ORCTV Annual Meeting

Old Rochester Community TV will hold its annual meeting via Zoom at 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 20. The annual meeting will include the election of officers to the Old Rochester Community Television Board of Directors. The nominees for 2021 are: Marion Nominee – Phillip Sandborn, 2-year term; Rochester Nominee – Tom Bretto, 2-year term; Membership […] Read more »

Solar Bylaw Withdrawn from Warrant

            It may not be a true eleventh-hour revelation, but pretty close, as the Mattapoisett Planning Board voted on April 5 to withdraw a new Solar Bylaw Article from the Annual Town Meeting Warrant after learning that legal edits are needed.             For over a year, the board and its members, especially Janice Robbins, have […] Read more »

Rochester Senior Center

The Rochester Council on Aging Board Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14, at 9:00 am. This meeting will be held at the Rochester Town Hall. The Friends of the Rochester Senior Center meeting will follow at 10:30, meeting place still to be determined.             The Rochester Senior Center will be closed on Monday, April 19, in observance […] Read more »

Birds: The Epic Adventures of a Massachusetts Bird Photographer

Wednesday, April 21, from 6:30 pm–7:30 pm, the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, in conjunction with the Fairhaven Nasketucket Bird Club, will be hosting a remote Zoom presentation by photographer Peter Christoph, who will narrate a slideshow of his favorite bird photographs all taken right here in Massachusetts where he lives. His program is both entertaining and […] Read more »

BOH Readies to Regulate Tattoo Parlors

            With Marion set to host the town’s first body art and tattoo establishment, the Marion Board of Health on April 6 set its sights on May to hold a public hearing to adopt a set of body art establishment regulations.             Marion’s regulations will be based primarily on the state’s own set of model […] Read more »

From the Files of the Rochester Historical Society

Like many parts of Massachusetts, Rochester has quite a few areas of second-growth woods. Wood lots from the heyday of sawmills (once there were 57 mills in town), abandoned pastures, cranberry bogs, and even former house lots have reforested over time. Hidden in these woods are echoes from the past. They may be lonely grave […] Read more »

Residents of Costal Mattapoisett

To the Editor and Residents of Costal Mattapoisett,             The Wanderer’s cover story last week left me shaking in my boots. Take another look at the photo of flood markers on the telephone pole.             Then read the accompanying story again – and again – and again, just like I did.             On my Easter Sunday walk, I […] Read more »

Developments Pose Record Impact

            The elephant in the kitchen proved too big not to talk about when the Marion Planning Board met via Zoom on April 5.             In a public hearing opened to entertain applicant Matt Zuker’s request for a zoning reclassification of 30 acres of land on Bournhurst Road and Wareham Street (Route 6) from single-family […] Read more »

April Is Donate Life Month

            Samuel Evan Ellis could not have known when he got a tattoo on his hand that the words he had chosen for his body art would become professorial – “Never Die.” When his sister saw the tattoo, she was a bit miffed, asking him why he would select that wording. He simply replied, “Because […] Read more »

MAC Calls for Art Auction Contributions

Save the date for the Marion Art Center’s Online Art Auction, July 28-31. In the meantime, the MAC is collecting art donations in preparation for this premier fundraising event. Do you have a piece of art or special item you no longer use or have room for? The MAC’s auction committee is now accepting paintings, prints, […] Read more »