Saturday, September 10, 2016

FHS boys soccer post win, girls soccer and football lose on Friday

From Hockomock Sports we share the FHS results from Friday

Boys Soccer

North Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final 
– Sophomore Nitin Chaudhury played the role of playmaker on Friday afternoon, assisting both of Franklin’s goals. Farley Asmath put the Panthers ahead and Kevin Hall doubled the lead for Franklin, both off of assists from Chaudhury.

Girls Soccer

Franklin, 1 @ North Attleboro, 2 – Final 
– Nadia Havens opened the scoring for Franklin with a header off a pass by Ellie Teixeira. Haley Guertin scored an unassisted goal to tie it for North eight minutes later. With eight minutes remaining, Kayla Pasquel won the game for the Rocketeers with an unassisted goal.

For the other scores around the Hockomock League on Friday

Stoughton senior Izon Swain-Price bursts through a big gap created by his offensive line. (Ryan Lanigan/
Stoughton senior Izon Swain-Price bursts through a big gap created by his offensive line. (Ryan Lanigan/

"As Stoughton fought its way through the ups and downs of the 2015 season to finish with a 6-5 record, there were plenty of positives and negatives. 
One big positive was the experience the players got, mainly the young offensive line. That experience paid off big time on Friday night as the Black Knights dominated up front behind it’s five-senior offensive line en route to a 58-19 statement win over Franklin. 
Lino Azul, Ryan Pierre, Andrew Iverson, Harry Kimball and Brendan Walsh paved the way as Stoughton racked up 454 yards rushing and over 500 yards total in the win. 
“They all played last year,” Stoughton head coach Greg Burke said. “We played some tough games last year so having a senior line this year, senior lines usually win. They’re just a little stronger, have a little more experience. Now we have the seniors [on the line] so I’m hoping it carries us. The line is key, offensively and defensively.”
For the complete write up by Hockomock Sports.Com Editor in Chief Ryan Lanigan

Rotary Youth Leadership recognition for high school sophomores

One of the greatest activities of Rotary District 7910 is Rotary Youth Leadership which is a weekend at a local college campus for High School sophomore students that have demonstrated leadership potential and wish specialized experiences in team building to achieve assigned functions (one of the perennial favorite projects is building a functional bridge out of nothing but newspaper pages) as a team of individuals who have never worked together--or even met before. 

This year Franklin Rotary was proud of the six students (double our usual attendees). The students were then invited to a Rotary meeting on a Thursday evening at 6 o'clock at 3's Restaurant for dinner and to speak about their experiences. The optimism in their presentations confirmed that we had sent excellent candidates!

Shown in the photo are Jonathan Creonte, Alexa Katsaros, Laetitia Pierre-Louis, Rotarian president Ted Katsaros. Unable to be present in the photo were Meredith Gendreau, Nick Assad, and Brendan Ryan.
Shown in the photo are Jonathan Creonte, Alexa Katsaros, Laetitia Pierre-Louis, Rotarian president Ted Katsaros. Unable to be present in the photo were Meredith Gendreau, Nick Assad, and Brendan Ryan.

For more about the Franklin Rotary, visit them on the web

SBA Advantage, Connections that Work - Sep 15

The Town of Franklin’s Department of Planning and Community Development, in conjunction with South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation, announces the Franklin Business Loan Program, which will be rolled out during the Small Business Administration’s workshop, ‘SBA Advantage, Connections that Work’ on Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Dean College, 99 Main Street, Golder Room (in the Campus Center), Franklin, MA 02038. At this seminar, the SBA and SEED will provide information on their loan programs and resources available to help business owners.

The loan programs provide financing for new and established businesses to help them start,
grow and create new jobs in Franklin by forming a partnership with SEED, which provides loans from $1,000 to $5.5 million.

SEED offers three loan programs:

1) The Micro Loan Program provides loans from $1,000 up to $50,000, which can be used for working capital, inventory, leasehold improvements, machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures, and refinancing of business credit card debt. The term on the loans is 6 years at a 6 percent fixed interest rate with no prepayment penalty.

