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1. Diverse Holliston Hosts a Community Conversation

by Chris Cain 1/18/19

Many residents accepted the invitation extended by Diverse Holliston to discuss hate symbols in the community. The conversation took place in the Adams Middle School auditorium on January 16th.

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2. It's All About Community

by Chris Cain 1/12/19

On Monday, January 7th, the Holliston Public Library hosted a Meet the Author session with local writer, Ted Reinstein, who 'edu-tained' (educational and entertaining - not always easy to do) the audience about his most recent book, "New England's General Stores.' The fact that Ted lives in Holliston made it possible for his co-author, and wife Ann Marie to join the fun.

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3. Conservation Commission January 8th Meeting Highlights

by Chris Cain 1/12/19

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4. VFW and American Legion Host Annual Roast Beef Luncheon

by Chris Cain 1/8/19

Once again this year the local Veterans posts hosted a delicious Roast Beef Luncheon held at the Holliston Senior Center. Dana Kingsbury is seen here deciding whether or not to add the vegetables to his plate.

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5. First Selectmen's Meeting of 2019

by Chris Cain 1/3/19

This week's meeting of the Board of Selectmen was held on Wednesday in deference to the New Year's Eve holiday and trail walk. The agenda was short and sweet.

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6. One Last Round - in 2018

by Chris Cain 1/2/19

For intrepid golfers, the temperature is just a number. Monday morning's chilly weather separated the 'fair weather' golfers from the true players at Holliston's home course - Pinecrest. Photo courtesy of the Pinecrest website

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7. Oh What A Night

by Chris Cain 1/1/19

Judging by the families traveling between Blair Square and Cross Street, this was the best First Night Trail Walk yet. Firepits, ice sculpture, hot cider, hot dogs, snacks, and ice cream greeted the throngs who turned out for the Friends of Holliston Trail's annual gathering. (Publisher's Note: This article is a repost of yesterday's feature since the Cub Publisher pushed the wrong button!)

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8. Watch Out World!

by Chris Cain 12/31/18

I have set up a Facebook page. This may not strike everyone as news, but in my world this is a big step (not quite as big as the first step on the moon)!

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9. I'll Be Home for Christmas

by Chris Cain 12/25/18

"I'll Be Home for Christmas" has become a Christmas standard. This Christmas song was written by the lyricist Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent. Bing Crosby first recorded this perennial favorite in 1943 - scoring a top ten hit. Originally written to honor soldiers overseas during WW II who longed to be home at Christmas time, the song is hummed today as we remember its words and head to our holiday destinations. Holliston Reporter's roving photographer Ken Robinson snapped some locations around town "with love lights gleeming."

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10. Busy Weekend On / Near the Green - Part 2

by Chris Cain 12/19/18

As advertised, here is the second installment of highlights from a busy weekend in downtown Holliston. In addition to the musical offerings inside St. Mary's, a great light show goes on outside around the green.

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11. HR’s Outstanding Achievement Awards Presentation

by Chris Cain 12/17/18

As announced earlier, this year’s Holliston Reporter Outstanding Achievement Award recipients are Bea Hait and Stacey Raffi. Recently ‘Mayor’ Bobby Blair, as publisher of the Holliston Reporter, made the presentations to these two deserving Hollistonians. Members of the Holliston Reporter staff, family, and friends gathered to witness this prestigious event. Stacey was up first. Her William Tobin Award, in honor of HollistonReporter.com departed writer, recognizes her tireless efforts on the School Committee and other activities around town. The ‘Mayor’ mentioned that every time he is at a civic event, there is Stacey. Perhaps the correct adjective to describe Stacey is ubiquitous.

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12. Busy Weekend On / Near the Green - Part 1

by Chris Cain 12/16/18

The action downtown started Friday evening when the Mudville Madrigals performed their annual Holiday Show in the Upper Town Hall. "The Mudville Madrigal Singers, an a cappella ensemble, came into being when a small group of musicians -- all residents of the historic "Mudville" neighborhood of Holliston, MA -- started singing together in 1993." Currently there are 10 voices from the metrowest area contributing to an extensive repetoire of holiday songs. Their encore was a very clever rendition of 'The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies.' A good time was had by all in attendance.

