Tour de Creme

Tour de Creme 2017

Tour de CremeOn Sunday May 21, 2017, the Mattapoisett Land Trust and the Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path will once again host the popular Tour de Crème, a fundraising event combining the SouthCoast’s fabulous cycling with a selection of its best ice cream shops along the route.  Approximately 160 cyclists and 75 volunteers participated in last year’s inaugural event.  If you want to see how much fun we had in 2016, see the pictures on our Facebook page.  The 2017 Tour de Crème promises to be even bigger and better!  If you joined us in 2016, we hope you will ride again this year and bring your friends.  If you are new to the Tour de Crème, welcome.

In addition to the fun, of the most important parts of this is that we are keeping participation affordable for individuals and families, while enticing our riders (and non riders too) to fundraise with some very nice incentives.  A quick ask for $25 earns the enterprising fundraiser a free tee-shirt.

Registration in Now Open!  Click  link to Register.

All proceeds raised in 2016 — over $5,000 — benefited walking and biking trails in Mattapoisett.  This year the Mattapoisett Land Trust will use their portion of the proceeds to help purchase the Hammond Quarry property on Mattapoisett Neck Road and the Friends of the Mattapoisett Bike Path will use their portion to help build a section of bike path to connect Mattapoisett to the Marion bike path.  You can support these causes by riding and participating in fundraising, by supporting a rider, or by donating directly to these causes.  To donate directly, you can use the Donate button to give a contribution by credit card or make out a check to the Mattapoisett Land Trust, P.O. Box 31, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.  Please write “Tour de Crème” in the memo line of the check so we can be sure the proceeds go to these two uses.  Thanks!

According to Bonne DeSousa:  Fundraising: I’m looking for a few riders to join me on the fundraising team “Team Elite”  Team Elite members pledge to raise $500 and earn the elite TdC Yellow Jersey.   If 8 more people join my team  together we will raise $5000.

This year we have a new feature:  We’ll have human powered smoothies (blended on the back of a bicycle) served on the 11 mile ride.

We also need volunteers to help put the event on.  It takes quite a few: teams at the start and at each creamery, we need ride “ambassadors”  People who will ride one of the routes and make sure that all of the riders have a great experience…break the ice for riders of similar speeds so they become comfortable riding together..

Businesses can get involved as sponsors.  All our major sponsor needs are met (Tee Shirts and Jerseys) . We are now building a line of sponsorship flags that will decorate the start (Town Beach AM)  and the finish (Munro Preserve  PM) Each 18×18 logo sheet  represents a $125 donation (5 for $500) and will fly on a festive line of colors along the fences there.

This year’s Tour de Creme sponsors include:  BOLD Moves Real Estate, Mahoney’s. Mattapoisett Boatyard, First Citizen’s Federal Credit Union, Nye Lubricants, OxCart, Chase Canopy and Velofix.

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This blog was posted on on March 28, 2017.

Dining for a Cause

Dining for a Cause at 99 Restaurant in Fairhaven

Dining for a Cause

Come on out for a great cause tonight!   The Ninety Nine  Restaurant in Fairhaven, MA is holding a fundraiser to benefit Better Community Living.  A percentage of the sales between 4-9 pm will go to this great cause.

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Bulldog Hockey Streak Ends at TD Garden

Bulldogs play TD Garden, lose 3-1

By Georgia Sparling | Mar 19, 2017

Photo by: Georgia Sparling The Bulldogs take the ice.

BOSTON — The Bulldogs put up a great fight on Sunday afternoon but the bigger, faster Shrewsbury Colonials took home a 3-1 win at the state championships at TD Garden.

Although the loss was tough for the Old Rochester/Fairhaven hockey players, head coach Eric Labonte said he was proud of his team.

“It’s a storybook ending. Obviously you want to win the state finals, but no one expected us to be here. It’s a really great ride for these players that they’ll never forget,” he said.

The guys had their sights on the Garden before their first game, getting T-shirts made to wear under their uniforms that read “100 Legends Way,” the stadium’s address.

