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To all the citizens of Marion and others who worked to save the waters around Meadow Island:
On Tuesday night, October 18, the Marion Selectmen voted 2-1 to keep the waters around Meadow Island free and clear. The application to start a ½-acre oyster farm in the area was denied and the applicant was encouraged to find a more suitable location.
On July 17, we initiated a Families To Preserve Meadow Island Petition, hoping to create some local interest in keeping these waters free and clear of any man-made obstructions. We felt the area should remain the truly unique, beautiful, and safe family recreational area that it is and has been for generations. The community support in favor of preserving Meadow Island was overwhelming. After 671 signatures on the petition and three selectmen's meetings, the area will thankfully remain preserved.
We would like to thank all those that signed the petition and helped in this effort. We would like to extend a special thanks to Jen and Liz at The Sea Horse, Andrea and Carol at Mayhew Cleaners, Donny at Marion Collision, Diane and Frank at Marion Antiques, and Richard DaSilva for their contributions in making signature sheets available at their businesses and continually tending them. Their contribution was invaluable.
Many thanks to everybody for joining in on this community effort!
Kind regards,
Bill Notman and Kate Ross

Thank You from the Rochester Historical Society:
We would like to thank all the individuals who attended our fundraising dance on October 21 at the Reservation Golf Club. Also a big thank you to the local businesses (Matt's Blackboard, Rose & Vickie's, Ying Dynasty, Nick's Pizza and The Brew Fish) for donating to our Silent Auction. The evening was a success due to your contributions.
Edyie Johnson, Rochester Historical Society

Marion Music Hall Advisory Committee
The Board of Selectmen recently approved the appointment of three new members to serve on the Music Hall Advisory Committee, increasing its membership to nine. Elected by unanimous vote were Frank McNamee, President of the Sippican Historical Society and Board member of the Council on Aging; Phil Sanborn, Music Director at Tabor Academy; and Lynn Crocker, an interior designer who has helped with the recent improvements to the Main Hall and the Reading Room.
Current members of the Music Hall Advisory Committee are co-chairs Chrissie Bascom and Margot Stone, clerk Casey Quirk, Truman Terrell, Tinker Saltonstall, and Clare Healy Foley, and non-voting members Jody Dickerson representing the Board of Selectmen, Tami Daniel, coordinator and Shaun Cormier, Town Facilities Manager.
It is expected that the talents of all three of these new members will lend themselves to the Advisory Committee goal of encouraging broader use of the Music Hall for town lectures, concerts, and community events.
The Music Hall Advisory Committee is a public/private collaboration between the Town of Marion and the Sippican Historical Society. It was created in 2001 to provide recommendations to the Board of Selectmen on the management and maintenance of the Music Hall. Elizabeth Pitcher Taber, Marion's benefactress, donated this stately Queen Anne style building to the town in 1891.

Marion Republican Town Committee
The Marion Republican Town Committee will conduct its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 1 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front Street, Marion. New members are welcome.

The Opiate Crisis
"How To Protect Our Families and Community From The Opiate Crisis" presented by Tom Bozzo, M.D. will be presented on Wednesday, November 9 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library. Tri-Town residents, parents and young adults are encouraged to attend. Childcare is available at the Library; call ahead to preregister for childcare at 508-758-4171.

Sippican Woman's Club
On Thursday, November 10, the Sippican Woman's Club will take a walking tour down New Bedford's historic County Street with local author and historian Peggi Medeiros. Last year, Peggi presented a program to the club on her recently published book, New Bedford Mansion, in which she described that period "as a time of unimaginable wealth, intellectual ferment and artistic treasures. It was a city of secrets that often became very public scandals that destroyed lives and families."
We will meet at 11:50 am at the Landing Wharf Parking Lot across from the Marion Music Hall and carpool departing at noon for The Wamsutta Club, 427 County Street, New Bedford where we will meet for lunch (choice of 1/2 sandwich & soup or salad with chicken; both entrees will be served with dessert and coffee/tea) at a cost of $15 payable to the Sippican Woman's Club. Forward payment and meal selection to Ellen Johnston, One Reservation Way, Marion, MA 02738 by November 1. Following lunch, we will walk with Peggi.
Traditionally, our club meets on the second Friday of the month, September through March, with our annual meeting on the last Friday in April. Our meetings are open to anyone who is interested. Most meetings are held at our clubhouse at 152 Front Street, Marion. Non-members are charged a $5 guest fee. For Sippican Woman's Club membership information, contact Jeanne Lake at 508-748-0619 or visit our website at

