Christmas Events in the Tri-town

ChristmasHard to believe, but Christmas is just around the corner. The Tri-towns of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester have many events planned to celebrate the holidays.  Check them out.


MATTAPOISETTThe Old Rochester Regional High School Drama Club will bring Charles Dickens’ classic story “A Christmas Carol” to the stage.

Performances are at the ORR auditorium and will be at Dec. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m.

The cast has more than 100 students and stars Paul Kippenberger, Jack Roussell, Sara Achorn, Alice Bednarczyk, Kelly Bruce, Nicholas Claudio, Cammi Kidney, Kate MacLean, Michaela Mattson, Adam Perkins, Christopher Savino, Grace Stephens, Sienna Wurl and Damion Alton as Tiny Tim.

The adaptation and set design is by Director Paul Sardinha, and the costumes are by Helen Blake.

Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $12 for the general public. They are available at The Pen & Pendulum in Mattapoisett, The Marion General Store in Marion and Plumb Corner Market in Rochester. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. For information and ticket reservations, call 508-951-5302.

Rochester-The Friends of Plumb Library are holding their annual Holiday Fair from. There will be a Silent Auction offering handmade items, gift baskets and gift certificates, a bake sale, the Rochester Historical Society selling shirts and books on local history, essential oils, Pampered Chef, Avon and a visit from author Nancy Cote. There will be entertainment throughout the day, including a visit from Santa from 11-12:30 p.m.

ROCHESTER Rochester’s Annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony will take place on Monday, Dec. 5 at the Town Hall on Constitution Way.

The tree lighting will begin at 6:30 pm

All in attendance will be treated to music by the Rochester Memorial School band.  Santa will be arriving to the holiday event by way of a fire engine.

Following the ceremony, free refreshments are available in Town Hall.

MATTAPOISETTThe Holiday in the Park activities begin in Shipyard Park at 3 p.m., so why not begin your celebration at the library?

The Mattapoisett Library will have a variety of holiday activities on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 1-3 p.m.

For children, there will be a gingerbread story time at 1 p.m. with Mrs. Burke, followed by a craft. Adults and teens will decorate ornaments with baubles and gems. Supplies will be provided.

Hot cocoa and cookies will be served. Everyone can dip into a grab bag of books and take one home, too.

This year once again the library is collecting new children’s books and pajamas in all sizes to donate to local shelters. Collection boxes are located in both the children’s and adult departments.

The library is located at 7 Barstow St. Call 508-758-4171 for more information or to sign up for the adult craft.

Mattapoisett’s annual Holiday in the Park and tree lighting will be held on Dec. 10, beginning at 3 p.m. at Shipyard Park.

There will be a chance to meet Santa, sample food from local eateries and participate in family activities.

Marion  The Sippican Woman’s Club will host its 30th Annual Holiday House Tour and Tea on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10-4 p.m.

Under the leadership of Jeanne Bruen and a group of club members, this year’s “A Coastal Christmas” theme will be displayed at Handy’s Tavern and throughout town with five Marion homes open to tour-goers.

Advance tickets are $20 and are available in Marion at Serendipity by the Sea, The Bookstall and the General Store, and in Mattapoisett at Isabelle’s in the Ropewalk. Tickets are $25 on the day of the tour. Those purchasing tickets and those who already have them should begin at Handy’s Tavern, 152 Front St.

All proceeds from the tour go toward scholarships for eligible Marion high school seniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

The following day, Sunday, December 11th is the Village Stroll and Tree Lighting starting at 3 pm and Handy’s Tavern will be open from 3-5 p.m. for hot cider and cookies.

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Thanksgiving in the Tri-Town

ThanksgivingThanksgiving in the Tri-town of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester is almost here.  Here are some local events.

The Marion Council on Aging has tickets available to the yearly Old Rochester Regional Thanksgiving dinner. The event will be held on Nov. 23. The doors open at 11:15 a.m. and students serve dinner at noon. Call the Council on Aging at 508-748-3570 if you need a ride. Meals will be delivered to homebound elders.

6th Annual Guard Oil Turkey Trot 5K

This 5K is on a fairly flat course along Sippican Harbor. This is a timed event, and results are available for all runners. All runners will receive a complimentary T-shirt, and top finishers in each age group will receive medals. Register prior to Nov. 19 for $18 online at or register in-person the day of race for $20. The race begins at 10:15 a.m. It starts and finishes at Tabor Academy.

Open Skate at Tabor Academy

Grab your ice skates and take a turn on the rink during open public skating at Tabor Academy. Cost is $5 per skater or you may purchase an individual season pass for the discounted rate of $45. Visit for more information.

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Marion Recreation announces fall and winter programs

fall/winterMarion Recreation announces fall and winter programs

Nov 11, 2016

MARION — Registration is now open for several fall and winter Marion Recreation programs.

