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Beloved Coach touched lives on and off the field by Christine Beauchaine

PRESERVATION WORKS - The sign is up and the planning for restoration of the Farnum House is underway! Many thanks to Mel & Edson Rezende of M. Coelho Masonry and PHoto by Jim beaucHamP Landscaping for donating the installation of the sign.

Douglas receives Workplace Safety Grant State Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) and State Representative Joseph McKenna (R-Webster) announced that the town of Douglas will receive $9,100 through the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development’s (EOLWD) Department of Industrial Accidents Workplace Safety Grant. The funding will be used to train 29 workers by the June 2021. As part of EOLWD, the Department of Industrial Accidents administers this initiative to provide Massachusetts companies with the financial assistance to promote safe and healthy conditions in the workplace by funding preventative safety training and education programs. Occupational Safety Health Education and Training Program Applications are reviewed and awarded on a rolling basis each fiscal year. Approx-


imately $800,000 was allocated for FY21. The program encourages organizations to have a proactive approach to

“Over the past several months, in-person working conditions have been adversarial for employees, and this grant funding will ensure that staff are properly trained to handle situations to keep their workplace safe. Congratulations are in order for the town of Douglas as well, for their commitment to their staff and hard work to obtain this grant.” - Ryan Fattman State SenatoR

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Administration for their continued support for our towns’ employees,” said Senator Fattman. “Over the past several months, in-person working conditions have been adversarial for employees, and this grant funding will ensure that staff are properly trained to handle situations to keep their workplace safe. Congratulations are in order for the town of Douglas as well, for their commitment to their staff and hard work to obtain this grant.” “I am very happy to support this effort from the Administration to ensure training and preparedness of workers across the Commonwealth. I'm also thrilled that Douglas chose to pursue, and will receive, this funding to provide the very best training for their workers so they may continue to provide the very best service to the citizens of Douglas every single day."

Author, Judy Blume said, “Our fingerprints don’t fade from the lives we touch.” If this is true, then beloved coach and PE teacher Anthony “Tony” Donatelli left his fingerprints all over the place. Born in 1931, in Abruzzi, Italy, he moved to America at a very young age with his family. He grew up in Uxbridge, attended Uxbridge High School and participated in a variety of sports there. He graduated in 1949. After high school, Donatelli joined the US Navy where he served on a minesweeper in Korea. When he was discharged, he attended Boston University to become a physical education teacher. He began his career at a school in Wallingford, CT. He met his wife, Cindy there. In 1961, Donatelli was offered a job at his alma mater, Uxbridge High School and the couple returned to Massachusetts. Donatelli worked at the Uxbridge High School from 1961-1989. He taught physical education, coached the football team, became the school’s athletic director and served as the commissioner of the Southern Worcester County League. Eventually, the school even named the field after him. More than one person said that Donatelli bled black and orange (a reference to Uxbridge’s school colors and his loyalty to the school). He sometimes wore an orange blazer and he drove an orange Volkswagen for a long time. Anthony Donatelli passed away on December 18th, 2020. Social distancing has put a temporary halt to gatherings, and therefore big funerals, but Tony’s family set up a memorial Facebook page where people could share their memories. The page is filled with tributes from friends, family, and former students. A perusal of the page also shows that Donatelli had a whole variety of wide-ranging interests. He loved gardening and landscaping. He had a greenhouse, where he spent a

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with one comorbidity. The timeline reflects several priorities: protecting our most vulnerable, maintaining health care system capacity, and addressing inequities in health care access and COVID-19 burden. This list will be updated Tuesdays and Thursdays by 5pm in response to questions submitted via COVID-19Vaccine-Plan-MA@mass.gov.

lot of his free time. Donatelli’s daughters said he liked to build stone walls, as a way of honoring his father who was a stonemason. He built a stone wall for the Mendon Senior Center. He transformed his yard from something primarily dirt and gravel into a space which was beautifully landscaped. He even built a goldfish pond! He was an amateur historian and spent many hours compiling scrapbooks about Uxbridge sports. He loved camping and traveling. He was active in the Lions Club. He enjoyed music and was a good dancer. In fact, several of the people who posted memories on the memorial FB page, mentioned learning to dance because of Donatelli. While sports and a love of the outdoors may have been important to Donatelli, the most important things in his life were his family and friends. “He never met a stranger,” daughter Beth said. “He made friends easily. He truly cared about people, but he also had high standards and expectations.” His son, Steven, adds that his father would “light up whenever we were to gather together with others, especially large family gatherings.” Donatelli’s daughter Christina noted that former students would always stop by the house to talk to her father. And Steven added that his father always remembered those former students. Donatelli worked hard to make sure extended family stayed in touch and also helped organize reunions for the UHS class of ‘49. Words like “special”, “amazing” and “hero” were used repeatedly both by his children and also on the memorial FB page. Lots of people used the word respect and more than just his children appeared to have called him “dad”. Several people called him their favorite teacher ever. Clearly, Donatelli touched many, many lives and will be dearly missed. Anthony Donatelli was 89. See related photo on page 4

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Shared Winter Streets & Space funding dispersed MassDOT is pleased to announce the latest round of funding for the Shared Winter Streets and Spaces program. The Shared Winter Streets and Spaces program provide grants as small as $5,000 and as large as $500,000 for municipalities to quickly launch changes for safer walking, biking, public transit, recreation, commerce, and


civic activities. These improvements can be intentionally temporary or can be pilots of potentially permanent changes. MassDOT is particularly focused on projects that respond to the public health crisis and provide safe mobility for children, for elders, to public transportation, and to open space and parks.


Area cities and towns awarded Shared Winter Streets and Spaces grants in this funding round include: Sutton received $299,900 to construct a new and safer pedestrian network with a new sidewalk, curbing, and crossings in the vicinity of the Hough Road Fields and connecting to the local Council on Aging Uxbridge received $146,907 .25 to replace and upgrade an unsafe crosswalk through Wesgan Square, to include new signage and a new flashing pedestrian safety beacon. This new safer crossing will serve a retirement community, recreation fields, and an elementary school. Webster received $36,300 to upgrade the lighting in the downtown area to be safer and more appealing for pedestrians, install lighting in alleyway spaces to support outdoor dining, install three flashing pedestrian safety beacons, and improve landscaping to make the

downtown area feel more attractive for outdoor activities. The MBTA, in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, received $170,000 to construct a new crosswalk, median, curb ramps, flashing safety beacon, signage, and pavement markings on Park Drive in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston to provide safe and accessible connections between MBTA bus service and the MBTA Green Line. Framingham received $249,052.65 to create new and better sidewalks, including ADA-compliant curbing and crosswalks, in the area of Leland, Irving, and Universal Streets. The MBTA, in partnership with the City of Boston, received $468,630.80 to enhance existing bus/bike lanes in the Roslindale neighborhood with new bus shelters, two curb-extended bus stops, and all-day bus lanes on South Street, Corinth Street, and Washington

Street The MBTA, in partnership with the City of Boston, received $123,200 to install a dedicated bus lane on the northbound side of Cross Street/North Washington in the North End neighborhood, from Sudbury Street to Causeway Street. The bus stop at Thatcher Street will move to a safer, improved location, closer to crosswalks and away from vehicles. The existing dedicated bicycle lanes will be maintained. The MBTA, in partnership with the City of Lynn, received $318,450 to install bidirectional, curb-running shared bus/bike lanes and two transit signal priority treatments on the MassDOT-owned portion of Western Avenue, between the Belden Bly Bridge and Ida Street. Source: Patrick NestorCommunity Engagement Manager, MassDOT

