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August 29, 2021 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Connecting Through Words... Long Distance... Sweden to Bridgewater
Do you ever think about what you wanted to do when you were younger? Did your aspirations become a reality?

They have for Joseph Davis, pictured above with his father; Bridgewater resident Chris Davis. On the left you'll see Davis' father enjoying Bridgewater summer day reading his son's Swedish fantasy novel, The Darkenstar.

Originally the novel was written in Swedish. Joe moved to Sweden in 2010 after studying Theology, Youth Ministry and Scandanavian Studies at North Park University in Chicago. To be able to share with his family and friends (especially those in Bridgewater and Easton), Joe recently translated and published his novel in English. The best chapter the Davis' are on- is the current one. Click here to find links to purchase hardcover or ebook.
Story credit: Bridget Murphy-Courteau, Bridgewater State University Intern
Image credits: The Davis Family Collection
History Tidbit:

Bridgewater Fire Tower
The fire tower was built around 1900 to serve as a watch tower for fires, and to hold a signal alarm bell to call fireman and to dry wet hoses.

The signal bell was never installed but the other uses worked well up until the late 1940's.

A steam signal horn was installed on the shoe factory on Broad Street instead, later replaced by an air horn on the Town Hall.

During WWII it was also used as a watch tower for airplane traffic.
Respectfully submitted,

David Moore
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
508-697-0921
Services available through phone, email & website only
 
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
508-697-3331
 
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
508-697-0929
 
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
 508-697-6016
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
1st Monday of each month from 6 - 7:30p
Congratulations!
Eleanor Flaherty
won a 1 hour session (value $80) at

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
$50 gift certificate to Beauty Counter products through Independent Consultant
Christine Harkins. The clean revolution!
Prisco's Teams Up With Bridgewater Youth Basketball for 1st Annual Cornhole Tourney
Bridgewater Youth Basketball will be holding their 1st annual fundraising cornhole tournament at 2p on Sept. 11th @ Prisco's located @ 8 Romney Rd.

Teams are $200 each you can register on their website here.

Beer and wine will be available as well as food and ice cream, come to play or support the local league!!
Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish
Welcome Back Block Party!
Saturday, Sept 11th
2 - 6p
103 Center St.
St. Thomas Aquinas is hosting a FREE Welcome Back Block Party for the whole family!

Featuring train rides, pony rides, dunk tanks, bouncy house and much more, don't miss this exciting community building event!

For planning purposes, please register.
See you there!
Good Day Metro South/COVID-19 Economic Recovery Call
Friday, September 10th
2p - 3p
Zoom
Topics include city, state, and national resources to help you, your business, and your community respond to COVID-19. Zoom into this special forum to raise awareness and have your questions answered.


Contact Cathryn Schofield for assistance at CSchofield@metrosouthchamber.com or call (508) 586-0500 x 231.
Bridgewater State University's New Fall Course Catalog
for area seniors who want to take up a topic. $85 allows you to take all the courses you want! Senior College Fall Catalog
Looking for a job?
Check out the link below to see what openings there are in the Town of Bridgewater.
There you can read full description of the positions.
2021-22 School Supply List and Information

All necessary school supplies have been purchased for the George H. Mitchell Elementary School Students Grade K thru 3. All necessary school supplies have been purchased for the L. B. Merrill Elementary School Students Grade K and 1.

Read more
www.bridge-rayn.org
Can you read 100 books??

Join this multi-year, personal reading challenge and enjoy perks like a half-way prize and grand prize upon completion, expert book recommendations, and major bragging rights!

*We’re challenging all 6 - 8th graders (ages 11 - 13) to read 100 BOOKS BEFORE HIGH SCHOOL! Sign up here any time, and read at your own pace.

*Or for high schoolers in grades 9 - 12 (ages 14 - 18), the challenge is to read 100 BOOKS BEFORE GRADUATION! Sign up here any time, and read at your own pace.

