Celebrating the 31st Annual West Bridgewater Park Day

Fun was had by all ages this past Sunday at War Memorial Park! There was so much to see and do...performances for kids, car display, live music, craft fair, games to play, yummy food to eat and many, many local vendors to visit!

It is held the second Sunday in September every year so mark your calendars for 2023!

Photos courtesy of WB Park Day FB Page and J. Rose
Historical Tidbit:
School District No. 4
"This school was in the charge of Miss Caroline Howard of West Bridgewater, who, being young and inexperienced, and having been a schoolmate of some of her pupils, succeeded quite as well as could have been expected. A little more voice, on the part of both teacher and scholars, especially the latter, would have improved the appearance of the school very much, and rendered the examination more satisfactory. We regarded the school as ordinarily successful; which, under the circumstances, must be encouraging to the teacher." 

From: Annual Reports of West Bridgewater for the year ending March 1, 1860
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Town Hall

WB Public Library
Council on Aging

Proof of residency is the only requirement.
1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
1:45 - 3p & 5:30 - 6p
457 rear, South Main St., Suite #1
Kathryn Kelsch
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
free 1.5 hour class at
Chapters Book Club

Tuesday, October 11th
5 - 6p
WB Public Library
Chapters And True Stories Book Club meets together to discuss One Book One Community: Voyage of Mercy
508-894-1255 - No registration necessary
BSU is looking for volunteers to help out with Autumn-Fest on September 23rd and 24th. 

HS seniors these hours can be used towards your required community service hours. If you are interested, please inform Mrs. MacMillan in Guidance so that she can forward you the email detailing the information. 508-894-1220
Truth Tellers: Film Screening and Discussion
Wed, September 21st
4 - 6:30p
Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center Atrium or virtual
Truth Tellers is a new documentary film chronicling the lives of courageous Americans fighting for racial equity, climate justice, and indigenous rights through the eyes of Robert Shetterly, a longtime activist and artist.

4 - 5:30p Truth Tellers Film Screening & Discussion (In-Person or Virtual)
We will screen the documentary film Truth Tellers and host a post-film discussion with the artist Robert Shetterly in DMF 120. We will also be joined virtually by one of the activists that he’s painted. This free event will be open to all with options for both in-person and virtual attendance available.

5:30 - 6:30p Meet & Mingle (In-Person) In-person attendees are invited to join us after the film screening for a reception in the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center Atrium.

Register now for FREE! Learn more about the event and film on the Bridgewater State University website.

Monday, September 26th
10:30a; Lunch served at 12 noon
(Please sign up by 9/22)
Join the "lunch and learn" with Richard Nichols. Gain an understanding of the many unknown facts about the life of Paul Revere! His birth, growing up, colonial soldier, family life, occupations, local battles, Mid-night Ride, American Revolution and many more.
This program is supported by a grant from the Trustees For The Home For Aged Men in the City of Brockton
WBPL Spice of the Month Club

Come in and pick up a packet at the library which includes a sachet of good grade lavender, information about the herb, and a few recipes to get you started.
Herbs and spices will change monthly.
(508) 894-1255
Our weather instruments are a helpful tool for any gardener or amateur meteorologist!
We have a wide selection of rainfall gauges and thermometers to choose from.

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Car Show Fundraiser Berwick Boy's Foundation

Sun, Sept 25th
10a - 3p
335 West Street

This event has been such a fun one for our organization and partners! Last year’s show was our BIGGEST YET! Over 130 vehicles entered the event. As always, we hope to go BIGGER!
Along with great cars, trucks, motorcycles and music. We will have food, 50/50 raffle and a great assortment of gift baskets to win! Prizes have been donated by local favorites such as Johnny Macaroni's, Drivers Edge, Mopar's of Mass and many many more!
Over 30 trophies to win!

To help with Deforestation, we can cut down on our paper use, focus on recycled or bamboo products.

Bamboo is a growing industry in southern states as farmers consciously focus on how to grow it correctly in the North American habitat. It matures quickly and creates a useable pulp in a few years. Leaving our pine, oak, birch aspen and maple forests to loom majestically, giving us splendid foliage and taking care of the carbon.

Here are 3 companies selling bamboo toilet paper & paper towels: cloudpaper.co. Grove Collaborative. Reelpaper.com. Delivered directly to your door, give it a try!

Our Climate Can-Do Articles 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 degrees C. If we are able to keep it under, then we wont flood low -lying areas. There are things we can do.
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516 N. Bedford St, East Bridgewater
(508) 331-3564

KickOff Children's Program
Once / week dinnertime program for children grades 1-6 * FREE
Wednesdays 5 - 6:30p
•Starting Sept 14
• Sing songs & play games
• Activities & dinner included
• Build positive relationships & do fun service projects

Union Congregational Church
An Open & Affirming Service Based Christian Congregation
105 Pleasant St (508) 378 - 2874
Applications Now Open for Mass LCC Grants Supporting Community-Based Arts & Culture Projects

In FY23 Mass Cultural Council will invest $5.5 million — an increase of 15% over last year — into the Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program, the nation’s largest grassroots cultural funding network.

