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Soil By-Law passes at Uxbridge Town Meeting By Constance Reddy Dwyer Some Town Meetings are short and others go on and on. Well, the Fall Annual Town Meeting in Uxbridge held on october 25th was a long one, starting at 7 p.m. and finishing after 11:20 p.m. The meeting started by announcing that Articles 22 and 23 would be passed over and Art 17 being taken out of order; the article to amend the Charter, allowing removal of elected officials passed with a 152/68 vote. Justin Piccirillo passionately spoke how this citizen petition to permit elected officials to be removed for cause needed to be passed. He said he wanted “accountability in our Town Government…some town officials are not following the law.” The by-law now goes to the Attorney General for approval and it will then be voted upon at the Spring Annual Town Meeting. The remaining 21 article warrant had one notable major focus, the potentially “dirty soil” problem plaguing Uxbridge, addressed in Article 10. After a lengthly debate, it was passed by a 200/32 vote, the soil by-law to insure that soil being taken by trucks into Uxbridge will be monitored and thus prevent pollution of wells and aquifers. This article drew a larger than usual crowd for the meeting, at 232 voters. The dirty soil problem was addressed by more than 10 speakers divided into pros and cons. Speakers included Selectman Baghdasarian, Mark Stacey, Rachel Frazier, James Dwyer and Patrick Hannon (who downplayed the dirty soil issue and said the soil being brought in “was not contaminated.”) Dr. David Tapscott representing a new group called “Uxbridge Citizens for Clean Water” stated that a new by-law had to be passed to avoid more problems in town. James Dwyer, a former Selectman in Uxbridge and a former chairman of the Uxbridge By-Law & Charter Committee, pointed out that the hurriedly drafted bylaw merging earth

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removal permits and land fill permits left much to be corrected, but stressed the need for controls. The by-law will enable the planning board to have more control. The previous actions consumed approximately 2 hours. Article 1 was passed over and articles 2 through 9, financial articles passed easily. Most notable were Ambulance, Fire and Police purchases necessary for the safety of citizens and police and fire personnel. Articles 11 and 12, by-law amendments failed. Article 11 would have amended the Zoning By-Law by adding to the table of use regulations for all zones, “Commercial Fill/Soil Importation.” Article 12 sought to create a Wetlands By-Law more stringent than state law and “more onerous” according to former Conservation Commissioner Mike Potaski. Article 14 passed, removing the need to have 300 feet of frontage on both streets of a corner lot in the agricultural zone, Zoning By-law Table of Dimensional Requirements. Article 15 to restrict elected officials to a single elected office and no appointed office failed and Article 16 on a related topic was then passed over. Article 18, merged by agreement of sponsors with Art. 10, was passed over. The remaining articles, Article 19 to create a Pilot Agreement on a solar power array, Article 20 to add parcels to the Wau-cantuck Mill Adaptive Reuse overlay District and Article 21 to rezone specified parcels from Industrial to Agricultural all passed and the Warrant was dissolved to end the meeting. Interesting enough, and a word of advice to his elders, were the words of one of the youngest voters present, Lucas Hogan, 20, a college student at Northeastern. Asked why he comes to Town Meeting, he said, “It is important to have a say in the direction of where the Town of Uxbridge is going. Town budget articles interests me.” PRESoRTED STANDARD US PoSTAGE PAID BoSToN, MA PERMIT No 55800

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DRAWING A BRIGHT FUTURE - New Orleans Artist, Ida Floreak,  (left)  offered  a  personal  portfolio  critique  to BVT  Multimedia  Communications  Students.  Senior, Anna Shobe of Upton (right) receives pointers on how to strengthen her work before sending it to the California Institute  of  the Arts,  her  first  choice  school  where  she hopes to study Animation.    See story on page 32

Caroling by Candlelight Come join members of the East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House for a night of friendship and caroling. The candles will be lit, boughs hung, and wood in the stove burning as the East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House and Cemetery Association hosts a traditional 'Caroling by Candlelight' service on Friday, December 9th, at 7 p.m. It will be an old-fashioned Christmas carol sing-along with special music selections to be performed by local singers and musicians. The program will be under the direction of

John Staples, and co-chaired by Jonathan Steele and Beverley Kelly Ryan. Bring your voices and join your friends and neighbors for a wonderful evening in this historic building that is over 200 years old and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The meeting house is located at 197 Elm Street, in Blackstone. For further information regarding the evening, please contact Board Member, Harriet Chase Sharp by email: harriet@blackstonequakermeetinghouse.org.

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Trinity Episcopal Church Canon Dr. John Derek Stubbs, better known as “Father John,” Rector at Trinity episcopal Church in Whitinsville, shares his vision of love of God & humanity.

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Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community solar solutions provider, joined state and local officials in celebrating its 1.3 megawatt (MW) Uxbridge Community Solar Array, This is a project that will provide more than $650,000 in electricity bill savings for National Grid residential and business customers over 20 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars in property tax revenue for the Town of Uxbridge. The Uxbridge Community Solar Array is part of a comprehensive portfolio of community solar projects by CEC that includes 31 facilities, totaling more than 43 MW of clean power deployed across the Commonwealth by early 2017. “I applaud CEC’s efforts and solar energy initiatives such as the Uxbridge Solar Array. This will help bring savings to constituents throughout the district. Energy and heat can be extremely hard on people’s wallets during winter months, especially those on fixed incomes,” said Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Webster). “The Commonwealth is a national leader in solar energy, harnessing the full potential of clean energy innovations to reduce costs and carbon emissions,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary, Matthew Beaton. “The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to working with municipal partners across Massachusetts to expand community solar projects, saving ratepayers and taxpayers thousands of dollars annually that can be reinvested into the community.” "It's great to see the continued expansion of the solar industry in Uxbridge," said Rep. Kuros (R-Uxbridge). "Projects like these help diversify our energy portfolio while generating revenue for the town." This milestone exemplifies a major continued on page 34

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Polar Express adventures begin Inspired by Chris Van Allsburg's Christmas classic, this family favorite becomes reality during a 3-hour event that includes a 90-minute excursion on a real-life train with storytelling, singa-longs, cookies and hot chocolate in a souvenir mug, games, and a special visit from Santa where he personally

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delivers the first gift of Christmas to every child. The train is running weekends now until December 23rd, located at the Blackstone Valley Train Depot in Woonsocket. For more information visit Blackstone Valley Polar Express on Facebook.

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on Saturday, December 3rd from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. please come to the Sutton Senior Center for the Chain of Lights Celebration. The center is located at 19 Hough Road and can be reached at 508-234-0703. There will be plenty of parking and trolley service.

Lunches of turkey soup, sandwiches, and meatball subs. Affordable gift baskets for all age groups, knitted hats, scarves, mittens, sweater sets and blankets. Jewelry, gift items, raffles, bake sale, new and improved senior gift shop and much more.

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Free Christmas Concert United Church of Christ, Federated, located at 4 Church Street in Webster, invites the community to a free Christmas Concert on December 11th, at 4:00 p.m. under the direction of John Rondeau. Featured will be Soprano, Caleigh Banks Ducharme; Tenor, Matthew olds, the Pulaski Brass Band, the UCC Choir and a Community Sing of the Hallelujah Chorus. A freewill offering will be taken and a reception will follow the concert at which plates of homemade cookies will be available for purchase. This concert is possible in part through a grant from the Janet Malser Humanities Trust.

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Town News DAR remembers Veterans Common there was standing room only when George Mendonsa, the famous ‘kissing sailor,’ arrived at the Simeon Wheelock House to inscribe copies of his photo and book. Most impressively, at 93 his reputation is still intact! Mr. Mendonsa greeted every female with a kiss and, while individual photos were taken with him, he regaled the audience with brief WWII stories! The signing party garnered donations totaling more than $700 which will be used to purchase Hannaford Gift Cards to be given to Uxbridge Veterans at the holiday season. once again, Uxbridge proved itself a ‘community of caring’ so appreciation goes to those who helped the Deborah Wheelock Chapter, DAR, make this special veterans ‘thank you’ project successful. DAR is “Moving Forward in Service to America.” Those interested in DAR should contact Jane F. Keegan at 508-278-6064.

Sunday, November 6th dawned sunny, crisp and cold, but it was warm inside the Simeon Wheelock House, owned by the Deborah Wheelock Chapter, DAR, which opened its doors to visitors. While not all signed in, those visitors who did write their names filled two pages in the current guest book dating back 70 years. Visitors, young and old, signed dozens of thank-you-for-your-service cards to veterans. Students from the Whitin Elementary School added dozens more colorful drawings and letters of thanks. Three boxes came from Mendon, plus Mc Closkey Middle School students contributed more gaily decorated gift bags: all filled with ‘comfort items.’ Everything will be distributed by Carl Bradshaw, local veterans’ agent, to patients at the Providence VA Medical Center to brighten their days. After ceremonies on the Town

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DAR  ladies  with  the  “Kissing  Sailor”  at  the  Simeon  Wheelock House last month.  Pictured (l-r): Jane F. Keegan, Regent, Barbara hall, Judith McGee, Jayne Hanscom with George Mendonsa (seated) at the Simeon Wheelock (DAR) House.

on December 6th from 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. the Mass Department of Transportation will be providing an EZ Pass Van at two locations in the 8th Worcester District. The EZ Pass Van will allow all constituents to sign up for an EZ Pass, set up a payment plan, and ask questions about the changes on the Mass Pike. The locations of the EZ Pass Vans are as follows: • Uxbridge Senior Center: December 6th, from 10:00 a.m.-2 p.m. • Bellingham Senior Center: December 6th, from 10:00 a.m.-2 p.m. Representative Kuros will be hosting office Hours at both Senior Centers while the vans are present. Representative Kuros will be at the Uxbridge Senior Center from 10-11:30 a.m. & Bellingham Senior Center from 12:30-2 p.m. The office hours will provide an opportunity for constituents to meet the representative and voice any opinions and concerns regarding their town. Any constituent who wishes to speak to Representative Kuros, but are unable to attend the office hours, are encouraged to contact him at (617) 722-2460 or email Amanda.Copeland@mahouse.gov.

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Drop and Shop Homemade offerings at St. Mark’s Gingerbread Fair & Polar Express Come and celebrate Sutton’s Chain of Lights at the Gingerbread Fair at St. Mark’s Church, 356 Boston Road, Sutton on December 3rd from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Make their café your lunch destination: they will be serving hot dogs, chili dogs, meatball sandwiches, and vegetarian and gluten-free options for you to sit and enjoy with music in their warm and friendly church hall. Also available are their famous Chili Spice Mix for you to enjoy throughout the year. Bring the children to decorate a gingerbread cookie and have a picture taken with Saint Nicholas and his awesome elf by the Christmas tree with your camera or theirs. You’ll love the handmade fair from the Sewing Mini-

stry of table runners, bags, aprons and more; hand-painted ornaments created by the ladies of the Haiti Ministry; and the wind chimes made of silverware which sold out early last year. Stop by to take a few chances on the many raffle baskets with themes appealing to all. Have the satisfaction of shopping at the Gingerbread Fair which benefits the community outreach and ministries of St. Mark’s Church. Finish your visit at the baked table, letting them do your holiday baking with lots of amazing homemade sweets and don’t forget for the ride home, the Knights of Columbus’ fried dough and delicious clam fritters. They can’t wait to see you there!

Restaurant & Tavern to open at Southwick’s If you visited Southwick zoo this year, you probably noticed that they have a full service restaurant under construction. Galliford's Restaurant and Tavern, named in honor of Robert Galliford Brewer, will be opening in January 2017. Galliford’s will offer an eclectic menu featuring both traditional and modern New England cuisine as

well as global fare. They are currently looking for responsible and experienced professionals to work in their new restaurant. Available positions include management, line cook, prep cook, dishwasher, host/hostess, busser, server, and bartender. For more information wwwsouthwickszoo.com

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St. Peter’s Parish in Northbridge will be hosting a “Drop & Shop” on Saturday, December 3rd from 1:00 4:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Need to get some last minute Christmas shopping done? This is the perfect time! They will have crafts, games and a ton of stuff to keep the kids busy. $10 per child. They will also be hosting the Polar Express movie, on Friday, December 23rd starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Come dressed in your comfy PJs and get ready to go on a magical journey to the North Pole! Donations will be accepted. Both events will benefit funding of Mission Trips for the Edge & Lifeteen kids. Please call Leeann at 508-2346355 to reserve your spot or if you have any questions. St. Peter’s Parish in Northbridge PreK through Grade 4 program has a slightly different approach to Religious Education! Come join them on Sunday, December 4th at 9:30 a.m. as the children make a Jesse Tree and learn about Jesus and His family. This is a hands on, no books, interactive program. Please call 508-234-6355 or email: Patty at st.petersloreto@gmail.com if you would like more information.

Holidays in the Valley The Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Steven Riley, will be performing their annual Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 4th, at the Uxbridge High School Auditorium, 325 Quaker Highway, at 2:00 p.m. They have a wonderful program including a variety of carols from different countries; Russian Christmas Music, The Eighth Candle and some traditional ones, A Christmas Festival and overature to a Winter Celebration. Good King Wenceslas with a twist, Appalachian Carol, o] Magnum Mysterium and their

Christmas “Pop” sing a long. Come spend an afternoon in the holiday spirit to kick off the season. The Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band is a non profit organization, that is supported, in part, by the local cultural councils of; Uxbridge, Blackstone, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville and Northbridge, who are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. A generous grant from Unibank and private donations. Thank you all for supporting the Arts in the Blackstone Valley.

