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Letters to the Editor
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To the Editor:
On behalf of the Mattapoisett Police Officer's Association, I would like to thank all the participants, sponsors, and volunteers of this year's Mattapoisett Police Officer's Association Charity Golf Tournament held on Oct 6th at Allendale Country Club in Dartmouth. Without your support and contributions, this year's tournament wouldn't have been the huge success that it was. With the money raised, we will be able to pay for student scholarships, host concerts, host parades, and other community sponsored events. We will also be able to contribute these proceeds to a non-profit organization called Cops for Kids with Cancer. These funds will help assist families who are going through this traumatic ordeal.
We hope to continue to host this charity golf tournament as a way to keep giving back to the community. Thanks again for your support, and I hope to see you all next year!
Turner Ryan, Mattapoisett Police Officer's Association

To the Editor:
When an extraordinary event takes place, I feel impelled to share the news! Last week saw the culmination of a lot of planning and above and beyond effort by numerous individuals and organizations from town and beyond. This collaboration resulted in an exciting and successful out-of-the-classroom experience for Marion 5th and 6th grade students. They got to relocate and plant 10 native Atlantic White Cedar trees behind Sippican School, and will be taught a new hands-on science curriculum during the remainder of the year. Kids got to enjoy nature, get their hands dirty and have a great time, all the while learning about trees and about local and regional land trusts and how they work to conserve land.
Sippican School Teachers Heather Sullivan and Erin Mahoney should be commended for their hard work navigating the challenges imposed on their schedules to ultimately offer an exceptional outdoor experience for their students. They embraced the opportunity, and will be working hard with the kids to tend to the trees and record scientific data for the rest of the school year.
Yelena Sheynin, Head Steward of the Sippican Lands Trust, and Linton Harrington, Education Outreach Coordinator for The Trustees of Reservations, both deserve huge kudos for the event's success. The Trustees of Reservations generously donated the cedar trees from their tree nursery at Copicut Woods, and both individuals did extensive leg work to make sure the experience for the kids was informative, fun and ran smoothly.
A special thanks goes to the Sippican Historical Society for providing the funding that made transportation of the students on their field trip a possibility, as well as to Sherman Briggs Excavating who pre-dug and transplanted the cedars from Fall River to Marion free of charge.
For all of these reasons, I say this event is a cause to celebrate for the town of Marion! Collaboration yields such higher productivity on any task that is undertaken. It is especially meaningful when educators, non-profit representatives and even private business people work together for the common good, in this case local Marion students. Thanks to one and all and for reminding us why it is so good to live in a small town!
Robin Shields
Executive Director of the Sippican Lands Trust

St. Gabriel's Church Yard Sale
St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Marion will be holding a Yard Sale on Saturday, October 25 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. The sale takes place in the Parish Hall of St. Gabriel's Church, located at 124 Front St. in Marion. Items for sale include home and garden supplies, sports equipment, rugs, books, furniture and Christmas decorations. There will also be a bake sale at the same location, offering delicious fall treats! The sale is being sponsored by the Adult Choir of St. Gabriel's, and proceeds will benefit both the music program and St. Gabriel's outreach and relief efforts.

Free Movie: Last Tuesday of the Month
Belle (PG, 104 minutes) is being shown at the Mattapoisett Senior Center, Center School, 17 Barstow St., on Tuesday, October 28 at 12:00 noon. Sponsored by the Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging (formally known as the Friends of the Elderly), the movie is free.
Belle is a period piece based on the true story of a mixed-race woman raised in 18th century London by an aristocratic family. She becomes a wealthy heiress and a social outcast, an outspoken advocate of British abolitionism because of racial tension at the time. The film works as both an intimate character piece and as a broader glimpse into socio-economic conflicts regarding tolerance and perception.
You get two pizza slices for only $2 prepaid. Pay for your pizza at the Senior Center by Monday, October 27. Please call the Council on Aging at 508-758-4110 to reserve your seat; then we'll know how many chairs are needed.

