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Keeping Uxbridge Beautiful
Old Church Gets New Life by Christine Beauchaine If you’ve ever driven through Uxbridge, you’ve likely seen the Unitarian church. The imposing white building sits nestled between UniBank and the library across from the town common. The church has been a fixture in downtown Uxbridge since it was built in 1834. However, the Uxbridge Unitarians merged their congregation with the Mendon congregation and the building was sold in 2013. It has been vacant ever since. Now, thanks to the Uxbridge Historical Commission, the building is getting some much-needed renovations. The building had two owners between 2013 and December of 2020 when the historical commission purchased the building. Those owners have sometimes received criticism for not doing anything with the property but, historical commission member David Moriarty feels they deserve credit for not doing any harm to it. They could have removed things and didn’t, Moriarty noted. The church has some amazing features. It boasts a 3500-pound Holbrook bell. Holbrook bells were produced from 1797 to 1880. The original founder of the company, Major George Holbrook was apprenticed to Paul Revere. The church has a Hook and Hastings pipe organ and lots of original molding and glass. In the early 20th century, many of the town’s most prominent mill owners were part of its congregation. People who were members of other local churches would attend, just to “rub shoulders” with the town’s elite. The church was involved with the underground railroad and Frederick Douglass once notably gave a talk there. As an homage, Moriarty has placed a life size cardboard cutout of Douglass on the altar. The building also hosts the town clock. The tower clock was donated anonymously to the town in 1869. It was donated with the provision that it be installed in this Unitarian church. After his death, the donor was revealed to be Willard Judson. Judson was actually a member of the congregation of a different church. Legend says that he wanted to be able to see the clock from his house which faced the Unitarian church. Dave Moriarty says that this was all done “on a handshake.” One of the goals of the historical commission’s purchase is to secure the town clock in a more formal way. continued on page 12
Lions Club President Diane Seely's green thumb is getting a workout preparing “Beautify Uxbridge” downtown planters.
For years flowers appeared around downtown Uxbridge in the spring time. No mystery. It was the work of Marie Potter, her family and friends, with the help of the Department of Public Works and volunteers, who made it happen. Marie, with the help of the community, raised funds for what she called Beautify Uxbridge and many answered her call. In recent years, the Uxbridge Lions helped out with the watering of plants during the summer and, now that Marie has passed away, her love of Uxbridge and desire to make it beautiful, will be continued by the Uxbridge Lions. The Uxbridge Lions will take over the planting and care of the flowers this spring. It is a small club and the help of volunteers to water during the summer would be a great contribution to the maintenance of the plants. Anyone who would like to serve in that capacity should contact Lions President Diane Seely by email at dmseely@hotmail. com or by calling 508-450-2451. Donations may be made out to the Uxbridge Lions Club and sent to P.O. Box 455, N. Uxbridge 01538-0455. Local charities are a large focus of the Uxbridge Lions Club, as well as those supported by the international organization, such as sight and hearing research, childhood diabetes, disaster relief and much more. The Uxbridge club sponsors local scholarships, youth sports teams, and supports seniors, the library and public schools. Activities are proceeding as possible with the Shred Event on Saturday, May 8th, from 9:00 a.m to noon at the VFW parking lot on Route 16 in Uxbridge. Paper and electronics will be securely shredded or processed on site with the help of
Case Against Former Town Accountant Justin Cole, 39, of Harvard, former town accountant of Uxbridge, was indicted by a Statewide Grand Jury on additional charges in connection with stealing more than $200,000 from the town of Uxbridge in Worcester County and the town of Wenham in Essex County. He will be arraigned on the charges at a later date in Middlesex Superior Court, the county where his former business was located. Cole was previously indicted in July on the charges of Larceny over $250 (5 counts), Larceny over $1,200 (2 counts), False Claims (4 counts), Securing Unwarranted Privilege (4 counts), and Unlawful Financial Interest of a Municipal Employee (1 count). These new charges bring the total amount Cole allegedPRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID BOSTON, MA PERMIT NO 55800
ly stole from municipalities to more than $930,000. The previous charges relate to theft in Uxbridge, the town of Millville in Worcester County, and in the town of Monterey in Berkshire County. The combined charges brought by the AG’s Office allege that Cole used his position as Uxbridge’s town accountant to steal funds by submitting and approving dozens of false invoices and related submissions that caused the town to pay for services not provided. He also allegedly used his position as the sole proprietor of the Bay State Municipal Accounting Group (BMAG), which provided accounting and financial services to towns, to steal money from Monterey, Millville and Wenham.
National Day of Prayer Valley Chapel and other local churches will host a prayer gathering for the National Day of Prayer on May 6th at Uxbridge Town Common from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Join them at any time during these hours to pray for Uxbridge,
Pellegrino Trucking and Onsite Computers for $5.00 per copy paper sized box or per electronic item. The procedure will be clearly marked, masks will be worn, participants do not need to get out of their vehicle unless they choose to watch shredding in progress. During the pandemic, the club continues to meet via Zoom on the third Wednesday of each month, hoping to return to its regular meeting place at the Uxbridge Senior Center soon. Interested folks are always welcome to join a meeting to check out the Lions, the largest service organization in the world.
Candidates’ Forums hosted by local DAR The Deborah Wheelock Chapter, DAR, will open the historic Simeon Wheelock House on North Main Street on consecutive Tuesdays, May 11th and 18th, to welcome candidates on the ballot for elected positions for the town of Uxbridge. COVID protocols will be observed; no in-person audience will be allowed. Questions from the public, which can be sent in advance to an independent email account, will be permitted. Attorney Rob Knapik will moderate the forums. All candidates will be informed of the schedule and standing rules. When available, other details will be posted on the cable access channel along with the email address to which questions can be sent. The objectives of the Daughters of the American Revolution are to promote patriotism, historic preservation and education through volunteer community service projects. Since 1892 this international organization has welcomed over one million women, regardless of race, color or creed, who trace lineage to ancestors who supported the cause of the American Revolution. On May 11th and 18th, the proceedings will be live-streamed at uxbridgetv.org and broadcast on cable channel 192. The Deborah Wheelock Chapter, DAR, is honored to offer the Simeon Wheelock House (1767) as host for these two important educational events. Exercise your Constitutional right and civic duty on Election Day - Tuesday, May 25th. VOTE!