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Unibank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge a huge success The 16th Annual UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge was held on a beautiful fall day. The race took place over an almost 60 mile course with 8 segments from the starting line at Lincoln Woods State Park, Rhode Island to the finish line in the Whitin Community Center’s Whitin Park in Whitinsville, Massachusetts. Transition areas included Riverbend Farm, Goat Hill, and Douglas State Forest. Almost 300 individuals across 63 teams participated in this “Adventure Race Like No other”. The Greenway Challenge Volunteer Committee was thrilled to be able to present a check for $10,000 to the Whitin Community Center as the nonprofit beneficiary of this year’s event. The check was presented by Chairman, Charlie Thompson, to WCC Executive Director, Heather Elster. Ms. Elster stated, “Thank you to all the volunteers

who worked on this event, especially the Steering Committee who worked many hours over 9 months to put this race on. We had so much fun watching the teams cross the finish line this year. We are honored to receive this money and support this wonderful race as it embodies our mission to improve the health and well-being of individuals and families and to build a strong community in the Blackstone Valley. We look forward to putting this money toward new fitness room equipment this year!” Thank you to the following sponsors and supporters of this year’s race including UniBank, The Whitin Community Center, White Family Foundation and TACo Comfort, Inc, SkiWithCharlie.com, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Rhode Island Department of Environment Management, Friends

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Santa’s Coming to W.C.C. The Whitin Community Center is pleased to announce their annual free Santa’s Coming event provided by the Blackstone Valley Children’s Place staff. Santa’s Coming will be held in the WCC Gymnasium from 10-1 p.m. on Saturday, December 10th, for all children and their families. Children will be able to enjoy activities in the gymnasium, including: games, crafts, cheek art and a visit with Santa. Santa will also have a surprise for every child! Don’t forget to bring your camera. The Whitin Community Center is committed to enhancing the health and wellbeing of individuals and families and building a strong community in the Blackstone Valley. They offer social, recreational, educational, and outreach programs that bring community members of all ages and backgrounds together. The Whitin Community Center is the Blackstone Valley’s most complete family and recreation center with two swimming pools, a gym, fitness center, early learning programs, summer camps and a seven and a half acre park. For information call 508.234.8184 or visit www.Whitin Community Center.org.


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Letters to the editor

Alternative “Learn as you go” policy A warm embrace from Uxbridge Dear Editor, wonderful teachers and students who Gift Giving toxic for Uxbridge My name is Michele Donovan. I am graciously named the garden area in the aunt of Fina Impagliazzo who back of Taft School, complete with a usually bankrupts a town. This is a sure at St. Patrick’s Dear Editor; briefly attended the "Taft School" in beautiful concrete pony in Fina's Dear Editor; My name is Ray Kane and I am a member of St. Patrick's Church in Whitinsville. We are doing a great event at Christmas time this year in order to encourage alternative gift giving in our community. We all have enough "stuff" but what if we could change habits to support programs which could benefit greatly from the gift rather than buying another tie, toy, or t-shirt for a friend or loved one. We are hosting this event on December 3rd from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the parish center. only 12 organizations are going to be present so as to ensure a response for all groups. Tables will include information about what it is that they do, honor cards that people can obtain upon making a donation to their group, and anything that they deem appropriate to attract support. At least one person will be present at the event in order to help donors and answer any questions. Thank you.

The contaminated dirt being trucked into Uxbridge is just the latest in a string of events that seem to happen only in our town. It does not seem to matter what the residents are promised (free septage disposal at the new sewer plant if you vote to install sewers and a new plant...currently $150, to dump a 1500 gallon tank at the plant), nor a vote not to allow aspault plants to be built (one on the Quaker Highway), and finally now having officials that allow contaminated soil which was ordered out of other towns to allow construction and avoid wrecking the environment, and letting it be dumped onto pristine land in Uxbridge. The contaminated dirt issue is probably the most dangerous event in the history of Uxbridge. History has already shown us that when the owner of such a site is eventually ordered to clean it up, they bail out and leave the town on the hook. This is an event that

thing. Remember the "Love Canal"? The time to stop it is not right now...it was yesterday! The apparent reason this is being allowed is because no one seems to be qualified enough to understand what they are allowing. The apparently official policy of “Learning as you go" might be oK for an individual who can only hurt himself by jumping from ever-increasing heights to find that distance you can get away with before you break your leg, but not when it comes to destroying the environment. I guess the plan is to keep dumping contaminated material and wait to see how long it takes to document an increased rate of cancer, or notice cows in a field on South Street with five legs. The "Learn as you go policy" will never make you smarter. I think it was Jeff Foxworthy who said "You can't fix stupid!"

Uxbridge, MA. My sister Suzanne Donovan and her daughter Fina,my beloved niece, were tragically killed in a house fire on September 4th, 2012. Fina died on the night before her first day of "Big Girl" school, at Taft Elementary. Knowing my sister and niece as well as I did, no doubt Fina was absolutely pumped up that evening with her brand new outfit all laid out ready for her first day! Sadly, Fina never made it to her first day of "Big Girl" school. I am writing this letter to thank Super-intendent Kevin Carney, as well as, Principal Marla Sirois and all the

name.Both Suzanne and Fina loved horses! Though Fina did not live in Uxbridge very long before her death, the town and school system embraced both my sister and Fina; especially Fina. Thank you all on behalf of myself and my family for dedicating the back of school garden in memory of Fina. I so wish they both would have been able to touch even more lives than they already had. The people and school system in Uxbridge are truly one of a kind. Sincerely, Michele Donovan Seabrook, NH

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adventure spanning 62 years of life together began. Living in Whittier, California, Manchester, Connecticut and Uxbridge Jack and Debbie raised four sons: Michael (wife, Christie) of Douglas, MA; Tim (wife, Charleen) of Athens, TN; Jack (wife, Robin) of Ponca City, oK and Peter (wife, Karen) of Raleigh, NC. Debbie, Jack and family owned and operated Glen Acres Restaurant and the Quaker Motor Lodge and Conference Center in Uxbridge for many years. Debbie’s greatest passions in life were caring for her husband and family, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ everywhere and to everyone she encountered. As partners, Debbie and Jack travelled to Kenya, Namibia, Haiti, Trinidad, Barbados, Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica and across the United States in mission to a hurting world through the Work and Witness Program of the Nazarene Church. A charter member of the

Deborah Rose Cnossen Deborah Rose (Gray) Cnossen walked into the arms of Jesus Christ, her Savior, following a long, joyful, productive life serving her Lord, her family and others for 87 years. Debbie was born on September 23rd, 1929 to Dr. Homer and Rose Gray of Uxbridge. She attended Uxbridge public schools and following graduation attended Forsythe School of Dental Hygiene; joining her father’s dental practice in Uxbridge for several years. on February 4th, 1954 Debbie married John W. Cnossen of Uxbridge and the

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Uxbridge Nazarene Church (Valley Chapel), Debbie offered her talents as a gifted pianist, teacher, mentor and friend. Debbie was a tireless worker for the Lord at Douglas Camp Meeting Association in Douglas, and for the Gideons International Distributing Bibles and serving as the New England Auxiliary Representative. Her heart’s desire was to tell others about the lifechanging faith in Jesus Christ that transformed her own life. In addition to her husband, Jack and her sons and daughters-in-law, Debbie leaves eleven grandchildren, five greatgrandchildren, her brother, Dr. Paul Gray of Ashland, KY, her sister, Joan Keller and husband Rev. Ron Keller of Mt. Juliet, TN, and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by her sister, Ruth Stinson Myers. Most importantly, Debbie leaves a legacy of faith and devotion to God that has impacted countless individuals and will continue to do so for generations to come as they pass along her passion for her Lord and her zest for life. “…Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” Mathew 6:33 “Well done, good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21

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Mitchell “Mike” P. Stefanick was welcomed into the arms of his Savior. Mitch was born on Thanksgiving Day, November 26th, 1959. As a lifelong resident of Uxbridge he attended St. Mary’s School and graduated from Uxbridge High School Class of 1978. Mitch was known for his hard work ethic, and even prior to graduation worked in area restaurants such as the Cocke N Kettle and Wright’s Chicken Farm. Eventually he followed his passion and began a career in the construction field. He worked for Danella Corp., Bedard Concrete Finishing, and Fontaine Brothers. He was a member of the Bricklayers and Allied

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Intermittent police officers entrance exam scheduled The Town of Uxbridge is administering an entrance examination for parttime intermittent police officers. This is a non-civil service position. The examination will be held on Saturday, December 10th at the Uxbridge High School located at 300 Quaker Highway in Uxbridge. Check in time: 9:00 a.m. Exam time: 10:00 a.m.

Part-time intermittent police officers are utilized to cover officer's on vacation, holidays, etc., week-ends and special events. The full-time staff is hired from the part-time intermittent staff. To register for this examination and for further important information visit: http://www.publicsafetyllc.com/ then click on examinations.

St. Gabriel Christmas Fair St. Gabriel Parish, in Upton will hold their Christmas Fair on December 3rd from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. They will have beautifully decorated balsam wreaths and cemetery baskets. olde Tyme Christmas has cherished ornaments and decorations looking for a new home, the New Gift Table has new and like new items for sale and the Flea Market has great buys on lots of “stuff”. Raffles feature theme baskets, restaurant certificates, $400 of home heating oil and a lottery tree valued at over $100. Lunch will be served offering homemade beef vegetable soup, chili, corn bread, pizza, hot dogs and

grape nut pudding for dessert. The bake table features assorted baked goods such as pies, cakes and cookies. Santa Claus will be there at 9:00 a.m. for take your own pictures which is a great idea for Christmas cards.

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Unibank Holiday Giving Campaign UniBank kicked off its annual Holiday Giving campaign last month to make the season brighter for individuals and families throughout the community. The campaign is part of the bank’s dedication to improving life for the communities it serves. Each UniBank branch has chosen an organization that fills a need in their communi-

ty and employees support the program by making and purchasing items, and accepting donations from customers and the public. Many residents face difficult times at the holiday season and UniBank is pleased to help its neighbors. Branch collections are as follows: • Blackstone: Displaying a Giving Tree requesting items to be distributed by the Blackstone Fire Department for individuals and families in Blackstone. • Douglas: Collecting non-perishable food items for the Douglas Food Pantry located at St. Denis Church and the People’s Pantry located at the Second Congregational Church. • Hopkinton: Displaying a Giving Tree with “heart tags” requesting items that will be distributed to families in need by Project Just Because. • Milford: Collecting canned goods, non-perishable food items, and toiletries to be distributed by the Daily Bread Food Pantry in Milford. • North Grafton: Displaying a Giving Tree with tags requesting items needed by senior citizens that will be distributed by the Grafton Senior Center. • Sutton North and Sutton South: Display Giving Trees requesting items for

senior citizens to be distributed by the Sutton Senior Center and collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Teens in collaboration with the Blackstone Valley Marine Corps. • Upton: Displaying a wish tree requesting items needed by senior citizens to be handed out by the Upton Senior Center. • Uxbridge: The Giving Tree has tags requesting specific items for children in Uxbridge to be distributed by the People First Food Pantry. • Whitinsville Main: Partnering with The Virtual Giving Tree to display tags requesting items needed by local senior citizens. • Whitinsville Plaza: Displaying a Giving Tree requesting items to be distributed by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to benefit local children. • Worcester: The Giving Tree has tags requesting specific items needed by women and children to be distributed by the YWCA. Donated items may be dropped off during regular banking hours through mid-December. FMI visit www.unibank.com.

Waters Farm Holiday Electronics Recycling Days Waters Farm Preservation, Inc. will be holding their annual holiday electronics recycling days in the Darling Barn located at 53 Waters Road, in Sutton. It will take place on Monday, December 26th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 31st from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Waters Farm is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All proceeds benefit the Na-

than’s Barn Raising Fund. They accept computers and other electronics, air conditioners, televisions, small appliances and related items. Fee schedule will be posted on the website at www.watersfarm.com. For more information, contact Pam Farnham at 508-735-7146 or email warefarnham@aol.com.

Book Clubs at Douglas Library YoUNG READERS CLUB DECEMBER 8TH Students grades 6-8 are invited to discuss Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt at 6 p.m. When her sister Sylvie goes missing on a snowy morning and is never seen again, Jules refuses to believe she is gone forever, meanwhile, in the shadow world, a shadow fox is born. THE GREATEST BooK CLUB EVER DECEMBER 8TH Come talk about The Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown's dramatic story of the American rowing team that

stunned the world at Hitler's 1936 Berlin olympics. INTREPID READERS DECEMBER 13TH Homemade refreshments, decaf coffee, and a heartfelt conversation about Shine, Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer can be enjoyed at 6:30 p.m. The Douglas Public Library is located at 290 Main Street, Douglas. Call Debbie at the library or email dsoderman@cwmars.org for more information or to register!

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Uxbridge Free Public Library News Located at 15 North Main Street Uxbridge, MA 01569 508-278-8624 www.uxbridgelibrary.org HoLIDAY HoURS Saturday, December 3rd, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. & 4-7:30 p.m. (First Holiday Night). Fri., December 23rd - Mon., December 26th, closed. Fri., December 30th Mon., January 2nd, closed. BooK DoNATIoNS: Please keep in mind this holiday season that the library can use like new items for the upcoming Spring book sale. If you have items in fair condition, please deposit them in the RecycleThat bin located in the Cove parking lot behind the library. Proceeds go to the Friends of the Library. TECHNoLoGY HELP: Bring your tablet, laptop or smart phone and they will show you how to use library apps to access audio ebooks, e-books, music, and databases. FooD DRIVE: Please bring in any non-perishable items to donate to the Uxbridge Food Pantry! Box ToPS: Taft ELC is collecting cereal Box Tops for Education at the Uxbridge Library. Bring your tops to the children’s room to help them collect! Adult & Teen Programs YoGA WITH MARISE: Mondays at 7 p.m. Sign-up for this free program sponsored by the Library Trustees. RUNNING GRoUP: Check the website or call the circulation desk for a list of dates. SIT AND KNIT: Thursdays, December 1st & 15th at 1:30 p.m. This is a free drop-in program for both knitting and crocheting. CREATIVE WRITING WoRKSHoP: There will be no Creative Writing Workshop for the month of December. The next meeting will take place on Monday, January 9th at 6 p.m. AUTHoR VISIT: ANN HooD: Tuesday, December 6th at 7p.m. Please sign up for this free program located at the Uxbridge Senior Center by emailing Susan Baghdasarian (susanbaghdasarian@yahoo.com). TEEN ADVISoRY BoARD: (TAB), for students in grades 7-12 Thursday, December 8th, 6-7p.m. Talk about, organize, plan, and run library programs for teens. Make selections to add to the teen library collection. Use laptops to learn and explore digital library resources. PAGE-TURNERS: Tuesday, December 13th at 3p.m. This is a free drop-in program for people who wish to hear about reviews and recommendations for new fiction and nonfiction books. THE BooKIES BooK GRoUP: Thursday, December 15th at 2 p.m. This is a free drop-in program. They will discuss Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand. New members welcome!

YoGA FoR KIDS Tuesdays, December 6th and 20th, 4-5 p.m. Ages 5-10. Either sign-up or drop in for this free program sponsored by the Uxbridge Library Trustees. BEDTIME SToRY TIME WITH MISS NANCY Monday, December 12th, 6:30-7 p.m. This is a free drop-in program and all are welcome.

DEB HUDGINS “WINTER WoNDERLAND” Tuesday, December 13th at 11 a.m. This is a free drop-in program sponsored by Beginning Bridges and the Uxbridge Library Trustees. LIBRARY MEETINGS open to the Public Library Trustees meeting, December 20th, Tuesday at 7 p.m. Friends of the Library meeting, December 8th, Thursday, at 7 p.m.

