West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High
Wildcat News from 5/11/2023 for a taste of High School Life!
Of interest: Attention Broadway enthusiasts: The French Honor Society is raffling off TWO tickets to “Jagged Little Pill”, the Tony and Grammy award-winning musical featuring the music of Alanis Morissette. These are second row seats! The show is at the Citizens Bank Opera House on Sunday, June 18 at 1p. Chances are one for a dollar or six chances for five dollars. Contact Mrs. Eddlem to purchase wbridgewaterschools.org/mshs/staff
Historical Tidbit:
World War II Rationing Stamps
Back of booklet: "Rationing is a vital part of your country's war effort. Any attempt to violate the rules is an effort to deny someone his share and will create hardship and help the enemy. This book is your Government's assurance of your right to buy your fair share of certain goods made scarce by war. Price ceilings have also been established for your protection. 

Dealers must post these prices conspicuously. Don't pay more. Give your whole support to rationing and thereby conserve our vital goods. Be guided by the rule: If you don't need it, DON'T BUY IT."

Image of Rationing Book of Richard Alexander.

Items were rationed because of shortages in the rubber and metal industries. Because trucks using rubber tires delivered processed goods, anything processed was rationed. As of February 1942, all metal work was converted to producing tanks, aircraft, weapons, and other military products. No longer available were typewriters, radios, phonographs, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, and sewing machines.
Civilians first received ration books - 4 May 1942 through school teachers, PTA groups, and other volunteers. A national speed limit of 35 miles per hour was imposed to save fuel and rubber. Each person in a household received a ration book. Babies and small children alone qualified for canned milk. To receive a gasoline ration, a person had to prove they owned no more than 5 tires, the extras would be confiscated.
April 1, 1942, anyone wishing to purchase a new toothpaste tube, then made from metal, had to turn in an empty one. On May 5, ration of sugar was 1/2 pound per person per week. On 29 November 1942, coffee to 1 pound every five weeks. By the end of 1942, rationing was in place for typewriters, gasoline, bicycles, footwear, silk, nylon, fuel oil, stoves, meat, lard, shortening and oils, cheese, butter, margarine, processed foods (canned, bottled, and frozen), dried fruits, canned milk, firewood, and coal, jams, jellies, and fruit butter.

Information from ameshistory.org 
Life Magazine, 1941-1942 
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
Samantha Davis
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Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

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Enter for this week's prize of:
a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose
The West Bridgewater Open Space and Recreation Committee is proud to announce River Walk 2023!

June 4th, from 10 am – 2 pm
all along River Street in West Bridgewater.

Come out and enjoy a pedestrian-friendly opportunity to celebrate the outdoors, and take in some of West Bridgewater’s spectacular open spaces, rich history and farming heritage.

Events and exhibitors will be lining River Street from War Memorial Park through Pratts Landing and the Keith Parsonage. There will be local crafters, non-profits and food vendors, including the famous Lobster Rolls from the First Church, Wicked Flavah Food Truck, Lady Sunshine Coffee Truck, and of course, Perry’s Last Stand for Ice Cream.

Kayaks and canoes will be available to paddle thanks to the generous donations of area businesses. Stop by the Kayak Launch at Pratt’s Landing to take one for a spin.

We will have 4 musical groups performing this year. Acoustic Idiots will return for another year. They will be joined by Ric Allendorf, Dennis and Dennis, and the Massachusetts Walking Tour.

There will be a kids area, yoga in the park, yard games and demonstrations on wood turning and Maple Sugaring. Live animals at Daddy’s Home Grown, Howard Farmworks, as well as New England Wildlife Centers will joining us this year.

More events, entertainers and exhibitors are being added every week so follow the West Bridgewater Open Space Committee on Facebook to stay up-to-date on River Walk. Contact openspace@wbridgewater.com to request a space at River Walk 2023.
Watercolor Tulips &
Hand Lettering Tutorial 
Wednesday, May 17, 6p
80 Howard Street

Join us Wednesday, May 17th at 6p to learn the basics of hand lettering and how to paint a tulip using watercolors. Beginner friendly! Perfect for ages 13+! Register here.

For more information, contact Kaitlyn Smith at 508-894-1255 or via email ksmith@westbpl.org or visit West Bridgewater Public Library.
Big thank you to Lady Sunshine Coffee for supplying delicious coffee and donuts from her mobile coffee shop while West Bridgewater Firefighters were hosting an ACLS recertification course! Lady Sunshine Coffee is owned and operated by a resident of West Bridgewater.
Baby Sing & Play
Thursday, May 18
80 Howard Street
(508) 894- 1255  
This is a program of music and play for babies 0-18 months of age. There is time after the program for caregivers to chat while the babies play.
For more information, call 508-894-1255 or visit West Bridgewater Public Library.
Summer Classes at Massasoit!

Take advantage of our low tuition, transferable credits, and flexible summer schedule!

West Bridgewater Athletics Mattress Fundraiser

Saturday, May 20
West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School

Come get a better night's sleep AND support the West Bridgewater MSHS Athletics MATTRESS FUNDRAISER! They carry quality name brands including Simmons Beautyrest, Therapedic, Wellsville and the popular Sleep Number Bed for up to 50% below retail. This is ONE DAY only, so they're asking your help to SPREAD THE WORD by inviting all of your family and friends! Profits go directly to these talented student athletes!

