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Towns get down to business at Annual Spring Meetings by Christine beauchaine

Great job - recently area Scouts and helpers joined forces to clean up Uxbridge. Volunteers included; Pack 25, Pack 2, troop 1122, troop 25 and troop 25 girls. these hard working scouts are sensational!

Picnic Reservations at West Hill Dam West Hill Dam in Uxbridge, is now accepting picnic shelter reservations for the 2021 summer recreation season. Permits will be offered from June 5th through September 5th, and only those with approved permits can access the picnic shelters due to limited vehicle access. Picnic shelter use permits will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis for activities such as graduation and birthday parties, small reunions, and church or group events. There are two picnic shelters which will be available on Saturdays and Sundays only and will require a $75 permit fee per shelter. Permits can be obtained by calling Park Ranger Viola Bramel at (978) 318-8417.  The Day Use Area, which  includes

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the beaches, swimming area, picnic tables and grills, will open for the summer recreation season beginning June 5th. Visitors to the Day Use Area must park at the Project Office at 518 East Hartford Avenue in Uxbridge and walk to the area. There will be no Day Use

Area entrance fee. Visitors to the Day Use Area and people utilizing the picnic shelters must comply with federal, state and local COVID-19 guidelines for outdoor recreation. For more information, contact Park Ranger Viola Bramel.

Uxbridge, Northbridge and Douglas all recently held their annual spring town meetings. Uxbridge held their meeting on Saturday, May 15th, 2021. Northbridge and Douglas held their meetings on May 3rd and 4th respectively. The town of Uxbridge had 24 articles on their warrant. Articles 2, 10,15, 20 and 24 were passed over.  A report by the town’s charter review committee was read as part of Article 1.  Citizens were encouraged to take a survey regarding language in the town’s charter and also to attend the charter review committee’s meetings via Zoom.    The biggest item on Uxbridge’s warrant was the fiscal year 2022 budget. The town moderator, Ed Maharay stated that the budget would be voted on by major category as opposed to approving the entire budget all at once. General government, public safety, education, public works, health and human services, library, debt services and unclassified categories were all approved by majority vote; thus, the entire budget was approved. Other articles on the warrant also included financial considerations such as addressing the snow and ice deficit and the wastewater enterprise fund among others.  Additional warrant articles involved amending zoning bylaws, establishing a bike path and a lease agreement with the Uxbridge Youth Soccer League. 

Open Space & Recreation Plan Update Initiative The Town of Northbridge is to undergo an effort to renew/update its Open Space & Recreation Plan. The Open Space & Recreation Plan (OSRP) helps guide decisions regarding the use, acquisition, and management of open spaces, conservation areas, recreation facilities, and natural resources. PRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID BOSTON, MA PERMIT NO 55800

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The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) Division of Conservation Services oversees municipal open space planning for the state. Where, an approved Open Space & Recreation Plan may be required for eligibility of certain state funding programs.

Those interested in learning more about the OSRP or volunteering to assist in the preparation of an Open Space & Recreation Plan for Northbridge are encouraged to contact the Community Planning & Development Office at (508) 234-2447 or planning@northbridgemass.org.

Friends of Library Need Volunteers The Friends of the Uxbridge Library group is looking for interested residents to join its Executive Board. Various positions need to be filled including Secretary, but possibly more. The Friends main goal is to fundraise for the town’s library and its programs through such

events as their twice a year bake and book sale. Meetings are typically once a month with summers off. Anyone interested should contact the library at 508-278-8624 or send an email to: Uxbridge Library Friends@gmail.com.

All warrant articles passed by the required vote except article 19 which pertained to marijuana delivery licenses. This article failed by a narrow margin of 50 in favor and 52 opposed. Northbridge and Douglas also primarily addressed fiscal year 2022 budgets and other financial considerations at their respective town meetings. Northbridge voted to transfer money from the Pine Grove Cemetery Trust for improvements at Pine Grove Cemetery including tree and stump removal, building envelope weatherization repairs, and much needed cemetery road improvements.  Article 17 on the Northbridge warrant was approved by voters and authorized several smaller projects and purchases including (but not limited to) guardrail replacement on Linwood Avenue, interior painting at the library, a scanner for the town hall annex and parking lot reclamation at both the town hall and the senior center. Sidewalk maintenance was also a part of Article 17 along with the purchase of a Bombardier sidewalk blower attachment. Northbridge also voted to transfer “custody, care and control” of the elementary school building on Cross Street from the school committee to the board of selectmen. Construction began in 2019 on a new elementary school at the site of the old Balmer School on Crescent Street. The old Balmer School will be demolished. Construction on the new school is due to be completed shortly and will consolidate the two schools into one. A building reuse study was also approved for the old school on Cross Street. Northbridge voted to pass over Article 21 which regarded the establishment of a conservation fund. In addition to the aforementioned budgetary considerations, the town of Douglas looked at police and fire union contracts, school bus transportation contracts and school textbook and digital subscription contracts.

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Letters to the Editor:

Citizens go above and beyond to help beautify town

Richardson to the Rescue

Dear Editor, Often times, we think or talk about our town properties being property of the town citizens to enjoy in their beauty and their historical, economical or conservation value to the town residents. Many times, these properties require more maintenance and TLC than the town employees and town committees can maintain within working hours. A small group of dedicated town’s people following the lead of our own Jean Patricks & her husband Bill for their many years of their commitment to taking pride in their community took on the Town Common project.  I would like to thank the following busi-

Dear Editor, On behalf of the Uxbridge Community Gardens (UCG) and Uxbridge Youth Soccer League (UYSL), we would like to give a huge thank you to Richardson Wells and Pumps of Uxbridge for the donation of the well install for our two groups. UCG has been saving money for 10 years to be able to bring water to the gardens to make it easier for gardeners to water their vegetables each season and UYSL has had a long-term goal of adding more soccer fields to their complex and installing a well to help with their field maintenance. When each group learned the other wanted to put in a well, discussions started to pursue the project together and share the expenses. But after learning what the cost of just installing the drill would be, we quickly learned that it would probably be several more years of money saving to then get the irrigation systems both groups would need. This is where the generosity of the local business Richardson Wells and Pumps came in; they took the term community to a whole other level by telling us that they were going to donate the install of the well and pump system! We hope they understand how much this gracious gift means to UCG and UYSL as we will now be able to follow the well install almost immediately with an irrigation system! Their employees have been the best to work with and their job was quick and professional. The UCG gardeners and UYSL members can’t thank you enough Richardson Wells!  Sincerely,  Kim DeMers, UCG Chair  Bryan Kindl, USYSL President

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town News Powloka new Director at library The trustees of the Uxbridge Free Public Library have named Christopher Powloka as the library’s new Director. The announcement was made by Mark Francis, Chairman of the Board. “We’re delighted to have Chris step up to his new position,” Mr. Francis said. “He brings with him a solid background and knowledge of our library, most recently acting as a technician specializing in the library’s local history collection since 2016. With a solid background in libraries and library sci-

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ence, Chris is well suited to take over the reins and lead our library well into the future.” In his new position, Mr. Powloka will be in charge of the library’s facilities, materials, services and programs that foster learning, while providing a welcoming environment for the community. Specific duties include planning and policy making, fiscal and property management, plus services, operations, and communications. He will supervise a staff of eleven.  A 2012 graduate of Uxbridge High School, Mr. Powloka received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, and his MLS (Masters Library Science) from Simmons University in Boston, MA. He resides in Uxbridge.

