The New Uxbridge Times - January 2022

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$3M MassWorks Award for Douglas Key infrastructure upgrades & approximately 800 new jobs Last month, Lt. governor Karyn Polito was joined by state and local officials to announce a $3 Million MassWorks Infrastructure Program award to the town of Douglas. The grant will support water and sewer upgrades for the system that serves the towns of Douglas, Sutton, and Uxbridge. The upgrades are critical to the advancement of two warehouse developments that will be constructed as a result of $147 million in private investment and are expected to support the creation of approximately 800 new jobs. Also, Lt. governor Polito announced a $314,850 award from the Site readiness Program to support preliminary design and engineering of additional water and sewer system upgrades in Douglas. The design and engineering are expected to support future efforts to activate development opportunities for approximately 300 acres of undeveloped land that is zoned for industrial uses. The two programs are included in the Community One Stop for growth platform, a single application portal and collaborative review process of grant programs launched in January 2021 that make targeted investments based on a development continuum. “We are pleased to partner with Douglas on critical infrastructure upgrades that will help support planned projects and future opportunities for development,” said governor Charlie Baker. “As a result of these two awards through MassWorks and the Site readiness Program, Douglas can accelerate progress toward their economic development goals.” “I want to congratulate Douglas for the success through the One Stop program and commend the town for setting the example of how the One Stop can support a community’s efforts to pursue local development opportunities that attract significant private investment and create jobs,” said Lt. governor Polito. “Through these awards, Douglas can continue along the path of economic growth while also planning for future opportunities for economic development.” Douglas’s MassWorks award will fund the first phase of a more than $12-million public improvement program aimed at expanding utility infrastructure along the route 146 corridor and catalyzing regional growth for Douglas, Sutton, and Uxbridge. Specific improvements include installing or upsizing approximately 9,300 linear feet of

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water mains, 6,000 linear feet of sewer force mains, and a sewer pump station. The Douglas project taps into nearly $4 million in local and private funds and will expand water and sewer capacity in support of new commercial development in all three communities. In the short term, the expanded capacity will unlock two warehouse developments, while also unlocking future development opportunities on at least two additional sites in Douglas. Collectively, the two warehouses will result in 1.74 million square feet of new industrial space, generate $147 million in private investment, and create an estimated 800 permanent jobs. Douglas’ $314,850 Site readiness Program award will fund the completion of preliminary design and engineering of future water and sewer system upgrades along Davis and Monroe Streets. These upgrades would be a direct extension of the town’s MassWorks project and will serve approximately 300 acres of undeveloped industrially zoned land along both sides of Davis Street. Continued development in this corridor has the potential to create many permanent jobs for the Douglas-Uxbridge-Sutton area. MassWorks is a competitive program that offers cities and towns flexible capital funding to support and accelerate housing production and job growth and is the largest program in Community One Stop for growth. With the addition of this year’s round, the BakerPolito Administration has awarded 326 MassWorks grants to 181 communities and has invested over $608 million in public infrastructure projects throughout the Commonwealth. These grants have directly supported the creation of 21,000 new housing units and tens of thousands of new construction and permanent jobs, while also leveraging over $13 billion in private investment. Including MassWorks grants, the Community One Stop for growth program awarded $88 million for 196 projects in 122 communities across the Commonwealth in its first year. Of the 196 projects awarded, nearly one-third were located in a rural or small town, half were located in a Housing Choice Community, and one-third were located in a gateway City. “We created the One Stop to offer access to a wide variety of programs through a single, streamlined process that ensures that valuable funds can be directed more effectively, to more communities, in less time,” said Housing and Economic continued on page 7 PrESOrTED STANDArD US POSTAgE PAID BOSTON, MA PErMIT NO 55800

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A Shining Example of Hope... The restoration of the Unitarian Church has been an amazing transformation. Once a forgotten building, it is now a jewel gracing the downtown area. Photo by Dave Moriarty

Booster Vax Clinic at Senior Center The Uxbridge Senior Center is proud to announce that they will be collaborating with the Uxbridge Board of Health and the Salmon VNA to sponsor a COVID Pfizer Booster Vaccination Clinic at the Center, located at 36 South Main Street, Uxbridge. This event will take place on Wednesday, January 12th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Participants must pre-register on-line at: https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/southern-

Family Fun Day Camping World will be having a Family Fun Day on Saturday, January 15th from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. once the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over,

worcester or call the senior center at 508-2788622 for assistance to register. No Walk-Ins will be accepted. Please have the dates of your vaccinations and your health insurance information available when registering. The communities of Uxbridge, Northbridge, Mendon, Douglas, Upton, Milford, Bellingham, Blackstone, Hopedale, Millville, Sutton and Oxford are welcome.

come down for stress free shopping with the children. Camping World will be offering a craft area to keep children entertained while parents explore all they have to offer. Camping World is located at 865 Quaker highway in Uxbridge.

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Municipalities receive grant from Commonwealth blackstone and Uxbridge received combined $9,250 to support recycling & Waste reduction To mark America recycles Day, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $3.1 million in grant funding to 268 municipalities and regional solid waste districts across the Commonwealth. Of the $3.1 million, Blackstone was awarded $5,400 and Uxbridge was awarded $3,850. The grants were made available through the Sustainable Materials recovery Program (SMrP), which will help municipalities and solid waste districts maximize recycling, composting, and waste reduction programs. Last year, under the SMrP, 226 communities in the Commonwealth qualified for the recycling Dividends Program (rDP) and will receive payments ranging from $2,100-$97,500.

The rDP recognizes municipalities that have implemented policies and programs proven to maximize the reuse and recycling of materials, as well as waste reduction. Communities that earn rDP payments must reinvest the funds in their recycling programs for things such as new recycling bins or carts, public education, and outreach campaigns, collection of hard-to-recycle items, and the establishment of recycling programs in schools, municipal buildings, and other public spaces. “This grant will be a great resource and support for the communities of Blackstone and Uxbridge,” said representative Michael J. Soter (8thWorcester District), “The awarded grants will help aid sustainability

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efforts in both of the towns as well as infused money to continue the development of programs.” In 2014, the rDP was rolled out under MassDEP’s Sustainable recovery Program, which was created by the

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ClariFiCation The New Life for Common Cannon article from the December Issue stated: The total amount of the project is 30k not the estimated 24K. In additions, donations can be made at Uxbridge UniBank to the VFW Cannon

Account. Checks should be made out to VFW Post 1385 with Cannon in memo field. Email: friendsofthecannon@ yahoo.com to schedule a donation pick up. Follow the fundraising effort @ Friends of the Cannon on Facebook.

Historically low blood supply: donors needed Busy holiday schedules, breaks from school and winter weather all contribute to a drop in blood and platelet donations this time of year. Those factors, combined with the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, make it vital for donors to make an appointment to give as soon as possible. If more donors don’t come forward to give blood, some patients requiring a transfusion may potentially face delays in care. Donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800rED CrOSS (1-800-733-2767). There is no blood donation waiting period for those who have received a flu shot or a Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine or booster, so long as they are symptom-free. BLOOD DrIVE SAFETy Each red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status, have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.


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DA addresses crime prevention & safety U.S. Postal Service launches Pen Pal Project The U.S. Postal Service is working with WeAreTeachers to introduce The USPS Pen Pal Project, a free educational program for students in grades three to five, this 2021-2022 school year. The USPS Pen Pal Project will provide 25,000 classrooms across the country the opportunity to partner with matched classes to write 1 million letters with the goal of building friendships and understanding diverse perspectives. Each participating classroom will receive a USPS Pen Pal Project kit with a teaching poster, cards, and envelopes. By participating in the pro-

gram, students will improve their writing, communication, and collaboration skills. WeAreTeachers offers daily articles, videos and giveaways for educators. U.S. public, charter, and private school teachers are invited to join The USPS Pen Pal Project. More information, including official rules and instructions for teachers to sign their classes up for the project, is available at WeAreTeachers.com . The Postal Service generally receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Blackstone Valley United Methodist Church Clothing Swap The Blackstone Valley United Methodist Church in Whitinsville will host a clothing swap on Saturday, January 15th, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. They will accept donations of gently used men's, women's and children's clothing, shoes and accessories. No rips or stains please! Donations can be dropped off on Friday, January 14th between 6:00 7:00 p.m. or the morning of the swap. Please use the driveway between

Dominos Pizza and the law office and come in through the back of the church. you don't have to donate to take something home & you don't have to take something home to donate. Everything is free and open to the public. Whether you're looking to clean out your closet or refresh your wardrobe, this is the event for you! Any questions, please call Christine at 774-262-6415 or email edalynne@ hotmail.com.

