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A Hero in the Family

Local Kids Take to Stage in Honk! Jr. Youth Involved in Hockomock YMCA’s Mansfield Arts & Education Center

Franklin Woman Assists with Book, Uncovers Family Legacy

By J.D. O’Gara

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YMCA youth from Franklin and other Hockomock Area YMCA branches took part in presenting Honk! Jr. on stage at Foxboro’s Orpheum Theatre on the weekend of February 16th and 17th. All students took part in the theatre program at the Mansfield Arts & Education Center of the Hockomock Area YMCA. The show, featuring 40 or so young thespians, according to Director Heather Utsler-Smith, The production marked the Hockomock Area YMCA youth theatre’s 25th production since its inception in 2006.

When Franklin resident Linda Hardin picked up the phone one day in April, 2010, she had no idea that the call would lead her on a journey of discovery of her uncle, a young man who had died during WWII. Hardin noted recently that, “I knew my uncle had died heroically and that he’d gotten a purple heart. But I didn’t realize how little I really knew about him.”

Director Heather Utsler-Smith says of the process, “Whenever you put up a show, kids learn the value of teamwork. They need to adapt to change, support one an-

From left, Maddie Dietele, 14, of Franklin, Griffin Fenton, 12, of Franklin, Sarah Butts, 14, of Plainville, Brianna Kelly, 12, of Mansfield, Tim Youngclaus, 13, of Franklin, and Daniel Schratz, 13, of Franklin.

other through ups and downs, and everyone contributes their own skills and talents to the final product. The resiliency they need and have shown is very similar to Ugly’s journey throughout Honk.”

“We have a lot of students from different backgrounds,” says Heather Utsler-Smith, of the children acting in the performance. Utsler-Smith explains that the youngsters met for an hour and a half on Wednesday nights, until

right before the performance, when they met additionally on Saturdays.

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Happy Anniversary Encore Music Academy! Encore Music Academy and Recording Studios celebrates one year in business at their 3 Bent Street location in Franklin, Mass.. Encore was conceived in the summer of 2011, by long-time friends, Lisa Ostrow and Patrick

Dreier, both of Franklin. Pat and Lisa had been giving private instruction in voice, piano and guitar from their homes for many years, and realized that they could better serve the community by combining their resources under one roof.

Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Gets Park Watch Designation As a result of advocacy from the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee and with the help of Ron Clough and Ranger Steven Ouellette of DCR, the Southern New England Trunckline Trail has been designated to be part of DCR's "Park Watch Program." The program allows citizens using the trail to report illegal or suspicious behavior, such as vandalism, ground fires, illegal dumping, consumption of alcohol, or motorized vehicles use. Ron Clough recently installed a Trail Watch sign near the Grove St entrance. To make a report, you can call 1-866-PK-WATCH (866-7592824). Park Watch should only be used as an after the fact method. If you see something in progress, call the local police or the MA State Environmental Police at 800-632-8075.

Pat had recently collaborated with Lisa on her debut solo CD, Unconditional, and were excited about merging their lesson studios and recording facilities under one roof. After an extensive build-out of the 2,750 square foot space on Bent Street, Encore opened for business on February 13, 2012. From modest beginnings, Encore now boasts a faculty of 11 instructors, two state-of-the-art audio recording studios, and has become a Founding School for the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. Encore offers private instruction in voice, piano, bass, guitar, drums, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, violin, mandolin, audio recording techniques, ear training, and all levels of music theory and harmony. They also offer classes in audio recording and music theory. The studios boast two independent control rooms, drum and vocal isolation booths, two baby grand

pianos, a full complement of instruments and amplifiers on site, experienced engineering and production staff, as well as a stable of studio musicians available for any size project. Past projects have included corporate voice-over work, full-length albums and EP’s in all genres, college audition and demo CD’s, bands, a capella groups, choral projects, as well as rap, dance and electronic music. Looking ahead into their second year in business, Encore is forming a Jazz & Funk ensemble this spring and will be introducing a Vocal Performance camp during the last two weeks of July. Encore continues to be committed to being accessible to people with disabilities, and our faculty is experienced in working with those with special needs. For more information, call (508) 533-7700, email info@ encoremusicacademy.net or visit www.encoremusicacademy.net.

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House of Reps Passes Unemployment Insurance Rate Freeze Legislation State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D – Franklin) joined his colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in passing legislation that freezes a scheduled increase in the unemployment insurance assessment paid by all employers.

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Utsler-Smith notes that the YMCA’s theatre program serves children aged 7-14, who attend all different branches of the Hockomock YMCA, including Franklin. “Many of the 8th graders in the production have been with us since they were 7,” she says. The 7-year-old program pays special attention, she says, to be inclusive to children who have special needs. She also points out that not only is financial assistance available to local youth through the YMCA, but that in the past, transportation has been secured when needed for children to get to the Mansfield location. “We arrange a lot of carpooling as well,” says Utsler-Smith. Honk! Jr. was a fun, contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Ugly Duckling, performed with the

“During the campaign, I talked frequently about the importance of getting our economy back on track and focusing on economic development,” said Roy. “I am pleased that one of my first votes as a Representative will help businesses create jobs, avoid additional costs, permission of Music Theatre International. The lead role of “Ugly” (Daniel Schratz of Franklin) realizes he is different than the rest of the barnyard crew, he tries hard to fit in. Despite the best efforts of his mother (Brianna Kelly of Mansfield), he becomes discouraged and downtrodden and is lured off the farm by a cunning Cat (Maddie Dieterle of Franklin). Through his adventures, he meets friends and foes who help teach him that being different isn’t necessarily bad, it’s just… well…different! Through great music, dancing and lots of comedy, the audience shares in Ugly’s journey and finds appreciation for their own special character traits. For updates on upcoming shows, workshops, master classes and auditions email heatherutsler.smith@gmail.com with the subject “Mailing List.” To learn more about programs at the Hockomock YMCA, visit http://www.hockymca.org.

and help stabilize the economy.” “At the open of this session, I stood before the House membership and called for support of another unemployment insurance rate freeze to help lessen the burden of this recession on businesses,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. “In these tough economic times, it remains ever important that we pass legislation to help stimulate business expansion and create job opportunities.” “We continue to work hard to balance the needs of employers and employees in Massachusetts,” said Chairman Brian S. Dempsey of the House Committee on Ways and Means. “By freezing the unemployment insurance rate, we are

protecting our Commonwealth’s businesses from additional hardship, which in turn safeguards current jobs and maintains vital support services for those workers who are struggling to recover from the Great Recession.” The unemployment system run by the Commonwealth is primarily funded by the state’s employers. By law, as the funds in the unemployment system become depleted, employers’ contributions would increase. Freezing the rate at Schedule E will save the average employer from having a near 30% increase for unemployment insurance per employee and workers would continue to receive the same benefits under this rate freeze.

Furthermore the bill reduces the appropriations for non-executive offices by 1% and addresses items that require additional funding or corrective language. For example, the supplemental budget draws $30M from the Stablization Fund to address a deficit caused by the Hinton Drug Lab case; however, after this draw, the state maintains a healthy balance of $1.2B in the rainy day fund. This legislation also includes spending provisions for operating deficiencies of immediate need that include $45M for Homeless Family Shelters and $3M for unexpected costs to state agencies as a result of Hurricane Sandy among others.

