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June 12, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Nature Watch With Outdoor Writer & Photographer Mary Wright Julius
Mary is Executive Secretary and Newsletter Editor for New England Outdoor Writers Association.
Thank you for sharing with us, Mary. This is great inspiration for us to get outside and enjoy nature this summer.

Left: A cormorant dries its wings.
Middle:Queen Anne's Lace is in bloom.
Right: A great egret stalks along the edge of the river.

All photo credits: Mary Wright Julius
Historical Tidbit: 
Dandelion A Weed You Can Eat  

Yes, we call them a weed, but as an early spring treat in the early 1900's they would be picked for a dish of dandelion greens. This natural food was used in recipes to add a different kind of taste. Children would be sent out to pick and then the stem and blossom would be plucked from the greens and stewed on the stove top. It was a delicious dish served with vinegar for a sauce. The dandelion greens are somewhat like spinach when cooked. The root was also used as an addition to salads and an extract could be made to make tea, coffee and wine.

If you feel adventurous and want to try something different, just be sure that the dandelions you pick are not covered in pesticides or other chemicals before eating or cooking them. To be on the safe side, you can go to a store that sells natural foods and buy them.

A number of my family members would talk about the "stewed greens" and wine made with dandelions they had picked. I know one of their favorite fields to pick them in was on the east end of Plymouth Street at the Plympton line. 

~ Respectfully submitted, Sue Basile
Town Hall
  508-894-1200

Check town website for needed updates.

WB Public Library
508-894-1255
 
Council on Aging
508-894-1262
COA

1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
2:30 - 3:30p
Spring Street School
2 Spring St, WB
Congratulations!
Shannon McDonough
won a $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds Candy Store in Whitman, MA!


You should play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.


You could win a
$10 gift certificate to Mama Deb's food truck. Enjoy delicious fresh Italian food or purchase some sauce to take home.
Go to  mamadeb.biz  for upcoming food truck events.
Curbside Pickup is here with
new hours!
Monday- Friday 10a - 3:30p
Sat 10a - 2p
WB Public Library Website: westbpl.org
Congrats on Retiring
Officer Ken Thaxter!
West Bridgewater Police Department posted this video to announce that Officer Ken Thaxter officially began his retirement, and will be very missed by them and the community!

Story and video credit: WBPD Facebook page
2020 WBYAA Drive-In Movie Night
Sunday, July 26th
7:45 - 10:15p
Town Hall Parking Lot

Save the Date! Due to COVID-19, the WB Youth Athletic Association are switching things up a bit for Movie Night this year. Instead of setting it up on South Field, it will be held drive-in style in the Town Hall/St. Ann's parking lot! 
They rented a larger screen and an FM transmitter, so you'll be able to tune in from your car! 

This year's movie will be Onward, and the film will start at approximately 8:15p. Please note that the Snack Shack will NOT be open, so feel free to bring your own drinks and snacks.
We're looking forward to seeing everyone there!
For more information, contact their Facebook page for the event.
Metro South’s Live Virtual Networking Groups 

TUES, JULY 14th
2:00 - 3:00p
Virtual Event via ZOOM

Upcoming zoom dates:
7/15 10:30 - 11:30a
7/22 2:00 - 3:00p
7/23 10:30 - 11:30a
7/28 10:30 - 11:30a
7/29 2:00p - 3:00p

Connect with potential customers, existing chamber members and friends in the Metro South community from the comfort and safety of your homes/work spaces. Every member attending will be asked to give a 60-second pitch (who you are, and what you do) and and then we will have an open discussion with the group. Space is limited, so please RSVP in advance.

Questions? Contact Lexi , program director
areinertson@metrosouthchamber.com
(508) 586-0500 x 231

Help The Environment, Recycle Your Plastics
U.S. companies want our recycled plastics. There is a growing demand for sorted plastics here in the U.S. Currently, Massachusetts recycling facilities are sorting your plastic bottles, jugs, jars and tubs and selling them to plastic recyclers right here in the USA. Companies buy, clean, flake, or pelletize plastic into a raw material for making new consumer products, packaging, automotive parts, construction materials, and even 100% recycled Adirondack chairs. For a 1 minute overview of what happens to your plastic after you place it in the bin,  check out this video .
 
