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Fitzpatrick named Mass Superintendent of the year Blackstone Valley Vocational RegionIn his 16 years as Superintendental School District Superintendent- Director of the Blackstone Valley VocaDirector, Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick has tional Regional School District, the been named Massachusetts Superin- District has earned acclaim for dramattendent of the Year ically improved stuby the American Asdent performance and sociation of School has served as a model Administrators of education reform (AASA), ARAMARK and excellence. The school received a Education and the Silver Award and was ING Foundations. named Pacesetter Site This prestigious tribfor High Schools ute is bestowed upon That Work program superintendents who of the Southern Resuccessfully lead gional Education learning in their disBoard in 1997. That tricts, who have model school status strength in both perwas reaffirmed for sonal and organiza2007-2010 and again tional communicafor 2010-2013. The tion, who illustrate school has also been constant improvement of administra- Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick named a Commonwealth Compass tive knowledge and skills, and who participate in local School by the state in 2003, the only community activities as well as under- school in the country to receive the stand regional, national and interna- 2004 National School Change Award tional issues. There were 49 State-level from Fordham Univer-sity, and earned Superintendent recipients on behalf of designation as a 2005 Vanguard Model their respective states along with School by Mass Insight Education. Dr. Fitzpatrick earned his Doctor of Canadian and international winners. A dedicated administrator for over 40 Education degree in Education Adminiyears, Dr. Fitzpatrick has been stration from the University of MassaSuperintendent-Director of Blackstone chusetts at Amherst in 1981. As an Valley Vocational Regional School Education Professional Development District for 16 years. Previously, he Act fellow, he earned his Master of Arts was Director for the Center for degree in Education from Westfield Vocational Technical Education at State College (WSC) as well as his Fitchburg State College for 4 years, the Bachelor of Science degree in EduDirector of Statewide Curriculum cation. At WSC, Dr. Fitzpatrick played Projects at Westfield State College and varsity basketball and advanced several South-eastern Regional Vocational youth athletic programs within the City Technical School District for 3 years, of Westfield.   “Dr. Fitzpatrick has never backed Statewide Conference Coordinator for Vocational-Technical Leadership Per- down from challenging the system and sonnel at Fitchburg State College and proposing meaningful change that Westfield State College for 13 years makes a difference in the lives of young and Assistant Superintendent at people,” commented Paul Reville, Pathfinder Regional Vocational Tech- Secretary of Education for the Comof Massachusetts. nical School District in Palmer, monwealth continued on page 38 Massachusetts for 13 years.

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If you work for a living, are you legally an “employee” or an “independent contractor?” It may not seem important to you, but it is a serious concern for the company that issues your pay check, particularly if they are a small business in Massachusetts subject to the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law (M.G.L. c.149, s.148B). However it might concern you because once you’re classified as an employee you may lose rights to work related intellectual property. Affected parties may not need a “Philadelphia Lawyer” to untangle the ambiguities in the law, but a knowledgeable Massachusetts lawyer would definitely be advantageous. Any company understands that its employees are entitled to defined benefits such as health insurance and unemployment compensation. The intent of this law was the protection of such workers’ rights, but this required the Massachusetts law to clearly distinguish between an employee and an independent contractor. To examine more closely the distinction between these terms, Denise Minor Esq., owner of Start Here LLC, located in Sutton, organized a meeting at the State House with newly elected 18th Worcester District Rep. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton), his aide, Carl Copeland of Sutton, and student intern, Bret Denault of Grafton, this correspondent and her self-employed spouse and a number of other interested parties: Suzanne Gray, Business Coach, Fitzwilliam, NH; Laura Davis, a former senior executive in sales and marketing who decided against purchasing a Massachusetts franchise because of the ambiguity of the law; Keith Fuller, Partner, Next Generations Communications, Marlborough, an IT company and Scott Crystal of American Translation Partcontinued on page 20

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letter to the editor:

P.R.I.D.E. - stands for Parents and Residents Invested in Douglas Education Dear Editor, We are a group of residents who support the School Building Project and our goal is public outreach for the project. We believe that the School Building Committee has done exten-

sive research and hired very competent people. We believe that they are presenting the best solution for the educational needs of our town.  It represents what is most cost effective for the town (most "bang for our buck") as well as, what is educationally sound for our children.  It puts kids in the appropriate educational settings (Primary, Elementary, Middle and High Schools), creates space for our growing population and takes care of numerous repairs at the IES that can no longer be ignored.  We are aware that a few people believe that this project is "too expensive."  They believe that we can't afford this project.  However, PRIDE believes that the town can't afford NoT to do this project!  The facts speak for themselves (School Status and FAQ's can be found on our website).  Many of our schools are already exceeding capaci-

ty. Therefore, we need more space! The Intermediate School is in need of numerous repairs due to the age of the school (at 25 years old).  It needs a new HVAC system, a new roof, repairs made to the ceilings and floors due to leaks, new doors to replace rusted doorways, etc...  the list goes on.  And, our modulars, which have a life expectancy of 10 years, are now 12-15 years old. These things cannot be ignored!  As a solution, the school building committee was formed.  Their job has been to find a solution for these issues - and we believe they have done just that.  They have worked extensively with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to come up with the current plan.  The state believes that we need to create appropriate space for 1000 students in grades 2-8.  The MSBA believes in this project enough

that they are willing to fund 54.16% of the repairs at the IES and 62.07% of the cost of building a new building for grades 2-5. That's incredible!  We need to take advantage of the support from the state.  If the town votes against this project, we lose our state funding and will be forced to pay for all of the repairs ourselves.  We will also be forced to come up with a solution to our space needs at 100% cost to the town. It only makes sense to support this project.  If we don't, we are only going to pay more in the long run!  We need the public to understand the importance of passing this project and what they need to do to see that it passes.  There will be a Special Town Meeting on March 28th at 7 pm in the Douglas High School Auditorium.   It is imperative that residents come to this meeting to support the School Building

Project. We need a 2/3rds majority vote for it to pass, so every vote counts!  The Ballot Vote will take place on April 5th.  A majority vote on this is also needed.  Both votes must pass for the Project to go through! Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has played a part in helping PRIDE reach their goals!  It has been wonderful to work with such an amazing team of people and it's been great getting to know my "neighbors"!  If anyone has further questions or concerns, visit our website at www.DouglasPRIDE.org.  - Donna Taylor Douglas P.R.I.D.E.

U.F.A. plans Mother’s Day Flower Sale on April 22nd and 23rd the Uxbridge Fire Association will be holding their Annual Flower Sale for Mother’s Day. This event will take place in the Municipal Parking Lot at the Saver’s Bank on North Main St., in Uxbridge. on Friday, April 22nd the hours will be 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, April 23rd, the hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact Captain Melissa Blodgett at the Uxbridge Fire Department, 508-2782787.

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letters to the editor:

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It appears that Representative Ryan Fattman has signed onto a bill to relieve union workers of collective bargaining. People need to take a second look at what’s happening in our world. We are quickly losing sight of the middle class, as the wealthy spur on the movement to have only two classes. The haves and the have not’s. And the dirty fight pits the low wage and benefit workers against what’s left of the real shrinking middle class. They are convincing the working poor that the middle class is making too much, but they are not talking about the wealthy who are earning millions off the backs of the workers. or the non-profit CEo’s with golden parachutes it’s not going to help any wage earner by lowering wages of unionized workers. What needs to be done is to raise everybody’s wages and benefits, not tear down those workers who have negotiated decent wages and benefits. Without the unions, there would be no 5 day week, no overtime or safety protections, and no minimum wage. It’s a known fact that when organized labor does better, everyone

does better. A rising tide lifts all the boats. Please don’t be fooled into thinking the unions are the bad guys. It’s the greedy CEo’s that have put this country in the economy we are in, not the workers. - Art MacNeil Uxbridge

A clean environment is the responsibility of all To the Editor, Saturday, March 12th was a lovely introduction to spring. The sun shone; sap ran from maple trees along the Blackstone River at River Bend Farm. Families enjoyed learning about maple sugaring from volunteers and numerous park rangers answered questions and directed activities. others walked the tow path, as I did. The Blackstone River & Canal Heri-

tage State Park is a “carry in, carry out” area with no trash receptacles available and no personnel to pick-up after thoughtless patrons. It was a shame to see this treasure of quiet beauty “trashed” with litter along the sides of the trail...coffee cups, plastic tops, drinking bottles/straws, a variety of paper! I filled both hands and vowed to return on Sunday, better equipped, to

remove more! If you see trash, remove it. The rangers will appreciate your effort, and your next park experience will be more enjoyable knowing you “made a difference”. Please, don’t leave to others what you can do. It takes only a moment to make life better everywhere, not just at River Bend. - Jane F. Keegan Uxbridge

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Town News

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The Annual Town Census was mailed to all residents and is now available. Please review all information, make changes if necessary, sign the form and mail back to the Town Clerk’s office in the envelope provided. Dog licenses are now available at the Town Clerk’s office or by mail. For mailing instructions, please visit www.uxbridge-ma.gov, Town Clerk page for instructions. 2011 Hunting/Fishing Licenses are now available at the Town Clerk’s office. Nomination Papers for the upcoming May Town Election are now available for pick up at the Town Clerk’s office and the deadline to file forms is April 5th. open seats are listed below: • Board of Selectman 3yr. term, 1 seat • Finance Committee 3yr. term, 1 seat • Board of Health 3 yr. term, 1 seat • Moderator 3 yr. term, 1 seat • School Committee 3yr. term, 2 seats • Board of Library Trustees 3yr. term, 2 seats • Board of Library Trustees 2 yr. term, 1 seat • Edward C. Thayer Fund 3yr. term, 1 seat • Edward C. Thayer Fund 1 yr. term, 1 seat • Trustees of Soldiers Memorials Veteran 3 yr. term, 1 seat • Trustees of Soldiers Memorials

northbridge town Hall April 2nd : Rabies Vaccination clinic, Whitinsville Fire Station located at 193 Main Street. Cost $10.00. Cats 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in a carrier. Dogs 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on a leash. In order to qualify for a three year booster, you must bring prior rabies vaccination certificates. For more information, please contact the Northbridge Board of Health at (508) 234-3272 Support the Northbridge Firefighters The Northbridge Firefighters are sponsoring a fund raising program to raise money for needed equipment. In the coming weeks all homes in the area will receive a request for a mail in contribution. Please call Firefighter Tom Valdivia at (508) 234-8448 for further details. Northbridge Vietnam Memorial: Since March of last year, the Vietnam Memorial committee has been working hard to make this memorial a reality. They meet bi-weekly at the Veteran’s Hall at 875 Hill Street. Anyone is invited to attend. Honor a loved one by purchasing an engraved brick or you can mail donations to Blackstone Valley Veterans Assoc. 78 East St. Whitinsville, MA 01588. For more info go to www.northbridgemass.org/ and click

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on Vietnam Memorial. May 2nd: Fourth Quarter taxes are due. Partial payments accepted for real estate, personal property, water, and sewer. Excise taxes must be paid in full. Attention Senior Citizens! Town of Northbridge property tax work off program. For information and an application contact the Town Manager’s office at 508-234-2095. May 3rd: Spring Annual Town Meeting. May 17th: Annual Town Election

Douglas town Hall April 4th: Conservation Commission 7:00 p.m. Douglas Municipal CenterCommunity Meeting Room April 5th: Special Town Election 8:00 a.m. Douglas Municipal Center: Gymnasium Polls open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. Board of Assessors 6:00 p.m. Douglas Municipal Center - Community Meeting Room. Board of Selectmen 7:00 p.m. Douglas Municipal Center Resource Room. Water/Sewer Com. 7:00 p.m. Water/Sewer Plant April 6th: Building & Facility Const. Com. 7:00 p.m. Douglas Municipal Center. Zoning Board of Appeals 7:00 p.m. Douglas Municipal Center Community Meeting Room April 7th: School Building Com. 7:00 p.m. Douglas Municipal Center Community Meeting Room

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April 11th: Cable Advisory Com. 7:00 p.m. Douglas Municipal Center Resource Room. Economic Dev. Com. 7:00 p.m. Douglas Municipal Center – Community Meeting Room April 12th: Planning Board 7:00 p.m. Douglas Municipal Center Community Meeting Room April 13th: School Comm. 7:00 p.m. Douglas High School – Room C208 April 18th: Town Hall Closed Patriots Day April 19th: Board of Selectmen 7:00 p.m. Douglas Municipal Center Resource Room. Conservation Comm. 7:00 p.m. Douglas Municipal Center Community Meeting Room April 20th: Building & Facility Const. Com. 7:00 p.m. Douglas Municipal Center April 21st: open Space 7:00 p.m. Douglas Municipal Center Community Meeting Room April 25th: Cable Advisory Com. 7:00 p.m. Douglas Municipal Center Resource Room April 26th: Library Board of Trustees 7:00 p.m. Douglas Municipal Center Kitchen. Planning Board 7:00 p.m. Douglas Municipal Center Assessor’s office May 2nd: Board of Selectmen 6:30 p.m. Douglas High School Auditorium Prior to the Annual Town Meeting. Finance Comm. 6:30 p.m. Douglas High School – Auditorium. Prior to the Annual Town Meeting. Annual Town

Historical Society schedules meeting Northbridge Historical Society will meet Monday, April 4th at 7 p.m. at the Whitinsville Social Library on Church St. 508-2342151. Barbara Gaudette will present an illustrated talk on the formal gardens of the Whitin family estates. Public is welcome.

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Volunteers needed for Earth Day In celebration of Earth Day, the Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) is sponsoring a river shoreline cleanup on Saturday, April 16th from 10 am to noon. The cleanup will take place in conjunction with Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Park Serve Day and Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. Clean and Green Day. Have fun outdoors while protecting your local resources. Join an important venture to cleanup the trash along local riverbanks and make for a cleaner, healthier and more beautiful resource. You can make a difference by volunteering just a couple of hours of your time. This project also meets community service requirements for many organizations. Meet at River Bend Farm Visitor Center in Uxbridge at noon for pizza, provided by the Blackstone River Watershed Association. Environmental displays, children’s activities and many free give-aways will begin at noon and continue until 2:00 p.m. The Blackstone River Watershed Association (BRWA) is dedicated to restoring, enhancing and preserving the Blackstone River and its watershed. Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. is an agency based in Whitinsville, MA, aimed at improving the lives of persons with psychiatric or developmental disabilities. For more information or to register for the cleanup, call the BRWA office at 508-278-5200 or email at info@thebrwa.org. one need not attend the cleanup to view the displays, participate in activities or be eligible for the give-away.


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For years, many have relied on Milford Regional’s Rehabilitation Services in Whitinsville when striving to get back to living life fully. Now the same experienced therapists are in that familiar location, but the new facility is three times its former size! With a major renovation and expansion to 5,500 square feet, along with more private treatment rooms and the newest therapies available...getting your life back has never felt better. The best therapists All therapists average more than 15 years experience. Several have special certifications in vestibular/balance and lymphatic therapy. The Milford Regional affiliation keeps these therapists in daily contact with physicians and medical professionals and up on the very latest treatment techniques through ongoing educational opportunities.

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Using advanced manual therapy techniques, they incorporate a closely monitored, hands-on approach to ensure you get the most out of each session. This one-of-a-kind care has the same therapist follow your progress from beginning to end...something not often found at other facilities. We offer cutting-edge treatments that are difficult to find such as phototherapy/cold laser for pain and tissue healing.

Speech/Language Therapy for Adults & Children APHASIA ARTICULATION DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS FEEDING ISSUES FLUENCY/STUTTERING HEAD AND NECK CANCER HOARSENESS/VOCAL CORD NODULES OR PARALYSIS LANGUAGE DISORDERS NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS (HEAD INJURY, STROKE, ETC) ORAL MOTOR DIFFICULTIES

The best equipment Milford Regional’s significant investment provides the Whitinsville location with the most clinically advanced, state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment. This investment includes the region’s only Trazer, a breakthrough technology that connects strength training and aerobic conditioning to meet the needs of all ages in work, leisure and sports activities. Whether you are eight or 80, the Trazer can dramatically improve movement skills.

