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Running for Autism L'Heureux selected to represent the Doug Flutie Foundation submitted by sue l’Heureux Uxbridge High graduate and Bridgewater State University graduate student Alison L’Heureux will combine her passions for running and helping children with autism when she races in the Boston Marathon in April as a representative of the Doug Flutie Foundation for Autism. The Uxbridge native is one of 15 people selected nationwide to represent the organization and is expected to collect $5,000 for the cause. To raise funds, she’s started a drive to collect recyclable cans and bottles for deposit. Combining that with other efforts, she has raised more than $2,000 in a few months. For Alison, the marathon is the latest step in her drive to improve autism education. She brought the idea for using the iPad to teach students with autism to the Annie E. Fales Elementary School in Westborough and is seeking to do the same at BSU. Additionally, she provides home care and is currently working with an 11-year-old child with autism in Rhode Island each weekday morning. We talked to Alison recently about her work and the upcoming marathon. What is it that drew you to special education? While attending Uxbridge High School, I participated in a program where half the day was spent in a kindergarten classroom, where a few students had learning disabilities. My heart went out to the students. I reached out to them and saw the progress students can make when they receive proper support. That was my first step and from there everything started unfolding. Why autism specifically? I completed my student teaching at Johnson Early Childhood Center in Weymouth, where I worked primarily with preschool students diagnosed with autism -- many were non-verbal. Throughout the years, my fascination has grown in the field, since each student with autism is so unique. Teaching students with autism is a rewarding experience, where I am able to see substantial progress in students, when proper interventions are in place. It is like fitting the pieces of a puzzle together. continued on page 21

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Milford Regional announces $40 million expansion Milford Regional Medical Center announced plans for a $40 million building expansion at its annual meeting held on January 23rd. The new two-story, 60,000 square foot structure will be located on the east side of the hospital along Route 16. It will house a new emergency department, intensive care unit and additional patient rooms. According to Francis M. Saba, Milford Regional CEO, patient demand and the need to accommodate the very latest medical equipment are the driving forces behind this expansion. “Our emergency department (ED) is significant-

ly undersized to meet the needs of the community,” he states. Milford Regional had 55,213 ED patient visits in 2011. The new emergency department will double the size of its current footprint and include additional diagnostic imaging services. Saba also notes that the 10 rooms now inside the ICU, built in the 1960’s, are no longer large enough to accommodate present-day medical equipment. To address this challenge as well as growing demand for intensive care, the new ICU will house 16 spacious rooms. The expansion will also include 24 new med-

ical/surgical rooms with telemetry for cardiac monitoring. Saba explains the new patient rooms will not increase the overall number of hospital beds, but will allow the Medical Center to convert multi-patient rooms to private without reducing capacity. The building project must first receive both local and state approvals before moving forward. Financing and fundraising efforts will also factor into the expansion’s final plans. Saba estimates an approximate two-and-a-half-year timeframe be-fore groundbreaking.

Uxbridge Education Foundation plans Annual Gala Event to be held March 17th at Blissful Meadows Tickets are now available to The Uxbridge Education Foundation’s (UEF) eighth annual gala which will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17th at Blissful Meadows Country Club in Uxbridge from 7:00-11:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in each school office at $35.00 each or $60.00 per couple.  The evening will begin with a greeting by the UHS Spartones, followed by dancPRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID BOSTON, MA PERMIT NO 55800

ing to your favorite hits while enjoying hot and cold appetizers, a cash bar and a little Irish cheer! There will be both silent and live auctions, and the attire is business casual. Some of the great Auction Items this year include: a limousine ride and state house tour and dinner, Sports Memorabilia and Tickets, jewelry, bags, other unique accessories and an Italian Indulgence Dinner for 6-8. If you would like to donate an item for the silent auction, the UEF would greatly appreciate your

generosity. Ticket Orders can be mailed to: Uxbridge Public Schools, Attn: UEF Gala, 21 South Main Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569.   Tickets will be held at the door in your name. Make check payable to Uxbridge Education Foundation. Ticket Orders with Payment must be received by March 10th. For more information on the gala contact:  Kate Travaline at jktravaline@verizon.net or 508-2780028.

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Nor’easter Roofing, Inc. Nor’easter Roofing owner, Robert ‘Rob’ Chaille, of Uxbridge takes great pride in customer satisfaction. “When I specify to a customer what will be included in the work, I make sure they get what they expect. I am the only sales person they will deal with. The owner sells every job.”

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Secretary stresses user friendly transportation By constance dwyer “This is not your father’s transportation!” probably best describes the safety, fiscal responsibility and consumer focused service of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT) created in 2009 and now directed by its recently named, September 2, 2011, Secretary and CEO, Richard A. Davey. The young, energetic Mr. Davey’s determination to manage the road, rail and air needs of the Commonwealth in a prioritized cost effective, consumer friendly manner was made clear in his forceful and transparent presentation to the audience at the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 7:30 am breakfast meeting held at the historic Grafton Inn on February 15, 2012. There were 4 prongs to his talk: 1. Reform; 2. Making the transportation system “more touchable, feelable;” 3. Transparency, which he said, “The Governor wants;” and last, 4. Accountability. He said in regards to transparency, the DOT invites the pub-

lic to come by to visit the facility. This initiative is popular; so much so, there are 500 people on a waiting list. His presentation was brief, to the point, and void of self-centeredness. His talk was focused on how to run the MassDOT like an effective business entrepreneur -- with no political ties. He is passionate about making sure those who ride the subway, grab a train, or jump into their cars are provided safe roads and bridges and overall ease of transportation. His work affects every reader who owns a car; we all deal with the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Davey focuses on the systems 25 to 50 year needs and how to fund them with limited resources and accumulated debt, particularly that of the MBTA. He spoke of the need to control personnel and related health costs. Secretary Davey stressed that financial constraints don’t make it easy to resolve the backlogged pending concerns—for example, in the Valley, completion of the work on Rte 146 and a major bridge in Worcester. “Some work on Rte.146

has begun, but in the spring we hope to complete it, as one of 5 major projects.” He added that “So far, $7.5 million has been spent on 146. With respect to the MBTA, Davey said that it is a significant part of the Commonwealth wide interrelated transportation needs. Its management is an excellent example of performance management --- qualified candidates are chosen by a “Blind Lottery,” a system implemented l5 years ago. In other words, “Politics is taken out of hiring.” Now most MBTA employees also either drive a vehicle or fix them; this eliminates or minimizes administrative overhead and in 2010 staff was reduced by 25 employees. At this point he was especially proud to share that encouragement is given to employees to share ideas to save money. For those who have cost-saving suggestions, “We reward our employees” (with a modest monetary gift). He said that last year the “highest ridership—one and a quarter million...since WWII was during the Bruins game.” However, in a bleak remark, he had to add that “we spend more on debt service than payroll.” Executive Director Jeannie Hebert of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce asked if he might address the possibility of the “flyover” at

cantly greater speeds of passenger trains. The Secretary was happy to share that he is car-less and rides public transportation to work. “I pay for roads even if I don’t have a car.” “We have to think of overall benefit.” True to his Jesuit training (Holy Cross and Gonzaga College, Seattle) he said that we’ve had a mild winter because he continued on page 22

Boston Road on 146. Secretary Davey commented that “It all depends on funding” but in the spring “improvements should help significantly.” In response to a question of converting rail freight lines into passenger lines --- a real interest to those seeking passenger service from Worcester to Providence --- he pointed out the formidable and costly reconstruction of the rail beds to accommodate the signifi-

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Rabies Clinic March 17th The Animal Control Division of Uxbridge, Douglas and Mendon in cooperation with The Blackstone Valley Veterinary Hospital is having a rabies clinic on March 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Blackstone Valley Veterinary Hospital on Douglas Street in Uxbridge. The Clinic is for Dogs and Cats whose owners are from Uxbridge,

Douglas and Mendon. The cost for the vaccine is $10.00 per animal. Heart Worm checks can be done for $15 per animal and micro chips for $20. All animals need to be leashed or in carriers and muzzled if appropriate. Remember that your dog must be licensed by March 31 of each year at the Town Clerk’s Office to avoid late fees.

People First Food Pantry Community Yard Sale Start your spring cleaning early! The 2nd Annual People First Food Pantry Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, May 5th on the town common from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This year, we are combining our event with the High School Yearbook electronics recycling event for one stop shopping! As with last year, you have the option of reserving space for $15 to sell your own items or you may donate your items to the Food Pantry. Please note that all items donated to the Food Pantry for sale at the Yard Sale must be dropped off Friday night, May 4th between 6 and 8 p.m. at the Community House (7 Court St. - behind the town common) or by 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 5th at the town common. Any items (with the exception of

exercise equipment, large furniture pieces, stuffed animals or TVs) which are not sold at the yard sale can be donated to the Salvation Army. Food Pantry volunteers will transport them to the Whitinsville store. We will also be looking for volunteers to staff this event. Let us know if you would like to help out with concessions, with selling items donated to the Food Pantry or transporting items to the Salvation Army! This is a great opportunity for the kids to earn community service hours! If you’d like to reserve table space at the yard sale or have questions concerning this event, please call 508-2785506. For more information about the recycling event please contact Karin Knapik at 278-8634.

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the Whitinsville social library Knitters along with douglas senior center recently knit and crocheted 23 scarves for the Hopkinton chapter of the special olympics to be held in Worcester on March 10th and 11th. diane gaudette, organizer of the project, presented the scarves to special olympian, natalie lyons, who will participate in the Basketball portion of the event. front row left: diane gaudette, natalie lyons, Kathy lyons, susan smith, and Heather demery. second row left: Jeannette Myette, Marianna Buteyn, edna John, eileen sullivan, and Marlene Bishop.

Uxbridge Fire Assn. 2012 Easter Flower Sale On April 6th and 7th the Uxbridge Fire Association will be selling flowers to celebrate Easter. This event will take place in the Municipal Parking Lot at the Saver’s Bank on North Main Street

in Downtown Uxbridge. On Friday, April 6th the hours will be 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, April 7th, the hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Northbridge Historical Society plan March meeting Northbridge Historical Society will meet Monday, March 5th at the Whitinsville Social Library at 7:00 p.m. Following a short business meeting led by President Howard Perkson, John H. Crawford and Donald Gosselin, both life-long Northbridge residents, will present an illustrated program on Castle Hill Farm. Topics will include the building of the stonewall on the hundred acre lot, the arrival of first Dutch immigrants to staff the dairy, the loss of the main barn by fire in 1957 and remembrances of workers and townspeople. In October 2007 Preservation Massachusetts named Castle Hill Farm as one of Massachusetts' "10 Most Endangered Historic Resources."

Free Prom Dresses offered The Second Congregational Church, 289 Main Street, Douglas is offering Prom Dresses at no cost - all sizes and colors on Saturday, April 7th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Peoples' Pantry is sponsoring this event. Light refreshments will be served. Donations of short and long dresses

Library hosts Gluten Free Program On Thursday, March 29th at 6:30 p.m. the Douglas Library will host a Gluten-Free Program with Gioia Persuitte and Barbara Olendski from Umass Medical School. This program will provide nutritional information, recipes and food samples for those on gluten free diets. In addition, participants are free to ask specific questions about other types of food allergies, cooking tech-

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niques and recipes for any number of special diets beyond gluten-free. Because of recipe requirements and the need to purchase and prepare food ahead of time, registration is required for this program. There is a limit of 25 people. Please call the library at 508-476-2695 or email us at: simonfairefield@ yahoo.com. This program is free and open to all members of the community.

Bishop Scruton plans final visit to Trinity Episcopal Church Bishop Gordon Paul Scruton will be paying his final visitation to Trinity Episcopal Church, Whitinsville, Northbridge, on Sunday March 4th at 9:15 a.m. He is due to retire as Diocesan Bishop in December 2012. Elected as the eighth bishop of of the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts on June 29 1996, he has had a distinguished leadership. During his farewell visit to our area, Bishop Gordon is encouraging support for the people of Haiti. In Haiti, many or even most of the institutions of learning and health care are delivered through the Episcopal Church in one way or another. We invite and encourage all members of the community to meet Bishop Gordon and his wife Rebecca during their visit to us.


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UxbridgeNight Exhibit continues tour at schools UxbridgeNight, the photo project by local photographer Damien Gaudet sponsored by the Uxbridge Cultural Council continues its tour.  The photographs will be on display for 2 days in local school cafeterias during their lunch periods. In February, the photo project was on display at Whitin Middle School, where students were

Progressive Club to host Blood Drive The American Red Cross is holding their monthly Uxbridge Community Blood Drive on Wednesday, March 21st at the Progressive Club Hall (18 Whitin Street) between 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  To ensure the quickest possible process, please call 800-RED CROSS  (800) 733-2767 or visit Red

able to participate in a contest guessing where in Uxbridge the pictures were taken. Congratulations to the winner, 8th Grader Nick Simmons, who won a $20 gift card to Dunkin Donuts, courtesy of the Uxbridge Cultural Council! 

CrossBlood.org for more information or to schedule your appointment to donate blood. Walk-In donors are always welcome, however appointments are preferred. Blood donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission) and be in general good health. 

All donors will receive a voucher for a Free Lunch courtesy of Cumberland Farms (sandwich, bag of chips & soft drink). One in three people will require a blood transfusion in their lifetime. Please do your part to ensure that lifesaving blood is available for patients in need.

NEMA to hold Open House Northbridge Emergency Management Agency OPEN HOUSE will be held on Thursday, March 29th from 3 - 8 p.m. at 21 Piedmont Street, Whitinsville. Refreshments and snack food will be served. Learn more about N.E.M.A. and the shelter. N.E.M.A. is looking for new members to join. RSVP to: nema @northbridgemass.org 

Douglas Library Book Discussion The next meeting of the Douglas Library Book Group will be discussing Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol on Tuesday, March 13th at 6:30 p.m. Famed symbologist Robert Langdon finds himself in a deadly race through a real-world labyrinth of codes, secrets, and unseen truths set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C. Call the Library 508-476-2695 for a copy of the book. New members welcome. Refreshments will be served.

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oBituaries Merrick UxBRIDGE - George E. Merrick, 88, died January 22nd at Milford Hospital after an illness. He is survived by a brother Robert Merrick and his wife Peggy of Cincinatti OH, several nephews and nieces including Scott Merrick of Cincinatti and Caroline "Carrie" Stamler of Maryland; his longtime caretaker Karen Chamberland of Uxbridge. He was predeceased by 2 sisters. Born in Oxford on June 29, 1923 George was the son of Warren R. and Jessie H. (Hofstra) Merrick and lived in Uxbridge most of his life. Mr. Merrick worked at the former Taft Grain Store in Uxbridge for many years. He also manufactured plant hangers over the years. He was a graduate of Oxford High School and attended Clark University in Worcester. He was always well read and loved books. A U.S. Army WWII veteran, he served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater. Always humble, George was a down to earth, intelligent man with a wry sense of humor. He took an active interest in the children growing up around him and was always generous. He loved to correspond with family and friends to keep up with events. He was a former member of the Uxbridge Congregational Church. 

arnold UxBRIDGE – James K. Arnold, 67, died January 24th in the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston.  He was the husband of Meredith S. (Davis) Arnold. A longtime resident of Uxbridge, Mr. Arnold was employed at United Parcel Service in Shrewsbury and Ashland for more than 30 years. He was born January 5, 1945 in Atlanta, GA the son of the late James K. and Ora Lee (Archer) Arnold, Sr. and was a graduate of Hapeville High School, Hapeville, Georgia, Class of 1963.

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Mr. Arnold served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. and Mrs. Arnold observed their 42 wedding anniversary on June 21, 2011. His life centered around his family. His passion was golf, he loved to travel and enjoyed football.  He was a longtime member of the Raceway Golf Club in Thompson, CT. In addition to his wife Meredith, he is survived by two sons; Shawn D. and his wife Tammy Arnold of NY, Glenn P. and his wife Jennifer Arnold of Douglas, one sister, Cynthia J. Arnold of GA and 2 granddaughters,   Kiley Arnold and Ashley Arnold, both of Douglas.

rosol UxBRIDGE - Anna M. (Zieminski) Rosol, 95 died January 26th after an illness.  She is survived by a son, Joseph and his wife Charlene Rosol of Toledo, OH, a daughter Jo-Ann Rosol-Donoghue of Uxbridge with whom she lived and 2 grandsons, Charles and Joseph Jr.  Her husband of 60 years, Joseph Rosol died on Septenber 8, 2001.  A brother Adam Zieminski and a son-in-law Joseph Donaghue predeceased her. Born in Woonsocket, RI on March 16, 1916 she was the daughter of Ignacy and Mary (Prybyla) Zieminski.  She was raised in Blackstone and lived in Uxbridge many years.  She was a graduate of Blackstone high school. Primarily a homemaker Anna also worked at Bernat Yarn Co. and in the Uxbridge High School cafeteria for several years.    She enjoyed traveling and has visited countries all over the world including Europe, Australia, Asia, and S. America.  She enjoyed crocheting and taking care of her house plants and roses in her yard.  She was a member of the Polish-American Veterans serving as an officer and also served as an officer for the Disabled American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary.

