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8th Annual Uniquely Uxbridge Day On Sunday, September 5th, Uxbridge will be celebrating their Eigth Annual Uniquely Uxbridge Day on the Uxbridge Town Common and Pout Pond. This day is to enjoy all the things that make Uxbridge a great community to live in. Part of what makes Uxbridge a fabulous community to live in is how they support others in need. The day starts at 9:00 a.m. on the town common. Admission is free, so come down, do some shopping, visit with the local crafters and artisans. The crafter and vendor fair features some of the top local artisans in the area. If you want to get a start on your holiday shopping, now is the time! Handblown glass, crochet items, handmade jewelry, primitives, wood décor, skin and personal care items are just a few of the vendors that you will find. Come out and connect local business owners that focus on multi-media, performing arts, fitness, massage and of course, food. Uniquely Uxbridge Day is partnering with Uxbridge First Holiday Night and the Pout Pond Recreation Committee to bring some added excitement to this year’s event. Be sure to stop by Mendon Street Kitchen and grab lunch, a quick snack or a cold drink. Additionally, several businesses in the downtown area will be open and hosting sidewalk sales. Stop by, get acquainted with all that the local downtown business district has to offer. After 3:00 p.m. head down to Pout Pond for a gathering and a time to cool off. The Pout Pond Recreation Committee has some great events planned for the entire family in the afternoon. They are pleased to announce the return of the town favorite, the cardboard boat race. Start saving your cardboard now, get your family together to start to construct your bouyant vessel. Please visit the event page at facebook. com/UxbridgeDay for updated details. Any questions on the Uniquely Uxbridge Day please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. They hope to see you there! See page 8 for addtional information about this great event.
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Pout Pond Community Day A day of fun, music and food was enjoyed last month at Pout Pond. Pictured at left: U.F.D. Firefighter Matt McCuin, State Representative Mike Soter, Pout Pond Committee Member Kara Guy (green shirt) and Meg Tuer enjoying a game of beach volleyball. Mendon Street Kitchen, one of the major sponsors for Uxbridge First Holiday Night, staff and volunteers were on hand all day keeping the crowd well fed. See related letter on page 3 PHoTo By CinDy BLy
Uxbridge Skatepark a safe gathering place for all By Christine Beauchaine In April of 2019, the Uxbridge Skatepark at 16 Granite Street, consisted of just one worn down ramp. That’s when Robbie Harper and Bug Ranslow stepped in to make it better. The duo started a Go-Fund-Me page (Rebuilding Uxbridge Skatepark) to raise money for improvements to the park. The campaign eventually raised almost $24,000 to upgrade the park. Harper and Ranslow feel like the park is “the best thing in Uxbridge.” They added that the park is meeting the needs of both teenagers and adults. While deserted on a recent Sunday in the rain, the park is usually really busy and has become a recreational “destination” for Uxbridge skaters and bikers. Park organizers added that boredom without an outlet can sometimes be a recipe for disaster. The park is meeting a real need in the community. The skatepark recently hosted the All I Need Skate Jam, sponsored by All I Need Skateboarding located in Taunton, MA. Harper and Ranslow say that the Skate Jam was a “huge success.” It included beginner, advanced and age 35+ divisions. “Everyone who attended had an incredible time,” Harper and Ranslow said. As a bonus, the event raised $3200 for the park. The event also garnered some rave reviews on PRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID BOSTON, MA PERMIT NO 55800
Uxbridge’s local Facebook page (We are Uniquely Uxbridge). The comments on the All I Need Skate Jam were overwhelmingly positive. People who weren’t even involved in the event commented on how well-organized and clean it was. Everyone is welcome at the park and the sense of community among the skaters was noticeable, even to spectators. The park will be hosting another event in the
Above deserted in the rain, the park is usually really busy and has become a recreational “destination” for skaters and bikers.
fall of 2021 to help raise money for their next big project, slated to begin in the spring of 2022. Improvements are ongoing. Harper and Ranslow said that they “want to continue to grow the park” and will always do everything they can to make sure the park is “the best it can be. The park is currently reaching out to local businesses who may wish to purchase hanging signs at the park. Businesses can purchase a 4x6 foot hanging sign for $600. “The skatepark is so important to the community,” Harper and Ranslow say, “Because it gives so many young people a place to go and be accepted, have fun and be safe. We have seen so many kids that haven’t really fit in anywhere else, flourish at the park and make new friends while enjoying something they all love.” The park’s organizers add that the skatepark “is really important to the town of Uxbridge because it gives kids a place to go,” noting that not everyone is comfortable with or interested in participating in team sports. The park does not receive any money from the town. They are “100% community and skater funded donations.” The park’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/uxbridgeskate) says that the park was ”built by skateboarders, for skateboarders, bikes, roller blades, skates and scooters.”
Labor Day Breakfast in Sutton The First Congregational Church of Sutton will host it’s 67th Annual Labor Day Breakfast on Sutton Center Common, rain or shine, Monday, September 6th, from 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Breakfast Ticket Donations $12.00
Adults, $6.00 ages 5 to 10 years old, Free 4 and under. Menu: Eggs, Ham, Pancakes, Home fries, Cornbread, Cereal, Juice & Coffee. Please bring a donation of non-perishables to benefit the Sutton Food Pantry.
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Free Drive-up Movie Night Unleashed Concert Save the date and mark your calendar for a free community event on Friday, September 17th, when two episodes of “The Chosen” will be shown on the “big screen” in Fairlawn Church’s parking lot. Showtime begins at 7:30 p.m. (Rain date: Friday, September 24th) This historical drama, directed by Dallas Jenkins and inspired by the Gospels, with its powerful performances, explores the life of Christ through some of the experiences, struggles,
emotions and trials the people around him may have gone through. The Chosen is the #1 crowdfunded media project of all time, with a record $22 million donated by 144,000 people. You won’t want to miss it! Fairlawn Church is located at 305 Goldthwaite Road (off of Hill Street or North Main Street) in Whitinsville. Questions? Call the church office at 508-234-2838.
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Series dates announced The Uxbridge Dog Park recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Uxbridge Dog Park. Uxbridge Unleashed, Inc. a 501c(3) non-profit whose mission is to provide fundraising and education for the dog park is pleased to announce their Live Music in the Park Series. Join them on Thursday evenings in September from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. These are family friendly events and the entire community is welcome to attend. Bring a chair or a blanket to sit on. Be prepared, you are on the dog's territory. Please do not bring food into the dog park area. This is a standard rule and will be strictly enforced at these events. Families with small children are welcome to sit outside the dog park, along the fence area to enjoy the music. Additionally, those who may not be comfortable inside the dog park area
can sit outside as well. The bands will set up in the small dog area of the park under the green canopy. There will be snow fencing around the band so that the small park area will be open. The schedule for the Live Music in the Park Series is as follows: • September 9th Till Dawn • September 23rd Holly and the S.O.B.S. • September 30th Paul Rodriguez Band There is no cost of admission to attend these events. Donations are always appreciated and may be made via VENMO to Uxbridge-Unleashed. Visit facebook.com/ UxbridgeMA DogPark & www.facebook.com/Uxbridge Unleashed to keep up with future events and news.
