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July 1. 2011

New Cross Built and Installed at Historic Church Book Buddies Brings Out the Best in Kids, Seniors By anne Parker

One sunny Saturday morning in June, after a 10-year wait, the members at United Methodist Church finally got their wish: a new cross atop the peak of its roof. The 125-year-old building was struck by lightning about a decade ago and its cross was destroyed. The only thing remaining on the roof was a steel rod.

By J.D. O’Gara

Trustees and friends of the church volunteered to take the steps toward a building new cross. It was a team effort led by Trustees Chairman Harry Cochran. "I grabbed this by the horns and was determined to get it done," said Cochran. His job as a trustee is to get projects done around the church and this was one he was eager to complete. Someone donated the time to make a template for the new cross. The wood and labor to build it were donated.

pany from Bellingham erected the cross.

The final product is a simple, elegant cross constructed from cedar and painted gold. It stands five feet tall and three feet wide.

It took a long time and planning and labor to get to there, but the final installation took less than one hour.

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Church pastor rev. Dr. Dianne

Fifth grade teacher anna Grinley was looking for a way to grow her students’ writing skills. What she ended up doing was building intergenerational friendships.

Church trustee Harry Cochran (left) and Jamison E. Mendall Sr. stand together to show the new cross just before Mr. Jamison installed it atop the church.

Carpenter is very happy to finally see the cross. "It's exciting to see it put back the way it ought to be," she said. "also I'm proud of all the work that the trustees do. The people of the church do a tremendous job. Whatever needs to be done, they're ready to do it."

The Franklin United Methodist Church and building have been around since 1872. The present building was dedicated in June of 1873 and by the end of the year were sixty-six members.

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In an effort to challenge some students to write more elaborately and others to satisfy their thirst for reading, Grinley started hooking children up with “book buddies,” anonymous senior citizens from Franklin who pledged for one year to simultaneously read novels with the children and communicate about the books through journals. “Last year we had four seniors,” says Grinley. “This year we had eight.”

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Children were allowed to pick whatever books they want, provided the books were at their reading level. Grinley would give one copy of the book to the student and the other to the student’s book buddy. She gave the students old test booklets in which to write their thoughts. The retired seniors would then stop in and pick them up, returning the booklets with their own comments. She chose a lot of Newbury Award winners,” says Nancy Rappa, a retired Franklin schoolteacher. “I enjoyed totally the stories, and it was nice to hear her take on the some stories.” Mary Higginbottom, whose husband, Ron, became a book buddy this year after seeing his wife enjoy the first year, says her first young student brought her to read a genre she’d never considered, science fiction, and one that she enjoyed. Grinley found the willing seniors by contacting Karen Alves, Director of the Senior Center, who put a notice in the center’s monthly newsletter. Since then, Grinley says, “how it’s grown is the seniors that did do it told others. It pretty much has been word-of-mouth.” Grinley explains that she can only accommodate as many students as she has senior volunteers, but as the num-

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ber doubled this year, she’s optimistic. Grinley explains that she chooses students for the program depending on their need and that her choice doesn’t reflect the best or worst readers. “I try to meet who could use it, who could deepen the meaning,” says Grinley, “or I might want them to improve their ability to write deeper. I had a couple kids this year who were just voracious readers, and I wanted them to have another outlet for talking about it.” “It’s been hugely successful for my

children, because it’s forcing them to think deeply about the book,” says Grinley. “The more they write as they read, the better they read.” The children, she adds, also loved the extra attention, and the seniors enjoyed the experience as well. “I did it last year, and this year and then, when he did sneak peeks at my journal last year, I coerced my husband to do this year with us,” says Higginbottom. “He loved it. He really did. And he read more than I think he’s probably ever read in his life,” she laughs. Higginbottom adds that she found the quality of the children’s literature

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Church has been a significant influence in the life of the community for almost 150 years and anticipates many more years at its location at 82 West Central Street. It has served and reached out to local community with many services of the years. Around 1974 the Methodist Church joined forces with the Federated Church, St. John's Episcopal Church and St. Mary's Catholic Church and established an ecumenical outreach group called FISH which continues to operate today.

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The building has gone through several renovations over the years. In 1903 the memorial stained glass windows were repaired and installed. In 1905 the pipe organ was purchased and installed. It was

During the early 1950's major renovations of the downstairs Sunday School area were completed. They have be doing major repairs and renovations to maintain the building since 1995. The Franklin United Methodist

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Kennedy School Playground: Back to the drawing board Committee plans to modify design to accommodate children with disabilities, continue fundraising By Anne PArker If you have ever asked your child what's your favorite part of school, you may get the answer "recess!" recess often is the best part for many kids. It gives them the chance to get exercise and fresh air, run around, play at the playground, and socialize with their friends. At kennedy elementary School, this is also true. The school is planning to rebuild its playground. The existing playground structure is older and has endured the harsh extremes of the new england climate. It is among Franklin's last wooden play structures and is causing splinters and injuries. So the plan is to build a new one. A group of parents at kennedy elementary School formed a committee to raise funds to design and build a new playground. They have been raising funds for the past year. They have a goal of $85,000. "We are currently at approximately $26,863 raised through PCC funds, fundraisers, direct and corporate donations, grants and sponsorships," reports nikki Wisniewski, chair of the playground committee. The playground committee has been seeking grants and donations

from local businesses, and many individual families have made donations. They hoped to break ground for the new playground Spring of 2012. But the price and design will now be different due to a change in the plan. The committee recently altered its playground design to build one that will be "inclusive." This means making the playground structure accessible to children with disabilities as well as sensory or motor challenges. "We want a design where you can get as much access as you can," said Tisha Arffa, who is also on the committee and the mother of Paris, a kennedy student with a disability. "The current design has pieces where kids can play, but they can't get to it." "We are currently meeting with playground consultants to develop an inclusive design," said Wisniewski. "We have a 'wish list' of components that meet a variety of physical, social, cognitive, and developmental needs as well as being fun. We need to work with the playground consultants to find the best layout, access, and combination of these components so that we can meet our goals for inclusion and

