Thoughtful Blessings....
Last week we printed a story from Katie Jeanne, appreciating the surprise gift she received while at Supreme Pizza:
"We ordered take out from Supreme Pizza in Whitman. We got a special gift. We do not know Michael. We wanted to say Thank you. We got a Christmas card and a $25.00 gift card to Supreme."
The card: " Best Wishes for the happiest of holidays! In loving memory of Michael. Amazing Dad and loving husband. 1979-2020. Take Care and Keep Smiling!"
"It really hits home. My husband has a dangerous job and he is working long hours. I’m so thankful and will hug my kids and husband more tonight thinking of his family. He is the same age as my husband. So young gone to soon. Merry Christmas!! Thanks for the gift card. So if his family is on Whitman Pride FB Group or reads the BuzzAround, God bless and we will be thinking of him and his family this year." ~ Katie Jeanne
And the rest of the story: Michael A. Roderick, 40, of Whitman, passed away unexpectedly on March 1, 2020. He left his loving wife of 10 years, Meredith Witman Roderick and four children. We shared Katie's story with Meredith, she said: "Thank you, I was so happy to hear that it was spreading a little bit of joy" She graciously added: "Supreme was Mike’s favorite place and the owners are such wonderful guys. We did 16 (of the gift certificates). Mike always thought it was important to do good for others, so we wanted to do something that would bring a smile to someone, especially during this hard time for everyone." "Mike was such a giving man. I wanted to make sure our kids continue to live that giving spirit."
It was a beautiful way to randomly spread joy, and we hope that by sharing Katie and Meredith's story, it will bring you a little peace this Christmas. Michael's gift continues.
Historical Tidbit:
Wreaths and Kissing Boughs

Hanging a circular wreath of evergreens goes back a long way. In Roman times, wreaths were hung on doors as a sign of victory and status, rich women wore them as headdresses to show they were posh, and laurel wreaths were worn by Roman Emperors. They were also given to the winners of events in the original Olympic Games in Greece. (pic. Advent Wreath)
The word 'wreath' comes from the Old English word 'writhen' which means to writhe or twist. Modern holiday wreaths might have come from the German or Eastern European custom of Advent Wreaths or they could have started as Kissing Boughs.
The Kissing Bough (or Kissing Bunch) was a popular form of mid-winter decoration in the middle ages. They were made of five wooden hoops that made the shape of a ball (four hoops vertical to form the ball and the fifth horizontal to go around the middle). The hoops were covered with holly, ivy, rosemary, bay, fir or other evergreen plants. Inside the hoops, red apples hung from red ribbons and a candle was put inside the ball or round the horizontal hoop. The bough was finished by hanging a large bunch of mistletoe from the bottom of the ball. A simple bough would just have a horizontal hoop decorated and hung with apples and mistletoe. By the late eighteenth century, the English had already adopted the custom of stealing kisses beneath a bough of mistletoe. In the nineteenth century, the English began to decorate their homes with Christmas trees. As the tree became the focal point of Christmas decorations, the kissing bough declined in popularity.
(pic. Victorian Kissing Bough)
True Kissing Boughs are rare, but not forgotten. In our modern Holiday Kissing Ball world, they are called Kissing Balls rather than Kissing Boughs. They may no longer have real fruit or candles, but they are still brimming with an array of colorful ribbons, fragrant evergreens and winter berries.  They can be found in specialty boutiques and upscale greenhouses. If you can't find the perfect Kissing Ball for your festivities, create your own with some help from your friendly neighborhood craft store or an online tutorial.
(pic. Kissing ball)
(pic. Wedding Kissing Ball)
Kissing Balls are not just for the holidays anymore.  They are used as garden accents, home décor and during wedding ceremonies. What plans do you have for your Kissing Ball?

