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The Rail Trail is Dedicated on July 4, 2018

by Paul Saulnier
July 5, 2018

Residents showed up in large numbers filling the tent to overflowing.

The first order of business was lining up for the free burgers and dogs prepared by the Lions and Scouts.

Music was provided by Thee Sonomatics while rail trail enthusiasts ate and tried to keep cool under the tent:

Of course Chief Cassidy was around making sure everyone was safe as did the HPD Auxiliary.

Above, Ed Daniels of the Friends of the Rail Trail, was emcee. Ed thanked everyone for coming and for their support of the construction of the rail trail over the 20 years required to see it to completion.

Mass Senate President Karen Spilka awarded citations to Robert Weidknecht and Herb Brockert, both recognized by all the speakers as the backbone of the effort to complete the 6.3 miles of trail that runs from the Milford line to the Sherborn line.

House Representative Caroline Dykema, above, and Selectman Jay Marsden, below, also thanked Robert and Herb for their work on the trail.

Robert Weidknecht, above left, and Heb Brockert, with a few of their citations received this day. Herb's friend Trinity said that Herb now needs to add a room to this home to post all of his awards.

Robert summarized the 20 year effort to acquire the land and construct the rail trail, crediting the hundreds of volunteers who worked tirelessly to complete the trail.

Town Historian Joanne Hulbert concluded the event with a history lesson on the construction of the rail line through Holliston noting that the first train came through Holliston on July 4, 1847.

 

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Comments (2)

Fantastic! Thanks to everyone involved. The laser sights and sounds were the perfect cap to a perfect day!

- Pat Fuller | 7/7/18 7:56 PM

wow

- Ron Karkovice | 7/5/18 1:10 PM

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