Boating Skills And Seamanship Course

Have you asked your self questions like: Why should I take a Boating Safety & Seamanship class? Why do I need a Safety Check List before getting underway? I want to buy a boat … what is the best boat for me? How much safety equipment must I have on my boat? I have a cell phone … why do I need a marine radio? If I swamp my boat … what do I do? Do I really have to wear a life jacket? What are the major causes of accidents that happen out on the water and how do I avoid them?

You can get answers to these questions and more by registering to take a Boating Skills and Seamanship Course that will be offered by the Onset/Marion Flotilla 63 of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Classes will be held on Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Marion Marconi Building at 13 Atlantis Drive, Marion, Massachusetts.

Registration and classes will begin on Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 pm.

This course is directed to the first-time boater and as a great review for the more experienced boater. Subjects to be covered include “Which Boat is for You,” “Equipment for Your Boat,” “Trailering Your Boat,” “Handling Your Boat,” Your Highway Signs,” and “The Rules You Must Follow.” There is a minimal fee of $40 for course materials.

For more information, contact Warren Washburn after 6:00 pm at 508-789-3680.

Mattapoisett Cultural Council

Are you interested in supporting community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences in Mattapoisett? Each year, Mattapoisett Cultural Council awards funds for public cultural events such as plays and concerts, arts in the schools, community arts and cultural organizations, field trips for students to museums and performances, and more. These programs promote the availability of rich cultural experiences for Mattapoisett residents.

Council members are municipally-appointed volunteers who help determine how to disburse available funds to individuals, schools, and cultural organizations who apply for project support. Mattapoisett Cultural Council is seeking several new volunteers interested in serving as voting members to work together to allocate funding. Information about the local cultural council program is available at

If you are interested or have questions about becoming a member, please contact Deadline is March 10, 2018.

Durwood G Parker

Durwood G Parker, 84, of Taunton passed away peacefully, Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Marion Manor. Durwood was born and raised and lived his whole life in Taunton, Massachusetts and was the son of the late Durwood and Delia Parker. He is survived by his brother Gary Parker and sister in law Marcia Parker of Mattapoisett, MA. In addition, he is survived by his niece Molly Parker of Key West, Florida and niece Amy Parker Ventre, her husband Mark Ventre and his “grand” nieces Olivia and Grace of Andover, MA. He is also survived by his nephew Alex, his wife Summer Parker and “grand” nephews Will and Ben of Lexington, MA.

Dewey spent his whole life in the closely knit neighborhood on Linden Street (the Brickyard area of Taunton). He was blessed being with all of the neighbors that cared for him and supported him throughout the years. His entire working life was spent at Marion Manor working in the maintenance department. He retired after almost 40 years at his job.

He was a charter member of the Taunton Boat Club which was established over 50 years ago. Dewey was always seen on the Taunton River in his boat, taking untold numbers of people for excursions on the water. He also spent a great deal of time with his brother in Mattapoisett out on Buzzards Bay, Vineyard and Nantucket Sounds, fishing and landing some very large striped bass. He always had a love of the water, whether out on a boat or sitting on the side of the Cape Cod Canal watching the vessel traffic go by or endlessly fishing in pursuit of that trophy striper.

Durwood was always highly visible in his cherished GMC pickup truck. He was always ready to lend a hand to any of his friends that needed assistance moving some lumber or making a dump run.

Dewey will be missed by his many friends and all of his family. He was a very special person.

A special thank you for the wonderful care provided to Durwood by Dr.James Hoye, Tammy Tilton, NP and the whole staff at Marion Manor. They too are very special people.

Visitation has been omitted. A celebration of life will be scheduled at a future date in Mattapoisett.


The World According to Chocolate

Once upon a time in the dense jungles and forests of Central America, early inhabitants discovered the cocoa pod. It became more precious than gold to those early native peoples. With amazing ingenuity, they developed a method for extracting the beans, roasting them, and then brewing the ebony gems into a drink enjoyed only by high-ranking members of their society. One can only wonder what the kings of ancient Mayan civilizations would think if they knew the impact that cocoa’s evolution would have on mankind across time.

On February 12, the Marion Council on Aging hosted Victoria Kichuk, a guest speaker from Cocoa Beantown, a Boston-based chocolate tour company. Kichuk took the assembled on a journey of chocolate tasting. Woven throughout her talk, Kichuk enlightened the group on everything from where the plants are grown to the latest in chocolate innovations.

The cocoa tree grows mostly in a 20-degree band north and south of the Equator. While cocoa is primarily known as a product originating in the Americas, today Africa produces 40 percent of all commercially traded product, Kichuk said.

