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To the Editor:
Tabor Academy is taking active steps to conform to and support the Town of Marion's recent water ban. Our faculty and students have been notified about the restriction and will join with our Marion neighbors to refrain from non-essential water use during the restriction, and also to limit even essential uses. Townspeople may observe our grass fields and some other central areas being watered by our sprinkler system. We want residents to know that these sprinkler systems, as well as our watering truck for potted plants and flower beds, are always fed by our irrigation pond and do not draw from the Town's water supply. With precipitation levels extremely low, we intend to use all water resources responsibly and sparingly. Tabor remains committed to conserving all resources, and to partnering with the Town wherever possible to ensure that our community's shared resources are cared for in sustainable and healthy ways.
John Quirk, Head of School, Tabor Academy

To the Editor:
On behalf of many of the senior citizens in Mattapoisett and the Friends of the Elderly, I want to thank them and Oxford Creamery for the wonderful "indoor cookout" that was held at the Mattapoisett Knights of Columbus last Thursday.
It is so wonderful to have so many kind people looking out for us senior citizens.
I think it really is appreciated the most by the seniors that have no way of accessing a cookout.
Again, it was wonderful. I had a great time, and I thank you all for your hard work!
Ilona G. Langhoff, Mattapoisett

Academic Achievements
Hunter Patrick of Marion was among 65 other cadets in Romeo Company at The Citadel that were recognized for their outstanding academic achievements and peer leadership during the 2015-16 school year earning the 2016 Pearlstine Award. The Milton A. Pearlstine Award is presented annually by The Citadel Alumni Association in honor of Milton A. Pearlstine, Citadel Class of 1919 and past president of the CAA, to the cadet company achieving the highest freshman class grade point ratio for the previous school year.
The following Tri-Town residents have graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston:
- Lucas Ahern Grey of Marion
- Jason S. Roose of Rochester
- Maxwell G. Sherman of Rochester

Free Mahjong Lessons
A Marion Council on Aging volunteer will offer free Mahjong lessons on Friday, September 23 beginning at 11:00 am in the Great Room at Tabor Academy, 188 Front Street, Marion. Participants are asked to register in advance by calling 508-748-3570. If you have a Mahjong set, please feel free to bring it with you.

Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Program
Applications for the Mattapoisett Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Program are available as of September 22. This program allows Mattapoisett seniors, older than 60, to perform services for the town in exchange for a maximum of $750 reduction on the taxes for Mattapoisett property that they own and occupy. Anyone interested must complete an application, even if you have served in the past.
Applications are available online at the Town's website,, under the "COA" under "FY17 Work-Off Package". Hard copy applications may also be picked up in person at the Council on Aging, 17 Barstow Street. The application contains a summary of the eligibility requirements for program participation. There is also a detailed information package, which outlines the program, earnings, tax responsibilities, and other pertinent information.
All applications must be turned in to the Council on Aging office by 3:00 pm on Friday, October 22. Anyone with questions may call Jacqueline Coucci, Council on Aging Director, at 508-758-4110.

Mattapoisett Historical Society's Annual Meeting
Please join us for the Mattapoisett Historical Society's Annual Meeting on Sunday, September 25 at 2:00 pm at 5 Church Street, Mattapoisett. After we attend to business including some important strategic thinking, Seth Mendell, President Emeritus, will share some tales about fires in Mattapoisett. If you have questions, please call 508-758-2844, email or check our website:

Autumn Story Times at the Elizabeth Taber Library
Autumn Story Time, for children between the ages of 3 and 5, begins October 3 in the Children's Room at the Elizabeth Taber Library. Children are invited to enjoy stories, finger plays and crafts on Monday mornings at 10:30 am. Autumn Story Time continues through November 28. Sign-up is required.
Lapsit Time is a nine-week series exploring language and literature through rhythm and rhyme, finger plays and action games, and very simple stories and books for very young children (birth through 23 months) accompanied by their enthusiastic adult companions (one child per lap, please!). It is never too soon to share the wonderful world of literature with children. Each program will last about 20 minutes, with time for parents and children to enjoy one another's company and the library's resources afterwards. The series will be held Tuesday mornings at 10:30 am from October 4 through November 29. Sign-up is required.
Tales for Twos, a nine-week series of story times for children between the ages of 24 and 39 months, begins October 5 and runs through November 30. The half-hour session of stories, finger plays and crafts will take place on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am. Children must be 2 years old by October 1, 2016 to attend and must be accompanied by enthusiastic adult companions. Pre-registration is required.
For more information or to sign up for story times, please stop by the library or call 508-748-1252. The library is located at 8 Spring Street in Marion. Information about library programs is also available on the library's website at

Growing Garlic Workshop
The Elizabeth Taber Library will hold a Growing Garlic Workshop on Tuesday, September 27 at 4:00 pm. Interest in growing garlic has been on the rise for several years. If it is something you've wanted to try, this is your chance to pick up some tips from local resident and grower Kristi Marshall. Kristi will introduce several different varieties of garlic that she grows and provide instructions for planting, growing, harvesting and storing garlic. Garlic is planted during the fall in northern climates. Limited seed stock will be available for purchase for those who are ready to get started this season. Registration is required for this program. To register, please stop by or call the Elizabeth Taber Library at 508-748-1252.

