Showing posts with label walking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label walking. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Town of Franklin, MA: A resource of available trails and paths for our community

Town of Franklin, MA (@TOFranklinMA) tweeted on Mon, Mar 22, 2021:
"Hello Franklin! It's gorgeous out there today!  Perhaps you can find a bit of time to go for a walk!  Our Trails & Walking Paths Storymap is a great resource to find places to go in Town.
Enjoy the day!" https://t.co/vofhNYMjEO
Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/TOFranklinMA/status/1374019648707002369

A resource of available trails and paths for our community
A resource of available trails and paths for our community


Monday, February 15, 2021

What's with Complete Streets?

The memo to the Franklin, MA Town Council and the "Complete Streets" presentation document scheduled for discussion at the Feb 17, 2021 meeting.

Link to the doc on the Town of Franklin page

Full agenda for the Town Council meeting Feb 17, 2021

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Enter the Town of Franklin Trails & Walking Paths Drawing

"It's going to be a beautiful weekend! Find some time to get outside (safely, of course!) & check some Franklin Trails & Walking Paths off your list! 
We are holding a drawing to win a free rain barrel! Find the details & a link to our new trails website here bit.ly/tof9draw"
Shared from Twitter: https://twitter.com/TOFranklinMA/status/1248956706400370688?s=09


This section of the SNETT trail you can get to from the Lake St parking area
This section of the SNETT trail you can get to from the Lake St parking area

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Franklin Residents: Trails and Walking Paths to use (at a social distance!) with others

Trails and Walking Paths

We have created a Trails and Walking Paths site to serve as a resource to our community. During these uncertain and unprecedented times, it is still important to get outside, breathe fresh air and de-stress, all while practicing social distancing. 

We hope you find it helpful and use the trails and paths respectfully and responsibly. Be well! https://bit.ly/3bDgozC

along one of the trails in the Franklin Town Forest (off Summer St)
along one of the trails in the Franklin Town Forest (off Summer St)

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, September 7, 2019

Community Walking Coming Your Way - Sep 9



COMMUNITY WALKING
NEW Registration Procedure

Starting September 9, 2019

Monday thru Thursday
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

This year we have a NEW safety protocol. 
To walk at FHS, fill out an annual registration form

For your convenience, click here to fill out the form

 
Otherwise, you can fill one out the first night you walk.  

Lifelong Community Learning, 218 Oak St., Franklin, MA 02038

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Monday - Thursday
Date:
9/9/2019 to 5/21/2020
Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

There will be NO walking on the following days:
 
September 26, 30
October 9, 14
November 7,11, 27, 28
December 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31
January 1, 20
February 17, 18, 19, 20
March
April 20,21, 22, 23
May

Monday, July 29, 2019

MA Walking Tour Concert (video)

We shared the Massachusetts Walking Tour schedule here in June. This video shares some highlights of the walk as well as the concert that took place in Norfolk.

"The Massachusetts Walking Tour -- this year highlighting the local area’s Ten Mile River Watershed -- runs June 17 through 29. All on foot, the traveling musicians give a free concert in each community they stop at and host daily community hikes to bring awareness to local natural resources. In each town, they invite local performers to share the stage with them, promoting local arts and culture in the process.

Like traveling minstrels of old, songwriters Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are getting ready to pack up their instruments and other gear and take their show on the road.

The pair is marking the 10th year of their Massachusetts Walking Tour - this year highlighting the region’s Ten Mile River Watershed."
From June 2019
https://www.franklinmatters.org/2019/06/in-news-massachusetts-walking-tour.html




Visit the Mass Walking Tour page for details on the route and concert schedule
http://masswalkingtour.org/2019-tour/

Massachusetts Walking Tour - 2019
Massachusetts Walking Tour - 2019


Saturday, June 15, 2019

In the News: Massachusetts Walking Tour; marijuana cultivation facility changes ownership

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

Massachusetts Walking Tour - Ten Mile River Watershed
"The Massachusetts Walking Tour -- this year highlighting the local area’s Ten Mile River Watershed -- runs June 17 through 29. All on foot, the traveling musicians give a free concert in each community they stop at and host daily community hikes to bring awareness to local natural resources. In each town, they invite local performers to share the stage with them, promoting local arts and culture in the process. 
Like traveling minstrels of old, songwriters Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are getting ready to pack up their instruments and other gear and take their show on the road. 
The pair is marking the 10th year of their Massachusetts Walking Tour - this year highlighting the region’s Ten Mile River Watershed."
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190613/traveling-musical-concert-highlights-local-arts-trails