BBAHFH 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Gala
Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity's (BBAHFH) 2nd Annual Gingerbread House Gala and Silent Auction will be December 4 from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Marion Music Hall on Front Street in Marion. Save the date!
Join Habitat for a night that will feature local choirs singing Christmas carols, as well as a selection of wine and artisanal beer, hors d'oeuvres, desserts and coffee. As you listen to the holiday music, you can provide further support to Habitat by bidding on the silent auction items. All proceeds to support families in need of housing in our community.
Tickets are a donation of $50 per person and are limited, so please reserve your tickets by December 1. Children under 18 years of age may come to the event for a $5 donation. Reserve tickets by email at, on our website at, or by calling 508-758-4517. Sponsors and auction items are still needed. Your support will help to make the event a success!
The event will also feature a Gingerbread House Contest. All houses will be auctioned off, with proceeds helping local families in need. Entry forms are available online or by calling 508-758-4517. Deadline for entry forms to be submitted is December 1. Prizes will be awarded by category.
For more information on the event or our next build, please feel free to visit our website at Thank you for your continued support!

Tip-Off Basketball Clinic
Old Rochester Regional will host a girls' Tip-Off Basketball Skills Clinic for grades 8-12. The three-day clinic - under the direction of ORR Coach Bob Hohne, Wareham Coach Dave Brogioli and Old Colony Coach Craig Lincoln - will focus on agility training and offensive skills. Guest clinicians will also take part in the instruction. The clinic will be held on November 14 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm, November 15 and 16 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. The number of participants will be limited. The cost of the clinic is $25. For more information, contact Bob Hohne at or 508-742-5231.

K of C Ladies Auxiliary Spaghetti Dinner
The Ladies Auxiliary will host a Spaghetti Dinner plus a 50/50 drawing and a silent auction on November 1 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 57 Fairhaven Rd. (Rt.6), Mattapoisett. Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased at the door that night or by calling 508-994-4929. Proceeds will benefit charitable events.

Tri-County Symphonic "South Coast Local"
The 53rd season of the Tri-County Symphonic Band, under the direction of Philip Sanborn, begins on October 26 with a salute to area composers and musicians entitled "South Coast Local." Alto saxophonist and Marion native Trevor Kellum will be the soloist as the symphonic band performs music from its own backyard. Three pieces were commissioned by the Tri-County Music Association and written especially for the band. Rochester, MA resident John Wallace has contributed two ("Colors of the Winds" and "Heroic Journey") and Marion, MA native Steve Wheeler has also written a piece ("The Wild Sketch") for the Tri-County Symphonic Band, a band he played with several years ago. Cape Cod resident Michael W. Donovan's "Experientiam, Sapiento, et Amicitia Pro Omnibus" was premiered last year by The Cape Cod Conservatory Concert Band and will be the opening piece for this concert. The incredibly gifted saxophonist Trevor Kellum will join the band in John William's masterwork from the film "Catch Me If You Can." Kellum, a Mattapoisett, MA native, will also play with a smaller ensemble, the Tri-County Symphonic "Little Big Band" if you will, on the jazz standard "Bernie's Tune." New Bedford, MA native David Maslanka's short symphony "Give Us This Day" will conclude the program. The concert will be held at the Fireman Performing Arts Center on the campus of Tabor Academy, 235 Front St., Marion, MA 02738 at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 26. Tickets are $15 (Students $5, Children 12 and under are free). Tickets may be purchased at The Bookstall in Marion and at the Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

Career Awareness Days & Open House
Come and take a look at all that Old Colony has to offer for students and their families. Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School will be presenting Career Awareness Days for Eighth Grade students residing in Acushnet, Carver, Freetown, Lakeville, Mattapoisett and Rochester during the school day on Tuesday, November 4, Wednesday, November 5, and Thursday, November 6. Students will receive a tour of the school, including all vocational/technical classrooms, refreshments, and meet with currently enrolled Old Colony students. Interested students should contact their guidance counselors for more information on attending Old Colony's Career Awareness Days.
Parents and families are invited to tour the school on Sunday morning, November 9, from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon. Vocational, academic and extra-curricular activities will be represented with displays and presentations throughout the building. Please come and see for yourself the many opportunities Old Colony has to offer. Students and families who plan to attend Sunday's presentation are asked to notify Old Colony's guidance office at 508-763-8011 x126 to reserve a spot.

American Flag Collection
Boy Scout Troup 53 Mattapoisett will be collecting old flags that are in a state of disrepair (i.e., frayed, torn etc.) They will be destroyed in accordance with Federal standards. Flags may be left at Briggs Insurance Company at 19 County Road or at the Mattapoisett Clipper Barber Shop at 19 Church Street. Flags will be collected until Veteran's Day.

Calling Local Artists and Crafters
The Mattapoisett Historical Society is looking for local Artists and Crafters to join our Arts and Crafts Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 6 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. If you are interested in helping us bring unique handmade gift-buying opportunities to Mattapoisett, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Elizabeth Hutchison at for more details and entry forms. We look forward to hearing from our truly talented community!

