In person (!) events at the John Curtis Library

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

This just in from the good folks at the John Curtis Library!

Monday, September 20th at 7:00 p.m.:
Ted Reinstein – Author of Before Brooklyn
John Curtis Free Library Meeting Room

Ted Reinstein will be the first adult IN-PERSON EVENT since the closure of
the Library in March of 2020. Yes, you read that right – welcome back to
programs at the Library! He will be there to talk about his new book,
Before Brooklyn: The Unsung Heroes Who Helped Break Baseball’s Color
Barrier. The book is slated to be released in November, but you can
pre-order at this event and have your copy signed when it’s available! So,
please – join the JCL in welcoming Ted back to Hanover!

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Contact: Hanover Library halib@ocln.org

Tuesday, September 21st at 6:30 p.m.:
Teen Zone Ribbon Cutting
John Curtis Free Library Teen Zone

Welcome to the new Teen Zone! This room – reserved for 13-17 year old
patrons – will give teens the much needed space to unwind after school or
on the weekend. Stop in and play a game, write some poetry, share some
drawings.
They’re planning a fun-filled calendar of events for this age group, as
well, so keep your eye out for a fencing demo, face painting tips (just in
time for Halloween!), and more! Got ideas – for games, books, or programs?
Let the JCL know!
Best of all – after the ribbon cutting they’ll have PIZZA in the large
meeting room! So come join the good folks at the JCL!

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Contact: Virginia Johnson vjohnson@ocln.org

Wednesday, September 29th at 7:00 p.m.:
Extreme Weather Preparedness
John Curtis Free Library Meeting Room

Join the Library and the Hanover Emergency Management Team for a discussion
on preparing for extreme weather that impacts Massachusetts, including
hurricanes and winter storms.

Contact: Virginia Johnson vjohnson@ocln.org

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Food Pantry ribbon cutting event at Sylvester School

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Please join the Hanover Food Pantry on Saturday, September 18th from 11:00
a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for a ribbon cutting event to celebrate its new home at
Sylvester School (located at 495 Hanover Street)! There will be brief
opening remarks, the ceremonial ribbon cutting and doors will be open to
the public.

Donations to “stock the pantry” will be gratefully accepted and a list of
most needed items is attached. There will be information for those
interested in volunteering and A Simple Gesture – Hanover will be accepting
new memberships and providing Cool Green Bags for its upcoming collection.

Grab a delicious lunch at Mom on the Go food truck or Flashback Franks food
truck from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Bert’s Ice Cream will be there
from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. for a yummy treat.

Parking will be available behind Sylvester School and at the Town Hall.
This is a great opportunity to learn more about how the pantry serves the
community. Questions about the event? Contact Hanover Food Pantry
Vice-President, Libby Corbo at (781) 336-6275 or email:
hanoverfoodpantry@gmail.com.

The Hanover Food Pantry wishes to express its gratitude to the Hanover
Baptist Church congregation for providing a welcoming home to the Pantry
for the past 30 years. ??

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20th anniversary of 9/11

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

The Town will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attacks of September
11th, 2001 this Saturday, September 11th, 2021. The ceremonies will take
place at the Veteran’s Memorial in the center of town, located at B.
Everett Hall Field, just east of Sylvester School, 495 Hanover Street,
beginning at 8:30 a.m. All are welcome; CDC guidelines will apply.

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PHOENIX LODGE PUBLIC BREAKFAST

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

PHOENIX LODGE PUBLIC BREAKFAST

They’re back!! This Sunday is the Phoenix Lodge Public Breakfast.

Join the Masons on Sunday, September 12th from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for
what some folks say is the “best breakfast anywhere”.

Featuring: French Toast, pancakes, eggs, corned beef hash, home fries,
breakfast sausage and bacon, fresh fruit and juices, muffins, pastries,
toast and coffee.

ALL YOU CAN EAT
Adults – $8.00
Kids under 12 – $4.00
Kids under 5 – FREE

You just can’t beat this price!!!

All of the proceeds from their breakfasts help to support their food pantry
and scholarship programs. As you may already know, Phoenix Lodge regularly
donates to the Hanover, Pembroke, Norwell and Rockland Food Pantries. They
also provide two scholarships each year to South Shore Regional Vocational
Technical High School.

Thank you from the officers and members of Phoenix Lodge for helping them
to help our community. For more information about the Masons or their
breakfast, please contact Dave Tinley at dotinley3@icloud.com .

