Thursday, August 26, 2021

Franklin Matters Q&A - August 26 at 1:30 PM (hybrid session - Senior Ctr and Zoom link)

Get your Franklin MA questions answered on Thursday, August 26 at 1:30 PM. 

This is a hybrid event coordinated with the Senior Center = "Franklin Matters Q&A with Steve Sherlock"

  • Held at the Franklin Senior Center for those who want to meet in person
  • A Zoom session is also available for remote participation
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Time: Aug 26, 2021 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Q&A on Franklin Matters - August 26 at 1:30 PM
Q&A on Franklin Matters - August 26 at 1:30 PM

Franklin Cultural Festival updates for the Sep 12 event

More highlights of what will be available at the Cultural Festival September 12, 2021

Franklin Cultural Festival updates for the Sep 12 event
Franklin Cultural Festival updates for the Sep 12 event

Follow the Cultural Council Facebook page for additional updates ->

Andy Slavitt's Twitter thread - 08/25/21

Via Andy Slavitt, a worthy Twitter thread to share:

  • COVID Update: There are few more important or sensitive topics than kids & their health. They are being made pawns in a dangerous game. We need to be put a stop to it. 1/
  • There is a fairly loud camp that believes the focus on kids is overblown & mask mandates are harmful. Much of their logic if there is any has to turn on the fact that very very few kids have died from COVID. Thankfully most indeed recover. That argument misses a lot. 2/
  • Let’s start with data. There were over 130,000 reported cases of COVID-19 in kids this week. Up 4x from a month ago. But we’re just getting started & before school is back in much of the country. 3/
  • A number of these cases turn serious. Between 1/2%-2% of kids end up hospitalized & they are out of room for kids in much of the Southeast. And some kids get MIS-C or any of a number of other ailments that hit adults— from kidney disease to brain issues to cardiac issues. 4/
  • So there are say 1-2 thousand kids being hospitalized every week. And frankly we’re just getting started. About 1% of those stricken with the polio virus got paralysis. We used to think that was important. 5/
  • What’s that look like? I called a pediatrician virologist in Alabama Children’s today. He walked me through it. Many of us have been to an ER with our kids & when they can’t be seen for hours & it’s chaos. This feels worse. 6/
  • Pediatricians describe kids with SARS-CoV-2 who can’t get their breath & are scared. Doug Ducey is bribing schools now not to require masks. He should step foot for a hot second inside a Children’s Hospital & face the families there & listen for an hour. 7/ 
  • If you’ve taken your child into the hospital with swine flu or RSV, you know it’s no picnic. (Our sons have had both) If they have to stay the night, it’s generally because of their labored breathing & high fever. Being sent home because there’s no room is terrifying. 8/
  • Unlike earlier respiratory viruses, pediatricians tell me that with SARS-CoV-2 & you add an array of potential mysteries, an immune system that is confused and a limited array of medicines. Generally no monoclonals. Steroids & some traditional drugs. 9/
  • Parents ask questions that don’t have answers. We count on the child’s immune system to be in working order. No pediatrician I’ve talked to has seen a vaccinated kid in the hospital. Many of course are under 12 & have no choice. 10/
  • Yet, to Ducey-DeSantis-Abbott, hospitalized kids are like school shootings— the price of freedom. And the numbers suggest most schools that don’t take precautions will have families in this situation 11/
  • Because the costs are so patently low & the solutions so patently clear, its even harder to squint your eyes & imagine someone arguing a child sick enough to be hospitalized doesn’t require action. But here we are. 12/
  • The basics of protecting kids @school are known to everyone. 1- vaccinate adults. Lower prevalence will keep kids the safest 2- vaccinate kids 12 & up. Very very few vaccinated kids are hospitalized. 3- require kids & teachers to wear masks. 4- Mitigate schools w 8+ measures 13/
  • For schools who have adopted those measures (ventilation, eating, masks, etc), studies show there is almost no spread in schools. (Delta might challenge that near zero result— we don’t know). 14/
  • Arguments that kids shouldn’t miss in person learning are right on. But when they’re made by an adult who hasn’t been vaccinated & doesn’t support these measures, be clear they think it’s important enough to say but just not important enough to do something about. 15/
  • The idea that masks are harmful to kids (usually according to some obscure study of 14 kids in a journal no one has heard of or peer reviewed) doesn’t stand up to the science of respiratory viruses. It’s an argument made by people who feel they shouldn’t have to bother. 16/
  • We are constantly reminded of the non-illness scars on kids from the pandemic. Missing school, mental health, missing friends, losing parents. This is sadly all true but it doesn’t make the argument anti-mask/vax people think it does. 17/
  • Getting kids back to school safely would be maybe the one thing we might imagine everyone agrees on. But the fact that we have the tools & don’t use them says it all. 18/
  • Adults should add to the list that kids can see their considerations are the bottom of anyone’s concerns— if they appear at all. When adults won’t get themselves vaccinated even to keep kids safe, it sends a clear message to kids how little they matter. 19/
  • And they will have many years to remember & thank us as we age. /end

"What should you do if you lose your COVID-19 vaccination card?"

