The New Uxbridge Times - July, 2024

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The new multifunctional Northbridge Fire Department Station.

Hughes earns prestigious STEM Award

William Hughes, age 10, of Cub Scout Pack 316 was recently awarded the Dr. Charles Townes Supernova Award. Supernova awards recognize superior achievement by a Cub Scout in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

According to Scouting America’s official website: “The [BSA] developed the STEM Nova Awards program to excite and expand a sense of wonder in our Scouts. By working with an adult counselor or mentor, the various modules allow them to explore the basic principles of STEM and discover how fun and fascinating STEM can be. The Supernova awards are offered for those who enjoy a super challenge.”

Each Supernova award is named after a famous inventor or scientist. To earn his Supernova award, William had to learn about Dr. Townes, in addition to completing other science and math activities. “Dr. Townes developed the use of lasers in astronomy and earned the Nobel Prize in 1964,” shares William. William also conducted several studies and experiments which helped him learn about math, statistics, and the scientific method. continued on page 3

New N.F.D. Station comes with all the bells and whistles

The Northbridge Fire Department is beginning to settle into their new location on Providence Road.  Fire Chief David White, notes that the new building is multifunctional. Not only that but it is multifunctional in the present and also with an eye toward the future. White says that is the best thing about the new location. Chief White said that a lot of thought went into not only what the department needs now but also what they might need in the future for growth and expansion.

The new location on Providence Road replaces two different, older fire stations; one on Providence Road near Sutton Street, and one in Whitinsville on Main Street. The new location is central to other areas in town. This has enabled the


department to increase their response time and “do more with less” Chief White said.

The building has been designed with many state of the art technology features including an automated conference room and operations center, special UV lighting in the ambulance equipment storage area and eventually a backup dispatch center. Currently all dispatch is done through the Northbridge Police Department on Hope St. in Whitinsville. However, White noted it’s really important to be able to have a backup system.

White said that firefighters have the highest rates of cancer of any profession.  The new station has three zones for firefighters returning from calls; a hot zone, a warm decon zone with special washers and dryers and a cool zone with showers and lock-

ers. This three zone model may be helpful in reducing those cancer rates.

Other features of the new fire station include a ready room for mutual aid, a backup generator which can power the station for three full days, a dayroom with a full kitchen, offices for the chief, the deputy chief, fire and EMS educators, bunk rooms, a laundry room and a fitness room. Large windows provide a lot of natural light.

The back of the building features a four story training tower with a blank wall to practice rappelling and windows/doors to practice rescuing people. The station also offers firefighters the opportunity to practice with stairs and confined space rescues. An additional seven bay garage behind the station houses trailers, brush trucks,

extra hoses and ladders.

While much of the new station is filled with new technology, the main entrance and lobby include beams from Riverdale Mills and benches and counters from the Whitin Machine Works as well as other old equipment and memorabilia. White added that they wanted to remain “mindful of their heritage.”

The new building also houses the Northbridge Building Department, Community Planning and Development, the Conservation Commission, the Health Department and the Zoning Board. White said the fire department needs to interact with those other town departments regularly, so it just made sense to have them in the same building.

St. Patrick’s Beer & Dynamite Blast

Come celebrate America with St. Patrick’s Parish, 7 East St., Whitinsville on Saturday, July 20th, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. They will be serving dynamite sandwiches & ice-cold beer, prior to the Northbridge Fireworks!

The menu will also include hot dogs, chips, soft drinks and frozen treats. Take-out options will also be available. The rain date for this event is July 21. FMI call 508-2345656. Payment by VENMO or cash.

William Hughes

“My favorite experiment was learning about the energy created from burning different types of candy. Candies with higher sugar content burned brighter and longer!”. Along with other members of his Cub Scout den and school, he visited science museums, grew rock crystals, and did an investigation into the science of food packaging.

Scouts also have to research a career in a STEM-related field to earn their Supernova recognitions. William met with a civil engineer, and found that there was several different types of science and math involved. “i think the best part of a civil engineer’s job would be able to construct bridges, building them and making them hold as much weight as possible. You have to be able to use different materials and different designs to make a bridge that could hold cars or trains.”

As a Cub Scout who has spent a year earning the prestigious Supernova Award, William wants to share his knowledge with others. “Math and science are very important because they’re everywhere. Not just a science project or a math test, but in everyday life. Whenever i am working on Minecraft, i am using math and simple equations to build certain buildings. When my family is baking cookies or making a cake, we are using science. The way the ingredients interact with each other at different times and different temperatures—it’s all explained by science. Math and Science help us understand things that we experience in life.”

Supernova awards are available for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venture Scouts. They are challenging to earn— less than 1% of Cub Scouts in the Heart of New England Council have earned it in the past year. if you’re interested in joining Pack 316, reach out to Check out www. for other local Scout units. You can also support all the adventures Scouting has to offer by visiting L180AYLT. Congratulations William!

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Scouts honor Veterans

A Scout is Reverent...Cub Scout Pack 316 proudly replaced the flags on the graves of military Veterans at St. Denis Cemetery in Douglas. “There are over 350 Veterans buried here, and it’s our honor to help their families remember their service and sacrifices. it’s hard work, but our Scouts work together every year to make sure each and every one has a brand new flag,” says Pack 316’s Cubmaster. This year, about 20 Scouts & their families participated. Pack 316 has a longstanding history of serving the community. Over the last couple of years, we have raised thousands of dollars in Heroes and Helpers donations which help provide gifts to first responders, troops at-home or overseas, Veterans, and military families. in addition to the flag replacement, the boys and girls of Pack 316 also march in Veteran’s Day parades, clean up trash around town for Earth Day, and support our local teachers and first responders. For more information or to join Pack 316, please reach out to Our Pack provides lifelong memories and friendship for elementary school aged children in Douglas MA and the surrounding area. if you’d like to support our 2024 Heroes and Helpers donation campaign, you can donate online by visiting P94X0TJZ.

Pictured at left; Cub Scout Pack 316 at St. Denis Cemetery in Douglas.

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Douglas Common Preservation Society gains nonprofit status

great news! The Douglas Common Preservation Society's application for nonprofit designation under iRS Section 501(c)(3) as a public charity has been approved! Our official name is now Douglas Common Preservation Society, inc.

Our organization has been working to beautify and help maintain the Douglas Town Common since 1996 and will continue to carry out that mission as a public charity.

That’s good news for our supporters because your donations to us will be eligible as tax-deductible donations. Donations will continue to be used exclusively to beautify and maintain the Town-owned Common since all Society members receive no salaries (we are all volunteers).

Our legal structure as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit should cement our relationship with the Town which has been

ongoing for nearly 30 years when it began with the building of the gazebo, installation of the lanterns, planting a lawn, trees and flower beds on the banking and around the gazebo, and putting in a number of benches where people can sit and relax while enjoying the Common. Our work has evolved into the year-round beauty evident now at the Common.

We will continue to rely on donations from both individuals and businesses to provide us with funding to pay for the materials, supplies and any expenses necessary to keep the Common looking beautiful throughout the seasons. if you would like to make your taxdeductible donation to help us with our work at the Common, please send your check payable to: Douglas Common Preservation Society, inc., 76 NW Main St, Douglas, MA. 01516. Donations may also be made by Venmo@ Kathleen-Sugrue-Richards (please indicate it is a donation and provide your contact info).

All sponsors will receive recognition on the signs to be posted at the Common. This year there will be two signs, one for donations received January through June, and one for donations received July through December. Memorial donations will also be acknowledged on the signs.

Over $28,000 in Grant Funding for Fire Education Programs

State Representative Michael Soter (R-Bellingham) is pleased to announce that the fire departments in towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Medway, and Uxbridge have been selected to receive additional state funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) as part of the Department of Fire Service’s (DFS) Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) and Senior SAFE grant program to support fire and life safety education for school-aged children and older adults.

The announcement, made by the Healey-Driscoll Administration recently, unlocks a total of $1.6 million in grant funding to be distributed to 214 municipal fire departments across the Commonwealth.

The Bellingham Fire Department is receiving $5,679, the Blackstone Fire Department is receiving $4,700, the Medway Fire Department is receiving $4,700, and Uxbridge Fire Department is receiving $4,700. This program is designed to teach children the importance of recognizing the dangers of fires and safety behaviors. These towns are also receiving grants for the Senior SAFE program to be used to teach and improve fire safety in senior housing: $1,865 to Bellingham, $2,200 to Blackstone, $2,200 to Medway, and $2,200 to Uxbridge.

Since 1995, the DFS’s SAFE grant

program has delivered fire safety education to kids and teens across the state. Since the beginning of these programs, the number of child fire deaths in Massachusetts have dropped significantly and in 2021 the state reached a two and a half-year mark without a child fire fatality, the longest period in the history of the Commonwealth. in 2014, the DFS launched the Senior SAFE grant program, to offer similar fire safety trainings to the state’s most vulnerable population.

Rep. Soter commented, “i am extremely grateful to learn that our district has been selected to receive this funding.” He added, “The opportunity for the students in our district to learn the importance of fire safety is crucial to their safety and educating our district on the many preventative measures that can be taken will be beneficial to the safety of our community as a whole.”

Rep. Soter further emphasized the importance of fire safety education for all ages, especially for our children and seniors.

Regulations Class of 2017: Destruction of Student Records is August 1st Attention Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School Class of 2017. Per state and federal regulations, temporary student records, including special education files (iEP), 504 plans, and student health records, shall be destroyed seven years after the student leaves the school. For the Class of 2017, this date is August 1, 2024. Members of the Class of 2017 may request their temporary student record (any information not contained in their transcript) before the August 1st shred date by written request. if you want to obtain your record please send a written request indicating the year of graduation and your name while in school to: Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, Student Services Record Dept., 65 Pleasant Street, Upton, MA 01568. Student transcripts (a record of grades) shall be destroyed 60 years after the student leaves the school. For the Class of 2017, that date is August 1, 2077. An alum from that class may request a transcript from their graduation date: May 2017 through August 1, 2077. if you want to retain your records, learn how at:

Inspector General calls on town officials to improve contract approval process

inspector general Jeffrey S. Shapiro called on Uxbridge town leaders to improve the process by which contracts and legal agreements are approved after an investigation found that a cannabis retailer altered its host community agreement (HCA) without detection in a letter issued May 30th, 2024 addressed to Jeffrey Shaw; Chair, Uxbridge Board of Selectmen.