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Dear Editor, My name is Cay DenHerder and I am excited to be seeking a position with the Uxbridge Board of Health. I feel my training and experience can add to and complement that of the current hard working and effective members of the Board, who have made such important contributions to the health of our town during this - hopefully improving - terrible pandemic. I received my MD from University of Massachusetts Medical School and
trained in Internal Medicine at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester. I practiced Primary Care at the Fallon Clinic in Milford for many years. I have a particular interest in public health, earning a Master's in Public Health from UMass. As part of this degree, I did an internship with both the Worcester and Framingham Health Departments, during which I participated in planning and studying the public health needs of those communities. Most recently I’ve had the privilege
of providing medical care for veterans at the Worcester VA clinic for over 10 years until I retired last year. Since retirement, I have been involved with the Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team (RI DMAT), primarily assisting with COVID testing. I have been blessed to live in and raise my family in Uxbridge since 1995. I have been involved in our community over the years, including serving as a member of the Uxbridge School Committee in the past, as well as a previous term on the Uxbridge BOH. I worked at and was part of the Steering Committee of the Blackstone Valley Free Medical Clinic from its establishment through its closure in 2015. I continue to volunteer with the Uxbridge Food Pantry. Every person deserves to live in the healthiest community possible, and I believe I can contribute to that goal. I would appreciate your vote on May 25th to enable me to do that! Thank you, Cay DenHerder
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It’s time to recognize Lydia Taft; a woman ahead of her generation Dear Editor, My name is Belle Croteau, I've been a resident of Uxbridge, Massachusetts for 19 years - as long as I've been alive. I'm proud of my hometown. I love its beautiful woods and brick buildings and
Belle Croteau (center) pictured with her mom, Nicole (left) & sister, Elise. Belle’s goal is to find out where these signs can be obtained and starting a donation. stretches of farmland. It always makes me sad when I tell people from other parts of the state where I live, and they go "... huh? Where is that?" It feels like they should know more about it. To me and everyone who makes their home there, Uxbridge is more than just a dot on a map. To tell the truth, Uxbridge should be known throughout the country. It was the site of a historic
event that defied social and cultural norms of the time. In 1756, a woman named Lydia Chapin Taft cast a vote in favor of funding the local militia, over a hundred years before women’s suffrage. Her husband had died that year, leaving her a wealthy widow and the largest taxpayer in Uxbridge at the time. This unusual circumstance offered Lydia an opportunity that many women in the United States weren’t awarded until the Nineteenth Amendment was ratified in 1920. She participated in legal democracy during a time when America wasn't even free from British rule yet. She was able to make a decision that affected her town and community during a time when women were still second-class citizens with little to no political influence. The name might be familiar to anyone who has driven on the "Lydia Taft Memorial Highway" or passed by the nursing home bearing her name, but I was the only one in my 8th grade class who actually knew her story. My family and I, who have gone on a couple road trips through America, were amazed by historical sites like the home of Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. We read about her on a beautiful, gilded historical sign and realized that despite our town's history, we had nothing like it. We contacted everyone we could think of to try and figure out where these historical markers came from and how we could go about getting one. We have nothing to show for nearly two years of trying. I am now a first-year student at Westfield State University. I am one of the few representatives here from Uxbridge, MA. Now that I am here
learning about politics, government, history, and women's studies, I feel more strongly than ever about the idea of this historical marker. My fellow women's studies students and my professor, Dr. Shoba Rajgopal, helped me to gather information and draft this letter. We learned, for example, that Women make up only 10% of all the historical figure statues featured in the US and Lydia Chapin Taft did not make that list. With the recent centennial of women’s suffrage, it is saddening to acknowledge that women still aren’t being given equal representation, specifically in major
achievements such as Taft’s. The wake of Women’s History Month is the perfect time to right this wrong and give her the recognition she deserves. It would be making a symbolic, memorial gesture to a woman nearly 200 years ahead of her time and would give Uxbridge a reason to be remembered. When people pass through our town from distant places, they'll be able to stop and read the sign, maybe take a photo, and teach their children about America's first ever woman voter. Thank you, Belle Croteau
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Watershed Group Needs Volunteers The Blackstone River Coalition (BRC) needs volunteers to assist with its 18th year of water quality monitoring of 28 sites in the midreach section of the watershed. Enjoy being out along waterways? Volunteer as a regular site monitor assigned to a particular site or serve as a “floater” to cover sites on an "as needed" basis. Fieldwork not your thing? Come volunteer in the watertesting lab which operates out of the Tri-River Family Health Center on Oak Street in Uxbridge. The BRC trains community scientists to participate in the Coalition's watershed-wide water quality monitoring program. The goal of this long-running program is to gather information about the current status of, and long-term changes in, the health of the Blackstone River watershed. This information helps local policy makers, state officials, and concerned community members make the Blackstone River cleaner for people and for wildlife. Over 90 volunteers work with the BRC to sample 75 sites throughout the watershed from Worcester to Pawtuck-
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The Headwaters Team samples waterways from Worcester to Grafton and runs its testing lab out of Mass Audubon’s Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester. The Rhode Island Team samples waterways from Woonsocket to Pawtucket and runs its lab out of the Blackstone River Watershed Council’s Education Center To volunteer as a field monitor, floater, or lab assistant, please contact Susan Thomas, Coordinator, BRC Volunteer WQM Program at 508-4710988/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Local Aid Agreement reached for the FY22 Budget The House and Senate Ways & Means committees have reached a local aid agreement for the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget. This agreement provides certainty and predictability for cities and towns, funds the first year of the Student Opportunity Act (SOA) and ensures they get back on schedule to fully implement the SOA by Fiscal Year 2027. As part of this agreement, the aid included is Chapter 70, Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) and Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER). Specifically, the agreement funds Chapter 70 at its highest level ever at $5.503 billion, an increase of $219.6 million over FY 2021. It also creates a $40 million enrollment reserve fund
targeted to stabilize school districts adversely impacted by pandemic-related enrollment changes. Lastly, it funds Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) at $1.16 billion, an increase of $39.5 million over FY 2021, providing additional local aid support to cities and towns. “I am both grateful and pleased that the House and Senate Ways & Means committees were able to come to an agreement on local aid for fiscal year 2022,” said Senator Michael Moore (DMillbury). “It is critical that we support
the students and schools in our local communities, and this local aid will allow both to be prepared as we move back towards in-person learning.” The town of Northbridge received the following from each category of funding: UGGA – $2,319,926, Chapter 70 – $15,664,621 and ESSER Funds – Projected $3,321,032 agreement builds off the $2.6B in federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding that school districts have received to date. The agreement also recognizes the impact that COVID-19 has created as it pertains to enrollment. Therefore, an enrollment reserve fund has been established to stabilize school districts that are experiencing higher levels of enrollment, while also sup-
porting needs such as transportation, instruction and materials to create a smooth transition back to in-person learning. As they continue to work towards
finalizing the FY 2022 budget, this agreement on local aid reflects the support the legislature maintains in supporting students and schools throughout the Commonwealth.
Spring Clothing Drive Cleaning out your closet? Kids outgrowing their clothes? Donate your unwanted clothing to the Uxbridge St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Mary's Church located at 77 Mendon Street in Uxbridge. The clothing drive will take place Saturday, May 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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Garden Club Plant Sale Sutton Garden Club Annual Plant Sale will be held on Sutton Common on Sunday, May 16th, Noon - 3:00 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday, May 23rd, Noon - 3:00 p.m. All applicable COVID safety precautions will be observed. SGC members will be potting up hundreds of plants from their gardens this spring in preparation for the sale. Since they were not able to have their plant sale last year due to the pandemic, SGC gardeners have that many more plants to share this May.
Proceeds from the plant sale fund community efforts, including Bandstand and Manchaug Square plantings and maintenance during the summer, decorations and wreaths for the Bandstand and Commons at Christmas time and their Scholarship Fund. It also helps fund gardening and other programs during the year. Any updates regarding the plant sale, including rain date, will be posted at http://www.suttongardenclub.typepad.com or Facebook: https://www. facebook.com/SuttonGardenClub/
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St. Patrick's Recycling Event & Food Drive The 3rd annual St. Patrick's Spring Recycling Event will take place on Saturday, June 5th from 8:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. in the Church parking lot, 7 East Street. The profits will benefit upcoming YNIA (Young Neighbors in Action) service projects. Please keep items for each station separate. For more information & electronics pricing, call 508-234-5656 or email email@example.com. Cash preferred. No credit cards will be accepted. Thank you for your support! On Site Paper Shredding - 9:00 a.m.11:00 a.m. only. $7/per copy paper size box. No x-rays; binders; binder clips; hanging folders; notebooks; plastic; cardboard or magazines. Electronics Recycling for a fee - No batteries/light bulbs/propane tanks. All equipment must be bone dry of oils/liquids. Bottles and Cans - Please rinse. Items must be returnable in MA. Textile Collection - Clothing; handbags/totes; accessories; linens; shoes; blankets; window treatments, etc. No rags/rugs, toys/books or housewares. Items must be gently used (no stains), and in a condition to be resold. Food Drive - collection of non-perishable food items for those in need. If you cannot make it on June 5th, please call office to donate.
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Eric Roldan, LICSW Open Sky Community Services has announced the appointment of Eric Roldan, LICSW as the Director of Outpatient Services, part of the organization’s Behavioral Health Services Division. Roldan, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, brings experience in both community mental health and substance abuse settings to his new role. He will be responsible for over-
Twice Blessed Thrift Shop Reopening Grand reopening of the Twice Blessed Thrift Shop will be Saturday, May 1st. New store hours are Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (First Saturday each month) Catholic Community of Sacred Heart Church, 187 Hopedale Street, Hopedale, MA Phone (508) 473-1900 or visit sacredhearthopedale.org. Like them on Facebook: w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / t w i c e b lessedthriftshophopedale/.
