We want to hear from you!
Please let us know what types of programming you would like to see at the library this year by completing the Adult Programming Survey at the following link:
Survey results are anonymous unless patrons voluntarily submit their email addresses. Paper copies are also available for pick up at the library.
Thank you for your time!

Another fun one: Representative Jack Patrick Lewis plans file legislation to designate an official "State Dinosaur" January 15. Podokesaurus holyokensis or Anchisaurus polyzelus? Cast your vote on the survey to the right!

Vote on Massachusetts' State Dinosaur

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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

Town Hall

Public Library

Council on Aging

St. Vincent de Paul/Whitman Food Pantry
By appointment only: 781-447-8560
Mary Blye
won a
4-week virtual Yoga beginner series

Play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.
You could win a
45 minute horseback riding lesson
at Stonecroft Farm's indoor riding ring
(value $55).
Calling all Kindergarten Girls in Whitman-Hanson!

Check out this virtual sample troop meeting for Daisy Forming Troop 83338. Bring a friend - make new ones - and come see what Girl Scouts is all about!. Monday, January 11 2021; 4:30p

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Whitman Board of Selectmen
January 5th, 2021 - Veteran's Agent interviews & Whitman Covid updates
2021 Annual Street Listing (Census)
Residents are urged to return their census forms to the Town Clerk’s office immediately. 
Anyone that does not respond will not be officially listed as a resident for 2021, and will not be entitled to a residency certification if ever needed for legal purposes. If you did not receive a census form, please call 781-618-9710 and one will be sent out to you. 
Voters that have moved within Whitman are asked to please update their new address in writing with a signature of each voter to the clerk’s office, so that they will be listed properly on the voting lists. You may also register to vote at your new address at www.registertovotema.com.

Failure to respond to the census shall result in removal from the active voting list.
This year marks the 35th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration sponsored by the Brockton Area Branch NAACP.
January 23, 2021; 9:00a
This pandemic will not stop our remembrance of a great American leader, a man of the people, especially our people, Dr. King.
Together we fight for what's right in order to actualize his dream for justice for all, especially black people.
Together let's sit at this virtual breakfast table - bring your coffee, bring your eggs - bring your hearts. Enjoy one another and our keynote speaker the beloved Pastor Emeritus of Messiah Baptist Church, Reverend Michael Walker. He will grace us with his Word as he so eloquently has done in years past.
Please consider donating $10-$20, or whatever your heart dictates to receive a ticket. https://bit.ly/3r6KjbY All proceeds will benefit the Brockton Area Branch NAACP ACT-SO Program.
BSU's MLK 2021 Virtual Engagement Series

Jan 4-29, 2021

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We have what you need!
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater
(508) 697-0357
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
We're excited to announce an upcoming training series on Overdose Prevention in the New Normal.
This free training is open to the public and will be provided on three separate dates. Here are the links below to register:
This 30 minute training by experts in the field will provide an overview of opioid overdose prevention including: what are opioids, what is an overdose, what is the scope of the problem, what puts someone at risk to overdose, what are the signs of an overdose, strategies for managing an overdose event, naloxone, and local resources. This training will also provide information on factors related to COVID-19 and overdose prevention. At the end of the training, will be an opportunity for questions and answers.
Learn Yoga at home with
Mondays, 1/11 - 2/1, morning & evening slots available. Learn simple moves which decompress your spine, melting away long held tensions and pain. Deeply relaxing through gentle easy movements.

Find YOUR bliss at Bliss Through Yoga!
Yoga for the Rest of Us!

(508) 331-3564
52 Weeks Logo & Link Ad in 1 Hive

For $99 / each month, see your ad in 1 Buzz Around town each week.

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Lets keep local residents in the know.
WHCA will be virtually capturing public service announcements throughout the day on
Thursday, January 21st.
To participate send an email to: Heather@whca.tv to book a time slot.
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. Please connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
A huge THANK YOU to North Easton Savings Bank
for providing funding for this fencing and to Sweezey Fence for its construction. The Whitman Public Library was recently award a federal Library Services and Technology (LSTA) grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The Mind in the Making grant allows libraries to establish or enhance play spaces for children ages 0-6.
Because of Covid, this project is being adapted from the original plans but we are looking forward to bringing some fun outdoor programming in the coming months!

Have fun with us and bee
entered to win a
45 minute horseback riding lesson
at Stonecroft Farm's indoor riding ring
(value $55).

 Historical Tidbit Question:
Which president started the tradition of leaving the inauguration by helicopter?

Email us your answer at: 

Please include your name, phone number with your answer.

By entering, you give us permission to print your name in next week's Buzz Around.
On January 13, 2021 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Janice O'Brien, & Jacquelyn Rose

“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 1/8/21
I will always have hope because I love and believe in a world that can be.
~ Jacquie
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