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BRIEFLY: April 17

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by tommyj

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  • Sharing the Harvest

    ROCHESTER –Ellen Selley from Sharing the Harvest Community Farm will present an educational program at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Rochester Senior Center on Dexter Lane.

    Sharing the Harvest is a volunteer-driven community, with a focus on fighting hunger and helping to feed neighbors in need. With the help of the Hunger Commission of Southeastern Massachusetts, they’ve been able to donate 100-percent of their produce to local hunger-relief agencies throughout the South Coast. The presentation will have a focus on the issue of hunger in the community and what they are trying to do to help alleviate it. Anyone of any age is welcome to attend. The program is free and no sign up is required.

     

    Rochester Historical Society bake sale

    ROCHESTER – Spring is here and great bakers are at it again. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, the Rochester Historical Society will hold a spring bake sale at the East Rochester Church/Museum. Some of the items featured will be pies, cakes, brownies, breads, cookies, scones and baked beans. Stop by for some homemade treats for Easter or visit the church at 355 County Road for just a cup of coffee and conversation.

     

    Plumb Corner Easter Egg hunt

    ROCHESTER – The businesses at the Plumb Corner will hold a bag decorating and Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 19, at the Route 105 marketplace. Bag decorating will begin at 10 a.m. at Countryside Child Care Center and Hair and Body Solution in Plumb Corner. The Easter egg hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. promptly. There will also be cookie decorating courtesy of Rockland Trust Bank and face painting with the Junior Friends of Plumb Library, and a guest appearance by the ORR Bulldog mascot, and a raffle for a Toys R Us gift card.

     

    Sunrise Easter service set

    MATTAPOISETT – There will be an Easter Sunrise service at the Shipyard Park Gazebo at 7 a.m. Sunday, April 20. The community is invited to this free ecumenical service.

     

    Youth performing arts camp offered

    MATTAPOISETT – Registrations are now being accepted for The Showstoppers’ 10th annual Performing Arts Camp for boys and girls in grades 2-8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21-25, at the Knights Of Columbus Hall, Route 6 in Mattapoisett.

    A musical theater showcase will be presented to the public at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Marion Music Hall on Front Street in Marion. The cost is $175 per child, and includes performance CD, T-shirt, daily snacks and certificate of completion. For more information or to register, call 508-758-4525 or email at info@showstoppers.us.

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    Family River Discovery Days

    ROCHESTER and MARION – Get your whole family outside during April vacation week with the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s Family River Discovery Days, a series of two free programs for families with young children. Through fun games and activities, your family will learn about the plants and animals that call our local freshwater ponds and rivers home.

    • · Pond Life Discovery – from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Mary’s Pond, Perry’s Lane, Rochester
    • · Marsh Exploration – from 10 to11 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at Brainard Marsh, 344 Delano Road, Marion

    Registration is required for all Bay Adventures. To RSVP, email bayadventures@savebuzzardsbay.org, or call 508-999-6363, ext. 219.

    This program is part of the Coalition’s Bay Adventures series – programs designed for explorers of all ages to get outside and discover Buzzards Bay. To learn more about upcoming Bay Adventures, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/BayAdventures.

     

    ‘Music of the Mountains’

    MARION – The Sippican Choral Society and the Sippican Chamber Choir will hold its spring concert, “Music of the Mountains” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, in St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 124 Front St.

    The concert is dedicated in memory of Lenny Cook and James Clemmey, both long-time chorus members, who passed away in the past year. The concert will feature folk songs and hymns of the Appalachians. Admission will be announced.

    Directed by Brian Rodericks, the concert will feature folk songs and hymns of the Appalachians. Tickets are $12 per adult; $6 per child. Tickets are available at The Bookstall on Front Street in Marion; The Symphony Music Shop in Dartmouth; and Euro Ship/Phoenix in Fairhaven. Tickets will also be available at the door. For more information, go online to www.sippicanchoral.org.

     

    Tractor show

    ROCHESTER – The New England Antique Tractor & Truck Association will host a tractor show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday April 26, at Rochester Fairgrounds, located at 65 Pine St. Rain date is Sunday, April 27.

    The tractor show will also feature tractor pulling demonstrations and a swap meet. There will be deals on tractors, trucks, engines, machinery, tools, antiques and collectibles. There will also be lots of free and fun activities for kids and families.

