School is nearing the end of the year and school concerts have been performed. The students at Mountain View put on two great shows, despite the loud and chatty audience.
It is sad that some folks choose to chat because these kids practice so hard and for some it is difficult to sing in front of a large crowd. But, in the end their voices filled the auditorium with excitement and song. Thank you, Cynthia Dineen, and all the students for a great performance! In other school news, the eighth-graders returned from their class trip to New York City. While on their adventure, they toured the city, attended a Broadway show and took in some fabulous and historical sightseeing including Ground Zero. I even heard that a few of the students managed to get some airtime while “The Today Show” TV crew panned the plaza. The eighth-graders will be promoted to the ninth grade and marking the occasion with a graduation next Thursday, June 17.
Franklin baseball is well under way. With three strong teams participating, all of the kids and their families are enjoying the warmer than usual weather and the games.
There was a Memorial Day service of remembrance held at the Town Memorial Park. It was well attended, including the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and baseball teams. A short parade with the children and led by the Fire Department was made from the Baptist Church to the park. We did, however, miss seeing some of the familiar faces of veterans, and we hope that if they were feeling under the weather, they are feeling better soon.
Graduation takes place this week for Sumner High graduates and the Sumner Adult Education graduates. We wish them all the best of luck and congratulations on their achievements!
If there is one that is a well-known fact about Franklin is that when one of its residents is in need, we all respond. There will be a benefit supper Saturday, June 19, at the Veterans Club to help Mike Bellaty, who is the son of Teddy and Paul Giles. Mike, who is a nurse in Ellsworth, has been in a Boston hospital for more than six weeks fighting a rare cancer. With his wife, also a nurse, by his side every day, the struggle is great. Please come out and show your support for the Bellaty/Giles family. The dinner will consist of beans and hot dogs, American chop suey, rolls and salads. There will also be a silent auction with a lot of great items.
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