“it is critical that municipalities have strong contracting procedures in place to mitigate vulnerabilities, as illustrated by this troubling and preventable course of events,” Shapiro said.

The Oig investigated the host community agreement approval process for ironstone Express after receiving a complaint in June 2020. State law requires that a marijuana business

obtain an HCA from the municipality where it intends to operate.  The business must have an HCA before it can receive its license from the Cannabis Control Commission.

The investigation found that ironstone’s owner, Barry Desruisseaux, altered the HCA after the town denied his requested changes. He received the HCA via email from the town and was

Murphy selected as Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild 2024 scholarship recipient

The Thimble Pleasures Quilt guild Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that Hannah Murphy has been selected as the 2024 scholarship recipient. Hannah is a recent graduate of Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational High School and is the daughter of Frank and Elisa Murphy of Millville. Hannah will be attending Rochester institute of Technology in Rochester, New York where she will be majoring in Photography and imaging Arts.

While at BVT, Hannah participated in the Yearbook Club where she served a president. She also worked part-time as a marketing major in a co-op position at Koopman Lumber. Hannah has danced for 16 years at both Eleve Dance Center and H and H Dance Academy. She currently runs her own freelance photogra-

phy business and is a volunteer photographer with Above the Clouds an organization which allows children to fly over areas of Massachusetts with licensed pilots.

Applications for the 2025 annual Thimble Pleasures Quilt guild scholarship will be available in the fall to area high school seniors who plan to major in college in the visual arts or textiles.

Pictured at left: Hannah Murphy with Quilt Guild member; Joyce Gilmore.

instructed to sign and return it. By this time, the town manager who had initially discussed the HCA with Desruisseaux had left the position. Desruisseaux deleted key provisions, such as business hours, town’s input on facility managers and the circumstances under which the town could terminate the HCA, renumbered the paragraphs, signed and hand-delivered it to Town Hall. The then-acting town manager, who was not involved in the original discussions, signed it without reviewing it.

The Oig recommended that the town of Uxbridge implement measures to prevent and detect changes to contracts and other legal agreements prior to execution by ensuring that documents are locked once parties come to an agreement and establish a final review process before documents are signed.

The Oig further recommended that the town review the ironstone HCA with legal counsel to determine if legal remedies are available.

“This situation demonstrates that we cannot assume that basic, fundamental practices are followed within each municipality with regard to contract negotiation, review and execution. Basic controls must be used to protect municipal interests and resources when entering into contracts or agreements with private entities,” Shapiro said.  “it is unfortunate, but we must always be vigilant to protect against those with nefarious intent. Changes to the contract were requested, denied and then the contract was changed without detection by the town.”

Submitted by Carrie C. Kimball, Office of the Inspector General Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Volunteers needed for Douglas Open Space Committee

Dear Citizens of Douglas,

The Douglas Open Space Committee, after getting approval of the Open Space and Recreation Plan in January, is acting on the Plan's suggestion to implement the Community Preservation Act. We hope to have it placed on the ballot for the November 2024 Presidential Election. See  for information.

Of the 351 towns in Massachusetts, 196 have adopted this tool that gives matching money to towns that add a 13% surcharge to their taxes. We are proposing a 1.5% surcharge with some exemptions. The benefits of these funds, generated from the Massachusetts Registry of Deeds, to towns like Douglas struggling with aging

underused buildings, no affordable housing and underdeveloped recreation opportunities are many.

A committee has been organized and more volunteers are needed.  We will be seeking signatures to a Ballot Petition Question to put this option onto the November ballot.  Anyone interested in helping, please contact us at or call me at 508-476-2872. We generally meet on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. at the Douglas Municipal Center, but will be glad to meet with anyone interested in helping at any time.

Thank you, Sue Perkins Douglas

Officials applauded for Pride Month Proclamation

Dear Editor,

The undersigned are proud to announce that the Town of Uxbridge has issued a Proclamation in support of Pride Month. The Select Board and the Town Manager should be applauded for their persistence in having difficult public discussions about its role in supporting Pride Month and in issuing a clear statement. The Select Board also approved the painting of a crosswalk in the downtown area with rainbow colors, the traditional symbol for Pride Month. Pride Month is a nationally recognized month to honor the LgBTQ+ community and their struggle for equal rights under our Constitution.

This struggle has involved political action on the federal, state and local level. it has also involved encountering expressions of hate and bigotry, apathy, aversion to action and just plain ignorance regarding the LgBTQ+ community’s history and present status.

Other activities which support this

community include:

• A local citizens’ group (Uxbridge for Change) has sponsored a Pride Picnic on the Town Common every June for three years.

• Another group of Uxbridge citizens (Justice, Equity, Diversity and inclusion) has worked with local officials to promote our Town as a safe and welcoming community. There have been multiple meetings with Town officials to discuss ways the Town can show its support. The rainbow crosswalk painting is an example of this.

• Other citizens have been responsible for decoration of a local bridge showing support for the LgBTQ+ community.

• The Town Manager has instituted a Diversity Equity and inclusion educational program for employees, which is ongoing.

in the end, support of the rights and safety of members of our local LgBTQ+ community supports the rights and safety of each one of us who

lives or works in Uxbridge, no matter how we identify in terms of race, religion, gender, or preference for who we live with and who we love. We urge you to join in this universal effort.

Signed; David Tapscott, Fran Graveson, Art DuBois, Sarah, Tina Ryan, Pat Stephan, Gail Epstein, Joann Lindenmayer, Rachael Frazier, Bev Graveson, Orlando Corona & Linda Corona

Book Clubs meeting dates

The following book clubs are scheduled to meet at the Simon Fairfield Public Library. The library is located at 290 Main Street, Douglas, MA

• July 2nd at 3:30 p.m., the Book Bunch (grades 2-4) will be discussing "Rescue on Turtle Beach" by Jen Marlin.

• July 9th at 3:30 p.m., the Young Reader's Club (grades K-2) will be discussing "Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door" by Adam Rubin.

• July 9th at 6:30 p.m., the intrepid Readers will be discussing The All-girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg.

• July 11th at 3:30 p.m., the Book Wizards (grades 5-7) will be discussing "Everything on a Waffle'' by Polly Horvath.

• July 16th at 6:30 p.m. the SciFi Book Club is reading Atlas Alone by Emma Newman.

Email to register. For more information call: 508-476-2695.

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Guided Recreational Hikes

All programs are free and open to the public. Appropriate for ages 12 and up. Registration is not required. Wear sturdy footwear. Dress for the weather. Bringing sunscreen, bug spray, and water is encouraged. For the most up to date programming information, call (508) 278-7604 or visit our website at

For information on accessibility and reasonable accommodations, please call (617) 645-0358 or email


Sunday, July 7, 2-4 p.m.

Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park

Meet at the River Bend Farm parking area (287 Oak Street, Uxbridge).

~2 miles over a rugged forest surface with mild inclines.


Sunday, July 14, 2-4 p.m.

Upton State Forest

Meet at the CCC Camp parking area (205 Westboro Road, Upton).

~3 miles over a graveled surface with moderate inclines.


Sunday, July 21, 2-4 p.m.

Douglas State Forest

Meet at the Carter’s Field parking area (42.035401148527946,71.76363848800136).

~3 miles over a compacted graveled surface with mild inclines.


Sunday, July 28, 2-4 p.m.

Meet at the West Hill Dam parking area (518 East Hartford Avenue, Uxbridge).

~2 miles over graveled and rugged forest surfaces with mild inclines. *West

Hill Jr. Rangers can earn credit.

Upcoming Programs for Summer 2024 at the Blackstone River and Canal

Heritage State Park

Weekly hikes are on-site as well as in

Upton State Forest, Douglas State Forest, and Purgatory Chasm State Reservation.

The Blackstone River and Canal

Heritage State Park is located at 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge MA 01569.



Sundays, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Walk along the banks of the Blackstone Canal and learn about the life that it supports. We’ll be looking for signs of

wildlife as we discuss the ways we keep our watershed clean!

Appropriate for ages six and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The walk is approximately 2 miles.


Thursdays, 1 - 2 p.m.

Take a walk with us along the Blackstone Canal! We’ll follow the tow path on this recreational walk and point out any items of interest along the way.

Appropriate for ages six and up. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The walk is approximately 2 miles.


Fridays, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Join us each week! We will read a book,

Exploring the Night Sky at River Bend Farm

then do an activity and craft that relates to the story. Each week has a different theme, so stop by often!

Appropriate for ages 3-6, siblings welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Saturdays, 11 - 11:30 a.m.

Explore the story of the Blackstone Valley and its communities from preEuropean settlement through European style agricultural development, industrialization, and into today.

Appropriate for ages 12 and up.


Fridays and Saturdays, 1 - 2 p.m.

Come with us on a guided walk along the Blackstone Canal. Find out about the canal’s historical and cultural significance and its role in the farm to factory transformation of the Blackstone Valley.

Appropriate for ages 12 and up. The walk is approximately 2 miles.

Metacomet Land Trust's president, Lisa Mosczynski (right) presents Becky Kalagher, past president of the Bay State Trail Riders, with the Trust's Community Spirit Award. The award recognizes Kalagher's dedication and efforts to create, preserve and protect trails in the area thereby helping more people to enjoy our great outdoors.

The Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park is located at 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge MA 01569.

On Friday, July 12th from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. come explore everything the night sky has to offer from our view at River Bend Farm. get a closer view of the stars, the moon, and our neighboring planets through a telescope. Stargazing will take place in the field next to the visitor center. Appropriate for all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Blackstone Heritage Corridor 1.3 Million-Dollar Campaign

Recently, a group of interested people gathered in Blackstone, MA, at the latest bikeway segment now under construction. Dennis Rice, VolunteerChair, and the Board of Directors of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor announced the public launch of a 1.3-million-dollar Legacy Campaign: Reimagining Our Future. This four-year campaign will support four key initiatives that will allow the Corridor to expand its efforts to preserve, promote, and celebrate the Valley’s historic, natural, and recreational resources. During the quiet phase of the first year, private individuals, family foundations, and corporations contributed $390,000 with an additional $130,000 donated so far this year.

