A New Addition to the Howard School

Thank you to Eagle Scout Jack Campbell for doing his Eagle Scout Project at the Howard School. Also a big thank you to Mr. Wiech and other scouts for their assistance. A huge thank you to the PTO for donating the supplies for the project!
It looks great and the students will love it! Nice job everyone!

Story and photo credits: WBPS Facebook Page

Don't know what Gaga Ball is? Check out this link to learn more about it: www.gagacenter.com
Historical Tidbit: 
New England's Dark Day 
    "May 19, 1780, was a remarkable dark day, which extended over the eastern states.  It commenced in the area early in the morning and continued till the morning of the 20th. The atmosphere here appeared to be filled with a dense smoke, but there was no known cause which could produce such an effect. The grass and leaves appeared to be drenched in a gloomy green. The darkest time of the day was between eleven and two o'clock. Many families found it necessary to light a candle when they ate their dinner. (Noon time meal.)  'In the night it is said there was not a ray of light even of the feeblest class to distinguish an object though ever so near.' The real cause of this darkness has nestled in conjecture to the present day."

~ A recollection from Hilda (Morton) Thomas (1899-1991)

Back in 1780, there was no way to find an explanation as to what was happening because there were no meteorologists. The revolutionary soldiers spent the day in the taverns or churches not sure what was to come. Today, scientists believe that wildfires in Canada caused the darkness due to high amounts of ash particles in the atmosphere.  And the next day it had passed, changing like weather in New England always does! 
sue and her plant 2011
Respectfully submitted,
Sue Basile
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
Lynn Butler
Lunch is on us! Win a $10 gift certificate to Lady CJ Soulfood & Catering.

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

Enter for this week's prize of
One hour of coaching. (value $80)
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Volunteer drivers are needed 2 - 3 mornings a week to deliver Meals On Wheels to West Bridgewater Home-Bound Seniors. Must have a valid MA Drivers License and a clean driving record.
Please contact the COA at 508-894-1262.
Save the Date
31st Annual Park Day
Sunday, September 11
Thursday, August 18th (Please sign up by 8/15)
11:30 Lunch
A cultural & historical reflection of the 1960's through the music of the Beatles.
Presented by Fran Hart - a multi media presentation with live music.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the West Bridgewater Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Grab and Go Lunch
First Church, 29 Howard St
Every Friday starting July 8th

No charge, everyone is invited to pick up a lunch. Please call the First Church at (508) 587-3118 by the Thursday before to let them know what you would like. All are welcome!
These amazing women and young ladies measured and bagged 375 dresses for Dress A Girl Around the World on Aug 2nd at the West Bridgewater Library.
Come on out to a West Bridgewater 200th Anniversary Celebration Event

Sat, August 20th
1 - 9p
Town Hall

1:00 Vendors Selling Food and Beverage
1:30 Event Kickoff
2:00 1st Softball Game - WBYAA vs. Fire Dept 3:15 2nd Softball Game - School vs. Police Dept
4:30 Softball Championship Game
5:45 Softball Trophy Awarded - Donation to charity from Lions Association
6:15 Band Starts at Town Hall Gazebo
8:15 Fireworks at -WBYAA Field

*50/50 Raffle-Proceeds to WB Food Pantry
*Parking also at MSHS / Howard School & COA
Bridgewater State University Observatory

The Bridgewater State University Observatory is dedicated to educating its students and the public in astronomy. Currently, the observatory is closed to the public with occasional exceptions. It is still open every night for undergraduate research and workshops for K-12 students and their families. Workshops are 30-to-45-minute-long hands-on, stimulating activities. They include classes on aliens, nuclear fusion, and UFO investigators.

In normal times, the observatory holds public viewing nights, where people from all ages are welcome to visit the observatory. Here, they can use the observatory’s telescopes for free. About a dozen telescopes can be run at once, some of which are found on their patio decks. Stacy Bouffard Rancourt, a local resident, visited the observatory recently and “especially enjoyed looking through the telescopes on the two decks and seeing two very different views of the sky.” The observatory uses 8-inch apertures to view stars, galaxies, planets, and nebulae. The staff can show you where to find these, as well as answer any questions you have. Indeed, Stacy also “enjoyed listening to the explanations by the staff. "They were all very knowledgeable.”

