Saturday, January 15, 2022

Boston Globe All Scholastics for Fall 2021 - FHS well represented!

Catching up to share the Fall season 2021 Boston Globe All-Scholastics for Franklin High School - here we go! #bgfall2021 => High Schools - The Boston Globe

  • Jared Arone - FHS | SENIOR - The 6'2" senior quarterbacked the best offensive season in program history with more than 2K passing yards and 28 TDs with just 2 interceptions. The Hockomock All-Star tossed 4 TD passes in state semifinals against Springfield Central. #BGFall2021
  • Mack Gulla - FHS | SENIOR - The Hockomock MVP rushed for more than 1,700 yds with 16 TDs, leading Franklin to a 10-1 season and league title while snapping doubledigit losing streaks to Mansfield and King Philip. Gulla finished his career with 33 touchdowns #BGFall2021
  • Coach of Year -> Eian Bain - DIVISION 1: FHS - his Panthers were perhaps the best public school football team in the state, winning the Hock’s Kelley-Rex Division, reaching the state semifinals and finishing 10-1, including a Thanksgiving W over D2 state finalist KP #BGFall2021
Field Hockey
  • Kaitlyn Carney - FHS | JUNIOR - Despite being the focus of many defenders, the junior found ways to break through, scoring 37 goals with 18 assists, leading all Hockomock scorers. 5 of those goals came in the Panthers’ postseason journey to the state semifinal #BGFall2021
Girls Soccer
  • Anya Zub - FHS | SOPH - After scoring 3 goals and 4 assists as a freshman, the soph’s impressive season (20 goals and 6 assists) was the catalyst of the Panthers’ Hockomock championship. Zub’s scoring touch netted her league all-star and First Team EMass selections #BGFall2021
  • Athlete of YearCailyn Mackintosh - D1: FHS | SENIOR - The Hockomock MVP was the focal point for the Panthers, who earned the top seed in the D1 tournament. Mackintosh registered 535 assists and 70 aces and finished her career with 1,387 assists in 3 varsity seasons #BGFall2021

Horace Mann MS: Announces favorite author Ruta Sepetys returns Feb 2

Ms. O'Leary had an exciting announcement this morning: SURPRISE!🥳One of our favorite people is returning to HMMS! 
Sign up for the Feb. 2 presentation using the Google Form. 
Excited to introduce @RutaSepetys to our wonderful readers.

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Horace Mann MS: Announces favorite author Ruta Sepetys returns Feb 2
Horace Mann MS: Announces favorite author Ruta Sepetys returns Feb 2

Franklin Fire Dept announces receipt of $24,990 grant for fire safety equipment

The Franklin Fire Department was awarded $24,990 as part of a grant through the Department of Fire Services.  This grant will be used to purchase safety equipment.  Thank you to @MAFireMarshal @MassDFS for the support.

Shared from Twitter:

Full press release from Governor's Office

Document with the listing of all the department awards, including Franklin's

Franklin Fire Dept announces receipt of $24,990 grant for fire safety equipment
Franklin Fire Dept announces receipt of $24,990 grant for fire safety equipment

CommonWealth Magazine: "State budget writers forecast continued growth in tax revenues"

"Budget officials on Friday revised upward their revenue forecast for the current fiscal year by $1.5 billion and then projected the state’s tax take would rise 2.7 percent in the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. 

The “consensus revenue” figure of $26.915 billion for fiscal 2023 agreed on by Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael Heffernan, Senate Ways and Means Chair Michael Rodrigues, and House Ways and Means Chair Aaron Michlewitz was toward the middle of the range forecasted by the state Department of Revenue at a hearing last month. 

The policymakers were swayed by economists’ predictions of a rise in revenue ($967 million) as society continues to recover from the pandemic. But those same economists, at December’s hearing, warned that there is also significant uncertainty. In the last couple of years, taxes have come in far higher than expected, mainly due to federal recovery efforts injecting large sums of money into the economy, and the state has revised its tax revenue numbers during the course of the year. "

Why share this item? 
As we get into the budget season, it really starts with the State budget when the Governor introduces his view of the budget on the 4th Wednesday of January. The Governor's numbers generally are used to determine the Chap 70 and local aid expected for Franklin which accounts for about 25-30% of our total revenue. 

Listen to the revenue calculation describe in the recent Finance Committee meeting and you'll hear how the revenue is calculated and then adjusted as the year progresses and the State finalized their budget (usually around Aug/Sep), and after Franklin gets peak at its own revenue and how those projects are coming through (or not) before setting the tax rate in December to 'close out' the budget cycle for a fiscal year.

"The annual budget process begins each year when the Governor files recommendations as a bill with the House of Representatives. Under the state Constitution, the Governor must submit a proposal by the 4th Wednesday of January or, in the event of a new term, within five weeks later. This bill is called House 1 or "House 2" depending on the year."

