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Unified Track is off to the races Northbridge High School’s Special Olympics Unified Track team has had three meets this year with one more on the way. Northbridge has been hosting unified sports since the Spring of 2019. Although it began with track it has expanded to basketball as well. This year’s team has 11 athletes who participate in the 100-meter, 400 meter, and 4x100 meter as well as shot put, javelin and long jump. This is head coach Stevie Bentley’s first season, “I can barely run for 60 seconds without getting winded so I never thought in a million years I would be a track coach but it has been incredible to watch all of these kids compete and support each other. They are a fabulous crew of kids.” Junior Kayla Kimishlian said her favorite thing about unified is “walking in and seeing the smiles on everyone’s face!” Athletic director Jeff Kozik said his favorite part is the, “comradery and mutual respect between the teams during meets. The benefits of the unified programs for both our athletes as well as the entire school community cannot be understated. It helps to foster an inclusive environment where our athletes can showcase their skills while at

Enjoying thE nEw track: Sean Beckman performs the long jump (at left). julia Davis and nicole wiegers (above). colin tognazzi finishes the 400 meter by running to his mom. (at right) the same time developing compassion and understanding with our partners. The pure joy exhibited at the meets as well as the bonds created between our athletes is truly an amazing thing to witness and I am left feeling uplifted every time. In only a few short years, I have seen the positive impact our unified teams have had on our school and I am excited to see how we can expand the reach of these programs in the

future.” Post grad athlete Sean Beckman adds, “I like the long jump best of all and also really like running the 400. I like doing track with my friends”. Ninth grader Lilly Brooks stated, “it’s cool how you can have a completely different relationship with everyone… my favorite event is long jump because everyone is so excited to do it”. Assistant coach Sheena Sanchez said, “I decided to coach because I truly

BVAA Art exhibition celebrates community The Blackstone Valley Art Association (BVAA) invites the public to view “Re-emerging in the Valley,” a community arts exhibition of BVAA member works celebrating the re-emergence of community after a year of isolation. This special group exhibition will be held at the Spaulding R. Aldrich Heritage Gallery at Alternatives' Whitin Mill,    50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA 01588. This event is being organized by the Blackstone Valley Art Association in association with Valley-

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CAST, the art and culture subsidiary of Open Sky Community Services. The exhibit will run from Thursday, July 1st through August 20th, with limited access during the ValleyCAST Free Summer Concert Series on Thursday nights from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Other visits by appointment only. One goal of the exhibit is to highlight some lessons learned during the pandemic, including the importance of connecting with loved ones, sharing laughter and treasuring the moment. The BVAA hopes to PRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID BOSTON, MA PERMIT NO 55800


inspire others to explore new avenues of expression through photography, painting, drawing & other forms of art. To schedule an appointment to view the exhibit, call 508-234-6232. FMI, visit: www.openskycs.org/news-events/ events/valleycast-art-exhibit-re-emerging-in-the-valley/ or www.facebook. com/ValleyCAST   The BVAA is a local non-profit organization that has been promoting the arts in the Valley since 1956. Learn more at BVAA.org.

enjoy being a part of our school community. I wanted to assist in allowing students to participate in extracurricular opportunities and I love watching those smiles as they run, jump and throw! At track my favorite thing is to watch our athletes throw the Javelin, their sense of pride is so amazing to see.” Ninth grader Lizzie Andrews said, “My friends on the bus [is my favorite part]. It’s so fun. I love jumping, throwing and racing. My family comes to see me win. I am proud of my team”. Post grad Tom Dowd said, “I like Track because I like to run and I am really fast at running! I am good at doing the long jump, and the hundred-meter dash. One time I won the hundred-meter dash and I felt happy about it. I like hanging out with my friends on the track”. Junior Abby Fraser said, “I knew it would be the happiest sport I ever played and it is and everyone is so supportive. My favorite part is when the athletes finish their event and they have the biggest smiles on their faces”. Classmate Molly Consigli, replied with, “I joined unified

VFW Flea Markets begin in Upton The next in the summer series of flea markets sponsored by the Upton VFW will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on July 10th at Post headquarters located at 15 Milford Street  (Route 140), in Upton. Flea Markets are held the 2nd Saturday of each month through October, weather permitting. Spaces are available for vendors and craftsmen at $10 each,  or $15 if a ban-

quet size table is needed.  Reservations are not required,  although Post member David Kennedy can provide further information by calling him at 508-529-3314 or via the  Upton VFW Facebook page.  Coffee and donuts will be available throughout the morning, followed by hotdogs, chips, and cold drinks around noon.

basketball and it was a lot of fun so I wanted to keep doing unified”. Mary Boucher, a 2019 NHS graduate and former team mate has been helping. She says, “my favorite part of unified is seeing the friendships that form between the athletes and their buddies. These friendships last a lifetime and it’s amazing watching them start and continue growing. I continue to be a part of unified because I was a part of the first team that our school had and it changed my life in more ways than I could ever explain. Unified events make me so happy and seeing those kids smile is an indescribable feeling that makes it so I would never want to leave. Unified taught me one of the most important lessons of my life which is that disability does not equal inability. So many people look down on this community and fail to recognize the things they can do because they are too focused on what they can’t. I have become a much more accepting and inclusive person since starting unified.” 

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Free, Fun & Fabulous

the Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band will kick-off the Summer concert Series. ValleyCAST is proud to announce the return of its Free Summer Concert Series featuring an incredible line-up with a wide variety of music. Enjoy Rock n' Roll, Big Band, Country, Folk, Bluegrass, Classic R&B, Funk, Reggae, Blues, and even a Symphony Orchestra. The concert series, now in its 12th year, is one of the most popular events at the Alternatives’ Whitin Mill drawing crowds of all ages and walks of life.  The series kicks off on Thursday, July 1st and continues every Thursday evening (6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) through September 2nd at the Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA. In case of inclement weather, the concert moves inside the Singh Performance Center at the same location.  “After a year of isolation, the Free Summer Concert Series is a wonderful way for people of all abilities to gather together in the plaza and sing, dance, or just relax and enjoy a summer evening of music while watching the sunset over the Mumford River,” says Cristi Collari, Director of Community Outreach.  “Kick-Off” Concert on Thursday, July 1st with the Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band (sponsored with a special grant from the Northbridge Cultural Council, which is funded by the Mass


Cultural Council). The concert series is sponsored by Lampin Corporation, UniBank, Wiersma Insurance Agency, the Northbridge Cultural Council; which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, Open Sky Community Services and ValleyCAST.  For more information or for links to each band’s website, visit openskycs.org/news-events. Or visit Facebook/ValleyCAST. For more information about ValleyCAST and/or Open Sky Community Services visit openskycs.org  or call (508) 234-6232. 

Blackstone Valley Tech to comply with records regulations ATTENTION CLASS OF 2014, DESTRUCTION OF STUDENT RECORDS SET FOR AUG. 1ST In accordance with state and federal regulations, special education (IEP) and 504 student records shall be destroyed seven years after the student leaves the school. For the Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School Class of 2014, this date is August 1st, 2021.  Class of 2014 may request special education and 504 records before the August 1st  shred date by written request. Be sure to indicate the year of graduation, and name while attending school, to

Free thUrsdaY NIght coNcert serIes: July 1st: blackstone Valley bluegrass band July 8th: the Promise is hope July 15th: Knock on wood  July 22nd: chuck & Mud and the hole in the dam band  July 29th: superchief trio  August 5th: Far from eden  August 12th: claflin hill summer winds  August 19th: Le’Mixx band  August 26th: Michelle canning band  September 2nd: changes in Latitudes 

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Uxbridge Parents for a Safe Graduation get ready to Tee Off The 15th Annual Uxbridge Parents for Safe Graduation Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, August 11th at Blissful Meadow Golf Club, 801 Chocolog Road, Uxbridge. $125 p.p. with check-in at 8:00 a.m. with a shotgun start (scramble format) at 9:00 a.m. Dinner and awards at 2:30 p.m. There is

a dinner only option for $35 per person. First come, first serve so hurry before they fill up! For registration and payment information, please see Facebook page: Uxbridge PSG 2022-Parents for Safe Graduation or email them at psguxbridge@gmail.com.

Annual Cars In The Park 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 & Goodie Bags (for the first 50 pre-registered vehicles), Food Trucks, Event Vendors, Kids Activities, 50/50 & Raffles, Entertainment and more! For more information www. WhitinCommunityCenter.com.



District attorney joseph Early (far right) presented chief walter warchol a clock for his 44 years of service as a police officer in the town of northbridge. chief warchol retired from the police department on june 25th, 2021. also pictured northbridge Police officer, Lt. Labrie.