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Northbridge Schools to assess students During the week of May 3rd, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (DESE’s) Office of Language Acquisition will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Northbridge Public Schools. The Office of Language Acquisition reviews each district’s and charter school’s ELE program every six years to monitor compliance with federal and state English learner education laws and regulations. Areas of review will include English learners’ student assessments, identification of English learners; what programs English learners are placed in, parent and community involvement, curriculum and instruction, student support services, licensure requirements for faculty, staff and administration, program plans, and evaluation and recordkeeping. In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Language Acquisi-
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dence in her grandchildren’s bright futures. The second act of her life included Russell S. Wise II, who won the best supporting male in his role as her husband. The two of them launched themselves onto the stage of life as main features in many performances. Their repertoire included dramas, variety, humor, all with a theme of love. During these years, she bid adieu to her husband, Russell S. Wise II as well as her father and mother, John H. White and Helen M W Cunnally, in their final curtain calls. Being extremely versatile, Suzanne was able to play several different roles. Though her main characters were devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, side parts included Past Worthy Matron OES, the Uxbridge Women’s club, organized and taught Sunday School with the Unitarian church for several years, early educator with the Uxbridge School system for several years in the after-school program and minister. Later in life, she expanded her stage presence and took on the role of student, achieving degrees from Wellesley College and Quinsigamond in education, religion and history. In her recent years, she enjoyed knitting,
reading, crafts and socializing with many of her new friends who helped support and care for her as she navigated her illness. Among her greatest accomplishments are those who loved her and will carry on her memory. Her first act character consisted of daughter Rusanne and her husband Charles, Russell S. Wise III and his wife Rebecca, their children:
Samantha and Russell IV, John H W Wise and his wife Jennifer. And bringing up the final act, Alison Wise Raposo and her supporting cast husband Kevin Raposo, sons Matthew and Kevin Jr. Various supporting family who had special appearances in her life include her brother John H. White of N.H. as well as her many nieces and nephews.
Shannon A. McTiernan, 38 Shannon A. McTiernan, 38, passed away April 13th, after a brief illness. She is survived by her son Jack Molignano and his father, John Molignano of Weymouth; her mother, Maureen J. (Tancrell) McTiernan of Uxbridge and stepfather, John Green; a sister, Heather D. McTiernan and her companion Paul Wolfe of Hillsboro, NH and their daughter, Lydia Wolfe, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was predeceased by her father, Patrick K. McTiernan in 1991. Born on October 13th, 1982, Shannon
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grew up in Uxbridge and attended and graduated from Uxbridge High School class of 2001. She furthered her education attending both Community College of Rhode Island and Salem State University. Shannon had a deep love for music of all kinds and enjoyed reading. She was extremely caring and selfless, always thinking about others. Shannon was very family oriented and more than anything loved being a mother. Her son Jack was the light of her life. There will be no services held at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations in Shannon’s memory may be made to: The Jack Molignano Education Fund, c/o Saver’s Bank, 6 N. Main St., Uxbridge, MA 01569.
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Use your MacLeod selected to lead Charles River Bank’s Mendon Office while maintaining existing customer team members, customers and commubody’s elasticity Charles River Bank President & CEO relationships and developing new busi- nity leaders in my new role,” stated Jack Hamilton is pleased to announce ness relationships, customer engage- MacLeod. that Assistant Vice President Nancy L. to run easier by Jean Gillis, ChiRunning Instructor, Triathlon Coach Do you want to run but it feels like too much of a struggle? It turns out that just by making small changes to your technique, you can harness the natural elasticity of your body to run with less effort. The following information is on scientific studies from The Lost Art of Running, by Shane Benzie, The Science of Running, by Steve Magness, and the ChiRunning technique. POSTURE Have you heard of fascia? Fascia is a thin casing of connective tissue that surrounds and holds every organ, blood vessel, bone, nerve fiber and muscle in place. A unique characteristic of fascia is that it has an elastic capacity that allows it to store and use kinetic energy. Imagine fascia as rubber bands running from the crown of your head, and down the full length of your body. If you’re posture is hunched, those bands are slack, and sagging, with little elasticity to them. However, when you extend through the crown of your head, you are lengthening these bands, putting tension on them, enabling you to take advantage of the storage and release of this elastic energy; which will enable you to run more efficiently. Aim to extend upwards through the crown of the head, lengthening along the back of the spine, with the chin slightly tucked. This will stretch the fascia as well as engage core muscles to support you when you run. Be aware not to bend at the hips, which would disengage the core muscles. It’s important to note that how you hold your body all day, is how you’ll hold your body when you run. By practicing tall posture throughout your day, it will occur more naturally when you run. FOOT STRIKE Foot strike refers to which part of the foot you land on when running, forefoot, midfoot, or heel strike. Studies have shown that forefoot running results in the runner landing with the ankle more plantar flexed (toes pointing away from the shins), putting the calf and Achilles in a better position to take advantage of elastic recoil. This compares to heel striking, where the foot is dorsiflexed (toes pointing towards the shins), and the calf muscle is already fully stretched. Forefoot landing is also able to utilize the elasticity of arch of the foot more than heel striking does. Finally, with heel striking, there is increased ground contact time, as the foot transitions from the heel to the forefoot. This longer ground contact, indicates a longer amount of time that energy is stored, and the opportunity for more energy to be dissipated and lost. If you want to run easier, and with less effort, join Jean for a half day ChiRunning workshop Saturday, May 22nd, in Whitinsville, or for a private lesson at your convenience. Learn more at jeangilliswellness.com or contact her at: email@example.com.
MacLeod, has been promoted to Mendon Branch Officer. MacLeod has been a long-time member of the Charles River Bank team. In 1999, she joined the Bank as a part-time teller in the Medway office. She later was chosen to run the Medway High School Branch when it opened in 2006, followed by a promotion in 2009 to Assistant Branch Manager working at CRB’s newly opened offices in Bellingham and Mendon. In 2016, MacLeod moved back to the Main Office in Medway where she was promoted to AVP/Medway Operation Manager. In addition to decades of banking experience, MacLeod has completed the Branch Management Certification Series through the Massachusetts Bankers Association. MacLeod replaces AVP Ann Gonyea, who served as the Mendon Branch
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Good Shepherd Virtual May Basket Raffle Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Parish (Linwood/Uxbridge) will be holding a virtual basket raffle throughout the month of May as an annual fundraiser to support the parish. The raffle will include over 27 themed baskets and additional gift certificates to local merchants and establishments. Details for each basket can be found on the parish website at goodshepherdlinwood.org/may-raffle-baskets, along with a ticket distribution sheet. Tickets will be available for $1 a piece or 6 for $5. To comply with State and Diocesan guidelines there are two options for purchase: Tickets can be purchased in person at the Parish Hall
(121 Linwood St) from May 1st through May 30th after the Saturday 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m. masses. You may stop in at your convenience to view the baskets. The Parish Hall will also be open to the public on Saturday, May 8th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 22nd from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased via mail by printing off the ticket distribution sheet from the link above. Here you can fill in your contact details, select the number of tickets you would like to purchase, and designate how many tickets you would like to add to each basket. The distribution sheet and check
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The Library Card: 3,000 Magazines! So I thought I’d just pick up a newsstand copy of Sports Illustrated to while away the time at the doctor’s office tomorrow. (Even the 1997 issues that are usually there have disappeared.) $6.99!? Really? Well, maybe a Consumer Reports to check out the new cars… $12.99!? So I asked my family if they had noticed the price of mags at the drugstore lately. Oh, yes – Food $6.99, Better Homes and Gardens $12.99, Life $13.99, National Geographic $14.99! And then I remembered – my Library Card. CW MARS, that wonderful network that serves the Uxbridge Public Library, has recently announced the addition of over 3,000 magazines that are now free to card holders. And the titles are always available; there are never any holds or waiting. You can access the emagazines through the OverDrive Collection and the Libby mobile app, anytime, anywhere. Among the most popular are The Economist, The New Yorker, Cook’s Illustrated, National Geographic, Good Housekeeping and Kiplinger’s. But there are hundreds (thousands!) more
to choose from. And if you need help with magazines in Libby, check out the OverDrive Libby tab on the library home page at https://www.uxbridgelibrary.org. Click on Help, then go to Getting Started. If you still have trouble, call a librarian at 508-278-8624. They’ll be glad to help. The world of print is changing, and the libraries of today are much more than print resources. Libraries have historically been the keepers of history, knowledge and information. In our digital age they have become the places which provide the tools necessary to access that knowledge. As far back as 2014 the Pew Institute found that library patrons were asking less for direct knowledge and more for ways to get at the resources that they needed or desired. There is little reason to expect that the trend toward digital information will abate any time soon. Our CW MARS consortium of 150 libraries in Central Massachusetts recorded over 1 million ebook and audio book checkouts in 2020, a 34% increase over the previous year. Back in the old corner newsstand days, did you have 3,000 magazines at your fingertips? Or books, movies, music, videos and audio books on demand? Keep that Library Card handy; it may be the most valuable thing in your wallet.