“The road to the Garden has been their theme for the entire season. They achieved that, now take the pressure off, go out there, play your best hockey,” said Athletic Director Bill Tilden before the game. “I think this is the team that’s going to make us play our best all year.”

Wearing red, the Bulldogs’ fans were many, and as the game got underway the nervousness was palpable, but Lori Labonte said, “the whole team was really positive going into today.”

She would know. As the mother of varsity players Zakary and Tayber Labonte and the wife of the head coach, she’s had a front row seat all season.

“This is his dream to come here,” she said of her husband.

In the first period, the Bulldogs kept the Colonials at bay, with goalie Chase Cunningham never taking his eye off the puck. Neither team scored, but the real battle began in the second period.

“I was actually happy with the first period,” said coach Labonte. “Our goal was really to keep everything in front of us. Then, they exposed us in the second period.”

He said the defense was strained and Shrewsbury wore his players out.

“We were out there with band-aids on trying to make it work,” Labonte said. “Yeah we got run down.”

Shrewsbury scored twice in the second period and a third time in the first minute of the third. ORR quickly answered with a goal by team captain Sam Henrie. But, despite a number of tries, the Bulldogs couldn’t manage to get on the board again.

Said Labonte, “I think at the end of the day, how tired our legs were cost us on the power play. We were all thumbs out there. It felt like we weren’t patient enough on the power plays.”

Overall, Labonte said there are some things that need to change in the league. As part of Division 3 South, the Bulldogs played six games post season, compared to four for Shrewsbury. He said the extra games cost him some players as a few of his athletes were injured, including his son Zackary, who broke his collarbone during a matchup with Dartmouth.

Additionally, Labonte said, while the two schools are both D3, they aren’t drawing from the same size pool.

“They’ve got two thousands kids in their school,” he said. “If you’ve got sixty kids trying out for your hockey team, how hard is it to find fifteen hockey players? I had nineteen kids try out for my team this year.”

That his guys made it this far “is almost a miracle.”

Labonte was also quick to acknowledge that Shrewsbury was a formidable team: “They’re better than us. They outplayed us. They deserved to win.”

The coach also had positive things to say about his players. Among those he highlighted was Henrie, calling him a “one man forecheck.”

He also praised Landon Goguen: “He’s probably the most patient, smartest kids I’ve ever coached in twenty-three years of high school hockey.”

While the loss was emotional, both of Labonte’s sons said making it to the Garden was amazing. Both have played since they were 3 years old, coached by their father all along the way.

“He told me it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and just to take in the atmosphere and have fun,” said Tayber Labonte.

The brothers, who are twins, noted that they won’t have another team like this next year as many of the key players graduate. That made the loss particularly bittersweet, but Zackary said, “Win or lose, it was a great experience.”

The game begins. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

The ORR fans were decked out in red. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

(Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Hockey moms Karin Henrie, Kim Goguen and Lori Labonte. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

The coaches survey the game. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

The start of the game from the jumbotron. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Noah Strawn takes the puck. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Captain Sam Henrie and coach Eric Labonte receive the trophy for state champion finalists.(Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

ORR’s fan section was a sea of red. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)
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Old Colony Voke

Snow Day Message at Old Colony Voke

Old Colony superintendent announces snow day in song

Mar 14, 2017

Courtesy of: YouTube

ROCHESTER — Lots of people have covered Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” but who knew it would make such a great snow announcement? Check out this video from Old Colony Vocational School’s superintendent Aaron Polansky.


This great video made The Sippican Village Soup as well as ABC News.  What a great No School Announcement!

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Fairhaven High Cheerleaders

Fairhaven High Cheerleaders State Champs

The Fairhaven High School Blue Devils  are 5 times state Champions.  TheFairhaven High Cheerleaders received the tradition of a police escort back to Fairhaven.  The girls and guy of the cheerleading squad competed Sunday, March 12, 2017 at Wachusett Regional High School.  They were crowned the champs and now will move on to the New England’s on Saturday, March 14th in Providence.  Let’s wish these champions good luck on Saturday!

