Friday, August 31, 2007
Here are the pictures (note: if the link is not active, then it has not been posted)
Picture 1, Answer 1 Vallee's Jewelry
Picture 2, Answer 2 Franklin School for Performing Arts
Picture 3, Answer 3 Molloy's Garage
Picture 4, Answer 4 Brick School
Picture 5, 2nd Picture 5, Answer 5 Union St Grill
Picture 6, Answer 6 Dacey's Market
Picture 7, Answer 7 Franklin Mill Store
Picture 8, Answer 8 Post Office
Picture 9, Answer 9 Spring Pond, off Washington St
Picture 10, Answer 10 Franklin Woods, Bridle Path & Lincoln
Picture 11, Answer 11 United Methodist Church
Picture 12, Answer 12 Franklin Public Library
Picture 13, Answer 13 Fletcher Field
Picture 14, Answer 14 Franklin Senior Center (soon to be former location)
Picture 15, Answer 15 Winterberry Farms
Picture 16, second try, Answer 16 Dacey Fields, Lincoln St
Picture 17, Answer 17 The Rome Restaurant
From this point forward all pictures and answers can be found on Franklin Matters
WD-40? Well an old Ranger Buddy sent me this intriguing list of over 40 mostly practical and useful things you could do with this household product. Well it sounded “to good to be true” so I went to the source of all knowledge http://www.snopes.com/ and found out that is was mostly true.
Here is the link - -fun stuff, especially if you have bug issues! http://www.snopes.com/inboxer
Thursday, August 30, 2007
On the evening of our anniversary last week we had dinner at the rotating dining room on top of the Skylon Tower overlooking Niagara Falls.
Dinner was good, the weather cooperated and the view was spectacular.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Anonymous, playing from 800 miles away from Franklin, recognized this as "The gas station just down 140 from the Franklin commuter rail stop". Specifically, Molloy's Garage.
Stay tuned for #4
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
When the Franklin Furniture's building was taken down, I was surprised to see the prominent tower of Dean Hall appear. I didn't realize it was that close.
With the new construction now raising to the second floor in that location, it almost looks like the top of Dean Hall is part of the construction. I expect that if the new building goes up one more floor, the view of Dean Hall from Summer St will disappear again.
Is the start of a new trend: to use a steam roller to advertise that you are selling automobiles?
Or is the construction simply hindering their operation?
This is located on Route 116 in Smithfield, RI.
Good news that may not make it to the local paper, send it along and I'll see what we can do to get it published here.
Send it to shersteve at gmail dot com. Be aware that I have limited access during normal business hours. You can reference my disclosure statement.
Only good news, please. There is enough bad news in the world already.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Michael Morton of the Milford Daily News has a recap of current candidates for the various positions up for this election year.
Be careful. Be aware. Be informed.
An informed vote is the best vote.
Dean Boyer raised the bar during August at the Joyful Jubilant Learning group blog. Merriam Webster says that August is "marked by majestic dignity or grandeur". It is quite fitting indeed for this month. All the more so when paired with time as the one variable to manage carefully. The least little slip, it is gone and no longer available.
1 - In consideration of how little time we have, I have re-ordered my writing. Coincidently following a fellow blogger, I consolidated my writing on "good experience" and "tertiary education" (life long learning) into this blog, letting the other two slip into archival mode. This elevates my poetry blog into a more prominent position. Eventually this will become a podcast to join my other two podcasting efforts; Passionate Runner and Jerry's Story.
2 - Celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary contributed to the "time factor" this month. Here I am, still believing in Peter Pan (I'll never grow up) and I have been married for how long? Fortunately, the time has past with a great partner; my lovely wife, Dolores. Oh, and our daughters; they are wonderful young ladies. Someday, I'll re-do a MasterCard commercial for them!
3 - We drove to Niagara Falls to celebrate our anniversary and spend some quality time together. The girls gave us a basket and a CD with "music for the road". The wine glasses were hand painted by a future famous artist. The drive itself along Interstate 90 in places parallels the Erie Canal. If we had attempted this trip back in those days, the journey from Albany to Buffalo would have taken us 7 days and not the several hours it did. The New York State Thruway Authority provided a "History Happened Here" kiosk at the Chittenago Travel Plaza where I learned that:
If you were a traveler on the Canal 150 years ago, your boat would pass Chittenago Landing, a major boat building and repair center, about three miles from here. As your boat was being pulled by a team of horses at four miles per hour, you would have time to notice the general store, blacksmith shop, sawmill and other buildings. It would take you seven days to travel from Albany to Buffalo. You and almost 100 other passengers would fill the 80-foot boat, and pay five cents a mile for your trip on America's first modern waterway.4 - The power of water is incredible. The majesty of Niagara Falls can not be understated. My first video blogging attempt tries to capture some of this immense majesty. The Niagara River approaches the Falls calmly and rolls over with a thunderous roar. The Maid of the Mist and a rainbow happened to cooperate and appear during the video. 35 million gallons of water per minute! Wowza.