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Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.’s office has officially reached more than 600,000 people with his crime prevention and community safety programming. “We are at schools, senior centers and community events across Worcester County nearly every day, presenting on topics such as bullying and cyber bullying, scams and fraud, drugs and alcohol, and texting and driving,” Mr. Early said. “I’ve always said I’d rather prevent a crime than have to solve one. I’m proud to say we’ve officially reached 600,000 residents with this programming, many of them youth.” The District Attorney’s Community Outreach Team, made up of 10 staff members, presents programming to schools and groups of all sizes by request. These presentations are always free and can be tailored to the specific age range or audience. The Outreach Team also runs an intern program and manages grant implementations. The most popular program is bullying and cyber bullying prevention. This program also helps kids understand the importance of protecting their digital footprint and imparts the knowledge that nothing on the internet is ever deleted. There are two specific programs addressing drugs and alcohol, including “This Is (Not) About Drugs” and “If They Had Known.” The office also has

a display called “Hidden In Plain Sight” that shows parents potential warning signs of substance use by their children. “Early substance use can lead to a lifetime struggle with addiction for our youth,” Mr. Early said. “These evidence-based programs help kids understand the risks associated with all substance use, including prescription medications.” Scam and fraud education is regularly provided to seniors. New this year, the Outreach Team is also presenting a program called “Creating A Caring Community” to senior housing facilities. “Our seniors, who have contributed so

much to our society, deserve to live without fear of losing their hard-earned money or being bullied or excluded in their social life,” Mr. Early said. These presentations are coordinated with schools and community partners who share a commitment to protecting residents and preventing crime. “This level of widespread outreach would not be possible without our dedicated staff,” Mr. Early said. “Thank you to our Outreach Team: Nelson Colon, Kevin Donahue, Elisabeth Haddad, Michael Jennette, Eileen Kneeland, Kevin Lefrancois, Julie Lesure, Ellen Miller, Julie Nonni, Jill Wooldridge and, until recently, Abigail Westerlind.”

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town News Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park seeks public input for General Management Plan

TRUE DEDiCATiON - Troop 1122 would like to introduce their two newest Eagle Scouts, Jeremy Bullock and Zach Gervais! Making Eagle Scout is an impressive accomplishment under any circumstances, but to complete your rank requirements during the last challenging year is outstanding. Jeremy's Eagle project consisted of building a handicap ramp for the Uxbridge Masonic Lodge. Zach's Eagle project was the 50th Eagle project for West Hill Dam. His project consisted of the marking of a trail with markers and signs. Their Court of Honor was held during the summer. The future holds great things for these gentlemen. Congratulations!

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public input to guide the development of a general management plan for Blackstone river Valley National Historical Park (“the park”). The plan is in the early stages of development, and the National Park Service is seeking feedback from the public and local community members to help identify key issues, opportunities, and potential management strategies. Beginning January 3, 2022, through February 15, 2022, the public is invited to participate in the planning process. The information gathered in this planning process will inform decision-making and priority setting for public investments over the next decade. Those interested in hearing more about the process may join one or more virtual public meetings, which will include an opportunity to ask questions and make preliminary comments. The links to those virtual public meetings will go live on the general Management Plan's official Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) webpage on Monday, January

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3rd, as well as on the park’s website and social media accounts. Parkplanning - Blackstone river Valley NHP general Management Plan, National Park Service - PEPC - Blackstone river Valley NHP general Management Plan; parkplanning.nps.gov THE MEETINgS WILL BE HELD: • Thursday, January 6th at 11:00 AM EST - Public Meeting • Thursday, January 20th at 8:00 PM EST -Public meeting Those who cannot attend a public meeting may learn more about this process and enter comments/questions at: Parkplanning - Blackstone river Valley NHP general Management Plan (nps.gov) The public commentary period will last from January 3, 2022 and February 15, 2022. This link for public commentary for this plan will go live on January 3, 2022. THE PArK’S gENErAL MANAgEMENT PLAN WILL: 1.) Identify management zones and desired conditions for natural and cultural resources, visitor experiences, and opportunities, and facilities or services. 2.) Indicate types and intensities of development (including visitor circulation and transportation patterns, sys-

tems, and modes) associated with public enjoyment and use of the area; 3.) Ensure that the park has a clear vision and direction for visitor use, access, and experience; and 4.) Consider ways to use preexisting or planned visitor facilities and recreational opportunities developed in the John H. Chafee Blackstone river Valley National Heritage Corridor. Blackstone river Valley National Historical Park owns and operates the three historic buildings of Old Slater Mill National Historic Landmark, including the 1793 Old Slater Mill, the 1810 Wilkinson Mill, and the 1758 Sylvanus Brown House along with about three acres of land. In addition, the Park has a conservation easement on 85-acres of the Blackstone river State Park in Lincoln, rhode Island. The Park boundary also includes four local historic districts within four unique mill villages in the Blackstone river Valley: The Ashton Historic District in Cumberland, rhode Island, the Slatersville Historic District in North Smithfield, rhode Island, the Whitinsville Historic District in Northbridge, Massachusetts, and the Hopedale Historic District in Hopedale.

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Another Uxbridge First Night Celebration in the Books It’s been a long wait since the last Uxbridge First Holiday Night Celebration and Parade. We have been impatiently waiting to bring back our beloved event since our 2019 First Night Celebration! Every year, we are dedicated and work hard at fundraising the needed amount to bring this event to our town. The past year has been difficult for all us in many different ways; we were determined more than ever to bring this parade, fireworks and celebration on the traditional first Saturday in December. This goes without saying, what we all experience in the last eighteen months, this year felt different from previous ways but in a good way. In previous years, we would see the many smiles on the faces of the younger generations staring at the bright lights, floats, activities and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus. This year, the smiles were on the face of everyone from young to old of the many who lined the streets, to the participants in the parade with their creative designs to the venders and local businesses and organizations who could open for the night. It was finally a time where we all could come TOgETHEr as a COMMUNITy, a large Blackstone Valley family to enjoy each other's company, celebrate the holiday season and see what our fellow residents had to offer to our community in a positive and healthy way! It was great to see the former Unitarian Church and all its restored glory during our holiday celebration. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many local businesses, organizations, bands and fire truck companies who came out and joined our parade. A special thank you to Chris Whitten from Premeer real Estate and his team of agents for partnering up with us for our second Annual “Light It

Town of Northbridge Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program Saturday, January 8, 2022 9:00 aM to 2:00 PM at the Wastewater treatment Facility 644 Providence road (route 122)

Don’t throw away that Christmas tree! (bring it to the treatment Facility to be recycled) Sponsored by the northbridge Conservation Commission

Up Contest.” It’s been awesome seeing all households get into the holiday spirit in a friendly completion. In addition to the support of the community and volunteers, cooperation of town committees and services, as well as the generosity of donations. The Uxbridge First Holiday Night Committee would like to extend their sincere appreciation and thanks to all especially all Mendon Street Kitchen patrons, who support us all throughout the year! A very heartfelt thank you to these following individuals who donated countless hours and in-kind donations: David Moriarty, Jeanne Lovett, Jean and Bill Patricks, The Wise Family Crew, Steven gallerani, The revell Family, Mark Blair and his crew, Joanne Bellacqua & Tom Bellacqua, Jeff Bibeault, Kaytlyn galas, John and ryan, robbie Boone, Uxbridge High School students volunteers and Pond Pout recreational Committee – just to

name a few of our dedicated. A great appreciation and thank you to the town employees, who support our mission of a fun family event by truly showing dedication to our Uxbridge Community: Lt. Tim Burke from Uxbridge Police Department, Ken O’Brien - Uxbridge Town Assessor, Pete Burgess from Uxbridge D.P.W and the rest of the department, Steve Sette Uxbridge Town Manager, Dr. Patrick Dillon from Uxbridge Public School and Uxbridge Public School Department, and Donnie Murrant - Uxbridge Electrical Inspector and Barry gilesUxbridge Cable Program Director and staff. Happy Holidays Amanda & Holly Gallerani Firework Sponsors: Brothers Liquors Buma Funeral Homes, Inc. Campanelli Uxbridge LLC Lenze America’s Corporation

