Saturday, October 17, 2020

3rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Pie Sale – Knights Of Columbus, Franklin

Why bake when the Knights can do it for you?

The Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Council 1847 St. Mary Parish Franklin MA is running their 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale.    Our famous bakery (same as last year) is the family owned Mann’s Orchards and Bakery. The flavors will remain the same as last year - Apple, Pecan, Pumpkin and Blueberry. 

These Pies are fantastic... outstanding flavor, aroma, and taste. We held the price so we will still have the magnificent $15.00 price per Pie. As was last year you will be able to DONATE a pie. All donations will be donated to the Franklin Senior Center for distribution at Thanksgiving time.

This year there will be 2 means by which you may purchase your Thanksgiving Day pies. Please visit our website    or on Facebook…… KnightsofColumbusCouncil1847 ( . 

You will find a link to order and pay for your order. The site is open now till October 31. We will also be taking Pie orders just one weekend this year October 31-November 1. After all the Masses at St Mary we will be set up in the Lower Church to take your Pie orders, Cash, Check or Credit Card will be accepted . ALL on line orders will accept Credit Card only.

All COVID 19 and CDC guidelines will be strictly adhered to. Pies are individually baked and packed at Mann’s Orchard.

You will be able to Pick Up your order of Thanksgiving Pies on Tuesday, Nov 24, 2020 from 2 PM – 8 PM at the CCD Offices at the old St. Mary's Franklin Parish Hall Center ( previously the Charter School )on the 1st floor. You will see our Signs.

We are excited again this year to bring this quality product to St Mary Parish community and all our Franklin neighbors.

3rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Pie Sale
3rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Pie Sale

Please support this most worthy cause, help a senior and make your Thanksgiving Day special with a Pie (or 2) from Mann’s Orchard on your dinner table this year.

Any questions, please call Jim Campbell at 508-848-8681 or Jim Lane at 774-571-9804 or Mike Swan 508-404-4792.

Thank You for your generosity and “giving back”...

Knights of Columbus, 
Sacred Heart Council 1847 
Franklin, MA 02038 
Order form to download for order by mail

Franklin Senior Center: Email Blast - October 16, 2020

Hello Everyone!


Staying Connected

Link to the Senior Center -

Link to the Senior Center Calendar -

Link to Franklin Matters -

Link to the Town's webpage -

Do you know that we have a pumpkin carving contest happening at the Senior Center?  Carve, decorate or paint your best pumpkin and drop it off for us to judge and display!  


pumpkin carving contest
pumpkin carving contest

Make sure you sign up for our "NAME THAT TUNE!" event happening on Friday Oct. 23rd at 5:30pm!  PRIZES and fun will be had by all!  Email to attend!  Tell your friends!  


Paul Eugene - 50 minutes of Baby Boomer Doo Wop dance exercise.  Clear some space and get moving!! 

Chair Yoga to help with arthritis and stiffness. 


Irene "Granny" Ryan sings "I'm a Woman" by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller with Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. 

Instant relief from stress and anxiety.  Deeply relaxing music. 

Fun and well known music from the 50's, 60's and 70's.  Over 150 songs that will bring you back and get your feet tapping.

Just for Fun

12 of the most beautiful places on our planet!  Which is your favorite? 

25 seemingly impossible moments in sports 

Amazing things hidden in everyday things 

Silly animal videos 


Some of the most creative people with unusual talents!  The food carving is amazing! 



John Branyan - The three little pigs like you've never heard it before 

Just for fun pranks 

Laurel and Hardy "Busy Bodies" 

Kindness Matters

Tyson gets his Furever home 

Soldiers coming home 

Attached you will find:


 October special events -call the Franklin Senior Center, visit our website or check out the October newsletter for more details about these programs! 

  • Oct. 19th - Medicare update with SHINE

  • Oct. 19th - Grateful Days Memory Cafe

  • Oct. 20th - LIVE IN PERSON concerts

  • Oct. 21st - Talk Franklin Matters with Steve Sherlock

  • Oct. 23rd - Name that tune game show

  • Oct. 26th - Norfolk County Sheriff presents "Scams"

  • Oct. 26th - Memory Cafe with Wayne Neon

  • Oct. 30th - Healthy Never Tasted So Good - cooking demonstration and food pick up

October daily events - contact the senior center, visit our website or the newsletter for more details about our weekly offerings. 


