Saturday, April 1, 2023

Franklin Garden Club Features Program on Drought Tolerant Plants - April 4 at 7 PM

The Franklin Garden Club will sponsor a program on “Gardening with Drought Tolerant Plants” on Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 PM at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street, Franklin, MA.  The program will be presented by Warren P. Leach, co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery, Inc.  in Rehoboth, MA.  The program is open to the public at no charge.  

A noted landscape horticulturist, Leach will discuss the types of plants that are most likely to do well in dry, hot summers, as have occurred recently in New England, due to climate change  He will also provide landscaping ideas as well as suggestions for maintaining and caring for these plants.  

Leach is a two-time award winner of the National Landscape Association’s Regional Merit Award for excellence in residential landscape design. Over the years, he has conducted programs for more than 30 organizations, including the Horticulture Magazine and New York Botanic Garden Design Symposium, Worcester County Horticultural Society, and Arnold Arboretum.  

Tranquil Lake Nursery is noted for its bearded iris and daylilies.  Leach has exhibited at the New England Spring Flower Show and earned numerous awards.  Among his published articles is “Some Like It Hot and Dry” that appeared in the June 15, 1996 edition of American Nurseryman.  

The Franklin Garden Club, founded in 1987, became a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts in 2015.       

Franklin Garden Club
Franklin Garden Club

FPS Budget Subcommittee Meeting - April 4 at 5:30 PM

Franklin Public Schools Franklin School Committee
Budget Sub Committee 
April 4, 2023 - 5:30 PM
Municipal Building - 3rd Floor Training Room


"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."

Call to Order
FY24 Budget

Agenda doc also contains remote participation info ->

FPS Budget Subcommittee Meeting - April 4 at 5:30 PM
FPS Budget Subcommittee Meeting - April 4 at 5:30 PM

FHS representatives on the 2023 Hockomock League Girls & Boys Swimming All Stars

Below are the official 2023 Hockomock League Girls Swimming All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

  • Zuri Ferguson, Attleboro

  • Harikalal Birali, Franklin
  • Christine Tang, Franklin
  • Emma Ferreira, Franklin
  • Hope Xayarth, Franklin
  • Sydney Bourgeois, Franklin
  • Caroline Clifford, Franklin
  • Ashley DesRoches, Franklin
For the complete listing of girls All-Stars

Below are the official 2023 Hockomock League Boys Swimming All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

  • Ryan Connors, Attleboro

  • Oliver McCarthy, Franklin
For the complete listing of boys All-Stars

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

FHS representatives on the 2023 Hockomock League Girls & Boys Indoor Track All Stars

Below are the official 2023 Hockomock League Girls Indoor Track All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league

  • Sarah Dumas, Franklin

  • Sarah Dumas, Franklin
  • Madison Bruno, Franklin
  • Gwenyth Holland, Franklin
  • Lily Deforge, Franklin
  • Sophia Cuneo, Franklin
  • Anna Cliff, Franklin
  • Lainey Costa, Franklin
  • Olivia Costa, Franklin
  • Abby Griffith, Franklin
For the complete girls indoor track All-Star team listing

Below are the official 2023 Hockomock League Boys Indoor Track All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

  • Nathan Shultz, North Attleboro

  • Luke Sidwell, Franklin
  • Josh Dunlap, Franklin
  • Trey Lovell, Franklin
  • Jake Vaccarezza, Franklin

For the complete boys indoor track All-Star team listing

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

Louise Toppin sings Burleigh and more: SUNDAY April 16, 2023

Presents the music of:

Harry T. Burleigh
Harry T. Burleigh
Come and hear celebrated soprano Louise Toppin perform music by Harry T. Burleigh with LiveARTS artistic director, pianist Ann Sears.
SUNDAY, April 16 at 3:00 PM
Harry T. Burleigh (1866-1949) was a celebrated American composer and baritone, known particularly for his many compositions and arrangements for voice.

While a student at the National Conservatory of Music, Burleigh worked closely with composer Antonin Dvorak. It was through their friendship that Dvorak became introduced to the musical culture of Black Americans.

Burleigh is noted for making many contributions to the American art song genre, and in doing so helping to define its character. He is known particularly for his numerous concert arrangements of traditional African-American spirituals.

A significant figure in the American music scene of the early 1900's, Burleigh was also a founding member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Sources: Britannica, Library of Congress
Sunday, April 16  -  Time: 3:00 PM
Location: First Universalist Society of Franklin,
262 Chestnut St., Franklin MA
Adults- $25.00;  
Students (18 and under)- by donation
Tickets available at the door 
Accessible Parking and Building 
Visit our website to purchase tickets on-line and for more information.