Key initiatives include:

1. Create New Attractions - The

Blackstone Heritage Corridor has kept the history of the Valley alive using wayside exhibits, interpretive signs, and heritage center displays. Now, after nearly 40 years, they are starting to show their age. it is time to replace, update, and create new ones. Recently, new signage was placed at the trail heads along the Blackstone River greenway in Blackstone, Millville, and Uxbridge. A project coordinator will be hired to oversee the 200 signage projects in the region.

2. Recruit, Train, and Support Volunteers - Blackstone Heritage Corridor manages the Volunteers in-Parks program, a highly respected program of the National Park Service. On any given day, you will find volunteers in a wide variety of places doing amazing presentations, activities, and programs from

leading bike rides, historic tours, bird watching hikes, and even cemetery conservation. According to Dennis Rice, “This new funding will allow us to increase training opportunities, improve programs, invest in uniforms, and increase recruiting materials. Today, we have 250 volunteers, and by the end of the Campaign, we’ll have over 300.” Excited by the campaign, Wm. Eric Breitkreutz, Superintendent of Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, emphasized the importance of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor. “The tremendous impact of the Volunteers-in-Parks (ViP) Program greatly benefits the Valley through its many activities. The Corridor’s partnerships with tribes, municipalities, state agencies, and other nonprofits are game changers when it comes to leveraging

scarce resources and maximizing outreach that celebrate and educate residents and visitors to this nationally and internationally significant story of the Blackstone River Valley.”

3. invest in the Partners - There are over 50, mostly small, non-profit organizations working separately to protect and appreciate the beautiful and historic Blackstone River Valley. From Dennis Rice, “Just think of the positive impact for our 25 communities, if we unite our 50-plus partner organizations and coordinate our actions and resources with a common vision.”

Through the expansion of our Partner grant Program, we can improve our partner’s amenities, storytelling, access, and enjoyment for our visitors and our communities.

4. Advocate for the Blackstone River

Valley Bikeway/greenway - Championing for the completion of the 48mile Bikeway/greenway/Multiuse Trail from Worcester, MA, to Providence, Ri. Dennis Rice imagines, “taking a ride on a beautiful spring day from Worcester to Providence, with many stops to explore nature, discover history, and have ice cream. Ri is around 85% complete; MA is unfortunately a bit behind. But progress is happening right here in front of us, connecting Blackstone to Woonsocket. But miles to go before we’re finished, it will take sustained advocacy by a passionate public and we need the help from all of you!” This ambitious project will take sustained advocacy to see it completed. The Blackstone Heritage Corridor is creating a new position, Bikeway Advocate, to work with cities and towns, individuals, and state agencies to see this project done.

Long celebrated as the Birthplace of the industrial Revolution, the Blackstone River continues to power economic, cultural, and environmental advances. Executive Director Devon Kurtz highlighted the three i’s of the Valley: invention, innovation, and industry. “These driving thoughts have long made the Blackstone River Valley a truly amazing place. Through preservation, promotion, and celebration, the Corridor champions the myriad stories that continue to build our understanding of the past, present, and future of the region.” Watch for future events! FMi about the Legacy Campaign visit

iMPORTANT PReSeRvATiON - Dennis Rice, volunteer-Chair, and Devon Kurtz, executive Director of Blackstone Heritage Corridor publicly announce its Legacy Campaign.

Area Anglers enjoy Pout Pond Derby

On May 18th, the Pout Pond Recreation Committee held our 3rd Annual Junior Fishing Derby. Despite the uncooperative weather, we had a great turnout of dedicated young anglers who persevered! Dozens of fish were weighed, measured, and released back into the pond. Here are the overall leaders in each age category:

3-7 years: First Place: Elise Bangma (5)

8-12 years: First Place: James Barry (11), Second Place: Evan Bashaw (11), Third Place: Harper Thifault (8)

13-17 years: First Place: Reagan Moriarty (14), Second Place: Ryan guerrero (15) it was wonderful to see everyone out there fishing, whether or not you caught anything or your fish didn’t quite make the cut. We hope you enjoyed the day and will keep on fishing!

The committee would like to extend our gratitude to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, who stocked the pond just days before the event. Another big thank you goes to Ryan Tierney and the Boy Scout volunteers from Troop 1122 for their invaluable help. The scouts were on hand to share their ‘What Do Scouts Do?’ presentation with guests at the derby, along the Safe Archery inflatable range for everyone to try. it was a blast!

The Pout Pond Recreation Committee looks forward to hosting this event again next year. Until then, summer is just around the corner, and we are counting on another great season with Music and Science on the Pond, sponsored by the Uxbridge and Millville Cultural Councils. Stay tuned for details—we will see you at The Pond!

FiSHiNG FUN - Big winners at this year’s event listed by age catagory are: Left to right (3-7 years) First Place: elise Bangma. (8-12 years) First Place: James Barry, Second Place: evan Bashaw, Third Place: Harper Thifault and (13-17 years) First Place: Reagan Moriarty, Second Place: Ryan Guerrero.



Worcester-based nonprofit human services agency Open Sky Community Services raised more than $115,000 to fund programs across Central Massachusetts at The 39th Annual Valley Friendship Tour. Over 300 participated last month during the agency’s signature fundraiser in Whitinsville, which has raised millions over its nearly four decades.

Beginning Bridges supporting community through education

Beginning Bridges CFCE’s vision is that children, youth and families reach their full potential now and in the future. Our mission is to work with families and community partners to create the conditions for children, youth and families to thrive socially, academically and economically. Funding for the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement grant (CFCE) is provided by the Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education and Care (EEC) and sponsored by South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOCChildcare/Head Start). Beginning Bridges CFCE has funding for the towns of Mendon, Northbridge, Upton & Uxbridge. Currently, our FREE comprehensive services include weekly indoor and outdoor parent/child playgroups. We also offer parent education programs, the Ages & Stages Developmental Questionnaire and can connect families to community resources.


Registration is required for all upcoming events. Links can be accessed on our website or contact Emily Murray at 508278-5110 or Please check our website and Facebook page for our latest Newsletter.

Wednesday, 7/10/24 – Uxbridge Read Around Town, Sunburst Blueberry Farm, 44 Rawson Street, Uxbridge, 10 a.m. Enjoy a Story Walk featuring the classic book JAMBERRY. Berry picking optional, at your own expense.

Thursday 7/11/24 – Northbridge Read Around Town, Foppema’s Farm, 1605 Hill Street, 9:00 or 9:20 a.m. Walk around the Farm reading a story & enjoy a tractor ride with Mr. Foppema! PLEASE PARK ON THE RigHT SiDE OF BUiLDiNg ONLY, so front spots are available for customers to shop. WiC will be providing healthy snacks! Summer Playtime at the Uxbridge Playcenter, Tuesday’s 7/16/24, 7/23/24, 7/30/24 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Playtimes provide developmentally appropriate opportunities for children to learn through play. groups are for children birth to Kindergarten entry and take place at the Uxbridge Playcenter. Please bring a snack and water! Summer 2024 Beginning Bridges CFCE Playtime Registration form open until 10 a.m. on 7/8/24 Playtime placements will be emailed on 7/9/24.

Wednesday 7/17/24 – Uxbridge Read Around Town 10 a.m. Pout Pond, 70 W. River Rd. Please come down to the pond for a fun educational adventure with a story and handson STEM activity with Ms. gallerani. if lightening, the event will be cancelled

Thursday 7/18/24 – Northbridge Read Around Town, West End Creamery, 481 Purgatory Road, 11:00 a.m. Join us at West End Creamery to hear a story read by Farmer VandenAkker. West End Creamery will also be providing registered children with a delicious lunch.

Wednesday 7/24/24 - Uxbridge Read Around Town, Uxbridge Free Library, 15 North Main Street, Uxbridge 10:00 a.m. Experience robotics created and demonstrated by Blackstone Valley Tech students

Thursday 7/25/24 – Northbridge Read Around Town, Northbridge Police Department, 1 Hope Street, Northbridge, 11:00 a.m. Join us at Northbridge Police Station to learn about the Police Department, listen to a story read by Officer DeJordy, our School Resource Officer, and enjoy a slice of pizza sponsored by Northbridge Police Department!

Tuesday 7/30/24 - Coffee and Conversations 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. at Taft Public Library, 29 North Ave in Mendon. Join us for an informal drop-in playtime where families will be able to build social connections, learn about early childhood development and family friendly resources. Please bring your own coffee. Muffins from Muffin House Cafe will be provided. Puppet Storytime will follow at 10:30 a.m. Register for both on the Taft Public Library website at:

Wednesday 7/31/24 – Uxbridge Read Around Town, Uxbridge Police Station, 275 Douglas Road, Uxbridge, 10:00 a.m. Learn about the Police Department and listen to a story read by one of our police officers.

Register today for the Annual Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk

On Sunday, October 6, thousands will participate in the iconic fundraising walk for Dana-Farber Cancer institute to support all forms of cancer research and patient care. Registration is now open for the 2024 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk  presented by Hyundai. Scheduled for Sunday, October 6th, funds raised from the Jimmy Fund Walk support all forms of adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer institute.

Due to ongoing construction in Copley Square, the Jimmy Fund Walk Finish Line location has been moved to the Boston Common for 2024.


The Jimmy Fund Walk is the only organized walk permitted on the famed Boston Marathon® course, and participants have the flexibility to choose from four distance options:

• 5K Walk (from Dana-Farber Cancer institute’s Longwood Medical Campus)

• 10K Walk (from Newton)

• Half Marathon Walk (from Wellesley)

• Marathon Walk (from Hopkinton)

Whatever route walkers choose, participants will be treated to refueling stations with refreshments throughout the course. Poster-sized photographs of patients – Jimmy Fund Walk Heroes –

are displayed along the course as inspiration. Walkers can participate virtually, as well.

All routes will conclude at the Jimmy Fund Walk Finish Line Powered by Schneider Electric at Boston Common, by the corner of Charles and Beacon Street. The finish line will include a celebration with food, entertainment, and more. Public transportation is encouraged.

