Saturday, December 2, 2017

Franklin at night (photo essay)

Friday was a good day to take a walk in the dark and check out the lights on the Town Common and along Main St/West Central St.

The Town Common just before the lights turned on
The Town Common just before the lights turned on

The Civil War single soldier monument
The Civil War single soldier monument

The World War I doughboy before the tree lights came on
The World War I doughboy before the tree lights came on

and then there were lights (just after 5:00 PM)
and then there were lights (just after 5:00 PM)

downtown near the main cross walk by the PO,Dean, Rockland and FSPA
downtown near the main cross walk by the PO,Dean, Rockland and FSPA

while the lights look good, Dean's clock is "out for repair"?
while the lights look good, Dean's clock is "out for repair"?

Franklin Cultural Council to Partner With Spring 2018 ArtWeek Festival

The Franklin Cultural Council (FCC) announced today that it has been named a collaborator for the upcoming ArtWeek festival happening April 27 – May 6, 2018. Applications for the festival are now available at The early bird deadline to submit an ArtWeek event is January 8, 2018 and the final deadline is February 28, 2018.

ArtWeek is an award-winning innovative festival featuring hundreds of unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to arts, culture, and the creative process. Now an annual statewide festival, ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and recently expanded its footprint across the Commonwealth.

"Franklin has one of the most vibrant arts scenes in MetroWest," says FCC Chair Stacey David. "Our role as a collaborator is to help artists, performers and venues partner together to create a really memorable ArtWeek festival showcasing their amazing talent and resources to the rest of the region. We are pleased to announce that the Franklin Public Library, Rec Department, Franklin Arts Academy at the high school, and many more organizations will be offering unique ArtWeek programs."

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by the Boch Center, ArtWeek offers new ways to experience art, culture, and creativity. This year, Mass Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism have joined ArtWeek as Lead Champions in this unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on the state’s creative economy.

“We are thrilled to have organizations like the Franklin Cultural Council partnering with ArtWeek this season,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President & CEO of the Boch Center. “ArtWeek is an innovative festival that works to spotlight how the creative economy is thriving in Massachusetts. Each year ArtWeek showcases unique experiences spanning dance, fashion, media arts, spoken-word, poetry, writing, culinary, visual arts, music, opera, theater, design, film, and more. And the best part is that many of the events are free, making it affordable and accessible to everyone!”

The Franklin Cultural Council is offering ArtWeek grants of up to $250 each for programs that are offered free of charge to the public. Grant applications are open now, and close Jan. 9, 2018. If you are an interested artist, educator, performer or venue that would like help creating an ArtWeek event, or for information on ArtWeek grants, please email FCC Chair Stacey David at

For more information on ArtWeek, visit

Franklin Cultural Council to Partner With Spring 2018 Artweek Festival
Franklin Cultural Council to Partner With Spring 2018 Artweek Festival

About the Franklin Cultural Council — The mission of the Franklin Cultural Council (FCC) is to encourage participation and enhance opportunities for enrichment in the cultural arts and sciences throughout our community. Comprised of committed residents, the FCC meets monthly with the purpose of supporting events and programs through grants from the Town of Franklin, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

2017 FHS Hockomock League Volleyball and Golf All Stars

HockomockSports has published the 2017 Hockomock League Volleyball and Golf All Stars selected by the coaches in the league. The FHS student athletes selected are shown here. Links to the complete listing are also provided.


HOCKOMOCK LEAGUE MVP = Sydney Phillips, King Philip


  1. Meaghan Maguire, Franklin
  2. Lauren McGrath, Franklin


HOCKOMOCK LEAGUE MVP = Jack Goyetch, Canton


  • Bryan Woelfel, Franklin

The complete Volleyball All Star listing

The complete Golf All Star listing

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Tri-County: The TC Insider

November 30, 2017

Hello Tri-County Community,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We have a great deal to be thankful for at TC. We recently inducted 18 members into our National Honor Society. This year's inductees bring some outstanding academic and career accomplishments to the Chapter. Congratulations to all the parents and students inducted. We look forward to recognizing our Fall athletes in the next couple weeks. There were several league and divisional all-stars in various sports.  We'll have more on that in our next issue.

First term has now ended. We begin the second quarter and our Winter sports season this week. Hockey, wrestling, and basketball are all underway with hundreds of students participating in these activities.  Tonight, November 30th at 7PM we will hold parent teacher conferences. We have implemented an online reservation system that we hope has made the process of speaking to the faculty easier and more efficient. I look forward to seeing many of you here tonight.

Our annual Showcase Spectacular is scheduled for this coming Saturday, December 2nd.  Tri-County will be open to the public and we have a bunch of great activities happening throughout the school. This is our third Showcase and we look forward to welcoming all of you into the school for a visit.
Thanks for your support,
Mr. Procaccini

Tri-County Showcase Spectacular is Fast Approaching:
Our annual Showcase Spectacular will be on Saturday, December 2nd, from 10 AM to 1 PM. This is a great opportunity for your family and friends to learn more about the career-focused vocational technical education your child is receiving here at Tri-County. This free community event includes a variety of activities, interactive demonstrations, food prepared by our Culinary Arts program, and great door prizes. We hope you can join us and would appreciate your help in spreading the word!

