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“Your Hometown News” Volume 20 • ISSue 7

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Independance Day Celebrations at OSV Fireworks display July 3rd Family Fun, Games, and Music on Monday, July 4th Independence Day celebrations at old Sturbridge Village will span two days this year, with fireworks on July 3rd and daytime events on July 4th. Evening events on July 3rd will include music, magic, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a dramatic fireworks display over the Village countryside. on July 4th, the celebration will continue with patriotic family fun including games, music, and a citizens’ parade. The fireworks rain date is July 4th. Both days’ events are sponsored by Country Bank. Beginning July 1st, all tickets will be available. For details, call 1-800-SEE-1830 or visit www.osv.org. According to old Sturbridge Village historians, Independence Day was one of very few holidays celebrated by early Americans. Aside from Thanksgiving, it was the most important and widely celebrated holidays of the time. Festivities included church services, patriotic orations, picnics, parades, dinners, and dances. Though fireworks were not common in rural villages like Sturbridge, they were used in larger cities like Philadelphia and Boston to celebrate special events. The old Sturbridge Village fireworks display will begin at dusk and is planned to be larger and more spectacular than in previous years. over 3,000 people are expected to attend the event, which has sold out for the past three years. The popularity of the oSV fireworks display is due, in part, to the relative lack of light pollution and the resulting excellent visibility. Prior to the fireworks, visitors can hear a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence by Massachusetts State Senator Stephen Brewer (Barre) and hear music by the Heritage String Band. other activities include sack races, pie-eating contests, juggling demonstrations, and magician Robert olson. Visitors can also enter the “Patriotic Fashion Contest” prior to the start of the fireworks. Guests can bring their own picnics or purchase beer, wine, sandwiches, snacks, and soft drinks, which will be on sale throughout the evening. During the daytime celebration on Monday, July 4th, visitors will be able to sign a giant reproduc-

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Legislators address Valley’s business climate By Constance Dwyer

tion of the Declaration of Independence and hear the document read. They will also enjoy listening to fife and drum music, taking part in a citizen’s parade, and watch militia marching. Visitors are invited to play games of 19th-century “base ball.” Though similar to today’s “national pastime,” there were some significant differences in the way the game was played in the 1800s. PRESoRTED STANDARD US PoSTAGE PAID BoSToN, MA PERMIT No 55800

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old Sturbridge Village celebrates life in early New England from 1790 – 1840. Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., oSV is open year-round, but hours vary seasonally. Currently, the Village is open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. For details, visit www.osv.org or call 800SEE-1830.

State legislators took time to come to a breakfast meeting at the Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton on June 18th to address issues affecting the Blackstone Valley towns that they represent. Legislators present were: Sen. Michael Moore (D) Grafton, Millbury, Upton; Sen. Richard T. Moore (D) Blackstone, Douglas, Hopedale, Mendon, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Uxbridge; Rep. Ryan Fattman (R) Uxbridge, Sutton, Blackstone, Millville; Rep. Paul Frost (R) Millbury, Sutton; Rep. George N. Peterson, Jr. (R) Grafton, Northbridge, Upton; Rep. John V. Fernandes (D) Hopedale, Mendon; Rep. Kevin Kuros (R) Douglas, Uxbridge. The 7:30 a.m. meeting was sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce and a warm welcome was extended to the legislators and guests by Executive Director Jeannie Hebert. She brought a smile on faces when she added state Sen. Michael Moore would be late because of “bus duty this morning.” The purpose of the meeting was to update attendees, mainly business people, on issues affecting the conducting of business in the Blackstone Valley. The legislators also wanted to get input as to how they might facilitate business favorable governmental decisions in the future. Sen. Richard “Dick” Moore, kicking off the presentation, said that he wanted to do what he could at State level to facilitate favorable “regulations” and find solutions for businesses. He made a very important point in stating that the very next day (June 19) legislators would be reviewing the Budget Process for every state agency, not quite zero-based budgeting, but maintenance budgets with necessary employees, to see where “duplication” might exists in order to save money. He also wanted to see “electronic reports” filed for the public to see and be aware of what state agencies are doing. He said, “I am interested in efficiency; in good government.” Rep. George Peterson focused on health care and insurance reform and accountability. He continued on page 17

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Digger’s Liquors Priding themselves on knowing what their customers want, owners Bill & Lisa Lavallee, welcome everyone with a smile. A family-owned small business still making it on Main Street in Douglas.

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Letter to the Editor

Hunger drive a success

Selfless Service Scholarship Dear Editor; on Tuesday, May 31st I started the Selfless Service Scholarship. Last year the town gave me the incredible honor of allowing me to be a Selectman. As a Selectman I am paid an annual stipend of $300. Upon taking office I immediately decided that I had no intention of keeping the money paid to me. I serve as a Selectman so that I can make the town a better place for everyone to live and raise a family. I have absolutely no desire to be financially compensated for my service. I do this because I love my town and want to give back to my community.

