September 6, 2020
~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Your BuzzAround supports the dignity of all human beings, is actively anti-racist, and supportive of good law enforcement policies. 
Historical Tidbit: 
In Appreciation of Lillie B. Merrill
"In 1966, an appreciation dinner was held for Lillie B. Merrill, who was referred to in the program as "Raynham' s gracious lady." She and her husband and their two children had moved to Raynham in 1925. 

She was elected to the offices of Town Clerk and Town Treasurer in 1928 by 58 ballots. She served these offices until March 1966. 

Until the town office building was constructed in 1957, she made her home her office. She was also the town accountant and a Justice of the Peace. In her years of office, she recorded 1299 
marriages and 2171 births. Everyone in Raynham knew her, and now what used to be the Pleasant Street School bears the name of Lillie B. Merrill." 

From:  The History of Raynham ~ Patrice White
The Search For An Internship During COVID

By Sasha Rockwell When my Junior year at Bridgewater State University started in the Fall of 2019, I knew it was the perfect time to take advantage of learning opportunities on and off-campus. But I didn't expect it to go the way it did.

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Writing Internships available at the BuzzAround

Town Clerk     508-824-2700
Treasurer/Collector 508-824-2702
Assessors        508-824-2704
Selectmen        508-824-2707
Building Dept.       508-824-2708
Board of Health      508-824-2766
Planning         508-824-2745
Veterans Service Officer 508-828-4527

Public Library
limited capacity, call to schedule appt

Council on Aging
Building remains closed.
Director will be in the office Monday, Wednesday and Thursday to process bills, stay in touch with state agencies and attend to phone messages.

Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9:00a - 11:00a
494 Church St, Raynham
Richard A. Duffus
won a Shungite pendant worth $25 from
Queen Dawn Spirit.

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

You could win a $20 gift certificate good towards any escape room experience at
Upside Down Escape Games.
Mask Fundraiser for Raynham Schools

Whether our young children are starting school for the first time, in a new school or with a new teacher this year is going to be quite different. To ease the transition I would love to raise enough money to provide each teacher and faculty member with a smile mask so kids can see how excited teachers are to welcome students to their classrooms.

While I know many have experienced hardships during these difficult times, many have been fortunate to not have had those hardships. If you have the means, please consider donating so our Raynham teachers can share their excitement with our little ones.

If we raise enough to order 100 masks (enough for the Merrill and LaLiberte) the cost is 7.50 per mask. Please note these fundraising efforts have no ties to the schools themselves or the respective PTOs.
In the event we raise more than is needed to support teachers and faculty at both schools any leftover money will be utilized to purchase anti fog solution.

If you would like to donate for the Merrill School, please follow this link:
If you would like to donate for the LaLiberte School, please follow this link:

Here is a link to the website in which the masks will be ordered from:
Please feel free to share to increase our efforts!

Story credit: Nicole Wilson Gomes
Warrant for the Sept 14th
Special Town Meeting

The meeting will be held outdoors at the Raynham Middle School and starts at 6pm sharp. Please take a few minutes to review as there are a number of significant proposals to our town bylaws

Raynham's Lions Club 9th Annual Robert McCabe Memorial Golf Tournament

Friday, September 18th
Registration 7-8a, Tee Time 8:00a sharp
Olde Scotland Links
695 Pine St., Bridgewater

*Proceeds for M.L.E.R.R (Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Foundation, Inc.).
*$400 PER TEAM / $100 PER PERSON (includes golf cart, dinner & prizes)
*DINNER & AWARDS to follow at Raynham Lions Hall 2234 King Philip St., Raynham.
For more information call 508-823-7911 or email: [email protected] or visit our website: Raynham Lions Club
The 2020 Book for Business & COVID-19 Recovery Resource Guide 
Easy & Accessible with great resources!

  • Area Dining
  • COVID-19 Recovery Resources
  • Business Development Resources

Metro South Chamber of Commerce Works For YOU!
Senior College

It is not too late to sign up for fall classes!

For a single registration fee of $55, each person has access to nearly 30 courses this fall which will be offered virtually via Zoom.

For course descriptions, schedules, and more information, visit:
Metrocraft: Create & Learn
In A Virtual World

Mondays 9/28/2020 - 11/09/2020
4:30p - 6:00p Virtual Learning

Program by Raynham Park and Recreation
Grades 3-6

In this problem-solving class, students design their own house and business within a virtual city as they learn about budgeting, profit and loss, supply and demand and consumer markets. As they serve on a city council they must problem-solve, study how laws are made and work together to create their own constitution; Additionally they will also need to respond to natural disasters and address other challenging city issues. 

Students will learn economics and civics as they work together to create a city within a virtual Minecraft type world. While certainly a fun game, Minecraft is also a limitless platform for students to learn academic skills in a highly engaging virtual environment. STEM learning has never been so fun!

  • This class will take place online and will use two programs, Zoom and Minetest.
  • A PC or Mac laptop is needed for Minetest, Chromebooks and tablets are generally not compatible.
We have what you NEED this Fall!
We have canning supplies!
Don't let all your hard work go to waste. Shop us today!

1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104) Bridgewater (508) 697-0357
Make an Appointment to
Visit the Library

Only 1 reservation is allowed per day. Here are a few things that will ensure your appointment is safe and will run smoothly:

*Face masks are required to enter the building.

*Park in the parking lot, but enter the building on the west side, ramp entrance.

*Ring the door bell and wait to be “buzzed-in.”

*Practice social distancing.

*Follow markings on the floor.

*Once you have checked out your items, exit via the parking lot entrance.

*Please leave the library by the end of your appointment time.
Edible South Shore & South Coast -

A collection of favorite local food/local community stories & recipes - it's awesome!

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Homeowners and landscapers,
rent our new stump grinder and clean up the yard!

10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
(508) 279-0950
Manifesting in the Present & Future in 2020

• Spiritual Healer • Certified Reiki Master Teacher • Past Life Regression & Future Life Progression Therapist • Officiant
Abington MA
(781) 428-4479
Colors of Early Autumn in Raynham

Dave Donahue captured an Autumnal landscape in Raynham behind the town gazebo near Borden Colony Park.

Grass and brush turning color ... heralding the trees.

Photo credit: Dave Donahue
Story credit: Sasha Rockwell

Have fun with us and bee entered to win a $20 gift certificate good towards any escape room experience at
Upside Down Escape Games.

Historical Tidbit Question:
What was Lillie B. Merrill referred to?

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 September 10, 2020 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, Sasha Rockwell, Jacquelyn Rose & Sebastian Ladoulis
Playing at Change

Bob Marley's Redemption Song: everything he wanted to say months before dying of cancer. I ponder on it here, in our good news, because in the "new normal" we are continually confronted with our finite existence. When I think about that existence, I wonder at it all. All there is left to learn, all there is left to experience… and I think of Bob Marley’s beautiful gift. 

Redemption is defined as "the action of saving". His miraculous second verse: “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds!” Speaks to me: The most important work I can do is saving myself from my own thoughts and biases. They stop me from hearing wisdom from all it’s varied voices and accents. They stop me from having a curiosity about this world. 

I look forward to a future full of rich relationships, stories, and music, oh the music! Everyday we make choices: how much time we spend on what and with who. In the act of saving myself, for my own redemption, I am going to mix it up and be curious. 

Here is Playing For Change: a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music. The idea for this project came from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people, with their version of “Redemption Song.”
Sending out love to all. I have faith that we can do this.... we are all humans, one family.
Enjoy your week.
~ Jacquie
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