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Showing posts with label archives. Show all posts

Monday, October 4, 2021

Welcome - a little fall house cleaning is in order

Welcome - Let's take a couple of minutes to provide a quick review of what you find here: 


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Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/
Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you haven't already Subscribed; please do, you will receive only one email per day with all that matters. https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/welcome.html


Why Franklin Matters - why I started this in 2006/2007 and have been at it since https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/why-franklin-matters.html


Meeting notes: the archive on meeting notes and audio recordings for meetings going back to 2008. If interested, a link to the 2007 archives is also available. 

https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/meeting-notes.html


wfpr.rm podcasts, or play anywhere Radio shows. The link to each podcast as well as the most current episode of each can be found on the page in alphabetical order. https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/franklin-matters-radio.html


The Franklin Matters Radio archives grow regularly as recordings of meetings and interviews are posted. https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/fm-podcasts.html

Among the radio shows posted there are some regular series

  • Talk Franklin - a regular discussion with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen

  • Town Council Quarterbacking with Chair Tom Mercer - a post meeting recap

  • Interviews with candidates for the Franklin local election (every two years)

  • Audio segments of meetings and events recorded, many of them shared via wfpr.fm radio

  • If you look for an episode and find a broken link, please let me know. I did change podcast hosts in February 2021. Links prior to that may be in the older format and I can’t update them all easily. They are available and I will do them as you need them.


Key links - a page with collections of writing around a topic. For example the “Election Collections” for each local election since 2007 are available

https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/important-links.html


Community Events - built upon the “Cultural Calendar”, this adds the other community events to provide a more holistic view of what is happening. The Town and School official meetings are maintained on their respective calendars.

https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/blog-page.html

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Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements.


Friday, December 18, 2020

Library of Congress: Completes Digitization of 23 Early Presidential Collections

Library of Congress Completes Digitization of 23 Early Presidential Collections

Portraits of George Washington, Abe Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt

The Library of Congress has completed a more than two decade-long initiative to digitize the papers of nearly two dozen early presidents. The Library holds the papers of 23 presidents from George Washington to Calvin Coolidge, all of which have been digitized and are now available online (https://www.loc.gov/collections/).

Click here for more information (https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-20-085/?loclr=ealn).

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Attention film buffs: TCM to Screen 2020 National Film Registry Selections - Dec 15



TCM to Host Screening Special Featuring National Film Registry Selections

Collage of still images from films added to the National Film Registry

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today the annual selection of 25 of America's most influential motion pictures to be inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will host a television special Tuesday, Dec. 15, starting at 8 p.m. ET to screen a selection of motion pictures named to the registry this year. Hayden will join TCM host and film historian Jacqueline Stewart to discuss the films.

Select titles from 30 years of the National Film Registry are freely available online in the National Screening Room  (https://www.loc.gov/collections/national-screening-room/)

Click here for more information (https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-20-082/?loclr=ealn).

Monday, March 30, 2020

National Recording Registry Class Produces Ultimate 'Stay at Home' Playlist


"The gentle sounds of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood”; Russ Hodges’ thrilling play-by-play of the National League tiebreaker between the New York Giants and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951; the Village People’s international dance anthem, “Y.M.C.A.”; “Cheap Trick at Budokan”; and the original 1964 Broadway cast recording of “Fiddler on the Roof” are among the newest recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these and 20 other recordings as aural treasures worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historical and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage.
“The National Recording Registry is the evolving playlist of the American soundscape. It reflects moments in history captured through the voices and sounds of the time,” said Hayden. “We received over 800 nominations this year for culturally, historically or aesthetically significant recordings to add to the registry. As genres and formats continue to expand, the Library of Congress is committed to working with our many partners to preserve the sounds that have touched our hearts and shaped our culture.”

Under the terms of the National Recording Preservation Act of 2000, the Librarian, with advice from the Library’s National Recording Preservation Board (NRPB), is tasked with annually selecting 25 titles that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old. More information on the National Recording Registry can be found at loc.gov/programs/national-recording-preservation-board/about-this-program/.

Continue reading about this  https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-20-023/?loclr=ealn

Listen link can be found here
https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-recording-preservation-board/recording-registry/listen-to-registry-titles/
 

National Recording Registry Class Produces Ultimate 'Stay at Home' Playlist
National Recording Registry Class Produces Ultimate 'Stay at Home' Playlist

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year

Goodbye 2019, hello 2020!