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Town of Sutton offers online purchase option for Burning Permits Chief Matthew Belsito and the Sutton Fire Department announced that the state Open Burning Season will run from January 15th through May 1st and the Town will be utilizing a new online permitting system this year. “Anyone in town utilizing the state Open Burning Season will be required to obtain a permit online first," Belsito noted. "Our new online permitting system allows residents to obtain their burn permit in a convenient and safe manner, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic." Burning permits from previous seasons do not carry over from year to

Whitinsville Compost Site Schedule The Whitinsville Compost Site is scheduled to open for the 2021 season on Saturday, March 27th - weather permitting. Stickers are available by contacting the Board of Health office at (508) 234-3272 or by mailing a check to: Board of Health, 14 Hill Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588 Once your payment is received your sticker will be mailed to you. For more information, please call the Board of Health office.

year. All residents need to reapply for a seasonal permit online by visiting the town’s website. Residents applying for a permit online will link to City Hall Systems through the town’s website (www.suttonma.org) and complete the application. If they do not already have an account, one can be created on the secure portal to pay taxes, sewer bills and obtain transfer station stickers. Residents must also obtain permission from the Sutton Fire Department on the day they wish to burn. Permission and activation may also be completed online or calling 508-8658737 (option 4) to listen to the prerecorded message and leave your address. The requirement to check in each day before burning is based on changing atmospheric and weather conditions such as wind or air dryness. Violations of the permit requirements,

open burning law and/or open burning regulations will be grounds for permit revocation. According to Massachusetts law, anyone found burning without a permit may be subject to criminal charges, the punishment for which is a fine of up to $500 plus the cost of suppression or imprisonment for up to one month, or both. Open burning must be done: • Between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. from January 15th to May 1st, 2021 • At least 75 feet from all buildings Residents are allowed to burn brush, cane, driftwood and forestry debris (but not from commercial or industrial land clearing) Residents may NOT burn grass, leaves, whole trees, stumps, trash, tires, building materials or garbage. WHAT TIMES ARE BEST FOR OPEN BURNING? You can help prevent wildland fires by

burning early in the season. Wet and snowy winter conditions help hinder the rapid spread of fire on or under the ground. Changing weather conditions and increased fire danger in the spring can lead to many days when open burning is not allowed. April is usually the worst month for brush fires. When snow recedes, but before new growth emerges, last year’s dead grass, leaves and wood are dangerous tinder. Winds also tend to be strong and unpredictable in April. HOW TO SAFELY IGNITE A FIRE: An adult should always be present

during open burning and children and pets should be kept at a safe distance. Use paper and kindling to start a fire and add progressively larger pieces of wood. Never use gasoline, kerosene or any other flammable liquid to start a fire. The risk of personal injury in these cases is very high. Keep a hose or water supply nearby, as well as shovels or rakes to control the fire. Do not leave hot coals smoldering or unattended. For more information on open burning in Massachusetts, visit Mass.gov.

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town News Bylaw Review Committee looks to fill vacant seat

Taft Early Learning Center Kindergarten Registration

The Board of Selectmen is looking to recruit an individual to serve on the Bylaw Review Committee as their Member at Large designee. The Bylaw Review Committee is a special committee appointed every five years as required by the Charter.   The Committee is tasked with reviewing all by-laws of the town.  The said committee in its final or in an interim report shall include recommendations for such substantive change in town by-laws as it deems necessary or advisable. The

Registration for Kindergarten will be February 22nd - March 5th, 2021 (9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.) or March 3rd from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The minimum Kindergarten entrance age is five (5.0) years as of September 1st of the year the child enters school. Register at Taft ELC, 16 Granite Street, Uxbridge. A registration packet can be downloaded from the school website, www.Uxbridgeschools.com, or picked up at Taft office between 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Bring the completed registration packet with you, along with the following: Proof of Uxbridge Residency: • Original or copy of birth certificate with raised seal (they will make a copy and give you the original back) • Parent(s)/Guardians Visa (if not a U.S. citizen) • One of the following: A copy of lease signed by lessor and lessee or tenant and landlord, mortgage agreement/ property tax bill; or copy of HUD lease • One of the following: (recent within the last 60 days) gas bill, oil bill, electric bill, home phone (not a cell phone

review of town by-laws shall be in conjunction with the town counsel, or, by special counsel retained for that purpose. Those interested in volunteering to fill the Member at Large position may submit a Talent Bank Form to the Office of the Town Manager (Northbridge Memorial Town Hall, 7 Main Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588).  For more information and to download form visit: www.northbridgemass.org.

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Pantry receives Community Spirit Grant Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has announced that People First Food Pantry Inc. in Uxbridge was awarded $550 from the Foundation’s Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. Susan Ingham, an employee of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, nominated the organization for the award. Funds will be used to purchase healthy food for families in the Uxbridge community. To commemorate those Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on September 11th, 2001, Harvard Pilgrim and the Foundation created the Community Spirit 9/11 MiniGrant program. This program allows each Harvard Pilgrim employee to award a $500 grant, completely funded by the Foundation, to the local charity of his or her choice each calendar year. Since this community grants program began in 2002, Harvard Pilgrim employees have directed more than $6.8 million to thousands of organizations throughout Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. “Now more than ever, as nonprofits across the region are dealing with the impact of COVID-19, we are committed to supporting their efforts to care for their communities,” said Karen Voci, President of the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation. “We are so fortunate to have generous and engaged employees who help strengthen Harvard Pilgrim and the communities where we all live and work.” In 2019, 96% of Harvard Pilgrim employees participated in at least one form of service or giving through volunteering, the Mini-Grants program. For more information, please visit www.harvardpilgrim.org/foundation.

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Relief Fund for family Taft Early Learning Center “Child Find Screening” impacted by house fire It is the responsibility of the Uxbridge Public The Uxbridge Public Schools are committed Learning Center at (508) 278-8643 to schedule On January 3rd, the Dubois family of Uxbridge experienced a chimney fire in their home, that resulted in permanent destruction to areas of the home and extensive smoke damage that affected their entire home. The family of eight was living in the home, including grandparents, parents and four children ranging in age from 3-15 years old. All Christmas gifts were destroyed in the fire, and the family will be displaced for months until the whole house gets cleaned and repaired. In the meantime, the Dubois family has been relocated to two trailers. Repairs are expected to be complete by June or July. Charles River Bank in Mendon, MA has established an account to assist the Dubois family with all the unexpected expenses related to the fire. “This year has brought challenges for everyone, but when we heard about this destructive fire that impacted a family with young children in our community, we immediately wanted to help,” said Charles River Bank President and CEO Jack Hamilton. If you would like to assist the Dubois family, please send a check payable to The Dubois Family Relief Fund, Charles River Bank, One Hastings Street, Mendon, MA 01756 or visit the CRB Mendon office Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information call 508-533-8661 or visit www.charlesriverbank.com.