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FSPA Slates Performing Arts Programs for Summer 2013 This summer the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will offer a series of workshops and one-week camps, an eightweek session of voice, instrumental and dance classes, and a SummerStage musical theater program. The summer session runs from June 25 to August 16, and registration begins March 4. FSPA’s annual SummerStage musical theater program features a new one-week format culminating in an all-student, full-length production of Shrek, The Musical. SummerStage is open to students in grades 3-12 and runs from July 8-13, with two performances on Saturday, July 13. SummerStage auditions will be held on May 11 or by appointment and are for placement purposes only; all SummerStage students will be cast in the production. FSPA’s roster of one-week performing arts camps includes Camp GLEE, Dance Camp, Contemporary Dance Styles Camp, Broadway Camp and Acting Camp, as well as Little Gems Ballet Camp, Creative Kids Camp and Little Music School Experience for

younger children. Creative workshops include FlashMob Fun, Rock Out, Up Your Game and Vocal Styles. Inspired by the popular Fox-TV show, Camp GLEE offers separate sessions for students in grades 1-4 and grades 5-8. Campers will recreate pop, rock and Broadway hits from the popular show, focusing on stylization and genre-specific technique. Songs will be choreographed and presented in a Camp GLEE “Competition” on the last day. For musical theater enthusiasts in Grades 1-6, Broadway Camp teaches vocals, choreography and scene work, with a chance to showcase skills in a final ensemble performance. Acting Camp, for students in Grades 5-9, teaches character building and improvisation and culminates in a one-of-akind presentation. For young beginner dancers, Little Gems Ballet Camp (ages 5-8) teaches basic ballet positions, vocabulary, floor exercises and simple steps. Dance Camp (grades 1-6) introduces jazz, tap and ballet

and features engaging choreography and creative dance games. Teen intermediate and advanced dancers in grades 7-12 will focus on various contemporary genres, including contemporary, lyrical and modern jazz, in Contemporary Dance Styles Camp. FSPA will also offer two Summer Ballet Intensives: Summer Session I for the Pre-Professional Division from July 15-August 1 and Summer Session II for the Young Dancer Division from August 12-23. For younger children, Creative Kids Camp will engage and entertain campers ages 5-7 with drama games, theater activities, singing, dancing and crafts. The youngest campers ages 3-5 are invited to the summer Little Music School Experience with FSPA’s Little Music School Director Kim Rezendes. FSPA will also offer a series of 2and 3-day workshops. Criticallyacclaimed R&B singer April Hall will conduct a Vocal Styles work-

shop for ages 13-18, introducing students to jazz phrasing, scatting and improvisation, as well as microphone and performance techniques. Rock Out, for musicians of all levels, provides students with the opportunity to jam with talented area musicians and learn from well-known Boston professionals. FlashMob Fun for students in grades 5-12 will introduce dancers of all levels to trendsetting choreography and an exciting performance experience. A performance skills workshop, Up Your

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tack fleet and rather than flee, the Samuel B. Roberts and several other escort ships turned and faced the enemy. It was a “David and Goliath feat” in Wukovits’ words. Although the Samuel B. Roberts and some other boats were sunk, their efforts succeeded in forcing the Japanese to flee. About half the ship’s crew survived, but Hardin’s uncle was not among them. However, his story was not one of simple sacrifice in the midst of battle. Hardin’s uncle, Charles Natter, survived the sinking and had gotten into a life raft and safety. Seeing his shipmates struggling on a flimsy piece of wreckage, he used his life-

guarding skills to swim repeatedly from the sturdy raft and retrieved between five and eight of his shipmates. Hardin learned all of this, and more, after she went looking for information her family might have saved about her uncle. The book, For Crew and Country, The inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts, by John Wukovits, has just been published by St. Martin’s Press, and Hardin has already read it cover to cover. “I went home to Pennsylvania the weekend after I spoke to John,” Hardin explained. “I brought back six boxes of all kinds of stuff. The most amazing find was the more than sixty letters from my uncle

Upon learning that author John Wukovits was working on a WWII story about her Uncle Charles Natter's ill-fated destroyer escort, Linda Hardin went home to Pennsylvania and found over 60 letters her uncle had written from the war. The book, For Crew and Country, The Inspirational True Story of Bravery and Sacrifice aboard the USS Samuel B. Roberts, places Natter as one of the central figures.

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Charles from when he was in boot camp and all the letters he wrote to his family. He was an eighteen year-old boy writing home to his parents. When I called John to tell him what I’d found, he was beside himself.” The author came to Franklin in October of 2010 and took over four hundred images of the material that Hardin had uncovered. He made her uncle, Charles Natter, one of the central figures in the book, along with one other enlisted man, and two officers from the USS Samuel B. Roberts. Wukovits was able to track down people who had grown up with Hardin’s uncle and thus the book paints a rich portrait of this young man. “I feel like John has brought my uncle, who I never met, to life,” Hardin said. “I read all his letters, but it wasn’t until John took all these little stories of him and his shipmates and pulled them together that I finally understood what happened. My uncle made repeated trips from his raft to save his shipmates struggling to hold onto flimsy pieces of wreckage. The captain told him to stop but he didn’t. Charles watched his best friend get taken down by the sharks, and then the sharks took him down as well.” As Hardin looked through the stack of letters, she opened a box of letters of condolences to her grandmother. “Probably the thing that has always moved me the most is that he died in October of 1944, but wasn’t reported missing in action till November, and then it took almost a year to declare

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FSPA Ballet Conservatory Presents Dance Equinox HUDSON, MA – The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) Dance Department will present Dance Equinox on Saturday, March 23, at 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. at FSPA-Hudson in the historic Odd Fellows Building, 14 Main Street, in downtown Hudson. Dance Equinox is FSPA’s third annual classical repertoire program, designed to expand students’ knowledge of the classics and to explore contemporary ballet and choreography. The production features 36 dancers from FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory Division. Students have the opportunity to explore different facets of their technique in preparation for the versatile demands of this diverse program. “They get to experience what it’s like to dance a mixed bill of varied repertoire,” noted FSPA Ballet Mistress Cheryl Madeux Abbott. “We felt it was important to show the connection between classical dance technique and other disciplines and to illustrate the relevance of being a versatile dancer as well."

Dance Equinox begins with Class Concert, originally choreographed in the 1960s for the Bolshoi Ballet School. The piece follows the structure of a ballet class and showcases dancers’ technique and precision. Madeux has taken the framework of this piece and restaged it for her Conservatory dancers. Madeux’s choreography provides an opportunity to demonstrate the serious caliber of FSPA’s Ballet Conservatory training. The opening sections of the ballet feature younger dancers and progress to show the development to more difficult steps by the ballet’s close. The program continues with a modern piece, Miles of Harmonies, by Jenny Oliver, Instructor of Jazz, Tap and Horton Technique at FSPA. Oliver’s new work has its foundations in Horton Technique, which stresses long lines and demanding isolations that build strength and flexibility. The choreography explores the layers of musical movements and provides FSPA’s Ballet

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Conservatory dancers with an opportunity to practice the principles of this technique that support the more strenuous demands of a classical ballet dancer. The program closes with excerpts from Les Patineurs (“The Skaters”). The ballet, as originally choreographed by Frederick Ashton in 1937, depicts a Victorian skating party set on a frozen pond one winter’s night. Dance Equinox will present parts of the ballet, restaged by Madeux with original choreography tailored to FSPA’s young dancers. Madeux had the opportunity to dance Les Patineurs as a company member of the Joffrey Ballet and Dance Equinox provides an opportunity for Madeux to revisit the ballet with her students in a way that is suited to them and reflects children’s choreography. The Ballet Conservatory Division at FSPA provides instruction in classical ballet technique, pre-pointe, pointe, modern and character dance. The curriculum is based on the foundations of the Vaganova syllabus and incorporates the new American Ballet Theatre (ABT) National Training curriculum. Tickets for Dance Equinox cost $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased in advance at (508) 528-8668 or may be purchased at the door. For more information, visit www.FSPAonline.com.

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Let’s Talk About Guns in Franklin Local Police Chief Gives License Stats, Tells What He’s Seen By J.D. O’Gara With recent tragic events, the topic of gun control legislation and the Second Amendment to the Constitution, the rights of Americans to keep and bear arms, has been propelled into the public view. Regardless of political opinion, Local Town Pages looked to the Franklin Police Department to find out just how many residents make use of their right to own a firearm. “We have 1548 active class A licenses to carry a firearm; 48 class B and 217 class C. We have 109 class D which is strictly for an aerosol propellant such as pepper spray. Total of 1922 active, eliminate the class D and the total for actual active permitted firearms holders is 1813,” says Franklin Police Chief Steve Semerjian. Semerjian explains that class A allows for handguns to be carried in concealed manner and have a capacity of greater than 10 rounds of ammunition; the class A holder may also possess a rifle or shotgun with a detachable magazine capable of greater than 10 rounds of ammunition. The class B does not

allow the carrying in a concealed manner and the firearm may only be capable of having less than 10 rounds of ammunition; the class B holder may also possess a rifle or shotgun with a detachable magazine capable of having greater than 5 rounds of ammunition, but less than 10. The class C firearms identification card allows the holder to possess rifles and shotguns capable of having five rounds of ammunition or less. There is no firearms license necessary to purchase or own a “primitive” firearm, one that is manually loaded with black powder or acceptable substitute and shoots a single projectile. Chief Semerjian says that in Franklin, legal gun ownership has not translated into a higher incidence of firearms related crime in town. “Most people are just sporting enthusiasts, hunting enthusiasts,” he says. “I’ve been here a long time and my personal opinion is that we have not seen an increase in violent crime (in proportion to firearms licenses). In general, people committing crimes with firearms don’t have permits anyway. If I intend to rob a bank, I’m not going to make sure I get my firearms permit first. 99.9% of people who go through the lengthy process to get firearms permit are generally good and decent peo-

