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Franklin, in the Eyes of Its Artists If you could capture a moment of time in Franklin, what would you choose to preserve, and how? From photographs, to etchings, illustrations and paintings, local artists, many perhaps waiting to be discovered, some with a more quiet need to just create, have been doing just that for awhile. Now, the Franklin Art Center wants to showcase their talent for all Franklin residents to see and display. Working together with the Franklin Historical Commission, Linda and Ian Kabat, owners of the Franklin Art Center, are assembling a calendar, which will not only contain artist depictions of the town, but will also mark significant milestones in the town’s rich history. “The whole point of the calendar is to showcase artists’ work from Franklin in different parts of the community, who might only have one or two pieces they’ve done about Franklin,� says Ian, who explains that some local artists just have a few pieces. “Many haven’t had shows. Some artists feel they don’t have enough work to bring to a

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34th Annual Feast of St. Rocco Aug. 9-12 By J.D. O’Gara Looking for a mouthwatering Italian sub, loaded with prosciutto and other delicious cold cuts? Step right on up to the sub booth at the 34th Annual Feast of St. Rocco on August 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th – but leave some room for other treats.

Linda and Ian Kabat, who run the Franklin Art Center, were inspired to bring contemporary visual arts to young people in Franklin. The two are currently working with the Franklin Historical Commission to produce an art calendar that will focus on depictions of Franklin by local artists as well as historical facts about the town. Proceeds from the calendar will benefit the Historical Commission.

gallery,� says Ian, “They don’t feel they can apply a gallery and bring it out. We’ve gotten artists we’d never even heard about, who say, ‘Hey I’ve been taking photos of Franklin for years,’� says Ian.

Linda mentions an example of Rocco Cavallaro, a local sign maker in town, who has done the “Welcome to Franklin� signs, and that some of his original drawings of those pieces will be showcased in the calendar.

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“He’s done a lot of handcarving,� says Ian, “but he’s actually a painter, too, and he will be doing a piece during the Harvest Festival.�

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Linda Kabat explains that the Franklin Art Center is working with the Franklin Historical Society to include historical information within the calendar. “All the proceeds (from sales of the calendar) are going to go back to the Historical Museum,” she says. Mary Olsson, a member of Franklin’s Historical Commission, has been working with the Kabats to include information on historically significant dates in the town. She says the idea of marrying the art calendar with Franklin’s rich history came about through simple conversation. “We just started with a talk one night. (Ian) started talking about the calendar and how he’d like it to be all about the history of Franklin and the scenes of Franklin,” says Olsson, “and as we were talking, we thought it would be great to plug in dates of historical significance. He had an artist who had done a lot of sketches, and he came up with the idea of having multimedia. It would be an art calendar with historical interest.”

“We didn’t want it to be a generic art calendar,” says Ian. He and Linda talk about a New York artist, Howard Bonnington, who had come in and done some pen and ink illustrations of Franklin. They add that, since they have conceived the project, a number of artists have come forward. “We have some amazing photographers that have contacted us. We have illustrators and painters,” says Ian. “One artist wanted to paint the field house before it gets knocked down. Another artist came with old paintings he’d done of downtown.” The Kabats plan to incorporate some of the artwork into the body of the calendar as well as the artwork heading each month, to include more of the artists. Olsson says the body of the calendar will also include important Franklin dates such as “Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, Horace Mann’s birthday, the day the town was incorporated, things like that,” she says. “It’s sort of our way of connecting the past,” says Ian, who has found learning about the history of Franklin fascinating, and some people have come forward with facts.

In fact, Linda Kabat’s mother’s family goes back several generations in Franklin. “My great uncle was the one they named Chilson Beach after,” says Linda, who explains that she’s learning a lot about her family in building this calendar. Olsson also wants to point out that, “The historical commission is very grateful to the be the beneficiary of the proceeds (from the calendar). The Franklin Art Center is being very generous,” she says. Ian and Linda Kabat opened the Franklin Art Center in May of 2011. In addition to her background in clothing and textiles and art, Linda has a master’s in Education and taught art at the elementary level for over 10 years. Ian, a graduate of The School of Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, is also currently the Art Director of the Creative Department of a global high-tech company. Like Linda, he also taught as elementary art teacher. The two are also the parents of two young daughters, ages 5 and 7. The Kabats’ hope with the Franklin Art Center is to expose the young people in the community to artwork that’s around them. “I don’t think that Franklin is seeing some of the artwork that’s actually being created very close,” says Ian. At the Medway Mill 165 Main St., Suite 107 Medway, MA 02053

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“We were going to art centers and got inspired to open a place,” says Linda, who says she and Ian noted a need in the community for a place for the visual arts to reach young people. The Franklin Art Center, at 5 Main Street in Franklin, offers programs for preK, Kindergarten through 12th graders and adults, as well as private instruction. Visit for more information or call (508) 887-2797 for more information.