Mattapoisett Historical Society
On Sunday, November 6 at 2:00 pm, Mattapoisett Historical Society will host Greenwood (Woody) and Sharon Hartley, long-time Rochester cranberry growers, at the museum, 5 Church Street.
The Hartleys will present a program on the culture of cranberries, our state's biggest food crop (value $100 million), from planting through harvest. They will share stories about the various phases of production as well as the unique equipment used for cranberry harvesting.
Everyone is welcome. Admission is always free for MHS members. Non-members pay only $5. MHS programs are supported in part by a grant from the Mattapoisett Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

SouthCoast Toastmasters Open House
The SouthCoast Toastmaster's Club, also known as Marion Toastmaster's Club, will hold an open house with pizza and light refreshments on Thursday, October 27 from noon to 1:00 pm at the Wareham Free Public Library at 59 Marion Road, Wareham, MA.
Are you frightened of public speaking? Come and experience what happens at a meeting. We are a public speaking, communications and leadership organization that meets the second and fourth Thursday of each month from noon to 1:00 pm.
We have a vocabulary word of the day, a joke of the day, two 5- to 7-minute speeches, two extemporaneous speaking sessions, and evaluations of what just happened. The meetings last for one hour.
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

Upper Cape Cod Technical Craft Fair
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School will hold their 22nd annual American Made Professional Arts and Craft Fair on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20 from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm each day. The Craft Fair is sponsored by Upper Cape Tech's Parent Teacher Organization, which funds student activities, scholarships, and other school events. For additional information, please call 508-759-7711 ext. 117.

Ham & Bean Supper
A ham & bean supper with entertainment to follow will take place on Saturday, November 19 at 5:30 pm. It will be held at The Knights, 57 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett. Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased by calling Jim at 508-863-3496.

Gateway Youth Hockey
Squirts: Last Saturday, October 15, the Gladiator Squirts faced off against Walpole Express in a battle of the undefeated. In the end, the Gladiators prevailed with a hard fought 10-3 victory. The team was led by the strong goaltending of Ryan Killion who stopped 18 of 21 shots. The offense was led by the playmaking of Ben Hebbel with four assists, Liz Kilpatrick with three assists, and Patrick Tripp and Brayden Hathon with two assists each in a game that really tested the passing and team play of the Gladiators. Scoring for the Gladiators were Brayden Cannon (3), Tommy Clavell (3), Hathon (3) and Kilpatrick (1). Mike Brown, Bree Killion and John Goll all contributed with an assist as well.
This past weekend, the Gateway Squirts continued their dominance with two more wins to improve to 10-0 on the season. On Saturday, the Squirts faced Canton and came away with an 11-3 win. The team came out playing hard with a strong passing attack that Canton could not break up. Kevin Place, playing left wing, led the passing with three assists. Kilpatrick, playing center, set up another two goals. On defense, Brown, Goll and Bree Killion all contributed with assists. Scoring for the Squirts were Clavell (5 goals & 2 assists), Cannon (3 goals & 1 assist), Hebbel (2 goals) and Kilpatrick (1 goal). In net, Ryan Killion stopped 18 of 21 shots faced.
On Sunday, the Squirts continued their dominance with a 10-2 win against the Seahawks. Clavell, the team's leading scorer, started off the attack early and never let up. Clavell finished the game with six goals in his best game of the season. Cannon, Patrick Duggan, Tripp and Hathon all scored goals in the win. Kilpatrick led the passing with two assists. In net, the Squirts got another strong performance from Ryan Killion who stopped 26 of 28 shots faced.
Bantams: The Gateway Gladiators Bantams suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday afternoon in their State Tournament Playdown game, 6-3, against the Lower Cape Coyotes. The Gladiators got on the board first when Quirino doCanto put one by the goalie, unassisted. Lower Cape tied the game just two minutes later and took a 2-1 lead with just 13 seconds left in the period. Lower Cape then added two more goals in the second period, before doCanto scored his second goal of the game, assisted by Tyler Lovendale and Will Goldman. Lower Cape kept the pressure on with another two goals in the third period. The Gladiators didn't give up though, with Matt Cadieux finding the back of the net on a one timer from the blue line, assisted by Lovendale and Goldman. Alex DeMarco played tremendous in net, saving 46 of the 52 shots he faced on the day.
Midgets: The Gateway Midget team came up just short on Thursday night in a 5-4 rematch with the Brockton Cyclones. Gateway actually got on the board first with Jared Westgate taking a pass from Brian Pollock and beating the goalie with a wrist shot over the goalie's shoulder. Brockton tied the game a few minutes later, leaving the score at a 1-1 tie after one period. The score remained that way until late in the second period when Brockton got two quick goals, giving them a 3-1 lead after two periods. It didn't look great for Gateway when Brockton got two more goals in the third period, making their lead four goals. The tables turned with two minutes left in the game and Tyler Lovendale took a feed from brother, Zack Lovendale, and snuck it through the five hole of the Cyclones goalie. Zack would then score a goal of his own, less than a minute later, as a result of some nice passing from Westgate and Pollock. Trailing by two with less than a minute remaining in the game, Quirino doCanto put home a rebound from a Peter Pimental shot. Then, with less than thirty seconds and an empty net, Gateway fought furiously and came up just short, with the game ending on a near miss tip attempt by doCanto and a save by the goalie. Steven Strachan faced 36 shots on the night, making 31 saves.
The Gateway Midget team lost their second game of the week, 6-0, to a tough SWS team. The Gateway team only mustered a few shots on net and failed to get anything going on Sunday. Strachan made 29 saves on the day. The Midget team will look to come back from this week as they play two games next Friday and Sunday.

