The New Uxbridge Times - August, 2022

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Mountain Bike Skills Park Opening at West Hill Dam In early 2020, the Blackstone Valley Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) proposed an idea for a mountain bike skills park to be built at West Hill Dam. NEMBA is a community of mountain bikers committed to creating epic riding experiences, preserving open space, and guiding the future of mountain biking in New England. The Blackstone Valley Chapter covers the suburbs west of Boston and in southeast Worcester County.

Twice a week since May, teams of volunteers have gathered to build trails, construct features, and support each other in this endeavor. The park will help beginner through expert riders further advance their skills and become more confident on their bikes.

West Hill Dam has 15+ trails, named from the military alphabet, that are multi-use for bikers, hikers, and horseback riders. It offered a perfect location

Douglas Open Space & Recreation Plan Public Forums Photo Contest will highlight favorite places The Douglas Open Space and Recreation Plan Committee will host a two-part public forum to give the public a chance to listen to an overview of the plan, review survey results and discuss the plan’s draft goals. Danielle Marini of the Central Massachusetts


Regional Planning Commission will lead the presentations. The first forum will be held on Wednesday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Center at 29 Depot Street. The public is urged to attend in person or to participate virtually via this Zoom link https://us02web.zoom. us/j/85718859392. Part Two of the public forum will be PRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID BOSTON, MA PERMIT NO 55800


held on Saturday, August 27th. Folks are encouraged to swing by the Old Douglas Town Common anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to share their suggestions and vision for the future of open space and recreation in Douglas. Refreshments provided! As part of the presentations the public is asked to submit photos of their favorite Douglas open space and recre-

ation images to All submitted photos will be included in the Open Space and Recreation Plan. At the workshops attendees will vote for favorite photos, and the winner will be selected for the cover of the plan! To be considered in the contest, please submit all photos by Friday, August 12th. If possible, please provide highresolution photos.

Misgivings a “Divine” Comedy A “Divine” comedy of belly laughs, blessings, blarney and bingo! Join is for an evening of fun and fellowship on Saturday, Sept. 17th at St. Denis Church, Douglas as Father Patrick Aloysius Misgivings relates his stories and one-liners about growing up Catholic. Adults (21+) only.

Doors open at 4:45 pm, show starts at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $20 p.p. Purchase tickets online at, in person after all Masses in August and early September, or call the Rectory at 508-476-2002. Don’t miss this delightfully entertaining and uplifting one man show!

to develop this area. The new mountain bike friendly park gives the opportunity for beginner through expert riders to further advance their skills and become more confident on their bikes. It gives people in the community a new place to go for outdoor recreation. It is free for all to use, publicly accessible, and totally unique to the area. Blackstone Valley NEMBA was awarded a Signature Trail Grant through the New England Mountain Bike Association to help fund the project. Koopman Lumber, Uxbridge Police Association, and the US Army Corps of Engineers at West Hill Dam have also donated as well as other private donors to make the Skills Park come to fruition. Blackstone Valley NEMBA broke ground in March 2022 to prepare the approximately ¾ acre plot of land, located next to the Charlie trail. The Rangers at the dam have helped clear the land and make it more usable. Once the land was cleared the volunteers got to work on planning and building. Twice a week since May, teams of volunteers have gathered to build trails, construct features, and support each other in this endeavor. As the end of this first phase of building is nearing, the majority of construction work has been completed. There are over 20 features that have been created this summer, including kid-sized features for even the smallest riders to build their skills on. The second phase of building will commence in Spring of 2023, with more exciting trails and features in the works. On August 21st, at 9:00 a.m. Blackstone Valley NEMBA will have an official Grand Opening of the Skills Park. We invite the community to come see (and ride!) what we’ve built. There will be music, food and contests to showcase and celebrate everything that has been built for the community to enjoy.

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Koopman Lumber & Hardware acquires Boilard Lumber Both family-owned businesses look to future Koopman Lumber, a family-owned and operated business since 1939 with 10 locations in eastern Massachusetts, recently announced it has acquired Boilard Lumber, another family-owned and operated retail lumber yard providing quality building supplies since 1936 in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. “We’re excited about the opportunities this merger presents,” said Dirk Koopman, COO. “It’s an honor to partner with a business as well-respected as Boilard Lumber, and to expand our business into western Massachusetts. We have an experienced transition team, and our goal is a smooth transition for every employee and customer. We’ll offer additional product lines, enhanced capabilities and greater resources, all in the capable hands of the same staff who know their customers and their business needs.” Boilard Lumber adopted the Koopman name on June 27th. All Boilard employees were welcomed to remain on staff and Robert Boilard, vice president, will remain as General Manager. “After 86 years of continuous family ownership, we are happy to have found another business that shares our history and values to continue our legacy in western Massachusetts,” said Mike Boilard, president, Boilard Lumber. “It was important to us to turn the reins over to people who are as committed as we have been to both our customers and employees. The Koopman family fits that bill.” Koopman Lumber offers three fullline lumber, hardware, paint, lawn and garden stores in Whitinsville, Uxbridge and North Grafton; one lumber, hardware, paint and design center in Sharon; a full-service paint store in Milford; lumber yards and kitchen design centers in Hudson, Andover and Fairhaven; and distribution centers in Uxbridge and Sutton. ABOUT KOOPMAN LUMBER & HARDWARE Family-owned and operated since 1939, Koopman Lumber & Hardware has 11 Massachusetts locations including three full-line lumber, hardware, paint, lawn and garden stores in Whitinsville, Uxbridge and North Grafton; one lumber, hardware, paint and design center in Sharon; a fullservice paint store in Milford; lumber yards and kitchen design centers in Hudson, Andover, Fairhaven and Indian Orchard; and distribution centers in Uxbridge and Sutton. They specialize in building materials and supplies including lumber and hardware, moulding and millwork, tools, power equipment, windows and doors, engineered lumber, kitchen and more. An extensive network of outside sales professionals serves most of New England delivering expertise in lumber, millwork, kitchens and paint. To learn more, visit ABOUT BOILARD LUMBER In 1936, Adelard Boilard began to provide the western Massachusetts build-

ing community with mason supplies. His mission was to provide customers in the community the highest quality service and superior quality building products. Along with their staff, they are armed with widespread knowledge

and new technologies. They remain committed to providing the building community with the best possible values, those of which have given the company its distinguished reputation.

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town News Friends of Library seek auction donations The Friends of the Simon Fairfield Public Library will hold their fall online auction this October 9th - 23rd. The benefit auction will be entirely online, and all proceeds will go to benefit the Library’s building fund campaign including handicapped accessibility. You can participate by donating, bidding, or both! Once again we are seeking donations of goods and services to

include in this exciting event. If you have a special service, talent, attic treasure, artsy item, household item, or anything that might be a desirable auction item, we welcome your participation! Deadline for donations is September 8, sooner is even better! If you are able to donate, please email us at Friends


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Uxbridge Youth Soccer to host RC Air Show Funds raised for Field Expansion Project The Uxbridge Youth Soccer League will host an RC Air Show and Craft Fair on August 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sutton Street Fields, located at 320 Sutton Street, Uxbridge. The event will be the first of many fundraisers to support an ambitious field expansion project. Once complete, the fields will provide a one-of-akind sports complex for both the soccer league and other youth leagues throughout the community. The air show will feature over two dozen radio controlled planes, some with wing spans over 12 feet in length, performing high flying stunts throughout the day. These planes will be flown by several experienced RC air clubs throughout the region, as well as independent enthusiasts. Planes will take off throughout the day for hours of high-flying entertainment. While the planes control the skies, attendees on the ground can enjoy performances from two local bands, Driftwood Acoustic and Auntie Trainwreck; savor food from a range of food trucks; and browse from a wide selection of