Don’t have a yen for a sub? No problem! The festival boasts everything from eggplant Parmesan to Belgian waffles and everything inbetween. Seafood lovers will enjoy fresh quahogs, clam chowder, clam cakes and fried seafood, and landlubbers can opt for the famous “Rocco Dinner” of chicken, corn and fries or onion rings, perhaps with a side of Phyllis’ homemade Italian tomato salad. Variety ensues with toasted ravioli, fresh- squeezed lemonade, fried dough, mozzarella sticks, and of course, an array of Italian pastries, including lobster tails. Oh, and then there’s Xangos, or fried cheesecake sticks, available at the Belgian Waffle booth. The event is not just about eating. The North-End style Feast honors Saint Rocco, the patron saint of the sick and impoverished, who was born (with a red cross birthmark) in Montpelier, France toward the end of the 13th century. Saint Rocco is said to have inherited great wealth, but gave up his material possessions. A man of great faith, he is said to have devoted his time and effort to the infirm, healing the sick. A statue of St. Rocco, donated by Nick Verna in 1959, stands on the grounds where the annual Feast is held. As a child, Nick had been very ill. His mother took him to a shrine of St. Rocco, and when he recovered, she believed that Verna had the patron saint to thank for his life. The St. Rocco statue, in fact, is featured as part of the festival on the final day, when, after a 10:30 a.m. mass, a procession will carry the statue back to the festival grounds. Opening Mass for the celebration will be held at 10:30 a.m. the Sunday prior to the feast, followed a Mass for the Sacrament of the Sick on Saturday at 10 a.m., and the closing Mass is on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Brunelli describes the festival is a time for families, friends, and neighbors to gather and enjoy good Italian food and entertainment in a total family-friendly atmosphere.

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August 1, 2012 with the volunteers,” says Brunelli. “It always gets a little tight sometimes with vacations. We often need to plug a spot, but the biggest thing is the youth services. That helps us. The youth of the parish – they come out. Without them it would be a difficult situation. All of that works together.” Brunelli says that everything runs very smoothly and is funded by the parish. “We make the money and save some for next year, so on and so forth,” he says. “We pride ourselves on that Thursday, when the bulk of the food items come in, we pay them right off the bat. We have good rapport with our vendors.” Volunteers are still needed, including those to help cut the vegetables for the tomato salad Thursday evening, August 9th, and adult volunteers to help put up bunting and signs on the booths August 10th. Anyone who has a little bit of time may volunteer by calling Peter Brunelli at (508) 528-3087, or the rectory at (508) 528-0020. Want to know the secret Feast of St. Rocco recipes? You can buy the St. Rocco Cookbook at St. Mary’s Church rectory for $20. Hurry, as supplies are very limited!

34th Annual Feast of St. Rocco, August 9-12 August 5 Opening Mass – 10:30am Thursday, August 9 6-10 p.m. All rides open, limited food available (hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, soda) Friday, August 10 6-11 p.m., All rides and food booths open Kizzy the Clown 6-8 p.m., Entertainment on the bandstand by Reminisants Saturday, August 11 10 a.m. Anointing Mass and Sacrament of the Sick 11 a.m.-11p.m. All rides and food booths open, Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest, 1p.m., Kizzy the Clown 3-5 p.m. Entertainment on the bandstand: Jacko the DJ 1:30-5 p.m., Itamia, 5-10 p.m. Sunday, August 12 Closing Mass of St. Rocco 10:30 a.m. in the church All rides and booths open 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Kizzy the Clown 3-5 p.m., Entertainment on the bandstand 12-5 p.m.: Bobby Costello; 5-9 p.m., Jerry Seeco Raffle drawing at 8:30 p.m.

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Primary Election Coming Sept 6th August at the Franklin Public Library In order to vote in this election, you must be registered to vote by 20 days before the election. Absentee ballots are available at the Town Clerk’s office, and these ballots must be returned by noon the day before the election. Who’s Running in Franklin: Senator, in Congress: (all precincts) Elizabeth Warren (D) Scott P. Brown (R) Representative in Congress: (all precincts) Sean Bielat (R) Rachel E. Brown (D) Elizabeth Childs (R) Joseph P. Kennedy, III (D)

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The library’s end of summer event will feature a Carnival on Thursday August 23rd at 1p.m. In addition, the Franklin Public Library continues to offer its weekly story times and arts and crafts programs. A Family Summer Story Time is held on each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. through August 28th. Children must be accompanied by an adult 14 years or older. Stories, finger plays, music and more. No registration required. A Drop in Craft will be held on each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. through August 30th. Lots of activities for all ages. No registration required.

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Author, Historian Hosts Memoir-Writing Class at Eaton Place BY J.D. O’GARA

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On Wednesday, May 9th, writer Marjorie Turner Hollman, Personal Historian and author of From Minnesota to Florida: Finding a Place in the Sun: Kuhl Family Stories, spoke at a memoir writing class kick-off meeting at Eaton Place in Franklin. In attendance were both young people from New England Chapel’s Youth Group, who are volunteering with seniors from Eaton Place, and the seniors themselves. Turner Hollman shared her experiences in eliciting and preserving stories from family members. She spoke both as a daughter and as a writer. The author stressed to young people how important concrete documents are in the age of electronic, virtual letters, such as emails – erased with the click of a button or lost with each computer upgrade.