Visit the Mass Walking Tour page for details on the route and concert schedule
http://masswalkingtour.org/2019-tour/

Massachusetts Walking Tour - 2019
Massachusetts Walking Tour - 2019


marijuana cultivation facility changes ownership
"The Cannabis Control Commission on Thursday approved the sale of New England Treatment Access, which operates a marijuana cultivation facility in Franklin, but not before commissioners raised concerns about the buyer’s track record in Florida. 
The vote was unanimous in favor of the sale to Georgia-based Surterra Wellness, led by the former head of the Wrigley chewing gum empire William “Beau” Wrigley Jr., but commissioners added conditions to require Surterra to submit plans to comply with Massachusetts regulations around edible products, advertising and marketing. 
Those conditions, requested by Commissioner Kay Doyle, stemmed from reports that a Surterra facility that processes marijuana products was shut down for having not completed a food safety inspection and that the company violated Florida restrictions around advertising and marketing of medical marijuana products."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
https://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20190614/operator-of-franklin-marijuana-facility-to-be-sold

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Community Walking – free & open to the public, through to May, 24, 2018

Franklin residents are invited to walk on the high school track or in the hallways. Walking is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM when Lifelong Community Learning is in session. There is no walking during school vacations. 

Walkers may use the elevated track when there are no games taking place in the gym. When there are games in the gym, walkers may use the high school hallways on the first floor. There will be signs in the Lifelong Community Learning Office to inform walkers whether the track or hallways are available.

Walkers should enter the Panther Door and go to the Lifelong Community Learning Office to sign-in and receive a guest lanyard. When they are finished walking, they go back to the Lifelong Community Learning Office, sign-out, and return their guest lanyard. The sign-in/sign-out process and the wearing of guest lanyards are part of the school safety protocol. 

For more information about Community Walking, please email us at lcl@franklinps.net or phone Lifelong Community Learning at 508-613-1480.


Community Walking – free & open to the public, through to May, 24, 2018
Community Walking – free & open to the public, through to May, 24, 2018


This was shared from the Lifelong Learning page
http://www.franklinlifelonglearning.com/adult_education/community_walking.php

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Community Concert with the Massachusetts Walking Tour - June 23

Join songwriting duo Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards and their band for a community concert at the Franklin Public Library, part of an 11 part concert series! 

The concert performers are hiking to each concert venue throughout the 11 day series, using the Blackstone Valley’s many recreational trails to get to each concert! 

What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than with music, nature, and libraries! 

For more information, please visit masswalkingtour.org .


 Earlier this week, the Walking Tour was on a section of the SNETT Trail in Douglas, MA
Earlier this week, the Walking Tour was on a section of the SNETT Trail in Douglas, MA
Follow the Facebook page for updates as the tour makes it way to Franklin next Friday, June 23  https://www.facebook.com/MAWalkingTour/

Related post with the full schedule of the walking tour
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2017/05/eighth-annual-massachusetts-walking.html

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Eighth Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour arrives in Franklin - June 23

The Eighth Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour, founded by songwriting duo Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, will be coming this year to the Blackstone Valley – performing 11 free community concerts while traversing the state on foot. Since 2010, Mandeville and Richards have organized now over 100 coffeehouse style concerts which showcase local musicians and artists across the state – creating a quality evening program for all ages and an opportunity for talent young and old to be enjoyed by a listening audience. Venues chosen for these community concerts include public libraries, town parks, and historical properties – and this year all events have been funded through grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council program.

Carrying approximately 40-50 lbs of gear and instruments, the Massachusetts Walking Troupe, including veteran members Mark Kilianski (guitar, banjo) and Amy Alvey (fiddle), will be hiking from concert to concert using the Blackstone Valley’s many recreational trails – Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT), Charles River Bikeway, and trails within DCR’s Riverbend Farm to name a few.
Eighth Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour arrives in Franklin - June 23
Eighth Annual Massachusetts Walking
Tour arrives in Franklin - June 23

In addition to evening concerts, the troupe will also be organizing a series of short group hikes wherein the community will be invited to meet up with the Massachusetts Walking Tour as they travel between towns. These public hikes will highlight some of the Blackstone Valley’s recreational hiking trails, routes which appear in local author Marjorie Turner Hollman’s book Easy Walks In Massachusetts. All routes will be displayed and downloadable at www.masswalkingtour.org.

