Saturday, September 26, 2015

FHS football and field hockey win while golf and volleyball lose

It was a break-even Friday for the athletic teams at FHS where they posted wins in Football and Field Hockey while the Golf and Volleyball teams lost. The detailed results are shared from Hockomock Sports.


Taunton, 13 @ Franklin, 14 – Final

  • 1st Quarter: No scoring.
  • 2nd Quarter: (T) Damion Theodule 1 yard rush, XP good; (T) Tanner Costa 46 yard rush, XP fail.
  • 3rd Quarter: No scoring.
  • 4th Quarter: (F) Brad Jarosz 1 yard rush, Nick Yelle XP good; (F) Jake Wolowacki 53 yard pass to Sam Harrell, N. Yelle XP good.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers


Mansfield, 3 @ Franklin, 1 – Final 
– Mansfield picked up wins in the first two games and finished it off in the fourth game. The Hornets took a 25-9, 25-21, 24-26, 25-18 win behind 10 kills from Meg Hill, six kills from Colleen Riley and 13 digs from Cathryn Heavey. Franklin’s Caroline Maguire had three kills, three blocks and a pair of aces, Aubrie Kutil had six kills and Dayna McCue finished with 22 digs and three aces.

Field Hockey

Franklin, 1 @ Taunton, 0 – Final 
– Franklin senior Kelsey McPhee scored the lone goal of the game while Panther goalie Samantha Jones have a big save on a breakaway to preserve the lead. Head coach Lisa Cropper said seniors Abby Egan, Maddie Gendreau and Kenzi Pleshaw all played well defensively.


Franklin, 171 @ King Philip, 156 – Final 
– King Philip’s Mickey Riley was the match medalist, shooting a 37 to lead the Warriors. Matt Dao shot a 40 for the Panthers.

For all the results around the Hockomock League

"We've been meeting on the subject for over a year"

The town has removed parking meters along downtown East Central Street, a move that could be made permanent. 
Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting said the meters were being removed to accommodate ongoing roadwork taking place in the center of town. He said the status of the meters after the work is completed is in question. 
"There's been a proposal to not (put the meters back), but it hasn't been approved," he said. 
Nutting said the police department would be enforcing a two-hour parking limit where the meters once were. That regulation, he said, would remain in effect until the Town Council adopts more permanent rules.

New flag pole? No. Parking meter in process of being removed.
New flag pole? No. Parking meter in process of being removed.

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Franklin News from the Twitterverse - Saturday, Sep 26

Drug Tack-Back Day is today from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, drop off your extra prescription medicines at the Franklin Police Station, 911 Panther Way.


Concussion Awareness week concludes but the need for concussion awareness goes on!


As mentioned during the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, each Friday at the High School is a dress up theme day. This Friday (Sep 25) the Freshman Class won.

Free Flu Shot Clinic - Oct 13

For all Franklin residents 6 months or older

No copays

  • Bring your insurance cards
  • Wear a shortsleeved shirt

When?  Tuesday, Oct 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM

Where?  Franklin Senior Center

Franklin Senior Center
Franklin Senior Center

This was shared from the official Franklin page

StoryCorp: How stories can transform a classroom

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"Telling our stories brought all of our lived realities into the classroom." Rebecca Mieliwocki, Seventh Grade Teacher

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Caitlyn, a quiet seventh grader, was bullied by the other kids in her class because she wore the same cowboy boots every day. The boots were a gift from her father, who had passed away. But Caitlyn's boots were special for another reason. After she shared her story, the teasing stopped. Not just for Caitlyn, but for everyone.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Franklin Public Schools: Rumors/ Pediculosis

Good Morning: 
It has come to our attention that there are a number of rumors circulating on social media that there has been an outbreak of pediculosis. Comments cite an epidemic of lice (pediculosis) in our schools that has gone unchecked. Please be assured that if the facts had any credibility we would communicate to our parents/guardians. 
As of this morning school health officials report there are no active cases of lice. From the start of the school year there were two reported cases - and only one at the elementary level. Both Cases were effectively treated medically and we can report no recurrence. 
We are not sure what motivated the circulation of these rumors but be assured there is no epidemic. We take public health concerns seriously and our protocols and practices are aligned with the Department of Public Health regulations and guidelines. 
Thank You
Franklin Public Schools - 'the key to learning'
Franklin Public Schools - 'the key to learning'

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Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 9/25/15 - THU 10/1/15

