The Wanderer - Mobile Edition


News Submission Policy
The Wanderer gladly accepts any and all news and press release items from local nonprofit organizations for publication on a weekly basis. The deadline for submission of news items is Monday at 12:00 noon for publication in that week's edition. Due to the increasing number of submissions, however, publication of press material is never guaranteed. The Wanderer will make every effort to publish timely news items and announcements as the subject warrants and as often as spacing allows. All press material must be submitted by e-mail to, and must be either in a text or Word file. We are not able to retype, correct, or hunt down information to repair incomplete press releases, and we are not able to retype or reformat posters or bulleted lists that are not in readable paragraph form. We cannot accept any handwritten material or news items via telephone, no matter how brief.
Photographs of area events and newsmakers are also accepted and encouraged. The Wanderer accepts well-lit and clearly-defined photographs for publication provided that they include a brief summary of the event or subject. We cannot return photographs. Like news items, the deadline for photos is Monday at 12:00 pm, and the publication of photographs is also subject to spacing constraints and therefore cannot be guaranteed.
All submitted copy is subject to alterations and/or condensation as space allows at the editor's discretion. All submissions become the property of The Wanderer and are assumed to be submitted for the purpose of publication. Submissions cannot be returned; therefore, please make sure to retain copies submitting anything for consideration.
Ideas for features, breaking news tips, and other suggestions for the news department are welcome. Please call the News Editor with news tips and ideas at 508-758-9055. If it is after hours, please leave a message or email

Academic Achievements
Phillips Exeter Academy is delighted to share that the following students have achieved academic honors during the spring 2016 term.
To qualify for the honor roll, students must maintain an overall average of B, or a grade between 8.0-8.9 on an 11-point scale. High honors are given for grades 9.0-9.9 (B+); highest honors are given for grades 10.0-11 (A-).
- Thomas B. Chou, grade 12, of Mattapoisett earned Highest Honors for the spring 2016 term.
- Ty A. Deery, grade 11, of Mattapoisett earned Honors for the spring 2016 term.
MCPHS University is pleased to announce that Thomas Lavoie has been named to the Dean's List for the spring 2016 semester. Thomas Lavoie is a native of Rochester and is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy. Thomas will graduate in 2019 from the Boston, Massachusetts campus.
The Dean's List recognizes those students with a full-time course load who have achieved outstanding scholarship with a 3.5 GPA or higher for the academic term.
The University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce that John Martin of Mattapoisett was named to the Dean's List for the spring 2016 semester.
Tufts University recently announced the Dean's List for the spring 2016 semester. Among these students are:
- Alexandra Dawson of Rochester, class of 2018
- Thomas Tarrant of Marion, Class of 2016, who graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Economics
Dean's List honors at Tufts University require a semester grade point average of 3.4 or greater.
Marion resident and Azusa Pacific University student Shannon Smith made the academic Dean's List at APU. Smith, a Liberal Studies major, is honored for a spring semester 2016 academic standing of a 3.5 or better grade-point average.
Celeste A. Popitz, of Marion, was awarded Faculty Honors for the spring 2016 semester at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

2016 Herring Counts
The 2016 count of herring in the Mattapoisett River was 18,540. This year was the second year of declines, and a significant decrease of fish from the 2015 total of 42,332 and the 2014 total of 55,429 which was a 156% increase over 2013. Evidence of herring being present at Mattapoisett (gulls, cormorants, seals) was not observed nor were they seen during any of the brush and tree clearing activities in the river during the spring. Counting conditions were ideal this spring, and the counter appears to have functioned without errors.
A counter was also installed on the Sippican River at Leonard's Pond this year. It recorded 1,126 fish. It has been a few years that herring have not been able to get into Leonard's Pond. We are hoping that there was a lot of Sippican River herring that stayed in Hathaway's Pond and spawned there and over the next few years will again become accustomed to continuing further up the river to Leonard's Pond. We have not received any information from the Buzzards Bay Coalition on the results of the herring counter they operate at Hathaway's Pond to compare with the numbers we have.
The moratorium against the taking or possession of herring from the Mattapoisett River and the Sippican River, as well as many other rivers in Massachusetts, remains in effect. Over the years that the moratorium has been in effect, the herring population in the Mattapoisett River has increased from about 6,000 to just over 55,400 in 2014. The counting effort will provide the necessary information to manage a future harvest in the Mattapoisett River; however, continued improvements in the counts are needed to support a sustainable fishery plan and to justify an opening. Once the herring population reaches a point where a sustainable harvest plan can be formulated, filed with Division of Marine Fisheries, and approved, harvesting could be resumed.

