Saturday, August 16, 2014

Franklin Library: Book Sale - Sat/Sun

Friendly reminder: the August edition of the monthly Library Book Sale happens this weekend.
  • Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • Sunday the bag sale occurs from 9:00 AM to noon.

Library Book Sale - Aug 16-17
Library Book Sale - Aug 16-17

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Pour Richard’s: A Very Special 'Farmer's Market' - Aug 23

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Connecting good friends with great wine!
Never Drink Ordinary!

'Farm to Table, Farm to Glass'
Saturday, August 23
1-4 PM

Mark your calendars, because it doesn't get any better than this. How do we love this event? Let us count the ways...

1) It all starts with an Akin Bak Farm farmstand, set up in our parking lot for the day. All that gorgeous fresh produce, and honey, too!

2) Corey Bunnewith creating fabulous Farm to Glass cocktails melding his delicious liquors and liqueurs with Akin Bak's fresh produce. He'll be making Smashes, Sours, and a whole lot more. Demonstration and tasting samples, with recipes to take home! He may also have some exclusive news/presells for his new distillery....hint, hint.

3) George Schwarz pouring wonderful Italian wines from his company, Kimera Imports. Nero d'Avola, Lacrima Christi Bianco and Rosso, a Valpolicella Ripasso. What is Capel del Prete? Have you ever had a Susumaniello? Come and taste for yourself.

4) As if all that were not enough, La Campania Ristorante of Waltham is bring a mobile wood-fired Neapolitan brick pizza oven. They'll use Akin Bak's produce, plus meats and cheeses, to create flatbread-style pizzas in the image of Napoli. That's the oven in the picture can almost taste the chewy goodness!


Help us celebrate the end-of-summer bounty. Bring your appetite and sense of adventure. (Leave any preconceptions about veggies at home.)


Never Drink Ordinary! -Ann and John
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New poems on the T

Dietz, Hoffman, Marchant on the T
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August poems on the T


We are happy to announce that three new poems went up on the red line this week. Over the next four weeks, keep an eye out for "Pluto" by Maggie Dietz, "Rising" by Richard Hoffman, and "A Place at the Table" by Fred Marchant. Don't forget to take a #PoeTrySelfie!

"Pluto" by Maggie Dietz
"Rising" by Richard Hoffman
"A Place at the Table" by Fred Marchant
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 8/15/14 - THU 8/21/14

FRI 8/15  12-6pm   Farmers Market at Franklin Common
FRI 8/15   6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at Franklin Art Center

SAT 8/16   8am-12pm   2nd Annual Wiffle Ball Tournament - Random Smile Project. Register HERE
SAT 8/16   9am-4pm   Book Sale at Franklin Public Library. Music by Emma Newton 9-10am, Betty Kushner 2-3pm.

SUN 8/17   8am   Yoga on the beach - free event at Beaver Pond, Franklin
SUN 8/17   9am-12pm   Bag Sale at Franklin Public Library, fill up a brown bag for only $5
SUN 8/17  11:30am  Annual FYBO Bill Capen Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament Info Here

MON 8/18   4-7pm   Farmer’s Market at Whole Foods Plaza in Bellingham
MON 8/18   6:30pm   Family PJ Storytime at Franklin Public Library.

WED 8/20   3pm   Sciencetellers: Dragons and Dreams at Franklin Public Library
WED 8/20   6pm   Concerts on the Common in Franklin: DJ Mike Rutkowski
WED 8/20   7pm   Franklin Solar Challenge Kick-Off Meeting, Town Council Chambers

For all the Town of Franklin Public Meetings click HERE.

For event details click HERE.

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

Labor Day 2014: Min Wage to Rise but Challenges Remain

MassBudget   Information.
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Minimum Wage to Rise but Challenges Remain 

When we celebrate Labor Day this fall, we will be able to celebrate a meaningful step towards building an economy that works for everyone. Because our state is raising the minimum wage, hundreds of thousands of working people in Massachusetts, and their families, will have a little more economic security. Raising the wages of these low wage workers can also improve overall economic conditions as their families will be able to spend more in the local economy.