HAPPY HOlIDAYS FROM THE UxBRIDGE FREE PUBlIC lIBRARY! library Technicians; (back row) Chris Powloka, (3rd row R to l) Nancy  Centrella  and  Judy  Byrnes,  (2nd  row)  Cathi  Jo  Goodwin, Director,  Ann  Thomas,  and  Technician;  Susan  Bedard.  (Front Row)  Assistant  Director,  Deb  Hinkle  and  Technician;  Zach Parrish. Extra copies of the book will be available at the Adult Circulation desk. ADULT AND TEEN CARD MAKING WITH SUSAN: The next class will be announced after the holidays. Children’s Programs BABIES AND BooKS CURRENTLY FULL; Next session signups are the week of January 9th-14th. Babies and Books meets on Mondays and will begin January 16th. Ages 0-2.5. SToRY TIME CURRENTLY FULL; Next session signups are the week of January 9th-14th. Story Time meets on Thursdays and will begin January 19th. Ages 2.5-6.

CRAFTY WEDNESDAY: Wednesdays between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. one craft per child, please. This is a free drop-in program. LEGo HoUR: Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Bring your own base; all other Legos are provided for your building creations. Ages 5 and up. JoHN PoRCINo’S “A HECK oF A WAY To STAY WARM!” Saturday, December 3rd, 6-7 p.m. This is a free drop-in program. Join them after the First Holiday Night parade and before the fireworks for an all ages storytelling event. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served!

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Sutton Free Public Library announces upcoming events for all ages The Sutton Free Public Library is located at 4 Uxbridge Road in Sutton. Telephone: 508-865-8752 online: www.suttonpubliclibrary.org For Adults: FRIENDS oF THE LIBRARY HoLIDAY SHoP Saturdays, December 3rd, 10th, and 17th from 10-3 p.m. The Friends will be set up at the library selling all types of Sutton and library items. Stop by and get your holiday shopping done locally. BooK DISCUSSIoN GRoUPS Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall. December 14th at 11 a.m. at the Sutton Senior Center, and on December 15th at 6 p.m. at the Sutton Library. one great title and two chances to discuss it each month. Book club books will be available at the desk of the library after the previous book group. Books for the senior center discussion are also available at the senior center. BoARD GAME NIGHT December 13th at 6 p.m.

MAKE YoUR oWN oRNAMENTS CRAFT TIME Ages 4 and up Tuesday, December 13th at 3:30 p.m. Come make some festive salt dough ornaments at the library. There will be lots of messy fun with paint, so dress accordingly!

All experience levels are welcome to join. Some of the games featured will include Scotland Yard, Ticket to Ride, Citadels, Dixit, Dominion, and more. Come ready to meet new people, engage your imagination, and have a great time. KNITTING GRoUP Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. Join casual knitters to chat and knit. (You don’t have to knit, any handicrafts are welcome!) WRITING GRoUP December 8th at 6 p.m. Join local author Lisa Shea for a writing group at the Sutton Library. Come bounce your ideas off of other authors and get creative and constructive feedback. ADULT CoLoRING GRoUP December 1st at 6:30 p.m. Join in on the latest craze with the Adult Coloring Group. Meets the 1st Thursday of the month. No need to register, just drop in. Bring your own coloring books and pencils, or use theirs.

For Children: LETTERS To SANTA Now until - Friday, December 16th Write a letter to Santa and place it in the special Santa Mailbox! Mail your letters by Friday, December 16th so that they can get to the North Pole in time. CHAIN oF LIGHTS Saturday, December 3rd from 10 a.m. 3 p.m. They will be celebrating Chain of Lights with the whole town! There will be free crafts and treats for kids with the Girl Scouts from 10 a.m.— noon. The Friends will have all sorts of library merchandise for sale. Keep an eye out for a surprise or two.

CRAFTERNooN All ages. Wednesday, December 28th from 1-5 p.m. Drop in anytime between 1 -5 p.m. and make a special craft with no registration required. FREE MoVIE FRIDAY How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2002, Universal Pictures) Friday, December 23rd at 2 p.m. This movie is rated PG and has a running time of 105 minutes. All ages; no registration required. Come watch a fun family movie at the library. Popcorn will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Sutton Public Library. LEGo CLUB MEETINGS Ages 5 and up. Thursday, December 1st at 4 p.m. and Tuesday, December 20th

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Millbury Chain of Lights has something for everyone More than two dozen locations will welcome visitors with a festive array of holiday entertainment, unique gifts, and mouth-watering food during the 18th annual Millbury Chain of Lights on Sunday, December 4th, from 11- 4:30 p.m. Entertainment will include a variety of musicians, dancers, and other live demonstrations, and many stops will offer free activities, craft fairs, raffles, food and refreshments, and giveaways. old-fashioned trolleys will provide free transportation to all stops. The day will be capped off with a tree-lighting at the picturesque Millbury bandstand at Asa Waters Mansion at 4:30 p.m. Returning this year is the Chain of Lights Gingerbread House Contest. Simply make your own gingerbread house display and drop it off at Cake Shop Café in the Felter’s Mill, 22 West St., on Saturday, December 3rd, between 8 a.m - 6 p.m. During Sunday’s event, visitors will vote by secret ballot for the best gingerbread house in each category: individuals, families, kids, and organizations. The winner of each category will receive a Cake Shop Café gift certificate! Also back by popular demand are “The Harmony Jewels,” an a cappella group of Christmas carolers who will stroll throughout town from 12:30 4:30 p.m. And stop by the Senior Center to meet Tony Bristol, on-air personality from 96-1 SRS, and to spin the SRS Prize Wheel! While making your rounds, don’t for-

get to enter the Chain of Lights visitor contest. Get stamps at each stop and be entered to win as much as $100! Stops include Asa Waters Mansion, Assumption School, Astrella Ink, Boring to Adoring Décor & Paint Boutique, Boy Scout Troop 110 on Millbury town common, Cake Shop Café, Country Candle, Felter’s Mill, First Congregational Church, The Floral Boutique, Hurstwic, Michael Graves Studio, The Mill Church, Millbury Baptist Church, Millbury Federal Credit Union, Millbury Federated Church, Millbury Historical Society at Asa Waters Mansion, Millbury National Bank, Millbury Parents Club at Elmwood Street School, Millbury Public Library, Millbury Savings Bank, Millbury Senior Center, Millbury Women’s Club at the senior center, Pearson’s Elmhurst Dairy Farm, Pizza Chef, The Queen’s Cups, Scales Seafood & More, St. Brigid Parish, and West Side Vintage. Corporate sponsors of the event are Goretti’s Supermarket, Law office of Keenan & Trudell, McDonough, McDonough & Corsini LLP, Millbury Family Dentistry, and Millbury Savings Bank. Pick up your official 2016 Millbury Chain of Lights Map & Guide at any of the participating locations, many sponsor locations, and other venues around town, or download it from the town’s website at www.millbury-ma.org or Facebook.com/MillburyChainof Lights.

Millville Centennial Stamp Mail your holiday cards from the Millville Post office window on Saturday, December 3rd, and it will receive a Millville Centennial Stamp when post marked! Mail placed in mailboxes outside homes or the blue drop box will not be stamped. only mail dropped off on the designated day at the Millville Post office will receive the stamp. Can’t make it to the Post office on December 3rd? The Millville Police Department welcomes you to drop off your cards Monday, November 28thFriday December 2nd during business hours, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Centennial Committee will be happy to deliver them on Saturday, December 3rd for you!

Breakfast with Santa A Breakfast with Santa Fundraiser for the Class of 2018 will be held at the Uxbridge High School Cafeteria on Saturday, December 17th. Breakfast will be served 8-11 a.m. Adults: $10.00 Children (6-12) and Senior Citizens: $5.00 & Children 5 and under: Free Tickets will be sold ahead of time at: UHS Main office or Guidance office ***Don’t forget to bring your camera for a picture with Santa!

Icon launches a new product Icon Snowskates will introduce a smaller and lighter snowskate designed for younger children. These snowskates, as well as Icon’s 2017 line-up of skates, hoodies and t-shirts will be available from 4-8 p.m. at First Night on Uxbridge Common. Following First Night festivities, Icon will host opening night at 115 South Main Street, from 8-10 p.m., with a free skate session. Light refreshments and warm beverages will be served. The showroom and store will open for the season. Icon Snowskates are also available at Eastern Border shops in Worcester, Natick, and Nashua, NH. The need for children’s snow-skates initially became apparent a few years ago when visitors at First Night Uxbridge asked if there was a child’s version. Until now, Icon offered two sizes of snowskates, both built for mid-

dle-school age kids up to adults. Stephen Plays, who crafts and manufactures each snowskate, says, “This, board will be a great way for future snowskaters, as well as snowboarders, to get on the snow and learn to glide sideways down a hill without the unnerving aspect of being bound to the board. The freedom from bindings, while discovering if your stance is regular, or goofy: goofy is right foot forward, will allow a child to merely step off the board, and not fall each time something goes awry, making the learning process that much more fun.” Plays promises snow for the event, Plays enthusiastically added, “The skate park has undergone a few changes, so returning riders will find something new to challenge their skills.” FMI: Call 508-341-4697 or stephenplays@iconsnowskates.com.

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Events for children and adults at Whitinsville Social Library Whitinsville Social Library is located at 17 Church Street in Whitinsville. For Questions about these events call 508234-2151 or through Facebook.

Events for Adults: KNITTING GRoUP Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m., weather permitting. All experience levels welcome. GAME oF THRoNES BooK GRoUP Wednesday, December 14th at 6:30 p.m. for this 3rd of 5 meetings to discuss A Storm of Swords, the 3rd book in George R.R. Martin's series "A Song of Ice and Fire." Registration required. Future meetings: Wednesday, January 25th: #4 A Feast of Crows and Wednesday, March 9th: #5 A Dance with Dragons PRESENTING THE DoWNLoADABLES Help with borrowing ebooks & eaudiobook. Wednesday, January 4th at 7 p.m. Come find out about all the books, audiobooks, games, etc You can borrow and download as a C/W MARS library member or as a Massachusetts resident.

Bring your device and your library card if you want some help with downloading library "stuff." ART CLASS: STILL LIFE with Gregory Maichack Saturday, January 28th at 10 a.m. Gregory Maichack returns with his pastel workshop “Pastel Paint: Stunning Still Lifes Like the Masters.” Greg demonstrates how beginners to accomplished artists can easily pastel paint a still life while applying techniques applied by masters. Essential techniques of pastel painting will be clearly demonstrated as participants follow along with the professional grade pastels, paper, & pencils provided. Registration required & begins on January 3rd at 10 a.m. CooKING WITH CHoCoLATE with Liz Barbour Tuesday, January 31st at 6:30 p.m. Chocolate is not just dessert; it’s everything you need! You can influence a lot of people and change your world if you have the right chocolate recipe. Join Chef/Instructor Liz Barbour as she uses chocolate as the main ingredient in recipes that are not just for desert. Enjoy

a cooking demonstration of two delicious recipes and samples. Registration required & begins on Jan. 3rd at 10 a.m. HISToRICAL RooM open to the public on 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Events for Children: MY PAL & ME ART CLUB Monday, December 12th at 3:30 p.m. for kids in Grades K-4 with 1 adult. They will be making Light-up Snowman Jugs. Registration required. GINGERBREAD HoUSES Saturday, December 17th at 10 a.m. for kids in Grades K-4 with their families. Build and decorate a gingerbread house with your family. one house per family. Registration required. SToRYTIME & CRAFT with Miss Marcia Thursdays, December 1st, 8th, and 15th at 10:30 a.m. For ages 2 & up MUSIC & MoVEMENT with Deb Hudgins Wednesdays December 7th, 14th, at 10:30 a.m. For ages 1 & up JUNIoR RANGERS

Become a Junior Ranger on Saturday, December 10th at 10:30 a.m. A special Junior Ranger Event on Preservation to learn about the special buildings in Whitinsville and what they can do to protect them. This program is free and open to all with recommended ages 6-13. Presented by the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. SPECIAL EVENING MUSIC & MoVEMENT with Deb Hudgins Wednesday, December 28th at 6:30 p.m. For young children and their families during school vacation. Discover Miss Deb’s special brand of musical fun, beloved by small children and their caregivers all over Blackstone Valley. Funded by Beginning Bridges. Event is drop in. SAVE THE DATE: TAKE YoUR CHILD To THE LIBRARY DAY! Saturday, February 11th from 11-1p.m. They will have Miss Deb’s Carnival Music & Movement at 10:30 a.m. (funded by Beginning Bridges), Balloon Animals with Ceil, and Face Painting with artist Holly Gauthier.

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A different kind of donation drive Trail improvements made with proceeds If you are like most people, you have an accumulation of clothing and other items in your closet that you don’t use, need or want any longer. Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. (BSTRA), a local 50l(c)(3) nonprofit organization, invites you to bag up those clean, gently used items and donate them. BSTRA will turn your donation into cash which will be used to fund trail improvements to our local trail systems in state forests and parks. Projects currently underway positively impact state forests and parks in Douglas, Upton, Mendon, Blackstone and Bellingham. If you are an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys using the trails for outdoor recreation and fitness, you will benefit from the enhancements BSTRA is making to the community trails. The following items will be accepted by BSTRA and then be turned in to Savers of Woonsocket. Savers will pay BSTRA 20 cents per pound for “soft items” and 5 cents per pound for “hard items.” Accepted ”Soft Items”: Clothing and Shoes: Men’s, Women’s and Children’s; other Textiles: bath towels, bed sheets and blankets, pillows, curtains and tablecloths; Accessories: hats, mittens, scarves, ties, socks, purses, wallets, backpacks and tote bags. Accepted “Hard Items”: Electrical: small toasters, blenders, coffee makers, mixers, juicers, waffle irons, griddles, hairdryers, curling irons; Jewelry and Knick-Knacks: Jewelry, crafts, candles, baskets, ornaments and hand tools; Kids: Toys, games, puzzles, stuffed animals; Media: Hardback and paperback books, magazines, records, tapes, CD’s videos, DVDs and computer software; Kitchen: Pots, pans, utensils, china cups, mugs, vases, dishes, cutlery, glassware, silverware, stemware; Sports Equipment: Balls, bat, tennis rackets, Frisbees, baseball gloves. To participate in this donation drive, please bag your items in plastic garbage bags and seal. Arrange for drop-off at any of the following locations before February 6th. Bellingham: Donna – 508-883-6477 Blackstone: Sue – 508-883-5821 Grafton: Karen – 774-293-0051 Holden: Sheila – 508-662-3300 Monson: Sharron – 413-668-7606 Woonsocket: Rose – 401-762-4805 The giving season is upon us, so why not start by cleaning out your closets and garage and participating in this Different Kind of Donation Drive.


