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To the Editor:
On April 27 at the Tri-Town Selectmen's Meeting, we may finally get to the bottom of the ongoing saga regarding the ORCTV takeover of the education function of the media program at ORR, vs. the Superintendent of ORR School District. The Superintendent was notified late last year that the ORCTV would no longer fund the media program. The present contract would not be renewed and will cease on 30 June 2017. This program covers about 130 students encompassing all the schools in the district. Who authorized ORCTV to make such a bold move?
What does ORCTV have to offer the schools? Where are the lesson plans? Where are the qualified teachers? What certification and qualifications does ORCTV have to offer? When did you notify the School Committees, or were they in the dark on this process? Why should the Superintendent go before the ORCTV Board of Directors and beg for the program funds, which they should provide in the first place?
ORCTV needs to fully explain their position and seek guidance from the Tri-Town Selectmen. It is my understanding, the ORCTV organization was established to collect funds from the cable companies and then administer the funds to various PEG programs (i.e., Public, Education, Government). ORCTV has collected those funds, and to date has accumulated hundreds of thousands of dollars in CDs at Eastern Bank. The school district has always had a difficult time funding the program and hasn't seen a change in the funding for many years. The funds squirreled away at Eastern Bank should be available to fund some portion of the media program. Why should we be capitalizing Eastern Bank?
Everyone involved in this saga need to get together and work on a solution, or, the media program is going to blow up and everyone will be highly embarrassed. This includes the Selectmen, the School Superintendent, the three town School Committees, and the citizens of the three towns.
ORCTV needs new leadership and it needs it now. There are solutions to the problem.
Colonel Arnold Briggs, Concerned Citizen, West Wareham

To the Editor:
A View of Marion's Town Meeting Warrant and Future Financial Situation.
Marion voters head to the May 8, 2017 Town Meeting to act on $30.8 million in warrant articles. That's a lot of money for our small Town - $12,314 for each of our 2,500 taxpayers.
The operating budget is $22 million; water and sewer $5.1 million; and separate warrant authorizations and approvals including the special meeting are $3.7 million.
FY 2018 begins serious capital spending on various Town projects such as the wastewater treatment plant upgrades that will be financed with $1.9 million in debt. The Capital Committee's 10-year forecast of $85 million appears in the Town Report. Considering $12 million for Town House spending, the capital forecast during a 36-month window FY 2018-20 will be $42 million.
With changing Town demographics and an aging population, educational spending is significant with 48 cents of each tax $1.00 going to the school budgets. The budget includes $10.5 million for education. The Council on Aging budget is $137,000 which is less than we pay for two Sippican School band teachers with six month contracts.
The warrant contains an authorization for Marion's share of a Tri-Town independent review of ORR spending. A similar review for Sippican School spending too should be considered by a future Town Meeting. School spending needs serious taxpayer attention and administrative realignment.
Marion's current, forecasted and unfunded liabilities, obligations, commitments and capital spending are estimated to be approximately $170,000,000 or benchmarked at $68,000 for each of Marion's 2,500 taxpayers: $34,000 per capita based on population of 5,000 or 11% of your property value. This amount consists of debt $40 million; Ten Year Capital forecast $85 million, cost of future debt financing $21 million and unfunded retirement liabilities of $24 million net of the funding reserve.
Marion needs to focus on what is needed in the form of basic municipal services, and not what special interest groups want; the province of private fundraising.
The EPA has issued its permit ultimatum for the sewer system. The five-year permit now outlines what Marion will be required to spend on meeting wastewater discharge among other permit requirements. This will become very expensive for Marion and will trigger the sewer war over who pays for all this expense which can be added to the current Town House spending controversy.
Last year, the Town was presented a $ 28 million proposal for a combination Town House, senior center and library complex to be funded by 2,500 taxpayers. After expensive spending on design work, this proposal was rejected as too expensive. Soon expect to see a special interest project proposal to make an Olympic style venue sports complex at ORR notwithstanding ORR's $21 million unfunded retirement obligations of which Marion's share is included in the unfunded obligations above. Grass seed should work well for Marion's aging taxpayers as a good alternative for ORR's field restoration.
Marion continues to struggle with its municipal management. Gresham's law is at work. There is a short supply of qualified individuals willing to run for public office and to serve on boards and committees.
May is an important decision month for Marion voters with Town Meeting and elections. Individual taxpayer impact of the future financial burdens using the $68 million per taxpayer beach mark will be determined by real estate taxes on the valuation of your property, water and sewer rates based on your usage. Look for robust increase in coming years. Forecasted amounts are continuously updated as new information is received for our Town's dynamic financial environment.
Ted North, Marion

Dear Tri-Town Residents:
Did you contact your elected state officials regarding the importance of funding education and, in particular, of funding regional school district transportation? You must have, because better proposals have been made recently. So, thank you.
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts' House Ways and Means Committee recently released their proposed 2018 budget. In it, they recommend an additional $15 million more than Governor Baker's budget for education programs, also known as "Chapter 70." Included in that increase was an additional one million dollars for regional school transportation (the Governor's budget didn't provide any new funds for regional transportation).* Even if this increase passes, the State will not meet its promise of 100% reimbursement for regional school districts' transportation costs (beyond 1.5 miles). However, this increase does at least address the reduction that would have occurred if no additional funds had been allocated due to higher costs of transportation. (If costs go up, but funding does not, that means our local school is paying the difference.)
In addition, both the Governor's and the House Ways and Means' budgets allocate an additional $40 million for the "municipal aid account" to help cities and towns fund projects, which may free up additional resources for schools, if a town so chooses.*
Don't breathe a sigh of relief yet, though. The process is not over. There are many other groups regularly lobbying for funding, so if education is important to you, you must let your state officials know it right now. Please call or email them to tell them your priorities. Contact information for all elected officials is available on the MA Legislature's website (https://malegislature.gov/Search/FindMyLegislator).
Thank you so much for your continued support of education in the Tri-Town.
Sincerely,
Heather Burke, Marion
*Source = "Legislative bulletin," MASC, April 11, 2017

