Bridgewater State University 2023 Graduation

On Friday, May 12th, Bridgewater State University's Graduate Commencement Convocation was held at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. 470 students graduated and received their masters degrees.
Then on the following day, Saturday, May 13th, approximately 1,700 students received their bachelors degrees.

With the speeches given, songs sung, hands shook, and crowds cheering, many tears were shed. President Frederick W. Clark Jr. shared how proud he was of every student for persevering through thick and thin, including the way the pandemic that heavily impacted the school.

Congratulations to everyone who received their diplomas! May your futures be bright and successful!

Story by: Meghan Lotti, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University
Sources and Photos: BSU FB and BSU News & Events
Historical Tidbit: 

The Blacksmith and Wheelwright were often housed together at the same location and were usually the same person. The Blacksmith would keep good shoes on the feet of those large workhorses that worked the farms and delivered goods. As a Wheelwright, he kept the tires on the wagons.

Occasionally the tires had to be repaired because in the summer season, the wheels would dry out and the tires would loosen. The wagon would be brought to the Wheelwright and the tires would be taken off the wheel. The tire would be "upset," i.e., made a little smaller. The wheel would be placed on a big millstone that was outside in back of the shop. The tire rim would be heated in a bonfire nearby, brought into the shop red hot and dropped over the wheel. When cooled, the iron or steel tires would contract, thus making it tight again around the wheel. This process, called "setting wheels," would have to be done to all wagon wheels.
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Hand-Knitted Afghan Raffle

The Bridgewater Academy Lions Club is raffling of a fancy white afghan consisting of different patterns created by Irma Sankunas. All proceeds for raffle tickets will go towards Lions charities. Each individual ticket is $2 or you can purchase 3 tickets for $5. The winner will be drawn in early December 2023.

For more information, check out Bridgewater Lions Club FB Post
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Friday, May 26th
Bridgewater Public Library

Come on down and bring your child to the Bridgewater Public Library to participate in a fun and learning-filled event hosted by Ms. Laurie, a local artist and teacher. Ms. Laurie will engage children ages 3 to 7 in several drawing and crafting activities as well as read a book to them. This event will help develop brain building, social emotion, and fine motor skills.

For more information and how to sign up, visit BPL Website
I Love the 80's to Death
Friday, June 2nd
Bridgewater Public Library

Bring your family and friends to help solve a murder mystery presented by The Murder Mystery Company. During this fun and interactive show, the audience will be broken up into two groups to see who can solve the mystery first! Don't forget to dress up in your 80s attire! Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the library.
For more information visit BW Public Library FB
Metro South Chamber of Commerce's Restaurant Week

Sunday, June 4th - Thursday, June 8th

Support your local restaurants by participating in the 2nd annual Metro South Chamber of Commerce Restaurant week! Many regional favorites are taking part in this event, providing special offers to their customers. Make sure you snap a photo of yourself dining out or of your delicious food to help promote the event and restaurant through your social media.

All Metro South restaurants are welcome to participate in this event. Details can be found on the Restaurant Week 2023 Invitation

For more information and to view participating restaurants, visit or contact Cathryn Schofield at
The Ousamequin Club's 125th Anniversary
A big congratulations to Bridgewater's Ousamequin Club on celebrating their 125th anniversary! In honor of this, Senator Walter F. Timilty presented the group with a Senate Resolution. Since 1898, this group of wonderful women has enhanced the well being of our community and are part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC). Thank you for making our society a better place!

Source and Image Credit: Senator Walter F. Timilty FB
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"Plant a Tree" Project

This past April 22nd, the Bridgewater Garden Club celebrated Arbor Day by handing out Fraser Fir seedlings at the Bridgewater town election! The club has been informed that many citizens have already planted the seeds they received. The Garden Club urges that "trees are one easy way to deal with the carbon dioxide emissions in our atmosphere!"
New Grocery Distribution Program

The Bridgewater Senior Center has partnered with the Greater Boston Food Bank and Central Square Food Pantry to create a new grocery distribution center in Bridgewater! This program is geared towards our seniors in our community, so one must be 60 years of age or older to qualify. Your household income also must be below $1,580 a month for a household of one, or $2,137 for a household of two. Program members will receive nutritious staple foods, fresh produce, and meats.