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Claflin Hill Symphony performs Annual Holiday Pops Concert

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The Claflin Hill Symphony orchestra will present its annual Holiday Pops concert on Saturday, December 10th, at 7:30 p.m. in the Milford Town Hall Grand Ballroom. “Holiday Pops” is always one of the most popular concert presentations of the CHSo season, and last year was a complete sell out for the first time in its history. This year, the CHSo under the direction of its Founding Executive & Artistic Director, Paul Surapine will again be joined by The Greater Milford Community Chorus, directed by Daniel Zabinski. “Last season, the GMCC joined us for Holiday Pops for the first time ever, and they were absolutely wonderful to work with,” said Surapine. “In fact, they sounded so good, that my wife Susan and several of her friends immediately joined the chorus after the Holidays and will be on stage with them this season when we perform!” The Holiday Pops concert has already become a heralded tradition of the region’s holiday celebrations, and includes a number of “CHSo Signature” pieces each year on the program, including the beautiful Mannheim Steamroller version of “Silent

Night," the Amy Grant song, “Breath of Heaven," Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride” and the “Holiday Pops Sing a Long.” The evening is also graced with a visit from Santa Claus himself! The Claflin Hill Symphony orchestra Holiday Pops is made possible with a major Claflin Hill Business Partnership Grant from The Milford Federal Savings & Loan Association and addition-

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visit www.alternativesnet.org or call them at (508) 234-6232. Upcoming Event - Tapestry Art Show; A people’s art show for artists of all abilities! Uxbridge First Holiday Night: Saturday, December 3rd 4-7 p.m. Tapestry celebrates the richness and strength of artistic diversity within the fabric of our communities. Exhibit ends December 23rd. Location: Alternatives’ Community Gallery, 5 South Main Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569

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Uxbridge Rotary Club Coats for Kids Fundraiser The Rotary Club of Uxbridge would like your help providing warm coats to children served by our local food pantries in Uxbridge, Douglas, and Northbridge. Your donation of just $18.00 will provide a new warm coat to one child who may otherwise go without. Through the generosity of so many in the community, The Rotary Club of Uxbridge has provided over 500 new coats to children of families receiving emergency food from our local food pantries. Last year alone they provided

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Milford Ballet presents The Nutcracker This holiday season, the 36th annual “The Nutcracker” will be presented by the Greater Milford Ballet Company on Saturday, December 17th at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 18th at 2:00 p.m. Performances will be at The King Philip High School Auditorium in Wrentham. Cast member dancers are from local surrounding towns including Uxbridge, Blackstone, Milford, Mendon, Northbridge, and Wrentham. The young dancers play multiple roles; dancing in scenes and corps numbers often requiring exiting backstage for quick changes. Some of the cast members include: Alexa Kearnan a sophomore at Nipmuc High School in the lead role of Arabian, Isabella Casucci a freshman at Nipmuc High School in the lead role of Chinese Tea, Maline Demers in 8th grade at McClosky Middle School in the lead role of Fritz, Natalie Morris in 6th grade at Northbridge Middle School in the lead role of Clara Highlights of the Greater Milford Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” include guest appearances from the professional dancers Emily Loscocco as the

Thomas N. Travaline of Uxbridge and a recent graduate of Uxbridge High was awarded a “Families in Broadcasting” Scholarship from the Massachusetts Broadcasters Assn. (MBA). General Manager of WICN Public Radio, Tom Lucci, presented the check to Tommy.

His mother, Kate Travaline, is the Marketing/Admin Manager at the Jazz radio station. Tommy just entered the Honors Program at Fitchburg State University to study film and video production.

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River Banks located at: 16 Hastings Street in Mendon, South Maple Street in Bellingham and 70 Main Street in Medway or by calling the Deane Dance studio at 508-473-3354. Available remaining tickets are priced at $25, $20 and $15. Tickets will be sold at the auditorium if still available. This year’s intermission raffle items will be from local restaurants and gift baskets from local businesses. For more information or tickets, send email to deanestudio@yahoo.com or call 508-473-3354.

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Save the date for Tufts Open House open House for M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Program, Monday, January 9th, 2017 at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA. This unique one-year graduate degree program offers students the opportunity to explore the complex relationships between people and animals, and how those relationships are reflected in our culture, institutions, and public policy. Information or RSVP: capp@tufts.edu, or http://vet. tufts.edu/ mapp. open Hours: M.S. in Conservation Medicine (MCM) Program, Friday, January 6th, 2017 at Cummings

School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton. This twelve-month graduate program focuses on health relationships at the interface of humans, animals, and the environment Information or RSVP: mcm@tufts.edu, open House: M.S. in Infectious Disease and Global Health (MSIDGH), Friday, January 6th, 2017 at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA. This graduate program is intended to train students in understanding the emergence, establishment and spread of infectious agents across the globe. Information or RSVP: msidgh @tufts. edu,

Christmas Christmas is a time of cheer, of gifts and mistletoe, The people are gay as they go on their way, as they welcome the soft falling snow. The children are singing their carols, in their sweet childish way, But they too understand the meaning, of a Merry Christmas Day. written by Lu Rondeau Kogut Seventh Grade, 1943

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The 2016 "Christmas in the Valley" concert tour will kick off its 13th season this month. This one of a kind Christmas show features traditional, contemporary, and original Christmas music performed with acoustic instruments and vocals. The music got its start back in 2003 with Blackstone Valley Bluegrass' Bob Dick's solo CD "Tidings of Comfort and Joy" which in turn, got New Hampshire songwriter Rick Lang interested in writing original Christmas songs and the subsequent recording of his "The Season of My Heart" CD. The first Christmas in the Valley concert was held in Northbridge MA, and then Stratham, NH. The concerts series eventually expanded to the hometowns of the various performers of the show as well as a couple of new venues. A New England favorite, Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band has garnered a reputation for high-energy shows laced with powerful three and four part harmonies and fast but tasteful picking, coupled with winning onstage camaraderie. Their show will feature songs from Bob Dick's solo bluegrass Christmas project Tidings of Comfort And Joy performed by the Bluegrass “fab four”: Bob Dick, Dave Dick, Ken Taylor and Dan Nowlan. Acclaimed vocalist Amy Gallatin will be lending her trademark western flavor to this annual Christmas show, blending upbeat, fun and familiar songs with more contemplative quiet music along with her partner, renowned resophonic guitarist Roger Williams. Rick Lang & Friends will perform songs from The Season of My Heart as well as Rick’s most recent CD release That’s What I Love About Christmas. Their part of the show will feature the sparkling vocals of Karen Lincoln Wilber. Karen is the former lead vocalist for the popular New England bluegrass group “Waystation”. Award winning songwriter WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/SOURGRAPESCOMIC

Rick Lang’s Gospel album “Look To the Light," released in 2010 was nominated for a Gospel Music Association (GMA) Dove Award and International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award for Gospel Recorded Event of The Year. In october 2015, Rick was honored with an award for Holiday Song of The Year (“That’s What I Love About Christmas”) by the IMEA at their annual Awards Show at the Marietta Performing Arts Center, Marietta GA. To keep the shows fresh, each performing act introduces new material each season, much to the delight of the audience. There are always a few new wrinkles and surprises sure to keep you smiling on the outside and on the inside. This upbeat, lively concert will provide a welcome relief from the holiday rush, providing simple moments to treasure and a chance to slow down and savor the season. Take a moment to relax and enjoy a truly unique and uplifting holiday event. For a complete list of the concert schedule please visit www.blackstonevalleybluegrass.com. The local concert will take place on Saturday, December 3rd, at The Rockdale Congregational Church. The church is located at 42 Fowler Road (corner of Fowler Road and Ash St.) in Northbridge. General Admission. Time: 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:45 p.m.) Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors, $5 Children (12 and under) Contact Bob Dick: aplandbob@ aol.com Tel: 617-429-0347 www.rockdalechurchonline.org _______________________________________________________

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Calendar WEEKLY SundayS BINGO Knights of Columbus 70 Prescott Rd., Whitinsville Doors open at 4 PM

SuNShINe YOGa COllaBORatIve every Sunday at alternatives in Whitinsville at 7:30 am and 6:00 pm. all levels welcome Suggested donation $5 (Beginning Memorial Day weekend the 7:30 am class will be held at River Bend Farm in uxbridge weather permitting). CheCK Out OuR FaCeBOOK PaGe FOR uPDateS aND ClaSS INFORMatION.

TueSdayS PeOPle’S COFFee hOuR every tuesday from 2 to 3 PM at the Second Congregational Church of Douglas. FMI Call Jeanie (508-476-9978)

uXBRIDGe ROtaRY CluB MeetING First & third tuesday of the month @ 12:15 at Quaker tavern, 466 Quaker highway, uxbridge, Ma. Guests are always welcome to attend.

ThurSdayS P.a.C.e. ClaSS…FRee! People with arthritis can exercise 10 aM in the Community Room at lydia taft house. Call Paulette (508) 278-9500

Bv COMMuNItY CONCeRt BaND Practice 7:00 PM at the New uxbridge high School

WalK FOR WellNeSS Clear your mind, meet new people and get healthy & walk the trails at Pout Pond

SaTurdayS ladies auxiliary Meat RaFFle 5 PM at vFW Post 1385 hall, Rte. 16 uxbridge

Fri • 2nd ShOP at lYDIa taFt hOuSe 11 aM - 4 PM 60 Quaker hwy., uxbridge Open to family, visitors, staff & residents. local vendors will be on site for Christmas shopping!

Sat • 3rd ChRIStMaS IN the valleY CONCeRt 7 PM Rockdale Congregational Church, 42 Fowler Rd., Northbridge. Online at: www.rockdalechurchonline.org

Sun • 4th GaRDeNING IS FOR the BIRDS 11 aM -12:30 PM River Bend Farm visitor Center, 287 Oak St.,uxbridge FMI: 508-278-7604

Tues • 6th NaMI SuPPORt GROuP 7-8:30 PM the valley Chapel 14 hunter Rd., uxbridge FMI: 508-649-3179

Thurs • 8th NOChe MeXICaNa Benefit For autism 11:30 aM -Midnight, 10006 Shops Way Northborough. Participants must present a flyer to donate please contact lauren Bavosi, CaBI 774-303-0505, lbavois@bciaba.org

Fri • 9th healthY BReaKFaSt 10 aM to 11:00 aM uxbridge Orhopedic & Sports therapy, 60 Quaker highway Route 146a, uxbridge topic: Beneficial effects of the Mediterranean Diet. Speaker: Dr. Coreyann Poly, PhD, Med, RDN, lDN, CDe Nutritionist/Certified Diabetes educator. Free to the Public! Continental breakfast will be served. Please RSvP to Paulette (508) 278-9500

SeNIOR BReaKFaSt 8-9 aM St. John’s episcopal Church, 3 Pleasant St., Rt. 122a, Sutton. Suggested $5.00 donation. FMI: 508-529-4437

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Sat • 10th ChaRlIe BROWN ChRIStMaS 11 aM Ocean State theatre 1245 Jefferson Blvd. Warwick, RI. FMI: www.OceanStatetheatre.org

Sun • 11th ChRIStMaS CONCeRt 4 PM united Church of Christ Federated, 4 Church St., Webster

Mon • 12th vFW POSt 1385 MeetING 7 PM, Rt. 16, uxbridge

aMeRICaN leGION RIDeRS MeetING 7 PM american legion hall 59 Douglas St., uxbridge

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Kwanza Begins WateRS FaRM eleCtRONICS ReCYClING 1-3 PM Darling Barn 53 Waters Rd., Sutton FMI:www.watersfarm.com

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Mass. Society of Genealogists to meet The December meeting will start the winter hours of the Worcester Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc. and will be held Saturday, December 3rd at 10 a.m. in the Saxe Room at the Worcester Public Library (Contact: Reference Department at 508-799-1655 or mywpl.org), located at 3 Salem Square in Worcester. The morning will begin with a short business meeting followed by the “Genealogical Software Choices” presentation by Richard Reid. There are so many choices to make today for your genealogical software. This session will cover all the major players with their strengths and weaknesses. Both Windows and Mac programs will be covered and some specialized add-on programs that will help take you to better ways to present your work and to document your findings. Richard Reid is the director of Friends of Irish Research based in Brockton. For the past 34 years he has worked as a computer specialist and analyst. He has taught in several colleges and co-

authored several books. His genealogical work has included assisting and training people in their family research and providing lectures for a number of organizations throughout New England. The website www.friendsofirish research.org documents the work of the group and provides hundreds of links to free research sites. The meeting is open to anyone interested in this presentation. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a friend(s), as well as your own non-alcoholic beverage, munchies will be provided. Anyone bringing goodies to share will receive an extra door prize ticket. Membership is encouraged for anyone pursuing the hobby, passion, or profession of Genealogy. Yearly membership is $25 for an individual and $30 for a family living in the same household. Please note that parking isn’t allowed in the “green” areas (further from the door). Note your space number and pay for parking at the outdoor kiosk (credit cards accepted) before entering the library.

Questions? Contact: Nancy Schultzberg, Publicity Chairperson, at 774-573-9529. For more information about the Worcester Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, visit www.massachusettssocietyofgenealogists.org -or- www.msoginc.org

Blackstone Valley Art Association Holiday News The BVAA will be the featured artists, as well as the residents, at Atria Draper Place in Hopedale; who will be hosting a Fine Art Show for their town's Christ-

Gardening is for the Birds lecture at River Bend Farm Join Rosanne, a life-long birder and career horticulturalist, and learn how to transform your backyard into a yearround bird sanctuary with this lecture presentation. Every season of the year has plants that birds use for food, shelter and nesting. Plant it, they will come. (Weather permitting they will take a brief walk to the pollinator garden and beyond.) A life-long birder and horticultural educator at the University of Rhode Island for over 28 years, Rosanne loves to share her passions of birding and

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gardening. She also leads bird walks as a volunteer with the Volunteer-In-Parks program of Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc., in the heart of the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park. Whether on the trail or in the classroom, she loves helping others appreciate the natural world in their own backyard. This program is free and open to the public. Meet at the River Bend Farm Visitor Center on Sunday, December 5th at 11:00 a.m.

mas Stroll. There will be an artist reception Friday evening, December 2nd, with light refreshments from 67:30 p.m. They will also participate in the Milbury Chain Of Lights, December 4th from 11:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.. You can find them at the Milbury Library on the 2nd floor, there is elevator service, as well as a trolley ride around the town for your convenience and enjoyment. The association will once again provide visual fine arts at the Claflin Symphony's Christmas Concert, on December 10th from 7:30-10:00 p.m. This concert will be held at the Milford Town Hall, tickets are available at www.claflinhill.com. Please join them for these events. Fine art makes a unique and lasting gift for your loved ones to enjoy for years to come.


