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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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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
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At the halfway mark of the 2009 2010 Senator Louis Bertonazzi Foundation “Best Voting Community” contest, the town of Mendon leads the 19 town competition after three elections. The totals of the 2009 local elections, December U.S. Senate Primary and January U.S. Senate election show an upper tier of seven communities with a voting percentage of over 30%. They are Mendon, Upton, Sutton, Hopedale, Milford, Northbridge and Auburn in that order. Bellingham, Millville, Oxford, Westborough, Dudley, Grafton and Uxbridge comprise the middle tier of towns having had a voting percentage of 29% down to 26% in descending order. Finally, to this point, the trailing towns of Douglas, Charlton, Blackstone, Southbridge, and Webster recorded totals of nearly 25% down to just 21%. Mendon set the pace in the 2009 local elections followed by Milford, Sutton, Upton, Oxford and Auburn. In the December U.S. Senate Primary, Hopedale had the top turnout, with Westborough, Sutton, Auburn, Upton, Bellingham, and Grafton close behind. The January U.S. Senate Election saw Upton narrowly lead Hopedale, Mendon, Northbridge, Sutton, Bellingham and Westborough. The figures from these three elections will now be added to the results of the next three elections, namely the 2010 local elections, 2010 September Primary and the 2010 November election. The town with the best combined total will be the winner of the Senator Louis Bertonazzi Foundation Outstanding Citizenship Award as “Best Voting Community”. A check for $1,000 will be presented to that town’s Clerk and Board of Registrars, along with a plaque to the Board of Selectman. That plaque is currently in the Northbridge Town Hall, the winner of the 2007 – 2008 competition. In addition, a large banner will be unfurled and awarded permanently to the townspeople. Just as the rankings have shifted with each of the first three elections, it is expected that the next three election turnouts will have a profound effect on the final standings. Hopefully, this will provide an additional incentive for all voters in each of the 19 towns to exercise their voting privilege...a privilege won and protected by the sacrifice of so many over the years. The Senator Louis Bertonazzi Foundation Board of Directors are Dr. Carl DiGregorio, Chairman; Michael Divrio, Treasurer; Attorney David Bertonazzi, Clerk; and Cynthia Casey, Thomas Cullen, Gail Crimaldi, Joseph Nigro, Patrick Niro, Stanley Nalewajko and Louis Bertonazzi, ex-officio.
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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: www.uxbridgenewcomers.org or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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 redCrossBlood.org 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 email@example.com.
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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.
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 www.keepingtheheartbeat.org 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-
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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: emailto:email@example.com
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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
(provided) and discussion to follow. Door prizes donated from area businesses will be given. Cost: $35 per person includes lunch. To sign up, seminar agenda or for more information contact HorsekeepingSeminar@charter.net This event is partially funded with federal funds from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) under an s. 319 competitive nonpoint source (NPS) pollution grant for Manchaug Pond administered by the Manchaug Pond Association.
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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 www.indianranch.com
Indian ranch located on route 16 in Webster, is one of Massachusetts longest running and best known resort and entertainment venues, brings another star-studded lineup of Contemporary Country and Classic rock to celebrate the 64th season of summer concerts to their outdoor amphitheatre on the shores of historic Webster Lake.
~ 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. mass.gov/dfs 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.
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 www.bvcchorus.org
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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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On January 30th over two hundred people gathered at the Uxbridge V.F.W. to show support for local troops stationed state-side and overseas. Uxbridge Supports Our Troops hosted the dance, and it proved to be a very successful fundraiser for the group. Through the funds raised, troops on USOT’s list will continue to receive phone cards, care packages, and other comforts of home all year long. The benefit began with the singing of the National Anthem by an unbelievably talented Upton police officer, Shanna Glassman. Veterans of all eras were recognized by the evening’s emcee, Dave Moriarty and honored by all in attendance. Dinner and dancing followed, with sounds donated by DJ Ken Dicillo. The event would not have been nearly as successful if it wasn’t for the generous community. All of the event’s food was graciously donated by local businesses and many friends of USOT. A special thanks goes to the Uxbridge VFW for graciously offering their space each year for this fundraising event, as well as ralph True, Jr. and his kitchen crew for all their efforts and hard work! raffle items were also generously donated by local businesses. The grand prize of the evening was a beautiful, patriotic, hand-stitched quilt, made by friends of USOT. The beautiful quilt was won by Holly Crawford of Northbridge. Many members of the community also contributed to the raffle table with beautiful hand-made items, gift baskets, and other lovely items. Thank you to all. USOT would like to thank all who helped make this year’s benefit the best yet! If you would like to find out more about how you can help, or you know of someone currently serving that you would like to add to USOT’s care package list, please call Diane at 508-2785131 or Linda at 508-278-9425. Or visit USOT on the web at www.uxbridgesupportsourtroops.com.
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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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Ham & Bean Supper The Sixth Annual Family Style Ham and Bean Supper, sponsored by the Joseph Emerson Evening Alliance will be held at the Unitarian Church, 13 Maple Street, Mendon, on Saturday, April 17th at 6:00 pm. Vegetarian meals will be available. The price is $8.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 6 and under. For reservations, please call Jackie Nelson at 508-473-6737. Early reservations are greatly appreciated. A limited number of walk-ins will be welcomed. There will also be raffles.
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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: http://www.missione4.com 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 www.mass.gov/safety/promshorts. 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 J.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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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, Info@CWMilford.com
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 www.crtr.org. 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. Geocaching.com will be following the
centennial cars on their trek around the country. A tracking number on the website will allow Hunter to keep an eye on his car and its travels. Go to www.geocaching.com and click on traceable devices and put in tracking number JFABXD to follow Hunter’s car on the journey.
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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
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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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BIKE NIGHT Rendezvous Leather 690 Quaker Hwy., Uxbridge FRIDAYS FISH FRY 12 Noon to 8 p.m. American Legion Post 390 352 Mancaug, MA Call ahead for pick-up 508-476-7474 saTurdays Ladies Auxiliary MEAT RAFFLE 5 pm at VFW Post 1385 Hall, Rte. 16 in Uxbridge
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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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 email@example.com
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 BlackstoneDaily@aol.com. 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@ gmail.com
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 wesleyworc.org/music/events.php. 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 CLASSICS...to 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 stadiumtheatre.com
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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.
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 www.appletreearts.org.
DEADLINE for the MAY ISSUE of The New UXBRIDGE TIMES is
April 15th @ Noon Our office is open Tuesdays & Thursdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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