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budget." While many people look at a playground structure as a big fun play space, it is actually an important aspect to a child's development. Working with a consultant, the committee learned that there is a 'prescription' for a good playground which provides children with various motor and sensory challenges and socialization opportunities. During a school day, the playground sees around 500 children ages 5 to 12 years. A typical recess can have 80 to 120 children at a time. In addition, children from neighborhoods close by enjoy the playground. Although the change will increase their financial goal, it has been a great learning process. "It is an opportunity for all kids," said Arffa. There are so many children with a variety of issues, she explains. "Some have physical disabilities, others have sensory issues and others may have gross motor issues." By building an inclusive playground, all children will be well served now and for many years into the future. They developed a preliminary design with a consultant. "We are in the

process of fundraising and are re-assessing the design with the intent of an inclusive playground that not only challenges and supports the development of all kennedy students, but promotes inclusive play among the children," Wisniewski said. Arffa stresses that an inclusive design goes beyond handicap accessibility. 'Inclusion' means allowing children of all abilities to be included. "We are striving for inclusion so that children can access the play structure and play together. We would like all the children to be able have access to play. And have something for everyone." By law, all the designs (past and future) must be ADA compliant, said Wisniewski. "However, the ADA guidelines are a minimum requirement for each public playground to adhere to. Unfortunately, ADA compliance doesn’t always mean access or social inclusion for children with disabilities.  Here at kennedy School, we are trying to provide universal access and inclusion for all of our children. As such, we will need to do more than the ADA requires." It's a lengthy process and they anticipate to have an updated inclusive design in September, she added.

"We have done a great job in fundraising, raising kennedy parent community awareness, working on grant opportunities and reaching out to local businesses. We have a great team of people volunteering significant amounts of their time toward this project.  Their contributions, enthusiasm and energy are incredible," said Wisniewski. The playground project started with the Parent Communication Council (PCC) at kennedy. Parents saw a need and raised the issue, the PCC voted to seed a playground fund with $5,000.  The committee was established to pursue the project.  The PCC continues to donate when possible, but the majority of the funds raised by the PCC are earmarked for enrichment programs for the students.  The playground committee also holds playground specific fundraisers and is still seeking grants and corporate donations and sponsorships.  In September, the committee will enter the Pepsi refresh Challenge grant project for a chance to win $25,000 toward the fund. View the website www.kennedyPlay-

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Franklin Community Garden Open to Gardeners and Ideas Franklin Community Garden Committee proudly held the Grand Opening Day of Franklin's first community garden on Saturday, May 28th at King Street Memorial Park located off King Street in Franklin. The garden features 46 large raised beds leased to gardeners. The Franklin Food Pantry will garden 4 of those beds; other beds have been assigned to individuals, families, and commu-

nity groups. Several of the beds are designed for easy access. Many of the gardeners will be participating the Franklin's Plant A Row to Share program. The Franklin Community Garden Committee meets on Mondays at the Municipal Building at 6:30 p.m. You can check what room we will be in by visiting our Committee Page on the Town website and clicking on 'Agendas:' http://town.franklin.ma.us/Pages/F

Franklin's American Idol Contest July 2 The Franklin July 4th Celebration is happy to be having our 4th annual Franklin’s American Idol Contest on July 2nd from 4-7. The contest is limited to the first 30 contestants. Each contestant will be able to perform in front of three judges. At any point during the performance the judges may stop the music and give their feedback to the contestant. Once all contestants have preformed the judges will narrow the 30 contestants down to the best 5. The final 5 will then be able to sing 1 song in its entirety for the audi-

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Franklin Elks Make Veterans a Top Priority

Brockton Va hospital at the lodge. “We serve them a big lunch and then we played bingo with (the veterans) with cash winnings,” says Ellis.

By J.D. O’Gara “as long as there are veterans, the benevolent and protective order of Elks will never forget them.”

Each year, the Elks also host a Memorial Day breakfast for veterans, and they also put together two huge mailings of care packages for active military each year.

That phrase is etched on a stone outside the lodge of the Franklin Elks (FBOE 2136) at 1077 Pond Street, and it’s clear from the actions of these volunteers, that those words live on. Sure, the Elks do a lot of wonderful things for a number of charities. according to Mark Ellis, a trustee who has lived in Franklin for about 25 years and has been with the Elks for 22 years, the lodge gave out 15 scholarships of approximately $750 each last year, and the Massachusetts State Elks gave out 10 scholarships to Franklin residents. Back in april, the lodge also did a bowling fundraiser for the american Brain Tumor association at Walnut Hill Bowl in Woonsocket, rI. On June 26, they held a “Touch a Truck,” with free hamburgers and hotdogs, asking for just donations of food for the local food pantry. The Franklin Elks, however, one of 71 Elks Lodges in Massachu-

“We probably send about 100 (care packages) a year,” says Ellis. “a lot of it is paid for by the lodge, but last year, the Franklin High School Community Service Club helped out, too. They did a collection for us.” The Elks will be following up with a cookout at the Brockton Va hospital on august 7.

