William F. MacDougall

William F. MacDougall age 82 passed away on Wednesday October 12, 2016 at his home in Marion after a long battle with diabetes. Born on March 27, 1934 in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of Roy S. and Arlie Belle (Bennett) MacDougall, he moved to Marion in 1936 to what was known at the time as the Rhodes estate located at 57 Water Street in Marion in 1936.

He leaves behind his loving wife Shirley C. MacDougall of 43 years, daughter Valerie B. Anastosopoulos of N. Waterboro, ME and son Christopher R. MacDougall of Marion and one niece Eloisa Gwozdz, husband Peter and sons Alex and Jack of New Bedford. In addition, he leaves behind five grandchildren, Douglas A. Nye of Limerick, ME, Andrea L. Garland and her husband Matthew of North Waterboro, ME, Ariel K. Anastosopoulos of Gray, ME, Jonathan R. MacDougall of Marion and Hannah M. MacDougall of Wellesley and one great granddaughter Averie E. Garland. Being an only child, he also leaves behind four very close cousins Harry Desmond of Middleboro, Frederick Bennett of Chatham, Willard Bennett of Maine and Walter Menzel of California.

He was known as “Bill” to many, and was a dedicated member of the Marion Fire Department where he served in various rolls at various levels for a total of 62 years. He was employed by the Sippican Corporation in Marion for over 30 years, retiring in 2003, where he was an instrumental part of the design and manufacturing of oceanographic instruments used by several branches of the U.S. Military and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

In addition, Bill loved everything about the great outdoors and was a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club, avid fisherman and hunter, who touched the lives of many with his kindness and great sense of humor.

The family would also like to thank the Community Nurse & Home Care of Fairhaven, along with the Marion Police and Fire departments for the care they provided over the last two years, along with a “special” thanks to Cathy Cowel of Marion, who provided personal care, making his life so much more comfortable.

According to his wishes, visiting hours have been omitted. A memorial service held in his honor at St. Gabriel’s Church, 124 Front St., Marion on Thursday October 20, 2016 at 11:00 am. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. For directions and on-line guestbook visit: www.ccgfuneralhome.com


Mary Louise Furtado

Mary Louise Furtado, 84, of Cumberland, MD, died Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, Cumberland, MD.

Born on August 15, 1932 at Lenoir, NC, she was a daughter of the late Nelson and Nan (Bolick) Henley. She was reared by her grandparents, the late Hill and Mollie Bolick.

Surviving are her children, Nora Lee Duarte and husband Gerald of Montross, VA, David E. Rupard and wife Lauren of Rochester, Mass., Tammy Perry and husband Robert of Fall River, Mass., Kimberly Robinson of Cumberland and Timothy Furtado of Millis, Mass.; seven grandchildren, Tricia Lowry, Dawn Horton, Lisa Garvin, Jared Rupard, Steven Perry, Scott Perry and Jennifer Junkins and eight great-grandchildren, Samantha, Tyler, Brandon, Chase, Elijah, Nathan, Amber and Jayson.

At Mrs. Furtado’s request, there will be no visitation or services.


Coyt C. Tillman, Jr.

Coyt C. Tillman, Jr. of Vero Beach, FL and Marion, MA passed away suddenly on October 10, 2016. He was born in Shelby, NC in 1940 to the late Mozelle C. Tillman and the late Coyt C. Tillman, Sr. He is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Susan Canaday Tillman and his wonderful daughters, Elizabeth Ann Tillman, MD of Farmington, CT and Charlotte Tillman DeYesso of Brookline, MA. He is also survived by his son-in-law Paul DeYesso, sister-in-law Jane Caffry Hawn, brother-in-law Richard P. Canaday, and six nieces and nephews. Coyt graduated from Pine Crest School in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He went on to earn a Bachelors, Masters, and PhD from M.I.T. Subsequently he worked in research at the IBM Cambridge Scientific Center. After retiring from IBM he had more time to devote to investment management of a family corporation and to pursue his passion—sailing. After traversing the Intracoastal Waterway to Key West and back to Marion, he and Sue decided that the finest sailing anywhere on the East Coast was in New England. For almost 20 years they spent every August in Maine on their boat. Their favorite destination was Northeast Harbor in Acadia National Park. Throughout their long life together (they met at 18), they shared a love of classical music. Budding engineer that he was, he built his family’s first hi-fi system when he was in the 7th grade. Before moving to Marion he was a 30 year resident of Wellesley, MA. Here he was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills and the Wellesley Country Club. In Marion he was a long-time member of the Beverly Yacht Club and served on cruising committees and eventually joined the Council as Cruise Chairman. In Vero Beach he was a member of the Moorings Yacht and Country Club and worked in many capacities on the board of the West Passage Condominium Association. He will be remembered by all for his dry wit and delightful sense of humor as well as his devotion to his family. The date for a celebration of his life will be determined at a later time. A private interment service will be held at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Wellesley. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Pine Crest School, 1501 NE 62nd Street, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33334 or the American Heart Association would be greatly appreciated by the family. Arrangements are by the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Mattapoisett.