2nd Annual Octopurr Fest Open House
It's All About the Animals is hosting a fun-filled afternoon for pet lovers of all ages on October 2 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the shelter grounds located at 103 Marion Road, Rochester.
"Autumn is a beautiful time of year on the South Coast and offers the 'purrfect' opportunity for shelter friends both old and new to visit the facility and meet our feline residents," says Pam Robinson, shelter founder. "You just might leave with four paws wrapped around your heart."
This free, family event will feature a large array of gift baskets and raffle items to win, and nearly 20 local vendors with crafts, gourmet pet treats, gifts and services for pets, their human friends, and their homes.
Dozens of beautiful kitty cats, hoping to be adopted into a loving forever home, will serve as goodwill ambassadors and happily greet guests.
Animal control officers and representatives of local shelters will be available to share information about adoptions and answer questions.
"Please come dressed as your favorite character," Robinson continues, adding that the celebration will also include a children's costume contest and a pumpkin decorating competition. Guests can bring their own pumpkin or purchase one at the event.
Only friendly, leashed pets are allowed at this event. For more information, e-mail or call 508-763-2035.

Mattapoisett Free Public Library Program
Learn about Community Archaeology in Southeastern Massachusetts at the Mattapoisett Library. All ages are welcome.
October is Massachusetts Archaeology Month! Celebrate by coming to the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Wednesday, October 5 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm to hear Craig Chartier, Director & Principal Archaeologist of the Plymouth Archaeological Rediscovery Project, speak about regional archaeology. This fascinating discipline studies people through the physical things they left behind - mostly trash! Hear about the excavation at Taylor Bray Farm in Yarmouth, ongoing since 2011, which has been carried out by volunteers under the supervision of professional archaeologists. The remarkable finds include 10,000-year old projectiles to a 17th century housesite.
Learn how you can become involved with exploring Massachusetts' past. Bring any artifacts you may have found in your yard or on a walk in the woods or on the beach, and Mr. Chartier will identify them. Learn their age and whether they may be more than just rocks, such as a mastodon tooth that was found in Mattapoisett.
Please register for this event by calling 508-758-4171 or emailing, providing the number of people attending and contact information. The Library is located at 7 Barstow Street and is handicapped accessible.

Kick the Ticks
Ticks carry a host of diseases and are active in spring, summer and fall. Come learn effective and safe methods to protect yourself from tick-borne illness. Following last year's well-received winter moth workshop, Deborah Smiley, Publications Managing Editor at Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology, will demonstrate practical tools to repel and eliminate ticks. This workshop is sponsored by the Mattapoisett Land Trust. For more information, see our website or email us at Join us and enjoy being outdoors again. The event will take place on Saturday, October 1 at 1:30 pm at the Mattapoisett Public Library.

National Solo Sailing Champions
A pair of New England sailors captured the first-ever national championships for single-handed racing in the Bullseye and H-12 classes in a five-race regatta Saturday, September 17, on Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts.
Chris Verni, of Westwood, MA, and Laurie Knight, of Marion, MA, are the new national champion single-handed racers in Bullseye and H-12 classes, respectively. Both dominated their fleets by wide margins.
Chris Collings of Marion, MA, who had been injured two months prior, came off the bench to take second place in the Bullseye class, and Chris Streit, of Cos Cob, CT and Key Largo, FL, took third place. Second- and third-place honors in the H-12 competition went to Mark Adams of Wareham, MA, and Ron Wisner of Marion, MA, respectively.
These were the inaugural single-handed races of a new national championship in the two sailboat classes. Racing of Bullseyes and H-12s with crews of two or three have been a fixture of East Coast sailing for decades. This year's regatta was hosted by the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion. The Bullseye Sailing Association has already agreed to host next year's single-handed nationals in Maine, said Chris Collings.
Competitors this year registered from Massachusetts, Maine, New York and Florida.
The competitors had to contend with light, shifty breezes through much of the day.
Chris Collings and Ed Tiffany, both perennial top contenders in crewed racing, did much of the organizational work. However, neither claims to be "the guy in charge," said Collings. Many others have stepped up to do vital work. "I tend to see myself as a member of a flash mob," Collings said.
The Beverly Yacht Club has an unusually large and active Bullseye fleet and has fielded a formidable squad of boats year after year for the crewed Nationals. Many veterans of those campaigns were part of the new single-handed Nationals, either as competitors or as race officials, Collings said.
Bullseye and H-12 sailors are an especially dogged breed of one-design racers. All through the regular racing season, said Collings, single-handers compete even though class rules make it impossible for them to advance to Nationals.
The Bullseye Sailing Association polled some 220 members and learned that 70% wanted single-handers to have their own national competition. Collings said a smaller cadre of H-12 solo sailors then asked whether they could be included. "The message was clear that these races were meeting a previously unmet need," he said.
Ed Tiffany reports that creating the new single-handed class prompted at least four new skippers to join the Bullseye Sailing Association in order to become eligible to compete in last week's Nationals.

