The Dowdle Family Gives Back Some
Love and Appreciation to WB

The following is a message from Shari Dowdle, who wished to share with West Bridgewater
the appreciation she feels for living in
such a caring community.
In 2019, we decided to fix up the hen house and get some chickens. Our three adult sons; all born with the rare disease Joubert - COACH Syndrome; are all living at home. Our oldest son, Spencer (38), works at Market Basket in West Bridgewater and enjoys it very much. Christopher, our middle son (33), and Jason the youngest (31) are not able to have the same opportunities.

With chickens, we hope they can feel a part by learning how to care for the animals, help me out the pen, and collect eggs. We ask for a donation of three dollars a dozen to help with the cost of feed. We have fresh eggs in all colors and we also have fresh duck eggs.
Spenser, Christopher and Jason's dad, Bart Dowdle, is on dialysis and has diabetes and heart failure. He is now disabled and unable to work 16 hour days like he used to.

We have been blessed to have kind people donate up to five dollars a dozen and some people have left money in the return cartons. Some have even walked up and just donated without wanting eggs. This has been great blessings for our family. But his medication runs over $500 a month and so he doesn’t take all of them all of the time. But this last month because of kind peoples donations, we were able to afford all of his medicines.

If you drive by, chances are you’ll see all of our colorful hens, ducks, and a few roosters free-ranging in our yard. We would like to thank this community that we live in for all of the support that they have given to our family. We have made Massachusetts our home now for 37 years, 
~ Shari Dowdle
Bart is originally from Boise Idaho, and Shari is originally from Las Vegas Nevada. BuzzAround has made slight contextual edits, otherwise, these are Shari's words.
or call 508-326-3180
215 South Street West Bridgewater MA

Photo credits: Shari Dowdle
Historical Tidbit:

The Bell
Our bell was cast in 1875 by William Blake & Co and presented to the Trustees of the Howard Fund by Otis Drury.

According to the American Bell Association International, Inc, Paul Revere.

Later, W. Blake & Company was located at Allen Street in Boston, Massachusetts and was in operation from 1820 to 1890.

At that time, he operated under the names of W. Blake & Co. and Blake Bell Co. The largest bell he made weighed 3,000 pounds. What a gem of a school bell we have!

Information from
Town Hall

WB Public Library
Council on Aging

1st & 3rd Wednesday each month 3:30 – 4:30 p
Proof of residency is the only requirement.
Spring Street School
2 Spring St, WB
Debbie Almeida
for winning
a $20 gift certificate to Color Street nail polish strips from independent consultant Katie Ray.

Play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a
$15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!
Get your Stories Ready!!!!
You could win $100!

Let us know your good news!

Submit your original non-fiction short story related to one of the BuzzAround Hives: Bridgewater, Brockton, East Bridgewater, Halifax, Raynham, West Bridgewater or Whitman.
Entries must be 1000 words or less.

We will accept submissions from May 1-7, 2021. (Details to follow.)

Our insightful librarians will judge the stories and award a winner from each community.

A $100 American Express Cards to one winner in each community; and $100 to the popular vote winner. BuzzAround will give out $800 total.

Time to get writing! ; )

Meet Our Masters of Knowledge: Your West Bridgewater Librarian Judge
For Our "What's Your Good News"
Short Story Contest
Ellen Snoeyenbos
Ellen has been the Library Director in West Bridgewater for 6 years and a librarian for over twenty-five years. She says: ” I think it has never been more exciting than now to be in the library field.”
Ellen earned a BA in History from Carleton College, in Minnesota and a Masters Library Information Science from Simmons University, Boston.
Her work history includes being the Children’s Librarian at the Holmes Library in Halifax for four years and then the Reference/Young Adult Librarian at Duxbury Free Library for seventeen years.
Ellen adds: ”West Bridgewater has a lot of expanded services such as Passport Processing, 3D printing, online video story times, in-school book talks, and lots of innovative programming for a wide range of patrons. Stories and storytelling is a key component to all cultures of the world and we are excited to participate in the Buzz Around “What’s Your Good News” Story Contest!”
Business Assistance Zoom Call with Gov. Baker
Friday, April 30th. Via Zoom

Join Metro South Chamber of Commerce for a COVID-19 Economic recovery call update with the Metro South Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Office of Business Development, Mayor of Brockton Robert F. Sullivan, and U.S. Small Business Administration. Featured speaker: MA Governor, Charlie Baker.

Topics covered include city, state, and national resources to help you, your business, and your community respond to COVID-19. Zoom into this very special forum to raise awareness and have your questions answered. Register now at Zoom

This event is sponsored by Bridgewater State University
We've Made Some Changes! Stop in Today!
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) • Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357

WB Flmingo Flock
The WB Senior Class will send a flock of flamingos to the WB address of your choice to graze for one day for $25. Payment can be made by Venmo to @Molly-Smith-156 or by sending a check made out to WBMSHS and mail to Molly Smith, 48 Roosevelt Ave, West Bridgewater, MA 02379. Include the address you want to flock in Venmo comments or memo of check! 🦩🐾🦩
Flockings will be done in order of donations received! All money raised will help to defer the cost of the WB class of 2021 end of year activities.

If you have any questions please call Molly at 508-561-1204.
Image credit: Jen Bellody
2021 Mr. West Bridgewater Competition

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WB Board of Selectmen - April 21, 2021

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Whether your project is big or small, we can help!

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52 Weeks Logo & Link Ad in 1 Hive

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WB Youth Athletic Association Apparel
Here's another pop-up shop for WBYAA apparel! Please click on the link below to view the items. This shop will only be open until 5/7, so get your WBYAA gear today!
Intro to gardening

Gardening class in West Bridgewater, MA by Veterans Garden Inc. on Saturday, May 22 2021

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Eat well, Laugh often, Love much
Feeling hungry for something different?
Visit our Facebook page for a list of our current specials.
Click on location for full take out menus!

(781) 300-2600
Take out only

(508) 378-9335
Open for Indoor Dining & Take out

(508) 456-4460
Indoor & Outdoor Dining & Take out
Finding your ‘Why’

Have you lost your purpose and calling in life?

Are you experiencing depression, anxiety and unhealthy stress?

The GleeWorks system helps you reengage and have meaning in your life which reduces depression and anxiety. 

Call or email 781-223-8221 

Veteran's Garden
"Yesterday (4/10/21) was a beautiful day for our clean up! It was so great to see familiar faces again and some new ones for this year!"

Veterans Garden Inc. is a nonprofit organization established in April of 2018. Our mission is to help veterans and their families grow and heal from the invisible wounds of war by sowing seeds and relationships with others through gardening.

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Have fun with us and bee entered to win:
a $15 gift certificate to Pinches & Pounds
Candy Store Rt 18, Whitman!

 Historical Tidbit Question:
Who was William Blake was an apprentice of?

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 April 28, 2021 we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers.
Our lens:

“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. ... In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”
~ John Lubbock, The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live in

“We see the world, not as it is, but as we are──or, as we are conditioned to see it.”~ Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

"Making progress on longstanding challenges requires a different lens and a new approach."
~ Ayanna Pressley
"The way we look at things; our particular view shapes our entire life experience and has a strong effect on how others react to us.
It helps to clean off our own lens once in a while, to get a new view." ~ Jacquie
BuzzAround is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Ayman Quader & Jacquelyn Rose

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