Thursday, March 31, 2016

April Happenings At The Franklin Historical Museum


The April item featured in the Museum’s ongoing Item of the Month series is a small Native American Stone Knife from our collection. There is a lot to be learned about how Native Americans in this area used stone tools to create axes, grinding tools, etc. to shape their environment and live off the land. The knife, a general purpose tool, with both a tapering point and a thick edge, demonstrates the highly advanced workmanship and ingenuity of the local Wampanoag tribe. 
The research and exhibit is put together by Justin Edwards, a Dean College history major and a student of American History professor Rob Lawson, and by Susan Elliott, museum volunteer.


Visit the museum Sunday April 10th from 1:00PM-4:00PM and view Stanley Chilson Films from the 1950s. See a bit of the Simple Life of Mid Century Franklin on the museum’s large movie screen. Stanley Chilson was a photographer who chronicled life in Franklin from the early 1930s through 1960. His films are rare treasures, that give us a unique view of how life once was in our town.


The Museum will be open from 11:00AM-2:00PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 19th, 20th and 21st - School Vacation Week. Open to the public and always free the Museum hopes to encourage families looking for something to do with the kids during school vacation. Enjoy ‘History Mysteries’ by guessing the age of a vintage American Flag from our collection. Student visitors will be encouraged to fill out an index card with their guesses. Winners will receive a letter of commendation and a small token of appreciation for visiting and participating. View a Herbert Hoover campaign poster and determine how old it might be. There will even be a question or two to try to stump our older visitors. Enjoy portions of the animated series Liberty’s Kids on the museum large viewing screen. There’s lots to see and much to learn from a visit to the Franklin Historical Museum. Spend your vacation learning a little bit of Franklin’s history.
Franklin Historical Museum
Franklin Historical Museum

The Museum is located at 80 West Central Street, Franklin. Hours of operation are Saturdays 10:00AM – 1:00PM, Sundays 1:00PM – 4:00PM and starting again in April, Thursday evenings 5:00PM – 8:00PM. There is handicap access through the back door of the museum with an elevator to the 1st floor exhibits. Visit soon!

Franklin Art Association - Spring Show - April 30, May 1

Franklin Art Association - Spring Show - April 30, May 1

Rudolph and Kutil recognized by Hockomock Sports

Hockomock Sports has published the Girls Basketball awards for the recently completed 2015-2016 season. Lauren Rudolph and Aubrie Kutil were recognized for their contributions to the Franklin High School team.

Girls Basketball 1st Team - Hockomock Sports photo
Girls Basketball 1st Team - Hockomock Sports photo

Girls Basketball 2nd Team - Hockomock Sports photo
Girls Basketball 2nd Team - Hockomock Sports photo

2nd Team

  • Lauren Rudolph – Franklin – Guard

Franklin senior guard Lauren Rudolph put in a solid all-around season for the Panthers to help them finish in third place in the Kelley-Rex division and qualify for the playoffs before bowing out after a tough trip to Westford. Rudolph averaged 9.4 points per game this season, while also grabbing nearly four rebounds and four steals per game. Rudolph spearheaded Franklin’s pressure defense and flourished in the drive and kick offense that the Panthers favor. She has committed to play at Springfield College next year.

Girls Basketball 3rd Team - Hockomock Sports photo
Girls Basketball 3rd Team - Hockomock Sports photo

3rd Team

  • Aubrie Kutil – Franklin – Forward

Franklin senior center Aubrie Kutil developed into a force in the paint for the Panthers this winter, the culmination of a strong four-year varsity career. Kutil led Franklin with 9.5 points per game, while shooting 52 percent from the floor. She added 7.4 rebounds per game and also showed off great vision and touch as a passer out of the post, which was the perfect fit for the Panthers style of offense. Kutil was named a Hockomock all-star by the league’s coaches for her play this season.

For all the details on the Girls Basketball Hockomock awards

Hydrant Flushing resumes April 4

The Franklin Department of Public Works, Water Division will begin its hydrant flushing program on Monday April 4, 2016.

