Saturday, February 3, 2018

Andrew Scott Holmes To Star In FPAC’s "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat"

The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) is pleased to announce initial casting for the upcoming production of the hit family musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Andrew Scott Holmes will play the title role of Joseph, with Ali Funkhouser as The Narrator.

After almost two years at sea working for Princess Cruises as a Resident Guest Entertainer, Holmes returns home to take the stage with FPAC. After attending Baldwin Wallace University to obtain a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre, Andrew has been traveling the world working in regional theatre and cruise ships alike. From Goodspeed Opera House to Great Lakes Theater to Playhouse Square and beyond, Andrew has played leading roles and has understudied Broadway stars. He is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and will appear at THE BLACK BOX under a special appearance agreement. 
Andrew Scott Holmes
Andrew Scott Holmes

FPAC and Joseph director Raye Lynn Mercer notes, “Our first guest contract at THE BLACK BOX brings to our stage Andrew Scott Holmes as Joseph, and opens the door for us to feature FPAC alumni who are now working professionally.” Returning to his Franklin School for the Performing Arts and FPAC roots, Holmes will share the stage with friends, his theatre family, and talented stars of tomorrow.

Ali Funkhouser
Ali Funkhouser

Funkhouser is returning to Joseph for the third time, having appeared in the children’s ensemble of the 2004 national tour starring Patrick Cassidy, and as The Narrator during her time at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts. Other credits include the national tour of Evita, Legally Blonde with The LEX, and Puccini’s Suor Angelica with Chelsea Opera (NYC). An Equity Membership Candidate, she will receive her Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Theatre this spring from Oklahoma City University, where she appeared in productions of Hairspray, Company, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Curtains, and Shakespeare’s Pericles.

Both local stars are alumni of the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), veteran actors with FPAC, and former members of Electric Youth. Holmes has appeared in FPAC productions of Footloose (Ren), Into the Woods (Jack), The Nutcracker (Nutcracker Prince/Russian), ’Tis the Season! (Featured Vocalist), West Side Story, and more. Funkhouser’s FPAC credits include Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), The Sound of Music (Liesl), Humbug! (Freddie), Annie (Star-to-Be), and several solo cabarets.

Under the direction of Raye Lynn Mercer, with musical direction by Hallie Wetzell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will be staged for six performances on March 10 and 11 and March 16-18 at THE BLACK BOX, 15 West Central Street in Franklin. The box office is open and tickets are available by visiting Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is presented by arrangement with The Musical Company, LP.

Franklin Receives MIIA’s “Community Excellence” Award

In recognition of its commitment to community-wide risk management through both individual departments and community leadership, the Town of Franklin has earned the "Community Excellence" award from the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), the town's property and casualty insurance provider. MIIA presented the award to Franklin during the association's annual meeting in Boston on January 20th.

"Congratulations to the Town of Franklin for demonstrating an enthusiastic enterprise-wide commitment to risk management and safety," said Stephen Batchelder, director of Claims Operations for MIIA.

The town's Public Works and Facility Maintenance departments have proactively engaged in, and focused on, OSHA-related training and implementation of risk management best practices. Their collaborative efforts include comprehensive quarterly safety meetings in which they review and investigate all incidents, routine site and building inspections, and continue use of MIIA Rewards training.

"This award is team effort and a testament to the hard work our town departments," said Jamie Hellen, deputy Town Administrator for the Town of Franklin. "Our staff at the DPW, Facilities, Custodians, Police, Fire, Library and Schools do a great job providing training opportunities for our employees to reduce work place injuries and accidents and provide a safe working environment for the community. It is also important to note their efforts have helped save the taxpayers almost $60,000 on our insurance premium for next year. These are the little things our staff do on a day-to-day basis that makes our organization function effectively. The town appreciates MIIA's support and recognition of the hard work our town departments put in."

Factors considered to earn the community excellence award are solid implementation of risk management fundamentals such as on-going and effective safety committees, focused training, and a commitment to strong infrastructure and maintenance protocols throughout the entire community. In addition, awarded communities actively seek out new and creative ways to drive safety and mitigate risk.

