Showing posts with label Boston Post cane. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Boston Post cane. Show all posts

Friday, February 3, 2023

Lorriane (Nasuti) Spencer recognized as Franklin's eldest with Boston Post Cane

Written by Alan Earls

It's a New England tradition, dating back to 1909, begun as an expensive publicity stunt by the publisher of The Boston Post Newspaper. The paper awarded gold-headed canes to each municipality in the region, with instructions to award it to their eldest resident.

With occasional hiccups, Franklin has maintained the tradition, as have many other New England towns.

Thursday afternoon, it was the turn of Lorraine (Nasuti) Spencer, in a ceremony conducted at the Lydia Taft House, a rehabilitation and nursing center, located in Uxbridge, where she resides temporarily. The reception brought out about 20 family members and was presided over by Franklin Town Clerk Nancy Danello. 

Danello, reading from a prepared statement, noted that Mrs. Spencer is Franklin's  oldest resident,  born May 11 1921. 
"She'll be 102 in May.  Mrs. Spencer was born here in Franklin on her family homestead on North Park Street, the youngest of 10 children. She has many fond memories of growing up here in Franklin during the Depression, including time spent at her family store, attending Franklin public schools and the many activities throughout the town that she was involved in. Mrs. Spencer graduated from Franklin High School in 1939. After graduating she worked for many years  in Walpole and aided in the war effort by making airplane parts. 

"In 1954, Lorraine married Matthew Spencer, and together they raised seven children most still residing  in Franklin. Sadly, Matthew passed away in 1972. Lorraine then began working at Dean Junior College, retiring in 1986. Mrs. Spencer has 16 grandchildren an seven great grandchildren who continue to share her love of cooking and follow her delicious Italian recipes, though never making it quite as good as she did."
Mrs. Spencer held the cane proudly and relinquished after photos were taken, for safekeeping by the town.

State Rep. Jeff Roy also greeted Mrs. Spencer and offered souvenir greetings from the State House and his best wishes for  her upcoming 102nd birthday, a remark that drew a look of incredulity from Mrs. Spencer.

Mrs. Spencer was attentive throughout the event but seemed a bit overwhelmed by all the attention and glad to settle in with family when the formalities were past.

Representative Roy told her he expected to be there for her 105th birthday. "A hundred and five," she exclaimed?

Franklin Town Clerk Nancy Danello, State Rep Jeff Roy and Lorriane (Nasuti) Spencer with the Post Cane
Franklin Town Clerk Nancy Danello, State Rep Jeff Roy and Lorriane (Nasuti) Spencer with the Post Cane

The official Town Proclamation
The official Town Proclamation

The Boston Post Cane
The Boston Post Cane

State Representative Jeff Roy with Lorraine (Nasuti) Spencer
State Representative Jeff Roy with Lorraine (Nasuti) Spencer

Lorraine (Nasuti) Spencer poses with members of her family
Lorraine (Nasuti) Spencer poses with members of her family

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Help celebrate Walter's 104th Birthday


We live in a community unlike any other!!
We here in the Town Clerk's office are reaching out to the residents of Franklin requesting your help to celebrate and honor Franklin's oldest resident, Mr. Walter Zinchuk, born on July 19, 1917 celebrating his 104th birthday.

Walter, along with his late wife Alta, purchased their Franklin home in 1958, where they raised four children. Mr. Zinchuk who is a World War II Veteran, served in New Guinea and Australia as a combat engineer. Walter received the Boston Post Cane which represents the oldest Franklin resident, and holds the title proudly! Walter is a very young 104, actively participating in various activities at Benchmark Senior Living.

To celebrate this amazing gentleman, a gathering is planned for Sunday, July 18th at 1:30 PM at Benchmark Senior Living, Forge Hill Road, Franklin. We are asking Franklin residents to "participate" in Mr. Zinchuk's birthday celebration by mailing a birthday card to:
Mr. Walter Zinchuk c/o Benchmark Senior Living
4 Forge Hill Road
Franklin, MA 02038"
Walter Zinchuck, the oldest Franklin resident, 102 years young, received the Boston Post Cane
Walter Zinchuck, the oldest Franklin resident received the Boston Post Cane

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Town Council recap - MArch 4, 2020

Walter Zinchuck, the oldest Franklin resident, 102 years young, received the Boston Post Cane

The resolution on Civil Discourse passed after much discussion.

