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Local YMCA Program Supports Cancer Survivors CSAs: BY SCOTT MAIER

neighbor Gail Irwin, and a whirlwind of doctors visits and treatments, Gayle found herself lucky and grateful for the tight network of personal and professional people in her life. But she noticed something she hadn’t expected…

Even with the support of a close group of friends and family, the process of coming to terms with, and ridding one’s self of cancer can be such a drain that in its place there is left a mental knot that must still be untied.

After a year of putting all her energy into treatments, appointments, and trying to keep as close to a normal schedule as possible, she had not found the time or appropriate outlet for her mental and emotional well-being.

Gayle Ward, a Franklin resident, and breast cancer survivor, will tell you that even with all the support available, there is still the very important task of dealing with your own thoughts and emotions, all too often put off in order to deal with the physical manifestations of the disease and treatments.

The solution came in the form of a program, introduced in July of 2010, at the Franklin County YMCA. The Livestrong program was recommended to her by her breast surgeon, Dr. Renee Quarterman.

Gayle was diagnosed with breast cancer on December 24, 2009, after a benign cyst led her to seek a more focused checkup, where a last-minute ultrasound revealed a malignancy. For the Wards in 2009, the holidays were a very tense time, full of questions and pressure. Gayle and her husband decided to announce her breast cancer several days later, and the tough journey began. A little over a year later, looking back on a supportive family, hot meal nights organized by her

Although Gayle admittedly is not a big ‘group joiner,’ when she got the same recommendation from her radiologist as well as her oncologist, she decided that she really needed to look into it.

Top: Gayle Ward at Café Dolce in downtown Franklin. Right: Gayle Ward’s wrist tattoo, reminding her every day both what she has lived through, and what she has to live for.

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The program, headed by several YMCA staff members, is exactly what Gayle has needed to help her sort through over a year’s worth of concerns and uncertainty.

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Connecting Consumers to Local Crops Now's the Time to Invest in Community-Supported Agriculture BY ANNE PARKER

It's winter time, and Donna Galipeau is eager to start planting seeds at her Bellingham farm. By March, she will probably have several seedlings already growing in the high tunnel -- a type of greenhouse. By summertime she will have tomato, squash, basil and a variety of greens ready to be picked up at Trolley Crossing Farm, which she and her husband own. Galipeau is among several local farmers who offer a community supported agriculture program. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an innovative way to connect consumer and grower, each making a commitment to the

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their costs for production to get the investment up front. It's great for the farmers and great for the community members," said Soares.

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other. Consumers and farmers work together: While the farmer grows and nurtures vegetables, consumers share the cost of supporting the farm. Members are called shareholders and invest money before the season starts. Once harvest time arrives -- usually June through October -- investors are rewarded with fresh produce each week.

Starting this season, Grateful Farm in Franklin will be offering CSA shares in addition to its Greenbucks program and selling at farmers markets. Each week, when you arrive at the farm to pick up your produce, there will be information telling you what everything is and what quantities you are to take. Throughout the season people have opportunities to visit the farm. People are always welcome to participate if they wish to learn more about how their food is grown.

As a member, you purchase a season’s worth of produce in advance. A "share" could cost between $500 to $600 on average. People typically buy shares any time from December through March. One share provides enough vegetables for two to four people each week, depending on your household’s eating habits.

"People really like to come out and see the farm," reports Becky Calberg, CSA marketing director for Grateful Farm. A weekly newsletter tells shareholders what to expect in their share and provides recipes.

CSA is taking root all around the nation. In 2007, there were 12,549 farms in the U.S. offering CSA. In Mass., more than 127 CSA programs are currently listed with the Dept. of Agricultural Resources. "They have increased significantly based on demand," said Scott Soares, commissioner of the Dept. of Agriculture Resources. "We have seen that many CSA's often have waiting lists because of the interest from people. This is the right time to be signing up. The earlier the better."

The vegetables in the share vary weekly as the seasons change. "In the spring, you get a lot of greens and broccoli. The summer is more tomatoes, eggplant and peppers. In the winter is squash and onions," said Calberg, "We usually grow quite a variety." The cost of one share is $525 for 21 weeks; from June to October at Grateful Farm. To reserve a share, people can make a deposit of $100 by March 15. They must pay the balance by April 30.

Before the season even starts, a farmer needs to purchase seed, fertilizer, propane, equipment, and hire people to help plant. "It offsets

Since the 1990s, Grateful Farm

People browse among the vegetables at the Franklin Farmers Market where Grateful Farm sells fresh produce during the summer.

has offered a similar program called Greenbucks, and it has been very successful. Investors who put in $100 for instance, would receive $125 worth of produce. With the Greenbucks program, people get to choose the foods they want week to week. "With CSA, you get a surprise," says Calberg. "It's a way for people to get involved and get a discount."

ley Crossing Farm in Bellingham, they have offered a CSA program since 2009, says owner Donna Galipeau. People typically invest in the winter and must be fully invested by April. They ask that people to do some work at the farm. "I use the farm as a learning tool," said Galipeau. "I want people to put in the energy so they can create their own garden."

White Barn Farm in Wrentham will offer 60 shares of their harvest for 2011. Shares cost $625 and can be held with a $125 deposit, which goes toward the full payment. Full payment at once provides the farm with the working capital it needs when it needs it most. But they will accept two more equal payments, due by February 1 and March 15, 2011. Harvest time is in early June and runs until late October, for a total of 22 weeks.

It helps with the labor involved in the farm, but she said it also is an education for families. She asks people to help plant seeds, compost and mix, and harvest. "It's an education for children. I want to help them to connect with the earth and see what it takes to grow something."

Some farms may require some of their shareholders to work. At Trol-


When looking into CSA, if the investment is more than you wish, ask about half-share investments. Some farms may allow you to pick up every other week. Or, split the cost of your investment with another family; you may be able to alternate weeks that you pick up. Tangerini's Farm in Millis offers a CSA program also. For 20 weeks of vegetables, it costs shareholders $650 ($625, by check). They also offer a half-share for $380 ($325, by check) for produce every other week. People generally pick up on a designated day and time at the farm. White Barn Farm has pick-

up days on Tuesdays and Fridays. You choose which day to sign up for and then pick up at their roadside stand 3 pm - 7 pm on your day. If you can't get to the farm, Trolley Crossing Farm makes their pickups more convenient when you visit their stand at a farmers market. They have their produce each week at the Franklin Farmers Market in the summer, said Galipeau. If someone wants to pick up their share, they will arrange to have it at the market which runs on Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. if they can't get to the farm, she said. CSA is a win-win situation. "It's great for the farmers, and great for the community members," said Soares. "With so much interest in access to locally grown food fruits and vegetables and meat and dairy products, we have seen an incredible increase in demand from people to be members of a CSA," he said. "But also supporting your local farmer and local producers ties into community characteristics. Agriculture ties into the quality of life. More and more people see that supporting your local farm supports the character of the community. It gives them the ability to get great local wholesome foods and products." CSA is not for everyone, however, says Erin Barnett, director for LocalHarvest. "Many CSA's lose 10-40% of their members at year's end," she says in an article on their website. "For some members, the necessary culinary creativity becomes a burden instead of a joy. Others find they don't actually cook as much as they thought, or hoped to. Still others get a bad case of greens fatigue." Based in Santa Cruz, Calif. LocalHarvest is a source for information on organic and local farms. Community Supported Agriculture is a great way to support your local farmer, your community and yourself.

