Saturday, July 24, 2021

Franklin Downtown Partnership Prepares for Harvest Festival - October 2, 2021

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is making plans for its 18th annual Harvest Festival, a family-fun community event, scheduled for Saturday, October 2, 2021.

The Harvest Festival will be held in downtown Franklin from noon to 5 PM on Main Street, Dean Avenue, West Central Street, and Depot Street, as well as the large parking area behind Rockland Bank. The event’s rain date is Sunday, October 3. 

During the event, visitors will be treated to exciting local entertainment, delicious fall flavors from local restaurants, fun kid crafts and activities, shop specials, artwork and crafts by area artisans and helpful information from community groups and vendors. There will also be an Oktoberfest featuring local breweries and wineries.

"We’re thrilled to be able to bring back the Harvest Festival this year after last year’s COVID-imposed break,” said Scott Martin, president of the Franklin Downtown Partnership and Harvest Festival chairperson. “The Harvest Festival is a great opportunity to invite people to gather downtown, learn more about local businesses and organizations, and catch up with their neighbors.”

Registration for vendor booth spaces will open on Aug 10, 2021, and organizers expect booth space to sell out. Partnership members receive a booth for free; non-members pay $125. Downtown businesses must register to ensure store-front space. Booths are assigned on a first-come first-serve basis. Please add a $35 late fee if you register after September 15. Registration will close on September 20. Email Chris Peterson, Harvest Festival vendor relations coordinator, at with questions about the event.

The Partnership also welcomes businesses to help support the Harvest Festival. Sponsor forms are posted on the website, or business owners can contact the office at Harvest Festival sponsors can promote and advertise their business while supporting the Harvest Festival. Sponsors get prominent booth locations and publicity prior, during and after the event.

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is a nonprofit, 501©3 organization made up of more than 300 business owners, community leaders and residents working to stimulate economic development downtown and create a positive impact throughout the area. Learn more about the Partnership at


Planning underway for Franklin Harvest Festival - Oct 2
Planning underway for Franklin Harvest Festival - Oct 2

Franklin Dog Park needs your financial support

The Franklin Dog Park needs your help.  Last year, due to COVID, both major fund raising venues for the park were cancelled.  As a member of the Franklin Downtown Partnership we relied on the generosity of those who stopped by our booth during both the Strawberry Stroll and Harvest Festivals to enroll in our raffle, make a token donation for a handmade doggie bandana and enjoy the freebie treats.  Many attendees first learned of the dog park during their visit to our booth.

The Furry Friends purchases all the supplies for the park (doggie waste bags, hand sanitizer, toys).  Several years ago we purchased two benches and this year we had helpful signs made to display around the park.  On the average we spend annually up to $1,000.00 and sometimes more.  We do not receive any financial assistance from the Town of Franklin although, the DPW is a wonderful supporter doing all necessary repairs at the park.  

The Franklin Dog Park is the “people’s park.” As such every effort is made to keep it clean and safe for the dogs and their owners – many of whom travel from surrounding towns.  Please consider making a donation to help us cover costs.

The Furry Friends has a checking account at the Dean Bank in downtown Franklin.  Your donation will go directly into that account.  We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.  Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent provided by law. 

Please make your check out to: Furry Friends of Franklin, Inc.  Either stop by Dean Bank or mail your check to Dean Bank, 21 Main Street, Franklin, MA 02038.  

Submitted by Furry Friends of the Franklin Dog Park

Franklin Dog Park needs your financial support
Franklin Dog Park needs your financial support

Franklin, MA Town Council Meeting - audio recording of 07/21/21 - three parts

FM #582, 583, and 584 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 582, 583, and 584 in the series. 

This session shares part of the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: members of the Town Council and Town Administration personnel were in the Council Chambers, some of the public participated in person, some were remote via the Zoom conference bridge, as we move to come out of this pandemic period.

I’ve split the almost 3 hour meeting into three logical segments:

  • First - covers the opening with 3 recognitions, and the public hearing on the tasting room definition zoning bylaw change (~37 mins)

  • Second - covers the Dean College alcohol license discussion and new vote. Dean had been denied in 2020, appealed to the ABCC, and the ABCC determined the Council had improperly denied the license. (~1:09  or 69 mins)

  • Third - covers the legislation for action including funding approval and acceptance of the first right of refusal for the Maple Hill purchase with CPA funds. They enter Executive Session and return about 30 minutes later. The update on the Town Administrators contract was provided, approved via vote, and then the meeting closed. (~44 minutes)

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda including documents released for this meeting. 

Let’s listen to this segment of the Town Council meeting of July 21, 2021

Part 1


Agenda doc (including connection info) ->


Agenda folder -> 

My notes from the meeting -> 


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Franklin, MA Town Council Meeting - audio recording of 07/21/21 - three parts
Franklin, MA Town Council Meeting - audio recording of 07/21/21 - three parts

"Affordable housing projects often draw resistance from neighbors"

"Housing costs are soaring across southern Maine, driving families from the towns where they were raised and bringing tensions to a boil as young residents and retirees struggle to compete against an influx of out-of-staters and well-off buyers.

That dynamic, which has intensified across the country during the pandemic, has unsettled quiet Cape Elizabeth, an affluent coastal community just south of Portland, where a proposal to build the town’s first affordable housing project in 50 years has pitted neighbor against neighbor and raised hard questions of who can afford to live here.

