The New Uxbridge Times - November, 2022

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CRG Breaks Ground on $100 Million Dist. Center approximately 450 jobs to be created

The Douglas Common adorned with the colors of Fall - See related story on page 11

Historic Mills featured in gallery exhibit ValleyCAST, the arts and culture arm of Open Sky Community Services, has collaborated with two talented photographers who possess a passionate fascination for exploring and photographing historic mill buildings in and around the Blackstone Valley. James Hunt explores the interdependent and often conflicted relationship between human activity and the natural environment. He is currently engaged in a long-term, multi-media exploration of the Industrial Revolution in the Blackstone Valley. The Draper Factory Demolition in Hopedale, is the focus of


his work in this exhibit. James has also created a video of the demolition that will premiere in the Singh Performance Center in conjunction with this exhibit. David Lawlor uses long exposure and drone photography in his urban exploration of old mill buildings to preserve their historical significance and capture their decaying beauty. He travels throughout the Blackstone Valley and beyond to explore and document these abandoned, destroyed, and repurposed structures. Preserving these mills through photography and video is his life’s mission. David will also be sharPRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID BOSTON, MA PERMIT NO 55800


ing a video of his work in conjunction with this exhibit. “James and David each share a passion for exploring historic mill buildings, in all states of repair and disrepair, and they both produce uniquely gorgeous and interesting photographs in the process. Their work is distinctively different and yet, juxtaposed in the intimate space of the Heritage Gallery, they make for an exceptionally powerful exhibit.” says Cristi Collari, curator for the exhibit, and Director of Community Outreach for Open Sky. “I can’t continued on page 21

Executives from CRG joined Newmark, Massachusetts State Sen. Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton), Massachusetts House Rep. Joe McKenna (R-Webster) and officials from Douglas, Mass. at a groundbreaking ceremony for The Cubes at Gilboa, a 1.1-million-squarefoot warehouse facility being built on 83.8 acres at 123 Gilboa St. in Douglas. Scheduled for completion in fall 2023, the $100 million project is anticipated to create approximately 450 permanent jobs. Located just off Route 146, with proximity to the Massachusetts Turnpike and Interstates 395 and 495, The Cubes at Gilboa will help meet high demand for modern distribution space near major population centers including Boston, Worcester and Providence, R.I. The Boston metro had an industrial vacancy rate of just 3% at mid-year 2022, compared with 4.3% a year earlier, according to Newmark research. “Like our Cubes at Plainville development in Plainville, Massachusetts, The Cubes at Gilboa will offer muchneeded inventory to the Boston area’s extremely supply-constrained industrial market,” said Frank Petkunas, Senior Vice President and Partner for CRG’s Northeast Region. “The best-inclass design and central location of this facility will accommodate the needs of a wide range of potential tenants and therefore support the asset’s long-term value.” The Cubes at Gilboa was designed by CRG’s integrated partner, Lamar Johnson Collaborative, while its parent company, Clayco, is serving as general contractor. The concrete tilt-up structure will incorporate state-of-the-art building specifications. They include 40-foot clear heights, 51- by 51-foot column spacing, 171 dock doors, four

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drive-in doors, ESFR sprinkler systems, high-efficiency LED lighting and parking for 220 trailers and 651 cars. “With very few big blocks of Class A warehouse space available to them, many large users are sitting on the sidelines waiting for projects like The Cubes at Gilboa to deliver,” said Ed Jarosz, Executive Managing Director of Newmark, the exclusive leasing advisor for the property. “Worcester County, in particular, has emerged as a fast-growing submarket that has attracted both developers and occupiers drawn to the accessibility of the location. Despite broader economic uncertainty, the market fundamentals in the greater Boston area remain strong amid historically low vacancy and record asking rents – a trend that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.” Both The Cubes at Gilboa and The Cubes at Plainfield are being developed through CRG’s U.S. Logistics Fund II (USLF II), a $300 million investment vehicle that closed in June 2022 three months ahead of schedule. USLF II includes more than 100 private investors ranging from family offices to wealth managers to high-net-worth individuals. CRG accomplished its goal of 10% investment from women and persons of color, underscoring the firm’s commitment to an inclusive process that extends opportunities to traditionally underrepresented groups.

The Cubes at Gilboa, a 1.1-million-square-foot warehouse is being built on 83.8 acres.

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Uxbridge Quaker Meetinghouse to host service of Thanksgiving

Mass Humanities Grant will fund Armenians of Whitinsville

There are few places better suited to quiet contemplation than the historic Quaker meetinghouse in Uxbridge. It is the perfect spot to come together with family and friends on Thanksgiving morning to celebrate the real meaning of the holiday. Join your neighbors at the traditional non-denominational service sponsored annually by the Quaker Meeting House Assn. It will be held this year on Thurs, November 24th at 9:30 a.m. in the meetinghouse, which is located at the corner of Aldrich St. & Quaker Highway in Uxbridge. A fellowship gathering in the new carriage shed will follow the service. Bundle up in layers and bring a blan-

Mass Humanities announced recently it has awarded $713,876 in Expand Massachusetts Stories (EMS) grants to 42 cultural nonprofit organizations across the Commonwealth, including the Armenians of Whitinsville. The funded projects will surface new narratives about the people and ideas that shape Massachusetts. The Armenians of Whitinsville was awarded $7,500 for their project Whitinsville Armenians, Stories Past to Present. The project will produce ten to fifteen oral history recordings from Armenians with ties to Whitinsville. The recordings will sit on the Armenians of Whitinsville project website alongside recently translated and subtitled recordings of Armenian Genocide survivors done in the 1970’s. They will also reside with the University of Southern California Center for Armenian Studies for research purposes. The project will Expand Mass Stories through oral histories that will explore issues around the diaspora, the transformation of the Armenian community of Whitinsville, and how their identity

ket to warm your legs to truly enjoy the 1770 meetinghouse. The space is heated primarily by two blazing fires, but the warmth of thanksgiving always prevails in the simple service of music and thoughtful reflection. Representatives of the area faith community will assist with the service; traditional music always sets a peaceful tone. The Uxbridge Quaker Meeting House Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1952. Its primary purpose is the preservation of the historic building. In addition, the group encourages the use of the meetinghouse for religious, educational, and civic purposes. For further information on how you might help support this local treasure contact quakermeetinghouseassoc@ or go to UxbridgeQuaker Meeting at

The historic Uxbridge Quaker Meetinghouse was built in 1770. It will be the site of the traditional Thanksgiving service and fellowship gathering on November 24th.

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has changed over the last 130 years. The oral history project will dovetail into a web-based project organized over the last 12 months and recently launched, They will sit inside both the Recordings section and inside their family collection, providing additional narrative and context. If interested in contributing your story, please contact the project through Rooted in Mass Humanities’ mission to create opportunities for the people of Massachusetts to transform their lives and build a more equitable Commonwealth, the new EMS initiative kicked off last year with support to projects across the state that included audio tours, documentary films, oral histories, and public events. The new grant program will strive to promote an equitable and inclusive society that recognizes all people’s perspectives, especially those that have been marginalized and underrepresented. This latest round of funding will continue to focus on projects that surface and share the histories and experiences of traditionally overlooked communities. “At this critical juncture in the history of our state, we see these projects as the sparks for a needed reimagining of our past and a new vision for our future,” said Brian Boyles, Executive Director of Mass Humanities. “We believe Massachusetts can only truly thrive when all residents participate in creating, learning and sharing the stories of Massachusetts.” The grants are made possible through Mass Humanities’ partnership with Mass Cultural Council, the state’s cultural agency, as well as a two-year, $700,000 partnership with the Barr Foundation that was announced in August. In addition, Mass Humanities strived to fund projects led by members of the communities where the stories originate, and projects based in smaller organizations. Of the 42 grants, 62% have people who identify as BIPOC among their project leadership; and 60% of the organizations funded have operating budget under $500,000 and 48% have operating budgets under $350,000. “To make lasting change, we need to respect and support the storytellers and storytelling spaces where traditions and narratives take root,” said Boyles. “We hope that these important voices and community-based organizations can lead the way in reckoning with our history.” Organizations interested in learning about future grants should follow Mass Humanities on social media @masshumanities and visit their website. ABOUT MASS HUMANITIES Mass Humanities is an independent programming and grant-making organization that receives support from the NEH and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as private sources. For more information, visit

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town News Society hosts Veterans Day Program First Holiday Night is Celebrating 25 Years!