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State Senator Ryan Fattman (RSutton), State Representative Brian Murray (D-Milford), and State Representative Michael Soter (R-Bellingham) announced that the towns of Mendon, Millville, and Uxbridge were the recipients of the Community Compact Cabinet Efficiency and Regionalization grant program. They received $75,000 from this highly competitive program.   Per the state website, the purpose of the program is to provide financial support for governmental entities interested in implementing regionalization and other efficiency initiatives that allow for long-term sustainability. These grants provide funds for one-time or transitional costs for municipalities, regional school districts, school districts considering forming a regional school district or regionalizing services, regional planning agencies, and councils of governments interested in such projects.  The regional partnership between Mendon, Millville, and Uxbridge was chosen as a recipient because it clearly met the program’s overarching goal of driving implementation of regionalization and other efficiency initiatives that allow for long-term sustainability.  “Regionalization is the key to the success of smaller towns that we typically see in my district and to the west,” said Senator Fattman. “It allows the municipalities to share resources and capitalize on one another’s strengths. Seeing these three towns be the recipients of this highly competitive grant program is a testament of the hard work they are willing to put in to ensure the success of their communities. I will continue to support these communities in their endeavor to pursue regional efficiency initiatives.”  “I would like to commend the town officials in Mendon for having the foresight to be part of this very significant grant program,” said Representative Murray. “The key to success in today’s world for any small community is to regionalize services and programs whenever possible. This grant will allow Mendon to explore these opportunities with its municipal neighbors.”  Representative Soter said, "I'm thrilled to see this grant money coming into the district. This competitive grant program will provide financial support to pursue efficiency initiatives that allow for long-term sustainability. These are the opportunities that our communities need to capitalize on, and I am proud to see that towns apart of the 8th Worcester District were included in this round of funding."

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Southwick’s Zoo to present BVT’s budget approved amazing “Festival of Illumination” immersed in the magical world of imagination and illumination. The Festival of Illumination will take guests on a trip through the African Savannahs, the Amazon rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef, as well as many beautiful and fascinating regions in between. Visitors will also enjoy live entertainment, a typical Asian Night Marketplace and specialty foods. Beginning on November 26th the Southwick’s Zoo’s traditional Winter Wonderland holiday lights as well as additional holiday themed Chinese Lanterns will be added. Santa will be visiting at his enchanted Village. The Zigong Lantern Group is the largest Chinese lantern festival group in the world with over 20 years of experience in creating these breathtaking events. Zigong has partnered with locations worldwide including the Dublin Zoo, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, the Nashville Zoo, UK’s Longleat House,

Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon is excited to announce their all new “Festival of Illumination” beginning this September. This four month long premier Chinese Lantern Festival, presented in partnership with the award-winning Zigong Lantern Group, will be the largest of its kind to be hosted in New England. From September to January 3rd, 2022, Southwick’s Zoo will be illuminated by breathtaking custom-built exhibits consisting of hundreds of Chinese lanterns meticulously handcrafted from silk, steel, and environmentally friendly LED lights. The theme of this year’s event will be “World of Lights”; in addition to highlighting traditional Chinese culture, this spectacular nighttime display will shine a light on a variety of continents and their traditions. Visitors will travel the globe through the incredible artistry of handcrafted Chinese Lanterns and be

The Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District's FY22 proposed budget has earned unanimous and favorable support to secure its operational budget for the upcoming fiscal year. In a highly transparent process, BVT concluded its traditional town-by-town presentations, distributed a detailed report of the return on investment of last year's funding, met various filing deadlines and advanced website presentations. The FY22 budget will protect and enhance the rigorous, highquality education in which the system established nationally. Reviewers of the now-voted budget shared praise for its cost-effectiveness. They cited accolades for avoiding present and future debt made possible by BVT's self-funding of its MSBA's advance reimbursement. BVT's FY 22 budget will cover all cost centers, forged with the benefit of avoiding all major legal expenses with no current litigation issues and limited to no grievances.   

and Magnolia Plantation, South Carolina. The group’s artisans will hand craft the lantern displays on-site at Southwick’s Zoo. The Festival of Illumination – World of Lights is an evening event, 5:30 p.m. -10:00 p.m. September 2021 to January 3rd, 2022. Advance ticket purchase is required for this must-see experience! More information please visit  www. festivalofillumination.com. Southwick’s Zoo is a privately-owned zoo located at 2 Southwick Street in Mendon, MA and has been a favorite New England destination for over 50 years. The zoo is home to over 850 animals, featuring more than 160 varied species, many of which are endangered. Southwick’s Zoo’s mission is to provide an extensive zoological collection and educational facility for their visitors, offering exciting family fun and entertainment for guests of all ages. www.southwickszoo.com.

The BVT School Committee credits the creative ability of its vocationaltechnical staff to incorporate campus and community-based improvement projects into challenging instructional opportunities for students as simply remarkable. The thirteen-member communities and the school campus share benefits of cost avoidance maintenance and enhancements. Other FY22 budget evaluators referenced the system's aggressive grant pursuits, which consistently complement local tax dollars. As the annual budget sought approval from its thirteen sending towns, it relied on the continued support of each member town to endorse its vocationaltechnical school system at their Annual Town Meeting. The Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School community is thankful for that support. More information is available at www.valleytech.k12.ma.us/annualbudget.

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Devine awarded Scholarship The Thimble Pleasure Quilt Guild is pleased to announce that the recipient of its 2021 Scholarship is Emily Devine, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Devine of Sutton. Emily is a recent graduate of Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School and will be attending Wentworth Institute of Technology in the fall to study Interior Design. This scholarship is awarded annually to high school seniors in the towns represented by the members of the guild and presently, is offered to students in 13 area towns.

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Uxbridge H.S. recognized nationally for commitment to empowering students Uxbridge High School announced that it has been recognized as a 202021 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. It is one of just 204 high schools across the U.S. to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for students through PLTW Computer Science, Biomedical Science, and Engineering. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in over 12,200 schools across the U.S.  “Our partnership with Project Lead the Way has yielded incredible results for our students and formed the basis of many outstanding classroom achievements,” said Uxbridge High School Principal Michael Rubin. “For us to be in this select group of schools nationwide speaks to the commitment of our educators and district in providing high-quality learning opportunities.”  The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Uxbridge High School had to meet the following criteria in the 201920 school year: 

• Had 95 percent of students take the End-of-Course (EoC) Assessments; • Had 25 percent of students or more participate in PLTW courses, or of those who participated in PLTW, at least 33 percent took two or more PLTW courses;  • Offer and had students enrolled in at least three PLTW courses;  • Had strategies and procedures in place that support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, gender and can support such claims with relevant data.  “It is a great honor to recognize Uxbridge High School for their unwavering commitment to provide students with an excellent educational experience despite the unusual circumstances and unique challenges that the COVID19 pandemic presented to the educational landscape this past year,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO

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of PLTW. “They should be very proud of their achievements in unlocking their students’ potential and equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom no matter what career path they choose.” Uxbridge High School is one of just four schools in New England and the only public, comprehensive high school in Massachusetts to have earned program distinction for multiple years.  Uxbridge High School is part of a community of PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit pltw.org/our-programs/programrecognition. 

Zumba Classes for seniors The Uxbridge Senior Center is proud to present a live 8-week session of Zumba classes for Seniors. Zumba is a fitness program that fuses entertainment and culture into an exhilarating dance party workout. This 8 week program is designed for seniors. The program will begin Thursday, July 22nd from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Uxbridge Senior Center Satellite Site which is located at the McCloskey School at 62 Capron Street. The class will run for one hour, one day a week for an 8-week period of time. The instructor, Amy Smith, is a licensed Gold Zumba instructor. The suggested donation cost of this 8-week class is $25.00. Checks may be payable to the Uxbridge Senior Center. The benefits of Zumba include improved balance, range of motion and coordination. Additional benefits include increase blood flow to the brain enhancing attention and concentration skills, as well as burning calories and meeting new friends! The class would be open to all in the community including those outside of Uxbridge. Interested individuals should call 508278-8622 or stop by the Uxbridge Senior Center at for more information and receive their application and waiver forms prior to the start of the program. The Center is located at 36 South Main Street in Uxbridge and is open Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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The Rhode Island Historical Society has kicked off the 24th season of its beloved Concert Under the Elms series The six-week concert series, hosted on the lawn of the John Brown House Museum, will feature a lineup of allnew bands each Thursday at 6:30 pm. Guests are welcome to bring chairs and coolers. Registration is limited and required for this year’s season. Concerts are free for RIHS members and $10 for non-members. Tickets are available now at rihs.org. Concerts Under the Elms are made possible by Esten & Richard Insurance and AAA Northeast, along with Brown University and The Washington Trust Company, as well as Bottles Fine Wine. • July 1 - New Providence Big Band: A 17 piece band playing everything from Benny Goodman and Harry James to Bette Midler and Michael Bubble'. Their featured vocalist is Katie Kleyla, an East Coast phenomenon. • July 8 - Elise Testone: Elise Testone

and Michael Sullivan will be covering a variety of music from originals to soul/r&b/classic rock covers, with the addition of some Jazz-influenced material as well. • July 15 - Eight to the Bar: Drawing its musical influences from American roots music -- swing, boogie-woogie, and Motown, Eight to the Bar is known for its outstanding instrumentalists and vocal arrangements . • July 22 - Whiskey Rhode: The band has all seasoned musicians who enjoy playing music that audiences love to hear from artists that include; Tom Petty, Billy Joel, Lynryd Skynyrd, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and other great classic rock and contemporary artists. • July 29 - Latin Essence Jazz Band: Latin Essence Jazz Group combines elements of traditional latin music and rhythms with an eclectic repertoire of jazz standards and pop/fusion classics.