Turner Hollman will also be hosting a memoir-writing workshop at the Bellingham Senior Center. Each week, participants will have time to share their stories, and will receive writing suggestions for the following week’s class. Classes will be held Tuesday mornings, 10-noon from August 728 at the Bellingham Senior Center, 40 Blackstone Street, Bellingham. Participation is free and open to anyone who has a life story. Please call or stop by the Bellingham Senior Center, (508) 966-5843 to register.

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Author Marjorie Turner Hollman inspired would-be memoir writers in a seminar at Eaton Place on May 9. From L-R, Linda Gagnon, organizer of the writer’s group at Eaton Place, Sandra Doane, Resident Services Coordinator at Eaton place, Marjorie Turner Hollman, Personal Historian, Marcia Swenson, Assistant Property Manager at Eaton place. Photo by J.D. O’Gara

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Partnership Planning for Franklin Harvest Festival It may be the heart of summertime, but the Harvest Festival organizers are already thinking about pumpkins, crisp temperatures and the vibrant colors of a New England autumn as they plan this fall’s fun-filled event. The tenth annual Harvest Festival will be Sunday, September 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Franklin. The Franklin Downtown Partnership organizers expect about 5,000 visitors to come enjoy delicious food, a DJ and local entertainers on six different stages, games and activities in an expanded children’s area, crafters, artist displays, a farmer’s market and antique cars at the Historical Museum among other activities.

“Over the past ten years we have watched this event grow into a Franklin tradition that draws families from all over the region and delivers a fun, affordable day,” says Lisa Piana, Partnership Executive Director. “It is now one of the largest fall festivals in the area. Ours has continued to evolve and this year we’ve made some exciting changes, like adding more entertainment and moving the children’s area to make the festival even more fun for everyone.” There is still time for crafters, vendors, artists, community organizations and anyone else interested in participating to register for the event. Booth space is limited for the rain or shine event, and registrations must be received by Au-

gust 20. The booth fee for nonPartnership members is $125, and the food vendor fee is $175. A late charge of $25 will be added for registrations received after August 20 if there is booth space still available. More information and registration forms can be found on the FDP website, or by contacting Booth Chairperson Mary Graff at mgraff@berryinsurance. com. The Gold sponsor for this event is Rockland Trust Chartable Foundation. The Silver sponsors are Digital Credit Union and Big Y Foods. Bronze sponsors are Chestnut Dental Associates and Dean

www.frankindowntownpartnerBank. Sponsors are still needed to fund under the Sponsorship this festival. As a non-profit organ- tab. The Franklin Downtown Partization, the Partnership depends on sponsors to run this and other nership is a non-profit 501(c)3 orevents, including the Strawberry ganization made up of business Stroll and Holiday Stroll along owners, community leaders and with its beautification efforts. residents working together toward Businesses and individuals inter- the common goal of revitalizing ested in sponsorship can contact downtown Franklin. For more inthe FDP office at downtown. formation about the Partnership or LocalorPages— of its efforts please contact (774) anyAUGUST ecutive Director Lisa Piana at 571-3109. Sponsorship Right hand page,registraforward, outer column please tion forms and a full list of oppor- (774) 571-3109 or downtown. tunities can be found on

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Page 8 August 1 The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents the 2012 Whatever Theater Festival, with productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, Shakespeare’s The Tempest and One Acts. The Tempest at 8 p.m., Franklin Town Common (High St.) Free, but donations to FPAC gratefully accepted. For more information, call FSPA at (508) 528-8668 or visit August 2 Drop in Craft, Franklin Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Activities for all ages. The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents the 5th annual Whatever Theater Festival from July 31 to August 4, The Pirates of Penzance at 8 p.m. on the Franklin Town Common (Gazebo Stage). Free, but donations to FPAC gratefully accepted. For more information, call FSPA at (508) 5288668 or visit Franklin Republican Town Committee Meeting, 7:30 p.m., 3rd Floor of Franklin Municipal Building, 355 East Central St., August 3 The Franklin Performing Arts

August Calendar of Events Company (FPAC) presents the 2012 Whatever Theater Festival from July 31 to August 4. The Tempest will be performed at 8 p.m. on the Franklin Town Common (High Street). Free, but donations to FPAC gratefully accepted. Friday’s performance of The Tempest will be followed by the Whatever Theater Festival Soiree, which will be presented at 10:30 p.m. at FSPA, 38 Main Street. For more information, call FSPA at (508) 528-8668 or visit

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August 4 & 5 Society of St. Vincent De Paul of St. Mary’s Church food collection, Items may be left in conference room downstairs at rear of church on these dates, or left in marked boxes at doors of main part of church. Please nothing dented, perishable, expired or not in original packaging.