Home Alone and Babysitting Classes
Marion Recreation is once again hosting Home Alone and Babysitting Classes at the Atlantis Drive Facility. Students do not need to be Marion residents in order to take these classes.
Home Alone Class for boys and girls 9 to 11 years old will be held on Friday, November 7 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm. Pizza will be provided. The fee is $45 per student.
Babysitting Class for boys and girls 11 to 14 years old will be held Friday, November 7 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. Fee is $40 per student.
Deadline for registration is Friday, October 31. Registration forms are available at Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive and the Marion Town House. Forms may be downloaded and printed from
For more information, visit, contact Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or

Practical Nurse Program
Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School's Practical Nurse Program at 220 Sandwich Road in Bourne Massachusetts will be hosting information sessions on the following dates:
Monday, December 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm
Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10:00 am
Please join us in the "new" Nursing and Allied Health Education Center (The "LPN" Building) to learn about the UCT Practical Nurse Program:
- Receive detailed program information
- Have your questions about the program answered
- Complete an Application for Admission
- Register for the Entrance Exam (Test of Essential Academic Skills - TEAS)
- Enjoy light refreshments
It is not necessary to register. If you have any questions, please call Nancy Taddia at 508-759-7711 ext. 277 or visit our website at

OCRVTHS 5th Annual Craft/Vendor Fair
Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School has scheduled its fifth annual craft and vendor fair for Saturday, October 25 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the school, located at 476 North Avenue in Rochester. The fair will include more than 25 crafters and vendors who will offer such things as jewelry, baked goods, candles, decorations, sewn items and wooden crafts alongside vendors such as It Works, Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, Thirty-One, Tupperware, and more. There will also be raffles, face painting and food available for purchase.
In addition, for the little princesses, please come meet Queen Elsa from the movie Frozen from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Make sure to bring your cameras! All proceeds benefit the Class of 2015. Spots are still available. For more information, contact Heather Darcy at The fair coincides with the Homecoming Football game versus Holbrook at 2:00 pm.

5K Turkey Trot
The Fourth Annual Guard Oil 5K Turkey Trot hosted by Marion Recreation will be held on Sunday, November 23 at 10:15 am.
The start and finish line will be on Front Street at Tabor Academy.
100% of the proceeds benefit Marion Recreation programs.
Sponsors are needed. Several levels of sponsorship are available.
The first 300 runners that register before November 1 will receive a free T-shirt.
Registration forms are available at Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive and at the Marion Town House. Forms also may be downloaded and printed from Click "Turkey Trot" from the menu.
For more information, visit, call 774-217-8355 or email

Sippican Lands Trust Scholarship Opportunity
The Sippican Lands Trust is seeking applicants for its "Helen A. Arthur Scholarship." A monetary award of up to $1000 will be granted to a Marion high school senior who is graduating by June 2015, and preferably pursing an education in environmental studies or a related field. Students attending Bishop Stang, Old Rochester Regional, Old Colony and Tabor Academy are eligible. Please postmark a completed application by May 1, 2015 and mail to Sippican Lands Trust, Attn: Scholarship Committee, 354 Front Street Marion, MA 02738.
The scholarship is made available through the Sippican Lands Trust Scholarship Fund. This fund was created and named after Helen Adams Arthur (1940-2008). Helen was a beloved resident of Marion who had a deep interest in the preservation of the beautiful open spaces in town, reflecting the mission of the lands trust.
Those interested in applying should visit the Sippican Lands Trust website,, to download the application. Applications will also be available in each school's college placement office or contact Executive Director Robin Shields at 508-748-3080 or for more information.

O' Christmas Tree Christmas Fair
The First Congregational Church Women's Guild will be having a Christmas Fair, O' Christmas Tree, on Friday, November 14 from 4:00 - 7:00 pm and Saturday, November 15 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. The church is located at 11 Constitution Way, Rochester.
There will be many handmade items, a silent auction, baked goods, candy table and old to new items. Steamed hot dogs will be served on Friday night and chicken soup and delicious sandwiches on Saturday. Also, pictures can be taken with Santa on Friday night.

