Dave Armstrong: New Varsity Wrestling Coach!

"Whitman- Whitman Hanson Regional High School announced today the hiring of Dave Armstrong as its new varsity wrestling coach. Coach Armstrong is a 1991 Whitman-Hanson graduate where he captained the wrestling team his senior year. Upon graduation, he volunteered as an assistant coach with the Panthers before joining the Navy as a medic. In 1995 he rejoined his former head coach, Bob Gay, as an assistant which began a 10 year stint.
In 2001, Coach Armstrong was named the MIAA Assistant Coach of the Year. Following his time coaching at Whitman-Hanson, he also coached at Sandwich High School. He has coached 5 MIAA State Champions, 15 MIAA Sectional Champions and 4 wrestlers who hit the 100+ win mark.
'Whitman-Hanson wrestling has a rich tradition and to bring back someone who has been an integral part of that success means a lot to our school,' Whitman-Hanson Athletic Director Bob Rodgers said. 'Many alumni reached out to me in support of Coach Armstrong prior to the interviews and he lived up to every word during the interview. We couldn't be more excited to have him on board.'
Coach Armstrong replaces Gary Rabinovitz who stepped down at the beginning of the summer due to work commitments. Coach Rabinovitz led the Panthers for the past 7 years compiling a record of 61-79-3 and this past year finished with an impressive 12-6-3 record. The team also took third at the Weymouth Tournament, Team Runner-up at the Sandwich Tournament and second at the Bob Gay Invitational. The team had 19 Individual Tournament Champions and three D2 Sectional Champions - Charlie Lussier, Austin Gamber, Cooper Lussier. Sophomore Charlie Lussier won the D2 State Championship."
Historical Tidbit:
The National Foundry
40 Raynor Avenue

The National Foundry, began operations between 1911 and 1919 then expanded its operations from the manufacture of bronze and cast iron gun caps to the production of cast iron andirons, candlesticks, bookends, and doorstops. This expansion was likely a result of the burgeoning Colonial Revival movement in the early 20th century, when Americans began romanticizing the early settlement period of the United States as a way of coping with social and political upheaval in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

As part of this romanticizing of the past, many people wanted objects and furniture for use and display in their homes that harkened back to the colonial era, including objects like cast iron andirons.

Prior to the establishment of the foundry on Raynor Avenue, the Whitman Electric Company, Whitman’s first electric company, built the Whitman Electric Light Station (ca. 1896), and a coal shed, just east of the Old Colony Railroad tracks. The electric company abandoned the building between 1905 and 1911, and it sat vacant until the establishment of the foundry.

In 1960, the company changed names from National Foundry to Whitman Foundry, run by Fred Armor and his father-in-law, Alexander Beck. . The company was sold in 1993, at which time it became Whitman Castings. Since the transfer of property, numerous small outbuildings have been demolished, including a storage shed west of the southern Foundry, a sand blasting shed southeast of the Electric Light Station, and flash shed east of the southern Foundry.

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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!
Life Accumulates
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: Being proactive is key to solving issues that will eventually arise down the line. Use a clarity of communication exercise. Include teachers randomly in leadership meetings. Use a questioning agenda. Play the "if you only knew me" game. It's incredibly important to emphasize not committing a "double error" if we are to grow. Life accumulates. Make sure you have an intentional growth plan. You're either getting better or getting worse. There is no in between, which is why continuous improvement and self-development is crucial to successfully leadership. You need to focus on helping people figure out how to lead themselves so they in turn can become a servant leader.
Annual Tide Calendar Contest 

Deadline is Friday, Sept. 1st

The Taunton River Watershed Association (TRWA) is having its annual tide calendar contest. Open to all photographers.

The photo must have been taken within the last five years in the 42 communities that make up the Taunton River Watershed. It also should have the principles of conservation in mind. For more guidelines and where to submit the final photo visit the contest page: TRWA/photo-contest-form
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Whitman Board of Selectmen Meeting
August 22, 2023

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Whitman Middle School Building Committee
August 15, 2023

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Whitman-Hanson Preschool & Elementary Open House

Tuesday, August 29th
Preschool: 4p - 5:30
Elementary: 4:30p - 6
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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.
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2023 Annual Overdose Vigil: Carrying Forward Their Legacy

Melissa Cook's experience with grief and loss is an all too common one, but this heartbreak has
fueled her mission to want to help others.
At the 2022 Annual Overdose Vigil by Candlelight, Cook spoke openly about her experience
supporting her sister, Meghan, through her opioid addiction until the very end. "My sister was so
much more than her addiction," said Cook, a board member of Abington Copes, "She was a
good, sweet person who had some heavy burdens. She had a tender loving heart and loved her
Cook was one of the hundreds of loved ones who attended last year's candlelight vigil, an event commemorating the lives lost too soon to overdose and honoring the families and friends who live with the pain that comes with losing someone to substance use disorder. The Overdose Awareness Vigil is an international initiative that is held simultaneously across the globe. Candles are lit all over the world in recognition of those lost to overdose. This year will mark the 10th anniversary of the first memorial slideshow featured by the Collaborative in 2013.

The Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative's 2023 Overdose Vigil by Candlelight will be held
on Tuesday, August 29th, at Massasoit Community College in the Quad. Resources will be
available starting at 6:00 PM and the program will begin at 6:45 PM.

Too often, the identity of those fighting their substance use disorder is reduced to just their addiction. It is important to humanize these individuals and remember their lives are much more than their addiction. Much like the candles, their legacies shine bright beyond their time here on Earth. The aim of the vigil is to embrace connection with one another as well as reinforce the message to those struggling with substance use disorder or those in recovery that they are deeply valued. Many of the family members in attendance hope that by raising awareness around the realities of addiction, there can be more empathy and less stigma towards those who are suffering. "What I would want you to remember most about my sister is her pure, beautiful soul, and her easy gentle spirit. She just wanted to find some peace and happiness, and she wanted that for everyone" said Cook, "Megan's fight is now my fight, and we don't fight alone." Brockton Area Prevention Collaborative.

Written by: Cara Ferguson, Prevention Coordinator, High Point Treatment Center & Brockton
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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

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“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair...”~ susan polis schutz

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

"Aaah, summer - that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. It's a time to hunt for insects, master handstands, practice swimming strokes, conquer trees, explore nooks and crannies, and make new friends." ~
Darell Hammond

"People take pictures of the Summer, just in case someone thought they had missed it, and to proved that it really existed. " ~ Ray Davies
Summmahh, Summmahh, Summmahh!!!
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