Marion Art Center Children's Theater
The Marion Art Center is pleased to announce the following children's theater classes for November/December 2016:
Little People's Theater (ages 5-8): Tuesdays 4:30 to 5:30 pm (6-week sessions); Instructor: Suzy Taylor; Tuition: Each six-week session is $80 for MAC members* and $95 for non-members; Minimum of 5 students required for this class to run.
Registration deadline for Fall Session II is October 29. The class will meet on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm (Please Note: The first class only - November 1 - will meet from 3:30 - 4:30 pm). Classes are for boys & girls ages 5-8. The six-week Fall 2016 Session II starts November 1 and runs through December 6.
Our young actors will develop acting skills while having fun and learning to interact with one another. Through acting games, improv, and small scenes, these young actors will learn theatre basics. They will learn the rules of the theatre, theatre terminology, how to project an emotion, how to start creating a character, and more. Students will learn the process of putting on a production through selection, rehearsal and production of a small show presented at the end of the session. Class dates: November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & December 6.
*Current membership required for discount. The 2016-2017 Membership Year runs August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017.
Young People's Theater (ages 9-12): Thursdays 4:30 to 5:30 pm (6-week sessions); Instructor: Suzy Taylor; Tuition: Each six-week session is $80 for MAC members* and $95 for non-members; Minimum of 5 students required for this class to run.
Registration deadline for Fall Session II is October 29. The class will meet on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 pm (Please Note: The first class only - November 3 - will meet from 3:30 - 4:30 pm). Classes are for boys & girls ages 9-12. The six-week Fall Session II starts November 3 and runs through December 15.
Our young actors will develop acting skills while having fun and learning to interact with one another. Through acting games, improv, and small scenes, these young actors will learn theatre basics. They will learn the rules of the theatre, theatre terminology, how to project an emotion, how to start creating a character, and more. Students will learn the process of putting on a production through selection, rehearsal and production of a small show presented at the end of the session. Class dates: November 3, 10, 17 & December 1, 8, 15.
*Current membership required for discount. The 2016-2017 Membership Year runs August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017.

Graboys Leadership Symposium
The Graboys Leadership Symposium is an annual event at Tabor Academy, planned each year by a different faculty member who applies for a grant to share their ideas of leadership with students and faculty over the course of one day. It is no small undertaking to arrange a learning experience for the whole school to participate in.
This is the fourth symposium, planned for October 31. The first looked at leadership through teamwork and how everyone can be a leader by making those around them better. The second was a bit more literal, taking a good look at the leadership roles at Tabor and which really were valuable and valued, and which could be improved to be more substantive. The third explored the leadership embodied within social entrepreneurism as a way to solve society's gravest problems. Now, this year's Symposium Chair, Frank Townsend, is thinking about super heroes!
Townsend, a classics teacher and Chair of the Modern and Classical Languages Department, is hoping to have students see that how they choose to express themselves might be a way to help advance social issues. Inspired by illustrations and statues of Greek heroes saving the day, he is hoping to illuminate the leadership demonstrated by artists who depict stories of our common struggle. He will focus on super heroes depicted in comic books as one example of this creative expression.
After reading one of four comic books related to social justice, students will hear from author/artist Joel Gill who will share why he chose the medium of comic books to share his story of racial discrimination and exclusion. The other books, by different authors, also raise themes of exclusion through this accessible art form. Discussion will ensue where students will explore what leadership is being exhibited through these works; what ideas, controversial or complicated, are being shared, spread, and awakened in us.
Next, alumna Sally Taylor '92 of Martha's Vineyard will share her enormously complex art installation project with us called Consenses: Art Makes Sense. Sally is interested in perception and how people can really come to know the truth of things. She is keenly interested in how seeking that truth brings us into closer connection with each other.
Tabor invites the public to participate virtually. Read one of the comic books (available for purchase on Strange Fruit by Joel Gill; Ms. Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson; X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills by Chris Claremont; Maus I by Art Spiegelman. Visit the websites of author Joel Gill ( and Sally Taylor (, and consider the power of our individual self-expression as one form of leadership to influence our world.