In recognition of Veterans Day 2022, the Douglas Historical Society will offer Donut Dollies: Unsung Women of Service on Thursday, November 10th, 2022 at the E.N. Jenckes Store Museum located at 283 Main Street in Douglas. The program will begin at 7 pm and is free and open to the public. The Donut Dollies were American Red Cross women who provided mobile service clubs to soldiers during

WWII and special services and entertainment to soldiers in Vietnam. These women were unsung heroines of the engagements. The Red Cross was started by Clara Barton in nearby Oxford. The Donut Dollies were the subject of a Washington Post story last year when a service member tried to identify the women in his photographs because he wanted to say “Thank you”. The evening will include a showing of

the documentary “A Touch of Home” on the Donut Dollies and will be followed by a discussion with a Donut Dolly who is featured in the film. Coffee and donuts will be offered. Local veterans are urged to attend and to share their stories as well. A special presentation will also be made to our oldest veteran. The Douglas Historical Society wishes to acknowledge the financial support of the Douglas Cultural Council and the Mass Cultural Council in making this program available to the public.

Jack-a-doo Holiday Vendor Fair slated in remembrance of tricia trask hosted by Upsg The Uxbridge PSG 2023 is hosting the Jack-a-doo Holiday Vendor Fair which will take place on December 3rd, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Uxbridge High School. Over 30 local vendors with unique gifts for all your holiday needs will be on hand, raffle items and a concession stand available. This year's Holiday vendor fair has a

special name and is dedicated to a very special person that was taken from us too early this past year. Tricia Trask had an incredible spirit and personality. She passed away in February of this year. Her youngest son Jack is graduating and there is no doubt she would be running the fair and be playing a very active role in PSG. “Jack-a-doo” could be heard from the sidelines by Tricia any time Jack took the field. She is missed and remembered.

PSG raised funds go towards the Uxbridge High school Class of 2023 graduation event that each year helps us celebrate the kids graduation in a safe, alcohol and drug free environment. Please contact Uxbridge PSG for more information, psguxbridge@ or look on our Facebook page, Uxbridge PSG 2023 - Parents for Safe Graduation. Thank you for your support.

Get ready for the 25th Annual Uxbridge First Holiday Night Celebration and Santa Parade on Saturday, December 3rd! With the support of generous sponsors: Uxbridge Town Manager, Steve Sette, D.J. Salmon Lawn & Landscape Inc. & Uxbridge Animal Hospital. The events should be spectacular! Donations and sponsorships are still appreciated and can be donated through UniPay.

If you're interested in being a top sponsor with a sponsor Street banner along the parade route, please contact Holly! More details in the December Issue of The New Uxbridge Times. FMI contact Holly at Mendon Street Kitchen@ 508-278-5750 email: or online at:

Sutton Chain of Lights prepares for big event The Sutton Chain of Lights Committee is pleased to announce the 2022 Sutton Chain of Lights will take place this year on Saturday, December 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Spend a day with your family and friends at the Town of Sutton’s Annual Holiday Chain of Lights Event! Free trolleys and buses will transport visitors over rolling countryside to partici-

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Towns receive Municipal Road Safety Program Grants Representative David K. Muradian, Jr. (R-Grafton), Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury), and Senator Ryan C. Fattman (R-Sutton) recently announced that the towns of Grafton, Northbridge and Upton were selected as grant recipients of the Municipal Road Safety Program. Specifically, the 9th Worcester District received: Grafton: $30,000.00, Northbridge: $18,325.95 and Upton: $18,741.20. “Funding from this program is critical to ensuring that our local roadways continue to stay safe for our residents,” stated Representative Muradian. “I was happy to hear that all 3 towns within my district were chosen as recipients, and I look forward to seeing how the departments put this money to use.” “These grants, awarded by the Baker

administration, will allow local police departments to develop new and better fund existing traffic safety programs in our communities,” said Senator Moore. “Whether commuting to work, on their way to visit family, or just running a few errands, ensuring people feel safe on our roads is important. I look forward to working with local officials to ensure these grants give drivers further peace of mind.” “Grant awards like this mean that eight of my towns will be able to continue providing excellent public safety services to their residents through their top-notch police departments,” said Senator Fattman, “I am proud to support these men and women in blue and want to thank them for their continued dedication to service.” The program’s overall goal is to sup-

Blackstone Valley Gardeners Open House Calling all gardeners to an Open House at the Blackstone Valley Gardeners meeting on November 10th at the United Methodist Church, 61 Linwood Avenue in Whitinsville. Here is a chance to see what this 30-year-old area garden club is all about, with no obligation but to enjoy the camaraderie of other gardeners. After a brief hospitality gathering, speaker Barbara Hall will explore the

November can be gray and uninspiring. What better time to curl up and dream of the possibilities that spring will bring? Come enjoy the fellowship of other gardeners, both novice and skilled, at the BVG meeting on November 10th at 7:00 p.m. Mark your calendar now.

port traditional enforcement activities and develop new strategies to reduce roadway crashes, injuries, fatalities, and associated economic losses in Massachusetts. Funding gives police departments flexibility in addressing local traffic safety issues. This goes beyond traditional enforcement activities to include the purchase of equipment or development of traffic-safety programs. Overall, $10.9 million in federal grant funding was awarded to improve road safety across the Commonwealth. 186 municipal and state agencies completed a competitive grant process by submitting plans for improved traffic safety training, equipment, and enforcement. Together, these efforts align with Massachusetts’ Annual Highway Safety Plan that describes the state’s safety trends and guides improvements for the year ahead. “We are happy to receive the award and anticipate that the funding will allow us to deploy additional patrols dedicated to traffic enforcement throughout the town. The funding will also assist us in purchasing new equipment to enhance the capabilities of officers responsible for traffic enforcement and ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians utilizing our roadways,” stated Chief Normand Crepeau.

“In my first year as Chief of Police I have been fortunate to develop a great working relationship with our legislative delegation, namely Representative Muradian and his two Senate counterparts, Fattman and Moore,” said Chief, Timothy Labrie. “I would like to personally thank them for advocating for the Northbridge Police Department to receive full funding from this terrific grant opportunity. These funds will be used to purchase traffic safety equipment and fund traffic enforcement patrols as we strive to increase the safe-

ty on our roads in the Town of Northbridge.” “The Town of Upton Police Department is fortunate to receive this grant funding to expand our Traffic Enforcement Program. With the additional funds received through the Municipal Road Safety Grant program we are able to purchase additional equipment and dedicate patrols to address local traffic safety issues, with the overall goal of making our roadways safer,” stated Chief Michael Bradley.


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Whitin Community Center receives funding from FY23 State Budget State Senator Ryan Fattman (RSutton) and State Representative David Muradian (R-Grafton) announced that they secured a $500,000 statutory expenditure in the FY23 State Budget for the Whitin Community Center (WCC) located in Whitinsville. The funds will be disbursed through the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT). Senator Fattman and Representative Muradian went to the WCC recently to present a symbolic check in the amount of $500,000 to the Community Center.

