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Chockalog Farm recognized nationally Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT), a national nonprofit organization that works to ensure that all food-producing animals are raised in a humane and healthy manner, is participating in the “Week of Climate Action” spearheaded by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. FACT is spotlighting Chockolog Farm in Uxbridge along with five other farms and ranches that are using climatesmart practices to building resiliency in the face of unpredictable, extreme weather events. These operations are building organic matter and retaining moisture in their soils through conservation practices such as rotationally grazing their animals and establishing native, perennial plants in their pastures. Wenona Racicot owns and operates Chockalog Farm where she raises beef cattle, pigs, chickens, vegetables, and flowers. The farm uses a myriad of regenerative conservation practices, including highly intensive rotational “mob” grazing with daily moves of their cattle, multi-species grazing, composting and mulching, no-till management which reduces disturbance of the soil, cover cropping and interplanting, “beyond” organic management which avoids all synthetic inputs, and silvopasture which incorporates wooded areas and tree crops into their grazing system. Wenona and her family have been using these practices on their land for decades, and are reaping the rewards. Their animals are healthy and their fields are lush. Even though their soil is not naturally rich – it is considered gravel – they have been able to build organic matter through grazing their animals. The animals spread the fertility through their manure and improve the soil. This allows their fields to hold
water and stay green longer compared to near-by land, where water tends to run-off into puddles rather than soak in to the ground. Wenona has also observed that she is able to plant earlier in the spring because she doesn’t have to wait until the ground is dry enough to till. Since Wenona started leasing an adjacent parcel for hay about four years ago and applying organic, nonchemical fertilizers, she has witnessed a marked improvement in the soil health. The pH of the soil has increased from 5 to 6.5, transforming it from a poor level to an ideal level for vegetation to grow and thrive. “Our regenerative grazing practices have transformed the soil,” remarked Wenona. Chockalog Farm’s commitment to regenerative, climate-smart practices has helped them build resiliency and optimize their operation. To help farms and ranches mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis, FACT supports the Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA). This farmer-driven, sciencebased bill calls for (1) increasing investment in agricultural research, (2) improving soil health, (3) supporting the transition to pasture-based livestock, (4) ensuring farmland preservation and viability, (5) promoting onfarm renewable energy, and (6) reducing food waste. FACT partners with and invests in regenerative livestock and poultry farmers to improve farmer livelihood, animal welfare, and ecological health. We offer grants, webinars, conference scholarships, and a mentorship program. Please contact Larissa McKenna, Humane Farming Program Director, at (773) 525-4952 or email@example.com with questions about any of FACT’s farmer services.
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Douglas awarded grant of $3.3 Million The federal Economic Development Administration (EDA), a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, recently announced a round of grant funding for infrastructure projects that includes $3.3 million in funding for the Town of Douglas. The federal money will allow the Town to extend sewer service from its current end point on Gilboa Street to a large warehouse development on Lackey Dam Road in Uxbridge. The project will also create a sewer service connection for a planned warehouse between Gilboa and Northeast Main Streets in Douglas. The Town will also upgrade an old pump station to handle all the additional flows. The scope of work funded by the grant also includes the upgrade of water mains from Main Street to Northeast Main, and all along Northeast Main to the Town border with Uxbridge. Existing businesses and residences in this area will benefit from significant improvements in service levels and
reliability resulting from “loop” connections the warehouse developers will complete across their property. “I want to thank our federal delegation and EDA representatives for working so well with our Town staff to craft a strong application for this competitive grant,” said Douglas Selectboard Chair Kevin Morse, who continued, “We don’t have a consulting team or cast of thousands to pull together so much material. We have just four people, with only one on task full time, to collect data, file reports, write narratives, gather letters of support and attend all the meetings necessary to compete for these funds. Our regional EDA rep, Deb Beavin, staff from Congressman McGovern’s office, Jeannie Hebert from the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, Senator Ryan Fattman and Representative Joe McKenna, all pitched in with valuable guidance as we have gone forward, and to everyone who has helped, we are very grateful.” He continued, “Without this EDA
Friends hold Library Book & Bake Sale The Friends of the Uxbridge Free Public Library will be hosting a Book and Bake Sale this month. This very popular event will be held on Saturday, September 24th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. There will be delicious home baked speciality items, such as pies, cakes and cookies for sale. There will also be a great assort-
ment of children’s, young adult and adult books for you to choose from. The added feature for this sale is a Treasure Table of really cool items that will be for sale. Check it out!! Book donations can be brought to the library starting September 1st. The library is located at 15 North Main Street, Uxbridge MA.
grant, we would not be able to complete the project. Congratulations to our Economic Development Project Facilitator Bob Minarik, who is seeing the reward for his persistence and diligence, System Manager Bob Sullivan, who has worked very hard on the details of this project, Town Administrator Matt Wojcik and Community Development Director Matt Benoit for their contributions to and oversight of the application process.” Selectmen Fitzpatrick, Bonin and Davis also noted the involvement of the Douglas Planning Board, Conservation Commission, and Water Commissioners, as well as the Town leadership in Sutton and Uxbridge, as key to making the tri-town project successful. “We are proud of the way everyone cooperated to see that this project is a good fit for our communities. Elected and appointed boards made orderly progress through the permitting process. Federal, state and local leaders continued on page 4
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Letter to the Editor_____
Our private counsel for the citizens' petitions, Attorney Mina Makarious, has reviewed all of the proposals. Attorney Makarious is also a town counsel for three communities near Boston. The articles that are ready for votes include: FALL TOWN MEETING 2022 • Amending the charter to allow warrant article petitions to be submitted during regular business hours. Right now, there is a deadline that comes up when town offices are closed. This adjusts the language so it will fall when Town Hall is open. • Update definitions for number and gender. • Require multi-member bodies with regulatory responsibilities (such as permits,
Uxbridge Fall TM Agenda To the Editor: At the Uxbridge Fall Town Meeting on October 25, 2022 at Valley Chapel there will be nine new Charter articles that we will introduce as citizens' petitions. This follows votes on seven other articles at this year's Spring Annual Town Meeting. The Uxbridge Charter is reviewed once every ten years. The recommendations in these petitions were first identified last year by the nine-member Charter Review Committee.