Old Colony Highlanders
Southeastern Massachusetts has long been without a competitive bagpipe and drum band. Other local communities had pipe bands - Cape Cod has three, Rhode Island has a couple, and in the area north of Boston there are a few more - but until now southeastern Massachusetts did not have any competing pipe bands. That is now a thing of the past.
Old Colony Highlanders Pipe Band began over the summer and is now practicing weekly in Middleboro, MA at the Rock Village Church. The band was founded by a Middleboro family, John Bielski and Diane Wood-Bielski, and their daughter Maeghan who are all bagpipers. Their two sons, Ian and Drew, are Scottish-style snare drummers. The family have extensive experience and have played in their own family band as well as having played in larger pipe bands on Cape Cod, Rhode Island, north of Boston and in Albany, New York. They all have very successful competitive solo and performance experience. Ian and Maeghan currently rank Number 1 in their competitive categories in the eastern United States, and Maeghan is one of the top amateur bagpipers in North America.
Over the years, the Bielski family has travelled throughout northeastern United States in order to have the opportunity to play in a bagpipe band that offered rewarding educational and competitive opportunities. Old Colony Highlanders (OCH) was started with the desire to bring that home to this region, as well as to be a source for the greater community to experience the culture and music of the great highland bagpipes and drums. OCH holds weekly rehearsals centrally located in the southeast quadrant of Massachusetts and easily accessible to the highway in the Rock Village Church, 92 Miller Street, Middleboro.
Old Colony Highlanders is a multi-generational organization that began with a core membership of the Bielski family's bagpiping students and has grown from there. Current membership ranges in age from adolescent to retirement age, with players from very experienced to beginner. The band is currently recruiting members, especially drummers. Experienced bagpipers and drummers are welcome, and the band also offers lessons for those interested in learning.
OCH is having an Open House on Thursday, November 10, 7:00 pm, at the Rock Village Church for anyone who might be interested in learning the bagpipes or snare, tenor or bass drum, as well as experienced musicians who may be interested in joining the band. The evening will begin with a brief sampling of music, followed by a chance to meet the members of the band, ask questions and learn about the instruments, lessons and joining the band. Anyone who ever thought pipe bands or these instruments were interesting and who wants to learn more should come down.
Band members will be provided with much of the traditional uniform, as well as many of the supplies for their instruments, although bagpipers do own their pipes. The band is nonprofit and all members are volunteers. Due to the substantial cost of outfitting the band, OCH has started a GoFundMe page, gofundme/oldcolonyhpb, for anyone who would like to assist with supplying the band with uniforms. Donations are also being accepted by the band, for our Friends of The Band page on our website, and can be either listed as a Friend of the Band, or in memory of someone special.
Further information regarding our open house and donating can be found on the band's website, or call 508-947-4383.

Rochester Women's Club
The next meeting of the Rochester Women's Club will be held on Thursday, November 3 at 6:30 pm. We will be finalizing our plans for the upcoming Volunteer Appreciation Social to be held on November 9 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
Yvonne Benton will be treating us again by sharing her knowledge of the "Bartender." Yvonne will be shaking up some specialty cocktails for us. Our club house is located at 37 Marion Road in Rochester. Please join us for our November meeting. RSVP by calling Marsha at 508-322- 0998 or email rwomensclub

