Sunday, June 21, 2015

In the News: Community Coalition, South Meeting House

State legislators, medical experts and officials from the town’s school district and police department will meet later this month to garner local solutions to the state’s opioid epidemic. 
State Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin, has arranged the June 30 meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the Franklin High School auditorium, 218 Oak St. 
The public session will establish a direction for the new community coalition that aims to create a support network for residents struggling with addiction. And Roy has invited medical and law enforcement experts to shed light on the opioid crisis in Massachusetts.
Continue reading the article in the Milford Daily News

Related posts on the community coalition and opioid problem can be found here

When first constructed in 1861, the South Franklin Congregational Meeting House on Washington Street served a need of convenience for its flock. 
The Congregationalist community in that area, known as Wadsworth then, had to trek several miles to reach their only church in the center of town, and in inclement weather or harvest seasons, traveling there could prove difficult, according to town historical records. 
So, to allow them to practice their faith without taking the burdensome trip, the South Franklin Congregationalists erected a church in their part of town. The historic wood building still stands today — only that niche it met 154 years ago no longer applies. 
Yet the town’s oldest religious structure may not sit vacant for much longer.
Continue reading the article here

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