  • Tele Bingo - call in game

  • Book Discussion Group (Page Turners) 1st Monday of the Month


  • Chair Exercises

  • Low Vision Support Group (1st and 3rd Tuesday)

  • Audio Book Club (2nd and 4th Tuesday)

  • Quarantini Time - Social cocktail group


  • Blood Pressure and Sugar screenings

  • Zumba gold

  • Wellness consults via phone

  • Medical equipment distribution and donations

  • Fibromyalgia support group (1st wed of the month)

  • Caregivers Support Group (2nd and 4th wed)


  • Chair exercise

  • Cardio strength and balance class

  • Current events discussion group


  • TOPS (Taking off pounds sensibly)

  • SUNSHINE group (supportive Day)

Love, virtual hugs and good health to you all!  We are still here for you!  Please feel free to email Donna and I with questions, concerns or just to check in!

Ariel & Donna

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When searching for information about the Coronavirus, COVID-19 please use caution!  Unfortunately there are many false sites that contain viruses and malware that can threaten your computer.  Many look like real sites.  Your best bet is to go directly to the CDC, WHO or your local government page (links below).

Ariel Doggett

Virtual Program Coordinator
Respite Coordinator

"We rise by lifting others" - Robert Ingersoll
There is no act of kindness too small

School Committee: Budget SubCommittee Meeting - Oct 20, 2020

Budget SubCommittee Meeting

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 4:30 PM

"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."
●FY 21 Budget Update
●FY 22 Budget Workshop Planning 

Virtual Meeting (Links in agenda)
screen grab with good quote from recent SchComm meeting
screen grab with good quote from recent SchComm meeting


Both FHS girls and boys soccer teams top King Philip on Friday

Via and Twitter, we share the fall sports results for Franklin High School on Friday, Oct 16.

Boys Soccer = Franklin, 2 @ King Philip, 1 – Final 
– King Philip leveled the match just before halftime but Franklin came out and took the lead back with an early goal in the second half and held on to even the season series between the two rivals. Ben Moccia converted a feed from Tyler Powderly in the 26th minute to give the Panthers the lead but Tadhg Keller answered in the 35th minute on a long free kick to make it 1-1 at the break. Franklin’s Ethan Cain (from Charlie Amante) scored the game-winning goal in the 46th minute and the Panthers held on the rest of the way.
Girls Soccer = King Philip, 1 @ Franklin, 2 – Final 
– Franklin scored twice in the first quarter and held off a late charge by the Warriors to earn a hard-fought win in the rain and stay perfect on the season. The Panthers wasted no time getting on the board, as Sydney St. Marie scored after 90 seconds. Eight minutes later, St. Marie set up Anya Zub to double the lead. The lead remained two goals until the fourth quarter. Ava Tormey got KP back within one as she knocked in a rebound, which was the first goal the Panthers have allowed this season.. The goal sparked the Warriors and they put the Panthers under pressure for the final 13 minutes, but Franklin’s defense held on for the win. Julia Bertone and Rachel Welch combined to make seven saves for Franklin, while KP keeper Emma Glaser made nine saves. 
For other results around the Hockomock League
Both FHS girls and boys soccer teams top King Philip on Friday
Both FHS girls and boys soccer teams top King Philip on Friday



Panther TV: Panther News for Oct 16, 2020 (video)

If you missed Panther News in homeroom today, here's the link to this week's show! @FHSPantherbook @FranklinHS @FranklinPSNews

 Video link =

School Committee: Policy Sub Committee Meeting - Oct 20, 2020

Policy Sub Committee Meeting
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 6:00pm

"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."
I. Electronic Distribution of Approved Policies
1.EEAEC - Student Conduct on School Buses
2.EEAJ - Motor Vehicles Idling on School Grounds
3.Policy Distribution Folder
II.Discussion of Policies sent to School Committee
III.Policy Revisions & New Policies - New Discussion Item
1.Continued Review of Policies
Virtual Meeting (Links in agenda)
School Committee: Policy Sub Committee Meeting - Oct 20, 2020
School Committee: Policy Sub Committee Meeting - Oct 20, 2020

MetroWest Daily News Sports: “It’s definitely a different senior year”

From the MetroWest Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin: 
"Franklin High cross country coach Nick Bailey first met Nick Calitri when he was a freshman in Bailey’s video production class.