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Uxbridge Free Public Library News

Adult Programs *MINDFULNESS MEDITATION Thursdays, Jan. 13th and 27th at 6:00 p.m. Mindfulness is the energy and continuous practice of being aware and awake to the present moment. In this workshop, they will practice mindful sitting meditation, mindful walking meditation, & mindful breathing in tradition of Thich Naht Hanh. *gENTLE FLOW yOgA Mondays, Jan. 3rd, 10th, 24th, and 31st at 7:00 p.m. Join Michelle Forest, a 200Hr registered yoga teacher, for a gentle yoga class at the library. Michelle’s gentle yoga class combines creative and balanced movements which connect to a theme to help you deepen your practice. Beginners are encouraged and welcome to attend. gENEALOgy: gETTINg STArTED AT yOUr LIBrAry Saturday, Jan. 29th at 10:00 a.m. Are you interested in finding your roots but are not sure where to start? Join them for an introduction to the genealogical resources that are available through the library. Beginner and experienced genealogists are welcome. Bring your family papers, research work, and questions. Based on patron interest, they may start a club with guest speakers.

The library is located at 15 North Main St., Uxbridge, MA 01569 www.uxbridgelibrary.org Open: Mon & Thurs: 10am-8pm, Tues & Wed: 10am-5:30pm, Sat: 9am-2pm 508-278-8624 x100 for the most up-todate listing of programs! JANUAry 2022 PrOgrAMS registration is required for the following programs unless otherwise noted, please visit the library's website calendar to register. *Programs sponsored by the Board of Library Trustees. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, the library has been waiving overdue fees. The Board of Library Trustees has extended the library’s fine free policy through September 2023. Still have Uxbridge items that are long overdue? As long as they’re undamaged, you can return them at any time without paying any late fees. you can support the library in other ways, consider becoming a member of the Friends of the Library!

BOOK-A-LIBrArIAN Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Need help downloading e-books and audiobooks on your tablet, using online databases, or setting up an email account? Book up to thirty minutes with a librarian for tech assistance. POPUP LIBrAry AT THE UxBrIDgE SENIOr CENTEr Thursday, Jan. 6th and 20th at 11:30 a.m. Coming now to the Uxbridge Senior Center! Stop by during the lunch program to sign up for a library card, browse an assortment of books, and learn what your librarians are up to. Please contact the senior center at 508278-8622 to reserve your lunch. SENIOr CENTEr BOOK CLUB Tuesday, January 11th at 1:00 p.m. The book club will be discussing Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts. Print copies can be placed on hold and will be available at the library and the PopUp library at the senior center. The e-book and audiobook are available through the Libby app. HISTOrICAL FICTION BOOK CLUB Tuesday, Jan.18th at 3:30 p.m. Step back in time to learn about the past through the eyes of fictional (and sometimes not so fictional) characters. They will be discussing Hour of the Witch by

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MAgIC: THE gATHErINg CLUB Mondays, Jan. 3rd, 10th, & 17th at 6:00 p.m. Magic is a fantasy trading card game of strategy, wit, and luck! Suitable for ages 12+. Come play casual games and build decks. All skill levels are welcome. Bring your own cards or receive a starter pack from Chris of great Stories Comics and gaming store who will facilitate the ongoing program. If you would like to be added to the email list for Magic Club updates, send an email to Sonya at scampbell @cwmars.org. Meets first (3) Mondays of the month in the reading room. Stay tuned for updates. Free drop-in, and requires no registration. *TEEN BOOK-IN-A-BAg Ages 13+ Pick-up Jan. 1st-15th "Book in a Bag '' is a teen subscription book program. Each month teens can sign up for the program where they will know the theme of the month chosen for the books, which will be checked out for 1 month, and placed in their choice of a tote or drawstring backpack, theirs to keep, with motivational posters, Zentangle art or a gaming poster inside. This month’s theme is Mystery. Visit the website to register or email Sonya at scampbell@cwmars.org. *INTrODUCTION TO OrACLE CArDS Thursday, Jan. 6th at 5:30 p.m. Unlock the mystery surrounding Oracle Cards with Cathy Lynn of Manifest Health Solutions. In this class you are introduced to what Oracle cards are, what they are not, and how to use them to receive personal messages to help you be your best self. children ages 13 & up. *3D COLOrINg PUZZLE SETS Thursday, Jan. 13th at 6:00 p.m. There are 10 different puzzles to color and then build into a 3D model which can then be displayed. There is a Butterfly, Seaplane, Dinosaur, Peacock, Eiffel Tower, House, reindeer, Wind-mill, Swan & Stegosaurus. This will engage motor skills, creativity, eye-hand coordination, problem solving, visual spatial skills & enhance math talent. *MAKINg N’ BAKINg VIrTUAL MUg MEAL: Sunbutter Cookie Dough Fudge! Thursday, Jan. 20th at 6:00 p.m. Encouraging kids’ confidence and knowledge in the kitchen. Join Chef Julie Manning at Simply Focused Coaching for a Sunbutter Cookie Dough Fudge virtual class. you will receive an email with the Zoom link. *BUILD-A-PrOJECT SErIES: WOODEN LEgO COAT rACK Saturday, Jan. 22nd at 6:00 p.m. Learn carpentry skills from a local carpenter, Eric Dutton, who will be teaching a workshop on how to build a functional wooden Lego Coat rack which the youth will have an opportunity to build and paint. All materials will be provided so all you need to bring is a hammer and yourself. *rOCK PAINTINg Thursday, Jan. 27th at 6:00 p.m. Painting rocks is an exciting hobby that helps to expand your imagination, promotes critical thinking, improves fine motor skills, is a stress reliever, and an emotional healing restoration. They have all that you need to turn a rock into….your imagination is the limit.


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DOUGLAS continued from front page Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. “The One Stop gives communities and other partners the opportunity to work collaboratively with us, to pursue multiple projects simultaneously and to meet their economic development goals. Douglas has demonstrated how applicants can be creative with grant funding to maximize the impact of state investments in transformative projects. While the first year of the One Stop has shown tremendous promise, the demand for our programs demonstrates that we can do more.” "The town of Douglas and its private partners have invested over three years of time and effort into research, negotiations and local government implementation to move these projects from dreamy concepts to the point where engineers can draw plans and site development crews can start work,” said Town Administrator Matthew Wojcik. “Without the financing received from MassWorks via the OneStop, however, we would be hard pressed to build the necessary infrastructure on our own and make these new jobs and buildings a reality. We are grateful to the Commonwealth for the resources provided to push this economic development initiative to fruition." “Once again, we are seeing that the Commonwealth recognizes the economic strength, resilience, and opportunity in the Blackstone valley region," said Senator ryan Fattman. "This grant will improve vital infrastructure capacity that will pave the way for significant business development in this area. I’m grateful to the Baker-Polito Administration for recognizing the promising future ahead for our region.” "I am excited to see the State's commitment to support this infrastructure project that will allow for smart development along the route 146 corridor,” said representative Joseph D. McKenna. “Many have worked hard in Douglas, Sutton, and Uxbridge to bring this proposal forward and it represents a tremendous collaboration from municipal, to state, to private commitment; with federal support hopefully soon to follow. I look forward to the opportunities this project will unlock." “This is a tremendous influx of infrastructure funding for this section of the route 146 corridor,” said representative Michael J. Soter. “The collaboration amongst the three towns, the state Legislature, and the Baker-Polito Administration is something to be proud of. The opportunities in this area are boundless and I'm eager to see the development of commercial, residential, and mixed-use projects.”