Gateway Youth Hockey
Mites: The Gateway Mites team played their best game of the season despite a 13-11 loss to Nantucket on Saturday. Nantucket took a quick 2-0 lead in the opening minutes, but the Mites battled back ending the first period with a 7-6 lead. The teams battled back and forth in an exciting second period, but Gateway could not hold on to the lead. Brayden Cannon led the team with four goals. Ben Hebbel, Thomas Clavell, and Patrick Tripp each had two goals and Bree Killion had two assists. Charlie Carroll played a very strong game, ending the night with a season high 49 saves. Gateway, as always, never gave up and played hard right down to the buzzer. The Mites are back in action next Saturday against Martha's Vineyard.
Squirts: Gateway Squirts played a tough game Saturday versus Lower Cape White. Despite Lower Cape's efforts, Gateway skated away with the 5-3 win. The team worked a great defensive game, keeping the puck moving zone to zone. They skated hard and showed great passing as well. Goalie Ryker King had some key saves, only allowing one point each period. New comer Tyler (Ty) Riberio showed he can really play a defensive game and fit well with all his teammates. Scorers included Matthew Quinlan with four, Nathan Riberio with one and an assist, and Joe Urnek with an assist. Next week it's the Squirts versus Lower Cape Black.
Bantams: Shutout goaltending from Zachary Pateakos and Steven Strachan allowed the Gateway Bantams to turn a subpar performance into a 2-0 victory over the Hanover Bantams. Hanover came into the match up averaging nearly five goals against per game. However, Gateway's careless puck possessions and lack of intensity provided Hanover with the opportunity for an upset. The game remained scoreless late into the second period when Josh Smolinsky found the back of the net with a puck off the sticks of Robert Ramsay and Jake DeMoranville. The third period saw plenty of end-to-end opportunities for both teams, highlighted by a two-man breakaway for Hanover that was snuffed out by Strachan with less than two minutes to play. Playing for the tie, Hanover pulled their goalie and added a sixth skater, only to find heartbreak in Zack Lovendale's empty netter in the closing seconds.
Middle School 1: The Middle School 1 team took on a tough FR Shaughnessy team on Friday, coming away with a 3-2 victory. The action was back and forth in the early stages, as the teams seemed to be evenly matched. The opponents struck first on a failed attempt to clear the zone; they took advantage and found an opening on a one timer right in front of the net. The Jr. Vikings countered less than a minute later, with Quirino doCanto finding Tyler Lovendale in the slot, who quickly deposited the puck in the back of the net. The two combined just thirty seconds later with help from Matthew Maloney as doCanto again found Lovendale out front, who then lifted a pretty backhand shot over the goalie's shoulder. The Jr. Vikings stepped it up on defense, not allowing their opponent to score again in the first, while adding another goal themselves. Vyper Latulippe scored his first goal of the season, assisted by Zack Lovendale and Kaleb Riggle. Both teams had a strong, defensive second period, with no goals scored. The Jr. Vikings continued to play tough defense in the third, allowing just one more goal and holding on late for the win. Alex DeMarco stepped it up in net after a couple tough outings, stopping all but two shots.
Middle School 2: It was a winning afternoon for Middle School 2 versus Mansfield. Middle School opened the game with a goal by Jack Martins followed by two more goals by Bryan Gallagher and Johnny Rodrigues to end the first period with a score of 3-0. With a great team effort and fantastic passing, the team continued to score with Makayla Lorance getting a goal and Gallagher earning a hat trick to end the second period 6-0. Jake Demoranville had an outstanding game in net with a near shut out, but with five seconds left in the game Mansfield managed to score, ending the game with a 6-1 win for the Jr. Vikings.

News Submission Policy
The Wanderer gladly accepts any and all news and press release items from local non-profit organizations for publication on a weekly basis. The deadline for submission of news items is Monday at 12:00 noon for publication in that week's edition. Due to the increasing number of submissions, however, publication of press material is never guaranteed. The Wanderer will make every effort to publish timely news items and announcements as the subject warrants and as often as spacing allows. All press material must be submitted in writing via fax (508-758-4845), e-mail (, or mail (The Wanderer, P.O. Box 102, Mattapoisett, MA 02739), and must be typed or word-processed. We cannot accept any handwritten material or news items via telephone, no matter how brief.
Photographs of area events and newsmakers are also accepted and encouraged. The Wanderer accepts well-lit and clearly-defined color or black and white photographs for publication, provided they include a brief summary of the event or subject. Due to processing and/or cropping requirements, we cannot return photographs. Please make sure you retain your negatives or have a copy made before submitting photographs for publication. 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 and/or negatives before 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

Salty's Silvery Moon Soiree
Salty the Seahorse and the Mattapoisett Land Trust once again wish to invite children of all ages to join us for what has become a fall tradition of fun in the firelight on Saturday, October 25, from 5:30 until 8:00 pm at Dunseith Gardens (Route 6 at North Street). The Land Trust will provide the cooking fires, with hay-bale seating, and the ingredients for "s'mores" as well as cider as a healthy thirst-quencher. Entertainment will include music and storytelling by Andrea Lovett. Entrance to the property will be illuminated by luminaria created by the students at Center School.
All are welcome. Guests need to park off-site, so please bring a flashlight to help you return to your car and for safety on the grounds.
For more information, you can contact the Land Trust by email at or call 774-377-9191 and leave a message.