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August 4 The Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) presents the 5th annual Whatever Theater Festival from July 31 to August 4. A collection of One Acts will be performed at 3 p.m. at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), 38 Main Street. The Pirates of Penzance will be performed at 8 p.m. on the Franklin Town Common (Gazebo Stage). Free, but donations to FPAC gratefully accepted. For more information, call FSPA at (508) 528-8668 or visit Sponsored by Middlesex Savings Bank and, in part, by grants from the Franklin, Norfolk,

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August 7 Family Summer Story Time, Franklin Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied someone 14 +. August 8 Davey the Clown, Franklin Public Library, 1 p.m., The performer brings his silly juggling, amazing magic and wacky antics to the library. All ages, no registration required. Concerts on the Common, Roy Scott Swing Band 6:30 p.m., DJ Mike Ruttowski—Children’s program 6 p.m. In case of rain, the concerts will be held at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School, across from the town common. The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) Open Houses, 10 a.m. - noon & 6-8 p.m. at 38 Main Street, Franklin. Meet FSPA faculty and staff, tour the facility and learn more about the school’s

Feast of St. Rocco begins, 6-10 p.m., parking lot of Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School, all rides & food booths open, Kizzy the Clown 6-8 p.m. Entertainment on bandstand by Reminiscence. August 10 Social Media for Seniors, 10 a.m. Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill St., Franklin, Please call (508) 520-4945 to sign up. August 13 Franklin Democratic Committee Meeting, 7 p.m., 3rd Floor of Franklin Town Hall, 355 East Central St., www.franklindemocrats. com August 14 Family Summer Story Time, Franklin Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied someone 14 +. August 15 Animal World visits the Franklin Public Library, 1:30 p.m., all ages and no registration required. Concerts on the Common, Leeds Band, 6:30 p.m., Elaine Kessler – Children’s program, 6 p.m. In case of rain, concert will be held at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School, across from the town common. August 16 Drop in Craft, Franklin Public Li-

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Forget a Tan, These Girls Are Already Bronze! Girl Scout Troop 81301 Achieves Highest Award for Junior Scouts BY J.D. O’GARA Well, they did it! Girl Scout Junior Troop 81301 not only earned their Bronze award this spring, but they also left Franklin a little less hungry, a little more wellread and its environment cleaner. April to June, the girls, led by Gail Hamilton and Diane Daddario-Jardine, set to their biggest task of their journey to the bronze—that of a battery recycling campaign. In the end, over 500 lbs. of collected batteries proved that their message on how toxic tossed batteries can be to the environment had gotten through to Franklin residents. “They did a phenomenal job,� says Troop Leader Diane, who says the girls have worked well together over the past two years on various badges. “They were very enthusiastic. All of them put a lot of effort into doing this. It’s important for these girls to get out there. They learn a lot about their community, and we hope we showed the other troops in town what is out there for them to do. It’s really limitless.� Anna Jardine ,11, explains what she and the other girls did.

“We made these bins that say ‘recycle your batteries here’ on them, and we put them in the schools and library and stuff and people came and they left their batteries there, and every week or so we’d go and empty the buckets. We have this really big bucket, and it was overflowing with batteries at the end,� says Anna, who adds that the hardest thing, she thought, was spreading the word at first, “but then it got easy.� Sofia Mendonca, 11, did not find any of the project hard. “It was mostly fun,� says the Girl Scout, who’s looking forward to a Silver Award project next year. While helping the environment, we still got a huge award at the same time, so I liked it,� adds Katie Mullaney,12, who explains that the girls got their Bronze Awards at the annual Franklin Bridging Ceremony for Girl Scouts. “It’s a really big honor,� says Amanda Tardis, 11, who says that she held an impromptu Q&A session about her troop’s effort when she made the announcement to her class. She explains that the battery recycling campaign began “when

Girls, top left to right: Juliana Potter, Katie Mullaney, Jennifer Kroon, Amanda Tardif, Lauren Ballinger, Elizabeth Hamilton, Haley Kane, Bottom left to right: Brenna Orff, Sofia Mendonca, Sarah Hamilton, Anna Jardine, Amber Giddings, Jennifer Burkinshaw.

the movie The Lorax came out.â€? The girls needed to get the approval of those at the different locations where they placed their bins throughout town. “The responses were really good. Most people said yes,â€? she says. I think we were all pretty good with being cooperative with each other,â€? says Lauren Ballinger, 11. “I feel really great, because I like helping the earth ‌ it felt really nice to help the world.â€? The youngest of the group, Sarah Hamilton, 9, says she would en-

courage other Girl Scouts to try for their Bronze Award. “I would say, it’s really cool, and you’d really want to do it,� she says. The troop took their batteries to Daddario Hardware & Supply, which, Gail adds is, is a good place for Franklin residents to take their old batteries. The hardware store weighed the lot and will send them to the appropriate facility. Battery recycling was only part of the community outreach the girls did to earn their Bronze. Over the winter, they collected food for the

Franklin Food Pantry, and in April, they held a “Reading is Fun� day for 30 younger sister scouts. Each troop member created coloring pages for different letters of the Alphabet for the little scouts, read to them, and then had the little ones read back to them. Gail Hamilton is actually the new registrar of the Franklin Girl Scouts. Those interested in having their daughter join scouts may also visit for more information.