In addition to providing services for the public, the BSU Observatory is a hub of undergraduate research. The BSU Experimental Astrophysics Research team, or BEAR, is a group of students that conduct their research in this observatory. They use the equipment in the observatory to collect data before they participate in data analysis and research projects. These projects consist of topics such as exoplanet candidates, which are planets discovered by a telescope but not yet confirmed to exist, asteroids and variable stars, the latter of which are stars whose brightness as seen from Earth fluctuates, and kuiper belt objects, which are rocks, ice, comets and dwarf planets in a disc in the outer solar system, among other topics. 

The BSU Observatory hopes to hold public viewing nights once again by late September. For more information on the observatory, call 508-531-3275 or visit their Facebook Page

Story credit: Rohail Spear
BuzzAround Writing Intern, Franklin & Marshall College
Image credit: Stacy Bouffard Rancourt
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Electronic Recycle Day at the Collaborative

Sat, August 20th
9a - 2p
St. John's Church,
210 Central St., EB

Bring small electronics (anything with a plug & more) to the parking lot, $5 each. Appliances, cost varies see site for details. mobilesawb.com

No charge on these items: keyboards, car batteries, cables, wire & cell phones and bikes to recycle (we can pick up bicycles if you cannot get them there).

Any questions contact Together In Christ Collaborative (St Ann's Church & St. John's Church) 508-586-4880 or 508-378-4207.
WBMSHS Announcement
Thursday, Aug 25th
8:30 - 9:45a
Grade 7 Orientation

Thursday, Aug 25th
12 - 1p
New Student (Grades 8-12) Orientation
Free Breakfast and Lunch for Students
School Breakfast and Lunch are available at no cost to all students in Massachusetts this coming school year (2022-2023)! This includes all schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.
Check out www.projectbread.org for more information.

2022 WB Farmers Market

August 23
4 - 7p

On the Green at First Church
29 Howard St.
Tuesday, August 30th - register by Friday 8/26
Do you or someone you know have a history of falls? In this program participants will learn about remaining independent, fall statistics, fall risks, home safety and fall prevention through exercises.
Receive handouts and a safety checklist!
Kindergarten Meet-N-Greet for
Spring St. Students
Wednesday August 24th
6 - 7p
Do you have a child that is entering WB's Kindergarten class at the Spring Street School? If yes, then this is the program to attend with your child. Miss Gail and Ms. Nanette will host an interactive music & movement session that will enable the incoming students to meet each other.

Last year there was time for the new students to play at Friendship Park playground and every child received a mini "Back to School" goody bag with a craft!! Please register for this program in order to ensure that the staff have enough goody bags.

This program will be held outside, weather pending. If it rains we will host it inside.

This program repeats on Saturday, August 27th. Feel free to come to both!!
Nanette Ryan 5088941255 nryan@westbpl.org
Intentionally Shopping
Here is another win/ win.
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Here are 6 simple questions to ask yourself before making a purchase.
  • Does this purchase fit in my budget?
  • Do I need this item or do I WANT it?
  • Do I have an immediate plan for this item?
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  • Can I borrow this item from someone or the library?
  • Can I live without it?
Decluttering, helping your budget and creating less waste. Give it a try.
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The WB Historical Commission Invites you to Visit our Town Museum!
Sat, August 27th; 1 - 3p
Located at the Old Fire Barn behind Town Hall, 65 N. Main St.

Admission is free but freewill donations are accepted. We welcome donations/loans of historical items pertaining to WB history.

