Friends of Whitman Library: Roller Skate Fundraiser 2023
Video courtesy of WHCATV9
Whitman Pack 22's Annual Pinewood Derby  The wooden cars built by the cub scouts race on a track set up in the Holy Ghost church hall. It is exciting and a lot of fun.
Video courtesy of WHCATV9
Historical Tidbit:
King's Castle Land

From 1968 to 1994, Whitman was home to  King's Castle Land, a seven-acre amusement park with fire-breathing dragons, a towering 22-foot statue of Paul Bunyan and dozens of child-inspired amusements and rides.

King's Castle Land and Toy Store is owned by the Whitney family and located near the intersection of Routes 18 and 14.

Video Courtesy of
Clarence Whitney, former owner

Town Hall

Public Library
M-Th 9:30a-8p; Fri 9:30a- 4:30p;
Sat 9:30a-4 (during school year only)

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Cynthia Campbell
You won a free 1.5 hour class at

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

Enter for this week's prize of
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax
“A Taste of Whitman and Hanson”

March 9th
5:30 – 8p
VFW Post 697
97 Essex St

Whitman & Hanson Dollars for Scholars will be celebrating the 14th "A Taste of Whitman and Hanson" to benefit their scholarships at Awards Night! Up to twenty local restaurants and food service providers will be offering samples of their menus to the public.

Tickets are $15/person in advance and $20 at the door with limited capacity. They are being sold online and in person, and you can click here to either buy tickets or access the list of local vendors.

For more information, call Michael Ganshirt at (781) 252-9683.
VA PACT Act Town Hall Info Session

March 15th
4 – 6:30p
Whitman VFW
Post 697

Critical information about the new law that expands VA healthcare and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances will be discussed. Food and snacks will be provided, and there will be a disability claims clinic on site.

For any questions, email,, or call (617) 275-6101.
Wonder Days:
Stories & Play

Thursday, March 16th
Whitman Public Library Community Room

Come to the library for stories, songs, and a craft, followed by open playtime! Best for ages 2–6, but all are welcome. No registration required.

For any questions, email Steph at
Youth Hockey Early Bird Registration

Want to see your child on ice with the speed-skating WHK Hawks? Now is your chance! Early Bird Registration is open until March 15th, allowing you to receive $50 off your 2023-2024 tuition. Boys and girls born between 2005-2015 (and potentially later!) can register for their specific age group.

For more information and to register, visit
Come to any of our dine-in locations to see for yourself just how tasty our new dinner specials are
Dr. Christopher Jones, Principal, Whitman-Hanson High School- SEEing to Lead

Dr. Christopher Jones created a YouTube channel to share fun video shorts and school recaps. His videos also contain musings and his overall message of being purposeful and acting with integrity while building character. His most recent videos are below (we update every week, they are THAT good) and to see more impactful videos, check out:
Our Story 2/12/23 - 2/19/23
Video courtesy of:
Dr. Chris Jones - SEEing to Lead
Learn from Failure
Video courtesy of:
Dr. Chris Jones - SEEing to Lead
Whitman Day Planning Meeting
Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 – 7:30p
100 Webster St

Do you have any ideas brewing for Whitman Day 2023? Join us for our next public Whitman Day Planning meeting and bring a friend-all are welcome! Stop by and help plan the second annual Whitman Day! 

The meeting will be held in the Whitman Public Library Community Room. If you would like to volunteer or learn more about the day, we would love to see you there!

For more information or to ask any questions, contact Adriana Destefano at (781) 336-9034 or
Chunky Knit Blanket Party
Wednesday, March 22, 7 – 9p
599 Washington St

In need of a creative outlet that results in a warm blanket for the cold New England winter? South Shore Blanket Parties is teaming up with Old Colony Brewing, a small brewery in Whitman, to bring you the Chunky Knit Blanket party. The event will be held at the Old Colony Brewing building on 599 Washington St. Tickets are on sale here. Stop by and leave a little bit warmer with a blanket you created!
Whitman MS Building Committee
March 1, 2023 Meeting
Video courtesy of WHCA9TV
Climate Can-Do:
Help Our Community Reduce Plastic Bag Usage

When we go to the grocery store, we're not typically focused on how we're bringing our goods home. We browse the aisles, putting item after item into our cart, and eventually make our way to the checkout line. Placing groceries on the conveyor belt, we watch the cashier scan items, then place them into bags, often those thin plastic bags. When we get home, we put our purchases away, grab the plastic bags, and what happens next?

Massachusetts residents are estimated to use more than 2 billion plastic bags every year. That means that on average, every Massachusetts person uses a plastic bag every single day! While plastic is versatile, lightweight, inexpensive, and waterproof, this has lead to overuse and the creation of serious problems. Plastic is a synthetic material that does not biodegrade; once it enters the environment, it stays there forever! Bringing reusable bags only cuts back our individual use. We are now dealing with microplastics in our drinking water. These bags are a problem.