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Free in-person yoga classes for children

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

The library will be hosting free in-person yoga classes for children on
Mondays at 11:00 a.m. beginning September 13th. Christine Walker of Little
Bee Yoga Company is the instructor. The classes are geared toward children
ages three to six years, but all ages are welcome to participate. Masks
are not required; it is up to the parents/caregivers, but they are strongly
recommended.

A message from the instructor and description of the class:
“Miss Christine from Little Bee Yoga Co. is so excited to be able to share
the magic of yoga with her John Curtis Library families again!! Partner
with your little yogi in super fun poses, games, music, stories, breathing
exercises, meditation, and guided relaxations that help to strengthen their
bodies, minds and souls… We’ll bark in downward dog, meow in cat pose and
roar in lion pose while we take a yoga journey that you and your child will
never forget! This fun class provides a beautiful bonding experience
between the adult and child. Each class is 45 minutes.”

The classes are completely funded by the Friends of the Library.
This class session runs September 13–December 6. When you register, you
are registered for the whole session. For more information or to register,
please contact Lynne Campbell at lcampbell@ocln.org .

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Community Arts, Science and Humanities grants

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Apply now for community arts grants through the Hanover Cultural Council;
proposals for community-oriented arts, humanities, and science programs are
due October 15!

Have you ever wondered what happens with the funds raised at Hanover Day?
Money from our annual celebration, plus Hanover’s share of state cultural
funds, is used to support arts, science, and humanities projects throughout
the year.

The Hanover Cultural Council has set an October 15, 2021 deadline for
organizations, schools, and individuals to apply for grants to fund
cultural activities in Hanover. These grants can support a variety of arts,
science, and humanities projects, including exhibits, festivals, field
trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops,
and lectures.

This year’s allocation to Hanover from the Massachusetts Cultural Council
(MCC) is $7,100, and additional funds are available thanks to the past
success of Hanover Day. The Council will meet later this fall to review the
applications and award the grants. The MCC has updated its website and the
process is slightly different this year – all applications must be
submitted online.

A webinar will be held on September 9 for applicants to introduce the new
platform and procedures. Register at

Gallery

Past events have included the Summer Concert Series by the Parks and
Recreation Department, the Drama Club programs at South Shore Vo-Tech,
funding for the Hanover Performing Arts Company, painting Workshops, Museum
of Science Outreach program at Cedar Elementary School, several museum
passes and children’s programs at the John Curtis Library, and
sponsorships of programs for the Walnut Hill Garden Club, South Shore
Natural Science Center, Hanover senior center, and many others.

The Hanover Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural
Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The state
legislature provides an annual appropriation to the MCC, a state agency,
which then allocates funds to each community. Local councils are allowed to
raise additional money through events like Hanover Day.

Applications and more information about the program are available online at

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For more information, contact Chris Haraden, Hanover Cultural Council
Chairman at (781) 254-3131, or charaden@comcast.net .

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55 and over? Read on!

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

The Friends of the Hanover Council on Aging would like to let anyone who is
unware of all the great programs and resources available at the Hanover
Senior Center that classes and programs are available to those 55 years of
age or older. Activities include exercise programs such as yoga,
stretching, Zumba, functional training and more. Art, health, crafts, and
educational programs are also offered.

The Friends are excited to bring these programs to the Senior Center and
hope that this information will encourage you to join them and spread the
word to others.

Information available on the website, Facebook page, as well as in the
monthly bulletin available online or by mail. Please contact the center at
781-924-1913 to be put on their mailing list.
The web address is www.hanover-ma.gov
Follow the COA on Facebook – Hanover MA Council on Aging
Friends email – Friendshanovercoa@gmail.com

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True Story Theater comes to Hanover this fall

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

The Hanover Unity Council is happy to announce its sponsorship of a series
of 3 educational offerings in conjunction with True Story Theater. Attend
one or all three – please note the varying target audiences. These Zoom
events are made possible in part by a generous grant from Eversource
Energy. The Council wants to again express their gratitude to Eversource
for their generosity and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
(Editor’s note: events extend through October; save this information
and/or register now so you don’t forget! Alternately, it will always be in
the archives at
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From True Story Theater: “True Story Theater is a nonprofit theater
company that offers over 50 improvisational performances and workshops a
year for community groups, businesses, and individuals in New England and
California. We work with hospitals, universities, corporations, religious
communities… for teen leaders, cancer survivors, activists,
philanthropists, business leaders… as well as for weddings, birthdays,
and other important private events.
Our mission is to promote social healing through theatre. We perform and
teach an embodied theatre of empathy, respect, and creativity. Volunteers
from the audience are helped to share what’s important in their lives.
On the spot, actors then portray the heart of what they heard using music,
movement, and dialogue.