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New funding opportunity for collaborations Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF) has opened a new grant program as part of the organization’s Creative Worcester Initiative. The program, known as Creative Intersections, will fund projects that leverage the arts as a catalyst to respond to human need in a way that is authentic, inclusive, and equitable. Aimed at inspiring collaboration and innovation, the grant program seeks nonprofits proposing projects that pair non-arts sector programming with arts organizations and/or individual creatives to address needs in areas such as social justice, public health, mental health, housing, education, history, culture, identity, environment, or civic engagement. Creative Intersections is designed to

advance the City of Worcester’s Cultural Plan. It is also part of the Foundation’s Creative Worcester Initiative, a multi-year partnership with the Barr Foundation that unites GWCF with four other Massachusetts community foundations and continues to infuse Worcester’s creative sector with capital and knowledge resources.   Proposed projects for the Creative Intersections grant program must be based in the City of Worcester, and applicants should apply for funding in one of two cycles, the first of which is open now through August 1, 2021. The second application cycle will be open from September 15th - November 1st, 2021. Awards will range from $5,000 $10,000. More information about GWCF’s Creative Intersections grant program and instructions to apply can be found here. With questions, contact Lindiana Semidei at lsemidei@greaterworcester.org.

Douglas High School Honor Roll Grade 9 HIGHEST HONORS Ashley Arnold Amanda Audette Cameron Beckwith Rylee Bennett Darius Buivydas Linas Buivydas Isabella Calkins Olivia DeLuca Kaytlin Forget Taylin Fragala Noah Gaskill Hadley Gavin William George Isaac Gosselin Owen Gray Gavin Gualtieri Emilee Hamelin Emma Hennessy Andrew Hogan William Hogan Colton Howard Jaxon Kaczor Samantha Loy Taylor Lundquist Shannon Malley Zechariah March Chloe McDonald Marcus O’Brien Julia Oskirko Erika Our Elyssa Pastor Natalie Reade Haileigh Recore Colin Squier Molly Stinchfield Avelin Stockwell Ethan Vassar

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Northbridge High School announces 4th Quarter Honor Roll Grade 12 HIGHEST HONORS: Kristina Brenn, Colin Brody, Callie Ellis, Patrick Gahan, Emma Ganley, Wendy Gordor, Katelyn Lombardo, Hannah Lomonaco, Angela Lovering, Brennan Mahoney, Yira Navarro Rodriquez, Katharine Tubbs, Michael Wilkes HIGH HONORS: Afia Aning, Branden Asante, Ally Boucher, Vincent Duca, Asa Flannery, Charlotte French, Trinity Grondin, Destiny Ingersoll, Brooke Jackson, Theodore Jee, Emma LaChapelle, Olivia LeBrasseur, Domenic Malone, Kiera McMahon, Justine Michaud, Trevor Moorey, Alexandra Padula, Emma Paulhus, Jared Wielsma HONORS: Emma Barnatt, Matthew Ceruti, Jonathan Cray, Jill Labrie, Olivia Lavallee, Morgan Mawn, Julia Mezynski, Rhian Murray, Jacob Orell, Avery Senosk, Kayley Tivnan, Melanie Warner Grade 11 HIGHEST HONORS: Sara Bedigian, Ruby Holtz, Caitlyn Mahoney, Dev Patel, Tyler Richards, Christopher Smith, Colin Tognazzi HIGH HONORS: James Bartlett, Joshua Berkowicz, Samantha Billmyer, Tyler Bliss, Sydney Boudreau, Jared Dermooshegian, Collin Falconer, Lauren Ferreira, Virginia Greenan, Hayleigh Hoffman, Mallorie Mercer, Aidan Roy, Zoe Taylor, Matthew Wildman HONORS: Makenzie Alicea, Lily Allen, Andrew Banas, Anderson Barnicoat-Sansone, Valery Bravo, David Castellon Palma, Olivia Clemente, Kyla Dominguez De Los Santos, Emma Donahue, Abigail

Fraser, Charles Garrigan, John Gifford, Olivia Guest, Kayla Kamishlian, Maeve Kelly, Joseph Maxim, Christopher Rivelli, Rory Schofer, Patrick Smith, Colton Verra, Timothy Visbeek, Celia Walker, Lindzy Winslow Grade 10 HIGHEST HONORS: Abby Barnatt, Meghan Cummiskey, Madeleine Lannon, Coulton Manning, Caroline O’Brien, Kathryn O’Brien, Caitlin Porcelli, Keira Touhey, Emily

Wheeler, Graham Williams, Nathan Williams HIGH HONORS: Karlee Battista, Brynn Burt, Connor DeCiero, Hannah Direnzo, Elizabeth Duca, Ian Gahan, Mary Goodrow, Jenna Malone, James Oatis, Andrew Padula, Caramia Pozzi, Abigail Schofield, Nina Szymanowski, Jenny Wagenhoffer HONORS: Cameron Athanas, Payton Brooks,


Timmothy Adams Jr, Logan Ballou, Gary Bunis, Evan Carrachino, Madelynne Driscoll, Charles Dupuis, Olivia Frabotta, Dakota Grazulis, Ainsley Hogan, Kayla Hubbard, Kayda King, Charlotte Leppamaki, Kaydence Melanson, Zachary O’Meara, Marcus Reilly, Rachel Sawyer HONORS: Macie Allen, Madelyn Andresen, Lillianna Avila, Drew Beaudoin, Haily Billmyer, Kiara Bodreau, Samantha Brody, Allison Canal, Rebecca Cleary, Nicholas D’Alfonso, Ryan Flaherty, Kylie Green, Tyrese Holder-Hinds, Callie Jee, Dominic Keddy, William Leonard, Delaney Mahoney, Molly Mawn, Joseph Mazzarelli, Joseph McKeown, Reine O’Brien, Mason Remillard, Emilee Snedegar, Mary Sullivan, Jack Wallace, Matthew Waterson, Natalie Zborowski

Worcester State University posts graduates Worcester State University recently released a list of graduate and undergraduate degrees from the Blackstone Valley area. BACHELOR OF ARTS Douglas: Angela M. Woodford (M) Northbridge: Sean C. Otoole (C), Jocelyn E. Stokowski / Sutton: Aidan Lucey / Uxbridge: Baron V. Horwath Whitinsville: Dylan D. Murray, Julia L. VandenAkker (C) BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Douglas: Holly J. Eplite, Kayla R. Finnegan, Meghan L. Foley (S), Melissa E. Landry, Grace M. Lapan (C), Isabel M. Mazzarella (C), Tyler P. Schwalbe / East Douglas: Rachel E. Dixson (C), Jeffrey W. White / Manchaug:  Ana Paula DeCarvalho / Northbridge: Nicole M. Ballard, McKena L. Hendriks, Megan M. Mattox (C), Michael D. Mattox (M), Cameron J. Richards (M) / Sutton: Antea V. Alexander, Haley R. Brown (C), Riley J. Brown (S), Sydney E. Cortes, Jillian M. Dombroski (C), Maeve C. Donovan, Kendra B. Dumas, Sydney K. Howe (M), Yanira Y. Kiley, Ashley Lavoie (M), Julia D. McNamara, Erin C. Murphy, Alexis M. Nevalsky, Brenna K. Perry (S), Michael

T. Quinn, Gianluca Romeo, Madison F. Troy (S), Lindsey M. Walczak / Uxbridge: Tayla R. Brown, Sean P. Creighton, Mikala M. Davis (C), Angelo B. DeMalia, David S. Echavarria (M), Emily L. Guertin, Lucas P. Horan, SunMee Kasper, Tanner A. Landini, Ellie C. Lapan, Hailie E. Lemieux, Bruce Marchand, Miranda A. Mendes, Victoria L. Picotte, Madison L. Poirier (C), Jillian R. Zinkus / Whitinsville: Zeeny Ahmed-Sharif, Nicholas D. Billington, Tyler J. Brodeur, Myah C. Dawson (C), Taylor A. Dion, Erin E. Kelly, Marisa L. Lortie (M), Emily A. Shorey (C) EDUCATION SPECIALIST Whitinsville: Alyson L. Lisak MASTER OF ARTS  Northbridge: Deanna J. Badjo / Sutton: Kevin P. Saleeba MASTER OF EDUCATION  Douglas: Ellen G. Reber / Northbridge: Shannon G. Vail / Uxbridge: Olivia L. Cormier, Danielle M. Nieves MASTER OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY  Sutton: Anne D. Quinlan MASTER OF SCIENCE  Northbridge: Patrick D. Sweeney  Students graduating with honors must