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Great Weather, Great Turnout in Run for Bob BY J.D. O’GARA June 23rd was the date of this year’s 8th Annual 5K Run for Bob, in honor of Bob Biagiotti who passed suddenly in 2005. The event benefits two local charities, the Bernon Family YMCA Reach Out for Youth and Families, and the Best Buddies Franklin Chapter. Although the event began at 9 a.m., the race began at 10. Results were provided by The overall winner of the 5K was David Constantion, of Cumberland, RI, with a race time of 18.36.77, followed by Mark Capparella (19.27.31) and Alex Schopf (20.40.04). The winners among the females included top place Stacey Federico, at 23.00.39, followed by Jacki Cronin (23.44.17) and Dara Oneil (24.05.43). For more information on the annual run for Bob, visit To learn more about the YMCA’s Reach Out for Youth and

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Divorce Mediation: Avoiding Litigation & Resolving Conflict Respectfully By Stephen McDOnOugh, eSq. Some people assume that divorce has to be a contentious and adversarial process where someone wins and the other spouse loses. The truth is nobody really wins at divorce court. Divorce is stressful and tough on the adults, kids, and even extended family members and close friends. It is sad when a marriage does not work out. I always liked the line by Danny DeVito’s character, Attorney Gavin D’Amato, in the movie War of the Roses, “when a couple starts keeping score, there is no winning, just degrees of losing.” Good advice to keep in mind. Divorce mediation allows couples facing divorce or other post-divorce conflict to reach their own private resolution without going to court, except for a brief uncontested hearing at the conclusion of the process.

In mediation, the clients are guided by a neutral mediator who facilitates meetings, provides information and guidance, and works closely with the couple to reach a settlement that satisfies their individual and joint goals. Joint goals? In a divorce? Yes! Many couples – especially parents –share goals, such as “we both want the children to be able to stay in the school district during and after the divorce” or “we will both cooperate in planning and paying for college.” Divorce mediation in Massachusetts is voluntary and confidential. The mediator does not impose any decisions on the couple. Assuming your mediator is also an attorney, he or she can also draft your divorce agreement and other court forms. Who can benefit from Divorce Mediation?

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Roy to Participate in 10th Pan Mass Challenge Jeffrey Roy, a candidate in the race for State Representative in the 10th Norfolk District, will be pedaling through Franklin on Saturday, August 4, as part of a team of over 5,000 cyclists participating in the Pan Mass Challenge. This will be Roy’s 10th ride in the fight against cancer. “The event has become an important part of my life,” noted Roy. “Over the years, I have lost too many dear friends and relatives diagnosed with cancer. I often wondered what I could do to help. When I finally heard about the PMC, then I knew there was something meaningful I could do to honor them. By joining the PM team, I knew I could become one of the thousands of cyclists who call upon their strength to help others.” Riding in the PMC is a way to channel physical, mental and emotional energy into something much greater than the athletic accomplishment that is gained by riding up to 192 miles. PMC cyclists use their strength to help those who cannot. Roy added, “The ride will take

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Strabismus – Eye Misalignment in Adults and Children John F. Hatch, M.D. We have all seen someone whose eyes are not lined up. Some are cross-eyed and others are wall-eyed. In either case, the problem may just be cosmetic or could represent a serious developmental or medical condition. The main concern with children less than age eight is that many forms of strabismus (ocular misalignment) can result in poor visual development, called amblyopia. Untreated amblyopia is the number one cause of monocular blindness in the world and the main cause of amblyopia is strabismus. The most common form of childhood strabismus is called esotropia. Esotropia that presents between birth and six months of age is called congenital esotropia. Amblyopia is not a prominent feature and the condition is usually obvious. Alternating fixation between either eye is typical such that sometimes the right eye appears to be straight while the left is crossed and sometimes the opposite is observed. This form of strabismus is usually treated with eye muscle surgery at a young age, once the misalignment measurements are stable. A second form of esotropia is accommodative esotropia which presents between the ages of two and seven. Amblyopia is quite prominent with this form of eye crossing, typically treated with patching of the straight eye. It is important to understand that patching has no direct effect on ocular misalignment and is not used to treat the crossing. Usually the child with accommodative esotropia will only exhibit one eye turning toward the nose and they are often found to be farsighted. The misalignment is worse when the child is sick, tired or daydreaming. This form of strabismus is usually corrected with full-time glasses. The purpose of the glasses is not to make the child see better but to control accommodation, the internal fo-

cusing of the eye. There are some children who may require glasses as well as surgery to treat their crossing. Exotropia is when one eye is straight and one is looking out; referred to as wall-eyed. This can present at any age and, fortunately, is not usually associated with amblyopia. For the most part, exotropia is a cosmetic condition that is worse when the person is looking in the distance and when fatigued. Strabismus surgery is very effective at reducing this misalignment and improving cosmesis and self esteem. Adult strabismus is less likely associated with vision development and often presents with double vision or diplopia. Serious medical conditions, such as uncontrolled diabetes or high blood pressure as well as, aneurysm, stroke, thyroid disease and multiple sclerosis are often associated with these forms of ocular misalignment. New onset adult strabismus requires more urgent evaluation and is often directed toward determining and treating the underlying medical condition. Temporary treatment is geared toward to reducing diplopia by patching one eye or wearing prism glasses. If the medical problem has been managed and the patient is still bothered with double vision, then eye muscle surgery may be considered. The doctors, technicians and staff at the Milford-Franklin Eye Center have been caring for children and adults with these conditions for more than 20 years. Any child with ocular misalignment or adult with double vision should see a qualified eye care professional for a complete evaluation. For more information or to make an appointment at Milford-Franklin Eye Center, call 508-473-7939 in Milford, or 508-528-3344 in Franklin. Offices are located at 258 Main St., Milford, and 391 East Central St., Franklin.

