Whitman-Hanson Grad Alicyn Packard Wins Voiceover Artist of the Year!

Alicyn Packard is making locals proud with her amazing accomplishment this summer! Packard, who graduated from Whitman-Hanson Regional High School in 1998, was chosen as Voiceover Artist of the Year at the 2023 One Voice Awards. These annual awards have celebrated the best in voiceover talent since One Voice's founding in 2018.

The prestigious title of Voiceover Artist of the Year was awarded to Packard on August 12th at the ceremony in Dallas. She thanks her parents for "always telling [her] to go for [her] dreams" and her coaches and teachers who "pushed [her] to grow, even when it was difficult."
Packard is best known for her voicing "Roze" in the Call of Duty game and has done voiceover work on numerous television shows such as The Tom and Jerry Show, Rugrats, and Man with a Plan. Along with her monumental win for Voiceover Artist of the Year, Packard also took home the award for Best Female Performance in an Automotive Commercial and was nominated for several other categories.

Packard hosts her own weekly podcast, "Alicyn's Wonderland", where she interviews talent in the animation and video game industries. To tune in to her podcast, check out the Spotify link here. For more information on Alicyn, her accomplishments, and her future work, visit her official website. Congratulations again, Alicyn! We can't wait to hear (pun intended) what you do next!

Story By: Miriam Heath, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Bridgewater State University
Story and Photo Credit: Alicyn Packard FB, One Voice Awards
Historical Tidbit:
King's Castle Land

From 1968 to 1994, Whitman was home to King’s Castle Land, a seven acre amusement park with fire-breathing dragons, a towering 22-foot statue of Paul Bunyan, and dozens of child-inspired amusements and rides. Kings Castle Land and Toy Store is owned by the Whitney family and located near the intersection of Routes 18 and 14.
Story by J.Rose
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
Brian Gregg
You won a free 1.5 hour class at

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Enter for this week's prize of
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax
About Town with the
Whitman Historical Commission

WHCA, in collaboration with the Whitman Historical Commission, takes this look at the Commission. Hosted by Paul Waston with Molly Schnabel. Schnabel is the chair of the commission. She provides insight into the commission along with some cool facts about the Town of Whitman.
Summer Reading

Have you finished your summer reading yet? If you are in high school it's required and due the first days back, even if you are not a AP student. To make sure you are caught up with your 2023 summer reading for high school students check out the Summer 2023 Reading List. For other age levels and school districts check out the Whitman Public Library Summer Reading Lists.
Brockton, Canton, Middleboro and online
High School Grade 9 Orientation

Wednesday, August 23rd
Whitman-Hanson Regional High School

Orientations for students entering 9th grade is coming up. This is a great way to get to know new students and learn what makes high school so awesome. It also a great way to sooth those first day jitters. For more information check out the Whitman Hanson Regional High School Website.
The Brockton Symphony Orchestra is Holding Auditions for Open Positions!

Auditions are in person, with two short orchestral excerpts to perform. An audition request form needs to be filled out to participate.
The fall audition dates are on it - the first two dates will be August 28th and September 7th between 5:30 and 6:45p.

After your audition, we invite you to sit in during our rehearsal to get to know us (for auditions on rehearsal evenings). Rehearsals are Monday Nights between 7:15 - 9:45p, Christ Congregational Church, 1350 Pleasant Street, Brockton. For more information, visit: www.brocktonsymphony.org
Climate Can-Do: Limit Fast Fashion
Fashion is another tool to help combat climate change and protect the environment.
First, how does fashion harm the environment? In efforts to meet demands and popularity for society’s trendiest clothes, many big clothing brands end up wasting fabrics and energy as they rush to pump out clothes for consumers at cheap prices. This is known as fast fashion.

According to the United Nations Environment Program, the “pollution, waste, and emissions of fast fashion are fueling the planetary crisis” as "plastic fibers are polluting the oceans”. In addition, the “wastewater and toxic dyes” from the industrial plants that are used to create the clothes only further contaminate the surrounding natural environments.

