Friday, December 28, 2012

Taking a look back at 2012, Hollis and Brookline saw increased community spirit, from students raising money to help others to organizations supporting veterans. Many in the community came to the aid of people who lost their homes and possessions in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in October. They collected and shipped food, clothing and supplies to the devastated areas in New York and New Jersey. Scouts and other youth groups also did their part in fundraisers and community service projects. The communities are enriched because of the actions of these volunteers.

Students and veterans continued to forge a relationship, narrowing the generation gap as the American Legion and the VFW showed the younger set what it means to fight for community and country, and the importance of remembering those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

There were many programs and events such as the Hollis Strawberry Festival and Old Home Days in Hollis, and the Firefighters Barbecue Competition in Brookline during 2013, all making each town a better place in which to live.

Both towns also fought to preserve their natural resources and histories. Hollis continues to preserve land for future generations, and Brookline supported the town’s Historical Society by donating time and money to build a new barn to house its collection and provide additional space for town functions.

The staff at the Journal wishes everyone a happy and prosperous 2013. We look forward to hearing about your events, achievements and community projects in 2013.

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