The Jimmy Fund Walk has raised more than $176 million for DanaFarber in its 35-year history, raising a record-breaking $9.4 million in 2023. Funds raised from the Jimmy Fund Walk support all forms of adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer institute. The Boston Athletic Association has supported the Jimmy Fund Walk since 1989, and Hyundai has been the presenting sponsor for more than 20 years.

Register as an individual walker, team member, or start a team! Take advantage of this unique opportunity and lead a group of your family, friends, or colleagues to the finish line. The Jimmy Fund can help you start a team, grow your fundraising, and defy cancer, together.

Volunteers are needed to cheer on participants, serve snacks, distribute T-

shirts, and more, at the four start locations, along the course, and at the 2024 Jimmy Fund Walk Finish Line Powered by Schneider Electric, located in the Boston Common. The Jimmy Fund Walk would not be possible without the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who donate their time, talent, and energy. Register to volunteer today!

To register for the Walk (#Jimmy FundWalk) or to support a walker, visit or call (866) 531-9255. Registrants can enter the promo code NEWS for $5 off the registration fee. All registered walkers will receive a bib, medal, and a Jimmy Fund Walk T-shirt.


The Jimmy Fund  is comprised of community-based fundraising events and other programs that, solely and directly, benefit Dana-Farber Cancer institute’s lifesaving mission to provide compassionate patient care and groundbreaking cancer research for children and adults. The Jimmy Fund is an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Pan-Mass Challenge, and the Variety Children's Charity of New England. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund save countless lives and reduce the burden of cancer for patients and families worldwide. Follow the

Jimmy Fund on Facebook, X, and instagram: @TheJimmyFund.


Dana-Farber Cancer institute is one of the world's leading centers of cancer research and treatment. Dana-Farber's mission is to reduce the burden of cancer through scientific inquiry, clinical care, education, community engagement, and advocacy. Dana-Farber is a federally designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

We provide the latest treatments in cancer for adults through Dana-Farber

Brigham Cancer Center  and for children through Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Dana-Farber is the only hospital nationwide with a top 5 U.S. News & World Report Best Cancer Hospital ranking in both adult and pediatric care. As a global leader in oncology, Dana-Farber is dedicated to a unique and equal balance between cancer research and care, translating the results of discovery into new treatments for patients locally and around the world, offering more than 1,100 clinical trials.

Registration Open for Youth Soccer League Fall Program

Registration is now open for Uxbridge Youth Soccer League’s fall season, as we turn the page on a successful spring, where four UYSL teams competed in the Central Mass Youth Soccer league playoffs and the U16 Division 1 Boys won the championship.

The Uxbridge Youth Soccer League is open to youth of all experience levels. Our travel league is divided by experience and skill level, ensuring that all youth have the opportunity to learn and develop in a welcoming environment. Fall programs include U10, U12, and U14. We ask that all participants please register by July 7th for proper placement. Practices kick off the week of August 14th, with the first games the weekend of August 26th.

Our in-Town development program is for participants from Pre-K to grade 2 (U4-U8). U4 practices are held on Saturday mornings, and U5, U6, and U8 enjoy two practices per week. Our U8 program (grades 1-2) also has weekly games at the NEFC field in Mendon. The registration deadline is August 31st, with practices beginning on September 9th for U4-U6 and September 7th for U8.

Registration can be found at

Congratulations to the U12 D2 Boys, U14 D2 girls, and U16 D1 girls for their playoff runs and to the U16 D1 Boys for their championship season and entry into the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC).

Fun & Adventure at Simon Fairfield Public Library

Excitement and fun await those who journey to the Simon Fairfield Public Library in Douglas and participate in the 2024 summer reading program, "Read, Renew, Repeat."  The summer reading program will run between July 10, 2024 - August 16, 2024. in addition to reading great books, library patrons can participate in exciting programs.

Here are just a few of the events planned for you to enjoy: KiCKOFF with mime Robert Rivest! HANDS ON NATURE

Animal Camouflage  READiNg iS MAgiC magic show with “Ed the Wizard” ANiMAL ADVENTURES SCiENCE HEROES:The Adventure

Begins - STEM Science show by Talewise

For more information see https://, call the Library at 508476-2695 or email Debbie Soderman ( for more information or to register.

U16 Boys D1Central Mass Youth Soccer Championship Team

Season Opens at Douglas Farmers Market

The Douglas Farmers Market will be held every Saturday Now through August 31st  from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (rain or shine) at the historically significant E.N. Jenckes Store Museum, 283 Main St. Douglas MA, 01516.

Explore various vendors each week and support local businesses! When you visit, make sure you check out the museum and learn about what they are doing to preserve this beautiful property in the Blackstone Valley.

N.E. Country Music Dances

The New England Country Music Club has announced their July dances. On Sunday, July 7th, "Rustic Country" will perform and on Sunday, July 21st, "Oldies" dance with DJ Paul. 50's dress optional but encouraged.

The events will take place at the Uxbridge Progressive Club located at 18 Whitin Street in North Uxbridge. Doors open at 12:15 p.m., music 1-5 p.m. FMi: NECountryMusicClub.

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Lee of Uxbridge awarded degree at Salve Regina

Taylor Lee of Uxbridge, was awarded a BS in Social Work degree during Salve Regina University's 74th Commencement.

Salve Regina President Kelli Armstrong conferred 503 bachelor's degrees, 271 master's degrees and 22 doctoral degrees to members of the Class of 2024. in total, this year's graduating class was the University's largest ever at 823.

in presenting the Commencement address, renowned author, scholar and policy analyst Susan Eisenhower spoke to graduates in the context of Salve's focus on mercy leadership and service.

"As you begin your post-graduation journey, embrace the unexpected -even the assignments that may at first disappoint you. Learn from them. Reflect on them. Don't shortchange yourself by living so fast and ambitiously that you miss the enduring lessons that come every day, no matter what job or assignment. You will be the better for it, as will everyone who will come to depend on you."

in offering his congratulations, U.S. Sen. Jack Reed (D-Ri) said, "i am confident that all of you in the Class of

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Taylor is the daughter of Michelle (Bedard) Lee of Uxbridge and Victor Lee of Fitchburg, MA.

Tori Trapasso University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode island is pleased to announce that Tori Trapasso of Whitinsville has been named to the Spring 2024 Dean's List. Students named to the Dean's List represent nearly all of Rhode island's cities and towns, all six New England states, New York and New Jersey, and many other states and countries.

To be included on the Dean's List, full-time students must have completed 12 or more credits for letter grades which are gPA applicable during a semester and achieved at least a 3.30 quality point average. Part-time stu-

dents qualify with the accumulation of 12 or more credits for letter grades which are gPA applicable earning at least a 3.30 quality point average.

Rory Paul Stonehill College

Rory Paul, a member of the Class of 2025 from Uxbridge, has been named to the Spring 2024 Dean's List at Stonehill College. To qualify for the Dean's List, students must have a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher and must have successfully completed all courses for which they were registered.

Rory is the son of Rob and Andrea Paul of Uxbridge.


Vaillancourt Folk Art announces annual "Christmas In July Pop-Up”

Vaillancourt Folk Art is thrilled to announce its annual "Christmas in July Pop-Up At Nantucket Looms," taking place on Friday, July 26th, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, July 27th, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This eagerly anticipated event will showcase the unveiling and release of the newest addition to the Nantucket Santa Series, the "Main Street Fountain Santa," with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Nantucket garden Club.

Luke M. Vaillancourt, president of Vaillancourt Folk Art, will be on-hand presenting  Premier Numbers of the new Main Street Fountain Santa to those in attendance. Luke will also bring past favorites from the Nantucket Santa Series, including the  Nautical Santa Riding Nantucket Whale  and Santa Delivering Brant Point Toy On Nantucket Dory, along with some rare Chalkware pieces that haven’t been produced in years.

Since 2008, Judi Vaillancourt has been designing a nautical-inspired Chalkware  Santa that embodies the spirit of Nantucket. Drawing inspiration from historical research and contemporary sentiments, the Nantucket Santa has become synonymous with

the charm of the island—regardless the time of year. The new  Main Street Fountain Santa  pays homage to one of Nantucket's most iconic symbols—the Lt. Max Wagner Memorial Fountain on Main Street.

Affectionally referred to as the Main Street Fountain, it holds a cherished place as a landmark in downtown Nantucket, serving as a symbol of community and tradition. Despite facing challenges, including a recent accident

in 2023, meticulous restoration efforts have preserved its legacy, ensuring its continuation as a beloved symbol of Nantucket's holiday spirit.

Painted in artisan oils, the 2024 Nantucket Santa depicts Santa, in traditional red,  placing a wreath on the bronze plaque honoring Lt. Wagner, with a sack filled with toys resting at the base of the fountain and the fountain decorated for Christmas. This year's design celebrates the resilience

and enduring spirit of Nantucket during the holiday season.

"We are honored to unveil this Main Street Fountain Santa at Nantucket Looms and to continue the tradition of the Nantucket Santa. it is not lost on us that the original Main Street fountain, installed in 1886, was located outside

of what is now Nantucket Looms." says Luke M. Vaillancourt. "As we introduce this new piece, we look forward to welcoming familiar faces and meeting new collectors as we celebrate the magic of Christmas this July."

Founded in 1968, Nantucket Looms is renowned for its expertise in handwoven textiles and timeless "Nantucket cottage-style living" products. Vaillancourt Folk Art is delighted to partner with Nantucket Looms for this two-day pop-up event again in 2024. Join us at Nantucket Looms on July 26th and 27th to experience the enchanting world of Vaillancourt Folk Art and be among the first to collect the 2024 Nantucket Santa. For more information, visit  Vaillancourt Folk Art  or Nantucket Looms.


Vaillancourt Folk Art is a familyowned business specializing in the creation of handmade, fine art chalkware figurines and ornaments. Based in Sutton, Massachusetts, Vaillancourt Folk Art has been capturing the spirit of Christmas for forty years and is considered the highest quality Christmas collectible in the market.

Dining & Entertainment


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Plummer Place posts Northbridge Senior News

PLUMMER PLACE WiLL BE CLOSED: Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th for the July Fourth Holiday.

Salmon VNA Blood Pressure Clinic, Tuesday, July 9th from 11:00-12:00 p.m.

Women on the Move, our women’s group, will meet on Wednesday, July 10th at 9:30 a.m, FMi call Amy or Michelle.