BHC updates Blackstone Canal Feasibility Study “Thanks to a generous grant of $10,000 from UniBank, the BHC Board of Directors voted to contract with VHB Engineering to update a feasibility study to restore a 3.5-mile section of the Blackstone Canal situated in the Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park,” Richard Moore, BHC’s Board Chair announced. “The Board also approved contributing $12,200 from its development funds to secure the study.” According to Moore, with increased federal and state interest in infrastructure and development of the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, BHC’s Board of Directors wants to update the construction cost estimates and renew efforts to reconstruct the canal to add to the visitor experience of visiting River Bend Farm and the National Heritage Corridor.  “The work is expected to take about nine weeks once it gets underway,” Moore added, noting that once current cost estimates in hand, BHC intends to push for construction to begin as soon as funding is available.”  “UniBank has been serving the financial needs of the Blackstone Valley and

Central Massachusetts for over 150 years, and we are deeply invested in the livelihood of these communities,” stated UniBank President Chris-topher D. Foley. “For a time, the Blackstone River and Canal were vital to the economy in the area. We’re honored to do our part to support the restoration of the Blackstone Canal and looking forward to the opportunities this project opens for the region.” According to Moore, the restored canal section would allow walking on the towpath or canoeing in the canal from River Bend Farm to Plummer’s Landing for the recreational enjoyment of Valley residents and visitors alike.  “Having been involved in this project for years, I want to express appreciation to the Corridor Board and the leadership of UniBank, especially its president Christopher Foley, for their vision in supporting this important historic restoration project. When the canal repairs are ultimately completed, it will offer some exciting new recreational opportunities.”  For more informaiton visit:  BlackstoneHeritage Corridor.org.

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Voters to authorize officials to negotiate easements for Bikeway Expansion Corridor Board Chair Richard T. Moore stated after the Town Meetings. "We look forward to continued partnership with local officials and voters in our efforts to improve recreational opportunities in the Valley as we work to complete what will one day be a 48mile bikeway from Worcester to Providence," he added.  The Blackstone Heritage Corridor will continue to work with state and federal partners to secure funding for the design and later, construction of these segments of the path through the Valley. 

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"Most communities where bikeways have been constructed consider them to be genuine assets for their residents as well as visitors to the region," Moore noted. "They provide opportunities for outdoor recreation through historic downtowns and beautiful views of our natural surroundings." To learn more about the Blackstone River Greenway/Bikeway and the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, visit BlackstoneHeritageCorridor.org.

Singing Dam is one of the many beautiful spots along the Greenway. Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor's mission to continue expanding the Blackstone River Greenway/Bikeway has gained momentum. At Town Meetings on May 15th, Uxbridge and Sutton residents voted in favor of authorizing local officials in both towns to negotiate easements that help pave the way for extending the Blackstone River Greenway/Bikeway in their communities. In Uxbridge, residents voted in favor of granting authority to the Select Board to negotiate mutually agreeable access easements on public parcels. Additionally, the passage of the article will allow a Greenway/Bikeway over or along the existing water/sewer infrastructure where the proposed extension of the existing Blackstone River Greenway will run. The vision for the 3.5-mile

expansion would bring it from Adams Street in south Uxbridge to Depot Street in the center of town. In Sutton, residents voted to authorize the Select Board to convey a parcel of Town-owned land in exchange for trail and bicycle path easements that will allow passage of the Blackstone River Bikeway on Blackstone Street, near the Singing Dam.  "The Blackstone Heritage Corridor Board is very appreciative of the work and leadership of Town officials and the support of Town Meeting voters in both Uxbridge and Sutton for their commitment to extending the Blackstone River Bikeway. These strong expressions of public support from Valley residents move this long-planned project closer to reality," Blackstone Heritage

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Rep. Soter supports passage of $47.7 billion House budget State Representative Michael J. Soter, R-Bellingham, recently supported a House-proposed $47.7 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) that increases local aid, funds the firstyear implementation of the Student Opportunity Act, and continues to devote funding for a variety of COVID19 relief and recovery initiatives. While the pandemic delayed the passage and signing of the Fiscal Year 2021 budget until December of 2020, the budget process is back to a more traditional timetable this year. The House budget proposal was engrossed on a vote of 160-0 in the early morning hours of April 29th after three days of debate on over 1,100 amendments. The House budget provides $5.5 billion in Chapter 70 education aid to cities and towns, which represents a $219.6 million increase over current funding levels, and nearly $1.2 billion in Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) to fund essential municipal services. Representative Soter noted that under the House spending proposal his district received the fol-

lowing in direct education aid and in unrestricted state aid, respectively, for the new fiscal year that begins July 1st: Bellingham $8,707,945 & $1,864,883 Blackstone $234,189 & $1,504,315 Millville $71,807 & $447,673 Uxbridge $9,489,404 & $1,512,264 Blackstone-Millville Regional $11,035,489 & $0 Blackstone Valley Technical $8,302,034 & $0 The House budget also offers additional education support for municipalities by funding the Special Education Circuit Breaker at $368.1 million; charter school aid at $154.6 million; regional school transportation at $82.2 million; and homeless student transportation at $14.5 million. To help address some of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the House budget provides an additional $40 million to help schools maintain funding despite enrollment loss, as well as $15 million

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to support summer education, mental health and socialization services for students. Representative Soter noted that the budget funds the first year of the Student Opportunity Act (SOA), which was initially scheduled to be implemented beginning in the current fiscal year but was postponed one year due to the pandemic. Despite the delay, the House budget envisions fully implementing the SOA within six years, rather than seven, so the original timetable can be met. During floor debate on the budget, Representative Soter successfully advocated for the inclusion of several important local initiatives for his district, including $25,000 for the town of Uxbridge to cover design fees to streamline efficiencies and cost savings for municipal buildings and $35,000 for the town of Bellingham to make updates to the Bellingham Senior Center’s kitchen facilities and to make the senior center an emergency management facility for the town. Soter noted that this funding isn’t guaranteed as the budget still needs to be reviewed by the Senate and Governor. The House budget does not incorporate any forthcoming federal aid anticipated under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act, but instead proposes a withdrawal of $1.875 billion from the state’s Rainy-Day Fund. It also calls for a one-year delay of the charitable tax deduction, which would save approximately $64 million in FY22. To help address food insecurity issues exacerbated by the pandemic, the House budget boosts emergency food assistance funding to $30 million and

the Healthy Incentives Program to $13 million. Other funding highlights from the budget include: $20 million rate increase for the state’s childcare providers; $15 million for Head Start Grants; $12 million for child care resource and referral agencies; $2.5 million for early childhood mental health grants; $130 million in higher education scholarship funding; $5 million for local tourism recovery marketing; $5 million for small business technical assistance; $148 million for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program; $84 million for public housing subsidies; $22 million for Residential Assistance to Families in Transition (RAFT); $2.29 billion for developmental services, including day/work programs and respite family supports; and $160 million for the Bureau of Substance Abuse Addiction Services; Among the new policy initiatives included in the House budget is a proposal to make the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) college savings tax deduction permanent, allowing individuals to deduct up to $1,000 and married couples to deduct up to $2,000 for prepaid tuition or college savings program. The budget also creates a commission to develop recommendations and best practices for local and regional public safety responses to mental health emergencies, and establishes an Offshore Wind Energy Career Training Trust Fund to be administered by the Clean

Energy Center to help bolster the state’s clean energy workforce. Several additional policy amendments were adopted during the budget debate, including proposals to: • Repeal the 2022 sunset date for the state’s film tax credit, which was implemented in 2006 and has helped to generate more than $2.8 billion in economic development; • Extend the sunset date for the Massachusetts historic rehabilitation tax credit from 2022 until 2027; • Temporarily raise the annual cap on the conservation land tax credit from $2 million to $5 million over a three-year period to promote open space protection; • Address the backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits; and • Establish a Parkinson’s Disease Registry. Soter commented on the overall bill, “I’m happy with the progress that the House made this past week and I’m thrilled to have funding lined up to come back to my district. While it isn’t guaranteed funding, including those earmarks in the House budget is the first step in actually securing the dollars. This past year was a difficult time for all and the FY22 will work to get our communities back on track. However, it is not the fix-all for this state. We must continue to be resilient and vigilant as we move forward. We must continue to support one another and do our part by getting vaccinated. The light at the end of the tunnel is here.” The budget now moves to the Senate, which was expected to begin debating its own spending proposal the week of May 24th.

