Whitman Panthers Win the Gold at the Special Olympics of MA Softball Tournament

Congratulations Whitman Panthers! The Whitman Special Olympics program goes back to the late 1990s when parents of Special Needs students came together to find a way for their children to play sports and feel like valued contributors to their teams. Cindy Lavigne formed the program and enlisted families of Special Needs students. The program started off with soccer and track & field and throughout the years, track & field was dropped while floor hockey and softball were added. Basketball is the newest addition to the Whitman Special Olympics this year.

The Whitman Special Olympics is holding its annual fundraiser, the December Calendar Raffle. Funds from this event will go towards athletes with disabilities in over 14 sports. The calendars are $10 each and every calendar is eligible to win everyday.

Interested in purchasing a calendar? Contact: George Coffey at 782-733-2738 or gvcoffey@yahoo.com

Photo Credit: George Coffey
Story Credit: Queenie Chen, BuzzAround Intern, Tufts University
Historical Tidbit:

Miller Cook House

The Miller Cook House can be found today at 61 Broad Street, yet it once stood where the Whitman Town Hall is currently. The land was owned by William Dyer who was one of the early European settlers of "Old Abington". His son, Christopher, was recorded as the first white child born in the new settlement.

The Miller house was built by Christopher Dyer, as a gift to his son, Jacob. The Dyer family went on to live in this house for three more generations. By 1874, the house came to be owned by Miller Cook. In June of 1906, the house was separated into different parts and sold at auction. Part of the house, along with other buildings in the area were moved off the land to make room for the new Town Hall, the seat of the local government. During these days, houses were loaded onto an oversized cart pulled by horses. This elaborate moving process was easier than building a new house because the wood for building was hand hewn.

Before English settlers arrived, indigenous people called the Massachusett had long lived in the area. Massachusett villages spread from what is now Salem to Plymouth along the coast and reached Worcester in the West. They hunted, fished, and grew a variety of crops. Unfortunately a great plague devastated huge numbers of the indigenous population right before the early English settlements arrived. It is uncertain if any Whitman settlers encountered any Massachusett people in the early years.

Written by Queenie Chen, Intern, Tufts University
Town Hall

Public Library
M-Th 9:30a-8p; Fri 9:30a- 4:30p;
Sat 9:30a-4 (during school year only)

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Ariel Cho
You won a $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

Bee sure to play our Historical Tidbit Trivia Game at the bottom of this newsletter.

Enter for this week's prize of
a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose
Are You Registered to Vote? Check HERE
Elections are coming up. Are you registered to vote? It only takes a few seconds to check if you are registered. Using this link you can also register or pre register to vote, update an address, or update your name. Voting Registration Link
DIY Halloween Crafts

Wednesday Oct. 11th 6:00 - 6:45PM
Whitman Public Library
100 Webster St. Whitman

Sign up to create a Halloween lantern with tissue paper! Registration required due to limited supplies. Ages 8-11 only!

Questions? Steph syoung@whitman.oclm.org
Whitman Hanson Field Hockey Fall Fundraiser

Get your raffles before Friday Oct. 13th!

The Whitman Hanson Field Hockey team are selling raffles for $20 each. Take a chance to win one of the 3 prizes!

1st Place
  • Lottery ticket basket w/ $400 worth of lottery tickets
2nd Place
  • 3 tickets to NE Patriots vs. LA Chargers game on Dec. 3rd 1PM at Gilette Stadium
3rd Place
  • $100 in cash

Winners will be drawn Friday Oct. 13th.
Make payments on Venmo to @Katy-Geagan or @Breeda-Cosgrove, must include cell number!
Shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness

Whitman Fire Fighters are now selling shirts for Breast Cancer Awareness month. All sizes from kids small to 5XL.

Short Sleeve: $20
Long Sleeve: $25
Hoodies: $30

Please make payments through Venmo to @whitmanfirelocal1769charity
Scarecrow Stories & Craft

Saturday Oct. 14th 11AM - 12PM
Community Room
Whitman Public Library
100 Webster St. Whitman

Come to the library for a scarecrow story, song, and craft followed by open playtime. Best for ages 2-6 but all are welcomed. No registration needed, just drop by!

For questions, contact Sharon Dynan
10-week accelerated session starts October 11, 2023. With many courses to choose from, this condensed session serves as an entry point for you to take courses that get you through the semester on track and on time.
Free College at Massasoit
Students 25 and older without a degree qualify for
October Movie Screening: Clue

Wednesday Oct. 18th 12:30PM
Whitman Council on Aging
16 Hayden Ave. Whitman
Register now for Whitman's COA October movie screening of Clue, starring Madeline Kahn, Tim Curry, Lesley Ann Warren. Call 781- 447-7619 at ext. 2 to sign up!

