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Whitman: South Shore GOP hold 4th annual barbecue





The South Shore GOP barbecue was held this weekend in Whitman. The annual event, now in its fourth year gives residents a chance to meet and interact with local, state and national republican candidates running for office. The gathering also featured various speakers like Plymouth County GOP chairman Vince Cogliano, County Commissioner candidate Dan Pollatta and State Representative Geoff Diehl.

Joe Selvaggi, a candidate for the 8th Congressional District says he was impressed by the people who spoke at the event.

“We had some very powerful speakers and I was once again re-energized to be a Republican in Massachusetts,” said Selvaggi. “We heard from Les Gosule and he’s living proof that the good guys win once in a while.”

Selvaggi said he was inspired by Gosule, who spent 13 years advocating for the passage of Melissa’s Law, which will keep repeat offenders off the street. Whitman Republican Town Committee Chairman Brian Bezanson says another aspect of the barbecue is the awards ceremony.

During yesterday’s event, state committee man John Cafferty received the lifetime achievement award, Lloyd Plasse was posthumously inducted into the Century Club and Les Gosule was named the Citizen of the Year.



Whitman : A town ready for ‘change’

Written by Meaghan Glassett  WHITMAN EXPRESS 

Thursday, 04 November 2010 12:28


        Republican Geoff Diehl supporters gathered at the Whitman VFW Tuesday night chanting “Go Geoff Go” as the new state representative entered his victory party.


Diehl claimed the seat of State Representative of the Seventh Plymouth County in the election, ousting incumbent Allen McCarthy.


Whitman voters cast 3,055 votes for Diehl and 2,305 for McCarthy, according to election results.


Whitman had a 56.4 percent turnout at the polls. The town has 9,648 registered voters, 219 absentee ballots were included in the election result totals.


Diehl’s supporters said they felt Diehl’s slogan is what the state needs “New Voice and Smart Choice.”


Supporter Bob Packer said what was important to him was that Diehl took the time to talk with him and explain the issues.


“He is true to form,” Packer added.


Whitman Selectman Brian Bezanson said he is sure that Diehl will represent Whitman well.


“He definitely earned this. His victory is based on the last 18 months. Geoff has worked harder than any candidate I’ve seen and he really connects with voters,” Bezanson said.


He added that when Diehl turns his headquarters on Washington Street into a district office, he will be focused on what the three towns need rather than the state issues.


“I’m very excited to be able to work with Geoff on the issues that affect Whitman,” he added. “He is already intuitive of those needs and can hit the ground running.”


Alex Drosos said Diehl is the, “Best candidate with the best supporters.”


“He will keep his word and stick by you and be a great state representative,” Drosos said during a speech.


While addressing his supporters Diehl said, “We’re not done, this is just the start.” 


He said the first thing that needs to be done is working with the other party to reduce politics and get back to the business of what is important in town.


Diehl said as a member of the Finance Committee he has seen firsthand the town’s budget cut, and he wants to try to make a change at the Statehouse.


During his speech, Diehl thanked numerous people who helped him the past two years.


Diehl said the first thing he plans to work on is jobs. 


“I want to get the campaign office converted into a district office to start to deal with the town issues,” he said.


The second thing Diehl said he would like to focus on is working with the leadership at the Statehouse. He said he wants to relay what his platform was about and start taking steps to enact legislation he feels is critical for the district and the state.


“I would like to thank Allen McCarthy for four years of service to the district,” Diehl said. “I hope to carry on in the same spirit he did in working for the people of Abington, Whitman and East Bridgewater.”


Diehl also took Abington 3,150 over McCarthy’s 2,878. However, McCarthy won East Bridgewater by 600 votes, but lost to Diehl by 425 votes overall, according to unofficial results given by McCarthy’s campaign manager Larry Roache.


“It was a tough race. I congratulate Geoff on his hardworking campaigning,” McCarthy said. “I would also like to thank all the people from my campaign and district who supported me.”


McCarthy said he was proud to serve the people of Whitman, Abington and East Bridgewater during his tenure. 

“I served during difficult times; can I say that is what affected the results? I’m not sure,” McCarthy said.