ple.” Semerjian says, however, that as a member of the Police Department, his job is to stay middle of the road on the issue. “We’re not the judge and the jury,” he says. “You did it, we take you in, and you go before the judge. We do what were empowered to do and what we’re expected to do. That’s our responsibility.” Semerjian adds, however, that he thinks any rush to buy firearms is a reaction to the news. “Many people are going to run out and try to get their firearms before, some think, that firearms won’t be available, which I don’t think is the case,” he says. “I’m not in total disagreement that certain style firearms are maybe not appropriate for civilian use. There’s many different firearms that were designed specifically for warfare. They were born out of a need to inflict a lot of damage in as little time as possible. Maybe some of those firearms shouldn’t be available for civilian use. Just because you can go purchase it doesn’t mean you necessarily have to have it. That’s something for legislature to decide.” In his experience with law enforcement, Semerjian says that there are some “soft spots” he sees in issuing permits.

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Stony Brook Announces Its March Programming! There are hints of spring in the air! Join us for these exciting programs: Turtle Trekkers: Saturdays, march 2nd and 16th, from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Start your weekend off right with a fun and knowledgeable Stony Brook teacher on the trails learning about nature. Each day will have a special topic created to excite your child about the natural world. There will be crafts, activities and lots of laughter. So come and join the fun. This month’s themes: Blowing in the Wind/Feathered Friends. Ages 2.9 to 6 with a parent. Fee: $8m/$10nm per adult/child pair Tales and Trails: Tuesday, march 12th, from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Each day we will explore a different nature theme through stories, activities, and an investigation of the Stony Brook trails. This program will encourage cu-

Spring Romance of the Woodcocks: Friday, march 22nd, from 5:00 – 8:00pm. Join us for a memorable evening watching the incredible displays and antics of this shorebird that gave up the shore. The male woodcock displays for nearby females by flying from his calling grounds in an upward spiral and then fluttering like a leaf back to earth while making a very distinctive “whirring” call. Upon landing, the bird begins a series of “peenting” calls in hopes of attracting that special female. Birchwold Farm in Wrentham is an ideal spot to view this magnificent show. Adult program, but children 6 and up welcome. Fee: $8m/$11nm per person

riosity about the natural world and will introduce the observation skills that can turn every walk into a fulfilling and educational experience. Please make sure to bring appropriate clothing for the winter’s walk. Drop-off program, but parents welcome. Ages 4-6. Fee: $7m/$9nm Who’s Out There Owl Prowl: Friday, march 16th, from 7:00 – 9:00pm. Explore the fascinating world of owls at Stony Brook. We’ll practice our owl hoots and take a look at what makes these critters so special, then head out on the trail to look and listen. We might hear, or even see, Great Horned, Barred or Eastern Screech owls, or other nocturnal animals. After our walk, we’ll come inside to warm up with some hot chocolate. Adult program, but children 6 and up welcome.

Pre-registration is required for all programs (except as noted). For more details, visit the Mass Audubon webpage at www.massaudubon.org or contact us at

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The Franklin Food Pantry has begun working with Confidence Beads (http://confidencebeads.com/) to make the Franklin Pride bead available to you. The Franklin Pride bead, which costs $40 per bead (plus taxes and shipping), is offered in other outlets with a 10% contribution to the Food Pantry. When you purchase through the food pantry links, the Food Pantry gains 30% of the item price. To purchase through these links, visit look for the Franklin Pride tab at http://www.franklinfoodpantry.org. Confidence Beads operates the store, will handle the transaction and delivery of the items you order. They will periodically make the donation to the Food Pantry based upon your purchases.

In the United States, Women's History Month, celebrated each March, traces its beginnings back to the first International Women's Day in 1911 and a Sonoma, California school district that began celebrating Women's History Week in 1978. Congressional action in the 1980s cemented the celebration in American culture and classroom curriculum.

The Town of Franklin can claim its fair share of important historical roles for women. According to Eamon McCarthy Earls, author of the new town history, Franklin: From Puritan Precinct to 21st Century ‘Edge City’ much of the credit for the town’s early industrialization goes to women. In particular, Hannah Metcalf, who worked for a Providence millinery shop producing hats. It was she who discovered the process by which expensive imported braided straw hats were made, a very popular item with women and men during the warmer months. By carefully unraveling one, she was able to “reverse engineer” the secret and soon her “sisters” in towns across the region, including Franklin, had

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Artist Spotlight: Richard Denzer By J.D. O’Gara Richard Denzer has been painting with watercolors for over 30 years, and the artist, now a parttime teacher of art himself, credits a teacher with growing his love for the craft. “I had a tremendous watercolor instructor who really fired my imagination,” says Denzer. “He was just really enthusiastic and got me interested in the medium.” The Norfolk artist, who considers himself primarily self-taught, with some workshops and classes, teaches watercolor over at the Franklin Art Center, where a student art show will take place this month. He began teaching a couple of years ago through the Dover Sherborn Community Education Department, where he also still teaches. “I teach essentially teen to adult students,” says Denzer. “Most of them are novices, new to water-

color, and some people are intermediate painters.” The watercolorist says he enjoys incorporating demonstrations and videos of other artists as well as explaining different techniques and the transparent nature of the medium. Denzer says he often counsels his students in the area of supplies, noting that some students invest on $200 sable brushes, whey they could achieve a similar result with a synthetic set. On the other hand, he says, using a decent paper is important, because no matter the brush, if a painter is using sub-par paper, they won’t get good results. Students, like the artist, paint at their own pace, usually working with photographs. “I always appreciated American artists like Andrew Wyeth and Edward Hopper,” says Denzer, “basically for their realism, their realistic style and also the fact that they worked in watercolor. My favorite paintings of theirs were ar-

Franklin Art Center Student Art Show The Franklin Art Center will highlight the artwork of its students for the month of March, kicking off the art show with an opening on march 2nd, from 1-3 p.m. Artwork will include 2- and 3- dimensional work from preschool classes, after school classes, and teen - adult classes in all mediums (oil, charcoal, mixed media, watercolor, acrylics and clay). The Franklin Art Center is located at 5 Main St. in Franklin. They can be reached at (508) 887-2797, or visit their website at www.franklinartcenter.com.

chitectural in style.” That is what Denzer tends to paint. “I just love old homes and I love barns. I love the way they look,” says Denzer. “I find a real challenge in painting the light – the direction of the sun and the interplay of the sun and shadow in a painting and the challenge of trying to make it look as real as possible.” Then, of course, is the draw of the structure itself, he adds. The artist, who actually earns his living as an offset printer for Capital Offset, gives as an example of the features of a façade of a Victorian house he found once in Hatfield, Mass. Denzer was captivated by the detailing of a wood dormer in contrast to a fish scale patterned slate roof. He called the resulting painting “Fish Scale and Ginger Bread,” The challenge, to Denzer, is reproducing the scene as realistically as he is seeing. “The weathered paint, that sort of detail excites me,” considers the artist, and he has painted other structures that catch his eye in the same way. In Millis, for example, an old property near the Norfolk line held a special diamond in the rough. “Many years ago before they put up the no trespassing sign, I walked down the driveway, completely overgrown, and there was this abandoned Buick, half covered in a blue tarp, sitting in back

Watercolorist Richard Denzer, who teaches watercolor painting at the Franklin Art Center, enjoys the challenge of trying to recreate textures and wear in his subjects. Although he tends to paint architecture, this depiction of a rusty old Buick he encountered in Millis is among his favorites.

yard with all this junk around it.” Denzer snapped a photo, and his painting of the rust-covered vehicle is one of his favorites.

In the meantime, he continues to teach his craft, with a medium he believes “doesn’t get the respect it deserves in the art world.”

“Character is what I’m talking about, and especially I love old things,” says Denzer. “Texture is a big attraction to me, and I think the contrast is really important in a painting to make it jump out at you.”

“I personally feel (watercolor) is more forgiving than people believe,” says Denzer, who enjoys helping students make the most of their mistakes in class.

