Friday, November 30, 2007
The Charter Commission recommendations are reported on here
Hotel tax revenue vote from Wednesday's Town Council meeting
From the Franklin Gazette:
The school deficit covered temporarily
Taxes to rise, no surprise since the override passed
Thursday, November 29, 2007
The papers that he handed out came from the two pages in the workbook now posted online and available here.
Michael, thank you for sharing this work!
Board of Assessors presentation (audio)
Questions on senior participation in deferments (Pfeffer, McGann) (audio)
Mason's question on single rate rationale (audio)
Doak's initial questions (audio)
McGann's question on split tax rate scenarios (audio)
Zollo gets to the point (audio)
This is a deceptive piece of information (Pfeffer)
This is deceptive (Pfeffer) (audio)
Chairman Feeley has his turn (audio)
Can you recast this spreadsheet? (Whalen)
Nutting's proposal on determining the assessed vs. sale valuations
Can you recast this spreadsheet? (Whalen) (audio)
Councilor Vallee clarifies the potential tax rates (audio)
Councilor Doak clarifies 2007 sales and assessment valuations (audio)
Councilor McGann asks what is the distribution of split vs. single tax rates in MA (audio)
LeBlanc's presentation on the assessed valuations
LeBlanc's handouts (two spreadsheets)
Michael Leblanc's analysis of the assessment issue (audio)
Doak follow up question for LeBlanc (audio)
Zollo statement on assessment problem (audio)
Whalen statement on assessment problem (audio)
Franklin needs to be competitive with India as well as Indiana (M Doherty)
M Doherty comment (audio)
T Fleming comment (audio)
D Collier (?) comment (audio)
caution you to use the information he has provided carefully
K Norman comment (audio)
J Curran comment (audio)
Jeff Nutting reviews the proposal for the Town Council to change the allocation of the Hotel Tax
Jeff Nutting (audio)
Historical Commission representative reads statement (audio)
Whalen, Nutting, Bartlett (audio)
McGann, Nutting, Roche (audio)
Doak, Zollo, Roche (audio)
Susan Spears (audio)
Dave Collier (?) (audio)
Michael LeBlanc, Lisa Piana, Carol Harpin (audio)
McGann, Nutting, Roche (audio)
Jane Curran, Eileen Mason, Lynn Narron (audio)
Motion to allocate the Hotel/Motel Tax per Nutting recommendation to next agenda
Doak, Bartlett, Nutting, Feeley, McGann and vote (audio)
Deficit in FY 09 will be far greater than FY 08 per Nutting (audio)
Motion to balance the discovered discrepancy in the School budget for FY 07 with transfer of $590,000 from stabilization
Milford Daily News coverage
Time: 4 minutes, 6 seconds
Faced with a recently discovered $590,000 school funding gap, councilors voted last night to plug the hole with money from the town's savings account.
Although the Finance Committee recommended that the schools be held accountable by giving up $290,000 from their budget, and taking $300,000 from the fiscal stabilization fund, the council decided that it did not yet have enough information to assign responsibility.
Read the full article here recapping the Town Council meeting of 11/28/07.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Time: 2 minutes, 14 seconds
The auditors are scheduled to come to the Town Council at a future meeting to address the problem and make recommendations.
Role call -> 9-0 motion passed
The Town Council would need to make a vote to appropriate the money for these uses. Otherwise, the money would go into the open space fund as originally allocated.
The vote would need to take place before the tax rate is set at the meeting next week.
Michael Leblanc is an honorable man, I have worked with him, he does good analysis. I would caution you to use the information he has provided carefully... Let's get Mr Whalen and Mr LeBlanc together and see what they can come up with.
"If there is a problem with assessments, fix that problem, do not address it with it a split tax rate... Franklin needs to be competitive with India as well as Indiana... You increase the pie by selling the properties we are trying to, get them on the tax role."