2) The Revolving Loan Fund provides loans up to $250,000, which can be used for the purchase of land and buildings; equipment and furnishings; working capital, or as the down payment on a larger project. The SEED portion of the project is generally 40 percent or less, although in cases where there is a larger financing gap, SEED’s portion can be greater. The term on the loan is up to 10 years at a 5 percent fixed interest rate with bank participation and 6 percent without. There is no prepayment penalty.

3) The 504 Loan Program provides up to 40 percent of the financing needed behind a
bank/credit union’s 50 percent for the acquisition and improvement of commercial and
industrial buildings; and the purchase and installation of heavy machinery and equipment.
SEED’s portion can range from $120,000 to $5 million for most businesses, and $5.5 million for manufacturing businesses. SEED’s portion offers a fixed interest rate below market for 20 years, currently at 4.1 percent, and at 3.7 percent for 10 years.

SEED is a non-profit economic development organization certified in 1982 by the U.S. Small
Business Administration with the mission to grow and create jobs throughout the region. SEED also provides business assistance and works with other economic development organizations and financing institutions in the region to ensure that individuals who are committed to owning and operating a small business are able to obtain the assistance they need to be successful.

For more information, or to register for the seminar, please contact Bryan Taberner, Director of Planning and Community Development at (508) 520-4907 or email

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In the News: Elks place flag garden, Town Council hears about maintenance

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the American flag unfurled, it seemed, from every available space. It hung by doorways and from windows, fluttered on flag poles and vehicle antennas, was displayed on shirts and hats, and waved in the hands of those gathered at countless vigils - a symbol of solidarity, defiance, and a nation's resolve not to stand down from all for which it stands. 
So, it is fitting that the flag should figure so prominently in the Franklin Elks' tribute to those who were lost on 9/11 as the 15th anniversary of that day is marked this weekend."

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"The Town Council this week heard about a program aimed at tracking maintenance efforts in school and municipal buildings. 
Council members have been critical of the town's facilities department in the past, calling for more transparency and accountability. 
The council heard from a representative of the firm SchoolDude on Sept. 7 about that company's preventive maintenance program. Two school buildings - the Davis-Thayer and Kennedy elementary schools - are piloting the program, which inventories all the equipment in the building and sets up a maintenance schedule."

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Reminder: Bottle and Can Drive today at FHS

The Franklin High School boys hockey team is having their annual Bottle and Can Drive on Saturday, September 10th from 8:30am to 2:00pm at the high school parking lot.

If you would like to help out, please save your recyclable bottles and cans for the boys hockey program.

FHS Boys Hockey
FHS Boys Hockey

Anniversary Fundraiser Gala - Nov 12

The Franklin Downtown Partnership will host an anniversary fundraiser gala on Saturday, November 12, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at THE BLACK BOX to celebrate 15 years of service to the residents and businesses of Franklin.

Enjoy entertainment, dancing and mingling, and a chance to win auction and raffle items from local merchants as you view the new look of our downtown. Meet FDP members, learn more about the non-profit organization, and see what future plans hold for downtown Franklin.

Tickets are $100 per person and will go on sale in September. Sponsorships are welcome; contact the FDP office at if interested.

If you would like to donate auction or raffle items, or to volunteer to help with the event, please contact event organizers Beth Wierling,, or Jane Curran,

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is celebrating its 15th year as a non-profit, 501©3 organization made up of businesses, residents and community leaders working to revitalize downtown Franklin. The Partnership runs events such as the Strawberry Stroll, the Harvest Stroll and the Holiday Stroll, and is involved in streetscape and design efforts, greenspace and sculpture projects. New members are always welcome. 

