Family Fall Festival Next Weekend

Due to rainy weather, the Mattapoisett Historical Society’s Family Fall Festival was moved to Saturday, October 18 at 2:00 pm. Join us as we celebrate the fall season with some old-fashioned fun, including carving/decorating pumpkins, pressing apples into cider, trying out old-fashioned farming and kitchen tools, and creating fall crafts to take home. The Festival is free; donations are always welcome. Mattapoisett Historical Society, 5 Church Street, 508-758-2844,,

Rochester Women’s Club

The Rochester Women’s Club is excited to announce that we are sponsoring a Pumpkin carving/decorating contest as part of the Halloween Celebration to be held at Plumb Corner Mall on Saturday, October 25 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Please bring your own decorated pumpkin and join in the fun!!

Women’s Club members will be in attendance to judge the contest. There will be many prizes for different age groups and styles.

Plumb Corner Mall is located at 565 Rounseville Road in Rochester.

Tabor Fall Sports Update

About a month into the season, the fall sports teams are still enjoying a great deal of success.

Last Wednesday, the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team defeated the St. George’s School with a score of 3-1 while the Girls JV Soccer Team also defeated their Rhode Island opponents in a final score of 5-1. In an exciting victory of 2-0, the Varsity Field Hockey Team won over the Brooks School, a traditionally competitive rival.

Last Friday, the Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country Teams defeated St. Marks and St. George’s on the hilly St. George’s course. These two additional wins have added to the girls’ team’s undefeated record, which is now at 23-0.

Despite the rainy weather on Saturday, Tabor teams went out and competed again. The Varsity Football team defeated The Gunnery 20-7 while the Varsity Field Hockey Team tied the talented Greenwich Academy team. Boys JV-A Soccer also brought home a 5-0 victory over Wilbraham and Monson Academy.

Next weekend, all teams will be competing at home during Parent’s Weekend. Visit for game schedules.

By Julia O’Rourke


Waterways Rules & Regulations

Allan Gillis, Chairman of the Marine Advisory Board, and Harbormaster Jill Simmons spent a solid hour discussing the updated draft of Waterways Rules and Regulations presented to the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen on October 14. But of all the important areas noted in the document, none has been more contentious than the one dedicated to “grandfathered” moorings.

Starting with what should be used as a definition of “immediate family members” to when and how a mooring may be transferred, grandfathered moorings remain a sensitive subject matter.

“I just don’t think the Town should continue to do this … it is detrimental to the public,” stated Simmons. She went on to say, “…this creates a protected class of people … the whole thing bothers me … you are not taking care of other people.” Simmons explained that grandfathered moorings are being rented out, aren’t being used as regulated, and that even if the moorings are used as permitted, grandfathering keeps other people waiting for decades to get a mooring.

Gillis felt that the MAB had done its best after debating this issue for months.

Paul Silva, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, asked Gillis to go back to his board with a variety of text changes and stated that the selectmen would attend the MAB’s November meeting to clear up all sticking points. Once the document has been finally completed, Gillis was told to return to the BOS, and that it will also be vetted by the public before final approval. Go to to view a hyperlink of this portion of the meeting.

Other handled agenda items included votes to approve Charles Rider as a regular member of the Recreation Commission, Sean K. Parker as a full-time police officer, and Dorothy Nunes as a member of the Agricultural Commission.

How On Earth received approval to expand their food and beverage service to a deck area behind the store and Town Clerk Catherine Heuberger presented the November 4 Election Warrant for the board members’ signatures.

A presentation from Kevin Magowan, Master of Science/University of North Carolina, who has been working on the Pine Island Pond Oyster Project showed positive results from the year-long effort. The Town invested in equipment and Magowan established an oyster fishery that produced 12,000 legal-sized oysters. His detailed report also noted a 30% survival rate. The total cost of the project was approximately $4000 lower than the amount the Town had been spending to replenish diminishing stocks over the past several years. This project bodes well for a promising future for oysters, not only in Pine Island Pond, but in other areas to which the shellfish will be moved once they are mature. Harvesting at this location is now open to persons holding ‘family’ permits.

Speaking of oysters, oyster season is now open in the inner harbor for permitted residents.

Silva asked Gagne to outline who should be on a ‘town facility study group’ and how to proceed saying that, “now’s the time to start moving on this … what is the vision.”

Gagne gave his report, which included a call to the public to donate items for packages that will be sent to military service personnel. If you wish to donate, check the Town’s website for a list of needed items and drop them off at Town Hall.

Gagne also said that bidding is open for work on the town’s beach house and called on local contractors to pick up plans and specifications. A refundable $50 deposit is required.

He reminded the public that the senior tax-work-off program is now open. If you are a senior citizen with a skill that can benefit the town, you may be hired to work off as much as $750 from property taxes. Annual sign-up is required.