The language in the statutory expenditure item marks the funds for use of the WCC to complete crucial renovation and repair projects around its building. In addition to this funding, the town of Northbridge was able to secure $632,611 for Gymnasium renovations through the federal Americal Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that had been made available to the town. These renovations helped address the negative economic and public health impact caused by COVID-19. “The Whitin Community Center is a

focal point of this region, known for its noteworthy support of the community through the resources and programs that they provide to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Their importance in our community was poignantly noted through our need to connect with others through all that has been experienced in the last two years of the pandemic,” said Senator Fattman. “Representative Muradian and I were thrilled to secure this investment in the community center and we look forward to opportunities in the future to continue to support their growth.” “I was happy to have been able to



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work with Senator Fattman in securing this crucial funding for the Whitin Community Center,” stated Representative Muradian. “The WCC is an incredible asset for the district, and I look forward to continuing to watch the positive work that they do.” "The Whitin Community Center, also affectionately called ‘The Gym’, is so grateful for the support of Senator Fattman, Representative Muradian, and the Town of Northbridge, led by Town Manager Adam Gaudette, to secure these generous gifts. We are very fortunate to have them as partners who truly care about our community. This money is vital to help fund the renovation and repairs to the WCC to address the physical and mental health impacts of the pandemic experienced by people of all ages in our community. From the beginning, when this building was dedicated almost 100 years ago, our nonprofit association was tasked with carrying out the purpose of this building, which is to make our community ‘a better, a happier, a healthier, and a more congenial place to live in.’ The gymna-

sium is the heart of our building, and it is only fitting that it is our first project as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary in 2023," stated WCC Executive Director, Heather Elster. “The Town of Northbridge leadership team is excited to be part of the Whitin Community Center’s capital improvements plan and are grateful that the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 gave us the resources to contribute funds towards the gym renovation project. These funds that came from ARPA, were designed to go back to the community and what better way than to provide assistance to a project that when finished, will be used by the many citizens of the community and the surrounding towns,” said Northbridge Town Manager Adam Gaudette. “Thank you to our legislators for supporting this organization that is so important to the community and has been an icon in the Blackstone Valley for almost 100 years,” said Jeannie Hebert, President & CEO of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce.


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Statue sculptor memorialized in new book The Civil War Monument at Whitinsville's Memorial Park, is the embodiment of a conception first suggested by the sculptor, Mr. Hermon A. MacNeil. In 1903, the Whitin family asked MacNeil to create a memorial to honor the men who fought and died in the Civil War. It was dedicated on August 4, 1905. The Northbridge Historical Society ( is pleased to announce the publication of the book “Hermon Atkin MacNeil: American Sculptor in the Broad, Bright Daylight” by author James E. Haas. It is the first comprehensive, straight-forward accounting of MacNeil’s life. He was born in 1866 and died in 1947. Producing more than 250 sculptural creations, he was one of the most accomplished and highly respected sculptors of his era, with a world-wide reputation for outstanding work. But to his neighbors in College Point, Queens, New York, where he lived and worked for forty-five years, what he did was equivalent to being an electrician or a school teacher, just a career, nothing special. The book delves into the details of his major and even not so major commissions. Every day, in cities and towns across America, people pass by monuments, reliefs on buildings, or even glance at the face of a coin and never consider the human beings that brought them into existence, the discussions about the symbolism of the piece or even its placement. This book brings all of this to life, including over 200 photographs and images. In Whitinsville, MacNeil’s Civil War Monument consists of a triangular pedestal, with slightly concave sides, resting upon a circular step or platform, and flanked at the three corners or truncated edges by projecting buttresses. Upon the pedestal stand three columns of the Ionic order, supporting an entablature with an enriched cornice, whose tapering roof bears upon its summit a globe surmounted by a bronze eagle. The height of the pedestal is 7 feet; the columns are 13 feet and 1 inch in height, and the top of the stone globe 5 feet and 1 inch more in height, while the additional 6 feet of the bronze eagle make the total height of the monument above the platform 33 feet, 7 inches. Upon the front of the pedestal which is turned towards Main Street, the sculptor has carved, in very low relief, a figure of a youth, girded with a sword, and resting with one hand on the shield of the Union. Laurel wreaths and an inscription are added, the whole composition symbolizing the devotion of the youth of the land to the memory of their fathers who fought for the Union, and to the land and the ideals for which they gave their lives. Upon the other two faces are the names of the 39 men of Northbridge who died or were killed in the War of the Rebellion.

Ribbon Cutting at Mickey’s Car Wash & Detail Shop Join the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce (BVCC) on Saturday, November 12th at 10:00am for a grand opening ribbon cutting event at Mickey’s Car Wash & Detail Shop, 16 Galaxy Pass, Sutton. Mickey’s Car Wash & Detail Shop is a world-class experience, specializing in professional high quality services not only for your vehicle, but your furry friends as well! Mickey’s is dedicated to providing their customers with state-of-the-art equipment sourced from the #1 car wash manufacturer in the world. Mickey’s is also the first car wash in New England to offer the flatbelt conveyer allowing for a safe and easy in and out of the facility. Whether you are looking for an express wash that gives you the option to choose from the perfect bubble bath, wheel

In 1903, the Whitin family asked Mr. hermon A. MacNeil to create a memorial. The details are revealed in newly released book. Author James E. Haas was born and raised in College Point and is a graduate of St. John's University. He lives with his wife Lynne in Severna Park, Maryland. He has written five books on the history of College Point, New York. The book is available directly from the publisher by calling 856-532-0167 or going to /book/hermon-atkins-macneil.

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Fall Fair to be held at BVT Upton Bloomer Girls announce their Fall Fair! Free admission and parking on Saturday, November 5th, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Blackstone Valley Regional Voc. Tech High School. The school is located at 65 Pleasant Street, Upton. Enjoy Vendors, Country Kitchen, Raffles, Baked Goods and more!

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Legislators urge DPU Action on Winter Energy Rate Increases Recently, a bipartisan group of 31 Massachusetts State Senators and 76 State Representatives sent a letter to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) expressing concern about the energy rate increases slated to impact residents this winter. The letter to DPU Chair Matthew Nelson, written by Senator Michael Moore and Representative Orlando Ramos, urges DPU to protect residents of the Commonwealth from these rate increases. “Between the increased costs of groceries, housing, gas, and other everyday expenses, the last thing Massachusetts residents need is a massive energy rate hike. The expected rate increases from National Grid, Ever-

source, and other investor-owned utilities are simply unacceptable,” said Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury) following the release of the letter. “No family should have to make the impossible choice between staying warm this winter and buying groceries or school supplies. Let me be clear: the Department of Public Utilities must act.” “The people of the Commonwealth have yet to recover from the COVID19 pandemic,” said Representative Orlando Ramos (D-Springfield). “Eversource’s proposed rate increase would disproportionally impact the most vulnerable. Meanwhile Eversource reported profits of more than $1.2 billion for 2021. That is an

increase of about $15.3 million (1.3%) from the record profits the company reported in 2020, and an increase of $311.4 million (34.3%) from the profits it reported in 2019.” “As the cost of seemingly everything has risen, all residents across Massachusetts are already feeling the brunt of unprecedented inflation in every aspect of their lives,” stated Representative David Muradian (R-Grafton). “I am proud to have signed onto this letter, and hope that DPU comes up with a solution to take this burden off of the Commonwealth’s residents.” The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources predicts that the coming winter will be colder than last year’s, while the cost of heating may increase by up to 54.6% for electric customers and 28.6% for natural gas. Utility providers largely blame global

factors such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine, supply chain disruptions, and inflation. Legislators believe the DPU can do more to tamp down these rate increases and their effects on consumers. In their letter to the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, signatories state, “…proposed rate increases of this magnitude – during the winter season – would disproportionally impact the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable. Moreover, protecting our residents from the cold is not just an affordability and equity concern – it is also a public safety issue. As the oversight agency tasked with prioritizing safety, affordability, and equity with regard to energy rates, we ask that DPU do just that and protect Massachusetts residents from these drastic rate increases this winter season.”

Intrepid Readers to meet Our next selection for the Intrepid Readers is West with Giraffes by Lynda Rutledge, a novel based on the true story of the cross-country road trip America's first giraffes took in 1938. It's also a coming of age story that demonstrates the positive influence caring friends and gentle animals can have on a young man's life. Please join us, all are welcome, at the Douglas Library, 290 Main Street, November 8th at 6:30 p.m. for discussion and refreshments. Copies of the book are at the Library, For more information 508-476-2695.