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LiveARTS, P.O. Box 678, Franklin, MA 02038

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Panther TV: PantherNews for April Fool's Day (video)

Panther TV's annual April Fool's Day show airs today! via @YouTube

Rausch Report: Women’s History Month Recap (March 2023)

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Rausch Report: Women’s History Month Recap (March 2023)

As Women's History Month comes to a close, I'm delighted to reflect on the work we've done this month and the inspiring conversations and events that took place in March. 

My third annual Local Leadership Lunch Series was a big success. I sat down with five phenomenal women from throughout our district (one of whom was nominated by you!) to discuss their incredible community work, future projects, the women who inspire them, and words of wisdom for other community leaders. 

If you missed any of these uplifting conversations (or want to see them again!), you can watch them right here on my Facebook page.  

This month's Rausch Report includes legislative and #BeccaBunch updates, local event highlights, upcoming town election information, ways to get involved throughout the district during Earth Month, and information on upcoming office hours.

For real-time updates, please follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. If you are a constituent and need assistance, please don't hesitate to call me and my team at (617) 722-1555, email me at, or attend upcoming office hours. We are here to help.   

Yours in service,  

Senator Becca Rausch   

The legislative session is in full swing! Bills have been assigned to committees, hearings are underway, and legislation is on the move. We've already enacted a supplemental budget that will fully fund universal school meals for the rest of this school year, backfill lost federal dollars for food security, fully fund a statewide education campaign about anti-choice fake women's health care (previously vetoed by Charlie Baker) and support a new abortion legal hotline, and more. You can find every bill that gets enacted into law this year here on the Legislature's website. (Want to see a different year's enacted laws? Just click on the year number and pick whatever year you want!) 

In addition to committee hearings and floor debates, my colleagues and I often host informational briefings with advocates for other legislators, legislative staff, press, and the public to learn about pressing policy and budgetary matters. This month, I co-hosted two briefings: one about civics education with Representative Andy Vargas and the Massachusetts Civic Learning Coalition, and another regarding mental health and suicide prevention with Representative Ted Philips and Samaritans, Inc. 

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Our mailing address is:
The Office of Senator Becca Rausch
Massachusetts State House, Room 218
                          24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02133     

Night Owl Farm: ✨Farm Fact Friday✨

we're talking chickens diets and clever (misleading) marketing

✨Farm Fact Friday✨

This week we're talking chickens diets and clever (misleading) marketing 🐔

I've had some people ask me questions recently about what chickens eat, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to write about it!

Chicken's Natural Diet

Chickens are naturally omnivores (meaning they eat meat and plants), which may come as a surprise to many! Many egg cartons in the stores proudly promote their hens as being "vegetarian fed."

Commercially raised chickens used to be fed animal by-products along with their grains, but around the time of mad-cow disease in the 90s, one farmer took advantage of a marketing opportunity, and it stuck.

This is extremely common in the food world where marketing will create a variety of misconceptions. Another example of this is the phrase "cage free." I could go into this one for hours, but in short, instead of being in cages, the hens are packed in a giant warehouse, often leading to hens being trampled. Technically cage-free though! Even "free-range" doesn't mean what it used to. Happy to talk about that one for hours too 😉

In reality, chickens are supposed to be out in the dirt and plant life, digging for worms, eating leaves and seeds, finding bugs, and even eating small mice and snakes. This is what their diet is supposed to look like. If left to their own devices, they would even pick at any dead carcasses they might find.

What We Feed Our Hens

We don't go around throwing rotting carcasses to our chickens, nor do we feed chicken to our chickens. (Although they *can* eat chicken without the same repercussions as mad cow…. I cringe at the idea)

We do, however, support their natural biology. Our hens are not vegetarian fed. They are able to roam outside, dig for worms and eat lots of bugs, even catch a few mice here and there.

Our chickens also receive quite a bit of our food waste, which may include bones with scraps of meat on them, tomato sauce with ground meat in it, or similar items. This is good for them to have as it gives them the proper protein they need in order to provide us with stunningly healthy eggs! These lucky ladies also receive LOTS of organic produce right from the farm 😊

The vegetarian feed birds are given often include soy as a protein source. This is not a natural food source for chickens, and they would not seek it out if they were dropped in a field of soy. It's taxing on their digestive systems, and has negative long term effects on the overall health of the chicken. (Think of someone who eats Cheetos as their main food source… not great) However, it's a cheap protein source, so it's often used in feeds to save money. It's the same idea as feeding cows corn. It gives you the desired end result (fatty meat and lots of eggs) but it doesn't provide the quality of life the animals deserve.

This is why we feed what we feed - we want our animals to have best, healthiest life they can. Our feed doesn't contain any soy, so our birds need a different source of protein, which is why we allow them to forage and be the way nature intended them to be.