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The Upton VFW Post 5594 will officially begin its summer series of flea markets on Saturday June 12th at Post headquarters, 15 Milford Street (Rt. 140) in Upton.   They will be held the 2nd Saturday of each month through October, weather permitting.  Vendors and craftsmen are more than welcome. Spaces are $10, or $15 if a banquet sized table is needed. Reservations are not required. Post member David Kennedy can provide more information at 508-529-3314 or via the Upton VFW Facebook page. All proceeds benefit the post. During the morning, donuts and coffee will be available. Hot dogs, chips, and cold drinks will be offered at lunchtime.


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Uxbridge awarded $105,600 Grant State Senator Ryan Fattman (RSutton) and State Representative Michael J. Soter announced that the town of Uxbridge received a grant in the amount of $105,600 from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). The grant money will go to support the purchase of wheeled recycle carts for the town. The grant was part of a larger award of $1.3 million in grant funding to 34 communities, regional groups and nonprofit organizations through the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program (SMRP). The grants will help to increase diversion, reuse, composting and recycling of materials in the solid waste stream.  The SMRP, created under the Green Communities Act and administered by

the MassDEP, offers funding for recycling, composting, reuse and source reduction activities that will reduce the

“I’m pleased to see that Uxbridge received one of the largest grants offered by the SMrP program. the addition of wheeled recycling carts for the town will greatly reduce the amount of refuse that gets sent to landfills and incinerators. this will help reduce waste, and more importantly, keep the town beautiful and free from trash.” - Senator Ryan Fattman amount of waste disposed of in landfills and incinerators. Waste prevention and

recycling reduces greenhouse gas emissions by capturing the embodied energy in every-day product and packaging waste and converting these sources into new products with a smaller carbon footprint. Representative Soter commented, “This is a phenomenal initiative taken on by the Town of Uxbridge. Its opportunities like this one that allows a town to make advancements in programs that would otherwise not be possible or fall on the shoulders of taxpayers. I congratulate town officials on securing these funds to benefit their residents.” MassDEP is responsible for ensuring clean air and water, safe management and recycling of solid and hazardous waste, timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.

Sutton Historical Society Town-Wide Yard Sale After a long year of no events, the Sutton Historical Society is once again sponsoring the annual TownWide yard sale on Saturday, June 26th, with a rain date of Sunday, June 27th. There are minimal spaces available  at the M. M. Sherman Blacksmith Shop, 6 Singletary Avenue, Sutton, or participants are encouraged to set up at their own location. A map detailing all locations will be created,

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shared on social media, and available to all attendees.   A $10 registration fee for all participants covers the cost of advertising and printing of location maps. All registration fees must be received by Friday, June 11th. All excess funds are donated to the Sutton Historical Society.  Registration forms can be found at  suttonhistoricalsocietyinc.org.

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The Daniels Farmstead in Blackstone, will begin their 2021 Farmers’ Market Season on Sunday, July 4th, with a “Fourth at the Farm” celebration hosted in partnership with the Blackstone Parks and Recreation. The celebration will be hosted at the farm, 286 Mendon Street, Blackstone, MA, beginning at 11:00 a.m. and running through to 3:00 p.m.  In addition to the seasonal Farmers’ Market vendors, the “Fourth at the Farm” celebration will feature old fashioned lawn games, live music featuring local artists and bands, wine and beer garden, raffles, lunch and July 4th specials from the grill, house tours, as well as demonstrations of beekeeping, rug

hooking, wool spinning, gardening and more! This event is free to the public; come out to the Daniels for some summer fun on July 4th!

The Farmer’ Market will be open every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. through Sunday, October 3rd, 2021. As always, everyone is welcome to come visit to enjoy the property and shop from a wonderful selection of

vendors, selling fresh produce, local meats and dairy, bakery items, handmade items and so much more. Doris’ Kitchen will be open for lunch as well. In addition to the Farmers’ Markets the Antique Tractor, Truck and Car show will be hosted again this September. All current state and town COVID safety guidelines are adhered to at the Daniels Farmstead. Please visit the Daniels Farmstead Foundation Inc. website  www.danielsfarmstead.org  or the Daniels Farmstead Famers’ Market Facebook page www.facebook.com/ Daniels-Farmstead-Farmers-Market for all the details. You may also email the Daniels Farmstead at info@daniels farmstead.org.

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Letter to the Editor__

Michael John Hoyt, 61

The Starving Artist is no more

On Thursday, April 29th, 2021, Michael John Hoyt, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 61. Mike left this earth after a short but courageous battle with cancer at home in the arms of his wife, Jackie. Mike was born on September 5th, 1959, in Cambridge, MA, to Norman C. Hoyt and Mary T. Long. He grew up in a large family, the youngest of five siblings. An electrical engineer, he was an alumnus of the University of Massachusetts Lowell class of 1981 and Northeastern University class of 1986, where he received his master’s degree.

A New Englander through and through, Mike grew up in Waltham, later spending much of his life in Uxbridge before finally settling in Rhode Island. A passionate American, Mike gave much of his free and later professional time to the lives of young adults: a Cub Scout leader and Scoutmaster for Scout Troop 25 of Uxbridge, Narragansett Council, a youth soccer coach, and later a teacher for Job Corps. Mike spent the final years of his life piloting and creating a program to educate our nation’s youth. An Advanced Manufacturing Instructor, his legacy and passion for engineering and education lives on. He considered it his dream job.  A family man, Mike noted his great-

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est accomplishments were watching his children and stepchildren excel as caring and compassionate members of society. In his final months, Mike kept a note as a reminder: “A scout is cheerful.” When faced with a terminal diagnosis, he was able to keep his light and levity. Even during COVID, his spirit enabled him to gather all five of his children and six grandchildren, staying up late to joke and play with them.  Mike leaves behind his wife and partner of twenty years, Jacqueline Jean Herock-Hirsch. He now joins his parents, Norman C. Hoyt and Mary T. Long, as well as his sister, Karen Hoyt (Stanley), and brother-in-law, Dave Stanley.  Mike is survived by his eldest son, Alan John Hoyt and his wife Lelia Hoyt, his son, Eric James Hoyt and his wife Karly Hoyt, and his daughter, Julie Anne Scannell (Hoyt) and her husband Michael Vincent Scannell, as well as his stepchildren, Tyler Joseph Hirsch and Verity Rose Hirsch, and six grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Richard Hoyt (wife Linda) of Arizona, and Ken Hoyt (wife Deborah)

of New Hampshire, his sister, Dianne Hoyt (husband John) of Florida, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. The Hoyt family would like to sincerely thank HopeHealth of RI and their nurses for allowing Mike to live his final days on his own terms—something a stubborn New Englander values above all else.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

William E. Haley, 88 William E. Haley, 88, longtime Rockdale resident passed away on May 24th, 2020. Services were postponed due to the pandemic and are now scheduled. Mr. Haley’s funeral mass will be held on Monday June 14th, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Peter’s Church, 39 Church Ave., Rockdale. Christian burial will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Whitinsville. To leave a condolence message for his family please visit: http:// www.Jackmanfuneralhomes.com