On Saturday, June 18, The Franklin Elks held a Salute to Our Flag at their lodge at 1077 Pond Street. Pictured, from left, top row: Bob Fahey, Mike Grimley, Stan Misiuk, Debbie Lunn (Betsy Ross), Col. Mike Matondi, Elks District Deputy Jimmy Huang, Sharon St. Hilaire, Frank Liotta, Mark Ellis; bottom row, from left: Matt Long, Alex Boczanowski, Jason Crosby, Marc Smith and Mike Mele

setts, pay special attention to our veterans. Two years ago, they dedicated the town’s Iraq/afghanistan monument. This past winter, the veterans of Franklin stayed a little bit

warmer thanks to the Elks. “One of our biggest programs we started this year,” says Ellis, “any veteran that needed fuel assistance this winter, we donated 100 gallons of home heating oil to them

for free.” The Elks were able to do this with the assistance of Jillian’s Oil, of Medway, which donated the oil at cost. In the spring, says Ellis, the Elks hosted a big luncheon for the

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PMC Kids Ride Blazes through Franklin Franklin was one of 30 towns that hosted the PMC Kids Ride. On June 5, local kids aged 3-14 could sign up to challenge themselves for the 3-, 6or 10-mile ride, starting and ending at Jefferson Elementary School. There was also a “Tikes and Trikes” area for those aged 3-7 who used training wheels. Money raised from the Kids Ride goes to benefit the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Children who raised over $250 were recognized at the event as “heavy hitters.” Top Left: After the PMC Kids Ride, Noah, 7, Debbie and Elizabeth Mulvey, 4, take a quick break. Bottom Left: Lisa Marchioni announces the “heavy hitters,” children who raised over $250, at the PMC Kids Ride in Franklin. Top Right: The PMC Kids Ride featured more than just bicycles. Face painters Cassandra Chitarri, 15, Mhairi Baird, 14, Leddy Gallagher, 19 and Jenna McNicholas, 19 work together to create stellar body art. Bottom Right: After he did the 6-mile ride with his Dad, 10-year-old Chris Pare performs a few stunts on his bike.

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In addition to losing faith in their own abilities, says Waters, women who choose to stay home often face a challenge getting back into the workplace. “It’s so upsetting to me that women make this supreme sacrifice to stay home with their children, and when they get back to the workforce, they’re treated with disrespect,” she says. “Suddenly the MBa doesn’t count. There are some employers that get that, and there are some that don’t.” Seeing a need, Waters created her Back to Business career counseling, where she helps women “trust their process.” “People wait too long to make a change,” says Waters. “My job is to help them. Everyone has their own brand of intelligence. The trick is to figure out how to use it and apply it to a career. That’s when you’re going to be wildly successful. Waters’ own process led her to dream up a concrete representation of women’s strength in a number

of ways. Waters envisioned a symbol, something beautiful that a woman could feel and touch, a tangible reminder of her strength. “It just came to me one day. Confidence Beads™” she says. In 2009, she created a line of beads, each one with a “story to tell.” Each bead, crafted from Murano glass and sterling silver, is imprinted with an inspirational message. For each bead she sells, Waters donates $1 to Ovations for the Cure, a nonprofit organization dedicated to a cure for ovarian cancer, and to $1, in partnership with New Hope, to local programs aimed at stamping out domestic violence. “I’m so excited because the two causes that I chose with these beads, they are locally based,” says Waters. Both causes are “really important causes, because they are everywhere, but no one wants to talk about them.” Waters’ most recent creation is an inspirational bead specifically for those who have struggled with

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Freedom from Hunger Food Drive The Saint Vincent dePaul Society of St. Mary’s Parish in Franklin will be conducting a summer food collection on the weekend of July 2 and 3. Many years ago, a Freedom from Hunger Food Drive was held in conjunction with the 4th of July. St. Mary’s SVdP society liked the idea and will be holding its first annual Freedom from Hunger Food Drive on the Independence Day weekend. In order to receive a wide variety of nonperishable items, here’s a list of items needed: Cereal, cookies, crackers, juice, applesauce, individual containers of Jell-O, fruit and pudding, peanut butter, jelly, canned fruit, all paper products, laundry detergent, soup, stew, chowder, tuna, canned chicken, canned beef, cake mix brownie mix, frosting, quick bread mix. One item from each family would be gratefully received. You may donate more than one, of course. Ten-dollar gift cards to grocery stores are another option. Donations may be dropped off in Sacred Heart Hall (lower level of church) before all Masses on the weekend of July 2 and 3. Masses are 4 p.m. on Saturday and 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. The donations may also be dropped off on Friday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 5 each day from 9am to 4 pm. The Society will need volunteers on Tuesday, July 5 to help sort, box and carry the donations. Call St. Mary’s Rectory (508) 528-0020 to volunteer. Young people and teens are invited to help too and earn service hours credit for lending a hand. Please let us hear from you.


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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? Franklindowntownpartnership.org Downtown.Franklin@yahoo.com For more information, contact: Executive Director (774) 571-3109 The Partnership is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 organization.

Register Now for the Franklin Harvest Festival Coming Oct. 2nd The Franklin Downtown Partnership is busy planning for the Harvest Festival and currently is registering crafters, artists, vendors and community groups for this year’s event. The festival will be held Sunday, October 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. The Harvest Festival is the Partnership’s largest event and more than 4,500 people are expected to attend this year. Once again, Main Street will be closed to car traffic for the festival, which

will span East and West Central Streets, Summer Street and Main Street. Space is limited. Anyone interested in participating should e-mail Angie Grant at agrant@middlesexbank.com for more details and a registration form. More information and the form also can be found on the Partnership’s website, www.franklindowntownpartnership.org/. The registration deadline is August 20th for discounted booth fees. Prior to August 20th,

