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HIB Takes Home a National Award

by Bobby Blair
October 2, 2018

The Town of Holliston was recognized nationally last weekend when America In Bloom awarded the Holliston In Bloom (HIB) committee an Outstanding Achievement Award for Historic Preservation at the National America In Bloom Symposium held in Lexington Kentucky.O utstanding Achievement Awards - The “best of the best” awards in each of the six criteria: floral displays, landscaped areas, urban forestry, community involvement, environmental efforts, heritage preservation and overall impression. These awards only go to one entrant among ALL the AIB entrants across ALL categories.

Holliston walked away with the Outstanding Achievement Award for Historic Preservation besting 39 other cities and towns from across the country. While Holliston had in previous years won the population category three times, which entitled Holliston to be included in the "Circle of Champions" club, the town had never won a coveted single category award. 

The 8 Arch Bridge Project was included in the judges' Evaluation Report to the town as an item of special note, which they scored as excelling. The judges also noted the Circa Sign Project as well as the town's restoration of public records in their report. Selectman and former co-chairman of HIB Mark Ahronian told the HollistonReporter.com that, "We're the only ones competing in New England and have some disadvantages like floral displays along our roadways like some cities in the west have. We can't plant along roadways due to winter salting." Ahronian noted that we are in an older part of the country and the 8 Arch Bridge Project was something the whole community voted on with monies from the Community Preservation Fund. "You can't get any better than this," referring to the award.

Of the honor the town received, co-chairwoman Kathy Shore along with Cherry Fenton (pictured above) wrote to her fellow HIB members: "Holliston was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Historical Preservation and we WON! We were very happy...I got a little emotional when accepting as all of our awards over the years have been great, but we (especially Bobby and Mary) have worked so hard over the years for this award! Awards come and go, but preserving our history is forever! We were very proud and thankful!! Thank you guys so much!"

Mary Greendale, the originator for fundraising for the 8 Arch Bridge restoration said of the award and restoration of the bridge, "It was well worth saving, and we're glad the folks from AIB appreciated it."

 

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Comments (4)

Thank you so much to everyone who has worked so hard and long. You give us great pride in being of Holliston

- pat fuller | 10/4/18 4:50 PM

How fabulous! Congratulations to all those who worked so hard . The town looks/looked beautiful and LOVE the bridge! Erica and Conor Plunkett

- Erica Plunkett | 10/4/18 10:02 AM

A heartfelt THANK-YOU to all the members of the HOLLISTON IN BLOOM members. Your hard work does not go unnoticed to the townspeople and finally a NATIONAL AWARD!! Claire b

- Claire Bresnahan | 10/3/18 9:31 AM

What an awesome honor. As a former resident of Holliston, I am proud of this beautiful town. Every time I drive through Holliston I am in awe of the beauty this group of people have created. The town is lucky to have such talented and devoted residents. Keep up the good work and congratulations!

- Linda Desatnick | 10/3/18 6:37 AM

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