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
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.
Old Glasses? Bridgewater Lions Club Wants Them!
Outside the Bridgewater Public Library located @ 15 South St. there is a donation box where you can put your old glasses!
Interested in Bridgewater's Oldest Club?
September 13th, 2021 at the rear of Prisco's located @ 8 Romney Rd. @ 2p.
The Ousamequin Club will be holding an ice cream social for all to attend to learn more about the club.
For more information or any questions visit their Facebook page.
Paint in Motion
Thursday, September 23rd at 2p
Flora T. Little Meeting Room in Library
Have you enjoyed our Art with Rose series on YouTube? (View the latest summer inspired painting above.)
Have you been wanting to try acrylic paint pouring yourself?
Now is your chance to give it a try! No experience necessary, all supplies provided. Dress for mess. Ages 18 and above. Limited participants.
Pick Your Own Plums, Peaches & Nectarines!
Tuesday - Sunday, 9a - 3p
Weather Permitting • Call for conditions
Children welcome under adult supervision * No Pets * We supply containers* No unscheduled groups.
Check Facebook for more details.

PERENNIAL HYBISCUS & VEGETABLE TRANSPLANTS!

Donut Barn open for slushies & peach smoothies 
Cider donuts made fresh every weekend 
Get Your Lettuce, Spinach & Broccoli!

325 South St,
E. Bridgewater 
(508) 378-2270

STEAM on Hoopla
Patrons of all ages can browse the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) collections in video, audiobooks, eBooks, and even music and comics for materials that will broaden your understanding or just help you study.
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.
Experience The Solstice and the Equinox in the Same Place as Art or Photography

If you're interested in seeing the nature of the equinox and the solstice in an artistic way e-mail Jean to learn more at Ousamequinclubnews@gmail.com.

Dates of the Equinox: Sept 22, 2021 and March 21, 2022 @ 6p.
Dates of the Solstice: Dec 20, 2021 and June 21, 2022 @ 6p.

On those dates capture the nature in those events in an artistic way, and the club plans to make a community slide show for Sept. 2022.
This program is based on an idea from National Geography Citizen Scientists.

The Ousamequin Club has applied for a grant to the Bridgewater Cultural Council, a local agency
supported by the Mass Cultural Council.
Dance Theater of New England
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The Citizens Police Academy 
Ever wonder what the day-to-day work of a Bridgewater Police Officer is like? Curious what it's like to ride in a patrol car? Interested in seeing a court room in action? If you answered yes to any of those questions then maybe the The Citizens Police Academy is for you!
This program is intended to inform citizens about the services that are provided to the town by the police and to develop a relationship with the community.
The 10 week program, starting Tues, Oct 12th, is a great way to learn about your town and try something new!
Any questions about this program please contact Officer Ryan O’Connell at 508-659-1512 or email roconnell@bridgewaterma.org.
Mitchell School Last Beam Placement Celebration
It has been coming on 5 years since the closing of Mitchell School in Bridgewater due to a collapsed roof from snowfall. There was much debate in our little town about whether we were going to scrap the whole thing and start over, or possibly pinch pennies and salvage what we could of the 20 year old building.
Our town voted to invest in a new building. This ceremony happened in July, but we could not resist sharing, the placing of that last beam was so beautiful!
Speakers, including Senator Marc Pacheco, express thanks and gratitude to all those involved in the construction of the school. With the celebration of the last beam being put into place for the school; here's to a greater hope for tomorrow and for our community!
Story by Bridget Murphy-Courteau, Bridgewater State University Intern
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a $50 gift certificate to Beauty Counter products through Independent Consultant Christine Harkins. The clean revolution!

Historical Tidbit Question:
Around what year was the fire tower built?
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 September 1, 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
Sisterhood

“We're connected, as women. It's like a spiderweb. If one part of that web vibrates, if there's trouble, we all know it, but most of the time we're just too scared, or selfish, or insecure to help. But if we don't help each other, who will?”
~ Sarah Addison Allen, The Peach Keeper

“Once upon a time there were two sisters. One of them was really, really strong, and one of them wasn't.' You looked at me. 'Your turn.'

I rolled my eyes. 'The strong sister went outside into the rain and realized the reason she was strong was because she was made out of iron, but it was raining and she rusted. The end.'

No, because the sister who wasn't strong went outside into the rain when it was raining, and hugged her really tight until the sun came out again.”
~ Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

"Women who understand how powerful they are do not give into envy over meaningless things, instead they fight to maintain the beautiful bond of the sisterhood. These are the real women who know that we need each other's love & support to survive in this world. Love is the essence of being a woman. We must be that light of love that seals the bond & unique beauty of our sisterhood." ~ Bindu
Sisters, we must listen to each other, love one another and stand up for each other... if not us, then who? ~ Jacquie
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