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Morris WHITINSVILLE – Richard M. Morris, 69, died January 27th in Milford Care and Rehab. Center, Milford.  He was the husband of Virginia M. (Chalmers) Morris. Mr. Morris was employed at Tupperware in Blackstone and later worked for Tupco in Auburn, retiring in 2001. He was born March 18, 1942 in Philadelphia, PA, son of the late Kenneth B. and Eunice (Graham) Morris and was a graduate of Uxbridge High School. He had  previously lived in Leominster and Philadelphia, PA and had served in the RI National Guard.  Mr. Morris enjoyed woodworking, keeping up with home maintenance, painting with acrylics, the dogs EJ, Molly, and Spencer, and rooting for his favorite team – the New England Patriots. In addition to his wife Virginia of 46 years, he is survived by two sons, Robert R. and his wife Amanda Morris and William E. and his wife Shelli Morris all of Whitinsville; a brother Kenneth G. and his wife Joan Morris of Sutton; two sisters, Shirley E. and her husband Vincent Mischitelli of Cape Coral, FL and Janet L. and her husband John Cheras of Whitinsville; 3 grandchildren Joshua Benn, Christopher Kibbe, and Cynthia Feen, and many nieces and nephews

adams MENDON - Jean A. (Beal) Adams, 79, died January 30th in the St. Camillus Health Center, Whitinsville.  She was the widow of Donald C. Adams who died in 2010 Mrs. Adams was an active duty registered nurse in the U.S. Air force for twenty years, retiring in 1983 attaining

the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Previously, Mrs. Adams was employed by the Norwood Hospital, Burbank Hospital and Milford Hospital as a registered nurse.  Mrs. Adams also worked for several years as a visiting nurse in Mansfield prior to her military enlistment in 1963. Mrs. Adams was born in Norwood on October 26, 1932, the daughter of the late Walter Francis and Geneva (Hodges) Beal, and graduated from Mendon High School in 1950 and the New England Baptist School of Nursing in Boston in 1953. Lieutenant Colonel Beal Adams was stationed throughout the world including Anchorage, Alaska; Georgia; Texas; California; the Philippines; Panama City in Florida and more recently Pease Air Force Base, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Mrs. Adams was an active member and former Sunday school teacher at the Church of the Nazarene in Uxbridge.  Mrs. Adams was a crossstitch perfectionist and enjoyed cooking and baking. Jean is survived by a brother, Gilbert W. Beal of South Yarmouth; a sister, Marilyn B. Gardner of Mendon, many nieces, and nephews and several stepchildren.

Miller South Chatham -  Harold McCabe Miller, 83, formerly of Whitinsville, passed away on February 1st.  He was the son of the late Harold H. and Harriet (Dufries) Miller.  He leaves his wife of 51 years, Jean E. (Anderson) Miller. Mr. Miller was born in Whitinsville and began his career at Whitin Machine Works as an apprentice draftsman, rising to Senior Designer, to Product Engineer and Product Manager.  In 1967, he returned to school to graduate summa cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics.  At Connecticut, he was a

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University Scholar, National Science Foundation Fellow and a member of Tau Beta Pi, Pi Tau Sigma and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. As a vibrations expert, Harold was Division Manager of Engineering at American Optical Corporation in Framingham and was responsible for plastic lens design.  In 1981, he joined ScheringPlough as Director of Engineering where he developed the hydrophilic contact lens.  Before retiring in 2007, Harold owned Hi-Mech Corporation and was Co-founder and Vice President of Engineering at Data Industrial Corporation in Mattapoisett.  He held several U.S. Patents for inventions. Harold was a life member of the United Presbyterian Church in Whitinsville, serving as Trustee and Deacon.  He was an associate member of  Pilgrim Congregational Church in Harwichport.   He also served as a Trustee of the Whitinsville Social Library. In addition to his wife Jean, he is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, David and Pamela Miller of RI;  his son and daughter-in-law Dr. Jonathan and Paula Miller of South Chatham, his grandchildren, Jonathan Jr. and Allison; one brother Robert Miller of Pensacola, FL and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by one brother Richard Miller.

lyman WHITINSVILLE – Idella M. (Larsen) Lyman, 96, passed away comfortably at home on February 2nd.  She was the wife of the late Llewellyn Lyman who died in 1996. She was born April 20, 1915 in Bath, ME, the daughter of the late Theodore and Mary A. (Landean) Larsen.  Mrs. Lyman was a family orientated and gracious person who loved people and making them always feel welcomed.  She enjoyed knitting and loved to travel, especially along the Maine coast.  She was a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Whitinsville for over 70 years where she was active in the Kathryn Huston Mission Circle for many years and was a member of the former Young Married Couple’s Class. The family would like to thank the many caregivers during  Idella’s final years for their care, kindness, and compassion. She is survived by two sons, Robert L. and his wife Caroline Lyman of Freeport, ME and Gary L. Lyman of Whitinsville, 8 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by 6 siblings.

rice UxBRIDGE - Charles A. Rice Sr., 85, of Smith St. died February 3rd after a brief illness. He was the husband of Mary T. (Mahoney) Rice.  Donations may be made to the Shelter for Homeless Vets, 69 Grove St., Worcester, MA 01569. continued on next page


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yetman UxBRIDGE - John A. Yetman, 46, died February 4th at UMass Hospital after an illness.  He is survived by his mother Jennie Bodwell-Wickett and her husband Henry of Dade City FL; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Born in Whitinsville on August 4, 1965 he was son of the late John J. Yetman and lived in Uxbridge all his life. Jonny worked as a project foreman for NE Equity Builders in Charlton. Previously he owned and operated with his father Yetman Construction in Uxbridge. He had also worked several years for Kearns Autobody. Always handy, Jonny was skilled in many trades, including auto mechanics and bodywork, carpentry, septic installation and heavy equipment operation. He was a graduate of Blackstone Valley Tech. He enjoyed fishing and was a member of the Uxbridge Rod and Gun Club. He also liked cooking and hanging out with his dog "Lucky".

Koss UxBRIDGE - Ferdinand “Fred” Koss, 94, of Morrison St. died February 8th at the Lutheran Healthcare Center. He is survived by his wife of 69 years; Mildred  M. (Knapik) Koss, two sons, Richard A. Koss of  Worcester and Fredrick J. Koss of Jacksonville FL; his grandson Nicholas J. Koss; his two sisters; Mary Brandreth of Miami FL, and Amelia Koss of Worcester.  He is predeceased by a sister Jeannette Koss. Born in Northbridge on August 8, 1917 he was the son of Frank and Sophie (Novak) Koss and lived in Uxbridge since his marriage in 1942, formerly a resident of Milford. Fred retired at 62 from the Forging Department at Wyman Gordon in Grafton as the control inspector.  He also worked at Scotts Woolen Mill in Uxbridge as well as General Motors Corp in Framingham for several years. He served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant during World War II where he was granted the Purple Heart Medal. He was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Uxbridge, the VFW Post 1385 in

Uxbridge and the Polish Hall.  He was also a member of the Uxbridge Seniors. Fred enjoyed spending his winters in Florida with his son Frederick.

Briggs WORCESTER – Michael A. Briggs, Sr., 41, died February 9th, in Umass Medical Center, Worcester.  He was the husband of Tina M. (Anthony) Briggs. Mr. Briggs was employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Dept. of Youth Services for the past 15 years and was a training coordinator. He was born August 5, 1970 in Worcester, a son of Marilyn (Briggs) Wilson of Worcester and the late William A. Martin, Sr. who died in 2002 and was a graduate of Doherty High School, Worcester. Michael’s passion was boxing.  He was a former New England Silver Mittens champion and a volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club, Worcester.  He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family whom he loved dearly Mr. & Mrs. Briggs observed their wedding anniversary on July 4th. In addition to his wife Tina and mother, he is survived by three sons, Michael A. Briggs, Jr., Nicholas J. Briggs and Marco A. Briggs; two daughters, Bianca R. Briggs and Katerina L. Briggs, all of Worcester; four brothers, Daniel Martin of Providence, RI, William Martin, Jr. of Coventry, RI, Sean Broughey, Sr. and Scott Wilson, both of Worcester; five sisters, Karen Martin of Winooski, VT, Kim Reynolds of Colchester, VT, Venecia Briggs and Natasha Briggs Tobin, both of Lowell, and Anette Wilson of Worcester; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins including, Lisa Nunez of FL.  He is also survived by Joey Vincent of RI and Larry Williams of Worcester.  He was predeceased by a son Dante Briggs who died in 2003, his step-father Steven Wilson, and his step-mother Cora Martin.

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The Pleasant Street Church in Whitinsville will begin a new session of GriefShare, a program designed to help people in bereavement find encouragement and support during the grieving process. GriefShare meetings

The River's Anniversary Open House The River Community Church, a seven-year old church that started in partnership with Pleasant Street Church of Whitinsville, will celebrate its first anniversary of moving into their new location in Douglas. The River purchased the building at 164 Davis Street [Route 16] as their church home, April 2011. On April 1st an Open House will be held. Everyone is welcome! There will be refreshments and coffee. Sunday service begins at 10:00 a.m, and everyone is more than welcome to join us for that, as well. The Open House will immediately follow the service and will continue until 2:00 p.m. Also, The River Community Church is hosting Stillwater Cafe, a place with a coffee house atmosphere and a showcase for good music on the third Friday of each month. On March 16th, Stillwater Cafe welcomes Reverend Kerry & The Commandments. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and music starts at 8:00 p.m. All are welcome. No cover charge. Refreshments available.

are for anyone who is grieving the loss of someone close. Each GriefShare session includes a video seminar and group discussion, providing an opportunity to interact with others who have experienced a recent loss. Weekly topics include “Living with Grief,” The Effects of Grief,” “Your Family and Grief,” “Why,” and “Stuck in Grief.” The program runs in a 13 week cycle,

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Uxbridge Free Public Library posts up-coming events celebrating ireland with Mary King & friends! Everyone's Irish for St. Patricks Day so join us  in  Celebrating Ireland in Story & Song,  an all Irish program which embraces Irish history and culture through music and storytelling with Mary King & Friends.  This pro-

gram will be held on Thursday, March 8th at 7 p.m. at the Uxbridge Senior Center, 36 So. Main St., Uxbridge. This program is free and open to the public, courtesy of the Uxbridge Library Board of Trustees and the Council on Aging.  The Celtic soul is alive and well in the stories and songs

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On June 23, 2000, the iron-ore carrier MV Treasure, en route from Brazil to China, foundered off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, spilling 1,300 tons of oil into the ocean and contaminating the habitat of 75,000 penguins. Realizing that 41 percent of the world’s population of African penguins could perish, local conservation officials immediately launched a massive rescue operation, and 12,500 volunteers from around the globe rushed to South Africa in hopes of saving the imperiled birds. Serving as a rehabilitation manager during the initial phase of the threemonth rescue effort, Dyan deNapoli— better known as "the Penguin Lady" for her extensive work with penguins— and fellow volunteers de-oiled, nursed back to health, and released into the wild nearly all of the affected birds. Meet Massachusetts Book Award Finalist Dyan deNapoli as she recounts this extraordinary true story of the world’s largest and most successful wildlife rescue on Thursday, April 26th at 7 p.m.  Copies of her book will  be available for purchase and booksigning after her presentation. 

Saloma Furlong grew up in an Amish community in Ohio but left at the age of 20, taking only what she could carry in one suitcase. Tracked down by family and her bishop, she returned to the community briefly before making her final break with that world.  Saloma's memoir, Why I Left the Amish, is an honest and sometimes heartbreaking account of her life.  This program will be held on Monday, March 12th at 7 p.m.; please RSVP for seating.

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There's something to be said for curling up with a cup of tea and a good book in your favorite pair of cozy socks.  Now you can learn to make your “Serving the Blackstone own with expert knitter Betsy Youngsma!  This six-week program Valley Since 1978” will be held on Thursday nights from 6Sales • Service • Rentals • State Inspection Station 8pm starting March 15th and running through April 19th.  Class size is limited to 12, so sign up soon!  For a list of

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Cub Scouts complete Community Service Project Recently, Officer Ronald Tetreau, Jr. of the Douglas Police Depart-ment returned home after serving in Afghanistan.  Upon his return, he informed the Scouts of how the soldiers serving in our military look forward to receiving letters from school children. In addition, Officer Tetreau told the Scouts that some soldiers never receive any letters or packages and that there is also a need for personal products.  The Scouts responded by conducting a letter writing campaign as well as collecting items such as energy bars, trail mixes, beef jerky and the necessary personal products to send to our soldiers.  Both endeavors were very successful!  Officer Tetreau is pictured here with the Scouts who participated in this project. 

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Businessmen offer residents trips to China Two self-employed businessmen from Whitinsville are offering residents of New England a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the life and people of China first hand. Trips of one week or two week duration are offered, without having to plan it or arrange it yourself. Waypoint, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt Masachusetts non-profit educational organization located at 83 Church Street, Whitins-ville, cofounded by attorney John Rexford and business consultant Bob Jassmond. John and Bob are Christians, offering people a chance to go to a college campus in mainland China, meet college students, befriend them, help them learn English and share love with them. A one week sneak preview trip is planned for pastors and church leaders in May, 2012. A two week trip is offered for all others in October. Housing, food, transportation, training, work assignments and sightseeing are all provided. Each team member pays their own way. For information, see www.waypointchina.org or call John at (508)234-9160 or Bob at (508)317-9005. Applications, personal interviews and valid US passports are required. Teaching, Chinese language or prior travel experience is not.

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maybe I am having a Senior Moment? In any event, getting to the popular attraction is normally a non-event. For an area where virtually every square inch of land has been developed and populated with single family homes, town houses, condos, and high rises as tall as thirteen stories the traffic is exceptionally light. It is especially this way near the southern end of Gulf Blvd. where the Pinellas Bayway cuts east to head over to Int 275. We first heard of the Park through a friend, and as he described the extremely large and user friendly place our interests were aroused. He revealed that there was an abandoned fort at the

very tip of what I call the St. Pete peninsula, and of course that only whetted our curiosity more. I find it is difficult to really get a handle on the real name of the entire sliver of land that hugs the coast all the way from Palm Harbor down to where the Fort is. It appears to be around twenty five to thirty miles at least. It is probably one of the most incredible barrier beaches on the coast of the U.S. I think that since the first time we heard the name Fort De Soto our curiosities were aroused, and we filed a mental note to get there some day and see just what it was all about. A little research in Google and friends only

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covered that a ferry runs regularly from Mullet Key across the short span of water out to Egmont Key. The remains of Ft. Dade are there to explore, along with another historical treasure. It was on this site that in 1848 a light house was erected to help with shipping entering Tampa Bay. The structure was only in service about six months when it was destroyed in a hurricane. The present tower was erected a few years later, and is still in service. The day Peg and I were on Mullet Key, we took notice of the ferry landing, but paid little attention to it as the weather wasn’t quite appealing for a boat ride. Now that we know that the ferryboat makes round trips out to Egmont Key, I’m sure we will be exploring that area also. Comments/questions: grbob1@charter.net So many places…so little time.

