Well, today on this edition of Cranberry Country Journal, we’re going to talk with neighbors, listeners and friends and hear about their stories dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic, social isolation and quarantine – even as many of them continue in their jobs.
I thought it would be nice to “get out” and learn how they’ve been handling this crazy period of time that has entered into all of our lives.
We’ve ALL been involved in this unique and oftentimes crazy lifestyle as it has shaped our lives with mask wearing, staying at home or staying safe on the job or at home.
So this morning on The Journal we are going to take some time to mix it up and speak with a Real Estate agent and a Bar Tender, we’ll talk with a Nurse who is also newly appointed hospital Nurse Practitioner, and we’ll speak with a college administrator and even spend a moment with a bass player with a popular area band whose son has just finished up and returned from college.
And if we have some time we may take some calls and hear from you.
All that and more on this edition of Cranberry Country Journal for Saturday May 9
In our first segment:
Well today you are going to be introduced to Kellie Surdis. She is a certified hypnologist and is the Owner and Director of the Healing Tree Wellness Center – located right here in Cranberry Country that provides hypnotherapy services for people battling or with addictions such as - smoking, alcohol, substance abuse, people facing anxiety, athletic performance enhancement, even those with fears and phobias in addition to pain management, weight loss and stress
I’ll be talking with Kellie - perhaps you may even have a question for our guest?
In our second segment:
We will be visited by Lynn McManus – a name you may be familiar with here in the Cranberry Country area with her volunteer efforts in the community
Lynn McManus is the Education Director of Schools on Wheels, a local Brockton based non-profit agency holding an event TODAY – And it’s not too late for you to be a part of it.
Lynn would want you to be a part of it – right from your own home. And regardless of where you live in the world!
It’s a fun event, called The Virtual Run, Walk or (listen to this) Wag? And you – and even your dog – can join in the fun today - after you join us on Cranberry Country Journal.
In our first segment:
Have you ever thought you would like to be an innkeeper and own and run your very own Bed and Breakfast?
Mingling with your guests, having them dig into your special breakfasts and desserts. Living the life just like we saw in the Bob Newhart show where he and his wife laughed away the day at their B&B in Maine?
Well we are going to be first joined by Jeannine LaBossiere-Krushas owner and proprietor of On Cranberry Pond – a beautiful B & B found right here in the Cranberry Country area. You’ll learn about what goes into running this small successful business in her beautiful B&B.
In our second segment:
We’ll be visited by a former host of her own program here at WVBF a few years back .
In our second segment, we will meet with not only a former host of her own program, "Gardening Secrets", but an informative and knowledge a gardener - once called "The Princess of Petunias" by WVBF's own Bob Folcik.
However, Stephanie Schwalm is a successful businesswoman as the owner of Stephanie's Perennials in Laveville - described in the local papers as being "a bright spot for Route 18 motorists." And she and her Stephanie's Perennials have been shining in lthe Cranberry Country area for years! In addition to owning Stephanie's Perennials, she also is the owner of her own Yoga studio - Fusion Yoga also in Lakeville
We’ll be discussing flowering and a bit of Yoga this time around, so make sure you stick around for Cranberry Country Journal's second segment!
Join us this Saturday when we talk with local author Tom Cirignano.
Thomas moved to South Boston where, as a young man, he took over his father's auto repair shop in the heart of "Southie" during the reign of mobster, James "Whitey" Bulger.
His experiences at that shop were surreal. Only through pure luck did Tom survive numerous life threatening situations.
Tom's true life story is titled "The Constant Outsider: Memoirs of a South Boston Mechanic."
Due to its time and place in Boston's tumultuous history and the situations and people Tom encountered, "The Constant Outsider" is an exciting story that vividly demonstrates how crucial the decisions we make in life can be. It's an inspiring memoir about never giving up, and pursuing your dreams.
In his follow-up second book, "67 Cents: Creation of a South Boston Killer," the author explores an even more intense and dangerous road. In this fictional adaptation of his memoir, Tom takes the alternate path to crime, violence, and easy money which was easily available to him.
Within "67 Cents," Tom's character, "Nick", says "Yes" to each and every offer that was made to the Southie gas station owner in real life by the Italian Mafia - and "Whitey's" Irish Mob.
