Published on February 23, 2020

We all share an interest in Holliston. Maybe you didn’t grow up here, but you grew up somewhere. Where was that, and what are your favorite memories of that place? Would you live there today if you could? Here’s your chance to tout your original hometown…including Holliston! Holliston Natives – send photos, please! Now’s the […]

Published on February 5, 2020

Perhaps you saw a recent i-Team Investigative newscast on WBZ TV on the subject of PFAS/PFOS – Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances – a family of chemicals used since the 1950s – that might be in drinking water in Massachusetts and across the country. There was a flurry of posts on Facebook about the story, so […]

Published on November 20, 2019

Then What does it mean to be a hero? To me heroism is taking courageous action on behalf of someone else…even though you might be afraid. Many of us have had heroic moments, big or small. Real people are real heroes – not Marvel Comics figures. Which brings me to a real person from the […]

Published on October 22, 2018

Friday March 8, 1968 It was at my very first Town Meeting – the night we passed the dog leash by-law, which was a first for Holliston. I grew up in Springfield, MA, population at the time about 189,000. I knew nothing about small town government, but my then-husband John did, as a native of […]

Published on June 13, 2018

May 22, 2018 When I stopped by the the town election polls on May 22nd, there was ample opportunity to visit with each of the election officials and checkers – people I only see at elections but have known for years. The election turnout was dismal. No lines. The day was long and only 1164 […]

Published on May 28, 2018

Now back to our story…(in the words of 1950’s radio). The King of England gave Captain Eleazer Lusher a land grant of 250 acres in what is central Holliston today. Typically, land grants were then divided and sold to settlers who contracted to develop the land in a time certain. Lusher sold part of his […]

Published on May 17, 2018

Today’s blog begins with a tale that Holliston historian Joanne Hulbert likes to tell about the local Native Americans. White settlers and Nipmuck Indians lived in this area at the same time. One night, a settler was out until late at night. When he returned and tried to open the front door to his house, […]

Published on April 29, 2018

The 4th of July is months away, but since it’s also a big travel time, I want to give you an early invitation to a  celebration of the completion of the Rail Trail and the construction on the 8 Arch Bridge. I hope you’ll come for food (in a tent outside Casey’s), presentations to the […]

Published on April 15, 2018

It was 1898, three days after Christmas and three bitter, windy degrees outside on a Wednesday evening. R.F. Smith, the proprietor of the pharmacy on the corner of the Andrews Block (Fiske’s Building), and his friends were gathered for a visit. Shortly after stoking the fire in the basement furnace at 9:40, the men saw […]

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