For more information or to join the program contact Kathy Hayes at
Pride and Juneteenth Flags Being Raised

The Academy Building in Bridgewater Center

Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights (BCCR) invite you to join your community for two flag raising events! The Pride flag will be flown from June 1st – 14th with its initial raising at 3:30p on June 1st, and the Juneteenth flag will be flown from June 15th – 30th with its initial raising at 3:30p on June 15th. Come take this opportunity to support members of your community and take part in these special moments.

Baseball Summer Camp Raffle

The Bridgewater Little League is holding a raffle for two, 1-week summer camp programs. Enter to win one week at RBI Baseball Academy or one week at Play Ball Baseball Camp! Winners will be drawn on Memorial Day, May 29th.

For more information on the programs or to enter the raffle visit BW Little League FB
Alternative Compassion Services Trash Clean Up

This past Earth Day, April 22nd, the Alternative Compassion Services (ACS) dedicated their day to reducing our environmental footprint by cleaning up trash along Elm Street. They filled 15 trash bags with miscellaneous items and garbage found in the area where their establishment is located. Thank you for your help in making our environment a safer and better place!

To see ACS's video highlighting the trash clean up: ACS trash clean up IG
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Climate Can-Do:
Bay State Bike Month

From the Berkshires to the Cape, and everywhere around and in between, riders across Massachusetts are celebrating Bay State Bike Month this May! Sunday, May 7th, was National Ride a Bike Day, and May 15th–19th is Bike to Work Week. Visit Bay State Bike Month website to find an event or register your bike - friendly event.

There are so many benefits to riding a bike, both for your health and the environment’s. Bicycles are a pollution-free mode of transport, use minimal fossil fuels, and reduce your carbon footprint! Cyclists decrease the need for the constant construction of roadways, allowing there to be more greenery than concrete. Riding a bike is also a great way to get in some exercise, giving you the serotonin boost you need to start your day! Let this be your inspiration to leave those car keys on the table, grab your bike, and enjoy a beautiful May day with the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, and your pedal to the metal.

Bay State Bike Month is supported by MassBike, a non-profit dedicated to making bicycling an integral part of human-centered communities, policies, culture, and infrastructure. Healthy, resilient communities embrace lifestyles consistent with safe and rewarding environments. To build and sustain these environments, MassBike advocates for policies that encourage and support community wellness, equity, and inclusion, enable sustainable growth, drive economic vitality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Information gathered from Bay State Bike Month and MassBike.

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Tess Fiumefreddo, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Franklin & Marshall College. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
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Racism is an EXHAUSTING reality for people of color and different ethnicities in our society. By reading You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar, you’ll laugh and cry at the many mundane and frustrating injustices that Lacey endures. Check out the book from the Bridgewater Public Library and join one of many events to discuss and bring about awareness of racism. 

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Bridgewater Lions Club Youth Fishing Derby

Last Saturday, May 6th, young fishing lovers under 14 years old had the opportunity to participate in a free and fun-filled fishing derby! All they needed to bring was their fishing gear and an excited attitude! The event ran from 7 to 10:30a at Skeeter Mill Pond on Water Street. The event was sponsored by numerous companies and individuals, which can be found on the list above. Prizes were awarded to all participants. Congratulations to all the young anglers!

For more information about the Bridgewater Lions Club and to see more photos from the Youth Fishing Derby visit Bridgewater Lions Club FB Group

Story by: Meghan Lotti, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University
Source and Photos: Mike Courtemanche
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Historical Tidbit Question:
What was the name of the process for when Wheelwrights would tighten a wagon's tire around its wheel?

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 On May 24, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Meghan Lotti, Fatina Mulumba, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
It's For the Birds!
With all of the lovely chirping that greets each new spring day, it's time to give tribute to our feathery companions.

"The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation." ~ A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

"It's best to have failure happen early in life. It wakes up the Phoenix bird in you so you rise from the ashes." ~ Anne Baxter

"The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Whoever will be born must destroy a world." ~ Hermann Hesse

"God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest." ~ Josiah Gilbert Holland
Once, I came home from high school and found a dead pheasant and shattered glass all over my bed. So determined on his course was he, that he ran through my ground floor window. I don't know what the Universe was trying to tell me. I didn't know back then how to listen. But that's one heck of a dropped call! ~ Jacquie
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