Like an artist with an empty canvas, a gardener or horticulturist likes nothing more than an empty plot of soil. When a new parking lot planter was created with the addition to parking spaces along the rail trail behind Casey’s Pub, several local green thumbs vied for planting rights.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic still has its tentacles in planning and events, especially concerning those involving larger groups. Last year the local Lions Club cancelled its annual carnival due to Governor Baker’s stay-at-home orders. The local American Legion Post 47, equally affected, cancelled its Laser Light Show at Goodwill Park in July to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

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The town’s deceased veterans were all thought of during the past several days. On Wednesday American Legion Commander Steve Bradford and Legion Adjuant Walter McGrath decorated the towns veterans squares along with the seven outlying cemeteries.

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Prior to widespread literacy, town criers were the means of communication with the people of the town since many people could not read or write. Proclamations, local bylaws, market days, adverts, were all proclaimed by a bellman or crier.

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Greetings Folks! The stage is set for the Farmers’ Market at Blair Square beginning June 20th. Following word of its prospect, some of you mentioned that you would like to help out by volunteering. I welcome all the help that I can get.
I’ll be holding a meeting of the Steering Committee (that’s you) on Wednesday May 12th at 6:30 pm at the VFW meeting room (Next Generation Martial Arts building) 310 Woodland St. (rear left side of building). Bring your ideas, suggestions, complaints and thoughts.

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The Town’s oldest veteran, 96-year-old Charlie Nickerson has been selected this year’s Memorial Day Parade Marshal by the Town’s Memorial Day Committee.

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Death can be a motivator. For the past forty years I had somehow managed to collect a huge pile of photos of local veterans. I’d always planned to do something with the photos—either to make a book or donate them to the Holliston Historical Society.

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In a low-key presentation on Saturday, February 27, at 1 pm at the Town Hall, Charlie Nickerson was honored by local officials and veterans’ groups.

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