November 24, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
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take time to relax!
Photo credits: Mary Wright Julius
Historical Tidbit: Thanksgiving
At Plymouth Plantation costumed interpreters reenact the first Thanksgiving, when 90 Indians dined with the 50 surviving Pilgrims. The Indians provided five deer for the feast: the Pilgrims cooked up codfish, sea bass, and wild fowl.

               When families sit down to Thanksgiving dinner each year, they owe at least a little thanks to Sarah Josepha Hale. Fervent in her belief that a day should be set aside to express gratitude for the year’s blessings, she almost single-handedly created the holiday in the mid-19 th  century.
               As the editor of  Godey’s Lady’s Book,  Hale controlled the country’s most widely distributed periodical, and from 1846 on she used it to battle for her cause. Every November she published “traditional” recipes for Thanksgiving dishes, accompanying them with editorials demanding official recognition. Each summer she also wrote letters to the governors of every state. Finally, in 1863 Abraham Lincoln gave in and issued the proclamation that made the holiday an annual event.
               Participants in the first Thanksgiving in 1621 would scarcely have recognized Hale’s notions of traditional fare. Swans were as likely to have graced their tables as wild turkeys. Pilgrims thought potatoes inedible, apples and sweet potatoes were unknown in New England; and since there was no sugar, cranberries were not made into a jellied sauce.
               But then, Americans have always tended to celebrate Thanksgiving in their own way. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid imported oysters and Roquefort cheese to Utah for their Thanksgiving feast. In Norwich, Connecticut, young men used to celebrate by lighting bonfires on hilltops. Until World War II, New Yorkers were awakened by the horn blasts of “fantasticals,” companies of working-class masqueraders who paraded under names such as the “Gilhooley Musketeers.” Then they’d retire to the parks to picnic, and later to gala balls, where they danced until dawn.

(Article and photo courtesy of Reader’s Digest “Discovering America’s Past.” courtesy of Sue Basile)
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Family Stories & Play
Sat, Nov 30th
11:00a -12:00p
Community Room Of Whitman Public Library
All ages welcome. Story time is followed by play time, drop ins encouraged!
Southeastern Philharmonic Orchestra Christmas Concert
Sun, Dec 1st
2:30 - 4p
Whitman Town Hall, 54 South Ave.
Click here for free tickets to the event!
Special Town Meeting
Monday, December 2nd
Town Hall
This meeting is called to authorize expenditures to begin the replacement of the Sewer Force Main that carries raw sewage from Whitman to the Brockton Treatment Plant. This repair is urgently needed. in the past few years, two repairs to this 35 year old pipe resulted in costs of two hundred forty-one thousand ($241,076) and four hundred forty-six thousand ($445,967) dollars respectively.  
The Town Meeting contains four articles (requests) to be acted on and can be viewed and printed from the attached link. We need 150 voters to do business, and I expect the meeting should run about 30 minutes (depending on the length of discussions). Please attend, and please call the Selectmen's office at 781-618-9701 should you have any questions.
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
McGuiggans Pub
546 Washington St.
Book club meets first Tuesday of every month!
All are encouraged to join. Contact WPL for info.
Wonder Days:
Stories & Play
Wed, Dec 4th
11:00 - 11:45a
Whitman Public Library - Community Room
Suggested for ages 3-5 but all are welcome!
Join us for stories, a craft & open play time after the story.
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 

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Strong Women in Literature
Thursday, December 5th
6:30 - 7:30p
Whitman Public Library - Historical Room
Join our lively discussion as we explore both strong women authors and books with strong women themes, whether fiction or nonfiction.

Members will take turns choosing books for each month. Selection TBD

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The Comm of MA has put together this great resourse for recycling.
When you have an unwanted item that you want to find a new home for, check out this handy MA search engine: Beyond the Bin Recycling Directory for Massachusetts!
Do you have worn clothing, outdated electronics or other items that don't belong in your household recycling bin? Don't throw them away.  
Whitman Selectmen Meeting
Meeting held on November 19, 2019 at Whitman Town Hall.
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Whitman-Hanson Regional School Committee Meeting
Meeting held on November 13, 2019 in the Whitman Hanson High School library.
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Whitman Veteran's Day Parade

November 12, 2019
Thank you to all that participated in the Veterans Parade! Thank you for your service!


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Historical Tidbit Question:
How many Pilgrims, and Indians dined in the reenactment photo?

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“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

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” ― Melody Beattie

When we appreciate the people and things we have, we bring joy into our lives. Along with these modern day thinkers, Buddha, the Prophet Mohammed and Jesus Christ all advocated giving thanks. That's wisdom, folks!
I am thankful for the opportunity to share these stories with you, dear reader. I appreciate that you have welcomed us into your home. Have a wonderful week. ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Amanda Lobsien, Theresa McNulty, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose, Gregory Venezia & Beyonnie Whitaker
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