Schools Department to identify any child who is a resident of Uxbridge, who may have a disability, regardless of the severity of the disability. It is also the responsibility of Uxbridge Public Schools to evaluate those students to determine which are eligible for special education or related services under the IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) or 603 CMR 28 (Massachusetts Special Education Regulations).

to locating children before their third birthday in order to provide early intervention services for three and four year olds. Screenings will be conducted on Thursday, February 11th, 2021 from 11:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child's development and would like to have him/her screened, please contact Laura Newhall, Preschool Coordinator or Christine Veneziano, Administrative Assistant at the Taft Early

an appointment. If you or your pediatrician believes that your child should be evaluated to determine eligibility for special education services, please request this in writing. Include your child's name, address, date of birth, and telephone number with a brief description of your concerns to the principal of your child's school.


Removal of Flu Vaccination Mandate Representative Soter [R-Bellingham] announces the Massachusetts’ Department of Public Health’s removal of its flu vaccination mandate. The decision was announced with the following message from the Department of Public Health: “The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is removing the requirement for flu vaccination for attendance in childcare and preschool, primary, secondary and postsecondary education. Preliminary data show that this has been a mild flu season to date, presumably as people have received their seasonal flu vaccine and have been adhering to mask-wearing and social distancing due to COVID-19. Given the intensive Commonwealth-wide efforts regarding COVID-19 vaccination, DPH wants to alleviate the burden to obtain flu vaccination and focus on continuing our COVID -19 vaccination efforts. DPH continues to strongly recommend that everyone age six months and older receive their seasonal flu vaccine each year.” Since its introduction, Representative Soter argued against this mandate as it did not take in account the many extenuating circumstances that people have for not receiving the vaccine annually. Since its introduction, Representative Soter urged the Department of Public Health to remove the burden on parents and school children. "We are living amidst an already difficult year for parents, it was unfair to burden them with this mandate which disregarded the different circumstances that every family and child may have,” Representative Soter said. “I am glad the Massachusetts Department of Public Health rescinded this mandate and listened to my requests, as well as the requests of many others.”

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New Family Support Center at Open Sky Open Sky Community Services, Inc. is opening the Blackstone Valley Family Support Center in Whitinsville this month, according to agency President and CEO, Ken Bates. The center will serve children and adults with intellectual disabilities and/or autism and their families. “We are very pleased to have been selected by the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) to operate this program in the Blackstone Valley,” said Bates. The

center will operate at 70 Douglas Road in Whitinsville, the site of the historic Alternatives Whitin Mill. The center will offer a wide range of services designed “to help individuals live, learn, work, play, have relationships and pursue their life’s aspirations in the community,” according to DDS. Among others, services will include help in applying for DDS services and other benefits, trainings, information and referral, navigation of systems and community resources, social and recre-





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Gannon and Goyette of Uxbridge earn awards Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick is proud to announce that Madison Gannon and Casey Goyette of Uxbridge are BVT's recipients of the

earned a bronze medal in 2019 at the SkillsUSA District competition in Robotics and Automation. Recognized as a National Merit Scholarship Pro-

Madison Gannon and Casey Goyette (left to right) of Uxbridge have been named BVT’s recipients of the Massachusetts Assn. of School Superintendents Award of Academic Excellence. Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Award of Academic Excellence. They are both in the Engineering & Robotics program at BVT. The annual commendation, also known as the Superintendent's Scholar Award, is presented to the two seniors who exemplify the school's commitment to cutting-edge career technical training and rigorous academics. Presently, Madison Gannon is the Class of 2021 Valedictorian and a member of the National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society. Her dedication to her academic and vocational studies was on display when she

gram Commended Student, Gannon is a scholastically talented student who, in addition to her academic success, also excels as a student-athlete on the track and field. She is the MVP and Captain of the Girl’s Cross-Country team for the last three years and is the school’s record holder in the 800-meter race and 4x800 meter relay. Gannon is analyzing multiple placement opportunities. She is interested in following a Biomedical Engineering pathway pursuing a bachelor's degree before acceptance into medical school, ultimately becoming a Pediatric Surgeon. Casey Goyette is currently the Class

of 2021 Salutatorian and a National Honor Society and National Technical Honor Society member. He has made the Commendation List every term of his high school career. His academic and vocational studies dedication was on display when he earned a Gold medal in 2020 at the SkillsUSA District competition in Urban Search & Rescue. In addition to being an Eagle Scout, Goyette enjoys reading, drumming, hiking, camping, and traveling. He is also the Chief Mechanical Officer of BVT’s Robotics Club and participates in Model UN and SkillsUSA. Goyette is also exploring placement opportunities. To strengthen his workforce entry opportunities, he wants to pursue a master’s degree in Computer Engineering with a minor in Mechanical Engineering. Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick was joined by Assistant Superintendent-Director/Principal Anthony Steele and the BVT School Committee in congratulating Gannon and Goyette on their awards, thanking them for their many contributions. “As educators, it brings us great pride to work with students like Madison and Casey, who exemplify our school’s commitment to cutting-edge career technical training and rigorous academics through their incredible drive, talent, and zeal for their futures,” said Steele. “We are pleased to celebrate their accomplishments and wish them continued success with their future endeavors.”

Blackstone Valley Rotary announce meeting dates The Rotary Club of Blackstone Valley invites anyone interested to join them for their upcoming February meetings. Join the Zoom Meetings by logging on at: https://us04web.zoom. us/ Meeting ID: 732 2148 2216 Passcode: N7Mt8e • February 2nd - Regularly Scheduled Club Meeting through Zoom - from

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G.R.A.C.E. to the Finish Fundraiser On December 19th, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. a virtual fundraising event for the G.R.A.C.E. Center was launched to raise funds for the education/athletic complex to be built behind the Our Lady of the Valley School in Uxbridge, MA. Lasting 62 hours and three seconds, it reflected the world record for rowing that Grace Rett set that same weekend a year before. This virtual G.R.A.C.E. to the Finish fundraiser was held via FaceBook. Grace Rett, an OLV alum, was a competitive athlete as well as an honor student, and had always dreamed of having a gym for her school. Playing basketball in other schools’ gyms fueled her desire to have a home court for Our Lady of the Valley. She often said “If I ever have enough money someday, I’m going to build a gym.” A few short weeks after setting the world record for rowing, Grace died in a tragic accident in Florida while traveling with the College of the Holy Cross women’s rowing team. This complex being named after Grace truly embodies everything that Grace aspired to. The Grace Rett Athletic and

Classmates Nolan Pinchuck and Patrick Alves (grade 6) making 62 baskets and a three pointer to commemorate Grace's achievement. Education Center when completed will provide additional classrooms to sup-

port the school, a gym for sports, and space for musical performances. Students, staff, alumni of Our Lady of the Valley, as well as the communities of Marianapolis Preparatory School, and the College of the Holy Cross came together in this major fundraising effort to help Grace’s dream come true. Donations flowed in from all over and everyone came together to show love and support as well as participating in many different events. Her high school and college alma maters held erg-athons. Students of the OLV community participated in a read-a-thon and some hit the courts to shoot hoops. Overall, this fundraiser was a huge success and brought in just over $520,000. With previous donations and matching gifts, Grace’s dream is poised to come true in 2021. As of January 1, 2021, G.R.A.C.E. to the Finish has reached $610,440 in donations. If you would like to give the G.R.A.C.E. Center please go to https://ourladyofthevalleyregional.com /the-g-r-a-c-e-center/ See additional photos on page 9

THE KAy SISTERS: Sophia (8th), Abigail (7th), Isabella (5th), Julianna (5th), and Madeline (10th) all participating in the Read-AThon. On their laps is a prayer shawl, of which they made two, the matching one was given to the Rett family.

