CAST Week: Donna Riendeau

Donna Riendeau, a retired teacher from Raynham schools, recently gave a presentation to group of fourth graders at Dr. E Joseph Laliberte Elementary School. She spoke about her experience during her teaching days and the transformation of local schools. Her narrative then took an exciting turn as she delved into her past. As a child, she moved frequently due to her father’s Navy career before settling in Massachusetts.
For CAST Week ( Children and Seniors Together) Raynham Public Schools benefited from the story -telling of area seniors, sharing their life stories.
Donna highlighted a moment she in fourth grade where she learned that a classmate’s father was one of the first astronauts selected to go to space. This revelation ignited her lifelong interest in space exploration. She shared fascinating details about early space missions and how Alan Shepard and Walter Schirra made history. These pioneers traveled in small, cramped capsules which would land in the ocean, where Navy ships, including the one her father served on, would retrieve them.

Donna compared the day-to-day life of past astronauts in space with those of current ones, providing a picture of how space exploration has evolved. Overall, Dionna gave an engaging session that captivated the fourth graders with a window into the past and inspired a sense of curiosity.

Written By Naziya Khalifa, BuzzAround Intern
Historical Tidbit:
Kitchen Cook Stove
In 1921 my great grandparents paid $225.00 for a new kitchen stove. My great grandmother didn't care for it. She thought it was too big. However, after trying it she kept it about 40 years.
In 1985 when the old stove gave out, her daughter purchased a used wood stove for $65.00. (In 1985 a cord of wood cost $30.00.)
These stoves were not like the wood stove people have today. This was the "kitchen cook stove." One would have to start a fire early in the morning and get the stove heated to just the right temperature before cooking on the stove top or in the oven. There were no controls to set it to preheat. We can only imagine what it took to learn when to take a loaf of bread out so it wouldn't burn or how long to cook a roast. Cooking in the summer took on a whole new meaning, the kitchen was hotter than outside.
Some time over the years an electric stove found its way into the Baker kitchen, but the "old" wood stove sat proudly in it's originally place waiting for cold weather to set in so that the warmth from it's wood fire could take the chill out of the air. There is nothing like a wood fire to warm one's bones! 

I remember visiting my great grandmother and sitting in the kitchen with my "keds" perched on the "shelf" on the side of the old stove. The heat coming from it felt wonderful. I never gave a thought as to what the heat was doing to the bottom of my sneakers, and yes, I did stick to the floor when I stood up.
sue and her plant 2011
Submitted by Sue Basile, 2019
Image credit: Hardyplants at English Wikipedia
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Public Library

Council on Aging

Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9 - 11a
494 Church St, Raynham
Diane Fernandes
won a 45-minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

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

Enter for this week's prize of
a free 1.5 hour class at
Outdoor Classroom &
Garden Club
@ Raynham Middle School
Tue June 11
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town hall
June Board of Selectmen Meetings
Tuesday, June 11 & 25 7:00p
Town Hall
558 South Main St
Board of Selectmen
May 28, 2024
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Conservation Commission
June 5, 2024
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Juneteenth Celebration
Family-Friendly Juneteenth Event in Bridgewater! Entertainment, food, vendors, and speakers.
Bring your chairs & enjoy the day!

Sat, June 22 (Rain date: June 23)
University Park at BSU, 1 to 6 PM
Free Parking: For GPS, use
351 Great Hill Drive

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Summer Game Nights

Tuesday, July 9th 5:30 pm -7:30 pm
Tuesday, August 13th 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
(Singo at Night)
Raynham Council on Aging
 2215 King Philip Street, Raynham, MA
This night is informal and participant's will choose
what game/games to play.
Live Virtual AuthorTalks 

Thurs, June 13 at 8p
Thurs, June 20 at 2p 

Hop on virtual chats with #1 New York Times bestselling authors. You will have a chance to explore the mind of Fireda McFadden, who wrote The Housemaid, as she talks about psychological thriller on June 13. On June 20, you will get to hear Tiffany Jewell highlight inequities Black and Brown students face from preschool through college as she presents lessons and knowledge from her new book Everything I Learned About Racism I Learned in School.

Climate Can Do:
How Can I Help?

For those readers who would like to be actively involved in keeping our environment livable for future generations, here are a few suggestions: join or create a local working group for a just, equitable and clean energy economy in Massachusetts

Creation Care United Methodist Church or other initiative in your faith community

Mothers Out Front showing up to protect our children

Extinction Rebellion/ (XR) and / or the Boston Red Rebel Brigade: international nonviolent mobilization including civil disobedience and performance art to raise awareness and demand action.

As always, check in with your community's Trails, Open Space, Outdoor or Conservation Commissions or the Taunton River Watershed Alliance to have impact locally.
  We are all in this together, we've only got one planet! Thank you for all you are doing. Keep up the good work!

Written by J. Rose
Together, we can make a difference by taking action to live sustainably. Let's empower ourselves to create a better future for our planet, one step at a time.
Movie Day 

Tuesday, June 25 at 11a 
 2215 King Philip Street

Join the Council on Aging for Neil Diamond’s movie debut in the 1980s remake of the classic, The Jazz Singer. It’s about a fifth-generation cantor striving to break free from tradition to find his voice in the world of music. With an iconic performance by Laurence Olivier as his tradition-bound father.

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Berwick Boys Foundation
Calling all 12 through 15-year-old boys! Looking for an exciting 6-week adventure in Maine?

Camp is July 7-Aug 17, 2024
All forms due by June 30, 2024
Cost $900, limited scholarships available (508) 586-0059

Sons of the American Legion BBQ
Sat June 22
291 Mill St Raynham
Saturday June 22nd come down and join us for our annual BBQ, tickets are on sale at Post 405 (291 Mill) and must be purchased by June 15, 2024. Info: (508) 880-9788
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Summer Tadpole Program!

June 24 - August 16
8a - 12p
Merrill School 

The Raynham Park and Recreation Department is doing a Summer Tadpole Program. Kids aged 4-6 will enjoy arts and crafts, games, outdoor play, story-time, and more! No field trips or weekly swims, but plenty of fun activities and entertainers. Each week they will get to try something new!
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Congratulations Seniors!

We are thrilled to present the B-R Senior Stroll, showcasing the achievements and memorable moments of the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School Class of 2024. This special video highlights the journey and celebrations of our graduating seniors.

Video Courtesy of the Raynham Channel

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Historical Tidbit Question:
What was the cost of the new kitchen stove purchased by the author's great-grandparents in 1921?

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On June 12, 2024, before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Naziya Khalifa, Jamie Puhi, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia
The Wild Adventurer in All of Us

“Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” ~ Helen Keller

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
“I don’t much care where –”
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
~ Lewis Carroll

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ Andre Gide
Adventure looks different for all of us; for some it may be trying a new restaurant, museum, or park where we've never been; for others it's traveling to experience a whole new culture.
Whatever your adventure, our souls & minds are richer for the experience, and spring is the perfect season to get out and explore!
Enjoy your wild adventure! ~ Jacquie
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