I hope you are all able to spend some quality time with family and friends as we begin this new year.

If you need some additional reading, feel free to cruise through the archives. The archives contain over 21,000 posts going back to 2007.

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors. They can subscribe for one email per day with all that matters  https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/welcome.html
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Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements.


be safe moving about this new year
be safe moving about this new year

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas


Amid the darkness of winter, there is more light each day. I hope you are all able to spend some quality time with family and friends.

If you need some additional reading, feel free to cruise through the archives. The archives contain over 21,000 posts going back to 2007.
  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors.
  • If you don't like this, please let me know.
Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements.


Merry Christmas
Merry Christmas

Monday, May 6, 2019

Register O'Donnell Makes History Come Alive



Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

Register O'Donnell Makes History Come Alive

Registry of Deeds William P. O'Donnell today reminded history buffs that all hand written documents at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds have been electronically transcribed and are available for viewing and printing.

"The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds has been in existence for 225 years. During that time, the Registry has gone from the days of scriveners with quill pens to the modern era of computers and advanced document imaging. We are proud of the effort undertaken to transcribe images of handwritten land documents dating back from 1793 to 1900," noted O'Donnell. "With the transcription process complete, we now have all our land documents, approximately 8,000,000, available at our website www.norfolkdeeds.org."

O'Donnell further stated, "We are extraordinarily proud that the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds was the first in New England back in 2017 to go through this transcription process. The effort undertaken to transcribe these hard to read land documents represented a special effort by the Registry and its vendor to have an accurate representation of these handwritten land documents. This undertaking has allowed the public to perform historical, genealogical and land record research." The Register added that 12.5 million words of Old English prose written in cursive penmanship were transcribed into readable computer text.

It should be noted that while the transcribers made a best effort to translate these hard to read documents, their accuracy is not guaranteed. "These transcribed documents," stated Register O'Donnell, "are not legal documents in and of itself, and are not considered binding on the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds or its employees. It is considered merely a convenient reference for Registry users. For documentation purposes, users should refer to the scanned image of the original document instead of the transcribed image."

"It is a wonderful time to take advantage of this technological breakthrough. Genealogy InTime Magazine estimated that 7.93 million Americans are involved in tracking their ancestors," noted O'Donnell. The Register also stated that two-time Pulitzer Prize winning historian David McCullough was fascinated and delighted to learn about the project, writing "... you {Registry} are making a large and important contribution and I send my warmest congratulations."

Concluding his remarks, O'Donnell stated, "As Register of Deeds, I take very seriously my responsibility to be the custodian of land document information in Norfolk County. Part of that responsibility is to ensure the accuracy and accessibility of these land documents. Future generations will now be able to read these transcribed images with the goal of ensuring a historically correct record of land documents in Norfolk County."

To learn more about these and other Registry of Deeds events and initiatives, like us at facebook.com/NorfolkDeeds or follow us on twitter.com/NorfolkDeeds and/or Instagram.com/NorfolkDeeds.

The Norfolk County Registry of Deeds is located at 649 High Street in Dedham. The Registry is a resource for homeowners, title examiners, mortgage lenders, municipalities and others with a need for secure, accurate, accessible land record information. All land record research information can be found on the Registry's website www.norfolkdeeds.org. Residents in need of assistance can contact the Registry of Deeds Customer Service Center via telephone at (781) 461-6101, or email us at registerodonnell@norfolkdeeds.org.


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Norfolk County Registry of Deeds

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Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High Street, Dedham,, MA 02026-1831
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Register O'Donnell Makes History Come Alive
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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

On this date: Mar 6, 2011: The week in Review

Yes, I did a weekly review for a period of time. The time I put into it didn't seem to be worth it in generating more readers or engagement so it came to an end. 

As the Town gets more and more into timely publication of reports, presentations, agendas, and meeting minutes, then perhaps this is something to reconsider. Until then, the podcast will share key meetings or events.


FM #88 - Week ending 3/6/11

Lets take less than ten minutes to review what matters in Franklin, MA as the week ends March 6, 2011. 