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Integrated Preschool Program at Taft The Integrated Preschool Program at Taft Early Learning Center is designed to meet the needs of children who are developing within normal limits as well as children who have been identified with special needs. Classes are taught by a teacher trained in Early Childhood Education. The publicschool calendar is followed. Parents provide their own transportation. The preschool program offers a variety of halfday and full-day classes for 3 and 4-year-olds.

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Could It Have Been Any Worse? Good-bye, good riddance, don’t let the door hit you on the way out! So long to the great global dumpster fire known as 2020. We got clobbered, but we came through. And now it’s time to push the tachometer to the limit, get our brain cells working at warp speed, and do a bunch of great stuff in 2021. Since it’s still the season of new year’s resolutions, how about we concentrate on improving ourselves. How? By visiting the Uxbridge Free Public Library site (www.uxbridgelibrary.org) and then scooting over to the Universal Class section. Here you will find more ways to enrich yourself (mind and body!), learn a whole bunch of new fun (or practical) stuff, and generally just become an erudite, valued member of society who is looked up to and admired by all. Yes, it can happen! What you’ll find at Universal Class are literally hundreds of programs to improve your life. Ever wanted to become an entrepreneur and join Bill Gates and Elon Musk on the Billionaires’ Band Wagon? With over 100 online courses on entrepreneurship, you may find one that lets you jump aboard. Why not? Crazy for pets? Well, there are a number of courses devoted to animal care that will keep Fido in top shape, for a longer, fuller, happier life. And if pets weren’t enough, you’ll also discover over 45 classes in parenting and family. What’s good for the puppies has to be good for the kids, right? So, there you have it. You’ll learn how to house train the pets and the kids all at the same time. What could be better? But then there are courses with a more serious side. For example, you can learn about alternative medicines, how to buy and sell real estate, there

are over a hundred general business courses, and dozens of courses related to accounting and finance. Another great thing? All these various courses are written in plain, easy-to-understand- English. No degree from MIT required. You learn, and you have fun learning at the same time. More? This is just the tip of the iceberg. In Universal Courses you’ll also find a number of other areas to explore including Writing Skills, Web Development, Law/Legal, History, Social Work, Language Arts, Psychology, Homeschooling, Math, and the ever popular How-To-Do-ItYourself. So, there you have it. And from all of us at the Uxbridge Free Public Library, here’s to a great, healthy, and prosperous 2021!

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Secrets To Getting In Shape: especially for Baby Boomers By Dr. Sean T. Lordan It’s officially 2021. You, like many, have probably thought about what you are looking to change about this year as compared to last. 2020 didn’t leave much to be desired on many fronts. Let’s focus on the positive that came out of it. For example, I was able to spend more time at home with my family and see my daughters first steps. What a special moment. I think it is important to reflect on life’s treasures while also recognizing the pain that many people are facing welcoming the new year uncertain of what the future will bring. One thing you can control is your own health. Let’s look forward this month and create attainable goals that will give you the confidence to move into 2021 happier and healthier than you’ve ever felt before! 1. Posture: Make a Plan, and Stick To It! Postural education is the number one priority for most upper body rehab programs in the field of Physical Therapy. Sometimes it is as simple as looking at yourself in the mirror from the front and the side and bringing attention to how you slump, and standing a little taller. Being aware of poor posture is half the battle. To win the war you must perform a few simple exercises that will have you noticing real changes in as little as a month. Those exercises are: Chin tucks, Prone Y Raises and Prone T Raises. 2. Nutrition: Top Priorities. A popular new years resolution is “weight-loss” for many baby boomers and active older adults. Most people think the key to losing weight is to eat whole foods and limit the processed snacks from the middle aisles of the grocery store. While that’s a good start ask yourself this question first, “What is my REAL goal?” I would venture that your real goal is to live as long as possible with a high quality of life. We know that increased body fat around the organs decreases longevity and leads to a poorer quality of life. What actionable steps can you take to fix that? Your first step beyond acknowledging the proper diet and sticking to it should be to track calories consumed. Simply put, if you eat too much the excess calories will be stored as fat. Did you know you never can get rid of a fat cell once it is created, it only shrinks? That’s why plastic surgeons are busier than ever. I will save you a lot of time and money if you follow my advice. Track calories in for one week. Use an app like My FitnessPal or MyNetDiary and start today. 3. Win The Aging Joints Battle. I am often astounded when folks who suffer from achy joints and bones tell me that they chose “rest and ice” over activity. Or when I’m asked about the latest CBD cream and whether it will help or not. The research has become clear over the past decade that the most important tool boomer and older adults alike have against aging and joint decay

is movement! The key is to perform the proper exercises and activities. For example, swimming and walking are easier on your joints than running and spinning. Many people stop doing anything at all, and start decaying. Sooner than later they are using a cane, walker or wheelchair to get around. If you don’t use your muscle tissue, you lose it. Don’t let this be you! If you are starting to get aches and pains anywhere in your body and you’ve been told by your PCP that you have “arthritis” and to just rest and ice I urge you to get more information from a physical therapist. Did you know you don’t need a referral to see your local PT? That means you can go directly to an expert in movement science without having to check with a gate-keeper first! There you have it, three secrets that will make your 2021 and beyond a healthy success! As always, any questions or comments please feel free to reach out to me directly at drlordan@conciergephysicaltherapy.com. If I do not respond right away it is most likely because I am in patient care and will get back to you as soon as I’m able.

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Marriage blessed & celebrated Last fall at Saint Andrews Parish on Block Island, the marriage of Hannah E. Mussulli and Eldis G. Torres was blessed by Father Joe Protano. A celebration followed with family and friends at the Spring House Inn on the island. Hannah is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Anthony F. & Kathleen Mussulli III of Harrisville, RI and Eldis is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Gustavo & Ana Torres of Cranston, RI. The groom works for The Walt Disney Company as a Techinical Talent Sourcer. The bride is a former Medical Assistant, now at home caring for their toddler son, Francisco. The couple resides in Killingly, CT.

Restrictions resulting from the Corona virus pandemic remain in place so Good Citizens, nominated and elected from the Class of 2021 in three area high schools, could not be honored in person as planned. The Deborah Wheelock Chapter has sponsored the Good Citizen award in BlackstoneMillville, Nipmuc, and Uxbridge high schools for decades. First bestowed in 1934, consideration as a DAR Good Citizen includes qualities of a good citizen as exemplified by dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. This award is nationally recognizable on resumes for college and employment applications. Diane Mc-



Keon of Whitinsville, Chapter Chairman of DAR Good Citizens Committee, delivered patriotic gift bags to the winners containing: NSDAR certificate and ID card, engraved Jefferson Cup, patriotic ornament and flag mask, check for $500, and a special recognition pin to be worn on the gown at graduation. DAR Good Citizens for the Class of 2021 are: Jacob Purinton, BlackstoneMillville Regional, son of Thomas and Melissa Purinton; Drew Gauthier, Uxbridge High School, son of Eric and Darcie Gauthier; and Ethan Lefebvre, Nipmuc Regional, son of Joseph and Bonnie Lefebvre. Ethan’s essay was sent to the state for further scholarship

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Free Virtual Slatersville Documentary Valley Talks, a series lectures by the Museum of Work & Culture, continues Sun., February 7th at 1 p.m. on Zoom.  Critically acclaimed filmmaker Christian de Rezendes  will present a segment of Slatersville: America’s First Mill Village, a historical documentary series which will have its world premiere on Rhode Island PBS in the Fall

of 2021. This sixth work-in-progress piece, "Henry Plimpton Kendall: They Will All Be My Friends,” will focus on Kendall, who purchased the Slatersville mill and village in 1915 and brought it from a state of low morale to a New England renaissance.  Individuals can register for the talk by visiting https://bit.ly/3otAlj6.

judging: “Our American Heritage and our Responsibility for preserving it: How do the combined actions of many good citizens keep our Nation moving forward?” Congratulations to each! As the health crisis continues, they offer this thought: the conviction and resilience that resulted in victory at Trenton during the American Revolution inspired Thomas Paine to write, “… we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” If interested in learning more about DAR activities and membership contact DeborahWheelock DAR@gmail.com.