Municipal aggregation was confirmed as happening in November 2020. You can opt out of it. Why? If you already ahve a long term electrical contract or already have solar panels... For the rest of us, we get to see a savings with green energy (wind power) and a rate of 10.5 cents/KWH for three years. More to come on this as the Sep/Oct time frame when mailings to all the residential customers will be sent. In the meantime, more info can be found on the Colonial Power page for Franklin

The first look at the budget for Fiscal Year 2021 was presented showing a deficit of $3.5M which will need to be resolved before passing a balanced budget by June 30,2020.

From the meeting I created two audio files to listen to meeting segments:

  • Audio segment on Civil Discourse

  • Audio segment on FY 2021

Actions Taken

My notes reported live during the meeting
  • Live reporting: Town Administrators Report to Closing
  • Live reporting: Legislation for action
  • Live reporting: Civil Discourse Discussion
  • Live reporting: FY 2021 Budget Update
  • Live reporting: Municipal Aggregation
  • Live reporting: Town Council - March 4, 2020

Walter Zinchuck, the oldest Franklin resident, 102 years young, received the Boston Post Cane
Walter Zinchuck, the oldest Franklin resident, 102 years young, received the Boston Post Cane

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Live reporting: Town Council - March 4, 2020

Present: Chandler, Hamblen, Pellegri, Dellorco, Mercer, Jones, Kelly, Earls, Bissanti
Absent:  none

a. This meeting is being recorded by Franklin TV and shown on Comcast Channel 11 and Verizon Channel 29. This meeting may be recorded by others.

a. Citizens are welcome to express their views for up to five minutes on a matter that is not on the agenda. The Council will not engage in a dialogue or comment on a matter raised during Citizen Comments. The Town Council will give remarks appropriate consideration and may ask the Town Administrator to review the matter.

  • resident 126 Cottage, parking on Cottage
not notified of parking changes
no parking both sides of Cottage from Peck to the Crossing
all residential
Easter and other holiday gatherings for the family will be an issue with no parking available

  • O'Neil, Colt Road
re: civil discourse

  • Teresa Shea, Kristen Ave
spent over 50 years making things better for Franklin
quote from former Chair Bob Vallee
referencing letters of no confidence in Town Council

  • Lisa Caruso, Forge Hill road
working in Providence, out of the loop of what politics are here
blew the whistle on the State of RI
how about the building in Franklin?
how about the water bans?
father was a retired general, learned lessons the hard way
'get the gist of how things go'
volunteer as a peace keeper at rallies
was at the Aug 2017 rally in Boston
you'll see a lot more of me, silence is consent

'couldn't catch name'
talking about Q
mainstream media is lying to us
we have a watch dog

  • Linda Noel, Lincoln St
think you are doing a great job
some of my relatives have been treated badly
Franklin does have a problem in some corners
relatives mentioned on the Common
drawing lines in the sand and throwing mud is not the way

a. February 5, 2020

motion to approve, seconded, passed 9-0

a. Boston Post Cane Award

102 year old receives the Boston Post Cane
Walter Zinchuck

WWII veteran with a Silver Star
born in 1917 in Haverill, moved to Franklin in 1958

2 minute recess to allow for congratulations for Walter

- None Scheduled

- None Scheduled

- None Scheduled

Saturday, February 1, 2020

In the News: good timing, Spilka speaks about mental illness

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"It was June 7, 1916, when Anna was born in a tidy house with a farmer’s porch on Franklin’s Chestnut Street to immigrant parents: Her mother, Josephine (Laskavitch) was from Poland and her father, John Chestercove (originally Chestzcovo), was from Russia. It was a household already crowded with seven siblings. 
The girl born that day would live through the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, another world war, the Great Depression, Prohibition, the successful adoption of women’s suffrage, the invention of television, development of commercial air travel, the Civil Rights movement, the coming and going of the Cold War, the arrival of man on the moon, and the rise of the age of technology. 
On Thursday, Town Councilor Debbie Pellegri presented Chestercove, whose married name was Ruo, with the town’s Boston Post cane, officially giving her a place in town history. For the presentation, family members gathered around her bed in the Oak Street house she has called home since 1956. On Friday, family members mourned: Anna Chestercove Ruo had died at the age of 103"
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"State Senate President Karen Spilka knows the challenge of living with a family member who suffers from mental illness. 
Her father battled the condition, a fact Spilka shared during her keynote address Friday morning at the MetroWest Opioid Coalition Legislative Breakfast at Leonard Morse Hospital. 
Spilka said she kept her father’s struggle quiet for years, but finally opened up about it publicly for the first time years ago to reduce the stigma of mental illness. 
During her talk, Spilka announced that Senate lawmakers plan next week to roll out a comprehensive mental health parity and access bill. The goal is to level the playing field for mental health services, compared to the current level of services to treat physical health. She did not provide details of the bill."

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