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Food Elves to Kick Off 12-Day Food Drive at Holiday Stroll Six Local Businesses Pledge $1,200 if 1,200 lb. Of Food is Collected for Pantry BY MARJORIE TURNER HOLLMAN

also teamed up with the Franklin Downtown Partnership, and are undertaking the “Twelve Days of Donating,� kicking off the drive on December 1st at the Tree Lighting at Dean College in front of Dean Hall, which launches the Downtown Partnership’s 3rd Annual Holiday Stroll.

At Christmas time eight years ago, the Little Food Elves began pulling a wagon through their Franklin neighborhood collecting food for the Franklin Food Pantry. Melissa and Cameron Piana, (the elves) then nine and five years old, respectively, were concerned about their neighbors who didn’t have enough to eat. Melissa explained recently, “We learned at a young age that locally there were people with not enough to eat— that confused me. I wanted to be able to help them especially since they’re in my town.� Eight years have passed, and the elves’ vision of helping people has matured. “We’ve grown up, and we’re not so little anymore,� Melissa explained. “So we wanted to make it town-wide, not just little kids doing this.� Now calling themselves the Franklin Food Elves, it’s not just Melissa and Cameron anymore. They’ve gotten eight of their friends from

Melissa and Cameron Piana began the Franklin Food Elves as little kids pulling a wagon. Now, they've enlisted the help of fellow teens and six Franklin businesses to help with a 12-day challenge -- collect 1,200 lbs. of food and raise $1,200 for the Franklin Food Pantry.

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Melissa and Cameron’s efforts to give back to their hungry neighbors started small. Melissa explained, “We dropped off flyers with our neighbors, and the following week people put food by their mail boxes. We got handwritten notes encouraging us. We went over to the Franklin Food Pantry with the food we’d collected.� Executive Director of the Downtown Partnership, Lisa Piana (also the Food Elves’ mom) noted that, “One person had to pull the wagon, and one person had to handle the groceries—they realized it wasn’t a one-person

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Santa Foundation Set to Reach Its 50,000th Client BY JANE LEBAK Eight hundred area families will answer the door this Christmas to find none other than Santa Claus. In his red suit, Santa will deliver presents to families which otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford gifts, and all due to the generosity of the Santa Foundation. Now in its 26th year of operation, The Santa Foundation serves 29 communities in the greater Boston area, including 65 families in Medway, 30 in Millis, 95 families in Franklin, and 72 in Norfolk. Founded by Robert Sullivan, The Santa Foundation launched in its first year with two families and one

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objective: to bring joy to struggling families. By Christmas 2011, the Santa Foundation expects to have delivered to its 50,000th client. Robert Sullivan explains, "We deliver to people who've never asked for anything in their whole life. Not to give a gift to your kid at Christmas, that's a hard thing. But if you can do that or make a Christmas dinner--for that one day, you're like everyone else in the whole world. It can give you the hope to go forward." The Santa Foundation links sponsor families with families in need. Sullivan says, "Sponsors call us and tell us what size family they want." Families range from two individuals to as many as twenty. "We give the ages and sizes, not who they are and where they live. Sponsors buy whatever they want. They do the wrapping. They tag it, and we deliver it to the recipient's house." Delivery is by Saint Nick himself, decked out in a red Santa suit. George Ferguson, one of the Santa Foundation Directors, has delivered as Santa Claus since the fifth year. "This is a great organization, where the whole town comes together." He adds, "This is all done without cost to anybody, and all the workers are volunteers." Robert Sullivan explains that with all operating costs covered by Sullivan Associates, one hundred percent of monetary donations go toward client needs. "Every dime we collect goes right to the families." Need right now is exceptionally high. With the current economic situation, companies have closed, and because of that, the Foundation has lost thirty families that were previously sponsors. More children are in homeless shelters, and more abused children are in homes, and the Santa Foundation helps them too. When asked what the Foundation needs, Sullivan replies without hesitation. "We need more sponsors, that's for sure." Anyone can volunteer to be a sponsor right up until December 24th." In previous years, the state police have called the Foundation even on Christmas Eve, seeking help for displaced families. Middlesex Savings Bank has been a sponsor for several years, even hosting an in-branch event in

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"We don't want praise," says Sullivan. "We want to help people." Still, recipient families are grateful. "They send thank you cards and letters," sometimes sharing their stories, "and the stories are amazing." For 800 families, Santa Claus comes courtesy of a pickup truck and the Foundation sponsors' generosity.

2010 to raise awareness. Says Middlesex Savings Bank Senior Vice President and Director of Marketing James Briand, "As a mutual bank, one of our core missions is to give back to the community." Middlesex Savings Bank sponsors about five hundred different organizations. When they acquired Strata Bank, Strata was already sponsoring The Santa Foundation. "The employees felt passionate about it," says Briand. "The Santa Foundation has a good profile and a good reputation, and it made sense to continue everything they did. We're about things that make a difference, and things that are local." Corporate sponsors come from

all areas of the community, such as the Franklin Police Department, Avenir Solutions, and the most recent addition of 3 Restaurant in Franklin. Last year, funds from corporate sponsors enabled the Santa Foundation to buy gift cards totaling $21,000 for distribution to families without individual sponsors.

George Ferguson tells a story he will never forget: "I came to the door once, dressed as Santa, and I opened the door and a four-yearold girl was at the other side of the house. She looked up, saw me, and went on a run and grabbed my leg! That made it for me for the next ten years." Ferguson adds that his family always sponsors. "We explained to

our kids that they were probably going to get less for Christmas because we were giving to others. They had no problems with that." He adds, "They've grown up and become part of the organization too." Robert Sullivan says, "We really feel here that helping others is what pays your rent for the space you take up on this earth." Similarly, Ferguson says, "You don't have to be a millionaire to give to someone else. You just have to want to do it." Anyone wanting to volunteer as a Santa Foundation sponsor can call (508) 528-1767. Find the Santa Foundation online at or http://www.facebook. com/SantaFoundation.

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Decorate for the Holidays Using Fresh Greens Decorating Tips from Local Experts BY ANNE PARKER Decorating for the holidays and winter months can be a creative endeavor. November through January can be a time when people want to embellish their homes when entertaining guests. The first thing to consider is to be yourself. Use the style that you are comfortable with, and keep the colors of your home. A philosophy she once heard and has since adopted is to decorate to bless, not to impress, said interior decorator Shawn Strok of Decorating Den Interiors. "Bless the people that enter your home. The most beautiful decorations mean nothing without heart behind them," she said. With that in mind, carry out the style that speaks to you most. Country charm, contemporary, classic. Use what you have in your house and add fresh seasonal

greens and accessories to dress up your home. Look around your house. Bring out the silver, platters, crystal bowls, baskets, collections that you have hiding on a shelf, pictures of family and friends. You can even use Christmas tree ornaments. Next, go foraging through your yard, the woods and fields to find pieces of nature to bring into your home. People can go the woods and find lots of pine cones, sticks, and ornamental grasses from fields and ponds. Mountain Laurel, Holly, milkweed pods, juniper berries and winterberries grow wild in the woods. Keep in mind that you should ask permission if you go on someone else's property. Also, be careful of plant species that might be endangered or protected, suggests Brian Perrico of Brian's Country Greenery in Bellingham.

Or, grow your own shrubs and forage in your own yard, suggests Sandy Deposto of Hillside Nursery, Franklin. "Buy the plant and use it on your property," said Deposto. "Double its usage. It looks good and you can make something with it." This is great if you want to be crafty, she said. If you like flowers, think what can you do with them. "If you plant perennials you can use them year round," for decorating, she said. If you prune a rose bush, you can use the flowers for holiday and other seasonal arrangements. Plus pruning a rosebush or any perennial flower makes it fuller and stronger the next year. Grow holly bushes, rhododendron, boxwoods, hydrangeas, euonomyous, burning bush -virtually any shrub has the potential to give you beautiful greens to

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pick from. Berries such as winterberries and juniper berries are a popular choice for holiday arrangements. St. John's Wart comes in red, orange, green. Sticks and twigs can be used au natural, or spray painted with gold or red paint. Tall ornamental grass also can be used naturally or spray painted with a touch of gold. Use pinecones. Again natural, spray painted silver or gold, or with white for a snowy look. Some craft stores have cinnamon-scented pinecones. You can also buy items such as red cranberries, some artificial greens, small birds, silk ribbons, and "permanent botanicals," i.e. silk flowers to dress up an arrangement. It's okay to mix live greens with artificial. It adds color, contrast and fullness to an arrangement. What kind of things can you create? • Try a centerpiece for your dinner table, suggests Holly Lorusso from Stobbart's Nursery. Using a standard 12 inch balsam wreath. Lay it on your table, put a pineapple in the middle. Take fresh fruit, using a thick toothpick, poke into apples and clementines, she explained. "It's quick, easy, simple and people think it's fabulous. Put some glass ornaments to spice it

up," she added. • Make your own swag using spool wire and twine, said Lorusso. Take a bunch of greens. Lie the twine flat. Take a small bundle of greens, wire it around and take another and wire around the first bunch and the wire and keep repeating. Pine is nice, but it is messy. Balsam is the best. You can use rhododendron leaves, boxwood, mountain laurel and add to the evergreens for texture. • Get another season out of your flower pots and use them on your porch or steps. Cut down any dead matter. Add greens, twigs, decorative balls or ornaments. Add a bow, and you're good to go. Also add to baskets or buckets. • Tables-capes are displays that Shawn Strok from Decorating Den likes to create. You can decorate pictures on a side table, a coffee table, dining table -- virtually any flat surface. You can came up with a theme, she explained, such as the 12 Days of Christmas. Last year she took a statue of a partridge that she bought at Target for $5 and put it in the middle of a pedestal plate and surrounded it with pears. "It was a partridge in a pear tree." • You could have Christmas ornaments or fresh fruits. Take everyday items and add holiday sparkle. If you have picture of your family on a side table, add a sprig of DECORATE FOR THE HOLIDAY continued to page 7

