Saturday, October 1, 2016

Election Collection 2016

Leading up to the election on November 8, 2016 this post will collect the articles on and related to the State election (in particular, the four ballot questions) and the election day process for Franklin voters.

Key resources

  • Franklin Town Clerk webpage
  • Secretary of the Commonwealth - Elections Division


  • Franklin Election results - November 8, 2016
  • Election Day
  • A collection  of recent links on the ballot questions
  • Early voting ends Nov 4
  • Milford Daily News "Your guide to MA ballot questions"
  • US Rep Kennedy speaks with AP Class
  • Candidate Rosa speaks with AP Class
  • Last day to register - Oct 19
  • Town Council to consider resolution recommending No vote on Question 4
  • Ford Hall Forum on Question 2
  • What is early voting? (video)
  • WGBH Callie Crossley on Ballot Question 2
  • MDN article on early voting
  • Two teachers on opposite sides of Ballot Question 2
  • Early voting begins Oct 24
  • The September primary results


"These programs are self-funded through enrollment fees... it's an efficient program,"

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

"District officials said the schools' summer programs made the grade this past season, citing record attendance at the High School Experience and offerings in the math, science, art and music departments. 
Discussing the programs with the School Committee, Pandora Carlucci, director of the district's Lifelong Learning department, said the schools offered about 13 different programs, providing dozens of courses and multiple initiatives. 
Carlucci said a forensic science class - in which such topics as fingerprints and blood spatter analysis were explored - has been a perennial favorite. 
She said there were classes for both high school and middle school students, and noted that it was a good opportunity for the younger children to see what was possible at the high school."

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The two documents used for the presentation and discussion with the School Committee can be found here

discussion of the high school experience for the incoming 9th grade class
discussion of the high school experience for the incoming 9th grade class

FHS girls soccer, field hockey and golf teams post wins on Friday

From Hockomock Sports we share the results from the full set of FHS fall sports action on Friday, Sep 30.

*** Football = Oliver Ames, 14 @ Franklin, 13 – Final

1st Quarter: No scoring.
2nd Quarter: (F) Jake Wolowacki 1 yard rush, Matt Zucco XP good; (OA) Anthony Berksza 27 yard rush, XP no good.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (F) J. Wolowacki 2 yard rush, XP blocked; (OA) Liston Funai 5 yard rush, Kyle Gagliardi 2pt pass to Brandon Timulty.

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

*** Boys Soccer = King Philip, 4 @ Franklin, 0 – Final

– King Philip cashed in the first five minutes as junior Tyler Mann put the Warriors up in the fifth minute on an assist from Zac White. Colby Koch doubled KP’s lead in the 20th minute, on an assist from Jack Bush and then tripled the lead, converting a penalty kick that he earned just before halftime. Sophomore Tony Bozza added a fourth goal in the 50th minute off an assist from Koch.

*** Girls Soccer = Franklin, 3 @ King Philip, 1 – Final

– Miranda Smith, Halle Atkinson, and Molly Duncan (from the penalty spot) scored the goals for the Panthers. Lauren DeStefano had an assist in the win.

*** Field Hockey = Franklin, 2 @ Canton, 3 – Final

– Canton twice erased a one goal deficit and then took its first lead, Emily Campbell scoring the game-winner on a penalty stroke with six minutes to play. Franklin went up 1-0 on an unassisted goal from Annie Walsh and then 2-1 when Walsh scored again on a pass from Caroline Lounsbury.

*** Golf = Mansfield, 172 @ Franklin, 169 – Final

– Franklin’s Matt D’Errico shot a team-low round of 41 while Bryan Woelfel added a 42 and both Connor Norton and Matt Dao shot 43 to help the Panthers edge Mansfield. Brendan Loomer was the match medalist, shooting a low round of 38 for the Hornets while Jason Hindman carded a 41.

For all the results around the Hockomock League

LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Wednesday, October 5th !