Gateway Youth Hockey
Squirts: The Gateway Gladiator Squirt team faced its toughest game of the season on Sunday. Led by Ryan Killion's strong play in net, the Gladiators won 5-3 against Whitman, Hanson, Kingston(WHK). The offense was led by Ben Hebbel's goal and two assists. Also adding to the offense with goals were Braydon Hathon, Liz Kilpatrick, Braydon Cannon and Tommy Clavell. Kevin Place contributed with an assist. The team played hard and was supported by a strong effort from all.
Bantams: The Gateway Gladiator Bantam team opened up their 2016 campaign with a pair of victories. On Saturday, the Gladiators faced off against a tough Weymouth team, coming away with a 7-3 win. Quirino doCanto started the scoring less than a minute into the game on a feed from Tyler Lovendale. Weymouth tied the game, but shortly after that, Jack Martins put one past the goalie on a nice feed from Austin Fleming. doCanto added his second goal of the game at the halfway mark in the first period, assisted by Ethan Carpentier and Robert Maloney. Lovendale then got himself into the goal column scoring his first of two goals on the night, both assisted by doCanto. Matt Cadieux added a goal on a nice shot from just inside the blue line, while Maloney added a goal, assisted by Lovendale. Alex DeMarco had a great game in net, making 20 saves.
In the second game of the weekend for the Bantams, they scored another seven goals, and only gave up two, getting the win against the Canal Sharks. Martins scored the first goal of the game, with assists coming from Christian Araujo and Luke Mello. doCanto would score the next three goals, with assists coming from Cadieux, Will Goldman, and Martins. Martins would add another goal assisted by linemate Fleming. Lovendale scored the final two goals, with doCanto assisting on both, and Bailey Tieu on one of them. Defenseman Liv Fryer also played well in front of netminder DeMarco who made 13 saves on the night.
Midgets: The Gateway Gladiator Midget team played their first game of the season against the Southcoast Panthers and earned a 5-2 victory. Alex Hathaway opened up the scoring as he snuck one by the Panthers' goalie early in the first period. Quirino doCanto followed up Hathaway with a goal, giving the Gladiators an early 2-0 lead. The Panthers then got within a goal, but not for long as Hathaway put his second goal home, giving the Gladiators another two-goal lead. The Panthers then scored their second goal, but doCanto quickly erased that goal with one of his own. Zack Lovendale added the fifth and final goal, when doCanto fed him with a nice pass out front and Lovendale quickly put it past the Panthers' goalie. Steven Strachan had a strong game in net, stopping all but two shots he faced.

Fall Revolutionary War Encampment
In September 1778, during the Revolutionary War, about 4,000 British soldiers who were landed from 36 transport ships attacked the four villages situated on the Acushnet River. During the raid, houses, ships and business places in New Bedford, Acushnet and Fairhaven were ransacked and burned. The fort at Nolscot Point in Fairhaven, now called Fort Phoenix, was destroyed by British troops. It took years for the local waterfront industries to recover from the raid.
The Revolutionary War era will come to life again in Fairhaven during a two-day historical encampment scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25 at Fort Phoenix.
During that weekend, members of the Fairhaven Village Militia and the Fairhaven Office of Tourism will live in an authentic period camp the same way it was done more than 230 years ago. Men, women and children dressed in period clothing will reenact life in 1778 and talk about the history of the fort. They will also be demonstrating campfire cooking, fire starting with flint and steel, sewing and/or knitting, musket ball casting, military drilling, loading and firing flintlock muskets and rifles, cannon firing and more. Visitors may try their hand at tomahawk throwing and children's games of the period.
The highlight of the weekend will be the firing of the fort's five large cannons, scheduled for dusk, approximately 6:15 pm, on Saturday. When fired near sundown, the cannons' plumes of flames and smoke make a spectacular sight.
The Fairhaven Village Militia began as a small volunteer group in 1999. Made up of members who are interested in local history of the Revolutionary War period, they hold historical encampments in Fairhaven and nearby communities and host educational programs.
At the encampment, the group is depicting camp life during the Revolutionary War period. There will be regular demonstrations of military drilling and musket firing, but there will be no large-scale battle re-enactments.
Both the cannon firing and the overnight encampment will be cancelled in the event of heavy rain. Weather permitting, the militia's camp will be open to the public from 9:00 am until sunset on Saturday and from 9:00 am to mid afternoon on Sunday.
For more information, call the Office of Tourism at 508-979-4085 or email

Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride
From Westport to Wareham, bicyclists of all ages and abilities are preparing to pedal for clean water at the 10th anniversary Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride, a road cycling tour of southeastern Massachusetts on Sunday, October 2 hosted by the Buzzards Bay Coalition.
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 each year, riding their bikes across the beautiful Buzzards Bay region to raise funds to protect clean water. Cyclists can sign up for the Watershed Ride at
"Cycling is the perfect mode of transportation to enjoy the natural beauty of our region, and the Buzzards Bay Coalition has created the perfect venue for cyclists to support the very areas they are riding by," said Peter Pereira, an avid cyclist who lives in New Bedford. "The Watershed Ride is a great opportunity to support an organization that has our area's greater natural good in mind."
Whether you're a serious cyclist like Pereira or a more casual rider, you'll enjoy the Ride's gorgeous scenery through coastal villages, farmlands, working waterfront, and colorful cranberry bogs. 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 fully supported.
There are four distances to choose from: a 100-mile century ride that begins at Sakonnet Point in Rhode Island; a 75-mile route that begins at Horseneck Beach in Westport; a 35-mile route that begins at Eastover Farm in Rochester; and an 11-mile family route down the Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth. All routes end at a waterfront finish line party in the heart of Woods Hole village on Cape Cod complete with food, drinks, live music, and free massages for riders.
Tom Gidwitz of Dartmouth insists that anyone who enjoys bicycling can complete the 35-mile route with a few weeks' training. "It's not just for people who are out every weekend riding," said Gidwitz, who has participated in every Watershed Ride since the event began in 2007. "You can work up to it, finish the course, and have a feeling of accomplishment. And when you get to the end, there's plenty of good food and beer!"
Many riders also form teams with their friends and families, like Team South Coast Almanac, made up of nine members from the new Southcoast-based lifestyle magazine. Together, team members put their cycling skills to work to raise thousands of dollars for Buzzards Bay.
Each rider raises a minimum of $300, but many participants set loftier fundraising goals. All funds go directly to support the Buzzards Bay Coalition, a nonprofit organization that works to protect clean water and natural areas across southeastern Massachusetts through education, conservation, science and advocacy.
To learn more about the Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride and sign up, visit
The Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride is sponsored by Amica Insurance, Falmouth Road Race, Inc., Fiber Optic Center, Whaling City Sound, Ebb & Flow Wellness and Quahog Republic.

