Marion Concert Band

On Friday, July 24, the Marion Concert Band continues its Friday evening concert series with a program of American popular music. The program, which features a variety of pop styles from the 1920s to 1980s, is as follows:

Washington Post March – J. P. Sousa

Second American Folk Rhapsody – C. Grundman

Concertino for Flute – C. Chaminade

Wendy Rolfe, flute

New York: 1927 – W. Barker

Satchmo! – T. Ricketts

Sinatra! – arr. S. Bulla

Pop and Rock Legends: The Beatles – arr. M. Sweeney

The Blues Brothers Revue – arr. J. Bocook

Pop and Rock Legends: The Association – arr. T. Ricketts

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head – B. Bacharach

Africa (recorded by Toto) – D. Paich & J. Porcaro

Maynard Madness – arr. Victor Lopez

Thundercrest March – E. Osterling

Marion resident Wendy Rolfe earned her bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and earned her master’s and doctor of musical arts degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. She is Professor of Flute at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and performs regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, and the Buzzards Bay Musicfest. Ms. Rolfe has been a member of the Marion Concert Band since 1999.

The concert, under the direction of Tobias Monte, will begin at 7:00 pm at the Robert Broomhead Bandstand, Island Wharf off Front Street in Marion. All concerts are free and open to the public.

Bishop Stang Q4 Honor Roll

The following students have achieved honors to the fourth quarter at Bishop Stang High School:

Jessica Rush of Marion, Grade 11, First Honors

Joseph Russo of Marion, Grade 9, Second Honors

Matthew Russo of Marion, Grade 9, Second Honors

Olivia Ucci of Marion, Grade 10, Second Honors

Elizabeth Lonergan of Marion, Grade 11, Second Honors

Christian Paim of Marion, Grade 11, Second Honors

Matthew Lee of Marion, Grade 12, Second Honors

Maura Lonergan of Marion, Grade 12, Second Honors

Carli Rita of Mattapoisett, Grade 10, President’s List

Sandra Decas of Mattapoisett, Grade 12, President’s List

Aidan Downey of Mattapoisett, Grade 9, First Honors

Tyler Trate of Mattapoisett, Grade 9, First Honors

Elizabeth Foley of Mattapoisett, Grade 10, First Honors

Adam Estes of Mattapoisett, Grade 11, First Honors

Daniel Fealy of Mattapoisett, Grade 11, First Honors

Carolyn Foley of Mattapoisett, Grade 12, First Honors

Rubin Llanas-Colon of Mattapoisett, Grade 12, First Honors

William Saunders, Jr of Mattapoisett, Grade 11, Second Honors

Meghan Cote of Mattapoisett, Grade 12, Second Honors

Caroline Downey of Mattapoisett, Grade 12, Second Honors

Matthew Dufresne of Mattapoisett, Grade 12, Second Honors

Meredith Gauvin of Mattapoisett, Grade 12, Second Honors

Megan Goulart of Mattapoisett, Grade 12, Second Honors

Anne Martin of Mattapoisett, Grade 12, Second Honors

Kyleigh Good of Mattapoisett, Grade 12, First Honors

Mariah MacGregor of Mattapoisett, Grade 12, First Honors

Marc Domagala of Rochester, Grade 9, Second Honors

Jeannette King of Rochester, Grade 9, Second Honors

Martha MacGregor of Rochester, Grade 9, Second Honors

Meghan Domagala of Rochester, Grade 12, Second Honors

Emma Downes of Rochester, Grade 12, Second Honors

Every Hero has a Story … to Read!

The Mattapoisett Library has spent the summer delivering superhero-themed presentations and stories to area children, including the latest presentation by storyteller Rona Leventhol, as part of the library’s Superhero Summer Reading Program. But as kids are reading about heroes of all shapes, sizes, and sorts, they themselves are taking on the roles of superheroes – simply by reading books.

Every superhero has a story to tell. That is the theme of this year’s summer reading program. This year’s program took a flying leap forward when a local donor, instead of purchasing prizes for kids who read six hours within six weeks as they do every year, decided to make donations to one of four local charities on behalf of each reader so the readers themselves could be the superheroes in their own community.

Children’s Librarian at the Mattapoisett Library Linda Burke said the various fun summer programs and activities for the kids are one way of reinforcing the importance of reading, as well as the children’s love for books.

“We want the kids to maintain their reading skills throughout the summer,” said Burke. “The best way to do that is to keep them reading.”

Burke said she works hard to keep the activities, presentations, and challenges especially fun.

“It gets them into the library,” said Burke. And that, she said, is how the library entices kids to keep up their reading and foster that love of books.

At the end of the reading program, on August 12, the library will host an ice cream party for participants who complete the reading challenge, and Burke says, “We don’t limit the ice cream for the kids, either.”