Experience the health benefits of joyful laughter on Wednesday, October 5th (and every first Wednesday of the month) from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin. 

Laughter Yoga is a unique and playful practice that does not rely on humor, jokes or comedy. Laughter Yoga will have you smiling frequently and laughing heartily. Learn simple exercises to help you lighten up about life and bring more laughter into it! Laughing strengthens the immune system, and helps with stress, depression and anxiety.

There are no fancy postures and is appropriate for all ages and all physical levels. New laughers are always welcomed! $5 donation to the church, $10 maximum per family. Please bring your water bottle because laughing can be dehydrating. 

Led by Certified Laughter Yoga Teachers, Linda and Bill Hamaker. If you have any questions, just call them at 508-660-2223 or e-mail See more information and other opportunities to laugh at Wear a fun hat or costume this month if you want!

LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Wednesday, October 5
LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Wednesday, October 5

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents Fiddler on the Roof

Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) proudly presents the musical theater masterpiece Fiddler on the Roof. The beloved classic opens FPAC’s 26th season. Performances are October 15 at 7:30 p.m., October 16 at 2:00, October 21 and 22 at 7:30, and October 23 at 2:00. The production will be staged at THE BLACK BOX, FPAC’s home and performance venue, located at 15 West Central Street in downtown Franklin.

Winner of nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964, the iconic musical is the brainchild of Broadway legends Jerome Robbins and Harold Prince, songwriters Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, and book writer Joseph Stein. Touching audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth and honesty, Fiddler on the Roof is a staple of the musical theatre canon. Set in the small village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and hold onto traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Tzarist Russia. Fiddler on the Roof’s universal theme of tradition has won the hearts of audiences with its celebration of life and family. The musical features the cherished songs “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Miracle of Miracles,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Tradition,” and “Matchmaker.”

Leading the cast are Nick Paone (Tevye) of Franklin and Kellie Stamp (Golde) of Westport. The production also features Jason Barney (Motel), Greg Dutton (Lazar Wolf), Aaron Frongillo (Perchik), Anna Grasso (Bielke), Shauna Martin (Yente), Debra Packard (Grandma Tzeitel), and Katharine Waples (Tzeitel) of Franklin; Colie Vancura (Hodel) of Medfield; Katie Gray (Fruma Sarah) of Milford; Griffin Wilkins (Fyedka) of Walpole; and Jenna McDermott (Chava) and Susauna Wickstrom (Shprintze) of Wrentham. Nick Paone directs FPAC’s production, assisted by Raye Lynn Mercer, with musical direction by Hallie Wetzell and choreography by Mercer and Kellie Stamp.

Tickets are $34. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (508) 528-3370 or visit or Fiddler on the Roof is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

THE BLACK BOX, 15 W Central St, Franklin, MA
THE BLACK BOX, 15 W Central St, Franklin, MA

Friday, September 30, 2016

Dacey Dog Park: Clean up has been cancelled for Saturday, Oct 1

Due to the rain the clean up scheduled for Saturday, October, 1 at Franklin Dog Park has been cancelled. 
New date will be Saturday, October 15 at 8am. 
We need at least 4 wheelbarrows, shovels and rakes. Water, coffee, apple cider and donuts will be there for the people who help out.
Furry Friends of Franklin dog park committee

Dacey Field dog park
Dacey Field dog park

The original notice can be found here

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 9/30/16 - THU 10/6/16

FRIDAY 9/30/16
12-6pm   Franklin Farmers Market @ The Town Common
6:30pm   Art Night Uncorked @ Franklin Art Center
9pm   Comedy Night with Ira Proctor at “3” Restaurant

SATURDAY 10/1/16
9am-12pm   Annual Elks Soccer Shoot for kids 13 and under @ King Street Memorial Park (birth certificate required for registration)
10am-1pm   Tri-County RVTHS Open House and Showcase Spectacular
8pm   The Chick Magnets and Ben Gardner’s Boat @ The Black Box

