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The public is invited to a workshop on the future of Franklin tomorrow night at 6. (Yes, that really is today - Wednesday, Feb 29)
Pleasant (or rather hazy) & warm 34 above zero Went to meeting all day. Mr. Hooker preached. The secretary of the Mass Home Missionary Society went to meeting in the eve at Dea Whitings with Jos & Sarah. Mr. Hooker preached.
Very Pleasant & warm 16 above zero Finished packing the ice. Sawed some (birch) wood. Went to schoolhouse & trimmed the lamps and to Mr. Pherson & staid in store some. Jos was gone to Mr. Frosts most the afternoon. Father went to Dedham with Wm Miller. Went to Lyceum in eve.
The only other champion from the local area was Franklin’s Kendal Knous, who outkicked Natick’s Laurie Femmel in the final 100 meters to win the 600 in 1:34.04. Knous’ time is the fastest in the state this winter, and fourth-fastest in the country.
“It feels incredible, I can’t even describe it,” said Knous, who won the event for the third straight year. “Especially because I did so well my sophomore and junior years that I felt like I had something to prove. I wanted to prove that it wasn’t just a mistake. I’ve always relied on my kick and just the adrenaline of the last lap drove me to win.”
“My goal was to go out fast and try to get Kendal to run my race,” said Femmel, who finished in 1:34.70. “So I’m not disappointed that I came in second. I’m actually thrilled. I give Kendal a lot of credit for passing me at the end.”
Pleasant & warm, 12 above zero Helped Jos pack ice in morn, then we went to Mr. Burrs Auction. Got home about 4 ½. Bought a pair of clamps & some old iron Bought a watch of Olnez Cook for 3.50
Written on side: Hurt my knee.
Very Pleasant & warm, 20 above zero Helped Jos pack ice most all day Wm Miller, Wm Adams, J. Brockway & J. Pond helped in fournoon. L.G. Baker came here this eve, with 2 horses, to stay tonight Recd a letter from Emeline. Sold my hay to Mr. W. Cook or he bargained for it.
There is a very real need for an improved Franklin High School and there will never be a better time.
With little more than seven weeks left until the April 17th tax filing deadline, the story of this year's filing season is refunds -- they are running $42.6 million ahead of a year ago at this time, and are now in excess of $411 million.
Of the 1.058 million tax returns filed to date (up 145,591 or 16 percent from a year ago), 80 percent have received a refund averaging $486.
The number of refunds is up 11 percent, from 763,207 a year ago to 846,250 as of yesterday.
It seems clear that many taxpayers took the advice of the IRS last year and waited to file until the middle of February, when the IRS published tax tables required for taxpayers who itemize. The delay in publishing the tables was due to last-minute tax law changes Congress enacted at the end of 2010, including the extension of the Bush tax cuts.
There was no such delay this year, and as a result, taxpayers who know they will get refunds have filed early, and in large number.
So far, 90 percent of returns have been filed electronically, a percentage unchanged from a year ago.
Those filing electronically are receiving refunds sent to their bank accounts in less than four business days.
Those relatively few taxpayers filing paper returns are getting their refunds in about five business days.
Very pleasant & cold in morn, 10 below zero Grew quite warm before noon. Went after F.M. Newell in morn. Father carried Mother to Uncle Richardsons & went after her at night. I helped Jos pack ice. Wm Miller, Wm Adams, Brockway & J. Pond helped. I (we) paid our taxes, first I ever paid. Cars late, got here about 10 3/4.