A Spotlight on Whitman's Dedicated School Resource Officers
February 15 is known as National School Resource Officer Day, and the Whitman-Hanson students are thankful they have Officers Kevin Harrington and Derek Harrington as their School Resource Officers.

Jeff Szymaniak, Superintendent of the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District posted the following in recognition for the hard work these two SROs have dedicated to the school system:

"Kevin and Derek educate our students on safety, act as informal counselors, support administrators when necessary, and add another layer of protection and safety to our schools. Bonus - they are both super nice guys!!"

Thank you to Officers Kevin Harrington and Derek Harrington for your service and dedication to Whitman-Hanson students!
Historical Tidbit
The Whitman Family
The town of Whitman got its name from the Whitman family, particularly Augustus Whitman who donated a park to the town.

John Whitman was the first Whitman to settle in Abington.

Jared Whitman came after John Whitman. He was involved in many aspects of the town of South Abington. He was part of the Plymouth County Agricultural Society, selectman (nine years), Justice of Peace, and a delegate to revise the Massachusetts Constitution. He was also one of the first to establish a Sabbath-school for the town of South Abington.

Susanna Whitman and Jared Whitman had a son named Augustus Whitman.

Augustus Whitman was a businessman, and a farmer. He was not a statesman, but was wealthy like his father Jared. He had a company called Whitman and Barnes manufacturing that manufactured mowing knives. When riding in his orchard in Leominster, he was thrown from the back of his trailer, and died an untimely death.

H. L. Edward gave Augustus Whitman praise after his death that made the people of Abington remember him favorably.

Story by Gregory Venezia
Information from: History of Whitman, Book
Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons
Town Hall

Public Library
M-Th 10-8; Fri 1-5; Sat 10-4

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Beverly Croce
you won a $25 gift certificate to Johnny Macaroni's Restaurant, East Bridgewater & Halifax

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

Enter for this week's prize of a
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose
Whitman's COA Hosts Daily/Weekly Events for our Seniors

Throughout each week, Whitman Council on Aging hosts movement and brain teasing activities to keep our Seniors active and involved!

Cribbage - 10a

Wii Bowling - 8a

Hairdresser - 9a - By appointment only
Chair Yoga with Karen Lyons - 10:30a - Suggested donation $5
Art Group - 12:30p
Knitting - 1p

Mah-Jongg - 10:30a

Call the Whitman Council on Aging at 781-447-7619 with any questions on any of these programs. To view the monthly calendar, check out the Council on Aging February newsletter!
Painting for Kids, Teens, and Adults at the Whitman Public Library
Tuesday, Feb 22
Whitman Public Library

Create a painting on canvas! A teacher from Pop Up Art School will provide supplies and instructions. For more information, visit the Event Page on Facebook!

2 - 3:30p - Painting for Kids (ages 8 - 11)
4 - 6:30p - Painting for Teens (ages 11 - 16)
6 - 7:30p - Painting for Adults (ages 16+)
BSU Department of Theater Presents - Sensitive Guys
Wednesday, Feb 23rd, 8p
Friday, Feb 25th, 8p
Saturday, Feb 26th, 2p
Rondileau Student Union Auditorium at 19 Park Ave, Bridgewater

Left Right Center Tournament
Saturday March 5
Whitman American Legion,
Post 22
33 Legion Pkwy

Join the American Legion Post 22 for a Left Right Center Tournament to benefit Boston Children's Hospital! Check out all the other raffles that will be available during this event by purchasing tickets at the bar.

Contact John Cameron, SAL Commander at 781-844-6494 with any questions. Check out the American Legion Facebook page for more information on this event and more!
New Art Exhibition
at Whitman Public Library

Russell DuPont is a local artist, photographer, and author whose work will be on display through the month of February in the "Art in the Foyer" space of the Whitman Public Library.

