I’ve had a life long interest in history and documenting local history. I am a life long resident of the Town of Colonie and residing here in Menands since 1976. I was appointed to the position of Historian here in Menands by past Mayor Thomas Gibbs. I joined the Menands Police Department in 1973 and retired in 2003 after 30 years service with the department including last seven serving as Chief of Police. I am now the “middle” generation of five generations of Franklin family members to reside here in Menands beginning with my Grandfather Louis W. Franklin nearly 100 years ago.