December 18, 2022 ~ Building
Community One Positive Story at a Time
Our Hanson Farm Christmas Tree
~ a story of surprise from Carl & Kathy Hanson on their visit to Hanson Farm. They aren't related, but wish they were!
"My wife and I went to Hanson Farm to purchase our Christmas Tree. It was noon, December 2, just before the rain that was forecasted began. We found the perfect tree for us. We asked to have the tree delivered.

Delivery could not be guaranteed that day, but it would be when Farmer Hanson
arranged his schedule. It was at 5p that a truck pulled in our driveway. I thought 
a FED EX or Amazon delivery. 

No, it was Farmer Hanson. He told us that he had immediately placed all the trees for delivery in the truck so the trees would not be wet when they were delivered to his customers homes.
Farmer Hanson made a fresh cut on the tree and stood back to admire the tree when he said
"You paid too much for this tree. It should have a Blue tag ($55) and you paid for a Red tag($69).
My wife and I were quite satisfied and happy with our original transaction, but Farmer Hanson would not hear of it.
Said "I will go back to the Farm and issue a credit! 
The next day, at 6p a white pickup pulled in the driveway. We thought it was our son.
No, it was Farmer Hanson. Came to set everything right. Why mess with a credit at the Farm when he could just return the cash in person.
Farmer Hanson said, " I was just driving by after my last delivery, so I thought I'd just stop by and return the cash. Have a Happy Christmas."
~ Carl & Kathy Hanson

Ed note: Photo of their tree all set up. Carl & Kathy were so thrilled that they sent this note to us at the BuzzAround. This care and attention is the tops! This is why we shop local.
map. b, bridgewater, 1800s
Historical Tidbit:
Mud Season

Our present day thoroughfare running east and west is known as Plymouth Street (Rt. 106).  It was first identified on a Latham Map as having been established in 1667. It was then known as the Bridgewater Trail, the best road that connected Halifax and Bridgewater.

An 1875 record states that the road from the Plymouth line "was to be crowned 1-1/2 feet in the center and all the upland."  It went on to say "The best materials found within the limits of the locations, to be reserved for a dressing, so as to form a hard and durable surface over the whole extent of the road bed.  Side and gutters and culverts are to be converted when necessary to carry off surface water." 

We may complain today about our "potholes," but at least we have "a hard and durable surface" to travel on.
sue and her plant 2011
Respectfully submitted, Sue Basile
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
Services available through phone, email & website only
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30p
Jane Riley
You won a Jumbo Pop- It toy
(Value $25)
WestGate Mall

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

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Anime Club
Wednesday, December 21st
4 - 5p
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street

Drop by Anime Club in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room, where you can watch anime on Crunchyroll, hang with friends, and suggest books for the library to purchase. Also, get to know other anime fans! For more information, visit All Library Events | Bridgewater Public Library.
Seasons Eatings!
December 22
6:30 - 7:30p

Bake up some spice cookies, perfect for the holidays! Join us in baking historic recipes! Each month we’ll try a variety of sweet and savory dishes including dinners, desserts, and sides inspired by the history of the Old Colony region and record how it went. Then we’ll share our video live on Zoom and host a Conversation from the Kitchen, discussing more about the history and nostalgia the recipe inspires. After the program, our cooking videos will be uploaded to our YouTube channel so viewers have the option of watching later and cooking on their own time!

In December, we’re making ginger molasses cookies and boozy aged egg nogLeave these for Santa and you’re sure to be on the Nice List!
Find recipe cards, watch past episodes, and learn more about this program at Old Colony Museum.
To reserve a spot today, please visit OHC Tickets
Fortnite Online Tournament
Thursday, December 29th
6 - 9p

The Bridgewater Public Library is hosting a virtual Fortnite Tournament. See how you measure up against other local battle royale competitors in this free Private Custom Matchmaking Tournament, courtesy of One Up Games’ Game Together Program and Epic Games. Play right from the comfort of your home on your own Xbox One / Series X/S, PlayStation 4/5, Nintendo Switch, or PC. Registration is required for the event. For more information, visit All Library Events | Bridgewater Public Library.
Big Ryan's Toddler Show
Wednesday, January 4th
10:30 - 11:00a
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street

Join Big Ryan in the Flora T. Little Meeting Room. Big Ryan's toddler program focuses on puppet play, music, and movement. Due to the unpredictability and short attention spans of very young children, these programs usually run for about 25 to 30 minutes. No registration required. For more information, visit All Library Events | Bridgewater Public Library.
BRRHS Students Donate Toys to Operation Santa

The Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District's students in the Best Buddies club organized a Toy Drive. The donations from the Toy Drive went to Operation Santa. Operation Santa is a volunteer organization that spends the year collecting toy donations and delivering gifts to families in need for the Christmas season in Bridgewater. Operation Santa members are comprised of off-duty and retired Bridgewater firefighters. The Bridgewater community is thankful to these outstanding students for supporting this program and helping families enjoy the holidays.
Photo & Story Credits: Bridgewater Fire Department
Climate Can-Do:
Frugal Beauty

Frugal living is about using & re-using: checking what you have and what's available before buying something new.
Often our beauty products are overlooked when we are thinking about living climate friendly.

