Tri-County Symphonic Band

As a musical equivalent of sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts on Valentine’s Day, the Tri-County Symphonic Band, under the direction of Philip Sanborn, invites everyone to enjoy a concert of music called “Love is in the Winds.” The concert is at 3:00 pm on Sunday, February 14 (Valentine’s Day), at Dartmouth High School, 555 Bakerville Road, South Dartmouth.

The program begins with Serge Prokofiev’s March from “The Love for Three Oranges.” The satirical opera “Love for Three Oranges” is based on a witch’s curse that compels the Prince to be obsessed with love for three oranges. The opera is infrequently performed, but the march is one of Prokofiev’s more popular works.

No truer love can be found than that of Lohengrin and Elsa from Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin.” The band will play a wonderful transcription of Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral. This is the music that precedes the well-known bridal chorus and represents the joy as well as the uncertainty Elsa has as she is about to wed a man whose true identity is unknown to her.

With love, families come together. In the case of the Montagues and the Capulets, the families could not be more polarized. Prokofiev’s musical depiction of these battling families from his ballet “Romeo and Juliet” is raucous and then sweet and then raucous again. Prokofiev uses broad strokes with the brass and offsets the brutality with expressive woodwind passages.

The twisted love triangle that was revealed in the novel “The Phantom of the Opera” was vaulted into popularity with the 1986 West End musical production with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The Tri-County Symphonic Band will do a medley of selections from the musical including “Think of Me,” “Angel of Music,” “All I Ask of You,” “The Point of No Return,” and “The Music of the Night.”

The concert will conclude with the Violin Concerto in D Major by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with Jesse Holstein, violin. The piece was written in Clarens, a Swiss resort on the shores of Lake Geneva, where Tchaikovsky had gone to recover from the depression brought on by his disastrous marriage to Antonina Miliukova. He was joined there by his composition pupil, the violinist Iosif Kotek. The two played works for violin and piano together. Since Tchaikovsky was not a violinist, he sought the advice of Kotek on the completion of the solo part. “How lovingly he’s busying himself with my concerto!” Tchaikovsky wrote. “It goes without saying that I would have been able to do nothing without him. He plays it marvelously.” The first performance of the concerto was eventually given by Adolph Brodsky on December 4, 1881 in Vienna. The work is regarded as one of the most beautiful and, at the same time, one of the most incredibly difficult violin concertos ever written.

Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth and The Bookstall in Marion. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Please visit for more information.

Lesley Johnson

Lesley Johnson passed away on Monday, 2/8/16 at her home in Moosup, CT. She had suffered with asthma, COPD and atrial fibrillation. Her father was Mel Johnson of Harbor Beach, Mattapoisett. Her mother was Hellen Martin of Plainfield, CT. She is survived by a brother, Douglas Johnson of Arkansas and two daughters; Angel Clerici of Vermont and Sherry Fletcher of Canterbury, CT. Lesley attended Willett School in Attleboro and then Center School in Mattapoisett. She also attended Fairhaven and Old Rochester High Schools, and graduated from Mansfield High School in 1962.

Catherine T. “Kay” (DeTerra) Messier

Catherine T. “Kay” (DeTerra) Messier, 89, of Mattapoisett passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on February 9, 2016.

She was the wife of the late Bernard L. Messier.

Born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret (Rose) DeTerra, she moved to Mattapoisett in 1974. She was a graduate of New Bedford High School in 1944 and a proud graduate of St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1948.

Throughout her life, Kay embodied the true spirit of a nurse always prepared, ready to heal and all done with a caring heart. Kay found great joy in watching the Patriots, tending to her home, and spending time with loved ones.

She was a communicant of St. Anthony’s Church in Mattapoisett.

She was employed as a registered nurse for St. Luke’s Hospital and for Dr. Franklin Berry.

Mrs. Messier was a member of St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing Alumni, AARP, and D.A.V. Auxiliary.

Survivors include her close friends the Mazzuca family and Jeanne St. Jean; as well as several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

She was the sister of the late Joseph S. DeTerra.

Her Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 13th at 10 AM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. Her family will receive guests on Saturday morning from 9 – 10 AM prior to her service. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Mattapoisett Police Department Ambulance Fund 64 County Rd., P.O. Box 436 Mattapoisett, MA 02739. For directions and guestbook, please visit

Waterway Fee Increases Approved

With summer fast approaching and with a plan to try and inject cash flow into the Waterfront Enterprise Fund, the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen on February 9 voted on a new rate structure that will affect boat owners, marinas, and boat yards effective immediately. But those changes didn’t sail along smoothly with residents.