This program is conducted annually to improve Franklin’s water quality and fire flows. Some hydrants will be flushed in the evening hours on weekdays and in the morning on weekends, while others will be completed during the day. Hydrant flushing will continue depending on water availability and system pressures.

Residents may experience temporary water loss or discolored water while hydrants are being flushed in their area. Even though the water may be discolored, it is still safe for human consumption.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the DPW office at 508-553-5500.

Flushing Areas will be posted here once the program has commenced.

hydrant flushing at Parmenter School
hydrant flushing at Parmenter School

In the News: Dean to use common app, Library move scheduled, empty bowls dinner set, discrimination lawsuit dismissed

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"Students applying to Dean College for 2017-18 will now have the ability to do so through the Common Application, an online system used by nearly 700 colleges and universities in the United States and around the world to manage the college admission process. 
By becoming a Common Application member, Dean College gains the opportunity to discover students who may not have been reached in the past."

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"To accommodate a renovation and addition to its building, the Franklin Public Library will be closing on April 11 and re-opening in a temporary location in early May. 
The library this week released a timeline of the effort, which will result in its re-opening at 25 Kenwood Circle on May 1. The year-long, $10.5 million project will add a new section to the building, as well as updating its heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems."

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"The Franklin Food Pantry and the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club will co-host the Empty Bowls Dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. April 27 in the Franklin High School cafeteria, 218 Oak St. 
Attendees will choose a hand-painted ceramic bowl to take home. A silent auction will feature select pieces that have been created and painted by members of the FHS Empty Bowls Club and local youth, adult and corporate groups. Proceeds from the event benefit the Franklin Food Pantry."

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"The Massachusetts Appeals Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit against Franklin Public Schools by a special education teacher once employed by the district. 
The suit, originally filed in June 2014, alleged that the schools discriminated against teacher Mary Perry because of her age. In a decision issued Tuesday, the appeals court held that a trial judge's summary dismissal of the case was proper."

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"will revitalize an underutilized urban site" - Back Bay Station to be renovated

"It looks like Back Bay Station, the dingy and outdated transit hub of the MBTA at the corner of Dartmouth and Stuart streets, is getting an aesthetic overhaul, inside and out. So much so you might not even recognize the new structure. 
Boston Properties Inc. put forth plans Tuesday for the project, which would entail not just revamping the station itself, but the entire block surrounding it. Retail outposts would line the street level of a new glass office tower – 26 stories of twisting glass akin to several giant boxes stacked on top of each other at odd and seemingly random angles. 
The MBTA building itself, which sees some 30,000 commuters each day, would be redone to reflect a more modern transit station. Department stores and a supermarket could be in the picture as well, and the finished product will also offer "a variety of high-quality housing opportunities," which will reportedly include the creation of affordable housing."

Continue reading the article and view other renditions of the renovation

The full 242 page PDF of the project proposal can be found here

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Downtown Project Update #24 - March 29, 2016

Next week, construction will begin on the new sidewalk improvements and new road work on East Central Street leading into downtown. 
The bridge deck portion of the new island should be completed by the end of April. The project is anticipated to be fully complete by the end of August. 
Also, please note detours. From time to time, please be aware of detours around the downtown construction area through the spring and summer. 
Detours may need to be established as the construction team sees fit, and may not be able to give residents notice in advance. If we can, we will.

downtown triangle section under construction
downtown triangle section under construction

This was shared from the official Franklin webpage

Multiple updates on the Franklin Library move to 25 Kenwood Dr

Friday - April 1 - Moving Party

Everyone is invited to our big send-off party at the Franklin Public Library on Friday, April 1 starting at 2PM. 
Join us for cake, games, treats, crafts, directions to the new location and information. There will be drawings for book giveaways for all ages.

