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point victory 55 - 32. The 8th grade finals put the number 2 seed Franklin against the number 4 seed team from Billerica (Twin River Champion). Billerica advanced to the finals by defeating the number 1 seed Wachussett by 2 points. The Billerica team came out firing on all cylinders and capitalizing on a sluggish Franklin start giving them an 11 point lead after the first quarter. Franklin dug in defensively in the second quarter and cut the lead to 4 points at the half. In the second half Franklin’s defense was too much for Billerica to handle.

Despite a long break between their Cape Cod Championship win and the first tournament game, the Franklin Panther’s Black 8th grade girls team won the Division 1 State Championship.

BY MARK RUDOLPH & MARK SPOLIDORO The Franklin Panthers Black girl’s basketball team wins the 2010-2011 8th grade Division 1 State Championship. After winning their Cape Cod League Championship back on February 13th they finally got a chance to play for a state title the weekend of March 19th and 20th. This group of girls has been working since early No-

vember to be in this position to play in this tournament. They finished their regular season with a record of 13 – 1 then won 3 playoff games to win the league championship. They had a four-week layoff between their championship game and their first tournament game. That was a concern to Coach Jim Edgehill, but his girls responded with an opening round win over the 7 seed Norton (Metro West League Champion) 45 – 29.

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That win set up a matchup between the number 3 seed Braintree (South Shore League Champion) 14 – 0 this season and 75 – 0 over the past 5 seasons. This game certainly lived up to its hype. The game was evenly played through the first half with Franklin holding on to a slim 2 point lead. The second half opened with Franklin going on a 15 – 0 run, this lead to Franklin holding Braintree to 9 second half points and cruising to a 23

The Franklin girls turned a 4point deficit into a 10-point lead at the end of the 3rd quarter. With Franklin battling foul trouble, the 4th quarter became a back and fourth game with Billerica cutting the lead to 4 with about 3:00 minutes to go. The Franklin girls dug in defensively and held off the Billerica run with consecutive defensive stops and consistent foul shooting to secure a 6 point victory 55 – 49. This group of girls came together in early November and prepared, practiced, and grew as teammates, player, friends and sisters in battle for a chance to compete for a state championship, and that they did! For more information on the team, visit www.franklinpanther hoops. com.

Franklin: A Town That’s Proudly Served Its Country BY J.D. O’GARA “Franklin has always been well represented in the military,” says Bob Fahey, Veteran’s Services Officer and Council on Aging Coordinator Social Services Coordinator for the town of Franklin. “Franklin goes all out. You see it in the monuments that they’ve erected. You see it in the attitude of the people toward veterans. Franklin has always been most appreciative of those who have served.” Fahey points to the five monuments that proudly stand on the town common. “The World War I and the World War II monuments contain the names of all who served, and it took them 15 or 20 years between the end of World

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War II and the actual erection of the monuments to be sure they did get all the names of those who served,” says Fahey. Later they erected the Korean, Vietnam, & Iraq/Afghanistan. A great number of Franklin residents have served in wars or conflicts, explains Fahey. In World War I, for example, 206 from Franklin served, with 13 soldiers killed in action. Those numbers rose immensely in WWII, with 1,088 from Franklin serving in the

In the Korean War, 375 soldiers from Franklin served, with one killed in action. The Vietnam War saw 709 residents in the military, and among those, six lost their lives. Most recently, since September 11, 2001, 130 Franklin residents have taken up arms in Iraq or Afghanistan. Among those, two – Lance Corporal Shayne M. Cabino, United States Marine Corps and Staff Sgt. Robert R. Pirelli – gave their lives while serving. Lance Cpl. Cabino was killed in

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Al Karmah, Iraq by an improvised explosive device on a roadside; Staff Sgt. Pirelli was killed while engaging hostile forces in Baqubah, Iraq. He received the Bronze Star Medal for Valor for his bravery. Fahey was instrumental in honoring these youngest fallen soldiers of Franklin in 2007, when the town marked the streets where they lived with plaques declaring “Fallen Hero.” Franklin erected similar plaques like this for fallen Vietnam veterans, and this year will do something similar for WWII veterans of the town (see sidebar). The Franklin Rotary Club will sponsor the Memorial Day Parade to honor the town’s veterans who have been laid to rest. The May 30 parade will step off from the Depot MBTA Station Bridge at 10:45 a.m., and wreaths will be laid at memorials on Dean St., Union Street Cemetery, St. Mary’s Cemetery and the War Memorial at the Town Common, where a service will be held at Noon. Veterans are encouraged to march, as are scout and civic groups. The Franklin Elks will be there, says Elk Mark Ellis. Each year, says Ellis, the Elks host a Memorial Day breakfast for veterans at the Franklin Elks Lodge at 277 Pond Street. This year, the breakfast, run by Frank Liotta, will take place at 9 a.m. on May 27. The Elks also march in the parade in their tuxedos, alongside Boy Scout Troop 126, says Ellis. Veterans, he

says, hold an important place of honor in his organization. “We have a motto, ‘“As long as there are veterans, the benevolent and protective order of Elks will never forget them.’” Says Ellis. The Elks are behind two large mailings of care packages to the troops every year, and they regularly hold luncheons and BBQ’s at the Brockton V.A. Hospital, says Ellis. This year, in fact, the Elks ran a fuel assistance program, donating 100 gallons of heating oil to any veterans that needed it with the help of Jillian’s Oil of Medway, which sold them the oil at cost. Bob Fahey also continues to serve Franklin veteran’s needs. He has been Franklin’s Veteran’s

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Service Officer for the past 10 years of his 16-year tenure at the Senior Center. During our brief interview, his telephone rings constantly and we are interrupted twice by impromptu visits to his office. Each individual receives Fahey’s careful attention. “Right now, I’m getting a significant number of Vietnam vets who are having health problems associated with Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant,” he says. Fahey’s job description is wide open “counsel, advise and assist Veterans and their dependents in whatever way he can.” Bob Fahey explains that he himself was able to take advantage of services offered to vets. “I served in the military in WWII in the Navy. I went into the service on VE Day May 8 1945 and served a little under 2 years in the navy as a radar operator … There were tremendous benefits accrued to me. I received 4 years education tuition free,” says Fahey. Back then, he says, the GI Bill could be used for private university. Today, he says, veterans “get full tuition and fees at the highest level of the state colleges. If they want to go a private university, they would have to pay the difference.” Fahey was also able to get assistance with fully guaranteed mortgage in 1955. Fahey feels strongly about helping veterans utilize programs that are offered them, and he feels strongly about honoring those veterans who are no longer with us. “Veterans are where it’s at for me,” says Fahey. “I want people to understand and appreciate the sacrifices and the services made by our veterans.”

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Dedication of Fallen Heros from WWII ceremony to be held May 15 BY ANNE PARKER

bering veterans.

Memorial Day is one of the handful of days we can remember and honor those men and women who served and defended our country. The Town of Franklin has found another way to honor these veterans.

This event is the brainchild of long-time Franklin resident Rose Turco and Town Councilwoman Tina Powderly. “I was sitting with people at a dinner to honor veterans not too long ago. And a comment was made, wouldn’t be nice if we could honor our relatives in a similar way,” recalls Turco.

On May 15 at 2 p.m. the town will have a Dedication of Fallen Heroes from World War II. It will take place at the Senior Center on Daniel McCahill Street and is free and open to the public. Family and friends of these veterans will also attend. At the ceremony, 23 individuals from World War II who lived in Franklin at the time will be recalled. A short biography will be read, their photo shown. Finally, a sign with the individual veteran’s name will be erected in Franklin to serve as a reminder. Entertainment will also be provided by The Sensational Six - a group of Franklin High School students, and by Franklin musician Mike Dakota who wrote the lyrics and will perform a song remem-

It was a nice idea that Turco and Powderly took action on. They started researching who in Franklin went to World War II. She got the names of people from the Veterans agent Bob Fahey. They have written a short biography on who they were, their parents, their service, and how they lost their lives. “By honoring these particular men, we are honoring all veterans, and recognizing the service of each and everyone, said Turco. It was a large undertaking, she says, but adds “it’s a labor of love.” She has had a great deal of help from Veterans agent Bob Fahey, who did a similar project years ago by honoring two young men from

the Iraqi War. Veterans from the Vietnam War were also honored in a similar way. “All we had to do was the research on these people and the town has come forward to fund it,” she says. “Jeff Nutting came forward and agreed to have the DPW erect the signs. We didn’t have to do any fund raising. The community has supported us.” The Rotary Club has also been a great source of help, she says. They funded the project several years ago for the Vietnam veterans. Turco also had another resource from another Franklin resident. Mrs. Walter Carr, Sr. compiled news clippings in a notebook, she recalls. “That was a beautiful jumping off point. It was a good beginning. We had to go to the library and read newspapers and go through archives to get the rest of the information.” Using many resources including, Turco and Powderly have put together a ceremony to remember our veterans — just in time for Memorial Day.

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The Franklin Rotary Club is proud to organize and sponsor the annual Franklin Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. This year’s parade will begin at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, May 30 followed by a brief ceremony at 12 noon on the Town Common. Let us honor those from our community who have given of themselves to protect us from harm. Lets us be forever grateful for those who have paid the ultimate price.