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Dear Editor, Since art is a beautiful gateway to creativity, design, attraction, and captivation and local businesses seek to attract customers, their relationship should become symbiotic and consequentially support one another. Through artist support and expressive decorations; restaurants especially like to decorate their walls and artists make a living off of essentially selling their decorative creations. One of the best ways for artists to keep from “starving” - like the saying goes – is for local businesses to showcase the work of local artists in their establishments by allowing any customer to buy the works that are displayed around them. This is exceptionally beneficial for restaurants as customers spend prolonged amounts of time sitting and enjoying the environment around them. I have been to restaurants before that adopted this practice and it made the experience far more enjoyable and lighthearted. Not only did it give me something to look at while I ate, but it made things personal. Being an artist myself, I greatly appreciated to know that the art on the walls were from people in the community like me who want to be able to sell artwork to local people who would appreciate it more than shipping precious works across long distances. Furthermore, imagine going out to eat and being able to add a piece of beautiful art to the tab along with a good meal, both made by someone nearby. It would benefit the artists, the businesses, the customers, and the community as a whole. - Sincerely, Parker Carlin

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7th Annual Cars In The Park...Classic Cars, Food Trucks & Family Fun The Whitin Community Center is excited to announce the return of their popular Cars In The Park event. Their 7th Annual Cars In The Park (CITP) will be held on Saturday, August 21st, (rain date August 22nd) from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., in the beautiful 7.5-acre Whitin Park, 60 Main Street in Whitinsville. Cars In The Park is a car, truck & motorcycle show with Best In Show, 25 trophies, door prizes, show dash plaques and goodie bags (for the first 50 pre-registered vehicles), food trucks, event vendors, kid's activities,

50/50 & raffles, entertainment and more! Admission is free for spectators. Vehicles can register with a discount for a $10 donation before July 21st and a $15 donation as of July 21st. Vehicles can register online through either their secure RaceReach site at  https://app. racereach.com/event/cars-in-thepark/register or by visiting www. WhitinCommunityCenter.com  and clicking on the Register button, in person at their Member Services Desk or on the day of the event. The WCC is also now accepting registrations for exhibit and

food vendors. Please visit their website and click on the Register button to sign up as a vendor. For more information, please visit www.Whitin Community Center.com or contact Sarah Lawson, Director of Marketing and Events, at Sarah.Lawson@Our Gym. org  or 508234-8184.  This is a family event with the following free activities: Story Walk,   Kids Scavenger Hunt, WCC Balloons,   Year One Coloring Books, Playground, Summit Racing Kids Choice Awards, Corn Hole and more! 

Quinsigamond Community College Graduates To view the 2021 Commencement Ceremony, visit  www.QCC.edu/commencement-2021. ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE Blackstone:  Jason Torrey Webster:  Gary Watson Associate in Arts              Douglas:  Marie Soliman East Douglas:  Garrett Grann, Cameron Howe, Nathaniel Paine, Ethan Whitney Grafton:  Andrea Carenzo, Matthew Deely, Mya Martin, Ryan Sullivan Millbury:  Dorothy Katiyo, Hailey Maynard North Grafton:  Jovelyn Flores, Tara McCurley Northbridge:  Kathryn Mellor Sutton:  Tanigh Clark, Francesca De Mora Ocana, Catherine Forde, Elliott MacNeil, Emily Perry, Haley Rodriques Uxbridge: Bailey Bean, Brianna Doherty, John Lobe, Sierra Sasser West Upton:  Beck DuVall, Brian O'Sullivan Whitinsville: Jessica Duda, Rachel Fremeau, Caitlin Plant, John Roche ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE  Bellingham: Avery Kress, Samantha Paturzo, Briana Turcotte Blackstone: Alex Ahee, Robert Finch Douglas: Brianna Boyko, Michaela LaClair East Douglas: Amanda Alexion, Nathan Milliken Grafton: Christopher Peterson Millbury: Devin Barrell, Mariah Benson, Crystal-Ann Boisseau, Kyle Boria, Tara Cadorette, Tara Curnin, Amanda Hernandez, Michael Lirange, Emily Matson, Zachary Munoz, Rose Nagelschmidt, Lucas Pham, Sabrina Piscitelli, Jillian Richard, Courtney Schultz Millville: Austin Gagnon, Kandyce Ranslow North Grafton: Shannon Adams, David Chanthavangso, Kyoko Ibaraki, Christian Loja, Colby Magan,  Ryan Moorman South Grafton: Alicia Bouthiller Upton: Ben Kijjambu Uxbridge: Anthony Abate, Daniel Costa, Caitlyn Ellis, Erika Ethier, Shannon Gilmore, Mark Jordan, Mariah Masse, Mariangela Pereira, Cory Rexford, Addison Russell, Patricia Sansoucy Whitinsville: Marie Delgado, Ian Kelly, Charlotte Murphy, Sharon Ridley, Braelyn Sessa

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Millville: Maura DiCecco Sutton: Natalia Dominguez Carranza, Nicholas Jepsen, Courtney Mosczynski, Matthew Thurber Uxbridge: Jason Baillargeon, Daniel Costa, Stephanie Gosselin, Courtney Walker For more information about QCC, contact Josh Martin, Director of Institutional Communications at 508854-7513 or  jmartin@qcc.mass.edu.

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If you are interested in volunteering at this fun event, volunteers receive free refreshments and a T-shirt! Volunteer tasks include volunteer coordinator, ballot input (must be experienced in Excel), park clean up, setup, take down, collecting vehicle fees, collecting donations, handing out programs/flyers, kid’s activities, 50/50 & raffle, and park maintenance. To sign up, please go to https://app.racereach.com/event/carsin-the-park/volunteer.

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The Library Card: You’re going to be wowed by Wowbrary! Your Uxbridge Free Public Library (uxbridgelibrary.org) has done it again. Ever displaying its proclivity for introducing superhero programs to enrich your literary and digital lives, the library has come up with yet another mind dazzling tool to help keep you informed, point you in the right direction, save time, and direct you to new hot-off-the-press books and digital media you are going to want to read, see and hear.   Introducing  Wowbrary.  Wowbrary is a digital newsletter that is sent out weekly right to your mail box. How convenient is that! It arrives every Wednesday, and contains information

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banner of their website, which is another way that patrons can access the Wowbrary newsletter. So, how about that for keeping you informed and making stuff easy! Wowbrary makes it easy  and it bears repeating, that along with new book selections, Wowbrary also covers the latest DVDs and audiobooks that have been released. Movies, documentaries, and so much more. Let’s just say that they know what you like, and each week, they add more and more to your choices.  So get on board the Wowbrary express! Just go to  uxbridgelibrary.org

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BVT’s 22nd Annual Golf Tournament BVT 's golf tournament to be held on Monday, June 14th, at Highfields Golf & Country Club. A fun-filled day of golfing will benefit the Valley Tech Education Foundation and Athletic Department activities and programs. Your registration (individual golfer $150/golf foursome $125 per person) includes 18 holes on the championship course, a golf cart, delicious snacks, a silent auction, and raffles, all to help support a great cause. Not a golfer, sponsor a tee, a putting green, or a cart to display your company name in the program proudly and during the event.  The day promises to be full of fun and friendly competition. For all tournament details, to view sponsorship opportunities, donate a raffle item, access the online golfer registration and payment portal, visit  www.valleytech.k12.ma.us/golftournament. Register today to secure your spot.

