November 22, 2020
~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
A HUGE THANK YOU to all of our Essential Workers Everywhere. They have made sure our groceries are available, our sick are cared for, the gas pumps are running, and the list goes on. They work. They expose themselves to the risks and get it all done. To all of you, thank you!
A Raynham reader asked us to mention:
"My daughter, Elyse Loving, (Raynham resident) is a nurse at MGH in the cardiac ICU and has been floated to a COVID unit in the hospital. Elyse was fearful but true to her dedication to her profession went every shift to care for others. On her way home she would call me to decompress from the stress and express her sorrow for how sick people were getting. COVID is on the uptick and she is mentally preparing for what is to come. Please stay strong and wear a mask to protect her, and you; it works."
 ~ Joanne Brenner
Historical Tidbit: 
Genealogy clues
When I first started getting interested in genealogy and tracking down ancestors, I had no idea how difficult it would turn out to be. I had plenty of records on both sides of the family, as my grandparents seem to have been interested in tracking down their heritage as well. I knew I had ties to the Mayflower and those families had been researched and recorded by experts. How hard could it be to get my family tree done?  
Well, it has been years, no, decades, and I'm still at it. Your family history truly is "The Never Ending Story," but it is easy to put the research down and pick it back up when you have the time, and it seems I have the time now.
I often wondered why I would run into dead ends when looking through the older records. Names just seem to disappear leaving no trace whatsoever and recently I found, buried in my paperwork, a clue as to why it was that some names were disappearing. I wish to share this knowledge with all you genealogists out there, those that are pros and those just starting. The information was printed in "The Genealogical Inquirer" in 2002.


"Many cases of people disappearing from public record can be traced to epidemics, or moving away from the affected area. Some of the major epidemics in the United States were:
*  1657 - Boston - Measles
*  1687 - Boston - Measles
*  1690 - New York - Yellow Fever
*  1713 - Boston - Measles
*  1729 - Boston - Measles
*  1732/3 - Worldwide - Influenza
*  1738 - South Carolina - Smallpox
*  1739/40 - Boston - Measles
*  1747 - CT, NY, PA, SC. - Measles
*  1761 - North America & West Indies - Influenza
*  1772 - North America - Measles
*  1775/6 Worldwide (one of the worst) - Influenza
*  1783 - Dover, Delaware (extremely fatal) - Bilious Disorder
*  1784 - Craven County, NC - Yellow Fever
*  1788 - Philadelphia and New York - Measles
*  1793 - Vermont - a Putrid Fever and Influenza
*  1793 - Virginia (killer 500 in 5 counties in 4 weeks) - Influenza
*  1793-98 - Philadelphia - Yellow Fever
*  1798 - Craven County, NC- Yellow Fever
*  1803 - New York - Yellow Fever
*  1820-23 - Nationwide - (Starts at the Schuylkill River and spreads) Fever
*  1832- New York City - Cholera
*  1833 - Columbus, OH - Cholera
*  1834 - New York City - Cholera
*  1837 - Philadelphia - Typhus
*  1841 - Nationwide
*  1847 - New Orleans - Yellow Fever
*  1847/48 - Worldwide - Influenza
*  1848/49 - North America - Cholera
*  1849 - New York - Cholera
*  1850 - Nationwide - Yellow Fever
*  1850-51 - North America - Influenza
*  1852 - Nationwide (New Orleans - 8,000 die in summer) Influenza
*  1855  - Nationwide - Yellow Fever
*  1857-59 - Worldwide - Influenza
*  1860/61 - Pennsylvania - Smallpox
*  1873/77 - North America and Europe - Influenza
*  1885 - Plymouth, PA - Typhoid
*  1886 - Jacksonville, FL - Yellow Fever
*  1918 - Worldwide - Influenza"
~ Respectfully submitted, Sue Basile
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Raynham Police and Fire Urge Residents to Remain Vigilant Against Spread of COVID-19
Following Red ‘High Risk’ Designation
Police Chief James Donovan and Fire Chief Bryan LaCivita report that the Town of Raynham has seen a rise in positive COVID-19 cases recently, resulting in an increased risk designation from the Commonwealth.
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By supporting local businesses, you are in turn supporting your local economy; significantly more money stays in a community when purchases are made at locally owned – rather than nationally owned – businesses. The U.S. Small Business Association and the U.S. Department of Labor report the positive impacts of small, independent business on local economies.

*Local businesses are more likely to utilize other local businesses.

*For every $100 you spend at local businesses, $68 will stay in the community.

*Independent retailers return more than three times as much money per dollar of sales to the community in which they operate than chain competitors.

*Small businesses employ 77 million Americans and accounted for 65% of all new jobs over the past 17 years.

*Local businesses are owned and operated by your neighbors! They care about and are invested in the well-being of your community and its future.

*Local businesses are more accountable to their local communities and donate more money to non-profits.

*Supporting local businesses is good for the environment because they often have a smaller carbon footprint than larger companies.
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Veteran's Day Note from Derek J. Swenson, Superintendent of BR Schools
Good Afternoon,
I come from a family with a very strong military background. My Grandfather, Mathias Murphy was a career naval serviceman serving in World War II. My father along with his brother both served in the U.S. Army, while my mother’s brothers proudly served in the Air Force and Marines all during the Vietnam area.
Growing up, I was often reminded that it is ordinary people, like the family members I just mentioned, who have served our nation in extraordinary ways. They do so as means of ensuring that all Americans can pursue the freedoms that our Founding Fathers envisioned. Through their service, Veterans have helped keep America strong, and have protected our way of life for almost two and a half centuries.
As Americans, we have set aside November 11th each year, as a day to reflect, remember, and honor those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Each year, our humble words on Veterans Day can never do justice to the sacrifices made by our Veterans; by those who returned and those who did not; by those who live among us today and those who live within our memories
Tomorrow on Veterans Day, I respectfully request that we not only recognize our Veterans but more importantly, celebrate them. I have always believed that life is our greatest classroom. With that being said I ask that all of our BRRSD families, students & staff learn from the example set forth by our Veterans. Like our Veterans - Always be proud of our great country; Like our Veterans - always be kind to and care for your fellow man; and like our Veterans always do the right thing, even and especially when it is the most difficult thing to do.
Thank you once again to all our Veterans for all that you have done to ensure our safety and freedoms. Please know that your efforts will never go unrecognized nor unappreciated. God Bless America and God Bless all those who have, and continue to defend her.
Derek J. Swenson, Superintendent of Schools
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“When eating fruit, remember the one who planted the tree.” ~ Vietnamese Proverb

“The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

"Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.”
~ Amy Collette

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” ~ Thornton Wilder
And here we are. Grateful for the health we have. Grateful for the friends and family who make us giggle.
Grateful for today.
That's it. That's all there is.

Being grateful for what comes my way.
; ) ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Sara Medeiros, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Sebastian Ladoulis
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