Moving Dates

We will be closed from Monday April 11th – Sunday May 1st to relocate to 25 Kenwood Circle


Please help us lighten our load. This is the perfect opportunity to check out enough books, movies and cds to hold you over till we are up and running at our new temporary digs. We will be extending the date the items are due until Friday, May 6th. 
Interlibrary Loan will end Friday, April 22nd at 118 Main ST and resume on Monday, May 2nd at 25 Kenwood Circle 
Please change Interlibrary Loan pick up location to another convenient Minuteman library. ( i.e Medway or Millis, or Medfield, Framingham, Dover, etc.) OR wait to place your request after April 22nd. 
Between April 11th and April 22nd (when the library is closed) interlibrary loan items can be picked up at the Franklin Public Library, 118 Main Street between 9 AM – 5 PM on Mondays through Fridays. Please knock on the children’s door entrance for assistance.

Museum Passes

Non-returnable passes for the month of April and May can be picked up anytime before the 11th of April. Tickets to the Southwick Zoo can be purchased at the Circulation Desk for $15.00 each. To pick up passes that have to be returned; Mystic Seaport, Plimoth Plantation, Tower Hill, etc. please knock on the Children’s door entrance.

Book Drop

Book drop will remain open until April 23rd. You can drop off items at 25 Kenwood Circle beginning Monday, April 25th or hang on until Monday, May 2nd when we are up and running.

  • The Library Phone number remains unchanged. 508 -520- 4940

Book Sale – Buck A Book

Get a jump start on Summer Reading. Everything is a $1.00Saturday, April 9th, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM P (Please hold all donations until May 2nd) Monthly Booksales will resume in May at 25 Kenwood Circle.

All Library services will resume on Monday, May 2nd at 25 Kenwood Circle.

Please check the website for timely updates.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Franklin Public Library
Franklin Public Library

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You Are Invited To A Very Special Evening - April 14

                   Be our Guest for a very special evening
 Music and Art Appreciation Night
A Concert for the Senses

You are invited to be our Guest for an evening of fun and entertainment. 
Join us on Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 pm for      "A Concert for the Senses" our Annual Music and Art Appreciation Night. 
Together, we will hear from Franklin Forte, our Adult Chorus, in their latest public performance, along with many other musical offerings and accompaniments, including those of our music scholar/practitioners. 
In addition, you will have the opportunity to view the works of our very own Adult Education Art Instructor, along with those of our budding artists in residence at the Watercolor Art Class.
As a special treat, we will have an abbreviated Staged Reading presented by Mel Howards, the director of our newly established Senior Players' Group. He will be accompanied by Karen Alves, director of the Franklin Senior Center. We hope to whet your appetite and motivate you to join the fledgling group.

                        THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 7:00 PM
                             Franklin High School Auditorium
                                 218 Oak Street, Franklin, MA 

Meet Our Presenters
                         Matthew Macaulay, Guitar
                         Jill Noddin,Voice
                         Brent Selby, Cello
                         Cello Ensemble, Student Cellists
                         Steven Sergi, Violin, Viola
                         Students of Guitar
                         Mel Roberts & Karen Alves, Reading Senior
                         Players Group
                         Franklin Forte, Adult Education Adult Chorus
                         Gail Eckberg, Artist/Instructor-in-residence

Join us for an evening of celebration and fun 

About Us
The Center for Adult Education and Community Learning at Franklin is a program of the Lifelong Learning Institute, dedicated to providing quality learning experiences for adults in the Town of Franklin and surrounding communities. Diverse and enriched education and experiences are the goals of The Center for Adult Education & Community Learning. 

We are proud to be part of the Franklin Public Schools
FPS- Life Long Learning, 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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Hockomock Area YMCA Celebrates April As National Child Abuse Prevention Month

In recognition of April as Child Sexual Abuse Prevention month, The Hockomock Area YMCA will be joining other Ys across Massachusetts and the nation in promoting “Five Days of Action” Initiative from April 4-8, 2016.