The Northbridge Association of Churches Food Pantry would like to thank all who were involved with the 19th annual “Stamp out Hunger” Food Drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers on May 14th. This year, through the generous donations from the residents of Whitinsville/Northbridge, and with the help of the postal employees and youth group members from Fairlawn Christian Reformed Church, over 3400 lbs. of food was collected &delivered to the pantry. This donation and the many others that we continue to receive on a weekly basis, will help us to assist many families in need in our community. We are grateful for your support of this ministry. Sincerely, Steve & Kelly Lariviere

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Metacomet Land Trust reaches out to large landowners Metacomet Land Trust recently cosponsored a workshop on estate planning for large local landowners in the Blackstone Valley. Drawing on the expertise of land trust members, Attorney Robert Levite – an expert on land conservation tools from the UMass Extension Service -- and the testimonials of two landowners who have implemented conservation restrictions on their properties, participants garnered new and valuable insights into how they can use land conservation tools to protect their legacies. “Your land is a part of your legacy. Deciding what will happen to your land after you are gone may be the most important step you can take as a landowner—not just for your own benefit, but for the benefit of your family, your community, and, of course, your land,� said Lisa Mosczynski, President of Metacomet Land Trust. “The future landscape of Worcester County will be determined by the actions of individual landowners. Many are not aware of estate planning and land conservation tools that can help them save money, save taxes, avoid probate court, and keep all or some of their land in its current natural state.� An estate plan can ensure that an individual’s assets, including land, are distributed in a way that meets the financial and personal needs of the individual and their family and beneficiaries. Participants also received information on Chapter 61 (a mechanism whereby landowners can place temporary restrictions on their property), forest conservation tools and the new tax incentives available for landowners who choose to protect their property.

of particular interest to those in attendance was to hear the testimonials of Ann Hanscom of Fox Fire Farm in Uxbridge and Bill Rose of Red Apple Farm in Phillipston. Both have placed permanent conservation restrictions on their properties and told the audience how that protection benefits their land and their estates. Both emphasized that estate planning is a planning process that needs to include family members. In Ann’s case, the protection placed on her property gives her the peace of mind that the beauty of her land will remain and that habitat will be there for the birds and butterflies that she loves. In Bill’s case, he showed how his planning included options that allow him to improve his land with assistance from various state programs and that also preserves his orchard as a family business that is run by his son and daughterin-law today. All participants were given a copy of Your Land, Your Legacy Deciding the Future of Your Land to Meet the Needs of You and Your Family. Copies are available from the land trust by calling 888-298-7284 or by e-mailing MetacometLT@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.Metacomet LandTrust.org.

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Northbridge Police Bicycle Patrol Unit Redeployed After several years of budget and manpower reductions, the Northbridge Police Department has redeployed a 5 man bicycle patrol unit. The five police officers that make up the bicycle patrol unit are Detective/Sergeant John ouillette, officers Tom Dejordy, Jeff White, Brian Collins and Jarrod Woeller. The unit will be supervised by Detective/ Sergeant John ouillette. The officers will be assigned to patrol various areas of the community. Chief Warchol feels bicycle officers create a

highly visible presence in a wide variety of locations such as our high density neighborhoods, senior housing developments, schools and various special community events. Chief Warchol also feels that police officers on bicycle patrol have a better ability to interact with the residents of our community on a more personal level than an officer in a cruiser. The bicycle patrols will have more personal contact with young people that should also promote a more positive image of the police.

Hosts needed for Fresh Air Child This summer, share the beauty of your community with an inner-city child while enjoying a vacation in your own backyard! Join thousands of volunteer host families throughout 13 Northeastern states and Canada as they open their hearts and homes to New York City children from low-income communities through The Fresh Air Fund’s Volunteer Host Family program. In 2011, The Fund will celebrate its 135th summer of helping youngsters from New York City enjoy new experiences like swimming in a cool lake and catching fireflies. “My family is very excited to welcome back our Fresh Air child for a third summer. We get to do all the things we love right here in our community, like swimming and hiking, but

with an additional member of the family!” says one host parent. Imagine summertime without making s’mores, playing in the backyard or gazing at the stars. Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund has provided more than 1.7 million inner-city children with the opportunity to enjoy these simple pleasures. Take a look at how just two weeks of fresh air and simple summertime fun can help change a child’s life by viewing our video here.   For more information on how you can make summer special for a Fresh Air child, contact Geri Fogg at 508-4352241 or The Fresh Air Fund at (800) 367-0003. You can also learn more about the Volunteer Host Family program by visiting The Fund’s Web site at www.freshair.org.