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A Little Night Music Wednesdays in Franklin By J.D. O’Gara Twenty-one years ago, a few Franklin residents thought a little entertainment at the Franklin Town Common Bandstand would be a nice idea. Barbara Rondeau should know. Although she says it was “another gal’s idea,” she was there, and she is now, with a new group of residents, still helping to make Wednesday-night public performances one of the benchmarks of summertime in Franklin. “We just happened to be together at some function, and we talked about it, and we just thought it was a good idea, so we started it,” says Rondeau, matter-of-factly. “I’m the last original member,” says Rondeau, who says that bands submit CD’s and acts call “almost all year long to be considered for the series. The programs, which usually consist of a children’s pro-

a mill owner years ago. Rondeau notes that the bandstand is not a gazebo, which is simply a place to sit. The Franklin structure was built specifically for the purpose of presenting band concerts. In addition to summertime concerts, the volunteer group also puts on Christmas on the Common, when she says, the bandstand is decorated for the holiday season. On July 18, the Sharon Band performed at Franklin’s town bandstand as part of the Concerts on the Common series, a summertime event begun 21 years ago by town residents.

gram followed by a concert, usually feature events from musical acts to dance performances,” she says, adding that all of it is done through the generously of the local businesses, such as Dean Bank, individuals and the Franklin Cultural Council, which is supported by a grant from the Massachusetts Cul-

tural Council. Although she says the group strives to present a variety of musical performers, Rondeau says that some of the groups chosen have changed, due to the preferences of some of the young people. Franklin’s town bandstand, says Rondeau, was actually donated by

Richard Eustis Announces Bid for State Representative Attorney and proud parent Richard Eustis announced that he will be a candidate for State Representative in the open 10th Norfolk Districct. Eustis, a Republican, is a Medway resident and proud father of two daughters in public schools. He is currently an attorney in self Rebates R ebates up tto o $950 $950 practice who was elected SEASON CLUNKER REPLACEMENT SPECIAL!! END OF CL UNKER to run the Bar Advocate where he supervises over 200 priprogram of Worcester County, vate attorneys. A former State Ma rch 2 011 March 2011 and

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“We do this as a community,” says Rondeau. “We feel it’s a wonderful way for the people of Franklin and surrounding towns to enjoy the entertainment over the summer.” Three concerts are scheduled for this month. Children’s programs run from 6-6:30 p.m., and concerts

follow from 6:30 p 8:30 p.m. August 8 Roy Scott Swing Band DJ Mike Ruttowski—Children’s program August 15 Leeds Band Elaine Kessler – Children’s program August 22 Ayla Brown – Ambient Entertainment. In case of rain, the concerts will be held at the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School, across from the town common. To make a suggestion or donation for Concerts on the Common, mail your inquiries to Concerts on the Common, P.O. Box 92, Franklin, MA 02038

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Franklin Sports Leenhouts Adjusting To Minor League Baseball In Arizona By KEN HAMWEY Andrew Leenhouts is playing professional baseball this summer for the Scottsdale Giants in the Arizona Rookie League. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound lefthanded pitcher, who excelled at Franklin High and later at Northeastern University, was drafted by San Francisco on the 23rd round in June. A year ago, Leenhouts was selected in the 43rd round by the Florida Marlins. Elevating his game to the pro level shouldn’t come as any surprise, because Leenhouts’ desire and dedication was front and center when he played baseball at Franklin, in the Cape League and at Northeastern University. “It’s a great opportunity and I’m thankful for it,’’ Leenhouts said from Scottsdale. “I didn’t expect to get drafted 20 rounds higher than the year before. When I got the news, I booked a flight for Phoenix and signed a contract a few days after the draft.’’ So far, the 22-year-old Franklin native is off to a moderate start in Arizona. Pitching as a reliever, he’s 1-0 with 8 strikeouts and 4 walks in 4 2/3 innings. His earnedrun average of 13.50 is very high, but four-plus innings isn’t enough of a sample to sound any alarm. “I’m getting my feet wet and starting to feel comfortable,’’ Leenhouts said. “The toughest part of the transition to minor league

ball is that the pitches aren’t called by your coach. The call is made by the catcher and myself. I need to think about the pitches more and make good decisions.’’ Leenhouts rates the hitters in Arizona a cut above good college players. “If you make a mistake with a fastball, they can do some damage,’’ he said. “Using off-speed pitches is the best way to offset a quality hitter in this league.’’ Dave Niro, who coached Leenhouts at Franklin, is pleased his former ace is getting a chance to display his talent. “Drew was always the first to practice and the last to leave,’’ Niro said. “He ran a mile or two before every practice, just so dedicated to the game. He was our No. 1 pitcher for two years and he hit third in our lineup.’’ Leenhouts, who helped Franklin capture the Hockomock League title in 2008, won 14 games in high school and hit in the .325 vicinity. He was a two-time MVP at Franklin and was a Hockomock League all-star twice and the conference’s MVP his senior year. At Northeastern, playing for coach Neil McPhee, Leenhouts saw his numbers recede a bit, because the Huskies usually struggled to reach .500 during his four seasons on Huntington Avenue. His senior season in college, however, ended with a 7-3 record, an