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The Library Card Finally … they are almost back to normal at the library after endless months of trying to follow both CDC and Massachusetts state guidelines. Libraries, of course, are one of the few absolutely free public spaces where everyone is always welcome. So, it was

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especially hard to see their rooms empty of patrons, and their resources abandoned for such a long time. But they are back! Browsers are welcome, questions are encouraged and library services are available once again. Need to print, copy, scan or fax? Need to use a computer? No appointments are necessary for these services. Now you can also check out the newest offerings on your Wowbrary newsletter, reserve your books on line and come into the library to pick up your selections when they are ready. Don’t get Wowbrary? Subscribe to this weekly enewsletter by signing up on the Library’s home page, so you can keep up with all of the latest doings.  Their programming will remain virtual during the summer months, with some events being scheduled for the outdoors. The Summer Reading Program, open to readers of all ages, will focus on animals and stories about animals, using the theme “Tails and

Tales”. Check out the library’s web site for more details at https://www. uxbridgelibrary.org.  The library staff understands that it is still prudent to take certain precautions in an environment that serves the public. They will make masks and hand sanitizer available and will  continue to clean high touch surfaces regularly. Wearing a mask in the building is strongly encouraged for those who are not vaccinated.  Summer hours are in effect, so be sure to check the operating schedule before you come. The library opens at 10:00 a.m. each morning Monday through Thursday and closes at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Hours are extended on Mondays and Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.  The library opens at 9:00 a.m.   and closes at 2:00 p.m. on Fridays and is not open on Saturdays during the summer.  Welcome back!


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Evangelidis announces Lieutenant promotions Uxbridge Native Sgt. Corey Sullivan included Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, has promoted 15 Sergeants to the rank of Lieutenant including Uxbridge native Sgt. Corey Sullivan.

“all promotions at the worcester county Sheriff’s office are based on merit, work ethic and a dedication to duty. i am very proud to announce the promotion of Sgt. corey Sullivan as well as the other 14 Sergeants to the rank of Lieutenant, these individuals represent the best in the field of corrections and will work hard to make us a better department.”

A lifelong Uxbridge resident and Uxbridge High School graduate, Lieutenant Sullivan now resides in Thompson, CT with his fiance Khristine and son Eli. The Worcester County Jail & House of Correction located in West Boylston is responsible for both pre-trial detainees and inmates sentenced to two and half years or less. The correctional facility houses up to one thousand inmates and has a staff of over six hundred.

Sullivan, an eleven-year veteran at the Worcester County Sheriff's Office started his career with the department in March of 2010, was promoted to Sergeant in October of 2017 and effective immediately to Lieutenant.  As a Sergeant, Sullivan was  assigned to Policy, Procedure, Accreditation & Compliance and served as a Unit Supervising Officer for the Main Jail Housing Units. He will now report as a Lieutenant on the line in the Special Management Unit. Lieutenant Sullivan is also a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team. As a Lieutenant, Sullivan will be responsible for commanding and supervising correctional officers and staff under his charge as well as monitoring the care, custody and control of inmate activity ensuring the safety of both staff and inmates. 

Pictured at right: worcester county Sheriff Lew Evangelidis presents newly promoted Lieutenant corey Sullivan, with his insignia gold bars signifying his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant.

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BVEF “SPRINGS” into Growth Educational enhancer and careerskills provider, Blackstone Valley Educational Foundation (BVEF) continues to steadily increase their services and connect community business members with students. Spring 2021 highlighted the variety of programs this unique non-profit organization offers their 14 Blackstone Valley member school districts. The Asa Water Mansion in Millbury, generously hosted the graduation ceremony for Blackstone Valley Youth Leadership Academy students. These freshmen and sophomores celebrated their completion of a 6-month character

development and leadership skill building program at the breathtaking Mansion where history and beauty meet. Shark Tank themed STEM collaborations between Lenze Americas (Uxbridge) and Uxbridge High School students elicited both scientific innovation and some much-needed levity. Inspired by the popular show, students showcased their “pitches” as a panel of experts negotiated buy-in deals. Uxbridge High School students walked away with increased knowledge and recognition for their involvement with the engineering/design process and Lenze walked away with a solution cre-

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work. In addition, in response to the students’ request, Lenze Americas is offering a $500 engineering scholarship to two deserving Uxbridge High School seniors who plan to pursue a career in engineering. Art in the Valley, a favorite art exhibition featuring art submissions from Blackstone Valley students, transitioned to a virtual gallery experience. The seamless move allows an increased number of students to highlight their creative skills and provides community members to share in their works in a safe way. You can still check it out at bveducationfoundation.org! BVEF’s Annual Business and Education Forum was a big success with over 100 attendees learning about Project-Based Learning: Utilizing PBL to Enhance Workplace Readiness. BVEF moved their mission forward by engaging school district members and local professionals in both the learning and application of this cutting-edge trend. Productivity and skill results for both businesses and students have made this a hot topic for everyone. 2021-2022 programs and events are already in the works for the ambitious educational non-profit. As business partners continue to show interest in working with local school districts, BVEF will continue to provide winwin strategies and facilitation for these relationships. As combination programming (offering both virtual and inperson experiences) increases, BVEF is well positioned to continue to serve the needs and enhance the lives of both schools and businesses. FMI or to donate online, please visit www.bveducationfoundation.org. About BVEF: Founded in 1987 and based in Whitinsville, the foundation builds connections between local schools and businesses, enriches education, and develops the next generation of workers, employers, and leaders.

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Milford Regional Medical Center awards Scholarships Milford Regional Medical Center has awarded two scholarships to high school graduates who plan to pursue medical studies in college.  The Milford Regional Auxiliary awarded their annual scholarship to Olivia Macleod of Milford, and Akshara Shankar of Holliston. Each recipient received a $1,000 scholarship. Olivia plans to study biomedical engineering or microbiology, while Akshara plans to pursue a career as a doctor or researcher. 

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The Perry Volunteer Scholarship was awarded to Melanie Bisbee of Whitinsville. Candidates for the scholarship are Milford Regional volunteers who best exemplify the characteristics

valued by former volunteers Bill and Anne Perry: volunteerism, athletics and a sense of humor. Melanie plans to study nursing with the goal of working in pediatric emergency medicine.

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Live Chair Yoga available to area seniors The Uxbridge Senior Center is proud to sponsor a live 8-week Chair Yoga Class. Yoga has been shown to improve overall health when practiced regularly. Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that can be done while sitting. Some poses can also be done standing using a chair for support. Chair yoga can improve your flexibility, concentration and strength, while boosting your mood, and reducing stress and joint strain. Other benefits include improved balance to help prevent falls, increased energy, and improved relaxation. The class will focus on stretching, breathing, and allowing the mind to be still. The program is scheduled to begin Thursday, July 22nd from 2:45 pm3:45 pm at the Senior Center’s Satellite Site which is the McCloskey School located at 62 Capron Street in Uxbridge. The instructor will be Dr. David Tapscott, certified yoga instructor. Dr. Tapscott has been an instructor since 2014 and has a deep passion for yoga. As an instructor, he sees himself as a practitioner at the front of the room, offering guidance and suggestions to allow others to move along their journey of discovery. The class will run one hour, one day a week for an 8-week period of time. The suggested donation cost for this 8-week class is $25.00 and is open to all in the community including those outside the Town of Uxbridge. Checks should be made payable to the Uxbridge Senior Center. Bring your own yoga mats and blocks, if you have them. Interested individuals should call the Uxbridge Senior Center at 508-2788622 for more information and receive their application and waiver forms prior to the start of the program. The Center is located at 36 South Main Street in Uxbridge.