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Want a Green Lawn? Lime It This Springtime BY JEFF BUTENSKY An important component of landscaping is the use of lime. Soil can be acid ("sour"), or alkaline ("sweet"). The soil is acidic when the pH is below 7.0, and our soils are usually acidic. Many residential landscaping problems can be solved or avoided simply by applying lime each year. Many plants cannot thrive or survive if the pH is too low, but lime has many other benefits. Applying lime to your lawn and garden is synonymous to people taking vitamins, as it contains calcium and nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, and iron, and others. Seasonal use of lime improves the flow of water through the soil and improves soil moisture retention. Lime is also a mild insect repellent, but does not seem to bother earthworms. Many homeowners either do not use lime, or more commonly, do not use enough. The typical quarter acre of grass needs about 400

pounds per year, at a cost of only about $50 if purchased in 40 pound packages. Lime can solve and prevent many gardening problems and reduce your need for chemical fertilizer, pesticide, and herbicide applications designed to maintain or restore your lawn or garden.

on the needs of any particular plant and will test your soil pH for a fee or sell home testing kits. However, pH can vary on your property, so test a few different spots. An effective way to apply lime to gardens is by mixing it with mulch or working it into the soil around your plants. Like all gardening supplements, keep lime off the flower and shrub leaves.

A common misconception is that lime "burns" your lawn. However, browning can occur by the misuse of weed and feed products or pesticides, or the chemical reactions between different lawn chemicals. However, the most common cause of burning is excess sun and lack of water, or severe misuse of any landscaping product. Never mix lime with fertilizers and always apply separately.

Lime is generally harmless if used properly, but like any lawn product, it should be handled with care. The pellet form is safer than the powder, as the powder could be inhaled if the wind blows during application. Be sure to wear gloves and shoes during application and avoid walking in the area for a period of days afterward.

Lime is essential for flowers, shrubs, and vegetable gardens, although it varies based on plant type. Some plants like more acidic soil, while other like less acidic soil. Garden centers can guide you

It is best to water thoroughly after a lime application. Try to time your application when rain is in the forecast, or use outdoor irrigation, but be sure to comply with the local outdoor watering rules.

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Bellingham’s Thredz Unlimited Makes Its Mark else has a catalog. I have a showroom. People want to feel, touch, and see it before they buy it. So, here we are,” he says.

BY J.D. O’GARA When the Championship BMW Racing Team led the race for the first five hours of The 24 Hours of Daytona, Thredz Unlimited was there. When UFC middleweight fighter Jorge Rivera faced off with Michael Bisping at UFC 127 in Australia, Thredz Unlimited was there. Why? According to Bryan Hall, who five years ago created the Bellingham company, these professionals sought him out, because they wanted the best in decorated apparel – and the coolest promotional products befitting of championship teams. “We are not about making things that look and feel cheap,” says Hall. “Savvy business owners, teams, and people in general, want high quality, and that’s why they come here,” he says. “Anybody can screen-print shirts,” says Hall. “You’ve got people in garages and basements calling themselves screenprinters, but I’m a branding expert. Everyone

own.” Figuring his time was “now or never,” Hall left his position and launched Thredz Unlimited out of a bedroom in 2006. Then, he had 14 customers. Now, often working over 70 hours a week, he has over 800, growing at a rate of 2-3 new customers a week.

Hall has outfitted fighter Rivera with gear as well as jackets for his team. The Thredz logo has also adorned Turner Motorsport’s championship BMW M3 GT car at the 24 Hours of Daytona. In addition to this cutting edge clientele, Hall’s client roster runs the gamut from local sports teams, including Franklin Youth Hockey and Franklin Youth Lacrosse, to local contractors, to the University of Miami and Fortune 100 Companies. “People seek us out, usually because they’ve been referred to us,” says Hall. “There’s no one in the greater Metrowest area that has my level of expertise, or the extent of product offering that we do. We are an award winning, precision screen-printer and embroiderer. We do things that other people don’t including specialty printing, water based printing, things with a retail look and feel. Sporting goods stores and sign shops simply can’t do that.” Hall says technology has changed when it comes to his business. He offers die sublimation, a highly specialized

Hall says he now gets inquiries of all kinds from businesses, teams and leagues that want professional looking merchandise, and he imprints “virtually anything & everything, not just apparel. We also do banners, signage, mugs, drinkware, pens ,trade show incentives, in short, apparel, goods and gear for businesses, teams and events. Bryan Hall of Thredz

process, and he can imprint products from seam to seam. His state of the art equipment includes a 14-head automatic press and 50 heads of embroidery. He also offers all over, water-based ink discharge processes, which allows for a softer feel on the fabric, and he has won an industry award for a recently designed and printed shirt. “The quality of our work speaks for itself,” says Hall. Hall got his start in the world of

office supplies, where he worked for over 25 years. Along the way, Hall was introduced to a sister business, the promotional products industry, which became “the most profitable and fastest growing division in that company” under his supervision. The young entrepreneur describes that time as the moment “the light bulb went off.” He taught himself the industry, and determined pretty quickly “I could probably do this on my

“We’re new. We’re cool. We’re different, and we do things that no one else does. And if you call or come into the shop, we’ll take the time to explain it to you, and to show you. I’m big on the whole customer experience thing,” says Hall. Thredz Unlimited is located at 20 North Main Street in Bellingham, open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. You can reach them on Facebook, on the Web at or at (508) 966-0353.

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Medway Trustees, Selectman Divided Over Library Library Board of Trustees Decision to End IMA with Franklin Effective July 1 By J.D. O’Gara “It’s a good thing, or we wouldn’t be doing it,” says Wendy Rowe, Chair of the Medway Public Library’s Board of Trustees, which in January opted to end its intermunicipal agreement (IMA) with Franklin. “(The partnership) was worth trying, but when something doesn’t work, you have to give up on it and try the next (solution).” Rowe maintains that Medway was “trying to job share an executive position, working around the scheduling of other jobs.” Rowe refers to Felicia Oti, who is paid 14 hours of her time a week as Director of the Medway Public Library and is also Director of the Franklin Public Library, and Margaret Perkins, who lives in Medway and works 19 hours a week as Assistant to the Director, but who is also a reference librarian in Holliston. The Trustees would like to see Perkins hired as a full-time Library Director, insisting that, due to a differential in salaries (Oti earns more), the change, even including health insurance, would add little cost and provide more hours of professional service by a proven, MLS degreed administrator. According to Rowe, “there were a lot of organizational difficulties because of – inefficiencies. You

shouldn’t try to fill an executive position with two part-time people,” she says. “The selectmen in our town really wanted it to work,” says Rowe, “but we’re (the Library Trustees) doing what’s best for the library and for the town. We know what we need to serve the town the best with the library, and this is not the right model -- not the most efficient, not the least expensive, and not the best.” “The Library Board of Trustees is working as a little fiefdom,” argues Medway Selectman Dennis Crowley, who points out that unlike most town offices, the library does not answer to the town administrator. Crowley, who feels that the Trustees never truly gave regionalization a chance and consistently shot down Oti’s efforts, says that if a full-time Director position is agreed upon, “We feel they ought to post it and see who’s out there, but they already have somebody in mind.” Rowe counters that, before the possibility of the IMA with Franklin came up, “The Trustees were planning to have Perkins be our Acting Director. It was clear by then she was quite capable,” as Perkins had been hired as a consultant and had undergone a rigorous interview process for the

position filled by Patrick Marshall in 2004. “If this were a union position, and it’s not, then the process is the first thing you do is advertise internally, and if there is a qualified person for the job, you hire them,” says Rowe.

the Director’s salary and the cleaning costs it would not be taking from the regionalization article. Rowe produced a budget proposal that showed the Trustees’ plan ultimately saving the town money about $9,575.