The Eighth Annual Massachusetts Walking Tour will take place between June 15 and June 24, starting in Webster and ending in Blackstone. All concerts will be from 6-8pm and here is a complete listing of events:


June 15 – Memorial Beach – Webster MA
June 16 – EN Jenckes General Store – Douglas MA
June 17 – River Bend Farm – Uxbridge MA
June 18 – Kiwanis Beach – Upton MA
June 19 – Hopedale Unitarian Parish – Hopedale MA
June 20 – Milford Senior Center – Milford MA
June 21 – Medway Public Library – Medway MA
June 22 – Bellingham Public Library – Bellingham MA
June 23 – Franklin Public Library – Franklin MA
June 24 – Blackstone Boys and Girls Club – Blackstone MA

For more information on these events or for videos of previous year’s Massachusetts Walking Tours, please visit www.masswalkingtour.org. If you are an artist or musician from the towns above, and you would like to be involved in an event, send an email to masswalkingtour@gmail.com or find the Massachusetts Walking Tour on Facebook.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

New "Healthy Heart Trail" at Franklin State Forest

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

"The Department of Conservation and Recreation has announced a new Healthy Heart Trail at Franklin State Forest. 
This trail is one of more than 70 Healthy Heart Trails that DCR has designated across the commonwealth to promote good health and a connection with nature. Park supervisor Tom Ashton and his staff have marked the 1.2-mile trail that covers several rolling hills. Ashton encourages visitors to access the trail at the entrance adjacent to the Hockomock YMCA, as well as the gate along Grove Street. 
Covering 843 acres in the Forge Hill area, Franklin State Forest is a minimally developed property managed for passive recreation. For maps or information: mass.gov/dcr."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)
http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/20160730/department-of-conservation-announces-new-franklin-state-forest-trail

on a trail in the Franklin Town Forest off Summer St
on a trail in the Franklin Town Forest off Summer St


  • You can go directly to the Franklin State Forest page

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/f-gilbert-hills-state-forest.html#Franklin SF


  • Or check out the Southern New England Trunk Trail (SNETT) off Grove St

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-central/southern-new-england-trunkline-trail.html

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Oak Street Elementary School: Walking Wednesday - May 4

Tomorrow, May 4th is our first Walking Wednesday of the spring. It's also MA Walk/Bike to School Day. 
Keep your fingers crossed that the weather cooperates with us since we hope to have lots of students walk to school. 
It's a great way to start the day with family and friends!


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Oak St School
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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Franklin Public Schools: Announce Community Walking at Franklin High School





Franklin Public Schools ~ Lifelong Learning Institute


Community Walking at Franklin High School 

As we enter Autumn and the temperature begins to drop, we are pleased to announce that Community Walking at Franklin High School has returned.  Escape the cold and walk in the warmth of the high school track or hallways. 

Walking is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when school is in session, 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  Walkers may use the elevated track when there are no games taking place in the gym.  If the track is not available, walkers may use the high school hallways on the first floor. 

Walkers should enter the Panther door and go to the Adult Education office to sign in. They will receive a guest lanyard to wear.  When they are finished walking, they will return to the Adult Education office to sign out and return the guest lanyard. The sign-in/sign-out process and wearing guest lanyards are part of the school safety protocol.
For more information about Community Walking,
please email lifelong@franklin.k12.ma.us or call 508-613-1480.


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Use the Community Entrance (Panther Door) at FHS
Use the Community Entrance (Panther Door) at FHS

Monday, January 5, 2015

Community Walking at Franklin High School

With typical variation in the New England weather for this week, this is timely!