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(only ten weeks). Following the conflict, the fort was active for only around ten years longer, when in 1910 most of the troops were transferred to Ft Morgan in Alabama. Although the site was officially abandoned in 1923, it was re activated during WWII and used for a bombing range. In 1948 Pinellas County purchased the land, and in 1963 the park was officially dedicated. Today, five islands are included in the facility, and incorporate over eleven hundred acres of beaches, campgrounds, picnic areas, at least one boat ramp, and hiking trails. We can only imagine how busy the place must be in summer and fall. Friends of ours, along with a multitude of locals use the picnic facilities every Thanksgiving for their annual reunions. When Peg and I arrived on the scene, we were amazed but a little disappointed at how much of the once busy post has disappeared. Every one of the twenty nine buildings is gone, although there

SPED Presentation The Northbridge Special Education Parent Advisory Council is hosting a presentation on Thursday, March 8th at Northbridge High School Media Center, Second Floor, 427 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Elaine Rabbitt from the Federation for Children with Special Needs will be presenting An IEP for My Child. Every child with a disability who receives special education services must have an Individual Education Program.  This workshop takes parents step-by-step through the development of the IEP including how to articulate a vision, using evaluations to write measurable goals and measuring their child’s progress. This workshop is designed for both parents and professionals.  An IEP for My Child is a free workshop open to both parents and the public.  For more information on this workshop or learning more about the Parent Advisory Council, please contact Kathy Lyons at KathyL1@verizon.net or visit our website at www.northbridgespedpac.org .

are some indications where they may have stood. Most were destroyed by storms and the ravages of abandonment. The only enduring relic aside from the fort itself, is a high (perhaps 50ft) round column of tabby construction that stands close to the shore. When it was built, there was a wooden observation tower, and the column for some reason was integrated into the structure. We were never able to learn what the purpose of this was, and if anybody knows, we would love to hear from you. As far as the fort itself goes, the original cement structure remains, with magazines intact. A few period weapons including 2 mortars and some artillery are also on display. The day we were there to explore, it was quite cloudy and cool and there weren’t many visitors. It doesn’t take much time to explore the facility – mostly empty chambers - as not much remains. The solitude along the shore provided a nice quiet stroll, and we discovered and enjoyed a small museum in a far corner near the shore. After reading up some more on the Park, we dis-

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Area residents named to Dean's Lists gianetti Cynthia Brown, vice president for academic affairs at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), has announced that Jacquelyn A. Gianetti of North Uxbridge was placed on the Dean’s list for the fall 2011 semester. To be eligible for the dean’s honor list, matriculated students must be enrolled in six or more credit courses attain a grade point average of 3.25 or better and have no incomplete grades. A total of 625 MCLA students were named to the Dean’s list this past fall.

Southern NHU students The following students from Massachusetts have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2011 semester at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must compile an academic grade point average of 3.5 – 4.0.            Erin Morrow, Auburn: Baking and Pastry Arts, Samantha Stanley, Auburn, Aimee Meomartino, Blackstone: Baking and Pastry Arts, Tesia Stanasek, Blackstone: Culinary Management, Sara Baillie, Sutton: Elementary Education, Jefferson Gruber, Upton: Social Studies Education, Trevor Hunt, Upton: Law and Politics and Rachel Sharp, Upton: Business Admin/3 Year Program.

Douglas Octoberfest gives back Douglas Octoberfest is pleased to announce two ways we are giving back to the community, the Octoberfest Grant Program and the Octoberfest Scholarship Program. SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM: Each year a Douglas Resident will be selected to receive a non-renewable $500.00 scholarship which is be used toward tuition or books at any accredited institution of higher learning. This Scholarship is non-renewable and must be applied toward tuition or books. Applications can be found at douglasoctoberfest.org

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gallagher & Nye Kelley Gallagher, daughter of Mark and Jane Gallagher of Uxbridge, received academic honors at Westfield State University by making the Dean's List for the Fall Semester 2011. A freshman at Westfield State University, Kelley is majoring in Elementary Education.  She earned a 3.80 grade point average. Scott Nye, son of Stu and Sandy Nye of Uxbridge, received academic honors at Westfield State University by making the Dean's List for the Fall Semester 2011. A freshman at Westfield State University, Scott is majoring in Business Administration.  He earned a 3.40 grade point average.

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Milford Regional Medical Center Auxiliary Meeting event.                         The March meeting agenda will include scheduling new projects for the 2012 calendar year. April’s event will be a “Business Auxiliary Week” and May will be a “Mother’s Day Raffle”, September 20th will be the annual “Taste of the Towns” at the Portuguese Club, Milford. More information and tickets are available in the MRMC Gift Shop. The shop is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. New members are always welcome to participate in the Auxiliary activities. For more information, contact Andra Stone, President or Elaine McNanna, Membership Chairperson at 508-4222099.                       

The next meeting of the Milford Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is scheduled for March 13th at 9:30 a.m. in Conference Room C in the cafeteria lobby of the Medical Center 14 Prospect Street, Milford. The mission of the Auxiliary is to provide the Medical Center, its patients and community with support through fundraising efforts. The February Valentine Raffle Prize was A Valentine Basket with a Stay at the Inn at Smith Cove, of Gilford, NH, Bottle of Wine and Box of Godiva Chocolates. The first prize was won by Marcia Andreano. The second prize, a Box of Godiva Chocolates, was won by Diane Cotter. This was a very successful

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Genealogy Workshops Michael Potaski continues his Saturday morning genealogy workshop, Searching for Roots, throughout the month of April in the Main Reading Room from 10 a.m. - Noon.  He will be available on  the following dates: March 10th and 31st and April 7th and 21st. Participants will learn the fundamentals of family history and genealogy,

and thereby be able to use that knowledge and those skills to research their own family histories.  These workshops focus on developing a standard pedigree chart and associate family group records. This is done on a drop-in basis, and participants are encouraged to bring along any research or lists already compiled.

Free movie at Baptist Church geously for the sake of your family. Young and old, men, women, and teenagers will all benefit from viewing this inspirational movie. Free and open to the public, child care is provided.

North Uxbridge Baptist Church is hosting a one-time showing of the movie “Courageous” that will take place on Sunday, March 4th from 5:307:45 p.m. Come and enjoy this movie that will challenge you to live coura-

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Alzheimer’s...A Disease Without Boundaries By John d. Miller, owner, Home care Partners, llc Very often the initial symptoms appearing in a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease are examined in hindsight.  It can be a little like viewing a car accident in the rearview mirror.  At first, his/her difficulty in recalling words may seem very minor, perhaps for no other reason than a lack of sleep or a “senior moment.”  However, he/she may begin repeating himself.  There is confusion and repetition evidenced by asking the same questions over and over again.  It usually becomes more obvious when he/she becomes increasingly forgetful, sometimes not remembering why he/she has gone to the store or how to drive home on streets he/she has known for years.   By now, even a spouse or adult child in some state of denial, will realize this is not a case of normal aging. In addition to losing their cognitive faculties, victims of Alzheimer’s often demonstrate personality and behavior changes.  They may become more contentious and demanding.  And, as terrible as Alzheimer’s becomes, it is often the family member who serves as the primary caregiver who bears the largest burden.   Few families have been left untouched by this insidious disease.  Alzheimer’s, after all, is a disease that does not discriminate.  It affects people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, socio-economic status, and education.  What many families fail to focus on, however, is not just the person with the disease, but the caregiver.  Many caregivers experience such symptoms as denial, anger, social withdrawal, anxiety, depression, helplessness, sleeplessness, and irritability. In short, caring for a spouse or parent with Alzheimer’s often leads to exhaustion and emotional burnout.  Alzheimer’s is not necessarily a visual disease, such as cancer or diabetes.  Family members may not know or understand what the primary caregiver goes through.  Even in the later stages of the disease, many Alzheimer’s patients can manage to

cover up so well that even adult children or siblings may see a totally different side when they visit or call.   This is a facade which can completely mask the ongoing disease progression and subsequent personality/behavioral changes.  Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can be an allconsuming 24-hours-a-day, seven-days a week grind.   What can caregivers do to reduce the burden? The Alzheimer’s Association and other experts offer the following recommendations: • Manage your stress level.  High levels of stress, which are very common with primary caregivers, can cause physical problems.   Use various relaxation techniques to ease the stress and consult your doctor. • Take care of yourself.  Caregivers can’t ignore themselves in the process of helping their loved one.  Watch your diet, exercise and get plenty of rest.  Take time out for shopping, entertainment and getting away.  • Become an educated caregiver.  Find out where there are support groups or contact your local Alzheimer’s association to learn more about how to cope. • Be realistic.  Many of the behaviors that occur with Alzheimer’s disease are beyond your control and the control of your loved one.  Yes, you can grieve, but you must also focus on the positive

Boston Selected for Navy Week 2012 Boston Navy Week, June 29 – July 6, is one of 15 selected cities where America’s Navy will “come home” in 2012, giving area residents an opportunity to meet Sailors and learn about the Navy’s capabilities and relevance to national security. Boston Navy Week will commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and The Star Spangled Banner with U.S. Navy ship visits, and special events recognizing America’s Navy for keeping the sea free for more than 200 years. The U.S. Navy conducts Navy Weeks across the country to show Americans the return they receive for their substantial investment in America’s Navy. During a Navy Week, the Navy conducts a variety of outreach events (approx. 75+) in a metropolitan area, sharing the Navy story with as many people as possible.  The Navy plans to include the following elements in Boston Navy Week 2012: • “Blue Angels,” The Navy Flight Demonstration Team • “Leap Frogs,” The Navy Parachute Team • Visiting U.S. Navy Ships • USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world • Navy Band musical performances • Admirals and other senior Navy leaders, who will engage with local corporate, civic, government and education leaders • Navy simulator and other interactive displays • Visits to area schools • Community service projects and events with local sports franchises • Visits with local veterans Other cities hosting a Navy Week in 2012 are: Phoenix; New Orleans; Nashville, Tenn.; Spokane, Wash.; Baltimore; Sacramento, Calif.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; Milwaukee; Chicago; Toledo, Ohio; Cleveland; Detroit; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Houston.

moments. • Do legal and financial planning. Consult an attorney and other specialists to discuss legal, financial and medical issues.  These decisions need to be tied up sooner rather than later.  • Give yourself a break.  This is considered the most important step – and the one that you can least ignore.  It may mean exploring home care services, adult day care options or respite services.  Home care may include companion services, a home health aide who can assist in helping with the activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, toileting and feeding), homemaking services to help around the house, or skilled care to assist with medication and other medical services.  It can be live-in or hourly.  Adult day care may offer music and art programs for the Alzheimer’s patient. Respite services can allow the caregiver to refresh her batteries by going away for the day or taking a much-needed weekend break.   • Don’t be a martyr.  If at all possible, don’t do it alone.  You can’t live like this for too long.  Seek

the support of family, friends and community resources.   Alzheimer’s disease destroys lives – and that can include the life of the caregiver as well.  The adult children for one client, who called us about sending them care staffers to help their mother care for their father, said they made the call after reaching the conclusion “we have already lost dad, we can’t lose mom too.” With a dedicated person taking some of the responsibility off her shoulders, their mother was able to leave the house for several hours every day.  She could take long weekends to visit her children and grandchildren.    It allowed her to slowly get back to being herself again.    - John D. Miller is the owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a local southshore business providing in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions.

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Taft Elementary School to perform Willy Wonka Fourth graders from Taft Elementary School, under the direction of Ms. Carla Mason will present Willy Wonka Kids on March 30th at 7:00 p.m. with an encore presentation on March 31st at 2:00 p.m. The entire cast enthusiastically invites you for a family-oriented, good-humored musical adaptation of Roald Dahl’s famous book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Performances take place at the Uxbridge High School located at 62 Capron Street. Adult tickets are $5.00; Children and Seniors are $2.00. Advance tickets are available by contacting Carla Mason (carlapm414@

gmail.com) or a cast member. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day and time of the performance.

Students selected to showcase their artwork in New York City Juniors Kaleigh Simonds and Erin Cunningham, sophomore Brianna Beauvais, and freshman Hannah Mignault all were selected to participate in the Youth Art Month exhibit at the 2012 National Art Education Association Convention in New York City from March 1 – 4. Kaleigh and Brianna created their pieces in Art 1, an introductory art course in various media. For this project, students were asked to create a still life in chalk pastel. Challenges included creating realistic forms by using shadows and highlights, and using color in a unique way. Hannah and Erin made their pieces in Ceramics 1, an introductory course in hand-building with clay. Hannah’s pitcher and Erin’s fish are both excellent examples of careful craftsmanship,

successful application of learned techniques, and vigilant attention to detail. Their teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Ferrari, is very proud and thrilled at the opportunity given to her students. “They worked incredibly hard all semester on their art. It’s an absolute pleasure that they will be able to show their work to thousands of people at this exhibit.” The NAEA Convention is an annual national conference providing substantive professional development services that include the advancement of knowledge in all sessions, events, and activities for the purpose of improving visual arts instruction in American schools. As such, it is the world's largest art education convention. For more information, please visit the NAEA website: www.arteducators.org.

OSP Scholarship applications Uxbridge Ocean State Power Scholarship Foundation application forms are available in the following locations in Uxbridge. High School Guidance Office, the Town Clerk’s office and the Uxbridge Public Library. Completed applications

must be delivered to the Guidance Office, Uxbridge High School, 62 Capron Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569 by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. TO BE CONSIDERED, THE APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETE.

Craig Robbins selected to All-State Band Uxbridge resident and Holy Name senior Craig Robbins has been selected to attend the Massachusetts Music Educators All-State Festival on March 1st thru 3rd at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center.  Craig will perform as first chair trombonist with the All-State Jazz Band on March 3rd at Symphony Hall.

“Footloose” presented by Drama Club “FOOTLOOSE” is being presented by The Uxbridge High School Drama Club on Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th at 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, March 25th at 2:00 p.m. at the Uxbridge High School Auditorium located on Capron Street. Ticket prices are $5.00 for students and seniors and $7.00 for adults. Tickets can be purchased from any drama club member or at the high school main office.

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Dalton Weaner selected to MA All-State Chorus Northbridge High School Senior, Dalton Weaner, has been selected to perform with the Massachusetts AllState Chorus on March 3rd, 2012 at Boston's famed Symphony Hall. This is a fantastic honor for Dalton and Northbridge High School. Dalton was selected to take part in the Central District Chorus and received an All-State audition recommendation. This past Saturday Dalton auditioned for the All-State Chorus at Shrewsbury High School. His selection to the

ensemble solidifies that he is one of the top high school vocalists in the state of Massachusetts. Dalton will attend the Massachusetts All-State festival on March 1-3, 2012 at the Boston Seaport World Trade Center. His day long rehearsals will culminate with the aforementioned performance at Symphony Hall. For more information, please contact James Verdone, Music Director at Northbridge High School, at 508-2346221.

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Second Annual Self-Service Dog Wash Who ever thought that taking a bath could be so much fun! If you missed us last year, please come out and join us at the Second Annual Self-Service Dog Wash. This event is being sponsored by The Bark Ark, 32 Hastings Street, Route 16, Mendon. Please mark your calendars for Sunday, April 1st, (snow date: Sunday, April 8, 2012) from 10AM-3PM. The owner, Betty Ferrucci and her family will be donating their time and all proceeds from this event to our dog rescue, Just A Touch Rescue. The Bark Ark has a wonderful facility and will be supplying the towels, shampoo, aprons and dryers, everything needed so you can wash your pet. There will also be free

refreshments and a raffle too. So, come out and join us at the event and please remember that even if you don’ t have time to give your pet a bath that day, you can still stop over and visit our foster moms/dads. We would love to see you, share stories and ideas about rescue and introduce you to some of our foster dogs. Every dollar donated goes to the medical care and rehabilitation of our dogs. We need your support as much as our rescued dogs need us! Please help make a difference in a homeless dog’s life. You can also visit us online at www.justatouchrescue. com and find us on FB. Walk-ins are welcome. Please call 508-473-4744 Donation $20.

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Scooter is looking for a home Scooter is young male pitbull mix, barely a year. He just arrived at the shelter this week. He was found by Webster Animal Control, abandoned, wandering around a neighborhood searching for food. He was a feral pup and had to be humanely trapped. He was terrified of a human touch but never attempted to bite, growl, or even raise his lip. He soon, with time and pa-

tience, came around and his fear was replaced with trust and love at Webster Animal Control. Being that he is at a new shelter here at Dog Orphans, he is timid but if we use slow movements

Crossroads holds St. Patrick’s Day breakfast Crossroads Clubhouse is hosting its Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pancake Breakfast on March 18th, from 8:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. The event will be held at Crossroads Clubhouse which is located at 11 Williams Street in Hopedale. The cost is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for members and children under 12. Breakfast tickets and raffle

tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (508) 473-4715 and also will be available at the door. The Clubhouse is wheelchair accessible. Crossroads, a service of Riverside Community Care, is an employment and recovery community for individuals who have a history of mental illness that reside in the Blackstone Valley.

The Pancake Breakfast is the community’s major fundraiser and gives the public the opportunity to enjoy a delicious meal while helping a worthwhile project. For more information on the Pancake Breakfast or Crossroads Clubhouse, please contact Earlene DeYoung or Paula Aubin at 508-4734715.

