Open house, greens sale at Easton Historical Society this Saturday 9 am to 5 pm

The Easton Historical Society will be open Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the Easton Garden Club conducting its annual green sale in the morning at 80 Mechanic St.

Mary Bodio’s prints and other Easton memorabilia will be available both days. Refreshments will be served.

Call 238-7774 for more information.

The Easton Lion’s 32nd Annual Holiday Festival – Saturday Dec 1st and Sunday Dec 2nd

Climbing Wall added to Easton Lions Holiday Festival Dec 1st and 2nd
The Easton Lions 32nd Annual Holiday Festival will be held (rain or shine or snow) on Saturday Dec 1st from 12 noon to 6 pm and Sunday Dec 2nd from 12 noon to 5 pm. We are happy to again have the North Easton Savings Bank as our premier sponsor! Other major sponsors are the Farmers Daughter,
the Township Eatery and Spirits. Returning Festival Chair Jon Morgan says it will be bigger and better than ever! The Lions have improved the activities geared for older kids: We have added a 25 foot Climbing Rock Wall and kept the usual Carnival Games on the front lawn of the Ames Free Library. For
little kids we have added an Inflatable Playground.
As always, the activities begin with an Arts and Craft Show at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall (3 Barrows Street Easton) on both days. Two entire floors of arts and crafts will be on display. Great shopping or browsing offered for an incredible array of gifts. The popular Trackless Train ride is back
and is FREE thanks to the sponsorship of Creative World Childrens Learning Center. Outside there will also be bouncy houses/moonwalks; hay wagon rides; musical entertainment  sponsored by the Avery Lee Williams Trust. The usual assortment of food including hot dogs, hamburgers, fried dough, chili, frenchfries and popcorn will be sold for reasonable prices.Rumors are that Sausage and Peppers and Pigs-in-a-Blanket will be added!
The  Too Much Fun! Charity Dance is Saturday Night from 7pm to 11pm. Cash bar – Free Food! Co-Sponsored by the Easton YMCA. Libations are provided by Eastons own Shovel Town Brewery.
People should note that the Easton Lions is a registered 501(c)(3) charity and that while the Holiday Fest rarely makes a profit, any money left-over goes to Eye Research and scholarships for Easton students. So, if you buy a few extra tickets, it goes to a good cause. During the past 10 years the Easton
Lions have donated over $500,000 to Massachusetts Lions Eye Research Fund and over $500,000 to local scholarships, charities and community service groups.
The Lighting of the Rockery in Historic North Easton Village (the Corner of Main and Barrows) and all its displays will take place at 5 pmthats 5 pm  and the energy efficient LED lights will once again be set to music broadcast on local radio channel 102.9 FM. The Lighting will hopefully led by a Jolly Man in a Red Suit. The Lighting is sponsored by Shovel Town Brewery.
Almost all of the activities from the Saturday Festival will be back on Sunday. Posters are being put up around town and flyers and Program Books are available in the schools and many local businesses as well as on the Easton Lions website Boy Scout Troop 193 is hosting its annual breakfast on Sunday December 2nd from 8 to 10:30 am
at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall. Bring your appetite! $6 per person or $25 per family. Eggs, sausage, baked goods, coffee, tea, milk, juice, quiche, FRUIT, homefries. Music. Big Man in Red Suit!
The Christmas Parade, with Santa Claus leading the way, will start at 1 pm at the Easton Village Shoppes and North Easton Savings Bank on Main Street (Washington Plaza). The parade runs THRU theRockery and ends past the library on North Main St. If you, your family, your group or organization
would like to participate with your business vehicle, a FLOAT, a decorated car, truck, wagon, bicycle, just march in or whatever, you are most welcome! This is an opportunity to be imaginative and get your business or group in front of townspeople. If you have questions or need help or want to participate and dont know how, please contact Anne Martin at (508) 238- 6704 (home) or (508) 294-5409. Email address for the parade is . We are proud to have Shovel Town Brewery as our Parade Sponsor!
Immediately following the parade (about 1:30) will be the popular Reindog Parade where pets and pooches in their holiday finery walk the parade route. We ask for canned donations to the Animal Protection Center of SE Mass (old MSCPA). Full details are available at This event is sponsored by Zesty Pet Services.
Following the parade, the Greatest Kids Show Ever!!! will take place in Oakes Ames Memorial Hall. Because of large numbers who showed up in the past, tickets will be sold for $2 at the door only to control the attendance. 1:45 ish to 3 ish.
The closing ceremonies with the re-lighting of the Rockery will be about 4:00 pm or whenever it gets too dark or cold. The Lions Club can always use help from 5 to 7 Sunday breaking down all the stuff!
For more info see the Lions website: or please contact Holiday Festival Chair Jon Morgan or Bill Palmer at .