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War Memorial - Town Common All Veterans are asked and encouraged to participate in the parade in uniform if possible. Please arrive at the Franklin Historical Museum (80 West Central St., Franklin) at 10:15 am in order to insure that the Memorial Day Parade and Service begin on time. Vehicles are available for those veterans who do not wish to walk the parade route

A short tribute will occur to honor our fallen veterans the War Memorial. All residents are encouraged to attend the parade and ceremony so that we may never forget those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This event is sponsored by the Franklin Rotary Club.

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finish the walk route, which is contained within the park. A growing number of volunteers will provide the true brick and mortar for a successful event. Those interested in sponsoring, participating, or attending the event, are encouraged to visit the web site at to register on line or download more information on the event or contact Linda Conley at (508) 298-1107, or Doug MacPherson 1105. A Super raffle and a special 50/50 will also culminate on race day.

Central/Southeastern Massachusetts – Gene Lavanchy, Fox 25 morning News anchor, and Steve Nelson New England Patriot alltime great will host the 10th Annual HMEA Independence 5K Walk Run Roll & Stroll on May 22 at EMC, 50 Constitution Blvd, in the Franklin Industrial Park. Registration is at 10a.m. and step-off at 11a.m. The event also celebrates HMEA’s 50th anniversary as an human services agency providing supports to 2600 children and adults with disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and intellectual and physical challenges. Specific sponsoring companies receive free tee shirts, plus name recognition on all banners and tee shirts and in all press releases distributed throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. In addition, we offer each major sponsor the opportunity to address the crowd on the winners' platform at the end of the race. The event is a family oriented fun day with kids activities, touch a truck – fire police and national guard vehicles - free food, parking, tee shirts, entertainment, and fun games. The race is a professionally timed and run 5K USATF certified course,

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Friends of Franklin Library Needs You! The Friends of the Franklin Library (FOFL) will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the library, lower level. Members and the public are welcome to attend the meetings. FOFL is always looking for new ideas, opinions and comments to help make its efforts more successful. The Friends of the Franklin Library is a non-profit organization dedicated to the support and en-

hancement 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 about the Friends, call (508) 528-6624. The Franklin Public Library is accepting donations for its spring 2011 book sale in May. Donations may be dropped off at the library on the lower level during regular business hours.

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     Please - Take Time to Remember on Memorial Day    It began as Decoration Day, and was to be observed on May 30th of each year. Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, General John A. Logan, issued General Orders No. 11 on May 5, 1868, with the intent of honoring the graves of those Union Soldiers who gave their lives in defense of the Union and to free those in bondage, although at Arlington National Cemetery the graves of the Confederate dead were decorated as well. Most southern states refused to observe Decoration Day until after the First World War, when the purpose of the day changed from honoring not only those who perished during the Civil War to honoring those who gave their lives in all of our country’s conflicts. Over time the day became know as Memorial Day, and in 1971 the observance for the day was changed to the last Monday in May. I have very fond memories of observing Memorial Day in my hometown as a child. There was a parade every year. My friends and I would get together and ride our bicycles in the parade. As the parade stopped as various war memo-

rials, veterans would fire off salutes and we would scramble to pick up the shell casings (they made great whistles). The parade would always end at the cemetery, and amid the gravestones the fun would turn to solemn respect, gratitude, admiration and love for those most noble souls who showed their great love for us by giving all they had, or will ever have, so that we could live with liberty. As I’ve grown, it seems that the world has become a busier place. Memorial Day has come to be called the “unofficial start of summer” as many people head away from home to enjoy the three-day weekend. Still others who have children involved in youth athletics (I’m one of them) find their Memorial Day Weekend dotted with various sporting events. Some spend the time to visit and remember the graves of loved ones. All these ways, and many others, are great ways to spend the long weekend with friends and family. However, as you observe this Memorial Day, please remember what the day is for, which is remembering and honoring those men and women who gave their

lives in defense of our most wonderful country. If you can, please take your children to some kind of Memorial Day ceremony and teach them the importance of the holiday. So that in time they can teach the next generation. The sacrifices made by the fallen must never, ever be forgotten. Other writers far more gifted than I have tried to put into words the solemn reverence with which we must remember our war dead. General Logan himself in his General Orders No. 11 stated in part: “What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes?... We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the

coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic. If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.” For me, to this day, as they were when I stood in solemn reverence next to my bicycle while holding my prized shell casings, the famous words penned in 1915 by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, In Flanders Fields, are particularly meaningful: In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields. So please make some time this Memorial Day to teach your children why the day is so important. I’m sure they will remember. Ted Cannon is a Partner at the Franklin law firm of Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon, P.C.

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The Artful Phoenix Art Gallery plans May 7th Grand Opening in North Attleboro Local artists are invited to display their work BY ANNE PARKER Are you an artist looking for a place to showcase your work? Do you like to socialize with other people and enjoy the creative process? Then The Artful Phoenix is the place for you. It is a gallery of interesting and unique pieces of artwork and crafts made by local artists. First, you must explore and enjoy the variety of beautiful art galleries in this area. When you are ready to venture further, take a short and scenic ride on Route 1A and check out their newly renovated shop on North Washington Street in downtown North Attleboro. The Artful Phoenix owners are planning their grand opening May 7th. The gallery renovations were completed in April. "The location is a former art/craft shop previously called the Village Artisans Collaborative. The shop closed abruptly and left a void in the art and craft community in the area," said Jan Franco, one of the gallery owners. She and another former member Melissa Santsaver decided to team up, keep the location and open the

new shop. Out of the ashes of one gallery, a new one was created. Thus, the birth of The Artful Phoenix. Partners Franco and Santsaver have created a welcoming and vibrant atmosphere in the shop, with creamy yellow walls accented with rich red and black. A phoenix for which it is named is painted in red across the yellow wall behind the main desk. The gallery's mission is to enhance the cultural community by supporting and promoting local and regional artists, explains Franco a jewelry designer. "We have artists from all over the area and Rhode Island. We are looking for artists of all mediums to join this new and exciting shop." They have a large variety of art and craft works displayed such as fiber art, painting, quilting, jewelry and children's items. They are currently soliciting for more artists to create a varied art and craft experience for the community. The venue is ideal for both artists and the public to enjoy. Artists ben-

efit by showcasing their work. The general public benefits by browsing or shopping for a variety of things such as oil paintings, portraits, quilted bags, hand-painted silk scarves, hand-crafted jewelry. And the sock monkey. One of the exhibitors has created fantastic little creatures out of socks. Children -and adults -- can play with, collect and have fun with them. "We want people to feel inspired when they come here," said Franco. Both patrons and artists can further enjoy the atmosphere of the gallery when they walk into "The Nest." This is a separate space within the gallery where they can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, read art books and reference materials about the arts. This cozy little cafe will be Wi-Fi accessible and a laptop will be there for people to surf the 'net for art-related works and subjects or check out Etsy is an organization used by thousands of artists to buy and sell their products worldwide. "We will have a laptop and a TV so people can do art

Jan Franco (right) and Melissa Santsaver own The Artful Phoenix.

searches," explains Franco. They can hang out and have coffee and be surrounded by art. "It's good for the soul," adds Santsaver, a fiber artist. If this is not inspiring enough, Franco and Santsaver are also planning social and networking opportunities. They had a "Meet-up" on April 27th. This was a networking opportunity for artists and crafters. The topic was How to Advance Yourself through Social Media. People learned how to use Facebook, Twitter and traditional media to market their work. Franco and Santsaver plan to have more events similar to this in the months ahead for artists and the public. It's a great



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chance to socialize with and learn from other people. In addition, The Artful Phoenix will also photograph people's artwork and have it online, for the public to see. It's another way to market their products, if their work is not on display at the gallery. The Meet-up is an ideal way for people to connect, get to know other artists and learn from each other. The Artful Phoenix is also interested in art students. Franco and Santsaver are considering having students from Rhode Island School of Design and other art colleges and programs come to show their works. They want to offer mentoring for students and help them make their way into the market.

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Reaction from the community has been good, Franco reports. Local shop owners and the community are excited about the shop and have been very supportive. "The artists are anxious to open and are very excited."


