ETL Sunset Cruise

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

Judith A. Lyons

Judith A. Lyons, 65, of Fairhaven passed away peacefully on Monday June 27, 2016 surrounded by her family after a long illness.
Born in Waltham, the daughter of the late William M. and Mary Regina (Ring) Lyons, she lived in Waltham for most of her life before moving to Fairhaven in 2000. She enjoyed many summers at Crescent Beach in Mattapoisett.
Miss Lyons had a very successful career in the insurance industry working as a corporate underwriter in the Metro Boston area. She received many awards and commendations for her work.
She was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Waltham in 1969, and received her Associates Degree in Business from Massachusetts Bay Community College in 1978.
She was an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan.
Her family would like to thank the staff at the Royal of Fairhaven for the excellent care given to Judy during her illness.
Survivors include her siblings, John H. Lyons of Belmont, Thomas J. Lyons of Lawrenceville, GA, Mary R. Lyons of Mattapoisett, Charles E. Lyons of Newton, and Brenda M. Dufresne and her husband Donald of Mattapoisett; her brother-in-law, Richard Lieser of California; and her nieces and nephew, Lauren, Matthew, and Meaghan Dufresne.
She was the sister of the late Ellen Lieser, William M. Lyons, Jr., and Patricia M. Lyons.
Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday June 30, 2016 at 10 AM in St. Anthony’s Church, Mattapoisett. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery. Visiting hours are omitted. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd.. Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

John D. Langlois

John D. Langlois, a lifelong resident of Mattapoisett, MA, died unexpectedly on his way to work Saturday, June 25, 2016. He was 56-years old. He was the beloved son of Barbara L. (Warburton) Langlois and the late John A. “Chick” Langlois. He was married to his high-school sweetheart, Anne (Fistori) Langlois. They would have celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary on July 7, 2016.

John is survived by his sons Andrew D. Langlois and his companion, Holly Duncan of Fairhaven, MA, William S. Langlois and his fiancée, Erin McGrath and his daughter, Avery M. Langlois, all of Mattapoisett, MA. He is also survived by his mother-in law Nancy Fistori, brothers and sisters-in law Peter and Amy Trow, Randy and Meg Spence, Paul and Erin Fistori and John and Christine Fistori. He was the loving uncle of Grace, Annie, Josh, Nick, Nate, Johnny, Cameron, Sophie and Cole.

 

He graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School and Cape Cod Community College. His entrepreneurial endeavors began in 1985 with the opening of J’s Citgo in Mattapoisett. He then went on to own and operate a very successful Interstate Batteries Distributorship. He followed his love of boats and started Ned’s Point Marine at the Mattapoisett Boat Yard. He joined his son Andrew’s landscape business in 2010, and together they formed the thriving Langlois Landscapes, LLC. In 2014 John and Andrew expanded the business with Langlois Landscapes Truck Equipment Rental.

John was an avid boater and happiest when cruising Buzzards Bay on the family Black Watch with his children and friends. His devotion to Andrew, William and Avery never wavered, and he was incredibly proud of their individual accomplishments. His family and friends’ hearts are broken. His death has left a void so great and deep, but he would expect us to be strong and carry on.

As John would want, we will have a “wicked-informal” celebration of his life at Ned’s Point at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, John would be honored to have donations made to the Hollandstrong Scholarship in memory of William’s college roommate, Michael Holland, who perished on the El Faro in October 2015. Checks can be mailed to Deborah Roberts, 90 Shea St., Wilton, ME 04294. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

Edward Martin Cooney

Edward Martin Cooney, 82, died at home in Marion, MA on June 24, 2016 surrounded by the love of family. He was born to the late Edward and Mary (Sullivan) Cooney on October 22, 1933 in Framingham, MA. After high school and a year of electronics trade school, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard where he repaired radar, served on weather patrol and lived out stories he would tell (and re-tell) for a lifetime.

He married Elizabeth “Betty” (Donlan) Cooney in 1958 and upon graduating from Boston University he and Betty moved to Newport to begin a full life. Ed worked in the defense industry as a contracts administrator and executive, most memorably at Sippican Corporation in Marion, MA. Marion became the family’s center and Ed lived there for 48 years. A perfect work day for Ed would be driving to Boston for meetings while Carly Simon sang “You’re so Vain” to him personally in his Peugeot, followed by watching one of his children’s games, family dinner and a gin and tonic.