    Swap meet spaces (10-by-30-foot) are available for $20 each. No food vendors. Coffee, donuts, and lunch will be available for sale by Rochester Country Fair Committee. Admission is free, but people are asked to bring a donation of food or cash for Shepherd’s Food Pantry.

    For information on swap meet rental spaces, call Bev at 508-222-7109 or Frank at 508-295-4758.

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    Rochester townwide cleanup planned

    ROCHESTER – The Rochester Women’s Club is sponsoring a townwide clean-up event to celebrate Earth Day.

    Go to the Rochester Women’s Clubhouse, located at 37 Marion Road, to pick up trash collection bags and gloves from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

    Pick up trash along the roadside in your neighborhood and leave the filled bags along the roadside to be picked up by the Rochester DPW.

    In conjunction with this event, the Rochester Land Trust will collect old electronic items during that same time at the clubhouse. Among the accepted items will be computers, monitors, appliances and TVs. If it has an engine, motor, or is plugged in, it’s electronic trash and can be dropped off. A fee will be charged for certain items.

    For more details, call Norene at 508-763-3628.

     

    Psychic fair to benefit COA building addition

    ROCHESTER – The Friends of the Rochester Senior Center are sponsoring a Psychic Fair fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Saturday, April 26, to benefit the building fund at the Rochester Senior Center.

    Admission is $2 per person. Readings are $20 each, and there will be several readers to choose from. Different vendors will be set up for your shopping pleasure. Coffee, lunch items and other refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day. Many door prizes will be given. Anyone of any age from any town is welcome to attend. No prior registration is necessary.

     

    Hear Ye…Hear Ye…King Richard’s Faire auditions

    BOSTON/PROVIDENCE, R.I. – King Richard’s Faire 2014 auditions by appointment Saturday, April 26 in Providence, R.I. (AS220, formerly Empire Theater, 95 Empire St.) or Sunday, April 27 in Boston (Boston Center for the Arts/Calderwood Center, 527 Tremont St.). Actors, musicians, technicians, writers and performers of all kinds may audition for New England’s oldest and largest Renaissance Faire in Carver, running Aug. 30-Oct. 19. Positions are both paid and unpaid, and include a free four-week theater training program.

    For appointment, call 952-238-9915 or email info@kingrichardsfaire.net. See website for details: kingrichardsfaire.net.

     

    Rochester rabies clinic set

    ROCHESTER – There will be a dog and cat rabies inoculation clinic from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Rochester Grange Hall on Hartley Road.

    Cost is $12 per shot. All dogs must be leashed and all cats must be in a carrier. Veterinarian Dr. Harry Ernst will be administering the shots.

    Dog owners can obtain their canine a 2014 dog license at the clinic. Cost per license is $10 unless the dog is spayed or neutered, then the cost is $7.

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    Sea Chantey Chorus concert

    MATTAPOISETT – Go join the melodic fun as The New Bedford Harbor Sea Chantey Chorus performs at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Mattapoisett Museum, located at 5 Church St.

    The 40-plus member chorus’ repertoire includes the chanteys, which are work songs of the Yankee sailor and whaler, along with the ballads and ditties of global mariners and coastwise fisher folk in North America, the Cape Verde Islands and the British Isles. The concert is free but donations are welcome. The Mattapoisett Historical Society is hosting the concert.

    For more information, call 508-758-2844 or email mattapoisett.musem@verizon.net.

     

    Cape Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce

    MARION – The April Canal Business Connections meeting and featured artisan, Metal Sculptor Peter Morse, hosted by Anthi Frangiadis Associates Studio & Drawing room, will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at 11 Spring St., Marion. There will be networking and a reception for Morse. This event is free of charge.

    RSVP to 508-759-6000, ext.10, or online at www.capecodcanalchamber.org.

     

    JA of Southern Massachusetts seeks volunteers

    Junior Achievement of Southern Massachusetts is seeking volunteers to teach classes in Bristol County and Southern Plymouth County during their spring session.

    Volunteers will educate students about free enterprise, financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship. No previous experience in the classroom necessary.