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Franklin’s Annual Earth Day Cleanup Volunteers turned out to join the Franklin Recreation and DPW in Franklin despite a chilly wind on Saturday, April 16 for Franklin’s Annual Earth Day cleanup. Efforts were rewarded back at Beaver Pond Headquarters with pizza and drinks for cleanup crews. Groups and businesses

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Franklin Library Book Sale May 20th The Franklin Public Library is accepting Book Sale donations for its spring book sale scheduled for Friday, May 20, Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 2011 at the DPW Garage on Hayward St. in Franklin. Donations may be dropped off at the library, lower level, during regular business hours. Hardcover and paperback books, fine periodicals, DVDs, record albums and CDs will be accepted. Outdated encyclopedias and reference books, as well as Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, cannot be accepted. The sale will open with a Friends of Franklin Library Members Preview Night Friday,

May 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. and the sale will open to the public on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to noon. The library is in need of volunteers to set up, clean up and work the sale. Books will be ready for set-up at the DPW Garage from 9 am to 3 pm on Tuesday, May 17 through Friday, May 20. Volunteers can pick up hours needed to fulfill community service requirements. For more information about how to donate books or volunteering, please contact Denise (508) 5209955 or email

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The College Column BY SUSAN WESTCOTT ALESSANDRI You got in and you’re going: congratulations! But how much have you really thought about how college will differ from high school? Yes, it will be the obvious things you already expect: more work and more freedom. But there are lots of myths perpetuated by the entertainment media and bad, one-size-fits-all advice that just doesn’t help students picture what the classroom-side of college will be like. But I’m a professor, and I’m here to help. First and foremost, I’m here to tell you that, unlike on television, there are no bells to signal the start or end to a college class. This is just one of the many new things you’ll get used to. Others include: Calling Teachers “Professors.” Please, please, please don’t call us “Mr.” or “Mrs.” This makes us think our parents or in-laws have begun teaching at the university. In general, it’s always safe to address college-level teachers as “professor,” but many will also prefer the more technically accurate “Dr.” if they have earned a Ph.D. If a professor does not announce to the class how she would like to be ad-

dressed, it’s perfectly appropriate to ask. In fact, I always appreciate when a student asks this question: it lets me know the students are wondering. Consulting the Syllabus: A syllabus is the most important document you will receive in any course: it documents important classroom policies and due dates. It also holds both student and professor accountable. We hand out syllabi so students have an advance record of what is due and when. Be forewarned: if you ask us a question that can be answered by looking at the syllabus, we will tell you to look at the syllabus. Getting to Know Your Professors. Television shows and movies always depict professors who think of students “as just a number.” I have taught at large public and private universities, and I now teach at a mid-size private university. Thinking of students as numbers has been true – nowhere. In fact, most professors I know love getting to know their students, and yes, they learn all of their names. (What we don’t commit to memory is an individual student’s grades, so don’t be the student

who expects us to remember that you earned a 72 on the last exam). When my first child starts college in 13 years, I will share with him then what I share with you today. During any given semester, you will have only four or five professors. But each of those same professors might have more than a hundred students, plus their own research to conduct, plus student advising and other departmental responsibilities. As a result, we take a “no news must be good news” approach with students. So if you need some help, use those college smarts and just ask. Dr. Alessandri is a native Bostonian and lives in Medway. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at Suffolk University. Previously, she taught for six years at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, before earning her Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. If you have a question about college you’d like to see covered – from application to graduation – please drop me a line at

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A Broadway Evening to Benefit N.E. Center for the Performing Arts U.S. Senator Scott Brown Will be Special Guest The New England Center for the Performing Arts presents their Spring Gala, A Broadway Evening, on Saturday, May 21, at 6:00 p.m. at Lake Pearl Luciano’s in Wrentham. U.S. Senator Scott Brown will attend the event as a special guest. Joyce Kulhawik, a wellknown television personality in the Boston area, will also make an appearance.

of professional experience, she has performed with six Broadway and National Tours in a variety of capacities including performer, dance captain, company manager, and children’s choir music director. Jennifer maintains a private vocal, acting, and career coaching studio throughout the year and is proud to see so many of her students earn professional credits.

Presented by Platinum Equity, A Broadway Evening will feature special performances by Broadway stars Megan McGinnis, Jennifer Johns, and Tyrick Wiltez Jones.

Tyrick Wiltez Jones was recently featured as Howard in Broadway's Finian's Rainbow. He appeared in Broadway's Hairspray for almost four years. Tyrick’s other Broadway national touring credits include Seussical, Fosse, and Show Boat. As a popular NYC acting/dance educator, Tyrick enjoys conducting auditions for Broadway Artists Alliance's 15city National Audition Tour, and teaching Master Classes all across the country.

The evening also includes dinner, dancing until midnight with R&B band Soul Kitchen, and silent and live auctions featuring vacation getaways, tickets to concerts and sporting events, and much more. Megan McGinnis’ break-out role is considered to be Belle in Beauty and the Beast, a role she played for nearly a year from 2003-2004. She then sang the role of Éponine in Les Misérables on Broadway between 2007 and 2008. She also portrayed Beth in Little Women and Margot Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, both on Broadway. Jennifer Johns began her career as a child performer. With 29 years

A Broadway Evening will also showcase the Franklin School for the Performing Arts’ student talent. Electric Youth, FSPA’s international touring ensemble, will present their high-energy show, including musical numbers from their new CD, “All Amped Up”. Electric Youth wowed the crowd at Showcase Live in Foxboro in March, and is preparing for their

next performance at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on May 8th. Future Shock, an FSPA musical ensemble comprised of students in grades 1-6, will also perform. The New England Center for the Performing Arts is a non-profit organization that brings together the Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) and the Franklin Performing Arts Company (FPAC) under one umbrella. The annual Gala raises operating funds to support the capital campaign of The Center while celebrating with friends, honoring volunteers, recognizing contributors to the performing arts and cultivating new relationships for the future. The Center’s primary project is to build a brand new, state-of-theart performing arts complex with main stage theater, black box theater, recital hall and educational space. This new facility will allow for expansion of FSPA’s and FPAC’s current programming, as well as introduce offerings for seniors and students with special needs.

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Recycle for a Cause on May 14th J.F. Kennedy Elementary School PCC and Cub Scout Pack 126 Recycling Day Fundraiser - The J. F. Kennedy Parent Communication Council (PCC) and Cub Scout Pack 126 have joined together to sponsor a Recycling Day Fundraiser on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. 12 p.m. at the Kennedy Elementary School Parking lot at 551 Pond St., Franklin. bring Please clean redeemable soda, seltzer, beer bottles and cans. Please, no water bottles, trash or regular recyclables. A vendor will be on-site to accept computers, electronics and appliances for recycling. The vendor will erase all hard drives. Fees for recycling, CASH payment only. $5 for Cameras – Photo and Video, Computer Mice, Computer Accessories

and Keyboards, Phones, Walkmans, CD Players; $10 for Computer Monitors, CPU’S, Servers, Drives & Disks, Laptops, Fax Machines, Printers, Scanners, UPS Systems, DVD & VCR Players, Home Stereo Equipment; $15 for Microwaves, Air Conditioners, Refrigerators, Freezers, Dehumidifiers, Hot Water Heaters, Heaters & Stoves, Washers & Dryers, Dishwashers. Special Pricing for TVs: in plastic cases - $15, in wood cases $20, projection TV’s - $25. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used by the Kennedy PCC for educational programs for the Kennedy School students and by Cub Scout Pack 126 for programs for their members. For more information, contact Lisa Lipson at lisalipson@comcast. net.

To purchase tickets for A Broadway Evening or to sponsor this event, contact the Franklin School for the Performing Arts at (508) 528-8668.

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May Calendar of Events May 4 Franklin Art Association Monthly Meeting, 6:30-9 p.m., New Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill St., a large new building located diagonally across from the town common and across from St. Mary's Church (directions), visit Friends of Franklin Library (FOFL) monthly meeting, 7 p.m., Franklin Public Library Community Room, lower level, 118 Main Street May 7 Grand opening of the Artful Phoenix, 21 North Washington Street, Downtown North Attleboro, features work of local artists. Auditions for Disney’s Beauty & the Beast to be performed August 11 & 12, grades 5 & 6, 1:30 p.m.; grades 7 & 8, 2:00 p.m.; and grades 9 and up, 2:30 p.m. Students should prepare 16 measures of a musical theater or pop song for the audition. FSPA, 38 Main Street or by appointment at (508) 528-8668.

Swing into Spring Charles river Chorale concert 7 pm Millis H.S. auditorium $15 adults, $10 seniors, $8 kids May 7, 8 Society of St. Vincent DePaul of St. Mary’s Church in Franklin Food Collection, Items may be may be left in the donation boxes at both entrances to the church after the 4 pm Mass on Saturday and after the 7:30 am, 9 am, 10:30 am, 12 pm and 5 pm Masses on Sunday. Please no perishables, dented cans or expired items. May 8 Franklin School of Performing Arts presents Electric Youth Past, Present and Future, Mechanics Hall, Worcester – 6 p.m., $25/adults and $20/students and seniors for floor; $15/adults and $10/students and seniors for balcony; or $250 for a table of eight. Tickets at www.mechanicshall. org or (508) 752-0888, or at FSPA at (508) 528-8668, 38 Main Street, Franklin May 10 Franklin Lions Club meeting, 6:30 p.m., If you are interested in

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Parking lot at 551 Pond St., Franklin. Recycle old electronics for a small fee that benefits a good cause. Also collecting clean redeemable soda, seltzer, beer bottles and cans. For more information, contact Lisa Lipson at May 15 Dedication of Fallen Heroes from World War 11-2 p.m., Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill St. Free and open to the public. Family and friends of these veterans will also attend. Entertainment by The Sensational Six and Mike Dakota. Veteranâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bike Run, from Franklin Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks 2136 Lodge, 1077 Pond St., Franklin, Registration 9 a.m., Leaves at 10 a.m., $20 per motorcycle; $10 per passenger May 20-22 Franklin Library Book Sale, Members preview night May 20, 4-7 p.m., Public sale May 21, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., May 22, 9 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; noon. For more information about how to donate books or volunteering,

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Franklin Beautification Day to be held May 21st

Franklin Council on Aging Turns 40

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is recruiting volunteers to help spruce up the downtown during the eighth annual Beautification Day on Saturday, May 21. The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to Noon, rain or shine.


