Joan E. (Watson) Winters

Joan E. (Watson) Winters, 83, of Rochester, died Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Tobey Hospital in Wareham. She was the wife of the late Franklin E. Winters.

Born in New Bedford, she was the daughter of the late William & Hazel (Ellis) Watson. She was a longtime resident of Marion until she moved to Rochester in 1991.

Mrs. Winters was a lifelong and active member of the First Congregational Church in Marion where she taught Sunday School and was involved with various committees. She was an artist and painted in oils and acrylics. She enjoyed spending her time at the beach and sailing, enjoying her grandchildren and her pets. She was a graduate of Wareham High School and the New Bedford Textile Institute where she as a member of Kappa Sigma Phi.

She is survived by her son, Peter Winters and her daughter-in-law Christine Winters of Marion; her daughter, Joanna Wheeler of Marion and Susanna Flynn and her husband Kevin Flynn of Rochester. She is also survived by her five grandchildren; Cara Wilson and Moira Flynn of Rochester and Abigail Wheeler, Thomas Winters and Julia Winters of Marion.

Her funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at the First Congregational Church, 28 Main St., Marion at 3 P.M. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion. Visiting hours have been omitted.

Gifts in lieu of flowers may be sent to the First Congregational Church of Marion, P.O. Box 326, Marion, MA 02738. Arrangements by Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, Wareham. For directions and on-line guestbook visit:

Freshmen Transition to Tabor

As a senior, one sometimes forgets how unique Tabor Academy is as an institution. There is, of course, the obvious – we’ve been blessed by an unusually beautiful location, for example – but, after a while, one often ceases waking up appreciating one’s teachers and how much work and care they invest in their classes, how beautiful the chapel is, or how interesting one’s peers are. Even the beauty of the seaside view fades to become part of the background after a while.

For freshmen, however, everything is still new and fascinating – everything from Tabor’s rivalry with Holderness School, to the fact that we have two lunch blocks. And which one you go to is infinitely confusing for the first couple months, at least.

Every year when the new freshmen arrive, there is a noticeable shift in the school. The seniors become the oldest; the sophomores rejoice that they are no longer lost freshmen, and the freshmen enter, facing Tabor with a mix of anticipation and anxiety.

Emily Dineen, a new freshman at Tabor, is in a slightly different situation than most in that, as the daughter of teacher and coach Gerald Dineen, she has lived on campus for her whole life. With a dad and older brother at Tabor already, she is much more familiar with the campus and way of life than other freshmen. Despite this, however, she still feels that actually attending Tabor is a big adjustment.

“I think it’s a really huge difference for me to be able to really engage with other students,” said Dineen. While before, she was “watching from the outside,” now she’s involved in the community. “I go to the library to study, and a senior might sit across from me. I walk down the halls, and a sophomore might say they like my skirt. I’ll drop something, and a junior will pick it up,” she observes. “I really like just interacting with all the people around me.”

“I’ve watched through the window, nose pressed to the glass for fourteen years,” Dineen added. “I’m just really excited to plunge into life here.” As she pointed out, life as a Tabor student is different than just living on campus. Realizing how big the adjustment is for her, she reaches out to new boarders who may be feeling homesick and reminds them that, “Even when you miss home, miss your family, remember, here can be your home, too. We can be your family.”

Dineen sums up the Tabor transition perfectly – no matter how familiar you are with the area or even the campus, starting a new experience with all new people is incredibly daunting. Regardless, they’re up for the challenge. Already, you can see Tabor freshmen excelling on sports teams, in the classroom, and in the art studios. As they prepare to spend their next four years exploring everything Tabor has to offer, everyone else looks forward to seeing them succeed and watching as they make Tabor their own.

By Madeleine Gregory


Tax Rate Steady in Rochester

Rochester residents will be relieved to hear that their taxes will not be increasing this year. In fact, they will enjoy a six-cent relief from their tax rate.

On September 21, the Rochester Board of Selectmen approved the recommended tax rate of $14.01 per thousand of value for each property class after a brief presentation by the Board of Assessors.

The town will continue with its single rate tax system for fiscal year 2016 instead of splitting the rate and charging higher rates for businesses, which would shift the tax burden to commercial and industrial property owners.

Charles Shea, assistant assessor, presented the board with several options and their ensuing impacts to residential and commercial taxpayers.

Selectmen Naida Parker and Brad Morse both supported the Board of Assessor’s recommendation.

According to Town Administrator Michael McCue, the levy on the town’s $847 million of land valuation will generate roughly $11.8 million in tax revenue, as reported by Shea.

McCue praised the Board of Assessors for their timely work this year, adding that tax bills will be issued in October – the earliest this has happened in recent history.

