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Dracoules Displays True Grit On & Off The Ice

Matt Dracoules has a lot of upside as a student-athlete.
The Holliston High senior is a co-captain on the Panthers’ ice hockey squad and he can play either defense or forward. In lacrosse, the 6-foot, 160-pounder usually plays as an attackman, but he’s also been used as a midfielder.
An honor-roll student, Dracoules, who plans to study criminal justice, has been accepted to Endicott College, Roger Williams University and St. Anselm’s College.

Bringing Together Scouts and Community at the Teddy Bear Tea

By Celeste Salley and Katie Vaughn

Our Junior Girl Scouts from Troop #72933 are earning their Bronze Award, which is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can achieve. As a part of that process, the girls worked at developing their leadership skills and organized a philanthropic event for Daisy Girl Scouts. The event’s theme focused on “Being All that You Can Be” and “Sharing What You Have with Others.” The Daisy Scout guests practiced their etiquette skills and enjoyed refreshments while hearing from leading women in our community.

Is It Spring, Yet?

Second Annual Holliston AgCom Family Event

It’s been a really long winter.Members of Holliston’s Agricultural Committee, or AgCom, are asking a very logical question – “Is It Spring, Yet?” with their Second Annual Family Event welcoming the season on Sunday, March 22, from 12-4 p.m., to take place at Breezy Hill Farm, 583 Adams Street, Holliston. As it did last year, the event will feature baby animals and farm-related fun for the whole family, and the suggested family donation, which will support Holliston AgCom, is just $5.

Hoop Tourney Berth Is Lorenzen’s Top Goal

Kylie Lorenzen is the total package — an honor student and a three-sport star who, as a captain in three different venues, is intensely tuned into being a team-first competitor.
The 6-foot native of Holliston has been a Tri Valley League all-star in soccer, basketball and outdoor track and she was the conference’s Most Valuable Player in track as a freshman. Currently, the classy senior is striving to lead the Holliston High girls basketball squad into the playoffs and she’s also flirting with becoming a 1,000-point scorer for the Panthers.

RAMS Spanish Teacher Recognized for Teaching Excellence

Señora Blanca Beltran, Spanish teacher at Robert Adams Middle School, was recognized by the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science on Wednesday, November 19, for her excellence in teaching. In order to distinguish faculty of merit, Mass Academy asks its students to nominate a teacher to receive acknowledgment at the school’s annual Teacher Appreciation Day Luncheon. Joshua Perlmutter, a junior at Mass Academy, nominated Señora Beltran, whom he had for all three years of middle school.

Robo-Panthers Make It Work

Robotics Team Prepares for Upcoming FIRST Competition

The first Saturday of January, they got their assignment. The team of 20 or so Holliston High School kids, power-tool wielding and tinkering with parts such as gears, motors and pulleys, not to mention the cool plastic pieces they generate in their cool 3D printers, are on a mission to build a better robot – at least one better than the competition – at the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), a national competition held locally at Northeastern University in March. They are the Holliston High School Robo-Panthers FIRST Team 2262.

Who Will Kiss the Pig?

Holliston Agricultural Commission Eyes Butterfly Project with Fundraiser

Kiss a pig? Why on earth would anyone want to do that?
Answer: To support a butterfly aviary project at the Holliston Agricultural Commission’s Community Garden.
Pj Kilkelly, who runs Kilkelly Farm and grew up on a farm in Ireland, says, “I think it’s so great for the kids to be involved in (farming),” says Kilkelly, whose daughter, now 11, has great interest in the area. “Her ability to be able to help the little animals, the newborns, when I see that, that’s what I would love to see – all the kids exposed to some element of the culture.”

The Stone Soup Artisan Group Spreads Warmth

It started off with trying to raise some money for the Holliston Pantry Shelf. Local teacher and fiber artist Jill Anderson Roberson sold some of her wool and angora crocheted hats at Celebrate Holliston in 2013. At the event, she put out the word to anyone interested that she hoped for 10”x10” knitted or crocheted squares to assemble a blanket, which she would auction off to raise even more money for the local organization.

Champions!

Holliston High School Football Slays Wahconah with a 43-0 Division IV Title Win

Holliston High School’s 2014 Division IV win of the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Football Championship is, according to HHS Head Football Coach Todd Kiley, “not just a great story, it’s a great town story.”
Despite horrid weather, says Kiley, “It seemed like the whole town was there, that this was not just a football game, but a whole town event.”
And it couldn’t have turned out better.
Holliston came head to head with an undefeated Wahconah High School, from Dalton, Mass., and they emerged the victors with an astounding 43-0 win.

Millis’ Acorn Alpaca Ranch Annual Holiday Open House

Dec. 6&7 Open House and Holiday Boutique Feature Alpacas, Alpaca Products

Acorn Alpaca Ranch at 99 Acorn St., Millis, will host its annual Holiday Open House On December 6 & 7. Visitors can drop by between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to visit the friendly alpacas in the Ranch Barn, meet our new ducks, and browse the fine Alpaca Products in the Holiday Boutique.
The Ranch, in addition to breeding and selling the alpacas, offers yarn made from the fiber of their own alpacas as well as luxurious, warm, non-allergenic garments made from alpaca fiber. These items make great gifts to jump start your holiday shopping and warm up someone’s holiday and winter.