Franklin-01/31/2017 Alan Earls took officials on a tour of the Charles River Meadowlands. Mine Brook in Franklin, where a trolly used to cross the body of water over a small bridge. John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe(regional)

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At one time, a trolley crossed Mine Brook in Franklin via a small bridge.

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This land is protected, but can people reach it?

The Charles River Meadowlands Initiative hopes to increase access and create a network of trails linking open space in Franklin, Bellingham, and Medway.By Hattie Bernstein


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Acton sets session to upgrade Town Meetings

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xxsorevere - This rendering shows what Paul Revere Heritage Site planners hope the old copper rolling mill and surrounding area will look like when it has been fully restored and construction at the site is complete. The town is working with a consultant to explore what is feasible at the site, and are envisioning a restaurant and a museum. (Canton Holdings LLC)

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