Alfred H. Barros

Alfred H. Barros, 96, of Marion, died Monday, October 10, 2016 at his home after a long illness. He was the husband of the late Caroline (Fidalgo) Barros and the late Angelina (DaRosa) Gonsalves.

Born in Marion, he was the son of the late Manuel Santos Barros and Dominga (Olivera) Barros. He graduated from New Bedford Vocational School and mastered in carpentry and trade science. Mr. Barros attended Boston School for Drafting and was a member of Carpenters Local # 33 in Boston. At the age of 18, he built the Al Craftman Hall in Marion now known as The Caz. He was also formerly employed at the General Dynamics Shipyard in Quincy.

He enjoyed word puzzles, music, dancing and working in his shop. He was also an avid Patriots fan.

Survivors include his children, Judith Rose and her husband Peter of Marion, Alfred Barros and his wife Maria of E. Freetown, Geraldine Silva and her husband Oliver of Wareham, Richard Barros and his wife Vanessa of CT and Peter Barros and his wife Debra of GA. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sons, the late Robert Barros and Manuel Barros; and his siblings, the late Leana Rose, Alice Cruz, Armando Barros, Helen Lopes, Mary Offley and Hilda Silva.

His funeral will be from the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt., 28), Wareham on Thurs., Oct. 13 at 9 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick’s Church, High St., Wareham at 10 AM. Interment will follow in St. Patricks’ Cemetery, Wareham. Visiting hours will be Wed. from 5 – 8 PM at the funeral home.


Shellfishing Dos and Don’ts

Deep into the October 11 meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen, Town Administrator Michael Gagne thanked media outlets for helping to alert the public to a potentially toxic phytoplankton known as Pseudo-Nitzschia that has now spread to all waters south of Cape Cod Bay.

Evidence of this serious disease agent has prompted the Division of Marine Fisheries to close not only Buzzards Bay but also waters from the Rhode Island border east to Nantucket Sound including the Vineyard.

Gagne read from a bulletin sent from Lt. Governor Karyn Polito that read in part, “Pseudo-Nitzschia can produce … biotoxin that concentrates in filter feeding shellfish.” The biotoxin produced by the phytoplankton, if ingested by humans, can result in severe symptoms including permanent loss of short-term memory, seizures, and even coma.

Earlier in the evening, the selectmen met with the bike path advisory group that has been seeking ways to improve safety at the bike path crossings on Mattapoisett Neck Road and Brandt Island Road.

Headed up by Police Chief Mary Lyons with Barry Denham, Nathan Ketchell, and Colleen Trahan with assistance from Representative William Straus, the group provided the selectmen with a draft letter addressed to the Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

The letter requests permission to lower the speed limit of the two roads in question, a process that is regulated by the DOT. While the roadways had previously been the subject of speed studies, those studies took place decades ago. Now faced with many more residential structures and associated traffic, Chief Lyons felt it was time to lower the speed from 40 miles per hour to 30.

The group presented the selectmen with three recommendations. First and foremost would be to reduce the posted driving speed. Second was to add electronic radar speed feedback signs in tandem with painting crosswalks the new RED color being mandated for all crosswalks, and third, investigation of new intersection designs.

The selectmen approved the letter to the DOT as well as new crosswalk painting and installation of signs after approval of one sign at the fall town meeting. Selectman Paul Silva suggested contacting neighbors whose yards abut the bike path to discuss selected brush clearing for better intersection visibility.

