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St. Phillp’s to host Medfield rector
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, next to Town Beach in Mattapoisett, will have an 8 a.m. service on August 9 with Rev. Marc Eames, Rector from the Church of the Advent in Medfield, MA. Masks are required and all other safety precautions will be in...
Speak French, have coffee, do yoga at the Rochester Senior Center
ROCHESTER — Activities at the Rochester Senior Center are gradually being reintroduced with coronavirus guidelines in place for all activities and events. Coffee and Conversation is held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. Yoga with...
ORR district proposes hybrid learning, awaiting approval
Rochester church to sell some of its land
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Tabor Academy releases reopening plan
Selectmen discuss how to hold events safely at Ned’s Point
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Roofing helps Habitat for Humanity home project roll on
The Rochester Cultural Council seeks funding proposals
ROCHESTER — The Mass Cultural Council has adjusted to the challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and continues to support a variety of artistic, scientific and humanitarian projects that provide rich cultural activities for the Rochester...
Tips for how to beat the heat
With temperatures ranging in the high 80s and into the 90s for the next two to three days, staying cool is paramount. Marion officials sent out tips to prepare for extreme heat. Avoid strenuous activity. Do not try to do too much on a hot day. Wear...
Marion Recreation to hold junior golf clinic
The Marion Recreation Department and Reservation Golf Club in Mattapoisett will hold a four-day morning junior golf clinic from Aug. 17 to 20 at 10 a.m. to noon each day. The clinic is designed to inspire new golfers and further the development of...
Lands trust to host virtual presentation from shark expert
Just in time for Shark Week, the Sippican Lands Trust will host a virtual presentation on living with white sharks from well-known shark expert Dr. Greg Skomal on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. Skomal is a Sippican Lands Trust board member who currently...
Anti-racism group postpones event
Tri-Town Against Racism has postponed its Glo-Up event until further notice. The workshop aimed to help black girls build up their self-esteem. Sessions were scheduled for July 29, Aug. 5 and Aug. 8.
Marion COA offers in-person activities, online, phone alternatives
MARION — The town’s Council on Aging will start bringing programs inside its Community Center on a limited basis, but also offers a number of online and phone-only programs for those who are uncomfortable participating in person. The Council on...
Mattapoisett Library launches new program for teens
MATTAPOISETT — The library will start a new at-home activity program for teens in grades 6 to 12, with project kits, related reading suggestions and extension projects. Projects in August will explore Japanese culture and customs, food, and art...
St. Philip’s Church to host Marion priest again
MATTAPOISETT — St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, next to Town Beach in Mattapoisett, will have an 8 a.m. service on Aug. 2 with Robert Malm, interim rector, St. Gabriel’s Church, Marion. Masks are required and all other safety precautions will be in...
Mattapoisett library to host online bug program
MATTAPOISETT — Hands on Nature will present an online program titled “Creepy Crawly Creatures” through the library on Friday, July 31 at 3 p.m. The program is for for children 4 and up and will discuss beetles, worms, slugs, ladybugs and...
Anti-racism group starts book club for teens and adults
A new Community Read Committee is hosting a children's and adults’ bookclub to teach about anti-racism and continue the conversation begun at local protests in response to the murder of George Floyd and other victims of racial injustice. The adult...
Workshop aims to build confidence in teenage girls
MARION — Tri-Town Against Racism will hold a mostly virtual workshop series called Glo-up to inspire confidence and new vision in teenage girls. The guest panelist for the event will be Dr. Celina Pina Shemos, known in the United States and in Cabo...
St. Phillips to host Medfield rector for service
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, next to the Town Beach in Mattapoisett, will have an 8 a.m. service on July 26 led by the Rev. Marc Eames, rector at the Church of the Advent in Medfield. Masks are required and all other safety precautions will be in...
Sippican Lands Trust to hold virtual ribbon cutting for boardwalk
MARION — The Sippican Lands Trust will hosting a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony for its Osprey Marsh universally accessible boardwalk on Friday, July 17 at 10 a.m. via Zoom. A small group of supporters will be present at the site for the ribbon...
Mattapoisett Woman's Club to hold modified Taste of the Town
MATTAPOISETT — To continue offering scholarships and to show support and appreciation for restaurants, the town’s Women’s Club will hold a modified Taste of the Town for the summer and fall of 2020. Restaurants that have given generously to the Club...
Sippican Lands Trust to host kayaking event
MARION — The Sippican Lands Trust will hold a kayaking event for 10 people on July 25 at 9 a.m. Participants should bring their own kayak, paddles and flotation device. The outdoor event will start at the Weweantic River Boat Ramp in Wareham (...