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2nd, EY will next sing the national anthem in Fenway Park on Monday, August 1st at the game between the Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians. Electric Youth was invited back to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” after performing the anthem at Fenway Park in 2007. Electric Youth has toured Europe seven times, released six professional CDs and has been featured on Fox 25 television three times, most recently May 25th following the “American Idol” finals. Electric Youth’s new 2011 CD, All Amped Up, will be available for purchase at the summer concerts. Electric Youth’s members are selected by audition at the beginning of each academic year. This season’s group of twelve performers, ages 14 to 18, studies multiple

Once again the Franklin Public Schools will be offering a Summer Music Program designed to provide students with exceptional instruction in music in a fun and exciting atmosphere.   The 2011 Summer Music Program is a twoweek session to be held June 27th to July 8, 2011. The course offerings include: Elementary Strings – Grades 4 & 5 and Concert Band – Grades 5 to 9 in the mornings

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Annual Charity Open Tees Off, August 8th The United Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Charity Open golf tournament this year with a new partner! The Julia Cekala Charitable Foundation is teaming up with the Chamber this year to raise money for both organizations. The Charity Open will be held Mon., Aug. 8. The day will include lunch, a buffet dinner, greens fees, and cart rental at the 18-hole, best ball tournament to be held at Foxborough Country Club, 33 Walnut St., Foxborough. Reg-

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Dean College Ties for 11th in NJCAA Golf Championships Dean College finished Tied for 11th place in the NJCAA Division Three Championships played at the Chautauqua Golf Club in New York, which concluded on June 10. The tournament was Dean’s first appearance in the National Championships since 2004 and ultimately won by Monroe Community College of Rochester, NY who defended their title to repeat as the 2011 National Champions. “I am very proud of the Dean College golf team,” says Coach Jay Leiendecker.”  This team proudly represented our school and we are thrilled to have such a strong and successful finish to a great season.”  Dean College was led by Jorge De la Campo Betancor of the Canary Islands.   As a sophomore,

Betencor recorded consecutive rounds of 76, 76, 80, and 76 for a total of 308 which was good for 14th place among a total of 89 golfers. Jorge becomes Dean College’s first NJCAA All American in golf.  Other members of Dean's team were Bryan Contreras from John Glenn high school in New York; Kyle Boucher of Bellingham, Mass.;  Dylan Estrella of North Attleboro, Mass. and Ove Asendorf from Falmouth, Mass. “Dean College is very excited to have our first NJCAA All American in golf and we feel that this is a preview of a bright future for this program,” stated Leiendecker. To qualify for the NJCAA championships, Dean won the Northeast Region XXI championship played in May on the New England Country Club course in Bellingham, Mass. Teams from 13 states competed at the Chautauqua Golf Club, host course since 2000.

Dean College Donates Water for Monson Recovery Efforts Dean College recently donated 50 cases of water to aid in the recovery efforts for the people of Monson, Mass., who were recovering from a devastating tornado that occurred in early June. “Dean College is proud to assist in the recovery efforts to all of the people of Monson, MA,” says Dean College President Paula Rooney. “We are deeply saddened for the devastating loss suffered by the people of Monson and we are trying to do our small part to help during this difficult time.” The 50 cases of water were delivered to the First Church of Monson, which is currently serving as a central base for recovery efforts. To donate to the Monson tornado relief efforts, please visit www.monson-ma.gov

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“Calling for the Pantry” Dial, ring, ring, ring - no answer, hang up, mark the sheet, move to the next one and try again. Dial, ring, ring, ring - no answer, hang up, mark the sheet, move to the next one and try again. the next one was a good one, I got through, let them know who I was and what I was doing. I thanked them for having made a contribution to the Food Pantry previously. they appreciated the call. they wanted to help. We worked out the details and went our separate ways. I recorded the tally on my listing and moved on to the next one. the first annual phone-a-thon, “Calling for the Pantry” was held over four days at the end of April and beginning of May. More than forty volunteers made hundreds of calls to obtain thousands of dollars. For my own two shifts on the phone, I made over 70 calls getting

Franklin Matters through more than half the time. yes, I considered myself lucky. We had heard the success rate would be only reaching one of seven we dialed. Reaching half of my list was outstanding. More importantly, all of the folks I reached wanted to help. Some wanted to but could not at this time. Some were unemployed and looking for work. I have been there. I know the struggle of looking for work in this economy. Some were willing to drop off some food or goods at the Pantry. I thanked them again for their prior gift and we ended the call. Why do a phone-a-thon? It was an idea well worth trying. We need the resources to continue to provide services to our clients. By calling, we could have a oneon-one conversation with our Franklin neighbors. the Pantry already has a personal relationship with our clients. they come in once a month for their regular visit. As the summer rolls around and the Farmer’s Market produce becomes available, they will be able to visit for fresh produce once a

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week. the phone-a-thon expense was minimal. Dean College graciously allowed us to use their phone bank. the volunteers provided the time and effort to make the personal connection. the lists were updated after each call. Most folks elected to respond via mail. Some did use the website to process their credit card securely. For the cost of some printing and stamps, in addition to the donations, we obtained stories. one donor was apologetic that she hadn’t been to the Food Pantry yet to drop off her check. She had read about the phone-a-thon in the paper and got her check ready then she caught a cold and had to stay in to recover. one donor thanked us for the call. they had been contributing via payroll donation for sometime and hadn’t heard from us before. they were very appreciative that we had called to thank them. More than one caller needed to verify that were not “some paid organization collecting money on behalf of the Pantry, taking something for ourselves, along the

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way.” No, sir. We were all unpaid volunteers calling directly for the Pantry. Reassured, they generally contributed. Franklin is a caring place. We are so grateful for the donations of food and money that have been pledged and received. the Food Pantry will be a good steward of what it receives so that in turn we can maximize the benefits to share with our neighbors in need. thank you for allowing us to help our neighbors. Steve Sherlock is shifting his focus from volunteering as Community Information Director for Franklin Matters to volunteering for the Franklin Food Pantry. Recently elected as Chairperson of the