In Labor Day 2014: Minimum Wage to Rise but Challenges Remain we examine the trends that are shaping the economic lives of working people in Massachusetts. Across the nation, for several decades, we have been drifting away from having an economy that promotes broadly shared prosperity: while productivity has increased, wages for too many workers have not; while income has grown overall, very little of that income growth has gone to low and middle income families. 

Many of the challenges we face require national solutions. But there are things we can do right here in Massachusetts, as we saw with the minimum wage increase. We can expand access to high quality education and training - from early education for three and four year olds to ongoing workforce training for adults. We can also improve working conditions for everyone - with policies such as earned paid sick time that would allow workers who are sick or need to care for a sick child to be able to do so without missing a day's pay or risking being fired.

Labor Day 2014: Minimum Wage to Rise but Challenges Remain, examines troubling trends over the past several decades. It also describes effective policies that could move our Commonwealth towards a future with greater economic opportunity and security for people in every community in state.

To read the report, click HERE

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Blackstone River Theatre - Ireland's Brock McGuire Band Saturday!!



This year's Solstice Fest was our biggest yet... stay tuned for more on the 2015 festival! 

Zumba with April Hilliker on Mondays, 6:30 PM

Sunday, Sept. 14, 7 PM 

Saturday, Sept. 20, 8 PM 

Sunday, Sept. 21, 7 PM 

Saturday, Sept. 27, 8 PM 

Saturday, October 4, 8 PM 

Saturday, October 11, 8 PM 

Friday, October 17, 8 PM 

Saturday, October 25, 8 PM 
Quick Links...
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Tickets often available at door but to ensure a seat


Please understand that when a show is SOLD OUT, it truly is! We must adhere to fire codes and it truly is not possible to fit "just one more"... especially when we have had several people ask to do the same!

If a show at BRT has an advance price & a day-of-show price it means:
If you pre-pay OR call in your reservation any time before the show date, you get the advance price. If you show up at the door with no reservations OR call in your reservations on the same day as the show, you will pay the day-of show-price.

NOTE for prepaid tickets
or if reservations have been made but not pre-paid:
If you reduce the number of tickets requested or paid for at the box office on the night of the performance, that ticket must still be paid for! BRT requires 24 hour notice for cancellations or you will be charged for all seats reserved.
Dear Steve,

Hello all! It's been awhile but I hope you have all been having an amazing summer of music, dance and fun...

BRT has taken most of the summer off after our amazing Solstice Festival (the biggest yet) but many classes have still been ongoing and we are currently doing a lot of the behind-the-scenes work... renovations, painting, gardening, redoing the floors etc... And look for a brand-new parking lot and front walkway this Fall!

But FIRST, we are really excited to bring to you a rare summer concert at BRT... direct from Ireland, we will present THE BROCK MCGUIRE BAND this Saturday... named Ireland's Instrumental band of the decade by Irish American News... don't miss their Rhode Island debut!

Lots of classes coming up soon and I'm not kidding...we have a KILLER Fall lineup planned for you! Take a quick look to the left... our website will be updated soon with full info...

Don't forget to LIKE us on Facebook to get late-breaking news and really expensive gifts. Well, not that last one but definitely the first part... We are at 897 likes ...who is going to put us over 900? Please share what we do with your friends!


Hope to see you soon...
Russell Gusetti, Executive Director  


The Brock McGuire Band, named "Traditional Irish Band of the Decade" by Irish American News, will make their Rhode Island debut in a rare summer concert at Blackstone River Theatre. Residing in County Clare, Ireland, button accordionist Paul Brock and fiddler Manus McGuire are two of Ireland's most celebrated traditional musicians and have been at the forefront of Irish music for many years through their joint work as founding members of the celebrated band Moving Cloud. Manus is also a founding member of Buttons & Bows, and both bands, ranking among Ireland's finest, have helped to introduce international audiences to the virtuosity of their playing.