"So you’re fully vaccinated and you have your COVID-19 vaccination card as proof, something a growing number of venues, not to mention employers, are mandating. But what if you misplace the card and can’t find it? Or you accidentally leave it in your pocket and it goes through the wash?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests taking a photo of your vaccination card and keeping a copy on your phone.

If you didn’t do that, don’t panic. There are ways you can get a replacement.

If you lose your COVID-19 vaccination card, the CDC recommends that you contact your vaccination provider directly."
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A Department of Health and Human Services employee holds a COVID-19 vaccine record card Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington D.C.EJ HERSOM/DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
A Department of Health and Human Services employee holds a COVID-19 vaccine record card Nov. 13, 2020, in Washington D.C.EJ HERSOM/DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Early-bird registration for the 2021 MNN Annual Conference now OPEN

You are receiving this email because you registered for a webinar or Regional Meeting with the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network. I am excited to share that registration for our 2021 Annual Conference is now available. We hope you can join us from Tuesday, October 5 to Friday, October 8!

Early-bird registration rates are now open. The rates include substantial discounts for attendees from MNN member nonprofits, non-member nonprofits, and for-profit affiliate members. MNN nonprofit members save 40% off of the regular registration price.

Early-bird registration ends Friday, September 12. Sign up today to save on the price of admission!

This year's conference will feature:
  • Moderated virtual networking sessions to engage with your nonprofit peers;
  • The awarding of two Lifetime Achievement Awards to accomplished nonprofit sector professionals;
  • Over 20 workshops designed to help nonprofit professionals be more effective and efficient, including workshops entitled, "Addressing the Challenges of a Truly Inclusive, Multicultural Board" and "How to Leverage Skills-Based Volunteering for COVID-19 Recovery and Capacity Building;"
  • Exhibitors with products and services to enhance your organization's work.

Click below to register. Don't hesitate to reach out to our team with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Madeleine Morgan
Director of Programs and Services
This year's conference will include:
This year, watch and engage with workshops live or on your own time. Experience conference like never before with access to over 25 hours of educational content and networking.

The conference workshops will cover a variety of topics for every stage of a nonprofit career, from fundraising to strategies to address equity, diversity, and inclusion in a nonprofit organization.

Virtual Event Platform
Attendees will have access to a virtual conference portal through Whova that allows them to easily navigate workshops, schedule meetings with other attendees, participate in networking hours, view the attendee list, and explore the services of our sponsors and exhibitors.

Join us for a conference orientation on Wednesday, September 22nd at 10 AM.
Networking Opportunities
Hundreds of conference attendees will take advantage of the collective experience and expertise of hundreds of professionals while building lasting connections. Enjoy moderated virtual networking sessions with your peers.

In addition, you'll have access to an attendee list at any time through Whova to arrange meetings with potential connections.

Inspirational Speakers
The conference will feature inspirational speakers with exceptional stories of impact from their careers, including the presentation of two Lifetime Achievement Awards to champions of the nonprofit sector.

Stay tuned for the announcements of this year's speakers!
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Mass Audubon: "Safe to Start Feeding Birds Again!"

"Wonderful news! 
Based on the absence of confirmed cases of the mysterious avian disease in Massachusetts and declining numbers of cases in states to our south, we are following the lead of our neighbors and recommending it is once again safe to resume bird feeding in Massachusetts."

© Paul F. Silvestri
© Paul F. Silvestri

Franklin PMC Kids Ride shifts gears to virtual ride

"After initial plans to wheel back to an in-person event, the 15th annual PMC Franklin Kids Ride has backpedaled to being a fully virtual undertaking due to concerns about the latest COVID-19 surge.

"Sadly, due to delta (variant) and the increase in cases, PMC corporate decided to make all rides virtual and ride re-imagined," said one of the Franklin ride's organizers, Nancy Brogan, via email on Monday. "We want to keep them safe and healthy."