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Like the latest styles, but hate mall prices? Save a trip and shop locally at the hottest clothing store in Franklin – switch, where you can buy it, sell it – switch it. Local business switch recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, a big deal in an economy where retail stores are struggling to survive. If you have not been to switch, let me tell you – it’s not your typical consignment store. The store is bright and clean and BIG! There are rows and rows of jeans in all sizes and color-coded tops and tees line the walls. There are beautiful semi-formal dresses, jewelry, bags (I spotted a Coach The face of switch reflects its young, savvy and stylish clientele. The resale clothing store offers the best teen bag for under $50!), and SHOES!! and young adult labels for 70% off regular prices. switch is a resale store that spe- Long came up with the idea to says Kim. An Abercrombie top, freshly laundered, and in good to cializes in designer clothes for open up a clothing store for teens. for example, might run near $40, excellent condition. A listing of teens and young adults – guys and Shopping for teens in this area was but at switch, you can get it for the brands they buy and their comgirls. Abecrombie, Hollister, For- limited to trips to the mall, where about $10. Parents have loved the plete rules could be found on their ever 21, Aeropostale, and many items they wanted were too ex- savings and encourage their kids website Gather those jeans that don’t fit or more sought after teen labels are pensive. “If only there was some- to shop here. place teens could shop for stuff all there. Prices are 60-70% off reswitch differs from a consign- those tops you don’t wear anythey want, that’s nearby and at tail. Hot items right now are Ugg ment shop in that they pay CASH more, sell them to switch and just boots, North Face Jackets and reasonable prices” was the idea on the spot for your items. To sell like that, you could have money in behind switch. Vera Bradley bags. to switch, no appointment is nec- your pocket for the holidays. Cus“We wanted them to find all the essary. Owners just ask that items tomers can also sell their items for A year ago, two stay-at-home store credit, as that payout is 10% moms, Kim DiMarino & Louella brands and clothes that they like,” be teen/young adult brands, more. Store credit can be used on

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job.” That first year the Little Food Elves collected forty pounds of groceries, and each year thereafter, the elves found that more and more people wanted to take part in their efforts. This newest, larger endeavor of the Franklin Food Elves has set a goal of collecting twelve hundred pounds of food in twelve days. Lisa noted that “In the past at the Holiday Stroll, the Downtown Partnership encouraged people to drop off food, but this year we’ve called on the Food Elves.” Melissa continued, “We did a lot of brainstorming with my family and friends.” Lisa explained, “The Partnership met with the businesses and we met with Ann Marie Bellavance, Director of the Food

Pantry, to see if our goal of collecting 1200 pounds of food was realistic. She agreed that it was. But it’s a little bit of a challenge.” Six downtown businesses and organizations have partnered with the Food Elves and have volunteered to be collection sites for gathering donations. And if the goal of twelve hundred pounds of food is reached, these organizations and businesses have promised to match the donations with $200 from each of them, for a total donation of $1200 to the Franklin Food Pantry. Bellevance noted that $1200 will purchase 6,000 meals for hungry families. Currently there are 1000 families in Franklin alone making use of the Food Pantry. Donation boxes will be set up at the Downtown Partnership Office Ask about our party trays!

on East Central Street; Jane’s Frames; Printsmart Office Supplies; Berry Insurance; Dean Bank; and Dean College. The box for Dean College will be at the front of Dean Hall during the tree lighting December 1st, then moved to the Campus Center for the remaining eleven days. Cindy Kozil, Vice President of Student Development at Dean College, said, “The $200 from Dean College is coming from our Student Government organization, and the Dean Community Outreach group. I think this is great. Last year, the Food Pantry had an Open House during the Holiday Stroll, but this year the ‘Twelve Days of Giving’ brings the event to a whole new level.” Cameron spoke from the heart when he described why he is still

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working as a Food Elf all these years after he first began helping his big sister pull a wagon around their neighborhood through the cold, and even through a snowstorm or two. “I feel it is important to help others. The need for food donations increases during the winter because people need money for heating. For those of us who lost electricity and heat during the recent storm, it’s a reminder of

December 1, 2011 things we sometimes take for granted.” As Melissa said, “Locally, there are people with not enough to eat—that confused me.” In a land of plenty, this should be confusing. But there are ways to help. The “Twelve Days of Giving” is a wonderful place to start.

Friends of Library to Meet December 7th The Friends of the Franklin Library (FOFL) will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the library, lower level. Members and the public are welcome to attend the meetings. FOFL is always looking for new ideas, opinions and comments to help make its efforts more successful.

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greenery or ribbons. Clip on a branch or a small colorful bird. That would ground a picture or a candle. • "Bring out your crystal. Bring out your silver and use it and incorporate it with your Christmas decorations," says interior decorator and designer Blanca DiGiacomo. "If you don't have a lot of christmas decorations use your

collections." One client collected perfume bottles, she explained. "We used perfume bottles on the Christmas tree. We put gold wire around the bottles and hung them around the tree. It had meaning to her." If you are a dog or cat lover, use a bone or dish and paint it gold. If your child collects cars, hang match box cars around his room. "It doesn't have to necessarily be a christmas ornament," she said.

This dining table has a small green tree centerpiece, greens attached to the napkins. Soft pine branches, ribbon and ornaments top the windows to complete the dining room.

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You don't have to decorate every room. A good way to keep it simple is to create a focal point in a couple of rooms, said DiGiacomo. Pinpoint the areas where you want to decorate: The mantle or your china hutch in the dining room. "Do an evergreen around the china hutch and add white lights. It just looks pretty and simple and makes the dining room feel festive," said DiGiacomo. • Design with the colors that are in that room. It does not always have to be red and green traditionally used for christmas, said Beth Champlin, of Expressive Interiors. "I like to use different colors and decorations to go with each room in a home. My living room is blue and brown. I like to do white and silvers. I like to bring in tulips and roses. Most people would say, that doesn't look holidayish, but when you add a few ornaments and ball ornaments or eucalyptus it has a modern feel," she said. • Remove items from your mantle or shelves that are there all year and trade with holiday items such as glass balls, ornaments, bells, angels, nutcrackers. Dress up a mantle with candlesticks or picture frames. • Don't remove items that are there all year. Simply add sprigs of

A fireplace mantle is decorated with holiday treasures, lights and candles while greens weave among the pieces.

fresh greens such as holly, boxwood, berries, or pine along with a flew bulbs to dress up your daily items. A flat greenery like cypress and arborvitae give a drapey feeling. Tuck pine among your candles, add glass balls and ornaments. "A lot of people have arborvitae in their yard. Just a few snips tucked in among candle sticks goes a long way," said Champlin. Still feel clueless? Take a work-

shop at Stobbarts Nursery. They are planning a holiday workshop on December 3 and 4. You can bring in items from your home, and they will help you put them together in a nice display. Hillside Nursery is also planning a workshop for adults and kids the first weekend in December. Santa Claus will also make an appearance. Both Hillside and Stobbarts will help if you just want to make a bow to finish off a project.

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Franklin Food Elves Launch ’12 Days of Donating’ Campaign The Franklin Food Elves and the Downtown Partnership will launch the “12 Days of Donating” food drive to benefit the local food pantry at the third annual Holiday Stroll on Thursday, December 1, at the 4 p.m. tree-lighting ceremony. The charitable community service group’s goal is to collect 1,200 pounds of food and $1,200 in 12 days to benefit the Franklin Food Pantry. The campaign will run from December 1 through December 12. Along with a food bin set up at the tree ceremony on the Dean College campus, the Elves

are placing bins at six downtown locations where people can drop off non-perishable food items. According to the Franklin Food Pantry, more than 1,000 residents use its services. Recent Census data shows the need is greater; more than 3,000 Franklin residents, or 9% of the town’s population, are struggling. That need increases in winter due to the cost of heat. If the Food Elves reach their goal and collect 1,200 pounds of food, participating businesses pledge an

additional $1,200 in matching funds. Franklin Food Elves cofounders Melissa and Cameron Piana and the FDP hope that the community will support the Food Pantry by helping them reach this goal. What will 1,200 pounds and $1,200 do for Franklin? 1,200 pounds of food can provide 923 meals to those in need. The $1,200 can provide an additional 6,000 meals. Look for food donation bins at these locations: Franklin Downtown Partnership office, 9 East Central Street Jane’s Frames, 11 East Central Street

Printsmart Office Supplies, 20 East Central Street Berry Insurance, 9 Main Street Dean Bank, 21 Main Street Dean College, Campus Center For more information about the Franklin Food Elves and the “12 Days of Donating” campaign, please contact the Franklin Downtown Partnership at or at (774)571-3109. For more information about the Franklin Food Pantry and what items are needed, please go to their website,


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DESE to Review Tri-County Programs Superintendent-Director Stephen Dockray of Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School has been informed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place the week of December 5, 2011. Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth. The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.

The Department's Coordinated Program Review will address: Special Education, Civil Rights, English Language Learner, Title I, and Career Vocational Technical Education. After reviewing the school district procedures for these programs, a Department team will make its onsite visit, during which it will review individual student records, interview administrators, teachers and paraprofessional staff, survey parents, and observe instructional spaces. After the onsite visit, it will prepare a report for the Superintendent and School Committee with detailed findings for each program, using ratings ranging from â&#x20AC;&#x153;Commendableâ&#x20AC;? to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not Implementedâ&#x20AC;? for each requirement. Where requirements

are found not implemented or only partially implemented, the school district must propose actions to the Department to bring those areas into compliance with statutes and regulations. Districts and schools are encouraged to incorporate the corrective action into their district and school improvement plans and professional development plan. The school district will be provided with technical assistance from the Department in developing a corrective action plan. Both the Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report and the corrective action plan are public information and will be available to the public upon request. Program Review Final Reports are also available on the Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Internet website at

DECEMBER 10, 2011 7:30 PM Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the Department's visiting team. Those wishing to be interviewed should call the Superintendent's Secretary, Jeanne Terrell at Tri-County RVTHS at (508) 528-5400, extension 103, no later than Monday, November 14 to leave their name and phone number, or they may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at (781) 338- 3715 to speak with Onsite Chairperson Joan Brinkerhoff. A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the

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A collaboration of community leaders, businesses and residents interested in revitalizing Downtown Franklin into an exciting, vibrant environment rich with opportunity. Have You Heard What’s New in Franklin? For more information, contact: Executive Director (774) 571-3109 The Partnership is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 organization.

