Showing posts with label monuments. Show all posts
Showing posts with label monuments. Show all posts

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Get Your Tickets for the August Dinner Dance! - Aug 6

Get Your Tickets for the August Dinner Dance!

War Monument Restoration Project FUNdraiser - Saturday, August 6 - 6-10 PM






Shared from ->

Get Your Tickets for the August Dinner Dance! - Aug 6
Get Your Tickets for the August Dinner Dance! - Aug 6

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Recap: Community Preservation Committee hears more about pickleball, as well as monuments on Town Common (audio)

FM #702 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 702 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the second of two public hearings held by the Franklin, MA Community Preservation Committee. We recorded this via the Zoom conference bridge Jan 18, 2022.  

Quick Recap:

  • Second of two public hearings opened Tuesday, Jan 18, 2022. Residents made several suggestions for use of the CPA money to be available later this year. 

  • Vice-Chair David McNeill opens the meeting. Chair Chris Feeley joined along later

  • My notes captured during the meeting were shared via Twitter and the thread doc is available in the show notes

The recording runs about 1 hour and 18 minutes, so let’s listen to the public hearing of Franklin’s Community Preservation Committee held Jan 18, 2022.

Audio file ->


The committee legal notice can be found ->

The public hearing dates are:

1. January 4, 2022 at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 355 East Central Street  Agenda =

2. January 18, 2022 at 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building at 355 East Central Street   Agenda =

The Online application can be found at this link

Additional information regarding the CPC & CPA can be found at the following links:

  1.  Community Preservation Coalition ->

  2.  MA State Legislator - Community Preservation ->

  3.  Secretary of State Page - Accepting the CPA ->

Please bookmark the Franklin CPC website: 

Notes and recording of first meeting -> 

CPC Pubic Hearing #2 Twitter thread ->


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Recap: Community Preservation Committee hears more about pickleball, as well as monuments on Town Common (audio)
Recap: Community Preservation Committee hears more about pickleball,
as well as monuments on Town Common (audio)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

In the News: town common concrete repairs, 1776 Financial shredding event, FDP Progressive Dinner

"Workers hope to have improvements on the town common veterans memorial complete before Memorial Day. 
The project aims to replace and re-grade the areas around the monument stones themselves. 
Dale Kurtz, the town veterans agent, said the intent is to beautify the area."The memorial is a great place," he said. "Lots of people stop by, and it's well-kept by the garden club."

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concrete sections removed from around some of the memorials to be repaired and improved
concrete sections removed from around some of the memorials to be repaired and improved

"1776 Financial, 443 E. Central St., Franklin, will hold a shredding event from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 14 in its parking lot. 
Participants can shred tax returns, bank statements, receipts and other paper documents. Those attending are asked to bring one nonperishable food item for Franklin Food Pantry."

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"The Franklin Downtown Partnership will hold a progressive dinner at staggered times beginning at 5 p.m. May 15. 
Organizers will offer options at several downtown restaurants. Attendees can also take chances to win raffle items donated by FDP-member businesses. 
“Our progressive dinner is one way we are reminding our community to visit Franklin’s downtown eateries during the road construction process. What better way than to have people walking through downtown, enjoying local restaurants and entertainment with friends?” said event organizer Jane Curran, owner of Jane’s Frames and FDP board member."

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Monday, November 25, 2013

How breezy was it Sunday?

Breezy enough so that all the flags around the memorials on the Town common were pegged out straight!

flags around the monuments on the Town Common

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

On this day - Gettysburg - July 3, 1863

150 years ago, the Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1 - 3. Pickett's Charge is arguably the critical point of the 3 day fight that allowed the North to turn back the South.

Gettysburg: Confederate view
Southern view of Cemetery Ridge before Pickett's Charge
My wife and I visited Gettysburg in 2008 and captured these photos on the visit.

For more about the battle

Gettysburg: Cemetary 1
Gettysburg Cemetery
The remains of 159 MA soldiers are marked in the cemetery where Abraham Lincoln gave the historic Gettysburg Address.

You can find the text of the Gettysburg Address on the Civil War memorial along the main street side of the Town Common.

Franklin: Civil War Memorial
Franklin - Civil War  Memorial

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. 
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. 
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Civil War Memorial - Franklin, MA - Town Common
Have a safe an enjoyable 4th of July!

FYI - Gettysburg is just one of the many sites to be explored on the National Park Service website as mentioned on the Dean College Library blog
to mark the 150th anniversary of this battleground, the National Park Service (NPS) is giving Gettysburg National Military Park the royal treatment this summer.  From programming for all ages, to remembrance ceremonies of all sorts, there will be an event to meet every need.  Just check out theNational Park Service website for details.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veterans Day - 2012

As we celebrate Veterans Day, if you haven't been to the Town Common recently to walk among the monuments these photos can help make that walk a virtual one.

My father was a veteran of World War II having served with the US Marine 4th Division on Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. He was fond of saying that the real heroes did not come home.

On this Veterans Day, let's remember those who are among us and those who have mustered on!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

The sign is gone

It didn't take long to remove the sign for which that complaint was lodged at the Town Council meeting on Wednesday. Walking about for Franklin Photo Saturday, I checked on the Town Common and the sign previously found there was no longer around.

It was a glorious day for being out and about. I hope you all enjoyed your day.

Franklin, MA

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Franklin, MA: the sign in question

During the Citizens Comment portion of the Town Council meeting Weds evening, Ken Norman objected to the sign on the Town Common near the revamped war memorials.

Going back to May 2009, these signs were present (one in front, one further behind)

A more recent photo (March 2010) shows the enhanced sign.

This seems to be a more permanent sign than the one depicted in 2009. The coloring is aligned with the monument color scheme.

What do you think? Should the sign be there?

Franklin, MA

Monday, May 31, 2010

Franklin, MA: Town Common Monuments

There are a number of monuments around the Town Common in Franklin honoring the sacrifice of those who served in each war. On Memorial Day, we give thanks for their service.

Franklin, MA

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

Town Common Memorials

Town Common Memorials, originally uploaded by shersteve.

The blue cover of the new memorial will come off during the ceremony immediately following the parade later this morning.

The parade is scheduled to begin at 10:45 AM.

The unveiling should begin approximately 11:15 AM.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Monument: World War I

The WW I "doughboy" has been cleaned up. The bronze looks brand new.

Monuments: World War I

Actually since this photo was taken, the small trees directly behind the monument have already been removed as the preparation for the new monument to be unveiled on Memorial Day continue.

If you haven't visited the monuments on the Town Common, please consider doing so.