SUNDAY 10/2/16
1pm   Open House at Norfolk County Agricultural HS @ 400 Main St., Walpole
1pm   Special Exhibit Opening - Miniature Metal Sculptures @ Franklin Historical Museum

MONDAY 10/3/16
10am   Papier-Mache Pumpkins (ages 4 and up) @ Franklin Art Center
1pm   Animal Affair Traveling Petting ZOO @ 118 Main Street, Franklin
4pm   Krafty Mondays (ages 6-12) @ Franklin Public Library

TUESDAY 10/4/16
7pm   Franklin Garden Club Monthly Meeting (prospective members welcome) @ Franklin Senior Center

6:30pm   Franklin Art Association Monthly Meeting (open to interested public) @ Franklin Senior Center
7:30pm   Laughter Yoga - Let’s Laugh Today @ FUSF

THURSDAY 10/6/16
4pm   Downtown Franklin Official Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony @ Downtown Franklin
4-7pm   FDP Harvest Stroll @ 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

“What Does It Mean to be Native?” - Oct 4

The Tuesday, October 4 meeting of the Franklin Garden Club will feature a presentation on “What Does It Mean to be Native?” by Doug Williams, the Director of Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Norfolk, MA. The meeting will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Franklin Senior Center at 26 Daniel McCahill Street. It is open to the public and those interested in joining the Garden Club. 
Williams will focus on the benefits of using native plants in landscapes, including their adaptability and variations in size, texture, and seasonal colors. He will highlight the strengths of native plants, as well as some common misbeliefs regarding these plants. One of the strengths of using native plants is that they support native pollinators, which are decreasing in number. The use of native plants in gardens and landscapes helps to conserve species important to the ecosystem. 
Williams has more than 35 years’ experience as a botanist and ecologist working with rare plants and habitats in Massachusetts and Texas. He holds a master's degree in conservation biology from Antioch University – New Hampshire where he wrote his master’s thesis on the old-growth forest of Wachusett Mountain State Reservation. He has led natural history field trips to such diverse places as Big Bend National Park, the upper Texas Coast and Alaska. 
The Franklin Garden Club was founded in 1987 and became a member of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. in 2015.
Stoney Brook boardwalk in seasonal glory (note: boardwalk is closed for repairs)
Stoney Brook boardwalk in seasonal glory (note: boardwalk is closed for repairs)

State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy Scores High in ELM Action Fund Environmental Legislative Scorecard

The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund (ELM Action Fund) is pleased to recognize Representative Roy, who achieved an excellent score in the organization's 2015-2016 Legislative Scorecard on the environment. It rates true legislative action, not merely votes. And it challenges AIM's recent scorecard criticizing legislators on energy policy as lost in the 19th century and failing to represent the long term interests of their own members.

"When it came to votes this session, Representative Roy supported our pro-environment agenda, but didn't stop there. Representative Roy demonstrated his commitment to conservation. The ELM Action Fund is pleased to recognize him as an environmental champion," said ELM Action Fund President George Bachrach. "We look forward to continued work together to protect our environment, improve public health, enhance quality of life, and grow our green economy."

"I was honored to be recognized by the Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund for my record in protecting the environment," said Rep. Roy (D–Franklin). "Laws and policies that protect our natural resources and foster clean energy sources have been a priority throughout my time in the House. These policies not only protect our planet, but they contribute to economic development, improve health, and offer recreational opportunities."
Beyond votes, the ELM Action Fund awarded additional points to lawmakers who led by sponsoring important legislation or authored "Dear Colleague" letters, and deducted points from legislators who filed anti-environment legislation. The ELM Action Fund also challenges lawmakers for the practice of "voice votes" on controversial issues which are not recorded roll call votes. This practice prevents voters from truly gauging which representatives and senators are truly on their side.

"Legislative scorecards are common but this is unique, measuring leadership, not just votes," said Bachrach. "This is our best effort to give voters a sense of who is really on their side in the critically important work that takes place out of public view."