Learn more at

Franklin Downtown Partnership celebrates 15 years
Franklin Downtown Partnership celebrates 15 years

Friday, September 9, 2016

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 9/9/16 - THU 9/15/16

FRIDAY 9/9/16
12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market @ The Town Common
6:30pm   Yoga @ La Cantina Winery

SATURDAY 9/10/16
8:30am-2pm   Bottle and Can Drive @ FHS (supports FHS Hockey)
8pm   Garnet Rogers with Shawna Caspi @ FUSF

SUNDAY 9/11/16
9am-10am   Barn Babies Traveling Petting Zoo @ 118 Main Street Parking Lot

MONDAY 9/12/16
10am   Fall Social Franklin MOMs Club @ Franklin YMCA, open to all prospective members
10:30am   Tea and Tangles @ Franklin Art Center

TUESDAY 9/13/16
7pm   Yankee Quilters Guild Meeting - New members welcome! @ St. John Episcopal Church
7pm   High School Fair @ BFCCPS, free event open to public
7:30pm   Franklin and Bellingham Rail Trail Committee monthly meeting @ Franklin YMCA. Open to public.

6:30pm   Creative Writing Group @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Franklin Newcomers Club Social meting for anyone interested @ “3” Restaurant

THURSDAY 9/15/16
8:30am   Franklin Downtown Partnership Meeting @ Dean College
3pm   Memory Cafe for Caregivers and Their Loved Ones - each month different theme, please register @ Franklin Senior Center
6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked @ Franklin Art Center

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

Community Garden Committee Annual Report For FY 2016

"The mission of the Community Garden is to provide Franklin residents with a place to meet, learn, and grow, by providing a healthy space in which we can share the joy of growing organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

In partnership with the Town of Franklin, the Recreation Department, and the nonprofit Friends of Franklin Community Gardens,

Your Community Garden Committee:

• Identifies appropriate locations
• Coordinates design and construction of new gardens
• Develops and enforces rules and regulations for the gardens
• Oversees the plot lottery, gardener registration and plot distribution

We pledge to continue:

• Supporting our community in growing local food
• Providing locally harvested food to those in need
• Promoting increased social interaction through gardening within our community
• Developing an educational garden for all ages

The King Street Community Garden continues to thrive in its fifth season! This year we have 52 beds available for planting, all of which are currently leased to community members and local non-profits, including St. Vincent De Paul, HMEA, and the Franklin Food Pantry. Our annual May plant sale was a success as always, and last October’s garlic planting demonstration was well-attended. The Community Garden welcomes interested gardeners of all skill levels.

Over the past fiscal year, the Community Garden Committee has focused on two areas in addition to our typical tasks. First of all, we undertook a review and rewrite of our bylaws, rules, and regulations, in order to incorporate the best practices and experience we have gained over the last five seasons at King Street. This updated “gardener’s handbook” has been made available to all gardeners electronically via Google Docs.

We have also made a concerted effort to recruit new gardeners and new members for the Committee. With the departure of former Chair, Christopher Clay, the Community Garden Committee is in great need of additional Committee members to help us efficiently run the King Street Garden and plan educational programming for the community. Our Chair, Bonnie Kaiden, sent a letter to all of our current gardeners seeking new Committee members, and we are awaiting responses. We have not yet succeeded in finding additional Committee members, but we are continuing our efforts in that direction and hope to have new members soon.

We look forward to many more harvests to come! If you would like to join us for the 2017 season, please visit the Franklin Recreation Department in person or online. For more information about the Community Garden, contact us at or visit our website at

The Community Garden Committee meets the First Monday of the month at Town Hall. Check the Town of Franklin Meeting Calendar for details.

If you are interested in serving on the committee, please contact any committee member or visit the Town Clerk’s office."

  • Bonnie Kaiden, Chair 
  • Kiernan Reed, Secretary 
  • Amy Acevedo, Member 
  • Rich Clauser, Member

Respectfully submitted,
Kiernan Reed Secretary

fresh growth at the Community Garden in August 2016
fresh growth at the Community Garden in August 2016

This was shared from the official Town of Franklin page

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FHS field hockey posts first win over North Attleboro

From Hockomock Sports we share the results of Thursday's action for the FHS teams.

