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“Your Hometown News” VOLUME 19 • ISSUE 4

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Uxbridge • North Uxbridge • Linwood • Douglas • Northbridge • Whitinsville • Sutton • Manchaug

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Uxbridge Man Survives Earthquake In Haiti Another resident returns to minister aid By Constance Dwyer “I have been asking myself a lot…What is my life all about? I believe now, more than ever, it is…to help the poorest of the poor as Jesus has called us to do.” Todd Pihl, Uxbridge, Haiti earthquake survivor Thankful to still be alive after facing the devastation of the Haiti earthquake, Todd Pihl of Uxbridge considers his survival as a “bit of a miracle.” He was in Haiti with a para-church group, Mission E4 to “work with the poor in Haiti” from January 9th - l6th when a devastating earthquake struck on January 12th. “I was in the pediatric ward with Mission E4 president Scott Long visiting a sick boy about 7 years of age when the earthquake hit. It sounded like a bomb and the whole ground was moving back and forth, like waves on a lake. The earthquake lasted about 37 seconds, which seemed like an eternity. You could not even move--the ground was rolling under our feet. When we were able to make it outside it looked and felt like Armageddon, the earth coming to an end. Everyone was in the streets. It was total devastation.” He said, to this day, he can still hear the Haitian people crying out to “Jezi,” Creole for Jesus. “In the midst of the destruction there is revival in Haiti. Every night from sun down to sun up Haitian people gather and are crying out to God. The reports coming back from teams are that this continues even now. It is awe inspiring to witness the faith of these people in the midst of what is going on” Over the following week the team of 40 helped the injured and he is still amazed that none of his team “even got a scratch,” despite the surrounding destruction. “There were large walls that fell next to one of the team busses. A telephone pole fell 2 feet in front of


one of our buses. It is truly a miracle that none of us were hurt when over 200,000 people died around us.” Todd explained that Mission E4 sends people to Haiti every month and they were primarily working in Leogane (epicenter of earthquake). They have been able to get 1,000 tents, although they were promised 5,000 through one of the big aid groups. The aid is coming too slow. “The need is still there and it’s important to work with the local pastors to get the aid out since they understand how to do it and have their networks in place. The government agencies don’t have the same networking capability. It is a very difficult situation and it has not improved much since the earthquake first hit” He remarked that since the Chile earthquake Haiti is now in the background, but 250,000 people died in Haiti compared to 800 in Chile. “Both situations are very bad, but it’s disconcerting to me that Haiti is not in the news anymore. I suppose that is the nature of the media. I’m still struggling with what I can do. I just tell as many people as I can and try not to look at the whole situation and become overwhelmed and give up. I encourage people to just do what God is calling them to do, whether that is to pray, to give money or supplies, to support a Haitian child through MissionE4 website or to go to Haiti. There is an opportunity to go and learn and be an encouragement to these people who are suffering and have lost their homes, friends, and families.” He somberly added that when you see so many people die in an instant, you recognize that “there’s a day of reckoning for all of us”. I have been asking myself a lot over the past month, “What is my life all about?” I believe now more than ever it is to reach out and serve the widows, and the continued on page 20 PrESOrTED STANDArD US POSTAGE PAID BOSTON, MA PErMIT NO 55800


Welcome Spring! Students Enter Safe Driving Video Contest Uxbridge High School students have jumped in the director’s chairs to bring to life – and video – an important message about safe and sober driving during the prom and graduation seasons as participants in the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) 2010 Dance. Don’t Chance. video contest. Open to registered high school juniors and seniors across the state, teens write and produce 60-second videos promoting safe driving and discouraging underage drinking for the chance to win fabulous prom-related prizes.

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VOTE TODAY! sed. JAM’N 94.5 radio personalities will select the winning video after students and the general public have cast votes for their favorites. “The creative efforts of these students

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help spread vitally important messages to the least experienced drivers in the Commonwealth, their peers,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Mary Elizabeth Heffernan. “I commend the students who have submitted videos for working so diligently to bring attention to the dangerous risky behaviors of some teenagers who climb behind the wheel. We should all be concerned.” The Dance. Don’t Chance. contest winners will receive prizes from a number of sponsors. Prizes included: continued on page 21

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Organic regulations finalized Dear Editor, The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently finalized regulations that will ensure organically certified production practices are in keeping with the spirit of what an organic label means to consumers. The organic rule already required that producers afford access to pasture to receive certification, but the new rule will clarify vague language about how much grazing is enough and the limited circumstances under which animals can be denied pasture access. Previous requirements, for instance, allowed some products to receive the certified organic label although the animals rarely set foot outside a confined animal feeding operation (CAFO). To obtain the label under the new rule, producers will have to give livestock access to the outdoors year-round and graze animals throughout the grazing season, which must be at least 120 days. The rules ensure that minimum amount of an animals’ food come from pasture. A report by the Union of Concerned Scientists found that grazing animals on pasture is not only less damaging to the environment than raising animals inside confined operations, but that meat and milk from grass-fed cows can contain higher levels of good fats that may provide health benefits. USDA’s new rules will remove ambiguity for producers in meeting organic standards and give consumers greater confidence that milk and meat bearing the organic label have been produced in ways that truly benefit people, animals, and the environment. Brise tencer; Food policy advocate

Vaillancourt Folk Art vies for official maker distinction Dear Editor, representative Jennifer Callahan of Sutton recently sponsored legislation that would make Vaillancourt Folk Art the official Christmas ornament and collectible maker of Massachusetts. We are humbled and honored that rep. Callahan has taken time from her busy legislative schedule to assist our company. In these tough economic times we have seen the multi billion dollar Christmas industry force many American Christmas Manufacturers out of business and have seen the Chinese dominate this market. As it stands Vaillancourt Folk Art is one of a hand full of American manufacturers left in the country. This Designation would be extremely helpful in enabling us to get a foot hold in the Federal and State buildings that decorate for the holidays as well as many of America’s finer museums. This filing by representative Callahan is very consistent with her ongoing support of small businesses in the valley. When we were relocating our business and considering options outside of Massachusetts, rep Callahan was the only public official that made sure we stayed in the valley. When it came to

highway signage it was rep Callahan that assisted us in the process. In order to get the State Office of Travel and Tourism to list our studios, rep. Callahan brought the Undersecretary of Economic Development to our site and it was resolved. representative Callahan continuously brings state officials not only to our business, but to other businesses in the area. A lot of politicians talk about helping small business, but typically in Massachusetts the only thing that gets done in Boston is creating paperwork

and legislation that make it more difficult for small businesses to survive. In talking with other small business owners in the valley, it is apparent that rep. Callahan understands and continuously assists the companies in her district. I know that Jennifer Callahan’s work on behalf of Vaillancourt Folk Art and our 20 plus employees has been of

tremendous assistance in keeping our company alive and thriving in the Blackstone Valley. It is all about jobs and rep. Callahan has assisted in keeping our workers employed. Gary Vaillancourt President Vaillancourt Folk Art More letterS on paGe 19

Sticker Shock... Letter to the Editor, I am sorry that reader Ms. Carol Zabinski was offended by one of the scads of bumper stickers on my little car. As soon as it has faded, rest assured, I will cover it with a brand new one that is my favorite and only pokes fun of myself and paranoiacs intent on reading subversive agendas in bumper sticker messages. It reads: EVIL MUTANT LIBErAL.


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each other. runners undergo intensive and grueling training to prepare for the 26.2-mile run and look up to their young patients as motivation to keep running regardless of what hurts. The young patients develop an optimistic mindset, distracting them from their illness as well as gaining a new life-long friendship. Katie’s patient partner for the second year in a row is Kathleen Lutz of Auburn. Katie and Kathleen look forward to working together again. All proceeds raised from each DFMC runner go directly to fund the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, a worldrenowned leader in cancer research and treatment. More than $43 million has

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Spring Night Out in Douglas Shed those winter blues and plan to spend an evening out in Douglas on Wednesday, April 28th, when the Douglas Democrats host their first annual Spring Night Out. The evening will start at the E.N. Jenckes Store Museum with wine and cheese and socializing at this historic jewel located on Main Street. Tour the general store and talk with those who work hard to preserve and protect this unique National Historic register property. The evening will continue with a buffet supper at Falzone’s restaurant, also located on Main Street, offering deli-

ciously prepared entrees and mouth watering side dishes. The Falzone brothers bring the flavor of Boston’s North End to Douglas and you will enjoy a most delicious meal. return to the E.N. Jenckes Store Museum for special live music and a chocolate tasting to round out the evening. This is a unique package especially designed to support local businesses and organizations in Douglas. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $25 each. Please call Lisa at 508341-4876 for tickets. Space is limited and you won’t want to miss this special evening!

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Uxbridge Fire Association holds Easter Flower Sale On April 2nd and 3rd the Uxbridge Fire Association will be selling flowers for Easter. This event will take place in the Municipal Parking Lot at the Saver’s Bank on North Main St., in Uxbridge. On Friday, April 2nd during the hours

of 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday, April 3rd, the hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For further information please contact Captain Melissa Blodgett at the Uxbridge Fire Department, 508-2782787.

Douglas Historical Society membership meeting date set The Douglas Historical Society will be holding its annual membership meeting from 1:00–4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 18th, at the E.N. Jenckes Store Museum located at 283 Main Street in Douglas. A terrific selection of breads and soups are shared among attendees as society members gather to prepare for the coming year of business, programs and events that will be held at the store

museum. Among those anticipated this year is the return of the farmers market on the store museum grounds, a rhubarb challenge, special Friday evening programs, Octoberfest, Ladies Night and more. The much anticipated spring event is open to the public and it is a favorite among members. For information and membership details, visit the web site at www.DouglasHistoricalSociety. org.

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Newcomers & Natives News Uxbridge Blood Drive at VFW on April 26th The Uxbridge Newcomers & Natives Club (UNNC) is a non-profit, fraternal organization established for the benefit of the community and is designed to enable individuals, couples and families to enjoy activities together as well as socialize and network with fellow members and neighbors. Here is a list of events to be held in the next  two months: Monday, April 5 - General Membership meeting at 7:30 p.m.  Saturday, April 10 - Family Candlepin Bowling,  Billiards  & Pizza Party  at Sparetime Lanes in Whitinsville (small member & non-member fees apply)  Our Interest Groups continue to meet on a regular basis as follows:  Book Club meets  on the 3rd Wednes-

day of the month, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Craft Club meets  on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday of the month, 7:15 pm-9:15 p.m.  Men's Cards Club meets on the last Saturday of the month, 7-10:00 p.m.  Playgroup  meets Wednesday mornings, 9-11:00 a.m. at the Community House on Court Street (behind the Town Common) for children age 5 and under. Walking Club meets 1 to 3 times per week, weather permitting. Movie Club meets on the last Saturday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Additional details can be found at our website: or by emailing

The American red Cross is holding their monthly Uxbridge Blood Drive on Monday, April 26th at the Uxbridge V.F.W. Hall on route 16 between 2:00 -7:00 p.m. All presenting Blood Donors will receive a Free red Cross Umbrella. To ensure the quickest possible process, please call 800-rEDCrOSS  (800) 733-2767 or visit for more information or to schedule your appointment to donate blood. Walk-In donors are always welcome, however appointments are preferred. Blood donors must be at least 16 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in general

good health. “You may safely donate blood every 56 days, and many donors do it every other month”, says Adam Edelstein, Blood Donor recruiter for the American red Cross. “We hold blood drives once a month at the Uxbridge V.F.W. so that donors who want to get on a regular donation schedule can do so.” Each pint of blood collected can save the lives of up to three hospital patients, as it is separated into red Cells, Platelets & Plasma. The goal for this blood drive is to get 80 people through the door, which should yield 65 pints.    “There is no substitute for human


blood. Life saving blood is only available to hospital patients when donated by volunteer community members like you” adds Edelstein. The entire process takes about one hour (registration, Health History, Donation Time, followed by time at the canteen).  Please invest an hour of your day and Give the Gift of Life!

New Lions Club Uxbridge Lions Club; An Exciting New Venture, will be holding an organizational meeting on Wednesday, April 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Lydia Taft House, 60 Quaker Highway. Learn what The Lions Club can mean for you and your community. For more information, call 508-8684933 or

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Holy Week & Easter Sunrise Services the northBriDGe aSSc. of chUrcheS (NAC) will host an ecumenical Good Friday Service on April 2nd, Noon-3:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church located at 51 Cottage Street in Whitinsville. The theme will be "The Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross," with rev. rick Underwood, as the coordinator. You may come and go any time during the three hours. The Northbridge Association of Churches (NAC) will host an ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service on April 4 at 6:45 a.m. at the Whitinsville Town Common. rev. robert Sherwood will be the coordinator. refreshments will follow at Trinity Church.

the firSt eVanGelical conGreGational chUrch of Uxbridge located on the town common is pleased to announce that on Thursday, April 1st, they will present an Upper room Service beginning with a meal of soup, bread, cheeses and fruit. The service will be followed by the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper around the tables. At 6 a.m. on Easter Sunday we will hold a Sunrise Service at the river Bend State Park. The service will be followed by breakfast in the Fellowship room of the Community House. Our Annual Easter Sunday Service will be held at 9:30 a.m. with special Hymns, the Easter Story, and a church filled with Lilies. All are welcome.


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Barbara (Rice) Frabotta

Losing a loved one or friend to cancer is a devastating experience and often the support of others can make a huge difference in the healing process. This new support group, facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker, offers an opportunity for those who have experienced the loss of a significant person in their lives to cancer to come together to support one another and explore ways to cope with their grief and loss. It meets on the second Monday of each month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Woman’s Pavilion Conference room, located on the 4th floor of the Hill Health Center at Milford regional Medical Center. There is no cost to attend and registration is not necessary. For information, call Margie Gonzalez, LICSW at (508) 473-1190, extension 3119.


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UXBrIDGE - Barbara (rice) Frabotta, 78, of Uxbridge passed away on March 10, in Beaumont Nursing Home after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. She leaves her husband of 52 years, Peter Frabotta, Jr.; four children, A. Katherine Lyons and her husband Neil of Whitinsville; Susan M. Frabotta and her partner Edward Bedard of Uxbridge, Peter Frabotta III of Goffstown, NH, and robert Frabotta and his wife Lynn of Northbridge; four grandchildren, Nathan and Natalie Lyons; and Chloe and Olivia Frabotta; two brothers, Peter E. rice and Charles rice both of Uxbridge; a sister Helen Duffy of Uxbridge and several nephews and nieces. She was predeceased by her brother, Leo rice.

Born in Worcester on June 5, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Peter E. and Katherine (Tynan) rice and has lived in Uxbridge all her life. She graduated from Uxbridge High School and Memorial School of Nursing.  She worked as a registered nurse for many years at Children’s Hospitals in both Boston and New York City. She was a member of the Uxbridge Women’s Club and St. Mary’s Parish in Uxbridge.  In her spare time she enjoyed playing Scrabble, Bingo, crossword puzzles, and bowling in her younger years.  She loved to travel, dine out and enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s events and spending time with them as well.

