Saturday, October 13, 2018

Franklin Harvest Festival: Spread the Word! - Sunday, October 14

Reminder: the entertainment schedule for the Festival can be found

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Franklin Historical Museum: King Philip's Indian War Presentation (inside) and Scarecrow Contest (outside) - Sunday, Oct 14

NY Times bestselling author Michael Tougias will give a slide presentation on the war between the Colonists and Native Americans in 1675-76 at The Franklin Historical Museum at 1:15 Sunday, October 14, as part of the Museum’s Second Sunday Speaker Series.

Tougias is the author of the acclaimed Until I Have No Country (A novel of King Philip's War), and co-author with Eric Schultz of King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict.
author Michael Tougias
author Michael Tougias

The first part of the presentation will discuss the Indian way of life, Colonial settlements, and the events leading up to the war. The second part covers the battles and the strategy during this cataclysmic war, which on a per capita basis was the bloodiest conflict in our nation's history.

Slides include battle sites, period sketches, historic markers, maps, and suggestions for visiting road-side history. Tougias also discusses Native strategy during the war and the challenges of writing a historic novel. Former Commissioner of Indian Affairs for Massachusetts and member of the Wampanoag Tribe, Edith Andrews, is quoted on the novel's back cover, commenting that Until I Have No Country "captures the essence of the Native American." The novel includes adventure, romance, and intrigue while staying true to historical facts. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Tougias is the author and co-author of 21 non-fiction books including the national bestsellers Rescue of the Bounty, A Storm Too Soon, Overboard! The Finest Hours: The True Story of the Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue (to be a Disney movie), Derek’s Gift, The Cringe Chronicle and his award-winning book, There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse! (Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe). 

His book, Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do is the recipient of the American Library Association “Editors Choice” award. More about the author can be found at

And with the Harvest Festival scheduled for Sunday (due to the weather forecast for Saturday), the Scarecrow Contest moves to Sunday

At the Franklin Historical Museum during the Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct 14

• Open to all ages!
• Prize awarded in youth and adult categories
• Positive, creative, nonviolent entries accepted
• Contestants to provide all material to decorate and display their scarecrows
• Entries to be secured in a standing or sitting position
• Scarecrows delivered to Historical Museum between 10 AM-11 AM, to be displayed on the museum front lawn during the Harvest Festival.
• Judging and prizes at 3:00 PM
• All scarecrows to be removed by 5:00 PM
• No fee to enter the contest

work on the exterior of the Museum is underway
work on the exterior of the Museum is underway

FHS football tops Taunton, girls soccer ties with KP

Via HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Friday, Oct 12, 2018

Football = Franklin, 42 @ Taunton, 7 – Final
1st Quarter: (F) Nick Gordon 32-yard pass to Ryan Driscoll, Parker Chevrant XP good; (F) N. Gordon 56-yard pass to R. Driscoll, P. Chevrant XP good.
2nd Quarter: (F) Owen Palmieri 1-yard rush, P. Chevrant XP good; (F) N. Gordon 45-yard pass to Jake Davis, P. Chevrant XP good.
3rd Quarter: (T) Noah Leonard 1-yard rush, Coby Adams XP good.
4th Quarter: (F) N. Gordon 15-yard pass to Jack Nally, P. Chevrant XP good; (F) Sean Hofferty 4-yard rush, P. Chevrant XP good.

Boys Soccer = Franklin, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – Final
– King Philip scored inside the first and last five minutes of the match to earn two points at home and keep its postseason hopes alive. Senior captain Ian Zimmerman gave the hosts the lead in the third minute, finishing off a cross from classmate John Cullen. Cam Lawrence added the insurance tally in the 75th minute, scoring on a volley on an assist from Gavon Fox. Aidan Lindmark made four saves to record the shutout.

Girls Soccer = King Philip, 1 @ Franklin, 1 – Final
– After a scoreless first half, Ally Stanton broke the deadlock midway through the second half off an Avery Snead assist. Erin Quaile equalized for Franklin just four minutes later off a Carly Alston assist. Breanna Atwood made nine saves and Taylor Butler made five saves for the Warriors, as both teams earned a point.

