Route 6 Study Reveals Need for Less Speed

            It was two years in the making and involved many hours of discussion, contemplation, and study, but the Route 6 Corridor Study has been completed and, further, has received approval from the Southeastern Massachusetts Metropolitan Planning Organization.             The SMMPO, as that group is known, was established to implement federally mandated transportation planning. It is a […] Read more »

Trash District Drops Civil Embezzlement Lawsuit

            The committee for the Carver, Marion, Wareham Regional Refuse Disposal District (CMWRRDD) announced on April 15 that it was dropping its civil lawsuit against the surviving defendants involved in the Ray Pickles embezzlement case.             The CMWRRDD filed the lawsuit on June 22, 2018, alleging that the former executive director for the trash district, Ray Pickles, […] Read more »

Benvinda A. (Alves) Lobo

Benvinda A. (Alves) Lobo, 89, of Mattapoisett, died April 23, 2020 in the German Centre for Extended Care in West Roxbury. She was the daughter of the late Antone and Mary (Lopes) Alves. She was born in Wareham and lived in Mattapoisett for many years. She then lived in Boston from 1967 to 2003 before […] Read more »

High School Seniors Feel Sting of School Cancelation

            When Massachusetts schools were forced to shut their doors due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, leaving students to remote learning, student-athletes saw their spring sports seasons put on pause. There was resulting concern as to whether or not there would be spring sports at all in 2020.             On Tuesday, April 21, Governor Charlie Baker announced […] Read more »

The Hummingbirds of Allen’s Point

            At this time of year in Marion, there is a glorious bright spot which I look forward to with great excitement and anticipation: the return of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird! It seems especially poignant and uplifting this year.             These fascinating “fairy” birds travel thousands of miles every year to return to their birth nesting origins. Some […] Read more »

Village Infrastructure, Creek Road Have Heavy Price Tags

            Department of Public Works Director David Willett told the Marion Board of Selectmen that he was pleasantly surprised that CDM Smith engineering sent him its computer-aided-design (CAD) files for the roadway at the center of the Village Infrastructure Project Phase 1B during the Board’s April 21 remote-access meeting.              “I’m a little reticent about talking about […] Read more »

Sippican Historical Society

Marion (Old Rochester) is one of the oldest towns in the United States, and the Sippican Historical Society maintains an extensive collection of documentation on its historic buildings. In 1998, the Sippican Historical Society commissioned an architectural survey of Marion’s historic homes and buildings. Over 100 were cataloged and photographed. SHS will feature one building […] Read more »

Edward P. Ashley

Edward P. Ashley, age 73, of East Freetown, formerly of Rochester, died on Friday, April 24, 2020, at the Tobey Hospital in Wareham. Ed was born in Wareham, the son of the late Karl & Grace (Paradis) Ashley.  He grew up in Freetown, lived in Rochester and settled in East Freetown.  Ed was a farmer, […] Read more »

Confessions From a Home Economics Failure

            In 1965, I entered Wareham High School. I had one major goal: graduation – period – nothing else. Graduation meant, as far as I was concerned, total liberation from teachers who, for the most part, tolerated me as I tolerated them. Not that I was a class clown or worse, troublemaker, no. I was just […] Read more »

Mattapoisett Extends Tax Deadlines

            The April 16 meeting of the Mattapoisett Board of Selectmen took place via the new normal, remotely using call-in and or internet applications. Present were selectmen Paul Silva and Jordan Collyer, along with Town Administrator Mike Lorenco and consultant Mike Gagne.              The selectmen wasted no time in voting to extend tax-payment deadlines in light of […] Read more »