Marion & Rochester Flu Clinics
The Marion & Rochester Boards of Health will sponsor 2016 seasonal flu clinics for all residents. The flu vaccine will be available in the injectable form for all over the age of 6 months and the high dose vaccine for ages 65 years and over.
Those attending the flu clinics are reminded to wear a short sleeve shirt and to bring all insurance and Medicare cards. Vaccinations will be given to all regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.
Dates and locations of the clinics are:
- Wednesday, October 5 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Rochester Council on Aging
- Wednesday, October 12 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Marion Sippican School
- Monday, October 17 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Rochester Council on Aging
- Thursday, October 20 from 9:30 to 11:00 am at the Marion Town House
- Monday, October 24 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Marion Town House
- Thursday, November 10 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the Marion Town House
- Wednesday, November 16 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Marion Town House
Transportation to the clinics can be arranged with the Marion Council on Aging at 508-748-3570 or the Rochester Council on Aging at 508-763-8723.
Homebound residents may schedule an appointment for a home visit by calling the Marion Board of Health at 508-748-3530 or the Rochester Board of Health at 508-763-5421.
For more information, call the Marion Board of Health at 508-748-3530 or the Rochester Board of Health at 508-763-5421.

Tri-County Symphonic Band: A Family Affair
Families that play together stay together. This is a truism that seems to hold up no matter what families do for fun: hiking, camping, going to the movies, worshipping at church, dining together, and so forth. For members of the Tri-County Symphonic Band, playing together is all about making music.
For over 50 years, the band has been sharing this family love of music with all of us who live here in the South Coast. At the helm of this merry band of music makers is Maestro Philip Sanborn (Marion) who wields the baton while his wife, Karen, holds forth on the mighty baritone saxophone.
Toby Monte (Somerset) and his brother Michael (Somerset), along with their sons, could almost be a band themselves. At various times, Toby, Michael, Toby Jr., Daniel, David, and Michael Jr. have shared their talents on trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, French horn euphonium, and percussion.
Trumpeter Bob Katcher (East Falmouth) and his flutist daughter, Katie, are one of a number of parent/child pairings. Fran Gordon (Mattapoisett) enjoyed playing clarinet in the band for years and now his daughter Debbie continues the family tradition on the flute. Principal clarinetist Kathy DiPasqua-Egan (Hanson) loves playing in the band but enjoyed it even more when her daughter, Sarah Egan, was able to join her on the trumpet. The same thing goes for flutist Lorrie Hassan (Easton), whose daughter, Megan, joined her in the flute section for a number of concerts. Hannah Moore (Marion) on trombone and French horn and her son, Tom, on tuba are two more family members who have made music together. Chris Chambers (Buzzards Bay) continues on saxophone and percussion after he and his stepson, Scott, played together for several years.
Husbands and wives also make a lot of harmony together. Doug Meyer (Plymouth) plays the trombone while his wife, Susan, enjoys the clarinet. Bill and Karin Kingsland (Fairhaven) on trumpet and trombone are members of the band's brass section while Peter and Pattie Marshall (Seekonk) fill out the woodwinds with clarinet and bass clarinet. The Marshalls' son, Dylan, has performed on the French horn. Bob Williamson (Mattapoisett) and his wife, Chris, have made their love of music heard in the band and their son continues the family tradition by occasionally serving in the percussion section. Patty and Don Richard (Plymouth) hold forth on clarinet and trumpet while their daughter, Emily, has performed on violin in the past.
The Tri-County Symphonic Band has been a part of the South Coast music scene for 55 seasons. Its founding director was John Pandolfi. During this time, under the baton of four music directors - Pandolfi, George Dietzler, Dan Lasdow and Sanborn - it has performed the music of the great classical composers such as Mozart, Copland, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Wagner, Holst, as well as many others. While the band can provide a stirring rendition of the ever popular march by John Philip Sousa, "The Stars and Stripes Forever," it can also please those who want to hear the timeless music of Broadway, jazz classics, and Hollywood blockbusters such as the music from Star Wars by the renowned composer John Williams and memorable tunes by the great Henry Mancini.

The Dangers of Prescription Drugs in the Home
Please join us on Friday, September 30 at 7:00 pm at The First Congregational Church Community Center Hall at 144 Front Street, Marion.
Deputy Liisa Budge-Johnson of the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department will present a free 30-minute PowerPoint program on the dangers of prescription drugs and inhalants in the home. She will offer suggestions on how you can protect yourself and your family. Reserve your seat early. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 508-748-2428.

Machacam Club Meeting
The Machacam Club will hold its first meeting of the new year on October 5 at the Legion Hall at 3 Depot Street. Social time is 5:30 pm; dinner is at 6:00pm.
The meal will be lasagna, tossed salad, garlic bread and pie for dessert. Our speaker for the evening will be Catherine Heuberger. Catherine has held the office of Town Clerk since 2014, and this will be her first visit with us. Catherine will report on her first two plus years. One change, in particular, will be of interest to all, namely the "Early Vote Program." Catherine has been asked to be prepared to discuss this change, which is effective in November with the presidential election, and the action that is being taken concerning the fear of a "hacked" election.
Callers and members are asked to bear in mind the importance of call list accuracy. Caller lists should be done and reported no later than 9:00 pm on Monday, October 3 by email to or by phone to Mike at 508-758-9311. Members with requests can contact Mike by phone at 508-758-9311 no later than 9:00 am on Tuesday, October 4.

