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Uxbridge Times “Your Hometown News” VoluME 22 • ISSuE 8

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Blanchard School to become housing Veterans & Low-Income will benefit By Constance Dwyer An exciting and historic event took place at the former Blanchard School in Uxbridge on Monday, July 15, when local, state and federal officials gathered to celebrate a new mission for the old school. It will become the Virginia Blanchard apartments for veterans and low to moderate income people under section 40B. Preference will be given to Uxbridge veterans. There will be 15 units which will be 3 bedrooms, one bedroom and 2 fully Handicapped accessible. Harry Romasco, President of the Uxbridge Housing Associates, is the one credited for coming up with the idea of housing for veterans and those with limited income. He was very proud to stand in front of the school which he and his wife, Sheryl, attended, along with his parents, Phyllis and Stanley Smyth, lifelong residents of Uxbridge and his in-laws. Stanley took the picture accompanying this story and is well known in town for his photographic skills. Harry emoted when he recalled having Virginia Blanchard as his teacher, as did so many of his family and friends. “I had a lot of passion for this school and what it means to our community in Uxbridge. I have long felt that we must not forget how Virginia Blanchard influenced us in our early years and how we needed to keep her memory alive. This is why the housing idea became my brainchild but I couldn’t have succeeded without so many others on my board at the Uxbridge Housing Associates supporting me, along with officials in local, state and federal governments.” The Uxbridge Housing Associates, its board consisting of 7 members from Uxbridge and 2 from Millville, manages the Crown & Eagle apartments in Uxbridge and Millville Heights. These two facilities provide a total of 80 apartments for low and moderate income seniors in Millville and Uxbridge. Although there are no residence limitations on applications, Harry believes that the priority given to veterans, both from Uxbridge and from surrounding towns, will quickly fill up the apartments. For example, currently there are wait lists with 28 people’s names, people who’ve been waiting for over a year. Romasco said the $9.5 million project couldn’t have been realized without some of the following officials present during the ceremony at Blanchard: Congressman James McGovern; Aaron Bornstein, Undersecretary of Massachusetts Dept. on Housing & Community Development; Sen. Richard Moore, Michael Potaski and Gerry Skeean, all of Uxbridge who also serves on the Uxbridge Housing Associates and Town Manager Sean Hendricks and Rep. Kevin Kuros. Harry further stated, “that our Town Manager, Sean Hendricks, along with Finance Director, David Genereaux, have been absolutely terrific during this process. continued on page 9


What’s New At The Zoo? Southwick’s Zoo located in Mendon is a great local family adventure. Katelyn Richer and pal Spaz (at right) are surrounded by her other friends that live at the zoo.

Photos by ALIVIA MussuLLI

Swiderski named V.P. of the Mass. Dental Society Edward Swiderski, DDS, a general dentist in Uxbridge, has been elected VicePresident of the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS). “I believe that my experiences at the local, state, and national levels have prepared me well for this leadership position at the Massachusetts Dental Society,” says Dr. Swiderski. “As Vice-President, I hope to make a difference in the profession to benefit my colleagues, as well as the patients we are privileged to serve.” A member of the MDS since 1980, Dr. Swiderski has previously served as the Worcester District Dental Society Trustee on the MDS Board of Trustees, as well as Chairman of that district. He has also served on the MDS Council on Government Affairs and Council on Membership.



He received his bachelor’s degree from Boston College and his dental degree from Georgetown University School of Dentistry. Dr. Swiderski maintains a private practice located at 26 Mendon Street in Uxbridge. He resides in Westborough with his wife Joanne. The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) is a 5,000-member professional association and statewide constituent of the American Dental Association. Established in 1864, the MDS is an organization dedicated to improving the oral health of the public in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and also advancing the professional development of its membership through initiatives in education, advocacy, and promotion of the highest professional standards.

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Letter to the editor

8th Annual Bake Sale for Boston Children’s Hospital

"Moore" money doesn't seem real To the Editor on June 20th, state Sen. Richard Moore tweeted, “after several hours of debate, the Senate has approved meaningful welfare reform for our commonwealth.” But almost a month ago, when the senator had the opportunity to vote on meaningful welfare reform, he voted no. To be more precise, on May 23, Mr. Moore voted against two amendments to next year’s state budget, both of

which garnered bipartisan support. one, number 637, would have required photo IDs on all EBT cards. The other, number 638, would have closed easily exploited loopholes in the eligibility requirements for public assistance. Why would elected officials vote against these reforms, which would have led to considerable savings for Bay State taxpayers? The answer is simple: It’s not their money. When politicians get elected for too long, they tend to forget the value

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of a dollar, especially taxpayer dollars. In this case, Mr. Moore preferred to vote against reforming EBT cards and welfare benefits instead of supporting it. Many of us by now have heard that the state auditor released a damaging report claiming that over 1,000 dead people were receiving welfare benefits. Do you think Mr. Moore would have voted differently if the taxpayer money was real to him? next time you see Mr. Moore, ask him how much “Moore money” taxpayers need to spend on EBT cards without photo IDs before he starts voting the right way.

Please join Heather DeMers, Annie Dubois and Kayleigh Kearnan on August 17th 2013 starting at 9:30 a.m. on the Uxbridge Town Common for our Annual Bake Sale benefiting Boston Children’s Hospital. These three teenage girls decided to start a bake sale to raise money for sick children in the summer of 2005. During that first sale they raised around $50 and each year since then have raised more than the previous year. During last year’s sale they raised over $2500 and are shooting for over $3000 this year. This is their first year holding the Bake Sale on the Town Common; therefore, they will be busy baking and

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Representative Kuros to hold Office Hours BoSTon – Representative Kevin J. Kuros (R-Uxbridge) will host office hours during the month of August at the following locations; Monday, August 12th, at the Uxbridge Town Hall at 5:30 PM. Monday, August 19th at the Millville Town Hall in the Veteran’s Room at 6:00 PM. Tuesday, August 20 at the Blackstone Municipal Center in the John Eldridge Room at 6:15 PM.  Tuesday, August 27th, at the Keough Administration Building in Bellingham, at 5:30 PM.  Constituents are encouraged to stop by at any point during the hour or may reserve a specific time if they wish by emailing Joe Zarrella at Joseph.  Those who cannot make the office hour may call 617-722-2460 to have issues addressed by the Representative. 

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Rotary Club Fun Run Road Race planned The Rotary Club of Uxbridge has announced plans for their annual Fun Run. Lining up your summer run schedule? The Rotary Fun Run is just a few weeks away! Please mark your calendar for Saturday, August 24th; what a great opportunity to enjoy yourself while supporting local charities. This year’s event will once again include a 4 Mile USATF Certified Course Road Race, a 2 Mile Walk, with registration and start line at the northbridge Middle School, Linwood Ave., Whitinsville, MA. Kid’s Races will be held at the northbridge Middle School Track. Timing for the Road Race will be provided by Central Mass Striders. Awards and Prizes will be given to first overall Division Winners. The Rotary Club would like to extend a sincere thank you to Unibank, who has agreed to sponsor the “Kid’s Races” again this year. Kid’s races will be broken down into three age groups from 3 – 5, 6 – 8 and 9 – 11. Registration time for the 4 Mile Road Race & 2 Mile walk is 8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Start time 10:00 a.m. Kids races will begin at 9:00 a.m. Entry fee is $25.00 for adults, $15 for students ages 12 - 18 and $5 for Kids ages 11 and under. Registrations received by 8/15/2013 will receive a Rotary Fun Run T-Shirt. Make checks payable to Rotary Club of Uxbridge and include: name & address, age, male/female, t-shirt size & email address. Mail in entries can be sent to Rotary Club of Uxbridge, P o Box 4, Whitinsville, MA 01588. All entry fees are non-refundable. For more information on the Fun Run or to register online, please visit our website at If you are not a runner, you can still participate as a race sponsor. Sponsors names will appear on the Fun Run T-



runners, walkers and kids participating in the festivities. Please join us as a runner, walker or as a spectator and show your support for this community fundraising event and morning of fun! Chartered in 1926, The Rotary Club of Uxbridge is a club that truly believes in “Service Above Self”. If you would like to learn more about Rotary and give some of your time to help your community, please join us for lunch at The Valley Cafe on Church Street in Whitinsville any Tuesday at noon or the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.

Shirts. Cost to sponsor the event is $100.00.  All proceeds from the Fun Run benefit Rotary Club charitable endeavors, including scholarships provided to students at Uxbridge, northbridge and Douglas High Schools and the Whitinsville Christian School. Free T-Shirts will be provided for all race participants who are registered by 8/15/2013. Food and water will be given out for all

the town Manager and board of selectmen are currently seeking volunteers for vacancies on the following committees:

Affordable Housing Committee Cable Advisory Committee Conservation Commission Parade Committee Planning Board Zoning Board of Appeals Interested candidates should download and submit a Talent Bank Form which can be found on the Uxbridge Town Website . You may also contact the office of the Town Manager at (508) 278-8600 ext. 2001 or stop by the Town Hall to obtain a form.

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Town News Uxbridge Community Gardens to host August Open House The Uxbridge Community Gardens will hold its first open House on Saturday morning, August 17th from 10 A.M. to noon at the Gardens on Sutton Street. Visitors are invited to tour the more than 80 garden plots and to enjoy the beauty of this townowned piece of land. Many gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and to point out the various things they are growing this year. Bring your questions about raising vegetables organically, managing the soil, selecting crops or other gardening issues, Just for fun, a scavenger hunt will challenge both young and old with a search for garden treasures. Join Kris Holt for a bee keeping demonstration to learn how a hive works and the important role that bees play in food production. Cook up a special 'Lasagna with Mary' by building a 'lasagna' garden bed. Mary Helfrich will guide you through this easy and effective soil technique. Since it all begins with seeds, seed saver Betsy Youngsma from the Uxbridge Public Library will be on hand to answer your questions about

saving your own seeds. Betsy will also have information available on her Seed Savers program at the library and some unusual sources for heirloom and organic seed. “our open House is an invitation to the whole community to share what has been accomplished on this special piece of land in just two seasons. We also want to say 'thank you' to the Uxbridge voters for getting behind the program,” said Barbara Hall, Chair of the Community Gardens. “Each time we send a bag of vegetables to the Food Pantry or watch the public school's Garden Club at work in their plot we know that the Community Gardens is fulfilling its mission of opportunity, inclusion, stewardship and education.” If you are interested in having a Community Garden in the future the open House is a perfect opportunity to talk to people who are involved in the program. Contact: for more information or visit the Community Gardens web page on the town web site at

Items needed Family & Friends CPR Course openings still exist for the American infant death syndrome (SIDS), and prefor Douglas Heart Association CPR for Family and vention of the most common fatal Friends course on Tuesday, August injuries in infants and children. Yard Sale The course is designed for all lay res20th. This class is led by certified The Douglas Historical Society will be receiving items for donation and sale at the Douglas octoberfest Yard Sale. Bring the items to the barn behind the E. n. Jenckes Store Museum between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m .on Saturday afternoons in August.  All accepted items will become the property of DHS.  At your request, we can document your gift for tax purposes. There will be more drop-off opportunities right up until the october 5th sale date.  Computers, TVs and electronic devices, or upholstered furniture WILL noT BE ACCEPTED.  Please call Chris Reed at 508-476-2183 if you have questions, or if you'd be able to help with the Yard Sale.

instructors and will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Physicians Conference Center at Milford Regional Medical Center, 14 Prospect Street, Milford. CPR for Family and Friends teaches rescuers skills in CPR and relief of choking (foreign-body airway obstruction). It presents information about the American Heart Association adult Chain of Survival and signs of heart attack, cardiac arrest, stroke and choking in adults. The course also presents information on the American Heart Association pediatric infant and child Chain of Survival, signs of choking in infants and children, how to reduce risk of sudden

Library offers Youth Art Class As part of the Summer Reading Program at the Whitinsville Social Library, the library will be offering a youth art class for ages 12 to 17, on Monday August 5th from 6:00 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. Local artist and teacher, Theresa Monteith, will instruct students on how to draw dragons and

beasts from real or imaginary, using colored paper with chalk pastels in gestural and textured techniques. This class is free and is sponsored by Unibank. Registration is required as seating is limited. Please stop by the library or call 508-245 2151 to reserve a seat. 

cuers, such as family members of patients at risk for sudden cardiac death and other laypersons who want to learn rescue skills for loved ones or others. It is not designed for those who need a CPR certification. The cost for this course is $30 and pre-registration is required. To register or for more information about this class, or other programs and classes offered by Milford Regional, visit the hospital’s website at milfordregional. org.

Summer Concert Series on Thursday, August 22nd The Eddie Forman's Polka Band will perform at 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Victorian Garden at the Millbury Council on Aging located at 1 River Street in Millbury. Patrons are asked to bring their own lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on. The event will take place rain or shine and hot dogs and pasteries will be for sale. All are welcome.

