In the fall, the cranberries are ripe for pickin'
Middleborough's Town Hall
Up to their waists in cranberries, the workers help bring in this year's crop
The sign says good-bye to the Class of 2010
The Christmas parade kicks off the festive holiday season.
Just one of many beautiful homes in the Cranberry Country area
Stopping by the Annual 4-H Faire in September
The Soule Homestead - One of Middleboro's greatest natural treasures
It's cruisin' night in Cranberry Country
Our First Segment:" Follow Your Dreams"
Evan Chand of Middlebor has followed his dream - and just last week it was realized. He entered and completed the state's Firefighter Acadamy in Bridgewater where he and 17 others completed the strenous hands-on and classroom training on their way to become a full-fledged firefighter. Join us as Evqn telss us about his journey ad he begins as a full-time firefighter with the Middleboro Fire Depatemnt.
Septmber 12 - Walking my daughter down the aisle at her wedding!
IN OUR FIRST SEGMENT: Joining us on the Cranberry Country Journal news line will be Kerry Byrne. He is the founder of the South Shore Bar Pizza Social Club. A delicious organization with over 16,000 followers who love that traditional Bar Pizza.
In our second segment: – we’ll be saying hello - and soon a goodbye – to Andrea Priest, the Executive Director of the Middleboro Council on Aging in Middleboro.
She’ll be retiring soon so let’s talk with Andrea before she says goodbye!
In our first segment we are going to talk with
Patricia Seuss. She is the Project and Development Coordinator at Animal Protection Center of Southeastern Massachusetts and we will learn about the services and programs offered via the APCSM. You pet owners will want to hear this!
You’re especially going to want to listen in to hear about their “Working Cats Program!” No, it’s not a way to find 9 to 5 employment for your cats - and no jokes about CAT Scans.
In our second segment, joining us on the Cranberry Country Journal news line will be Patrick Reynolds. Patrick is the owner of Back Azimuth Farm located in Middleboro. Maybe you’ve stopped by to pick up some delicious, picked daily fresh vegetables from his 1 acre farm!
Dan’s impressive background includes his extensive work in the fields of outdoor and experiential education and consulting for over 20 years – in the US and abroad.
And in our second segment? Well, are you one of the over 7.3 million US residents who follow a vegetarian diet? . According to “Vegetarianism in America” – a study published by Vegetarian Times - 3.2 percent of U.S. adults, or 7.3 million people, follow a vegetarian-based diet. Approximately 0.5 percent, or 1 million, of those are vegans, who consume no animal products at all.
So where do you go for take-out vegan meals in the Cranberry Country area? You go to Plant-Plates in Kingston where the one-person owner, chef and business woman Megan Feeney will talk to us from about her successful Vegan meal service.
IN OUR FIRST SEGMENT
Jake Blanton who writes, records and produces hip hop, rap and R & B beats for artists in the US and Europe will join us.
This is a new musical adventure for me – even as a drummer – so I may need your help, today!
You’re going to want to tune in to hear Jake Blanton who promises us to play a few of his own beats!
AND IN OUR SECOND SEGMENT?
Well, she is very well known in the Cranberry Country area – and beyond - especially of her knowledge and work with the bald eagles that are seen in our towns. Nancy Yeatts, Environmental Manager of the Assawompset Complex will stop by as we talk about our nation’s symbol - who call Cranberry Country, home!
Saturday, August 1
IN OUR FIRST SEGMENT:
You will be in introduced to Kendal Fisher, a young Middleboro woman who is the owner and founder of Fisher Wellness.
Out of her 88 West Grove Street location, Kendall offers services for both the mind and the body.
We'll talk with her about her activities and services as a "Spirit Medium", offering holistic healing, massage therapy, energy work, psychic and mediumship readings, workshops, classes, yoga and more.
You’re not going to want to miss hearing from Kendall!
AND IN OUR SECOND SEGMENT:
You will meet and learn about Middleboro’s “Hippie Farmer.”
That is Jennifer Monsini who began selling her line of organic and natural products that have been raised on her farm since 2015. It’s a farm and business that has only grown to continue in its success with folks from the Cranberry Country area and beyond – as the Hippie Farmer.
We’ll be sure to ask how she received that title!
Saturday, July 25
Join us as we chat with Karen Britt, who in her role as Editor in Chief and Publisher puts out four newspapers in the Cranberry Country area: Free Birds, The Capeway Traveler, Horse Talk and Fall In Military News
And if that doesn't keep her busy enough, she is also the founder and promotor of the annual New England Blues Festival - and she also marries couples as a Justice of the Peace!
Saturday, July 18
In our first segment: Let me ask you - Do you have a car that you truly LOVE?
I don't mean a car that keeps you happy driving the kids or gets you back and forth to work.
But a car that you love so much that you've given it a name, store it in its own "lair" during the winter months , and a car that has been showcased in publications and in a Norwood dealership?
Well stick around as we meet Laurie Kraynick, the owner of "The Ark" - a 1970 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham - who will tell us of the heartache she faces as her beloved car sits in the shop for a major overhaul!
And in our second segment, Tom Rinelli of Paws n' Claws 911 will tell us about the CPR and First Aid training that he offers us pet parents - on-line and in person - for your dogs!
