Reelection Only the Beginning for Hartley

            While he considers his reelection to the Board of Selectmen a victory for the Town of Rochester, Woody Hartley is not personally viewing the win as a touchdown as much as a first-down.             “I think this is a victory for Rochester. We’re moving forward (and) we’re doing a good job of financial planning… We’ve got […] Read more »

Marion Candidates Make their Pitches

Board of Selectmen: Norman Hills (incumbent)             As the incumbent I have clear understanding of the current issues and the challenges we see in the near future. I believe that the synergy of the current Board works well for the town; there is more that I can contribute in another three years. Since 2003 I have […] Read more »

Three Projects to Be Advanced for Grant Application

            A group of volunteers along with municipal employees have been beavering away for over a year to study and learn what projects might be favorably reviewed and possibly receive funding from the state’s Complete Street Program.             The initiative began as Smart Growth USA, a non-profit that assists communities in finding better ways for people to […] Read more »

Fantasy Hockey GM’s Should Draft Swedes

            Most athletes know the feeling of returning to their sports after taking time off. Sometimes it’s another spoiled millionaire holding out for more money; other times it’s coming off injury; and now we’re about to see what it looks like to come back from pandemic-related restrictions.             It wasn’t so long ago that locker rooms had […] Read more »

Where the Wild Things Grow

            Here we are friends, ankle-deep in rich soils, watching the weather for rain events, anticipating bountiful crops and armloads of flowers – summer growing season in full swing, hip-hip-hooray.             You’ve probably been thinking about the 2020 growing season since 2019 or even 2018 depending on what you’ve been planning. I’d say most New England gardeners […] Read more »

2020 Keel Awards

            The Wanderer is pleased to announce that we are soliciting nominations for our 27th annual “Wanderer Keel Awards.” The yearly community service honor, presented to one Tri-Town resident from each of the three central towns in our circulation area, will be announced in our July 30 edition, and each winner will be the subject of a short feature […] Read more »

DeCosta Edges Macallister for Selectman’s Seat

            At the end of a topsy-turvy race for Mattapoisett’s open selectman’s seat, Tyler Macallister could not quite overcome having vacated the seat he had held for eight and a half years to seek the town administrator’s job that he did not get. And popular community member John N. DeCosta Jr. then won a close race, […] Read more »

New Mattapoisett Library Director Named

            With big shoes to fill, Jennifer Jones was selected by the Mattapoisett Library Director Search Committee as the new director.             The Plymouth resident has been working in that town’s library system for over a decade and was a finalist competing against Ellen Snoeyenbos of Halifax, currently the director of the West Bridgewater Library. Jones was […] Read more »

Bird Island Lighthouse Attracts Endangered Terns

            Bird Island Lighthouse stands as an obsolete landmark at the mouth of Marion Harbor, that in modern times has found to be a valuable nesting site for two species of endangered Terns.             Now owned and operated by the town itself, the lighthouse was built in 1819 for safe shipping traffic in and out of the […] Read more »

Rochester Candidates Make their Pitches

            Editor’s Note: The Wanderer invited candidates for contested seats on elected boards and committees in the tri-towns to submit up to 350 words stating their case to the voters. This week we hear from candidates in Mattapoisett and Rochester. The respective elections in these towns are scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, and Wednesday, June 17. […] Read more »