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What’s happening at the Uxbridge Free Public Library? The Uxbridge Free Public Library is located at 15 North Main St., Uxbridge and online at: www. or by phone: 508-278-8624. PUBLIC FORUMS TO GATHER INPUT FOR LIBRARY NEEDS STUDY The Uxbridge Free Public Library is asking residents and library patrons to provide input on the future of the Library by attending one of two upcoming public forums. The first will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17th at 6:30 p.m. at the Library, while the second will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22nd at 1:30 p.m. at the Uxbridge Senior Center. Through a brainstorming session led by library consultant Mary Braney, you will help identify current library strengths, opportunities for improvement, and aspirations for the future of the Library. All are invited to share their ideas and suggestions. HOMEBOUND DELIVERY: BRINGING THE LIBRARY TO YOU Did you know that the Library provides home delivery services every other Thursday? Whether you have specific books or movies in mind or are looking for reading suggestions, we want to bring the Library to you! Home delivery is available for Uxbridge residents who are unable to visit the library in person, either temporarily due to an illness or accident or due to a disability, age, or mobility issues. Call the Library at 508-278-8624 x100 for more information. NEW ENGLAND BIRDS OF PREY: WINGMASTERS Julie Ann Collier and Jim Parks from Wingmasters are coming to the Library on November 29th at 4 p.m. to discuss all things raptor! Their educational presentation incorporates visits with six live birds of prey - hawks, falcons and owls. This program is for children ages 6 and older. Space is limited, so

be sure to register early! ADULT PROGRAMS - Register now GENTLE FLOW YOGA Mondays, Nov. 7th, 21st, and 28th at 7 p.m. POPUP LIBRARY At the Senior Center - Nov. 3rd at 11:30 a.m. CARDMAKING HANDS-ON WORKSHOP Monday, Nov. 14th at 6:15 p.m. BOOK-A-LIBRARIAN Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Need help downloading e-books and using other library digital resources? Contact the library to book a 30-minute appointment with a librarian for hands-on tech assistance. JOIN A BOOK CLUB: Uxbridge Senior Center Book Club - Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, Nov. 8th at 1 p.m. HISTORICAL FICTION BOOK CLUB - Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge, Nov. 15th at 3:30 p.m. BOOKIES BOOK CLUB - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Nov. 28th at 6:30pm YOUTh & TEEN PROGRAMS - Register now: TEEN BOOK-IN-A-BAG (ages 13+) Pick up your romance-themed book-in-a-bag between Nov. 1st-15th LITTLE LOTUS YOGA (ages 6+) Nov. 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th at 4 p.m. Intro to ASL for Families - Nov. 3rd and 10th at 4 p.m. LEGO CLUB CHALLENGE Nov. 8th and 22nd at 4 p.m. TEEN MOLD-A-DRAGON: Nov. 7th at 6 p.m. THANKSGIVING GARLAND DECORATIONS - Nov. 9th at 3:30 p.m. FAMILY CANDY BAR BINGO (ages 8+) Nov. 10th at 6 p.m. MUSIC & MOVEMENT WITH DEB HUDGINS (all ages) - Nov. 13 at 11am PINE CONE MOBILES - Nov. 16th at 3:30 p.m.

VIRTUAL FORTNITE TOURNAMENT Nov. 17th at 6 p.m. TEEN HENNA NIGHT - Nov. 17th at 6 p.m. TEEN MOVIE NIGHT - Nov. 21st at 5:30 p.m. STORYTIMES - (registration required) BABY STORYTIME (0-2 years) Mondays, Nov. 7th and 14th at 11 a.m. TODDLER/PRESCHOOL (2-3 years) Wednesdays, Nov. 9th and 16th at 11 a.m.


DROP-IN PROGRAMS CRAFTY WEDNESDAYS Wednesday mornings and afternoons Please visit the Library’s website at or call us at 508-278-8624 to inquire about our upcoming programs or to register to attend! Many of our programs are supported by the Uxbridge Board of Library Trustees and the Friends of the Uxbridge Free Public Library.




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MRMC receives Best Hospital & 2022 Humanitarian Awards Milford Regional Medical Center is the recipient of two high-profile honors by two long-time community partners—101.3 WMRC-FM “MyFM” and the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce (now Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce). As part of MyFM’s recent “Quest for the Best” program, Milford Regional won gold for Best Hospital and Best Charity Event. Additionally, this summer, the Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce presented Milford Regional with its 2022 Humanitarian Award. This is MyFM’s second year sponsoring the “Quest for the Best” contest in which listeners, followers and other area community members cast votes for their favorite local businesses among 11 different categories including activities and entertainment, education, food and beverage, home and garden, law,



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tion and is considered the flagship fundraiser for the hospital. This year’s gala is set for November 5th. Milford Regional also took home a silver award for Surgery Center and the Milford Regional Physician Group was awarded a silver award for Best Medical Practice. The 2022 “Quest for the Best” program had more than 1,300 local businesses nominated and garnered more than over 450,000 votes. Milford Regional Medical Center was the recipient of another community accolade this summer. The Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce, formerly the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce, presented its 2022 Human-




itarian Award to Milford Regional. The award recognized the hospital’s dedication, service and support during the pandemic. Over the course of three COVID-19 surges, Milford Regional treated more than 1,800 COVID-19 inpatients. And, the Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation worked diligently with the Purchasing Department to distribute thousands of COVID-focused donations including masks, sanitizer, ponchos, gloves and eye protection. “Milford Regional is honored and humbled that the Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce would recognize our service and commitment to the community during the pandemic,” said the Foundation’s Annual Giving Officer Julie Whitney, who accepted the award on behalf of the hospital. “The entire hospital staff worked tirelessly during the height of the pandemic and we’re grateful to be recognized for that.” Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce is a private, not-for-profit, membership-based organization that advocates for local businesses in Bellingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis and Upton. Effective September 1st, the organization changed its name from the Milford Area Chamber of Commerce to the Tri-

County Regional Chamber of Commerce covering the above-mentioned towns located in Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester Counties. Milford Regional Medical Center is a full-service, community and regional teaching hospital located in Milford, Mass. and serves patients from more than 20 towns in Central Massachusetts. The 149-bed medical center is a nonprofit, acute-care facility, where more than 300 primary care and specialty physicians are committed to providing exceptional healthcare services to our community with dignity, compassion and respect.

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Douglas Common: A labor of love for volunteers By Lynn Paresky October in New England is when people look for signs of Fall and the vibrant colors of trees turning shades of orange, red and gold. It is the beginning of the Fall tourist season, attracting throngs of people interested in leaf peeping. This year a group of women from Douglas decided to add to the beauty of their town by decorating the gazebo located in the Douglas Common, situated between the historic First Congregational Church of Douglas on Common Street and Route 16, with garlands of Fall leaves, corn stalks and mums. Judging from the huge number of comments complimenting this decorating project, the efforts of Teena Porter, Lynn Paresky, Bonnie Lepage and Sue Sanders, with assistance from Lee Paresky and Steve Sanders, were much appreciated and could be the start of a new annual tradition. Over the past 26 years, the gazebo has been used for many weddings, as a band stand for occasional concerts, for high school graduation festivities and for holiday activities such as tree lighting ceremonies and meeting Santa Claus. To use the gazebo for an activity, a Common Use Permit must be obtained by contacting Bettyann McCallum. The Common Use Permit fee is just $50 and it is used completely for upkeep of the Common. If you have ever been curious about the gazebo, it has a wonderful history of people joining together to create this beautiful addition to the Town of Douglas. When Douglas was celebrating its 250th Anniversary, The Common Preservation Society was formed and consisted of Bettyann McCallum, Brenda Ballou and Pete Tetreault. The Society’s goal was to rejuvenate the Common. Resident Barbara Michaud’s suggestion that we build a gazebo on the Common was unanimously accepted by the Society and major fundraising began to raise the funds to provide materials for the gazebo. The plaque at the entrance to the gazebo reads: “This Bandstand Built in Loving Memory of Henry S. Ballou (1900 – 1982) by Family and Friends”. With materials supplied by fundraising efforts and blueprints provided by Pete Tetreault, Henry’s son Dick Ballou, along with Buzz Ballou and Al Burgess, put in 900 to 1,000 hours in labor to build our beautiful gazebo. Butch Ballou, another of Henry’s sons, offered his skills to construct the intri-