Saturday, July 11
In our first segment: Check it out as we bring you the news about the blues! We’ll be chatting with David Whitney, the drummer and lead singer of a promising four piece blues band - the Steppin Out Blues Band – back having to sit out their list of gigs due to the Coronavirus.
But the band is back – and let’ find out where we can catch them!
And in our second segment – what goes with catching a band playing the blues? Well, how about a locally brewed Harper lane Brewery beer!
We will have on the phone Mike Pasalacqua – the owner an found of Harper Lane Brewery to learn what’s new and being brewed on Harper Lane!
Saturday, July 4
In our opening segment: Meet a young entrepreneur, a social media marketing professional, and an influencer who began when she started her own fashion and lifestyle blog – at the age of 15!
Today, Ashley Mason continues with her success as president and owner of two successful web resources – Dash of Social, and her latest – Student to CEO!
Let’s find out from Ashley how she got started, who are some of her clients, and what it takes to run her websites and organization!
Saturday, June 27
Want to find out what’s going on in Middleboro? Need to know who may need some assistance or wants to know the best restaurants in town or when classes begin for the publc school system? Then you will have to listen to Ree Donnelly the co-founder of the very popular Middleboro Helping Middleboro websitethat has grown to over 18,000 susbcribers – all for free.
Saturday, June 20
In our first segment we'll be joined by Tom Whalen, the Executive Chef of the Pawtucket Red Sox to hear about the Paw Sox "Dinning on the Diamond" event that will have you and your family and friends taking part in a delightful meal - and more - right on the field at McCoy Stadium!
And in segment number two, Matt and Christanie Channel tell us about "Urban Farming" - and the wonderful items for sale along with the animals that inhabit their Hanson, MA , Channel Homestead!
Saturday June 13
Join us as Karen Foye of Foye Photography talks about her successful business as well as provide some tips and insights in getting the right shots for your photos
In our second segment let's head back in time with the legendary Pufferbellies DJ during the heyday of John Morgan 's Cape Cod Happy Hours - Gary Titus - and find out what the popular Canton, MA DJ is up to today!
Saturday, June 6
We are going to talk with a Bridgewater State University graduate faculty member – completing her Doctorate degree - who learned of a family that could use some assistance.
So she took part in a fundraiser in an unusual way.
But instead of the usual car wash fundraiser or a weekend 5K fundraising road race, she hiked over 29,000 vertical feet – all to help a local Abington family.
But – and it’s a big but with an exclamation point – she did it in ONE WEEK! And without any preparation!
Join us as we meet with the amazing Chrissy Semler of Bridgewater, Massachusetts.
Saturday, May 30
In Our First Segmen:t Were you a kid like me?
Asking to lick the spoon or mixer when your Mom baked some chocoloate chip cookies or other yummy desserts?
But you were kept away from licking up the cookie dough because it contained raw eggs?
Well, this morning you are going to learn about B Real Doughs, of Cape Cod, from its Founder and Owner Mary Galvin.
She’s going to tell us about her company’s delicious cookie dough - that you can eat right out of the container!
And check this out – It’s Organic, Plant based, Gluten-free, edible, bakeable – and has a 4 month shelf life!
In Our Second Segment
We will be visited by James Boudreau – a talented and all-around guy who remembers growing up in the old neighborhood, and today on Facebook is noted for his delicious recipes on his new website. "Up to the table".
We’ll see what recipes he’ll be sharing with
Saturday, May 23
In Our First Segment
From the American Ninja Warrior television series, Allyssa Beird joins us as we talk about her national TV appearances and her athletic background that led her to rise through the programs ranks.
In Our Second Segment
Rachel Letourneau Borus, proprietor of Rachel's Hair Expression will be discussing the new rules as part of the Governor's latest Phase I requirements and what her clients could expect as they head back to getting hair cuts!
Saturday, May 16
In Our First Segment
Local author David Whitemyer joins us on Cranberry Country Journal to discuss his book, "Abandoned Massachusetts - Lost Treasures of the Bay State," which contains brief stories and his over ten-years of vivid images of long forgotten and abandoned facilities including area churches, factories, theatres and hospitals.
We'll delve into the author and amateur photographer's decision to explore these abandoned local and once thriving, people-gathering, working facilities. Many of which are still standing and found in the South Shore area.
In Our Second Segement:
It's no longer a secret! We are going to talk with A Middleboro native currently living out west and - we'll just say - who won't be "slinging the bull" when we talk about a sport organization that she works in. Described as the fastest growing sport in the US and a sport that I reckon we folks don't rightly see much of here in these parts of Cranberry Country!
You'll just have to join us for the May 16th edition of Cranberry Country Journal, heard from 10 to 11 AM on WVBF 1530 AM & FM 99.7 - And throughout the world on the Internet at https://radiostationusa.fm/online/wvbf-1530-am
Saturday, May 9
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
Saturday, May 2
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.
Saturday, April 25
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 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!
Saturday, April 18
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 OUR SECOND SEGMENT:
BREWMASTER MICHAEL PASALACQUA OF HARPER LANE BREWERY
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!
Saturday, April 11
N 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!
Saturday, April 4
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.
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...til then - as Charles Osgood used to tell us: "See you on the radio." - Paul