Saturday, December 2, 2017

In the News: fire fighter health issues; coyote population on rise; Cape Wind ceases operation

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

"For firefighters across the country, there is a growing realization that a major danger they face lies not just in the flames they battle, but in the fumes they breathe and the toxic soot they touch. 
“I can’t think of a fire department or firefighter who doesn’t know someone who’s gone through battling cancer or been touched by cancer or sadly had a death too close to home,” said Massachusetts State Fire Marshal Peter Ostroskey. “We’re really trying to sound the alarm on this and make sure people are conscious of this.” 
In Massachusetts, the issue of cancer rates for firefighters resurfaced earlier this fall, when Arlington Deputy Fire Chief Stephen Porciello and Watertown Fire Chief Mario Orangio died within a month of each other due to cancers likely related to their work."
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Franklin's Main St fire station at night
Franklin's West Central St fire station at night

"Once completely foreign to Massachusetts, coyotes have become increasingly common throughout the state, turning up in rural, suburban, and even, urban areas. 
“We’re now pretty well saturated with coyotes in this state,” said Dave Wattles, a biologist with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. “They started to colonize this state in the 1950s, and we’re now seeing the far end of that colonization. We now have coyotes in every mainland town in the state, and in relatively high densities. All available habitat is occupied by coyotes. 
While physical encounters with people are uncommon, the topic of coyote attacks in Massachusetts gained new attention in November after a rabid coyote attacked two people in North Attleboro. The Nov. 20 incident represents the eighth and ninth coyote attacks on humans since the 1950s."

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"Cape Wind is ceasing development of its wind farm and giving up its federal lease, according to the Cape Cod Times.
Once well positioned to become the nation’s first off-shore wind farm, the project has been buffeted by legal challenges and trapped in financial doldrums. 
“Cape Wind has confirmed to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that it has ceased development of its proposed offshore wind farm project in Nantucket Sound and has filed to terminate its offshore wind development lease that was issued in 2010,” Cape Wind vice president Dennis Duffy told the Times."

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Upcoming Events in Franklin, MA Area: FRI 12/1/17 - THU 12/7/17

FRIDAY 12/1/17
2pm   Tech Help with Horace Mann Students @ Senior Center
8pm   Black Box Jazz: Mark White Octet CD Release Party @ The Black Box

SATURDAY 12/2/17
9am-12pm   2017 Holiday Extravaganza @ Franklin YMCA
9am-2pm   Christmas Fair @ St. John’s Episcopal Church
10am-1pm   Showcase Spectacular Open House @ Tri-County RVTHS
10-1pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
10:30am   Fairy Tale Event! @ Franklin Public Library
1pm   Tinkergarten Free Trial Class @ Fairmount Fruit Farm
2pm   Bubbles and Bark @ Pour Richard’s Wine and Spirits
7:30pm   The Nutcracker @ Franklin High School

SUNDAY 12/3/17
7:30-10:30am   Sunday Breakfast @ Franklin Rod and Gun Club
12pm   Autism Eats and Dell Lunch with Santa @ Restaurant 45 in Medway
1-4pm   Franklin Historical Museum Open
2pm   The Nutcracker @ Franklin High School

MONDAY 12/4/17
10:30am   Move Along (ages 0-5) @ Franklin Public Library
11am   Book Discussion Group @ Franklin Senior Center
7pm   Learn to Cope Franklin Chapter Meeting @ FUSF

TUESDAY 12/5/17
10am-1pm   Busy Bees Holiday Craft Fair @ Senior Center
10:30am   Get Ready for Kindergarten (ages 3-5) @ Franklin Public Library
6-9pm   Franklin Garden Club Holiday Auction (open to public) @ Senior Center
6pm   ASMS Winter Concert @ ASMS

10:30am   Terrific Toddlers (ages 18months to 3 years old) @ Franklin Public Library
5:30-7:30pm   Annual Holiday Shop @ Parmenter Elementary School
6:30pm   Christian Zen Weekly Meditation @ McMahon Guest House (1061 Upper Union Street)
6:30pm   YA DystopiaBook Club @ Franklin Public Library
7pm   Franklin Art Association Meeting @ Franklin Senior Center
7pm   FHS Winter Concert @ FHS

THURSDAY 12/7/17
9:30am   Baby Tummy Time! (ages 0-18 months) @ Franklin Public Library
10am-1pm   Busy Bees Holiday Craft Fair @ Senior Center
10:30am   Story and Craft (ages 3 to 6) @ Franklin Public Library
4-7pm   Downtown Partnership Holiday Stroll @ Downtown Franklin
6pm   RMS Winter Concert @ Remington MS
7pm   Decoding European Wine Labels @ Franklin Liquors
7pm   Healing Hearts Community Support Group @ Franklin YMCA 

Guide to Holiday Lights and Events (includes Franklin, MA) click HERE.