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Spring 2010 Lawn & Garden BVC Concert Volunteers needed for benefit The event directors of “Keeping the downe Street Sunday, April 18th from Band performs HeartB.E.A.T” are looking for volun- 4:00 p.m.–12:00 a.m. The event will Show presented at The Hab teers to participate in their pediatric feature several bands, dance teams, On Saturday, April 17th from 10:00 Admission is free. The Hab will be Spring Concert cancer benefit. The event is being and DJ’s throughout the night. a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Hab will be having accepting donations for non-perishable The Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band will be performing their eighth annual Spring Concert, “Beyond the Horizon”, in the Northbridge High School Auditorium on Friday, April 30th, at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free, although donations will be gratefully accepted. The repertoire for this year's concert is music that expresses the beauty, mystery, and excitement of outer space. We’ll musically explore the planets, travel through the cosmos, and “go where no man has gone before”. Our musical explorations will include Symphonic Suite from Star Trek, Star Wars-The Marches, When You Wish Upon a Star, and Jupiter by Gustav Holst. We’ll continue our musical exploration of space with a return to earth for What a Wonderful World. Then we’ll move further into the universe with Journey Through Orion, Of a Distant Star, Transit of Venus March, Beyond the Horizon, and the fanfare from Also Sprach Zarathustra (music used in 2001 A Space Odyssey). In addition, the BVCCB will be premiering an arrangement of Fly Me to the Moon that was 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.

organized completely by college students in the Boston area – any students from any schools are welcome to participate! If interested in dancing, volunteering, performing, or promotion visit for more information and to sign up. Keeping the HeartB.E.A.T is a community event and is open to the general public after the purchase of a ticket. Keeping the HeartB.E.A.T is an 8hour dance marathon event benefiting the Jimmy Fund that will raise funds to aid the fight against pediatric cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event, arranged by the Berklee Entrepreneur Action Team and the college students of Boston, will be held at the House of Blues Boston on Lans-

If interested in performing or donating to the cause, visit or contact Nicole Egan to learn about entertainment and sponsorship opportunities.For more information, contact Nicole Egan at 267-3917763 or KeepingTheHeartbeat@Gmail .com or visit www.KeepingTheHeart

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food and paper products for the local food bank. Should you have any questions on the event, please contact, Event Coordinator, Tricia Trask @  Hope to see you there!

Polish Picnic The Uxbridge VFW Post 1385, Ladies Auxiliary, route 16, Uxbridge is sponsoring an Old Fashion Polish Picnic on Saturday, May 22nd from 1 – 6:00 p.m. Featured will be ethnic foods, polka dancing and games. Admission is free.



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Blackstone Heritage Corridor announces Partnership Grants At a press conference at the Asa Waters Mansion in Millbury on March 9th, Congressman richard Neal announced that the John H. Chafee Blackstone river Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission awarded a total of $173,970 to twenty organizations in the Blackstone Valley for projects ranging from historic preservation to river cleanup. Projects were selected from 47 applications the Commission received in response to the Call for Proposals it issued last November. Taking into account the match provided by applicants, the combined value of the projects is estimated

at close to $1.2 million. Funding was made possible by congressional appropriations, received by the Commission for the specific purpose of implementing partnership projects. "There are few initiatives in my career that I have been more excited about than this project," Neal said. "This has been a partnership on many levels. You will determine the fate of these initiatives. The technologies developed here in the valley were taken to every corner of the globe. It's the foundation of American history. “This is a perfect example of how the Heritage Corridor approach works,”

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Wanderlust the beginning of the end BY BOB HAIGIS It seems it never fails. When ever Peg and I are traveling, no matter where it may be, and we approach the end of a highway, the same question pops up into my head. ‘Is this the beginning or the end of the roadway?’ Of course the answer is always the same. It depends on which way you are headed. Normally we are moving when ever this occurs, and thus don’t devote much time to reflecting on the answer. We recently had the experience (and thrill as such) of standing still at the very terminus of one of America’s earliest, busiest and longest national highways – U.S. 1, as evidenced by the accompanying photo We were right in front of

490 Whitehead St. in Key West Florida: Originally known as the Atlantic Highway when the official Federal designation of U.S. 1 was assigned back in the 1920’s, the road eventually wound up pretty much as it stands today, connecting and unbroken between Key West and Ft. Kent Maine on the Canadian Border. It is over 2000 miles of hot top. Over the years, it has occasionally changed locations as it passes near or through major metropolitan areas. For example, recently the official mandate of the roadway was reassigned from its past route through parts

of metropolitan Boston. Now, instead of continuing East past rte. 128/95 in Dedham as it always has (I guess), it now follows 128/95 south, and then North through Boston on I93, and then picks up its original route up on the North Shore. All though not having any nickname like the famous route 66 (The Mother road), it none the less certainly was just as an important part of connecting America, and providing a means of traveling from one area to another. Actually, the highway was well known to Peg and me long before much of the now Eisenhower Interstate System was in place. In fact, it was on rte. 1 that we headed south on our honeymoon over 50 years ago in our ’47 Hudson. Even then it was apparent that a new and better system was needed, especially to by pass many of the heavily populated areas on the East Coast. Over the years we have used a lot of rubber on the strip of highway, in areas all up and down the coast. We have

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Peg and I elected to walk awhile and scout out the best sites. It was on one of these hikes that we wound up looking at the sign in the photo. Of course we were facing southward at the time. Directly on the other side of the narrow two lane roadway and facing north is a sister notice announcing: “BEGIN 1 MILE 0”. That made it official. For sure it depends on which way you are headed as to whether you are at the beginning or the end. We realized that we were not going to see much of the two by four mile dot in the Atlantic in the time we had unless we got some wheels. In addition we wound up at a hotel at the very northern end of the island, and around 3 miles from the old city. To get around, we rented an electric car out near the hotel. The little battery operated vehicle was really fun to drive around with a max speed of around 30mph. It had a few idiosyncrasies like most modes of transportation, but for sure we weren’t adding any pollution to the clear blue skies. On the trip down, we had discussed our time on the island, and picked out a few spots we just knew we wanted to see. Of course one of them was Hemmingway’s place behind the wall. Also on the list was Truman’s White House, certainly evoking strong memories from our earlier lives; the monument at the southern most point in the continental U.S.; the Navy Base and a few more selective attractions. The way things turned out, we only got to see most of them from the street. Two cruise ships had docked during the night, and the down town area was mobbed with tourists. The ships were huge, and that meant that probably another five thousand souls at least were roaming the city. In addition, parking spaces in the old city are at a premium, with most spaces posted “resident stickers”. Peg was having a problem walking at that time having injured her leg, so we forfeited trying to get into the main attractions in favor of having lunch perhaps in a quiet shore line eatery. That event was not to happen either as every spot we stopped at was standing room only. So, following a quick family conference, the solution was apparent and simple. While I sat in our mini car and watched for “meter maids and ticket troops”, Peg ducked into a local gourmet sandwich shop and came out with a meal to die for. Then, right next door she popped in and emerged with a jug of gourmet wine. From there we headed North along the coast and wound up having our belated lunch in a quiet spot in a marina. Here we alternated between enjoying our meal and chatting with local mariners. One place we did get to see and take photos of, but had to dodge a crowd to do it, was the monument at the southernmost spot in continental U.S. on the corner of South and Whitehead Sts. It gave us a kind of eerie feeling knowing that we were closer to Cuba than to Miami. The monument, just on a side street set up on a sidewalk, was mobbed with tourists from the cruise ships – mostly couples. It was a real “Kodak moment” continued on next page

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taking two overnite trips this spring. A 9 day trip to Memphis, Nashville, and Pigeon Forge (Dollywood), Tennessee is scheduled from April 24th - May 2nd.    This includes most dinners and breakfast every day along with  many shows and sightseeing tours.    Also  a 4 day trip is planned to Lancaster, PA  to see the new show "Joseph" at the Sight and Sound Theatre from June 7th - 10th.   All trips leave from Faith Fellowship Church, 647 Douglas St., Uxbridge. Call Sue  at 508-476-3438 for more information.

The Young at Heart group of Faith Fellowship Church will be going on a train ride on the Newport Dinner Train Thursday, May 13th.  Step back in time when dining aboard a luxury train was a statement of elegance and privilege. Enjoy the experience of rhode Island's only moving Dinner Train on a 22 mile, 2 1/2 hour sentimental journey along scenic Narragansett Bay. An elegant luncheon is served as you cruise along the ocean.  The Young at Heart group will also be

and everybody was exchanging cameras to be sure they got photos of themselves. One thing we enjoyed immensely was conversing with some of the locals who are called Conchs (pronounced Conks), and are direct descendants of the original settlers that came from Cuba and the Bahamas, some generations ago. As would be expected, cigar factories abounded in the early days of the island. Around 1876 over six million “Cuban” cigars were made in Key West, and it became the richest city in Florida. It is from here that the famous Vicente Ybor migrated to Tampa to found Ybor City. Peg and I had visited this little window into the past several years ago, and found it very interesting. By 1931 the cigar business in Key West as such was a thing of the past. Today, the industry is limited to a few small shops on Duval St. where a hand full of producers hand roll their wares, mostly for tourists. I’m sure that in a very few years they will have disappeared into history as have so many craftsmen of the past, like old time blacksmiths and gun smiths, coopers, etc. While Peg and I didn’t get to see many of the island’s attractions, we certainly enjoyed what we did see, and had fun using the local means of transportation. I’m sure if either Ernest Hemingway or Harry Truman could see the place today, they would swear they had never been there. Perhaps Peg and I may return at some future date. Hopefully the sights will not have changed too much more. Comments-questions:

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Celebrity chefs and businesses team up to help feed the hungry In 2007, Leslie reichert, owner of the Back Door in Uxbridge approached rachel ray at the International Home

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MOMS Club formed in Northbridge MOMS Club of Northbridge (a local chapter of MOMS Club International) is a club created by stay at home mothers for stay at home mothers. They offer a social network for mothers and provide for them both activities for children of all ages, as well as support. Some of the monthly events planned include: play dates, sing-along’s, fire station visits, zoo trips, fruit picking, and playground days. There is also a

monthly night out for mothers only. The club meets on the last Wednesday of every month at St. Patrick's Church basement at 10:00 a.m. where there are crafts, playtime and snacks set up for the children, while the mothers meet to review the new calendar of events and get to catch up. New members are always welcomed. Contact for more information.

help with this local fundraiser. Leslie has some of the biggest names in the food industry helping her with her event. Todd English, owner of Olives restaurant in Providence, rI, rick Tarantino from HSN, The Hearty Boys and Paula Deen have all offered to help Leslie feed the hungry in the Blackstone Valley.   The event, called A Taste of the Valley, will be held on May 7th, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Alternatives Mill Complex in Whitinsville. It will include a wine tasting being sponsored by Friendly Discount Liquors, along with a food tasting from the best restaurants in the Valley. There will also be

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Packing Their Bags for Haiti Myriam Jeanpierre, LPN, can’t wait to start packing. She’s part of a local group of Haitian descent trying to get back there soon, carrying suitcases. But these aren’t suitcases of personal effects; these are filled with medical supplies meant for their earthquake ravaged homeland. Ms. Jeanpierre and seven friends from Bethel Haitian Seventh Day Adventist Church in Clinton, five of them nurses, want to make this mission of mercy a reality as fast as possible. They’ve decided to take matters into their own hands, believing it’s faster to get goods distributed as individuals than through the “red tape” approach they see as characterizing relief organizations. Myriam and the others traveled to Haiti in January, spending a week working in a tent hospital there. They came back telling of the horrific conditions and need they witnessed. Upon return, the group fanned out, seeking donations, and Myriam includ-

ed her workplace, Beaumont rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center at Northborough. Beaumont at Northborough administration and staff quickly decided to take over the task. Now that goal of 30 suitcases of basic medical supplies, estimated to cost $1,500 to assemble, is well underway; to date, more than $800 has been received. The effort has been dubbed “Operation Fill the Suitcases,” and hand-drawn posters by staff member M.J. Wallace, decorated with paper suitcases that get “filled” with each $50 contributed, keeps track of progress. Campus fundraisers like a recent “Hot Dogs for Haiti” lunch special had all proceeds going toward their project. Jeanpierre, a Leominster resident, has worked at Beaumont since 2007. She is excited by, and grateful for, the way people have responded to this call for help in Haiti. She and her friends hope to fly back bearing the supplies soon. “We are so happy to have received

such an outpouring of compassion and donations to make these important supplies a reality,” she says. “We’re planning to return to Haiti with just the shirts on our backs and the suitcases, which will make a difference in medical care there.” Beaumont Executive Director, Darrold Endres is pleased to be taking part directly in this mission. “Myriam’s personal description of the appalling conditions under which people are living in Haiti was heartbreaking to hear. It’s important that we pull together, support her, and do something tangible to ease the suffering.” Individuals wishing to donate may send checks made payable to Friends of Beaumont, including a note designating the money for “Operation Fill the Suitcases” to: Friends of Beaumont, c/o M.J. Wallace, Beaumont at Northborough, 238 West Main Street, Northborough, MA 01532.

Horse Keeping Seminar Series Well-managed pastures, high quality hay, and manure management are the topics of this one day seminar aimed at area livestock owners. On Saturday, April 3rd at the Sutton Town Hall, Mass Aggie in cooperation with UMass Extension will present the Horse Keeping Seminar. The Manchaug Pond Association is sponsoring the educational program through a Mass DEP Grant which looks to protect water quality within the watershed. The workshop is open to everyone and will be held at the Sutton Town Hall, 4 Uxbridge road, from 9 AM – 12:00 noon with lunch

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Northbridge Elementary School posts Kindergarten Registration

Smoke Alarm Regulations Revised

3 Hep-B (Hepatitis B) Lead test Varicella Vaccine (or medical documentation of having the chicken pox) The Mantoux (Tuberculosis) Test is highly recommended but not required for kindergarten If you have a friend or relative who has an eligible child, please bring this notice to their attention. For planning purposes, it is important that we have an accurate count of students entering kindergarten. If you are unable to attend registration on this day, you may call Northbridge Elementary School at 508-234-6346 to schedule an appointment to register your child. For information, call 508 234-6346 or visit the website at

As an attempt to reach more families of incoming kindergarten students, we will be offering an evening session to register for the 2010-2011 school year, on Wednesday, April 14th, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Northbridge Elementary School It is not necessary to have your child attend registration. Children must be 5 years of age on or before 9/1/2010 to be eligible for entry into kindergarten. At the time of registration parents must present a birth certificate, most recent physical and an up-to-date immunization record. Prior to entering kindergarten, students must have the following immunizations: 5 DPT (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus) 4 OPV (Polio) 2 MMr (Measles, Mumps, rubella)

Summer Concert Series “This year’s concert schedule is the biggest and best in our management history” said Suzette raun, President of Indian ranch, “We’re constantly researching and listening to what our customers want in terms of entertainment, and this year’s line-up directly reflects that feedback...” For further information visit

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~ VALUABLE LESSONS ~ During February school vacation, Joel Warren of The Character Rising Band and local music teacher at the Northbridge Elementary School performed a rock “n” roll concert for children of all ages. Joel’s music sends a very positive message to children focusing on self esteem and respecting others. This well attended concert was funded by a grant from Beginning Bridges, a Division of the Massachusetts Office for Children.

