Friday, October 9, 2015

In the News: Youth Baseball directors, House passes drug legislation, Council creates revolving fund

The Franklin Youth Baseball Board of Directors elections will be held 8 p.m. Nov. 18, at the East Coast Driving School, 25 E. Central St. 
Franklin Youth Baseball
Franklin Youth Baseball
Election to the Board of Directors is determined by a vote of the general membership. All positions are open and newcomers are welcomed. 
In addition to the usual positions, there are three new additional roles that need to be filled: Barnstormer representative, CORI Officer and social media manager.

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The state House of Representatives, with the help of a local politician, passed a bill Thursday making it illegal for illicit drug dealers to traffic fentanyl, a common and deadly cutting agent typically mixed with heroin. 
The combination of heroin and fentanyl, a powerful opioid used with anesthesia to help prevent pain after surgery, creates a lethal mix and is 100 times more powerful than morphine and 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin, according to the DEA. 
Under current law, drug traffickers can only be charged with manufacturing, dispensing or possessing fentanyl.
According to state Rep. John Fernandes, D-Milford, the number of drugs tested by the state police crime lab tested positive has grown from five to more than 475.

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The Town Council voted this week to establish a means to sustainably fund the Council on Aging's caregiver respite program. 
The council voted Wednesday to establish a revolving account for the program, which helps give regular breaks to those caring for elders. Senior Center Director Karen Alves said caregivers are often in need of a break, and are more susceptible to get sick because of the strain the role takes on them. 
"The Council on Aging is committed to helping caregivers," said Alves. "This program provides a trained companion so a companion can get out and have some respite."

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