Budget is a huge concern for Medway’s library. After the library’s budget was cut to a third, $107K in FYO7, the Medway Public Library lost it certification, as, Rowe says, it was unable to stay open at least 32 hours a week. A $250K grant (thanks to Jim Vallee, says Rowe, and which will last for five years), helped the library make its way back to certification.

Dennis Crowley, is clearly disappointed with the Board’s decision. “In the long term, we do not think individual town libraries can sustain themselves financially. The revenue we raise every year is not sufficient to support a paid position. We think regionalization of the library is a way to economize.”

Still, says Rowe, Trustees have concluded that the IMA is not making the budget impact hoped for at the onset, and no state incentives for the regionalization have materialized. “We still don't have enough money to operate with this municipal budget,” she says, “and we are still buying most of our books and other materials with donations.” The Library Municipal Budget for FY11 was $208K, and this year’s will be the same. This does not include the $60K for regionalization. The library would then be requesting more funds appropriated to its own budget to make up


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Crowley says that as an elected official, it is his duty to do what taxpayers want. He says he has received about five written letters in favor of ending regionalization, but that he estimates 20 or so people have come up to him in person favoring regionalization. “If you look at the track record of the last two years, they never really gave it a chance, so we really don’t know,” says Glenn Trindade, Medway Selectman since 2005. Trindade points to the minutes of Trustee meetings (available at the town website), where he says Oti had “made numerous recommendations to utilize resources in both communities, and again do more joint programming, that fell on Deaf ears.” One proposal Oti recommended, he says, would have extended library hours without adding additional costs, but Trustees voted it down, because it would have meant changing the shifts that people work.” “The struggle we have,” says Trindade, “and this is for all departments, is how do we not just find the money, but then, it’s a onetime funding source. We can’t find the revenue…to recur. Now, if

we’re going to make an investment in people, we need to be able to know that that money is there next year as well. It’s not just about now or next year. It’s about 5 years or 10 years down the road.” “What we saw, with this opportunity to regionalize with Franklin,” says Trindade, “was a way we could now leverage their administrative expertise, in the form of their director, and now let us focus the rest of our money on services and being able to provide more hours and access to the library. They had another vision.” Trindade expresses frustration at what he says was the Trustees’ unwillingness to work with Franklin, a sentiment not reciprocated. “From my perspective, Franklin continues to be ready, willing and able to continue to be a partner in the municipal agreement,” says Jeff Nutting, Franklin Town Administrator. “Apparently, the Medway Trustees are struggling with the idea, although the Franklin Trustees have always fully endorsed it.” “The big picture is, I think, cities and towns have to learn to do a lot more of this, to share resources and expertise when it’s appropriate.” “We’re trying to shake hands and part friends,” says Rowe, who says the Medway Public Library has learned from the experience. “You really need someone in charge, during the day, when you really need it, to have ownership. By the time July 1 rolls around, we will know whether Margaret is 19 hours a week and is just keeping us afloat, or whether she’ll be approved to be our full-time director and will help us get all those wonderful things from our long-term plans done.”

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Patti Eisenhauer Dancers perform with The Radio City Rockettes In December, when the world-famous Radio City Rockettes brought their holiday spectacular to Boston, professional dancers from New York City were not the only ones taking the stage at the Wang Theater. Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center was also invited to open the show for the famous “Christmas Spectacular” that evening. Eighteen dancers from PEDC represented the dance studio in the opening number for the show. “To be asked to open for The Rockettes is an incredible honor,” said studio owner Patti Eisenhauer. “We are so proud of the girls’ performance and are still so excited to have been asked. We danced to ‘Let it Snow.’ The Rockettes provided the music, but my daughter Ashley and I choreographed an amazing arrangement.” The circumstances that led PEDC to the Wang Theater stage are an honor in itself. Joe Lanteri, an official with the New York City Dance Alliance, invited the 13- to 17-year old PEDC dancers to perform with the Rockettes. Lanteri had seen the PEDC dancers in past regional and national dance competitions and knew they would be perfect for the Rockettes performance.

Students from Franklin’s Patti Eisenhauer Dance Center were honored to open for the world famous Radio CityRockettes this past December.

“We are also very happy to have been able to support the New York City Dance Alliance College Fund from the ticket sales,” said Eisenhauer. “It is great that some of the money is going back to the young dancers that may not be able to attend expensive workshops in New York City,” said Eisenhauer.

The young dancers opened for some of the most legendary jazz dancers there are. The Rockettes are known for theatrical dance routines, intricate formations, and amazing kick lines "Our dancers know it is a real honor to be invited to be on the same stage as The Rockettes. They were very excited,” added Eisenhauer.

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Classes run for a twelve-week period, during which participants and their families can use YMCA facilities for free, and the sessions are broken into both a physical regimen of exercise, and a group discussion approach to alleviating cancer-related stress and anxiety. According to Gayle, the members of her group all have similar attitudes and abilities, and their common experience with cancer allow them to help each other on a level that may be beyond even the closest friends and family members. The classes, sized between six and twelve members, depending on interest and scheduling, will run throughout 2011, with the next course beginning in mid-spring. The Livestrong program thus far has been a hearty success. Participants have become so close that they continue to work together regularly, long after the program’s finish, and many have even been

asked to act as a liaison to new groups. In fact, Gayle now considers herself something of a promoter for the program, wholeheartedly willing to help and introduce new or potential participants. The importance of mental wellbeing should not be forgotten in cancer treatment, especially when you consider the focus on physical symptoms that goes hand in hand with a cancer diagnosis and treatment regimen. Support from others with common experience is key, and the Livestrong program at the YMCA should be considered by anyone struggling with physical or emotional effects of the disease. For more information on the Livestrong program at the Franklin YMCA, contact Leanne Danielsen at (774) 235-2729, or email her at If you would like to discuss the holistic experience of the program, Gayle Ward can also be reached at

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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.

Franklin Downtown Partnership Announces 2011 Events The Franklin Downtown Partnership announces a calendar full of events and festivals for 2011 that includes a Beautification Day this spring, the Strawberry Stroll, the Harvest Festival and the Holiday Stroll. The Partnership also has set its General Meeting dates for the year and invites all businesses and residents to attend and learn more about what’s happening in and around downtown Franklin.

set for Thursday, June 16, from 47 p.m. The event’s name change this year reflects the Partnership’s desire to encourage people to stroll through the entire downtown area and enjoy entertainment, a sidewalk sale and, of course, the Partnership’s famous strawberry shortcakes. The FDP is currently looking for sponsors to help with this popular event. Nicole Fortier and Diane Glass are this year’s cochairs.

