May 24, 2020 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Historical Tidbit:  
The History of Little League
Carl Stotz with Harold "Major" Gehron and Jimmy Gehron
In 1938, a man named Carl Stotz hit upon the idea for an organized baseball league for the boys in his hometown of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Carl had no sons of his own, but he often played ball with his young nephews, Jimmy and Major Gehron, and wanted a way to provide an organized program for them.

Carl gathered several of the neighborhood children and experimented with different types of equipment and different field dimensions during that summer. The program still did not have a name, and no games were played.

In 1939, Carl and his wife Grayce took the experiment a step further, enlisting the help of brothers George and Bert Bebble and their wives, Annabelle and Eloise, respectively. The three first teams were: Lycoming Dairy, Lundy Lumber and Jumbo Pretzel.  
On June 6, 1939, in the very first Little League game ever played, Lundy Lumber defeated Lycoming Dairy, 23-8. Lycoming Dairy came back to win the season's first-half title, and faced second-half champ Lundy Lumber in a best-of-three series. Lycoming Dairy won the final game of the series, 3-2.

In the following years, other programs emulating the first Little League sprung up. Boundaries for each league were established to ensure each league could thrive without worrying about neighboring programs "raiding" its players.

From those humble beginnings, Little League Baseball has become the world's largest organized youth sports program. In the space of just six decades, Little League grew from three teams to nearly 200,000 teams, in all 50 U.S. states and more than 80 countries.

And the basic goal remains the same as it did in 1939, to give the children of the world a game that provides fundamental principles (sportsmanship, fair play and teamwork) they can use later in life to become good citizens.

Town Hall

Check town website for needed updates.

WB Public Library
Council on Aging

1st & 3rd Wednesday each month
3:15 - 5p
Spring Street School
2 Spring St, WB
Hazel Teasier
One Free Embodyment® Yoga at Bliss Through Yoga once we open back up. Located at Physical Therapy U
75 Scotland Blvd, Bridgewater.

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

You could win a
Jump Start Training Package including nutrition consultation & 6 free sessions from Get In Shape For Women ($279 value) at 180 Winter St, Bridgewater for when they reopen.
Huge thank you to Grand Slam for the delicious lunch today ( 5/22/20)!!

Reposted from
Tuesdays at 11a
Join us for some stress-reducing belly laughs! It's Laughter Yoga Tuesday with WBPL Director Ellen Snoeyenbos.
Photo & story credits: West Bridgewater Public Library
Stay home and dress up your gardens!
Order your mulch online today!
We have wood pellets, feed & grain and
we're open for essential items!

Please call with your order and drive up.

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

Seven Strategies That Work Together to help us
return to Profitability
MetroSouth Chamber of Commerce Zoom
Thursday, May 28th
Join us for this very interactive discussion with other business owners to discuss best practices on the seven 7 essential building blocks for every business that work together to help control the results of the business and return us to profitability. Now more than ever we need to be planning for what will hopefully be a big bounce. Be sure your business doesn’t make a big thud!

Do you know by making modest improvements across critical areas of your business you can achieve major improvements in your profits?

Would you like to have a better understanding of marketing and sales fundamentals that will help you with your day-to-day business needs? In this program, PBC, Inc. presenter Bernhard Heine will show you how to measure and improve each of the 7 areas in your business and how by making small incremental improvements in your business, you will see an increase in profits, and help us get through this terrible crisis. Register Here

As an added bonus, all registered attendees will receive a FREE Everything DiSC Management assessment. ($120 value)!
Nanette Ryan from the West Bridgewater Public Library is requesting families with children to submit drawings their kids made about what they have been doing during social distancing.
You can send the pictures to Nanette Ryan at

All of the library staff are looking forward to returning to work in order to provide you with great services!

Message from Nanette Ryan

Keep physical distancing and mouth covering protocols, but do get outside!
United Way of Greater Plymouth has decided to hold its 98th Annual Meeting Online.
United Way is going to host it's Annual Meeting on Zoom, so people can still engage in their uplifting program during this challenging time. 

Donations for "seats" and "tables" will go directly to United Way's Community LIVE UNITED fund.
$40 Donation per Individual
Discounted rate of $300 donation per "Table" of 8 
Discounted rate to our United Way funded partner agencies experiencing tough times of $20 per Individual 

*Live Stream of Event
*Campaign Awards
*Community Impact Awards
*Free Raffles
*and more to be announced!
Please note "Annual Meeting" in the comment box.

Please register by May 26th.
WB Library 2019 - The New Small Town Library
Now offering Disinfectant Fogging & HEPA Vacuuming Services!

  As small businesses start to return to work, HEPA vacuuming is an effective way to take the cleaning and sanitation precautions necessary for a safe environment.
Witness: Pandemic 2020
We are experiencing an historic event – a global pandemic of huge proportions. COVID19 is a most unwelcome visitor.
The OLD BRIDGEWATER HISTORICAL SOCIETY invites you to bear witness to the chaos around us. We are soliciting essays, poems, photographs, drawings, etc. – for collection, organization and preservation. We may publish your submission online and/or on social media.
Your submission should relate to the pandemic and how it affects you. What are you doing to stay sane? What’s happening around you? How do you think the pandemic will change things, in our town or around the world?
This is not a contest. This is history.
*You should be a member of OBHS or have a connection to one of the “Old” Bridgewater towns (East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, Bridgewater, Brockton).
*Children and teens are also invited to participate.
*Please: Keep your essay or poem to one typed page.
*No profanity (although mild profanity may be overlooked.)
*Avoid politics.
Please join us in this project!
Submissions should be sent electronically to:
Early Voting
By Mail is Available for the
June 27, 2020 Town Election.

You can get an application on the town website here.

Contact the town clerk's office:
Phone: 508-894-1167
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Grant's sends out support & care to all of our communities.
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 (508) 279-0950

Teacher Appreciation Week
Administrators of the West Bridgewater Public Schools gave special thanks in a special way to its teachers on Tuesday May 5th. Thank you for all you do for OUR kids!
Video Courtesy of WBTV
Image & Story Credits: WBPS Facebook Page

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a
Jump Start Training Package including nutrition consultation & 6 free sessions from Get In Shape For Women ($279 value) at 180 Winter St, Bridgewater for when they reopen.

Historical Tidbit Question:
What were the names of Carl Stotz’s nephews?

Please submit your answer through our website here . It's easier for us to run more contests & distribute prizes this way.
We are looking forward to giving you more opportunities to win!

By entering, you give us permission to announce your name in next week's Buzz Around Bridgewater.
On May 27, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia
Gaining Inspiration

Dedication and self sacrifice for the greater good is embedded in our military families. We have them to thank, not only their sacrifice, but also passing on those traditional values to the next and future generations.

These learned values, deep in our culture, has allowed our leaders to call out "greater good" and we know our individual actions matter, we know we have to take action.

This pandemic has been hard, and I have gained inspiration from our military personnel. They have sacrificed, giving themselves for the idea that there is a civilization we can create collectively that is worth it.

The idea that we can create a civilization where people are respected. A place where we care about each other and listen to each other, and basic human rights are a given. This democratic dream that we are together in.

There are many different ideas on how to get there, but the concept that it can exist is worth it to them to sacrifice their freedom for ours.
All I can say is "Thank You," and I try, each day, to honor your sacrifice by living a life that works toward that civilization. ~ Jacquie
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