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Uxbridge Lions Car Show Slated for Auto Enthusiasts Collecting trophies and ribbons is one exciting aspect for participants in car shows, but showing off their autos in various categories with pride and love is what it is really about. The Uxbridge Lions will host its Third Annual Car Show on Saturday, October 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Valley Chapel, 14 Hunter Road in Uxbridge. All car classes are welcome from Antique to Muscle to Foreign Cars and Trucks. Even motorcycles can zoom by. The Registration Fee for every category is only $10.00. Admission to the public is free. For convenience, registration can be made in advance, but not required, by making checks payable to Uxbridge Lions Club, P.O. Box 455, North Uxbridge, MA 01538. Be sure to include pertinent information like name, phone number, vehicle make/ model. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories by a panel of judges. The People’s Choice Award is always a favorite. Building on the success of the previous two Uxbridge Lions car shows, the event will include DJ Mark Desmarais to entertain with music, announcements of awards, prizes and drawings keeping things fun and festive. Food will be available and Sweetwise Ice Cream Truck will be on site. A caricaturist will be a delightful addition. It will be a fun event for spectators of all ages. Local businesses and organizations can support and participate by being Bronze $25, Silver $50, Gold $100, and Platinum $200 sponsors. Sponsors will be prominently displayed and announced throughout the day and acknowledged in print and radio advertisement. Checks can be sent to the Uxbridge Lions Club, P.O Box 455, N. Uxbridge 01538 or contact President Diane Seely at email@example.com. The Uxbridge Lions Club is a member of Lions International which is the largest service organization in the world with clubs in 205 countries with more than 1.4 million members. Locally, the Uxbridge Lions have supported many organizations including school programs, student scholarships, First Night, Uniquely Uxbridge, Uxbridge Senior Center, the Food Pantry, Uxbridge Little League and Flag Football. Recently, it took over Beautify Uxbridge. While contributing to resources aimed at sight and hearing research, disaster relief, vaccinations and diabetes awareness, clearly home is where the heart is for this club. President Diane Seely is enthusiastic about the club’s third foray into the world of car shows saying, “We’re hoping the community comes out to see these incredible vehicles of all time periods, colors, shapes and sizes and meet the great people who treat them with such TLC.”
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Ring Bells on Sept. 17th to remember the US Constitution
Thank you for a great day!
September 17th at 4:00 p.m. Church Bells and Fire Alarms will be rung in the United States to commemorate the signing of the Constitution 234 years ago, and 230th anniversary of the ratification of the first ten amendments known as the Bill of Rights. This is the 66 anniversary of the first resolution by the U.S, Congress to observe Constitution Week. Every September 17th all schools who receive Federal funding are required to teach students about the Constitution. The DAR is dedicated to honoring those who gave their lives for this Constitution
Dear Editor, The Pout Pond Recreation Committee would like to thank all of those from the Uxbridge community and beyond who came out to participate in the 1st Annual Pout Pond Community Day on Saturday, July 31st. The weather was just right for the perfect beach day, with over 200 guests in attendance to play traditional field day games, listen to great music and spend quality outdoor time with family and friends. There are many people we would like to thank for making this event such a success, beginning with the Uxbridge Fire Department. A whole team of our UFD firefighters came down to the pond on Ladder 1, giving everyone a chance to explore one of the vehicles in town that keeps our community safe, and offering attendees a chance to ring the bell and try on a uniform. The firefighters also participated in a friendly game of Tug of War with the youngest members of our community, as well as playing several games of volleyball against willing guests, including Rep. Mike Soter. Mendon Street Kitchen was serving up burgers, hot dogs and mac n’ cheese with smiles and a good joke or two, while Sweetwise Ice Cream Truck was handing out the sweet treats as fast as they could once they arrived. VectorScape provided an interactive educational presentation for children and adults on mosquito protection. The Uxbridge Cultural Council sponsored the HiFi Lowdowns, a rock-abilly/surf/garage band from Providence, RI, who performed original music written and inspired by the best bands of the 50’s and 60’s. Their music was the perfect backdrop for families enjoying a day at the pond! The whole day was a great success due to the participation and support of community members and local businesses (please be sure to continue to support our local businesses!). We look forward to continuing community day next year and into the future. Thank you for joining us and for your support - we’ll see you at the pond! - Cindy Bly, Chair Pout Pond Recreation Committee
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TUG OF WAR: Uxbridge Firefighters Peter Demers, Nick Burke, Matt McCuin and Roger Lavallee vs. all the littlest community members at the pond!
and Defended it at all costs. Captain Job Knapp Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution promotes this week every year. The Constitution is a living document that assures each citizen of the freedoms Americans cherish and appreciate. As members of the Daughters of the American Revolution, it is our responsibility to keep our ancestors' legacy alive by promoting the ideals they fought valiantly to give their descendants. For more information contact Carolyn Lavallee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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to see who will have bragging rights for the best ribs in the Valley with a grand prize of $500 going to best in show. The Beer Garden will once again feature ultra-local Purgatory Brewing with limited edition craft beers. The event is going to wrap up with a celebration of Douglas' 275th birthday, complete with a custom artisan cake from Millbury based Cake Shop Café. And don’t miss a special dance celebration performed by the talented team from Dance Sensations. Vendors and Rib-Off contestants can sign up using the forms on: www.douglasoktoberfest.com. Interested volunteers and entertainment can contact them through www.facebook.com/douglasoktoberfest or by email at email@example.com.
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Whitinsville Fish and Game Club Inc. will hold a Family Fun & Field Day on September 19th. Bring your family to unplug and enjoy the beautiful outdoors! Fun starts at 11:00 a.m., there will be free entry to the activities. Field Day featured events will include: Archery, Shooting Ranges, Games for all ages, Live DJ, Pie Eating Contest, and Raffles. The grill will be open for light food, there will also be a BBQ Chicken Dinner available at 4:00 p.m. Tickets for this tasty meal will need to be pre-purchased and are $15.00 each. Check out: www.whitinsvillefishandgame.com for additional information about this event. Located at White Court, Douglas, MA 508 476-7204
Harvest Festival returns to Northbridge Common The 2021 Harvest Festival, sponsored by the Village Congregational Church in Whitinsville, is scheduled for Saturday, September 25th, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on the Town Common in Whitinsville. (The rain date will be Sunday, September 26th from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m.). A 13 year tradition, at the Northbridge Park common on 5 Church Street, brings the community a full day of arts, crafts, plants, food court, entertainment, children's activities & games, face painting, music, a huge variety of raffle prizes, a tag sale at church and a
very special quilt raffle! The handmade botanical design on vintage seed fabric quilt (91”x91”) was designed, appliqued, quilted and donated by church member, Denise Lemoine. Tickets for this beautiful quilt can be purchased in advance online at Go.rallyup.com/ 2021vccquiltraffle or the day of the festival. All proceeds from the festival and quilt raffle benefit their wider mission to support: • Thanksgiving & Easter food baskets for families in need. • Crop Hunger Walk
• NAC Food Pantry and Peace of Bread Mission • School supply drive for local students in need • Donations to local service agencies • Blackstone Valley Emergency Shelter & Warming Centers Treat yourself to a wonderful Fall day at the VCC Harvest Festival, a unique slice of life and family fun in a historical New England town. VCC is looking for volunteers and welcoming vendors. All vendor inquiries go to Claudia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the VCC church office at 508-234-7901.
Gallerani awarded for Excellence in Energy & Environmental Education State Representative Michael Soter, R-Bellingham, recently recognized Amanda Gallerani (Uxbridge) as one of 23 recipients in Massachusetts to receive the Secretary's Award for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. This award program publicly recognizes formal and informal educators who have been nominated by a parent, colleague, student, school administrator, or community member for their excellence in providing energy and environmental education to their students. It is an opportunity for state and local partners to come together to share the success of these environmental education leaders and highlight the importance and benefits of integrating environmental science programs into the school curriculum. Traditionally, this award ceremony takes place each spring in the State House Hall of Flags; however, this year a virtual presentation was aired to recipients to recognize the outstanding efforts of educators and to share the successes of environmental education leaders within our communities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 awards were suspended. Nominations received for last year’s 2020 awards prior to the program’s suspension were included in this year’s review committee and were considered for 2021 awards. The award recognizes Gallerani for her work in conservation stewardship and environmental education. In 2019 and 2020, Gallerani spearheaded the Live Blue Ambassadors program at the
New England Aquarium. The Live Blue Ambassadors program was a service program for teenagers 14-18 years old. The goal of the program was to create opportunities for teenagers and harvest their passions for the environment. Over the duration of the program, Gallerani worked with over 3,000 of Massachusetts’ high school students. The Live Blue Ambassadors focused on citizen science projects throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Projects included removing invasive species, planting native plants to encourage pollinators, reseeding clams, monitoring marine species in the Boston Harbor, and habitat restoration projects for endangered turtle species. In April 2020, the Live Blue Ambassadors program was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The response from students in the program
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was overwhelming and Gallerani continued helping teens explore their passions by creating her own program. In August 2020, she coordinated four beach clean-ups along the coast of Massachusetts and her former Live Blue Ambassadors removed over 5,000 pounds of waste and litter. “We need more leaders like Amanda in our society. She has a knack for what she does and shares her passions with our future generations.” Representative Soter Commented, “Amanda has a bright future ahead of her and I’m eager
to see it because I’m sure that it will include many motivated young men and women who want to learn and make a profound difference for the planet we live on.” Amanda continues her work with environmental stewardship and education in the Uxbridge Public School Systems and will be creating her own conservation STEM program. Gallerani looks forward to continuing her work with younger generations and hopes to share her passions with the residents of Uxbridge.
