June 9, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
Spring Has Sprung
Picture above submitted by reader Sue Basile of a visitor in her yard. Remember to keep your trash sealed. Our local wildlife loves our garbage!

Spring Brook and Maple Seeds photography by Mary Julius
Historical Tidbit: Hockomock Swamp
Total Approximate Acreage: 16,950 acres
Watershed(s): Taunton
Municipalities: Bridgewater, Easton, Norton, Raynham, Taunton, and West Bridgewater
Resource Summary
The Hockomock Swamp and associated wetlands and water bodies comprise the largest vegetated freshwater wetland system in Massachusetts. The boundaries of the Hockomock Swamp ACEC include approximately 16,950 acres in the southeastern part of the state. The wetlands act as a huge water reservoir and serve as the headwaters for the Town River, which flows into the Taunton River. The wetlands and floodplains are connected hydrologically with an extensive underlying system of medium- and high-yield aquifers. There are three public water supply wells located in the ACEC, and others are proposed.
The Hockomock Swamp is a vast natural and scenic area. Because of its size, it is a unique and irreplaceable wildlife habitat. It is also the location of at least 13 rare and endangered species. According to the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the archaeological sites in the vicinity of this wetland complex are known to span a period of 9000 years; the potential quality and significance of the archaeological resources are enormous. Productive agricultural lands are located on the uplands adjacent to the wetlands, brooks, and rivers.
The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (DFW) owns approximately 5000 acres of the Hockomock Swamp, within all six communities. The Hockomock Swamp Wildlife Management Area provides public access to the swamp and to several recreational areas. Additional public and nonprofit lands are located within the ACEC. The area is popular for hunting, fishing, boating, canoeing, swimming, and for the observation and study of flora and fauna.
Water Bodies included (partially or entirely) in the ACEC:
  • Rivers: Hockomock River (Bridgewater, West Bridgewater); Snake River (Norton, Taunton); Town River (Bridgewater, West Bridgewater)
  • Lakes, Ponds: Gushee Pond (Raynham); Hewitts Pond (Raynham); Lake Nippenicket (Bridgewater, Raynham); Nunkets Pond (Bridgewater, Raynham)
  • Wetlands: Hockomock Swamp (Bridgewater, Easton, Norton, Raynham, Taunton, West Bridgewater); Dead Swamp (Raynham); Titicut Swamp (Bridgewater, Raynham); Little Cedar Swamp (Easton)
  • Brooks, Creeks: Black Brook (Easton); Coweeset Brook, West Meadow Brook, One Mile Brook (West Bridgewater)
Town Hall
558 South Main St. 
Mon - Thurs 8:30a - 4:30p,
Fri 8:30a - 12 Noon
 Tues eve 6 - 8p
Public Library
760 South Main St.
Mon - Wed 10a - 8p
Thurs 10a - 6p, Fri 10a - 5p, Sat 10a - 2p

Council on Aging
2215 King Philip St.
Mon - Fri 9a - 3p

Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
9:00 am - 11:00 am
494 Church St, Raynham
Celebrations Of Life

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Ellie Flaherty

 won a
45 Minute Reiki Treatment from
Jacquelyn Rose

You should play our
Historical Tidbit Trivia Game
at the bottom of this newsletter.

You could win a
sandwich or salad & drink for 2
( $20 value)
Trio Cafe
12 Temple st, Whitman Center
Selectmen's Meeting Agenda 06/11/2019 7:00 PM – 558 S. Main Street
Pledge of Allegiance * Acceptance of the Minutes * Department Heads / Committees
* Jim Januse, Fire Chief – Monthly Report Appointments
* Fire Department Appointments: Deputy Chief, Captain, (2) Lieutenants and Private
* Council on Aging - Carol Stoehr-Ware, vacant member position * Business & Economic Development Committee – Keith Bollin * Citizen & Community Input * Public Hearing Westborough Beverage Corp. dba Walmart #2012 for a Change of Directors * TMLP – Revised Petition for Joint Pole Location
New Business

Government Study Committee Update – John Donahue * Pride Day Banner Agreement with TMLP
Sewer Department Collective Bargaining Agreement * Audit of Dealerships – Lemon Law Violations
Canvas and Award of Chemical Applications to Parks & Grounds* Completion of Old Business

Forward Citizen’s Petition to Planning Board
Town Administrator’s Report* Selectmen’s Report * Correspondence
Stan & Olie Movie

Featured at Lunch & a Movie Raynham Senior Center June 13, noon
C all 508-824-2740 for more information
Taunton River Wild & Scenic River Run
June 15th, 9AM check-in at Oliver Mill Park in Middleboro. Drop off your canoe/kayak at Oliver Mill and your drive car to Titicut Reservation on Beech St. You’ll be given a ride back to Oliver Mill for the start of the trip. The trip covers a portion of the Nemasket River, then a large portion of the Taunton River designated Wild and Scenic by the National Park Service and the U.S. Congress. Optional overnight camp at Titicut Reservation in Bridgewater.The cost of the two-day trip is $35 per boat or $25 per boat for TRWA members. Single day trips (Saturday or Sunday) are available at $15 per boat. The cost for the two-day trip for scout or youth church groups is $50 per group with adult leaders.
The Importance of Water Safety in the Summer
Water Safety: During the summer months, many families will spend a lot of time on the water. We live in an area that is close to a wide variety of water options including rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, and the ocean, not to mention backyard and community pools. Whenever you are boating, kayaking, canoeing or using stand-up paddle boards, always remember to use approved personal floatation devices (PFD). For information on how to choose an appropriate PFD by the U.S. Coast Guard, visit: How to Choose the Right Life Jacket. Also, be sure to supervise children when they are in or near the water. Drowning does not always look like the splashing and noises that you see in movies and on television. To learn more, check out this article from Slate: Rescuing Drowning Children: How to Know When Someone is in Trouble in the Water

Respectfully submitted: Kimberly Davis, with information from South Shore Hospital's Youth Health Connection
Bridgewater Farm Supply – Your Complete Garden, Farm &
Pet Store!