cate supporting piece at the center of the floor, while the stone steps were a Boy Scout project led by Buzz Ballou. Other talented family and friends joined in to help create this lasting memorial to Henry. Dick’s wife, the late Brenda (Sochia) Ballou, along with Bettyann McCallum, led the efforts to decorate the gazebo and Common for the holiday season and initiated a tree lighting ceremony. Planting daffodils, lilies and other perennials was another idea that Brenda shared with volunteers who wanted to make the Common more attractive during the spring and summer months. Always enthusiastic about making the gazebo look beautiful, Brenda’s memory prompted this year’s Fall decorations. The Douglas Common itself dates back to 1746 when the Town of Douglas was incorporated after being established in the 1730’s on land set off from Sherborn. The Common quickly became the focus of civic activity, and

roads were laid out from surrounding towns to that area. However, its importance as a nexus of economic activity declined in the 19th century as industrial activity grew along the Mumford River in East Douglas, which also benefited from the arrival of the railroad. The Town Common is currently part of the Old Douglas Center Historic District and the home of the Douglas War Memorial which includes the Soldiers Monument and 2 original Griffin 3” Ordnance Rifles dating back to the Civil War. While the Town takes care of tree and grass maintenance, volunteers and donors have been responsible for the rest of the work it takes to care for the Common. As you stroll through the Common, you can see that benches were donated by The Manning Family in Memory of Mary J Manning; Dr. & Mrs. Andrew J Miller; Steven M Hvizdos, Richard & Connie Hvizdos, Paula Jean & Brent Kirby in Memory of Helen P Hvizdos;

In Memory of Gerald E Jackman; Shirley & Dan Cooney & Family; Louise & Harold Keith in Memory of The Keith Family; David Conley & Ginger O’Brien; and The Manning Family in Memory of John P & Pheobe J Manning. A bubbler was donated by Henry & Marlene Bosma in Memory of Parents Gilbert & Winnie Bosma. Even the Common lights were donated – donors were Judith Curtis, Marjorie Dodge & David Cave in Memory of Geoffrey & Alice Balcome Cave; In Memory of Benjamin H Colonero by his Sons & Their Families; In Memory of David Garner Seaver by William & Catherine Seaver; Mr. & Mrs. Ronald P Forget; The Schuster Family in Memory of Winfield A Schuster; Elizabeth & Carol Schwartz; In Honor of Marguerite &

James Tatten & Florence & James Kelleher from All of Their Children. Coming together to show their pride for our Common, the heartwarming support of volunteers spending the time to get things done and the monetary support of donors who help fund purchases of materials is what makes Douglas special. There are two ways you can help – either contact Bettyann McCallum at 508-476-2675 to be part of the volunteer group who garden or decorate or you can help cover the cost of materials for wreaths and other seasonal decorations by sending a donation to Bettyann McCallum, 85 SW Main St, Douglas, MA 01516. Checks should be made payable to The Common Preservation Society

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Dill named NMSC Commended Student Uxbridge resident, Emily Dill, has been named a Commended Student in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended students placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2023 competition by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Emily is a senior at WCS, a member of the National Honor Society, a threeseason athlete, and has been part of the WCS Strings program since elementary school. Emily's official letter from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) was presented by Tammi Gorman, Dean of Faculty and Instruction, in the presence of Emily’s parents, Tom and Ann Dill; Emily’s classmates; and twin sister, Sophia. “We are so proud of Emily and her accomplishments,” said Gorman. “She is an amazing student, athlete, and friend. She gets energized by problemsolving and her enthusiasm for learning is contagious.” Emily is building a laser and studying the properties of light for her Senior Capstone Project. “She recently presented her project idea at UMASS Lowell to the Haiti Development Studies Center Advisory Board,” said Dr. Jillian Martin, WCS Mathematics and Engineering teacher. “The Center is interested in using what Emily develops in her Capstone Project to teach Haitian students about lasers and optics.” Emily is currently exploring colleges for next year where she plans to study aerospace engineering.

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Our Lady of the Valley Holiday Fair Returns After a two year pandemic hiatus, Our Lady of the Valley’s Holiday Fair is back, Saturday, November 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, located at 75 Mendon Street behind St. Mary’s parish. Our Lady of the Valley currently provides a strong foundational Catholic education for over 200 students from Pre-K to grade 8 across Uxbridge and the surrounding towns in the Blackstone Valley. The Holiday Fair is one of the school’s top fundraisers for the year, helping to fund many of the student activities and services provided through the OLV Parent’s Guild. This year’s fair will include many popular elements carried forward from the Good Shepherd Parish fair following the recent merger of Good Shepherd with St. Marys. These include the cookie walk, large basket raffle, and luncheon menu, which features

St. Gabriel's Christmas Fair date announced St. Gabriel's Church, 151 Mendon St., Upton, MA will hold their Christmas Fair on Sat., Dec.3rd from 9 am to 2 pm. The fair has a wide variety of fresh balsam wreaths, cemetery baskets and table top arrangements. Raffles on Theme Baskets, Gift Certificates, and over $450 of Lottery Scratch Tickets are available. A New Gift Boutique

featuring new and "like new" items, Oldye Tyme Christmas decorations, Gems & Jewels and a Christmas Holiday decor section will have selections to interest everyone. The Bake Table offers delectable cookies, pastries, candy, jams and jellies. Selfserve coffee, cold drinks, sandwiches and pastries will also be offered.

Due to an ongoing concern of Covid, facial masks are encouraged. Complimentary masks will be available at the door. Come by and say “Hello”. We look forward to seeing our neighbors and friends during this festive, holiday season.

chicken parmesan and meatball subs, among other food and drink options like hot dogs and fries. A unique aspect of OLV’s holiday fair is the kid-friendly atmosphere. Kids can participate in their own toy raffle, get their pictures taken with Santa, or purchase a wristband to enjoy a wide selection of crafts and games, including a bounce house, video game truck, and scavenger hunt. Kids and adults can also try their luck at a wide array of raffle items, including a grand raffle of highly sought after gifts, and a super raffle of fun, smaller prizes. Got a sweet tooth? The fair will feature a wide range of baked goods, offered through the culinary talents of OLV parents and St. Mary’s parishioners. You can also purchase food, crafts, and other unique items from local vendors. And just in time for Christmas, we’ll be selling our 3rd annual OLV angel ornament. Much has changed since the last OLV Holiday Fair, including the opening of the Grace Rett Athletic Complex and Education Center (G.R.A.C.E. Center), which has truly transformed the landscape of OLV and opened up new athletic and extracurricular activities for the students. All are welcomed for a fun-filled day in support of some great kids.

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Grant helps to improve Adult Social Center The Douglas Adult Social Center was chosen to receive a $25,000 Earmarked Grant for improvements to the facility. Because of this funding they were able to make bathroom doors electronic handicap accessible, added cabinets for storage, a new coffee bar, a 75 inch flat screen TV and window treatments throughout the center. Members are very excited about all of these additions especially the bathroom doors they were very hard to navigate for handicapped patrons before this renovation was completed. “I’ve been coming to the Adult Social Center for 9 years and I have always seen great community work and the requirement for capital improvements. To the State $25,000 may seem like a small amount of money but, to the community it is transformational.” stated Rep. Joseph McKenna.

Thanksgiving Project needs your help

~ COFFee BReAK TIMe ~ Patrice Rousseau Director/Outreach Case Manager of the Douglas Adult Social Center with Representative Joseph McKenna.

The Uxbridge Senior Center is organizing their annual Thanksgiving lunch distribution to over 200 seniors and homebound. They are looking for assistance from volunteers to make this project a success. The amount of organization and preparation is surmountable, but with many hands, the work is attainable and rewarding. This project will take place on Monday, November 21st at the Uxbridge Senior Center located at 36 South Main Street. Volunteers can help by donating small cans of cranberry sauce, gravy, or monetary donations to the senior center are welcome. Others may help by volunteering their time to help package or deliver the meals. In addition, the senior center is accepting names of Uxbridge residents that would like a lunch. Please call the center and indicate if you would like the meal

delivered to your home or if would prefer to pick it up. If you can help in anyway, please reach out to the Uxbridge Senior Center by Tuesday, November 8th, contact Lisa Bernard, Director, at 508278-8622. Thank you for your support.