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Marking a Milestone: BVT Celebrates the Class of 2021 The Blackstone Valley Tech Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony was held outdoors on its athletic field on May 27th. The evening ceremony was a socially distanced event for immediate family in attendance to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2021 and say farewell before they go off on their next great adventure. “It is really special that we are gathered here on campus. In fact, it is really special that we are gathered here in person to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2021,” said Assistant Superintendent-Director/ Principal Mr. Anthony E. Steele II during his opening remarks. “I’m very grateful for the dedication of our staff and the ongoing support of the Upton Board of Health to make this event possible. We will have an opportunity to

honor our graduates with all the pomp and circumstance they deserve." The ceremony included a rousing rendition of the National Anthem sung by graduate Kayleigh Labrecque of Northbridge. Yvette Martin, Director of Student Services, delivered the benediction. Graduate, Madison Mathieu of Douglas, gave an inspired and moving musical performance of “Always Remember US this Way” by Lady Gaga, in addition to student speakers. Overcoming unexpected circumstances during the pandemic and lessons learned by this shared experience were common themes each student speaker addressed. Madison Gannon of Uxbridge, Valedictorian, spoke of extraordinary perseverance in navigating an uncertain senior year.  Aaron Canali of Millville, Senior Class

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the Blackstone Valley tech class of 2021 commencement ceremony concluded with cheers and applause for the graduates as they tossed their caps towards the sky. President, pointed out that life may not always go as expected, be prepared to embrace change. Isabella Caccavelli of Uxbridge, Student Council President, recognized that while the hard times shape who we are, what you go through does not define you, remember the incredible parts. Casey Goyette of Uxbridge, Salutatorian, reflected on the past year, embracing opportunity and adapting to change. Assistant Principal, Mr. Matthew Urquhart, addressed the class and offered words of wisdom before congratulating that class on reaching one of life’s signature milestones. “Take solace in the fact that with all that you

have endured, all that you have seen, you are more than ready for what you are facing next.” "In a year that has been anything but ordinary, we celebrate the extraordinary Class of 2021. Our pioneers, innovators, and trailblazers, who will make a real difference in their chosen fields," said Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick. "You graduate with the grit, perseverance, and skillset to tackle and achieve your future goals as you move purposely to your vision of tomorrow. You are our best ambassadors to foster public awareness and appreciation for our trade schools." Three hundred students concluded

Valedictorian; Madison gannon and Salutatorian; casey goyette, both of Uxbridge, pose before the ceremony. their dual high school education. They received their vocational certificates and diplomas, which certify mastery in their career-technical programs, and a rigorous academic course of the study. The evening concluded with cheers and applause for the graduates as they tossed their caps towards the sky. To view the ceremony visit,  www. valleytech.k12.ma.us/classof2021.

Douglas H.S. list of graduates DOUGLAS: Emma Allard, Jonathan Altemus, Christian Antonioli, Gabriella Balanca, Autumn Barnes, Brody Bennett, Owen Berard, Samuel Bloniasz, Katelyn Bonin, Matthew Boutiette, Nichole Brothers, Paige Brothers, Griffin Burgess, Destany Caldwell, William Champagne, Toby Chen, Kaleigh Chesley, Sebastian Colon, Andrew DeFalco, Morgan Doyle, Abigail Dumais, Hunter Dunn, Jenna Elliott, Julia Forget, Abigail Fortier, Emily Furno, Joshua Gannon, Christopher Harris, Casey Holland, Stephen Jackowski, Emma Kasper, Kyle Kelleher, Evan Kuczer, Garrett LaFortune, Nicholas LaPolt, Bridget Leary, Connor Loehr, Caleb Lynch, Alyssa Manning, John Maraggio, Anthony Martinez, Cody McLaughlin, Jason Michalski, Ryan Mooney, Sophia Morgan, Ethan Moulder, Sean Mowry, Kearnan Murphy, Shane Murphy,

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Northbridge High School presents the Class of 2021 The following students are now 2021 graduates of Northbridge High School: Liam Markley Amsden, Derek Peter Angell, Afia Sakyiwa Berko Aning, Branden Kofi Asante, Emily Rose Banks, Emma Elizabeth Barnatt, Lane Thomas Boothby, Ally Grace Boucher, Brian Adam Boulris, Kristina Deiana Brenn, Colin Michael Brody, Kristina Marie Brown, Matthew Dante Ceruti, Autumn Beach Champagne, John William Charbonneau, Jennifer Marie Chauvin, Gloribel Marie Concepcion Cruz, Mason Robert Consigli, Alyssa Guadalupe Corral, Kevin Charles Costigan, Jonathan Barry Cray, Jase

Lillian Daoust, Cameron James Deraleau, Fabiano Vitor Gomes Dias, Abigail Rose Dion, Kevin Junior Doherty, Vincent James Duca, Samantha Elizabeth Dutton, Callie Marie Ellis, Asa Michael Flannery, Hunter James Frates, Charlotte Evelyn French, Patrick Maxwell Gahan, Mikayla Alwyn Gallerani, Emma Catherine Ganley, Thomas Patrick Gogolinski, Nathan Peter Gonyea II, Wendy Selorm Adzo Gordor, Trinity Rose Grondin, Courtney Lynn Guckel, Brennan Andrew Hayes, Amber Rose Hebert, Joseph Stephen Hewitt, Justin Corrigan Hodson, Destiny Nicole

Ingersoll, Brooke Rachel Jackson, Carly Elizabeth Jacobs, Theodore James Jet Jee, Fabian Alberto Joubert Gonzalez, Erika Sky Kwasek, Jill Jennifer Labrie, Emma Cecelia LaChapelle, Emily Theresa Lafreniere, Alexandra Yve Lambert, Chloe Danelle Lamont, Abby Marie Larochelle, Olivia Marie Lavallee, Abbie Lauren Lax, Austin Michael Leach, Jase Aden Leavitt, Olivia Alice LeBrasseur, Nicholas Guedes Leite, Donavan James Lemieux, Jack Ryan Lermond, Owen James Lisak, Katelyn Rose Lombardo, Hannah Marie Lomonaco, Angela Ann Lovering, Rocco Joseph MacNeil,

Brennan Michael Mahoney, Domenic Michael Malone, Kaylee Rose Marchant, Ariel Marina Marko, Morgan Janet Mawn, Devin Michael McLaughlin, Kiera Niamh McMahon, Julia Marie Mezynski, Justine Nicole Michaud, John Richard Mignault, Aydan Navarre Millette, Trevor John Moorey, Matthew Douglas Morganelli, Rhian Daniel Murray, Kyle Nasr, Yira Isabel Navarro Rodriguez, William Nieves, Victoria Grace Nowlan, Jacob Timothy Orell, Alexandra Kate Padula, Anthony William Patrinelli, Emma Rose Paulhus, Alina Yesenia PerezFairbanks, Luke Christopher Lee

Picotte, John Eugene Plante, Kyle Jay Plantinga, Nicholas Albert Riccardelli, Allison Carrie Ronan, Nicholas Rosario Jr, Patrick Lance Rosenlund, Nicolas Ryan Salamack, J'Lynn Lilliana Schiappucci, Avery Rose Senosk, Michael Andrew Shorey, Kayla Elizabeth Snow, Samantha Pontip Souvanna, Tyler Michael Strom, Kayley Elizabeth Tivnan, Domenic Michael Trombino, Katharine Grace Tubbs, Erin Elizabeth Vierck, Emma Jean Wallis, Melanie Anne Warner, Christian Isaac Paul Wermuth, Jared Anthony Wielsma, Michael Joseph Wilkes, Mario Michael Silva Zizza.

Uxbridge High School announces graduates Graduation was held on June 5th, outside on the turf field at Uxbridge High School. Valedictorian; Jocelyn Hinchcliffe Salutatorian; Elise Croteau Class President; Anastasia Achiaa Student Council President; Drew Gauthier 2021 Graduates Included: Anastasia Achiaa Jocelyn Sarah Hinchcliffe  Elise Renee Croteau  Drew Matthew Gauthier  Mikenna Carol Manz  Karen Hernandez Ramirez  Jonathan Fabian  Brendan Thompson  Nicholas Allegrezza  Thomas Andolina  Haley Archambault  Samantha Arroyas  Aiden Ayers  Jennifer Babin  Lilyanna Bain  Hailey Bergman  Emerson Blake  Bella Borjeson-Troupe  Kayla Brooks  Daniel Buabeng  Jeremy Bullock  Colin Caso  Connor Thomas Chartier  Jeffrey Costa  Joseph Costa  Sydney Costa  Virginia Cote  Zackary Currie  Matheus Defreitas  Maline A. Demers  Katherine DeSesa  Kelsey Desroches  Ella Cecelia DiMarco  Darienne Doherty  Ashley Dube  Acadia Farrell  Nicholas Fernandes  Jake Gallerani  Lindsey Gay  Connor Gniadek  Devon Lorraine Gokey  Adam Goncalves  Shaylin Gonya  Aidan Grinnell  Joshua Grinnell  Ramsha Gul 

John Hamel Nathan Hewett  Quintin E. Hogan  Colin Holmes  Anna Horne  Sarah Delaney Johnston  Samantha Kauzens  Wiley Kimball  Loukia Maria Koutroumanos  Cassandra LaBaire  Allen Lamphere  Emily Landini  Makayla Lehtola  Liberty Lewis  Margaux Lewis  Eilish G. Linnehan  Jackeline Lopez  Maeve Elizabeth Mahoney  Madison Taylor Manning  Gabrielle Mateer  Karlha Mendoza-Ruck  Mohamed Mohamed  Jaeden D. Morales  Jeremiah Morgan  Jack Morvan  Ella Marie Moscatelli  Brenna R. Neill  Autumn Nichols  Nathalie Nowicki  Jeremy Okenquist  Michaela Pare  Rory Paul  Owen Pendleton  Jared Peniche  Valasi Petri  Jelyssa Pizarro  Braden Pomeroy  Colleen J. Prior  Daniel Redgate  Kiley Robertson  MarthaAnn Rolandelli  Kelly Rush  Liam Russell  Stephen D. Sanches  Taylor Sanford  Thomas Schreiber  Matthew Shelley  Anna Faith Seeley  Jack Streichert  Clarice Stumpf  Alyssa Sylvia  Hunter Taft  Emily Avis Taylor  Elizabeth Vecchione 

Carlee M. Veinotte Lucas Volpe  Cayden Walker  Benjamin Wiersma  Colin Wilson  Daegan Wilson  Benjamin Wojciechowski Camden Zuffoletti


Class of 2021! Congratulations!

