Kari Beth Sgourakes

Kari Beth Sgourakes passed away peacefully at her home in Rochester, MA on January 22nd, 2023.  She was with her daughter and her husband of 42 years. Kari was born in Grand Forks, ND. She was the first of six children of Gene and Violet Halvorson. Kari loved growing up with her large family, especially […] Read more »

Marion Natural History Museum

The Marion Natural History Museum after-school program for February 15 will be Bird Feeders and Winter Bird Exploration with Manomet bird observatory.  Students will explore local birds that overwinter in Massachusetts. They will be given model birds to identify and information about their overwintering behaviors and diet. Students will have to determine what would be […] Read more »

More Solar Discussed at Benson Brook

            Bill Saltonstall has an idea for that ugly patch of land across the parking lot from Marion’s Wastewater Treatment Plant that had been briefly considered but quickly scrapped as a potential site for the town’s new Department of Public Works operations center: a solar farm.             In sharing with Monday night’s regular public meeting […] Read more »

Tri-County Symphonic Band – Winter Festival Celebration

On Sunday, February 5 at 3:00 pm, the Tri-County Symphonic Band, under the direction of Philip Sanborn, will combine with the Our Lady of Light Band, under the direction of Scott P. Lopes, to present a Winter Festival Celebration.  Each band will play from their repertoire separately and then combine at the end to form […] Read more »

Land Trust Supports Old Slough Road Upgrade

            A public meeting was held by the Mattapoisett Select Board on Tuesday night to hear residents’ comments regarding the proposed improvements to Old Slough Road on Angelica Point.             Coming before the board was Mike Huguenin of the Mattapoisett Land Trust to share the trust’s position regarding the importance of the ancient way. He […] Read more »

Nitrogen Issues

Dear Editor:             The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is proposing a set of rules that would require homeowners on the SouthCoast, Cape Cod, and the islands to replace their septic systems with the latest nitrogen-filtering technology to reduce nitrogen-rich wastewater runoff that stimulates algae growth harmful to plants and animals in local waters. Before […] Read more »

MAC Playwrights Incubator Program

The MAC Theater Playwrights Incubator is a program for first-time playwrights to see their work realized on the stage. Finding theaters to produce new or unpublished plays can be an obstacle for any new playwright. The MTPI is a structured program that aims to discover and support, through workshop and production, new stage plays by […] Read more »

See You at the Movies

            The Royal Theater was a seedy little movie venue in New Bedford’s south end where my expertise in movie reviewing began. Mom would give me a quarter, 15 cents for admission and 10 cents for popcorn. My friends Freddy, Jimmy and Jackie and I would spend all day Saturday watching great cinemas like “Captain Marvel,” […] Read more »

Alves’ Actions Inspire

            Marion School Committee Chairperson April Nye opened the committee’s January 11 public meeting with recognition of 10-year-old Sippican Elementary School student Davin Alves, whose hard work on behalf of the United Way of New Bedford raised nearly $1,000 used to buy food for needy people during the holiday season.             “Thank you!” said Alves, […] Read more »


Friendship is a beautiful word. It conjures up pictures of friends we have known And friends we have lost. A friend is someone you care for And who cares for you. A loyal companion, a confidant, One you can count on when things go wrong And one to celebrate with when things go right. A […] Read more »