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State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and the Sutton Fire Chief Paul A. Maynard would like to alert the public that if you are selling your home after April 5, 2010, there are changes in the state’s smoke alarm regulations for homes with five or less units. Chief Maynard said, “The regulation will require that only photoelectric smoke detectors be installed within 20 feet of a kitchen or bath containing a shower, in order to reduce nuisance alarms from cooking smoke or steam that lead people to disable their smoke alarms. Areas located beyond this 20 foot area will be required to contain dual detection, both photoelectric and ionization, using either a single detector or two separate ones.” Use of technology to provide earliest warning of fire Smoke alarms use two main technologies: photoelectric and ionization. Photoelectric smoke alarms are more effective in detecting slow moving or smoldering fire situations whereas ionization detectors are slightly more effective in detecting fast moving fires. Coan said, “This change, requiring the use of dual detection technology, provides the best level of public safety by reducing nuisance alarms that lead people to disable their smoke alarms and by providing the earliest possible warning of a fire and therefore time to escape to safety.” enforcement on Sale or transfer The enforcement of the regulation will continue to take place when the residence is sold or transferred. Homeowners selling their homes after April 5, 2010 will have to meet these new requirements. working Smoke alarms Double chances of Surviving a fire “We must continue to update our fire prevention code to keep pace with evolving technology, knowledge of human behavior, and scientific research,” indicated by Coan and Maynard, “I want to stress that working smoke alarms greatly increase your chances of surviving a fire.” carbon Monoxide alarms Since March 2006, all homes have been required to install carbon monoxide alarms on each habitable level in addition to smoke detectors. For more information about smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, contact the Sutton Fire Department at 1-508-865-8737, or the Department of Fire Service’s website at www. then click on “Division of Fire Safety”. To help guide homeowners and realtors understand the requirements a new brochure A Guide to the Massachusetts Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Requirements When Selling a One- or Two-Family Residence has been published and is also available on the Department of Fire Services website.

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New Arrivals welcomed at Milford Regional Medical Center dUNN Bonnie (O’Donnell) and Eric Dunn of Whitinsville announce the birth of their daughter, Kallie Snow on October 1st. Maternal grandparents are Diane and raymond O’Donnell of Milford. Paternal grandparents are Scott and Ellen Dunn also of Milford. Kallie’s great grandmother is Marble Mainini II of Milford. Her siblings Brittany, Shayleigh, Bailey and Elijah welcome her.

hARShAW Melissa (Malisz) and Justin Harshaw of Uxbridge announce the birth of their son, Jacob Thomas on October 24th. Maternal grandparents are Teddy and Ann Marie Malisz of Milford. Paternal grandparents are David & Nancy Peterson of Spring, TX. Jacob’s great grandfather is Bill Galaway of Conroe, TX.

ARIAS Jennifer Johnson and Christopher Arias of Northbridge announce the birth of their daughter, Ella Grace on November 1st. Christine and John Markey of Northbridge are the maternal grandparents. Martha & Klibin Arias of Douglas are the paternal grandparents. Ella’s great grandparents are Beverly and Jack Markey of Worcester. Ella is welcomed by her brother Bryce at home.

CoNNoLLY Jodi (Frasier) and David Connolly, Jr. of Blackstone announce the birth of their son, Tyler David on November 2nd. Maternal grandparents are Tamra and William Frasier of Uxbridge. Judy and David Connolly of Blackstone are the paternal grandparents. Tyler’s great grandparents are Mary Connolly and roberta Caufield of Blackstone, and rita Frollo of Uxbridge. His sister Paige welcomes him at home.

hARNEY Michelle Larrabee and Matthew Harney of Whitinsville announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Jeanne on November 8th. Maternal grandparents are John and Jeanne Daley of Uxbridge. Paternal grandparents are Bill and Valerie Harney of Uxbridge. Emma’s great grandfather is Hector Girouard also of Uxbridge.

SMIth Allexa (Benn) and Thomas Smith of Uxbridge announce the birth of their daughter, Emma Michele on November 10th. Michael and Michele Benn of Boynton Beach, FL are the maternal grandparents. David and Jane Smith of Uxbridge are the paternal grandparents.

GIUNtA Jennifer (Hughes) and Anthony Giunta of Douglas announce the birth of their daughter, Torynn Faith on December 14th. Maternal grandparents are Thomas and Cynthia Hughes of Douglas. Paternal grandparents are the late Anthony Giunta and Anne and

Timothy Harrison of Hopedale. Torynn is welcomed by her siblings Aidan, Michelle, and Christy.

CoUtURE Alyssa (D’Amato) and Cory Couture of Manchaug announce the birth of their daughter, Allee Grace on December 15th. Sal and Linda D’Amato of Whitinsville are the maternal grandparents. Michael and Kathryn Couture of Manchaug are the paternal grandparents. Great grandparents are Ann and Leo Perrone, Dorothy D’Amato, and Marion Labonte.

WILSoN Gloryann DaCruz and Steven Wilson of Whitinsville announce the birth of their daughter, Lexi on December 17th. Joaquim and Gloria DaCruz of Milford are maternal grandparents. Steven and Joanne Wilson also of Milford are the paternal grandparents. Lexi joins her brother Jayden at home.

NEWhALL Laura (Dragon) and William Newhall of Uxbridge announce the birth of their son, Thomas Jacob on December 18th. Maternal grandparents are Linda and Martin Dragon of Sturbridge. William and Catherine Newhall of Walpole are paternal grandparents. Great grandparents are Gertrude Dragon of Coventry, CT and Carlton and Barbara Thayer of Vernon, CT. Thomas is welcomed by his sister Erin at home.

VItELLo Anne (Laubenheimer) and James Vitello of Whitinsville announce the

birth of their daughter, Audrey Elisabeth on December 18th. Maternal grandparents are Nancy and richard Laubenheimer of Enfield, NH. Joyce and Jim Vitello of Whitinsville are the paternal grandparents. Audrey’s great grandmother is Edna ronzio of Whitinsville.

Dwight of Douglas and Kathleen Dwight of Dawsonville, GA. Great grandparents are Gerald and Judith Coolbrith of Uxbridge, Dorothy Dwight of Uxbridge, and Kathleen Oehley of Spencer.


Anne (Jurewich) and Corey Edwards of Douglas announce the birth of their son, Jack Donald on December 26. Maternal grandparents are William and Arline Jurewich of Boston. Tim and Paula Edwards of Melrose are the paternal grandparents. Jack’s sister Samantha welcomes him at home.

Michelle (Goodson) and Shane O’Connell of Uxbridge announce the birth of their son, Caden robert on December 18th. robert Goodson of Hopedale is the maternal grandfather. Kenneth and Diane O’Connell of Mendon are the paternal grandparents. Caden is welcomed by his siblings Cameron and Kailey at home.

dWIGht Catherine (Oehley) and Brian Dwight of Douglas announce the birth of their son, Bradley Tucker on December 23rd. Dina and Kendall Oehley of Uxbridge are maternal grandparents. Paternal grandparents are Bruce

BELLACqUA Bryana Kutcher and robert Bellacqua of Uxbridge announce the birth of their son, Benjamin robert on January 21. Maternal grandparents are Andrea Morin and Brian Kutcher of Bellingham. Janine and Wayne Meunier from Hopedale are the paternal grandparents. Great grandparents are Bill and Dina Kutcher of Bellingham, David and Samantha Morin of Ashland and Marianne Wood of Hopedale. Benjamin has a sister Meghan age 11.


WINChELL Thomas and Heather Winchell welcomed their daughter, Hailey Marie on February 25th. Hailey joins her siblings Dylan, age 5 and Makayla, 16 months.

NAGdA Katherine (Dulak) and Walid Nagda of Douglas announce the birth of their daughter, Kaitlin Lauren on January 04. Susan Dulak of Milford is the maternal grandmother. Falez and Ester Nagda of Milford are the paternal grandparents. Great grandparents are the late Joseph Dulak and Margaret Dulak of Milford. Kaitlin’s brothers Andrew and Jacob welcome her.

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Blackstone Valley Community Chorus ends 5th Season The Blackstone Valley Community Chorus is finishing off its 5th season. The group started with  approximately 60 singers and has grown to nearly 70; a diverse group with varied levels of ability but a common love of music.  The full chorus does two concerts a year, one in the spring and one in the fall/Christmas.  The full chorus includes a Barber Shop Quartet, a Ladies Quartet, a Woman's Chorus, a Men's Chorus, and a Chamber Choir. Last year the BVCC participated in the first NEACCA Choral Festival held at the Hanover Theater in Worcester, where 250 voices from 5 different choruses came together.  Over the years the

chorus has performed at the Worcester Art Museum for Flora in Winter, the Asa Waters Mansion, the Bradley Theather in Putnam, CT, Uxbridge First Night, Douglas Octoberfest, St. Camillus in Northbridge, the Whitney Place in Northbridge, and several memorial and dedication services. The BVCC is a Community Chorus in the true spirit of the word:  musically enriching the community whenever possible.  You can contact our president Laurene Hirko or Artistic Director Diane Pollard at b.v.c.chorus@gmail. com or check out our website at

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Uxbridge Historical Society events Recent Troop APrIL 6TH @ 7 pm: Antique Fire MAY 4TH @ 630 pm: "A TEA TASTApparatus presentation by roy Henry. ING". Bring your "tea tasting" palettes Support benefit Admission is free and refreshments as you try your hand at creating your will be served. own unique blends using herbs, spices, a huge success Lions host Scholarship Porketta A porketta dinner will be served by The Mendon Lions Club at The Uxbridge VFW on rt. 16 on Saturday, April 17th. The meal begins at 7 PM. Tickets are $20 per person. Also featured will be a fun-filled live auction. All proceeds from the event will support the Lions Club scholarship fund. Advance sales only as no tickets will be sold at the door. For reservations, call Lion Linda Accorsi at Images Salon 508-478-2228 or Lion Bob Lamothe at 508-254-8445.

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it, a $1000 contribution to representative Callahan’s opponent on Dec 31, 2009. This is in addition to an additional $1000 contribution made by him and his spouse to the same opponent, again the State maximum. To be clear, all of this is completely legal but as the straight talking broadcaster Paul Harvey used to say, “Now you have the rest of the story”. Free speech of course is one of the bedrock foundations of our constitution

It appears the long mean season has begun in the Blackstone Valley signaled by last week’s attack on the character and service of representative Jennifer Callahan by rick Hersom. Politics can be a bruising game and it’s clear the faint of heart need not apply, but as a local elected official I must admit my surprise at both the aggressive tone and the personal nature of the attack. This slash and burn, say anything approach to political dialogue is exactly the type of “scorched earth” tactics that Massachusetts and Valley voters have recently rejected. This negative approach has no place in our community and is of no value to the people of the Blackstone Valley who have every right to expect more civil, fact based discussions on the important issues of our time. The letter which was written by one who claims, “I’ve never been one to write in the paper to criticize an elected official”, is full of unsubstantiated charges and gets this; it’s one of five letters published in as many weeks by Mr. Hersom attacking Jennifer Callahan. The most disturbing part of the editorial however was the author’s failure to make any disclosure of his participation in republican political organizations and his active support of representative Callahan’s opponent. In fact, a quick view of public records illustrates these connections and gives one a more informed view of the author’s political motivations; he is not your average “Joe” Sutton. In September of 2009 he and his spouse gave $10,000, the maximum allowed by law to the republican Town Committee in Sutton representing 100% of the total contributions for 2009 and which previous to this donation had fifteen dollars in total deposits on hand. That’s right, he bankrolled the whole organization and all of their activities which included, you guessed &

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HAITI continued from page one orphans--to help the poorest of the poor as Jesus has called us to do” Todd invites readers of the Uxbridge Times to go to the MissionE4 website for more information: He would be very grateful to anyone who is willing to do what they can to help the Haitians as they try to rebuild. He says, “It will take many years. It’s been more than 5 years that we have been working to rebuild New Orleans. We still have over 400 new children in our school program who need sponsors. We are feeding over 800 kids a day, and have employed 100 Haitian workers to help rebuild the 3 schools and orphanage, but

we need more support to keep this work going.” Another Uxbridge resident who went to Haiti as part of her mission is Cheryl, “Chel” Finn, a paramedic trained through the Uxbridge Fire Department; “one of the first,” and the Program Coordinator for the Emergency Medicine and Fire Science Programs at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester. Cheryl has traveled twice to Haiti with the Sturbridge Worship group, a church that has volunteers from across the country. She was fortunate that she and her team of 12 were not harmed during the earthquake; she and a couple from the team left Haiti just before the earthquake. “As a medical missionary, I spent my time at clinics, seeing patients. This allows me to share the gifts and talents God has built in

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if it wasn’t for “my best friend, my husband, Charles.” All of them are prepared to “sleep in tents” as they minister to the needs of those in the poverty-stricken country of Haiti. “During the spring college break I am blessed to be able to share the Gospel with such faith-filled people as the Haitians. “If someone is hurting or hungry or homeless, the Gospel is hard to hear and understand. It becomes easier to understand when it comes in the form of a hug, shelter, medicine—it becomes easier to see Jesus with skin on. We, as medical missionaries, can treat the wounds, put the bandages on, and bring comfort and hope.” Cheryl added that there is a concern for all travelers living in tents since the “rainy season” starts early in Haiti, but, she self-


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DRIVING CONTEST continued from page one • Cash prize for their school prom from AAA Southern New England • Non-alcoholic beverages for the prom provided by vitaminwater®. • Free transportation on prom night for 10 students from Boston Limo and Best Buy, • Free tuxedo rental from Men’s Wearhouse, • Hair styling for the prom from Dellaria Salons, • Cosmetic products from e.l.f. cosmetics • Gift cards for corsages and boutonnieres provided by Winston Flowers. In addition, a JAM’N 94.5 DJ will provide the music for the prom. Massachusetts statistics show teenagers aged 16 to 19 are four times more likely than older drivers to crash and that May to June is when most crashes with injuries involving teens occur in Massachusetts “Keeping our roads and our teenage drivers safe all year, but especially during the prom and graduation season, is a top priority for those involved with highway safety in Massachusetts,” said Sheila Burgess, Director of Highway Safety for EOPSS. “We’d like to thank the students who have submitted videos for helping to make sure safe and sober driving is on the forefront of students’ minds when they get behind the wheel.” Young drivers are especially vulnera-

ble due to their inexperience, as traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in America, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. to vote for your favorite video submissions please visit: Dance. Don’t chance. Youtube channel, accessible through The highest rated videos will be judged by JAM’N radio personalities who will select the winner on or about April 7th. You don’t have to be a student or even a parent to vote. Lets help out our local teens by showing our support, VOTE!