He added that he was happy to see some reforms made on Beacon Hill while he was serving. 


During the election Roache stressed the get out and vote effort, “We are fortunate to have enough volunteers to give all three towns coverage and visibility at the polling locations, he said. The visibility is important with the signs, but we also have to know people are getting out there to vote.”


McCarthy and his challenger Diehl also participated in three debates. Roache said he felt the debates went well for McCarthy.


“He was able to discuss issues and reinforce his belief of what the legislature has done to protect local aid in East Bridgewater, Whitman and Abington,” Roache added.


Overall the Election Day polls were steady. Town Clerk Pam Martin said there was a line out the door when the polls first opened.


Ruth and Patti Bump came out to support family member and former Whitman resident Suzanne Bump in her race for auditor.


Many residents exiting the polls shared why they felt their vote was important.


Gary and Ginny Walker said that those who don’t vote don’t have the right to complain about things. They added that they feel the issues that were important in this election are jobs, taxes and immigration.


“I feel like it is my duty to vote,” Deb Murphy said. “If you don’t vote then you don’t have a voice.”



Lloyd H. Plasse Jr. lifetime resident of Whitman passed away on Monday, July 9, 2012. He was 59 years old. He was the loving husband of Jane E. (Thoresen) Plasse of Whitman. He was the son of the late Lloyd H. & Yvonne (Blanchette) Plasse Sr. He was the beloved father of Rebecca “Becky” J. Plasse of Whitman and Corrine “Corrie” Plasse of Brockton and the devoted brother Joseph E. Plasse of Lyman, ME, Richard F. Plasse of Tewksbury, Theresa M. Fagan of Abington, Paulette A. Lilla of Middleboro, and Yvonne E. Pierce of Marshfield. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

Lloyd worked as a Fire Lieutenant for the Whitman Fire Department retiring 3 years ago. He was a member of the Whitman Firefighters Local 1769, Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts (PFFM), International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), Plymouth County Forest Wardens Association, the Cedar Gun Club, and the Massachusetts Beach Buggy Association.  He was the past Chairman and long time member of the Republican Town Committee of Whitman. He was a communicant of Holy Ghost Parish in Whitman. He was a graduate of Anna Maria College where he received a Master’s Degree in Fire Science. He was the owner of Whitman Sheet Metal and Plasse Construction. Upon retiring from the Whitman Fire Department, he became a call-firefighter for the West Forks, Maine Fire Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, the ocean, and hanging out with his friends at Conlon’s Service Station in Whitman and Berry’s General Store in West Forks, Maine.

Visiting hours will be held on Friday, July 13 from 4-8 pm in the MacKinnon Funeral Home 760 Washington St. (off Rte 18), WHITMAN.

A walk through for Whitman Fire Rescue and all other firefighters welcome will be at the Funeral Home at 5 pm. durring the wake.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 am in Holy Ghost Church in Whitman, interment will be private. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:

The Rebecca Plasse Education Fund C/O Mutual Bank 570 Washington St., Whitman, MA 02382.



Students get a chance to vote
Written by Meaghan Glassett    WHITMAN EXPRESS

Thursday, 04 November 2010 12:22


    Not all Whitman-Hanson Regional High School students may be old enough to vote, but they were given a chance to do so in a mock election hosted by the W-H Mock Trial Team last week.


Business teacher Lydia Nelson has been supervising the Mock Trial Team for seven years and said she has held elections since she began.


During the recent presidential election, she said the school had a 75 percent participation rate. 


This year the school has had a 53 percent participation rate. Nelson said she felt the state election was really a “big deal” and included three major candidates for the governor’s race.


The Mock Trial Team joined forces with Bob Rogers’ Introduction to Mass Communications class to interview candidates for the state representative races in Whitman and Hanson. The interviews can be viewed by visiting SchoolTube.com and searching Whitman-Hanson.


During the interviews students in the TV class took notes and asked the candidates questions.


“My class really enjoyed having an opportunity to get a better handle on the issues and meet the men who want to represent us,” Rodgers said.


Before the interviews Rodgers told the students it was important to discuss their views with their parents and see what some of their thoughts might be about the candidates.