Celebrate the Season at the FDP Holiday Stroll Downtown Franklin will usher in the season of giving with the third annual Holiday Stroll on Thursday, December 1, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Franklin Downtown Partnership plans a visit from Santa, a tree-lighting ceremony, carolers, refreshments, entertainment and more for visitors this year. The lighting of the tree will begin at 4 p.m. in front of Dean Hall on the Dean College campus. Costumed carolers will lead the crowd in singing holiday songs and refreshments will be served. “In the spirit of giving, this year the Partnership is pleased to help the Franklin Food Elves kick off the ’12 Days of Donating’ campaign,” says Cindy Kozil, Holiday Stroll co-chair. “We invite everyone coming to the tree lighting to bring a Food Pantry donation and remember those less fortunate this holiday season.” The Franklin Food Elves, a charitable community service group, will launch its food drive with a donation bin at the tree-lighting ceremony. The group’s goal is to collect 1,200 pounds of food and $1,200 in 12 days for the Franklin Food Pantry (see sidebar). From the tree lighting, visitors can then stroll throughout the downtown and visit more than 25 participating businesses for special offerings, discounts and more treats and entertainment. A complete listing of the businesses’ special offers will be available at each participating location. Children can meet Santa at Simon’s Furniture from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Boston radio station 103.3 WODS-FM will broadcast holiday favorites and hand out prizes from the Berry Insurance parking lot. The Fire Department will give tours and holiday fire safety tips, and the Historical Museum will be open.

“For the past two years we’ve enjoyed tremendous community support for the Holiday Stroll, and we expect about 1,000 residents and visitors will help us celebrate this year,” says Roberta Trahan, event co-chair. “We’ve put together a fun family event that we hope will remind people to think locally when doing their holiday shopping.” The Holiday Stroll is sponsored this year by Silver Sponsors Dean Bank, D.G. Ranieri Real Estate, DCU, Ferguson Enterprises, Middlesex Savings Bank and nhs print. Bronze Sponsors are Judith V. Butler, MA, LLC., the Franklin Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, Attorney John J. Roche, and Laura Lowe, Realtor, Coldwell Banker, Franklin.

3rd Annual Holiday Stroll Happenings A Cut Above: Hot cocoa and cookies, 10% off Strawberry Patch jewelry and gift cards Allied Chiropractic & Whole Health Center: Free chair massage and chiropractic evaluation Berry Insurance: Holiday Happenings with WODS-FM 103.3, Boston’s Holiday Music Station Confidence Beads: Discounts on a unique and meaningful gift. Visit us outside Dean Bank. Crossway Church: Snack bags. Visit us at the Berry Insurance parking lot. Dean Bank: Gingerbread men cookie decorating Dean College: 4:00pm tree lighting, caroling and holiday snacks Digital Credit Union: Glow necklaces/sticks for children at the Mobile Branch. Visit us at the Simon’s parking lot. Franklin Art Center: Local art exhibition and sale, ornament craft for children, free art class raffle, and evening band exhibition Franklin Boston Sports Club: Fitness contests and demos, Scooby Doo appearance, free 1-week gym membership. See us at Jane’s Frames. Franklin Dance Workshop: Holiday entertainment 5:00pm at Simon’s Furniture parking lot

For more information about the Holiday Stroll contact co-chairs Cindy Kozil, ckozil@dean. edu, or Roberta Trahan,

Franklin Federated Church: Project International. Visit us at the Berry Insurance parking lot.

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Franklin Girl Scouts: Crafts for strolling kids. Visit us at the Berry Insurance parking lot.

Franklin Fire Department: Holiday Fire Safety Tips Franklin Food Pantry: Open House and Franklin Food Elves donation drive kick off for “1,200 Pounds of Food and $1,200 in 12 Days Franklin Historical Museum: Meet Mrs. Claus, Busy Bees craft sale, browse through Franklin history Franklin School for the Performing Arts: Singing, crafts with the elves at Santa’s Workshop Grandma Jen’s Crafts: Scarves, blankets and other hand crafted items. Visit us at the corner of Summer and East Central Street. H&R Block: Free giveaways and refreshments Jane’s Frames: Cider, live music, drawing for framed NE Patriots Sports Panoramic Print, Wish List sign-ups, check out Boston Sports Club at Jane’s Frames. Mary Kay: Product samples, pampering gift basket drawing. Visit us at H&R Block. Printsmart: Free candy cane pens. Check out The Cake Bar at Printsmart. Rick’s Restaurant: Choose either a complimentary cup of Rick’s award winning chowder or a small dish of Brigham’s ice cream with the purchase of any adult entrée SELF Aesthetics and Therapeutics Specialists: Free chair massage, hot cocoa and a holiday treat, tour of facility Simon’s Furniture: Meet Santa from 5-7pm The Cake Bar: Fabulous cupcake sale. See us at Printsmart.

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Thanksgiving Day Football Franklin-King Philip Franklin quickly jumped on the favored King Philip with a 65-yard touchdown connection from Nick Zucco to Rhett Davis on the second play of the Thanksgiving Day contest at Pisini Field. Although it took the Panthers a mere eight seconds to put up the first points of the 52nd meeting between the neighboring teams, it was the beginning of the end for the home squad as KP took its first ever Hockomock League Title with a 42-21 win. “We scored quickly to open the

game, but we just didn’t sustain it from there,” Panther Head Coach Brad Sidwell said. “On our second drive we needed to punch it in there or get some points, but we didn’t and knew we were going to have a tough time holding up against these guys.” Following the Franklin touchdown King Philip would score on its next five possessions, including an 80-yard opening second half kickoff return to go up 35-7. The Warriors, who were paced on the

ground by senior running back Charles Ruffin’s 196 yards, would close out their scoring with a fumble recovery in the Panther endzone. Wrapped around the fumble recovery Franklin was able to cut into the Warrior lead with two touchdown passes from their sophomore quarterback. Zucco connected with Davis once again on the Panthers opening drive of the second half. The senior wide receiver, who was named Franklin’s MVP of the game, took the pass 34-yards for his second touch-

down of the contest. Davis hauled in 124 of Zucco’s 208 passing yards on the day. “There is no question about their fight. I’m proud of the way they hung in there,” the Coach said. “KP is a good rivalry, but we need to step up our game a little bit to match them.” The win leaves King Philip atop the Rex-Kelley Division of the Hockomock League with a 9-1 (31 in the league) record, while Franklin falls to 4-7 (0-4 in the league).

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December Calendar of Events Through December (January 1 last night), 2011 Christmas Festival of Lights, National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, 947 Park St., Route 118, Attleboro. Visit or call (508) 222-5410. Admission and parking free. December 1 Franklin Holiday Stroll, 4-7 p.m., sponsored by the Franklin Downtown Partnership, Starts at 4 p.m. at Dean Hall at Dean College with tree lighting, over 25 participating businesses, Santa at Simon’s Furniture 5-7 p.m., 103.3 WODS will broadcast from Berry Insurance lot. Fire Department to give safety demos and Historical Museum open. December 3 All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, 8-11 a.m., Cub Scout Pack 126 at Elks Hall, 1077 Pond St., Franklin. $5 per person, children under 3 free, scouts and leaders in uniform free. Photos with Santa $2; themed basket raffle; Bring a new unwrapped toy for Christmas in the City. Visit for information. St. John’s Episcopal Church Christmas Fair, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., 237 Pleasant St., Franklin. Craft tables, themed gift baskets, cookie walk, hot soups, stews, pastries, raffle items and children’s area. Santa available for photos from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

December 3 & 4 Society of St. Vincent DePaul of St. Mary’s food collection, Items may be may be left in the donation boxes at both entrances to the church before the 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Masses on Saturday and before the 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. Masses on Sunday. The Society’s food pantry needs everything, especially tea bags, baked beans, tuna fish, laundry detergent and soup.

Franklin Public Library. All are welcome. Call (508) 528-6624 for more information.

December 7 Business After Hours, Attleboro Jewelry Makers, The United Regional Chamber of Commerce has organized a Business After Hours at Attleboro Jewelry Makers. Make plans to attend this popular and festive annual event Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Attleboro Jewelry Makers, 35 County St., Attleboro. The fee for this business networking event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Register by calling the Chamber at 508-222-0801, 508-528-2800, or 508-695-6011.The United Regional Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit, business support organization serving the communities of Attleboro, Bellingham, Blackstone, Foxborough, Franklin, Mansfield, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Norton, Plainville, Rehoboth, Seekonk, and Wrentham.

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School, Franklin. Box office hours are Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., or call (508) 528-8668. Tickets for each show are $24/$26/$28, and are reserved seating only. December 18 The Nutcracker, Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center production, Bellingham High School, 1 p.m., Tickets $15 and $12. Call (508) 520-7873 or visit for more information. Franklin Performing Arts Company’s Humbug!, 2 p.m., Thomas D. Mercer Auditorium, Horace Mann Middle School, Franklin. Box office hours are Mon. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., or call (508) 5288668. Tickets for each show are $24/$26/$28, and are reserved seating only. The Magical Christmas of Mr. & Mrs. Claus, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m., presented by United Regional Chamber of Commerce, Attleboro High School Auditorium, 100 Rathbun Willlard Dr., Attleboro. A complimentary family pass (for up to 5 people) is available to anyone who sponsors children. $100 sponsors 20 children, $50 sponsors 10 children, and $25 sponsors 5 children. Call the Chamber for tickets: (508) 222-0801. December 25 Merry Christmas!



