Ripe and Ready – The Dry Harvest


The word for the year is ‘dry’. Dry dirt where once was water; parched pastures, waterless skies, and dusty earth. Water is one of those things nobody really thinks about until not much of it is there for us to do with it what we want, when we want. Meanwhile, impatiens grow leggy and lackluster […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Fire Chowder Competition Returns


When you have winning clam chowder recipes like the Rochester Firefighter’s Association and the Rochester Facilities Department, you know it – and now so do all those who attended the 2nd Annual Mattapoisett Firefighters Association Chowder Competition. Rochester came out on top in the public safety category this second year in a row. In fact, […] Read more »

School Reunion Brings Many Home


On September 17 at the Rochester Council on Aging, the 10th Grammar School Reunion hosted nearly a hundred former Rochester students. The reunion brought together folks who had learned their ABCs in classrooms or one-room schoolhouses that dotted the Rochester landscape before 1954. Organizer and prime mover of the event Betty Beaulieu said, “Unless some […] Read more »

Huybertie Hamlin: A Witness To History


He hands me the fragile envelopes containing letters between two women – women whose half-century of friendship, of fond regard for one another, is documented through written words. David Anderson, a Mattapoisett resident, has once again invited me to peek into the past – a past preserved in his family’s letters that he so graciously […] Read more »

Community Gardeners See Successful Year


They might be just “three old men” out picking vegetables now, but the trio is part of a community project that, with a little outreach, established its roots a little bit deeper and wider this year. Bob Nichols, Bill O’Keefe, and Jim Bradshaw, who have been tilling the soil and growing vegetables, fruits, and flowers […] Read more »

Contemplating a Caterpillar


There are some things in this world that simply stop you dead in your tracks. Some things just hold us still, command a moment of astonishment, a gasp, a pause, a sigh, a silent exultation. More often than not, for me, these things are almost always found in nature. Little things that become momentous and […] Read more »



It’s September 4, 2016 and I’m alone in the water of Mattapoisett Harbor, alone and sliding through the very cool water at town beach. The ocean has seemed cooler this summer than last. My swimming partner, who is not with me today, says the same thing. In spite of days of heat, our pilgrimages to […] Read more »

A Brief History Of The Elizabeth Islands

Photo by Anne Kakley

With the threat of advancing hurricane winds bearing down on Shipyard Park, Seth Mendell’s September 4 lecture on the history of the Elizabeth Islands was moved from that scenic perch to the Mattapoisett Historical Society Museum. As the audience grew, many sat in the narrow balcony that flanks the tiny gallery. All were transported to […] Read more »

Meandering Storm Spares Tri-Town Area


By Jean Perry On Sunday, September 4, Mattapoisett Harbor was bustling with people out enjoying the cooler, crisp air as an eastern breeze blew off hats and flapped flags, while some scurried to remove their boats from the water in anticipation of what was shaping up to be Tropical Storm Hermine. The National Weather Service […] Read more »

The ‘Turtle People’ of The Cove


For years, decades, centuries, maybe millennia and perhaps even eons, generations of diamond-backed terrapins have arrived and returned to the shores of Hammetts Cove in Marion to mate and lay their eggs, just as their ancestors before them did, forever imprinted with the place of their birth, the place where they themselves will nest to […] Read more »