In the 1990s, Denzer began photographing and later painting houses that intrigued him during long weekends in Nantucket with his wife. “It occurred to me I loved doing it,” says the artist, who began working with realtors in the Franklin area to paint house portraits. A couple of years ago, about same time as teaching, Denzer branched out and started painting portraits of pets and of children, as well.

“It’s rewarding when I see a beginner finally get it and start picking up on things,” notes the artist, who adds that many of them simply need more practice. “You’re not going to get better if you don’t do it,” he says. “Almost like everything.” Richard Denzer can be reached at Curb Appeal Portraits, P.O. Box 31, Norfolk, MA 02056 or at r.denzer@comcast.net.

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New Franklin Cable Show to Highlight Parenting “Potholes” By J.D. O’Gara She’s spent 40 years at all different levels of Franklin schools as a teacher, a reading specialist and principal at elementary, middle and high school levels – and in the past year she’s added to her knowledge about raising kids with her Franklin Cable Access Show, “It Takes a Village: Raising Resilient Kids.” Now, Anne Bergen is planning on doing a special cable show devoted to what she’s learned so far, and it will be airing this month on Franklin Cable Access. The special show will be called “Ten Parenting Potholes: Paving the Way for our Kids' Success,” says Bergen, “I’m piecing together

what I’ve learned,” says Bergen. “These are the 10 things I take away about resiliency.” Based on her research and her discussions with experts in the community, Bergen has come to some conclusions. “We are doing such a great job loving and nurturing and protecting our kids, but what the research is telling us is once kids leave that protective environment we’ve create is that when they hit the real world out there, research is indicating that kids are having a harder time,” she says. Bergen recalls research indicating an increase in anxiety, depression, substance abuse, college dropout

rates and suicidal ideation among college-age adults. “These are issues that come when kids don’t have inner resources,” says Bergen, resources they build when they when they are allowed to fail or get rejected, or have to suffer embarrassment and sometimes loss, she says. Some of the topics the upcoming show will cover include the impact of technology, or as Bergen puts it “the wired life,” and what she says is “the need for parents to own the technology. It’s sort of controlling our lives now, and the impact on kids may be greater than they think.”

Children, she says, are not only having issues of learning to be creative without the technology, but, she says, research is indicating “Kids are feeling abandoned and isolated with their own parents.”

starts to think we shouldn’t have such pressure about building resumes for college, we don’t have to force our kids into youth sports so they’re getting scholarships for college.

Bergen hopes to fuel discussion among residents about ways the community as a whole might decide to approach these topics.

So much of it is the pressure society is putting on us,” she says.

She says, for example, that if parents get together and decide to stand firm on an issue as a community, the action may yield a positive result. “If every parent takes kids’ cell phones away at night, we don’t have kids staying up all night texting,” she says. “If a community

In the end, Bergen says, she hopes she can help parents look beyond measures of fame or wealth as success factors and focus on “building lives of character and that strong foundation” within their kids. To learn more about when you might catch Bergen’s latest show, “Ten Parenting Potholes: Paving the Way for our Kids' Success,” visit http://franklin.tv.

John Gorka to Appear at Circle of Friends March 2nd John Gorka returns to the Circle of Friends Coffeehouse on Saturday, March 2nd at 8 p.m. Called “the pre-eminent male singersongwriter of the New Folk movement” by Rolling Stone, he possesses a commandingly beauti-

ful baritone voice. His articulate guitar playing compliments his superb lyrics on songs that are romantic, cosmic, poetic, haunting in their imagery or hilarious. John is always very popular so it is best to order your tickets right away. http://johngorka.com/ Midwestern duo Mustard's Retreat will be opening the show. David Tamulevich and Michael Hough met in Ann Arbor in 1974 and they have been playing and touring together ever since. Their performance presents an eclectic blend of music, old and new, with a big dash of storytelling. Over the years they have created nine recordings, logged well over a million

miles, and have amassed many, many, dedicated and loyal fans. The Circle of Friends Coffeehouse is a non-profit organization affiliated with Franklin's First Universalist Society. Concerts are presented in a smoke free and alcohol free environment at the Society's handicapped accessible Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St. in Franklin, and begin at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7:30 p.m. Beverages and gourmet desserts will be available. Admission is $25. Please call (508) 528-2541 or visit http://www.circlefolk.org/ to purchase tickets or for more information.

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Easter Activities and Services in Franklin A Focus on Tax Strategies By anne Parker

It's time to get out and enjoy the first signs of spring. A couple of photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny are coming to Franklin this month. There are some special services at local churches in town for prepare for Easter. Read below. The Franklin Recreation Dept. Easter Egg Hunt will be held March 29 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Franklin Field House. The event is for children ages 1-9. $10 per child.

Experience the largest egg hunt in the area with Peter Cottontail. Peter and his friends will entertain kids with egg painting, pictures, face painting, and a huge egg hunt. Bring your own basket. Kids will be divided into age groups for the hunt. Bring a camera for some great photos. To register, call Franklin's Recreation Dept. office at (508) 520-4909, or visit them on the web at www.Franklin.MA/recreation.

St. John's Episcopal Church, 237 Pleasant Street will host a Lenten program on March 3, 10 and 17. It will be held at their sister church Holy Trinity Episcopal at 47 East Street in Wrentham. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with light refreshments. Followed by the program from 7:30 to 8:45. It will be continued by an informal discussion at 8:45 for anyone who wishes to stay for more.

During Holy Week at St. John's, on Tuesday March 26, at 7:30 p.m. a Holy Eucharist service will be held. Wednesday, March 27, will have a Tenebrae at 7:30 p.m., and Maunday Thursday at 7:30 p.m. – in which Holy Eucharist service is held and washing of the feet, for anyone who wishes. Good Friday, March 29 will have a 7:30 p.m. service at St. John's Pleasant Street; and a 12 noon service at Holy Trinity Episcopal, 47 East Street, Wrentham. The church will hold mass on Palm Sunday on March 24 at 10:30.

On Holy Thursday, March 28, morning payer will be at 7 am and mass at 7:30 pm. Good Friday offers morning prayer at 7 am. The Good Friday Cross walk is from 12 to 1. Stations of the Cross at 3 p.m. and Service at 7:30 p.m.. Holy Saturday has morning prayer at 7 a.m., Easter vigil at 7:30 p.m.

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Easter Sunday has masses at 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and Noon. Anglican Church of the Redeemer located at 31 Hayward Street, has several activities in preparation for Easter. People are welcome to telephone the church office at 508-346-3423 or visit their website at http://www.redeemeranglicanchurch.org

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Whole Foods Market Bellingham Supports YMCA Whole Foods Market Bellingham selected the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Bernon Family Branch for their Community Giving or 5% day. Five percent of the day’s net sales, totaling $3,475.79, were donated at the end of January to the Hockomock Area YMCA to promote activity and healthy eating. In Massachusetts, 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese and 3 in 5 adults fall into those categories. “Our YMCA is committed to improving the health of kids and families by making the healthy choice the easy choice. The Y is striving to support the community through the development of programs, projects, and policies that create sustainable change,” says Lauren Marciszyn, Youth and Community Wellness Director at the Hockomock Area YMCA’s Bernon Family Branch in Franklin. The Hockomock Area YMCA, Bellingham School Foodservice Department, and Whole Foods Market Bellingham have joined forces to put the mission of healthy choices into action. Bellingham Middle School Students (depicted in the attached photo) are participants in four free cooking workshops where they are learning various skills such as how to properly use a knife, and different cooking techniques such as grilling, broiling, and sautéing. All participants completed an essay prior to the program about what healthy meant to him or her, and one student wrote, ”If I am not healthy, what could I do? Not much, so I want to be able to create healthy food for my family.” Through this program, community collaborations and our YMCA efforts, we hope to make the healthy choice, the easy choice to help the Bellingham Middle School students, as well as all the youth and families in our communities. More information can be found at hockymca.org or directed to LaurenM@hockymca.org.

