Whitman Summer Concerts

Throughout June and July, the Whitman Cultural Council hosted a series of concerts on Thursday nights at 6p in Whitman Park. Whitman community members brought out their chairs and blankets to enjoy the outdoors and free live music. Each concert had several food and drink options available to enjoy, such as lemonade, grilled cheese, tacos, and ice cream. We would like to thank The Corvairs, Defenders Drum & Bugle Corps, Bak-ta-Bak, Uncommon Soul, and GinaMark for performing for our community, as well as the Cultural Council for making these concerts possible!

Story by: Meghan Lotti, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University
Source and photos: Whit Cultural Council FB
Check out Uncommon Soul performing rock music in Whitman Park on Thursday, July 13th
Video courtesy of WHCA9TV
Historical Tidbit:
The Early Development of the town of Whitman

The Town of Whitman was primarily an agricultural community during its early development. The first industry developed on the downstream side of the Schumatuscacant River. In this area, the first industrial canal and tunneling of the colony were constructed in 1745. Trees from the town's forests provided a source of timber for several seaport towns. Timbers from Whitman were used to construct the frigate U.S.S. Constitution also known as Old Ironsides. The town soon developed into an important manufacturing center. The first shoe racks were manufactured, cannon balls were cast at Colonel Hobart's Bell and Cannon Foundry, nails, and tacks were made, and wooden boxes were built. During the 1800s, many cottage industries established in the 1700s began to develop into larger businesses. By the mid-1800s, several of these businesses grew into large-scale assembly line factories. At one time, the Dunbar, Hobart, and Whidden Tack factory, erected in 1864, was the largest in the world. The D.B. Gurney Company dates back to 1825 and still operates in Whitman today. The leading manufactured products were shoes and boots. The shoe industry and related industries became the town's largest employer and remained the largest employer until the mid-1900s, when the shoe industry began its steady decline.

Sourced from Town Website History
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
Jane Riley
You won a 4 Game Tickets (Regular 2023 Season) to the Brockton Rox!
Sponsored by South Shore Bank.

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
The Special Olympics Softball League 2nd Annual Championship

Sunday, Aug 6th
Whitman Middle School Softball Fields
Opening ceremonies will be at 9a.
Games will start at 9:30a and go on until approximately 3p

We will present medals after the last game. We will have a food truck and ice cream truck at the fields. Bring a folding chair and money for your refreshments. There will be teams from Whitman, Wareham, Whitney Academy, Cardinal Cushing School, Road To Recovery and the Scituate Mariners.

Come down to to see some great softball and show your support for the athletes of the Special Olympics of Massachusetts. Reposted from George Coffey FB
Drop in Craft

Tuesday, August 8th
12 - 3p
Whitman Public Library

Stop by the Library to create a rainbow collage! No registration required.

For more information visit Whitman Public Library Events
Book Buzz

Friday, August 11th
Whitman Senior Center

Join Barbara for Book Buzz at the Senior Center on the second Friday of every month, unless otherwise noted. Instead of the group reading a single book, participants are treated to a trolley filled with books of all genres. Books are checked out at the gathering. All are welcome and no registration is required.

For more information visit Whitman Public Library Events or email Barbara Bryant at bbryantfox@gmail.com
Brockton, Canton, Middleboro and online
Wonder Days

Thursday, August 10th
11 - 11:45p
Whitman Public Library

Come to the Library for stories and songs followed by open playtime. Recommended for ages 2-6, however all are welcome. No registration required!

For more information visit Whitman Public Library Events
Animal Adventures Show

Saturday, August 12th
Whitman Town Park

Come to the park to enjoy this family friendly animal show with Dr. Ed Laquidara from Animal Adventures Zoo and Rescue Center in Bolton, MA! The show will be about an hour and snacks and drinks will be provided. This event is free and open to anyone interested!