That is when Bailey first saw Calitri’s potential.

“I discovered him when he was running in one of the videos,” Bailey said. “I said, ‘Hey you got to do cross country or track.’ But it was too late for him to do cross country at the time.

“He ran track as a freshman and he ended up having a pretty good season.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

FM #365 - Community Preservation Act Webinar - 10/15/20 (audio)

FM #365 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 365 in the series.

This shares the Community Preservation Act Webinar hosted by the CPAForFranklin group on Thursday, October 15, 2020. The webinar was conducted via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

This is the audio recording of the webinar. Links the presentation document and the webinar agenda doc are shared in the show notes.

The webinar runs about 66 minutes so let’s listen to the information shared in the webinar about the Community Preservation Act which is ballot question 3 for the Franklin, MA November election.

More about the CPAForFranklin group and the Community Preservation Act can be found at

Audio link =


The webinar agenda doc

The main presentation doc


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Community Preservation Act Webinar - 10/15/20 (audio)
Community Preservation Act Webinar - 10/15/20 (audio)


In the News: by the numbers, there are highs and lows

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

"The state Department of Public Health reported an additional 702 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the statewide total to 139,353.

There were 14,962 new molecular tests conducted, with an approximately 4.69% daily positive rate. That is the highest rate since June 6."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
"The state’s unemployment rate dropped into single digits in September after spending five months above 10%, as employers reported adding 36,900 jobs and Massachusetts continued its economic recovery from the sudden COVID-inflicted recession.

State labor officials announced Friday that the unemployment rate declined to 9.6% in September, 1.8 percentage points below the revised August rate of 11.4%.

The state unemployment rate is now the lowest it has been since March, the last month of data that did not fully reflect the massive layoffs prompted by government-mandated shutdowns and large-scale shifts in consumer behavior to avoid public health risks."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)  
“The weather is just getting more and more extreme,” she said, noting that while droughts are happening in this part of the world, other areas are seeing record rainfall and hurricanes.

Earlier this month, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides declared a Level 3 Critical Drought in the southeast region of the state. When such a declaration is made, it means “many sectors, community functions and environmental resources are facing critical strain” due to the drought, according to the state’s drought management plan.

In September, Theoharides declared all seven regions of the state at a Level 2 Critical Drought Level, which called for more restrictions on water use and greater collaboration between the state and municipalities."
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Town Common walkway as the fallen leaves are gathered
Town Common walkway as the fallen leaves are gathered

"80 percent of those leaving the workforce during the pandemic are women"

From CommonWealth Magazine we share an article of interest for Franklin:

"LAUREN SONALKAR was working as a part-time science teacher in the Lincoln Public Schools before the pandemic. A week before school started this year, the district offered Sonalkar a job working full time, teaching a small class of fourth graders in person.

Sonalkar lives in Arlington, where her first-grade daughter was given the opportunity of hybrid or remote schooling, and the family felt remote learning would be a more consistent option. Sonalkar also has a 3-year-old in a part-time nanny share and needs to be available to help her mother, who has a disability.

“When they told me I’d have to be full time, I was like I can’t do that,” Sonalkar said.

Sonalkar’s husband works in finance, and the family relies on his income more than hers. She felt her only choice was to take a year-long leave of absence from her teaching job.

While Sonalkar knows she is privileged to be able to forgo the income and have a job waiting for her, she said, “It felt like losing a piece of my identity a little bit.”

Continue reading the article online

Franklin Line notice: Commuter Rail shuttle bus on weekends through Nov 22

"On weekends through Nov 22, buses replace service on the Franklin Line at Forge Park through Walpole to allow for double-track extension work. They will operate on a weekend train schedule. However, trains will operate between Walpole and South Station.

The shuttle buses will operate on the normal weekend train schedule and will be ADA accessible, though bikes will not be allowed on board. Trains may experience delays of up to 20 minutes due to the shuttle busing, please allow for additional travel time."