Mattapoisett Yacht Club Holds Annual Meeting
On Saturday, October 22, the Mattapoisett Yacht Club held its Annual Meeting at the Waypoint Event Center in New Bedford. A record turnout was on hand for the presentation of awards for the past season's racing events and the installation of next year's Flag Officers. Commodore Bob Warren recapped the 2016 season beginning with the annual "Spring Fling" kickoff party. The first sailing event of the season was the Spring Round-the-Bay Race. This year's winners were both from the MYC: Nancy DePeitro's Arion in the racing class and Charlie Prefontaine's Helios in the Cruising Class. The overall winner of the three Ensign Class, Tuesday night series was Phil Warren in Black Ice. In these closely contested series, the top three places were separated by only one point. In the PHRF Wednesday night series, the overall winner in the "A" fleet was Bob Warren in In Deep. The "B" fleet overall winner was Sue McGowan in Gryphon II. The "C" fleet was topped by Nick Nicholson in Brisk. This year, the Club was pleased to have a few 420s joining in the racing on Tuesday nights. We hope that this trend will continue and more young sailors will come out to enjoy the competition. In addition to the weekly racing series, the Yacht Club held its second annual "Barking Bulldog" Regatta. This one-design regatta featured J-24s, won by Teagan Walsh in Bad Fish; Shields won by Ken Deyett; Ensigns won by Rick Warren in Odyessey and 420s won by Josh Egger and Stefan Hulsebosh. Over $800 was raised to support the ORR sailing team. The annual Chowder Cup head-to-head competition with the Angelica Y.C. sailed in Ensigns, was won decisively by Angelica. The Hurricane Cup held at the end of the racing season for any and all boats was won by Mark Thornhill in No Quarter Given.
The height of the MYC season was the hosting of the Ensign National Championship. Twenty-nine boats from around the country came to compete in the four-day event that saw a variety of conditions. The overall winner was Bud Brown in Lorelei from Tom's River Yacht Club. MYC boats in the top ten were Stephen &Tina Clark's Brou Ha Ha and Rich Warren's Odyessey. Many thanks go out to the great number of local businesses that supported the event.
The Anne Donald Award for distinguished service was presented to Past Commodore Fran Grenon whose numerous contributions have included years of website management, race scoring, race committee and photography.
The final order of business was the installation of the 2017 Flag Officers: Commodore, Ed Sargent; Vice Commodore, Kai Srisirikul; Rear Commodore, Rich "Butch" Joy; Secretary, Stephanie DuCharme and Treasurer, Charlie Smith.
The Mattapoisett Yacht Club was established in 1901. Membership is open to all. For more information, visit the MYC at

Marion Board of Health Flu Clinic
The faith communities of Community Baptist, First Congregational, St. Gabriel's, and St. Rita's are co-sponsoring a flu clinic with the Marion Board of Health on Sunday, November 20 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the First Congregational Church's community center meeting room behind the General Store at 144 Front Street, Marion. Please remember to wear short sleeves and to bring your insurance cards. All are welcome.

Tri-County Music Association
The Tri-County Music Association wishes to congratulate the 2016 recipients of the John R. Pandolfi Scholarship. Since 1962, the Tri-County Music Association has been working hard to bring quality music to the community and to assist local youth in achieving dreams of doing the same. Proceeds from ticket sales and generous donations are distributed annually to a competitive selection of young people whose talent and ambition serves as an inspiration for the Tri-County Symphonic Band. We encourage you to follow us on Facebook and visit us at to find our concert schedule, make a donation to our scholarship fund, and find our scholarship and summer study grant applications.
Each year $12,000 is distributed among college students, each receiving scholarships worth $1,000-$1,500. For high school students, summer study grants are awarded to assist with the cost of excellent music camps and lessons, such as Tanglewood Institute, Berklee College of Music, the New England Conservatory, and many more.
This year we congratulate college students Michael Bliss of Mattapoisett (New York University), Travis Bliss of Mattapoisett (New England Conservatory), Kyla Dubuc of Taunton (UMass Amherst), Lauren Hart of Dartmouth (Crane School of Music), Michael Raposo of Somerset (The Hartt School of Music), Angela Reed of Fall River (Rhode Island College), Ryan Sander of Mashpee (The New School), and Zachary West of Plymouth (Cleveland Institute). We also congratulate our outstanding high school students who received summer grants: Haley Cobb of Plymouth (Tanglewood), Timothy Fortin of Seekonk (Jazz in July at Amherst), Jadyn Gonsalves of Dartmouth (violin lessons), Jason Ho of Seekonk (piano, sax and theory lessons, photo not available), Bjorn Kydland of Taunton (trumpet and piano lessons), Madison Lamothe of Centerville (Torggler Summer Voice Institute), Mia Quinlan of Mattapoisett (Music Institute at Rhode Island College), Robert Taft of E. Falmouth (UNH Summer Youth Music School), and Maxxon Wolski of Mattapoisett (Berklee Music Production Camp).
The Pandolfi Scholarships are made possible by your continued donations to the TCMA and your continued attendance to the concerts by the Tri-County Symphonic Band. It is an excellent way to support the music education of both high school and college students in our local communities. To hear a sampling of this wonderful young talent first hand, please join us on Friday, November 25 at 7:00 pm in the Lyndon South Auditorium on the campus of Tabor Academy, 85 Spring Street, Marion, for our annual "Scholarship Showcase Concert" featuring selected favorite pieces performed by current and former scholarship recipients.

