Drag Racing Legends


Two former Mattapoisett men who made quarter-mile drag racing history in the 1960s brought home the California gold in 2015. In October of 1958, David Vermilya from Atkinson Way and two of his friends headed toward Southern California stuffed in a 1932 Ford pickup truck. Vermilya owned a 1934 Chevy powered Ford convertible, but opted […] Read more »

New Bedford: The City of Light


In 1851, an English noblewoman wrote home to say, “I have been invited to visit New Bedford … it is said to be the ‘City of Palaces,’ from the beautiful buildings it contains.” New Bedford was once the jewel of Massachusetts, called by some the “City of Light.” It is this glimmering history that author […] Read more »

The Last Halloween Stories


Here they are … the last two stories in our 2015 Halloween Story Contest. To continue the suspense just a little further, we won’t tell you who won until after these stories, where we also list all of the authors. Thank you to everyone who entered! The Wanderer will also hold a special Facebook Halloween […] Read more »

History of the Mattapoisett Halloween Parade

Abraham Skidmore Leading a Parade, undated. Courtesy of the Mattapoisett Historical Society

The following article is comprised of information gathered from past issues of The Wanderer, Presto Press from the Mattapoisett Historical Society archives, scrapbook collections at the Mattapoisett Historical Society, and from interviews with Jodi Bauer at the Mattapoisett Clipper, Richard Morgado (son of Al Morgado), and Captain Anthony Days of the Mattapoisett Police Department.   […] Read more »

Tri-Town Halloween Haunts


Boo! (Or is it boo-hoo?) It’s almost the end of October! Has Halloween snuck up on you and your family, too? If so, here is a last minute guide to all things Halloween happening in Tri-Town so you can start celebrating in spooky style most expediently. As soon as Saturday, October 24, the Annual Plumb […] Read more »

Halloween Story Contest – Part II


  Here is the second of three installments showcasing the entries for one of our favorite events of the year, the Annual Halloween Story Contest! Last week we introduced the first three stories submitted, and this week we have a few more, so sit back and enjoy a fun read. The winner will be announced […] Read more »

Controlling Winter Moths


On October 17, with the first real chill of the fall season testing the hale and hearty, about 100 people gathered around a giant elm tree in Dunseith Garden in Mattapoisett to learn how to control the dreaded winter moth. Winter moths arrived in the area several years ago, drifting steadily south from northern regions […] Read more »

Animal Shelter Raising Funds for Addition


This Sunday at “It’s All About the Animals” shelter in Rochester, it was all about putting the Halloween ‘fun’ in ‘fundraiser’ to raise money for a much needed addition to the cat shelter’s main building. “Octopurr Fest” was the shelter’s very first all-out community event, said Pam Robinson, owner and operator of the local cat […] Read more »

NHS Sponsors Costume Drive


With Halloween lurking right around the corner, the elation of children in the Tri-Town is almost tangible. Whether making or buying costumes, children everywhere are excited to go house to house receiving candy from their friends and neighbors. For many, going to the local parade to show off their costumes has become a tradition. For […] Read more »

Halloween Story Contest


It’s time for one of our favorite events of the year, the Annual Halloween Story Contest! We have seven great submissions this year to share with you so sit back and enjoy a good read. The winner will be announced in the October 29 edition.   Halloween Story Contest Entry #1 Scarred for Life Never. […] Read more »