    JA provides new volunteers with training and all program materials needed to teach the course. Opportunities are available at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Volunteers will give 45-60 minutes per week for five to seven sessions, depending on the program. For more information, call Corrie Martin at 508-997-6536, ext. 12, or email Corrie.Martin@ja.org.

    For more information about Junior Achievement or to sign up as a volunteer, visit http://jasouthernma.org.

     

    Family Fun at Sheep Day/Earth Day

    MIDDLEBOROUGH – Earth Day is officially in April, but at the Soule Homestead Education Center in Middleborough, the Sheep Day/Earth Day event will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3.

    The sheep know it’s time for their yearly trim and every year Andy Rice, sheep shearer, entertainer, and educator returns to work his magic on the Soule.

    Not to be missed is Rich Seaman’s sheepdogs at work during one of the exhibitions planned at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

    Special exhibitions planned throughout the day include a honeybee observation hive and craft demonstrations involving the many processes of wool such as spinning, weaving, rug hooking and rug braiding. Children of all ages will enjoy participating in wool-related activities such as washing fleece, carding, spinning and felting wool, along with take-home crafts made using wool and recycled materials.

    Page 5 of 15 – Begin your perennial and annual flower garden with locally grown plants from the plant sale. There will also be handcrafts made by Soule Homestead volunteers and local artisans, along with the annual community yard sale where members from the community can reserve a table for $5, in advance, to sell their treasures under the tent during the event. Baked goods, hot dogs and refreshments will be available. Admission is $5 per adult; $2 per child (under 12 years); children under 3 free. One free admission per membership or become a member at the event; WGBH members may buy one admission and get one free.

    Soule Homestead Education Center is an educational nonprofit specializing in nature farm-based instruction located at 46 Soule St., Middleborough. Call 508-947-6744 or browse the website www.soulehomestead.org for more information. Visit and “like” their Facebook page for the most up-to-the-minute news: www.facebook.com/soulehomestead.

     

    Wamsutta Club concert series

    NEW BEDFORD – Next up in the monthly concert series at the Wamsutta Club, 427 County St., New Bedford, is Wepecket’s own Rolling Roots Revue.

    For the May 3 show the lineup is Don Barry, Flynn Cohen, Sherman Lee Dillon, Debbie Palmarini and ‘Ragtime’ Jack Radcliffe.

    Each member of the troupe performs a short set, often accompanied by one or more other members. The entire troupe comes on stage for the second half of the show and performs in a “round robin.” All Revue shows conclude with an invitation to anyone with a recognizable musical instrument is welcome to join onstage for a show-ending jam session.

    The Wamsutta Salon Concert series occur on the first Saturday of every month except July. Shows start at 7 p.m., except for the August “Blues & Barbecue Bash,” which starts at 12:30 p.m. All shows are family-friendly and the club is wheelchair accessible. Tickets are $18 at the door, $12 for over 65 and under 12; advance tickets, priced at $14/$10 are available on line at https://wepecket.ipower.com/tickets.htm. Food and beverage service is available from 6 through 9 p.m. on days of performances.

     

    ‘Singing State Trooper’ to perform

    ROCHESTER – Go see the renowned “Singing State Trooper” perform at a Friends of Rochester Senior Center at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4.

    Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the Rochester Senior Center or at the door of the event that day. The event is sponsored in part by the Rochester Policemen’s Association. Proceeds to benefit the Building Fund for the Rochester Council on Aging’s Senior Supportive Day Program.

     

    Elizabeth Taber Library offers programs on digitally literacy

    Page 6 of 15 – MARION – The Elizabeth Taber Library is offering a series of digital literacy programs in April and may to help traditional print readers make the cross over into modern reading venues

    Continuing through May, the library is offering drop-in tech service help. Do you need one-on-one help with a device you recently bought or acquired, or maybe you just have a basic technology question? Then stop into the Elizabeth Taber Library any Thursday in April (excluding the first Thursday) and May between 4 to 5 p.m. and Head librarian Libby O’Neill will walk you through it. First-come, first-served. If you cannot make this time, call O’Neill at 508-748-1252 to make a one-on-one appointment.

    Meanwhile, “Technology Tuesdays starting up again: Six weeks of technology workshops are held at 11 a.m. Tuesdays through May 13.

    Workshops will include: basic computer skills, learning the library catalog, checking out eBooks/audiobooks, Mango Languages, Goodreads, and a snapshot of the Boston Public Library electronic resources.