Together with the Franklin Garden Club and Wadsworth Farm, the non-profit Partnership will install more than 1,400 flowers and greens on the bridge and islands downtown and in planter boxes in front of some businesses. All residents, especially students in need of community service hours, are encouraged to spend some time digging in the dirt to help decorate downtown Franklin. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. on the center island in front of the Rome Restaurant. “We have planned some beautiful, eye-catching displays this year,” says Beautification Day Chairperson Eileen Mason. The color scheme for this year’s plantings is white, blue and burgundy, and includes Compact Sun Patience, Burgundy Star and Blue Moon Petunias, Victoria Blue

Salvia, Lobelia, Lantana and Red Proven Winner’s Grass. “These are hardy plants that will stay blooming and beautiful from spring through the fall.” The Partnership and Garden Club work year-round on this beautification effort. This spring’s plants were chosen last November and then grown in the Wadsworth Farm greenhouses over the winter. After the initial planting, the Partnership coordinates with the Garden Club members to water and maintain the gardens and flower boxes throughout the warm months. Next fall the boxes will be cleaned up and prepared for volunteers to decorate for the winter holidays. “Every year our volunteers do an amazing job. If it weren’t for them and the donations we receive from residents and businesses we wouldn’t be able to create these beautiful displays and brighten up downtown Franklin,” says Mason. “We welcome anyone who wants to get their hands dirty with us or make a donation to offset the cost of the new boxes and the flowers.”

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The Franklin Council on Aging just turned 40. And what do you do for a birthday? You have a party. That’s just what the council did, celebrating four decades alongside guests State Senator Karen Spilka and State Representative James Vallee, says Director Karen Alves. “We had a nice celebration,” says the Director of the Senior Center, who has been in her position for 10 years. “I love it,” says Alves. “I’ve always liked working with seniors.” Alves finds the generation she works with to be “thoughtful, gracious, kind people.” Although she knows that’s a generalization, she says she’s found it to be “consistently true.” “They’re a lot of fun, maybe because they’re retired and they don’t have the stress of working,” says Alves. “and maybe because they can relax and enjoy their lives.” “There’s a kind of personality that will never come, there are

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those folks that just not joiners,” says Alves, “but the folks that do come, once they come through the door, they love it. She says she witnesses firsthand what a recent NPR program highlighted on the benefits of sociability on Alzheimer’s (April 8, citing University of Pennsylvania research). “Once they come, then they’re sold,” says Alves. “People may be sitting at home watching TV. They come here and thrive.” Alves says the state-of-the-art center impresses most people, and it doesn’t hurt that “we have a café with great food for cheap prices.” The senior center also hosts a theme party once a month, usually at the end of the month, with entertainment and a luncheon. “It’s not unusual for a couple of seniors with walkers to start up a conga line,” she adds. Alves explains that although you have to be 50 or older to use the senior center, you don’t need to be from Franklin. Although there are no dues, “Most people do want to support us, so they join the Friends of Franklin Elders group for $10.” For more information on the Franklin Senior Center, located at 10 Daniel McCahill St., call (508) 520-4945.

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Butterflies Are a Spring Spectacle Few harbingers of spring are more spectacular to look at than the variety of butterflies that take to the skies after they emerge from chrysalis.

This is called a host plant. Butterflies are very particular about the type of plant that they eat. Certain species will only eat one type of plant or closely related varieties.

Although it is widely known that butterflies and moths go through a metamorphosis to turn into their finished forms, many are unaware just how many steps it takes for a butterfly to be ready to fly.

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1. A butterfly begins its life as an egg, which a female butterfly lays on a particular plant that the species of butterfly prefers to eat.

3. Caterpillars are voracious eaters, and they grow very quickly. The trouble is that their skin cannot grow. A new, larger skin must be formed. To do this the caterpillar

must molt its old skin so that the new, larger skin can emerge. As it eats, a caterpillar will go through a few stages depending on the species. It may become a second, third, fourth, and fifth instar caterpillar. 4. A caterpillar that has molted several times may look very different from its initial larval form. It will be much larger and may have different colors and features. 5. During the final molt, the dis- Butterflies undergo an amazing transformation into the delicate, winged carded skin will become part of the creature that graces spring days. chrysalis that will house the caterpillar as it pupates. The caterpillar 8. An adult butterfly eats nectar spins a silk girdle that attaches it to and reproduces to begin the life a particular location, either on a cycle anew. Relatively speaking, a tree branch or a plant stem. butterfly has a short life span. Some species live only a few days. 6. Contrary to popular belief, butOthers may live up to a year. This terflies are not formed in cocoons. can make viewing a spectacularly Their pupa is called a chrysalis. hued butterfly in a spring garden Only some varieties of moths even more poignant for the obtransform inside of a cocoon. In server. the chrysalis, the caterpillar is undergoing a rapid transformation. More than 700 species of butterThe chewing mouthparts are turn- flies are found in North America. ing into the sucking mouthparts of In order to attract them to the backa butterfly. Wings and antennae are yard, homeowners can plant also forming. The pupa stage is not wildlife that nurtures all stages of merely a hibernation for the cater- the metamorphosis. pillar. It is a time of very active Adult butterflies looking for necgrowth. tar will seek out plants in the sun7. About 10 to 14 days later the light; rarely do they feed in the butterfly will emerge from the shade. Plants should have red, chrysalis. Upon doing so the wings yellow, orange, pink, or purple will be wet and small. The butter- blossoms. fly then pumps fluids through the Flat-topped or clustered flowers wings to expand them. It also are preferred, as are short flower needs to get used to flying. A retubes that enable the butterfly's cently hatched butterfly is very proboscis to fit in easily. vulnerable until its wings are ready and dry.

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Protect Your Patio From Wear and Tear Patios are typically the go-to spot for warm weather outdoor meals. Whether hosting friends or simply enjoying a relaxing meal under the evening sky, homeowners tend to spend as much time as possible on the patio once the weather warms up.

Summer can be rough on patios and patio furniture. Homeowners can take several steps to protect their patios from wear and tear.

Because it's such a high-traffic area, the patio should be protected from wear and tear. Wear and tear on the patio can result from Mother Nature or be a byproduct of all those spring and summer evenings spent relaxing outdoors. Fortunately, there are a handful of ways homeowners can keep their patios looking pristine through the summer party season. * Stain the concrete. Staining concrete protects it from natural elements, which can cause the color of a patio to peel or flake. Concrete stain penetrates deep and infuses the concrete with a permanent color that's less likely to fall victim to the elements. Stains are generally solid-color stains or acid stains. Solid-color stains, as their name suggests, provide a more even and solid look, while acid stains provide a more marble-like

Perennial Classics Offers Horticultural Training/ Consulting Perennial Classics is a small garden maintenance company. The owner, Karen Sutherland, is a horticulturist, specializing in ornamental garden design and maintenance. Other services include horticultural training which simply means teaching clients how to garden for themselves. The horticultural training aspect is when clients can learn from a variety of topics beginning with plant selection and care and other basic gardening techniques like pest control and soil amendments. The horticultural training/consulting sessions allow for a personalized experience bringing people closer to their own environment. The garden maintenance service is for those who just don’t have the time to work in the garden themselves and need a true professional to take care of the regular garden chores such as annual and/or perennial planting, weeding & shrub pruning.

appearance. While neither are likely to fade or peel quickly, over time an additional coat or stain might need to be applied to counter natural factors like sunlight.

awning can also protect friends and family members should an unexpected summer shower appear or keep them safe from sunburns during summer afternoons when the UV index is high.

* Cover the furniture. Patio furniture can vary significantly in price and quality. Homeowners who picked up a few plastic chairs at the nearby grocery store might not feel furniture covers are worth the investment. For those with more expensive patio furniture, durable furniture covers that can withstand year-round weather are a sound investment. Waterproof and heat-resistant fabric is ideal, as the furniture will be vulnerable to spring rains, summer showers and high temperatures during the summer party season. Covers should also fit snugly around the furniture to provide optimal protection.

When placed near a window, retractable awnings can lower energy bills. Such awnings can keep sunlight and ultraviolet rays from entering the home. This lowers the temperature indoors, which reduces reliance on air conditioning units to maintain a comfortable temperature. These awnings can also extend the life of furniture, which tends to fade when placed inside windows that get heavy sun exposure.

* Consider retractable awnings. Retractable awnings might cost a little money, but they can also pay homeowners back over the long haul. First and foremost, retractable awnings protect patio from sunlight and ultraviolet rays in hot weather. A retractable

* Plant trees. An eco-friendly way to maintain and add to a patio's aesthetic appeal is to plant trees around the patio. Trees can protect the patio from sunlight and ultraviolet radiation while providing some shade for friends and family members who want to spend some quality time outdoors on hot afternoons. In addition, trees can create a serene setting to a patio, adding to its relaxing nature.