Michael LeBlanc speaking
64 properties sold from 2004 to 2007, reduced to 54 for analysis
pre-assessed value of these properties sold $264
difference is 96 million, assessment 36% below what they were sold for
9 of the properties, had an assessed value higher than the sale price
55 were below, Franklin Village was the single biggest difference
895 properties, presale 384 million 5%
262 were assessed higher than sale
633 were valued less than sale price
From Kevin - Board of Assessors in response to questions from M LeBlanc
more than 50% of the properties provide the information on income and expenses
if they don't supply the information, the business would waive their right to appeal the tax assessment, they may jeopardize their appeal at the state level, they are also subject to a $50 penalty.
there were several properties in the Industrial Park that were assessed for 45.7 million, sold for 67.8 million; the current year assessments went down to 42 million.
Summary: The business are effectively getting a tax break of about $2.5 million that the residents are picking up.
Jeff Nutting proposed to pick the properties that sold around $1 million, which would be about 20 or so properties, to re-do the calculation and include that years assessed value for those properties to make a determination as to whether there is an undervaluation of business commercial properties.
Can you re-cast this spreadsheet to show the assessed valuation at the time of the sale? Could you do that for us?from Stephen Whalen during this discussion
After some clarification, yes, they can and will do that.
said by Judith Pond Pfeffer in reference to the discussion around the information provided on assessed value versus sales price of local business/commercial properties since 2005.
"This is a deceptive piece of information... not apples to apples, oranges to oranges.."
With the library leaking and the museum headed for a new downtown home, the Finance Committee recommended last night that money for the projects be taken from a fund dedicated in the past to open space.
The fund currently holds $1.6 million and is drawn from the town's hotel/motel tax. While that money would remain earmarked for open space, upcoming earnings from the current fiscal year would go to the library and the museum under a plan proposed by Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting and recommended by the Finance Committee.
Since the Finance Committee is an advisory group, the Town Council is expected to discuss the museum and library tonight (Wednesday 11/28/07). To use the hotel/max tax for purposes other than open space, the council must make a final decision before setting the tax rate.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The Finance Committee met tonight as well as the School Committee. I chose to attend the School Committee meeting. We can depend on Michael Morton of the Milford Daily News to report on the FINCOM meeting.
A brief discussion with some members of the FINCOM after their meeting seemed to indicate they propose for the shortfall to be split between the Town and the Schools. The Town piece would be covered by the not yet certified "free cash" (in the mean time from the stabilization fund) with the School piece to be absorbed with additional budget cuts.
Yes, the schools already took a 2.1 Million cut (as the override only covered 2.4 of what they requested) and will apparently need to absorb another $300K.
We'll see what the Town Council does Wednesday 11/28/07.
The scheduled agenda can be found here (PDF file).
Michael Morton's recap of the Finance Committee meeting can be found here.
Time: 2 minutes, 53 seconds
an image version of the statement is available here
the text version of the statement is available here
A image of the statement as read by Chairperson Jeffrey Roy Tuesday night at the School Committee meeting regarding the financial discrepancy just discovered.
During the process of closing the financial books for the 2007 fiscal year, the Town Comptroller discovered irregularities in the school district’s accounts. Specifically, several 2007 expenses were charged against the 2008 budget. This practice is not allowed under Massachusetts Municipal Finance Law.
The Franklin School Committee, in conjunction with the Town Council, immediately ordered a complete legal and financial review of the circumstances surrounding these irregularities. Our effort includes an independent professional audit covering fiscal years 2005, 2006 and 2007.
In addition, the school district’s finance director has been placed on administrative leave.
Preliminary information indicates that these accounting irregularities may result in a shortfall of approximately $590,000 in the budget for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2007.
However, the internal review and independent audit are still ongoing and the precise circumstances of the problem will not be known until both are completed. We expect the results to be presented to the School Committee and the Town Council sometime in mid to late December.
On the advice of our attorney, the School Committee and School Administration will not discuss this matter publicly or privately until such time as the review and audit are completed. Further discussion before then could create significant budget, legal and personnel issues for the schools and the town that would jeopardize efforts to understand the full circumstances of the situation.
Members of the School Committee and School Administration take this matter very seriously, which is why we have initiated a comprehensive review and audit and took the personnel action we did. We will provide a full legal and financial accounting as soon as possible after the detailed results of the investigation are completed.