Field Hockey

North Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – 
The Panthers had nine corners, 24 shots on goal and didn’t allow a single shot on goal defensive in the win over North. Caroline Lounsbury gave Franklin the lead midway through the first half on a cross from Brayden Downing, sophomore Annie Walsh doubled the lead with an unassisted goal and sophomore Cassi Ronan capped the scoring off a corner from Walsh.
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers


Franklin, 163 @ Oliver Ames, 147 – Final – 
Oliver Ames’ Ryan McGarry and Nick Lombardi were co-medalists for the match, each shooting a round-low 36 for the Tigers. Brady Allbritton added a 37 for OA. Franklin’s Matt Deo shut a team-best 37 for the Panthers.

For the complete results around the Hockomock League on Thursday

FHS Football players to watch

With the return to school, the fall sports season resumes and Hockomock Sports has posted their Hockomock League players to watch for the football on offence and defense. 

The FHS football team opens the season with a game tonight at Franklin against Stoughton. The game starts at 7:00 PM. The game will be the first for the new football coach Eian Bain.

JAKE LYONS, SENIOR – FRANKLIN football defense

A lot of safeties at the high school level are one dimensional but Lyons has shown he can help defenses in a variety of ways. He has impressed in pass coverage with his ability to read the play as it’s happening and make a play on either the ball or the receiver after the catch. If it’s a run play, he’s quick to react and attack the ball carrier, typically making a play. In one on one situations, Lyons is patient and doesn’t over pursue, and sizes up the play he needs to make. On passing plays, he can quickly read it and either knock the ball down or come away with an interception. Lyons should be a vital part of Franklin’s defense as they work towards getting back to the playoffs.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers


Franklin’s offense struggled to score points a season ago but Jake Wolowacki made the most of his opportunities when he was out there. The shifty back is hard to tackle on the first attempt and has shown the ability to break through contact. He can get around the edge on the outside and use his speed to get up field. He has a good first step that freezes defenders and allows him to find space and use his speed to get through the gaps up the middle. Last season, Wolowacki showed up his versatility by throwing for a pair of touchdowns as well so defenses will have to respect that. He can also catch passes out in the flats and get up field in a hurry.

"Most towns didn't do much better"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"State Rep. Jeffrey Roy, D-Franklin, running for the Democratic nomination, said he'd been speaking to voters on everything from a proposed gas pipeline to voter ID at a Franklin polling location. 
Roy is also running uncontested in the general election, as no Republican has challenged him. 
"It's been quiet, but the people here have been long on energy and enthusiasm," he said. "While there are not contests on the ballot, it's important for people to come out and express their views."

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  • Franklin's State Primary results for Sep 8, 2016 can be found here

Going back for the last several State primaries shows quite a variety of turnouts but nothing as low as we just saw.

Franklin state primary totals voters through the years
Franklin state primary totals voters through the years

Thursday, September 8, 2016

State Primary Results - Sep 8, 2016

By my count there were 871 voters (4.1% of those registered as of 3/1/2016) who cast their ballots in the State Primary election today. Thanks to Town Clerk Teresa Burr and her office for providing the file to share. 

The votes by ballot (Democrat, Republican, Green Rainbow and United Independent) by precinct are tallied here: 

there was a row of parking reserved for those who went o vote on Thursday at the State Primary
there was a row of parking reserved for those who went o vote on Thursday at the State Primary

Vote in the State Primary Election today

The polls open at Franklin High School at 6:00 AM and will close at 8:00 PM.

The September 8 primary is for the MA state level offices. The sample ballot for each party is shown below. Scroll within the document to see the additional party ballots available.

sign announces the state primary election on the railroad bridge downtown Franklin
sign announces the state primary election on the railroad bridge downtown Franklin

If you haven't already registered to vote in the Primary, it is too late now. You can register now for the November election on the 2nd Tuesday, Nov 8.

Or view/download the samples from the official Franklin page

Blessing of the Backpacks Sept. 11

The Franklin Federated Church will help kick off the school year with a Blessing of the Backpacks during worship Sunday, Sept. 11 at 10 AM at the church at 171 Main Street. Children and youth of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks to worship for a special blessing.

Sept. 11th is Rally Sunday at FFC, meaning it is the kickoff to the program year. Prior to worship, beginning at 9:30 AM, parents can register their children, ages preschool through grade 8, for Sunday School. Adults will receive information and signup cards for this fall's Connect Groups - weekly, small group gatherings where participants do everything from attending movies to playing party games to sampling beer together. All are welcome to sign up for a group.