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Local Author publishes debut novel

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Northbridge, Massachusetts resident Mary M. Silva has published her first novel, titled Two Out of Three, A Meagan Maloney Mystery. The book is a murder mystery set in present-day Boston. “Mary Silva makes a sensational new contribution to the famous and venerable tradition of the Boston Crime Novel,” writes Tom Hyman, New Hampshire resident and author of Jupiter’s Daughter (starred review from Publishers Weekly), Seven Days to Petrograd, and Riches and Honor.

We know you’ve done some work with the iPad and children with autism. how does that work? Through use of the Proloquo2go application, the students expressively communicate through pictures, and teachers use it to enhance receptive language for students. Students with autism are highly visual learners, and the need for a device that allows the owner to take pictures and quickly import them is crucial. Through this innovative technology, communication barriers are coming down and many doors are being opened. Students who have no verbal language- now have a “voice.” The possibilities are endless. how does it feel to represent the Doug Flutie Foundation in the Boston Marathon? It’s a humbling experience and I’m honored. It’s a way for me to demonstrate my commitment to all families affected by autism. I’ve run in the marathon the past three years, but this is the first year I’m able to combine my two passions, teaching and running. What good would you like to see come from the money you raise? There are a lot of struggling families out there who need help and are searching for answers to a diagnosis that still remains such a mystery. I hope the money that I raise for the foundation will provide a way for families to access resources that otherwise would not be financially feasible and that the funds will support

alison l’Heureux continuous research for ongoing improvements in interventions. If you would like to donate your cans and bottles to Alison, you can e-mail her at: cans4autism@yahoo.com To make a donation for her marathon run visit her donation page at: www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/alison825. Check out her YouTube video here: http://youtu.be/wPpnofM5cJk.

Mary’s first book signing was on January 7th, 2012, in West Palm Beach, Florida. She’s in the process of setting up several local signings over the next few months. Please visit www.marysilvabooks.com to read an excerpt from Two Out of Three or to get a preview of the next book in the Meagan Maloney series, as yet untitled and tentatively due out in November of 2012. An avid reader, Mary also recommends great mystery books on her blog, where readers can leave feedback and suggestions.


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Uxbridge Community Gardens take root Uxbridge Superintendant Zini Uxbridge Community Gardens, the brainchild of a group of Uxbridge citizens led by town resident Barbara Hall, is about to become a reality. In fact, applications for gardening plots on Sutton Street (next to the soccer fields) are now available on the Uxbridge town web site, at the town hall, senior center and town library. Ground breaking (literally) will take place in mid April with Opening Day planned for April 21st. According to the group’s mission statement, “The Uxbridge Community Gardens provide space for Uxbridge citizens to practice their gardening

skills while cultivating our community bonds through creating and sustaining the organic plots contained therein.” “This community garden concept just seemed like an idea whose time had come,” Hall said. “I’ve talked to a great many people in town who would like to have a garden and grow fresh vegetables and flowers, but simply don’t have the space to do it. So a group of us got together and started thinking, ‘Well, if they can do it in places like Holliston and Woonsocket, why can’t we do it here in Uxbridge?’” After setting up a budget and getting approval from the Board of Selectman,

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Women’s Club to hold meetings The GFWC Whitinsville Women's Club have scheduled two meetings for the month of March. A noon open meeting will be held on March 12th at the Village Congregational Church, Church St., Whitinsville. Bring a brown bag lunch, dessert will be supplied. Program  of the day is Financial Planning.  Karen Yacino, Assistant Branch Manager, and Mr. John Lyons, Certified Financial Planner at UniBank

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school committee and the community. He said, “It has been a very difficult decision.” a comment frequently heard from those who retire from a self- fulfilling career. He will be leaving Uxbridge with a justified sense of accomplishment: adequate educational space for all grades; a reconfigured grade structure; full day kindergarten and last, but not least, a technologically modern high school complex that will open in the Fall of 2012. A true professional functioning in a political environment, he would not comment on disappointments, but did say, “I don’t believe that this issue [High School Athletic Facilities] will go away until there are fields at the new high school.”

For Savings, will provide advice on financial planning and annuities, with emphasis on preparing for the future.  A Chicken Pie Luncheon (in support of scholarship program) on March 21st at the United Presbyterian Church, Cottage Street, Whitinsvillle.  Cost is $15.  There will be punch and raffles at 11:00 a.m. followed by the luncheon at noon.  If you wish to purchase a pie, we will be selling frozen pies and baked pies for $3.25 each.  Orders for frozen and baked pies must be ordered by March 14th. Frozen pies must be picked up at the Presbyterian Church March 19th at 10:45 a.m. Make reservations for luncheon or pies to Suzanne Santoto (508-234-5456) or Kathy Lyons (508-234-6224) by March 14th.

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Calendar WEEKLY sundays BINgO Knights of Columbus 70 Prescott Rd., Whitinsville Doors open at 4 pm Mondays PITCH PaRTY 6:30 pm at the Uxbridge Senior Center on South Main Street tuesdays ROTaRY CLUB MEETINg 12:15 pm at Unibank, 49 Church St., Trustee’s Room P.a.C.E. CLaSS…FREE! People with arthritis can exercise 10 am in the Community Room at Lydia Taft House. Call Paulette 508-476-4467

Wednesdays FREE POOL vFW, Post 1385, Uxbridge 508-278-7540 tHursdays “COMMUNITY BaND” Practice 7:30 pm at Whitin School on granite St., Uxbridge

March 3rd Saturday liVe Music By randy and daVe vFW #1385 13 Cross Road (Rte. 16) Uxbridge. For more information call: 508-278-7540 6:30-10:30 FREE

4th Sunday neW england country Music JaMBoree Pot Luck Luncheon featuring Tony Pal & The Mountain Roads Band. vFW #1385 13 Cross Road (Rte. 16) Uxbridge Bring a dish - $3 NECMC members not contributing to Pot Luck $5 non NECMC - $6 after 2:00 PM NECMC Members- $4 sign-ups for guest musicians Music- 1:00 - 5:00 PM info: 207-277-3277 or 401-766-0514 Bring non-perishable canned or boxed foods or paper products for the People First Food Pantry and receive a raffle ticket for a Prize Package drawing.

6th Tuesday naMi suPPort grouP Uxbridge Nazarene Church, 130 Douglas St. 7-8:30 p.m. For more info call 508-917-8381

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11th Sunday BlacKstone Valley PoP Warner footBall & cHeerleading registration ages 5 - 15. 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM Polish Hall, 167 Mendon Street, Uxbridge. Please go to our website for more information and to download the registration forms. www.bvpw.org HoMe sHoPPing Blitz to benefit asa Waters Mansion The Friends of the asa Waters Mansion will be hosting from 1- 4 p.m. The Mansion will be filled with vendors. For more information call 508-865-5248 or email pnddwllr42@verizon.net. The asa Waters Mansion, located at 123 Elm Street in Millbury.

12th Monday BlacKstone Valley free Medical PrograM Northbridge High School 6-8 pm 427 Linwood ave., Whitinsville MontHly Meeting vFW Post 1385, Route 16, Uxbridge 7:00 p.m.

Unlimited, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville. Tickets $5 at the door. Beautiful creations, raffles, and more! For more info call Jackie at 508-234-0602 or Penny at 508-779-0032

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st. PatricK's day luncH and Magic sHoW Sponsored by Douglas Firefighters assn. 11 a.m. at Douglas Senior Center 331 Main Street in Douglas

aMerican legion riders MontHly Meeting 7 p.m. at the american Legion Hall, 59 Douglas St.

18th Sunday neW england country Music cluB JaMBoree vFW #1385 13 Cross Road (Rte. 16) Uxbridge. Featuring Borrowed Time Band - Lunch; Pasta w/Italian Meat & Pepperoni Sauce $6.00 Lunch served at 12:30–2:00 PM Music from 1:00 – 5:00 PM . after 2:00 PM NECMC Members- $4.00 sign-ups for guest musicians info: 207-277-3277 or 401-766-0514 Bring non-perishable canned or boxed foods or paper products for the People First Food Pantry and receive a raffle ticket for a Prize Package drawing

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dine-out fundraiser Brian's Restaurant, 91 Providence Rd., Whitinsville 11:30 am-9 pm to benefit the Uxbridge Woman’s Club For details call Mary Lynch at 508-278-2683 or email at dbedarz@msn.com) and 10% of your total food and beverage bill will be donated to the ubridge Woman's Club. alcoholic beverages not included

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28th Wednesday BlacKstone Valley Heritage Quilters Meeting 6:30 p.m., St. Patrick's Church 1 Cross St., Whitinsville. New members welcome aMerican legion MontHly Meeting 7 p.m. at the american Legion Hall, 59 Douglas St. Uxbridge BlacKstone Valley WoMen's cluB Meeting 156 Boston Rd., Sutton Reliv Representative Refreshments 6:30 & speaker 7 pm. Open to the public. For info contact (508) 631-4035.

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The Uxbridge Cuban Softball Connection by Bob Bridges; uxbridge resident and eMass pitcher The Cuban left fielder Armando Aguiar Gil reaches well across the plate and strokes what should be an unhittable pitch of mine over the left field fence for his fourth home run in four games. Armando is a senior softball player who aside from being a member of the Cuban Senior Softball Team is the coach of the Russian Women’s Softball Team. He and his teammates, including three ex-professional Cuban baseball players, were key parts of a very good Cuban senior softball team who hosted our Eastern Massachusetts (EMass) Senior Softball League team during the second week of November. Our visit was the fourth such trip by EMass senior teams to Havana the past three years. The concept of softball diplomacy was started in 2009 under the direction of Michael Eisenberg, a Wellesley native and a player in the EMass league. For years he coordinated educational travel trips to various countries, including Cuba. A few years ago he was able to procure a license from the Cuban softball federation, the Federacion Cubana de Softbol, to arrange softball visits. This year’s visit was unique in that the American team was asked to bring an American flag which my teammates proudly held alongside the Cuban flag at opening ceremonies. This was a very special ceremony as it included three time Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medalist, Telifio Stephenson, and both the Cuban and American

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At the end of the week we socialized with the players and their wives at a closing banquet where we had a traditional pig roast. The week’s experience fostered new friendships as well as an awareness of the economic difficulties that the Cuban people face on a daily basis. It was eye opening to witness the significant poverty, where individuals typically earn $20/month, where food ration cards are standard, and meat rations are only available for children up to 12 years of age. The struggling Cuban economy limits resource availability and the ability to lift itself out of its own economic lethargy. In addition to our intended focus on softball during our visit, the EMass players brought extra items in their luggage for the players and people of Cuba, including health supplies, clothing, and toys for children given to a local orphanage in one of the poorest sections of Havana. Many of us also gave the Cuban players our softball cleats and pants after the final game. The Cubans in return were so moved that they gave us hats and other tokens of appreciation. One fan wanted my glove, but I could not part with it. Maybe in the future, I will bring an extra glove for him. What does the future hold? Hopefully, improved relationships between the Cuban and US governments will evolve to help the people of Cuba improve their livelihoods. It is obvious from my experience in Cuba that the Cuban people like the American people. Perhaps change will come through baseball grass “field” efforts. People more concerned about human conditions and friendship rather than about political ideologies can serve as role models for both governments. A specific goal of the EMass players is to arrange for the Cuban team to come to Massachusetts within the next year or two to play against our teams here. Stay tuned. Maybe we’ll win a game on our own field, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

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Boy Scout Ham & Bean Supper Woman’s Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 102, March 3rd. Due to the hall’s capacity, Club to award Mapleville, this is an annual fundraiser. tickets may or may not be available at Please join us for fun and food, while the door. scholarships supporting your local scouts!! $10.00 For advance tickets please contact

Stocks On Friday, January 20th, Uxbridge residents,  Judith and Charles Stocks, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversarywith family and friends in Lady Lake, Florida. In attendance were their 3 sons, Charles Stocks Jr. (Uxbridge, MA), Robert M. Stocks (Cypress, Tx, and James R. Stocks (Rehoboth, MA)  and their wives, Lynne Stocks, Sandra Stocks  and Sandy Stocks  along with Chuck and Judy's 7 grandchildren, Keith, Amanda, Matt, Patrick, Mikayla, Madison and Patricia Stocks.  It was a wonderful  reunion and celebration held at Maggiano's Restaurant. 

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Uxbridge Woman’s Club News Ham drive to Benefit the People's first food Pantry The GFWC Uxbridge Woman's Club is holding its annual Ham Drive to benefit the People's First Food Pantry.  If you would like to donate a ham you may drop it off to the food pantry on March 31st or call Jennifer Clark 508278-9504 or Amie Hyman 508-2782257 to schedule a pick up.  Please assist us in providing a nice easter dinner for those in need.

caring craft & Vendor fair On Saturday April 28th the GFWC Uxbridge Woman's Club in conjunction with the Whitin School Community of Caring is holding a Craft & Vendor Fair.  This event will run from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Whitin Middle School cafeteria.  The cost to attend is $2.00 and children are free.   If you are interested in being a vendor please contact Jennifer Clark at 508-278-9504. Hope to see you there!

The GFWC Whitinsville Woman’s Club will be awarding three $1000 scholarships for residents of the Town of Northbridge graduating from an accredited high school in 2012. (1) The Whitinsville Woman’s Club Scholarship applicant must be a Northbridge resident. (2) The Viola White Walker Scholarship applicant must be a graduating senior from Northbridge High School, a Northbridge resident, and a candidate for a Bachelor’s Degree. (3) The Annette M. Keessen Scholarship applicant must be a graduating senior from an accredited high school, a Northbridge resident, and candidate for a Bachelor’s Degree. Applicants are available at the Guidance Offices of Northbridge High School, Whitinsville Christian School, and Blackstone Valley Regional Technical Vocational High School. Applications may also be obtained by contacting Beverly Keeler at (508) 2340300 or Gail Dian at (508) 234-6553. All applications must be submitted to the Scholarship Committee by March 19, 2012.

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Denise Wattendorf (401) 489-4741. Includes: Ham, Beans, Salads, Soda, Coffee & Dessert! There will be Special Penny Social Prizes.

Blackstone Valley Chamber hosts Breakfast at the Mansion Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast with friends and family at the second annual Breakfast at the Mansion from 8 am to noon Sunday, April 22nd at the Asa Waters Mansion, 123 Elm St., Millbury. Scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, Danish, coffee and orange juice are among the menu items that will be served by members of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Tourism Association and the Friends of the Asa Waters Mansion. This year State Representative Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) will be serving breakfast to visitors. “I attended this delicious breakfast last year and enjoyed it greatly,” said Rep. Fattman “This time I will be participating by serving the breakfast myself and look forward to having as many people join

me at this wonderful event on April 22nd.” Last year’s inaugural event was a huge success. The all-you-can-eat breakfast benefits the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Tourism Association and the Friends of the Asa Waters Mansion. Before or after breakfast, take a tour of the beautiful mansion and learn about its rich history and the dedicated efforts to maintain the building for generations to enjoy and appreciate. Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the door or in advance. For more information, contact Marcia Decker at 508-234-9090, ext. 100 or email: administrator@blackstonevalley.org You can also register online.