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ORR Boys Basketball and Hockey Move to Playoffs

Hockey, basketball moving on in playoffs

By Tanner Harding | Mar 07, 2017

Courtesy of: Rick Manning    Players fall to their knees in celebration.

MATTAPOISETT — The Old Rochester Regional winter teams have begun their playoff runs. The boys hockey and basketball teams won their first two games in the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 3 South Tournament.

ORR/Fairhaven hockey beat Foxboro 9-0 on March 1, and went on to beat No. 4 Hopkinton 4-3 in a double overtime game. The team will play No. 16 Dartmouth in Bourne at Gallo Rink on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m.

The boys basketball team came back to beat Cardinal Spellman 68-66 on March 2 after falling behind by 16 points. ORR got the tying basket with 10 seconds to spare and managed to sink the winning basket at the buzzer. The team then went on to beat No. 2 Mashpee 69-64 and will play Hanover on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. in Brockton.

The girls basketball team played Rockland on March 1 and lost 51-32, ending its playoff run.

Both the boys and girls track team went to the Division 5 State Championship and the boys made history and took home the win.

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All-State Track

All-State Track: Dartmouth’s Colin McCabe and Old Rochester’s Danny Renwick capture state titles


It’s official.SouthCoast is home to the top high jumper and shot putter in the entire state.

Dartmouth’s Colin McCabe and Old Rochester’s Danny Renwick emerged victorious in their respective events Sunday, with McCabe taking the shot put and Renwick winning the high jump during the MIAA All-State Track and Field Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center.

With six athletes still competing at 6-foot, 6-inches, Renwick faced some of his toughest competition of the year and rose to the occasion, popping off a school-record jump of 6-10, breaking the previous mark of 6-09 set by Peter Asci in the mid 2000s.

“They were really pushing me to jump my best,” said Renwick, a senior.

“It was good competition for him, which he hasn’t had. A lot of kids jumped really well at high jump for both boys and girls,” Old Rochester girls track coach Cindy Tilden. “He liked having the competition there. Having the other boys jumping well pushed him on. That helped a lot.”

Tilden said Renwick made each height — starting at six feet — on his first jump until 6-10 when it took three attempts.

“I felt good today. I had a lot of pop in my jumps,” he said. “I knew I could jump high.”

The possibility of jumping 6-10 didn’t cross Renwick’s mind at the start of the season.

“I’m really happy to get the school record, but I wasn’t expecting it,” he said. “I worked hard in the offseason. I didn’t do cross country, but I lifted a lot. And Cindy (Tilden) helped with my form and approach.”

McCabe, a senior at Dartmouth, felt good during warmups and it showed in his first throw — a winning distance of 55 feet, 7.25 inches, more than three feet further than second place. But he wasn’t able to come close to that in his next five throws, leaving the All-State champion hungry for New Englands.

“I’m happy with the victory, but not with the way I performed today,” McCabe said. “The first throw felt really good. After that throw, it was a bad day for me.”

“It’s nice to see an athlete not be satisfied with first place,” said Dartmouth track coach Jeff Reed. “It’s nice to see Colin isn’t going to settle for first; he wants the PR. He wants to get 60 feet. He’s definitely focused on throwing a lot better (at New Englands) than he did today.”

Still, Reed wanted McCabe to enjoy this moment — one so many can only dream of.

old him, ‘Take a step back and enjoy the fact that you’re a state champion,'” he said.

McCabe and Renwick will head to New Englands on Saturday, along with Old Rochester’s Will Hopkins and Eli Spevack.

Renwick was one hundredth of a second away from an All-State title in the 55-meter hurdles, finishing second (7.65) to Brookline’s Andrew Chabon (7.64).

“It’s a little disappointing because you’re so close and you think if I went a little faster, I could have won, but I got a personal best so I can’t be too upset with that,” said Renwick.

Hopkins came in sixth (7.84) in the hurdles in front of Spevack (seventh; 7.88). All three ORR hurdlers recorded personal-best times.