Mattapoisett Halloween Parade
It's that time of year again. Thanks to the generosity of business owners, we have been able to continue presenting The Mattapoisett Police Halloween Parade for over 50 years. This year, the parade will be held at Center School on Monday, October 31 at 6:00 pm.
Your continued support enables us to provide a multitude of unique prizes for the most creative costumes. The winners range from pre-kindergarten to high school. Through your support, our officers also provide over 350 generous bags of candy for children to take home. We talk to the children about Halloween safety tips at their all-school meetings and provide them with glow sticks the night of the parade. With your partnership, we make Halloween a positive unique experience that only a community like Mattapoisett can provide.
If you would like to help us continue to provide this one-of-a-kind event, please feel free to mail your donation to the Mattapoisett Police Halloween Fund, P.O. Box 436, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.
Residents of all ages, feel free to come and join us on October 31. Thank you for your continued support of the Mattapoisett Police Department.

Marion Halloween Parade
The volunteer witches of the Marion Art Center have been brewing up plans for the annual Halloween Parade around the town on Monday, October 31. Costumed characters of all ages are welcome to be a part of this fun family event. Participants should meet at the Marion Music Hall (corner of Front Street and Cottage Street) at 4:00 pm. Under the direction of Hannah Moore, the Sippican Elementary School Styxx Drum Corps will lead the parade followed by witches, goblins, princesses, ghosts and all sorts of spooky and amusing spirits. The parade route goes south on Front Street, then up Main Street, north onto Spring Street and back down Cottage to the Music Hall. Marchers are invited into the Music Hall, where surprise goody bags will be handed out by the good, kind witches of the Marion Art Center. Come one, come all.
The Marion Art Center, a not-for-profit organization, is proud to sponsor this annual community event and invites everyone to participate. The Marion Art Center has been promoting the visual and performing arts in the community since 1957 and is located at 80 Pleasant Street, Marion, MA 02738.

Fall/Winter Youth Basketball
Marion Recreation is pleased to announce that it will once again team up with Mattapoisett Recreation to offer a Fall/Winter Youth Basketball program for participants in grades 3-6. Deadline for registration is October 31 and cost is $90 per player. A full schedule of placement sessions and games is available at Also, participants may register online at or mail in or drop-off a registration form to the Marion Rec office.

Mattapoisett Woman's Club
October 1941 was the first official gathering of the Mattapoisett Woman's Club. You may have seen the video of our eight decades of involvement in our community in May at the library or on our local TV station, the ORCTV public channel (Verizon 36, Comcast 9). If you haven't seen the video, please go to ORCTV's vimeo page where you can watch it at any time:
Last month, we welcomed our new officers: Kathy McAuliffe, president; Elaine Grant, corresponding secretary; Roxanne Bungert, vice president; Suzan Mitchell, treasurer; and Marie Rottler, recording secretary.
This month we are holding a members and invited guests anniversary tea with displays of memorabilia from the 1940s through the present.
We hope you can join us for one or more of our upcoming programs. In November, join us for lunch and a fascinating program about establishing a sustainable lifestyle. Not sure what that involves? Come see how changes in your daily life can make a big impact on your future.
We meet in Reynard Hall, Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 27 Church Street, usually the third Thursday of the month at noon. For more information, reservations, or directions, please call Barb at 508-864-5213.

Wednesday Walkabouts
Take a stroll through working farms in Fairhaven, Mattapoisett and Rochester with the Buzzards Bay Coalition during "Wednesday Walkabouts," a series of four walks on Wednesday mornings in November. You'll enjoy some fresh air and learn about the history of local farms that have been protected forever through a conservation restriction.
On Wednesday, November 2, tour Viveiros Dairy Farm in Fairhaven. On Wednesday, November 9, discover Copper Beach Farm in Mattapoisett. On Wednesday, November 16, take a walk through Old Haskell Farm in Rochester. Finally, on Wednesday, November 30, visit Red Barn Farm in Rochester.
Attendance at each walk is limited to 20 people. Registration is required. To RSVP, visit or contact the Buzzards Bay Coalition at 508-999-6363 ext. 219.
These free events are part of the Coalition's Bay Adventures series, which are programs designed for explorers of all ages to get outside and discover Buzzards Bay. To learn more about upcoming Bay Adventures, visit

SLT Halloween Bash
The Junior Board of the Sippican Lands Trust invites all elementary school aged kids and their families to join us for a festive and fun Halloween Bash. The event will be held on Saturday, October 29 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Great Hill Farm barn. A $5 donation for one child or $10 per family is kindly requested.
From Point Road in Marion, take a left onto Delano Road. Enter at the Dairy Entrance on the right although it says "no vehicles". The Barn is on the left at the top of the hill.
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 call the Sippican Lands Trust at 508-748-3080 or email for more information. Thanks and we hope to see you out on our trails.

