Sunday, July 31, 2016

Economic Development Committee meeting 8/10/16

The next Economic Development Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10th at 5:30 PM in room 205. The meeting should complete before the Town Council meeting starts at 7:00 PM that night.

The agenda was published as follows:

1. Discussion

a. Rural Business Zoning
b. Residential Zoning – R5, R7
c. Sign Bylaw Corrections
d. Marketing Update
e. Discussion on Business Awards
f. Attracting more TIFS

The agenda was shared from the Official Town of Franklin page

Franklin Municipal Building
Franklin Municipal Building

New "Healthy Heart Trail" at Franklin State Forest

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

"The Department of Conservation and Recreation has announced a new Healthy Heart Trail at Franklin State Forest. 
This trail is one of more than 70 Healthy Heart Trails that DCR has designated across the commonwealth to promote good health and a connection with nature. Park supervisor Tom Ashton and his staff have marked the 1.2-mile trail that covers several rolling hills. Ashton encourages visitors to access the trail at the entrance adjacent to the Hockomock YMCA, as well as the gate along Grove Street. 
Covering 843 acres in the Forge Hill area, Franklin State Forest is a minimally developed property managed for passive recreation. For maps or information:"

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

on a trail in the Franklin Town Forest off Summer St
on a trail in the Franklin Town Forest off Summer St

  • You can go directly to the Franklin State Forest page SF

  • Or check out the Southern New England Trunk Trail (SNETT) off Grove St

Blackstone Valley: Corridor Currents

Enter the BHC 2017 Calendar Photo Contest

Have you been taking pictures within the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor? We'd love to see them! Pick some of your favorites and enter them in the BHC 2017 Calendar Photo Contest. The deadline is Monday, August 15. Click HERE for details and entry form. Winners will be notified in early September.
Save the Date!

August 25, 2016 - Centennial Hike 
The National Park Service turns 100! To celebrate, the staff of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation at the River Bend Farm Visitor Center/Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park, is hosting a centennial hike at 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate 100 years of parks and "step" into the next century of shared stewardship!  Join a guided hike, stop by activity stations led by park partners, and learn about the history of America's State and National Parks through the decades. Who and what shaped them? What's our role in preserving and protecting them? Meet at River Bend Farm Visitor Center, 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge, MA,  to explore the answers. Walk a half-mile round trip along the Blackstone Canal towpath to see examples of preservation and stewardship in action.

Photo by Donald E. Perkins
Wheelchair accessible towpath trail is flat, packed gravel. There is an additional half-mile walk option through pasture trails to view and hear the stewardship story of the Blackstone River. Picnic areas available to enjoy after the hike.For more information, please call 508-278-7604.

Get read to GO! Explore in September

Enjoy the rest of summer but know that the best is yet to come! BHC is proud to bring GO! back for another exciting September, featuring 75 different experiences throughout the National Heritage Corridor. This year's program features new events, offering at least one adventure in each of the 25 National Heritage Corridor communities.
The program begins Thursday, September 1st at 1:30 p.m. with a kickoff celebration at BHC headquarters at 670 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, MA, including a tour of the historic Linwood Mill. Immediately after, enjoy a Ranger Walking Tour of the historic village of Whitinsville at 3:00 p.m.
For a full copy of the GO! program, click HERE, or pick up a brochure at any of the BHC's Visitor Centers, at one of the brochure kiosks throughout the National Heritage Corridor or at the BHC's office at 670 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, MA. Follow Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc.on Facebook for news and updates on GO! and more.

NOTE: A reminder to GO! experience leaders: there is a volunteer training meeting on Wednesday, August 17 at 6:30 p.m. at BHC headquarters at 670 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, MA. Please come to pick up your 2016 t-shirt and signs.

Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. | | 508-234-4242|
Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, 670 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, MA 01588

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Today's schedule for the Franklin Cultural Festival - Saturday, July 30

Franklin Cultural Festival
Performance Schedule
Saturday, July 30

the tent is set up and ready for Saturday's Cultural Festival events at THE BLACK BOX
the tent is set up and ready for Saturday's Cultural Festival events at THE BLACK BOX

Note: each entry in the table above is linked to some additional information for each performer

  • Culinary Arts – 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM - Taste of Franklin … enjoy the food!
sample a signature taste for $2 each
sample a signature taste for $2 each

    • Visual Arts – Afternoon and evening – featuring Franklin Art Association and Robot Designs

    Performers outside THE BLACK BOX are presented by the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse

    July 27 - July 30 in Franklin, MA
    July 27 - July 30 in Franklin, MA

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    Get the full Cultural Festival brochure to download and print from here


    • Get updates on the 2nd Annual Cultural Festival on the webpage

    • or follow Facebook

    * note the schedule is subject to change