To view the scorecard, visit .

In the News: Parents forum scheduled; Destination Imagination info night

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

"The Franklin Public Schools will be hosting a talk in mid-October to help parents understand and communicate with their adolescent children. 
The event - scheduled for Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium - will feature mental health counselor Jon Mattleman. 
Superintendent Maureen Sabolinski said the idea to bring Mattleman to town came about last year. 
"Some Franklin parents went to see him talk in Natick, and they felt it was really good," she said.

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"Franklin Destination Imagination will hold a parent information meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 6 at Franklin Public Library, 25 Kenwood Circle. 
For information:; 
Destination Imagination Inc. is an educational nonprofit aiming to teach students the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond.

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KP comes back to top FHS volleyball 3-2

Jaron May, Student Reporter, provides the details on the come from behind win by KP over FHS in volleyball.

"Despite dropping the first two sets, King Philip battled back and to win the next three to clinch the game and add another tally to the win column. 
The Panthers pounced on the Warriors early on. In the first set, Franklin went on run after run, only being stopped periodically by KP for a point or two. In the blink of an eye, the Panthers got out to a quick 3-0 start and never looked back. 
Franklin extended their lead to 13-6 in the next few points, thanks to some great serving by Riley Marino and Erin Skidmore. KP pulled to within three at the 15-12 mark, but Franklin was able to pull even further ahead. The Panthers finished up the set with a pair of aces from Marino and a kill from Skidmore for a final score of 25-18."

Continue reading the article online

(Jaron May/
(Jaron May/

For all the results around the Hockomock League

REMINDER: Decorate for Fall at Hillside Nursery

Fun One-night workshop Oct. 4


Decorating Your Home For Fall 

a one-night workshopHillside Nursery 
Tuesday, October 4
6:30 to 8:30 pm

This is going to be fun
Don't miss it!
FPS- Lifelong Learning
The Center for Adult Education and Community Learning
218 Oak Street
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038
(508) 613-1480

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In the News: Bellingham Harvest Fest, camera club to share photoshop tips

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Two local churches will be looking to carry on an annual tradition this Saturday, when they host a harvest festival on the Town Common. 
The First Baptist Church of Bellingham and the Bellingham Bible Baptist Church will be holding their "Harvest Fest" starting at 11 a.m. and running to 3 p.m.
Pastor Baron Rodrigues of the First Baptist Church said the event dates back to around 2012.
"At the time, businesses were struggling and people were struggling," he said. "Money was tight, which is why everything's free at the festival - there's no selling of anything."

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"The Stony Brook Camera Club will present a program, “Photoshop Tips for Quick Fixes” by Rick Cloran, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Anglican Church of the Redeemer, 31 Hayward St., Franklin. 
Cloran has been a member of the Greater Lynn Photographic Association since 1975, and a member of the Photographic Society of America since 1976. During that time, he participated in workshops with such noted photographers as George Lepp, John Shaw and John Gerlach as he developed his own photographic style. 
Since 1986, Cloran has lectured and judged photographic exhibitions throughout the United States and Canada. In recognition of his work in support of local, regional and national photographic organizations, Cloran has been awarded the honors of fellow of the Photographic Society of America, and is an honorary member of the New England Camera Club Council."

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autumn colors appearing in Franklin
autumn colors appearing in Franklin

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pantherbook is back!

Pantherbook is back online and available to the public. It is a good source of what is happening in Franklin High School written and produced by the students (with the guidance of teachers).

Like other online news sources, it produces a Twitter feed, an RSS feed, and can be subscribed to via email.

screengrab of recent page from Pantherbook
screengrab of recent page from Pantherbook

Recent stories covered topics like:

  • Harvest Stroll Prepares for Largest Event Yet

  • Meet Ms. MacLean- Featured FHS Faculty and Staff

  • Will Franklin Go Green?