To the Editor:
On behalf of the Board of Selectmen, the Town Administrator, the residents of the Town, and the Thomas Daener Family, we would like to take this opportunity to say a sincere thank you to each and every one of the following individuals who made the Rob Daener Night on April 8 such a great success: Dr. Amy Wiegandt, Knights of Columbus, Mattapoisett Lions Club, Mattapoisett Highway Department, Mattapoisett Fire Department, Mattapoisett Police Department, Mattapoisett Town Employees, Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary, Police Chief Mary Lyons, Fire Chief Andy Murray, Barry Denham, Monaghan Printing, Ray Andrews, Dan White, Rick and Joanne LeBlanc, Nancy and Bernie Gauvin, Theresa and Al Fidalgo, Bob LeBlanc, Louise Vandal, Ann Florio, Frances Cairnes, Tom Muldoon, Mack Caban, Mr. and Mrs. Tim Ray, Sarah Audette, Paul Stubbs, Jim Rottler, Mark Cabral, Dan King, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rego, Christine Richards, Jim & Gloria Alferes, Billy Melendez, Andy Bobola, Cindi Bobola, Shea Bobola, Kathy Costello, and all our musicians and food servers, volunteers, the bartenders and our MC Kenny Pacheco.
We cannot thank our local businesses for their tremendous support and donations along with our surrounding towns hitting the grand total of $35,000!
Lastly and most importantly, it is our Town that remains "So Special" and now we really know why!
The Daener Family would like to express the fact that having a disease such as MS is not always treatable and has to be dealt with on a day-to-day basis, and they truly hope that having this type of event will be the start to a new beginning for those experiencing life challenges.
Melody Pacheco

Rochester Historical Social Yard Sale
The Rochester Historical Society will hold a yard sale at the East Rochester Church/Museum, 355 County Road, Rochester on Saturday, May 20 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Items may be donated for the sale on each Friday morning in May from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. No clothing or electronics, please. Any questions, please call 508-763-2122.

Adult Programs at the Elizabeth Taber Library
Free Technology Workshops: Thursdays in May at 11:00 am. Come to the Elizabeth Taber Library to learn more about using email, social media, and taking advantage of all that the library resources have to offer. Workshops will include: May 4: Magazines, movies, more books, oh my. (ETL's free online resources); May 11: Find your next Great Read through online resources.
To register for any one of these workshops, please stop in, call us at 508-748-1252, or email Libby at eoneill@sailsinc.org.
Deer Ticks: One Bite Can Change Your Life: Thursday, May 4, 4:00 pm. Lyme disease is the most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis. In addition to Lyme, deer ticks can carry the pathogens which cause babesiosis, anaplasmosis, relapsing fever and Powassan virus. Join us on Thursday, May 4, at 4:00 pm as Entomologist Larry Dapsis reviews the basic life cycle and ecology of ticks, disease incidence rates and distribution of tick-borne illnesses. A three point protection plan will be presented - Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard and Protect your Pet. Tick-borne diseases are preventable.
Larry Dapsis received his B.S. in Environmental Science & Biology at Fitchburg State University and an M.S. in Entomology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Mr. Dapsis has 35 years of professional pest management experience including vegetables, cranberries and household insects. He joined Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist. For more information, please call us at 508-748-1252.

Machacam Club
The Machacam Club will hold the final meeting of the year on May 3 at Post 280 at 5:30 pm. Social time is 5:30 pm; dinner is at 6:00 pm.
The meal will be lasagna, tossed salad, garlic bread, and pie for dessert. In lieu of a speaker, this will be our First Annual Business Meeting. I will present our accomplishments during this past year, and take a look ahead at the next year. I also would like to extend my appreciation to all who did make it a very successful year.
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, May 1 by email to GPFNR@AOL.COM or by phone to Mike at 508-758-9311. Members with requests or changes can contact Mike by phone at 508-758-9311 no later than 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 2.

Marion Spring Walk About & Artist Talk
Visit Marion for a Spring Walk About on Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm to explore the town's historic architecture and see original art. From 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Marion Art Center, hear artists Anthi Frangiadis, Kim Gatesman and Allen TenBusschen talk about their work - and the creative processes behind it - currently on exhibit at the MAC. Their group show, Black and White, features a compelling collection of charcoal drawings, electrostatic monotypes, pen & ink drawings and intaglio prints. A short walk from the Marion Art Center is Anthi Frangiadis Associates and the Drawing Room. There you can explore the architectural design process and ongoing collaborations with New England artisans. At 1:00 pm, artist Sally McCarthy, a Drawing Room collaborator, will speak at that location about her painting process. These free events are part of ArtWeek Boston. Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek is an award-winning bi-annual creative festival featuring more than 150 unique, unexpected, and creative experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. For more information, call the Marion Art Center at 508-748-1266 or Anthi Frangiadis Associates at 508-748-3494. The Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street. Frangiadis Associates/Drawing Room is located at 11 Spring Street.

Making Nantucket Lightship Baskets
The Friends of the Mattapoisett Library is sponsoring a free demonstration of the art of making Nantucket lightship baskets at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 6. Presenter Rick Padleford of East Freetown has been making Nantucket lightship baskets for over 10 years and is an expert at the craft. His partner, Melanie Dupuis, has been weaving and selling supplies to make the baskets for over 15 years. Together, the pair offers classes in basket-making in their East Freetown studio. They will demonstrate how to make a basket step-by-step and will also display several finished baskets. So if you're interested in learning how to weave a Nantucket basket yourself or just want to learn more about this centuries-old craft, please join the Friends in the downstairs meeting room of the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, 7 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett, 508-758-4171. Parking is free and the library is handicap accessible.

Fresh Air Zumba, Free Classes for Everyone
Every Thursday beginning May 4 (through June 8) from 10:00 - 11:00 am, join us on the grounds located between the Elizabeth Taber Library and Marion Town House, Spring Street for a free 1-hour Zumba class with certified fitness instructor Pati Cautillo. In the event of rain, the class will be held at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front Street.
This community wide event is co-sponsored by the Elizabeth Taber Library and Marion Council on Aging and is open to everyone regardless of age. No registration required, comfortable clothing and a water bottle are recommended. For more information, please call the Marion Council on Aging, 508-748-3570.

