By Max Bowenfirstname.lastname@example.org
Every night, Sandy Mann spreads a message of joy and love of country to the residents of Peterson Street.
Mann rings her bell at 8 p.m. each evening, rain or shine, and sings the first verse and refrain of “God Bless America.” She had seen a news story of a couple in Braintree doing the same, with neighbors joining in with their instruments. At first she sang alone, but soon after her neighbors would step outside to watch and cheer at the end. After the song, she says “God Bless America and let’s beat this virus.”
“It’s caught on,” said Mann. “I do it for love of country.”
Since the shutdown Mann said she’s been keeping busy with knitting, reading, and other home projects. She had been helping out at a friend’s tax office, but they both decided it best to close the business while the shutdown is in place. Mann sings soprano in the Immanuel Lutheran Church choir as well as The Williams Chorale, which rehearses at the First United Methodist Church in North Attleborough. She’s heard people singing with her and hopes this will catch on in the days to come.
“People bring their joy,” she said.