Baseball Makes Stellar Debut

Here is a look at the second week of scheduled games for Old Rochester Regional High School spring athletics.

            Baseball: After losing quite a few talented seniors to graduation last year, including their top pitcher Andrew Ryan, many questions arose during the offseason as to whether or not the Bulldogs would be able to defend their SCC Championship title from last year. ORR silenced some of those critics this week, as they had two impressive wins in their opening games. The Bulldogs first defeated non-conference Bishop Stang 16-4 in their season opener thanks to strong performances by senior captains Austin Salkind and Jordan Menard. Each had three hits and recorded three runs. Senior pitcher James Leidhold opened his season on a good note, striking out four Spartans and allowing only five hits in the first five innings. The Bulldogs followed their season-opening victory with a monstrous 25-0 shutout over Wareham later in the week. Sophomore Sam Henrie earned his first varsity win and shut-out, recording six strikeouts. Hunter Parker and Bryant Salkind led offensively with four hits apiece. Wareham was never able to counter the constant pressure ORR applied throughout the game. With the wins, the boys remain at a perfect 2-0 record.

Softball: The Lady Bulldogs didn’t get their season off to the best start this week, losing in a tough 15-0 shutout against Bishop Stang. The girls managed to get two hits in the game thanks to Kaleigh Goulart and Maddie Lee, but the pace at which the Lady Spartans played was too quick and efficient for the Lady Bulldogs to fight back. However, the girls recovered from the season-opening loss with a fantastic 4-3 win over last year’s state champion GNB Voc-Tech. Goulart earned her first win of the season from the mound, while Lee, Hannah Guard, and Sophie Hubbard led ORR offensively. The girls then capped their week off with an impressive 19-6 win over Wareham to effectively put the loss to Bishop Stang behind them. The wins put the girls’ overall record at 2-1, with a perfect conference record of 2-0.

Boys’ Tennis: The boys’ tennis team suffered their first loss of the season this week to Barnstable, who is perennially one of the toughest teams in the state. In the 4-1 defeat, the lone bright spot was freshman Owen Sughrue, who won his match in a bizarre turn. After losing the first set 4-6, Sughrue battled back to win the second set in a decisive 6-1 fashion. The first singles player for Barnstable was so frustrated with Sughrue’s consistent play and victory in the second set that he snapped his racket and stormed off the court, giving Sughrue the victory. However, the boys followed up their loss with a 4-1 victory over non-conference Dartmouth. Alex Bilodeau (second singles), Sam Pasquill (third singles), Josh Lerman and Maxx Wolski (first doubles), and Stephen Burke and Jahn Pothier (second doubles) all won matches for the Bulldogs.

Girls’ Tennis: The Lady Bulldogs lost their lone match of the week in an exciting 3-2 showdown against non-conference Dartmouth. Despite the close loss, ORR got key wins from Julia Nojeim (first singles), and Olivia Bellefeuille (third singles). The loss did not affect the girls’ conference record, which remains at a perfect 2-0.

Boys’ Lacrosse: The boys’ lacrosse team also had a good week, winning both of their games by large margins. The boys first defeated conference rival Fairhaven 14-6 thanks to dominant performances by Landon Goguen and Ethan Lizotte, who scored four goals apiece. The boys then defeated non-conference New Bedford 7-1, with Goguen striking again, this time recording a hat trick. Other goals came from Thomas McIntyre, Henry McIntyre, Taylor Hatch, and Pat Saltmarsh. Goalie Gerald Lanagan is also to be commended, as he made 15 saves in net. The boys’ record advances to a perfect 3-0 with the victories.

Girls’ Lacrosse: This week, the girls’ lacrosse team played two Division 1 teams with mixed results. The Lady Bulldogs were handed their first loss of the season to non-conference Sandwich by a narrow margin. The loss was followed by a 9-9 tie against New Bedford. Freshman Maddie Cooney recorded a hat trick for ORR, with additional goals coming from Mikayla Demanche (2), Bailey Truesdale (2), Maggie Adams, and Leah Pryzbyzewski. The girls’ record currently stands at 1-1-1.