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more traditional forms of strength training. it is important to be properly trained on form, however, since these lifts typically involve heavier weights and overhead training. that said, i assume your trainer is well prepared to teach you these lifts (at least i hope so). Like i said, give ‘em a shot. i think you’ll find that they’re quite fun to do! Question: are there any serious health implications when it comes to caffeine? AnsWeR: interesting question given the fact that caffeine has been vilified in the past. however, that’s not the case anymore. Caffeine is actually studied more for its health benefits nowadays as opposed to any significant health detriments. it does increase heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate, but only to a small degree. if you have pre-existing medical conditions that could be affected by these “side effects,” then you may want to moderate or avoid caffeine entirely. and some people are considered caffeinesensitive, so in addition to the above, they may experience tremors, anxiety, or insomnia. again, these folks might want to limit or avoid caffeine as well. thankfully, those adversely affected are in the minority. For most of us, caffeine is pretty benign. in fact, some studies indicate that up to 90% of americans take in some form of caffeine each and every day. that’s pretty amazing! as with most dietary constituents, it’s a good idea to moderate your overall intake, so keep track of foods and beverages you consume and the caffeine in them. Chris Charron is the club owner at Anytime Fitness in Medway. To submit a question for future articles, please contact the author at chris.charron@anytimefitness.com

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Living Healthy History Making Year at Quigg’s Gymnastics

  



Championship Win! Samantha Boardman finished 8th All-Around at the State Championship along with 6th on floor, 10th on Vault & 10th on Beam. Samantha competed as an All-Star at regionals placing 4th on Floor and helping her mixed team win the All-Star meet. The girls are coached by owner Michelle Quigg-Hopping and Eric Antonik.

Quigg’s Gymnastics has been a household name in the area for the past 30 years. This season marks the 30th anniversary of the family owned business. The current owners Michelle-Quigg Hopping took over ownership in the Fall of 2001 from her parent Kathy and Wally  Quigg.



 The competitive program at Quigg’s has come a long way.  When Michelle took over ownership the program was purely recreational. She started her first team in 2002. There are currently 11 competitive teams with over 98 gymnasts competing this season. This year for the first time in 30 years 2 gymnasts qualified for and competed in the level 8 Regional Championships. Kiara Chan of Franklin and Samantha Boardman  both represented   the of Norfolk state of Massachusetts on May 2nd. Kiara won the All-Around at the Massachusetts state championship along with winning Bars & Vault. She also placed 5th on Beam & 6th on Floor. At Regionals Kiara won the Vault, 2nd on Floor, 4th on Bars and took the bronze medal in the All-Around. Kiara helped lead her team to a Regional

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FSPA Summer Session is Currently Underway The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA)’s 2011 Summer Session, featuring SummerStage, FSPA’s musical theater program and a variety of oneweek summer camps, is currently underway. The School still has openings in some programs.

score, written by Alan Menken, features many of the same musical numbers from the movie, including “Be Our Guest” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

FSPA’s annual SummerStage program returns from August 1-12 for students in grades 5 and up, culminating in a full-length, allstudent production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. All SummerStage students will be cast in the production.

In addition to SummerStage, FSPA will hold an assortment of one-week camps for the school’s 26th annual summer session. The menu of performing arts camps includes Camp GLEE; Little Music Camps; Dance Camps; Voice, Acting and Musical Theater Camps; a Creative Kids Camp for young children; and Rock Band and Instrumental Camps.

Based on the 1991 movie of the same name, Beauty and the Beast played on Broadway between 1994 and 2007, making it the eighth longest-running Broadway musical of all time. The lyrical

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place August 16-18 and will focus on performance skills in a master class format. A Musical Theater Audition Intensive is offered for high school students from August 16 -18, designed for students planning to audition for college musical theater degree programs.

For younger children, Creative Kids Camp will engage and entertain campers ages 5-7 with drama games, theater activities, singing, dancing and crafts from August 15-19. The youngest campers are invited to Little Music Camp sessions including Rattles and Rhythms (ages 1 and 2), Wee Play (ages 3 and 4) and Do Re Me! (ages 5 and 6) with FSPA’s Little Music School Director Kim Rezendes during the weeks of July 18-22 and/or August 1-5. The Little Music Camps are a great opportunity for young children to be exposed to music in a fun, energetic and stimulating environment.

Teen intermediate and advanced dancers in grades 7 – 12 will focus on various contemporary genres in Jazz Dance Styles Camp, July 11 - 15. Young beginner dancers are invited to a Dance Camp July 1822 to be introduced to all dance disciplines. Young singers in Grades 3-8 (boys voices unchanged) are able to enjoy a oneweek Voice Camp August 15 – 19 to develop technique and confidence. Voice Camp concludes with a recital.

For musical theater enthusiasts, FSPA will offer Broadway Camp, July 18-22 and /or August 15-19 for grades 1 – 6. Triple Threat Camp, geared toward musical theater students in grades 5-9 with performance experience, will take

For the first time, FSPA will offer summer Instrumental Camps for musicians of all ages, during which students will have the opportunity to jam with talented area musicians and learn from several well-known Boston professionals. Rock Camp, to be held July 5-8, will be under the direction of bassist and arranger Mark Poniatowski of the Berklee School of

July 1. 2011 Music and well-known Boston drummer Kenny Hadley. Jazz Camp will run August 1-5 under the direction of Hadley and saxophonist Arnie Krakowsky. Both instrumental camps conclude with a performance. In addition to this special summer programming, FSPA is offering weekly classes in the Music and Dance departments through August 22. Founded in 1985, FSPA brings all performing arts disciplines together under one roof, offering Music, Dance and Drama training to both students interested in serious study and those who enjoy the arts for recreation. Beginners are welcome in all programs. To register or learn more about any of these programs, call FSPA at (508) 528-8668 or visit www.fspaonline.com.