Golf = Franklin @ Oliver Ames – Postponed to a date and time to be announced.

For other results around the Hockomock League on Friday

Ryan Lanigan, founder and Editor-in-Chief of provides the football game recap:
"Heading into Friday night’s contest against Taunton, Franklin head coach Eian Bain wanted to get as many of his skill players involved as possible to keep the Tigers’ defense guessing. 
Senior quarterback Nick Gordon delivered with a near flawless performance, going 11-for-14 for 243 yards, connecting with six different receivers, and tossing four touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a dominant 42-7 win over Taunton. 
Franklin was essentially perfect in the first half with Gordon completing all of his passes (7-for-7) and the team recording 254 yards of offense, scoring on all four of its drives for a 28-0 lead at the break. 
“We got off to a very fast start and I thought we executed the game plan really well,” Bain said. “We try to think about players not plays so we wanted to get certain kids to touch the ball. We had a lot of different kids touch the ball tonight and that wasn’t by accident."

Continue reading the game recap online

For more photos from the game

Franklin’s Owen Palmieri (top) is tackled by Taunton’s Max Moitoso. (Ryan Lanigan/
Franklin’s Owen Palmieri (top) is tackled by Taunton’s Max Moitoso. (Ryan Lanigan/

THE BLACK BOX presents "Yacht Rock Night in Port Franklin" - Oct 26

THE BLACK BOX will present “Yacht Rock Night in Port Franklin” on Friday, October 26 at 8 PM. The night will be a West Coast celebration of light rock from the late 70s and early 80s. 

Musical tributes to the likes of Michael McDonald, Toto, Starbuck, Steely Dan, Kenny Loggins and more with three local powerhouse supergroups - Captain and The Stubings, Nantucket Sound Machine and Sal Mon Pink and The Champagnes

Being close to Halloween, costumes are encouraged (just give "Yacht Rock" a quick google search for ideas). There will be prizes for best costumes and more fun and surprises.

Tickets for “Yacht Rock Night in Port Franklin” are available at or by calling the box office at 508-528-3370. Doors open at 7:30 pm. 

You can follow THE BLACK BOX on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. THE BLACK BOX is located at 15 W. Central St. Franklin, MA.

THE BLACK BOX presents "Yacht Rock Night in Port Franklin" - Oct 26
THE BLACK BOX presents "Yacht Rock Night in Port Franklin" - Oct 26

Tri-County Offering the Town of Franklin Grade 8 Students Two Admissions Events

This year Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School will host two events for the town of Franklin Grade 8 students to attend. A Franklin Career Day will be offered on Friday, October 26 at 8:00 AM and Grade 8 Open House will be held on Thursday, November 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Franklin Career Day is a fun and interactive event held in the morning for students and parents/guardians to experience a tour of the 16 career programs and academic offerings at the school presented by Tri-County faculty and students. Extracurricular activities and athletics will also be featured. 

Franklin students and their parents are encouraged to attend to learn more about our unique hands-on approach to real-world application of skills in a career-focused technical education. Tri-County will distribute a Letter of Attendance to all Franklin Grade 8 students who attend. A parent/guardian must be present to attend and must RSVP for this event by going to

During the Grade 8 Open House, students and faculty will highlight 16 different career areas, as well as the school's rigorous, comprehensive academic program. Extracurricular activities, athletics, and the school's Online Admissions program will also be discussed. Refreshments will be served and raffles will be available for an opportunity to win prizes. 

Tri-County Student Ambassadors will be stationed throughout the school's cafeteria to tell visitors more about their Career Programs and academic courses. Faculty members will also be standing by to escort visitors to any points of interest. The school's vocational instructors will be inside of their shops to answer questions. Superintendent-Director Stephen Dockray and school administrators will host a question and answer session on the benefits of a vocational/technical education to be held in the Auditorium.

For those who cannot attend, Tri-County offers tours every Tuesday morning beginning at 9 AM by appointment. Visit to learn more.

Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.