Jamie Barrett at 2016 Franklin Cultural Festival (video)

Turning back time (or #TBT) to that Saturday in July when THE BLACK BOX had two stages going for a full day of musical performances.

Here is a sample of Jamie Barrett's performance at THE BLACK BOX under the tent on the outdoor stage presented by the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse.

For more about Jamie

Jamie Barrett performing (photo by Jake Jacobson)
Jamie Barrett performing (photo by Jake Jacobson)

This was originally posted to the Franklin Cultural District page

Sponsors sought for the Harlem Wizards game in Franklin

The Franklin Education Foundation is hosting the Harlem Wizards game on Nov 18 and looking for sponsors to be part of this fund raising and Fun event.

Details in the flyer shown here:

For additional information on sponsorships, visit the FEF webpage

Franklin Art Association - October 5, 2016

The Franklin Art Association will meet on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 6:30 to 9:00PM at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street in Franklin. 

Franklin Art Association
Franklin Art Association
Refreshments and social time will begin at 6:30 followed by a short business meeting and Art Swap. Artist members bring art materials and related items such as frames to share. Time permitting there will be art videos to view.

Meetings are free and open to the public. 

For more information log on to

Reminder: Miniature Metal Artwork Exhibit opens Oct 2

A very special exhibit will open October 2nd at the Franklin Historical Museum. A personal collection of miniature metal artwork, hand crafted by Franklin born Abraham Megerdichian will be on display for the month of October. Megerdichian’s son Robert will open the exhibit with a presentation and talk about the history of his father’s work.

A selection of about 20 tiny recreations of everyday objects, made from brass, aluminum, stainless-steel and copper will be on display. A sampling of items for this exhibit include: a brass Asphalt Roller, a copper and steel Cannon with Cannonballs, an aluminum Inkwell with Feather Pen, a Flexible Flyer Sled and tiny brass Roller Skates.
miniature metal artwork
miniature metal artwork 1

In his life time, the elder Megerdichian, a machinist by trade, made over 300 miniatures for family and friends as gifts for holidays and special occasions. Just a hobby to him at the time, his work is now being recognized as the intricate creative artwork that it is. It’s a labor of love by his son Robert to bring his father’s work out of storage and into the public eye.

Various pieces are currently being exhibited at The Attleboro Area Museum of Industry, The Science Museum in Boston, The Lynn Museum, the Providence Children’s Museum, and soon at Connecticut’s New Britain Industrial Museum. Robert approached the Franklin Historical Museum because of his father’s connection to Franklin.

miniature metal artwork 2
miniature metal artwork 2

Abraham was born in Franklin in 1923 to Armenian Immigrants, but the family later moved to Cambridge where he was raised. The family kept close ties to Franklin and Abraham helped build Camp Haiastan, the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Camp on Summer Street.

Robert Megerdichian’s presentation will cover his father’s craft, his artwork, his love of family, as well as an interesting history and anecdotal stories of Franklin’s Armenian Community.
miniature metal artwork 3
miniature metal artwork 3

Join us for this very special event, 1:30PM, Sunday afternoon, October 2nd, 80 West Central Street, Franklin. 

Visit us on our Facebook page and our webpage Admission is always free and the museum is wheelchair accessible.

FHS girls soccer post win, boys soccer and field hockey tie

From Hockomock Sports we share the results from the FHS fall sports action on Wednesday, Sep 28

*** Boys Soccer = Attleboro, 1 @ Franklin, 1 – Final 

– Ahijah Joseph gave Attleboro the lead with an 18th minute goal, an advantage the Bombardiers took into the halftime break. Franklin senior Hatim Brahimi found the equalizer in the 69th minute to level the scoring.

*** Girls Soccer = Franklin, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final 

– Miranda Smith scored twice and assisted on the third goal for the Panthers. Jess Kroushl added a goal and an assist and Emily Mastaj had an assist for Franklin.