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annual Walk for hunger On May 2nd, Anita Hagspiel, of Uxbridge, will lace up for Project Bread’s 53rd annual Walk for Hunger. She will be among thousands of virtual participants to walk in their own neighborhoods to raise more than $1 million to help get food to kids and families during the COVID-19 crisis. Historically, the Walk for Hunger, the nation’s oldest continual pledge walk, takes place the first Sunday of May on the Boston Common. The 2021 fundraiser will be the second event to be done virtually. “As the pandemic continues to take a financial toll on people and entire communities, we must do everything we can to help the 1 in 6 households struggling to afford food,” says Erin McAleer, CEO of Project Bread. “Participating in Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger is one way we can all do something real to make sure our neighbors can get food to meet their most basic need. Our community has shown we have the power to create meaningful change. This year it is especially important.” While Hagspiel has 35 years of experience participating in Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger, this year’s event is extra special as she will be celebrating her 70th birthday on Walk day alongside her daughter. She has spent her past 34 birthdays lacing up for the cause. She walks under the umbrella “Team National Grid,” a corporate team of 30 participants that the retired
program manager for the company helped to create in the early 1990’s. In lieu of a traditional birthday party and gifts this year, Hagspiel has mailed 50 invitations to friends and family members to join her along their own virtual neighborhood routes on May 2nd at 10:00 a.m. and to make a donation to her Walk for Hunger fundraising campaign. She will break up walking her traditional 20-mile route in five-mile segments over the course of four days, starting the route on her birthday. Her goal is to raise $2,000, matching the amount she raised last year by posting a self-made video of herself walking to raise awareness for the cause on her personal Facebook page that year. To date, she has raised a collective $35,000 to support Project Bread’s statewide anti-hunger efforts. “My mother was very poor growing up and always stressed to my siblings and I to clean our plates and appreciate the food that we have,” says Hagspiel, who has donated to a local food pantry
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Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger, or to support a walker or team, visit projectbread.org/walk or call (617) 723-5000. There is no registration fee or fundraising minimum to participate, although a $250 minimum goal is suggested. Participants who raise $500 or more are recognized as Heart & Sole walkers, and receive access to personalized fundraising support, exclusive event gear, and invitations to events. People experiencing food insecurity should call Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline (1-800-645-8333), which provides confidential, free assistance getting connected to a variety of food resources in 180 languages and for the hearing impaired. Counselors can prescreen families and help them to apply for SNAP, which would make them eligible for no charge or reduced-price school meals, and answer questions about eligibility for school meals through the National School Lunch Program. For more information, visit: www.projectbread.org.
ChURCh continued from page one Valley Restorations of Torrington Connecticut has been contracted to begin the outside renovations, including a new roof. Work will begin in June 2021. It will take two weeks just to erect the scaffolding. Moriarty anticipates that the work will be completed by the early fall. The historical commission doesn’t have definite plans for the future of the building although Moriarty notes that they are open to different possibilities.
Primarily, the commission wants to transform the church to be the “best building downtown.” The commission feels that preservation of the building benefits the entire town of Uxbridge. Moriarty stated that the commission serves for “the pleasure of the people of Uxbridge.” Moriarty, a longtime resident of Uxbridge, said he loves the town and the people and wouldn’t live anywhere else. He was particularly grateful to Barry McCloskey, who managed the trust which enabled the historical commission to purchase the building. “If it
wasn’t for him,” Moriarty said, “the trust wouldn’t be where it was.” Moriarty also found the town’s Historic District Commission to be “very accommodating, supportive and excited” about the project.
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Teens help Andy’s Attic create change throughout their community Within Worcester’s South Community High school is an organization with the mission, “To provide for families, especially those in need, the ability to have warm and comfortable clothing so that they can advance in their everyday life.” This nonprofit organization has been successfully operating since 2010. Every year, it donates over 2,000 bags of clothing to individuals in need. These bags include clothing to last all four seasons in a New England climate, as well as socks, undergarments, and shoes. So, who is making this difference? In fact, this organization is almost completely run by teenagers attending South High. In 2010, a 16-year-old boy named Andy Reese passed away in a car accident. In his memory, Andy’s parents began this nonprofit in his bedroom, collecting clothes for those in need. This nonprofit organization is called Andy’s Attic. As this organization grew, it was transferred to South Community High School. Here, dozens of high school students volunteer their time preparing bags of clothing. Additionally, these students annually write letters and applications to companies asking for grants and donations to purchase new undergarments and shoes. Last year, they were able to collect approximately 15,000 dollars. Unfortunately, Andy’s Attic is currently unable to accept clothing donations as a result of the restrictions due to the
Covid-19 pandemic. However, they are hoping to be up and running by the time the next school year rolls around. Updates can be found at the website andysattic.org, and once they are able to accept donations again, the organization takes any new or lightly used clothing. Andy’s Attic is still accepting monetary donations, and welcomes any size contribution towards their cause. Members of Andy’s Attic truly have a passion and dedication to help their community. Alizea, a senior at South High, said, “it’s amazing when you see the burden taken off their shoulders,” as
she explains the feeling of giving people in need bags of resources. An event that truly showcases the spirit of Andy’s Attic occurred last year during a series of devastating fires in Worcester. After these fires, members of Andy’s Attic donated a bag of supplies to every person from each residence that had burned down. These donations included clothing, toiletries, comforter sets, and other essentials. While explaining Andy’s Attic’s efforts to help the victims of the fires, Alizea commented on how seeing the difference that she could make was amazing. Andy’s Attic
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fourth designation, this time in business, finance, and logistics. The school is partnering with Mass Hire Central and the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce. Students in this pathway can participate in dualenrollment coursework which will enable students to transfer credits toward the attainment of a logistics cer-
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college-level courses and internship opportunities to gain work experience and insight about whether the field is something they would like to pursue in college or a career after high school. “Not only are these programs driven by student and community feedback, but also the commitment of departments and educators to look at school in a different way,” said Uxbridge Superintendent Dr. Frank Tiano. “We have continued to push forward despite the challenges of this past year, and the team at UHS has continued to focus on opportunities that move the needle for our entire district and the community as a whole.” The Baker-Polito Administration launched these early career programs in 2017 to help students develop knowledge and skills related to a chosen field of study before they graduate high school. Many of the early career pro-
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Volunteer opportunities serving Town of Uxbridge Now offering Women’s The Town of Uxbridge is seeking volUxbridge High School Scholarship awards scholarship(s) annually to resito fill openings on the follow- Fund Committee: The Uxbridge High dents of the Town of Uxbridge. This Health & Pelvic Floor Therapy unteers ing committees/boards. Please submit School Scholarship Fund Committee unique scholarship fund provides fiMilford Regional Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine is now offering a new treatment to women who suffer from dysfunctions of the pelvis and groin area that contribute to bowel, bladder, sexual health and other pain complaints. The Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Therapy program is offered in our offices at Milford Regional in the Blackstone Valley, 100 Commerce Drive, Northbridge; and 42 Cape Road (Route 140), Milford. Up to one third of all women experience a problem with their pelvic floor muscles at some point in their life. The Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Therapy program can treat common conditions, including: Pelvic floor weakness, Pregnancy-related conditions such as sacroiliac joint pain, sciatica, pubic symphysis separation, incontinence, low back pain, pelvic pain and post-partum incontinence, Diastasis recti abdominus, Endometriosis, Pudendal neuralgia, Prolapse, Pelvic pain, vulvodynia, Urge/stress/mixed incontinence, Interstitial cystitis/painful bladder syndrome, Post-surgical pain due to bladder slings/lifts, hysterectomy, laparoscopy, colporrhaphy, endometrial ablation, Sexual dysfunction/dyspareunia/ vaginismus and Sexual trauma. Our specially-trained therapists offer non-surgical treatment options includ-
