Local Sea Captain Became Revolutionary War Hero

            Not many local historical chronicles even mention Mattapoisett sea captain Oliver Allen, one of the Nantucket Allen clan who had settled in that part of what was then Old Rochester with his wife, Jeanne, by 1760. His brother, Thomas Allen, another master mariner, was also living in the busy port town with his family […] Read more »

Cultural Grants Awarded

State Representative William M. Straus, Selectman Jordan C. Collyer, and Kathleen Damaskos of the Mattapoisett Cultural Council have announced the award of 20 grants totaling $11,560 for cultural programs in and around Mattapoisett.             Grant recipients include Mattapoisett Free Public Library, Mattapoisett Land Trust, and Mattapoisett Museum. A complete list of recipients and grant amounts […] Read more »

The MAC Presents Eight SouthCoast Spring Arts Events

The Marion Art Center joins more than two dozen local cultural organizations to launch a celebration of the arts across the South Coast region in May 2021. SouthCoast Spring Arts is a 10-day festival celebrating the arts in our communities by connecting innovative, creative, and affordable art and cultural events in communities across the region, […] Read more »

First Englishman Sought Family before Fame

            If you do an internet search for the first English child born of Mayflower Pilgrims, Peregrine White’s name will pop-up. He was the baby boy born to a couple that took a leap of faith in the 1600s, boarded a ship in Amsterdam, and sailed toward an unknowable land and an equally unknowable future. […] Read more »

EMC Looks at Residents’ Cost to Go Green

            The Marion Energy Management Committee didn’t have to take any formal votes during its March 22 meeting, but the agenda had the committee covering some of the green hot topics happening now and eventually in Marion’s future, beginning with renewable energy.             Marion and the other 23 member municipalities of the state’s largest collective […] Read more »

From the Files of the Rochester Historical Society

The picture with this week’s article is of the covers of the first of four Rochester Journals (which can be purchased from the Friends of the Library or at the Rochester Historical Museum). In 1999, Librarian Lucy Loomis, using grant funding, reached out to Rochester residents to contribute memories of life in Rochester. Called “Diary […] Read more »

ORRJH Students of the Month

Silas D. Coellner, principal of Old Rochester Regional Junior High School, announces the following Students of the Month for February 2021: Amelia Russell and Brooke Coryer (green team); Teresa Adams and Michael Radek (orange team); Sophie Bozzo and Cadel Bosma (blue team); Maya Warren and Tiera McCarthy (red team); Giada Gandolfi and Matthew Gendron (purple/remote […] Read more »

Windward Way Subdivision Continued

            A two-lot subdivision proposed for Windward Way at the junction of Shore View Avenue and Mattapoisett Neck Road in a low-lying beach neighborhood has generated considerable interest on the part of community members and abutters. As it had when coming before the Mattapoisett ZBA on March 18, where the two lots received special permits […] Read more »

Confessions of an Online Shopper

            Window shopping or browsing in a mall was never my cup of tea, but that is not to say I didn’t enjoy shopping. I certainly did, especially during the end-of-season sales.             Nothing felt better than entering a dressing room loaded down with new clothing, hoping a few pieces would fit me well. Oh, […] Read more »

‘Democracy Challenge’ Student Video Contest

Do you know a high school teacher who would be happy to assign a creative civics project? Do you know a high school student who loves to make videos? Please help League of Women Voters of Massachusetts spread the word about its “Democracy Challenge” Student Video Contest.             What is the contest? We are asking […] Read more »