5 - Continuing to look for ways to make connections, and to use Web 2.0, keeping it simple, I decided to build on something I had seen a couple of other bloggers do: Wordless Wednesday (here and here) and of course, add my two cents to it. While I have many connections around the world, I was looking to add to my "local" connections and created the "Where am I?" game for Franklin. Don't worry, the thinking cap is on for how to expand this concept to the wider world of my readership. If you have any ideas, please leave me a comment or send me an email (shersteve at gmail dot com).
How was your August?
Sunday, August 26, 2007
The flags are at half mast around town to mark the passing of Staff Sargent Robert R. Pirelli, the most recent of Franklin's two Iraq casualties. The Boston Globe provides details on the funeral held yesterday.
The Milford Daily News coverage can be found here.
Yes, I couldn't wait a full week once we have a winner! Hopefully, you'll agree with the change. Hopefully, I'll also be able to keep up with it.
I did get a good bike ride in today. Cruising around town, stopping here and there to snap a photo or two.
So if you see a tall guy, white helmet on a green bike, with a camera... that could be a good clue to a future picture in this game.
I am finding it a challenge to make the picture of a local place a challenge. Enough of a clue to help you figure out what it is without giving too much away. Yes, every picture tells a story. This game is helping me frame the story better. Just as my sherku is helping me get the least amount of words to convey what I want.
Hopefully, this game will help to open your eyes to the wonders of this place we call home.
We have a winner to the second posting. Congratulations to Ken Norman for participating and providing the correct answer.
Yes, the picture was detail around the entrance doorway to the Franklin School for the Performing Arts.
Rather than waiting until Wednesday, I'll post picture #3 shortly.
"Free" money is hard to turn down when the economy is such that town and school budgets are struggling to keep current with unfunded state and Federal mandates. There is only so much room that Prop 2 1/2 provides. Enough has already been talked of on both sides of that story.
The point of this is now that the Wampanoag leader, Glenn Marshall, has apparently falsified his background claiming he was a war vet with medals (when he was in high school at the time), when he did not admit of a previous conviction of rape, what does this do for the deal that the tribe and Middleborough reached?
Money is the root of all evil.
Casino's don't bring gold for "free".
Advertising dollars are similar to casino dollars. The giver looses something in the transaction. If there was something "like a free lunch", that would be a different story. If it sounds too good to be true it usually is.
Where are true leaders these days? Glenn is less than what he claimed to be. Our current president is prone to re-inventing history. The papers are littered with stories of how the mighty have fallen.
It is time for the individual to return to the ethical basics.
Time for parents to show good examples for this children.
Time for respectful dialog.
Time for learning and growing.
If we fail in this, I fear we will really fail!
Saturday, August 25, 2007
As Dolores and I completed our walk this morning, we happened upon a buzz of activity around the Parmenter School grounds as several parents and kids help clean up, spread some new mulch and getting ready for school to open next week.
Kim DiMarino will send me a listing of all who participated so I can update this and give credit where it is due.
Nice work folks!
* Perry Means and Jim D'Entremont are pictured at the mulch pile. (middle left photo)
* Jamie DiMarino (with the wheel barrow), Jessie D'Entremont, and Alex Adiletto lend a hand. (middle right photo)
* Denise Cyr spreads out the mulch. (bottom left photo)
PS - I was looking for the name of the mascot but did not find it exploring the school website. I did find the history of the school which is good to know. If you do know the name of the mascot, please let me know.
Friday, August 24, 2007
From the base of this tree looking up, branching out takes on new meaning. The tree is eager for sunlight. It branches out to expand its sunlight potential.
Similarly, if we looked below ground, the tree is extending its root base to provide support for its growth.
Sitting under a tree during a break in last week's bike ride I realized that a tree as single minded as it is, still branches out. A "newtonian" moment.
What is your trunk or central core?
What are your branches?
Maybe you should consider branching out?
There is an opportunity for more sunshine by doing so.
