Saturday, August 13, 2016

In the News: drug kiosk success, drought conditions continue

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

"The drug take-back kiosk in the lobby of the police station has taken in thousands of pounds of drugs in its four-year existence, and local law enforcement officers are hoping to continue that success. 
Deputy Chief James Mill said, as of Aug. 8, the box has aided in the disposal of 3,900 pounds of drugs. 
"The program started in 2012, when District Attorney Michael Morrissey got grants and was able to secure drug take-back containers at several Norfolk County departments," Mill said. "When it started, we were just seeing the onset of the opioid crisis."

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Franklin Police Dept photo
Franklin Police Dept photo

"For many families, the summer heat means backyard barbecues with plates filled to the brim with grilled burgers, hot dogs, potato salad and, of course, some fresh farm-picked corn-on-the-cob. But if you're enjoying a side of corn with your dinner this month, make sure to savor it because it's one ear that survived the brutal drought savaging local farmers. 
Jim Geoghegan, owner of Sunshine Farm in Sherborn, estimates he lost between 30 and 40 percent of all the crops he planted this year. While some crops came in fine, like strawberries and summer squash, others such as raspberries and corn have been hit hard by the lack of water. As many as four acres of corn have been left dried out, he said. 
While the farm has enough supplies for its on-site store, wholesale shipments "were the first to go" and pick-your-own fruit days have been limited. Geoghegan said his produce revenue for July was down between 10 and 15 percent."

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