Below are the overall spring team records, followed by the conference records in wins, losses, and ties as of April 12.

Baseball: (2-0-0) (1-0-0); Softball: (2-1-0) (2-0-0); Boys’ Track: (0-0-0) (0-0-0); Girls’ Track: (0-0-0) (0-0-0); Boys’ Tennis: (2-1-0) (1-0-0); Girls’ Tennis: (2-1-0) (2-0-0); Boys’ Lacrosse: (3-0-0) (1-0-0); Girls’ Lacrosse: (1-1-1) (0-0-0).

By Michael Kassabian


What a Wonderful World…

Fifth-grader Carter Hunt did something on April 14 that he would not, could not have done when he first started his education in Mattapoisett. He stood on stage before an audience and sang a song during the Old Hammondtown School Talent Show.

Singing in public is something any average person is too afraid to assume, with the fear of being laughed at, messing up, and being nervous. But when you add to that a hypersensitivity to sound – such as the clapping and cheering of an audience – and perhaps a hypersensitivity to lights and the stimulation of the unpredictable nature of a roaring crowd of people in a seemingly chaotic atmosphere of a school cafetorium, one faces an even greater challenge.

Carter has autism, a developmental spectrum disorder that affects a child’s cognitive, speech, fine motor, and social development, and is often accompanied by sensory integration dysfunction that includes a hypo- or hyper-sensitivity to outside stimuli such as light, touch, and sound.

For some time, Carter was unable to have lunch in the cafeteria because of his sensitivity to the cacophony of the echoing noise of a bunch of children contained in a small area. With sensory dysfunction, specifically pertaining to sound, people with autism have a hard time filtering out background noise. Bombarded by hundreds of different sounds all at once, they are unable to focus on one conversation, for example, and are instead left to process every conversation equally around them, making it impossible to regulate the input.

With therapy, and over time, some people like Carter can develop the ability to process a barrage of sound input in their own way, or at least regulate their response to the stimulation and manage to, essentially, ‘keep it together.’

As Carter stood on the stage waiting for the moment to begin, he smiled softly as he gently clasped his hands together and patiently waited for the accompanying guitar music to begin.

“I see trees of green, red roses, too,

I see them bloom, for me and you,

And I think to myself what a wonderful world.”

Indeed, we live in a world of diversity and infinite possibility, a vast landscape of beauty for all to see, and we even find it in places one might look last to find it. Carter’s voice was made for song: beautiful, pure, and downright angelic.

“I see skies of blue and clouds of white,

The bright blessed day, the darkness of night,

And I think to myself what a wonderful world.”

Those blue skies and white clouds do not bless every single day in the lives of those touched by autism. And the darkness of those often sleepless nights sometimes does not bring much comfort to a parent of a child with autism who will awaken the next day exhausted after hardly any sleep because their child’s sleep cycle keeps them up for most of the night. There are sunny days aplenty, though, and when the sun shines, it really shines – like Carter, who lit up the stage and brightened the gray skies of any adult heart there that could hear him.

“The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky,

Are also on the faces of people going by.

I see friends shaking hands, saying ‘How do you do?’

But they’re really saying, ‘I love you.’”

The students and staff at Old Hammondtown School have been so supportive of Carter, says his dad Carter Hunt, a member of the Mattapoisett School Committee.

“The kids in his class have all been drawn to him and supportive. It’s a wonderful community of kids,” said Hunt. “He feels very supported. Kids like Carter sort of let people know that, with some of their differences, these kids are part of the community. He’s just another kid that’s different,” said Hunt. “You know, every kid is different.”

Meanwhile, as Carter sings his song, throughout the cafetorium grown-ups are wiping tears and trying to keep their hearts from bursting out of their chests.