Farmers and pet parents alike, we have all the supplies you need to keep your animals, happy, healthy and comfortable!
1000 Plymouth St (Rt 104)
Bridgewater • (508) 697-0357
Joint Business After Hours
Join as we network while the sun sets!
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Hy-Line Cruises out of Onset
Onset Ave, Onset, MA
Ticket cost: $20/person
Please join us for an fun evening on the Hy-Line Cruise Charter boat as we ride along the Canal at sunset taking in all the great views.
This is a joint event with the Canal Cod Canal Region Chamber of Commerce.
Networking Through Social Media
Join us Friday, June 14th 8:30 a.m. to further gain insight into Networking and growing your reach through Social Media​​​​​​​ at Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce 9 Clayton Road,Middleboro.
What’s your social media strategy and how are you working it?
Gina Gillen has been using social media for over 10 years to promote and grow her business. This session will focus on using Facebook as a platform. She’ll have you evaluate your goals as they relate to your efforts on Facebook. She’ll also share top tips as to what to share, how to share and how to increase visibility to the correct audience. Facebook has 500 million visits per day and we want to make sure you are taking advantage of this free marketing platform. Join us on June 14th for this engaging topic.
Are you suffering from Headaches that just won't go away? Call us today!
Chiropractors successfully help thousands of individuals everyday obtain safe, effective, long-term relief from their headaches. This is because most headaches have a spinal, muscular, or habitual component which the chiropractor has been trained to identify and treat.  In fact, surveys show that 10-25% of patients initiate chiropractic care for the relief of headaches.
63 Main Street, Bridgewater
(508) 697-0050
Mottos, Messages and Gem Lore in Victorian Jewelry
Presented by the Raynham Historical Society
Laura Johnson, Ph. D. from Historic New England

2 pm on Sunday June 23, 2019
at the Stone Church
785 South Main Street, Raynham
Tickets are $10
purchase from a member of the Historical Society
Light refreshments and an open house at the Hannant House will follow
Raynham Historical Society Yard Sale

June 29, July 27 and August 24
9 am to 3 pm
Vendor fee $20 per table
(bring your own)
Hannant House 6 Pleasant Street Raynham
(four corners diagonally across from
the Stone Church)

Soup, punch, and desserts will be available for

Call Cheryl at 508-821-9481 to
reserve a table
D'Agostino Insurance
Car or Home Insurance 
Call us before you renew
 Let us help you comparison shop for  The right coverage for the right price! We do business your way,  our offices, your home or business or online. 

111 Torrey St, Suite 1, Brockton 
Residence Inn - Bridgewater
Spacious Studio and One-Bedroom Suites with fully equipped kitchen and living room area. Includes complimentary Breakfast Buffet daily and evening social “The Mix” three nights per week.
*Short and long term rates available.
2020 Pleasant St, Bridgewater, MA
(508) 697- 1412

Summer Raynham Recreation Playground Program Registration

Children will participate in exciting and fun-filled activities including arts and crafts, sports, outdoor games, and field trips based on the weekly themes.
Half Day Program cost is $105/week
Full Day Program cost is $185/week

General Information  
•The program participants will be required to bring a lunch, snacks, and plenty of water; lunch is not included in the program 
•The Full Day Program includes additional field trip for a recreational swim. 
•Field trips are scheduled on Wednesdays unless otherwise noted. 
•Children must wear their program t-shirts on field trip days. 
•Field trips will return to the school after 12 noon; approximated times are noted. 
•Price includes all field trips and a program t-shirt 
•Sibling discount of $5 per week applied upon check out. 
•There is a $25 late fee for registration forms received after the registration deadline 
Registration Deadlines:  
Session 1 = June 14th  Session 2 = July 12th
Finance Committee and Zoning Board of Appeals
Looking for Volunteers

The Finance Committee and the Zoning Board of Appeals currently have 2 vacancies on each Board. I
f you are interested in applying for for one of these vacancies, please send a letter of interest and resume to the Board of Selectmen, 558 S. Main St. or email  ddooney@town.raynham.ma.us
Call today to get your
air ducts cleaned!
An air duct cleaning service is an investment not only in your health, but in the health of your HVAC system!
(781) 910-5029
10 Bedford Park, Bridgewater
(508) 279-0950

Raynham Honors our Veterans and remembers those that have passed.

Great job to the parade and ceremonies volunteers!
Have fun with us and bee entered to win a sandwich or salad & drink for 2
( $20 value) at
Trio Cafe
12 Temple st, Whitman Center

Historical Tidbit Question: 
How many acres does the Hockomock swamp cover?

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Buzz Around Raynham.
On June 12, 2019, we will randomly pick a winner from the correct answers. 
I am who I am, you are who you are. Being able to respect each other and live in relationship is fundamental to the principles of American democracy.

"We don't need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in the different things. You want the vegetables - the lettuce, the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers - to maintain their identity. You appreciate differences.' ~Jane Elliot

"The more you learn about someone, how could you not want to protect them and their rights? The more you learn about a culture or a certain identity, it's hard to not feel empathy. " ~ Yara Shahidi

"We have to really educate ourselves in a way about who we are, what our real identity is." ~Deepak Chopra
Diversity and folks with varying identities exist all around us. This is the beautiful world we live in. Learning from each other and building respectful relationships builds community and strengthens society. ~ Jacquie
The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Kimberly Davis, Janice O'Brien,Taylor Fruzzetti Jacquelyn Rose & Gregory Venezia
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