Tri-County Offering the Town of Franklin Grade 8 Students Two Admissions Events
Tri-County Offering the Town of Franklin Grade 8 Students Two Admissions Events

Planning Board: Public Hearing - Oct 15 for plot line clean up

"If Town Council supports the proposed zoning map amendment, DPCD recommends they refer Zoning By-law Amendment 18-820 to the Planning Board for a Public Hearing."
The Economic Development Committee recommended that this measure come before the Town Council. The Town Council agenda for the Sep 5 meeting incorrectly listed the item as a first reading prior to approval. The supporting documents clearly stated it was meant to go to the Planning Board for their review and approval before coming to the Town Council to approve the zoning bylaw changes.

The zoning changes are something that Franklin has been working on. Some of the plot lines don't align with the zoning categories. The Planning Dept review the plot lines and zoning and makes a recommendation for approval. The Economic Development Committee reviewed the proposal, recommended some changes where a new subdivision would have gotten split into two different zones (it was changed to move to only a single zone) The proposal is now what is being discussed.

My own property happens to be involved in this measure. Our plot is split almost evenly between two different but closely related residential zones. To clean up the map, the proposal puts all of the plot in a single zone. Our plot was split between Rural Residential I and Single Family Residential III. The proposal moves our plot totally within the Single Family Residential III zone.

The Planning Board agenda:

The detailed document from the Planning Dept used in the Sep 5 Town Council meeting.

part of the zoning change proposal map showing current and proposed
part of the zoning change proposal map showing current and proposed

Friday, October 12, 2018

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI Oct 12 - THU Oct 18

Friday, October 12
 Knitting Group
 Happy Feet!
 Franklin Farmers Market
 OCC Concert (in Foxboro): Jonathan Edwards
Saturday, October 13
 Franklin Federated Church - Yard Sale
 Franklin in Focus presents Election 2018: Candidates and Issues
 Franklin Historical Museum (Always free)
 FDP Harvest Festival
 Jeannie Mack Concert: Not A Fright In Sight!
 Learning Differences Resource Meeting
 FPAC presents Disney's Newsies (Sold out)
Sunday, October 14
 Ladybug 5K
 Franklin Federated Church - Birthday Celebration
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
 Mike Tougias – "King Philip's War"
 FPAC presents Disney's Newsies (sold out)
 FPAC presents Disney's Newsies (Sold out)

Monday, October 15
 Move Along
 Toddler Playgroup
 Monday Crafternoons
 Introduction to Landscape Drawing
Tuesday, October 16
 Cool Cruisers
 Get Ready for Kindergarten
Wednesday, October 17
 Terrific Toddlers
 Toddler Playgroup
 Minds in Motion
 Construction Junction
 Book Bites
 FHS performs "Cabaret"
 Town Council Meeting
Thursday, October 18
 Baby Tummy Time
 Story & Craft
 FHS performs "Cabaret"
 FPAC presents Disney's Newsies

For the interactive version, please visit

For the Town of Franklin Public Meeting Calendar click HERE.

Submit an event for the Community Calendar, please use this FORM

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 10/12/18 - THU 10/18/18
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI 10/12/18 - THU 10/18/18

Kids Corner Cooking Classes Begin November 7

Lifelong Community Learning, a program of the Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Learning Institute, is pleased to announce that the next round of kids’ cooking classes will begin November 7 at Kids Corner. The classes cost $150 and run on Wednesdays for 6 weeks. Kids’ Corner aprons are also available to purchase for just $11.99. 

The offerings will include:

  • Kids’ Cooking Class–Grades 1–3 … In these 1 hour drop off classes, students are beginning to develop their skills.
  • Kids’ Cooking Class – Grades 4 and 5 … In these 1 hour classes, students will gain additional kitchen skills learning more complex techniques like searing, folding, and more.
  • Kids’ Cooking Class – Grades 6 – 8 … In these 1 hour classes, students will learn culinary terminology, more intricate knife skills, and work with more sophisticated menus.
Lifelong Community Learning
Lifelong Community Learning

ABOUT US: Lifelong Community Learning is a program of the Franklin Public Schools Lifelong Learning Institute, dedicated to providing quality learning experiences for adults in the Town of Franklin and surrounding communities. 
NOTE: If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Brenda Reed at 508-613-1483 or email at

You can register online at

Harvest Festival - Sunday, Oct 14 - 11 AM to 4:00 PM

Due to the forecast for Rain...