For the Town of Franklin Public Calendar click HERE.

For all other events and Franklin happenings click HERE.

*To submit an event for the Community Calendar, please use this FORM

MYFM 101.3/WMRC-First Class Radio Receives Two Prestigious Awards From Massachusetts Broadcasters Association

MyFM 101.3 announced today that it, and its staff, are the recipients of two prestigious awards from the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association. The radio station, which serves the market between Boston, Worcester, and Providence, received the Station of the Year merit award. Also, station on-air personality and MyFM's "Mr. Everything," Ray Auger, was honored with the "Above and Beyond" award.

The Station of the Year award is presented annually by the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association to the most outstanding radio station in the Commonwealth, and is open to all of the more than 180 radio stations in the Commonwealth. The merit "Station of the Year" is awarded to a Massachusetts radio station that exemplifies overall excellence in all phases of operation.

This year's judges, members of the Alaska Broadcasters Association, cited MyFM 101.3's extraordinary growth of audience and client base. But most importantly, stating that MyFM was the epitome of localism in broadcasting, and providing exceptional service to their listeners, community officials and local organizations.

Jordan Walton, President of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association said, "MyFM is a shining example of what a radio station, hyper-focused on their local community, can accomplish."

This is the 6th time that MyFM 101.3/WMRC-First Class Radio has won Station of the Year.

"We are humbled and honored to be recognized again by the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association," says MyFM President Tom McAuliffe. "I've been part of this community for more than 27 years and look forward to serving it for many more."

The second accolade bestowed upon MyFM, the Above and Beyond award, was granted to My FM's "Mr. Everything" Ray Auger. The Association noted Auger's combined involvement in the local music scene and his status at MyFM/WMRC to help deliver new forms of artistic culture and fundraising support to the area. By becoming involved with local organizations, he uses his relationships and broadcasting skills to serve his community in an effective and entertaining fashion. In addition to his regular duties as a radio host, producer and promotions director, and so much more, Auger serves on the board of directors for Milford TV and Milford Performing Arts Center. He also hosted numerous community fundraising events, and weekly and monthly open mics and socials.

Walton added, "Ray Auger is the driving force behind much of the local content that MyFM provides listeners in the Greater Milford area. His tireless efforts to make a difference are why his station is thriving and why he deserved to be named our "Above and Beyond" award winner in 2017."

MyFM 101.3 is the sister station of WMRC-First Class Radio, which is one of the oldest locally owned and operated broadcast stations in Massachusetts. The company was purchased in 1990 by Tom McAuliffe, Sr. who was committed to the philosophy that a strong local radio station makes a strong connection to the community. His son, Tom McAuliffe II, took over as President in 2008 making the radio station the area's first choice for local news, weather, sports, traffic and community events.

MYFM 101.3/WMRC-First Class Radio Receives Two Prestigious Awards
MYFM 101.3/WMRC-First Class Radio Receives Two Prestigious Awards

2017 FHS Hockomock League Cross Country All Stars

HockomockSports has published the 2017 Hockomock League Boys and Girls Cross Country All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league. The FHS student athletes selected are shown here. Links to the complete listing are also provided.

Considering that the varsity team is 7 members for Franklin to get 4 girls and 6 boys listed is quite an accomplishment!