Time: 6 minutes, 20 seconds


For the full set of show notes
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2011/03/fm-88-week-ending-3611.html


Franklin Community Gardens
On this date: Mar 6, 2011: The week in Review mentioned the Community Garden

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

On this date: Mar 5, 2010: The Franklin Area Bus

Stepping back into the archives for March 5, 2010 we find that the Town of Franklin had just put out a survey to improve the Franklin Area Bus service provided by GATRA. 

Did you know Franklin had a bus service? GATRA or the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transportation Authority provides the service for $1.50.

"Franklin has issued a survey and is looking for your feedback on the Franklin Area Bus service, also know as GATRA. 
The bus has been running the same route for two years, and the town wants to improve that route if necessary."

(The survey links are not working today so no need to try them.)
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2010/03/what-do-you-think-about-franklin-area.html

You can find a map of the current bus route, schedule and fares on the GATRA page (link below). It is also linked to from the Franklin web page under the "Meet Me in Franklin" section
http://www.gatra.org/index.php/routes/bellingham-franklin/franklin-area-bus/


On this date: Mar 5, 2010: The Franklin Area Bus
On this date: Mar 5, 2010: The Franklin Area Bus

GATRA bus on the Franklin route
GATRA bus on the Franklin route










Monday, March 4, 2019

On this date: Mar 4, 2009: Names change, topics remain the same

Stepping into the archives for March 4, 2009 also finds Franklin Matters reporting live from the Town Council meeting held that day. Only 9 years ago and yet given some of the longevity on the current Town Council, none of the names from 2009 are part of the Council today. 

Some of the topics however, remain the same. At this meeting the Council approved funds to survey the Pond St property. The former sewer beds that were eventually sold to a developer which is building 90+ units today.

An update from the Facilities Department was rescheduled as the Councilor who requested it missed the meeting. Capital appropriations for the purchase of a fire truck and a lawn mower were approved.

Creation of an economic opportunity area in Forge Park was also up for discussion.


Live reporting - Town Council 3/4/09

Attending: Whalen, Mason, Vallee, Bartlett, Feeley, Pfeffer, Doak
Missing: McGann, Zollo

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2009/03/live-reporting-town-council-3409.html

Pond St property map  shown at the meeting
Pond St property map  shown at a Council meeting in 2016

Sunday, March 3, 2019

On this date: Mar 3, 2008: School Committee budget issues (Deja Vu?)

Stepping back into the archives for March 3, 2008 we find a recap of the School Committee meeting with a budget discussion. Deja Vu

The School Budget this year is looking for a 6% increase or $3.8M dollars. In round numbers that is more than the 2.5% or $2.5M increase Franklin automatically gets each year. Will this be a challenging budget year? Jeff Nutting and others have said so before. Last year and multiple times this year.

March 13 will be a joint Town Council, School Committee and Finance Committee meeting. This session is likely to shed the most light on what we can look for with this budget cycle.

What was the budget issues for the School Committee in 2008?
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2008/03/recap-of-school-budget-situation.html

What are the budget issues for the School Committee this year (FY 2020)? The Superintendent's proposed budget was presented here (Jan 22, 2019)
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/01/school-committee-hears-superintendents.html

The real issues will be revealed as the discussion continues during this budget cycle. Stay tuned.

Goodman and Ahern presenting the FY 2020 budget
Goodman and Ahern presenting the FY 2020 budget


Saturday, March 2, 2019

On this date: Mar 2, 2018: Community Calendar

Stepping back into the archives for March 2, 2018 I find one of our regular features, the weekly outlook. The weekly outlook is posted Friday morning and shares the scheduled events through the following Thursday.

The Community Calendar was developed as a collaborative effort to help with the Cultural District application. Franklin is now one of 46 communities designated with a "cultural district". 

Many organizations with a Google calendar have integrated directly into the calendar. They can enter an event in their calendar and it appears magically on the Community Calendar. If an organization doesn't have a Google calendar, there is a form to request an entry to the calendar. This form is also open to anyone with an event to share for the community.

To submit an event for this Community Calendar, please use this formhttps://goo.gl/forms/7Pr1iBuAiIna7cUo2  (one entry will get your event visible on all three views of the Community Calendar)

If your organization or business would like to integrate with the community calendar, please contact me. If your organization would like to set up a Google calendar and integrate, that is good; if you need help, let me know.