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Equine Clinic date posted

the new Uxbridge times is direct mailed to over 20,000 households & businesses in Uxbridge, north Uxbridge, linwood, Douglas, manchaug, northbridge Whitinsville & sutton on or about the 1st of each month. 500 additional copies are delivered to business establishments, public offices, & senior centers in four surrounding towns.

Mass. Equine Clinic In co-operation with Regional Animal Control will hold Vaccine Clinic’s at 75 Locust St., Uxbridge on April 23rd and May 21st. Appointments only, please call 508278-6511 for appointments and pricing. No office visit fees or unloading for vaccines. Clinic can do Digital Coggins. Horses must be unloaded for coggins photos to be taken.

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learning about animal Care - pictured front row (l to R): aloura Dion, Morgann Conley, Bella ortiz, and Kassidy albrizieo, Back row: Paige Montiverdi, nicole Morris, Dr. Karen ober with Millie, the hospital cat, alyssa wright, and Isabelle Maynard. Brownies from Troop 30182 (Leicester, Mass.) visited Sutton Animal Hospital to complete the activities required for their Animal Care Try-It Badge. At the hospital, they were able to tour the facility and participate in

the diagnosis and care of “Tigger,� a mock patient who was ill. The girls also learned how routine veterinary care can keep pets healthy and how it can prevent diseases from being spread from pets to people.

A Feral Spay Sunday clinic will be held on Sunday, April 3rd at the Blackstone Valley Animal Hospital on Rt.16 in Uxbridge. This clinic is for Feral, stray or barn cats and not household pets. If you are feeding stray cats, or have barn cats that are not spayed or neutered contact Willy's Kitty Angels Rescue at 508-873-0336 for reservations. Havaheart traps are available to borrow for a small refundable deposit. This free clinic is being funded in part by a grant from Mass. Animal Coalition.  Reservations are a must.

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Northbridge Education Foundation announces Wine Tasting Fundraiser Northbridge Education Foundation will host “An Evening of A Cappella and Wine Tasting” beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7th at Blissful Meadows Golf Club in Uxbridge. The festive event will include a wine tasting by Friendly Discount Liquors, hors d’oeuvres, raffles, and a silent auction. Throughout the evening guests will also enjoy the sounds of several A Cappella groups, including the Northbridge High School chorus and the Blackstone Valley Community Chorus. Tickets are $20 per person and can be obtained by calling (508) 2346368 or visiting NEF’s web site at www.northbridgeedfoundation.org. The event is NEF’s largest fundraiser and will allow the organization to provide grants to the Northbridge Public Schools for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year. “our wine tasting has always been a fun social event and a successful fundraiser” said Larry Brown, president of Northbridge Education Foundation. “This year we hope to make it even more appealing by featuring some wonderful local A Cappella music at an affordable price” Brown noted. NEF past president and

Liquors, the generous donors who provide all of the raffle and auction items, and this year for the first time we’re very excited to have with us the musical groups who have so graciously agreed to perform” said Ducey. “Among the items to be raffled or auctioned are a group of four fabulous Red

event organizer Kathy Ducey is grateful to all involved. “We’re looking forward to a good time and to raising the funds necessary for NEF to continue to provide grants that help to enrich the academic experience of Northbridge students, but we couldn’t do it without the expertise of Friendly Discount

Electronics Recycling Day at Whitinsville Christian School will be purchased consisting of 20 farm animals for the underprivileged. Any excess funds will go to the school’s technology program. Full-size appliances not accepted - freezers, full-size refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, driers, for example.

The National Honor Society will hold an electronics recycling day on Saturday, April 9th from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at 279 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville. Drop off electronics items for a small fee. Funds received will be used to fight poverty and hunger. Through World Vision, a farm

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oBItuaRIeS Horn UxBRIDGE - Garfield H. “Pete” Horn, 65, died January 24th. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Budd), his father Garfield Horn, his brother Charles Horn, his sisters Jennifer Schuppert and Leslie Finlow, his sister-in-law Jane Luxton, and brothers-in-law Ronald Schuppert and Simon Finlow. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews and by his friends. Pete was born in Boston and grew up on Long Island, NY. He served in the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War as a radio relay operator. When he returned home, he earned a BA at Boston University. Pete’s first love was writing, and he developed an impassioned career as a journalist with a focus on environmental science and policy. From 1985 to 1987 he lived in Cairo, Egypt where he became managing editor of a regional magazine. Pete had the ability to fix just about anything, including cars, computers, and appliances. He excelled at carpentry and was a great cook! Not least important is the fact that he was an ardent Red Sox fan.

Butler FRANKLIN - Lee Whitney (Parsons) Butler 70, of Dean Avenue, died February 5th at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, following a long illness. Born in Winchester, June 16, 1940 a daughter of the late Frank R. and Dorcas (Ross) Parsons, she was educated in Wellesley and was a 1958 graduate of Wellesley High School. Until her retirement, she worked as a nurse’s aide at several area nursing homes. She lived in Franklin for more than 23 years, and was a former resident of Blackstone. She loved spending time with family, shopping, was a published poet, and was a longtime volunteer at the Purr-Fect Cat Shelter in Medway. She is survived by 3 sons; Jeffrey D.

Butler of North Smithfield, RI, Whitney D. Butler of Riverside, RI, Thomas M. Butler of North Smithfield, RI, a daughter Wendy L. Thibodeau of Douglas, a sister Dorcas Greene of Palm Desert, CA, and 4 grandchildren.

Gazaille UxBRIDGE - Herve A. Gazaille, 89, formerly of William Ward St. died February 22nd at his residence at Atria Draper Place in Hopedale. He is survived by his wife of 64 years Anna C. (Cavarretta) Gazaille; 3 sons, Russell A. Gazaille of Columbia, MD, Denis H. Gazaille of Nantucket and Joseph M. Gazaille of N. Uxbridge; 6 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by 3 sisters. Born in the Linwood section of Northbridge, on March 20, 1921 he was the son of Telesphore and Albina (Houle) Gazaille. He was a U.S Army Air Corps Veteran serving during WWII. Mr. Gazaille worked in the construction industry for 40 years until his retirement in 1983. Herve was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Linwood, a past commander of the VFW Post 1385 in Uxbridge, served as a chairman in the Uxbridge Zoning Board for 10 years and several other town committees.

Bangma WHITINSVILLE – Catherine D. Bangma, 87, went to be with the Lord on February 22nd at Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center. She was surrounded by her loving family. She is predeceased by her husband, Raymond Bangma of Whitinsville in April of 2010. She is survived by her son Leslie R. Bangma and daughter-in-law Rebecca of Whitinsville, son Todd S. Bangma and daughter-in-law June Bangma of Uxbridge, 5 beloved grandchildren, Stacy and Justin Pominville of Uxbridge, Jason

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Bianchi UxBRIDGE - Arline M. (Cartier) Bianchi, 84, passed away February 23rd at home, with her loving family at her side. She is the wife of 64 years to Charles L. Bianchi of Uxbridge. Arline was born in Uxbridge the daughter of the late ovila J. “Pete” and Malvina (Landry) Cartier. She attended the Good Shepherd Parochial Grammar School and Uxbridge Public Schools. Arline worked for many years in the Healthcare Industry as a nurse’s aide and was also self-employed as a ceramics instructor for many years. She enjoyed arts and crafts, puzzles, dancing, gaming, bingo, needlepoint and embroidery. A fair seamstress, Arline made many costumes for local organizations. A quick joke, a laugh and maybe a hand of cards, Arline was always known for her welcoming smile and enjoyed the warmth of the company of her loving family and friends. In addition to her husband, Arline is survived by her three children, Carter Bianchi and his wife Patricia of Uxbridge, Charlene Hughes and her husband Dave

of Millbury and Sandra Webb and her husband Eric of Sturbridge. Grandmother of Don Tarallo, Jeffrey Taft, David Hughes and Benson Bianchi. Great Grandmother of Alex Tarallo and Michael Bianchi. Sister of W. Norman Cartier and his wife Gladys of N.H.

newell UxBRIDGE - Mary (Daley) Newell, 91, formerly of Millville Rd. died February 24th at Lydia Taft Nursing Home in Uxbridge. She is survived by her son Burt Newell and his wife Dianne of Virginia Beach, Virginia; 1 granddaughter Lisa Ann Balcom of Kingston, MA; 2 grandsons Michael Newell of Sutton and Christopher Newell of Chatham, MA; 4 great grandchildren; brother Dennis Daley of Summerfield, FL; former daughter in law and caretaker at the home of Joy Newell and several nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her brother John Daley and sister Anne Richard. Born in Uxbridge, on May 22, 1919 she was the daughter of John and Mary (Casey) Daley and has lived in Uxbridge all of her life. She was a key operator for the former Draper Corp. in Hopedale until her retirement in 1979.

Beauchemin UxBRIDGE - Roland J. Beauchemin, 92, of School St. N. Uxbridge, most recently residing at Beaumont Nursing Home for the past 3 years died February 25th. His wife of 52 years olivette (Lajoie) Beauchemin died in 1998. He is survived by his 2 daughters Doris A. Merchant of Uxbridge and Diane M. Russell and her husband Stephen of Naugatuck, CT; a granddaughter Stephanie Fialkowski and her husband Erik along with a great granddaughter Kaitlyn of Plymouth; grandson Brian Russell of Northbridge. He was predeceased by his two brothers Armand Beauchemin and Marcel Beauchemin. Born in Uxbridge on November 23, 1918, he was the son of John and Albina (Morrisette) Beauchemin and moved to Woonsocket as a child. He attended Sacred Heart Grade School and Woonsocket Jr. High. Roland was a

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Rabitor WHITINSVILLE - Eleanor E. (Gadbois) Rabitor, 83, of Heritage Ave. and formerly of Millville Rd. in Uxbridge died March 9th, at Milford Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family. Her husband of 52 years, Robert died on February 26, 1999. She is survived by her son David L. Rabitor and his wife Wendy S. of Barrington, NH; 2 grandchildren Christopher D. Rabitor who is stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in CA and Katie A. Rabitor of N.H.; 2 brothers Earl Gadbois of VT and Vincent Gadbois of Northbridge; 2 sisters Alice Boisvert of Manchaug and Claire Mastriani of FL and many nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her 2 brothers Francis and Robert Gadbois. Born in Uxbridge on June 3, 1927, she was the daughter of Homer and Ida (Gosselin) Gadbois and has lived in Uxbridge most of her life. She attended Uxbridge schools and graduated from Uxbridge High School. Mrs. Rabitor was a clerk for the Uxbridge Tax Collector’s office for several years and previously at Bernat Yarns. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Uxbridge and was active for many years on their altar guild. Eleanor enjoyed dancing, candlepin bowling and golf.

Couture LINWooD - Joseph Robert H. Couture, 88, of School Park, died March 13th, at his home surrounded by his loving family. His wife of 59 years Winifred H. (Barber) Couture died January 13, 2004. He is survived by his son Robert Couture of Douglas; daughter Barbara Poulin of Uxbridge; 3 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren and several nephews and nieces. His 2 daughters Marlene Richie and Marilyn Burke; 2 brothers Albert and Damise Couture; 2 sisters Palma Turgeon and Jeannette Picard predeceased him. Born in the Linwood section of Northbridge on January 10, 1923 he was the son of Robert and Helen (Bartlett) Couture and has lived in Linwood all of his life. Mr. Couture was a WWII U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran and a member of the oliver Ashton American Legion Post in Northbridge. He worked at the former Whitin Machine Works as a tool and die maker for 41 years. Bob was a communicant of the Church of the Good Shepherd and enjoyed cutting wood and fishing and hunting in Maine for over 60 years.

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Volunteers needed to monitor quality in local waterways The Blackstone River Coalition (BRC) is in need of volunteer water quality monitors to help sample Emerson Brook, Meadow Brook and the Blackstone River. The BRC recruits and trains citizen volunteers to participate in the Blackstone River Coalition watershed-wide volunteer water quality monitoring program. The goal is to gather information about the current status and long-term changes in the health of the watershed. This information will help policy makers, state officials and concerned citizens in their actions to make the Blackstone River fishable and swimmable by 2015. We have over 80 volunteers sampling 78 sites throughout the Blackstone River Watershed from Worcester to Pawtucket. Volunteers sample their sites on the second Saturday of the month from April to November. Volunteers are trained to test for dissolved oxygen at the site and record physical observations. Then volunteers take a sample to the Tri-River Family Health Center, located on E. Hartford Avenue, where it is tested for nutrients, conductivity and turbidity. Samples need to arrive at the Tri-River Family Health Center between 9:00 am  and 12:00 pm on the Saturday of testing.  The testing site for Emerson Brook is located on Quaker Highway in Uxbridge, the Meadow Brook site is located on Blackstone Street in Uxbridge, and the Blackstone River site is located north of the Stanley Woolen Mill in Uxbridge. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Tammy Gilpatrick, Coordinator, BRC Watershed-wide Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Program 508-579-4597 or brcoalition@yahoo.com.

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2011 Annual Kids Fair & Eggstravaganza Beginning Bridges and the Whitin Community Center announce the 12th Annual Kids Fair to be held on Saturday, April 16th. Everyone is welcome to attend this FREE event from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Whitin Community Center located in Whitinsville. This year, families can enjoy the New England Aquarium Traveling Tide Pool, IronShoe Petting Zoo, participate in a music and movement class, and take a chance on a multitude of raffles. Community resource organizations and businesses from health and fitness to literacy activities will be present at the event to share information and answer questions.  Children will delight in the popular teddy bear clinic, New England’s favorite magician,

and the Eggstravaganza where the child who finds the golden egg can win a youth membership or free week of camp!

For more information, please contact Mary Lou Schiavone at 508.234.1291 or via email: mschiavone@smoc.org.

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Message from the Friends of the Uxbridge Library regarding the proposed cuts The Uxbridge Free Public Library is at risk of losing its Library Certification due to proposed cuts in funding. once again, the Uxbridge Board of Selectmen (BoS) is seeking to make a major budget cut to the Uxbridge Free Public Library. Though, the library functions on one of the smallest department budgets, the BoS thinks that reducing the library budget (in this case to fund a new position in the DPW) is wise. Reducing the library budget by the proposed $3,000-60,000 (in addition to the $6892 reduction from last year) will cost more than the initial figure. What the BoS will fail to tell residents is that a large decrease in town funding to the library will result in an even smaller budget by way of lost State and Federal funding for the library. The loss of State and Federal funding happens when a library is not properly funded by the town, which causes the library to lose its certification. A small reduction in a budget could cause a library to lose its certification for 1-3 years, and a large reduction

is estimated to take 5 years, after funding is restored. Loss of certification would also make the Uxbridge Free Public Library ineligible for membership in the Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing (C/W MARS). C/W MARS is what the Uxbridge Library utilizes for its card catalog. Each book that is currently borrowed from the library is checked out through this system. Loss of membership would mean the added cost of acquiring and setting up new software and training for an independent system. Loss of membership in C/W MARS would also prohibit residents of Uxbridge from borrowing materials from other libraries through interlibrary loans (ILL) and directly from neighboring libraries--reducing Uxbridge resident’s access to materials. A reduction of hours or loss of staff may also result from a budget cut. Some, like the BoS, may argue that the library is not a vital service. It may not be vital like our

vital instrument of democracy and opportunity in the United States.... our history has been greatly shaped by people who read their way to opportunity and achievements in public libraries“. Protecting this asset is an investment to the citizens of this town and society. It is the hope of the Board Members of the Friends of the Uxbridge Free Public Library that our town residents will voice their support for the library by contacting the Board of Selectmen, and if put to vote in the May town meeting, vote against the cuts. We thank you for your support.

police or fire departments, but it is essential. In a time when more people have access to the internet, bookstores, and even electronic readers, usage of our town library is up. Why? Not everyone can afford a computer, or the high cost of home internet service. Not everyone can afford to buy the books their children are required to read, or desire to read. Electronic readers still do not offer the extensive library catalog that public libraries offer their patrons for free. There is also the librarians themselves, valuable resources for research and information--guides in a maze of information. It wasn’t too far back in history when the privileged few had private libraries, and the rest of society went without--illiteracy was high, and the privileged got to decide what information the less privileged could access. Innovative people, like Benjamin Franklin, realized the value of providing access to books to all members of society, and established lending libraries. Libraries get children excited about reading, provide students with valuable resources to supplement their schooling and provides a never ending opportunity for adults to continue their learning, or simply exercise their reading skills for pleasure. Arthur Meier Schlesinger said it best when he said, “The public library has been historically a

- The board Members of the Friends of the Uxbridge Free Public Library Lisa Anderson, President; Laura Derderian, Vice President; Linda Fraga, Secretary; Cathi Harding-Cone, Treasurer; Bernadette Bazzett, Co-Treasurer; Tina Valliere Alberto, Publicity; Beth Snider, Membership; Amanda Ayers, Nominations; Peggy Arnold, Member At Large

Sutton Alumni reflect on past & look to future on Saturday April 2nd, alumni, teachers, students, and friends of the Sutton Schools are invited to pay their respects to the high school and the middle school (elementary school for some) before they are razed for new construction. The evening will start with tours at 6:30 p.m. The band Valvatross will entertain at 7 p.m. in the old gym.