Yes, kids, it’s all-you-can-eat ice cream and toppings, and all you have to do is something most kids love to do anyway: Read!

The donations in lieu of the prizes will go to four local nonprofits: All Hands Volunteers, Therapy Dogs of Cape Cod, the New Bedford Women’s Center, and Helping Hands and Hooves.

Burke said when she told the young readers that instead of prizes, the money would be donated to these charities, “Not one of them said, ‘ugh.’” She told them they themselves would be the heroes and help other children. And unlimited ice cream? Well, yeah, that helps, too.

By Jean Perry

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SLT Free Yoga Class and Storywalk

Come to a free yoga class on Saturday, July 25 at 9:00 am at the Sippican Lands Trust’s beautiful, waterfront property Brainard Marsh, which is located off of Delano Road in Marion. Kripalu-certified instructor Angela Curry will lead the session. For your own comfort, please remember to bring a yoga mat and water. Bug spray is suggested. Parking is available at the site. Enjoy!

Also this month, grab your kids and head out to Osprey Marsh on Point Road to enjoy a self-guided, storywalk highlighting the book A Day in the Salt Marsh by Kevin Kutz. Storywalks promote physical fitness and literacy in nature and are a great way to spend time together!

The Sippican Lands Trust is a local, environmental nonprofit organization that was founded in 1974 for the acquisition, management and protection of natural areas in Marion. All SLT properties are open to the public for the enjoyment of open space and recreational pursuits.

For more information about events or the about the organization, please contact Executive Director Robin Shields at 508-748-3080 or Thank you!

MattRec’s Frozen

After spending the week at MattRec’s Musical Theatre camp, participants in the camp put on an exciting show based on scenes and music from Frozen for family and friends on Friday afternoon. Mattrec also offers the Musical Theatre program in the Fall, Winter, and Spring as an after school program. Photos courtesy Greta Fox

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Barbara K De Wilde

Barbara K De Wilde, 85, of Fairhaven, MA, passed away on July 13, 2015.

Born in Lackawanna, NY on January 15, 1930, predeceased by her parents Julianna and Fredrich and one son. Survived by her husband and true friend of 66 years Henry De Wilde. The first of their many travels was their honeymoon trip on a 1949 Harley 74. They lived in upstate NY, OH, FL, were fulltime RV-ers for 4 years before returning to upstate NY and finally settling down in Fairhaven, MA to be near family. She is survived by 3 children, 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

She was proud to be one of the first female real estate appraisers in the state of Ohio, holding national RM accreditation as well as completing programs at Kent State and Ohio State Universities. She enjoyed cooking, camping, painting, writing poetry, was an avid reader, had a passionate appreciation of classical music, mastered various crafts such as rug braiding and quilling, and was one of the more vocal fans of the Buffalo Bills. Her pioneer spirit was unquenchable, she had a great laugh that could fill a room, and she was known as a woman who stood true to her convictions. She is irreplaceable and is greatly missed by her family.

Per the family’s wishes memorial services will be private.  Arrangements are with Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, please visit

Rose Cutler

Rose Cutler, 90, of Marion, MA died peacefully at home on July 18, 2015. The daughter of Rose G. and George P. Gardner she was born in Brookline.

She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston after which she became a registered nurse at Children’s Hospital School of Nursing. In 1948, she married Philip Cutler who died in 2001. She played an integral part in assisting him as he became founding Headmaster of Brookwood School in Manchester, MA where she taught art appreciation.

Her summers were spent in her beloved Roque Island, ME and Marion, MA.  Friends and family remember her compassion and empathy but a wry and feisty humor was her hallmark.

She leaves behind her four children, Rose Dana and her husband Charles Dana of Newport, RI, Evelyn Goodhue and her husband, Francis Goodhue of Marion, MA, David Cutler of Lexington MA. and Christopher Cutler and his wife Mary Cutler of Harvard, MA, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, John Gardner of South Hamilton, MA. The family thanks her caregivers of many years who gave her great pleasure and comfort.

There will be a service at 11:30 a.m. on August 22, 2015 at her home in Marion.

In lieu of flowers a donation may be made in her name to the Sippican Lands Trust, 354 Front St., Marion, MA 02738 or to the Eastern Maine Coast Initiative (EMCI) C/O Atlantic Financial Services. 111 Commercial St (#302) Portland, ME 01401.

Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. To leave a message of condolence, visit:


Teen Wharf Dances Cancelled

Due to low attendance, the teen wharf dances sponsored by the Mattapoisett Track Club have been cancelled for the remainder of the summer. If there is enough interest, we may hold a dance on August 27, the last Thursday before the start of school.

