Friday, November 25, 2011
The milk is in the back.
A little more than a year ago I found myself at the local CVS prescription counter when I made, what I thought to be, an interesting observation. At the heart of the observation was my memory of a marketing manager I had once worked with, who in laying out product locations in our company stores, was frequently heard to comment “You always keep the milk in the back.” His sound reasoning was that customers frequented our stores for specific products, and placing those products in the back would force them to walk by many of our other products, inducing them to buy more items. What caught my eye on this particular day were the strategically placed issues of Cosmopolitan Magazine, at the rear checkout counter. Clearly the milk was in the …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Today is the 40th Anniversary of an undefeated Panther team.
Forty Thanksgivings ago, there was no game. It was 1971 and Holliston High School football was at its zenith. Saturday home games were a scarlet sea as the “Big Red Machine” would descend upon what would one day be Kamitian Field. The team was led by its charismatic coach, Tom Caito, who upon his arrival had transformed a stagnant program into one of the finest in the state. According to Buddy Frost, “I was the quarterback. I loved playing the position and always put my teammates first trying to get them into the end zone. Caito was a great coach. He always had us prepared for any situation and was a great motivator.” “Coach Caito held it all together for us,” agrees former linebacker Cecil Wright. “He was a pretty emotional guy …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The Toys for Tots program is collecting toys at the Thanksgiving football game.
There will be more than football at Holliston High School on Thursday morning. The Holliston Police Department, proudly supported by Holliston High School and the Holliston Lions Club, will be kicking off their annual Toys for Tots campaign by collecting toys at this year’s Holliston-Westwood Turkey Classic. Held in conjunction with the Marine Corps Reserve, new, unwrapped, non-violent toys for children aged 8-15 are specifically being sought, as younger age groups have typically received the bulk of donations in the past. For those not attending the game, toy drop boxes are available at the Police Station, Town Hall, Fiskes, the Post Office and the various town schools.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
After the rescuer went going door to door, the cat was placed with Animal Control.
Sunday night, Alex Porter was on Washington Street when he saw a car hit a cat and leave. Concerned for its safety, the UMass Amherst student wrapped it in his flannel shirt and spent the next two hours knocking on Mudville doors, unsuccessfully trying to find the cat’s home. With the help of the fire department and Andrea Minihan of the Selectmen’s office, contact was eventually made with the on duty Animal Control officer, and the cat was placed in her care. An update on the cat’s condition is not presently known. Anyone recognizing the cat in the adjacent photo is asked to contact Animal Control at 429-4631.
Friday, November 18, 2011
The seventh-grader will move on to a district competition.
The Holliston Lions Club recognized seventh grade student Elena Daly as the club’s Peace Poster Contest winner at their monthly dinner meeting this past Wednesday night at Restaurant 45 in Medway. Daly received considerable applause from the club, which agreed that her submittal perfectly fulfilled the “Children Know Peace” theme of this year’s contest. Daly, who won the District Peace Poster Contest last year, also composed a Peace Quote to accompany her artwork: Children who know peace don’t discriminate. Instead, they unite as one just like a rainbow has many colors blended together. Lion Lisa Zais, Chairwoman of the Peace Poster Contest committee, presented Daly to the club, who will now move on to the District …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Troop 73 conducted the third annual CAMPING ON THE GREEN.
The calendar said November, but the green tents that sprouted on the town common last weekend were more reminiscent of flowers on a warm spring day. And though the tents filled with young men for a planned overnight vigil, this was no “occupy” movement imposing itself on a quiet community. These were the scouts of Holliston’s Troop 73, and they were here to celebrate their third annual CAMPING ON THE GREEN. Scoutmaster Mike Tyman led the scouts in a number of activities, indicating that “We started this three years ago as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of scouting. Each year it has become more popular with over fifty cub scouts and their families joining us for a full day of activities. This year’s pirate theme was used to …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Drive proceeds benefit school initiatives.
Take a look around your house. Does the Time Magazine on your coffee table still name Richard Nixon Man of the Year? Does the People Magazine on your night stand still proclaim Mark Harmon as the Sexiest Man Alive? Are you still perusing that old Readers Digest, carefully tucked on a bathroom shelf, which announces the coming of color television? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then it’s time for you to take advantage of the Middle School’s QSP Magazine Drive. Beginning this week and continuing until Nov. 29, Middle School students will be selling subscriptions, the proceeds of which will be used to help fund many school initiatives. More information is available at the Middle School’s website. Magazine …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Online registration through November 30th is encouraged.
It’s a round ball and a round bat and you have to hit it square. Those words of wisdom were first shared with me decades ago when I played in the Holliston Little Twi-League, now known as the Holliston Youth Baseball and Softball Association. Other expressions from that period permanently seared into my brain include, “Don’t swing John, you might get a walk”, as well as my favorite “If it hits you, it will only hurt for a minute.” Those were truly wonderful times. I’m reminded of those days with word that HYBSA is presently conducting their spring 2012 registration. Online registration is being conducted from now until the end of November. Those parents registering their child late will be subject to a late fee and their child will …
Monday, November 14, 2011
An annual luncheon was held at Town Hall for vets.
Over 120 Holliston veterans were honored on Friday, at the annual Veterans Day luncheon at the Town Hall. Since 2007, the luncheon has been an occasion to thank those who have given so much for us all. Sponsored by Holliston’s American Legion and VFW Posts, as well as the Holliston Lions Club, the event featured an excellent turkey dinner, complete with all the “fixens”. Under the direction of Holliston’s Mr. Everything, Bobby Blair, the veterans and assembled multitude were treated to the thoughtful words of Selectmen Jay Marsden and Kevin Conley as well as an update from Representative Carolyn Dykema regarding available veteran’s services. Interim VFW Post Commander Robert Hopkins addressed the physical condition of Post Commander Bob…
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Lions are participating in Anton's Cleaners 17th annual program.
Have you looked in the closet recently? If you have, and you are the parent of a young child, chances are good that the coat that junior wore last winter no longer fits. And should junior finds himself at the end of the clothing hand me down trail, chances are good that that coat will continue to take up valuable closet space. But now, there’s something good you can do about it. The Holliston Lions Club, in association with Anton’s Cleaners, is participating in the 17th annual Coats for Kids campaign. Lion Bob Kelly chairs the committee which is collecting gently used coats, hats and mittens for those in and beyond our community who need them. Clothing that is collected is brought to Anton’s for dry-cleaning prior to distribution. Lion…