Friday, September 23, 2016

In the News: Town Council accepts land, guided walk in Upton St Forest

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The Town Council accepted about 20 acres of land off of Lincoln Street, which abuts Helen Keller Elementary School and Annie Sullivan Middle School. 
Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting said the parcel comes from a developer of Rolling Brook Estates, a nearby housing development. He said the town wanted to keep the land as open space, since children often walk through to get to the schools. 
Councilor Andrew Bissanti, though, questioned the acquisition of the plot, asking whether anything could be built there. 
"It's touted as a great piece of land... I see nothing but rivers and streams," he said. "I'm not for taking land off the tax roll on behalf of a developer."

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"The Friends of the Upton State Forest on Saturday are guiding a historical tour of the landmarks and sites hidden within the forest. 
Friends member Bill Taylor said that the event is part of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor GO! program, which is an “effort to educate people about the history of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor.” 
The walk is actually the 60th on the program of events for the GO! program, which runs through the month of September, he said. 
Walkers will explore various historic items in the forest, including cellar holes, surface quarrying, stone walls, cut stones, water crossings, early roads and an old cranberry bog while discussing “who used the land that is now Upton State forest.”

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Where is the Upton State Forest?

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