    The April 15 workshop will be Learning the SAILS Library Catalog – Enterprise: how to search for a library item, place holds, view my account and more.

    For more information call the Elizabeth Taber Library at 508-748-1252.

     

    Story times at Elizabeth Taber Library

    MARION – The Elizabeth Taber Library will host three children’s story hours this spring for the youngest of children.

    The first is for the very youngest. A Spring Lapsit, for children new newborn through 23 months and their caregivers, runs through May 20. Each Tuesday morning program begins at 10:30 a.m. and includes a 20-minute story time followed by 20 minutes of socializing. One child per lap, please.

    The second is called Spring Tales for Twos, for children 24 to 36 months. It runs through May 21. Children must be 2 years old by April 1, to attend and must be accompanied by enthusiastic adult companions. The half-hour of stories, finger-plays and crafts takes place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday mornings.

    The third is for slightly older young children. Spring Story Time for children between the ages of 3 and 5, and is held Monday mornings beginning at 10:30 a.m. It runs through May 19. Children are invited to enjoy stories, finger-plays and crafts.

    Preregistration is required for these programs; sign up by stopping by the library, calling 508-748-1252 or by e-mailing Mrs. Grey, children’s librarian at rgrey@sailsinc.org.

     

    ‘Just for kids’ series

    NEW BEDFORD – Colorful puppets, vibrant sets and beloved characters make lasting memories for children of all ages in the 2014 Just For Kids Series at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in downtown New Bedford.

    Page 7 of 15 – Three inspiring theater productions bring families together for afternoons of magic and fun: at Caldecott Honor book “Charlotte’s Web” at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 1.

    Tickets for the” Just For Kids” series are: $10 to $12 individually, and $8 when all shows are purchased together. Packages and individual tickets are available online and at The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center’s box office located at 684 Purchase St., New Bedford. Box Office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or tickets, visit www.zeiterion.org.

     

    Rochester Women’s Club scholarship dance

    ROCHESTER – The Rochester Women’s Club will hold its second annual scholarship dance Saturday, June 7, at Redmen Hall in Wareham. There will be live entertainment by The Relics. There will also be a prize raffle. Donations from local businesses would be greatly appreciated. If you have an item that can be raffled, contact Wendy at 508-314-9567. Proceeds will go to the 2014 scholarship fund. Ticket information will be coming soon.

     

    Tri-County Symphonic Pops concert

    MARION – The Tri-County Symphonic Band will present its 12th annual Benefit Pops concert “Fairy Tales, Witches and Wizards” at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 8, under the Grand Tent on the waterfront lawn behind Tabor Academy’s Fireman Performing Arts Center, located at 235 Front St., Marion.

    There will be a social hour and silent auction bidding beginning at 2 p.m. Cupcakes and coffee will be served at intermission during the concert. Admission will be announced.

     

    Boating basic course offered

    MARION – The Massachusetts Environmental Police, along with the Marion Police Department, are sponsoring a Massachusetts Boating Basics Course in June.

    This course is offered to the public at no charge. The primary purpose of this course is to foster safe boat operation through increased awareness of required safety equipment, safe boating practices, and legal responsibilities.

    Youth 12 through 15 years of age who successfully complete the course will be issued a Safety Certificate allowing them to operate a motorboat without adult supervision, as required by state law. This course will also satisfy the state requirements for personal watercraft users who are 16 or 17 years of age. All graduates will be issued a Safety Certificate. Taking the class as a family is encouraged and has proven to be highly rewarding. All students must be 12 years of age to participate.

    Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21 and 28, at the Marion Police Department. Attendance at all class dates is mandatory.

    Registration is required. To register, visit www.mass.gov/ole and click on the Boat and Recreation Vehicle Safety Bureau link.

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    21st annual Buzzards Bay Swim

    NEW BEDFORD –Get outside and show your support for clean water by swimming in the Buzzards Bay Coalition’s 21st annual Buzzards Bay Swim Saturday, June 28.