Marion COA to Celebrate One Year Anniversary
On Monday, August 1, you are cordially invited to lunch and musical entertainment in honor of the Marion Council on Aging's one-year anniversary of senior programming at the Music Hall, 164 Front Street, Marion.
Lunch - pulled pork, corn on the cob, watermelon - at 11:45 am will be provided by R.W. Catering of Marion and at 12:15 pm, enjoy the musical entertainment of Steve Caddick & Avalon who will perform songs from the Tin Pan Alley era! All welcome, reservations required, 508-748-3570, $3 suggested voluntary donation.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
The Marion Art Center will top off the summer season with its production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. The play was penned by the popular and prolific Christopher Durang and had a successful run on Broadway, garnering several major theater awards, to include a 2013 Tony Award for Best Play. Described by The New York Times as a "sunny new play about gloomy people," it follows three middle-aged siblings and their two quirky cohorts as they navigate the complexities of life, woven amidst several themes from Russian playwright Anton Chekov's classic works.
Under the direction of Kate Fishman, the siblings and their cohorts will be brought to life by a talented cast of actors that includes Barbie Burr, David Horne, Suzie Kokkins, Cynthia Latham, Adam Roderick and Sam Roderick. The production will run August 11, 12, 13 and 18, 19, 20 at 7:30 pm. The Marion Art Center theater will be arranged with general seating, as well as eight cabaret tables, which are available for reserved parties of four. As seating is limited, reservations are highly recommended. Tickets are $18 for the public and $15 for MAC members. Reservations may be made by calling the Marion Art Center at 508-748-1266 or emailing

St. Philip's Episcopal Church
Clergy from nearby and around the country visit the "Church at the Town Beach" in Mattapoisett from July 3 to September 4. Services using the 1928 Book of Common Prayer are at 8:00 am and 10:00 am.
On Sunday, July 31, The Rev. Robert Malm, Rector, Grace Church, Alexandria, Virginia will be officiating. All are welcome.

Upcoming at Elizabeth Taber Library
The Elizabeth Taber Library will present Yoga with Kathy on Tuesday, August 2 at 11:00 am. Please bring your yoga mat and join us outside of the Elizabeth Taber Library for a yoga program for adults led by Kathy Bliss. Please note: a rain date has been scheduled for Thursday, August 4 at 11:00 am. To register, please stop in or call the Elizabeth Taber Library at 508-748-1252.

National Night Out 2016
On Tuesday, August 2, the Marion, the Mattapoisett and the Rochester Police Departments will celebrate the annual National Night Out Against Crime. The event will take place on the grounds of the Old Rochester Regional High School from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. We will be joined by the Tri-Town Fire and EMS Departments, the Marion Harbormaster Department, and Marion Recreation Department.
National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event that is designed to encourage camaraderie between citizens and local first responders. This event is designed to produce an opportunity for local residents and law enforcement, fire and EMS agencies to come together and strengthen the relationships with each other.
Admission is to this event is free. The continued success of this event is made possible mainly due to the outpouring of involvement and support from local community groups and businesses.

Tobey Hospital Guild Annual Meeting
The Tobey Hospital Guild will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, September 29 beginning at noon at the Rosebrook Event Center in Wareham. Community members are invited to attend the event, and in particular the panel discussion which begins at 1:30 pm.
Guest speakers for the panel discussion are Dr. David McGinnis, Chairman of the Tobey Hospital Emergency Department; Kevin Walsh, Wareham Police Chief; and Jeanne Flynn, mother of the late Brian Flynn. They will speak on the opioid crisis that is affecting the young and adult populations in our communities.
The Tobey Hospital Guild supports the hospital, its not-for-profit subsidiaries, its patients, and promotes the health and welfare of the community. The Guild also raises money throughout the year by hosting various fundraisers and running the hospital gift shop with all proceeds going to Tobey Hospital.
For more information on attending the annual meeting or panel discussion, please call 508-973-5752.

A Cavalcade of American Popular Music
On Friday, July 29, the Marion Concert Band continues its Friday evening concert series with a program of American popular music. The program, which features a variety of pop styles from the 1920s to 1980s, is as follows:
Washington Post March - J. P. Sousa
Second American Folk Rhapsody - C. Grundman
Flute Cocktail - H. Simeone
Elaine D'Angelo, Wendy Rolfe, Jill Krawiecki, Amy Richard, flutes
New York: 1927 - W. Barker
The Symphonic Gershwin - G. Gershwin
Satchmo! - T. Ricketts
Sinatra! - arr. S. Bulla
Pop and Rock Legends: The Beatles - arr. M. Sweeney
The Blues Brothers Revue - arr. J. Bocook
Africa (recorded by Toto) - D. Paich & J. Porcaro
Pop and Rock Legends: The Association - arr. T. Ricketts
Thundercrest March - E. Osterling
Elaine Baker-D'Angelo is principal flutist with the South Shore Concert Band. She has performed with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and has served as principal flutist for the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra. Marion resident Wendy Rolfe is Professor of Flute at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and performs regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, and the Buzzards Bay Musicfest. A Needham native, Jill Krawiecki resides in Melrose and is a Registered Nurse with Partners HealthCare. She freelances in flute performance, most recently as a soloist for the annual Needham Women's Club Holiday House Tour, and performed with the Charles River Wind Ensemble under the direction of Eric Hewitt, and has been a member of the Marion Concert Band since 2000. Amy Richard is a graduate student at Rhode Island College pursuing a degree in Music Education. She performs with several ensembles at the college and is a student of Mary Ellen Kregler.
The concert, under the direction of Tobias Monte, will begin at 7:00 pm at the Robert Broomhead Bandstand, Island Wharf off Front Street in Marion. All concerts are free and open to the public. "Like" us on Facebook at "Marion Town Band" for up-to-date announcements and rain cancellation notices.