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Sound of Bells to Ring in Holiday in Franklin Franklin Federated Church’s 3rd Handbell Concert to Feature NE Ringers BY J.D. O’GARA


The bells will ring out in Franklin on December 10, beckoning all to come and join the Franklin Federated Church in celebrating the holiday season. The church will host its 3rd Annual Handbell Concert : "Pealing Bells, Wild and Sweet" by the New England Ringers on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the church, 171 Main Street, Franklin, MA. A reception will follow the concert.

“This (concert) is one of the ways a church can minister to a wider community,” he says. “Events like this allow the church to minister to people without the pretense we’re trying to convert them.”

Formed in 2000, the fifteenmember New England Ringers come from four of the six New England states. Directed by Edward G. Henderson, Jr., these top musicians play on one of the largest sets of percussive instruments in the region - six octaves of handbells and seven octaves of chimes, which ring out as one instrument. NER rings on a 40-foot core instrument of six octaves of Schulmerich handbells, and seven octaves of Malmark Choirchimes. The sound of these bells ranges

The handbell concert is extraordinarily popular among Franklin residents, says Eastman. “The sanctuary fills,” he explains. “We’ve had about 300 people.”

Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased by calling the church office at (508) 528-3803. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the mission and ministry of Franklin Federated Church, A Growing Church on the Common. Franklin Federated engages in a wide variety of mission activities, with a particular focus on feeding the hungry - both in body and in spirit.

The New England Bellringers are a 15-member group from 4 of the New England States. They will play at the Franklin Federated Church December 10.

from the intricate to the symphonic. Handbells have rung out one of the three years Charley Eastman, pastor of the Franklin Federated Church, has been in Franklin, although this is the second time the

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Charley Eastman, pastor at the Franklin Federated Church, played handbells growing up and is eager to reach out to the community with the church’s 3rd handbell concert.

This year’s concert will again feature holiday music, from traditional arrangements of familiar carols to full orchestral sounds of classical works, with some contemporary seasonal favorites mixed in.

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Run for Bob Announces Race Results Proceeds from 5K Benefit Hockomock Area YMCA and Franklin Best Buddies Organizers of Franklin’s Run for Bob are happy to announce that the wet, gray day they awoke to on Sat. October 1 did not dampen spirits of the over 200 people who came out to the Marsh & McLennan fields to run or walk in the 7th annual Run for Bob Family Day. State Rep. James Vallee welcomed participants and commended the family and friends of Bob Biagiotti for their efforts which over the years have raised over $60,000 to aid children with special needs and their families. Kris Biagiotti holds this 5-kilometer run/walk family day every fall in memory of her late husband, Bob, who died of a heart attack at age 42 in 2005. Bob had been an avid participant in charitable runs, and would push his physically disabled daughter, Kayla, in her special racing stroller. The two charities that benefit from Run for Bob are The Hockomock Area YMCA and the Franklin Chapter of Best Buddies. Both of these organizations have played special roles in the lives of Bob, Kris, and Kayla.

Awards were given to top placeholders per category. Under 12: Kevin Samek of Cumberland (28:40) and Griffin Fenton (31:10). Age 13-19: female / Emily Giardino (23:22) and Katelyn Coelho (23:55) of Bellingham, and Emilee Purdee (26:58) of Franklin; male / Derek Robbie (above), followed by Justin Bates (20:17) and Alex Fischer (20:28), both of Franklin. Age 20-29: Molly Talbot (28:43) of Foxboro and Patrick Biagiotti (29:19) of Mansfield. Age 30-39: female / Amanda Ghostlaw and Jessica Carlone (above), and Violet Wolejszo (25:41) of Franklin; male / Greg Demattos (22:33) of North Attleboro, Paul Harrington (25:39) of Franklin, and Philip Slanley (26:21) of North Attleboro. Age 40-49: female / Dolores Costa (above), Isabel DeVincentis (23:26), and Nancy Gomes (26:35), all of Franklin; male / Mark Capparella and John Lesperance (above), and Toby Beinkowski (21:38) of Franklin.

Age 50-59: female / Kathleen Sims (21:43) of Uxbridge, Mary Martin (29:01) of Milford, and Sally Sauer (41:44) of East Walpole; male / Paul Fischer (21:46) of Franklin, Rob Martin (23:53) of Milford, and Kent Finkle (28:13). Age 60 & over: David Sutcliffe (25:52) of Wrentham, Neal Weinberg (26:47) of Franklin, and Jonathan Sauer (33:10) of East Walpole. Franklin Town Administrator Jeffrey Nutting was on hand, as were dozens of families whose children participate in the Best Buddies program at local middle and high schools and who are able to fully participate in YMCA offerings due to the establishment of the Y’s Integration Initiative. According to Association Coordinator for Integration, Ariel Doggett, “anytime we can collaborate with programs in the community, such as Best Buddies, with the goal being to strengthen and enrich the lives of children and families, that is where the Y wants to be.”

On a cold and rainy day, Team Kayla goes the distance in the Run for Bob.

A heart-felt thank you goes out to Run for Bob’s Presenting Sponsor Pinz Entertainment, who hosted a post race celebration and silent auction that evening, and to Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. for the generous donation of the day’s race grounds. Thank you to the event’s Title Sponsor Iron

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With an onsite live broadcast by WMRC, balloons filled with prize items, plus games and food, the festival-like atmosphere brought out the kid in everyone. Memorable to the day was a beautiful rendition of The National Anthem, sung by YMCA Teen Leader Mia Padula.

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St. John’s Episcopal Franklin School of Performing Church Christmas Fair Arts Holiday Season in Full Swing December 3rd The Franklin Performing Arts Company’s (FPAC) December holiday performances include its productions of The Nutcracker and the musical Humbug!

St. John’s Annual Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday, December 3rd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 237 Pleasant Street in Franklin. Shop for Christmas gifts at our craft tables offering beautiful items, many handmade by the parishioners. A wide variety of themed gift baskets will be available, wrapped and ready to go! Save yourself some baking time by taking advantage of our cookie walk. Select a box size and fill it with a wide variety of homemade Christmas cookies. Or choose bakery items from our “freeze to

go” area. Sit and relax while you enjoy hot soups and stews available at our snack bar and try a sweet from our fancy pastry table. Early Shoppers can enjoy breakfast items, such as quiche and cinnamon rolls. We’ll have many raffles items as well as an amazing silent auction, featuring a quilt by the Yankee Quilters! The Children’s area will feature games, make & take ornaments, face painting, special snacks and more! Santa will be available for pictures from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Don’t miss this great church fair!

The Nutcracker will be performed for two shows only - on December 10 at 7:30 p.m. and December 11 at 2:00 p.m. at the Thomas D. Mercer Auditorium, Horace Mann Middle School in Franklin. FPAC’s production of this timeless classic features guest artists in the principal roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and The Cavalier joining a cast of more than 100 dancers from many area dance schools. This production of The Nutcracker is one of a few that can be enjoyed

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mas Carol, Humbug! will be staged on December 17th at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m. and December 18th at 2:00 p.m., also at the Thomas D. Mercer Auditorium. This show, subtitled “A Beggar’s Opera,” returns to the FPAC 20112012 slate of productions following well-received performances in 2009. Humbug! will spotlight a cast of 150 talented singers and dancers accompanied by a 10-piece band of popular Boston musicians.

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Box Office Open for PEDC’s The Nutcracker Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center is pleased to announce that the box office is now open for its 2011 production of the timeless holiday classic, The Nutcracker. The show is taking place at Bellingham High School on Saturday, December 17, at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 18 at 1 p.m. Ticket prices are family–friendly at $15 and $12. “We have two shows this year and both are likely to sell out,” said Patti Eisenhauer, studio owner and artistic director. “We had hundreds of dancers audition and we filled every role with very talented young artists from the Franklin area. We will have quite a few more mice scurrying about this year that are new to the show and several of our returning dancers from a list of local dance studios,” she added. “It is an extra special show when several studios come together,” said Eisenhauer. The dance center recently held auditions for the annual show and

has chosen several talented young dancers for all the lead roles. The show features Alana LeBlanc of Franklin, and Caitlin Yatsuhashi of Norfolk, sharing the role of Clara, and Kristen McCarthy and Rachel O’Donnell, both of Franklin sharing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Fiona Cole of Franklin and Erin Espinosa of Medway will share the role of the Snow Queen. Brenna Spolidoro and Sydney Majka, both of Franklin, will share the role of the Dew Drop Fairy. Andrew Howarth of Boylston will dance the role of the Nutcracker Prince.

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Several young dancers and adults from several Franklin-area dance studios complete the cast for a performance that is sure to entertain all ages. Tickets are only $15 and $12 and may be purchased in person at the dance center on 31 Hayward Street or by calling (508) 520-7873. Adrena Santorsola of Franklin, danced the role of Clara in last year's PEDC's Nutcracker production.

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Franklin Art Association Holds Annual Art Show

Each year, the Franklin Art Association awards prizes to outstanding artwork by members. Here, from left, members Susan Sheridan, Paul Peterson and Paul Guarino are shown with “House at Stop River,” an award winner by Dick Fotland.

Franklin residents and other visitors had the opportunity to check out the work of local artists on November 5th, at the Franklin Art Association’s annual show. For more information, visit

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Left: Manning the raffle table, which benefits the Franklin Art Association scholarship, are members, from left, Pam Warren, Paula Correria, Kris Occhino and Tina Guarino. The Franklin Art Association offers a $1,000 scholarship each year to a student from Franklin High School or Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School.

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Franklin Newcomers & Friends Host Craft Fair The Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club held its 38th Annual Craft Fair at Tri-County Regional Technical Vocational High School on Saturday, November 12. The event was a great success, according to Co-Chair Linda Wakefield, who noted that 848 visitors had checked in by 3 p.m.