Plight of the Red Knot
Brian Harrington, a biologist with Manomet and its Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Nasketucket Bird Club.
Brian is an expert in shorebirds, in particular Red Knots, and their migrations that are some of the longest in the bird world. His book, The Flight of the Red Knot, documents his work on this very interesting shorebird.
Brian also has worked through the National Conservation Training Center of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to train professional wildlife managers throughout North America in methods of wetland management for shorebirds and waterfowl. He also is coordinator of the International Shorebird Surveys, a project that has enlisted more than 1000 volunteers to collect counts of shorebirds throughout North and South America.
The event will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 27 at the Mattapoisett Public Library, 7 Barstow Street. The entrance located on the south side of Barstow Street is handicap accessible. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Carolyn Longworth at or visit the club website at

Family Fun Festival
The Mattapoisett Lions Club proudly presents the first ever (Free) Family Fun Festival on Saturday, October 29 from noon to 4:00 pm at Shipyard Park. Bring the family down for hay rides, pin the nose on the pumpkin, a coloring station, corn hole toss, a pumpkin patch, goody bags, apple cider, hot chocolate and more. All ages welcome.

Chowder/Kale Cook-Off Contest
On Saturday, November 5, the First Congregational Church of Marion will hold their sixth annual Chowder Tasting Cook-Off and Kale Soup Cook-Off. Doors open at 6:00 pm for hors d'oeuvres. Chowder/Kale Soup Tasting begins at 6:30 pm. Oyster crackers, wine, dessert and coffee provided. Tickets are $10. Admission is free for those who prepare their special chowder or kale soup. Prizes will be awarded. To reserve a ticket or volunteer to cook, call Sally Cottrill at 508-748-2428.

Machacam Club
The Machacam Club will hold its monthly meeting on November 2 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. Our speaker for the evening will be Robert G. Moore, ESQ. Bobby's subject is not Estate Planning but, as requested, will be reminisces of his early days (1950-1960) as a young boy growing up in the small town of Mattapoisett. More than likely, it will be filled with Bobby's special brand of humor as he gives us all a great trip through the past.
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, October 31 by 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, November 1.

Knights Teen Dance
The next Knights Teen Dance at The Knights, 57 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett, is on Friday, November 4 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm for $8. Teen dances are 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.

Women's Guild Christmas Fair
The Women's Guild of the First Congregational Church of Rochester will hold its annual Christmas Fair on Friday, November 4 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm and Saturday, November 5 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the church hall, 11 Constitution Way, Rochester. There will be many handmade items, an abundant food table, indoor yard sale and silent auction (with a beautiful handmade quilt, china, a Coach purse, painting and much more). A light supper of hot dogs and chips will be served on Friday night and a delicious luncheon will be served on Saturday.

Senior Fitness Class
Senior Fitness Class ("Senior Stretch & Exercise") meets every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the Congregational Church Fellowship Hall in Marion. The cost for a 10-week session, which meets three times a week, is $45. The first class is free, and you may join at any time. The Friends of Marion Visiting Nurses partially fund this program. Each class includes low impact aerobics, strength training, stretching, and balance exercises that are suited to all fitness levels.
The class is led by Karen Corcoran who is a certified "Specialist in Senior Fitness" as well as CPR-, AED-certified. A new 10-week session begins on Tuesday, November 1. Come and try the first class for free; you'll enjoy it.
If you any questions about the program, you may call Karen at 508-295-1567.

Associate Members Needed
Are you interested in protecting wetlands in Rochester? Have you ever thought about serving on a board and learning more about what's going on in town? The Rochester Conservation Commission is looking for volunteers interested in serving as Associate Members to the Conservation Commission. Associates are non-voting members who help share the workload of the voting Conservation Commission members officially appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Associate members provide a pool of future members and allow more people to participate. Most of the full voting members of the Commission served as Associate Members prior to being appointed by the Board of Selectmen.
The Conservation Commission was established in Rochester in 1963 and is charged with protecting Rochester's natural resources. The Conservation Commission also advises other municipal officials and boards on conservation issues that relate to their areas of responsibility. In 1972, the Commission was given the responsibility of administering the Wetlands Protection Act (MGL Ch. 131 40). The Conservation Commission serves the community in a regulatory as well as a conservation capacity.
Please feel free to contact Conservation Agent Laurell J. Farinon at 508-763-5421 ext. 206 or with any questions about becoming an Associate Member, or send a letter of interest to the Rochester Conservation Commission, Rochester Town Hall Annex, 37 Marion Road, Rochester, MA 02770.