Franklin Participates in Confined Space Training Municipal employees in water, sewer, lighting and fire departments regularly work among the most hazardous conditions – including confined spaces. To limit risk and ensure safety, 25 municipal workers from Franklin, Williamsburg and surrounding communities participated in a comprehensive, two-day Confined Space Training on September 2021 at the Anne T. Dunphy School in Williamsburg. The Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), Williamsburg’s property and casualty insurance provider, in collaboration with The New England Consortium (TNEC), a worker health and safety training organization, offered the training free of charge to the communities as a membership benefit. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) confined workspaces are those which, “Hinder the activities of any employees that must enter into, work in, and exit from them.” Confined spaces present increased risk of serious injury and exposure to hazards such as entrapment, engulfment in water, soil or other debris, and dangerous atmospheric conditions (presence of toxins or lack of oxygen). On average, 80 fatalities occur each year in the Unites States because of confined space hazards; about 50 percent of them are would-be rescuers. “We are grateful to MIIA for training opportunities like this one, which will help us enhance our community services, keep Franklin’s employees safe, and reduce municipal risks – without additional cost to the taxpayer,” said Jeffrey Nutting, town administrator.

Rodney Poles, Marketing & Community Relations Team Leader of Whole Foods Bellingham presents a check to Lauren Marciszyn, Youth & Community Wellness Director of the Bernon Family Branch of the Hockomock Area YMCA. The photo was taken with the Bellingham Middle School youth who participated in one of the cooking workshops.

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Training participants learned about OSHA-recommended protocols for entering Permit Required Confined Spaces including procedures and checklists for eliminating or controlling hazards and preventing injury. They also evaluated confined space scenarios and learned about the roles of the worksite entrant, attendant and supervisor. Trainees were educated on personal protective equipment, gas meters, air monitoring equipment and blowers; how to calculate hazardous chemical flash points and exposure limits; as well as “lock-out/tag-out” procedures for controlling kinetic or mechanical energy. Hands-on activities in actual permit spaces included group communications exercises and demonstrations of confined space access and retrieval using harnesses and tripod systems. Upon completion of this and other MIIA risk- and loss-prevention programs, the town is eligible to receive insurance premium

credits through the MIIA Rewards Programs thereby reducing its property and casualty insurance costs. For more information on the MIIA please visit www.emiia.org and www.mma.org.

About TNEC The New England Consortium (TNEC) is a worker health and safety training organization based at UMASS Lowell. Since 1987, TNEC has provided dynamic hands-on, participatory health and safety training. It partners with MIIA to bring several training programs to municipal employees in Massachusetts. Through simulated work tasks and mock incidents, TNEC students gain a better understanding of work site hazards and how to properly respond in an emergency situation. TNEC is one of 20 national programs administered by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Franklin Food Pantry We believe in the power of community. Our mission is to connect the resources needed to sustain a healthy life. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we distributed more than 115,000 pounds to more than 1000 neighbors this past year. You can mail your donation to the Franklin Food Pantry, PO Box 116, Franklin, MA 02038 or drop off donations of food at 43 West Central St., Franklin. Our current needs include: • Health & Beauty Products • Cleaning Products • Paper Products • Baked Beans / Dry Beans • Baking Mixes Flour / Sugar

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Outdoor decorating at it’s finest! With so many of today’s homeowners desiring to expand their living spaces, it’s only natural to incorporate the GREAT outdoors in your next decorating project.

Whether it’s a porch, patio, sunroom or four season room, outdoor decorating can become a beautiful extension of your home. And, as with other rooms in your home, it all begins with a plan. Do you entertain a lot? Is your new outdoor space primarily for your personal and family enjoyment? What activities might be taking place in this new area – outdoor/indoor games? Dining? Reading? Relaxing? Once you’ve determined your needs and wants, it’s time to begin! And with Mother Nature as your

backdrop, why not be a bit bolder in your color selections. Creating a bright and dramatic outdoor color scheme is sure to take your new space from dull to dazzling! Furniture styles? There are a myriad to chose from – all sizes and shapes – as well as countless all weather fabrics in gorgeous designs. Wicker and rattan continue to be the most popular and comfortable seating selections. Area Rugs? Yes! For sure! Nothing helps set off a conversational area better than a well designed area rug. Today’s all

weather styles will add a definite touch of design excitement to our new outdoor space! Lighting? Of course! Especially, if you intend to use your space for reading and relaxing. Task lighting options are virtually limitless! Window Treatments? Not something that you typically think about when designing an outdoor space, but creating a beautiful, functional and practical window treatment can actually help add even more ambiance to your new room’s style!

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Congressman Kennedy Visits Tri-County RVTHS Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III visited Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School on the morning of Wednesday, January 30 for a tour of the school’s career technical programs. Tri-County Superintendent-Director Stephen Dockray, TriCounty School Committee members Donna Cabibbo (Millis), Linda Reynolds (Medway), Steven Trask (Franklin), and Robert Wilkinson (Plainville), Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators (MAVA) Director of Professional Development Peter Dewar, Tri-County Principal Jean Mallon, and other school administrators welcomed Congressman Kennedy to the school for a breakfast reception at the student-run

restaurant Gerry’s Place, followed by a tour of a variety of the school’s career technical programs.

Automotive Technology, and Cosmetology programs, as well as an AP Calculus class, and the school library.

“We were pleased that Congressman Kennedy could take time from his day to visit our school and learn about the career technical education we offer,” noted Superintendent Dockray. “Our mission is to prepare students for the workforce or college, and career technical education is very important to the economic prosperity of Massachusetts,” he added.

In the Engineering classroom, Instructors Michael Garland and Mohammed Bakr talked with Congressman Kennedy, who serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, about their students’ involvement with HUNCH (High School United with NASA to Create Hardware). Through their participation with HUNCH, six Engi-

During the school tour, Congressman Kennedy visited the Dental Assisting, Electrical Wiring Technology, Carpentry, Medical Careers, Engineering Technology,

neering seniors will travel to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas this April to test their experimental mass meter on a zero gravity plane at Ellington Field. Tri-County is the only school in the Northeast and one of eight high schools in the country to be selected by NASA to participate in HUNCH and fly their experiment aboard the zero gravity plane. Students and teachers in other career technical programs gave Congressman Kennedy a tour of their classrooms and insight into the

skills that are learned during each progressive school year. “Walking through the school, it was incredible to see the level of engagement and the skill of the students here,” said Congressman Kennedy at the end of the tour. “Tri-County and career technical education prepares students for the real world, whether they want to go straight to work or pursue higher education. It’s a tribute to all that our administrators and teachers do as educators,” he added.

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Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day at La Salette A St. Patrick’s Day celebration and dinner will take place at National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, 947 Park St. in Attleboro on Sunday, March 9, 2013. The event will take place from 5-9 p.m. and will include a dinner of Corned Beef, Cabbage, Carrots, Potatoes, Dessert & Coffee or Tea, as well as entertainment by The Wild Rovers Irish Band Show with Maureen Haley’s School of Irish Dancers. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the Welcome Center at the Reception Desk. Visit lasalette-shrine.org or call (508) 222-5410 to learn more.

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• What type of anesthesia am I going to get? With modern cataract surgery, most surgeries should be completed under topical anesthesia and local sedation. Local sedation means that the anesthesiologist will give you minimal sedation, allowing you to recover your activities after surgery almost immediately with little or no risk on your health. Topical anesthesia means that the surgery eye becomes numb with drops. No need for injections and shots around the eye. No shots translates into less risk of bleeding and side effects from the shots. Ask your surgeon about his techniques and how your procedure will be performed.

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• Will my need to wear glasses be reduced? Cataract surgery is a wonderful opportunity to limit or eliminate your need for glasses. As the surgeon removes the cataract, there is an opportunity to replace the cloudy lens with a special high tech implant able to achieve this goal. The new bladeless laser assisted surgery offers the opportunity to correct astigmatism at the same time as the surgery, allowing the lens implants to correct for distance, near and everything in between. Ask your surgeon if he/ she is able to achieve this goal. • What will be my vision on day 1 after the surgery? One of the measurements defining outcomes of cataract surgery is the quality of vision on day 1 after

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2013 Could Spell Disaster for Your Estate Plan! New Laws Proposed Would Reduce Benefits for Seniors By DenniS B. SuLLivan, eSq, CPa, LLM THe eSTaTe PLanninG & aSSeT PrOTeCTiOn Law CenTer OF DenniS SuLLivan & aSSOCiaTeS During the past year, there have been two proposals which have the potential to negatively impact Seniors and Boomers who have not acted to protect their hard earned life savings. Though these proposals have not been passed, the significant impact that they carry warrants their discussion.

