Archive 2008 - 2019

Krista Harper

Total: 3

Local Students Find a Haven at ABT

by Krista Harper 8/2/2010

Local Students Find a Haven at ABT (Blyn poses in front of her Hummer, which, she says, is probably her trademark in Holliston. In 2008, Blyn pulled her Hummer around the parking lot of ABT for MetroWest Daily News. The video is available on YouTube.) For most small business owners, the first few years of operation are a struggle. In the constant uphill battle to stay in the black, most small-scale entrepreneurs don’t have much time to go for a jog, nevermind win national powerlifting competitions. But local business owner Liane Blyn is not your average entrepreneur. Blyn, who owns and operates Athletic Based Training in Holliston, won the Women’s Powerlifting Nationals in her weight division this May. At the same competition, she broke an American women’s record in her weight class by bench-pressing 341 pounds.  



Still Living the Simple Life in Holliston

by Krista Harper 3/29/2010

Still Living the Simple Life in Holliston Just like most other small towns, Holliston has its share of old standbys – town traditions that residents can count on, year after year. Summers are inevitably spent down by the lake, and Fiske’s General Store remains the most reliable place to buy a pack of gum or a bar of soap, among other things.  



Ninety-Six Years of Holliston Memories... But Who's Counting?

by Krista Harper 2/23/2010

Ninety-Six Years of Holliston Memories... But Who's Counting? Like many other Holliston residents, Ruth Vernon has a current driver’s license. Not too remarkable, unless you consider her age – Vernon will celebrate her 99th birthday in March. The nonagenarian moved to Holliston as a toddler and 96 years later, she’s still here – and still active in the community. Once a week, she volunteers at the Congregational Church’s clothes closet, where she sorts and prices new items. Though she is still legally able to drive, she voluntarily gave up driving about a year ago, Vernon says. She just doesn’t need to anymore, she explains, with her sons nearby to help her get around when it’s necessary. These days, Vernon needs hearing aids and uses a cane to get around her house, but her easy smile may hold a clue to her longevity. She says she doesn’t really know why she’s lived so long, but she adds, “It helps to have a sense of humor!”