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It’s easy being green.... Electronic Recycle Day planned in Whitinsville Village Congregational Church, 25 Church Street, Whitinsville, will be having an Electronic Recycle Day at the church parking lot on Saturday, April 10th from 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Recycle Day will be accepting any and all electronics to include monitors, TV’s, radios, fax and copy machines, games, phones and any and all appliances to include refrigerators, washers, dryers, water

tanks, stoves, micro-waves, AC units, etc. They will also be accepting bikes, small engine items, lawn mowers and snow blowers with the gas removed. In addition, grills and exercise equipment as well. Low fees for items will be $5. per electronic, $10. for appliances, $15. for TV’s and water tanks. Receipts will be provided on request. For more information, contact

Spring Green Cleaning introduced at seminar Harmony Wellness in connection with The Back Door Vacuum Cleaner Shop are trying to bring awareness to Green Cleaning for the environment and at the same time do something to help the community. They will be presenting a seminar on Spring Green Cleaning to be held on April 17th from 1-2 PM at the Harmony Wellness

Center, 9 North Main St. Uxbridge. The public is asked to please bring 10 or more non-perishable food items that will be donated to the People’s First Food Pantry of Uxbridge. Please call Faith at Harmony wellness Center 508-278-3553 to register or if you have any questions.

Electronic Recycling Event & Yard Sale Need to get rid of that old computer monitor, air conditioner or hot water heater out of the basement? What about those non-working barbeque grills, lawn mowers or snow blowers? For a small fee, you can drop off these and other items at St. Mary’s Church in Uxbridge! Our Lady of the Valley Regional School, in partnership with CRT Recycling Inc., a Brockton, MA company, is hosting an eRecycling event on Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 8 am -2 pm in St. Mary’s Church parking lot (75 Mendon Street/Rte. 16). The school will be collecting used computer equipment (monitors, CPU/hard drives, laptops, servers, disk drives), computer accessories (mice, keyboards, wires and cables), printers, fax machines, copiers, camera/video/audio equipment, video games/systems, telephones/cell phones, microwaves, air conditioners, large appliances and televisions. The collection fees are MUCH LESS than most towns and waste removal companies are charging! All fees collected directly benefit the

school. Recyclable Items: CPU/Server/Monitors/Laptops, $12 per item; Fax/ Copier/Printer, $10; Telephone, $2; cell

phones, No Charge; Video Game systems, $5; Camera/Video/Audio/Speakers, $5; Computer Parts/Accessories (mice, wires, cables, cards, keyboards, No Charge; TV – Plastic Housing, $16; TV – Wood Housing, $18. Large Appliances – washer, dryer, dishwasher, stoves, etc., $10; Microwaves, $10; Air Conditioners, $15; Barbeque Grills (no propane tanks), $5; Lawn Mowers/

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Earth Day Turns 40 At Cartridge World, Milford everyday is Earth Day, but the 40th anniversary of Earth Day celebrations this year is particularly special. Please join them Thursday, April 22nd from 5-7 p.m. for the 2010 Earth Day Celebration. Taking care of the environment starts at home, at work, at school and right here in your home town. “We’re still looking for exhibitors, student teams and businesses with environmental missions to join us this Earth Day. Share your best ideas and methods for preserving and conserving our environment.” states Will Roper of Cartridge World in Milford. To get involved call or email Will at 508 478 7283,



Snow Blowers (liquids drained), $5; Metal Desks, $5 and Metal Poles (less than 8 feet long), $2. CRT Recycling Inc. will refurbish and recycle the equipment keeping it out of our landfills! For more information about the company CRT Recycling Inc. and other services they provide, visit their website at Bring 2 or more non-perishable items to benefit the Uxbridge Food Pantry and receive a discount off of your recycling fee! The school also will be hosting a community “Yard Sale” concurrent with the eRecycling event. Both events will be held on May 1st, rain or shine! Anyone interested in reserving a table for the Yard Sale should contact Patti Kane at 508-883-1282.

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Representative Callahan receives Public Service Award At the recent Deputy Sheriff’s Association banquet at the Pleasant Valley Country Club State representative Jennifer M. Callahan was presented the “2010 Public Service Award” by Sheriff Guy Glodis for her commitment to serving the public and promoting charitable causes. “Jen Callahan has devoted her entire professional career towards helping others, whether it’s a neighbor, friend, or constituent,” said Glodis. “Motivated by a strong sense of civic responsibility and selflessness, Jen has worked at the grassroots level to develop and support numerous community programs for others in need. Her efforts have had a profound and positive impact on the quality of life for her constituents, and we are proud to recognize her with our Public Service Award.” At the event, the Sheriff commented on Callahan’s reputation as a tenacious maverick by constituents and colleagues alike for being an independent voter and voice on behalf of her District. “Jen is known statewide for her work in the area of ethics reform and government accountability leading efforts for transparency before it became politically expedient to do so.” Callahan has filed a series of comprehensive reform measures including applying the open meeting law to the Legislature, banning lobbyist contributions and prohibiting legislative earmarks. Glodis and Callahan have teamed up to spearhead a number of area beautification, maintenance and preservation projects, while also working to raise funds for local civic and charitable projects. Glodis recognized Callahan for her advocacy efforts of key community service projects in the towns she represents. Most recently, he noted they combined efforts to have the Sutton Town Hall painted. Callahan, who has a long history of public service at the municipal and state levels of government, is perhaps best known for her leadership efforts to feed the hungry. For the past fifteen years, she has organized regional program efforts to connect farmers to those in need. To date, she has coordinated the delivery and donation of

over 480 tons of farm fresh Grade-A produce across Worcester County linking farms and fruit companies to neighborhood food pantries, senior centers and shelters that provide food assistance to needy families. As both a State Senator and County Sheriff, Glodis has long supported the program and has previously worked side by side with volunteers in Worcester to help with associated delivery efforts. Upon accepting the award, Callahan spoke on her public service record as an elected official and notable independent voting record, “I have enormous respect for the voting public. I have always felt the public is best served by honesty, compassion and hard work. It does not matter whether a person has a D or r after their name, what matters is their commitment to serve the people of the Commonwealth.”

Dansereau wins Derby Competition Hunter Dansereau, a Bear scout with Cub Scout Pack 150 and a second grader at W.E. Balmer Elementary School in Northbridge, has been chosen as the winner after entering his Pinewood Derby car into a contest to represent the Mohegan Council of the Boy Scouts of America in a national race to celebrate the 100th anniversary of scouting. Mohegan Council represents nearly 5,000 youth in Central Massachusetts in the scouting program. This was a council-wide search and only one entry from each council is accepted for the national competition. February 11 was the 100 year anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. Hunter decorated his derby car this year to exemplify the Boy Scout's 100 year celebration. Hunter's car received Judges’ Favorite during his Pack’s derby. This is the third Pinewood Derby Hunter has entered. Last year his car won Most Spirited at the Pack level.

On March 6, Hunter’s winning car will be placed in a geo-cache along with a travel bug. It will be traveling across the country with the hopes of finding its way to the National Jamboree in Virginia by summer. It will then continue to travel world wide. will be following the

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WEEKLY... sundays BINGO. Knights of Columbus 70 Prescott Road, Whitinsville Doors open at 4pm

Mondays PITCH PARTY 6:30 pm at the Uxbridge Senior Center on South Main Street

Tuesdays ROTARY CLUB MEETING 12:15 pm at Unibank, 49 Church St., Trustee’s Room P.A.C.E. CLASS…FREE! People with Arthritis can exercise 10am in the Community Room at Lydia Taft House. Call Paulette 508-476-4467

DIVORCE RECOVERY SUPPORT GROUP 7 pm Pleasant Street Church, 25 Cross St., Whitinsville Call 508476-4467 or CRUISIN’ AT THE UPTON VFW Route 140 Tuesdays from 5-9pm Food and drink available. Call Bob at 508-603-1242 for info

Wednesdays UXBRIDGE NEWCOMERS & NATIVES CLUB PLAYGROUP 9-11am. For info call Leigh Zimmer 508-234-6915 or Free Pool - VFW, Post 1385 508-278-7540

3rd Saturday The BlacksTone Valley Pregnancy and InfanT loss suPPorT grouP 10am to 11:30 a.m. Blackstone Valley Methodist Church, Linwood Ave, Whitinsville. For More information, contact Christine at 508-234-8131 or

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7th Wednesday free ParenT WorkshoP Whitin Middle School Library, Uxbridge. 7 p.m. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) What it is and isn't and how it can be used effectively both in the schools and in the home. The workshop is free and open to the public. Sponsored by (USEPAC).

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9th Friday old IndIan BaskeTs and oTher anTIques Speaker: Nan Wolverton, Museum Consultant. Public Welcome. Deborah Wheelock Chapter, DAR Simeon Wheelock House, No. Main Street, Uxbridge. 1:30 p.m.

“COMMUNITY BAND” Practice 7:30 pm at Whitin School on Granite St., Uxbridge WALK FOR WELLNESS Clear your mind, meet new people and get healthy & Walk the trails at Pout Pond. Call Nicky at 508-278-3558 or

Sutton. 6:30 pm. $25 pp. $30 pp at door. For tickets and information call 617-686-7477

The "around The corner" band will perform at Northbridge American Legion, Church Ave., N. Uxbridge 8:30 p.m. $5 Cover

11th Sunday n. e. counTry MusIc cluB JaMBorees VFW Post 1385 Rt. 16, Uxbridge. Pot Luck: Bring a dish $3. non-contributors, NECMC members $5.00. After 2:30, $4.00 Non N.E.C.M.C. members- $6.00 all day 12:30–5 p.m. Dancing 1-5 p.m. Please call 508-278-6644 if you wish to bring a food item. House Band: Borrowed Time

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to 2:30-Dancing from 1:00 to 5:00. Dinner contribution: $6.00 per person/after 2:30 members $4.00/non-members $6.00 House Band: Ray Cross & The Country Heart Beats It is encourage for those who attend to bring a non-perishable item or paper product to benefit the Uxbridge Food Pantry

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30th Friday BlacksTone Valley coMMunITy concerT Band Eighth annual spring concert “Beyond the Horizon”. Northbridge High School Auditorium, 427 Linwood Ave., Whitinsville. 7:00 p.m. Free Admission. no lIMIT Texas hold'eM No. Uxbridge Italian-American Club, 424 Mendon St, Rt 16, Uxbridge. Registration @ 6 p.m. Game @ 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by Parents for Safe Graduation Call 508-278-5150 Send us your Calendar Items


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Learning about cultural differences and similarities, creating great friendships and even realizing that your child can be a great host are just a few of the many reasons that individuals and families have opened their homes to host a Chinese middle or high school student for 8-9 days. China is emerging as a

part of our global life and economy, yet very few of us know how to speak Mandarin or even understand their culture. From July 12 -20, two dozen Chinese students will be visiting Blackstone Valley towns. Hosting a student is an educational experience that broadens

host families still needed for visiting chinese students awareness of a different culture while creating a fun and often, long lasting relationship. Recently, a group from Beijing visited Grafton and the experience was very positive for each and every host family. Students range in

age from 13-17 and are carefully screened, chaperoned and carry their own spending money, medical and liability insurance. The local coordinator takes the students on itineraries during the week and is also on call 24/7 for any emergency (though there have been none). The Chinese student needs a bed and meals but participates fully with chores and evening and weekend activities during their brief visit. The Host family might even learn some Mandarin while the students are here and a free online Mandarin course can be provided if you’re interested. For more information, even if the dates don’t quite work for you, please call Ellen Onorato at 508-839-7199 or email Once student bios come in, the Host family will be able to select which student might fit best into the home. Community service hours are also awarded to local host students.

Art Workshop at Whitinsville Social Library Local artist, Laura O. Cenedella, will present a Landscape Acrylic Workshop for adults on Saturday, April 10th, from 11:00 am -12:30 pm at the Whitinsville Social Library. No experience is necessary, and all materials will be provided. This workshop is free and is funded by the artist and the Whitinsville Social Library. Registration is required as seating is limited. Please drop by the library or call 508-234-2151 ext.4. In addition, the artist recently received a grant from the Northbridge Cultural Council to do a series of art workshops at the Whitinsville Retirement Home, for qualifying residents. Interested adults may contact Laura O. Cendella at 508-278-7193 for further information.   

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The “Dog Father” guest speaker at Blackstone Valley Women’s Club Wine Tasting A “Wine Tasting,” is planned on President, of Sutton; Barbara Berry, Whitinsville Woman’s Club meeting Thursday, April 8th, 6:30 p.m. at the Recording Secretary, of Grafton; Marie

The next meeting of the Whitinsville Woman’s Club will be April 12th at the Village Congregational Church at noon. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Dessert and coffee will be provided. Clara Pechulis, Program Chairman, will introduce Ed Quigley, AKA The “Dog Father”. This is an unusual story about a dog known as Lad, an abused dog set loose by its owner and his unexpected adoption of Ed. Lad became a registered therapy dog that understands more than 100 words and phrases. He brings “unconditional love” and companionship to those in extended care facilities, special needs kids, disturbed teenagers and all with whom he comes in contact. He has appeared on local Cable TV, was featured in the Telegram & Gazette, and

appeared on “Chronicle”. Bring a guest to hear a wonderful story. Tea Hostess for the meeting is Kathy Lyons and her committee. The Annual Banquet of the Whitinsville Woman’s Club will be held at the Blackstone National Golf Club located at 227 Putnam Hill Road, Sutton on April 27th. This is an evening of socializing and an opportunity to meet the scholarship recipients. Through the Club’s efforts, these deserving students can be honored. Please make reservations with Joan Mulligan, 170 North Main St., Uxbridge, MA 01569 no later than April 21st. Tickets for the banquet are $21.50. Business meeting – 4:30 pm, Dinner - 6:00 pm and Awards – 7:00 pm.