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Panient awarded National Career & Technical Scholarship Marylee Panient of Woodstock Valley, Police Department (Douglas, MA), and CT has been awarded the 2021-2022 server/supervisor at Mexicali Mexican scholarship from the Horatio Alger grill (Webster, MA). She graduated from Anna Maria College with National Career & Technical Scholarship Program (CTE a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and minor in Scholarship). Forensic Studies. She is also Paniet, a full-time practical working on her master’s in nursing student at Bay Path Criminal Justice. She is on rVTHS Practical Nursing week 16 of the rigorous ten Academy will receive an months of academics and clinaward of $2,500 for her practical nursing studies. CTE icals to complete the practical Marylee nursing program and make Scholarships are awarded on a Panient positive contributions while competitive basis of verification of good academic standing, high continuing her service to the nursing school completion or earned high profession. Panient was voted as one of school equivalency credential, enrolled the student representatives for the in a career or technical certificate pro- Practical Nursing Class of 2022. The Horatio Alger Association honors gram leading to employment, attending a not-for-profit post-secondary institu- the achievements of outstanding indition, Pell grant eligibility, US citizen- viduals in our society who have succeeded despite adversity and who are ship, and be under the age of 30. Panient’s work experience includes committed to supporting young people reception at Harrington Hospital (Web- in pursuit of increased opportunities ster, MA), E-911 Dispatcher at Douglas through higher education.

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Trustees working to memorialize war heros By Christine Beauchaine The Northbridge Trustees of Soldiers’ Memorials are responsible for making sure all of the memorials are kept in good condition. In addition to monuments in downtown Whitinsville and rockdale, there are several “memorial square” signs around town which honor Northbridge residents who were killed in action, from the revolutionary War to the present. About a year ago, the committee realized that many of these memorial squares were incomplete in their information. They listed only names. A lot of these soldiers were killed in action during the first and second world wars. The Trustees knew they had to act quickly and reach out to families for

more information before it was lost forever. Trustee richard Trier said, “we do not ever want these heroes forgotten.” The trustees have been working to update the memorial squares with each service member’s name, branch of service, rank, the conflict and the location where the soldier was killed. But, as they began the research to add more detail to the existing memorial squares, the trustees realized that there were also soldiers from Nothbridge who had been killed in action and never recognized at all. Now the Northbridge Trustees of Soldiers’ Memorials are working to make sure that all servicemen and women from the town, who were killed in action, will be honored and memorialized.

The Northbridge Trustees of Soldiers’ Memorials are Tom Farley, Jason Ball, Jim Gallagher, Richard Trier and (not PhotoS by riCharD trier pictured) Frank DeFazio. Trier said, “By working hard to assure our KIAs are never forgotten, we serve the thousands of veterans, and their families, who have served and are currently serving our country. We want them to know that their service will also be remembered.” The trustees feel it’s important for the community to have “an opportunity to see the sacrifices our veterans have given in the way of monuments and squares for these dedicated individuals.” A Soldier’s Memorial history book is also being compiled to be used as a future reference.

Anyone in the community who knows of a Northbridge service member who has been killed in action, is encouraged to contact the Trustees of Soldiers’ Memorials through the Town of Northbridge. The email address is: soldiersmemorials@northbridgemass.org.

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Students and staff explored cultures and traditions at Multicultural Festival and Palestine," said yara Alomar. "We discussed clothing, food, music, and some pictures of a recent visit to Amman, Jordan. I'm glad that I was able to share a little piece of my home, and me essentially, with others in my school community." J&L Dance Studio instructors shared a brief history with those who had signed up for a lesson and taught the basic steps to dance Salsa or Bachata. While Chanel Thervil, a HaitianAmerican artist and educator, discussed culture, art and assisted students in creating a memory mosaic. The day also included a cultural performance by Veronica robles, an authentic representative of Mexican music and culture. She performed a Dance Journey through Latin America, sharing dance, rhythms, and traditional outfits from

In a world where sharing who we are and where we all come from is becoming the cornerstone to truly understanding perspectives and paths in life, there is no better time to celebrate cultures and traditions. recently, Blackstone Valley Tech students and staff contributed to an authentic cultural celebration and learning experiences through music, live performances, and interactive demonstrations at its Multicultural Festival. There were a variety of cultural offerings. A Multicultural Center featured some traditional Day of the Dead activities and thoughtfully prepared presentations and posters on countries, cultures, and traditions. Many of the student presenters are native to the countries they chose to discuss. For example, yara Alomar, a sophomore in Health Services, is a PalestinianJordanian American and is fluent in Arabic. She wanted to share her ancestry and culture with her peers at this event. "I had an amazing time speaking with my peers and instructors about Jordan

UniBank Free Home Buying Webinar UniBank will be hosting a free home buying webinar on Thursday, January 13th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Join UniBank’s Mortgage representative, Karen Beane (NMLS #485228) and Matt McLaughlin, rEALTOr® from Premeer real Estate for this educational opportunity that will provide homebuyers with valuable information about finding and buying the home of their dreams. Important discussion topics include: Negotiating a Winning Offer, Finding the right Mortgage and Pre-Qualifying, Down Payment Options, The Importance of Home Inspections, and more. Attendees will be entered for a chance to win a $100 Koopman’s gift card. Sweepstakes to win gift card is subject to complete official rules which are available at www.unibank.com. To enter, individuals must register and attend the seminar. No purchase or account required to enter or win. All seminar attendees will receive a $500 mortgage closing cost coupon from UniBank. To register, visit www.unibank.com.

Mexico, Peru, and Colombia. "We are immensely proud of our student participants," said Kerry Baldwin, World Language and Electives Department Team Leader at BVT. "We are thankful to everyone who helped make the Multicultural Festival a success.” The successful interdisciplinary event was a collaborative effort supported in part by grants from the Douglas, grafton, Mendon, and Milford Cultural Councils, local agencies supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Join in the celebration, explore the cultural offerings, and learn more by visiting the school website to view a video of the festivities produced by student videographers Alexis Vazquez and Abril Sanchez at: www.valleytech. k12.ma.us/multiculturalfesitival.

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Get ready for another year of growing at the Uxbridge Community Gardens “We had one of our most challenging seasons ever in 2021”, commented Kim DeMers, Chairman of the Uxbridge Community gardens. “The rain in July was so extreme that we never really dried out. Despite that, many people discovered that the gardens provide the perfect way to do something together as a family, to get outside in the fresh air and to get some exercise.” Community gardeners range from rank beginners to very experienced growers who are always willing to help novice members get started. In addition to individual gardens, space is set aside and maintained by volunteers for

the People First Food Pantry and the Uxbridge Senior Center. These gardens, and produce donated by individual gardeners, supply fresh vegetables to the Pantry and supplement the Senior Center’s lunch program throughout the growing season. The Uxbridge Community gardens, located on town-owned land on Sutton Street adjacent to the youth soccer fields, celebrated its tenth season in 2021. Any resident or taxpayer from the town of Uxbridge or from a surrounding town may qualify for a plot. Each garden measures 20’ x 25’. The cost for a single plot is $20 per year,

Vegetables and flowers thrive in a plot at the Uxbridge Community Gardens.

payable with the application. Some double gardens (40’x25’) are also available. Apply early, as spaces may be limited this year! The gardens are totally organic; no chemical fertilizer, pesticide or herbicide may be used. For more information about the gardens’ guidelines, download or consult the ground rules, Organic gardening guidelines and FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) at the Community gardens page of the town web site. “Despite the rain, many of the gardeners produced decent crops last year. I think that’s because the soil has now

been worked for a number of years and we have figured out how to care for it properly”, commented DeMers. “Water for the gardens has been a challenge, so we are excited to be working on a dedicated well for the youth Soccer Program and the gardens, which we hope will be operational in the spring”. Applications are now available for 2022 Community gardens space. Download an application from the Community gardens page of the Uxbridge web site at www. uxbridgema.gov. FMI email uxbcommunitygardens@ uxbridge-ma.gov. It’ll be spring before you know it!