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All-Natural Fertilizer Options for the Backyard Garden Organic fertilizers can be just as effective as their chemical counterparts while providing health benefits chemical pesticides cannot. Organic fertilizers are effective at strengthening the soil for both lawns and planting beds. There are a number of different materials the home gardener can try, some of which may already be around the house. Compost: Compost is often called "black gold" because of its rich nutritional content and how it can quickly amend the quality of the soil. Compost heaps or bins can be set up in the yard so that individuals can manufacture their own compost from scraps of material used around the house. Discarded fruit peels, eggshells,

leaves, and paper can be added to the compost pile. Over time, natural bacteria will break down the materials until they form an effective fertilizer.

additive to help retain moisture at the roots of plants. This is handy when dealing with very sandy soil or plants that need an increased moisture content to grow well.

Manure: Manure remains one of the best and most practical fertilizers out there. It's easy to find, and any animal that eats a plant-based diet will produce manure that will be acceptable for the garden or lawn. Avoid manure from animals that eat meat as the feces may contain harmful bacteria or parasites. Not only will manure add nutrients to the soil, it will also help with moisture retention.

Natural fertilizers and soil ammendments can make the lawn and garden a safe place for pets, children and other animals to venture. They're also a good idea for those looking to preserve the health of the planet.

Fish meal: Made from ground and dried fish scraps, this fertilizer is a good source of nitrogen. It can provide a boost to soil in the early

When shopping for fertilizers, select ones that are all-natural. Many organic fertilizers also can be made from materials at home.

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Rene Fontaine Achieves Ma. Certified Horticulturist The Massachusetts Nursery & Landscape Association is proud to announce that Rene M. Fontaine has been awarded the title of “Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist”. Rene is the President of New England Botanicals, Inc. of Franklin, MA. The title of “Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist” (MCH) is awarded to those professionals who fulfill specific requirements of education and experience. Recipients have served in the industry for a minimum of three years and have successfully passed a written examination which covers a wide range of horticultural topics. The certification must be maintained through continuing education and industry involvement. Currently there are just over 380 MCH’s throughout Massachusetts. New England Botanicals ( is a plant brokering service, which sources and distribute trees, woody plants and perennials to Garden Centers throughout New England. The focus is on small to mid-sized businesses that can benefit from our services says Mr. Fontaine.

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Successfully Transplant Trees Homeowners move trees around their property for a number of reasons. Some might be adding on to their property and need to make room for their new addition, while others might simply want to move a tree for aesthetic reasons. Whatever the reason, transplanting trees can be risky. Trees that are not fully healthy, for instance, might find a transplant too stressful. If the stress proves overwhelming, the tree could die or lose some its physical appeal. Though there are no guarantees when transplanting trees, there are a few guidelines homeowners can follow to increase the likelihood of a successful transplant. * Transplant at the right time. It's best to transplant trees when the ground is not frozen. When transplanting in the spring, do so right after the ground has thawed and before the tree or shrub's buds begin to swell. When transplanting in the fall, do so soon after leaf drop to allow time for root development before the soil freezes. * Re-locate to the correct spot. Before transplanting a tree or shrub, test the new location in mind. Make sure the place to where the tree or shrub will be moved can provide sufficient light for the given species to thrive. In addition, check the new location's soil pH, moisture and wind exposure. Not all areas of a property are ideal for trees and shrubs, so inspect the area before moving. Such an inspection should include examining a layout of the property's utility lines. * Avoid drying out. Trees and shrubs should not dry out during the transplanting process. Water the plants for 2 to 3 days prior to transplanting the tree if the surrounding soil is dry. When it comes time to transplant, cover the root ball with a damp material, such as burlap or canvas, that will help retain moisture the tree or shrub needs.

storing, avoid covering the root ball with plastic. That can suffocate the plant's roots, putting its life in significant jeopardy. Protect stored plants from extreme temperatures, wind and direct sunlight. * Plant properly. Planting holes should be two to three times as

wide as the root ball. If planting in dry soil, prewater the holes before planting begins, and be sure to plant the tree or shrub at the same depth it was originally growing in. Also, plant the tree so it is in the same direction, relative to the sun, that it was previously in.

* Let the professionals move larger trees. Moving larger trees is an undertaking best left to professionals. Transplanting larger trees could prove a difficult undertaking for many homeowners, and the tree could suffer greatly if that's the case. * Plant as soon as possible. It's possible to store a tree and not immediately plant it, but it's ideal to plant a tree or shrub that is being transplanted as soon as possible. If

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Ask the Decorator Question: Shawn, why are custom window treatments so expensive, is it really any different than what I can buy “off the rack?"

Question: I have a small, dark room in my home that my husband wants to paint a dark color; shouldn’t dark rooms be painted in light colors?

Answer: Thank you for your question, many of my first time clients ask about this subject as well. Custom window treatments are not for everyone or every room. It depends on how long you plan on being in your home and what values you hold concerning your home. If you appreciate professional design, quality that will last, a perfect fit, and a large selection of fabrics and styles to choose from, then once you “go custom” you will never want to go back.

Answer: Great question, the answer may surprise you. While paint color is one way to lighten up a dark room, you can add any paint color to any sized room dark or sunny!

The cost of “custom” items, whether it is a motorcycle, suit of clothing, or window treatments is generally higher than “stock” items for many reasons. Custom window treatments are one-of-a-kind designs created to the exact specifications of your decorator, sewed by a skilled seamstress, installed by a professional installer, and made of quality fabric and lining that will last anywhere from 10-15 years and beyond. Conversely, ready-made curtains are mass produced in a limited amount of styles, sizes, fabrications and colorings, sewed by factory workers in an assembly line (mostly overseas), and generally last 2-5 years if you don’t feel the urge to change them. In reality, ill-fitting window treatments and clothing get replaced frequently while quality items whether it is your favorite suit or custom window treatments tend to be enjoyed for many years.

It all comes down to personal preference…the real factor is whether there is a need to add or control the light in the room. If you have a dark room, you need more light…ideally overhead lighting, ambient lighting, and sometimes task lighting. When you use different kinds of lighting…you will illuminate the floor, walls, and task areas as needed. I always prefer the availability of dimmable lighting as well. If you have a bright sunny room, you need to control the light by installing window treatments and/or shadings. There are so many ways to blackout or filter light with the array of products that are on the market today. Shawn Strok is the local owner of Decorating Den Interiors. A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and long time member of the design community, she gives her professional advice on all of your decorating questions. Please submit your questions to and we will publish your answers each month.

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Must-Have Tools For the Outdoor Handyman (or Woman) Spring has sprung for most areas of the country and the average homeowner's "honey-do" list likely has its share of outdoor landscaping tasks that need to be tackled. The right tools can make easier work of outdoor chores. A report from the Associated Landscape Contractors of America titled "Economic Benefits of Landscape" states that landscaping can add as much as 14 percent to the resale value of a building and speed its sale by as much as 6 weeks. Homeowners looking to sell their home or just improve its market value will want to consider landscaping a viable investment. A March 2003 article in Smart Money noted that homeowners can expect to earn back 150 percent or more of their landscape investment through the value it brings to a property. Whatever the landscaping project, the right tools will make any task that much easier. There are

certain items every homeowner should have in his or her gardening arsenal. * Soil cultivator: A multipronged tool that breaks up clods of soil and grass to provide easier planting. * variouS garden hoeS: Hoes can be used for breaking up soil, weeding, cultivating, aerating, and many other purposes. * Spading fork: Another tool that loosens soil with straight tines that dig through dense soil. * Shovel: A multipurpose shovel can dig through dirt, Landscaping can add value to a home. The right tools make most jobs easier. * collection bagS/binS: gravel and the like. To properly dispose of organic planting beds and the edges of * gloveS: Avoid blisters and matter like leaves and branches, * rake: A steel-pronged rake lawns a clean look. insect bites with durable gloves it pays to have recyclable or will till soil and spread out mulch that protect the hands. String trimmer: Weeds * reusable bags on hand for transand other organic matter in plantcan easily be trimmed with a * lawn mower: To maintain porting waste. ing beds. A flexible rake is good string trimmer that can work a healthy lawn it will have to be for collecting leaves and thatch. around bushes and other hard-totrimmed to the correct height. A * hoSeS: Drip irrigation hoses can deliver water right to plants' * edger: Available as manual reach areas. manual or powered lawn mower roots where they need it most. A or gas powered, an edger gives is the essential landscaper's tool. regular nozzle-powered hose can be used for cleaning and misting plants and surrounding hardscapes.

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Identify All Those Pesky Springtime Pests When the warm weather arrives, people venture outdoors and animals wake up from hibernation. Many insects hatch or revive from winter slumber and can be commonly seen in and around the home.

ready may be an established colony inside of the walls. * Bees: Bees and wasps may overwinter in home attics or eaves and then come out of dormancy. If a large bee is seen inside of the home, chances are it is a queen looking for a good nesting area in which to lay her eggs and set up her new colony. Treat bee and wasp problems early on before established nests can be created.

Once temperatures rise to about 60 F, many insects start their life cycles anew with eggs or larva hatching and winged and webbed creatures rearing their attenaed heads. It can be frustrating for homeowners facing an insect infestation, especially when bugs are found in quantities inside or around the perimeter of the home.

* Termites: Subterranean termites swarm when it is warm or in the morning. Swarming termites are those taking flight to create new nests and colonies. Swarms can be scary for homeowners as they likely indicate a termite problem inside of the house. Consult with a professional exterminator if termite infestation is suspected.

