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 available, and the list goes on. They work. They expose themselves to the risks and get it all done. To all of you, thank you!
We were asked to mention:
"Pauline is a registered nurse (RN) who is also married to Dan MacLellan, a registered nurse (RN). Pauline, however, is not working right now as a nurse. Instead, she is an essential worker, working as the mother of 5 children, 3 of whom have autism. Due to the pandemic, Pauline has much less assistance with Seana, Jake, and Shane. She is their mom, but she is also there caregiver. By acknowledging Pauline and Dan as essential caregivers we are acknowledging all Moms and Dads with children with autism as essential workers. After all, they can’t stop working just because we are in a pandemic." ~ John Butler
Historical Tidbit:
Early School Transportation
A School Barge or a Pung

The barge was a large wagon pulled by a team of horses or one large horse. The wagon would usually have a roof and sides with steps mounted on the back. The boys and girls would climb the steps and walk along a narrow aisle to find a seat along the sides. Perhaps the best time to ride the barge was during the fall when it was cool and the trees were bright with colors. They would often ask to stop to run out and pick some colored leaves to bring to the teacher.
The pung pronounced "pun" was a sled type wagon used in the winter, usually pulled by one horse. Usually the floor was spread with sweet smelling hay and a few robes (heavy blankets) were available for the children to use. When it was really cold, some of the children would bring heated bricks or soapstone wrapped in newspaper to be placed at their feet once they got on the pung. When everyone was on and settled, they would all sit together with the blanket pulled up around their chins and the warm bricks or soapstone at their feet. If it were too cold, some children would get off and run along side to warm up.

The barge was finally replaced by the combustion engine making transportation faster and more comfortable.
~Respectfully submitted, Sue Basile
Town Hall

WB Public Library
Council on Aging

1st & 3rd Wednesday each month 3 - 4p
Proof of residency is the only requirement.
Spring Street School
2 Spring St, WB
Wendy Gillen
won a
$20 gift certificate to
from independent consultant Katie Ray.

Play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.
You could win a 45 minute Reiki-treatment with Jacquelyn Rose.
Rotary Club of the Bridgewaters
Rubber Duck Drop Fundraiser
Video Courtesy of WBTV
Board Of Selectmen Meeting
Nov 18, 2020
Video Courtesy of WBTV
The 2020 Book for Business
When Metro South is Home, Everything is
Within Reach

 Our region at your fingertips!
* area dining * lodging *public golf courses * recreation * community demographics, regional and economic data, and a complete membership listing.

Metro South Chamber of Commerce Works For YOU!
Athletic Boosters Calendar Fundraiser!!
$10 per Entry - Names will be drawn each day in December with the corresponding award!
$10 per entry 31 Chances to Win Over $1,000 in total prizes! Cash, Check, or Venmo (Checks can be made out to “WB Boosters”)
Venmo: @wbboosters
Please include your email, phone number and athlete with your payment.
Contact for questions:
Laura McGrath, ljmcgrath1@comcast.net
Jen Bellody, jbellody@yahoo.com
Mice, voles, and other pests will start looking for a warm place to spend the winter. We sell a variety of products to help keep your home rodent free.

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
St. Ann’s, First Church, and Cochesett Methodist
West Bridgewater Community Christmas Sharing 2020
Every year for the past thirty-six years, the town has come together to provide gifts for children in need. It has expanded each year!

For Covid adjustments: there will be no “giving trees,” instead we ask you to purchase gift cards that will be distributed to the families, Project Grad Teen Moms, and senior citizens. 
Every child should have Christmas gifts! 
One gift card will be given to each Senior on our list, along with a small goodie basket. Items for the goodie baskets, such as toiletries, slipper socks, boxed cookies, candy, or other items suitable for seniors, may be dropped off at Linda Santry’s home, 54 Tiffany Circle, WB, or call Linda at 508-586-6535 for pickup by December 6th. Gift cards should be put in an envelope marked “Christmas Sharing” and left at one of the churches.
Additional information on this event can be found on the St. Ann’s & First Church website. Please contact Linda Santry with any questions. 508-586-6535 or linda@santry.org.
Holiday Toy Drive
November is the month of the military family. Like many other families our military families are struggling at this time too. A Holiday Toy Drive was organized to benefit local military families. Please see the flyer here and if you would like to donate a new unwrapped toy you may send it to school with your child and your classroom teacher will collect it, or you may drop it off at the WB Public Library or WB Town Hall. Thank you for your support.
Stonecroft Farm

*Holiday Gift Certificates*
Lessons * Boarding * Sales
* Indoor / Outdoor ring

Ride our safe,
school horses. 

Lessons for ages
4 & up 

36 years experience

$55 / 45-min lesson

108 Belmont St, West Bridgewater

Updated Schedule of WB Public Library
Closing Wed, Nov. 25th at 1:00p
Building Closed Monday, Nov. 28 – Wednesday, Dec 9th: curbside pickup still available, self-guided Story Strolls, a meditative Serenity Space, and Book Bundles by online request.
Hoping to re-open the building to the public on Thursday, December 10th.

Join in for a Thanksgiving Family Trivia Contest on Nov. 26th at 6:00p. You can play along LIVE that night or play later on re-runs.

Call (508) 894-1255 if you have any questions.
Congratulations to the Winners of the 2020 6th Annual West Bridgewater Lions Club Scarecrow Contest.
1st - GIRL SCOUT TROOP 28015!
"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
"Who Ya Gonna Call"
"Mrs. Skirtograss"
Thank You for everyone that entered and everyone that voted!
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Homeowners & Contractors,
RENT, DON'T BUY, the best tools for your job!

We have many sizes and styles of lifts to help you get your project done quickly and efficiently!

Work Smarter, not harder!
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(508) 279-0950

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Far-reaching advantages
to shopping local.
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.
Shop local, every day!!!
West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School helps out with the Council on Aging's Veteran's Grab and Go
A big thank you to the students and staff of West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School for taking the time to help the Council on Aging's Veteran's Grab and Go event. This was a great way to show appreciation for the local Veterans and their service!
Story & Image credit: facebook.com/wbridgewaterschools
WB Council on Aging Veterans Day
Drive-Thru Luncheon
Video courtesy of WBTV

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 Historical Tidbit Question:
How was the pung pronounced?

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On November 25, 2020 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.

“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, Sebastian Ladoulis, Sara Medeiros, Janice O'Brien & Jacquelyn Rose

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