Richard A. “Dick” Cyr

Richard A. “Dick” Cyr, 77, of Rochester died October 17, 2016 peacefully.

He was the husband of Linda M. (Purslow) Cyr, with whom he shared 55 years of marriage with his best friend.

Born in Jamaica Plain, Boston, the son of the late John B. and Elmira E. (Langdon) Cyr, he raised his family in Needham before moving to Portsmouth, RI and then to Rochester.

Mr. Cyr was formerly employed in both state and federal law enforcement for over 40 years. He retired as a lieutenant with the Needham Police Department and went on to become the senior civil investigator for the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1 New England.

Mr. Cyr took great pride in serving in the U.S. Marine Corps. and was honorably discharged as a sergeant.

Survivors include his wife; his son, Jake Cyr; his son-in-law, Manny Silvia; his sister, Joan Bagnell; his grandchildren, Emily K. Cyr, Abbie L. Cyr and Luke W. Cyr; and several nieces and nephews.

He was the father of the late Denise L. Silvia and the brother of the late Jon Phillip Cyr.

His visiting hours will be held on Saturday, October 22nd from 1 – 4 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Richard A. Cyr to support cancer research and patient care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168, MA 02284. For directions and guestbook, please visit


Gateway Youth Hockey

Pee Wees: Gateway Gladiator Pee Wees took to the ice against Norwood last week. In the first period, Matthew Paling found the net with an assist from Lucy Murphy and Joe Urnek. Shortly after, Nate Ribeiro added another goal with the assist by Ty Rebeiro. In the second, Rebeiro put one up assisted by Urnek. Norwood came back in the second to score three. In the third, both teams kept skating but couldn’t clear the net, and the game ended in a 3-3 tie. Gateway Gladiator Pee Wees faced Hanover and took home the win on Saturday. In the first, Thomas Leger put Gateway on the board assisted by Connor MacLeod. Rebeiro also scored, assisted by Murphy. In the second, Rebeiro scored his second of the night, assisted by Murphy. In the third period, Hanover kept skating and both teams played back and forth hockey till Paling put one more in unassisted. Ryker King had a stellar game in net making key saves in the 4-0 win.

Bantams: The Gateway Gladiators Bantam team made history last Tuesday night, October 11, when they became the first team in the history of the Gateway Youth Hockey program to win a State Tournament Playdown game.

The Gladiators traveled to South Dennis to take on the YD Dolphins and skated away with an 8-3 victory. Tyler Lovendale opened the scoring for the Gladiators, scoring just 30 seconds into the game on a feed from Quirino doCanto. Lovendale would add an unassisted goal less than three minutes later, giving the Gladiators a 2-0 advantage. YD would battle back, scoring two goals late in the period and ending the first period in a 2-2 tie. The Gladiators struggled during the second period, not producing much offense, but goalie Alex DeMarco held strong in net, making numerous saves. Matt Cadieux found the back of the net with a wrist shot from the blue line, while doCanto screened the goalie in front of the net, with assists going to doCanto and Lovendale. Less than 20 seconds later, YD tied it up, and it remained 3-3 going into the third period. The Gladiators flipped the on switch in the third period, starting just 40 seconds into the period when Lovendale stole a pass and scored his third goal of the game, unassisted, putting the Gladiators on top for good. doCanto got into the scoring column just 11 seconds later with some nice passing between him and Lovendale, leading to an easy goal by doCanto. doCanto would add two more goals and Lovendale one, with assists going to Jack Martins, Robert Maloney, and Livia Fryer. DeMarco had an outstanding game in net, making 33 saves.

The Gladiators Bantam team remained undefeated on the season, beating Hanover 5-0 on Saturday. Lovendale opened the scoring, less than 30 seconds into the game, deflecting a Maloney shot past the goalie. doCanto also had an assist on the play, and he added a goal two minutes later on a feed from Lovendale. First year Bantam Luke Mello then put in his first goal of the season on nice passing from Zach Barris and Mike Parker. Lovendale would add his second of the period with four minutes remaining on a pass from doCanto. There was no scoring in the second period, but Mello added his second goal of the game late in the third period, assisted by Cadieux and Will Goldman. DeMarco played well in net, saving all 13 shots he faced.