Sutton St. Field Complex into a destination location for soccer in the Blackstone Valley that the whole town can take pride in,” explained Ben Casper, Director of Field Management & Scheduling. “By building five competition-ready playing fields, we’ll finally have the ability to consolidate all league activity into one location.” The Uxbridge Youth Soccer League currently attracts over 550 participants each year ranging from ages 3 to 16 years old. All children are invited to participate, regardless of experience and skill level and no child is ever turned away. Registration is now open for the Fall season. The RC Air Show is open to the whole community at no cost, but the league is suggesting a three dollar donation to help support the expansion project. Raffle tickets, concessions, and UYSL merchandise will also be available for purchase. If you are interested in vendor space, sponsorship opportunities, donating to the renovation project, or simply learning more about the event, please visit the league website at Uxbridgeyouth or email them at info@

crafts, sweets, and other goods from over 40 vendors in attendance. A wide selection of raffle prizes will also be available. In addition, the event will feature games and other fun activities for kids of all ages, including the chance to learn new soccer skills or exchange cleats. “Youth sports programs have benefits beyond physical fitness,” said UYSL President Bryan Kindl. “Athletics improves teamwork, learning, and social skills, and is also proven to reduce the risk of anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. We pride ourselves on creating an inclusive and accessible outlet for all of the youth in our community.” The Uxbridge Youth Soccer League has found its home at the Sutton Street Fields for several years; however mud, irrigation, and drainage issues have often required the league to look to other fields in town to host many of their games and practices, especially during the wet spring season. These renovations will nearly double the size of the fields and will include grading the land, setting up drainage and irrigation, and laying fresh sod. “We are looking to transform our


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Troop welcomes new girls N.E. Country Girls entering grades 5 in the fall are invited to join Girl Scout Troop 64825. The troop will meet in Whitinsville every other Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Girl membership registration fee is $55 for the year. Financial Assistance is available. See for yourself what Girl Scouts has to offer. Girl Scouts is the premier organization for girls to learn about leadership, financial literacy, life skills, science and technology, the outdoors, and community service. Previous Girl Scout experience is not necessary. You can register for a spot in the troop at Questions? Email or call 508365-0115. About Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts: Girl Scouts of

Science Can Be Fun! Last month, “Science with Amanda” at Pout Pond with Ms. Amanda Gallerani was enjoyed by many. Science with Amanda will be held this month on Tuesday, August 2nd at Pout Pond. If you can't join her at Pout Pond, she will be partnering up with DCR at Riverbend Farms at 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays through August. Enjoying the day, pictured above (L) Cameron Woods, (R) Zachary Bromberg.

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Central and Western Massachusetts serves over 5,000 girls in grades K through 12 with the strong support of 3,000 adult volunteers in 186 towns and cities in central and western Massachusetts. Girl Scouts’ mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Since 1912, girls have explored new fields of knowledge, learned valuable skills, and developed strong core values through Girl Scouts. Today, Girl Scouts is, as it always has been, the organization best positioned to help girls develop important leadership skills they need to become successful adults.

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Music Club to host dances The New Englad Country Music Club will hold two dances this month at the Uxbridge Progrssive Club. • Sunday, August 7th: "Rustic Country" band & New England Country Music Club Dance 1- 5 p.m. • Sunday, August 21: "Crossfire" band New England Country Music Club Dance 1- 5 p.m. The Uxbridge Progressive Club is located at 18 Whitin Street in North Uxbridge. FMI: http://www.facebook. com/NECountryMusicClub.

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2022 Small Stones Festival Exhibit Dates & Art Call Is Open Fall Clean-Up A distinguished panel of six jurors practice and appreciation of fine art and Art Call for the fifth annual Small Valley Art Association, Shakespeare Events at St. Stones Festival of the Art is open for art Club of Grafton and Claflin Hill Sym- will select 144 works to appear in the photography in the Blackstone Valley and photography submissions. All fine phony Orchestra have collaborated to exhibit as well as cash prize winners in and beyond. Grafton Arts Inc. a 501 (3) Denis Church art artists and photographers are invited create a festival showcasing the art fine arts and photography categories. organization is the financial sponsor. to join the region’s finest painters, photographers, water colorists and other two-dimensional artists in this major regional juried exhibition. The Festival returns to the Great Hall at One Grafton Common beginning on Oct. 14th for an opening ceremony where this year’s winning artists will be announced. Five regional art organizations; Apple Tree Arts, Worcester County Camera Club, Blackstone

exhibition, artist and juror talks, music and literature programs. Photography and all forms of twodimensional artwork are welcomed, with a maximum of four entries per artist. The Art Call will remain open until midnight of the day that 500 entries are received. All artwork meeting acceptance criteria will be displayed online. Visit: to submit artwork.

Awards include first, second and third cash prize winners and six Juror’s Choice awards. A People’s Choice award for each category will be voted by exhibition attendees. Cash awards are $500 for first; $250 for second; and $100 for third place. The exhibition catalog will feature the artwork and will be sold online and at the festival. The mission of the Small Stones Festival of the Arts is to elevate the

The festival organizers appreciate the major donors of last year’s festival including the Cultural Councils of the towns of Grafton, Millbury, Northbridge, Shrewsbury and Westborough; The Town House Tavern, One Grafton Common; and Yesod Foundation, Inc. Sponsors are welcome to help support the festival Contact Chair Ken Crater at: FMI, visit:

Join in on Saturday, Sept. 17th from 8 am to 2 pm (upper church parking lot) for theses upcoming events. • Fill-A-Truck - donations of new or gently used clothing, shoes, and linens. • Electronics Recycling: for a complete list of items and fees, see our website. • Bottles & Cans: only those marked returnable please. FMI Visit:

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I am looking for someone to bake/ cook a couple of things for me for Thanksgiving. The first is 2 mincemeat pies (no not the apple/raisin fruit variety at Shaws). The ones I am after would have beef in them the kind my grandmother and great grandmothers made that were almost a meal in themselves. The other thing I am after is suet pudding, again the kind of thing I grew up with and had been on the tables of my ancestors since they came from England nearly 4 centuries ago. If there are any good and adventurous bakers out there, I'd love to hear from you. Best regards, Gary Porter Uxbridge 508-561-2993

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GWCF grants more than $450,000 to communities

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation announced the 34 awardees of its 2022 Community Grants - a total of $456,250. Community Grants are made possible by people who have set up discretionary funds with the Foundation. This type of fund provides GWCF with the maximum amount of flexibility to grant resources where community needs are greatest. “Our community organizations are demonstrating their strong commitment to helping others in what is continuing to be a trying time for so many people in and around Worcester,” said Jonathan Cohen, Vice President for Programs & Strategy. “Each of these grants reflects the originality, ingenuity, and strong sense of community that distinguish Central Massachusetts from other places - and this Foundation is proud to be a large part of that philanthropic community.” Rooted in the belief that together, everyone can collectively work towards a more equitable, vibrant and just community by offering flexible grant options, the Community Grant Program implements strategic focus areas, and emphasizes the underlying approaches nonprofit organizations apply to their work. For 2022, the Community Grants remained focused on three strategic areas: Health & Wellbeing, Thriving Families, and Creative Worcester. Additionally, GWCF sought to partner with grantee organizations with a commitment to Racial Equity, Community Voice, and Policy & Systems. Local organizations receiving funds for operating support this year include: APPLE TREE ARTS Preschool Music Outreach Program

Schools $7,500.00 WORCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION 2022 Summer Reading Program $5,000.00 WORCESTER YOUTH CENTER Violence Is Not Normal $15,000.00 YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES UPHELD (YOU), Inc. (an affiliate of Seven Hills Foundation) Dynamy Youth Academy $10,000.00 For more information, visit www.