These 8th and 9th grade students, all Franklin students providing community service, were on hand at the craft fair to take care of any work that needed to be done. From left, David Joanis, age 13, Jared Wakefield, age 13, Chris Janis, age 14, Chris Cloutier, age 14 and Chris Lenzi, age 14.

Rosie is a very small calico kitty who has come a long way with lots of love. She needs to be the only kitty in a quiet home.

If you are looking to cuddle up with a warm kitten or cat this winter The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is the place to look. PCS currently has many kittens available for adoption of varies ages, colors, genders and hair coats. If you are looking to stay warmer with a larger, adult cat, PCS can match you with one that's perfect for your family. One special girl who recently came to us is "Rosie." Rosie is a very small and gentle calico who was surrendered to the shelter in deplorable condition. This little girl was so flea ridden that she had lost a great deal of her fur; she was full of sores and scabs on her skin and was also suffering from a skin infection. Even worse, the fleas were so bad that she had become anemic from all the blood that they took from her! After medical care from a veterinarian and lots of love and attention from volunteers, Rosie is now a very healthy cat, with beautiful fur and a new outlook on life. This darling little girl deserves a home where she can live like a queen as the only pet in a quiet environment. If you are in-

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Helen Keller Elementary Celebrates Walk to School Day

December 1, 2011

Dean College’s Blinking, One Night Only Contemporary Dance Production Not to Be Missed

On October 5th, 16 elementary schools and 1,988 students celebrated International Walk to School Day on in the communities of Bellingham, Foxboro, Franklin, Mansfield, North Attleboro, Plainville, and Sharon. The event was organized by the Hockomock Area YMCA, school parent teacher organizations, Safe Routes to School committees, and the Y’s Healthy Futures Task Force members. Helen Keller Elementary School in Franklin took part. "We had our school's first ever Walk to School Wednesday on International Walk to School Day,” said principal Julie Vincentsen. “Thanks to the

parents and YMCA volunteers who walked with us to help make sure the children stayed on the sidewalk, the event was a success. I thought we would have 50 participants; imagine my surprise when I looked out upon over 200! Everyone had a blast and started the day with a different energy level. In fact, many teachers reported they noticed a difference in the children who walked to school. We hope more families get involved and ultimately feel comfortable walking to school any day of the week." “This day truly embodies the power of communities coming together, dedicated to improving the

health and wellbeing of our youth,” says Jeanne Sherlock, Vice President of Healthy Living and Innovation at the Hockomock Area YMCA. “A special thank you to all of the students, teachers, parents, volunteers and community leaders who were partners in making this event such a success.” Walk to School events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.

ERA Key Realty Welcomes Joleen Rose Back ERA Key Realty Services - The Bay State Group is proud to announce that JOLEEN ROSE has re-joined the organization. Joleen brings over 12 years of local Real Estate experience and as a former ERA TEAM MEMBER, Joleen had achieved the highest recognition in the Brand for her sales performance as a Leaders Circle Award Winner. Millis Office Manager, Janet Potts said “We are so excited to have Joleen back on the team! With her enthusiasm and sales expertise, we are certain that she will help us further build the residential and commercial practice here in Millis, Franklin and surrounding towns.” In addition to Joleen’s knowledge and skill, she will now be

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“We are thrilled with Joleen’s choice to join our firm and re-join the branch in Millis,” President of ERA Key Realty Services, Bruce Taylor said. “Joleen is a consummate professional and we are confident that she will provide personalized service and help her clients achieve their desired results.” ERA Baystate Realty recently merged with ERA Key Realty Services to form ERA Key Realty Services – The Bay State Group. The office is located at 707 Main Street in Millis. The combined organization is now comprised of 15 offices and over 300 agents. ERA Key Realty Services is one of the top 10 companies in the ERA Franchise System across the country.

Dean College School of Dance announces its first annual Guest Artist Series will feature a onenight only performance of Blinking created by Providence, Rhode Island resident Jamie Jewett and his company LOSTWAX – recently voted Rhode Island’s best dance company. The public is invited to enter the waking dream of Blinking, a choreographed exploration of tiny movement and light. Blinking explores the stories that accumulate in the blinks of the day and is the newest contemporary work of LOSTWAX, Jewett’s multi-media dance company. Blinking will be performed on Dean’s Main Stage Saturday, December 10th at 7:30 p.m. Representing a collaboration between gesture, lighting and new media, Jewett explains that, “Blinking illuminates the missed sight that is lost in those dark moments when we blink, splintering dance into tiny moving stills and the hallucinatory

cinema of the back of the eyelid.” This performance is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies. Tickets for Blinking are reserved seating only, and it is strongly recommended that tickets be purchased prior to the performance. General admission pricing is $15; Dean alumni, $10; Seniors/children 10 and under, $5. Free parking is available on campus at 109 West Central Street/Route 140, Franklin. For ticket and information email or call 508541-1605. Or visit blinking. Main Stage theatre is located in the recently dedicated and renovated Campus Center on Dean College’s main campus.

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She Sells Couture, and Confidence Andrea’s Boutique & Consignment Offers Top Fashion for Less BY J.D. O’GARA Andrea Sorelle knows fashion. It’s always been a part of her life. Now 44, the Millis resident and owner of the new Andrea’s Boutique & Consignment, says that her memories with her mother include the runway.

sories only in excellent condition and only if it’s no more than two years old. Andrea, who comes from a country where consignment stores don’t exist, thinks this is a wonderful opportunity.

there fast, because as soon as they come in, she says, they sell. Andrea even has customers waiting for the top designer names she’s able to come by. Customers not only have the option to choose

I love fashion, and I love the high end designer,” says Andrea. Top designers, she says, use better quality materials in making their pieces.

At parties, and for customers who request it, Andrea is always on hand to help find a closet full of seasonal styles that suit the customer and make her feel good. Her husband Brian (who works in the construction industry), who has been very supportive, she says, in making her dream come true, has outfitted her shop with two warm and inviting fitting rooms, complete with flattering lighting and colors. Andrea enjoys making her customers feel comfortable.

“We were always going to fashion shows,” says Andrea, who, as a young woman, was able to wear styles she saw in Vogue thanks to her aunt, a high-end tailor who custom fit her clothes. Andrea, Italian by heritage and raised in Uruguay, says that she was very influenced by the European sense of fashion. European women, she says, love to be in style. European women are more judgmental about dressing up to go anywhere, and wouldn’t dream of wearing colors that are not in season, says Andrea. Women in the United States, she says, do not have time for that. Women here, however, do not always make fashion a priority. “Here, what I see most is, as women, especially when we have a kid, we neglect ourselves,” says Andrea. “You can be comfortable with some leggings and a top and still be in style to feel confident, pretty, happy with yourself. I like to help women to not forget that we are women, and we are pretty,” she says. At her new boutique, women can achieve their own style, finding quality clothing, without spending a lot of money. Andrea’s shop, located at 32 Central Street in Holliston, accepts seasonal clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags and acces-

“I love it. I’m here to help them for anything they need,” she says. “I make (the customer) happy. I make her confident.” Andrea’s Boutique & Consignment offers a welcoming environment. Stop by. You won’t be disappointed.

“Why not?” asks Andrea, “I can find my style here in like new condition, why pay full price at a retail store?” In Andrea’s Boutique you will find brands like J. Jill, Talbot’s, J. Crew, Banana Republic and a lot of top brands, and you will find high-end designers Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chanel, Kate Spade and Gucci. For juniors, Andrea carries Abercrombie, Hollister and more. Like handbags? Andrea has got them all, but you’d better get

from purses and handbags from Salvatore Ferragamo to Marc Jacob, but they can also choose a less expensive colorful bag that makes the statement they want. All of these items, still in pristine condition, are sold here for a fraction of the price they sold for brand new at retail. “You are always going to find it here,” says Andrea, who has worked in consignment for four years following a career as an interior designer. “I love style, and

St. Vincent DePaul Food Collection Dec. 3 & 4 The Society of St. Vincent DePaul of St. Mary’s Church in Franklin will hold its monthly food collection at all Masses the weekend of December 3 and December 4, 2011. Items may be may be left in the donation boxes at both entrances to the church before the 4 pm Mass on Saturday and before the 7:30 a.m., 9 am, 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Masses on Sunday.

ment will host a private party. The lucky host of the girls’ night out, complete with wine and cheese, will receive a 20% discount on all purchases, while at the same time, girlfriends will be able to shop together.

Food and household supplies are distributed very quickly now due to our hard economic times. Therefore, the Society’s food pantry needs everything, especially canned and bottled juice. However, dented cans, anything perishable or beyond its expiration date are not acceptable and all donations must be in the original packaging.

St. Vincent dePaul helps anyone who asks for assistance by doing what it can to make life easier for those in need.

Better-made jeans, for example, “are forever,” she says. “They’re not going to stretch, ever. They’re going to keep their color and you’ll look fantastic. In this store, you can find jeans for $42, when (at retail) you’d pay $198 or $298 for the same type of jeans.”

Andrea’s Boutique & Consignment is located at 32 Central Street in Holliston. Andrea can be reached at her store at (508) 4297400 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. She accepts new consignments by appointment.