This month and throughout the year, the Hockomock Area YMCA encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making our local communities a better place for children and families. Together we can prevent child sexual abuse by ensuring that adults have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly.
Hockomock YMCA
Hockomock YMCA

1 in 10 children experiences the trauma of child sexual abuse before age 18, typically at the hands of someone they know and trust. As adults, we are responsible for protecting children and educating ourselves to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The Hockomock Area YMCA partners with Darkness to Light to provide child abuse prevention training to adults that strengthens our community and keeps our kids safe. This training, called Stewards of Children®, is based on The 5 Steps to Protecting Our Children™. The 5 steps are: Learn the Facts, Minimize Opportunity, Talk About It, Recognize the Signs, and React Responsibly.

“Protecting children is of the utmost importance and April reminds us that child sexual abuse is a threat to children in all communities,” said Tony Calcia, Vice President of Child Protection and Social Responsibility at the Hockomock Area YMCA. “Adults should learn the facts about child sexual abuse and be prepared to intervene to protect the children in their lives.”

During the week of April 4th as well as throughout the month of April, the Hockomock Area YMCA will share information and resources with our members and the community on how to keep our children safe. Information will be shared through a variety of methods such as email blasts, social media, and within our facilities. Please consider supporting the movement of child sexual abuse prevention by sharing the information with family and friends and participating in our calls to action. The Hockomock Area YMCA is working in partnership with New Hope, The Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County, Norfolk Advocates for Children, Darkness to Light, and Praesidum to make a positive difference in the lives of children.

On Friday, April 8th, along with Hockomock Area YMCA staff, The Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County and the Norfolk Advocates for Children will be visiting the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Foxboro, Franklin, and North Attleboro branches to answer any questions individuals may have and share their resources.

For more information about child abuse prevention programs and activities during the month of April, and throughout the year, contact Tony Calcia at

About the Hockomock Area YMCA:
Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.

The Hockomock Area YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities they are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information visit

Family Concert Series Presents Opera for Kids Featuring "The Three Little Pigs" - Apr 10

Franklin Performing Arts Company’s annual, free Family Concert Series concludes this season with Opera for Kids, The Three Little Pigs, on Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m. at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, in downtown Franklin. Arranged by John Davies and set to the masterful music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Three Little Pigs is an operatic adaptation of the children’s fairytale classic and brings the beloved story to life. 

A treasured FPAC tradition for more than two decades, Family Concert Series events are geared toward children in length and format and provide young audiences with a fun introduction to the world of live music. The performances introduce audiences of all ages to music of many genres and feature talented, professional musicians in an engaging, entertaining and interactive way. The Three Little Pigs features Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) student Madi Asgeirsson and sopranos Shauna Martin and Mariko Matsumura as the three little pigs, along with lyric baritone Thomas Gareau as the wolf. Pianist Synthia Sture will accompany the vocalists.

A native of Winnipeg, Canada, Shauna Martin received her master’s degree in Opera from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Music degree from Brandon University. Her performances include a wide variety of operatic and musical theater roles in works by classical as well as contemporary composers. Shauna is a founding member of the popular children's show Opera Night in Canada and has performed with Canada’s regional orchestras and on CBC Radio.

A native of Tokyo, Japan, Mariko Matsumura received her bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance with high honors from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music. Mariko's performance credits include Messiah, Aida, Hansel and Gretl, Der Rosenkavalier, The Magic Flute and numerous premiere performances throughout the Boston area. She has performed with Lorelei Ensemble, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Jyugoya Ensemble, Chorus Boston, Setegaya Women’s Chorus and Opera Unmet.

A graduate of The Boston Conservatory with a BM in Vocal Performance and an MM in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance, Thomas Gareau has performed a wide variety of repertoire, from jazz to musical theater to opera and oratorio. As a regular and soloist with the Boston Choral Ensemble, he performed in the memorable production of Thomas Tallis’ Spem in alium at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross as part of the Boston Early Music Festival. Other notable engagements include Odyssey Opera’s debut concert production of Wagner’s Rienzi at Jordan Hall. Thomas has appeared in numerous solo recitals performing standard repertoire and unearthing lesser known art songs and arias.