HOCKOMOCK LEAGUE MVP = Abby Hassman, Foxboro


  • Katrina Albert, Franklin
  • Nicole Clermont, Franklin
  • Kate Hartnett, Franklin
  • Sydney Hawkins, Franklin


HOCKOMOCK LEAGUE MVP = Kalin Petrov, Mansfield


  • Tyler Brogan, Franklin
  • Hayden Goldsmith, Franklin
  • Camden Harrington, Franklin
  • Dylan Kehoe, Franklin
  • Paul Linehan, Franklin
  • Mitchell Regan, Franklin

The complete Girls All Star listing

The complete Boys All Star listing

FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

“We keep our eye on these matters all the time”

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"A recent investigation into potential mold at the Horace Mann Middle School came up negative for any mold spore. 
AcuHealth Inc. conducted the inspection and testing on Nov. 9. They conducted visual, air, and wall cavity tests all of which indicated there was no mold in the building. 
The report, released earlier this week, also says there’s no water damage, visible mold growth, or discernable odor. Air quality numbers were normal, and no action was recommended from AcuHealth. 
The concerns arose from members of the Horace Mann Middle School community that became suspicious of mold development. The suspicions partially stem from a period of time where the structure was openly exposed to the elements."

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Horace Mann-Oak St Complex entrance
Horace Mann-Oak St Complex entrance

FPAC: Thank you for your support on #GivingTuesday!

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Thank you for your support of FPAC on Giving Tuesday!  

We are happy to announce that we exceeded our goal and raised $3099.00  for equipment to help us light the stage at THE BLACK BOX!!  

We are excited that with your support, we are able to purchase a follow spot and several lighting instruments to enhance our theatrical lighting system.  

To our FPAC village - we are exceedingly grateful and look forward to seeing you at one of the holiday productions still to come in 2017.  

We wish you happy holidays filled with wonderful music and great live entertainment! 

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Franklin Performing Arts Company
PO Box 48
15 West Central Street
Franklin, Massachusetts 02038

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Bubbles & Bark - Dec 2 - 2 to 5 PM - A Fundraiser for Forever Home Rescue

A Fundraiser for Forever Home Rescue

Never Drink Ordinary!
Bubbles & Bark - Dec 2 -  2 to 5 PM - A Fundraiser for Forever Home Rescue

Bubbles and Bark! 
Saturday, December 2 2-5 PM 
Tickets $10 at Door

It's true. Pour Richard's is going to the dogs- the dogs of Forever Home Rescue, that is.... It's time for our absolutely Favorite Fun Event-of-the Year, the ever-fabulous Bubbles & Bark, which brings together all of our favorite things in one rollicking, three ring circus fun fest. Do you like wine? Spirits? Delicious hot dogs? Real live furry dogs? All of the above? Then you should be here Saturday....

All our favorite people will be here. Scotch Master Charlie Tower, aka Old Man Whisk(e)y, aka the guy in the kilt will be pouring Lost Distillery Scotch. The one and only Sheri Carl is bringing Black Bubbles Sparkling Shiraz. On the sweeter side, Rich Ricci has Moscato and Brachetto. Coole Swan needs no introduction. Maura Connolly from Mad River Distillers will bring delicious Vermont spirits, including the second edition of Hopscotch. Morgan Mason has some delicious bubbly AND the killer Goldschmidt Yoeman Cabernet. John Grange, the classiest guy in Champagne, will pour Laurent Perrier (swoon!). Patrick Flaherty has a lip-smackingly gorgeous Moss Roxx Zin. And it wouldn't be Bubbles & Bark without the antics of Kenny Mastrangelo, plus Baby Blue and his adorable pooch Mason. And there's still more...

Tunes from Kai Olsson. Tara Esposito's Touchstone Crystal. The lovely Lisa and Teresa and best hot dogs EVER of Snappy Dogs. Raffles (really, really great raffles!).

And dogs. There will be plenty of dogs. (Bring yours, if he or she is well-behaved, leash trained, and comfortable with crowds.) Dogs to pet, but also dogs that need your help. Forever Home Rescue has rescued and re-homed literally thousands of dogs. We throw this event every year to help them help dogs. Your $10 donation is a 100% pass-through to FHR. We will also donate a percentage of our sales.

So come on- help us go to the dogs!

Thank you for trusting us with your beverage business. Please share this email with friends who are interested in delicious wine, beer, and spirits. (Keeping all the good stuff for yourself is bad karma.) 

Ann Williams 

Pour Richard's Wine and Spirits 
 14 Grove Street  Franklin, MA 02038

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