Little League Opening Day

On April 22nd, players, families, and coaches gathered to celebrate the 2023 opening day of Whitman's Little League. The day consisted of a parade, an opening ceremony, food, music, and fun games. They even held a contest where the team with the best signs in the parade won an ice cream party after their first game.

The support from the Whitman community during each year's opening day is very important and helps the league achieve their goal to "teach life lessons through sport that help build stronger individuals & communities."

Opening day 2023 was a complete success and a great start to the baseball season thanks to their many sponsors, volunteers, and numerous players who have a love for the game.

Story by: Meghan Lotti, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University
Source and photo credit: Whitman Little League FB
Historical Tidbit: 

History of Little League
Pictured: Carl Stotz with Harold "Major" Gehron 
and Jimmy Gehron.

In 1938, a man named Carl Stotz hit upon the idea for an organized baseball league for the boys in his hometown of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Carl had no sons of his own, but he often played ball with his young nephews, Jimmy and Major Gehron, and wanted a way to provide an organized program for them.

Carl gathered several of the neighborhood children and experimented with different types of equipment and different field dimensions during that summer. The program still did not have a name, and no games were played.

In 1939, Carl and his wife Grayce took the experiment a step further, enlisting the help of brothers George and Bert Bebble and their wives, Annabelle and Eloise, respectively. The three first teams were: Lycoming Dairy, Lundy Lumber and Jumbo Pretzel.  
On June 6, 1939, in the very first Little League game ever played, Lundy Lumber defeated Lycoming Dairy, 23-8. Lycoming Dairy came back to win the season's first-half title, and faced second-half champ Lundy Lumber in a best-of-three series. Lycoming Dairy won the final game of the series, 3-2.

In the following years, other programs emulating the first Little League sprung up. Boundaries for each league were established to ensure each league could thrive without worrying about neighboring programs "raiding" its players.

From those humble beginnings, Little League Baseball has become the world's largest organized youth sports program. In the space of just six decades, Little League grew from three teams to nearly 200,000 teams, in all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 countries.

And the basic goal remains the same as it did in 1939, to give the children of the world a game that provides fundamental principles (sportsmanship, fair play and teamwork) they can use later in life to become good citizens.

Information Credit:
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
Grow!!! - BuzzAround

Your Advertising Subscription: Keeps your message in front of our readers... you're on their mind ! & Freebies!!! 2 free weeks in the Weekender ( publishing to 17, 000 subscribers)

Read more
Kevin Ellis
You won a $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

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

Enter for this week's prize of
a 45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose
Library Book and Bake Sale
The Friends of the Whitman Public Library raised $1,400 during their April Book and Bake Sale. That money will go directly to programs that benefit the Library and our community.
THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our April Book and Bake Sale a huge success:
📚 to everyone who donated books…
🍪 to everyone who baked and donated a sweet treat…
👫🏻 to Friends - new and old - for working the book sale…
🛍️ to everyone who shopped the sale…
📦 to Girl Scout Troop 82685 and Boy Scout Pack 59 for helping set up…
💖 …we are incredibly grateful. Thank you!

Coffee with a Cop
The morning of May 4th, several local police officers visited the Council on Aging (COA) to spend some time and drink coffee with the town's senior citizens. The officers answered questions and had a great time getting to know members of Whitman's elderly community.

Source and photo credit: Whitman COA FB
WHRHS Graduation Band – Seeking Alumni

The Whitman-Hanson Band is seeking alumni and community members to join their group for the High School Graduation on Friday, June 2nd! If you are interested in performing with us, please email Brian Rowe with your name and instrument. Copies of the music and future rehearsal dates will be forwarded to you. All instruments and skill levels are welcome!
Michael Donahue Scholarship

Major Mike Donahue was a member of the WHRHS graduating class of 1990, after which he enlisted in the US Army in 1995. Mike served our country for over 19 years, during which he was deployed overseas in South Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In September 2014, he was unfortunately killed in action on his final deployment.
Mike’s classmates have organized a fund to honor his memory and award scholarships annually to WHRHS students. To date, 22 scholarships have been award to 9 women and 13 men, all of whom are enrolling in ROTC programs after their high school graduation.

This year, Mike’s classmates are excited to offer a raffle for Taylor Swift tickets as an extra incentive to donate. To support their efforts, purchase raffle tickets before the drawing deadline of Friday, May 19th. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the donation page.
Summer Classes at Massasoit!