Summer Walking Tours Begin

Whether you are a day-tripper, summer resident, local, or even a townie listening to Seth Mendell during one of his tours, he will take you back to the time of rich economic expansion in Mattapoisett to meet the people who lived in the antique houses that grace the village streets.

The Mattapoisett Historical Society Museum is once again hosting a series of walking tours around the village guided by Mendell. Although the route may not vary from tour to tour, the content does as Mendell speaks extemporaneously, handing out slices of history from New Bedford to the Caribbean and back again to this little – but historically significant – village.

The first tour of the season took place in advance of the flocks of visitors who came to town for the annual Lions Club Harbor Days event. A group of about 30 walked along Main Street to Water Street, and out onto Long Wharf as Mendell carried them back in time.

Mendell’s knowledge comes from his own investigations, coupled with those of his father, Charles Mendell, who wrote a fairly comprehensive history of whaling in this area back in the 1930s for the Old Dartmouth Historical Society. These men – father and son – have deep roots in the area with the younger Mendell’s local lineage going back on both his maternal and paternal sides. Thus, when you listen to Mendell, you are hearing not only his take on local history, but also the cumulative accounts of many generations.

As the tour wound its way through the village, Mendell told the group that men in the whaling trade also ran taverns and inns to support the many workers and travelers coming into Mattapoisett. Pointing at houses along Main Street from Town Hall to Water Street, Mendell pointed out several that were used as public houses, general stores, and taverns.

Of cabinetmakers, he said that theirs was a very profitable trade because cabinetmakers also built coffins. Those were always in high demand.

Arriving at the Mattapoisett Land Trust parcel known as Munro Preserve, Mendell pointed towards Goodspeed Island and detailed the process by which salt was pulled from the neighboring harbor.

“One barrel of salt was needed for three barrels of fish,” he said, going on to say that the importance of salt trumped the importance of gold during these times.

Before the Revolutionary War, salt had been imported from England, Spain, and France. With the advent of the war, colonists had to find another source; hence, the evaporation process was developed. Mendell said salt cured both meats and fish, making it possible to survive long winters. And without salt, he asked, “What were you going to eat?” The process itself was nothing short of life sustaining, he inferred.

Mendell helped the group imagine a time when, along what is now a barrier beach near the Reservation Golf Club, raised vats stood approximately 12 feet square by 1 foot deep set on posts and fed water by windmills. The sun evaporated the water, leaving behind salt and other minerals. Shed roofs that were slid into place as needed were constructed to protect the drying vats from weather conditions. The whole process took about one month to complete.

Arriving at Long Wharf, Mendell directed the group’s attention landward to Shipyard Park and told them that shipbuilding required long narrows strips of land. This allowed many builders to occupy a fairly small space from Pearl Street to Mechanics Street. Such well-known street names were once the names of the builders themselves, such as Barstow, Holmes, and Cannon.

Joshua Holmes was responsible for building the last whaling ship, The Wanderer, whose massive mainsail is now the flagpole centered in Shipyard Park. And the whaling vessel, The Acushnet, – best known as the ship on which Herman Melville sailed as a young man, whetting his creative imagination and powers of observing human nature and turning it all into the international best seller, Moby Dick – was built right here in Mattapoisett.

The most prominent shipbuilder of his day does not have a street named after him. That man was Joseph Meigs who owned what is now the Inn at Shipyard Park. His is a rags-to-riches story as Miegs went from being a poor Rochester farm boy to a major businessman through sheer force of single-minded determination.

One of the tourists asked if Marion had been part of this boom in the ship building trade. To a much lesser degree, Mendell said, since Marion’s harbor was too shallow for large whaling vessels, coupled with a small island that made navigating into the harbor difficult at best for boats of any size. For this reason, Nantucket also lost its significance, he said, as a shipbuilding port. As the ships became larger for sailing farther and farther out to sea in search of whales, shallow harbors could not support them. New Bedford and Mattapoisett became the prime movers of shipbuilding.

Mendell told the group that these men “were men of the world,” traveling far and wide and bringing back not only exotic goods, but cultural experiences that helped to shape the colonies.

Mendell gives several tours and talks during the summer months, sponsored by the historical museum. For a full schedule of these events and others, go to or stop by the museum where events are posted in an old-fashioned manner: the public bulletin board.

By Marilou Newell


Town Meeting Was Held Without a Quorum

Selectmen admitted July 20 to the recent discovery that the June 8 Rochester Annual Town Meeting was held without a quorum, resulting in town counsel’s scurrying for a solution.

The Rochester Board of Selectmen, Town Administrator Michael McCue, and Town Counsel Blair Bailey all appeared visibly unprepared for the questioning initiated by former town moderator and former candidate for selectman Greenwood “Woody” Hartley, after he called for selectmen to reopen their July 20 meeting after they had already adjourned so he could address the board.

