On a Mission in Mattapoisett


Spatters of afternoon sun shone through the tall panes of glass this past Sunday, and the golden light from the windows, together with the joyful smiles of the people inside preparing a meal together and singing hymns, seemed to make the room glow with an almost heavenly light. Several members of the Mattapoisett Congregational Church […] Read more »

What Pungo Knew


Uncle Pungo, with his funny nickname, was always a favorite of mine, although I hardly knew him at all until the final years of his life. His given name was Nehemiah Wilson Newell. He was my Father’s younger brother, his only brother, his only sibling. They looked like brothers. Any other similarities are in the […] Read more »

Students vs. Teachers, President Takes on Fish


Students and teachers did about as much playing around as they did playing basketball during the students versus teachers co-ed basketball game at Old Rochester Regional High the evening of March 7. The teams were neck and neck throughout the evening – students in white and teachers in black – and neither team seemed to […] Read more »

FORM Instrumental Concert Outstanding


With nearly 1,000 people under one roof, ORR’s FORM Instrumental Concert ‘rocked’ the house. Middle-school students from Rochester, Marion and Mattapoisett along with junior and senior high school students from ORR showed their audience just why music in public schools is important. Their performances were greeted with standing ovations not because the audience was populated […] Read more »

Council on Aging Lecture Series


Mattapoisett’s Council on Aging is offering a series of lectures on art history and appreciation.  Jill Sanford, has spent the past 15 years teaching people of all ages the basics in art observation and history from ancient Greece through the modern era. Sanford has a degree from the University of Massachusetts/ Amherst in Art History. […] Read more »

A Year with Harry


Another year has flown by leaving behind lots of happy memories and some that have been, well, shadows that only time will help to fade. Last spring we brought home Harry, our Havanese puppy. He is now one year old. When I retired in the winter of ’13, one of my post-employment goals was to […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Library to Open on Sundays


The Mattapoisett Free Public Library will soon offer Sunday hours from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, hoping to make library resources available to patrons who might not otherwise find time to visit the library during the week. In addition, the library is planning a number of Sunday afternoon cultural and musical events, something the library has […] Read more »

“F” is for Family and Fun (and Free)


There was so much to do and discover on March 1 at the “Strengthening Families Fair”, funded by the Department of Early Education & Care, and coordinated by the Old Rochester Regional School District. The gymnasium at the ORR High School was set up like a kids’ wonderland, with art projects, reading activities, brightly-colored gymnastics […] Read more »

Marion Residents Talk German History


The Sippican Historical Society has done it again. They found another fascinating Marion resident to host another in the society’s series of history-based lectures on February 20 at the Marion Music Hall. This time, Dr. Kirtland Mead, Ph.D., from Massachusetts Institute of Technology presented “Why Germany Flew off the Rails, and How Her History Could […] Read more »

Looking Ahead to the Rochester Country Fair


Even though the fairgrounds of the Rochester Country Fair are still frozen beneath inches of rapidly melting snow right now, preparation for the 2014 country fair is nonetheless underway, six months ahead of the big annual event in August. Before the crowds gather – scratching mosquito bites and dripping with sweat while playing Cow Chip […] Read more »