Meet Our Masters of Knowledge: Your East Bridgewater Librarian Judge
For Our "What's Your Good News" Short Story Contest

Michelle “Shel” Stephen

Shel is the Circulation Assistant at the East Bridgewater Public Library. Formerly a fifth grade teacher at the Gordon W Mitchell Middle School for 35 years, upon retirement she merged her love of reading and writing into a part time job at the library.

Her responsibilities at the library include: helping patrons at the Main Desk, shelving books, suggesting books and authors to patrons, and updating monthly displays. When not at the library, Shel can be found touring and hiking New England with her husband, Dana, looking for old cemeteries, libraries, stone walls, and local sites of interest.
Get your Stories Ready!!!!

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. $100 American Express Cards to the winner in each community; and $100 to the popular vote winner.
BuzzAround will give out $800 total! Time to get writing! ; )

Historical Tidbit:

When it comes to historical Native figures, typically Pocahontas and Squanto are remembered from our history books; possibly, the name Metacomet, or King Philip, and the war sharing his English name. The name Tispaquin, though, is a name from deep in our local history that is more shaded.

Tispaquin, a Nemasket, was an affiliate of Massasoit, the chief that first accommodated the Pilgrims. When Massasoit died and his first son, Wamsutta (or Alexander ), was killed, Pometacomet (or Metacomet or Philip) became Chief, putting Tispaquin in a position similar to a lieutenant.

Tispaquin becomes an important figure when taking King Philip's War into consideration. As Native and English settlers continued to confront one another, eventually Tispaquin was taken by the English for murder. Tispaquin and two others were charged with the murder of John Sassamon, a Native convert to Christianity and alleged informant of the Puritans. At a summary trial, the three Natives were convicted and killed. Following the June 8th executions in 1675, Native forces were reported to be actively taking arms against Puritan settlers in Swansea.

Two things can be taken away from this short excerpt from Tispaquin's life. First, Tispaquin's trial was a mixed jury. This was the first time this would happen in Colonial America. A jury of both Pilgrim settlers and Native elders convicted Tispaquin of murder. Second, King Phillip's War was not simply a war that happened; like any other historical moment, a series of events took place leading to a conclusion. In this regard, Tispaquin's execution can be seen as a final straw that finally led Metacomet and other Native groups into open hostility with the English settlers.

Respectfully submitted,
Ian Marsan


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Matt's project was building 10 picnic tables for the East Bridgewater Little League fields at the Church Street Silva Sports Complex. He also made deck improvements to the snack shack, including replacing broken lattice and a handicap ramp.
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