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enforcement actions, etc.) to have a minimum of five members. • Add one elected member to the Finance Committee and reduce the membership by one appointed member. Right now, three members of the Finance Committee are elected and four are appointed by the Town Moderator, Ed Maharay. • Amend the charter to make the Town Manager's review a public record. • New procedures to review and/or retire multimember bodies and advisory committees. • Let meeting notices and some public documents and notices go out by email to board members and on the website to the public. • Allow more time and require fewer signatures to recall a public official. This brings our recall procedure more in line with the original intent of the recall legislation that was passed by Town Meeting about five years ago. When the original article went to the state legislature, much of the language was changed at the request of our state representative who had been an Uxbridge Selectmen prior to being elected as a representative. This time, if the article passes Town Meeting, it will go to a public vote, but would not require another vote of the state legislature. These changes more closely
reflect the original intent of the community for recall of public officials. • Set deadlines and require that budget documents, including the school budget, be posted to the town website. SPRING TOWN MEETING 2023 There are three proposals that are under consideration for the 2023 Spring Annual Town Meeting. • Change the name of the Board of Selectmen to "Select Board" • Correct non-substantive typographical errors in the Charter • Consider separating the Water and Sewer Commissioners from the Board of Selectmen. The first two are not eligible to reheard at the 2022 Fall Town Meeting as there is a 12 month waiting period after an unfavorable town meeting vote. The third would need some additional work and could be proposed by an elected official rather than as a Citizen's Petition. OTHER ISSUES THAT WERE REVIEWED WITH COUNSEL There were some other proposals from the original Charter Review Committee that our counsel felt are not ready go forward at this meeting. Some are already covered by state law, some need more work, and a few had complexity and legal issues that would need to be addressed before they
could come to a vote. These were all carefully reviewed and followed-up on a phone call with our attorney to be sure we understood all of his recommendations. The issues that we are not putting forward, on advice of counsel, include the following: • Board of Public Works - State law already has provisions for adoption of a board of public works. Our counsel's view is the town would gain no additional powers from a charter amendment. There is no charter change needed. • Adjusting the language for a quorum Our counsel's view was more work would be needed to add a minimum size for a quorum. There is also some complexity in the charter and bylaws that may require a number of changes. These will be left open for future consideration and could be brought forward at a future meeting. • Definition of Town Officers/Officials. Counsel's advice is that this is already defined and widely used in state law and could cause confusion with statutory language. On counsel's advice, we will not bring this recommendation forward. • Definition of Vacancy. Counsel feels this word is well defined and in common usage and there is no substantial benefit to the town to define it in the charter. On counsel's advice, we will not bring this recommendation forward. • Censure - Our attorney raised concerns that one body likely does not have the legal jurisdiction to censure the members of another body. Town Meeting (which is the legislative branch of our local government) likely does not have jurisdiction to censure the executive branch, which includes most of our boards and committees. While a committee can likely censure one of its own members, it is unlikely that one body can censure another body's members. This proposal also runs into legal issues, in counsel's view, for rights that are protected in both the federal and state constitutions regarding freedom of speech, due process, and freedom to debate. Counsel suggested that if there were a need for Town Meeting to express disapproval that a non-binding motion at Town Meeting would accomplish the same thing. • Investigations - Counsel's view is that this would need more work before it would be ready to put forward. As written, it has conflicts with state and federal law and could damage serious criminal and civil investigations. The example they gave that if a town employee were investigated for allegedly sexually assaulting a child, the child has strong legal rights to privacy. Our counsel believes this could even damage the prosecutor's legal case as witnesses might refuse to cooperate. A lot more work would be needed to address these concerns. Our attorney's advice was this should not be put forward at this time. NEXT STEPS The motions that have already passed at the 2022 Spring Annual Town Meeting and any that get a favorable vote at the October Fall Town Meeting would go to a town wide public vote at our town elections next May. Mark your calendar to attend the Uxbridge Town Meeting on October 25th at Valley Chapel. The full town warrant will be posted to the town website at https://uxbridge-ma.gov. All registered voters can participate. Your voice is important to our community! - Susan Franz, Uxbridge
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We Are Uniquely Uxbridge Day Submitted by: Travis Do Rosario On Sunday, September 4th, Uxbridge will be celebrating their TENTH Annual We Are Uniquely Uxbridge Day at the Town Common. This day is to enjoy all the things that make us a great community to live in! Local businesses will be open, Mendon Street Kitchen will be open, serving up your favorite foods, festivities will be going on at the Town Common, and we will end the day with fun down at Pout Pond, sponsored by the Pout Pond Recreation Committee. Part of what makes Uxbridge a fabulous community to how we support others in need. In past years, We Are Uniquely Uxbridge Day has contributed to the Bank Fire Fund, made donations to our Local Fire and Police Departments in 2014. For several years, we were able to provide monetary scholarships to Uxbridge High School students for their continuing education. We have donated money to the Uxbridge People First Food Pantry, Uncle Buck’s Backpacks and $1000 donation to the Uxbridge Skatepark. All of the monies raised are given right back, into the community, OUR community. The day starts at 9am in the Town Common, Admission is Free, Please come down, do some stroll around while the kids take part in the activi-
ties! We have a wide range of vendors and artisans this year as well as treat for your fur-friends. There will be handmade jewelry, local honey, crafts, kettle corn, fine art, clothing, abstract art, face painting, fudge, give-aways, scouting and more. Several of our local sports teams, church and civic groups will be joining us, so you can find out more information about ways to get involved! There will be pie eating contests at 11am and at 1pm sponsored by State Representative Mike Soter. No registra-
tion is required, just show up and dig in! There will be a Fill-a-Cruiser Food Drive, sponsored by Heritage & Main Real Estate down at the south end of the Common, so be sure to bring a nonperishable item to help! Find the complete list and times at the event page of We are Uniquely Uxbridge Day 10 Facebook event page. Please come out on Sunday, September 4th and support our Unique town! Thank you and we hope to see you there!
Douglas Democrats plan Summer Social on Sept. 10th On Saturday, September 10th the Douglas Democratic Town Committee will hold its Summer Social from 2 – 4pm. The event is open to all interested in electing the Democratic candidates on the November ballot and in getting to know one another. Those interested
in attending should bring a summer appetizer or snack to share and the beverage of their choice. Please contact Lisa Mosczynski, Chair, Douglas Democratic Town Committee at 508341-4876 for the location and to learn more about the Douglas Democrats.
Uxbridge readies for 25th First Holiday Night Celebration Are you ready for the Uxbridge First Holiday Night Celebration on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022? This will be our 25th Anniversary of the Uxbridge First Holiday Night Celebration and Parade! This event is truly a holiday family tradition in the Blackstone Valley for many of the residents! The First Night elves are starting to ramp up donation collections and reaching out to local artists, entertainers, and organizations to join the event! The elves are asking for help fundraising to help bring this event to another successful year! Please consider donating to
Uxbridge First Holiday Night Event by scanning our QR Code or visiting our website: https://tinyurl.com/ unipayuxbridgefirstnight. Once you scan the QR code it will direct you to our UniBank donation account. Click on general donation in the upper left-hand column. If you’re a business and would like to be a sponsor, please reach out to us for our numerous sponsorship opportunities, including parade route holiday street banners! If you like to join our elf team and volunteer at the First Night event, please stop by the Mendon Street Kitchen for more information.
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Walking Tour of Town Churches The Deborah Wheelock Chapter, DAR, will kick-off its September meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14th with a walking tour of two churches facing the Uxbridge Town Common. Open to the public, walkers can gather at the Simeon Wheelock House on North Main Street at 6 p.m. for a one hour tour of the (former) Unitarian and Congregational Churches. David Moriarty will lead the tour in the former and Rev. Frank McKenzie in the latter. As Uxbridge approaches its
300th anniversary as a town, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the irreplaceable value of historic preservation and about our significant place in Blackstone Valley history. Founded in 1890, more than one million women have joined the Daughters of the American Revolution in promoting education, historic preservation and patriotism through a variety of volunteer community programs and projects. If interested in membership contact: deborahwheelockDAR@gmail.com
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Somethings Fishy This quilt is part of a National Trout Unlimited Project. Students at Taft Learning Center in the STEAM lab raised Brook Trout and released them in Pout Pond in May. The students wrote letters and exchanged quilt squares with 30 other schools across the United States about their fish-raising experience and their hometowns. Susan D'Alfonso shared her creativity and passion and sewing the quilt together to be placed in the Taft School for all the students to enjoy.