Rochester Historical Museum Open Sundays
The Rochester Historical Society Museum at 355 County Road will be open on Sundays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm through October 26. The new display, titled Rochester Remembered, is an interesting visit into life in an earlier Rochester. The Gift Shop will be open featuring new town seal sweatshirts, handmade curio boxes, T-shirts, hats and various Rochester books. While the supply lasts, visitors will receive a free copy of "Rochester Remember, People, Places and Things."

Halloween Drop-in Crafts and Activities
Elizabeth Taber Library invites you to celebrate Halloween with drop-in crafts and activities the week of October 24 through October 31. Create Halloween masks, Jack-o-lantern puppets, and spooky goblins and witches and more!

Alexander Hamilton and the Art of Democratic Politics
The public is invited to the Marion Music Hall on Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 pm for a special lecture, Alexander Hamilton and the Art of Democratic Politics, with featured speaker David M. Prentiss. Co-sponsored by the Sippican Historical Society and Elizabeth Taber Library, the lecture will explore some of the fundamental challenges of democratic politics. What does it take to master the rough and tumble world of democratic politics and lead a nation through great difficulties and controversies? Is it possible to combine a vision of the country's common good with the hardball politics necessary to make it happen? As Mr. Prentiss will explain, the person who can help us answer these questions today is Alexander Hamilton, George Washington's first Secretary of the Treasury and key political advisor. It was Hamilton's policy initiatives and political strategy that successfully guided the Washington administration through the host of economic and foreign relations crisis that the young nation faced. Hamilton's deep understanding of democratic politics, along with his political savvy, analytical mind, and personal character, offer us lessons that apply to the challenges we face today with our own democratic politics.
David Prentiss teaches political science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and is President and CEO of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. His lecture will be presented free of charge, with no reservations required. The Marion Music Hall is located at 164 Front Street, and ample parking is available across the street at Island Wharf. For more information, contact the SHS at 508-748-1116.

MAC to Present Farce "Drinking Habits"
Under the direction of Dr. Rex T. McGraw, the Marion Art Center Players will present "Drinking Habits" a laugh out loud farce in two acts by Tom Smith on November 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 pm and a matinee at 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 9.
Accusations, mistaken identities, and romances run wild in this traditional farce. Two nuns, Sister Augusta and Sister Philamena (played by Kim Teves and Linda Landry) at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing have been secretly making wine to keep the convent's doors open, unbeknownst to Mother Superior (played by Suzie Kokkins). But Paul and Sally (played by Suzy and Gary Taylor), reporters and former fiancees, are hot on their trail. They go undercover as a nun and priest, but their presence, combined with the addition of a new nun, Sister Mary Catherine (played by Michele Letourneau), spurs paranoia throughout the convent that spies have been sent from Rome to shut them down. Coupled with an august priest, Father Chenille (played by Prescott Crocker) and the trusty grounds keeper of the convent (played by Mark Letourneau), wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves. Hilarity ensues!
Laughter and wine! What better excuse to get a group of four together and reserve a cabaret table!
Tickets are $12.50 for MAC members and $15 for general admission. Guests are invited to bring their own refreshments. Cabaret tables are available for reserved parties of four or more.
Don't miss this show! Reservations are highly recommended: 508-748-1266 or email
Just call 508-748-1266 and leave a message with your name, phone number, the number of tickets needed and the date you are coming or email at
In the subject line of the email please type "Drinking Habits." In the body of the email, please include your full name, your telephone number for confirmation, the date you will be attending and how many tickets you need. We will send a confirmation email.
Marion Art Center is located at 80 Pleasant Street in Marion, MA 02738.