Facial Treatments, Thursday, July 11th. Time slots are between 9:00-1:00 p.m. Schedule your appointment with Nancy and get pampered at Plummer Place! Treatments include cleansing, exfoliating, hand and arm massage with heated mitts, extractions, toner, and moisturizer. $40 plus gratuity. Call Nancy directly at 508-868-5525 to book your time.

“What’s Cookin’?”, our new Recipe Club at Plummer Place will meet on Friday, July 12th, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Call Amy if you are interested in joining.

Our Book Club will meet on Wednesday, July 17th at 10:30 a.m. Call Michelle to find out what book we are reading.

Tech Café is at Plummer Place on Wednesday, July 31st from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Located in our main dining room, drop in to see Susan Letscher to help with your technology needs. Please bring your questions and your device with you and Susan will do her best to help.

“Meditation with Michelle”, every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Set your intentions for the day in a calm, safe environment. THE FOLLOWiNg EVENTS WiLL REQUiRE YOU TO SigN UP AT OUR FRONT OFFiCE.

“The History of Baseball in the Blackstone Valley” presented by Bill Ballou. Wednesday, July 3rd from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Join us to hear our guest speaker, Bill Ballou, as he shares stories that make up the history of this beloved sport.

Blackstone Valley Partnership for Public Health Tick and Mosquito Presentation, Tuesday, July 9th, 10:00 a.m. This is an interactive tabletop presentation where you will learn about the life cycle of mosquitos and ticks, the diseases they cause, and important strategies to reduce the likelihood of contracting the diseases they cause.

Beginner Craft Making Class, “Christmas in July!”, Wednesday, July 10th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Come and make a few Christmas themed crafts for you to take home or give as special gifts! $3 per person due on the day of the event.

“Aging gracefully”, a UMASS Memorial Health Care and Mass Advantage Program, Thursday, July 11th, 10:00-11:00 a.m. Focuses on fall prevention, staying connected to community, and things you can do to stay healthy while you age.

Acoustic Roots Concert with Matt and Marty, Wednesday, July 17th, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Matt and Marty have been playing music together for 8 years with a combination of 75 years performance experience. They specialize in energetic pre-war blues, folk, gospel, novelties, modern music and originals. The center is located at 20 Highland St., Whitinsville, MA Hours: Mon-Thurs 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Douglas Adult Social Center announces activities

The Douglas Adult Social Center is located at 331 Main St. Douglas, MA 508-476-2283.


Monday: Painting class 9:45 to 11:45 am, Balance & Strength Exercise 12 pm, Mat yoga

2 pm

Tuesday: Walking club 9 to 10 am, Cribbage 9:30 am, Zumba 9:30 am, Bingo & lunch

$4.00 @ 11:30 am, Technology Class 1 pm by appointment only, Jenga or giant Connect 4 @ 2 pm

Wednesday: Balance & Strength 10 am, Mahjong 1 pm

Thursday: Walking club 9 to 10 am, Yoga 9:30 am, Pitch 9:30, Hand & Foot cards 12:30 pm

Friday: Balance & Strength 10 am


The center will be closed on Thursday July 4th & Friday July 5th in observance of independence Day.

Thursday July 11th @ 9 am: FREE Veteran’s breakfast: Enjoy a free breakfast, and conversation with other Veteran’s. Please call the center to sign up by July 8th.

Annual Police BBQ Thursday July 18th @ 11:30 am: The police department will be serving us a delicious BBQ lunch. This is always an afternoon of fun & friends. Please call the center to sign up by July 10th. This event is open to Douglas residents only.

Lunch & a Movie Thursday July 25th @

11:30 am: “The Beautiful game” featuring Bill Nighy. Based on the true story about the Homeless World Cup, an annual international street football tournament. Lunch is stuffed shells, salad & dessert for $4.00 per person. Please call the center to sign up by July 19th.


Lunch & a Movie Thursday August 1st @ 11:30 am: “Twelve” A young boy, with help from his father, lets nothing stand between him and his dream to play in the 12 year-old world series. Lunch will be sandwiches, salad & ice cream for $4.00 per person. Please call the center to sign up by 7/25.

Thursday August 8th @ 9:00 am: FREE Veteran’s Breakfast. Enjoy a free breakfast, bring a Veteran friend if you know someone who would like to come. Please call the center to sign up by 7/26.

Free Craft Day: Thursday August 8th @ 11:30 am: We will be making fridge magnets out of sea shells. Please call the center to sign up by August 2nd. 1950’s Beatle Tribute Monday August 5th @ 1:00 pm: Come in and enjoy this free event sponsored by the Douglas Cultural Council. Refreshments will be served please call the center to sign up by August 1st.

Free Musical Bingo & Lunch: Thursday August 22nd @ 11:30 am: Thanks to the SSC, we will be playing Musical Bingo while we enjoy a FREE pizza luncheon courtesy of

UniBank. This is always a fun event filled with great music and lots of laughs. Please call the center to sign up by 8/15.

SUNSHiNE CLUB EVENTS: Meetings are held at the center on the first Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm.

Thursday July 11th @ 11 am: Author Andrew Noone will be here to talk about “Bathsheba Spooner: A Revolutionary Murder Conspiracy.” This will be an interesting discussion on local history. This event is free, refreshments will be served. Please call to Sign up by 7/3.

Wednesday August 14th 10 am to 3 pm: Senior Picnic @ Wallum Lake. Bring a chair, sunscreen & lunch. There will be games to play, laughs to have, come join your friends, or make some new ones. Please call to Sign up by 8/9.

Wednesday August 28th @ 6:30 pm: FREE ice Cream Social @ the town common. Seniors are invited to the town common for an ice cream social with their grandchildren. if you would like to join us please call to Sign up by 8/23. We want to make sure we have plenty of ice cream for everyone!

PLEASE CALL THE CENTER TO SigN UP, 508-476-2283. Check our website for events that may not be listed here

Uxbridge Senior Center announces July Calendar of Events

The following activities are sponsored by the Uxbridge Senior Center. The center is located at 36 South Main Street in Uxbridge. Telephone: 508278-8622.

Senior Pout Pond Day passes are available at the Uxbridge Senior Center. They are good for up to 6 people. Please return to the Uxbridge Senior Center after your visit.


Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th – The Senior Center will be closed in observance of independence Day. We will reopen on Monday, July 8th at 8:00 a.m.


Tuesday, July 9th – 1:00 p.m. –Uxbridge Library Book Club. They will be discussing “West with giraffes” by Lynda Rutledge. You are welcome to join us for lunch on this day, just be sure to call ahead to “book” yours! Next book club meeting is on Tuesday, August 13th .



Tuesday, July 9th – 1:00 p.m. TriValley, inc. Call the senior center to book an appointment with Katelynn Wackell. Next date will be August 13th ZUMBA

Rosenberg & Dan Lynch from Oakley Home Access will be presenting on “Fall Prevention”. Be sure to RSVP for this event.


Friday, July 12th – 12:00 p.m. –Uxbridge Police Association Annual Cookout! Come join our UPD for lunch! We will be serving hamburgers, hotdogs and all the fixings! We thank the UPD for sponsoring this annual event!


Tuesday, July 16th – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Pat Nectow, our SHiNE Counselor is back to help you with your health insurance questions. Please call 508-2788622 to schedule.



Monday, July 29th – 1:30 p.m. –Planter Friends Craft with Celeste Langlois. Join Celeste in making a planter craft! Please call or stop by early to sign up as space is limited.


Tuesday, July 30th - 11:00 am – 12:00 p.m. – Ask the Nurse Free Blood Pressure Clinic with Nancy Favulli, Salmon Health VNA. RSVP to participate and to join us for lunch.


Tuesday, July 30th – 12 noonDiabetes Education Presentation. Join Nancy Favulli RN, from the Salmon VNA to hear about diabetes. This is an educational presentation and lunch event. Please call to RSVP.


Card game played during lunch on Mondays.

Thursdays, July 11th, 18th & 25th, August 1st & 8th - 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. –Zumba Classes Continue. Classes will be held at the Senior Center for the Summer. Please call the senior center to sign up. Enrollment and waiver forms are required prior to the start of class.

Cost: $25.00 donation.


Thursday, July 11th, 18th & 25th & August 1st - 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Low impact Exercise Classes Continue. Classes will be held at the Senior Center for the Summer. Please call the senior center to sign up. Enrollment and waiver forms are required prior to the start of class. Cost: $25.00 donation.


Friday, July 12th – 12:00 p.m. –Lunch & Learn with Chief Montminy. His guest speaker will be Melissa

Friday, July 19th – 12 noon – The “Beat generation” A Cultural Review of the 1950’s Through Music with Fran Hart! This is being funded by a grant from the Uxbridge Cultural Council. Come join us for lunch! Please call to RSVP!


Thursday, July 25th – 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. – “PopUp Library”. Books will be on display to check out, library card sign-ups, book hold pick-ups, etc. This program is being offered by the Uxbridge Free Public Library.

JULY BiRTHDAYS CELEBRATED Friday, July 26th – 12 noon – July Birthday Cake Celebration. Come Celebrate all the birthdays that are in July!


Monday, July 29th - 1:30 p.m. – “Ask the Attorney” with Attorney Ralph Tepper by appointment only. Please Call 508-278-8622 to schedule your appointment.


Every Tuesday. Pick up begins at 8:30 a.m. Please sign up in advance by calling us at 508-278- 8622 to reserve your seat on the van.


Every Tuesday @ 1:30 p.m. – Come join the creative fun!


Every Tuesday @ NEW TiME *9:30 a.m. – Join Doreen Cedrone, our Wellness Coordinator, in walking local trails in Uxbridge. Our hiking trail is changing for July to River Bend Farm. Park at the Visitor Park at the Visitor Center located at 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge. if you haven’t already signed up, please stop by the senior center for your enrollment & waiver forms. The program is weather permitting. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and bring a water bottle. This is a Free Event!


Every Wednesday – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. –Community Shuttle. This shuttle is for seniors and individuals with disabilities to destinations such as post office, pet care appointments, hair salon or barber, bank, pharmacy & shopping anywhere in the Uxbridge/Northbridge area.