Come and enjoy a low key relaxing evening, listen to music, bring some memorabilia, and maybe meet some old friends. Light refreshment will be offered and orders for mementos will be taken. The evening is free but donations to cover costs will be accepted. For more information call 508865-0198.

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upcoming events... Please join The Uxbridge First Holiday Night Committee on Friday, April 22nd for our “Good Friday Seafood Special.” The event will take place from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Uxbridge VFW Hall. The menu will be Steamers, White Clam Chowder, Clam Cakes, Coleslaw and Desserts. Join us on Saturday, April 16th for Free Easter Bunny Pictures from 9:00 to 12:00 noon at the Milford National Bank in Mendon. Free popcorn, cookies, and soda and meet Peter Cottontail and leave with your own Easter memory. on Saturday, April 23rd enjoy Free Easter Bunny Pictures from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon at UniBank in Uxbridge. Free popcorn, cookies, and soda and meet Peter Cottontail and leave with your own Easter memory. The First Night Committee hosts many great events including a recent Porketta at the VFW in Uxbridge. See related photo at right.

The GFWC Blackstone Valley Women’s Club of Sutton will host a “baby shower” for Visitation House of Worcester, a home for unwed mothers. Speaker will be Evelyn Lindquist, the Director of the home, under the auspices of the Diocese of Worcester. The meeting will take place on Thursday, April 14th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Dudley Gendron American Legion, 156 Boston Road, Sutton, the club’s regular meeting place. Refreshments will be served from 6:30 to 7:00 p.m., followed by the speaker.

Club members will be taking new baby items for the “shower” and members from the public are welcome to drop off items at anytime during the meeting which generally ends by 8:30 p.m. Members are willing to pick up items at people’s homes if that is more convenient for them. The meeting is open to prospective members, women 18 years and older. For more information, contact President Constance Dwyer (508) 9178415.

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Volunteers needed for Hospice Program The VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford, a department of Milford Regional Medical Center, has openings for compassionate volunteers willing to share their time and talents in the hospice program, which has been in effect since 2009. The hospice program is dedicated to helping people with a terminal illness in comfort and dignity, surrounded by their loved ones. A vital part of the program is the commitment of volunteers who serve in a variety of roles. For the patient, a volunteer can provide minimal hands-on care such as hand massage, light housekeeping, or provide companionship, reminiscence time, reading, active listening, and emotional support. For the

loved ones or caregivers, the visiting volunteer allows brief periods of relief or respite. Another critical volunteer role is helping with the clerical and administrative tasks necessary to run a wideranging compassionate program. Volunteer applicants will be screened and then participate in a thorough orientation and training program with ongoing support and team meetings. People interested in this opportunity are encouraged to contact Jennifer Fumia or Nancy Durkin at 508-473-0862 to discuss their application. The VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford has been providing home health services to Milford and 18 surrounding communities since 1918.

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Upcoming Programs posted at the Uxbridge Free Public Library The Uxbridge Free Public Library is pleased to announce our Spring Program schedule. Many of these programs are generously sponsored by the Library Board of Trustees, and all are open and free to the public. Please RSVP for seating.

Batter Up! Baseball season is here, and we have the honor of hosting Dennis Auger, co-author of Mysteries from Baseball's Past on Thursday, April 7th at 7 p.m. who will talk about the history of what is now known as the Boston Red Sox, the mysterious suicide

of legendary outfielder Chick Stahl and the nature of baseball research. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and booksigning courtesy of Barnes & Noble.  For nature enthusiasts or armchair adventurers, Roger Tetreault will be here on Monday, April 11th at 7 p.m. to talk about his experience “Hiking the Appalachian Trail”, a 5 1/2 month adventure with hikers and mountain lions and bears, oh my!  Tetreault took the phrase "take a hike" literally when he decided to walk the entire 2,176.4 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2008 from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. His program will transport armchair adventurists and avid hikers alike to experience the sights and sounds of this breathtakingly beautiful natural resource.  Susan Kushner Resnick will present a

program on Thursday, April 14th at 7pm on the 1943 mine collapse in Bear Creek, Montana, which trapped over 70 miners. Her book, Goodbye Wifes and Daughters, retells the story of the people left behind this true and heartbreaking story, and copies will be available for purchase and booksigning after her presentation.  Susan Kushner Resnick has been a journalist for 22 years, writing for publications ranging from obscure alternative weeklies to the very mainstream The Providence Journal. She has freelanced for magazines, with her most impressive clip coming from The New York Times magazine.  For more information on Susan and her work, check her website at www. coalminedisaster.com/.  Just in time for spring gardening, Massachusetts Master Gardener Betty Sanders will return on Monday, May

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Writing About Cancer Free Workshop Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional (DFBWCC) will offer a free four-week writing workshop for cancer patients and survivors. Writing About Cancer will begin on Thursday, April 7th and continue on April 21st, 28th and May 5th. The sessions will meet in the second floor conference room at the Cancer Center from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been in remission for years, writing about different aspects of your cancer journey can be therapeutic. Writing experience is not necessary. The sessions will be facilitated by Deb Ragosta, MHA, a 21-year cancer survivor and DFBWCC patient. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. For more information and to register, call Ann Sullivan at (508) 488-3783 or Deb Ragosta at (508) 422-2206. Funding for this workshop was provided by a grant from the oliva Patient Comfort Fund at Milford Regional Medical Center.

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Fire Chief Ostroskey granted accreditation The Massachusetts Fire Service Commission granted accreditation to Fire Chief Peter ostroskey of the Uxbridge Fire Department on December 15, 2010, who has demonstrated the required fire service experience, education and certifications for accreditation. This accreditation is granted through the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission, a gubernatorial appointed board that has established a process for uniform credentialing for fire chiefs. Everett Fire Chief David Butler, who serves as chair of the commission says, “The program establishes requirements based on education, training and experience in areas relevant to serving as fire chief. It establishes benchmarks for training in fire and emergency service management so that chiefs may be better prepared to serve their department and their community.” The applicant’s documentation is reviewed by a subcommittee of the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission to determine if the individual has attained a minimum level of credits for education, training, and experience. State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said, “The program was developed after extensive research outlining those skills important to today’s fire chief. The process provides an equal opportunity for the volunteer, call or full-time

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News from the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Tourism Association With plans in full swing for another exciting year of family-friendly events, The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Tourism Association is pleased to announce its 2011 board of officers. The newly elected officers are: Co-chairmen, Tom Bellacqua and Holly Gallerani, Vice chairman, Sandy

Quadros Bowles, Treasurer: John Stephens. Under their leadership, the association will continue its efforts to support the tourism opportunities in the Blackstone Valley in conjunction with the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce. The association serves the 11 towns of the Blackstone Valley:

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Blackstone, Uxbridge, Millville, Northbridge, Mendon, Hopedale, Sutton, Millbury, Grafton, Upton and Douglas. The association hosts a range of activities throughout the year to remind Valley residents about and introduce visitors to the wonderful locations throughout the beautiful Blackstone Valley. The signature event is the Blackstone Valley Fall Family Festival & Craft Fair, which drew thousands of people to West End Creamery in Northbridge last fall to enjoy activities, farm animal displays and informational booths about the Blackstone Valley’s rich agricultural heritage. Mark your calendars now for this year’s event, to be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. oct. 8th. Rain date is oct. 9th, noon to 4 p.m. The association’s next event is Breakfast at the Mansion, to be held from 8 to 11 a.m. April 3rd at the beau-

Blackstone Valley Tourism association members may also participate in a rack card program, which provides literature about Valley events and activities in a number of highly visible locations throughout the area. For more information on all the events of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Association, check out our Web site at www.blackstonerivervalley.com.

tiful and historic Asa Waters Mansion, 123 Elm St., Millbury. For a $6 donation, enjoy a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, danish, coffee, orange juice and other treats. Tickets will be available at the door. The breakfast is sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Association and the Friends of the Asa Waters Mansion.

Pinhole Photography demonstration onto film or onto a digital camera's sensor. Pinhole photographs are not as sharp as photos taken through a conventional lens. However, without a lens to focus, a pinhole camera captures the entire scene with the same level of detail. Pinhole cameras are available commercially, but they are easy to make. Zeis will show a half dozen of his homemade pinhole cameras and a selection of photos he has taken with them. In addition, he will demonstrate how to use an inexpensive body cap to convert a conventional digital SLR into a pinhole camera. Using mostly film cameras, Mike Zeis takes portraits on commission. Between assignments, he finds beauty in old buildings and signs in New England cities and towns, and he photographs wildflowers in New England's state parks. Since 2005, the Northern Rhode Island Camera Club has helped picturetakers in northern Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts get more out of photography, through instruction, photo competitions, field trips, and member photo exhibits at venues such as the Vintage Restaurant and the Museum of Work and Culture.

Photographer Mike Zeis from Uxbridge will demonstrate pinhole photography techniques at the April 7th meeting of the Northern Rhode Island Camera Club. The meeting will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Harris Public Library in Woonsocket, RI. Club meetings are open to non-members. Instead of a lens, a pinhole camera has a tiny hole which projects an image

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Uxbridge’s Hynes running Boston Marathon for cancer research on April 18th, Shelley Hynes from Uxbridge, will be running in the 115th Boston Marathon® to help conquer cancer as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team. Hynes, along with Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates from across the United States and around the world, will run Massachusetts’ historic marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston with a goal to raise $4.5 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Members of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team make a basic fundraising commitment of $3,250, a requirement established by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.), the Boston Marathon organizer.  one hundred percent of the funds raised benefit the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber, which funds basic research in its earliest stages, providing scientists with critical resources to test their innovative ideas. Findings from this research can provide novel clinical insights as well the foundation to seek additional federal funding support. Since its inception in 1990, the DanaFarber Marathon Challenge has raised more than $47 million for the Barr Program. Dana-Farber Trustees and Jacksonville Jaguars principal owners J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver founded the Barr Program in 1987 to honor Mrs. Weaver’s mother, Claudia Adams Barr, who lost her battle with cancer 30 years earlier. In 1990, Dana-Farber was among the

first charity organizations to be recognized by the B.A.A. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team offers its members training guidance from Jack Fultz, the 1976 Boston Marathon men’s champion, plus team training runs, extensive fundraising support, and volunteer opportunities for non-runners. Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runners who are not time-qualified for the

Boston Marathon receive an invitational entry into the race. To contribute to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge or to support a runner, go online to www.RunDFMC. org or contact the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge office at (617) 6321970 or dfmc@dfci.harvard.edu. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (www. dana-farber.org) is a principal teaching

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Bowling for Dollars Event to aide Milford Regional Medical Center Milford Regional Medical Center and PiNZ Entertainment have joined forces to benefit the Medical Center. Bowling for Dollars: An Evening at PiNZ Featuring Fun, Food, Music & More will be held on Thursday, April 14th from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. at PiNZ Entertainment, 110 South Main St. in Milford. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door for the general public. The

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Presentation to help empower parents Valley Tech hosts Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser to be fully engaged in the IEP process throughout the year. Mary Romaniec is a recognized authority and speaker on the subject of autism as well as special education advocacy. Her candor in addressing the concerns parents have with the IEP process allows them to understand that they have the ability to be their child’s best advocate. Marcy uses her business

The Northbridge Special Education Parent Advisory Council is hosting a presentation on Thursday, April 14th at Northbridge High School’s Media Center, 427 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The presentation will be given by Mary Romaniec. It is titled “You are the CEo, Your Child is the Company.” It will focus on empowering the parent

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instincts and background as a skilled negotiator when she worked as a buyer for a large retail company. The same principles in business apply to how a parent must handle themselves in the process of negotiating their child’s IEP. Mary will illustrate why this is true and how parents can begin today to be their child’s best advocate. As a mentor, she has counseled families and attorneys around the country on how best to represent a child during the IEP process. She has also authored various magazine articles and been quoted for news stories related to special needs children. Her articles have appeared in Mothering Magazine, The Autism File, Autism/Asperger Digest, Autism Today and Journeys Magazine as well as other autism-related websites. For more information, please visit her website at www.maryromaniec. com. For more information on this free parent workshop or to learn more about the Parent Advisory Council, please contact Kathy Lyons at KathyL1@verizon. net or visit our website at www. northbridgespedpac.org.

Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School’s eighth Annual Fashion Show, coordinated and sponsored by students and staff, will be held on Thursday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s Competition Center. Tickets will be available at the door for a donation of $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students. The Fashion Club sponsors the show each year to

Booster Club Spring Fling The UHS Athletic Booster Club will hold its annual "Spring Fling" on Saturday, April 9th from 7 p.m. to midnight at the Progressive Club in Uxbridge. The Spring Fling is one of the major fundraisers held by the Booster Club to support our student athletes. Get set for a night of music, raffles, refreshments and a new event! Tickets are $10 per person and may be purchased by contacting Ann Pemberton at 508-278-7836 as well as at the door.

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tion will be held on Friday, April 8th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the F.W. Hartnett Middle School at 35 Federal St., Blackstone. The program will include Greetings, Tributes and light refreshments.  The exhibition will continue on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact Susan Gately, Executive Director for the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation at sgately@blackstonevalley.org

Whitinsville Woman’s Club to hold meeting The GFWC Whitinsville Woman's Club will hold their April 11th meeting at the Village Congregational Church, Church Street, Whitinsville. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert and coffee will be supplied.  The program will follow lunch.  Gail Dion,  CoPresident will introduce the speaker Carol Brouwer, a member of the Whit-

Cheap Electronic Recycling Day Need to get rid of that old computer monitor? Have a broken air conditioner in the closet or an old hot water heater in the basement? For a nominal fee you can drop off various electronic items and appliances at Uxbridge High School parking lot, 62 Capron Street on Saturday, April 30th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. No need to even get out of your car! Students will move items from your truck or back seat to the collection area. The funds raised go directly to the Uxbridge High School Yearbook. This opportunity is open to anyone in the Blackstone Valley area and there is no limit to the number of

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“TRAIN-ING” By Bob Haigis over the years, one thing Peg and I didn’t take advantage of frequently was wandering by train. More often than not the reason was simply a matter of not being able to get to whatever destination we were headed for by rail. As we often did on many of our adventures, we had home swaps already in place, and so that was where we had to be. Some times however, our destinations were readily accessible by rail.

