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Centenarian to receive Boston Post Cane

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The Council on Aging is gearing up for a celebration on Feb. 28, when the town will honor one of the local senior center’s best customers by awarding her the Boston Post Cane. Lois Reed, who turned 100 years old last May, will get a plaque to take home rather than the cane itself, which is currently sealed in a glass display case at the senior center. Boston Post Canes, made of ebony and topped with 14-carat gold knobs, were distributed as a publicity stunt to 700 towns throughout New England in 1909 by Edwin Grozier, owner of the Boston Post newspaper. The walking sticks were to be given to a community’s oldest man. In 1930, the award was extended to both sexes. Many of the canes have vanished over the years, but Raynham still has its original. According to Council on Aging director Liz Moura, Reed is an active participant at the local senior center. She bakes tasty treats for the weekly bingo crowd and is one of the reigning champions at “Jeopardy.” The Feb. 28 celebration is set for 1 p.m. at the senior center.

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