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Marion Veterans Day ceremonies cancelled, grab ‘n go lunch still on
The Town of Marion has cancelled its observance of Memorial Day due to an increase in covid cases. The Grab and Go Lunch for Veterans sponsored by the Council on Aging and Recreation Department will still take place beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the...
A month of munchies at Elizabeth Taber Library
Join the Elizabeth Taber Library and Simply Creative Chef Rob Scott for Virtual Baking throughout November. Find directions and ingredient lists on the library’s website, then tune in live on its Facebook page for interactive instruction with chef...
Mattapoisett Land Trust receives $76,250 state grant for land purchase
MATTAPOISETT — The Mattapoisett Land Trust has received $76,250 in state grant money to help fund the purchase of Santos Farm. Santos Farm is an 8 acre property at the end of Bowman Road in the eastern part of Mattapoisett. The property is...
In-person plan criticized by Mattapoisett Concerned parents
The Old Rochester Regional School District released its in-person reopening plan on Oct. 30, but for some parents in Mattapoisett, it’s still not enough. “We ask that you review this plan with a critical eye to figure out how we can make it work,...
Sippican Healthcare Center reports 10 new covid cases, two deaths
MARION — Sippican Healthcare Center, a long-term healthcare facility, has reported 10 new cases of coronavirus among staff and residents and two covid-related deaths of residents as of Nov. 9. There are now 44 active cases of the virus associated...
Learn about notable women with the Mattapoisett Museum
Join the Mattapoisett Museum for a Zoom presentation featuring Notable Women of Mattapoisett and a brief history of the town’s place in Suffrage History. Carole Clifford and Jennifer McIntire, PhD will host the event on Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. The two...
Photos: Cranberry harvesting in Rochester
ROCHESTER — Beyond a shadow of a doubt, cranberry growing is easily associated with the way of life in Rochester. And it’s the time of the year when they’re being harvested. Over at the bogs owned by Selectmen Woody Hartley and his brother, Walter,...
Earthquake in Dartmouth waters felt in Tri-Town
Cross out “Massachusetts earthquake” on your 2020 bingo card if you’re playing. Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester residents may have felt the rumblings of a 3.6 magnitude earthquake on Sunday morning that occurred in the waters off Dartmouth at 9:...
Photos: Goat, llama yoga at Naughty Llama Farms
ROCHESTER — Bend bahh-ckwards. It was a warm 65 degrees under the sun as yoga instructor Gina Maurer led participants through a yoga session surrounded by llamas and goats at the Naughty Llama Farm in Rochester on Nov. 7. While the llamas were...
Rochester Council on Aging gives grab n’ go dinner to honor vets
ROCHESTER — Though normal Veterans Day events have been altered or cancelled altogether, the Rochester Council on Aging showed its gratitude to the town’s veterans and their families with a grab n’ go frank and beans luncheon on Nov. 7. “We just...
Tri-Town covid risk lowered with state’s new data system
In the release of the state’s Nov. 5 weekly covid data, the commonwealth changed its system of metrics used to designate each community’s infection risk to a more specific scale that takes population into account. Now, Marion and Rochester are in...
33 new covid cases reported at Sippican Healthcare Center
MARION — In what seems to be an outbreak, Sippican Healthcare Center reported 33 new positive cases of covid-19 on Nov. 6 amongst its staff and residents. Officials from Sippican Healthcare Center and Whittier Health Network, its parent company, did...
Mattapoisett Town Hall now open by appointment only
MATTAPOISETT — Due to the recent spike of covid cases in the area, Town Hall will be open by appointment only to the public starting on Nov. 9. The town currently is in the yellow on the state’s map of covid data, which means Mattapoisett has five...
Clark-Ferri engagement announcement
Bob and Karen Clark of Rochester are pleased to announce the engagement of their son Larry Clark to Alexandria Ferri. She is the daughter of Jim and Maria Ferri of Winthrop. Larry is employed by Boston Medical Center as an instructional designer and...
Land purchase articles pass at Marion Town Meeting
MARION — All nine articles on the warrant at Marion’s Nov. 5 Special Town Meeting passed, including the purchase of a conservation restriction on 33.7 acres of land known as the Hoff property and the town’s exit from the Carver Marion Wareham...
Rochester School Committee discusses reopening, in-person plan
ROCHESTER — Even though Rochester Memorial school has remained covid-free, Old Rochester Regional School District Superintendent Michael Nelson said it’s important for the school to remain vigilant and take covid symptoms “very seriously” at a Nov...
