Citizens Question, Ultimately Agree at End of Long Night

            On June 22, registered voters in the town of Marion met at the Sippican School for the annual Town Meeting to debate and vote on the proposed, 58-article warrant. To address the dangers of coronavirus, Town Administrator James McGrail developed a plan to allow for an in-person event, while maximizing the safety of those participating. […] Read more »

MATTREC Summer Golf Clinics

Mattapoisett Recreation is partnering with Reservation Golf Club and pro Brian Mattos for summer golf clinics. Clinics are Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at Reservation Golf Club. Three sessions are available: July 13 to 16, August 3 to 6 and August 10 to 13. Sign up online at Please email us at with any questions. Read more »

Summer Programs at Plumb Library

Join us for a fun summer of fantasy, fairy tales, and mythology!  Just think “SLP” – Sign-Up, Log, Participate!              To sign-up, email the library at, or give the Library a call at 508-763-8600. Then, start reading and completing challenges on June 20 through August 8. Yes, listening to audio books, reading to others, or being […] Read more »

Petition Bid for Tax Reduction Voted Down

            Town Meeting almost didn’t make its 75-member quorum, and when it did, there were not enough town meeting members in favor to pass the citizen’s petition that would have transferred $50,000 from Rochester’s free cash for the purpose of reducing the tax rate.             Article 20, the final article on the warrant, was among three that […] Read more »

Deborah A. (Nash) Sienkiewicz

Deborah A. (Nash) Sienkiewicz, age 75, of Mattapoisett passed away unexpectedly at home on June 24, 2020. She was the wife of Kenneth W. Sienkiewicz. Born in Northampton, raised in Mattapoisett she was the daughter of the late Osborn and Florence Nash.She was formerly employed by Center School working as a lunchroom and playground aide. […] Read more »

David Mort

David Mort, a life-long resident of Mattapoisett, MA died on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at the age of 58.David was born on May 29th 1962. He graduated from the North Adams State College (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) in 1984 with a degree in Communications/English. For 25 years he worked as a truck driver, and […] Read more »

Joseph Edward Singleton, Sr.

Joseph Edward Singleton, Sr., 91, a resident of Marion, passed away on Wednesday June 24, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford after a brief illness.   Joe was born in New Bedford on June 21, 1929. He was the son of the late Christopher C. and Mary Ann (Veary) Singleton. Joe, also known as […] Read more »

From the Files of the Rochester Historical Society

As you drive around Rochester, you may have noticed corner signs honoring some of her citizens. At the curve in the road where High Street bears onto Walnut Plain Road and on the edge of the old Varella cranberry bog there is a sign for Varella Corner. There is also a plaque which reads: In […] Read more »

Academic Achievements

Union College honored the Class of 2020 during a virtual ceremony on June 18 including William Knight of Marion, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics and Mary Katharine McIntire of Mattapoisett, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Economics.             Julianna Emilia Bernardi of Mattapoisett, Sarah M Sollauer of Rochester, and Julia L Winsper of Rochester […] Read more »

Historic Groundwater Issues Resurface

            It’s said that still waters run deep. Or in the case of those living downstream from antiquated stormwater drainage systems or the lack thereof, still waters are bubbling up.             Groundwater and drainage concerns were aired once again for a residential subdivision located near Tupelo Lane, Channing Road, and Mulberry Drive, all south of Pinebrook Lane […] Read more »