Given the small geographic areas in which the plants thrive, Kichuk expressed the importance of a healthy environment for plant production. Such increasing concerns as global warming, disease, and fire could profoundly and negatively affect future production.

Kichuk explained that the pods grow from the trunk of the cocoa tree, giving the plant an otherworldly appearance. She also said that it takes 10 years for trees to mature sufficiently for the production of flowers leading to pods and the much sought after beans inside. In spite of these considerations, she said, “It’s amazing that we can get chocolate whenever we want.”

Kichuk passed around four different types of chocolate samples as she discussed “mouth feel,” “fragrance,” “flavor notes,” and pairings. As the participants sampled such succulent flavors as white chocolate from Belgium, Blond Dulcey and milk chocolate from France, and dark chocolate from Madagascar, Kichuk asked people to notice the differences in taste, textures, and overall enjoyment.

When considering what sort of chocolate to purchase, especially during what she called “chocolate holidays” such as Valentine’s Day and Easter, Kichuk said, “You get what you pay for.” She cautioned that if chocolates taste waxy, it was because they contained edible paraffin. She said the best chocolates would be those produced outside the U.S. or from small batch chocolatiers.

As the gathered tasted the samples, the sounds of pleasure in the forms of “mmm” and “ah” echoed around the room. And by the way, Kichuk corrected a common misnomer that white chocolate isn’t really chocolate. Good quality white chocolate is made from cocoa butter with a bit of vanilla and sugar added.

It’s also interesting to note that cocoa beans have become a multi-million dollar industry and part of a fair trade process designed to ensure that farms remain sustainable and that farmers receive compensation that provides a living wage. And here’s a sweet statistic: from 2015 through 2016, 7.3 million tons of retail chocolate confections were consumed.

Want to know who eats the most chocolate? You may be surprised to learn that the U.S. is not even one of the top eight countries for chocolate chowing. Coming in at Number 8 was Sweden, topped by Estonia, Norway, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Germany, and at Numero Uno – Switzerland. The Swiss eat a whooping 18 pounds of chocolate per person per year. Now that’s a sweet tooth!

By Marilou Newell


Board Returns to Routine Business

After months of interesting topics like menthol cigarette bans and marijuana on the agenda, the Marion Board of Health on February 13 returned to more mundane issues with three public hearings for septic system variances.

David Davignon representing 12 North Drive was requesting relief from a second mandatory percolation test in the form of a variance.

Davignon said the property was a “unique property” built in 1750. The property features an L-shaped garage attached to a barn that was also likely built in 1750, according to Davignon.

The property has changed hands several times over the last two decades, and it is likely that the house has remained vacant for the most part for some 15 to 16 years now. The basement has about 3 to 4 feet of water in it, and much of the house is falling into disrepair, said Davignon.

The current owner now wishes to add some living space to that barn, bringing the total bedrooms up from six to eight.

The property needs a new septic system, and a perc test was performed back in 2013 with no issues. A second required perc test was to be performed, but as Davignon pointed out, it has been a wild winter with loads of rain followed by deep freezes and intermittent storms.

“It’s not the ideal time of year for perc tests,” said Davignon.

As the board considered the request, Health Agent Karen Walega advised the board members, “The (soil) material’s not going to change. It’s going to be the same material (as in 2013).”

“The builder’s anxious to plow ahead and he will plow ahead with six bedrooms instead of eight if he has to,” said Davignon. But he won’t have to, because the board approved the septic variance for that size house.

Also during the meeting, the board continued the public hearing for a number of variance requests for 30 Rocky Knook Lane, represented by Brian Grady of G.A.F. Engineering.

Grady brought with him an updated plan reflecting a change from a two-bedroom house to a three-bedroom. Because of the change in the number of rooms on the plan, Walega advised the board that the hearing notice would have to be posted again to reflect the three bedrooms.

Grady agreed to re-advertising the public notice, but asked the board to give him feedback on the updated plan before moving forward.

Some of the variance requests pertain to relief from having to perform a perc test and allowing the soil test lab results to suffice, given that the water table at the property – and all along the street, according to Grady – is too high for a perc test. Grady also requested a variance from some of the setbacks including street setback and wetlands setback. The septic system street setbacks would be 7.5 feet instead of the required 10 feet, and the wetlands setbacks would be 44 feet instead of the required 50 feet.

“I’m trying to push the system as far away from the house as we can and keep it far away from the wetland,” said Grady.

Grady requested another variance for water table separation, asking for 4 feet of separation rather than the required 5 feet.

The system will be designed for a three-bedroom and, according to Marion’s code, requires a 400 gallon-per-day capacity. The proposed system is 348 gallons, which meets the state’s code of 330 gallons per day, but not the Town’s.

