Stone Church Tea Party and Painting Social
The Ladies Fellowship of Stone Church held a tea party and painting social event. The ladies gathered for an afternoon of tea, delicious treats brought in by some of the attendees and floral watercolor painting. They snacked on mini sandwiches, macaroons and other confections while sipping on tea with beautiful tableware.
The floral watercolor painting was lead by one of their own, "Jan who continues to amaze us with her beautiful talent and encourage us along the way!" Each member was able to create their own painting, following the lead of Jan, and each left with their own masterpiece.
The Stone Church wants to thank the ladies of the Ladies Fellowship for a great afternoon and for all of their help in the setting up and cleaning up of the event.

Photos and Source: Stone Church FB
Written by: Skylar Robles, BuzzAround Intern, UMass Boston
Historical Tidbit:
"Saturday Night Bath"

My son once asked my grandfather how he took a bath without hot running water. 
   He replied: " ...every Saturday night during the school year, fall, winter and spring, when we couldn't go swimming in the old swimming hole, we HAD to take a bath." 
   "A good size wooden tub would be placed in front of the cook stove; a wood stove in the kitchen. The door would be left open and large pans of water would be placed on the top to heat. When the water was hot enough, it would be poured into the tub and a fellow would climb in and sit with his knees up under his chin and scrub himself raw then get out and dry himself off. That's what we did every Saturday night." 
sue and her plant 2011
If you had a large family, the smallest child would be lucky enough to go first. When they were done, the next in line would take his turn. As the water cooled, more hot water from the stove would be added. Then as needed, buckets of the cooled water would be taken out to make room for more hot water. More often than not, the cooled water would be saved to wash clothes in.
  I remember taking that "Saturday Night Bath" myself, although we did have a tub and hot running water. It was just something we did back in the 1950's, bathe once a week and wash your hair.  Now we are very grateful we can take a hot bath or shower anytime we want to, not just when we NEED to. 

Respectfully submitted,
~Sue Basile
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Food Pantry
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Wed, May 1

Join us as we chat with New York Times bestselling author, Douglas Brunt, about instant bestselling debut non-fiction work The Mysterious Case of Rudolph Diesel: Genius, Power, and Deception on the Eve of World War I. This book reveals the hidden history of Rudolf Diesel, one of the world’s greatest inventors, and his mysterious disappearance on the eve of World War I.

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Triumph Storytime
Thurs, May 2
Raynham Public Library

Miss Daisa leads this parent/child literacy group. Engage your child with stories, songs, and fun activities that help get them ready to learn to read.

This program is presented in partnership with Triumph Inc's Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) Program.

Registration is required.

If you have questions or would like to register: Call Nancy at 508-822-5388 ext. 208

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Not sure what to do with your used eclipse glasses now that the October 2023 eclipse has passed? Donate them to Eclipse Glasses USA. We will send them to school children in other countries for those countries' eclipse viewing experiences.

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Friends of the Library Spring 2024 Book Sale
May 2-3, 10-5p
May 4, 10-4p
Raynham Public Library

Join the Raynham Public Library for it's Spring book sale May 2-4th. Purchase slightly used books at a discounted price to help support the library!
Taunton Civic Chorus Presents DREAMS
Sun, May 5
McCarty Theater in the former Coyle & Cassidy High School, 2 Hamilton Street, Taunton

The spring concert will feature the music of Fleetwood Mac, the Mamas & Papas, ABBA, as well as music from Les Miserables and The Greatest Showman, plus the premier of Music Director Chris Hoskins' arrangement of “Mister Sandman.”

As it enters its 65th year, TCC is the area’s longest running choral group and has been an important part of the cultural life of Taunton since 1959. In addition to presenting an annual spring and holiday concert, TCC performs at local events such as the Liberty and Union Festival, The Dighton Arts Festival, Lights On –Taunton, private functions, and local church services.

Each year, TCC proudly awards a scholarship to a young person entering college who has been involved in the performing arts in high school. This year’s scholarship winner is Peyton Parent of Lakeville, who will perform at the concert.

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Climate Can Do:
Green on the Go

One of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas and carbon emissions in our atmosphere is the use of vehicles: according to Fuel Economy, “Highway vehicles release about 1.5 billion tons of greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere each year—mostly in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2)—contributing to global climate change. Each gallon of gasoline you burn creates 20 pounds of GHG. That's roughly 5 to 9 tons of GHG each year for a typical vehicle.”

How we get from one location to another can have a massive impact on our carbon footprints, and our first goal should be to transition into the use of public transportation whenever possible. The type of vehicle we drive is also incredibly important. The use of gasoline has major implications for the climate because of greenhouse gases associated with crude oil and other petroleum liquids. Another environmentally-friendly option would be electric vehicles. Finally, consider making the switch to bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters to help reduce your carbon footprint (and help you reach your health and fitness goals!).

