UCCRTS Honor Roll

The following students have been named to the 4th Quarter Honor Roll at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School:

Grade 9 Honors: Bethany Davis of Marion

Grade 10 High Honors: Jackson St. Don of Marion

Grade 10 Honors: Cheyenne Bunch of Marion

Grade 11 High Honors: Christopher Parisi of Marion

Grade 12 High Honors: Jillian Rush of Marion

Grade 12 Honors: Nicole Steeves of Marion

The Great Community Picnic

The second annual Great Community Picnic will be held on Thursday, August 3 at 5:30 pm overlooking beautiful Mattapoisett Harbor at the Land Trust’s Munro Preserve. The event, sponsored by the Mattapoisett Historical Society and the Mattapoisett Land Trust, provides attendees with linen-covered, festive tables and chairs for 4, 6, 8 or 10 people and you bring your own picnic dinner! Appetizers will be served and provided by The Inn at Shipyard Park, with fresh, local oysters and beer and wine available to purchase. Music is provided by Dave Dunn & Friends, Grace Morrison, and Charlie Phllps.

Table tickets are available for purchase at the Mattapoisett Historical Society (5 Church Street, 508-758-2844) and at the Town Wharf General Store (13 Water Street, 508-758-4615). Prices for tables are only $25 per seat. Tables have sold fast, so don’t delay and purchase your table soon, as only a limited number of tables are available. The event was sold out last year and was a delightful evening for all those who attended, so be sure not to miss this last chance for tickets.

21 Years of ‘Class-A’ Music

Now in its 21st season, the Buzzards Bay Musicfest returned to Tabor Academy in Marion this past week, bringing with it exceptional selections expanding all the way from Mozart to Sinatra.

The five-day long festival spanned from July 12-16 and featured two orchestra concerts, two chamber music concerts, and a special salute to the Big Band Era.

This year’s guest conductor was Catherine Larsen-Maguire, a long-time professional bassoonist and conductor based in Berlin. The festival also featured Phil Sanborn, director of the Tri-County Symphonic Band, director of instrumental music at Tabor Academy, and bandleader of the “Buzzards Bay Musicfest Swing Band.”

The musicians are friends and colleagues of BBMF’s Artistic Director and Concertmaster Charles Stegeman, and they travel from all over the world to participate in the festival. Many of these incredible musicians perform professionally with orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and teach at a variety of reputable institutions. “Some of the best musicians in the world are here to perform,” said Stegeman in the festival’s program book, “and I invite you to sit back and enjoy!”

For me, a music major at Boston University, it was incredible to witness the collaboration of all these artists and hear the stunning performances that they produced. I was able to attend the Thursday night chamber music concert as well as the “BBMF Swing Band” Salute on Friday evening. Chamber music concerts, such as the Thursday and Saturday concerts of the festival, feature musical selections performed by a small ensemble, typically with one instrumentalist per part. Thursday’s concert featured Gounod’s Petite Symphonie, Bax’s Quintet for Strings and Oboe, Barber’s well-known Adagio for Strings, and finally a chamber arrangement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36.

I found the Bax to be the standout performance of the evening. Oboe soloist Gordon Hunt stunned the audience with his wonderfully warm, rich tone and brilliant technique. The strings – Rachel Stegeman on violin, Eric Tanner on violin, Michael Strauss on viola, and Claudio Jaffe on cello – provided support when needed, but had their moments to shine throughout the piece as well. Everything was well balanced and had an excellent sense of musical direction.

Friday’s “BBMF Swing Band” Salute under the leadership of Phil Sanborn, while more light-hearted and casual than the previous night’s concert, (where else other than a jazz concert are you allowed to applaud a soloist in the middle of a piece?), was just as exciting and engaging. The band guided the audience on a journey though the greats of the Big Band Era, featuring tunes from Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, and Glenn Miller.

The concert included some excellent solo and improvisational playing as well as balanced and blended ensemble work.

“We love to play, and this is a whole bunch of fun for us!” said Sanborn. By the tapping feet and dancing in their seats, it was a ‘whole bunch of fun’ for the audience as well.