ORR’s 4×400 relay team of Spevack, Adam Sylvia, Anthony Childs and Renwick took 10th (3:30.57), cutting off three seconds and moving up 11 spots from their seed.

“They did awesome,” Tilden said.

As a team, the Old Rochester boys finished sixth with 23 points, the most at All-States in recent memory. Newton North won with 34 points.

For the ORR girls, Brooke Santos took 14th in the 55 hurdles (9.08) and 22nd in the high jump (5-00) while Mikayla Chandler ran 11.12 in the 55 dash and threw 16-09.50 in the adaptive shot put.

“She’s a role model for a lot of people in adaptive sports,” Tilden said. “In the 55, she runs with the top dogs. Same with the shot put, she’s in the same flights.”

Apponequet’s Sam Ferreira took 10th in the high jump (6-00) while teammate Caitlin Sardelis was 18th in the 55 hurdles (9.15). GNB Voc-Tech’s DJ Amado came in 15th in the 55 dash (6.72). For Dartmouth, Ben Paine placed 17th in the 600 meters (1:25.41).

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Primed & Ready Meals

Primed & Ready Meals in Mattapoisett

Mattapoisett business Primed & Ready to serve nutritious meals

By Georgia Sparling | Feb 22, 2017

Courtesy of: Bobby FarlandPrimed & Ready Meals are gluten free, protein-based and non-GMO.

MATTAPOISETT — Bobby Farland is taking the guesswork and the footwork out of nutritious eating with his new business, Primed & Ready Meals.

With the motto “Victory starts with nutrition,” Farland makes and delivers personalized meals that are free of gluten, dairy and antibiotics without skimping on taste. And while he currently does everything out of his Mattapoisett kitchen at 20 County Road, next to Ying Dynasty, Farland has big plans.

“I’m trying to feed everybody,” he said. “I feel like we’ve got a product that can suit anybody.”

Although the shop isn’t currently open for walk-in customers, Farland is growing his client base. Each person who comes to Prime & Ready gets a one-on-one consultation complete with metabolic testing that gives Farland the information he needs to create individualized menus.

“There are no cookie cutter plans,” said Farland.

He assesses each person’s goals, from those looking to lose weight to mixed martial arts fighters to people who want to eat healthy but don’t have time to cook. Meals are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner with snacks.

A former army cook, Farland knows how to feed a crowd, but he tried to avoid the food industry. He studied architecture in college and worked in Arizona for a few years before returning to the South Coast. But the kitchen called. Combining his interest in athletics with his cooking background, Farland and a friend began crafting a business focused on healthful, ready to eat meals about two years ago. In July, the two parted ways and Farland established Prime & Ready Meals’ “fueling station” on his own.

The recipes are made from scratch using “tips and techniques” Farland has collected while cooking with people from all over the country. He also got a few dishes from his mom.

The protein-heavy menu includes Cajun pork chops, teriyaki sirloin tips, shrimp stir-fry and “Titan” chili. Farland admits he has a sweet tooth and so has snacks such as “Elvis cakes” with peanut butter and banana and a chocolate cherry explosion, all with no added sugar.

Farland makes deliveries twice a week and also mails frozen meals across the country.

As the business grows, he plans to expand his offerings – opening the Route 6 shop a few times a week for drop-in customers, growing his own food and teaching youth to eat well.

“I’m hoping to make an impact on the community,” he said. “I really want to focus on young athletes before they get into bad habits.”

Eventually, Farland also wants to go international.

“My goal is to be global,” he said.

For more information on Primed & Ready Meals, visit or call 508-758-MEAL.

Bobby Farland’s meals are made in his space on Route 6 in Mattapoisett. (Courtesy of: Bobby Farland)

A variety of meals Primed & Ready. (Courtesy of: Bobby Farland)
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Sippican Cafe

Sippican Cafe Becoming Atlantic Bistro

Sippican Cafe gets new name, new owners, new menu

By Georgia Sparling | Feb 15, 2017

Photo by: Georgia SparlingChris and Jennifer Thibeault hope to open The Atlantic Bistro, formerly Sippican Cafe, by Memorial Day.

