Last day for school supply drop off at HPD is NEXT Saturday; 8/24
^ Effective August 1st - No grilling or fires at Stoddard Park ^
Kayak / canoe rentals at Stoddard Park ALL Summer!

VFW Scout of the Year Candidate

by Paul Deschenes
April 11, 2019

Please congratulate William Flanagan the next time you see him. William, an Eagle Scout Award recipient, is Holliston VFW Post 8507’s candidate for National Scout of the Year. Each year the VFW honors three individuals who have met the stringent and rigorous eligibility criteria to be chosen VFW Scout of the Year. Local VFW Posts submit their winning candidates to the next level, which is State, or Department in VFW parlance. Department winners advance to the National level where first second and third place winners are awarded $5,000, $3,000 and $1,000 scholarships, respectively.

Thanks to the efforts of post member Charlie Jacobs and Commander Dave deGanne, Holliston’s VFW Post 8507 has forwarded to State the eligibility criteria of a candidate, Eagle Scout William Flanagan, for the first time in over a decade. In addition to earning the Eagle Scout Award (Gold Award for Girl Scouts), eligibility criteria resumes must include “demonstrated practical citizenship in school, scouting and community” and letters of recommendation from a scout leader, a teacher and a community member. Among a variety of other activities and endeavors, William is the president of his class and a captain in two varsity sports at Holliston High School.

The VFW’s website indicates its “partnership with the Boy Scouts of America dates back to 1915 when VFW Post 2100 helped to establish Troop 1in Everett, Washington.” Locally, Post 8507 sponsored one of Holliston’s Cub Scout packs as a Charter Organization for 50 years. It was the longest such sponsorship in the Commonwealth until, unfortunately, it needed to be discontinued a few years ago when Post 8507 sold its building and could no longer provide a place for the pack to meet.

 

E-mail This Article

Comments (0)

Advertisement

Advertisement

Recent Articles by Paul Deschenes:

Woodstock 50th Anniversary - Peace and Love

Woodstock remembrances, but none of us were there. Where were we instead? Where were you?

4

Continue ...

Moved by the Moving Wall: 20th Anniversary

The Moving Wall came to Holliston in 1999 from July 26th through August 2nd, Its sister wall, The Wall that Heals will be in Bellingham next month. Veterans in town united back in 1999 to make it happen here. Veterans like the late George Snow welcomed me. I switched posts from Ashland, where I was a passive member, to Holliston, where I became more active and involved.

1

Continue ...

A Walk on the Moon

Where were you when ...? Some historical events and personal milestones have more significance than others, as do certain anniversaries, such as 1st, 25th, and 50th. Two significant historical and personal events coincided/collided for me on Sunday, July 20, 1969. It was my first full day in the Army and an earthling walked on the Moon.

1

Continue ...

Old Ironsides Commemorates D-Day

Photos courtesy of Tom Blair On Friday, June 7th, hundreds of active duty military and veterans were invited to be aboard the USS Constitution for a turn around in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. A handful of members from Holliston's American Legion Post #47 were fortunate enough to be among those in attendance.

1

Continue ...

Black Box Theater

A Black Box theater was mentioned by Dr. Jackson, Superintendent of Schools, as something Holliston High School is currently lacking. What exactly is a Black Box theater?

2

Continue ...

Advertisement

Recent Articles in Schools:

Holliston Community Calendar - August 2019

by Chris Cain

Continue ...

Holliston’s Long and Glorious Baseball History: A 4-Part Series; Part IV

by Joanne Hulbert

Holliston High School baseball team, circa 1890 Part IV: Our 19th Century Baseball Roots

Continue ...

Help Wanted for PTO Welcome Back Breakfast

by Stacey Raffi

Holliston PTO's Annual Back-to-School Breakfast for Holliston teachers, staff, and administration (district-wide) will take place on Monday, August 26th! We like to provide them with coffee, tea, juice, and some light breakfast items to help get them charged up!

Continue ...

Holliston Community Calendar - August 2019

by Chris Cain

Continue ...

School Year 2019-2020 Media Release for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

by Press Release

Continue ...

Advertisement