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10 Year Look-Back The other troublesome proposal that was introduced in 2012 was HR8300. This proposed legislation fortunately did not pass, however the Congressional Budget Office continues to study an increase the current look-back period for Medicaid from 5 years to 10 years. In 2006, during the Bush Era, when the look-back period was increased from 3 to 5 years for all transfers, the Congressional

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What is of concern to many people is what is going to happen with their health care and the Affordable Care Act and how it is going to produce the $716 billion in Medicare savings.

Commission on Long Term Care Also, the recently established Commission on Long Term Care will be reviewing and possibly reducing Senior’s benefits for Medicare and Medicaid and the coordination benefits currently available to Seniors. They will also study how the services are made available in the various states. What this all means is that we cannot assume the status quo will continue because there is an increasing demand due to the current and growing number of Seniors need and qualifying for care. At the same time there are increasing state and federal budget concerns

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Roy Appointed to Three New Committees State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D – Franklin) was appointed to three committees in the Massachusetts House of Representatives by Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. Roy will service on the Education, Judiciary, and Global Warming and Climate Change Committees.

offer a great opportunity for me to help the residents of Massachusetts. I was pleased that the Speaker will allow me to apply my skills as a lawyer and my background in education to assist with the business of the House of Representatives.”

“It’s a great honor to have been chosen for these committees,” noted Roy. “These are challenging times and these assignments will

The committee on education considers all matters concerning education in grades K through 12 and such other matters as may be

referred. Roy’s 10 years with the Franklin School Committee and service on school building committees should be helpful with this work.

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Give Myles a Paw into a New Home Meet "Myles," an older kitten who is curious, and fun-loving and a friend to all the volunteers. He was left on the doorstep of a local Animal Control Office and it was discovered that this young kitten had a wound on his paw that would require a six month quarantine. PCS was called because Animal Control did not want to euthanize this kitten. He has completed his quarantine and is now ready to find a loving home. Myles is a very cute black and white, domestic shorthair that loves playtime and would be a great companion. He would also do well in a home with another cat. If you are interested in meeting Myles or any of the other cats available for adoption at PCS visit our website www.purrfectcatshelter.org or call the message center at (508) 5335855 for more information and adoption applications.

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Democrats to Hold Caucus in Franklin March 9th Democrats in Franklin will hold a caucus to elect delegates to the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s 2013 Platform Convention on March 9 at 10 am in the Franklin Room at the Alumni Restaurant. All registered Democrats as of December 31, 2012 in Franklin are eligible to participate. Following a short break after the caucus, the Franklin Democratic Town Committee will hold a hearing on the Democratic Party Platform. The caucus is open press. “At our 2013 convention, the delegates selected by Franklin Democrats will participate in a debate and adopt the state Democratic Party platform for the next four years, catch up and network with other organizers around the Commonwealth and hear from some exciting future leaders of our party,” said Massachusetts Democratic Party Chair John Walsh. What: Franklin Democratic town caucus to select delegates for the 2013 Massachusetts Party’s Platform Convention.

When: Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 10 a.m. Where: Alumni Restaurant, 391 East Central Street, Franklin, MA Who: Contact Denise Schultz, Caucus Chair at (508) 612-5950 Background: Delegates to the 2013 Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform Convention will debate and adopt a new party platform. The convention will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell. Starting this year, the Massachusetts Democratic Party will also hold a Youth Convention for high school organizers. The Franklin Democratic Caucus will elect 14 delegates and 3 alternates to the 2013 Massachusetts Democratic Convention. Delegates will be divided equally between men and women. Those not elected as Delegate and/or Alternate, who meet the qualifications, may apply to be add-on delegates in the following categories: youth, minority, and disabled.

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Franklin Sports Franklin Native In 8th Year With Hurricanes but professional scouting is the best. I get paid to do what’s fun. It’s a labor of love, and I look forward to work every day.’’

NHL Lockout Didn’t Interfere With Luccini’s Role As A Scout By ken HaMwey The National Hockey League’s 3-month lockout affected players, fans and owners, but it was business as usual for Bob Luccini, the Carolina Hurricanes’ chief New England scout. The 64-year-old Franklin native, who coached the boys varsity team for 24 years at Franklin High and led the Panthers to a state championship in 1983, is in his eighth year as a full-time scout for the Hurricanes. “The lockout didn’t affect me,’’ Luccini said. “There’s still games to see, and eventually there had to be a draft. A scout has to be prepared. I felt all along that the season would be salvaged because there’s too much money at stake. It was a question of when, not if.’’ The high school and college seasons are heading into post-season play, which will keep Luccini busy, but halfway through those campaigns the well-traveled Luccini had already seen 200 games and likely will see around 350 by April.

Luccini also has seen his share of junior league contests, which take him to many mid-western cities.

Luccini’s formula for selecting quality players is based on four attributes. Players must be top-notch skaters, have passion and high character, be skilled and have size and strength.

“The United States Hockey League is the top junior league in the country,’’ Luccini said. “When I scout the USHL, I go to places like Green Bay, Sioux City (Iowa), Fargo (North Dakota), Omaha, Minneapolis, Chicago and Indianapolis.’’

Franklin native and former Panthers’ coach Bob “Pro hockey is so fastHis itinerary for January in- Luccini says he gets paid to do what’s fun as the paced and that makes cluded six days in Quebec, four Carolina Hurricanes’ chief New England scout. skating a high priority,’’ days in North Carolina and stops he said. “A player has to in Minneapolis and Nova Scotia. contract. “You can’t beat them. As love the game and be passionate “I don’t mind traveling, because far as the lockout goes, it’s good it about it, he’s got to have good many of my trips are for only a ended. Now, we’ve got a sense that skills and technique, and size and day,’’ he said. “And, I get to see we’re working for something. strength are keys.’’ some new places. When I was in There still are some bruised feelLuccini believes the Hurricanes, Quebec, I visited little cities like ings, but it seems like the fans are who didn’t get to the playoffs last Victoriaville and Drummondville, coming come back.’’ year, will be in contention for a places I had never been.’’ A 1966 Franklin graduate who post-season berth. He also likes the Luccini reports to the Hurri- played basketball and baseball, Boston Bruins’ prospects. canes’ Scouting Director, Tony Luccini ended his coaching career “We traded for Jared Staal and MacDonald, and also works with with 400 victories. That was re- signed Alex Semin as a free Carolina General Manager Jim warding, but he considers scouting agent,’’ he noted. “Staal came to a true blessing. Rutherford. us from Pittsburgh in exchange for “I loved every minute when I Brandon Sutter. Semin had played “They’re two great guys to work coached, and I had great players,’’ for Washington. Both are elite for,’’ said Luccini, who’s now on Luccini said. I’d never change that, players who should give us some the second year of a three-year scoring punch. The Bruins should have a strong season. Their question is how far they can go with Tuukka Rask in goal.’’

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Luccini got his start in the NHL with the help of one of his former players at Franklin. Peter Laviolette, who excelled in the 1980s, had become head coach of Carolina and notified his former coach the team was looking for a New England scout.

“I had been working for Benny’s Oil as a dispatcher, and I enjoyed my role, but I couldn’t pass up the Hurricanes,’’ said Luccini, who has an NHL championship ring (the Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup in 2006). As a coach, Luccini’s squads won 12 Hockomock League crowns, one state title and were runners-up for the state title twice. “The 1983 state title team was my top thrill in coaching,’’ he said. “There was nothing like it — beating teams like Wilmington, Columbus, Barnstable, Medfield and Falmouth in the final was exciting.’’ Luccini’s philosophy of coaching was simple. He demanded hard work and wanted players who displayed passion for the sport. “I stressed the importance of being a difference-maker,’’ Luccini emphasized. “And, I know the kids realized that winning was a by-product of hard work.’’ Luccini, who still resides in Franklin, continues to exude lots of love for hockey. When he had a serviceman at his home recently, Luccini informed the man he had to go to work. The serviceman asked what Luccini did for a living. “I told him I had to go to Boston College to see BC play New Hampshire,’’ Luccini said. “He looked at me and said: ‘you call that work.’ ‘’ Hockey is work but it’s also Luccini’s passion.

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Franklin Sports Tri-County's Lauren Laflamme Proves Spirit, not Size, Wins Games By CHriSTOPHer

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This season the Tri-County girls basketball team has started a relatively young squad under Coach Ryan Hippert. The first year coach didn’t want to come in and appoint a senior as captain, just because they were a senior. “I really didn’t want to pick a captain right away, I wanted to see what we had before I made any decision,” the coach said. “Lauren (Laflamme) was an extremely hard worker in practice as well as in games. I picked her as our captain because she deserved it.” Laflamme, a Medway resident, has been playing basketball since the second grade and played all four years on the varsity team. Although she had been playing the sport for about a decade, it wasn’t until this season that she considered herself an elite basketball player.