“The later the tax bills go out, the more difficult it is to make our financial obligations,” said McCue. “That can lead to borrowing, which is an added expense to the Town and eventually the taxpayers.”

Approval of the tax rate was the only item on the agenda for that evening.

The next meeting of the Rochester Board of Selectmen is scheduled for September 28 at 6:30 pm.

By Jean Perry


Tribute to Benefactor Elizabeth Taber

On Sunday, October 4 at 10:00 am, the First Congregational Church of Marion invites the Tri-Town community to its regular Sunday service including optional communion. This service will, however, be amplified to include several features to highlight the weekend’s Elizabeth Taber Gala. Head of School at Tabor Academy, John Quirk, will deliver the sermon. Tabor’s Director of Choral Music and Organist, David Horne, will be guest organist. The service will honor the generosity and philanthropy of Elizabeth Pitcher Taber and highlight her gifts to our community.

Visitors of all faiths are welcome to attend this special Service of Remembrance on October 4 at 10:00 am. The First Congregational Church is located at the corner of Front and Main Streets in the heart of Marion Village.


Mattapoisett Community Preservation Committee

The Mattapoisett Community Preservation Committee is now accepting project funding applications for inclusion in the spring 2016 town meeting. Applications can be picked up in paper form at the Mattapoisett Town Hall or can be downloaded at

Applications must be turned into the selectmen’s office by November 15 in order for consideration.

Rochester Cultural Council

The Rochester Cultural Council is seeking funding proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities and science projects which must also ensure a public benefit component. Grant application forms are available online at Please visit the Massachusetts Cultural Council website for grant submission details. The deadline to submit grant applications is October 15, 2015 and six copies must be made for the Council’s consideration.

Grants can support a variety of arts and sciences related projects in and around Rochester including exhibits, festivals, performances, workshops, cultural field trips, and lectures. Nonprofits, organizations, schools and youth groups are encouraged to apply.

The Rochester Cultural Council is a part of a network of Local Cultural Councils (LCC) serving over 350 communities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The LCC program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which allocates funds to each community. This year the Rochester Cultural Council will distribute nearly $4,400 in grants.

Jennie A. (Gayoski) Stinson

Jennie A. (Gayoski) Stinson, 96, of Marion died Sunday, September 27, 2015 at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River. She was the wife of the late Harry F. Stinson.

Born in Rochester, she was the daughter of the late Walenty & Mary (Zagol) Gayoski and has lived in Marion most of her life. A homemaker, Mrs. Stinson also spent many years transporting local school children to the Seaside School.

She enjoyed travelling, concerts, boating, reading dancing and gardening.

Survivors include her daughters, Barbara J. Stinson of Medway, Bonnie G. Stinson of Carver, June Johnson and her husband Albin R. Johnson, III and Deborah Stinson all of Marion; her grandchildren, Liana Stinson, Barry F. Stinson, Jr., Valerie Bardell, Melanie Burgess and Keith Fletcher; her sister in-law, Katherine Gayoski of Rochester. Several nieces and a nephew also survive her. She was predeceased by her siblings, the late Alice Robbins, John Gayoski, Elizabeth Corey, Florence MacMinn and Thomas Gayoski.

Her funeral service was held on Wed., Sept. 30, 2015 at the First Congregational Church, 28 Main St., Marion at 10 AM. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Marion. Visiting hours were held on Tues., Sept. 29th at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway (Rt. 28), Wareham.

Donations in her memory may be made to Town of Marion EMS Account, P.O. Box 1021, Marion, MA 02738. For directions and on-line guestbook visit:

Marion Recreation Fall Dance Classes

Marion Recreation Fall Dance classes are open for registration. Once again, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre are being offered. This session’s Musical Theatre Class will be WICKED! Classes begin on Wednesday, October 7 and run until Wednesday, December 9 (no classes on November 11 or 25). Musical Theatre is 3:15 – 4:15 pm and Hip Hop is 4:15 – 5:15 pm. These classes are for boys and girls, 5 to 13 years old. All levels of experience are welcome!

New this year: Both classes are held at Sippican School! Fee is $120 per student per class. Registration deadline is Monday, October 5. Registration forms are available for pick up at the Marion Town House and the Marion Recreation Department, 13 Atlantis Drive. Forms may also be downloaded and printed from our newly-updated website, For more information, please contact Marion Recreation at 774-217-8355 or

Mattapoisett Cultural Council

Mattapoisett Cultural Council seeks grant proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs. These grants support a variety of artistic projects and activities in and around Mattapoisett – including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.