Note: this replaces the weekly bank/ pharmacy and Shaw’s Ocean State rides. Call 508-278-8622 for more information and to book your FREE ride. Requests require a 48-hour notice.


Wednesdays - Hand, Knee & Foot Card game – 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. NO SCRABBLE

There will not be any Scrabble games during the Summer Months.

MEDiCAL TRANSPORTATiON Accepting appointments. Call 508278-8622 to schedule your rides.


The center is in need of the following donations: Lysol wipes, newly packaged napkins, paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, tea (regular and caffeine free), ground regular & decaf coffee. We thank you for your support! Visit us on our web page at or like us on FB page or by googling Uxbridge Senior Center and our new YouTube Channel

Uxbridge Free Public Library Calendar

The following programs will take place at the Uxbridge Free Public Library, located at 15 North Main St., Uxbridge, MA 01569 Telephone: 508-278-8624



This summer, “Read, Renew, and Repeat!” with the Uxbridge Free Public Library during our summer reading program. Dive into stories, express yourself, and discover something new about nature and the natural world. Starting on June 20, you can make the most of your summer by logging what you read for a chance to win fun prizes. Our summer reading program is open to readers of all ages and features new prizes each week! grand prizes include a Kindle Paperwhite (adults), a camping tent (teens), and a hammock chair and camping play set (kids). For more information, visit uxbridgelibrary.bean or download the Beanstack app and start tracking the minutes you read whether at home or on-the-go.


Register now:

Gentle Flow Yoga

Mondays, July 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 7 pm

Cardmaking hands-On workshop

July 11 at 6:15 pm

The Pollinator Garden (Blackstone Valley Veggie gardens)

July 18 at 6:30 pm

PopUp Library at the Senior Center

July 25 at 11:30 am Embroidery 101

with Madonna Terlizzi July 25 at 6 pm Uxbridge Knit-n-Stitch Circle Mondays at 6 pm


Need help downloading e-books and using other library digital resources?

Book a 30-minute appointment with a librarian for hands-on tech assistance.

Wednesdays from 2:30 pm - 4 pm.


Uxbridge Senior Center Book Club

West with giraffes by Lynda Rutledge, July 9 at 1 pm

historical Fiction Book Club

The gown by Jennifer Robson, July 16 at 3:30 pm

Bookies Book Club

North Woods by Daniel Mason, July 29 at 6:30 pm


Register now:

Teen Book-In-A-Bag (ages 13+)

Pick up your themed book-in-a-bag choice between July 1-15

Teen Pressed Flower Ornaments (ages 13-19) – July 8 at 4 pm

The BaNannies (family event)

July 12 at 10:30 am

Blossoming Youth Yoga (ages 5-12)

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 at 6 pm

Pencil Purse Art (ages 8-12) – July 2 at 4:15 pm

Pencil Purse Pointillism (ages 4-7)

July 9 at 4:15 pm

Science with Amanda: Manta Rays

(ages 6+) – July 11 at 4:30 pm

Virtual Fortnite Tournament (ages 8+) – July 11 at 6 pm

Build wave (All Ages)

July 15 at 6 pm

Ink Tile Art (ages 8-12)

July 16 at 4:15 pm

Lego Challenge Build (ages 6+)

July 17 & 31 at 4 pm

The Ukulele Show (ages 5-18)

July 22 at 6 pm

Mosaic Art (ages 4-7)

July 23 at 4:15 pm

henna by Jen! (ages 10+)

July 25 at 6 pm

Family Candy Bar Bingo (ages 6+)

July 26 at 11:30 am Theme: Dogs Kindness Speaks (ages 5-12)

July 10 & 24 at 4:15 pm

Read Around Uxbridge (All ages)

July 10 at 10 am (Sunburst Blueberry Farm), July 17 at 10 am (Pout Pond), & July 31 at 10 am (Uxbridge Police Department)

STORYTiMES(registration required):

Baby Storytime (0-2 years)

July 8 & 15 at 11:30 am

Toddler/Preschool Storytime (2-4 years) – July 5 & 19 at 11:30 am

Baby Bumble (0-2 years)

Socialization playgroup - July 2 & 16 at 11 am

Toddler Tumble (2-5 years)

Socialization playgroup – July 9 & 23 at 11 am

DROP-iN PROgRAMS: Crafty wednesdays

Wednesday mornings and afternoons

Please visit the Library’s website at or call us at 508278-8624 to inquire about our upcoming programs or to register to attend! Many of our programs are supported by the Uxbridge Board of Library Trustees and the Friends of the Uxbridge Free Public Library.

BVT Awards $9 Million in Student Scholarships

The Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District is proud to announce its Class of 2024 Scholarship and Award Recipients.

As BVT's newest graduates advance their career training, they do so with the assistance of awards with a tally exceeding nine million in renewable value, which is a springboard for success, allowing its recipients the financial freedom to implement their career plans across various pathways.

"When it comes to putting their career plans in action, some students purchase new tools, clothing, and equipment while others use financial aid to cover tuition at colleges or universities," said Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick. "The aid of scholarships and awards help our graduates move toward a bright future, whether directly out of high school or five years out, to contribute as well-trained, educated, and skilled members of the workforce."

The following is a list of the scholarships and awards earned by members of the Class of 2024. For more details, visit:


Laney Beahn – Purdue University (Aerospace Engineering)

$1,500 Hanover insurance group


$1,000 U.S. Veterans Motorcycle Club Scholarship

$150.00 MVA Presidential Award

Mary Chrul – Worcester State University (Nursing)

Merit Scholarship


Jack Dooner – University of Massachusetts Lowell (Electronics Engineering)

$1,500 John & Abigail Adams Scholarship

$4,000 Deans Scholarship

John Kearney – Florida institute of Technology (Biomedical Engineering)

$21,000 Panther Fund

Skyler Robinson –Johnson & Wales University (Food and Beverage Management)

$11,000 Academic Scholarship $3,500 Academic Awards

$3,500 SkillsUSA Scholarship

$2,500 Wildcat grant

$2,000 Early Action Scholarships

$1,000 Prostart Scholarship

Jonah Rosenkrantz – University of Massachusetts Amherst (Civil Engineering)

$1,000 Dean's First Year Scholarship

Baron Sherry – Worcester Polytechnic institute

$1,500 gene Haas Foundation Machining Technology Scholarship

Tyler Stevens – Cybersecurity

$22,000 Presidential Merit Scholarship

$1,500 Early Action Scholarship

$500 BVT Teachers Association Scholarship

Jeffrey Trychon – Johnson & Wales University

$1,000 Michael Drinkwater Scholarship

Sorcha Twohig-Mann – Worcester State University (Biology)

$3,000 Merit Scholarship

Connecticut (Nursing)

$23,000 Academic Excellence

$10,000 Elisabeth Deluca Nursing SCH

$1,000 Marcelyn Karagosian Scholarship

$500 NHS/NTHS Scholarship

$500 Rita Skinner Memorial Scholarship

Catherine Kingsbury – Johnson & Wales University

$300 Valley Tech Ed Foundation

izamar Laboy – Worcester State University (Biology)

$3,000 Achievement Scholarship

$950 John & Abigail Adams Scholarship

$500 BVT Teachers Association Scholarship

Trysta Lamarche – University of Maine (Communication Sciences and Disorders)

$18,000 Merit Scholarship

Emily Legge – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (Nursing)

$5,000 Chancellors Scholarship

Josh Maillet – University of Northwestern Ohio (Diesel Technology)

$1,500 JWU Academic Achievement Award

$1,500 JWU Award

$1,000 JWU Prostart Scholarship

Mikaela Sadik – ithaca College (Film)

$28,000 Presidential Scholarship$500

Ken Baker Memorial Scholarship

Emily Schonberg – Westfield State University (Early Education)

$3,000 Blue and White

Sophia Schuster –Belmont University (Nursing)

$6,000 Merit Scholarship

Brandon Spiller – Franklin W Olin College of Engineering (Engineering: Robotics)

$30,886 Olin Tuition Scholarship

$1,500 gene Haas Foundation

Machining Technology Scholarship

Jonathon Spiller – Architecture

$23,000 Presidential Merit Scholarship

$4,000 Dean’s Academic Achievement Scholarship

Kali Bly – Cosmetology Field

$1,000 Town Fair Tire Foundation

Cameron Burdick – University of New Hampshire (Sport Management)

$14,000 Trustee’s Scholarship

Noah Cahill – Northeastern University

$250 BVT Teachers Association


Victoria Cieply – Arizona State University (Biology)

$12,500 Dean Scholarship

$6,000 West Valley Campus Scholarship

Caterina Corapi – Worcester Polytechnic institute (Robotics Engineering)

$21,000 WPi Presidential Scholarship

Caitlyn DeLuca – Springfield College (Education and Psychology)

$26,000 Trustee Scholarship Award

$2,000 Virginia Blanchard Scholarship

Tyler Fairweather – Stonehill College (Finance)

$39,000 Shields Merit Scholarship

Chloe Vescio – Wheaton College (English, Chemistry)

Presidential Scholarship

$300 Valley Tech Ed Foundation


Logan Visser – general Mechanical Contractors (HVAC Apprentice)

$500 Derek Yancik Memorial Scholarship


giovanni Biagioni – University of Rhode island (Chemical Engineering)

$48,000 Merit Scholarship

$2,000 John & Abigail Adams Scholarship

$300 Valley Tech School Committee Vocational Award

isabelle Boie – Fitchburg State University (Nursing)

$1,500 Presidential Scholarship

Amelia Corazon – University of New Hampshire (Marketing)

$12,000 Merit Scholarship

Hailey Feehan – Endicott College (interior Architecture)

$60,000 Presidential Academic Scholarship

Landry Fitzgerald – Coker University (Physical and Sport Education)

$11,000 Academic Scholarship

$5,500 Athletic Scholarship

Yaliz Jimenez – University of

20,000 UNO Scholarship

Lily Marshall – University of Massachusetts Amherst (Biology)

$3,000 Merit Scholarship

Jackson Mastroianni – University of New Hampshire (Business)

$7,000 UNH Academic Award

Arizona McBride – Salem State University

$7,000 Christian Herter Memorial Scholarship

Aidan Nulty-Woodward – Curry College (Business)