Mattapoisett Recreation
Mattapoisett Recreation is accepting registrations for the following programs:
Tri-Town Basketball for Girls and Boys: Open to all Tri-Town residents in Grades 3-6. Mattapoisett and Marion Recreation have combined again to form a Tri-Town league - more teams, more gyms, more basketball, more fun! Practices will start in November and games run late December until early March. Cost is $90. Registration deadline is October 31.
Co-ed Junior High Basketball: For all Tri-Town junior high students. Practices start late November and games will run through early March. Evaluations will be held on Tuesday, November 15. Cost is $90. Registration deadline is November 10.
Sweet Treats Candy Making Workshop: Join Maria Lynch for four holiday-themed candy making workshops. Each participant will make seasonal/holiday inspired candy to bring home or give as gifts. Open to students in Grades 1-6. Tuesdays, November 15 & 22 and December 6 & 13. Cost is $50. Registration deadline is November 11.

Jeremy Bruns Organ Recital
In honor of Reformation Sunday, Jeremy S. Bruns will play an all-Bach organ recital at the First Congregational Church in Marion on Sunday, October 30 at 5:00 pm. This year's Reformation Sunday begins a year-long build-up to the 500th Anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his "95 Theses" to the door of the Wittenberg's Castle Church in 1517.
Among Mr. Bruns selections will be the Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532, and the variations on the chorale "O Gott, du frommer Gott," BWV 767.
Bruns has been a prize-winner in the International J.S. Bach Organ Competition held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. and last March, he was featured in the Boston Bach Birthday 331 at Boston's First Lutheran Church. Mr. Bruns has served as associate organist of St. Thomas Church in New York City and now holds the position of Assistant Director of Music at St. Paul's Church and Choir School in Harvard Square.
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. Beginning last year, the church has presented outstanding organists in recital, including Christa Rakich, Stephen Young, Carson Cooman, and Barry Turley.
Tickets for the recital are $10 and 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.

Marion Cultural Council
The Marion Cultural Council needs your help! We need the people who live and work here to help advise us on how to best allocate public dollars for programs and activities in the arts, humanities, and interpretive science.
As you may know, our all-volunteer, municipally appointed council receives an annual allocation of approximately $4,400 to fund projects by individuals, organizations, and schools that serve a broad range of interests and needs.
Because we distribute public dollars, it is essential that we gather local public opinion and learn more about what is happening in our community and what the community needs. This will help us develop useful criteria and funding priorities to guide our grant-making decisions.
Please consider offering your opinion by following this link,, and participating in the online survey. We thank you for your assistance.

Marion & Rochester Flu Clinics
The Marion & Rochester Boards of Health will sponsor 2016 seasonal flu clinics for all residents. The flu vaccine will be available in the injectable form for all over the age of 6 months and the high dose vaccine for ages 65 years and over.
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.
Dates and locations of the clinics are:
- Thursday, November 10 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the Marion Town House
- Wednesday, November 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Marion Town House
Transportation to the clinics can be arranged with the Marion Council on Aging at 508-748-3570 or the Rochester Council on Aging at 508-763-8723.
Homebound residents may schedule an appointment for a home visit by calling the Marion Board of Health at 508-748-3530 or the Rochester Board of Health at 508-763-5421.
For more information, call the Marion Board of Health at 508-748-3530 or the Rochester Board of Health at 508-763-5421.

MNHM After-school Programs
The Marion Natural History Museum Fall 2016 After-school programs include:
November 9: Cranberries. This fruit has been a valuable product from the southeastern Massachusetts area for many years. Dawn Gates-Allen of the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association will be introducing us to the life of a bog-owner and the many ingredients that go into providing this important fruit.
December 21: Nature craft party. Our annual event is always a popular program. We will be having some fun using natural and recycled materials to make gifts for the holidays. Light refreshments will be served.
To register for these programs, please go to our website, and 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 Online Bill Pay
The Town of Rochester Tax Collector is pleased to announce that the Town of Rochester now has online bill pay through Unibank's Unipay. This system is now in place for bills issued from June 3, 2016 forward. Pay bills online through Unipay at

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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