Saturday, February 16, 2019

FHS presents: "Shaken" and "Lovefest"

Two Productions coming soon to FHS Auditorium! 

  • "Shaken" on Weds, Feb 27
  • "Lovefest" rescheduled on Monday, March 11! 

"Shaken" on Weds, Feb 27
  • "Shaken" on Weds, Feb 27

"Lovefest" rescheduled on Monday, March 11
"Lovefest" rescheduled on Monday, March 11

Franklin Ford Donates Car to Tri-County’s Auto Technology Career Program

Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School is pleased to announce that Franklin Ford has generously donated a Ford Edge SUV to the Tri-County Automotive Technology program to assist with advanced curriculum.

With a shortage in qualified technicians, service departments around the country have been scrambling to find new talent. Ford Motor Company recognized the labor shortage in the industry and decided to do something about it. Last September, Ford started the TechDrive Program throughout the United States. Each Ford Regional Talent Placement Specialist was challenged with building partnerships with their region’s Ford Dealerships that have an automotive technician shortage and connecting them with local technical high schools.

Tri-County has been chosen as one of the Technical High Schools to take part in the TechDrive Program. Franklin Ford has agreed to sponsor Tri-County, with the expectation that the partnership will fulfill their technician hiring needs. As part of the TechDrive Program, Ford has furnished Training Modules to Tri-County students.

“With the automotive technician shortage, we’ve had to create innovative ways to find, hire, train and keep service techs,” said Frank LaMonica, Fixed Operations Manager at Franklin Ford. “We are pleased to have partnered with Tri-County in the TechDrive Program. We hope the Tri-County students will enjoy working on the car in order to prepare them for future career opportunities. Here at Franklin Ford, many of our automotive technicians are graduates of Tri-County. We look forward to hiring more in the future.”

“Our goal is to build the relationship between Education & Industry, and for Ford Dealers to have a pipeline of quality automotive technicians,” said Michael Nixon, Regional Technical Talent Placement Specialist at Ford Motor Company. “With 15 dealerships within my region, finding new ways to hire qualified service technicians has been a challenge. Hopefully, the TechDrive Program will help our dealerships to fill that shortage in technicians.”

“Our students in the Auto Technology program can’t wait to reverse engineer this vehicle,” said Superintendent Stephen Dockray. “We are thankful and honored to have been given the Ford Edge and are looking forward to our students gaining the knowledge and critical thinking skills required to meet the growing demands in the automotive industry.”

Franklin Ford Donates Car to Tri-County’s Auto Technology Career Program
Franklin Ford Donates Car to Tri-County’s Auto Technology Career Program

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.

FHS boys basketball team wins; girls basketball loses to Attleboro

Via HockomockSportswe share the results of the FHS sports action on Friday, Feb 15, 2019

Girls Basketball = Franklin 54 @ Attleboro, 63 – Final
– Liv McCall and Mackenzie Roberts both scored career-highs and Attleboro head coach Marty Crowley called the game a “phenomenal effort” by the Bombardiers to hand the Panthers their first league loss of the season. McCall scored 18 points and Roberts added 17 to lead Attleboro to the upset. Bea Bondhus had 13 points and Meghan O’Connell had 12 for the Panthers.

Boys Basketball = Attleboro, 36 @ Franklin, 57 – Final
Ryan Lanigan, founder and Editor-in-Chief of, provides the game recap:
"For the Franklin boys basketball team, terrific defense led to easy offense. 
And that combination resulted in a dominant performance and a comfortably 57-36 win over visiting Attleboro. 
The Panthers flipped a two-point game upside down with a 20-0 run over the final six minutes of the second quarter to pull away from the Bombardiers, who entered the contest with a chance to win at least a share of its first Kelley-Rex title. 
Franklin limited the visitors to just 22% shooting from the field in the opening half as the Bombardiers couldn’t find a connection from deep, going just 1-for-17 from three-point range. And with consistent stops, Franklin’s pushed the pace and cashed in with an impressive transition offense, converting some easy looks down low. Franklin shot 65% from the field in the opening half, making 12-of-18 shots from two-point range."
Continue reading the recap

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For other results around the Hockomock League

Franklin senior Jalen Samuels attacks the basket in the first half against Attleboro. (Ryan Lanigan/
Franklin senior Jalen Samuels attacks the basket in the first half against Attleboro. (Ryan Lanigan/

MBTA's Rail Vision Update: Open House on Tuesday, March 5

MBTA's Rail Vision Update: Open House on Tuesday, March 5

The MBTA and MassDOT invite you to participate in a Rail Vision Open House

It will take place on Tuesday, March 5, from 4:30 to 7:00 PM in the Transportation Board Room at 10 Park Plaza (2nd floor). The goal of the event is to provide information on the seven service alternatives we are considering in Rail Vision, while gathering input from riders and non-riders alike on these futures.