Rodgers said during the state representative candidates’ interviews the students asked questions that related to how things might affect their lives.


“All the candidates provided positive feedback and enjoyed interacting with the students,” Rodgers said.


Throughout the week leading up to the mock election, the class interviewed one state representative candidate each day.

Brittany Heinricher said participating in filming the interviews made her anxious to be able to vote in a real election.

Heinricher and her sister Brianna said what they took away from the experience is how important it is for students to be educated on what is going on in the government.


“I always heard about teachers being cut and now I see why it happens and what can be done to stop it at the state level,” Heinricher said.

The Mock Trial Team also created a PowerPoint presentation for the school on how to properly fill out the ballot. 


The goal of the Mock Trial Team for the election was to increase understanding of the voting process, promote a discussion of the issues and candidates and to stimulate informed participation in the election process.


On Wednesday, Oct. 27 the students had the opportunity to vote for in the governor’s race, the state representative race and the three state ballot questions.


Nelson said it took a day and a half for the Mock Trial Team to count all the votes. Approximately 1270 ballots were distributed in the school and 140 ballots were returned blank.


The students chose Independent Tim Cahill for governor. Cahill received 238 votes, Republican Charlie Baker had 217 votes and Democrat Deval Patrick trailed with 171 votes. Green Rainbow Party candidate Jill Stein received 46 votes.


In the state representative race students selected Republican Geoff Diehl for state representative. Diehl received 186 votes, just seven more than state representative incumbent Allen McCarthy, who received 179 votes.


Republican and incumbent Dan Webster was also chosen as a state representative by the students. Webster received 184 votes, and challenger Josh Cutler received 152 votes.


Students voted yes on Questions 1, 2 and 3.


Nelson said she would like to think the students of Whitman-Hanson will grow up to be active voters in their communities.


She said the business elective classes she teaches are geared toward preparing students with 21st century skills and real world experiences. She said the mock election is a perfect example of preparing the students for the real world.


The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is the host site for the mock election. The library provides curriculum materials and activities to assist teachers throughout the state in preparing students to vote. 


The National Student/Parent Mock Election actively engages students in state and national campaigns to emphasize the importance of voting and the power of their ballots, according to a written statement released by the JFK Library Foundation.

Preliminary election results: Webster fends off Cutler; Diehl unseats McCarthy


Written by Administrator WHITMAN EXPRESS   

Tuesday, 02 November 2010 20:42


The Express staff is out at the polls covering the election, and some initial results are in for Hanson and Whitman's two state representative races.

In the race for the 6th Plymouth District, former Hanson selectman Daniel Webster was re-elected over former Express Publisher Josh Cutler. In the unofficial numbers for Duxbury, Cutler gained 2,634 votes to Webster's 2,431. In Hanson, Hanson Express reporter Meaghan Glassett is reporting that Cutler gained 2,180 votes to Webster's 2,112. However, Pembroke Express reporter Becca Manning is reporting that in Pembroke, Webster came in with 4,026 voters to Cutler's 3,324, and in Halifax. Webster gained 724 votes to Cutler's 654.

In Whitman, Whitman native Geoff Diehl defeated incumbent Allen McCarthy of East Bridgewater. In Whitman, Diehl gained 3,055 to McCarthy's 2,305, and as the numbers came in during the night, Diehl won the district overall. Stay tuned to the Express and this Web site for more coverage.


Diehl to run for state rep

Written by Meaghan Glassett   WHITMAN EXPRESS 

Wednesday, 02 December 2009 17:29


Whitman resident Geoff Diehl, who is known for restoring the local landmark Toll House sign, is now running for the state representative position for the 7th Plymouth District against incumbent, Democrat Allen McCarthy.

Diehl’s campaign kick off will take place on Feb. 22 at the Whitman VFW. More details on the campaign kick-off will be announced on Diehl’s Web site: geoffdiehl.com.

The event will give residents from all three towns the chance to meet the candidate face to face and let him know what they see is important in the state representative role. He will also discuss his plans for the future.

“This is their position I just want to be the liaison,” Diehl said.

