Halloween Cover Contest Winner


Winning the most online votes this year in the 2016 Annual Wanderer Halloween Cover Contest was Melonie Lefter of Mattapoisett. Of all 29 entries this year, Lefter received the most votes, winning her $100 cash and her original artwork featured on this year’s Halloween edition of The Wanderer.             Lefter’s mixed media work features a […] Read more »

The Calm Before The Storm


Just as the African proverb states, “It takes a village to raise a child,” it also takes a village to prepare for natural disasters. On October 13, the Town of Mattapoisett, in partnership with the EPA, FEMA, and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), rolled out its multi-departmental emergency plans. The presentation was held in […] Read more »

Digging Into Local Archaeology


It might surprise you to learn that by merely digging down a depth of one foot, you are reaching thousands of years into the past. This was just one of several interesting facts unearthed on October 5 when Craig Chartier gave an archaeological presentation at the Mattapoisett Public Library. Chartier, a New Bedford native, has […] Read more »

Le Chien et Le Mouche


It flew in two days ago and taunts me for hours. I am a young dog. I find this very amusing, high entertainment and a reason to dash across the hardwood floors snapping at its buzzing form. It is a fly. My humans are not so pleased and are blaming me for this intrusion into […] Read more »

Everyone is Purring Over Octopurrfest Success


It was clear on Sunday – with all the donated items, the scores of volunteers, and the great community turnout – that the Tri-Town community has a great appreciation for its local independently-run cat shelter. October 2 was the 2nd Annual Octopurrfest at “It’s All About the Animals,” a shelter run by Pam and Oren […] Read more »

BBC Watershed Riders Raise $120,000


One hundred fifty cyclists pedaled across Southeastern New England on Sunday to show their support for clean water during the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s 10th anniversary Buzzards Bay Watershed Ride, an annual scenic bicycling tour stretching from Little Compton, RI to Woods Hole, MA. The event raised more than $120,000 to support the nonprofit Coalition’s education, […] Read more »

Rochester Man Needs Boost for Peace Corps Project


Andrew Mello lived in Rochester his entire life. He went to Rochester Memorial School as a child and eventually graduated from Bishop Stang. Like many Tri-Town students, he moved on to college, earning his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and then his masters in special education at Endicott College. But where Mello went next in […] Read more »

Ripe and Ready – The Dry Harvest


The word for the year is ‘dry’. Dry dirt where once was water; parched pastures, waterless skies, and dusty earth. Water is one of those things nobody really thinks about until not much of it is there for us to do with it what we want, when we want. Meanwhile, impatiens grow leggy and lackluster […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Fire Chowder Competition Returns


When you have winning clam chowder recipes like the Rochester Firefighter’s Association and the Rochester Facilities Department, you know it – and now so do all those who attended the 2nd Annual Mattapoisett Firefighters Association Chowder Competition. Rochester came out on top in the public safety category this second year in a row. In fact, […] Read more »

School Reunion Brings Many Home


On September 17 at the Rochester Council on Aging, the 10th Grammar School Reunion hosted nearly a hundred former Rochester students. The reunion brought together folks who had learned their ABCs in classrooms or one-room schoolhouses that dotted the Rochester landscape before 1954. Organizer and prime mover of the event Betty Beaulieu said, “Unless some […] Read more »