Youth wrestling: Marconi Station Wrestling Club is now in its fourth year and will open its doors to the public for interested participants. Children in kindergarten through eighth grade can stop in and see what goes on in a typical wrestling practice on Monday, Nov. 7 from 6:30–8 p.m. at Marion Recreation, 13 Atlantis Drive. In addition, more information and registration is available at

6th annual Guard Oil Turkey Trot 5K: Held on Sunday, Nov. 20, this 5K is on a fairly flat course along Sippican Harbor. This is a timed event, and results are available for all runners. All runners will receive a complimentary T-shirt, and top finishers in each age group will receive medals. Register prior to Nov. 19 for $18 online at or register in-person the day of race for $20. The race begins at 10:15 a.m. It starts and finishes at Tabor Academy.

Open Skating at Tabor Academy: This annual event takes place most Sundays from 12–2 p.m. Grab your ice skates and take a turn on the rink during open public skating at Tabor Academy from Nov. 20–March 5. Cost is $5 per skater or you may purchase an individual season pass for the discounted rate of $45. Visit for more information.

Winter Musical Theater: Children will learn the basics of putting together a production. In this class, boys and girls will audition for a role in the musical “Jasmine’s Medley Excerpts.” This play has been rewritten along the theme of the original “Aladdin.” Children will sing, dance and act their way into a world of excitement. The cost is $130 and classes run Wednesdays, beginning January 25th – March 22nd. There is no class the week of February vacation. Visit for more information.

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Tri-town Residents Early Voting

Tri-town residents embrace early voting

By Georgia Sparling | Nov 01, 2016

Photo by: Georgia SparlingCathy Roberts, left, gets her ballot from Mattapoisett  Town Clerk Cathy Heuberger.

No one was quite sure how many people would take advantage of the state’s new early voting option, offered from to Oct. 24 to Nov. 4 for the November election, but tri-town clerks have seen a steady stream of residents who want to cast their ballots before Election Tuesday.

“We’ve been putting [the ballots] in the sealed up tote, and that sucker is getting heavy,” said Rochester Town Clerk Naida Parker.

She hasn’t counted the number of early voters yet, but said there is often a line as people wait to enter one of four voting booths at the Town Hall.

Some have expressed concern that their votes won’t be counted and that their votes aren’t secure.

Town Clerks say the votes will indeed be tabulated on Nov. 8, not before, and that they are kept in a secure, locked location.

For many voters, that hasn’t been an issue.

In Marion, Asst. Town Clerk Michele Bissonnette had seen 452 voters come through by Monday afternoon.

“That’s a lot of people out of the mix,” she said. “I think it will help the lines tremendously [on Election Day].”

Mattapoisett has seen even more voters, around 150 a day with 913 by the end of Saturday.

Mattapoisett Town Clerk Cathy Heuberger said she doesn’t expect the early voting numbers to affect the overall voter turnout, which is always high for presidential elections.

“I think the people that are coming here would have voted anyway,” she said. “People love the convenience of it.”

Mattapoisett resident Judith Shaw voted early on Monday and had only good things to say about it.

“I think it’s absolutely great,” she said. “I hope they continue it.”

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Old Rochester Regional High School Football

ORRHS Athletic Schedule Today

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Field Hockey: Varsity Game 2016-10-27 3:30pm Dartmouth @ Dartmouth Bus: 2:15pm
Football: Freshman Game 2016-10-27 3:30pm Greater New Bedford RVTHS @ Greater New Bedford RVTHS Bus: 2:15pm
Field Hockey: Freshman Game 2016-10-27 4:00pm vs. Brockton @ Old Rochester Regional High School
Soccer:Boys Varsity Game 2016-10-27 4:00pm Cape Cod Regional Tech @ Cape Cod Regional Tech Bus: 2:15pm
Soccer:Boys JV Game 2016-10-27 4:00pm Cape Cod Regional Tech @ Cape Cod Regional Tech Bus: 2:15pm (Cancelled)
Volleyball: JV Game 2016-10-27 4:00pm Sturgis West @ Hyannis Youth Arena Bus: 2:15pm
Volleyball: Freshman Game 2016-10-27 4:00pm Sturgis West @ Hyannis Youth Arena Bus: 2:15pm
Field Hockey: JV Game 2016-10-27 5:00pm Dartmouth @ Dartmouth High School Bus: 2:15pm
Volleyball: Varsity Game 2016-10-27 5:30pm Sturgis West @ Hyannis Youth Arena Bus: 2:15pm
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Clown Sighting in Marion

Kids report clown lingering near Sippican School in Marion

By Georgia Sparling | Oct 13, 2016

MARION — Creepy clowns sightings are happening all over the country, and now they’ve made it to Marion.