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Now We’re Cooking! essential cooking tools donated to bvt’s culinary arts Program At Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, students in the Culinary Arts program gain authentic food preparation and hospitality skills. By learning to multi-task, listen carefully, and communicate clearly, students develop the proficiency, knowledge, and skills necessary for success in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry. Before one jumps into cooking, there are basic essential cooking tools every aspiring chef needs. During distance learning, that can be a challenge. Thanks to the Massachusetts Restaurant Associa-

tion Educational Foundation (MRAEF), which has generously donated 48 sets of cooking tools, students are ready to get cooking from their home kitchens. The set includes an instant-read probe thermometer, a 15" x 20" commercial cutting board, a 10" aluminum sauté pan, stainless steel measuring spoons and cups, and a Dexter 8" Cooks Knife. Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Matthew Williams explained that the 48 sets would be broken up and distributed to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. "We will supplement the kits with our own fundraising money because it essential for Culinary Arts students to have the proper tools in their kitchen. Much of what we do is rooted in science, history, and math, but there is no substitute for hands-on experiences." "I am writing a new curriculum," said Chef Williams. "It will incorporate the use of new tools and ideas that will open up a world of possibilities. We are also in the midst of a lesson on knife skills with our sophomores. Having all students work at home with the same commercial equipment that we have at BVT helps them be as prepared as possible for our industry, and maybe more importantly, it gives all students equal access to an enhanced curriculum." "As a ProStart school, we utilize a curriculum from the National Restaurant Association and are in contact with our local ProStart advisors through the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, said Chef Williams. “They've been incredible supporters and very creative in their responses to supporting the many ProStart programs throughout the Commonwealth. We are thankful that the MRAEF was able to supply our students with these tools. With the proper tools, our Culinary Arts students graduate well-educated, well-trained, and ready to join the workforce."

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senior corner Uxbridge Senior Center posts News and Calendar of Events Information that Seniors may find helpful: PROPERTY TAx ExEMPTIONS for Adults Age 65 and Older An exemption relieves a taxpayer from the legal obligation to pay the full amount of their local property tax. In most cases, a homeowner does not repay an exemption. Exemption programs typically provide between $500 and $1,000 per year in property tax relief to the adult who meets the town’s specific income and asset requirements. Qualifications vary, but generally relate to age, ownership, residency, disability, income or assets. You may be eligible for an exemption if you fall into any of these categories: · Legally blind person · Veteran with a serviceconnected disability · Surviving spouse of a service member, national guard member or veteran who died from active-duty injury or illness · Surviving spouse · Minor child of a deceased parent · Senior citizen age 70 and older (65 and older by local option) More detailed information about the qualifications for each exemption may be obtained from your board of assessors. For the exact eligibility requirements, check with the Uxbridge Tax Assessor, Ken O’Brien, at 508-278-8600. The Massachusetts “CIRCUIT BREAKER” TAx PROGRAM is for qualifying persons age 65 or over whose property tax (or 25% of rent) exceeds 10% of their annual gross income. You may be eligible even if you receive a property tax exemption through your city/town. Whether or not you owe taxes, you may be eligible for cash or a tax credit of up to $1,150 this tax year - even if you did not file Massachusetts state income tax forms. This benefit equals the amount that your property tax (plus 50% of your Water and Sewer Bill*) or 25% of your rent exceeds 10% of your income up to a maximum benefit amount that varies by year. To obtain the benefit, you must file for the 2020 tax year beginning in January 2021. You may also file retroactively for any benefits you could have qualified for in the past three years. Please call the Mass. Department of Revenue Customer Service at 1617-887-6367 for information and forms. Or visit https://www.mass. gov/guides/personal-income-tax-forresidents  or go to: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/ sen-ior-circuit-breaker-tax-credit Need help filing your income taxes? Go to https: //www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-revenue  for Self Help Resources to help you with your taxes. The center is working with the local BOH on vaccinations for COVID for seniors. More information will be forthcoming once available. Please call the senior center or Uxbridge BOH at 508-278-8600 for more information. Thank you and stay safe, Lisa Bernard, Director  Virtual programs will be aired on Local Cable Channel 192 Tuesday – Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. also 10 a.m. & 6 p.m. Check out their Facebook page and YouTube channel. NEW ZUMBA GOLD CONTINUES Thursdays, February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th and last class is March 4, 2021 ~ Interested individuals should call the Uxbridge Senior Center at 508-278-8622 for more information and receive their application and waiver forms prior to the start of the program. Sessions will be sent via email to participants. Thank you to the Uxbridge Elderly Connection for sponsoring this! • Feb. 15th: Closed - Presidents’ Day observed  • Wednesday, February 17th, Random Acts of Kindness Day: It is a day to celebrate kindness and the whole pay it forward mentality. “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” (Scott Adams). Kind words and actions can seem so small, but their effects are truly endless. PLEASE NOTE: If the Uxbridge schools are closed due to snow, the home delivered meals will not be delivered. If there is a snow

day on Tuesday, the lunch will be delivered on Wednesday. If there is a snow day on Thursday, the lunch will be delivered on Friday. The Uxbridge Senior Center in collaboration with the UHS Student Council and the National Residence Hall Honorary Bridgewater State University Campus are offering FaceTime and Pen Pal Programs for seniors. This will also include students from Taft Elementary School and local senior volunteers. With the long winter months upon us, seniors will become more socially isolated. If you would like to join, call the center. Uxbridge Senior Center On The Move - Videos will be posted every Monday at 10:00 a.m. Get ready to join Sally on VIRTUAL Trips in and around Uxbridge. 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 are required and seating is limited. every Tuesday – Virtual Chair exercises with Sally posted on the Uxbridge Senior Center Facebook page & YouTube after 2:30 p.m. Bank & Pharmacy Rides 1st & 3rd Wednesdays Feb 3rd & Feb 17th @ 10:00 a.m. Please call at least 24 hours in advance. Masks must be worn. Shopping trip to walmart 2nd Wednesday (For This Month Only) Feb 10th @ 9:30 a.m. There will only be 4 people allowed on the van per visit. Call ahead to sign up! Masks must be worn. Shaws/Ocean State Shopping Rides. 2nd & 4th Thursdays – Feb 11th & Feb 25th @ 9:30 a.m. Please call at least 24 hours in advance if you need a ride. Masks must be worn and limited to 4 people on the van. Virtual Crafts with Sally: Every Thursday posted on the Senior Center Facebook page and YouTube after 2:30 p.m. Live Facebook Pictionary with Sally! Every Friday @ 1:00 p.m. – Come play along with Sally & Gail. Tune in to the