Sustainable clothing: While buying sustainable and organic clothing is a healthier alternative, it can also be expensive or inaccessible for many people. Fortunately, there are still many ways to limit your own fashion consumption and help the planet without sacrificing your wallet.

Diversify your clothing store options: Buying secondhand clothing from local thrift stores or on-line platforms such as ThredUp, Depop, and Poshmark is an excellent alternative for getting clothes.

Consider clothes before buying them: We all have that item, or a few, that sit in the back of the closet untouched for the past two years. This is why the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University suggests buying an item only if you can see yourself wearing it at least 30 times. Thinking twice is a good way to limit how much fast fashion and wasted clothing ends up crowding your closet.

Support brands that have good sustainability practices: This online directory: Good on You allows you to search your favorite brands and view their sustainability/ethical work ratings. The website also provides a wide range of stores that solely produce sustainable fashion that you can occasionally invest in.
By researching, staying mindful, and practicing eco-friendly shopping habits, you can reduce carbon costs and the impact of waste on our landfills and atmosphere!

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Angel Benjamin, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Brown University. Focusing on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
This week's episode of Seeing to Lead: Consistency, Vulnerability, and Clarity

This week's episode: over 30 years of experience developing winning high-school basketball teams, including 428 career victories, sets the stage for the unique credibility and power of Coach Jim Johnson’s message.
Many speakers talk about leadership, but it’s rare to find a speaker who has, quite literally, led thousands.
In a moment later celebrated all over the world, Coach weighed risk with the potential for great opportunity for an autistic student-manager, Jason McElwain (JMac) catapulting Jim, the team, and JMac down a path of inspiration and hope. That one victory continues to reverberate into countless lives as audience after audience is touched by a wave of courage and tenacity and witnesses what true leadership can accomplish.
Key Takeaways:Search for people with a passion for and commitment to what they are doing, coupled with a "we over me" attitude.We often serve ourselves best by serving others.Vulnerability is one of the keys to building trust.Any team or organization has to have a mission that's bigger than just winning or making profit if they're going to be successful.It is essential to build programs that have systems that people want to be part of.You build good systems by creating consistency, vulnerability, clarity.Give people something that sets them apart to identify themselves as different and special.Remember to CollaborateMake sure to check it out.
WHCA August TV Schedule

This month's schedule is here! Make sure to write down what time your favorite programs are on this month. This is a great way to keep up with the community if you need to stay indoors. For more information, visit the WHCTA website.
Have you tried Chrissy's Ultimate Chicken?
Two breaded chicken cutlets layered with fried prosciutto, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, and garlicky spinach served with cheese raviolis and marinara sauce. You don't want to miss this!

Read to Elise

August 24th
Available times: 4:30p-4:40p, 4:40p-4:50p, 4:50-5:00p
Whitman Public Library

Limited spots are available! Want to read to a dog? Elise will be at the Whitman Public Library read to. This is a great way for children to learn to read out loud without pressure. Elise can't wait to meet you all. To sign up contact Steph Young through her email: syoung@whitman.ocln.org
Whitman-Hanson Preschool & Elementary Open House
Tuesday, August 29th
Preschool: 4p - 5:30
Elementary: 4:30p - 6
610 Franklin St.
The upcoming school year is fast approaching! Whitman-Hanson Regional School District is hosting an open house for parents and their preschool and elementary-aged children. For more information and other upcoming school events, check out the official WHRSD calendar.
Bridgewater Farm Supply's Summer Pet Costume Contest!

August 16th - August 25th

Celebrate the end of summer by entering the BFS Summer Pet Costume Contest! Feline, canine, and everything in between – all pets in costume are welcome!

To enter, message Bridgewater Farm Supply on FB a picture your pet in costume and they will post it to their feed. All entries will have the chance to win a $40 gift certificate to Bridgewater Farm Supply or a $25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's.

