Thursday, July 6, 2017

ICYMI: no state budget yet; Hock Y awards; PanMass Challenge; rail trail improvements

ICYMI from the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:

"Five days into the new fiscal year, Massachusetts has scant and dwindling company on the list of states yet to finalize a 2018 spending plan. 
After Maine and New Jersey reached deals to end their government shutdowns, just six states remain in budgetary limbo: Massachusetts, Oregon, Wisconsin, Illinois, Rhode Island and Connecticut, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. 
The sticking points differ among the six outliers, though little is known about the status of talks on Beacon Hill, where conference committees choose to meet privately and negotiators refuse to discuss their dealings. The six conferees did not have their next meeting scheduled as of Wednesday morning, and it’s not known when they last held a meeting."
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"The Hockomock Area Y recently recognized several local young adults as the organization’s Youth Leaders of the Year, including Franklin High graduate Hailey DeMello. 
The award recognizes youth members for their commitment and dedication to the community and the positive impact they have. The honors were given at the Y’s annual meeting in May at Lake Pearl in Wrentham."

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"Carolyn Bohmiller, 54, and her husband, Paul Bohmiller, 53, are gearing up for their second ride together in the annual Pan-Mass Challenge, two-day bike-a-thon. 
The couple will ride 192 miles from Sturbridge to Bourne Aug. 5-6. While they train, they are collecting donations for the event, which goes toward cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute."

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"The state recently overhauled a section of a rail trail that runs through Franklin and Bellingham, but a local group says more work needs to be done. 
Marc Kaplan, the president of the Franklin & Bellingham Rail Trail Committee, said the Department of Conservation and Recreation has finished a project along the local leg of the Southern New England Trunkline Trail. The improved segment, he said, runs between Bellingham’s Lake Street and Prospect Street in Franklin. 
“The work started about the second week of June, so it’s been a three- to four-week project,” he said. ”(That segment) had been cleared out to a certain extent, but there had been a lot of waling (ruts) left over from motorbike usage. It was passable, but it was just a rough stretch of the trail.”

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parking for the SNETT off Grove St in Franklin
parking for the SNETT off Grove St in Franklin

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