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G.R.A.C.E. groundbreaking Our Lady of the Valley Regional School (OLV), alma mater of fallen Holy Cross rower Grace Rett, broke ground last month on the Grace Rett Athletic Complex and Education (G.R.A.C.E.) Center in Uxbridge. The project posthumously fulfills Rett’s longtime dream for her elementary and middle school to have their own indoor athletic space. An accomplished and avid athlete, Rett died when her rowing team’s van was in a tragic accident while on a training trip in 2020 with the Holy Cross Women’s rowing team one day after celebrating her 20th birthday. “Grace was a loving, selfless, and hardworking young woman with contagious personality that brought out the best in others,” said Grace’s parents, Mary Jo and Chris Rett. “She was so proud of her years at OLV and we have no doubt that she is looking down from Heaven with pride that OLV students will benefit from the type of facility she so often yearned for. We are honored that her legacy will inspire future generations of OLV students and grateful beyond words for all the support our family has received over these past 16 months.” The 7,500 square foot G.R.A.C.E. Center will feature a high school sized basketball court; 75 bleacher seats; two indoor classrooms; green space for outdoor classes; a welcoming foyer; bathrooms; storage space; and concession area. It will be used for OLV physical education and classroom learning, chorus and band instruction, extracurricular activities and athletics, science fairs, St. Mary’s Parish events, and more. The groundbreaking comes less than six months after “G.R.A.C.E. to the Finish,” a marathon fundraising effort that lasted last 62 hours, zero minutes, and three seconds (62:00:03) from

December 19th at 8 a.m. through December 21st at 10:03 p.m. The successful event paid tribute to the one-year anniversary of Grace’s world record setting consecutive indoor row and was matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous $1 million donor. The $3.8 million project is 80% funded, but donations are still being accepted here to close the final gaps. “We anticipated that our school and faith community would support this important project when we set out on this campaign, but we could never have imagined the generosity that Grace has inspired from not only her local school and faith communities but also from donors all over the country,” said Ed Reynolds, Principal of OLV. “The loss of Grace has left an immeasurable void in the lives of those she touched, but the overwhelming response that we’ve seen in support of this project is proof that her memory will live on forever in the hearts and minds of our OLV families as her name shines proudly from our school.” The project is being designed by Rubicon Builders & Austin Architects and is scheduled to open in January 2022. About Our Lady of the Valley Regional School Located in the peaceful residential community of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, OLV is a Catholic school serving students from Pre-K through grade 8 since 1964. At OLV we create an atmosphere of 21st Century academic excellence, firmly rooted in Catholic tradition and aspiring to peace, love and justice. We foster a safe, structured learning environment anchored in faith, where students are encouraged to develop their God-given talents. Together, we forge a learning community that embraces the Kingdom of God through service to others in imitation of Christ.

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Valley Tech Student Council earns national recognition obtaining the gold Council of Excellence for the 3rd consecutive year The Blackstone Valley Tech Student Council has been recognized as a 2021 National Gold Council of Excellence by the National Student Council for an exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that improve their school and serve the community. This national recognition marks the third year in a row that the council has earned this distinction. The council had to meet various criteria to earn this award - crafting a written constitution, conducting regular meetings, and adopting a democratic election process. As well as demonstrate successful sponsorship and participation in leadership development and activities. As a consecutive recipient of the gold level of excellence, the council consistently displays the highest leadership standards that reflect its well-rounded program. "It is an honor for our council to receive this recognition," said Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick. "We are proud of our

Student Council and advisors Danielle Cann and Megan Potenti, who help empower our council members to serve their school and community on their journey to outstanding student leadership." "Our students continue to amaze me," said Danielle Cann. "I love advising this club. I am lucky to work with an incredible group of students who consistently come together with creative ideas and work together to accomplish their goals. They often surpass expectations and successfully create an atmosphere that unifies our school." "Our students work hard to create exciting and meaningful events for their classmates and community," said Megan Potenti. "With distance learning, they adapted their efforts working in new ways to keep the community connected and achieving this recognition three years in a row. I am very proud of our students." "Earning the 2021 National Gold Council of Excellence Award requires a team effort, and we have an incredible team," said Isabella Caccavelli, Student Council President. "Student Council is a rewarding school activity. We take a

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Saint Mary Parish welcomes public to upcoming programs Adult Faith Formation St. Mary Parish in Uxbridge will be offering two adult faith formation opportunities this summer. The Sanctuary Course for Catholics, by The Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries will be offered along with The Consecration to St. Joseph using the book with the same name by Fr. Donald H. Calloway, MIC. St. Mary’s C.A.R.E. Ministry (CARE for your mind, body and soul) will be presenting The Sanctuary Course for Catholics beginning July 1st through August 19th, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. This is an eight-part series utiliz-

ing film and small group discussion. It seeks to ease any stigma affiliated with mental illness and to open a dialogue for those living with mental illness along with those supporting them. According to research published by the National Institute of Health, one in four people will turn to their faith community for help before seeking help from clinical professionals. Each session features a compelling profile of a Christian living with a mental health challenge and discussing how faith and their mental illness intersect. The films also feature archbishops, theologians, and psychologists. This series

is for anyone who wants to learn more about faith and mental illness and also how to support those with mental illness. A different topic is discussed each week and is explored from a psychological, sociological and theological perspective. This is not a support group, but the C.A.R.E. Team consisting of mental health and medical professionals will be presenting and facilitating. There is no cost, but space is limited. The other program, Consecration to St. Joseph, is being offered in conjunction with the year of St. Joseph which Pope Francis declared for this current year. This is a six-part series designed

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for small group discussion using the book, “Consecration to St. Joseph,” by Donald H. Calloway, MIC. The class will begin July 12th through August 16th, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. The book can be ordered through St. Mary's for $16.00. Both classes will be held in the parish hall at St. Mary Church, 77 Mendon St., Uxbridge, MA. Registration is required for both classes. Current protocols at the time will be followed. You may register through St. Mary website: https://stmaryuxbridge.org/, email: dmoriarty@stmaryuxbridge.org  or call 508-278-2226.

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DA Early gives funding for Safe Post Graduation Celebration Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. awarded Northbridge, Douglas, Uxbridge High Schools and Uxbridge Parents for a Safe Graduation 2021 with a grant to support fun and safe post-graduation activities for students.    This year, Mr. Early’s office awarded 16 different schools across Worcester County nearly $20,000 in grants to support programming that helps keep students from drinking and driving after celebratory events like prom and graduation.  “Students have been dealing with a lot in the last year with the Covid-19 pandemic causing them to miss out on time in school, playing sports and enjoying social activities with friends and family,” Mr. Early said. “I am particularly proud this year to be able to help provide these kids with the fun celebrations they deserve to end the school year safely.”  Mr. Early and his Community Outreach Team also offer presentations for teens to promote safety, including on the topics of the dangers of mixing drugs and alcohol, social host liability awareness for parents, and distracted driving.  “The hardest part of our job is talking to people in pain. Life can change in the blink of an eye. These programs that our community partners have created help to keep kids safe from unnecessary tragedies caused by combining these celebrations with

drinking and driving,” Mr. Early said. The funding for these grants Mr. Early is providing to high schools across the county is made possible through the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance Drunk Driving Trust Fund, which is a state grant that provides support services and advocacy to victims, witnesses, and their family members of drunk and drugged driving crashes.

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you to join them on their live stream for this special event. On Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m., there will be a district-wide celebration and communion service. They are hoping for every local Nazarene church to participate within their own facilities, following covid protocols. The service will be live-streamed from Valley Chapel using those 4 social media platforms once again. Dr. Sunberg, General Superintendent, will be sharing a message with you as well. The service will last 60-75 minutes.  The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant Christian church in the

Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor introduces a Plein Air Painting series visiting historic sites throughout the Valley. The next stop is on Saturday, June 5th, at the Alternatives’ Whitin Mill complex in Whitinsville, MA, with views of Whitin Machine Works, the 1826 Red Brick Mill, the

Granite Cotton Mill, the Mumford River, and more. Enjoy painting in the media of your choice at this non-instructional event. The free painting session, held in partnership with Valley CAST, runs from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bring your own supplies. The rain date will be Sunday, June 6th. Pre-registra-

Music Club posts dances The New England Country Music Club Dance will hold the following events from 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. at the Progressive Club. The club is located at 18 Whitin Street in Uxbridge. • Sunday, June 6th "Al Carter" band, masks required • Sunday, June 27th "Crossfire" band, masks required FMI: www.facebook.com/NE Country Music Club.