Flu shots will be available on October 24 between 1:00 and 4:00 pm for a $5 donation at the Council on Aging or if home-bound by calling the Public Health Nurse at 508-758-4118.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen is October 28 at 7:00 pm in the Town Hall conference room.

By Marilou Newell


Hunting Season is Orange Season for Hikers

I’ve been busy hiking hills outside of Tri-Town these days, but this weekend was the first time this year I donned hunter orange while hiking – which made me think of my readers who may be hiking, walking their dogs, bird watching, or photographing nature on some of the same trails that I wrote about in my series Take a Hike!

            Fellow forest freaks, beware. Deer hunting season begins this weekend, and some of the properties I myself have visited in Tri-Town and written about do allow hunting.

Deer hunting season runs from October 20 until December 31.

Hunter orange, blaze orange, or international orange, is an intense fluorescent orange that is highly visible, even in dim light. It might not be the most flattering or fashionable of colors, but it could prevent hunting-related accidents, and even deaths.

For about 300 years, hunting has been prohibited on Sundays, one of those last remaining “blue laws” of 18th Century Massachusetts that still observes the Sabbath. That, however, may change, and bow and arrow hunting might next year be allowed on Sundays.

Mattapoisett’s own Representative William Strauss earlier this year introduced Bill H.3963, legislation authorizing bow and arrow hunting on Sundays from October through the end of December, which passed the House of Representatives in June.

The bill was submitted to the State Senate Ethics and Rules Committee, and has not yet been voted on by the Senate.

I have no opinion either way when it comes to hunting. My dad hunted deer all throughout my childhood and, as long as Mom didn’t try to pass venison off as a regular steak for dinner, I was fine with it. Besides, Dad rarely ever came home with a deer. I personally prefer shooting nature with my camera.

I do, however, appreciate very much that one day every week when I am free to gallivant wherever I choose without the fear of accidentally getting pierced with an arrow.

If Strauss’ bill is passed, shotgun hunting would remain prohibited on Sundays throughout hunting season, which ends December 13. Primitive firearms hunting, i.e. muzzleloaders, continues until December 31.

Timothy Madden of Nantucket submitted an amendment to the bill, giving cities and towns the chance to opt-out of provisions of this act by sending a certified letter to the director of Fisheries and Wildlife and the Fisheries and Wildlife Board, but the amendment was rejected.

At least for this year, we are safe to roam the woods on Sundays without having to take extra precautions to not be confused as prey, but I strongly urge anyone spending time in the woods this time of year to don their blaze orange, regardless of the day of the week. They even make hunter orange accessories for dogs for protection.

A hiker should cover their body with enough blaze orange to be visible to hunters while walking through the woods. I wear an orange vest on the outside of my coat, which is large enough in size to be seen from a front or side angle. However, a blaze orange cap along with the vest is recommended. I bring along a blaze orange handkerchief as well to tie around my neck or hang from my backpack as extra reinforcement. After all, I live to hike – but I don’t want to die for it!

By Jean Perry


Mary A. (Mello) Fisher

Mary A. (Mello) Fisher, 75, of Livingston, TX died October 13, 2014 at home after a long courageous battle with cancer.

She was the wife of Robert C. Fisher.

Born and raised in Mattapoisett, the daughter of the late Joseph C. and Mary (Lopes) Mello, she lived in Bellows Falls, VT for 22 years before moving to San Antonio, TX.

She was formerly employed as a rectory coordinator at St. Charles Church in Bellows Falls, VT for many years. She was an active communicant of St. Charles Church and was active in Cursillo.

She was a prominent musician while living in Mattapoisett where she played in a symphonic band and taught music at The Symphony Music Shop.

Survivors include her husband; 2 sisters, her twin sister Florence Foley and Rosalie West, both of New Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held on Tuesday, October 21st at 9 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church at 10 AM. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Monday, October 20th from 4-7 PM. For directions and guestbook, please

Marylin Virginia (Wood) Mills

of Acushnet died Wednesday, October 8th, after a courageous 4 ½ year battle with colon cancer. On the day of her passing, she was surrounded by her loving family.

Born September 2nd, 1936, in South Walpole, daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Kelly) Wood, she lived in Acushnet most of her life. Marylin was a devoted wife to her husband, Everett, for 52 years until his passing in 2007. She was also his business partner at MVM Mechanical. She was a loving mother and proudly raised six children.

Marylin’s greatest joy in life came from being with her family. She especially enjoyed spending time with them hiking in New Hampshire and driving across both the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive in Virginia. Her other passion was volunteering at St. Francis Xavier School and she had done so from the 1960’s up until recent years.