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Claflin Hill Symphony presents two concerts Brilliant German Orchestra part The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra’s 2011-12 “Masterworks Series” continues in March with two monumental and exciting programs. On Saturday evening, March 10th at 7:30 PM in the Milford Town Hall Grand Ballroom, the CHSO will present “Sing Brittania” – a concert featuring two orchestral masterpieces inspired by the landscape, history and culture of the British Isles.  CHSO Founding Executive & Artistic Director Paul Surapine leads the orchestra in German composer Felix Mendelssohn’s Third Symphony, known as “The Scottish Symphony” – which was inspired by his frequent vacation holiday visits to that storied and beautiful country.  His music evokes dark blue-green fog shrouded hills, beautiful and wild shorelines and a history of struggle for freedom and independence. The second half of the concert presents English composer Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations.” Living and working at the heighth of the British Empire’s Golden Age, Elgar’s music conjures up images of majesty, nobility, and Empire.  Perhaps best known for his “Pomp and Circumstance” marches, Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” are comprised of a main theme, followed by 14 variations, each of which is dedicated to a close personal friend or family member of the composer. Claflin Hill will be celebrating its annual “Health Night at Symphony”, with the concert being sponsored by the Milford Regional Medical Center, joined by numerous regional health care providers, practices and organizations.  Claflin Hill will be honoring a local member of the Greater Milford

medical profession, to be announced at the concert that night. Tickets can be purchased directly through the website at www.claflinhill .org.    All seats are Reserved.  The Milford Town Hall is located in Downtown Milford, 52 Main Street, Rte. 16 and is handicapped accessible. Claflin Hill will also present its annual Sunday afternoon “Family Symphony Concert” – “Dancing in the Aisles” – on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 3 PM in the Milford Town Hall. An increasingly popular event in the CHSO season, this concert is ideal for families with small children, designed to give them their first live symphony concert experience in a friendly, informal and accessible format.  The concert is preceded with an “Instrument Petting Zoo,” where audience members get to try out the orchestral instruments with the assistance of CHSO professional musicians.  The program theme for this year’s Family Concert is “Dancing in the Aisles” and presents music inspired by dance – including classical period “minuets” and waltzes”, as well as exciting dances such as the famous “Saber Dance” and Saint Saens “Bacchanale” from the opera Samson and Delilah.  The orchestra will even “swing out” a little at the end with Big Band era dance tunes of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman.  “Our Family Symphony Concert was originally designed for families with younger children,” said Surapine, “but in reality, it’s become a great concert program concept for people of all ages, in essence a great, jam-packed hour of great “Classical Pops” favorites that’s fun for the whole audience and the orchestra too!  What better way to

spend a March afternoon at the end of winter than in our warm and beautiful Town Hall listening to great music?!” Tickets for the “Family Symphony Concert” can be purchased through the website and will also be available at the door on concert day. For more information on all of Claflin Hill’s upcoming events, visit the website at www.claflinhill.org or call 508478-5924. The Claflin Symphony Orchestra, located in Milford, MA, is a powerful regional musical force. Through passionate performances presented by masterful musicians, the CHSO plays a leading role in the cultural enrichment and vitality of Central Massachusetts and MetroWest communities. The CHSO sponsors a remarkable outreach program that helps youth perfect their musical talents and build long-lasting appreciation for music.

of Worcester Music Festival Worcester Music Festival, Thursday, March 1st in Mechanics Hall at 8 PM  Music Worcester is excited to present The Nordwest German Staatskapelle as part of the 152nd Worcester Music Festival on Thursday, March 1st in Mechanics Hall.  The program will include Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Herbert's Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor, Op. 30, and Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68.   Ticket holders are also invited to attend a free preconcert talk at 7:00 p.m. American conductor, Eugene Tzigane, one of the youngest chief conductors in Germany,  will lead the Nordwest German Staatskapelle on their US tour. Joining the orchestra for this concert as Mechanics Hall is Israeli Cellist, Amit Peled, hailed one of the most exciting instrumentalists on today's

“A Salute to Spring” event The Museum of Work & Culture, a division of the Rhode Island Historical Society, announces that its signature event “A Salute to Spring” will be held on Sunday, March 25th from 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.  The celebration also marks the end of the museum’s annual appeal and raffle.  The grand prize, a trip for 2 to Québec City, donated by Conway tours, will be drawn that day.  Other prizes include more than 30 gift certificates to restaurants and entertainment venues. The day’s activities will feature a concert by Josée Vachon, the popular Franco-American entertainer who brings her warm engaging humor and

upbeat rhythms to the museum’s ITU Hall.  Also, one of the museum’s popular living history plays “1917” will be presented during the afternoon. The play features Romeo Berthiaume, Victoria Gendron, Jason Metivier, Jean O’Donnell, and Allie & Ashley Van Orsouw.  New this year, “Test Your Mettle” a museum trivia contest will be held. Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.  Tickets are $15 per person and can purchased at the museum which is located at 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895 or by calling 401-769-9675. 

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concert stage and known for his profound artistry and charismatic stage presence. This concert is sponsored in part by Commerce Bank.  All Worcester Music Festival concerts are made possible in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The Worcester Music Festival is the oldest Music Festival in the United States, and carries a rich history, including that of the distinguished Worcester Chorus.  Since 1858 it has been pre-eminent in presenting great performances by world-renowned orchestras and guest soloists, chamber music, ballet, world music and dance, jazz and choral masterworks in the best venues in Worcester.  Music Worcester Inc. has made "a tradition of excellence" its hallmark and its Worcester Music Festival has been recognized by the Library of Congress. Music Worcester, Inc. Tickets for all Worcester Music Festival concerts are available online at www.musicworcester.org and by phone at 508-754-3231.

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Dealing with change: ahh, the nemesis of life. Good change is welcome like spring after winter has finally come to an end. It is when change pulls us uncomfortably in an unknown or undesired direction, that a mix of strange emotions can dig their claws into us. In dealing with change, this is what I’ve come to realize - like the trees that surround us – adopting a “bend don’t break” attitude affects how we adapt. So many times when some change that I didn’t like was about to happen – anxiety set into my body and I felt tense, fearful and nervous… expecting the worst. But as life softens our edges, I’ve learned that most of what we worry and stress over – never happens anyway – or at least that when it does happen we are able to handle it with strength we didn’t know we’d even had. It’s really about surrendering. Surrendering the need to make judgments and having expectations. Surrendering the need to know why and trusting that unscheduled events are a form of direction. Surrender isn’t simply a word or thought; it is a state of being. If you tend to over control yourself and those around you, make your new mantra: “I choose to surrender to the powers of the universe in running of my life, my health, my relationships, my finances, and all the small stuff, too.” You will feel a lot more relaxed and you won’t feel so alone. There is also truth to what The Serenity prayer says: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. - Sheryl Corriveau; Private Pilates


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Senior Corner Sutton Senior Center posts March Calendar 2nd • Friday

Impact exercise group Tuesdays – 1 PM Cribbage  All welcome Thursdays – 9 AM  “Boost”  High Impact exercise group Thursdays – 10 AM Pitch Every Wednesday & Friday BINGO @ 1 PM Fridays - 9 AM  “I’m Sorry” Card Game Mondays & Wednesdays: Free Exercise Classes (Range of Motion) Classes Tuesdays & Fridays Wednesdays & Thursdays: 9-12 AM Free Yoga Free Computer Classes

11 AM – St. Patrick’s Day music with Singer/Musician Ed Cormier

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10 AM – Chatterbox Discussion Group.  All welcome 12:45 PM – Poker Club (every Monday) All welcome to come play or learn               

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1 PM – Music & Fun with entertainer  Eddy C.   

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1 PM – Movie & Snacks “The Help”  Award Winning Movie Rated PG-13/ Drama 10-12 Noon – “Health Fair” Info & Testing: Blood Pressures, Cholesterol, Nutrition and lots more.  For more information call the Center at 508-234-0703. The month of March is Tri Valley Inc.’s Nutrition Department annual fundraiser to benefit “Meals On Wheels” programs. Our Center will be offering many Raffles and other great things to help raise much needed funds for this worthy cause.

Millbury Council of Aging, 1 River St. Millbury 508-865-9247 MONDAY: Exercise at 10:00 AM Wii Bowling at 12:30 PM, Scrabble/ Scat at 1:00 PM TUESDAY: Blood Pressure Clinic at 9:00 AM, Tai Chi Class at 9:30 AM cost $2.00, Sing-a-Long 11:00 AM, Cribbage at 1:00 PM, Yoga at 1:00 PM WEDNESDAY: Bingo at 1:00 PM & Crafters at 9:30 AM THURSDAY: Whist at 12:45 FRIDAY: Exercise at 10:00 AM Lunch is served daily at 12:00 Noon. Call 48 hrs in advance for reservation. Suggested Donation $2

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SToNehaM TheaTre Everyone is invited to  join the Young at Heart group  for a bus trip to the Stoneham Theatre on Wednesday, March 14th to see "Romeo and Juliet." The cost is $59 for the best premium orchestra seating,  an all you can eat family-style lunch at Buca di Beppo, the bus transporation and all gratuities. The bus will leave from the Westboro Senior Center, 4 Rogers  Road, Westboro  and Faith Fellowship Church, 647 Douglas St. in Uxbridge. Call Sue at 508-4763438 for more information.

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Monday, March 12th we will be running a trip to Foxwood. It is MYSTERY ENVELOPE DAY!! Bus leaves the center at 7:00 AM and returns at 4:45 PM. Cost is $20 p.p. Call center and reserve your seat. Thursday, March 15th we will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at our Noon luncheon. Come Dressed in Green!! Reservations required. Friday, March 23 the Millbury Senior Center with Mass Audiology will host a FREE Hearing Screening at the Center from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Call the Center for an appointment.

a ViSiT To The haMPToNS The Young at Heart group will be taking a 3 day trip to the Hamptons, Long Island, NY from Wednesday June 6th until Friday June 8th. There will be a "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" tour which will go past the ocean-front mansions and homes of celebrities and influential people, a visit to Shelter Island, a tour of Old Westbury Gardens and the Phipps Estate, a tour of Sag Harbor, a trip to Easthampton, a visit to the Montauk Lighthouse in Montauk Point, and a tour of Palmer Vineyards. Everyone is welcome to join the group on this trip. It will leave from the  Faith Fellowship Church, 647 Douglas St, Uxbridge. Call Sue at 508-476-3438 for more information.

Volunteers needed in Uxbridge It's a new year and a new beginning for the Uxbridge Senior Center! Director, Marsha Petrillo is looking for dedicated volunteers to help with new and exciting programs at the Center on South Main Street. If you can give some time one day a week to help, please call Marsha at 508-278-8622 for more information. The Senior Center needs you.

at Northbridge Senior Center HOURS OF OPERATION: MONDAY - THURSDAY 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. FRIDAY – 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ASK THE NURSE: The Northbridge Senior Center Ask the Nurse Program will conduct a vital signs clinic on Tuesday, March 13th and Tuesday, March 27th 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Come in and meet Pat Wal-len, our RN, who is available to answer any questions concerning your medications, or any other health issues. FALLON REPRESENATIVE: The Northbridge Senior Center will have a Fallon Rep (Senior Plan) on Thursday, March 15th at 1:30 p.m. Come join others who may have questions or concerns regarding insurance coverage. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: The Northbridge Police Department announces a new Emergency Notification system: Code RED. This system will notify you directly of any emergency information that you should be aware of. Please note (You must have a computer to register with the police department) the website is www.northbridgepolice.com click on the Code Red and enter your information. If you do not have a computer, contact the Senior Center for more information at 508-234-2002 WII BOWLING: The Wii Bowling Day and time change will now be held on Wednesday, at 1:30 p.m.

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Uxbridge Senior Center programs, events & lunch menu Lunch pick up begins at 10:30 a.m. each day. Please call the Senior Center at 508-278-8622 to reserve your meal 48 hours in advance and also to arrange for transportation to lunch and for medical appointments. The Uxbridge Senior Center is a drop off site for the People First Food Pantry. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. ExCITING NEWS AT THE SENIOR CENTER Please join us on March 5th for a new lunch program that will begin at the Senior Center! All meals will be prepared by our own chef Lynne McPherson and served daily in a friendly atmosphere at the Center. Meals will be prepared with fresh ingredients and will meet dietary requirements for healthy bodies. We are so excited about this new program and will welcome your input on our new meal plans. Please call the Senior Center at 508-278-8622 to reserve your seat 48 hours in advance. All are welcome so please make your reservations early. March menus will be posted on Cable Channel 11 or you can call the Senior Center for information. Starting in April, all menus will again be in local newspapers. WELCOME LYNNE MCPHERSON TO THE SENIOR CENTER! We are pleased to welcome Lynne McPherson as chief cook for the Senior Center. She will begin preparing fresh, healthy lunches on March 5th. Lynne is a graduate of the Culinary Arts program at Salter College where she was on the Dean’s List. She is Serve Safe Certified and has been a cook for the Cyprian Keyes Golf Club and Golden Pond Assisted Living in Hopkinton. We are so happy and so lucky to have her

on our staff. ANY IDEAS FOR FUN AND GAMES? Because of our new lunch program we have more time and space to offer new classes and programs. If there is class that you would be interested in taking please let us know and we will try to find a teacher. Would you like to meet here on a regular basis to play a game, such as Wii, dominoes, Mahjong, Triominoes, etc? We will arrange time and space. COMPUTER CLASSES – “SEARCHING THE INTERNET, HOW TO FIND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR”. Please call the Senior Center at 508-278-8622 to enroll and get further details. Classes are geared to individual needs. Council on Aging meets at 4:00pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The Elderly Connection meets monthly. Call the Senior Center at 508-278-8622 for dates and time. REMINDER – There are still a few appointments left to have your taxes done at the Senior Center. If you are over 65 you can have your taxes done for free. Call 508-278-8622 to make an appointment, first come, first served until the beginning of April. You may be eligible for the Circuit Breaker tax credit. Please bring with you: for the Circuit Breaker credit bring a recent tax bill, water and sewer bill, proof of your Social Security number, last year’s tax returns, any W2 forms, any 1099 forms, and the Social Security form SSA that your received. You can call the Senior Center for more information SAVE THE DATE! - March 8th at 7pm the Uxbridge Library and the Senior Center will present “Celebrating Ireland in Story and

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Song” at the Uxbridge Senior Center. The program will feature step dancers Sarah Finn and Michaela Shanley. Come and enjoy some special songs and dances from Ireland. SENIOR CENTER WISH LIST – The Senior Center would greatly appreciate any donations of paper plates and cups, napkins, plastic silverware decaf coffee and bathroom supplies. These things are not covered in the budget. We thank you very much for your help. DID YOU MISS THE FIRST SERIES OF CLASSES PRESENTED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF PHARMACY? They will be presenting a second series of three classes to help you find reliable health information on the internet. There will be three two-hour classes which started on Tuesday February 21st and continue on March 6th and 20th. If you complete all three sessions you will receive a $30 gift card. FREE class

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1ST ThurSDay 11:30 am - Lunch 1:00-2:00 – Yoga class meets. All are welcome to join, fee is $4 per person. 2ND FriDay 11:30 a.m. – Lunch 8:30 – 4:00 p.m. - Tax preparation for those with an appointment. 5Th MoNDay 11:30 a.m. – Lunch. 3:00-4:00 p.m. – Computer Class – Call to reserve your space and learn how to surf the internet 6Th TueSDay 8:30 a.m. – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. 11:30 a.m .–Lunch 2:00-4:00 p.m. – second week for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy class.

7Th WeDNeSDay 11:30 a.m. – Lunch 8Th ThurSDay 11:30 a.m. – Lunch 12:30 p.m. - Pick-up begins for Walmart shopping. 1:00-2:00 p.m. – Yoga class, all are welcome to join. Fee is $4 pp 7:00 p.m. St Patrick’s Day Celebration – “Celebrating Ireland in Song and Dance” presented by the Uxbridge Public Library and The Uxbridge Senior Center. Step dancers Sarah Finn and Michaela Shanley will entertain. All are welcome. 9Th FriDay 11:30 a.m. – Lunch 8:30 – 4:00 p.m. - Tax preparation for those with an appointment. 12Th MoNDay 11:30 a.m. – Lunch 3:00-4:00 p.m. – Computer Class – Call to reserve your space and learn how to surf the internet. 13Th TueSDay 8:30 a.m. – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. 11:30 a.m.– Lunch and Learn – Paula Evans from the Mass. College of Pharmacy will be here to discuss the changes in Prescription Advantage. She will also give an update on Medicare and some nutritional tips for diabetics. 2:00-3:00 p.m. Page Turner with Jane Granatino, Library Director. If you like to talk about books, good and bad, join us. Share some of your favorite reads, talk about what makes a classic and discover new authors this book discussion is for You! New members welcome, just stop by! 4:00 p.m. Council on Aging meeting 14Th WeDNeSDay 11:30 a.m. – Lunch 1:30 p.m. – Senior club meets. New members always welcome. Please call the Center for further details.

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15Th ThurSDay 11:30 a.m. –Lunch 1:00-2:00 p.m. – Yoga class, all are welcome to join. Fee is $4 pp 16Th FriDay 11:30 a.m. - Lunch 8:30 – 4:00 p.m. - Tax preparation for those with an appointment. 19Th MoNDay 8:30 a.m .– Podiatry Clinic with Dr. Biancamano. Call the 508-278-8622 48 hours in advance to make an appointment. 11:30 a.m. – Lunch 3:00-4:00 p.m. – Computer Class – Call to reserve your space and learn how to surf the internet. 20Th TueSDay 8:30 a.m. – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. 11:30 – Lunch 2:00-4:00 p.m. – last week for Massachusetts College of Pharmacy class 21ST WeDNeSDay 11:30 a.m. - Lunch 5:00 p.m. Elderly Connection meeting. 22ND ThurSDay 11:30 a.m.- Lunch 12:30 p.m. - Pick-up begins for Walmart shopping. 1:00-2:00 p.m. – Yoga class, all are welcome to join. Fee is $4 pp 23rD FriDay 10:30 a.m. - Pick up begins for lunch at Applebee’s. Call 48 hours in advance to reserve your seat on the bus. Space is limited, first come, first served. Lunch is on your own. 11:30 a.m. – Lunch 8:30 – 4:00 p.m. - Tax preparation for those with an appointment. 26Th MoNDay 11:30 a.m. – Lunch 3:00-4:00 p.m. – Computer Class – Call to reserve your space and learn how to surf the internet. 27Th TueSDay 8:30 a.m. – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. 11:30 a.m. – Lunch 28Th WeDNeSDay 11:30 a.m. - Lunch and Learn – Susan Freund from the Greater Milford VNA will be with us to present a fact filled presentation on Shingles. She will discuss current information and treatment options for this painful condition. 1:30 p.m. – Senior club meets. New members always welcome. Please call the Center for further details. 29Th ThurSDay 11:30 a.m. – Lunch 1:00-2:00 p.m. – Yoga class, all are welcome to join. Fee is $4 pp 30Th FriDay 11:30 a.m. – Lunch 8:30 – 4:00 p.m. - Tax preparation for those with an appointment.