Abolitionist Legacy focus of service The public is invited to attend a special church service at the former Unitarian Church in Uxbridge, located at 15 North Main Street (Rte. 122), Sunday, November 6th at 10:30 a.m. The service will be led by Rev. Patricia Hatch, minister of the Unitarian Congregation of Mendon & Uxbridge. Rev. Hatch will reflect on the abolitionist legacy in Uxbridge and how those progressive nineteenth century values still resonate today. All are welcome, and refreshments will be provided.

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senior corner November events at Uxbridge Senior Center The following events will be hosted this month by the Uxbridge Senior Center. The center is located at 36 South Main Street, Uxbridge, MA. Tuesdays, Nov 1st, 8th, 9th, 22nd & 29th – 9:00 am – SHINE Appointments available for health insurance questions with Pat Nectow. Please call 508-278-8622 to schedule. Appointments will be available until Dec 6th. Tuesday, Nov 1st – 12:00 pm – Elvis is in the House! An Elvis impersonator will be performing during our lunch. This entertainment is courtesy of Bob Burbank’s family in honor of his 80th Birthday! Happy Birthday Bob! Thursday, Nov 3rd – 10:30 am – 11:30 am – Veterans’ Services with Carl Bradshaw by appointment only. Call 508-278-8622 to sign up. Thursday, Nov 3rd – 12:30 pm – “PopUp Library”. Books will be on display to check out, library card sign-ups, book hold pick-ups, etc. This program being offered by the Uxbridge Free Public Library. Friday, Nov 4th – 12:00 pm – Lunch & Learn with Chief Montminy. His guest speaker will be Christopher Murphy, Mass 911 Equipment Distribution Program (MassEDP). Please call ahead to reserve your lunch. Tuesday, Nov 8th – 1:00 pm – Uxbridge Library Book Club. They will be reading Everything I never Told You by Celeste Ng. You are welcome to join us for lunch on this day. Please remember to RSVP. Tuesday, Nov 8th – 1:00 pm – Benefit Enrollment Specialist – TriValley, Inc. Call the senior center to book an appointment with Katelynn Wackell. Next date will be Dec 13th. Wednesday, Nov 9th – 1:30 pm – Owl Paint Craft with Sally! Donation $5.00. Call or stop by to sign up EARLY! ZUMBA Classes for Seniors Thursday, Nov 10th & 17th – 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Amy Smith will be your instructor. Classes will be held at the McCloskey School, 62 Capron Street. Chair Yoga Classes Thursday, Nov 10th & 17th – 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm – Dr. David Tapscott will be your instructor. Classes will be held at the McCloskey School, 62 Capron Street. The suggested donation for this class is $25.00 each for Zumba & Yoga classes. Checks may be payable to the Uxbridge Senior Center. Applications and waiver forms are required prior to the start of this program. No Classes on Nov 3rd & Nov 24th. Friday, Nov 11th – The Senior Center will be closed in observance of Veteran’s Day. We will re-open on Monday, Nov 14th. "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." — John F. Kennedy Tuesday, Nov 15th – 1:00 pm – Trip to Hobby Lobby with Sally. Please call ahead or stop in to sign up. Thursday, Nov 17th – 12:00 pm – Annual Thanksgiving Party Sponsored by the UEC. Kathy Penza and the UHS stu-

dents with will provide entertainment! Call ahead to reserve your lunch. Friday, Nov 18th – 12:00 pm – Dr. Allison Tupaj from Blackstone Valley Physical Therapy presents “Fall Safety”. Call ahead to reserve your lunch. Monday, Nov 21st – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm -Thanksgiving Meal Distribution. Tuesday, Nov 22nd – 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Ask the Nurse Free Blood Pressure Clinic with Nancy Favulli, Salmon Health VNA. RSVP to participate and to join us for lunch. Tuesday, Nov 22nd – 1:30 pm – Library Building Focus Group – Please join us to discuss the future plans of the Uxbridge Library.

Give Thanks You are welcome to come and share your thoughts and ideas. Thursday, Nov 23rd, 24th & 25th – The senior center will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving. We will re-open on Monday, Nov 28th. Monday, Nov 28th – 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Pick up your Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at the senior center. Monday, Nov 28th - 1:30 pm – “Ask the Attorney” with Attorney Ralph Tepper by appointment only. Please Call 508-278-8622 to schedule your appointment at the Uxbridge Senior center.

Wednesday, Nov 30th – Movie Trip to Blackstone Valley 14 Cinema De Lux with lunch at Wendy’s. Senior movie ticket price: $7.75 and popcorn & soda $4.50 – Movie & Time TBA and space on van is limited. Card Game played on Monday and BINGO on Wednesday during our congregate lunches. Open Medium Studio Day every Monday - 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Computer Class Tutoring every Monday – 3:00 pm by appointment only. Please call ahead to sign up. No class on Nov. 21st. Hannaford grocery shopping every Tuesday. Pick up begins at 8:30 AM. Please sign up in advance by calling us at 508-278-8622 to reserve your seat on the van. Knitting Club every Tuesday @ 1:30 pm – Come join the fun! 1st and 3rd Wednesday – Nov 2nd & 16th – Bank & Pharmacy Rides. Please call at least 24 hours in advance. Every Wednesday - “Canasta” Hand, Knee & Foot Card Game – 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Please call to sign up and join in on the fun! 2nd Thursday – November 10th – 8:30 am - Shaws/Ocean State Shopping Rides. Please call at least 24 hours in advance. Medical Transportation is accepting appointments. Call 508-2788622 to schedule your rides. The senior center is in need of the following donations: Newly packaged napkins, paper towels, tissues, toilet paper, ground regular & decaf coffee. We thank you for your support! Feel free to contact us at 508-278-8622 or visit us on our web page at or like us on our FB page or by googling Uxbridge Senior Center and our new YouTube Channel or even dropping by.

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Plummer Place November activities for Senior Citizens and the companionship of fellow veterans. This event is cosponsored by Senator Ryan Fattman, Rep. Dave Muradian, and Northbridge Police and Fire Departments. Please call Amy at Plummer Place to sign up. Billiards Organized Games every Wednesday from 8:30-10:30. This is not a league, just an organized time that you know there will be others to hang out with and play a few games. Open to all, no charge, and no need to sign up. “A Night of Spirit Messages”, FINE’s November fundraiser, Friday, November 11th from 6-8:00pm at the Knights of Columbus in Whitinsville. Support FINE and have an entertaining evening with friends! Tickets are $50 each, cash bar, snacks provided. Sign up at Plummer Place. UNIPAY from UNIBANK is now available through F.I.N.E’s website to pay for any tickets for Plummer Place events. Go to FINE’s website at and click on the UNIPAY link, follow the very easy instructions and you’re done. It’s the quickest way to sign up for events at our Center. Call us if you need assistance with using UNIPAY.