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Franklin Sports Julia Correa is Taking the Fast Track to the Top BY CHRISToPHER TREMBLAY

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As a youngster growing up, Millis resident Julia Correa didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t participate in sports. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until she got to Tri-County as a freshman that she decided to try out for the cheerleading team.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;For the past two years she has been one of the best athletes on the team,â&#x20AC;? TC Track Coach Tom Ronan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was at the heptathlon last year when I noticed a lot of potential outside of her running the 200.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cheerleading was the first sport I was ever allowed to do,â&#x20AC;? Correa said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My mother didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow me to play sports as she didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want me to get hurt. As a freshman I went out for cheerleading and made varsity.â&#x20AC;? Correa participated in cheerleading during the fall and winter seasons of her first two years at the Franklin-based school, but in the spring of her sophomore season she decided to take on track. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Track interested me as I was one of the fastest on the team and I enjoyed running sprints,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The shorter the distance the better, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a big fan of distance running I find it boring.â&#x20AC;? As a sophomore Correa primarily ran the 200 meter dash â&#x20AC;&#x201C; that was until her coach noticed that she could take on many different events with success. As a junior this past year, Correa not only ran the 200, but she was also involved in the long jump, the shot put, the 100 meter dash and any of the relay teams that the coach found

ness it,â&#x20AC;? Ronan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is the most competitive individual that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever meet, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that you just canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t coach.â&#x20AC;? Although Correa posted some personal best numbers at this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heptathlon, sprinting is her best event. Competing in North Redding the Tri-County speedster finished 18th in the state out of some 100 contestants, setting personal records in the high jump, shot put, javelin, high hurdles and the 800 meters.

Looking to next spring Ronan believes that he may even move his then senior into the hurdles, as heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be rather thin in the event and Correa has shown a lot of potential. It was as a sophomore when Correa first decided to attempt the heptathlon (seven events: 200meters, 800 meters, 100 meter hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put and javelin) for the first time. outside of the running events, everything else was new to her, including the shot put. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s when I was introduced to the shot put. It was part of the heptathlon and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know anything about it,â&#x20AC;? Correa said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I basically had one week to learn and perfect the sport, luckily Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a fast learner. I did so well that year I told the coach I wanted to try it this year.â&#x20AC;? When she first started throwing the shot put the Millis resident was tossing the rock in the 23-foot range. By the time the track season came to an end she had thrown a

Julia Correa tried sports for the first time as a freshman in cheerleading. Since then, she has made the most of what her Tri-County track coach calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;genetic talent.â&#x20AC;?

As a sophomore Correa went undefeated in the 200-meter dash with her only loss coming at the Mayflower League Champi-

personal best of 27 feet 8 inches, something many would think highly unlikely looking at her.

During the summer Correa is hoping to be able to train harder than sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ever trained before so that she can improve upon any and all events she participates in during her senior season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My goal is to go onto college and run track,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A scholarship would be nice, but I just want to be able to run.â&#x20AC;?

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not very big in size (5 foot 4 inches and 110 lbs), but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m as competitive as they come,â&#x20AC;? Correa said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like the fact that the other girls look down at me because of my size. Their underestimating motivates me to prove them wrong.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Julia has a lot of genetic talent. In freshman, you sometime see a lot of potential, but at that age most of them donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to har-

onship. This spring at the league meet she finished fourth in the 200-meters and second as a member of the 4 x 100 relay team. The relay team advanced to the States where they also finished second.

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Franklin Sports â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a combination of things that helped me,â&#x20AC;? Geysen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew I wanted to coach, I had confidence I could, and I had a willingness to listen to others and ask questions. I also went to countless clinics, read books and watched videos.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122;

Where Are They Now? Franklinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Geysen a Coach for All the Right Reasons By Ken Hamwey Staff Sports Writer Tom Geysen never played varsity sports in high school or college, but that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop him from becoming one of Franklinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s topnotch coaches. The 65-year-old Geysen, who won Hockomock League championships in girls soccer and boys track, also was a high-caliber coach in boys basketball and softball. Retired since 2003 after 35 years of teaching english, Geysen continues to direct the Panthersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; girls soccer team and the boys track squad. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those blue and white colors are in my blood,â&#x20AC;? said Geysen about his association with Franklin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I grew up in Boston and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even know where Franklin was as a kid, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad my career as a teacher and coach has been in Franklin.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; at Boston english High, Geysen always commuted to school â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from Charlestown to Brookline. and, he usually worked. He did, however, join the Charlestown Boys Club, and it was there that he got interested in swimming and basketball. Only 5-foot-7 and 135 pounds

when he graduated in 1962, Geysen grew to 6-1 and went from offguard to forward in a very competitive setting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I played for the club for 11 years, my last six in the senior league,â&#x20AC;? Geysen recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could shoot and slash to the basket.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Geysen worked for a year, then enrolled at Boston State. One of his classmates and friends at english and at Boston State was Don Cotter, who left the city and joined the Franklin High faculty, eventually becoming head basketball coach. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before I graduated college in 1967, Don told me about Franklin and its need for teachers there,â&#x20AC;? Geysen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then Superintendent Ben Thomas asked me if I could mix coaching with teaching, and I told him I was willing.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Geysen began teaching seventh grade english in 1968, and before long, he was coaching junior high basketball and football, freshman hoops, JV soccer and varsity softball. â&#x20AC;&#x153;when Don Cotter became the boys hoop coach, I became the jayvee coach and did that for 12 years,â&#x20AC;? Geysen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;when Don

stepped down, I took the varsity post in 1980 and coached until 1987.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Geysenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first year was dynamic. His team went 16-4 and advanced to the third round of the tourney. But, his stay wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always smooth. His 1984 club started 1-8, then went 8-1 for a .500 record. His last squad finished 3-17. Overall, Geysenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mark was a plus .500 record.

