Whitman Knights of Columbus
Turkey Dinner for Seniors

On November 18th, the Whitman Knights of Columbus hosted its 50th Turkey Dinner for Seniors! The Whitman Knights of Columbus is a non-profit organization that serves as a community function center. The Turkey Dinner has been a yearly tradition since 1973 for fifty straight years. Every single year, the Whitman-Hanson Football team shows up to help serve the meals, giving them a chance to meet the seniors in the community. In addition, the Whitman Police also helped with serving meals. Overall, this was another successful event hosted by the Knights of Columbus that brought everyone in the community together!

Photo Credit: Whitman PD FB
Story by Queenie Chen, Tufts University Buzzaround Intern
Historical Tidbit:

History of South Abington Post-Offices
By Charles P. Meserve, A.M.
"Previous to 1844 there was no post-office at South Abington (Whitman). Elihu Hobart, at that time postmaster at Abington, used to bring the mail for the residents of this locality daily. 
 
In 1844, South Abington post-office was established, and William Bonney appointed postmaster. He held the office until his death, in 1847. Cyrus A. Dyer was appointed his successor, and was postmaster until 1861, when George W. Reed was appointed, holding the office two years. Albert Davis was then commissioned, and is the present incumbent. He was reappointed Jan. 18, 1882, for four years. 
 
In 1863 the office paid $400; business however increased until, in 1878, the salary became $1,200.

Telephones were invented in 1876. The mail and the telegraph were the only way to receive information from outside a person's village before telephone became widely used after the turn of the century.

Respectfully Submitted, J. Rose
Town Hall
781-618-9700

Public Library
M-Th 9:30a-8p; Fri 9:30a- 4:30p;
Sat 9:30a-4 (during school year only)
781-447-7613

Council on Aging
781-447-7619

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Congratulations!
Sandra Fisher
won
$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 Decorated 12” Wreath (value $34)
Halifax
8th Annual Giving Tree
From Now Through Dec 8

Visit the Senior Center's Giving Tree adorned with tags, each containing a request for gift cards to bring joy to the seniors in our community. Select a tag, purchase the specified gift, and contribute to brightening the holiday season for our seniors. You could also become a "Delivery Elf" volunteer to assist in distributing these heartfelt gifts. For additional details, please contact (781) 447-7619.
Make sure to check the Whitman COA Newsletter and FB page for future activities.
Source Credit: Whitman COA FB and Newsletter
Calling All Vendors, Tree Sponsors, & Performers to The Whitman Hanson Dollars for Scholars Tree Lighting
on Fri, Dec 8 4:30p-7:30p
and Sat, Dec 9 3p-8p
Whitman Town Hall

There are still vendor slots and tree sponsorships available for the 4th Annual Decorating for Scholars Tree Lighting/Vendor Event. Don't wait to get involved, space is limited! Dollars for Scholars (DFS) is also looking for performers, dancers, and musicians.

To be a vendor or a tree sponsor, fill out the Google Doc on this DFS FB post or submit this form. If you're interested in being a performer, please message DFS on FB.

This is a great event with a lot of fun activities planned, including raffles, holiday music, food trucks, and more! All of the proceeds will fund Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Awards for the 2024 graduating seniors. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Source Credit: Whitman Hanson FB/
Honstra Farms Opens
Video courtesy of WHCA9TV
Whitman Board of Selectmen
Nov 28, 2023
Video courtesy of WHCA9TV
Healthy Incentives Program
Individuals and families who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are eligible for monthly fruits and vegetables from Holmestead Harvest through the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP).

HIP puts money back on your EBT card when you use SNAP to buy local fruits and vegetables from HIP farm vendors Check your SNAP eligibility on the SNAP webpage of mass.gov. Find HIP vendors on the HIP webpage of mass.gov.

For more info: Project Bread FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.
Source Credit: Panther Ed Trust FB
Duval's Pharmacy
Stonewall Kitchen Yummies

&

Colorful Gift Wrap

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

571 Washington St • 781-447-0606

We're Hiring Van 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
Showcase Your Holiday Recipe
with WHCA!

Do you have a delicious recipe that you make for the holidays? The Whitman-Hanson Community Access is offering a program where you can share one of your recipes! From your own kitchen, you'll create an episode where you demonstrate how to cook your chosen dish. If you're interested, email production@whca.tv, saying that you want to produce an episode.

The process is fun and simple: WHCA sets you up with a camera and any other tools you may need, you record an amazing show, and then WHCA will facilitate the post production details.
For more information, visit WHCA's website.
Source Credit: WHCA Newsletter
Make a Snowman!

Wednesday Dec. 6 - 6:45p
Whitman Public Library
100 Webster St. Whitman

Make a snowman out of air dry clay! For ages 5-8 only. Registration required due to limited supplies.

Register on event keeper.
For questions, contact the Steph at syoung@whitman.ocln.org
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Santa's Elves for Whitman Seniors

Running until Friday Dec. 8
Whitman Senior Center
16 Hayden Ave. Whitman

Help brighten the Holidays for seniors by visiting the "Giving Tree" at the Senior Center!