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The torch is passed 8th as a national competitor. During both years he was awarded a Skill-Point Certificate which is a certification of competency in his trade. The Skill Point Certification was developed by a collaboration of educators and industry leaders. To learn more about this visit: www.workforceready SkillsUSA Massachusetts is a state association of SkillsUSA, a national organization. The association was formed in 1965 and has been competing since 1974, when the competitions were known as Skill olympics. Since then only a handful of Massachusetts Welding Competitors have placed 1st in the Welding Competition. This is the first time a Welding student representing BVT has brought home the gold after competing at that level. However it’s not the first time BVT-Welding Technology

Andrew Desjardin, a 2013 graduate of Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, represented Massachusetts in the Welding Competition at the 2013 national Leadership & Skills Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri in June. Andrew placed 1st as a national competitor in the High School Division and was awarded the Gold Medal. The SkillsUSA Championships showcase the nation’s best career and technical students giving them the opportunity to demonstrate excellence in both skills and leadership. The national competition consists of the 1st place gold winners from each state competing against each other. These competitors are determined during district and state level competitions. Andrew also competed nationally in 2012 as the Massachusetts gold medalist and placed

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Andrew Desjardin 2013 National leadership & Skills Conference Welding Gold Medal Winner has had the privilege of representing Massachusetts at the national competition. Welding Instructor, Dan Rivera, seems to have a gift for helping others to see the world as a place of possibility. When he sees potential, he taps a student on the shoulder and points out a path filled with hard work and study. If a student chooses that path, Mr. Rivera imparts a tremendous amount of wisdom and time mentoring and providing an environment to hone skills with hard work and determination. His passion seems to be contagious as his students are accepting the challenge and achieving high levels of recognition. A gradu-

ate of the class of 2011, Andrew Cardin blazed a trail to nationals. As a junior in 2010, Cardin represented Massachusetts at nationals and placed 22nd. once again in 2011, he competed nationally and attained 4th place. Cardin was then invited to the World-Skills Trials and placed 2nd, very close to obtaining the opportunity to represent the USA in 2013 WorldSkills an International Competition which is held every two years. only the 1st place competitor went on to compete in Germany where the USA took 2nd place. This speaks to the quality of education that is being offered right here in the Blackstone

Valley at Valley Tech. If “Riv”, as he is known by students, keeps educating at this level it won’t be long before we could see a WorldSkills competitor from Massachusetts! Mr. Rivera knows that competition is a motivating factor in developing the skills of a trade. He encourages his students to enter competitions such as the Annual Pipe Welding Challenge which is hosted by notch Mechanical Constructors of Chicopee, Massachusetts and is open to technical schools from around the state. The Challenge is sponsored by various companies associated with the trade. This year ten schools were represented and Andrew Desjardin was awarded 3rd place in the 15th Annual Pipe Welding Challenge along with obtaining a 1G Pipe Welding Certification. During his four years at BVT, Andrew annually received an award for “outstanding Achievement in Manufacturing Technology and Engineering Technology Welding”. He was the recipient of the 2013 Joseph J. Coley Tool Award presented by Joseph’s parents at the Senior Awards Ceremony. other various competition awards provided by sponsors of SkillsUSA have provided Andrew with materials that are beneficial to his trade. Interestingly Andrew entered BVT’s exploratory program with Auto Technology at the top of his list in the fall of 2009. By December of that year, Welding was #1 on his list. In the fall of 1939, Andrew’s grandfather, Mitchell Stefanick, entered Worcester Boys’ continued on next page

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DESjARDIN continued from page 6 Trade School with the idea of becoming an Auto Mechanic. It wasn’t long before he found himself in the Welding program. In a paper dated Sept. 23, 1942, the beginning of his senior year Mitch wrote an essay entitled “How My Trade Has Benefited Mankind”. The opening paragraph states “the welding trade has increased the output of ships, airplanes, tanks, etc., which are so necessary in this war.” He mentions how welding took the place of rivets in tank construction, which enabled tanks to be constructed not only faster but stronger and cheaper. Similar to Co-op students today, Mitch spent the summer following his junior year working in his trade. Welding for the Central Welding Company in Worcester, he mentions the repair of a 7 ton casting made possible by welding. He notes that “in these times a casting of this size would be almost impossible to replace.” He graduated in 1943 and enlisted in the U.S. navy Seebees. on october 15, 1943, Mitch left Camp Peary in Williamsburg, Virginia after “foot training”. newly assigned to the 103rd Battalion, he boarded a train in dress uniform as a band played. He recounts passing thru Washington D.C. with a glimpse of the White House. His first assignment was in Maine building a hospital. From there he would travel to California. In a letter dated July 9, 1944 he speaks of travelling thru 14 states, mentioning each by name, among them are Mis-souri & Kansas. Eventually he is stationed on the island of Guam and in 1946 a letter home mentions that he fabricated a foot valve for a water pump, since none could be found on the island. Later in 1946 when he returned home from the service he started his own small business called “Uxbridge Welding Company” and enjoyed the challenges of custom work. Always taking pride in a job well done, he fabricated ornamental railings, clotheslines, wood-stoves and so on. He enjoyed repairs just as much and met the demands of keeping the farm equipment in working order. It seems fitting that Andrew was born on october 15 , 51 years to the day that his grandfather boarded a train in dress uniform ready to serve his country using the skills of his welding trade. The 49th Annual SkillsUSA Awards Ceremony was held in the “City of Fountains” Kansas City, Missouri opening with music and entrance by a military band followed by the pledge of allegiance. Shortly thereafter it was surreal for Andrew to hear: “Welding - Gold Medal Winner; Andrew Desjardin from Massachusetts”. Andrew’s grandfather passed away exactly ten months before Andrew’s birth; but it is evident his spirit lives on and the torch has been passed!

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Blackstone River Watershed Assn. Celebrates Smokey's Birthday your canoe our kayak and enjoy paddling the Blackstone canal as part of the event! For more information, contact Susan Thomas with the BRWA at susan. thomas@thebrwa or 508-278-5200. The Blackstone River Watershed Association’s (BRWA) mission is to engage, educate, and advocate to improve water quality in the Blackstone River watershed. For more information on the organization and future events, call the BRWA office at 508278-5200 or visit

Roy Henry of uxbridge stands beside antique firefighting equipment and Smokey the Bear. The public is invited to participate in a series of environmental demonstrations being presented by the Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) at Smokey's Birthday Celebration, Sunday, August 11th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at River Bend Farm in Uxbridge. Participants can learn about creating rain gardens and using downspouts to

manage stormwater runoff. Get handson with an interactive watershed model to learn best managment practices at home and at work to reduce water pollution. Learn to identify which invasive aquatic plants are threatening our waterways and what you can do to help combat them. Find out how you can become involved in the BRWA's restoration and conservation efforts in

the Blackstone River watershed in and around Uxbridge. There will be children's activites as well so bring the whole family! Smokey's birthday celebration is organized each year by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. other environmental organizations will be providing information and activities. Bring along



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oFFICIAlS TouR BlANCHARD SCHool (left to right) Front Row: jon juhl; Project Consultant, Harry Romasco; president u.H.A., Aaron Gornstein; under Secertary for Mass. Dept of Housing and Community Development, james McGovern u.S. Congressman (D) 2nd District, Richard Moore; State Senator (D) uxbridge, Kevin Kuros (R) State Rep. Back Row: Sean Hendricks; Town Manager uxbridge, Mike Pataski; u.H.A Board of Directors and Gerry Skeean u.H.A Board of Directors.

continued from page one Harry, admitting that it’s been a lot of work over the past 2 years to “get all the ducks in a row behind the scene” and that more time and energy will have to be invested over the next few months to finalize the finances with a local bank that has yet to be selected, he was quick to say that hard work becomes “fun” when, as a team, “you know you got something good and you can count on everyone to give their fair share because when you enjoy something it’s not work.” He said local support has been extraordinary from the neighbors, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Dept. of Public Works and the Board of Selectmen. “All key players have given their full support and this project is a first class act.” When will construction begin? Construction is slated for April of 2014 with “hopes of having the project completed by June 2016 and full occupancy by 2017,” Harry explained. In between, vigorous efforts will be made to secure

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Sen. Moore observes 50th anniversary of “National Small Business Week”   them.”   In particular, the veteran lawmaker, who was a member of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, has focused on manufacturing in the Blackstone Valley.  In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of “national Small Business Week,” Sen. Moore presented President and CEo of Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Jeannie Hebert

Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, and Jeannie Hebert, President and CEo of Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, kicked off the 50th anniversary celebration of “national Small Business Week, observed from June 17th to 21st, by highlighting two successful local businesses in Whitinsville. This week, Sen. Moore visited Access TCA, Inc. and Irrigation Automation Systems both located at 1 Main Street in Whitinsville.   Sen. Moore has made it a priority to support small businesses in an effort to promote jobs and economic development in the Commonwealth “Small businesses, such as the Irrigation Automation Systems and the Access TCA, are the major creator of jobs in Massachusetts,” said Sen. Moore. “They are the heart and soul of our economy, and we should support

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New Investments in eHealth There is still time to host a Fresh Air Child their Fresh Air Fund summers…grass make our plans, we always include A Whole new World… at Milford Regional The Fresh Air Fund needs host fami- on their bare feet…sitting around a her.” Her Fresh Air child says, “night The Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative hosted a community kickoff event at Milford Regional Medical Center (MRMC) to highlight new grants designed to help local health providers use the state’s new Health Information Exchange, the Mass HIway. Recipients include regional health care leaders such as MRMC and their grant partners Medway Country Manor Skilled nursing & Rehabilitation and CARE tenders, as well as Charlton-based overlook Visiting nursing Association and their partner organization, Harrington Hospital. Leaders from MeHI, MassTech, and the grant recipients were joined by State Senator and President Pro Tempore Richard T. Moore, Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III, and Representative Peter Durant. “Today was a great opportunity to meet some of the health care professionals who are using innovative technologies to improve efficiencies and reduce costs,” stated Pamela Goldberg, CEo of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. “Across Massachusetts, whether in a suburban or rural hospital, a local care facility, or in a patient’s home, technologies like the HIway are helping improve the delivery of health care.” By using the state’s health information exchange, Mass HIway, health practitioners will be able to securely connect with and coordinate patient care with partner providers, including home health care agencies and skilled nursing facilities. These grants are part of a statewide program of 32 collaborative projects that will allow 80 partnering health care organizations from across the Commonwealth to connect to the Mass HIway, enabling them to improve patient care and reduce costs. MRMC received $75,000 to help practitioners at the Center to connect with partners such as Medway Country Manor Skilled nursing & Rehabilitation and CAREtenders, which will allow the hospital to securely transmit patient discharge information to these project partners, easing communication between the facilities and improving efficiency. Francis M. Saba, CEo of Milford Regional Medical Center, described the benefits of this new approach. “We look forward to a more efficient and secure means of communication between the Medical Center and other health care providers,” said Saba. “When a patient is discharged from the hospital, information essential to their care will now be sent instantly over the Mass HIway.” Part of the Mass HIWay Last Mile Program, the Implementation Grants are designed to accelerate connections to the Mass HIway by shifting existing processes away from paper-based exchanges and those using proprietary interfaces, ultimately demonstrate measurable improvements in care qual-

ity, population health, and cost containment through use of health information technology. The Last Mile Program is funded through the office of the national Coordinator of Health IT at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “With roughly 70% of the physicians and over 90% of the acute care hospitals in the Commonwealth using electronic health records, we are well on our way to making our health care data digital,” said Laurance Stuntz, Director of the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech. “Massachusetts has always been a leader in advancing health care and these implementation grants are helping health care organizations across the state securely and efficiently share this digital health care data, benefiting patients by reducing the overall cost and improving the quality of health care delivery.”

lies in Massachusetts RIGHT noW to make the dreams of new York City children become a reality. Since 1877, more than 1.7 million new York City children from lowincome communities have benefitted from free summer experiences in the country. Last year, over 4,000 boys and girls visited the homes of volunteer host families in rural, suburban and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. Volunteer Host Family Program Volunteer host families share their summers for up to two weeks with new York City children, ages six to 18, who leave behind the city streets to enjoy the simple pleasures of life in the country. There is still time this summer to volunteer to host a child. There are thousands of moments that inner-city children remember about

at home is so bright, I never see stars. There are always cars honking, and I never get any peace and quiet.” And it’s that simple to offer a new York City child a summer of fun. Interviews may be arranged with volunteer host families and Fresh Air children in 13 states and Canada and Fresh Air Fund Executive Director Jenny Morgenthau in new York City. For more information, please visit

campfire with new friends…swimming in a lake for the first time…the delicious aroma of a barbeque…the quiet, open space and twinkling stars. For 137 years, The Fresh Air Fund has been giving city children this priceless gift…happy summer memories filled with life-changing moments…And doesn’t every child deserve that? A volunteer host Mom explains, “our Fresh Air daughter is a dream. She’s part of our summers, and when we

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River Bend Farm Visitors Center plans August activities Farm Visitor Center and continues along the canal’s flat towpath. Listen to stories about the canal's history and wildlife. All ages and friendly dogs on leash welcome. ART AT THE RIVER Sunday August 4, 18, 25 11:00-11:45  Take a short walk through the sunny field to the Blackstone River. Relax a while and make a sun print for your  nature journal  and write down your discoveries. Materials provided.