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Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Organized in 1908, the denomination is now home to about 2.5 million members worshipping in more than 30,000 congregations in 164 world areas The Church of the Nazarene has moved over time from a church with an international presence toward a global community of believers. Grounded in the Wesleyan tradition, Nazarenes understand themselves to be a people who are Christian, holiness, and missional, and they have embraced the mission statement: “To make Christlike disciples in the nations.”

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senior corner Uxbridge Senior Center News The Uxbridge Senior Center announces the following 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 CONTINUES Lace up your sneakers – Walk the Mass Challenge is Back! Program runs from May 1st – Sept. 30th. This year has 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. To sign up, go to  www.mcoaonline.com/walkma  or call. OUTDOOR CRAFT Thursday, June 3rd – 2:00 p.m. w/Sally making a plant basket or salad bowl. Space is limited, RSVP to reserve your spot by. Social distancing, safety precautions in place and masks required. Donations are always welcome. Rain date is Thursday, June 10th. BAKED FISH CURBSIDE PICKUP Friday, June 4th – 12:00 p.m.  This is being sponsored by ERA Key Realty Charitable Trust Fund. RSVP is required, please call to reserve your meal. FACEBOOK PICTIONARY Friday, June 4th - 1:00 p.m. Live with Sally & Gail. Tune in to the Uxbridge Senior Center Facebook page. Prize given to first place participant. OUTDOOR BINGO! Friday, June 11th - 1:00 p.m. This will be held in the center parking lot (weather permitting) and prizes will be awarded. Must call to sign up as space Is limited. Social distancing & masks are required. OUTDOOR CRAFT Thursday, June 17th – 2:00 p.m. w/Sally making sock gnomes. Space is limited so please RSVP to reserve your spot. Social distancing, safety precautions in place and masks required.  CLOSED Friday, June 18th – The Senior Center will be closed in observance of “Juneteenth” Freedom Day. We will re-open on Monday, June 21st. OUTDOOR TIE-DYING Thursday, June 24th – 2:00 p.m. Outdoor Tiedying Craft w/Sally. Space is limited so please RSVP to reserve your spot. Social distancing,

safety precautions in place and masks required. Donations are always wel• 2nd & 4th Thursdays – June 10th & June 24th at 9:30 a.m. Shaws/Ocean come. Rain date July 1st. State Shopping Rides. Please call at least 24 hours in advance if you need a BAKED FISH CURBSIDE PICKUP ride. Masks must be worn and limited to 4 people on the van. Friday, June 25th – 12:00 p.m. Sponsored by ERA Key Realty Charitable Medical Transportation is accepting appointments. Call to schedule. Trust Fund. RSVP is required. Please call to reserve your meal. WELCOME BACK KNITTERS! FACEBOOK LIVE FAMILY FEUD! Knitters can meet every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in the senior center parking lot. Friday, June 25th – 1:00 p.m. Tune in to the Uxbridge Senior Center Masks & social distancing required (weather permitting). Please bring your Facebook page for some fun. Prize given to first place participant. own chair and water bottle. You must RSVP 508-278-8622. ZUMBA CLASSES VIRTUAL CRAFTS On a hiatus for the month of June. Stay tuned for news of future classes Every Thursday with Sally (Unless outdoor craft planned) posted on the resuming soon. Uxbridge Senior Center Facebook page and YouTube after 2:30 p.m. VIRTUAL TRIPS Anyone wishing to donate may do so by making checks payable to the Uxbridge Senior Center On the Move - Videos will be posted every Monday “Uxbridge Senior Center”. Donations may also be made in honor of, in memat 10:00 a.m. Get ready to join Sally & Gail on VIRTUAL Trips in and around ory of, or in appreciation of. Contributions are greatly appreciated.  Uxbridge! The Uxbridge Senior Center  is located at 36 South Main Street, Uxbridge SHOPPING MA  508-278-8622 Hannaford grocery shopping every Tuesday. Pick up begins at 8:30 a.m. ONLINE at: Uxbridge-ma.gov/Council-Aging, https://www.Facebook.com/ Please sign up in advance by calling to reserve your seat on the van. Masks UxbridgeMASeniorCenter, https://www.youtube.com/channel or at https:// are required and seating is limited. www.uxbridgetv.org/schedule/192. VIRTUAL CHAIR ExERCISE Every Tuesday – with Sally posted on the Uxbridge Senior Center Facebook page & YouTube after 2:30 p.m. WALKING CLUB 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. $') &*+) & ! !"!)) % #'( RIDES SHOPPING / ERRANDS • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays – June 2nd & June 16th 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 – June 9th & June 23rd 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.

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BVT Practical Nursing Class of 2021 complete the coursework and clinical hours required to earn a practical nursing certificate to become a Licensed Practical Nurse." Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick was proud to sign his name on the certificates. He said, "Given the depth and difficulty of this program, this group of students demonstrated the talent, knowledge, and compassion that has become a hallmark of our graduates. Well-trained, they are a valuable resource for the residents, hospitals, and health care providers of the Blackstone Valley.” With pandemic restrictions in place, Class President Abigail Angell of Grafton shared her thoughts in an inspired open letter to this gifted class of extraordinary women. She said, "You're amazing people who will do great things with your abilities. I wish you nothing but success in your future endeavors." She also thanked the

Becoming a nurse takes dedication and hard work to obtain the knowledge, skill, and compassion to care for patients. The Practical Nursing (PostSecondary) program at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School provides its non-traditional adult student with life-changing training to succeed as a practical nurse in a progressively complex health care field. The Practical Nursing Class of 2021 recently earned their nursing certificates, awarded at a pinning ceremony. For the 19 graduates, it marked the culmination of one and a half years and over 1,090 hours of instruction balanced with work and family obligations. "The pinning ceremony is more than a nursing tradition," explained Practical Nursing Coordinator Joann L. Monks, MBA, MSc, RN-BC, RMA. "It symbolizes our students' commitment, hard work, and dedication to

instructors, "The exceptional faculty challenged us and taught values that go beyond textbooks and PowerPoints. Thank you for holding us to the highest standards of excellence and pushing us to reach our full potential." The Class of 2021 graduates, having earned their practical nursing certificates, are eligible to test for the National Council Licensure ExaminationPractical Nurses. The program is accepting applications for August 2021 enrollment. FMI visit www.valley tech.k12. ma.us/practicalnursing. The Class of 2021 members listed alphabetically by their hometowns: Douglas: Courtney Britt and Michaela Lamy. Dudley: Heather Buduo. Grafton: Abigail Angell, Class President. Hopedale: Anastarcia Carlino. Mendon: Susan Giargiari. Millbury: Dior Lukos. Millville: Beth Paige. Northbridge: Kathryn Deschene, Tiffany Salo-LeBlanc                     

Disaster Response Team seeking board members Eighteen years ago this past January, the Central Massachusetts Disaster Response Team (CMDART) was founded with the efforts of JoAnn Griffin. The team has grown into a vast group of trained volunteers with the goal of working alongside Animal Control, Emergency Management, Fire Departments and the Red Cross assisting their work to help people in times of extreme need. During this time the team has also become a leader in prevention education, planning and training, for both professionals and community citizens. The purpose and goal of CMDART has been to add a layer of volunteer support to public safety for pet owners and our communities in Central Mass. Throughout this time, JoAnn has held the position as President/Chairman of the Board and Team Lead/Director and

Students earn 71 Medals at SkillsUSA Competition and judged by industry leaders and officials to celebrate career technical education. Following their outstanding performance, BVT's gold medalists will represent the Commonwealth by competing at the National Leadership and Skills Conference Championships held virtually throughout June. The complete list of medalists is available at www.valleytech.k12.ma.us/skillsusa. The following BVT students earned gold, silver, and bronze medals: BLACKSTONE Gold: Leah Cook, Job Skill Demonstration A; Andrew Konicki and Kyle Penta, Entrepreneurship; Mandolin Simpson, Career Pathways Showcase Ind & Eng Tech;  Christina Swenson, Nail Care. Silver: Daniel Cardone, Web Design; Grant Van Dyke, Additive Manufacturing. Bronze:  Avry Guilbert, Painting & Design Technology; Cody Larson, Nail Care

Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School students had an opportunity to test their vocational-technical competency at the 47th Annual 2021 SkillsUSA Massachusetts State Leadership and Skills Conference Championship. Demonstrating skills learned at BVT and applied during the competition, BVT students won an impressive 71 medals - 39 gold, 18 silver, and 14 bronze. During the State competition, BVT also had five National Voting Delegates, and Hunter Claflin was elected to serve as a State Officer. The second stage of the SkillsUSA series consisted of a six-day Zoom format schedule with a live competition day at BVT. The SkillsUSA Championships showcases the best career and technical education students in the nation through competitive events. Students compete in hands-on technical exams designed

DOUGLAS State Officer Elect: Hunter Claflin  National Delegate Elect:  Jessica Brown and Aysia Parent. SkillsUSA Massachusetts Member of the Month-October:  Aysia Parent. Gold: Giannah Dowen, First Aid/CPR; Daria Hamelin, Advertising Design;  Logan Hampson, Major Appliance Technology. Silver: Aysia Parent, Job Skill Demonstration Open; Sophia Payson, Welding. Bronze:  Lily Courtemanche; Advertising Design MILLVILLE Gold:  Myra Dehestani, Career Pathways Showcase Ind & Eng Tech. Silver: Nicholas Kirby, Additive Manufacturing; Natalie Lambert, Culinary Arts; NORTHBRIDGE Gold:  Grace Arnold, Culinary Arts;  Anna Cook, Photography; John Hehir, Mobile Robotics (State Only); Cullen Jacene, Automation Tech; Kaitlyn Mc-

Pherson, Cosmetology (Over 500 Hours); Ella Rogozenski, Safety Poster Design Team; Bianca Silveira, Promotional Bulletin Board; Silver: Emery Amtmann, Medical Terminology; Kevin Downing, Web Design. Bronze: Jacob Lisak, Plumbing SUTTON Gold: Benjamin Judson, Automotive Refinishing Technology UxBRIDGE Gold: Madison Gannon, Related Technical Math;  Casey Goyette, Urban Search & Rescue; Riley Holt and Robert Mellen, Mechatronics; Abigail Manuels, Promotional Bulletin Board; Khushi Patel, Nursing Assisting; Adam Pratt, Robotics and Automation Tech; Caroline Sanford, Mobile Robotics (State Only); Silver:  Riley Goyette, Mobile Robotics. Bronze:  Autumn Herrick, Telecommunications Cabling

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Northbridge High School Honor Roll HIGHEST HONORS Grade 12:  Kristina Brenn, Colin Brody, Asa Flannery, Katelyn Lombardo, Angela Lovering, Brennan Mahoney, Kiera McMahon, Alexandra Padula, Jared Wielsma, Michael Wilkes  Grade 11:  Caitlyn Mahoney, Dev Patel, Tyler Richards, Aidan Roy, Colin Tognazzi  Grade 10:  Abby Barnatt, Mary Goodrow, Coulton Manning, Adam Minior, Caroline O’Brien, Kathryn O’Brien, Caitlin Porcelli, Keira Touhey, Jenny Wagenhoffer, Graham Williams  Grade 09:  Sarah Cowen, Madelynne Driscoll, Mia Pellegrino  HIGH HONORS Grade 12:  Afia Aning, Ally Boucher, Vincent Duca, Callie Ellis, Patrick Gahan, Wendy Gordor, Olivia LeBrasseur, Hannah Lomonaco, Justine Michaud, Yira Navarro Rodriguez, Emma Paulhus  Grade 11:  Angelique Akeley, Sara Bedigian, Samantha Billmyer, Tyler Bliss, Sydney Boudreau, Adam Chen, Lauren Ferreira, Charles Garrigan, John Gifford, Claire Green, Hayleigh Hoffman, Ruby Holtz, Kayla Kamishlian, Mallorie Mercer, Christopher Rivelli, Jessica Ross, Christopher Smith, Celia Walker, Lindzy Winslow  Grade 10:  Cameron Athanas, Karlee Battista, Brynn Burt, Meghan Cummiskey, Connor DeCiero, Hannah Direnzo, Elizabeth Duca, Ian Gahan, Madeleine Lannon, Jenna Malone, Colin Marino, Kayla Munson, Owen Orlandino, David Rousseau, Nina Szymanowski, Nathan Williams  Grade 09:  Madelyn Andresen, Elizabeth Andrews, Ryan Bedigian, Evan Carrachino, Rebecca Cleary, Olivia Frabotta, Ainsley Hogan, Callie Jee, Hannah King, Kayda King, Charlotte Leppamaki, Joseph Mazzarelli, Charleigh Mitchell, Zachary O’Meara, Marcus Reilly, Natalie Zborowski  HONORS Grade 12: Emma Barnatt, Jonathan Cray, Kevin Doherty, Charlotte French, Mikayla Gallerani, Emma Ganley, Destiny Ingersoll, Brooke Jackson, Jill Labrie, Emma LaChapelle, Olivia Lavallee, Ariel Marko, Morgan Mawn, Julia Mezynski, Trevor Moorey, Allison Ronan, Patrick Rosenlund, Avery Senosk, Kayley Tivnan, Domenic Trombino, Katharine Tubbs  Grade 11:  Makenzie Alicea, Anderson BarnicoatSansone, James Bartlett, Valery Bravo,

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John Buckley, David Castellon Palma, Molly Consigli, Haley Cormier, Jared Dermooshegian, Kyla Dominguez De Los Santos, Emma Donahue, Collin Falconer, Abigail Fraser, Daniel FungA-Fat, Olivia Guest, Maeve Kelly, Isaac Maynard, Alexander Quaranta, Elizabeth Quimby, Yarelis Ronda Rivera, Rory Schofer, Zoe Taylor, Brent Turgeon, Timothy Visbeek, Matthew Wildman Grade 10:  Ian Claudio, Molly Conroy, Breana Ferguson, Kiana Hardy, Lillian Naylor, James Oatis, Liam Pinoos, Caramia Pozzi, Jacqueline Roe, Melissa Sabourin, Parker Scott, Kayleigh Silva, Emily Wheeler,  Grade 09:  Timmothy Adams Jr, Macie Allen, Samantha Alvarez, Logan Ballou, Drew Beaudoin, Haily Billmyer, Kiara Bodreau, Samantha Brody, Gary Bunis, Nicholas D’Alfonso, Charles Dupuis, Adam Ells, xavier Falke, Dakota Grazulis, Timothy Guiliani, Tyrese Holder-Hinds, Lucas Hovsepian, Kayla Hubbard, Dominic Keddy, Jake La Chapelle, William Leonard, Emily Letendre, Molly Mawn, Kaydence Melanson, James Potter, Dylan Rouille, Rachel Sawyer, Anthony Tomasetti, Jack Wallace.