$10,000.00 QUINSIGAMOND COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION Mental Health Counseling $20,000.00 WHITIN COMMUNITY CENTER WCC After-School Youth Resilience and Overall Wellness $20,000.00 WORCESTER CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY Season 18 Fall Concerts $5,000.00 WORCESTER CHILDREN'S CHORUS Raise Your Voice! After School Choirs Partnership with Worcester Public

Church Services via Zoom Due to low summer attendance, Sunday worship Services at the Uxbridge Congregational church is being held on Zoom. If you would like the invitation to worship, please contact or call the church at 508-244-7849. We would love to have you join us on Sunday’s at 10 a.m. Rev. Frank McKenzie is the minister. In person services will continue on September

11th. After many requests, The Uxbridge Congregational Church is pleased to announce that we will hold a Ham & Bean Supper again this fall. The date of the supper will be October 29th at 5:30 p.m. in the Community House. Information on advanced ticket sales will be announced shortly. Please reserve the date and mark it on your calendar. More information coming soon!

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Midsummer Night’s Dream performance For their inaugural Shakespeare Play event, RI Shakespeare Rep will present Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the first full-length play produced by the organization, to take place on the lawn of the John Brown House, 52 Power Street, in Providence on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August

12th, 13th, and 14th at 6 p.m. This is a free event. RI Historical Society uses the vast lawn at the John Brown House as a venue for musical events throughout the summer. Audiences are encouraged to arrive early and bring chairs, blankets, and snacks, to be comfortable for the 90 minutes or so performance. Donations to RI Shakespeare Rep will be accepted and no rain date performances are planned; snack truck and restroom planned onsite. FMI:



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Purgatory Chasm posts August Events

that public programming may be affected by construction projects taking place within the park in 2022. CHASM HIKE Fridays 11 am – 12 pm, Saturdays 2 pm – 3 pm, Sundays 3 pm – 4 pm Get ready to scramble around huge boulders while taking in the mystery of Purgatory Chasm! Find out about the park’s history and cultural influence, the chasm’s rock formations, or the wildlife that calls the chasm home. The tour topic will vary, ask for details. Meet at the pavilion at the entrance to the chasm. Appropriate for ages 8 and above. This event is cancelled when the chasm is closed due to wet trail conditions. About 1/2 mile that is generally moderate; also includes rocky terrain. The first portion of the trail is steep and requires some

Public programs at Purgatory Chasm State Reservation will continue this month. All programs are free and open to the public. Bring water, wear sunscreen/bug spray, and dress for the outdoors. Sturdy footwear strongly recommended for hiking events. An adult must accompany children. Inclement weather cancels hiking programs. FMI call 508-234-9610 or visit: Purgatory Chasm State Reservation is located at 198 Purgatory Road, Sutton MA 01590. Please note

rock scrambling. The remainder of the trail is flat or gently sloped. CHASM PRIMER Saturdays & Sundays 10 am Join the Park Interpreter for a 10 minute introduction to Purgatory Chasm. We will briefly explore two dramatic events that shaped how the park looks today. This is the perfect primer before your hike through the chasm. Meet at the pavilion at the entrance to the chasm. Appropriate for ages 8 and above. This event is cancelled when the chasm is closed due to wet trail conditions. GLACIAL GEOLOGY HIKE Mondays 2 pm – 3:30 pm Discover our glacial past with a onemile hike along the topside of the chasm to Little Purgatory. Explore evidence of the ice that blanketed this park

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more than ten thousand years ago! Meet at the Visitor Center. Suitable for ages 8 and above. Wet trail conditions will cancel. About one mile over moderate terrain. ROCK DETECTIVES Saturdays 11 am – 12 pm Have you ever wondered where rocks come from, and where they may be going? Reveal the stories hidden in stones at this interactive display. Stay for five minutes or an hour. This program takes place in the pavilion near the entrance to the chasm. Event moves inside the Visitor Center during severe weather. Appropriate for ages 4 and above. SKULL SCIENCE Sundays 11 am – 12 pm Every feature of an animal’s skull has a job to do. Join us to look for clues about how different animals survive in the wild. How will your own bones compare to those of our park’s residents? Stay for five minutes or an hour at this interactive display. This program takes place in the pavilion near the entrance to the chasm. Event moves inside the Visitor Center during severe weather. Appropriate for ages 4 and above. TIME TRAVELER TOUR Fridays 2:30 pm–3:30 pm Take a step back in time! Gain a deeper understanding of this unique park as we walk among its historic structures and geological features, jumping around the park’s timeline all the while. Meet at the Visitor Center. Appropriate for ages 4 and above. Approximately 1/2 mile over easy terrain. OFF THE BEATEN PATH Thursdays 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm Hiking trails are the heart of our park

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system and getting outdoors is a great way to exercise! Join us for a leisurely hike and socialize along the way. Meet at the Visitor Center. Appropriate for ages 8 and above. About one mile over moderate terrain. KIDLEIDOSCOPE Mondays 11 am – 12 pm Nature before noon! Connect to the great outdoors with nature-themed stories, a fun outdoor activity, and a takehome craft that relates to the books we read. New books, activities and crafts each week. Meet at the Visitor Center. Designed for children ages 3 to 6, siblings are welcome.


All About Bats SATURDAY, AUGUST 27TH 7:00 PM TO 8:00 PM Join DCR’s bat biologist as we explore the world of bats. We will look at the myths and misconceptions about these important creatures, learn about the threats they face, and what we can do to help them. After the presentation, take an optional walk with us where we will search for bats using a detecting device that will allow us to hear bats as they echolocate. Meet in the field behind the visitor center. Appropriate for all ages. Reasonable accommodations available upon advance request. Please bring bug spray and a flashlight and wear comfortable footwear. For more information call (508) 234-9610.

Rotary Club helps with Operation ZAP The Blackstone Valley Rotary Club is committed to helping with Operation ZAP, the Blackstone’s 50th anniversary of an incredible environmental feat! Back in September of 1972, about 10,000 volunteers came to the Blackstone River and removed 10,000 tons of trash including tires, cars, and much more. It started the wheels in motion for river protection, and this year there will be a two-part celebration: Saturday, August 27th – a watershed-wide clean-up and green-up Saturday, September 10 – a huge celebration to recognize all the accomplishments over the past 50 years. Check out the website for this event:

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UniBank Celebrates 152nd Anniversary

Historical Society to host Potluck Supper The Sutton Historical Society will host its annual potluck supper at the Eight Lots School House, 54 Eight Lots Road on Friday, August 5 at 6:30 pm. Bring your favorite main dish, side dish, or dessert and a chair or blanket and enjoy a summer evening at one of Sutton's most historic locations. The School House will be open for tours. The Eight Lots School is a one-room school house built before 1773 on land that was deeded to the Town in 1799. It is believed to be one of the oldest oneroom school houses in the United States still standing on its original foundation. The school serviced children of the Eight Lots region, so named for the eight 40-acre tracts of land apportioned to original settlers. The

Annual Meeting at Historic Northbridge Town Hall UniBank, the largest Mutual Community Bank headquartered in Central Massachusetts, recently announced that they held their Annual Meeting in the historic Northbridge Town Hall, as part of their 150 + 2 year anniversary. Adam Gaudette, Northbridge Town Manager said, “UniBank is the pillar of community excellence in town for serving our population with their financial needs and their on-going charitable support of many non-profit organizations in town, year after year. It was a pleasure for the Town to host Chairman Wickstrom, Michael Welch (UniBank CEO), Chris Foley (UniBank President) and their dedicated team on their milestone anniversary.” Michael Welch, CEO of UniBank, stated, “Since the pandemic delayed our celebration two years ago, we decided to hold our 150 +2 Anniversary - Annual Meeting in the Northbridge Town Hall. We like to think that while the leaders of Northbridge were laying the groundwork for the towns’ growth in this hallowed hall, we took the baton 152 years later and pledged to commit to the same core values of growth and prosperity for the community established in 1870 for the next 152 years and beyond.” Tim Wickstrom, Chairman of UniBank, said,” As a 4th generation Whitinsville native, it was a great honor to have the UniBank Annual Meeting in one of the most historic buildings in town, financed by one of our Founders, John Whitin. It is our privilege and duty to serve the commu-

nity and it was a great venue to communicate our servitude.” UniBank is rooted in the Blackstone Valley with assets over $2 billion as of March 31, 2022. A full-service, mutually owned community bank, UniBank has branches in Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. UniBank is an Official Founding Partner of the Worcester Red Sox. UniBank is dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves, while maintaining a high level of financial soundness and integrity. UniBank is an Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC and Member DIF. UniBank NMLS #583135. The company website is

eight Lots School House 54 eight Lots Road, Sutton families that settled and farmed this land were some of the more famous Sutton forefathers. The school house functioned until 1896. It reopened again in 1911 until its final closing in