FRIDAY 9/25/15
10am-1:30pm   WMRC Senior Expo at Franklin Senior Center
12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market at The Town Common
6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked at Franklin Art Center
7:30pm   Lost in Yonkers at The Black Box
8-9:50pm   Frozen Friday DJ Public Skate at Pirelli Arena
9pm   Comedy Night at the “3” Restaurant

SATURDAY 9/26/15
9am   Friends of the Poor Walk at St. Mary’s Church
7:30pm   Lost in Yonkers at The Black Box
8pm   Vance Gilbert at Circle of Friends Coffeehouse, FUSF Meetinghouse

SUNDAY 9/27/15
11am   Franklin Community Garden - Polinator Event
2pm   Lost in Yonkers at The Black Box
3pm   Comedy-Juggling Show with Bryson Lang at the Franklin Public Library
3:30pm   LiveARTS Concert: Linda Bento-Rei, flute and Vytas Baksys, piano at the FUSF Meetinghouse
5:30pm  Progressive Dinner starts in Downtown Franklin

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

Franklin Solar Challenge: SolarFlair hits Tier 6!

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The Franklin Solar Challenge has reached Tier 6!

Thank you Franklin residents for all the great support, without your help we could not have reached this important goal. SolarFlair has contracted 52 projects totaling 411 kW, and we hope many more will sign up before the October 15th deadline.

SolarFlair will be donating a 20 panel system to a local Non-Profit Organization in Franklin. After this system is installed, SolarFlair will have donated a total of 20 kW across 4 Massachusetts communities!

Great Work Everyone!



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Franklin News from the Twitterverse

How teachers set up their classroom is part of the 'hidden' curriculum. I know this to be true for one K Teacher I am close to. Now I find that others approach the classroom in the same way.


Artificial turf is still in the news here and there. Crumb rubber still being objected to but no major inroads being made, yet. This article talks of one county in Virginia that is trying organic infill.


Kyle and Luke Florio
Kyle and Luke Florio

You can play football even if you can can't hear the whistles. Two Franklin kids could use your help to fund their playing time.

FHS boys and girls soccer and cross country teams win

From Hockomock Sports we share the good news that both the FHS boys and girls soccer and cross country teams won on Thursday. The soccer teams faced off against Taunton and the cross country teams ran against King Philip.

Boys Soccer

Franklin, 4 @ Taunton, 1 – Final 
– David Stowell scored a pair of goals, Austin Kent scored once and had an assist and Farley Asmath netted Franklin’s other goal as the Panthers snapped a two-game skid.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Girls Soccer

Taunton, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final 
– The game was scoreless into the final 20 minutes. Freshman Halle Atkinson broke the deadlock off an assist by Bailey Knous. Atkinson then assisted on a goal by Jess Kroushl. Alexis Stowell wrapped up the scoring off an assist from Victoria Stowell.

Boys Cross Country

Franklin, 21 @ King Philip, 37 – Final 
– Franklin’s Ryan Spelman finished in 17:17 to take the top spot and pace the Panthers. Jimmy Robbins (17:22) and Nicholas Gnaman (17:28) finished third and fourth while Jeff Wu (17:52) finished sixth, Evan St. Germaine (17:54) finished seventh and Tyler Marchioni (18:03) finished eighth. King Philip’s Seth Sullivan (17:20) finished second and Brendan Sullivan (17:29) finished fifth.

Girls Cross Country

Franklin, 23 @ King Philip, 34 – Final 
– Franklin’s Brittany Robinson and Nicole Clermont finished first and second to pace the Panthers while Katherine Hartnett (19:55) finished fourth. KP’s Erin Quinn (19:53) finished third, Nina Sitarski (20:18) was fifth and Erica Layna (20:52) finished sixth.

For the remainder of the results across the Hockomock League on Thursday

Blackstone River Theatre - Spuyten Duyvil makes BRT debut Saturday!

Two good shows this weekend: (1) The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse has Vince Gilbert and (2) the Blackstone River Theatre has the show described in the newsletter below.



THANK YOU to everyone who attended Blackstone River Theatre's
5th annual Summer Solstice Festival! 

We will see you  
next year, June 18! 

