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Eagle Scout Project Will Brighten HPD Headquarters

by Paul Saulnier
April 20, 2016

Many hands make light work.

But just as important as having many workers to do the job, a good plan also lightens the load. Eagle Scout candidate Brandon Battick, above left, listens as Mark Ahronian, owner of Ahronian Landscape Inc, explains the details of the project. Brandon has organized the work force and will assign and supervise the volunteers to complete the project and earn his Eagle Scout degree. A total of nine Boy Scouts agreed to work on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Justin Battick, Brandon's brother, above left, works on a new planter bed at the north end of the site with three friends that he brought to help: Timmy Aylward, next to Justin, Daniel Harding and Will North, right.

The old loam, full of sand and weeds, is spread on Ahronian's trailer by Andrew Dykema, above left, and Jamie Ogilvie as Troop 73 leaders, Brian Ogilvie, back to, and Mike Tyman add more loam to the pile.

Preparing the south bed for new compost and flowers are Denise Baddick, above left, Carrie Waldman, center and Peter Baddick. These Eagle Scout projects often turn into family affairs.

As Peter thinks of a reason to head for the water station, Kathy Walters, Carissa Denahy and Emily Waldman (left to right) help with digging up the old grass and loam.

Preparing the center beds for new compost are Ben Chamberlain, above left, and John Bell.

The bed area next to the exit was assigned by Brandon to Chris Foster, above left, (brother of Wes Foster who built and installed five kiosks in Wenakeening Woods two years ago for his Eagle Scout project), Harrison York, Chris Walters and Will Flanagan.

Above, Brandon inspects progress and gives direction on the care of the plants to remain.

Hauling wheel barrows full of loam to the trailer was the task assigned to Alex Walters. By the end of the day, all the beds were ready for composted soil arriving on Sunday.

Sunday morning Brandon and his band of merry helpers were back to work. A few more beds needed to be excavated and then the composted soil was spead over the old grassed areas and fresh grass seed was spread.

Brandon managed to talk a few seniors into lending a hand.

Once the composted soil was spread out, the areas were seeded. Judy Johnson will be watering the new seed until it germinates. Beep when you see her out there.

                   

Mark Ahronian took this picture of Selectman Jay Marsden, above left, demonstrating the proper method of leaning on one's rake.

Mark Ahronian added the following:

Thanks to Board of Selectman chair Jay Marsden's recommendation that Eagle scout Brandon Braddick work with Holliston In Bloom on a large project at the Holliston Police station, work got under way this week end. The police station grounds are getting a make over. First, the new planting beds was dug out and new composted soil was added, donated by Ahronian Landscaping, from the leaves the Boy Scouts brought in the fall to the Ahronian Landscaping compost pile. Later on this May, Holliston in Bloom members will work side by side with plants provided by Holliston In Bloom, The Huntington family, Proven winners plants, and Ahronian Landscaping planting up the new beds, and reseeding the front portion of lawn by the road. There were many volunteers who showed up to work creating an army !! Holliston is a community at work !!

 

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Comments (3)

Nice

Dick Flavin

- Richard Flavin | 4/22/16 3:04 PM

Good stuff!

- Brian Loughlin | 4/20/16 10:44 AM

It is a pleasure working with Brandon and the Boy scouts. For many years my good friend and fellow Lion's club member Mike Tyman borrows one of our trucks from Ahronian Landscaping and a blower or two, and hand tools, and the Boy scouts clean up the Congregational Church fall leaves and bring them to my compost pile. It seemed fitting to donate composted soil back to Brandon for his project in collaboration with Holliston In Bloom.I can't thank enough the chairman of the board of Selectman Jay Marsden for his recommendation of Brandon working with Holliston In Bloom !

- Mark Ahronian | 4/20/16 6:59 AM

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