1918. In 1990, the Eight Lots School Association deeded the school house to the Sutton Historical Society to be responsible for its preservation and maintenance. In 2015, the Historical Society completed a three-year extensive restoration of the school house. The school house contains artifacts and displays that are original or related to the era when the school was used. The school house is open to the public at various times during special town events. Visit our website or reach out to with any questions. Membership in the Society is open year-round and membership forms can be found on the website.

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AUgUST 2022

Uxbridge Free Public Library offers Summer Programs & Activities It’s never too late to sign up for summer reading — visit uxbridgelibrary. or download the Beanstack app to register and then keep logging your books through August 25. There are weekly raffles for children, teens, and adults. Read 4 books or magazines this summer, and you’ll be entered to win our grand prize: a $50 L.L. Bean Gift Card for adults and Wise Owl camping hammocks for children and teens. Kids can participate in our weekly scavenger hunt in the Children’s Room and earn fun prizes. Whether you’re hiking, birdwatching, or beachcombing, a world of adventures await you this summer — join us and Read Beyond the Path! SUMMER READING FINALE CELEBRATION WITH PANNEUBEAN STEEL On Monday, August 22 at 7 pm, we will be celebrating the end of our summer



reading program with an evening performance from PanNeubean Steel. PanNeubean Steel, a Steelpan lead Caribbean band that specializes in showcasing the beautiful sounds of the Islands, performs a soulful blend of Reggae, Soca, and Calypso. This program will be held outside on the Library’s Back Lawn, so make sure to bring a lawn chair! Brought to you by the Board of Library Trustees. KINDNESS ROCKS! WITH STEPHEN MANDILE Uxbridge resident Stephen Mandile is known for his efforts to combat bullying and promote kindness and positivity in our community. He has a passion for teaching how far kindness can take us. Join Stephen for a storytime program and to paint Kindness Rocks with other kids. Best for kids age 8+. Registration is required.

READ AROUND UXBRIDGE Our Read Around Uxbridge Series, a collaboration with the Uxbridge Public Schools and Beginning Bridges CFCE, continues with a visit to the Uxbridge Police Station on August 2 at 10am and a visit to the Uxbridge Community Gardens on August 16 at 10am. At the Police Station, we’ll read a policethemed story and then take a tour to learn more about the Police Department. At the Community Gardens adjacent to the soccer fields Sutton St., we’ll read a story, learn about organic gardening, and explore the Community Gardens. Registration is required. ADULT PROGRAMS GENTLE FLOW YOGA Register Now! Mondays, August 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 7pm and Thursday, September 1 at 7 am MINDFULNESS MEDITATION Thursdays, August 11 and 18 at 6 pm

PopUp Library at the Senior Center August 4 and 18 at 11:30am CARDMAKING HANDS-ON WORKSHOP August 11 at 6:15 pm BOOK-A-LIBRARIAN Need help downloading e-books and using other library digital resources? Contact the library to book a 30-minute appointment with a librarian for handson tech assistance. Wednesdays from 2:30 pm - 4 pm. JOIN A BOOK CLUB: Uxbridge Senior Center Book Club The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, August 9 at 1 pm Historical Fiction Book Club - The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles, August 16 at 3:30pm Bookies Book Club - August 29 at 6:30pm YOUTh & TEEN PROGRAMS READ AROUND UXBRIDGE



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At the Police Station (all ages) - August 2 at 10 am Register now! Read Around Uxbridge at the Community Gardens (all ages) - August 16 at 10 am TEEN BOOK-IN-A-BAG (ages 13+) - Pick up your book-in-abag between August 1-15 LITTLE LOTUS YOGA (ages 6+) - Mondays, August 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 4 pm BUILD A GNOMES HOUSE (ages 8+) - August 10 at 3:30 pm MUSIC AND MOVEMENT WITH DEB HUDGINS (all ages) - August 11 and 25 at 11 am TEEN MUSICAL TRIVIA WITH WISE GUY TRIVIA August 15 at 6 pm VIRTUAL FORTNITE TOURNAMENT August 18 at 6 pm MEET THE AUTHOR: How to Bake a Universe with Alec Carvlin - August 22 at 3 pm HOW TO MOLD YOUR DRAGON (ages 8+) - August 24th at 3:30 pm MAKING N’ BAKING VIRTUAL MUG MEAL (ages 8+) - August 25 at 6 pm BABY STORYTIME (0-2 years) - Mondays at 11 am TODDLER/PRESCHOOL STORYTIME (2-3 years) - Wednesdays at 11am NOTE: Storytimes registration required DROP-IN PROGRAMS: CRAFTY WEDNESDAYS Wednesday mornings and afternoons LEGO CLUB - Tuesdays at 4 pm LIBRARY LAWN GAMES Fridays from 11 am-1 pm TEEN GAME NIGHT August 11 at 6 pm Please visit the Library’s website at or call us at 508278-8624 to inquire about our upcoming programs or to register to attend! Many of our programs are supported by the Uxbridge Board of Library Trustees and the Friends of the Uxbridge Free Public Library. Unless otherwise noted, programs take place at the Uxbridge Free Public Library located at 15 North Main St., Uxbridge, MA 01569.

Free Summer Concert Series begins Grab your most comfortable lawn chair, your favorite peeps and your dancing shoes and join us out on the Dennis H. Rice Community Plaza, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville for the 13th Annual Free Summer Concert Series! Every Thursday night now through September 1st from 6:00 8:00 p.m. In the event of inclement weather the concerts move indoors to the Singh Performance Center in the same Mill Complex. On a Roll food truck will be taking orders on site and delivering your food to you. So come hungry and don't forget your wallet!

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Beginning Bridges offer free events to local children

University of Maine Spring 2022 Dean's List

Beginning Bridges CFCE‘s vision is that children, youth and families reach their full potential now and in the future. Our mission is to work with families and community partners to create the conditions for children, youth and families to thrive socially, academically and economically. 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). Beginning Bridges CFCE has funding for the towns of Mendon, Northbridge, Upton & Uxbridge. Currently, our FREE comprehensive services include weekly indoor and outdoor parent/child playgroups. We also offer parent education programs, the Ages & Stages Developmental Questionnaire and can connect families to community resources. Registration is required for all upcoming events. Links can be accessed on our website or contact Emily Murray at 508-278-5110 or Emurray@ Please check our website and Facebook page for our summer program and read around town events in Uxbridge, Northbridge and Mendon in our Summer 2022 Newsletter. SPECIAL DATES: 8/18, 8/25, 9/1, Parent Child Playtimes, 9:00 to 10:45 am, at the Uxbridge Playcenter, 9 North Main Street, Uxbridge, MA, lower left office. Tuesdays, 08/02 & 09/06, Music and Movement with Deb Hudgins, 10:30 to 11:00 am at Upton Town Library, 2 Main Street, Upton Wednesdays, 08/10/22 & 09/21, Music and Movement with Deb Hudgins, 10:30 to 11:00am at Whitinsville Social Library, 17 Church Street, Whitinsville

