Showing posts with label DelCarte. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DelCarte. Show all posts

Friday, January 22, 2021

FM #441 Jen Delmore - Conservation Agent - 01/13/21 (audio)

FM #441 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 441 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Conservation Agent Jen Delmore. We had our conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

Links to the key topics covered here are included in the show notes. The recording runs about 36 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jen Delmore.

Audio file =  https://www.hipcast.com/podcast/Hc9NS4pS


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Conservation Forms  https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/pages/filing-instructions-forms-and-fees

DelCarte Reports and Plan  https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/pages/delcarte-conservation-area

Conservation Home owners 101  https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/pages/homeowners-101

Conservation Regulations and bylaws  https://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/pages/regulations-and-bylaws  

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DelCarte, on a January morning 2020
DelCarte, on a January morning 2020

Monday, January 11, 2021

Nature Photography, Capturing the Beauty Surrounding Us - Jan 12

Event Date:   Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - 11:00 AM

Join us for a slide show featuring the beautiful Nature, Bird and Animal photography of Renata Gilarova. Slide show will be followed a Q&A. Send us your favorite nature shots for a quick slideshow share at the end of the event.

Email Ariel for the link to join at adoggett@franklinma.gov.  

 

along the main dam at DelCarte
along the main dam at DelCarte (my photo)


Saturday, May 23, 2020

Town Fields and Parks to Reopen with Restrictions - May 25

Town Fields and Parks to Reopen with Restrictions
As part of Governor Baker's recent Executive COVID-19 Order No. 33, the Town of Franklin will reopen its athletic fields, courts, and parks on Monday, May 25th as part of the Phase 1 re-entry.
Please see the attached document for details, protocols, and guidelines for the safe use of our facilities.
Signage will be posted.


May 22, 2020
TO: Town of Franklin Residents, Businesses & Visitors
FROM: Jamie Hellen, Town Administrator
RE: Athletic Fields & Courts reopen Monday, May 25th

As part of Governor Baker’s recent Executive COVID-19 Order No. 33, the Town of Franklin will reopen its athletic fields, courts and parks on Monday, May 25th as part of the Phase 1 reentry.

The following actions apply:
● All town and school athletic fields, courts and parks and parking lots will reopen.
● Dacey Field Dog Park will reopen.
● All playground apparatus will remain closed, gates will remain locked, signage will be posted prohibiting use.
● All Nature Trails remain open in town and state forests and parks.

The Town mandates that all requirements in the Governor’s order be followed. Signage will be posted at each park and all conditions apply for Phase 1 reopening:
● Group size. Groups larger than 10 are n ot allowed to gather.
● Practice social distancing. Remain 6 feet away from others.
● Mandatory face coverings if social distancing is not possible.
● Wash & Sanitize hands and equipment before and after play.
● Please refrain from contact sports.
● Please take out what you bring in for equipment, trash, bottles, and clothing.
● Please disinfect or use precautions on railings, doors, gate handles and other common spots where transmission can be higher.

We ask all users of athletic fields, courts and nature trails to be courteous of one another as the Commonwealth looks to expand activities and climb out of the COVID-19 crisis. Please respect everyone's distance and personal safety as the Town reintroduces back into sports. Please be diligent in the above practices, use common courtesy and common sense. Most of all, enjoy!


Download a copy of this document
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/2020-05-22_athletic_fields_reopen.pdf

The "until further notice" has been determined to be May 25!
The "until further notice" has been determined to be May 25!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Town of Franklin parks and fields opening May 25; playgrounds remain closed


In accordance with the Governor's plan, we will be opening all fields & parks, & their associated parking lots, Mon. May 25th.
Playgrounds will remain closed due to the high frequency of surface touching on equipment.
Please follow all social distancing requirements to stay safe! https://t.co/G78vx00lOM



arial view of FHS athletic fields
arial view of FHS athletic fields

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Storywalk at DelCarte (photo slideshow)

A fun Storywalk is up at DelCarte! Enjoy the sunshine!

