A Thought-Provoking Structure
What is it?
Not far from the west end of the Park and Ride facility in Bridgewater is a mysterious chamber. It is only about 30 yards in but it is on private property. From my experience, it is not a chamber associated with temporary winter burials as there is no churchyard or cemetery nearby. Root cellars always had ventilation (there is none), and were often located under the house or barn for security of the contents and there is none. An east facing opening is meant for a warm sunrise.
I once connected it with the structure up Elm St. in West Bridgewater, near the town dump, excuse me the transfer station, and I was told it was not connected as that chamber is listed in old deeds as a burial chamber. It may have a domed roof as opposed to a slab roof, similar to Celtic structures. I contend that it may have been used as one (a burial chamber) but it was there before being used as one.
So, in my opinion, the Bridgewater structure is thought-provoking and was not built to store potatoes or bodies and should be documented.

Story & photo credit: David Moore, Bridgewater Historian
Historical Tidbit:
1775 Massachusetts Seal
"Seals, such as those that appear on documents certified by the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, have a long history and were mentioned even in the Bible. They were widely used many centuries ago because most persons, even of high rank and wealth, did not read or write. Acceptance of a document was signified by making an impression of one's coat of arms into a blob of soft wax, usually with an engraved signet ring. There was a general reluctance to affix seals to documents unless absolute certainty of the contents could be confirmed. This eventually led to the idea that documents of state and other important personal papers, such as deeds, should contain a seal that bore witness to their authenticity."
"When the conflict between the province and England began in 1775, General Thomas Gage, the royal governor, had custody of the province seal. As his authority was no longer recognized by the province, it became necessary to establish a new public seal. The General Court passed an order on July 28, 1775, appointing a committee to consider "what is necessary to be done relative to a Colony Seal." The design adopted was that of an English-American man holding the Magna Carta. The seal was engraved by Paul Revere, whose original signed bill for the work is located in the Massachusetts Archives. A motto in Latin was also chosen - "Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem" - which remains the motto of the Commonwealth today. Freely translated this means, "By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty." It was written about 1659 and is attributed to the famous English patriot, Algernon Sydney."
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Superbowl Bingo
Monday, February 6 thru Saturday, February 11

Kids and teens, stop in and pick up your Superbowl Bingo card. Complete a BINGO and return to library by Friday, February 17 for a chance to win a bag of books!

For more info visit Bridgewater Public Library.org
Anime Club for Teens
Wednesday February 8
4 - 5p
Bridgewater Public Library

Drop by Anime Club, watch anime on Crunchyroll and hang with friends. Get to know other anime fans! Runs every Wednesday. No registration required.

For more info visit Bridgewater Public Library.org
African American Artists We Should Know
February 9
1p
Bridgewater Council on Aging

Art For Your Mind is an engaging, educational, art observation experience designed to broaden the minds of its participants. This program sheds light on the creations and careers of prominent 19th- and 20th-Century African American artists such as Augusta Savage, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Jacob
Lawrence, and others. Learn about the many obstacles these artists overcame, and the ways each of them made an impact on the history of art. Join local art historian Jill Sanford for an enjoyable hour of challenging yourself to see in new ways!

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Save your floors from the ravages of winter! 
Durable black 4 ft x 6 ft x 3/4-inch rubber mat. Grooved underside, slight honeycomb pattern on top. Good for covering any concrete floor. We use this rubber mat to cover concrete floors in several areas and even in one heavy traffic office area. Popular as a rubber mat to put under gym machines.
Daddy Daughter Dance
Friday, February 10th
6:30 - 9p
Bridgewater Vets Club

The Greater Bridgewater Women of Today's Daddy Daughter Dance is being held on Friday, February 10th. The event is being hosted at the Bridgewater Vets Club, 85 Cottage Street. Doors open at 6:30p. Event includes cash bar and a 50/50 raffle!
Community Preservation Committee 1/25/2023
Video provided by the Town of Bridgewater
Bridgewater Youth NFL Flag Football Spring Registration Now Open