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~Society ~ Sutton Historical Society calendar of events The Sutton Historical Society has planned several events for the remainder of 2021. Events are open to all members and the general public. Any changes in scheduled events will be updated on their website, suttonhistoricalsocietyinc.org  and in local newspapers. Membership in the Society is open year-round with family dues of $25 and individual dues of $15. Membership forms can be downloaded from the website. The Society maintains three historic properties, the Eight Lots School House, the General Rufus Putnam Museum, and the M.M. Sherman Blacksmith Shop all of which maintain and preserve the history of Sutton. These facilities are open during various town events and by contacting the curators through the contact page of their website or at  sutton1704@gmail. com. Society members also assist with genealogical research relating to Sutton. Questions can be submitted to their email. Volunteers are always needed and welcome to assist with the ongoing Cemetery Restoration project as well as cleaning, cataloging and maintaining the properties, and researching genealogical questions. Please consider becoming a member today, and get involved in preserving Sutton’s rich and diverse history of farming, manufacturing, immigration,

military service and more. NOTE: Dates and Times may be Subject to Change  • August 6th 6:30 p.m. Annual Potluck Supper. Eight Lots School House, 54 Eight Lots Road  • September 7th 7:00 p.m. Robert Hubbard, Author Location TBD General Rufus Putnam: George Washington’s Chief Military Engineer and the “Father of Ohio”. Presentation about the life of General Rufus Putnam. Born in Sutton, American soldier, and pioneer settler of Ohio  • October 5th 7:00 p.m. Annual Meeting First Congregational Church  307 Boston Road  • October 30th 7:00 p.m. Cemetery Ghost Walk Sutton Center Cemetery. Reenactors will tell the tale of early 4 Uxbridge Road. Sutton settlers buried in the Sutton Center Cemetery  • November 2nd 7:00 p.m. William Reid, Chief Ranger First Congregational Church. The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, 307 Boston Road. Presentation about the history of bald eagles  in the country and a description of the unique characteristics of these amazing birds  • December 4th Various Chain of Lights Eight Lots School House  • Annual Town-wide Christmas Event General Rufus Putnam Museum, M. M.

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Sherman Blacksmith Shop • December 7th 6:30 p.m. Christmas Potluck First Congregational Church, 307 Boston Road  • December 31st Midnight Last Night Cannon Firing M. M. Sherman Blacksmith Shop, Cannon Club 6 Singletary Avenue.

Quilt Guild plans show The Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild is busy planning their biennial quilt show which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 12th and 13th, 2022 at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School in Upton, Massachusetts. The Guild has selected “Visions of Hope” as their show theme. This inspiring theme ties together their show’s Special Project, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and their dream for a bright future. On display will be over 200 individual member quilts as well as guild challenges and round robins. Sadly, the 2020 show was cancelled due to Covid restrictions so members are anxiously looking forward to this upcoming show. The 2022 show is being chaired by Deb Hudgins, Terri Vadenais and Roberta Ciaramicoli. 


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Come join them as they dig deep into Hebrews Chapter 11 this summer. Hebrews Chapter 11 is often called the "Hall of  Faith" or the "Faith Hall of Fame." In this noted chapter, the writer of the book of Hebrews introduces an impressive list of heroic figures from the  Old Testament  --remarkable men and women whose stories stand out to encourage and challenge the faith.  They will be studying Hebrews 11 for 12 weeks this summer, beginning June 20th with an assortment of pastors each preaching on a different faith hero. Each service begins Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.  join in person at 14 Hunter Road in Uxbridge or live online: www.valleychapel.us/livestream.  Let’s learn from those who came before us and see faith in action! For more information – check out www.valleychapel.us/summer21 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for   and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 NIV.

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Ethan Lefebvre from Uxbridge recently received an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Congressman James McGovern recently called Ethan with the great news. Ethan graduated from Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton on June 5th and reported for Basic Cadet Training (BCT) at the Academy in Colorado Springs, CO on June 24th. He has worked very hard over the past four years to achieve this goal and has earned multiple awards includ-

ing the Congressional Bronze Medal and Daughters of the Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award. During the pandemic, Ethan worked with veterans to place flags on local graves over Memorial Day and raised over $1500 for Veterans Inc. He will be studying mechanical engineering and hopes to become a pilot. The United States Air Force Academy accepts only eleven percent of applicants and Ethan’s family is very proud that he earned an appointment.


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senior corner Uxbridge Senior Center announces upcoming events 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). Check out Facebook and YouTube channel for more information. • Thursday, July 1st – 2:00 p.m. – Rain date for Tie-dying Craft at the senior center - Space is limited and must continue to maintain social distancing. RSVP to reserve your spot. • Monday, July 5th – The senior center will be closed in observance of Independence Day.   • Thursday, July 8th – 2:00 p.m.  Clay Craft with Sally at the senior center - Space is limited and must continue to maintain social  distancing. RSVP to reserve your spot by. Donations are always welcome!  • Friday, July 9th – 12:00 p.m. Baked Fish Curbside Pickup. RSVP is required, please call to reserve your meal.  • Friday, July 9th - 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!  • Congregate Lunches will be every Monday Only starting July 12th at 12:00 p.m. Please call ahead to sign up.  • Live ZUMBA Classes for seniors starting July 22nd for an 8-week session – 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Amy Smith will be your instructor. Classes will be held at the McCloskey School, 62 Capron Street. The suggested donation for this class is $25.00. Checks may be payable to the Uxbridge Senior Center. Applications and waiver forms are required prior to the start of this program.  • Live Chair Yoga Classes starting Thursday, July 22nd for an 8-week session 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Dr. David Tapscott will be your instructor. Classes will be held at the McCloskey School, 62 Capron Street. The suggested donation for this class is $25.00. Checks may be payable to the Uxbridge Senior Center. Applications and waiver forms are required prior to the start of this program.  • Friday, July 23rd - 1:00 p.m.   Indoor BINGO with Sally at the senior center. Prizes will be awarded! Must call to sign up as space is limited and social distancing is required.  • Thursday, July 29th – The Foot Doctor starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Uxbridge Senior Center. Appointments are set up on a first come, first served basis and fill up rather quickly. If you would like an appointment with Dr. Biancamano, please call 508-278-8622 to schedule. Also, please let us know if you require transportation to the podiatry clinic.  • Friday, July 30th - 12:00 p.m. Baked Fish Curbside Pickup - RSVP is required. Please call to reserve your meal.  • Friday, July 30th – 1:00 p.m.   Facebook Live Family Feud! Tune in to the Uxbridge Senior Center Facebook page for some fun. Prize given to first place participant.  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.  Appointments are now available on the third Tuesday of the month from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with SHINE Representative Pat Nectow. Call to schedule. 

Knitting Club every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Space is limited and must continue to maintain social distancing. Please RSVP. Every Tuesday – Virtual Chair exercises with Sally posted on the Uxbridge Senior Center Facebook page & YouTube after 2:30 p.m.  Every Wednesday at 9:00 a.m.* Weather Permitting MCOA Walk Massachusetts Challenge Continues - Program runs until Sept. 30th and is incorporated with Sally’s Walking Club! Meet at the Blackstone Valley Greenway on Adams St., S. Uxbridge. To sign up call or go to www.mcoaonline.com/walkma  There will be No Walking Club on July 14th.  1st and 3rd Wednesdays – July 7th & July 21st 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 – July 14th & July 28th 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 and 4th Thursdays – July 8th & July 22nd 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 and limited to 4 people on the van.  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.