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17 10:30-11:30                Metacomet  Land Trust will be our guest to get your family outside and investigating nature! August will feature an Butterflies! An outdoor adventure followed by a take home craft. Suggested for families with preschool and elementary ages. MEET SMoKEY BEAR EVEnT Sunday August 11 1:00-3:00 Celebrate Smokey Bear's 69th birthday, meet Smokey Bear and join in the fun! Equipment from MA DCR Forest Fire Control District 7, MA Department of Fire Services, Uxbridge Fire Dept and Uxbridge Antique Fire Museum will be on display. Family activities and interactive displays from Blackstone  River Watershed Association and community partners within the Blackstone Valley will be joining the celebration enjoyable for all ages. Remember to bring your camera!

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And what exactly pray tell, does this mean? I mean, approaching the topic of faith is one that brings up a lot of fear.  Yes – this is the opposite of the faith-stuff.  So why does fear come up then?  And I’ll tell you why – because faith means letting go of control – aka: the ego (and oooh, doesn’t your ego just love even hearing that?).  Yes, faith is like a child trusting his next meal will obviously appear, or the beloved family pet that naturally expects lots of pats and love – it is less of a thinking-state and more from an expectancy/trust kind of place.  Living by faith is simply letting go of the ego’s strong need to control everything and trusting in the divine intelligence of something bigger than you to provide in every way a human being would expect provision (health, love, financial, family, etc – whatever).  But this is a bold step for most of us – until that is – things are quite frankly – completely out of our control.  It’s at this point (and mostly in hindsight) that you truly see how everything always does work out – one way or the other.  And isn’t that nice?  So go ahead – be a rebel, kick up your heels like a young colt and let go of control today…and who knows, it just might work out anyway. To learn more about my work or to sign up for my free newsletter, visit

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Cuts4Pups to benefit Pawfect Life Rescue Pawfect Life Rescue will be teaming up with the good folks over at The Spa At Capron Falls in Uxbridge. Their Cuts-4-Pups promotion will be running from Thursday, August 22nd thru Sunday, August 25th, where $5 from every cut will be donated to Pawfect Life Rescue! More information is available on the spa's ad on this page and on their website at http://www.capronfalls. com.  A donation jar will also be at the spa for the month of August.  So, please show your support by scheduling an appointment & making a donation!  Pawfect Life Rescue is a 503C3 nonprofit shelterless dog rescue headquartered in Uxbridge, MA. The rescue was founded by Julie Uthoff, her husband Jim and their dog loving friends! Everyone involved has spent the past year rescuing & re-homing dogs together.  They decided  to create their own rescue  based on their passion for pups and the joy they see rescue dogs bring to good folks in the community! 

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door. I recall the owner was an avid archer, and made use of his skills in this hunter’s paradise. Also, not far away, there was the home of a doctor. When I explained my shingles problem to Charlie, he sent me down there immediately. The doctor told me that the clinic in Washington had given me all the right pills for the pain but had failed to give me the one that would kill the rash. She wrote me another script, and after getting it filled the bothersome affliction disappeared within a few days. We had given Charlie and Billie the use of our car when they came to Uxbridge: We got double from them. They told us to please use their 20 year old VW pickup, and their much newer Mercedes. The truck we got lots of use out of, but I was really hesitant with the shiny Mercedes in strange country other than for a couple of short rides. It was really great having the truck, and it not only provided transportation to some really interesting places, but saved us big time on one fateful trip. We had decided to give the Wing (and

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us) a little rest and began exploring the area with the VW pickup. one afternoon we crossed the Wind River, and following a seldom used dirt road climbed steadily up to a plateau around ten thousand feet (Dubois is near seven thousand). We were puttering along, when suddenly we became aware that the sky ahead of us was turning black, and was quickly approaching us. I turned the truck around, and as I did we were suddenly engulfed in a white out. I couldn’t see the road, so we sat until it passed. The snow came down at an incredible rate, and by the time it stopped in fifteen minutes or so, we were surrounded with about two inches. As I picked our way slowly back down the hill side, I know both Peg and I were both thinking the same thing: What if we had taken the Wing instead of the truck? We both shuddered to think of what the out come of that could have been. And, it blew our minds to realize it was second week in JUnE. Some of the incredible places we explored in the area were really astounding. Just outside of town there was a dirt road that went up to a table top plateau about five hundred feet high. on top there was a fabulous view up and down the valley, and the hills beyond. The locals told me that not too many years ago, stone circles could still be seen where it was thought that the local Indians used to pitch their tepees when they came to spend time on the river. Looking back on another incident, we did something very stupid. We took the truck into what were known as Bad Lands. We came to an area that looked like it would be a nice place to take a hike, so we stopped. The area was strewn with huge boulders, caves, dead falls and washouts. We wandered through the area marveling on how nature could make such a mess. Later, I was talking with our neighbor who owned the sporting goods store and told him where we had gone. His eyes opened wide as he exclaimed that we had been very foolish to go where we did. “You really need to check with me before you go wandering off like that. That area is grizzly country Bob! The sows are just coming out with their cubs and you don’t want to be any where near them. I wouldn’t think of going back there at this time of year.” You learn something interesting every day out west. Two more places we discovered were much tamer, but just as enthralling. on one ride we came across Warm Spring Creek up in the hills. We had a picnic and I got to pan for gold. It was a thrill just doing something that had been so much of the past out there. I didn’t find much. Another spot we really got a thrill out of, again was not far from the house. We turned into a deserted canyon called Torrey Creek, and slowly cruised along the narrow dirt trail. The hillside on our right was fairly steep, and was strewn with large boulders. As I slowly drove along, suddenly I spotted what I thought was a petroglyph on one of the rocks. As I stared up the slope, suddenly I was aware that there were continued on next page

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numerous displays of the ancient inscriptions on other boulders. Peg and I climbed up the slope a ways, and examined several of the displays. We had seen similar exhibitions in other areas on our trip, but this was by far the largest, and some of the clearest we had encountered. Just before we left Dubois, we took one last ride back west into the mountains. We rode over to Jackson on our Gold Wing, and saw that incredible tourist area. Along the way we saw buffalo. Jackson was an incredible blending of tourists and the wild side of the mountains. There is an incredible pasture area there that hundreds of elk come to feed and spend the winter. When they arrive, they still have their magnificent racks, and they drop them before spring. The locals have gathered them up and created arches and similar displays of the cast offs. Finally, on June eleventh Peg and I mounted up and left our little western utopia and headed east. We only had one more home swap – in Frankfort MI, and then headed for home. We pulled into the driveway on June 21, nearly 3 months after we had left. As we rounded the corner and headed towards the garage, Peg squeezed my side and said: “Bobby, when can we go to Alaska?”

Petey is a 7 year old Golden Retriever/Spaniel mix that just arrived to us from our friends in Georgia. Petey was surrendered to the rescue in Georgia, when Animal Control picked him up again wandering the streets and contacted his owner who stated that he no longer wanted Petey. We are not sure why as Petey is a mellow and sweet boy who has been nothing but a gentleman since he arrived here. Petey is a good natured boy who we are told is fine with other dogs and is not bothered by cats. Petey is already neutered and up to date

on his shots, which means he is ready to find his new furever home that he so deserves. We are not quite sure what Petey is mixed with, he has the beautiful coat of a Golden Retriever that was put in a shrink ray and put down to about 20 pounds. You just need to come in and see for yourself how beautiful this little guy is. If you think Petey would be the one to win your heart, please stop by the shelter to see him. Petey's adoption fee is $325.00. For Further information please contact Dog orphans directly at 508-476-1855.

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Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. (Alternatives) has received a grant of $7,500 from the Real Friends Project to pilot a program designed to expand the social networks of people with developmental disabilities. The Project, a partnership between The Arc of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, was established to fund creative approaches that support the development of relationships between people with and without disabilities. Three years ago, Alternatives launched an innovative program in Worcester called Club 21 to address the problem of social isolation experienced by individuals with psychiatric disabilities. The grant from the Real Friends Project will be used to test the viability of the Club 21 model for a club including people with developmental disabilities. Club 21 matches ten individuals served by Alternatives with ten community volunteers who share common interests. By offering small group and whole club activities as well as one-toone “partner adventures,” all of the club members have the opportunity to expand their social circles and explore the local community. In fact, with 20 members and one coordinator, 400 possible relationships are produced. The outcomes of the Worcester Club 21 program have been evaluated on a yearly basis by Worcester State University students with excellent results. Because of the measurable success of the program, additional clubs were added in the Fitchburg/ Leominster and Milford areas to meet the needs of individuals with psychiatric disabilities in those communities. Leo V. Sarkissian, Executive Director of The Arc of Massachusetts is “pleased that Alternatives will be collaborating with The Arc and the Dept. of Developmental Services on expanding inclusive opportunities for those with disabilities in our community. Their proposal was one of a handful chosen

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What is happening at The Douglas Farmers Market DoG DAY EVEnT Join us on Saturday, August 19th from 10 am - 1 pm, as The Douglas Farmers Market showcases special vendors and demonstrations featuring all things dog. In addition to our regular vendors we will have a fun variety of local businesses and non-profits offering products and services that cater to our canine friends. Fresh water and free treats for all four legged market goers. Dog lovers of all kinds...and their canine friends...are welcome to this dogtastic event! (Please well socialized pets on non-retractable leashes only) Still accepting new vendors. LEMonADE STAnD Come check out who is running the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lemonade Standâ&#x20AC;? at the Market this week! The Douglas Farmers Market committee loans out their hand crafted stand to a different non-profit each

week. It is a fun way to enjoy a yummy, Summer refreshment and support your community at the same time. If your group is interested in runing the stand for a week, contact us now! SToRYTIME Enjoy these lazy days of summer with a story outside on the lawn. The Douglas Farmers Market hosts a different member of our community to read stories as children of all ages sit in the grass in our wonderful market setting. Take the kids, get your veggies, maybe some local honey, and so much more. A perfect Saturday morning! (Every Saturday at 10:30 through August) The market is located at E.n. Jenckes Store Museum, 283 Main Street (Rt. 16) Douglas. View online at FMI contact: Christina at - 508353-9453

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A Night at Foxwoods on Friday, August 23rd a bus will leave Whitinsville bound for Foxwoods Casino! Departing at 4:30 p.m. and leaving Foxwoods at 11:00 p.m. Upon arrival at Foxwoods you will be given a $20.00 Bonus Package. The cost is $25.00 per person. Call John Brouillard at 508-234-4225 with any questions.

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A special tribute dinner is being planned to recognize and honor, military families, pay tribute to Gold Star families, and to remember the heroes and victims of 9/11/01. This non political event is to simply say "Thank You". The dinner will be held at the Medway V.F.W, on Tuesday evening, September 11th. from 6 pm to 8 pm, In order to extend a formal invitation, help is needed in locating families who have a loved ones in the military or are a Gold Star family. If you are a family that has a loved one in the military, or are a Gold Star family or know of a family that we should invite, please send that contact information to Michael Shain, at, Since there is no cost to the families for this dinner, monetary donations are welcome and are being solicited from businesses, organizations and individuals. Any amount is appreciated and can be sent to Thanks to Yanks, c/o Charles River Bank, 70 Main Street, Po Box 740, Medway, MA 02053. If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering with this event contact Michael Shain at or call 508-3308487. Donors will be recognized for their contributions.




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Calendar WEEKLY SuNDAyS bIngo knights of Columbus 70 Prescott Rd., Whitinsville Doors open at 4 pm

MoNDAyS PItCh PARty 6:30 pm at the uxbridge senior Center on south Main street

TuESDAyS RotARy CLub MeetIng 12 pm Valley Cafe, Whitinsville 1st tuesDAy oF eVeRy Month At 6:00 P.M.

P.A.C.e. CLAss…FRee! People with Arthritis can exercise 10 am in the Community Room at Lydia taft house. Call Paulette 508-476-4467

WEDNESDAyS AL-Anon steP MeetIng “serenity on the hill” 7 to 8 p.m. Rockdale Cong. Church , 42 Fowler Rd., northbridge. newcomers welcome, support group for family & friends of problem drinkers. Contact 508-366-0556

THuRSDAyS “CoMMunIty bAnD” Practice 7:30 pm at Whitin school on granite st. uxbridge hungRy FoR hoPe bIbLe stuDy 6:30-8:00 pm, heritage Park estates Community house 200 heritage Drive, Whitinsville. Contact nancy hill 508-298-8638 or Patty Wickstrom 508-397-3756

WAlK FoR WEllNESS Clear your mind, meet new people and get healthy & Walk the trails at Pout Pond Call nicky at 508-278-3558

SATuRDAyS Men’s bIbLe stuDy Whitinsville Community Center, Church/hill sts. 4th Floor Conference Rm. Men from all area towns are invited.


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senIoR bReAkFAst 8-9:30 AM st. Johns episcopal Church 3 Pleasant st., Rt. 122A, sutton $4 donation. Menu varies monthly handicap accessible.