The Friends of the Simon Fairfield Public Library will hold their fall online auction this October 9th – 23rd. This year’s auction includes many gift certificates from local businesses, vacation packages, gift baskets, vintage and household items, and donations from local artists and artisans. There is still time to donate! If you have a special service, talent, attic treasure, artsy item, household item, or anything that might be a desirable auc-
tion item, we welcome your participation! Deadline for donations is September 8th. If you are able to donate, please email us at FriendsSimonFairfield Library@hotmail.com. Preview will open soon at https://mysfpl.org. The benefit auction will be entirely online, and all proceeds will go to benefit the Library’s building fund campaign including handicapped accessibility.
leverage over $206 million in private sector investment, create about 750 new jobs, and give the Town badly needed diversity and stability in its tax base.” Of the $ 8.6 million in infrastructure improvements, $ 3.3 million has been funded by MassWorks, the EDA grant provides $ 3.3 million, private developers have contributed $ 1.7 million, and the Town has provided about $300,000 in engineering costs. There are no tax increment financing or other municipal incentives involved in this project. All work, including the completion of the buildings, is expected to be done within the next two years.
continued from page one demonstrated through this initiative that all levels of government can work together for a common goal.” Town Administrator Matt Wojcik said, “We now have an overarching economic development initiative in place that includes this EDA project, a nearly complete water main extension and upgrade effort that was funded by the Baker Administration’s MassWorks program, and other infrastructure work currently in the application phase, that together represent a total of $ 8.6 million in infrastructure improvements. These utility and roadway efforts will
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Uxbridge Library Sept. Events CANNING, FREEZING, & DEHYDRATING GARDENING PROGRAM Got way too much production from your garden this year? No problem! On Monday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m., join us for a presentation from Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens about the easiest and best ways to preserve your food to last a year or more. Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens offers lectures on a variety of gardening topics throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Registration is required for this Board of Library Trusteessponsored program. NEW MICROFILM SCANNER Did you know that the Library maintains a microfilm collection of local newspapers, featuring publications from as far back as 1868? Thanks to a generous donation and the support of the Board of Library Trustees, we are excited to offer a new microfilm scanner that makes this collection more accessible to library patrons. These newspaper microfilms offer a fascinating glimpse of Uxbridge in the past, and by scanning articles to a USB or email, you can continue your research from home. ADULT PROGRAMS Register now: GENTLE FLOW YOGA Mondays, Sept. 12, 19, and 26 at 7 pm and Thursday, Sept. 1 at 7 am MINDFULNESS MEDITATION Sept. 8 and 22 at 6 pm POPUP LIBRARY at the Senior Center Sept. 8 and 29 at 11:30 am CANNING, FREEZING, AND DEHYDRATING Sept. 15 at 6:30 pm CARDMAKING HANDS-ON WORKSHOP Sept. 22 at 6:15 pm BOOK-A-LIBRARIAN Need help downloading e-books and using other library digital resources? Contact the library to book a 30-minute appointment with a librarian for handson tech assistance. Wednesdays from 2:30 pm - 4 pm. JOIN A BOOK CLUB: Uxbridge Senior Center Book Club The Sweeney Sisters by Lian Dolan, September 13 at 1 pm Historical Fiction Book Club - Boone by Karen Joy Fowler, September 20 at 3:30 pm Bookies Book Club - Take My Hand by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, September 26 at 6:30 pm YOUTH & TEEN PROGRAMS Register now: TEEN BOOK-IN-A-BAG (ages 13+) Pick up your book-in-a-bag between September 1-15 LITTLE LOTUS YOGA (ages 6+) September 12, 19, and 26 at 4 pm MUSIC AND MOVEMENT with Deb Hudgins (all ages) - September 8 and 22 at 11 am YARN LETTERS Craft Program (ages 8+) - September 7 at 3:30 pm TEEN MOVIE NIGHT - September 15 at 5:30 pm MAKING N’ BAKING VIRTUAL MUG MEAL (ages 8+) - September 15 at 6pm Family Candy Bar Bingo (ages 8+) -
September 17 at 3:30 pm SEA GLASS WINDCHIMES (ages 8+) - September 21st at 3:30 pm HENNA DESIGN FOR TEENS (ages 12-19) - September 22 at 6 pm VIRTUAL FORTNITE TOURNAMENT September 26 at 6pm BABY STORYTIME (0-2 years) Mondays at 11 am TODDLER/PRESCHOOL STORYTIME (2-3 years) Wednesdays at 11 am NOTE: Storytimes (registration required) Drop-In Programs: CRAFTY WEDNESDAYS Wednesday mornings and afternoons LEGO CLUB - Tuesdays at 4 pm LIBRARY LAWN GAMES Saturdays from 11 am - 1 pm TEEN GAME NIGHT - Sept. 1 at 6 pm FMI Please visit the Library’s website at uxbridgelibrary.org or call us at 508278-8624 to inquire about our upcoming programs or to register to attend! Many of our programs are supported by the Uxbridge Board of Library Trustees and the Friends of the Uxbridge Free Public Library.
Last June, in honor of Flag Day, the Providence Postal Customer Council, along with the Providences Postmaster, Jeanne Jackson and Uxbridge Postmaster, Karen McDonnell, visited The Table Family Diner in Uxbridge. The Table Family Diner is a farm to table restaurant that promotes “healthy choices” with farm fresh selections. The owner, Cheryl Swyers, has 150 chickens on her farm and the chickens provide eggs for the diner. She uses only the freshest ingredients in her food to offer an innovative “healthy diner” approach. To honor Flag Day, USPS Operations Support Specialist, Greg Lato, kicked off the event by singing, God Bless America. The Providence Postmaster, Jeanne Jackson, gave a speech recognizing the owner for her farm fresh approach and for staying open during the pandemic to serve the community. The Postmasters presented Cheryl with a special framed art piece featuring the Heritage Breeds Forever
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conversation with the owner. Cheryl Swyers was very grateful to be recognized and couldn’t wait to hang up her framed art piece for all to see.
Innovation Pathways Grant for Uxbridge H.S. Recently, Senator Ryan Fattman and Representatives Michael Soter and Joe Mckenna, and the Uxbridge Schools administration announced that the Skills Capital Grant program released the recipients of FY23 funding. In this round of funding, Uxbridge High School received $149,592 for its Innovation Pathways program. The Innovation Pathways Program at Uxbridge High prepares its students for various occupations that are rarely offered outside of vocational programs. UHS has specific pathways in Advanced Manufacturing, Biomedical Science, Global Business and Logistics, and Information Science/Digital Media. The money will be used specifically to support the manufacturing pathway and provide students the opportunity to be certified in Adobe, MACWIC, and Fusion, amongst other coursework.
“The world is changing so fast both technologically and economically. And the world changes, the Commonwealth responds with real-world possibilities for our students” commented Uxbridge Interim Superintendent Michael Baldassarre “I have to compliment our Principal Michael Rubin. This is among many opportunities that he and his team have accessed for Uxbridge's students in recent years." UHS Principal Michael Rubin stated “We are grateful for the continued investment from all levels of the Commonwealth in UHS' Innovation Pathway programs. On the one hand, it is incredibly validating for the programs and partnerships we offer our students in terms of academic, technical, and social success. On the other, these funds help us meet the incredible responsibility for the next generation of innovators, thinkers, and workers to
have industry-standard tools at their fingertips.” Senator Ryan Fattman also commented “The Skills Capital Grant program's investment in Uxbridge is a recognition of the exceptional work that Uxbridge has done to make their students competitive in a tough job marketplace," said Senator Fattman. "This grant will support Uxbridge as they continue to grow and improve their program, and I look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the years to come." State Rep. Michael Soter is proud of the opportunity that this grant presents saying “programs like this are extremely important for our towns, as well as the Commonwealth. The money invested in the Innovation Pathways program helps to make our state very competitive in the educational and career readiness field. We must continue to invest in the next generation.”