This year, Mattapoisett Cultural Council will distribute about $4,400 in grants. Previously funded projects included: performances and programs by Mattapoisett Historical Society, Movies in the Park by Mattapoisett Lions Club, theatrical programs for children and adults at Mattapoisett Free Public Library and ORRHS, and arts and science programs sponsored by the Mattapoisett PTA at Center School and Old Hammondtown School, among others.

Guidelines, application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at Questions may be addressed to Application forms are also available at Mattapoisett Free Public Library.

Grant applications must be received at: Mattapoisett Cultural Council, Town Hall, 16 Main St., P.O. Box 435, Mattapoisett, MA 02739, and postmarked no later than October 15, 2015 (10 copies).

Mattapoisett Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

The Early Days of Rochester Police and Fire

If you called the Rochester Police some time in the 1960s, chances are Officer Joseph Chamberlain would pull up in his family sedan, and occasionally, he was accompanied by his young son Bill. There were no radios, no way to call for backup if needed – heck, there wasn’t even a police station at the time.

Those were the simpler days of life in Rochester, a time gone by when a one-officer emergency response was all that was needed. There was no police academy education required and no uniforms. Just a man with a badge, a duty belt, and a .357 Magnum hanging low on his side.

During a presentation about the history of the Rochester Police and Fire on September 16, retired Sergeant Bill Chamberlain accepted a citation from Maria Connor, special assistant to Senator Michael Rodrigues, on behalf of the Rochester Police Department. The crowd begged Chamberlain to stay at the front of the East Rochester Congregational Church altar and tell them some stories from his many years on the force.

Chamberlain went straight back to his childhood to a time when he climbed into the family’s Ford Galaxy with his father who was responding to a shooting incident called in, literally, to his home phone.

“There were many times that he would go out on a call and I would go,” said Chamberlain. “That would be unheard of today.”

Chamberlain’s father would respond to whatever type of call came in, and one night there was a shooting reported at a residence. Chamberlain Senior was called to investigate. Upon arrival, Officer Chamberlain knocked out the two front lights, knocked on the door, and entered the home to find a man who had accidentally shot himself dead.

“As traumatic as that may be for a young child, I grew up with that,” Chamberlain said. “And I just understood. I knew what passing away meant.”

Chamberlain recalled the days when Rochester was once a mecca of sorts for stolen vehicles – about 100 stolen vehicles found during a year – which was pretty much the extent of the regular riff-raff that went down in town, alongside the occasional escaped livestock that police would chase after. (Which still continues today, commented Chamberlain).

In the 1970s when drugs started appearing on the Rochester scene, Chamberlain recalled the police starting to train officers on identifying drugs, and Officer Chamberlain asked his college-age son to “help him out” with some marijuana, since the officers had no idea what marijuana looked or smelled like.

Red-faced, Chamberlain admitted he bought a baggie of pot to give to his father.

“And they did use it,” said Chamberlain, which elicited laughter. “Hey, if they want to arrest me for it, so be it…”

Betty Beaulieu of the Rochester Historical Society compiled years and years of Rochester Police and Fire history to share, going all the way back to the very first police officer/constable Robert C. Randall, who served from 1857 to 1882. No money was appropriated for any emergency response in those days, and in 1890 a forest fire line item was added that paid $1.60 per man. Historical Society member Connie Eshbach presented that information to an audience of roughly 30 people.

Few fires were listed in the 1800s, Eshbach said, but 1894 was a bad year for forest fires in Rochester, she added. It cost the Town $189 to fight fires that year. By 1895, there were 31 firefighters on the roster.

Town Meeting voted to appropriate funding in 1910 to purchase fire extinguishers for firefighters, but it wasn’t until the 1940s when the Town actually created a budget for the Fire Department and appointed its first fire chief, Henry B. Hartley, who served until 1954. The first official police chief was appointed in 1947, William D. Jenkins.

But, back then, if you were an on-call police officer, said Eshbach, you were also an on-call firefighter.

“They all wore two hats,” Eshbach said. “It depended on the call which one they put on.”

‘Police stations’ and their locations varied over the years, such as from a small room at Town Hall, to the chief’s home, to a trailer beside the fire station, to the current building on Dexter Road.

In the 1970s, the push for more police officers picked up steam, said Eshbach, and the town finally had its first police cruiser in 1978.

Eshbach gave out other little-known facts, such as the salary for the part-time police chief in 1974 was $3,400 annually. In 1987, it rose to $15,000. The pay for a police officer in 1985 was $6.75 per hour; in the 1990s, it was $9.50.

“It was a hard, long slag, I think, to get a full-time force,” said Eshbach. “Rochester has been well served by both of its departments.”

By Jean Perry

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