LCCs provide arts and cultural grants to every community in Massachusetts through the efforts of more than 2,400 volunteers. They fund some 6,500 public projects annually that include everything from field trips to lectures, festivals, and dance performances. Mass Cultural Council allocations to LCCs range from $5,500-$297,200, based on a formula that reflects state aid to municipalities.

Good Day Metro South Luncheon Discussing
Economic Activity

Friday, Sept 23rd, 11:45a - 1:30p
Thorny Lea Golf Club, 159 Torrey Street, Brockton

Please join us on Friday, September 23rd for a Good Day Metro South luncheon hosted by Thorny Lea Golf Club.

For more information and to register, visit the Metro South Chamber of Commerce webpage.
Sunday, October 2nd
Memorial Building,
162 Howard Street

Please join us for another event celebrating the 200th Anniversary of West Parish/West Bridgewater.
This presentation will be on the early history of West Bridgewater and how it may be different from its neighbors.
Presented by David Moore. Mr. Moore is a student of local history. He was an Industrial Arts teacher at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School for 20 years and Bridgewater’s Inspector of Buildings for 20 years.
Adopt a Catch Basin

Help our town! Keeping our storm drains clean is very important. Help do your part by adopting a storm drain in your neighborhood! Use the link below to view all the details of our Adopt A Catch Basin Program and to adopt your very own!

Click on this link to view a map of all the catch basins in town. Click on a basin in your neighborhood. To adopt email the basin number and street name to the link that comes up.

All Call for Crafters ~ 38th Annual
WB Fall & Holiday Craft Fair

Sunday, November 13, 10a - 3p
This show is a Craft Only Show. Please be sure your craft is hand made. (*a few direct marketing representatives will be participating in the show. These reps have been with us since well before we went “Crafts Only”. ) YOU MUST STAY OPEN TILL 3p.

ADVERTISE: For $15, your business card in black & white will be featured on the event map, space is limited. Include a card with your application

TABLES: We encourage you to bring your own tables, but you may rent an 8 foot long table from us for $20.00.

RAFFLE: We will be holding a raffle on the day of the show. It would be great if you would consider making a donation of an item. Items will be bundled in groups/baskets to create larger prizes. A member of the club will be around to collect donations shortly after/during set up.

NEW FOR 2022: Vendor Parking will be at near at the Howard School, 70 Howard Street. A shuttle van will provide transportation to and from the lot in the morning from 8a - 10a and again in the afternoon 2:30p - 4p for breakdown. This is to provide better customer parking and access to the fair!

QUESTIONS: Write us at WBLlionsClub@aol.com or call/text 617-970-6731(text preferred)
WB Conservation Commission Mtg
Recorded Sept 6
Video Courtesy of WBCAM
WB Water Commissioners Mtg
Recorded Sept 6
Video Courtesy of WBCAM
Bruce L. Holmquist, retired West Bridgewater police officer, passed away unexpectedly on June 5th. Bruce was a well respected and dedicated member of his community. He was a high school football coach, Constable of West Bridgewater, member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, and President of the Council on Aging. Among the many awards Bruce received over the years, one included the recognition of Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters 2010 Citizen of the Year.

The following is a note from Marilyn Mather, Director of the COA, about a dedication at the COA.

Dear Friends,
It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the passing of our long-time friend Bruce Holmquist. Bruce will be sadly missed by all who knew him, but we fondly remember his friendly manner and kindness to others. On a personal note, Bruce, having served on the police force with my brother-in-law, had been a friend of my family for more than 55 years and, like many others who knew him, we will miss that warm smile and quick wit. The COA will be remembering Bruce by dedicating the Main Dining Hall in his name as well as planting a tree in his memory on the COA grounds. Please join us at the COA on Friday, September 30th at 1p for the dedication (Rain Date Tuesday October 4th at 1p).
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to live a sparing or economical lifestyle with regard to money or food.

As a single mom, I raised 4 children, attained my masters degree, involved myself in environmental and social causes and created your BuzzAround, while caring for my own physical and mental health. In order to accomplish this, I developed a lifestyle of frugality, I couldn't have done it without, so to share some tips...

These may seem counter-intuitive, that they take more time. Think of it this way: with positive social interactions, these are opportunities to network, while saving money. Also, I spent less, therefore I needed to make less, and exercised more and ate better, so quality of life was better.

My tips for living frugal: 1) Can the item you need be purchased used? Clothing resale shops have been HUGE in my life. Or better yet, can you unburden someone by taking it off their hands for free? (Try www.freecycle.org)

2) Grow food or get to know your local gardeners. Your food quality is better, you are healthier, mind, body & soul. "Kids who grow kale, eat kale"
~ Ron Finlay, the Gangster Gardener.

3) With a little creativity, items you already have can live a second life & third life.
*Plastic food bags become dog poop bags. Two uses. *Old towels with holes are cut up and become rags or donated to a local animal shelter. *Grocery store paper bags can be a kids coloring or painting project and then become artsy gift wrapping. That's three uses!

4) Bike, walk, or take public transportation when you can. This saves on gas and gives exercise.

5) When you do buy new: go to local small businesses. Less driving. (Sometimes I can walk or ride) More money stays in my community. Better service. Better quality products.
A little frugality can go a long way! Have a healthy, happy, frugal week. : ) ~ Jacquie
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