MonthLy MeetIng 7PM VFW Post 1385, Rt. 16, uxbridge bLACkstone VALLey FRee MeDICAL PRogRAM 6-8 PM northbridge high school 427 Linwood Ave., Whitinsville

AnnuAL RotARy Fun Run Registration time for 4 Mile Road Race & 2 Mile walk is 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. start time 10:00 AM kids races will begin at 9:00 AM entry fee is $25.00 for adults, $15 for students ages 12-18 and $5 for kids ages 11 and under. Registrations received by August 15th will receive a Rotary Fun Run t-shirt. FMI or to register online, please visit our website at

3rd Saturday bIkRAM yogA DAy 12-1:30 PM Whitin Manor, 120 hill st., Whitinsville Free and open to the community. Led by sam goldman owner of bikram Auburn and Westborough. Arrive properly hydrated. Do not eat 1-2 hours before arriving. bring a yoga or exercise mat, a towel, and water. Children should be over 8. Rain date of August 4th. FMI: or call the bikram studio at 508-832-9642. steVe’s bIke Run American Legion on Route 16 in uxbridge. Chicken bbQ to follow ride at VFW Route 16, uxbridge.

5th Monday youth ARt CLAss 6:00 to 7:30 PM Whitinsville social Library for ages 12-17 Local artist and teacher, theresa Monteith, will instruct students on how to draw dragons and beasts from real or imaginary, using colored paper with chalk pastels in gestural and textured techniques. this class is free and is sponsored by unibank. Registration is required as seating is limited. stop by the library or call 508-245 2151 to reserve a seat.

17th Saturday uxbRIDge CoMMunIty gARDens oPen house 10 AM - 12 noon at the gardens on sutton street. Visitors are invited to tour the more than 80 garden plots and to enjoy the beauty of this town-owned piece of land. FMI: uxbridgecommunitygardens@ for more information or visit the gardens web page on the town web site at

18th Sunday LegIon RIDeRs bIke Run & ChICken bbQ Registation at American Legion Post 33, 59 Douglas st. uxbridge. the ride will return to VFW Post 1385, Rt. 16 for a Chicken bbQ

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26th Monday MonthLy MeetIng oF AMeRICAn LegIon RIDeRs 7 PM American Legion hall, 59 Douglas st., uxbridge

27th tueSday WoMen's netWoRkIng houR 8:45-10 AM harbro Professional building, 546 Providence Road, Whitinsville. offering complimentary tea or coffee. FMI or to reserve your seat call 774-254-1146 or visit

28th WedneSday MonthLy MeetIng AMeRICAn LegIon 7 PM American Legion hall, 59 Douglas st., uxbridge

6th tueSday nAMI suPPoRt gRouP MeetIng 7-8:30 PM uxbridge nazarene Church 130 Douglas st. FMI: call 508-917-8381

11th Sunday sMokey beAR’s bIRthDAy CeLebRAtIon 1- 3 PM River bend Farm in uxbridge. the public is invited to participate in a series of environmental demonstrations being presented by the blackstone River Watershed Association.

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Name Your Poison! By Christine Horwath

seen it so often. oh, and watch out for poison oak, too. Can you identify the “Poisons” and can you kill them? Well, can you? Yes and no are both the right answers. Below are two excellent sites all about the “Poisons”, showing what they look like and how to identify them. Read and look at the pictures, especially if someone has already gotten a rash this year. What these sites will tell you is that poison ivy looks different at different times of the year. Most of us look for

Posion Ivy is widespread! This spring was an especially good time for growing it, with the cooler temperatures followed by the heavy rains and warm temps. I have found it in or surrounding every yard, woods, and well-maintained garden I have come across this year. Look, there it is right now! I know someone who has it growing up a tree and loves the red tones it has in the fall. I have also run across poison sumac several times this year – I have never

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School News Tetreault honored for Comcast Scholarship Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, congratulated Marc Tetreault of Uxbridge, who is a student at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, with a Senate citation for receiving a $1,000 scholarship from the Comcast Foundation.   The Comcast Leaders and Achievers (R) Scholarship Program provides one-time $1,000 scholarships to stuMarc Tetreault dents who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools, and who serve as models for their fellow students.

northbridge High School is pleased to announce that students from its Systems Dynamics course have been selected to participate in the 31st International Conference of the Systems Dynamics Society in Cambridge last month. This society is an international, nonprofit organization devoted to "encouraging the development and use of systems dynamics and systems thinking around the world."  This year's conference explored solutions to globally recognized problems in the areas of economics, education, environment, and medicine.   northbridge High School students have the unique honor of being the only pre-college group participating in this important international conference.  They are featured on the first page of the Systems Dynamics website at

Venditti & Dunlap awarded UniBank Scholarships one of UniBank’s $2,000 Scholarship winners recently awarded was nicole Venditti (above left). In recognition of excellence in academic achievement, character and involvement in extra-curricular activities she was presented the award from Doris Hamberger, Vice President, Branch Manager of UniBank’s Uxbridge Branch. Ms. Venditti will be attending University of Massachusetts Amherst in the fall, and plans to study Political Science. She is the daughter of Paul and nancy Venditti of Uxbridge.

Wendy Brown, Vice President, Branch Manager of UniBank’s main office in Whitinsville, (above left) awards James Dunlap his $2,000 scholarship. Also pictured are James’ parents, Christian and Shari Dunlap. James Dunlap is a 2013 Whitinsville Christian School graduate. Each year, UniBank offers scholarships to support the educational endeavors of exceptional students in the Blackstone Valley, Milford, and Worcester. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, character and involvement in school or community activities. Mr. Dunlap will be attending Cedarville University in the fall, and plans to study Biology.

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OLV Honor Roll announced HIGH HonoRS GRADE 8 Faith Adam, Molly Cloutier, Bathabile Khumalo, Hannah Wickstrom, Samuel Wickstrom GRADE 7: Ryan Hourihan GRADE 6 Erik Backman, Liam Colligan, Quinn Colligan, nothando Khumalo, Christian Verla GRADE 5 Caroline Adam, Paige Ambler, Joseph Bernard, Jake Henschel, Joshua Houle, nonnie Komon, Patrick Sabourin GRADE 4 Emma Cummings, Philip Heney, Brianne Rett HonoRS GRADE 8 Sam Malone, Lauren Markey, Peter Men-




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GRADE 7 Rachel Adam, Charlotte Beaudrot, Elizabeth Bernard, Maria Buono, Francesca Deluca, Colin Hourihan, Katherine Jordan, Amanda Maccaline, Sophia Masciarelli, McKenna Moors, Grace Rett, James Richardson, Emily Whittaker-Smith, Robert Wickstrom

GRADE 9 HIGH HonoRS Drew Abbott, Joshua Bell, Meaghan Bernard, Scott Blanchard, Jacqueline Caffarelli, Allison Cotter, Timothy Cotter, Emma Gilchrist, Micheala Hillier, nicholas Juliano, Emily Keeler, Cailee King, Sadie King, Brian MacDougall, Zackery Mages, Keryn Moriarty, Dolly Patel, Setu Patel, Lucas Pomeroy, Chelsea Proehl, Rebecca Siefken, Kyle Suchanek, Cameron Sullivan, Samuel Wojciechowski, Robert Wondolowski, and Jackson Wright.

GRADE 6 Emily Ambler, Kelly Heney, Kyle Henschel, Eric Markey, Michelle Riley, David Wickstrom, Michael Wickstrom, Gabrielle Wood GRADE 5 Griffin Consigli, Aidan Cook, Allyson Graves. Haley Hadge, Daniel Maccaline, Mary Claire Malone, Brigid Wickstrom, Priscilla Younes GRADE 4 Xander Cook, Salvatore Masciarelli, Sydney Masciarelli, owen noecker, Matthew Richardson, Sophia Swartz


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Cole, Anna DuBois, Trevor Gardner, Baron Horwath, Jacqueline Larrivee, Jacob Powers, Brandon Silbor, Katherine Skerry, Jake Taparausky, and Brandon Wagar.

GRADE 10 HIGH HonoRS Amanda Alves, Travis Brown, James Caffrey, Jessica Fitzgerald, Brittany Genest, Lacie Kraich, Megan Salemi, Michael Tominsky, and Alexandra Van Loon.

GRADE 11 HIGH HonoRS Shelbie Barney, Mary Boucher, Benjamin Brule, Andrew Callahan, Katherine Cota, Luke Derderian, Bryce Fournier, Martina Ghobrial, Luke Higgins, Lucas Hogan, Alexandra Jameson, Mariah Lombard, Mickaela Lussier, Shawn Macneil, Luke Maloney, Mary Morcos, Svenja noack, Tyler normandin, Mitchell Page, Abigail Sawyer, nicole Sherlock, Melissa Taylor, Julia Turgeon, and Carey Twyman.

HonoRS Anthony Abate, Danielle Albertelli, James Aldrich, Jasson AlvaradoGomez, noah Brown, Abigail Centrella, Elizabeth Davidson, Cameron Gallagher, Kasey-Lee Gariepy, Sandra Ghobrial, Alexander Kuros, Daniel Lanoue, Marta Leitao, Melissa Morton, Justin Pickering, Tara Seeley, Kyle Semle, Erik Silveira, Alexandra Teare, Mackenzie van Lingen, and Alexandra Wojnowski.

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HonoRS Tarah Corcoran, Kerri Jones, Jonathan Klos, Joshua Lavigne, Victoria Luccio, Patrick Malone, Courtney Pepin, Kaitlyn Peters, olivia Preservati, Andrew Ross, Marissa Rousseau, and Kristina Sefakis. HonoRABLE MEnTIon Samantha Belanger, Dante Calarese, Madeline Cullen, Kaci Granger, Cory Johnson, James Jordan, Brielle Lafreniere, Alyson Levasseur, Hunter Murrant, Gina Petrillo, Monica Roux, Anthony Smith, Savannah Smith, Seleste Stahmer, Jared Stewart, and Haley Toner. GRADE 12 HIGH HonoRS Seth Blackburn, Timothy Bouchard, Zoe Boyer, Edward Burnham, Emily Cahill, Lindsey Centrella, Mark DeVries, Jillian Ebbeling, Gregory Ensom, Joseph Fitzgerald, Caitlin Francis, Autumn Gentzler, Mitchell Goldman, Daniel Haines, Christopher Kelley, Hannah Kosiba, Richard Lanoue III, Daniel Larrivee, Debora Lopes, Rachel Lozeau, Alex Mahoney, Christopher Mannka, Christine Miller, Sarah Moulder, Wade o’neil, Kenneth Paulhus, Courtney Pavlis, Paul Peso, Collin Proehl, Andrew Reardon, Jonathan Robert, Michelle Seagrave, Mikaela Shanley, Allison Van Fectmann, nicole Venditti, and Abigail White. HonoRS Amanda Albro, Dezerae Corley-Tinio, Amanda DiLuca, Seth Gordon, Jeffrey Graveson, Claudia Hastie, Jake Hession, Mickayla Holt, Michael Iacovone, Elaria Jacob, Kayla Jenkins, Savanna Lawerence, Dhaval Patel, Samantha Powers, William Robbins III, David Roxo, Jillian Sylvester, Kassandra Valencia, Justin Vanni, and Hailey Venner. HonoRABLE MEnTIon Emily Anderson, Ryan Clifford, Jennifer Cogliandro, Bradley Couture, Darren DeSena, Erika Ethier, Angelina Iacovone, Dakota Krouner, Christopher Legg, Matthew McCall, nathan Ridl, Alexander Shean, Ashlee Stern, and Brianna Wiersma.