“I hear babies crying and I watch them grow

They’ll learn much more than we’ll ever know…”

One in 68 babies born in the United States today will be diagnosed with autism. Three out of four of those babies will be boys, meaning that one in every 42 boys born will be autistic. The number continues to rise every year.

Autism brings with it a lifetime of challenges for that individual and their caregivers. But it also brings a degree and depth of love that is unique to a parent of a child with autism, as well as those who work with the child and are blessed to know them intimately.

Carter has a special place in the heart of Old Hammondtown School Principal Rose Bowman, who spoke of Carter’s incredible voice and his ability to touch the hearts of those who know him.

“I just cry when I hear him sing,” Bowman said. “It takes my breath away.”

Paraprofessional Diane Behan admitted she cried her eyes out during Carter’s performance. And when Carter finished his song, the crowd went wild, and he also started to cry as he left the stage.

“He remembered everything we talked about before the show,” said Behan, adding that they discussed what it means when he cries sometimes like he did that afternoon. “It wasn’t the noise that upset him,” said Behan. “When he cried at the end, it’s because he was happy. We told him that’s what happens sometimes when you’re happy.”

Carter’s grandpa, also named Carter Hunt, sat in the audience for Carter’s performance, saying he was proud of Carter for getting up on the stage and doing what he did.

“He’s the best singer in the family,” said Hunt. “He’s a great boy. Very loving and sweet.”

Special Education teacher Michele Behan described Carter as a very loveable kid who has really come out of his shell, this year especially. “He’s just a wonderful part of the community and everyone loves him.” She admitted she was tearful as she watched and listened to Carter sing, saying Carter’s performance “tugged at my heart.” She was not alone. Many beating hearts were tugged.

This particular song is special, existing almost as an anthem of eternal hope and optimism, and fitting as a representation of the contribution that Carter and many people like Carter offer a world of such diversity and beauty. Carter’s voice is one example of that beauty.

“And I think to myself what a wonderful world.

Yes, I think to myself what a wonderful world.”

By Jean Perry

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Private Pier Proposed for Aucoot Cove

On April 13, the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission found itself facing a conference room packed with residents gathered to hear the details for another private pier – this time at Aucoot Cove.

Represented by David Davignon of N. Douglas Schneider & Associates, Jay and Julie Duker of 112 Aucoot Road applied to construct a residential pier facility to provide access to Aucoot Cove and Buzzards Bay for small vessel usage such as kayaks, canoes, and skiffs.

Davignon outlined the size of the pier, materials to be used, construction methodologies, and associated wetland considerations for the commission and the public that filled nearly every available seat in the Town Hall conference room.

Davignon said the pier would be 4-feet wide and 161-feet long, spanning a barrier beach and eelgrass beds. He said a study conducted several years ago found eelgrass to be sparse in the area the pier is proposed to cross with decking materials. The location of the pier was determined from soundings made to map water depths along the Dukers’ beachfront during various tides. The pier location, as noted, ends at a deep-water pool.

He also said the Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program commented that construction may not take place between June 1 and October 15, and that the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Mattapoisett’s harbormaster, and the shellfish officer have yet to comment on the matter. The Dukers have received a DEP file number, Davignon said, and are awaiting notifications from the Army Corps of Engineers and Massachusetts Public Waterfront Act, aka Chapter 91, for permits previously requested.

Chairman Bob Rogers said, “Well, there are a lot of different issues on this one.” He said that an updated eelgrass study would be required and the pier needed to be delineated so that the commission members could visit the site and see for themselves the impact the pier may have on what was described as a coastal beach, coastal dune, and barrier beach by Rogers.

The audience was given the opportunity to give voice to their concerns. First up was Richard Cederberg, 108 Aucoot Road. He said he wasn’t for or against the pier, but in a tone geared to make his point quite clear, he said, “I brought pictures … I’m going to show you what that area looked like at nine o’clock this morning.” He went on to say that winter storms have caused most of the beach along Dukers’ frontage to disappear, and a breach in the barrier beach has allowed a salt pond to become situated in the area where heavy construction equipment was proposed to traverse for purposes of moving pier and decking materials.