About MIIA
The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA) is the non-profit insurance arm of the Massachusetts Municipal Association. As a member-based organization, MIIA's only focus is to provide excellent service and quality risk management solutions to Massachusetts' municipalities and related public entities. Municipal insurance its only business, MIIA insures nearly 400 cities, towns, and other public entities in Massachusetts. For more information, visit and

FHS boys swim team takes 1st Hockomock League Championship

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS sports action on Friday, Feb 2, 2018

Boys Swimming = Hockomock League Championships (@ Milford)

FHS Boys swim team takes Hockomock Championship in a true team way,  only 1 individual 1st place finish but lots of depth
FHS Boys swim team takes Hockomock Championship in a true team way,
only 1 individual 1st place finish but lots of depth

2018 #Hockomock Boys Swimming Championships team results:

1. Franklin - 343 (pictured)
2. Oliver Ames - 296
3. King Philip - 259.5
4. Milford - 234
5. North Attleboro - 194

Boys Basketball = Oliver Ames, 36 @ Franklin, 70 – Final
– Franklin was in control from the beginning with sophomore Chris Edgehill scoring a team-high 24 points in the win.

Girls Basketball = Franklin, 54 @ Oliver Ames, 61 – Final
Josh Perry, Managing Editor of, provides the game recap

"Oliver Ames and Franklin had a lot on the line in Friday night’s game at the William F. Nixon Gym. The teams were tied for second place in the Kelley-Rex division and trying to stay within two games of league-leading Mansfield (which has to play both the Panthers and Tigers again this year), while OA was also trying to clinch its spot in the state tournament. 
Behind 29 points from senior forward Kayla Raymond and defensive adjustments strong contributions off the bench in the second half, OA rallied from three points down at the break for a 61-54 come from behind victory and a split of the season series with the Panthers. 
In the first half, everything offensively for the Tigers ran through Raymond. The Stonehill-commit scored 12 of OA’s 14 points in the first quarter, twice scoring on three-point plays taking the ball to the basket. She added another four in the second in the second, while Caroline Flynn knocked down a three and Abby Reardon added four."

Continue reading the game recap online

For a photo gallery from this game

For other results around the Hockomock League on Friday

Franklin Public Library: Marc Berger - RIDE - Feb 10

Marc Berger is scheduled to perform at the Franklin Public Library, Saturday, Feb 10 at 2:00 PM.

"Marc’s life has been about pursuing twin passions: creating and recording his American roots songs, and exploring remote areas of the desert and mountain West. After signing his first publishing contract while in law school, he fronted rock bands and performed regularly in New York City clubs like CBGB, Wetlands, and The Knitting Factory. All through this period, he’d find ways to get into the West, picking up details from fellow wilderness junkies about off the beaten path locales and filing them away for future reference. 
On one of these trips, he became intrigued by the cover of THE BIG IT, a book of short stories by A.B. Guthrie he found on a revolving paperback rack in a Navajo reservation trading post. It got him thinking about using his travels to create a set of songs in the cultural tradition of writers like Guthrie and visual artists like John Ford and Frederick Remington. Marc and Co-Producer Mike Ricciardi now present RIDE, ten cinematic recordings reflecting his romantic connection to the American West and exploring the value of its myths to contemporary culture. 
Marc’s performed at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival and The Kerrville and Falcon Ridge Folk Festivals and has opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts. His song THE LAST ONE was a staple of Richie Havens’ concerts for years and has been quoted in the NY Times and featured on The CBS Evening News."

For more about Marc, visit his web page

Franklin Public Library: Marc Berger - RIDE - Feb 10
Franklin Public Library: Marc Berger - RIDE - Feb 10

Senator Ross: State House Update - January 2018

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Senator Richard J. Ross, State House Update, January 2018
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State Senator Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham) proudly serving the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District.

State House
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Boston, MA 02133

Ph: 617-722-1555
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Dear Friends,
It is already February which means it is Black History month and Valentines day.

The first month of the year has been a busy one and I am looking forward to working with my colleagues to continue improving our great Commonwealth.

Tax season is coming up and I will be in the district holding seminars on the Senior Circuit Breaker Tax Credit. I have had the pleasure of meeting various constituents from our district at these seminars and at my office hours. I appreciate hearing from you on the things that matter to our district and our Commonwealth.