Medicare and Medication
From $0 to $48 a month, just like that. This is what someone just realized they would have had to pay with the changes to their stand-alone drug plan. Luckily, that person was able to find a better plan to keep their costs down. How? They met with a S.H.I.N.E. Counselor at the Council on Aging, and so should you. Chances are you may not really know if you need your insurance changed unless you have a review of your current plan, and there is only a small window of time to check on it. The Medicare Open Enrollment Period is October 15 to December 7 (Changes will take effect on January 1).
On Tuesday, October 18 from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, there will be a comprehensive insurance presentation by regional representatives from S.H.I.N.E. (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) at 17 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett (COA entrance). It is highly recommended that anyone 65+ (or who will be) attend this session. Call the Mattapoisett COA at 508-758-4110 to reserve your spot at this session.
If you cannot make this session, you may also contact your local COA and ask for a trained S.H.I.N.E. Counselor who will call you back to assist you with any of the following:
- Change from original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan and vice-versa.
- Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan.
- Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn't offer drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage or vice-versa.
- Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
- Switch from one Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to another Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.  - Drop your Medicare prescription drug coverage completely.

ORR Class of 1966
The ORR Class of 1966 will be holding a 50th Reunion on the Weekend September 30 to October 2. Contact Donna Lee Tufts at 774-553-5242 for more info. We are looking for missing classmates Susan Brinkema, Jane Brisson, Cecil Corriveau, Beverly Fernandes, Thalia Gronblom, Warren Hastings, Enis Krol, Ann Parkinson, Sandra Poirier, Cynthia Reed, Paula Robinson, Terry Roedl, Peter Turcotte, and Sandra Viera.

Dawn Tripp to Speak at the Mattapoisett Library
Dawn Tripp, author of the award-winning book Georgia: a Novel of Georgia O'Keeffe, will be speaking at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library as part of its Purrington Series on Sunday, October 2 at 2:00 pm. Books will be available for purchase and signing, and a reception sponsored by the Library Trust will follow the presentation.
Winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, Tripp is the author of three previous novels: Moon Tide; The Season of Open Water; and Game of Secrets, a Boston Globe bestseller. Her essays have appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, The Rumpus, Psychology Today, and NPR. She graduated from Harvard and lives on the south coast with her family.
Georgia, a national bestseller, has been described as "magical and provocative" by USA Today and was characterized as "complex and original" by the New York Times Book Review. The novel is also a finalist for the New England Book Award.
Please make a reservation for the free event by calling the library at 508-758-4171 or emailing
The Mattapoisett Library is located at 7 Barstow Street and is handicapped accessible.

Counting Crows (and other birds)
You, too, can be part of one of the largest citizen science projects in the world. The Nasketucket Bird Club will present a program about "eBird: The Ins and Outs" from Evan Dalton. Dalton is the Lead Instructor, Landbird Conservation for Manomet, a world-renowned organization leading the way in science and education based on 50 years of bird banding research. Learn more about eBird (a technology from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology), how it uses everyday citizens to track birds, and how you can be a part of it.
The event will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 22 at the Mattapoisett Public Library, 7 Barstow Street. The entrance located on the south side of Barstow Street is handicapped accessible. The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Carolyn Longworth at or visit the club website at

Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing
The Evangelical Zion Church at 2239 Cranberry Highway( Route 28/Carver Road) will host a community hymn sing on Sunday, September 25 at 6:00 pm. Come and enjoy your favorite requested hymns. Free admission, but a free offering will be taken. Come one, come all, and listen to Ms. Sheila Perry play the piano, enjoy a few selections from local singers, and enjoy the evening's fellowship with Pastor John King.

Tour of Historic Radio Tower Property
The Sippican Lands Trust invites you and your family to join us for a guided tour of our historic Radio Tower Property on Saturday, September 24 at 10:00 am (Rain date is Saturday, October 1, 10:00 am). The property was acquired by the SLT in 1986 and is the actual site of the once-active Marconi wireless telegraph station around the time of World War II. Local resident and Radio Tower steward Richard Evans will lead participants through the trails and remnants of this historic property. Evans, an amateur radio operator, has been interested in this property since he walked through the transmitter building and tower field in the early 1950s before the towers were dropped.
The tour is free to the public. The Radio Tower Trail is accessible from Benson Brook Road, past the Marion Transfer Station. Parking is available in that area, and participants should gather to the right near the SLT kiosk at the head of the trail.
Founded in 1974, the Sippican Lands Trust strives to acquire, protect and maintain natural areas in Marion. Its purpose is to conserve land, protect habitat and offer public access to the beautiful, protected lands of our town. Currently, its main focus is to develop more events and educational programs for nature lovers of all ages.
Please call the Sippican Lands Trust at 508-748-3080 or email for more information. Thanks and we hope to see you out on our trails.

South Coast Chamber Music Series
The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra proudly announces the 2016-2017 season of the South Coast Chamber Music Series. According to SCCMS Artistic Director Janice Weber, "The upcoming South Coast Chamber Music season offers audience favorites from Beethoven to Piston, brilliant interludes with harp and oboe, and stunning works by two very special women. Join us for four memorable musical journeys as we continue our association with members of the NBSO." The four-concert series takes place on September 24 and 25 (Bohemiana), November 5 and 6 (Whirlwind), January 14 and 15 (Harp Heaven), and April 1 and 2 (Mastery & Mystery). Saturday concerts return to St. Gabriel's Church on Front Street in Marion, while Sunday performances have a new location at St. Peter's Episcopal Church on Elm Street in South Dartmouth. All concerts will begin at 4:00 pm.
Individual concert tickets for South Coast Chamber performances are available for $20 at the door, but concertgoers can save 25% by subscribing to all four concerts for just $60. Subscriptions are available through September 23 by calling the NBSO office at 508-999-6276.
The SCCMS, now in its third season, is presented by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra. For more information, visit