The University of Maine recognized 2,951 students for achieving Dean’s List honors in the spring 2022 semester. Of the students who made the Dean’s List, 1,938 are from Maine, 955 are from 41 other states and 58 are from 30 countries other than the U.S. To be eligible for the Full-time Dean’s List, a student must have completed 12 or more calculable credits in the semester and have earned a 3.50 or higher semester GPA. Students who have parttime status during both the fall and spring semesters of a given academic year are eligible for Parttime Dean’s List. They must have completed 12 or more calculable credits over both terms and have earned a combined GPA in those terms of 3.50 or higher. Worcester County Blackstone: Evan Hollander, Dom Mezzadri Hopedale: Morgan Foley, Alexandra Sousa Mendon: Abby Adams, Paige Allen, Ellen Dixon Millville: Patrick Fitzgerald, Hayley Vecchione North Grafton: Tyler Nielsen Northborough: Isabella Montuori, Emily Stockman Northbridge: Peter Dupuis, Chloe Lamont Sutton: Meghan Andrade, Hayden Page, Rose Thayer Upton: Julia Gustavesen, Katie Luck, Becca Rinoldo Uxbridge: Dylan King Whitinsville Mina Helinski For more information about the university visit and

Tuesday, 08/23/22, Countdown to Kindergarten, 6:00-7:00pm at Taft Early Learning Center, 16 Granite Street, Uxbridge, FREE event to welcome NEW Kindergarteners to Uxbridge Public Schools Thursday, 08/25/22, Kindergarten Celebration, 6:00-7:00pm at Northbridge Elementary School, 21 Crescent Street, Whitinsville, FREE event to welcome NEW Kindergarteners to Northbridge Public Schools Thursdays, 09/08, 11/03, Coffee and Conversations, 9:30 to 10:30 am at Taft Public Library, 29 North Ave in Mendon, join us for an

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Pout Pond Recreation Committee Thanks Volunteers & readies for Cardboard Regatta men Steve Mandile and his daughter, Abby, for cooking up burgers and dogs all day, keeping the crowd happy and well fed. Thank you to Sweetwise Ice Cream for all the delicious goodies. Thank you to Wicked West, a high energy rock band playing all the classics and more, for the fabulous entertainment and great music all afternoon. Thank you to the Uxbridge Cultural Council for sponsoring these local artists; their music was the perfect backdrop for families enjoying a day at the pond. Thank you to our beach attendants for putting in extra duty, and our volunteers who helped by policing the trails on both sides of the pond and stowing equipment after the event. Thank you to the Uxbridge Department of Public Works for raking our beach and mowing the field to prepare our site for this great celebration. We loved seeing seeing representatives from our community come out to support the Pond, including our State

The Pout Pond Recreation Committee would like to thank all of those from the Uxbridge community and beyond who came out to participate in the 2nd Annual Pout Pond Community Day on Saturday, July 16th. The weather was cooperative and we had another fantastic time for our second go around with this event. There are so many people we would like to thank for making this event such a success: Thank you to the Uxbridge Police Department for coming down with your four wheeler, motorcycle, cruiser and drone exhibition. Thank you to the Uxbridge Fire Department for bringing one of your engines down and for sharing a rope for our tug-of-war games. A big thanks to the members of both departments for volunteering time and participating in our field day games - so much fun! Thank you, Frazier Family, for sharing your volleyball equipment! Thank you to Mendon Street Kitchen/Uxbridge First Holiday Night and their volunteers, including Select-



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Straight Talk from the Candidates The Democratic Town Committees from Webster, Dudley, Oxford, Douglas and Southbridge will co-host the Democratic candidates for statewide office at a forum on Saturday, August 27th from 9-11 a.m. at the Gladys E. Kelly Public Library Community Room at 2 Lake Street in Webster. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open and a continental breakfast will be provided from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. when attendees can mingle with participating candidates. FMI call Tom Klebart, Webster Town Committee Chair, at 860-614-6135.

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Uxbridge resident to study neuroscience in Spain Kieler Langemo, Uxbridge resident and undergraduate student at the University of Connecticut, was approved by UConn’s Experiential Global Learning department to study neuroscience abroad in Salamanca, Spain. The program, lasting from late May through June, is a joint partnership between the University of Connecticut’s School of Medicine and the University of Salamanca’s Institute of Neuroscience of Castilla y Leon. According to the program’s website, the courses offered introduce students to the field of neuroscience at an international level. “Science is increasingly a global endeavor that requires collaborations between researchers in different universities, countries, and continents. This program will broaden the scope of the science students by exposing them to a research environment in Spain.” Studying in Salamanca exposed Kieler to a unique post-pandemic cul-

tural immersion and allowed him to engage in courses that align with his academic ambitions. According to his program application, “the field of education has prevailed as my most promising career path that combines elements of both my majors—it combines the public policy and administrative leadership that underlies political science, and the psychological and neurobiological understanding of information processing that underlies cognitive science.” Aside from academic pursuits, Kieler defined the program as an opportunity to learn more about other people and their cultures. Kieler’s selection to participate in this program was made possible by UConn Health and the UConn Department of Cognitive Science. Students accepted to the program were required to complete a comprehensive application as well as meet specific program requirements: satisfy a minimum GPA of 3.0 and meet the prerequisites for the neuroscience course in which they wish to enroll. Kieler’s trip was graciously sponsored by Experiential Global Learning’s Global Citizenship Award, scholarship from the Foundation to Be Named Laters Peter Gammons Scholar program, and private donations from friends, family, and community members. Kieler will continue his education this fall as a third-year undergraduate student at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. He intends to graduate with a double major in Political Science and Cognitive Science, and minors in Anthropology and Digital Marketing & Analytics. For more information on Kieler’s individual efforts and achievements, visit

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~Society ~ Quilters wrap Ukraine with love Under the leadership and with the encouragement of local quilter Guild Member Sherri Noel the members of the Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild are joining with of Utah in donating quilts to the Wrap Ukraine in Quilts program. Guild members have donated thirty-eight quilts from their own collection to add to the twenty-eight quilts being donated from the Comfort Committee of the guild. A total of sixty-eight quilts will be sent to Utah to Gina Halladay and Beth Hawkins of Hellocottons. From Utah the quilts will be joined with quilts from all over the United States and sent by chartered cargo plane to Poland. The women from Hellocottons have established contacts in Poland and the Ukraine to distribute the quilts. So far, over six thousand quilts have been sent over by Hellocottons to their contacts for distribution. Each quilt donated from Thimble Pleasures members is labeled with the name the guild and many also have the name of the quilter who donated the quilt. The quilts will also have a QR code attached to them that may be scanned by the recipient which will allow a message to be sent to the guild quilt donor that their quilt has been received by a person in the Ukraine. It will also allow the recipient to send a note of thanks to the donor. Sherri Noel has also invited quilters from the Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild and other quilters to participate in a Quilt Along Program with her own design of the Love and Peace quilt (pictured above) which she completed in the Ukrainian colors of yellow and blue. This QAL raised $3,464 which will be donated to UNICEF. Sherri’s completed quilt will be sent to Poland to be auctioned off to raise money for Ukrainian relief efforts. Details of this program can be seen at Sherri's web site The members of the Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild are honored to be invited to participate in this effort to bring comfort to those still in the Ukraine suffering through this attack and to those Ukrainians who are refugees throughout Eastern Europe. This endeavor was dedicated to the memory of Guild Member Marty Fletcher who recently passed away and who spear-headed many charity guild programs. Assisting in this quilt collection were Guild Members Patti Trachimowicz, Linda Bixby, Jane Wilson and of course, Sherri Noel.