MARION — The new owners of Sippican Café want their restaurant to be the spot for a nice night out without a lot of fuss.

“My mantra is ‘simple is better.’” said Chris Thibeault. He added, “We still want it to be approachable, but it will be a little more upscale than Sippican was.”

He and his wife Jennifer aren’t new to the restaurant business. In fact, it’s where they met.

“He was the chef. I was the bartender,” said Jennifer.

After the two married and had kids, they got out of the restaurant business for a while.

“When the kids were little, the whole restaurant thing wasn’t going to work out,” said Chris.

He worked at Great Hill Dairy in Marion for seven years while Jennifer went to work at Verizon. With their two kids approaching their teen years, the time felt right to open a restaurant.

The couple spent three years looking for the perfect place.

“We wanted to own our own building so we could create our own thing, not in someone else’s space,” said Jennifer.

Although they originally wanted a spot closer to home, being able to purchase a restaurant that needed few renovations was too good to pass up.

Chris, who was already familiar with Marion, also liked how much the town reminded him of Nantucket, one of several places where he worked.

“We can’t commute to Nantucket, but we can have that same vibe,” he said.

Along with new owners, the Sippican Café will also have a new name – The Atlantic Bistro – and it will have a fresh, seasonal, made-from-scratch menu.

“I threw out all the microwaves that were here,” Chris said.

While he will be “shaking some rust off,” Chris has a good handle on the menu. He has worked in kitchens from here to Cork, Ireland, served as the chef de cuisine at a popular French bistro in the Boston area and cooked for the willing taste testers in his neighborhood.

Chris wants to source seasonal ingredients with an emphasis on local produce, when possible, and he is confident the menu will offer something for everyone.

The tentative menu includes coriander crusted salmon, French onion soup and a burger with smoked bacon. There will also be house-made kielbasa and a “sexy” wine and cocktail menu.

“I don’t want it to be too intimidating to people,” Chris said.

The Thibeaults would like to open by Memorial Day at the latest. In the meantime, they are applying for a liquor license and doing minor upgrades to the building.

Once The Atlantic Bistro does begin to welcome customers it will be for dinners only. The couple said brunch won’t be on the menu just yet.

“We need to get our bearings until we get going,” Jennifer said.

Plus, Chris will run the majority of operations while Jennifer continues working as a manager at Verizon and taking care of the kids while her husband establishes the restaurant. They know owning a business will be a challenge, but Jennifer said having their own place at last is something the whole family is excited about.

“We love the town of Marion and we just love this location.”

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This blog was posted on on February 21, 2017.

winter market

Winter is Great Time to Buy or Sell Real Estate

winter market Study: Real Estate Cheapest in Fall, Winter


According to Realtor Magazine

Your home buyers likely won’t want to shy away from the fall or winter months. They may score the best deals.

Home sales prices in the nation’s largest metros typically peak during the summer but drop in the fall and are lowest in the winter, according to a new study from NerdWallet, in which researchers analyzed sales and listings over the past two years in the 50 largest metros using® data.

Home sale prices tend to peak in June and July, according to the analysis. Buyers will find the most inventory or home choices during those months but there is also more competition from other buyers that they will have to contend with.

The market tends to slow in the fall and sales prices start to dip. Sales prices drop nearly 3 percent, on average – a fall of $8,300 on the median home – from summer (June through August) to fall (September through November).

Home sale prices tend to be cheapest in the winter. In January or February, for example, homes could potentially cost 8.45 percent less on average than in June through August.

January had the lowest sales prices in 29 of the 50 metro areas analyzed; February had the cheapest in 19 areas.

“If your circumstances give you the freedom to be able to choose the best time to look to sign a contract on a new home, there’s no question that the market dynamics favor you the most to do that in the dead of winter, ideally in January or February, right before the activity starts to heat up,” says Jonathan Smoke,®’s chief economist.

Source: “House Shopping After Summer Ends? Buying Later in the Year Could Save You Thousands,” NerdWallet (Sept. 20, 2016)

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This blog was posted on on February 16, 2017.