Midgets: The Gateway Midgets team faced off against the Brockton Cyclones on Sunday morning and came away at the short end of a 4-0 game. The team played well, but couldn’t muster any offense to keep up with the Cyclones. Steven Strachan played well in net, stopping 22 shots. The midget team will look for payback as they will travel to Randolph on Thursday for a rematch.

SLT to Host Guided Mushroom Walk

The Sippican Lands Trust invites you and your family to join us for an informative mushroom walk. Knowledgeable mycologist Wesley Price will be our guide on Sunday, October 23 at 2:00 pm at our Aucoot Woods White Eagle Parcel.

Price is the Cape Cod Mushroom Club’s President and founder, as well as a long-time member of the venerable Boston Mycological Society. The walk will visit different woodlands, field and wetland locations. Besides looking for possible edibles, we may see exotic looking mushrooms with startling habits and features.

The tour is free to all SLT members. A minimum donation of $5 is kindly required for non-members. To join the walk, meet at the grass parking lot near the first bog, down the dirt road (Old Indian Trail Road) which leads off the left hand end of the cul-de-sac area off of Parlowtown Road (opposite of the package store on the corner of Rte 6 and Converse Road). We hope you can come.

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.

Waterfront Memory Café

To the Editor:

I want to take this opportunity to say how wonderful the new Waterfront Memory Café is. The Café is the result of hard work by Heather Sylvia (COA Director) and Karen Gregory (COA Program Coordinator). The Café is held every Wednesday at the Music Hall on Front Street. It is an opportunity for individuals with memory issues and their care partners to get together in a relaxed, non-judgmental environment. Lunch is served every week at 11:45 followed by a variety of activities. The Café is free, but donations are accepted.

I have the good fortune to be one of the many volunteers who help out at the Café. Since opening, we have had music, bingo and crafts. At lunch, we all have the chance to get to know each other on an informal basis. Even though I do not live in Marion, I am volunteering because I know how valuable a Memory Café can be. I was a caregiver for my partner for eight years. Sadly, Faye lost her battle with Alzheimer’s last October. I wish the Café had been available when she was still alive. It would have been an ideal program for both of us. Individuals with memory loss often have difficulty being in crowds, but because of the Café’s location, the open space in the Music Hall doesn’t feel overwhelming. In addition, the atmosphere is very comfortable. We are just a group of people having lunch together and spending time doing something fun. It is wonderful to hear the many interesting stories we hear from people who have memory issues. Sometimes all you need is someone new to listen. At the same time, care partners have the chance to relax and talk with other care partners. One thing I know from experience is how important it is to know you are not alone in your journey caring for someone with memory loss.

Everyone is welcome regardless of where you live. What Heather and Karen have done is bring to the south coast a much needed resource.

Respectfully submitted,

Barbara A. Meehan, Wareham


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Celebrate Shakespeare and the Friends

All are invited to join the Friends of the Mattapoisett Library annual meeting in the Meeting Room at the Mattapoisett Library on Sunday, October 23 at 1:00 pm. Bring a friend of your own to learn about the Friends, what they’ve been up to this past year, to become a member, or to renew your membership. After our business meeting, we will be joined at 2:00 pm by the Bard himself, William Shakespeare, in the form of actor Stephen Collins. Collins makes Shakespeare’s words come alive, from the evil machinations of Richard III, to the philosophical bantering of Falstaff, to the brilliant oratory of Brutus and Antony, Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies, histories, and sonnets are all represented.