Dana Barrows of Leisure Shores felt that implementing such a large increase in one season was unfair to the boating community.

There had been some confusion on the part of Selectman Jordan Collyer on rate increases for commercial moorings, which, after considerable discussion, was cleared up. But Barrows said, “How are you going to implement this when you’re not even sure?”

Barbara Gaspar, assistant town clerk, voiced her concern that people would be in an uproar saying, “As the person standing behind the counter, we’re going to take the blame.”

Board of Selectmen Chairman Paul Silva said it was the responsibility of Town Administrator Michael Gagne to work out the clerical kinks. Gagne assured Gaspar and the selectmen that he had held conversations with the treasurer, and was confident that appropriate accounting methodology would be employed.

But the biggest change being challenged on this night wasn’t really about the impact on boaters – it was about how commercial moorings will be billed and paid for.

The Marine Advisory Board along with the Board of Selectmen had determined that commercial moorings – those assigned to marinas and boatyards – would be paid for up-front by those businesses that, in turn, would be reimbursed by their customers.

Gagne backed off that a bit, indicating that for those commercial moorings committed to return customers, the town would bill the customers directly for the 2016 season. Any moorings that remained unused would be billed directly to the marinas.

Gagne said both the Mattapoisett Boat Yard and Leisure Shores Marina had improved their reporting processes over the last couple of years, but by placing the total fee structure for commercial moorings on an invoice to them, it would aid the town in getting revenue that for decades had merely floated out of the harbor uncollected.

In the end, the selectmen voted to approve the following: sticker fee per foot for residents $2, non-residents $5, and senior residents $1; mooring fee $60; all-inclusive commercial mooring and sticker fee $200; commercial mooring unused $70; all-inclusive commercial dock/float/sticker fee $210; town slip and timber pier fee all-inclusive $50 per foot; skiff fee $150, seniors $75; small boat fee $50.

Another topic that seemed to bring a stink into the meeting room was the issue of dog waste pollution.

Silva said he had received a telephone call recently from a concerned citizen who was horrified to see more than forty piles of dog excrement littering the bike path between Mattapoisett Neck Road and Brandt Island Beach Road.

“I checked myself, and they were there!” he said.

Gagne said that two years ago, dog waste stations had been installed throughout the town including at the bike path, but Animal Control Officer Kathleen Massey said, “No one uses those.” She went on to say, “I don’t know how to uphold the law.” Fines are posted at the stations but, she said, “Some people just don’t care.”

Silva said the amount of waste represented an environmental hazard in sensitive wetlands areas and expressed concern that something had to be done now to control the issue before the new portion of the bike path was completed.

Massey said that anyone who sees a person leave dog waste on the ground should take a picture of the offending human and send it to her.

Gagne said sometimes it takes other dog owners to get people to do the right thing. He said people could also contact him and Town Hall would take care of it.

Silva asked Gagne to pull together a committee of six people to explore ideas and ways to get dog owners to comply. Anyone interested in participating on this committee or wishing to report a problem should contact Michael Gagne at, 508-758-4100, ext. 4 or Kathleen Massey at, 508-400-8910.

Earlier in the evening, the selectmen recognized Police Officers Lenira DaCruz and Brett Ostekowski for their outstanding service during an incident on Christmas morning 2015.

The pair had responded to a call reporting a water leak, but when they reached the scene, they heard an alarm sounding and went to investigate.

What they found was a family asleep in a home filled with carbon monoxide. The officers were able to evacuate the family from the building and away from possible lethal consequences.

Collyer lauded the police officers saying, “The amount of carbon monoxide could have resulted in a bad Christmas morning. Once again, police have gone over and above the call of duty.”

The selectmen also voted to approve an application for a grant from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund to help purchase land near Wellhead No. 3 currently held by the Tinkham family. The property is part of the Mattapoisett River Valley watershed area and snakes along the Mattapoisett River. This land acquisition is in partnership with the Buzzards Bay Coalition and will be held by the Mattapoisett Water and Sewer Department as town properties under their control.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen is scheduled for February 23 at 7:00 pm in the Mattapoisett Town Hall conference room.

By Marilou Newell


Elks Student of the Month for January

The Elks of Wareham Lodge No. 1548 sponsors the Elks Student of the Month and Student of the Year Awards for students enrolled in local area high schools. The criteria used in nominating a student includes a student who excels in scholarship, citizenship, performing arts, fine arts, hobbies, athletics, church, school and community service, industry and farming.