MNHM After-school Programs
The Marion Natural History Museum Fall 2016 After-school programs include:
September 28: Harbor Tour. Take a tour of the harbor while it's still warm. We will also be using the seining net to collect a few critters for the tank before they all move out to sea. Please bring a life jacket that fits, bring a suit if you want to help net, and please wear a jacket - it's always colder on the water.
October 5: Insects with Donna Bernier. Donna is a biologist who has spent many years working with insects. She will be introducing us to the wonderful world of these fascinating and important little creatures.
October 26: Rock-Hound 101. Jim Pierson will be in to talk about his passion - rocks and minerals. A former geologist, Jim continues to be passionate about rocks and minerals. He will be sharing his interested with us by looking at some specimens from the museum's collections as well as his own.
November 9: Cranberries. This fruit has been a valuable product from the southeastern Massachusetts area for many years. Dawn Gates-Allen of the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association will be introducing us to the life of a bog-owner and the many ingredients that go into providing this important fruit.
December 21: Nature craft party. Our annual event is always a popular program. We will be having some fun using natural and recycled materials to make gifts for the holidays. Light refreshments will be served.
To register for these programs, please go to our website, and keep checking the website for our new archaeology series on Saturday mornings in November.

Marion Art Center Opening
The Marion Art Center is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of an exhibition of coastal landscapes by Peggy Call-Conley and Deidre Tao. From Friday, September 30 to Friday, November 11, both of the Art Center's galleries will be filled with paintings by two talented artists. A reception in their honor will be held on Friday, September 30 at the Marion Art Center from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. The Marion Art Center is a not-for-profit organization located at 80 Pleasant Street, Marion. The reception is free and open to the public, as is admission to the exhibit during regular gallery hours (Tuesday - Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm).

Friends of Plumb Library
The Friends of Plumb Library will hold their annual book sale on Saturday, September 24 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational Church, 11 Constitution Way, Rochester. Books, CDs, DVDs, games, and more will be on sale at great prices. The Junior Friends will also be holding a bake sale at the same time. Donations for the book sale may be left at the library during business hours until Thursday, September 22 at 5:30 pm. Volunteers are needed for set-up on Friday, September 23 and during the sale on Saturday, September 24. Please call the library at 508-763-8600 or drop by to sign up. Volunteers receive 50% off their purchases. For more information, call the library or email

Bourne Wareham Art Association
The next meeting of the BWAA will be on Tuesday, September 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at BB's Restaurant in Wareham.
It is a pleasure to announce that Bob Bergeron from Tri-Color Professional Digital Imagining Lab, New Bedford, MA, will be our presenter for this meeting. Tri-Color Lab has a nationwide reputation for high quality image reproductions for works by professional/amateur photographers and artists alike. Bob provides hands-on advice for his customers regarding the various ways a piece of photography or art can be printed on high quality photo paper, canvas, metal, as well as other printable mediums. His presentation will address the options the artist has when looking to reproduce their original artwork.
The meeting will take place at BB's Restaurant, 2424 Cranberry Highway, Wareham, MA (across Route 28 from Wareham Crossing). This is our first evening meeting in quite a while. It will be from 6:00 - 8:00 pm in their function room. Pizza and salad will be provided for those in attendance. Guests are welcome to attend this informational meeting.

Marion Cultural Council Seeks Fund Proposals
The Marion Cultural Council has set an October 17 deadline for organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support arts, humanities, science programs, and cultural activities in the community.
These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Marion - including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.
Marion Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.
This year, the Marion Cultural Council will distribute $4,400 in grants. Previously funded projects include: a STEM field trip for local Cub Scouts; Elizabeth Tabor Summer Reading Programs; Marion COA "An Evening with Robert Frost"; Marion Natural History Museum Exploring New England Stone Walls; Tri-County Music Association, Inc. Concert Series; and many other local projects that benefit the residences of Marion.
To ensure the council is funding priorities of the community, a community input survey will be available to residences in Marion. This survey will be reviewed before the committee votes on this year's grant proposals. Please be sure your voice is heard.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council has announced the grant application process has moved online and paper applications will no longer be accepted. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at For local guidelines and complete information on the Marion Cultural Council, contact Kristen Saint Don-Campbell at 508-748-3129 or The Council will also be holding a question and answer session for the public on Thursday, September 22 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Elizabeth Taber Library. Please join us with any and all questions regarding the grant process and the council.

Parenting Strategies Workshop
Many thought-provoking ideas will be presented during this four-session parenting program. They will assist parents in managing the many issues encountered during adolescence. The program is designed for parents of children in grades 5-9.
A major focus will be examining effective and ineffective methods of discipline, the different styles of parenting, a method to use in resolving conflicts, and many other useful strategies. Appropriate videos will be presented.
The presenter, James Fitzpatrick LICSW, will share his 40 years of experiences working with parents and children in a child guidance clinic and as a School Social Worker at the elementary and secondary levels.
Meetings will be held at the Old Rochester Regional Junior High School on Thursday evenings, October 20, October 27, November 3 and November 10 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.
To register, call 508-758-4928 by October 13 and ask to speak with Ms. Julie DeSousa (or email, 7th Grade Guidance Counselor. Enrollment is limited.

Lobster Dinner
A Lobster Dinner hosted by The Knights of Columbus, 57 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett, will be held on Sunday, October 2 at 1:30 pm for $30 per person. The proceeds go to The Knights, Damien Council of Mattapoisett Scholarship Fund. The dinner includes a lobster, fish, linguica, hot dogs, sausage, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, stuffing, corn on the cob, brown bread, watermelon and coffee. For tickets and information, call Jim at 508-863-3496.