Sippican Historical Society
In late June, the Sippican Historical Society received a phone call from the Woburn Public Library that it was de-accessioning items from its collection. In 1901, a donor had given the library the shoe buckles of Major Earl Clapp from Rochester, who fought in the Revolutionary War. In 1776, Rochester included Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester and part of Wareham. The Woburn Public Library asked if the Sippican Historical Society would be interested in adding the buckles to its collection and SHS responded with an enthusiastic "yes."
The impressive pair of men's shoe buckles exhibits a series of overlapping circles with raised dots that form the brass decorative outline of each buckle. The circa-1776 buckles include an iron inner support for attaching to the shoe and one buckle has a leather fragment attached. Each buckle measures approximately 3 inches across.
Major Earl Clapp was born in 1741 and was also a soldier in the French and Indian War. He took a very prominent part in the affairs of "Old Rochester," where he lived, his name appearing on several committees appointed by the town during the time of the Revolution. His first services in the Revolutionary War were as Captain of a Company of Minute Men. Afterwards, he was appointed a Major in the Army and served through the war, bearing the character of a brave and energetic man. The Sippican Historical Society invites the public to visit its museum on Saturday mornings to view the buckles. The SHS museum is free and open to the public.

Marion Republican Town Committee
The Marion Republican Town Committee will conduct its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 2 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall, 164 Front Street, Marion. Please join us. The public and new members are welcome.

Animal Advocates Giant Yard Sale
Animal Advocates Giant Yard Sale to benefit homeless dogs and cats is on July 30 & 31, Saturday and Sunday, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at 153 Rockland Street, So. Dartmouth (off Dartmouth Street). On Sunday at 1:00 pm, everything is free.
This yard sale will feature a variety of treasures from furniture to jewelry, collectibles and art, household and toys, tools, old and new items and lots more at great prices.
If you wish to donate items, please call 508-991-7727, 774-888-9008 or email Animal Advocates, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable tax-deductible animal organization preventing pet overpopulation and the needless suffering of homeless animals.

NBSO Single Concert Tickets
The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will release individual concert tickets for sale beginning August 5. The 2016-2017 NBSO season promises to be an exciting one, with four classical concerts planned to showcase the music director finalists, as well as the annual Holiday Pops concerts and an exciting season finale featuring the music of John Williams. Learn more about the concert season by visiting or by calling the NBSO at 508-999-6276.
Single concert tickets will be sold through the Zeiterion Theatre box office and can be purchased in person at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, or by calling the box office at 508-994-2900, during box office hours: Tues-Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. Concert tickets may also be purchased online 24/7 through the NBSO website at Tickets are $25-$60 for classical performances and $15-$38 for the Holiday Pops concerts. Box office orders are subject to a $5 processing fee, and tickets purchased online or by phone are subject to a $3.50 per ticket convenience fee. Tickets for children and students under age 22 are always $10 and are available by calling or visiting the box office (not available online).
Discounted ticket prices through subscriptions to three or more concerts are still available for the 2016-2017 season. Receive 10-20% discounts plus no ticketing fees by calling the NBSO office at 508-999-6276. For information about group sale discounts, call the NBSO at 508-999-6276.
You deserve a symphony in your life - the New Bedford Symphony! The NBSO is a professional orchestra that annually presents a concert series of classical and pops music with prize-winning guest artists from around the world, as well as a chamber music series. In addition, the NBSO's innovative and nationally recognized educational programs reach 30,000 students each year. The NBSO is dedicated to building a community of music in the South Coast. Visit for more information.

Coastline Elderly Nutrition Program
Monday, August 1: Penne pasta, meat sauce, green beans, oatmeal roll, tropical fruit
Tuesday, August 2: Tossed salad with dressing, beef & broccoli, oriental rice, whole wheat roll, fortune cookie
Wednesday, August 3: Chicken la'orange, red bliss potatoes, Tuscan vegetables, multigrain bread, fresh orange, yogurt cup
Thursday, August 4: Meatloaf & gravy with portobello mushrooms, mashed potatoes, beets, marble rye bread, chocolate chip cookie, diet: graham wafer
Friday, August 5: Tuna noodle casserole, California blend, dinner roll, peaches

Summer Adult Wharf Dance
The Mattapoisett Track Club is sponsoring an adult dance on Holmes Wharf again this summer. Join your friends on Saturday, August 20 from 8:00 to 11:00 pm for an evening of the music you loved when you were a teen. Cost of admission is $10 and all proceeds go to benefit the summer track program. The Mattapoisett Track Club is registered 503c with an all-volunteer board.