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Europe is especially well served by its trains, and that made it much more convenient. While not all our travels by rail were pleasant, none the less they all got us to our destinations and were adventures that created long lasting memories. We traveled very comfortably from London and Paris by train, and were met on time by our exchangers. We also had other pleasant journeys in various parts of Europe in France, Spain and Portugal; the last two on our very first trip abroad. The most unpleasant rail experiences that come to mind happened worlds apart. one occurred traveling round trip from Luxembourg south to Milan Italy, the other from Veracruz to Mexico City. on the European trip, we recall we

deliberately selected a day time schedule because, as I explained to Peg, we would be going through the Alps, and what a way to see the Worlds most famous mountains. That made sense to me. Yeah right! From the time we entered the mountainous areas until we exited on the south side, we were in tunnels 90% of the time, and only got brief (very brief) glimpses of the magnificent snow topped peaks. on the return trip, we insisted on a night journey, that way we could sleep, and wake up refreshed and back in Luxembourg. Yeah, right again! Somehow in the translation at the RR Station we didn’t get berth tickets, and wound up sitting up all night. Not only that, but every time we crossed an international border, the engine and

crews were changed, and we had to show our tickets and passports all over again. Not a fun night. The Mexico trip however, was a different type of unpleasant all together. We had been warned by other travelers we had met along the way not to take a train in Mexico, but liking to make our own judgments, we ignored the advice. We boarded in Veracruz in the morning, on what appeared - from the outside any way - a normal, reasonably modern train. once on board however, it was obvious that the image presented from the boarding platform was very deceiving. The seats were all tattered and torn, some not screwed tightly to the floor, windows were cracked and a few broken. Many were open and as we passed

through some very odorous neighborhoods were unable to close them. But the pay off was the bathroom. I excused my self awhile after we left the station, and headed to the door at the end of the car with the common “BANo” sign on it. I closed the door behind me, and was stunned at what faced me. A roll of “bath tissue” hung on a coat hanger on the outside wall, and just below it was a hole in the floor around a foot in diameter that gave a great view of the RR ties as they flew by beneath us. Back in my seat, Peg couldn’t believe my story, and checked it out for herself. We were seated across from a Mexican family also heading to the Capital. This turned out to be the most pleasant part of the whole journey. There were several small children in the group, and it gave us a great opportunity to practice our limited Spanish, and as it turned out, the family obviously didn’t have much contact with Gringos, and they got a kick out of trying their English on us. It was an enjoyable way to spend a few hours even though the surrounding décor wasn’t the most pleasant. Actually, looking back I think we traveled by train as often as possible, as it was a great way (most of the time) to see the countryside, without having to deal with strange traffic patterns and signs in foreign languages. Also, for me at least, I know my infatuations with trains is probably at least partially the result of fond memories from long ago. Growing up I had many encounters with the New York Central System between Boston & NY, and although I never got to travel on it until much older, it none-the-less brought to life a desire to travel and just to see where the trains went. I have two pleasant memories of days gone by of my contact with the great steam puffers of the 1940’s. one was when I had my initial experience with running a “business”. By the time I was eight or nine years old, like a few of my enterprising friends, I had a paper route. I delivered the Boston Herald, seven days a week, and had to be at the train station every day to pick up my bundle. I don’t recall ever missing one. Even before that, my most pleasant recollection of those days was going to the station with my Dad on frequent Sunday mornings to meet my Grandfather when he came out for dinner. My image of him is as clear today as it was 70 years ago as he stepped down onto the platform dressed in his black or navy blue three piece suit, carrying a box of Shafer’s Chocolates for us wrapped in white paper. Along these same lines, some of my earliest childhood memories have to with my grandfather and where he lived. My maternal grandfather had lived in Alston MA for much of his entire life after arriving in America from Ireland back in the early days of the 20th century. His home on Pratt St. was considered an affluent section of the city at that time, even though it backed up directly to the massive New York Central switch yards. My earliest memories of him and his house, go back farther than I want to admit, but I do recall they were most pleasant. I remember I had an infatuation with the acres and acres of rail beds and continuous operations that went on there. Whenever we arrived for a visit, as soon as I could get away I would beat it continued on next page


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wanderlust continued from page 18 up the stairs to the back bedroom, where I would sit in front of the window for hours watching the switching operations. of course all the engines were coal burning steam locomotives, and many were continuously engaged in moving freight cars and cabooses into position for shipment. The house was surrounded on three sides with a high board fence, and it seemed that on the tracks immediately behind it was one of the busiest areas of the whole yard. I used to marvel at how an engine would come backing down the track slowly pushing one or more freight cars or a caboose. Suddenly the engineer would jam on the breaks and reverse direction. Simultaneously a brakeman or other yard worker would release the coupling between the engine and the first car, and the cars would slowly glide past. I really got excited watching this, and I clearly recall that I just KNEW that I could climb over the fence and easily push a car down the tracks. I never got a chance to test my theory and strength in Alston, but nearly seventy years later, thanks to a discovery in Florida I was finally able to satisfy what was most likely the very first fantasy of my life. on a recent trip to Parrish Fl., I was amazed to discover a side rail that hosts several ancient locomotives and cars, including one used as a rail road museum. It is also the terminus for a weekend tourist trip with an old time theme. Peg and I visited the museum, and even

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took the excursion on another visit, but it wasn’t the former that really excited me. What interested me the most was another siding on which sat a big, red, old time caboose. It just sat there! No fence isolated it: No guards present. Not even any “keep off” signs. Strangely, out of a long, long ago past emerged a memory I am surprised still existed. As I studied the image of what was once symbolic with the massive American rail system, once again I wondered: Could I? Should I? Now was my chance to fulfill a childhood dream: Push a rail road car down the tracks! Not only that, but I had my camera with me, and I could record the whole scene for posterity (mostly me). I turned to my friend Lanny whom I was bicycling with, and asked him if he would please take a picture for me. of course he concurred. As I approached the massive relic, I felt a twinge of excitement. I was finally going to fulfill my childhood daydream. I stood looking up at the red “monster” and assumed a pose that I

figured would be the best to get the leverage I would need to move the monster. As I gripped the steel frame work and proceeded to push with all my strength, I wondered if the brakes were on or not. As I knew back in those days of “nothing is impossible Bob”, I anticipated at any second that the massive car would slowly begin gliding forward as they had so many times in the RR Yard. But, no such luck. It was obvious to me that the brakes were indeed set, or else I need more exercise (ya think?) or perhaps it was just a “Mission Impossible”....“Just my luck” I thought. “Now I’m going to have to come back another day to prove my dream was real. or perhaps some fantasies remain just that.” Comments/questions: grbob@charter.net

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point was the Microsoft use of programmers as independent contractors as opposed to being employees; it’s a 20-part list that is used as a test. Denise then brought up the “3-prong test” discussed in a recent Advisory by Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley. “The 2nd prong in the determination is the problem,” she emphasized. Reference materials point out that the essence of this “prong” is whether the service performed is “outside the usual course of business of the employer.” However, the law “does not define ‘usual course of business.’” Therein is the confusion and ambiguity. As a personal example, Denise shared how she was hired as an independent contractor for three months as a Human Resources Director, noting that, “Had I not been an attorney, I would have been an employee instead of an independent contractor.” She further gave an example of how someone can be hired as an “employee” on April 1 and then quit the next day on April 2, making that employee eligible for CoBRA health coverage. Short term “employment is frequently the case with “independent contractors.” Keith Fuller spoke about his telecommunication services in Massachusetts and along the Eastern seaboard, saying that his company has “24/7” availability which means they have many independent contractors. He brought to the table an important insight. How does the state classify as an employee a worker (independent contractor) when that person not only works for his com-

pany but may be also offering the same services to many other companies. He said, “It’s important how we are perceived as either an independent contractor or an employee…” This affects both company and worker liabilities. Towards the end of the one and a half hour meeting, Keith Fuller brought to everyone’s attention the importance of “understanding cost and having it structured to properly cover insurance and, in the end, pay taxes. It always starts with revenue.” To this Rep. Fattman spontaneously injected, “At least in this state.” This comment brought smiles to faces around the table, but on a more serious note, Rep. Fattman said he hopes costs can be lowered — in time – for businesses operating in Massachusetts and that he is working to help in this regard. one bill would lower the cost of filing for an LLC and its annual filing, putting it more in line with the costs for a corporation. Another would provide tax credits for sales tax paid in Massachusetts and a third would allow establishment of free enterprise zones in localities that ease permitting restrictions for the first two years after the business is established. Another revealing point was made when Laura Davis said that Attorney General Martha Coakley had formed a Joint Task Force on the Underground Economy and was thus able to recover $8 million from “companies not towing the line.” Rep. Fattman asked if anyone has gone to jail as a result; to which Laura replied, “It’s plausible.” It is important to note that punishments for

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Charter offers Free calls to Japan Responding to the recent devastation in Japan, Charter will waive all charges for direct dial long-distance calls to Japan from residential and business Charter Phone® customers through April 30. The free offer will be retroactive for calls placed to Japan from March 11. “Seeing the horrific images on television and not being able to hear the voice of a family member, a business colleague or friend is unimaginable,” said Greg Garabedian, Charter’s Vice President and General Manager New England. “In times of staggering devastation such as these, what may seem small efforts to some can go a long way in easing the burden of others. We hope to connect friends and loved ones to help ease their pain, and will continue to keep the victims and rescue workers in our thoughts.” Charter has seen call volume to Japan decline from its peak on Friday, the day the earthquake and tsunami hit the country, although volume remains higher than normal. According to Mr. Garabedian, about half of calls placed to Japan are being answered. Charter Phone customers will be credited for any calls placed to Japan from March 11-14. Calls made from March 14 through April 30 will be not appear on customers’ monthly statements. Free calls can be placed to landline or mobile phones. Calls to operators or directory assisted calls will be charged at the usual rate. Charter reserves the right to curtail free calling to any business customer during this period if the amount of free direct-dialed minutes used in calling Japan is more than 200% of the customer’s average monthly direct-dialed minutes for calls to Japan.


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“Mommy and Me” class is too much fun Members of the community were invited to partake in a “Mommy and Me” class with Deb Hudgins. The event took place in the gymnasium at Northbridge Elementary school on January 29th. Approximately 24 children between the ages of 18-36 months along with their parents participated in various activities that supported gross motor, visual, fine motor, following directions, and language development. Activities that were presented included, tunnel traveling, hop scotch, fishing, ring-toss, sea-saw, and parachute games. The members of the Northbridge Elementary School Council look forward to organizing a similar event in the spring.

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Author Ann Hood guest speaker at Uxbridge Woman’s Club meeting The Uxbridge Woman’s Club is pleased to announce that nationally acclaimed author Ann Hood will be the quest speaker at their Wednesday, April 6th meeting at 7 p.m. at the Uxbridge VFW Hall on Douglas Street Uxbridge. Ann will present a reading from her latest book The Red Thread. A story of 6 couples and their trials and tribulations as they travel through the adoption process of adopting a child from China. She will explain the Chinese legend of the red thread and how with a little thought – it relates to all of us. A few of her other “must read books” are The

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Knitting Circle, Comfort, and Somewhere off the Coast of Maine. Please join us for a wonderful evening with a fantastic, loving and very talented lady Ann Hood. once you meet and experience being with her, you will always have a place for her in your heart. For more information about her go to: www.annhood.us. There will be time for questions and answers. Diane Abramson of Barnes & Nobles will provide books to purchase and booksigning. This event is free, open to public but please call Susan Baghdasarian 508-278-3810 to reserve your seat!

the whitinsville Social library’s Knitting Group recently knitted blue on blue scarves for the Special olympics to be worn by the athletes during the opening ceremony held in March. the knitters met donning their scarves at the new olive Garden in worcester. For more information about the knitting group, please visit www.whitinsvillesociallibrary.blogspot.com.

Greenway Challenge seeks charitable recipient year’s Greenway Challenge and if your organization is able to host a transition site on the day of the event, send a letter of no more than two pages outlining what your mission is and how your organization would use the funds. A representative from your organization should be prepared to be involved in the pre-planning of the event by attending the monthly Logistics Committee meetings, two Captain’s Meetings and the Friday Night Festivities in September, be prepared to discuss your transition site and answer participants questions regarding the course, coordinate your organizations commitment as a transition site host on event day. Please include your organizations name and the contact person’s name, address, and day-time phone numbers, website URL, along with your e-mail address to Barbara Dixon, Greenway Challenge, one Depot Square, Woonsocket, RI 02895 by May 1st, 2011.  For further information, Barbara may be reached at 401-762-0250 ext. 30. 

The UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge Steering Committee is seeking a Blackstone Valley non-profit organization to be the Charitable Recipient of the 2011 Greenway Challenge. School Groups, clubs holding a 501c3 status are also considered as non-profit organizations. The mission of the non-profit organization must be similar to that of the UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge; which includes promoting the recreational opportunities in the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, supporting the 2015 Swimmable-Fishable clean water campaign; clean-up and maintenance of  greenways, hiking and biking trails, wild life projects, environmental education and development of waterway access. Last year the Greenway Challenge Steering Committee presented a check to the Blackstone River Watershed Council/Friends of the Blackstone for $2,500.00. If you think your organization could benefit from a contribution from this

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Uxbridge Scout Achieves Rank of Eagle Scout Timothy A. Beaudette of Uxbridge Troop 1122 sponsored by VFW Post 1385 recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. His Eagle Court of Honor was held at St. Mary Church in Uxbridge and many dignitaries were in attendance. Speakers included Sena-tor Richard Moore, Representative Ryan Fattman, Representative Kevin Kuros, Chairperson of the Board of Selectmen, Beth Pitman, Fire Chief Peter ostroskey, Mr. Vern Thayer from the Sons of the American Revolution. Unable to be there, former Rep. Jennifer Callahan sent Timothy a citation. Also in attendance were Police Chief Scott Freitas, Selectman Peter Baghdasarian and Timothy’s Football Coach, Mr. T.J. Raeke, all the boys and leaders from Troop 1122, and many friends and relatives. Music was played and sung by Brett and Kathleen Penza and Greg and Anne Marie Loell. Timothy is the son of Lee and Angela Beaudette of Uxbridge and he is their second son to achieve the status of Eagle Scout. Timothy’s older brother, Matthew, attained the honor in 2005. Timothy joined scouting in first grade as a Tiger Scout and went through the ranks of Cub Scout. Then in grade 5 Timothy crossed over into Boy Scouts, first in Troop 25, then transferring into Troop 1122. It is quite a long journey to attain BSA’s highest rank of Eagle Scout. The BSA requires 12 specific merit badges and Timothy earned an additional 13 badges giving him a total of 25 merit badges earned. As a Life Scout when a boy wants to become an Eagle Scout he must complete a project that would benefit a school, religious institution or the community. As Timothy was thinking about what he might want to do, he met with a Park Ranger at West Hill Dam to see what was available there. Then one

Sunday after mass, Timothy had a discussion with Fr. Steven LaBaire, Pastor of St. Mary’s, about needing to complete a project to become an Eagle Scout. Fr. Steve told Tim he came to the right place. Fr. Steve talked about a

timothy a. Beaudette garden/shrine for St. Francis of Assisi on church property. Timothy agreed to take on the project and Fr. Steve gave the ok to refurbish, and told Tim to design and create a garden. Tim had received Fr. Steven’s written approval on April 2, 2010. This was not a quick project. There were many facets to it. It took time to coordinate parts of the project with different people. He had to set up meetings before he could even begin. on the property were 1400 lb. blocks of granite that Fr. Steve mentioned to Tim would make nice seating at the garden. So Tim contacted Mr. Dennis Dorr who would provide the equipment to move the granite blocks to the garden area. Then he met with Mr. Rick Miller for advice on the garden itself and also the type of plants he should use. Approval of the Project

Plan was on April 2nd from Fr. Steve, April 29 from the Scoutmaster and July 1, 2010 from Narragansett District Advancement Committee Member. once the Plan was returned to Tim, he started making arrangements to begin the project. He made a scale of the garden which is 17’ wide and 24’ long. Then on July 17 with the help from another Scout and his sister and parents, Tim began measuring, staking and clearing the area where the granite blocks would be located. on July 24 the actual work began with the help of 4 scouts from Troop 1122, an uncle and cousin, plus his parents. Mr. Dorr was contacted that week to get the granite blocks moved to the site. on July 24 Mr. Dave Staples used the bob cat provided by Mr. Dorr to bring the granite blocks to the garden, and the boys and others dug out the grass so top soil could be put down, and the plants planted. on August 2nd Tim and another Scout, Craig Robbins spread the mulch that was provided for the garden. on August 7th Tim and his parents took care of planting the last two plants and a tree. Tim had sanded the statute and repainted it before it was placed in the garden. This project took a total of 42 hours on the various dates noted above. Tim got donations to complete his project. The top soil and mulch were donated due to the help from Mr. Dorr and all of the plants and the tree were donated by Mr. Rick Miller. The parish community of St. Mary’s is very pleased with the outcome of the garden. What Tim likes about the garden is that it will always be there. Even when he goes to college and comes back home, the garden at St. Mary’s will be a reminder of the hard work it took to become an Eagle Scout. Timothy is a 17 year old junior at Uxbridge High School. Tim belongs to

Student Council. He has been selected to attend the Student Council Conference in Hyannis in March. Tim was selected to attend an MIAA Leadership Conference (for athletes) with many other students from around the state. Tim is a good student and well liked by his peers. He is an athlete who is a Varsity Member of three sports: Football, Basketball and Baseball. Timothy has been an alter server at St. Mary’s for the past 8 years. He has also helped at Vacation Bible School and Faith Formation at St.