Performing with The Brock McGuire Band are two other outstanding musicians - Dublin-based Garry O'Meara, a brilliant banjo player, and Denis Carey, an acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger from County Tipperary. Passion and precision, authenticity and diversity are the hallmarks of The Brock McGuire Band in concert. They are steeped in tradition and perform it with abiding respect and creativity. Their tight blend of instruments emphasizes mostly Irish music but also sprinkles in impressive arrangements of American Old Timey, Bluegrass, French-Canadian, and other Celtic traditions. Their new CD collaboration "Green Grass Blue Grass" with 14-time Grammy Award Winner Ricky Skaggs has been hailed as "A Masterpiece" by American Music critic Bill Margeson.   
  Event Info
Saturday, August 16, 8 P.M.
$15.00 advance / $18.00 day of show 
at Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, R.I. 
Call 401-725-9272 for reservations

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Annual FYBO Bill Capen Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament

The Annual FYBO Bill Capen Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday, Aug 17. It will start at 11:30 AM at the New England Country Club in Bellingham.

FYBO Scholarship Golf Tournament
FYBO Scholarship Golf Tournament

Additional information can be found here

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Franklin Public Schools: First Day of School Coming!


Hello and Summer Greetings!

Here are a few updates

First Official Day of School is September 3rd - despite rumors among some of our students, the New HS will be open on time so there are no plans for an extended vacation unless there is a blizzard, tornado, hurricane or sharknado- we are on target to open. 

Public Tours will be held the weekend of September 20-21- details to follow.

Kindergarten first day September 8 - it is a full day of K

Important Dates

August 14 
- Bus Routes posted on web site 
- some bus routes and bus stops have changed so please check the routes

August 18
- Schedules for MS and HS available
- Elementary Placement Letters go out in mail

August 24 
- Bus pass pick up at school

August 28 
- All staff in for training

September 3
- Student medication drop off at school health office

September 2
- Staff Orientation - Day for all staff district-wide begins at FHS at 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. and then staff proceed to school for school based training and meetings (letter to follow).

Mandatory Training modules available in First Class folder and in school based conference folders- new training and format so please note

new FHS outdoor area for cafeteria
new FHS outdoor area for cafeteria

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WMRC Senior Expo - Sep 26

The annual WMRC Senior Expo is scheduled for Friday, September 26 from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM. The Expo will be held at the Senior Center.

Featuring the following:

  • Senior Fashion Show sponsored by T.J. Maxx
  • Free Box Lunches – call the Senior Center to reserve your tickets
  • David Polansky performs Music Through the Decades
  • Lions Eyemobile offers vision & hearing screening
  • Flu vaccines
  • GATRA ID’s and Charlie Cards
  • The Stella Jeon Silver Spirit Award – nomination forms at the Senior Center
  • 35 exhibitors with information about senior programs and services
  • Free Raffles, including a $50 gift card raffled off each half hour!

WMRC Senior Expo - Sep 26
WMRC Senior Expo - Sep 26
You can download and print the flyer for this event from the Franklin website here

Blackstone Valley: Join us for this week's Ranger Walkabout

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Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
Ranger Walkabout on Thursday, August 14

Slatersville: America's First Mill Village

Thursday, August 14 
Slatersville: America's First Mill Village
North Smithfield Public Library
20 Main Street
North Smithfield, RI
Start time: 6:30 pm
Join a National Park Service Ranger to explore America's first planned mill village. 

Learn how John Slater came to this site along the Branch River to expand the Textile Empire that his brother Samuel had begun in Pawtucket in 1790. 

Slatersville is not only the first planned mill village in America, it is one of the best preserved. Almost all of the elements of the original village, from the mill, to the worker housing, the church and the company stores still remain. 

Parking: Parking is available at the North Smithfield Public Library parking lot at 20 Main Street, Slatersville, (North Smithfield), RI. 

Event Calendar

Check out the event calendar for a more complete, detailed listing of Blackstone Corridor Events:

We are glad to include Corridor-related news and events, both on our web site calendar and in our monthly newsletter, Corridor Currents.

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor
About The Blackstone River Valley
National Heritage Corridor
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 Blackstone 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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Woonsocket, Rhode Island 02895
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