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Translating classroom knowledge into realworld experiences is an essential step for high school students. For fifteen seniors in the Health Services program at Blackstone Valley Tech, an opportunity to assist at a regional collaborative vaccination clinic held at the former McCloskey Middle School, 62 Capron Street Uxbridge, on March 31st fulfilled a need beyond a valuable life experience. "Our nursing assistant students are eager to assist their community in the fight against COVID-19," said Justine Naper, MSN, RN, Health Services Instructor, and Team Leader at BVT. "With most of our seniors already vaccinated, we were interested in working at a clinic. When I heard about the vaccination clinics starting in Uxbridge, I reached out to the clinic coordinator, expressing our interest and offering assistance." "The vaccine rollout is still relatively new, and the undertaking is enormous. Being a part of a project of this magnitude has required a lot of planning," said Shane Keville-Wagner, the Clinic Coordinator of the Uxbridge site. "We have been coordinating what everybody can bring to the table. Having BVT Health Services staff and their group of certified nursing assistants volunteer to help is fantastic. It is exciting to collaborate with our regional vocational technical high school and others to increase community involvement and volunteerism." BVT Health Services Instructor Amy Ferrandino-Bedard worked closely with this group of seniors to prepare for this clinic, reviewing coursework connected to their curriculum. She said, "They learned how to store, prepare, and
The 15 nursing assistant students, seniors in the Health Services program at BvT, who assisted at the vaccination clinic: Emery Amtmann, Northbridge; Melanie Bisbee, Northbridge; Jessica Brown, Douglas; Isabella Caccavelli, Uxbridge; *Owen Cunningham, Sutton; Abby Kelly, Hopedale; Camryn Krusz, Bellingham; victoria Lemieux, Blackstone; Kaitlyn Manzi, Milford; Kristin Ouellette, Uxbridge; Hannah Parath, Millbury; Khushi Patel, Uxbridge; Nicole Rannikko, Millbury; Lauren Testa, Mendon; and Abigail Weagle, Millbury stand with their Health Services Instructors Amy Ferrandino-Bedard, Georgette LeMay, and Justine Naper. *Student Not photographed
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throughout the month of May to directly benefit the Whitin Community Center’s Summer Camp Whitin Scholarships! The Whitin Community Center is committed to enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and families and building a strong community in the Blackstone Valley. They offer social, recreational, educational, and outreach programs that bring community members of all ages and backgrounds together. The Whitin Community Center is the Blackstone Valley’s most complete family and recreation center with two swimming pools, a gym, fitness center, early learning programs, summer camps and a seven-and-a-half-acre park. For more information call 508.234.8184 or visit www.WhitinCommunityCenter.com.
Girls on the Run...Join the Fun The first season of Girls on the Run in Worcester County was in 2015. Since then, it has grown to encompass an average of twenty teams throughout Central Massachusetts, reaching close to three-hundred girls per season. Located in Whitinsville, Girls on the Run Worcester County is part of a national nonprofit organization with branches in every state. It aims to instill confidence and inspire girls through physical activity and lessons in communication, selfimage, and life skills. Every year, Girls on the Run holds two seasons, each lasting about eight weeks. The program culminates in the girls using what they learned to complete a 5k race together. When the season ends, the impact of the program is not forgotten. The first group of girls who participated in Girls on the Run Worcester County, and are now of high school age, have reported that prior to their experience with this program, they would not have had as much confidence to try new things and believe in themselves. In a 2017 study conducted by Dr. Maureen Weiss, Ph.D., Girls on the Run participants had higher scores in confidence levels, selfimage, making decisions, and other important life skills than participants in youth sports or school physical education programs. Girls on the Run is a program empowering girls every year, and you can be part of it! This nonprofit organization is always looking for volunteers and donations. Despite the Covid19 pandemic, the program has continued to operate both in person, with needed safety measures in place, and virtually. Like all other small non-profits however, the pandemic has created a
large financial strain. As Karen Spencer, the director of Girls on the Run Worcester County, explained, “the biggest misconception about nonprofits is that everything is free.” Individual donations from the community have kept this program alive throughout the past year. Volunteers also play an essential role in the success of this organization. Volunteers are recruited to help out at the culminating 5k race, as well as to coach and mentor the girls throughout the season. Additionally, for younger community members a Junior Coaching program is available, allowing high school students, ages 16-18, to help out on the team. Coaching a Girls on the Run team is also extremely beneficial for the volunteers, because they are able to learn the lessons of the program as they teach the girls. In an interview, the director of Girls on the Run Worcester County, Karen Spencer, recalled that most coaches come back to the program, saying “I wish this was here when I was a kid. I need this as an adult!” Even she said that working here has “changed her life.” If you are considering volunteering, making a donation, or know a girl in grades 3 - 8 that may be interested in the program, visit gotr-worc. org to find out more or get in touch. They are also found on Facebook and Twitter. Get involved with Girls on the Run, and become part of this nonprofit, changing lives every year! If you have a story of a group or individual that made a positive impact on you or your community, share it with the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be anonymously published in local newspapers and online sources. Share some good news!
senior corner Uxbridge Senior Center News From the Director... The month of May represents “Older Americans Month” (aka: OAM). The theme for this year’s event is "Communities of Strength.” Older adults have built resilience and strength over their lives through successes, failures, joys, and difficulties. Their stories and contributions help to support and inspire others. This OAM, we will celebrate the strength of older adults and the Aging Network, with special emphasis on the power of connection and engagement in building strong communities. There are many things we all can do to nurture ourselves, reinforce our strength, and continue to thrive. Connecting with others is one of the most important—it plays a vital role in our health and well-being, and in that of our communities. From finding joy in small things and sharing our stories, to looking at the big picture and giving to others, join us in promoting the ways we are connected and strong. Here, at the Uxbridge Senior Center, we try to focus our activities and events on improving our seniors' lives. Please consider joining in on a virtual exercise class, or join in on our walking club, come for a nutritious curbside lunch pick-up, or socialize with your peers at our outdoor craft activity program, or participate in our pen pal program. The center provides our seniors the opportunity to make a difference in our community by sharing their talents, wisdom and time. Check our monthly activity calendar and join in to make our center stronger through your experience, knowledge, and willingness to share with others. We are blessed to have your presence, your love, and your unmatched perspective. The Spring Town Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 15th at 2:00 p.m. at the McCloskey School located at 62 Capron Street. Please plan on attending to participate in this important event. The Uxbridge Elderly Connection will be holding their Annual Meeting on Wednesday, May 12th at 6:00 p.m. via a Zoom invitation. Please contact the senior center to RSVP, if you would like to participate, and get the Zoom link. The Uxbridge Elderly Connection is the fundraising arm of the senior center and provides financial funding for some of the senior center’s activities and programs. Our Walking Club is back! Sally is resuming the Walking Club starting Wednesday, May 5th and every Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. Sally will also be holding additional outdoor activities including the Knitting Group on Thursdays and a new program with BINGO on Friday, May 14th. Masks and social distancing will be required. Check out the following activities and for more info. Please call the senior center to RSVP. Best wishes for a Happy Mother’s Day and restful Memorial Day to all! Thank you, Lisa Bernard, Director UPCOMING PROGRAMS: Virtual programs will be aired on Local Cable Channel 192 Tuesday – Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. also 10:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. (times may vary). You can also check out their Facebook page and YouTube channel. MCOA Walk Massachusetts Challenge – Lace up your sneakers – Walk the Mass Challenge is
Back. Program runs from May 1st – Sept. 30th. This year features more prizes and will be incorporated with *Sally’s Walking Club Every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.* Meeting at the Blackstone Valley Greenway on Adams St., South Uxbridge. Ten lucky people will win a $50 Visa gift card, 25 people a $25 Amazon gift card, and 50 people a $10 Dunkin’ gift card. The first 500 people who participate will receive a handy reflective wrist band and sports pack, perfect for carrying your water bottle, keys and phone. To sign up, go to www.mcoaonline.com/walkma or call the center. Zumba Gold will continue on Thursday May 6th & May 13th. Sessions will be sent via email. Friday, May 7th –12:00 p.m. - Mother’s Day Baked Fish Curbside Pickup. Dessert is sponsored by Atria Draper Place. RSVP is required and a donation of $3.00 per meal is greatly appreciated. Call to reserve your meal. Saturday, May 8th – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Uxbridge Lions Shred Event -VFW Parking lot, Rt. 16, Uxbridge – Paper & Electronics $5.00 per box or item. Wednesday, May 12th – Uxbridge Elderly Connection, Inc. Annual Meeting at 6:00 p.m. Annual report/Elect board members. Call for ZOOM invitation. Thursday, May 13th – 2:00 p.m. – Outdoor Craft w/Sally Painting Bird Houses. Limited to 5 people – donation of $7.00 per bird house. RSVP to reserve your spot by. Rain date is Thursday, May 20th. Social distancing, safety precautions in place and masks required.
