The Legendary Spring Herring Migration

The annual spring spawning herring run appears as soon as the temperature of the water warms up. That rings the alarm of the herring’s biological clock for the time to begin its pilgrimage out of the ocean and up the coastal rivers to return to the inland fresh water ponds of its origin. This is […] Read more »

The Herring Do Swim…

The annual cycle of the herring’s return to Snipatuit Pond has reached its apex at this point in the season, but the herring continue to trickle up and then back down the multiple steps just at the beginning of the Mattapoisett River at Snipatuit Pond. Every morning, Herring Inspector David Watling Jr. parks his pick-up […] Read more »

DREAMFAR High School Marathon Program

DREAMFAR High School Marathon Program participants at ORR are only weeks away from running 26.2 miles in Providence, RI. Some ORR members of the student running group recently ran a 20+ mile run in Boston in preparation for the Providence Marathon to be held on May 7. Many of the kids – and some of […] Read more »


The first time the police came to my door, I knew the reason why right away. There I was back in November about a half-hour before the doorbell rang, standing on my back deck looking through the bare trees at the street block behind my house, watching for my boy as he ‘chugged’ down the […] Read more »

Enhanced Safety Signaling Planned

During the April 12 Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen meeting, members of an ad hoc safety advisory committee – a group brought together by the selectmen to study means and methods for improving safety at the bike path crossings located at Brandt Island Road and Mattapoisett Neck Road – gave their report. The group comprised of […] Read more »

The Lofty (But Not So Regal) Bald Eagle

I saw a bald eagle yesterday soaring over the Buzzards Bay shoreline, clearly identified by its awesome wing span with striking white head and tail. As our largest and most impressive local bird of prey, it is nevertheless an enigma to many bird watchers how such a carnivorous raptor could have been selected by our […] Read more »

Destination Imagination! Destination Knoxville!

The name Destination Imagination says it all. This volunteer organization’s mission is to teach kids the creative process while working with a team to develop a solution to a problem. The teams may choose a challenge from a series of topics: technical, scientific, engineering, fine arts, improvisational, and service learning. Additionally, there is a Rising […] Read more »

Upcoming Addiction Presentation Could Save Lives

As the opioid addiction epidemic spreads across the country, and even takes root in our very own Tri-Town, the issue of addiction – opioids, alcohol, nicotine, all addictions – has become a priority for area public health employees who serve the Tri-Town citizens. Especially susceptible to addiction are the youth of Tri-Town, and as recent […] Read more »

History and Mystery with Author Stephen Puleo

There was a healthy turnout of American history buffs at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library on Sunday afternoon to hear author, historian, and teacher Stephen Puleo discuss his latest book, American Treasures: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address. Puleo is the author of six narrative nonfiction […] Read more »

Fundraiser Exceeds Expectations by Tens of Thousands

In the fall of 2016, a conversation between two people on how best to help a community member whose medical needs were outpacing insurance payments led to one fantastic event. But first, the backstory… When Melody Pacheco, administrative assistant to the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen, got a call from Dr. Amy Wiegandt, she wasn’t surprised. […] Read more »