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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
ProPosed exPansion of Milford regional Medical center
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 email@example.com or 508-2780028.
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.
For further information about the sale please contact Firefighter Keith Vaidya at the Uxbridge Fire Department 508278-2787.
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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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.
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,
but attendees are welcome to join the group at any point. GriefShare is free, non-denominational, and open to all. Meetings of the group begin Tuesday, March 6th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pleasant Street Church, 25 Cross Street, Whitinsville. Contact the church office at 508-234-5268, e-mail info@ pscrc.org or visit www.pscrc.org for more information and to register.
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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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the great Penguin rescue with dyan denapoli
Why i left the amish ~ saloma furlong
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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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Meet 2011 Massachusetts Book Award finalist Randy Frost, co-author of Stuff; Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things on Thursday, April 5th at 7 p.m. What possesses someone to save every scrap of paper that’s ever come into his home? What compulsions drive a woman like Irene, whose hoarding cost her her marriage? Or Ralph, whose imagined uses for castoff items like leaky old buckets almost lost him his house? Professor Frost received his PhD from the University of Kansas and is currently the Harold and Elsa Israel Professor of Psychology at Smith College in Massachusetts. He has published numerous scientific articles on OCD, hoarding, and perfectionism, and his work has been funded by the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health. Copies of Professor Frost's book will be available for purchase and booksigning after the program.
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Spring Open House! March 28th at 9:30 am MOMS Club® of Northbridge, MA is a local chapter of the International MOMS Club® organization serving Northbridge, Whitinsville, Douglas, and Uxbridge. Our group offers local moms support, social outings, playgroups and more!
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In the midst of winter, thoughts drift towards the promise of spring. As we watch the buds begin to open, many of us wish we could capture their essence somehow. With Theresa's help, you can! Theresa's education includes a bachelor's degree in studio art education from Framingham State University, and she has completed 'professional teachers' workshops at Worcester Art Museum. Her paintings include seven large public murals and the mural in Spencer Town Hall celebrating the town's 250th anniversary. The class will be held on Monday, April 30th from 7-8:30 p.m. Class size is limited, so sign up early! All materials included.
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Join us for a Jewelry Making class with artist Theresa Monteith on Monday, May 7th from 7-8:30pm! All participants will learn how to make a pair of earrings and/or a bracelet, and all materials will be provided. Make something for yourself or give as a Mother's Day gift. This program is offered free and is open to the public, courtesy of the Library Board of Trustees. Class size is limited, so sign up early! All programs are open to the public, but please RSVP for seating. Unless otherwise indicated, all programs are generously sponsored by the Uxbridge Free Public Library Board of Trustees, but donations towards future programming are gratefully accepted. Whenever possible, authors books will be available for purchase and booksigning. Please check the library's website for updated program schedules at www.uxbridgelibrary.org or call the library at 508-278-8624.
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.
Free treatment & counseling for couples Treatment for Women Struggling with Drug Abuse: The Couples Project for Women offers free treatment for women with drug problems who are either married or live with a male partner. We offer 13 weeks of one-on-one outpatient therapy to help you achieve and maintain sobriety. Some women and their male partners will also receive couples counseling to help improve their relationship and to build support for recovery. This study is conducted by re-searchers at Harvard Medical School and AdCare Hospital of Worcester. For more information, call AdCare Hospital at 1800-345-3552, ext. 4043.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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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SOMETHING CALLED DESTINY We met a billion years ago; We were nothing but glowing particles In a swirling complexity And I Loved You Then We met and knew where streams of creation Blended to form a world; We Touched; were Together and felt Joy, Then went our broken ways on Rushing Tides of Lava; And I Loved You
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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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and must be postmarked no later than midnight April 30, 2012. Grant Program: Due to the continued success of the event the Committee sometimes has a surplus of funds after all financial obligations have been met, including reserves for future events. Being a non-profit group itself, the Octoberfest Committee disburses these surplus funds through grants to local non-profit organizations. Applications can be found at douglasoctoberfest.org and must be postmarked no later than Midnight April 30st.
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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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The Young at Heart group of Faith Fellowship Church will be taking a bus trip to see "Riverdance" at the Boston Opera House on April 13th. There is an all you can eat early dinner at "Fire and Ice" before the show. The bus will leave from Faith Fellowship at 1:15 p.m. Call Sue at 508-476-3438 for more information.
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Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, picked up his nomination papers from the State’s Elections Division to seek a new term in the Senate recently. Sen. Moore said that he is honored to represent the people of the fourteen towns in the Worcester and Norfolk Senatorial District and working to deliver results that matter to them. He will be collecting signatures from area voters in the coming weeks.
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Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger is Sunday, May 6th. The 20-mile route weaves through Boston, Brookline, Newton, Watertown, to Cambridge, and includes entertainment and free snacks along the way. On May 6th, over 40,000 Walkers will step out and raise nearly $4 million to help fund hunger relief and prevention through 450 emergency programs, schools, community health centers, farmers’ markets, community suppers, home care organizations, and other programs that protect the individual and strengthen our community food security. Registration is from 7:00 to 9:00 A.M. on the Boston Common. For more information, visit www.projectbread.org or call 617-723-5000. If you or someone you know is struggling to put food on the table, please call Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.
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
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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@
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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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On Friday, February 17th from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. students at Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School participated in a 12 hour volleyball marathon that benefited the middle school PTO and after school program. Over 300 students participated by securing pledges and playing 12 hours of volleyball. Some students played over 100 games to try and raise money for clubs like the creative writing club, the dance club, the STEM club, the Election 2012 club, the Kindle reading club, among the other 17 clubs available to Blackstone and Millville middle school students at the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School. This is the first year in many that after school clubs have been available to students.
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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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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
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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.
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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retires with job well done By constance dwyer Lewis Carroll wrote “The time has come the walrus said to speak of many things…” Uxbridge School Superintendant, George Zini, 57, in response to the retirement question,”Why now?” simply said, “I just feel it is time.” At the end of this fiscal year, June 30th, ”Super,” George Zini, will retire at the top of the ladder from a 35 year career in education, during which he served as coach and teacher, but concluded this career in school administrative positions in the Uxbridge School System. He came to the Uxbridge system in 2004 as Assistant Principal, progressing to Principal (July 2005) and Superintendent in 2009. Superintendent Zini has nothing but good to say about his tenure in Uxbridge, the students, the staff, the
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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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
WalK for Wellness Clear your mind, meet new people and get healthy & Walk the trails at Pout Pond Call
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
17th Saturday St. Patrick's Day
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
15th Thursday designing WitH floWers featuring Julie laPHaM Presented by Blackstone valley gardeners. 7 p.m. alternatives
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 email@example.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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national anthems were played by an orchestra located on the field behind home plate. While not an extremely emotional person, I got choked up with tears coming to my eyes during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. Indeed, this was a very moving moment. Throughout the week’s visit, the Cuban players and people were always warm and welcoming, and new friendships were formed among the players and fans. The tensions relating to the embargo that President Kennedy first put into place in the 1960s, while evident at a governmental level, dissolved on the playing field. The six games we played over the course of the week were all competitive, although the Cubans won each game by an average of 3 runs. It seemed whenever the Cubans fell behind, they notched up their intensity and were able to take the lead. Armando himself went 17 for 17 over the series, including 5 home runs. The fields were a bit challenging to play upon. Outfielders had to avoid stepping in land crab holes, tripping over the gullies that ran along the left and right field lines or falling into a two foot wide by two foot deep hole
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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: email@example.com 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