Those offers were significant - included an offer to kill a man for Tom. Saying "yes" to these offers changes everything.
There was no turning back.
In the second segment of our April 18 edition, we are going to be joined by Mike Pasalacqua, owner of what began as a small hometown brewery in Cranberry Country, in fact, right in Middleboro.
Mike began his Harper Lane Brewery - making five gallon batches of beer on his home’s stovetop, then later renting space to brew his beer - to within a year when brewing all grain ten gallon batches in the garage!
Since those early days, Harper Lane Brewery has caught where he initially was selling kegs and growlers to a few bars and liquor stores throughout the area, to the point where today, Mike Pasalacqua’s Harper Lane Brewery has grown so that you can now enjoy one of his many brews at restaurants, liquor stores and locations that include:
Baldies, Lakeville, MA
Boston Tavern, Middleboro, MA
British Beer Company, Plymouth, MA
Buddy’s, Middleboro, MA The Cabin, Middleboro, MA
Central Café, Middleboro, MA
Charred Oak Tavern, Middleboro, MA
Mitchel Memorial Club, Middleboro, MA
Rye Tavern, Plymouth, MA
Bernier’s Liquors, Bridgewater, MA
Freitas Liquors, Middleboro, MA
Jamie’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Carver, MA
Muckey’s Liquor, Lakeville, MA
And listeners are invited to call in and speak with Mike - especially if you've tasted one of his delicious specialty brews!
IN OUR OPENING SEGMENT:
Danielle Souza, Clinical Director and owner of Middleboro's Essence Community Accupuncrture and Herbs will join us as we learn about the inclusion of accupuncture and non-traditional methods as treatment for chronic problems of her patients.
Nationally certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, and licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine, Danielle studied both Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture as well as Chinese herbal medicine. She is nationally certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, and licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine.
And in our second segment we will meet with the President of Borobot, Richard Oakley.
If you want to learn about the entrepreneurial services and what they are making to help curb the spread of the Corona Virus in their Middledboro based Maker Space, stay tuned!
We're talking 3D printers and lazer cutting, folks -That you can be a part of!
Happy April? But where’s the sun? And when is it ever going to stop raining here in Cranberry Country?
Once again, we’ll try our best at bringing you some rays of sunshine over the airwaves from our “plush but not overly ostentatious studios down by the bog” with this Saturday’s, 10 am April 4th edition of Cranberry Country Journal on WVBF AM 1530 – and the Internet.
On this week's program...
There’s been a lot of misinformation regarding our pets and the possible effects of the Corona virus.
So this morning I urge you to get your pet dog and gather ‘round the radio or computer if you’re an Internet listener. At my house Charlie our dog will be sitting by the radio with my wife Kate - because on our Cranberry Country Journal news line we’ll have Charlie’s favorite Veterinarian, Dr Simpson- owner and veterinarian with his Country Veterinary Clinic located in Carver, MA
Our family has been bringing our three cats and our dog Charlie to him for quite a while, and we turn to him for his expert advice. And today, we’ll turn to Dr. Simpson to address the Coronavirus – and your pets!
Charlie can hardly wait!
IN OUR SECOND SEGMENT: We will be joined by Leigh-Ann Larson, LMHC, and Founder and Director of Elevate Counseling with numerous locations in the Cranberry Country area.
Leigh-Ann and her Elevate Counseling staff offer extensive expertise and programs for children 5 years old and up, as well as for: Teenagers, men and women, families and couples and individuals recovering from substance abuse and their families.
Today, we’ll be discussing Coping Skills for Adults and Children during the COVID-19 outbreak. And we’ll even take some calls if time permits.
All that and more on the Saturday, April 4th edition of Cranberry Country Journal, 10 to 11 am on WVBF.
Here are some options for you to tune in Cranberry Country Journal:
------Go directly to the WVBF website at http://www.hometowntalkradio.com/ (There, you’ll be prompted to Listen Live as you “Click on The Dog” on the top left.)
-----Listen to WVBF directly – AM 1530 – depending on where you live.
(And if you find another way to listen - let us know!)
Also, be sure to check back with our website at: www.cranberrycountry.com
...til then - as Charles Osgood used to tell us: "See you on the radio." - Paul