She is survived by her six children; Elizabeth Trull of Fairhaven, Everett Douglas Mills, Jr. and his wife Claudia of Mattapoisett, Peter Mills and his wife Kelley of Dartmouth, Jonathan Mills, Judith Furtado and her husband John of Acushnet and Joshua Mills and his wife Kathy of Connecticut; four grandsons, Nathaniel Trull, Graham Mills, Lynden Mills and Trevor Furtado; three granddaughters, Laura Mills, Gretta Mills and Shannon Mills; a brother, Thomas Wood and his wife Elizabeth of Fl.

Marylin was the grandmother of the late Benjamin Stearns Trull.

Donations in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at:

Her Funeral Service will be private.

Elizabeth (Uhl) Dondyk

Elizabeth (Uhl) Dondyk, 88, of Marion died October 14, 2014 peacefully at home.

She was the wife of the late Dmytro Dondyk.

Born and raised in Lindenberg, Germany, the daughter of the late Joseph and Maria (Uhl) Miltz, she lived in Venezuela for many years before moving to the United States.

Mrs. Dondyk founded and ran a family enterprise with her late husband in Venezuela.

She was an active member of the Rotary Club while living in Venezuela.

Survivors include her son, Dmytro Dondyk and his wife Maria of Mattapoisett; a daughter, Victoria Dondyk of Marion; 2 sisters, Linde Shill and Rita Reuter, both of Lindenberg, Germany; 4 grandchildren, Dmytro Dondyk, Jr., Erich Dondyk, Stephanie Dondyk and Karen Dondyk; and several nieces and nephews.

She was the mother of the late Alexander “Sasha” Dondyk.

Her Funeral will be held on Saturday, October 18th at 11 AM from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Anthony’s Church at 12 Noon. Visiting hours will be on Friday, October 17th from 5-8 PM. For directions and guestbook, please

Gateway Youth Hockey

Mites: The Gateway Mites lost 10-5 Saturday to YD behind a strong team effort. The team was short-handed, missing four of their players. Back-up goalie Pat Tripp stopped 42 shots and a penalty shot. Gateway jumped out to a 2-0 lead early, but couldn’t hold the lead. Jarred Frates had a hat trick, and Brayden Cannon and Jack Langlais also had goals. Kevin Place, Bree Killion and Thomas Clavell were strong on defense. The Mites are back at it next Saturday versus Nantucket.

Squirts: The Gateway Squirts played the Cape Cod Canal Sharks at Gallo Arena Saturday and came away with another win 8-0, with Matthew Quinlan and Juni Suarez each scoring four goals. Great defense was played by Thomas Leger, Lucas DeMoranville and Braden MacDonald. Brady Kidney and Nathan Ribeiro hustled on offense and Ryker King had 12 saves, giving him another shut-out. Joseph Urnek-Sullivan was awarded the game puck for his outstanding effort on the ice.

Pee Wees: The Gateway Youth Hockey Pee Wee team beat Canal by a score of 5-2. The players worked together, which resulted in lots of goal scorers and play makers. Matthew Quinlan scored two goals, followed by Austin Fleming, Danny Flynn and Jack Martins who also earned goals. This week’s strong passing and shooting game led to three assists by Ben DeMoranville and an assist each by Jack Martins, Luke Mello, Bailey Tieu and Quinlan. Canal played hard, keeping the score tight in the first half of the game and didn’t make it easy for Gateway. Gateway had one of their best team efforts this season, by everyone on the ice, and pulled away towards the end of second period and through the third.

Bantams: Bolstered by shutout net-minding from Steven Strachan and Zachary Pateakos, along with a five-point night from Tyler Lovendale, the Gateway Bantams trounced Weymouth, 8-0. Lovendale had a hat-trick and two assists, while brother, Zack Lovendale, also added a pair of assists. Josh Smolkinsky had a pair of goals and an assist. Robert Ramsay also had three points (goal and two assists). Jared Westgate and Nick Snow each had a goal, and Jameson Woodward chipped in with an assist. The defensive efforts of Westgate, Jackson St. Don, Noah DeMoranville, and Coleby Paling limited Weymouth to less than a handful of shots on goal.

Middle School: The Middle School 1 team took on a tough KP team on Friday, coming away with a tough 6-5 loss. KP jumped out quickly, taking a 3-0 lead. The Jr. Vikings didn’t fold, scoring two and leaving the score at the end of the first 3-2. The Jr. Vikings outscored KP 1-0 in the second period, but KP just had too much offense in the third, scoring three while the Jr. Vikings only had two. Scoring on the day were Quirino doCanto with two, Matthew Maloney, Robert Maloney, and Peter Pimentel, each with a goal.

Bird Island Trip

Many thanks to Isaac Perry and Paul Hyde of Marion’s Harbormaster department for another informative trip to Bird Island. The Marion Natural History after-school group heard about the history of the lighthouse and the important role the island itself plays in the life history of endangered terns.

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