The Partnership and the Franklin Garden Club will brighten up the downtown center for spring with its annual Downtown Beautification Day on Saturday, May 21. Volunteers are needed to help plant more than 1,200 flowers in downtown center, and community service hours are available for students. Due to the economy, the club is once again reaching out to businesses and residents for donations to help offset the cost of flowers as well as winter decorations. All contributions are tax deductible and greatly appreciated! Contact Eileen Mason at about sponsorship and volunteer opportunities.

The annual Harvest Festival, the Partnership’s largest event, is set for Sunday, October 2. Each year this festival draws more than 4,000 visitors. Angie Grant is the new crafter chair and the co-chair of this year’s festival. More information will be posted on the FDP website in March. Please contact Angie Grant at if you are a new vendor and would like to be put on the registration distribution list.

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ter at 8:30 a.m. All interested businesses and residents are invited to attend and learn about the Partnership’s efforts and what’s happening in downtown Franklin. The organization now

has over 140 members and encourages Franklin businesses and residents to become members. A complete listing of all events, meeting dates, volunteer opportunities and contact information can be found on the Partnership’s website, As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, the Franklin Downtown Partnership depends on sponsors to fund these events. Any business, organization or resident interested in becoming a sponsor or a member of the Partnership should contact the Executive Director at or (774) 571-3109, or visit the downtown office at 9 East Central Street. New members are always welcome! The Partnership’s mission is to stimulate economic development downtown to create a positive impact throughout the area. Some past FDP projects include the bronze sculpture in front of the Historical Museum, downtown signs, green space and working with town officials on the streetscape project.

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Franklin Performing Arts Company’s Little Women Features Local Talent Spotlighting area performers, the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC)’s production of Little Women-The Musical will be presented Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m. with a dessert buffet at intermission, and Saturday, March 12 at 3 p.m., following an afternoon tea served at 2:15 p.m. at the Franklin Country Club, 672 East Central Street in Franklin. Little Women will take the audience on a journey back in time to meet the beloved characters Meg,

Jo, Beth and Amy, growing up in poverty during the Civil War. Based on the 1868 classic, heartwarming novel by Louisa May Alcott, Little Women – The Musical was originally performed on Broadway in 2005, with a book by Allan Knee, music by Jason Howland and lyrics by Mindi Dickstein. FPAC’s production of Little Women features professionals sharing the stage with talented amateur and student performers from

the MetroWest area. Accompaniment for the musical features a professional ensemble of Bostonarea musicians conducted by Hallie Wetzell. The March sisters of Little Women will be portrayed by Catherine Weiss of Franklin as Jo, Avery McStay of Franklin as Meg, Callie Liljeberg of Wrentham as Amy and Meghan Dean of Franklin as Beth. Shauna Martin of Franklin and a member of the Voice Faculty at the Franklin

School for the Performing Arts will appear in the role of Marmee. Jef Mettler of Westborough will play Laurie. Other cast members in Little Women include Nick Paone of Franklin as Professor Bhaer, Pat Dutton of Franklin of John Brooke and Kellie Stamp of Franklin as Aunt March. Members of the ensemble are Jamie Delloroco, Emily Dufour, Greg Dutton, and Ali Funkhouser of Franklin; Kaylyn Venuto of Hopkinton; Lindsey White of Mansfield; Amanda Flynn of Plainville; Sasha Gardner of Sharon; and Lindsay Tomas of Wrentham. Little Women-The Musical is

Page 9 under the direction of Nick Paone, with musical direction by Hallie Wetzell and choreography by Kellie Stamp. Production coordinators are Raye Lynn Mercer and Tracy Lane. Tickets for the show, which include a dessert buffet at intermission on Friday evening and afternoon tea before the matinee on Sunday, are $35 for adults and $30 for students and seniors. Tickets are available by contacting the FPAC box office at (508) 528-2887. Reservations for dinner prior to the Friday performance are available by contacting the Franklin Country Club at (508) 528-6110.

FSPA Offers New One-Week Summer Camps for 2011 The Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will offer a new program of one-week camps for the school’s 26th annual summer session. The menu of performing arts camps includes Camp GLEE, Rock and Jazz Instrumental Camps, Dance Camps, Voice, Acting and Musical Theater Camps and a Creative Kids Camp for young children. In addition to the new one-week camps, FSPA will conduct an eight-week session of weekly lessons and classes in the Music and Dance Departments. The school’s annual SummerStage musical theater program will feature a twoweek format and an all-student full-length production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Registration for all summer programs begins March 7th. Inspired by the popular Fox TV show, Camp GLEE will be held July 25 through 29. The FSPA staff will lead students in grades 512 in the staging of popular songs including “Jump,” “Defying Gravity,” from Wicked, “Hello/Goodbye,” and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’”. GLEEKS will be divided into glee club teams and learn choreography for the songs. The camp will conclude with a GLEE competition and celebration on the final camp day. 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 wellknown 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 Music and drummer Kenny Hadley. Jazz Camp will run August 1-5 under the direction of Hadley and saxophonist Arnie Krakowsky. Both instrumental camps will conclude with a performance. 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 place August 16-18 and will focus on performance skills in a master class format.

tain 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 July 18-22 and/or August 1-5. 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 the fun of all dance disciplines.

A Musical Theater Audition Intensive is offered for high school students August 16 -18, providing valuable preparation through participation in mock vocal, dance and acting auditions. This program offers an extraordinary opportunity for students planning to audition for college musical theater degree programs.

Young singers in Grades 3-8 (boys voices unchanged) are able to enjoy a one-week Voice Camp August 15 – 19 to develop technique and confidence. Voice Camp concludes with a recital.

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March Calendar of Events March 1 EReaders and eBooks, Which Reader is Best for Me? 11:30 a.m.1 p.m., Franklin Public Library, Library Meeting Room, includes demonstration of downloading Overdrive ebooks available from Minuteman Library Network and Franklin Public Library. Register by calling (508) 502-4940, ext. 1 Franklin Garden Club presents Paul Steen, 7 p.m. Monthly meeting will feature the professional from Mass. Horticultural Society’s Master Gardener’s Program and instructor at Tower Hill Botanical Garden, as he speaks on repotting indoor and outdoor plants. Episcopal Church, Pleasant Street. Adult Book Discussion - Frida, by Hayden Herrera, Franklin Public Library Community Room, Sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin Library March 2 Friends of the Franklin Library Meeting, 7 p.m., Franklin Public Library Community Room, For information, call (508) 528-6624.

March 11 Little Women, Franklin Performing Arts Company, 8 p.m. $35 adults, $30 students & seniors, Franklin Country Club, 672 East Central Street in Franklin, Tickets at FPAC Box Office, (508) 528-2887 March 12 Jimmy Tingle, Circle of Friends Coffeehouse, 8 p.m., $20, First Universalist Society Meetinghouse, 262 Chestnut Street Little Women, Franklin Performing Arts Company, 3 p.m.. $35 adults, $30 students & seniors, Franklin Country Club, 672 East Central Street in Franklin, Tickets at FPAC Box Office, (508) 528-2887 March 16 Franklin Recycling Committee Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Municipal Building, Room 106. Volunteers welcome to help plan for Franklin’s Earth Day, April 16 March 17 Franklin Downtown Partnership Meeting, Open to all, 8:30 a.m., Dean College Campus Center, contact:

March 26 Ballet Story Classics, 3 p.m., presented by Franklin School of Performing Arts, Thomas D. Mercer auditorium, Horace Mann Middle School, tickets available at the Spotlight Shop, 34 Main Street or by calling (508) 528-2887. $18 for adults, $15 for students/seniors, and $10 for children 6 and under. March 27 Helmet Fitting/Weigh-In/Paperwork Drop-Off Day for all Franklin Pop Warner Football and Cheerleaders from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Franklin HS Auxiliary Gym. Opera for Kids, Franklin School of Performing Arts Recital Hall, 3 p.m., Third concert in FPAC Family Concert Series, Free March 31 7th Annual Spring for Students Auction, 7 p.m., Tri-County Regional Voc. Technical High School, $10, proceeds to benefit student activities. For info, visit and click on the “TriCounty Auction Page” link, or contact Kim Zogalis at zogalis@ or Michael Garland at

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Friends of Franklin Library Meeting March 2 The Friends of the Franklin Library (FOFL) will be holding its monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the library, lower level. Members and the public are welcome to attend the meetings. Come meet the Board of Directors and hear about the exciting events planned for the library. FOFL is always looking for new ideas, opinions and comments to help make its efforts more successful. We have lost our space to store and sort donations for our semi-annual book sales due to renovations.