There is also the caution to branch from your core. That is a stronger branch, than if branching from another branch.
Another stone wall to fall in love with. The simplicity of this one; stone laid upon stone, no mortar. The top layer angled. The contrast of colors. The contrast of layers. The contrast of angles.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Taken while on vacation at Niagara Falls, bike riding on a glorious day. My wife (Dolores) is the shadow in front of me. I (riding behind) managed to catch this photo of the shadow without editing it.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
PodCamp Boston 2 is a FREE 2 day Unconference exploring new media community tools like blogging, videoblogging, podcasting, second life, twitter, and more. The event is created by the participants, and everyone had a voice in the experience. Newcomers are welcome and you don't have to be a techie to get a lot out of coming and participating in a PodCamp.Check out some of the outtakes from the recent PodCamp Pittsburgh (thanks to Chris Brogan for the link) Then consider registering for PodCamp Boston 2!
Duh, 1 was last last year. 2 is coming up this October!
What does it cost?
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See you at PodCamp Boston!
The gardening in and around Niagara Falls is really spectacular. As Dolores and I walked in the morning; the sprinklers were on, workers were about trimming the hedges and plants, cutting the grass, painting the fences, etc.
How did they keep the hanging plants watered? As we were at breakfast, I watched this trunk pull up, the long arm lean over and water one plant, then the truck pulled forward a bit and watered the other.
Not that is a good idea!
Monday, August 20, 2007
1 - decide what you want to do
There are many toys to use. I have used the mosaic frequently. It allows me to combine several pictures together to make one posting. For example, one on DejaBrew; one with my tour guide; one looking over the years at the growth and development of my daughters.
I used the Warholizer
I used the Hockney toy
I used the fake ID badge
2 - upload the picture to flickr
You don't need to as you can load it specifically for the creation. If you already have one you want to use on flickr, the Toys make it real easy to access your account and pick the picture (or set) you want.
3 - set the options for the creation
4 - create
5 - save to your local system or upload to flickr
I tend to do both so I have the "original" and the flickr copy.
Other fd's Flickr Toy examples:
Millie's birthday card and my original photo
Franklin Planning Board and my original photo
If you haven't used this fun tool yet, please do so.
Once you do, let me know what you created!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
I missed doing the first "Where am I?" picture last Wednesday as I was on vacation and spent more time vacationing and less time blogging than I had previously anticipated. It also helped that the weather cooperated so I did not even have a "rainy day" to play with.
Oh well, here is the first picture. Deliberately, an easy one to start with.
The "Where am I?" instructions can be found here.
As this is both a test picture and a reminder of the Where am I?, the first real picture will be posted this Wednesday (9/22) and the entries will close at midnight on Tuesday (9/21).
Of interest while I was away, I find that the school committee is looking at raising money in a pilot by selling advertising around the football field. Projected gain -> $20,000.
That's a start but we have a long way to go to fill the gap between what the schools need and what they have. How much will advertising help?
The schools will be less clean now that eight custodians because the recent override still provided $2 million less than the level service budget required.
Parents at Kennedy School should be concerned:
the replacement of asbestos-lined countertops at Kennedy is expected to continue into the beginning of schoolShifting gears to the Planning Board, the current chairman was considering running for the Town Council. Let's see what does the Planning Board do? They ensure that new project meet all the rules and regulations for the local area. And this guy didn't know he couldn't hold both seats at the same time?
Also in the same article in this week's Country Gazette:
... McGann took out papers for Planning Board and is trying to decide between seeking that position or trying to retain his council seat. Planning Board alternate Ronald Calabrese also took out forms to become a full board member, while newcomer Peter Bower obtained papers for a council run. Bower’s wife, Stacey Bower, opened a food trailer business named Hottie Dogs last month, but the vending operation was closed down by the town for zoning and permitting reasons. It later reopened in Bellingham.The upcoming fall election will indeed provide some interesting options for folks.
Stay away of what is happening around you, Franklin. This election will be as critical as the next override!
Oh and more on the Franklin Center Commons project that the Planning Board still can't figure out.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Allison and Carolyn thoughtfully prepared this gift pack for our trip this week. The bottle of wine, two glasses (hand decorated with 25), a CD loaded with some music for the drive, snacks, a DVD if we had time here (we didn't)...
The glasses were used (see here).
The CD was used (sherku on this here and here).
As the day winds down on the Canadian side, rainbows begin to appear in the mist. Depending upon your location, relative to the mist and the sunlight, the rainbow is full band, full arch or partial.
