Firefighters Recognized with Awards for Saving Lives

On the evening of May 22, two groups of Whitman Firefighters were recognized for their life-saving actions on two cases at the EMS Awards held by Medical Director Dan Muse, MD.

The first was the medical emergency on Christmas Day suffered by Lieutenant Tom Ford while out on a call. Lt. Ford’s crew was recognized for their quick actions and professionalism which resulted in a positive outcome. Lt. Ford has recently returned to work.

The second was a cardiac arrest suffered by an off-duty firefighter/paramedic who serves in a different community but lives in Whitman. The crew was recognized for their fast and professional actions taken which resulted in a positive outcome for that off-duty firefighter.

Congratulations to all of those recognized last night, including Bridgewater, Halifax, Hanson, and Stoughton, for their outstanding work.

Historical Tidbit:

Gas Stoves and Ovens

In 1906, a gas stove and oven were purchased from Fairbanks Bros. Company in Whitman. At the time, many families still used wood and coal burning ovens and stoves. However, concerns about air pollution and deforestation increased the popularity of gas stoves and ovens, which are still commonly used around the world today along with electric ones. The gas stove was originally patented in 1826 by a British inventor. The gas stove was used in most domestic kitchens in the United States by the 1920s, around 15 years after the one on the receipt was purchased.

Written by Vasilia Yordanova, BuzzAround intern, Wesleyan University
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Sat 9:30a-4 (during school year only)

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Diane Fernandes
won a 45-minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

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Duval Elementary Talent Show 2024
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School Committee Meeting
June 5, 2024
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Select Board Committee
June 4, 2024
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Dr. Chris Jones, Principal of Whitman-Hanson Regional High School:
You and the Future of Artificial Intelligence with David Espindola
David is a consultant and advisor, futurist, keynote speaker, and author. He is the Founder of Brainyus, a company that applies the principles of transformative purpose, lifelong learning, and servant leadership to guide Human-AI transformation. David is the award-winning author of “Soulful: You in the Future of Artificial Intelligence”; published in May of 2023, and “The Exponential Era: Strategies to Stay Ahead of the Curve in an Era of Chaotic Changes and Disruptive Forces”, published by IEEE Press / Wiley in 2021. David is the former CIO of Flexera Software and a former executive at Oracle. He was also a member of a Silicon Valley startup that grew 5X during his tenure, resulting in an IPO.

In this episode, David shares principles of transformative purpose, lifelong learning, and servant leadership in guiding human AI transformation. The discussion dives into his book, "Soulful, You and the Future of Artificial Intelligence". He discusses the rapid technological changes impacting education, emphasizing a shift towards embracing AI, lifelong learning, and a decentralized content delivery model.

David also underscores the importance of empathy, trust, and a growth mindset in adapting to and thriving amidst technological advancements. We also touch upon the future interaction between humans and intelligent machines, and how educators can effectively integrate AI into the learning process. We conclude with David's recommendations for fostering a supportive, empathetic, and growth-oriented culture in educational institutions.
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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Rabies Clinic
Sat, Jun 22
VFW Parking Lot
Essex St

This Rabies Clinic will vaccinate dogs, cats, and ferrets. Please ensure all animals are leashed or in a crate. The vet from Abington Animal Hospital will vaccinate them in your vehicle. The cost is $20 cash per animal. Please bring a previous rabies certificate for your animal if you have one. If your animal is not overdue, it will receive a 3-year rabies vaccine. If your animal is overdue or you don’t bring the certificate, your animal will receive a 1-year rabies vaccine. Please note, the entire fee goes to the vet for the cost of the vaccination. The vet, staff, and BOH are not taking any of the money collected.

Questions? Call 781-618-9754.Please do not call Abington Animal Hospital with questions. This is a Whitman Board of Health event.

Duval's Pharmacy
Gifts, Snacks & Supplies
with Duval's Surprising Selection, you'll find just what you were looking for!!

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

571 Washington St • 781-447-0606

Nessralla Farm
Veggies, Flowers & Gifts
Everything you need for a stellar garden!

Full, half and quarter shares of our C.S.A are on sale now! Receive a variety of fresh local produce weekly. June 15-October 15. 18 weeks of goodness!

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

Robotics Camp at Whitman Hanson HS

For Grades 6-8:
Monday-Thursday, 9a - 2p
Join for one week or all weeks! Each week is an independent, week-long program. $200 per student, per week (July 8 - August 8, 2024). For more information, contact James Kozak at or 781-618-7743
A Day for Dads
Thu, Jun 13
Whitman COA

We invite you to come on down and relax as you enjoy Root Beer Floats, Cold Cut Finger Sandwiches, Pasta Salad, and chips! Seats are limited so call Ext. 2 to sign up!

International Picnic Day
Mon, Jun 17
Whitman COA

We will be having a boxed picnic lunch provided by Old Colony Elder Services and listening to music that inspires thoughts of warm weather and summer fun! Seats are limited so call Ext. 2 to sign up!

Cookbook Club
Thu, Jun 20
Whitman Public Library

The Cookbook Club meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm except for July and August. This month we will be making recipes from the cookbook, Taste of Home Most Requested Recipes. Stop by the circulation desk each month and check out our cookbook. If you are interesting in attending, pick out a recipe from the cookbook, and staff will make a copy of it for you. Bring your cooked dish on the the night of the club and enjoy a variety of dishes cooked by other members. Leave the meeting with a full tummy and a recipe packet of all the recipes used at the meeting.  Contact Ellie Donaghey  at 781-447-7613 or

Source: Whitman PL
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.
Wonder Days
Thu, Jun 13
11a - 12p
Whitman Public Library

Join us for an exciting and engaging session of Wonder Days at the Whitman Public Library. We will kick off with 15-20 minutes of lively songs and captivating stories, perfect for capturing the imagination of young children. Afterward, kids can get creative with a fun craft activity and enjoy some open play time, where they can explore and interact with their peers.

This event is best suited for children ages 2-6, but all are welcome to join in the fun. No registration is required, so feel free to drop in and participate. It’s a great opportunity for children to develop their love of reading and creativity, and for parents and caregivers to connect with the community. Don’t miss out on this wonderful event!

Source: Whitman PL
Whitman Hanson Youth Soccer Players of the Week: Declan and Quinn

Congratulations to our WHYS Players of the Week!

Declan Hoey is our Boys Player of the Week. Declan is a versatile player that always does his best no matter what position he is playing. In addition, his coaches say he is always building up his teammates and maintaining a positive attitude.

Quinn Sullivan is our Girls Player of the Week. Quinn is a tough player whose defensive skills helped her team avoid a loss this weekend, ending in a tie. Her coach says her never quit attitude is admirable.

Keep on shining!

Source: WHYS FB

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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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