A clambake will be hosted by The Knights at 57 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett on Sunday, August 28 at 1:30 pm. Tickets are $35 per person and can only be purchased in advance by calling Jim at 508-863-3496. Tickets will not be available at the door. The clambake menu is clams, fish, linguica, sausages, hot dogs, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, corn on the cob, brown bread and watermelon.

Super Duper Summer Fair
The Annual Super Duper Summer Fair of the First Congregational Church of Marion, 28 Main Street, happens on July 30 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The church grounds and street will be transformed into a festive Fairground complete with tents, a midway, sidewalk cafe, entertainment and a wide array of items for sale.
Exciting news! Two dinghies will be offered for sale at the Fair - an 8-foot Stur-Dee Boat Co. Harbormaster Dinghy and one other for a more modest budget. Get there early to check out these boats.
This is shaping up to be a great Fair for all ages. Find numerous estate items, furniture and merchant gift certificates at the Silent Auction Table. The White Elephant area overflows with attic treasures at bargain prices. Crafts, games, midway, bouncy house and dunk tank will entertain the children.
Search the Nautical and Sporting Goods Tables for summer fun items for sea and land. Find a wide selection of $1 books, including lots of young adult titles. Take home some delicious prepared foods and appetizers, along with yummy homemade baked goods and candy.
The plant area will have a wide assortment of houseplants, cut flowers, perennials, annuals and vegetables. Discover fresh picked local blueberries, gifts, jewelry, crafts and more.
Savor our famous lobster rolls and chicken salad wraps in the air-conditioned Chapel Cafe while musicians Truman Terrell and Bob Sanderson play. The Sidewalk Grill features pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs. Enjoy the Harpoon Harmonizers as they entertain throughout the fairgrounds.

Gateway Youth Hockey
The Gateway Youth Hockey program announces the offering of a new girl's developmental program for the upcoming 2016-17 season. The program will be offered to girls of all ages interested in learning the fundamentals of playing hockey in an exclusive environment of girls only. The program will be heavily focused on learning through November and will add scrimmages in addition to the practice schedule during the early months of 2017. The overall emphasis of the program is to offer a learning environment focused on girls only for all girls interested in learning how to play ice hockey. The fall session will run from 11:00 - 11:50 am for 12 weeks starting September 11 and ending November 27. The cost for the 12-week program will be $149. The cost includes 12 practice sessions and a player jersey to keep. To register, please send name, address, email, applicant's name and age, and a check to Gateway Youth Hockey, P.O. Box 742, Wareham, MA 02571.
The Gateway Youth Hockey program is announcing the schedule for the fall session of Learn to Skate/Play. The program is offered to all ages interested in learning to skate or learning the fundamentals of playing hockey. The fall session will run for eight weeks starting on September 16 at 6:00 pm at Tabor Academy and running concurrent Friday evenings from 6:00 - 7:00 pm to November 4. The cost for the eight-week program will be $99. The cost includes eight practice sessions and a player jersey to keep. To register, please send name, address, email, applicant's name and age, and a check to Gateway Youth Hockey, P.O. Box 742, Wareham, MA 02571.

Elizabeth Taber Library
Annual Book Sale: Our Annual book sale will take place at the Marion Music Hall on Friday, July 29 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm and Saturday, July 30 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm. Please come and support your local library. All funds raised from the book sale are spent on enhancing our programs and services. Gently-used book/CD/DVD donations will be collected at the library during our open hours. For more information on the book sale, please call the library at 508-748-1252.
Mystery Book Club: Please join us for our monthly mystery book discussion on Wednesday, August 3 at 11:00 am. We will be discussing Blue Heaven by C.J. Box. Please stop into the Elizabeth Taber Library today to register and reserve a copy of the monthly book.
Other upcoming meetings include: September - Crash and Burn by Lisa Gardner and October - 1st to Die by James Patterson.
Afternoon Book Club: Please join us for our monthly afternoon book discussion on Tuesday, August 16 at 2:00 pm. We will be discussing In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park. Please stop into the Elizabeth Taber Library today to register and reserve a copy of the monthly book.
Other upcoming meetings include: September - I Know Where I'm Going: Katharine Hepburn by Charlotte Chandler and October - The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Museum Passes: Looking for something fun to do with friends and family this summer? Then come to the Elizabeth Taber Library to check out any of our museum passes with your SAILS library card. We currently have discounted passes to the Heritage Museums and Gardens, Museum of Fine Arts, Mystic Aquarium, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Plimoth Plantation, Providence Children's Museum, Roger Williams Zoo and the Mass State Parks Pass. To reserve a pass or for more information, please call the library at 508-748-1252 or visit our website
Homebound Library Services: The Elizabeth Taber Library, in partnership with the Council on Aging, is pleased to offer homebound delivery services to those Marion residents unable to visit the library because of short- or long-term illness, as well as physical or visual disabilities. To be eligible for this program, you must be a Homebound Marion resident with a library card in good standing. To arrange to have library books or audio books delivered to your home, please call the Elizabeth Taber Library at 508-748-1252.
Free Online Resources: With your Marion library card, you now have access to a whole lot of fun and free information online. The Elizabeth Taber Library now subscribes to the following e-resources: Instantflix - access to thousands of streaming films and shorts from around the world; Universal Class - an online continuing education program with over 500 courses; Zinio Digital Magazines - access to 50 top magazines online; and A to Z World Travel - access to over 200 city travel guides online. For more information, please call the Elizabeth Taber Library at 508-748-1252.