He was known for his quick wit, intellectual curiosity, marine electronics prowess, writing clever songs and poems for friends and his big blue eyes. He loved his family, friends, colleagues, Elmore Leonard, John le Carré and chocolate chip ice cream. He also loved his boats, especially the White Whale – a wooden 42’ Classic Grand Banks Hull #16 which he maintained himself. While he suffered from poor health for decades, he remained incredibly upbeat. He was well loved by his family and lovingly cared for by his wife.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty; his four children, Beth Cooney and her husband Rob Sargent and their children Michaela and Rory, Ted Cooney and his wife Claire and their daughter Elle, Dan Cooney and his wife Kate and their children Henry and Owen and Sarah Garabedian and her husband Mike; and his three sisters, Sylvia Stickney and her husband Bill, Nancy Mahoney and her husband John, and Mary Harvey.

A celebration of his life will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd at 2 PM at Tabor Academy’s Wickenden Chapel in Marion, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Ed’s memory to (the amazing) Community Nurse Home Care at 62 Center Street, PO Box 751, Fairhaven, 02719. www.communitynurse.com. Arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattaposiett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

Academic Achievements

Western New England University congratulates the following Tri-Town students named to the Spring 2016 Dean’s List. Students are named to the Dean’s List for achieving a semester grade point average of 3.30 or higher.

– Jonathan Morton, an Accounting major, of Mattapoisett

– Sophia Asker, a Communication – Public Relations major, of Marion

Michael David Cordeiro of Marion graduated with a degree in communication studies from James Madison University during the May 6 commencement exercises.

Megan Psyhojos, of Marion, received a BA degree in Elementary Education at Loyola University Maryland’s 164th commencement exercises on May 21.

Katherine Downey of Mattapoisett has graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University’s Robert J. Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences majoring in Economics.

On Saturday, May 14, on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) campus quadrangle, 907 bachelor’s degrees were awarded during the university’s 148th commencement ceremony.

– Erin Murphy of Marion was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering with distinction.

– Sean Murphy of Mattapoisett was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering.

– Oliver Lizotte of Mattapoisett was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering.

– Michael Gifford of Rochester was awarded a Master of Science degree in management.

– Gregory Kornichuk of Rochester was awarded a Master of Science degree in management.       Ryan Muther, of Marion, was honored at Union College’s annual Prize Day celebration. Muther was honored with the George H. Williams Prize, which is given to a graduating senior for excellence in computer science.

American International College awarded more than 800 undergraduate and graduate degrees to students representing 18 states and 10 countries during its 2016 commencement ceremony. Congratulations to the following degree recipients:

– Jeremy McDonald of Rochester, Master of Education

– Sarah Coucci of Mattapoisett, Bachelor of Science in Occupational Science

– Trisha Motta of Rochester, Master of Education

The Thrill Factor

Something is happening. It actually started a few years back, but it has become more apparent as of late. I think I’ve heard it referred to as “creeping old age.”

There are the pains that were once sporadic with only the occasional visit, but these pains have now become, well, not old friends but certainly reliable ones. The back pain, the bursitis in the hip, and of course, the forgetfulness – these are the reminders that the wheel of time is grinding me down, literally shrinking me into my own crepe-like skin.

A dear friend of mine, whose brush with Mr. Reaper a couple of years ago was terrifying, has a little saying that she’s coined, “Sixty-five and ALIVE!” Yes, it is a joyous thing to wake up each day – pains and all. I accept the reality that even for me, time will not acquiesce.

So, I keep busy lining up a daily to-do list, hoping to make some sort of contribution to the here and now and looking forward to more of that precious commodity known as time.

To that end, I’m doing what I’m sure Joseph Campbell would recognize as living on the edge in an attempt to know that I’m really and truly alive.

Campbell – scholar, philosopher, and frequent guest on PBS – was expert at dissecting myths, legends, and religions with a storyteller’s finesse. Campbell brought the myth of the hero into a modern context: that of a police officer who climbs on the ledge with the person threatening to commit suicide and puts his/her own life in harm’s way for the sake of saving another. Thus, in that moment as life weighs in the balance, it is also timeless, every breath an eternity, and the act of being alive, oh, so very real.

We can’t all be heroes of that magnitude, but maybe I can just be a person who challenges herself and says aloud to the devil of doubt, “Yeah, well I can so do that!”