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Thunder in the Valley Memorial Ride on Saturday, July 9th, Uxbridge VFW Post 1385, Rendezvous Leather, Bright Shine Auto Spa along with the VFW Ladies Auxiliary will be honor-

ing the memory of officer Chet Dzivasen, by sponsoring the eighth annual benefit motorcycle-ride and chicken barbeque.

For the fifth year all proceeds from the motorcycle ride will go to the “Adam Bullen Memorial Foundation”. This foundation was set up to assist children and adults battling cancer by providing these individuals, and their families, financial and emotional assistance. For more information, please visit the website for the organization, www.adambullen.com. We are again asking local organizations/businesses for their assistance. Monetary donations and/or raffle prizes are greatly appreciated. All organizations donating fifty dollars or more will have their business’ name displayed on a banner that will hang in front of the VFW hall. 100% of the proceeds from this event will go towards the memorial fund. Your generosity was greatly appreciated last year and we hope you will continue to support us this year. Sign-up for the ride leaving the VFW on Route 16 in Uxbridge is from 9 am to 10:30 am. The ride leaves at 10:30 am. The chicken barbeque begins at 5 pm with entertainment from 6 - 11pm. Tickets are a $15.00 donation. Tickets are the same price for riders, passengers and non-riders. Non-riders are encouraged to attend the event, come out and watch the bikes depart in the morning, and or come down for the chicken BBQ when the riders return. Advanced ticket sales are recommended as the previous years have sold out. Tickets may be obtained by calling Karen at 508-612-0395, or Ann at the VFW, 508-278-7540.


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

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Upcoming Events at River Bend Farm and Canal Heritage State Park Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park announces upcoming events at River Bend Farm Visitor Center. Take a step back into history, reconnect with nature and experience a rich and diverse culture through programs all summer long. All programs are free and open to the public, and children must be accompanied by an adult. There is something for all ages! Guided tours are available for groups with advance notice. Check out our full Calendar of events online at www.mass.gov/dcr/events.htm. For more information, please call the park at 508-278-7604 or e-mail us at blackstone.heritage@state.ma.us. greaT ParK PUrSUiT! The Department of Conservation & Recreation brings you this exciting program for its fifth year! The Great Park Pursuit (GPP) is a free family adventure activity that connects families with the outdoors and their state park resources. Between July 1st to September 10th, participants can register by visiting http://www.mass.gov/ dcr/gpp/. Teams that register on-line and attend at least six programs from different GPP categories have completed their Great Park Pursuit adventure and will be invited to the Grand Finale. For more information and to register your team, visit http://www.mass.gov/ dcr/gpp/. KidLiedeScoPe KidS STory hoUr: Free! Ages 3-5, siblings are welcomed. Every Friday there will be a different nature themed story, walk and craft. Join us at the Visitor Center for a morning program designed to connect young children and their guardians with the environment. Drop in attendance welcome. Every Friday in July and August; 10:30-11:30 am. JUNior NaTUraLiSTS: Free! Ages 5-8. Lets learn and explore the environment together through stories, activities, nature hikes, while understanding the importance of the Blackstone River and Canal. A new theme each week! Every Friday in July and August from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. JUNior raNgerS: Free! Ages 8 - 12. Looking for a summer adventure? Join us for a 4 week program as we discover different aspects of the environment and take a look at the history in our own back yard! Earn your DCR Junior Ranger badge and certificate! Pre-registration is required and program numbers are limited. Programs runs rain or shine so be prepared to spend time outside! Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Every Monday, starts Monday July 11th Questions? Please call 508-278-7604 or email blackstone.heritage@state.ma.us. waLK…a LoT…here: at Blackstone Heritage State Park on the towpath along the Blackstone Canal, our Healthy Heart Trail. We all know that staying active is a healthy life choice and what better place than in a beautiful state park. Trails are the heart of our park system and we want you to make them part of your regular exercise routine. For tips on the health benefits of walking, join the park inter-

preter on Mondays at 4 pm and Saturdays at 10 am. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, bring water and insect repellant if you choose. Friendly pets welcome on a leash. waLK aLoNg The bLacKSToNe caNaL: Free! Take a step back into time every Saturday and Sunday 1:00 - 2:00 pm. This easy walk appropriate for all ages meets at the River Bend Farm Visitor Center and continues along the canal’s towpath. Learn about the historical, cultural and ecological significance of the region through a guided tour. This walk is suitable for families and anyone who is physically able to complete a moderate walk. miLLviLLe LocK waLK: What is a canal lock? How does it work? on Friday July 8th and July 22nd at 5:00-6:30pm, meet at the Millville Lock and Trail parking lot (Central Street in Millville, MA). This moderate walk through the woods will lead to a perfectly intact lock. Learn about this ‘water highway’ of the early 19th century and the importance the lock system played. Wear appropriate footwear and bring bug spray. Program is weather permitting. Questions, or for directions, please contact the visitors center at 508-278-7604. Farm To FacTory 101: Take a step back into time on Saturday July 2nd and July 30th from 4:005:00pm, for a short walk and learn the story of the Blackstone Valley. With the park interpreter, learn and understand the changes created by the industrial revolution to the Blackstone Valley. We will examine the culture and landscape of the area before, during and after the industrial revolution.