Come to the meeting and give us your ideas for new ways to fund the many programs at the library, including free passes for admission to museums, the zoo, the aquarium and several other venues. The Friends of the Franklin Library is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of the nation’s first public library. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, September through June. Membership is open to everyone. For information, call (508) 5286624.

Adult Book Discussion Group Open to All The Friends of the Franklin Library sponsors a monthly book discussion group. It is open to all, with no fees, and meets at the library on the first Tuesday of each month in the Community Room on the first floor. Books are available at the adult circulation desk and can be checked out for the month prior to the meeting. The selections are decided by the group, and discus-

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Rich Gedman Camp Gives Kids a Running Start for Baseball Season BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY The amount of snow Mother Nature has unleashed on the New England area this year makes it difficult to be thinking of spring and its favorite pastime – baseball. However, while the snow is accumulating outside baseball has been taking place in Milford at the Sports Center on Center Street.

Signed by the Red Sox in 1977 out of Worcester’s St Peter-Marian High School at the age of 17 Gedman will always be remembered in Red Sox history. On April 18, 1981 he was

Sports Center allows them to provide that service to those willing to improve their game. “We’re doing it to help the kids; we’re not here to break the bank. I hope that the kids are able to get something out of our clinics, more important learn to play the game the right way,” Colabello said. “My biggest enjoyment is being around the younger kids and help them to understand the game better. Baseball is a lot different than they think it is.” When Gedman and Colabello were growing up you stayed outside playing baseball until the lights came on, this way you were continuously playing to get better. The in-

Worcester native and former Boston Red Sox catcher Rich Gedman is bringing his expertise to the area to education the youth on a passion of his - baseball. Gedman, who spent 11 of his 13 seasons with the Sox organization, was recently appointed the hitting coach of the Lowell Spinners, a Red Sox Class A affiliate. He was called up to the big leagues in September 7, 1980 to pinch hit for Carl Yastrzemski. Over his career with Boston, Houston and St Louis, Gedman was .252 hitter with 88 HR, 382 RBI and was named to the All Star team on two occasions (1985 and 1986).

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the catcher of Pawtucket’s 3-2, 33inning win over the Rochester Red Wings; on April 29, 1986 he was behind the plate for the first of Roger Clemens 20 strikeout performances and was part of the World Series squad that lost to the Mets. Prior to becoming the hitting coach at Lowell Gedman was the manager of the Worcester Tornados, where he met Milford High School and Assumption College alumni Chris Colabello. Together the two started putting on baseball clinics. “I met Chris at Worcester. I was doing a clinic and he did me a favor as a player, hoping to get more peo-

ple to come,” Gedman said. “Together we’ve been putting on these clinics for about five years now. We’re looking for that diamond in the rough.”

door clinics during the winter months hopefully will be able to help those athletes that are serious about bringing their game to the next level. “Repetition allows you to build up the skills, the leg strength and the ability to be mobile,” Gedman said. ‘It doesn’t matter how many games take part in, the game doesn’t change – the ability changes.” The Milford Sports Center offers the Gedman Baseball Clinics (6week sessions) from October through April. For more information contact them at (508) 473 – 8300 or visit them online at

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Pinewood Derby Race Held at Tri-County High School in Feb. BY ANNE PARKER On a chilly afternoon in February, Pack 29 cub scouts were inside Tri-County High School heating up the place. They raced their pinewood derby cars on a wooden track across the school's cafeteria floor. The Pinewood derby trophy was awarded to the fastest car of the day. All the boys are winners in some way or other. While only one car will win the trophy for being the fastest, each group gains a trophy for other attributes besides speed. Cars are judged for best theme, craftsmanship, and best paint job. There were five races for the different age groups: the Tiger Cubs, Wolf Cubs, Bear Cubs, and Webelos. The Open Division is for scout families and siblings to enjoy a chance to race. The Pinewood Derby race has been around since 1953. It has evolved over the years into a family-bonding time. Usually, the cub scout will team up with a father or

Wolf Cub Scouts from Pack 29 hold up their trophies and cars at the end of their race.

Tiger Cub Scouts from Pack 29 hold up their trophies and cars at the end of their race.

older adult and build the car out of a rectangular block of unfinished pine. They must carve, shape, design and paint the car. They add small weights to the underbody and tweak the wheels until they create car that weighs no more than 5 ounces. They are weighed in on race day and registered by the Cub Scout pack leaders. The scouts and the crowed cheered as the cars raced down a 4-lane wooden track more than 30 feet long. The race time is meas-

ured and most racers get from start to finish in less than 3 seconds. The difference between first place and second place could be 1/1000th of a second -- yes, one thousandth. The difference between first and fourth place could be 1/10th of a second! Franklin has five Cub Scout troops: Pack 17, 29, 92 and 99 and 126. Cub scouts are for boys ages 7-12. Boy Scouts are for boys ages 12 -18. The town also has four Boy Scout troops: 2, 29 and

Bear Cub Scouts from Pack 29 hold up their trophies and cars at the end of their race.

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Get Ready for Spring with the Franklin Garden Club BY J.D. O’GARA Like digging in the dirt, designing a landscape, potting plants, enjoying homegrown veggies or just making Franklin a prettier place to be? Head on over to the Franklin Garden Club to meet a group of folks who dig gardening, just like you do. According to Nancy Rappa, this year’s president of the Garden Club, the group meets on the first Tuesday of each month, at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, at 237 Pleasant Street, and they’re always looking for new members. The next meeting, on March 1, will feature speaker Paul Steen, who will talk about repotting both indoor and outdoor plants. Steen is part of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society master gardeners program and an instructor at Tower Hill Botanical Garden. The March meeting will also challenge attendees to a plantgrowing match. Rappa will hand everyone at this meeting a mystery package of seeds (only she knows what’s inside), and novice gardeners will be charged with growing the healthiest plant they can from those seeds by the May meeting. Prizes will be awarded in May for the heartiest results. The Franklin Garden Club has

Franklin Recycling Committee Planning for Franklin Earth Day The Franklin Recycling Committee meets the third Wednesday of each month at the Municipal Building, Room 106, at 6:30 p.m.. The next meeting is March 16th. Volunteers are welcome to help plan for Franklin’s Earth Day, Saturday, April 16th.

