Saturday, June 28, 2014

FHS Last Tour: Corridors and Student Art Work - part 2 (photos)

Continuing the walk through Franklin High School on the last tour of the old building, here are additional photos to share:

Welcome to C House
Welcome to C House


rest room out of order
rest room out of order

FHS tiles
FHS tiles

FHS tiles - close up
FHS tiles - close up

student art above the lockers
student art above the lockers 

student art above the lockers 1
student art above the lockers 1

student art above the lockers 2
student art above the lockers 2

Photos shared earlier can be found here:

Note: all the photos will be posted to Facebook and to Flickr for anyone to view in a single place. The locations are already established and photos will be added to them over time.

Facebook album       Flickr album

New MBTA fare structure takes effect Tuesday, July 1.

New MBTA fare structure takes effect Tuesday, July 1. 
Last updated: Jun 25 2014 12:11 PM 
Click here for more information:

 As I read the table it appears the Franklin (Zone 6) one way ride will increase from $8.75 to $9.25, a fifty cent increase.

A new edition of The Franklin Connection is available

A new edition of "The Franklin Connection" has been published on the Town of Franklin web site.

Click the link below to read the latest edition.

Franklin Senior Center
Franklin Senior Center

For additional programs and services offered by the Franklin Senior Center be sure to visit their webpage

Friday, June 27, 2014

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 6/27/14 - THU 7/3/14

FRI 6/27   10:30am   Baby Sign Language Class at Franklin Public Library
FRI 6/27   12-6pm   Farmers Market at Franklin Common
FRI 6/27   6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked with Franklin Art Center

SAT 6/28   8:00am   American Legion 5 Mile Scholarship Race, Medway High School
SAT 6/28   3:30pm   iStories at Franklin Public Library

SUN 6/29   5pm   Movie Night at Franklin Historical Museum showing "1776"

MON 6/30   10:30am   Story and Craft at Franklin Public Library
MON 6/30   6:30pm   Family PJ Storytime at Franklin Public Library

WED 7/2   3pm   Greg and Axel Magic Show, "Fizz, Boom, Read" Franklin Public Library
WED 7/2   6pm-10pm   4th of July Celebration in Franklin: Amusements and Food Booths Open
WED 7/2   7pm-10pm   4th of July Celebration in Franklin: Matt Zajac’s Band

THU 7/3   6pm-10pm   4th of July Celebration in Franklin: Amusements and Food Booths Open
THU 7/3   7pm-10pm   4th of July Celebration in Franklin: Loose Salute
THU 7/3   10pm   LASER SHOW!

For 4th of July Celebrations in Franklin click HERE.

For all the Town of Franklin Public Meetings click HERE.

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

Movie Night at Historical Museum - Sun, Jun 29 - "1776"

If you ever wondered what it was like to live in colonial revolutionary times, '1776' is the movie for you.
History Buffs, students, teachers and movie lovers will enjoy viewing '1776' at the Franklin Historical Museum.

The fun family night will benefit the Franklin Food Pantry. The price of admission is a canned good or non perishable food item.

In the days leading up to July 4, 1776, continental Congressmen John Adams and Benjamin Franklin coerce Thomas Jefferson into writing the Declaration of Independence as a delaying tactic as they try to persuade the American colonies to support a resolution on independence. As George Washington sends depressing messages describing one military disaster after another, the businessmen, landowners and farmers in Congress all stand in the way of the Declaration, and a single 'nay' vote will forever end the questions of independence. Large portions of spoken and sung dialog are taken directly from the letters and memoirs of the actual participants.

Come enjoy this informative film right before we start our annual 4th of July celebration week. The showing is at 5:00 PM on Sunday June 29th and is appropriate for the whole family. Popcorn will be served.

Remember to bring a canned good for the Franklin Food Pantry.

Franklin Historical Museum - 80 West Central St
Franklin Historical Museum - 80 West Central St

Additional info on the movie
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Wikipedia entry =

Franklin - Medway American Legion 1st Annual 5 Miler

The American Legion Posts of Franklin and Medway are hosting a 5 Mile Scholarship Road Race on June 28, starting at 8 a.m., to benefit students seeking secondary education.

