“One more thank you to all of you who donated in support of Moriah's bake sales and our local food pantry this month.
Moriah received donations from as far away as Rome, Italy. She received a bag of change and 2 one dollar bills in snail mail. She learned Venmo and PayPal. She saw her first $2 bill and learned to count by $50s and $100s.
She received notes and cards and money to buy herself a Christmas gift. Families dropped off baking supplies like flour and sugar and left gifts of baking tools for our baker. And a boy in town wrote her a beautiful letter telling her to keep doing important things.

Before the holidays, her principal at Howard School came to our porch to give her a school SuperHero Award and earlier today Board members from the Food Pantry came to our porch to meet her, collect the donations, and give her a baking trophy.

She is still reading all your comments on our town's page and elsewhere on FB; she loves reading your encouragement of her and her work. Your kind words make her feel a sense of belonging in a truly isolating time of her life (because, as she says, "stupid COVID").

YOU have been a gift to her this month and holiday season. Thank you all for all your kindness and generosity. People with disabilities have a lot to give--they, too, can be engaged citizens--when they are provided access to a community that presumes their competence. And you did just that and gave her many opportunities to practice citizenship and service.

The holidays don't get better than that.“
~ Melissa Winchell, proud mom
Historical Tidbit:

A Peaceful Transition

A peaceful transition or transfer of power is crucial and fundamental in democratic governments.

Each president has peacefully handed over power to the next since 1797 when George Washington stepped down.

A majority of outgoing presidents have attended the inaugurations of their successors. Some of the Inaugural customs according to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies: "In 1837, Andrew Jackson and his successor, Martin Van Buren, began a new tradition by riding together to Van Buren’s inauguration at the U.S. Capitol. Until the early 20th century, the outgoing and incoming presidents additionally rode together back to the White House after the inaugural ceremonies."

"Later presidents, such as Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Lyndon B. Johnson, left the Capitol grounds by car. Since Gerald Ford’s departure from office in 1977, every outgoing president and first lady have departed the inaugural ceremonies via helicopter, leaving their successors to attend an inaugural luncheon inside the Capitol building. "

For the sake of preserving our democracy, the peaceful transition of power is considered to be of paramount importance.

Respectfully submitted, J. Rose

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WB-CAM Look Back at 2020
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WB Board of Selectmen - Jan 6, 2021

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The Harvestwood Pantry
The Sharkey Family put a free little food pantry stand on their property at 47 Harvestwood Drive (with approval from the town). 

Jon Sharkey (image credit) built it himself and installed it on Christmas Day.

“Take what you need, give what you can.” Please spread the word about it and take what is needed.

The Sharkeys encourage others to put a mini pantry on their property to help nourish neighborhoods. Thank you Jon and Vanessa!
BSU's MLK 2021 Virtual Engagement Series

Jan 4-29, 2021

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Wildcat News 1/5/21
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Fairies & Snow Dude
“A glimpse at the latest story strolls at the library. Nanette Ryan works incredibly hard to get these prepared and set up on the lawn on dry, sunny days - cold winds or not. Thanks also to the Holland family for helping out today with it, fairy wings and all!😎 "Where do fairies go in the snow?" and "Snow Dude" (a cool takeoff of the Gingerbread Boy).”
~Ellen Snoeyenbos Director of WB Library
2021 Stopping on Snowy Evening
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Ken Gloss, The Value of Old and Rare Books
Kenneth Gloss, proprietor of the internationally known Brattle Book Shop in Boston’s Downtown Crossing section, will give a virtual presentation
Tuesday, January 19, 7:00p, hosted by the Old Bridgewater Historical Society. Ken will discuss the value of old and rare books.

Ken, who is also a frequent guest appraiser on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow, will talk in part about the history of his historic bookshop (www.brattlebookshop.com), which goes back to circa 1825. He is a second-generation owner.

Ken will talk about and show some of his favorite finds and describe some of the joys of the "hunt," as well as explain what makes a book go up in value. He has many fascinating anecdotes to share as well as guidelines for what to look for when starting a collection. There is also a Q&A session after the conclusion of his talk.

Following the talk and question-and-answer session, he will give free verbal appraisals of all books that attendees have on hand or will do so at his shop in Boston at a later scheduled date.
Yankee Magazine Editor's Choice Award for Best of New England, the Brattle Book Shop is one of America’s oldest and largest antiquarian bookstores. 2021 is the 72nd year of Gloss family ownership. Kenneth Gloss succeeded his late father, George Gloss, a well-known figure both in Boston and national antiquarian circles. He had worked in the store since childhood and chose to go into the book business rather than pursue a doctorate in chemistry. He became the sole proprietor upon his father's death in 1985. "I found that books were in my blood and that I would never be really happy if I abandoned the business.”
To participate in the Zoom session, it is necessary to reserve your free ticket in advance, as participation in this event is limited. An email will be sent to you after your sign up that contains the necessary log-in information to participate. Visit www.oldbridgewater.org to register.
Brockton High School 2021 Alumni Awards Nominations Sought
Nominations for the Brockton High School Alumni Association’s three prestigious annual awards are being accepted until March 1, 2021.