The golden dome of the State House. (Photo by Andy Metzger)
The golden dome of the State House. (Photo by Andy Metzger)


Military Service and Increased Social Security Benefits

"A misleading letter, from an unknown source, is circulating online that mentions a $1,200 special Social Security earnings credit for people who served in the military. We want to make sure veterans with active and inactive service have the appropriate information that they need and do not take unnecessary action. 
Under certain circumstances, special earnings can be credited to your military pay record for Social Security purposes. Since 1957, if you have earnings for active-duty military service or active-duty training, your military service earnings have been covered under Social Security. Since 1988, inactive duty service in the armed forces reserves (such as weekend drills) is also covered by Social Security. If you served in the military before 1957 and did not pay Social Security taxes, we have added special credit to your earnings record for some of your service. These extra earnings may help you qualify for Social Security benefits or increase the amount of your benefit. 
You can read more in our Military Service and Social Security fact sheet. We take your benefits seriously because we know you depend on them. Thank you for your service!"

Via Social Security Matters: 

Military Service and Increased Social Security Benefits
Military Service and Increased Social Security Benefits

Friday, January 14, 2022

Franklin's Event Outlook: Jan 14, 2022 to Jan 20, 2022

Fortunately, the scheduled events for this weekend are indoors. The Library book sale takes place Friday and Saturday. The Winter Farmers Market operates Saturday  and the Historical Museum is open Saturday and Sunday.

All Town offices, schools, and buildings are closed for the Martin Luther King Jr holiday on Monday. Looking ahead, take a group walk on the SNETT Wednesday morning. Town Council office hours at the Senior Center are scheduled for Thursday morning and the Cultural District partners have a meeting on Thursday evening.

Friday, January 14
1:00pm - Library Book Sale

Saturday, January 15
9:00am - Library Book Sale
10:00am -  Winter Farmers Market
10:00am - Historical Museum (always free)
1:00pm - Library Bag Sale

Sunday, January 16
1:00pm - Historical Museum (always free)

Monday, January 17
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wednesday, January 19
10:00am - Group Walk

Thursday, January 20
8:30am - Town Council Office Hours
7:00pm - Cultural District Partners Meeting

Find the full calendar

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:

The Town meeting calendar is found
The School district calendar is found

Community Calendar
Community Calendar

Finance Committee gets lesson on revenue calculation, a "must listen" for those following the budget

 FM #700 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 700 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the Finance Committee meeting held on Wednesday, Jan 12, 2022. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: 5 of the Finance Committee members were in the Council Chambers along with some of the public, 2 members were remote along with some members the public via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period. (2 members were also absent)

The recording runs about an hour and 8 minutes, so let’s listen to the Finance Committee meeting Jan 12, 2022. Audio file =>


Meeting agenda => 

Link to Finance Committee => 

My notes for the meeting => 


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Finance Committee gets lesson on revenue calculation
Finance Committee gets lesson on revenue calculation

Attention Franklin Residents: Dynegy Energy Services Mailing about municipal aggregation coming

Notice: Dynegy Energy Services Mailing to Franklin Residents

Notice to Franklin Residents:

Dynegy Energy Services, the supplier selected through the municipal aggregation program, will be sending out a Basic Service mailing to residents utilizing their services. 

The consumer notification letter and opt-out card will be sent to anyone in Franklin who is on National Grid Basic Service but hasn't already been mailed to (e.g. residents who are new in town, residents who have ended a third party contract and switched back to Basic Service, etc.). The mailing informs our residents about the Town's Program, shows them the savings over Basic Service and allows them a 30-day opt-out period before being automatically enrolled.

Shared from the Town of Franklin page ->

More info on Municipal Aggregation ->

Official Mailing is copied here ->

From the archives - Listen to Jamie Hellen talk about Municipal aggregation in this podcast episode from Feb 2020 (it seems like soo long ago!)
FM #208 - Jamie Hellen on Municipal Aggregation
FM #208 - Jamie Hellen on Municipal Aggregation

Need a good laugh? Join with HMEA at their "Giggles for Good" comedy show - Feb 26, 2022

"Get ready to LOL with HMEA, because Giggles for Good is back! Tickets are now on sale for our virtual comedy show featuring @cyrussteele0613 and @AshGutermuth. All proceeds benefit programs at HMEA that serve people with special needs. 
Get tickets here:  or
"This virtual comedy show will feature two hilariously funny, family-friendly comedians Cyrus Steele and Ashley Gutermuth!"

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Panther News: Friday, January 14, 2022 (video)

Let's make FHS a "No Place for Hate" school! Panther News: Friday, January 14, 2022

Direct video link ->