Andrea, a married mother of Juliette, 6 and Paul, 2, says that offering affordable fashion gives women the opportunity to take care of themselves. Andrea’s Boutique & Consign-

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Living Healthy Franklin Seniors Make Her Job Easy BY MARJORIE TURNER HOLLMAN Some people think she’s a travel agent. For others, she’s a gift shop manager. She coordinates a volunteer “staff” of one-hundred thirty people who keep irregular hours. Oh, yes, did we mention that she’s also a restaurant manager? She even jumps in and cooks when needed. When you sit down with Susan Barbour, Program Coordinator at the Franklin Senior Center, it’s hard to tell which hat she’s wearing, since her role can change from hour to hour, even minute to minute, throughout the day. Director of the Franklin Senior Center, Karen Alves, noted, “In Sue, we have a perfect match for the job.” Barbour, herself confessed, “There’s times when I feel like I’m losing my mind, but just then two volunteers will walk in the door; we have great people here in Franklin.” Ironically, Barbour started work as a volunteer at the Senior Center seventeen years ago to give herself a break from her job

at Medfield State Hospital. After only two weeks as a volunteer, she was asked to take charge of the “Meals on Wheels” program, then based at the old Senior Center. When the new building was finished in 2007, the position of Program Coordinator came up. Barbour stepped right into the job and hasn’t looked back. “I love my job,” Barbour said. “I’ve never gotten up and said I hate to go to work. I love the seniors—they’re fantastic to work with. We have a small staff—we get along great—everyone in town wants to work here. They say, ‘You guys have so much fun.’” For people who are looking for help, or looking to volunteer, Barbour is often the first person they talk to. She coordinates the tax work-off program, in which seniors can volunteer a certain number of hours in exchange for a reduction in their real estate taxes. Others may simply want to get out of the house and get involved in the community. Barbour explained, “When someone wants to volun-

teer, we have a simple process. We have an application that asks about interests, hobbies, and prior work experience. I take it from there. I try to match our needs with their skills and their needs. We try to keep everyone happy. I delegate some of the scheduling of volunteers, and coordinate the rest. Most volunteers are very flexible and very reliable. Some work one day a month, others, five days a week. It doesn’t matter how old they are—I take them all. We have a volunteer who is one hundred and two—whatever she’s capable of, she does it. Some of them are slow, yeah, but that’s OK. We also work with special needs adults, and high school students.” The variety of volunteer jobs being done at the Franklin Senior Center is amazing in its scope. Some people work as aides in the Supportive Day Care program.

Healthcare Information Needs of Elders) volunteer is also available by appointment to assist with healthcare and insurance needs.

Others work as cashiers at the gift shop or the café. Still others help out in various capacities at the cafe, which serves low-cost breakfasts and lunches five days a week. An elder law attorney volunteers his time once a month to assist seniors with wills, homestead declarations, (by appointment) and more, charging only for filing fees, if there are any. Another volunteer assists seniors with yearly tax paperwork. A S.H.I.N.E (Serving

When asked what she hoped people would understand about working with older people, Barbour spoke with passion. “I want everyone to know that just because people are older, they still have so much to give. Not a day goes by that I don’t learn one more thing—they have so many ideas. They know what’s going on. People volunteer because they want to give back but they do so much more—they make my job easy. I tell them that and they say, “Yeah, right,” but they really do make my job easy.” Barbour’s passion, optimism and down to earth attitude strikes exactly the right tone with area seniors, regardless of which hat she’s wearing. Just be careful—you might find yourself volunteering at the Franklin Senior Center, just so you don’t miss out on the fun.

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Living Healthy Flu Season Is Here -- Don't delay, get the flu vaccine right away If you're 65 or older, the flu prevention message for you this year is simple: Get the flu shot as soon as you can. There's no need for two shots like last year -- just one shot will help protect you for the 2011-12 flu season. This year -- and every year -health officials urge you to get the seasonal flu vaccine as soon as it's available in your community. Older adults are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications (like pneumonia), hospital stays and dying from the flu when compared with young, healthy adults. This is because the body's ability to fight illness drops as you age.

Anglican Church of Redeemer Sunday Services The Worship Service at the Anglican Church of the Redeemer, 31 Hayward Street in Franklin, is at 10 a.m. and will reflect the themes of Advent in the Liturgy of the Word and the celebration of Holy Communion. Adult Bible study is at 9 a.m. and a time of fellowship and refreshments follows the service. Church School classes begin promptly at 9:45 a.m. The purpose of the classes is to help children understand and experience how the Bible speaks to their daily lives. Following class, the children join their families for Holy Communion. Nursery care for preschool children is available. Father Jack Potter, Youth Pastor Dan Sylvia and all the members of the congregation invite everyone to join us. You don’t have to be a believing Christian; if you are a “seeker,” please come. There is ample parking and the church is accessible to all. The Church of the Redeemer is a parish of the Anglican Diocese in New England of the Anglican Church in North America. Information about the parish is available by calling (508) 346-3423 or at

In fact, each year about 9 out of 10 seasonal flu-related deaths and more than 6 out of 10 seasonal flurelated hospital stays in the United States occur in people 65 years and older. This year, there is only one vaccine for the 2010-11 flu season. "This year's flu vaccine will protect against the 2009 H1N1virus that caused so much illness last season and two other influenza viruses," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service and CDC's Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. "One of which



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Tri-Country News Tri-County's Corrie Desilets Will Keep on Running to the Top BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY What started out as a means of exercise in order to stay in shape quickly turned into a passion of love for Tri-County senior Corrie Desilets. Entering Franklin’s Regional Vocational Technical High School as a freshman, the North Attleboro native wanted to continue running track as she did in middle school. It was following that spring’s conclusion that she decided that she wanted to pursue cross country in hopes of being in tip top shape come the next track season. “I took up cross country in my sophomore year primarily to stay in shape for track,” Desilets said.

“But about half way through that season I fell in love with cross country, and running has truly become a passion of mine.”

that was a track highlight that will surely be remembered, the senior one-upped that memory this cross country season.

Cougar Cross Country and Track Coach Tom Ronan has been truly impressed with the North Attleboro runner in both sports.

After finishing tenth at the State Vocational Tournament, the TriCounty senior was named to her first Mayflower League All Star Team. The amazing thing about Desiltets’ performance this past season was it was only her second season running cross country, due to an injury.

“Corrie is by far the best girl on the cross country team,” the TriCounty Coach said. “In fact, she’s better than a lot of the boys. She does what is asked of her and much more. She’s a driven individual that strives for perfection.” Running the mile as a junior for Ronan last spring, Desilets finished second in the state meet with a time of 6 minutes flat. Although

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“During my junior season I was practicing the hurdles for an upcoming heptathlon when I fell. I didn’t realize it until the end of the summer that I had a stress fracture,” the runner said. “To be named to the all star team was something that I had been pushing for, but never really expected. I was happy about it, but shocked.” Not wanting to give up on cross country after only one season, De-

silets went to each and every meet to cheer her teammates on while helping her coach out with the scorekeeping, a perspective that was very different that when running.

same circle,” she said “When people ask me about it I put it this way: cross country is my family and track is my life. I love them both, but I’m much closer to cross country.”

“As a scorekeeper you see the sport in a different light. You see things very differently watching others run, when you, yourself are not running,” Desilets said.

In addition to being a top notch runner, it’s what she does in her spare time that truly impresses her coach.

While running those 5K (3.1 mile) courses for the Cougars as a sophomore is when Desilets realized she had something special. Participating in the Mayflower League meet that year, Desilets raced past TC’s top runner and across the finish line for a medal. While she has come close to being a state champion in track and an all star in cross country, Desilets is fond of both sports and wouldn’t want to have to be put in a position of choosing. “Both sports are very different. Cross country has more trails, woods and other crazy stuff to run through, while track is basically running four times around the

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Franklin Sports Where Are They Now? Ayer Sparked Franklin To Titles in Football, Track BY KEN HAMWEY Staff Sports Writer John Ayer got the best of both worlds when he competed in football and track at Franklin High in the late 1960s. Ayer, who was a cornerback and defensive end in football, played three seasons and was a key cog on the 1969 team that won its last eight games, captured the Hockomock League title and put the Panthers on course for what would eventually lead to a 32-game winning streak. Indoor and outdoor track, however, were venues where the 5foot-7, 130-pound Ayer made his speed and quickness count. Basically a sprinter and hurdler, Ayer went unbeaten in dual meets in the low hurdles for three years and he became the Class C State champion in his junior and senior years. Ayer’s success in track and football wasn’t an accident. He excelled because he wasn’t afraid to work hard, stay disciplined and get results. “I had to compensate for my lack of size in football by being quick,” Ayer said. I relied on speed and coaching instruction when I started at defensive end. I also played next to a great tackle in Peter Giordano.’’ Ayer, who played on coach Jerry Leone’s first team that went 6-3 in

1967, also played on the 1-7-1 squad his junior year. “We finished last in the league my junior year but we came back in 1969 and followed through on Leone’s motto — revenge and the championship,” Ayer said. “We lost our second game, to Ipswich, then won our last eight for a 9-1 record and the league title. It also was the start of what would become a 32-game winning streak.’’ Ayer, whose interception and 20yard return for a touchdown was the only score against Ipswich in Franklin’s only loss in 1969, remains proud that he and his teammates got the 32-game win streak rolling. “The Hockomock League is very competitive, so to win eight straight was a credible achievement,” Ayer said. “We had no idea then what our winning streak was going to become. We wrapped up the season with a victory over King Philip, a game we had to win to nail down the title.” Ayer made his share of tackles in the KP tilt and twice during the season was named a game-day captain. “I had super teammates in halfbacks Albie Dellorco and Fran Allen, and linemen like Joe Petone and Fred Saster,” Ayer said. “And coach Leone was an excellent motivator. He was a tough taskmaster. No one got much water during

practice.’’ Ayer, who set the school (13.4) and league (13.5) records in the low hurdles, rates his three-year unbeaten streak in that event as his top thrill. “Winning two Class C championships was nice but going unbeaten for three years is memorable,” he said. “That involved beating upperclassmen when I was a sophomore. It’s an accomplishment that hasn’t been duplicated at Franklin.’’ Ayer, a co-captain in track as a senior, also ran the 50 and 300 indoors, in times of 6.0 and 35.0. He also ran the 220 outdoors and competed in the long jump. “The two Class C titles were quality efforts because the low hurdles in state meets weren’t 120 yards,” Ayer noted. “They were 180 and that additional 60 yards was a culture shock. I was fortunate to have two good track coaches in Bob Avakian and Al Sutherland, who emphasized strong technique and getting out of the blocks fast.’’ After graduation in 1970, Ayer spent one year at Central Connecticut State where he ran cross-country. He eventually joined the Mass. Department of Transportation, was employed there for 39 years before retiring last month. Ayer, 60, was the supervisor for District Five (Southeastern Mass.), where he oversaw road repair, plowing,

There wasn’t a lot of media fanfare during his winning years in Franklin sports, but John Ayer loved Franklin, his teammates and coaches. Here, he is shown with his wife Debbie and dog Tina.