And if you haven't made it there yet, you can visit it virtually with this photo slideshow


Spring 2020 - StoryWalk


Photo taken in the rain on Weds 4/08/20
Photo taken in the rain on Weds 4/08/20

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Earth day clean up at DelCarte - April 25 - Canceled

"It is with mixed emotion I announce the cancellation of the Earth Day Clean Up at DelCarte scheduled for Saturday, April 25.  

The Conservation Commission fully understands the current situation with COVID-19 and the effect it is having on all in Franklin and around the world.

We will not place any resident at risk for the sake of any event.

We hope to celebrate Earth Day next year and will make best efforts in the meantime to keep DelCarte one of the Town's Crown Jewels.

We wish you all good health.


William Batchelor

Chairman
Conservation Commission

Shared from the Facebook post:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1551606135109407/permalink/2566887723581238/


the floating walkway at DelCarte recently
the floating walkway at DelCarte recently

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Fresh air is good for us, get out to the woods/trail for a walk

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin:
“I have some good news. Nature is not canceled,” said Bonnie Combs, marketing director for the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. “Fresh air and sunshine are good for you. Just practice social distancing.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20200317/coronavirus-pushes-people-outdoors

The SNETT trail is good walking here in Franklin more info on their page
https://www.franklinbellinghamrailtrail.org/

DelCarte Open Space on Pleasant St is always a good choice for me. Find more trail maps and info about other options in Franklin here
https://www.franklinma.gov/recreation-department/files/fields-playgrounds

on a trail in the Franklin Town Forest (off Summer St) recently
on a trail in the Franklin Town Forest (off Summer St) recently


Saturday, February 23, 2019

Franklin Annual Report - 2018: Conservation Commission

The Franklin Conservation Commission is responsible for promoting and protecting the natural resources of Franklin and protecting the town’s watershed resources. A large part of the Commission’s attention is directed to administering Massachusetts and Franklin wetland protection laws and regulations. Those laws and regulations require Commission permits to work in or within 100 feet of a wetland, in the 100 year flood hazard zone or within 200 feet of a perennial stream.

The Commission comprises seven volunteer residents appointed for three year terms by the Town Administrator. The current members of the Commission have diverse professional experience related to environmental science, biology, engineering, and project management. Because of their different backgrounds, each commissioner is able to offer a different perspective during the review of applications for a wetland permit that ultimately benefits Franklin.

Franklin has continuously been well represented at the annual conference of the Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions in March, with Commissioners attending classes and workshops and talking with other Commissioners from across the state as well as lawyers, ecologists and engineers active in conservation.

The Commission continues to work on the DelCarte Area (aka the Franklin Reservoirs) off of Pleasant Street. There are a series of seven structures (six dams that had been originally used for cranberry farming and a stone wall that beavers had dammed) along Miller brook thru the 100+ acre DelCarte Area. The Commission retained the services of ESS, Inc. to undertake an ecological study to ascertain the flora and fauna viability in the pond and develop a long term management plan. 

This study, completed in the winter of 2015-6 has for the first time given the town a comprehensive understanding of exactly “what is there” and has developed a management plan to help keep the area viable as a true recreational jewel. The first phase of the Plan’s recommendations, the treatment of invasive plant species was undertaken in the spring/summer of 2017 and phase two will be undertaken in the spring/summer of 2018.

The Commission has requested additional Capital Improvement funds to help implement the next phases of this study in 2018-2019 as well as funds to implement the ADA recommendations under the master plan developed for DelCarte by Mass Audubon. This later plan was presented to the Commission in the fall of 2017.

The Commission will undertake improvements to the DelCarte Recreation Area in the late summer/early fall of 2018 to bring access to the trails and the water bodies up to ADA standards and the improved the overall aesthetics of the area. The Commission applied for a 2018 Recreation Trails grant to also offset the cost of ADA improvements in the DelCarte Recreation Area.

The Commission collects application fees for all permits that come before them. These fees paid for, among other things, the studies on the DelCarte recreation area and thus allowed the Commission to truly understand the issues facing the town in maintaining this area for quality recreation.

Notice of pond treatment at DelCarte
The Commission has also initiated a comprehensive study of the beaver population and associated issues within the pond area to come up with best practices to prevent irreparable damage to the pond ecosystem and surrounding private properties. The results have been received and are being evaluated by the Commission.