Using what you have and being mindful about your purchases is good for your wallet and for the planet.

Our Climate Can-Do Articles from Jacquie focus on life changes that we can make, which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. Our goal is to keep the Earth's temperature from rising 1.5˚ C to lessen the sea rise. However, there are things we can do.
Community Dance
Friday, January 6th
7 - 9p
10 Wally Krueger Way
All ages enjoy an evening of international folk dance, New England squares and contras, mixers, and line dances.
For more information: FB/bridgewatercommunitydance
Note: masks are worn due to the close contact. The video was taken pre-Covid

'Tis the Season
To decorate with evergreens...
ummm smell that?
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Five Tips for Managing Holiday Stress

Take the Necessary Steps to Ensure Good Health
Eat right, get plenty of sleep and make sure you have your immunizations in order to stay healthy. In order to follow through with these goals, aim to plan your week ahead. This should include lunch and dinner menu, chores, etc. to help you have control of your schedule.
Take Time for Yourself
The holidays can be “all-consuming” so it’s important to take time to do the things you love. Read a book, watch a movie, exercise and get out in the fresh air. While you are gifting others, be mindful that 10 minutes alone can be a gift to yourself.
Learn to Say No
If you are feeling overwhelmed it’s okay to say no to things you really don’t want to do or don’t feel you have time to do. Sometimes others forget or do not realize the stress that another person is under. Find the best ways to communicate your needs and wants with those around you.
Don’t Spend More Than You Can Afford During the Holidays
Overspending causes stress during the holidays and afterward when the bills come in. As referenced before, make sure to plan ahead…this includes your budget. Keep in mind, the best gifts aren’t from the department store and are instead from the heart. Look for creative ways to gift-give whether through DIY projects or bargain shopping at your local antiques or thrift store.
Try Not to Overdo It
Don’t eat or drink too much because the extra pounds, though easy to put on, are difficult to take off after the holidays. Whenever you feel the urge to rid your self of stress through eating or drinking, take 10 breaths and think through why you are having this craving and how you can put this energy elsewhere.
The holidays are a time to relax and spend time with family and friends; don’t let holiday stress get in the way.
Strategic Planning Meeting
Video courtesy of the Town of Bridgewater
Tree Committee Meeting
Video courtesy of the Town of Bridgewater
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GBWOT Comedy Fundraiser
Friday, January 20th
Bridgewater Vets
85 Cottage Street

Want something to look forward to after the holidays? Get your tickets for the Comedy Night Fundraiser. Laugh the night away for just $25 per ticket! Proceeds help local families in need. There will be a cash bar. Doors will open at 6:30p, and the show starts at 7:30p. To reserve a table for 8-10 people, contact
Kappa Delta Phi Fraternity & Bridgewater's
29th Year Supporting The Greater BW Community!
For the 29th year, BSU's Kappa Delta Phi fraternity & the citizens of Bridgewater came together to support our local families in need. On Sat, Dec 3rd, 1000 bags were dropped off on doorsteps and Sunday Dec 4, pantry goods were picked up from Bridgewater homes and distributed. Current Bridgewater State University students and alum collected over 2600 pounds of food and distributed to local food pantries. Great job, guys!
Image & video credits: J. Rose & Derrick Clara

Have fun with us and bee entered
to win:
One hour of coaching. (value $80)
with Glee Works Holistic Personal Coaching
Learn mindful techniques to reduce stress
and anxiety.

Historical Tidbit Question:
What was Plymouth Street known as on Bridgewater's first maps?

Email us your answer at: 
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By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
On December 21, 2022, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.

Here we are in the thick of the holidays. We get tense, so many places to be, so many things to do. Time to get rid of unrealistic expectations, and time to relax. Take a chill note from the weather, and chillax.

“It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.” ~ Francis of Assisi

“I’m the most chill person I know… I’m happy with myself… I’m not perfect, but I’m cool with that.” ~ Freddie Prinze, Jr.

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” ~ Etty Hillesum

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” ~ A.A. Milne

My goal this week is to stop, breath deeply, and stare at my string of lights, what's yours? ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Leanna Silva & Greg Venezia.

Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
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