Hence, I’ve signed up for the annual Lions Club triathlon.

I know it’s not on the same scale as sacrificing one’s life in service of others, but there is that personal thrill factor. Real athletes know the feeling; they understand the challenge they put themselves through. I’ve got a tiny taste of that and the flavor is so good.

Now you may be thinking, “I know this woman, and she is nuts to think she can do this thing.” Frankly, you would be right. You have to be just a little bit silly in the head to believe that you can swim, bike and run in succession and still be able to breathe without medical attention afterwards. I’ll add especially silly in the head given my un-athletic physique and being of a certain age. That’s not going to stop me, though.

I have a strategy. First and foremost, this will be a team effort. I have a partner in crime who has obliged me by offering to take care of the swimming leg of the race. Yours truly will take on the biking and speed-walking bits. I’ve thrown down my own gauntlet and picked it up.

With some adjustments in how I use my body, prepare my body, and gird my mind for the quest, I believe that with a bit of training and a few adjustments to the old bike that has waited for my return these past 17 years I can, in fact, “get ‘er done.” Or, as they say in AA, “Fake it till you make it.” In my case, those clichés mean the same thing.

None of this easy, for sure. It’s been slow. There was the day I had to get off the bike because the pain in the left sitz bone was like a Spanish Inquisition torture. With some ingenuity, I modified the seat and can now ride nearly pain free: “Climb every mountain; ford every stream” or something like that.

The plan is simple: just go at my own pace and finish, just finish. I’m doing this because I can. My friends can’t, my parents can’t, but for them and myself, I can at the very least try.

I fully expect to be in the far back of the pack, possibly even the last one over the finish line. I hope the event organizers don’t remove the equipment from the course before all the participants have a chance to cross the finish line. When the goal is simply to finish, that is the prize sought. That is the thrill.

As Toby Keith sings, “I ain’t as good as I once was, but I’m as good once as I ever was.”

By Marilou Newell

 

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YMCA Southcoast Annual Meeting

On Thursday, June 9, YMCA Southcoast held its 149th Annual Meeting at the Mattapoisett YMCA, overlooking the beautiful Mattapoisett Harbor. Peter Bullard, Chairman of the Board and member of the Board Development Committee, recapped the Y’s 2015 year as highlighted in the annual report.

YMCA Southcoast recognized its outstanding volunteers and employees with special awards and gratitude. James Scherer, President and CEO of YMCA SOUTHCOAST honored Geoffrey Swett as YMCA Southcoast’s “Volunteer of the Year.” Geoff has served as a member of the board for YMCA Southcoast and has been a driving force in helping to recruit community leaders and supporters for the Y. His commitment to the association and expanding the awareness of the Y’s mission in the community were contributing factors to Geoff being chosen for this award.

Nancy L. Bonell, COO/VP of Operations presented the “Employee of the Year” Award to Raymond Prevost from the Fall River YMCA. Executive Directors from each of YMCA Southcoast’s six branches recognized individuals who best represented the “Spirit of the Y” for their branch with an Outstanding Volunteer Award.

– Anne Burnett – Gleason Family YMCA

– Jack MacDonald – Dartmouth YMCA

– Susan Rodman – New Bedford YMCA

– Bob Kerr – Fall River YMCA

– Susan Shallies and Kathy Langevin – Mattapoisett YMCA

– Donna Frank – Stoico/FIRSTFED YMCA

Rhonda Veugen, Development Director, spoke about how the new Y nationwide branding and marketing is helping to define the Y’s mission: allowing everyone the opportunity to be healthy, feel supported and to thrive. In following the Y’s mission, two young scholars were presented with scholarships to continue with their higher education. Lauren Harper was presented with the Dr. Samuel W McFadden II scholarship and Marissa Bolton received the Dr. Robert H. Goodwin Memorial Scholarship.

The following individuals were voted in as officers of YMCA Southcoast at the meeting: Peter C. Bullard, Chairman; Geoffrey Swett, First Vice Chairperson; Margaret D. Xifaras, Second Vice Chairperson; Dr. Brian K. Bowcock, Treasurer; David W. Wright, Clerk. The Board Development Committee of YMCA Southcoast also elected Joseph R. Costa, Thomas P. Crotty, Steven H. Galavotti, Irving J. Goss, Marc Haslam, Michelle Keith, Cary LeBlanc, Nancy McFadden, Elaine Robertson, Geoffrey Swett and Margaret D. Xifaras to a two-year term on the Board of Directors.