Movie Synopsis:
Six blackmail victims are invited to an isolated mansion by a man who knows a dark secret from each of their pasts. On arrival, each is given a pseudonym drawn from Cluedo before being introduced to the blackmailer. Each is handed a weapon, at which point the lights are switched off and the blackmailer is killed. Can the guests uncover the murderer before they all become victims?
Technology Help at Whitman COA

Wednesday Oct. 18th
2 - 3PM
Whitman Council on Aging
18 Hayden Ave. Whitman, MA
Are you in need of Technology help?
Join us on Wednesday October 18th from 2-3pm for Tech Help with National Honor Society Students from Whitman Hanson High School. Bring in your laptop, tablet, or phone... And your questions!
To sign up, call 781-447-7619 at Ext. 2
Climate Can Do:
The Buy Nothing Project
The BN project exists to trade goods freely without purchasing them. Less of our earth's resources are used if we share what we already have. Less items like furniture, clothes, housewares and sporting goods end up in landfills. Over 6 million people around the world are in the Buy Nothing movement! Download the free app and within minutes, you can Give, Ask, and share your Gratitude with your neighbors. It's instant and easy.

What goods can you give on Buy Nothing?: Anything someone else may want. Maybe you have a perfectly good chair to get rid of? You can list it on the BN app, and someone will take it. Do you see something you like, get in touch with the person who posted it, and it can be yours.
What is a Buy Nothing Community?: A BN community is the people around you. There are BN Communities in Bridgewater, Brockton, East / West Bridgewater combined one, as are Halifax & Hanson. Find the community that's right for you.

Donate to the Project: Loving the money you are saving? Contribute here. Helping removes trash from the environment. The longer an item can remain out of a landfill, the better. The BN Project is run by donations by the community and sponsors. Buy Nothing Project is fiscally sponsored by Angels for Angels, a 501(c)(3), Donations are tax-deductible.

Getting involved: If you want to join, you can download the app on your phone or computer from the app store. Anything else you'd like to know? buynothingproject.org

 This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Ella Reddin, BuzzAround Writing Intern at Framingham State University. Focusing on actions that individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do it!
Whitman Middle School Building, Community Forum & Site Tour
September 28, 2023
Video courtesy of: WHCA9TV
Whitman Board of Selectmen
September 29, 2023
Video courtesy of: WHCA9TV
Duval's Pharmacy
We take care of all family members, including pets!

Ask about our pet prescription program.

Open: Mon-Fri: 8:30a - 6p | Sat: 9a - 3p
Sun: 9a - 1p

571 Washington St • 781-447-0606

Nessralla Farm
Pumpkins in all shapes, colors and sizes.

Pick out your favorites!

Open 7 days a week 8am-6pm

Nessralla Farm
Local Growers, Doin' Good!
*Frequent Flyer Cards.
416 Plymouth St. , Halifax, MA
(781) 293-6792

Mass Cultural Council Program And Whitman Cultural Council

The Mass Cultural Council Distributes funds to local and regional cultural councils. Whitman funds are granted to arts, humanities, interpretive science projects for Whitman residents. Applicants must complete their applications online and submit them directly to the Whitman Council. Applications are due October 17, 2023. Grant recipients are paid through reimbursement grants. The Whitman allocation budget this year is $12,800.

For more information visit the Mass Cultural Council Webpage
Grow Associates Pie Fundraiser
Time to order fabulous Lyman Orchard Pies for Thanksgiving and Special Occasions
AND support Grow Associates providing opportunities for growth to adults with developmental disabilities.
Pies are sold until OCTOBER 16. 
Pie orders must be picked up at
Grow on NOVEMBER 16
68 Mazzeo Dr, Randolph.


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McGuiggan's Pub 5K Road Race

On September 24th, the McGuiggan's Pub in downtown Whitman held its 13th annual McGuiggan's Pub 5K. Runners of all ages showed up and gave their best; even the rain could not dampen their spirits! The race kicked off at noon and started at Washington Street and finished at McGuiggan's Pub & The Patio. All the race organizers, volunteers, and the Whitman Police Department at the event ensured a safe and successful race. Additionally, a majority of the proceeds from the race will be donated to the Whitman Food Pantry and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!

Story by Queenie Chen, Tufts University Intern

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

Historical Tidbit Question:
Who was the first owner of the land that the Miller Cook House sat on?

Email us your answer at: 
Include your name, and phone number with your answer.

Prize Box Rules: By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around. On October 11, 2023 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by Queenie Chen, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”~ Albert Einstein

“The most important strategy of life is flexibility: Do not insist on the train, neither on the direction of the train, nor on the station! Have the flexibility to take a completely different train from a completely different station in the opposite direction of the direction you want to go in the beginning!”
~ Mehmet Murat ildan

“Adversity is not a roadblock, but a detour. It's up to us to find a new path forward.”~ Jeff Ocaya

"The ability to recognize opportunities and move in new - and sometimes unexpected - directions will benefit you no matter your interests or aspirations." ~ Drew Gilpin Faust

"Be flexible, but stick to your principles."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Even under the most difficult circumstances you can have creative flexibility." ~ Anne M. Mulcahy
It is a strength, the ability to be flexible and adjust your path. It will bring you to your goal quicker than trying to climb or move mountains, which is oh so tiring! 
Plus it brings new adventures... and new possibilities! Boing!!! ~ Jacquie
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