For more information visit Animal Adventures Show FB
Have you tried Chrissy's Ultimate Chicken?
Two breaded chicken cutlets layered with fried prosciutto, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and garlicky spinach served with cheese raviolis and marinara sauce. You don't want to miss this!

Classics For A Cause Car Show

August 13th
12 - 6p
95 Essex Street

Join the Whitman VFW's charity car show! There will be live music, raffles, a full bar, and great company! It will be $20 for car entry or $10 for general admission. Proceeds will be going to support the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism and the South Shore Vocational Technical High School Automotive program in memory of Benjamin Dufour.

For more information visit Classics For A Cause FB
Lifeguards Needed!

Whitman Recreation is looking to hire Certified Lifeguards!

Visit Whitman Rec FB or email kwoodward@whitman-ma.gov for more information or if you are interested
Knitting Group

Tuesdays, 1p
Whitman Senior Center

Join the Whitman COA for a knitting group every Tuesday! Exchange patterns and enjoy the company of other knitters!

For more information check out the Whitman COA July Newsletter
Climate Can-Do: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Everything we throw away contributes to polluting the air we breathe and the water we drink! We can minimize the amount of pollution by using a simple method: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!

Reduce Is first. It's the most important! To reduce the waste we produce, we reduce the number of products we purchase. Not only will being mindful of your purchases reduce the amount of waste on our planet, but it will also save you a a lot of money.

Reuse: Another way to help our environment is reusing the items and products that we might have thrown away unconsciously. Instead of tossing that shirt you no longer wear, donate it to someone who would wear it. Instead of purchasing a case of plastic water bottles, invest in a reusable water bottle. They are environment friendly and will keep your beverage cold.

Recycle: Recycling stops our trash from wrecking the environment. You would be surprised by the number of things that can be recycled, from mattresses to batteries; metal scraps to clothing and textiles. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection provides a search bar on their website where you can type the name of a waste item and it will tell you how to recycle or dispose of it.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences explains: "Waste, and how we choose to handle it, affects our world's environment. The environment is everything around you including the air, water, land, plants, and man-made things. The waste we create has to be carefully controlled to be sure that it does not harm your environment and your health." The best way we can help protect our environment and health is to reduce, reuse, and recycle!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Meghan Lotti, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
Whitman Middle School Building Committee Meeting
July 18, 2023
Video courtesy of: WHCA9TV
Whitman-Hanson Regional School Committee Meeting
July 19, 2023
Video courtesy of: WHCA9TV
Duval's Pharmacy Inc.
A true 'neighborhood pharmacy,' Duval's Pharmacy, located in Whitman Center, has been in the same location and owned and operated by the Duval family of Whitman for 75 years.

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

571 Washington St • 781-447-0606

An old-fashioned candy store
with a TWIST
What says summer more than Taffy!
Shop early for best selection!

Mon - Sat:
Open til 8pm • Sunday 'til 6pm
Come check us out!

Online orders!

(781) 447-2639
785 Bedford St, Rt 18, Whitman
All About Nola

Nola is Whitman's new community resource dog! You may have met her at a community event beside her partner, Officer Kevin Harrington. Nola has been part of the Whitman Police Department since May 2023 and does not have the training of a typical police dog. "Basically, Nola is trained for crisis situations, such as children in crisis," Officer Harrington explains, "She has training four times a week for three hours in the morning for about another year or so."

Nola is very friendly and loving towards all the people she meets, especially children. Officer Harrington works as Whitman's School Resource Officer, so Nola makes lots of appearances at Whitman Middle School. When asked if he believes every community should have a dog like Nola, Officer Harrington answered, "They should. Plymouth County has ten dogs like Nola. Plymouth's District Attorney's goal is for every department to get a community resource dog."

Story by: Meghan Lotti, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University
Sources and Photos: Officer Kevin Harrington and Whitman PD FB

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Historical Tidbit Question:
What was, at one time, the largest tack factory in the world?

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The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by Angel Benjamin, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Meghan Lotti, Janice O'Brien, Ella Reddin, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.

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