“I tried to walk out there this morning and my feet sunk,” Cederberg said. “The land has changed dramatically over the winter!”

Davignon said that when the Dukers received an earlier permit to provide beach nourishment to their waterfront property, a permit gave them the right to repair the breach. Rogers disagreed with that interpretation of the conditions approved by the Conservation Commission, saying “We have a prohibition for fill.”

Cederberg was also vocal over the use of construction mats used to protect areas crossed by heavy moving vehicles. ‘Tat’ Tarrant of T. A. Tarrant Construction was present to describe how his crews would need to build the pier from both the landside and waterside of the property. He assured the commission and Cederberg that the mats work and cited a project at Tabor Academy in Marion where mats were used to protect marshlands.

Brad Hathaway, a long-time Aucoot Cove resident and abutter to the Dukers’ property said, “We have always enjoyed the scenic views north that the pier is going to block.” He questioned when the rights of the public to enjoy recreational spaces outweighed the rights of a single owner, calling the rights of the public “far more important than a single landowner.”

Also speaking up, not so much against a pier but the cutting off of views and unimpeded water access, were Mr. and Mrs. Tom Richardson, also abutters.

Hathaway wanted to know if a wetlands bylaw would help protect the public rights, to which Rogers reminded him, “We are looking at this project under the Wetlands Protection Act and not any bylaws.”

The application hearing was continued until April 27 to give Davignon time to prepare additional reports and to delineate the pier’s location for the commission’s site visit.

Also coming before the commission was Merry McCleary, 6 Main Street, to construct an addition and garage, new driveway, and curb cut on Main Street. McCleary received a Negative 3 determination and will now go before the ZBA for a special permit.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition received a Negative 3 determination for the placement of wooden planks along a new walking trail near the Nasketucket Bay State Reservation; and Matthew and Kaitlin Keegan, 41 Aucoot Road, received a Certificate of Compliance.

The commission members voted by majority to send their proposed wetlands bylaw to Town Meeting after receiving guidance from town counsel for the writing of the article for the warrant. There will also be a public hearing at the next scheduled Conservation Commission meeting on April 23 at 6:30 pm in the Town Hall conference room on the draft that will appear on the warrant.

By Marilou Newell


James F. Braden

James F. Braden, age 83, died on April 2, 2015. Late of Olympia Fields, formerly of Mattapoisett, MA. Beloved son of the late James Braden and Alfreida nee Peterson. Beloved husband of Joan Braden nee Griffin for 58 years. Dear father of Colleen (Louis) Garafalo, James D., John (Julia), Brian and Katie Braden. Cherished grandfather of Evan and Brendan Garafalo, Caroline, Jack, Jessica and James Braden. Loving brother of the late Eugene Braden.

Jim was a graduate of the University of Connecticut receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a life time member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Fastener Standard Committee. Jim co-authored an Engineering Text book, “Mechanical Fastening of Plastics”. He served in the US Navy as a photographer aboard the USS Midway Aircraft carrier and was also stationed at the Photo Interpretation Center in Washington D.C.

Jim was an active member of the Infant Jesus of Prague Church community. Jim also enjoyed sailing, canoeing, and photography. He was an active member of the Rochester Youth Hockey program and a member of the Mattapoisett Lions Club.

His funeral was held on Saturday, April 11th, at Infant Jesus of Prague Church, Flossmoor. Interment was private at family lot. Memorials to charity of your choice.

Roy H. Rehbein

Roy H. Rehbein, 88, of Marion, died Sunday, April 12, 2015 at Kindred Transitional Care at Forestview. He was the husband of Edith (Barrows) Rehbein.

Born in Miami, FL, he was the son of the late Bernice (Richardson) and Roy H. Rehbein, Sr. Mr. Rehbein lived in Hopedale for many years before moving to Marion in 1998.