Marion Town Clean Up
Marion is having a Spring Cleaning and Multiple Community Events on Saturday, May 6.
Litter and clutter beware. Streets will be cleaned and closets cleared as the Marion Cub Scouts Pack 32 joins forces with GiftsToGive, the Marion Recreation Department, and Marion Department of Public Works to bring back the town clean-up. Please join us when we rally at Washburn Park on Saturday, May 6 from 8:30 - 11:30 am. Participants will be given trash bags, recycling bags, and gloves, and they will also be provided with yellow vests. Assignments will be handed out and participants will clear the trash and other debris left from winter's wake.
In addition to cleaning up our streets, cleaning out our closets will also be on the agenda as the GiftsToGive truck will be at Washburn Park from 8:30 - 11:30 am, collecting new and gently used children's items (please see their website for details about items they accept www.giftstogive.org/).
Litter collected will be returned to Washburn Park to create a trash mountain, a visual testament to not only the stunning amount of litter left on town roadway but also to the amazing efforts of caring community members. When returning your vests and adding to the trash mountain, please join the Marion Town Recreation Department for their Cook-Out benefiting Marion Firework's Committee as well as their Touch-A-Truck Event from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. The first hour is a sensory hour with no horns or sirens. Come sit in, climb on, touch, and imagine in these police, fire, and emergency vehicles as well as tractors, bulldozers and boats.
The DPW/SEMASS is also offering a Household Hazardous Product Collection Day in conjunction with Carver and Wareham. At both the Carver Salt Storage Facility, Rochester Road, South Carver and the Wareham Maintenance Area, Charge Pond Road, Wareham on May 6 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, continue our town-wide spring clean-up by delivering your unwanted pesticides, household chemicals, anti-freeze, motor oil, spent gasoline, empty propane tanks and products containing mercury to one of these locations.
A second opportunity to participate in keeping Marion clean will occur less than a week later on May 12. The Tree and Parks Committee will be giving out a Rose of Sharon shrub to the first 100 voters as they exit the polls at the VFW Hall on Town Election Day. It is hoped that those who receive a tree to plant somewhere in town will also take a trash bag or two and do an hour of litter pick up. The Arbor Day Table with free trees and trash bags will be located outside the polls from 9:00 am to noon.

Science@Work Lecture
Tabor Academy is very pleased to have Dr. Yolanda Cruz speak as the next Science@Work Lecturer on May 1 at 6:30 pm. This will be the last lecture this academic year.
Dr. Yolanda Cruz, Ph.D., Robert S. Danforth Professor of Biology at Oberlin College, is a specialist in developmental and cell biology, and in epigenetics. Her field of research is early embryonic development and reproductive biology of mammals. In her talk, Professor Cruz will describe the special characteristics of stem cells and their possible uses in regenerative medicine.
Don't miss this fascinating topic on May 1 at 6:30 pm at Tabor Academy, 232 Front Street, Marion, in the Stroud Academic Center's Lyndon South Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sippican Historical Society
The Sippican Historical Society Speakers' Series on April 27 will be The History of Yankee Magazine. Yankee Magazine was founded in 1935 and has managed to stay private and profitable for 82 years. Its goal has been to chronicle the sights and charms of New England and its audience loves it. Founded in Dublin, New Hampshire in a red barn, the magazine is still there and is still going strong. Its travel tips and recipes lend to the magazine's goal of preserving New England culture. People love the magazine's photographs of fall leaves and stories about hiking trails, seaside inns and Indian pudding. Please join us on April 27 at 7:00 pm to hear J.D. Hale talk about the history of Yankee Magazine.

Reptiles of Massachusetts
Reptiles of Massachusetts with Blue Hills Audubon Society will be held on Friday, April 28, 7:00 - 8:00 pm at the Marion Natural History Museum. Cost is $10/members, $12/non-members, and $5 for children 12 and under.
There are many misunderstandings between humans and scaled creatures, which has led to problems for the reptiles. Meet some of Massachusetts' resident reptiles and find out about human threats to their survival. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Marion Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Elks Student of the Month
The Elks of Wareham Lodge No. 1548 sponsors the Elks Student of the Month and Student of the Year Awards for students enrolled in local area high schools. The criteria used in nominating a student includes a student who excels in scholarship, citizenship, performing arts, fine arts, hobbies, athletics, church, school and community service, industry and farming.
We congratulate sophomore Michael Bienz of Marion for being selected as Student of the Month for the month of March by the Old Rochester Regional High School faculty and staff. Michael transferred to Old Rochester this year. He has adapted extremely well. He is not only doing well in all of his classes, he has also been taking full advantage of the extracurricular activities at Old Rochester Regional. He is extremely willing and helpful with his peers and teachers.
We congratulate sophomore Aidan Ridings of Mattapoisett for being selected as Student of the Month for the month of April by the Old Rochester Regional High School faculty and staff. Aidan works hard in all his academic classes. He is a kind, compassionate, and helpful friend to everyone. Aidan always rises to any challenge that he faces and has a "no excuse" attitude with anything that he does. Aidan volunteers in the Transition Class regularly. His patience, altruism, and enthusiasm create a positive learning environment for the Transition students and staff. Most recently, Aidan took it upon himself to arrange a bottle and can drive to benefit the Transition Students. This just speaks volumes for the wonderful, charitable student that he is. Aidan Ridings is truly deserving of Student of the Month.

Henna Workshop
Elizabeth Taber Library presents Henna Workshop with Mandy on Thursday, April 27 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. This workshop is for teenagers 13 and up. Pre-registration is required. Please stop by or call the library at 508-748-1252 or email Mrs. Grey at rgrey@sailsinc.org. Henna tattoos are natural, beautiful and temporary. With luck tattoos can last 1-2 weeks.

Open Table This Friday
The Open Table crew looks forward to seeing you and serving you a delicious meal this Friday, April 28, at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church. The birds are singing and the flowers are blooming; spring has definitely sprung. Doors open at 4:30 pm and supper is served at 5:00 pm. Invite a friend or neighbor or someone who lives down the street you don't even know. There's nothing like a good meal and fellowship to make the day brighter.

Old Rochester Youth Lacrosse
Lax Fest 2017 is Friday, May 19 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and Saturday, May 20 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Old Rochester Regional High School. ORR High School will take on Sandwich High School on Friday, May 19 at ORR (boys' varsity at 4:00 pm; boys' JV at 5:30). Youth games and clinics from 9:00 to 11:00 am will be held on Saturday morning, May 20, as well as boys' and girls' ORR alumni games from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm at ORR. There will be concessions, a moon bounce, shot clock and relay competitions as well as merchandise sales. A great event for the whole family!