**There is an open vacancy for a member of the West Bridgewater Historical Commission.
Those interested may notify Bob Bevis, Chairman, at 508-588-5461.**
Overdose Vigil by Candlelight
Tuesday, August 30th at 6p
Massasoit Community College, Massasoit Blvd, Brockton
Join us at our Annual Overdose Vigil by Candlelight to heal through honoring those we have lost.
Learn more about this event by visiting the Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative on Facebook.
Registrations for spring travel soccer tryouts (U10, U12, U14, & U17) are
now open!  
Tryouts will be held on the below listed days. You are only required to attend on one date but it is strongly suggested that you attend both days for a more thorough evaluation. Times for each age group will be communicated as we get closer to the tryout dates.
Please note: registrations for age levels younger than U10 will be posted at a later date (there are no tryouts for those age groups)
   Day 1: Friday, Sept 9th, 4:45 - 7p (Howard Field)  
   Day 2: Saturday, Sept 10th, 3:45 - 6p (High School turf field)  
   Day 1: Saturday, Sept 10th, 5:45 - 8p (High School turf field)
  Day 2: Monday, Sept 12th, 4:45 - 7p (Howard Field)
*Required soccer tryout attire: soccer shirt, shorts, shin guards & cleats. Do not wear club or numbered attire.
*We will provide you with a tryout number.
*Bring your own ball.
Please feel free to contact Sam Lone with questions (SLONE@bridgew.edu).
WB Water Commissioners Mtg
Recorded Aug 1
Video Courtesy of WBCAM
WB Board of Selectmen Meeting
Recorded Aug 3
Video Courtesy of WBCAM
3 Members of the West Bridgewater Police Department Honored by the
Chief of Police Victor R. Flaherty, Jr.
Story and photo credits WB Police Dept Facebook Page
"Today, I formally recognized and presented these three officers, Sergeant Christopher Werner, Officer Michael Kominsky and Officer Christopher Huyghe with the highest honor given by the West Bridgewater Police Department, the Chiefs Letter of Commendation.

On August 11, 2021 the West Bridgewater Police Department received a distress call from a monitoring service for victims of violent crimes. With very little information, these three officers were able to determine the location of the incident and identify the suspect, while alerting civilians and other officers on scene of the presence of a gun. The suspect was quickly disarmed and taken into custody.

Speaking with these officers again today as I did on August 11, 2021 their actions on that day saved lives and as your leader and Chief of Police I could not be more proud."
"Today, I formally recognized and presented both Sergeant Jonathan Craven and Officer Olivia Church with the highest honor given by the West Bridgewater Police Department, the Chiefs Letter of Commendation.
On May 5, 2022 the department received a 911 call reporting a serious motor vehicle accident, (car vs motorcycle). Upon their arrival both officers immediately noticed the operator of the motorcycle on the ground suffering from life-threatening injuries. They quickly assessed the injuries and quickly applied a life-saving tourniquet to control the bleeding. You knew the bleeding must be controlled quickly, or the person could bleed to death in as little as five minutes.
I give you this commendation for quickly recognizing and providing life saving measures. There is no doubt your actions on this date saved a life and as your leader, and Chief of the department, I could not be more proud of the both of you."
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Historical Tidbit Question:
What do today's scientists believe caused New England's Dark Day?

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On August 16, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
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Some like it HOT.

"A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water."
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking." ~ William Butler Yeats

“Surely, anyway, a working day of eight or nine hours which is not split by a nap is simply too much for a human being to take, day in, day out, and particularly so in hot weather.” 
~ Tom Hodgkinson

"Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot. "
~ D. H. Lawrence

“The thing with heat is, no matter how cold you are, no matter how much you need warmth, it always, eventually, becomes too much.” 
~ Victoria Aveyard

"Sometimes the very best of all summer books is a blank notebook. Get one big enough, and you can practice sketching the lemon slice in your drink or the hot lifeguard on the beach or the vista down the hill from your cabin."
~ Michael Dirda

“The Bermuda Triangle got tired of warm weather. It moved to Alaska. Now, Santa Claus is missing.” ~ Steven Wright
Slowly my mind wanders, and the heat takes over. Let me see, I think: "What kind of mischief can I blame on the heat?"
Enjoy your week.
~ Jacquie
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