They include:
• Alumni Achievement – for Brockton High alumni who have distinguished themselves in their field of professional or personal work;

• Alumni Service -   for BHS alumni who have contributed to the betterment of Brockton High School or the Brockton community; and

• Young Alumni - for Brockton High alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years, who are making outstanding contributions to society and whose contributions and careers reflect favorably on Brockton High School.

Self-nominations are also welcomed. For  more information, and to use our online application form, go to www.bpsma.org/alumni. Details on plans for a celebration, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be released at a later date.

All Brockton High School graduates are automatically enrolled as members of the Alumni Association, which numbers more than 60,000 alumni spread throughout all 50 states and the world.

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The winner of the
2020 Million Dollar Christmas Tree is
Dan Conrad!
Thank You everyone that purchased tickets to help support the West Bridgewater Lions Club!

WB Community Christmas Sharing Program
"Many of you have been part of the West Bridgewater Community Christmas Sharing Program for the 37 years we have been working together to provide Christmas for needy families in town. As you know, this year we had to do things differently to deal with the pandemic. Please read this thank you letter that I have sent out so you can see the extent of your good work!
Dear Friends,
A few weeks ago, I spoke to you about our 37th annual Christmas Sharing Program and said that with God’s love and your faith the community of St. Ann’s, First Church, Cochesett Methodist, and West Bridgewater would make miracles happen. Well, you did - again. You brought joy and love to the 35 families, 90 children, 30 Project Grads teen mothers and their 32 babies, and the 71 senior citizens in our Christmas Sharing program.
The parishioners of St. Ann’s, First Church, and Cochesett Methodist provided more than I could ever have imagined. The value of the gift cards and cash donations was more than $15,000. In addition, we received gifts for the seniors and teen moms. Beverly Bates, who hand makes cuddly animals donated 22 of them to our program, another generous person donated 108 new stuffed animals, and several people donated toys.
Each family received $100 in gift cards for each child and $50 or more in grocery cards, along with stuffed animals and toys as appropriate to the ages of the children. Each teen mom received $50 in gift cards, a winter hat and gloves, and a blanket sleeper and stuffed animal for their babies. Each senior citizen received a small bag of goodies and $50 in gift cards. Two lucky seniors received a homemade afghan, donated by a friend.
Local businesses, organizations, and families that have supported us in the past came through again with $3500, even as the economy became more difficult for them! Businesses included Turner Steel, Peter O’Connor from South Shore Supply, the W. B. Lion’s Club, the Bridgewaters Rotary Club, Raleigh Auto Body and Towing, Noonan Waste Service, Clean Portable Restroom, Hockomock Liquors, and W.B Fire Department. Organizations include the Wheels of Time and the Brockton Youth Hockey Moms. Gift Cards and cash donations from the community and the three churches made up the rest of the funds.
The families, teen mothers and their babies, and senior citizens were all overwhelmed by your generosity. In these awful times, you all made a difference in their lives.
I can’t offer enough thanks to the elves who worked on the program this year: Lynne, Leslie, Jenny, Charlotte and Arlene from the churches; Joan from the WB Emergency Fund; Ana from Project Grads; Fran from the Council on Aging; and Cecelia, John, Sandy, Elaine, Megan, Mary, Nancy, Jim, and Kristen who helped deliver senior citizen gifts. What a wonderful way to share God’s love!
Thank you all for helping us to make miracles happen! No matter what you did, even if it was just a prayer for our families, seniors, teens, or babies, it was, and is, important.
Bless you all.
Linda Santry"

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“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
~ Langston Hughes

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.”
~ Robert Fulghum

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
~ Emily Dickinson

“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
~ Barbara Kingsolver

"But make no mistake: The work of putting America back together, of truly repairing what is broken, isn’t the work of any individual politician or political party. It’s up to each of us to do our part. To reach out. To listen. And to hold tight to the truth and values that have always led this country forward. It will be an uncomfortable, sometimes painful process. But if we enter into it with an honest and unwavering love of our country, then maybe we can finally start to heal.”
~ Michelle Obama 1/7/21
I will always have hope because I love and believe in a world that can be. ~ Jacquie

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