We congratulate junior Connor Farney of Mattapoisett for being selected by the Old Rochester Regional High School faculty and staff as the January Student of the Month. Connor was a member of the cross-country team this fall and had a very successful first season and now plans to run spring track. He has been on the honor roll this year even earning high honors in Term 2. Connor has been working part-time filming local meetings for ORCTV. Connor currently plans to attend a 4-year college and major in zoology.

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot will be shown on Friday, February 12 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall. Some Like It Hot is considered by many to be the best and funniest comedy movie ever made. The dynamics between Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Marilyn Monroe weave non-stop humor. Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon play Chicago musicians who witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre and are observed by Spats Colombo (modeled after Al Capone) in the process. The only way for them to survive is to flee the town, and they do so by joining an all-woman band heading for a job in Florida. Along the way, they meet Marilyn Monroe (playing Sugar Kane Kowalszyk) on the train and the plot thickens. This film is part of the Classic Movie series sponsored by the Sippican Historical Society and the Marion Council of Aging. The film is open to the public and there is no charge to see the film.

Teachers Say School Air Quality is Poor

Could air quality at Sippican School be responsible for exacerbating some teachers’ allergies, causing migraines, and making them sick? Air quality test results suggest no, but at least 12 Sippican teachers affected say ‘yes,’ and they are asking the Marion School Committee to allow the state to take its own air quality samples.

Representative for the Marion Teachers Association and Health and Safety Committee member Nicole Boussy said on February 3 that the issue of air quality at Sippican School has been ongoing for a number of years, and the group is now ready to take whatever steps it needs to find relief.

“I myself have experienced watching a teacher cough up blood due to the air quality within the building,” said Boussy. “I have a number of teachers who have diagnosed mold allergies that they are attributing to the air quality within the building.”

Teachers say one section of the first floor is the main area for poor air quality.

School Business Administrator Patrick Spencer told the committee an independent lab had tested the school for poor air quality, with samples taken throughout the building. Levels came up with a count of 39, which is below the threshold of 100.

Spencer said the teachers have now asked the school district to allow the state to enter the building to take its own air quality samples, which Spencer called “a little redundant.”

“There’s nothing wrong with doing it, but we just wanted guidance from the committee” Spencer said. “They raised a concern and we take it seriously.”

Spencer said no students have made complaints; however, Boussy argued that children are in fact affected.

“Children in that building as well experience some of the same things the teachers are experiencing,” said Boussy. “…We’re just hoping that we can work together … to have somebody come in and look.”

Boussy said the group hired an attorney through the Massachusetts Teachers Association who has looked through the report. The attorney pointed out several factors, including indoor mold species distribution, which could be affecting the school staff.

Boussy said Principal Lyn Rivet has been open and supportive throughout.

“Because of their concern for one another and the children of Marion, we are prepared to move forward,” said Rivet.

Facilities Director Gene Jones said he has done all he can to try and alleviate some of the issues, including bringing in air ionizers and an “air scrubber,” a high-power air blower to help with air circulation and mitigation of humidity.

“I don’t know what else to do in all my experience,” said Jones, saying he has even reached out to his peers in the field for advice. “The best thing is good housekeeping. Keep it clean. Keep it as up to date as possible … I’ve done everything as far as facility-wise…”

School Committee Chairman Christine Marcolini said it appeared as though the school has done its due diligence, but she is concerned, nonetheless.

“I don’t feel comfortable knowing that the staff doesn’t feel comfortable with the air quality of the building,” Marcolini said, although she voiced some hesitation over inviting the state into the school for testing. “Bringing the state in is a risk. It could turn the school on its ear.”

But at least the testing is free, said Marcolini.

“Till it’s not,” said committee member Kate Houdelette.

“Well, I take this very seriously,” said Marcolini. “We want them to be healthy and feel good in our building.”

The committee voted to move forward with the testing.

In other matters, committee members discussed the proposed draft of the 2016-2017 school calendar and agreed to restore Good Friday as a day off, mostly because the April 14 religious day of observation will be the Friday before April vacation, which had the School Committee questioning the day’s productivity as a day of learning.

School Committee member Christine Winters brought up the concern, saying, given the low attendance of last year’s Good Friday school day, it would be beneficial to take that day off. Religious reasons aside, she said, the district has other Fridays off before a long weekend. Winters then asked Assistant Superintendent Elise Frangos her thoughts.

“From an educational perspective, as well as sensitivity perspective, I concur with you that having … Good Friday where we conduct school, given our [substitute teacher] challenges, given our sensitivity to people and their religious observances and travel needs, I think it’s folly to continue down that path,” said Frangos.

Houdelette said she would be open to that, but the committee agreed that making the day a half day instead of a full day or day off would not do.

The committee also wished to move around a couple half days and professional development days in order to allow for less broken-up school weeks throughout the year.