“It was this year that I realized that I was good. I never really considered myself to be a shooter, but Coach Hippert thought otherwise,” she said. “Last year he told me that I could be a scorer if I worked on my shooting. I started shooting more and I guess my hard work has gone a long way.” Laflamme averages about 7 points per game, but it’s her defense that makes her a special player. “Lauren is not the tallest player (she’s only 5’ 8”), but she continues to hold her own down low,” the Tri-County coach said. “I don’t need her to score a lot, I just want her to rebound and play solid defense. If you play good defense that translates into offense.” The senior agreed with her coach in regards to her defensive play, but also believes that her shooting has gotten increasingly better this winter.

“In the past scoring was not a big deal with me. I tried to focus my energy on one thing at a time and that was defense,” Laflamme said. “Now I’m becoming more confident with my shooting and that has translated into more scoring.” Despite her size, Laflamme has continued to battle the much larger girls night in and night out. “I’d say almost every girl I go up against is bigger than me, but motivation and execution like boxing out, jumping at the right time and positioning have helped me,” she said. “They don’t expect a little girl to outplay them. It was a little intimidating at first, but it pushed me to work harder at becoming a better defensive player.” Laflamme likes the fast paced sports. In addition to basketball, she also likes soccer and track. Tri-County Girls' Basketball team caption Lauren Laflamme adds fire to her team's defense.

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Franklin Sports Tom Hall, Tri-County's Unsung Hero By CHriSTOPHer TreMBLay Franklin’s Tom Hall became interested in Football at the age of eight when he began watching the Patriots and soon after his father suggested he try out for the Pop Warner team. Now 10 years later, he’s concluded his senior season with Tri-County, which included two trips to the Vocational Super Bowl. “I just fell in love with football, mainly because I could hit people and not get in trouble for it,” said the Cougar tackle. “Playing the (offensive) line you get to hit someone on every play.” Hitting people aside, Hall was a three-year varsity starter for TriCounty who really impressed his coach. “If you had to draw a picture of a student athlete – you’d get Tom,” Tri-County Coach Tony Mazzola said. “He’s a quiet kid with no rah, rah, but he goes out and does his job. As a lineman, if your name isn’t called, then you know you’re doing something

right. You never heard his name called.” It wasn’t until his sophomore year until Hall made the varsity squad, and although his first game wasn’t one to write home about, he did use it as a stepping stone to make a name for himself over the next three seasons. “Making the varsity team was a different experience. I really didn’t know any of the players, but they were nice and taught me a lot about the game,” Hall said. “My first start, we played terrible as a team, but I felt that all the pressure was on my shoulders and it was my fault that we played badly. After talking to the coaches and the upper classman, I was reassured that it wasn’t my fault and I felt a lot better.” During his first two years on the varsity team, the Cougars went to the Vocational Super Bowl, only to lose both contests. The first, Hall’s inaugural season with Tri-County, the team was just happy to be there, but the second time around, they felt they were the better team.

“Last year, we thought that we were the better team and we could just walk over anyone in our way,” Hall said. “It was a real wake-up call for us after the first quarter.” While Hall and Cougars teammates were on the losing end of both Super Bowls, no one knew what was in store for them this year. “It’s your senior year, so you want to do good, but we didn’t have a good year at all (TC finished 1-9). Still, I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” the Franklin resident said. “Coach called this year the middle child syndrome. The older kids, or those in front of us, were the ones that we looked up to, while the ones behind us were the ones people were talking about.” Coach Mazzola knew this fall was going to be taxing on the kids, and he let them know it prior to the season getting under way. “This year was extremely tough. Most of these kids had three years of post season play under their belts, but I let them know that it was going to be a hard year,” the coach said. “Despite the 1-9 record, they continued to work hard and never gave up, and Tom had a lot to do with that.” Although Hall was not named to the All-Star team, he was rewarded with the Cougars’ Unsung Hero award, during a year that he was asked to change positions. Hall played center for Tri-County his

Despite a tough year, Tom Hall held his own this year, moving from center to tackle to fill a need. The player is considering putting his athletic prowess and team mentality to work in the Army next year.

first two varsity seasons, but was moved to tackle this past fall because of need. “We graduated four linemen from last year’s squad and needed to move Tom to fill the gap,” Mazzola said. “The move came easy for him. In the past, he was used to double teams and handling bigger guys at the center position, but as a tackle, he only had to worry about guys coming at him from one side.”

Following high school, Hall would love to continue playing football, but at this point in time, he’s leaning toward joining the army. When next year’s team takes the field without Hall Mazzola will feel his loss. “I’m really going to miss him,” the coach said. “He’s been here all three years with me, and I have to say I was lucky to have kids like Tom during those years.”

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This thirty minute storytime is for independent 3, 4, & 5-year-olds who are invited to attend "on their own." It features stories, songs, fingerplays, and other interactive activities to encourage reading and promote literacy. No registration is required.

Each thirty minute session uses nursery rhymes, songs, puppets, and more to promote the learning process of babies and toddlers. This program is designed for children up to two-years-old along with their caregiver. No registration is required.

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“Get Framed!” monday, march 4th, 2013 You’ll be the center of attention in the picture frame you make.

“St. Patrick’s Day” monday, march 11th, 2013 St. Patrick’s Day is the 17th. Celebrate the day with a leprechaun hat and shamrock glasses.

“Spring’s coming! Let’s go fly – An airplane!” monday, march 18th, 2013 We’ll be making wood and paper airplanes. Will yours fly the farthest?

Terrific Twos at 10:30 a.m. Thirty minutes of stories, songs, and activities for children who are two-years-old. No registration is required.

March 6th, 2013 Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.) at 6:30 p.m. Calling all teens: this is your chance to tell us what to do! On the 1st Wednesday of the month, come help us plan teen programs, choose materials, and promote the library. We will provide snacks. Membership looks great on job and college applications. Open to all!

Thursday, march 7th, 2013 Celebrate Albert Einstein’s birthday with us by making green slime and having some fun with science.

Stories, activities, and a craft for children ages 4 and 5 who are able to attend "on their own." This program lasts around 45 minutes. No registration is required.

Fun Club for ages 8 to 12, monday, march 25th, 2013 Every Thursday at 3:30 No batteries needed to make your p.m. This program is designed for tweens ages 8 to 12 years old and

Fenway 1912 by Glen Stout Summer of '49 by David Halberstam Teammates by David Halberstam Wait Till Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin

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Thursday, march 14th, 2013 Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We will have a craft, a game, and a little Irish music to get us in the holiday spirit!

“Grass Hair Planters” Thursday, march 21st, 2013 Welcome the first day of Spring by making your own funny Grass Hair Planters. Design your own and watch the grass hair grow when you bring it home.

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school and grade school children, however parents of all ages welcome. Barbara Brunelli has worked in the field of Child Abuse and Neglect for more than 25 years and worked for the MA Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and the Domestic Violence Unit of the Norfolk County DA. She is an instructor for the MA Municipal Police Training Committee. Tuesday, April 30 from 7-9 p.m. Cost: $20 To see the complete details and list of class offerings and to register online, please visit the Adult Education website at www.franklin.k12.ma.us and click on Department, Lifelong, then Adult Education. For questions, please e-mail adulted@franklin.k12.ma.us or call (508) 541-2100 X 3178.

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as well as dessert and coffee. Trivia will follow. The cost of the event is $35, or $240 for a table of 8. Attendees are invited to come on their own, or form teams of eight players.

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wrong. He is receiving therapy at Journey Forward, in Canton, but this therapy is not covered by insurance. “I have known Kevin since 1994 when his mom Tara came to work for me at a small company in Hopedale,” says George Conley. “Kevin is a spectacular young man in every sense of the word - smart and caring. A small group of us has worked constantly since his injury in August of 2007 to insure that Kevin stays in the best possible condition. He has not had the tra-

ditional issues that come with his injury and we are convinced that it is because of his rehab at Journey Forward in Canton, Mass. Journey believes that the body can relearn what it has lost due to the injury. The Journey costs are not covered by insurance so we have two events a year to defray the costs.” For more information about Kevin Chambers, visit www.kchambers.org. To learn more about Journey Forward, visit http://www.journey-forward.org/

Tech Day Camp March 23 The United Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor an all-day Tech Day Camp on Sat., March 23 at Tri-County RVT High School, 147 Pond St. in Franklin. The Camp will feature more than 30 workshops to help people get started using today’s technology or learn how to use it better. The event is especially geared towards small businesses and non-profit organizations and is organized by the Toolbox. Get more information and register online at www.techdaycamp.com.