Wear appropriate shoes and bring bug spray. ForeSTry ForeNSicS 101: on Saturday July 9th from 4:00-5:00 pm, join us for a hands-on program is great for all ages to learn the basics of tree identification. Meet the park interpreter in the visitors center for a forestry workshop, followed by an easy walk. Program will take place in rain or shine, please wear appropriate footwear and bring bug spray. who waS bLacKSToNe?: Who is the man behind the name? Friday July 1st and July 29th at 6:006:30 pm, meet in the parking lot at Blackstone Gorge (County St. in Blackstone). Learn the significance about the Rev. Blackstone and the lasting imprint he left on New England. All ages welcomed to join as we journey back into time to investigate this mysterious man and the namesake we have today. Weather permitting, please bring appropriate footwear for a short walk in woodlands and bug spray. Questions, or for directions, please contact the visitors center at 508-278-7604. oSPrey, heroN aNd eagLeS oh my! 101: on Saturday July 16th from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, grab a pair of binoculars and join us on a bird watching expedition. First, meet at River Bend Farm for a lesson in bird watching and bird identification, followed by a leisurely walk as we observe the stunning birds in their habitat. Great for all ages! Please wear appropriate shoes, sun block and bug spray. Program runs rain or shine. The come-bacK oF The americaN cheSTNUT Tree: on Saturday July 23rd from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, join the park interpreter to

understand the importance of the American Chestnut before the introduction of the lethal fungus to current day efforts to restore the once mighty tree. We will take a quick walk to an 8th generation American Chestnut grove on site. Great for all ages! Meet at River Bend Farm, program will run for rain or shine, please dress appropriately. KiNg PhiLiPS hiKe: Who was King Philip? As we take a moderate hike into the woods, learn about local Native American tribes and the impact they played in pre-colonial history. on Sunday July 3rd and 31st from 3:00-5:00 pm, meet the park interpreter in the parking lot off Hartford Ave. in Uxbridge, MA, at the beginning of King Philips Trail. Weather permitting, wear hiking shoes, a bottle of water and bug spray. Questions, or for directions, please contact the visitors center at 508-278-7604. FiNd me!: Ages 8-12. on Sunday July 10th and 24th from 11:00 to noon, work with the park interpreter to learn the fundamentals of orienteering. Using maps and compasses participants will gain basic

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Drane UxBRIDGE – Jerome Drane, Sr., 49, of Uxbridge died Friday, June 10th, surrounded by his loving family in Milford Regional Medical Center, Milford. He was the husband of Jacqueline M. (Evans) Drane. Mr. Drane had worked for several years in the healthcare industry and enjoyed the interaction with his patients. He was born March 9, 1962 in Brockton, the son of Catherine (Harris) Drane of FL and the late Jesse Drane. He was a graduate of Brockton High School where he was a national champion wrestler and an academic student athlete award recipient. He was later inducted into the Brockton High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He also attended Springfield College. Mr. & Mrs. Drane observed their 21st wedding anniversary last August. Mr. Drane loved being involved in his children’s sports and was the unofficial photographer for sports at Uxbridge High School. He enjoyed camping, biking, weightlifting, and basketball. He recently played on the World Poker Tour. In addition to his wife Jacqueline and his mother Catherine, he is survived by one son Jerome Drane, Jr., one daughter Jessica N. Drane, both of Uxbridge, three brothers; Jesse Drane, Jr. of Lakeville, Jody Drane of FL, and Brian Drane of FL, two sisters; Carnethia Drane of FL and Launice Drane of GA, many nieces

and nephews including Darren DeSena of Uxbridge and a large extended family in Brockton.