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Music at the Farm Concerts continue August 14th The 2022 season of Music at the Farm indoor concerts continues August 14th at 2 p.m. presenting guitarist and composer Victor Main. He will perform Prelude, Fugue & Allegro of J.S. Bach, Venezualen Waltzes by Lauro, Op.9 Variations on a Theme of Mozart by Sor, ChoroI and Mazurka Choro by Villa Lobos, 5 Bagatelles by Walton and Main’s own Perseus. Tickets are $30. Call for reservation 401-567-0354. From 1p.m. the audience is welcome to visit the farm animals and walk the farm trails at this 1700's homestead farm and nature preserve and weather permitting bring a picnic lunch to enjoy outside prior to the concert. Grace Note Farm is located at 969

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senior corner Fun events planned for Uxbridge Seniors The Uxbridge Senior Center is located at 36 South Main Street in Uxbridge. The following is a list of upcoming events. VETERANS SERVICES Thursday, August 4th – 10:30 am-11:30 am Veterans’ Services with Carl Bradshaw by appointment only. Call 508-278-8622 to sign up. POP UP LIBRARY Thursdays, August 4th & 18th – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – “PopUp Library”. Books will be on display to check out, library card signups, book hold pick-ups, etc. This program being offered by the Uxbridge Free Public Library. LUNCH & LEARN Friday, August 5th – 12:00 pm Lunch & Learn with Chief Montminy His guest speaker will be Lisa Sternbane from Hannaford Supermarket and she will talk about scams they see. Call ahead to reserve your lunch. BOOK CLUB Tuesday, August 9th – 1:00 pm – Uxbridge Library Book Club. Reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. All are welcome to join us for lunch on this day. Please remember to RSVP. Tuesday, August 9th – 1:00 pm – Benefit Enrollment Specialist – Tri-Valley, Inc. Call the senior center to book an appointment with Katelynn Wackell. Next date will be Sept. 13th. CANASTA KICK OFF Wednesday, August 10th– 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Kick off date for “Canasta” Hand, Knee & Foot Card Game! This will be played every Wednesday afternoon with Phyllis Dunn and Betsy Edsall. Please call ahead to sign up and also let us know if you will be joining us for lunch. PLANTER CRAFT Thursday, August 11th – 1:30 pm – Planter Craft with Sally! Cost is $7.00 per person. Please call ahead or stop in to sign up! WATER COLOR PAINTING Monday, August 15th, 22nd & 29th – 1:30 pm – Water Color Painting with Susan Franz. Please call ahead to sign up and let us know if you will be joining us for lunch. DR. BIANCAMANO Thursday, August 18th – 8:30 am – Podiatrist Dr. Biancamano will be available for appointments. Please call ahead to book yours. Friday, August 19th – Ice-cream Social during lunch! Thank you to Hannaford Supermarket for sponsoring this event! Be sure to sign up early for lunch and enjoy a Sundae for dessert! ASK THE ATTORNEY Monday, August 22nd - 1:30 pm – “Ask the Attorney” with Attorney Ralph Tepper by appointment only. Please Call 508-278-8622 to schedule your appointment at the Uxbridge Senior center. SHINE Tuesday, August 23rd – 9:00 am – SHINE Appointments available for health insurance questions with Pat Nectow. Please call 508-2788622 to schedule. ASK THE NURSE Tuesday, August 23rd – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Ask the Nurse Free Blood Pressure Clinic with Celeste Kopech, Salmon Health VNA. RSVP to participate and to join us for lunch. TRIP TO THE MOVIES Wednesday, August 24th – Movie Trip to Blackstone Valley 14 Cinema De Lux with lunch at Wendy’s. Senior movie ticket price: $7.75 and popcorn & soda $4.50 – Movie & Time TBA and space on van is limited. POUT POND Tuesday, August 30th – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm - Pout Pond Lunch Outing! We will be playing BINGO with Sally! Van rides are available or you can also meet us there! Call ahead to RSVP. Card Game played on Monday and BINGO on Wednesday during our congregate lunches. DONATIONS NEEDED The senior center is in need of the following donations: Newly packaged napkins, paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, ground regular & decaf coffee. We thank you for your support! SHOPPING TRIP Hannaford grocery shopping every Tuesday. Pick up begins at 8:30 AM. Sign up by calling 508-278-8622 to reserve your seat.

KNITTING CLUB Knitting Club every Tuesday @ 1:30 pm – Come join the fun! WALKING CLUB Every Wednesday @ *9:00 am – Sally’s Walking Club. This is weather permitting. Meeting spot is the Blackstone Valley Greenway located on Adams Street in S. Uxbridge. This is incorporated with The Walk Mass Challenge! *No Walking Club on August 24th. BANK & PHARMACY RIDES 1st and 3rd Wednesday – August 3rd & 17th @ 10:00 am – Bank & Pharmacy Rides. Please call at least 24 hours in advance. FOPPEMA’S FARM STAND 1st and 3rd Thursdays: August 4th & 18th – 8:30 am - Foppema’s Farm Stand Shopping Trips. Call at least 24 hours in advance.

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AUgUST 2022

Plummer Place announces August Events Soter supports legislation to Plummer Place: Home of the Northbridge Senior Center has released the following upcoming events. The center can be reached at 508-234-2002. Open Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Veterans' Services Rep. Carl Bradshaw will be at Plummer Place the second Tuesday of every month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. beginning August 9th. Exercise Classes at Plummer Place: Mondays: Chair Exercise/Drumming @ 9:30 a.m. and Tai Chi @ 11:00 a.m., Tuesdays: Strength Class at 1:00 p.m. Wednesdays: Low Impact Aerobics @ 10:00 and Tap @ 2:30 p.m., Thursdays: Joy of Movement @ 10:00 a.m. and Chair Yoga @ 11:15 a.m., Fridays: Stretch & Strengthen @ 9:30 a.m. “Take a Hike” will meet August 9th at Upton State Forest and August 23rd at

SNETT-South Street Douglas. Call Jeanne for more information. Scrabble meets Monday, August 8th and August 22nd at 10:00 a.m. Call Jeanne for more information. Get your hair done at Plummer Place. Licensed hair stylist, Darlene Santoro is offering men’s and women’s haircuts, men’s beard trimming, and waxing of eyebrows, lip or chin. Darlene also offers home hair care for those who cannot get out. Please call the Center to book your next appointment on August 18th from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Senator Moore Office Hour: Wednesday, August 10th @ 9:30 a.m. Book Club will meet Wednesday, August 17th @ 10:30 a.m. Call Michelle to find out what book we are reading. Women’s Discussion Group and Coffee Hour, Wednesday afternoons from

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1-2:00 pm. August dates are the 10th and the 24th. Come hang out with friends and meet new ones in this informal discussion group, topics unknown! Call Amy to sign up or for more information. Salmon VNA Blood Pressure Clinic, Tuesday August 9th 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pitch League is starting in September. If you are interested in joining this new league at Plummer Place, call Michelle to be put on the list. They will be playing Mondays from 9-11:00 a.m. Meet the Author: Mark DerMugrditchian at Plummer Place, Thursday, August 11th @ 12:45 p.m. Mark is a local author of the book “4 Strokes West” and he will discuss the story of his trip cross-country from MA to CA on his motorcycle. Light refreshments will be served, call the Center to reserve a spot. AARP Smart Driver Course: August 18th and 19th 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Plummer Place with instructor Phyllis Masso. Learn proven safety strategies to help keep you safe while on the road. After taking the course, you may even be eligible for a discount on your car insurance! (consult your auto insurance agent for details). The classroom course is $20 for AARP members and $25 for non-members. Space is limited, register now by calling Michelle at 508-234-2002. Please note you must attend both days.