It is an honor to serve as your State Senator.
As always, please feel free to reach out to my office directly at 617-722-1555 or email


February 12th 2018
9:30am – 10:30am
Attleboro Council on Aging
25 S Main Street

North Attleboro
February 12th, 2018
11:00am – 12:00pm
North Attleboro COA
204 Elm Street

9:30am – 10:30am
February 20th, 2018
Wrentham COA
400 Taunton Street

11:00am – 12:00pm
February 20th, 2018
Franklin COA
10 Daniel McCahill Street
March 12th, 2018
10:30am – 11:30am
Wayland COA
41 Cochituate Road

March 12th, 2018
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Wellesley COA
500 Washington Street

March 19th, 2018
10:30am – 11:30am
Needham Community Center
570 Hillside Drive

March 19th, 2018
12:00pm – 1:00pm

In the News: school funding forum - Feb 13; necklace looking to be returned to owner 40 years later

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

"With a challenging budget cycle ahead, the School Committee will hold a legislative forum on education funding on Feb. 13, 7 p.m., in the Franklin High School lecture hall, 218 Oak St. 
The goal of the forum is to increase transparency in the school system, and to pick the brains of stakeholders on topics such as rising health insurance, transportation, special education tuition, and other finance related topics. 
They will also discuss a number of unfunded state mandates and the lack of funds to support them throughout the district."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Additional info on the School Committee Forum can be found

Community entrance to FHS
Community entrance to FHS

"When something goes missing, hope of ever finding it seems to fade away over time. Franklin native and Shrewsbury resident Keith Lippert is looking to restore that hope to someone who lost a necklace nearly 40 years ago. 
When Lippert was about 11 years old, around 1980, he found a St. Christopher medallion in the sand of Beaver Pond during a stroll. 
“After hours, I found this necklace in the sand,” he said. “No one was there to turn it into, so as child would do, I just took it home and threw it in my drawer.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Friday, February 2, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 2/2/18 - THU 2/8/18

FRIDAY 2/2/18
10am-12pm   Knitting Group @ Franklin Public Library
3-6pm   Charles River Meadowlands Information Day @ Franklin Public Library
3:30pm   Groundhog Storytime @ Franklin Public Library
4:30pm   Reading of Mish Michael’s book Ms. G and Her Shadowy Road to Fame with guest reader Melanie Hamblen @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Jazz Cafe @ Franklin High School

10am-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
4-7pm   Beer Extravaganza: Super Bowl Edition @ Pour Richard’s
5:30-10:30pm   National Elks Foundation BOLA Fundraiser @ Elks Lodge
7:30pm   Music of Leonard Cohen by Marcus Dagan @ Original Congregational Church in Wrentham

SUNDAY 2/4/18
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Breakfast @ Franklin Rod and Gun Club
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
1pm   Free Family Series Concert: New England Percussion Ensemble @ The Black Box

MONDAY 2/5/18
10:30am   Move Along @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Book Discussion Group @ Franklin Senior Center
3pm   Monday Crafternoons @ Franklin Public Library

TUESDAY 2/6/18
10:30am   Get Ready for Kindergarten @ Franklin Public Library
11:15am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Friends Book Group @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Franklin Garden Club Monthly Meeting and Talk: Attracting Wild Birds Year Round (open to public) @ Franklin Senior Center
7pm   Valentine Chocolate and Wine Tasting @ Franklin Liquors

10am   Animal Tales (for ages 2.5-5) @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
10:30am   Terrific Toddlers @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
4pm   Construction Junction @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   Christian Zen Weekly Meditation @ McMahon Guest House (1061 Upper Union Street)
6:30pm   Friends of Franklin Library Meeting @ Franklin Public Library
6:30pm   YA Dystopian Book Club @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Franklin Newcomers and Friends Monthly Meeting: Game Night @ 3 Restaurant

9:30am   Baby Tummy Time (ages 0-18 months) @ Franklin Public Library
10:30am   Story and Craft @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Daniel Kozar: Dean College Theatre Plays Discussion @ Franklin Senior Center
11:15am   Toddler Playgroup @ Franklin Public Library
12pm   Urban Sketching (no experience necessary) @ Franklin Public Library
12:15-1:45pm   Tri-County Children’s Center Open House and Registration @ 147 Pond Street
1pm   Create Valentine Cards @ Franklin Senior Center
1-6pm   American Red Cross Blood Drive @ Elks Lodge
3:30pm   Discovery Workshop @ Franklin Public Library
7-9pm   Concert Hour Recital @ Franklin High School
7pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA 

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

FPAC Family Concert Series: New England Percussion Ensemble - Feb 4

The New England Percussion Ensemble specializes in presenting creative and energetic audience-interactive enrichment programs to youngsters.

