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August 8, 2021 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Bridgewater Town Council Meeting
August 3, 2021

Over Zoom & Facebook Live

History Tidbit:
Early Fences
The first settlers were interested primarily in acquiring land. Thus land became the basis of a man's wealth. There was little ready money and the expression "land poor" was often literally true. Most of the proprietors and many of the first settlers of a town would be called land speculators today. As one looks through town records, it is amazing to see the constant buying and selling of land.
 
With the emphasis on land, it was necessary to have accurate boundaries and fences. Robert Frost understood this when he wrote "good fences make good neighbors." The first fences were probably made of pine stumps as this region was covered with huge pine trees.
 
If the land was level and relatively free of large stones, it would have been easy to plow. Our early farmers could have burned the huge stumps as they cleared the fields, but this was a long, slow process. The settlers needed cleared field immediately for the planting of grain to feed their families and livestock. 
 
These sensible, hard-working farmers had a new idea. The stumps could be pulled and hauled to the edges of their fields to serve as fences. This fence was not only cheap, but long-lasting and needing no repairs. Farmers in rockier areas built stone walls with the large stones found in their fields. Our early ingenious farmers had a use for everything!

Respectfully Submitted,
Sue Basille

Photo Courtesy: New England Today
Academy Building Municipal Offices
 66 Central Square 
508-697-0921
Services available through phone, email & website only
 
Bridgewater Public Library
15 South Street
508-697-3331
 
Cole-Yeaton Senior Center
10 Wally Krueger Way
508-697-0929
 
Food Pantry
Central Square Congregational Church
71 Central Square
 508-697-6016
Thursdays - 10a - 1p
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Bridgewater Library Kids Virtual Events

Monday, August 9, view any time: Virtual Story Time with Pretty as a Princess with Rapunzel

Thursday, August 12 @ 1p: Virtual Drawing Mythical Creatures with Corinne

Monday, August 16, view any time: Virtual Story Time with Pretty as a Princess with Elsa

Keith House Open House
August 15th, 12p- 3p
199 River St. West Bridgewater

The Keith parsonage is known to be the longest existing parsonage in the history of the United States. Old Bridgewater Historical Society will have people on hand to walk you through this historic site. The house was built in 1662 and housed the first minister and his family.

For more information visit the Bridgewater Historical Society Website
Are you looking for a job?
Are you looking to hire?
Check out the 5 Day Virtual MassHire Job Fair
August 16th - 20th
10a - 2p on the Premier Virtual Online Platform
The event is free for all participants.

Any job seeker or employer: all are welcome to as many workshops as they like!
There will be 2 general and 3 industry specific:
Mon, August 16 - General (All industries)
Tues, August 17 - Manufacturing, professional services, and finances
Wed, August 18 - Healthcare, hospitality, and education
Thurs, August 19 - General (All industries)
Fri, August 20 - Information technology, building services, and other

Register at Mass Gov Job Fair
Museum Passes
We offer free and reduced cost admission to many local area museums and attractions. Simply click here to reserve your selected pass.
For list of discounts go to Bridgewater Public Library website.
*Prices and discounts subject to change.
Experience The Solstice and the Equinox in the Same Place as Art or Photography

If you're interested in seeing the nature of the equinox and the solstice in an artistic way e-mail Jean @ Ousamequinclubnews@gmail.com.

On the dates of Sept. 22, 2021 and March 21, 2022 is the Equinox @ 6p.

On the dates of December 20, 2021 and June 21, 2022 @ 6p.

On those dates capture the nature in those events in an artistic way, and the club plans to make a community slide show for Sept. 2022.
Bridgewater Lions Club Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, August 17th, 6p in the Prisco's County Creamery parking lot located at 8 Romney Rd.

Before or after buying some tasty treats at Prisco's creamery be sure to stop by and say hello to the local Lions Club.

The club will have membership applications and brochures for those interested in joining the club, or even just finding out what they do.

If you have more questions or interest and cannot attend on the 17th the Lions Club invites you to email them at memberinfo@academylions.org
We sell "super premium" meat-based pet food!
Their first ingredients are, typically, animal flesh, rice, and corn and are 85% to 95% digestible. Meat-based feeds are fed in much lower quantities, contain higher levels of linoleic acid, and cost less to feed.

Come by and get the best for your pet!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Bridgewater Chess Club Meetings

Every Wednesday,
6 - 7:30p @ the Bridgewater Public Library, 15 South St. the chess club meets.

All ages and skill sets are welcome to learn and play! If you own a chess set please feel encouraged to bring it.

For more information visit the Library Website or Chess Club Facebook
Come Dance With Us!
Fridays, Aug 20;
6:30 - 7:30p
Sat, Sept 4 & 18;
4 - 5p
Sat, Oct 2 & 16; 4 - 5p
Bridgewater Senior Center
No experience necessary, dances suitable for ages 10 and up. Suggested donation is $5. Sam Baumgarten is the dance leader please contact with any questions: 774-208-2933 or email sbaumgarten@verizon.net.
Pick Your Own Large Luscious Blueberries, Plums & Juicy Peaches 
Tuesday - Sunday, 9a - 3p
Weather Permitting • Call for conditions
Children welcome under adult supervision * No Pets * We supply containers* No unscheduled groups.
Check Facebook for more details.

PICK YOUR OWN PERENNIAL HYBISCUS, NOW IN BLOOM!