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the University of Connecticut pursuing a degree in healthcare management. Casey, a 2021 Graduate of Blackstone Valley Tech, will be attending Northeastern University pursuing a degree in computer engineering. In memory of Brenda M. Bonetti, the scholarship is available for any graduating high school senior who attends the Catholic Community of Sacred Heart Church in Hopedale. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to one student pursuing post-high school education or training. Consideration for the scholarship is given to all who are a registered parishioner at the parish, accepted to a college or institution of higher learning in the coming fall, participated in church ministries for the past 4 years and have continued through senior year, and worship regularly with the Catholic Community of Sacred Heart.
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36th Annual Valley Friendship Tour
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The Northbridge Fire Department was awarded funding from FEMA through the Assistance to Firefighters Program. This is the third round of awards to be administered by this program. “I am grateful that the Northbridge Fire Department was chosen as a recipient for this FEMA program,” said Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury). “I have always maintained the importance of providing not just firefighters, but all of our first responders, the resources they need to carry out their duties to the safest degree possible as they risk their own well-being for our safety.” "Our brave firefighters risk their lives protecting our families every single day, and we must support them by providing the equipment and resources they need to keep themselves and our communities across the Commonwealth safe," said Senator Warren. "I thank our first responders for their courage and dedication and congratulate the Northbridge Fire Department on this new funding." This grant program has existed since 2001 with the purpose of providing firefighters and other first responders the means for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. The Northbridge Fire Department will be awarded $53,333.33 for firefighter breathing apparatuses.
In 2020, COVID-19 forced Open Sky Community Services’ signature fundraising event, the Valley Friendship Tour, to go virtual. Although last year’s tour proved to be successful, raising close to $150,000, Open Sky recently announced that the 36th Valley Friendship Tour is being planned as an in-person event. Scheduled for Saturday, September 11th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the tour will return to the Alternatives Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road in Whitinsville. In light of the current rising rates of COVID-19 driven by the Delta variant, plans are being made to help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. The Valley Friendship Tour is an opportunity to gather friends, family and co-workers for a day of fun and exercise in the beautiful and historic Blackstone Valley. Participants of all
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obituary_____________ Barbara A. (Barron) Lambert, 77 Barbara A. (Barron) Lambert, 77, of Douglas St., passed away peacefully at home on Friday August 6th, 2021 after a period of declining health. Her husband of 54 years, Gerald E. “Gerry” Lambert Sr. predeceased her on March 16th, 2018. She missed him deeply. She is survived by 3 children Donna M. Lambert and her partner Patrick Deorsey of Uxbridge, Gerald E. “Gerry” Lambert Jr. of Uxbridge, and Scott A. Lambert and his wife
Cyndi of Millville; 8 grandchildren Deanna, Keith, Anna Rose, Lily, Violet, Katherine, Natalie, and Gracyn; 3 great-grandchildren Marquis, Scarlett, and Remington; a brother, Raymond E. Barron Jr. of Uxbridge ; a sister, Linda M. Brothers of Northbridge, and several cousins, nieces and nephews. Born in Uxbridge, MA on September 11th, 1943, she was the daughter of Raymond E. Sr. and Rose K. (Sokowaski) Barron. Barbara grew up on Henry St., in Uxbridge and was a lifelong resident there.Primarily a homemaker, caring for and raising her family, Barbara also worked outside her home. Over
the years she was employed by the Atamian Family as a Domestic Helper and by the Stanley Woolen Mill, Northbridge Nursing Home, and St. Camillus Health Center. She also operated her own daycare and helped raise her own grandkids. She was a hard worker. She was educated in the Uxbridge Public School System. An avid dancer, Barbara enjoyed dowop, country music, and of course, Elvis! An excellent cook, she liked camping at Tidewater in Hampton Beach, tag sales, and going to auctions. She always kept in touch with her extended family and truly loved her own. She will be missed.
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Uniquely Uxbridge Day to offer fun activities What’s cooking this month at Mendon Street Kitchen? On Sunday, September 5th on Uniquely Uxbridge Day the following downtown businesses will be open and participating in their business locations on South Main Street and Mendon Street from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. • Mendon Street Kitchen • Ignition Nutrition • Scafuto's Old Time Barbershop • The Fudge Lady A FEW LOCAL BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS: Mendon Street Kitchen will be open. Come on down and enjoy a delicious meal on their outdoor patio! While visiting the town common and checking out other local vendors, don’t forget to stop by State Representative Mike Soter’s booth for a quick hello and receive your free meal tickets to be redeem at Mendon Street Kitchen for a hot dog and drink. Touch of Class Barbershop is sponsoring free popcorn (while supply last) at Mendon Street Kitchen. Ignition Nutrition will be running a tea and shake special, and take your chance on their raffle basket. Scafuto’s Old Time Barbershop will have a door prize, temporality tattoos and free cotton candy. Andimos will be giving out free tasty homemade cookies at Mendon Street Kitchen. The Fudge Lady will be offering sweet samples of fudge Stanley Mill Antiques at 146 Mendon Street 10:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. & Great Stories on 2 S. Main St STE 202 open 12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Bring out your budding scientist or curious youth to stop by the Local Live Blue Ambassadors table to learn a hands on science experiment. As we start to head into fall, the elves at Mendon Street Kitchen are busy working on their plans for Saturday, December 4th Uxbridge FIRST NIGHT!
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Appreciating the Arts: BVT Student-Artists Take Brush to Table Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick is proud to announce that Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School students Bianca De Oliveira of Milford and Murphy Potter of Douglas are two of eleven artists selected earlier this spring to design a picnic table through the Milford Cultural Council's Brush to Table contest, which is an effort to increase public art in Milford. The Milford Cultural Council unveiled all of the tables to the public at an outdoor exhibit in July at Plains Park before relocating them around town for public use. Locations for finished tables include the Garden of Hope at Fino Field, the corner of Dilla and Sumner Street, Rosenfeld Park, Plains Park, and the Milford High School fields. A recent graduate of the Advanced Manufacturing & Fabrication program at BVT, Bianca De Oliveira, painted her version of "Starry Night" by Vincent van Gogh on the tabletop. Her masterpiece, "Touch the Sky," sponsored by Imperial Cars, also includes a skyline of Milford buildings along the bench. Murphy Potter, a junior in the Painting & Design Technology program at BVT, said, "It is exciting to create a work of art that others in the community will have an opportunity to enjoy." Her table masterpiece "Redemption" is sponsored by Celebrate Milford. "This table symbolizes many things to
me, but mainly I want this painting to encourage reaching out for help or gaining a second chance," said Potter. "Depending on how you look at it, you could see a second chance at racial equality or life since butterflies are a common symbol for suicide prevention, or you could see two people connecting." "It was an honor to be selected, especially since my art teacher, Mrs. MacLure, was chosen to be a part of it as well," said Potter. "This is the first public project that I've ever done. I
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Exhibition takes on the stigma around mental illness The powerful black and white photography exhibit I Am More. Facing Stigma is coming to the Alternatives’ Whitin Mill this fall to spark a community conversation around mental health. This exhibit challenges perceptions of
what someone struggling with a mental health illness might look like. Featuring twenty-two portraits of New Englanders, these images share some of their stories, making clear that they are much more than their depression, anxiety, eating disorder, post-traumatic stress
6th Annual Family Fun Fishing Day date set Open Sky Community Services is excited to co-host the 6th Annual Family Fun Fishing Day at Riverbend Farm in Uxbridge along with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Blackstone River Watershed Association and Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife. This year's event will be held on Saturday, October 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with a rain date of Sunday
October 3rd. There will be food, ice cream and activities for the whole family. All ages and ability levels welcome. Fishing poles will be available on a first-come first-serve basis and participants are welcome to bring their own. Registration will open on September 7th. This is a FREE event, but pre-registration is required. More information to come. Please contact Lori Girard with any questions at 508-234-6232.