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~Society ~ Chorus hosts Holly Jolly Holidays The Greater Milford Community Chorus proudly invites you to an enjoyable evening of song on Saturday, December 3rd, at 7:30 p.m. or at 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon Sunday, December 4th, at Milford High School Auditorium, 31 West Fountain Street. The auditorium and parking, located in the rear of the building, are handicapped accessible. The Chorus, under the musical direction of Dan Zabinski of Uxbridge has been rehearsing some of their favorite Christmas and Holiday songs for their winter concert, "Holly Jolly Holidays”. You will hear many of your favorite holiday songs, some with amazing solo performances throughout some of the selections. In addition, Joshua Freehan of Milford will give a solo performance of “All I Want for Christmas is You”. Michael Smith, also a Milford resident, will offer his rendition of "Miss Fogarty's Christmas Cake". A new addition to the chorus is small choral ensemble aptly called “Noteworthy Voices,” comprised of a select group of vocalists who will perform two selections. Accompanying the chorus on piano is Wayne Ward of Holliston. The Greater Milford Community Chorus is a nonprofit organization sponsored by the Milford Community Use Program and the Milford Cultural Council, which is part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. In addition to Milford, singers come from Wrentham, Grafton, Uxbridge, Blackstone, Northborough, Bellingham, Hopedale, Mendon, Franklin, Holliston, North Smithfield, Rhode Island and more. Tickets are on sale now from any chorus member or at Music & Arts (formerly the Music Nook) located at 164 Main Street, Milford, Massachusetts. Pre-sale tickets, available from any chorus member, are $8.00 by December 2nd and $10.00 when purchased at the door. Children under 12 are free.

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Chorus presents Silver Bells The Blackstone Valley Community Chorus presents Silver Bells: The BVCC’s 25th Concert on Sunday December 11th at 3:00 p.m. The concert will be held at the Douglas High School Auditorium on Davis Street in East Douglas. Admission is free, however, donations will be accepted. For more information visit: www. bvcchorus.org

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Last month, the Deborah Wheelock Chapter, DAR, welcomed Good Citizens from three area high schools: Blackstone-Millville, Nipmuc and Uxbridge. The DAR Good Citizen program is a nationally known honor, created in 1934. Elected by classmates, it recognizes only one senior from their graduating class as the embodiment of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism. The Deborah Wheelock Chapter DAR is pleased to name the DAR Good Citizens for the Class of 2017: Julia House from Blackstone-Millville, daughter of Lori and David House of Blackstone; Sean Patrick Kelleher from Nipmuc, son of Nicole and Daniel Kelleher of Upton; and Daniel Page from Uxbridge, son of Linda and Willard Page of Uxbridge.

After a reception to enjoy good food and socialize with the honorees and proud family members accompanying them, each Good Citizen received the official NSDAR certificate, DAR Good Citizen pin, a $500 check, an engraved pewter Jefferson cup, and a signed photo of the famous WWII “Kissing Sailor” as a memento of the occasion. Moving Forward in Service to America,” the Mission of the Daughters of the American Revolution is to promote education, foster patriotism and encourage historic preservation. For information about the DAR and its activities contact Jane F. Keegan at 508) 278-6064.

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Museum celebrates the holidays with puppets & Santa’s Elves

executive director, James romano, Presents VFW Vietnam Veterans, Frederick ambrosini and Steven Petak with their Vietnam Plaque and Service Medal.

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Surviving spouses received a plaque with service medals.

The Blaire House of Milford Assisted Living Residence hosted a Veterans Day Ceremony last month. Milford VFW Representatives, and Vietnam Veterans, Steven Petak and Frederick Ambrosini, honored Veterans and their surviving spouses, with prayer and music as they celebrated Veterans Day. All veterans in attendance, as well as the surviving spouses received a plaque with their corresponding service medals. They closed out the ceremony with an “Empty Chair Tribute.” Music was provided by Ken Lass, also, a Veteran.

The Museum of Work & Culture invites the community to visit on Saturday, December 3rd, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., for its free annual Holiday Open House, offered as part of Woonsocket’s Main Street Holiday Stroll. This year, the MoWC will be welcoming marionette artist and puppeteer Dan Butterworth, whose work will be on display in the changing gallery through December 31st. Butterworth will offer family-friendly puppet shows at 1:30 & 3:00 p.m., and will be avail-

able to answer questions about the work involved in creating his marionettes, shadow puppets, and theaters. Visitors are invited to make their own puppets with Riverzedge Arts and to help Santa’s elves build & test toys in their workshop. They may also tour the MoWC, which will be decked in its holiday finest, while enjoying cookies and hot cocoa. The Museum of Work and Culture is located at 42 S. Main Street in Woonsocket, R.I.

Candelight Vigil to remember loved ones The Blackstone Valley Angel of Hope Candlelight Vigil invites you, who has lost a child or a loved one, to gather to remember our Angels at the 9th Annual Candlelight Vigil on December 6th. The vigil will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at The Blackstone Valley Angel of Hope Park, located at 121 East Hartford Ave., in Uxbridge. A flower will be provided for each family to place at the base of

the Angel in honor of their child or loved one. Candles will also be provided as well as hot cider and cookies. The angel statue you will see at the vigil was commissioned by Richard Paul Evans, author of The Christmas Box. In the book, he tells the story about a woman who mourns the loss of her child at an angel monument. This invitation is sent “With Hope,” from Tracy & Brett Pomeroy of Uxbridge.


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Uxbridge Senior Center posts upcoming events The Uxbridge Senior Center is located at 36 South Main Street in Uxbridge. 508-278-8622 The Senior Center will be closed on Friday, December 23rd, Monday December 26th, in observance of Christmas. Also on Friday December 30th, and Monday, January 2nd, for New Year’s Eve. There will be no transportation and no lunch will be served. Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Please remember to call ahead 48 hours in advance to attend the meal program and also if you need to cancel. You can also arrange for transportation to lunch and for medical appointments. Van transportation begins at 10:30 a.m. each day. Please check with the senior center by calling, or viewing Uxbridge cable local access channel 191, Facebook, or the council on aging website for the lunch menu. The Senior Center is a drop off site for the People First Food Pantry. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 9-4p.m. SENIOR CENTER WISH LIST They welcome and appreciate the support of anyone in a position to give. All monetary gifts can be made out to the Town of Uxbridge with senior center in the memo section of your check. Gift cards for Hannaford, Walmart and CVS also make nice gifts for senior citizens in need. They also continue to need in kind donations of toilet tissues, clorox wipes, both regular & decaf coffee, napkins, paper towels and 8oz plastic and foam cups. One can donate directly to the center at 36 S. Main Street or on-line via the town’s web

page. Every donation helps and comes enormously appreciated! Thank you to all who have already donated as well! Grocery shopping every Tuesday. New Pick up begins at 8:30 a.m. Please make note of this time change so you will be sure to be ready. **NEW DATES FOR WALMART SHOPPING FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER ONLY*** Walmart shopping will be on Thursday, December 8th and Thursday, December 15th. Pick up begins at 12:30 p.m. Please sign up in advance for Walmart shopping by calling the center to reserve your seat on the van. Reminder: If you have purchased the Hannaford Helps Reusable Bags, they will scan them as you check out and a donation of .25 cents will be made towards the senior center’s daily meal program. LUNCH AND LEARN WITH POLICE CHIEF LOURIE Friday, December 2nd from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Police Chief Jeff Lourie will hold his monthly Community Policing Bureau Presentation. Guest speaker will be Deb Blackburn from Peoples 1st Food Pantry. Be sure to call ahead to reserve your seat as seating is limited. Uxbridge Community Television will film this event and it will be aired on local cable access. They are thankful to be working closely with the Uxbridge Police Department and to have Uxbridge Community Television film these events. FIRST NIGHT CELEBRATION Saturday, December 3rd, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. They will have students from the Whitinsville Christian School singing Christmas songs. Students from BVT (Blackstone Valley Tech) will be baking cookies for everyone to enjoy. They will also have hot cocoa and coffee and tea to warm you up! MASS DOT EZ PASS VAN Tuesday, December 6th, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. The Mass Department of Transportation will be pro-

viding an EZ Pass Van at two locations in the 8th Worcester District. The EZ Pass Van will allow all constituents to sign up for an EZ Pass, set up a payment plan, and ask questions about the changes on the Mass Pike. The EZ Pass Van will be at the Uxbridge Senior Center, and the Bellingham Senior Center from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Also, Representative Kuros will be hosting office hours while the van is present. Representative Kuros will be at the center from 10- 11:30 a.m. SPECIAL ELECTION Tuesday, December 6th, Town Special Election for Board of Selectman will be held at the polls at the McCloskey Middle School. MEET ANN HOOD Tuesday, December 6th, 7 p.m. Meet Ann Hood, Author of “The Book That Matters.” The Uxbridge Free Public Library and Uxbridge Senior Center will be hosting an evening with nationally acclaimed author Ann Hood. Please join them for a wonderful evening with a fantastic, loving, and very talented lady and help celebrate her birthday. There will be time for questions and answers. Barnes & Noble will be providing books to purchase and book signing. Admission is free and open to the public, however, the program is to benefit the Uxbridge People First Food Pantry, please bring non-perishable item or a donation. Call Susan Baghdasarian 508-278-3810 or email susanbaghdasarian@yahoo.com to reserve a seat! MEET PT Wednesday, December 7th, from 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Brenda Fitzgerald, PT Director of Uxbridge Orthopedic & Sports Therapy and Cheryl Betterton, PT Senior Therapist will present; “Sciatica, a real pain in the fanny.” Learn the difference between sciatica and other similar ailments and what to do to get rid of it. Come join them for this informative lunch and learn!

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CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION Thursday, December 22nd, from11:30 –12:30 p.m. They will have musical entertainment and also a special guest appearance! Please be sure to call ahead to reserve your spot for this lunch, as seating is limited. ASK THE NURSE Tuesday, December 27th, from 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Salmon Health VNA will be available for the blood pressure clinic. If you have any questions about new symptoms you may have, new medications, or other health problem, they will be able to help you with them. Salmon Health nurse, Janet Iocabelli will be at the senior center every fourth Tuesday. Please join them for this important free monthly clinic offered by the Salmon VNA. BUS TRIP TO SAVINI’S RESTAURANT Thursday, December 29th, 11 a.m. A bus trip to Savini’s Restaurant in Woonsocket, RI for a New Year’s Party! Lunch, show and dancing with Vini Ames. Cost is $18.00 per person and all dinners include soup, coffee/tea, dessert. There will be door prizes and raffles. Be sure to sign up early, limited seats available on their vans. If you are able you are invited to follow them in your own cars. The more the merrier. BEREAVEMENT COUNSELING Are you dealing with the loss of a loved one, losing a job or your home or just need to talk to someone? Please call the Senior Center and make an appointment to talk to their bereavement counselor who is available for people of all ages by appointment. All sessions are free, private and confidential. NAVICARE Nelly Colon is the Account Executive. You are eligible to join Navicare if you are 65 or older, live in the service area and have MassHealth. Nelly Colon can be reached at 508-847-8511 and she is also bi-lingual. VETERAN SERVICES Veteran Services Office is now located at The Uxbridge Town Hall. Carl J. Bradshaw, District Director can be reached at 508-278-8600 ext. 2017 and AnnMarie Cleary, Assistant Director can be reached at 508-278-8600 ext. 2037. Office hours are posted on the door. BUS TRIPS FOR 2017: There will be a trip to the Newport Playhouse to see "The Foursome" on Thurs, March 30th, 2017. From April 27th to May 1, 2017 there will be a 5 day trip to Virginia Beach. Please call Sue for more information and cost of trips 508-476-5820. CENTRAL MASS SHINE WEBSITE The Central Mass Region has recently launched its website. You can visit them on the web at www.shinema.org. The site has valuable general information and links to other agencies that can assist you with your insurance needs. Trained SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Everyone) volunteers can help you! They offer free, unbiased, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare. Call your senior center and ask for a SHINE appointment. You can also call 1-800AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back. During Open Enrollment it may take a couple of days to return your call. You can also visit them at shinema.org “SHINE’S MEDICARE AND MORE” PROGRAM The Central MASS SHINE Program is now sponsoring a monthly cable tv program called SHINE’s MEDICARE AND MORE. This program is designed to educate and update MEDICARE beneficiaries and their families on MEDICARE and other programs that can assist you with your health insurance needs. If you don’t see it on your local cable channel give them call and ask about it.


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Whats happening at Northbridge Senior Center? The Northbridg Senior Center is located at 20 Highland Street in Whitinsville. Phone: 508-234-2002 HOURS: Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. NOTE: • December 23rd, Center Closed in observance of Christmas Eve • December 26th: Center Closed in observance of Christmas • December 30th: Center Closed in observance of New Year’s Eve UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS Technology Help Every Thursday from 1-3 p.m. Paul Holzwarth will be there to help you with your technology needs. Call to set up your appointment time.

Pauline donald Greenhalgh celebrates 100 years young!

Celebrating 100 years with friends & family Pauline Donald Greenhalgh of Uxbridge celebrated with friends Mary D'Alfonso Oliva of Milford, Mary Dolan and John DÁlfonso of Uxbridge, Patricia Bassinger and Margaret Laskowsky of York, Maine, and Bonnie & Richard Silver of Worcester at the Kindred Transitional Care Home in Franklin. Pauline lived in Uxbridge for 95 years and has resided in Franklin for the last five years. Always her own woman, Pauline grew up living in the Uxbridge Inn at a time when it housed a drug store, guest rooms and a sought after dining room. Pauline was friends with Marguerite and Alice Bridges. Pauline always

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reminded everyone that Alice went on to win the bronze medal in the 1936 controversial Olympics in Berlin. All three friends graduated from Uxbridge High in 1933. Pauline married Ernest Greenhalgh on August 24th, 1939. When World War II arrived, Ernie joined the Army and went missing in action for several months before being liberated by allied forces on the outskirts of Heidelburg. She started her banking career in June of 1935 as a teller in the Blackstone National Bank. She served the people of Uxbridge for 50 years and topped it off with an open house celebration by Bank of Boston on June 5, 1985.

