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Historical Tidbit: Gar Hall in Whitman 1920s
“To become a member of the Grand Army, a man must have served honorably in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Revenue Cutter Service (today's United States Coast Guard) between April, 1861 and December, 1865. He had to have been honorably discharged from the service and have never taken up arms against the United States.”

“The local post officers were elected by the membership of the post. Each member was voted into membership using the Masonic system of casting black or white balls. The meeting rituals and induction of members were similar to the Masonic rituals and have been handed down to the descendant organizations, including the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War."

“Sarah Emma Edmonds was the only woman known to have been admitted to full membership in the G.A.R., because she had served in the 2nd Michigan Infantry disguised as a man named Franklin Thompson from May 1861 until April 1863, and continued to live as a man in the post war period. In 1882, she collected affidavits from former comrades in an effort to petition for a veteran's pension which she received in July 1884. Edmonds was a member until she died September 5, 1898, and was given a funeral with military honors when she was reburied in Houston in 1901. A small number of women who had served as volunteer nurses during the war were awarded ‘honorary’ membership, including the war time nurse Clara Barton. The official war time Army nurse corps formed its own veterans’ organization called the Association of Army Nurses, founded in Philadelphia. The Army Nurses met along with the Grand Army men at department and national ‘encampments’, but were not accepted as official members.

The organization’s ritual was based partly on the traditions of Freemasonry, and partly on military traditions and practices. The Order as it was styled was divided into Departments at the state level and Posts at the local community level, and modified military-style uniforms were worn by its members. There were posts in every state in the nation (except Hawaii), and several posts were located abroad.”

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Monday July 19 Friday July 23
This is a take-home program for children ages 3- 6. Practice fine motor skills with kinetic sand and a mold!

This program is made possible through federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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Whitman Think Tank Television; Episode 18
July 14, 2021
Host/Producer Erin Johnson is joined by local authors, Kathleen Johnson and Diane Lane, who shares insight on the process of writing a book.
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Whitman Hanson Community Access's intern, Samantha Doucette interviewed her friend, Jacob Logan about what Kentama is, his involvement, what he films and touches upon the origins of it.
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Chief Timothy Grenno's Retirement
Many fire chiefs from the region, local firefighters and public safety professionals, state and local officials, members of the Whitman community and friends and family gathered Thursday July 8, 2021 to celebrate the retirement of Chief Timothy Grenno after 37 years of dedicated service to the Department and Town of Whitman.

Chief Grenno graduated from Massasoit Community College with an Associate of Science degree in Fire Science in 2000, and graduated from the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program from the National Fire Academy in 2010. He served as the President of the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts from 2018-2019, and as the President of the Fire Chiefs Association of Plymouth County from 2012-2013. 

“I’ve known Chief Grenno for 30 years and consider him a very close friend as well as a terrific colleague,” said Steve Hooke, Executive Director of the Holbrook Regional Emergency Communications Center. “Ever since the Whitman Fire Department came on board with HRECC in 2012 he has been a huge supporter of us and his passion for emergency response and communication is very evident. He’s a terrific leader during an emergency, and any time a crisis came up he’d always be one of the first people I would go to.”
Pictured: Holbrook Regional Emergency Communications Center Executive Director Steve Hooke & Chief Grenno
Chief Grenno received multiple citations from elected officials; numerous well-wishes from those in attendance and many members of the Whitman Fire Department came out yesterday to show their support, including incoming Fire Chief Timothy Clancy.

“I want to thank Chief Grenno for everything he has done for the Whitman Fire Department and the Town of Whitman over the years, and wish him well in his retirement,” Chief Clancy said. “I am eager to be taking over a department that is so well run and that has a proven track record of dedicated service to the community, which is in large part due to Chief Grenno’s leadership since he took over in 2008.”

Pictured: State Representative Alyson Sullivan, right, presented retiring Whitman Fire Chief Timothy Grenno, center, with a citation for his many years of service. Pictured left is incoming Whitman Fire Chief Timothy Clancy.
Chief Grenno said he plans to enjoy some well-deserved time off in the coming months spending time with his family. “It has been a pleasure serving the Town of Whitman for so many years, and it has been an honor to lead the Whitman Fire Department for more than a decade,” Chief Grenno said. “A Chief is only as effective as those he or she serves, and the men and women of this department work tirelessly every single day to keep our residents safe. I also thank my Administrative Assistant Lisa Riley, the many Town officials, elected officials, residents and family members who have been there for me along the way. It’s meant a great deal to serve each and every one of you.”
Story & Photo Credits: Matthew Reid & Whitman Fire Department

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Laughing In the Rain

“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain.”
~ Vivian Greene

“Being soaked alone is cold. Being soaked with your best friend is an adventure.”
~ Emily Wing Smith

"Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby." ~ Langston Hughes

"I like people who smile when it’s raining."
~ Unknown
Our earth is washed anew.
Time for some serious puddle-jumping!
Now WHERE are my galoshes?

~ Jacquie
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