Friday, May 14th at 1:00 p.m. – Outdoor BINGO! This will be held in the parking lot (weather permitting) and prizes will be awarded. Must call to sign up as space is limited. Social distancing & masks are required. Saturday, May 15th – 2:00 p.m. – Uxbridge Spring Annual Town meeting will be at the McCloskey School. Friday, May 21st – 12:00 p.m. - Baked Fish Curbside Pickup – Sponsored by ERA Key Realty Charitable Trust Fund. RSVP is required. Please Call to reserve your meal. Friday, May 28th & Monday, May 31st – The Senior Center will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. They will re-open on Tuesday, June 1st. Uxbridge Senior Center On The Move - Videos will be posted every Monday at 10:00 a.m. Get ready to join Sally & Gail on VIRTUAL Trips in and around Uxbridge. Hannaford grocery shopping every Tuesday. Pick up begins at 8:30 a.m. Please sign up in advance by calling to reserve your seat on the van. Masks are required and seating is limited. Every Tuesday – Virtual Chair exercises with Sally posted on the Uxbridge Senior Center Facebook page & YouTube after 2:30 p.m. *Walking Club will be every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Contact the senior center for waiver form before starting. Weather Permitting, masks & social distancing required. Meeting spot is at the Blackstone Valley Greenway located on Adams Street, South Uxbridge. 1st and 3rd Wednesdays – May 5th & May 19th
at 10:00 a.m. – Bank & Pharmacy Rides. Please call at least 24 hours in advance if you need a ride. Masks must be worn as well. 2nd and 4th Wednesday – May 12th & May 26th at 9:30 a.m. – Shopping trip to Walmart. There will only be 4 people allowed on the van per visit. Call ahead to sign up! Masks must be worn. 2nd & 4th Thursdays – May 13th & May 27th at 9:30 a.m. – Shaws/Ocean State Shopping Rides. Please call at least 24 hours in advance if you need a ride. Masks must be worn / limited to 4 people. Welcome back knitters! Knitters can meet every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the senior center parking lot. Masks & social distancing required (weather permitting). Please bring your own chair and water bottle. You must RSVP 508-278-8622. Every Thursday – Virtual Crafts with Sally posted on the Uxbridge Senior Center Facebook page and YouTube after 2:30 p.m. Every 1st & 3rd Friday at 1:00 p.m. Live Facebook Pictionary with Sally & Gail. Tune in to the Uxbridge Senior Center Facebook page. Prize given to first place participant! Medical Transportation is accepting appointments. Call to schedule your rides. The Uxbridge Senior Center Donation Funds are used to pay for services, programs, and activities for Uxbridge older adults and are not considered part of the Town’s operating budget for the center. Anyone wishing to donate may do so by making checks payable to the “Uxbridge Senior Center.” Donations may also be made in honor of, in memory of, or in appreciation of. Contributions are greatly appreciated.
Uxbridge Library calendar of events Adult Programs VIRTUAL GENTLE YOGA Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Tune in to YouTube Live to start off your day with a yoga session with Marise Nazzaro! Search YouTube for the Uxbridge Free Public Library channel. This class is sponsored by the Uxbridge Board of Library Trustees. VIRTUAL MINDFULNESS MEDITATION Thursdays, May 13th and May 27th 6:00 p.m. Tune in on Facebook Live for an interactive virtual meditation session with Jenny Xie! This class is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
VIRTUAL BOOKIES BOOK CLUB Monday, May 24th at 6:30 p.m. Zach will lead a discussion on An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. This title is available through CWMARS and through the Hoopla Digital app. Patrons interested in participating should email zparrish@ cwmars.org for a link to the session.
Youth Programs TAKE-HOME CRAFTY WEDNESDAY’S Wednesday mornings and afternoons Weekly crafts are back! Let them know how many you would like in your curbside bag. VIRTUAL MUSIC AND MOVEMENT with Deb Hudgins - Tuesday mornings Deb is on YouTube with more songs, rhymes, and activities about seasons, friends, and more! Visit the Calendar for the program link each Tuesday. Best for ages 0-4. Brought to you by the Library Board of Trustees. FORTNITE TOURNAMENT Thursday, May 20th, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. They are partnering with One Up Games for another Fortnite tournament! The entire event will consist of FIVE games with short breaks in between each game. Platforms include Xbox One / Series X, PlayStation 4 / 5, Nintendo Switch, or PC, and participants will need a Discord account. Visit
the Calendar to register. After registration you will receive a confirmation email a few days prior to the event with instructions on how to join and queue up for your matches. Brought to you by the Library Board of Trustees. VIRTUAL MUG MEALS: COFFEE CUP QUICHE Wednesday, May 26th at 5:00 p.m. Join Chef Julie and learn how to make the perfect breakfast-for-dinner treat! ● 1 egg ● 1 1/2 tablespoons milk ● Salt ● Ground black pepper ● 1/4 of a bagel (or similar amount of French bread, etc.) ● 2 teaspoons cream cheese ● 1/2 slice prosciutto or ham ● Fresh thyme leaves or fresh chopped chives ● Dijon mustard Ingredients can be adjusted to accommodate food allergies and sensitivities. Visit the Calendar to register. This program is best for ages 8 and up. Brought to you by the Library Board of Trustees. *Stay tuned for more information on their 2021 Summer Reading Program: Tails and Tales!* NOTE: Story times will be resuming soon — thank you to all who shared the wonderful virtual space with Lindsey and Iggy! The Uxbridge Library is located at 15 North Main Street, Uxbridge, MA. (508) 278-8624.
Whitinsville Social Library posts upcoming programs Whitinsville Social Library is closed to the public due to the pandemic. The Library is offering Parking Lot Pick Up Monday through Saturday. Place items on hold in the online catalog, wait for a notification that it's ready, and give the Library a call to schedule a contactless pick up window. Not sure what you'd like to read, watch or listen to? Fill out the Library Sampler form on the website and staff will pick out something! STORYTIME Every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Join Miss Heather every Thursday morning via Facebook Live to listen to stories, sing rhymes, and dance to some fun music. Each week's theme will have a craft for ages 0-6, these crafts will be available for pickup each Wednesday before storytime. Reserve your craft each week at www.tinyurl.com/ Events BABY BOUNCE Every Friday at 10:30 a.m. Join Miss Heather every Friday morning via Facebook Live to listen to stories and to sing along to rhymes & songs to get you moving! VIRTUAL CRAFTERNOON Every Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Join Miss Heather every Wednesday afternoon via Instagram Live for a virtual craft hour. Bring a craft or something fun to work on and they will talk about books, games, and everything going on in the library. Each week Miss
Heather will be working on a different craft, from embroidery, to crochet, to weekly craft kits. Don't want to craft? That is okay! Come and just hang out. TWEEN AND TEEN WEEKLY CRAFTS Pick-up Each Wednesday between 10:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m. Each week there is a different craft for tweens and teens, these crafts will be available for pickup each Wednesday. The Library provides the materials for each craft, most crafts require crafters to have scissors and glue. Reserve your craft each week at www.tinyurl.com/Events ADULT TAKE & MAKE: PAPER HYACINTH BOUQUET Monday 5/3 Pick up kit between 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Each kit contains supplies for an adult to make a paper bouquet of hyacinth using cardstock. The Library provides the supplies and instructions. The tools the crafter requires are scissors, ruler, and glue stick. This craft is best for adults. Reserve your kit at www. tinyurl.com/Events FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY MEETING Tuesday May 25th at 6:30 p.m. This meeting is tentatively scheduled for the Library’s front lawn. Bring your own chair. If the weather is poor this meeting will take place virtually. Please contact friendsWSL2019@gmail.com for an agenda.