Sippican Choral Society
The Sippican Choral Society is looking for quite a few new members to help us ring in the Christmas 2016 season. Rehearsals are starting soon, and we'd love to see you there.
We are a group of local singers who love to lend our voices to this large and inviting group. The rehearsals are a lot of fun and are certainly an educational experience, as our new director, Dr. Tianxu Zhou, leads us through the many ins and outs and nuances of the music he selects for our group. He is always very respectful of all of our members, and you will be very comfortable during the process and amazed at how he coaxes the best out of everyone. The end result is a completely well-rehearsed and balanced chorus accompanied flawlessly by not only our incredible rehearsal accompanist, Michelle Gordon, but also by the hand-picked orchestra members who fill out our sound, delighting every audience member.
The Sippican Choral Society is a volunteer organization and does not require auditioning; however, there is a select Chamber Chorus that requires an audition should you choose to participate.
Rehearsals start on Monday, September 12 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church Auditorium. Our Christmas 2016 concert will be presented on December 2 at St. Lawrence Church, New Bedford, and December 4 at Wickenden Chapel, Marion.
If you have any questions, please call Nancy Sparklin at 508-763-2327 and leave a message, or you can check out our website at

BWAA Annual Art Show
The Bourne Wareham Art Association will hold their 52nd Annual Art Show and Sale at Buzzards Bay Park in Bourne, located near the Railroad Bridge. The show will take place on Saturday, July 30 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Visit the show and meet local award-winning artists who will be exhibiting original fine art in all mediums as well as photography, jewelry and giclee prints. The BWAA collection of paintings featuring works by well- known artists will also be available at bargain prices. For more information, please contact Carole Raymond at
The Art Association, a nonprofit association, was organized in 1963 by a group of artists and art lovers in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary celebration of the opening of the Cape Cod Canal. The purpose of the group is to promote the appreciation of fine arts in the Canal area. The Association has held an art show every year since 1963 to benefit annual BWAA art achievement awards for local students planning to pursue a career in art.
One of the BWAA founders was Clayton Fuller of Wareham. Clayton, an artist and sculptor, created the bronze statue of AQUENE, a Native American maiden, on the bluff at Onset. He served as treasurer of the Bourne Wareham Art Association for many years. To honor Mr. Fuller, each year the art group presents a special Clayton Fuller, Best in Show Award.

Danny's Motorcycle Run & Pig Roast
Danny's Run is being held in loving memory of Danny Perry (March 2, 1929 - March 22, 1995) on Sunday, July 31.
Registration is $20 and starts at 10:30 am at the Seaport Inn and Marina (10 Middle Street, Fairhaven); the ride begins at 12:00 pm. Call Jacqueline at 508-287-8779 with any questions.
Danny was a beloved member of the New Bedford community, and his memory lives on in the lives of those he touched. Danny's daughter, Jacqueline Tome, and the Perry family are raising funds for A.L.S. patients and their families going through the same battle they faced in hopes of making the journey a little easier than the one they had.
Enjoy an authentic Pig Roast while you listen to live music provided by "Acoustic Dynamite" and "The Kulprits." Bid on numerous items at the Chinese Auction table and try your luck on the 50/50 raffle.
Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the A.L.S. Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. a nonprofit dedicated to raising and distributing funds for research and patient services for those suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (A.L.S.) commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
For more information, please visit,/ email or call 508-759-9696.

Mariner Youth Soccer Fall Program
The Mariner Youth Soccer Fall Program is now open for registration. The program runs on Saturdays from September 10 - November 5 at the Mariner Youth Soccer Fields located in Fairhaven. Programs are offered to children ages 4-14. There is no residency requirement.
Come join Mariner Youth Soccer this fall! Register now to reserve your spot: or contact

MHS Walking Tours
Walking Tours of historic Mattapoisett Village start at the Mattapoisett Historical Society at 5 Church Street at 2:00 pm on July 30 and August 13. Learn from Seth Mendell about historic buildings, the electric rail, the saltworks on Goodspeed's Island, the Charles King Mansion at the mouth of the river, and "The Dude Special." Visualize the building of whale ships in the park and how the British attempted to burn the shipyards during the War or 1812. The duration of the walk is approximately one hour and a quarter. Members are free; non-members $5. For more information, please call 508-758-2844 or email