Mattapoisett Road Race College Stipends
The Fourth of July will be here before we know it, which means it's time to start training for the Mattapoisett Road Race! Now in its 47th year, this 5-mile race through scenic Mattapoisett is an Independence Day tradition. Proceeds from the race are used to fund awards for college-bound senior athletes from Old Rochester Regional High School. Over the years, more than $150,000 has been given to deserving students from Mattapoisett, Marion and Rochester. More details and the application form are available on the College Stipends tab at mattapoisettroadrace.com. Applications are due by May 5.

The Developing Brain and Addiction
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church and the Healthy Tri-Town Coalition are pleased to announce that the Old Rochester Regional School District will be hosting a presentation by renowned speaker Dr. Ruth Potee on "The Developing Brain and Addiction," on Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 pm at the Old Rochester Regional High School Auditorium. Dr. Potee is one of the state's foremost experts in the physiology of addiction and the teenage brain. This presentation will help us to understand how addictions develop and how young brains are particularly susceptible. Whether to nicotine, sugar, video games, caffeine, risky behaviors, alcohol, or drugs, understanding how addiction "re-wires" the reward pathways in the brain, especially in the developing brain, gives us a better understanding of who is at risk, how to prevent, and how to treat addiction. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Potee and local public health professionals.
We feel that this is an extremely important offering for parents of students of all ages, preschool through senior year, in understanding how to protect young people from addiction. We highly encourage students to attend the presentation with their parents. This event is free and open to all members of the community. Refreshments will be available.

David Bartlett Boyce Memorial Scholarship
The Friends of Old Rochester Drama are pleased to offer a $1,000 scholarship in honor of their friend, David Boyce (ORR '67), a man who dedicated his life to the Arts in all of its various and beautiful forms. This scholarship, in the amount of $ 1,000, is being offered to 2017 graduating seniors of Old Rochester Regional High School who are continuing their education in the field of the Fine Arts, the Visual Arts, or the Performing Arts. Applications are available in the ORR Guidance Office and are due by Friday, May 19, 2017. Applications are to be mailed and/or delivered to FORD, 4 Hawthorne Street, Mattapoisett, MA 02739 by this due date. No late submissions will be considered.

Come Meet the Turtles
Come learn about Eastern box turtles at the Mattapoisett Land Trust (MLT) Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 29. The day begins at 10:00 am with a short walk to the Woodcock Preserve vernal pool, departing from the new Buzzards Bay Coalition/MLT parking area on Long Plain Road. We'll stop to explore salamander and frog eggs and other spring activity at the pool, and then continue to a grove of fallen beech trees.
Following the walk, we'll reconvene at the Mattapoisett Friends Meeting House at 11:45 am for a presentation of Eel Pond water quality testing results by ORR marine biology students, followed by an informal potluck lunch. Bring a main dish or salad to share; MLT provides beverages and dessert. MLT's 43rd Annual Meeting will follow at 1:00 pm.
At 1:30 pm, Marla Isaac from New England Reptiles and Raptors will introduce us to her live Eastern box turtles and tell us about the habits and life history of these fascinating animals. Eastern box turtles are found throughout Mattapoisett but are on the state's list of "species of critical concern."
Come meet the turtles and celebrate the natural world with MLT! For more information, please email us at info@mattlandtrust.org.

Clothing Donations
Holey socks?! Holey clothes, shoes, and linens? We want them! Give Mother Nature the gift of donating your unwanted textiles in any condition (new or old) as long as they are clean and dry, and support ORR's junior high and high school's ongoing textile recycling program. All of the following can be donated: Footwear: shoes, boots, sneakers, heels, work boots, cleats, pumps, dress boots, slippers, sandals, winter boots, flip ­flops; Clothing: shirts, pants, undergarments, sweaters, jeans, socks, sweatshirts, sweatpants, T-shirts, dresses, skirts, slips, tank tops, shorts, pajamas, blazers, coats; Accessories: hats, gloves, scarves, handbags, duffle bags, tote bags, belts, ties, bathrobes; Linens: sheets, pillows, comforters, blankets, towels, dish towels, throw rugs, draperies, table linens, placemats; and stuffed animals. Please bag items. Donation boxes are located outside of Center School, Old Hammondtown, Rochester Memorial, Sippican School, and ORR Junior High and High Schools. All proceeds benefit ORR's Junior High and High School's Parent Teacher Student Association. Fact: 85% of clothing and textiles end up in landfills even though 95% can be recycled or reused.

Friends of Marion Visiting Nurses Scholarship
Interested in pursuing a career in Nursing? The Friends of Marion Visiting Nurses is a Marion nonprofit organization which awards annual scholarships to local high school seniors who desire to work toward a degree in the field of nursing. Recipients must be residents of Marion, Mattapoisett, or Rochester, and are chosen on the basis of academic ability, community service, and financial need. The application and its accompanying materials are due by May 1, 2017, and the award recipients will be notified shortly thereafter. To receive the Friends of Marion Visiting Nurses Scholarship Application, please email your request to REEMERSON78@gmail.com and an application will be sent to you.

Nasketucket Bird Club
The Nasketucket Bird Club presents Eagle One: Raising Bald Eagles - A Wildlife Memoir by Dianne Benson Davis on Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 pm at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library. The library is located on Barstow Street and is handicapped accessible. The program is free and open to the public.
Dianne Benson Davis spent four months living alone as the caretaker for eight baby bald eagles in the remote Quabbin Reservoir area of Massachusetts as part of an ambitious and successful effort to reintroduce the endangered bald eagle to the skies of New England.
Eagle One is the record of her time with the eagles, based on the letters and journals she kept there. It is the story of a woman's life devoted to the care of wildlife: her nearly 20-year relationship with a red-tailed hawk; her experiences caring for a baby polar bear; tagging loggerhead sea turtles; and working with countless animals at the Tufts University Wildlife Clinic and the EcoTarium. It is also a personal memoir: the story of perseverance and struggle as a single mother, the joys of learning and teaching about wildlife, and of finding happiness and fulfillment in work and family.
Check our website at: http://massbird.org/Nasketucket/ or email our President Justin Barrett at jmbarrett426@gmail.com.

Marion Arbor Day Partners With Local Elections
Arbor Day is usually celebrated in the USA on the last Friday of April. This year it falls on April 28, a time for citizens of all ages to plant trees across our landscape. On the first Arbor Day in 1872, an estimated one million trees were planted throughout America.
Marion will celebrate Arbor Day this spring two weeks later on May 12. The Tree and Parks Committee will be giving out a Rose of Sharon shrub to the first 100 voters as they exit the polls at the VFW Hall on Town Election Day. It is hoped that those who receive a tree to plant somewhere in town will also take a trash bag or two and do an hour of litter pick up. The Arbor Day Table with free trees and trash bags will be located outside the polls from 9:00 am to noon. Members of the Marion Tree and Parks Committee will be on hand to give you a tree and to explain the litter clean-up guidelines.