what has led Geysenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squads to success is his emphasis on team first. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also tell my players that hard work will pay off and eventually lead to winning and having fun,â&#x20AC;? he said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The 16-4 team was a thrill because most of the veterans had Tom Geyson became one of graduated, and we had little varsity Franklinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best coaches, despite never having played varsity in high experience,â&#x20AC;? Geysen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, school or college. they worked hard and paid the price for success. The .500 team of track, Geysen took the head coach1984 never quit, and my last team ing post when Paul Davie sucnever quit either and worked their cumbed to cancer. tails off, even though we won only â&#x20AC;&#x153;Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing was a sad time three games.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; for us,â&#x20AC;? Geysen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a Geysen felt it was time for new positive force for student-athletes, blood to take the reins and put both and he cared about them.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; basketball and softball in his rearGeysen has been head coach of view mirror. He continued to both indoor and outdoor boys track coach girls soccer and guided the for a decade. His 2002 squad went Panthers to Hockomock League ti8-0 and won the Hockomock tles in 1994, 1995 and 2010. His crown. â&#x20AC;&#x2122;95 contingent went 17-2-2 and what Geysen has achieved is relast yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s squad posted a 19-3-1 record overall after winning the markable, especially since his coaching background at the start Division One South Sectional. was an empty cupboard. working as an assistant in boys

now in his 27th year as girls soccer coach, Geysen admits heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been â&#x20AC;&#x153;blessed with team-oriented girls who promote good chemistry.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; a resident of Franklin for 40 years, Geysen and his wife margaret have three children and four grandchildren. Calling his late parents (Frank and winnie) role models for their disciplined teachings, Geysen spends his leisure time swimming and enjoying his family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been fortunate the way my career went at Franklin,â&#x20AC;? Geysen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll keep coaching as long as I enjoy it.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Tom Geysen is a coach for all seasons and for all the right reasons.

           

       



                  

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All-Star, MVP In Lacrosse Busy Summer Ahead For Franklin’s Versprille BY KeN HAMWeY Staff Sports Writer Franklin High’s lacrosse season ended on June 1 after its loss to Natick in the preliminary round of the Division One east Tournament, but for midfielder Jake Versprille it marked the start of what should be a busy summer campaign. The 6-foot, 165-pound tri-captain, who was named a Hockomock League all-star, eastern Mass. all-star and team MVP, is gearing up for his seventh year in the New england Select Lacrosse League (NeSLL), which features the state’s top talent competing in a tourney-style format. The league showcases players from 11-19 years old. “At the high school level, I’ll be facing many all-star players from Massachusetts,’’ Versprille said. “Our schedule is about 30 games, we practice at both Harvard University and Belmont Hill School, and we’ll travel to tournaments in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and New Jersey. It’s a quality summer league where college coaches scout players they might be interested in recruiting.’’

The coach at St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia already has an inkling about Versprille’s ability and likely will be in the hunt for him next year when Versprille will be a senior. Coach Pat Cullinan didn’t scout Versprille in the NeSLL but discovered him at an unexpected meeting on the Philadelphia campus. “I’m interested in attending a college that has a good business administration program,’’ said Versprille who is an honor-roll student. “I visited St. Joseph’s with a cousin and uncle who live in New Jersey. We decided to drop into the lacrosse office and possibly meet coach Cullinan. We were lucky. He was available, gave me lots of time, and it was just an awesome session.’’ Versprille’s play as a junior was awesome, too. He scored 15 goals and assisted on another 35. And, when coach Lou Verrochi’s Panthers battled eight-ranked Hingham in a non-league game, Versprille opened some eyes. “We trailed, 9-8, and lost, 13-9,’’ Versprille noted. But, we stayed with one of the best teams in the state. I was able to get two goals

and two assists and I played consistently in midfield.’’

“Coach Verrochi knows what to say to help a player improve,’’ Versprille emphasized. “He’s very knowledgeable, stresses fundamentals and is easy-going. He’s a well-respected coach.’’

Verrochi, who used Versprille as an attack man as a sophomore, feels comfortable employing in a variety of positions. “He can also play close defense or long-stick midfielder,’’ Verrochi said. “He’s very versatile, has great stick skills and possesses terrific field vision. He can break down an opponent, find the open man or finish the play. He’s the motor of our team.’’ Franklin had another quality season, finishing with a 12-6 regular season record that gave the Panthers the Kelly-Rex Division title. Versprille, who also plays varsity soccer, is adept in lacrosse because of his super instincts, field vision and speed. But, he also knows there are areas where he can improve. “I’m a finesse player but I know I need to work on getting stronger,’’ he said. “I could add a few pounds. And, I need to work on my weak-hand shot.’’ Although Versprille was disappointed that Franklin didn’t advance far in the tourney this year,

A defensive-minded player who relies on an athletic philosophy that focuses on winning first, Versprille also competes for other reasons. Jake Versprille, heading into his seventh year in the New England Select Lacrosse League (NESLL), is eager to tackle the lofty goal of winning the state tourney.

he’s hopeful his senior year will produce a different result. “My goals next spring are to compile the best record in both divisions of the Hockomock League and advance deep into the tourney,’’ he said. “Winning the state tourney is a lofty goal, but it’s not out of the question.’’ Versprille has lots of praise for the efforts of defenders Ryan Garland and Luke Cowper, the team’s other two captains. He worked with them closely and enjoyed his role as a captain, leading by example but being vocal if situations called for that tact.