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

Whitman Annual Town Election

May 20
54 South Ave

Just a friendly reminder that the Annual Town Election takes place May 20th, 9a–5p at the Whitman Town Hall.
To vote ahead of time, see Town of
2023 Spring
Art Exhibit

Tuesday, May 23rd
5 – 7p
WHRHS Library

Come celebrate the talented WH Seniors Visual, Musical and Culinary Artists for a night of food, music, and art! Plates for Pantries will be selling unique, student-designed ceramic plates, culinary students will be providing dinner, and music students will perform as you enjoy dinner and art by the talented seniors. All proceeds go to the Whitman and Hanson Food Pantries.

For more information and a list of the talented seniors, visit the WHRHS Art website
Your wish has been granted!
Our Wishing Wells are one of our best sellers. Get yours today!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
All Saints Church Plant and Yard Sale

Saturday May 27th
44 Park Ave

Come visit the All Saints Church to do some shopping! There will be many different types of plants for sale, such as tomato, perennials, scrubs, trees, and unusual houseplants. The thrift shop will be open as well. There will also be strawberry shortcake offered at the event!

For more information, contact Richard Tingblad

Staff Appreciation Week
This past week was Whitman Hanson High School's Staff Appreciation Week! The student council showed their appreciation through raffles and thoughtful messages to their teachers. Staff also received snacks and the week was concluded with a breakfast the morning of Friday, May 12th. Above are some photos from the themed photo contest. Each department picked a theme and dressed accordingly. Students get to vote and pick a winner.

For more information on Whitman Hanson High School's Staff Appreciation week, visit: Whitman Hanson High School FB
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!
Find YOUR Bliss with
Start Your Week Off With a Little Monday Evening Bliss!

Svaroopa yoga excels at releasing the deep tension in your body. While the benefits of this style of yoga are profound, it is very easy to do. We use the alignment of the body, rather than a lot of effort, along with blankets for propping to make the poses accessible, supportive and effective.

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

An old-fashioned candy store with a TWIST
Fulfill everyone's deepest desires at Pinches & Pounds. Choose from hundreds of products like chocolates, fudge, Jelly Bellies, just to name a few.

Stop by today!
Mon - Sat: Open til 8p • Sunday 'til 6p

Online orders!
(781) 447-2639 • 785 Bedford St, Rt 18
Dr. Christopher Jones, Principal, Whitman-Hanson High School- SEEing to Lead

Dr. Christopher Jones' YouTube channel shares 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). To see more impactful videos, check out:
Giving Appreciation
Video courtesy of:
Dr. Chris Jones - SEEing to Lead
Our Story
5/1/23 - 5/7/23
Video courtesy of:
Dr. Chris Jones - SEEing to Lead
Wh, whitman, whitman sign
Whitman Annual Town Meeting Recap

On May 1st, the Whitman Annual Town Meeting was held. Thank you to everyone who attended this important event! If you missed it, here is a helpful recap of the changes that will occur in our community:

  • DPW Building: Approved a new DPW building contingent on a ballot question
  • Camp Alice Carleton: Accepted the 1985 transfer of land formerly owned by the Girl Scouts
  • Municipal Energy Aggregation: Authorized the Board of Selectmen to enter into a Municipal Choice Aggregation program to contract electric supply for the electric customers in Whitman
  • South Ave Corridor: First round of engineering costs to leverage about $10 million in road repair grant money to rebuild South Avenue for safety and pedestrian access
  • Sidewalk repairs: added money to annual Chapter 90 funds to accelerate sidewalk repair
  • First CPA projects: The first project funded with Community Preservation Funds was new picnic tables of the park
  • 41C age of eligibility: Lowered the age to seek the low income senior tax exemption from 65 to 70
  • Nip Ban: Town Meeting voted no on the citizens’ petition to ban alcohol bottles under 50mL
  • Recording meetings: voted yes on the citizens’ petition to make audio recordings of all public meetings to be posted on YouTube
Thank you to Whitman Selectman, Justin Evans, for providing this succinct summary of the Annual Town Meeting! If you’d like more information, you can watch the recording here.

Information from Justin Evans’s FB Post.
Video from WHCA9TV

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

Historical Tidbit Question:
What was Carl Stotz's hometown?

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 May 17, 2023 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Meghan Lotti, 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

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
~ Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

“Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.” ~ Richard Feynmann

“I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit.” ~ Martha Graham
There are few things more satisfying, than to learn something new, Knowledge is delicious. ~ Jacquie
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
Copyright 2023 Buzz Around Whitman. You have our permission to share and copy this issue in its entirety as much as you like. If you take it in part, please give credit. ("Buzz Around Whitman 5/14/23")
Disclaimer: At the Buzz Around, we promote community and family. There are links to town committees and other non-profit groups, in the newsletters. Individual groups are responsible for how they represent themselves on their websites and in their promotional materials. Buzz Around is not responsible for the media content of other organizations.