    The Buzzards Bay Swim is a 1.2-mile open watercourse across outer New Bedford Harbor, starting at The Edge Seafood & Lounge (formerly Davy’s Locker) in New Bedford’s South End and ending at Fort Phoenix State Reservation in Fairhaven. The Swim draws participants of all ages and abilities, including families, swim teams, serious competitors, and individuals seeking a new fitness challenge. Recreational swimmers can choose to swim with a kayak escort or swim aids such as fins and snorkels.

    At the finish line celebration, families and community members will enjoy food and festivities, including live music, an awards ceremony and free beach activities for children.

    All funds raised from the Buzzards Bay Swim support the Coalition’s work to restore clean water, conserve natural areas and engage the community in protecting our local waterways.

    To register and learn more about the Buzzards Bay Swim, visit www.savebuzzardsbay.org/swim.

     

    ORCTV art gallery opens

    MARION – Old Rochester Community Television (ORCTV) studio has opened a gallery in its Front Street studio showcasing the works of local artists and artisans.

    This month’s gallery exhibit features the works of artist Betty Beaulieu, of Rochester. Her art is located in the reception area of the studio where is viewed by all who enter the studio.Beaulieu’s work depicts the Tri-town area from Rochester’s rolling pasture land, to the sleepy rivers of Mattapoisett and the shores of Marion’s coastline in brilliant watercolor scenes. “ORCTV is happy to share Beaulieu’s work and welcome members of the public to come in and view the work,” ORCTV Executive Director Rob Chiarito said.

    The artwork can be viewed during regulr business hours at at the studio, located in the Capt. Hadley House, 345 Front St. ORCTV’s business hours, Mondays through Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

    If you would like more information on exhibiting in the ORCTV studio, call the studio at 508-748-1600.

     

    Bereavement camp

    ASSONET – Southcoast Visiting Nurse Association, known in the community as Southcoast VNA, will host its 11th annual bereavement camp, “Camp Angel Wings,” in July.

    This is a meaningful, fun-filled, two-day camp experience for children and teens, ages 6 through 15, who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 12 and 13, at Camp Welch in Assonet. Deadline to register is June 9.

    Page 9 of 15 – Campers will participate in various interactive activities including music, swimming, arts and crafts, as a positive way to help share their loss and memorialize loved ones. All activities are designed to reduce feelings of isolation and improve the self-esteem of children and teens who share like experiences in grief.

    Camp Angel Wings is free for all campers and registration is required. Applications to attend Camp Angel Wings will be accepted online beginning Tuesday, April 1. Visit http://www.southcoast.org/vna/camp.html for more information.

    For more information, contact Lindsay Coe, Camp Angel Wings coordinator, at 508-973-3219 or a: coel@southcoast.org.

     

    Adult vols needs for Taber library

    MARION – The Elizabeth Taber Library is starting an Adult Volunteer Program this spring and is seeking interested volunteers to assist with shelving books, collection maintenance and other various projects. To learn more about this program, stop in, call Libby at 508-748-1252, or email at info@elizabethtaberlibrary.org.

     

    Yoga For Girls

    WAREHAM – The Gleason Family YMCA is offering a new innovative “Yoga For Girls” class. The class is designed for girls to blossom into strong, self confident and active young women. The class practices fun postures and mindful breathing to nurture a positive self-image. Jessica Webb leads this class for 11-15 year old teens from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Gleason Family YMCA is expanding youth programs making Wareham a great place to grow up. For more information, contact Youth and Teen Director Don Hartley at 508-295-9622 ordhartley@ymcasouthcoast.org.

     

    Mattapoisett 2014 census mailed

    MATTAPOISETT – The Town of Mattapoisett’s 2014 Census has been mailed. Make changes where necessary, sign and return as soon as possible, Mattapoisett Town Clerk Barbara Sullivan asked.

    There is a dog license renewal form on the back with directions. If you did not receive a form or have any questions call the Mattapoisett Town Clerk’s office at 508-758-4103, ext. 2

     

    Updated mooring inspection required

    MATTAPOISETT – If your mooring number is 500 or above you will need to file a new or updated mooring inspection form with this office before payment will be accepted for the 2014 season.

    A letter was sent out the beginning of August to allow you sufficient time to have your mooring inspected and upgraded if necessary before the 2014 billing season. Any questions regarding this process should be directed to the Town Clerk’s office at 508-758-4103, ext. 2.