Whitten Intermediate Honor Students The following students where named to the recent Whitten Intermediate School Honor Roll. GRADE 6 HIGH HONORS Ammar Alomar, Bradley Anderson, Connor Antobenedetto, Nicholas Arruda, Aubrey Beland, Addie Blood, Alex Channing, Isabela Chapman, Adison Cirrone, Skylar Daniels, Joao Pedro deSouza-Rodrigues, Parker Dery, Alyssa Friis, Olivia Gauthier, Nathan Goryl, Cameron Gray, Mallorie Hallfelder, Samantha Huth, Emrie Kling, Madison Labonte, Logan Lalakidis, Joshua Lavergne, Charlotte Lewis, Mary Lowrey, Dominic Mastroianni, Blake Oliver, Mia Ouellette, Caiden Pellegrino, Charlie Roy, Eliasa Roy, Hannah Samolinski, Noah Samolinski, Rachel Scott, Maddilyn Silva, Lelia Sjogren, Sarah Stark, William Stark, Gabriel Stone, Samuel Weeks 

GRADE 7 HIGH HONORS Aidan Arsenault, Novelle Bousquet, Lauren Cabral, Jacob Cahill, Tyler Constantineau, Brady Esposito, Zachary Fortier, Kendall Gilmore, Brooke Gniadek, Lola Grube, Mazen Hamza, Isaac Kling, Ethan Lachapelle, Julianna Lopes, Daniel Mach, Niamh McSweeney, Jolina Morgan, Daniel Noel, Keira Paul, Liam Powers, Jake Richardson, Erin Roche, Thatcher Sweeney, Andrew Tamsky, Parker Waugh  GRADE 6 HONORS  Clarah Avery-Boyer, Christopher Barcomb, Ava Bazinet, Gabriela Belanger, Stephen Bouvier, Hadassah Calixto, Madison Cammuso, Susana Casper, Austin Clancy, Dolan Comforti, Dylan Demers, Charley Dorr, Eissa George, Benjamin Ferrage, Savhannah Gassett, Caleb Gaulitz,

Allie Gauthier, Gabriel Gomes, Brian Guertin, Matthew Hicks, William Hinchcliffe, Lucas Jastremski, Brooklyn Kaferlein, Grace Kibe, Julia Lafontaine, Mathias Lalakidis, Sydney Loiselle, Braelyn Matheson, Lilianna McClintock, Benjamin O’Neill, Zackary Pelletier, Emma Peloquin, Lauren Pitner, Nicolis Polselli, Madison Webber, Aaden WeihnPoliquin GRADE 7 HONORS  Alexander Aldrich, Amelia Blood, Kaleb Chabot, Addison DeMarco, Alison Fleming, Sophia Freire, Olivia Friis, Camden LaChapelle, Jeffrey Laflamme, Brayden Mackin, Erin O’Day, Julia Brynn Okenquist, Daniel Pimentel, Jacob Rivet, McKenna Savage, Brian Stumpf, Abigail Thompson, Cody Veneziano, Grady Walsh

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munity partners who share the same goal of strengthening our communities. Funding for the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Grant (CFCE) is provided by the Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education and Care (EEC) and sponsored by South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC-Childcare/Head Start). Upcoming Events-Registration is required for all upcoming events. Links can be accessed on their website  BeginningBridgesCFCE.weebly.com  – Facebook: Beginning Bridges CFCE or contact Emily Murray at 508-2785110 or  Emurray@smoc.org.  Fridays, now until 6/11, Sensational Explorers, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15

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MRMC earns Rep. Soter supports bill to provide unemployment insurance rate relief State Representative Michael J. Soter from 9.23% to 1.12%. The compromise Charlie Baker and House and Senate posed amendment filed by Governor consecutive “A” (R-Bellingham) recently supported leg- was unanimously approved by the leadership on April 14th urging imme- Baker that would have excluded for Patient Safety islation that will provide additional House of Representatives on a 157-0 diate steps be taken to protect employ- municipal employees from qualifying Milford Regional Medical Center has been nationally recognized for the sixth time in a row with an “A” for the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.  The distinction recognizes Milford Regional’s achievements in protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.  “To be nationally recognized for our commitment to patient safety for the sixth consecutive time is an extraordinary honor,” says Edward J. Kelly, president and CEO of Milford Regional. “Patient safety has remained our top priority, even as we navigate the challenges  created by the pandemic. This continued achievement is due to the hard work and diligence of our entire staff who are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to our community.”  “An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Milford Regional Medical Center shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”  Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.  To see Milford Regional’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit  hospitalsafetygrade.org.  ABOUT THE LEAPFROG GROUP  Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety  Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

financial relief to Massachusetts businesses facing huge pandemic-related increases in their unemployment insurance bills. Due to the record-breaking number of unemployment claims filed during the COVID-19 state of emergency, which prompted a statutorily-mandated increase in the formula used to calculate an employer’s experience rating, the annual unemployment insurance solvency fund assessment jumped from 0.58% to 9.23% for 2021, representing a staggering 1591% increase in just one year. Representative Soter said compromise language drafted by the BakerPolito Administration will mitigate the UI rate increase by spreading the costs over a 20-year period, effectively reducing the assessment for businesses

vote on May 18th, but still requires Senate approval. Under the compromise plan, a new COVID claims account will be set up to handle existing COVID claims that had been placed in the solvency account. The Department of Unemployment Assistance will recalculate first-quarter UI bills to reflect these changes, with payment on these bills due by July 31st. Beginning August 1st, new UI claims will be charged directly to employers’ accounts. The House and Senate had previously moved the due date for first-quarter bills from April 30th to June 1st. Representative Soter noted that employers who have already paid their first-quarter bills will receive a credit. Representative Soter was one of 53 legislators who wrote to Governor

ers from the solvency assessment increase and calling for the use of federal funding to replenish the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. The compromise language approved by the House does not require the use of federal funding, although Representative Soter noted that this issue could be revisited at a later date. In closing Representative Soter made a strong point that we should have never penalized and created much red tape for these small business owners who kept our economy running during a very difficult time in our country and Commonwealth. I was very happy to see that we started to focus on fixing this problem that needed to be addressed many months ago. Before voting on the compromise UI plan, the House also rejected a pro-

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Discuss Financial Goals With Your Family June is Effective Communications Month. And it’s a good idea to recognize the importance of good communications because it plays a role in almost every Darren Parent aspect of living – including your finances. You’ll want to clearly communicate your financial goals to your loved ones, and you’ll want to hear theirs, too. Let’s look at some of the communica-

returns, while the other would rather invest with an eye toward mitigating risk, even it means accepting a lower return. Of course, there’s nothing stopping each of you from pursuing your individual investment strategies in your own accounts – IRA, 401(k) and so on. Still, if you are going to work toward common goals especially toward a shared vision of your retirement lifestyle – you each may want to compromise in your investment choices. And this accommodation is even more necessary in your joint accounts. • Your parents – If you may someday be involved with your parents’ financial plans which is highly likely you should know in advance what to expect. This may not be the easiest conversation to have, but it’s an important one. So, for example, ask your parents if they have a durable power of attorney, which allows them to designate someone to manage their financial affairs if they become physically or mentally incapacitated. You might also inquire if they have protected themselves against the potentially enormous costs of longterm care, such as an extended nursing home stay. If not, you might suggest that they contact a financial advisor, who can offer solutions. Once you begin communicating about these issues, you may well want to go further into your parents’ estate plans to deter-

tions you might have with family members: • Your spouse – You and your spouse may have different thoughts about a range of financial topics – how much to save, how much to spend, the level of debt with which you’re comfortable and so on. Try to reach some type of consensus on these issues. However, in regard to investing, you don’t necessarily have to act in unison all the time. You each may have different investment styles, one of you may be more aggressive, willing to take on more risk in exchange for potentially higher

mine what other arrangements, if any, they have made. If it seems that their plans are not fully developed, you may want to encourage them to contact an attorney specializing in estate planning. • Your grown children – Just as you talk to your parents about their estate plans, you’ll want to discuss the same topic with your own grown children. Let them know who you have named as a durable power of attorney, what’s in your last will and testament and whether you’ve established a living trust. If you’re already working with a financial advisor and an estate planning professional, make sure your children know how to contact these individuals. Of course, you don’t have to confine your communications to estate plans – if you want to help your children financially, such as loaning them money for a down payment on a home, let them know. By talking with your loved ones about key financial matters, everyone benefits. So, keep those lines of communication open. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Please contact Darren Parent, your local Edward Jones Advisor at 5 Albert Street, Auburn, MA 01501 Tel: 508-832-5385 or  Darren. parent@edwardjones.com. Edward Jones, Member SIPC

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