Pals Won’t Let Miles Stop Friendship


They are just a couple of average kids, horsing around, playing baseball, video games, and hanging out together. But for one boy, life in America is a stark contrast to the life he has known in Malawi. Andrew Chanya, 10 years old, currently lives in Wareham with his mother Celeste, who is originally from the […] Read more »

Christmas Morning Splash a Grand Event


If you had sand between your toes and found yourself wearing a bathing suit on a confusingly warm Christmas morning, you might have been standing on the Town Beach in Mattapoisett ready for a swim. Such was the case for approximately 80 participants during the 14th Annual Christmas Swim in support of Helping Hands and […] Read more »

ORR Grad Appointed as First Justice in Hingham


Naturally, growing up in Marion and being family friends with the neighborhood veterinarian, one young Sippican School girl named Heather Smith once upon a time thought she wanted to be a veterinarian, too. Over the years she studied hard, and in 1988 Heather graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School as valedictorian of her class. […] Read more »

The Year in Review


Here at The Wanderer, we like to look back in our final issue of the year and remember the happenings, goings-on, and stories that we brought to you in the 51 other issues of the ending year. In this edition, we recall the noteworthy news and occurrences – some that you might have forgotten about […] Read more »

Gingerbread Lighthouses


  While others were out bustling on the last Saturday before Christmas, a couple dozen of the littler library patrons enjoyed the day making candy gingerbread houses at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Saturday, December 19. Read more »

Students Shine in Annual Holiday Production


It is an event that school staff, students, and parents look forward to each year during the holiday season – the annual holiday production at Center School. This year, grades one through three presented a musical that “celebrates the light at the top of the tree” entitled “Sparkle and Shine.” There were children dressed as […] Read more »

Student Council Calls for Diversity Awareness

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The Old Rochester Regional Junior High School Student Council’s aim is to make all students feel that their voices are being heard, that they are safe in their school, and that they are accepted in their student community. Student Council Co-President Riley Suh and Vice-President Emily Wilson, both in eighth grade, have recognized that a […] Read more »

Historical Commission Sponsors Installation


Notable names from the Town of Mattapoisett’s past can now be read on a new memorial at Town Hall that commemorates the service of residents whose dedication to Mattapoisett included being a selectman. On Wednesday, December 16, the Mattapoisett Historical Commission’s installation of memorial bricks was completed at Town Hall in front of the public […] Read more »

Food For Thought


There seems to be a fragment of black and white memory where I’m a very small child kneeling on a chair next to a kitchen table. The air is fragrant with spices and freshly-rolled dough. Hands are presenting a small ball of dough to me to play with – and the memory ends. Of course, […] Read more »

Tinkhamtown Chapel Christmas Tradition Lives On


Ever since she was a little girl, Gail Roberts has participated in an almost sacred local tradition at the Tinkhamtown Chapel in Mattapoisett. For decades, for as long as she can remember, Roberts’ family Christmas included the annual Christmas carol sing at the tiny chapel, welcoming all to gather their families together and pass an […] Read more »