No to standardized tests during covid, Rochester School Committee says
ROCHESTER — After the state decided to continue standardized testing this academic year, the Rochester School Committee decided at a Nov. 5 meeting to draft a letter arguing that Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests are unnecessary in...
Marion, Mattapoisett, Rochester Cultural Council funding proposal deadline extended
Mattapoisett — The state has extended its deadline for Cultural Council submissions to Dec. 14. The Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester Cultural Councils are seeking applications for its grants that fund projects done by individuals and organizations...
Read the Nov. 4 ‘paper’ online
The Nov. 1 eEdition of Sippican Week is live on our site. It looks exactly the same as if you were reading it in print. Physical copies are still available wherever you would normally find Sippican Week in the Tri-Town. Enjoy!
Fourth covid case announced at Sippican school
MARION — A fourth coronavirus case has been reported at Sippican School, and contact tracing has shown five close contacts within the district. The Old Rochester Regional School District announced the case on Nov. 4 in a press release, which said...
Tri-Town Against Racism installs Marion Little Free Library
MARION — The motto for local anti-racism grassroots organization Tri-Town Against Racism is to “start where you live.” Well, Dante and Alia Cusolito of Rochester did just that by building and painting the organization’s first of three Little Free...
Tri-Town favors Biden in record-high turnout
While the last ballots may not be counted for days or weeks in the presidential election, a record-high number of voters in the Tri-Town favored Former Vice President Joe Biden with a 57% majority over incumbent President Donald Trump. 12,283 voters...
Whiskey Bar plans move to former Harriet’s Restaurant building
MARION — Micheal Achilles, owner of the forthcoming Mary Celeste Whiskey and Wine Library, said he learned that the proposed location for the whiskey bar at the old Bookstall “was just not physically possible, the long way.” So he came before...
Covid on the rise in Marion
MARION — Just in case election results were tense enough, there’s been an uptick in Marion’s covid cases in the last three to four days. “It’s fairly significant for us,” Town Administrator Jay McGrail said to Selectmen at a Nov. 3 meeting...
Marion wastewater lagoon project now at $9.5 million
MARION — The lagoons at the town’s wastewater treatment plant are in the process of being relined with an impervious liner, a project which has put Marion $8 million in debt. But with the discovery of how much sludge is really at the bottom of...
Planning underway for Route 6 Sippican School entrance
MARION — The bottleneck caused by end-of-day school traffic at Sippican School may become a thing of the past. Department of Public Works Engineering Manager Meghan Davis and Office Coordinator Rebecca Tilden presented plans at a Nov. 3 Selectmen’s...
Marion water/sewer abatements, explained
MARION — On the list of action items at every Selectmen’s meeting are water/sewer abatements requests. Residents ask the board for a lessening of their bill in certain circumstances such as a leak. Lately, Selectmen (who also act as the town’s water...
Marion Board of Health suspects someone living in condemned house
MARION — After surveillance by Marion Police and Health Agent David Flaherty, the Marion Board of Health suspects the condemned house at 464 Front Street is being occupied. At a Nov. 3 Board of Health meeting, Flaherty said he hasn’t seen people...
Covid case, seven close contacts identified at Sippican School
MARION — A new covid case with seven close contacts was identified at Sippican School on Nov. 3, according to a press release from the Old Rochester Regional School District. The person who tested positive is self-isolating in accordance with...
Here’s what Tri-Town voters had to say on Election Day
Marion Democratic Committee Chair Sharon Matzek sat at the Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center entrance with Biden and Ed Markey signs across from veterans Dale Jones and Pete Kelly, both brandishing Trump memorabilia. Voters from across Marion,...
Rochester may make use of Marion’s transfer station
ROCHESTER — Ahead of Marion Town Meeting’s vote to potentially exit the Carver Marion Wareham Regional Refuse District, plans are already being made for Rochester’s future if the district closes its transfer station on Route 28 in Rochester. At a...
Old Rochester Regional District releases in-person plan
MATTAPOISETT — The Old Rochester Regional School District released a plan on Oct. 30 further clarifying its plan to return to full in-person learning, following demands from concerned parents at school committee meetings. In a letter introducing the...
Habitat for Humanity house build nearing Christmas completion
MATTAPOISETT — A project that was once paused by covid delays, the Buzzard’s Bay Area’s Habitat for Humanity home on Route 6 in Mattapoisett is “chugging along” according to Executive Director Christine Lacourse. The most recent update to the house...