The March 2, 2018 schedule outlook
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/03/upcoming-events-in-franklin-ma-fri-3218.html

Community Calendar
Community Calendar

Friday, March 1, 2019

On this date: Mar 1, 2017: Live reporting from the Town Council

Stepping into the archives for March 1, 2017 I find that among the posts that day was my usual "live reporting" from a Town Council meeting. I try to report from as many Town Council, School Committee and Finance Committee meetings as I can attend each year to "follow the money". 

Working from home tends to help with some of the schedule but meeting work commitments with 8:00 PM conference calls can also interfere. It is the nature of the beast trying to balance work and life schedules.

Note: "Live" reporting is used when I am in the room. "Real time" is when I report via the live cable or internet feed. I laid out these definitions back in 2010. 
 https://www.franklinmatters.org/2010/07/note-of-distinction.html


For the meeting notes of Mar 1, 2017
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2017/03/live-reporting-town-council-march-1-2017.html

All the notes from the meetings I report on live or remote are contained on the tab "Meeting Notes"  https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/meeting-notes.html


Assistant Town Clerk Nancy Danelo (in blue) swearing in the new Deputy chiefs
Assistant Town Clerk Nancy Danelo (in blue) swearing in the new Fire Dept Deputy chiefs
at the Council meeting of Jan 30, 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

On this date: Feb 28, 2016: Reporting by Walking Around

Stepping in to the archives for Feb 28, 2016 I find that this was one of the "reporting by walking around posts" I did from time to time. I find myself doing less now as I am working from home most of the week and thereby can walk almost everyday to stay current. So hopefully, you see more photos daily rather than bunching them like I did.
"Reporting by walking around, I'll share some photos of the walk around Franklin Saturday morning."
The new Recreation Dept facility at 275 Beaver St
The new Recreation Dept facility at 275 Beaver St
Dip into the archives for 2016 and see what has not changed, or changed since Feb 28, 2016
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2016/02/photos-from-walk-around-franklin.html



Monday, February 18, 2019

50 Years of Sesame Street

American Archive of Public Broadcasting to Preserve 50 Years of Sesame Street

Sesame Street is coming to the Library via the American Archive of Public Broadcasting.
Nearly 4,500 digitized episodes of the groundbreaking children's TV series have been donated to the archives & will be available on-site.

Click here for more information
https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-19-019/?loclr=ealn


Thursday, January 17, 2019

MA Digital Archives (finally) available

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"The Massachusetts Archives has unveiled an online collection of records of state agencies, including a searchable index of Massachusetts casualties in World War II, records of the administration of Governor Deval Patrick and town plans from 1794 through 1830. 
Among the records are death certificates of 27 people killed in the Great Molasses Flood in Boston on Jan. 15, 1919. 
To see the records, visit digitalarchives.sec.state.ma.us.
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190116/state-archives-offers-online-record-collection

I input "Frankln, MA" to see what it would show and among the results that caught my eye:

The death certificate for Sgt. Timothy J Hayes
http://digitalarchives.sec.state.ma.us/uncategorised/digitalFile_1deba876-e40c-4e3f-adf7-27df2cae45a8/

death certificate for Timothy J Hayes
death certificate for Sgt. Timothy J Hayes

Recall that the effort to better understand the story of Sgt. Timothy J Hayes is still underway
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2018/12/one-mans-quest-to-find-out-about-sgt.html

The Town Plan by Amos Hawes from 1794
http://digitalarchives.sec.state.ma.us/uncategorised/digitalFile_4bbfca75-cdcd-4408-9157-5eccb3fb4bc4/

Town Plan by Amos Hawes from 1794
Town Plan by Amos Hawes from 1794
I could spend many hours searching among the archives. If you find anything really good, please let me know so we can share it here.



Monday, December 31, 2018

Meeting notes archive for 2018

2018

The Election Collection for November 2018 can be found here

The Budget Collection for FY 2019 can be found here

Economic Development Subcommittee (of the Town Council)


Joint Budget Subcommittee

Town Administrator Search Subcommittee


Finance Committee (FinCom)




School Committee  (SchCom)

Town Council (TC)

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