Wednesday, June 27, 2018

In the News: Union St ready for the 4th; gender neutral bill filled

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

"Decorating for the Fourth of July isn’t quite like putting up lights for the holidays, but to a row of Union Street houses across from the Franklin Common, it’s important to brandish their nation’s colors. 
Heidi Mahr and her husband bought their home at 17 Union St. from her mother-in-law in April, making this the first time they’re taking part in the decorative tradition. 
“My husband used to hang the decorations for my mother-in-law,” she said. “She also used to pay somebody to come and hang them up for her.”

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"When teenagers finally reach the age to apply for a driver’s permit and license, it represents their first step toward individual freedom. 
This milestone, however, stifles some of the excitement for teenagers and adults who are told they must identify as a gender on their license, although they do not identify with either option provided. 
This was the case for Ella, a young adult who was nearing the time to apply for their license. As a proud teenager who is nonbinary - someone who does not identify as either male or female - Ella did not understand why someone should have to choose between putting male or female on their permit and license. 
Ella wrote to state senator, Karen Spilka, D-Ashland, to find out if that could be changed."

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