Arthur Battistini and Ellen Grant
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About Arthur Battistini
Arthur is a lifelong resident of Middleborough. After graduating from Middleborough High School in 2007, he attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and earned an Associate and Bachelor’s degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. After college, Arthur taught the Foods program, Family Development, and Chemistry at MHS. While teaching, he earned his Master of Education in Secondary Education from Endicott College.
In January of 2015, he opened Battistini’s Bakery, a retail bakery storefront in downtown Middleborough. Arthur also serves on the Board of Directors for Middleborough on the Move and is an appointed member of the Middleborough Tourism Committee and the Middleborough Cultural Council. He is the co-founder of the Middleborough Civic Association, which is a nonpartisan group of residents dedicated to encourage civic engagement through voter registration, education, and Election Day awareness.
About Ellen Grant (1924 - 2015)
Ellen (O’Sullivan) Grant was born in England, raised in Ireland, and came to America as the war bride of the late Russell F. Grant. She lived and worked in Middleborough, immersing herself in the community as Middleborough's best known matriarch. Anyone who attempts to list her achievements in Middleborough runs the risk of omitting some important detail, but the list includes service on the Board of Selectmen including a stint as chairman, as town treasurer and collector (as well as leading the Massachusetts Treasurer and Tax Collectors Association and Plymouth County Retirement board), and as director of the Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce. In addition to her work at Country Travel post retirement, she worked for a real estate agency and for the School Department's school-to-work program. She also served on the Bristol-Plymouth Regional Vocational School Committee. Her community service included the Rotary Club, Cabot Club, Past Prefect of the Lady of Sodality at Sacred Heart Church, and the YMCA. Arthur and Ellen were neighbors, and Arthur’s first jobs included shoveling, raking, and mowing her yard. Ellen was interred at Saint Mary’s Cemetery.