The Great Community Picnic
The Mattapoisett Historical Society and the Mattapoisett Land Trust will host The Great Community Picnic at Munro Preserve, west of Shipyard Park, on Thursday, August 4 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.
All are invited to purchase tickets for this fundraiser and watch the sunset over the harbor with their own picnic fare. There will also be live music by Grace Morrison, Huxster and Glowbox. The Inn at Shipyard Park will provide hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, and there will be fresh local oysters from Mattapoisett's own Coot Cove.
Tickets must be purchased in advance and space is limited. Party goers purchase tickets for a table (including tablecloths and lighting) and bring a picnic, utensils, napkins and table decorations. Tickets for tables for eight people are $160, six for $120 and four for $80.
Tickets are available at Town Wharf General Store, 10 Water Street, and The Mattapoisett Historical Society, 5 Church Street or by or calling 508-758-2844.
Space will be limited. Tickets are required for entry and must be purchased in advance. More information is available at or

Rochester Country Fair Pig Roast BBQ
The Rochester Country Fair is happy to announce the addition of a Pig Roast BBQ to this summer's Rochester Country Fair.
The 17th Annual Rochester Country Fair is scheduled to take place Thursday, August 18 through Sunday, August 21 at 65 Pine Street. The four-day event provides old-fashioned and agricultural minded entertainment for both the young and young at heart. So why not enjoy a Pig Roast BBQ, too?
Tazz's BBQ & Pig Roast will be preparing a BBQ Pork Shoulder Dinner which will be served at 6:00 pm on Saturday, August 20. The dinner will also include BBQ baked beans, potato salad and applesauce. Beverages will be available for purchase at the Fair.
Tickets must be purchased in advance for $25 each. Ticket includes admission to the Fair on Saturday. You may purchase your tickets at the Ponderosa (located at 242 Robinson Rd, Acushnet), or by contacting any of the Fair Committee directly via Facebook or
Additional fair information can be obtained by visiting our website

Town of Marion Water Restriction
The following mandatory water restriction will be in effect from June 15 through September 15. The use of any outside watering is prohibited except between the hours of 6:00 am and 8:00 am, and between the hours of 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for even street-numbered homes, and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for odd-street numbered homes. Residents may wash vehicles and water plants on Sundays by means of a hand-held hose between the hours of 6:00 am and 12:00 noon.
This restriction will be strictly enforced. Any person violating this State of Water Supply Conservation Bylaw shall be liable to the Town in the amount of $50 for the first violation and $100 for each subsequent violation. If you have any questions, please contact the Marion DPW at 508-748-3540.

Annual Marion Town Party
The Annual Marion Town Party will be held on Saturday, August 27 (rain date is Sunday, August 28) on the grounds of the Marion Town House, 2 Spring Street. Festivities begin at 4:00 pm.
Proceeds will be distributed between the Marion Firefighters Association and Marion Recreation to benefit local community needs.
Free inflatable fun for the kids, a free rock-climbing wall, music and dancing, plus a huge bonfire! A great night of fun for the entire family! There will be food and beverages for sale.
Once again organizers are seeking corporate sponsors. We will have different levels of sponsorship. Also, we will be selling advertising space in the Town Party booklet. This is a great opportunity for local businesses to get the word out and advertise their businesses.
Donations from the community are needed to help underwrite the event. Food, services, cash or any other in-kind donation would be greatly appreciated. All contributions are tax deductible.
For further information or to make a donation, please contact Chris Berg at 508-776-1615 or Donna Hemphill at 508-748-3560, email to, or you may send a check to Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion, Massachusetts, 02738. Thank you for your support.

Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
From Sakonnet Point in Little Compton to the village of Woods Hole, the Buzzards Bay region provides some of the best biking around. If you love to ride and want to protect clean water, then sign up for the 10th annual Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride on Sunday, October 2 by visiting
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 protect clean water.
To celebrate 10 years of the Watershed Ride, the Coalition is adding two new distances in addition to the traditional 75- and 35-miles routes. New this year, riders can sign up for a 100-mile 'century' route that lets you bike around the entirety of Buzzards Bay starting from the dramatic breakwater at Sakonnet Point, RI. Also new this year, a 10-mile Family Ride entirely on the Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth - an easy way to let the whole family get in on the fun of "biking for clean water." These new routes are in addition to the traditional 75-mile route starting in Westport or the 35-mile route that starts in Rochester. All the routes end with a party in Woods Hole.
Whether you're an avid cyclist or a more casual rider, you'll enjoy the Ride's gorgeous scenery through coastal villages, farmlands, working waterfront, and colorful cranberry bogs. Cyclists ages 12 and over are welcome to sign up. Many riders also form teams with their friends and families. Together, they put their cycling skills to work to raise thousands of dollars for Buzzards Bay. With a lunch stop, water and snack stations along the course, and on-the-road repair technicians available at call, all riders can feel safe and supported.
Each rider raises a minimum of $300, but many participants set loftier fundraising goals. All funds go directly to programs and projects that protect land and clean water around Buzzards Bay. Prizes go to the riders and teams that raise the most money as well as the winners in new categories including "Best Team Outfit" and "Most Riders."
To learn more about the Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride and sign up, visit