Feng Shui topic of April meeting The Sutton Woman’s Club’s next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 13th at Cynde Balazs’ home, 5 Putnam Hill Rd., Sutton starting at 7:00 p.m. “Feng Shui” is this month’s topic and guest speaker, Christine Conway, will introduce us to this ancient art and science.  Learn how to improve the energy (chi) in your home and workplace and bring abundance into your

life.  Newcomers are welcome – come see what we are all about.  The Sutton Woman’s Club is a nonprofit club dedicated to serving the community and is open to all women from Sutton and surrounding communities.  For more information, please contact Cynde Balazs (508) 865-2301 or e-mail us at suttonwomansclub@

Dudley-Gendron American Legion Hall, 156 Boston Road, in Sutton by the GFWC Blackstone Valley Women’s Club which holds its meetings there on the second Thursday of the month. A variety of wines (24) and 6 beers will be part of the tasting and free refreshments will be served. This is the new club’s first fundraiser and it hopes many readers will come and tell their friends to come to the fun event. Money raised will be used to help the needy in the Clubwomen’s communities in the Blackstone Valley such as giving money to Senior Centers and churches which have food pantries. The club has learned of all too many families who cannot afford going to grocery stores and they want to help them with your help! Tickets are $25 per person and $30 at the door. For tickets or more information, please call Barbara Berry of Grafton at (617) 686-7477. Barbara will also appreciate any donation of a gift basket or “raffle item” from readers or businesses to help the club raise money for those less fortunate. At the club’s March 11th meeting, state President Mary Baird of Sandwich congratulated the GFWC Blackstone Valley Women’s Club into the General

Bastone, Treasurer, of Northbridge, and Paula Hillman, Corresponding Secretary of Millbury; members Evelyn Ducharme of Grafton; Alberta Durfee of Grafton; Susan Meranda of Grafton; Donna MacDonald of Westboro; Deb Cochrane of Whitinsville; absent were: Terri Meilus of Whitinsville; Sheila Newman of Northbridge; Dr. Pam Lindor of Upton; Cindy Casella of Millbury; Najwa Tamer of Westboro.

constance dwyer, President of Blackstone Valley Women’s club (l), and gfWc of Massachusetts state President Mary Baird presents charter. Federation of Women’s Clubs in Massachusetts, recognizing President Constance Dwyer of Sutton when she received the club’s charter on January 23rd on behalf of the club at a statewide meeting in Westboro. After her warm and welcoming message to club members and special guest Rep. Jen Callahan of Sutton, she installed all five officers, Constance Dwyer, President, of Sutton; Laurie Williams, Vice

Plant Sale in Sutton The Sutton Woman’s Club announces its 14th annual perennials, plants, bake sale and raffle on Saturday, May 8, from 9 AM – 12 PM on the Sutton Town Common. (In case of rain the event will be held at the Sutton Fire Station).  Stop by for this popular event and be sure to enter for a chance to win our raffle basket.  All donations will go to the Sutton Woman’s Club Scholarship Fund. While you’re there be sure to see a viewing of a Clothesline Project also on the common.

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A 30-piece brass and percussion ensemble, the New England Brass Band, returns to Wesley United Methodist Church in Worcester for a free performance at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 9th. Known for their concerts in the British tradition, the group returns by popular demand for the tenth annual Sundberg Memorial Concert. They first played at Wesley in April 2008. The New England Brass Band has established itself as one of the premier brass groups in New England, presenting high quality musical performances throughout the region to demonstrate the beauty and uncommon sounds of British brass music. The free concert series was established in memory of the Reverend

Roland D. Sundberg, a United Methodist minister for whom music embodied the human spirit. A resident of Holden, Massachusetts, he died in 2000 at the age of 82. This concert is presented as a memorial to Roland’s love of music, his love of people, and his giving nature. Offered by Wesley United Methodist Church as “our gift to the City,” the Music Alive! concert series includes monthly Pipes Alive! concerts, and all performances are free and open to the public. Further information about other Music Alive! programs can be found at Wesley is located at 114 Main Street at the corner of State Street in downtown Worcester.

Stadium’s In The Mood IN THE MOOD is coming back; REVAMPED WITH 18 NEW SWINGERA the Stadium Theatre, 28 Monument Square, Main Street in Woonsocket, on Friday, April 16th for two performances, at 3 and 7:30 pm, presented by Artbeat. IN THE MOOD is the 1940’s Big Band Theatrical Swing Dance Revue. It’s the music of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James, Erskine Hawkins, The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra and other greats of the 1940’s. Featuring a company of 19 on stage – including the In the Mood Singers and Dancers and the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra – the show’s

music arrangements, costumes and choreography are as authentic as it gets! For the IN THE MOOD 2009-10 national tour, creator, music director and producer Bud Forrest revamped the show with eighteen of the most audiencerequested songs (there are a total of 42 songs in the production). Among them are: Green Eyes, Laura, Moonglow, C Jam Blues, Blue Moon, I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, Accentuate the Positive and quite a few other surprises! Tickets are available in person at the theater box office, by phone (401) 762 4545; and online at

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Committed By nIkkI healey Our book group just finished reading “Committed” by Elizabeth Gilbert; also the author of “Eat Pray Love,” and my recommendation is to not waste your time and money reading “Committed”. Many of our book club members had mixed opinions about “Eat Pray Love” and since some of us really enjoyed it we decided to give her new book a try. The results were that everyone in our group despised it. The author's story just didn't seem to go anywhere. She seemed to keep circling back to the same question, over and over again. She tried a creative approach by seeking out women from different cultures to gain an understanding about their views, opinions and customs about marriage. Even still, as a reader you didn't come away with any deep, thought provoking ideas. Throughout the entire story the author wondered about getting married and why to do it. I expected some grand epiphany on Elizabeth Gilbert's part and held out hope that she would have learned to appreciate something about marriage. Not a chance. She still leaves you with the question of why she bothered to marry again. And basically leaves you frustrated and annoyed as a reader. For my next book pick I am choosing “The Thirteenth Tale”.

Touch a Vernal Pool Evening Walk Bring the family and your friends for an opportunity to witness “Big Night”. Join Ranger Viola Bramel on Friday, April 9th from 7:30-9:30 p.m, to explore up close and personal a typical Massachusetts vernal pool. What do several hundred salamanders, toads or frogs look like crossing roads as they migrate to vernal pools for spring mating? Roads are often closed for this event in local towns, since these animals move with the rain and warm nights. Have you ever thought you heard ducks quacking in the woods at dusk or at night? You were listening to wood frogs mating. Migrating species must reach the vernal pool they originally emerged from, find a mate, and lay their eggs. Meet at the West Hill Dam office, 518 East Hartford Avenue, Uxbridge. Dress for the weather, rain or shine this program will be take place. Youth under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Participants will view a brief slide show of vernal pool characteristics and indicator species. Hike approximately one mile to several vernal pools, where various species such as wood frogs can be observed in various life stages such as egg, larvae or adult. Participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight. For information contact Ranger Viola Bramel at (508) 278-2511 (#3 at menu) or (978) 318-8417. Junior Rangers Level 2, earn wildlife credit. Nets are not permitted; you will be viewing sensitive animals during spring reproduction.

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Going Buggy presented in Whitinsville Apple Tree Arts presents the children’s musical “Goin Buggy” on Saturday, April 10th, 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 11th, 2 p.m. at the GB & Lexi Singh Performance Center, Alternatives Unlimited, 60 Douglas Road, Whitinsville. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children five and over. Tickets will be available at the door. This short entertaining musical was written especially for elementary school children in grades one to four. The show features funny rhyming dialogue and seven songs. The cast of 24 children have spent the past 10 weeks learning songs, choreography and music. The young actors play different types of bugs including dragonflies, ants, bees, crickets, beetles, spiders, caterpillars, ladybugs, fireflies, grasshoppers and butterflies. The show is co-directed by Lisa Scarlett, theatre arts director of the community music and theatre arts school, and Laurie Baker, early childhood music and theatre arts teacher. Both co-directors had similar roles in producing the school’s popular youth musical, “Annie Jr.” which was staged in January at the Northbridge Middle School in Whitinsville. Apple Tree Arts as a member of ValleyCast! ((Blackstone Valley Culture, Arts, and Science Together), is able to rent the state-of-the art theatre at Alternatives Unlimited’s Whitin Mill complex. The stage seats up to 200 people and has excellent acoustics. This is the school’s third production that has been staged at the theatre. This past fall, the successful show “The Principal and the Pea was produced and last spring the mini-musical, “It’s a Jungle Out There” was presented. Alternatives Unlimited is a nonprofit agency that provides services to developmentally and psychiatric disabled adults. ValleyCast! is a nonprofit group comprised of a network of community partners that are committed to promoting artistic and cultural activities at Alternatives’ complex. Founded in 1989, Apple Tree Arts has grown to serve over 1,000 children and adults annually with a variety of early childhood music courses, adult music classes, private music instruction, ensembles and theatre arts programs. For more information, please contact Apple Tree Arts, a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization at (508)839-4286 or visit


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100 Years of Scouting celebrated at River Bend Come celebrate 100 years of Scouting with all the scouts on May 8th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at River Bend Farm on Oak Street in Uxbridge. Please join Troop 25, Pack 25, Troop 1122, Pack 22, Troop 7 and Pack 7 and see that Scouting is alive and well in Uxbridge.

PIne Wood WInners - everyone’s a winner in cub scouts! uxbridge Pack 7 announces the winners of this year’s Pine Wood derby! front row - Wolves daniel Bishop second place winner and best in show, Jonathan Twining first place winner, Tiger cubs Benjamin Wojciechowski first place winner, Jaeden Morales third place winner, Bears kaleb Mckeon first place winner, nicholas simmons third place winner. second row - Webelo daniel Plant first place winner, Tiger cub luke sands second place winner, Webelo Jesse nunamaker second place winner, and Bear nathaniel Thompson second place winner. last row - Wolf den leader kevin Partlow, Webelos den leader Tracey Macneil, Tiger den leader lillian Thompson, Bear den leader dimitri Thompson, and Webelo assistant den leader Mike Plant. If you would like to join the fun, please call kevin Partlow 508-272-9617

There will be fishing demo’s, cooking demo’s, gateway demo, geocaching, games and an opportunity for all scout age boys to join scouts. Cub Scout ages range from 1st grade through 4th grade. Boy Scouts are 5th grade and up. We look forward to seeing you there.




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APRIL 2010

Fitzpatrick named to Dean’s List Cadet Sean Fitzpatrick, son of Peter and Dion Fitzpatrick of Sutton, has been named to the Dean’s List for the Fall Semester – August through December at the U.S. Military Academy. To earn this distinction, a cadet must maintain a 3.0 average in all courses. Cadet Fitzpatrick graduated from Blackstone Valley Tech, Upton in 2006 and will be commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation at West Point. Cadet

Fitzpatrick is majoring in Nuclear Physics, and has branched Infantry. The mission of the U.S. Military Academy is to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army

Sutton Woman’s Club to award scholarships The Sutton Woman’s Club will be awarding scholarships to graduating High School Seniors this year. To be eligible for consideration the following conditions must be met: 1. The candidate must be a graduating high school senior. 2. The candidate must be a resident of the town of Sutton and a member in good standing of an accredited high school.  A nonresident may apply if they attend Sutton High School or their moth-

er or grandmother is a current member of the Sutton Woman’s Club. 3. The candidate must have been accepted by a two or four year college. Applications must be received by May 1, 2010 and are available at the guidance office at Sutton High School, the Sutton Town Clerk’s office, or by contacting Nanci Cox by telephone at 508865-4786 or email at

Congo Bongo series continues The 1st Congregational Church of Douglas, will be continuing their popular musical Congo Bongo café series with Tom Conlon on April 23rd. Tom, just off his USA tour, is probably one of the best solo/singer/songwriters you’ll ever have the pleasure of hearing. To try samples of his work please go to www.myspace/tom-

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Phoenix spotted at Art Show! There has been a sighting of a Phoenix right here in the Blackstone Valley and His name is artist Jack Keough of Douglas. You see Mr. Keough’s commercial art studio of 23 years, known originally as Alarm Graphics and later as AGI Design & Production Studio out of the Manchaug Mills, had finally succumbed to this recession “As did a lot of bigger and better companies than mine” says Keough with hardly any trace of remorse. That’s because as the artist sees it he is finally free to pursue what he went to Mass College of Art for and got his BFA in painting & sculpture. AGI was supposed to be the money mill that would allow for the fine art to happen. But after 4 recessions in 23 years, ironically it will be this recession that frees him to chase his painting aspirations since art director jobs of my pay scale are very far and few between at this point. Keough was just featured in a ONE MAN SHOW at the Uxbridge Alternatives Gallery. This was definitely a show worth seeing from one of our own from right here in the valley. “I’ve only just recently been able to start putting my full efforts into the art and away from the fallout of a dead company, but from the ashes comes the Phoenix” says Keough, “And I finally feel free”.    Visit for more of Jack Keough’s artwork, where all are available as signed and numbered prints.

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Senior Corner Taglieri still going the distance at 50 Plus!

Northbridge Senior Center announces April Events HOLIDAY CLOSING The Northbridge Senior Center and Tri-Valley nutrition site will be closed on Monday, April 19th in observance of Patriots Day. SHINE A Shine Counselor is available by appointment only, on Thursday mornings from the hours of 9:30A.M. –11:30A.M. Call for more information or to schedule an appointment. FINANCIAL COUNSELING This service will be available at the Senior Center on the last Thursday of every month by appointment only from 1:30P.M. – 3:30P.M. Call to schedule an appointment. FUEL ASSISTANCE The Northbridge Senior Center is now taking applications for Fuel Assistance. Please call for eligibility guidelines and to make an appointment.

Sutton Seniors plan entertainment JUKEBOX FRIDAY NIGHT OLDIES DANCE On Friday, April 16th from 6-8 p.m, the Sutton Senior Center, 19 Hough Road, will host an Oldies Music and Dance night with DJ’s Dave O’Gara and Adam Webster. All ages are welcome for the 60’s and 70’s classic oldies. Refreshments will be served. FAMILY STYLE BAKED HAM & BEAN SUPPER Sutton Senior Center, 19 Hough Road, will have a Family Style Baked Ham and Bean Supper on Saturday, April 24th at 5:30 p.m. The meal also includes cole slaw, brown bread/rolls, strawberry shortcake and beverages. For tickets ($8.00 adults and $4.00 children), call the Senior Center at 508-234-0703. Proceeds to benefit Friends of Sutton Elders.


FREE SPAGHETTI DINNER The Northbridge High School Student Council will host a Spaghetti Dinner and Prom for local senior citizens on Saturday, April 10th at 5:00 P.M. The event will take place in the cafeteria. There will be raffles and more. Call the senior center to sign up for this annual event, or you may sign up at the front desk at the center. VNA The VNA of Great Milford/ Northbridge area will conduct a vital signs clinic on Tuesday, April 13th from 11:00-1:00 P.M. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of this benefit sponsored by the Board of Health and the VNA. CAREGIVER’S SUPPORT GROUP The Caregivers’ support group will meet on Friday, April23rd from the Senior Center Library. SENIOR CITIZENS & FRIENDS LUNCHEONS The Northbridge Public Schools will continue to host a luncheon every other Tuesday at the High School. The cost per meal will be $3.50. Call the Senior Center to make a reservation, or you can call the High School 508-234-8163. This luncheon program will continue through the school year at 11:30A.M. The next luncheons in April will be on the 6th and the 27th.