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Nutritional Supplements topic of meeting A Reliv representative will speak about nutritional supplements at the Wednesday, March 28th meeting of the Blackstone Valley Women’s Club which meets at the Dudley Gendron American Legion, 156 Boston Road, Sutton. Refreshments are served from 6:30-7 pm, followed by the speaker and a brief business meeting. Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month and end by 8:30 pm and are always open to the public. No products will be sold at this meeting. The speaker will explain how you can get essential nutrients “from just 2 shakes a day.” Reliv understands what we’re supposed to eat but asks who has time for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day? Instead of relying on convenience foods significantly lacking in nutritional value, attendees will be given information on how Reliv’s nutritional products can help with weight control, diabetes and arthritis. For more information, contact Meryl Levine of Westboro, the Corresponding Secretary on the BVWC Board, and a local Reliv contact at (508) 631-4035. The BVWC meetings are held in Sutton on the last Wednesday of the month except for special events, like the upcoming 3rd Annual Wine Tasting (beers included) on Friday, April 27th, sponsored by Friendly’s Discount Liquors of Whitinsville. For tickets, call Barbara Berry, Vice President, of Grafton at (617) 686-7477 or her Wine Committee members Linda Keegan (508) 234-6255 or Kathie Potvin (508) 234-2497, both of Northbridge. Tickets are $25 ahead and $30 at the door and the fundraiser will help support food pantries as donations allow. The club hopes to double attendance from last year with your support and letters have been mailed to businesses to ask for sponsors and donations. Clubwomen plan to sell every ticket possible with your help!! Tables of 6 or 8 can be reserved ahead. All donations and sponsors will be recognized at the Wine Tasting and monetary donations are tax deductible. Come and take friends for a fun evening for a good cause! Any woman l8 years or older who may wish to explore joining the General Federation of Women’s Club’s Blackstone Valley Women’s Club is especially invited to attend. Members come from several towns in the Valley: Sutton, Grafton, Millbury, Northbridge, Douglas, Uxbridge, Whitinsville and Westboro. For more information about the club, contact Constance Dwyer of Sutton, President, at (508) 917-8415 or Barbara Berry of Grafton, Vice President, at (617) 686-7477.

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Mendon Senior Center announces March events CAREGIVER PROGRAM The Alzheimer's Association of Central Massachusetts will be offering a three part series for caregivers at the Mendon Senior Center in March. March 13th - Essential Skills for Family Caregivers: It Starts with Communication This 1.5 hour program provides helpful tips for improving communication in a way that minimizes frustrations, decreases anxiety and avoids disagreements. March 20th - Essential Skills for Family Caregivers: Understanding Behaviors This 1 hour program provides education and practical tools to those caring for someone with dementia. Learning to understand the message and making changes to care can prevent outbursts and arguments. March 27th Essential Skills for Family Caregivers: Safety at Home This final 1.5 hour program provides helpful tips on creating a safe and supportive home for someone with dementia.  Participants will learn to adapt their home environment to make it dementia safe and supportive. Please call 508-478-6175 or stop by the center to register for this free program. PODIATRY CLINIC There are limited openings to see podiatrist Dr. Clayton Cooper (Southboro Medical Group) at the Mendon Senior Center on Wednesday, March 21st from 911am. The cost for this service is thirty dollars, payable to Dr. Cooper. House calls are also available for an additional cost. Please call the center at 508-478-6175 to make an appointment. HEALTH PLAN OPTIONS: WHEN YOU RETIRE

This free workshop on Thursday, March 22nd at 10:30am will address the following common concerns: What happens to my insurance if I retire younger than 65? What if I work past 65?  What about coverage for my spouse? What does Medicare cover? What is the difference between a Medicare Supplement plan vs. a Medicare Advantage plan? Presenter Sue Flanagan, Senior Plan Consultant with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, will also include an explanation of COBRA as well as the Direct-Pay health plan options available before Medicare.  She will then explains the health plan options available once a person does have Medicare. A question and answer session will follow.  All are welcome regardless of your insurance coverage.  Please stop by or call the Mendon Senior Center at 508-478-6175 to make a reservation.  Space is limited. FRIENDS NEWS & EVENTS Book Donations Wanted! • New Members Welcome ~ We are always encouraging new members to join us. Annual membership is $5.00 payable to the Friends of Mendon Elders, Inc. Feel free to drop yours off or mail it c/o Mendon Senior Center 62 Providence Street, Mendon, MA 01756 • Monthly Meeting ~ Monday, March 12th 11am.  Feel free to join us to learn more about our mission! • New program! Cell Phone Recycling ~ Drop off your old, used cell phones at the Mendon Senior Center and various local sites to be announced. This program helps to reduce unnecessary waste and provides additional income to the Friends. • Annual Book Fair ~ Join us for our new day! Friday, April 13th 3-7pm

and Saturday, April 14th 9am-2pm. Donations and volunteers are needed for this popular fundraiser.  Please stop by or call the Mendon Senior Center at 508-478-6175 to sign up for a one or two hour shift. Donations of Books (hard cover and soft cover), children's books, DVDs, puzzles and games can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9-3 pm. Thank you! HEROIC WOMEN YOU CAN TALK TO The Taft Public Library will be sponsoring a living history experience, open to the public, in honor of Women's History month on Wednesday, March 28th at 6 pm at the Mendon Senior Center. Performer Kate Carney, brings to life the story of Bethenia Owens-Adair, MD, the first woman west of the Mississippi to hold an MD degree.  Ms. Carney will tell tales about how folks used grit, their wits and humor to survive. It's 1895, a  time when medical schools didn't accept women, as medicine not thought "fitting for a lady" in the West. As the rebel doctor, Ms. Carney tells action-packed rousing tales of the Oregon Trail, the Frontier 'School of Self-Reliance', teenage marriage and divorce, and life as a single mother, teacher, milliner and "natural" doctor. More adventures followed when she became a MD at 40. Like most pioneers, she was not one to take "No" for an answer! Listeners will get a first-hand sense of life on the American frontier. Dr. Owens-Adair will interact with listeners and answer questions after the 45 minute program. Please stop by or call the Mendon Senior Center at 508-478-6175 to reserve your space for this free program.   Kate Carney, actor, speaker and sto-

ryteller, performs Heroic Women You Can Talk To living history characters in libraries, schools and community events around the Northeast.  She's performed in films and on TV, in New York and Boston theaters. Ms. Carney has toured nationally and internationally, performing Annie Sullivan in England and Ireland. She has directed on Broadway and in theatres across the country. She taught and directed at Brandeis, Smith and other colleges. A HAT FOR ALL SEASONS Be sure to join us on March 29th at 11:00 am when Margo Bik from neighboring Blackstone will stop by the Mendon Senior Center to offer her entertaining program about the many hats in her life.  Another delicious pizza luncheon will follow after the program including soup and salad. The cost for the program and lunch is $5.00 per person in advance. Payment is due by March 23rd. ADVANCE PLANNING Mark your calendars for this free workshop to be offered next month. On Thursday, April 12th at 11:00am Nancy Durkin, MSSW LICSW, with the VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford will present 'Advance Planning' a presentation addressing topics such as: Do I have to do a living will, what about a health care proxy, what are the 5 wishes, who does a POA?  Nancy Durkin will provide the basics on what a good advance directive needs to include. Don't leave these important issues to chance.  Please stop by or call the Mendon Senior Center at 508-4786175 to sign up for this and other programs. 

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Automobile prices are rising submitted by Mark Hare Flip through any newspaper, and you will find your fair share of automotive advertisements. Now, seems like these dealerships are just giving cars away these days, doesn’t it? One amazing deal after another, if you are to believe the ads. Trouble is, you can’t. I don’t want to be the one to tell you, but you actually can’t believe everything you read. Statistics have shown a steady increase in vehicle prices since 2008, and they appear to be headed higher still. According to J.D. Power, the average price of a new vehicle rose in 2011 to $28,341. That’s up 11% since 2008. In the same time, rebates dropped $2,680, an 11% decrease. Combine all this with inflation, and the price of a new vehicle takes up more of the average person’s income than it has in almost 15 years. Why? American automakers are finally competing on all levels with the imports, meaning they are building cars that are at least as reliable, stylish, and get the same fuel economy. With the government bailout, GM and Chrysler were able to restructure, meaning they are no longer under pressure to keep plants running in order to keep the unions satisfied. Plants now build based on demand, which means there are fewer cars, fewer rebates, blow-out sales, or rental-fleet inventory dumps. Japanese automakers have been faced with shortages for the past year, due to a stream of recalls and the March 2011 earthquake. The trickle-down is obvious. Fewer new vehicles being built means higher demand. Higher demand means prices rise. New car prices rising means higher pre-owned vehicle prices, and so

on. Still, a pre-owned vehicle can be a good value. According to the National Auto Dealer’s Association (NADA), used vehicle prices are expected to rise 1.8% this year, after rising 3% in 2011. At a recent auction, one popular 1 yearold sedan was consistently selling for $5,000 more than it sold for at the same time last year. This means that a vehicle that could be sold for $15,000 last spring is going to sell for $20,000 this spring. This kind of jump is rare, but can happen if a certain model catches on with the public, or, in this case, the vehicle undergoes a major re-design – attracting a whole new segment of buyers. Think you can wait to upgrade your car? It won’t help. According to NADA, “the prices you see out there now is the new normal for the market.” On the other end, the government’s cash-for-clunkers program caused a major shortage in low-end used vehicles, virtually eliminating the “$5,000 car.” Vehicles that could be bought for $5,000 in 2008 are now selling for at up to 50% more. All of these factors lead to one thing: rising prices across the entire spectrum of automobiles. The past 4 years have been as tumultuous as any in the history of the auto industry, but going into 2012 things appear to be settling down. Settling down, in this case, puts auto makers in a position of power, allowing them to demand more for their product. The bailout has worked as good as anyone could have hoped for, and the American auto industry is now as vibrant as it has ever been, and certainly better poised to remain at the top of the world market. On the other hand, the stability in the American auto industry has allowed

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manufacturers to hold their prices, instead of discounting vehicles until the public simply couldn’t resist. One of the best measurements of the health of our economy is the auto industry. A year ago, I wrote a column on GM’s post-bailout revival, and this month, GM announced their largestEVER annual profits: 7.6B. That’s B for Billion. That’s a good chunk of money for a company that you and I, theoretically, have a share in. It’s also a pretty ringing endorsement for the bailout, regardless of what political side you come down on. It is working, and that’s very good news for the American economy. The real good news? Cars are being built better than ever. So when you’re dishing out your hard earned dollars to upgrade your ride, you can do it with more confidence than ever. Manufacturers are proud of their products again, and are offering better warranties than ever, which will help on long-term ownership costs. A big part of the reason the cost of vehicles was lower throughout the 90’s and into the past decade was Detroit’s admittance that their product wasn’t worth the same as the Japanese vehicles. Instead of offering better quality, they offered rebates to make the vehicle look like a value. They no longer have to do that. So even if it costs a couple extra bucks up front, you should end up with a better long-term ownership experience than any time in the past. Those newspaper ads? Maybe not entirely true. But in the end, quality has finally met, and most likely surpassed, cost. Pay up, but don’t worry - you’re gonna like the next car you buy. Mark Hare has an English degree from Worcester State University, and an unusual affinity to old convertibles. With his family, he owns and operates Harbro Auto Sales & Service. He is a car guy. He can be reached at markh@harbroauto.com

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State Representative Kuros to announce reelection bid State Representative Kevin J. Kuros (R-Uxbridge) will announce the kickoff of his reelection campaign on Thursday, March 1st at 7:00 p.m. the Millerville Club in Blackstone. Former State Representative and current Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis will join Representative Kuros at the event in a show of support. Representative Kuros represents the 8th Worcester district which was redrawn in the redistricting process to include the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville and Uxbridge. In 2010, Kuros defeated then-16-year incumbent State Representative Paul Kujawski by the widest margin in the Commonwealth against an incumbent, 57% - 43%. “I heard the voter's message in 2010,” said Kuros, “and that was that they wanted an independent voice on Beacon Hill. Someone with the political courage to vote in the best interests of their district, even if that vote puts them in opposition to the Speaker or the leadership of their own party.” With 20+ years spent in the private sector working in the information technology and management consulting fields, and his current experience as the owner of a small real estate firm, Rep-

resentative Kuros leverages that experience on the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. “Job creation has got to be the number one focus of the Legislature this year and into the future,” stated Kuros. “Along those lines, just this month I proudly joined my caucus in co-sponsoring a comprehensive jobs package which includes 25 measures designed to encourage job growth. There is unfinished business on job creation, and my broad private-sector experience gives me a leg up on understanding the issues faced by businesses, both large and small.” Kuros also serves on the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, which allows him to see the variety of challenges being faced by towns across the Commonwealth, and the House Post Audit committee which helped bring to light some improprieties in several North Shore education collaboratives. Kuros and his wife, the former Linda Morrell of Bellingham, celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in 2011, and together they have two children in the Uxbridge public school system. Kuros' website is www.kevin kuros.com.

“Michael’s Law” gains approval A bill, popularly known as “Michael’s Law,” requiring all public and private schools in Massachusetts to have a medical emergency response plan, unanimously passed the Senate recently. Sen. Richard T. Moore, DUxbridge, shepherded the bill through the Senate following favorable action by the Legislature’s Committee on Education and the Committee on Health Care Financing. Although the bill has been filed by the American Heart Association for the past few years, support for the measure was ignited following the November 15, 2010 death of 16 year old Michael Ellsessar who received a heart-stopping injury during a junior varsity football contest. Students from several area school districts, inspired by the life, and tragic death, of the popular Sutton High School student-athlete, and the near death of Tyler Symes, a student from Blackstone-Millville Regional High School whose heart was stopped after he was hit by a puck during a hockey game, have sought passage of the

measure during the past year. The students, as well as parents and school officials, visited the State House several times and e-mailed legislators to advocate for the measure. Sen. Moore, who represents the towns where both students lived, took up the cause and fought for passage of the bill sponsored by Sen. Mark C. Montigny, D-New Bedford. The bill, which received near final approval by the Senate on Thursday, February 16, requires schools promote the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools and on athletic fields in addition to developing and practicing medical emergency response plans. The measure also directs the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to survey all schools to determine the number of personnel or volunteers trained in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and how many have access to AED’s. The bill now awaits action in the House of Representative. To keep up with Sen. Moore’s work visit, www.senatormoore.com

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School News Student Rolls Out Anti-Bullying Ad Campaign

Pictured from left are chief Warchol, derek angell, isabelle sansone and Mrs. Warchol.

Note Card Contest winners The Northbridge Police Department recently conducted their second “note card contest” in conjunction with one of the third grade classes at Balmer Elementary School. Students were asked to draw a picture relating to the police department.  The winner of  this contest would then have their picture displayed on note cards used by the police department. 

Chief Walter Warchol recently announced the winners of  the contest – both students are in Sandra Warchol’s class. The winners are Isabelle Sansone and Derek Angell. Both students were presented a plaque with their winning pictures displayed along with a gift card from Walmart. All students in the class were treated to a special snack.