Isabella's is also a good supporter of local groups and organizations. For a period of time one day during the week, they'll share a percent of the sales. As I go by almost every day coming from the train station, on most days there is a sign up for one group or another.
This is a win-win situation. Good food for a good cause!
Isabella's is one of the really good delis and pizza places in Franklin.
We got two full sheets of pizza for the Friday when the Sherlock's gathered at our place after Thanksgiving and did not end up with any leftovers.
Monday, November 26, 2007
I plan on being there in person to hear more about what happened.
One post on this blog shows a listing of 27 other Franklins in these United States. We are the second largest according to population:
- Franklin, AL - Population 149, (Macon Co.)
- Franklin, AR - Population 184, (Izard Co.)
- Franklin, GA - Population 902, (Heard Co.)
- Franklin, ID - Population 641, (Franklin Co.)
- Franklin, IL - Population 586 (Morgan Co.)
- Franklin, IN - Population 19,463 (Johnson Co.)
- Franklin, KS - Population 26,513 for the county (Franklin Co.)
- Franklin, KY - Population 7,996 (Simpson Co.)
- Franklin, LA - Population 8,354 (Parish Seat of St. Mary Parish)
- Franklin, MA - Population 29,560 (Norfolk Co.)
- Franklin, ME - Population 1,370 (Hancock Co.)
- Franklin, MI - Population 2,937 (Oakland Co.)
- Franklin, MN - Population 498 (Renville Co.)
- Franklin, MO - Population 112 (Howard Co.)
- Franklin, NC - Population 3,490 (Macon Co.)
- Franklin, NE - Population 1,026 (Franklin, Co.)
- Franklin, NH - Population 8,405 (Merrimack Co.)
- Franklin, NJ - Population 5,160 (Sussex Co.)
- Franklin, NY - Population 2,621 (Delaware Co.)
- Franklin, OH - Population 11,396 (Warren Co.)
- Franklin, PA - Population 7,212 (Venango Co.)
- Franklin, TN - Population 55,870 (Williamson Co.)
- Franklin, TX - Population 1,470 (Robertson Co.)
- Franklin, VA - Population 8,346 (Southampton Co.)
- Franklin, VT - Population 1,268 (Franklin, Co.)
- Franklin, WI - Population 29,494 (Milwaukee Co.)
- Franklin, WV - Population 797 (Pendleton Co.,)
Franklin, WI had come upon the radar during our override election earlier this year. Franklin, WI had a similar override and it failed.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The Boston Globe Override Central web site has this story in more detail here.
I like the acronym they came up with (NOGO) :-)
I guess you could not figure out where to go to "Relax, Renew, Revive". Original photo can be found here.
I was surprised myself when I stopped and realized what the sign actually read. I go in this doorway almost weekly for our family food shopping. I like doing the food shopping but I don't go there to "relax, renew, revive". Do you?
Say tuned for the next challenge!
The annual Holiday Lighting on the Common will take place this afternoon at 4 p.m. on the Franklin Town Common.
Presented by the Committee for Concerts on the Common, the festivities will include lighting up the Town Common holiday lights and displays, refreshments and goodies, and a visit from Santa and the elves. A special attraction this year will be having a free picture taken with Santa, ready to be taken home.
In case of inclement weather, the festivities will take place across the street in the Ben Franklin Charter School.
Donations to help defray the cost of decorating may be sent to Concerts on the Common, P.O. Box 92, Franklin, MA 02038 or call 508-528-2206 for more information.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Winners of the Franklin Art Association's annual members exhibit, Autumn Talent Unveiled, held recently at Hayward Manor, were announced during the recent artists reception.
Best in show was awarded to Susan Pratt Sheridan for "Afternoon in Piensa," watercolors.
Click through to the full story to read about the other winners.
When the Conservation Commission visits the pond-dappled DelCarte property Sunday, members will take another step toward determining the future of the overgrown sanctuary, widely regarded as the most generous gift in town history.