Following worship will be a potluck luncheon - all are welcome to come and partake. Sunday School registration will continue during the luncheon.

So come and kick off the school year with Franklin Federated! No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here. Get more information at or

Franklin Federated Church on Main St
Franklin Federated Church on Main St

FHS field hockey and football outlook from Hockomock Sports

With the return to school, the fall sports season resumes and Hockomock Sports has posted their Hockomock League outlook for field hockey and the outlook for the football team in the Kelly-Rex Division.

FRANKLIN - field hockey

2015 Record: 16-3-2
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Semifinal
Coach: Lisa Cropper

Franklin has six returning starters back and a total of 10 seniors, setting the Panthers up for another successful season. It’s a mix of all grades for the Panthers, with seniors and captains Caroline Lounsbury, Dana Lewandowski and Kayla Marshall leading the way. Lounsbury and Lewandowski will patrol the midfield along with sophomore Cassie Ronan. Marshall will be a key piece in the defense along with junior Kate Morse. Sophomore Annie Walsh, the 2015 Underclassman of the Year, will lead a potent attack along with freshmen Maeve Ledwith and Erin Walsh. 
“We have a solid group of field players with some young scoring talent and some depth on the bench,” head coach Lisa Cropper said. “Losing two-time Hock All-Star Samantha Jones to graduation leaves a hole in goal to fill, but if our defense plays strong while our inexperienced goalies develop, we should be able to contend for the league title.”

Find out about the other field hockey team in the Hockomock League

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

FRANKLIN - football

2015 Record: 2-9
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Eian Bain

Key/Returning Players:
Jacob Wolowacki, Sr., RB; Packie Watson, Sr., WR/DB; Joey Blasie, Sr., WR/DB; John Fenton, Sr., OL/DL; Jake Noviello, Jr., QB; Jake Lyons, Sr., RB/DB; Brad Jarosz, Sr., FB/DL; Nick Gordon, So., QB/DB; Khyler Colella, Sr., RB/LB

Outlook:There is a lot of energy in the Franklin camp over the past couple of weeks, as new head coach Eian Bain takes over from longtime coach Brad Sidwell and looks to give the Panthers a boost after three straight one-win seasons in the Kelley-Rex division. Bain said that he expects there to be a “different vibe” from the team this season. 
The Panthers have a lot of experience coming back this season starting in the backfield with quarterbacks Jake Noviello (junior) and Alex Cregg (senior), who both saw action last season. Whoever is starting will have a host of experienced receivers to look for with Eddie Scannapieco, Packie Watson, and Joey Blasie on the outside and 6’5 Connor Peterson at tight end. The bulk of the offense will run through senior tailback Jacob Wolowacki, who emerged last year as a go-to back with three touchdown runs. 
Defensively, Franklin has a lot of talent returning in the back seven led by senior safety Jake Lyons, who will also help out as a running back on offense. The secondary also includes Kyle McInery and Nick Gordon with Justin O’Callahan, Bruce Johnson and Khyler Colella manning the linebacker positions. Brad Jarosz will add size to the defensive end position. 
Bain said, “It has been an uptempo, high energy camp in Franklin. Players have answered the bell every step of the way to learn both new offensive and defensive systems. While still a work in progress, the team is making strides every day.”

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Adult Chorus & Small Group Voice Lessons Available

Become a Member

Franklin Forte  
Franklin's Newest Adult Choral Group


Sign up for Group Voice Lessons 
Click Here

    Sing, Sing, Sing

Have you ever wanted to learn to sing as part of an ensemble OR have you wanted to take small group voice lessons?

 If so, Franklin Public Schools, Center for Adult Education & Community Learning has an adult choral group AND small group voice lessons,  directed by Ms. Jill Noddin.

The ENSEMBLE sings contemporary repertoire and rehearses Tuesday evenings from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM at Franklin High School on Oak Street.