Franklin Public Schools is pleased to announce that Community Walking is returning to Franklin High School effective Monday, January 5, 2015. 
Franklin residents are invited to escape the cold temperatures and walk in the warmth of the high school track or hallways. Walking will be available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM 
  • Walkers may use the elevated track when there are no games taking place in the gym
  • When there are games in the gym, walkers may use the high school hallways on the first floor
There will be signs in the lobby to inform walkers whether the track or hallways are available. Additionally, a Community Walking calendar will be posted on the Lifelong Learning website. 
Walkers should enter the Panther Door and go to the Adult Ed. Office to sign-in and receive a guest lanyard. When they are finished walking, they go back to the Adult Ed. Office, sign-out, and return their guest lanyard. The sign-in/sign-out process and the wearing of guest lanyards are part of the school safety protocol. 
For more information on Community Walking please call 508-553-4814 or email lifelong@franklin.k12.ma.us.

Community Entrance at Franklin High School
Community Entrance at Franklin High School

This was shared from the Franklin Public Schools page here
http://franklindistrict.vt-s.net/Pages/FranklinDistrict_News/01F6E2B9-000F8513.0/Community%20walking%20press%20release.pdf

You can navigate to the Lifelong Learning webpage via the Franklin home page, chose "Schools", and then within "Departments" chose "Lifelong Learning"

or go directly here  http://cfweb.smartedu.net/lll/

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Updates to the new and old high school buildings

The walk this weekend helped me capture some photos around the new Franklin High School. The old school building continues to come down. The new school building has had some additional finishing touches added.

demolition of the old building continues 1
demolition of the old building continues 1
vehicles gathering to decide what's next
vehicles gathering to decide what's next
the main entrance remains intact for now
the main entrance remains intact for now

interesting design for the new bike racks
interesting design for the new bike racks

a bike lane was added to the roadways on the school grounds
a bike lane was added to the roadways on the school grounds

tables and seats positioned for the outdoor cafeteria
tables and seats positioned for the outdoor cafeteria 

new sign is going up near the old one on Oak St
new sign is going up near the old one on Oak St
Additional information and photos on the new FHS project can be found here
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2011/12/collection-high-school-building-project.html


Monday, September 8, 2014

Walking around Franklin

Out walking this weekend, I find the stone walls and site preparations are still underway at the entrance to Chestnut Ridge.

stone wall at entrance to Chestnut Ridge
stone wall at entrance to Chestnut Ridge
If you missed what is going in at this location, it is a "congregate assisted living facility".
http://www.franklinmatters.org/2014/06/whats-going-in-at-rockpile.html



The signs are in place for the new location of the Franklin Art Center

Franklin Art Center
Franklin Art Center
They moved effective Sep 1 from the Berry Building downtown to this location next to the Municipal Building (near the Alumni Restaurant, across from the Big Y).
http://franklinartcenter.com/


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Tiny leaf destroyers

On one of my morning walks, I was startled to see these threads hanging from a row of trees. The rising sun light was striking the threads such that they were visible. Multiple threads hanging from the trees. Swinging in the gentle breeze.

it was a challenge to try and get a photo
it was a challenge to try and get a photo

 I couldn't get a view of the multiple threads. They were moving too much.

A close up of the wormy creature
A close up of the wormy creature

Not sure exactly what kind of bug these are but they do damage to the trees.

having had a good meal on these leaves, I guess they were moving on
having had a good meal on these leaves, I guess they were moving on
As I changed from my walking clothes to get dressed for work, I also found that one of theses had hitched a ride on me.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Indian Rock (video)

On my walk I diverged to explore what I believe is Indian Rock. It is supposed to be located off Jordan Road and off Indian Lane. Further off Indian Lane, there is another side street that according to Google maps is called King Phillip Road. (There is no street sign on the corner however.) At the end of this cul-de-sac, there are well worn trails to the rock.

looking down from Indian Rock
looking down from Indian Rock


looking up to Indian Rock
looking up to Indian Rock








Warren Reynolds posted about his visit to Indian Rock here
http://www.02038.com/2008/12/indian-rock-franklin-ma/


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Walking - Trees - part 2

While I shared several photos of trees from the walk last Saturday earlier this week, there are a few more from Sunday to share here.

It was much sunny on Sunday so the tree against the blue sky makes for a good view

Tree on King St near Parmenter
Tree on King St near Parmenter

With just the bare branches, a sickness, some sort of mold is very evident on this tree.

tree suffering from some weird sickness
tree suffering from some weird sickness

A closer view of whatever is attacking the tree near the Dunkin Donuts on King St.

tree sickness - close up view
tree sickness - close up view