Rochester Road Race Returns
Runners and walkers of all abilities are invited to participate in the 10th annual Rochester Road Race sponsored by Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank. This 5K (3.1 mile) event will kick off on Saturday, August 13 at 9:00 am and is open to runners and walkers of all ages.
The race is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and net proceeds from entry fees are donated to "The Family Pantry - Damien's Place" in Wareham. In addition, participants and spectators are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, which will be collected prior to the race and donated to the food pantry. Damien's Place provides food to over 500 families in need each month. To date, the Rochester Road Race has raised over $26,000 for the Pantry and donated thousands of pounds of food.
After the cancellation of last year's race due to lack of sponsorship, the Rochester Road Race is excited to welcome Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank as their new sponsor. Their generous support, along with our many volunteers, allows runner registration fees to directly benefit the work of The Food Pantry - Damien's Place in feeding our neighbors in need.
Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers and top three males and females in each of eight age divisions. Refreshments and raffle prizes will be available for all participants. The first 250 registered participants also receive Road Race T-shirts.
Entry forms can be printed from or and participants can also register on-line at Runners and walkers can also sign up, and pick up numbers, on Friday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the First Congregational Church of Rochester as well as on Saturday morning from 8:00 to 8:45 am at Dexter Lane athletic fields in Rochester.
Before Wednesday, August 10, the entry fee for adult runners is $20, with a reduced entry fee of $15 for walkers, those 12 or under, and 70 or older. After August 10, registration is $25 per runner.
The race will start on Dexter Lane, continue down Mary's Pond Road to Walnut Plain, and turn left on Clapp Road. A water stop will be set up on Clapp Road at the halfway point. Runners will turn left onto Mendell Road, and then make another left onto Rounseville Road, finishing on the church green in the center of town.

MWC 75th Anniversary Tea Planning
As we prepare for our Mattapoisett Woman's Club's 75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary, our next Tea Planning Committee meeting will be August 9 at 10:00 am at the library meeting room. You are most cordially invited to attend. Members will discuss the centerpieces, decorations, displays and food selections at this meeting for the October 20th Tea. See you then. For more information, contact Elaine Botelho at 508-758-4909.

Property Tax Relief Grants
Applications are now available to help qualified Marion residents with their 2016-2017 property taxes through the Marion Community Fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (CFSEMA).
All applications must be received in the Community Foundation's offices by 3:00 pm on Monday, October 3, 2016, and applicants will be informed by mail by late December. Applications are available at the Town Hall in Marion, the Council on Aging, and the Community Foundation, 30 Cornell Street, New Bedford, MA 02740. They can also be downloaded at
The Marion Community Fund was established in 1999 by a private donor to provide qualified Marion homeowners with property tax relief. The Fund's goal is to preserve the town's diversity and character by providing property tax relief for Marion homeowners who are a key part of the town's makeup and who might be forced to leave Marion due to higher taxes. There are no age restrictions on this grant.
The Marion Community Fund hopes people of all ages who qualify will apply. If you are a Marion homeowner, have owned your home for at least one year, have earned income of less than $25,000 (single) or $37,500 (married), and have assets of $46,000 or less (single) or $63,000 or less (married), excluding your home, you may be eligible for tax relief. All payments will be made to the Town of Marion and credited toward the grant recipient's tax bill.
For assistance with the application, contact the Marion Council on Aging at 508-748-3570.

Rochester Country Fair Live Auction Fundraiser
Did you finish your spring cleaning in time for summer? The Fair Committee is currently looking for donated items to be auctioned at the Rochester Country Fair. We hope to have approximately 100 items to auction off, so your help in reaching this goal is greatly appreciated.
This Good Old Country Auction Fundraiser, sponsored by Camara's Auction, will take place at the Rochester Country Fair on Thursday, August 18 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm under the big tent provided by Chase Canopy Company.
You name it and we can sell it: antiques; farm implements; livestock; home goods; pies; furniture; tools; automotive parts & accessories; unique one-of-a-kind items; and odds & ends.
Contact us via email at, call Bev at 508-209-4365 or message us on Facebook if you would like to donate and help us reach our goal. Additional Fair information can be obtained on our website,

ETL Sunset Cruise
The Elizabeth Taber Library is holding its first ever Cape Cod Canal Sunset Cruise, taking off from Marion Town Wharf on Saturday, September 10 at 5:00 pm and returning at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $40 and include cruise, a DJ and light refreshments. There will be a cash bar on board the Capt. John's Boat cruiser that will fit up to 140 people. Tickets are now available at the Elizabeth Taber Library, 508-748-1252. This is a 21 and over cruise. Proceeds from the event go toward ETL programming, one of the last remaining private libraries in the state with the town providing roughly 70 percent of the library funding and the rest to come from fundraising.