The SMALL GROUP VOICE LESSONS class meets on Monday evenings from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Franklin High School on Oak Street.

No auditions necessary.

For more info., call 508-613-1480   
New classes begin
September 12 & 13
7:00 PM
Franklin High School
Take advantage of these opportunities today


"If I cannot fly, let me sing."
Stephen Sondheim
FPS- Lifelong Learning, 355 East Central Street, Franklin, MA 02038

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An Evening with Tom Rush Sep 24th

Garnet Rogers this Saturday, Sep 10th.
Tom Rush Sep 24th.  Order tickets now. This show will sell out.
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An Evening with

September 24th, $35

"Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences." 
-James Taylor
On Saturday, September 24th, at 8PM  the legendary Tom Rush will return to the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse. Tom's impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the '60s and the renaissance of the '80s and '90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, "Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences." Country music star Garth Brooks has credited Rush with being one of his top five musical influences. Tom's distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues.

Order tickets now to avoid disappointment.  Tom has been at Circle of Friends several times and each show has been a sellout.

The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8:00 PM; doors open at 7:30 PM. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available.  Admission for this very special show is $35.  Please call (508)528-2541 or visit to purchase tickets or for more information.
Upcoming Shows
Oct 15     Jim Henry and Abbie Gardner (Red Molly)

Nov 5      Three Rising Stars - Matt Nakoa, Rachael Kilgour, and Kirsten Maxwell

Nov 19    The Kennedys

Dec 3       Ellis Paul

Dec 10     A Celtic Christmas featuring Robbie O'Connell and Rose Clancy

Circle of Friends Coffeehouse · First Universalist Society · 262 Chestnut St · Franklin, MA 02038 · USA

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In the News: Council consider charter, fire marshal rules propane leak

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Citing several concerns - including the hiring process - town councilors explored the possibility of revising the town charter. 
The council invited several members from past charter reviews to discuss their efforts and offer their suggestions about future amendment, if any. 
James Dacey, the chairman of the 1995 review commission, said his group was formed in response to a specific situation: the town council ballooning to 17 members. His commission recommended several changes that were adopted, including a nine-member council with concurrent, two-year terms."

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"State officials determined that a propane leak caused a 2015 explosion that killed two people, though other facts have yet to be determined. 
Nancy and Richard Brown, both 66, perished as the result of the blast, which took place at their condominium at 58 Tuscany Drive on Oct. 10. 
State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey - along with Franklin Fire Chief Gary McCarraher and Police Chief Thomas Lynch - announced the results of their investigation on Wednesday. 
According to a release from the fire marshal's office, the leak came from one of two sources - a gas fireplace or the unit's heating system - and the cause of the ignition is still unknown. As that morning was cool, the release states, the heating system could have turned on - though the possibility that the fireplace was left running has not been ruled out. The unit's gas piping and burner have been set for future testing - that investigation will be undertaken independently by the involved insurance companies."

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In the News: legislature struggles with language bill, some farms get aid for drought

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Dueling language in House and Senate bills updating the state's English language learning law - passed by voters more than a decade ago - has left key backers with mixed opinions about whether it can advance to Gov. Charlie Baker's desk in the remaining four months of the legislative session. 
"We're at a point now where we are so far apart on details that we care about, so I'm not sure if we can do something. I'm hopeful that we can come together," said Sen. Sal DiDomenico, the original Senate sponsor, who said he plans to discuss differences between the bills with House sponsor Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez. 
House and Senate lawmakers plan to meet in informal sessions for the remainder of the year where it's unlikely that controversial legislation will be advanced without a compromise on the measure between both branches.

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"Massachusetts farmers are finally getting the help they need after a long, dry summer and drought has devastated some local crops. 
Thanks to the summer-long drought, four counties in Massachusetts are now eligible for Emergency Loan assistance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as of Aug. 31. 
The counties of Worcester, Middlesex, Franklin and Essex are now eligible for the assistance. 
To receive the designation, a county has to be designated as being in a severe drought - according to the U.S. Drought Monitor – for eight consecutive weeks and/or have a higher drought intensity value for any amount of time."

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