The Uxbridge Senior Center is located at 36 South Main Street in Uxbridge. Telephone: 508278-8622. Online at: Uxbridge-ma.gov/CouncilAging or FB www.Facebook.com/UxbridgeMA SeniorCenter or https://www.youtube.com/channel/  https://www.uxbridgetv.org/schedule/192.

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Massachusetts Taxpayers will pay second highest in the country The Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance made the following statement recently in response to a published report by Self that released data on how much taxpayers will pay during their lifetime in each of the fifty states. The average  American  will pay  $525,037 in taxes  throughout their lifetime.  New Jersey  taxpayers will pay the most in their lifetime taxes at $931,000 and  West Virginia  taxpayers will pay the least at $321,000.  Massachusetts taxpayers  will pay the second most in the country at $827,185, which is approximately 44% of total earnings of Massachusetts workers and 58% higher than the average American. The $827,185 in taxes collected is broken down by $508,044 of taxes on earnings, $29,156 on taxes on personal expenses, $24,404 on property taxes, and $45,940 on vehicle sales taxes. The full report may be found here:  https://www.self. inc/info/life-of-tax/ “This report couldn’t come at a worse time, as nearly every Massachusetts business is being hit with massive tax increases due to their unemployment

assessment fund skyrocketing. These tax increases are the result of Governor Baker’s temporary business restrictions that lasted for nearly 500 days and the legislature’s total ignorance in helping businesses during the pandemic. Massachusetts taxpayers and businesses have a gun to their back with the legislature and knife to their throat with Governor Charlie Baker,” stated Paul Diego Craney, spokesperson for MassFiscal. “Today’s report once again proves that Massachusetts is still Taxachusetts. If the Governor and the legislature want to begin to dig themselves out of this hole, they should start by dedicating the federal COVID-19 relief funds to pay off the unemployment assessment deficit they created. Anything short of that is just more lip service by politicians,” concluded Craney. Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance advocates for fiscal responsibility, transparency, and accountability in state government and increased economic opportunity for the people of our Commonwealth.

Uxbridge Free Public Library News The library is now open for in-person browsing — visit their website or call 508-278-8624 x100 for the most up-todate listing of programs. JULY 2021 PROGRAMS  Tails and Tales:  2021 SUMMER READING PROGRAM  The summer reading program is in full swing and wild adventures await — you can participate from home using the Beanstack app. Using Beanstack, you’ll earn badges as you read and complete fun activities. For each book you read, you’ll be entered in a weekly raffle… you might even win a Kindle Fire! Sign up by accessing Beanstack from their website or by downloading the Beanstack app on your phone or tablet.  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, July 1st and July 22nd at 6:00 p.m. Tune in on Facebook Live for an interactive virtual meditation session with

Jenny Xie! This class is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. VIRTUAL BOOKIES BOOK CLUB Monday, July 26th at 6:30 p.m.  Zach will lead a discussion on Island of Sea Women by Lisa See. This title is available through CWMARS and through the Hoopla Digital app. Patrons interested in participating should email  zparrish@cwmars.org



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for a link to the Zoom session. Stay tuned for more information about inperson book club meetings! Their new staff member Auden has brought Page Turners back from its hiatus. Visit  https://bit.ly/3hr15Ac    for a list of some of their newest books! Maybe one of these books will be your new favorite.  Youth Programs  BABY STORYTIME (Mondays at 11:00 a.m.) and TODDLER STORYTIME (Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.)  Weekly story times are coming back to the library… and outdoors too. Make sure to bring your own chairs or a blanket. Registration is required, please visit their calendar to register.  TAKE-HOME CRAFTY WEDNESDAY’S Wednesday mornings and afternoons  Get crafty and creative with your kids every Wednesday. Stop by the library to pick up a new take-home craft kit each week.  MUSIC AND MOVEMENT with Deb Hudgins Tuesdays, July 6th and July 13th at 10:30 a.m.  Join Deb Hudgins as she leads a funfilled, theme-based program with songs, rhymes, dancing and more. This program will be held outdoors, make sure to bring your own chairs or a blanket. Registration is required, please visit their calendar to register. Brought to you by the Library Board of Trustees.  VIRTUAL FORTNITE TOURNAMENT Monday, July 26th at 4:00 p.m.  The library is 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 their 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. Uxbridge Free Public Library is located at 15 North Main Street  in Uxbridge, MA 01569. Online at: www.uxbridgelibrary.org.

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Marianapolis announces Honor Students The following local students have earned their place on the Trimester 3 Honor Roll at Marianapolis Preparatory School in Thompson, CT: HEAD OF SCHOOL LIST James Alves, Uxbridge, Benjamin Bouchard, Douglas,  Celia Bouchard, Douglas, Samuel Bouchard, Douglas, Xander Cook, Uxbridge, Emily Hammond, Sutton, Philip Heney, Douglas, Tessa McCabe, Douglas, Collin O'Connor, Sutton, Jenna Olivieri, Douglas, Brianne Rett, Uxbridge, William Savoie, Northbridge, Daniel Twohig-Mann, Douglas DEANS' LIST Courtney Flemming, Douglas,  Audrey Hammond, Sutton, Sophia Maloney, Sutton, Peyton Manyak, Douglas, Anna Wildes, North Uxbridge Additionally, the following local students have earned their place on the Full Year Honor Roll. FULL YEAR HEAD OF SCHOOL LIST:   James Alves, Uxbridge, Benjamin Bouchard, Douglas,  Celia Bouchard, Douglas, Samuel Bouchard, Douglas, Courtney Flemming, Douglas, Emily Hammond, Sutton, Tessa McCabe, Douglas, Collin O’Connor, Sutton, Jenna Olivieri, Douglas,  Brianne Rett, Uxbridge, William Savoie, Northbridge, Daniel Twohig-Mann, Douglas FULL YEAR DEANS’ LIST:  Xander Cook, Uxbridge, Audrey Hammond, Sutton, Anna Wildes, North Uxbridge FULL YEAR HONOR ROLL:  Peyton Manyak, Douglas Marianapolis Preparatory School is a coeducational, Catholic boarding and day school offering college preparation for students from the United Sates 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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school News Paine presents original music compositions Worcester State University’s times.” Visual and Performing Arts Paine also performed Leo (VPA) Department has anBrouwer’s “Etude” on guitar nounced that Douglas native in Extreme Artery’s “Mosaic and student composer Jonof Music” presentation. In athan Paine  ‘22 recentaddition, Paine presented on ly  participated in a virtual May 21st, 2021 an untitled showcase of original music original music composition compositions as part of for euphonium, horn, violin, jonathan VPA’s Spring 2021 virand double bass. Both works Paine tual “Extreme Artery,” an iniare accessible on VPA’s Youtiative that presented a variety of visu- Tube Channel.  al and performing work over the course For more information about VPA’s of 15 consecutive days with a focus on music offerings, including individual making students’  art accessible to the lessons in a variety of instruments for community online. course credit, ensemble participation, Paine, a VPA Major and Music and the Music Composition and TechComposition and Technology Minor, nology minor and lab, contact VPA participated by presenting original Music@worcester.edu. music titled  “Theme for a Hero,” About the Visual and Performing Arts “Sketch for Wind Quartet,” and a two- Department: The Worcester State part composition titled  “I. Triumph” Visual and Performing Arts Departand “II. A New Dawn.” The music con- ment offers interdisciplinary and spetinues to be available online via cialized artistic education that prepares the  “Visual and Performing Arts at students for professional lives in the Worcester State University” channel arts. Its educational spaces encompass on  YouTube.com. On the channel, the Fuller Theater, practice rooms for Paine’s music is accessible in a May music, and art studios at the Universi4th, 2021 presentation titled  “Spring ty’s Sagamore Studios. VPA students 2021 Student Music Compositions.” gain in-depth knowledge of their pre“Jonathan and his fellow student ferred art form - art, music, or theatre composers showcased exceptional plus an understanding of what the arts technical skills and musicality in their have in common, and how they are perSpring 2021 presentation of original formed and exhibited in the real world. compositions, and it’s an honor to be Learn more at  www.worcester.edu/ able to present this professional collec- VPA  or connect with VPA on social tion of work,” said Worcester State media:  Facebook/VPAatWorcesterMusic Professor and Applied Music State, Twitter and Instagram @WSUCoordinator Kyle Martin. “Making the VPA. Follow their blog, The Artful work of our students more accessible Lancer, at WSUVPA.wordpress.com or via online efforts has continued to subscribe to  YouTube channel, search inspire us through the unprecedented WSU VPA.