Rochester Senior Center resumes some activities
ROCHESTER — The Rochester Senior center will begin to resume some of its activities outside in the week of July 13. Medical appointments will begin later in the month. Beginning that Monday, the Rochester Senior Center will offer biweekly Coffee...
St Phillips Episcopal Church to host St. Gabriel’s Rector for service
MATTAPOISETT — St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, located next to Town Beach in Mattapoisett, will have 8 a.m. service on July 19 with Rev. Robert Malm, the interim rector from St. Gabriel’s in Marion. Masks are required and all other safety precautions...
Rochester Historical Society cancels summer museum dates
ROCHESTER — The historical society will cancel most to all of its event this summer, but may tentatively resume with events this fall. Historical society board members voted on July 7 to cancel the remaining monthly speakers for 2020. It will also...
First Congregational Church of Rochester seeks prayer requests
ROCHESTER — The Prayer Team at First Congregational Church of Rochester is seeking prayer requests. “Let us know how we can pray for you today and throughout the week; we would count it an honor and a blessing to do so,” the group writes. Those in...
Marion Council on Aging offers limited in-person programs again
MARION — The Council on Aging will look to re-start some of its fitness programs outside and in a socially distanced manner in July, and has started a gardening and giveaway initiative to cautiously return from social distancing. Meditation will be...
Trustees of the Reservation spotlight: East Over Farms
ROCHESTER — With the weather heating up, residents are looking to get outside into nature. While summer is finally here, keeping safe while the coronavirus pandemic continues is still important. At the East Over Reservation, the 40 acre property...
‘Lunch Bunch’ lunchtime reading with Mrs. Grey
Join Children’s Librarian Mrs. Grey as she reads to kids each for Lunch Bunch every Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit the library’s website or Facebook page.
Story Time with Mrs. Grey
Join Children’s Librarian Mrs. Grey as she reads to kids each week for Story Time on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. For more information, visit the library website at https://www.elizabethtaberlibrary.org/ or call 508-748-1252.
St. Philip’s to host visiting clergy on July 12
MATTAPOISETT — St. Philip’s Episcopal Church will have an 8 a.m. service on Sunday, July 12 with The Rev. Nathan J.A. Humphrey, the Rector at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Newport, R.I. Masks are required and all other safety...
Library forms scavenger hunt and bingo as summer activity
MATTAPOISETT — The library created a scavenger hunt and to help teens and families get outside. Each task that participants complete will earn them a raffle ticket for gift certificates to local restaurants. For residents who are interested in...
Elizabeth Taber Library now offers drop off, holds, donations
MARION — Curbside pick-up, drop offs and donations have begun at the Elizabeth Taber Library. Patrons can place a hold on Marion library materials online through its website or over the phone. Staff will call to schedule curbside pick-up...
Classic cars cruise through Ned’s Point on Sunday drive
MATTAPOISETT — In the midst of a beautiful day, with people swimming and laying out in the grass, parkgoers were surprised when 23 classic cars pulled into Ned’s Point on the morning of June 28 around 11 a.m. The Lug Nuts, a car enthusiast group...
Sippican Woman’s Club shares historic Fourth of July parade photos
MARION — The town’s Fourth of July parade may be cancelled this year, but the Sippican Woman’s Club is keeping in the spirit of the holiday by sharing two photos from past parades. The older photo is from Marion’s 1990 parade, and the other photo is...
Mattapoisett Library to host limited-time concert
MATTAPOISETT — The town’s library will make its first ever virtual concert, from artist Tom Sieling, available from July 7 as part of its summer reading program. Sieling taped a version of his interactive concert “Tromp through the swamp,” which...
Services to begin at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church
MATTAPOISETT — St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, next to the Town Beach, will have 8 a.m. only services from July 5 through Sept. 1. Masks will be required and all other coronavirus safety precautions will be in place at the church. Services use the...
Sippican Historical Society to host virtual annual meeting
MARION — The Sippican Historical Society will host its annual meeting at 7 p.m. on June 25. via Zoom. The historical society will present its annual award to honor those who contribute to Marion’s cultural identity, hear a treasurer’s report, elect...
Plumb Library to start virtual summer reading program
ROCHESTER — Join Plumb Library for a summer of fantasy, fairy tales, and mythology. Just think SLP — sign-up, log and participate. To sign-up, email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org , or give it a call at 508-763-8600. Then, start reading and...
Friends Meeting House hosting outdoor services
MATTAPOISETT — Friends of the Quaker meeting house are now meeting Sundays at 10 a.m. outdoors after new state regulations allow houses of worship to gather in open-air spaces. Weather permitting, the weekly meeting is in a member’s large yard in...