Showstoppers Audition Notice
Showstoppers Musical Entertainment is seeking talented youth for its 15th annual public audition to be held on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus on Route 6 in Mattapoisett.
Talented boys and girls in Grades 2-12 are encouraged to tryout to participate in the community-service singing troupe. Candidates are asked to prepare two song selections - a ballad and an upbeat tune - and bring their own prerecorded accompaniment music containing no lead vocals.
Successful candidates will be offered an opportunity to make an impact in their community by offering free musical entertainment to the elderly at nursing homes, senior centers, and assisted living facilities. The troupe will also perform for the community at-large through a variety of private and public venues, including fairs, festivals, schools, malls, charitable fundraisers and other civic events.
Showstoppers, which averages 50 performances annually, is a subsidiary of Showstoppers Performing Arts, Inc., an all-volunteer nonprofit organization. Follow them on Facebook to keep updated on their activities:
For inquiries about the audition, please contact Kelly Zucco at 508-758-4525 or email

Affordable Homeownership Opportunity
Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity has applications available for a 960-square foot three-bedroom Habitat for Humanity home for purchase on 18 Minot Avenue, Wareham. The application deadline is September 23, 2016.
Applicant households must be income eligible (families must fall into the following guidelines, 30% to 60% of the area median income as adjusted by household size: two-person household - $23,650 to $47,280; three-person household - $26,600 to $53,220; four-person household - $29,550 to $59,100; five-person household - $31,950 to $63,840; and six-person household - $34,300 to $68,580), who live or work in our service area, (Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Rochester, Wareham and Westport), who have a critical need for a decent affordable home, be "willing to partner" with Habitat in the construction of their home (i.e., work side-by-side for 100 sweat equity hours with the construction volunteers or serve the affiliate in other ways), and who have the ability to make a monthly mortgage payment estimated to be between $650 to $800, which includes escrow for taxes and homeowner's insurance.

Dance to the Oldies
The Rochester Historical Society is sponsoring a Dancing to the Oldies fundraising dance on Friday, October 21 at the Reservation Golf Club in Mattapoisett from 7:30 to 11:30 pm. The Snowbirds, featuring Sandy Gayoski Hardy and Rene Depot, will perform the songs of Brenda Lee, The Platters, Patsy Cline and many more. Rene Depot, formerly of the Rene Depot Duo featuring Eddie Couto, was a popular singing group in the 1970s and currently Sandy and Rene perform in Florida during the winter. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 508-961-7401. There will also be appetizers and a silent auction. Come and enjoy the good music and dance the night away.

ET Library Programs and Services
Bike Lending Program at the Elizabeth Taber Library: Now extended! The Elizabeth Taber Library is extending their bike lending program through the end of September to allow library patrons (18 and over) to check out a bicycle and helmet for the day with your Marion library card. Patrons will need to provide their library card and license, as well as sign a waiver form before taking the bike out for a spin around Marion. For more information, please stop in or call us at 508-748-1252.
Memoir Writing Workshop: Tuesdays until October 4, 2:00 - 4:00 pm. Everyone has a story to tell. Here's your chance to get it on paper and share it with your family. This five-week introductory workshop is free to the public and will be led by Al Caron and Linda Schuessler. Participants will write segments about their life and read them aloud to others to receive feedback on each piece. Registration is required. Please call the Elizabeth Taber Library at 508-748-1252 to reserve your spot today.
Museum Passes: Looking for something fun to do with friends and family? 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.

Mattapoisett Cultural Council
Mattapoisett Cultural Council seeks grant proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs until October 17, 2016. These grants are available to support a variety of cultural projects and activities in and around Mattapoisett - including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.
This year, Mattapoisett Cultural Council will distribute about $4,400 in grants. Previously funded projects include: theatrical programs for children and adults at Mattapoisett Free Public Library, school vacation camp by Showstoppers Performing Arts, Movies in the Park by Mattapoisett Lions Club, programs and exhibits at Mattapoisett Historical Society, teen artist internships at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! and in-school arts and science programs sponsored by the Mattapoisett PTA, among others.
The council is pleased to announce that the application process has moved online. Mattapoisett Cultural Council will accept online applications only beginning September 1, 2016 at Paper applications will no longer be accepted. Applicants are encouraged to review local funding priorities, recently updated based on a community input survey in July, at Questions may be addressed to

Marion Art Center Fall Classes
The Marion Art Center is now accepting registrations for its Fall 2016 Adult and Teen Art Classes. Offerings include:
Beginner Watercolor Painting for Adults - Part II (a minimum of 7 students is required): Thursdays, 10:00 am to noon, September 22 to November 17 (8 weeks). *Note: No class on November 3. This course is designed for people who would like to try watercolor painting, but do not know where to start, along with those who have had some experience. Students will explore different techniques, while working on the landscape, still life, figurative, and/or imaginative painting, in a nurturing environment. Participants should bring to the first class whatever supplies they have on hand.
The instructor, Patricia White, is an illustrator, a painter, and a Gallery Instructor Associate at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is past President of the Marion Art Center and the current President of the Bourne-Wareham Art Association. She studied Illustration and Realist Painting at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and has shown her work in numerous exhibitions in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including the Marion Art Center, The Jonathan Bourne Library, The Wareham Library, Don's Art Shop of Warren, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ArtWorks! of New Bedford, the Annual BWAA Show and Sale, and the Gift Shop of The Cape Cod Museum of Art.
Tuition for the class is $180 for MAC members* and $195 for non-members (supplies not included). *Current membership is required for discount. The 2016-2017 Membership Year runs August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017.
Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor Painting for Adults (a minimum of 5 students is required): Fridays, 10:00 am to noon, September 23 to November 11 (8 weeks). This course is a perfect "next step" for those who would like to explore watercolor painting beyond a basic understanding of color and brush strokes. Using the brilliant nature of light (and dark), we'll "push" the medium, adding other water media, brushes, and paper surfaces, and experiment with palette color mixing to capture magic and luminosity. In each class, we will start a new painting together using landscape, still life, the figure, abstract or imaginative thought, or narrative ideas as subjects. Each class will also provide a brief and supportive group "critique." Students will leave with expanded knowledge of technique and traditional and contemporary use of watercolor.
The instructor, Jay Ryan, is a Fairhaven painter and a Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A former K-12 public school art teacher and administrator, Jay has studied at Massachusetts College of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Framingham State and Lesley Universities. His work has been locally shown at the Judith Klein Gallery, ArtWorks! and Gallery X in New Bedford, and the Marion Art Center.
Tuition for the class is $180 for MAC members* and $195 for non-members (supplies not included). *Current membership is required for discount. The 2016-2017 Membership Year runs August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017.
Teen Painter: Watercolor (a minimum of 5 students is required): Thursday evenings, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, September 22 to November 10 (8 weeks). This new MAC offering for students 13 and older will explore basic drawing skills and provide instruction in introductory and advanced watercolor painting techniques. Watercolor is a vibrant and easy (yes, it really is) way to communicate in paint. During the eight weeks, we'll explore the medium and its uses in abstract, landscape, still life, and figure/portrait painting. Supplies for the first session will be provided so that students can begin to see and understand some of the many varieties and qualities of brushes and pigments they'll encounter in an art store. A list of basic tube colors, brushes and options for paper will be provided during the first class.
The instructor, Jay Ryan, is a Fairhaven painter and a Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A former K-12 public school art teacher and administrator, Jay has studied at Massachusetts College of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Framingham State and Lesley Universities. His work has been locally shown at the Judith Klein Gallery, ArtWorks! and Gallery X in New Bedford, and the Marion Art Center.
Tuition for the class is $180 for MAC members* and $195 for non-members (supplies not included). *Current membership is required for discount. The 2016-2017 Membership Year runs August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017.
Please call 508-748-1266 or stop by the Marion Art Center at 80 Pleasant Street during gallery hours (Tuesday - Friday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm and Saturday, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm) for more information. To register online, you may visit