empower patients with options State Representative Michael Soter (R-Bellingham) recently voted to support legislation that will give patients more of a say in pursuing a specific course of medical treatment recommended by their doctor rather than by their insurance company. House Bill 4929, An Act relative to step therapy and patient safety, was recently engrossed by the House of Representatives on a vote of 153-0. Representative Soter said House Bill 4929 will protect consumers from an insurance practice known as step therapy, or “fail first”, which mandates that a patient must first try one or more preferred treatments dictated by an insurance company before they can be covered for a specific treatment recommended by a clinician. Although the bill does not ban step therapy, it calls for greater transparency by providing patients with the ability to request an exemption and the right to a speedy appeals process. The House bill outlines four specific circumstances under which a patient appeal can be triggered, including instances where: the required treatment will harm the patient; the required treatment is expected to be ineffective; the patient previously tried the required treatment, or a similar treatment, and it proved to be ineffective or harmed the patient; or the patient is stable on a current treatment

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Northbridge Middle School announces Honor Roll Students GRADE 6 HIGH HONORS Alden, Taylor Baltramaitis, Bella Barnatt, Chloe Bensellam, Heba Bolduc, Kayla Bresnahan, Samantha Calles, Jessica Desousa, Tyler Domenech, Aria Flauto, Emily Gerardi, Jacob Gerardi, Landon Haberski, Jessica Kaske, Lyla Kosciak, Arabella Lavallee, Anna Leeds, Ryan Leonard, Molly Nowak, Madelynn Paulhus, Shane Pollock, Olivia Riche, Avery Roadman, Marissa Sami, Zainab Schneider, Avery Schneider, Gabriel Siemaszko, Audrey Smith, Madison Stanley, Isabelle Strazzulla, Ava Szerlag, Kaitlyn Touhey, Keelyn

Waterson, Amanda GRADE 7 HIGH HONORS Billmyer, Emily Blanding Emily Boucher, Lincoln Briggs, Kayla Cammarano, Brooke Cammarano, Jacqueline Carpenter, Liliana Corman, Samuel DeLuca, Katelyn Donahue, John Farrer, Killian Ferri, Timothy Gallerani, Leah Keane, Kellen Kelly, Emily Koopman, Chloe Kramer, Dawson Lundquist, Bryce Mandelenakis, Ava Medina, Olivia Minutolo, Hannah Papa, Ashley Paradis, Nicolette Potter, Michael Proto, Lily Richards, Elsa Rith, Zahra Rogozenski, Bryce Saad, Isabella Stanick, Olivia Stanick, Parker

Sullivan, Cassandra Tubbs, Elizabeth Vakoc, Kaylee Wooster, Ellery Wright, Keenan GRADE 8 HIGH HONORS Balon, Isabelle Beaupre, Maija Bolduc Jr., Jason Chrabaszcz, Danielle Cullen, Hailie D’Alfonso, Antonio Dos Santos, Elizabeth Dziekiewicz, Reed Fasold, Natalie Gibson, Landon Grazulis, Kylie Gromelski, Autumn Harris, Olivia Hastings, Sonja Hilditch, Stacia Holcomb, Aedan Kotwica, Nadia Kreuzinger, Isabella Leonard, Kathleen Manning, Ellory Mastroianni, Sienna Naughton, Aidan Oosterman, Emma Patel, Vidhi Pollock, Owen Polymeros, Emersen Riche, Brendan

Rivelli, Benjamin Roadman, Trevor Ruzzo, Ryan Sadik, Allegra Schofer, Elly Smith, Sofia Szerlag, Kayleigh Tevepaugh, Kallie Wooster, Adalynn GRADE 6 HONOR ROLL Absamis, Ereeny Alicandro-Kinney, Grace Almeida, Destiniee Arakelyan, Gohar Arias, Ella Arsenault, Kirra Austin, Quin Barksdale, Camryn Blanchard, Arielle Cael, Juliana Caira, Olivia Conway, Taryn Dabelstein, Coen DeOrsey, Shane Direnzo, Brady Doble, Gage Drapeau, Melody Dunn, Kallie Fontaine, Violette Furtado, Calleigh Gelinas, Alexis Goncalves, Taylla Graceffa, Cailey


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BVT Third Trimester Commendation List Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School (BVT) has released the SuperintendentDirector’s Commendation List for the third trimester of the 2021–2022 school year. Students must meet rigorous standards to be named to the Commendation List, such as maintaining a grade point average of 88 percent or above in each technical, related, and academic course for the trimester. To view the complete list, visit www.valleytech. The following students, grouped by

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Northbridge Vanessa Calles, Drafting & Design Technology; Jackson Doan, Drafting & Design Technology; Jenna Dolber, Multimedia Communications; Riley Driver, Electrical; Sam Grilli, Drafting & Design Technology; Nicholas Vaughan, Electronics & Engineering Technology; and Emily Wildfeuer, Drafting & Design Technology. Sutton Samuel Judson, Drafting & Design Technology; Haley Kirouac, Engineering & Robotics; Colin Medeiros, Electronics & Engineering Technology; and Evan Thebearge, Electronics & Engineering Technology. Uxbridge Mackenzie Barnicle, Culinary Arts; Isabel Cahill, Multimedia Communications; Isabella Gannon, Advanced Manufacturing & Fabrication; and Maxwell Guyton, Engineering & Robotics. SOPHOMORES (Class of 2024) Douglas Laney Beahn, Engineering & Robotics; Jack Dooner, Electronics & Engineering Technology; Jonah Rosenkrantz, Advanced Manufacturing & Fabrication; Tyler Stevens, Information Technology; Sorcha Twohig-Mann, Health Services; Chloe Vescio, Engineering & Robotics. Millville Trey Kovolyan, Electronics & Engine-


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AUgUST 2022

Our Lady of the Valley posts Honor Roll HIGH HONORS GRADE 8 Emma Hurley Veronica Jordan Abigail Kay Caitlin Kelly Isabella McLaughlin Gisel Morrissette Karley Petion Sophie Rivard Anthony Santangelo Eabha Twohig GRADE 7 Troy Hafers Allison Horrigan Natalie Johnson Sylvia Lemire Diana Pacheco Elena Pacheco GRADE 6 Rebecca Daly Savannah Hendricks Isabella Kay Julianna Kay Isabella Lima Addisyn McCrohan Cormac O’Neil Anna Pena Katelyn Siciliano GRADE 5 Mikayla Elhosri Dylan Gallagher Reese Hendricks Teddy Pino Gavin Pintarich Thomas Rosborough GRADE 4 Anthony Baldwin Cameron Berger Kathryn Britt Nolan Calnan Gavin Chapman Allison Creighton Ethan Cwiakala Zephaniah Fritz Andrew Gebarowski Emelia Tibbo Nathan Weed Emma Wickstrom HONORS GRADE 8 Isabel Bolender Kennedy McGrath Grady O’Neil GRADE 7 Nicholas Gebarowski Emmanuel Ramla Abigail Siciliano Cameron Vaidya Jacob Vaidya GRADE 6 Julia Colonero Ishani Patel Allie Patnode Lile Twohig Lily Wickstrom GRADE 5 Isabella Bardon Madeline Hurley Emily Johnson Laura Jordao Leo Pino Eleanor Susienka GRADE 4 Matthew Auger Charlee Bellefeuille Peter Colonero William Horrigan Aimee Talbot Brennan Tatro Molly Till Veronica Zereski

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Honor Students named at Douglas High School Brianna Taft Jacob Triber Haleigh Wagner Krista West Nicholas Winchell

GRADE 12 HIGHEST HONORS Lindsey Bartolucci Morgan Berthiaume Kaylee Bolin Savanna Brito Brendan Calkins Zophia Cherrier Abigail Damasio Miranda DeGaetano Anthony DeMeo Gavin Francisco Kyle Gaskill Thomas George Bryan Grady Mackenzie Gray Jillian Harper Matthew Landry Eva Llopiz Aleigha Martinsen Kayla Melvin Olivia Muscatell Samantha Novinger Katheryn Peloquin Lauren Phelps Isabelle Rindone Kailey Salera Reece Slowik Arianna Souphida