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Calling all ages...fun things to do at Whitinsville Social Library Whitinsville Social Library is located at 17 Church St. in Whitinsville, MA 01588 & online at: www.northbridgemass.org/WSL. Telephone (508) 2342151. Follow WSL on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. register for the following events at www. tinyurl.com/ EventsAtWSL Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10 AM-8 PM, Friday 10 AM-5 PM, Saturday 10 AM-2 PM Holiday: Closed New year's Day. WINTEr rEADINg: rEAD FOr A BETTEr WOrLD January 1st – 31st Whitinsville Social Library is participating in Beanstack’s Fifth Annual Winter reading Challenge, sponsored by Lerner Publishing group. "read for a Better World" encourages readers of all ages to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature. They challenge patrons to read at least 600 minutes during the month and keep track of their reading on the Beanstack website at whitinsville.beanstack.org or by downloading the Beanstack app. Every type of reading counts including audiobooks and e-books in every genre. Visit www.tinyurl.com/ EventsAtWSL for more information. WSL's access to Beanstack is made possible by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and with the assis-

tance of the Massachusetts Library System. VIrTUAL MUSIC AND MOVEMENT WITH DEB HUDgINS Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. register to receive a link for a weekly Music and Movement Video with Deb Hudgins! There will be plenty of singing, dancing, games, stories and fun for everyone. This program is for ages 1-5. TWEEN AND TEEN MAKE AND TAKE CrAFT KIT Wednesdays from 10 a.m. -8 p.m. Each week a different craft kit will be available to take home and do in your own time. To see the list of crafts and to register, go to www.tinyurl.com/ EventsAtWSL FACEBOOK STOryTIME AND CHILDrEN’S TAKE AND MAKE CrAFTS Thursday from 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Join Miss Heather virtually on Thursday mornings via Facebook. read books, sing rhymes and dance to some fun music in your living room. Each week a different craft will be available to pick up at the library and put together in your own time to go along with each week’s book. This program is for children ages 1-6. FrIENDS OF THE LIBrAry MEETINg Tuesday 1/11 at 6:30 p.m. Help plan fundraisers for the library.

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BVT’s Self-Funded Roof Repair

School’s strategy avoids debt obligation

With the recent receipt of the Massachusetts School Building Authority‘s (MSBA) final audit, the Commonwealth has confirmed the latest bond avoidance approach by the Blackstone Valley Vocational regional School District (BVT). The 1.4-million-dollar roof repair project addressed the restoration of a major section of the school's roof and avoided debt. In most cases, embarking on a repair project would require a school district or municipality to request a special appropriation from its residents. In this case, BVT makes an annual pledge to pursue alternatives to complete such projects within its one-time budget request and must therefore find creative ways to finance major renovations. Securing reimbursements through the MSBA has become one of the school's proven methods.

remarkably, BVT was able to undertake and complete the needed repairs without debt borrowing obligations to the District’s thirteenmember municipalities. Under the state-approved MSBA accelerated repair program, the final reimbursement is $584,080. BVT has utilized a process of recycling funds to protect its nearly sixty-year-old structure while securing reimbursement within several previous endeavors. Its top-notch facilities team continues to maintain the facility and all that is underneath the roof. The self-funded tax avoidance approach has earned high praise from many, including the MSBA Executive Director and local Finance Committee members. "We shall continue to explore and investigate selffunding options whenever feasible and affordable," stated BVT School Committee Chair Joseph Hall. The process of competing and complying with the MSBA program generated $1.55 in spending power for

every dollar invested in the repair. Additionally, it earned BVT a green School designation for its energysaving building renovation and design features. Under that MSBA approved project, the Commonwealth reimbursed the District at the then eligible 75.5%. "The MSBA Accelerated repair Program has allowed for fiscal responsibility while undertaking necessary, sustainable repairs to extend the lifespan of our school," said Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick. "The costeffective improvements made our building more energy-efficient and generated substantial cost savings for the District. A win-win for everyone involved."

Women’s Bible Study Begins Coffee Break, a non-denominational community Bible study for women will open their winter/spring season with a study of “genesis – Part 2” beginning on Thursday morning, January 6th. This second part of genesis, chapters 12-25, is the story of god’s promises for Abraham and Sarah, and all of creation. you will discover what imperfect faith in a faithful god looks like as you journey with Abraham and Sarah. Promises give hope. They give stability in a world of uncertainty. The study will be in small groups at Fairlawn Church and they offer groups for those who feel more comfortable wearing masks, as well as groups for those who prefer not to wear masks. All the study groups are physically distanced in spacious rooms. you are encouraged to bring your own refreshments. Child care is available for infants and toddlers. Coffee Break is free and open to anyone in the community and is held each Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Fairlawn Church. Coffee Break offers women in the Blackstone Valley an opportunity to read and discuss the Bible, share questions and concerns, and develop new friendships. Each lesson is independent, so if you can’t attend every week, you won’t feel “lost.” There’s no “homework” required, and no previous Bible knowledge is necessary. Study guides are provided free of charge. Fairlawn Church is located at 305 goldthwaite road (off Hill Street) in Whitinsville. For directions, questions, or to get more information, call ginette at 508-234-4806 or visit fairlawncrc.org/outreach/coffeebreak.


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~Society ~ Students honored with Good Citizens Award In December 2020 with the Covid pandemic rampant, the Deborah Wheelock Chapter was unable to celebrate three area high school seniors, Class of 2021, who were voted DAr good Citizens by their classmates. They are pleased to report the story is different this year. In thousands of towns nationwide, DAr good Citizen awards have been given since 1934 to reward those high school seniors who, by vote of their class peers, exemplify the highest degree of dependability, service to community, leadership, and patriotism. From the Class of 2022, good Citizens have been named by the three high schools sponsored by the Deborah Wheelock Chapter: Amber Arcand, Blackstone-Millville, daughter of Joyce and Wil Arcand of Millville; Jason Ferrandino, Nipmuc, son of Lisa and David Ferrandino of Upton; and Maria Lowandy, UHS, daughter of Saly and Amged Lowandy of Uxbridge. Each submitted a transcript, description of school and community involvement, letters of reference and an essay which was judged independently by Barbara Hall, Edward Maharay and Allan Hanscom. The Chapter is delighted to report Ms. Lowandy of Uxbridge High School was chosen as the candidate for further judging at the state level after which more scholarships will be awarded in March 2022. On Thursday, December 9th a dozen Chapter members, in-person and virtually, and guests wel-

DAR Good Citizen Amber Arcand, of Millville (center) pictured with Peter Emerick and Jane F. Keegan.

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comed one of the good Citizens from BlackstoneMillville regional High School. In the absence of Christine yarger, good Citizen Chapter Chairman, regent Jane F. Keegan made a presentation to Amber Arcand who received the official NSDAr good Citizen pin/certificate, engraved pewter Jefferson Cup, and a $500 check. Ms. Arcand was accompanied by her parents and sister, rene, and proudly announced her early acceptance to Wheaton College arrived in the day’s mail… congratulations on both counts. Back by popular member demand, Peter Emerick was the speaker/ entertainer. He is wellknown as a member of the Uxbridge Fife and Drum Corps and gifted story teller. Many tales were recounted about the history of famous ‘American’ songs that derived initially from English, French and german tunes popular with troops during the American revolution. It was a special treat when he sang some verses and played several tunes on his antique flute and fife. Members of the National Society Daughters of the American revolution promote historic preservation, education and patriotism in communities where we live to “rise and Shine for America”! More than one million women world-wide have joined the ranks since their founding in 1890. If interested, contact: deborahwheelockDAr@ gmail.com.

The BVAA is moving forward to try to normalize it’s functions. Their first show of 2022 is their 10th edition of the Anything goes Photo Show. It is open to members and nonmembers alike. This show has historically been their most popular show. It will be a live show to be hung at the Open Skies gallery 5 S. Main St., in Uxbridge. Deadline for submission is January 7th. Drop off of artwork to the gallery will be January 8th from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The show will be judged for cash prizes by, Paul Murray, multi award winning International photographer. Paul recently won 1st Place in the recent Small Stones Art Festival in grafton. Submission form and pertinent information on participating in the show can be found at BVAA.Org. Award winners will be announced January 16th, accompanied with a presentation by Paul Murray. Details on the form of the presentation whether in person and or virtual will depend on the state of Covid at the time. The show can be seen Saturdays 1/15 to 3/5, from 10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m. This program is supported by Mass Local Cultural Councils and Valley Casts.

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Attention Chocolate Lovers The rotary Club of Blackstone Valley announces the next Wine and Chocolate tasting event has been solidified! On Saturday, March 5th, 2022 they will be helping to hold the Blackstone Valley Wine and Chocolate Tasting will take place at Blissful Meadows in Uxbridge from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $40 before the event and $50 at the door. Proceeds will go to the Blackstone Valley Emergency Shelter and the rotary Club of Blackstone Valley scholarships fund. Please put it in your calendar and join them for this great event.

MAGiCAL EVENiNG - Uxbridge High School Volunteers enjoyed helping out on Saturday, December 4th during the Uxbridge 1st Holiday Night Parade.