Uxbridge Senior Center Facebook page. Medical Transportation is now accepting appointments. Call to schedule your rides. Anyone wishing to donate may do so by making checks payable to the “Uxbridge Senior Center”. Donations may also be made in honor of, in memory of, or in appreciation of. Contributions are greatly appreciated. Feel free to contact them at 508-278-8622 or online: Uxbridge-ma. gov/CouncilAging www.Facebook.com/UxbridgeMASeniorCenter

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Uxbridge congratulated on St. Mary’s Parish Lenten Schedule Community Transit Grant State Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) announced that the Uxbridge Council on Aging had been named a recipient of the MassDOT Community Transit Grant. The Community Transit Grant Program is the Commonwealth’s annual competitive grant program to distribute both Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5310: Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities funds and State Mobilities Assistance Program (MAP) Funds. The State MAP funds are used to assist in the provision of transportation services to seniors and persons with disabilities

exclusively through the purchase of eligible vehicles. The Uxbridge Council on Aging was a recipient of this award and was awarded one vehicle. “I want to congratulate the hard work of the staff at the Uxbridge Council on Aging for their tireless work for their seniors,” said Senator Fattman. “Their efforts will enable safe transportation and accessibility to many places for the seniors of Uxbridge. I was proud to support the COA in their efforts to obtain this vehicle, and I will continue to support their hard work.”

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St. Mary Catholic Church in Uxbridge announces their schedule of Liturgies for Lent. Lent is the fortyday liturgical season that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. During this season, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord though prayer and Scripture, almsgiving (giving to those in need) and sacrifice through fasting. Lent is a time of preparation for the new life that Christ gives us by his resurrection celebrated on Easter Sunday. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on February 17th. Due to COVID-19, ashes will be distributed with no physical contact between the priest and the recipient of the ashes. Ashes will be distributed at all Masses on Ash Wednesday which will be held at 7:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 7:00 p.m. and the two Liturgies of the Word to be held at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Reservations are required for all Masses and services and can be made through the website: https://stmaryuxbridge.org/massreservations beginning on Monday, Feb. 8th at 10:00 a.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be held every Wednesday (except Ash Wednesday) from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. outside between the Parish Hall and OLV School. Reconciliation is also held outside every Saturday from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. except during Holy Week. Eucharistic Adoration

is held in the Church every Wednesday from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. during the school year. Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday evening in Lent beginning at 6:00 p.m. Holy Week begins on Sunday, March 28th with Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday, April 4th. A sincere invitation is extended to anyone who would like to attend St. Mary. All are welcome! St. Mary Parish maintains all safety and cleanliness standards as put forth by the Diocese of Worcester. Masks are required and social distancing is maintained. St. Mary Parish is located at 77 St. Mendon Street in Uxbridge. The parish office is open Sunday through Thursday and you may call 508-2782226 if you have any questions. Please visit https://stmaryuxbridge.org/  for more information.  THE SEARCH: IN-PERSON OR ON ZOOM! St. Mary Parish will be offering The Search as part of the Lenten Adult Faith Formation program. This program will be offered both virtually and in-person. The Search is an innovative video series from Augustine Institute which tackles the key questions of the human heart. You are invited to attend the multi-session program to better understand life and death, sorrow and happiness, science and faith, and the meaning and purpose of life. These

topics and others will be explored with experts from multiple fields of science, medicine, psychology, art and religion. The Search has something for everyone! Whether you are a seeker, have never considered faith before, are engaged in your faith or just have questions, you will find this series enlightening. For instance, have you ever gotten a promotion at work only to find you felt happy for a day or two? Or perhaps you bought a new car only to find the thrill was over by the time you drove it home. This beautiful production will help to delved deeper and clarify such questions and possibly lead you on a new journey. Join them for what should be a very thought-provoking experience beginning Monday night, Feb. 15th and each Monday night through March 29th, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. There will be an in-person session at the parish and also a session on Zoom running at the same time. There is no cost for the class. Come, engage in a lively discussion or come just to listen. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed for the in-person session. For more information or to register for The Search, please email: thesearch@stmaryuxbridge.org or call 508-278-2226.


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school News Design Challenge delivers creative solutions to a common issue A design challenge at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School (BVT) inspired students and staff to work collaboratively to develop a creative solution to a common COVID-related issue, limited cafeteria seating. With only two students seated per 12foot table, facing the same direction during a lunch block, Vocational Director Tom Belland had the thought if one of our shops could engineer a solution to maximize our allowable seating per lunch period safely. Overcoming that hurdle would be one less ‘barrier’ to bringing more students back to BVT. Belland discussed the concept of challenging several departments to design and build a user-friendly tabletop barrier with Construction Technology instructor Mark Fitzpatrick, Electronics & Engineering Technology instructor Mike Norton, and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration instructors Daniel Morin & Joshua Dunton. Ultimately those conversations inspired the idea for a Cafeteria Tabletop Design Challenge within the three shops. “The prototype had to be secure and stable on a table without drilling or clamping, quickly removable, and easily cleaned, disinfected, and reusable to meet the requirements. Each shop came up with an initial design idea and a prototype for a barrier build,” explained Belland. “All three designs were well thought out and had many positive attributes.” The winning design was the aluminum plexiglass model submitted by Electronics & Engineering. They chose to use 80/20 aluminum because it is lightweight but strong. Plexiglass for its visibly transparent, shatter-resistant, and durable attributes, and manufacturing 3D printed the endcaps to reduce costs further. But recycling and reusability were the deciding factors that lead to the win, with nearly all the materials used for the build being 100 percent reusable and repurposed for use in BVT's Robotics Club. "I didn't have to look far for inspiration," said Luke Morrison, a senior from Douglas in Electronics & Engineering Technology and a member of the Robotics Club. "In the corner of our shop rests our competition robot, its aluminum and lightweight, but designed and built to compete against opponents in a series of specific challenges, and we always want more materials to improve it. It was fun and rewarding to take skills I've learned and the materials used in shop and apply them in this design challenge." The Drafting department assisted with detailed drawings for the barriers, which will help a great deal with mastery preparation and assembly. Isaac Curley, a senior from Uxbridge in Drafting & Design Technology, uses

Isaac Curley, a senior from Uxbridge in Drafting & Design Technology, uses Inventor CAD software that provides him with the ability to produce professional-grade 3D mechanical part drawings.

Luke Morrison, a senior from Douglas in Electronics & Engineering Technology and BVT Robotics Club member, stands in front of the club's competition robot holding up the winning plexiglass model.

The drawings that took me a school day to produce will aid students in Advanced Manufacturing & Fabrication, who will read them and know how long to cut the aluminum pieces.” Belland said, “Our students and graduates continue to rise to meet any challenge with enthusiasm and work hard to deliver impressive results. The Class

Inventor CAD software that provides him with the ability to produce professional-grade 3D mechanical part drawings. He said, “It is rewarding to use my computer-aided drafting (CAD) skills to good use in this barrier project.