FPAC’s 2016 Family Concert Series is sponsored by Berry Insurance. For more information, call (508) 528-3370 or visit and

Mass Attorney General Maura Healey Says Exxon Knew

Dear Friends,
Today Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that she is joining with the Attorneys General of New York and California in formally investigating ExxonMobil for their role in sowing doubt about climate science and preventing climate action after their own scientists affirmed the reality of climate change some 35 years ago.

This is yet another refreshing demonstration of climate leadership by Attorney General Healey, who has emerged as the people's champion in the struggle to prevent new fossil fuel pipelines in Massachusetts.  Today, Attorney General Healey has taken another big step forward to unambiguously plant herself on the right side of this issue and on the right side of history, and she deserves our thanks and appreciation.

People power makes a difference. When politicians know they can count on our support when they take a stand on climate, it makes it easier for champions like Maura Healey to lead. Please join me in thanking AG Healey by sharing this meme on Facebook and/or calling her office at (617) 727-2200.

Onward and upward,

Craig Altemose
Executive Director, Better Future Project
Senior Advisor, 350 Mass for a Better Future

In the News: office hours for Senator Ross, Obama statement on opioid crisis

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

"Sen. Richard Ross will hold an office hour at 10 a.m. April 5 at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill St. 
The morning meeting will provide constituents with an opportunity to meet with Ross or a member of staff and discuss any matters of importance to them. 
To register for a meeting, call 617-722-1555 or email with a preferred time and a brief description of the topics to be discussed."

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"A group of area residents who attended a Tuesday afternoon drug abuse panel discussion featuring President Barack Obama said they were struck by his level of knowledge and compassion regarding the issue. 
Five members of the Support for Addicts and Families by Empowerment (SAFE) Coalition attended the talk as part of the National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta. Their participation in the conference was sponsored by Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey."

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

1st Annual Empty Bowls Dinner - Apr 27

The Franklin Food Pantry and the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club have joined forces to co-host the 1st Annual Empty Bowls Dinner on Wednesday, April 27 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Franklin High School cafeteria. The event, which includes a simple meal of soup and bread, is meant to remind guests of the many “empty bowls” that exist in the lives of those who experience hunger.

Attendees will choose a hand-painted, ceramic bowl to take home as a reminder that “somewhere, someone’s bowl is empty.” A silent auction will feature select pieces that have been created and painted by members of the FHS Empty Bowls Club, and local youth, adult and corporate groups. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Franklin Food Pantry and will be used to fight hunger locally.

“The Empty Bowls Dinner will bring together members of our community who are working together to fight hunger,” says Erin Lynch, executive director of the Franklin Food Pantry. “We hope it will be a powerful reminder of the many people who struggle to put enough food on the table. We are thrilled to partner with the Franklin High School Empty Bowls Club to address the vital issue of hunger. We look forward to attracting all ages at this family-friendly event.”

Students in the Empty Bowls Club have been making ceramic bowls throughout the year to be used at the dinner. “Our students are excited to be part of such a meaningful effort,” said Brenna Johnson, FHS art teacher and instructor for the Empty Bowls Club. “It is rewarding for them to use their creativity to contribute to such a worthy cause. The true impact of their hard work will be felt on the night of our big event.”

Tickets must be bought in advance and can be purchased at the Franklin Food Pantry. Seating is limited so tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children and students. Payment must be made in cash or checks payable to the Franklin Food Pantry. 

The Pantry will hold “Box Office Hours” to sell tickets at its 43 W. Central Street location (on Route 140 across from the Franklin Fire Station) during the following times:

  • March 31, 5-7 pm
  • April 4, 11 am – 1 pm
  • April 5, 4 – 6 pm
  • April 7, 5 – 7 pm
  • April 11, 11 am – 1 pm
  • April 12, 4 – 6 pm
  • April 14, 5 – 7 pm
  • April 19, 4 – 6 pm
  • April 21, 5 – 7 pm

Local teenagers paint bowls to be used in the 1st Annual Empty Bowls Dinner at Franklin High School on April 27. Pictured, left to right, are Katie Aiken and Julia Buccella of Franklin; and Sophia Oliveras of Woonsocket, RI.
Local teenagers paint bowls to be used in the 1st Annual Empty Bowls Dinner at Franklin High School on April 27. Pictured, left to right, are Katie Aiken and Julia Buccella of Franklin; and Sophia Oliveras of Woonsocket, RI.