Donut Barn open for slushies & peach smoothies 
Cider donuts made fresh every weekend 
325 South St,
E. Bridgewater 
(508) 378-2270

Wampanoag truths and traditions crucial to Mayflower Story

As part of a set of speeches from each of the four Mayflower 400 nations, Paula Peters from the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe speaks from her heart about the work that has gone into raising awareness of the shared history of the nations and confronting ...

Read more
www.mayflower400uk.org
Toe Jam Puppet Band Variety Show
Tuesday, August 17th
1p
Music Alley (50 Central Sq)
Toe Jam Puppet Band is known for its hands-on children’s entertainment that is perfect for families to enjoy together. The performances are interactive, and feature singing and dancing to original songs, watching shadow puppetry, and listening to storytelling. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be cancelled. For more information, call the library at 508-697-3331.
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A Different Time, A Different Place
By: David R. Moore

It was July 21, 1970, a steamy, mid-summer evening, and I was standing on the bridge with a couple of friends, surveying the Town River that was near the flood stage, at the paper mill. Halfway around the world in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam, two OH6 helicopters were falling out of the sky, and four young men would die in the crash. One GI, Specialist Walter Joseph Kacsock, a very close childhood friend and classmate, would become forever young.
Two days later, after coming home from work, I got a phone call from Chuck's cousin bearing the news. The conversation was brief; he had been killed in action, and that she would call with more details as the family was informed. The next two weeks seemed like it took forever, waiting for his body to return home.
Chuck, or "Sock" as he was known to his friends, was an only child, and his passing was an unimaginable loss to his Mom and Dad. In his home was an extended family with his Mom's sister, her husband, and their daughter, Janet, who was like his sister. He was an avid, skilled surfer and model builder and usually “the life of the party”.
Each night, as we waited for his return, the guys would get together after work. A few of us would go over and sit with the family as it seemed to give his mother great comfort, his close friends being around. She was a great cook and hid her grief cooking these incredible Polish cookies and other desserts. We would sit around and reminisce with his cousin about all of the crazy things we had done with Chuck.
Chuck served his first seven months “in country” as a company clerk at a forward helicopter base, B Company, 7/17 Air Cav Unit, Camp Holloway not far from Pleiku. The Army may have taken his body, but they never took his spirit. He was an adventurous kid who wasn’t content sitting behind a desk. Back home, he was an accomplished surfer. He missed his boards. Being in country 6 months he earned his R&R and chose Bondi Beach, just outside Sydney, Australia. For seven days he lived his dream; beer, women, and the fantastic surf that he had only read about.
Returning to Vietnam, he wrote of the great time in Austrailia. And he expressed concern; he was bored, sitting behind the desk watching a war happening around him.
Sock extended his tour a few months to receive an earlier discharge. When he got back to the states, he wanted out of the Army and back to life again. He had plans to order his dream car four weeks before his return home. His 1971 Pontiac Firebird, HO 350, would be waiting for him. He also had a school for automotive design in Detroit picked out to attend when he got back.
Despite his plans for the future, he was still not content. Each evening, he would sit with the guys and hear the stories passed around. His company had OH6 helicopters, LOACH (Light Observation Attack Helicopters). They would go out each day and look for the enemy. Flying at treetop level, 50 to 60 MPH, they would look for trouble, draw fire and the Cobra gunships 1500 feet above would swoop in for the kill.
It had a two-man crew, a pilot and an observer directly behind him. The observer might have his M16, smoke and frag grenades, and sometimes a few blocks of C4 to mark a target for the Cobras above. Getting shot down was not uncommon, so it took a skilled pilot. Chuck wanted the observer job.
Bridgewater had already lost four men in Vietnam, and we did our best to discourage him. We later learned that some of his buddies also tried to talk him out of it but to no avail. He put in for the transfer, and with eight months in the country, six to go, he made a move. He wrote back that he loved the new job. Back in the states, we held our breath and waited. We all continued our letters on our adventures back in the states, but they were pale in comparison. Two weeks later, I got the call from his cousin.
We were all stupid kids, that took chances back then. We drank too much and drove to fast, too often. We all had close calls but cheated the odds, and we all hoped our luck, his luck included, would hold. We have no real appreciation of what he saw over there or what drove him to take that chance.
I will never forget my last moments with him. The night before he left, we had been out on a double date, and he was dropping me off at my home. We sat in front of the house and talked about his pending journey. There was hope that the Nixon’s recent announcements on troops gradual drawdown, would bring him home sooner than a one-year deployment. As the evening came to a close, there was a moment where he became silent and reflective, staring down at the steering wheel. It was a rare moment with Chuck, as he seldom confided concerning personal issues. "There is only one thing that bothers me about dying over there. My Dad tells me that he is aware of no other Kacsock’s to carry on the name."
I could only break the following chilling silence with my response, "Don't worry about it. Be careful; you are coming back." With that, we shook hands, I wished him luck, and I got out of his car. As he drove away, I stood in the street and watched his taillights fade into the darkness.
The funeral finally came and it was a blur of emotions, grief, and recollections of the good times. The military honor guard was a formality and impressive, but it was only a symbol of what took him from his family and friends. They took his body, but they never possessed his spirit.
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME
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Historical Tidbit Question:
What were the first fences made from originally?

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Human beings are hard-wired for curiosity.

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
~ E. E. Cummings

"As long as you’re interested in people and things, that curiosity propels you forward.”
~ Joanna Coles

“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what’s behind the words.”
~ Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

“Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible.”
~ Richard Feynmann
Let's look, feel, question & learn until we can do no more! ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Michelle Montella, Bridget Murphy-Courteau, Janice O'Brien, & Jacquelyn Rose
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