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disorder, or being a suicide survivor. This special exhibition will be held at the Spaulding R. Aldrich Heritage Gallery at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA 01588 starting in September as part of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. I Am More will open with a Reception on Thursday, September 2nd from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., and runs through October 8th. The opening coincides with the last concert in the ValleyCAST Free Summer Concert Series at the same location. This exhibition is hosted by Valley CAST, the arts and culture subsidiary of Open Sky Community Services, in partnership with the Yellow Tulip Project. The Yellow Tulip Project is a youth driven non-profit that is fiercely dedicated to mental health stigma
reduction, community building, and helping people know that there is help and hope out there. They collaborated with photographer Lissy Thomas on this series of photographs. Throughout the month of September, ValleyCAST will host additional popup events and programming to create a space for deeper conversations and creative expression that supports community mental health. For more information, visit https:/ /www.openskycs.org/news-events/ events/i-am-more-facing-stigma-/ or https://www.facebook.com/ValleyCAST. To learn more about ValleyCAST and/or Open Sky Community Services, visit openskycs.org. To schedule a visit to the Gallery, call (508) 234-6232 or email: Cristi.Collari@openskycs.org.
ABOUT VALLEYCAST ValleyCAST’s mission is to foster a creative community in the Blackstone Valley that is inclusive and supportive of people with and without disabilities. ValleyCAST is a subsidiary of Open Sky Community Services (Open Sky is a DBA of Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. and The Bridge of Central Mass). ABOUT OPEN SKY Open Sky Community Services provides the foundation for those we serve to see beyond and live beyond their circumstance. By blending best practices with the power of community, we enable individuals and families to achieve their goals and live their best lives. Open Sky came about through the July 2018 affiliation of two premier human service organizations – Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. and The Bridge of Central Massachusetts.
Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walkers needed Registration is now open for the 2021 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way presented by Hyundai. The Jimmy Fund Walk will be a virtual event to ensure the safety of everyone in the community. Participants will be encouraged to “Walk Your Way” from wherever they are most comfortable whether that be from their neighborhood, favorite trail, or from a treadmill in their own home on Sun., Oct. 3rd. The 2021 Jimmy Fund Walk will continue to unite the community to raise funds for the Jimmy Fund to support all forms of adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Whether participating
for themselves, loved ones, neighbors, or co-workers, each walker shares a common purpose: to support breakthroughs that will benefit cancer patients around the world. Details for Sunday, October 3rd, are still being finalized, and participants can anticipate inspiring virtual programing throughout the day and in the days, weeks, and months leading up to Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way. Anyone interested in additional information can reference the Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way frequently asked questions or can send an email to Jimmy FundWalk@DFCI.Harvard.edu. The walk has raised more than $150 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in its
30+ year history. Funds raised from the Walk support all forms of adult and pediatric patient care & cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Boston Athletic Assn. has supported the Walk since 1989, and Hyundai has been the presenting sponsor since 2002. All participants are encouraged to utilize the Charity Miles App to help with training and fundraising, engage with Dana-Farber patient stories and podcasts, receive special offers from Jimmy Fund Walk sponsors, and more! To register for the Walk: (#Jimmy FundWalk) or to support a walker, visit www.JimmyFundWalk.org or call (866) 531-9255.
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Uxbridge Library Calendar The Uxbridge Free Public Library is located at 15 North Main St. in Uxbridge. Online: www.uxbridgelibrary. org. The library will open for normal operating hours after Labor Day Weekend. Starting on September 10th, they will be closed on Fridays and open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Starting on September 1st, they will begin accepting donations for the Friends of the Library Book & Bake Sale! Donations can be dropped off in the rear entryway to the Children’s Room. The Friends of the Library Book & Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, October 2nd. Registration is required for all the following programs, unless noted, visit the website calendar to register. Adult Programs GENTLE FLOW YOGA: Mondays, September 13th and 27th at 7:00 p.m. Join Michelle Forest, a 200HR registered yoga teacher, for a gentle yoga class at the library. Michelle’s gentle yoga class combines creative and balanced movements which connect to a theme to help you deepen your practice. Beginners are encouraged and always welcome to attend. All attendees must arrive 15 minutes early to sign a waiver before their first class. Sponsored by the Board of Library Trustees. MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: Thursdays, September 16th and 30th at 6:00 p.m. Mindfulness is the energy and continuous practice of being aware and awake to the present moment. In this hour-long workshop, they will practice mindful sitting meditation, mindful walking meditation, and mindful breathing in the tradition of Thich Naht Hanh. Sponsored by the Board of Library Trustees. VIRTUAL BOOKIES BOOK CLUB: Monday, September 27th at 6:30 p.m. Zach will lead a discussion on Far From the Tree by Robin Benway. This title is available through CWMARS and through the Hoopla Digital app. Patrons interested in participating should email zparrish@ cwmars.org for a link to the Zoom session. Stay tuned for more information about in-person book club meetings. Youth Programs BABY STORYTIME Ages 0-2 years (Mondays at 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) & Preschool Storytime Ages 2 years - 5 years (Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.) Weekly Storytimes are at the library… and outdoors too! Make sure to bring your own chairs or a blanket. Should the weather be inclement, they will move the program inside. Story time outdoors welcomes drop-ins, but if it is moved inside, they can only accommodate those who have registered. Older and younger siblings are welcome. TAKE-HOME CRAFTY WEDNESDAYS Mornings and Afternoons. Get crafty and creative with your kids every Wednesday. Stop by the library to pick up a TakeHome craft kit each week. MUSIC AND MOVEMENT WITH DEB HUDGINS Thursdays, September 2nd and 23rd at 11:00-11:30 a.m. All ages welcome. Join Deb as she leads a fun-filled, program with songs, rhymes, dancing and more. This program will be held outdoors, make sure to bring your own chairs or a blanket. Brought to you by the Board of
PAgE 11 Library Trustees. MAGIC: THE GATHERING CLUB Mondays, September 13th & 20th, Ages 12+. Magic is a fantasy trading card game of strategy, wit, and luck. Suitable for ages 12+. Come play casual games and build decks. All skill levels are welcome. Bring your own cards or receive a starter pack from Chris of Great Stories Comics and Gaming. Send an email to Sonya at email@example.com to be added to mailing list. Meets first (3) Mondays of the month - 9/13 & 9/20 in the Reading Room. Free and requires no registration. LITTLE LOTUS BY LINDSEY: Thursday, September 2nd, & Mondays September 13th, 20th, & 27th at 6:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Ages 6+. Join Lindsey to practice yoga postures and mindful activities which will help you relax, lessen
anxiety, and teach young ones to find their calmness. The library will provide yoga mats, however you are welcome to bring your own. Best for ages 6 and up. Brought to you by the Board of Library Trustees. MANDALA DREAM CATCHER ART PROGRAM: Ages 8+, Thursday September 16th, 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Encouraging good dreams and artistic expression, while learning some history of the Ojibwe American Indian culture as you create your own dream catchers! Come join them for fun creativity in the YA room. VIRTUAL FORTNITE TOURNAMENT: Thursday, September 23rd 6:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. The library is partnering with One Up Games for another Fortnite tournament.The entire event will consist of FOUR games with short breaks in be-
tween each game. Platforms include Xbox One / Series X, PlayStation 4 / 5, Nintendo Switch, or PC, and participants will need a Discord account. Brought to you by the Library Board of Trustees. STORYTELLER & MUSICIAN: John Porcino Performance, Saturday, September 25th 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. For 37 years, John has been bringing audiences the gifts of laughter and insight, leaving them with nourished minds and spirits. Kindled from the flickering flames of story, song, and music, his beloved programs are humorous, tender, foolish, joyful, creating sparks from the fire of life. All ages welcome. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Uxbridge Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
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Uxbridge Library New HOTSPOTS coming to town! Book and Bake Sale The month of September will see exciting new Hotspots in town. Arriving soon at the Uxbridge Free Public Library will be five brand new T Mobile devices that will allow you to connect to the Internet no matter where you are. These Hotspots will be available free to anyone with that precious library card, for a borrowing period of two weeks. Take them to the beach – or the mountains – or up a lazy river – or wherever your wanderlust takes you. So just what is a Hotspot and how does it work? If you’ve ever answered your phone or sent an email from a café or the airport, you have probably connected to a Hotspot. Connecting in this way to a public WIFI network means that you can use your device without using your mobile data plan. In that case, the
Hotspot is a physical location and your access is to a public network. But the new Uxbridge Library Hotspots are even better, for they do
not require that you connect to a physical network; they are completely mobile. A mobile or portable Hotspot is not tied to any one place. Rather than
requiring a physical network location, the portable Hotspot brings the Internet to you. The device has a mobile router within it and can be used to connect your device without downloading any additional software. The Mobile Hotspot Program was developed by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. The devices will be distributed to public libraries free of charge for loan to library users. The cost of the program is funded through a grant from the American Rescue Plan Act. The arrival of the mobile Hotspots will be announced soon. Check www.uxbridgelibrary.org for up-to-date details, or contact a librarian at 508-278-8624 for more information.