"I have been a very strong supporter of the State's Innovation Pathway program to give every one of our students the same options when it comes to educational opportunities,” said State Rep. Joe McKenna “Whether the choice is vocational and career-based or college prep, every student deserves the chance to explore their own futures. This Skills Capital grant will ensure that the students at Uxbridge High School will have these technical certification programs available to them and is truly an exciting opportunity." The legislative delegation stated that they will continue to support local school districts through the various grant application processes that exist in the Commonwealth. The delegation stated that ensuing strong school funding will remain a priority of theirs.
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Dean’s List students at WSC The following local students have been named to the Worcester State University Dean's List for Spring 2022. Dean's list honors are awarded to matriculated undergraduate students who have earned a 3.5 GPA or higher. Full-time students must have earned a minimum of 12 credits and part-time students must have earned a minimum of 6 credits. DOUGLAS: Hailey R Baldwin, Kirsten B Ballou, Sydney C Connor, Maureen L Grady, Garrett W Grann, Ethan C Guertin, Margaret E Gurney, Hanna R Kearney, Ryan J Klenk, Santina M MacGregor, Samantha I Meech, Jonathan R Paine, Arouny N Souphida, Jordan A Staples, Erin S Theroux, Alec R Turner, Gerard J Vergilis, Ethan C Whitney NORTHBRIDGE: Andrew J Cleary, Callie M Ellis, Joshua A Fung-A-Fat, Ashley F Minior, Aubrey J Plante, Michael R Wytenus SUTTON: Ayla M Allard, Lily G Brooks, Owen E Cunningham, Sarah J Fontaine, Catherine R Forde, Cameron Hopkins, Lily Lavender-Hoge, Paul P Leszyk, Megan R Mahoney, Sydney M McKinlay, Emily M Milaszewski, Abigail J Ostrowski, Sydney M Pawlak, Molly Perry, Holland A Redding, Ku Reh, Kevin M Russo, Mackenzie A Sobaleski, Alexis M Violette UXBRIDGE: Emily T Baca, Ethan J Borjeson-Troupe, Amanda F Brodeur, Jason Kindl, Jade S Letendre, Cara M Parker, Julia M Prew, Keely R Rancourt, Katherine R Sobkowiak, Russell S Wise WHITINSVILLE: Forrest G Amtmann, Elizabeth R Bisaillon, Brian R Bliss, Adam J Briand, Christopher R Coyle, Brenden B Elder, Katherine L Evans, Andrew C Kinney, Olesya J Kyrychok, Madison A Malone, Jennifer J McLaughlin, Noah N Shaikhly
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Sept. Events at Purgatory Chasm Public programs at Purgatory Chasm State Reservation continue in September 2022. All programs are free and open to the public. Bring water, wear sunscreen/bug spray, and dress for the outdoors. Sturdy footwear strongly recommended for hiking events. An adult must accompany children. Inclement weather cancels hiking programs. FMI call 508-234-9610 or visit: mass.gov/locations/purgatorychasm-state-reservation. Purgatory Chasm State Reservation is located at 198 Purgatory Rd, Sutton MA 01590. Please note that public programming may be affected by construction projects taking place within the park in 2022. CHASM HIKE Wed & Fri 11 am – 12 pm, Sat 2 pm – 3 pm, Sun 3 pm – 4 pm Get ready to scramble around huge boulders while taking in the mystery of Purgatory Chasm! Find out about the park’s history and cultural influence, the chasm’s rock formations, or the wildlife that calls the chasm home. The tour topic will vary, ask for details. Meet at the pavilion at the entrance to the chasm. Appropriate for ages 8 and above. This event is cancelled when the chasm is closed due to wet trail conditions. About 1/2 mile that is generally moderate; also includes rocky terrain. The first portion of the trail is steep and requires some rock scrambling. The remainder of the trail is flat or gently sloped. CHASM PRIMER Saturdays & Sundays 10 am Join the Park Interpreter for a 10 minute introduction to Purgatory Chasm. We will briefly explore two dramatic events that shaped how the park looks today. This is the perfect primer before your hike through the chasm. Meet at the pavilion at the entrance to the chasm. Appropriate for ages 8 and above. This event is cancelled when the chasm is closed due to wet trail conditions. GLACIAL GEOLOGY HIKE Mondays 2 pm – 3:30 pm Discover our glacial past with a onemile hike along the topside of the
Waters Farm Fall Festival Wrap up your fall festivals with a trip to Waters Farm on October 16 & 17th where the past & present combine to produce a family-oriented weekend full of activities & educational experiences. Waters Farm is a nonprofit, all volunteer run 501(c)3 living history center located on 120 beautiful acres in West Sutton. Activities include: Antique engine and tractor show, shopping at our large selection of craft vendors, antique farm tractor pulls, demonstrations from yesteryears include tours of our working blacksmith shop, shingle mill and maple sugar house. New activities for children include the barrel train rides. Music will be provided by Cruisin’ Bruce Palmer, Hay rides & more. FMI go online: www.watersfarm.org.
chasm to Little Purgatory. Explore evidence of the ice that blanketed this park more than ten thousand years ago! Meet at the Visitor Center. Suitable for ages 8 and above. Wet trail conditions will cancel. About one mile over moderate terrain. ROCK DETECTIVES Saturdays 11 am – 12 pm Have you ever wondered where rocks come from, and where they may be going? Reveal the stories hidden in stones at this interactive display. Stay for five minutes or an hour. This program takes place at the pavilion near the entrance to the chasm. Event moves inside the Visitor Center during severe weather. Ages 4 and above. SKULL SCIENCE Tuesdays & Sundays 11 am – 12 pm Every feature of an animal’s skull has a job to do. Join us to look for clues about how different animals survive in the wild. How will your own bones compare to those of our park’s residents? Stay for five minutes or an hour at this
interactive display. This program takes place at the pavilion near the entrance to the chasm. Event moves inside the Visitor Center during severe weather. Appropriate for ages 4 and above. TIME TRAVELER TOUR Tuesdays & Fridays 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Take a step back in time! Gain a deeper understanding of this unique park as we walk among its historic structures and geological features, jumping around the park’s timeline all the while. Meet at the Visitor Center. Appropriate for ages 4 and above. Approx. 1/2 mile over easy terrain. OFF THE BEATEN PATH Wednesdays & Thursdays 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Hiking trails are the heart of our park system and getting outdoors is a great way to exercise! Join us for a leisurely hike and socialize along the way. Meet at the Visitor Center. Appropriate for ages 8 and above. About one mile over moderate terrain.
St. Vincent de Paul’s Annual Friends of the Poor/Walk Run All are invited! The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Mary’s Church in Uxbridge invites you to participate in their annual Friends of the Poor Walk/Run for 2022. The St. Vincent de Paul Society aids those in emergency situations who are struggling to make ends meet. SVdP volunteers work to provide individuals and families with assistance with rent, food, utilities, or clothing, regardless of religion, race, or national origin. The Friends of the Poor/Walk Run will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022 beginning at 9:30 am beginning at St. Mary’s Church, 77 Mendon
St. (Rte. 16), Uxbridge. You may register at 9:00 am in the parking lot behind the parish hall. Donations can be made online at: www.fopwalk.org for St. Mary’s Uxbridge, MA. Donation sheets are available on the website, at entrances to the church, or in the office. Free t-shirts are available for participating, as long as supplies last. This is a fun family event for a worthwhile cause. Come, walk the town loop (3 miles) of the shorter one block route with your family and pets! Hope to see you there! Should you have any questions, please contact Donna at 508-2782226.