The Spring registration for the Bridgewater Youth NFL Flag Football and YAWDA division is now open to the public. The Spring season runs from April 8th thru June 10th. Cost is $215 per player, and $185 per player for the YAWDA division. For additional information, visit the Bridgewater Youth NFL Flag Football FB page.
Climate Can-Do:
The Importance of
Left-Overs

Leftovers Re-thought are Pre- Prepared Meals! 
Managing food waste helps your wallet and positively impacts the environment. In the US, upwards of 40% of leftovers and kitchen scraps are tossed out. Time to rethink our food!  Here are a few tips you can utilize to take control:
1)  Plan out meals. Meal preparation for your week is a great way of portioning out food servings you will eat without any excess waste. There are plenty of resources out there such as Yummly or Tough Cookies meal prep.
2) Compost, Compost, Compost
3) Ensure your food is properly stored. Make sure your fridge is arranged in a way that allows you to notice and eat what food is expiring soon. Throwing out expired food that was never eaten makes up a hefty chunk of a household’s overall food-waste. Proper storage, with enough care, will extend the life-span of your food!
4) And finally, this last tip is beneficial to both you and your community at large. Support and spread awareness of groups and charities that rescue food waste from restaurants, stores, and other businesses and gives it to those in need. A great local resource for this type of program is Rescuing Leftover Cuisine / Massachusetts Getting our community involved and asking these businesses about their food waste management can truly make an impact! Too many restaurant left-overs are thrown out. We can do our best to make sure it reaches hungry mouths.

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by intern Sean Fitzgerald from Lasell University. We focus on actions 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 impact. We can do.
Vision 2050:
The Future of Transportation

The Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is the policy and visioning document of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) of the Old Colony Planning Council (the regional planning agency for this region). This document results from regional and statewide collaboration and consensus on a region's transportation system and serves as the defining vision for the region. The document also contains a financial plan or budget which guides and shapes the actions an MPO undertakes as they fulfill the region's visions and objectives. This 20-year transportation vision document is updated every four years by the MPO, and this update will provide a vision for the region through 2050. Please help us understand YOUR transportation priorities for the region by completing our brief survey. 
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Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper
February 21
5 - 6p
Bridgewater Common

All are welcome to the Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper at Central Square Church in Bridgewater (on the common) on February 21, 5 - 6p. Visit www.csccucc.org or call 508-697-6016 for info.
Submitted by: Diane Sheibley
Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights Presents a Stand Out for
Reproductive Justice and Equality

The Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights (BCCR) facilitated a stand out demonstration at Bridgewater Center this past Saturday, January 21st, to honor the fiftieth anniversary of Roe. The BCCR, founded in 2016, stands against all social injustice, intolerance, and hate and stages a stand out in Bridgewater Center each month, focusing on a different topic. February 11, 2023, 10 - 11a, the center of town stand out theme will be: Black History Matters. All are welcome to join them, with or without signs.
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a:
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question:
Who designed the 1775 Massachusetts Seal?

Email us your answer at: 
Please include your name and phone number with your answer.
By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
 On February 8, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Sean Fitzgerald, Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Sam Isom, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Choosing Engagement
I am a HUGE Brene Brown fan.
Here are some goodies about engagement... from Brené Brown, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

“The courage to be vulnerable is not about winning or losing, it’s about the courage to show up when you can’t predict or control the outcome.”

"Clear is kind. Unclear is unkind.”

“People are opting out of vital conversations about diversity and inclusivity because they fear looking wrong, saying something wrong, or being wrong. Choosing our own comfort over hard conversations is the epitome of privilege, and it corrodes trust and moves us away from meaningful and lasting change.”

“If we want people to fully show up, to bring their whole selves including their unarmored, whole hearts—so that we can innovate, solve problems, and serve people—we have to be vigilant about creating a culture in which people feel safe, seen, heard, and respected.”
Here is a link to her Ted Talk on Vulnerability. It takes courage to be out there with our whole authentic selves, but that's how the most effective communication happens.
Have a great week. ~ Jacquie
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