HIGH HONORS Drew Ghiorse Stephanie McGloin Victoria Slowik Paul Smith Andrew Tretheway Trevor Wiles HONORS Owen Diotte Korinne Heintz Natalie Houle GRADE 11 HIGHEST HONORS Chloe-Jo Bassim Griffin Berard Ryan Bonin Ciara Brule Mackenzie Catlin Essined Colon Renee Dansereau Felipe DeOliveira Sena

Shaylyn Emanuel Jenna Fontaine Elise Forget Ne’Kayla Gilbert Nicole Guthenberg Therese Hennedy Emma Hutnak Evin Kaye Luke Lightbown Salome Lopez Caicedo Samuel Lyford Antonio MacGregor Mia Mahan Veronica Martinez Paulino Rylee Mitchell Madison Mooney Celina Moore Meghan Moulder Michael O’Toole Izabella Oum Hanna Purvis Caroline Ramsdell Ariana Sacco Brianna Taylor Matthew Trychon Kate Wall Stephanie Williams Lily Zygmuntowicz

GRADE 10 HIGHEST HONORS Ashley Arnold Amanda Audette Darius Buivydas Linas Buivydas Isabella Calkins Christopher Dame Olivia DeLuca Matthew Doyle Kaytlin Forget Taylin Fragala Noah Gaskill Hadley Gavan William George Isaac Gosselin Owen Gray Oxbow Grier Gavin Gualtieri Emilee Hamelin Emma Hennessy Andrew Hogan William Hogan Colton Howard Samantha Loy Taylor Lundquist Louis Makela Zechariah March Chloe McDonald

Julia Oskirko Erika Our Haileigh Recore Gabrielle Rivard Shanti Rivera Colin Squier Molly Stinchfield Trevor Thomas Emily Torres Flores Ethan Vassar Alexander Wheeler Cecelia White HIGH HONORS Charis Bell Gavin Delgado Jaxon Kaczor Jace Rose Dominic Rossi Evan Wheeler HONORS Rylee Bennett Marcus O’Brien GRADE 9 HIGHEST HONORS Fani Angelidaki Julia Argall

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Whitin Intermediate announces Honor Roll GRADE 7 HIGH HONORS Ammar Alomar, Bradley Anderson, Iain Andrews, Connor Antobenedetto, Nicholas Arruda, Hadassah Calixto, Isabela Chapman, Skylar Daniels, Miranda El Turkmani, Lindsay Genoa, Mallorie Hallfelder, Jordan Hilgenberg, Samantha Huth, Emrie Kling, Madsion Labonte, Dominic Mastroianni, Braelyn Matheson, Kaia Mollica, Mia Ouellette, Nicolis Polselli, Hannah Samolinski, Noah Samolinski, Rachel Scott, Maddilyn Silva, Sarah Stark, William Stark, Gabriel Stone GRADE 6 HIGH HONORS Taylor Anderson, Kaylee Arsenault, Sophia Bombard, Evan Bourgeois, Elyse Bousquet, Kendra Cabana, Ecstacy Calderon, Matteo Casasanta, Jaidyn Deluca, Tucker Denieotolis, Jacob Dzivasen, Ryan E. Fitzgerald, Logan Fleming Paige Foley, Margaret Fox, Violet Fratus, Casey Griffiths, Emma Harney, Lola Hawkins, Everett Hazel, Ashton Khondker, Jessica Labonte, Bronwyn LaChapelle, Katelyn

Laflamme, Logan Leshinski, Abigayle Livingstone, Ryder Lovell, Clayton Maracle, Olivia Mazzola, Cooper McCuin, Carly McKay, Thomas Newhall, Nadia Nolan, Elijah Norman, Shea Paxton, Zooey Pominville, Jack Posterro, Olivia Rivet, Gabriel Rodrigues, James Sadd, Emmett Sharr, Kimora Smith, Mason Soucy, Abigail Spiecker, Adeline Tartakoff, Avery Wood, David Zaitoun GRADE 7 HONORS Aaron Alves-Thomas, Clarah Avery-Boyer, Aubrey Beland, Gabriela Belanger, Ava Cahill, Susana Casper, Alex Channing, Dolan Comforti, Ashton David, Joao Pedro de Souza Rodgrigues, Dylan Demers, Parker Dery, George Eissa, Ava Fenner, Daniel Ferreira, Alyssa Friis, Savhannah Gassett, Olivia Gauthier, Nathan Goryl, Cameron Gray, Brian Guertin, Yasmin Higa, William Hinchcliffe, Elaina Horgan, Lucas Jastremski, Brooklyn Kaferlein, Julie Lafontaine, Logan Lalakidis, Joshua Lavergne, Charlotte Lewis, Sydney Loiselle, Benjamin O’Neill, Nathan

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Uxbridge Senior Center Golf Outing Sweet Sixteen The 16th Annual Uxbridge Senior Center Golf Outing, sponsored by the Uxbridge Elderly Connection, features what is now clearly one of the best nine holes at one of the top golf courses in Massachusetts. On Monday, September 19th, the Sweet 16 Golf Outing will be held at Whitinsville Golf Club in Whitinsville, starting at noon with a Shotgun Start. The annual fundraiser benefits the programs and activities of the Uxbridge Senior Center. Teams of four may sign up to play for $100 per golfer for nine holes including cart and buffet supper. Golfers may contact Russ Rosborough at 508-579-5983 or Karen Beane at 508-769-3816. A full sponsor may be purchased for $600 which includes fees for four golfers, carts and supper, plus tee sign with additional acknowledgement in press and print matter. Special events at the golf outing include two closest to the pin prizes, longest drive, team prizes, individual prizes and more. The number of teams is limited to fourteen on September 19, so golfers should be sure to sign up early. Non-golfers may join in the fun for $30 for buffet only served at approximately 3:30 p.m. Since its first year, local businesses and community members have supported the event by purchasing a tee sign, making donations, or providing a gift basket or gift item. Silent and live auction items have provided a fun addition. In spite of the difficult presented by the past two years, that support has not diminished. Tee signs, provided by Yyz Signs of Mendon, go for $100 and are a mainstay of this important fundraiser. Forms for golfers and donors can be obtained at the Uxbridge Senior Center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. if interested and not already on the mailing list. Or contact Catherine Thornton at or Phyllis Dunn at regarding tee signs, gifts or donations. Checks may be mailed to Uxbridge Elderly Connection, Inc, P.O. Box 215, Uxbridge, MA 01569. The staff of the Uxbridge Senior Center, under the leadership of Director Lisa Bernard, is an integral part of this fundraising effort dealing with much of the behind-thescenes responsibilities and nice touches enjoyed at the event. The Uxbridge Elderly Connection, Inc. is a non-profit 501 c 3 organization and donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Board of Directors includes Russ Rosborough, President; Phyllis Dunn, Vice President; Cathy Thornton, Secretary; Marianne Shanley, Treasurers; Donna Oncay, Karen Sherlock, Karen Beane, and Sharon Emerick. Its mission is to support the Uxbridge Senior Center and to help fulfill some its needs such as education, nutrition, medical transportation and socialization, not provided for by its municipal budget.

Sour Grapes: comic www.sourgrapes Tim Jones will be a guest Artist at Troy City Comic Con at the Liberal Club, Fall River, MA on August 27th.

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Trapasso named to VT Dean's List Vanessa S. Trapasso, a Senior majoring in AE in the College of Engineering from Whitinsville is among the Virginia Tech students named to the Dean's List for the Spring 2022 semester. A complete list of students on the Dean's List from your area can be found online on the Virginia Tech News website. To qualify for the Dean's List, students must complete at least 12 credit hours graded on the A-F option and earn a 3.4 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) during the semester.

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PAgE 24

AUgUST 2022