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First Day With the America In Bloom Judges - Part 3

by Paul Saulnier
July 25, 2018

Thursday evening residents turned out to meet Shannon Beatty and Douglas Airhart, the America In Bloom judges sent to Holliston to view our efforts to excell in the seven criteria points.

Preparations began mid-afternoon including, above, setting up the lower garden area for the presentations and below, preparing the food in the barn kitchen. Superette can always be counted on to provide delicious refreshments, this time with the able assistance of George Caouette, Pastry Chef (in the white apron).

Outside, the complimentary beer and wine station was set up by Kristen Tornifoglio, above, of Special Occassion Servers who donated 4 hours of bar tending services to HIB, while T.C. Scoops set up to offer free ice cream to all.

Inside the barn, the judges learned of the extensive efforts to preserve and adapt the 8 Arch Bridge for use as part of the Rail Trail. Above, left to right,  Robert Weidknecht,and Herb Brockert helped 8 Arch Bridge Committee chair Jay Robinson, right, provided the details.

HIB co-chair Cherry Fenton created these story boards describing the efforts by volunteers throughout Holliston on many different projects that benefit residents and the environment.

Young members of the Holliston Lions are known as Leos. Above Leos Jillian Hagan and Ryan Taylor volunteered to help during the reception.

HCAT's Chryso Lawless interviewed the judges for an upcoming airing of Heartbeat of Holliston, as camera man Tom Cady records the event.

Above Selectmen Mark Ahronian, left, and John Cronin share a few moments with town Administrator Jeff Ritter.

Above HIB co-chairs Kathy Shore and Cherry Fenton thanked everyone for coming and asked all to stand for the singing on the National anthem by Sarah Kennedy, below, whose performance was perfect.

Selectman Jay Marsden was the MC for the event.

John "choo choo" Shannahan, spokesman for the Mudville Baseball Team, told the judges of the team's exploits and adherence to the old rules of baseball and introduced Jim "Pipes" Cormier, below, who sang "Ode of Mudville", Jim and John's musical tribute to Mudville and the game.

After Jim's performance, John provided framed pictures of the team to the judges.

Above Ann Huntington was recognized for her generous donations to HIB's efforts through her association with Proven Winners, the leading brand of high quality flowering plants in North America. Below Kathy Kiley was recognized for her generous donation to the HIB fund.

As Holliston's first Community Champion, Mayor Blair called up the other champions, left to right, PJ Kilkelly, Robert Weidknecht, Mary Greendale, Mark Ahronian and Deb Moore and announced his year's Community Champion: Kathy Shore, pictured below accepting the award.

Above, Representative Carolyn Dykema spoke of the community pride generated by participating in America In Bloom and presented Kathy with proclamations from the Massachusetts Legislature.

Anna Curran, soon to be a sophomore at Holliston High, represented Give Back to Givers, a non profit run entirely by teens from Holliston. Anna and her team worked with The Green Team from the Robert Adams Middle School to thank all the HIB volunteers by giving each one a packet containing a personal note and a packet of seeds for each to plant in their own gardens.

As the event came to a close, the judges had a quiet moment with Mary Curran of the Historical Society.

Watch for Cherry Fenton's coverage in HollistonReporter.com of the second day of the judges tour of Holliston.

 

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