Machacam Club
The Machacam Club will hold its November meeting on November 5 at the Legion Hall, 3 Depot Street. Social time is 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:00 pm.
Our special guest will be Rick Charon, owner of Charon Associates, Inc. founded in 1979. His company specialized in typical engineering for the residential market. With the advent of Hurricane Bob, Rick - like other engineers - saw the need for a coastal flood plain and high wind expertise. For the past 20+ years, he also promoted the use of "green" septic systems to mitigate the effects of coastal development. Two years ago, he joined forces with Blue Wave Capital to assist with the myriad of obstacles (hearings and permitting, etc.) they faced in their desire to establish solar arrays, a natural extension of Rick's efforts with environmentally-friendly work in which he was already involved. Their latest project is the array on Tinkham Hill Road here in Mattapoisett. Rick will present a PowerPoint presentation on his projects.
Callers and members are asked to bear in mind the importance of call list accuracy, especially in view of the food cost increases. Caller lists should be done and reported no later than 9:00 pm on October 27 by email to or by phone to Mike at 508-758-9311. Members with requests or changes can contact either no later than 9:00 am November 1.

Operation Shoebox
This time every year, Operation Shoebox collects, assembles, and packages all kinds of travel-size items for distribution to our military members both here and abroad.
To show appreciation to our service men and women for their continued efforts on our behalf, the Mattapoisett Lions Club is supporting this project with collection boxes placed at the following Mattapoisett locations:
- Mattapoisett Chiropractic Center at 109 Fairhaven Road
- First Citizens Federal Credit Union at 2 Fairhaven Road
- Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Barstow St.
- Panino's (outside) at the Ropewalk on Route 6 in Mattapoisett
Items needed are numerous and include, but are not limited to, all sorts of travel sundries like tooth paste, tooth brushes, Q-Tips, disposable razors, shaving cream, deodorant, lip balm, shampoo, sanitizing lotion, chap sticks, etc. Other travel size items like AA batteries, paperbacks, chewing gum, duct tape, DVDs, playing cards, pencils, single-serve munchies, sunscreen, etc. will be well received and much appreciated.
If you know of someone in the service, a family member, friend or neighbor, please email their address to PDG Joe Rizzo at for placement on our list to receive a care package.
Please consider donating items for Operation Shoebox. Collection boxes will be in place until October 31.

SouthCoast Toastmaster's Club
The SouthCoast Toastmaster's Club, a public speaking, communications and leadership organization meets the first and third Thursday of each month from noon to 1:00 pm at the Marion Recreation Center at 13 Atlantis Avenue in Marion. The building is located near the Sippican Healthcare campus and Marconi Village.
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

Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Program
Applications for the Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Program are now available. This program allows Mattapoisett seniors, older than 60, to perform services for the Town in exchange for a maximum $750 reduction on the taxes for Mattapoisett property that they own and occupy.
Applications are available online at the city's website,, under the "COA" on the left section under "News." Hard copy applications may also be picked up in person at the Council on Aging. The application will contain a summary of the eligibility requirements for program participation and will be accompanied by an information package. All applications must be turned in to the Council on Aging office by 3:00 pm on Friday, October 24 (please note the extended date). Anyone with questions may call Jacqueline Coucci, Council on Aging Director, at 508-758-4110.

Rochester Women's Club
The Rochester Women's Club is excited to announce that we are sponsoring a Pumpkin carving/decorating contest as part of the Halloween Celebration to be held at Plumb Corner Mall on Saturday, October 25 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Please bring your own decorated pumpkin and join in the fun!!
Women's Club members will be in attendance to judge the contest. There will be many prizes for different age groups and styles.
Plumb Corner Mall is located at 565 Rounseville Road in Rochester.

October Programs at Plumb Library
Cafe Parlez' selection for October is When She Woke by Hillary Jordan. Hannah Payne's life has been devoted to church and family. But after she's convicted of murder, she awakens in a new body to a nightmarish new life. Her skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of her crime, and her life is broadcast as a sinister form of entertainment. Hannah is a Red for murder, and the victim was her unborn child. Hannah is determined to protect the identity of the father, a public figure with whom she shared a fierce and forbidden love. We will discuss this powerful reimagining of The Scarlet Letter on Thursday, October 30 at 6:30 pm. Books are available at the desk, or bring your own copy. At this book group, we will celebrate National Book Group Month and the 10th anniversary of Cafe Parlez.
For their October book, "Just the Facts," the nonfiction book discussion group, will be reading The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea, by Sebastian Junger. It was October, 1991. The "perfect storm," a storm that may happen only once in a century - a nor'easter created by so rare a combination of factors that it could not possibly have been worse - was churning up the coast. Creating waves ten stories high and winds of 120 miles per hour, the storm whipped the sea to inconceivable levels few people have ever witnessed. Few, that is, except the six-man crew of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing boat tragically headed towards its center. The Boston Globe said, "Riveting ... The natural upheaval holds center stage and acts as a character, but the story converges on the human beings..." We will discuss this book on Thursday, October 23 at 6:30 pm. Copies are available at the desk.
Did You Know...That you can now register for library programs online through our Event Calendar? It's easy to do. When looking at the calendar, look for the REGISTER box under your event. Click on it and follow the instructions. You will receive an email confirmation of your registration.
Mr. Charles Tate is available for computer help on Wednesday mornings from 10:00 - 11:30 am. You can contact the library to let Mr. Tate know what you would like help with or just drop by. Bring your own laptop or other device, or use the library computers.