The event will be free but attendees are asked to donate what they can to the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease. Diehl felt using awareness in his campaign for MIND will promote the work being done.

The institute’s mission is to translate laboratory discoveries into prevention, treatment and cures for Alzheimer’s,  ALS, Huntington’s Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. MIND seeks to accelerate therapies that lessen the devastating toll of the disease on patients and their families.

“I think the work being done by MIND can benefit families who are affected by these specific diseases,” Diehl said.

As a Republican, he hopes to protect local aid from being cut. He said instead of tax hikes, the state needs to keep the communities affordable for the working families and seniors.

Diehl is a member of the Whitman Finance Committee and he has seen first hand how local aid is the first thing the state cuts during a budget crisis.

“The position of state representative, to me, looked like the most effective way to try to enact change for the better for our towns,” Diehl said.

Diehl is an account executive at Poyant Signs, and he also assisted his wife KathyJo with opening Boss Academy of Performing Arts in Hanson eight years ago.

Diehl said he will fight to improve the business climate in the region so that everyone can earn a decent living and local businesses can continue to support the towns they call home.

Diehl feels Abington, East Bridgewater and Whitman have good fundamental strengths.

“It’s a conservative area that does put family first, acting in a fiscally sound manner,” he said.

Diehl said that he is proud of Whitman for coming through this year’s budget crunch and for being able to afford the new police station.

While the district is positioned well for the immediate future, Diehl said that next year looks tough.

“I think what is important to me, once elected, is to be dedicated to the role of state representative full-time,” Diehl said.

He said if he wasn’t working at the Statehouse he would meet with the town managers and ensure he got a list of the needs of the towns and relay them back at the Statehouse.  

Diehl feels that the position warrants full-time work during this type of economic crisis.

He said his personal success in the sign industry, the Natick Collection refurbishment and other high profile sign projects in the state has lent him the opportunity to be able to afford to make this run for state representative.

This summer, Diehl said he spent a great deal of time going door to door to meet people and learn what is important to them.

“What is most important is making decisions based on the needs of the town and not the party in power,” he said.

His goal is to know the issues that face working families and the average citizen and convey them once in office.

Diehl is currently the liaison to the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District School Committee for the Whitman Finance Committee. He said he sees first hand how the schools are trying to patch the budget shortfall with one-time stimulus monies.

In Whitman-Hanson, he said the schools are trying to creatively address the budget needs. Diehl said Abington has faced severe cuts and in East Bridgewater accreditation is an ongoing issue.

He said that it’s getting to the point where schools have to increase bus fees just for the students to get to school.

“Another cup of coffee a week turns into a lot of money over time,” he said.

Diehl said funding for the schools by the state cannot be compromised by bad decisions in the legislature.

“I will work to preserve local aid so that taxpayers are not asked to spend more each year to sustain basic programs and services necessary for our children to remain competitive,” he said.

“There is no doubt with the proper mentality we can pull out of this as a state, as a town, as each individual family making good decision,” he said. “I want to be the new voice of the 7th Plymouth District and make the right choices for our families, towns and ultimately the state.”

Diehl will be participating in East Bridgewater’s Christmas on the Common on Dec. 5. He will also be caroling outside the Venus Café in Whitman on Dec. 6 during Winterfest. Both events are a great opportunity for residents to meet the candidate


  • Whitman residents recall Dorothy Benner as “matriarch of the town”

  • That’s how residents remember Dorothy L. Benner, an educator, volunteer and longtime resident who was active her entire life. She died Monday at age 93.

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    Posted Oct. 13, 2008 @ 12:01 am
    Updated Oct 13, 2008 at 1:13 PM 