On Wednesday afternoon, two Sippican School kids reported to police that they saw a clown in the ball field behind the Town House. Both children were on the same bus, and the reports were made after they got home.

“Whether they thought they saw something or they actually saw something somebody playing a prank, it is cause for concern,” said Lt. John Garcia of the Marion Police Department.

Police spoke with construction workers at the Marion Art Center who were working outside as well as others in the area, but none of them saw a clown. A search of streets in Marion Village also turned up nothing.

Garcia said this is the first report of anyone dressed as a clown in town, and that police will be in the Sippican School area over the next few days to keep an eye out.

He also said it’s not illegal to dress as a clown, unless it’s done with the intent of causing alarm.

“I suspect throughout the region it’s probably going to get a little worse between now and Halloween,” Garcia said of the clown sightings.

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Halloween Events in the Tri-town


Halloween is always a popular time of year especially for kids.  Halloween happens to fall on a Monday this year and there are many spooky and fun events planned in the tri-town of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester.

MATTAPOISETTThe Mattapoisett Police Halloween Parade is more than 50 years old and will continue this year on Monday, Oct. 31 at 6 p.m.

Following the parade there will be a contest for the most creative costumes. The winners range from pre-kindergarten to high school. Awards and the candy for 350 bags of candy are provided through donations by the community.

To help the police continue this event, mail a donation to the Mattapoisett Police Halloween Fund, P.O. Box 436, Mattapoisett, MA 02739.

Residents of all ages may come to this free event.

On Friday, Oct. 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. the Mattapoisett YMCA will host its annual Family Halloween Hayride and Party with Zip’oween. Kids can participate in haunted hayride, games, costume contest and crafts. A Halloween-themed zipline will also be set up. Refreshments will be available.

On Oct. 31, the Friends of the Mattapoisett Public Library will hand out candy in front of the library starting at 5 p.m.


The Marion Art Center will hold its annual Halloween parade on Thursday, Oct. 31. Costumed character of all ages are welcome to be a part of this family event.

Everyone will meet at the Music Hall on Front Street at 4 p.m.

Hannah Moore, along with selected Sippican School drummers will lead the parade. The route goes south on Front Street, up Main Street, right onto Spring Street, and back down Cottage Street to the Music Hall where goody bags will be handed out.


The Plumb Corner Halloween Party will be held on Oct. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be trick or treating, a haunted house, hay rides, pumpkin decorating, costume contest, spooky salon, games and food. DJ Howie will provide music and local vendors will have displays. The event is at Plumb Corner Mall, 565 Rounseville Road. The Rochester Women’s Club will sponsor a pumpkin carving/decorating contest as part of the celebration. Women’s Club members will be in attendance to judge the contest.  There will be many prizes for different age groups and styles.

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Old Rochester Regional High School Football

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Fall Landscaping Maintenance Tips

Landscape Maintenance Tips for the Fall Season

fall landscapeFall.  When the morning air turns crisp and cool and the leaves begin to float softly to the ground.  Not only is it my favorite season, there are many maintenance tasks to be accomplished in the landscape.  The info below includes tips on what I have found are the most important and useful tasks-  so get out there, have fun with it, and enjoy the autumn weather!

Key Dates

  • Early October:  It is a good idea to winterize your irrigation system and blow out the lines.  Many landscape maintenance companies will provide this service for less than $50, or it is pretty simple to do it yourself.
  • October 15th:  Don’t plant any grasses or perennials after this date.  Many of them won’t survive, and you will have much better luck in the spring.
  • November 1st:  Don’t plant any evergreens (especially trees) after this date.  Some deciduous trees and large deciduous shrubs can be planted later if they are balled and burlapped (B&B), but I would recommend waiting until spring when you’ll have much better success.

Trees and Shrubs

  • Prune trees and shrubs to remove dead branches or to control their size.  Fall is the best time to do this for the health of the plants.  Consider consulting with an arborist before any major pruning on trees, or at least do a little research on techniques.  When pruning shrubs, always try to maintain the natural size and growth habit of the species-  Avoid over-pruning or sculpting unnatural shapes, unless you are creating a specific look such as a hedge.  Instead of using power shears to lap off shrubs on a straight line, consider using hand pruners to thin the interior branches to maintain a healthier more natural look.
  • Remember to check soil moisture, and water if needed.  Even though you may have your irrigation system shut down for the year, fall often brings some warm, windy days that can really dry things out.  Pay special attention to anything that was just planted this year.
  • Make sure you have plenty of mulch around trees and shrubs-  this helps maintain moisture and keeps the soil from drying out over the winter.