“But it doesn’t meet our code and it’s in a sensitive area,” said board member Betsy Dunn.

Grady said the system would have to be moved closer to the wetlands in order to meet Marion’s 400 gallons per day.

Board of Health member Jason Reynolds asked, “If it were designed for the four hundred gallons, how close would it end up to the wetlands?”

“Another four feet closer,” Grady said.

Reynolds said he would be fine with the setback variances, to which Dunn agreed.

“I think I would be okay with the second [variance], but I think I’d be more likely to vote for the wetland variance if it actually was … forty feet from the wetlands and have the four hundred gallon capacity than to be as is.”

Grady said he could make that change.

“I would agree with that,” said Board of Health Chairman John Howard.

The hearing was continued until March 13 to allow for the proper posting of the meeting notice.

The board also approved a variance for 33 Cove Road represented by Doug Schneider of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates, Inc.

The next meeting of the Marion Board of Health is scheduled for February 27 at 4:30 pm at the Marion Town House.

Marion Board of Health

By Jean Perry


OC Girls’ Basketball Looks Toward Mayflower Small Title

With one more conference game on the schedule, Old Colony girls’ basketball has one game left to win in order to win back-to-back Mayflower Small Vocational titles. Having only lost one game all season, the Cougars continue to show why they’re the force within the league and have the firepower to make a run in the upcoming MIAA Tournament.

This season has seen the emergence of freshman Savanna Halle, who is averaging 13.7 points per game. With freshman talent, though, there’s always the concern that teams will figure out the young talent once opponents come up the second time on the schedule.

That has yet to be an issue for the Cougars.

“She’s one of our weapons; you can’t just isolate and stop her,” Old Colony coach Craig Lincoln said. “We have other weapons on the floor that if you isolate her it will allow Abby (Cioper) or (Katherine) Kirby or anyone else to go off on any given night. I think we’re a more complete team than people give us credit for. And because of that, it makes it hard to just guard one person.”

While Halle has been the surprise this season, the team leader continues to be Cioper, who has returned from last season’s injury as effective as ever. But the senior captain does more than just lead the team with 16.2 points per game; she helps the team battle through adversity on a nightly basis.

“Her presence on the floor, being a senior that has a ton of experience, the ability to calm her teammates down when a situation gets a little bit out of control,” Lincoln said, “She has this calm way about her to get the younger kids in line and do the things they need to do.”

With Cioper leading the team and Halle providing consistent scoring, along with Kirby’s 9.1 points a night, the Cougars have a chance to also be back-to-back Vocational Tournament Champions. With that and the MIAA Tournament not far away, the Cougars have a lot to prepare for.

But Lincoln is doing everything he can to keep his players in the moment.

“I minimize the information I give to them (about teams ahead),” Lincoln said. “We try to do it one game at a time. We talk about Bill Belichick, and obviously we’re not the Patriots, but the mentality of dealing with just today. We have control of just today. We’ll worry about tomorrow when we get there.”

Lincoln has a general awareness of the teams he’ll deal with at the MIAA Division 4 South Sectional Tournament. He’s also aware that who the Cougars play is out of his control.

“We know that’s it’s a tough Division 4 South schedule,” Lincoln said. “We’re hoping that we get a good draw and win the first round game. We’ll see what happens with round two when it’ll be a roll of the dice with who you get. There are definitely some more talented teams that we have to face in that tournament.”

The Cougars (14-3, 6-1 Mayflower Small) visit South Shore on Friday with hopes of locking up the Mayflower Small Vocational Title.

Tabor Academy

Tabor’s boys’ squash team split its last dual match, defeating Phillips Exeter Academy 4-3 but falling 2-5 to St. Paul’s School.

Aly Hussein continues to dominate the high school squash world, extending his two-year winning streak with a 3-0 win against St. Paul’s No. 1 player, while also earning a win against Exeter’s top player. Owen Sughrue (Marion) turned out to have the decisive win against St. Paul’s No. 4 player, sweeping for a 3-0 finish.

Old Rochester Regional

Old Rochester/Fairhaven boys’ hockey clinched the South Coast Conference championship with a 4-2 win over Apponequet on Saturday, in a season where ORR/Fairhaven coach Eric Labonte and his players didn’t think they were the team to beat.

Tayber Labonte had two goals and an assist in the clinching game. Zak Labonte finished with three assists, while Owen Powers and Ryan Raphael scored the other two goals and one assist each.

Tayber Labonte continues to be one of the top players in the state and is tied for ninth in points, scoring 24 goals with 19 assists on the year. Raphael is also in the top 50 players (44th) in points with 31 (13 goals and 18 assists).