Hopkinton Chorus – Holiday Songs Wednesday December 7th at 1:15 p.m. Come sing along this afternoon and get ready for the holiday season! RMV Near Me Thursday December 8th from 10 a.m.12 p.m. and Thursday December 22nd from 1-3 p.m.

THURSDAY 9 a.m. Cards 10-11:30 a.m. Adult “Coloring Class” 12:45 p.m. Whist 2:30-3:30 p.m. Computer & Cell phone class, Reservations required. FRIDAY 9 a.m. Shopping 9:30 a.m. Light Exercise 12:30 p.m. Bridge & Scat Lunch served Monday-Friday at Noon.

Caregiver Support Group Tuesday December 27th from 3-4 p.m.

Lunch at BVT Wednesday December 14th at 11 a.m. Menu includes Pork Chops, Dijon Salmon or Chicken Marsala, Garden Salad and Brownie Sundae. Call to sign up.

Monthly Birthday Celebration Thursday December 29th at 11:30 a.m. Free lunch and raffle for all those born in December.

Reiki Thursday December 15th from 2-3 p.m.

Interested in playing Scrabble? They have openings for new players at the Senior Center. They meet Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m.

Senator Moore Office Hour Monday, December 19th from 12-1 p.m. Veteran’s Services Representative: Carl Bradshaw visits on Thursday December 15th from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Zentangle Wednesday, December 21st from 9-11 a.m. Afternoon Movie It’s a Wonderful Life! Wednesday December 21st at 12:30 p.m. Come enjoy this Christmas classic starring James Stewart and Donna Reed Ask the Nurse/Blood Pressure Clinic Tuesday December 27th from 11 a.m.1p.m.

Day Trip On December 4th: “Nana’s Naughty Knick-ers,”. at the Newport Playhouse. An entertaining comedy. A buffet will be served before the show and a cabaret performance following the play. Deluxe motorcoach, $79 per person. Drivers Needed The center is in need of volunteer medical drivers to take seniors to out of town medical appointments in the local area. You will be reimbursed for mileage and be helping to provide a much needed service. Call the Senior Center to see how you can help. Wish List Hand soap, boxes of tissues, sugar packets, napkins, coffee stirrers, microwave popcorn, and crystal lite packets.

Ask the Nurse/Blood Pressure Clinic Tuesday December 13th from 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Trinity Big Band Celebrates Christmas Tuesday December 13th at 1 p.m. Another great Christmas program to put you in the holiday spirit!

Millbury Council on Aging December Calendar The Millbury Council on Aging is located at 1 River Street in Millbury. Phone: 508-865-9154 RMV TRANSACTIONS Every Wednesday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Five Transactions are: License renewals for drivers younger than 75, Registration renewals, Change of address, Duplicate license or registration, How to report a lost or stolen disability placard and how to request a replacement, Call the senior center for an appointment! MONDAY 8:30 a.m. Walking Club 9:30 a.m. Light Exercise 12:30 p.m. Wii Bowling 1 p.m. Cribbage 1 p.m. Game Day, including Cribbage, Scrabble,Chinese Checkers, Scat &Wii Bowling TUESDAY 9-10 a.m. Blood Pressure 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tai Chi 10:45-11:30 a.m. Zumba Gold 11:45-12:30 p.m. Yoga 11 a.m. Karaoke / sing-a-long 1 p.m. Cribbage & Scat WEDNESDAY 9:30 a.m. Craft Class 1 p.m. Social Bingo 5-6 p.m. Blood Pressure Clinic, first two Wednesday evenings of the month 6 p.m. Social Bingo

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Join in the fun during Millbury Chain of lights Stop by the Millbury Senior Center for some holiday festivities during the Millbury Chain of Lights on Sunday, December 4th from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Decorate a gingerbread cookie in their beautiful vintage railroad car. Their Tea Room will have sandwiches and homemade desserts along with wonderful entertainment! Shop their many miscellaneous hand crafted items & large raffle table! Meet Tony Bristol from 96.1 WSRS and spin the SRS Prize Wheel Between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free Trolley Rides “Performing at the Chain of Lights” Millbury H.S. Jazz Combo @ 12 p.m. Irish Step Dancers @ 1 p.m. and H&H Dance Academy @ 2 p.m.

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Inspector’s alertness leads to recall Kidde has announced the recall of combination Smoke/CO Alarms Model KN-COSM-IB with a manufactured date between June 1, 2004 and December 31, 2010. From the Kidde website, “When the alarm reaches the end of its useful life, it issues an end of life chirp every thirty seconds. If the battery is replaced when the unit is at its end of life, and the test button is pressed within 10 seconds thereafter, the unit will no longer issue an end of life chirp.” Uxbridge Deputy Chief and Fire Inspector Steven Tancrell first discovered this apparent problem in mid 2015. While performing the required smoke detector inspections for a sale of residential real estate, Deputy Tancrell realized he had failed similar detectors

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Community support for New Hope For the second year a donation drive to benefit the New Hope organization was held last month, at the CVS in Uxbridge. The always supportive Uxbridge Fire and Police Departments participated to "fill a truck" and it was a great success. The generosity of the people who donated items, gift cards

and money is greatly appreciated by the recipients. A big thank you to Gabi Alan of New Hope for her support and to the New Hope organization, which provides safe housing and shelters, where these items will be donated. For more information please visit: NEW-HOPE.ORG

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residents check these detectors. Deputy Tancrell has found these detectors not working during his inspections at thirteen different residences in Uxbridge over the past year, primarily in an over 55 development that was built in the 2007-2010 timeframe. “I’m glad that I was able to find and help alert people to a problem that could potentially have very bad outcomes”, stated Deputy Tancrell. Uxbridge Fire Chief Bill Kessler urges people to check their detectors to see if they have this model, and if so replace it immediately. “If it wasn’t for the alertness of Deputy Tancrell, this issue may not have been discovered. Now that his concerns have been confirmed, we have to get the word out”, stated Chief Kessler.

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from a couple of locations. After doubling back and speaking with the owners, he found they had all replaced batteries due to the detector chirping, tested it once, and reinstalled without testing. Deputy Tancrell collected some of these detectors, and did his own testing which included determining that after the battery change sequence the detectors would not activate for high CO or smoke. This problem was reported to the State Fire Marshal’s office in August of 2015, and with their assistance Uxbridge Fire made contact with Kidde technical support and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Uxbridge Fire was able to supply some of these detectors to both agencies for testing, and began issuing warnings on the Department social media to have

smoke alarms on every level of their home, including inside and outside bedrooms. “Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half,” said Ralph Boyd, CEO of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts. To date, the Home Fire Campaign has saved 110 lives nationally and made more than 530,000 homes safer thanks to the efforts of the American Red Cross and its partners. The Campaign runs almost entirely on volunteers. “Volunteers work along-

side local firefighters installing smoke detectors in homes and educating residents on how to stay safe in the event of a home fire or other emergency,” said Tim Pitoniak, chief disaster officer for the Red Cross of Massachusetts. He added, “There are many different opportunities for the community to get involved. Whether it be disaster response, assisting our military and veterans or helping at a blood drive, our volunteers immediately see the impact of their work in the local community.” Our Home Fire Campaign has: • Made over 530,000 homes safe throughout the 50 states and four territories • Educated nearly 600,000 children through The Pillowcase Project The American Red Cross needs volunteers to help install smoke detectors, educate the public about home fire safety and teach school age children about emergency preparedness. Go to redcross.org/ma and find out how you can get involved in your community.


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School News Whitin Elementary honors Veterans Grade 4 students celebrated Veterans’ Day with an assembly. This is the 9th year Grade 4 has been involved with veterans’ education activities. The following veterans from Uxbridge, Bellingham, Woonsocket, RI were part of a panel to talk about what it means to be a veteran, answer questions, and listen to comments from the fourth Grade students: Ernie Esposito, Dan Deveau Sr., Bob Gauvin, Albert Renaghan, Michael Beroth, Joe Bagaglia, Tom Sanvi, Denis Seely, Tom Taft, and Ed Pokonicki. “What was war like?” asked a Grade 4 student. “What is hard to leave your family and friends behind?” “Thank you for our freedom!” “Thank you for your pride and honor.” “Thank you for making our dreams come true were just some of the comments and questions from the youngsters. Also, the students sang patriotic songs (Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, Whitin School Song, America-My Country Tis’ of Thee, Tribute to the Armed Forces and Thank a Vet) under the direction of Mrs. D’Andrea, music teacher at Whitin Elementary School. Veterans’ Day Poem by Cheryl Dyson was recited by all the Grade 4 students. Special presentatio “ We’ve Got Your Back” written and sung by Shanna Jackman ended the event with her video and song. Shanna was a former Uxbridge Public School student who graduated from BVT. She sings professionally in Nashville, Tennessee. The highlight of the assembly was a gift presented to the Uxbridge Supports Our Troops in the amount of $572.00

Northbridge Middle School News Update Students from Northbridge Middle School recently attended the Blackstone Valley S.T.E.M. Conference coordinated by Blackstone Valley Education Foundation (BVEF) and Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Science. The popular annual event was held on the Tufts Grafton campus. Interactive workshops relating to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math were conducted by some of the leading businesses in Massachusetts, including Raytheon, the National Weather Service in Taunton, Brigham and Women's Medical Center, and the U.S. Army Natick Labs. Students were able to experience a typical day at college which included classroom workshops, lecture hall presentations, and lunch in the dining hall. Parents attended an early college planning session conducted by BVEF staff and a representative from Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA).

proud of their Grade 4 Spellathoners and Donators. This year the class that collected the most money for the Spellathon will go on a free field trip to Brockton Veterans’ Hospital in Brockton to visit the disabled vets to sing songs, have lunch, and socialize with the veterans. Vendetti Bus Company is donating the bus transportation for this special day. The winning class was Mrs. St. Germain’s class with a total of $331.00. The Uxbridge Supports Our Troops will use some of their monies towards buying supplies and paying postage on CARE packages for deployed troops. The DAV will use their monies toward transporting those vets who do not have transportation to their medical appointments and for recreational activities that involve the disabled vets in sports activities at the Veteran Hospital in Brockton. Congratulations on a job well done!

Veteran and dad; Michael Beroth hugs his daughter, hope, a student at WeS.

Quarter One Honor Roll at Marianapolis Preparatory School The following students are local residents that have been named to the First Quarter Honor Roll at Marianapolis Preparatory School. The school is located in Thompson, CT. HEAD OF SCHOOL LIST Quinn Colligan, Uxbridge, Julia Crosby, Whitinsville, Briana Fleming, Douglas, Eve Listerud, Uxbridge, Bridget O'Leary, Rochdale, Connor Tronerud, Sutton, Jake Violette, Whitinsville, Madison Webber, Douglas, and Gabrielle Wood, Northbridge. DEANS' LIST Anna Alves, Uxbridge, Ava Dussault, Sutton, Alyson Hartman, Douglas, Kelly Heney, Douglas, Colin Hourihan, Whitinsville, MvKenna Moors,

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Join Whitinsville Christian School for a special Christmas concert featuring musical performances by WCS orchestras, students, faculty, families, alumni, and special community guests from Alternatives, Inc.. Enjoy your favorite holiday classics, modern hits, a carol sing-along, and selections from Handel's Messiah. This free event features something for everyone and is open to all. December 20th, at 7 p.m. at Valley Chapel, 14 Hunter Road, Uxbridge.

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Culinary Students bake apple pies for WorldSkills Event The participants of the 2016 WorldSkills General Assembly, cohosted by Canada’s Skills Competencies Canada and the United States’ SkillsUSA, were treated to an AllAmerican Barbecue including the American culture’s signature dessert: apple pie. The mini apple pies were made by culinary students at Blackstone Valley Tech. The students baked 300 individually wrapped mini apple pies for the delegates of the WorldSkills General Assembly over two-days before sending them off with the US delegation of SkillsUSA to be enjoyed at the event. "It was an honor to present each participant with an individual apple pie made by our students. The pies not only represented America's pastime, but the extraordinary talent and skill of our career and technical education students. We were very proud as participants raved about the pies,” said Karen Ward, Executive Director of SkillsUSA Massachusetts. The 2016 WorldSkills General Assembly marked the first time the General Assembly has been held in North America, and the first time two countries have co-hosted the event. As a co-host the United States had the opportunity to showcase students and national pastimes. The participants of the General Assembly were gifted baseball bats and baseballs in addition to the mini apple pies in order to truly paint a picture of a piece of America’s culture. “The pies became a gathering point to welcome the world: 63 countries from Austria to Zambia enjoyed a slice of America thanks to the talents of our students. Thank-you to Blackstone Valley Regional Technical High School, the teachers, students and members of the school's administrative team for bringing our vision to reality

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The 2016 WorldSkills General assembly held in niagara Falls, Canada featured apple pies baked by the Culinary arts students at Blackstone Valley Tech. Seen here showcasing the pies are (left to right) Stacey Muanya, a BVT senior from Milford in the health Services program and the SkillsuSa national high School President; and Tim Lawrence, SkillsuSa national executive director. and our hospitality to the world. We are very grateful," Ward said. The pies were not the only representation of BVT at the WorldSkills General Assembly. Senior Stacey Muanya was the official spokesperson for SkillsUSA at the international event. At the event, more than 300 participants worked together in strategic planning meetings with a goal of improving the world through skill development and helping students find meaningful career paths and training for jobs that must be filled.