Ways to Transition to Sustainable Transportation

  • The MBTA and Regional Transit Authorities offer a range of services to help riders travel locally and regionally. 
  • Fixed route services (like the bus and subway) have a reliable regular schedule you can count on and offer discounted fares for seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Learn more about public transport services near you

  • Electric vehicles (EV) are a great way to reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and reduce the cost of owning a vehicle. 
  • Incentives and financing options may be available to assist you in purchasing an electric vehicle and installing an EV charger at home.
  • Learn about electric vehicles 

  • Reducing our use of gas-powered vehicles is a key step in tackling climate change. Bikes, E-bikes, and E-scooters produce zero emissions and are much less expensive than cars
  • Learn about e-bike benefits 

Written by Noshin Saiyaara, Buzz Around Intern and Wellesley College student.
Together, we can make a difference by taking action to live sustainably. Let's empower ourselves to create a better future for our planet, one step at a time.
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GFWC Greater Taunton Woman’s Club’s May Meeting
Mon, May 6
Silver Platter Restaurant
940 County St, Taunton

At the GFWC Greater Taunton Woman’s Club’s May Meeting the speaker will be Heidi Chiavaroli. Heidi writes women's fiction, combining her love of history and literature to write both split time stories and contemporary fiction. Her debut novel, Freedom's Ring, was a Carol Award winner and a Christy Award finalist, a Romantic Times Top Pick and a Booklist Top Ten Romance Debut. Her second Carol Award-winning novel, The Orchard House, is inspired by the lesser-known events in Louisa May Alcott's life and led her to write The Orchard House Bed and Breakfast series, a contemporary twist on Little Women.

Also during the meeting, scholarships will be awarded to this year’s recipients of the seven $500 scholarships awarded each year to local high school seniors and current college attendees. The recipients are chosen from students applying from the seven communities where our members live.

Mark your calendars for the May 19th Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Hatters Tea fundraiser that goes towards the GFWC scholarships. The tea will feature members dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland, sandwiches, sweet treats, and, of course, various varieties of tea. Visit GFWC website for more information.

Source: email from Nancy Clark at GFWC
Guided Walk- Mill River Dam Removal Tour
Sat, May 11
TWRA Watershed Center
1387 Somerset Ave, Dighton

Beth Lambert, Director of the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, will lead a walk and discussion through this restored area. Described as one of the more ambitious aquatic-connectivity projects in Massachusetts history, learn how the removal of three obsolete dams (Whittenton Mill, West Britannia, and Hopewell Mills) and the construction of a fish ladder at Lake Sabbatia led to the opening of over 35 miles of mainstem and tributary spawning habitat to many fish species, while addressing public safety, climate adaptation and resilience to extreme weather.

Moderate walk. Sturdy footwear recommended. Two sites will be seen from the road, however the third requires walking through the woods across uneven terrain.

Location – Participants will meet at TRWA’s Watershed Center (Sweets Knoll State Park, 1387 Somerset Ave, Dighton) for a brief project overview before traveling to the site to start the walk.

Limited to 20 adult participants. Registration required.

Cost- Members free, Non-members $5
For more information or to register, email or call 508-828-1101.

Merrill Elementary School Raises $38,000 with Merrill Fun Run Fundraiser

Raynham L.B. Merrill Elementary School students, faculty, and donors came together to raise nearly $40,000 for new library books, enrichment activities, and a shade structure. Remarkably, students collected donations from across 4 countries and 24 U.S. states.
The culmination of the fundraiser took place on Friday, April 12th, with Dance Fit Friday. Merrill students danced for over 10,000 minutes, creating wonderful memories and celebrating their community's unity.
The Raynham Early Childhood Parents Organization (ECPO) extends their heartfelt thanks to everyone for their support towards the Merrill Fun Run fundraiser!

Written by Vasilia Yordanova, BuzzAround Intern, Wesleyan University
Source & Photo Credit: Merrill Elementary FB
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What decade does Sue refer to when talking about the Saturday Night Bath?

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 “There are always flowers for those who want to see them." ~ Henri Matisse

" ...if I could have one wish come true, I'd wish that I could live inside the heart of spring and fill the world with the flowers of love and peace.”
~ Bhuwan Thapaliya

"Flowers don’t worry about how they’re going to bloom. They just open up and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful." ~ Jim Carrey

"Where flowers bloom so does hope."
~ Lady Bird Johnson
Take a moment to notice.
Flowers a-bloom.
They are free and giving all the joy, hope and love they have.
~ Jacquie
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