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A while back, Ed Taglieri took up running as a way to drop some weight, destress after the work day, and keep his blood pressure under better control. Ten years later and 80 pounds lighter, he now finds himself getting up at 5 a.m. weekdays to make the time for training. Taglieri, 51, is going to run the 2010 Boston Marathon. The Executive Director of Beaumont’s campus on Plantation Street in Worcester shakes his head and smiles; he never expected to be doing this. When asked if he was athletic in his youth, perhaps in high school or college, he grins and reports, “Not at all.” “I’ve got a buddy these days in my friend Mike Bonfanti, who’s my age. We met through running events, and we’ve been training six days a week since December 1st. We’re running the Boston Marathon because we want to combine accomplishing this personal goal with supporting the Alzheimer’s Association; we both have people we love who’ve battled the disease.” To reach his fundraising goal for the Alzheimer’s Association and to raise awareness, Taglieri has arranged an array of activities at Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center and the adjacent SALMON Center for Early Education and beyond. They range from on- and off-site mailings, setting up web site donation pages and holding a 50/50 raffle, to group exercise for children and residents and a characteristic pasta luncheon with them, finishing with a party on marathon day where the children will compete on an obstacle course,

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Friends of Elders Book Sale The Annual Used Book Sale sponsored by The Mendon Friends of Elders will be held on Saturday, April 10th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Mendon Senior Center, 62 Providence Street. Attendees will find hard and soft cover books, CD's, videos, DVD's and puzzles - all at great prices. There will also be a basket raffle. All proceeds from this event will go to The Senior Van Fund.

cheered on by elders providing water, snacks and even medals. They’ll also be tracking Taglieri’s progress on the Boston Athletic Association’s web site that day, and he’s clearly delighted. “My family, my staff and our residents have been so supportive. I’m raising funds for a cause that’s dear to my heart, which is great, and I’m doing it by accomplishing something I never dreamed possible at this stage of my life — that’s the real surprise.” Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association through the Boston Marathon can be made at Taglieri’s page on the web: http/ ri. To learn more about the continuum of care offered by SALMON Health and Retirement on our five campuses, located in Natick, Northborough, Northbridge, Westborough and Worcester, call Toll-Free 1-800-446-8060 or 1-508-3663662, or visit www.Salmon HealthAnd

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Uxbridge Senior Center Programs & Events for April All Lunch pick-ups begin at 10:30 am and Lunch is at 11:30 am. Call Bev at 278-7609 for Lunch reservations or rides. 1st Thursday 11:30 Lunch: Beef w/onions & peppers. Music with our very own Richard Colahan on keyboard 3-4PM FREE Gentle Yoga Classes w/ Marilyn Jones, Instructor - Classes are open. Join us anytime! 2nd Friday 9:00-12:00 Free AARP Tax Help by appt. only call 278-8622 today! 11:30 Lunch: Potato Crunch Fish Join us for our “name that tune” musical Luncheon with Richard Colahan! 3-4 PM FREE! Computer Classes with personalized instruction offered by

Students of the “Friends of Seniors” club from Nipmuc Regional HS – Call 278-8622 5th Monday 11:30 Lunch: Chicken Picatta 1-3:30 PM Special guest speaker: Julie McMurray - Care Consultant from the Alzheimer’s Assoc. will discuss aspects of memory loss. This program is free and open to the community. We will discuss such topics as the stages of Alzheimer’s, the risks of wandering, and how to set realistic expectations. We urge seniors and their caregivers to attend. Call 508-278-8622 to register. 6:00 PM – Pitch $2 donation 6th Tuesday 8:30 am Grocery Shopping 11:30 Lunch: Turkey & Gravy

1:30 Card Games: Join Us for an afternoon of various card games. Dealer’s Choice. 7th Wednesday 11:30 Lunch: Rosemary Pork Lions Club Lunch n learn discussion today. 8th Thursday 8:30 AM Walmart Shopping today 11:30 Lunch: Breaded Fish 1-2 PM Page Turners Book discussion Group with Jane Granatino, Library Director – 2nd Thursday each month If you love to talk about books, good and bad, please join us! Share some of your favorite reads, talk about what makes a classic, find out what a grandchild means when they say they love manga! Discover new authors and titles you may have missed. New members are always welcome, just stop by! Call 278-8622 to register. 3:00-4:00 PM FREE! Gentle Yoga

Classes – All are welcome. 9th Friday 9:00-12:00 Free AARP Tax Help by appt. only call 278-8622 today! 11:30 Lunch: Meatloaf & Gravy, Tomato soup 3-4 PM FREE! Computer Classes With personalized instruction offered by Students of the “Friends of Seniors” club from Nipmuc Regional HS – Call 278-8622 or just stop by. 12th Monday 11:30 Lunch: Seafood Salad 6:00 PM – Pitch $2 donation 13th Tuesday 8:30 am Grocery Shopping 11:30 Lunch: Italian Braised Beef 1:30 Cards – All are welcome to join in! 14th Wednesday 11:30 Lunch: Chicken Murphy Lunch n Learn with Liz Haddad from the District Attorney’s Office. Liz will discuss Senior safety. Join us for this


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Sutton Senior Center programs THURSDAY, APRIL 1ST @ 11:00 am: Seminar: How to Get a  Good Night’s Sleep with Fallon Healthcare MONDAY, APRIL 5TH @ 10:00 am: Chatterbox Discussion group.  All welcome THURSDAY, APRIL 8TH @ 12:45 pm: “Book Club”  also, ladies pampering with manicure & chocolates TUESDAY, APRIL 13TH @ 10:30 am: Sutton Serenaders “I Just Love Old People” concert THURSDAY, APRIL 15TH @ 1:00 pm: Popcorn & Movie “Old Dogs” Comedy with John Travolta and Robin Williams FRIDAY, APRIL 16TH from 6-8pm: “Oldies Music & Dance”  DJ’s Dave O’Gara & Adam Webster   THURSDAY, APRIL 22ND @ 1:00 pm: Travelogue w/Ross Whittier  “All about Australia” SATURDAY,  APRIL 24TH @  5:30

pm: “Ham & Bean” Supper (Family style) $8.00 Adults $4.00 children. For tickets call center @ 508-234-0703 TUESDAY, APRIL 27TH @ 10:30 am: Seminar: Successful Transitions for Seniors  RSVP/508-234-0703 WEEKLY FEATURES: Mondays at 10am:   WII Video games Tuesdays at 10am:   “The Hookers” knitting group Tuesdays at 12:45am:  Sutton Serenaders Chorus Wednesdays at 10am:  Beginners Computer Class (Free) Thursdays at 10am: Pitch Thursdays 9 & 10am:  Computer Classes (Free) Free Exercise Classes on Mondays & Wednesdays Free Yoga Classes on Tuesdays & Fridays

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DO YOU KNOW? The Senior Center is offering transportation to and from Senior Club on Wednesdays. We are also offering new Wednesday afternoon programs. Join us for Wii Bowling beginning at 1:30. Call 278-8622 for details about our new programs and to schedule your

ride. We look forward to serving you! Please fill out your Census Forms! The Uxbridge Senior Center receives a considerable amount of state grant funding to help support our transportation services based on the number of seniors reported. It is important to make sure that every senior counts and is counted! If you need help filling out your forms please call us at 508-2788622. We are happy to help you!

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Legal Advice: Is the Diagnosis Alzheimers? By nicholas g. kaltsas, esq. When a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer's decease (or dementia), there are a number of legal steps that should be taken to plan for the future. The suggested legal steps that follow will give you peace of mind and save your family money. Further, it is necessary that these important documents be completed while the disease is in its early stages, so that your family can care for you in the future. If the disease

has progressed beyond its early stages, an Alzheimer's or dementia patient may get to the point where they can no longer make legal or financial decisions for themselves. If they have not completed and executed the proper legal documents before this time, their family will be forced to go to the probate court to seek guardianship. Probate court intervention is expensive, tedious and very intrusive to your family's privacy. Before a situation arises that calls for the probate court’s inter-

When actions do the talking Gary Davis, LSW, CDP, Director of SALMON Health and Retirement’s Tapestry Program, will present the program: INTERPRETING THE BEHAVIOR OF A PERSON WITH ALZHEIMER’S on Wednesday, April 7th at Whitney Place Adult Day Health Center, 65 Beaumont Drive, Northbridge. Tours and light refreshments will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the Program from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Please call

Delmy Velez, Receptionist at 508-2354769 ext. 3020 for reservations. Resisting care, wandering, and being uncooperative or combative are all common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Davis will help you discover the meaning behind these actions, and use that information to meet the person’s needs and to learn the “language” of Alzheimer’s behavior and gain greater comfort and support – for everyone.

vention in your family’s affairs, it is wise that the following steps be taken immediately: Step 1. Execute a Durable Power of Attorney: A Durable Power of Attorney grants a trusted family member or friend the right to make financial decisions for you if the time should come when you are no longer able to make you own decisions. Step 2. Execute a Health Care Proxy: A Health Care Proxy grants a trusted family member or friend the right to make medical decisions for you if the time should come when you are no longer able to make you own decisions, including decisions about life support treatments, etc. Step 3. Consider Changing Property Titles: The way real estate and other property is titled is important. In some cases, how your property is held means that selling it will require court intervention. Reviewing property titles is also an important part of planning to ensure that you and your family mem-

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Specialized training for SALMON team Twenty managers from SALMON Health and Retirement, based in Westborough, recently received training from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. With their subsequent certification, they join only a few professionals in the area with such background meeting the challenges of serving clients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The number of cases of Alzheimer’s and related dementias continues to increase both nationally and worldwide. The Council’s literature states “The goal of the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners is to develop and encourage comprehensive standards of excellence in direct-care skills, education, and sensitivity in dementia care.” The National Council of Dementia Practitioners (CDP) of New Jersey is one of two organizations for professionals in the field of Alzheimer’s disease. Several individuals from each of the SALMON campuses in Natick, Northborough, Northbridge, Westborough and Worcester took the course, which is open to professionals who meet educational requirements, have the requisite years of experience in the field, and pass a test. Those receiving the 2-year certification must keep current by attaining sufficient CEUs, among other stipulations. SALMON Health and Retirement has become respected in the area for its innovative program for those suffering with memory impairment, The Tapestry Program. The Tapestry Program is offered at their Whitney Place Assisted Living Residences in Natick, Northborough and Westborough, and is undergoing enhancement at all five Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Centers. “The Tapestry Program takes its name from the way we work to weave together each individual’s strengths with the participation of their care partners and the wealth of experience of our service staff,” states SALMON Director of Community Relations Kate SalmonRobinson. “Our goal is to promote selfesteem, maximize independence and enhance personal satisfaction, all in a home-like environment.” “These certifications strengthen our highly skilled team,” says Director of SALMON’s Tapestry Program Gary Davis, LSW, CDP, “and demonstrate the serious commitment we make to helping people in our care reach and maintain their fullest potential, for as long as possible.” For more information about The Tapestry Program and the continuum of care offered by SALMON Health and Retirement on their campuses, located in Natick, Northborough, Northbridge, Westborough and Worcester, visit www.SalmonHealthAndRetirement. com.

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School News

Tabur accepted to West Point

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James J. Tabur, a member of Northbridge High School’s Class of 2010 has been appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Upon graduation as a member of West Point’s Class of 2014, he will be commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Army. “This is a great day for James, his family, NHS and Northbridge as a community” said NHS Principal Michael P. Gauthier. “I was so pleased to learn that his dream has been realized and that his hard work and dedication have paid off” said Gauthier. Tabur received the notification in the mail recently according to his former social studies teacher, René M. Lafayette. “James stopped by my classroom and said ‘Mr. Lafayette, I wanted to tell you something,’ and with that he showed me a black folder with the words ‘United States Military Academy’ embossed in gold on the cover” Lafayette said. Inside was the prized certificate of appoint to the class of 2014 signed by Colonel Deborah L. McDonald, US Army, director of admissions for the prestigious service academy. Tabur was nominated to West Point by U.S. Representative Richard E. Neal (D- 2 MA) in December after completing a rigorous application process.

kristabel stark, Violinist Whitinsville Christian High School is pleased to announce Matthew Hudson, cellist, and Kristabel Stark, violinist, have been selected to participate in the 2010 Massachusetts Music Educators Association 55th All-State Music Festival in Boston next month. Matthew, a junior, is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Hudson of Whitinsville. Kristabel, a senior, is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Doug Stark of Whitinsville. The Massachusetts Music Educators Association sponsors the music festival. Participation in the festival gives students an opportunity to demonstrate their artistry and to create new friendships. Matthew and Kristabel 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 Kristabel perform in the high school and chamber orchestras under the direction of Mrs. Monica Vander Baan. The Whitinsville Christian School Strings program involves more than

Local band highlighted in HS Today Northbridge High School is highlighted in High School Today, a publication of the National Federation of State High School Associations The article, “From Postgame Rituals to Pep Songs, High School Traditions Stand the Test of Time” highlights the Northbridge High School Band and Jimmy Verdone, first year music teacher and Band Director. The article is published on pages 14 & 15 of the February 2010 edition of High School Today. Congratulations to Jimmy and NHS band members!

100 students in pre K – 12 who learn to play violin, viola, cello and bass using the Suzuki Method of instruction. Besides weekly private and group lessons, WCS Strings offers four levels of orchestra from elementary through high school, as well as preparatory and advanced chamber orchestras. Every other year selected advanced students go on a service-oriented tour during Spring Break. Many WCS Strings students are selected through auditions to play with Massachusetts Middle School and High School Central District and All-State Orchestras and some students have been recommended for and participated in the All-Eastern or National Honors Orchestras. Located in the town of Northbridge, Whitinsville Christian School is a private academic institution with 544 students currently enrolled in grades pre K-12.