Empty Bowls is an international grass roots effort to fight hunger and raise funds to support local pantries. The Franklin Food Pantry and the FHS Empty Bowls Club work together to support the cause locally. The ceramic bowls are created throughout the year by the Empty Bowls Club and various corporate and community groups organized by the Pantry through its Empty Bowls Project. For more information on the dinner, or to arrange for your group to hold an Empty Bowls Project, visit or call 508-528-3115.

FHS presents "Beauty and the Beast" - Apr 8 and 9

The Franklin High School Music Department proudly presents

Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

The musical will be on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th at 7:00 p.m.
in the Franklin High School auditorium.

Tickets are $10.00 and will be available at the door.

FHS presents 'Beauty and the Beast'

FSPA Ballet Conservatory to perform three ballets

The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) Ballet Conservatory presents three short ballets, Class Concert, Graduation Ball and Western Revelries, on Saturday, April 2, at 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street, in downtown Franklin. The production features some 50 area dancers from FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory Division. The program, a mixed bill of distinct repertoire, highlights the dancers’ versatility and provides students with the opportunity to explore different facets of their technique.

Originally choreographed in the 1960s for the Bolshoi Ballet School, Class Concert follows the structure of a ballet class. FSPA Ballet Mistress Cheryl Madeux has taken the framework of this piece and restaged it for the FSPA dancers. Her choreography provides an opportunity to demonstrate the serious caliber of FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory training and to showcase dancers’ technique and precision. The ballet’s opening features younger students, and sections of the ballet progress in difficulty to show dancers’ development.
Franklin School of Performing Arts
Franklin School of Performing Arts

Graduation Ball, with original choreography by David Lichine, has been restaged for this FSPA production by Clyde Nantais and Madeux. Set at a fashionable Viennese finishing school for girls, with military academy cadets as guests of the party, Graduation Ball is a comedic, exuberant ballet. Choreographed to the music of Johann Strauss II, the ballet presents a wonderful variety of dances, and entertains with a delightful array of characters and lighthearted comedy. Guest performer Benjamin Kuefler, from Acton School of Ballet, will dance Graduation Ball’s Sylph pas de deux with FSPA’s Noura Sander, 15, of North Easton. Nantais will perform the part of the Headmistress (a character role often performed by a man “en travestie”), with Cassie Murdock as the General.

Aaron Copland provides the lively score to Western Revelries, which features dancing cowboys, chickadees and a turkey in the straw. Madeux performed the ballet herself as a young dancer. The ballet is choreographed by guest artist Donna Bonasera, who was Madeux’s teacher and coach throughout her training. Western Revelries is well suited to spotlight the theatrical talents of the FSPA dancers. “You need a lot of personality for this ballet,” notes Madeux, “so I thought it was a good fit.”

The Ballet Conservatory Division at FSPA provides training in classical ballet technique, pre-pointe, pointe, modern and character dance. The curriculum is based on the foundations of the Vaganova syllabus and incorporates the American Ballet Theatre (ABT) National Training curriculum.

For more information about the FSPA Ballet Conservatory program, call (508) 528-8668. To purchase tickets ($18 for adults and $15 for students/seniors) to the ballet production, visit

"induced earthquakes will likely happen in the near future"

The Washington Post reports that the US Geological Survey (USGS) has updated their maps showing the increased likelihood of man-made earthquakes. 

"Earthquakes are a natural hazard — except when they're man-made. The oil and gas industry has aggressively adopted the technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to shatter subsurface shale rock and liberate the oil and gas lurking there. But the process results in tremendous amounts of chemical-laden wastewater. Horizontal drilling for oil can also produce massive amount of natural, unwanted salt water. The industry disposes of this wastewater by pumping it into deep wells. 
And the Earth moves."