Location, location, location.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
The butterflies were friendly. I had one on my shoulder for a bit.
This one was hard to get a picture of. They seemed to move constantly. When they did stop, the "eyes" are visible on the bottom of the wings. The top side (hidden inside the fold) is a gorgeous blue. You'll have to imagine that part. I could not get a picture of that try as I might.
They are so delicate and move so quickly!
Located next to the Botanical Gardens (free admission) there is a charge to see the Butterflies but it is worth it. Our admission was part of a package that included rides on the People Mover shuttle all day. We traveled north to see the butterflies first and then worked our way back down to the Falls.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Passionate Runner will remain active. My writing and podcasting on running will continue. The audience for this effort is respectfully separate from other interests I have and write on.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Blogosphere will continue. The Team is continuing to evolve but the effort and writing there is worth keeping separate.
Jerry's Story is just underway and will continue to develop as the oral history as told by may father, Gerald Sherlock. If you haven't clicked over to listen to Dad talk about growing up beginning in the 30's in Pawtucket, RI, I encourage you to do so. We have covered his early days in school, his time as a Marine during World War II, and are beginning to get into the post war period. I am learning a lot and there may very well something of interest for you.
quiet poet, is a new blog where I am posting my sherku and other poetry. This will eventually be a podcast available via the blog or iTunes (like Passionate Runner and Jerry's Story).
I will discontinue updating Passion for the Good Customer Experience and Tertiary Education. These topics are closer to what I want to continue to write about here so I will roll those posts into this stream.
I'll move my writing on Franklin to Franklin Matters. This new blog will help to define (frame) the discussion. Franklin is a good community (as Family Circle noted) to raise a family. Keeping the focus on solving our challenges in providing a good education to our children and a good experience for all our citizens, neighbors and visitors is very much related to what I set out to do once upon a time when I started blogging.
I will continue to contribute to 100Bloggers and to the Joyful Jubilant Learning blog. Those efforts are complimentary to what I do so there is no reason to stop. Connections, conversations and community building are good reasons to be a blogger!
Bottom line: what will you see?
- You will not find me writing at Passion for the Good Customer Experience and Tertiary Education
- You should see more posts here at Steve's 2 Cents as that writing comes over
- You will find the Franklin focused writing on Franklin Matters
- It should be business as usual at Passionate Runner, Jerry's Story and Hitchhiker's Guide
- And finally, you'll find my poetry at quiet poet
I hope these changes will allow you, my loyal readers, to keep better in touch. I look for our conversations to continue.
Updated 11/21/07 with the information on the creation of Franklin Matters
Time: 5 minutes, 4 seconds
Monday, August 13, 2007
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Other posts on the Lowell Folk Festival can be found here.
A chilled plastic bottle of water in the convenience-store cooler is the perfect symbol of this moment in American commerce and culture. It acknowledges our demand for instant gratification, our vanity, our token concern for health. Its packaging and transport depend entirely on cheap fossil fuel. Yes, it's just a bottle of water--modest compared with the indulgence of driving a Hummer. But when a whole industry grows up around supplying us with something we don't need--when a whole industry is built on the packaging and the presentation--it's worth asking how that happened, and what the impact is. And if you do ask, if you trace both the water and the business back to where they came from, you find a story more complicated, more bemusing, and ultimately more sobering than the bottles we tote everywhere suggest.Read the full story here and make your own decision.
Take the quiz and see how you score on your water knowledge.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Yes, a great crowd (35,402) showed up for the "Beckham game". The MLS write-up for the game can be found here.
Just as the National Anthem finished we had a pair of Air Force F15 fighter jets fly over Gillette Stadium.
The End Zone Militia had reason to celebrate when Taylor Twellman scored in the 55th minute to give the Revs a 1-0 lead which held up for the final score.
Nice game. Beckham sat on the bench and did not play.
The media is making a big deal of Beckham's arrival. ESPN is absolutely gaga over it.
I love what David has to say:
"I've said this so often, people back home don't want to hear it anymore," he begins. "America is the most sports-loving country in the world. I know all about baseball, basketball, football, and ice hockey, and all the great athletes there. I know that soccer will never be in that category in this country. I wish it could be, because it is so exciting.
"But it can achieve a higher place. I know about the traditions the other sports have. That can't change, and it shouldn't change. But I do think we can raise the level of interest in soccer."
For all the hype, David is indeed a quality ball player and worthy icon. He has been consistent in his approach and I like that. Read the full Globe sports article here.