Since gift cards are “one size fits all” and are always appreciated by seniors, the tags on the Giving Tree will request various gift cards. Please consider further supporting our community by purchasing the gift cards from a Whitman establishment. Our town provides a multitude of choices for our seniors—pharmacies, restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores, convenience stores, and more. For a senior that may not drive, we have our Around Town bus on Mondays that can get the recipient to any location in town to enjoy and redeem their gift cards The "Giving Tree" will be up at the Senior Center until 12/8.

Gifts will be distributed to seniors between 12/14 and 12/20. If you are interested in being a "Delivery Elf" please contact the Whitman COA at 781-447-7619.

Source Credit: Whitman COA FB
Climate Can Do: How to be Sustainable During the Holidays

There is so much to celebrate but there is also so much more trash generated during these times than usual. With the holiday season soon upon us, let’s take a moment to consider all the ways we can be more environmentally friendly.

Recycling Christmas Trees
If you are buying a real Christmas tree this year, please remove the tree of all decorations like tinsels, ornaments, metal rings and do not cover the tree in plastic bags when throwing them out. Some towns recycle natural Christmas trees into mulch that can be used for municipal landscaping projects. So please take a moment to clear your trees before tossing them out!
In Whitman, Trees will be collected from curbside by 1/6

Recycling Electronics
Did you received a new phone or tablet during the holidays? Consider recycling your old electronics instead of throwing it out. Any Staples store accept old electronics everyday. Check out the Staples website for the list of electronics they accept. Below are some Staples locations in the area:
  • 600 S ST W, Raynham
  • 500 Westgate Dr, Brockton

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Queenie Chen, Tufts University BuzzAround Intern. BuzzAround focuses on actions we can do to live more sustainably. We can do it!
Massachusetts Internet for All Plan Information and Comment Period

The Massachusetts Broadband Institute (MBI) has drafted the Massachusetts Internet for All Plan and is accepting public comments until December 15, 2023.

MBI is dedicated to bringing affordable, high-speed internet to every person in Massachusetts. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has already allocated $145 million to Massachusetts to expand high-speed internet access and digital equity programming across the state. The first step to deploying these funds is developing a strong plan, informed by stakeholders and residents of the Commonwealth.

Over the last year, MBI has led a planning effort that has resulted in the development of two guiding planning documents – a Statewide Digital Equity Plan and what is known as the Initial Proposal for the Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program. These two documents create the Massachusetts Internet for All Plan.
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Nessralla Farm

Christmas Trees
Cider
Eggnog
& Centerpieces

Stop by the store today!

Firewood also available:
Delivery is FREE within Halifax! 

Nessralla Farm
416 Plymouth St. , Halifax, MA
(781) 293-6792

Holiday Cooking Safety

We'd like to share some holiday cooking safety tips from Chief Timothy Clancy and the Whitman Fire Department. Let's have a fun and safe holiday season.

  • When using the stovetop, never leave anything cooking unattended.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the stove.
  • Be sure electric cords are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Test your smoke alarms before cooking and make sure the batteries are replaced if needed.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging or towels — away from your stovetop.

For more safety information, visit the Town of Whitman website.

Source Credit: Whitman Fire/Rescue FB
Holmestead Harvest Collects and Wraps Gifts for Foster Children

Last Sunday, a team of amazing women got together for Holmestead Harvest's Women's Give-Back Holiday Event. For $60, women were invited to sip sangrias, taste goodies and wrap presents for foster children. Event proceeds were used to buy South Shore Foster Children's presents, then they wrapped the gifts to help brighten the holiday season. Thank you for your wonderful work!

Not only did the group support foster children in need through their charitable efforts, but the women also networked and made connections. We love to see people supporting both their community and each other!

Homestead Harvest distributes locally-grown food. They also offer regular cooking, crafting and fun events on Temple St, near downtown. For more information, visit the Holmestead Harvest website.

Photo and Story Credits: Holmestead Harvest FB page and website
Story written by Alexa Pennington, BuzzAround Intern, Southern New Hampshire University
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
A Decorated 12” Wreath (value $34)
Halifax

Historical Tidbit Question:
Who was the Abington postmaster before 1844?


Email us your answer at: 
Include your name, and phone number with your answer.

Prize Box Rules: By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.

On December 6, 2023 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by Queenie Chen, Alexa Pennington, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
Strength. 

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”~ Maya Angelou

“It’s probably not just by chance that I’m alone. It would be very hard for a man to live with me, unless he’s terribly strong. And if he’s stronger than I, I’m the one who can’t live with him. … I’m neither smart nor stupid, but I don’t think I’m a run-of-the-mill person. I’ve been in business without being a businesswoman, I’ve loved without being a woman made only for love ... I’ve done my best, in regard to people and to life, without precepts, but with a taste for justice.”~ Coco Chanel

“Courage isn't having the strength to go on - it is going on when you don't have strength.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte
New England winters are not for the faint of heart. Have courage, together we will face the cold, the Nor'easters and the snow; then celebrate together when Spring comes. 
For now, let's keep the light on and the flame burning. As the darkness encompasses, we will keep each other warm, our strength multiplying with each smile. Have a strong week. ~ Jacquie
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