The first hour will be an Open House format, where attendees can browse maps and boards describing the seven service alternatives and discuss questions and feedback with the study team. There will be a presentation at 5:30, followed by Q&A and then a return to the Open House format.

Please share the meeting information as widely as you can with your organizations, communities, and contacts.

For more information about Rail Vision, please visit the study website at

The Rail Vision Team

Register for "Soccer For Smiles" today

What is Soccer For Smiles?

In 2010, one young Franklin boy wanted to help the community of Haiti after a tragic earthquake. So he found a way to do doing something that he loved to do ... playing soccer. Now in it's 10th year, the Soccer For Smiles tournament is continuing the tradition of giving young players a chance to help their community by playing soccer.

Will your child be a part of this? Register today!

Register for "Soccer For Smiles" today
Register for "Soccer For Smiles" today

In the News: hearts of kindness return to Town Common; BFCCPS to perform "No Strings Attached"

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

hearts of kindness return to Town Common
"For the second time, hearts adorn the Franklin Town Common, strung up from tree to tree to celebrate both Valentine’s Day and Random Acts of Kindness Week. 
Uxbridge High School adjustment counselor Alison Ciccone saw the positive impact of the project a few years ago and decided last year it was time to bring it to Franklin. 
The project has been going on for seven years in Uxbridge, but it’s Franklin’s second year being involved, she said. In Uxbridge they hung over 1,000 hearts, while in Franklin they hung about 500 this year, but the movement is certainly growing, she said."

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hearts of kindness on the Franklin Town Common
hearts of kindness on the Franklin Town Common

hearts of kindness on the Franklin Town Common 2
hearts of kindness on the Franklin Town Common 2

BFCCPS to perform "No Strings Attached"
"The Fine and Performing Arts Department at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School has announced the upcoming performances of “No Strings Attached” to be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. March 1, and 2 to 4:30 p.m. March 2 at the Horace Mann Middle School, 224 Oak St. 
Tickets are priced at $17 for adults and $13 senior citizens and children younger than 10. Tickets will be sold at the door or an order form will be available for download at 
When Carl, a teenager, wants to run away from home, he applies for a job with the mysterious Professor Pinecone and his traveling magical marionette puppet show. He quickly discovers, however, that the position comes with all kinds of strings attached. Once he feels the magical jolt in Professor Pinecone’s handshake, he embarks on the audition of his life. 
In this play-within-a-play, Carl becomes Pinocchio and improvises his way through the story, meeting some familiar characters — including a cricket with an attitude (“I’m Gonna Bug Ya”), the devious fox and cat (“Easy Money”) and the memorable Blues Fairy (“Blues Fairy Mama”) — as well as some new ones. With the help of this eclectic cast, Carl stumbles upon life’s lessons as he’s forced to make important decisions. After a string of poor choices (which makes his nose grow and ultimately leads him to make a donkey of himself), he finally does something good for a change by saving Geppetto from the mouth of a giant shark."
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O Say Can You Sing is Back!

ArtWeek registration closes Feb. 22

ArtWeek is a 10-day festival, April 26 - May 5, 2019, featuring unique and unexpected arts and cultural experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. 

Anyone can host a Franklin ArtWeek event ... and while the venue has to be in Franklin, the hosting organization does not! Successful events are often partnerships between artists and venues, such as a theater or dance performance in a restaurant, or an art workshop in a retail space. 

We are happy to help you find a partner for your ArtWeek event, which is a great way to promote your business to the community! We currently have several venues looking for artists or us if you're interested!