Need a Bible?
The Mattapoisett Congregational Church has several Bibles that are no longer being used and is giving them away to new homes. If you'd like a Bible, please drop by the church during office hours, 8:30 am to noon, Monday through Friday. You may call ahead to 508-758-2671 to reserve a copy if you wish.
Most of these Bibles are in the Revised Standard Version. They are all clean, complete, and in very good shape.

Gateway Youth Hockey Golf Classic
The 6th Annual Gateway Youth Hockey Golf Classic is scheduled for June 10 at Little Harbor Country Club in Wareham. We are looking for golfers, sponsors, donations and volunteers. This is our largest fundraiser of the year and helps to keep hockey costs as low as they are. Registration is recommended in advance, although we will accept registrations the day of to the extent we have space. Please contact Ben Hathaway at 774-454-1114 or Jen Wilson at 774-766-9436 with any questions.

Dixie Diehards Go to War Concert
On Saturday May 6 at 7:30 pm, the Marion Art Center will feature the Dixie Diehards Jazz Band in a Dixie Diehards Go to War concert. The event will mark the 10th anniversary of the talented group performing at the Marion Art Center. In honor of the centennial of the United States' entry into World War I, the Diehards will perform music from the era leading up to and just after the conflict. Not only was it a politically tumultuous time, but music was also undergoing a revolution. Ragtime (then the current rage) was giving way to jazz. A new sensation, the Original Dixieland Jass Band, recorded their first disk in 1917. Young men who marched off to war came home to strut their stuff to hot new music!
The Dixie Diehards will first take you back to the ragtime era, and then move through the war years, when music was helping to sell an unpopular war to a skeptical public. Included in this program are World War I patriotic numbers, marches that morphed into Dixieland jazz, and a selection of early jazz dance tunes that formed the basis for the 'Roaring Twenties' era. This concert will feature a number of well-known New Orleans style jazz tunes for audience singalongs and handclapping fun.
As always, this concert is expected to sell out quickly. Though reservations and holds cannot be accommodated, tickets may be purchased either in person at the MAC or by calling the MAC at 508-748-1266 during regular gallery hours (Tuesday - Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm). Cabaret tables will be available for parties of 4 on a first come, first served basis, and general seating will also be available for this performance. Tickets cost $15 for MAC members and $18 for non-members.

Ice Cream Tours Selling Fast
Hurry, tickets for the Mattapoisett Tour de Creme are going fast. The event, to be held on May 21, rain or shine, has a ride for everyone with routes of 11, 19, 25, and 50 miles with plenty of stops for ice cream. Cyclists can ride at their own pace or ride with a group led by a volunteer. The last stop is a waterfront party with food and live music at the land trust's Munro Preserve.
Participation is limited to 300. Advance registration is required and the event is expected to sell out. As of April 9, there were only 11 spots left for the 25 mile tour, which visits Captain Bonney's, Country Whip, and Acushnet Creamery.
You can also volunteer and join in the fun without getting on a bicycle. Help is needed to set up, check-in participants, serve ice cream, photograph the event, and assist riders at various points.
The event is sponsored by Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike path and the Mattapoisett Land Trust to raise money for a rail-trail connection to Marion and conservation of the Old Hammond Quarry.
To learn more, register, sign up to volunteer, or make a donation, visit the event website at www.tourdecreme.org.

Blue Book Deadline Coming Up Soon
April 28 is the deadline for submitting information for the upcoming 2017-18 edition of the popular telephone directory, The Blue Book. The directory is published by the League of Women Voters of Marion-Mattapoisett-Rochester every two years and will be mailed free to all postal patrons in the three towns early in July 2017.
The white pages include listings of name, address (including P.O box) and primary phone number whether landline or cell. Residents are asked to notify us of any additions, deletions, or corrections to their most current listing, which can be found online at lwvmmr.org/phonebook. All changes should be sent to lwvphonebook@comcast.net or to LWV-MMR, P.O. Box 812, Marion, MA 02738.

New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus
It will be a free afternoon performance of salty songs at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Sunday, April 30, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm as the New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus come to perform a sing-song.
Formed in 2000 under the direction of Tom Goux, the 25 plus voice chorus presents a repertoire that reflects the rich maritime heritage of New Bedford and the region. Weaving musical traditions connected to New Bedford Harbor and the New England seafarer, their performances feature the chanteys (work songs) of the Yankee sailor and whaler, ballads and ditties of global mariners, and songs of coastwise fisherfolk in North America, the Cape Verde Islands and the British Isles.
The Mattapoisett Library is located at 7 Barstow Street and is handicapped accessible.

Marion Candidates' Night
On May 4, Marion voters will have a chance to meet and question candidates for town offices and committees at Candidates' Night. The Tri-Town Area League of Women Voters, a national bipartisan group whose mission is to expand participation in our electoral process and to encourage citizens to become informed voters, sponsors this annual event.
Voters of Marion should take this opportunity to hear the views of candidates, both contested and uncontested, on critical topics ranging from fiscal issues and infrastructure needs to school budgets and the proposed completion of the Master Plan.
Five candidates are hoping to win the Selectman's seat being vacated by Steve Cushing. Norm Hills, Dale Jones, Michelle Ouellette Smith, Christine Winters, and Matthew Vander Pol will make presentations and answer questions from the floor. The only other contest is for the town clerk's post between long-time incumbent, Ray Pickles, and challenger, Jay Ryder. Candidates for eight uncontested offices will be on hand to meet informally as well.
All contestants who are seeking positions in this year's election are to be congratulated for stepping up to the plate in these challenging times. Marion voters are strongly encouraged to attend Candidates' Night at 7:00 pm at the Music Hall on May 4 to become better informed.