Thursday, September 9, 2021, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Story Sharing Performance and Training. Presented by True Story Theater.
Theme: “Visible and Invisible Identities”
A community story sharing performance and introduction to active bystander
skills.
What’s a True Story show like? Our events bring together the delight of
improvisation with the riveting vulnerability of people sharing their
personal truth. The show’s emcee (called “the conductor”) facilitates
brief, spontaneous conversations with volunteers from the audience who
share their own feelings and experiences related to the show’s theme.
Tonight’s sharing will be about the visible or invisible identities we have
that are often not publicly talked about. After each conversation, the
actors and a musician sensitively embody the key feelings and actions they
heard, using movement, music, dialogue, and superb listening. All of it is
improvised on the spot.
Performance Followed by Interactive Introduction to Active Bystander
Skills. Learn how to speak up and interrupt words of bigotry and bias, and
be more open to feedback.
FREE event. Donations to Hanover Unity Council are welcomed and
appreciated.

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Thursday, October 7, 2021, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Active Bystander Skills Training for Adults and High School age youth.
Presented by True Story Theater.
An active bystander is someone who not only witnesses an offensive or
threatening situation, but also speaks up or takes steps to defuse that
situation, or keep it from escalating. Learn how to become a more effective
active bystander.
If you identify as White, Christian, straight, cisgender, and/or
able-bodied, please join the training at 6:30 pm. Affinity group members
please see below for additional pre-training.
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – 2-hour Active Bystander Skills Training
Whether we’re at work, school, family gatherings, or on social media, we
all witness offensive or threatening situations where we want, but hesitate
to intervene. This is an interactive workshop that explores responding to
everyday bigotry, being open to receiving feedback, and engaging in
constructive dialogue with someone who has engaged in offensive behavior.
We will practice practical strategies for handling specific situations and
discover what tools may work best for you.
Affinity Group Option:
6:00 – 6:30 p.m. – 30-minute Pre-Training Affinity Group for people with
non-dominant identities. If you are a person with one or more non-dominant
identities (e.g., BIPOC, immigrant, Muslim, Queer, living with a physical
or cognitive disability), you are invited to join this pre-training
affinity group from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m. We will greet each other and have the
option to share a synopsis of a personal experience of being disrespected,
marginalized, or feeling unwelcome in Hanover as a resident, student,
visitor, or in your workplace. The Zoom information is the same.
FREE event. Donations to Hanover Unity Council are welcomed and
appreciated.

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Thursday, October 21, 2021, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Working Together for Change: An Active Bystander class for Middle School
age youth and families.
Presented by True Story Theater.
Ages 12+ (Middle schoolers and a parent or adult are encouraged to attend
together.)
An active bystander is someone who not only witnesses an offensive or
threatening situation, but also speaks up or takes steps to defuse that
situation or keep it from escalating.
We all witness situations where we want to do something, but hesitate to
intervene, whether we’re at school, the workplace, family gatherings or
on social media. We’ll focus on looking at our own blind spots as well as
how to address the microaggressions and biases we witness in friends and
family in an effective and non-aggressive way. We will practice practical
strategies for handling specific situations and discover what tools may
work best for you. Leave this class feeling more empowered and better
informed.
FREE event. Donations to Hanover Unity Council are welcomed and
appreciated.

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For more information about the Hanover Unity Council, check out their
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, or e-mail them at hanoverunitycouncil@gmail.com .

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Free “Kick It” class

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Hanover Parks and Recreation will be holding a FREE “Kick It with Lauren
Weigold Class” on Monday, August 30th at 6:00 p.m. at Forge Pond Park!

What is “Kick It”? “Kick It” is high intensity interval training with
kickboxing, boxing, rhythmic components and a meditative cooldown.

All levels welcome!

The full session: Mondays at 6:00 p.m. at Forge Pond Park
September 13, 20 and 27 and October 4, 18 and 25
The cost (if you stick with it after the free session) is $90 for the full
session ($15/class) and $20 drop in classes are available

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Questions? Please email recreation@hanover-ma.gov or call 781-826-5000
ext. 1057 , or see the attached flyer.