The solution: as of May 2022, 154 of the 292 cities and towns in Massachusetts have cut back single use by regulating plastic shopping bags. This number represents over 4 million people, which is about two-thirds of the state’s population. A few of our hives are represented in this number, including Bridgewater, Halifax, and Whitman! If you want to get a plastic bag ban passed in your community, reach out to your local elected officials, and local trails, beautification, garden clubs, and conservation commissions to generate support.

Information source: Massachusetts Sierra Club.

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by intern Tess Fiumefreddo of Franklin & Marshall College. We focus on actions which will help mitigate the environmental changes of our climate emergency. We can do!
Find YOUR Bliss with
New!! Intro to Svaroopa® Yoga Workshop on March 6!

Have you wondered about Svaroopa yoga? Do you dislike being the only new person in class? Come to this introductory class where everyone is brand new! You'll learn about Svaroopa® and what this therapeutic style of yoga can do for you. Workshop includes a full spinal sequence, guided awareness and a basic understanding of Svaroopa® yoga.

516 N. Bedford St, East Bridgewater
(508) 331-3564

Duval's Pharmacy Inc
Comfortable footware isn't just for being out and about.

You don't want to forget your ABCS of heart health - and Duval's Pharmacy is here to help. We can assist you if your doctor has recommended taking aspirin, and we have a blood pressure machine available for your use!

Stop by and get yours today!

Open: Mon-Fri: 8:30a - 6p | Sat: 9a - 3p
Sun: 9a - 1p
571 Washington St • 781-447-0606

Whitman Summer Park Program
Sign-ups start
March 15th

Summer will be here before you know it! Sign-ups for Whitman's Summer Park Program begin March 15th! The summer program is for children ages 6-12 and includes arts and crafts, sports, field trips, and even daily swimming! The program runs from July 3rd through August 11th. Don't hesitate, sign your child up today!

If you have questions feel free to email - They typically respond within 72 hours.
Irish Night
Friday, March 24th: 7–11p
K of C, 1195 Bedford St

The Whitman Branch of the Knights of Columbus are hosting an Irish Night at the Knights of Columbus building in Whitman. The festivities include Live music, Irish Step Dancers, a buffet serving your favorite Irish fare, even a cash bar Including Irish beverages. Come celebrate a night full of Irish Culture and get to know some neighbors! To purchase tickets, click here.

For more information or to ask any questions, contact Larry at (781) 447-9061 or
Rocket Riley Redemption Project
In 2020, Whitman-Hanson Regional High School developed an adopt-a-senior program to support the class during the early stages of COVID-19. Riley Miller was partnered with people to collect bottles and cans, and he found a passion for it. After graduating from WHRHS in 2020, he knew that he wanted to give back to the school that had given him so much, especially the Best Buddies Club. Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization that allows the opportunity for friendships to form between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities, and it has been a very important part of Riley’s journey.

As a way of supporting his alma mater, Riley continued to collect cans and bottles, and many members of the Whitman community joined in to help. For two years in a row, Riley has amassed enough to turn a profit and create the Rocket Riley Redemption Project. Riley, with the support of his father, Thom, and the rest of his family, have been able to donate thousands of dollars to the Best Buddies Club. While this in itself is incredible, it wasn’t enough for Riley; he also wanted to create a scholarship with his earnings, and create one he did! This $250 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who has focused on the special needs community throughout their high school career, specifically through WHRHS’s Best Buddies club, as well as actively participated in community service. 
Most recently, Riley reached a goal of 85,000 cans and bottles! A Mr. Grable donated the can that allowed him to hit this milestone, and he was given a special shout-out in Thom’s announcement post on FaceBook. Every time Riley reaches a significant number, he uses a bit of the money to give a small gift to the person that got him there. Riley, you are doing wonderful work for the community, and we thank you!

Special thanks to Thom Miller for for being interviewed. If you’d like to donate to the Rocket Riley Redemption Project, please contact Thom through his FaceBook by clicking here.

Story & picture credit: Thom Miller

By Tess Fiumefreddo, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Franklin & Marshall College

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

Historical Tidbit Question:
How tall was the statue of Paul Bunyan?

Email us your answer at: 

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 March 8, 2023 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by Tess Fiumefreddo, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Hassan Sharif, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
In Like a Lion...

"March is the month of expectation."
~ Emily Dickinson

"Every cold and dark phase ends and hence begins a beautiful phase of warmth and vibrance. Don’t believe? Just notice March."
~ Anamika MishraI

"I try not to limit my madness to March."
~ Maxine

"Happy March! May the luck of the Irish be with you all month long." ~ Some Irish Dude. : )

One of my favorite months, filled with wind, and mud, first flowers, lore and everything green. Few other months have so much... character!

While I won't beware the ides of March, I will check the weather forecast several times a day, keeping sweaters nearby and dressing in layers to be prepared.

Speaking of famous March lions, CS Lewis writes: "Aslan is not a tame lion", He is, however, full of wisdom from before time; and He, as the story goes, becomes a sacrificial lamb by the end, only to be re-born.

Enjoy your changeable month, bringing us the hope of new growth, of flowers pushing through the cracked earth, of re-birth.

In hope, Jacquie
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