April 28, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Attention all generous Whitmanites.
You all know who Donnie Westhaver is from his involvement with the town over decades.
Donnie started the Whitman Toy Drive eighteen years ago, Whitman Wheels for Disabled Vets and Citizens, he also started/organized in 2005 the Whitman VFW Men's Auxiliary to Post 697, which later became the South Shore Veterans Assistance Group. Donnie also is a past Commander of the Whitman Legion Post 22, SAL, past Grand Night of the Whitman K of C. Donnie retired Superintendent of the Whitman Department of Public Works.

On August 31, 2017 Donnie underwent spinal fusion surgery. Due to complications during surgery Donnie, unfortunately, is now a quadriplegic.
A fundraiser has been put together in his honor by myself, Linda Griffin, and Sue DaSilva. We are looking for raffle donations. We are trying to raise money for MOBILITY EQUIPMENT for Donnie that he desperately needs for everyday life. We need help from all of you!!!
The fund raiser will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Whitman VFW Pavilion. Tickets are $15.00 per person, $25.00 a couple. They will be sold at the door or by contacting Linda Griffin at 781-733-4370 or Sue DaSilva at 617-922-9404. All raffle donations contact Linda or Sue. Updates to follow.
Let's show what a great community Whitman is by rallying around one of our own that has given so much.
Historical Tidbit: The First Bell Caster

Aaron Hobart was the first bell caster in the colonies. He lived in the town of Abington, which is now Whitman. He lived from 1729 to 1808.

He established his bell casting business in 1769. The first bell that he cast was for the Second Meeting House of the First Parish church of Abington. It was traditional back then for the people to throw silver dollars into the casting basin to give the bell a sweeter tone.

That first bell remained in the Second church until 1819, when the church was torn down. After that, it was placed in the Third Meeting House, called Hatherly Hall.

Having a bell caster in America ment that people no longer had to send bells to be recast, and could get bells made in America.

The image of above is of a colonial bell made by Paul Revere, the famous American bell caster.

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Information Credit: findagrave.com
Historical Whitman, Massachusetts
Story Credit: Gregory Venezia
Celebrations Of Life

Reach our readers in Abington, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Halifax, Hanson, Holbrook, Middleboro, Raynham, Rockland, Stoughton, Taunton, West Bridgewater, & Whitman with news of a loved one's passing. Publish...

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Town Hall
54 South Ave.
Mon, Wed, Thu 8am - 4pm
Tues 8am - 7:30pm
Fri Closed

Public Library
100 Webster Street
Mon-Thu 10am - 8pm
Fri 1pm - 5pm
Sat (School Year) 10am - 4pm

Council on Aging
16 Hayden Ave.
Mon, Wed, Thu 8am - 4pm
Tues 8am - 7 pm
Fri 8am - 1pm

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Jeanie Runey
 won a
45 Minute Reiki Treatment from
Jacquelyn Rose

You should play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a
$15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds Candy Store
785 Bedford St (Rt 18 ) Whitman
Brockton Symphony Orchestra 4/28/19 ~ Awakening Spring

The Brockton Symphony Orchestra is considered one of the finest orchestras in the Greater Boston area, and provides live, classical concerts to the greater Brockton community.

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Whitman & Hanson Dollars for Scholars will be hosting a meat raffle in support of the Lori Sawtelle Memorial at Lucky Dawg Tavern & Grill located at 242 Mattakeesett Street in Pembroke on Sunday, April 28, at 2:00 PM. 

All proceeds from the event will benefit graduating high school seniors from Whitman and Hanson who are continuing on to college. For more information on this event and Dollars for Scholars, please contact Michael Ganshirt at 781-252-9683 or visit WhitmanAndHanson.DollarsforScholars.org.

Treat Yourself to a YUMMY Lunch!

We're Open:
Mon - Sat:
8am - 4pm  
8am - 2pm

12 Temple St. * Whitman
(781) 447-1064
First day of summer is June 21st - This is your last chance to get ready!

8 week Summer Jump start for $399  
New members only Expires 5/31/19

180 Winter St., Bridgewater 
(across from Chatta Box)
 Contact Stephanie at 508-697-2900    
Email us:  getinshapeforwomen
A great inexpensive way to explore ... Reserve a museum pass! Reservations for discounted museum passes are available ahead of time for Whitman residents with a valid adult Whitman Public Library card. Passes may be booked over the phone by calling the library at (781) 447-7613 or at our website: www.whitmanpubliclibrary.org Some of the passes available are Boston Children's Museum, Dreamland Wax Museum, Edaville Family Theme Park, Massachusetts ParksPass, Museum of Fine Arts Museum of Science, Mystic Aquarium, New England Aquarium, Zoo New England
Plant, Yard, and Bake Sale
All Saints Church
44 Park Ave. Whitman (by the Whitman Park bandstand)
Saturday May 11 from 9-3. 
Stop by, you'll be glad you did!

It will be inside in the event of rain.

The Dept. of Public Works Yard at 100 Essex St. Whitman will be open on the following Saturdays from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm for disposal of leaves and grass clippings. In addition to Saturdays during this time period the Yard will be open extended hours on Mondays until 6 p.m.

*No brush, limbs or bushes are accepted.
*Residents only, compost permits are $2.00 @ D.P.W. Yard.
*Please bring vehicle registration with you.

Starting: Saturday April 20,2019 and ending Saturday June 29,2019
 Regular hours for leaves and grass clippings are also Mon.-Fri. 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
If you have any questions please call the Whitman D.P.W. office @ (781) 447-7630
Thank You,
Bruce Martin
Two Gems from WHCA-TV

Girl Scout World: The Whitman and Hanson area Girl Scout troops gathered together at the Spellman Center in Whitman to celebrate the Girl Scouts annual World Thinking Day. Several Troops did displays of countries around the world and others became “travelers” and toured the displays to learn about the geography, history, industry and culture of the countries displayed. This event was taped on March 3, 2019.

Hot to Trots: Plymouth County 4-H Club members came into The WHCA Studio to perform their visual presentations about horses.
Have fun with us and bee entered to win  
$15 gift certificate to
Pinches & Pounds Candy Store
785 Bedford St (Rt 18 ) Whitman

Historical Tidbit Question:
What did people throw into the casting basin when creating new bells?

Email us your answer at:   Prizes@buzzaround.info .  
Please include your name, phone number with your answer.
By entering, you give us permission to announce your name in next week's 
Buzz Around Whitman.  
On May 1, 2019, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
In honor of Earth Day
I'd like to celebrate Massachusetts moving toward healthier electricity sources.

In the 1990's while working for medical respiratory supply company, I personally spoke to respiratory therapists daily in West Virginia. They shared with me stories of the huge numbers of patients suffering COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) because of the coal mines. Coal mining is harming the environment and sickening the people of West Virginia. And then I learned, at that time, that 50% of our electricity in Massachusetts came from coal burning plants, polluting our air after doing it's damage to West Virginia. Flash forward to today: Massachusetts closed our last coal fired plant last year and is leading the country in energy innovation. While there is much debate on which technologies to invest in... at least we ARE investing. In honor of Earth Day, that's something to celebrate. Because making these changes as a society is hard, but they do happen, we can move forward.
We have the most power to create change right here at home. It's exciting to see. There's hope for the future. Here are some resources our Commonwealth Provides: MA Dept of Energy Resources MA Renewable Energy Division Becoming-a-designated-green-community
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Theresa McNulty, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
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