Douglas H.S. releases Honor Roll 3RD QUARTER HONOR ROLL GRADE 9 HIGHEST HONORS Ashley Arnold, Amanda Audette, Cameron Beckwith, Darius Buivydas, Linas Buivydas, Isabella Calkins, Olivia DeLuca, Matthew Doyle, Taylin Fragala, Noah Gaskill, Hadley Gavan, William George, Isaac Gosselin, Owen Gray, Gavin Gualtieri, Emilee Hamelin, Emma Hennessy, Andrew Hogan, William Hogan, Colin Loehr, Zechariah March, Marcus O’Brien, Julia Oskirko, Erika Our, Natalie Reade, Haileigh Recore, Dominic Rossi, Colin Squier, Molly Stinchfield, Ethan Vassar, Alexander Wheeler, Evan Wheeler, Cecelia White HIGH HONORS Rylee Bennett, Cadence Bouchard, Christopher Dame, Logan Hooper, Colton Howard, Louis Makela, Chloe McDonald, Elyssa Pastor, Gabrielle Rivard HONORS Gavin Delgado, Taylor Lundquist, GRADE 10 HIGHEST HONORS Chloe-Jo Bassim, Caroline Beaird, Griffin Berard, Ryan Bonin, Ciara Brule, Mackenzie Catlin, Ella Collins, Essined Colon, Renee Dansereau, Felipe DeOliveira, Sena Jenna Fontaine, Elise Forget, Nicole Guthenberg, Therese Hennedy, Luke Lightbown, Salome Lopez, Antonio MacGregor, Madison Mooney, Meghan Moulder, Michael O’Toole, Isabella Oum, Hannah Purvis, Caroline Ramsdell, Ariana Sacco, Connor Stickney, Jaeley Sughrue, Brianna Taylor, Matthew Trychon, Kate Wall, Stephanie Williams, Lily Zygmuntowicz HIGH HONORS Mitchell Dunleavy, Josie Fontaine, Molly McEnaney, Celina Moore, Luke Walcek, Benjamin Walsh, HONORS Lucas Romano GRADE 11 HIGHEST HONORS Kaylee Bolin, Savanna Brito, Brendan Calkins, Zophia Cherrier, Abigail Damasio, Miranda DeGaetano, Anthony Demeo, Gavin Francisco, Kyle Gaskill, Thomas George, Bryan Grady, Mackenzie Gray, Sarah Hamilton, Jillian Harper, Luna King, Joseph LaBonne, Matthew Landry, Eva Llopiz, Aleigha Martinsen, Finn Mitchell, Olivia Muscatell, Katheryn Peloquin, Julia Psuik, Isabelle Rindone, Kailey Salera, Reece Slowik, Arianna Souphida, Andrew Squier, Brianna Taft, Nirali Trek-Najera, Jacob Triber, Haleigh Wagner, Patrick Welliver HIGH HONORS Olivia Almeida, Lindsey Bartolucci, Mia Beaumier, Morgan Berthiaume, Max Bolandrina, Drew Ghiorse, Stephanie McGloin, Paul Smith, Katelyn Surrette, Krista West
HONORS Ryan Bernard, Joselyn Richards GRADE 12 HIGHEST HONORS Kiley Arnold, Katelyn Bonin, Nichole Brothers, William Champagne, Kaleigh Chesley, Morgan Doyle, Jenna Elliott, Julia Forget, Casey Holland, Emma Kasper, Evan Kuczer, Nicholas LaPolt, Bridget Leary, Ava
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Quinsigamond College to hold virtual Commencement “The College came to this difficult decision after a review of current public health advice and the many unknown factors of the Coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic’s course over the next months. Our first and foremost commitment is to the safety of our faculty, staff, students and their families,” said President Luis G. Pedraja, Ph.D. “While we are encouraged by the rollout of vaccines; many are still waiting to be vaccinated and current safety protocols preclude us from holding an inperson ceremony.” QCC’s featured virtual commencement speaker will be nationally- recognized scholar and elected official, Maya Rockeymoore-Cummings, Ph.D. Dr. Rockeymoore-Cummings has championed social justice causes in areas that include health equity, protection of social entitlement programs, income security, diversity and inclusion, and civil rights. Her career has spanned over 22 years of service in the United States Congress, the National Urban League, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the nonprofit sector. Most recently, Dr.
Rockeymoore-Cummings toured the country championing her late husband, Representative Elijah E. Cummings’ autobiography, “We’re Better than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy.” “We are honored to have such an esteemed and relevant speaker as Dr. Rockeymoore-Cummings at our commencement ceremony,” President Pedraja said. “She brings a focus on the impact of public policy on people of color, vulnerable populations, and marginalized communities, and works with others on ways to dismantle systemic inequalities found in our society, in order for all people to succeed and thrive.” The College is offering free caps, gowns and tassels to all QCC August 2020, December 2020, and May 2021 graduates for this year’s commencement. “I look forward to welcoming the Class of 2021 into the esteemed group of QCC alumni who have done so much for our community,” President Pedraja added. To learn more visit www.QCC.edu/ commencement-2021.
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Flemming, Douglas, Audrey Hammond, Sutton, Anna Wildes, North Uxbridge HONOR ROLL Sydney Masciarelli, Northbridge, Marianapolis Preparatory School is a coeducational, Catholic boarding and day school offering college preparation for students from the United States and 20 foreign countries. Marianapolis enrolls 400 day and boarding students. The school's 150-acre pastoral campus provides a beautiful and safe haven for study and athletics. Established in 1926, Marianapolis is one of the oldest independent Catholic schools in New England
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BVT Commendation List recognizing Academic and Vocational Excellences Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick has released the following Commendation List for the second trimester of the 2020–2021 academic school year at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School. To be named to the Commendation List, students must meet rigorous standards that include maintaining a grade point average of 88 percent or above in each technical, related, and academic course for the trimester. Students are listed by grade level, hometown, and alphabetically by their last name. To view the entire Commendation List for the second trimester, please visit www.valleytech. k12.ma.us/2tcommendationlist. SENIORS (Class of 2021) BLACKSTONE Jada-Jane Chapman, Automotive Technology; Carrie Chase, Culinary Arts; Avry Guilbert, Painting & Design Technology; Victoria Lemieux, Health Services; Sean Tasker, Electronics & Engineering Technology; and Grant Van Dyke, Engineering & Robotics. DOUGLAS Giannah Dowen, Health Services; Kayla Drew, Culinary Arts; Ryleigh Flansburg, Dental Assisting; Krista Helstrom, Multimedia Communications; Madison Mathieu, Electrical; and Luke Morrison, Electronics & Engineering Technology. MENDON Gabriel Asacker, Drafting & Design Technology; Abigail Murphy, Dental Assisting; Robin Sage Murphy, Advanced Manufacturing & Fabrication; and Lauren Testa, Health Services. MILLVILLE Aaron Canali, Electrical; Nicholas Kirby, Engineering & Robotics; and Hayley Vecchione, Health Services. NORTHBRIDGE Kevin Downing, Electronics & Engineering Technology; Meghan Griggs, Engineering & Robotics; Grant Houatchanthara, Information Technology; Victoria Lopez, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration;
Kaitlyn McPherson, Cosmetology; Donna Ross, Health Services; Kevin Sawyer, Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing; Matthew Trenholm, Engineering & Robotics; Evelyn Williams, Painting & Design Technology. SUTTON Erin Fitman, Dental Assisting; Jenna Jennison, Culinary Arts; Hannah Limanek, Electronics & Engineering Technology; and Blake Stone, Business & Entrepreneurship. UXBRIDGE Nicholas Boisvert, Electronics & Engineering Technology; Thomas Breau, Information Technology; Jacob Constable, Electronics & Engineering Technology; Molly Curley, Health Services; Madison Gannon, Engineering & Robotics; Casey Goyette, Engineering & Robotics; Khushi Patel, Health Services; and Caroline Sanford, Engineering & Robotics. JUNIORS (Class of 2022) BLACKSTONE Madison Abrants, Painting & Design Technology; Allana Atstupenas, Advanced Manufacturing & Fabrication; Kendra Atstupenas, Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing; Grace Buehler, Engineering & Robotics; Jane Buteau, Health Services; Anna Claro, Information Technology; Leah Cook, Engineering & Robotics; Kaitlyn Goyer, Cosmetology; Katelyn Hanson, Health Services; Andrew Konicki, Business Technology & Entrepreneurship; Cody Larson, Cosmetology; Connor Matson, Plumbing; Kyle Penta, Business & Entrepreneurship; and Mandolin Simpson, Engineering & Robotics. DOUGLAS Sophia Aquilino, Health Services; Zoey Beahn, Construction Technology; Joshua Chrul, Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing; Gabrielle Gallant, Construction Technology; Alexis Levesque, Dental Assisting; Joshua McCullen, Electrical; Sophia Payson, Advanced Manufacturing & Fabrication; Lindsey Provost, Health