This event will still go off on the same day, just in a different direction."
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To sign up, or contribute to this fund raising effort visit ->

Franklin PMC Kids Ride shifts gears to virtual ride
Franklin PMC Kids Ride shifts gears to virtual ride

Senate President Karen Spilka sets mask requirements for MA Senate

Senate President Karen Spilka (@KarenSpilka) tweeted Wed, Aug 25, 2021:
Yesterday, the @MA_Senate Reopening Working Group, tasked with preparing us and the public for a safe and full return to the State House, recommended all Senators and employees provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination by Oct. 15. I agree. #mapoli 1/3

2/3 As Senate President, the safety, health and wellbeing of Senators and Senate employees is my top priority, particularly as COVID-19 continues to spread. #mapoli 

3/3 Vaccines have proven to be the best tool we have to reduce transmission and are our best hope to emerge from this pandemic and get back to better. I want to thank the members of the Working Group, along with their staffs, for their continued efforts. #mapoli 

Shared from Twitter ->

CommonWealth Magazine article on this topic

Senate President Karen Spilka sets mask requirements for MA Senate
Senate President Karen Spilka speaks after Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signs new climate policy legislation, at the State House.. (Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

"Are masks effective for kids? Here’s what to know before school starts" & DESE mask order detailed

"What do we know about masks and their effectiveness in schools?
The American Academy of Pediatrics — as well as many doctors and scientists — support universal masking policies as the best chance to keep schools safely open. A properly fitted mask that covers the nose and mouth reduces the amount of viral droplets in the air exchanged by people breathing or talking near each other, said Dr. Ibukun Kalu, a pediatric infectious diseases expert at Duke University Medical Center.

Several studies have shown the effectiveness of masks. One of the largest, conducted by the ABC Collaborative with Duke University, analyzed data from North Carolina public schools where masks were required. Researchers found that from March to June, 7,000 children and adults attended school while infectious with COVID, leading to 40,000 “close contacts” being quarantined. Of those, only 363 contracted the virus.

That low rate of in-school transmission was due in large part to masks, Kalu said, as most schools didn’t upgrade ventilation or socially distance students."
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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Ready. Set. Bid. - St. John’s Church To Host Virtual Silent Auction

St. John’s Episcopal Church in Franklin is getting creative initiating their first Virtual Silent Auction for the public from August 27 through September 10. People will have a chance to bid on merchandise from local and regional businesses. Select from a variety of goods and services: food, retail merchandise, electronics, kid and adult activities, sports, museums & outings.

Access the auction three ways: 

1) the auction link at

2) St. John’s Church website at

3) on Facebook at St. John’s Episcopal Church

Just register your name and contact details and the list of items will be displayed. It’s easy to scroll through and make your bid. Check back often to update your bid! Bidding starts August 27 at 12:15 am and will end Friday, September 10 at 12 noon. The highest bidder on each item will be contacted.

“Last year was tough on everyone,” said Rev. Kathy McAdams. “We have continued to gather for worship in whatever way possible. We have continued to serve the community by growing food for the Franklin Food Pantry,  providing lunch for Common Cathedral and its unhoused congregation twice, and installing a handicap-accessible restroom.” 

Funds earned from the silent auction help continue outreach to the area, Rev. McAdams added. “Please participate in our on-line auction, as well as the Pumpkin Patch in October, so that we can continue to have a positive impact in the Franklin community and beyond.”  

The Virtual Silent Auction and Pumpkin Patch replace the church’s holiday fair this winter. The annual Christmas Fair has been a staple in Franklin and a source of income for St. John’s Church. 

Want more details? Contact Blanca DiGiacomo at 617-429-4676 or

Ready. Set. Bid.  - St. John’s Church To Host Virtual Silent Auction
Ready. Set. Bid.  - St. John’s Church To Host Virtual Silent Auction

FM #590 - The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 - P3 of 3

FM #590 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 590 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Doug Martin, Franklin’s Water and Sewer Superintendent and Jake Standly, the Assistant Water/Sewer Superintendent. 

We had our conversation in the Franklin Public Radio studios on Hutchinson St. This is the third of three in the series exploring the status and operations of the Franklin’s Water Dept. 

Part 3 - approx. 28 minutes

  • Water treatment process flow on last page of “Consumer Confidence Report”  CCR

  • CCR only shows what was found when tested

  • Programed with multiple fail safes, if deviation occurs outside of range, it shuts down

  • Safe in that it is also closed, no internet access to system controls

  • All of the water system is managed by four guys; Licenses required, continuing education required annually, training provided/supported by Town

  • Water enterprise account, Usage based services, quarterly billing per usage

  • Capital projects funded from ratepayers

  • Work to prepare for water and sewer line replacements as part of rebuilding the roads

  • Retained balance of $1M as a practice for “in case”

  • Increase reliability of SCADA system by switching to fiber from radio wave

  • Good to know; the water sewer world of infrastructure is a thing for consideration - job security and regular challenges; the industry is facing 60% of the workforce retiring in the next 10 years

The show notes include links to the Franklin Water Dept. page and other references.

Let’s listen to this part of my conversation with Doug and Jake and learn all about Franklin’s water supply.

Audio file ->


Water Sewer Division -

Water Smart program ->

Consumer Confidence Reports -> archive   =

Consumer Confidence Report for 2020 us what we walked through during the conversation


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FM #590 - The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 P3 of 3
FM #590 - The Franklin (MA) DPW Water Series 07/15/21 P3 of 3