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The Doctors at Blackstone Valley Physical Therapy Services, Inc. will be offering free educational seminars for the public throughout the winter months on the following Saturdays at 10 AM. They will be discussing topics that they have a passion for and recognize the value for the public to learn more about their health as well as their loved ones. These seminars will be located in their offices at the Linwood Mill at 670 Linwood Ave in Whitinsville. This 4-part series will begin on January 8, 2022 at 10 AM at BVPTS. Contact: matt@bvpts.com to rSVP while there are still open spots. 1. January 8th @ 10 AM The Post-Partum return to Fitness: Are you a new mother or a mother of many and looking to return to working out or want to start exercising? Dr. Meaghan young, PT, DPT, CFSC will be talking about how to safely return to working out and exercising and what to expect. returning to exercise or starting to exercise should not be intimidating. Come learn from a former collegiate athlete and current Health Professional who is currently going through it herself. 2. January 29th @ 10 AM The Benefits of Strength Training for the High School Athlete: As a coach or player are you looking to gain an ath-

letic advantage over your opponents and as a parent are you looking to minimize the number of injuries your kids sustain? Dr. Matthew Styf, PT, DPT, CSCS, OCS, will be talking about how incorporating an off-season and in-season strength program as an individual or to your high school or club team can help with improving athletic performance on the field, court or track while decreasing the risk of injury. 3. February 26th @ 10 AM Cross-training and decreasing the risk of injury for the runner: Are you a runner that is constantly hurt or looking to minimize the number of injuries? Are you looking to improve your performance during races? Dr. Andrew young, PT, DPT, will be talking about how incorporating strength training into your training schedule can help with your overall performance and decrease your risk of potential injury. 4. March 26th @ 10 AM returning from a Concussion: Are you a mom, dad, or coach concerned about the potential of a concussion in your kids or athletes? Did you know there's new information about concussions and how they should be treated? Come listen to Dr. Jessica Lynch, PT, DPT talk about how to safely return from a concussion and how Physical Therapy can help accelerate recovery in certain cases.

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senior corner Plummer Place News Plummer Place is the home of the Northbridge Senior Center, telephone 508-234-2002. Open: Monday - Thursday 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Friday 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM Daily lunch at Plummer Place will remain on hold until further notice. IMPOrTANT NOTICES: They are in need of Meals on Wheels volunteer drivers. If you can spare a few hours a week to deliver meals to seniors, call Pam at the center. They also need volunteer, out of town medical drivers. Drivers take seniors to out of town medical appointments and are reimbursed for their mileage. Call the center if you would like to volunteer for this program. ExErCISE CLASSES AT PLUMMEr PLACE Mondays: Chair Exercise at 9:30 a.m. and Tai Chi at 11:00 a.m., Tuesdays: Strength Class at 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays: Low Impact Aerobics at 10:30 a.m. and Tap at 2:30 p.m., Thursdays: Fluid Motion at 10:00 a.m. and Chair yoga at 11:15 a.m., Fridays: Stretch & Strengthen at 9:30 a.m. PrOTECT yOUrSELF FrOM MEDICArE FrAUD Monday, January 24th at 11:30 a.m. A free informational workshop presented by SMP, Senior Medicare Patrol. They will also provide a free lunch with the presentation, please call to sign up, space is limited. AQUA AErOBICS CLASS Offered through the center at the Whitin Community Center Mondays at 1:00 p.m. Call to sign up. BOOK CLUB Wednesday, January 19th at 10:30 a.m. Call to get the book they are reading. UKULELE CLASS For beginners and those who need a little help is held every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. SENATOr MOOrE OFFICE HOUrS Beginning February 9th from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. COMPUTEr HELP Available at Plummer Place every Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m. Please call to book an appointment. Plummer Place has secured a block of time on Northbridge Cable channel 194 from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. They will be airing exercise classes and programs geared towards the senior population The Northbridge Coalition is conducting a survey pertaining to the transportation needs of the Blackstone Valley. Through a survey of questions, their hope is to gather specific data, but more importantly, they want to hear the stories of the obstacles members of the community face in meeting their transportation needs. your information will remain private. Information collected in the survey will be reviewed by the project team. Northbridge Coalition Survey can be found at: https://qrco.de/BVTransport If you have any questions, please contact Lori at 774-293-8276.

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Seniors are thankful for volunteers The Uxbridge Senior Center wishes to thank all the volunteers, contributors and donors who helped make the 2021 Thanksgiv-

ing Meal Distribution Project a success. The Senior Center packaged and delivered over 230 turkey dinners to seniors throughout the

Town of Uxbridge on Monday, November 22nd. This year, the senior center collaborated with PJ’s restaurant in Bellingham to cook the luncheon. The Town is truly blessed to have so many people who care for each other. It is with many hands that we accomplish so much. What a wonderful way for the community to come together for a great cause. We especially want to thank our major contributors/donors that helped make this project financially feasible- Fallon Health, Hannaford’s, PJ’s restaurant, Savers Bank, Table Talk Pies, and UniBank. The Senior Center also wants to acknowledge all of our volunteers, too many to name. (Some are pictured here) Thank you to the Uxbridge Taft School students who contributed their time and talents to make special greeting cards to our seniors. We especially want to thank State rep. Mike Soter who helped deliver the food to the Center. We also would like to thank members of the Uxbridge Board of Selectmen and Department Heads that came forward to help as well. Thank you for allowing the Senior Center to be a part of this endeavor. Our seniors thank you! The Uxbridge Senior Center is located at 36 South Main Street. For a current newsletter and to get more information on our services, please contact the Center by calling 508-2788622.


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Uxbridge Senior Center Calendar of January Events LUNCH AND LEArN WITH CHIEF MONTMINy Friday, January 7th, 12:00 p.m. His guest speaker will be robin Putnam, Events & Outreach Manager from the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business regulation. This presentation on Identity Theft & Fraud Prevention will include information about the Office and what they do. It will also cover how to spot and avoid scams, and how to prevent identity theft. Please call ahead to reserve your lunch as space is limited.

The Uxbridge Senior Center is located at 36 South Main Street in Uxbridge. Telephone: 508-278-8622 CIrCUIT BrEAKEr TAx CrEDIT As a senior citizen (65 or older before January 1st, 2022), you may be eligible to claim a refundable credit on your Massachusetts personal income tax return. The Circuit Breaker tax credit is based on the actual real estate taxes paid on the Massachusetts residential property you own or rent and occupy as your principal residence. The maximum credit amount for tax year 2021 is $1,170. If the credit you're owed exceeds the amount of the total tax payable for the year, you'll be refunded the additional amount of the credit without interest. For information, contact Mass. Dept of revenue Customer Service at 617-887-6367.

BENEFIT ENrOLLMENT SPECIALIST Tuesday, January 11th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tri-Valley, Inc. Call the senior center to book an appointment with Cole Ackerson. Next date will be February 8th. UxBrIDgE LIBrAry BOOK CLUB Tuesday, January 11th, 1:00 p.m. Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts. you are welcome to join them for lunch on this day. Please remember to rSVP. Time to find a good book to curl up and read during these long Winter days/nights.

VETErAN'S SErVICES WITH CArL BrADSHAW By appointment only. Thursday, January 6th, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Call to sign up. POP UP LIBrAry Thursdays, January 6th & January 20th, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Books will be on display to check out, library card sign-ups, book hold pick-ups, etc. Call ahead to reserve your lunch. Perfect time to pick out a good book to snuggle up and read.

