She might not be doing much studying, but Mary Apesos is receiving one hell of an education.
Mary is the daughter of Steve and Joanne Apesos of Holliston, and is a sophomore journalism student at Ithaca College studying abroad in Granada, Spain. Unlike most college students, whose primary parental communication consists of requests for money and quick trips home so Mom can do the laundry, Mary is documenting her adventures and misadventures for her family and friends through her blog.
Mary’s blogs have detailed her growing admiration for “tapas,” which Mary describes as “small, but delicious morsels of food that come with every drink you buy at a restaurant ... there’s no need to buy dinner.” Last weekend, Mary and friends celebrated Carnival, beginning the evening with muchas tapas and ending it in a lady bug conga line. This is not how I remember Northeastern.
Mary lives in a homestay with a mother, father, grandmother, two sisters and a brother. Classes began in early February after a two-week orientation, which consisted of getting to know her family, her program and the city. So far, she has visited Seville and Ronda, and hiked through the Alpujarra. She is planning trips to Cordoba, Morocco and Berlin, and intends on spending Easter week in Rome, Siena and Florence.
I’m hard-pressed to find any evidence of classroom activity, but at $40,000—50,000 a year at college, it’s possible that in Spain, the dollar doesn’t go as far as it used to.
WHO AM I NO. 15
Once I was a Buckeye
And in football, I played guard.
For East I was "The Hit Dog,"
Though not known for going yard.
Today I am retired
From my days of watching banks.
No one laughs as hard as me,
For that, Sue gets my thanks.
Who am I?
WHO AM I NO. 14 REVEALED
I grew up in Holliston.
And went to H.H. S.
I cheered our teams to victory,
They really were the best.
I’m really good at planning trips.
My maiden name was Ross.
I’m mother of two lovely kids,
And let Mark think he’s boss.
Who Am I? I am Cyn-dee Sweetser.
CELEBRATE HOLLISTON COMMITTEE ACCEPTING GRANT REQUESTS
The Celebrate Holliston Committee is currently accepting grant requests from local organizations.
Groups interested in applying for support should provide the Committee with their name and a concise statement indicating their specific need and requested amount by March 30. Groups may be subsequently asked to provide a presentation to the Committee at its April 7 meeting.
Celebrate Holliston contributions have in the past been used to help provide funding for Holliston’s 275th Anniversary celebration, the construction of the Goodwill Park Gazebo, the installation of the clock at the corner of Charles St. and Washington St. and more.
Requests should be forwarded to Andy Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 228 Rolling Meadow Drive. Questions should be directed to Andy at 429-4745.
STREETS OF HARTFORD SAFE ONCE AGAIN
The streets of Harford have once again been declared safe, with news that the Mudville Base Ball Club has left town and returned to their Massachusetts homes.
Our mighty sons of Casey made their annual pilgrimage to the Insurance Capital on Saturday, as they participated in their sixth Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Beginning at the Connecticut State House and ending at McKinnon’s Pub, their hour-long romp through the streets was marked by the distribution of Mardi Gras beads and the reigniting of old friendships.
With a dash of chivalry and a pinch of blarney, our heroes were greeted at McKinnon’s like conquering heroes, where they held court for hours, before slinking back over the border to attend the Lion’s Clubs “Winnin’ of the Green” big raffle.
The team was pleased to make the acquaintance of Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra. Team negotiator Kevin “Doc” Clancy took the first steps in establishing a mutually beneficial trade relationship between Mayor Segarra’s office, and that of Mudville Mayor Bobby Blair, whose “Chicken in every Mudville bean pot” campaign promises to restore Mudville to economic prosperity unseen in our neighborhood since the closing of the Goodwill Shoe Company.
THIS IRISHMAN GREEN WITH ENVY
Seven of our neighbors won $1,428.57 last night. Suzanne Shannahan was not one of them.
No, when the Lovely Suzanne departed the Holliston Lions Club’s “Winnin’ of the Green” raffle Saturday night at the Medway VFW, the only green she carried was her envious husband. He had strategically placed her name on the family entry, knowing that a Suzanne victory could bring great joy to the Shannahan household. Alas, it was not to be.
Instead, seven others returned home with the rewards of an evening that had been five months in the planning. Big Raffle Committee Chairman Steve Apesos, with his characteristic enthusiasm and marketing genius, had promised to make it the club’s most profitable raffle ever. And he and his crack team delivered beyond expectations.
When the smoke had cleared, the club had sold 258 $100 dollar tickets to the event, and anticipated a net profit of over $15,000. Faced with the possible cancellation of the carnival, typically the club’s largest fundraiser, these results were impressive and necessary. All monies raised by the Holliston Lions Club are used for charitable endeavors.
Chairman Apesos was delighted with the results, saying that “last night was a great night to be a Holliston Lion. An event like this takes the collective effort of all our Club members to pitch in and make this event, not only a significant fundraiser, but a fun event that we can enjoy with family and friends. A night like (Saturday) night generates a lot of good will for our Club throughout the community.”
Evidence of fun for family and friends was conspicuous, as was the strong showing of candidates for various contested spots in the May elections. The good will generated by Lions club association has always been understood and appreciated.
Emcees Andy Porter and Tom McCann announced the roll of losing tickets in a spirited and fun manner. McCann also demonstrated an Australian version of an Irish jig that had the crowd clapping and laughing.
Jimmy “Pipes” Cormier was on hand with guitar in hand to provide inspired renditions of classic Irish ballads, as well as his prize winning “Ode to Mudville.”
It was a wonderful night for all, only dampened for the winners by the appearance of Lion Treasurer Tom O’Leary, who like the Grim Reaper appeared with W-9 forms in hand, informing them that the man with the most Irish of names, Deval Patrick, would be looking for his cut soon.