In 2001, Shirley Stewart donated 130 acres off Pleasant Street to Franklin on behalf of her deceased father, longtime landowner Ernest DelCarte. Following his final wishes, the town agreed to maintain the $3 million property as open space and to ban all fisherman on the man-made ponds except for a few neighbors.
The Boston Globe has a recap of the leaking library situation:
Now that Franklin voters have rejected a property tax increase to raise Community Preservation Act funds, town officials are scrambling to pay for as much as $6 million in library repairs, or at least enough to prevent further damage this winter.
The town's leaking library was on the top of the list of projects to receive Community Preservation Act money if voters had approved the tax surcharge this month. It was rejected by about 60 percent of voters, 2,174 to 1,528.
Water is seeping through the roof and inside walls of the Franklin Public Library, which opened in 1904, said Ken Wiedemann, chairman of the library's board of directors. Some water has already reached murals that adorn the reading room, and other paintings are vulnerable.
He said the situation isn't "desperate" yet, but can't wait too long, either.
Read the full story here.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
The forecast doesn't seem to have bright and clear skies for this Thanksgiving Day so a picture from a recent 'good' day is appropriate.
We have so much to be thankful for in Franklin.
We can work through our problems, we can continue to be a Top 10 community to raise a family, a Top 100 community to retire, and continue to be a place to be thankful for!
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
A previously undisclosed shortfall of $580,000 from last year's budget was apparently moved to this year's ledger, the School Committee announced yesterday, prompting an outside investigation and the placement of the school finance director on leave.
The discrepancy was discovered in recent weeks by Town Comptroller Susan Gagner as she squared away the district's books for fiscal 2007. Moving funds between fiscal years is illegal, as state law dictates that each year's budget be balanced individually.
Read the full story that Michael Morton has reported here.
I found this article with some insights on the youth vote. As strong as the elderly vote is here, the youth vote is going to become as important as any other section of the demographics.
Now a disclaimer, I plan to do this analysis not to play one group against another. That is not how to win at this game. I plan to do the analysis to simply better understand the demographics of the town.
Tip #1: The youth vote is not synonymous with students. In fact, students make up only a small part of the eligible youth vote. Only 21% of all 18-29 year olds are currently attending a college or university. That means that when you report on "students", you are leaving out the other 79% of all the individuals that make up the "youth vote." These people serve in our military, are struggling to raise families - and yes, have very different concerns from college students. I understand that makes it difficult for you to cram them into a cookie-cutter story about student aid activism and tuition costs, but you do them and your readers and our democracy a disservice when you limit your coverage to students.Food for thought.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Jeff as an attorney by day finds some good items of interest to the school environment. For example:
When is hugging appropriate?
Intelligent design on trial.
What do you stand for?
Click on over to review what they have to share.
Monday, November 19, 2007
If you like live music, especially folk, the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is one of Franklin's gems.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Just because Willow Street resident Carlo Geromini recently retired from town service after four decades, don't expect him to give up one of his public arena passions: Perfecting his command of parliamentary procedure and encouraging others to follow suit.
``Some people like to read detective stories, some people like to read science fiction,'' Geromini, 79, said as he relaxed in his home office this week. ``I like to read Robert's Rules of Order.''
The longtime public servant still owns a pristine paperback copy of the book, a backup complementing the dog-eared hardback he lugged to meetings for many years. After serving on the School Committee in the 1960s, he won election to Town Council in 1981, holding a seat there for all but two years until leaving before this fall's election.
Ken Norman provided a clue the other day which didn't help anyone else I guess.
His clue was:
the cow's head over the door has nothing to do with this farm's name.
He came back to also provide the correct answer:
Four Feathers Farm on Mount St
Thanks for playing!
Stay tuned for #19.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Michael Morton reports on new stops signs that have been added to Southgate creating 4-way stops where for the previous 20 years there was no stop required.
Yes, the signs are new. Bright red and white. But folks are blowing right by them.
It is not that they are crazy. The human body learns well. No signs were there for 20 years. The drivers are into their zone, their mind spinning along on the errands they are making; whether going shopping, or picking up the little one, or dropping off the middle one. They have been trained to travel without the stop signs. The mind is not aware of the change because it is a small change.