been in existence for 24 years. Right now, says Rappa, who this year took over club president responsibilities from Jean Roche, the Franklin Garden Club has about 25 paid members. Each month’s meeting generally features a speaker or activity, but Rappa says the group has a lot of civic involvement as well. “We do a lot for the town,” says Rappa. “We maintain one end of the common (near St. Mary’s), where we plant and take care of watering. We do help the Downtown Partnership with plantings on the bridge. We also give a $500 scholarship for any Franklin or even surrounding town student who is pursuing horticultural program in the future. We also have a lot of fun,” says Rappa. Garden club members also go on field trips, says Rappa, and they visit each other’s gardens to both

admire and help each other out. Each year, in December, they plan an auction to raise money for their scholarship fund. Members work with younger students as well. “We give a pine tree seedling to every first grader in the town of Franklin,” says Rappa. “We try to promote conservation.” The retired teacher says her group does this in conjunction with Agway, on Cottage Street. In general, she says, the Franklin Garden Club tries “to do all of our shopping and buying in Franklin.” Looking toward spring, Rappa says the group plans to show meeting attendees how to make Hypertufa in April. These are planters, about the size of a shoebox, which are made with dry sand, cement and peat moss. “They look great if you make two to three of them and fill them with succulents,” says Rappa.


Rappa suggests that gardeners eager to end winter and welcome spring cleanup would be wisest to focus on cleanup. “There will be tons of pruning to do,” she says. “Prune back anything that’s been broken.” Holly Lorusso, who has been at Stobbart’s Nursery – Franklin Florist for 27 years, has some suggestions on how to go about this, and some other suggestions for garden preparation this month. “Fruit trees and grape vines can be pruned now. Spraying them with a dormant oil will suffocate egg masses laid in the fall,” says Lorusso. I spread my fireplace/ wood stove ash around the base of my fruit trees & lilacs. Hardwood ash contains calcium, zinc, copper and other minerals that will percolate down to the roots.” Lorusso also recommends brushing the snow off trees and shrubs to pre-

vent the breakage of branches. Lorusso explains that rather than look at the calendar, New England gardeners should pay attention to their yards’ climate conditions. “With this year’s extra snow, gardens will tend to be wet. It is important to keep drains clear from debris, so gardens have adequate run off.” Home gardeners will also want to lime in early spring, and Lorusso says this can be done right on top of the snow. Once the snow is gone, gardeners can remove fall leaves and dead plant material, and when the ground thaws and is manageable, they can divide perennials and transplant shrubs. For more information on the Franklin Garden Club, contact Nancy Rappa (508) 528-3823 or Treasurer: Deb Degrazia (508) 528-0643 or

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A History - Friends Of Franklin Elders BY JUDITH POND PFEFFER It started small, but then, most wonderful things do have small beginnings. In 1985, the then Director of the Franklin Senior Center, Carol Larue, attended a Council of Aging Meeting in Fitchburg, Mass. At this meeting, she learned of a committee which was formed to assist and aid the Fitchburg Seniors, and how other senior centers could adopt and embrace the concept, especially in the realm of cut-backs in town and city government funding for seniors. This new concept was a 5013c, tax exempt, entity called the Friends of Fitchburg Seniors. Carol returned to Franklin with copies of the filings from the Fitchburg center and clear instructions on how to form a Friends group. Invita-

tions were sent out from the Franklin Senior Center to a number of Town residents asking for volunteers to get this new organization started.

decision was made to provide boxes of food for seniors who may need a little extra assistance over the holidays.

At first, meetings were held monthly. A Board of Directors was formed, by-laws enacted, and appropriate forms and applications filed with the State and with the Federal Government to obtain 5013c status.

At this time, the Friends of Franklin Elders formed what would turn out to be a long-term mutually beneficial relationship with the second grade classrooms of the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School. Initially, during the drive for canned foods for the holiday baskets, the children would collect boxes and boxes of canned goods. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the second graders would walk over to the senior center and decorate the boxes, which would be delivered to the seniors, whose names were provided by neighbors, or friends or Meals on Wheels personnel, or visiting nurses. The kids always had a great time decorating the boxes – donuts and cider and chocolate milk were provided to assist their creative juices. To this day, there was only one decorated box which was removed from the delivery route, removed because the little boy had written on the side of the box “Rest in Peace.”

The work done in those first five years was simple and profound: How to make life easier and better for the seniors of Franklin. Dues were the primary source of income. Dinners were held, nominal charges were assessed for the dinners, and there were many who volunteered for the cooking and the clean up. During the first years, the

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The makeup of the Friends has generally been female, although there have been some males who have ventured forth in joining. In the early years, the Friends sponsored a free dinner for all paying members once per year as well as a cook-out at the Rod and Gun club for the members. We always tried to have some sort of entertainment available for these dinners as well. The friends meeting changed from once per month, to a set number of meetings per year. The focus changed from providing holiday boxes of food to providing gift certificates and often small live plants. Because of changes in information sharing, lists of people needing assistance could not be provided. As membership grew, and without a new senior center, dinners became difficult to do, as the old senior center only held a much smaller number of people. The Friends provides the postage for the mailing of the Franklin Connection, which is sent to every senior in Franklin. "Memorials" in the Connection allows people to honor loved ones and has been a continuing source of pride and income. Franklin Connection newsletters from the 1990s to the present are available at the Historical Museum.

To thank the second graders, the Friends every spring holds an ice cream social for the young volunteers. Ice cream and all the toppings are available for the kids, as the official thank-you from the Friends group to the kids who helped make everything work. Of course, after we

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to various groups in Town asking for monetary support for the Friends, and these groups always assisted. During these years, a trip committee was formed, as such day and overnight trips were provided at excellent prices, for adventures here in Massachusetts as well as other New England states. This also was a source of income for the Friends. When the town, at long last, decided to fund and build a new senior center, the Friends group began their drive for funds to support this new building and provide sources and materials not included in the cost plans of the town. This drive was extremely successful. The Friends raised over $55K in the outfitting of the new center. The Friends group purchased: the pool table, the babygrand piano, the fitness equipment, the outdoor lawn tables and chairs, the rocking chairs, the art work – the counters, and shelving for the gift store, and the beautiful Angelina Wood watercolor of the town common that greets everyone upon entering. The Friends, who also watch pennies, sent a group to the closest second hand store “Commodities Market” in Wrentham. From there they purchased the library clock, various prints and paintings and tables. It was wonderful fun assembling items which would become part of the center at a reduced cost, as well as paying for the catering for the open house. The Friends currently pay for the part-time cook for the café and for the free coffee for everyone who comes in to the center. During the fund raising for the center, bricks were sold, dedicated with special names, which are now part of the front patio of the center. The 15-year-old Friends group continues to meet. The Friends are asked to continue to contribute for all endeavors which assist Franklin seniors to have a place to come to and for items and programs which will make their life a little bit more comfortable and enjoyable.