The Harvest Festival is re-scheduled to the rain date Sunday, Oct. 14

Entertainment at the Harvest Festival

Dean Bank is hosting three different bands at the corner of Main Street and Dean Avenue.

  • 11 a.m. to Noon - Gay and the Backline
  • Noon to 2 p.m. - Ben Gardner’s Boat
  • 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. - The Noyz

The following entertainers are featured on the Intermission stage, behind Rockland Trust:

  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - FSPA Singers
  • 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. - Jamie Barrett
  • 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. - FSPA Singers
  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Jamie Barrett
  • 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. - FSPA Singers

Also behind Rockland Savings Bank, the Bernon Family Branch YMCA is sponsoring a Children's Area with the ever-popular train ride, a giant inflatable, and games.

Harvest Festival - Saturday, Oct 13 - 11 AM to 4:00 PM
Harvest Festival - Saturday, Oct 13 - 11 AM to 4:00 PM

FHS volleyball tops King Philip and claims Hockomock League Title

Via HockomockSports we share the results of the FHS fall sports action on Thursday, Oct 11, 2018

Field Hockey = Franklin, 2 @ King Philip, 3 – Final
– King Philip built a 2-0 lead by halftime but had to hold off a rally from Franklin to earn the win on a rainy afternoon. Alli Meehan scored twice in the first half, the first set up by Meghan MacDonald in the sixth minute and the second assisted by Abby Nixon with 16:59 left in the half. Franklin’s Ashley Reutlinger opened the scoring in the second half to get within one but MacDonald (assisted by Paige Berdos) answered for KP. Victoria Quinn scored Franklin’s second goal with an assist from Amanda Lewandowski. Mackenize Manning made 11 saves in net for KP while Anna Jardine made eight stops for Franklin. Kate O’Rourke had an outstanding performance defensively for the Panthers.

Volleyball = Franklin, 3 @ King Philip, 0 – Final –
Ryan Lanigan, founder and Editor-in-Chief of, provides the game recap:
"First-year Franklin head coach Kelsey Weymouth didn’t talk about her team’s chance to clinch a league title before its big showdown with King Philip, so she wasn’t quite sure if they knew. 
But based on how the Panthers played, especially early, it didn’t take long to figure out how prepared they were. 
“That was the best volleyball I’ve seen them play,” Weymouth said. “I wanted them to just play volleyball today, so I didn’t say anything. The first time we played KP was a competitive match, so we knew it would be even more competitive this time around. We focused our practice yesterday to gameplan for [King Philip], we tailored it to their strengths we so we’d be prepared today. 
“I just told them to play to have fun and play to win, and that’s exactly what they did.”

Continue reading the recap

For a photo gallery from the game

For other results around the Hockomock League

Franklin players celebrate after winning the first set over King Philip. (Ryan Lanigan/
Franklin players celebrate after winning the first set over King Philip. (Ryan Lanigan/

Tri-County Golf Team Wins 2018 Mayflower League Championship

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School's Golf team has won the 2018 Mayflower League Championship!

The team took the win over Blue Hills 6.5-2.5 in a Match play format to clinch the league. Colby Jones, a junior from Millis, William Krawczynski, a sophomore from Medway, Bryce Dalzell, a sophomore from Wrentham, and Tucker DeVolder, a senior from Medway, all won their individual matches. Luke Holst, a sophomore from Wrentham and Mathew Brangiforte, a freshman from Wrentham recorded key half points for the team by winning their last hole of the match.

Brody Dalzell, a sophomore from Wrentham, our #1 golfer who has been a huge part of our team this year, broke his hand but was their supporting the team.

The team's record is now 9-1-1

Tri-County Golf Team Wins 2018 Mayflower League Championship
Tri-County Golf Team Wins 2018 Mayflower League Championship