All about the the “Silent Generation”, those born in the 1930’s and 1940’s

I guess I just make it, I was born in 1949 but feel like a product of the 60’s. This was sent to me by Lee Williams, a friend in his 80’s…

Born in the 1930s and early 40s, we exist as a very special age cohort. We are the Silent Generation.

We are the smallest number of children born since the early 1900s. We are the “last ones”.

Born in the 1930s and early 40s, we exist as a very special age cohort. We are

We are the smallest number of children born since the early 1900s. We are the “last ones”.

We are the last generation, climbing out of the depression, who can remember the winds of war and the impact of a world at war which rattled the structure of our daily lives for years.

We are the last to remember ration books for everything from gas to sugar to shoes to stoves.

We saved tin foil and poured fat into tin cans.

We saw cars up on blocks because tires weren’t available.

We can remember milk being delivered to our house early in the morning and placed in the “milk box” on the porch.

We are the last to see the gold stars in the front windows of our grieving neighbors whose sons died in the War.

We saw the ‘boys’ home from the war build their little houses.

We are the last generation who spent childhood without television; instead, we imagined what we heard on the radio.

As we all like to brag, with no TV, we spent our childhood “playing outside”.

We did play outside, and we did play on our own.

There was no little league

There was no city playground for kids.

The lack of television in our early years meant, for most of us, that we had little real understanding of what the world was like.

On Saturday afternoons, the movies, gave us newsreels of the war sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons.

Telephones were one to a house, often shared (party lines) and hung on the wall.

Computers were called calculators, they only added and were hand cranked; typewriters were driven by pounding fingers, throwing the carriage, and changing the ribbon.

The ‘internet’ and ‘GOOGLE’ were words that did not exist.

Newspapers and magazines were written for adults and the news was broadcast on our table radio in the evening by Gabriel Heatter.

We are the last group who had to find out for ourselves.

As we grew up, the country was exploding with growth.

The G.I. Bill gave returning veterans the means to get an education and spurred colleges to grow.

VA loans fanned a housing boom.

Pent up demand coupled with new installment payment plans put factories to work.

New highways would bring jobs and mobility.

The veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics.

The radio network expanded from 3 stations to thousands of stations.

Our parents were suddenly free from the confines of the depression and the war, and they threw themselves into exploring opportunities they had never imagined.

We weren’t neglected, but we weren’t today’s all-consuming family focus.

They were glad we played by ourselves until the street lights came on.

They were busy discovering the post war world.

We entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a world where we were welcomed.

We enjoyed a luxury; we felt secure in our future.

Depression poverty was deep rooted.

Polio was still a crippler.

The Korean War was a dark presage in the early 50s and by mid-decade school children were ducking under desks for Air-Raid training.

Russia built the “Iron Curtain” and China became Red China

Eisenhower sent the first ‘advisers’ to Vietnam.

Castro set up camp in Cuba and Khrushchev came to power.

We are the last generation to experience an interlude when there were no threats to our homeland.