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Brendan Skidmore Has Grown into His Baseball Talent BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY Much like many young kids growing up, Franklin’s Brendan Skidmore has been playing baseball as far back as he can remember, but it wasn’t until his final season with the Panthers that he reached his potential and came into his own. While Skidmore found a passion for the game at a young age, it was his father who inadvertently got him involved. “My Dad (Mike) was a big influence on my playing the game, he was a pitcher in the Kansas City Royals AAA affiliate,” Skidmore said. “From there I played baseball for the love of the sport. It came naturally and was lot of fun.” After having a mediocre freshman season for the Panthers, Skidmore seemed to find the inspiration he needed in his Coach Josh MacCreery. “My freshman season was ok, nothing fantastic. My coach helped me to understand the game and keep my emotions in check,” he said. “It was something that I needed to go through to be the player that I am today.” Taking his coaches advice to heart, Skidmore began to progress as a player. During his sophomore campaign he made the varsity squad, but really didn’t expect to see any playing time due to the fact that the team already had a senior shortstop. However, three games into the season he got his chance

took full advantage of it and never looked back. Skidmore got the opportunity to pinch hit in the King Philip game and not only got his first varsity hit, but added an RBI in the process. From that game on, shortstop was his. “We had an injury at third so the coach moved the senior shortstop over as he had a stronger arm, and I took over his position," a humble Skidmore said. “It wasn’t something that I had expected, but from that point on I was just looking to do whatever I could to help the team.” Panther Head Coach Dave Niro not only saw potential in the sophomore, but the ability to make something of his first year shortstop. “Brendan had a lot of talent, but he was raw. Defensively he was a solid as they come, but at that stage of his career he was overmatched offensively,” the Franklin skipper said. “He began to hit the ball more in his junior year, but some this past season he put it all together.”

Skidmore was also named the MVP of the Metro West Classic and was picked to be a part of the Massachusetts All Star team that played the Connecticut All Stars. Although Connecticut defeated Massachusetts 5-3 the Franklin native went 1-3 with an RBI in the game that took place at Frazier Field in Lynn.

Brendan Skidmore is playing in his third season this summer with Franklin American Legion Post 75. Metro West Classic MVP and Mass. All-Star player is head to Bridgeton Academy in Maine to work on his game before choosing a college.

Put it all together he did. Playing in his third season under Niro, Skidmore batted .462 with 35 hits, 11 doubles, 3 triples and 5 homeruns while knocking in 21 runners and posting an ops of 1.395. For his effort he was named the Hockomock League MVP, not bad for a kid who had never even been named to an All Star team before his senior season.

said. "Like I said, I had seen the potential in him as a sophomore, but he really matured this year and took his game to the next level. His hitting was much better, he had a couple of big hits for us, but it was his defense that really helped this team. Brendan’s probably the best shortstop in the league and will play on the next level somewhere." Following this summer, where Skidmore is playing in his third season with the Franklin American Legion Post 75 team, he will head to Bridgeton Academy in Maine to work on his game before choosing a college.

“My junior year I did not have a great year hitting. I think that I put too much pressure on myself, but this year the pressure was off,” Skidmore said. “The Hock MVP was not expected. It was a huge accomplishment, and I can’t thank my coaches enough.”

“I didn’t have that great a junior year, so there weren’t a lot of options,” he said. “Going to Bridgeton gives me another whole year where I can focus on getting bigger and stronger, while exploring future options.” God help the pitchers wherever Skidmore decides to go following his year at Bridgeton Academy if he gets bigger and stronger after the year he had for Franklin.

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FSPA Ballet Mistress Reflects on Roles in American Ballet Theatre As Cheryl Madeux Abbott, Ballet Mistress at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA), reflects upon her training and career, it is clear that the iconic company, American Ballet Theatre (ABT), is playing a significant role in her journey as a dance educator. Abbott’s personal history with ABT extends back to 2000, when she joined as a company member, after having danced with the Joffrey Ballet in New York and as principal dancer with the Hartford Ballet. With ABT, Abbott worked with noted choreographers, including Twyla Tharpe, and expanded her repertoire to include the full-length productions of Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire and La Bayadere, among others. As a company alumna, Abbott was offered the opportunity, in 2009, to participate in the very first session of the ABT National Teacher Training Curriculum, which strives to assist ballet teachers in training dancers to use their bodies properly, with a focus on kinetics, coordination, anatomy and body alignment. Because the curriculum incorporates elements of French, Italian and Russian styles of ballet, it encourages versatility and enhances students’ ability to adapt technically and artistically to different styles of dance. Abbott has put what she learned into practice at

FSPA. “Students have responded well to the curriculum," she said. "It’s important to understand that there are different styles of ballet, so when our students go beyond FSPA and work with other teachers and choreographers, they will be more open to different teachings.”

“We are so fortunate to have Ms. Abbott training the students, overseeing the faculty and developing the ballet curriculum at FSPA,” said FSPA Director Raye Lynn Mercer. “She is not only a remarkable artist, but a phenomenal teacher as well. It is a winning combination for our students.”