The Friends of the Uxbridge Library is delighted to announce the return of their Book and Bake Sale. This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, October 2nd, beginning at 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. As always, bargain hunters will find gently used books and movies available for unbelievably low prices as well as delicious homemade baked goods for sale. Come and fill a Friends book bag to the top or pick out an item or two; great deals will be had by all. Beginning September 1st, the Friends will be looking for donations for the event. Book contributions can be dropped off at the library during operating hours. Donated baked goods can be dropped off at the library on October 2nd start-
ing at 8:00 a.m. Due to the pandemic, fundraising for the library has greatly diminished. Please help make the October 2nd event a huge success by picking up some great reads for you or your kids or by donating items. The Friends group helps to finance programs and projects for the town library. For more information, call the Uxbridge Free Public Library at 508-278-8624.
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National Park Service hosts Artist Dan Borelli at Slater Mill Massachusetts artist Dan Borelli will spend the next few months as Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park’s artist in residence. In a project titled, “Illuminating Futures: Blackstone River Valley,” Borelli will gather information from locals around Old Slater Mill to hear stories and create a prototype installation. This proposed lighting installation will raise awareness about water quality and foster stewardship for the Blackstone River. He will be engaging with the public on September 9th, 11th, and 25th at Old Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Avenue. Dan Borelli is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His work examines the industrial past of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, particularly how industrial sites and landscapes have left lasting environmental impacts on later generations. Notably, an installation in his hometown of Ashland, Massachusetts included changing the color of local streetlamps to raise awareness of current levels of soil contamination throughout the town. The artist will be on site at Slater Mill, the Blackstone River State Park, or wandering up and downstream looking at the ways that people interact with the river. If you’d like to engage with the artist directly, please sign up for his workshop ‘Ground-Truthing’ where
you’ll learn techniques for seeing the relationship of the city to the river and learn about how you connect with the river in your everyday lives. The National Park Service has a history of working with artist who can capture the imagination of its visitors. Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park just accepted stewardship of the Old Slater Mill site this year and has celebrated the creation of an official park boundary in July. Hundreds of locals use the site for recreation and have a personal and meaningful connection to the Blackstone River. Dan’s workshops and installation are designed to engage with these folks as well as the thousands of tourists who travel here to learn about the Rhode Island’s industrial history. This will be Borelli’s second residency at a National Park. For more information, contact Park Ranger Andrew Schnetzer at Andrew_Schnetzer@NPS.gov or visit the National Historical Park’s website at www.nps.gov/blrv Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park celebrates America's entry into the Age of Industry. The success of Samuel Slater's cotton spinning mill in Pawtucket, RI touched off a chain reaction that changed how people worked, and where they lived and continues to reverberate across the nation to this day. Visitors to the various park nodes can see how this revolution transformed the land-
scape of the Blackstone Valley and the United States. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 427 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit them at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter. com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.
Final Flea Markets at VFW The Upton VFW will hold the final two of this summer's series of flea markets on Saturday, September 11th and October 9th at Post headquarters, 15 Milford St., (Route 140), in Upton. There are no rain dates. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Parking is free. Spaces are $10 each or $15 if a banquet size table is needed Reservations are not required, although David Kennedy can provide more information by calling him at 508-5293314 or via the Upton VFW Facebook page. Generally, coffee and donuts are available in the morning, then hot dogs and cold drinks are ready for lunch. The post wishes to thank vendors and shoppers for their important support of these events which benefit the post and veterans.
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VFW sends gift bags to Soldiers Dear Editor, The VFW Post 1385 Auxiliary for the past few months has been collecting personal items to make up ditty bags for Veterans at the Chelsea Soldiers Home. With all the items collected we were able to fill over a hundred plus bags. Also included were thank you cards and letters written by some students in Uxbridge. We delivered them a few weeks ago to Chelsea Soldiers Home and met a gentleman named John
Davide who has worked there for 25 years. We didn’t go inside due to Covid but he was very happy to see all the bags that we had collected over the past few months. I would like to thank everyone who has helped us make this possible. Without the generosity of so many wonderful people this would not have been possible. Our Veterans are extraordinary men and women who gave of themselves. Remember salute a Veteran, hats off, hand over your heart. - Ann Schavone
The Rotary Club of Blackstone Valley is helping the environment by collecting (clean) thin plastics in the community! The first delivery of thin plastic weighed in at 22 pounds. They are looking forward to getting to 450 pounds by December 31st. Hannaford’s has been a great partner in this effort. PICTURED AT LEFT: Tony from Hannaford’s helps Lyn Daley with a haul of plastic. AT RIGHT: Bo Daley loads up for a delivery of plastic.
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The Blackstone Valley United Methodist Church will host a clothing swap on Saturday, September 18th, from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Accepting donations of gently used women's, men's and children's clothing shoes & accessories. No rips or stains please. Everything is free and open to the public. You don't have to donate to take something home and you don't have to take something home in order to donate. Donations can be dropped off on Friday, September 17th, between 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. or the morning of the swap. All local, state and national guidelines regarding the wearing of masks will be followed. FMI email: email@example.com or call Christine at 774-262-6415.
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The Prayer Shawl group of the Uxbridge Congregational Church will conduct a Craft & Bake Sale on Saturday, October 2nd from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the church parking lot. It will be a good time to begin your holiday shopping with many beautiful items as well as homemade jellies, jams, gluten free baked goods and pies. A yard sale will also take place on the same day in the parking lot for those who enjoy browsing household items. More information on the yard sale will be available soon.
NE Country Music Dances The New England Country Music Club Dance has annouced their schedule of dances. Events will be held from 1- 5 p.m. at the Progressive Club, 18 Whitin Street in North Uxbridge. • Sunday, September 12th Cranberry Junction Band • Sunday, September 26th Crossfire Band FMI: www.facebook.com/NECountry MusicClub.
Accepting applications for Fall Fair The Upton Bloomer Girls are now accepting applications for the 2021 Upton Bloomer Girls’ Fall Fair (previously the Upton Women’s Club Fair) being held on Saturday, November 6th, 2021 at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Tech High School, 65 Pleasant Street, Upton. This is the biggest and best fair in Upton and a wonderful opportunity for you to tap into the pre-holiday shopping festivities. Vendors are invited to sell crafts, products, and services at the 2021 Fall Fair, Saturday, November 6th 2021, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Booth spaces are limited and accepted on a first come basis. FMI and an application, contact: Donna MacNaughton, Vendor Chairman Fall Fair, Upton Bloomer Girls: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508473-3173.