USGS map displaying 21 areas impacted by induced earthquakes as well as the location of the fluid injection wells that have and have not been associated with earthquakes. (Courtesy of USGS)
USGS map displaying 21 areas impacted by induced earthquakes as well as the location of the fluid injection wells that have and have not been associated with earthquakes. (Courtesy of USGS)

The USGS announcement of the press conference during which this data was released

The Earthquake Hazards Program can be found here

In the News: Faces of Recovery concert, turnpike toll booths going away, peaker plant gets water from Millis

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

A local group aimed at fighting substance abuse will be holding a concert this weekend to share treatment stories and further reach out to the community. 
The Support for Addicts and Families by Empowerment (SAFE) is slated to host a "Faces of Recovery" concert on Sunday at Franklin's Black Box Theater. The event will run from 5 to 9 p.m.
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The state is looking for an OK from the town's Conservation Commission to tear down the toll booths and a building at the intersection of the Mass. Pike and Interstate 495 later this year, and restore the area to open space.
The Exit 11A toll plaza demolition and improvement project is part of the implementation of All Electronic Tolling, which eliminates the traditional toll booth system in favor of drive-under electronic toll collectors at various points on the highway, charging for distance rather than the number of exits traveled. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation expects the new system with 15 checkpoints to be in use by October.

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Selectmen Monday voted to move forward with the potential sale of water to Exelon after a committee concluded that the sale is feasible. 
The Drinking Water Committee last week approved motions to recommend to the Board of Selectmen that they move forward with negotiations and planning to sell water to Exelon for its 200-megawatt expansion in Medway.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

S.A.F.E. presents Faces of Recovery featuring Mike Zito - Apr 3

No tickets necessary, but please RSVP by clicking here

Join SAFE on April 3, 2016 for Faces of Recovery: A Day of Awareness, Hope and Healing.
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Mike Zito to perform at Faces of Recovery

On Sunday, April 3, 2016, SAFE is presenting Faces of Recovery: A Day of Awareness, Hope and Healinga community event with special guest Mike Zito. Zito is an internationally known musician living in long term recovery from addiction to drugs and alcohol. He will play an acoustic "storytellers set" followed by a concert with his full band.

The evening will also feature various speakers from the recovery community who will share their own stories.
•    State Representative Jeffrey Roy
•    Matt Ganem, representative of Banyan Treatment Centers and treatment advocate living in long-term recovery
•    Colleen, living long term recovery
•    Jim Derick, SAFE Coalition president and family in recovery
•    Mike Zito's acoustic "storytellers set"
•    State Senator Karen Spilka
•    Jeff, living in long term recovery
•    Shawn Salisbury, living in long term recovery and volunteer from East Bridgewater HOPE 
•    Mike Boyd, Learn to Cope member in recovery
Concluding with a special musical performance by Mike Zito & the Wheel!

Come out and join your community for an evening filled with information, inspiration and hope!

This event is being hosted to bring those in the community together to raise awareness and provide support to the recovery community. "We've hand-picked each speaker to offer those in attendance unique perspectives on the recovery journey and to bring hope to those individuals and families seeking or living in recovery," says Jim Derick, SAFE's president.  By example, these individuals will show us recovery is possible!

This event will include food and beverages and is open to all ages.
No tickets necessary, but please RSVP by clicking here.

For more information about this event and the S.A.F.E. Coalition please "Like" us on Facebook and visit our website
MIKE ZITO "One Step At A Time"

Mike Zito at Faces of Recovery

See him live at Franklin's Black Box Theatre
Sunday, April 3, 2016

5 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

15 West Central St Franklin MA
Click the image above to watch Mike Zito perform One Step at a Time.

There are no tickets required for admission.

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S.A.F.E. is a coalition of community partners who have come together to provide support, education, treatment options, and coping mechanisms for those affected by substance abuse disorder. We do so by empowering those affected, including their families, with the tools necessary to succeed on their journey to recovery. We understand that while I can't, we can.
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