When unlearning is required, it takes time. It will take a big sign, or something significant to catch their attention to start making the change.
The police can position a cruiser to attract attention. Or the neighborhood can get together and in groups create awareness with balloons, costumes, anything to break the normal attention span of the drivers on Southgate.
Hopefully, it will not be a serious accident!
Asked by a group of eighth-graders yesterday whether he had wanted to be drafted during the Korean War, veteran Donald Barrow replied that young people back then held different assumptions.
"It was just something you grew up expecting," he said as he sat next to his grandson, student Andrew Wilson. "It was part of growing up at that time."
Horace Mann Middle School took a slightly different approach to celebrating Veterans Day yesterday. While it held the standard school assembly filled with invited guests and patriotic messages, the school also had students break into small groups later to learn firsthand from those who served in the military.
In one classroom, Douglas Bernard, the step-grandfather of math teacher Kim Bishaw, related both humorous and tragic memories from his time as an infantryman in World War II.
Read more about the day's event, especially the interaction between the veterans and students in this wonderful learning experience.
As a plug for one of my other projects; I am working with my father to record his oral history. Dad, Gerald (Jerry) Sherlock, grew up in Pawtucket, RI and served in the US Marines 4th Division during World War II on Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. We have recorded up through the war and are just now getting into the post war period where he come home to find work, find and eventually marry my mother. You can listen to Jerry's Story here.
Friday, November 16, 2007
The Fire Safety Act, signed into law by former Gov. Mitt Romney in 2004, requires all bars, nightclubs and other entertainment venues that hold 100 people or more to have automatic sprinklers. The legislation was passed in the wake of The Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island, which killed 100 people in February 2003.
Gee, why are some folks complaining now? It is not like this just came out yesterday. For those in business prior to the law being signed, they have had time to get their act together.
Ira Cantor's writing in the Franklin Gazette has details on the three establishments in Franklin required to put them in. (I think there might be a couple more but they are already not operating for a variety of reasons so the count is skewed.)
Seeking to follow in the footsteps of Boston and its Freedom Trail, leaders of a downtown booster group announced yesterday that they want their own walking route connecting points of local culture.
"There are so many historical sites," said Lisa Piana, the executive director of the Downtown Partnership. Citing one, she added, "I would guess 90 percent of residents haven't been to the (Horace Mann) museum."
The trail proposal was one of several topics discussed during a meeting on downtown revitalization at Dean College which drew two dozen merchants, politicians and educators.
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Good news that may not make it to the local paper, send it along and I'll see what we can do to get it published here.
Send it to shersteve at gmail dot com. Be aware that I have limited access during normal business hours. You can reference my disclosure statement.
Only good news, please. There is enough bad news in the world already.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Make a commercial, of course!
Would the money have been better spent elsewhere? on something more important than beer? There might be something to discuss on that topic.
Guinness just launched "Tipping Point", the most expensive TV ad in its 80-year marketing history, with a domino rally that features cars, flaming hay bales and grandfather clocks. Shot up an Argentinian mountain, the ad shows a community coming together to create the mother of all domino-toppling spectacles. Genius! (Production cost: $10 million)
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
The bakery has closed or moved to an unknown location
We stopped for coffee on Saturday as Dolores and I did our walk. They weren't open when we passed on Sunday. They won't normally be open on Sunday but due to their grand opening were going to be. I went back in the afternoon to get a baguette.
Sliced and warmed in the oven, the baguette was a perfect companion for some supper's home-made Venus de Milo soup.
One of the better things I noticed about the new Senior Center, is that the fence previously dividing the property from the next door Oak Street Elementary, Horance Mann Middle and the Early Childhood Development Center School complex was taken down and enhanced with a path way.
A bridge for the generation gap!
Two critical populations for Franklin now have a way to connect. Let's encourage both the seniors and the schools to make good use of this path.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
If boccie is not your game, maybe you'll be up for tossing a few shoes!