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Valley Tech announces First Trimester Commendation List Recognizing academic achievements and vocational excellences Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick has released the following Commendation List for the first trimester of the 2020-2021 academic school year at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School. Now that the grade appeal process has concluded, the District can name the honorees. Students named to the Commendation List have met rigorous standards that include maintaining a grade point average of 88 percent or above in each technical, related, and academic course for the trimester. Students are listed alphabetically by their last name and grouped according to grade and hometown. The Freshman Class of 2024 is currently in Exploratory. SeNIORS (Class of 2021) BLACKSTONE Avry Guilbert, Painting & Design Technology; Victoria Lemieux, Health Services; Sean Tasker, Electronics & Engineering Technology; and Grant Van Dyke, Engineering & Robotics.           DOUGLAS Jessica Brown, Health Services; Giannah Dowen, Health Services; Ryleigh Flansburg, Dental Assisting; Krista Helstrom, Multimedia Communications; Luke Morrison, Electronics & Engineering Technology; and Victorya Pacheco, Construction Technology.             HOPEDALE Tyler Doyle, Electronics & Engine-

ering Technology; Matthew Hayes, Information Technology; Rohit Kaushik, Information Technology; Abby Kelly, Health Services; and Madeleine Poitras, Multimedia Communications.         MENDON Gabriel Asacker, Drafting & Design Technology; Robin Sage Murphy, Advanced Manufacturing & Fabrication; Abigail Murphy, Dental Assisting; and Lauren Testa, Health Services.       MILLVILLE Aaron Canali, Electrical; and Hayley Vecchione, Health Services. NORTHBRIDGE Emery Amtmann, Health Services; Gavin Chabot, Drafting & Design Technology; Kevin Downing, Electronics & Engineering Technology;   Grant Houatchanthara, Information Technology; and Donna Ross, Health Services.         SUTTON Erin Fitman, Dental Assisting; Jenna Jennison, Culinary Arts; Tyler King, Engineering & Robotics; Hannah Limanek, Electronics & Engineering Technology; and Blake Stone, Business & Entrepreneurship. UxBRIDGE Madeleine Bleyhl, Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing; Isaac Curley, Drafting & Design Technology; Molly Curley, Health Services; Madison Gannon, Engineering & Robotics; Casey Goyette, Engineering & Robotics; and Khushi Patel, Health Services. JUNIORS (Class of 2022) BLACKSTONE Madison Abrants, Painting & Design Technology; Allana Atstupenas, Advanced Manufacturing & Fabrication;

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With Ultra-low Rates, Should You Still Invest in Bonds? If you’ve been investing for many years and you’ve owned bonds, you’ve seen some pretty big changes on your financial statements. In 2000, the average yield on a 10-year U.S. Treasury security was about 6%; in 2010, it had dropped to slightly over 3%, Darren Parent and for most of 2020, it was less than 1%. That’s an enormous difference, and it may lead you to this question: With yields so low on bonds, why should you even consider them? Of course, while the 10-year Treasury note is an important benchmark, it doesn’t represent the returns on any bonds you could purchase. Typically, longer-term bonds, such as those that mature in 20 or 30 years, pay higher rates to account for inflation and to reward you for locking up your money for many years. But the same downward trend can be seen in these longer-term bonds, too – in 2020, the average 30-year Treasury bond yield was only slightly above 1.5%. Among other things, these numbers mean that investors of 10 or 20 years ago could have gotten some reasonably good income from investmentgrade bonds. But today, the picture is different. (Higher-yield bonds, sometimes known as “junk” bonds, can offer more income but carry a higher risk of default.) Nonetheless, while rates are low now, you may be able to employ a strategy that can help you in any interest-rate environment. You can build a

UniBank to host Online Payment Solutions webinar UniBank will be sponsoring a free UniPay Online Payment Solution Webinar for businesses and non-profit organizations who are interested in offering online payment as a solution to customers/donors. It's a simple fact: customers today expect the convenience of making payments online. During the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more customers are seeking online payment options to minimize in-person contact and help with social distancing. UniPay by UniBank is simple, efficient, secure, reliable, and can help your business or non-profit increase efficiencies. The solution is customizable and offers your business or non-profit the ability to accept payments securely 24/7. Join Kristy Genga, AVP from UniPay by UniBank for a 45-minute webinar on Wednesday, February 24th, at 1:00 pm to learn how this solution can help your business or non-profit and enhance your revenue collections! All attendees will be entered to win a $50 Staples gift card. Sweepstakes to win $50 Staples gift card is subject to complete official rules which are available at unibank.com. Register at unibank.com. No purchase or account required to enter or win. To register, visit www.unibank.com.

bond “ladder” of individual bonds that mature on different dates. When market interest rates are low, you’ll still have your longer-term bonds earning higher yields (and long-term yields, while fluctuating, are expected to rise in the future). When interest rates rise, your maturing bonds can be reinvested at these new, higher levels. Be sure you evaluate whether a bond ladder and the securities held within it are consistent with your investment objectives, risk tolerance and financial circumstances. Furthermore, bonds can provide you with other benefits. For one thing, they can help diversify your portfolio, especially if it’s heavily weighted toward stocks. Also, stock and bond prices often (although not always) move in opposite directions, so if the stock market goes through a down period, the value of your bonds may rise. And bonds are usually less volatile than stocks, so they can have a “calming” effect on your portfolio. Plus, if you hold your bonds until maturity, you will get your entire principal back (providing the bond issuer doesn’t default, which is generally unlikely if you own investment-grade bonds), so bond ownership gives you a chance to preserve capital while still investing. But if the primary reason you have owned bonds is because of the income they offer, you may have to look elsewhere during periods of ultra-low interest rates. For example, you could invest in dividend-paying stocks. Some stocks have long track records of increasing dividends, year after year, giving you a potential source of rising income. (Keep in mind, though, that dividends can

be increased, decreased or eliminated at any time.) Be aware, though, that stocks are subject to greater risks and market movements than bonds. Ultimately, while bonds may not provide the income they did a few years ago, they can have a place in a long-term investment strategy. Consider how they might fit into yours.

This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Please contact Darren Parent, your local Edward Jones Advisor at 5 Albert Street, Auburn, MA 01501 Tel: 508-832-5385 or Darren.parent@ edwardjones.com. Edward Jones, Member SIPC.

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Local libraries offer virtual programs and activities for all ages Simon FaiRFieLD PubLic LibRaRy winter Book Auction Are you ready for a book sale? Brought to you by the Friends of the Simon Fairfield Public Library in Douglas. Every year, they usually have two sales put on by the Friends of the Library: Memorial Day weekend and Oktoberfest. These sales give them a chance to find new homes for library books ready for retirement before they send them off for recycling. Since they were unable to have sales last year, things are getting a bit crowded. You can help! Go to charityauction. bid/librarybooksale and register (note that you may already be registered if you participated in the Fall auction). Check out the inventory. They have created big bundles of books to bid on: 63 adult fiction bundles 25 large print fiction bundles 26 adult nonfiction bundles 12 early readers picture book bundles 13 middle grade fiction bundles 4 middle grade graphic novel bundles 27 young adult fiction bundles 14 young adult graphic novel/manga bundles. Bidding will start on February 1st and run until the 21st. The starting bid for everything is just $1 and the minimum bidding increment thereafter is also just $1. Once the auction ends, winners will have 2 weeks to pick up their bundles before they are offered to the next highest bidder. Picking up items will be a simple matter of pulling up to the library (front or back) and calling them on your cell or ringing the doorbell to let them know you are there. They will

bring the books out to you and accept payment (cash or check)if you haven't already paid online via credit card. The Friends prefer cash or checks made out the Friends of the SFPL over using the online system. That way, they don't lose any money to processing fees and 100% of the proceeds can be deposited into the library's interestbearing building fund to go toward their building renovation project goal. But do whatever works for you. These books must go! You don't have to be from Douglas to participate. Simon Fairfield Public Library is located at 290 Main Street, Douglas. Online: douglaspubliclibrary.org.