Nemasket Group 5K Walk/Run
The Nemasket Group 5K Walk/Run will be held on Sunday, May 7. The race begins and ends at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven. Dust off your sneakers and join us for a morning of fun as we wind through Fairhaven Village for a great cause. Coming together as a community and making new friends while raising awareness for individuals with disabilities is a sure win for all. The first 125 registrants will receive a T-shirt. Registration begins at 7:45 am and the race starts at 9:00 am. Registration fee is $25 until May 5 and $30 on May 6 and the day of the race. Not a walker or runner? If you would like to volunteer that day, you can also sign up on our website. For more information and to register for this event, please go to www.NemasketGroup.org or call 508-999-4436. We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Free Women's Self-defense Course
Mattapoisett Recreation will be hosting a self-defense techniques class on Wednesday, May 10 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Center School Gymnasium in Mattapoisett. The class is F.A.S.T.T. - E.S.C.A.P.E., which stands for Fast Aggressive Strikes Targeting Trauma - Every Second Counts, Avoid Pre-attack Encounters. This realistic training session was developed by Major Dwayne Fortes. Major Fortes will be offering this FREE training courtesy of Sheriff Joseph D. McDonald, Jr. and the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department. The program is open to women age 14 and up. To sign up, please email Mattapoisett Recreation at mattrec@mattapoisett.net. Please provide the following in the email: Name, contact phone number, and email address for each person wishing to participate. We will confirm receipt of email and if openings are available. Please note that space is limited, so register as soon as possible.

Art of Egyptian Belly Dance
The Marion Art Center is pleased to announce its upcoming workshop, The Art of Egyptian Belly Dance, an introductory class to be held on Saturday, April 29 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, with instructor Ellie Higgins. Known formally as Raqs Sharqi, this ancient art form for women is fun, exciting and suitable for all body types, ages and fitness levels. Participants will enjoy proper warm-up, stationary basic moves, then a mini show-and-tell about cane dance, zills (finger cymbals), simple veils & use of props, even learn a short combination! Instructor Ellie Higgins has practiced and performed Egyptian dance for 15 years. She is an AFAA-Certified Group Fitness Instructor who has taught daily Fusion Dance-Fit classes since 2008. Cost for the MAC's two-hour workshop is $20 for MAC members and $25 for non-members. Participants should bring a water bottle and plan on dancing in bare feet or a ballet-type shoe. Hip scarves will be provided. Registration/payment is required to reserve a space. To register/pay, visit the Marion Art Center during regular gallery hours or call 508-748-1266.

Equipment Fun Day for Kids
Marion Recreation will once again offer Kid's Equipment Fun Day on Saturday, May 6 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Washburn Park in Marion. Attendees will be able to take pictures, climb on, and sit in various trucks, tractors, and equipment. Fire trucks, ambulances, police cruisers, bulldozers, boats and more will all be on hand to get an up-close look at. New this year is Sensory Awareness Hour from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. No sirens, horns or lights during this hour. Also, Marion Recreation will host a cookout in conjunction with this event with proceeds benefitting the Marion Fireworks Committee. For more information, visit www.marionrecreation.com or email info@marionrecreation.com.

Welcome To Mattapoisett Visitor Guide
The Mattapoisett Historical Commission is pleased to announce their photography selection for the soon-to-be-published Welcome To Mattapoisett visitor guide.
Congratulations go to Christina Musser of Mattapoisett who submitted several outstanding photographs including two that will be used for front and back outside covers. Several other local photographers will see their pictures on interior pages. These photographers include Catherine Heuberger, Sylvia Fales, Don Bamberger, Angelina Cosgrove, Nick Snow, and Mary Tierney all of Mattapoisett, along with Arthur Harbour of Wareham and Karin Kingsland of Fairhaven.
OCRTVHS has provided layout and design assistance and will be printing the guide in May for summer 2017 distribution.
The MHC plans to update the publication every two years to keep the information fresh and lively for visitors.
All submitted photographs will be available for viewing on the historical commission website at www.mattapoisett.net.

Senior Group Exercise Class
May 3 starts a new 10-week session of Senior Group Exercise and Fitness with Janet Memoli, every Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 - 10:30 am at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front Street. Sponsored by the Marion Council on Aging and Gleason Family YMCA, this class is $35 for 10 weeks and free for members of the YMCA.
Use light hand weights, chairs, bands and your own weight for an overall, full-body work out. Call 508-748-3570 for more information. Comfortable clothing, water bottle and good sense of humor are recommended for the class. Open to the community.

ORCTV Annual Meeting
ORCTV will hold its annual meeting on Saturday, April 29. The annual meeting will begin at noon and will include the election of new officers to the Old Rochester Community Television Board of Directors. All current ORCTV members are invited and encouraged to attend.
The nominees for 2017 are: Membership seat: Elaine Botelho - 1 year; Mattapoisett seat: Patricia McArdle - 2 years; Marion seat: Chris Charyk - 2 years; and Rochester seat: Tom Bretto - 2 years.

UCT Golf Tournament
The Bette-Lee Marsland / Upper Cape Tech Golf Tournament will be held at the Falmouth Country Club on Sunday, June 11 with 7:00 am registration and 8:00 am shotgun start.
This is our 20th annual golf tournament and we need your help in the way of teams and sponsors. If registered by May 19, cost is $120 per player. After May 19, it will be $130 per player. Cost includes golf, carts, high-quality golf apparel, great prizes and raffles, and a BBQ lunch catered by the chefs of the Upper Cape Tech Culinary Arts Department.
One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the students in the way of scholarships and financial assistance. Please support the students who will support the communities of Cape Cod in the future. Please contact Roland Poliseno at 508-759-7711 ext. 233 with any questions.
For further information and registration, please visit www.uppercapetech.com.

Left Right Center Fundraiser
The Rochester Women's Club is pleased to announce the return of our Left Right Center Fundraiser. This is our second year hosting this fun-filled event to support our scholarship fund.
Please come down to The Ponderosa (242 Robinson Road, Acushnet) on Saturday, April 29 at 7:00 pm to join in on the fun. The Women's Club will provide snacks. Cash bar will be available. Call Dee at 508-763-4748 for more details.

Be a Friend. Change a Life
The Friendly Visitor Program is sponsored by the Mattapoisett Senior Center to provide companionship and support to isolated seniors who express feelings of loneliness and isolation. Through weekly home visits, volunteers develop meaningful, long-term relationships with seniors who appreciate the company and look forward to the visits. Many seniors have fascinating life stories to share. And often volunteers discover they receive as much as they give. The impact is powerful. Your time and commitment can change a person's life; friendship is an essential ingredient for everyone's mental health. Refer someone you know or become a visitor yourself. Contact Susan Keir, Outreach Coordinator, at 508-758-4110 or email outreachcoa@mattapoisett.net.