REGAIN Addiction Support Group
The REGAIN addiction support group ministry originated from the experiences of individuals feeling led to serve in poor inner-city churches of Southeastern Massachusetts. Finding there was an incredible need for resources, prayer, love and compassion, this 501(c)(3) faith-based ministry was founded. REGAIN does not provide any addiction recovery services for the addict. Its purpose is to form a support network for families and individuals affected by the addiction of a loved one. This is accomplished by helping people REGAIN hope, healing, trust, and power over their lives from the support of others living with the same struggles and difficulties. The REGAIN addiction support group SM meetings are faith-based, observing a no-blame, no-shame policy with all conversations respectfully kept confidential. There is no cost for attending and regional resource materials are provided on recovery programs, family services, education, and faith-based options. Topic demonstrations and trainings are hosted frequently, and prayer is available and voluntary for those needing comfort and strength.
Current REGAIN addiction support group SM meeting location: Mattapoisett (For residents of Mattapoisett, Marion, and Rochester), Council on Aging Room (Center School Building), 17 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 6:00 - 7:30 pm.
For more information: 774-328-6196, e-mail, Facebook: regain addiction support group.

Rochester Cultural Council
The Rochester Cultural Council is accepting online applications from organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community from September 1, 2016 until October 17, 2016.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is excited to announce that the Local Cultural Council Program online application will be available at The pages that an applicant uses in applying will have a responsive design and will be easily accessed by a phone, tablet, or computer.
The Rochester Cultural Council will accept online applications ONLY (located at Paper applications will no longer be accepted.
For schools, please note that you must apply online through this application as well to request a grant for funds to cover the cost of buses for field trips.
According to Council Members, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Rochester and surrounding areas - including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies, or performances in schools, workshops, and lectures.
The Rochester Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth.
This year, the Rochester Cultural Council will distribute about $4400 in grants. Previously funded projects include: author visits at Rochester Memorial School, the Rochester COA's Community Thank You Event, the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra's school assemblies, and the Rochester Historical Society's 10th Annual Grammar School Reunion Music Program.
Once an application is approved, the grantee should complete the project as outlined in their original application, acknowledge their funding from the LCC and MCC, and then request reimbursement. Grant recipients have one year from the date of their approval letter to request reimbursement. Approval and denial letters will be communicated via email by the Rochester Cultural Council.
For local guidelines and complete information on the Rochester Cultural Council, contact us at 508-763-3871 ext.10 or Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at

Red Cross Volunteers Needed
There are many ways our Red Cross volunteers are involved and give back to the community. They help canteen for our brave first responders, keep you hydrated during a local road race or even a Cape Cod Baseball League game on a hot summer day. We have blood service volunteers that help us fill this critical life-saving need for blood. There are opportunities to volunteer to Service to our Armed Forces, Youth Services and Health and Safety Preparedness, Communication volunteers, Administrative Support - there are so many ways to serve. Our Disaster Action Team (DAT) members help those in crisis: when disaster strikes, the Red Cross is always there. These wonderful volunteers are not only here for our local communities but for those in other areas of the country and the globe that need assistance - everything from flooding, fires, natural disasters, and more. We are looking for all these types of volunteers, people just like you and I who want to help. Don't worry, we provide training and you will be ready and confident in your skills to serve in the best capacity. We can't wait until you join our Team.
And it's so easy. Simply go on-line to and click on VOLUNTEER to sign up today for our local Cape, Islands & Southeast Mass Chapter. We serve Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, Plymouth and Bristol Counties in Southeast Mass.
Once you volunteer, you become part of an honorable tradition you can be proud of. Sign up today.

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.

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.

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 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

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.

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 409 residents.
Our town does not have public transportation. Our elderly residents are counting on FISH to get them to their medical appointments. We need more volunteer callers and drivers. We always work around your schedule when it is convenient for you! To find out more about your opportunity to be a FISH volunteer, please call FISH Coordinator Jacquie McGraw at 508-758-9278.

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