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Northbridge H.S. Honor Roll highesT hONOrs grade 9 Alexander Dowd, nicole Haggerty, Zachary Papazian grade 10 Melanie Dudka, Samantha Randall, Sarah Underwood, Derek Wielsma, Livinia Williams, Alexis Zona grade 11 Hannah Borghetti, Courtney Ciras grade 12 nicole Ellis, Michael Fitman, Laura Gammon, Julie Richer high hONOrs grade 9 David Briggs, Keegan Burchard, Liam Cunningham, Adrianna DiMare, Jonathan Fraser, Caitlynn Harris, Colleen Kelly, Serena Leveille, Kristina Morrison, Ana Morrissette, Christian Polymeros, Cameron Richards, Angela Sinatra, Celia Slater, Iman Zarrinkoub grade 10 Shelby Ayres, Sean Campbell, Salita Daraphet, Patrick Ducey, Michael Kane, Katherine Maguire, Jake Matte, Elizabeth McLaughlin, olivia Monterotti, Jessica Morrison, Jay Reiss, Lindsay Ryan, Stephanie Stearns, Bailey Talbott, Alicia Thomas, Gwendolynne Weissinger, Holly White, grade 11 Vanessa Babiy, Madison Bledsoe, Bridgette Bousquet, James Brochu, Alexandra Driscoll, Janet Haas, Callie Hansson, Jamie Hardina, Gabrielle Marston, Megan Mawn, Molly oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien, Aubrey Plante, Brittany Ricci, Robie Sabourin, Brianna Taylor, Alyssa Thompson, Mattie Thompson grade 12 Mikaela Bernard, Briana Blair, Braden Burt, Matthew Cafferky, nicole Capistran, Rachel Driscoll, Alyson Houle, Jenna Kelly, Samantha Lavallee, Kailee Lawrence, Alicia LeClaire, Sicong Luo, Ashley Marra, Kaleigh Simonds, Kyle Stanley, Matthew Vera, Victoria Wood hONOrs grade 9 Morgan Abrain, Jaden Bauman, Matthew Bedigian, Meighan Casey, Logan Ciliberto, Tiffany Couture, Creighton Dorfman, naomi Dupras, Jessica Guilbeault, Lilian Hall, Troy Jackson, Marc Lapierre, Heather Long, natalie Lyons, Phillip Maher, Christopher Maxim, Jessica Montesdeoca, Kaitlyn Perry, Catarina Protano, Joslyn Ramsey, Casey Roche, Katelyn Skillings, Kyle Smith, Anthony Stasio, Patrick Sweeney, Shelbe Turpin, Amelia Wright, Seth Yedinak grade 10 Alexander Afonso, Zachary Beauchaine, Meagan Brouwer, Brandon Burt, Michael Carey, Sarah Davis, Jessica Ekberg, Eric Hanna, Savannah Haverty, Andrew Johnson, Hannah Lachapelle, Erin Larson, Lauren McGowan, Cassandra McKeon, Hannah Mignault, Kaitlyn nelson, noah Ratcliffe, Lilly Reding, Ashley Tivnan grade 11 Jorgi Adee, Angela Bedigian, Maura Burns, Tyler Cameron, Jonathan

Canoy, Elisabeth Carse, Tiffany Daigle, Melissa Daoust, Michael Deluca, Casey Donahue, Kimberly Ekberg, Michael Ferraro, Emma Fitzgerald, Dylan Fleming, Troy Goodro, Mohamed Halabi, Tabitha Hall, Alexis Harpin, nikole Kamishlian, Cassandra Lachapelle, Madison Lavallee, Rachel Litchfield, Abigail Mackintosh, Sean nolan, Bethany Parslow, Jacob Phillips, Isabelle Price, Alex Riley, David Russell, Kyle Skillings, McKenzie Snyder, olivia Spratt, Devin Stevens, Thomas Tabur, Cameron Tougas, Samantha Violette, Amberly Wright grade 12 Abbey Barkley, Codi Bennett, Hunter Brown, Gabrielle Burgess, Alexa Carey, nicholas Clark, Daniel Clasby, Robert Ekberg, Joseph Mello, Jordyn Murphy, Mary Paine, Hannah Perry, Lindsey Reichert, Brian VandenAkker, Samantha White, Teresa Wickstrom, Rachael Zaidel

SPEllING BEE FINAlISTS - on june 18th the fifth grade at the Whitin Elementary School in uxbridge hosted its Annual Spelling Bee. There were 14 finalists representing the seven homerooms in the fifth grade. Front Row (l to r) : Tyler Washington, jake Garille (first place), lauren Wagner (second place), Caleb Simmons (third place), Conner Bucchino, Evan DelSignore, back row: Meaghan Haley, Maya Stockwell, jack Robertson, Thomas Burke, Kevin Siefken, joshua Engblom, Wesley Wright and Robert osimo. Great job!



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Third Trimester Honor Roll McCloskey Middle School GRADE 8 HIGH HonoRS: Kyle Archambault, Melanie Boisvert, Russell Bromann, Sara Budic, Krysta Coates, Kayla Dabney, Madysen Eames, Morgan French, Emily Guertin, Martin Horwath, Jennifer Hunter, Matthew Kelly, Andrew Kuros, Lauren Lapointe, Zackary Lapointe,Grace Lemire, Sarah McGee, Mia Metcalf, Samantha Morton, nicholas Patella, Haley Reese, Alison Sawyer, Corine Shannon, Lauren Silbor. GRADE 8 HonoRS  Stephen Ackerman, Kyle Alger, Steven Alger, Helena Arnold, Blake Batchelder, Trevor Benoit, Audrey Bergeron, olivia Birri, Brooke Blackburn, Angelia Bonollo, Krysten Boyer, Tayla Brown, nathaniel Brule, Madison Bruneau, Callie Bucchino, Cameron Butler, Jessica Caffarelli, Madison Cahill, Sasha Caissie, Joshua Callinan, nathan Campbell, Lucais Cannalonga, Domenic Cariglia,  olivia Cassidy, Cara Ceramicoli, Jack Chapman, Abagail Chartier, Theodore Cole, Allison Colella, Julia Compton, Sydney Compton, Cameron Cyr, Alex Desjardin, Thalles DeSouza, Shannon Devine, Willian Donovan, Kristen Earle, Emily Ekberg, Vanessa Fonseca, Celeste Fredrickson, Emily Fresolo, Jaycee Garrigan, Connor Giles, Tristan Goddard, Rosa Gonzalez, Jillian Hamel, nicole Hewett, Ian Hogan, Lucas Horan, Emily Horne, Ethan Howe, Meghan Jones, Kellen Kearnan, Jennifer Kindl, Jayce Knapik, David Lamontagne, Jr., Tanner Landini, Jacob Landry, Emily Lavallee, Lizbeth Luna,

Caitlyn Macneill, nathan Manz, nicholas Maracle, Alexander Martellio, Jaden Martinez, Alexander McCall, Timothy McCrohan, Regina Merritt, Tyler Miller, Ryan Morais, Corey Moss, Jake Murray, Taylor nestor, Samantha nolan, Cody normadin, nicholas o’Mera, Erin ostroskey, Haylee ouellette, Daniel Page, Ryan Paulino, Hector Petri, Jake Piotrowski, Madison Poirier, Bryana Reardon, Alexa Richardson, Jacob Robbins, Michael Rosa, Bailey Rush, Lauren Small, Leah Sweet, Madison Tashjian, David Vario Jr., Michael Walsh. GRADE 7 HIGH HonoRS  Hope Anderson, Zachary Boisvert, Charlotte Bonnet-Eymard, olivia Burke, Jason Chabot,Jared Creighton, Joseph DuBois, Samantha Dumais, Samuel Hall, Jake Hamel, Madison Hey, nicholas Hirtle, Erin Hynes, Scott Kaeller, Seth Kloczkowski, Emma Kraich, Emily Lavigne, Ava Lawyer, nicholas Lennox, Jade Letendre, Brandon Lira, Cassandra Lobe, James Lutton, Evan Maietta, Riley Malone, Alexander Matkowski, Christopher Matkowski, Morgan o’Brien, Emily Philbrook, Todd Polando, Jr., Trevor Rafferty, Meaghan Remillard, Kayte Rooney, Aidan Ryan, Jack Schreiber, Cassandra Snay, James Stark, Jillian Sylvia, Justin Thayer, Jordan Washington, Russell Wise, Tabitha Young, Miia Zellner  GRADE 7 HonoRS  Marissa Allegrezza, Zachary Almy, olivia Astorga, Michael Aufiero,

FREE luNCH - Students enjoying a free lunch at George's Surf and Turf in Mendon with their principal, lori Fafard. The students entered the "Energy Face-off Challenge" sponsored by National Grid and won a $1,000 grant for Whitin Elementary School. The contest was opened to all Grade 5 students at the school. only 10 schools in Massachusetts won these grants and WES was one of them. From left to right are: lori Fafard, Principal, Robbie osimo, Kelsey Prince, Madison ouellette, and Katelyn jones. Isabelle Azize, Emily Baca, Deanie Baldwin, Zachary Beauregard, Madison Blake, Ethan Borjeson-Troupe, Anna Breau, Sean Brennan, Andrew Bretana, Melissa Brochu, Austin Brodeur, Alexandria Brown, Arianna Brundage, nicholas Burke, Kelsey Burnham, Tyler Burton, Joseph Caffarelli, nicholas Cariglia, Christopher Caruso, Frank Cattani, Keith Chassie, Cassidy Clinton, Madison Cole, Alese Cone, nolan DeMers, Amy Desruisseaux, Caitlin Devlin, Jacob Devlin, Grace DiMarco, Benjamin Eason, Robert Farrell, Emily Fernades, Benjamin Fox, Chloe Gardner, Gianna Garille, Kyle Gauthier, Evan Goulet,

Krystal Gray, Garrett Holzer, Grace Kenny, Jason Kindl, Dylan King, Marissa Kirk, Jillian Krouner, Amber Lamontagne, Jessica Lee, Connor Legg, John Lesack, Erick Lopes, owen Lopes-Gassett, Kevin Luna, Benjamin Lyons, Matthew MacSween, Alexandria Maietta, Wesley Mattson, Morgan McCarty, Colleen Mcnamara, Alyssandra Morganelli, Ashlee Morin, Hailey Muggeo, Karni Murray, Brody neill, Molly o’Mera, Cara Rarker, Abby Pasichny, Ryan Paul, Jenna Raleigh, Keely Rancourt, Zoey Retamoza, Jessica Rice, Emily Roberts, Matthew Robertson, Jenna Rosado, Ryley Rosborough, Savannah Schreiber, Macoy

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GRADE 6 HonoR RoLL Amber Albin, Kevin Alves, Madelaine Arroyas, Mary Astorga, Sery Auguste, Ainsley Ayers, Heather Barrows, Mackenzie Berlinguet, Brigitte Billings, Jaylin Bodell, Joseph Boisvert, Jason Bonati, Amanda Brodeur, Matthew Brook, Ashley Bruneau, Lazar Budic, Abigail Burke, Patrick Burke, Jr., Kelly Buteyn, Tyler Butler, Francis Caccavelli, Isabella Caccavelli, James Cadotte, Eric Caissie, Hannah Callinan, Maxine Cannalonga, Kathyrn Channing, Kaya Chokshi-Fox, Meghen Choquette, Alyssa Clark, Abby Cohen, Matthew Colella, Kaitlyn Collins, Kristen Connors, Matthew Coolbrith, Joshua Costigan, Samantha Cristina, Vinicios Cunha, Alexander Currie, Jenna Dagle, Abigail Damon, Grace Davidson, Madison Doherty, Johnrobert Doiron, Hallie Doppler, Erika Dube, Steven Earle, Violet Esposito, Hailey Fairhurst, Ashley Ferrick, Lena FlynnMoscaritolo, Tessa French, Maria Fresolo, Emily Frick, Kiersten Goates, Kaylie Gonya, Ceara Graveson, Jacob Gray, Maxwell Gray, Lindsey Guyton, Abigail Hanscom, olivia Hicks, Ava Howe, John Hughes, Zachary Jionzo, Charr Jobe, Alexandra Jones, Erin Jones, Hannah Jones, Alexa Kearnan, Alex Keeler, Carrie Kraich, Zachary Labonte, Benjamin Landry, Rebecca Lauze, Lucas Lawrence, Bailey Leavitt, Joseph Legg, Seth Little, Kerollos Lowandy, Derek Lucciarini, Peyton Mages, Steven Makynen, Harrison Mansfield, Jessica Mansour, Zoe Martin, Jennifer McLaughlin, Megan Metzger, Reid Miller, Casey Millette, Jonathan Morgan, Jacob Morganelli, Sean Morrissey, Adam Munger, owain nelligan, Alexandria nowicki, Julia Parabicoli, Meagan Parker, Foram Patel, Vincent Paul, Ryan Paxton, Camden Pomeroy, Jacob Rancourt, Bridget Redgate, Kathleen Redgate, Patrick Richardson, Alexander Rivera, Hannah Rousseau, Stephen Russell, Daniel Salzberg, Kali Sander, Dante Savoia, Thomas Sawyer, Madeleine Schleinitz, Tessa Schollard, Aspen Schreiber, Ryan Semle, Shayla Seymour, Scott Shaw, Melissa Silva, nicholas Simonds, Hannah Smith, Carl Speight, Jr., Caitlin Spencer, Braden Stewart, Abbigayle Stratton, Grace Takessian, Riley Tanner, Alex Tashjian, Caroline Thiebault, nathaniel Thomspon, Richard Wallace, Samuel Watts, Seth Wojciechowski, Robert Yacino, Jr. 

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Pintarich Christopher and Kaitlyn (Spinelli) Pintarich of Uxbridge announce the birth of their son, Graeme Parker Pintarich. Graeme arrived at 10:14am on Thursday, June 20th, 2013, at Milford Regional Medical Center in Milford. He weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and measured 18-1/2 inches in length. The maternal grandparents are Lawrence and Bonita Spinelli of Southbridge. The paternal grandparents are Stephen and Barbara Pintarich of

Southington, CT. The great-grand parents are Thomas and Patricia nedjoika of Southington, CT.

Gallagher awarded honors Kelley Gallagher, daughter of Mark and Jane Gallagher of Uxbridge, received academic honors at Westfiled State University by making the Dean's List for the Spring Semester 2013. Gallagher is a sophomore at Westfield State University located in Westfield, MA, Kelley is majoring in Elementary Education.