BOH PFIZEr BOOSTEr CLINIC Wednesday, January 12th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Uxbridge Senior Center. registration is required. NO

Walk-in’s accepted. There will not be any lunch served. FACEBOOK LIVE PICTIONAry Friday, January 14th, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. with Sally & gail! Be sure to tune in and play along from the comfort of your home. Just go to the Uxbridge Senior Center Facebook page. CLOSED MArTIN LUTHEr KINg Jr. DAy Monday, January 17th “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” BINgO Wednesday, January 19th, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. BINgO at Calumet Ct./ Centennial Court Community room. The Uxbridge Senior Center will come to play BINgO with residents and there will be prizes! Sign-up is required and this event is weather permitting. ASK THE ATTOrNEy Monday, January 24th, 1:30 p.m. with Attorney ralph Tepper by appointment only. Please Call 508-278-8622 to schedule your appointment at the Uxbridge Senior Center. ASK THE NUrSE Tuesday, January 25th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Ask the Nurse Free Blood

Pressure Clinic with Celeste Kopech, Salmon Health VNA. rSVP to participate and to join for lunch. FACEBOOK LIVE FAMILy FEUD Friday, January 28th, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. with Sally & gail! Be sure to tune in and play along from the comfort of your home. Just go to the Uxbridge Senior Center Facebook page. Card game or Family Feud will be played during the Monday Congregate lunches and BINgO will be on Wednesdays. COMPUTEr CLASS TUTOrINg Every Monday ~ 3:00 p.m. *By appointment only. Students from BVT will be available to help you with your computers and/or devices. *Please call ahead to book an appointment. HANNAFOrD grOCEry SHOPPINg Every Tuesday. Pick up begins at 8:30 a.m. Please sign up in advance by calling to reserve your seat on the van. Masks required & seating is limited. CHAIr ExErCISES with Sally every Tuesday before lunch. KNITTINg CLUB Every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Space is limited and must continue to maintain social distancing. Please rSVP. rIDES/TrANSPOrT 1st and 3rd Wednesdays – January 5th

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school News Northbridge High School announces Honor Students 2021-2022 QUArTEr 1 HIGHeST HONORS GRADe 12: Kyla Dominguez De Los Santos, Caitlyn Mahoney, Christopher Smith GRADe 11: Abby Barnatt, Karlee Battista, Hannah Direnzo, Caroline O’Brien, Kathryn O’Brien, Keira Touhey GRADe 10: Samantha Brody GRADe 9: Monica Colon-Heyliger, Matthew Smith HIGH HONORS GRADe 12: Samantha Billmyer, John gifford, Olivia guest, Dev Patel, Aidan

roy, Colin Tognazzi, Brent Turgeon, Colton Verra, Timothy Visbeek, Celia Walker GRADe 11: Meghan Cummiskey, Mary goodrow, Coulton Manning, James Oatis, Caitlin Porcelli, Abigail Schofield, Nina Szymanowski, Sarah Tubbs GRADe 10: Lillianna Avila, Haily Billmyer, gary Bunis, Shelby Cannon, Sarah Cowen, Charles Dupuis, Olivia Frabotta, Hannah King, Kayda King, Charleigh Mitchell, Zachary O’Meara, Mary Sullivan GRADe 9: Kathryn Andresen, Ethan

Ballou, Larissa Briggs, Molly gahan, Kaia gibson, Isabelle Lomonaco, Caden Mastroianni, Oscar Ordonez Zecena, rowan Phillips, Dylan reilly, george roadman, Angelina Saster, David Scichilone, Brayden Silveira, Madison Thibeault, Jarek Wenc HONORS: GRADe 12: Andrew Akeley, Angelique Akeley, Anderson BarnicoatSansone, James Bartlett, Sara Bedigian, Tyler Bliss, Cameron Boucher, John Buckley, David Castellon Palma, Adam Chen, Nicholas Cleary, Molly Consigli, Jared Dermooshegian, Emma Donahue,

Our Lady of the Valley Honor Roll FIrST QUArTEr 2021-2022 HIGH HONORS GRADe 8 Emma Hurley Abigail Kay Caitlin Kelly Isabella McLaughlin gisel Morrissette grady O’Neil Eabha Twohig GRADe 7 Troy Hafers Allison Horrigan Sylvia Lemire Diana Pacheco Elena Pacheco Emmanuel ramla

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Anthony Baldwin Charlee Bellefeuille Kathryn Britt Nolan Calnan Allison Creighton Ethan Cwiakala Zephaniah Fritz Andrew gebarowski Emma Wickstrom HONORS GRADe 8 greta Colonero Veronica Jordan Kennedy Mcgrath Krish Patel Karley Petion Sophie rivard Anthony Santangelo

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Gone to the Dogs The 2022 Thimble Pleasures Quilt guild biennial quilt show has “gone to the dogs.” This show’s chosen charity is guiding Eyes for the Blind a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides guide dogs free of charge to people with vision loss. This worthwhile organization relies on contributions from generous donors and fund-raising activities.

All proceeds from the charity table at the show will be donated to guiding Eyes for the Blind. This table will feature many handmade and one-of-a-kind items for all your fur friends and family. Items available for sale will include travels beds, sports-themed dog coats, drying towels, dog/cat-themed quilts, toys and stuffed animals. Thimble Pleasures Quilt guild invites you to attend their quilt show which will feature over 200

member-made and designed quilts, vendors, raffle baskets, and a special raffle quilt. The event will take place on March 12th and 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Blackstone Valley regional Vocational Technical High School in Upton. Admission is $10.00 and children under 18 are admitted free. Masks must be worn by all attending.

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uary 1, 2022. Mr. Plourde succeeds John (Jack) Hamilton who will retire as of December 31, 2021, after a 20-year tenure with the Bank.

Vice President/Senior Commercial Lending Officer. Plourde has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services

Attorney Plata-Nino appointed to Service Board of Directors Open Sky Community Services, a behavioral health and human services agency based in Worcester, has elected gina Plata-Nino to their Board of Directors. Plata-Nino is an attorGina ney at Central West Plata-Nino Justice Center, an affiliate of Community Legal Aid, and specializes in food insecurity. Plato-Nino has been recognized for her extraordinary efforts on behalf of people who relocated to Massachusetts after being displaced by Hurricane

Maria in Puerto rico, and more recently for efforts to assist the community during COVID through the Worcester Together coalition. She was honored with the Massachusetts Bar Association’s rising Star Award in 2019 for effective advocacy around the issue of SNAP/ Food Security. In 2021, she was the recipient of the Katherine Erskine Award for Business and Law from the yWCA. She is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and served as a judicial law clerk in the Massachusetts Appeals Court. She has also practiced law at an international law firm in Southeast Asia.

specialty lending, special assets, and relationship management. He graduated Summa Cum Laude Derek from Bowdoin ColPlourde lege in 1994 with degrees in Economics & government Legal Studies and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Plourde will graduate in 2022 with a degree from the intensive 3-year program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate School of Banking, along with a Certificate of Executive Leadership from the Wisconsin School of Business. Steven M. richardson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Charles river Bank stated, “With his professional

river Bank.” “I am honored and humbled to be selected as Charles river Bank’s President & CEO. Our team will continue to provide exceptional product offerings, creative financial solutions, and personalized service to the individuals, families, and local businesses that are the foundation of our thriving community,” stated Plourde. Plourde lives in Uxbridge with his wife, Laural, and two sons, riley and Hayden. He is an active member of the Milford rotary Club and served on the Board of Directors for the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce. In his free time, Plourde enjoys golfing and martial arts.

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Robert A. Dansereau, 79 robert A. Dansereau, 79, of Douglas passed away on Saturday December 11th, 2021 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Deborah M. (Fullerton) Dansereau; 3 sons, Craig r. Dansereau, Mark A. Dansereau, and Douglas A. Dansereau and his companion Sue Snow, all of Douglas; 5 grandchildren, Hunter, Jason & renee Dansereau, Kayla Snow, and Addison Snow; a sister, Pauline Shea of Uxbridge; his nephew, Stephen Shea; a great-nephew, Michael Shea, and many friends. He was predeceased by his daughter Kim A. Dansereau in 1987, a nephew Michael Shea, and his daughter-in-law Michelle Dansereau. Born in Whitinsville June 2nd, 1942 he was the son of Albert J. And Beatrice E. (girouard) Dansereau and was a lifelong Douglas resident. Bob worked as a Plant Operator and a Mechanic for granger Lynch Co. in Millbury for 33 years retiring in 2000. Since the age of 17, he also worked for the Town of Douglas sanding, plowing, and as a backhoe operator. Always an entrepreneur, he and his wife owned & operated Diggers Liquor Store, Douglas Hardware and More, and r.A Dansereau Trucking Corp. A graduate of Douglas Memorial HS Class of 1960, he was a member of Teamsters Local 170, the MA Beach Buggy Assoc., and volunteered many years for the Douglas Fire Dept. He coached baseball, and enjoyed camping and fishing with his family at the beach, and playing cards in pitch leagues. He enjoyed Harley Davidson motorcycles over the years and will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, who would do anything for anyone.