Mary’s. Timothy is the third of three adopted children of Lee and Angela Beaudette. Tim’s older brother, Matthew, attends New England Institute of Technology in Warwick, RI, his older sister Catherine is a junior at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Timothy would like to study Criminal Justice after graduation in 2012. He is thinking of becoming either a police officer or state trooper and in the future maybe he will apply to the FBI. Anything is possible.

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Upton Bloomer Girls present McKinstry a Psychic / Medium

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is limited. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. This event is sponsored by the Upton Bloomer Girls.  For more information or for tickets contact Joan @ 508-529-3164 or Ida @ 508529-2822.

You may be the one chosen to connect with a loved one who has passed away! Gary McKinstry, who is a psychic/ medium, will again present CONNECTIONS at the Upton Town Hall on Friday, April 15th at 7:00 p.m. Seating

Recently, Casey Goyette of Uxbridge received his Light of Christ award at Good Shepard Church. Father Larry presented Casey with this award. Casey is a wolf scout in Pack 25 he has worked hard with his family to earn this award. The purpose of the light of Christ is to help the Cub Scout develop a personal relationship with Jesus. With the parents' active assistance and participation in this program, it is hoped that the Cub will come to see Jesus as a real person and his friend. Congratulations Casey your Cub

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Childbirth Refresher and Sibling Classes As part of its childbirth preparation program, Milford Regional Medical Center offers a refresher class for expectant moms who have given birth before and a sibling class for the soonto-be big brothers and sisters. The Refresher Class is a one-night class that reviews the basics of labor and delivery. Special emphasis is placed on breathing and relaxation techniques, as well as an update on recent changes in procedures and techniques. A discussion of sibling adjustment and a tour of the Maternity Center are included. The cost of this three-hour class is $50. The Sibling Class is a one-hour session for siblings three to 12 years old that helps to familiarize them with the Maternity Center and their role as a big brother or sister to the new baby. The cost of this one-hour class is $10 per family. For more information, including dates and a registration form go to our Web site at milfordregional.org or call the Childbirth Education line at (508) 422-2756.

Baptist Church Spring Clothing Extravaganza On Saturday, May 7th, The North Uxbridge Baptist Church is  hosting its annual Spring Clothing Extravaganza from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Clothes for adults and children are available to anyone who wants to shop for FREE. Children's activities will also be available to entertain kids while parents shop. Clothes are given away to show the love of Jesus in a practical way. The church is located at the corner of Providence Rd. (Rt. 122) and Hartford Ave. in North Uxbridge. For questions, call (508) 278-5505.

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WEEKLY SundayS BInGO. Knights of Columbus 70 Prescott Road, Whitinsville doors open at 4pm

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THuRSdayS “COMMunITy Band” Practice 7:30 pm at Whitin School on Granite St., uxbridge

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April 3rd • Sunday N. e. CouNtRy MusIC CLub JaMboRees: VFW Post 1385 Rt. 16, uxbridge. N.e.C.M.C Member appreciation Dinner Pot Luck Dinner served 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Members, free; Non-members, $6. House band: bushwhack. Music: 1:00 to 5.00

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Free easter bunny Pictures 9-12 noon. Milford National bank, Mendon Popcorn, cookies, and soda and meet Peter Cottontail.

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NaMI suPPoRt gRouP uxbridge Nazarene Church, 130 Douglas st. 7-8:30 p.m. For more info call 508-917-8381

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9th • Saturday DaR sHoWINg/sHaRINg Deborah Wheelock Chapter, DaR simeon Wheelock House, N. Main st.,uxbridge. 10 - 12 Noon. Dennis knight, Collector & trader, owner of "old Friends" bring a piece or two to be shown and shared. Public welcome. Refreshments served.

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Tourism Association K of C Lenten Fish Fry to host Pancake Breakfast

A night of trivia fun will be held at the Uxbridge VFW located on Route 16 in Uxbridge on Saturday, April 9th - 7:00 p.m. Come for a night of food, music and trivia with a twist! Proceeds will support the Jack’s Attack Great Strides Team which raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Trivia will be provided by Bottom of the Barrel Entertainment. Tickets are $10 per person or $50 for a team of 6. For ticket information, call 508-278-7628.

The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Tourism Association is hosting an "All You Can Eat Breakfast" at the Asa Waters Mansion on Sunday, April 3rd from 8 to 11 a.m. This event is open to the public, with a full menu including pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, breakfast pastries, coffee, orange juice, and more. Proceeds benefit the Tourism Association and the Friends of the Asa Waters Mansion. Enjoy breakfast, take a chance on raffle baskets, and visit the Mansion Gift Shoppe offering new items for spring.  Tickets

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Annual Ham & Bean Supper Joseph Emerson Evening Alliance is sponsoring its 7th Annual Ham & Bean Supper (Vegetarian beans are also available) on Saturday, April 9th at 6 p.m. at Goss Hall, located in the Unitarian Church, 13 Maple St., Mendon. This event is open and welcoming to

all. $8.00 adults, $3.00 children, aged 6 and under. Early reservations are greatly appreciated and limited “walk-ins” are welcome. Please call Jackie Nelson 508473-6737. There will also be raffles!

are $6, and may be purchased in advance by contacting Marcia at the Chamber of Commerce 508-962-9860 (email tourism@ blackstonevalley.org), or the Mansion at 508-865-0855 or (email watersmansion@aol.com) Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

The Bishop Bernard J. Flanagan Council #12710 Knights of Columbus, Sutton/Millbury is having its 8th Annual Drive-By Fish Fry. This event is open to all. Dinner is a fresh 8 oz. Filet, with French Fries, Tartar Sauce and Coleslaw. We will be serving from our trailer in the parking lot of St. Mark’s Church on Boston Road in Sutton. Drive in, place your order, and then drive out with a fresh order of Fish and

Shakespeare Club celebrates Area Family The years seem to fly by and here it is William Shakespeare’s 447th birthday. The Shakespeare Club of Grafton will commemorate the day with its annual Shakespeare’s Birthday Bash on Sat-urday, April 9th at 5:30 p.m., at the Brigham Hill Community Barn. Although his actual birth date is unknown, it is generally celebrated on April 23rd. His birth was recorded on April 26, 1564. He died April 23, 1616.  The anniversary of birth of the great-

est playwright of all time is celebrated with a festive banquet, games, music and entertainment including the crowning of a king and queen. Those in attendance wear Elizabethan costumes, or at least sport a mask. This year’s gala will feature the Wayside Steppers with some participation by the guests encouraged.     The party will be a catered event with birthday cake included. Tickets for club members $25 and non-members $30. Call 508-278-4517 to reserve.

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Chips. This event began on March 11th and will continue on April 1st, April 8th and April 15th. Serving starts at 4:00pm. The cost of the dinner is $8.75 per serving, Extra fish is $7.00 each and extra chips are $1.75. If you have any questions please contact Tony Mancini at 508-865-2646 or email him at mancini19@verizon.net. In the event that you would like to eat in we will have tables set up inside the lower church hall.

Coalition plan event The Greater Milford Healthy Families Coalition (a collaboration of prenatal, parenting and early childhood providers) is planning a Community Baby Shower for pregnant and newly parenting mothers and fathers. This free event will take place on Thursday, May 19th from 1 to 4 p.m. at St. Mary’s Parish Hall in Milford.  There will be free gift bags, raffles, workshops on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childbirth education and other important information for new families. If you would like to register for a resource table, make a monetary or raffle donation, or would like more information about the Community Baby Shower, contact Bernice Michel at Healthy Families 508-482-5939 or Karen Donovan at South Central WIC 508634-8012.  The registration deadline is May 1st., 2011. 

Little Oats When I wuz young and Ma said “No” I’d tie my bag and stick to go and walk until it just got dark Till shadows all were Tall and Stark Then quickly Trace my steps back home And vow to never no more roam For there at home I wuz to learn Were open arms for me that yearned And hands to tuck me into bed After making sure I had been fed And stories told and kisses sweet And then to dreamland, there to meet Other children who had also strayed But soon came home cuz they were ‘fraid’ And now they call us mature folk Cuz we wear big shoes and cigars smoke And do some things we shouldn’t do And never recall when we wuz “new” How like we are to children small Who err in sin and often fall; How great our Father, there above Who patient waits with arms of love To receive His children home again, All our wayward ways to mend- Bob Duffy Millville


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~Society ~ BVCC Band to perform Annual Spring Concert

A Concert of Hope and Inspiration The Blackstone Valley Community Chorus will perform a Concert of Hope and Inspiration on April 3rd. The concert is at 3pm at St Mary’s Church, 77 Mendon Street (Rt. 16) in Uxbridge. There is a $5 general admission at the door. The chorus has prepared a program of uplifting and joyful music to share with concertgoers. There will be complimentary refreshments at intermission and a large raffle table with donations from local businesses, artisans, and chorus members. At the concert, the BVCC will collect food items to be donated to local food pantries. The food collection at our Christmas concert was a big success. Thank you in advance for your participation! The Blackstone Valley Community Chorus is comprised of sixty singers from towns throughout Central Massachusetts. Members are of various ages and musical backgrounds, brought together by a love of music. Under the direction of Diane Pollard of Uxbridge, the BVCC has performed at community events throughout the Valley including Memorial Day ceremonies, First Night, and Oktoberfest. The chorus has also performed at the Hanover Theatre and Worcester Art Museum. The BVCC was formed in 2004 with the intention of bringing music and performance opportunities to the Blackstone Valley. The BVCC is a 501c3 notfor-profit organization supported in part by grants from Douglas Oktoberfest and the Local Cultural Councils of Millville and Douglas. For more information about the chorus, including how to join, visit us at www.bvcchorus.org.

Being recognized for their outstanding efforts is (from left to right) Melanie King of uxbridge and Maria ambach of Shrewsbury with Jimmy Fund director, Suzanne Fountain. ambach and King helped organize the dunkin' donuts George Mandell Memorial Golf Tournament at The International Golf Club and raised more than $675,000 for dana-Farber in 2010.

Successful fundraising season Volunteer organizers helped raise $6.45M More than 150 volunteer-run tournaments were recognized by the Jimmy Fund on February 9th, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, for their commitment to the Jimmy Fund Golf Program. By organizing golf tournaments, these volunteers helped raise $6.45 million in 2010 for adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through Jimmy Fund Golf, one of the nation’s largest charity golf programs. For information about playing in a

Jimmy Fund Golf tournament or starting your own, visit www.jimmyfund. org or call 866-521-4653. Since 1983, Jimmy Fund Golf has taken the fight against cancer to the fairways and has raised $79 million in support of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s lifesaving mission. Jimmy Fund Golf is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots golf program for charity that brings together hundreds of volunteers and thousands of golfers who are united in their love for the game of golf and their desire to fund cancer research. For more information about Jimmy Fund Golf, visit www.jimmyfundgolf.org.

The Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band (BVCCB) will be performing their ninth annual Spring Concert, “Witches, Wizards, and Wonder: The Music of Magic” at the Nipmuc Regional High School Auditorium, 90 Pleasant Street in Upton. This is a new venue for our spring concert. The concert date is Friday, April 29th at 7:00 pm. Admission is free, although donations will be gratefully accepted. Music for this year’s concert is taken from the world of magic. This is the music of enchanted beings and mystical places, of spells and incantations, of wizards and witches, of sorcery and witchcraft. It is music designed to summon feelings of astonishment, enchantment, and fascination. Our music of magic will include the Harry Potter Symphonic Suite, Incantation and Dance, The Witch and the Saint, Selections from Wicked, Selections from Aladdin, and The Wizard of Oz. We’ll take a respite and perform Morning Mood from the Peer Gynt Suite, which evokes images of the peaceful Norwegian countryside, home of the mythical gnomes. Our selections also include two magically inspired marches, The Sorceress and The Wizard. In addition, the BVCCB will be premiering an arrangement of Witchcraft,

the 1957 tune made popular by Frank Sinatra. It’s been arranged especially for this concert by the band’s baritone saxophonist, John Rheaume. John is a music teacher in the Douglas public schools. This is music that your whole family will enjoy. We hope you can make it. The Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band is directed by Kathleen Penza, a music teacher in the Uxbridge Public Schools. Membership is made up of approximately sixty talented musicians from the Blackstone Valley and beyond. There is no audition for anyone wishing to join, but high school proficiency is recommended. If you’d like more information about the band you can visit the band’s website at www.bvccband.org, or contact our director at kmpenza@gmail.com. The Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band is a non-profit organization. This program is supported in part by grants from the Blackstone, Millville, Hopedale, Medway and Douglas Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. We are also supported by a generous grant from UniBank. Contribu-tions are welcome from individuals and area businesses. All contributions can be sent to the BVCCB at PO Box 116, Uxbridge, MA 01569.

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Uxbridge Post Office sponsors Passport Day The Uxbridge Post Office, 287 Millville Road, is hosting a special passport event in Uxbridge on Saturday, April 9th from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm to provide passport information to U.S. citizens and to accept passport applications. The Uxbridge Post Office is joining the Department of State in celebrating Passport Day in the USA 2011, a national passport acceptance and outreach event. U.S. citizens must present a valid passport book when entering or reentering the United States by air. U.S.

citizens entering the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda at land borders and sea ports of entry must present a passport book, passport card, or other travel documents approved by the U.S. government. Information on the cost and how to apply for a U.S. passport is available at travel.state.gov. U.S. citizens may also obtain passport information by phone, in English and Spanish, by calling the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778.

Harbro Auto Sales wins National Award Harbro Auto Sales & Service, a local family owned and operated Pre-Owned car dealership, was recently announced as winner of the coveted 2011 National Dealer of the Year in the Used-Car segment by DealerRater.com.  Harbro recieved the same award in 2010, making them one of the most elite dealerships in the country.  This award is based on consumer reviews, and the winner is selected from over  30,000 used-car dealers nationwide Harbro Auto Sales was founded in 1973 by Tim Hare, and has grown to 2

locations in Whitinsvillle and Webster. Managed by Mike and Mark Hare, Harbro was also named 2009 Massachusetts Quality Dealer of the Year by the MIADA. “We are honored and thrilled to earn these recognitions,” says Mark, “our father started the business with the idea that if you treat other people the way you would like to be treated, you will be successful.  That theory hasn’t failed us yet.”  Harbro features a complete sales and service operation, and can be found online at www.harbrocars.com.