They will be presenting "LANGUAGE OF THE ANCIENTS" -- 1:00 PM at THE BLACK BOX

Audience members travel a journey through time which conjures the image of early mankind using stones, sticks, rattles and hollow logs to accompany singing and body movement. A leap in time occurs when we use "found" instruments of today – plastic tubes of different lengths, trash bags snapped in the air, newspapers torn in time to foot stomping accompaniment. 
FPAC Family Concert Series: New England Percussion Ensemble - Feb 4
FPAC Family Concert Series: New England Percussion Ensemble - Feb 4

Our exploration of this truly ancient language travels from the familiar to the unfamiliar with imagination, inventiveness and creativity – new sights, new sounds; some loud and spirit shaking, some soft and haunting. 

(With performance piece titles such as “Take Out the Garbage” and "The Elephants Are Coming" how can you lose???) Student hands-on ensemble concludes.

Sponsored by:   Berry Insurance

The Franklin Performing Arts Company Family Concert Series is free and open to the public.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Franklin Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Franklin Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency
Franklin Cultural Council - Mass Cultural Council

St John's: Ashes to Go - Feb 14

The Rev. Kathy McAdams, new Rector at St. John's Episcopal Church, and Deacon Chris Beukman, will offer "Ashes to Go" and blessings at Franklin Depot from 5:00 - 8:00 AM on February 14 (Ash Wednesday).

A slower-paced, solemn service will be offered at the church at 7 PM. Everyone is invited.


The Rev. Kathy McAdams, Rector

St. John's Episcopal Church
Franklin, MA

Captain Joseph Barbieri graduated from the MAFA's Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program

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

"Several MetroWest and Milford-area firefighters graduated Thursday from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program. 
The 14-week program is designed to help fire officers become better department leaders and managers. As part of the program, all participants had to write a research paper that identifies a current problem or challenge to their department, while offering a solution. They must then present a proposal for their plan to municipal officers."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Captain Joseph Barbieri, who leads Group 3 of the Franklin Fire Dept, was a member of this class.

For additional info visit the Franklin Fire Dept web page

Recent graduates of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy's Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program
Recent graduates of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy's Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Franklin To Elect Delegates To Democratic State Convention - Feb 12

Registered Democrats in Franklin will hold a caucus on February 12, 2018 at 7 PM at the Franklin TV Studio, 23 Hutchinson Street to elect delegates and alternates to the 2018 Massachusetts Democratic State Convention.

This year’s state convention will be held June 1-2 at the DCU Center in Worcester, where thousands of Democrats from across the state will come together to endorse Democratic candidates for statewide office, including Constitutional Officers and gubernatorial candidates.

The caucus is open to all registered and pre-registered Democrats in Franklin. Pre-registered Democrats who will be 18 by September 18, 2018 will be allowed to participate and run as a delegate or alternate. 


Franklin can elect 14 delegates and 4 alternates to the Convention.

Youth, minorities, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ individuals who are not elected as a delegate or alternate may apply to be an add-on delegate at the caucus or at

Those interested in getting involved with the Franklin Democratic Town Committee can contact the committee at
on Twitter @FranklinDems

Franklin To Elect Delegates To Democratic State Convention - Feb 12
Franklin To Elect Delegates To Democratic State Convention - Feb 12

Celebrate Franklin's 240th Birthday Party - Feb 16 - THE BLACK BOX

Franklin's 240th Birthday Party! The very day Franklin seceded from Wrentham in 1778!

Fun Franklin history shared by Joe Landry. Enjoy historic photos, Franklin trivia, and great conversation!

