Friday, September 22, 2023
Friday, September 22
2:00pm - Franklin Farmers Market (Town Common)
2:00pm - Thrift Threads thrift shop (Franklin Federated Church)
6:00pm - Messy Excuses (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)
6:00pm - AK Cody (live music) (La Cantina Winery)
Saturday, September 23
8:00am - Bottle & can drive (FHS boys hockey) (Pirelli Arena)
10:00am - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
10:00am - Stephen Green: Memorial Walk on the SNETT (Grove St entrance)
4:00pm - Moxie (live music) (La Cantina Winery)
6:00pm - Elastic Five (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)
8:00pm - CHERYL WHEELER & Kenny White (Circle of Friends Coffeehouse)
Sunday, September 24
1:00pm - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
Tuesday, September 26
10:00am - Senior Scribblers Book Release Party (Franklin Senior Center)
2:30pm - Rainbow Café (Franklin Senior Center)
Wednesday, September 27
1:00pm - Senior Scribblers (writing group)
2:00pm - Restaurant Expo
Thursday, September 28
12:00pm - Adult Flu Clinic
6:00pm - Open Mic Night
If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication: https://forms.gle/oPdi8X3ZbHHyrHzo6
The School district calendar is found https://www.franklinps.net/calendar-by-event-type/26
|Franklin's Event Outlook: September 22, 2023 to September 28, 2023|
Town of Franklin: Job Opportunities with Facilities, DPW, & Charles River Pollution Control District
If you do not have a resume, you may send a completed Application for Employment instead.
|Town of Franklin: Job Opportunities with Facilities, DPW, & Charles River Pollution Control District|
Great team win against a very talented @Feehan_VBall team, a lot of fun to watch and a lot of energy all around! 25-22 25-20 25-15
|FHS Panther sports results shared via subscription to HockomockSports.com|
Adventure Scientists - Help Protect Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)
Apply to this project if you are a hiker, a birder, a biker, a forager, or want to contribute to a sustainable future for our world's forests.
Do you like to travel and explore outside of Franklin? Do you frequent western and southern Massachusetts? Help further the knowledge of tulip poplar in the state until December 31, 2023 through the Timber Tracking Project.
WHAT: Collect leaves, twigs, and in some cases wood cores
WHEN: Now through December 31, 2023
WHERE: Public lands (forests, refuges, reserves, parks) throughout sampling range pictured above
DIFFICULTY: Easy/Moderate. May require off-trail travel for short or moderate distances. Multiple sample types. May require accessing leaves in the high canopy; Training and tools are provided to do so.
You can collect by yourself or with as many partners as you'd like! You can apply with up to 3 partners and your team will receive one gear kit for the field sampling. There is no requirement that you organize a big group or cohort, but if you have friends that want to participate, you can each apply and sample together.
To apply please visit the Timber volunteer page where you will be able to find the application and learn more about the project and mission. Once you apply, you will get access to the online training for how to identify and sample tulip poplars.
Here are the volunteer qualifications:
- Must be 18 years of age or older (minors are welcome to join sampling outings but asked not to lead data collection)
- Able to use a smartphone to collect data
- Have the experience and ability to travel in the outdoors with at least one partner safely
- Previous field data collection experience is preferred, but not required
- Adventure Scientists will supply you with the tools and training necessary to collect samples from the forest. You are required to follow all environmental, safety, and permitting protocols.
Happy trails and safe sampling!
|Adventure Scientists - Help Protect Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)|
Experience the Dean Difference in action at our Discover Dean Saturday, September 30!
Our open house will give you the opportunity to explore campus, connect with faculty and learn more about the admissions process, academic programs, student life, financial aid and more!
Learn more and register: www.dean.edu/ddd
Meant for potential students and parents/guardians, but good to know that while Franklin is showcasing all it offers with the Harvest Festival, Dean gets to help add to the crowd, and showcase how it does what it does at the same time!
|Discover Dean Difference scheduled for Sep 30|
The Davis Thayer Reuse Advisory Committee met as scheduled on Tuesday, Sep 19, 2023. The Franklin TV video is available for replay -> https://www.youtube.com/live/b6POeFNCeYs?si=vSbWKaVhzb2OzTZZ
- Recreation could use the space, would likely not need all of it. Concerned about the expense of renovation for the facility. Are outgrowing their Beaver St location and could use more space. Possible to combine with some arts and recreation usage
- Police not really interested in building or location (land). Per their initial and unofficial planning, the land is short of what they estimate (only 3.8 via 5 acres), and as has been revealed the building would require significant structural renovation to be used for a station. Much discussion and insights revealed around the comparison of police & fire use of their facilities. Police Building committee on their path to do a Request for a Proposal (RFP) for an Owner Project Manager (OPM), get an architect and start confirming the requirements, etc. Per state building process, the OPM is critical and really "owns' the process of determining the outcomes (coordinating with the Town and committee of course).
- Housing uses were briefly touched upon. While arts & cultural uses were mentioned, no one spoke to this during the session.
- Much discussion around the clean out to prepare for the open house/walk through and insistence of some to make some of the stuff (i.e. mostly junk) available for "the community" to go and pick if they want. Still to be worked out. The dates for the walk through were set as Friday, Oct 20 from 2 to 5 PM and Saturday, Oct 21 from 10 to 2 PM
Uncas Ave Extension - Site Plan and Special Permit Application - Planning Board - Public Hearing - Oct 16
|Uncas Ave Extension - Site Plan and Special Permit Application - Planning Board - Public Hearing - Oct 16|
"Save the date!
Registration for the community house decorating contest will open on October 1st.
Share with friends and neighbors!
Be sure to like and follow Franklin MA Lions Club for up to date information.
|Lions Club: Registration opens Oct 1 for the 4th Annual Halloween house decoration contest|
"The Department of Education (ED) just announced that it will approve full federal student loan forgiveness for some University of Phoenix students. Want to know if you’re eligible to get your federal loans forgiven? Keep reading.If you attended the school between September 21, 2012 and December 31, 2014, were deceived by the school’s claims, and submitted a valid application for relief through ED’s Borrower Defense program, you might well be eligible. ED’s decision is based in part on the FTC’s 2019 court action against the University of Phoenix for using deceptive advertising practices to get students to enroll. ED’s announcement today means even more relief for students harmed by the school’s false claims."
|Did you attend the University of Phoenix? Your federal loans might be forgiven|
September is National Self-Care Month! Regular self-care can increase our sense of well-being and prevent burnout.
For tips click the link: www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/caring-for-your-mental-health
Thursday, September 21, 2023
FM #1065 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 1065 in the series.
This session of the radio show shares the Town Administrator’s Report segment from the Town Council Meeting of Sep 20, 2023. Town Administrator Jamie Hellen provides an update on the Migrant Housing status.
The report segment runs about 27 minutes. Let’s listen to this segment of the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Video link timed to start of Town Administrator's Report -> https://www.youtube.com/live/bF13Dgn_6qs?si=P49HB-MYPrGfpeym&t=5122
Town Administrator page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/administrator
Town Council agenda doc ->
Update from Sep 6 meeting ->
Notification on migrant temporary housing
Franklin TV video of 09/20/23 meeting -> https://www.youtube.com/live/bF13Dgn_6qs?si=UQh6elNMORZvbLln
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|Town Administrator's Report on the Migrant Housing Status - 09/20/23 (audio)|