“Poocha’ Palooza”...A Howling Good Time GFWC Uxbridge Woman's Club will be hosting the Second Annual a “PooCHa’ PALooZA” which is a multiple plan event containing a Dog Show for “competing” dogs along with their dog enthusiasts, a dog obedience demonstration by a professional group with many Crafts and Vendor tables. We plan on having present adoptions shelter pets from various rescue organizations, so come and learn about various breeds. The dog fair will be at the Heritage State Park at River Bend Farm at 287 oak St in the Town of Uxbridge on September 14th from 1- 4 pm with a rain date of Sept 15th. The dog competition will be three categories: Best of breed for either mixed or pure breed depending on the dog’s weight class, and best dressed costume of owners complimenting their dog’s

costume. Extra points will be awarded to the dog, if the owner wears a complimenting costume, so owners support your pet. A group of costumed dogs will be walking around on their hind legs for pictures with your Pooch’s. Monetary “Gift Certificates” will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners this year. The competition will have a Master of Ceremony, Angie Keeler along with the three official judges: Jennifer Gallo, DVM, and owner of Southern new England Veterinary Care, and Mike Devries, dog enthusiast, and a member from Dog orphans. A dog bakery will be available to treat your pets, so “make no bones about it”. Blackstone Heritage Homecoming Committee will have human treats available for purchase. The scrump-

tious food available will “wet” the largest of human appetites. Please join us and bring your beloved dog, because you don’t want to miss this “waggin” good time. If you are a professional vendor or just have household treasures for sale, please consider coming. Very large open spaces are available for a rental of $25.00. Dog registration forms can be requested by calling 508-278-2506. Registration for the event is $7.00 which is for both the completion of Best of Breed (Mix or Pure) and for entry in the Best Dress completion, if the dog so chooses. owners bring your pet or you’ll be in the dog house. So, “paws” for a second, and you’ll find you’ll be panting with excitement along with you pooch to attend their Second Annual Dog Competition.

First year Daisy uxbridge Girl Scout Troop 11910 recently donated cookies to Meals on Wheels in uxbridge. Beverly Clark the local coordinator and some of the Daisy’s are pictured above. The girls were so excited to be able to donate the cookies to people who have trouble leaving their homes and otherwise wouldn't get a chance to enjoy them.

Whitinsville Social Library News • Book Groups 8/13: Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice by Kevin Cullen 8/27: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards • Knitting Group, Wednesdays @ 6 pm • Kid’s Summer Reading and Events: See our website for complete kid’s programs! Remember the last day to turn in

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Haggard’s work to be featured Artist Lynette Haggard will be showing her work in an exhibition entitled Lyrical Geometry at the Spaulding R. Aldrich Heritage Gallery at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville. The exhibition opens on Friday, August 2nd with an artists’ reception from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The public is invited. Lynette Haggard is an award-winning artist who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Philadelphia College of Art. Her work has been selected for numerous shows, including the Sixth Annual Encaustic Invitational  at Conrad Wilde Gallery in Tucson. other venues include Attleboro Museum of Art, Danforth Museum of Art, new Hampshire Institute of Art, Saco Museum, the Art Complex Museum, and galleries throughout the United States. Her work is included in many collections, such as those at new Britain Museum of American Art, Massachusetts General Hospital,  Emerson Hospital, Parmenter Hospice, Pearson Education, as well as in private

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collections here and abroad. Haggard works in encaustics, a paint medium which uses wax as a base and dates to ancient times. Speaking of the series of paintings to be included in the exhibition, she says: “The Timbre series is about color, transparency, visual depth, and building layered, reworked surfaces.” Writer David Raymond of Art new England Magazine has described her work as “Straightforward rectangular acreage of layered colors that shimmer through the wax, like farmland seen from a plane.” Lynette Haggard publishes an art blog: www.LynetteHaggard.blogspot. com and is a regular presenter at the International Encaustic Conference. She lives and maintains her studio in Framingham. You can see more of her work at The exhibition continues through Sept. 26th. Gallery hours are Mon. Fri., 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Weekends and evening by appointment. FMI call 508234-6232 or

This month The Blackstone River Valley national Heritage Corridor and the Friends of Asa Waters Mansion "Team Up" to present, “The Revival of the original Lyceum” Topic: Baseball in the Blackstone Valley on Thursday, August 15th. “When it comes to singling out and naming the hotbed of Baseball in these United States, you can cross off your list such cities as new York, Boston, Chicago and Detroit. The most redblooded center in America, inch for inch, soul for Photo by RogeR APPeLL oF AshLAnD soul, is in the Blackstone Valley.”-Worcester Massachusetts Spy, 1926 Before a professional minor league system existed, the Blackstone Valley League, an industrial league, played Friends Susan Darnell and member of the Framingham some of the finest baseball in America. The Blackstone her husband Carl Moore of Finance Committee for 17 River Valley national Heritage Corridor and Friends of Asa Mendon, joined James “Jim” years with Peter. Jim is a for- Waters Mansion will present a Lyceum Program in honor Dwyer, wife Constance mer Selectman in Uxbridge of the 200th anniversary of the town of Millbury (where the “Connie” Dwyer, of Sutton; where many of his friends first American Lyceum was held in 1826). A panel will disand friends Peter and Suzy came to join him along with cuss the early beginnings of baseball in America, and the TenBroeck of new Hamp- other friends from all over role of the league in the development of the Blackstone shire. Carl & Jim are fellow new England. The birthday Valley right up to its demise in 1950. Refreshments will be amateur poets and Peter was party was hosted by Jim’s for sale by Creedon and Company who will be offering the best man at his & daughter; Susan Travis of "ballpark favorites" such as Fenway franks, popcorn, Connie’s wedding and Jim Sutton. lemonade, Coca-cola, and, for those over 21, the epoch served as a past Chairman & narragansett beer (served in Fenway park from WWII until

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The completion of an impressive mural to promote healthy living in one of Milford Regional Medical Center’s stairwells was celebrated at a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony held at the Medical Center on Tuesday, June 18th. The creation of a mural was the brainchild of the Medical Center’s Healthy Balance Committee as part of an initiative to inspire hospital employees to maintain and improve their health by “taking the stairs.” The focus on health became a community project when community muralist Tova Speter got involved along with the Painting and Design students from Blackstone Valley Technical High as well as their instructors. Hospital employees worked side by side with BVT students and the muralist to complete this project. Recognized at the dedication was the hospital’s Colleague Giving Program as well as the following community partners who provided donations to make the project possible: Hockomock Area YMCA, Stop and Shop Supermarkets, Milford Benjamin Moore and Co. and Milford Cable TV.

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Senior Corner Northbridge Senior Center August Events Director: Kelly Bol Hours of operation: Monday - Thursday 8:30 am -4:00 pm Friday 8:30 am - 1:00 pm Phone: 508-234-2002 SPECIAL EVEnTS. • Wednesday, August 7th Mystery Trip, Transportation cost $7.00 per person. Depart from the Senior Center 10:30 a.m. Lunch at the Willow brook Restaurant on your own. Rain date will be August 8th. • Tuesday, August 13th 7:00 p.m. F.I.n.E. Travelers and Collette Vacation Tours will present an informative evening on two Tours available in 2014 one in May and the second one in September both are seven day tours. For more information, contact F.In.E President Jim Gallagher at (cell # 508259-3786) or • Wednesday, August 14th organ Concert Mechanic s Hall at 12:00 p.m. , following lunch at Coney Island on your own. $12.00 Includes transportation & concert. Depart 10:00 a.m. from the Senior Center, limited availability. • Monday, August 19th Senator Michael Moore and Staff will sponsor a Volunteer Ice Cream social at 1:00 p.m. To recognize these “Much “appreciated men & women. Come and join other volunteers for this social afternoon. • Thursday, August 22 at 5:00 p.m. Meeting Demands a program presented by Summit Elder Care. The program will include helpful suggestions in caring for elderly family members or a close friend. Refreshments will include make your own sundae. Call the center to sign up for this informative evening. Call the center or check the August / September edition of the new Horizons newsletter for a complete list of upcoming events in August & September. VACATIon TRAVELERS Attention Vacation Travelers: Mark your calendars. Tuesday evening August 13th at 7:00 P.M. The F.I.n.E. Travelers of the northbridge Senior Center in partnership with Collette Vacation Tours will present a 2014 national Parks Vacation Tours night., Light refreshments will be served. For more trip details, visit the link www. South Dakota Black Hills and Badlands, May 27 – June 2, 2014. Contact F.I.n.E.President Jim Gallagher at 508259-3786 for more information. MonTHLY BIRTHDAY DInnER The monthly birthday dinner will be Thursday August 22nd 11:45.A.M. anyone celebrating a birthday in August is invited to attend and bring a guest. All birthday participants are eligible to win a floral arrangement. Reservations must be made on Monday, August 19th no later than 11:00 a.m.

120 CLUB The Friends of northbridge Elders, Inc will have 120 Club tickets available to purchase prior to resuming on August 8th. Each session runs for twenty weeks the cost per ticket is $20 with a twenty dollar weekly winner. At the conclusion of twenty weeks, there will be a final drawing taking place on 12/19/13. FALLon REPRESEnITIVE There will be a Fallon Rep here at the Center on Wednesday August 14th at 10:00 a.m. with an update on the Senior Plan. SHInE APPoInTMEnTS The Shine Represenitive will be available for an appointment only on Fridays during the month of August 16th & 30th. Call the center to schedule an appointment. ASK THE nURSE on Tuesday, August 13h & Tuesday, August 27th R.n. Pat Wallen, will be available to take your vital signs and will answer any questions you may have regarding your general health. SAVE THE DATE The Day Trippers of the northbridge Senior Center will travel to Chicopee on Thurs., Sept. 12th to the HU KEE LAU for a Polynesian Show and Dinner. $52 all inclusive. Contact Jeannine for information or reservations. Transportation provide by Foxy Travel.

VoLUnTEER MEDICAL DRIVERS The northbridge Senior Centers Volunteer Medical Driver program is in desperate need of drivers to take local senior residents, to out of town medical appointments. Any time that you could give to this much needed, and appreciated service would be most welcomed. Drivers are reimbursed once a month for their miles. Call the center for more for information 508-234-2002. MEALS on WHEELS DRIVERS nEEDED The Tri-Valley nutrition site at the Senior Center is very much in need of volunteer drivers to deliver meals to local home bound seniors. Any available time you could give to this much needed cause would be appreciated. Call Bill Robidoux site Manager. SEnAToR MICHAEL MooRE oFFICE HoURS Senator Michael Moore or his rep. will be available to meet with local seniors from12:00- 1:00 p.m. on the second Monday of every month. CAREGIVERS GRoUP The northbridge Senior Center’s Caregivers group meets on the fourth Friday of the month. The next meeting will be on Friday, August 23rd @ 11:00 a.m. If you are currently caring for a family member or close friend, come and join others who share your compassion.

ATTEnTIon SEnIoR CITIZEnS The Town of northbridge Property Tax WoRK - oFF PRoGRAM. Is available for local seniors, who qualify, and have appropriate skills, volunteer their services to the town. They are then matched with volunteer positions that have been offered by various Town Departments. This new program can help you reduce the cost of your property taxes and you will be helping the town as well.

Senior Breakfast at St. John’s

A Senior Breakfast is planned at St. John’s Episcopal Church located at 3 Pleasant Street in Sutton. Join in on Friday, August 2nd from 8 to 9:30 a.m. for French toast, link sausages, juice, and coffee or tea. A $4 donation per person will be charged. Handicapped accessible.  For more information, call 508-865-3103, or 508-277-9822.

Sutton Senior Center News 2nd • Friday 11:45 AM - B V Tech. Students presentation/Recipes for low fat/low salt cooking. All Seniors attending will receive copy of their cook book FREE! 5th • Monday 10 AM Chatterbox Discussion Group. All welcome 6th • Tuesday 12:30 PM Hawaiian Luau W/all goodies & entertainment presented by Beaumont Rehab. Ctr.   7th • Wednesday 11 AM Coin Show w/Mike McDonald. Evaluating old & rare coin. 9th • Friday 11 AM Musical Entertainment. A Musical Journey through the years w/Tommy Hull. WEEKLY FEATURES Mondays @ 9:30 AM  Tai Chi  FREE

classes every Monday. All Welcome Mondays @ 12:30 PM nEW! Horseshoes. All ages welcome to play or learn Tuesdays @ 12:45 PM  “ Sutton Serenaders Chorus” (suspended for Summer) Thursdays – 10 AM  Pitch  All welcome Thursdays – 1 PM  Darts 1st & 3rd of each month Thursday – 12:30 PM  nEW! Mahjong—Beginners welcome. BInGo every Wed. & Fri. @ 1 PM Fridays - 9 AM  “I’m Sorry” Card Game Free Exercise Classes ; Mondays & Wednesdays (Range of Motion) Free Yoga Classes Tuesdays & Fridays Free Computer Classes  Wednesdays & Thursdays. (Suspended through Summer/Returning in the Fall)

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Uxbridge Senior Center Programs 36 South Main Street, Uxbridge Marsha Petrillo; Director Donna oncay; Administrative Assistant Lynne McPherson; Chef Peter Waeger; Van Driver Please call the Senior Center at 508278-8622 to reserve your meal and also to arrange for transportation to lunch and for medical appointments. Van transportation begins at 10:30 am each day. Please check with the Senior

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Center, Uxbridge Cable Station or the Council on Aging website for the Lunch Menu. The Senior Center is a drop off site for the People First Food Pantry. Donations are accepted Monday through friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. SEnIoR CEnTER WISH LIST – The Senior Center would greatly appreciate any donations of all purpose spray cleaner for the tables, sugar and Splenda packets, foam cups, stirrers, cascade for the dishwasher, dish detergent, sponges, napkins, paper towels and decaf and regular coffee. These things are not covered in the budget. We thank you very much for your help.