Academic Scholarship


Ella Rogozenski – georgia institute of Technology

$1,000 Youth Basketball Association

$150 MVA Presidential Award

Dylan Round – University of Northwestern Ohio

$600 John Lachapelle Memorial Award

$500 Paul Perreault Memorial Scholarship

Bridget Roy – Johnson & Wales University (Nutrition & Psychology)

$13,500 Presidential Scholarship

$3,500 JWU Skills USA Scholarship

$2,500 Wildcat grant

$2,000 JWU Academic Excellence Award

$2,000 Hawks Award

Adriana Tillison – University of Connecticut (Psychology/Social Work)

$18,500 UConn Award

$500 Jason Ball Memorial Scholarship

$500 Massachusetts Free Mason's Madighan Tracy – Coastal Carolina University Elementary Education & Psychology

$40,000 Merit Scholarship

Emma Vaughan – Johnson & Wales University (Baking and Pastry Arts)

$13,500 JWU Presidential Academic

$2,500 Wildcat grant

$2,000 JWU Academic Excellence Award

$2,000 JWU SkillsUSA

$1,500 Johnson & Wales Award

$1,500 JWU Academic Achievement Award

$1,000 Early FAFSA Award

$1,000 JWU Early Visit grant

$1,000 JWU Culinary Essentials Scholarship

$1,000 Michael Drinkwater Scholarship UXBRIDGE

Yara Alomar – Worcester State University (Nursing)

$3,000 Achievement Scholarship$500 Friends of Mendon Elders

$500 Marcelyn Karagosian Scholarship

Avery Herrick – Louisiana State University (graphic Design)

$15,000 Non-Residence Excellence Merit

$7,200 Pell grant

$1,000 Stephen Buckman Memorial Scholarship

$500 Dean Bank Scholarship

$250 Academic Excellence

MaKaylah Holzman – Biomedical Engineering

$22,000 Merit Scholarship

Kyle Knox – Jacksonville University (Construction Management)

$21,500 Presidential Scholarship

$2,000 Dean's Award

Sean Knox – Jacksonville University (Aviation Management and Flight Operations)

$34,000 Academic Scholarship

Jillian Lutton – Boucher Energy HVAC Technician

$1,000 Andrew Cocaine Memorial Scholarship

$500 Derek Yancik Memorial Scholarship

$250 Fran Dupre Memorial Scholarship

grace Mathieu – University of Connecticut (Biomedical Engineering)

$18,500 UCONN Award

$250 BVT Teachers Association


Nicholas Mellen – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (Marketing)

$3,000 Merit Scholarship

Marissa Osimo – Worcester State University (Occupational Therapy)

$1,000 Uxbridge Dollars for Scholars

$500 Early Action Scholarship

Olivia Stefanick – Westfield State University (Environmental Science)

$5,000 Presidential Merit Scholarship

$1,000 Alumni Legacy Scholarship

Joshua Thompson – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth (Marketing)

$5,000 UMass Dartmouth Chancellor's Scholarship

$1,417 John & Abigail Adams Scholarship

$1,000 Uxbridge Dollars for Scholars

$200 Christopher Tusoni Memorial Fund

Karis Torku – Massachusetts College of Art & Design

$200 Matthew Fleming Memorial Award

Eli Tripp – University of Massachusetts


$1,000 Dollars for Scholars

Samuel Waugh – University of Massachusetts Amherst

$2,000 UniBank Scholarship - Corporal

John Dawson

Senior Honor Roll at U.H.S.


Landin Adams, Alanah Allard, Rosario Astorga, Lillianna Avila, Rylie Beland, James Bernard, Lilliana Bernier, Dylan Bibeault, Aidan Blood, Luke Boisvert, Benjamin Bourgeois, Parin Boyalla, Own Burrill, Kathryn Cahill, Braden Cammuso, Cameron Caso, Emma Demers, Brynn Doherty, Syrianna Douangsavanh, Luke Esposito, Madison Fairweather, Nathan Fuoss, Carter gilmore, Olivia gray, Ezekiel Hamel, Olivia Holden, Brianna Hughes, Catherine Hughes, Kahlea Lachapelle, Kellen LaChapelle, Kamryn Leroy, Elizabeth Lewis, grace Linsley, Jessica Lutton, iris Marcello, Aiden Marquez-LeRoy, Jaden Mello, Sara Morton, Brianna Moss, gage Nichols, Samuel Noel, Sean O’Day, Shane Okenquist, Frank Osimo, Mikayla Ouellette, Ella Pezzullo, Phetmany Phianesin, Cooper Phoenix, Jack Phoenix, Ava Pitner, Avari Powers, Liam Rigney, Lukas Ritacco, Benjamin Roerden, Payson Roy, Lincoln Schiller, Tre Smith, Maria Sobrinho, Matthew Thayer, Siobhan Twohig-Mann, Emma Walker, Brayden Wilcox, Zoe Wojnowski, greyson Yarger


Samuel Abdel Nour, Tyler Bergman, Jocelin Bourque, Ashlee Brodeur, Thomas Costa, Lucas DeFreitas, Matthew DiLibero, Jalyn gingras, Kevin graveson, Tessa Johnston, Samantha Jones, Cassidy Leach, Maximus Libby, Kyle Lincoln, Luke McCuin, Nathan Noyes, Jack Nummela, Jasmine O’Connell, Sebastian Soares, Christopher Szajna, Lily Turenne,


Mason Baptista, Curtis Blais, Luke Down, Andrew Flynn, Dominick genoa, gavin Hallfelder, Hailey Kinyanjui, Jackson Livingstone, Reilly McDonald, Sophia Mone, Ellie Thompson

school News

The following students are

the 2024 graduating Class of

Uxbridge High School:

Samuel Abdel Nour

Landin J. Adams

Alanah Allard

Rosario L. Astorga

Lillianna J. Avila

Mason Baptista

Rylie M. Beland

Tyler D. Bergman

James A. Bernard

Lilliana L. Bernier

Dylan Bibeault

Curtis M. Blais

Aidan Lincoln Blood

Luke A. Boisvert

Benjamin Bourgeois

Jocelin T. Bourque

McKayla Bowden

Parin Boyalla

Ashlee Marie Brodeur

Brady Bruneau

Owen E. Burrill

Kathryn grace Cahill

Braden Cammuso

Cameron Christopher Caso

Thomas Costa

Lucas V. DeFreitas

Emma N. Demers

Matthew DiLibero

Brynn Doherty

Syrianna C. Douangsavanh

Luke Stephen Dow

Jesse Doyon V

Jack Emmons

Luke Barszcz Esposito

Madison Jane Fairweather

Andrew Flynn

Nathan Allen Fuoss

Braden E. gauthier

Dominick genoa

Carter gilmore

Jalyn Rose gingras

Kevin Edward graveson

Olivia Rose gray

gavin Hallfelder

Ezekiel Hamel

Olivia Amber Miyala Holden

Brianna Lee-Day Hughes

Catherine Brenna Hughes

Tessa May Johnston

Samantha Lillian Jones

Aiden R. Joyce

Hailey Kinyanjui

Kahlea A. Lachapelle

Kellen N. LaChapelle

Cassidy Lynn Leach

Kamryn J. Leroy

Elizabeth Lewis

Maximus J. Libby

Kyle Anthony Lincoln

grace Thiel Linsley

Jackson Thomas Livingstone

Harrison Lopes

Jessica L. Lutton

iris M. Marcello

Aiden J. Marquez-LeRoy

Luke M. McCuin

Ethan T. McCusker

Reilly McDonald

Jaden isaiah Mello

Sophia Lynn Mone

Sara Morton

Brianna Marie Moss

gage R. Nichols

Samuel A. Noel

Nathan W. Noyes

Jack Nummela

Jasmine O’Connell

Sean J. O’Day

Shane M. Okenquist

Frank Anthony Osimo

Mikayla Ouellette

Sophia isabelle Perkins

Ella Rachel Pezzullo

Phetmany Abigail Phianesin

Cooper Michael Phoenix

Jack Phoenix

Ava Bethany Pitner

Avari Frances Powers

Liam B. Rigney

Lukas W. Ritacco

Benjamin P. Roerden

Joseph C. Romasco

Payson Camp Roy

Bradley Sadd

Mason Sanford

Lincoln Thomas Schiller

Tre M. Smith

Sebastian Miguel Soares

Maria J. Sobrinho

Christopher S. Szajna

Matthew Thayer

Ellie J. Thompson

Samuel K. True

Lily Hyun Turenne

Siobhan M. Twohig-Mann

Avianna Voigt

Emma Nicole Walker

Brayden M. Wilcox

Zoe Jane Wojnowski

greyson Yarger

Northbridge High School announces graduating Class of 2024

The following students are 2024 graduates from Northbridge High School: Maitlan Zephan Ngwa Abongwa, Mahrail Hany Saad Reda Absamis, Timmothy Andrew Adams Jr., Macie Faith Allen, Samantha Lea Alvarez, Madelyn Burton Andresen, Elizabeth Joy Andrews, Riley Quin Austin, Crystal gail Badillo, Jacob Christopher Baker, Logan Jeffrey Ballou, Drew Neal Beaudoin, Christian Joseph Bedard, Ryan Peter Bedigian, Haily Elizabeth Billmyer, Kiara Rose Bodreau, Connor Alan Bodwell, Wyatt Carlton Boucher, Baylee Jade Boutin,

Jillian Sydney Bresnahan, Samantha Cate Brody, Lillian gayle Brooks, gary Dale Bunis, Allison Jewell Canal, Matthew george Mervyn Cannon, Shelby ida Cannon, Evan Mark Carrachino, Ryan Timothy Carter, Kiara Leigh Castro, Abigail Elizabeth Caya, Stefanie Helena Cecconi, Britnei Chen, Ashley Marie Concepcion-Cruz, Jolee Marie Conway, Sarah Lynn Cowen, Ryleigh Ann Crothers, Nicholas James D'Alfonso, Jackson Anthony DeCiero, Michael Thomas DiMuzio, Kassidi Marie Dobelbower, Sean Kenneth Donnelly, Erika Lin

