The Ashby Historical Commission met five times during the last fiscal year. Most of our efforts were concentrated on compiling information for the Historic Landscape Preservation Grant application that the Town of Ashby submitted to the Department of Environmental Management. We supplied historical information on the town common, took photos and slides, obtained letters of support from local organizations, residents and our congressional delegation and the estimates for the restoration work that was proposed.

We provided the names of willing volunteers to serve on the Town Common Advisory Committee. The committee was subsequently appointed by the Board of Selectmen.

Our Town Administrator, Linda Sanders did a great job of writing the grant. She and her staff worked double time to meet the grant deadline.

We wish to thank the Town Common Advisory Committee for all their hard work. Although we were not awarded a grant from DEM during this round of grants, the Town of Ashby will apply again in the near future. It is important to note that there were more than 60 grant applications submitted to DEM, so there was considerable competition.

This next year we are hoping to enlist the assistance of a local college student who will go forward with work on an inventory of historic homes in Ashby. The information received will be permanently computerized on disk, and submitted to the Massachusetts Historical Commission. This information will enable residents to apply to have their homes entered on the National Register of Historic Places, should they choose to do so.

Residents who have historical information on their homes that they wish to share with us may call the town hall and someone will return their call. All efforts in this regard will be appreciated by commission members.

Respectfully submitted,

Carolyn Damon, Chairman

Elaine Kielty, Secretary

Florence Bryan

Irma Catalini

Claire Lavin