Twenty for Many, Marion Fireworks
The Marion Fireworks Committee is seeking to raise $40,000 for the 2017 "Independence Day" fireworks. A small donation of $20 from the many people who enjoy the fireworks can make this bi-annual event possible this year.
Marion offers an idyllic setting for families to enjoy the celebration of the birth of our nation. Families from all over the south coast come to Marion to enjoy the fireworks and the support of many is needed to host the event this year. The Fireworks Committee currently has $13,000 from the 2016 fundraising campaign and needs to raise an additional $40,000 by May 1 for the fireworks to happen this year.
If you would like to help support this great event, please visit: www.gofundme.com/vmvhus-2017-4th-of-july-fireworks. Funds will be mailed directly from GoFundMe to Marion Fireworks Fund.

24th Annual Buzzards Bay Swim
With spring on the horizon, there's no better time to test the waters and get ready for the 24th annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 24. With nearly 200 swimmers and 20 teams already signed up, the Swim promises to be a fun, philanthropic outdoor event that you won't want to miss. Swimmers can register now at www.savebuzzardsbay.org/swim.
The Swim draws participants of every age, ability and fitness level, and first-time swimmers are encouraged to register. Swimmers complete a 1.2-mile open water point-to-point course across outer New Bedford Harbor to raise money for clean water in Buzzards Bay. Beginning in the South End of New Bedford and ending at Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation in Fairhaven, participants are greeted at the finish line with a beach party featuring a pancake breakfast, fresh coffee and pastries, live music, free massages and local beer.
"When I first told people I was swimming the Bay, people said, 'I could never do that.'" said Rosie Byrnes of New Bedford, a three-time swimmer who first participated in 2013. With a few months of weekly training that first year, Rosie was able to work her way up from swimming just 12 laps in a pool to 44 laps - the equivalent of the Swim's 1.2-mile distance - by June.
Don't want to swim solo? Many swimmers recruit friends and form a team to swim across the harbor together. This year, several spirited teams including "Just Keep Swimming," "#cleanwater," and "Scollops not Scallops" are registered and training for the Swim. The champion "Salty Seadogs" of Lakeville will be back to defend their Wheeler Cup award for fastest adult team, as will the youth teams from Waltham's MetroWest Aquatic Club, who won the Quicks Awards for fastest youth teams in 2016.
Prizes are awarded for the top fundraisers and fastest swimmers, both individuals and teams. Swimmers who have participated in the Swim for five, 10, and new this year, 20 years will also receive special participation awards.
All funds raised through the Swim support the Buzzard Bay Coalition's work to protect clean water in communities across the Buzzards Bay watershed - from Little Compton to Vineyard Sound.
Newcomers "Scenic Swim Team" from Austin, Texas, are already at the top of the fundraising leaderboard, having raised $1,500 so far. Not to be outdone, locals and members of team "ButtersBergers" of Acushnet are attempting to raise $5,000 this year in honor of their fifth Buzzards Bay Swim. Think you can outdo them? Register now at www.savebuzzardsbay.org/swim.
The Buzzards Bay Swim is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series Event, presented nationally by Toyota. The SPLASH Series engages local citizens in recreational use of our waterways to celebrate access to clean water. Event sponsors also include Amica Insurance, Anderson Insulation, YMCA Southcoast and Fiber Optic Center.

Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
Buzzards Bay provides some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in New England - from Sakonnet Point in Little Compton and the farm coast of Westport and Dartmouth to New Bedford's working waterfront, charming Onset Village and the famed science community of Woods Hole on Cape Cod. If you love cycling and want to protect clean water in our community, then sign up for the 11th annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride on Sunday, October 1 by visiting savebuzzardsbay.org/ride.
The Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride is a fun community event that supports a great cause: clean water in Buzzards Bay. More than 150 cyclists participate in the Watershed Ride each year, pedaling across the beautiful Buzzards Bay region to raise funds for clean water.
Riders can sign up for 35- and 75-mile routes as well as a 100-mile "century ride" that circles the entirety of Buzzards Bay starting from the dramatic breakwater at Sakonnet Point, RI. All three routes join together to end with a lively finish line party in the heart of Woods Hole Village featuring dinner, beer and wine, live music, awards and free massages.
"I've really enjoyed the event all three times and will definitely plan to come back again," said Jeff Gonsalves of Dartmouth, who participated in the 100-mile century ride from Sakonnet Point to Woods Hole last year. "The route is fantastic, the rest stops are well placed and well stocked, and volunteers provide great support to all the riders."
Whether you're an avid cyclist or a more casual rider, you'll enjoy the Ride's gorgeous scenery through coastal villages, farmland, working waterfront and colorful cranberry bogs. Many cyclists form teams with their friends, family and coworkers, sporting flashy uniforms and colorful names like "The Patch Pedalers," "Shore Acres Scallywags," "Team Girl Power," and "The Speeding Turtles."
Cyclists ages 12 and over are welcome. Riders are fully supported along the course with water and snack stations, clear route markings, a hearty food truck lunch at Eastover Farm in Rochester, helpful volunteers, and on-the-road bike repair technicians. Prizes go to the riders and teams that raise the most money as well as the winners in categories including Best Team Outfit and Biggest Team.
Each rider raises a minimum of $300, but many participants set larger fundraising goals. All funds go directly to the Coalition's work to protect land and clean water around Buzzards Bay. Last year, cyclists and their supporters raised more than $120,000 to support the Coalition.
To learn more about the Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride and sign up, visit savebuzzardsbay.org/ride.

Calling All Artists to Benefit the Mattapoisett Library
The Friends of the Mattapoisett Library invite artists of all ages to create their vision of "Build a Better World" on an 8- by 8-inch canvas to raise funds for the Friends in support of library programs. Everyone is welcome to participate - no matter what skill level or artistic experience they may have.
Canvases can be decorated with an original design in any medium - paint, pastel, collage, or markers - and will be on display throughout the library from Tuesday, May 2 to Saturday, July 29. Each canvas will be available for purchase for $25.
A reception to celebrate the artistic efforts of all participants will be held at the library on Tuesday, May 16 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends.
"Build a Better World" is the theme of this summer's library statewide Summer Reading Program. Each artist is welcome to interpret that theme. Share your talent to benefit the Friends, a nonprofit group that supports the Mattapoisett Free Public Library.