A part of the state’s initiative to cut down bullying in public schools, Governor Deval Patrick recently declared January 25th “No Name Calling Day” in Massachusetts. Blackstone Valley Tech celebrated the day by unveiling a student designed ad campaign to inspire support of anti-bullying in the school. The student behind that initiative is Graphic Communications junior Kevin Farrell from Bellingham. Kevin was inspired to promote positive change with a call to action against bullying and used his creativity and learned skill set to do so. His inspiration came in the saddest of forms; a news story reporting the death of a New York high school student who took his own life after a prolonged period of harassment. Kevin applied his creativity to the anti-bullying cause and began diligently working on an ad campaign in his Multimedia Communications class to have an impact on his school community. Kevin created multiple design concepts, which were reviewed by his teachers and student peers. He then prepared and delivered a professional presentation to school administrators. So moving was Kevin’s work that the administration team agreed to display

drawn to Kevin’s work because it is so poignant,” stated Graphic Communications Team Leader Adele Ellis. “The growth of technology means that bullying now takes place in an anonymous format, and spreads quickly. Kevin���s work is a call to action, and a learning lesson for all of our students. They are learning that their creativity and their voice can have an impact.” Kevin is very involved in his school community, and also in his hometown of Bellingham. He recently presented his Eagle Scout leadership service project proposal which includes transforming the courtyard at the Middle School into an outdoor classroom.

Kevin farrell displays his anti-bullying ad campaign. the campaign in a trophy case in the school’s Hall of Fame, temporarily removing medals and trophies to make room for the week-long showcase. The school recognized “No Name Calling Day” by unveiling Kevin’s work, but the campaign will remain in the current location to close out the week. It will then be repositioned, in a more prominent home on a much grander scale in the school’s cafeteria. “All of the students in class were

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Support PSG by Flocking The weather will soon be getting warmer and the pink flamingos will be migrating for the 3rd year to Uxbridge. The Uxbridge High School Parents for Safe Graduation Class of 2012 will begin their flocking fundraiser on April 1st and will continue through mid May. During this time you may send a flock of flamingos to your Uxbridge family and friends with a sense of humor. These delightfully tacky, pink flamingos will reside on their lawn for 24 hours for them and their neighbors to enjoy. Donations to flock a friend or to have the flamingos removed from your yard will benefit the Uxbridge High School Parents for Safe Graduation Class of 2012 and will be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in having someone flocked, email either laurieaknight @charter.net or septmar48@yahoo. com for a flocking donation form. The Safe Graduation event has become a tradition in Uxbridge and is eagerly anticipated each year by our graduating seniors. This all night event

allows the class a last celebration as one to reflect on their years together and the good times they have shared. This evening is planned to be a night full of fun. The event provides a safe, supervised, alcohol and drug free alternative for our children.

Family Math Night at NES Students in pre-school through grade 1 and their families are invited to attend Family Math night on March 22nd at Northbridge Elementary School. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. Teachers and volunteers will present various math games for students and families to play. There will also be an opportunity for parents to take games with them to use at home. Evidence shows that family involvement contributes to student’s success in school. The teachers and staff are looking forward to this event. For more information contact: Jill Healy, Principal.

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PTO to host Spring Book Fair Fundraiser The Douglas Preschool and Elementary School PTO will host a Scholastic Book Fair at the Douglas Municipal Center Gymnasium, 29 Depot Street, Douglas, on March 21st and 22nd, from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Families, teachers, and the community are invited to say ‘Aloha!’ to the Book Fair Luau. The Book Fair will offer specially priced books and educational products, including new releases, awardwinning titles, children’s classics, interactive software, and current best-

sellers (for children and adults) from more than 100 publishers. In addition to shopping, Book Fair patrons will enjoy entertainment both nights and a complimentary contest. We will also hold a raffle featuring themed totes filled with items donated by our school families. Buy your tickets at the Fair; winners will be contacted on or after March 23rd. The PTO will present an interactive hula performance by Sarah Ann McGinnis on Wednesday, March 21, at 6:00 pm. The show area is located

in the gym with the fair, and parents are welcome to shop as their children enjoy the 1-hour presentation. On Thursday, March 22nd, we will host a “campfire” sing-along with Deb Hudgins at 6:00 p.m.  Again, parents can shop while the children are entertained. We hope to see you there—mahalo for your support! If you have questions, please contact Heather Miniman at heather@douglas-elementary-pto.org.

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Whitin Middle School announces 2nd Quarter Honor Roll students GraDe 8 hiGh hoNorS Jacqueline Caffarelli, Allison Cotter, Timothy Cotter, Emma Gilchrist, Micheala Hillier, Emily Keeler, Cailee King, Brian MacDougall, Zackary Mages, Setu Patel, Lucas Pomeroy, Jared Robert, Rebecca Siefken, Kyle Suchanek, Cameron Sullivan, Allie Volpe, Robert Wondolowski, Jackson Wright hoNorS Drew Abbott, Sofia Alves, Brooklyn Anderson, Paige Anderson, David Auclair, Nicholas Aufiero, Antaya Bathgate, Joshua Bell, Rachel Bergeron, Paul Berthelette, Alexander Bianco, Corrine Bianco, Olivia Bianco, Courtney Bond, Elijah Boudreau, Olivia Brochu, Lexi Campbell, Hannah Clark, Madison Clement, Abigail Cote, Sean Creighton, Nicholas D’Amato, Zachary Dagle, Tyler Durran, Kassidy Elliott, Makenzi EthierPoliquin, Randi Fournier, Amanda Gentzler, Sarena Gervais, Dannielle Giroux, Austin Gonya, Ally Gordon, Kassidy Granger, Stephanie Graveson, Jesse Hanscom. Lyndsey Hebert, Jacob Irving, Nicholas Juliano, Erin Kalousdian, Emily King, Sadie King, Patrick Klos, Taylor Lennox, Sara Lesack, Santiago Lopez, Sophie Lynch, Michael Lyons, Brittney Matheson, Alicia Miller, Hailey Millette, Kerry Monahan, Hannah Muggeo, Beau Nestor, Kaylee Olson, Allyson Parabicoli, Christian Pasichny, Marybeth Phillips, Amanda Poulin, Chelsea Proehl, Ryan Pulicari, Sarah Reese, Kevin Reimer, Cory Rexford, Ryan Riddell, Emily Roxo, Rachel Roy, Katherine Salzberg, Oliver Sawyer, Nicole Sene, Nicholas Simmons, Elizabeth Simonds, Melanie Simonini, Morgan Smith, Jessica Stevens, Cameron Stewart, Jocelyn Stokowski, John Sturniolo III, Ethan Toomey, Devin Travaline, Thomas Travaline, Joshua Trottier, Bradford Vecchione, Casey Veinotte, Taylor Walsh, Brent Whitlock, Meghan Wills, Maura Wilson, Lukasz Wisniewski, Samuel Wojciechowski GraDe 7 hiGh hoNorS Kyle Archambault, Brooke Blackburn, Krysten Boyer, Russell Bromann, Sasha Caissie, Krysta Coates, Kayla Dabney, Madysen Eames, Emily Guertin, Jillian Hamel, Lucas Horan, Martin Horwath, Jennifer Hunter, Matthew Kelly, Jayce Knapik, Lauren Lapointe, Zackary Lapointe, Grace Lemire, Alexander McCall, Sarah McGee, Mia Metcalf, Samantha Morton, Jake Murray, Haylee Ouellette, Nicholas Patella, Hector Petri, Hayley Reese, Alison Sawyer, Corine Shannon, David Vario, Jr. hoNorS Stephen Ackerman, Kyle Alger, Steven Alger, Franchesca Azize, Blake Batchelder, Trevor Benoit, Audrey Bergeron, Olivia Birri, Melanie Boisvert, Tayla Brown, Nathaniel Brule, Madison Bruneau, Callie Bucchino, Sara Budic, Cameron Butler, Katie Byron, Madison Cahill, Joshua Callinan, Nathan Campbell, Lucais Cannalonga, Domenic Cariglia, Olivia Cassidy, Jack Chapman, Abagail Chartier, Theodore Cole, Allison Colella, Julia Compton, Sydney Compton, Cameron Cyr, Stephanie Demetry, Alex Desjardin, Thalles DeSouza, Shannon Devine, Kristen Earle, Emily Ekberg, Vanessa Fonseca, Celeste Fredrickson, Morgan French, Emily Fresolo, Jaycee Garrigan, Connor Giles,

Joshua Gniadek, Tristan Goddard, Rosa Gonzalez, Kirstin Grenon, Nicole Hewett, Ethan Howe, Meghan Jones, Kellen Kearnan, Jennifer Kindl, Andrew Kuros, Tanner Landini, Jacob Landry, Emily Lavallee, Lizbeth Luna, Julian MacDonnell III, Caitlyn MacNeill, Nicholas Maracle, Alexander Martellio, Timothy McCrohan David McLaurin, Regina Merritt, Tyler Miller, Joseph Monahan, Ryan Morais, Corey Moss, Taylor Nestor, Samantha Nolan, Cody Normandin, Nicholas O’Mera, Erin Ostroskey, Daniel Page, Ryan Paulino, Jake Piotrowski, Madison Poirier, Bryana Reardon, Alexa Richardson, Victoria Rondeau, Michael Rosa, Bailey Rush, Alexis Schadler, Dana Schauer, Lauren Silbor, Ian Simmons, Lauren Small, Cassandra Stamatelatos, Leah Sweet, Madison Tashjian, Michael Walsh, Maxwell White-Cohen, Mitchell Wilkins GraDe 6 hoNorS Marissa Allegrezza, Zachary Almy, Hope Anderson, Leah Anderson, Michael Aufiero, Emily Baca, Delanie Baldwin, Madison Blake, Zachary Boisvert, Charlotte Bonnet-Eymard, Ethan Borjeson-Troupe, Anna Breau, Andrew Bretana, Melissa Brochu, Austin Brodeur, Arianna Brundage, Olivia Burke, Kelsey Burnham, Joseph Caffarelli, Nicholas Cariglia, Zackary Carter, Christopher Caruso, Frank Cattani, Jason Chabot, Keith Chassie, Cassidy Clinton, Madison Cole, Alese Cone, Jared Creighton, Zachari DaSilva, Nolan DeMers, Amy Desruisseaux, Caitlin Devlin, Jacob

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WCS musicians selected Whitinsville Christian School Honor Roll to All-State Music Festival

Heading to the all-state Music festival! Whitinsville Christian High School is pleased to announce Isaac Bates, violist, Colin Bradley, baritone, and Morgan Dzicek, soprano, have been selected to participate in the 2012 Massachusetts Music Educators Association 57th AllState Music Festival in Boston. Isaac, a junior, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Bates of Douglas. Colin, a senior, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kristan Bradley of Sutton. Morgan, a junior, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Dzicek of Northbridge. The Massachusetts Music Educators Association sponsors the music festival,

and participation gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their artistry and to create new friendships. Isaac, Colin, and Morgan were required to audition in January to qualify for their spots. At school, Isaac performs in the high school, chamber, and power chamber orchestras under the direction of Mrs. Monica Vander Baan. Colin and Morgan are members of the high school choir and the vocal performing group Encore under the direction of Mr. Joshua Lawson.

GraDe 6 High Honors Heidi Albright, Jacqueline Cloutier, Briana Fleming, Julie Kaminski, Katelyn Lashley, Grace Malabanti, Shannon Morrill, Andrew Quercio, and Cynthia Swartzel. Honors Jacob Belanger, Zachary Bergeron, Julia Bobe, Joshua Cook, Abigail Greer, Elizabeth Marder, Jacquelyn Rose, Brianna Smith, Jake Violette, and Tatiana Wiersma. GraDe 7 High Honors Lauren Bek, Emily Cutler, Adelaide Dykstra, Abigail Graves, Samuel Gulinello, Danielle Harvey, Katrina Holm, Sidney Johnson, Naomi LaDine, Jonathan Leduc, Hannah Mercer, Nicholas O'Toole, Elizabeth Quercio, Christopher Tulley, Mikaela Vanden Akker, Jacob Vander Hart, and Noah Zeyl. Honors Peter Casey, Bianca DiVitto, Patrick Estrella, Hunter Gorgas, Charlotte Herndon, Colin Irwin, Benjamin Koopman, Maura Kulesza, Gabriel Lenart, Kade McCann, Veronica Rios, Colin Swaim, Nicholas Swiader, Aiden Van Tol, and Katie Wilcox. GraDe 8 High Honors Abigail Cook, Angela Epplett, Spencer Gorman, Molly Hardiman, Sarah Jarosz, Clara Kim, and Grace May. Honors Andrew Baker, Katelyn Baker, Luc Booz, Owen Brookhouse, Jarrod Buma, Joshua Casey, Michael Dunlap, Yong Jun Kim, Ethan Lamoureux, Stefani Moore, Devin Morrill, Aidan

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Honors Matthew Applegarth, Isaac Bates, Natalie Booz, Micah Curtis, Morgan Dzicek, Ana Fomin, Alexandria Hay, Caleb Holt, Maxwell Kuik, Cory Lennox, Colin Richey, Kathryn Rubin, Jake Swartzel, Julia Thayer, Sara von Hein, Sara Vono, and Nicole Wiegers. GraDe 12 High Honors Julia Berkowicz, Jonathan Buma, Thomas Cook, Connor Dolan, Samantha Ervin, Breanne Hamlet, Anna Hardiman, Heather Irwin, David Jassmond, Casey Johnson, Rachel LaDine, Joshua Lewis, Jake McGriff, Jessica Mitchell, Eric Monroe, Brian Pierro, Hannah Plantinga, and Deanna Ristaino. Honors Laura Allen, Andrew Banning, Emily Barrett, Colin Bradley, Mu Sol Byun, Sienna Clough, Jacqueline Cronin, McKenzie Dion, SaraBeth Hanny, Samuel Koopman, Kathryn LiVigni, Nicholas Marino, Micaila Olson, Maya Palmisciano, Michael Park, Thomas Rodger, Amber Shannon, Alison Sohigian, Kristen Sullivan, Nathan Swaim, Aksel Thibodeau, Tyler Vanden Akker, Matthew Vriesema, Thomas Walden, Paige Whittaker, and Amanda Williams.

Celebrating the Arts Nationally, March is designated “Music In Our Schools Month.” The Uxbridge Public Schools are spotlighting the music department by hosting the 5th Annual Music and Meatballs dinner concert on March 6th, (snow date March 8th) in the Whitin Middle School cafetorium. Seating will open at 5:30 PM and the dinner and concert will begin at 6:00 PM. This fundraising event will feature the Whitin School and Uxbridge High School Jazz Bands and the “Spartones” – the a cappella vocal group from the high school. The Meatballs and Music dinner concert is a ticketed event with a limited number of tickets available. Tickets are available in advance on a first-come, first-served basis. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Tickets are $8 for Adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. There is a $25 maximum cost per family and toddlers will eat for free. The menu for the evening is: Salad, Bread sticks, Ziti (with or without sauce) and meatballs. Coffee, orange drink and water will be available. Desserts will also be served. In addition, there will be several baskets raffled off during the evening. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and you don’t need to be present to win. The funds raised at this event will benefit the Uxbridge Public Schools Music Department. Please consider supporting this event by attending the dinner concert. It is sure to be a memorable evening filled with good food, good music and good friends! To reserve tickets, contact Kathleen Penza at kpenza@uxbridge.k12.ma.us or by calling 508.278.8640.


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Nor’easter Roofing, Inc. prides itself on customer satisfaction story & Photos By constance dwyer Nor’easter Roofing owner, Robert ‘Rob’ Chaille, of Uxbridge takes great pride in customer satisfaction. “When I specify to a customer what will be included in the work, I make sure they get what they expect. I am the only sales person they will deal with. The owner sells every job.” He checks every job in the morning even though as of last October he hired, for the first time, a Project Manager. “Quality control” is very important to him, earning his company an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. He’s been in the roofing business for over 26 years but his roofing experience started when he was a sophomore at Natick High School. He worked with a professional roofer during summer vacations and upon graduation, at the young age of l8, the owner of the Natick roofing company decided to hire him as the foreman. “Men twice my age were reporting to me.” Because of that early life experience, he became not only skilled in roofing but, went on to become a builder, having remodeled many homes in Massachusetts. “I became well-rounded.” That diverse experience has paid off. Today, Nor’easter Roofing, Inc. not only offers roofing expertise but siding and windows and home improvements—commercial and residential. “We are a full remodeling company,” Rob added, “in partnership with Kevin Allen Carpentry Inc.” In 2003 he built his own home on Pond Street where he has not only a meticulously kept home but an equally clean workspace in an adjoining garage. “I am a meticulous worker and I make sure my roofers excel at their work and protect our customer’s home and the landscape. His trucks are kept as clean as his home and garage. In recalling the grueling winter of 2011, he said he got over 3,000 calls to shovel roofs and he responded to as many as he could. “Our reputation is important to us and we are all about quality control and safety, whether it’s shoveling or roofing.” Some of his successful roofing jobs in the area include the Pleasant Street Church in Whitinsville; the First Congregational Church in Douglas, the Touchstone School in Grafton, and the Taiwanese Church in Framingham and, maybe, your neighbor’s house. When someone calls the business line, the call is routed to his cell phone. “Every customer hears from him --usually the same day. “If I don’t answer it usually means I am in a meeting”. Just leave a message and he will return your call when he gets in his truck. His wife, Laurie also helps him with the business. He works 6 to 7 days a week spring, summer and fall; depending on

winter weather, he might have some time off during that period. “Right now, my business is going, if I might say so, Gangbusters.” For more information, call Rob directly at Nor’easter Roofing, Inc. at (508) 667-3278 (508 NOREAST) or check out his website at noreasterroofing.com.