Greenhalgh WARWICK - Raymond J. Greenhalgh, 92, of Warwick passed away Wednesday June 15th at Kent Regency. He was the husband of the late Josephine (Miller) Greenhalgh. Born in Milford, MA, he was a son of the late Charles E. and Bathia (Mckenzie) Greenhalgh. Mr. Greenhalgh was the owner and operator of Bald Hill Sunoco and A to Z Rental, both in Warwick, until his retirement. He served as a Fireman First Class on Submarines in The United States Navy during WW II. Following the war, he was a machinist at Brown & Sharpe in Providence. He was the beloved father of Raymond J. Greenhalgh, Jr. of New London, CT, Patricia Greenhalgh of Lynchburg, VA, Roberta “Bobbi” Bowman of Warwick, David Greenhalgh of East Greenwich, and Karen Guzman of Raleigh, NC, cherished grandfather of nine and great grandfather of nine. He was the brother of the late Charles Ernest Greenhalgh and Merton Greenhalgh.

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peratures continue to remain favorable for growing. other vendors have honey, maple syrup and fresh eggs. Young garden and flower plants are also often available. Located on the grounds of the E.N. Jenckes Store Museum at 283 Main Street in Douglas, the market is conveniently located on Rt. 16. The Douglas Farmers Market will also be offering music and educational demonstrations throughout the season. Vendors and educators interested in participating in the market should contact Lisa Mosczynski by e-mail at lmosczynski@hotmail.com or by phone at 508-341-4876.

Sutton’s Lt. Fitzpatrick completes training Army 2nd Lt. Sean Fitzpatrick, son of Peter and Dion Fitzpatrick of Sutton, has recently completed training for both Mechanized Leader of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia.  He is a 2006 graduate of Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School and a 2010 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Got Books generates $1.13 M for Non Profits Got Books, Inc. the leading used book collection and reuse company in NE has announced that as of the end of March 2011, it has paid $1.13 Million to its non-profit partners who host the Got Books, Inc. book collection containers. over 400 book collection containers are located at schools, town halls, retail parking lots and a variety of other public locations in MA, NH, CT, RI and ME. The book collection containers are placed as fundraising programs for local non-

profit organizations.  In Uxbridge, there is a Got Books, Inc book collection container at The Uxbridge Library, 15 North Main Street. Got Books pays the costs of placing, maintaining and emptying the containers, promoting book donations to the containers, and hand sorting the books. Each non-profit host is paid for all the books and DVDs donated regardless of their condition. A variety of organizations use the Got Books fundraising program with significant results.  RARA (Remarkable, Active, Resilient Adults) of Lowell has received nearly $75,000 from Got Books to date. “The best part is that it’s an ongoing fundraiser, 365 days a year. You just can’t get that with traditional fundraising options”, comments RARA member of the board of directors Bonnie Gallagher. Bob Ticehurst, CEo and founder of Got Books, Inc. adds, “our business model fits with the new American economy where the trend of reusing and repurposing goods increases every day. Readers want to be sure that their used books find a good use – we process millions of books each year getting them back into the reading stream.  As a passive fundraising program hosting a book donation container is totally free, easy to set up and generates much needed revenue for our non-profit partners.” As a for-profit book reuse company Got Books repurposes donated books, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and records.  Donated items are hand sorted at the Company’s 69,000sq ft. warehouse.  Books that can be reused are sold on line or through the Used Book Superstore retail outlets. Used Book Superstore, Inc. is the sister company to Got Books.  It operates five locations in greater Boston: Burlington, Danvers, Saugus MA and Nashua and Salem NH. Books that are damaged or are unusable are recycled. Got Books also operates several philanthropic book give-away programs that provide thousands of books to children, teachers, and US troops.

Philanthropic Programs “Got Books Great Book Giveaway” supports elementary schools in greater Boston and southern New Hampshire. This program distributes a free book to every child in schools K-5. Any teacher can apply for a book grant for their entire school.  Go to www.gotbooks.com “Books for Teachers” is a program available to individual schools or entire school districts.  This program provides a $15 per educator purchase credit at any of the five Used Book Superstores.  Any teacher can apply for a book grant for their school or school system. Go to www.gotbooks. com.        The “Books for Troops” program sends boxes of books to local residents serving our military overseas.  Friends and family of anyone who is stationed overseas can go to BooksForTroops. com to have a box of books sent to a deployed service person. got books, inc. background Founded in 2000, Got Books has grown from a home-based business to today’s 69,000 square foot warehouse. The combined companies of Got Books, Inc. and Used Book Superstores, Inc employ nearly 100 people. Got Books provides hundreds of nonprofit groups with an easy fundraising program: book donation containers are placed throughout New England at schools, town halls, retail parking lots and a variety of other public locations.  Got Books pays the container hosts after their donated books are collected. The Company has paid $1.13 million to our fundraising partners since 2007 and has saved over 37 million books from landfills. Used Book Superstores, among the largest used bookstores in the USA, offers used books, DVDs and CDs at a fraction of their original cost as well as select new books and related items. There are currently five Used Book Superstores in MA and NH each offering used books at ridiculously low prices beginning at $1.29. For more information: www. GotBooks.com  or www.UsedBook Superstore.com


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Watt awarded Massachusetts Food Service Director of the Year

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The Uxbridge Public Schools is pleased to announce that Janice Watt, Director of Food Service, has been named the 2011 SNA of Massachusetts Director of the Year.  Janice has been the Food Service Director of the Uxbridge Public Schools for the past 11 years. During that time she has been a leader in our district, the community and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  This award is presented by the School Nutrition Association of Massachusetts (SNA), a professional organization committed to educating, supporting, and inspiring school nutrition and food service professionals. The award is based upon Community Involvement, Program Enhancement, School Involvement, and  SNA Involvement.  Janice has been involved with the SNA for the last decade, and is active on the board in many capacities.