Historical Society to host guest speaker Friends of On Tuesday, September 7th, at 7:00 p.m., in the Sanctuary of the First Congregational Church, 307 Boston Road, Sutton, the Sutton Historical Society will host author, Robert Ernest Hubbard, retired professor from New Haven, Connecticut. His presentation will highlight his recently published book, General Rufus Putnam, George Washington’s Chief Military Engineer and the “Father of Ohio.” This book is the first biography of Rufus Putnam in over 130 years. It will appeal to anyone interested in the founding of the United States of America or the history of efforts to eradicate slavery. This event
is open to all members and the general public. Rufus Putnam, born in Sutton, went on to serve as the Continental Army’s chief military engineer during the American Revolutionary War. He made it possible for the American forces to drive the British army from Boston in 1776, and he designed and supervised the construction of many major American military fortifications, including the most indispensable...West Point. Rufus was a cousin of Major General Israel Putnam and served under Israel at various times during the French and Indian War and the
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Revolutionary War. Several years after the Revolutionary War, Rufus Putnam personally founded the first permanent American settlement in the immense Northwest Territory, which was ceded to the new American nation by Britain. Putnam's influence and votes prevented the introduction of slavery in Ohio, leading the way for the other Northwest Territory states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin to enter the U.S. as free states. Any updates to this scheduled event can be found at our website suttonhistoricalsocietyinc.org.
Join St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Mary's Uxbridge to Walk for those who are in need in the local community. The walk will be held September 25th and its a fun walk around the town loop which is great for families and friendly pets. Please donate online at: fopwalk.org for St. Mary's Uxbridge. Donation sheets are available on their website. You can also register at the event at 9:00 a.m. Walk begins at 9:30 a.m. Free tee shirt for your participation.
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Legacy Church Homecoming Legacy Church (aka First Baptist Church of Sutton) will be hosting a homecoming Sunday, September 19th, 10:30 a.m. as a late anniversary celebration of their 285th anniversary. They will be honoring Edward Stockwell for his 20 years of service to the church and also have a luncheon after service.
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The church is looking to contact former members to invite to the event, but records have been lost due to recent flooding in their basement. If you are a former member or know how to contact one, please email the church natalie@ legacysutton.com.
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St. Mary Parish, Uxbridge, will be offering “Grieving with Great HOPE,” a five-week grief support workshop from Good Mourning Ministry, a Catholic Apostolate. This program is designed to help those who are mourning the loss of a loved one. The workshop will be in-person and is for anyone who has lost a loved one including a spouse, child, parent, sibling, cousin, etc. The workshop will be held every Thursday evening beginning September 23rd and ending on October 21st from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. As Catholics, you have hope for eternal life in the risen Lord for yourselves and for your loved ones. In this workshop, practical tools for intentional mourning will be introduced. You will journey together as you seek to become disciples of hope. Cost is $10.00 and includes an accompanying workbook. If you feel you need support but cannot join the workshop, please reach out and they will be able to assist you. St. Mary Church is also offering a three-part series entitled, “Preparing for the Final Journey Home,” beginning Monday, September 13th, 20th and 27th, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. This series will help you begin a discussion with your loved ones regarding your final wishes, all from a Catholic viewpoint. Each evening will begin and end with prayer and will include a panel of experts in the topics presented. The overarching topics covered will be those of spiritual care, medical care and legal care planning. At the end of the evening there will be an opportunity for questions. People are always planning special occasions in their lives: birthdays, vacations, baptisms, weddings, etc. all with the expectation of making these events memorable for all who participate. The one occasion most people avoid planning for is your inevitable passing from this life to the next. As Catholics, you should consider your passing a celebration of your life on earth and the joyful passing on to eternal life with the Father. Having your wishes prepared alleviates much
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confusion and pain for your loved ones when the inevitable comes. There is no cost for the series, but registration is required. Both of these offering will be held at St. Mary Church located at 77 Mendon Street, Uxbridge, MA. For questions or to register, please call Diane Moriarty at 508-278-2226 or register on the parish website: www.stmaryuxbridge. org.
New Fall Schedule at Valley Chapel Beginning September 12th, the Sunday morning schedule at Valley Chapel will be changing. 9:30 a.m. Classes for all ages Toddlers - 5th Grade, Grades 2-5 - Bible Quizzing (must sign up) go to valleychapel.us/children for more information. Teens Young Adults Adult Options: Pastor Bob Sermon Discussion (for volunteers serving at 10:30 a.m. and will miss the service), Café Connections – Coffee, Fellowship and Prayer. A great time to get to know others and enjoy some great coffee! Faith Connections - Paul Cnossen, Apologetics - Jason Jolin, Study of the book of Nehemiah Shelley Rivelli 10:30 a.m. - Worship Service (with classes for children) Check out a class and/or enjoy morning worship service at 10:30 a.m.
Support Groups at Pleasant St. Church The DivorceCare support group begins a new weekly session on Tuesday, September 7th. This program is for men and women struggling through separation and divorce. The program offers support from knowledgeable leaders and interaction with others going through the same experiences. Each meeting includes time for making some new friends, refreshments, and a video, followed by small group discussion. Weekly topics include What’s Happening to Me, Facing Your Anger, Depression, Financial Survival, Loneliness, and KidCare. The meetings will be done in a hybrid fashion. Participants can come to the in-person meeting or join online if that is more comfortable. The DivorceCare program is free, non-denominational, and open to all. Meetings of the group begin Tuesday, September 7th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pleasant Street Church, 25 Cross Street, Whitinsville. The program continues for 13 weeks, and participants can begin attending at any time. Contact Howard DeVries at 508-282-9347, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.pscrc.org for more information and to register. A new grief recovery support group starts up on Tuesday, September 7th, at the Pleasant Street Church. GriefShare is a program designed to help people in bereavement find encouragement and support during the grieving process. GriefShare meetings are for anyone who is grieving the loss of someone close. The meetings will be done in a hybrid fashion. Participants can come to the in-person meeting or participate online via Zoom if that is more comfortable. Each GriefShare session includes a video seminar and group discussion, providing an opportunity to interact with others who have experienced a recent loss. Weekly topics include “Living with Grief,” The Effects of Grief,” “Your Family and Grief,” “Why,” and “Stuck in Grief.” The program continues for 13 weeks, and attendees are welcome to join the group at any point. GriefShare is free, nondenominational, and open to all. Meetings begin Tuesday, September 7th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pleasant Street Church, 25 Cross Street, Whitinsville. Contact Marlene DeVries at 508-282-0436, e-mail: email@example.com or visit www.pscrc.org for more information and to register.
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Jody Madden of Mass DCR and Sally Selvidge; Actvities Coordinator at the Uxbridge Senior Center, take on walking path bench project.
New benches along Greenway walking path In an effort to encourage seniors and folks of all ages to get out and walk, the Massachusetts DCR announced a campaign to place three benches along the Blackstone Valley Greenway walking path. This initiative is part of the Uxbridge Senior Center’s effort that began with the launch of the walking club lead by Activities Coordinator, Sally Selvidge. Sally presented this project to Jody Madden from Mass DCR (Department of Conservation & Recreation) and Jody quickly responded to construct and install the benches along the walking path. The walking path is located on Adams Street in South Uxbridge. The Uxbridge Senior Center’s Walking Club meets every Wednesday at 9 a.m. (weather permitting) on the walking path. This is a program in coordination with Massachusetts Council on Aging (MCOA) Walk Massachusetts Challenge, which runs until September 30th. Call the center to sign up at 508-278-8622 or go to www.mcoaonline.com/ walkma. The center wishes to thank Jody and Mass DCR for their efforts and interest in helping our community.