In other business, the selectmen approved a request from Brock Cordeiro to hold a Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day on November 13 at the Knights of Columbus parking lot. He received a common victualler license for the event. In thanking the selectmen, Cordeiro spoke of his father who succumbed to the disease saying, “I want to give a morale boost … a day of fun, education and awareness….”

Town Clerk Cathy Heuberger met with the selectmen for their signatures on the November 8 Presidential Election and to discuss early voting regulations.

“Early voting allows any voter to cast their vote up to two weeks before Election Day,” she explained. She said that the town hall conference room will be isolated for that purpose between October 24 and November 4.

Heuberger said, “No votes will be counted until the polls close,” but with only one ballot box, early voting will help ease the backup at Old Hammondtown School. She assured the selectmen that ballots would be secured under lock and key until November 8.

The selectmen also met with candidates Brad Smith and Ed Van Keuren for open slots on the Marine Advisory Board. Smith said he had a long naval career that included military service and years as a commercial boat captain.

Smith said, “I’ve got the talent and can help the marine board.”

Van Keuren, who owns a yacht repair business said, “I think this is a good fit for me.” Both candidates were approved for alternate seats on the board.

A hearing with Scott Boucher for the transfer of a Class II auto dealer license from 7 Industrial Drive to 58 Fairhaven Road was continued until October 25. Boucher was asked to return with a site plan including parking design for up to 15 vehicles.

In announcements: The Southcoast Health Van will be at the Bowl-Mor parking lot on October 19 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm dispensing flu shots; Mattapoisett Fire Department Open House will be on Thursday, October 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm; and Mattapoisett’s Weather Ready presentation by the EPA will be on October 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Old Hammondtown School.

The next meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen will be held on October 25 at 6:30 pm at the Mattapoisett Public Library.

By Marilou Newell


Gateway Youth Hockey

Squirts: The Gladiator Squirts continued their undefeated season with a 4-0 win against Norwood on Sunday. The Gladiators struggled to get going, but led by the strong defensive play of Mike Brown and John Goll, the Gladiators were able to hold off the Norwood attack until the offense got going. The offense was led by three goals and one assist from Tommy Clavell with support from Brayden Hathon (3 assists), Brayden Cannon (1 goal), Brown (1 assist) and Liz Kilpatrick (2 assists). In net, Nate Wilson got the win, stopping all 24 shots he faced including a spectacular glove save late in the second period.

Bantams: The Gateway Gladiator Bantams took the ice on Saturday wearing their new pink jerseys in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The team took a little while to get going, but in the end they got the win against a tough Coastal Stars team, 6-1. The Stars got on the board first, scoring the only goal of the first period, about halfway into the period. The Gladiators had many chances, but just couldn’t get one by the Stars’ goalie until five minutes into the second period when Matt Cadieux got a pass from Ethan Carpentier, beat the defenseman, and snuck one under the arm of the goalie. Tyler Lovendale would break the tie, just 16 seconds later, on an assist from Quirino doCanto. Lovendale would add his second goal of the game with 54 seconds left in the period, stuffing home a rebound off a doCanto shot. The scoring for the period wasn’t done though, when Will Goldman took a wrist shot from just inside the blue line, and it snuck by the goalie, with the assist going to Liv Fryer. The score remained that way until late in the third period when the Gladiators scored two short-handed goals – the first by doCanto assisted by Lovendale, and the second by Lovendale from doCanto returning the favor. The Gladiators Bantam team will continue to wear their pink jerseys for at least the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Mattapoisett Recreation

Mattapoisett Recreation is accepting registrations for the following programs:

Crafting through the Holidays: Thursdays, 2:45 – 4:00 pm, October 20-December 22. This crafting program will have children making holiday-themed crafts for the home and gifts for the holidays. Open to children in Grades K-3. Registration deadline is October 18.

Tri-Town Basketball for Girls and Boys: Open to all Tri-Town residents in Grades 3-6. Mattapoisett and Marion Recreation have combined again to form a Tri-Town league – more teams, more gyms, more basketball, more fun! Practices will start in November and games run late December until early March. Cost is $90. Registration deadline is October 31.

Co-ed Junior High Basketball: For all Tri-Town junior high students. Practices start late November and games will run through early March. Evaluations will be held on Tuesday, November 15. Cost is $90. Registration deadline is November 10.