Recently she was chosen as a Future Leader and Chapter Delegate. Janice is deeply connected to the Uxbridge community.  She has formed relationships with many organizations by generously sharing her nutrition and culinary skills.  She has assisted the Senior Center, the People’s First Food Pantry, the Uxbridge Education Foundation, PTos, and is even the producer of “Watt’s Cookin’”, a local public access TV cooking show. Janice promotes nutrition in our schools and community every chance she gets by making it fun and educational.   The students of Uxbridge enjoy theme days during their lunch period with wellness themes such as, “Whole Grain Week” where they sample foods, watch food demos, and enjoy songs written by Mrs. Watt.  Students have even spun the “Wheel of Portion”, which was created by a Johnson and

Wales culinary intern to learn proper portion size and to win prizes. on a daily basis, students can choose from top-your-own deli bars, daily entrée salads, and fresh fruit.  Mrs. Watt also provides ongoing professional devel-

opment for her food service staff. Some topics covered are customer service, food allergies, and ServSafe food safety training. Janice will be recognized by the SNA at two upcoming award ceremonies

which will be part of the 2011 National Annual Nutrition Conference in Nashville, Tennessee and at the Annual SNA of Massachusetts Conference in August.

Blackstone Valley Women’s Club to hold Membership Social The Blackstone Valley Women’s Club is hosting a “Membership Social” and pot luck event at Club member and Treasurer Marie Bastone’s home in Northbridge on Wednesday, August 3rd at 5:30 p.m. Women, 18 years or older, interested in knowing more about this new General Federation of Women’s Clubs formed a year ago are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Marie Bastone at (201) 681-1885. The GFWC Blackstone Valley Women’s Club of Sutton is changing

its meeting night from a Thursday to the last Wednesday of the month. The next meeting of the club will be on Wednesday, September 28th, at 6:30 pm at its regular meeting place, the Dudley Gendron American Legion Hall, 156 Boston Road, Sutton. If Thursdays have kept you away as a prospective member, please come join us now. Members represent the Valley towns of Grafton, Sutton, Northbridge, Uxbridge, Whitinsville, Douglas, Millbury, and Westborough.

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The Taft elementary School's staff and students collected 616 pounds of food to donate to the People First Food Pantry of uxbridge. This food drive will play a pivotal role in helping the food pantry during the summer months. Summer months are a tough time for food pantries as donations are historically low. The food pantry would like to thank the Taft school staff and students for their generosity and continued support!

Some common characteristics . . .isolate, fear authority figures, are approval seekers, marry or become alcoholics, live life as victims and judge ourselves harshly. Need a safe place...to explore how alcoholism (from your childhood home) may affect you on your adult life? Do you need a place to share your pain or seek answers about growing up in a dysfunctional environment (alcohol, drugs, neglect etc. or other causes)? ACA - Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACoA-Ala-non) Meeting Information Join our supportive group on Mondays at Hopedale Unitarian Church, 65 Hopedale Street, Hopedale, (near Milford Hospital). For more information call Rose or leave her a message at (508) 234-9004. Peace and serenity! Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) is a Twelve Step Ala-non Fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is healing, recovery and discovery of self. ACA is a non-profit organization supported by the voluntary contributions of attending members.

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Hopedale event to draw thousands In preparation for the 2011 oktoberfest event to be held in Hopedale on october 1st, the Friends of Historic Hopedale has released the application for street vendors and art/crafts vendors. The event will open at 10:00 a.m. and run till 9:00 p.m. The venues for this year’s event include Hopedale Street, in front of the Little Red Shop Museum, the Hopedale Parklands, the Hopedale Pond and, new this year, Hopedale Street south across from the old Draper Corporation complex.  The event will feature the renowned James Montgomery Band and six other bands, entertainment, tethered hot air balloon rides, model airplanes taking off and landing on Hopedale Pond, a Rubber Ducky Race, Gold Ball Drop, chowder festival, a firehouse chili cook-off challenge, mechanical bull riding, a 70’ slide and other children’s amusements, more than a dozen food vendors and much, much more. Last year’s event attracted more than 4,500 people to the shores of Hopedale Pond, and this year’s event promises to attract many more.  A new website has been launched exclusively for the oktoberfest event. All forms for vendors can be printed from the site by visiting http://hopedaleoktoberfest.com.

