Do you love a parade? The tramping of feet, you love every beat, you hear of a drum?
If so, now is the time to prepare your entry for the Celebrate Holliston Parade. The annual extravaganza kicks off Celebrate Holliston, which is scheduled for September 24th.
The parade will depart the Placentino-Miller School complex at 9AM, taking a right onto Woodland Street and then a right onto
Central Street, before ending at Goodwill Park, home of the Celebrate Holliston Field Day.
The parade will be conducted under the watchful eye of
Martha Ellis, who can be contacted at Martha.email@example.com by those with questions.
DOG DAY AFTERNOON
’ve heard them in the early morning. I’ve seen their flashlights on dark winter nights. I’ve laughed at them from the comfort of my home, while they dutifully trudged along Chamberlain Street,
leash in one hand, plastic bag in the other.
They are the dog walkers of Brentwood and I swear they number in the hundreds. Leading beagle, papillon poodle or pug, they cross my
house with the synchronized precision of Mussolini’s trains. In smug contempt I have watched them, failing to understand that a pull exists beyond the leash. Until now.
You see, Tex came to live with us on Sunday. Tex is a seven year old, black Labrador retriever who the lovely Suzanne found on the Baypath Humane Society website on Saturday. We had been debating the idea of getting a dog for some time, the discussion generally ending with the belief that now was not the right time.
A chink in our armor first appeared around noon on Saturday, when we stopped at Mulch-N-More Garden Center on Washington Street near the Village Plaza.
We had never been there before, and had it not been for the long weekend closing of Reliable Fence in Ashland, we would not have
stopped now. But Sue was insistent that this would be the weekend we would buy a new exterior light pole and fixture, having grown tired of the metal shell I had backed over that resembled the flag raising on Iwo Jima.
We pulled into Mulch-N-More, and soon met its owner, Joe
Bardellini. But that was only after we had been greeted by his tail wagging black lab, Kramer. Joe was great; he showed us his product
offerings and gave us the space we needed to make our decision to buy. But we fell in love with Kramer, and soon learned how Joe had saved him from a southern shelter and brought him home to
become his constant friend, and the inspiration for Kramer’s Coffee Corner.
When Sue called me into the den Saturday night to see a computer
page full of dog faces, I knew where we were heading. That was the Baypath location in Hopkinton, where early Sunday afternoon we departed with our new family member.
So please don’t laugh if you see me at some God awful time with a leash in one hand and a plastic bag in the other. Because I was once like you.
THE BLUNDER OF IT ALL
’ve been giving a lot of thought this week to my Tuesday Patch story regarding the possibility of a Milford casino being constructed, and the detrimental effect it will have on our sleepy little community.
I’ve also been trying to reconcile this concern with my earlier pronouncement that I was turning over a new leaf, and that the “new me” would examine our world with a less critical, and more forgiving eye.
As such, I am reminded of a discussion a few weeks ago with a colleague who mentioned his belief that what our country needs to stop its inevitable slide into financial ruin is a benevolent dictator.
Having given suitable consideration to this idea, I think the appointment of a similar benevolent dictator for our town might best allow the residents of Holliston to maintain a rewarding and sustainable way of life. And I can think of no better person for this position than myself.
Please note my desire to be appointed to this position, as truthfully, I’m not a coup d’état kind of guy. And while I have no major gripes with any of our current town boards and officials, as the Benevolent Dictator, I will have the luxury of ignoring any laws that might interfere with my agenda. In that way, I could be just like Governor
Patrick, arbitrarily deciding our future with little regard for the will of the citizenry.
Trust me, as Holliston’s Benevolent Dictator I will have no desire for personal gain. While I may need to “borrow” the Food Pantry van on occasion for Mudville Base Ball Club road trips, there will be no “Eagle’s Nest” on Mount Hollis.
From my first day in office, I will try to turn the unfortunate possibility of a Milford casino into a positive. My first act will be to install toll booths at our borders. Now, these won’t be your modern Mass Pike toll booths with adjacent Fast Lane service, but will be similar to the old metal basket exact change booths, with an interesting twist.
After throwing in the designated payment, the driver will pull back the handle of an antique one armed bandit, prompting projected lemons, cherries and lucky number 7’s to swirl on an overhead screen. Three in a row will lift the gate, and the lucky drivers can proceed down Route 16 to their den of delight. Not a winner? Keep throwing those coins or go home.
Can you imagine the excitement? When I was young, when trips to the Cape meant bumper to bumper traffic along route 28, my sisters and I would cheer when we reached the twin lighthouses that marked the entrance to Wareham, and to us, the beginning of vacation.
Now, the cheers of a new generation of children will echo through our town as their parent’s car approaches our Jackpot Toll, ecstatic at the thought of spending a sweltering afternoon in the back seat of a parked car, while mommy and daddy roll the dice to win them a new pair of shoes.
Obviously, Holliston residents will be provided free tokens for the tolls, as well as free Cash Lane transponders. Signs will look to redirect the “gaming public” to our own “Wennakeening Woods”casino located on the island at Lake Winthrop
As Benevolent Dictator, I will be concerned with public safety. The route 16/126 corridor between Milford and Framingham has been referred to by some as an illegal criminal alien superhighway. As such, the pulling of the toll handle will record the driver’s fingerprints and image which will be forwarded to ICE for review in accordance with the Secure Communities program. But since I believe it important to provide options, an additional non-Jackpot tollbooth will be installed that allows passage with no ICE review for $50.
As Benevolent Dictator, I will direct that the money realized from the tollbooths and Lake Winthrop casino be used to fund future school overrides and unfunded town retirement obligations. And there will be no sneaking down the rail trail.