Dresp, Madelynne Rose Driscoll, Charles Emile Dupuis, Mason Edward Eastwood, Adam Benjamin Ells, Xavier James Falke, Adam James Federici, Ryan Thomas Flaherty, Katalina Rosa Fontes, Olivia Ann Frabotta, Adam Alexander gomez, Dakota Lynn grazulis, Emily Rose guarino, Carrie Ann guckel, Timothy Peter guiliani, Ainsley Joy Hogan, Tyrese Demario Holder-Hinds, Lucas Ryan Hovsepian, Kayla Rose Hubbard, Brady Scott Hubert, Alexis Marie Janovsky, Callie Yeung Jee, Dominic Salvatore Keddy, Hannah Lynn King, Kayda Sedona King, Jake Sanford LaChapelle, William Matthew Leonard, Charlotte Rose Leppamaki,

Emily Snow Letendre, Anthony Thomas Lomonaco, Elise Marie Lowe, Maxwell Stephen Lund, Delaney Marie Mahoney, Matthew Warren Martino, Molly Barbara Mawn, Joseph Alexander Mazzarelli, Michael Wesley McElreath, Joseph Michael McKeown, Kaydence Doris Melanson, Charleigh Elizabeth Mitchell, Damian Tyler Munhall, Brady James Nicholson, Angelina Marie Nowlan, Lucía Núñez Fernández, Austin Joseph O'Keeffe, Zachary Augustine O'Meara, Sidney Nicholas Obas, Mia gail Pellegrino, Brady Norman Pelletier, Mark Aram Plante, James Thomas Potter, Marcus Paul Reilly, Mason Charles Remillard, Jonathan Antonio Roldan, Dylan Jacob

Rouille, Brianna Nicole Rowan, Darian William Phillip Sanders, Blake William Sastre, Rache Lynn Sawyer, Tyler Michael Shaw, Brenda Vitoria Oliveira Silva, Amanda Kay Smith, Elizabeth Margaret Smith, Braden Michael Stirk, Mary Margaret Sullivan, Madison irene Tedford, Zachary Thomas Tevepaugh, Anthony James Tomasetti, Jack Clinton Trudeau, Katlyn Marie Trudell, Miguel Angel Vargas Pacheco, Anthony Joseph Vickers, Michael Yeriel Villanueva Lopez, Jack Andrew Wallace, Matthew David Waterson, garry Allan White Jr., Sean Madison Williams, Natalie Marie Zborowski

Fattman announces grant awarded for Senior Fire Safety

State Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) announced that the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services has awarded fire departments in the Worcester Hampden District $60,761.76 through its FY24 SAFE grant and $28, 364.03 through its FY24 Senior SAFE grant.

“First responders risk their lives every time a call comes in to help someone in need.” Senator Fattman continues, “i’m glad to see that fire departments across my district received funding for the SAFE program which teaches elementary school students and senior citizens about fire safety and the important work that firefighters do each day.”

The SAFE and Senior SAFE grant programs promote fire and life safety education for children and older adults, who are most vulnerable to burns, injury, and death stemming from fires and related hazards. First funded in FY96, the SAFE grants have correlated with a decline of about 80% in Massachusetts child fire fatalities and the longest period without a child fire death in the history of the Commonwealth. Today, it is our seniors who face the most disproportionate risk of dying in a fire: the Senior SAFE program was launched in FY14 to provide them with the tools and knowledge to live safely.

Tim Jones is a self-syndicated Comic Strip Artist, and a member of the National Cartoonist Society.

business News

Violette recognized as FourTime Leaders Club Qualifier

The Bulfinch group is pleased to announce that Whitinsville resident, Darren Violette, a Principal of Profectus Financial Partners, has been named a Leaders Club qualifier by The guardian Life insurance Company of America®.  Leaders Club is one of the highest honors annually awarded by The guardian to financial professionals who demonstrate outstanding service and dedication to their clients.

“We congratulate Darren on being recognized as a Leaders Club qualifier, which is a true testament in regard to his exceptional client service,”


He went on to say, “Being named to the guardian Leaders Club further proves what a remarkable asset Darren is to both our firm and to his clients.” Darren attended Bryant University and is a resident of Whitinsville, Massachusetts.

Headquartered in Whitinsville, MA, Profectus Financial Partners (Profectus is Latin for success or growth) is a leading strategic advisory planning firm

that acts as your retirement outfitters –locating and providing the financial equipment necessary for your journey. As your retirement planning outfitters, we help allow our clients to experience retirement as the great adventure that it should be rather than as the perilous and frightening grind that it may be for too many. PFP helps ensure you have the appropriate retirement planning equipment as well as the proper advice along the way. We seek to leave you with freedom, fulfillment, and love rather than an anxious existence. To learn more, please visit ProfectusFP. com.


Hall honors BVCC President

On June 5th, 2024 as the Blackstone Valley Hub celebrated its 5th anniversary, it also hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open and name the newly acquired office space. Hebert Hall, located in the same Linwood Mills as the current Hub learning space, is dedicated to the visionary leadership of Jeannie Hebert.

Jeannie, whose relentless efforts turned a vision into a reality now serves more than 20 school districts and thousands of students, business partners, organizations and educators. Hebert Hall will be used to host events, classes and workshops including the upcoming Manufacturing Roundtable, TrueRobtics Workshops and more. it boasts an electronics lab, VR Center, Dobot Robots as well as office space for the ever-growing YouthWorks and Connecting Activities Teams.

Since 2008, Jeannie has significantly impacted the economic vitality of the

Celebrate the 4th!

Blackstone Valley region as President and CEO of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce and President of the Blackstone Valley Hub. Her achievements include fostering business growth, driving economic development, advocating for workforce development, and establishing strong educational connections and regional partnerships. Recognized among Central Massachusetts' influential leaders, Jeannie’s dedication has strengthened both the Chamber and BV Hub, contributing broadly to regional economic and educational growth.

Jeannie Hebert
Darren violette

Milford Regional Medical Center sets date for Golf Classic Fundraiser

Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation, the philanthropic partner of Milford Regional Medical Center, will host its 35th Annual golf Classic on Monday, August 19th at Franklin Country Club. Sponsorship opportunities are available for this charitable event which helps support the highest priority needs of the hospital.

The August 19th tournament begins with a 9 a.m. shotgun start and concludes with a reception, during which raffle prizes and event/golfer accolades will be presented.

Proceeds from the golf Classic support Milford Regional’s Annual Fund, which provides unrestricted funds to the hospital and are available for immediate use, enabling the hospital to address its patients’ most pressing care needs.

“Milford Regional is a community hospital and it does so much good for the people,” said 2024 golf Committee Chair Joyce gilmore. “i’ve been part of

almost every golf Classic since it began and to see the generosity of the people involved makes this event something i always look forward to.” in addition to gilmore, the 2024 golf Committee includes Katherine Cunningham; Michelle D'Aniello and

Nancy Davidge, Dean Bank; Shefali Desai, Rockland Trust and chair of Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation; Steve Frohbieter, Milton CAT; Brooke Littleton-Fitzgerald, Human Services Management Corporation; John Morte, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Commonwealth Real Estate; Derek Plourde, Charles River

Bank; Joe Soares, Bright insurance Agency, inc.; and Carla Tuttle, Oliva’s Market.

The Milford Regional Annual golf Classic 2024 sponsors to date include:

• gold Sponsors ($10,000): Christine's Pallets, LLC, Oliva's Market, and UMass Memorial Health

• Silver Sponsors ($5,000): Atlantic Charter insurance Company, Brewster

Ambulance Service/EasCare Ambulance Service, Dell Technologies, Human Services Management Corporation, Kelley & Ryan Associates, inc., Kimball Sand Company, inc., Milford Power, LLC, and Rockland Trust Company

• Bronze Sponsors ($2,500): Action Collection Agency of Boston, Boston Document Systems, inc., Charles River

Bank, Attorney Linda and Mr. Michael Mancini, and Petroleum Engineering, inc. Companies interested in corporate sponsorship opportunities should visit: or contact the Foundation directly at 508-422-2228 or  for more information.

Picard elected to Board of Directors of MA Bankers Assn.

Rosemary Picard, President & CEO of Savers Bank has been elected to the 20-member Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Bankers Association (MBA) at its Annual Meeting in May.

Founded in 1905, the MBA is the only Association representing FDiC-insured community, regional and nationwide banks serving consumer and business clients across the Commonwealth.

“As a dynamic industry, it is essential that the Association have perspectives of banking leaders like Rosemary Picard who provide expertise and experience that enable us to achieve our pri-

orities of providing exceptional resources, advocacy and thought leadership for our members, strengthening them as they serve their clients and communities, according to MBA’s President and CEO Kathleen Murphy.

“The market knowledge that Rosemary brings enables the Association to anticipate and respond to emerging banking needs and trends that help our members as they serve a very large consumer and business footprint across the Commonwealth.”

“i am pleased to serve on the Association’s Board of Directors and

grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with such a talented group,” stated Rosemary Picard. “The Association has been an important partner and a steadfast representative of the banking industry since its founding 120 years ago. it’s an incredible honor to represent Savers Bank and the needs of our community banking industry as we work in concert fulfilling our mission to serve and support our members, clients, and communities as we collectively respond to the rapidly changing bank environment.”

Name Change Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Probate and Family Court Docket No. WO24C0287CA Worcester Probate and Family Court 225 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608 (508) 831-2200

NOTiCE OF PETiTiON FOR CHANgE OF NAME in the matter of: Kelli Lee

Lawless Of: Uxbridge, MA To all persons interested in petition described: A petition has been presented by Kelli Lee

Lawless requesting that: Kelli Lee

Lawless be allowed to change his/her/their name as follows: Kelli

Lawless gordon. ANY PERSON MAY APPEAR FOR PURPOSES OF OBJECTiNg TO THE PETiTiON BY FiLiNg AN APPEARANCE AT: Worcester Probate and Family Court BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK iN THE MORNiNg (10:00 AM) ON THE RETURN DAY OF: 07/16/2024. This is NOT a hearing date, but a deadline by which you must file a written appearance if you object to the proceeding. WiTNESS, HON. Leilah A. Keamy, First Justice of this Court. Date: June 14, 2024. Stephanie Fattman, Register of Probate June 14, 2024 Ending of Legal Notice: 07/16/2024 Publication Date: 07/01/2024

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