“I’m an intense competitor,’’ he says. “I hate losing more than I love winning. But, I also play sports for enjoyment and I use it as a way to reach my potential. I also go hard in practice because that usually is a blueprint for how one will play in game situations.’’ Thanks to his cousin, Sam Scoba, who starred in lacrosse at Franklin and now is playing at Quinnipiac College; Versprille was introduced to lacrosse at the age of seven. He quickly became enamored with the sport’s speed, contact and degrees of aggressive play. Jake Versprille’s partnership with lacrosse should be long lasting and highly successful at the collegiate level.

Sparring Seminar Held Mu Han Martial Arts, located at 456 West Central St., Franklin, held a Taekwondo sparring seminar on Saturday, June 4th. The sparring seminar is for children from our other area Mu Han schools to prepare for the Jr. Olympics next year. Children rep-

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Franklin Sports Now, at Net: Kailyn Burke By ChristoPher tremBlay Patrolling the defensive zone for the Franklin girls lacrosse team gives Kailyn Burke piece of mind. the senior is allowed to go about her job without the pressure that is put upon while playing for two other varsity sports. Burke has played goalie for the girls hockey team as well as the field hockey team during the fall and winter seasons, but she can relax to some extent while playing defense during the spring. “i’m very comfortable playing net,” Burke said. “Playing defense on the lacrosse team is a nice change of pace, and it’s something that i enjoy doing.” While that comfort zone was something that the senior really enjoyed, it quickly came to an end. Following the graduation of anne

Versprille, who has gone onto to play goalie at springfield College, the Panthers were left with a large void – who was going to play goalie for Coach Chris schmidt coming into this season. enter Burke. having played defense for the past two varsity seasons, Burke moved into the goalie position too save the Panthers season, although she would have much rather played defense. “We had an excellent goalie last year and Kailyn knew that we had a void to fill. having been a goalie in two other sports, she took it on,” Coach schmidt said. “We had a freshman make the team, but playing goalie in lacrosse is a very difficult position, so Kailyn stepped up.” “Coach had watched me in my other sports and knew that i could

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play the position,” Burke said. “obviously the coach had faith in my athleticism and mentality to take over the position. it took me a while to come to a decision, but i eventually realized it was the best for the team.” although having played the stopper in both field hockey and ice hockey Burke had all the tools to succeed as a lacrosse goalie despite the differences in the sports. according to the coach, the sports are completely different in the way they are approached, it is definitely something that the senior can tackle, especially with the talented defense in front of her. “Being a good athlete helps, but it’s a position that takes getting use to,” the Panthers Coach said. “We didn’t need her to be phenomenal, just solid; she has the intangibles because of the other sports.” Burke agrees with her coach that it was a transition with some adjustment. “the angles and space are completely different in lacrosse. i really didn’t think it was going to be that much different than the other two sports,” Burke said. “it took me some time to perfect the skill, and unfortunately i only had one year to do so.” anyone who has watched Burke play goalie on the lacrosse field will agree that the senior pretty much mastered the position in such a short time. With Versprille playing between the pipes last spring Franklin went 17-1 in the regular season and eventually lost to Wellesley in the miaa Division

After their goalie graduated, Kailyn Burke agreed to give up her only non-goalie position during her senior season for the benefit of her Panthers lacrosse team.

1 south semi-Finals. this season Burke backboned the team to an impressive 16-5 record and unfortunately once again was done in by Wellesley (6-5), this time in the quarter-finals. “in no way, shape or form did she hinder our chances. i really didn’t expect to have the type of season we had last year as we adjusted our schedule to play top tier nonleague talent,” schmidt said. “Doing what we did was phenomenal, and she had a big hand in helping us get to that point.” Burke attributes her success to her goalie coach rick Grover and Versprille, whom she texts regularly.

“i’ve definitely surprised myself. i put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed, but the entire team has not only supported the move, but played hard in front of me,” she said. “it was a hard sacrifice to give up my field position. i think about it all the time wishing i was still out there, but the underclassmen have filled the void nicely, and that has made me work that much harder.” to give up her only non-goalie position during her senior season shows the type of athlete that Burke is. she is definitely a Panther by heart and one that never quit.

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home M A R K E T P L A C E Mosquito Spraying Schedule Available for Norfolk County The Norfolk County Mosquito Control Project will be spraying an Ultra Low Volume (ULV) application with sumithrin, which is derived from the natural plant chemical pyrethrum found in chrysanthemum flowers, in our area. The output of ULV applications is approximately 0.6 ounces per acre (8-15 micron droplet size) with an average vehicle speed of 10 miles per hour.  Applications occur between 2 a.m. and sunrise, a time period which studies shown is the most active time for major carriers of West Nile virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. For more information, visit http:// www.massnrc.org/ncmcp/index.ht ml.You can follow the Norfolk county Mosquito Control Project on Facebook and Twitter. For a direct link to ULV routes in Franklin, which is sprayed on Tuesday mornings, visit http:// www.massnrc.org/ncmcp/franklin

ulv.pdf Click on your town to see the areas schedule to be sprayed (PDF). These maps will be available after 3:30 p.m., 1 business day before the scheduled application. Applications are dependent on temperature and weather conditions. Please call (617) 582-6212 after 3:30 p.m. for more information concerning scheduled streets/ areas. Exclusions from spraying.  Requests may also be made in advance for a property to be excluded from spraying. Property owners, however, needed to send a certified letter with the names of their property abutters to their town clerk by March first of this year in order to be excluded from the spraying season this year. The exclusion would run from April first until March 31st next year.

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