“This is a community of tremendous privilege and wealth, but there are other people in this town who are not well-off,” said Jamie Garvin, the Town Council chairman who supports the 49-unit project. “People are being priced out of the community they’ve lived in for a number of years.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required)

Portland, Maine is not alone in having this affordable housing discussion. With the Housing Production Plan being worked on currently, this is a timely topic. Public comment on the Plan closed at the end of June. The revised draft is expected to come back out for review and comment as it needs approval from both the Planning Board and the Town Council. The plan is a component of the overall "Master Plan" for Franklin for which the update process is scheduled to begin next year.

Current draft of the Housing Production Plan

The most recent virtual meeting on Housing took place July 14, 2021 and the audio recording is available here

FM #580 - Community Conversation on Housing & Race - 07/14/21 (audio)
FM #580 - Community Conversation on Housing & Race - 07/14/21 (audio)

Franklin Senior Center: Email Blast - July 23, 2021

Hello Everyone!

Staying Connected

Link to the Senior Center -

Link to the Senior Center Calendar 

Link to Franklin Matters - and 

Link to the Town's webpage -

Link to the Franklin Observer - 

Link to Mass.Gov COVID - 


Sleeping with science - 6 tips for getting a good night's sleep 

Paul Eugene low impact 30 minute workout - He's coming at you from the beach! 


The classical period.  A brief history of classical music 

25 bizarre facts about classical music 

Romantic mandolin music - Venetian serenade 

Just for Fun

Kids try banned food 

How one man in Egypt is keeping a 200 year old tradition alive 


Candid Camera 

Cats interrupting work (anyone working remotely with pets can relate to this!) 

Kindness Matters

A valuable lesson for a happier life (What an incredible message and reminder!) 

Color your world with kindness 

Upcoming Events


9:00 Hairdresser / Barber by appt. 

9:30 Italian Conversation 

9:30 Mexican Train Dominoes 

1:00 Chair Volleyball 

1:00 American MahJong 

1:15 Movie: "Hamilton"

 6:00 Cribbage 


 9:00 Cribbage 

9:30 Busy Bees Crafter 

9:30 Low Impact w/Shirley $3 

9:30 Hand & Foot Cards 

10:00 Virtual Chair w Judith 

11:00 Cardio, Strength $3 

1:00 Bingo 

1:00 Cribbage Instruction 

1:00 Quilting 

1:00 Mindful Movements $3 

5:00 Quarantini Time Zoom 


8:30 Blood Pressure & Sugar 

9:45 Chair Yoga $3 

10:00 Knitting 

10:00 Scrabble 

10:00 Asian MahJong 

11:00 Zumba $3 

1:00 Chair Volleyball 

1:00 Line Dancing $2 

1:00 Senior Scribblers 

1:00 Bridge 

1:00 Hairdresser by appt. 

4:00 Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group 


8:30 Blood Pressure & Sugar 

9:00 Cribbage 

9:30 Busy Bees Crafters 

9:30 Bocce Ball 

9:30 Low Impact w Shirley $3 

10:00 Virtual Chair w Judith 

10:00 Discussion Group 

11:00 Cardio, Strength $3 

11:00 Balance Class w Trish 

12:30 Painting Space 

1:00 Bingo 

1:15 Tai Chi $3 



9:30 Hand & Foot Cards 

10:00 Woodcarving 

11:00 Sunshine Zoom Group 

12:00 T.O.P.S. 

1:00 Pokeno

Attached you will find Donna's fun filled activity pages

Time is short so remember to make the most of every day.  Tell your friends what you enjoy about them, let your family know you love them and spread some kindness!


Ariel Doggett

Virtual Program Coordinator
Respite Coordinator
Supportive Day Coordinator

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

Franklin Senior Center: Email Blast

Cobi's Corner: Returning to Life

Cobi's Corner: Returning to Life


Cobi's Corner

Hey Neighbors!

As life reemerges in Franklin, the Town is bustling with energy and new priorities. The summer's been busy, so I'm excited to share progress in chipping away at the goals laid out in my campaign values (!

Cobi's Corner: Returning to Life
1. New Priorities - Franklin is learning to invest in ourselves

Open Space and Recreation
  • On Wednesday, the Council voted for the first time ever to exercise our "right of first refusal" on the sale of a protected property. The Maple Hill property - 70 acres of trail-laden, old-growth forest that abuts numerous neighborhoods, schools, and public lands between Maple and Lincoln street - presents a fantastic opportunity to prioritize open space and recreation. The Town's purchase will be partially funded through the newly-formed Community Preservation Fund.
  • The Council adopted the Complete Streets framework - opening the Town to state funding for safe and accessible transportation improvements - and are in the process of creating our first strategic plan to examine the pedestrian, biking, and public transportation impacts of future infrastructure projects.
Economic Development
  • Following the launch of our new Business Guide, the Economic Development Committee (EDC) continued actively seeking ways to help our struggling businesses and open up new opportunities for innovative businesses. To date, the Council has approved the removal of unnecessary restrictions on local taprooms and the allowance for food trucks on private property.
  • Legislation to reduce stifling parking minimums downtown is awaiting final Council approval, and the EDC is considering legislation to allow for micro-retail in residential spaces (i.e. a small-scale artisans or bakers). Both changes will help spur economic investment in Town.
  • The Town has received first-time state grants to invest in both community pop-up shops (temporary spaces Downtown where entrepreneurs can test out their business idea) and shared streets (temporarily opening up Main Street to pedestrians, bikes, and on-street dining). The initiatives were priorities of mine, and I will continue working with Town Administration to ensure the funds are allocated properly.

In personal news, I am excited to have accepted a new job in May with the state legislature's Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy! The TUE Committee - currently Chaired by Franklin State Rep. Jeffrey Roy - is working to ensure Massachusetts remains a leader the clean energy transition.
Please reach out if you ever have any questions!

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