Gary Burton Gray

Gary Burton Gray, 82, son of the late George E. Gray and Muriel (Westgate) Gray, died peacefully on September 18, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, after a period of declining health.             Gary was born in Plymouth, Massachusetts on March 31, 1938, and grew up in Fairhaven, MA, graduating from Fairhaven High […] Read more »

Town Looks Back and Ahead

            Board of Selectmen Chairman Paul Ciaburri recognizes the need for the Town of Rochester to modernize so it can preserve its past.             Ciaburri, whose term expires in 2021, was voted during the board’s September 21 hybrid meeting as the Selectmen’s representative to the MBTA Advisory Board. He is also in his 33rd year […] Read more »

In Her Own Words – My Life During the War

            Josephine “Jo” Pannell by anyone’s reckoning was a force of nature. Her seemingly tireless volunteerism which lasted for decades marked her as a “go-to” person in Mattapoisett when something needed doing. From the Girl Scouts to the elderly, from supporting the library to cherishing and preserving the town’s history, Jo was a woman for […] Read more »

SWC to Visit Highfield Hall and Gardens

On Friday, October 9, the Sippican Woman’s Club will visit Highfield Hall and Gardens.  Weather permitting, there will be two walking tours – one of the mansion and one of the gardens. Docent Sally Colacicco will lead a walking tour of the restored 1878 estate of the Beebe family. The Mansion is one of the […] Read more »

From the Files of the Rochester Historical Society

As summer winds down and we savor the last delicious ears of fresh corn on the cob, it’s a good time to look back at the history of the fields where some of our local corn is grown and that of the roads that border them. Vaughan Hill Rd. has had a continuous history of […] Read more »

Timothy J. Watterson

Timothy J. Watterson, 63, of Mattapoisett died September 22, 2020 unexpectedly at home.             He was the husband of Cathleen J. Dupont.             Born in Newport, RI, son of the late Frederick J. and Mary C. (Dudley) Watterson, he lived in Newport until 1987 and then moving to Mattapoisett in 1991.             He was formerly […] Read more »

Michael Jon Eldridge

Michael Jon Eldridge, of Rochester, MA; 36 years old passed away unexpectedly on September 8, 2020.  Michael will be missed dearly by his beloved family and friends. Michael had such a great sense of humor that touched so many lives. He had a huge heart; and would kindly offer it to those that were less […] Read more »

Planning Board Discusses Master Plan Committee

            The discussion of what is happening at this point in time regarding the development of Mattapoisett’s new Master Plan sounded, at times, like the famous Abbott and Costello routine, “Who’s on first… what’s on second…” during the September 21 meeting of the town’s Planning Board. But there were also expressions of concern that the […] Read more »

New Young Artist Program at The Mac

To support young artists in our community, the Marion Art Center has created a new Young Artist program in collaboration with local high schools. The MAC developed the YA program with input and advice from community arts educators with the goal of encouraging student artists and offering them resources for creating and exhibiting their art. […] Read more »

Upcoming programs for Plumb Library

Register now for Plumb Library’s virtual storytimes. The fall session will begin the week of October 5 and end the week of November 16. The days/times will likely be: babies and toddlers ages 9 – 24 months, Tuesdays at 10:30 AM; preschoolers ages 3-5, Wednesday at 10:30 am or Thursdays at 1:30 pm; twos and threes, Fridays at 10:30 […] Read more »