There are many insects one might see in spring. * Ants: Small black ants, called pavement ants, come out of dormancy and begin to forage for food and nests. Although pavement ants build their colonies outdoors, they will venture inside for easy food sources. They can be nuisance pests if not quickly tackled. Carpenter ants are large, black ants that are found in and around the home.

Bees are among the many insects that return to wreak havoc once the weather warms up.

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enable you to run the pump at lower speeds when the pool isn't in use. Raise the speed when adding chemicals or if there are a lot of swimmers planned.

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is pest-free. Some homeowners like spiders around the home because they can prevent other insects from becoming nuisances. * Flies and gnats: Springtime may be a season when certain varieties of flies and gnats emerge from their infant stages and take flight. Certain flies and gnats bite, while others simply are buzzing nuisances. * House centipedes: It's likely that homeowners will encounter house centipedes mostly in spring and fall because the insects are either coming out due to the warmer weather or retreating indoors to find a warm place to stay. These centipedes prefer a cool, damp place to live, like a basement or bathroom, and generally lay 60 or more eggs at one time. They feed on many different insects, including spiders. But their alarming appearance, which includes 15 pairs of feathery legs, makes few homeowners content to share a residence with them. As humans and other animals become active and enjoy the warmer weather, so, too, do many insects and arachnids. Springtime is a common season to encounter many of the "bugs" that dissapeared when winter weather reared its ugly head.

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Paving Stones Versus Concrete Homeowners have a variety of needs around the landscape that call for pavers or concrete, including driveways, patios and walkways. Deciding on a material means assessing needs and desired features as well as the cost of the project. In general, pavers are interlocking tiles of stone, brick or molded concrete. Concrete is poured in large, solid blocks with flexible spacers to allow for contraction and expansion depending on the weather.

Pavers Pavers allow flexibility in color and pattern. They can also be dug up and moved around at a later time. Different types of blocks can be interwoven to create a unique pattern. Because pavers are individual pieces, homeowners may find that installation is a do-ityourself project. There are many different price ranges for pavers, depending on the size and material. Some range from a few dollars a block to much

more than that. Many home-improvement stores sell an array of pavers, or homeowners can order from a specialty retailer. Pavers are often individually set with sand and leveling gravel. This means that over time they can settle and become uneven. Furthermore, because there is only sand in between, weeds may grow through the pavers over time, requiring added maintenance.

Concrete Poured concrete is a permanent addition to the landscape. It cannot be poured and then reconfigured without major demolition. Also, because concrete requires precision and mastery, it is not something easily done by a do-ityourselfer. This means that a hired mason will have to be called to pour concrete features. This may make concrete a more expensive purchase than individual pavers. Concrete is a continuous, poured substance. This means that weeds will not grow through so there is less maintenance involved. But it's

Paving stones are one option for homeowners looking to transform areas of their landscapes.

important to know that even concrete that has been properly laid may shift or crack over time from the settling of the ground. Thanks to innovations in concrete, homeowners who like the look of pavers without the work can investigate stamped concrete options, where a pattern is embossed into the concrete before it dries. Colors, stains and etching procedures are also available.

There are a few other distinctions between these two materials that may also influence a homeowner's decision. Pavers provide immediate gratification in that they can be enjoyed shortly after installation. Concrete, on the other hand, will require days to dry and cure. Some town codes require a permit for pouring concrete because it is a permanent change to the home. Pavers may not require a permit because they are not permanent

and can be removed. When choosing among pavers or concrete around a pool or water source, it is important to select a texture that will not be slippery when wet. Otherwise accidents may occur. The choice between concrete and pavers is largely one of personal preference. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages to consider.

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New Youth Pastor at Anglican Church of the Redeemer BY MARJORIE TURNER HOLLMAN Pastor Dan Sylvia, Youth and Family Minister at Franklinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anglican Church of the Redeemer, was sure of one thing when he went to college: he was not going into the ministry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;no.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I wanted to be a cool art teacher. But all my friends at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, were ministryminded. In hindsight . . . .â&#x20AC;? Sylvia and his wife, Lisa, with their three young sons, Isaiah, Elijah and Noah, moved to Bellingham this past March to begin work at the Franklin parish. As he spoke of what led up to their coming to the Franklin church, it became clear that each job he took, supposedly avoiding ministry work, was, in fact, a training ground for working with youth in a faith community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;After Lisa and I graduated from Gordon and got married, I worked for a couple of years as an art teacher in Methuen, then felt compelled to move on and became a mental health counselor for an-

other year. We moved to Middleboro, MA to be closer to Lisaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents after Isaiah was born and I took a job at a Special Education Collaborative School. I worked mostly with high school age kids there for several years.â&#x20AC;? While Sylvia enjoyed aspects of each job he took, he realized that it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t what he wanted to be doing for the rest of his life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lisa and I were active in our local church, but I felt something tugging at me and eventually realized that I needed to look into the ministry. I guess you could say that God intervened.â&#x20AC;? When Sylvia finally confessed this to his wife, she laughed and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Took you long enough!â&#x20AC;? She then promptly handed him a folder of ministry opportunities sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been researching and said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Get cracking!â&#x20AC;? He was soon installed as youth minister at a church in Norwood, MA. Besides building up the youth group, Sylvia took several groups of between ten and twenty young

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And his plans for this summer? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re excited to get Vacation Bible School rolling and to work with children and youth in the community. I want to explore what Dean College is all about. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to offer Dean students the opportunity to serve, to be encouraged, or to come and worship. Whether you are a committed Christian or have lots of questionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find a home at Redeemer.â&#x20AC;?

people and adults from the church on mission trips to the Dominican Republic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All my prior experiences came into play on these trips,â&#x20AC;? he noted, recounting some of the physical and emotional challenges of traveling to a place with a different language and standard

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FSPA to Hold Annual Spring Concert Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA) will hold its Spring Concert on Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 14 at 4 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 15th at 1 and 4 p.m. at the Thomas D. Mercer Auditorium., Horace Mann Middle School. This annual event includes performances by FSPA students in all levels and disciplines of dance, musical theater, Youth Choir, and FSPA performing troupes and dance companies. Spring Concert is the culmination of the students’ work for several months of the school year.

Students age 4-18 will have the opportunity to showcase their ballet, jazz, tap or modern skills; musical theater prowess; and singing skills. Tickets to Spring Concert are $15 and $12 for each performance, depending on the seat location. Tickets are available in advance from The Spotlight Shop, 34 Main Street, (508) 528-2887 or at the door. For more information regarding any of FSPA’s programs, call the School at (508) 528-8668 or visit online at

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New Weekly Mass Schedule Divine Mercy Parish of the Franciscans of Divine Mercy a Independent Catholic Faith Community celebrating masses weekly at the Franklin Skilled Nursing home announces a change in their mass schedule beginning April 30th. Starting April 30 the Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. every Saturday except the 3rd Saturday of the month while The Franciscans of Divine Mercy continue to search for a donor of a suitable space for a permanent chapel and office in the Area. Having mass in the Franklin Skilled Nursing Facility located at

130 Chestnut Street in Franklin allows for the interaction between the local community and the residents of Franklin Square Nursing Center many of whom hardly ever have visitors. Father Bob Johnnene, OFD is the Father Guardian of the Franciscans of Divine Mercy and the Chaplin of the Nursing home. Divine Mercy parish welcomes all Christians to the Lord’s Table, with special emphasis on reaching out to those who have felt unwanted or alienated from the church.

In addition to the new parish in Franklin, the Franciscans of Divine Mercy have parishes in Fall River and Kennesaw GA. For more information on the parish, call Father Bob at (508) 520-0992 or visit Fostering a continued, strong commitment to catholic tradition, and the search for contemporary meaning the Franciscans of Divine Mercy are part of the One Holy Universal Apostolic Church and the Independent Catholic Alliance.

Free Kayak Clinic for Against the Tide Participants The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition will again be partnering with Outdoor Recreation to hold a free kayak clinic for those who have already registered themselves for the Against The Tide event and are participating in one, two, or three of the five components of the event to support breast cancer prevention. The Outdoor Recreation will also be offering a 2-hour kayak clinic from 12pm to 2pm on May 21st. After the clinic, Outdoor Recreation will offer a free one-hour kayak rental for registered participants in the Against The Tide events. The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is proud to be work-

ing with Michael Aghajanian of Outdoor Recreation on the upcoming Against The Tide event and clinic. Outdoor Recreation will be hosting the clinic as well as donating kayaks the day of the event. To participate in the free kayak clinic, you must first register online for one of MBCC's annual statewide Against The Tide events, which consists of a one-mile recreational or competitive swim, twomile kayak, three-mile fitness walk, and/or 5k fun run to benefit The Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition. This fun and inspirational event brings swimmers, kayakers, walkers, and runners of all ages and abilities together.

Against The Tide will be held at DCR's Hopkinton State Park on June 18th, 2011 and again at DCR's Nickerson State Park in Brewster on August 20th, 2011. All proceeds from these events will go towards the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition's goal of breast cancer prevention. Please go to to register for Against The Tide, and then visit to register for the free kayak clinic. For more information please email Register for the kayak clinic online at

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Items may be may be left in the donation boxes at both entrances to the church after the 4 pm Mass on Saturday and after the 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. Masses on Sunday. Suggested items for donation are peanut butter and jelly, cereal, ground coffee, tea, canned meat and tuna, boxed macaroni and cheese, pasta, spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes and other canned vegetables, rice and rice mixes, baked beans, soups, canned fruit, cranberry sauce, cookies, all paper products, laundry detergent and soap. We cannot accept dented cans, anything perishable or beyond its expiration date. All food donations must be in the original packaging.