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Calendar of Events March 1 Romeo and Juliet, 7:30 p.m. Dean College, email boxoffice@dean.edu, call (508) 541-1605 or visit www.deanedu/performance. March 2 Society of St. Vincent de Paul Monthly Food Collection, Items may be may be left in the Conference Room located downstairs in the rear of the church itself left in the marked boxes at the doors of the main part of the church. Romeo and Juliet, 7:30 p.m. Dean College, email boxoffice@dean.edu, call (508) 541-1605 or visit www.deanedu/performance. Franklin Art Center Student Art Show kickoff, 1-3 p.m., Franklin Art Center, 5 Main St. in Franklin. They can be reached at (508) 887-2797, or visit their website at www.franklinartcenter.com. Show will be up through March. John Gorka, http://johngorka.com/, 8 p.m., Circle of Friends Coffeehouse, First Universalist Society Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut St, Franklin, $25 March 3 Society of St. Vincent de Paul Monthly Food Collection, Items may be may be left in the Conference Room located downstairs in the rear of the church itself left in the marked boxes at the doors of the main part of the church. March 4 Wee Read, 3-5 year-olds, Franklin Public Library 10:30 a.m. Get Framed, Krafty Mondays for ages 6-12, 3:30 p.m., Franklin Public Library, make your own frame March 5 Mother Goose on the Loose, ages 0-2, 10:30 a.m., Franklin Public Library March 6 Franklin Art Association meeting featuring Oil painting demonstration with David Sturtavant, New Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill St., watercolor painting demonstration by Wellesley artist Nan Rumpf (www.nanrumpf.com), from 6:30-9 p.m. with a business meeting starting at 6:45, the first Wednesday of each month, September through June. Meetings are free and open to the public. Visit the website at www.franklinart.org Terrific Twos, stories, songs, activities for 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m., Franklin Public Library March 7 Green Slime Time, Fun Club for ages 8-12, 3:30 p.m., Franklin Public Library

March 8 March Madness! A free family event at the Forge Park YMCA. It's a carnival theme evening from 7:30 to 8 pm. They will serve healthy snacks and have activities and arts & crafts for the whole family. No registration required. Just show up! For more info, contact the Y at 508-528-8708. Walk Away from Knee Pain with MAKOplasty, 10 a.m., Victoria Haven Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, 137 Nichols St., Norwood. Features Dr. Courtney Dawson, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon from Norwood Hospital & Norwood Orthopedic Sports Medicine. Free, and continental breakfast provided. Parking available. For questions and more info., or to RSVP, call Kimberly at (781) 762-0858 or email kciardi@rehabassociates.com March 9 Franklin Democratic Caucus, 10 a.m., Franklin Room of Alumni Restaurant, 391 East Central St., Franklin, Contact Denise Schultz (508) 612-5950. All registered Democrats in Franklin as of December 31, 2012 may participate. After caucus, FDTC will hold hearing on Democratic Party Platform. ST. PATRICK’S CELEBRATION, National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, Attleboro Dinner 5-9 p.m. Corned Beef, Cabbage, Carrots, Potatoes, Dessert & Coffee or Tea The Wild Rovers Irish Band Show with Maureen Haley’s School of Irish Dancers Welcome Center - Tickets: $20 Tickets - Welcome Center at the Reception Desk Community VNA March 11 Wee Read, 3-5 year-olds, Franklin Public Library 10:30 a.m. St. Patrick's Day Krafty Monday, for ages 6-12, 3:30 p.m., Franklin Public Library, Celebrate day with leprechaun hat and shamrock glasses March 12 Mother Goose on the Loose, ages 0-2, 10:30 a.m., Franklin Public Library March 13 Terrific Twos, stories, songs, activities for 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m., Franklin Public Library Coping with the Challenging Behaviors of Dementia Program at Community VNA, A Free Community Education Program, 6:30 - 8 p.m., Community VNA, 10 Emory Street, Attleboro, Free and open to the public. Pre-registration required; call 800.220.0110 or email register@communityvna.com. For more information, visit www.communityvna.com.

March 14 St. Patrick's Day, Fun Club for ages 812, Franklin Public Library, 3:30 p.m., Make your own funny grass hair planters. ATHENA Award Luncheon & Women in Business Expo, United Regional Chamber of Commerce, 11 a.m.,at Highland Country Club, 104 Mechanic St., Attleboro. 8 am to 1 pm. $30 pp and cost to exhibit at Women in Business Expo is $99 for chamber members and $149 for non-members, including one luncheon reservation. Call the Chamber at (508) 222-0801, (508) 528-2800 or (508) 695-6011. March 16 Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers Class at Tri-County Regional Vocational High School, 147 Pond St. - This course covers core material such as adult and pediatric CPR, foreignbody airway obstruction, and automated external defibrillation. This course is for healthcare providers or others who must have credentials in CPR. Course Completion Card is valid for 2 years. Contact Tri-County at 508-528-5400 or visit the website at www.Tri-County.TC (Continuing Education) March 17 St. Patrick's Day Nissan Village Road Race Supporting Hockomock YMCA, 3.7 mile run/walk road race, 10 a.m., Hockomock YMCA, 300 Elwood St., North Attleboro, Mass. $25 pre-registration; $30 same day, visit www.3craceproductions.com/RacePages/NissanVill age5K.htm March 18 Wee Read, 3-5 year-olds, Franklin Public Library 10:30 a.m. Spring's Coming! Let's Go Fly - An Airplane! Krafty Mondays for ages 612, 3:30 p.m., Franklin Public Library, wood and paper airplane making March 19 Mother Goose on the Loose, ages 0-2, 10:30 a.m., Franklin Public Library March 20 Terrific Twos, stories, songs, activities for 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m., Franklin Public Library March 21 Grass Hair Planters, Fun Club for ages 8-12, Franklin Public Library, 3:30 p.m., Make your own funny grass hair planters. 17th Annual Trivia Bee, Franklin Education Foundation, 7 p.m., Thomas Mercer Auditorium at the Horace Mann Middle School. Will include live music by Franklin H.S. Jazz Band, raffle table and refreshments. Teams of 3 people

sponsored by businesses, groups and individuals. To sponsor a team or donate item to raffle, contact Maureen Roy at maurroy@aol.com. To learn more about Franklin Education Foundation, visit www.franklined.org March 23 Tech Day Camp, all-day event sponsored by United Regional Chamber of Commerce at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School, 147 Pond St., FRanklin. Over 30 workshops to help small businesses and nonprofits get started using today's technology. For more information, visit www.techdaycamp.com March 25 Wee Read, 3-5 year-olds, Franklin Public Library 10:30 a.m. Kaleidoscopes, Krafty Mondays for ages 6-12, 3:30 p.m., Franklin Public Library, make your own kaleidoscope Let's Laugh Today, Experience the health benefits of joyful laughter 7:308:30pm at the Meetinghouse of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin. $5 donation to the church, $10 maximum per family. Please bring your water bottle because laughing is dehydrating. (508) 660-2223 or e-mail billandlinda@letslaughtoday.com. March 26 Mother Goose on the Loose, ages 0-2, 10:30 a.m., Franklin Public Library March 27 Terrific Twos, stories, songs, activities for 2-year-olds, 10:30 a.m., Franklin Public Library March 28 Game Night, Fun Club for Ages 8-12, Franklin Public Library, 3:30 p.m., just drop in and play March 30 New England Family History Conference, Franklin LDS Church 91 Jordan Road, Franklin, registration starts at 8:15 a.m., or visit http://www.nefamilyhistory.com CPR and First Aid Class at Tri-County Regional Vocational High School, 147 Pond St., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., This course teaches CPR, AED use, relief of choking in adults, children and infants. This course is for the general public, childcare providers and anyone who has a duty to respond to an emergency because of job responsibilities. Certified by American Heart Association. Course Completion Card is valid for 2 years. Contact Tri-County at (508) 528-5400 or visit the website at www.TriCounty.TC (Continuing Education)


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