Also during the meeting, the committee approved a $25,000 anonymous donation to the Sippican School, which it has now for a number of years.

Winters opposed the full nondisclosure of the donor’s identity and voted against the acceptance.

“There’s a difference between someone donating something anonymously and not wanting it to be announced publically,” Winters said.

Winters and Marcolini say they both spoke with someone from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and received conflicting information about the legal criteria for accepting an anonymous donation. Marcolini argued that all standards were met, disagreeing with Winters.

“I believe it is one-hundred percent acceptable,” said Houdelette. “I just think we should be celebrating this instead of continuing to debate this.”

Last year, the donation funded the purchase of 200 Chromebooks for the school, among other things.

The committee also voted unanimously in favor of accepting pay increases for substitute teachers and classroom aides for the rest of the school year, and then approved an additional pay raise for the following school year, with Winters opposed.

The next meeting of the Marion School Committee is scheduled for March 2 at 6:30 pm at the Marion Town House.

By Jean Perry


Richard J. “Rick” Guerzoni

Richard J. “Rick” Guerzoni, (Ret. Chief, Marion FD), 61, of Marion, died Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at Tobey Hospital in Wareham.  He was the husband of Leslie F. Guerzoni.

Born in Wareham, he was the son of the late John H. & Madeline P. (Coggeshall) Guerzoni.  A graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School in 1972, Rick went to work for the Town of Marion Water Department eventually becoming foreman.  He joined the Marion Fire Department in 1974, rising through the ranks until he became the town’s first career chief in 2002.  He retired from the department in 2009.

Rick is survived by his wife; his son, John Guerzoni of Marion; his daughter, Amy Arruda and her wife Kay of Raynham and his sister, Jayne Guerzoni of Marion.

His funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham at 10 AM.  Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion.  Visiting hours will be Friday from 4 – 8 PM at the funeral home.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Marion Firefighters Assoc., P.O. Box 114, Marion, MA 02738.  For directions and on-line guestbook visit:

Frances P. (Rogers) Walton

Frances P. (Rogers) Walton, 83, of Fairhaven died Saturday February 6, 2016 at St. Luke’s Hospital after a long illness. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Donald A. Walton.

Born in Fairhaven, the daughter of the late John and Lucinda (Pimental) Rogers, she lived in Fairhaven for most of her life. She was a graduate of Fairhaven High School.

Mrs. Walton was formerly employed by Acushnet Company for 30 years and was an Accounts Receivable manager when she retired.
She enjoyed time with her family, knitting, painting, crafting, and gardening.

Frances is also survived by her three children, daughter – Catherine O’Brien and her husband Daniel of Mattapoisett, daughter – Christine (Tina) Albano, and son – Christopher Walton and his wife Dawn, all of Fairhaven, and two sisters – Joan Mello and Lucinda Snow, both of Fairhaven. Frances had nine grandchildren, Joseph, Mandy, Meghan, Jessica, James, Alexandra, Peter, Christopher, and Kevin, and three great-grandchildren, Keira, Logan, and Ryder. She was “Aunt Sanny” to several nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brother, the late John Rogers Jr.
Her Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday February 13, 2016 at 10 AM at St. Anthony’s Church, Mattapoisett, followed by burial in Cushing Cemetery. Visiting hours are omitted. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Community Nurse Home Care, P.O. Box 751, Fairhaven, MA 02719 or Southcoast VNA Hospice Program, 200 Mill Rd., Fairhaven, MA 02719. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Route 6, Mattapoisett. For online condolence book, please visit

Mattapoisett Lions Club Award

The Mattapoisett Lions Club, a member of Lions International consisting of 45,000 clubs and more than 1.3 million members worldwide making this the world’s largest service club organization, is pleased to announce two $2,500 scholarships to be awarded this year to graduating high school or home-schooled students residing in Mattapoisett, Marion and Rochester.

The funds for this Award are raised through fundraisers held by the Mattapoisett Lions Club throughout the year, including Harbor Days, an annual Arts and Craft Festival held in Shipyard Park every third week-end of July and attended by up to 10,000 people.

The Lion’s Club motto is “We Serve,” and one of the largest charitable causes of Lion’s International includes raising funds for eye research in an effort to end preventable blindness throughout the world and providing services for those in need in our community.

To qualify, a graduating student or home-schooled student shall be enrolled in their first year of a recognized school of higher education, must be a resident of the Tri-Town area, and have demonstrated service to the community.

To obtain an application, learn more about this Award, or to learn how to become a member of the Lions Club, visit our website Award applications are available through the guidance department at your high school.

Applications must be received by March 26, 2016.