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For more information:

Last Updated: Oct 16 2020 04:28 PM 


Franklin Line notice: Commuter Rail shuttle bus weekend through Nov 22
Franklin Line notice: Commuter Rail shuttle bus weekend through Nov 22

Friday, October 16, 2020

Franklin's Weekend - Oct 17-18, 2020

From the newly rejuvenated Community Calendar, we share the following events scheduled for this weekend:

Friday, October 16
 October StoryWalk® on the SNETT
12:00pm -  Farmers Market
5:00pm -  Pumpkin Patch @ St John's
Saturday, October 17
 October StoryWalk® on the SNETT
10:00am -  Early voting
12:00pm -  Pumpkin Patch @ St John's
4:00pm -  Community Unity Art
7:30pm -  FPAC: "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown"
Sunday, October 18
 October StoryWalk® on the SNETT
10:00am -  Early voting
12:00pm -  Pumpkin Patch @ St John's
2:00pm -  FPAC: "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown"
3:00pm -  LiveARTS: Victor Rosenbaum, Piano


If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication, please use this form:
Community Calendar
Community Calendar


Franklin Historical Museum: November's News - getting ready to re-open

two new Holiday ornaments
new Holiday ornaments
We’re very happy to be able to announce that the Franklin Historical Museum will be open, with restrictions, as of Sunday November 1st.  The Historic Commission has announced the museum will be open with a limited schedule, once a week, on Sundays 1PM-4PM.  Stop in to visit our new and improved Gift Shop featuring new items unique to Franklin.  This year we have two new Holiday ornaments to add to your tree – depicting The Ray Memorial Library and the Downtown Water Trough in Clark Square, selling for $18.00 each.  Ornaments have been very popular and have sold out the past 2 years.  Be sure to get yours early before they’re gone. Other items added to the Gift Shop shelves this year are Hometown Candles, pillows, mugs and much more. The Gift Shop is run by the Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum. Profits go towards supporting museum programs.
Due to the ongoing Covid epidemic, everyone visiting the museum will be required to wear a mask. Guests will provide their name and contact information upon entering to allow for contact tracing if needed. There is an building occupancy capacity, so we ask that people are patient in the event we reach our capacity. Patrons will be able to look, read and observe, but will not be allowed to touch items in the museum for safety, and will be required to maintain social distancing. Please be aware that our research library will be temporarily closed to the public and we are putting a hold on physical donations to our collections for the time being. We thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
also available in the gift shop
also in the gift shop

Our limited schedule and COVID-19 protocols are a necessary yet temporary arrangement. As conditions change and improve, we will most certainly move to a more regular schedule. Our ever popular Second Sunday Speaker Series will hopefully return at some point early next year. Finally, workers have been measuring, cutting and hammering behind the scenes at the museum on the installation of a very intriguing and historically unique Franklin exhibit. More details to follow with an opening date for the exhibit to be announced. Check back here for more exciting details coming soon.
Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Look for our Trivia Tuesdays the second Tuesday of each month on Instagram.  Visit us at 80 West Central Street, Franklin MA. The museum is ADA compliant and admission is always Free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Franklin early voting opens Saturday, Oct 17

Early Voting:  FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL  (2 weeks) starting   Saturday, Oct. 17th through Friday, Oct. 30th
  • Saturday, Oct. 17th and Sunday, Oct. 18TH   10 AM - 3 PM
  • Monday, Oct 19th   9 AM - 3 PM
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20th 9 AM - 3 PM
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21st 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Thursday, Oct. 22nd 9 AM - 3 PM
  • Friday, Oct. 23rd  9 AM - noon
  • Saturday, Oct. 24th and Sunday, Oct. 25th   10 AM - 3 PM
  • Monday, Oct 26th  9 AM - 3 PM
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27th 9 AM - 3 PM
  • Wednesday, Oct. 28th 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Thursday, Oct. 29th 9 AM - 3 PM
  • Friday, Oct. 30th 9 AM - noon


**STATE ELECTION – Tuesday, November 3rd, 7 am – 8 pm FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL GYM**

Franklin early voting opens Saturday, Oct 17
Franklin early voting opens Saturday, Oct 17