Friday, September 30, 2016

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 9/30/16 - THU 10/6/16

FRIDAY 9/30/16
12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market @ The Town Common
6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked @ Franklin Art Center
9pm   Comedy Night with Ira Proctor at “3” Restaurant

SATURDAY 10/1/16
9am-12pm   Annual Elks Soccer Shoot for kids 13 and under @ King Street Memorial Park (birth certificate required for registration)
10am-1pm   Tri-County RVTHS Open House and Showcase Spectacular
8pm   The Chick Magnets and Ben Gardner’s Boat @ The Black Box

SUNDAY 10/2/16
1pm   Open House at Norfolk County Agricultural HS @ 400 Main St., Walpole
1pm   Special Exhibit Opening - Miniature Metal Sculptures @ Franklin Historical Museum

MONDAY 10/3/16
10am   Papier-Mache Pumpkins (ages 4 and up) @ Franklin Art Center
1pm   Animal Affair Traveling Petting ZOO @ 118 Main Street, Franklin
4pm   Krafty Mondays (ages 6-12) @ Franklin Public Library

TUESDAY 10/4/16
7pm   Franklin Garden Club Monthly Meeting (prospective members welcome) @ Franklin Senior Center

6:30pm   Franklin Art Association Monthly Meeting (open to interested public) @ Franklin Senior Center
7:30pm   Laughter Yoga - Let’s Laugh Today @ FUSF

THURSDAY 10/6/16
4pm   Downtown Franklin Official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony @ Downtown Franklin
4-7pm   FDP’s October Stroll @ Downtown Franklin

For all the Town of Franklin Public Meetings click HERE.

For event details click HERE.

*If you have any suggestions or events for the calendar, please email

“What Does It Mean to be Native?” - Oct 4

The Tuesday, October 4 meeting of the Franklin Garden Club will feature a presentation on “What Does It Mean to be Native?” by Doug Williams, the Director of Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Norfolk, MA. The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Franklin Senior Center at 26 Daniel McCahill Street. It is open to the public and those interested in joining the Garden Club. 
Williams will focus on the benefits of using native plants in landscapes, including their adaptability and variations in size, texture, and seasonal colors. He will highlight the strengths of native plants, as well as some common misbeliefs regarding these plants. One of the strengths of using native plants is that they support native pollinators, which are decreasing in number. The use of native plants in gardens and landscapes helps to conserve species important to the ecosystem. 
Williams has more than 35 years’ experience as a botanist and ecologist working with rare plants and habitats in Massachusetts and Texas. He holds a master's degree in conservation biology from Antioch University – New Hampshire where he wrote his master’s thesis on the old-growth forest of Wachusett Mountain State Reservation. He has led natural history field trips to such diverse places as Big Bend National Park, the upper Texas Coast and Alaska. 
The Franklin Garden Club was founded in 1987 and became a member of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. in 2015.
Stoney Brook boardwalk in seasonal glory (note: boardwalk is closed for repairs)
Stoney Brook boardwalk in seasonal glory (note: boardwalk is closed for repairs)

State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy Scores High in ELM Action Fund Environmental Legislative Scorecard

The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund (ELM Action Fund) is pleased to recognize Representative Roy, who achieved an excellent score in the organization's 2015-2016 Legislative Scorecard on the environment. It rates true legislative action, not merely votes. And it challenges AIM's recent scorecard criticizing legislators on energy policy as lost in the 19th century and failing to represent the long term interests of their own members.

"When it came to votes this session, Representative Roy supported our pro-environment agenda, but didn't stop there. Representative Roy demonstrated his commitment to conservation. The ELM Action Fund is pleased to recognize him as an environmental champion," said ELM Action Fund President George Bachrach. "We look forward to continued work together to protect our environment, improve public health, enhance quality of life, and grow our green economy."

"I was honored to be recognized by the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund for my record in protecting the environment," said Rep. Roy (D–Franklin). "Laws and policies that protect our natural resources and foster clean energy sources have been a priority throughout my time in the House. These policies not only protect our planet, but they contribute to economic development, improve health, and offer recreational opportunities."
Beyond votes, the ELM Action Fund awarded additional points to lawmakers who led by sponsoring important legislation or authored "Dear Colleague" letters, and deducted points from legislators who filed anti-environment legislation. The ELM Action Fund also challenges lawmakers for the practice of "voice votes" on controversial issues which are not recorded roll call votes. This practice prevents voters from truly gauging which representatives and senators are truly on their side.

"Legislative scorecards are common but this is unique, measuring leadership, not just votes," said Bachrach. "This is our best effort to give voters a sense of who is really on their side in the critically important work that takes place out of public view."

