how it all adds up. The winning community will have bragging rights and a trophy to display prominently in their city or town, until we do it next year. "Prizes" will be awarded at the conclusion of the event, with awards to: a) The Community that logs the most miles (per 1,000 residents); b) Individual leader - Male and Female; c) Senior leader - Male and Female over 65; d) Teen Leader - Male and Female; and e) Child Leader - 12 and under Male and Female. Register and learn more at

SLT Brainard Marsh Summer Yoga Series
Back by popular demand, the Sippican Lands Trust (SLT) is proud to offer a summer yoga series that will be held at our Brainard Marsh property located off of Delano Road in Marion. We will be offering both adult and children's classes this year. These events are free and open to the public, so we hope to see you there!
Angela Curry will be returning this year as our guest adult instructor. She will lead a class on Saturday, August 16 at 9:00 am.
Lynda Jacobvitz will be teaching the kids' yoga sessions. She will lead classes on Saturday, July 26 at 10:00 am and Saturday, August 23 at 10:00 am. Parents are free to participate with the kids or simply enjoy the beauty of the site during the session. We just request no drop offs.
Grab your yoga mat and some water and get ready to get healthy surrounded by a spectacular view! Parking is available at the site. Please do not hesitate to contact Executive Director Robin Shields at 508-748-3080 or online at

Vendors Sought for Country Fair
The Rochester Country Fair is seeking interested vendors for participation in the upcoming Rochester Country Fair. The Fair, now in its 15th year, features a unique mix of old-fashioned events and contests, a parade, woodsman show, tractor pulls and so much more.
This year's "Team Spirit" Theme Fair will be held on Thursday, August 14 through Sunday, August 17 at 65 Pine Street in Rochester. Craft vendor booth spaces are available for a fee of $125, while food vendor spaces start at $350. Space is limited and is given on a first come, first serve basis, with preference given to vendors selling unique and home made items. Applications and registration information can be found on the Fair's website at or emailing
For those interested in visiting the fair, it will offer many unique old-fashioned events for the entire family. You will need to come prepared if you wish to participate, though. You must bring your own frog to compete in the Frog Race and certainly don't wear your favorite shirt if you wish to participate in the Pie Eating Contest! Other children's events will include a Diaper Derby, Nerf Olympics and a Pedal Tractor Pull just to name a few. For the young at heart, the Fair will offer Truck and Tractor Pulling, a Horseshoe Contest, Live Wrestling featuring former WWE Hall of Famer Tito Santana and Live Music by the John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band!
Admission to the Fair is $4 on Thursday and $5 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Children age 5 and under get in free. There is no fee for parking. Additional event information can be obtained on the Fair's website,

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

Marion Council on Aging
The Council on Aging will be running the following trips:
August 18: Country Store in Mansfield
September 22: Isaac's in Plymouth
October 20: Battleship Cove in Fall River
November 17: Lee's and Partner's Country Store in Westport
Pick up will be at 11:00 am. Please call to reserve your spot on the van. Admission and lunch are up to the individual riders.

SLT Peirson Woods Storywalk
The Sippican Lands Trust is currently offering a posted storywalk at our Peirson Woods property. Pages from Forest Bright, Forest Night, written by Jennifer Ward and illustrated by Jamicheal Henterly, are laminated and posted along a well-marked nature trail. Storywalks are fun and encourage literature in nature for all ages. We hope you enjoy it!
Peirson Woods is located on Point Road in Marion. Take a right off of Route 6 west onto Creek Road. Then take a right onto Point Rd. Peirson Woods is located approximately a mile down on the right. It is marked with a kiosk sign and has parking available.
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. Visit us on Facebook and

Marion Recreation Summer Guide
Marion Recreation Summer Guide 2014 is now available! Pick one up at the Marion Recreation Department, Elizabeth Taber Library and Marion Town House. Back for the 4th summer, the Silvershell Summer Program will run for a total of eight weeks. Each week the children will go on a different field trip. The Silvershell Summer Program is open to boys and girls entering grades 1-6 in the fall of 2014. In addition to the Silvershell Summer Program, there are sailing lessons, dance classes, basketball clinics, junior lifeguard, and swimming lessons just to name a few. For more information, please contact Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or

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
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Yoga: Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:45 am, $3
Walking Group: Tuesdays, 9:00 am, free

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