ORR/Fairhaven will begin its preparation for another MIAA Tournament run, having already qualified for the tournament and improving its record to 12-3-2 (9-0-2 SCC) after Saturday’s win.

High School Sports Update

By Nick Friar


Cushing Cemetery

Cushing Cemetery will be holding a spring cleanup in early April. The superintendent is advising everyone to remove all Christmas decorations, wreaths, boxes, etc. before April 1, 2018. When he starts the cleanup, anything not removed will go to the landfill. Your help will be most appreciated.

Tour de Crème Bicycle Event is Back

Is your bike gathering dust in your garage, shed or basement during these long winter months? Well, dust it off, tune it up, and get ready for bike riding and ice cream, all in one great family-oriented event.

The 3rd annual Tour de Crème will take place on Sunday, May 20. Organized by the Mattapoisett Land Trust and the Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path, the “Tour” raises money for two important projects: maintaining Land Trust walking trails and extending the bike path to the Mattapoisett/Marion town line.

There are four different ride lengths from which to choose – 11, 19, 25 and 50 miles – and up to five ice cream stops along the way. Along each route, riders can stop at sponsoring ice cream shops that will be providing free ice cream for Tour riders.

All rides start at the Mattapoisett Town Beach and end at the harbor in Mattapoisett, where there will be free massages, live music, hot food, cold beverages … and more ice cream!

Each year the Tour has sold out quickly, as the event can only accommodate 300 riders. This year we have a special incentive: Raise $100 on the Tour de Crème Crowdrise online site by March 15 and automatically be guaranteed a spot for the ride you choose. An easy ask of 10 friends/family members for $10 each will guarantee you a great day of bike riding and ice cream! (You’ll still have to register for the event). And if you raise more $$$, the Tour website has an impressive list of perks, such as bike lights, lobster rolls, bike jerseys and more.

Registration will begin online on March 15. Visit for all the information you need, including tour maps.

Below is the info you’ll need to combine biking, ice cream and raising money for two important community projects. May 20 will be here before you know it!

– (additional information on rides, maps, times, prizes, etc.)

– Tour de Crème Facebook page:

– Crowdrise fundraising site:

Paul E. Rinta

Paul E. Rinta, 67, of West Wareham, died Feb. 16, 2018 in the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston after a brief illness. He was the husband of Linda (Carey) Rinta and the son of Lillian J. (Heleen) Rinta and the late Eli E. Rinta.

He was born in Wareham and grew up in Rochester. He lived in West Wareham for many years. He graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School and Burdett College.

Mr. Rinta was a Cranberry Grower for over 50 years.

He was a devoted husband and loving son, father, and grandfather. He held a private pilot’s license and the Bull Jump Air Strip in Wareham. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren for rides in his ’56 Buick.

Survivors include his wife, Linda (Carey) Rinta; 2 sons, Paul Rinta, Jr., and Andrew Rinta; his grandchildren, Corynn Rinta, Matthew Rinta, Hayden Rinta and Skyler Rinta all of Wareham; his mother, Lillian J. (Heleen) Rinta of Rochester.

Visiting hours are from 4 to 7 pm on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Hwy., Wareham.

His memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 74 High St., Wareham.

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

Planned Parenthood

Dear Editor:

I am writing to express my support of Planned Parenthood and to encourage other community members to support this important organization. Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization that provides sexual health care in the United States and globally ( Planned Parenthood provides a variety of much-needed services ranging from cancer screenings to STD testing. Currently, it is at risk of losing federal funding to provide these important services.

As a Master of Social Work student at Bridgewater State University, I feel compelled to reach out and show my support for this organization. It pains me to think of all the people who would go without necessary health services if our government votes to defund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is the primary health provider in many rural and underserved communities. It is an inclusive organization that provides services without regard to a person’s income, race, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Additionally, it is estimated that 1 in 5 women will rely on Planned Parenthood services at least once in their lifetime. I personally know many women who have relied on their services at various points in their lives and, if not for these services, crucial testing, checkups, and procedures would not have happened.

I encourage residents of Massachusetts to visit to learn more about this important organization. In addition to facts about Planned Parenthood services, this website debunks several myths about its services and provides suggestions for how citizens can become involved in fighting against defunding efforts. Through donations, raising awareness, and contacting legislators we can show our support for this organization. I feel it is most important for us to contact our legislators to express that we do not support the defunding of this organization. Instead, we must let our government know that we stand with Planned Parenthood. #istandwithpp


Sarah Jensen, MSW Student

Bridgewater State University



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