One of Melanie Krneta’s first experiences in Franklin was like a scene straight out of The Andy Griffith Show. Her cell phone was dead and she was attempting to use the payphone in Fountain Park when the owner of Bossa Nova Café noticed and offered her phone for Melanie’s use.
Since becoming a full time member of the Franklin community, even opening her own homeopathy and Reiki business on Liberty Street in November, Melanie has found that everyone in town is as welcoming and kind as our favorite barista, Gabi.
“The town is bustling, without being too corporate, and even relationships among businesses are friendly,” she said. “People care about each other, and that’s the way it should be.”
Melanie and her husband Luka have lived all over Pennsylvania, most recently in Crawford County. The newspaper where Luka was working was sold and the editorial staff was downsized. Faced with the choice to relocate to Texas or find a new job, Luka began to search for jobs close to home. Melanie had always loved Franklin, and encouraged him to find a job here. The couple made the move to Franklin in July 2016 when Luka became editor of The Derrick and News-Herald.
The move meant that Melanie would have to go through a downsizing of her own. The Krnetas relocated from a 44 acre educational farm to a 10 ½ acre farm just outside of Franklin. On her old farm, Melanie welcomed students of all ages to learn about foraging and living off the land. While she can’t farm to the scale she was previously accustomed, she still tends to a small menagerie that includes geese, chickens, turkeys, a pot-bellied pig, two miniature donkeys, two horses, and a cow. Fortunately, she found a new passion in homeopathic healing, and has brought her gifts to our small town.
Melanie is an old soul and Franklin’s historic buildings and small town charm mixed with all of the unique businesses and community events, make it the ideal home for her.
“Nightlife, nature, shopping, and community events…this area has the most to offer anybody, no matter what you want,” she said.
In her free time, Melanie enjoys spending time in the outdoors, hiking on local trails, and canoeing at Two Mile Run. Melanie’s Doberman, Serenity, has been certified as a therapy dog and the two volunteer at the courthouse and at women’s shelters. She also enjoys all of the events in town, especially Franklin on Ice, and is looking forward to being part of the activities going on in Franklin as a Liberty Street business owner.
“It’s mind-blowing here,” she said. “When I send pictures to my friends, they don’t believe it.”