Services; Alyssa Schilling, Cosmetology; Tatiana Tyra, Construction Technology; and Bryan Wheeler, Engineering & Robotics. MENDON Lillian Balocca, Health Services; Cody Carchio, Construction Technology; Steven Cote, Construction Technology; Cole Felton, Business & Entrepreneurship; Brendan Pajak, Information Technology; and Edward Ribeiro, Information Technology. MILLVILLE Myra Dehestani, Engineering & Robotics ; Isabelle Hilditch, Painting & Design Technology; Logan Humphries, Plumbing; Camden Laforest, Information Technology; and Natalie Lambert, Culinary Arts. NORTHBRIDGE Katelyn Barrows, Culinary Arts; Kai DePaula, Advanced Manufacturing & Fabrication; Kaia Dziekiewicz, Dental Assisting; Carmen Gray, Engineering & Robotics; Cullen Jacene, Engineering & Robotics; Ansha Khan, Culinary Arts; Olivia Lange, Dental Assisting; Brendan McIntyre, Construction Technology; Nicolas Petone, Drafting & Design Technology; and Bianca Silveira, Painting & Design Technology. SUTTON Gwyneth Dube, Health Services; Sarah Grant, Multimedia Communications; Kyleigh Leonard, Automotive Technology; Camilla Moroney, Health Services; Coryn Myette, Drafting & Design Technology; and Kaitlyn Reed, Health Services. UXBRIDGE Amber Ells, Painting & Design Technology; Nolan Holt, Culinary Arts; Riley Holt, Engineering & Robotics; Abigail Lane, Engineering & Robotics; Aisha Lutwama, Culinary Arts; Robert Mellen, Engineering & Robotics; Abril Sanchez, Multimedia Communications; Ines Taipina, Business & Entrepreneurship; Emily Warner, Culinary Arts; and Lia Zajas, Multimedia Communications.
SOPHOMORES (Class of 2023) BLACKSTONE Mason Baldini, Engineering & Robotics; Daniel Cardone, Electronics & Engineering Technology; and Sophia Mazzuchelli, Advanced Manufacturing & Fabrication Technology. DOUGLAS Katelin Carlson, Health Services; Brooke Lukasevicz, Health Services; Murphy Potter, Painting & Design Technology; Brett Staples, Electronics & Engineering Technology; and Julia White, Cosmetology. MENDON Katelyn Cote, Health Services; Amanda Pajak, Multimedia Communications; Caitlin Sullivan, Dental Assisting; Naomi Tsuda, Culinary Arts; Natalia Vazquez, Engineering & Robotics; and Kate Watchmaker, Electronics & Engineering Technology. MILLVILLE Matthew Alves, Engineering & Robotics; and Emma Caddell, Culinary Arts. NORTHBRIDGE Vanessa Calles, Drafting & Design Technology; Riley Driver, Electrical; Sam Grilli, Drafting & Design Technology; and Emily Wildfeuer, Drafting & Design Technology. SUTTON Samuel Judson, Drafting & Design Technology; Haley Kirouac, Engineering & Robotics; Ryann Lombardi, Health Services; Adrian Lowell, Information Technology; Aidan Mcgrail, Electronics & Engineering Technology; Paige Mcmullan, Painting & Design Technology; Colin Medeiros, Electronics & Engineering Technology; Lena Paroulidis, Plumbing; and Benjamin Tufts, Advanced Manufacturing & Fabrication. UXBRIDGE Isabel Cahill, Multimedia Communications; Maxwell Guyton, Engineering & Robotics; Autumn Herrick, Electrical; Jack Moscatelli, Cosmetology; and Jayda Paxton, Painting & Design Technology.
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The COVID-19 pandemic may have unsettled many aspects of your life – including your financial situation. Even if your employment and earnings Darren Parent were not directly affected, you might have concerns about whether you’ve been making the right investment moves in such a stressful environment. The pandemic is, hopefully, just a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence, but different events can rattle financial markets. And changes in your own life also can affect your plans. To prepare yourself for whatever tomorrow may hold, you may want to get some professional help – but what, really, can you expect from a financial advisor? A financial advisor will look holistically at your life – your family composition, your career, your hopes and dreams, your instincts about saving and spending money, your risk tolerance and other factors. So, during your initial meeting, and at subsequent reviews afterward, here are some of the key areas you’ll discuss: • Feelings about your financial situation – Numbers are important to financial advisors, but what’s most meaningful to them is understanding what’s important to their clients. Are you confident about your overall financial outlook? Are you worried about your cash flow? Are you distressed over volatility in the financial markets? Do you have concerns about your career? By getting at the answers to these and similar questions, a financial advisor can gain a clear sense of who you are and what matters to you. You can then fol-
low an established process to build your personalized strategies and take the specific actions needed to achieve your goals. • Progress toward your goals – It takes patience and discipline to achieve long-term goals, such as helping send your kids to college or enjoying the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned for yourself. As you save and invest for these goals over the years, you’ll want to ….measure your progress regularly. If you seem to be falling behind, your financial advisor can suggest moves such as increasing your investments or adjusting your investment mix. • Changes in your family situation – Marriage or remarriage, the arrival of new children, the departure of children for college, caregiving responsibilities for older parents – any and all of these events can make a big difference in your goals and, as a result, your investment plans. During your reviews, your financial advisor will consider these changes when making suggestions or recommendations. (Changes in your family’s status may affect your estate plans, so you’ll also need to work with your legal advisor or other estate-planning professional.)
• Changes in your retirement plans – As you near retirement, you might decide that your original plans for this time of your life no longer suit you. For example, you might have once thought that, when you retired, you would stay close to home, volunteering and pursuing your hobbies. But now you’ve been thinking how much you would enjoy traveling, or perhaps even living abroad for a while. To accommodate your change in plans, a financial professional may recommend certain moves, such as working a couple of years longer or adjusting the amount you eventually withdraw from your 401(k), IRA and other retirement accounts. As you work toward your goals, you may find it challenging to navigate the financial markets and respond to the changes in your life – but you don’t have to go it alone. And knowing what to expect from a financial advisor can help smooth your journey. This article was written by Edward Jones. Contact Darren Parent, your local Edward Jones Advisor at 5 Albert St., Auburn, MA Tel: 508-832-5385 or Darren.firstname.lastname@example.org. Edward Jones, Member SIPC.
Milford Federal Bank appoints Alycia McCallum to the position of Mortgage Loan Specialist. McCallum, a native of Hopedale, is active in the Corridor 9/495 Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce, where she received the Extra Step Award for outstanding initiative. She brings 22 years of experience in the residential mortgage industry and will be responsible for mortgage sales in the Metro West area. She can be reached at the bank’s 246 Main Street, Milford, MA office at 508-381-5242 or 774-462-2158.
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Participants are encouraged to “Walk Your Way” on Sunday, October 3rd, to support patient care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Registration is now open for the 2021 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way presented by Hyundai. The Jimmy Fund Walk will be a virtual event to ensure the safety of everyone in the community. Participants will be encouraged to “Walk Your Way” from wherever they are most comfortable whether that be from their neighborhood, favorite trail, or from a treadmill in their own home on Sunday, October 3rd. The 2021 Jimmy Fund Walk will continue to unite the community to raise funds for the Jimmy Fund to support all forms of adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Whether participating for themselves, loved ones, neighbors, or co-workers, each walker shares a common purpose: to support breakthroughs that will benefit cancer
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