*** Field hockey = King Philip, 1 @ Franklin, 1 – Final 

– Recap from the game linked to below.

For all the results around the Hockomock League

(Jaron May/
(Jaron May/

"On a cold, rainy afternoon at the Beaver Street turf, Franklin and King Phillip battled hard for 60 minutes and finished level with a 1-1 tie. 
The two teams, who were both ranked in’s latest Hock 5 rankings, with Franklin at #1 and KP at #3, came into the game unbeaten in Hockomock League play. 
Early on, Franklin took control with two shots in the first three minutes, but sound defense from KP prevented the Panthers from scoring."

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In the News: elementary school improvement plans, silhouette artist scheduled for Oct 10

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

"The town's elementary schools put forward their school improvement plans this week. 
The principals, speaking before the School Committee Tuesday night, noted that while the plans largely hewed to the overall district plan, each was tailored to apply to the individual school. 
They told the committee that there were numerous common themes between the plans, including a focus on social-emotional learning; the development of a school culture; the use of best practices for homework and instructional strategies; and an emphasis on two-way communication with the community. Each school, though, pursues those elements in different ways."

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Links to the individual school improvement plans are posted here

Parmenter School has their curriculum night scheduled for 9/29
Parmenter School has their curriculum night scheduled for 9/29 

"Keith Donaldson, a silhouette artist at Walt Disney World, will make silhouettes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Franklin Art Center, 391 E. Central St. 
The silhouettes take two to three minutes to complete. Participants will receive a copy from the right and left, and frames will be available to purchase. 
To make a reservation: 508-887-2797; 
For more information:

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tri-County to host Showcase Spectacular on Saturday, October 1

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School will host its 2016 Showcase Spectacular on Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All members of the community are invited to attend this free event.

Each of the school’s 16 Career Programs will provide unique activities and games for the whole family. Attendees will have the opportunity to operate robots and view a 3D printing demonstration in Engineering Technology. The Graphic Communications program will demonstrate the screen printing process on the same machines used by industry professionals.

After working up an appetite, visitors can stop into the cafeteria to enjoy a delicious meal made by Culinary Arts. Students will be serving hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, cookies, brownies, and more.

The goal of the Showcase Spectacular is to offer the community an opportunity to learn more about their local vocational technical school in a fun and interactive setting.

“Our second annual Showcase Spectacular gives the community an opportunity to view firsthand what makes Career Vocational Technical Education so popular with students, employers and political leaders,” explained Superintendent-Director Stephen F. Dockray.

Campus maps and tour booklets will be provided to those who would like to learn more about the school.

Culinary Arts students have prepared a barbecue menu for their 2016 Showcase Spectacular
Culinary Arts students have prepared a barbecue menu for their 2016 Showcase Spectacular

Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.

FHS volleyball and golf teams post wins on Tuesday

From Hockomock Sports we share the results from the FHS fall sports action on Tuesday, Sep 27

*** Volleyball = Franklin, 3 @ Brockton, 0 – Final 

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers
– The Panthers used dominant net performances from Maggie Doyle and Meaghan Maguire to sweep the Boxers. Lauren Lockhart chipped in with 10 kills for the Panthers while Erin Skidmore had 14 digs, nine kills and an ace and Riley Marino had 10 digs and two aces.

*** Golf = Franklin, 159 @ Taunton, 189 – Final 

– Bryan Woelfel’s low-round of 35 earned match medalist to lead the Panthers to a win on the road. Matt D’Errico added a 40 and Eric Civetti shot a 41 for the Panthers. Justin Proto led Taunton with a 39 and Mike Volkmann carded a round of 41.

