New Franklin Register
Articles from The New Franklin Register
By Alexis Greene
A Bibliophile’s Report
Books have always been my companions, mis amigos, my teachers.
So it is not surprising, living as I do part-time in Walton, that I have become a disciple of the Hobart Book Village, a cooperative that began life eleven years ago and is now a destination for local and not-so-local bibliophiles.
The Book Village is also a font of literary and writerly activity, like the Festival of Women Writers, which for three years has made Hobart a go-to place the weekend after Labor Day (save Sept. 9-11, 2016 on your calendar).
This spring, a new bookstore will join the cooperative, bringing the total to six. And two new restaurants, including a British-style pub, are slated to make their debuts on Main Street. Continue reading…
By Patricia Tyrell
Successful Pilot Plans to Expand
Using very similar technology to that used by scientists in NASA’s Mars Rover program, some of Franklin’s youth have recently found out just how cool robotics technology can be through a six-week robotics program pilot. Describing the recently concluded after-school program, leader and mechatronics professional, Steve Cox exudes enthusiasm, emphasizing the impact robotics and other science and technology programs can have on our students.
With funding from the Franklin Community Education Foundation (FCEF), and in collaboration with Franklin Central School, the Franklin Robotics Club formed in October 2015. Six Lego EV3 Robotics Kits, each costing $400, were distributed to six two-person teams made up of students in grades 5-10. Weekly challenges were dispensed, encouraging club members to work together and problem-solve autonomously. Continue reading…
“The camel’s nose is a metaphor for a situation where the permitting of a small, seemingly innocuous act will open the door for larger, clearly undesirable actions.” (Wikipedia) In the fable, a camel seeks shelter from a raging storm in the tent of its owner. Initially he permits the camel to stick only its nose inside, but bit by bit it comes to occupy the whole tent, with the owner pushed out into the weather.
Back in 2012, a partnership led by Williams Partners L.P. of Tulsa planned to profit from ramming the Constitution pipeline down the length of Franklin. Only two years later, a Houston company, Kinder Morgan, wanted to cash-in similarly with the Northeast Energy Direct (NED) pipeline, only fifty feet from the first. This one would come with a compressor station. Revisions of the second company’s plan added a chemical facility to a much expanded complex. Even more was proposed with the addition of a huge power generating plant, possibly next to the Marcy South high-voltage line. Continue reading…
By Stuart Anderson
The New York Public Service Commission (PSC) is planning sweeping changes to the ways New Yorkers will receive their electricity. Huge central generating plants will be phased out, and much of the electricity supplies of the future will be locally generated by smaller facilities scattered across the countryside; these local generators are known as Distributed Generation (DG) resources. The spreading out of generation across the State will reduce the risks and inefficiencies of central generation and grid distribution; the grid will still exist, shuttling energy where it is needed, but DG will improve the grid’s efficiency by geographically matching electric supplies with electric demands.
The current grid will be subdivided into a patchwork of microgrids. All of the customers on a microgrid will share and rely upon the DG resources within their microgrid; when they need more power than they can generate locally, they will be able to buy power from the main grid. If the DG resources on a microgrid produce more power than can be used locally, the microgrid will be able to sell its surplus into the main grid. If the main grid fails, the DG resources on each microgrid must be capable of supplying enough power to keep the microgrid functioning (though possibly at a reduced level of power.) Continue reading…
Plans are well underway for this annual day of holiday celebration in Franklin – Saturday, December 12th.
Grandma’s Pantry at the Methodist Church from 11:00 – 3:00 PM. Craft and Rummage Sale, Soup and Sandwich Lunch.
Farmers’ Holiday Market at the Fire Hall from Noon – 4:00. If you would like to have a table at the market, contact Jan Mulroy or Betty Fischer.
Franklin Community and Railroad Museum will be open with many differently themed decorated trees throughout.
Senior Class Dinner and Chinese Market 4:00 – 7:00 PM in the FCS Cafetorium.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will come to the Fire Hall at 6:00 P.M. Free pictures taken of children with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus hot chocolate and cookies, and a craft gift.
Mayor Tom Briggs has agreed to organize the Christmas Stroll house tour. We are looking for homeowners willing to open their decorated house for viewing. The tour is run in an open house, self -guided format. If interested, call Tom at 829-6885. If you would like to be on the tour but need help getting your house ready, we might be able to get volunteers to help.
If you have an event you would like to add to the day, please contact Kim Hyzer at 829-8820 or email@example.com for inclusion in the advertising.
What supporters of pipelines and compressor are missing…
I mentioned some of its findings: compressors emit benzene and formaldehyde which are implicated, respectively, in childhood leukemia and asthma as well as in adult cancers. A member of the audience challenged me, saying that children were already dying of cancer even though we have no compressors. I’m not sure what her point was but I suspect she meant that there is a natural background level of kids getting cancer and asthma and that we opponents of compressors are just a bunch of nervous nellies standing in the way of progress and prosperity. Let’s ignore for the moment the possibility that we can do something about children getting cancer. Instead, let’s look at the purported economic benefits of the proposed gas infrastructure that supporters expect will follow along with the pipeline.
Photos by Eugene Marner
We are all deeply embedded in a society that thrives by exploiting resources while polluting the environment. This is not something we can change overnight nor even in a few decades. Our industrial revolution developed within a history where scarcity was a certainty and abundance a rare blessing. This is still true for most of mankind but we, the fortunate benefactors of the plenty produced by the scientific innovations of the last couple of hundred years, are finally becoming aware, thanks to that same science, of the perils and the high price of the path we are on. We are learning that we can gradually slow the pace of our pillaging of earth’s riches — without going back to living in caves — by continually deepening our knowledge of the ways things work in nature.
So what can each of us do?