Mr. Rehbein was employed as textile engineer for the former Draper Corp. of Hopedale. He also served as an auxiliary police officer on the Hopedale Police Department. Mr. Rehbein was a World War II Army veteran serving from 1944 to 1948. He was a member of the Benjamin D. Cushing V.F.W. Post # 2425 in Marion.

Survivors include his wife, Edith of Marion; four sons, Craig Rehbein, Scott Rehbein and Christopher Rehbein all of Marion and Glenn Rehbein of Whitinsville; one daughter, Karen Holmes of Cooper, ME and his granddaughter Kara Rehbein.

A graveside service will be held on Thurs., Apr. 23, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Mass. National Cemetery, Bourne. Visiting hours have been omitted.

Donations in his memory may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.

John Lockwood

Memorial service for John Lockwood will be held on Saturday, May 2nd at 1pm at the Mattapoisett Congregational Church, 27 Church St.

David Carey Shanks

David Carey Shanks (75) of Vero Beach, FL, peacefully passed away April

8, 2015 in Vero Beach. Born August 2, 1939 in Indianapolis, IN, he was the elder son of John Amos Shanks and Jane Marie Griesser. Dave is survived by his beloved wife, Rosalie Shadle Shanks.

Additional survivors include his daughter, Nanon Shanks Olson (Carl Frederick Olson), of Marietta, GA, their three children: Kyle Gustav Olson, David Hayward Olson and Elizabeth Leas Olson, and his son, Andrew MacPherran Shanks (Keri Lester Shanks), of Woodbridge, VA, and their daughter, Elizabeth Lynn Shanks.

He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 49 years, Cynthia Worcester Shanks, and his daughter, Kirsten Conant Shanks, survived by her husband, Brendan Michael Halpin, and daughter, Rowen Shanks Halpin, of Jamaica Plain, MA. His brother, George Warren Shanks (Janice Butler Shanks), of Front Royal, VA, and sister, Susan Florence Biel, of Gainesville, FL, also survive.

Dave graduated from Cornell University in 1962 with a BME, followed with an MBA from the University of Delaware in 1968. During his Cornell years, Dave was a member of the Cornell crew team and the Sherwoods, a men’s a Capella singing group.

His distinguished career spanned 38 years and included positions with the DuPont Corporation in Wilmington, DE and Eastern Airlines in New York City. In 1974 he joined Arthur D. Little in Cambridge, MA. He began in manufacturing consulting, later shifted to business strategy. Dave became VP and Managing Director of the New England Region of ADL and served on its Board.

In 1997 he joined Sunoco, Inc. in Philadelphia as VP of Human Resources, Public Affairs and Strategic Planning, retiring in 2000.

In retirement, Dave briefly ran his own firm, Silvershell Consulting, in Marion, MA, named for the beach in front of his home. He sailed, golfed, read voraciously, took piano lessons for the second time, sang in several groups, and became a certified scuba diver.

Somehow in this busy life, Dave always made quality time for his family and friends. Relationships were priceless to him.

He belonged to various organizations: Phi Kappa Psi Chapter at Cornell University, Algonquin Club in Cambridge, MA; Beverly Yacht Club and the Sippican Choral Society in Marion, MA; Country Club of New Bedford, MA; Springhaven Club in Wallingford, PA; and Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club, Orchid, FL. He was affiliated with the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Wayland, MA, First Congregational Church, Marion, MA, Big Canoe Chapel, Big Canoe, GA, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Vero Beach.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the “National Blood Clot Alliance”: www. StopTheClot .org or a charity of your choice.

Services will be held in Vero Beach, FL at 2pm, Sunday, May 24 Orchid Island Golf and Beach Club and in Marion, MA, at Noon on Saturday, July 11 in Tabor Academy’s Wickenden Chapel.

Thank You Mattapoisett!

To the Editor:

Thank You Mattapoisett!

The Friends of the Mattapoisett Council on Aging wish to thank everyone who participated in our Annual Easter Pie and Dessert Sale on April 4. You made our sale a great success.