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Lt. Governor Murray visits with students UniBank announces With a growing emphasis on future employees acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills to compete in what has become a global workforce environment, policymakers and educators are striving to make reforms to ensure students are capable of meeting

the challenges of an ever-advancing technological workplace. One of the benefits of career and technical education is the fact that applied learning is embedded into everyday curriculum. Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray

Importance of Census taught in Northbridge Public Schools All Northbridge Public Schools are working to educate students on the importance of reporting all family members and Northbridge residents on the United States 2010 Census. Our primary goal is to raise awareness of and encourage participation in this historic event. The last time the US Census was recorded was in 2000. Our message is: Be Counted In 2010 ~ A Complete Count Helps Our Schools! Every year, the federal government can allocate more than $400 billion to states and communities based, in part, on census data. Superintendent Gorky reports that the Northbridge Public Schools are not eli-

gible to apply for many grants due to the high income levels reported in Northbridge during the 2000 Census. Currently, based on the 2000 Census, there is a 17% discrepancy between the reported ecomomic needs of the community and students in our schools. Every person counts, even newborn babies. If residents accurately report their income and residency it will help to guide funding decisions for our schools and community. Hopefully we will be eligible for more federal grants. For further information contact the Superintendent, NPS Principals or visit

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recently witnessed examples of that first-hand during a recent visit to Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School. Education has been one of the top priorities of the Patrick-Murray Administration, and Governor Deval Patrick signed in January the first major education reform legislation since 1993. Murray, the former mayor of Worcester, has pledged to visit regional vocational technical schools throughout the Commonwealth this school year. In his capacity as Lieutenant Governor, Murray serves as Chairman of the Regionalization Advisory Commission and STEM Advisory Council. The regionalization commission is exploring potential opportunities, benefits and challenges of regionalizing services among municipalities.  The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math council is seeking to ensure that students in Massachusetts are educated in the STEM fields, better preparing them for post-secondary education or careers in these areas. Murray talked with students and staff while visiting a number of the school’s vocational technical training areas and classrooms. “We consistently strive to incorporate more 21st Century Skills learning into our curriculum, increase our relevance and rigor, and expand our programs to improve our students’ career readiness along whichever pathway they choose,” Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick said.  “Lieutenant Governor Murray has been a longtime supporter of quality vocational technical education and we are pleased he was able to interact with our students and staff.”

scholarship program James F. Paulhus, president and CEO of UniBank, is pleased to announce UniBank’s sixteenth annual scholarship program, providing $2,000 each to ten graduating seniors, one at each high school in the towns of Northbridge, Uxbridge, Blackstone, Douglas, Upton, Grafton, Sutton and Milford. These scholarships are a part of UniBank’s commitment to the community in supporting the educational endeavors of exceptional students, selected on the basis of character, involvement in school or community

Named to Dean’s List at SNH University The following students have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2009 semester at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. To be eligible for this honor, a student must compile an academic grade point average of 3.0-3.49.           From Auburn, Allison Racicot, Creative Writing and English and Gregory Sullivan, Accounting. From Grafton, Scott Jacobsen, Sport Management. From Hopedale, Robert Sideman, Hospitality Business. From Mendon, Molly Janelle, Graphic Design and Justin Peterman, Sport Management. From Northbridge, Chad Randor, Game Design and Development and from Uxbridge, Brandon Rivett, Business Administration – 3 Year Program.

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activities, financial need and academic achievement. Scholarship applications are available in the guidance departments of: Northbridge High School, Uxbridge High School, Douglas High School, Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, Nipmuc Regional High School, Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, Whitinsville Christian High School, Grafton High School, Sutton High School and Milford High School. Schools are awarded the scholarships and form their own committees to select recipients.  Applicants are required to be enrolled as undergraduate students in an accredited four-year institution of higher learning.  UniBank is dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves, while maintaining a high level of financial soundness and integrity. It is a member of the FDIC and DIF. The company website is

Mass Girls State 2010 to be held The American Legion Auxiliary will hold its 65th Annual Massachusetts Girls State at Stonehill College, Easton, MA from Sunday, June 13, 2010 through Friday, June 18, 2010. The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors this program state-wide. In Uxbridge, the program is financed through the generosity of the Uxbridge Woman’s Club. The Girls State Citizens chosen this year from Uxbridge High School are Emily Drywa, daughter of Mr.& Mrs. Todd Drywa and Tara Feeley, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Brian Feeley. The two alternates that have been selected are, Anna Walsh, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Michael Walsh and Jamie St. Pierre, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Kris St. Pierre. More than 22, 000 Massachusetts girls have participated in this citizenship program since its inauguration in 1945. There will be approximately 300 girls from all parts of the State participating in the week’s study of Local and State Government. They will establish and operate their own City and Town, form two political parties, nominate candidates for office, conduct campaigns and hold elections. Speakers will be state officials (if possible), leaders in Government and other professions. The students will learn about the responsibilities of the various branches of government and the qualifications and benefits of many of the leading professions. Girls State will be held in every state in the union. At the Girls State Sessions in June, two girls will be selected to represent their respective States at Girls Nation to be held in Maryland in July.

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Cassidy excels in studies, career prep at Valley Tech ness) Club, and Martial Arts Club. “I really don’t like to sit around, which is why I am in Electrical,” said Cassidy, who works part-time as a repair technician for The Back Door vacuum shop in Uxbridge. “I prefer to move about and get things done.” That motivation is evident in the way Cassidy is impressively active in her community.  She has served as treasurer of the Venturing Crew in Grafton, a development program of the Boy Scouts of America that provides rewarding growth experiences for young men and women.  She volunteers to serve Meals on Wheels through

the Uxbridge Senior Center and has been a member of the Teen Advisory Board for the Uxbridge Library. Cassidy is an avid reader when she does decide to slow down the pace during the day. “We are extremely proud of Maria’s numerous achievements,” said Valley Tech Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick. “She is a leader who has distinguished herself with admirable dedication to both academic studies and her vocational technical training.  She serves as a role model with attributes exemplifying our 21st Century Skills curriculum.”

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ToP Tech - senior Maria cassidy of uxbridge has been named Valley Tech’s top vocational technical student this year. When accomplishing any task at hand, Maria Cassidy simply goes about the job – effectively and quietly. The young talent from Uxbridge is one of the top academic students in the Class of 2010 at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School. Cassidy’s exceptional Electrical field skills and her many other contributions to the school and community have earned her Valley Tech’s Outstanding Vocational Technical Student Award given in conjunction with the Massachusetts Vocational Association.

Cassidy has lofty goals for the future. “I would like to study math and move into challenging science coursework at a four-year college,” said Cassidy, who is investigating options at a number of top colleges and already has been accepted to Worcester Polytechnic Institute. “I likely will pursue my electrical license, but more for personal growth than to go directly into the business.” Consistently the highest scorer for

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a free parent workshop, will be held on Wednesday, April 7th, 7:00 p.m. at the Whitin Middle School Library, Uxbridge. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): what it is and isn't and how it can be used effectively both in the schools and in the home. This brief training will go into the history of ABA, how Discrete Trial Instruction falls under the umbrel-

la of ABA, the additional teaching methods that incorporate the principles of ABA and ideas of how parents can use some of the principles of ABA when working with their children in their home. Presented by Beth Brennan, M.A. Board Certified Behavior Analyst, The workshop is open to the public. Sponsored by the Uxbridge Special Education Parent Advisory Council.

Valley Tech’s successful Math Team, Cassidy competed on the national stage in Technical Related Math, representing Valley Tech and the Commonwealth during the prestigious SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. She is the Treasurer of Valley Tech’s Chapter of the National Honor Society and member of the school’s Chorus, Aviation Club, SEA (Students for Environmental Aware-

Congressman Neal addresses NHS Students US Representative Richard E. Neal (D-2nd Massachusetts) recently visited Northbridge High School at the invitation of social studies teacher René M. Lafayette. The veteran legislator and former mayor of Springfield addressed approximately 70 students in the media center including 50 students enrolled in “Citizenship In Action”, an elective that Lafayette created. “I have invited the Congressman to meet with my students for the past three years, but our schedules have not worked out until now. It was a great event for everyone, the students and the Congressman” said Lafayette. Neal, a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee is one of two New Englanders on the 41 member panel and the only one from Massachusetts. The visit to the Linwood Avenue School also provided Neal with the opportunity to meet one of his nominees to two military academies, NHS senior James Tabur has been nominated to both Annapolis and West Point.

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Uxbridge HS SADD Chapter announces charity shoe drive Every 23 seconds, Soles4Souls Inc. gives away another pair of shoes to someone in need. The shoe charity has earned glowing endorsements from Hollywood stars and professional athletes, but the people who truly make the non-profit organization effective are those who partner with Soles4Souls in its mission of Changing the World One Pair at a Time ™. That’s where local students are getting involved - by becoming the hands and feet of Soles4Souls in Uxbridge. Drop boxes are located at the Uxbridge High School, Uxbridge Town Hall, and Uxbridge Public Library for people to drop off their gently used shoes. Monetary donations are also accepted. Contact Amanda Alsfeld, 508-2788634, for information. About Soles4Souls Nashville-based Soles4Souls™ facilitates the donations of both new and used shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Soles4Souls has distributed more than 4 million pairs to people in over 70 countries, including Honduras, Uganda, Romania, and the United States. The charity has been featured recently in Runner’s World and the Green Guide by National Geographic. It has also appeared on

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CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, and hundreds of regional outlets around North America. Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit for more information. For information about Soles4Souls, Inc., please contact locally: Chris Carmichael, Soles4Souls, 615-3915723 ext. 143 or Kim Dettwiller, Soles4Souls, 615-3214073

OSP offers Scholarship 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 Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569 by 2:00 pm on Tuesday, April 27th. TO BE CONSIDERED, THE APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETE.


Wayne A. Cottle, President and CEO of Dean Bank, announced recently that a $500 college scholarship has proudly been granted to Justina D’Amato of Uxbridge and to James Cram of Whitinsville. This scholarship, one of ten given by Dean Bank to local students each year, reflects the bank’s continued commitment to helping people reach their goals and dreams. Justina is the daughter of Louis and Carol D’Amato, and graduated from Blackstone Valley RVT High School in 2009. She was a member of the National Honor Society and won two State Gold and a National Silver Medal for SkillsUSA, a national educational partnership preparing students for leadership in work. She was also a member of the Fashion Club, Go Green Club

James is the son of Deborah Cram, and is a 2008 graduate of Blackstone Valley RVT High School. Cram is attending Johnson & Wales University and is studying Robotics Technology and Electronic Engineering.

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Uxbridge Elementary PTO to host Wine Tasting & More The Uxbridge Elementary PTO will host its 4th Annual Wine Tasting and Baskets Galore event on Saturday, April 10th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Uxbridge Community House next to the Uxbridge Town Common. Enjoy a fun night out with friends and an opportunity to sample a wide variety of great wines provided by Lynch’s

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No Limit Texas Hold'em Night The Parents for Safe Graduation 2010 would like to announce their newest fundraiser. Place your bets on an evening of fun and excitement with 'No Limit Texas Hold'em.  Please join us on Friday, April 30th at the North Uxbridge Italian-American Club located at 424 Mendon Street (RT 16), Uxbridge.  Registration begins at 6:00 pm and Game starts at 7:00 p.m.  For information regarding Entry Fees, contact Wade Warner 508-278-5150.  The PSG committee would like to thank the community for its continuing support to help plan a fun, safe graduation night for the Uxbridge High School Class of 2010.

Community Reading Day in Northbridge Members of the community recently participated in Community Reading Day at the Northbridge Elementary and Balmer Schools. Carolyn Mitchell coordinated the guest readers who were paired with classroom teachers so the readers could demonstrate their love for reading and to further involve members of the community in the schools. Each reader read for one hour. The 58 Community Readers were Tom Melia, Claire Malkasian, Brian Patrinelli, Mike Morasse, Mary Verra, Claudine Spencer, Cathy Stanton, Erin McKeown, Ruth Driscoll, Carol Stearns, Donna Leard, Rev. Michele Ewers, Don Incutto, John Zywien, Eric Connolly, Maryann Newton, Rob Kittredge, Susan Gorky, Laura Grasso, Nancy Spitulnik, Dwain Robbins, Michael Le Brasseur, Margo Montecalvo, Dan Nolan, Maureen Rossetti, Kathy Lyons, Rev. Rick Underwood, Heather Reiter, Joseph Montecalvo, and Leeann Hansson. Also, Terri DiPilato, Ted Kozak, Tina Beauchaine, Deb Evans, Jeff White, Priscilla Chesna, Marcia Nichols, Sandi Trapasso, Mary Kalel, Normand Benoit, Pat Mahoney, Donna Prior, Fred Beauregard, Nancy Moscofian, Heather Elster, Linda Skillen, Tim Labrie, Steve DiMare, Catherine Thibeault, Donna Briand, Walter Warchol, Joan Jeffers, Jennifer Wolf, Tina Keene, Faith Lane, Rebecca LeBrasseur, Linda Zywien, and John Baker.

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Your Best Friends’ Best Friend is a pet sitting service extraordinaire By consTance dWyer Woof, Woof!! Meow, Meow!! are welcomed sounds that surround Beth Stevens Fontaine, a native of Uxbridge, as she travels from one home to another to walk a dog or feed a cat or take care of other animals such as birds, rabbits, pocket pets, fish, horses, and other farm animals. She walks dogs for people who work during the day and cares for all animals at their own homes when families go on vacation. Her territory includes Uxbridge, Northbridge, Mendon, Millville, and Douglas. On a sunny Thursday (March 10th) in Northbridge, Beth took Chase, a Boston Terrier mix, for a walk on his leash. The dog enjoyed the scenery and made his bathroom visit and Beth thoughtfully cleaned up after him. From there, this writer went to Beth’s home to meet her pets: Pup, an Australian Cattle dog/Pit bull mix, 11 years old; Giacamo, a Golden Retriever, adopted as a puppy and now 3 years of age; cats, Marco, Polo, and Arnie, all brothers, adopted as kittens and now 6 years old; and “BooBoo,” a very special female cat, now 4, found stricken on a road. All cats are domestic short hairs. “I just love animals,” like my dogs and cats, she said with a smile. In addition to her pets, Beth and her husband, Scott, are the proud parents of a son, Hunter, 3. Beth further explained how she “adopted” her cats. “It was kind of accidental.” Her first three cats, (Marco, Polo, and Arnie, are all brothers. She became a ‘foster parent’ of the three when she discovered them as kittens at the Uxbridge Animal Hospital where she worked as a veterinary technician. “I just decided I’d keep the cats and am glad I did!!” Her fourth cat, BooBoo, was also ‘adopted’ as a kitten. She came across this cat lying in the middle of the road as she was driving home to Mendon where she lived at that time. “I pulled over to remove from the road what I thought was a dead kitten and when I got up to her I realized she was still breathing. I took the wounded, tiny kitten to the Mendon Animal Clinic. There, Dr. Fabbricotti x-rayed the whole kitten on a small x-ray plate. She was about 6-8 wks old. Her injuries were a broken front leg, an injured eye and a concussion.” She added, “I didn’t name the cat for 6 weeks, thinking someone might adopt her. But then I decided to keep her and, because of her ‘boo-boos,’ I called her “Boo-Boo.” Beth started her business in August of 2007 and her business is doing very well. “Many people on vacation would rather have me come to their homes to feed their pets or give them medicine rather than have them kept in a kennel which is more confining.” Many working people who don’t want to worry about their dogs going all day without toilet facilities or exercise also use her services. “I have a group of dogs that Giacamo has become friends with and he goes with me to their house which

really gives them some good exercise! Of those Giacamo friends, many get a little extra attention a few days a week when they all come to my house to play in our fenced-in yard. I’m not a doggie day care; we call it ‘Play Group.’ This is great fun for the pups and they all get a few hours of play in. It makes my Giacamo tired too,” she added with a laugh. Besides her home visits, Beth has been kept busy teaching puppy training classes which only recently she stopped due to time constraints. Certified by the American Red Cross as a “Pet First Aid Instructor” she is a member of Pet Sitters International and is bonded and insured. For more information, on Beth’s services at Your Best Friends’ Best Friend, check out her website at www. or call her at (508) 641-6954.