ArtWeek web page

ArtWeek registration closes Feb. 22
ArtWeek registration closes Feb. 22

Friday, February 15, 2019

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI Feb 15 - THU Feb 21

Friday, February 15
 Book sale setup
 Knitting Group
 FCD Website Kick-Off Meeting, 2/15/2019 2:00 PM Room 205 - Municipal Building
 Chess Club for Kids
Saturday, February 16
 Book Sale
 St Mary Women's Faith Formation
 Family Yoga Adventure
 Franklin Historical Museum (Always free)
 Galentine's Day
 Hidden Figures Movie Screening
Sunday, February 17
 Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
 LiveARTS: Cello virtuoso Aron Zelkowicz
Monday, February 18
 Library Closed - Presidents Day
 Presidents' Day (regional holiday)
Tuesday, February 19
 Cool Cruisers
 Rockabye Beats with Marcos Valles
 Maker Break
Wednesday, February 20
 Jungle Jim Manning
 Book Bites
 Spy Kids Movie Screening
Thursday, February 21
 Baby Tummy Time
 Ukulele Storytime
 Fandom Thursdays
 Murder at the 1980's Prom

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Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI Feb 15 - THU Feb 21
Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA: FRI Feb 15 - THU Feb 21

FHS Indoor Track Results from MIAA D1 Meet - 2/14/19

MIAA Div 1 Indoor Track & Field Championships - 2/14/2019          
Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center 

The full set of performances for the D1 meet                 

The Franklin performances are found in the PDF embedded below:

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Tri-County Regional Wrestling Coach Named MIWCA Division 3 Central Coach of the Year

It’s been quite the wrestling season for Tri-County Coach Steven LaPlante. Not only did the Tri-County Wrestling team win its first ever sectional title, but Coach LaPlante has been named the Massachusetts Interscholastic Wrestling Coaches Association (MIWCA) Division 3 Central Coach of the Year.

During this 2018-2019 wrestling season, Coach LaPlante also earned his 200th dual meet victory. “The accomplishment is representative of our program and the consistency we have built and sustained over time,” said Coach LaPlante. “The credit really goes to my assistant coaches and all the wrestlers who have worked together and competed so fiercely for the betterment of our team. Every year we strive to get better.”

“I think I have some of the best assistant coaches in the state,” says Coach LaPlante. Assistant coach, Drew Stowik, has been coaching with LaPlante from the beginning and Matt Hogan, an elite former Tri-County wrestler, has been coaching for the past 8 years. “Drew and Matt are a huge reason so many of our guys improve so much during their time wrestling for us,” said LaPlante.

This year, the team’s regular season record is 19-1 and they have claimed 5 tournament championships along with the Mayflower League title. The team also won the Small Division State Vocational Championship. “This team is arguably one of the most successful in the history of our program,” declared LaPlante. “The wrestlers’ willingness to personally invest in the program and work hard every day has driven our success.” 
Tri-County Coach Steven LaPlante
Tri-County Coach Steven LaPlante

Senior Captain, Kevin Carlucci of Franklin has enjoyed the benefits of the daily grind. This season, Carlucci broke the school’s career wins record. He will enter into D3 States with 140 career victories under his belt. Senior Captain, Harley Blanchette of Attleboro also reached a milestone this season, eclipsing 100 career victories back in December. Patrick Griffin, a Junior Captain of Franklin, has also put together a stellar season, by putting up a 39-4 record, and earning a sectional championship at 132 lbs. Dominic Parrella, a Senior Captain of Medway, joined his co-captains by claiming an individual state vocational championship at 220 lbs.

Coach LaPlante started out wrestling for Cumberland High School, under Hall of Fame Coach Steve Gordon. During his wrestling career, LaPlante was a 2-time state finalist and 3-time New England qualifier. He placed 4th in New England as a senior. His love of the sport led him to start coaching in 2005 and he has been coaching ever since.

In LaPlante’s first 3 years of coaching at Tri-County, the victories did not come easily. The team compiled an overall record of 20-34. Since 2008, however, the wrestling team has put together a dominant record of 195-30. During that time, the Cougars have accumulated a league record of 69-4, won 15 tournament titles, and claimed 8 Mayflower League Championships along the way.

Despite the Cougars’ aggressive, hard-nosed style of wrestling, LaPlante’s coaching style is driven more by caring and compassion. LaPlante emphasizes his coaching staff prioritizes each wrestlers’ personal development over wins. Above all, wrestling builds character, and LaPlante stresses that subscribing to this philosophy leads to greater success on and off the mat. 

When students sign up to be a part of Tri-County wrestling, they know they’re not just signing up to be a member of the team, but rather to become a part of a family that will make sacrifices for, and rely on, each other. “It’s larger than just being a member of a team,” added LaPlante. “It’s about being part of something greater than yourself.”

LaPlante further states, “There are many contributing factors to this season’s success. We’ve been fueled by dedicated wrestlers, meticulous team managers, a passionate coaching staff, and truly supportive families-especially my own.”

Coach LaPlante and the Tri-County Cougars are looking forward to divisional states this weekend in Wakefield, MA.