Or feed is certified organic from a family farm in Vermont (Green Mountain Feeds) and we are proud to support them.

So next time you see "vegetarian fed" on a carton, you'll know the truth behind the marketing!

Night Owl Farm eggs

Night Owl Farm · 49 Prospect Street · Franklin, MA 02038 · USA

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Friday, March 31, 2023

Franklin's Event Outlook: Mar 31, 2023 to Apr 7, 2023

Friday, March 31

5:30pm - Joshua David (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)

7:30pm - Choreographers' Concert (ticketed event) (Dean College)

Saturday, April 1

10:00am - Winter Farmers Market (Fairmount Fruit Farm)

10:00am - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

3:00pm - Joey D's Wingz & Thingz (Food truck) (67 Degrees Brewery)

5:30pm - Sudden Odd Behavior (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)

7:00pm - Ballet Franklin presents "Spectrum" (ticketed event) (THE BLACK BOX)

7:30pm - Choreographers' Concert (ticketed event) (Dean College)

8:00pm - SheGrooves (free ticketed concert) (Circle of Friends Coffeehouse)

Sunday, April 2

1:00pm - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

2:00pm - Ballet Franklin presents "Spectrum" (ticketed event) (THE BLACK BOX)

Tuesday, April 4

6:00pm - A Screening and Discussion of the film, “CURED” (email, free registration) (Dean College)

7:00pm - Franklin Garden Club (Franklin Senior Center)

Wednesday, April 5

1:00pm - Senior Scribblers (writing group) (Franklin Senior Center)

7:00pm - Franklin Art Association (monthly meeting & demo) (Franklin Senior Center)

7:00pm - Franklin Newcomers & Friends (monthly meeting) (Escape into Fiction)

7:00pm - Franklin SEPAC Board and Community Meeting (virtual)

Thursday, April 6
10:00am - Writer's Quiet Space (Escape Into Fiction)
6:30pm - Franklin LGBTQ Alliance - monthly meeting (Franklin Public Library)


The Franklin Art Association Art Gallery remains open during business hours at Escape into Fiction (Main St, Franklin)

Find the full Community event calendar

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events

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

The Town meeting calendar is found
The School district calendar is found 

Franklin's Event Outlook: Mar 17, 2023 to Mar 23, 2023
Franklin's Event Outlook: Mar 24, 2023 to Mar 31, 2023

Ballet Franklin to perform "Spectrum" April 1 & 2

Ballet Franklin, the ballet conservatory at Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), presents "Spectrum" April 1 at 7 PM and April 2 at 2 PM! 

Under the direction of Cheryl Madeux, the students represent Gerald Arpino's Viva Vivaldi, Western Revelries, Class Concert, and Contemporary works.

Ticket available online ->

Ballet Franklin to perform "Spectrum" April 1 & 2
Ballet Franklin to perform "Spectrum" April 1 & 2

Franklin Public Library: News & Events for April 2023

April 2023 Franklin Library News & Events

Library Hours

The Franklin Public Library will be closed Sunday, April 9 for Easter and Monday, April 17 for Patriots Day. The Library's regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Library News – Get more eContent from Libby

Did you know that Libby app allows Minuteman users to borrow eBooks & audiobooks from other public library networks in Massachusetts? By adding these libraries to your Libby account, you can search, browse, and check out items from their digital collections. These networks include: Boston Public Library, SAILS Library network, CLAMS, NOBLE, CW MARS, OCLN, and the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium. To add libraries, open your Libby app, tap on the settings menu in the bottom center of the screen-select "add a library" - Search for one of the following:  Boston Public Library, CLAMS, CW MARS, Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, NOBLE, or OCLN (you will have to add them one at a time) - When asked to add a library card, choose "I'm visiting from Another Library."  Choose "Minuteman Library Network." Enter your MLN card number and PIN. You can now search and check out materials from a partner library just as you do from Minuteman!

Featured Databases - Reference Solutions

Reference Solutions (formerly ReferenceUSA) is the premier source of business and residential information for reference and research.  Used by entrepreneurs, businesses, students, job-seekers or anyone wanting access to information on tens of millions of businesses and hundreds of millions of consumers in an easy to search format. Access to this database is limited to Franklin residents.

Museum Passes

April vacation is coming, so now is a great time to reserve passes to the area's most popular museums, aquariums, and attractions! Passes are available to be reserved up to thirty days in advance.

Book Sale

Franklin Library Book Sale
Friday, April 17, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Saturday, April 18, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.
All books are just one dollar!

Bag Sale - $5 A Bag—Saturday, April 18, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Come fill a brown bag with all the books you can!

The newsletter was shortened for publication here. To view the full set of events for April, please visit the Library page here ->

Franklin Public Library: News & Events for April 2023
Franklin Public Library: News & Events for April 2023