Marion Council on Aging
On October 27, a trip is planned to Patriot Place to visit Trader Joe's and the Christmas Tree Shop. The van will be leaving at 10:00 am. Call early to reserve a spot on the van: 508-748-3570.

Christmas Care Packages For The Troops
The Mattapoisett Veterans Service Office, in conjunction with Cape Cod Cares for Our Troops, will be organizing "Christmas Care Packages" for the soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. Donating an item is an excellent way to let our men and women in uniform know that we care about them and that we haven't forgotten about the sacrifices they are making on our nation's behalf. If you would like to donate, please drop off your items in the boxes located at Mattapoisett, Rochester and Marion Town Halls by Wednesday, November 12. Any questions, contact the Veterans Office at 508-758-4100, ext. 212

It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play
The Old Rochester Regional High School Drama Club is very proud to present "It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play" This production, written by Joe Landry and based on Frank Capra's classic film, stars Holly Frink (Jr), Ian MacLellan (Sr), Kyle Costa (Jr), Will Lynch (Jr), Patrick McGraw (Sr), Evan Roznoy (Jr), Sara Achorn (So), Michael Amato (Sr), Rikard Bodin (Jr), Brittan Brezeznski (Sr), Emily Faulkner (Jr), Evan Gillis (Sr), Levi Hartley (Sr), along with a supporting cast of eighty-one.
This beloved, family holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live, 1940s radio broadcast. The 94-member ensemble brings a few dozen characters to the stage to reveal the story of George Bailey as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
This production, with costumes by Helen Blake and directed by Paul Sardinha, will be sure to entertain!
Presented in the Gilbert D. Bristol Auditorium of Old Rochester Regional High School, under the auspices of the David S. Hagen Performing Arts Series, "It's A Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play," will be performed Thursday, November 20 through Saturday, November 22 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 23 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for adults, and are available at The Pen & Pendulum in Mattapoisett, The Marion General Store in Marion, and Plumb Corner Market in Rochester. Tickets may also be available at the door. ORR is located on Route 6 in Mattapoisett.
For information and ticket reservations, please call 508-951-5302; they may also be purchased at the door.

2014 Hunting Seasons Are Here!
Hunting seasons in Mattapoisett open on or around October 18 and continue through the end of the year. Detailed information on specific seasons can be found at Mattapoisett is in Zone 11.
Mattapoisett Land Trust properties are open to lawful hunting, in accordance with state regulations. Please be aware of and respect hunters who are legally using the land, as no one form of outdoor recreation is exclusive of others. Dress for safety, using hats and/or vests of "Blaze Orange" to improve your visibility. And remember, hunters are generally less active during the middle part of the day, and no hunting is allowed on Sundays.
This year, MLT will post Seasonal Notices at the entrances to our maintained trails at the Walega-Livingstone Preserve on Mattapoisett Neck, and at the Old Aucoot District Preserves in eastern Mattapoisett. We welcome hunters to use these and other Land Trust properties, but remind them that all hunting stands must be removed at the end of the season. We hope hunters and non-hunters alike will enjoy the autumn woods, fields and marshes of your MLT properties!

Church Rummage Sale
The First Congregational Church of Marion Rummage Sale will be on Saturday, October 25 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Community Center, 144 Front Street (rear of parking lot) in Marion.
Find lots of treasures - small furniture, lamps, paintings, household and kitchen items, glassware, linens, jewelry and more! Come discover useful and fun things for you and your home.

