August 18, 2019 ~ Building Raynham Community One Positive Story at a Time
The Full Sturgeon Moon
The Full Sturgeon Moon rose as we listened to a chorus of katydids across the cranberry bogs. According to the Farmer's Almanac, "the fishing tribes are given credit for the naming of this Moon, since sturgeon, a large fish of the Great Lakes and other major bodies of water, were most readily caught during this month.
A few tribes knew it as the Full Red Moon because, as the Moon rises, it appears reddish through any sultry haze. It was also called the Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon.

Story & Photo Credit: Mary Wright Julius
Historical Tidbit :   
Life Before Refrigeration   
Did you ever wonder how folks were able to have eggs in the winter when chickens stopped laying and there were no supermarkets to run to? 

Surplus eggs were collected during the spring, summer and fall and stored in crockery containers containing water glass or sodium silicate and water. Water glass is a mixture of sodium silicate and potash. The eggs would be submerged in the liquid, keeping them cool and moist for months until needed.
A little known problem was the use of lead in crockery glazes. Lead was added to glazes for a while to make them shiny, but would leach out into the contents over a period of time.
Food canning was developed in the late 1700's, but it was also plagued by lead poisoning if the cans sat around for any length of time. This was most notably a problem and brought about changes in the industry after WWI. More men suffered from the effects of lead poisoning during and after the war caused by eating old canned rations than there were combat casualties during the war.  
Respectfully Submitted, David Moore
Town Hall
558 South Main St. 
Mon - Thurs 8:30a - 4:30p,
Fri 8:30a - 12 Noon
 Tues eve 6 - 8p
Public Library
760 South Main St.
Mon - Wed 10a - 8p
Thurs 10a - 6p, Fri 10a - 5p, Sat 10a - 2p

Council on Aging
2215 King Philip St.
Mon - Fri 9a - 3p

Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9:00 am - 11:00 am
494 Church St, Raynham
Jean Hatch
 won a
12" Big Flowering Hibiscus Pot
($21 value)
from Nessralla Farm Rt 106 Halifax

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

You could win a
Sandwich or salad & drink for 2 
($20 value)
from Trio Cafe & Catering
Whitman Center
Fabulous New Sign for Merrill Elementary School!
Thanks to the class of 2030 and 2031 for raising money from the fun run for our new school sign! Thank you to  Jennifer Rodrigues  for designing our sign.
Open House-"The Way We Were"
Sunday Aug 18th & Saturday Aug 24th
2-4p at the Raynham Historical Society (6 Pleasant St) Admission is $5 per person. Respectfully submitted, Dave Donahue. Read more.
The Honey Tree Nursery School

645 Locust St • Raynham
(508) 823-5611

A few spots left for September Enrollment,
Call today!
town hall
Finance Committee and Zoning Board of Appeals
Looking for Volunteers!
The Finance Committee and the Zoning Board of Appeals currently have 2 vacancies on each Board.
Click here for info about the committee.
If you are interested in applying for for one of these vacancies, please send a letter of interest and resume to the Board of Selectmen,
558 S. Main St. or email
GFWC Taunton and Raynham Jr. Woman's Club Announcement
GFWC Taunton and Raynham Jr. Woman's Club is honored to have two military veterans, as members. Cindy Brogan and her daughter MaryEllen Founds of Taunton, were both recognized by the Millbury Freedom Quilters of Mass, who presented them with Quilts of Valor at the GFWCMA (General Federation of Women's Clubs Massachusetts) Junior Woman's Club Conference held at the Stoneforge Restaurant. For more info on how to become a member click here.
Bridgewater Farm Supply – Your Complete Garden, Farm &
Pet Store!

Great harvest this year?
Can your bounty and eat it all year long! We have a large selection of canning supplies.
Stop in and pick up yours today!
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104)
Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Backyard Astronomy
Tue, Aug 20, 6:30-7:30p Raynham
Join us as local resident Stephen "AstroGeek" LaFlamme presents highlights from forty years as an amateur astronomer.
See backyard photographs of craters on the moon, Saturn's rings, distant galaxies, exploded stars, clouds of glowing hydrogen and more. Stephen has many tales to tell about astronomy adventures from his backyard observatory.
No registration necessary.
Ladies Golf Outing
Wed, Sept 11th registration at 9a, Hillside Country Club 82 Hillside Ave, Rehoboth
Golf (9 holes), cart, lunch included in cost of $65/person. Special foursome rate: $240
Hole Sponsorship: $100 (Donate an item for our goody bag or a raffle!) 
Don't golf, sign up for only lunch, $30. Please register by 9/3/19.
Join us for a day of fun and networking and a chance to win prizes and raffles! Respectfully submitted, Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce. Register Here.
Too much screen time giving you a pain in the neck?