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Kaylee Manning Courtney Romiza Ryan Stickney Ethan Vasquez GRADE 10 HIGHEST HONORS Hans Alanes-Alvarez Tiyana-Marie Bassim Natalie Champagne Daniella Damasio Ryan Dixson Sara Finnegan Rachel George Olivia Golbranson Aidan Gordon Maureen Grady Alexa Gresian Devin Haire Sarah Happy Emma Havalotti Brynn Hurley James Kaye Jenna Keeman Amanda Keith Mackenzie Kirby Kirsten Kluesner Nicholas Lyford Renee Maciejewski Samuel Masoud Katrina Morton Julia Pepka Melina Schilling Abigail Sullivan Erin Theroux Nicholas Tourony HIGH HONORS Matthew Desantis Jonathan Fellman Garrett Grann Ryan Kuczer Ian Mazzarella Christian Nadeau Nathaniel Paine Michael Perkins Erika Peterson Matthew Rhody Ader Schimith Kaylie Silva Caitlyn Taft HONORS Aubrey Harris Emily Lemay GRADE 11 HIGHEST HONORS Amanda Bara Collin Beaird Morgan Benoit Emmett Berard Matthew Brooks Connor Brown Hannah Clayborne

Thomas D’Amico Erickson Gagnon Alec Goldenberg Ethan Guertin Kelly Hayes Mario Leonardo Santina Macgregor Rachel Maciejewski Victoria Manson Jared Marston Victoria McPherson Sara Morin James Peck Jordan Perry Maxwell Postma Sophie Psuik Caroline Ranslow Andrei Sacco Nicole Thackaberry Rebekka White HIGH HONORS Mykenzie Bolin Joseph Delorme Mikayla Dunn Julia Dunphy Madison Fluke Hannah Jacobs Antonia Kosnoski Lily Morgan Grant Slowik Jacob Smith HONORS Sean Gervais Caleb Hamilton Hannah Jackson Sarah Provencal Leah Stacy GRADE 12 HIGHEST HONORS Noah Ackerman Tallia Annese Vincent Balestrieri Anthony Bronzo Katherine Bullied Kaitlin Burch Christina Calkins Julie Delphos Rachel Dixson Holly Eplite Kayla Finnegan Meghan Foley Audrey George Dylan Gordon Conner Grady Thomas Griffin Grant Gualtieri Eric Harris Sean Hennedy Bailey Jeffers Riley Kelly Shanna King Delaney Krasner

Taylor Lyford Caroline Meizen Tanner Mills Kylee Motyka Sean Murphy Aurore Ndayishimiye Olivia Ouellette Madeline Peck Meredith Roberts Rebecca Rokne Matthew Saucier Vanessa Slawski Ryan Smith Daniel Sysopha Sophie Thorson Shannon Walthall Peyton Young HIGH HONORS Meghan Briggs Meghan Carroll Ashley Dermooshegian Rebekah Doda William Doyle Nicolle Forget Adam Gopin Sarah Grenier Naimi Griswold Nicole Hainey Kirsten Jussaume Alexandra Maslen Mikensie Morin Joshua Osipitan Joseph Outly Jonathan Paine Andrew Pineo Brandon Senecal Jacob Smith Troy Yoder HONORS Molly Blouin Mariah Boss Taylor Romiza Brieana Ruddock

MassBay awards scholarships MassBay Community College is pleased to announce 115 students were awarded more than $82,995 in scholarships, emergency funding and funding for text books at its bi-annual Scholarship Awards ceremony. The generous donations received by the MassBay Foundation, makes it possible for these 115 students to continue their studies a little easier. Daniel Rice of Uxbridge received the Automotive Technology Scholarship Toyota MSADA. Among the students who received these scholarships are single mothers, veterans, first to go to college students, and many more who these scholarships makes all the difference. All donations made to the MassBay Foundation go directly to students in the form of scholarships. MassBay holds two Donor Appreciation and Scholarship Awards nights each year, one in the fall and one in the spring.


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Whitinsville Christian School announces Honor Roll First Quarter 2016-2017 GRADE 6 HIGH HONORS Alli Anema, Rachel Bordner, Allison Cinelli, Clara Colligan, Emily Dill, Fiona Donnelly, Lexi Ells, Tory Fredericks, Grace Hart HONORS Mary Boa, Toby Bowler, Jack Crowley, Sophia Dill, Anela Esler, Trinity Ezedi, Aidan Giunta, Ethan MacGillivray, Noah Massotti, Kellen Masters, Evan Morrison, Anna Simpson, Caroline Sutherland GRADE 7 HIGH HONORS Hope Brookhouse, Juliana Buchanan, Abbi Cullen, A.J. Gorman, Kayla Hannon, Joshua Huang, Jill LaBonte, Luke LaBonte, Riley Plourde, Callie VandenAkker HONORS Noah Allen, Lucien Forget, Annika Holm, Emma Johnson, Cece LaBonte, Molly Lashley, Jason DomingezLopez, Becca Moore, Stevie Paquette, Will Piett, David Randall, Ella Rejmer, Ethan Smith, Kole Wyndham GRADE 8 HIGH HONORS Drew Burkhart, John Esler, Courtney Fleming, Olivia Fleming, Ally Fogg, Hannah Glover, Micah Hart, Bella Ibrahim, Tom Karns, Maggie Rejmer, Fiona Shaw, Nicole Spiller, Morgan Stanick, Ella VanTol, Alyssa Worley Honors Dylan Anema, Karen Bekhet, Lucy Bowler, Karlee Buurma, Lucas CaraDonna, Josiah Graves, Trever Harper, Jack Hearn, Alexander Klatt, Seth Massotti, Zack Nolen, Madi Paul, Ben Piett, Ashley Schofield, Cole Swiader, Hannah Theriault, Joseph Thumann, Anna Watters, Katie Weedon GRADE 9 HIGH HONORS Eden Allen, Haley Auslander, Erin Brown, Niko Chalkiadakis, Connor Dudka, Makenzie Gorman, Tommy Hannon, Andrew Harvey, Peter Johnson, Hadley Koeman, Dylan Ramos, Edith Samuelsson, Liam Smith, Coll Sutherland, Jessye VandenAkker, Darnell Worley, Anneke Zeyl HONORS Olivia Cutler, Vicky DeBarros, Ally McGrath, Josh Moore, Vanessa Rios, Olivia Toothman, Katie Wren, Candy Zhang GRADE 10 HIGH HONORS Michaela Cannistraci, Ben Casey, Nadiya Chalak, Arya Chen, Youjin Chen, Cameron Cornwell, Rachel Cozzens, Sam Dykstra, Tyler Gorman, Sam Hearn, Abby Karns, Rebekah Lashley, Christina Leduc, Shirley Li, Caitlin Niu, Christian Swaim, Bobby Whiton, Michael Xu, Vera Zhang HONORS Sam Barker, Aaron Bell, Gabe Brookhouse, Grant Buurma, Mary Fontes, Nathan Haire, Kateri Hart, Ben MacGillivray, Emma Oakes, Tori

Paine, Daria Pedersen, Nicolette Scinicariello, Anthony Smith, Justin Tulley, Ray Yu GRADE 11 HIGH HONORS Claire Barker, Jacob Belanger, Niklaus Chen, Jakki Cloutier, Cara Cui, Esther Fomin, Diana Fu, Julie Kaminski, Jada Leung, Jackey Ma, Grace Malabanti, Elizabeth Marder, Shannon Morrill, Sarah Moschini, Sam Paul, Drew Quercio, Cam Richey, Lindsey Swyers, Rose Thayer, Hanna VanderBaan, Jonny VanderSea, Tatiana Wiersma, Colin Wren, Kingsley Zhang HONORS Summer Cutler, Maeve Haseltine, Kate Johnson, Mandy Laporte, Katelyn Lashley, Thomas Norris, Jackie Rose, Lily Vinton, Victor Xing GRADE 12 HIGH HONORS Bree Bai, Lauren Bek, Peter Casey, Heather Cornwell, Emily Cutler, Bianca DiVitto, Adelaide Dykstra, Pat Estrella, Abby Graves, Charlotte Herndon, Katrina Holm, Colin Irwin, Sidney Johnson, Lydia Jung, Maura Kulesza, Jonathan Leduc, Hannah Mercer, Libby Quercio, Veronica Rios, Colin Swaim, Becca Swan, Jacob Vander Hart, Aiden VanTol, Noah Zeyl HONORS Emily Chickinski, Sam Gulinello, Ben Koopman, Vivian Liu, Andy Mu, Connor Paine, Cam Sutherland, Christopher Tulley, Mikaela VandenAkker

Paying it forward with pies This fall, Whitinsville Christian School (WCS) held their thirteenth annual Dutch Apple Pie Sale. Approximately 350 volunteers gathered in the school’s gym to assemble 7,292 of the famous Dutch apple pies. A new offering this year was the opportunity to purchase pies for donation to area food banks. The Apple Pie Committee was extremely pleased with the result: over 850 pies were purchased. “The Pay it Forward with Pies initiative was the single greatest accomplishment that came out of this year's pie sale and my deepest hope is that this is just the beginning. I would love to exceed 850 pies and see this expand to an even greater blessing in our community. There is so much need and people were so appreciative to receive the pies,” said Erika Johnson, Apple Pie Committee Team Member.

An edible construction project is coming to Blackstone Valley Tech, where members of the public are invited to attend the second annual Build Your Own Gingerbread House Workshop. Cooked up by students and staff in the Culinary Arts program, the gingerbread workshops are scheduled for Saturday, December 10th, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the BVT cafeteria (side entrance) at 65 Pleasant Street in Upton. The cost is $33 for up to three people per “blank” gingerbread house, which can be decorated using more

Apple Tree Arts has hired two teachers to support significant growth in the nonprofit community school of the arts’ private music and voice student enrollment. Alaina Calloway Bolton is teaching piano and voice students while Russ Arnold is directing ensembles and teaching jazz theory for the Graftonbased music and theatre arts school. Ms. Calloway Bolton has five years’ experience teaching children and adult private voice and piano students. She has taught voice and piano at Music 101 Studios in Melrose, worked as a consulting classical voice coach with MMVS of Fairfield, Conn. and taught

than a dozen candies and color frostings. Culinary Arts students and staff will kick off the event with a formal presentation on the finer points of gingerbread house construction and will provide guidance to participants throughout the event. Complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and holiday music will be provided. Proceeds from the second annual Build Your Own Gingerbread House Workshop will benefit the Culinary Arts program's annual senior trip. Reservations are required. For more information and to book your seat, please contact the Culinary Arts office at (508)-529-7758 ext. 3106, or by email at mwilliam@valleytech.k12. ma.us.

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voice at Newton Music Academy in Needham. Ms. Calloway Bolton is the choir director at First Congregational Church of Oxford. Ms. Calloway Bolton has a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, Cambridge, Mass and a bachelor’s degree from New England Conservatory of Music. Russ Arnold joins Apple Tree Arts to create new ensemble opportunities and teach jazz theory after a varied and extensive career teaching music to elementary, middle and high school students as well as directing middle and high school bands. The ensembles may include a mix of instruments such as saxophone, flute and clarinet. Mr. Arnold has taught woodwind chamber music and directed theatrical productions, too. During his tenure at Blackstone-Millville Regional School District, the marching, jazz and concert bands and chorus received numerous accolades.

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Kathy Kane, President of the Northbridge Association of Churches Food Pantry, spent part of her day making pies at the school, then accompanied four WCS 5th graders to the Food Pantry to fill the freezer. “I was so very appreciative on behalf of our clients to receive the pies. That was the reason that I wanted to help make the pies. The process was incredible! There is also no greater joy than seeing the students get involved and asking about our work. They wanted to know specifically how people can utilize the pantry, and how old they would need to be to volunteer. Helping our kids understand hunger in the community is near and dear to my heart. What they are learning at school, through this fundraiser, brings their awareness to the forefront.” Organizations receiving the pies had some tie to WCS, either by their loca-

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Drawing a bright future at Valley Tech Whitinsville Christian School When you walk into the art room after school on a Tuesday or Thursday, you will see anywhere from 12 to 25 students scattered throughout the room with projects and materials set on every available surface. The music playing from a computer in the corner keeps the students inspired as their paint brushes, charcoal pieces, and pencils dance across the papers in front of them. Many of the students are chasing a dream of going to art school. Their hard work, coupled with art teacher Ms. MacLure’s guidance, often pays off when a large envelope with the word “accepted” printed on the front arrives from their dream school. Ms. MacLure started the art club in the fall of 2014 as a way to help students successfully apply to art school. The club has become a creative place where students are inspired, share ideas, explore art school options, and work in a collaborative environment with other students from every grade and level of artistry. The upperclassmen are often preparing for art school application deadlines, and working on portfolio projects such as observational and experimental drawings, as well as large scale works of art. The underclassmen, unsure of their artistic futures, see the art club as an opportunity to work with new materials and tune into their creative sides. The art club reinforces the 21st century skills taught at BVT by giving students another medium to apply their skills to. Art programs also create what Project Zero (the research division of Harvard’s School of Education) refer to

as Studio Habits of Mind, which is a set of skills artists use that help expand critical thinking skills across all disciplines. The art club gives students skills to use in all facets of their lives while showing them different ways their love of art can transcend high school to become a college degree and a lifelong career. The club often hosts artists, who tell their stories and provide tips to students, and admissions counselors from area art schools, who give presentations so students can be well informed of their educational options. This year, the art club kicked off its visiting artist series when painter Ida Floreak visited the group to give advice to the aspiring artists and offer individual critiques of student portfolios. Floreak is a New Orleans based painter whose work has been on display in the Ogden Museum of Art, as well as other New Orleans galleries. Students lined up for the opportunity to get a fresh set of eyes on their work. A few weeks later, the first of many art schools visited the program when Rhode Island School of Art and Design (RISD) admissions officer Melanie Patterson gave a presentation to students that covered the freshman year experience, major programs offered, and admissions requirements. The students’ eyes were glued to the projector as their minds raced with artistic possibilities. “Art is really my passion, so it’s my biggest goal every year to help these kids get into the art schools of their dreams,” Ms. MacLure said.

The passion Ms. MacLure has is palpable in the art room, and students are feeding off of her excitement and positivity as they enter the stressful college application process.

“Students I’ve mentored have been accepted to art schools like rISd, Savannah College of art and design, art Institute of Boston, and ringling College of art. If the students are willing to put in the work, and it’s a lot of work, then things usually go really well for them,” - Ms. MacLure BVT Art Teacher One things for sure, the art program and art club at BVT are allowing students to draw a bright future – literally. Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School serves the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge. Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech creates a positive learning community that prepares students for personal and professional success in an internationally competitive society through a fusion of rigorous vocational, technical, and academic skills. The school’s website is www.valley tech.k12.ma.us.

“Topping Off” of new facility A crowd of students, faculty, staff, alumni, elected officials, and construction workers gathered under the sunny sky at Whitinsville Christian School (WCS) to place three special beams into the project known as Rise Up and Build. This building project will add a new facility housing a gym, a performing arts center, new offices, and additional classrooms to the 40-acre campus. “Our partner in this project, J.M. Coull, came to us with the idea of a topping off ceremony,” said Dr. Adam Meyer, Director of Advancement for WCS. “We were excited about the idea of connecting the old to the new, and giving our current students a permanent spot in the new building.” At the Topping Off, three beams were placed in a connecting bridge that will join the new and existing facilities. Students and faculty signed the beams and they are incorporated into the design in a way that they will remain visible in the ceiling. The last beam set into place carried with it an American flag that now flies over the project. Ryan Fattman, State Senator, and David Muradian, State Representative, each spoke at the event. They shared their memories of playing basketball for Sutton against the WCS team. Senator Fattman told the crowd, “When you consider the Whitinsville Christian School community, you realize how blessed Whitinsville Christian is by God. I feel special to represent this school in the Massachusetts State Senate.” Representative Muradian said,

Whitinsville Christian School is a Godcentered and student-focused institution serving students from Pre-K through grade 12. Founded in 1928, our 40-acre campus is located in the historic Blackstone Valley Region. To learn more about our school and the academic, spiritual, and extra-curricular activities offered, please visit www.whitinsvillechristian.org.

