Selectman Paul Silva Not Seeking Reelection

            Mattapoisett Selectman Paul Silva will not be seeking reelection. On February 1, Silva reached out to The Wanderer to share his decision.             “I’m one that believes in term limits, and I’ve been a selectman for 12 years,” Silva said with a small chuckle. “It’s time for new blood.”             Silva has given his […] Read more »

DECA a Game Changer for ORR Students

            Raegan Rapoza was a sophomore at Old Rochester Regional High School when she was walking to basketball practice and spotted Eddie Gonet and Ryu Huynh-Aoyama in the library with “a bunch of food and a bunch of people.” Rapoza decided to sit down and listen.             “It was enticing,” she said, hearing the co-founders […] Read more »

Groundhog Day at Mid-Winter 2021

            We always welcome the arrival of mid-winter along the Southcoast of Buzzards Bay as a seasonal sense of satisfaction that the bleak shoreline outside our picture window is now six weeks behind us.             On Groundhog Day, the sun rose a few minutes before 7:00 am and set at 5:00 pm for nine hours […] Read more »

Snowy Owl Migration

            The sudden appearance of snowy owls along our coastline approximately every four years is called an “irruption” because it is so unpredictable.             For instance, in the winter of 2013 into 2014, snowy owls arrived in surprising numbers, coming down through parts of southern Canada into the United States, with a few migrating as […] Read more »

The People’s House – The White House

            In February 1962, Charles Collingswood, a CBS news correspondent, got the tour of a lifetime from a woman whose efforts to preserve and improve “the people’s house” would set the standard of the conservatorship of historic government buildings.             Bringing to life the work of one of America’s most beloved first ladies, Jackie Kennedy, […] Read more »

Craig Jumps Back in Net with Both Feet

            Meghan Craig understands if her teammates have been stressed out by the effects and restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic, but her sports-related challenges were well underway when the 2020 spring season was canceled. After a December 2019 foot surgery and extended rehab, the Mattapoisett native was just happy by the end of 2020 to […] Read more »

ORR Students Take ‘Ownership’

            This land is your land— and, while the educational turbine will challenge the formative minds of high school students as they determine where Woody Guthrie’s famous 1944 folk anthem fits into their own view of America, those students have been provided a rubber-meets-the-road context that addresses their present and future. And that’s the wonder […] Read more »

A Soul’s Refreshment – Art

            Looking for a way to shed the pandemic blues? Tired of being stuck, unable to travel, and feeling trapped due to a lack of freedom of movement? Well, there is a cure, and it’s called art. And no artistic institution offers more per square inch of gallery space than the Marion Art Center. As I’ve […] Read more »

First Responders from Four Towns Vaccinated

            Phase 1A of the COVID-19 vaccination program is underway in Marion, where the town’s officials organized a drive-through clinic on January 13 and 14 for first responders from Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester, and Wareham at the Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center.             “The two chiefs and Lori did an amazing amount of work in a week,” said […] Read more »

‘Team Charlotte’ Determined to Defeat Deadly Foe

            Tabor Academy sophomore Charlotte Forker has been forced to grow up way ahead of schedule. Having lost her mother, Jen, a school nurse and beloved member of the Tabor community, to cancer on October 22, 2018, Charlotte wants to change the world.             The 15-year-old has joined the Students of The Year campaign through […] Read more »