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A resident of Bellingham for the last 33 years, Ayer and his wife Debra have two daughters — Tracie 31; and Meghan, 28 — and one grandchild. Calling his late parents (George and Catherine) role models for their encouragement, Ayer spends his leisure time working in his yard and playing golf.

When Ayer was helping Franklin High get its football streak started and he was rolling to victory after victory and championship after championship in the hurdles, there wasn’t much fanfare. There weren’t any Hockomock League all-star teams or MVP awards – or much media attention.

“I was born in Boston but it was great when my father decided to move to Franklin,” Ayer said. “I loved the atmosphere, I had good teammates and coaches and I loved competing. I have wonderful memories and associations because of

That was unfortunate, because John Ayer was a high-octane track star and a key piece of Franklin’s defensive prowess in football — a blue-chip athlete who got blue-chip results.

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Franklin Sports Franklin Tennis Hall Of Fame Longtime Wheaton College women’s and men’s head tennis coach Lynn Miller has been selected for induction into the United States Tennis Association (USTA) New England Hall of Fame next June at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. She joins Dorothy Bicknell, Cornelius Chase, Henry Paige, and Paul Young as members of the Class of 2012. Lynn is a resident of Franklin and has lived there since 1984.

USTA Coach of the Year in 2010 – two years after receiving her UTSA High Performance Coaching Certification – and United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) New England Coach of the Year honors on multiple occasions. “I was so excited when I opened the letter from the USTA indicating that I had been selected for induction into the USTA New England Hall of Fame,” said Miller. “I actually started to cry. This induction means a lot to me and somehow makes me feel more ‘validated’ in a way that I haven't felt before. I am extremely appreciative of this honor.”

Miller has been a staple in the New England tennis world for over 30 years as a coach, player, teacher and camp counselor. Now in her 32nd season as the women’s head coach and 22nd as men’s head coach at Wheaton, Miller has been named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Coach of the Year on the women’s side three times (2003, 2009, 2010) and twice on the men’s side (2005, 2010). She was also named the

Miller owns an all-time coaching record of 331-211-2 (.610) in women's tennis and has guided her team to 10-or-more wins in 21 of her 31 seasons at the helm of the program – including a current run

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of five-straight seasons with 11plus victories (2006-10). Last season, the Lyons won a school-record 19 matches and captured their second-consecutive NEWMAC Championship. Year in and year out, Miller also sends

numerous individuals to compete in the NCAA and International Tennis Association (ITA) national tournaments. When the college became a coeducational institution in 1988, Miller added men’s tennis coaching duties to her resume. Under her guidance, the men’s program owns 15 seasons of 10-plus victories over a 22-year span and boasts a cumulative mark of 226-129 (.637). Last spring, the Lyons advanced to the semifinals of the NEWMAC Tournament. Overall,

Miller has helped the Lyons advance to the finals on five occasions – all while continuing to coach the women’s squad. "I want to congratulate Lynn on her induction to the USTA New England Tennis Hall of Fame,” said Wheaton College Interim Director of Athletics John Sutyak ‘00. “For 32 years, coach Miller has been a staple in the Wheaton College athletic department, first with our women's tennis program in the early 1980's and then in founding our men's tennis program when we became a co-educational institution. I can’t think of someone more qualified to join this elite group in the USTA New England Tennis Hall of Fame than Lynn Miller." Since coming to Norton, Miller has played an important role in both teaching and coaching tennis. Early in her career at Wheaton, she taught all levels of tennis for the then-required physical education requirement. She also began a highly successful tennis camp at Wheaton which recently completed its 29th year. Miller previously served as the head clinician for Wheaton's annual high school tennis coaches' clinic from 1985 until 2003.

For Miller’s coaching and teaching efforts, Wheaton was honored in 2000 as ‘Educational Association of the Year’ by the USTA of New England. A Level I USPTA and United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR) certified tennis professional, Miller was named USPTA/New England Player of the Year on seven occasions: 1998, 2003, and 2004 (45and-over), and again from 2005-09 (45-and-over, then 50-and-over). Miller was tabbed Co-Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000 and has been ranked No. 1 in women’s singles and/or doubles in the USTA/New England more than 10 times. She has also been nationally ranked in doubles on several occasions. The USTA New England Hall of Fame exists to recognize those tennis players and non-players in New England whose achievements as sportsmen or sportswomen are worthy of the highest commendation and recognition, or whose contributions as officials or individuals in a tennis-related activity have been so outstanding over a significant period of time as to justify the highest commendation and recognition.

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Franklin Sports FHS Volleyball Was A Surprise Passion for Alicia Wilde BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY Franklin High School’s Alicia Wilde made school history this past season in a sport she never even considered playing until her freshman year. Wilde had wanted to continue playing sports in high school, but didn’t exactly know in which direction she wanted to go.

ers and their skills rub off on you,” she said. “The league is the toughest it’s been in a long time, with a lot of talent. I was shocked and not expecting it all, but it’s an amazing feeling.”

face,” Wilde said. “I kept apologizing to her over and over, but she said it was ok as it wasn’t intentional. Emily went out and had an awesome game; she just looked a little different that night.”

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“I had played soccer just about my whole life and just didn’t want to play it in high school,” the Franklin senior said. “I knew the volleyball coach so I tried out for the team. For me it was a lot of fun, but I came to realize that many don’t understand how much hard work actually goes into preparing for it.” Once Wilde knew what the consequences were to becoming an elite volleyball player, she was ready to accept the challenge and put in the necessary work. Having already been named to the Hockomock League All Star Team a year earlier, the senior outside hitter was determined to make her senior year a memorable Alicia Wilde didn't know what sport she wanted to play at Franklin High School, anything but soccer. She gave volleyball a try, and the rest is history. one. thers this fall, Wilde was consid- a shot in which she’s recorded 46 In between her junior and senior ered the team’s best defensive aces and has a 97% service rate season Wilde joined a club team in player with 284 digs ( an average Horsmann loves the way Wilde hopes of getting better; little did of 15 per match. Offensively the reads the defense. The senior has she know she’d become more than senior outside hitter recorded 206 75 blocks as an outside hitter. better. In addition to being named kills on the season with a 312 hitto her second All Star team, Wilde “Once the game begins I immeting percentage, with a shot that’s would be the named the Co-MVP diately start reading the other deadly. Just ask teammate Emily of the league as well as being team’s defense and looking for Natal that took a Wilde practice Franklin’s first ever All State Voltheir weakness,” she said. “As shot to the face. leyball athlete. soon as I know where that is I “We were warming up before the know where I’m going to put the “Alicia’s the best athlete I’ve Milford game and I wanted to get ball. I believe that my aiming is a ever coached,” Franklin Volleyball on last hit in. It was a great hit, un- strong point of mine.” Coach Kate Horsmann said. fortunately it hit Emily right in the “She’s an all around and we never According to the coach the substitute for her no matter what the score. She’s the glue to this team.” On the awards, Wilde was somewhat taken aback. “This year I came into the season looking to be more aggressive and worked hard on it over the summer by playing on the club team. If you do it enough it eventually becomes natural; being around better play-

Franklin captain is not only a phenomenal volleyball player, but a genuine individual. “The best thing about Alicia is that she’s a terrific kid off the court that gets along with everyone,” Horsmann said. “I can’t say enough about her.” Although Wilde help lead the Panthers to an 18-1 regular season record and a number one seed in the MIAA Central-West Division 1 Girls Volleyball Tournament, Franklin fell to Acton-Boxboro 30 in the Semi Finals.

all the honors I received it was an overall amazing season and I didn’t want to take away from that.” Wilde is looking to go onto college and play either volleyball or basketball, but is currently undecided. Where ever she goes it has to have the right mix of both athletics and sports.

“Once they scored that 25th point I was upset, realizing that I would never play another high school volleyball game again with these girls,” Wilde said. “But the 18-1 record, the number one seed and

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Franklin Sports Choosing a Personal Trainer The holidays are fast approaching and with them, memories of New Years fitness resolutions past. And Team Fitness Franklin & CrossFit Franklin are fully prepared to help you meet your goals. In many cases, deciding to work with a personal trainer is one of the best fitness moves that you can make. A good trainer will design an individualized program to push you past your limits. Whether your goal is a bigger bench or slipping into that new dress for New Year’s Eve, bringing in an expert is often a good call. While many people can, and do, reach their fitness goals without a trainer, there are many more that stagnate in the gym. For some people, working out without any guidance can be like trying to fix their car for the first time. Sure, you might get the job done, but a mechanic could have done it much faster - and probably better. And you may end up doing more harm than good. Your health is at stake. For that reason, you should trust an expert. So, let’s go over some of the key things to look for when making this important health, and business, decision. #1 - Know their qualifications and their education.

In this day and age, it’s easier than ever to be a personal trainer. And that’s a REAL crime. If you don’t believe me, Google ‘Personal Trainer Certification.’ There are dozens of instant certifications out there. You can pay $100 over the Internet, print off a piece of paper, and slap on a shirt that says ‘TRAINER’ across the back. Even still, many 'certifications' are really workshops or weekend courses. So before hiring a trainer, ask for their qualifications. Be sure that they are certified through a reputable organization - not just an online quiz. Ask them about their athletic experiences and their education. Another great resource for learning more about a trainer is by asking to speak with their former or current clients.