Rochester accepting applications for senior work-off program
ROCHESTER — The Rochester Senior Center accepting applications for the Senior Tax Work-off Abatement Program. Applicants must be older than 60. This program can reduce property taxes by up to $1000. To qualify, residents must own and occupy their...
Birder spots threatened songbird in Rochester
ROCHESTER — Marion birder Carol Molander recently sighted (and photographed) an increasingly threatened songbird species, called bobolinks, at East Over Farm. These birds were formerly called "Old Robert of Lincoln," and the name was shortened to...
Sippican Land Trust to host Annual Meeting online
The Sippican Lands Trust will host its 2020 Annual Meeting online via Zoom on June 24 at 5:30 p.m. This year’s Annual Meeting will feature a talk titled “Celebrating 30 Years of Saving Rare Plants in Massachusetts” given by the State Botanist of...
Buy a box, support small businesses
The South Coast Almanac is partnering with local First Citizens Federal Credit Union and 12 small businesses from Westport to Wareham — including Atlantic Bistro and Brew Fish — to offer unique themed baskets full of goods and gift cards that will...
Black Lives Matter march to take place in Rochester
ROCHESTER — Another Tri-Town Black Lives Matter march will take place on June 12 at 5 p.m. starting at town hall. Protestors will be marching to the Rochester police station. The march is in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man from...
Annual Rochester photo contest now open
ROCHESTER — The town’s Historical Society and the Land Trust are again co-sponsoring a photo contest. Participants should send photos of sites and scenery in Rochester, without people in the photos. Photos may be in black and white or in color, but...
Mattapoisett Library to host bug expert virtually
MATTAPOISETT — The library has arranged for Blake Dinius from the Plymouth County Extension program to speak about ticks and mosquitoes . This free Zoom presentation will take place on Monday, June 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. More than just annoying, the...
Mattapoisett Library to hold modified summer reading program
MATTAPOISETT — The library will still hold a modified Summer Reading Program. Starting June 16 through Aug. 3, families can go online to register or fill out the form and mail it to the library. Families that have signed up can stop by the library...
Marion Fourth of July parade cancelled
MARION — Due to coronavirus restrictions, the town’s Fourth of July parade has been cancelled, and the town will instead release a video montage of past parades with the help of ORCTV. Donna Hemphill, a member of the Fourth of July parade committee...
Black Lives Matter march to take place in Mattapoisett
MATTAPOISETT — The Tri-Town will hold a peaceful Black Lives Matter march on June 5 from noon to 1 p.m. starting at the Park and Ride in Mattapoisett and ending at the gazebo in Shipyard Park. The march is in response to the death of George Floyd, a...
Tri-Town group, Wareham churches to host vigil against racism
WAREHAM — The Wareham Area Clergy Association and the Tri-Town Against Racism group are joining forces to host a “Communities for Peace, Justice, Healing and Heart Changes” prayer vigil as a way to combat racism. The event will be streamed on...
Sippican Lands Trust to open Osprey Marsh by appointment
MARION — Starting Thursday, June 4, visitors wanting to explore the Osprey Marsh accessible boardwalk again must book an appointment on the Sippican Lands Trust website. Appointments are for a 1-hour time slot, and will allow boardwalk users to...
Rochester Senior Center donates trees, starts friendly call program
ROCHESTER — In observance of Arbor Day, the Rochester Senior Center distributed Blue Spruce trees to first graders from Rochester Memorial Elementary School. This 30 year old tradition has led to the planting of many trees over the years. First...
Historic house revived with new cafe owner, new shop
MARION — After closing in January 2020, the Ansel S. Gurney House will be reopening soon with new cafe ownership and a jewelry and crystal shop, Strawberry Moon. Both Ansel’s Cafe and Strawberry Moon hope to open in June if coronavirus restrictions...
St. Philip’s Church to open July 5
MATTAPOISETT — St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, next to the Town Beach in Mattapoisett will begin year 136 of its Summer Services following the guidelines established by the Diocese of Massachusetts on July 5. The diocese has asked churches not to...
Mattapoisett Library offering free books
MATTAPOISETT — The Mattapoisett Library is giving away free book bundles each weekday. The book bundles contain books, puzzles and DVDs in related genres or topics from the Friends of the Mattapoisett Library, which gave the staff the okay to sort...
Workers in Marion, Mattapoisett bid goodbye to pet colleagues
Workers in Marion and Mattapoisett returned to the Town House, Town Hall and other places of work on May 26, though the Town House is still closed to the public. For pet owners, this meant saying goodbye to a unique set of coworkers… at least until...
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