You can help ensure your plastic gets a second life by:
  • Keeping it clean!  As a Smart Recycler, you’re careful to empty, rinse and recycle only those plastic items that manufacturers can use – bottles, jugs, jars and tubs. Avoid the “wish-cycling” trap: just because that fork or spoon is made of plastic, doesn’t mean it’s recyclable.  
  • Driving demand. By choosing products made out of recycled content, we have the power to drive demand for more recycled feed stock. Check out the Buy Recycled Products Directory to find products made with recycled materials, which is known as post-consumer resin (PCR).
Plastic recycling is worth the effort as long as you follow the rules. If you can’t recycle it, consider not buying it and using an alternative (reusable bamboo forks and spoons for example).
Chapters Book Club Meeting on the Lawn
Tue, Jul 21st
4:00 - 5:00p
West Bridgewater Public Library's book club will meet on the lawn of the WBPL to talk about J. Courtney Sullivan's masterpiece, Saints for All Occasions . Masks and physical distancing will be the norm.
All the basics of the birds & bees
Bird feeders & seeds
Garden & bee keeping supplies

 1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) Bridgewater 
(508) 697-0357

This I Believe Essay Contest
For the summer of 2020 teen essay contest, West Bridgewater Public Library invites teens ages 12 – 19 to write a concise statement describing a belief or value that they hold dear and how they came to own this value.

For examples of this kind of essay, read some of the prize-winning essays on this web site:
Here are some helpful guideline on writing a winning essay in this category:

Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place.  
Essays are due on Friday, August 21st at 5:00p.
Send to:  ellens@westbpl.org   Subject: “Essay contest entry”
Winners will be announced on Friday, August 28th.
For more information, contact Library Director, Ellen Snoeyenbos: ellens@westbpl.org
WBPL's Summer Reading 2020 is Here!
Beanstack is back and it's making WBPL's Virtual Summer Reading Program better than ever.

We have fun books and movies challenges for every age group,
children and adults alike.
Sign up for  Beanstack  today to get started!
How It Works:
  1. Sign up and select your reading program, based on your age.
  2. Log your books, movies, eResources and activities. 
  3. Earn badges and raffle tickets throughout this 8 week program.
The more you log, the better your chances of winning great prizes from the WBPL.
Please call 508-894-1255 if you need assistance setting up a Beanstack account.
MAMA DEB'S
SWEET ITALIAN SAUCE
Mama Deb's Italian Food Truck is now on the road!

Your Italian Favorite Meals plus Mama Deb's Frozen Pizza and retail sauce.
Check out our menu and locations at www.mamadebs.biz

Contact us to come to your neighborhood, graduation, wedding, private or corporate event.

Check out our Facebook  www.facebook.com/mamadebsauce
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Dr Oakley's Farewell Carpool Karaoke
Dr.Oakley bids a farewell to the West Bridgewater schools on June 30th, but not before taking one last ride with a friend. This was the last Superintendent's Spotlight.

Video from West Bridgewater TV.

For more subscribe to their YouTube channel.
WEEKLY TRIVIA GAME

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a You could win a
$10 gift certificate to Mama Deb's food truck. Enjoy delicious fresh Italian food or purchase some sauce to take home.
Go to  mamadeb.biz  for upcoming food truck events.

Historical Tidbit Question:
On what street was the favorite field to pick dandelions?

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 July 15, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Family.
"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city."
~ George Burns

"What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family."
~ Mother Teresa

"In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit." ~ Marge Kennedy

"There's only one thing more precious than our time and that's what we spend it on." ~Leo Christopher
Celebrating our families. My favorite is Erma Bombeck:
“The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.”
Have a great week : ) ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Sasha Rockwell, Jacquelyn Rose, Kayla Rose
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