May the best game be played and may the best team win.
More stuff "free" for the taking. This pile of goodies can be found on the left side of Washington Street heading up from Union Street to the Interstate 495 bridge.
Note: some of this may be gone by the time you get there!
As you have seen, I have been posting some pictures of the local scenes in and around Franklin. On Wednesdays, I'll post a picture and ask for your participation to identify where it is in Franklin.
Who can play:
Anyone can play but realistically, I understand that this will limit participation to those readers who are Franklin area residents (or at least local neighbors). Don't worry, we'll do something else for those of you who are outside Franklin.
What kind of picture:
The picture will be of something seen from the sidewalk or road while walking, or riding a bike or car. All pictures will be found within the confines of geographical Franklin. The picture should be something of beauty, specialness, architectural, natural or the like that is found within Franklin.
How to play:
If you recognize the picture, send me an email or leave a comment on the post identifying where the picture is or what it is of. Cross streets, street addresses, or significant defining descriptions accepted. In case of a tie in identification, the time stamp on the entry (to indicate the first correct answer) will determine the winner.
I'll post a new picture each Sunday and Wednesday morning. I'll announce the winner of the previous picture at the same time.
All entries for Sunday's picture will close at midnight on Tuesday.
All entries for Wednesday's picture will close at midnight on Saturday.
The glory and honor for identification of the picture. I'll publish as much of your name or identification as you will allow me to.
Why am I doing this?
To help us all explore the real beauty of what we have here. Sure there are great sites to see when we travel but "there is no place like home". If this effort does just a little to help us better see, understand, and appreciate our own Franklin area, then it will have succeeded. This will unite my desire for "life long learning", my passion for the good customer experience, and of course, my home town: Franklin.
Where am I? - Part 2:
You can also send me a picture to post. You'll get credit for the picture and assist in judging the winner. Contributions should be emailed to shersteve at gmail dot com. If the picture is not something I am comfortable in posting safely, I'll let you know via email.
This is meant to be a fun thing to do.
If this gets to be not fun, well, I'll give advance notice and stop.
Oh, and the residents of my immediate household are not eligible to play.
Did I miss anything?
Please, let me know.
Updated 8/26/07 to change from once per week to twice a week (Sunday and Wednesday).
Updated 10/4/07 to change from "Where am I?" to "Where in Franklin?"
A variation on the story including the curse that may exist on restaurants in that area of East Central St appeared in the Milford Daily News.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
The Annual St Rocco's Festival is this weekend. One of the few times we have not been away for the weekend in recent years.
Dolores, Carolyn and I walked down to eat supper there. We enjoyed our clam chowder and clam cakes.
On the one hand, JK could put away her pen (or keyboard) having accomplished this much.
Given the writer she has turned out to be, I think we will see more of her writing.
One; for the good looking work you did.
Two; for posting the sign to advertise for more business.
If you need a stone wall like this, contact Jim!
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Sunday, the LA Galaxy arrive at Gillette Stadium with David Beckham and the stadium will be considerably more populated than it was on Wednesday night. The NE Revolution played the Harrisburg City Islanders (a USL Division 2 club) in the fourth round of the US Open Cup and won 2-1.
Harrisburg played well, surprising the Revs with a goal in the 78th minute to make the closing of the game exciting.
While about 2,000 appeared to see this good soccer game Wednesday, a "sell out" crowd of 32,000 is expected for Sunday's game. It looks like David Beckham may play... here's to hoping we get to see a classic bending ball.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
You can view the entry here
And if you choose, you can view others before voting, or just give John and Danielle a good vote.
Note: the user interface for voting is somewhat strange. You need to move the line to the number you want to rate the video as, then release and cast your vote.
Thanks for viewing. Wasn't that fun!
Monday, August 06, 2007
How is it that a different team can show up on game day?
For a home game?
The approach needs to change. The Revs have a very good away record. They seem to like the adverse conditions created by playing as the visitors. The Fort and other supporters in Gillette Stadium should start to take this into consideration and root for the other team each time the Revs play at home.
We might get a better performance!
Sunday, August 05, 2007
PodCamp Boston 2 is rapidly approaching. We are into August and October 26-28 feels like it is just around the corner.
It was a great event last year and I expect this year to be even more so.
There are already 290 registered for this event.
Are you in New England? You should consider participating!
Even if you are outside the Boston metro area, this should be a good excuse to get here and participate!
The PodCamp website with additional info can be found here:
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