     

    Mooring inspections

    MATTAPOISETT – Beginning this year, the town will no longer accept “self-inspection” of moorings. Mooring inspections must be done by inspectors that have been accepted as qualified by the Mattapoisett harbormaster’s office. The list will be available on the harbormaster’s portion of the town website.

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    Ocean Explorium seeks volunteers

    NEW BEDFORD – The Ocean Explorium, an interactive marine science center, seeks volunteers to serve in several positions inside the nonprofit organization’s downtown learning center.

    There are available volunteer positions in: guest services, education, husbandry, and social media/graphic design departments. Volunteer applicants should be personable, neat and dependable.

    Guest Services includes handling cash registers, credit card transactions, and other tasks as may be assigned from time to time. Training will be provided. Guest Services volunteers are especially needed Thursdays and Fridays, morning or afternoon. Weekend hours are available in other departments. All Ocean Explorium volunteers receive training, uniform shirts and other benefits.

    Take a moment to visit their website, www.oceanexplorium.org, and submit an application under the “Volunteer” tab. You may also call 508-994-5400 to speak with Nick LeBlanc.

     

    Elizabeth Taber Library hours extended

    MARION – The Elizabeth Taber Library is offering extended hours of operation by adding Sunday hours through next spring.

    Moving forward, the new hours are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. The Elizabeth Taber Library is located at 8 Spring St., Marion.

    For more information, call the library at 508-748-1252.

     

    Are you a retired man?

    MATTAPOISETT – For men who are retired, semi-retired, or thinking of retirement, a group has been formed that seeks to bring together men age 55 and up who would like to share conversation over coffee and refreshments once a month.

    You’re welcome to take in your ideas or topics.

    Meetings are held at the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, at 7 Barstow St., downstairs conference room, at 10 to 11 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. If you have any questions, call Jackie at 508-758-4110.

     

    Hospice volunteers needed in Marion

    MARION – If you have the time and heart to share, you could become a valuable part of the Overlook Hospice Team.

    Hospice Volunteers provide companionship and support to hospice patients and their families with activities such as reading to patients, watching movies, playing cards, walking dogs, fixing a meal, gardening, supporting family members, sitting with patients who are actively dying and making bereavement calls. Also, Overlook coordinators seek volunteers to provide Reiki, pet therapy and music therapy.

    Volunteers visit patients in their homes and in nursing homes in Marion and the surrounding area. Full training and ongoing support provided. The next training begins in November.

    Page 11 of 15 – For more information about becoming a hospice volunteer, contact Susan Fuller at 508-434-2200.

     

    Print turned to sound for visually impaired

    MARION – If you or a loved one is visually impaired, your local TV cable access studio has a way for you to turn print into sound.

    ORCTV is now offering a new audio service to enhance the lives of the visually impaired in Marion and Rochester. Audible Local Ledger, an affiliate of the Massachusetts Radio Reading Service turns print into sound to benefit the approximately 7,700 blind or visually impaired people in the southeastern Massachusetts listening area.

    This free service is now streaming on the local government channels in Marion and Rochester between regular programs and features a combination of network and local programming. Listeners can hear volunteers read from The Standard Times, The Cape Cod Times, The Boston Globe, plus a variety of magazines, including Sports Illustrated, National Geographic and Reader’s Digest.

    For more information and a listening schedule visit www.audiblelocalledger.org.

     

    Knitters, crocheters needed

    WAREHAM – The Gleason Family YMCA Knitting/Crochet group continues to work on charity donations from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the YMCA on Charge Pond Road in Wareham. Most items are donated to Turning Point, a resource for families in need, Baby Point and other local agencies where needed. The items are hats, mittens, scarves, baby afghans, shawls, and baby sweaters and booties; done in basic stitches. If you have always wanted to learn how to knit or crochet; the group is willing to teach you basic stitches. Yarn is available from previous projects if you don’t have a stash of your own. Needles are your responsibility.

    Anyone interested in working with the group, but unable to come to the Wednesday get-togethers at the YMCA are welcome to work at home. Call Pat Lockhart, at 508-295-1128 or email at patlock6@hotmail.com and leave your name and phone number.