First covid cases reported at Old Hammondtown, ORRHS
MATTAPOISETT — Old Rochester Regional High School and Old Hammondtown Elementary School both reported new positive covid cases according to a press release from the Old Rochester Regional School District on Nov. 2. Contact tracing has thus far...
Marion Selectmen urge residents to write to state for Wastewater treatment project
MARION — The town’s Board of Selectmen is looking for the help of its residents to secure funding from the state for the $9.5 million wastewater treatment plant lagoon relining project. In a Nov. 2 letter to residents, the Board asked residents to...
54% of Marion voters cast ballots early for Nov. 3 election
MARION — Boxes of ballots sat in the Clerk’s office on Nov. 2, waiting to be opened, unfolded, processed through a ballot counter and recorded in the state database. According to Town Clerk Elizabeth Magauran, 54% of Marion residents already voted...
Sippican Woman’s Club asking for scholarship donations
MARION — The Sippican Woman’s Club is accepting donations for its “Dollars for Scholars” fundraising campaign. The campaign will act in lieu of the club’s annual Holiday House Tour Fundraiser which was cancelled due to covid. Normally, the house...
Marion Council on Aging to offer Thanksgiving food baskets for those in need
MARION — The Marion Council on Aging will be offering Thanksgiving baskets to those who need assistance during the pandemic. The COA will be distributing them on Friday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Benjamin D. Cushing Community Center, 465...
Families trick-or-treat around Tri-Town for Halloween
Despite covid, families in Mattapoisett, Marion and Rochester found ways to have fun this Halloween. Events throughout the weekend allowed Tri-Town families to participate in Halloween festivities while maintaining social distance and safety. On Oct...
Old Rochester District working through logistics of winter sports
Winter sports are on track to return after fall sports were cancelled by the South Coast Conference, but guidelines for winter sports are still “very much up in the air,” according to Old Rochester Regional School District Athletic Director Bill...
Tabor alum, foundation founder Travis Roy, dies at 45
MARION — Travis Roy, a Tabor Academy graduate who turned a quadriplegic college hockey injury into a foundation that has helped spinal cord injury survivors, died at 45 on Oct. 29. In 1995, Roy was starting his college hockey career as a freshman...
Mattapoisett shifts down to yellow on state covid map
Mattapoisett recovered to yellow status on the state covid map after a week as a red community. The state covid map color codes municipalities by their incidence rate, or rate of cases per capita over a two week period. Red communities have the most...
Take a guided tour Hoff Property Parcels with the Sippican Lands Trust
Sippican Lands Trust is hosting a tour of the Hoff Property Sunday, Nov. 1st at 1 p.m. Those interested in learning more about this unique property and want to take a tour of what it will take to conserve this land, can sign up for a guided tour...
ORRHS students commended by National Merit Scholarship Program
Old Rochester Regional High School announced four of its students received commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Program on Oct. 29. Alexander Craig, Parker Simpson, Evan Smith, and Emma Vivino have been named commended students by the...
Wareham hopes to operate transfer station while staying in waste district
A contentious waste district meeting will be followed up by another next week as members were unclear on how Wareham could continue to operate the Rte. 28 transfer station after January 1. Wareham’s Town Administrator Derek Sullivan attended the...
Read the Oct. 29 ‘paper’ online
The Oct. 29 eEdition of Sippican Week is live on our site. It looks exactly the same as if you were reading it in print. Physical copies are still available wherever you would normally find Sippican Week in the Tri-Town. Enjoy!
Mattapoisett Public Health Nurses say town likely to stay red
MATTAPOISETT — Public Health Nurses Emily Field and Amanda Stone said the town will likely remain designated as a “red” community for another week at an Oct. 28 Board of Health meeting, “with the hope that next week there are no new cases and we can...
Buses won’t take backseat in Rochester development talks
ROCHESTER — As planning moves forward for a 208 unit apartment complex at the corner of Cranberry Highway and Route 28, Steen Realty and Development Corporation came before the Rochester Planning Board to work out a solution for school bus drop offs...
Mattapoisett Town Administrator gives covid update
MATTAPOISETT — Town Administrator Michael Lorenco announced changes to Town Hall hours after Mattapoisett was classified as a “red” community on the state covid map at a Board of Selectmen meeting on Oct. 27. Lorenco said that the Mattapoisett Free...
Mattapoisett to skip Fall Town Meeting
MATTAPOISETT — The Board of Selectmen decided to forgo a Fall Town Meeting after Mattapoisett was designated as a be a high-risk community on the state covid data map. “If we’re in the red zone, how are we going to hold a town meeting right now?”...
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