Beginning Bridges July Events Beginning Bridges CFCE supports parents as their children’s first, best and most important teachers in the communities of Mendon, Northbridge, Upton & Uxbridge. They are a non-profit, family support organization that provides free comprehensive services. Currently their programs include weekly indoor and outdoor early play/literacy story times, outdoor story walks and many activity suggestions on their webpage. They also sponsor parent education programs, offer the Ages & Stages Developmental Questionnaire and can connect families to resources. Their goal is to support parents as they guide their children to reach their optimum potential. They work with many community partners who share the same goal of strengthening 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 (SMOCChildcare/Head Start).  Upcoming Events-Registration is required for all upcoming events. Links

can be accessed on their website or contact Emily Murray. • Wednesdays, 7/7 and 7/21, Rocks and Roll, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. rain or shine: Join them in learning about rocks and exploring the wonders of West Hill Dam on a nature walk.  • Tuesday, 7/13, MOM’s Club Playtime, 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Uxbridge Play Center.  • Thursday, 07/15, Fairy Gardens at River Bend Farm, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., rain or shine. Collect materials on a nature walk to create a fairy garden while listening to a fairy story.  • Tuesday, 07/27, Playgroup at the Playcenter in Uxbridge, in-person, from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., socialization opportunities through structured and fun play time - bring a snack and water.  • Saturday, 07/31, Summer StoryWalk, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., rain or shine, join them for a leisurely stroll to enjoy the story T is for Tiger. FMI:  BeginningBridgesCFCE.weebly.com  – Facebook: Beginning Bridges CFCE – Emurray@smoc.org – 508-278-5110.

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Local Restaurants gain “re-opening” support from Rep. Soter Recently, Representative Soter visited over 25 businesses in the 8th Worcester district to promote the opening of the Commonwealth from COVID restrictions and in honor of Memorial Day. Representative Soter started his “reopening” tour early on Saturday, May 29th, going to 19 businesses over the course of 12 hours. At each business, Representative Soter went live on Facebook to promote the establishments. In recognition of it also being Memorial day week, Rep. Soter started each video by thanking those men and women who  have risked their lives fighting for our country. Representative Soter also acknowledged the military for enacting operation warp speed, which allowed for the quick distribution of personal protective equipment and the rollout of the vaccine.  At each stop along the tour, Representative Soter did his part to support the local businesses. For example, at Goodstuff Smokehouse, located in Blackstone, Representative Soter purchased a $50 gift certificate and a collection of signature sauces for the first person who called into the restaurant. The Representative promoted many of these giveaways throughout his reopening tour. 

MRMC achieves 5-Star Rating Milford Regional Medical Center received an overall hospital quality star rating of 5 Stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Milford Regional was one of 455 hospitals out of 4,586 across the United States to achieve a 5-star rating, and was one of 12 hospitals to receive 5-stars in Massachusetts. “This is a testament to the extraordinarily high quality, safe care provided by the team of providers and caregivers at MRMC” stated Bert Thurlo-Walsh, MM, RN, CPHQ, Vice President & Chief Quality Officer.  “We are proud to be among a select number of hospitals nationwide to be recognized for quality and safety,” says Edward J. Kelly, President and CEO of Milford Regional. “This achievement is a reflection of the commitment our employees have to providing unparalleled care to our community. "  The CMS hospital quality star rating program uses measures from the following categories to determine an overall star rating: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, timely & effective care, and efficient use of medical imaging. CMS developed the star rating program to help consumers choose highly rated hospitals based on comparing data on the CMS hospital compare website.

StoPS aLong thE way - goodstuff Smokehouse: representative Soter joins brothers, kevin Miller and David Forgit, at their

Blackstone restaurant. above, representative Soter joins the Mitkonis family at their jumbo Donuts Uxbridge location.

The tour continued with Representative Soter visiting even more local businesses around the 8th Worcester District. Similar to the day before, each visit was streamed via Facebook live and started by recognizing Memorial Day and thanking the Baker/Polito administration for reevaluating the post-pandemic reopening rollout by

fantastic day. Great to see everybody out enjoying breakfast and amazing to finally have full capacity again.” Richard’s message is exactly what Representative Soter wanted to promote during his reopening tour. Representative Soter was thrilled to spend this year’s Memorial Day weekend honoring those who have paid the

lifting restrictions well ahead of schedule. A notable stop that day was Pam’s Diner located in Bellingham. At Pam’s Diner, Rep. Soter advertised that he would cover the next 50 cups of coffee that patrons ordered. In regard to the opening of the Commonwealth, diner owner Richard Hofhaug said, “It was a


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ultimate sacrifice for our country, and by getting out into the community and supporting the local businesses that have suffered over the course of the pandemic. The commonwealth is fully open for business and Representative Soter encourages his constituents to support local establishments.

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Managing Your Retirement Plan Under a New Employer Your employer-sponsored retirement plan is a valuable asset. But sometimes things happen that can affect the status of your plan. So, for example, if you work for a hospital that changes ownership, and you have been participating in a 403(b), 457(b) or 401(k) retirement plan, what should you do with it now? Basically, you have four options: Darren Parent • Cash out your plan

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You can simply cash out your plan and take the money, but you’ll have to pay taxes on it, and possibly penalties as well. So, unless you really need the funds and you have no other alternative, you may want to avoid liquidating your account. • Roll your account into your new employer’s plan If it’s allowed, you can roll over your old 403(b), 457(b) or 401(k) plan into your new employer’s plan. Before making this move, you’ll want to look at the new plan’s investment options (which should be numerous) and fees (which should be low). If you move the money directly to the new plan, you won’t be taxed at the time of the transfer, and your funds can continue to grow tax-deferred. Leave your plan with your old employer If your account balance is above a certain level, you may be able to leave your plan with your old employer’s plan administrator. You won’t be able to contribute any more money to the plan, but if you like the investment options you’ve chosen, keeping the money in your old plan might be a viable choice. • Move your account into a traditional IRA One possible advantage to moving your 403(b), 457(b) or 401(k) into a traditional IRA is you’ll open up a world of new investment options, because you can fund your IRA with virtually any type of vehicle, including stocks, bonds, mutual funds, certificates of deposit (CDs) and exchange-traded funds. And if you already have a traditional IRA, you can combine the new funds with the old ones, making it easier to track your holdings. As is the case with leaving your money in your old employer’s plan or transferring it to a new plan, you’ll continue to benefit from tax-deferred growth. Keep in mind, though, that IRAs have costs, too, possibly including transaction costs to buy or sell new investments. (One more thing to keep in mind: When you want to move a retirement plan to an IRA, you may want to make a direct rollover, so the old plan’s administrator moves the money directly into the IRA, allowing you to avoid immediate taxes. If you were to make an indirect rollover, you’d get the money yourself, but your old employer would have to deduct 20% for federal taxes, and you’d have to deposit the entire balance, including the withholding, into your IRA within 60 days.) Which of these choices is best for you? There’s no one “right” answer for everyone. You’ll want to consider all the options and pos-

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sibly consult with your tax advisor and financial professional. But do all you can to protect your retirement plan – you’ve worked hard to build it, and you’ll need to rely on it to help you pay for your years as a retiree. 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

Rotary Club of Blackstone Valley upcoming events On July 6th a special Joint  Evening  Virtual Meeting with the Rotary Club of Metro Providence. The special guest speaker will be Chris Stein speaking on  Operation Pollination!  Chris was once Chief Ranger at the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor from 1991 to 1994 and Chris is now  Chief of Heritage Areas and Large Landscape Initiatives with the National Park Service in the Midwest Region.  Rotary Club will be working with Trex Company, Inc to collect as much thin plastic as possible in a 6-month period starting in July. Why? As you may or may not know, thin plastics cannot (normally) be recycled and they bog down our landfills, they get carried by the wind into waterways and are one of the biggest causes of landfill machinery malfunction. Until now, there were not many solutions to this issue but Trex Company, Inc has the answer, with your help!  The primary examples of thin plastic materials that they will be collecting are plastic grocery bags, produce bags, drycleaner bags and anything similar to those materials. Upcoming meetings and events: • July 1st – December 31st – Helping the environment by collecting (clean) thin plastics in the community!  • July 6th – Special Joint Evening Virtual Meeting with the Rotary Club of Metro Providence. The special guest speaker, Chris Stein, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30p.m.  Register at rotarymetropvd.org   July 20th, August 3rd and August 17th - Regularly Scheduled Club Meeting through Zoom from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. September 15th  – Rotary Scholarship Golf Tournament – Blissful Meadows in Uxbridge from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. $120 per golfer/$480 per foursome. Register here:  https:// unipaygold.unibank.com/customerinfo.aspx   or send your payment to The Rotary Club of Blackstone Valley, P.O. Box 4, Whitinsville, MA, 01588. Recently the BV Rotary awarded scholarships to local students. The 2021 Recipients are as follows:  Northbridge HS: Callie Ellis, Douglas HS: Samuel Bloniasz, Uxbridge HS: Devon Gokey, Whitinsville Christian: Josiah Graves, and BVT: Giannah Dowen. Want to find out more about Rotary International? Visit: www.Rotary.org

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