Note that unlike many basketball hoops in Franklin driveways where the hoop height is lower for the younger kids, the stakes have not been shortened here for the seniors to use a handi-cap!
The parking lot was full, cars were parked all along Oak St. My father and I actually parked at the Oak Street School parking lot and walked back to the Senior Center for our visit.
One of the facility workers was chuckling that "they" had planned for about 200 folks to show up. This was busier than the high school field house during voting on Tuesday.
off the main entrance area to the right and toward the front of the building this meeting room looks out to the parking lot and Oak Street.
across the hall there is a good size exercise room. it was being occupied by a rehearsal (or peformance?) of some 30 or so members of a chorus
The picture yesterday showed the empty flower pots on the other side of the railroad bridge.
This picture was taken earlier this year. I have resurrected it to help refresh our memories of what the flowers looked like.
May the memories keep us warm this winter.
We had two correct replies on this one. The first from Michael LeBlanc, the second from Ken Norman.
The picture for #17 was taken from the corner of the building seen here to the left.
The Rome is a Franklin treasure!
Stay tuned for the next picture.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
The nice sidewalk laid down Friday afternoon was marked off with some traffic dividers. That's ok for the auto traffic. The foot traffic (yes, this is West Central and heavily trafficked) was not blocked off with anything so folks just walked on.
Some as they realized what they were doing got off. Some were more opportunistic and wrote their name. This could easily have been avoided with some more effective blocking. Where is the "Don Not Cross" tape when you need it?
Note that the sidewalk on East Street does not have the same foot or name markings. It is less heavily traveled.
An example of good planning. To lay the bricks straight and even, there are guidelines on each corner. Three of those guidelines are pictured here.
Too bad the folks who just put in the sidewalk near the new fire station did not take similar planning precautions. Now they have some re-work to do.
It is that time of year. The flowers, so colorful and welcoming, are now gone for the season.
The memories remain.
Thanks to the volunteers who helped to create these flower boxes and keep them watered and maintained during the growing season.
Friday, November 9, 2007
More taxdollars are on the line in Wareham, where some political activists are fuming over some $1.1-million given to a property owner for her beachfront land. The money is coming from Community Preservation Act funds, but the larger issue is how residents and towns spend tax increase revenue.Read more about this in the Boston Globe posting here.
As I read this article and more importantly, read between the lines (with all due respect to my newspaper contacts, news papers are out to be sold and headlines help) this is not so much an issue with CPA as it is an issue with apparent collusion amongst the town officials in Wareham who found a way to do what they wanted, period. If they had enough money in the coffee fund, they would have used that.
For Franklin voters and tax payers, this is message of diligence on how the town handles its affairs and not a condemnation of CPA. CPA while recently rejected, is a good thing. Maybe not yet for Franklin but someday.
By a 2-1 margin, voters in Amesbury on Tuesday rejected a proposed $1 million Proposition 2 1/2 ‘‘underride,’’ or tax cut, that had been strongly opposed by Amesbury Mayor Thatcher W. Kezer III.Read the Boston Globe Override Central posting here.
While the sign is posted in front of the current Senior Center, with the new one celebrating the grand opening on Sunday the 11th, the bazaar will be held at the new facility off Oak/Beaver Streets.
As you have seen, I have been posting some pictures of the local scenes in and around Franklin. On Wednesdays and Sundays, I'll post a picture and ask for your participation to identify where it is in Franklin.
Who can play:
Anyone can play but realistically, I understand that this will limit participation to those readers who are Franklin area residents (or at least local neighbors). Don't worry, we'll do something else for those of you who are outside Franklin.
What kind of picture:
The picture will be of something seen from the sidewalk or road while walking, or riding a bike or car. All pictures will be found within the confines of geographical Franklin. The picture should be something of beauty, specialness, architectural, natural or the like that is found within Franklin.
How to play:
If you recognize the picture, send me an email or leave a comment on the post identifying where the picture is or what it is of. Cross streets, street addresses, or significant defining descriptions accepted. In case of a tie in identification, the time stamp on the entry (to indicate the first correct answer) will determine the winner.