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Cahill celebrated at Women in Sport Day Recently, the Worcester Red Sox celebrated "UniBank Women in Sports Day." The celebration began with the club's second youth clinic of the season, presented by Hanover Insurance. More than 80 youngsters (including many aspiring softball players) learned the basic mechanics of diamond sports from WooSox coaches, players, and front office members. Then, the WooSox hosted a free "UniBank Women in Sports" panel in the DCU Club, which was jam-packed with attentive listeners. Featured panelists included: • Jen Toland, a veteran sports reporter
for the Telegram & Gazette. • Uxbridge native Allison Cahill, the winningest quarterback in Women's Football Alliance history as a member of the Boston Renegades. • Professor Libby O'Hara, the director of Assumption University's sport management program, whose list of mentees includes several WooSox front office members. • Kate Myshrall, the longtime vice president of advancement at the Seven Hills Foundation, who for 13 years was a sports producer for NESN and NBC. • Katie Wickstrom, a former state champion golfer at Notre Dame
During pre-game ceremonies, Cahill stood alongside two Renegades teammates, one of whom delivered a Ceremonial First Photo by WooSox photographer Ashley green Pitch on her behalf.
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Academy in Worcester, who went on to be team captain of the women's rowing team at Santa Clara University. • Kim Miner, the executive vice president and general counsel of the WooSox. Before her football career took off, Cahill was a standout basketball and softball player at Uxbridge High School. She graduated as the all-time scorer in the women's basketball program, then played collegiately for four years at Princeton University, where she graduated with a degree in history in 2003. However, during the panel discussion, Cahill told the audience that her dream was always to play football. She grew up watching the New England Patriots on TV with her family, and often played football in the yard with her two older brothers. One night, when she was four, she put on one brother's football pads and helmet and strutted around the family room—and was met with laughs. But Cahill never let go of her dream, and went on to become the winningest quarterback in Women's Alliance History by leading the Boston Renegades to seven national titles, including four consecutive titles. On Friday, July 22, the WooSox welcomed to Polar Park more than 165 youngsters from the Uxbridge Baseball Association, as well as their families. Pitcher Austin Whitney (9) threw a Ceremonial First Pitch to his teammate, Grayson Matthews (8). Hunter Wilson (8) was the Cornerstone Bank Jr. Announce; every game, the club asks a youngster to announce the WooSox hitters in the bottom of the third inning using the PA system in the control room. Patrick Brauninger (11) participated in the club's mid-inning "Table Talk Pies in the Sky" promotional activity on the field.
DHS Celebration Graduation pasta dinner On Friday, September 23rd, The DHS celebration graduation committee will host pasta dinner fundraiser at Douglas High School 33 Davis Street in Douglas. Dinner starts at 5:00 PM and ends at 8:00 PM. Dinner includes pasta, meatballs, sauce, salad and breadsticks donated by Olive Garden and delicious desserts. “As a parent of seniors who were able to attend over the years, it was great to know that they were attending such a safe event while making lifelong memories. It is an incredible peace of mind.” states Detective Sergeant Aaron McLaughlin from the Douglas Police department. Currently, the DHS celebration graduation committee needs to raise over $20,000 in funds to make this a successful event. All proceeds from the pasta dinner will benefit the Douglas High School Senior all night celebration. The cost of the dinner is $8.00 for adults / $5.00 children under 12 years old. CASH tickets sold at the door.
The First Day of School Mindset – Helping Children Prepare by Michael Baldassarre, Ed.D., Superintendent There are certain questions that I ask others when I want to get to know them, know more about them, and find ways to connect. Among these are their favorite movies, favorite songs, favorite bands, favorite foods, and a ton of questions about important milestones in life. A question that I have been asking lately is, what do you remember about your first day of kindergarten? Did you see children crying when they were required to release the hand of their trusted adult? Did you yourself, cry? Where was the classroom, what were its furnishings, and with whom did you sit? Was there music, or food, or balloons? I started kindergarten a month after my wife was born, in 1979. She was more than 500 miles away just a few weeks out of a Worcester, MA maternity ward. She was way too young for me then, but her kindergarten memories are the same as mine, and so many others. Kids crying, and some parents crying too. Five blocks from my childhood home in downtown Niagara Falls, NY, my mother drove me to the school on Tronolone Place in her beige Fiat – me sitting in the backseat, no seatbelt from what I recall. Now, 42 years later I still recall my transition from the living room to the classroom, from the alley behind my house on Walnut Avenue to the tar covered play space in front of the school. No playground, no grass, no fence. When I close my eyes to reflect on the brief period in which the parents walked their littles to the door, I can see the circular tables and chairs, and I remember that when I saw my classmate, Kevin Stack sitting in his seat that I ran over to sit next to him, tearless and fearless. Then I remember
Steven screaming and crying, wearing blue pants and a checkered shirt, grabbing at his mother’s coat – acute crisis for him. There were no adjustment counselors, no social workers, no balloons, no face paint, no music, no cookies, and no juice. Prior to this momentous day, I had the opportunity to visit my soon to be kindergarten classroom when I was getting enrolled in the school. I got to see the learning space on the Friday before the Monday of my first official day. Only one other student was there at my visit, and it was Kevin. Being the same size in the same place at the same time is all that it takes for two five-year-old boys to become friends. So, when I walked in on the first day of school and Kevin was in his preassigned seat, mine next to his, no drama for my mama – it was time to go to school. My mom, Ma, Marlene, Mrs. Baldassarre, or Mareleeney Weeney as she was called by her friend Carol Leardini did well to preconceive my buy in to kindergarten. She followed suit with my sisters, telling them how much fun they’d have finger painting, coloring, cutting, pasting, and playing with clay. She’d later repeat the same with her many grandchildren. Forty-two years later I am grateful for her foresight. The ideology of preparing children for transitions, prevalent in special education, and all of education for that matter has been an area of focus for me for most of my career. I often tell a story about a child who goes to a pet store to buy a fish. There, the fish is placed in a plastic bag full of water from its tank. The fish is then brought home and the bag with the fish inside is placed on top of the water of its new tank so that the water in the bag can become the same temperature of the water in the tank. Only when
and growing. Consider taking them for a walk around the school grounds, and if new to Uxbridge – schedule a time to go to the school before the doors open on the first day. Talk about the dances, the sporting events, the clubs, and the activities. Energy and excitement. Imagination and fun. There is great enthusiasm about this school year – hopefully Covidless, and full of joy. Dr. Baldassarre is a professionally registered trainer of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools (TCIS) that is administered by Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. This program is renowned for methods that connect children to learning and its support of pro-social relationships and interactions.