Perennials and Ornamental Grasses

  • Prepare tender and semi-hardy perennials and shrubs for the upcoming cold winter.  I like to let a few of the fallen leaves that tend to build up around the bases of these plants remain there for the winter-  they will provide insulation around the base of the plant from the cold.  This also saves you some leaf cleanup now that you can do in the early spring.  If necessary, place additional wood mulch around the base of these plants for more insulation- pay particular attention to areas with northern exposure.
  • Leave spent stems and seed heads on grasses and perennials until spring, to enjoy their winter beauty and to provide cover for birds and wildlife.  Or, if you must have a neater look you can cut them back now, to a height of about 6-8″ off of the ground.
  • Dividing:  Some plants can be divided in the fall and replanted in other areas.  Other species don’t like the fall division/planting though, and I think that spring is a much better time to do it.  If you decide to divide, remember to water the plants well for a couple of weeks.


  • Rake those leaves!  If left on the lawn they can smother it and cause issues such as mold and fungus.
  • Consider aerating your lawn.  Aeration allows greater movement of water, fertilizer, and air which stimulates healthy turf.  Aerating also increases the speed of decomposition of the grass clippings and enhances deep root growth.  Compacted soil especially benefits from core aerating.
  • You may want to fertilize your lawn or use a “weed and feed” type light pre-emergent herbicide in the fall for maximum growth the following spring.  Don’t over do it though, because fertilizer and herbicide can wash off of your lawn and the runoff can be harmful to water supplies and wildlife.
  • Assess the size and configuration of your lawn, and how much water you used this year to keep it green (or, brown?).   Consult with a landscape architect about how you can redesign your landscape to make it more attractive, sustainable, and functional.

Fall Weather Considerations

  • The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting cooler.  Keep an eye on the amount of precipitation we are getting-  Fall can have extremes of hot and cold, dry and wet.  Be observant.  If you have heavy rain for a couple of days then turn off the sprinklers for a week or so to compensate.  And if you have several days of warm, sunny weather then your landscape will certainly appreciate an extra drink.


  • Disconnect and drain hoses, but keep a hose handy for winter watering.  I also like to wrap insulation or put insulated covers over the exterior faucets as an added protection from freeze damage (I once had a pipe freeze and break UNDER my porch, and had to take apart the porch to fix it!).
  • Collecting seed:  Stop deadheading late in the year and allow the seedheads to dry on the plant.  Then you can collect the dried seeds to plant next spring.  Store them in a cool, dark place in a container that does NOT have an airtight seal, such as an envelope (it’s also a good idea to label the container so you remember what plant it is next spring).  Another option- leave the seeds on the plants and some perennials will re-seed themselves naturally.
  • Start planning your spring bulb garden now.  Spring-blooming bulbs are planted in the fall to provide the chilling time required for spring blooms.  Remember to prepare the soil and plant bulbs at the appropriate depth listed on the package for the species.
  • Start planning for design changes to your landscape for next year.  Fall and winter are the best times to get your plans in order, and spring is the best time to install the changes-  so get ready early for next spring, because it will be here before you know it!
  • Take a break and toss the football around.  Afterward, enjoy some warm apple cider with cinnamon.  Finally, rake your leaves into a giant pile and take turns jumping into them with the neighbor kids!

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Mandatory Water Ban for Mattapoisett and Marion

Mandatory water ban issued for Mattapoisett, Marion

Sep 15, 2016

Courtesy of: Drought Management Task ForceThe map shows the most updated drought conditions across the state.

MATTAPOISETT — Effective Friday, Mattapoisett and Marion residents will be under a mandatory water ban due to the continuing drought conditions in the area that have resulted in declining groundwater. On Sept. 1, the state Drought Management Task Force moved the South Coast area from a drought watch to a drought warning, only one step below the worst category – emergency status.

The state has also recommended a water ban for all nonessential outdoor water use, and the towns have issued the ban in an effort to protect water in the even of public health and fire protection needs.

Nonessential uses include watering lawns with sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems, washing vehicles – unless done in a commercial car wash or for necessary maintenance of agricultural or commercial equipment, and washing buildings, parking lots, driveways and sidewalks unless necessary to apply paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.

Nonessential outdoor water use does not include uses for health or safety reasons, by regulation, for the production of food and fiber, to maintain livestock, to meet core business functions, or for irrigating golf courses  – subject to town approval.

Exception are for gardens, flowers and ornamental plants watered with a handheld hose from 6 to 8 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. only, and for irrigation with harvested and stored stormwater runoff during those same hours. For those in Marion, watering is limited to Monday, Wednesday and Friday for even-numbered houses, and Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for odd-numbered houses.

Also in Marion, the following outdoor uses are subject to approval by the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners: irrigation to establish replanted or reseeded lawn or plantings, irrigation of newly planted lawns for homes or businesses constructed in the past year, filling of privately owned outdoor pools, and irrigation by golf courses to maintain tees and greens.

Marion residents using private wells and/or irrigating with wells are encouraged to participate in the restrictions.

Those found violating the bans may be subject to fines.

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