~ Respectfully submitted, Jill A. Silvia
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Chair Yoga for Seniors ...and more - Episode 1
Brought to you by Whitman Wellness Center and the Whitman COA
“Chair Yoga” with Karen Lyons, is a low impact yoga exercise program for people with limited mobility and balance issues. It can help to promote mobility, control weight, increase flexibility, help reduce stresss, improve core strength and balance. Remember, you should always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program.
Whitman Dept of Public Works Holiday Trash notes:
*Trash pickup for 1/1/2021 will be delayed until 1/2/21.
*The D.P.W. will be providing a dumpster for your overflow cardboard, this will be for CARDBOARD ONLY, no Styrofoam, trash or wrapping paper will be accepted and all boxes must be flattened. Drop off hours will be Monday - Friday 7am - 2:30 pm Starting on 12/28 and ending on 1/4/2021
(excluding New Years Day). The dumpsters will be located at the DPW Yard 100 Essex St.
*** Reminder that most wrapping paper is NOT recyclable due to the waxy coating and other decorative treatments so please dispose of it properly.***
We have been working hard on the process of developing an actionable plan for a Municipal Fiber network in the town of Whitman.
Now we need a little help from you. Filling out this survey will take you about 5 minutes, but it will help us better understand the kind of network we should be striving for and will help to shape the proposal we will eventually be putting forth to the BOS and eventually Town Meeting.
Please pass this along to friends, neighbors and anyone who works in Whitman, as we want to get the most representative group of responses possible.
Thank you for your help with this ~ Steven Santos
Holiday Tree Lighting
Last weekend Whitman Hanson Dollars For Scholars hosted a holiday tree lighting in the Whitman Town Park. Trees were decorated by business, clubs, families, and organizations! The funds raised from this event went towards helping the Whitman Hanson High School 2021 seniors.
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Celebrate the season with the Symphony with this re-broadcast of our 2019 Holiday Pops! 
Dr. Emilian Badea conducts your holiday favorites plus gems of the repertoire, including Sleigh Ride, Ave Maria, The Cat Duet, our festive sing-along, and much more!

Dana Lynne Varga, soprano
Megan Roth, mezzo-soprano
Angel Valchinov, violin
Jacqueline DeVoe, piccolo
Brockton's South Middle School Chorus, directed by Kate M. Higgins
Enjoy this festive production as part of "Music Matters," the Brockton Symphony’s Virtual Performance Series with monthly live recorded concerts to enjoy from the comfort of your home.
Music Matters is produced in partnership with the Brockton Public Library with the support of Brockton Community Access and the Fuller Craft Museum.
Thinking about an internship at WHCA?
Julia Hannon was a WHCA intern from Fall 2019 to Summer 2020. She was our first intern to transfer over from an in-person internship, to our new virtual internship program! Hear what she has to say about how the internship helped her sharpen her skills. Video Courtesy of WHCA-TV
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Due to unprecedented entries we did TWO calendars this year - our annual tide calendar and a one-time only avian calendar.
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United Way of Greater Plymouth County informational workshop
for any nonprofit interested in applying for FY2022 (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022) United Way funding.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Snow date January 15, 2021
9a to 11a
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All interested agencies, including first time applicants, are required to attend the workshop to be eligible for funding consideration.
With a mission to “unite people, ideas and resources to improve the lives of people in Greater Plymouth County”.
Initiatives this funding cycle must pertain to these five LIVE UNITED Community Recovery areas:
• Feeding Our Families (Health)
• Preventing Evictions & Ending Homelessness (Financial Stability)
• Accessing Affordable Health Services (Health)
• Returning to Learning for Our Children & Youth (Education)
• Aspiring to Hire for Our Recently Unemployed (Financial Stability)

Critical to our work in meeting these needs is the realization that for people of diverse backgrounds these challenges are greater and deeper in terms of their degree and complexity. This means that we must direct significantly greater attention and enhance our sensitivity to the issues of race, equity and justice as we design our solutions to our communities’ problems.
Request for Proposal (RFP’s) packets will be available online following the workshop.
Anyone interested in attending, RSVP to Kim Allen, Director of Community Relations & Marketing, United Way of Greater Plymouth County,
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Shared with us by South Shore Hospital's Youth Health Connection:
Calm Classroom offers a variety of resources to help our young children center and cope with this stressful world: including 3 minute recorded meditations.
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Self-awareness is the ability to be aware of one's inner life-one's emotions, thoughts, behaviors, values, goals, strengths, challenges, attitudes, mindsets- and how these elements impact our decisions.

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Each time Frosty the Snowman comes to life, he exclaims "Happy Birthday!"

His vivaciousness is contagious. He bounces and dances around, leading a parade, sliding in the snow, fooling around.

We enjoy characters who make a big deal and spread joy, but Frosty goes beyond, he takes care of Karen with little thought of himself when he sees her getting cold.

He really didn't consider that the evil of the world (Professor Hinkle) would lock him inside the greenhouse, causing his demise.

But if he did, would he not have comforted Karen anyway? I think he would have been more aware, but he still would have given his unbounding love.

And his reward for giving unbounding love? Santa grants everlasting life, pronouncing Frosty is constructed of Christmas Snow, which will magically appear each year.

So what does Frosty teach us?
To live each day, giving all we can, living and loving out loud, and our life spirit will live on. Just like Christmas. Just like Frosty, we can pronounce each day: " HAAAPPY BIRRTHDAY!"
And so, dear reader, happy birthday to you! ~ Jacquie
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