Subsequently, Abbott was asked to participate as a faculty member for ABT’s Young Dancer Summer Workshop in NY. The program, a two-week ballet intensive for dancers ages 9-11, begins with a National Audition Tour to select the strongest dancers from across the United States. “I am proud to say that one of my current students, Noura Sander (age 11), who has been training at FSPA since the age of 8, was accepted to the program for this summer,” said

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Abbott, “which is quite an accomplishment.” The Young Dancer program consists of daily classes in technique, pointe or pre-pointe, character dance and choreography, as well as dance history, nutrition and dancers' health. “Here at FSPA,” noted Abbott, “we are modeling our own 2and 3-week summer ballet intensives after this wonderful program.”

In 2011 and this summer, Abbott was invited by ABT to participate as an examiner to their National Teacher Training Curriculum. “My responsibilities are to assist in the teaching and examination process of incoming teachers," said Abbott. "Participants are asked to complete a written and oral exam which tests their comprehension of the principles of the program.” Abbott recently expanded her role with ABT, becoming an affiliate examiner to the program. The FSPA Ballet Conservatory

curriculum is largely based in the Vaganova syllabus or Russian style of ballet. This is consistent with Abbott’s personal background and reflects her own training as a dancer. Abbott has slowly introduced elements of the ABT curriculum into the more advanced levels of the FSPA pre-professional ballet program and has been pleased with the results. “I have seen a marked improvement in our students’ body placement and coordination of the arms and legs. A cleaner, more precise technique is developing,” said Abbott. Looking ahead, Abbott plans to incorporate elements of the ABT curriculum into training at the lower levels of FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory program, and Jennifer Markham, who is certified in the ABT curriculum, joins the FSPA faculty this fall. For more information, call (508) 528-8668 or visit www.fspaonline. com.

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FSPA Introduces New home MARKETPLACE Project Dance Program Why 34,000 People Choose to Call Franklin, MA Their Home This coming fall, students at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will have the opportunity to participate in a new interdisciplinary dance program with a host of innovative features. Project Dance is the brainchild of FSPA faculty members, Casey Harkness Andrade and Jenny Oliver, who will serve as program coordinators. Offered to students in grades 3 and up, Project Dance enables students to build their own individualized programs by drawing upon the many complimentary dance disciplines, classes and performance opportunities offered at FSPA. Project Dancers select core classes in ballet, jazz and/or modern and choose from an array of electives in tap, hip-hop, lyrical, Horton Technique or Andrade’s own Casey’s Class, focusing on strengthening, stretching and conditioning, with an emphasis on jumps and turns. Horton Technique also builds strength and flexibility and supports the more strenuous demands of a classical ballet dancer. Oliver introduces Horton Technique to FSPA dancers this fall. Whether across dance disciplines or within a genre-specific repertoire, class preparation builds a strong technical foundation and fosters artistic growth and development. Students also have opportunities to audition for FSPA’s three dance companies and participate in the Project Dance Concert, bringing skills learned in the classroom to the stage. Additional features for Project Dancers include a special choreography festival, master classes, juried evaluations, field trips and other activities in dance history and music for dancers. A New York City weekend, with workshops led by Broadway choreographers, dance captains and performers, is open by audition through FSPA’s collaboration with Broadway Artists Alliance of NYC.


Pleased with the creativity and enthusiasm of the school’s dance faculty, FSPA Director Raye Lynn Mercer remarks, “Project Dance offers young dancers an exciting program of training, activities and performances with flexibility to meet a variety of needs and goals. FSPA offers a fantastic alternative to the expense and demands of the dance competition world. Project Dance supports the development of young artists without a focus on routines and trophies.” In addition to dance, FSPA offers extensive programs in music and drama. Instruction is available at all experience levels, whether for recreational enjoyment or serious study. Beginners are welcome! Prospective students are encouraged to attend an Open House or contact the school for a visit. Open Houses will be held on Wednesday, August 8 from 10:00 a.m. - noon and 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, August 29 from 4:00 8:00 p.m., at 38 Main Street, Franklin. Visit the school to tour the facilities, speak with faculty and staff and try a complementary class. For more information about FSPA, call (508) 528-8668 or visit

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Three times in the last five years the town of Franklin, Massachusetts has received national honors. In 2007, Family Circle called Franklin one of the top ten towns in the country to raise a family. CNN/ named Franklin, MA, in 2008, as the 10th best Place to Live and Launch. In 2011, Bloomberg Businessweek released their “Best Places to Raise Kids” rankings and Franklin was the only town chosen in Massachusetts. While Franklin, Massachusetts residents love these honors, they are not surprised at all. In fact, they would rather that the merits of their town be kept a secret so newcomers won’t flock here and overpopulate their small town!

Franklin has long been known for its low tax rates with a single tax for both industry and residential—that has caused many large corporations (EMC, BJs, etc.) to relocate here which only brings more tax revenue and jobs into the town. Many surrounding towns tax industry at a much higher rate and have lost business as a result. The town also has strong school rankings and stands out for its math and reading scores. Dean College also made news recently being named by US News and World Report as a “Best College” for the North region placing 20th out of several notable schools. The residents

Franklin, with its current population of about 34,000, is located just 35 miles southwest of Boston and 25 miles north of Providence, RI. The town has a desirable location with close proximity to major highways and has two MBTA commuter rail stops with trains to Boston.

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