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If you would like to donate a $5 (or more) gift card for our Baggy Tuesday game it would be greatly appreciated. Seniors can use gift cards from Hannaford’s, CVS, Walmart or Dunkin Donuts for food and medications. THE UXBRIDGE GRAnGE 200 has generously donated many items from our wish list. We thank them for their support of the seniors in Uxbridge. Do YoU HAVE QUESTIonS ABoUT YoUR FALLon InSURAnCE AnD WAnT To KEEP YoUR SAME DoCToR? Call the Center we can answer your questions. CATCH YoUR BALAnCE on Friday August 16, 2013, at 11:30am, Diane Wollensak, PT from Uxbridge orthopedic and Sports Therapy, will be with us to help us Catch our Balance. Come and learn how good your balance is and tips for improving it. Please call 278-

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8622 to RSVP, 24 hours in advance to reserve your lunch and to attend this informational talk. EnD oF SUMMER LUAU AT WEST HILL PARK – Join us on Thursday, August 29 for our end of summer luau. We will be going to West Hill Park for lunch. Last year our picnic at West Hill was a lot of fun. Join us for a fun day! Please call the Senior Center at 508278-8622 to reserve your lunch. naviCare SCo will be at the Senior Center on the first Monday of every month at 2:00pm. naviCare SCo is a Senior Care options program. naviCare helps you get the most out of your Medicare and MassHealth standard benefits and offers you extra services that can help you stay healthy at no extra cost to you. You are eligible if you are 65 years old or older, you have Mass Health Standard and you live in Worcester County. BEREAVEMEnT CoUnSELInG – Are you dealing with the loss of a loved one, losing a job or your home or just need to talk to someone? Please call the Senior Center and make an appointment to talk to our bereavement counselor, Dr. Carl Schultz. Dr. Schultz comes to us with impressive credentials. He is available for people of all ages by appointment. All sessions are free, private and confidential. Call the Senior Center at 508-278-8622 to make an appointment. nEW WEBSITE – now you can go to the new Council on Aging website and get all the news from the Senior Center. There is up to date information on programs and classes, the weekly lunch menu, as well as fuel assistance and open enrollment for Medicare Supplemental insurance. Check us out at Go to departments and click on Council on Aging.

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BAGGY TUESDAYS! Started on May 14th, and continuing every Tuesday for ten weeks, we will play a game called

Boxing Day during lunch. There will be weekly prizes for the winners. Please RSVP by each Monday so we can have an accurate count for lunch and the game. PAGE TURnERS with Jane Granatino, Library Director. If you like to talk about books, good and bad, join us. Share some of your favorite reads, talk about what makes a classic and discover new authors, this book discussion is for You! new members are always welcome, just stop by! GET oUT oF THE HEAT! If you do not have air conditioning and the weather gets really hot please remember that the Senior Center is air-conditioned and you can come in and stay cool during the day. Come for lunch and spend the afternoon talking with friends, reading, watching TV, or playing games. The center is open from 8 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday. CAREGIVER PRoGRAM – The Caregiver Program at Tri-Valley is sponsoring a free program to help caregivers deal with stress. The program “Low Tech to High Tech: Mindfulness Tools for Caregiver Stress” will be held at the Pleasant Valley Country Club, on Tuesday, July 9th from 8:45 to 11:30 am. Contact Laura Black Silver, Caregiver Specialist at 1-800-286-6640, ext. 3079 for information and to register. DID YoU KnoW THAT YoU CoULD GET A CAREGIVER SCHoLARSHIP? – one of the services of the Caregiver Program at TriValley is the scholarship fund that provides assistance and relief to caregivers. The service includes helping caregivers arrange and fund short-term respite in the home or in an assisted living or nursing home facility, equipment and other resources. This service is available to any caregiver of an elder 60 or over who resides in one of the 25 towns served by Tri-Valley. If you or anyone you know could benefit from this program please call Tri-Valley at 1800-286-6640.

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The Young at Heart group of Faith Fellowship Church will be taking a trip to the ogunquit Playhouse on Wednesday, September 11th to see "West Side Story." There will be lunch included at the Dockside in York Harbor with a choice of fish or chicken.   The bus will leave from the  church, 647 Douglas  St, Uxbridge at 8:15  AM.  Call Sue at 508-372-9266 for ticket pricing and more information.

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uxbRIDge senIoRs continued from page 28 1st • Thursday 11:30 am Lunch: Shepherd’s pie, steamed carrots, and sugar free Jell-o 2nd • Friday 11:30 am Lunch: Baked fish, rice pilaf, mixed vegetables and assorted pies. 5th • Monday 11:30 am Lunch: Vegetable quiche, garden salad, and sugar free pudding. 2:00 pm – nAVICARE SCo 6th • Tuesday 8:30 am Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Call 2788622 to arrange for pick-up. 11:30 am Baggy Tuesday Lunch: Beef stroganoff, egg noodles, green beans and angel food cake with berries. 7th • Wednesday 11:30 am Lunch: Chicken Romano with pasta, garden salad and brownies with ice cream. 8th • Thursday 11:30 am Lunch: Penne with sausage and marinara, green beans and fresh fruit. 12:30 pm Pick-up begins for Wal-Mart shopping. Call to arrange for pick-up. 9th • Friday 11:30 am Lunch: Baked fish, roasted potatoes, broccoli and cake. 12th • Monday 11:30 am Lunch: Stuffed shells, spinach, and ice cream sandwiches. 13th • Tuesday 8:30 am Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Call 2788622 to arrange for pick-up. 11:30 am Lunch: Baggy Tuesday Shepherds pie, mixed vegetables, angel food cake with strawberries. 2:00-3:00 pm Page Turners with Jane Granatino, Library Director. 14th • Wednesday 11:30 am Lunch: • BBQ chicken, pasta salad, potato salad & fresh fruit

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22nd • Thursday 11:30 am Lunch: Hot dogs with roll, coleslaw, potato salad and fresh fruit. 12:30 pm - Pick-up begins for WalMart shopping. Call 278-8622 to arrange for pick-up.

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TUESDAYS Blood Pressure Clinic at 9:00 AM Tai Chi Class at 9:30 AM cost $2.00 Sing-a-Long 11:00 AM Cribbage/Scat at 1:00

26th • Monday 11:30 am Lunch: Garden vegetable Alfredo with penne, mixed vegetables and brownies 27th • Tuesday 8:30 am Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Call 2788622 to arrange for pick-up. 11:30 am Lunch: Baggy Tuesday Beef and mushroom lasagna, mixed vegetables and lemon squares. 28th • Wednesday 11:30 am Lunch: Caesar salad with chicken, whole wheat roll and sugar free Jell-o 29th • Thursday EnD oF SUMMER LUAU at West Hill Park 30th • Friday 11:30 am Lunch: Baked fish, wild grain rice, cauliflower and birthday cake.

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The Friends of northbridge Elders (FInE), a local 501C non-profit charity that supports the northbridge Senior Center operations, invites all northbridge residents in discovering the beautiful national Park Vacation Tours available in 2014 by the FInE Travelers. Bring some friends to our preview party where our plans for our next travel adventure will be unveiled. Don’t miss this informative and fun presentation. Mark your calendar! Tuesday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m. at the northbridge Senior Center, 20 Highland St., Whitinsville. RSVP: Jim Gallagher (508) 259-3786 or

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Mendon Senior Center News and Events Amy Wilson Kent, Director 508-478-6175 2013 MEnDon SEnIoR CITIZEn oF THE YEAR! The Mendon Council on Aging would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit nominations for consideration this year. This year's honoree, chosen from among several qualified candidates, is Mike Ammendolia who "has committed himself to working for the Town since he moved to Mendon" nearly thirty years ago. Mike stands out for his years of service to the Town of Mendon on many local boards and committees including the Conservation Committee (1993-present), the Finance Committee (1994-2007) and the Mendon Board of Selectmen (20072013). Mike is also a current member and past chair of The Friends of

Mendon Police, "a community initiative to build a new Police Station." Mike was appropriately described in the nomination as an "InK on PAPER man who has a long history of volunteerism in this community." Please join us in congratulating Mike and watch for details to honor him at a dinner hosted by the Mendon Lion's Club at the 36th annual Senior Citizens Day on Sunday, September 15th. onGoInG PRoGRAMS: Walking Group ~ Monday 9 am Lunch Club ~ Tues/Thurs12:00 noon Whole Foods ~ Monday 9-11 am Hand & Foot ~ Tuesday 1 pm Bridge ~ Monday 9 am Shopping Van ~ Alternating Wednesdays 8 am Cribbage ~ Monday/Thursday 9 am Panera Bread ~ Wednesday 9-11 am

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Stretch & Flexibility ~ Tue/Thur 9 am Yoga ~ Wednesday 9 am & Thursdays 6 pm Word Games ~ Tues / Thurs 9 am T'ai Chi ~ Wednesday 10:15 am Chair Yoga ~ Tuesday 11:15 am Bocce ~ Reserve the court mornings EXERCISE UPDATES: new Sessions Starting! Beginners Welcome! our half-hour drop-in Chair Yoga class will continue on Tuesdays from 11:15 - 11:45am throughout the summer for seniors of all ages and ability levels. Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of yoga from the safety and comfort of the chair. There is no fee for this subsidized class; however, donations are welcome to help defray the cost. There are also limited openings in our affordable Wednesday morning and Thursday evening Yoga classes as well as Wednesday morning T'ai Chi. Please stop by or call the Mendon Senior Center at 508-478-6175 for fees and availability of our summer sessions. These programs are taught by instructor Faith Kennedy of Hummingbird Holistic Center of Uxbridge. new

Students may try theirfirst class for free! Important: Always check with your physician before starting a new fitness program. DInE-oUT Join us for our upcoming Wednesday Dine-out locations: • August 28th, Shining Rock Golf Club in northbridge • September 25th, Christopher's Restaurant, Woonsocket, RI Carpool from the Center at 11:00 am oR meet up at each dining location. Please sign up at the center and be sure to note your phone number and indicate whether you will carpool or meet there. PLAnnInG FoR MEDICARE Wednesday, August 7th 1:00 pm Planning for Medicare is a presentation and discussion led by a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts representative. The presentation is geared towards employees approaching Medicare Eligibility. The presentation covers health insurance information outside of employer-sponsored coverage. Call 508-478-6175 or stop by the Mendon Senior Center to sign up for this informative program.

ICE CREAM SoCIAL & VInTAGE CLASSICS Join us at the Mendon Senior Center on Wednesday, August 14th at 1 pm to enjoy Johnny Diamond of Upton perform easy listening favorites by artists including neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and many more. Following the performance, enjoy a 'make your own sundae' social. Transportation is available. Please stop by or call 508-478-6175 to register for this free event sponsored by the Friends of Mendon Elders and be sure to let us know if you need a ride. We would like to thank Mr. Diamond for generously volunteering his time for this event. EnD oF SUMMER SInG-A-LonG & PoTLUCK ~ Cold Dishes We've got the A/C on and on Thursday, August 29th at 11:00 am you'll be cool as a cucumber when you join us for a special sing-a-long and cold potluck. Janet Ahearn will accompany us on the piano to all your favorite tunes. Please call ahead or drop off a few song requests for her consideration. As far as the cold potluck is concerned be creative, be cool. Some suggestions are of course the obvious garden, pasta and potato salads. How about deviled eggs, cold chicken, and finger sandwiches. For dessert, why not consider jello with whip cream, watermelon or ice cream sandwiches. Please stop by the Mendon Senior Center to sign up and note your contribution. Why not go in together with a friend or if you'd prefer to pitch in for any of the above--just let us know. A contribution of no more than $5.00 per person should be considered. Again, please stop by or call the Senior Center at 508-478-6175 to register and let us know one or two of your favorite songs. SEE YoU In THE FALL... Some of our popular programs will be taking a summer break, but fear notthey will return in the fall! The Mendon Minstrels-coordinated by Marge West-will resume their melodious activities on Mondays beginning September 16th at a new time: 12:30 p.m. All voices are welcome! The Minstrels meet weekly (except for Monday holidays) and have two musical programs scheduled thus far for nov. 7th and Dec. 19th during the day. If you'd like to join the roster, please call the center to let us know so we have enough materials. The Pen-pal program with Clough 4th Graders will return late September under the coordination of volunteer Peg nogueira. We'd like to thank Peg for her energy and enthusiasm while keeping this program on track this year. It was a great success. Thursday evening Pitch League will resume in mid-october. Looking Ahead - Mark Your Calendars. The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease is a 1 hour workshop designed to provide the audience basic information about memory loss, Alzheimer's disease and related dementia's. The workshop will provide information about the warning signs, getting a diagnosis and what Alzheimer's disease is. Thursday, Sept. 19th 10:30 a.m.