UHS Parents for Safe Graduation post events Parents for Safe Graduation would like to announce our upcoming events. Please join us at Brian's Restaurant April 6th 4:00 p.m. to closing. Parents for Safe Graduation will receive 10% of the food sales. PSG Goes Green - Yard Sale/Bake Sale/Plant Sale - April 30th, St Mary's Church Parking Lot Come check out the treasures as well as pick up a plant to replace those that were damaged from all of the snow. You may also

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Sunday, May 22nd, 1:00 at Blissful Meadows Golf Club, Check-in: 11:30 a.m., Shotgun Start: 1:00 p.m. Scramble format, Dinner & awards: 6:00 p.m., Cost: $125.00 per person, Registration Deadline: May 1st. For more information please contact Chuck McQuade at 508-259-4305, Mike Walsh at 508-540-3552 or Steve Derderian at 508-868-9392. We understand that this is a difficult economy and we would like to thank everyone that has helped and supported our events to date!

Young at Heart plan April trip The Young at Heart group will be taking a bus trip to Providence to see “Steel Magnolias” at the Trinity Repertory Theatre on Wednesday, April 27th including a buffet lunch for $67.00. The trip leaves from Faith Fellowship Church, 647 Douglas St., Uxbridge. Call Sue at 508-476-3438 for more information.

Cancer Prevention program offered Milford Regional Medical Center is offering a free 3-part program for those interested in learning about things they can do to help prevent cancer. The first class will focus on healthy eating and weight control. The second will focus on exercise and diet. The final class will focus on cancer screenings, including who should get them and when. Every facet is important - come and learn what you can do to decrease tour cancer risk. The Many Facets of Cancer Prevention will be presented on Thursdays, March 31st, April 7th and April 14th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Conference Room C at Milford Regional, located in the main building, across from the entrance to the cafeteria. Milford Regional registered dieticians will facilitate the program. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is requested. To register, go to Milford Regional’s web site at milfordregional.org or call (508) 422-2206.


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Senior Corner Senior Programs in Douglas It is time to celebrate being 60 and older! The Douglas Senior Center offers a range of programs and services to "add years to your life, and life to your years"! The Douglas Senior Center is located in the basement of the Post Office at 331 Main St. We are open Monday thru Thursday from 9am2pm. We offer a variety of educational and recreational programs. (Please see our bi-monthly calendar). The activities we offer are designed to meet the educational and recreational needs of seniors in the community. We provide information and/or referrals pertaining to senior related issues. We are here to assist family members with senior related questions as well as senior’s themselves. Please call or stop in. Exercising the brain and body are important! Are you looking for a new hobby or a creative outlet or just something to keep you busy? By regularly engaging in activities, Physical and Mental, you can increase your memory, improve your problem-solving skills and boost your creativity. Come join us at center activities and keep your mind and body in tip top shape! Lunch Time Concerts April 6th at 11:30 a.m. The Douglas Elementary School will be sponsoring a monthly musical celebration at the Senior Center. The third Thursday of every month, stop in and join us for lunch and a performance. Please call the Thursday before to make your lunch reservations. The cost is two dollars and monthly menus are available at the center. A minimum of ten people are needed for lunch to be served. Birthday Lunch Happy Birthday, to all our seniors celebrating their birthday in March and April! We will be celebrating on Wednesday, April 13th at11:00 a.m. Even if it is not your birthday, you are more than welcome to join us. The cost is $ 2.00 and the menu will be announced. All meal reservations must be made by 11a.m. Thursday. Come meet the New Fire Chief April 13th at 11:00 a.m. Chief Vinson will be at the center taking question and concerns from our senior residents. He will be discussing new ways the fire department will be interacting with the senior community. Please call to sign up by April 7th. Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease” Wednesday, April 13 at 11:30 a.m. A representative form the Alzheimer's Assn., will be presenting a program on the 10 warning signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, how to recognize symptoms and respond to them, and what resources are available. Sign up by April 7th. Needle works Wednesday at 12:00-1:30 p.m. We have expanded! Do you crochet, knit, or needlepoint? Are you stuck on a project? Come join us! This class provides quick and easy answers. We also have members who will work with you on how to read a pattern or how to work around any difficulties that you are having. If you are an expert already, stop in and see us. We are always looking to expand our knowledge, and additional assistance is more than welcome. Expirations: Remember to check expirations on your driver’s licenses. There are no reminders being sent from the RMV. Although they can be renewed on line as a senior, is it better to go to the RMV in person.

Safer Driving: Older adults should periodically assess their driving abilities; both to increase safety and to judge whether they are still capable of being a safe driver behind the wheel. Driving is a sense of freedom that no one would like to lose. Please find ways to assess your driving below. Good ways to assess your driving capability: • Take a refresher driving course for seniors • When filling prescriptions, ask your doctor or pharmacist if or how your driving ability could be affected by side affects. • Have regular eye exams, and keep your prescription glasses current • Make sure your car is in good working condition • Consider the size of your vehicle and maybe consider downsizing if your car has blind spots or is too large or difficult to maneuver. • Avoid driving during inclement weather or busy highway commute times • If your night vision is diminished schedule your trips during the day and make adjustments during daylight saving times. • Keep distractions to a minimum by turning down the radio and not talking on your cell phone. • Buckle up, everyone in your car should be wearing a seatbelt. Copy Machines: It’s that time of year when we are all scrambling to meet tax filing deadlines, remember if you are copying any personal information it is not a good idea to use a public copy machine. Information is stored and this data could be accessed by the wrong person. Music: It is such a great way of self expression and entertainment! We recently had a sing along accompanied by Mirabelle on her accordion, after a while one of our other seniors joined in and started playing too. We had so much fun, if you play an instrument and would like to share your talent at the senior center during lunch; we would love to have you. Please call if you are interested. Douglas Service Schedule In Town Monday through Friday Service Hours 1st Pick-up Last Pick-up; Medical 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Work 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. General Business 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. Out of Town Medical Wednesday - Thursday - Friday Service Hours Trips to Worcester/Auburn 10:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or 12:00p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Other Out of Town Medical 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Out of Town Grocery Shopping Tuesday - Customer Choice Drop-Off Pick-Up Walmart - Whitinsville 11-12:30 p.m. Other trips in Whitinsville may be provided within this time frame. Douglas/Sutton Senior Van The Van will provide transportation to destinations that SCM Elder bus does not. This van is a supplemental service and is unable to provide transportation to the service areas that Elderbus covers. The van is for the use of all seniors and disabled individuals in the towns of Douglas and Sutton. The van is available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. All ride reservations must be made 48 (business) hours ahead of time. A Van Policy and Procedure form must be completed prior to the reservation. All reservations can be made by calling The Sutton Senior Center 508-234-0703. The Douglas Senior Center will not be taking ride reservations. Policy and Procedure forms are available at both Senior Centers. Thank You to all, who have shown their support for this wonderful program.

Sutton Senior Center April Events 1st • Friday: 8 AM - Pancake & sausage Breakfast   $3.00 p.p. 11 AM - “Jerry Attric Show” One man comedy play about aging. 4th • Monday: 10 AM - Chatterbox Discussion Group. All welcome 6th • Wednesday: 10 AM - Free Spinal Screening w/Page Chiropractic 8th • Friday : 11:30 AM - “Recycling” w/Sutton High School Environmental Studies class 11th • Monday: 11 AM - Free Makeover Pampering & Avon Bingo (win Avon product prizes) 16th • Saturday: 5:30 PM  Family Style Ham & Bean Supper  Tickets $8.00 Adults (12 & under $4.00)  Tickets sold at senior center or call 508-234-0703 19th • Tuesday: 11 AM - Early Dementia Seminar: Signs, symptoms, & Coping. Presented by Millbury Healthcare 21st • Thursday: 1 PM - Movie & Snack “Get Low” Comedy w/Bill Murray & Sissy Spacek PG13 22nd • Friday: 11:30 AM – Tree Planting Ceremony for “Earth Day” 25th • Monday: 11 AM – Long Term Planning for Seniors w/Atty. Nick Kaltsas 27th • Wednesday: 10 AM – Diabetes Nutrition Information By: Summit Eldercare

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Northbridge posts Senior Center events HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday – Thursday 8:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. Friday – 8:30 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. SHINE A Shine Counselor is available by appointment only. Call for more information or to schedule an appointment.

answer any questions concerning your medications, or any other health issues you may have. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP The Caregivers support group meets on the fourth Friday of the month from 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. The next meeting will be on Friday, April 22nd.

TAX PREPARERS The AARP Tax preparers at the Northbridge Senior Center are available to help local seniors with assistance in doing their taxes. Call the center to make an appointment through mid April, hours available Monday only from 9:00 A.M – 2:30 P.M. VNA The VNA of greater Milford/Northbridge area with the cooperation of the Northbridge Board of Health will conduct a vital signs clinic on Tuesday, April 12th from 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. Local seniors should take advantage of this program. FALLON REPRESENATIVE The Northbridge Senior Center will have a Rep from Fallon Community Health (Senior Plan) on Wednesday, April 13th at 10:00 A.M. Anyone having issues regarding their Health Insurance can come to the center and speak to the Fallon Rep. ASK THE NURSE The Northbridge Senior Center Ask the Nurse Program will conduct a vital signs clinic on Tuesday, April 26th 11:00 A.M -1:00 P.M. Come in and meet Pat Wallen our RN, she is available to

MONTHLY BIRTHDAY DINNER The monthly birthday dinner will be at 11:45.A.M. on Tuesday, April 26th. Anyone celebrating a birthday in the month of April is invited to attend and bring a guest. Reservations are needed no later than 11:00A.M. Thursday, April 21st. MALL TRIP The Northbridge Senior Center’s Van will go to the The Blackstone Valley Shoppes in Millbury on Tuesday, April 19th. The Van will leave the center at 11:30 A.M. to allow shoppers time for lunch at a restaurant of their choice. Call early to reserve your seat on the van.

FUEL ASSISTANCE Applications are now being taken for senior citizens, by appointment only. Please call the center to obtain more information to make an appointment. New eligibility guidelines: Family of one: Maximum income is $30,751 Family of two: Maximum income is $40,213. LIFE PLANNING SERVICE The Northbridge Senior Center now has a financial counselor available free of charge on a wide range of Life Planning matters, his services will include the following: all Medicare A, B, and C and Mass Health related advice and guidance, Social Security including, retirement, disability, and SSI claims for benefits, Credit & Debt counseling matters, Advice on long term care services and alternatives, Money management and budgeting guidance, All life and health and disability insurance related matters, All available social service needs based programs, Medical expense hardship assistance, All services limited to Shine Counselor to be referred as appropriate, and all Veteran entitlement and need based assistance programs. SAVE THE DATE The Annual F.I.N.E. Banquet (Friends of Northbridge Elders, Inc) will be held on Wednesday, May 11th at the Senior Center at 5:00 P.M. A short business meeting will take place at 4:30 P.M. The event will be catered by Jan’s Place. Call the Center for more information.

Friends of Mendon Elders to hold Annual Book Fair Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 9th, when the Friends of Mendon Elders will hold their 3rd annual book sale, at the Senior Center, 62 Providence Road, Mendon. This popular event, which will be their biggest yet, will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 2:00 p.m. The volunteers have been busy sorting books, all unbelievably priced at no more than a dollar each. In addition to the many books, a large assortment of puzzles, CDs, DVDs, cassette tapes and previously viewed videos will be available for sale as well. Assorted donations are arriving daily, just waiting to be scooped up by savvy bargain hunters. Contributions of books and related items are welcome and can be dropped off at the Senior Center weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or call 508-478-6175 and leave a message at the Senior Center to make other arrangements.

Family Style Ham and Bean Supper The Mendon Senior Center is hosting a family style, real baked HAM and BEAN SUPPER on Saturday, April 16th at 5:30 p.m. to benefit the Friends of Sutton Elders/Sutton Senior Center. Price for adults is $8.00 and children under 12, $4.00. The dinner includes cole slaw, brown bread, rolls, strawberry shortcake, soda and coffee. For tickets call the center at 508-234-0703

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Uxbridge Senior Center announce April happenings Lunch pick up begins at 10:30 a.m. each day and lunch is at 11:30 a.m. Call Bev to reserve your lunch 48 hours in advance at 278-7609. Call for transportation to and from lunch, shopping and for medical rides at 278-8622. 1st / Friday Lunch: Macaroni & Cheese. Join us for this musical luncheon with our friend, Richard Colohan, on keyboard today! Reminder! Computer classes have moved to Mondays 3-4 PM 12:45 PM FREE! AARP Tax Preparation Help. Call 278-8622 to make an appointment. Ask us if you qualify for the Circuit Breaker Tax Credit. 4th / Monday Lunch: Beef & Broccoli 11:30 AM – Join us today for a Popular Seminar entitled “Health Plan Options for People with Medicare” offered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, the presentation includes an explanation of Medicare, including the Medicare drug benefit. It also shows how Medigap plans and Medicare Advantage plans work with Medicare. This popular seminar is often praised for the way it makes complex information easy to understand.  A question and answer session will follow. All are welcome regardless of your insurance coverage. NEW DAY! 3-4 PM Computer Classes Our Instructors will help you see a whole new world through the eyes of the Internet. Want to learn how to email or where Monarch Butterflies migrate? Come to the Center for computer classes each Monday. Classes are free of charge. We are now wireless! Bring your own laptop and receive personal instruction on your computer! Call 278-8622 to enroll. 5th / Tuesday Lunch: Honey glazed pork 1:30 PM – Card games – Dealer’s Choice - All are welcome! 2:00 PM New time for Grocery Shopping @ Hannaford’s 6th / Wednesday Lunch: Meatballs with Onion Gravy 7th / Thursday Lunch: Apricot Chicken 8th / Friday Lunch: Crumb Topped Fish. Join us with our friend, Richard Colohan, on keyboard! Free! AARP Tax Preparation today. Call us at 278-8622 to see if you qualify for the $970 Circuit Breaker Tax Credit. Reminder! Computer Classes have moved to Mondays @ 3PM! 11th / Monday Lunch: Penne w/chicken & broccoli 11:30 AM – Join Us for a Very Special Lunch n Learn with Michelle Ellicks, Community Outreach Coordinator from the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles for a program entitled, “Be a Road Scholar.” Ms. Ellicks will discuss issues facing senior drivers, the Commonwealth’s rules of the road,

han on keyboard! 12:30 PM New Time! WalMart Shopping today. Pick up for WalMart begins at 12:30 after lunch. Call us to register at 278-8622. First come, first served. 2:30 PM Page Turners with Jane Granatino, Library Director. If you like to talk about books, good and bad, join us. Share some of your favorite reads, talk about what makes a classic and discover new authors this book discussion is for You! New members are always welcome, just stop by! 3:30-4:30 PM Yoga Classes Today – Marilyn Jones, Certified Yoga Instructor, will guide you through an hour of stretching and strengthening while sitting in a chair. This is a great choice for those who are stiff with arthritis, limited physical strength and stamina, or those building up to a different level of exercise. Our classes are offered free of charge. Donations are accepted. No registration necessary. Join Us!

Lunch: Pasta Primavera w/chicken 11:30-12:30 Free Blood Pressure and Vital Signs today. Sponsored by the Greater Milford VNA & your local Board of Health. All residents are welcome – first come, first served. 1:30 PM – Card Games Today – Dealer’s Choice. All are welcome to join in at any time. Bring a Friend!

26th / Tuesday 8:30 AM Grocery Shopping today at Hannafords!

13th / Wednesday Lunch: Hot Dog, baked beans, coleslaw 1:30 PM – Senior Club Today! Bingo to follow Meeting. Senior Club is open to interested individuals 55 yrs+. Call Shirley at 508-266-0659 to learn more about this fun-filled group.

15th / Friday Lunch: Cheese & Spinach Omelet Join us for lunch with our friend, Richard Colohan on his keyboard! 12:45 PM Last Day for FREE! AARP Tax Preparation Help. Ask if you qualify for the Circuit Breaker Tax Credit. 18th / Monday Patriots Day • Senior Center Closed No Computer Classes today! No meals served. Have a happy holiday!