     

    PACE Health Access Program

    Anyone who does not have health insurance is encouraged to call and make an appointment with the PACE Health Access Program. MassHealth has a variety of health insurance programs for people who are working but, their employer does not offer health insurance, or the premiums are unaffordable for them. MassHealth is also available to unemployed people who have exhausted their unemployment benefits, pregnant women, children, and people with disabilities. MassHealth applications are taken for people under age 65, and eligibility is based on family size and family income.

    For people in higher income categories, information and assistance is available for the Choice Insurance Program through the State’s Connector Program; www.mahealthconnector.org.

    Page 12 of 15 – When applying for Mass Health Programs, persons need to provide their Social Security numbers, birth certificate or naturalization papers and proof of income and residency for each family member. For appointment or more information call PACE at 508-999-9920.

     

    Turn videos into DVDs

    MARION – Do you have old precious video that you would like to preserve on DVD? Your local cable access television studio – ORCTV – will convert them for you.

    “We all have them. Those old VHS tapes stashed in the closet or the basement no doubt contain many precious memories of loved ones, birthdays, anniversaries holiday gatherings and the kids when they were small,” Don Cuddy, executive director of ORCTV, said. “But VCR players are becoming an endangered species. Don’t let these family moments fade away.”

    ORCTV will transfer those old tapes onto a DVD that you can play anywhere, he said.

    “Bring those golden moments back to life before they are gone forever,” Cuddy said.

    It will cost $15 for up to 60 minutes to preserve your golden moment. For more information, call Cuddy at 508 748-1600.

     

    Schwartz Center for Children

    DARTMOUTH – The Schwartz Center for Children is offering integrated playgroups for parents of children from 18 to 36 months of age through its Early Intervention Program. Playgroups are held weekly at the Schwartz Center for Children’s facility in Dartmouth and are open to toddlers of all abilities in the community. Group activities include socialization, play, music, and crafts.

    The Schwartz Center is a not-for-profit organization, serving children with a variety of developmental delays and disabilities from birth to age 22. Services include a day school, an early-intervention program, outpatient rehabilitation services, a regional consultation program, pediatric specialty clinics and a variety of other programs.

    For more information, or to reserve your spot in one of the weekly groups, contact Rebecca Tomlinson at the Schwartz Center at 508-996-3391 ext. 247.

     

    Serve on COA

    ROCHESTER – The Rochester Council on Aging Board of Directors is accepting letters of interest from any Rochester resident interested in potentially serving as a board member.

    In a letter express your interest and detail any specific experience or involvement you may have had with issues related to aging, as well as related topics, and past jobs. The Rochester COA Board of Directors meets monthly on the first Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Rochester Senior Center, on Dexter Lane.

    If interested, send a brief letter of interest to: Rochester Council on Aging Board of Directors, 67 Dexter Lane, Rochester, MA 02770.

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    Young Leaders in Service awards

    MATTAPOISETT – Mattapoisett Lions Club has Young Leaders in Service awards. If you are a youth group leader of youths age 12-18 who perform community service and would like more information, call Marianne at 508-415-7083.

    Lions clubs identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information or to get involved with the Mattapoisett Lions Club, contact KL Joe at lion41753@cs.com or visit the website www.mattapoisettlionsclub.org.

     

    Friendship Table

    MARION – Every first Thursday on the month: St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, corner of Front and South Street; every third Thursday of the month: First Congregational Church in the center of Marion village.

     

    Count Your Blessings thrift shop

    BUZZARDS BAY – The St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop, Count Your Blessings, at 90 C Main St., Buzzards Bay, is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Clothes for adults, teens, children and babies are available. There are also knickknacks, books and toys.

     

    Hospice volunteers needed

    NEW BEDFORD – Are you looking for a rewarding, unique volunteer experience? Perhaps you have musical, artistic or creative gifts that can be shared with individuals that would enhance their quality of life as they journey to end of life. Or perhaps you would simply like to be a quiet presence and companion to a hospice patient. Allegiance Hospice is looking for volunteers to visit patients under hospice care in nursing homes in the New Bedford/Fall River area. Volunteers are formally trained and are a valued part of the interdisciplinary team in serving patients at end of life. If you are interested call Karen Spangler 800-792-5808, ext. 2608, or e-mail kspangler@allegiancehospice.com.

