2021 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR – Paul Saulnier

Paul Saulnier moved back to Massachusetts in 1979 from New Jersey to be closer to family and settled in Holliston with his wife and two sons, Dan and Phil. He explains that he volunteers because “after living in exile in South Jersey for nine years, the line from the Cheers song always rings true to me ‘you want to go where everyone knows your name.’”

Paul’s extensive volunteer efforts include the following: Holliston Historical Society (1979-present); Conservation Commission (1980-1985); Board of Water Commission (1985-2005); V.O.I.C.E. Committee (downtown zoning changes); Dam Safety Officer (1982-2010); Two wastewater study committees; Engineers Without Borders; Two trips to India to design and guild septic systems for a hospital and school; began the Father’s Day Breakfast Car Show at the Holliston Historical Society; Two housing committees (ten years); Trustee of Upper Charles Conservation Land Trust (2005-present); Designs for four Habitat for Humanity houses; Member of the Knights of Columbus; HCAT reporter and camera operator; Reporter and cofounder of HollistonReporter.com; 8 Arch Bridget Restoration Committee; and Design services for the replacement of Town hall septic system.

Perhaps what everyone knows best, is Paul’s commitment to the Holliston Reporter.  He was a co-owner and writer for over a dozen years and is best recognized for his weekly police log and commentary that is always filled with dry wit.

Please join us in celebrating these two outstanding volunteers at our Street Festival on Saturday September 18; they will be honored at the “stage” in front of the Fire Station at 10am.

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  1. Stacey Raffi on September 10, 2021 at 7:23 am

    Congratulations Paul! So we’ll deserved.

    • Linda Schumacher on September 11, 2021 at 11:47 pm

      Congratulations to Paul! Holliston wouldn’t be the same without you!

  2. Beate (Bea) Hait on September 10, 2021 at 7:54 am

    Congratulations, Paul. A well deserved honor!

  3. Steve Bradford on September 10, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Congratulations on your selection Paul. Very well deserved.

  4. Lee DeSorgher on September 10, 2021 at 8:26 am

    Great choice, I’m surprised Paul had not already been picked – congrats !

  5. Deb Moore on September 10, 2021 at 8:29 am

    Congratulations! Thank you for all you have done for Holliston & beyond! Well deserved for sure!

  6. Jackie Dellicker on September 10, 2021 at 8:29 am

    Congratulations Paul. Very well earned.

  7. Erica Plunkett on September 10, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Mazel tov!

  8. Pat Fuller on September 10, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Way to go! I have to second the comment by Lee DeSorgher; is this really the first time???

  9. Henry Dellicker on September 10, 2021 at 11:34 am

    Congratulations Paul, it is about time.

  10. Steve Hedrick on September 10, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    Congratulations Paul!! Well deserved! Actually, I assumed that you had already won this award years ago because of all that you do for Holliston!

  11. Paul Saulnier on September 10, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Thanks for the kinds words everyone. It’s easy to volunteer in a town like Holliston.

  12. Ann Chiango on September 12, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Congratulations, Paul. I thought you must already have received this award years ago. You are a superglue holding all of us together. Applause, please.

  13. Sheila Adams on September 12, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Congratulations, Paul. Well deserved for all you do for Holliston!