14th / Thursday Lunch: Spaghetti & Meatballs Musical Luncheon with Richard Cola-

19th / Tuesday 8:30 AM - Grocery Shopping today at Hannafords!

recent changes that have taken place at the RMV, as well as the warning signs of unsafe driving. She will also share the requirements to apply for a handicap placard or plate as well as a Massachusetts identification card; the most recent research concerning mature drivers and alternative forms of transportation. Learn what’s available in your community. Portions of the program have been featured on WCVBTV’s “Chronicle” as well as in the Boston Globe, Patriot Ledger, and Springfield Union News. In July 2000, the program received the Outstanding Public Service Safety Award by the American Assn. of Motor Vehicle Administrators. Call 278-8622 - 48 hours in advance to register for this program NEW DAY: Computer Classes 3-4 p.m. today. Bring a friend! 12th / Tuesday 8:30 AM Grocery Shopping @ Hannaford’s Lunch: Italian Braised Beef 1:30 PM Card games. All are welcome! 4:00 PM COA Board Meeting

20th / Wednesday Lunch: Orange Beef w/brown rice 21st / Thursday Lunch: Ham dinner 3:30-4:30 Yoga

Lunch: Veal Marsala 1:30 PM – Card Games Today – Dealer’s Choice All are welcome to join in at any time. Bring a Friend! 27th / Wednesday Lunch: Buttermilk Chicken 1:30 PM Senior Club – Bingo to follow business meeting. Senior club is open to individuals 55+ and dues is only $10 per year. Call Shirley at 508-266-0659 to learn how you can join this fun club. 28th / Thursday Lunch: Potato Crunch Fish 3:30-4:30 Yoga

22nd / Friday Lunch: Salmon Boat 25th / Monday Lunch: Turkey ala King 3-4 PM Computer Classes today. All are welcome. Classes are small and Geared to your personal needs. Join Us!

29th / Friday Lunch (in house): Shepherd’s Pie Special Luncheon Trip to the Old Mill in Westminister. Trip is limited – first come first served. If you are interested in joining us for this special trip, please Call 278-8622 today to register. Hope to see you!

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Mendon Senior Center posts April Calendar mysteries, adventures, non-fiction, romance, children’s books etc. You’re sure to find many treasures (titles) among our stock as well as a variety of movies and puzzles. Friends President Marty Fletcher invites everyone to get involved….become a member, offer your ideas, donate some books or help out for an hour or two at the upcoming book fair---you’ll be glad you did! Everyone is also welcome to attend the monthly meeting on Monday, April 11th at 11am.  Come see how we put the ‘fun’ in fundraising!

BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC The VNA and Hospice of the Greater Milford Area, in cooperation with the Mendon Board of Health is offering a Vital Signs Blood Pressure Clinic on Friday, April 1st 11:30-12:30 p.m. Please call or stop by the center to register. Drop in are also welcome. DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP The monthly Diabetes Support Group is held at the Mendon Senior Center the first Thursday of each month to offer assistance to individuals with Diabetes as well as spouses and interested family members. This free program is facilitated by volunteer Jim Heath. Please stop by or call the center at 508-478-6175 to sign-up.

VETERAN’S SERVICES Free legal advice is available through the DIAL-A-LAWYER program for veterans and families of veterans, who have legal questions involving access to benefits, family issues, employment concerns, landlord/tenant matters and other legal issues. Those interested may call (617) 338-0610 or Toll-free (877) 686-0711 Wednesday, April 27 5:30-7:30 p.m. only. This program is being offered as a public service of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

REVERSE MORTGAGES The Mendon Senior Center will be hosting a free workshop presented by attorney Paula Nedder of Heaney & Small of Milford, LLP on April 26th at 10:30am to review the role Reverse Mortgages play in estate planning. To register, please stop by or call the Mendon Senior Center at 508/4786175.  Space is limited.

TWO OLD FRIENDS This free program, sponsored by the Taft Public Library, will feature Mac McHale and Emery Hutchins performing at the Mendon Senior Center on Friday, April 29, 2009 at 7:00pm and is open to the general public. Affectionately known as Mac and Hutch, they

FRIENDS’ BOOK FAIR Saturday, April 9th, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Don’t miss The Friends of Mendon Elders 3rd annual Book Fair at the Mendon Senior Center. Whatever your taste, we’ve got you covered: sci-fi,

have joined forces to sing and play songs from Ireland, the mountains and the sea. Mac and Hutch were the original founders of Northeast Winds. The lads will be performing some of their favorites from the Northeast Winds as well as some very old-time traditional country music while playing the banjo, guitar, mandolin, concertina, bodran and the octave mandolin. The program is sure to include some of your favorite Irish Sea songs, a good amount of hot picking instruments and some great sing-a-longs. Admission is free of charge and refreshments will be served. Come and enjoy an evening with Two Old Friends and don’t forget to bring along some of your own friends. Please stop by or call 508-4786175 to reserve. Space is limited. SENIOR DAY TRIP JUNE 15TH Narraganset Lighthouse Cruise The Mendon Senior Center invites one and all to join us for an enjoyable day trip departing the center at 9:00am on June 15th and featuring a morning stop in quaint Wickford, RI and a delicious luncheon at Captain Jack's including Chowder, Clam Cakes and Fish & Chips (Chicken alternative).  Following lunch you will enjoy a narrated cruise on Narragansett Bay, including ten beautiful lighthouses and a Newport Harbor tour.  You'll cruise under the breathtaking Jamestown and New-

port Bridges, past mansions, historic Fort Adams and many historic Rhode Island sights. You'll visit an ice cream stand (not included) before returning home to Mendon at 5:30 p.m. The cost of this tour is $66 per person made payable to the Friends of Mendon Elders. Stop by or call 508-478-6175 to reserve your space and be sure to let us know if you'd like Fish & Chips or Chicken.  Bon Voyage!  FUEL ASSISTANCE It’s not too late to get help. The Fuel Assistance Program helps low-income households defray the cost of their winter heating bills with applications being accepted up until April 30, 2010. The Mendon Council on Aging processes local applications under the administration of SMOC for first time applicants. If your gross household income for a single person household is $30,751 or less or for a family of two is $40,213 or less, you may qualify for fuel assistance and discounts on electric and telephone bills. Call the Senior Center at 508-478-6175 to request an instruction checklist prior to making a confidential appointment. Also, any Mendon residents who qualify for fuel assistance are automatically eligible to use the Mendon Food Pantry located at the center. The Pantry is open the first Monday of each month from 9 am-12 noon.

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Moore fights for Seniors and Disabled Speaking to a packed hearing room with more than 500 seniors, disabled and program advocates, Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, called on the Patrick Administration to restore cuts to the state's Adult Day Health budget. Calling the cuts "shortsighted" and "penny-wise and pound-foolish," Moore, who is Senate Chairman of the Legislature's Health Care Financing Committee, told state officials that cutting adult day health programs would leave 11,000 seniors and disabled without the ability to stay in their homes. "Where will they go?" Sen. Moore asked. "Many will end up in nursing homes at more than double the cost to the taxpayers than the cost of adult day health care," explained Moore. He also noted that the cuts will put as many as 2500 caring workers out of work and lead to the closing of many small businesses who serve this population. In his testimony to the state's Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, the agency charged with setting rates for programs like adult day health services, Sen. Moore also noted other cuts planned by Governor Patrick in his proposed Fiscal Year '12 state budget that will mean higher health care costs in the future. "It will clearly not save money when House 1 (the state budget) cuts funding for encouraging student physicians to choose primary care; nor will it save money by eliminating efforts to promote quality, cut costs, eliminate medical errors, prevent health careacquired infections, and reduce the prescribing of expensive drugs. All of these programs are eliminated in the budget proposed by the Governor," he said. "At a time when we have declared cutting health care costs to be a high priority," he continued, "the proposed Adult Day Health rates only postpone the bill that will come due. We're not really saving money for the taxpayers. We're just, as they say, kicking the can down the road this year for the next Administration to pay the higher bill for nursing home care." Moore vowed to fight for restoration of the funding when the Legislature debates the state budget later this spring. In the meantime, he urged the Patrick Administration to listen to the voices of those attending the hearing, and postpone the rate reductions until the Legislature has had an opportunity to find the money to keep the programs going. To keep up with Sen. Moore's fight to protect the Commonwealth's seniors and disabled, and to follow his work in the Legislature, please visit www.senatormoore.com

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School News

Northbridge Elementary School Celebrates Dr. Seuss’s Birthday What better way to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday than reading to a child? On March 3rd, Northbridge Elementary School invited members of the community to visit preschool through grade 1 classrooms and read to students. Throughout the morning, many Dr. Seuss stories were read and students had the opportunity to participate in various literacy activities. Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school. Dr. Seuss’s use of rhyme makes his books an effective tool for teaching young children the basic skills they need to be successful. The staff at Northbridge

Elementary School believes that when they celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading, they send a clear message to children that reading is fun and important!

OSP offers scholarships Uxbridge Ocean State Power Scholarship Foundation application forms are available in the following locations in Uxbridge: High School Guidance Office, the Town Clerk’s office and the Uxbridge Public Library. Completed applications must be delivered to the Guidance Office, Uxbridge High School, 62 Capron St., Uxbridge MA 01569 by 2:00 pm on Tuesday, April 26th. Applications must be complete to be considered.

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Top Students named at Blackstone Valley Tech Throughout their four years at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, Ethan Moon and Fredric Silberberg dedicated their efforts toward future success. These two outstanding students were named this year’s Blackstone Valley Tech recipients of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Award of Academic Excellence.  These exceptional students have distinguished themselves in the pursuit of

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Verdone to attend Music Symposium Superintendent Gorky and the Northbridge Public School District are thrilled to announce that James Verdone, NHS Music Teacher, has been selected to attend the 2011 Symposium on Music in Schools and to receive the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award. From a pool of more than 300 nominees representing 45 states, he was chosen by the panel of music professionals for his outstanding accomplishments and vision as a public school music teacher. The Symposium schedule will include a variety of presentations and break-out sessions, culminating with an awards dinner that will feature a keynote address by education reporter John Merrow. As a Yale Distinguished Music Educator, Mr.Verdone will participate in a special workshop with internationally acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma in conjunction with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. The convergence of the Symposium with the Festival’s plans gives Mr. Verdone a unique opportunity to interact with one of the most important artists of our era. Superintendent Gorky said, “Jimmy is an extremely talented and gifted young educator. His enthusiasm is contagious and his energy is boundless. The power of his quality instruction, rigorous expectations, and ability to develop student relations is immeasurable.”

Whitinsville Christian High School is pleased to announce Matthew Hudson, cellist, and Andrew Banning, violinist, have been selected to participate in the 2011 Massachusetts Music Educators Assn. 56th All-State Music Festival in Boston. Matthew, a senior, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Hudson of Whitinsville. Andrew, a junior, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Banning of Whitinsville. The Massachusetts Music Educators Assn. sponsors the music festival. Participation in the festival gives students an opportunity to demonstrate

their artistry and to create new friendships. Matthew and Andrew were required to audition in January to qualify for their spot. They were judged based on technical abilities and musicality in playing a prepared piece of music and selected scales, and in sightreading. At school, Matthew and Andrew perform in the high school and chamber orchestras under the direction of Mrs. Monica Vander Baan. The Whitinsville Christian School Strings program involves approximately 100 students in Pre K – 12 who learn

Matthew Hudson, Chellist and participated in the All-Eastern or National Honors Orchestras.

Keeping Jazz Alive Congratulations to Uxbridge resident and Holy Name H.S. Junior Craig Robbins, who for the second year in a row has been selected to sit as first chair Trombonist in the Massachusetts All-State Jazz Band. Craig, student of Joe Burke and Nancy Ackerman of Holy Name, and private student of Fred Schmidt of Falmouth, auditioned against some of the best high school Jazz Trombonists from across the Commonwealth. He performed in an 18-piece Jazz Band as part of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association’s Conference and Festival at Symphony Hall in Boston. Craig is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Robbins of Uxbridge, and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Micelotti, of Milford.

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McKeon Gymnasts Win State Championship On March 5th and 6th gymnasts from The McKeon Dance and Gymnastics Center in Hopedale competed at Massachusetts USAG Level 5 & 6 State Championships held at Holyoke Community College. Two Level 6 Competitors from the McKeon club took 1st Place All Around honors at the Championship event. Kylee Black of Hopedale in the 12 year old division and Elizabeth Traphagen of Franklin in the 10 year old division. Kylee won her division scoring 36.675 All Around with firsts on Uneven Bars 9.175 and Floor 9.35, a 3rd on Balance Bean 9.3 and 6th on Vault 8.85. McKeon team mate Jessica Perkins of Mendon placed 7th on Beam 9.175 and 8th on Floor 8.9 in the same age division. 10 year old Elizabeth Traphagen won her All Around title scoring 37.125 points and placing 1st on Vault 9.35, 3rd on Bars 9.275, 6th on Beam 9.45. Christina Speliakos of Milford was the 1st place Vault champion in the 11 year old divi-

sion scoring a 9.45. In the Level 5 competition 12 year old Lydia Grassey of Hopedale took the 4th Place All Around trophy scoring 35.6 points in that age division, winning 1st on Vault 9.5, 2nd on Bars 9.0. Jordan Remillard of Upton Placed 5th All Around in the 10 year old age division scoring 35.875 points winning 2nd on Floor 9.425 and 4th on Balance Beam 9.35. All of the girls are first year competitors in their level and owe their success to early preparedness and consistent training. They all have been competing since October, qualified for States in the firsts Sectional in early December and have been competing in two competitions per month to prepare for the finals. Team coaches where Peter Cacciapaglia, Patty Black, Katie Sherlock and Kim Palmer. The McKeon Gym is located at 3A Spaceway Lane in the Hopedale Airport Industrial Park.

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“Throughout his career he has been an innovative leader who has been ahead of the curve on education policy initiatives earning the respect and adulation of his colleagues across the Commonwealth.” A community leader, Dr. Fitzpatrick is the President of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents; he is on the governing board for the American Association of School Administrators, the executive board of the Massachusetts Association of Vocational Administrators, and on the board of directors of the New England School Development Council. Among other affiliations, Dr. Fitzpatrick serves as the Chair of the Blackstone Valley Superintendent’s Collaborative, the MIAA Golf Committee, the UniBank Advisory Board and the Governor’s Regionalization/Collaboration Commission. He also participates in ongoing professional development activities by serving on committees and participating in workshops as well as being a presenter and contributor at various conferences. He has published numerous position papers that are widely distributed and he participates as an active member of several community service organizations. “Along with his academic achievements, Dr. Fitzpatrick has taken the steps recently in creating a ‘green’ school district in the 21st century,” stated Richard E. Neal, Congressman in the Massachusetts Second District. “In doing so, Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional High School was awarded the Massachusetts Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Energy in 2010 for its industry-education partnership in energy efficiency. With this he has not only prepared the physical structure for a new generation of technology, but also the students it houses for an energy efficient America.” “The remarkable increase in student achievement Dr. Fitzpatrick fostered not only dispelled the image of career and technical education as a second tier educational option, but serves as a powerful example of education reform at its best,” stated Michael D. Peterson, Chair of the Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District Committee. “Valley Tech is the epitome of what can be achieved when a school’s stakeholders work together to improve student outcomes.” Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School serves the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge. Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech works toward enhancing the economic, social, and historic strengths of the region by providing integrated academic and vocational technical skills, empowering students to achieve world-class educational excellence, diverse career opportunities, and individual success in an ever-changing global society all in a safe learning environment. The school’s website is www.valleytech.k12.ma.us.