WHitinSviLLe SociaL LibRaRy Parking Lot Pick Up The library is offering Parking Lot Pick Up Monday through Saturday. Place items on hold in the online catalog, wait for a notification that it's ready, and give the library a call at 508234-2151 to schedule a contactless pick-up window. Not sure what you'd like to read, watch or listen to? Fill out the library sampler form on their website and staff will pick out something! Cookbook Club: Spice Up winter Join them virtually this winter for Cookbook Club’s exploration of spices. They provide registrants with a sample of the spice via parking lot pick up. Try the spice at home and then join other food enthusiasts to talk about what you made, what you want to try, and what you thought of the spice. Spices and Meetings: Thurs. 2/4 at 12 - baharat



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Thurs. 2/25 at 12 - Chinese five spice Thurs. 3/18 at 12 - garam masala Sign up at www.tinyurl.com/Events AtWSL to receive a sample of the spice, information on its history, usage, and recipes. Once you’ve registered you will receive a link via email to that spice’s meeting on Zoom. Take & Make: Valentine's Day Kids Craft Pick up Wednesday 2/10 from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Each kit contains supplies to create two Valentine's Day cards. They provide supplies like cardstock, stickers, and some lovely card ideas. All you need is scissors and glue. Reserve your child's card kit at www.tinyurl.com/Events AtWSL. Be sure to select a window to pick up your kit on when you sign up. Ten Year Club: The Song of Achilles Wednesday 2/17 at 6:30 p.m. Join them as they discuss the best sellers from ten years ago. Whether you read the book when it was first released in 2011 or want to read it now, let’s talk about it! They will discuss the book itself and how it's held up ten years later. The first meetings will take place via Zoom. Copies of The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller are available for parking lot pick up, electronically in Overdrive, or patrons may place on hold in the catalog or by giving the Library a call. Sign up at www.tinyurl.com/Events AtWSL to get the link to attend the book discussion. The Whitinsville Social Library is located at 17 Church Street, Whitinsville. Online at: www.northbridgemass. org/WSL or Phone: (508) 234-2151. Follow WSL on FB and Instagram

uxbRiDge FRee PubLic LibRaRy Virtual Programs ADULT PROGRAMS Gentle Yoga: Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Tune in to YouTube Live to start off your day with a yoga session with Marise Nazzaro. Search YouTube for the Uxbridge Free Public Library channel. This class is sponsored by the Uxbridge Board of Library Trustees. Mindfulness Meditation: Thursdays, February 4th at 18th at 6:00 p.m. Tune in on Facebook Live for an interactive virtual meditation session with Jenny xie. This class is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Running Girl eats: Thursdays -February 11th, March 11th and April 8th at 6:00 p.m. Join Sarah Roy, from Running Girl Eats Nutrition Coaching, for a 3-part series. Sarah will be discussing the relationship between the top 3 health issues Americans face today: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Sarah will be making a few easy & delicious recipes that contain simple ingredients for each workshop. This class is sponsored by the Board of Library Trustees and will be on the Library’s FB page. Virtual Bookies Book Club: Monday, February 22nd at 6:30 p.m. Zach will lead a discussion The Five by Hallie Rubenhold. This title is available on the Hoopla Digital app. Patrons interested in participating should email zparrish@cwmars.org to register and receive the Zoom link. YOUTH PROGRAMS Take-home Crafty wednesday’s: Wednesday mornings and afternoons

Story Times: Monday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Join Lindsey and Iggy on FB Live for songs, rhymes, stories, & more! Best for ages 0-4. PJ Story Time: Thursday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. Join them on the last Thursday of the month on FB Live with cozy picture books. Best for all ages. Music & Movement with Deb hudgins: Tuesday mornings. Visit their Calendar for the program link each Tuesday. Best for ages 0-4. Brought to you by the Library Board of Trustees. SAT Prep webinar: Monday, February 1st at 6:30 p.m. Brought to you by the Library Board of Trustees. Teen Meditation: Monday, February 1st at 7:00 p.m. Visit their Calendar to register. Best for ages 13 and up. Sponosor; Library Board of Trustees. Bedtime Yoga: Monday’s, February 8th and 22nd at 6:30 p.m. Visit their Calendar to register. For ages 6 &up. Lava Cake Mug Meals: Wednesday, February 10th at 5:00 p.m. This program is best for ages 8 & up. Brought to you by the Library Board of Trustees. Trivia Night with The Trivia Brothers: Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00 p.m. Visit their Calendar to register. Brought to you by the Taft Public Library and the Uxbridge Library Board of Trustees. Birds Story walk: Thursday, February 18th at 10:00 a.m. Beginning Bridges CFCE, West Hill Dam, and the library are partnering for even more wintery fun in the outdoors. Registration required. Brought to you by the Uxbridge Cultural Council and taking place at West Hill Dam. Middle School Book Club: Tuesday, February 23rd at 4:00 p.m. Monthly meetings will be on the last Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. To receive the Zoom link, email Lindsey at lcentrella@cwmars. org. Virtual Mac & Cheese Mug Meals: Wednesday, February 24th at 5:00 p.m. Best for ages 8 and up. Brought to you by the Library Board of Trustees. Virtual Fortnite Tournament with One Up Games: Thursday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. Fortnite Tournaments have been taken to the next level! Visit their Calendar to register. Brought to you by the Library Board of Trustees. Letters to Librarians Have you ever had a pen pal? Do you wonder what the librarians have been up to? Email Lindsey at lcentrella@ cwmars.org to join their Letters to Librarians pen pal program! Do you miss LeGO club? They sure do! Email Lindsey at lcentrella@cwmars.org if you’d want to join a virtual LEGO club at the library! For a full description, supplies needed and registration for the programs visit: www.uxbridgelibrary.org. Check out their website and social media for additional programs as the month unfolds! The Uxbridge Free Public Library is located at 15 North Main Street, Uxbridge.

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Raffle to aid Bay State Trail Riders Assn. projects Thanks to an anonymous donation, Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. (BSTRA) is offering a Bose 500 Soundbar valued at $549 as the prize for its latest raffle. Tickets for this raffle are reasonably priced: 5 tickets for $10, 15 tickets for $20, 35 tickets for

$40, 55 tickets for $60, 75 tickets for $80 or 100 tickets for $100 and they are conveniently available for purchase online through 5:00 p.m. on February 28th or through the mail as long as they are received by February 28th. For more information, mail in order form or

to make an online ticket purchase, visit www.bstra.org/support/raffle. The drawing takes place on the evening of February 28th and the winner will be notified. A video of the drawing will be published on BSTRA’s Facebook Page.

Since 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales go towards funding local trail projects, this fundraiser offers everyone an opportunity to make a difference to trails in State Forests in their community. BSTRA has in the pipeline a large $55,000 trail and parking lot

expansion project located in the Douglas State Forest, as well as a connector trail creation and bridge improvement project in the Upton State Forest, and other important projects in Douglas, MA that are in the planning stage. “We hope the community will


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