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Worship and Sunday School at the Anglican Church of the Redeemer Worship services take place each Sunday at the Anglican Church of the Redeemer, 31 Hayward Street in Franklin, at 10:00 a.m. The worship service includes the Liturgy of the Word and the celebration of Holy Communion. Bible study is available each week at 9 a.m. and a time of fellowship

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Crossroads at a Crossroads By now, you have probably realized that Franklin is a natural crossroads. King/Washington St head from downtown south into Bellingham, Woonsocket and beyond. To the northeast King runs into Chestnut and heads to Norfolk. East Central heads to Wrentham, Pond St to Medway. West Central heads to Bellingham, Milford and beyond along RT 140. Each of these streets have numerous side streets and byways. Some become shortcuts for those in the know, others become dead ends. Others run along farmland and then to suburban developments or vice versa. The railroad tracks cross in downtown where West Central becomes East and where Main St begins. The train starts from Forge Park and makes a number of stops long the way east into Boston. During the 1970’s, i495 came through opening up two entrances to Franklin (King St and W Central). While the train had been here for years prior to i495’s arrival, the confluence triggered the attractiveness of the area for growth and Franklin’s population exploded. Two major growth spurts occurred, one during the mid-late 1980’s and again during the mid-late 1990’s. Significant developments transformed farmland into suburban neighborhoods. Restrictions were placed on housing permits but it was too late. The growth had already happened. Since 2007 when housing values peaked, the economy has slowed then recessed further hindering the growth in the

area and increasing the budget crisis. The latest school enrollment projections are showing declines in student population for the foreseeable future. There may be a hidden benefit in this if the growth does decline as some of the pressures from a growing school population would subside. How accurate are the growth projections? Only time will tell. This first year the forecasted kindergarten numbers already are below the current registrations (projected 396 versus 400 actual as of 2/15/11 for school year 2012). Why? Local realtors will tell you that the Franklin area remains attractive with good housing stock, low property taxes, excellent transportation options, and a highly qualified school district. With the economy slow, excise tax revenues are down and there is limited growth in new buildings (both

commercial/industrial and residential). State aid will see further cuts, or if we are lucky, the amount Franklin will receive will remain at last year’s level. The expense side of the budget has seen a number of ‘out of the box’ thinking attempts (for example, regionalization of services with Bellingham on the animal officer and with Medway on the Library and Recreation programs) as well as significant reductions in personnel. The Franklin budget deficit is expected to be in a range of $4-6 million with no white knight in the form of Federal stimulus money to save the day. Franklin’s voters will need to determine to increase their own contribution to the budget. The State currently pays approx. 54% of the school budget. Franklin has enjoyed this shift as they used to pay 70% of the school budget.

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Tri-County RVTHS Student Nominated for MVA Secondary Award NOMINATION Kory Hoyt of Walpole, son of Tina and Harley Hoyt and a senior at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School, has been nominated for the Annual Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA) Secondary Award.


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March 1, 2011 exemplify the ideals and leadership that proudly represent vocational technical education for the 21st century. As an Auto Technology student, Sorenson is skilled in general vehicle maintenance, basic electrical troubleshooting and repair, wheel balancing and alignment, parts identification and ordering, and has experience working with domestic and foreign vehicles. He is currently employed as an entrylevel Technician at Franklin Ford through the school’s Cooperative Education Program, where he is responsible for everything from multipoint inspections to the maintenance of rental vehicles. “I wanted to take Auto Tech at Tri-County because it was something different,” Sorenson explained. “I knew I would be taking

Local Town Pages high level math courses and had an interest in Engineering, but I wanted to vary my knowledge base. I walked in not knowing a lot, and worked very hard to get up to speed and I’m very proud of all that I have accomplished,” he added.

will help me be better at managing a business. Knowing first-hand how things really work will keep me in touch with workers. I think going to a vocational school and learning the practical aspect is so helpful. You get to see a whole other world,” he said.

Sorenson has excelled as an Auto Tech student and has been recognized in 2008, 2009, and 2010 with the Outstanding Shop Student Award and most recently took home a first place trophy at the at the Massachusetts State Auto Dealers Technology Student Competition. He also won a gold medal at the district SkillsUSA Competition in 2010.

Sorenson will be honored at the statewide Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award Banquet, held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on Thursday, April 14. The Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award is presented by the Massachusetts Vocational Association (MVA), a nonprofit organization founded in 1930 that is dedicated to the support and preservation of Vocational/Technical and Career Education at both the secondary and postsecondary levels.

Sorenson plans to continue his education at a 4-year school studying Business Management. “I feel the skills I’ve learned in Auto Tech

Jeff Geikie: Versatility Keeps This Tri-County Wrestler on Top BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY What started out as a favor to a family friend five years ago has turned Tri-County Regional Vocational High School’s Jeff Geikie into a perennial wrestler in the state of Massachusetts. “I began wrestling in the 7th grade at the North Attleboro middle school when a friend asked me to try it out,” Geikie said. “Now, I just can’t get enough of it.” The Cougar grappler is currently wrestling in his third year Tri-County Wrestler Jeff Geikie says he adapts his technique to gain for Coach Steve LaPlante on the control over different opponents. TC varsity squad. Through 10 “I do a little of everything. I matches this season the North usually go with whatever my opAttleboro resident has compiled ponent gives to me and exploit an impressive 8-2 record with 8 that,” the junior said. “I just want pins in the 140 pound weight to go out there and wrestle my class. His two setbacks have hardest and hopefully break my come at the hands of last years opponent’s spirit. I don’t focus 135-pound State Champion and on the time – if you start doing the runner-up. that then you’re going to spend “At 8-2 he’s right where he less time paying attention to the wants to be. Jeff knew that going task at hand.” up against the state champion he During his freshman year, had his work cut out for him,” the Geikie wrestled in the 125-pound Tri-County Coach said. “Luckweight class where he went on to ily, he wrestled these guys early finish fifth in the sectionals. The on and has gotten it out of the following year as a sophomore way and can now work on gethe finished with a 21-9 record, ting better. Jeff knows what he grabbed a fourth place finish in needs to get better and will have the sectionals and went on to finanother shot at Hampshire’s ish sixth in the Division 3 CenFrank Weir (last year’s runnertral State Tournament. Geikie up).” also has been named to the While most wrestlers have MayShore League All-Star some sort of wrestling techniques squad both years. they like to use, Geikie says he Although the past two seasons has no signature move once he would be considered a success, steps into the circle on the mat.

Geikie is not all that thrilled at what he has accomplished during those seasons. “My freshman year was ok, but I was really disappointed with myself. I wanted to make the States. (top 4 in the sectionals advance into the State Tournament), he said. “I don’t want to give people the idea that I was overly cocky, but that was the goal I set for myself and I was determined to make it a reality.” Prior to his sophomore year at Tri-Country, Geikie set out to make his previous year’s goal a reality. Following his freshman year he continued to practice in the off-season, attended wrestling camps and trained that much harder in order to be able to accomplish that goal. He not only made it to the State Tournament, but qualified for the All-States, where he went 0-2. “In addition to getting to the states, I finished high enough to advance to the All-States,” Geikie said. “Despite my finish I was happy to make the trip and gain valuable experience. With two more years I need to get back there and improve, I’ll just need to work that much harder.” It’s hard to guess what Geikie is capable of doing after working that much harder than he did in the previous off-season. Coach LaPlante definitely believes that his wrestler has a shot a winning the sectional championships this season, and what he does after that is anybody’s guess.