this process is completed can the fish be transferred from the bag to the tank without risking the death of the fish due to the shock of drastic temperature change. In our schools, how often do we put less effort into transitioning our children from home to school, grade to grade, or from school to school with less effort than we do in transitioning a pet fish. As we approach the start of school, I encourage caregivers to consider taking steps to help their children and young adults prepare for the up and coming school year. See what you can do to generate excitement about seeing old friends, and making new ones. Talk about the fun activities in which they will be engaged, and about learning
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VCC Harvest Festival returns Sutton Historical Society to host speaker The Sutton Historical Society, Inc. Russet”, “Westfield Seek-No-Further,” vised the Village’s Herb Garden collecwill host Christie Higginbottom, Gar- “Sheepnose,” “Maiden’s Blush,” tion, a garden exhibiting over 300 varito Northbridge Common den Research Historian, on Tuesday, “Hubbardston Nonesuch,” and Sutton’s eties of historic herbs. Now retired
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The 2022 Harvest Festival, sponsored by the Village Congregational Church in Whitinsville, is scheduled for Saturday, September 24th, 2022 from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM on the Northbridge Town Common. (The rain date will be Sunday, September 25th from 12:00 noon until 4:00 PM). A 14 year tradition on the Northbridge Park common across from Village Congregational Church on 5 Church St. Whitinsville. brings our community a full day of arts, crafts, farmers market, food court, entertainment, children's activities, face painting, music, a huge variety of raffle prizes, a tag sale at church and a very special quilt raffle! The handmade, queen size quilt (91” x
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September 6, at 7 pm in the First Congregational Church, 307 Boston Road, Sutton. Her presentation entitled, “An infinite variety of fruit”: Historic New England Apples, should be a New England crowd pleaser. This program will explore the roles played by apples at the table and on the farm landscape in the past, and will celebrate the revival of interest happening today. Hundreds of historic apple varieties were born in New England cider orchards from the early 1600s to the late 1800s. These apples comprise an extremely diverse collection with evocative names such as “Roxbury
own “Sutton Beauty.” The historic Sutton Beauty variety was cultivated by Stephen Waters in 1757. New saplings of the Sutton Beauty were recently planted at Sutton Historical Society locations thanks to the efforts of Jon Clements, UMASS Amherst. The Society is proud to be cultivating such an important part of the town's history. Christie has worked as a costumed interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village since 1981. She coordinated the historic horticulture program researching, planning and planting the recreated kitchen and flower gardens at the museum’s historic households. She also super-
from full-time work at OSV, she continues to work in costume part-time – most often in the gardens, and to present garden programs for the Village. Christie lectures at museums and historic sites, garden clubs, historical societies, colleges and libraries. She writes and consults on historic gardens and their interpretation. She enjoys teaching home gardening classes at New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill and the Northeast Organic Farmers Association. This program is free to all members and the general public of all ages. Please join us to learn about apple history and to usher in the 2022 apple picking season.
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Matt Mulhane says funerals have evolved over the years and that the business “always keeps changing”. Mulhane noted that people often did the same things as far as funerals were concerned. They usually did two sets of calling hours followed by traditional services. Now, people do all kinds of different services. Arrangements are many times more personal. Mulhane told the story of a family whose loved one had a motorcycle, which was a big part of his life. The family actually brought the motorcycle to the funeral home and incorporated it into the services. Mulhane, who lives locally and coaches football in his spare time, says the best part of doing business in the Blackstone Valley is a sense of community. He adds that the people who come to the funeral home are often neighbors and friends. This feeling of communi-
The next meeting of the Douglas Library Intrepid Readers book group, Tuesday, September 13, 6:30 p.m. The Intrepid Readers, will be discussing David McCullough's “The Great Bridge: the epic story of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge”. The writing is superb, and the author is an ace at describing history to both the new learner as well as to history masters. Available in book form or on CDs for audio listeners. Call the library 508476-2695 FMI. New members always welcome. Homemade refreshments, inspired by the title being discussed, will be served.
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Blackstone Valley Art Assn. Community Chorus is calling all singers Do you love to sing? Join Greater for potential new members are December 10th, 2022 events & activities posted Milford Community Chorus and share September 12th, 19th and 26th. Sit in (Milford Town Hall – 7:30 p.m.) The Blackstone Valley Art Association is back in action after the Pandemic years. Remaining active during the Pandemic with virtual shows and demos. They did so to try to keep everyone motivated to continue their creativity. It was one way to combat depression and hopelessness. Their Spring show had a wonderful turn out of all media types. The BVAA's next show was a popular series show. Members were challenged to present 3 works of art in similar style, content, size, color ect. Winners of this show were 1st place-Bob Evens a trio of photos depicting abandoned articles. 2nd place Steve Paulson, a trio of watercolors. 3rd place James Hunt for a series of photos depicting the demolition of Draper Mill in Hopedale. Honorable Mention Leslie Breault for a series of amazing abstracts, Betty Havens for ocean scenes, and Merilyn Rocks for landscapes. BVAA also had 6 amazing teens share their creativity with the community. Their next show is open for participation to the area community. It is titled “4th Annual A Show Of Hands".
Deadline for submissions is 9/3, with drop off at Uxbridge Open Skies Gallery at 5 S. Main St. on 9/3 as well. Please see our social media sites for direction. Meetings will begin with live demos on, 9/20. They are presently organizing the list of demonstrators. Check web site frequently for the list. All meetings are open to the public, they start at 6:30, at the Open Skies Gallery in Uxbridge. Featuring an off site shows as well. Valley Cast at the Aldrich Gallery on Douglas Rd. will present. “My Favorite Art Show”. Members of BVAA will choose their favorite work of art to be presented at this show. Opening reception will be held 9/16 from 5-7pm. The show will end 10/28. Plenty of time to see what we feel is our best efforts in creativity. The BVAA has art work showing at Hunter's Tavern in Grafton Center, and at MJ’s in Grafton, and at Milford Local Access TV on S. Main St. Milford. Membership begins in September. See our web site at BVAA.ORG for the form. FMI contact Carol Frieswick firstname.lastname@example.org
your love of singing. Fall/Winter season rehearsals begin Monday, September 12th. Rehearsals are held each Monday from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Cultural Center, 30 School Street, Milford. Open rehearsals
Labor Day Breakfast The First Congregational Church of Sutton will hold it’s 68th Annual Labor Day Breakfast on Monday, September 5th on Sutton Common from 7 am to 10:30 am (Rain or Shine) Menu: Eggs, Ham, Pancakes, Home Fires, Cornbread, Cereal, Juice and Coffee. Tickets $14.00 Adults / $8.00 ages 5 to 10 years old/ Free 4 and under. Please bring a donation of non-perishables to benefit the Sutton Food Pantry. Labor Day Ball Drop will be held at 10 am on September 5th. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Labor Day Breakfast. $1000.00/$750/ $500 prizes. FMI contact the church office at email@example.com
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community bible study for women will open their fall season with a study of “Genesis (Part 3) – The Story of God’s Blessing” beginning on Thursday morning, September 8th. In Genesis, chapters 25-50. Together, no matter where everyone is in their journey, you will seek answers to the question, “How will I be blessed in my discovery of God’s story and through His promise to bless people from every nation?” The study will be in small groups at Fairlawn Church—and they offer
groups for those who prefer not to wear masks. All the study groups are physically distanced in spacious rooms. Refreshments are provided, and child care is available for infants through preschool age. Coffee Break is free and open to anyone in the community and is held each Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Fairlawn Church. Coffee Break offers women in the Blackstone Valley an opportunity to read and discuss the Bible, share questions and concerns, and develop new friendships. Each lesson is independent, so if you can’t attend every week, you won’t feel “lost.” There’s no “homework” required, and no previous Bible knowledge is necessary. Study guides are provided free of charge. Fairlawn Church is located at 305
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PLEASANT ST. CHURCH Coffee Break, a community Bible study for women, will begin its Fall season with a Meet & Greet on Tuesday, September 6th. On Tuesday, September 13th, they will begin a study of Revelation: God Speaks to the Church. You’re only allowed to be a newcomer the first week. After that, you are all friends. They look forward to meeting you. Refreshments and childcare are provided—There’s loving care for your babies and toddlers through age five. Coffee Break is held each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and offers women in the Blackstone Valley an opportunity to read and discuss the Bible, share questions and concerns, and develop new friendships. There’s no “homework” required, and no previous Bible knowledge is necessary. Study guides are provided free of charge. Pleasant St. Church is located at 25 Cross Street in Whitinsville. For directions, questions, or to get more information, please call Anna 508-2344902, email email@example.com or visit pscrc.org/adults.
