Historical Tidbit:
Sergt George H. Simmons Was Native of Whitman Veteran Sign

Simmons Ave. named for George Heywood Simmons, born 1890, enlisted in 1917, and may have been testing gas masks when he developed pneumonia and died. He is buried in Colebrook Cemetery.

It reads: Whitman, Feb 18- Sergt George H. Simmons, aged 28, who died at Camp Devens this forenoon after an illness of only a few days, was a native of this town and a son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Simmons of East Whitman. Previous to entering the service last October he was employed as messenger by the Adams Express Company, running on the Plymouth division.

He took a course at Collinsville, Wis, soon after his enlistment, and on his return to Camp Devens was made sergeant.

He is survived by his father and mother, a brother, Sergt Trafton Simmons of the old 10th Company of Brockton, now at Springfield, and a sister, Miss Margaret Simmons of this town.

He is the second Whitman soldier to die in the service. The body will be brought here for burial.

Photo and story credit: Whitman Historical Commission
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Dedication to World War II Veteran

There will be a Square dedication for World War II veteran Robert Lonergan, who was killed in action. Color guard with rifles requested on Saturday, September 12th at 11:00a on the corner of Broad and Central. Meet at the Whitman American Legion around 10:15a.

Read more about Lonergan here.
Please contact Bill Sheehan with any questions!

Story credit: American Legion Post 22
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:
A few pics of me saying WELCOME BACK & THANK YOU to arriving staff today!

I am #grateful for their return as they begin training for the "new normal" with smiles & a "can do" attitude! #WelcomeSignWednesday w/ music & #WHPantherPride on Thursday. New year, new days!
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~ Dr. Christopher Jones, Principal WHRHS
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State Champions

Whitman-Hanson’s high school basketball team was honored August 10th at Dennis M. O’Brien field for their Division II state championship. The team was presented medals and a trophy by Peter Smith of the MIAA. They also received personalized jackets and some flashy rings. The ceremony included highlights and memories from the season congratulating the graduated seniors on a spectacular season.
This night was special not only because it was the program's first state championship but two longtime Whitman-Hanson employees retired. Coach Carroll retires after serving and mentoring kids for over 50 years! Bill Drew also retired; he has spent 36 years teaching and coaching, totaling 8 seasons with the team. Bob Rogers tweeted: "Coach deserves some time away but I predict he will be back. Until then... thanks for all you have done for the thousands of kids you have taught and coached" Both will be missed greatly and what a perfect retirement gift, DII Champs!!!

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Scouts Clean Up Whitman!

Whitman Cub Scout Pack 59 did their good turn the morning of August 8th, helping to keep Whitman clean! Several bags of trash safely cleaned up from around our beautiful town.

Story and photo credit: Matt Harden
Whitman Pride for First Responders

On August 19, 2019 our 22-day-old son stopped breathing at our home. Over the last year, he has undergone 5 surgeries (including Open Heart Surgery) and an extended inpatient stay at Children’s Hospital. After a medical quarantine for most of the year and then a COVID quarantine, on August 21st we finally had the opportunity to thank the Whitman Police and Fire & Rescue Teams.

In our opinion, we have the finest first responders in the area. Thank You to Officer Nelson (pictured), Sergeant Slocum, Officer Stokinger and Team 3 of Whitman Fire & Rescue.
This is Whitman Pride.

Photo and story credit: Kristine Rodman

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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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