to Lt. Smith!
We'd like to congratulate Firefighter Bryan Smith for his promotion to the rank of Fire Lieutenant.

As of August 4, Lieutenant Smith reported as Shift Commander of Group-1.

Lt. Smith came to the Whitman Fire Department in May, 2008 as Firefighter/Paramedic working with Group 3.  Congratulations!

Photo & Story Credits:
History Tidbit: American Bittern
The American Bittern is a species of wading bird in the heron family that might be found by Hobart Pond. It has a long, thick neck, and pointed bill. It camouflages well in tall brown grass.

Bitterns live in freshwater marshes with tall vegetation. During the winter they move south to marshes that don't freeze. In some places near the coast lines they stay in the same place year round.

Bitterns eat insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and crustaceans.

"American Bitterns usually build their nests among thick stands of cattails, bulrushes, and sedges that grow out of shallow water."


Story Credit: Greg Venezia
Image Credit: Wiki Media Commons
Town Hall

Public Library

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Mary Lou Harding 
won a $20 gift certificate to
from independent consultant Katie Ray.

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
1 hour session (value $80) at
Legacy 24 Foundation
Mike “Slicky” Garner Memorial Run
This year's ride is Sunday, Sept 12th at Whitman VFW Post 697, 95 Essex St.

Contact to donate a raffle item for event or to sponsor, email or call (774) 259-0487.
Smokey Bear turns 77
"Remember - Only YOU can prevent forest fires!"
Smokey Bear became the official mascot of the U.S. Forest Service on
August 9, 1944.
Whitman Firefighters Local 1769 Fundraiser
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is quickly approaching. This year, we will be selling these pink shirts to benefit local cancer charities.
T-shirts $20, long sleeves $25. See any Whitman Firefighter to place your order.
Pre-orders end August 31st. Checks are preferred, made out to Whitman Firefighters Local 1769. Orders and payments can be made at Whitman Fire at 56 Temple St.
Whitman Youth Football Rookie Tackle Registration
Starts: Monday, Sept 13 and runs for 7 weeks, every Monday night at Whitman Memorial Field for 1 hour.
This program is non-contact for 5 and 6 year old boys and girls. All players must be 5 years old by September 1st, 2021 and cannot be 7 years old before September 1st, 2021.
This program is designed to introduce young athletes to the game of football. It is intended to be fun, informational, and provide great exercise. Rookie Tackle players will learn the importance of working as a team, exercise, stretching, football skills, and of course the game itself. Our goal is to instill confidence and self-esteem for our young players all while learning the game of football.
Please see the link below for registration.
Looking for a part time job that supports the Town?
The Whitman Finance Committee is seeking the services of a dedicated member of the community to serve as Recording Secretary. This appointed Board meets most Tuesday nights in person at Town Hall from September to May. Duties include making an audio recording of the meetings and then transcribing to a draft form. Final accepted minutes are then copied to the Town Clerk and into permanent binders. There are also supplemental responsibilities such as posting meetings, drafting letters and meeting agendas, making copies and creating spreadsheets that are currently performed by the Committee Chair which could be added to the successful applicants billable time if desired.

This is a Town employee position and salary is $19-$21 per hour.

Please send your letter of interest with resume to the Whitman Town Administrator, Lincoln Heineman ( and FinCom Chair, Rick Anderson ( This 9- member committee is dedicated to not only making sound financial recommendations for Whitman taxpayers but committed to your personal success in this role! Call or email any questions you may have.

Rick Anderson, Chair
Whitman Finance Committee
(781) 447-4366
We sell "super premium" meat-based pet food!
Their first ingredients are, typically, animal flesh, rice, and corn and are 85% to 95% digestible. Meat-based feeds are fed in much lower quantities, contain higher levels of linoleic acid, and cost less to feed.
Come by and get the best for your pet!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Samantha Kenn's Road
to Eagle
UPDATE!! My project has changed locations. I will now be building the gazebo/pavilion right in WHITMAN next to Hobart's Pond! I am so excited! Due to the price of lumber I am now looking to raise about $7,000 in materials. There will be additional supplies needed but for now I am going to focus on the building materials. If anyone has any bottles/cans or scrap they would like to donate to a good cause - you can drop them off at 42 Rock Street in Whitman (there is a fenced in pen for cans/bottles) or I can pick them up. Message me if you would prefer a pick-up to be scheduled. Thank you soooooo much!!!
Note: If anyone has any really cool fundraising ideas, I am all ears!

Old Colony YMCA – Your Place for Family Fun & Health
Old Colony YMCA is dedicated to improving the health of mind, body and spirit of individuals and families in East Bridgewater and surrounding communities. We're committed to improving the quality of life of all area residents by providing affordable access to child care, fitness and health and wellness programs. The Y is proud to be a part of this community. The East Bridgewater Family Branch offers a full range of recreational, educational and fitness programming. From licensed day care to certified fitness instruction, the Y provides quality and personalized service.
An old-fashioned candy store 
with a TWIST
Grab & Go
Items are packaged in small quantities for your convenience & safety. 
Shop in store or online!

Come check us out!
Mon - Sat: 10 am til 8 pm
Sunday 11 am til 6 pm 

Online orders!

(781) 447-2639
785 Bedford St, Rt 18, Whitman
Eat well, Laugh often, Love much
Feeling hungry for something different?
Visit our Facebook page for a list of our current specials.
Click on location for full take out menus!
(781) 300-2600
Take out only

(508) 378-9335
Open for Indoor Dining & Take out

(508) 456-4460
Indoor & Outdoor Dining & Take out
Outdoor Adventures
Check out WHCA's series that shows you local parks, rivers and more in action! Video shown is one-wheeling at Old Orchard Beach.
Do you have an outdoor adventure to share?? Check out a Go Pro Camera at the WHCA office in Whitman for FREE. They just ask you schedule this in advance and provide time for training on the equipment. Contact a staff member here or call 781-447-4175 to reserve.

To see other videos in the series follow this link.

Video Courtesy of WHCA9TV

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a:
1 hour session (value $80) at

Historical Tidbit Question:
What family of bird does the American Bittern belong in?

Email us your answer at: 

Please include your name, phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
On August 25, 2021 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, Michelle Montella, Bridget Murphy-Courteau, Janice O'Brien, & Jacquelyn Rose
Rest Easy.

“Just because you take breaks doesn’t mean you’re broken.” ~ Curtis Tyrone Jones

When you rest, you catch your breath and it holds you up, like water wings…” ~ Anne Lamott

“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.”~ Bansky

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." ~ John Lubbock

"I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
~Mary Oliver ( from The Summer Day)

Rest Easy ~ Jacquie
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