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13. Rail Trail in Maintenance Mode

by Chris Cain 12/15/18

After 20 years of planning and building the Upper Charles Rail Trail, the Holliston Trail Committee turns its focus to keeping the trail in tip top shape. Maintenance in the eyes of the Trail Committee includes making improvements and upgrades along the 6.7 mile route. One recent upgrade was the installation of an information kiosk and picnic table built at Cross Street by Zach Nersessian as an Eagle Scout project. His project involved all the prep work to get the area level and ended with spreading stone dust and mulch to dress up the new amenities.

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14. Seniors Get Festive

by Chris Cain 12/14/18

Another holiday tradition unfolded at the Holliston Senior Center on Wednesday, December 12th. The annual Holiday Luncheon featured a three course meal and music by the 'Tune Timers.'

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15. New Boutique Opens in Holliston

by Chris Cain 12/12/18

Lindsay Buonomano, pictured below, is the owner of Holliston's newest downtown business. Recently this reporter interviewed Lindsay, a fellow Connecticut transplant, to get some insights about the new venture.

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16. The Holiday Bells Were Ringing

by Chris Cain 12/9/18

"O Night Divine," one of the songs played during the Holiday Handbell Concert at the First Congregational Church, was an apt description of the entire experience. A cold clear winter's (Dec 1st is the start of meterological winter) night with the moon and stars visible in the sky set the mood for what was in store for all who attended the performance.

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17. Holliston Police Host A Feast

by Chris Cain 12/5/18

For the 30th year in a row, the Holliston Police Association with support from the Holliston Police Department's Command Staff, hosted a a fantastic meal for seniors. The luncheon was held at the Holliston Senior Center. Since the seniors were receiving a gift from the police, the luncheon guests were asked to bring a donation for the Holliston Food Pantry. In the far right corner of the above photo can be seen just some the non-perishable items brought for the food pantry. The Holliston seniors sure know how to 'pay it forward.'

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18. The Much-anticipated Mudville Traffic Study is Here!

by Chris Cain 12/1/18

When I studied science in school (in addition to reading, writing, and 'rithmetic of course), the professor would say, "In God We Trust, All Others Bring Data." Holliston's Board of Selectmen must have gone to the same school because they wanted data before considering any traffic volume and speed mitigation strategies in Mudville. The McMahon group recently delivered their 104 page report to the Selectmen (and to the public via the town's website). https://www.townofholliston.us/sites/hollistonma/files/uploads/mcmahon_mudville_traffic_pattern_analysis_memo_2018-11-07.pdf Rather than having everyone read the entire report, below are some of the data presented in a 'did you know' format. Did you know the current speed limit on all streets in Mudville is exactly the same as on Route 16 in downtown Holliston - 30 mph. Looking at the compilation photo above, what might strike you - besides that there are no speed limit signs anywhere in Mudville?

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19. But Wait, There's More Stroll!

by Chris Cain 11/27/18

Mary Greendale's earlier article (with photos from Ken Robinson) got us a first look at this year's Holliston Business Association's Holiday Stroll. Ken and Mary were not the only Holliston Reporter folks to cover this annual downtown hit. Here's some additional photos and narrative that this reporter spotted during the course of the day and evening. Isabelle Gagne, wearing an elfin hat from TD Bank, was spotted on one of the free trolleys shuttling strollers to the many venues. Selectman John Cronin was acting as Trolley Captain on this excursion. Selectman Jay Marsden was manning the other trolley.

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20. Habitat for Humanity Does Home Repairs Too

by Chris Cain 11/22/18

In 1976 Habitat for Humanity International was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller based on the concept of ‘partnership housing.’ Since its inception Habitat has helped more than 13 million people world-wide achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter.

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