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Molly Marcotte Proves Good Players Can Come in Small Packages BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School’s Molly Marcotte had been a three-sport athlete until this year, when a job became of the importance. The Seekonk native had been involved in volleyball, basketball and softball until this year, her junior year at the Franklin school. With the importance of earning money, basketball became the odd sport out, at least for now. Marcotte began playing softball in the sixth grade and didn’t even entertain the idea of playing volleyball until she came to TriCounty. Although only playing the sport for three years, volleyball has risen to the top of her likes. “Softball had always been my number one sport, but volleyball is now my passion,” Marcotte said. “I like the way that the team works together as one and how I feel when I play. There’s much more energy and a connection with the team in volleyball.” As a sophomore, her first year on the varsity squad, Marcotte found herself playing opposite or the team’s second hitter, this year she’s moved over to become an outside power hitter, a position that gives her a thrill. “As an opposite, you get to move all over the court, but as a power hitter you get to spike the ball and that’s just an amazing feeling,” she said. “In reality, it really doesn’t matter what position I’m playing as long as I’m on the court trying to help our team win.” While playing both sports for the Cougars, Marcotte is coached by the same individual, Howie King. And although King would much rather she the junior playing softball he knows that she’s an exceptional athlete both on the court and in the field. “She’s a great athlete that does well in both sports, that’s why she’s a captain as a junior,” the coach said. “She probably could have been a softball captain as a freshman. She’s that dedicated an individual; she’s always the first to practice, the last to leave and does what ever is told.” At a mere 5’ 1” Marcotte is not all that big on either stage, however

she doesn’t let her height disadvantage get in her way. According to King, the junior is a great digger that doesn’t let anything hit the ground in her vicinity and when putting the ball over the net she has some intense power. In softball she uses her speed to make up for her lack of size. “Molly is an everyday player that has played just about every position on the field since joining the team as a freshman; she’s never really had a home. She’s probably best suited for the outfield with her speed, but I may have to use her at third base this season.” King said. “At the plate she’s a slap hitter that uses her speed to her advantage. She hits for average and doesn’t have to hit the ball out of the infield to get on base.” Speed has helped the junior while patrolling the outfield. In a contest against Bristol-Plymouth last year the left-fielder made a catch that not only King thought was phenomenal, but left the opposing coaches as well as the umpires in awe. A catch that Marcotte says was lucky. “Yeah it’s a great feeling when you make a fantastic catch, but in all seriousness, I still don’t know how I made that catch. I knew that if I didn’t make that play, we lose the game,” she said. “When that ball was hit I said to myself, ‘Oh my gosh don’t screw up this play.’ It was hit way over my head and I knew that I couldn’t reach it with my height, so I just took off running, put up glove and somehow it landed in it.” Although Marcotte may believe it was pure luck that the ball ended up in her glove that afternoon, her coach and teammates don’t buy it for a second. They all know that it was her athleticism that allowed her to make the spectacular play.

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Tri-County Medical Associates Annual Spring For Students Auction Planned For March 31 2010 Specialists

Tri-County RVTHS will hold its Members of the community, inPublication Town Pages 7th Annual Spring Franklin for Students cluding businesses, organizations, Size 3 column x 10”) and Blackindividuals, and White are invited to supAuction, “Lucky 7’s,”x 10 on (6” ThursCreated 1/18/11 (REVISED day, March 31, beginning at 7 p.m. 2/15/11) port the success of the auction All proceeds benefit student activ- by becoming sponsors, making ities at Tri-County, making the donations, or attending the event. auction the most important The United Regional Chamber fundraising event of the year for of Commerce has once again student clubs and organizations. stepped up as the auction’s Platinum Sponsor.

Sponsorship opportunities are available in five tiers, beginning with:

Silver Sponsors ($200) receive a half-page ad and 5 complimentary tickets,

Gold Sponsors ($300), who receive a full-page ad in the auction program, 10 complimentary tickets, and a company banner displayed during the event.

Bronze Sponsors ($100) receive a quarter-page ad and 2 complimentary tickets,

Specialty Care Services, Right Around the Corner Tri-County Medical Associates provides a full range of clinical and specialty services, ranging from women’s health to ear, nose and throat surgery. In addition to providing acute and primary care, you can also visit a Tri-County specialist to meet all of the health care needs of you and your family. To learn more about a speciality service, please call one of the offices listed below to make an appointment.

Here’s a list of our speciality services offices & providers.

Sapphire Sponsors ($50) receive a business card ad, and Blue and Gold Club Sponsors ($25) have their company or organization name listed in the program. Sponsorship forms are available on the Tri-County Web site. Sponsor ads must be received by Friday, February 25; those received later than that date will be printed on a separate supplement to the program. New items, gift certificates, or services may be donated for both the silent and live auctions that will

take place during the evening. No donation is too small, as items may be combined into larger gift baskets. Donation forms are available on the Tri-County Web site and may be dropped off or mailed to the school by Tuesday, March 1. Tickets are priced at $10 per person and can be purchased in advance from the Dean of Students Office or at the door on the evening of the auction. Admission includes a delicious hors d’oeuvre buffet prepared by Tri-County’s very own Culinary Arts students. For more information, visit and click on the “Tri-County Auction Page” link, or contact Co-Chairs Kim Zogalis at or Michael Garland at

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The Franklin Chargers Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading registration has begun exclusively online! By using the link on, you can begin the online registration for the 2011 football and cheerleading season.

FOOTBALL All football players must come to the Helmet Fitting/Weigh-In/Paperwork Drop-Off Day on Sunday, March 27, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Franklin HS Auxiliary Gym. Football Players must be weighed in Shorts, T-Shirts, Sneakers on March 27th to be able to accurately break up teams.

CHEER Please plan to attend Sunday, March 27th to have your child fitted for both her uniform and practice tee shirt ($10 each). We will have sample sizes of both available and ask that you have your daughter wear a swimsuit or leotard under her clothing to facilitate the fitting process. The practice tees will be the same as the 2010 season so if you have a tee shirt that is stain, tear, and fade free there is not a need to purchase incremental tees. For new parents, we recommend purchasing at least 2 tee-shirts to reduce your laundry time! Visit the Cheerleading or Football pages for coaching sign-up!

For a complete guide to all of our fine primary care physicians and specialists, contact us at 508-528-5392 x105 or visit Tri-County Medical Associates, Inc. is affiliated with Milford Regional Medical Center

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The Benefits of Being Preapproved Many homebuyers consider the terms preapproval and prequalification interchangeable. This is not the case. Prequalification is a review of income, debt, savings and assets to determine how much a homebuyer can borrow. In some cases, with the borrower’s permission, a credit report is generated. Then a letter of prequalification is provided, stating it is the opinion of the lender that the borrower will likely be able to qualify for a certain loan amount. Preapproval is a much more rigorous process and means a lender has gone through many of the steps necessary to finance the mortgage. During preapproval, the lender verifies gross monthly in-

come, other reliably recurring income, the balances and payments on current debts, and how much has been saved for a down payment. All assets, such as vehicles, IRAs, stocks, bonds and mutual funds are itemized. Qualifying ratios are applied to these figures to determine what percentage of your gross monthly income can go toward paying the mortgage. This makes a letter of preapproval from a lender a much more definitive indicator of what you can afford to borrow. The best time to get preapproved is before you begin shopping for a home. Getting preapproved sets you apart and signals to the real estate agent and the home seller that

you are dedicated and serious. Moreover, agents prefer working with preapproved buyers. That way agents can focus on showing houses the buyers can afford. Also being preapproved gives you an advantageous bargaining position. The purchasing process will be expedited and the home seller is assured you can borrow the necessary loan amount.

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