Monday, July 9, 2018

In the News: Councilor Jones delayed in Haiti; Brightman cutting wood to fund raise for cancer

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Franklin Town Councilor Glenn Jones was stranded in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti Sunday, where protests escalated over the weekend after a government-backed spike in fuel prices. 
The U.S. Embassy in Haiti issued an advisory urging American travelers there to shelter in place and not to travel to the airport unless they had a scheduled flight. Jones, an electrician, is there working as a volunteer on a building project at a girls orphanage in Leogane, Haiti, where he has volunteered previously through his church. He began the work on Thursday. He and his daughter, Jillian, 17, were in Haiti in April on a similar mission at the same facility. 
Sunday’s advisory followed a slew of demonstration alerts issued by the U.S. State Department in recent days as unrest over fuel prices escalated."

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"Cancer seems to strike a chord with everyone. But harmony is found with a much different cord in Tim Brightman’s backyard. 
For $150, people from Franklin and surrounding communities can have a quarter cord of wood trucked over to their house by Brightman. All proceeds go to the Jimmy Fund through Brightman’s Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) fundraising efforts. 
“If you order a quarter cord of wood to be delivered to your house, you’re going to pay the same price with me as you would with anyone else,” Brightman said. “But all of my money goes to charity. So take your wood and make a donation.” 
Brightman has been raising money for the PMC for 30 years, about half of his life. He starting raising money for cancer soon after his brother, Steve, died at age 36 after a battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma early in life, before a deadly encounter with melanoma later on."

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