This a 5 mile race starting and finishing at Medway High School, 88 Summer St., with a separate "non timed" 5K walk.
American Legion
American Legion

Help support our effort to give scholarships to high school students looking at the high cost of secondary education. All profits from this event will go to the Scholarship Funds for Medway Post 367 and Franklin Post 75.

Registration: 6:30 – 7:45 AM
Start Time: Run 8:00 AM / Walk 8:15 AM
Start / Finish: Medway High School, 88 Summer St., Medway, MA 02053
Run – 5 mile loop on paved roads
3.5 mile walk starting on Adams St.
Entry Fee: $20, $25 day of the race, $10 for High School Students

For additional information see our Franklin Web Site:

Representative Roy and Senator Ross welcome Franklin Students to State House

Boston – Representative Jeffrey Roy (D-Franklin) and Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) welcomed eighth graders from Franklin's Horace Mann Middle School Teen leadership and Communication class yesterday to the State House.

These HMMS Leadership students enrolled in an extra course, on top of their normal workload to consider and address an authentic, real-world problem in their community. Through peer collaboration and feedback these students had to create a PSA outlining their topic and solution. On May 7th the HMMS 8th graders presented their projects at the 2nd annual PSA Symposium in Horace Mann middle School's Mercer Auditorium to an audience made up of parents, teachers and peers.

Senator Ross on left, Representative Roy on right with HMMS students
Senator Ross on left, Representative Roy on right with HMMS students

"These students embody all of the great work of our Franklin schools and teachers," said Senator Ross. "Their dedication and creativity is truly inspiring and I value every opportunity to have them take part in civil service and give back to their community."

During their visit of the State House the HMMS Leadership students met with various State Legislators, had the opportunity to witness a joint House of Representatives and Senate event commemorating the 50th anniversary of UMass Boston and had an opportunity to share their future plans with their Legislators.

"I enjoyed the opportunity to meet with these student leaders and provide them with a glimpse of the work at the State House", said Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D- Franklin) "When I met them a few weeks ago to observe their public service presentations in Franklin, I was impressed with their dedication, commitment and compassion. They took on extra course loads, worked with members of the community, and tackled issues designed to make the world a better place. I was happy to recognize their achievements and show them the work we do at the state level."

Please contact the office of Representative Roy with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-2400 or 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

FHS Last Tour: Corridors and Student Art Work (photos)

Continuing to share photos from the last tour of Franklin High School, here are some from the corridors and the art work found above the locker space. The student work on these murals is a delight. I tried to capture them all. There are many more photos to be shared.

almost empty corridor
almost empty corridor

floor tile
floor tile

keep right
keep right

student mural - 1
student mural - 1

student mural - 2
student mural - 2

student mural - 3
student mural - 3

student mural - 4
student mural - 4

Additional photos from the last tour can be found here

Reminder: Wine Tasting Fund Raiser for Food Pantry

Delicious Wines, Craft Beers, Food from Whole Foods Bellingham, and local musician Ken Barney to entertain us. And best of all? This fun evening is a benefit for the Franklin Food Pantry. 
Tickets are just $10, with 100% of ticket sales to Franklin Food Pantry. Pour Richard's will also donate 20% of profits from sales of beer, wine, and spirits. 
This is a great chance to stock up for July 4th cookouts, summer vacation rentals, etc, while also assisting the Food Pantry. 
Tickets are available at the door, at the Food Pantry during normal business hours, or online HERE.

Food Pantry fund raiser at Pour Richards
Food Pantry fund raiser at Pour Richards
When: Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:30 PM at Pour Richard's Wine and Spirits

Additional info can be found on the Franklin Food Pantry page

Food Pantry: Last chance to donate this fiscal year!


   June 24, 2014

Last Chance To Be Part Of This Year's Success Story!

Dear Community,

June 30th marks the end of our fiscal yearEvery donation made this week  supports impactful initiatives including our Mobile Pantry, Healthy Futures Market, and Cooking Matters classes.  

