The Slippery and Contrary American Eel

‘As slippery as an eel’ is a commonly used platitude to anthropomorphize an eel’s snake-like demeanor of behavior upon a human being we dislike and do not respect. Our own unpleasant experience may have become ingrained as a youth by trying to get an eel off a hook we didn’t want to catch while fishing, […] Read more »

Fireworks Fundraiser Ends With a Boom

There will be plenty of ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs’ in Marion on this July 4th with the return of the Marion Fourth of July fireworks display! The fundraising efforts appeared to fizzle out earlier in the year, falling considerably short of the $50,000 total needed to pull off the event. But with the establishment of a […] Read more »

Tiara 5K a Mother’s Day Tradition

This is the seventh year now that Mattapoisett has been host to a Mother’s Day tradition that entices many out from their Sunday morning beds and into Mattapoisett Village for a 5K run. Sure, this year might have had an added encumbrance with the rain and cool temperature, but the event, as usual, was well […] Read more »

Senator Marc Pacheco Visits Sippican’s Fifth Grade

On May 12, Senator Marc Pacheco visited Sippican Elementary School, bringing along with him copies of a booklet entitled The Ladybug Story. As the fifth grade classes gathered around, Pacheco read the story aloud. “The Ladybug Story is a true story,” Pacheco told the kids. “It is a story about how laws are made.” While […] Read more »

“Get Back!”

(This story contains information on crimes. Some details may be too graphic for children under the age of 13.) On May 10, a group of 20 women from all walks of life and all ages participated in a program that could very well end up saving their lives: self-defense training. The free three-hour class was […] Read more »


Saturday, May 13, was the rescheduled rain date for the Marion Recreation Department’s annual Touch-A-Truck event at Washburn Park. The weather wasn’t ideal, but it stayed dry long enough for kids to get in some climbing and crawling time with the big machines. Photos by Felix Perez   Read more »

Mattapoisett Firefighters Climb for a Cause

Firefighting is one of the toughest jobs one can think of. It takes a certain kind of person to choose a career that puts you in danger on a nearly daily basis. It takes a strong body just to wear the firefighter gear alone and a cool head to keep calm and focused during physical […] Read more »

Spring Honeymoon of the Primordial Horseshoe Crab

In late spring, horseshoe crabs, which look like pieces of armor crawling along the seabed of the shallow waters of the Buzzards Bay shoreline, will soon surface. They’ll emerge from their bottom habitat to launch an extraordinary amphibious landing on sandy beaches for an annual ritual to mate, nest, and lay eggs for the next […] Read more »

The Art Of The Basket

Centuries before baskets were considered works of art, they were utilitarian vessels. As we know, almost since the beginning of mankind, humans have woven grasses and split wood fibers to create containers for storing and carrying the materials that made life possible. Hats and articles of clothing were made using similar processes. Even chest plates […] Read more »

Local Teen Named New England Sea Scout Boatswain

When she joined the Sea Scouts in 2012, Emily Newell had just finished the eighth grade. Junior high school had proven a bit difficult given her acknowledged lack of self-confidence, but all that would change. Today, Newell is the Sea Scout Boatswain for the New England Flotilla and was recently named ’Scout of the Year’ […] Read more »