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exQuIsIte IteMs FoR shoPPeRs Story & Photos by Constance Dwyer Savvy shoppers need not go far in the Valley to find unique gift ideas when they’re traveling Route l6 in Douglas and spot the “Gift Authority” sign. After you pull into the spacious driveway and walk into the store, you won’t be able to leave without a purchase in hand. The exquisite jewelry lines are “top-quality gifts for the distinguished shopper,” among many other gift choices. A family-run business, owners Veronica and Merritt Tetreault and Granddaughter Dawn Brule say that “business is great” and they are proud to have well-known and loved Store Manager Lorraine Tetreau as part of their team. During the interview, Lorraine and Veronica couldn’t resist proudly asserting their ties to Douglas as “townies.” Gift Authority opened its doors on September 15th, 2011 and the store is eagerly anticipating its 2nd-year Anniversary at an “open House” planned for Saturday, September 14th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interesting enough, the gift store is located on the same property adjacent to Merritt’s business, Granutec, where he is President and welcomes family members as employees with his wife Veronica, his son Tom as Vice President, his Granddaughter Dawn as “Controller”and his other son Peter as Plasma operator and Grandsons Evan and Hunter Tetreault . Merritt succinctly describes Granutec as “designing and building machinery for the plastics industry” Merritt’s office is conveniently located on the second floor of the Gift Authority. Merritt explained that he wanted more diversification for his machine business and felt a jewelry/gift store was a sound business investment. He was so right and the Gift Authority is “doing very well.” He understands the value of not putting all your eggs in one basket since the Gift Authority is one of four other businesses he runs. He added that “people in Douglas were thrilled to find a gift and jewelry store here in Douglas.” Veronica added that their store offers “top-line jewelry” where prices vary. Dawn aptly pointed out that “We have price points for everyone—alternatives where our gift items are not all high end. We can offer customers items that are less expensive in the mix of such popular jewelry lines as John Medeiros, Chamilia, Sadie Green

wait to find out when the Gift Authority is open. First, here’s the address: 100 Davis Road (Route 16), East Douglas; Hours: Mon., Wed. & Fri.: 10 am to 5 pm; Tues., Thurs. & Sat., 10 am to 4 pm. FMI call (508) 476-7924 or visit or check Gift Authority on Facebook!

Merritt Tetreault, wife Veronica & granddaughter Dawn Brule in front of a handbags display. Lestage and Bella Ryann.” Veronica added that she and her staff want to give personal attention to shoppers and they welcome their input and are prepared to offer suggestions when a customer isn’t quite sure about what to choose as a gift which might be a gorgeous pearl necklace. Customers come from Douglas to all towns in the Valley as well as many from Rhode Island. While on the subject of personal attention, as customer Brigitte Peters of Uxbridge was leaving with her purchase bought from Lorraine.

Unique gift items in the spacious, well-organized store vary from Habersham candles (from Georgia), soaps from Cape Cod, including glycerin soaps made by Douglas resident Terry Palmer; handmade American Girl doll clothes by Judy Manyak; the Wax Pottery, a top-seller Veronica added, Celtic jewelry, handcrafted beaded jewelry by Douglas resident Lisa Hession, lovely scarves, baby gift items from “Baby Bloomers,” novelty potpourri, creative shower caps, stylus for your phone when your fingers can’t fine tune

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Gareri earns Top Honors Catherine Gareri, LUTCF, Senior Associate with AspenCross Financial Group, has earned the John Hancock Financial network’s (JHFn) top producer award, ACE Qualifier, for the 8th year. ACE stands for Achieving Client Excellence. of the thousands of financial professionals in JHFn, ACE is reserved only for the top 250 financial professionals and financial advisors from within their national network. “Consistently attaining ACE status demonstrates Cathy’s on-going commitment to client excellence and a level of professionalism, respect, integrity, and real value that is delivered to her clients every day”, says Eric Jansen, President & CEo, AspenCross Financial Group. The ACE Leader’s Recognition Conference was held last May affording colleagues the ability to network and share best the practices. Since establishing her financial practice in 1990, Cathy has been a perennial leading producer receiving numerous industry awards and recognitions reserved for top industry professionals including MDRT, an organization recognized as the worldwide leader for professionals and ethical standards. The MDRT represents the top 5 percent of financial service professionals worldwide. We asked Cathy to what she attributes her long-time success in managing her practice. “I find the personal connections I am able to make with my clients to be most rewarding”, says Cathy. “It gives me a great deal of joy when I can help a client organize their financial lives, and as a result, they feel confident recommending I sit down with an extended family member, friend, or even a co-worker.”

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O’Neill named Lenze Americas National Distribution Manager Lenze Americas, a leading global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, announces the appointment of Garry o’neill as national distribution manager for Lenze Americas. o’neill is responsible for leading the company’s overall distribution strategy – his key responsibilities include driving growth through corporate relationships at preferred partners, branch engagement programs, regional business plans and training. o’neill has over 20 years of experience in industrial sales and sales management. “Garry brings extensive experience in the drive and automation markets which makes him well-positioned to drive our distribution programs, particularly in these areas,” said Deb Kling, director of commercial marketing, Lenze Americas. “Garry also has proven leadership skills to manage the development and execution of distributor communication programs, pricing strategies and new policies – an inte-

Garry o’Neill gral part of our distribution programs.” Previously, o’neill held a variety of positions and sales management roles in mechanical and electrical engineering with Gefran, Bonfiglioli, Textron Power Transmission, Sumitomo Drive Technologies and Bearings Specialty Company.

Lenze donations to help victims Leading global manufacturer of electrical and mechanical drives, motion control and automation technology, Lenze Americas has donated $4,000 to the Red Cross in support of families and communities affected by the recent devastating tornadoes that struck down in oklahoma, U.S. “our hearts reach out to those who tragically lost loved ones and those who have been injured and displaced

by this horrific disaster,” states Chuck Edwards, president, Lenze Americas. “Employees from our field sales offices and manufacturing facilities have joined together to extend their generosity in support of the Red Cross and its efforts to aid the people of oklahoma.” To support the Red Cross mission by making a donation, visit www. or call 1-800-RED CRoSS.

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Business Seminar Series at Savers This Business Seminars series will help you discover if owning or starting your own business is right for you. The workshops will provide you with resources and tools that will start you out on the right path. Free Business Seminars at the Southbridge Branch; hOw TO: exPlOre small BusiNess resOurCes August 7th from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm This complimentary Small Business Administration (SBA) Advantage workshop will help you gain a better understanding of the various SBA programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses. wOmeN’s small BusiNess CONTraCTiNg PrOgram August 21st from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm The U.S. Small Business Admini-stration (SBA) is expanding federal contracting opportunities for womenowned small businesses (WoSBs). The new Women-owned Small Business Contracting Program will help ensure a level playing field on which WoSBs can compete for federal contracting opportunities, while helping achieve the existing statutory goal that five 5 percent of federal contracting dollars go to women-owned small businesses. Where: Savers Bank located at 270 Main Street in Southbridge. Call Eugene Santos-Roesler 774-318 8487 or Free Business Seminars at the Uxbridge Branch hOw TO: exPlOre small BusiNess aDmiNisTraTiON resOurCes August 14th from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm This complimentary SBA Advantage workshop will help you gain a better understanding of the various SBA programs and services that are available to prospective or current entrepreneurs who need assistance in starting or expanding their businesses. wOmeN’s small BusiNess CONTraCTiNg PrOgram August 28th from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is expanding federal contracting opportunities for womenowned small businesses (WoSBs). The new Women-owned Small Business Contracting Program will help ensure a level playing field on which WoSBs can compete for federal contracting opportunities, while helping achieve the existing statutory goal that five 5 percent of federal contracting dollars go to women-owned small businesses. Where: Savers Bank located at 6 north Main Street #1 in Uxbridge. Call Eugene Santos-Roesler 774-3188487 or

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Sports Shorts JDRF Fundraiser features food, fun & ride ment from “Something Good”, a moonbounce and other children's activities. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children under 12 (children under 2 years old, free). Tickets can be purchased on the day the event or in advance at The Hay-Wagon Restaurant or Uxbridge Auto located at 187 north Main Street in Uxbridge. Hay-Wagon will be also be donating percent of the days ice cream proceeds to JDRF. JDRF is the leader of the Type 1 Diabetes community - unifying efforts to cure, treat, and prevent T1D. If you cannot join in the festivities, but still wish to donate to Stephen's ride or JDRF, please log onto http://www2. or call Stephen Plays at 508-341-4697 or Steve Berube at 508-320-7296.

Stephen Plays and Steve Berube, a uSA Cycling Coach.

experienced and beginner bikers welcome Uxbridge residents Stephen Plays and Steven Berube biked 100 miles in JDRF’s Ride to Cure Diabetes in Burlington VT in July. Meet members of the n.E. team and help Stephen on his last leg of fundraising at the HayWagon Restaurant, 504 West Hartford Avenue, Uxbridge on Saturday, August 10th (rain date is Sunday, August 11th). The team will be embarking on a 40

mile bike ride at noon - experienced riders are welcome to join – and returning at approximately 2:30 p.m. Steve Berube, a USA Cycling Coach, and other members of the team, will lead a -mile community ride at 3:00 p.m. Anyone riding under the age of 17 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Both rides leave and return to the HayWagon Restaurant and helmets are required. There will be a country barbeque starting at 4:00 p.m., with entertain-

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~ 2013 NEAAu CHAMPIoNS ~ Central Mass Hurricanes 13u AAu BASEBAll TEAM out of Auburn were named the 2013 NEAAu Champions. local players from uxbridge included Ryley Rosborough, jake Hamel and Holden Thiebault.

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Central MA team captures Gold in 2013 Bay State Games Softball Showcase Jim McLaughlin (nE Fire, Arlington) and Assistant Coach John Furno (head coach at Douglas High), twelve girls representing Central Massachusetts communities emerged victorious at the 2013 Bay State Games. The games began with two days of pool play to determine which teams would play for medals. Central MA finished the first two days with a record of 2 -2 placing them as the #3 seed going into the final day of competition. The unlikely underdogs rallied to defeat powerhouse ros-

Free Outdoor Bikram Yoga at Whitin Manor A free Bikram Yoga Day will be open to the community on Saturday, August 3rd at Whitin Manor, located at 120 Hill Street, Whitinsville. The scheduled rain date is Sunday, August 4th. The session will be led by Sam Goldman, owner of Bikram Auburn and Westborough from approximately 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants should arrive properly hydrated and

not eat for 1-2 hours before arriving. Please bring a yoga or exercise mat, a towel and water. Children should be over the age of eight years old. For more information about this event, log onto the Auburn Bikram Yoga website, w w w. b i k r a m y o or call the Bikram Studio at 508-832-9642.

ters from both the West (#2 seed) and northeast (#1 seed) regions of the state. “I knew after seeing these girls at tryouts that we had raw talent, but with less than two weeks for practice, it was going to be a tough battle.” admitted coach Furno. These girls had less than two weeks to get it together. Many had commitments to their summer travel and/or town teams, and were unable to make the few practices that were held in Douglas, MA. Despite only a few days to get to know one another the girls quickly made friends while the coaches tried to figure out their strengths as players. "We really just started to ‘click’ as a team right from the very first game. Both the offense and defense heated up with every player contributing in a meaningful way to help us win. By the last game of the tournament, these girls were unstoppable,” commented Furno. Central Mass was led by seasoned pitcher Casey Arpin (notre Dame Academy), and unflappable newcomer Emma Lacasse (Shrewsbury HS). Versatile outfield and infield talent provided the defense including Areil Baillargeon (Gateway Regional), Maggie Fontaine (Clinton HS), Hanna Furno (Douglas HS), Emily Gigliotti (Wachusett HS), Sarah Lambert (Hopedale HS), Jocie orangio (Assabet

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Regional), Morgan VanderBaan (Whitinsville Christian School), Sam Wise (Uxbridge HS) and Alicia Zarozny (Shrewsbury HS), each contributing one or more exceptional defensive plays at critical times throughout the tournament. Danielle Rocheleau (Holy name) caught all six games, throwing out numerous base runners and preventing several runners from scoring at the plate. offensive powerhouses Alicia, Emily, Danielle and Morgan led several rallies on the final day of the games helping provide the extra run support to ensure the win for the championship gold medal. An amazingly well rounded team effort to win the Gold! Central Region 2013 Team Roster. Local player included: Casey Arpin; Uxbridge (Central MA Thunder),



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