Cash bar, snacks, music! Special appearance by Jamie Barrett.


  • TOTAL TOWNIE ~ Lifetime in Franklin = $5.00
  • Townie ~ 25 years in town = $10.00
  • Townie-In-Training ~ 10 years in town = $15.00
  • Newcomers = $20.00

Pass the Townie Test and get your money back!

Proceeds support THE BLACK BOX and the arts in Franklin

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Celebrate Franklin's 240th Birthday Party - Feb 16 - at THE BLACK BOX
Celebrate Franklin's 240th Birthday Party - Feb 16 - at THE BLACK BOX

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FHS boys hockey, wrestling, and both swim teams top King Philip on Wednesday

Via HockomockSports and Twitter we share the results of the FHS sports action on Wednesday, Jan 31, 2018

Boys Hockey = Franklin, 3 @ King Philip, 1 – Final
– King Philip’s Collin Cooke scored in the first period to give the Warriors the lead after 15 minutes of play, but Franklin tied it in the second and scored two more in the third for the win. Dan Magazu had a pair of goals for the Panthers while Jeremy Miller scored once.

Wrestling = King Philip, 6 @ Franklin, 45 – Final

Boys Swimming = King Philip, 75 @ Franklin, 93 – Final

Girls Swimming = King Philip, 83 @ Franklin, 87 – Final

For other results around the Hockomock League

Via the Twitterverse

We ❤️ our seniors!!! Congrats everyone, you will be missed!!!!
We ❤️ our seniors!!! Congrats everyone, you will be missed!!!!

Lenten Soup Supper and Book Study - Tuesdays

Join us for all or some of these evenings of fellowship and discussion. 

We will read Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones. Available on-line.

Tuesdays 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM, we'll discuss:

Feb 20 - Part I (quite long, so start reading now)
Feb 27 - Part II
Mar 6 - Part III - bring the whole family: a children/youth program will also be offered; both will end at 7:30
Mar 13 - Part IV
Mar 20 - Part V - bring the whole family: a children/youth program will also be offered; both will end at 7:30

Let me know if you have any questions or need more info.




The Rev. Kathy McAdams, Rector

St. John's Episcopal Church

Franklin, MA

LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Wednesday, February, 14

You can celebrate Valentine's Day with Let's Laugh Today on Wednesday, February 14th from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin! 

Everyone will receive a Valentine and a chocolate along with many belly laughs! (Bring more chocolate to share if you want.) 

Laughter Yoga is a body/mind practice for well-being that involves deep breathing and a few stretches, playful laughter exercises (no jokes or comedy), clapping and deep relaxation. It has many benefits besides the joy of laughter. It can strengthen the immune system, combat the negative effects of stress, and is a powerful antidote to depression and anxiety.

Any age and any level of physical ability can participate in this uplifting experience! There is a $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. See

LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Wednesday, February, 14
LET'S LAUGH TODAY in Franklin is on Wednesday, February, 14

Panther TV: Sitting with the Superintendent, January 2018

"Franklin's Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Sara Ahern, sits down with Panther News Reporter Catherine Middleman to discuss the homework policy, school start times, snow days, and more!"

For more about FHS visit Pantherbook

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Franklin Garden Club: “Attracting Birds - Winter and Summer”

“Attracting Birds - Winter and Summer” will be the focus of the Tuesday, February 6 meeting of the Franklin Garden Club. The meeting will take place at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. The meeting is open to the public, including those interested in becoming a member of the Garden Club.

Ellen Davis, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Franklin, MA, will be the featured speaker. She will highlight the types of feeders, food and locations that can support a wide variety of birds coming to a yard or garden in every season. Store manager Haley Perry will assist with the presentation.

Davis, an avid birder, opened her store in 1996 in Medway, MA and then moved it to Franklin in 2011. Her interests in birds, as well as more than 28 years experience as a buyer for Jordan Marsh and the New England Aquarium has enabled her to establish a successful retail operation that is a well known resource for those interested in attracting and enjoying birds. 

The Franklin Garden Club, founded in 1987, is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts.
Franklin Garden Club: “Attracting Birds - Winter and Summer”
Franklin Garden Club: “Attracting Birds - Winter and Summer”