July 7, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Our Whitman Fire in the Bridgewater 4th parade. Celebrate!
Jubilate Chorale concert of choral music from American composers, featuring the piece “Americana” by Randall Thompson. This program also includes video “program notes” taken from an in studio conversation with conductor John Marraffa and producer Paul Watson.
Video Courtesy of WHCA-TV
Historical Tidbit: Cape Cod Canal

Since colonial times, settlers and residents of Massachusetts had dreamed of a canal joining Massachusetts Bay and Buzzards Bay. The Cape Cod Canal follows the course of the former Monument and Scusset Rivers. Only a mile of land separated the two bodies of water. Colonial traders navigated these rivers, walking with their canoes between the two.
The idea first of constructing a canal first gained serious traction during the Revolutionary War. Under the direction of General George Washington, a study was commissioned to assess the viability of such a route. Despite a positive recommendation, the study was not acted upon.
The Cape Cod Canal as we know it began to take shape in the early 1900s. Financer August Belmont revived the effort, with construction ceremonially beginning on June 22, 1909. Construction continued until July 29, 1914 when the Canal officially opened. Unlike today, the Canal was privately operated. The Army Corps of Engineers would not take over control of the Canal until 1927.
During the late-1920s and 1930s, the Army Corps drastically improved the Canal, widening it to 480 feet, deepening it to 32 feet deep, and constructing three bridges over the span. Two of the bridges, the Bourne and Sagamore, were motor vehicle bridges, while the third was a railroad bridge. All three still stand today.

Respectfully Submitted,
Daniel Flockton

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Pool Passes

Season passes for the town pool are now available for purchase. Public pool hours are Monday-Saturday 12:30pm-7:00pm Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm. For more information, click here . Information retrieved from Whitman Recreation Center.
Books on Tap

"Books on Tap" is a new book group sponsored by the Whitman Public Library.
Meets on the First Tuesday of the month at McGuiggan's Pub (546 Washington St) 6pm-7pm. 
Writer's Block

Monday, July 8th from 6pm-7pm at the Whitman Public Library.
Calling all writers! Looking to improve and expand upon your work? Come to the community room to meet with other local writers to discuss techniques, ideas, projects, and feedback on your work. Please contact Kathleen Evans at 781-447-7613 or k.evans0804@gmail.com with any questions. Information retrieved from the Whitman Public Library
Crafts with Kerrin

Thursday,July 11th 12:30 pm at the Senior Center.Have some fun while making a free summer craft! Call the Senior Center at 781-447-7619 at extension 2 to sign up.Information retrieved from the Whitman Council on Aging.
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Thursday Summer Concerts

Starts on Thursday, July 11th form 6:30-8pm at the Whitman Park.
The Defenders Concert Corps will kick off the event on July 11th. It is encouraged for concert goers to arrive early to get a good spot.
Burt's Ice Cream truck will be providing treats, which will surely please the kids.

Information from the Whitman Cultural Council Facebook Page.
Pig Roast
Sponsored by the Whitman Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 22
July 13 12-5pm
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Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the American Legion bar at 33 Legion Pkwy, Whitman.
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"The Wizard of Oz" Production by FPAC

Beginning July 19th, the FPAC at BSU will have their first summer performance. This year they'll be taking a stroll down the yellow brick road and performing the classic "The Wizard of Oz." Tickets can be found at the following link: Buy Tickets! There are several dates and times for performances to choose from and it's always a great summer show.

Of particular importance and highlight this year is the inclusion of a Sensory-Friendly Performance scheduled for July 25th at 7:00pm. A breakdown of what this performance will include and accommodate for can be found here Sensory-Friendly Performance. Sensory-friendly performances are designed to create a welcoming experience for families with children with autism or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities.
Photo from FPAC and BSUti
Movie of the Month

Thursday,July 25th at 12:30pm at the Whitman Senior Center
The movie being presented is "First Man", which follows Neil Armstrong's work through the rigorous space program of the 1960's. To reserve your spot, please call the Senior Center at 781-447-7619 extension 2, space is limited. Information retrieved from the Whitman Council on Aging.
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Toddler Time

A playgroup for ages18-36 months at Whitman Public Library to make new friends and develop social and emotional skills through play, games, crafts, and songs.
Date: Aug 5 from 10:30 to 11:15am
Registration is re quired at selfhelpcpc.org. A parent or caregiver must accompany the child.
Contact Jen  508-559-1666 x1808  jmoriarty@selfhelpinc.org
The Annual Blue and Gold Banquet for Pack 59, Whitman

Scouts received badges they had earned; Webelos 2 scouts bridged into Boy Scouts troop 59 and were entertained as they learned a little about fighting with the medieval long sword from instructor Scott Ferguson of Swords of Chivalry a medieval martial arts studio located in Acton, MA.
Video courtesy of WHCA - TV
Farewell to Danielle Tierney

"Danielle Tierney, host of  Painting with Danielle , created her final masterpiece at the WHCA studio on April 26, as she has moved to Florida. The show, which began taping in early 2016, was able to complete 39 episodes before ceasing production. Danielle loved sharing her passion to paint, as she would transform a blank canvas into various landscapes or floral arrangements. 
At the conclusion of her final production, a small farewell party was held to thank the departing producer for dedicating her time and talents to WHCA viewers. Danielle was presented with a card along with a pair of Bob Ross t-shirts (her favorite painter) and a crock pot. Besides painting, she loved to cook and bake treats, especially for the staff. Danielle decided to relocate to be closer to her family. We wish her a safe trip and many thanks for the wonderful programs she created for WHCA.  Painting with Danielle  can be seen weekday at 3:30pm on Comcast channel 9."

Info from the WHCA newsletter
Painting with Danielle: Ep1
Courtesy of WHCA YouTube Channel
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Historical Tidbit Question:
How wide is the Cape Cod Canal?

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Living Democracy.

"If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end." ~ Bayard Rustin

"The life of the nation is secure only while the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous. " ~ Frederick Douglass

"It's a relief to hear the rain. It's the sound of billions of drops, all equal, all equally committed to falling, like a sudden outbreak of democracy. Water, when it hits the ground, instantly becomes a puddle or rivulet or flood." ~ Alice Oswald
I am excited about the political re-birth we are experiencing this election year. Why? I am hearing concepts and ideas. People are imagining, brainstorming. People are dedicated to creating solutions, instead of bickering and backstabbing. I hope we can keep this up.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Taylor Fruzzetti, Christina Montana, Theresa McNulty, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
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