The following is a list of activities to be held for local seniors. The Uxbridge Senior Center is located at 36 South Main Street, Uxbridge MA. Telephone 508-278-8622. FLU SHOT CLINIC A clinic will be held on Monday, October 4th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Uxbridge Senior Center. This is a program with the Uxbridge Hannaford Pharmacy. Call the senior center 508-278-8622 to sign up. Transportation to and from the center will be available for those who need a ride. INSURANCE INFORMATION Wednesday, September 1st – 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Fallon Health Medicare – Call 508-2788622 and make an appointment with Bill Bjerke to learn about what Fallon has to offer, if you’re getting ready for Medicare or to get answers to those questions you have been thinking about over the past year. CENTER CLOSED / LABOR DAY Monday, September 6th – The senior center will be closed in Observance of Labor Day. BENEFIT ENROLLMENT Tuesday, September 14th – 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Benefit Enrollment Center – Tri-Valley, Inc. Call the senior center to book an appointment with Cole Ackerson. ASK THE ATTORNEY Monday, September 20th – 1:30 p.m. – “Ask the Attorney” with Attorney Ralph Tepper by
appointment only on the third Monday of every month. Please call to schedule your appointment at the center. (No appts. Oct. 18th.) FOOT DOCTOR Thursday, September 30th – The Foot Doctor starting at 8:30 a.m. at the Uxbridge Senior Center. Appointments are set up on a first come, first served basis. If you would like an appointment with Dr. Biancamano, please call 508-278-8622 to schedule. Transportation is available. SHINE APPOINTMENTS Tuesday, September 14th & 21st - 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - SHINE Representative Pat Nectow by appointment only. Call to schedule. SAVE THE DATE! The Uxbridge Elderly Connection will hold its 15th Annual Uxbridge Senior Center Golf Outing on Monday, October 18th. This will be held at the Whitinsville Golf Club starting at Noon, Shotgun start, 9 holes with a Fee of $100. Contact Russ Rosborough @ 508-5795983 or Karen Beane @ 508-769-3816. Line up your foursome! More details to follow. BLOOMIN’ 4 GOOD PROGRAM Thank you to all who have participated in this program in the month of August! LIVE ZUMBA CLASSES Amy Smith continues Thursdays from Sept. 2nd – Sept. 16th – 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – New classes starting October 7th @ McCloskey.
LIVE CHAIR YOGA CLASSES Dr. Tapscott continues classes Thursdays Sept. 2nd – Sept. 16TH - 2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – New classes starting Oct. 7th @ McCloskey. ASK A NURSE Tuesday, September 28th – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Ask The Nurse is Back! Salmon VNA will be available for a Free Blood Pressure Clinic every 4th Tuesday. Feel free to join them for lunch and participate in this important free monthly clinic. ANNUAL CAR SHOW The Uxbridge Lions Club are having their annual car show on Saturday, October 2nd with a rain date of Saturday, October 9th. This will be held at Valley Chapel at 14 Hunter Road, Uxbridge from 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. CARD GAMES & BINGO Card Games will be played during their Monday Congregate lunches and BINGO will be on Wednesdays. HANNAFORD GROCERY SHOPPING Every Tuesday. Pick up begins at 8:30 a.m. Please sign up in advance by calling to reserve your seat on the van. Masks are required and seating is limited. KNITTING CLUB Every Tuesday - 1:30 p.m. Space is limited and must continue to maintain social distancing. Please RSVP 508-278-8622. continued on next page
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online.com/walkma. TRANSPORTATION 1st and 3rd Wednesdays – Sept. 1st & Sept. 15th @ 10:00 am – Bank & Pharmacy Rides. Please call at least 24 hours in advance if you need a ride. Masks must be worn as well. 2nd and 4th Thursdays – Sept. 9th & Sept. 23rd @ 9:30 am – Shaws/Ocean State Shopping Rides. Please call at least 24 hours in advance if you need a ride. Masks must be worn and limited
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NOTICE FROM MEDICARE It’s that time of year… if you have a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug or Medicare Advantage plan, your plan will mail you a document called the Annual Notice of Change (ANOC) by the end of September. The ANOC is a summary of changes to your plan for 2022. Your costs (premiums, deductibles, and copays), covered medications, and provider networks may change from year-to-year.
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VFW Post 1385 and Lutz Buddy Up present: Head Rush! Head Rush will be playing your favorite songs from Metallica, Megadeth, Tool, Disturbed, Godsmack, Alice in Chains, and many more. All proceeds from the event will be split between the Uxbridge VFW and the Lutz Buddy Up Club. The event will be held on Saturday, September 11th, 4:00 p.m, at the Uxbridge VFW Post 1385, 13 Cross Rd. in Uxbridge. Please join them for a day of live music, horseshoes, raffles, and fun. Donations $10.00. Cash bar and food available for purchase. For raffle donations call or text Karen 774-280-1540 or Jody 774-280-4757.
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VA Home Loan Mortgage Seminar Mike Shain of Bay Equity Home Loans will host a free VA Loan seminar at 6:30 p.m., September 22nd at Keefe Regional Technical School, Room 206. VA loans are available exclusively to active-duty personnel, veterans, reservists and National Guard, as well as to surviving spouses of veterans. They can be used for purchases or refinances. Down payments are as low as 0% with no PMI. Pre-registration is required. Call 508416-2170 or visit www.Keefeatnight. org. FMI email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Innovation BVT completes Numerous Campus Enhancements the shop. The Painting & Design stuBlackstone Valley Regional VocaPathways dents have happily applied the finishing tional Technical High School is a busy place, and summer break is no exceptouches, a fresh coat of paint, of course. grant to UHS tion. While students and instructors are They are eager to use their newly renoRepresentative Soter announced that the Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jeffrey Riley, released the latest round of Innovation Pathways grants. In this round of funding, Uxbridge High School received $15,000 for its Business and Finance pathway. Launched in 2017, Innovation Pathways are designed to create strong partnerships with employers to expose students to career options and help them develop knowledge and skills related to a particular field before they graduate high school. Innovation Pathways provide students in traditional high schools with career-oriented education that is too rarely available outside of vocational programs, according to Education Secretary James Peyser. These pathways don’t train students for specific occupations but prepare them for a variety of educational and career opportunities in a broad industry or sector. The Uxbridge High School will be using the funds to develop curriculum and provide teacher professional development for their business and finance program. Specifically, administrators will be evaluating how they can merge outcomes for business, finance, logistics, and entrepreneurship. "As we continue to develop career pathways that merge student interest with the needs of our community, we are grateful for the support of the Commonwealth and the ability to access these resources to support our staff," said UHS Principal Michael Rubin. "We will continue to move forward, which means keeping essential skills, industry-recognized credentials, and strong academics cohesively linked in every student's experience." Representative Soter commented, “I’m proud of what the Uxbridge High School has accomplished under the leadership of Principal Michael Rubin. The UHS Innovation Pathways are top-notch. Teachers, administrators, parents, and external stakeholders are all working to ensure these programs succeed.” Representative Soter stated that he will continue to support local school districts through the various grant application processes that exist in the Commonwealth. Soter continues to fulfill his promise to the district by ensuring strong school funding for the benefit of local students.
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on sabbatical, it is the ideal time for routine and preventative maintenance, campus improvements, and special projects to be underway. Likewise, the break allows the administrative leadership team to recharge and prepare for the next school year through an annual retreat, professional development, and skill attainment activities. As educators approach the next school year in an environment of ever-changing regulations, reopening plans must consider the possibility of additional adjustments to distancing requirements and other virus containment mandates. With a competitive grant provided by the New England School Development Council (NESDEC), the annual retreat allowed off-campus accommodations, providing a focused opportunity for strategizing reopening plans. As well as comparing notes, exchanging notes ideas, and sharing best practices with colleagues from other schools. Meanwhile, the Facility Department
A Shiny, Pleasant Space Awaits Students. completes a compressive checklist that includes a thorough inspection of the entire school building to ensure everything is in proper working order. All classrooms, vocational shops, common areas, corridors, and lockers are cleaned and disinfected. Resolutely, the campus is sparkling and ready for the return of its staff and students. Staff and students will notice numer-
ous enhancements. There is a new Biotechnology shop, Chemistry Laboratory, and a significant section of the Painting & Design Technology program received a complete renovation utilizing in-house resources, a cost-savings to the district, by tapping into student and staff expertise, talent, and skill to assist with creating a new student classroom and vinyl workroom within
vated area. "At Blackstone Valley Tech, we cheer for each other, celebrate successes, and take pride in our continuous improvements and growth," said Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick. "We are excited to deliver highquality education, navigating students on their educational journey." With summer projects complete, 65 Pleasant Street is looking spiffy. Be sure to start the school year off right, never miss any special school events, exams, and holidays by adding all these important dates to your schedule www.valleytech.k12.ma.us/importantdates.