Hockey Unlimited Prepares for 50th Season
Hockey Unlimited, an organization founded nearly 50 years ago and committed to teaching the fundamentals of ice hockey to local youths ranging in age from 9 to 14 years, plans to begin its 50th season at Travis Roy Rink, inside Tabor Academy's Fish Center for Health & Athletics.
This year's program will consist of approximately 16 weekly sessions. The registration fee is $360 for the entire season, payable to Hockey Unlimited in advance. The money covers ice rental expenses and all other operating costs.
Each participant should complete a registration form and return it with a check made payable to Hockey Unlimited. Please mail to: Hockey Unlimited, c/o Dyer Capital Management, P.O. Box 388, Marion, MA 02738.
Sessions are expected to be held primarily on Saturday mornings, as well as other selected school vacation days. The program runs approximately from early November through February 2015. A complete schedule with exact dates and times will be available upon registration. Because of program limitations, registration is on a "first come, first served" basis.
Each player must be equipped with a stick, kneepads, hockey gloves, elbow pads, helmet and face guard. Some type of tooth protection and hockey pants are also strongly recommended.
For more information, call Managing Director and Head Coach Tim Dyer at 508-748-3030 (office), 508-951-8361 (cell) or email at

Marion Rochester Health District Flu Clinics
The Marion Rochester Health District, the Marion Board of Health, and the Rochester Board of Health, are pleased to announce seasonal flu clinics for the residents of Marion and Rochester. The flu vaccine will be available as nasal mist for residents between the ages of 2 and 49 years of age and is also available in the injectable form for all residents over the age of six months. A limited supply of pneumonia vaccine will also be available to interested residents.
Those attending the flu clinics are reminded to wear a short sleeve shirt and to bring all insurance and Medicare cards. Vaccinations will be given to all regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.
Transportation to the clinics can be arranged with the Council on Aging in each town.
Clinics will be held on these dates, times and locations:
Monday, October 27, 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Marion Town House
Tuesday, October 28, 4:00 - 7:00 pm at Marion Town House
Wednesday, November 19, 4:00 - 7:00 pm at Marion Town House
Throughout the flu season, clinics will be held on Mondays from 1:00 - 3:00 pm in the Marion Town House and on Fridays from 10:00 - 11:00 am in Rochester Town Hall Annex.
For information, call the Marion Board of Health at 508-748-3530 or the Rochester Board of Health at 508-763-5421.

Blue Book Telephone Directory
Did you know ... The white pages of the popular Blue Book telephone directory are available online? The updated listings for residences and businesses in the three towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester can be found at All additions and changes received since the 2013-14 edition was printed have been entered into these listings and this database will become the basis of the next print edition to be published in the spring of 2015.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to check their listings in this online resource and send any additions, deletions, or corrections by email to or by postal mail to LWV-MMR, P.O. Box 812, Marion, MA 02738.
The Blue Book is a community service of the League of Women Voters of Marion, Mattapoisett, and Rochester, and is mailed free of charge to all postal patrons every other year.

MNHM After-school Programs
October 29: Looking at leaves. We will explore the ways that trees and other vegetation prepare for the winter months. We will also be collecting some examples of the vibrantly colored leaves of fall to press in our individual plant presses to take home.
Please go to to register for any of these programs.

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.

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

Best Seat in the House? Every Seat!
The Music Hall Advisory Committee is pleased to announce two very significant donations - an audio system donated by an anonymous donor, as well as 150 comfortable, new chairs from a dual donation by an anonymous donor and the Sippican Historical Society. The Committee is deeply grateful for these wonderful contributions that will greatly enhance the comfort and enjoyment of audiences for the many civic and cultural activities held at the Music Hall.
For information on various programs held at the Music Hall by organizations such as the Sippican Historical Society, Elizabeth Taber Library and Marion Council on Aging, as well as other local venues, you can now consult the Town of Marion's Events calendar at
Increased use of the Music Hall has led to more awareness of the maintenance issues it faces, and the Committee is very pleased to be working actively with the town's new Facilities Manager, Shaun Cormier, to ensure the long-term 'health' of this historic building. We look forward to honoring the vision of Elizabeth Taber when she built the Music Hall in 1891, as well as the generosity of another benefactress whose large donation in 1995 provided funds for a major renovation to the building as well as an endowment.
The focus now is on stabilizing the Hall's foundation, increasing handicap access, upgrading the kitchen, replacing the furnace, redoing the interior painting and floors, as well as furnishing the Reading Room. Excellent assistance from many local volunteers has proved invaluable, and the Committee welcomes any and all suggestions as the project moves forward.
Anyone who wishes to be involved in the Music Hall's improvement initiative is encouraged to contact Phyllis Washburn at

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

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