Let us help you feel like yourself again!

Call today!
63 Main Street, Bridgewater
(508) 697-0050

Raynham Historical Society Yard Sale
August 24
Hannant House 6 Pleasant Street, Raynham
(four corners diagonally across from
the Stone Church)
Vendor fee $20 per table (bring your own)
Soup, punch, and desserts will be available for
Call Cheryl at 508-821-9481 to reserve a table.
Operation Cuts for Kids
Sunday, August 25 10a-2p at VFW Club (Veterans of Foreign Wars) 82 Ingell St, Taunton MA support our community with a free haircut for children in grades K-12. No appointments needed. Every child must be accompanied by an adult. Cuts given on a first come, first serve basis.
Contact Lauren Silva at 508-813-2268, email , with any questions.
Residence Inn - Bridgewater
Spacious Studio and One-Bedroom Suites with fully equipped kitchen and living room area. Includes complimentary Breakfast Buffet daily and evening social “The Mix” three nights per week.
*Short and long term rates available.
2020 Pleasant St, Bridgewater, MA
(508) 697- 1412
TOPS (The Outreach Program for Soccer)
TOPS is a community based soccer program that is designed to meet the needs of children aged 4-14 years with physical and/or mental disabilities. The program is geared toward player development rather than to competition, and is open to players from all towns.

TOPS is open to any child with a disability including but not limited to: A.D.D., Autism, Hearing Impaired, Sight Impaired, Cerebral Palsy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cystic Fibrosis, Down's Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Seizure Disorder and Spina Bifida. It may be necessary to provide a doctor's permission slip in order for your child to participate. Participants must be born on or after September 1, 2005 and on or before January 1, 2015. (U6-U14). Participants are not limited to the town of Bridgewater and this is a no cost program.

Registration is open! The season will begin on Saturday, September 7, 2019 and continue every Saturday for eight weeks. Each game/practice will be held at the Flagg Street fields, Bridgewater at 2:30p.
Raynham Lowes and Walmart Donate Insect Repellant
The Raynham Lowe’s and Walmart have been extremely generous and donated cases of insect repellant and children’s wrist repellant bands to the health department for public distribution. The repellant will be free of charge to Raynham residents at the health office, limited to one (1) can per household.

While aerial spraying has been completed, the risk of EEE is not eliminated and it remains crucial that people continue to protect themselves from mosquito bites until the first hard frost.
Planning Board Meeting
Video courtesy of The Raynham Channel.
Design Public Hearing to Discuss the Proposed Resurfacing and Related Work on Route 138
Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 6:30p at the Raynham Town Hall, Second Floor 558 S. Main St.
The proposed project consists of the reconstruction of Route 138 (Broadway) from
approximately 300 feet north of King Philip Street to just south of the I-495 ramps. The proposed improvements will enhance vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle safety at the Route 138/Carver Street intersection. New sidewalks will be constructed along the corridor on both sides of the roadway in compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards. Bicycle accommodations consisting of a 5’ (minimum) bicycle lane will be provided in both directions along Route 138 in accordance with design standards. Read More
Get In Shape For Women - Bridgewater
August is here!

It's not to late to work on you this summer!
6 weeks of training for $279! Start today!!

180 Winter St., Bridgewater 
(across from Chatta Box)
 Contact Stephanie at 508-697-2900   

Email us:  getinshapeforwomen
Raynham Library Brings the Bloom

Many wonderful things are done at our public library, like this Fresh Flower Arranging with Sue workshop. The flowers were provided by Shaw's for this free library event. Attendees came and arranged their own beautiful creations!

Images courtesy of the Raynham Library Facebook page

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
Sandwich or salad & drink for 2
($20 Value) 
from Trio Cafe & Catering
Whitman Center

Historical Tidbit Question: 
What were eggs stored in to keep fresh?

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By entering, you give us permission to announce your name in next week's 
Buzz Around Raynham.

On August 21, 2019, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers. 
Life Challenges are like potholes:

When I hit a pothole...
I do not look back to see how the pothole is.

But I know potholes can damage my car,
Maybe even give me a flat tire,
So I try to avoid them

If I do hit one,  
It’s good to figure out how to avoid it in the future.
Because sitting roadside changing a tire 
Is no fun.

And can be dangerous. 

And sometimes it’s raining, and changing a tire on the side of the road in the rain is awful!

That’s when I call friends. 

Hopefully I remembered (and had the money) to renew my roadside assistance.
Friends remind me of the steps of how to change the tire, if I choose to tackle it myself; or commiserate with me about how it’s no fun to hit potholes and be stuck waiting for roadside assistance.
It’s inevitable that life will challenge us, let your friends help you deal with potholes. ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Tarah Gervais, Christina Montana, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
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