Winners will be randomly selected at NOON on August 25th.
Now Hiring Drivers
North River Collaborative
Split AM/PM and Afternoon Shifts
*Sign on Bonus
Starting Salary: Drivers: $20 plus benefits.
                Monitors: $15.85 plus benefits.

 Benefits: health, dental, vision, life insurance & MA State Retirement.
Paid sick/ personal time.
7D license Training Provided

Contact: Deb Thompson
781-878-6056, ext. 162
Grow Associates
Grow Associates is a non-profit organization helping individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities live their best lives.
Check out the no cost

Join us at

Whitman Board of Selectmen Meeting
August 1st, 2023

Video courtesy of: WHCA9TV
Whitman Middle School Building Committee
August 15, 2023

Video courtesy of: WHCA9TV
Duval's Pharmacy Inc.
A true 'neighborhood pharmacy,' Duval's Pharmacy, located in Whitman Center, has been in the same location and owned and operated by the Duval family of Whitman for 75 years.

Open: Mon-Fri: 8:30a - 6p | Sat: 9a - 3p
Sun: 9a - 1p

571 Washington St • 781-447-0606

Nessralla Farm
Come Get Your Frequent Flyer Cards !
For $100, we load your card with $115!
Buy Your Produce, Plants, Local Foods Anything... any time we are open!

Nessralla Farm
Local Growers, Doin' Good!
Pick up your Firewood!
416 Plymouth St. , Halifax, MA
(781) 293-6792

Summer Ball

Whitman Little League Baseball is wrapping up for the summer. Playoffs ended the week of August 6th. Throughout the summer, the league had fun events like Fireworks Friday and pin trading, and of course, Whitman League swag could be purchased at the snack shack. A special shout-out goes to the 10u team for beating Milton and advancing to the Elite Eight of the Suburban Summer League.
While summer little league may be wrapping up, the fall season just beginning. Players from Whitman and surrounding towns are getting ready. Reposted from WLL FB: "Majors Division: If you played Majors in the Spring, you should register for Majors in the Fall. Ages 11&12 (some 10’s may qualify) No Weekend Games, 2 games per week either Monday, Wednesday or Friday. Teams will be a mix of players from nearby towns. Volunteer Coaches Wanted.
Minors Division: We are waiting on confirmation if East Bridgewater Little League is Hosting the Minors Division. If you played Minors in the Spring, you should register for Minors in the Fall. Ages 8, 9 & 10. Weekday Games Only. Teams will be a mix of players from nearby towns. Volunteer Coaches Wanted.
Juniors Division (13-15) - we will enter a team or 2 in the same Fall League as last year.
More details & registration coming soon" on: Whitman Little League.
Story and Photo Credit from Whitman Little League FB

Story By: Ella Reddin, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Framingham State University

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
$25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question:
What was one of the attractions at King's Castle Land?

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 August 23, 2023 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by Miriam Heath, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Ella Reddin, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Living Your Best Life

“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.”
~ Oprah Winfrey

“We can’t save the world by playing by the rules, because the rules have to be changed.”
~ Greta Thunberg 

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” ~ Joe Lewis

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
I used to think taking the time to journal was a waste: "Why did I spend this glorious day pondering? "

But then I remember the other days I wasted; unhappy, without purpose, money or thinking I had no options. Days I felt unloved, face in my pillow, crying in frustration; and now I know: journaling is much better.

On days I journal, I feel those emotions, journal them, see and understand them. Then are able to re-frame the narrative if necessary, creating a growth moment. I changed my story from one of abandonment, abuse and need; to one of gratitude, power and resource. It was the same story, though a new lens. Now there is joy and strength where loneliness and frustration were.

I wish you all a fabulous week. Loving yourself, giving yourself the time you need, and living your best life. ~ Jacquie
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