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Michelle Maynard, daughter of Helen and Mike Maynard of Sutton, has been selected as a member of the Blackstone Valley Leadership Academy.  To be a member you need to be selected and nominated by teachers in the Blackstone Valley.  Michelle is currently in the 9th grade at Blackstone Valley Technical High School. As part of the

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Legislation passed to modernize and improve efficiency of state government Sen. Richard T. Moore (D-Uxbridge), together with his colleagues, recently approved significant, fundamental changes in how state government operates, voting with a unanimous Senate in passing legislation that updates the Commonwealth’s finance laws and implements performance measurement requirements for government agencies and programs to improve efficiency, transparency and accountability. “As President of the National Conference of State Legislatures, I have had the privilege of witnessing many states implement a similar program to that of our new Sunset Review

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er’s 401 (k) plan or to an IRA? Assuming both options are available to you, there’s no right or wrong answer to this question. There are strong arguments to be made on both sides. You need to weigh all of the factors, and make a decision based on your own needs and priorities. It’s best to have a professional assist you with this, since the decision you make may have significant consequences – both now and in the future. Peter J. Kaslauskas, Savers Bank, Infinex Investment Executive will provide advice about investment options to help you meet your financial goals. Savers Financial Services is located at 270 Main Street, Southbridge.


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Sen. Moore makes Worcester & Norfolk District a priority in Senate budget Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, acted on behalf of his district this week voting in favor of the $29.2 billion dollar budget for the 2012 fiscal year that is both fiscally and socially responsible. "It was a difficult time for everyone because of the economy, including the state as a whole and we produced a responsible budget while recognizing the responsibility of spending the taxpayer's money frugally and wisely. Even with limited funds I am pleased we were able to expend money to maintain core services throughout the Commonwealth," stated Moore. Throughout the debate, Sen. Moore advocated on behalf of the communities of the Worcester and Norfolk district in order help working families make ends meet, enhance our school systems and regional school transportation, jumpstart economic development

and small businesses, preserve programs for senior citizens, and honor our men and women protecting our country abroad. In the wake of the tragic death of a 4year-old Dudley resident, Moore successfully spearheaded an amendment that no escalator or elevator may be operated without a valid inspection. If one is found to be out of compliance and is still in operation, the owner would be subject to a fine of $1,000 per day. Should an elevator owner or operator request either in writing or in a manner prescribed by the Department of Public Safety, an inspection of their elevator or escalator 30 days prior to the expiration, they would not be subject to the proposed fine, so long as the elevator is deemed safe. Delivering a poignant speech to his colleagues, Moore underscored the need for this public safety measure say-

ing, "Every day that we allow these utilities to operate uninspected we are putting thousands of people in danger. Mark's unfortunate death must serve as a warning to us that complacency and incompetence can, ultimately and unfortunately, bring with it devastating consequences." Continuing with his efforts to highlight his district, Moore immediately responded to an issue which brought to him by the Town of Webster by successfully including language in the budget removes restrictive language hindering the town from pursuing the economic development of the Webster Armory. Learning of his successful effort, Selectman Deborah Keefe praised Moores quick action, "Sen. Moore understood our need to pursue economic development opportunities for the

armory and acted quickly to allow us to move forward. The town had an issue, we brought it to the Senator and he acted." Working alongside his Republican colleague, Sen. Michael Knapik, RWestfield, Moore was successful in broadening the scope of employment and education opportunities in the Worcester County. The amendment which passed without objection creates a partnership between Westfield State University and Quinsigamond Community College to expand comprehensive law enforcement and emergency response training and mandatory reporter programs for local, state, and federal criminal justice and homeland security professionals. Moore also added his voice to the call of helping working families make end smeet voting in favor of a Republican-

sponsored amendment to rollback the sales tax to 5 percent. While the amendment garnered support from a quarter of the Senate, ultimately the measure did not prevail. This vote was consistent with Sen. Moore's track record of voting consistently against tax increases. For our active duty military, Moore took action to provide protections for public employees who are called to active duty allowing them to receive their regular base salary, retain seniority, accrued vacation leave, sick leave, or any other form of compensation or earned overtime. "Given the fact that we are currently fighting two active wars, and have deployed units of our National Guard on the front lines, now is no time to abandon these employees." The House and Senate will now meet in a conference to reconcile differences between the two branchs’ proposals. once reconciled, the plan will go to the governor for approval. The 2012 fiscal year begins July 1st.