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November 8th, 10:30-11:30 a.m. SHINE Informational Meeting, Tuesday, November 15th @ 10:00am. Medicare Open Enrollment begins October 15th through December 7th. It’s important to review your Medicare options every year during open enrollment to make sure you have the plan that works best for you next year. Our SHINE counselor, Chet Twardzicki, will be here to help you understand changes to your current plan, as well as discuss other options you may have. Please call the office to sign up. Volunteers Needed for Tax Prep: TaxAide, a partnership between the IRS and the AARP Foundation, needs volunteer counselors to help low and moderate income persons in our community

SMOC Fuel Assistance 2022-2023 deadline is 4/30/23. If you or someone you know is struggling financially due to this winter’s heating bills, the Fuel Assistance Program may help. This income-based program begins November 1st and helps defray the cost of winter heating bills with applications accepted until April 30, 2023. Our Center is processing applications for residents; families and individuals under SMOC. Call Jeanne White at the Center for assistance. Women’s Discussion Group and Coffee Hour, Wednesday, November 9th from 1-2:00pm. Call Amy to sign up. Salmon VNA Blood Pressure Clinic, Tuesday, November 8th, 11 a.m.-12:00. Veterans Services Rep., Tuesday

Douglas Calendar of events for Seniors All daily activities are free of charge. You are welcome to stop in the center anytime to check out an activity. THE CENTER WILL BE CLOSED ON NOVEMBER 11th & 24th. CLOSING at 12 p.m. on NOVMEBER 23rd. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! • BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC ON MONDAY 11/21 @ 10:00 AM • MOVIE & PASTA LUNCH ON THURSDAY 11/3 @ 12 PM, $4.00 p/p. • FUEL ASSISTANCE FOR NEW APPLICANTS ON TUESDAY 11/8. THEY WILL BE HERE FROM 10:30 TO 3:00. YOU MUST CALL THE CENTER TO SCHEDULE A TIME TO COME IN. THIS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. • MEMORY DETECTING w/ STEVE ON WEDNESDAY 11/9 @ 11:30, CHICKEN & STUFFING LUNCH $4.00 p/p. Steve does metal detecting and brings artifacts with him to show. You may recognize a piece or learn something new. Should be very interesting to see his finds. • HEART TO HOME LUNCHEON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10th @

DAILY ACTIVITIES: Monday: Painting class 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Balance & Strength Exercise 10 a.m., Mat yoga 2 p.m., Tuesday: Cribbage 9:30 a.m., Zumba 9:30 a.m., Bingo & lunch $4.00 11:30 a.m., Technology Class 1 p.m. by appointment only, Jenga 2 p.m., Wednesday: Balance & Strength 10 a.m., MahJong 1 p.m.. Thursday: Yoga 9:30 a.m., Hand & Foot cards 1 p.m., Friday: Balance & Strength 10 a.m. If you need to see a SHINE counselor you may contact the senior center and we can set this up for you. So much fun was had on Smile Day! We would like to thank UniBank for the pizza luncheon, and Webster First Federal Credit Union for the festive cupcake dessert. Entertainment was funny to say the least and made everyone smile and for this we thank the Douglas Cultural Council.

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Plummer Place, the home of the Northbridge Senior Center will host the following events “Daily Coffee Time” at Plummer Place starts November 1st. From 911:30am, Monday-Friday we will be brewing up fresh coffee and putting out lite snacks. We hope to see many of you that have enjoyed this time in the past, and hopefully see some new faces! “Take a Hike” will meet November 1st, 15th, and 29th, with destinations to be announced. There will be no walks in December. All walks start at 10:00am. Call Jeanne for more information. Blackstone Valley Physical Therapy Services, “Lunch & Learn” Wednesday, November 9th 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Join us for a pizza lunch and listen to the experts from BVPT on how to be safe in your home and how to safely use assistive devices you may be given after a fall or setback. Come with your questions, sign up at the front desk. Senior Veterans Day Breakfast, Thursday, November 10th 9:00-10:00 am. Senior Veterans, please join us on this very special morning to honor and thank you! Enjoy a catered breakfast

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school News Beginning Bridges plan Activities Beginning Bridges CFCE‘s vision is for children, youth and families to reach their full potential now and in the future. Our mission is to work with families and community partners to create the conditions for children, youth and families to thrive socially, academically and economically. Funding for the Coordinated Family & Community Engagement Grant (CFCE) is provided by the Massachusetts Dept. of Early Education and Care (EEC) and sponsored by South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC - Childcare/Head Start). Beginning Bridges CFCE has funding for the towns of Mendon, Northbridge, Upton & Uxbridge. Currently, our FREE comprehensive services include weekly indoor and outdoor parent/child playgroups. We also offer parent education programs, the Ages & Stages Developmental Quest-ionnaire and can connect families to community resources. UPCOMING EVENTS: Mondays through Fridays, Parent Child Playgroups, 9:00 to 10:45am, at the Uxbridge Playcenter, located at 9 North Main Street, Uxbridge, MA, lower left office. Tuesday, 11/08/22, Music and Movement with Deb Hudgins, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Upton Town Library. Check Library website for location and registration information. Wednesdays, Music and Movement with Deb Hudgins, 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. at Whitinsville Social Library. Check Library website for registration information. Thursdays, 12/01/22 – 01/12/2023, Hop, Hop, Hop a lot! Stories, Songs and Wiggles, 9:15 to 11:00 am at the Uxbridge Playcenter, 9 North Main Street, Uxbridge, MA, lower left office. Check website for more information. Thursday, 12/01/22, Parent Education Workshop with Jill Vetstein, Preparing Your Family for the ALL the Emotions of the Holidays. 7:00 to 8:30 pm – zoom link to be e-mailed after registration. Please see website for more information. Thursdays, 12/08, 01/05, Coffee and Conversations, 9:30 to 10:30 am at Taft Public Library, 29 North Ave in Mendon, join us for an informal drop-in playtime where families will be able to build social connections, learn about early childhood development and family friendly resources. Please bring your own coffee. Muffins from Muffin House Cafe will be provided. Registration is required for all upcoming events. Links can be accessed on our website (BeginningBridgesCFCE. or contact Emily Murray at 508-278-5110 or Emurray@smoc. org.

Uxbridge High School Drama Club sets performance date

Members of the Uxbridge high School Drama Club

The Uxbridge High School Drama Club will present The Play That Goes Wrong by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19 in the Uxbridge High School Auditorium starting at 7:00 p.m. The play is presented with permission from Dramatists Play Service Inc. The Play That Goes Wrong is a comedy romp about a community theater guild that attempts to put on a murder mystery play, The Murder at Haversham Manor. Things begin rocky and promptly proceed to utter disaster, but

the plucky group gamely soldiers on. With slamming doors, sibling rivalry, a philandering fiancee, and runaway dog, the mishaps don’t stop. And yet -- the show must go on! In 2015 The Play That Goes Wrong won Best Comedy at the 2015 Laurence Olivier Awards and has been running since 2012 in London. Fortyfour UHS students are involved in this production. Come and enjoy an evening of hilarious comedy fit for the whole family! Tickets will be available at the door - $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and senior citizens.

BVT Admissions to hold Open House Tours November 16th Pleasant Street in Upton and see for yourself how BVT is transforming education and the lives of its students. Meet staff members who will be on hand as a resource to answer questions about academics, student support services, student activities, and the admissions process. The schedule of events will include

Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School will hold an Open House for prospective students and their families on Wednesday, November 16th, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There is no pre-registration needed to attend this in-person event. The evening is an opportunity to tour the state-of-the-art facility located at 65

mini-sessions featuring the Special Education program and the support available to students at BVT and during the application process. Also, learn more about the Spanish Immersion program and how to enroll. If you are interested in learning more, visit

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Open Sky appoints Benvenuto as CFO Duhamel begins term Open Sky Community Services, a non-profit human services and behavioral health organization located in Worcester and with programs throughout Central Mass, has appointed a new Chief Financial Officer, according to Ken Bates, President and CEO. Mary Benvenuto, of Blackstone, has been appointed to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective October 3, 2022. Mary replaces Anthony Consolmagno who left to join Fallon Health in August. Mary comes to Open Sky with close to 20 years of experience in the areas of Finance, Strategy and Leadership. Most recently, she served as CFO at Manet Community Health Center in Quincy where she was responsible for Finance and Revenue Cycle, Information Technology and Pharmacy. Prior

Mary Benvenuto to that she held senior executive roles in Finance and Operations at Last Mile Health in Boston and at the United Way

of Rhode Island in Providence, RI. She also held several positions in financial reporting and accounting for for-profit companies and has served on the Boards for Blackstone Valley Boys and Girls Club, Youth Pride Providence and the Blackstone Millville School District Strategic Planning Committee. Mary has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Bryant University in Rhode Island and a Master’s of Science degree in Accounting from Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. “Mary has the right technical, strategic and leadership skills to help Open Sky continue to grow and remain financially healthy, so that we can sustain our mission of serving the community through integrated whole person care,” said Bates. “I am thrilled she is joining our team.”