    That’s how residents remember Dorothy L. Benner, an educator, volunteer and longtime resident who was active her entire life. She died Monday at age 93.
    “She was in many ways the matriarch of the town,” said Steve Roy, executive director of Whitman-Hanson Community Access, which hosted Benner’s two cable shows.
    “She was part of everything,” added Eva Walther, a longtime neighbor and friend.
    Twice, in 1990 and 2004, town leaders declared a “Dorothy Benner Day” to honor her service.
    Many people knew her through the Dyer School, where she served as teacher, then as principal, for more than three decades before retiring in 1980, the year before the school closed.
    Over the years she also served on the town’s finance, conservation, historical and cable advisory committees.
    “She was a very involved citizen who cared deeply for her community,” said Whitman town manager Frank Lynam. “She will be sorely missed.”
    Benner was also a Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in Whitman for three decades, past president of the Hanson Riding Club and past president of the Whitman Woman’s Club.
    She also had a pilot’s license and was a past vice president of the Middleboro Women’s Flying Club, served as a member of the national board of directors of Girl Scouts of the USA and was involved with the Whitman Republican Town Committee.
    The group’s Web site this week read: “She the Whitman Republican Town Committee. Dot Benner, 1915-2008.”
    Along with numerous other activities, many residents also knew Benner from her two cable access television shows. One of them, “May We Come In,” involved interviews with local guests about community issues.
    On the monthly program, which started about 1990, she interviewed “hundreds if not thousands” of people” over the years, Roy said, noting that she only gave up the show last year.
    Her other program, “Something Different,” also started in the early 1990s and was co-hosted by the late Stanley Bauman, a former photographer for The Enterprise. During the show, the two hosts would discuss photos from Bauman’s massive collection, Roy said. The collection is now at Stonehill College.
    Still, even with all her activities, she was always able to find time for her family and neighbors.
    Walther, 66, said she lived next to Benner her entire life, and recalled her neighbor’s constant kindness.
    Benner would frequently visit Walther’s mentally handicapped sister — drinking tea, reading stories, playing games.
    “She was always there for support,” Walther said. “She was a wonderful woman.”
    Benner was also devoted to her family, said her daughter, Gloria Knox.
    Knox, who is headmaster of the Hope Christian School in Whitman, recalled that when she needed funds to use at the school, her mother refinanced her house.


  • Good news in Whitman!

    by: BrocktonDave

    Tue May 20, 2008 at 13:55:14 PM EDT

    Great news in Whitman!

    Lars Johnson, the treasurer of the Whitman Republican Town Committee has won a seat on the Board of Selectmen link

    BrocktonDave :: Good news in Whitman!
    Lars joins Brian Benzanson, and Daniel Salvucci and marks a Republican majority on the board.

    He beat out Daniel Holbrook, and was the highest vote getter in last Saturday's election.

    I don't know if he had any fundraisers, but I would suggest getting in touch with the Whitman RTC and seeing if they need any support to keep this going.  Steve Bois does an excellent job on the committee and Lars and Steve should be commended for this huge score!


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    "I ask none to live for me, nor do I live for any others" Anthem by Ayn Rand   

    I grew up in whitman! (0.00 / 0)
    I lived there until I was 18 and left for college.  I'm glad to see the town that I still nostalgically refer to as my "home town" is doing well.

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    Class of 1985.

    I remember Rep. Webster, he was a few years ahead of me.

    "Don't let me get away with it. Check me out. Don't be the sucker generation." -Ronald Reagan 


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    Haha I'm class of 2005 (0.00 / 0)
    last class to graduate out of the old high school!  

    Just goes to show, you DON'T need a 160 million dollar school to have one of the best high schools in the state.  Eat that, Wellesley!  

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    Thanks for the reminder of my age... (0.00 / 0)
    I graduated with your Principal as a matter of fact.  Pam Gould.  And the year I graduated, a graduating Senior was elected to the school committee, and I believe he is a Republican.

    And now they have a 160 million dollar high school.

    But the town is fiscally sound!  They have done vast improvements in services and infrastructure, and have expanded their stabilization fund.

    There have been some hickups in Whitman, but they are hugely successful in terms of getting Republicans elected, and financial health!  The committee is run smoothly and how a RTC should run.  They are outstanding!

    I would highly suggest that activists start thinking about the next election in Whitman, and how they can help keep this town with a Republican majority, and try to knock off Alan McCarthy.

    "Don't let me get away with it. Check me out. Don't be the sucker generation." -Ronald Reagan


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    this marks a great embarrassment for (0.00 / 0)
    both Robert Emmett Hayes and Shannon O'Brien. 

    Adverstise here for as low as $60 per week.