Volunteer bakers brought in their favorite desserts and native specialties. We had such a grand variety that enhanced the presentation and made it look delicious!

The Friends of the Mattapoisett CoA hopes to see you again next year … both bakers and buyers. This year was our most successful sale ever.

Bob Kelley, Publicity, FMCoA


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Alewives Anonymous Chowder Supper

Alewives Anonymous, Inc. (AA) will host its annual meeting and quahog chowder supper for members, guests and others interested in the world of alewives (herring) on Sunday, April 26 at 5:00 pm to be held at the Rochester Grange Hall, 205 Hartley Road, Rochester. Guest speakers will be Mr. David Lawrence and Mr. Gifford Lawrence, who will present a program about The Searching for Dropped Deer Antlers and all about them.

Reservations are required. Please make your reservations with Arthur F. Benner, 319 Cushman Road, Rochester MA 02770, telephone 508-763-2024. Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, April 22.

There is no charge for the supper for members whose dues are paid up, members who re-new their annual dues ($10) or new members joining ($10); otherwise, the charge is $5 per person. New members are always welcome.

AA, The Herring Helpers, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and increase of the alewife fishery resources in the Mattapoisett River and the Sippican River in the towns of Rochester, Marion and Mattapoisett. Alewives Anonymous, Inc is also involved with monitoring the alewives population using electronic fish counting equipment and other efforts and projects to enhance their numbers and to improve their environment.

We invite you to PLEASE join and help support our efforts.

Literary Magazine Earns Honor

It is easy to appreciate the hard work of student athletes and performers on the Tabor Academy campus, but the work of artists and writers is not typically showcased.

Tabor’s art and literary magazine, The Bowsprit, has evolved to change that and is only improving as each annual issue comes out.

Tricia Smith, an art teacher at Tabor, immediately started working with The Bowsprit when she first joined the community in 2005. Her first goal was to help improve the reproductions of art to be of higher quality in the magazine.

Once this was achieved, Smith worked on the next problem: the challenge of having enough writing to fill the magazine. Although there was a student editor of the art section, “the writing section didn’t have a connection to the English Department,” according to Smith.

Over the years, the book has “matured,” said Smith who explained that a number of important changes have been made to allow the book to evolve and improve.

The magazine, which used to be small and portable with only a section of color, was accidentally created in a larger document in 2011. Smith called this a “good change,” because they were forced to find the funding and make it work. This bigger edition allowed for larger images of the art and an overall higher quality of the magazine.

The next year, the whole book was made in color and, according to Smith, “everyone thought it looked awesome.”

Although the quality of the magazine was greatly improved, it was still difficult to find writing pieces. Last year, Christopher White, an English teacher, joined The Bowsprit as a faculty advisor to help mitigate this difficulty.

“Bringing him (White) on was super important to the success of last year’s issue and future issues,” said Smith.

Now there are six writing editors who are helping to increase submissions and supply a variety of writing. Additionally, White and the students have created contests to increase submission.

In addition to the scary story competition, a rock was put on display to inspire poetry. Furthermore, students could submit photos by using the tag #tabowsprit in the social media site Instagram, and the best photos were voted on to be in last year’s magazine.

This success has not gone unnoticed. Last year’s issue won an Award of Excellence from the National Council for Teachers of English. Smith plans to continue entering each year’s magazine.

Smith feels that The Bowsprit “places an importance on the kind of work that we value as a school.”

“This year’s book will see another change because now Christopher Botello and the Media Arts Department are providing the in-house production of the structure,” said Smith.

What started in the art room has expanded to English classes and the media lab. The magazine has become available online for the Tabor Community as well.

As for the future, Smith hopes to form a connection between the outside community and The Bowsprit.

“I would like to extend the distribution to alums, parents, or friends of the school as a subscription-based distribution.” She adds that hopefully alums could eventually send in their work as well.

By Julia O’Rourke