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Sansoucy joins Blackstone Prom Dress collection for charity Management & Consulting John Sansoucy, formerly Director of Engineering at ECM Plastics has joined Blackstone Management & Consulting to head its Lean Manufacturing practice. Mr. Sansoucy, a resident of Douglas MA, received his MS/ME from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and over the past 20 years held various executive engineering and manufacturing management positions with particu-

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Body Utopia is organizing a charity prom dress sale for local schools in the Blackstone Valley area and they are looking for dresses and shoes to be donated. The dress sale will be on April 9th, 10th, and 11th. Body Utopia will keep track of what each student spends from each school and donate that money back to the school at the end of the sale. This will be a great way to raise some money for the local schools and at the same time save the girls (and parents) a little bit of money. All dresses and shoes must be clean

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Re/Max American Dream welcomes Whitten Susan Joseph, broker/owner of RE/MAX American Dream is pleased to announce that Chris Whitten has joined the Whitinsville real estate office as Sales Associate. Prior to his affiliation with RE/MAX American Dream, Chris worked at another local real estate agency. He brings his knowledge and experience to his new office. Being as he is licensed in both RI and MA, Chris will be instrumental in assisting clients who are interested in relocation. Before entering the field of real estate, Chris worked for 10 years at Cat Country 98.1 WCTK in Providence, RI as a member of the Tad and Chris Show and also the Wake Up Show with Matt & Chris.

He is the owner/operator of Coastline Entertainment, a mobile DJ Company. He is a resident of Johnston, RI and the proud father of three young sons. Chris is excited to be part of the RE/MAX organization and looks forward to working in his new office. He may be contacted at the Whitinsville agency: 508-234HOME. RE/MAX American Dream, located at 1271 Providence Rd., Whitinsville, is affiliated with RE/MAX of New England and RE/MAX International. Joseph welcomes Chris and is confident that with his experience and familiarity with the area, he will be an asset to the community.

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Interventional Cardiologist joins medical staff Milford Regional moved to a new level of cardiac care with the opening of a cardiac catheterization lab about a year ago. Patients that are brought to Milford Regional with potential heart complications can now be diagnosed here at our cardiac cath lab rather than being sent to another healthcare facility for evaluation. We are pleased to announce the appointment of Sabeen Chaudry, MD, an interventional cardiologist, to our active medical staff as a result of the expansion of our cardiac care services. She has joined the cardiologists at Hopedale Cardiology in Hopedale, MA. Dr. Chaudry earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA.

Society of Genealogists to meet in April The April meeting of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc Worcester Chapter will be held on the second TUESDAY (evening) of the month, April 13th in the Merriam Room at the Auburn Public Library which is located at 369 Southbridge Street (Rte 12) in Auburn, Massachusetts. Please note the change from Saturday to Tuesday evening. We have now returned to our warmweather schedule. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm, with the meeting room opening at 6:30 pm. We’ll open with a short business meeting before turning the time over to Sandra Goodwin for her presentation on Early U.S. Censuses. Members are encouraged to choose one three-generation family and bring copies of any and all located censuses as well as family group sheets. Sandra Goodwin, former state president of MSOG, has been researching her family’s history for nearly 20 years. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be provided. For more information visit: (or:

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Christine Prunier named V.P. and Director of Human Resources James F. Paulhus, president and chief executive officer at UniBank, recently announced that Christine Prunier has joined UniBank as vice president and director of human resources. In this position, Ms. Prunier is responsible for the strategic initiatives relating to compensation, benefits and recruitment for UniBank and its subsidiaries, UniBank Fiscal Advisory Services, Inc. (UFASI) and Sterling Associates. Ms. Prunier has over 25 years experience in the banking industry. Most recently she was vice president and human resources manager at Millbury Federal Credit Union. Prior to her career with Millbury Federal Credit Union she was employed by BankBoston and Worcester County Institute for Savings (WCIS) prior to its acquisition by BankBoston. Formerly of Millbury, Ms. Prunier cur-

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Fresh Air Fund Volunteers attend NY Conference New Law Create Your Weight allows early program deductions Milford Regional Medical Center is offering a six-week program for those interested in losing weight the healthy way. Create Your Weight will be presented on Thursdays, through April 29 from 6 to 7:00 p.m. in Conference Room C at Milford Regional, located across from the entrance to the cafeteria on the ground floor of the medical center. Milford Regional registered dietitian Jessica Cox, RD, LDN will facilitate the program where participants will learn how to “create” their weight. Topics will include portion control, eating out, exercise, healthy recipes and more. Participants will not be weighed. The cost of the program is $25. To register, go to Milford Regional’s Web site at or send a check payable to Milford Regional to: Milford Regional, P.O. Box 350, Milford, MA 01757. For information, go to the site or call (508) 422-2206.

More than 250 Fresh Air Fund volunteers, including Claire Duckmanton, Angelina Ford and Elaine Melinski of Southern Massachusetts, gathered recently in New York City for The Fund’s annual Friendly Town Conference. Each summer, close to 5,000 children, ages six to 18, enjoy free two-week vacations with volunteer host families in suburban and small-town communities. In their lead-

ership role, volunteers across 13 Northeastern states from Maine to Virginia and into Canada work yearround to recruit, screen and interview host families, renew the commitment of participating host families, work on community outreach and coordinate activities for the children to make the most of their visit! Kicking off the 2010 Fresh Air season, the Friendly Town Conference

Clothes donations needed On Saturday, April 24th, the GFWC Uxbridge Woman’s Club will be collecting on behalf of “Dress for Success”, Worcester. The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return for a second suit or separates when she finds work. For information on this organization, visit:

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All clothes must be something that YOU would wear to an interview. All clothes must be in excellent condition and all clothes must be clean and on hangers. Needed are: business suits, pants & skirts, dress shirts and blouses, slacks and skirts, blazers, handbags and purses, dress shoes, jewelry and scarves and unworn, packaged hosiery. To donate, please visit the Community House, 7 Court Street (behind the Town Common) between 9 am-12 pm on Saturday, April 24th. For more information, please contact Amie Hyman, 508-278-2257.

was held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan. Throughout the weekend, volunteers attended workshops on managing and building a future for the Friendly Town program. One of the highlights of the Conference was a speech by Former Fresh Air child, Francisco Calderon, who shared heartfelt memories of his summers in upstate New York with his caring hosts. Francisco is now an Assistant District Attorney at the Albany County District Attorney’s Office and credits much of his success to the love and support of his Fresh Air family. The Conference closed with a beautiful performance by a group of children from the Harlem School of Music. Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income neighborhoods. Local volunteers are currently recruiting host families for the upcoming summer season. Families interested in hosting may contact Claire Duckmanton at (508) 761-8242 or The Fund at (800) 367-0003 or visit the Web site at

BY STEVE CROTEAU A law signed by President Obama on January 22, 2010 lets you take an early tax deduction for contributions you make for earthquake relief to Haiti. If you use your cell phone to donate via a text message, the new law offers you an easier method for substantiating your contribution. If you itemize deductions on your tax return, you may elect to take a charitable deduction on your 2009 return for Haiti contributions made after January 11, 2010, and before March 1, 2010. Claiming a 2010 contribution on your 2009 return will give you an earlier tax benefit, though you may also wait until you file your 2010 return to take the deduction. Here are other important details. • The contributions must be made specifically for relief related to the January 12, 2010, earthquake in Haiti. • The contributions must be made to qualified charities, rather than to specific individuals. • Only cash contributions qualify for the earlier 2009 deduction option; contributions of property or goods do not qualify. • Contributions made to foreign charities generally don’t qualify. • You’ll need records to substantiate any deductible donations you make. But a special easing of the rules will allow you to use your telephone bill as substantiation for donations made by text message. The phone bill must show the name of the organization receiving your donation, the date of the contribution, and the amount you gave. For other donation methods, you’ll need a bank record or written communication from the charity. • If you claim a Haiti relief deduction on your 2009 return, you may not also claim the same donation on your 2010 return (which you’ll be filing in 2011). To decide whether to take the deduction on your 2009 or 2010 return, run the numbers to see which year will give you the bigger tax savings. For 2009, higherincome taxpayers have a limit on their total itemized deductions. This limit is eliminated for 2010, so the deduction could actually provide a bigger tax break if taken on your 2010 tax return. For additional information or filing assistance, please contact our office. Roger H. Croteau, CPA 508-278-2239

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Sports Shorts

Douglas Girls Basketball Team wins South Central Mass Championship The Douglas Girls Travel Basketball Team, in the G5B division of the South Central Massachusetts Youth Basketball League, completed a fantastic season with a win over Sutton 15-12 in the South Central Mass Championship game. The season included a 2-1 record

in the pre-season Hopkinton Tournament and a 3-1 run in the Douglas Tournament, giving the team an overall record of 15-6. The team began the season with a roster of 17 and despite the challenges of shared playing time the girls consistently performed at a

high level all season. Coaches Steve Carroll and Mike King guided the team with a fundamental skills approach recently adopted by the Douglas Youth

Hoops program. The team would like to thank the Town of Douglas for the use of the Municipal Center Gymnasium and the support of Bobby

Saster, League Director, Ralph Quinn, Girls Program Director and David Hasemann, Scheduling Director.

Northbridge to induct 13 into Athletic Hall of Fame Twelve outstanding athletes dating from 1940’s through the 90’s along with a standout men’s coach, will be inducted into the Northbridge High School Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 3, 2010. Established in 1993, the Northridge High School Athletic Hall of Fame continues to recognize and honor athletes, coaches, and individuals who have contributed to the rich tradition of Northridge High School athletics. The NHS Athletic Hall of Fame Committee will host the 12th induction ceremony beginning with a social hour at 5 p.m. followed by dinner and the induction ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Northbridge High School Auditorium. The thirteen individuals who will be inducted are: Fred Rondeau, Class of 1941; William Viestra, Class of 1957;

Beverley (Farrand) Paille, Class of 1961; George Hamm, Class of 1966; John Doldoorian, Jr., Class of 1974; Dirk Koopman, Class of 1981; Matt Leonard, Class of 1989; Anthony Altieri, Class of 1995; Jeffrey Altieri, Class of 1999; Rick Asadoorian, Class of 1999; Kara (Massey) Francis, Class of 2000; Lee Anne (Stanovich) Blanding, Class of 2000; and Donald Katz, longtime multi-sport coach during the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. The thirteen new members will bring the Hall of Fame membership to 102. Tickets to the event are $40 and may be obtained by contacting Northbridge High School Principal Michael Gauthier as well as NPS Athletic Director, Allan Richards at 508-2346221.

chaMPIons - first row: courtney antalek, Madeline hill, Brianna fleming, Peyton young, sydney hurteau, emily Muscatell, kaitlin Burch, hannah Vander Baan. second row: sam Martin, christine Pye, Meghan carroll, lauren kasper, Mikensie Morin, rachel sutton, shanna king. Third row: steve carroll, Mike king

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Blackstone Valley Annual Youth Fishing Derby Sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce and Fin & Feather Sports of Upton, the 4th Annual Youth Trout Derby will be held at Pratt Pond in Upton this year on Saturday, April 24 from 8am -1 pm.  "We have a lot to celebrate this year", says Jeff Leclaire, Derby Committee  Chairman.  Upton is celebrating its 275th Birthday, Fin & Feather is celebrating its 40th year in business, and this year will be the 25th year that  Pratt Pond has been stocked with Trout. The good news is 75 tagged trout will be stocked for an additional prize, which will be awarded up until October 15th, 2010 for those anglers registered. The Derby will be from 8 am - 1 pm on Saturday, April 24th - rain or shine, shore fishing only. The main Registration and check-in area will be at the Upton Town beach on Kiwanis

Beach road in Upton. The cookout starts at 11:30 am followed by Prizes awarded at 1:15 pm. The participants (age 3-14) will receive a "Tackle Pack", 1 dozen worms, and a cookout ticket for $15. Also, anyone that pre-registers by April 12th will receive a  "FREE" Official Derby T-Shirt and will be entered in a special pre-register Drawing. Prizes and trophies will be awarded in 2 age groups. Adult Derby date set for Sunday April 25th. We will be opening the fishing up to everyone again this year the day after the youth derby, Sunday, April 25th. Adults and others can register and fish for the remainder of the tagged trout in Pratt Pond throughout the summer.  A $15 fee for adults and there is a special gift for those who pre-register before April 25th. All donations  will go toward the next year’s Youth Derby. T-

shirts will be available for adults, while supplies last. Sponsorships are available and donations welcome. Please contact the

office at 508-234-9090 or Jeff LeClaire at 508-529-3901 for donations and to volunteer for this wonderful Fishing event in our own Blackstone Valley.

Graduation Committee to sponsor fishing derby The 2010 Celebration Graduation Committee for Douglas High School is sponsoring “Wallum Lake Fishing Derby”, Douglas, on May 1st from 6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. There is a $25 fee per person and a maximum of 15 boats. Top prizes will be: 1st Place- largest trout or salmon by weight; 2nd Placelargest largemouth or smallmouth by weight; 3rd Place- second largest trout or salmon by weight and 4th Placesecond largest largemouth or smallmouth by weight.

Each person is allowed to weigh in one fish per category. Event starts at: 6:30am at the boat ramp. Weigh-in time will start at 4:00 p.m. For any questions contact Brett Oleksy at 1-508476-7010. Visit the website: www. Food and beverages will be available: Hotdogs, hamburgers, soda, french fries, onion rings as well as donuts, muffins and coffee. All proceeds go to Douglas celebration graduation 2010.

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Local Coach selected for US Lacrosse event Steve Falconer, a Northbridge Public School Technology Systems Administrator and Varsity Lacrosse Coach has been selected to co-coach the North team in the 2010 Champion High School Showcase US Lacrosse event. This year’s High School showcase will take place on Tuesday, July 20th through Thursday, July 22nd at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. The top 96 Senior Boys Lacrosse players from across the country will be selected to participate and be part of the National All-Star event to be featured on ESPNU. The Champion High School Showcase is an opportunity for elite high school players from all over the nation to compete in a round robin and final four style tournament. Details on the event are available on the US Lacrosse website, For additional information contact Steve Falconer, Varsity Lacrosse Coach, Northbridge High School or

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