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Local Teen featured in Oklahoma! Session Two of The Hanover Theatre Conservatory’s Teen Youth Summer Program (YSP) presented Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma last month. The cast included Douglas High School student: Renee Dansereau, 16 (playing: Vivian). Oklahoma!, the first groundbreaking collaboration of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, remains, in many ways, their most innovative, setting the standards and rules of modern musical theatre. In a Western territory just after the turn of the 20th century, a high-spirited rivalry
between local farmers and cowboys provides a colorful background for Curly, a charming cowboy, and Laurey, a feisty farm girl, to play out their love story. Their romantic journey, as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road, contrasts with the comic exploits of brazen Ado Annie and hapless Will Parker in a musical adventure embracing hope, determination and the promise of a new land. Now in its 13th year, the Teen Youth Summer Program is designed for students seeking a pre-professional experi-
Area Karate Students Persevere through Pandemic By Michelle Sanford Those who understand the sport of karate know all too well the years of training and practice it takes to earn a black belt, which is considered to be the highest ranked belt in martial arts. It was in March of 2020, when seven students at Uxbridge’s American Family Kenpo were getting closer to realizing their long-awaited goal of black belt status, when the pandemic shut down the dojo, leaving its owner and students wondering when it might open again. “These kids have been with me for years,” explained instructor and owner Shihan Matt Jacome, who has been operating American Family Kenpo in town for more than 14 years. “When the pandemic shut us down, everything was put on hold. I had to tell them I wasn’t sure when they’d be able to test for their black belts.” After several months, the dojo was eventually able to re-open with restrictions in place, but even then Jacome, who is a seventh-degree black belt, was still uncertain when testing could take place. “They just kept training. Even with all the restrictions, they got in there and did what needed to be done,” he said. Jacome himself said he’s heard many stories of individuals, both young and
Renee Dansereau, of Douglas, played vivian. ence. Teens attend daily morning classes focusing on music, drama and dance, as well as afternoon rehearsals for the final production. POLLSTAR consistently ranks The Hanover Theatre as one of the top theatres in the world. After 12 seasons, the award-winning, historic theatre continues to establish its place as a worldclass performing arts venue, acting as a catalyst for the economic development of downtown Worcester. The Hanover Theatre’s facilities at 551 Main Street house function spaces, offices and The Hanover Theatre Conservatory. Worcester Center for Performing Arts, a registered not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization, owns and operates The Hanover Theatre and Conservatory for the Performing Arts.
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old, giving up on different goals due to Covid, which is why he’s so proud of this group of kids. “Even without the reward of their black belts in sight, they pressed on when they could have quit. They turned a blind eye to the uncertainty of it all and just kept going. It was a beautiful thing.”
Beginning Bridges CFCE supports parents as their children’s first, best and most important teachers in the communities of Mendon, Northbridge, Upton & Uxbridge. They are a non-profit, family support organization that provides free comprehensive services. Currently their programs include weekly indoor and outdoor early play/literacy story times, outdoor story walks and many activity suggestions on their webpage. They also sponsor parent education programs, offer the Ages & Stages Developmental Questionnaire and can connect families to resources. Their goal is to support parents as they guide their children to reach their optimum potential. They work with many community partners who share the same goal of strengthening communities. Funding for the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Grant is provided by the Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education and Care (EEC) and sponsored by South Middlesex Opportunity Council. A newsletter will be sent to families with fall programs in early September. Programs will also be posted on their website. Registration is required for all events and play groups. FMI contact Emily Murray at 508-278-5110 or Emurray@ smoc.org.BeginningBridgesCFCE.wee bly.com or FB: Beginning Bridges.
Annual Senior Center Golf Outing nine is the new Eighteen The 15th Annual Uxbridge Senior Center Golf outing, sponsored by the Uxbridge Elderly Connection, features what is now regaled as “nine is the new eighteen.” On Monday, October 18th, the golf outing will be held at Whitinsville Golf Club in Whitinsville, starting at noon with a Shotgun Start. Whitinsville Golf Club was recently named the second best 9-hole golf course in the world by golf.com and is regarded among the top courses in Massachusetts. Teams of four may sign up to play for $100 per golfer for nine holes which includes cart and buffet supper. Golfers may contact Russ Rosborough at 508579-5983 or Karen Beane at 508 7693816. A full sponsor may be purchased for $600 which includes fees for 4 golfers, carts & supper, plus tee sign with additional acknowledgement in press and print matter. Special events at the golf outing include two closest to the pin prizes, longest drive, team prizes, individual prizes and more. The number of teams is limited to 14 on October 18th, so don’t hesitate to sign up early. Non-golfers may join in the fun for $30 for buffet only at approximately 3:30 p.m. Local businesses and community members may support the event by purchasing a tee sign, making a donation or donating a basket or gift item. Tee signs go for $100 and are a mainstay of this important fundraiser which benefits the Uxbridge Senior Center in its efforts to provide numerous services, education, nutrition, medical transportation and socialization for Uxbridge seniors. Forms for golfers and donors also can be obtained at the Uxbridge Senior Center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Or contact Cathy Thornton at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phyllis Dunn at email@example.com, regarding tee signs, gifts or donations. Checks may be mailed to Uxbridge Elderly Connection, Inc., P.O. Box 215, Uxbridge, MA 01569. Much praise for the staff of the center, under the leadership of Director Lisa Bernard, which has succeeded at keeping services going, while following required protocols during the pandemic, beyond what could be reasonably expected.
The Uxbridge Elderly Connection, Inc., is a non-profit 501 c 3 organization and donations are deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Board of Directors includes Russ Rosborough, President, Phyllis Dunn, Vice President; Cathy Thornton, Secretary; Marianne Shanley, Treasurer; Donna Oncay, Karen Sherlock, Karen Beane, Sharon Emerick, and Peggy Stewart. Its mission is to support the Uxbridge Senior Center and to fulfill some of its needs not provided for by its municipal budget.
Board of Directors member, Russ Rosborough, pictured with Katie Esposito at last year’s event.
Dr. Tupaj joins the Blackstone Valley Physical Therapy Staff Blackstone Valley Physical Therapy Services, Inc. (BVPTS) is proud to announce the addition of Dr. Allison Tupaj, DPT to their staff. Dr. Tupaj joins a staff of eight licensed therapists in their office at the Linwood Mill and will be helping provide quality physical therapy to the residents of the Blackstone Valley. Dr. Tupaj grew up just over the border in Thompson, Connecticut before attending Springfield College in Massachusetts. At Springfield, Allie earned her undergraduate degree with minors in Deaf Studies and Healthcare Management and went on to graduate with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2021. While on campus, she was heavily involved in Residence Life and Housing, Scientist Embracing Equality and Diversity (SEED), and volunteering in the local Springfield community. Seeking to expand her knowledge outside of the classroom, Allie attended multiple professional conferences, as well virtually presented for a Global Health conference with the United Kingdom in April. Prior to joining the BVPTS team as a licensed physical therapist, Allie successfully completed her final 10 week clinical rotation with Dr. Styf. She is looking forward to rejoining familiar faces and integrating
Dr. Allison Tupaj, DPT the Humanics philosophy of spirit, mind, and body into her treatments. After spending the summer in North Carolina, Allie is excited to settle and explore the local area. She is hoping to quickly find ways to get involved in the community. On the weekends you can always find Allie seeking adventure, whether it be on foot hiking or in the water on a kayak. When the weather
doesn’t cooperate, she likes to pass the time painting, crafting and reading. For over 30 years Blackstone Valley Physical Therapy Services, Inc. has been independent, physical therapistowned, private practice that has been serving the residents of the Blackstone Valley; helping them get back to the activities they want and need to do in the office, at home, or on the field. BVPTS accepts most major insurances, and offers a Wellness Program for individuals to work out on their fitness equipment, as well as an Aquatics Program in conjunction with the Whitin Community Center. They also offer Dry Needling as well as Blood Flow Restriction Training with COVID precautions in place to keep all of their patients and clients safe. Please see their website (www.bvpts.com) or Facebook page for details. Please call 508-234-7544 to set up an appointment with Dr. Tupaj or any of their other therapists.
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