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

Marion Planning Board Community Engagement
The Marion Planning Board announces a new regular item in its regular meeting agenda called "Community Engagement." Fifteen minutes will be set aside at the beginning of each regular meeting during which any Marion resident may bring questions, ideas, and/or concerns to discuss with the Planning Board - no advanced notice required. Topics related to the Master Plan, general planning, and zoning bylaws are welcome. The Planning Board hopes that this opportunity will enhance communication and discussion with our community. Our meetings are held on the first and third Mondays of the month at 7:00 pm in the Town House conference room. Additional information is available from the Planning Board Assistant, Terri Santos:

Marion COA to Offer Free Summer Exercise Class
Every Wednesday, the Marion Council on Aging will offer a free group exercise class from 10:30 to 11:30 am at the Marion Music Hall, Front Street.
The class - Strength and Conditioning with personal trainer Larry Bigos - is designed to strengthen your core and improve flexibility and posture. This program is for those seeking a relaxed, go-at-your-own-pace workout. Bring your own weights or use ours (limited). Open to anyone in the surrounding area over the age of 60 and made possible by a grant from the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Call 508-748-3570 for more information.

Old Rochester Farmers' Market
This year's Old Rochester Farmers' Market will run through October 18. The market is open every Tuesday from 3:00 - 6:00 pm, held outside the gymnasium of Old Rochester Regional Junior High School. The market has live entertainment on a weekly basis and will also have additional activities, such as face painting for kids as well as free yoga from 5:00 - 6:00 pm on every third Tuesday. This year's market will have a variety of items to choose from including fresh local produce, breads, cut flowers, herbs, fruits, sweets and pastries, yogurts, cheeses, pasture-raised pork, grass-fed beef, non-GMO local chicken, sweet and savory pies, honey, jams, fresh eggs, organic baby food, sauces, ethnic foods and artisan crafts. Don't miss out visiting our market. Accepting applications for new vendors; please email

2016 Stone Horse Builder's Cup
The Builder's Cup is a series of one-design races limited to the 23-foot Stone Horse built by Edey & Duff, formerly of Aucoot Cove, Mattapoisett. The 2016 races will be sailed in Buzzards Bay off of the New Bedford Yacht Club on Saturday, August 13.
Overnight moorings are available through New Bedford Yacht Club
For information or to RSVP, contact Tom Kenney at 508-984-1820,

Summer Training in Reading Disorders
From August 15-20, The Sally Borden Program at Friends Academy, 1088 Tucker Road, North Dartmouth, will offer training in the Orton-Gillingham Reading Approach, a program that teaches children and/or adults with dyslexia or reading disorders how to read. Orton-Gillingham offers systematic, structured, and multisensory reading instruction that is highly successful and geared to the specific reading needs of each child.
This 60-hour course prepares its participants for the Associate Level at the Orton-Gillingham Academy ( Dawn Nieman, a Fellow at the Academy, who has been approved and licensed by the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators to teach the Associates Level, will teach the course. She will provide this rigorous course during eight sessions this fall: August 15-20; and on October 15 and 16.
During this training, in addition to learning about dyslexia and reading disorders, participants will learn the following fundamental elements of the Orton-Gillingham approach: an introduction to phonology; handwriting instruction; basic phonics; morphology and words derived from Anglo-Saxon, Latin, and Greek; strategies for multi-sensory instruction; formal and informal testing and how to use that information for tutorials; Orton-Gillingham lesson planning; and writing and grammar skills.
Once participants have successfully completed this course, they may then begin working on a practicum by making arrangements with the instructor. This practicum will take place throughout the school year and prepare trainees to apply to the Academy of Orton-Gillingham at the Associate level.
For further information and sign-up, please call Friends Academy at 508-999-1356 ext. 1143 or visit the Friends Academy website at

Marion COA Announces New Office Hours
The Marion Council on Aging is pleased to announce that effective immediately their office hours will be extended. The COA office will now be open and staffed Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please call the COA at 508-748-3570 with any questions or for more information.

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

Seventh Annual Brad Barrows Bike Run
The seventh annual Brad Barrows bike run will be held on September 17. The event will start at 12:30 pm at The Stowaway Pub, 35 County Road, Mattapoisett. The rain date will be September 18. The ride raises money for Tri-Town youth sports, a cause that was near and dear to Brad's heart. Anyone interested in participating in the run should contact any of the people listed below.
Last September, the ride generated funds for the Old Rochester Regional Swim Team ($400), the Carl Collyer scholarship fund for the Mattapoisett Community Sailing Association ($400) and the Mattapoisett Y ($300). In addition, this year, we have $1400 available for coaches or parents to request financial help for individual athletes with league or school fees.
Requests can be directed to President Pete Collins, 30 Highland Street, Fairhaven MA 02719; Dick Barrett, 774-263-4596; Barry Barrows, 508-758- 2635; or Rory McFee, 508-954-0864. Checks will be made out to the league or the school. The funds will be distributed based on need, on a first come, first serve basis.

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

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

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

Back to the Mobile Home Page

Copyright Wanderer Com Inc.