Since the last annual report, the Conservation Commission has received 61 permit applications to work within areas under their permitting jurisdiction.

The Commission also issued 30 certificates of completion for various projects and granted extensions to allow projects to finish.

In late April, the Commission conducted the third annual clean-up days at the DelCarte Recreation area. The event was also attended by a number of citizen volunteers who lent valuable assistance and manpower in helping to maintain this valuable town resource.

The Commission completed studies on Chapter 61, 61A & 61B parcels within the town as well as a study on all Commission-managed town-owned land. These studies can be used by the town’s decision makers to better understand the implications of purchasing or not purchasing property that becomes available and how to best manage properties or parcels already owned by the town. Recommendations on some of the parcels currently managed by the Commission have been made to the Town Council.

The Commission also completed a study of all land under its management jurisdiction. This will allow the Commission to better evaluate how to manage these parcels and to determine if any additional parcels should be under Commission jurisdiction or if some should in fact not be and to make appropriate recommendations to the Town Council.

The Commission has developed a series of standard operating procedures and educational snippets, which are posted on the Commission’s website, to help the citizenry understand some of the rationale behind the Commission’s operations and procedures.

The Commission would like to draw the attention of the Town’s residents to the many protected natural areas in the Town and the opportunities for passive recreation they enable:
  • The DelCarte Area, with parking off of Pleasant Street, has improved walking trails through woodlands along a series of ponds. Two canoe launches and an above-water boardwalk that completely connect the trail system have been installed;
  • The town forest has access off of Summer Street and trails thru woodlands and across Uncas Brook.

Other trail areas, not under the jurisdiction of the Commission include:
  • Indian Rock has good access off of both King Phillip Road and Lost Horse Trail with walking trails through woodlands near two large vernal pools and to the top of historic Indian Rock; The trails in this area were improved in the spring as part of an eagle scout project;
  • The Metacomet Land Trust owns several pieces of protected land, notably the walking trails off of Bridle Path and The Lady Bug Trail near JFK school;
  • The Franklin State Forest is accessible off of Grove Street and Forge Hill Road and boasts an extensive network of walking and ORV trails;
  • The SNETT trail goes all the way to Douglas. There is a Town parking lot off of Grove Street. The Trail section from Prospect Street into Bellingham has been reconstructed by the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation;
  • The expansive marsh near Interstate 495 exit #17 is the US Army Corps of Engineers Natural Valley Flood Storage Project, preserved to protect against downstream flooding in the Charles River basin. That marsh is along Mine Brook, the largest stream in town, draining about half of Franklin, starting at the extreme south end of Franklin, passing underneath Washington Street, Beaver Street, 495, Grove Street, West Central Street, 495 again, Beech Street, and Pond Street before finally meeting the Charles River on the Medway border

Other significant streams in Franklin include Shepards Brook, Miller Brook, Uncas Brook and Bubbling Brook. Lake Populatic is part of the Charles River, the other navigable ponds in Franklin are Spring (Green’s) Pond, Beaver Pond, and Uncas Pond, the last two of which are listed as Great Ponds by Mass DEP.

The Commission would also like the town residents to be aware of the potential tax savings of M.G. L. Chapter 61 (forest land), 61A (agricultural land) and 61B (recreational land). Such programs are designed to benefit the land owner via reducing the tax burden as well as to preserving and maintaining the quality and quantity of environmentally sensitive and natural areas within the commonwealth.

Conservation Commission Members:
William Batchelor , Chair
Tara Henrichon, Vice Chair
Jeff Livingstone Staci Dooney
Paul Harrington Jeff Milne
Angela Gelineau

Respectfully submitted,
William Batchelor, Chair


You can read the full Annual Report for 2018 online
https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/franklin_2018_town_report.pdf

The archive of prior year annual reports
https://www.franklinma.gov/town-clerk/pages/annual-reports

invasive plant species visible at DelCarte
invasive plant species visible at DelCarte

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

"We’re going into what looks like an interesting year"

From the Milford Daily News, an article of interest for Franklin:

"After using about $1.5 million to balance the 2019 budget, town officials hopes to re-stabilize funds for the new budget cycle in fiscal 2020. 
Franklin’s Joint Budget Subcommittee meets at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Municipal Building to reveal and discuss their budget plan. 
The last budget revealed a deficit of almost $1.5 million. The crisis was averted by using an emergency fund, but town officials hope to rebuild those dollars and stop using that account. The FY 2019 budget for the town sits at about $124,223,367. 
“We’re trying to look at if we can take less of those funds,” said Town Administrator Jeff Nutting. “There won’t be any decision on that now, but that’s what we’re looking at.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180924/franklin-meeting-will-discuss-budget-for-fiscal-2020

The agenda for this meeting can be found online
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/09/joint-budget-subcommittee-meeting.html

Five year fiscal forecast
http://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/uploads/five_year_fiscal_forecast_fy17-fy21.pdf

Town of Franklin budget page
http://www.franklinma.gov/town-budget

work underway at DelCarte to improve handicap access to the boat launch area
work underway at DelCarte to improve handicap access to the boat launch area

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Delcarte Recreation Canoe Launch Improvements

The town will be starting work in the DelCarte Recreation area to improve access to the canoe launch. This work will take place between the parking lot off of Pleasant Street and the pond and will involve removing the wood chips, building a trail to the canoe launch that is ADA compliant, replacing one of the concrete pads in this area and planting new grass. 

There has been some delay in starting the work, but it is now scheduled to begin on or about September 13, 2018 and should take about a week to complete. While the work is underway, and for the safety of all, the area may be closed periodically due to the operation of heavy equipment.

Any questions should be directed to George Russell, Conservation Agent at 508-533-4847 or grussell@franklinma.gov.


Delcarte Recreation Canoe Launch Improvements
Delcarte Recreation Canoe Launch Improvements

Milford Daily News has a write up on this work which talks of it being scheduled for next week
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20180912/franklin-improves-access-to-recreation-spot

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

DelCarte Conservation Area parking area and playground will be closed on Thursday, July 12

The DelCarte Conservation Area parking area and playground will be closed on Thursday July 12, 2018 for tree work. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

DelCarte Conservation Area parking area and playground will be closed on Thursday, July 12
DelCarte Conservation Area playground will be closed on Thursday, July 12

This was shared from the Town of Franklin page
http://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/delcarte-conservation-area-parking-area-and-playground-will-be-closed-thursday-july-12



Actually this is good timing, the next herbicide treatment is also scheduled for this day so it will be good to get both done at the same time.
More info on the herbicide treatment can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/07/follow-up-treatment-of-delcarte-ponds.html


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Follow up treatment of the Delcarte Ponds will be conducted on July 12, 2018

The date for the follow up treatment of the invasive plants in the DelCarte Ponds is July 12, 2018. (subject to the weather - It can't be a rainy day.) 

The pond will be closed for fishing, canoeing etc. for 24 hours, but the rest of the area for hiking etc. will be open.


This was shared from the Town of Franklin page
http://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/follow-treatment-delcarte-ponds-will-be-conducted-july-12-2018

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During 2017 and 2018, herbicide treatments will be applied to the DelCarte Ponds as part of the restoration and preservation of this important recreation area. The treatments are designed to eliminate the invasive plant species which are proliferating rapidly and threaten to completely “take over” the waterbodies unless action is taken to stop their spread.

The time frame for this work is as follows:

  • Prepare and File MA DEP License to Apply Chemicals Permit - APRIL
  • Pre-Treatment Survey – MAY
  • Variable Milfoil Treatment – EARLY JUNE
  • Initial Water Chestnut Treatment – EARLY JUNE
  • Interim Survey – LATE JUNE
  • Follow-Up Water Chestnut Treatment – EARLY JULY
  • Final Post-Treatment Survey – AUGUST/SEPTEMBER
  • Year-End Report – NOVEMBER/DECEMBER


Signs will be posted at the ponds concerning this work it is important to bear in mind that ON THE DAY OF THE TREATMENTS, USE OF THE PONDS WILL BE RESTRICTED.