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Sylvester Field purchased and protected in perpetuity

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Perhaps you have already heard this news, but the good folks at the
Wildlands Trust sent along this terrific press release with lots of great
information regarding their (and our!) newly purchased and protected
Sylvester Field in the Four Corners section of Hanover. It was too good to
not share with all of you – I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did!

On Friday, July 23, 2021, a months-long collaboration between regional
conservation group Wildlands Trust and the Town of Hanover culminated with
the final purchase and permanent protection of Sylvester Field.
Encompassing a small pine grove and 660-feet of frontage on Third Herring
Brook in Hanover’s Four Corners neighborhood, Sylvester Field’s
highly-visible 10-acre meadow and stone wall bordering Washington Street is
a cherished part of the town landscape. It has both historical and
ecological value, and has long served as an agricultural, recreational and
aesthetic resource for the community.

On May 3, 2021, with strong support from the Hanover Open Space Committee
and the Hanover Historical Commission, Hanover’s Town Meeting unanimously
approved the use of $250,000 in Community Preservation Act funds to
purchase a permanent Conservation Restriction on the field. With this
partnership, along with the generous contributions of 307 individual
donors, Wildlands Trust was able to act quickly on the rare opportunity to
purchase this highly-valuable parcel of open space in Hanover.

“It was an incredible effort, with hand-delivered mailings, personal
solicitations, a farmer’s market, banners, signs, field tours and more,
which continued unabated until the goal was reached!” marveled Sue
Chamberlain, Wildlands Trust’s Donor Relations Manager. According to
Chamberlain, this grass-roots effort proved critical for the success of the
project. A core group of 16 volunteers, led by Four Corners resident Caleb
Estabrooks, raised $150,000 to be combined with a $200,000 matching gift
from a generous donor. This community-generated funding supplied half of
the total cost of the land in just six months.
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Most recently known to many locals as Robinson Field, the last property
owner was Clayton Robinson, who died in March of 2020. Under his family’s
ownership, a mowed path was maintained around the edge of the field, and
local residents have long-enjoyed walking past the tall grass, through the
pines, and down to the water’s edge. After his death, Robinson’s cousin
and estate representative Debbie Lincoln was an important advocate among
family members for the preservation of the scenic open field and the
continued public use of its frequently-visited walking trails.

When presented with the opportunity to preserve this land, Wildlands Trust
immediately recognized the ecological value of Sylvester Field. The
property is home to numerous wildlife species, both common and rare, and
provides an extensive riparian habitat along the Third Herring Brook, an
important tributary of the larger North River.

Under Wildlands Trust’s ownership, Sylvester Field will be maintained in
its current state. The field-edge walking trails will remain and annual
mowing of the field itself will continue. The addition of a small parking
area and an informational kiosk will improve accessibility for public
enjoyment of the preserve.

Long before European arrival, Native Americans occupied the area, including
the field, which lies at a strategic location near the confluence of Third
Herring Brook and the North River. In the mid-1600s, it was owned by
William Barstow, who is believed to be the first European settler in
Hanover. It later became part of a larger farm, changing hands to the
Stockbridge Family and then the Sylvester Family. When the Sylvester Family
sold much of the farm in the 1940s, Betsey (Sylvester) Robinson purchased
this parcel to save it from development. The land continued to be used for
agricultural purposes for many years, including the grazing of Hornstra
Farms cows and the production of hay, before settling into its latest role
as a scenic resource for the community.

Wildlands Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to conserving land
and preserving the natural heritage of Southeastern Massachusetts. The
organization works to permanently protect and steward important habitats
and landscapes, including woodlands and fields, ponds, coastal areas,
agricultural lands, and river systems. Founded in 1973, Wildlands Trust has
worked to protect nearly 13,000 acres of open space in 48 Massachusetts
towns, including: Great River Preserve, in Bridgewater; Brockton Audubon
Preserve; Cow Tent Hill Preserve and Cushman Preserve in Duxbury; the Nook
in Kingston; Hoyt-Hall Preserve in Marshfield; Willow Brook Farm in
Pembroke; and the Davis-Douglas Conservation Area in Plymouth. For more
information about the Wildlands Trust and their purchase and protection of
Sylvester Field, please e-mail SChamberlain@wildlandstrust.org .

For “Around Town on the Web”,
Cathy H-B


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