September 26, 2021
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GFWC Taunton and Raynham Junior Woman's Club Celebrate First Fall Meeting

The GFWC Taunton and Raynham JWC held their first fall meeting on September 13th at the Silver Platter Restaurant at Bristol Plymouth High School.

The women were happy to reconnect and enjoyed a talk from guest speaker James Vought, M.A , author of Puppy Tales and Puppy Tales II. Jim is an Intensive Care Coordinator for Community Counselling of Bristol County in Taunton, and his books use stories to test and teach children cognitive empathy, and dealing with their emotions.

Recently, members of the club participated in a club Calendar fundraiser during the month of August with the funds going to the GFWC Women's History and Resource Center in Washington DC. Several of the women are also preparing to attend the GFWC New England Regional Conference this year, which is being hosted by GFWC Massachusetts, and is being held at the Doubletree Hilton in Westborough.

The General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts will be hosting a combined Fall Meeting of the general and Junior clubs on Saturday, October 16th at the Holiday Inn in Marlborough, MA. All club members are invited to attend, but please contact Nancy Clark at 508-274-9946 to register. Registration for this event ends on October 4th.

The GFWC Taunton and Raynham Junior Woman's Club will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, October 4th at 7p at BP and women 18 years or older may contact Joyce Clark 508-823-4482 or Robin 774-281-0120 if interested in attending.

Story and photo credit: Rotary Club Website
Historical Tidbit:

June 10, 1652
First U.S. Mint
Massachusetts Pine Tree Shilling struck 1667-1674

As early as 1650, the colony of Massachusetts Bay was a commercial success.

But an inadequate supply of money put its future development in jeopardy.

England was not inclined to send gold and silver coins to the colonies, for they were in short supply in the mother country. 

Taking matters into their own hands, Boston authorities allowed two settlers, John Hull and Robert Sanderson, to set up a mint in the capital in 1652. The two were soon striking silver coinage - shillings, sixpence, and three pence. Nearly all of the new coins bore the same date: 1652. 

This was the origin of America's most famous colonial coin, the pine tree shilling. The name comes from the tree found on the obverse.  It may symbolize one of the Bay Colony's prime exports, pine trees for ships' masts. Massachusetts coinage not only circulated within that colony, but also was generally accepted throughout the Northeast, becoming a monetary standard in its own right. 

Why the 1652 date? Some believe that it was intended to commemorate the founding of the Massachusetts mint, which did occur in 1652. Others believe the choice was a reflection of larger political events. Coinage was a prerogative of the King. In theory, these colonists had no right to strike their own coins, no matter how great their need. 

But in 1652, there was no king. King Charles had been beheaded three years previously, and England was a republic. The people in Massachusetts may have cleverly decided to put that date on their coinage so that they could deny any illegality when and if the monarchy were reestablished. 

This "1652" shilling is likely to have been minted around 1670. In 1682, the Hull/Sanderson mint closed after closer royal scrutiny of the operation.

Information from:
Town Clerk
Assessors    508-824-2704
Selectmen        508-824-2707
Building Dept.       508-824-2708
Board of Health      508-824-2766
Planning         508-824-2745
Veterans Service Officer 508-828-4527

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Council on Aging

Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9 - 11a
494 Church St, Raynham
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Check out Raynham Park & Recreation:

Ages 6-13
October 7 - 28
6 - 7p
Fellowship Hall, Church St

Ric Riley from the Komo School of Martial Arts will instruct you how to defend yourself in many different situations, as well as how to avoid them. Ric is a 6th Degee Black Belt with over 40 years of teaching experience.
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"Pawfect" Start of School
Welcome gift bags for the 2nd graders. We hope they enjoy their next 3 years at Laliberte! 🦁 All children at Laliberte received a stocked pencil box on the 1st day and 3rd & 4th grade also got an agenda book.
Photo and story credits: The Laliberte Parent Organization (LPO).
To find out how to get involved please visit their Facebook page.
Saturday, October 2nd 
10a - 2p
DW Field Park, Brockton - Lower Porter Pond Gazebo
Registration will start at 9:30a at the Oak St. Gate entrance;
Walk will start at approximately 10:30a. Some parking is available at the FCR Visitation Center at 370 Oak St., Brockton.
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Meet the Women of '76
Sat, Oct 9th
American Legion Hall
291 Mill St.
Meet 5 women who witnessed and in some cases, changed the course of the American Revolution.

Presented by the Raynham Historical Society. Admission free but reservations required call 508-823-6860 or email.
Refresh Your Lawn! 

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Local Mass Cultural Council Grant Application Time
The Raynham Cultural Council invites organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants that support community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs.

The Raynham Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.

This year, the Raynham Cultural Council will distribute about $7,600 in grants. Previously funded projects include: The Outdoor Classroom at RMS, Stone Church Concert Series, and Raynham Reads.

The application deadline is October 15, 2021. Guidelines and applications are available online at The Raynham Council can be reached by email,

Visit the Mass Cultural Council website for more information!
Raynham Fire Department commemorates the 20th anniversary of 9-11 at Raynham Youth Soccer's Opening Day.

... and now we ponder how we can spread peace...
Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
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Historical Tidbit Question:
What are the names of the settlers who set up the mint in Boston in 1652?

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On September 29, 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, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Michelle Montella, Bridget Murphy-Courteau, Janice O'Brien, & Jacquelyn Rose

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." ~ Dalai Lama

"Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together."
~ Linda Thompson

"In my view, the best of humanity is in our exercise of empathy and compassion. It's when we challenge ourselves to walk in the shoes of someone whose pain or plight might seem so different than yours that it's almost incomprehensible."
~Sarah McBride

"In Asian languages, the word for 'mind' and the word for 'heart' are same. So if you're not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you're not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention."
~ Jon Kabat-Zinn
Compassion for ourselves, compassion for others...
this is how we move forward...

Have a lovely week
~ Jacquie
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