Catherine “Nonie” Perry

Catherine “Nonie” Perry, 62, of New Bedford, passed away, Friday, June 24, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospital, surrounded by her family.

Catherine was born in Newport, RI and was a daughter of the late James D. and Vera R. (Costa) Hunt.

Catherine was a lifelong area resident and worked as a receptionist at James Hairstylist, in Fairhaven, for many years. She was an avid reader and loved long phone conversations. She enjoyed trips to the family summer home at Mattapoisett Beach and cherished the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Marcy E. Cruz; brother, James S. Hunt and sister,, Madeline Perry and her husband John, all of New Bedford, five grandchildren, Alyceia, Roberta, Phillip, La’Mia and Ma’kai; two great grandchildren, Azyah and Sy’el, many nieces and nephews; and her former husband and good friend Barry Perry.

Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at 7pm, in the Fairhaven Funeral Home, 177 Main St., Fairhaven. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Burial will be private.

Calling Hours will precede the service from 4-7pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105, or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.

10th Annual Arts in the Park

On Saturday, July 9 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Marion Art Center will host its 10th annual Arts in the Park at Bicentennial Park in Marion, MA. Bicentennial Park is located at the corner of Main and Spring Streets, where there is plenty of free parking. There is no admission fee, and the event is open to the public.

A wide variety of fine art and artisan crafts will be displayed in tents throughout the Park. Arts in the Park is a juried show and sale featuring local artists and artisans who will be offering unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, glass, paintings and prints, ceramics, textiles, collage, photography, turned, carved and painted wood, garden sculpture and garden furniture. Over 35 artists and artisans will be exhibiting their work. There will be live entertainment by Yesterday’s Country Band, and the New Bedford Museum of Art’s ArtMobile will be on hand to provide art projects for kids from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. Food and beverage will be offered by Harriett’s catering.

There will be a raffle of art work that has been donated by the artist exhibitors. Raffle tickets will be for sale and can be purchased throughout the day. The proceeds of the raffle will benefit the operation and maintenance of the Marion Art Center.

This year’s exhibitors will include Ceramic artists Karen Zaharee, Tessa Morgan of Flying Pig Pottery, Terry Simijis of Vera Petra Designs, and Chrissy Feiteira. Fiber creations will be offered by Liz Howland, Cindy Walsh, Heather Kidson, and Mary Monteiro. Fine jewelry will be offered by Emily Condon, Lynn Hahn, Trish Kozub, Karen Silvia, Donna Andrews-Maness, Julie Kohaya, Annika McKenna, Donna Driscoll, and Harmony Winters. Paintings, prints, photographs and collage will be offered by Mary Ross, Stephanie DeGeorge, Chazz Wood, Sarah Brown, Jane Egan, Carol Way Wood, Barry Cronin, Remmi Franklin, Bryan McSweeny and Doug Hockman. Hand-crafted bags will be offered by Chikako Mukai and Liz Howland. Painted objects and furniture will include Sarah Brown’s hand-painted chairs and tables, garden sculpture by Stephen Koleshis, and James Gallagher will offer his delightful folk-art fish. Turned wood and hand-crafted furniture will be offered by Gregory Strange and John Nadeau. Glass creations will be offered by Liza Abelson. Hand-crafted soaps by Jennifer Marie Hofmann will round out the show.

Marion Art Center’s galleries will be open during the event where the latest exhibition of paintings by Susan Strauss and Alison Horvitz will be available for view and sale. Visitors are invited to come inside to see the current exhibition of art in both galleries and to visit the theater where a permanent collection of portraits by Cecil Clark Davis is on display.

For more information, please visit www.marionartcenter.org and click on the “Arts In The Park” tab, or call 508-748-1266.

Mattapoisett Track Club

The Mattapoisett Track Club will begin its summer program on Monday, June 27 at ORRHS with registration at 5:00 pm and practice at 6:00 pm. Track will be held every Monday and Wednesday night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm with no track on July 4. The Mattapoisett Track Club is open to everyone ages 3 years and up regardless of town or country of residency. Registration fee is $60 per member for six weeks of summer fun. Like us on Facebook.

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