Hartley claimed to have received a number of phone calls alleging the absence of a quorum of 100 at the Annual Town Meeting, saying the meeting never should have been opened.

Bailey admitted that he became aware of the concern a couple of weeks ago when Town Clerk/Selectman Naida Parker was preparing the documents from the Annual Town Meeting for submission to the Attorney General’s Office and noticed a total number of Town Meeting members present was not listed. She then approached Bailey once she realized only 91 Town Meeting members were present, nine short of a quorum.

“I believe the [attorney general] had mentioned that this is not unusual,” said McCue. “Other towns have had not having a quorum at their annual town meeting.”

Bailey contacted the AG’s office, as well as State Representative Bill Straus’ office, to ask for special legislation that would allow the Annual TM to stand, as well as all the articles voted upon during TM.

The two other selectmen, Chairman Richard Nunes and Selectman Bradford Morse, both said they had only learned of the matter in an email sent to them the night before the meeting.

Hartley wondered how this could happen, saying he could not recall the presence of a quorum being announced or questioned at the start of the Annual TM, only the presence of a quorum of 75 for the preceding Special Town Meeting announced by newly elected Town Moderator Kirby Gilbert.

“I would like to know from the town clerk how that happened,” said Hartley to Parker. He had been town moderator for 20 years, pointing out that this had never happened before.

Parker said she called a quorum of 100 at TM, but “I wasn’t agreed with.”

“This is way more serious,” said Hartley. “I hate to see this happen, and I don’t think we should get a free pass on this (from the AG). Somebody ought to fess up,” he said, instead of “scurrying around behind the scenes.”

Hartley said he himself would contact Straus’ office to specifically ask him not to allow the Annual TM to stand.

“The Town should fix this right away,” said Hartley.

“I agree with you,” said Nunes to Hartley. “When I found out about it, I was just as concerned about it as you.” However, said Nunes, does the Town stick with operating under the fiscal year 2015 budget at this time? Does the Town nullify its amended bylaws? Nunes said nobody knew there was no quorum.

“Naida knew,” Hartley shot back.

“No, I didn’t know until after…” said Parker. “We started the Special (TM) and I never got down to check, and Kirby didn’t call it.”

That is a failure, Hartley stated twice. “That’s just a failure. It should’ve happened the right way.” He said he waited before questioning selectmen and Parker about the quorum to see how they would handle it.

“Good golly, we should have good government and this isn’t good government,” said Hartley.

Nunes pointed out that, last year, Mattapoisett also discovered its town meeting did not have a quorum, and the Town followed the same route Rochester is following – to garner support for special legislation to accept the TM without the quorum. Otherwise, said Nunes, the town accrues further expenses holding another Annual TM, wreaking havoc with the current budget and bylaw amendments.

“It has been reported to the attorney general, so that’s been noted,” said Parker. “They are aware that there was not a quorum.”

To be clear, said Bailey, he didn’t hear about the problem until a couple of weeks ago. He hesitated to announce anything until he could encounter a viable solution to the matter.

“Best I can tell, it was a miscommunication,” said Bailey. “I don’t think he (Gilmore) made a reference to the quorum at the Annual.” Just during the Special Town Meeting.

Nunes assured Hartley that the Town would not have held the town meeting if anyone knew there was no quorum.

“And to me, it was new territory,” said Bailey.

But that is the beauty of having the pink cards, said Hartley. There is a number on each card. “I’m unhappy about the way it makes us look,” said Hartley. Morse said the issue was between the town moderator and the town clerk.

Nunes agreed that Hartley was right, and agreed that the selectmen should have been informed about the petition to Straus’ office so a formal vote could be taken.

“If the Town is asking a state rep to file special legislation, then damn it, the Board of Selectmen should know about it,” said Nunes raising his voice. “They should know about it.”

Bailey insisted he could not come to the board without any idea on what to do – not until he had a solution to offer them. At this point, he said, the Town will wait to hear back from Straus.

“I think the selectmen should take the lead on this,” said Hartley. “I’ve heard two different stories about how it happened.”

Bailey said he understands Hartley’s concern, but he resented the implication that there was a cover-up.

“It falls on me to come up with a legal remedy,” said Bailey. “Sitting right here, I don’t have an answer.”

“My first call would have been all three selectmen,” said Hartley. “Selectmen need to know this shit.”

Parker again defended her actions, saying she didn’t know until almost 30 days later when she was filing with the AG’s office. “I had no reason to count them.”

“However you slice it,” said Bailey, “it’s a mess. The question is how to fix it at this point. And that’s up to the selectmen.”

After the meeting, Bailey said he believes the combination of a new town moderator, a new town administrator, and a newly-amended quorum, which was increased last year from 75 to 100, was where the problem likely happened.

By Jean Perry