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Mother’s Day Brunch Seatings 10:00am - 4:30pm

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Student Receives Recognition in Financial Literacy Contest Jefferson Elementary School third-grader Cameron Buckley won an honorable mention award in the national “I’m Saving…” financial literacy contest, sponsored locally by Dean Bank, announced Wayne A. Cottle, Dean Bank President & CEO.

We feel that the Save for America program inspires young people to save and we are proud to support it” said Dean Bank President & CEO Wayne Cottle.

The T-Shirt contest was held in recognition of April being National Financial Literacy Month and was sponsored and administered by the Save for America an SCHOOLSAVINGS.COM school savings program. Dean Bank has been a participating member of this program since 1994. “The self-confidence and empowerment a child gains by building savings in their very own account is a fundamental building block of our society. Starting the healthy habit of saving at the beginning of a child’s education reaps a benefit that will carry through into adulthood.

schools in Martha’s Vineyard, MA, Summit, IL and Marietta, GA. Cameron’s design depicted a school building and included the catchphrase: “I’m Saving for College to Gain More Knowledge”. Dean Bank recognized his achievement by awarding Cameron a $50 US Savings Bond, along with a commemorative US State Quarter collection. Save For America School Savings is a state-of-the-art online school banking program managed by volunteer parents and supported locally by Dean Bank.

The contest required students to submit a T-shirt design on an entry form that included the words: "I'm Saving...." The design could illustrate 'How I'm Saving', 'Why I'm Saving', or 'What I'm Saving for'. The national winners came from

The program enables students to make deposits into their Dean Bank / Save for America savings account while at school. Parents or area schools that would like to begin a new School Savings Program or would like more information may contact Dean Bank at (508) 528-0088 or


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ham, Blackstone and Millville School Departments. Contact www.schoolsavings. com for more information or to support school savings programs in your community call 1 (888) 787-7728.

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September seems so long ago. Schools opened, new classes and teachers met each other and began their journey through the curriculum. This segment of the journey comes to a close in June. How did it go this year? Did your student make good progress? How did they do with the larger classes this year? As you think back on this year, what does next year hold for your student? Are they part of the Franklin High School graduating class going on to college, military or entering the working world? Are they part of the 8th grade moving up from middle school to high school? Are they part of the 5th grade making the move from elementary to middle school? Odds are such that when September rolls around, students remaining in the distrcit will see larger class sizes, some new teach-

ers (normal staff turnover, retirees, etc.) and while there will be many returning teachers there will also be less teachers..Less teachers means a further increase in class sizes. As the school budget sits now, the School Committee has already proposed a reduction of 14.3 positions. This assumes they’ll get an equivalent amount of funding from the State as they did last year. Unless some magic occurs, there are no stimulus funds coming to help. Studies show that larger class sizes mean less attention is available for individual students. Think about it. For example, in a class with 15 students, a teacher can spend 4 minutes per hour with an individual student (assuming no time is spent in transition, recording notes, etc.). In a class with 30 students, the same teacher time is reduced to 2 minutes per student. The Franklin School District has shown itself to be a high performing district. This performance was built upon years of lower class size. Given a decline in the teacher attention paid to individual students, it can reasonably be assumed that the student

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performance will decline. Student performance has already shown a decline amongst the more challenged learners. This decline will spread to more students. Franklin’s record as a high performing district will come to an end. How can this decline be changed? The crisis in the school budget must become a concern for more people. Most people don’t care about the school budget. This claim is backed by the only 16% turn out of registered voters for the operational override vote in 2010. Yes, the economic conditions are such this time around, there may not even be an override opportunity placed before the Franklin voters. Times are tough. Times will get tougher for the students in the Franklin Schools. Concern for the school budget is your choice. The budget hearings will be held over five nights in May. The Town Administrator, the Town Comptroller, and each department manager will come forward to explain their departments operational and budgetary needs for the Finance Committee When the Finance Committee

completed their review, the budget will go through two more nights of hearings with the Town Council. After these hearings are completed, the Town Council will vote to approve a budget. The Town Council may also decide that the budget cuts should be put before the voters to approve an operational override. This is the time to find out how much ‘waste’ there is in the budget. This is the time that you can ask a question. This is the time that you can take a step to change the direction the schools are headed. Or not. It is your choice. Steve Sherlock took the title of “Community Information Director”. He serves in this capacity as a volunteer. While Franklin really does need a Community Information Director, it can’t afford one. He produces a daily newsletter called Franklin Matters. If daily is too much, you can subscribe to a weekly summary at Franklin Matters Weekly. http://franklinmatters. http://franklinmattersweekly.


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homes for each cat.

Items we are unable to accept include: Luggage, electronics (computers, printers, TV's), clothing, bedding, sporting equipment, small/large exercise equipment, air conditioners, microwaves, large appliances and hazardous materials such as paint and fertilizer.

Donations needed for the PCS Yard Sale The Purr-fect Cat Shelter is seeking donations for their annual Yard Sale and volunteers will be on hand Saturday, May 7, and May 21 at Rt. 109 Self-Storage, 1575 Main St. (Rt. 109) on the Millis-Medway line between 8 a.m. and noon to accept gently used items for the Yard Sale. We regret no additional items will be accepted the day of the sale.

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Electric Youth to Perform at Mechanics Hall on May 8th

Beauty and the Beast Auditions Scheduled

Electric Youth (EY), the international touring ensemble of talented singer-dancers trained at the Franklin School of Performing Arts (FSPA), will perform at Mechanics Hall in Worcester on Sunday, May 8th at 6:00 p.m. Bringing their highenergy show to Mechanics Hall for the third time, EY will be joined on stage by talented alumni of the group.

Franklin School for the Performing Arts (FSPA’s) 2011 SummerStage program gets underway with auditions for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, to be performed August 11 and 12 at the Thomas D. Mercer Auditorium, Horace Mann Middle School. Auditions will take place at FSPA, 38 Main Street. The auditions are for placement purposes only and all SummerStage students will be cast in the production. The audition schedule for May 7th is: grades 5 & 6, 1:30 p.m.; grades 7 & 8, 2: p.m.; and grades 9 and up, 2:30 p.m. Students should prepare 16 measures of a musical theater or pop song for the audition. Some of Beauty and the Beast’s lead roles include Beast/Young Prince, a prince transformed into a terrifying beast; Belle, a vibrant, intelligent young beauty; Gaston,

Entitled Electric Youth—Past, Present and Future, the concert will also serve as a CD release party celebrating the debut of Electric Youth’s All Amped Up. CDs, T-shirts, and hats commemorating the event will be sold. Backed by an eight-piece band of Boston’s finest musicians, Electric Youth performances offer exciting family entertainment with an extensive repertoire of pop, rock and Broadway music choreographed to entertain and delight audiences of all ages. Electric Youth has toured Europe seven times, released five professional CDs and has twice been featured on Fox 25 television. This season’s group of twelve performers, ages 14 to 18, studies multiple dance disciplines, voice, and

acting at FSPA six days per week. Some members are preparing to pursue a career in the performing arts, while all gain valuable life skills through their participation, extensive training, and travel experiences.

Krakowsky on tenor saxophone, Walter Platt on trumpet, and Ken Reid on baritone saxophone. Musical arrangers for Electric Youth are Mark Poniatowski, Walter Platt, Mark White, Rick Hammett and Ben Whiting. Choreographers include Mercer, Kellie Stamp, Cheryl Madeaux-Abbott, Jenny Oliver and Frantz Louizia. Electric Youth—Past, Present and Future will also feature Future Shock, a musical ensemble of children in grades 1-6, also trained at FSPA.

Electric Youth 2011 members are Giovanna Ferri, Ali Funkhouser, Galen Hancock, Melissa Mandia, Avery McStay, Lucas Melfi, and Catherine Weiss of Franklin; Michael Egan of Hopkinton; Lindsey White of Mansfield; Erica McLaughlin of Medfield; Jef Mettler of Westborough; and Callie Liljeberg of Wrentham. EY’s band includes Director Raye Lynn Mercer on piano, Mark White on guitar, Mark Poniatowski on bass, Kenny Hadley on percussion, Jeff Hoyer on trombone, Arnie

Ticket prices are as follows: $25/adults and $20/students and seniors for floor seats; $15/adults and $10/students and seniors for balcony seats; and $250 for a table of eight. Cocktails and refreshments will be available. Tickets are available now by contacting Mechanics Hall at or (508) 752-0888, or by contacting the Franklin School for the Performing Arts at (508) 5288668 or stopping by FSPA, 38 Main Street, Franklin, MA.