Sweet Treats Candy Making Workshop: Join Maria Lynch for four holiday-themed candy making workshops. Each participant will make seasonal/holiday inspired candy to bring home or give as gifts. Open to students in Grades 1-6. Tuesdays, November 15 & 22 and December 6 & 13. Cost is $50. Registration deadline is November 11.

Sounds For Relaxation, Healing & Pain Relief

On Friday, October 14 the Sippican Woman’s Club and the Marion COA (Council on Aging) will co-sponsor a program at the Marion Music Hall. At 12:30 pm, a finger food luncheon will be served followed by a 1:30 pm program with Sally Hamer and her “singing crystal bowls.” Sally is a retired critical care nurse, Reiki Master/Teacher and owner of My Private Practice Holistic Center. She will bring a collection of her pure crushed quartz crystal singing bowls. The sounds from the bowls affect all organs, cells, tissues, and body systems. The tones produced by the bowls correspond with the seven major energy centers of the body (charkas). Sound is used to balance the physical and harmonize the body, mind and spirit; it aids in pain relief and promotes relaxation and healing. To obtain the full value of Sally’s program, you may wish to bring your yoga mat or you may just sit in a chair and feel the effects of the singing bowls.

This meeting is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the Landing Wharf parking lot located across from the music hall.

For Sippican Woman’s Club membership information, contact Jeanne Lake at 508-748-0619 or visit our website www.sippicanwomansclub.org.

Free Lectures at Tabor This Week

This week, Tabor Academy is offering two free lectures – one on Monday, October 17 and the other on Friday, October 21 – that are open to the public.

On Monday, October 17, Tabor’s Science@Work Lecture Series kicks off the year with Marion resident and Woods Hole Oceanographic Scientist, Dr. Michael Moore, presenting his research on Right Whales at 6:30 pm in Lyndon South Auditorium in Tabor’s Stroud Academic Center, 232 Front Street, Marion. Dr. Michael Moore, Vet. M.B., Ph.D., will describe what we can learn from forensic examination of whales to enhance our understanding and mitigation of the major threats these species face, such as entanglement in fishing gear and collision with vessels. He will also relate recent progress in the use of small drones at sea to assess whale body condition and health status. (The next Science@Work Lecture will be held at the same time and location on December 12 with Mark Rasmussen, President of the Buzzards Bay Coalition.)

On Friday, October 21 at 7:00 pm, prominent author and psychologist Dr. Robert Evans, Ed.D., will present his talk “Raising Healthy Resilient Kids in Challenging Times.” Evans shared, “All parents want their children to become resilient and confident. But in a fast-changing, competitive world, they increasingly find it hard to let their kids learn the vital life lessons that come from facing challenge and disappointment. The balancing act is a hard one: how to guide and protect our youth yet still let them grapple with real-life issues so as to build true resilience.” Dr. Evans will offer concrete ways to manage this key dilemma. He is the author of many articles and three books including Family Matters: How Schools Can Cope with the Crisis in Childrearing. This lecture is free and open to the public at 235 Front Street in the Fireman Center for Performing Arts in Tabor Academy’s Hoyt Hall.

State Closes Shellfishing in Buzzards Bay

Shellfishing within the entirety of Buzzards Bay was abruptly closed on Friday, October 7, due to a potentially toxic phytoplankton bloom, which the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries said in a public emergency closure announcement can cause Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP).

Ingestion of these biotoxins causes nausea, vomiting, cramps, severe gastrointestinal conditions and, in severe cases, headaches and neurological effects such as dizziness, confusion, loss of memory, and seizures. Potentially serious respiratory conditions could develop, and possibly death.

The emergency shellfishing closure officially went into effect at sunrise on Saturday, October 8 and will remain in effect until further notice.

Digging, harvesting, collecting, and attempting to dig, harvest, or collect shellfish, as well as the possession of shellfish from Buzzards Bay are prohibited, says the public notice.

The only exception to the shellfishing closure is the harvesting of bay and sea scallop abductor muscles (the part of the shucked scallop that is extra tough, as opposed to the adductor part of the scallop usually eaten) and carnivorous snails.

The Buzzards Bay area municipalities of Mattapoisett, Marion, Bourne, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Falmouth, Gosnold, Westport, and New Bedford will not be open for shellfishing until the Division of Marine Fisheries further examines the waters for the phytoplankton known as Pseudo-Nitzschia, which contains the biotoxin domoic acid that accumulates in the shellfish and causes ASP.

By Jean Perry