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Franklin Sports Franklin Pee Wee Hockey Team Wins Championship match, they were at a bit of disadvantage. Northern RI had played their final contest the night before while Franklin played its final contest the morning of the evening championship. If tired, Franklin didn’t show it scoring a mere seven seconds into the contest in what the Coach described as the best goal of the tournament. Geer hit a striding Colin Powers in front of the net with a beautiful pass in which Powers reached back and one timed the puck past the sprawling NRI goalie. NRI tied the con-

Here we go, Franklin, here we go! The Franklin Peewee C Squad Hockey team took a straight shot all the way to the top, winning the test late in the first championship.

BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY Ben Franklin and the first public library come to the forefront when mentioning the town of Franklin. However, if you’re a resident of the town the sport of hockey may overshadow Mr. Franklin and his accomplishments. Many local youngsters participate in the Franklin Youth Hockey Association within the town. One such team, the Franklin peewee C squad, recently participated in a Halloween Tournament at the Mount St. Charles Arena in Woonsocket Rhode Island and when all was said and done the Franklin team skated off the ice with the Championship while going undefeated. The peewee C’s (a group of kids 12 and under) regularly play a 20 game season in the North Star Youth Forum out of Westboro from September through March. With the majority of the games on the weekends and spread throughout the 6 months the squad under the guidance of Head Coach Everett Henderson Jr. likes to keep its blades sharp by participating in tournaments throughout the area “While other teams in the league

may take on tournaments that are further away, we like to pick up games in the region,” Henderson said. “I try to give the kids a feel for different competition and play some teams that they have not seen before and unfamiliar with.” Franklin opened the tournament with its closest contest a 3-1 victory over Northern Rhode Island. Holding onto a one goal lead after two periods of play thanks to a pair of goals off the stick Brendan McWalter, Franklin put the game away in the third when Nolan Nedwith accounted for the final. The closeness of the game was mainly due to the fact that goalie Daniel Sheehan continued to come up big period after period, stonewalling any chance Northern RI threw at him. In game two Franklin took out Woonsocket 7-1 with Sheehan once again back boning the team effort. The Franklin net minder had a shutout going into the final minute of the game. Woonsocket was able to push one past Sheehan on a power-play with only 15 seconds left in the contest. “This game was a lot closer than the score indicates until that sec-

ond period,” the coach said. “Sheehan was stellar in goal saving everything that came his way until we took that penalty and they popped in their only goal.” The contest remained close until the 6:15 mark of the second period when the visitors scored four goals in three minutes. Up until that point only Nicholas Dolan had been able to find the back of the Woonsocket net. In that second period flurry Everett Henderson III (2), Brendan Tompkins and Cameron Geer put things away. Colby Fitzgibbons and Henderson’s hat-trick rounded out the scoring. The third game of the tournament was yet another phenomenal performance from Henderson, who had a hand in all four goals as Franklin defeated Bay State 4-1. In the victory Henderson netted the hat-trick again with two unassisted goals and along with McWalter assisted on Jonathan Lessard’s goal. The Championship game was a rematch of game one against Northern Rhode Island. Although the Franklin team had previously beaten the team they were to square off against in the title

period, but it was as close as they would get. Henderson would get the eventual game winner at 10:49 in the sec-

ond on power-play goal. The contest would remain a one goal game until Henderson netted two goals in the final five minutes of the game, giving him his third hattrick in four games. “Although Everett (Henderson) was instrumental in our success due to his scoring he had great support from the rest of his teammates,” Coach Henderson said. “Each game a different line stepped up and took control. We got stellar from our goalie all the way up throughout the tournament.” Other members of the Franklin squad were Teagan Blum (assist), Ryan Dewsnap, Noah Naworski, David Roche and Thomas Zogby (assist). Although a town based upon Benjamin Franklin, hockey seemed to rule superior. “The town of Franklin loves their hockey and is very loyal to the sport,” the coach said. “The kids, they love to play the sport. It’s a blast for them not only to enjoy playing tournaments but winning one.”

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Franklin Sports Bulldogs To Play In 3rd Bowl Game Dean Football Team Keeps Adding To Its Accolades top receiver in the conference with 66 yards per game. He also was in the top five in receptions and fourth in TD catches with six.’’

BY KEN HAMWEY Staff Sports Writer The Dean College football team continues to set the bar high.

Six Dean grads currently playing Division 1 football are Curtis Weatherspoon at South Florida in the Big East Conference, Anthony Baskerville, Stanley Dunbar and Doug Johnson at the University of Rhode Island, Asim Hicks at Lamar University (Texas), and Tenerio Davis at Western Kentucky.

All the Bulldogs did this year was finish their season at 7-1, win the Northeast Football Conference championship and qualify for a bowl game. Consider these achievements at the Franklin-based college: Seven winning seasons during coach Todd Vasey’s eight years on the job. Four NFC championships in the last five years. Three NFC titles in a row, from 2007-2009.

Todd Vasey, head football coach at Dean College, says he wasn’t sure the team could win a league title when he came on eight years ago. Since then, Dean has seen seven winning seasons, winning four of the last five league titles, with three in a row.

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Vasey’s 56-24 record represents the most victories by a coach at Dean.

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cles, the Bulldogs are highly regarded for their tradition and accomplishments. “When I came to Dean eight years ago as head coach, I wasn’t sure if we could win one league title,’’ Vasey said. “But, to win three in a row, four of the last five and qualify for three bowl games in four years tells me we’ve got a good system in place. The players we recruit buy into our system and the coaching staff works extremely hard. Another big plus is the support we get from the faculty and the administration.’’ One of Dean’s top players is wide receiver Robbie Jackson, a Bay State League recruit from Natick. “Robbie is a red-shirt freshman who was an all-star in the Bay State League,’’ Vasey noted. “He’s the total package — good hands, speed, good route-runner and an unsung blocker. Robbie was the

“Curtis was a two-time allAmerican at Dean," says Vasey. "And Baskerville, Dunbar and Johnson all start at URI. Baskerville was a second team allstar in the Colonial Athletic Association for URI. Hicks is the top tackler at Lamar and Davis starts at linebacker at Western Kentucky.’’ Dean, which will play in the Valley of the Sun Bowl on Dec. 3 against Glendale Community College in Glendale, Ariz., has previously been in two Bowls — the Graphic Edge Bowl against Iowa Central in 2008 and the Valley of the Sun Bowl against Glendale in 2009. “We lost both our previous bowl games,’’ Vasey said. “So our goal now is to face the No. 2 team in the country and win. For the last decade, Glendale has been ranked No. 2 and they’ve won all seven of their bowl appearances. They play in the Western States Athletic Conference and I rate that league as the best junior college circuit in the country. We’re excited to face a team that was national champs in 2000 and 2005. Our bowl appearances have given us great expo-


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sure nationally.’’ Vasey firmly believed his current squad would finish the 2011 campaign strong because of some key assets. “We’ve got players who persevere, strive to improve and work as a team,’’ he said. “Our strengths are on defense and we have receivers and running backs with good skills. Our quarterback, Jamal Small, was the top signalcaller in the conference. He threw for 1,100 yards and had 11 touchdown passes.’’ The 49-year-old Vasey, who has coached for 28 years, is in his first college stint as the head man. And, he’s proud three of his assistants enrolled at Dean and played for him. “Eric Lee, Jacob Meyers and Paul McKinnis left Dean, got full scholarships and returned,’’ said Vasey, who lives in Cumberland, R.I., and is the father of three children. “They’re great role models, too. “Many may not realize what a quality program we have at Dean. We recruit and search for the best character young men that we can find who will also excel on the football field. And my coaching staff is exceptional. I’ve been at Dean for eight years and that longevity stems from working with a top-notch faculty, a super administration, and good admission and facilities people. The Dean College Bulldogs have established a dynasty in its conference and have built a rich tradition that’s spiced with team and individual success.



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Dean College College Basketball Invites Public to See Bulldogs Following up on the heels of an impressive football season (7-1), Dean College is pleased to announce the start of menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball. For the men, under the direction of Coach Dean Scarafoni, the Bulldogs recently held a fundraiser/clinic in Pieri Gym that was attended by approximately 50 local middle school students and their parents and the team is hoping to see some familiar faces at their home games this season. Since taking over as head coach in April 2009, Scarafoni has established Dean College as one of the top two-year college programs in New England. He has compiled a record of 32-17, including a Region XXI championship in 2010. He has coached two All-Americans, and four of his players have received scholarships from fouryear NCAA institutions. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010-2011 campaign was

the second consecutive 16 win season for the Bulldogs with a team that consisted primarily of freshmen.

ing on to division three programs. Coach Jollon says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are working hard and really looking forward to a solid season.â&#x20AC;?

Says Coach Scarafoni, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most of our players are new to the program, so it will take some time to learn to play together, but they have a great deal of potential. I am looking forward to another successful season.â&#x20AC;?

The Dean College Lady Bulldogs opened the 2011-12 season with a win versus Cayuga Community College thanks to the efforts of Kelsey Johnson (Freetown, MA), Ebonie Ellison (Middletown, CT), and Chelsea Newman (Manchester, CT). The win was in the first round of the Roxbury Community College invitational, hosted in the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury, MA. That win was followed by a loss to the #2 nationally ranked team from Roxbury CC. For a complete list of Lady Bulldogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; action including their next home game, visit

With the departure of All-American forward Victor Holder (Uniondale, NY) and point guard Randy Casey (Attleboro, MA), both of whom are now playing at NCAA schools, Coach Scarafoni is looking to a group of talented newcomers to fill the void left by last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s captains. For a complete list of the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball roster and schedule, visit In ladies hoop action, Coach

David Jollon enters his fifth season as head coach for the Lady Bulldogs following his own basketball career at Molloy College. After ending last season with an 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12 record, Jollon is looking to guide the program towards a Regional

Championship and to see his players matriculate to four-year institutions to continue their basketball careers. During his tenure, three of his players have continued playing at the NCAA division two level, along with multiple players mov-

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