Upcoming Events

First Cuts @ Tri-County Grand Opening
November 30

Early Release Day
December 1

Showcase Spectacular
December 2 @ 10 AM

National Honor Society Food and Clothing Drive
December 4 - 15

Gerry's Place International Buffet
December 18
10:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Early Release Day
December 22

Winter Holiday Vacation
December 25 - January 1

AAA Driver Training
December 27 - January 4

40 Year Celebration Dinner
April 4, 2018

Golf Tourmament
June 8th

About The TC Insider

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Franklin, MA 02038

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In the News: fire fighter health issues; coyote population on rise; Cape Wind ceases operation

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

"For firefighters across the country, there is a growing realization that a major danger they face lies not just in the flames they battle, but in the fumes they breathe and the toxic soot they touch. 
“I can’t think of a fire department or firefighter who doesn’t know someone who’s gone through battling cancer or been touched by cancer or sadly had a death too close to home,” said Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey. “We’re really trying to sound the alarm on this and make sure people are conscious of this.” 
In Massachusetts, the issue of cancer rates for firefighters resurfaced earlier this fall, when Arlington Deputy Fire Chief Stephen Porciello and Watertown Fire Chief Mario Orangio died within a month of each other due to cancers likely related to their work."
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Franklin's Main St fire station at night
Franklin's West Central St fire station at night

"Once completely foreign to Massachusetts, coyotes have become increasingly common throughout the state, turning up in rural, suburban, and even, urban areas. 
“We’re now pretty well saturated with coyotes in this state,” said Dave Wattles, a biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. “They started to colonize this state in the 1950s, and we’re now seeing the far end of that colonization. We now have coyotes in every mainland town in the state, and in relatively high densities. All available habitat is occupied by coyotes. 
While physical encounters with people are uncommon, the topic of coyote attacks in Massachusetts gained new attention in November after a rabid coyote attacked two people in North Attleboro. The Nov. 20 incident represents the eighth and ninth coyote attacks on humans since the 1950s."

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"Cape Wind is ceasing development of its wind farm and giving up its federal lease, according to the Cape Cod Times.
Once well positioned to become the nation’s first off-shore wind farm, the project has been buffeted by legal challenges and trapped in financial doldrums. 
“Cape Wind has confirmed to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that it has ceased development of its proposed offshore wind farm project in Nantucket Sound and has filed to terminate its offshore wind development lease that was issued in 2010,” Cape Wind vice president Dennis Duffy told the Times."

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 12/1/17 - THU 12/7/17

FRIDAY 12/1/17
2pm   Tech Help with Horace Mann Students @ Senior Center
8pm   Black Box Jazz: Mark White Octet CD Release Party @ The Black Box

SATURDAY 12/2/17
9am-12pm   2017 Holiday Extravaganza @ Franklin YMCA
9am-2pm   Christmas Fair @ St. John’s Episcopal Church
10am-1pm   Showcase Spectacular Open House @ Tri-County RVTHS
10-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
10:30am   Fairy Tale Event! @ Franklin Public Library
1pm   Tinkergarten Free Trial Class @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
2pm   Bubbles and Bark @ Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits
7:30pm   The Nutcracker @ Franklin High School

SUNDAY 12/3/17
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Breakfast @ Franklin Rod and Gun Club
12pm   Autism Eats and Dell Lunch with Santa @ Restaurant 45 in Medway
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
2pm   The Nutcracker @ Franklin High School

MONDAY 12/4/17
10:30am   Move Along (ages 0-5) @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Book Discussion Group @ Franklin Senior Center
7pm   Learn to Cope Franklin Chapter Meeting @ FUSF

TUESDAY 12/5/17
10am-1pm   Busy Bees Holiday Craft Fair @ Senior Center
10:30am   Get Ready for Kindergarten (ages 3-5) @ Franklin Public Library
6-9pm   Franklin Garden Club Holiday Auction (open to public) @ Senior Center
6pm   ASMS Winter Concert @ ASMS

10:30am   Terrific Toddlers (ages 18months to 3 years old) @ Franklin Public Library
5:30-7:30pm   Annual Holiday Shop @ Parmenter Elementary School
6:30pm   Christian Zen Weekly Meditation @ McMahon Guest House (1061 Upper Union Street)
6:30pm   YA DystopiaBook Club @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Franklin Art Association Meeting @ Franklin Senior Center
7pm   FHS Winter Concert @ FHS

THURSDAY 12/7/17
9:30am   Baby Tummy Time! (ages 0-18 months) @ Franklin Public Library
10am-1pm   Busy Bees Holiday Craft Fair @ Senior Center
10:30am   Story and Craft (ages 3 to 6) @ Franklin Public Library
4-7pm   Downtown Partnership Holiday Stroll @ Downtown Franklin
6pm   RMS Winter Concert @ Remington MS
7pm   Decoding European Wine Labels @ Franklin Liquors
7pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA 

Guide to Holiday Lights and Events (includes Franklin, MA) click HERE.

For the Town of Franklin Public Calendar click HERE.