We are working hard, building creative community-wide partnerships as featured in the Milford Daily News articles below, and we need your help.

Please donate now to voice your support of these valuable programs. If received prior to July 1st, your contributions will be included in our Annual Report to be released in the fall.  Every amount counts! 

Donate Securely
Hunger and poor nutrition affect our children, our seniors, and our workforce.  There are more than 600 households right here in our community, for whom three meals a day is a luxury. 

THANK YOU for your support!  

Additional leadership gift and corporate sponsor opportunities available,
for details please email Erin Lynch

Join Us at Pour Richard's, 14 Grove Street, Franklin
this Thursday June 26th from 6-8:30pm
Wine Tasting ~ Live Music ~ Craft Beers  $10 per person
100% of ticket sales go to the Franklin Food Pantry

Franklin Food Pantry spotlights summer initiatives

FRANKLIN - The Franklin Food Pantry this week announced it will offer fresh produce from local farms this summer.The Healthy Futures Fresh Produce...
click the link to read full article! 

Franklin Food Pantry rocks out

FRANKLIN - The Franklin Food Pantry briefly went on tour with the Dave Matthews Band last weekend, holding a food drive at the Xfinity Center in...
click the link to read full article! 

Franklin Food Pantry 

Our facility is generously donated by Rockland Trust.
We are located at 43 West Central Street, Franklin MA,
on Route 140 in the Rockland Trust parking lot, across the street from the fire station.

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Franklin Food Pantry | 43 West Central Street | PO Box 116 | Franklin | MA | 02038

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The Wagon Tours are BACK for a sixth straight year! Join trained interpreters from South High School for a riveting journey through Worcester's Canal District as they tell the farm to factory story of the Industrial Revolution and the immigrants that made it happen.

From the community meeting in May at Quinsigamond Elementary School

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Thank you to all who participated in our community meeting. We had lots of good discussion.


Great Road Driving Tour

We have several self-guided tours available. Now, we are working to make these available for your mobile device.

Tours for your mobile device:
  • Great Road Driving Tour (Lincoln, RI)
  • Chepachet (Glocester) RI Walking Tour
To access the tours:
  • Download the app: Locacious
  • Open and app and search for the tour (see above) using the magnifying glass or click on 'near me' to look for tours near you
Check it out and email us ( to let us know what you think!

A Walking Tour of the Civilian Conservation Camp at Upton State Forest

Upton State Forest, Westboro Road, Upton, MA 

It was the "worse, hard time" ever - The Great Depression, thousands out of work and a nation in despair. Yet, America has always been a place where new ideas and new ways of thinking have gained traction. As a way to deal with the huge unemployment rolls and a despairing nation, Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps, and it changed everything. 

Join Ranger Chuck Arning and Ellen Arnold, Friends of Upton State Forest, for a tour of one of the few remaining CCC camp sites and learn how these young men put their mark on the America we know today.

Parking: Park right by the camp inside Upton State Forest. Take the Westboro Road off the Hopkinton Street by Pratt Pond. Follow Westboro Road to park on right.

View the Walkabouts schedule
(through August 28).


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We have several self-guided paddling tours available:

  • Blackstone Gorge to Millville Lock
  • Northbridge
  • River Bend Farm to Blackstone Gorge
Rhode Island
  • Lincoln
  • Woonsocket to Manville
  • Valley Falls 
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Congress established the National Heritage Corridor in 1986 to restore and preserve the nationally significant heritage of the Blackstone River Valley, where the industrialization of America began. It has become a successful program of partnerships between federal, state and local government agencies, as well as nongovernment organizations pooling their resources and pursuing a common agenda of preservation and revitalization. 
Ongoing Corridor programs and projects include historic preservation, river cleanup, land conservation and stewardship, visitor centers, ranger walks, programs with schools, recreational programs and events, support for arts and cultural events, training for partners and volunteers and assistance to towns trying to preserve their heritage while also improving the local and regional economy.

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