Heather Lemire of Uxbridge participated in the 2022 Falmouth Road Race, the race’s 50th running, as a member of Dougie’s Team supporting The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. Heather raised money to help the Flutie Foundation continue to fund programs that help people and families affected by autism live life to the fullest. The Flutie Foundation provides direct financial support to families to relieve the financial burden of caring for a loved one with autism, and collaborative grant making to autism-serving
senior corner Uxbridge Senior Center News Beginning July 16, 2022, dialing “988” will route calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In 2020, Congress designated 988 as a new three-digit dialing, texting, and chat code for direct connection to support for anyone experiencing substance use issues, a suicidal crisis, or mental health-related distress. When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. Tri-Valley professionals are available to provide assessment and evaluation regarding behavioral/mental health needs as well as other personal needs of the older adult in addition to clinical triage and support. Contact Tri-Valley at 508-949-6640 or the center for info. - Thanks, Lisa UPCOMING FLU CLINIC October 18th from 9 am – 12 pm. Call the senior center to sign up. Thank you to Hannaford’s Pharmacy for helping us stay safe! THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST 10:30 am – 11:30 am – Veterans’ Services with Carl Bradshaw by appointment only. Call 508-278-8622 to sign up. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND 12:00 pm – Lunch & Learn with Chief Montminy ~ His guest speaker will be Donna Hardy, Assessor’s Administrative Assistant. She will talk about Veteran & Senior Applications for Statutory Exemptions. Please call ahead to reserve your lunch. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH Closed in observance of Labor Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, Sept. 6th. Thursdays, Sept 8th & 29th – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm – “PopUp Library”. Books will be on display to check out, library card sign-ups, book hold pick-ups, etc. This program being offered by the Uxbridge Free Public Library. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH 1:30 pm – Rock Flower Craft with Sally. Cost is $7.00 per person. Please call ahead or stop in to sign up. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH 1:00 pm – Uxbridge Library Book Club. They will be reading The Sweeny Sisters by Lian Dolan. You are welcome to join us for lunch on this day. Please remember to RSVP. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH 1:00 pm – Benefit Enrollment Specialist – Tri-Valley, Inc. Call the senior center to book an appointment with Katelynn Wackell. Next date will be Oct. 11th. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH Trip to American Heritage Museum in Hudson with Sally! Admission: $20 each & Veterans cost will be $18.00 per person. Lunch at Wendy’s after visit. Call ahead to sign up or stop in. Seating is limited on van and pick up starts at 9:00 am. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH 12 noon – BBQ Sponsored by State Rep. Mike Soter! This outdoor-tented luncheon will include a lobster roll, chowder and a surprise ice cream dessert. Tim Brooks; The Crooner at Large will provide the entertainment. RSVP required! MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH 12 Noon Shotgun Start - 16th Annual Elderly Connection Golf Outing will take place at the Whitinsville Golf Course. Please
consider contributing to this event. The Elderly Connection is our fundraising arm of the senior center and helps support services, programs and additional items that are not in our municipal budget. Thank you to all! The center will be closed this day and there will not be any lunch served. Buffet dinner is available at the golf course for $30 per person. Please RSVP by September 2nd. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST Movie Trip to Blackstone Valley 14 Cinema De Lux with lunch at Wendy’s. Senior movie ticket price: $7.75 and popcorn & soda $4.50 – Movie & Time TBA and space on van is limited. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND – 11:30 am - Lunch Outing to the new Beef Barn in N. Smithfield, RI. There will not be lunch at the center. Sign up early to reserve your seat! Cost will be $15 p.p. with these meal choices: roast beef sandwich, grilled chicken sandwich, hamburger or cheeseburger. Meals include fries, soda or coffee & piece of either apple, blueberry or Boston cream pie. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH 1:30 pm – “Ask the Attorney” with Attorney Ralph Tepper by appointment only. Call 508-278-8622 to schedule your appointment. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH 9:00 am – SHINE Appointments available for health insurance questions with Pat Nectow. Please call 508278-8622 to schedule. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Ask the Nurse Free Blood Pressure Clinic with Celeste Kopech, Salmon Health VNA. RSVP to participate and to join us for lunch. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Make Up Zumba Class with Amy at the McCloskey School. • Card Game played on Monday and BINGO on Wednesday during our congregate lunches. • Computer Class Tutoring every Monday – 3:00 pm by appointment only. Please call ahead to sign up.
• Hannaford grocery shopping every Tuesday. Pick up begins at 8:30 AM. Sign up in advance 508-278-8622 to reserve your seat. • Knitting Club every Tuesday @ 1:30 pm – Come join the fun! • Sally’s Walking Club; Every Wednesday@ *10:00 a.m. This is weather permitting. Meeting spot is the Blackstone Valley Greenway located on Adams St. in S. Uxbridge. This is incorporated with The Walk Mass Challenge! *No Walking Club on Sept. 21st. • 1st and 3rd Wednesday – September 7th & 21st @ 10:00 am – Bank & Pharmacy Rides. Please call at least 24 hours in advance. • Every Wednesday - “Canasta” Hand, Knee & Foot Card Game – 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Please call to sign up and join in on the fun! • 2nd and 4th Thursdays – September 8th & 22nd – 8:30 am - Shaws/ Ocean State Shopping Rides. Call at least 24 hours in advance. • Medical Transportation is accepting appointments. Call 508-2788622 to schedule your rides. Contact us at 508-278-8622 or visit us on our web page at Uxbridge-ma.gov/coa or like us on our FB page or by googling Uxbridge Senior Center and our new YouTube Channel or even dropping by.
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Douglas Adult Social Club Activities posted DAILY ACTIVITIES: Monday: Painting class 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m, Balance & Strength Exercise 10 a.m., Mat yoga 2 p.m. Tuesday: Cribbage 9:30 a.m., Zumba 9:30 a.m., Bingo 12:00 p.m., Technology Class 1 p.m., Jenga or Connect 4 2 p.m. Wednesday: Balance & Strength 10 a.m., MahJong 1 p.m. Thursday: Chair Yoga 9:30 a.m., WII Games 11 a.m., Hand and Foot card game 1 p.m. Friday: Balance & Strength 10 a.m. SEPTEMBER EVENTS:
MUSiCiANS WANTED DJ’s and musicians wanted for gigs for small but attentive audiences at the Douglas Adult Social Center. The majority are daytime performances but a few are evening. if interested, please call Dick at 508-498-2433 to have your name & specialty added to our list.
The center will be closed on the 5th in observance of Labor Day. Shyrl Faye is doing a presentation on Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 13th @ 12 pm. Appetizers will be served, you may call the center to sign up. This event is sponsored by our local Cultural Council. Bemis Nursery is back and doing Orb Planting, September 14th @ 11 a.m.. Refreshments will be available. The cost for this event is $10.00, you can sign up and pay at the center. RSVP before 9/6. Resinate Cannabis will be here Sep-
tember 20th @ 11:30 a.m. They will be speaking about medical cannabis and its benefits. Taco Bar lunch is available for $4.00 per person. RSVP before 9/14 Memorial Pancake Breakfast in honor of David Cortese is on September 27th @ 10:30 a.m. RSVP before 9/20 Hannaford’s Market is here on September 29th @ 11:30 for a cooking presentation and a discussion on easy, in expensive meals for one person. Samples will be distributed. RSVP before 9/20. If you have any questions please feel free to call the center at 508-476-2283.