Check out his beautiful paintings and photos.
Info from Whitman Public Library Facebook page: facebook.com/whitmanpubliclibrary
Silly Polar Bear Magnet Drop In Craft
Thursday, Feb 24
Whitman Public Library
11a - 12p

Stop by the Whitman Public Library for a drop in craft! This month, they will be making a silly polar bear magnet! Supplies for this event are limited to the first 48 children, and this event is suggested for children ages 3+.

For more information on this event and future events, visit the Whitman Public Library Facebook Event page!
Volunteer with the North and South Rivers Watershed Association!

The North and South Rivers Watershed Association is asking for volunteers to join their team. It is emphasized that you do not need to have a background in science to participate as a volunteer, all you need is curiosity and a desire to make a difference (and you don't mind getting your feet a little wet)!

They describe the position responsibilities as a citizen science volunteer as taking water samples, counting fish and crabs, monitoring important habitats, and more. In order to support the local nature resources, they need this data, and you can help them collect it!

Join the NSRWA community of more than 125 citizen scientists on the South Shore who are already making a difference under the guidance of the Association. Fill out this survey to show your interest in specific projects and they will add you to the volunteer list.
 Whitman Board of Selectmen
Feb 15
Video Courtesy of WHCA9TV
 Whitman-Hanson Boys Varsity Basketball vs. Marshfield
Feb 11
Video Courtesy of WHCA9TV
South Shore Bargaineer
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Check out our Children's Snowsuits!!!

South Shore Bargaineer is a charity thrift store that brings people together for good. “Thrift Shopping with Purpose”.

Check out our recent blog,
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Nomination papers for the May 21,
Annual Town Election are available

Town offices that will appear on the ballot are:
Two Selectmen for Three Years;
One Assessor for Three Years;
Two PK-12 Whitman-Hanson Regional School District Committee Members for Three Years;
Two Department of Public Works Commissioners for Three Years;
Two Public Library Trustees for Three Years; One Public Library Trustee for One Year to fill vacancy; One Planning Board Member for Five Years; One Board of Health Member for Three Years;

Nomination papers must be returned with 50 valid signatures of voters by 5p; Friday, April 1.

Please call Town Clerk Dawn Varley at 781-618-9710 to schedule a time to pick up your papers or if you have any questions.
Call the COA Bus for your Errand Adventures!
The Whitman Council on Aging offers bus rides around town and to different stores in the surrounding areas to seniors in the community who need assistance. The bus schedule for the remainder of February is as follows:

Wednesday Feb 23
Around Town Bus: 9a - 12p
Dollar Tree in Hanson: 12:30p

Thursday Feb 24
Big Lots and The 99
Home pick-up 9a
COA pick-up 9:30a

The bus has a four bag limit on all shopping trips. Call the Council on Aging at 781-447-7619 extension 1 to sign up for any of these trips!
Girl Scout Troop Shows Support for the Whitman Police Department

Several young ladies of the Girl Scout Troup #82685 showed their appreciation to the Whitman Police Department on February 9.

With boxes and boxes of girl scout cookies, as well as hand-made "Thank You" cards in the shape of hearts, our servicemen and women were left with warm smiles.
Photos and info taken from Whitman Police Department's Facebook page: facebook.com/WhitmanPolice

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
45 minute Reiki Treatment with
Jacquelyn Rose

Historical Tidbit Question:
Who was the first Whitman to settle in Abington?

Email us your answer at: 

Please include your name, phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
On February 23, 2022 before 2p, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The BuzzAround is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Amanda Guindon, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Yelena Salvador, & Greg Venezia
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
~ Plato

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
~ Anne Frank

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.”
~ Dalai Lama XIV

“Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion, and empathy.”
~ Dean Koontz

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."
~ Maya Angelou

"I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures."
~ Lao Tzu
To all my empathetic friends out there: Without compassion for ourselves & others, this world will swallow us whole. Know your needs, and take care of them. (In airline speak: Put your own oxygen mask on first.) 
AND be quick to forgive others.

These days we all need more: more self-love AND more grace from each other. 
Compassion my dear friends, compassion. 
~ Jacquie
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