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Superior Roofing Inc. takes pride in workmanship By COnSTanCe dWyeR “This has been the worst winter in 25 years. What a way to celebrate our 25th anniversary,” smiled Michael, “Mike” Burbank, owner of Superior Roofing in Whitinsville. They do both residential and commercial work throughout Massachusetts providing the very best in Roofing, Siding and window installations as well as gutters. During the interview in his well-kept office above the barn adjoining his home in Whitinsville, he explained how he was driven

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to start his own business at age 21. He related that “In 1985 and for the next 10 years or so, I worked for commercial roof contractors, both full and part time. During the same time I realized that I can do this on my own and so Superior Roofing was created and I became very passionate about the roofing industry. I discovered I had entrepreneurial blood in me.” He found working two jobs was a bit over the top and then decided to just operate Superior Roofing. Mike further commented that “There is competition from other roofing companies but I’ve seen them come and go over the years and Copy Cats don’t last. We hope we can keep rising to the top.” Business is “good” and, of course, it has been non-stop during this winter which still struts its white stuff as spring approaches. “There was a lot of roof damage and ice dams because of the constant snow, but we hope people are now thinking ahead about their roofs and taking steps to act early before the onset of a serious problem and find out just what’s causing the problem” A native of Worcester, Mike moved to Whitinsville 20 years ago after meeting his wife, Linda, of Whitinsville. Linda assists Mike with a myriad of tasks in the office as well as their three children, Kerri, Ashley and Michael Jr. Mike Jr. also works part time with his Dad as a roofer and Ashley works part time as a receptionist. They have one 7 year old granddaughter, Arianna, and another grandchild on the way. We’ve all heard the expression, “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” This is what Mike’s business has done; “Sales we’re up 70% because of

hail damage and the bad winter.” This, obviously, is a boon for Superior Roofing during this recession and its impact on construction. According to Mike, “The key to our success is honesty, integrity and treating people like we would want to be treated and not just as another sale.” Superior Roofing, which displays its red and white signs in the Blackstone Valley and beyond, guarantees its work on all roofing, siding and windows. As a family-owned business, it is not affiliated with any other company even if they have the word ‘Superior’ in its name. As Mike stresses, “If you’re not calling (508) 234-6161, you’re not calling us.” Free estimates are always available to potential customers and the company accepts credit cards from Visa and Master Card. Some of the successful jobs that Superior Roofing is proud of include roofs at the Riverdale Mills, Koopman Lumber, the old Pythian building downtown Whitinsville, the Dunkin’ Donuts in Whitinsville, the former Greater Media Cable building downtown, the Northbridge Historical Society, Carr Funeral Home, the DAR house and Old meeting house in Uxbridge and some non-profits such as SMOC in Framingham, Main South CDC (nonprofit housing) in Worcester, Spectrum House in Westborough, the Presbyterian Church in Whitinsville,

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Mike also works the office with his wife Linda. the Fairlawn Reformed Church in Whitinsville, the Russian Orthodox Church in Worcester and the South Baptist Church on the Common in Grafton. “We have done projects from 100 square feet to 300,000 square feet.” Superior Roofing has also contributed to many local organizations over the years like police, fire, community center, and some school events as well as sponsoring a woman’s softball team in Worcester. For more information on Superior Roofing, remember to call the Whitinsville number at (508) 2346161. Mike or Linda will be glad to answer any of your questions.

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Curtain Factory Outlet re-opens under new ownership Bay State Floor Co., Inc, Northbridge, has completed the asset acquisition of the Northbridge Curtain Factory Outlet location. Curtain Factory Outlet shut down operations in early January, 2011. The former retail outlet operated out of the Northbridge Rockdale Mill location since 1974. The new name, Curtain Factory, will open its doors in early April, 2011. Bay State Floor is a women-owned small business, founded in 1996 by Patricia Cloutier. The company specializes in full service commercial and residential flooring. The Curtain Factory will continue its tradition of specializing in offering a wide selection of quality window fashions at competitive prices. The idea of moving forward with this opportunity was to provide an outlet for curtains and accessories and most importantly bringing jobs back to the area. Also located in the Rockdale Mill building is Rockdale Rug & Braid, owned by Cindy Johnson. Rockdale Rug & Braid specializes in area rugs and braided rugs at outlet pricing. They offer the largest selection of braided rugs in the Blackstone Valley area.

Robertson joins Charles River Bank Charles River Bank is delighted to announce the recent hire of Cheryl Robertson as Financial Consultant. The community-based financial institution continues to enrich its employee talent base by seeking out professionals with considerable expertise in highly specialized fields. She joins Paul Dowd in the Bank’s Financial Services Division. Robertson will be based in Charles River Bank’s Mendon office, located at One Hastings Street (Route 16), which opened in 2010. She will focus on working with business owners, families and individuals in the surrounding area. Robertson is also a Partner with Commonwealth Financial Group, a general agency of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. In her role at Charles River Bank, Robertson provides investment insight and financial planning strategies, and can offer securities, insurance, investment and pension plans. Among her many achievements, Robertson has Series 6 and 63 securities licenses to offer Life, Accident and Health Insurance. Robertson is a graduate of Northeastern University where she received a BS in Criminal Justice. She earned a Juris Doctorate at the Roger Williams University School of Law where she was the Managing Editor of Roger Williams University Law Review. Robertson is licensed to practice law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts and has worked in law offices in Boston and Providence. She

Cheryl Robertson currently resides in Wrentham with her husband and four children. “We are proud to have hired a multi-talented professional like Cheryl,” confirmed Jack Hamilton, President and CEO, Charles River Bank. “As we continue to grow in the Mendon area, Cheryl’s expertise will help our business customers and families plan for a secure future and achieve their financial goals.” For further information, visit www. charlesriverbank.com or call 508-533-8661.

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MGCC provides capital and advice for local EMX Controls, Inc. The Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation (MGCC) announced recently that it has extended a $750,000 line of credit for EMX Controls, Inc. in Uxbridge. “EMX is a classic story of a company that not only survived hard times but now is succeeding in the export of telecommunications products - just the kind of business model that MGCC was designed to help,” said Charles T. Grigsby, MGCC Interim President EMX Controls is a manufacturing company that manufactures “Clean Energy” products while maintaining their core business as a design, engineering and manufacturer of Industrial Automation Control Systems for original equipment manufacturers. In addition, the company offers technical training, industrial computer software development and turnkey installation services. Within the last year EMX has successfully developed two new products for the cell tower market in India and Africa. “Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation is a Gem within our Commonwealth. The team of professionals at MGCC exceeded all our expectations. They worked extra hours during the day, through weekends and vacations to ensure they met the financial needs of our company,” stated Richard Padavano, President of EMX Controls. “The efforts of the people at MGCC helped propel EMX through a transformation that is allowing our company to succeed in the global frenzy growing Solar, Telecom and LED markets.” “Having worked to assist EMX Controls when they first located in their current Uxbridge facility, and more recently to support their expansion plans, I am clearly excited about the prospect of new manufacturing jobs being created in Massachusetts. The fact that their products will be exported to other countries makes this expansion a real win-win development for our region!  I am proud of what EMX is achieving and very pleased that our newly reorganized MGCC is helping to make this happen.  It’s exactly the type of development that the Senate envisioned when we enacted our reform of economic development agencies last year,” said Senator Richard T. Moore. The mission of Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation is to provide capital to Massachusetts small businesses, women and minority owned businesses and local development efforts, in flexible financing programs, by supplementing the capital available from private financial institutions, including non-bank lenders, in order to promote the creation and maintenance of good jobs for Massachusetts residents.


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Greater Blackstone Valley Democrats host Sen. Moore The Greater Blackstone Valley Democrats (GBVD) and the Uxbridge Democratic Town Committee will welcome Senator Richard T. Moore as their guest speaker at 7:00 p.m. Monday night, April 4th at the Uxbridge Town Hall. Senator Moore spearheaded health care legislation in Massachusetts and is an advocate for education and our senior citizens. His priorities in the current legislative term are putting people back to work and making state government work again for the people of this state. He is among the leaders in the Senate fighting for programs to help small businesses to succeed and grow, and to make

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In the second major roll call vote of the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, cast his vote for a plan that will create more efficient administration of the Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development. "The plan presented to us by the Patrick/Murray Administration to re-structure the state's labor department will eliminate two senior management positions and save about $300,000 in this budget year. It will also save taxpayers over $2.5 million in the next few years," Sen. Moore explained. After creating private sector jobs, Sen. Moore's second priority of the legislative session is to fight to make state government work better. "While this bill only reorganizes one state agency, I have offered legislation to take similar action with every agency in the form of my "Sunset Review" bill," he explained. The legislation to restructure the Massachusetts Department of Labor and Workforce Development now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration. For a complete listing of the legislation Sen. Moore filed to improve government efficiency and to keep up with the Senator's extensive legislative package, please visit www.senatormoore.com

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Uxbridge 5th & 6th Grade win Basketball Championships other teams ever win the championship before.” Uxbridge Youth Basketball is back on top and doing very well. Congratulations to all the kids and coaches on a great season!

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WCS athletes compete at nationals in NY City Whitinsville Christian High School had two of its indoor track athletes qualify for and compete at the prestigious New Balance Indoor Nationals held at the New Balance Armory in New York City last month. Junior Julia Berkowicz of Woodstock, CT, ran an indoor best 2:21.53 in the emerging elite 800 meters on March 11 finishing 29th overall. Freshman Abigail Epplett of Uxbridge ran a 1:04.92 in the freshman 400 meters on March 12 to finish

29th overall. Top indoor track athletes from all over the country competed in the meet, which is the culmination of the high school indoor track season. “It was great to qualify for Nationals, and I was happy with my race,” said Epplett. “Meeting top high school athletes from across the country and competing against the best was a great experience that I won’t forget. A number of athletes at the meet are ready to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.”

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Crimson Aquatics, Blackstone Valley’s finest swim team and one of New England’s premier swim clubs, will be holding swim team tryouts for the upcoming 2011 long course season. Season runs from April through the middle of July. Crimson is a competitive swim team that is a member of United States Swimming and New England Swimming. Crimson offers programs for all ages and abilities. There are six different levels within our program from the novice to the national level. Tryouts will be offered Sunday, April 3rd from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the competition pool at the Whitin Community Center. For more information, please call Head Coach Carl Cederquist at 508-813-7211 or email at Carl. Cederquist@verizon.net. Crimson trains and develops competitive swimmers. The goal of the team is to provide age appropriate, quality training for swimmers and produce outstanding young men and women that realize their full swimming and personal potential. The training program encourages young people to develop the character and self-discipline necessary to succeed not only in swimming, but also in life. All coaches are certified, caring professionals with many years of experience in teaching competitive swimming to children.

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REAL ESTATE Home Staging should include the male perspective all sorts of furniture. When it comes to men, the garage and yard tend to be high up on the priority list, so it’s important to get these areas as perfect as possible. Garages that have painted walls, clean floors and enough storage for various male-oriented hobbies will impress. Shelf space is almost always looked at as a good thing here and a place to hang tools or a workbench would make a fine addition to attract male buyers. And remember, an empty garage looks much bigger than one with a car parked in it. With the yard, showcasing a well-

Professional home stagers consult with homeowners on ways to sell their homes quickly and for the most money possible, but often lost in the design process is the fact that men are involved in buying decisions as well. When having your home staged, it’s important to remember to appeal to both sexes and do some things that will pique a man’s interest just as much as a woman’s. Professional stagers take into account buyer demographics, buying psychology, and utilize design elements in planning out the rooms and space and the use of lighting and its effect on the space. Don’t be afraid to let them know if the home is leaning too far on the woman’s side. Women tend to look for cozier settings or rooms that facilitate intimate conversations, while males gravitate toward rooms with gadgets, televisions and electronics. Open spaces and higher ceilings are also a draw for men as psychologically they have a larger sense of personal space. Professional stagers with men in mind try to create rooms where a man can feel as if he can walk through the house easily without stepping around

maintained lawn will help sell the male. Thick, healthy grass, minimal bushes to trim and easy to clean garden beds will meet the landscaping criterion the male buyer looks for. Appealing to both sexes when staging and selling a home requires an emotional investment that will pay off in the end for all parties, just don’t forget that men need a connection, too.

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Sitting kills! Because of today’s advancing technology, sedentary and sitting jobs have become commonplace. I will add at the great expense to ones health. Note: the group that will pay the biggest price is our children and their children. Computers and TV are the major culprits, not counting sleep which actually is vital to your health. However, the need for sleep to regenerate your physical and mental functions originated with our primordial ancestors. Their life was anything but leisure, they consumed a lot of energy all day every day searching for food and shelter. There were no Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays. NEITHER WERE THERE FAT AND OBESE CAVEMEN. Today, study after study conclusively links sedentary individuals with poor health, and increased odds of premature ailments of all sorts including death. Below I list just a couple of

examples to illustrate the point of inactivity. One huge study by the American Cancer Society states: People who sit for more than 6 hours per day, every day continuous over the years increase their odds of dying by a whopping 94% compared to active people. They state; each hour watching TV was found to be associated with an 11% - 18 % increase in all cause and cardiovascular disease mortality rates. YIKES! This next statement from The Coopers Institute is shocking (at least to me). Cardiovascular mortality related to sedentary individuals after 21 years of follow up showed an 82% greater risk of dying among people who were sitting in automobiles for 6 or more hours weekly than those who sat for 4 hours or less. That’s astounding!! WHY? Simply because our bodies were not designed for a sedentary life you cannot expect optimum health and function from being sedentary, in fact the opposite is true, you will hasten your demise and along the way your ride will not be pleasant.

NOW, how do you counter this scourge? Well to start, most everyone needs at the least 150 + minutes of exercise per week at moderate intensity or 75 minutes + of vigorous intensity weekly. I dug a bit further to see if while being sedentary you engage in the above recommendations for exercise, would that in fact cancel out the effects of your sedentary job, or lifestyle. This is called being an active couch potato. The answer is not great. This person will still have a higher likely hood for metabolic abnormalities. It remains questionable whether that exercise prescription can be enough to off set the deleterious effects of a sedentary life. The take home message is obvious: keep moving. Take the opportunity to move whenever you can, be creative during the day - take breaks to move about. Stand at your desk if possible. Set goals that will inspire you to keep walking, use of a pedometer will help. Always take the stairs. Walk to your car parked at the furthest end of the parking lot. Limit your children’s time for TV and

computer use. Encourage physical activities of all sorts for them. Remember, they are the most vulnerable to sedentary habits. You must intervene as a parent to nip this malaise attitude and life style. Being overweight and unfit is a huge epidemic crisis that is gaining momentum every day. For the most part you can change this pattern and increase your health and vitality by being concerned and smart about it. I see people every day complacent in their life styles just settling in to the easy way of life. It will take another 500 - 1000 years for our bodies to catch up to make adjustments to our sedentary life styles. For now, you have no choice for an extended healthy life without exercise. It is literally your life line.

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Kuros energized for Legislative Session Saying he is energized and looking forward to working for his constituents, Representative Kevin Kuros today announced the committees he will be serving on for the 2011-2012 Legislative Session. The Uxbridge Republican was appointed to three committees: the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government and the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight. House Minority Leader Brad Jones said, “Representative Kuros’ private sector background combined with his extensive municipal experience make him ideally suited to serve on these committees.” Kuros stated, “I am very excited about my committee appointments. Prior to being elected to represent the people of the district, I spent nearly two decades in business development in the information technology and management consulting industries. I hope to bring a new perspective and some fresh ideas to the Economic Development committee.” Representative Kuros is a freshman member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and represents the people of the 8th Worcester District, consisting of the towns of Douglas, Dudley, Oxford (Precinct 4 only), Uxbridge (Precinct 3 only) and Webster. He defeated an incumbent this election cycle. “One of the key points I repeatedly heard on the campaign trail,” said Kuros, who is the ranking Republican on the Municipalities committee, “was that there was a disconnect between the State House and the cities and towns. As a former selectman, I asked to be appointed to the Municipalities committee so that the voices of selectmen everywhere can be heard on Beacon Hill.”


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