Open Sky Community Services to Host Health Fair Open Sky Community Services invites the community to a free Health Fair at the Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Rd. in Whitinsville on Wednesday, September 28th from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. The fair will feature a variety of free exercise classes including classes from Brave Yoga, Beatz Dance Studio and Tai Chi with Ron Allen. There will be exhibitors representing different areas of health and wellness including Nutritionist Michelle Mix from Hannaford, students from the Blackstone Valley
Vocational Technical High School Health Services shop, Special Olympics Massachusetts and many more! In addition, there will be a Chili Cook Off and healthy snacks. This free event is open to anyone in the community and is a great opportunity for school groups, families, and senior citizens. We are still accepting vendors for the health fair. If interested, please contact Shannon Gwinn at (774) 922-7577 or Shannon.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diane Pollard SUMMER SUNhAT SERiES Back by popular demand, Diane Pollard kicked off her Senior Summer Sunhat Series of the Seventies concert at Plummer Place this week. "This was Diane's 3rd summer performing for our seniors and we couldn't be more pleased to have her back," said Michelle LaChapelle, assistant director of Plummer Place. Diane took concert goers down memory lane with songs from Carole King, Olivia Newton-John, Billy Joel, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and Three Dog Night. "I could have listened to her sing for two more hours!" exclaimed Gloria Cournoyer, one of the attendees. FMI on events and concerts at Plummer Place call (505) 234-2002.
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Original music composition Xaverian of Douglas native showcased Brothers HS more information about Worcester State University’s VPA’s music offerings, Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Department has ancontactVPAMusic @worcester.edu. nounced that Douglas native ABOUT THE VISUAL AND and Worcester State 2022 PERFORMING ARTS graduate Jonathan Paine DEPARTMENT recently showcased original The Worcester State Visual music composition, “The and Performing Arts DepartMoon God,” as part of a recent ment offers interdisciplinary Thesis Art Exhibition in WorJonathan and specialized artistic educacester State’s Mary Cosgrove Paine tion that prepares students for Dolphin Gallery. Paine, a Visual and Performing Arts professional lives in the arts. Its educaMajor and Music Composition and tional spaces encompass the Fuller Technology Minor, joined eight fellow Theater, practice rooms for music, and seniors in presenting an extensive vari- art studios at the University’s Sagaety of thesis work that included paint- more Studios. VPA students gain inings, illustrations, mixed media art, depth knowledge of their preferred art music composition, and video anima- form - art, music, or theatre - plus an understanding of what the arts have in tion, to name a few styles. Visual and video highlights continue common, and how they are performed to be available for viewing and listen- and exhibited in the real world. Learn ing via the Gallery’s website at more at www.worcester. edu/VPA or https://wsuvpagallery.weebly.com/the- connect with VPA on social media: Facebook/VPAatWorcester State, Twitsis-exhibition-2022.html. Gallery exhibitions are free and open ter and Instagram @WSUVPA. Follow to the community. For more informa- our blog, The Artful Lancer, at WSUtion regarding upcoming exhibits, visit VPA.wordpress.com or subscribe to https://wsuvpagallery.weebly.com. For our YouTube channel, WSU VPA.
Dr. Jacob Conca, Head of School at Xaverian Brothers High School, is pleased to announce that the following 465 students from 76 cities and towns have been named to the honor roll for the fourth marking period of the 20212022 school year. The Xaverian Brothers High School honor roll has three designation levels: Ryken Honors indicates all marks are A- or above. First Honors indicates all marks are B or above. Second Honors indicates all marks are B- or above The following has been sorted by state, city, honor level, grade, and name. Of note, seniors are not included for the fourth quarter honor roll; this list represents only those students in grades seven through eleven who achieved honor roll status. Mendon: Michael Albert, 7, Ryken Honors, Shane Belleville, 10, First Honors, Conor Belleville, 9, First Honors and Jonathan Santosuosso, 7, First Honors Uxbridge: Nathaniel Badzmierowski, 9, Ryken Honors FMI visit www. xbhs.com.
Tanner Giacobbi and Katelyn Malley, both residents of Whitinsville were among more than 285 seniors graduating in June from TEC Connections Academy (TECCA), the Commonwealth’s largest, public K-12 virtual school. TEC Connections Academy enrollment has grown steadily from about 240 students eight years ago to nearly 2,900 today, with students representing every county in Massachusetts. An in-person graduation celebration was held recently at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. “At TEC Connections Academy, we pride ourselves in providing a world-class education in the online environment, while also prepar-
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early summer of 1845. The audience he addressed had assembled for the Worcester County (South Division) Anti-Slavery Society’s quarterly meeting, and leading the meeting was world-renowned abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. It was a decade in the making for the small town of roughly 2,000 people. 400 residents – a full quarter of the town’s population – had joined the Uxbridge Anti-Slavery Society and professed the movement’s twin goals, the immediate abolition of slavery and civil and political rights for Black Americans. This, in an era where slavery was well known to be the bedrock of the country’s economy and racial discrimination was on the law books in every state, including Massachusetts. Its rapid growth and endurance was doubtlessly fostered by
“A beautiful…sun shone upon” the Uxbridge Unitarian Church on the afternoon of June 25th, 1845. As “the fair works of nature’s loveliness sparkled on all sides” of the commodious building, the voice of Frederick Douglass, America’s most famous abolitionist and “prophet of freedom,” boomed toward its pews. A red sign facing North Main Street now commemorates this event. But the story of how a church pulpit in a little town in Central Massachusetts attracted perhaps the most transformative orator in the country’s history – and what happened that day – has, until now, been hidden in the shadows of Uxbridge’s rich history. Several things conspired to bring Frederick Douglass to Uxbridge in the
the leadership of the town’s leading businessman and radical egalitarian, Effingham L. Capron (who chaired the meeting), and it helped spawn the storied career of forward-thinking activist Abby Kelley. Kelley’s husband Stephen also addressed the meeting, though she did not; she was busy organizing local anti-slavery societies in Ohio. And so, it was clear that Uxbridge was already “destined to be a green spot in the Anti-Slavery enterprize.” It was also clear that Frederick Douglass was destined for greatness. A young man of twenty-seven when he arrived in Uxbridge (not yet the gray-haired statesmen of most photographs), he had largely taught himself to read and studied oratory while enslaved in Maryland. After his escape, he became a popular speaker on the abolitionist circuit, but
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MRMC awarded Gold/Gold Plus Award Lauded for response/treatment for stroke patients Milford Regional Medical Center was awarded the 2022 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s “Get With The GuidelinesStoke” Gold Plus Award, marking the ninth consecutive year MRMC has received a Gold/Gold Plus award. This year’s award is based on 2021 data and comes after the medical center’s multidisciplinary Stroke Committee—co-led by Neurologist Eliezer Sternberg, MD, and Emergency Medicine Physician Karen DeFazio, MD, FACEP—implemented several new strategies to improve stroke care at MRMC; such as launching the Code Stroke paging protocol. According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a
stroke every 40 seconds, and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Early stroke detection and treatment are key to improving survival, minimizing disability and speeding up recovery times. The “Get With The GuidelinesStroke” program was developed to assist healthcare professionals to provide the most up-to-date, researchbased guidelines for treating stroke patients. “This award highlights the collective efforts not only of our Stroke Committee, but of our wonderful colleagues in the Emergency Department, nursing, hospital medicine, critical care, and neurology,” said Dr. Sternberg. “Excellence in stroke management arises from the collaboration of all these departments, coming together with the common goal of delivering the
best neurological care to our patients.” MRMC’s Stroke Committee meets monthly to review quality metrics, evaluate our performance and develop process improvements where identified. This past fall, the Stroke Committee worked extensively towards the implementation of the new Code Stroke paging protocol to expedite stroke care upon patients’ arrival to the Emergency Department and upon recognition of acute stroke symptoms with inpatients. Every year the “Get With The Guidelines – Stroke” Gold Plus award recognizes those institutions that have demonstrated commitment to providing quality care for stroke patients. In addition to following treatment guidelines, institutions also provide education to patients to help them manage their health & rehabilitation at home.
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