Zumba Toning with April Hilliker Mondays, 5:30 PM
Zumba with April Hilliker on Mondays, 6:30 PM

Saturday, September 26,
8 PM, $15

Saturday and Sunday
Oct. 3-4, 9 AM to 3:30 PM


Saturday, October 3,
8 PM, $15
Music from Scotland

Sunday, October 4 
4-6 PM, $25 

Saturday, Oct. 10, 8 PM, $15

Saturday, Oct. 17, 8 PM, $15

Saturday, Oct. 24, 8 PM, $15

Saturday, Oct. 31, 2 PM  
$10 adv / $12 day of show 
Quick Links...
BRT Website    

BRT Classes      
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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,

A great crowd came out and saw last week's band, The Fretless. And they rocked ... an amazing show. This week we bring in another act new to BRT, Spuyten Duyvil. They play "traditional songs arranged by the band for today's listener." One of the more exciting new bands I have heard in awhile. See for yourself ... I dare you. 

As I said last week ... Remember that feeling when you go to see a show you are not sure of and then you are totally blown away? This Saturday will also be like that. Feel that feeling again.

And sign up for our Celtic stone carving class Oct. 3-4 or our roots music appreciation class with Duke Robillard on Oct. 4! 

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

SPUYTEN DUYVIL (pronounced SPITEen DIEvul)

Seeing a Spuyten Duyvil (pronounced SPITEen DIEvul) show for the first time has been described as "like throwing a cherry bomb into a lake ... It wakes you up." Dating back to the 17th century, the name Spuyten Duyvil originates from the Dutch settlers who gave the name to a creek that flowed around what is today the Marble Hill neighborhood in the Bronx. The New York band's brand of original and traditional American roots music blends old time, blues, bluegrass, and folk rock with a pinch of punk energy to create a uniquely modern mix. Led by songwriting couple Mark Miller and Beth Kaufman, this six-piece powerhouse has been bringing barn-burning energy to venues throughout the Northeast and Midwest. It's an exciting time for the Hudson Valley-based band. They have just released their 3rd CD, "The Social Music Hour Vol 1," a self-described love letter to Harry Smith's iconic "Anthology of American Music" featuring essential traditional songs popularized by Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten, Big Bill Broonzy, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly and more, 'arranged by the band for today's listener.' Familiar, forgotten words find new meaning in this historically informed but thoroughly contemporary treatment. 2014 saw the band tour the Northeast, Midwest and Northern California with featured shows at Citi Field (formerly Shea Stadium), Winter's Eve at Lincoln Center, and The Philadelphia Folk Festival's main stage. The group features Beth Jamie Kaufman on vocals, Jim Meigs on harmonica, Lou Geser/Jagoda on drums, John Neidhart on bass, Rik Mercaldi on guitar, and Mark Miller on tenor guitar and vocals. Their new CD reached the #2 spot on the International Folk Radio Airplay chart and the Roots Music Report Traditional Folk Album Chart and Airplay Direct's Top 50 Americana/AAA Albums. In May, "The Social Music Hour Vol. 1" dominated the The Roots Music Report's Top 50 Contemporary Folk Song Chart taking the #1 and #2 spots.    

Saturday, September 26, 8 P.M., $15.00 
at Blackstone River Theatre
549 Broad Street, Cumberland, R.I.
Call 401-725-9272 for reservations


Ever want to learn to do Celtic stone carving? Well, BRT has you covered! Blackstone River Theatre will offer a two-day class in Celtic Relief Stone carving in Limestone for beginners with instructor Laura Travis, outside, behind the Blackstone River Theatre. The class will be held on Saturday, October 3 AND Sunday, October 4, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. Teenagers (age 16 and up), college students and adults are all welcome and no experience is required. (Note: Laura WILL also be able to accommodate students who have taken this class in the past and want to build on their skills!) A maximum of 10 students will be allowed; a minimum of six is needed to run the class. The course fee is $125 plus a separate $12 materials fee which is payable directly to instructor Laura Travis (includes several pieces of stone, sandpapers, and access to finishing tools.) If you'd like a chisel to own add $18.00 to the materials fee. Prepayment is necessary. Register by emailing For more information, visit the instructor's site,


Ever wonder about the evolution of blues music and other genres in America? If so, it's time to start learning AND hearing how it all unfolded... REGISTER NOW for our first roots music appreciation class with Duke Robillard next Sunday, Oct. 4, from 4-6 p.m. (the September class was postponed so this will be the first in a monthly series of classes). Taught in a group setting, the class is designed for all music lovers; it is NOT specifically geared toward guitarists. The cost is $25.00 which INCLUDES a CD compilation of music covered in each class. Pre-registration / prepayment is necessary!!! For class registration or more info email

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