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Gannett’s honored for service at MRGH

Small Business cheers DeLeo

William (Bill) and Nancy Gannett, of service, participation in Medical Center Hopedale, were honored recently at events and activities, philanthropic supMilford Regional Medical Center’s port as well as ongoing advocacy and annual meeting as the Board of ambassadorship of the Corporation. Bill and Nancy served on the Trustees’ first Trustee Board together since Emeriti. The Gannetts are retiring from the “they simply are 1978; Bill joined ten board after more than 76 very good and years prior in 1968. He is grandson of Milford years of combined servspecial people the Regional’s original founice to the hospital. we all der Eben Draper. Milford Regional’s whom During his annual Board has chosen to love.” meeting speech, Francis honor individuals, M. Saba, Milford Rethrough this new desig- Francis M. Saba CEO, denation, for exemplary Milford Regional CEO gional’s scribed Bill and Nancy service to the Corporaas modest, humble, kind tion, the Medical Center, and the community. The position of and sincere. “They have earned every Trustee Emeritus recognizes a minimum bit of our gratitude,” he stated, of 20 years of Board and community

The state’s largest advocate for small businesses today loudly applauded House Speaker Robert DeLeo’s pledge to balance the state budget without new taxes or fee increases. “This is a very strong signal to the small business community that there are still a few people in Boston who don’t view the private sector as an ATM machine for government,” said Bill Vernon, Massachusetts State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). “With revenues to the Commonwealth from current taxes increasing $900 million in FY 12, raising taxes in FY 13 would simply be fiscally irresponsible and economically disastrous. And I am glad the Speaker recognized that.”  DeLeo recently said that he would direct his caucus to find cuts in government to close a deficit that Governor Patrick had hoped to fill with roughly $260 million in new taxes on tobacco, sugary drinks and snacks, and bottle deposits.  In his announcement the Speaker warned against using a piecemeal approach to changing the tax code and said that any modifications should be made as part of a broader reform. “The Speaker argued correctly that businesses want predictability in the tax code and that reforms should be undertaken as part of the larger goal of improving the state’s economic competitiveness,” said Vernon. He said that the tobacco tax and other taxes and regulations would have adversely affected not only consumers, but also small retailers who count on their business. “Local merchants would have been hurt by the tax increase and that’s not what Massachusetts needs right now,” said Vernon.  “We have to abandon the notion that we can raise taxes on small businesses and consumers every time state revenues fall short.  A better approach is to look at the structural imbalance in the budget and eliminate or reform the programs that can’t or shouldn’t be sustained in their current form.” For more information about NFIB, please visit www.nfib.com/massachusetts.

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Harbro Auto Sales named finalist for National Dealer of the Year

Douglas Democrats elect delegates Democrats in Douglas elected three delegates and two alternates to the 2012 Massachusetts Democratic Party’s endorsing convention  in Springfield to select candidates for the U.S. Senate nomination. The caucus, organized by the Douglas Democratic Town Committee, elected Keith Brown, Gina Muscatell and Nora Werme as delegates with Danielle Morrow and Shirley Mosczynski elected as alternates. Democratic Town Committee Vice Chair, Robert Werme, will attend as the ex officio delegate. Chair Lisa Mosczynski also expects to attend the convention as a newly elected member of the Committee. Delegates to the 2012 Massachusetts Democratic Party endorsing convention will select candidates to compete for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. The convention will be held on June 2, 2012. The Douglas Democratic Town Committee reminds Democrats to vote in the state-wide primary on March 6th and it will hold its next meeting on Saturday, March 10th at the Douglas Municipal Center at 29 Depot Street. For information on the Mass. Democratic Party, visit www.massdems.org. 

Pizza and Politics - (l to r) owner, chris andrianopoulis, owner of a & d Pizza in Millbury poses here with Worcester county sheriff lewis, “sheriff lew”, evangelidis and Hall of fame former red sox pitcher luis tiant. all were in attendance for the sheriff’s fundraiser at the restaurant. chris was proud to host the recent event along with his wife, sonia. sheriff lew talked about his speaking program in middle schools throughout Worcester county to warn kids about the dangers of drinking alcohol and doing drugs.

Harbro Auto Sales & Service, a local family owned and operated Pre-Owned car dealership, was recently announced as a finalist in the 2012 National Dealer of the Year in the Used-Car segment by DealerRater.com. This award is based on consumer reviews, and the winner is selected from over 50,000 used-car dealers nationwide. Harbro has won this coveted award back to back in 2010 and 2011 and through hard work and dedication are now in position to be awarded this honor for a third straight year. Harbro Auto Sales was founded in 1973 by Tim Hare, and has grown to 2 locations in Whitinsville and Webster Massachusetts.  Managed by Mike and Mark Hare, Harbro was also named 2009 Massachusetts Quality Dealer of

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Dean Bank announces promotions Wayne A. Cottle, President and CEO of Dean Bank, has announced the following promotions. Nicole Fortier, Branch Officer at Dean Bank’s Main Office Branch in Franklin has been promoted to the position of Assistant Vice President, Retail Banking and Michael Carroll, Marketing and Communi-cations Manager has been promoted to the position of Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Communications. Cottle stated: “The contributions of these two banking professionals have made a positive impact on our institution and its customers. We’re proud to be able to formalize the confidence we have in them as they continue to serve our customers with their promotions.” “Ms. Fortier has been a tireless advocate for the role of community banker since she started with the bank in 1997. Over the past fifteen years, she’s grown with the bank; serving customers in a variety of branch positions, including the past eleven years managing our Main Office branch”, Cottle added. She also serves as the current President of the Franklin Downtown Partnership, an organization that is an integral part of the local business community. Ms. Fortier is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree at the New England College of Business and Finance and is a resident of Johnston, Rhode Island. Mr. Carroll has worked at Dean Bank since September of 2010 and has held previous Marketing positions at AllCom Credit Union, Peoples Credit Union and Home Loan Investment Bank throughout his banking career.

the Year by the Mass Independent Auto Dealers Association.  "We are honored and thrilled to earn these recognitions," says Mark, "our father started the business with the idea that if you treat other people the way you would like to be treated, you will be successful.  That theory hasn't failed us yet."  Harbro features a complete certified sales and service operation, and can be found online at www. HarbroAuto.com Mike Hare added "most people don't realize that the used-car industry is the largest retail segment of the US economy.  With that in mind, " We are very proud - being a small company in the Blackstone Valley to be considered an elite dealership on a national level."

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FAFSA - What to Watch Out For Precious Ones Child Care Center by roger H. croteau Every year families of kids who decide to go to college are faced with the daunting task of filling out applications. The "paper" work can seem endless. Applications for schools, housing, grants and scholarships, one after the other, each one slightly different than the last. It's not fun and it can be stressful. For some reason the FAFSA application tends to be the most stress inducing of them all, when in reality it really isn't that bad. FAFSA stands for the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid". It's a completely free application process which you can access at: www.fafsa.ed.gov . It's a government hosted site and it is basically just a series of questions aimed at figuring out how much you are allowed to receive in financial aid. You can start and stop the application many times, as it will save your data during each session. The trick to making this process easy is just preparing a bit in advance. Here are a few things you should have ready: Full names, addresses and social security numbers of the student and both parents, if ap plicable. The names and school i.d. numbers of every school you want your financial information to go to. A prepared tax return, or at least a really good estimate of what your returns will look like, for the student and parents. There is a new feature just this year that will allow the program to automatically retrieve your information from the IRS and fill it into the appropriate areas of the application. You need to have already have filed your return with the IRS in order to use this feature, and as it is new I would look it over to make sure the information transferred correctly. It seems like a great tool though and I would suggest looking into it to see if it's right for your family. As easy as this process is there are still some things to watch out for, and they have nothing to do with the application. Every year thousands of people fall for two types of scams. Unfortunately at this point these scams are not illegal. Hopefully this will change in the future as these scams bilk millions of dollars a year from honest people trying to send their kids to school.

• Scam one is a fee based seminar that will spend the morning telling people how difficult and hard the FAFSA is and then spend the afternoon using high pressure sales tactics to sell their services in helping you file. Total rip-off, but not illegal. • Scam two is a website or service that looks a lot like the FAFSA site and charges you money to fill out your application. It's a third party that really isn't needed, and really doesn't do anything other than take your money. Again really unethical, but not illegal. These are just two examples of what you might come across, I'm sure that you can find others. When filling these out, keep this in mind, the word FREE is the first word of FAFSA and it really is a free application. It should not cost you any money at all, and to avoid landing on the wrong website just type this into your browser: www.fafsa.ed.gov. Here are the 2012 - 2013 FAFSA deadlines: Federal Deadline: Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2013. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 15, 2013. State Deadlines: Massachusetts: May 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified. Rhode Island: March 1, 2012 by midnight, Central Time. For priority consideration, submit application by date specified. New Hampshire: New Hampshire is not offering a state grant this year. College Deadlines: Each college may have a different deadline. Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about their definition of an application deadline – whether it is the date they receive your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed. We wish you well in your endeavors and hope that this article helped relieve some of the anxiety you might have in filling this application. If you have any questions or concerns about this application or your tax situation please feel free to give us a call at 508-278-2239.

Celebrates 2-Year Anniversary On February 8, 2010 Precious Ones opened its door with 7 children and 4 staff members.  Today, just after celebrating 2 years in business, Precious Ones has 47 children and 14 staff members.  The growth of the business, considering the struggling economy, has been nothing short of astonishing.  Owners Jeff and Deb May attribute the success of their Christian based group day care center to three things.  First, a dedicated and caring group of certified teachers and assistants.  Peggy Stienstra, the Center Director says “I’ve never seen such loving teachers in all my years in the business”. Precious Ones now employs 14 full and part time staff.    Second, the well suited facility at Faith Fellowship Church (647 Douglas Street in Uxbridge).  The quiet and safe location lends itself well to the operation with its spacious rooms, large indoor and outdoor play areas.  Finally, a belief in God’s providence.  Jeff, who is also the Youth Pastor at Faith Fellowship says, “I believe God has His hand of blessing over

Precious Ones.”  The center provides teaching in Christian principles including a Monday morning chapel, music, crafts, fine and gross motor activities as well as age-appropriate cognitive, language, and social skills. Not one to rest on past success, the Mays are looking to expand the work.  Having Just opened the infant room in September, they plan on continuing a school-aged summer program this year and are looking to launch an after-school program for school-age children in the fall.  Despite excitement of a growing business, the May’s have not lost sight of what is most valuable.  Deb says, “It seems like just yesterday that we opened and now just 2 years later we have infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children”.  Jeff adds, “the families we serve are looking for something different—something personal, loving, and very special.  We are an extension of the home and we absolutely love the families and children at Precious Ones.”  It’s all about the kids.

AA White Company relocates to Quaker Highway in Uxbrige AA White Company, has relocated their business to 867 Quaker Highway Unit A, Uxbridge, MA 01569 (Formerly known as the Hood Bldg.) from the Providence, RI area. AA White specializes in Interior & Exterior signage, Office Marking Devices, and Industrial Marking Products. A A White Company was established in 1860 and has been serving customers nationwide for over 150 years. Our Commitment to total Customer Satisfaction & Expertise in our field is the reason we have continued to grow & prosper. AA White Company, in November, 2007, became woman owned. They are certified as a

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SPORTS SHORTS Join the Annual American Cancer Society’s; Bicycles Battling Cancer Local cyclists are invited to join the American Cancer Society’s fourth annual Bicycles Battling Cancer ride on Sunday, June 10, 2012.   The 2012 BBC event will start and finish at the Bolton Fairgrounds in Lancaster, and will feature three “loop” route options –century (100 miles), metric century (62 miles) and “lite” (30 miles). Riders may participate individually or as a team. Now through April 1, 2012, the registration fee is $75, and there is a low minimum fundraising commitment of $300 for all riders. Bicycles Battling Cancer allows anyone the opportunity to get fit and have fun, while raising funds to help the American Cancer Society create a world with more birthdays, where cancer never steals another year from anyone’s life.   Funds raised through Bicycles Battling Cancer support the Society’s critical mission to save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.   The American Cancer Society helps people stay well, by pre-

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Blackstone Valley Pop Warner has announced sign ups for their Football and Cheerleading season. Registration will be held on Sunday, March 11th from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for ages 5 to 15 at the Polish Hall

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Stress can literally kill you In response to some of the comments I received about my stress article: first it's apparent that many people had no idea that stress can literally kill, and it can certainly take years off your life, causing advanced aging and a host of malady's to your body and mind. One area of  grave concern is it wreaks havoc with your immune system. Thereby allowing attacks from  many different  sources with malady's you would not really tie into as stress originated Now there are many ways to help reduce stress, and as you can see it is important to do so. I'm not going into that area, however, ExCEPT to say exercise is a wonderful stress reliever. It  works like magic. No pills needed. Now here's what I say to my clients and to my perspective clients: If you don't smile, laugh, sing, whistle, dance or poke fun at mishaps on a daily basis, then, perhaps you have too much on your plate. I try making a point of getting my clients to laugh each and every session, a belly laugh is great therapy. I can't imagine going all day without smiling or laughing! I'm also known for singing to my clients  (can you imagine)  "You should see my dance steps". Stay the course, and do keep smiling.

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Caputo running the Boston Marathon® to support research On April 16, Wendy Caputo from Douglas, will be running in the 116th Boston Marathon® to help conquer cancer as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team.  Caputo, along with Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates from across the United States and around the world will run Massachusetts’ historic marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston with a goal to raise $4.8 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber

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Northbridge Education Foundation 5K Road Race/Walk Northbridge Education Foundation will host a 5K Road Race and Walk beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 31st. The race will begin and end at Northbridge High School and will traverse a 5 kilometer course through the village of Whitinsville. The fee to register is $20 for adults and $10 for students. Participants can register the day of the race but are strongly encouraged to preregister at online at racewire.com. The first 100 people to register will receive a free commemorative t-shirt. The event is NEF’s largest fundraiser this year and will allow the organization to provide grants to the Northbridge Public Schools for the upcoming 20122013 school year. “The community has been very supportive of our fundraising events in the past, and we hope that this year will be no exception” said Northbridge Education Foundation president Larry Brown. “This year we decided to hold an event that could be enjoyed by the whole family, in fact we welcome runners and walkers of all ages and abilities to participate in what we expect will be a very fun event for a worthwhile cause” Brown noted. NEF board member and event organizer Joane Vierck is looking forward to a successful event and welcomes sponsors. “We’re offering three sponsorship levels to businesses and individuals who would like to show their support for NEF, including $100, $250 and $500 sponsorships” said Vierck. According to her, “each sponsor will be recognized with their name and logo on NEF’s web site, on event signs, or on t-shirts, or some combination of each depending on sponsorship level”. NEF board member Kathy Ducey added that “the generosity of our sponsors is vitally important to the success of the event and will help NEF continue to provide grants that help to enrich the academic experience of Northbridge students”. Sponsors or participants may obtain additional information by contacting Kathy Ducey at kbducey@yahoo.com, by calling (508) 234-6368, or by visiting NEF’s web site at www.northbridgeedfoundation.org Northbridge Education Foundation, Inc., organized in 2007, is a Massachusetts non-profit, tax-exempt, community organization formed to support Northbridge Public Schools primarily through grants that enhance, enrich and maintain excellence in the Northbridge Public Schools. The volunteer Board of Directors of NEF is committed to preserving the quality of our schools. NEF raises funds through contributions from individuals and businesses and through fundraising events. North-bridge Education Foundation, Inc. is taxexempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations to Northbridge Education Foundation, Inc. are tax deductible. NEF welcomes volunteers. Persons interested in volunteering should contact the Foundation through its web site.


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MASTER ELECTRICIAN LICENSED IN MA & RI ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING B.S.

Also experience in PLC Programming & Motor Controls

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