For all other events and Franklin happenings click HERE.

*To submit an event for the Community Calendar, please use this FORM

MYFM 101.3/WMRC-First Class Radio Receives Two Prestigious Awards From Massachusetts Broadcasters Association

MyFM 101.3 announced today that it, and its staff, are the recipients of two prestigious awards from the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association. The radio station, which serves the market between Boston, Worcester, and Providence, received the Station of the Year merit award. Also, station on-air personality and MyFM's "Mr. Everything," Ray Auger, was honored with the "Above and Beyond" award.

The Station of the Year award is presented annually by the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association to the most outstanding radio station in the Commonwealth, and is open to all of the more than 180 radio stations in the Commonwealth. The merit "Station of the Year" is awarded to a Massachusetts radio station that exemplifies overall excellence in all phases of operation.

This year's judges, members of the Alaska Broadcasters Association, cited MyFM 101.3's extraordinary growth of audience and client base. But most importantly, stating that MyFM was the epitome of localism in broadcasting, and providing exceptional service to their listeners, community officials and local organizations.

Jordan Walton, President of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association said, "MyFM is a shining example of what a radio station, hyper-focused on their local community, can accomplish."

This is the 6th time that MyFM 101.3/WMRC-First Class Radio has won Station of the Year.

"We are humbled and honored to be recognized again by the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association," says MyFM President Tom McAuliffe. "I've been part of this community for more than 27 years and look forward to serving it for many more."

The second accolade bestowed upon MyFM, the Above and Beyond award, was granted to My FM's "Mr. Everything" Ray Auger. The Association noted Auger's combined involvement in the local music scene and his status at MyFM/WMRC to help deliver new forms of artistic culture and fundraising support to the area. By becoming involved with local organizations, he uses his relationships and broadcasting skills to serve his community in an effective and entertaining fashion. In addition to his regular duties as a radio host, producer and promotions director, and so much more, Auger serves on the board of directors for Milford TV and Milford Performing Arts Center. He also hosted numerous community fundraising events, and weekly and monthly open mics and socials.

Walton added, "Ray Auger is the driving force behind much of the local content that MyFM provides listeners in the Greater Milford area. His tireless efforts to make a difference are why his station is thriving and why he deserved to be named our "Above and Beyond" award winner in 2017."

MyFM 101.3 is the sister station of WMRC-First Class Radio, which is one of the oldest locally owned and operated broadcast stations in Massachusetts. The company was purchased in 1990 by Tom McAuliffe, Sr. who was committed to the philosophy that a strong local radio station makes a strong connection to the community. His son, Tom McAuliffe II, took over as President in 2008 making the radio station the area's first choice for local news, weather, sports, traffic and community events.

MYFM 101.3/WMRC-First Class Radio Receives Two Prestigious Awards
MYFM 101.3/WMRC-First Class Radio Receives Two Prestigious Awards

2017 FHS Hockomock League Cross Country All Stars

HockomockSports has published the 2017 Hockomock League Boys and Girls Cross Country All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league. The FHS student athletes selected are shown here. Links to the complete listing are also provided.

Considering that the varsity team is 7 members for Franklin to get 4 girls and 6 boys listed is quite an accomplishment!


HOCKOMOCK LEAGUE MVP = Abby Hassman, Foxboro


  • Katrina Albert, Franklin
  • Nicole Clermont, Franklin
  • Kate Hartnett, Franklin
  • Sydney Hawkins, Franklin


HOCKOMOCK LEAGUE MVP = Kalin Petrov, Mansfield


  • Tyler Brogan, Franklin
  • Hayden Goldsmith, Franklin
  • Camden Harrington, Franklin
  • Dylan Kehoe, Franklin
  • Paul Linehan, Franklin
  • Mitchell Regan, Franklin

The complete Girls All Star listing

The complete Boys All Star listing

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

“We keep our eye on these matters all the time”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"A recent investigation into potential mold at the Horace Mann Middle School came up negative for any mold spore. 
AcuHealth Inc. conducted the inspection and testing on Nov. 9. They conducted visual, air, and wall cavity tests all of which indicated there was no mold in the building. 
The report, released earlier this week, also says there’s no water damage, visible mold growth, or discernable odor. Air quality numbers were normal, and no action was recommended from AcuHealth. 
The concerns arose from members of the Horace Mann Middle School community that became suspicious of mold development. The suspicions partially stem from a period of time where the structure was openly exposed to the elements."

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Horace Mann-Oak St Complex entrance
Horace Mann-Oak St Complex entrance

FPAC: Thank you for your support on #GivingTuesday!

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Thank you for your support of FPAC on Giving Tuesday!  

We are happy to announce that we exceeded our goal and raised $3099.00  for equipment to help us light the stage at THE BLACK BOX!!  

We are excited that with your support, we are able to purchase a follow spot and several lighting instruments to enhance our theatrical lighting system.  

To our FPAC village - we are exceedingly grateful and look forward to seeing you at one of the holiday productions still to come in 2017.  

We wish you happy holidays filled with wonderful music and great live entertainment! 

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Franklin Performing Arts Company
PO Box 48
15 West Central Street
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

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