Knights Teen Dance

The next Knights Teen Dance at The Knights, 57 Fairhaven Road in Mattapoisett, is on Friday, November 4 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm for $8. Teen dances are a safe place for 6th, 7th and 8th graders to have a good time socializing, dancing and listening to their favorite music on a Friday night. Knights of Columbus chaperones and a uniformed police officer are on site at all of our dances.

Woodside Cemetery Tour

The October Historical Society meeting will be in a different format this month. There will be a tour and talk about the Woodside Cemetery (next to the East Rochester Church Museum at 355 County Road. The tour on Wednesday, October 19 will start at 5:00 pm (please note the time) and the talks will be given by Linda Ames, Betty Beaulieu and Barbara Bailey. Some of the families in the cemetery will be highlighted (i.e., Morse family, Gault family, Allen family). Connie Eschbach will talk on some of the military buried in the cemetery. Following the outside tour/talk, everyone is invited into the museum for some hearty hot and cold appetizers. All are welcome.

As a reminder, the museum is open on Sundays in October from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Stop in to check out the displays/ artifacts/ gift shop and cook book sale.

Mattapoisett Bike Path

The Mattapoisett Bike Path project has reached and passed an important milestone in the project process. The environmental permitting process began in early September with a submission to MEPA, the Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency. The agency ruled on Friday, October 7 that the project as proposed is following the required guidelines for protecting and mitigating environmental impacts and that the Town may move forward with the State’s permitting process. There are many additional environmental reviews that will occur between now and the beginning of construction. Construction funding is reserved for the 2018 fiscal year. Numerous letters of support for the project accompanied the submission, including letters from Mattapoisett Land Trust, South Coast Bikeway Alliance, Town of Fairhaven, and East Coast Greenway Alliance.

Mattapoisett Resident Awarded Scholarship

The Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers and Scientists (MOSES) awarded Mattapoisett resident Anna Haznar, daughter of Massachusetts Department of Transportation member Pam Haznar, with the Paul E. Cantwell, Milton J. Dubinsky Scholarship at its recent monthly meeting. Ms. Haznar is currently a sophomore at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She is majoring in environmental studies. MOSES represents 3,500 science and engineering professionals who dedicate themselves to serving the public interest. They work each day to keep the Commonwealth’s citizens, their air, water and food supplies, the energy they depend on, the environment that they live and recreate in and the infrastructure that they travel on, safe. Its Goodwill Committee allocates and distributes more than $24,500 annually to support the advanced education of its members and their immediate family. Since its inception, over $250,000 has been awarded. To learn more about MOSES, visit

Elizabeth Tabor Library

Travel Talk on Cuba: Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 pm. Ever wish you could travel to exotic places to learn all about the history, culture and more? Well, now you can just by coming to the Elizabeth Taber Library. Join us on Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 pm as Ms. Arlene Lowney RN, MBA takes us on a journey through Cuba while showing her pictures of the beautiful sites, and sharing her experiences with Cuban history and culture.

Thoughts on the Presidential Election with Larry DiCara: Friday, October 21 at 7:00 pm. Join us for a special program at the Marion Music Hall to discuss the upcoming presidential election with Lawrence DiCara. A long-time Marion part-time resident, Larry has been thinking, teaching and writing about politics for almost 50 years. Mr. DiCara served 10 years on the Boston City Council and has been a member of the Democratic State Committee for over 40 years. He is the author of many articles for Commonwealth Magazine and other publications and Turmoil and Transition in Boston: a Political Memoir from the Busing Era, his recently published book.

Cartooning with Cara: For Teens on Saturday, October 22 at 1:00 pm. Join us at the Elizabeth Taber Library for a cartoon workshop with Cara Bean. Drawing is for everyone. You don’t have to be the best, just willing to try. In this workshop, Cara will guide participants through a series of playful drawing activities. The sketches you’ll create will culminate in a complete creative experience, which is often surprising and always fun.

Registration is required. Please call the Elizabeth Taber Library at 508-748-1252 to reserve a spot.