Critical Bike Path Public Hearing

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At long last, Phase I of the next construction segments of the Mattapoisett Bike Path has received a hearing date with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. This very pivotal public hearing is scheduled for September 25 at 7:00 pm in the Old Hammondtown School auditorium. Depending on how this hearing goes, either Mattapoisett will have […] Read more »

Farmer, Shipbuilder, Merchant, & Judge

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Once again, Seth Mendell – educator, historian, and President Emeritus of the Mattapoisett Historical Society – enthralled a gathering of eager listeners when he gave his final talk of the summer season on Squire Joseph Meigs, Sr. at Shipyard Park on August 31. Mendell, speaking nearly extemporaneously for an hour on one of Mattapoisett’s most […] Read more »

A Journey of a Lifetime

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Years ago, a Rochester man took a long-distance motorcycle trip from Rochester to Newfoundland, Canada, and realized he wanted more. He, like his father before him, developed a love of motorcycles and a lust for wandering far from home, and this was the year his dream of riding his Harley Davidson across country would be […] Read more »

East Over Reservation

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The sun had just burned a hole through the gray morning clouds when I started out on the wooden-boardwalked hiking trail at East Over Reservation off County Road. The light sparkled on the dew-soaked foliage on that muggy morning in the Marion woods, and there was a stillness, a calm about the place. This is […] Read more »

Two Roads Diverged at Doggett’s Brook

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It’s a precious thing – an unhurried walk through the late summerwoods to bid farewell to August and welcome in September. This last week of August is a special week in nature for those who take the time to look around and notice the subtle transitioning of the two seasons – bridged by the harmonic […] Read more »

Road Trip to Downeast Maine

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In some respects, once you get off Interstate 95 and onto Route 1 heading north through Maine, it feels like you’ve been dropped back in time. The houses get farther apart, the fields more rock strewn, and the cars on the road and people fewer. The Northern Appalachian Mountain region and adjacent well-known rocky coast […] Read more »

Hunters of History

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Bob St. Onge of Rochester and Tom Smith of East Wareham have shared a passion for treasure hunting with their metal detectors since 1972. Together, they have found some pretty curious and fascinating bits of history along the way, too. On August 20, the two men gave a metal detector search demonstration to the Rochester […] Read more »

Local Woman Fighting for a Cause

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Mattapoisett’s Shannon Leary is literally fighting for a cause. Leary has accepted a challenge to “knockout cancer” and is putting up her dukes during a months-long fundraising effort to raise funds for Dana Farber and the Jimmy Fund. This year at the 2014 Belles of the Brawl, Leary will represent Mattapoisett in the ring as […] Read more »

104 Years oaf the Grange

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The members of the Rochester Grange kept a 104 year-old tradition alive for another year on Saturday, August 16, pulling off another successful Rochester Grange Fair. Participants entered their best vegetables, flowers, baked goods, and handicrafts, hoping to win first prize. Photos by Jean Perry Read more »