I'll post a new picture each Sunday and Wednesday morning. I'll announce the winner of the previous picture at the same time.
All entries for Sunday's picture will close at midnight on Tuesday.
All entries for Wednesday's picture will close at midnight on Saturday.
The glory and honor for identification of the picture. I'll publish as much of your name or identification as you will allow me to.
Why am I doing this?
To help us all explore the real beauty of what we have here. Sure there are great sites to see when we travel but "there is no place like home". If this effort does just a little to help us better see, understand, and appreciate our own Franklin area, then it will have succeeded. This will unite my desire for "life long learning", my passion for the good customer experience, and of course, my home town: Franklin.
Where in Franklin? - Part 2:
You can also send me a picture to post. You'll get credit for the picture and assist in judging the winner. Contributions should be emailed to shersteve at gmail dot com. If the picture is not something I am comfortable in posting safely, I'll let you know via email.
This is meant to be a fun thing to do.
If this gets to be not fun, well, I'll give notice and stop.
Oh, and the residents of my immediate household are not eligible to play.
Did I miss anything?
Please, let me know.
Updated 11/9/07 with the move from Steve's 2 Cents to Franklin Matters
Updated 8/26/07 to change from once per week to twice a week (Sunday and Wednesday)
Updated 10/4/07 to change from "Where am I?" to "Where in Franklin?"
2013 - 01 Nature trail behind the Parmenter School
2013 - 02 Lamp on outside of 44 Main St
2013 - 03 marker at Fletcher Field
2013 - 04 Panther Way, new sidewalk
2013 - 05 bench at Ben Franklin statue at Library
2013 - 06 Jefferson Elementary School playground
2013 - 07 water trough on downtown triangle
2013 - 08
The guidelines to play Where in Franklin? can be found here (2007 edition)
Picture 17, Answer 17 The Rome Restaurant
Picture 18, Answer 18 Four Feathers Farm on Mount St
Picture 19, Answer 19 Stop & Shop
Picture 20, Answer 20 Four Corners Building
Picture 21, Answer 21 Municipal Building
Picture 22, Answer 22 Montessori Sunrise School
Picture 23, Answer 23 open pit by Chestnut Ridge, along RT 140
Picture 24, Pix 2 - 24, Answer 24, Horace Mann Plaza entrance
Picture 25, Answer 25 Davis Thayer Elementary School
Picture 26, Pix 2 - 26, Answer 26 St Mary's Church
Picture 27, Answer 27 East Central Car Wash
Picture 28, Answer 28, better photo Ginley Funeral Home
Picture 29, Pic 2, Answer 29 Franklin Federated Church
Picture 30, Answer 30 Franklin Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Picture 31, Answer 31 Glen Meadow Apartments & Condominiums
Picture 32, Answer 32 Ficco's Bowladrome
Picture 33, Answer 33 Franklin Common
Picture 34, Answer 34 Keigan Chevrolet
Picture 35, Answer 35 Ben Franklin Statue at Library
Picture 36, Answer 36 Ben Franklin Banking branch office
Picture 37, Answer 37 Water Tower, Upper Union St
Picture 38, Answer 38 Stobbart's Nurseries
Picture 39, Answer 39 Horace Mann Museum
Picture 40, Answer 40 Best Deli
Picture 41, Answer 41 Hayward Estate carriage house
Picture 42, Answer 42 Franklin Country Club - golf driving range netting
Picture 43, Answer 43 former Thompson Printing Press, Dean Ave
Picture 44, Answer 44 the well on Jordan Road
Picture 45, Answer 45 Verizon building on Main St.
Picture 46, Answer 46 Adirondack Club
Picture 47, Answer 47, Church of the Latter Day Saints, Jordan Road
Picture 48, Answer 48, Bullukian Oil on Alpine Row
Picture 49, Answer 49 Open space off Lincoln St
Picture 50, Answer 50 Franklin Lumber Company
Picture 51, Answer 51 - Parmenter School on Wachusett St
Where in Franklin? was posted prior to November 9, 2007 on Steve's 2 Cents
The summary of the first 16 photos can be found here