Any questions on this project should be directed to the Conservation office at 508-520-4929.


invasive species in the water at DelCarte
invasive species in the water at DelCarte

The ecological study performed to show the need for these herbicide treatments can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2016/02/ecological-and-management-study-of.html


The reminder on the treatments was shared from the Town of Franklin page
http://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/get-rid-those-invasive-weeds-delcarte-pond-herbicide-treatment-begins-2017-stay-tuned-more

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Proposed Shade Structures for DelCarte Open Space

The Conservation Commission meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 14 will hear about some plans for construction and enhancements to the DelCarte open space. According to the abutters letter and an image of the map showing the work area, the work will be done in and around the existing playground.

For more info, attend or tune into the meeting Thursday, June 14 at 7:15 PM

The agenda for the meeting can be found online
http://www.franklinma.gov/conservation/events/138433

or directly here
http://www.franklinma.gov/sites/franklinma/files/agendas/june_14_meet_0.pdf




Proposed Shade Structures for DelCarte Open Space
Proposed Shade Structures for DelCarte Open Space


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Stories in Stone Walls - Apr 28

Brought to you by Stony Brook Wildlife in conjunction with the Franklin Cultural Council

Join us for a free walk at the Franklin DelCarte Recreation and Conservation Area, Saturday, April 28, starting at 11:30 a.m. Led by Doug Williams, a conservation biologist and the Director of Stony Brook, we will start with an interactive presentation focused on how and why the stone walls rose to importance in the New England landscapes. We will then walk to have a “hands on” encounter with stone walls at DelCarte itself.

Please meet at the Pleasant St. park entrance by the playground. Call Stony Brook at 508-528-3140 with any questions.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Franklin Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


Stories in Stone Walls - Apr 28
Stories in Stone Walls - Apr 28





Thursday, December 28, 2017

"It’s been quite a tradition"

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

"If you’ve resolved to get in touch with nature in 2018, you’ll have an opportunity to do so on the very first day of the year. 
The Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park will be hosting a “First Day Hike” in the afternoon on New Year’s Day - part of a statewide series of hikes held by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. According to the department, this will be the fifth year the event has been offered in Uxbridge, though the first hike in the state took place 27 years ago at Milton’s Blue Hills Reservation. 
Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the park’s River Bend Farm Visitor Center at 287 Oak St., while the hike will kick off at 1 p.m."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20171227/first-day-hike-will-ring-in-new-year


The MA DCR also shares the 7 hikes around the State that are scheduled for January 1
https://www.mass.gov/news/baker-polito-administration-announces-first-day-hikes-at-state-parks

The trails at DelCarte were in use this week
The trails at DelCarte were in use this week

The walk provided some great scenic views
The walk provided some great scenic views

Friday, August 4, 2017

In the News: beavers at DelCarte, PMC rides through Franklin

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

"Local officials are weighing what to do with a colony of beavers whose natural handiwork threatens an earthen berm at DelCarte Reservation off Pleasant Street. 
An expert from ESS Group, an environmental engineering firm, walked around the ponds and other parts of the reservation on April 7 looking for signs of beaver busywork. After discovering that the critters were indeed making themselves at home, ESS installed a motion-activated camera for 13 days. 
Four beaver lodges were found along the shoreline, two of which appear to be in use. One dam in the area is blocking water flow from the upper basin to the southern basin. The dam is flooding trees near a berm on the upper basin, or pond, according to an ESS study. That could be a problem if the berm continues to flood."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170803/franklin-beavers-raising-water-worries



"Thousands of bike tires will meet with hundreds of miles of pavement across Massachusetts during the 38th annual Pan Mass Challenge this weekend. 
The ride starts tomorrow and continues until Sunday – Over 6,000 cyclists from eight different countries gathered in Massachusetts for the bike race this year. The ride will begin on 5:30 a.m on Saturday and on Sunday and go until 7 p.m. 
The Pan Mass Challenge, or PMC, is a fundraiser for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. To date, PMC has raised almost $550 million for early-cancer research. The PMC raises more money than any other athletic fundraiser in the country. 
There will be water stops for cyclists in Franklin, Wrentham, Foxbourough, Whitinsville, and Wellesley. The stops are known to cause car traffic, as hundreds on cyclists will be making their way down dozens of the area roads.