We came of age in the 40s and 50s. The war was over and the cold war, terrorism, “global warming”, and perpetual economic insecurity had yet to haunt life with unease.

Only our generation can remember both a time of great war, and a time when our world was secure and full of bright promise and plenty. We have lived through both.

We grew up at the best possible time, a time when the world was getting better, not worse.

More than 99 % of us are either retired or deceased, and we feel privileged to have “lived in the best of times”!

We are the Silent Generation – “The Last Ones”

Holiday Festival Home – Easton Lions Club

Easton’s Holiday Festival
Kindness Matters

Join us for a night of dance with the band Too Much Fun on Saturday night in Oakes Ames Memorial Hall.  Pick-up a holiday gift at the Arts and Crafts Show on two floors Saturday and on the 1st floor on Sunday.

More 2018 event and sponsor information coming soon.    Checkout some of last year’s sponors and special photo albums from the Festival and Parades on our Easton Lions Club Facebook page.  This year, Zesty’s Pet Services is organizing the Reindog Parade.  Let us know if you’ll join us on our Facebook Events page.

December 1st & 2nd, 2018


via Holiday Festival Home – Easton Lions Club

Turn self-driving cars into offices?

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For as long as the possibility of self-driving cars has filled the imagination, there have been parallel dreams of what people might do inside their vehicles once freed from the monotony of driving.

When the idea of vehicles that drove themselves took hold in the 1950s — with electric infrastructure embedded in highways as a guiding principle — one particular sketch came to encapsulate notions of how passengers would spend their time: A family sits contentedly around a small table, playing a game of dominoes. If not for the steering wheel behind Dad’s left arm, it’d be easy to mistake the setting for this wholesome family activity for a living room instead of a vehicle hurtling down a highway…




My summers at Revere Beach…

As early as I can remember, my parents would always rent a summer place in July or August at the beach. First it was Revere beach, then Nantasket. I have a lot of old family beach photos I plan to put here.

I hope you enjoy them…


This is me, my brother Michael behind me, and the house where we stayed.



How To Make Good Money Selling Used Books on eBay, Amazon

Used books are the perfect product for the small eBay, Amazon or online seller.

  • They are easy to find
  • Although there are tons of expensive books, most books sell for less than $25. This attracts few thieves and scam artists
  • Used books are highly profitable.  You can buy books for a quarter of fifty cents that will sell for $10, $20, $30 or more –sometimes much more.
  • Books are easy to list, store and ship
  • Book prices are easy to research and determine
  • Books and book condition descriptions are standard and well understood.
  • Book cover photographs are available for most modern books just by typing in the ISBN number
  • It only takes a couple of minutes to create a book listing. Amazon, eBay and other sites have standard pre-written descriptions that will fill in automatically just by entering the ISBN number
  • Perfect, low-risk business for the part-time seller
  • The online book market is growing at double-digit rates and shows no sign of slowing down. Used books make up a larger and larger portion of that business
  • Recession-proof business. When the economy slows down, used book sales increase

Founder of health care company shocks employees with $20 million gift before Thanksgiving

PHILADELPHIA – Workers at Bayada Home Health Care have something extra to be thankful for this year.

The company’s founder, Mark Baiada, shocked his employees Tuesday with a $20 million gift from his personal funds.

The windfall will range from $50 for new hires to tens of thousands of dollars for longtime employees, the company said…

Easton Festival of Trees Marketplace 2018

Sunday Nov. 25, 2018

2 PM – 8 PM

Easton Country Club

265 Purchase Street, Easton, Massachusetts 02375

Come shop the 2018 Festival of Trees Marketplace open only for this one day to allow you to shop this exclusive event while basking in the glow of the 50 + beautiful decorated trees, having a bite to eat or possibly a holiday crafted cocktail. See this collection of interesting and unique crafters and vendors that have been carefully selected by us for this special event. Admission to the Marketplace is included with your admission to the Festival of Trees. More vendors to be announced soon. Contact or if interested in being a vendor.