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Sports In Franklin Franklin’s Dave Niro: A Goodwill Ambassador For Baseball BY KEN HAMWEY Dave Niro isn’t just the varsity baseball coach at Franklin High. He’s truly a goodwill ambassador for the sport. The 63-year-old Milford native, who has coached at just about every level, took Shrewsbury High to the state finals in 2000, guided the Milford Town Team to the finals of the All-American Amateur Baseball Association Tournament (AAABA), is a hall-of-famer and coached three players who later competed in Major League baseball. When needed, Niro stepped out of his comfort zone and took on assistant roles at Milford High in basketball and at Shrewsbury in football. “I’ve been blessed,’’ Niro said about his baseball career. “It’s a game I have lots of passion for and I love teaching baseball whether it’s at the high school level or at clinics. I was fortunate to have good coaches when I played. Joe Stoico

was my coach at Milford High and he was a tremendous motivator and disciplinarian.’’

Johnson or Worcester. Meloni played for the Red Sox and Athletics, Remlinger was with the Braves and Giants and Johnson played for the Pirates.’’

Niro, who’s now in his sixth season as Franklin High’s coach, has led the Panthers to two Hockomock League championships and four tournament appearances. Last year, his forces went 14-10 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Eastern Mass. Tournament, beating Mansfield and Quincy before bowing out against Catholic Memorial. Niro’s baseball odyssey started in 1970, long before he arrived at Franklin. First, there were coaching stints in Milford’s farm league and little league. Babe Ruth and Senior Babe Ruth posts followed. When the legendary Joe Apicella needed an assistant for the Milford Town Team, Niro accepted the role and became head coach of the Townies in 1987. During his 18-year tenure as Town Team coach, Niro had solid success. In 1997, his squad won six tourney games and finished runner-up in the AAABA

Niro was so admired by his peers at the AAABA, he was chosen that organization’s president for two years and also was elected into their hall of fame in 2002. “My first high school job in baseball was as freshman coach at Milford High,’’ Niro recalled. “The late Charlie Stand offered me that post and I coached there for three years before becoming an assistant at Shrewsbury.’’

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Tournament in Johnstown, Pa., to Washington, D.C. “I had a great time coaching at that level,’’ Niro said. “We always got good high school and college kids. Three players I coached who move on to the Majors were Lou Merloni of Framingham, Mike Remlinger of Dartmouth, and Mark

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“I got burned out,’’ Niro said. “I had my family (wife, two sons, four grandchildren), my work (Framingham Post Office), and the Town Team. I needed some time.’’ But, two years later, head coach Pete Pasquarosa needed an assistant at Franklin and Niro agreed to return from his hiatus. Three years passed, Pasquarosa stepped down and Niro once again was directing a program.

“We faced St. John’s Prep of Danvers and were leading, 9-2,’’ Niro said. “But, we kind of lost our mo-

This season, the venerable coach will have to rely heavily on his teaching skills because the Panthers graduated 10 seniors. The team’s talent needs to be developed.

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Niro’s scorecard at Shrewsbury was two league crowns, one district title and the state runner-up finish. His successful era with the Colonials, however, came to a close in 2001.

Niro became Shrewsbury’s head coach two years after serving as an assistant. And, during his eight varsity seasons, the Colonials qualified for tourney play all eight years and just missed winning the state title in 2000.

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“I’d say we’re reloading not rebuilding,’’ Niro emphasized. “We’ve got boys who were on the team last year but didn’t see much game action. Seniors Jared Kuzio and Kevin Garry will be key players along with junior shortstop Brendan Skidmore. Jared was a relief pitcher who started at the end of last season. He finished with a 23 record. Kevin is a quality second baseman and Brendan can hit and play defense.’’ So far, the current edition of the Panthers has played well, going 20 with wins over King Philip and Stoughton. “Losing players like Zack Price, Colin Gay, Mike McGowan, Paul Dassau and Matt Dean hurts,’’ Niro said. “They all hit over .300 and Gay, McGowan, Price and Dassau are all playing college ball while Dean plays college basketball. This year, we’ll be relying on some boys who played jayvees last year … We just need to gain experience fast.’’ If anyone can help young athletes achieve quickly, it’s Dave Niro, who just might be the best baseball ambassador in the area.

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Sports In Franklin From Tagging Along to Leading the Pack: Tri-County’s Kath Bukis BY CHRISTOPHER TREMBLAY As a freshman athlete on the TriCounty track team, Kath Bukis was one that did not strike fear into any of her competitors. In fact, the first-year participant in the sport could barely run the mile; now three years later she’s a Mayflower League All Star. She was predominately last in most of her races during her freshman season,” Tri County Track and Cross Country Coach Tom Rohan said. “It was the first year she ever attempted to run. She could barely run the mile, she’d run some, walk a bit and then run some more.” Like life, running has become a journey through high school for Bukis. Something in her head kept her going instead of giving up and Rohan is glad she stuck with the sport. “I definitely saw something in her ability that first season,” he

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“When I’m running the 2-mile in track everything is flat, but it’s tough to manage your time (in regards to the other events),” Bukis said. “Cross country, on the other hand, has everyone running the same 3.1 miles, no matter what. You know exactly where you stand in the event and I like that aspect of it.”

“I think the real reason I left cheerleading was that I liked the sense of team,” Bukis said. “Don’t get me wrong, cheerleading was a team, but track was more individual efforts for the better of the team.”

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years at Rockbridge High in Columbia, Mo. He later returned to Franklin, working at his brothers’ restaurant (Rome Restaurant) and also serving as a career coordinator at Bellingham High. Currently, Colace, who is single, works at the Rome Restaurant full-time and remains a part-owner of a restaurant in Columbia, Mo.

Colace’s Wrestling Career Was Spiced With Success BY KEN HAMWEY Dan Colace’s wrestling career was one for the record books. The former Franklin High star compiled a 158-12 record during his four varsity seasons in high school, was the Panthers first state and New England champion and was a four-time Hockomock League all-star. Colace graduated in 1990 and during that season Franklin won the sectional and state titles and finished second in the New Englands. And, it was no coincidence that Colace’s record that year was 44-1, his only loss coming on a pin at the Lowell Tournament. The accolades continued in college, first at Bellville Junior College (Illinois) and later at the University of Missouri. Colace managed a 707 record at Bellville and was a twotime junior college All-American. At Missouri, wrestling at 177 pounds, Colace rolled to a 130-34 record, was a two-time captain, placed second and third at the Big 12 Tournament and was ranked ninth in the NCAA rankings. Dan Colace wasn’t just a successful wrestler. He was a phenomenal one.

“My top thrill at Franklin was watching our team evolve,’’ Colace said. “The 1990 team built the foundation for the good squads that followed. It was great to be part of that group. Winning the sectional, states and New England crowns was also memorable. It was exciting, no doubt a great ride.’’ After Colace got by the sectionals, he faced Abe Mills of Tewksbury in the states and later in the New Englands. Both times the 152pounder prevailed. “I relied on finesse on takedowns and also on quickness, speed and strength,” Colace said. “For me, the key was being explosive and controlled.’’ His only loss as a senior in 1990 was to Steve Eckhart of Nashua, N.H. “I was on top but as I rolled over him to get points, my shoulder hit the pad and I was called for a quick pin,” Colace said. “I didn’t think I was pinned.’’ Colace is quick to credit Franklin’s uncanny success in 1990 to a nucleus of superb teammates and his older brother (Carmen), who coached that squad and still remains an icon in Franklin after

guiding the Panthers to eight state championships. “Wrestlers like Paul Davis, John Carlucci, Dan MacLean, Dana Gavel, Jason Marguerite, Lou Marguerite, Jon Schinman and Jason McCarthy were all solid, and the rest of our team was so capable,” Colace said. “We were a close-knit team that grew together and helped each other. My brother was a terrific coach. He knew how to teach the sport, he was a motivator and he was dedicated.’’

Dan Colace, a restaurateur, continues to coach wrestling to this day.

at Missouri.

Being a two-time co-captain at Franklin and a two-time Boston Globe all-scholastic didn’t hurt when Colace was looking into college. He received a full scholarship to Bellville Junior College in Bellville, Ill. Wrestling at 177 lbs., Colace left an indelible mark during his two years of competition.

“I was just as thrilled with being named a co-captain when most of the wrestlers were Midwest allstars,” Colace said. “I also was pleased to win the Iowa State Open Tournament my senior year and place second in four other major invitationals.’’

“I wanted to go to a junior college to improve as a student, gain some maturity and get exposure,” Colace said. “My 70-7 record and AllAmerican honors helped me to get another full ride, this time at Missouri.’’

Colace graduated in 1995 with a degree in hotel management and earned his masters from Missouri in 1997 in business and marketing. During his last two years at Missouri, Colace coached as a graduate assistant for his coach — Wes Roper.

Colace captured a second and a third in the Big 12 Tournament and grabbed a ninth-place national rank

Colace worked as a high school teacher and wrestling coach for two

Colace continues to exercise in his spare time, and he’s a volunteer coach for the Franklin wrestling squad. He also enjoys fishing and spending time with his family, especially his four older brothers, Carmen, Jim, Richard and Mario, who he refers to as his “role models.” Now at 5-foot-10 and 213pounds, Colace realizes how significant his achievements were at Franklin. How meaningful his numbers and championships were. “My philosophy was to compete to win,” he said. “Winning and having good teammates made wrestling fun.’’ Colace was a champion at many levels. He reached the top at Franklin High and kept climbing as a top-notch matman in junior college and at Division One Missouri. Dan Colace wrestled with intensity and passion and left a rich legacy at three venues.


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