The Buzzards Bay Musicfest and its board are dedicated to bringing high-quality classical and jazz performances to the South Coast without charge.

“It’s just terrific,” said Lewis Lipsitt of Marion, who has been attending the festival with his wife Edna since its inception. “And it’s such an honor for the town to have such talent available free of charge so that people who don’t have much money can come and enjoy ‘Class-A’ music.”

The Buzzards Bay Musicfest is certainly one of the best festivals of its kind in the area, bringing to the community delightful and memorable performances for the past twenty-one years.

Years of ‘Class-A’ Music

By Ashley Perry

ConCom Votes on Invasives, Erosion

A relatively short Marion Conservation Commission meeting on July 12 led to the approval of the removal of invasive species and selective vista pruning at Great Hill.

Some phragmites, bittersweet, and other invasives will be eradicated, and selective trimming of vegetation will maintain the view of the ocean at five specifically noted points of the property.

Conservation Commission member Shaun Walsh determined that the application was “pretty straightforward” and the hearing was closed and granted a Negative Determination (no Notice of Intent required).

In other matters, the commission issued a Positive Determination for the Request for Determination of Applicability for Rosemary and Nicholas Grey of 6 Shawondasse Road. The commission determined that a Notice of Intent would be required because the Greys wish to place rocks and sand right on the coastal bank to try to recover land lost to erosion. This, according to the commission, requires more study and the work of an engineer to further assess the proposal.

“This is over the coastal bank,” said commission member Jeffrey Doubrava. “This is on a coastal beach. This is not the buffer [zone]; this is in the resource area itself.”

The next meeting of the Marion Conservation Commission is scheduled for July 26 at 7:00 pm at the Marion Music Hall.

Marion Conservation Commission

By Jean Perry


Mattapoisett Historical Society Walking Tours

Walking Tours of Historic Mattapoisett will be given by Seth Mendell. Learn about historic buildings, the electric rail, the saltworks on Goodspeed Island, the Charles King Mansion at the mouth of the river, and “The Dude Special.” Visualize the building of whale ships in the park and how the British attempted to burn the shipyards during the War of 1812. The duration of the walk is approximately one and a half hours. Offered July 29 and August 12 at 2:00 pm. Meet at 5 Church Street in Mattapoisett. Free for Mattapoisett Historical Society members; $5 for non-members. Questions: 508-758-2844; info@mattapoisetthistoricalsociety.org.

Robert L. Parker

Robert L. Parker, 76, of Fairhaven died July 21, 2017 peacefully at Good Samaritan Hospital surrounded by his loving and devoted family.

He was the beloved husband of Donna R. (Pedro) Parker.

Born in New Bedford, the son of the late Milton N. and Yvonne J. (Jaillet) Parker, he was raised in Acushnet and lived in New Bedford, Mattapoisett and Dartmouth before moving to Fairhaven.

Mr. Parker began his teaching career at Ashley Elementary School in New Bedford and later taught 8th grade math at Keith Junior High School for 37 years until retirement. In retirement, he was passionate about New Bedford’s SeaLab where he taught for the past 12 summers.

He coached JV baseball and varsity boys soccer at New Bedford High School and he was instrumental in the formation of the girls soccer program. He was an active member of the New Bedford High School Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000.

Mr. Parker was a commercial lobsterman during the summers from 1974 to 1991.

He enjoyed teaching, travel and watching the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. Mr. Parker was a devoted family man who enjoyed fishing with his children and grandchildren.

He enjoyed the music of the fifties and sixties, particularly his idol Elvis Presley.

Survivors include his wife; 2 sons, Daniel Parker and his wife Karin and Christopher Parker, all of Mattapoisett; a step-daughter, Lindsey Pickering and her husband Aaron of Stoughton; a brother, Donald Parker of Middletown, RI; 4 grandchildren, Marisa Parker, Hunter Parker, Alexis Parker and Noah Pickering; and several nieces and nephews.