Richard E. White, 75 richard E. White, 75, of riddlebrook Apartments died on Sunday December 12th, 2021 after being stricken ill at his home. He is survived by his son, James M. White of Uxbridge; 2 granddaughters, Meagan Demento, and riley Foss; 2 great-grandsons, Colton Demento and Owen Demento; a niece and a nephew, as well as his beloved cat Dusty. He was predeceased by 2 sons, Kevin and Timothy White in 1998 and his sister Sally Matheau. Born in Milford on January 7th, 1946 richard was the son of Ernest and Theda (Knight) White and grew up in Milford. Mr. White worked many years as a machinist in many area machine shops including the former Whitin Machine Works and retiring from Adcole Corp. in Marlborough where he had worked 12 years, until his retirement in 2007. richard enjoyed fishing, hunting and being outdoors. He was a proud Veteran of the U.S Navy, and was a longtime member of the Singletary rod and gun Club. He took pleasure in donating fishing gear to kids over the years.


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A MESSAGE FROM BVCATS, INC. Thank you for your generosity and your belief in what I do for cats. There were many adoptions before July this year. Here is a synopsis of the activity of BVCATS, INC in the last six months. On July 8th the woman who hosted BVCATS, INC. in her home for 12 years passed away. We moved out and adopted out more cats. Chelsea went to a friend who adopted two cats in the past. Sophia was posted all around the nearby towns and was adopted by a postal worker who worked in Whitinsville. I acquired two sisters, Fiona and Viola, who were a year old. Fiona was posted on Petfinder and was adopted by a woman with a dog in the rockport area. Viola was pregnant so she went to a foster mom in Northbridge. Viola had four kittens: Valentino, Vivienne, Valerie, and Violet. The kittens grew up healthy and three were adopted. Viola was so sad to see her kittens go that we decided that Vivienne and Viola would be adopted together after Viola was spayed. Tigra and Tortilla were mother and daughter, living in Douglas. Tigra was rejected by her owner who did not understand that she was in heat. She got pregnant and had her kittens outside. Two of them died from flea infestation. The third one was saved by a dog rescue volunteer who took her home, washed her, and combed out all the fleas. I was asked to pick up Tigra whom the owner still did not want. So, after work at 9:00 PM I drove from Pascoag, rI to Douglas, received my fleabitten treasure and drove to Uxbridge. By 10:00 PM I had Tortilla and by 11:00 PM they were at a kitten rescue in grafton. They went to Viola’s foster mom and eventually were adopted together, flea free; Tigra spayed. Nancy B. of Northbridge made me aware of two cats that were abandoned in Millbury. They were abandoned and left outside, after the death of their owner. These indoor cats were left outside for a month. Neighbors gathered them up and delivered them to me on the advice of Dan Chauvin, ACO. I updated their vet care

This issue online at: thenewuxbridgetimes.com and adopted them out to a family in rutland where they are very happy and are getting a lot of attention. Collin, a one-and-a-half-year-old unneutered male, lost part of his tail, probably due to an encounter with a wild animal. The neighbors knew of the abject neglect, as Collin had a severe flea infestation and maggots on his body as he was followed by flies all summer. In August he was caught in my trap and delivered to Tufts Veterinary Clinic for Small Animals. His diagnoses were necrotic tail, severe flea infestation and pyrodermatitis. After his neuter and tail repair Collin became a bobcat with his newly bobbed tail. He went to Uxbridge to live with my nurse for recuperation. He is now living with a couple from Sutton, former volunteers of BVCATS, INC. He now has a canine sister, Lulu, and a sevenmonth-old brother, a feline named Brady. In October, my sister, Sheila Bunnell from Illinois, decided to have a fundraiser for BVCATS within her circle of friends and family. He husband Paul is a beekeeper. Between the sale of my scarves and his jars of honey, she raised $380. With the money I raised this summer at Daniels Farmstead and donations from good Samaritans, Collin’s extensive bills were covered. Hallelujah! Sadly, three cats were put down between 11/16 and 12/9. One was my cat, Foxy, who lived 17 years. Scotty was 23 years old. He traveled with his owner to many states and was a loyal companion. The last cat, Diamond, was a feral cat in Worcester. He had a severe injury and infection in his front paw. Dr. Le of Animal Care Experts informed me that the paw was so infected that is disfigured his paw. His chances of survival were poor living outside as a feral cat so we decided on a humane euthanization and common cremation. After placing four barn cats, two in West Boylston and two in rutland, Angel is the last cat for me to place. Angel will be seen and “interviewed” and she just might get a home by Christmas. A senior cat is needed in Westford and Angel fits the bill. A lot can happen in six months in any animal rescue. Even though we announced that our cat rescue was temporarily out of commission, the need and the desire to

help continued. Calls came in and we responded. But good things cannot happen without helping hands to join the cause. Therefore, let me take this opportunity to thank many people who have participated. First, let me thank my wonderful husband, John, who never missed a day caring for cats. Denise Brozonos worked with John feeding and cleaning and also worked independently giving much care and affection for each cat. She also trained young volunteers from the Sutton High School National Honor Society to help take care of the cats. A big thanks goes to Emily Andrade, Kayla Chesanek, gabi Couture, Sophia DeStephanos, Audrey and Natalie Hayes, Abby Smith, Emma Jonash, and Emily Kacerik, who worked straight through the summer until she entered college. From BVT, a great big thank you goes to Emily Westbury, Alex Mach, and Julia Wilczewska. From Uxbridge Junior High a thank you goes to Daniel Mach. We had two mother/son teams as well – Maggie and Daniel Mach of Uxbridge and Stacy and Spencer Stephanson of Sutton. My cats were fortunate to meet and reap the benefits of some talented and dedicated adults, too. Many thanks to them all: Lisa Ovoian, Kristen Stevens, Carolann Chapman, Nathan Bergeron, gail and Angel Hart, Nancy Mackie, Cheryl Wytenas, Anne Marie Thompson, Bill and Linda Hatch, and John and Pat Nordberg. On this journey, I have met some outstanding individuals and families who rose to the occasion and gave their all whenever I asked them to. Their patience and tenacity simmered with knowledge, compassion, and continuity of care, changed the lives of less desirable cats into adoptable pets. Heaps of gratitude to glen and Adonica racicot, Tiffani Morin, Pat Cloonan, Karen Wrobel, Janice Neitz “Fine Felines” and the Heldenberg family. Who do I look to for special help and advice? Why,, Dan Chauvin, Animal Control Officer (ACO) of Millbury Sutton, and Northbridge. In addition, Kevin Sullivan, ACO of Mendon, Blackstone, Uxbridge, Douglas, Millville, and Woonsocket. Each of these gentlemen and professionals have been there for me and I

for them. We worked together for the welfare of the cats that came our way. My crafters kept coin in the coffers to help pay the expenses of food, litter, medicine, and vet care. They are Laura Friedman of PA, Sheila Bunnell, Evelyn Croteau, Bernie guertin, Tiffani Morin, Patti goodwin, and Susan Snow. Others who raised either money or food donations were Kristen LeBlanc, Denise Brozonos, and Joanna Heldenberg with her daughters, Sara and Emma. Where would my cats be without good vet care? Many thanks must go to Animal Care Experts, Douglas Animal Hospital, Hillside Veterinary Clinic, riverlin Animal Hospital, BVVH, Howard Bound Veterinary Services, and Sutton Animal Hospital. years ago, BVVH helped me out one day as I missed the timing for my appointment to spay a cat at ACE. BVVH did me a favor as Jessica was fasted and ready for surgery. They took her in, gave all she needed, and then she went back to foster care that day. Jessica is forever grateful. I am, too. Sutton made room for a cat named Woodstock and recently riverlin made room for a cat named Bubba. Both were in the throes of their lives. Because of their kindness, both boys went peacefully. Lastly, I wish to thank the late Carol V. Blair for hosting my cat rescue in her home for 12 years and Omerthea racicot for her support and her understanding of animals. god answers my prayers in ways I could never think up myself. god has blessed my rescue and continues to bless. These are the words that inspire me: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to god. And the peace of god, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV) Let me now thank all of you who have given my cats forever homes. THANK yOU and let me know how your cats are doing! - eileen e. Russo BVCATS, INC. P.O. Box 819, Northbridge, MA Email: er4bvcats@gmail.com


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