Town of Franklin Board Newsletter
The Franklin Flyer Our Town News - MAY 2022
FRANKLIN COUNTY NEWS & UPDATES
I’m Lindy Ellis, your Franklin County Legislator. I work hard for all of you, connecting people with the DMV, Office of the Aging, and other departments in Franklin County. Please call or write if you need help connecting with Franklin County services. My phone number is 518 354 3103 and you can write to Melinda.Ellis@franklincountyny.gov .
Good news! The Saranac Lake DMV is open on every Wednesday from 9 am to 2 pm. I have been insisting all during the pandemic for the reopening of the SL DMV and Kip Cassava, the Franklin County Clerk, had that commitment. Please come use our local DMV, as the more we use the DMV, the likelier they will expand the hours. Staff from Malone is rotating in, so you will meet a variety of clerks.
Our rural Franklin County Legislative District needs more broadband service. I know this because broadband has been my major focus this past year. Our families need broadband. Our children have limited access to educational resources; business folks cannot initiate new businesses; 30% of telemedicine calls fail because families, seniors and Vets do not have reliable connections; and our families can’t get on-line services.
Here is what I have been doing to build out broadband for our district, county, and region.
I have encouraged mapping of where folks are unserved or underserved for broadband. I built a coalition of town supervisors and town board members to verify where rural buildout exists. Through the Empire Broadband Survey, we mapped North Country locations needing broadband. Franklin County was #2 in response, out of sixty-two counties. My thanks to you for taking the survey when we sent it out, through our schools, through social media, and through the Town of Franklin postcard.
I have also supported mapping of cell service and broadband, with Lake Champlain and Lake George Regional Planning’s grant they received. Mapping should be complete by April.
Mapping is only the first step. It is an important step for creating grants to fund broadband build out. I worked with the North Country Broadband Alliance (an alliance of 6 counties and four providers) to write a federal grant for broadband build out. With providers and with Rachelle Waters, Town of Franklin Trustee, we have written three funding requests to our Congressional and Senate members.
SUMMER YOUTH PARK PROGRAM AT KATE MOUNTAIN PARK! WOO HOO!!!!
We are excited to once again offer our summer youth program! It will run July 5th through August 12th from 9am to 2 pm and is open to all school age youth. Lunches will be provided by the Saranac Lake Central School District. Youth may attend every day, a few days a few weeks or whatever best fits your schedule. We plan to have the new recreation building up and running by then as well as have some new, exciting playground equipment. Registration and vaccination records (including COVID-19) are required. The registration form can be found on our website www.townoffranklin.com or by stopping by the Town Hall during business hours.
55+ Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at noon at the Town Hall
in Vermontville. If you are over 55--You are Welcome! Call Phyllis King
891-1995 for more info.
WELCOME TO FRANKLIN SIGN CONTEST
The Town of Franklin has one major highway, NYS Route 3, upon which many pass through wondering where they are and who and why people live in this rural space. There is a need for welcome signs at both entrances (and others?) to the town.
Help design a creative and attractive welcome sign that captures our friendly human spirit and the rural nature we treasure. Submit your suggestions by June 1, 2022 to Lauren Lefebrve, town clerk at the Vermontville Town Hall or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org . If there are many and/or difficult choices to make, residents will be asked to vote a winner in the next newsletter.
We can’t wait to see your creative ideas!
PUMP TRACK COMING TO KATE MOUNTAIN PARK 🚲 🚲 🚲
We’re building a pump track at Kate Mountain Park! In case you haven’t heard, a pump track is a type of bicycle track. It’s a loop of small hills, jumps and berms made of dirt. The goal is to get through the course without pedalling, using your momentum. We’ll need a crew of volunteers for several build days this spring and early summer. If you’d like to help, please call Rachelle Waters at 518-354-9673 or email email@example.com.
Spring is here and your highway crew are busy sweeping and accessing any winter road damage. As always, please slow down and give them room to work. Spring also reveals all the trash irresponsibly thrown out of our vehicles. Please pick it up when you see it and don’t contribute! Don’t forget redeemable bottles and cans can be donated to the St. Paul’s Food Pantry behind the town hall- NICKLES FOR NEIGHBORS!
The Town of Franklin has a remarkable number of farms and businesses. We will showcase one in each newsletter. If you are a farm or business that would like to be showcased, please contact Gail Huston at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNWARM GARDENS, a flower farm, owners Ellen Beberman and Rich Brandt
We are lucky to live and farm in a place with beautiful scenery and a great community! Our commitment is to provide high quality flowers, some of which are not available elsewhere, to those in our area.
Our one acre farm includes a greenhouse, an unheated hoop house with drip irrigation, and permanent beds for intensive production. About 70% of our flowers are started on the farm by seed; the remainder are grown from plugs (seedlings) purchased from specialty flower growers. The addition of a walk-in cooler in 2019 improved post-harvest conditioning, greatly extending the longevity of our cut flowers. Ellen is the main grower for the farm; Rich works on infrastructure and machinery.
Approximately half of our sales come from our customers who sign up for weekly bouquets delivered in the Tri-lakes area. We sell mixed bouquets at the Saranac Lake Farmers Market, at the Hex & Hop farm store in Saranac Lake, and through online orders. Weddings, events and sales to local florists make up the rest of our sales.
We are members of the Tri-Lakes Regional Farmers Coop, the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers and NY State Grown & Certified. 100% of what we sell is grown or foraged by us.
For more information, please reach out to us at:
SAINT PAUL’S FOOD PANTRY REPORT
Pantry pickup and order dates
May 12, orders due May 10
June 9, orders due June 7
July 14, orders due July 12
August 11, orders due Aug 9
You can order by contacting:
* Sara 518-651-5757, call or text
*Shirley 518-891-3119, call
*Send an email to: Vermontvillepantry@gmail.com
*Send a message on Facebook- St Paul’s Food Pantry
*Order sheets also available at Overlook Apartments for our seniors, as well as shared on Facebook.
To donate, contact Sara or Shirley or if you’d prefer to send a check:
St Paul’s Food Pantry
19 Tyler Rd
Vermontville, NY 12989
WE ARE HERE TO HELP!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
8/14 12-5 Big Day ’n a Small Town 2
Jam band, vendors and food trucks, oh my!
Vendor and food truck space is free. It's just a party. Set up a canopy, bring some chairs and spend the day. Admire Kate Mountain’s new digs and park improvements. Take a walk on the wild side. Contact Lauren Lefebrve, town clerk at the Vermontville Town Hall or email her at email@example.com for more info.
8/25-Free Rabies Clinic, Kate Mt. Park 6-7:30
It is a New York State Law that all dogs must be licensed. It is very likely a Dog Enumeration will be conducted in the Town of Franklin this fall. Don’t let your dog be caught unvaccinated or licensed! Proof of rabies vaccination is required for licensing. Here's an easy way to get this done for free. When that's done, contact Lauren Lefebrve, town clerk at the Vermontville Town Hall for your license. They are $3.50 for dogs that are spayed or neutered and $12.50 if they are not.