Mattapoisett Woman’s Club Scholarship

Mattapoisett Woman’s Club is pleased to offer three $2,500 scholarship awards to Mattapoisett residents who are high school seniors, graduating June 2020.              In addition, there will be a $1,000 scholarship granted to a Mattapoisett resident who is reentering the academic world after graduation and is in pursuit of a post-secondary degree. Please go to the […] Read more »

Town of Rochester Tax Bills

FY 2020 Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Bills were mailed March 20 and are due on May 1. If paying by personal online banking, allow sufficient time for the bank to generate a check and mail it to the Town. Please supply sufficient information on the check identifying which bill should be credited.             To […] Read more »

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Marion, Mattapoisett

            On March 30 the Wanderer received a call from Mattapoisett’s Board of Health Agent Kayla Davis stating, “We wanted to let you know we are releasing a statement today, there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Mattapoisett.” By 2:30 pm, Marion had announced its first case.             The notice on Mattapoisett’s website,, was available for all […] Read more »

Aisles Need More Smiles

            Word spread quickly on social media that grocery stores would be open at specific times for senior citizens to do their shopping. I thought, “This is great.” Then I saw the hours that “special shopping” was being offered to seniors – butt-crack dawn.             Why is it that so many believe senior citizens are up enjoying […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Selectmen Meet via Teleconferencing

            Not only are Mattapoisett’s Board of Selectmen facing the challenges of being a two-person board, the added necessity of social distancing came into play on March 19.             That morning Selectmen Paul Silva and Jordan Collyer, along with Town Administrator Mike Lorenco, consultant Mike Gagne and members of the media dialed in to hear that the […] Read more »

True American Spirit

To the Editor:             The worldwide pandemic is unsettling to all and strikes fear and worry into many – the effects of which could be more crippling than the COVID-19 illness. The disruption to typical day to day life that we’re all dealing with presents itself as a temporary interference for some of us – not […] Read more »

Wareham Garden Club Scholarship Awards

Given our current situation with COVID-19, the due date for scholarship applications is currently June 30, 2020. That date could be changed to a July date depending upon our circumstances. Please feel free to check in with our Scholarship Chairperson via email contact below.              The Wareham Garden Club has announced that $1,000 scholarships are available […] Read more »

Thoughts on: Change is in the Air

            With nowhere to go and nothing to do the fine spring weather and the not so fine Coronavirus brought out the masses in recent days in an attempt to avoid cabin fever. Dog walkers, bicyclists, joggers, and just plain strollers meandered around the village in larger numbers than usual in late March offering pleasant greetings […] Read more »

April 7 Considered a Tough Target

            Officially at least, the Old Rochester Regional School District is aiming at a return to school on the state-prescribed April 7 date.             Optimism, however, is sparse, and most of the concerns expressed to Superintendent of Schools Doug White during Monday night’s online-only meeting of the Old Rochester/Union No. 55 Joint School Committee were aimed at […] Read more »

Sippican Choral Society Spring Concert

Restrictions on public gatherings during the current viral pandemic have forced the Sippican Choral Society to cancel its Spring Concert, which had been planned for April 26 in Marion.               “It’s a decision we did not like, but we cannot see a way forward between now and curtain-up,” said Mike Chaplain, president. “We have lost a […] Read more »