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FHS Students to Tell Tale as Old as Time

Beauty and the Beast at Franklin High School April 8 & 9

Marianne Lonati, director and the choreographer of the annual musical, will be sad to see the 12 seniors in this Spring’s production of Beauty and the Beast graduate.
“I have 12 seniors, and the majority have been with me since 6th grade,” says Lonati. She adds that many of them, however, including “Belle” (Maya Dechenis) ‘Beast’ (Calvin Castaneda) and ‘Lumiere’ (Andrew Rizoli) are all going to school to study theatre and music.”

4th Annual Franklin Elks “Elks Care. Elks Share.” 5K May 7

Event Benefits Franklin Food Pantry and Local Veterans

For the fourth year, the Franklin Elks Lodge #2136 will be running their Elks Care. Elks Share 5K Road Race on Saturday, May 7, 2016. As of last year, this event, which draws 220 runners, 80 volunteers and hundreds of spectators, had raised over $50,000, and organizers hope to exceed that total this year. Proceeds from this year’s event supports the Franklin Food Pantry (www.franklinfoodpantry.org), a local wounded warrior Master Sgt.

Franklin Native to Play in Interactive Salem Mystery Comedy

Martin Will Appear in Goodnight, Captain White at Hawthorne Hotel

If you haven’t seen Will Martin recently, it might be because his “Senator Daniel Webster” has gone undercover trying to catch a suspect. In Mark Stevick’s comedy-mystery, Goodnight, Captain White, it’s 1830 and all friends and well-wishers are invited to the Captain’s fabulous home for a party. But it’s “lights out” for the Captain and one of the guests dunnit. Webster goes undercover as servant only to reveal to the murder suspects that he’s been watching their every move, along with the audience, who he will deputize as the “committee of vigilance”.

Dean College Theatre Students Shine at Theater Festival

Dean College Theatre majors Patrick Surillo ’16 and Sean Kaiser ’16 were honored during the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) Region I Festival held January 26-29, 2016 in Danbury, CT.
In January and February of each year, regional festivals showcase the finest of each region’s entered productions and offer a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia, and regional-level award programs.

THE BLACK BOX to Feature Bands of Roy and Madden

The Chick Magnets & Ben Gardner’s Boat to Unite Again Under One Roof, April 8

Did you know your local Rep. rocks out on guitar and that your local car dealer has been playing keyboard for most of his life? This month, on April 8 at THE BLACK BOX, Rep. Jeff Roy’s band, Ben Gardner’s Boat, and Barry Madden’s (of Franklin Ford) band, The Chick Magnets, will play together for a fun night out.
Last summer, Raye Lynn Mercer, director of the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, approached me. I had heard Jeff Roy had a band as well. At the time she said, ‘I’d like to get a couple people here and do a night, like a cabaret night with two different bands.’”

Artist Spotlight: Marcia Wise

She came from Deerfield in western Mass. last April in the migratory pattern of many a grandparent – to be closer to her grandchildren, and she brought with her a lifetime of color. Marcia Wise has been an oil painter for many years, inspired by the natural world and the mystery of nature. For her, “it’s all about color,” she says. “I’m passionate about color.”

The Irish in Franklin Did you know…

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, Local Town Pages looked to the Franklin Historical Society for a little insight into Irish history in Franklin. Mary Olsson quickly delved into Blake’s 1878 History of Franklin. She found that Catholicism’s arrival to the town coincided with the arrival of the Irish.
The first Irish families arrived in Franklin in the late 1840s.  There were just two families in 1848. Shortly after, others, who were employees of the Norfolk Railroad Company settled in Franklin.  

ALS Has Made Freedom a Luxury for Franklin Man Family Hopes to Raise Funds for Wheelchair-Accessible Van

The simple things are what he misses. Jamie Miller, whose 53-year-old brother, Franklin father of two Terry Nash is battling ALS, is also battling the isolation that accompanies this debilitating, fatal disease. His sister, Jamie, explains that traveling outside the home with his wheelchair is nearly impossible, and although the family has hopes of saving money for a wheelchair-accessible van – or dreams of finding one that someone else may no longer need – the financial strains the disease places on the family make that wish seem unattainable.