To view the scorecard, visit .

In the News: Parents forum scheduled; Destination Imagination info night

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The Franklin Public Schools will be hosting a talk in mid-October to help parents understand and communicate with their adolescent children. 
The event - scheduled for Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium - will feature mental health counselor Jon Mattleman. 
Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski said the idea to bring Mattleman to town came about last year. 
"Some Franklin parents went to see him talk in Natick, and they felt it was really good," she said.

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"Franklin Destination Imagination will hold a parent information meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at Franklin Public Library, 25 Kenwood Circle. 
For information:; 
Destination Imagination Inc. is an educational nonprofit aiming to teach students the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond.

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KP comes back to top FHS volleyball 3-2

Jaron May, Student Reporter, provides the details on the come from behind win by KP over FHS in volleyball.

"Despite dropping the first two sets, King Philip battled back and to win the next three to clinch the game and add another tally to the win column. 
The Panthers pounced on the Warriors early on. In the first set, Franklin went on run after run, only being stopped periodically by KP for a point or two. In the blink of an eye, the Panthers got out to a quick 3-0 start and never looked back. 
Franklin extended their lead to 13-6 in the next few points, thanks to some great serving by Riley Marino and Erin Skidmore. KP pulled to within three at the 15-12 mark, but Franklin was able to pull even further ahead. The Panthers finished up the set with a pair of aces from Marino and a kill from Skidmore for a final score of 25-18."

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(Jaron May/
(Jaron May/

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REMINDER: Decorate for Fall at Hillside Nursery

Fun One-night workshop Oct. 4


Decorating Your Home For Fall 

a one-night workshopHillside Nursery 
Tuesday, October 4
6:30 to 8:30 pm

This is going to be fun
Don't miss it!
FPS- Lifelong Learning
The Center for Adult Education and Community Learning
218 Oak Street
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038
(508) 613-1480

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In the News: Bellingham Harvest Fest, camera club to share photoshop tips

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Two local churches will be looking to carry on an annual tradition this Saturday, when they host a harvest festival on the Town Common. 
The First Baptist Church of Bellingham and the Bellingham Bible Baptist Church will be holding their "Harvest Fest" starting at 11 a.m. and running to 3 p.m.
Pastor Baron Rodrigues of the First Baptist Church said the event dates back to around 2012.
"At the time, businesses were struggling and people were struggling," he said. "Money was tight, which is why everything's free at the festival - there's no selling of anything."

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"The Stony Brook Camera Club will present a program, “Photoshop Tips for Quick Fixes” by Rick Cloran, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Anglican Church of the Redeemer, 31 Hayward St., Franklin. 
Cloran has been a member of the Greater Lynn Photographic Association since 1975, and a member of the Photographic Society of America since 1976. During that time, he participated in workshops with such noted photographers as George Lepp, John Shaw and John Gerlach as he developed his own photographic style. 
Since 1986, Cloran has lectured and judged photographic exhibitions throughout the United States and Canada. In recognition of his work in support of local, regional and national photographic organizations, Cloran has been awarded the honors of fellow of the Photographic Society of America, and is an honorary member of the New England Camera Club Council."

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autumn colors appearing in Franklin
autumn colors appearing in Franklin

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pantherbook is back!

Pantherbook is back online and available to the public. It is a good source of what is happening in Franklin High School written and produced by the students (with the guidance of teachers).

Like other online news sources, it produces a Twitter feed, an RSS feed, and can be subscribed to via email.

screengrab of recent page from Pantherbook
screengrab of recent page from Pantherbook

Recent stories covered topics like:

  • Harvest Stroll Prepares for Largest Event Yet

  • Meet Ms. MacLean- Featured FHS Faculty and Staff

  • Will Franklin Go Green?

Jamie Barrett at 2016 Franklin Cultural Festival (video)

Turning back time (or #TBT) to that Saturday in July when THE BLACK BOX had two stages going for a full day of musical performances.

Here is a sample of Jamie Barrett's performance at THE BLACK BOX under the tent on the outdoor stage presented by the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse.

For more about Jamie

Jamie Barrett performing (photo by Jake Jacobson)
Jamie Barrett performing (photo by Jake Jacobson)

This was originally posted to the Franklin Cultural District page

Sponsors sought for the Harlem Wizards game in Franklin

The Franklin Education Foundation is hosting the Harlem Wizards game on Nov 18 and looking for sponsors to be part of this fund raising and Fun event.