ORR "The Gathering"
Have you heard? It's The Gathering of the initial four classes at ORR back in September 1961. That's right, the Classes of '62, '63, '64 and '65 are planning a get-together. With no history or traditions to guide us on that first day of High School in 1961, we had to create the traditions and history that became the foundation for all future classes at ORR. That is something to be proud of and to celebrate. So, come join us on September 9 at our informal Gathering in Marion.
For further details contact any of the following:
- Donna Andrews, Class '65, dmandrews1@verizon.net
- John DeMello, Class '65, jfdemello@verizon.net
- Richard Morgado, Class '64, dickmorgado@hotmail.com
- Peter Foster, Class '64, pfcoot@gmail.com
- Suzanne Petersen, Class '63, suzpet44@hotmail.com

Blanche B. Perry Scholarship
The Mattapoisett Land Trust is seeking applicants for their $1,000 "Blanche B. Perry Scholarship." This award is available to a Mattapoisett resident interested in the field of Environmental Studies, Sciences, Technology or a related field, and is a graduating senior from a secondary school by June 2017. The scholarship is made available through the Edith Glick Shoolman fund, a bequest left to provide support for children in the community. Offering this scholarship is consistent with the mission "of preserving land in order to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations of Mattapoisett residents and visitors."
Along with the application, the following additional information is required:
1. A Personal Statement about career goals as they relate to the mission of the MLT, past and present.
2. A signed Community Service Form documenting a minimum of 20 hours of community service.
3. Professional letter of reference (teacher or guidance counselor).
4. A Character letter of reference from an employer, scout or community leader, and/or neighbor is required.
5. Official school transcript including credits and class rank.
Applicants will be assessed according to academic achievement, personal statement, professional and personal references, community service, and financial need. Preference will be given to individuals who are members of the Mattapoisett Land Trust or whose parents or grandparents are members of the MLT.
Participating School are:
1. ORRHS, Marion Road, Mattapoisett 02739.
2. Bishop Stang High School, 500 Slocum Road, N. Dartmouth 02747.
3. OCRVT High School, 476 North Avenue, Rochester 02770.
4. Tabor Academy, Front Street, Marion 02738.
The deadline for submitting the forms will be April 30, 2017.

Boating Safety Course Offered
The Marion Harbormaster's Office will host the Boating Safety Course at the Marion Police Station Conference room again this year. You will need to attend two Saturday classes consecutively. The first offering is May 13 and 20. The second offering is June 3 and 10. The class size is limited to 25, so sign up early. Please contact Marion Harbormaster's Office to sign up at 508-748-3535. A brief description of the course is as follows:
Boat Massachusetts is a state and nationally approved boating safety course that concentrates on the equipment and operating guidelines needed to enjoy boating in a safe and responsible way.
All graduates in the 12- through 15-year-old age group will be issued a safety certificate allowing them to operate a motorboat without adult supervision, as required by state law. The same is true for 16- and 17-year-old youth who wish to operate a personal watercraft (jet ski, wave runner, etc.)
All classes are free of charge. Classes are for adults and youth 12 years of age and older. Family participation is encouraged and has proven to be very rewarding. Hope to see you there.

MNHM After-School Programs
The Marion Natural History Museum will host the following after-school programs:
May 3: Our annual trip to Bird Island with the Marion Harbormaster. We will talk about some of the changes being made to the Island to give the birds more nesting area. Warning: This program fills fast, so please get your registrations in as soon as possible!
May 17: All about Worms! What's the difference between a nightcrawler and an earthworm? These important little animals are vital to the health of our soil, and they're fun to watch! Come join Jim and Madeleine Porter - worm enthusiasts - and explore the world of these creepy crawlies.
All programs are $6 for members or $8 for nonmembers. To register, go to the museum's website: www.marionmuseum.org.

Safe Storage and Disposal of Medications and Syringes
Many local police departments offer 24/7 prescription medication drop-boxes for the safe disposal of unused or expired medications. Medications that can be disposed of in the drop-boxes include prescription ointments, prescription medications, medication patches, and samples, as well as over the counter medications, vitamins and pet medications. Lotions, liquids, and non-prescription ointments are not permitted. For your privacy, please remember to remove all personal identification before placing items in the drop-box. In Mattapoisett, the medication drop-box is in the lobby of the Police Station, located at 64 County Road (Route 6).
For the safe disposal of needles and syringes, sharps containers are available free of charge from the Mattapoisett Police Station and the Public Health Nurse's office. Used sharps containers may be returned to the Public Health Nurse's office for safe and proper disposal of these items.
The safe and proper storage and disposal of all medications, needles, and syringes helps to prevent accidents or misuse. These items should always be stored in a secure location, out of sight and out of reach of children. To assist you with safe storage in the home, lock-boxes can be purchased at your local pharmacy or retail store such as CVS, Walgreens, or Rite Aid.
For more information, please contact the Mattapoisett Police Department at 508-758-4141 (Non-Emergency), or the Public Health Nurse at 508-758-4118.
Thank you for your help in protecting our community by safely storing and disposing of your medications, needles, and syringes.

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 or email to: coadirector@mattapoisett.net.
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; Foot Care - once a month by appointment.
Tuesdays: 8:45 am - Sport Yoga ($3); 10:00 am - Dance Fit ($4); 10:00 am - Legal Consulting (2nd Tues. of month, free 15 min, by app't); 11:00 am - Walking Group; 12:00 pm - Movie & Pizza (last Tues. of month); 12:30 pm - Art History (once every other month, free); 1:00 pm - Water Color Painting (free); 4:00 pm - CHESS (free).
Wednesdays: 9:30 am - Dance Fit (free); 10:00 am - Men's Group (2nd Wed. of month at Public Library); 10:45 am - Meditation; 11:00 am - Book Club (3rd Wed. of month); 12:00 pm - Strength & Balance (free); 1:00 pm - Bingo; 1:15 pm - Mah Jongg.
Thursdays: Various Trips (call for details); 1:00 pm - Country Line Dance.
Fridays: 8:45 am - Sport Yoga ($3); 9:00 am - Computer Tutor (free, by appointment); 10:00 am - Rx Qi Gong ($6.50); 11:15 am - Chair Yoga ($3); 1:00 pm - Line Dancing (donation).

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

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 me 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 www.redcross.org/ma/hyannis 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.

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.

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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