There will also be weighted blankets, adjustable bases, luxury sheets & pillows, Convertible Bean Bag & Nest Chairs, mattress protectors & Body Massagers too!

Take a peek of what to expect: www.vimeo.com
Paint Night With Sandy Churchill: Unleash Your Inner Artist

Wednesday, May 24
80 Howard Street
(508) 894 1255 
Join Sandy Churchill as she shows you how to paint a gorgeous picture with acrylics. No experiences necessary, this is a fun class for beginners! This class is for adults. Register here.
For more information contact Melanie Terrill at (508) 894-1255 or via email at mterrill@westbpl.org or visit West Bridgewater Public Library.
Climate Can-Do: Bay State Bike Month

From the Berkshires to the Cape, and everywhere around and in between, riders across Massachusetts are celebrating Bay State Bike Month this May! Sunday, May 7th, was National Ride a Bike Day, and May 15th–19th is Bike to Work Week. Visit Bay State Bike Month website to find an event or register your bike - friendly event.

There are so many benefits to riding a bike, both for your health and the environment’s. Bicycles are a pollution-free mode of transport, use minimal fossil fuels, and reduce your carbon footprint! Cyclists decrease the need for the constant construction of roadways, allowing there to be more greenery than concrete. Riding a bike is also a great way to get in some exercise, giving you the serotonin boost you need to start your day! Let this be your inspiration to leave those car keys on the table, grab your bike, and enjoy a beautiful May day with the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, and your pedal to the metal.

Bay State Bike Month is supported by MassBike, a non-profit dedicated to making bicycling an integral part of human-centered communities, policies, culture, and infrastructure. Healthy, resilient communities embrace lifestyles consistent with safe and rewarding environments. To build and sustain these environments, MassBike advocates for policies that encourage and support community wellness, equity, and inclusion, enable sustainable growth, drive economic vitality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Information gathered from Bay State Bike Month and MassBike.

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Tess Fiumefreddo, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Franklin & Marshall College. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
WB Board of Selectmen Meeting
May 3, 2023
Video courtesy of: WBCAM
WB Conservation Commission Meeting
May 2 2023
Video courtesy of: WBCAM
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Fusion Dolls
Doll & Toy Store in WestGate Mall 
Looking for that Special Gift?
Stop by Fusion Dolls in Westgate Mall.
Locally owned & created!

Located inside WestGate Mall
across from Kay jewelers
Metro South Chamber of Commerce's
Restaurant Week

Sunday, June 4th -
Thursday, June 8th

Support your local restaurants by participating in the 2nd annual Metro South Chamber of Commerce Restaurant week! Many regional favorites are taking part in this event, providing special offers to their customers. Make sure you snap a photo of yourself dining out or of your delicious food to help promote the event and restaurant through your social media.

All Metro South restaurants are welcome to participate in this event. Details can be found on the Restaurant Week 2023 Invitation

For more information and to view participating restaurants, visit metrosouthchamber.com or contact Cathryn Schofield at cschofield@metrosouthchamber.com
A big congratulations to Bridgewater's Ousamequin Club on celebrating their 125th anniversary! In honor of this, Senator Walter F. Timilty presented the group with a Senate Resolution. Since 1898, this group of wonderful women has enhanced the well being of our community and are part of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC). Thank you for making our society a better place!

Source and Image Credit: Senator Walter F. Timilty FB
Terra-cotta Pot
Mandala Painting 

Wednesday, May 31
80 Howard Street, (508) 894 1255  

Come join us at the library as we use mandala painting techniques to decorate Terra-cotta pots. Perfect for ages 13+! Register here. 
For more information, call 508-894-1255 or email ksmith@westbpl.org or visit West Bridgewater Public Library.
WB Open Space Committee Has Got Great Things Goin' On!
On the heals of organizing a successful Town Clean up Day, our Open Space Committee is hard at work with a Plant Share on May 20 and Riverwalk on June 4!
West Bridgewater Open Space Committee and Conservation Commission sponsored its annual Earth Day clean up Saturday, April 22, 2023. A HUGE success!
Noon at Pratt's Landing on May 20, stop by with your extra buds for their Plant Share. Bring a plant, take a plant!
and time to gear up for the annual RiverWalk. River St will be closed off to cars. A perfect spot for bike- riding, roller skating, or a stroll.
Thank you to the great volunteers who make these events possible, your support is truly appreciated. Janice O'Brien, Vice Chairperson of the West Bridgewater Open Space and Recreation Committee, says: “Thank you to everyone who came out and pitched in cleaning up all over town. A big thank you to WIN Waste Innovations for partnering with us and hauling everything away.”
Keep up with the Open Space Happenings: facebook.com/WBOSRC
Photo Credit: West Bridgewater Open Space and Recreation Committee
Story by J. Rose

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

Historical Tidbit Question:
During rationing, how much coffee could a person purchase every 5 weeks?

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 On May 17, 2023, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Fatina Mulumba, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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