*** Boys cross country = Franklin, 39 @ Mansfield, 18 – Final 

– Mansfield grabbed the top four finishes and six of the top 10 to get the win. Kalin Petrov won the race in 17:29, with teammates Nick Rispoli (17:44), Collin Rice (17:50) and Patrick Heavey (17:56) finished second, third and fourth respectively. Franklin’s Everett Henderson (18:00), Mike Hagen (18:05) and Mitchell Regan (18:05) finished fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

*** Girls cross country = Franklin, 18 @ Mansfield, 45 – Final 

– Franklin junior Nicole Clermont won her third straight league meet, clocking in at 20:29. Katherine Hartnett finished second at 21:08 and Ella Gutkowski was third for the Panthers, fourth overall, in 22:14.

For all the results around the Hockomock League

Fall Open Houses at FSPA - Oct 4 and Oct 12

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will hold Fall Open Houses for prospective students and families on Tuesday, October 4 from 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday, October 12 from 10-4 at 38 Main Street in downtown Franklin. The community is invited to tour the facilities, speak with faculty and staff, and learn more about FSPA programs in music, dance, and drama. Prospective students are also encouraged to try a complimentary class.

Founded in 1985 by Director Raye Lynn Mercer, FSPA has been dedicated to the enjoyment of the arts for all ages and to the artistic growth and development of young people. The school provides an extraordinary faculty of artist-teachers and a nurturing environment where students grow skills for the stage and for life. FSPA offers extensive classes in all dance disciplines, acting, musical theater, voice, and instrumental instruction, whether for recreational enjoyment or serious study. FSPA is also home to the Little Music School, an innovative program that teaches children as young as 18 months to play the piano.

A year-round calendar of performing opportunities features musicals, plays, voice and instrumental recitals, opera scenes, chamber ensembles, acoustic coffee houses, musical theater showcases, summer theater productions, ballet and dance company performances, and the school’s signature Spring Concert. THE BLACK BOX, the home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC), is located just behind the school and provides a professional venue for FSPA student productions. Many FSPA students also participate, by audition, in FPAC’s annual season of shows.

THE BLACK BOX, the home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC)
THE BLACK BOX, the home of the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC)

Registration is ongoing. Beginners are welcome and encouraged. For more information, including fall class schedule and catalogue, call (508) 528-8668 or visit online at

In the News: workshop on superintendent search scheduled, Pour for Paws wine tasting, audition for Rising Stars

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The School Committee heard an update Tuesday night on efforts to hire a new superintendent. 
The school district has officially entered into a contract with ECRA - part of the executive search firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates. The committee had chosen the firm at a meeting earlier in September. 
Committee Chairman Kevin O'Malley said it appeared the firm had made the district a priority. 
"They consider us a significant district," he said, noting that the firm believes doing well in Franklin will encourage other districts to consider it for their searches. "I think we have a good thing going with them."
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screen grab of the presentation on Lifelong Learning and the high school experience to the School Committee on Tuesday
screen grab of the presentation on Lifelong Learning and the high school experience to the School Committee on Tuesday

"The Purr-fect Cat Shelter will hold the Pour for Paws Wine Tasting Fundraiser from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 23 at Pour Richard’s Wine & Spirits, 14 Grove St., Franklin. 
Wine sampling provided by Pour Richard’s will be available, as well as raffle items. Pour Richard’s Wine & Spirits will donate 20 percent of the sales during the event to the Purr-fect Cat Shelter. Tickets cost $10 per person. 
Pour for Paws is also the last chance to enter into its Massachusetts State Lottery scratch ticket raffle. Participants can enter to win 50 of the $5 lottery scratch tickets. 
To purchase tickets for the event, or to enter the lottery raffle: 508-533-5855; Tickets are also available at the door."

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"Franklin Performing Arts Company will hold open auditions for the second Rising Stars Cabaret on Oct. 8 at The Black Box, 15 W. Central St., Franklin.  Auditions will begin at 1 p.m. for ages 6-8; 1:30 p.m. for ages 9-10; 2 p.m. for ages 11-12; and 2:30 p.m. for teens.
Students must be 6 or older on the audition date to participate. 
Rising Stars will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 as part of the venue’s Black Box Cabaret series."

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