His visiting hours will be held on Monday from 4-8 PM with a prayer service at 7:30 PM in the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6) Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Robert L. Parker Scholarship c/o New Bedford Sea Lab Program, c/o Erin Finnegan 71 Portland St., New Bedford, MA 02744. For directions and guestbook, please visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

The Colorful Wood Duck

The wood duck is a cousin of the Asian Mandarin duck with an inherited oriental and iridescent plumage, red eyes, and a distinctive white flare down the neck. The less colorful female has a whitish throat, but with a crested head like the male.

Color in nature is not just a means of concealment. Most male birds benefit by brighter plumage than their mates, perhaps to put on a show to impress them at the time of courting.

They both have crested heads and are classified as perching ducks with sharp claws for climbing and perching on trees. They usually nest high up in a hollow opening of a tree 20 feet or more, to discourage predators from getting from seven to twenty-five eggs that only incubate for about thirty days.

Amazingly enough, a day or two after hatching, the mother calls to them to climb to the edge of the nest entrance and jump to the ground, preferably over water to soften the impact of landing since they are unable to fly yet. The mother does not help them in any way, and they already know how to swim and look for food.

They feed by dabbling and walking on land and mainly eat berries, acorns, seeds, and insects, making them omnivores. In temperate regions, they may nest more than once in a season before migrating south for the winter.

The population was in serious decline in the late 19th century due to habitat loss and market hunting for meat and plumage for the ladies hat market in Europe. Next to the mallard, the wood duck was and still is the most hunted duck in America.

After the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, numbers began to recover slowly by ending unregulated hunting and implementing measures to protect remaining habitats. The development of the artificial nesting box gave a big additional boost to convenient production. Also, the return of the beaver population with their industrious work ethic building dams and creating wooded swamps, ponds, and widening streams, greatly increased the wood duck’s feeding and nesting habitat.

Often the nesting boxes appear to be unused, and a recent tagging study by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows they are more likely to take occupancy in boxes that they pass on their way south, remembering them on the way back.

If you have ever seen the remarkable spectacle of ducklings jumping down from a tree nest a day after hatching in a beaver pond, as in my illustration, it may well be an unforgettable impression as it was for me. And it may be a lasting imprint in the survival of species from predation that makes them more comfortable for them and entertaining for bird watchers.

By George B. Emmons

Mapping Mattapoisett: Tracing Our Place in the World

Mapping Mattapoisett: Tracing Our Place in the World explores the museum’s extensive collection of maps and charts, most of which have never been displayed. The exhibit will have maps of all types on show, from Clifford Ashley’s “A Chart of the Whale Coast of New England” c. 1810 down to small, hand-drawn sketches of old Mattapoisett street plans and landmarks. The exhibit at 5 Church Street, Mattapoisett will be open on Thursdays, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Fridays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, and Saturdays, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, throughout July and August. Come visit to see how Mattapoisett has been represented through cartography! Questions: info@mattapoisetthistoricalsociety.org; 508-758-2844; www.mattapoisetthistoricalsociety.org.

Summer Season at St. Philip’s

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, next to the Town Beach in Mattapoisett, continues their long tradition of visiting clergy from Massachusetts and beyond.

Services using the 1928 Book of Common Prayer are conducted at 8:00 am and 10:00 am each Sunday through Labor Day weekend.

The Reverend Martin Yost, Priest-in-Residence, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Newport, RI officiates on Sunday, July 23.

Come visit our historic chapel by the sea in Mattapoisett! All are welcome.

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes from Marion

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquitoes collected from Marion, Massachusetts.  Statewide, in 2016, 6,414 mosquito samples were tested for WNV and 189 samples were positive.

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural areas. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.

By taking a few, common-sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:

Avoid Mosquito Bites

  • Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours – The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.
  • Clothing Can Help~reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin. Use mosquito netting on baby carriage and playpens outdoors.
  • Apply Insect Repellent~when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.  Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.~

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

  • Drain Standing Water~– Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.~
  • Install or Repair Screens~- Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

The Marion Board of Health continues to work closely with the MDPH and other agencies.  Please contact the Marion Board of Health at 508-748-3530 if you have any questions.  Information about WNV and reports of current and historical WNV virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website at: www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito.