Bow seeking new Boston Post Cane recipient

By Melissa Proulx
Union Leader Correspondent
September 05. 2017 8:04PM
Applications for the Boston Post Cane award in Bow will be accepted until Friday, Sept. 15. (Melissa Proulx/Union Leader Correspondent)

BOW — Nominations for the town’s oldest resident will be accepted until next Friday.

The chosen winner will be awarded the Boston Post Cane award. The only requirement is that the nominee must have lived in Bow for the last 12 consecutive years.

The previous winner, Evelyn Gallant, died in March just weeks before her 101st birthday. She had been awarded the Boston Post Cane in 2011.

The Boston Post Cane award has been a tradition in town for more than a century. In 1909, newspaper publisher Edwin Grozier had 700 elaborately designed canes distributed to selectmen in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

The governing bodies were told to present the canes to the towns’ oldest men — one recipient per town. In 1930, the custom was expanded to include women.

More than 500 towns in New England still carry on the tradition, including Bow.

The forms can be picked up at Bow’s municipal building, library or parks and recreation center. Forms are also available online and can be mailed.

The nominations are due by Friday, Sept. 15.

For more information, call 228-1187 ext. 110.

The next recipient will be named at a later Board of Selectmen meeting. Along with the recognition, he or she will receive a replica of the Boston Post Cane.


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