     

    Instrument donation drive

    NEW BEDFORD – The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra and New Bedford Public Schools are continuing their “Instruments for Kids” program to provide instruments to children wishing to take lessons but who do not have access to musical instruments. There is a huge need for instruments for the underprivileged children of New Bedford. If you have a musical instrument that you no longer need, consider donating it to the program. Instruments can be in any condition and donations are tax-deductible.

    The drop-off location for this program is the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra office, 684 Purchase St., third floor, New Bedford If you have any questions, call the NBSO office at 508-999-6276.

     

    Caring for Caregivers

    FAIRHAVEN – Caring for Caregivers takes place at 6:30 p.m. every Monday at the Southcoast Hospice offices located at 200 Mill Road, Fairhaven. It is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, call Jo-Ann Richard at 508-984-0277.

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    Real property data online

    ROCHESTER – The Rochester Board of Assessors has placed the town’s real property data online. Data may be accessed by going to the town’s Web page www.townofrochestermass.com and clicking on the access to assessors’ property data link in the notes of interest section or by clicking departments, then click Board of Assessors for the data access link. A public access computer terminal is installed in Assessors’ office in town hall. The computer enables visitors to conduct their own research into property data while at Town Hall.

     

    Pet products needed

    BUZZARDS BAY – A Helping Paw has been offering free pet food to pet owners in need. AHP wants to ensure every pet is well fed, while allowing pet owners to use what little funds they have to care for their families. Due to the substantial increase of people in need, the pet food pantry is near empty for the first time in three years. We are hoping you can help us stock our shelves so no pet owner will be turned away. Any and all dry cat and dog food donations welcome. Financial donations can be sent to: A Helping Paw, Pet Food Pantry, Box 387, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532. For more information on how you can help, call 508-759-2887 or e-mail to: ahelpingpaw@aol.com.

     

    Park volunteers sought

    NEW BEDFORD – New Bedford Whaling National Historical park seeks front desk volunteers to greet visitors, direct them to local attractions, and make them feel welcome. Join friendly and dedicated volunteers who help make the National Park a great place to visit. Educators, residents of many of the area’s diverse communities, and those seeking to re-enter the work force and increase their skill sets are especially welcome. For more information, call Emily Prigot, Volunteer Coordinator, at 508-996-4095 ext. 6105 or e-mail, emily_prigot@nps.gov.

     

    Rochester email list

    ROCHESTER – The town clerk has an e-mail list for Rochester residents. The purpose of this list is to send notice of upcoming special and annual town meetings. The Board of Selectmen posts a copy of the warrant for town meetings on its Web site. The e-mail notice will provide a link to that Web site. If you are interested in having your e-mail address included in this group, e-mail rochestertownclerk@yahoo.com. Because the expense of mailing out copies of the warrants to all households is getting more and more expensive, this list will inform residents of upcoming town meetings and provide them with an easy link to the list of articles to be voted on at town meetings. If you have any questions, call Naida Parker at 508-763-3866.

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    Used books wanted

    MATTAPOISETT – Looking to get rid of your used books? The Mattapoisett Transfer Station accepts new and used books, CDs, DVDs, videos and audio books. The town has placed a drop-off donation container for area residents who wish to contribute new and gently used books they no longer have a use for and would like to have used again.

    The gray book donation container, distinguished by its lively purple and yellow signs, is conveniently located at the Transfer Station at 100 Tinkham Hill Road. Donations will be accepted from residents of Mattapoisett, Fairhaven, and Rochester from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For details, go online to www.GotBooks.com or call 978-396-6026.

     

    Habitat volunteers needed

    BUZZARDS BAY – The Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity, the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit housing ministry that covers the towns of Wareham, Rochester, Mattapoisett, Marion, Fairhaven and Acushnet. Habitat’s mission is to eliminate poverty housing and provide people in need with simple, decent places to live.

    Volunteers are welcome to help in the office, with building and with fundraising. Habitat is currently building two new duplexes in West Wareham and the families selected are eager to help. They will each contribute 300 hours in sweat equity, but at the same time, the generosity of a few more caring hearts and helping hands is needed. Habitat is in need of both skilled and unskilled volunteers to help each weekend now through the spring. A few hours of your valuable time on a Saturday or Sunday is all Habitat asks. For more information on how you can volunteer during a weekend at the current build, call 508-273-0225 or e-mail buzzardsbayareahabitat@yahoo.com.

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