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Broadcast Program moves to the next level Story by Molly Prior The Northbridge High School Broadcast Program is about to be taken to the next level. The Blackstone Valley Education Foundation has just awarded the program a grant of $4,000. The Lampin Corporation, a company located in Uxbridge, assisted with the grant. The company, which has a long history of helping the community and awarding grants to schools, specializes in engineering as well as mechanical assets and assemblies. The grant will be used by Mrs. Herbert, the High School’s Broadcast Teacher, who has been working hard to make the broadcast program the very best that it can possibly be. Money will go towards new broadcast technology, as well as the new up and coming Rams Radio, which will be a place for students to practice their broadcast skills with anything from sports, to entertainment, to just talk. In addition, the grant will provide money for Rams TV, which is shown on community access

“The vision and the belief of this school is in the students and in the future. Congratulations and enjoy!” Superintendent of the Northbridge Public School system, Catherine Stickney, offered her congratulations and thankfulness for the community partnership with WCS. “The growth, expansion, and continued development of your school community is symbolic of the continued growth we wish for the entire community,” said Mrs. Stickney. In other meaningful moments, a special elementary choir sang, Rise Up and Build, an original song written for the school by Kim Gentry Meyer. Joe Roberts, Worcester County Welding foreman, presented the U.S. flag to second grader, Abigail Huang. WCS’s Encore Vocal Ensemble sang The Star Spangled Banner as the flag was raised with the last beam and connected in place. The closing prayer, offered by WCS Headmaster Lance Engbers, was a reading of Richard G. Jones’ hymn, God of Concrete, God of Steel. “Once in a while, God gives you a perfect day. This was one of those days,” said Adam Meyer.

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Northbridge High School’s NASA Innovative Conceptual Engineering Design (ICED) class visited the Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University. The school’s NASA program is a unique class that challenges students to study and work on some of the epic problems NASA faces while learning about space exploration. After several weeks of studying all the possibilities of colonizing Mars, the students were finally ready to test what they knew about a mission at Space in the University’s Earth Odyssey simulation. In the simulation, students were divided into two groups, a mission control group and a field control group who were placed in a simulated international space station environment. Both groups had to work both together and with the different branches in both groups to achieve the common goal of putting a satellite in Earth’s orbit. The simulation required transparent communication from all members to interpret information that the field control group found through experiments. The students learned a lot from the experience about how a real NASA operation is conducted and how much in depth information and communication is required to work as a team.


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Father John shares his vision

and pondered “Does war ever stop?” noting the killings of police officers and the violence towards others. “We have to stop bigotry and extremism.” The amicable pastor wishes religion might be taught similar to a history course where kids can learn about different religions or customs in the Jewish, Muslim or other faith, for example. He stresses “respect of different religions and people” is critical. “We can show ways what God means to us with the understanding that others do not have to do what we do unless they choose to.” A bicyclist, he expressed how he finds good pleasure in “drawing closer to God” when he rides by a lake or sees the birds. Trinity Episcopal Church has several outreach programs, and is also one of the churches active in the Northbridge Association of Churches and its ministry to support food pantries, the Peace of Bread Community Kitchen where an

trinity episcopal Church Story & Photos by Constance reddy dwyer The familiar “Be Calm & Carry On” is an apt description of Canon Dr. John Derek Stubbs, better known as “Father John,” Rector at Trinity Episcopal Church in Whitinsville for 7 years. In an encounter with him, you are bound to sense an inner calm and attentiveness that can dispel any temporary anxiety a parishioner may have in coming to him with a personal problem or worry. His inner strength we know stems from his personal commitment to a spiritual life and ministry in serving his parishioners and anyone who may call upon him for help. Father John has gained such calm, one can surmise, from having experienced apartheid in his native country of Johannesburg, So. Africa. “I became a priest because I experienced how God’s love draws people together, the opposite of apartheid.” He explained how, as a teenager, he had to go through the difficulty of his parent’s break up. “All I could think of was Good Friday and ‘My God, My God, why have you abandoned Me,' and I had then a feeling of abandonment.” In time, he discovered how much God loves him and all of us and that, “We are to do Christian work and that is so powerful.” In So. Africa, he had to live in a country “where people’s humanity was denied and where people were crushed by the government.” From that ordeal, he became an advocate for all people, “Black and white people…we can stand together and we must stand and express our faith, even if there is a price to pay.” “Tragedy can break your heart and possibly drive you to atheism or deepen your love of God and have compassion for others. There is a purpose in suffering, even when you don’t have answers.” One of the puzzlements he said he faces “Is why eighty percent of people in this area do not participate in any faith community. “Yet, when you look at countries such as, Asia and South America, for example, there most people have an active faith and community.” It is known, he added, that there is low participation at churches in the Northeast and Northwest USA. It seems, he continued, that somehow the religion of the parents, in many cases, is not practiced by the next generation. Father John has been living in the United States for 17 years and has become a citizen. He and his wife, Barbara, live right

evening meal is offered to 140 people every Wednesday night at the United Presbyterian Church, and St. Patrick’s Church which offers a breakfast every Saturday morning, among other outreach programs. They recently provided food for Thanksgiving and will do the same for Christmas. In the past, Trinity Episcopal hosted You Inc and their GED classes but “that has moved downtown, near Domino’s.” Thinking about his country of So. Africa, he said there was a “cooperative to help women get jobs” but he discerned that was not possible to replicate here in the same way but admires developments like the Blackstone Valley Regional Technical H.S. “I am concerned about employment for the jobless.” FMI, call (508) 234-5303 or stop in for a service on Sunday and check their website at: www.trinity01588.com for details. The church is located at 33 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville.

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Tina Luce, a blind musician with a widely acclaimed ministry here and elsewhere. Her website is www.eyesoffaith.com On a somber note, he reflected on the two World Wars this country has faced

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Solar array________ continued from page one acceleration in clean energy development, job creation, and economic value in Massachusetts as community solar advances as an economical and broadly accessible renewable energy option for those unable to install solar panels on their roofs. Through CEC’s RooflessSolar™ program, Massachusetts electric customers can lower their electricity costs and support local clean power generation without the need for a solar-suitable roof or a large upfront payment. This option is especially attractive for renters, those with tree-shaded roofs, commercial customers with multiple locations, and non-profits. Residential and business customers subscribe to a portion of the shared array, optimally designed and sited for maximum power production, and receive credit directly on their monthly utility bills. “By hosting this new array, the Town

of Uxbridge is helping to lead the charge for solar development in Massachusetts which is already among the nation’s top states for solar power,” said Tom Sweeney, CEC’s Chief Strategic Markets Officer. “This project, and others like it, will provide more access and opportunity for people to support locally generated clean energy and save money at the same time. We appreciate the strong pro-solar policies implemented by state legislators and the Baker Administration, as well as the participation of forward-thinking Massachusetts businesses.” Massachusetts will be one of the leading states for solar development this year, and community solar will be the primary reason for that achievement. Over the course of the next few months, CEC expects to complete construction on 30 additional community shared solar farms, including facilities in Fairhaven, Goshen, Holliston, Kingston, Marion, Orange, Plympton, Swansea, Wareham, and West Bridgewater. With construction of these facil-

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Massachusetts. Solar is among the fastest-growing industries nationwide, and continues to be an economic development and job creation engine for Massachusetts. The Uxbridge Community Solar Array will also deliver significant environmental benefit, displacing nearly 33 million kilowatt hours of fossil fuelgenerated electricity reducing greenhouse gas emissions by over 58 million pounds. This is roughly equivalent to the greenhouse gas benefits of planting nearly 90,000 trees or avoiding emissions from over 66 million miles of automobile travel. CEC’s growth in Massachusetts reflects a national trend as demand for community solar increases exponential-

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MRMC fundraiser a huge success Milford Regional Medical Center raised an impressive $620,000 at their annual black-tie fundraising Mélange Capri Gala and Live Auction held recently at Grand View in Mendon. Proceeds support Milford Regional and its mission of providing expert, compassionate care to the community. Over 400 guests enjoyed an evening filled with music, dancing, conversation, fine cuisine and the opportunity to bid on valuable auction items and packages. More than 40 area businesses sponsored the event including lead sponsors Mr. and Mrs. Arthur G. Caputo and Kevin Meehan's Imperial Cars.com.

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uxBrIdGe FOOTBaLL PanCreaTIC CanCer aWareneSS day - When uxbridge high School, uxbridge Middle School, and the Football teams were asked to wear Pancreatic Cancer Shirts for november’s Pancreatic Cancer awareness Month; everyone from the players to parents and siblings hopped on board. Send us your news...email: newsatthenut@msn.com

GIrL POWer - The uxbridge high School Girls Cross Country Team captured the SWCL League Meet for the 2nd consecutive year. Pictured above (L to r) Sarah Johnston (placed 4th), hannah Jones (placed 6th), Bridget redgate (placed 7th), Mikeena Manz (placed 12th), emily Landini (placed 18th), Jordan Gulino (placed 33rd) and Olivia Picotte. The team had a 24 placement lead over their nearest SWCL competitors.

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drinks contain approximately 35mg of caffeine per 12-ounce bottle. Higher doses of caffeine have not been shown to further improve athletic performance, and may actually impair performance and also can be dangerous. People who do not know that they have irregular heartbeats could die from taking caffeine during an athletic competition. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), which governs the use of drugs in international sports competitions including the Olympics, had to take caffeine off its list of banned substances in 2004 because almost all athletes were taking it in drinks and foods as well as in pills. WADA still monitors caffeine in an effort to discourage large doses that can be harmful. Side Effects of Caffeine: Taking in more than 500 mg of caffeine increases risk for side effects such as jitteriness, nervous-

ness, headache, dizziness, tremors, stomach cramps, gas and insomnia, which can harm performance rather than help it. In high doses, caffeine can cause irregular heartbeats and increase risk of heat stroke. Caffeine can interfere with medications used to treat conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure. How Caffeine Works: • A neurotransmitter, adenosine, slows messages along nerve cells. Caffeine blocks adenosine receptors to speed up messages transmitted along nerves to reduce tiredness, increase alertness and attention, improve mood, and increase concentration, processing of information and reaction time. It helps athletes exercise at higher intensity for longer duration without feeling that they are pushing their limits. • Caffeine stimulates your brain so you become

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Human and Animal Disaster Trainings held in the Valley The Central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team, Inc (CM DART) recently participated in two significant trainings to aid preparedness for natural or man-made disasters in our region. CMDART worked in co-operation with the Tri-Epic Regional Planning Committee and Harrington Hospital who organized a practice exercise that focused on preparedness for a hazardous material incident. CM DART set up a live animal decontamination exercise as part of the exercise because nearly all disasters will include service dogs, pets and pet owners. Later in the month, CMDART organized and presented a training for large animal emergency rescue for fire fighters, animal control, and animal disaster responders. The large animal rescue training was held at Mossy Oak Farm in Uxbridge, the farm owned by Joyce Gareri, Animal control officer for Uxbridge, Douglas, and Mendon. Nineteen firefighters, EMTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, nine animal control officers, and eight animal disaster responders from CMDART and Spencer Disaster Animal Response Team attended the all-day exercise which focused on large animal (equine/farm animal) rescue. The instructor was Roger Lauze, Equine Rescue and Training Manager for the MSPCA and Katherine Dwyer, EMT. The training was funded and sponsored by a grant from the Greater Worcester Foundation Unibank 911 Fund, by Dean Bank of Franklin and through CMDART donations. Most of those who attended this all-day event were members of Massachusetts Fire District 7 Technical Rescue Team and South County Animal Control Officers. Chiefs William Kessler

(Uxbridge), Steven Coleman (Auburn), and Matt Belsito (Sutton) helped coordinate the training event with CMDART. Both disaster exercises were designed to enhance and develop locally trained responders who can aid animals and pet owners in a disaster and reduce the risk to public safety when animals are affected. CMDART is seeking to enlarge the list of potential responders for large and small animal incidents. The decontamination exercise was a chance to have volunteer and first responders work together. Local volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTS) worked with local emergency response practicing the use of human decontamination equipment while CMDART aided the animal portion of the exercise. CMDART brought their response trailer and used equipment from the State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team, simulating the decontamination exercise with two dogs owned by a volunteer from the team. The decontamination exercise was assisted with water and expertise provided by the Webster fire department. Both SMART and Webster Lake Animal Hospital provided veterinary consultation for the simulation. LARGE ANIMALS REQUIRE SPECIAL SKILLS During the storms of 2014 and periodically, horse and farm owners have emergency needs for their large animals when the animal gets compromised in a stall, a barn collapses, in fires, and floods, not to mention man-made cruelty or abuse cases. Unlike small animals which might be carried or rescued without apparatus, rescuing a 2000 lb horse or other large

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Firefighters practice extricating a horse from a trailer. CMdarT organized a training for large animal emergency rescue. Local fire fighters, animal control, and animal disaster responders participated. animal requires special equipment and techniques in the best case scenario. CMDART assists Emergency Management agencies, the American Red Cross, Departments of Public Health, and Animal Control officers with trained animal disaster responders when emergencies overwhelm a local communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to manage the incident. CMDART helped during the ice storm of 2008, the Western Mass tornado of 2011, and during multiple hurricanes and power outages that required setting up emergency shelters or warming stations. CMDART helps local communities comply with the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (PETS ACT), a law first established in October 2006 following Katrina and recently passed into law in the State of Massachusetts. This law requires local

duties of both running the administrative duties of the non-profit and as team lead for disaster operations for 13 years. Though she will remain on the Board of Directors, she wishes to step down as Chairman and administrator of the nonprofit to more fully concentrate on enhancing and equipping the disaster operations. Because of this, they are actively seeking candidates for a volunteer who will serve as President / Chairman of the Board. This volunteer would manage the administrative support of their non-profit organization. If you are interested, please send a resume and letter of interest to the Board via the Membership Coordinator, Dee Clark at membership@cmdart.org, or P.O. Box 1317, Douglas, MA 01516. For more details, visit www.cmdart.org/board. A training is planned for the South County region in January. Contact training@cmdart.org to inquire about their upcoming programs, and to resister for a course near you or membership@ cmdart.org for information about joining the organization. To make a contribution, contact www. cmdart.org or send to P.O. Box 1317, Douglas, Ma 01516, call 508-4763677.

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