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Fatima Shrine Welcomes Cardinal Sean O’Malley; Embarks on “Year of Mercy”

Our Lady of Fatima Shrine was abuzz with excitement on November 8th as Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, visited to celebrate the concluding Mass of the 50th anniversary of the Vatican II Documents Ad Gentes on Mission and Perfectae Caritatis, the renewal of religious life, or better referred to as Community Life.

Ring in the New Year with Neighbors at First Night Trail Walk

The Holliston Rail Trail will once again come alive in anticipation of the New Year, with the “First Night Trail Walk,” ready to take place for the third year in a row. Last year, the event drew about 1,000 people, twice the number who attended the first year. People are encouraged to dress for the weather and come on down again this year on December 31, from 5-8 p.m.
“We’ve changed the name from ‘Lantern Walk,’” says Ed Daniels, of the Friends of Holliston Trails, “because some people mentioned that there were no lanterns,” he laughs.

Fatima Shrine Christmas Lights 55-Year Tradition

Holiday Festival Runs through December 27th

Holliston is once again a little brighter and busier this Christmas season as hundreds of visitors make their way to Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, 101 Summer Street, Rte. 126, Holliston, home of The Xaverian Missionaries. The holiday displays are a 55-year-old tradition at the Fatima Shrine, with lights covering well over half the 30-acre shrine.

Baker Fits In Nicely as Holliston’s Athletic Director

When Matt Baker was appointed to replace Craig Najarian as Holliston High’s athletic director in late August, it was a natural fit.
After all, the 36-year-old lives about a mile from the school, his four children will eventually all attend Holliston schools, he played in the Tri Valley League, and he’s worked for two college athletic departments — Framingham State University and Mass. Bay Community College.

All of Holliston Won America in Bloom Award

Holliston in Bloom brought home a few special awards from the America in Bloom National Symposium held in Holland, Michigan in late September. HIB won the highly coveted Best in Population Category 12,500 – 16,000 beating out 3 other town/cities. HIB had a tremendous year and wishes to acknowledge that the award was won by the entire town, not just the Holliston in Bloom committee! The committee collaborates with a multitude of organizations, businesses, individuals, and town departments to accomplish all the work throughout the year.

Chadsey Should Ensure Smooth Transition For Girls Soccer

Brielle Chadsey is the new girls soccer coach at Holliston High, and to say that she paid her dues before taking the varsity reins is putting it mildly.
The 32-year-old Chadsey, who played soccer at Ashland High, became Holliston’s freshman coach when she joined the staff as an elementary guidance counselor at the Miller School in 2008. After three years at the frosh coach, she moved up to the junior-varsity level and guided that program for three campaigns. Her first season with the jayvees produced a 14-1-3 record

Sounds of Africa at Southwick’s Zoo

Southwick’s Zoo is continuing their 50th anniversary festivities with Sounds of Africa on Saturday, August 15. This dynamic event will offer visitors the opportunity to experience and learn about African music and dance. Daytime activities within the zoo will include performances by Cape Verdean musician and recording artist Ras Moon, Balafon Player Famoro Diobate, and Mali style Guitar Player Abdoulaye “Djoss” Diabaté. Drum workshops will be provided by Gaia Roots and master drummer Moussa Traore. A dance workshop will also be available with master dancer Joh Camara.

Volunteers Step Forward to Show Holliston Pride

A slew of volunteers turned out for the first ever community Holliston in Bloom cleanup on July 18 and 19.
“I think we saw nearly 70 people,” says HIB volunteer Cherry Fenton. “We weeded and edged and mulched a lot of places in Holliston. There was a command center in Blair Square and we had someone there who told people where to go.”
Volunteers spruced up Blair Square, Stoddard Park, Goodwill Park, Town Hall, Holliston Public Library, the Holliston Historical Society, and couple of traffic islands, says Fenton.