Details in the flyer shown here:

For additional information on sponsorships, visit the FEF webpage

Franklin Art Association - October 5, 2016

The Franklin Art Association will meet on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:00PM at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street in Franklin. 

Franklin Art Association
Franklin Art Association
Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30 followed by a short business meeting and Art Swap. Artist members bring art materials and related items such as frames to share. Time permitting there will be art videos to view.

Meetings are free and open to the public. 

For more information log on to

Reminder: Miniature Metal Artwork Exhibit opens Oct 2

A very special exhibit will open October 2nd at the Franklin Historical Museum. A personal collection of miniature metal artwork, hand crafted by Franklin born Abraham Megerdichian will be on display for the month of October. Megerdichian’s son Robert will open the exhibit with a presentation and talk about the history of his father’s work.

A selection of about 20 tiny recreations of everyday objects, made from brass, aluminum, stainless-steel and copper will be on display. A sampling of items for this exhibit include: a brass Asphalt Roller, a copper and steel Cannon with Cannonballs, an aluminum Inkwell with Feather Pen, a Flexible Flyer Sled and tiny brass Roller Skates.
miniature metal artwork
miniature metal artwork 1

In his life time, the elder Megerdichian, a machinist by trade, made over 300 miniatures for family and friends as gifts for holidays and special occasions. Just a hobby to him at the time, his work is now being recognized as the intricate creative artwork that it is. It’s a labor of love by his son Robert to bring his father’s work out of storage and into the public eye.

Various pieces are currently being exhibited at The Attleboro Area Museum of Industry, The Science Museum in Boston, The Lynn Museum, the Providence Children’s Museum, and soon at Connecticut’s New Britain Industrial Museum. Robert approached the Franklin Historical Museum because of his father’s connection to Franklin.

miniature metal artwork 2
miniature metal artwork 2

Abraham was born in Franklin in 1923 to Armenian Immigrants, but the family later moved to Cambridge where he was raised. The family kept close ties to Franklin and Abraham helped build Camp Haiastan, the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Camp on Summer Street.

Robert Megerdichian’s presentation will cover his father’s craft, his artwork, his love of family, as well as an interesting history and anecdotal stories of Franklin’s Armenian Community.
miniature metal artwork 3
miniature metal artwork 3

Join us for this very special event, 1:30PM, Sunday afternoon, October 2nd, 80 West Central Street, Franklin. 

Visit us on our Facebook page and our webpage Admission is always free and the museum is wheelchair accessible.

FHS girls soccer post win, boys soccer and field hockey tie

From Hockomock Sports we share the results from the FHS fall sports action on Wednesday, Sep 28

*** Boys Soccer = Attleboro, 1 @ Franklin, 1 – Final 

– Ahijah Joseph gave Attleboro the lead with an 18th minute goal, an advantage the Bombardiers took into the halftime break. Franklin senior Hatim Brahimi found the equalizer in the 69th minute to level the scoring.

*** Girls Soccer = Franklin, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final 

– Miranda Smith scored twice and assisted on the third goal for the Panthers. Jess Kroushl added a goal and an assist and Emily Mastaj had an assist for Franklin.

*** Field hockey = King Philip, 1 @ Franklin, 1 – Final 

– Recap from the game linked to below.

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(Jaron May/
(Jaron May/

"On a cold, rainy afternoon at the Beaver Street turf, Franklin and King Phillip battled hard for 60 minutes and finished level with a 1-1 tie. 
The two teams, who were both ranked in’s latest Hock 5 rankings, with Franklin at #1 and KP at #3, came into the game unbeaten in Hockomock League play. 
Early on, Franklin took control with two shots in the first three minutes, but sound defense from KP prevented the Panthers from scoring."

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In the News: elementary school improvement plans, silhouette artist scheduled for Oct 10

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"The town's elementary schools put forward their school improvement plans this week. 
The principals, speaking before the School Committee Tuesday night, noted that while the plans largely hewed to the overall district plan, each was tailored to apply to the individual school. 
They told the committee that there were numerous common themes between the plans, including a focus on social-emotional learning; the development of a school culture; the use of best practices for homework and instructional strategies; and an emphasis on two-way communication with the community. Each school, though, pursues those elements in different ways."

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Links to the individual school improvement plans are posted here

Parmenter School has their curriculum night scheduled for 9/29
Parmenter School has their curriculum night scheduled for 9/29 

"Keith Donaldson, a silhouette artist at Walt Disney World, will make silhouettes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Franklin Art Center, 391 E. Central St. 
The silhouettes take two to three minutes to complete. Participants will receive a copy from the right and left, and frames will be available to purchase. 
To make a reservation: 508-887-2797; 
For more information:

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