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.

Hal Blenkhorn Promoted to General Manager of Tegra Medical’s Franklin Location

Tegra Medical, an end-to-end contract manufacturer of medical devices, is pleased to announce that Hal Blenkhorn has accepted the position of General Manager at the company’s Franklin, MA location. Blenkhorn will report to President/CEO J. Mark King and will be responsible for the local management team and plant operations.

Blenkhorn joined Tegra Medical in 2006 as Manufacturing Engineer and was promoted to his most recent role of Manufacturing Engineering Director in 2011.
“We are extremely excited Hal accepted this position and believe he is the ideal person to lead the Franklin facility,” said J. Mark King. “His years of excellence, hard work and dedication are an inspiration to us all. Hal’s reputation throughout the entire organization as well as with our customers and vendors sets him apart from all others.”

Blenkhorn previously worked at Cybex International and Waters Corporation in roles including lean manufacturing cell leader, production engineering technician and CNC machinist.

A Six Sigma Black Belt, Blenkhorn graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston where he earned a BS degree in Mechanical Design Technology. He is currently participating in the SFS International Leadership Development Program (ILDP).

About Tegra Medical
Known as the company that brings medical devices to life, Tegra Medical is focused exclusively on the medical device industry, providing end-to-end solutions from prototyping to full production, and from complex components to finished medical devices. Offering a wide range of manufacturing technologies, the company creates devices used in cutting-edge procedures for leading surgical, interventional and orthopaedic companies. 
Tegra Medical has four manufacturing locations in the U.S. and Costa Rica (ISO 13485 and FDA registered, QSR compliant) with additional sales offices in the U.S. and Europe. Tegra Medical is a member of SFS.

Tegra Medical
Tegra Medical "where medical devices come to life"

“Our lives aren’t just the moments we live, they’re the stories we tell” - Ron DiBona

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

FHS 40% Club hosts luncheon for Seniors
"Hundreds of yellow and pink pin-on ribbons littered a table at the Franklin High School cafeteria on Thursday, as students met residents from the Atria Senior Living for a Valentine’s Day luncheon. 
The yellow ribbons stand for happiness, while pink ribbons were for Valentine’s Day, said Brianna Ritchie, a nursing assistant at Atria. She said students have been more than accommodating for these types of events. 
“This is the happiest crew I’ve ever seen,” Ritchie laughed. “They haven’t stopped smiling since we’ve been here. They love it. This generation, I can’t even put into words. They’re just phenomenal.” 
Ritchie said at least 200 students made the effort during their lunch period to talk to senior citizens."

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Franklin High students, senior citizens meet for lunch
Franklin High students, senior citizens meet for lunch (@CountryGazette photo)

Commemorative News: Encore Music Academy is Expanding!

Encore Music Academy is Expanding


February 13, 2019

Dear Valued Encore Families and Friends:

On this, the seventh anniversary of the day we opened our doors for the very first time, we are beyond excited to announce that a new era has arrived at Encore! A long time in the planning, the acquisition of the entire upper floor of our 3 Bent Street facility in Franklin is complete.

As of Wednesday, May 1, 2019, Encore will occupy the entire building, relocating all Encore operations, lessons, classes, and ensembles to Franklin on a permanent basis! With over 7,000 square feet of operational space at our disposal, this acquisition increases Encore's footprint, allowing us to offer more lessons and classes on a daily basis, with room to grow. We are thrilled that our entire faculty and staff will, at last, be under one roof, allowing for a more streamlined customer service experience for you, our Encore family.

If you currently take lessons or classes at our Millis facility, as of May 1, your lessons and classes will take place in Franklin, just a four-minute ride (2 miles) from the Millis location. We have included a diagram here for your reference.
Encore Music Academy is Expanding
Encore Music Academy is Expanding
The Millis location will officially close as of April 30, although we may cease lessons and classes there on April 26 in order to facilitate the move. We will attempt to make this transition as seamless as possible; however, as we sort out spaces and schedules, we ask for your patience, flexibility, and cooperation. We expect there will be a settling-in period as we organize rooms and schedules, but will do our very best to create a comfortable experience for everyone at Encore. And here's the good news: We've done a full analysis and can confirm that 100% of ALL lessons and classes will retain the same day and time slots!

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to either Lisa or Pat. As always, we thank you for, and very much appreciate, your support.

With warmest regards,

Lisa Ostrow and Patrick Dreier
Co-Owners, Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios

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