Coffey added to Rising Stars List 2022 magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence in the practice of law. FMI about Super Lawyers, visit Mirick O’Connell is a full-service business law firm with offices in Westborough, Worcester and Boston, Massachusetts. Founded in 1916, Mirick O'Connell combines leadership, experience and quality professional

Ashley P. Coffey Ashley P. Coffey, of Northbridge, has been selected to the 2022 Massachusetts Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Coffey is an associate in the Land Use and Environmental Law Group and the Public and Municipal Law Group at Mirick O'Connell. She represents entities buying, selling, financing, and leasing commercial real estate. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional

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Chris Duhamel, Principal at DiPrete Engineering, has begun his term as President of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) as the 2022-23 President. Duhamel began his term at the conclusion of the organization’s 101st annual meeting, held August 23–26 in Carlsbad, California. A resident of Westerly, Rhode Island, Duhamel has served as a member of the Rhode Island State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers since 2008 and is a past board president and secretary and current vice president. Duhamel also serves on the Westerly Town Council for 18 years and is a URI Adjunct Professor for the Civil Engineering Capstone Design Course. As President of NCEES, Duhamel has established primary goals to support

NCEES’ mission on a national level including outreach to the public, assisting members of the military, expanding licensure mobility, and addressing threats to licensure that undermine public protection. “We are all very proud of Chris and his accomplishments over the years,” said Dennis DiPrete, President of DiPrete Engineering. NCEES is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing professional licensure for engineers and surveyors. NCEES develops, administers, and scores the examinations used for engineering and surveying licensure in the United States. DiPrete Engineering is a leading civil engineering, planning and surveying firm. The firm has offices in Cranston, RI, Newport, RI, Dedham, and now Uxbridge.


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Corridor seeks nominations for Chafee Heritage Awards The John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (BHC) is seeking nominations for John H. Chafee Heritage Awards. This award honors individuals or groups who have worked on projects, programs, and institutions that promote the cultural heritage and the preservation of natural areas and strive to enrich the quality of life in the Blackstone River Valley. BHC established the award to honor the late Senator John H. Chafee and recognize citizens and organizations whose work in the Blackstone Valley embodies Chafee’s vision and ideas. Recipients have included community leaders, preservation heroes, business partners, environmental advocates, or students whose achievements resulted in public benefit. To nominate someone for the award, submit a nomination form citing their accomplishments. There is a separate category for students. Find the form at Nominations must be received by November 30th, 2022, and can be mailed to John H. Chafee Award, Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, 670 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, MA, 01588, or emailed to Devon Kurtz at

Karyn Rossacci recently joined the staff of Milford Regional Medical Center as the new director of Employee Health. Rossacci comes to Milford Regional with nearly 20 years of experience in professional nursing and teaching. Prior to joining MRMC, she served as Chief Nursing Officer for Gothams LLC, setting up and developing clinics and travel teams to treat COVID-19 patients. Karyn Rossacci She also served as a nurse practitioner for Reliant Medical Group, a clinical nurse manager/nurse practitioner for Marlborough Hospital and worked as the director of Medical Nursing Services for Tewksbury Hospital. She also taught nursing classes at Anna Maria College and Regis College as an Assistant Professor and Instructor, respectively. As the director of Employee Health, Rossacci will work with Human Resources and Infection Control to oversee the health, wellness, and safety services and policies for Milford Regional’s 2,400+ employees and medical staff. Rossacci is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice and received her Master of Science in Nursing from Regis College and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Karyn join the Milford Regional team as the new director of Employee Health,” said Vice President of Human Resources Alice Hall. “Her years of experience and proficiency as both a nursing professional and educator have already proven to be a valuable asset and will continue to greatly benefit the employees of Milford Regional.” Rossacci is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. She also volunteers for the Princess Program Foundation, which features volunteers who dress up as princesses and heroes to bring smiles to pediatric patients and their families.

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Sally U. (Fairbanks) Roche, 83 Sally U. (Fairbanks) Roche, 83, passed away Sept. 24, 2022 at Boston Medical Center after a period of declining health. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Raymond V. Roche Sr. She is also survived by her 3 children, Raymond Roche Jr. and his wife Grace of Uxbridge, Theresa Clifton and her husband Bruce of Mendon, and Cheryl Bedard and her husband Greg of Uxbridge; 5 grandchildren Mathew Bedard and his wife Allie of Hudson, NH, Jennifer D’Agostino and her husband Domenic of Uxbridge, Stephanie Clifton and her fiancé Ray Pemberton of Uxbridge, Shawn Clifton and his girlfriend Dena Lombardi of Mendon, and Andrew Roche of Uxbridge; her great-granddaughter Madelyn Rose; 2 siblings, Arthur “Art” Fairbanks and his wife Anne of Hopkinton and Madeline Ledin of Rockland, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Robert Fairbanks. Born in Canton, MA on October 27, 1938 she was the daughter of Alfred and Madeline (Martin) Fairbanks, and grew up in Hopkinton. A graduate of Hopkinton High School Class of 1956, Sally was a homemaker, but also worked at St.’s Variety and Lynch’s both in Uxbridge, and the Donut Hole in Mendon. She enjoyed staying home to raise her children and worked as a crossing guard at her children’s school. She loved her family dearly, especially her grandchildren, and was happy to help care for them when they were children. Over the years Sally enjoyed travelling the country with her Ray in their motorhome, and spending winters in Florida, especially St. Petersburg, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Always active she enjoyed walking, bike riding, crafting, and spending time with her grandkids.

mill exhibit______________ continued from front page wait to view the video screenings on December 2nd!” This exhibit will open to the public on Monday, November 14th, during regular gallery hours from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The wine and cheese Artists' Reception, with both artists in attendance, will take place on Friday, December 2nd from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and the video screenings will immediately follow the reception in the Singh Performance Center at the same location from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Regular gallery hours for this exhibit will be held weekly Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. until the exhibit ends on December 23rd. Visits outside of regular gallery hours are by appointment only and can be made by calling 508-234-6232 or emailing For more information about the exhibit with links to participating artists’ websites, visit openskycs. org/news-events. To learn more about ValleyCAST and/or Open Sky Community Services, visit

CARe BeARS - Matt McLaughlin delivering teddy bears to Shriners Children’s hospital Boston. Thank you to everyone who donated to the stuffed animal drive. Over $1200 and over 200 stuffed animals were donated to the children at Shriner's hospital. “Almost 31 years ago today that I was admitted to Shriner's and remember how much I loved the teddy bear that they gave me to take home when I was discharged.” you truly have made a huge impact in the lives of so many children. Thank you so much for your generosity!

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Jane (Buczynski) Nichelson, 98 Jane (Buczynski) Nichelson, 98, of Whitinsville passed away peacefully in her sleep on October 10, 2022 while at Adviniacare in Northbridge. She was the wife of the late Jack A. Nichelson who died in 2001. Jane, and her late twin brother, John, were born Feb. 24, 1924 in Northbridge, MA, the youngest children of the late Ignatz and Amelia (Gabreseska) Buczynski. She was a graduate of Northbridge High School and went on to work at Tupperware and Fenwall for many years. She lived in Northbridge for most of her life and for a short time in Pensacola, FL, which she often talked about with great fondness. Jane was a woman of faith and a lifelong member of the North Uxbridge Baptist Church. She was very active with the Northbridge Senior Center, donating her time there well into her 90s. Even more impressive, she hiked Purgatory Chasm at the age of 85 and was featured on the evening news when she went indoor skydiving at the age of 90. Her ability to keep up with her great-grandkids was something she took great pride in. Jane had the most infectious laugh and she was the true definition of “small but mighty”, with her feisty personality and quick-witted sense of humor. To know her was to love her. Jane is survived by her son Oliver D. Nichelson and his wife Dixie of America Fork, UT and her daughter Joyce (Nichelson) Letourneau and husband Donald of Uxbridge, MA. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren, and fifteen great-great grandchildren. In addition to her aforementioned husband, twin brother, and parents, she was also predeceased by six older siblings and her oldest grandson. “Be what you want to be in life and work hard at it!” – Jane Nichelson


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