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170803/local-cyclists-ready-for-pan-mass-challenge

The water stop in Franklin is at the Remington-Jefferson School complex. It is worth an early trip there to see the riders come through. Some of the early riders will get there about 7:30 AM and the bulk of the pack arrives between 8 and 10 AM according to my recall of prior visits.

A slideshow of photos from the water stop in 2013 can be found here

PMC_entrance8
A slideshow of photos from the water stop in 2013

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Smartest Thing in Fur Pants (Video)

"Franklin Conservation Commission recently held a meeting featuring a report on beaver activity at DelCarte. 

Whether you view them as an engineering marvel or creators of flooding challenges, and they can be both, beavers (Castor canadensis) are fascinating creatures right here in our community. 

We thought you'd enjoy learning a little more about them in this PBS video."




This was shared from the Town of Franklin webpage
http://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/beaver-activity-delcarte


Sunday, July 16, 2017

DelCarte Ponds - Treatment Notification - Monday, July 17

Once again the weather did not cooperate with us yesterday (Thursday - July 13). Treatment of the invasive plants at the DelCarte Ponds will now be 7/17/17 subject to the weather. (It can't be a rainy day.) 

The pond will be closed for fishing, canoeing etc. for 24 hours, but the rest of the area for hiking etc. will be open.

Read more: http://www.franklinma.gov/node/133863

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view from a trail at DelCarte
view from a trail at DelCarte

Thursday, July 13, 2017

In the News: Ahern making connections; Library brick sale; DelCarte pond treatment

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

"Sara Ahern officially took over the reins on July 1 as the town’s newest school superintendent. 
After a week at the helm, Ahern said, the first order of business is to create connections. 
“Working to establish relationships is imperative, the work of the schools is dependent on building strong, fundamental relationships,” said Ahern, who replaced the retired Maureen Sabolinski. “I want to develop those relationships by being present, listening and sharing information about myself to the community.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://franklin.wickedlocal.com/news/20170707/new-franklin-schools-chief-starts-connecting


"The Friends of the Franklin Library are currently in the middle of a fundraising effort and selling personalized bricks as part of the ongoing library renovation and construction project. The bricks will be placed in a new patio located in front of the building’s School Street entrance and ready for use once the project is complete this fall. 
“The patio will be available for patrons to use; to sit outside in nice weather, to talk, attend a program or use available WiFi,” said former FoFL President Maria Lucier. “There will be benches, tables with umbrellas and plantings. We envision it will be a relaxing place to sit, visit and read.” 
When seeking out ways to raise money, Lucier said, she and fellow member Joseph Mullen took a trip to the McAuliffe Library in Framingham to view that building’s newly installed brick patio."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170712/friends-of-franklin-library-selling-bricks-to-benefit-construction-project

the new wing of the Library under construction
the new wing of the Library under construction


"The ponds at the DelCarte Conservation Property will be closed on Thursday in order for the town to perform a follow-up water treatment to combat the invasive plants in the ponds. 
The treatment was supposed to take place last Friday, but due to rain was delayed. If it rains again Thursday, the treatment will again be delayed as it will interfere with the process. 
In a release put out by the town, the pond will be closed for fishing and canoeing for 24 hours, but the rest of the area remains open for hiking and other recreational activities."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20170712/franklin-delcarte-ponds-closed-thursday-for-treatment


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DelCarte Ponds - Treatment Notification - Thursday, July 13th

Treatment of the invasive plants at the DelCarte Ponds will be 7/13/17 subject to the weather. (It can't be a rainy day.) 

The pond will be closed for fishing, canoeing etc. for 24 hours, but the rest of the area for hiking etc. will be open.

Read more: http://www.franklinma.gov/node/133653

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Note: yet again, I think they need to do a better job planning to go with the forecast rather than pick a day when it is likely to rain. There was at least one treatment applied.

the main pond at DelCarte Recreation area
the main pond at DelCarte Recreation area

notification of treatment applied in June
notification of treatment applied in June