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Cardin excels in welding program and inspires healthy competition While the majority of Valley Tech’s 2011 graduates are beginning their new careers, summer jobs, heading off to the military or preparing for college, Andrew Cardin from Sutton has still been reporting to Valley Tech aiming to perfect his welding skills ahead of the SkillsUSA National Competition. It is not uncommon to see him in the shop on a Saturday morning at 7 a.m. perfecting his craft. A highly competitive individual, Andrew Cardin is motivated by his mother and immediate family, his instructors, his peers and an inner drive to be the best. He exudes a deep passion for his vocation. Cardin came to Valley Tech with the intention of following the career path of his family members in becoming an automotive technician, but soon realized that he already possessed a great deal of skill in that area. In a decision to diversify his education, he enrolled in the Manufacturing Technology program. He soon found his calling in the welding vocation under the guidance and mentorship of welding instructor Daniel Rivera. Valley Tech’s welding program operates as a tract of the Manufacturing Technology program which is under the leadership of team leader Dave Lewis. “I really enjoy what I do, especially competing against other Valley Tech students and students from throughout the region,” Cardin stated. “I am constantly practicing my skills to improve, while also trying to learn new and different techniques. I look forward to putting all I have into what promises to be a challenging experience in the

attending Lincoln Technical Institute in Windsor, Connecticut to continue studying welding. As a result of his success at Valley Tech, he will enter the 9 month long program as an advanced placement student. His studies are nearly completely funded through scholarship money he earned through competing in SkillsUSA competitions.

“As competitors, our students strive to reach the highest level of ability from the get-go. This year the students exceeded all expectations, as the up and coming welders here at Valley Tech really gave each Instructor; Daniel Rivera other some fierce internal looks on as Andrew Cardin competition. We know that we are going to crush the works on a project. competition next year with SkillsUSA National competition more experience under our against students from across the counbelt.” try.” Cardin has dedicated himself to always achieving the next level of skill and bettering himself in his trade. In doing so, he has earned two SkillsUSA State gold medals and two SkillsUSA District gold medals, and headed to Kansas City, Mo to compete. This was the second time a Valley Tech welding student competed at this level of competition in the welding competition against students from throughout the country. He also recently earned a gold medal in the Notch Pipe Welding Regional Competition. He will be

- Daniel Rivera BVT Welding Instructor Additionally, Valley Tech’s Welding program earned a plasma cutter donated by ESAB as a result of Cardin’s placement as the SkillsUSA State gold medalist in welding. ESAB was a sponsor of the SkillsUSA State Competition that was hosted at Valley Tech in April. The plasma cutter, valued at approximately $2,000, is a precision cutting tool that will be used to train the current

and future students of the program. Daniel Rivera, Valley Tech Welding instructor stated, “I love to share my enthusiasm and passion for my trade with the students here at Valley Tech and in return to see their dedication and success. These students are driven by a will to succeed, by competition and by a real love for what they are doing. That healthy internal competition propels students to the highest level of skill by creating a dynamic rivalry among the students.” Rivera is a resident of Leominster where he was previously a police officer for over 12 years. He has over 20 years of experience in welding and holds A.S.M.E. and A.P.I. pipe welding certifications, structural and bridge certifications and power plant and nuclear certifications. He is a 1987 graduate of the Leominster Center for Technical Education program. Continually maintaining his certifications in welding throughout his law enforcement career, he found that he enjoyed sharing his

knowledge and passion for the trade as an educator over 3 years ago as a substitute teacher. He soon became certified to teach and has been motivating the students of Valley Tech’s welding program for the past 2 and a half years – leading to students successfully competing in numerous District, State and Regional competitions. “We are constantly analyzing welding techniques to learn new and better skills, learning from our mistakes and bettering ourselves in every way we can,” commented Rivera. Blackstone Valley Tech works toward enhancing the economic, social, and historic strengths of the region by providing integrated academic and vocational technical skills, empowering students to achieve world-class educational excellence, diverse career opportunities, and individual success in an everchanging global society all in a safe learning environment. The school’s website is www.valleytech.k12.ma.us.  

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he is still “getting my feet wet” but he wants to “reach out to Blackstone Valley businesses.” He was pleased to report that, as a Sutton Selectman (while recently elected as a state Representative) he helped Pleasant Valley Country Club get a liquor license. While on the subject of licenses, he was also glad that he and other legislators worked hard to grant a Massachusetts biotech license for the Bernat Mill which is still recovering from a tragic fire. Even with a combined unfunded liability, Federal, States and Municipalities, of $64 Trillion, “Blackstone Valley is ripe for economic growth in the coming decade,” he said. one improvement he hopes the state will make is to examine the only Stop-light in Sutton, Rte 146 at the Boston Road crossing. He also talked about the pension reform bill. on a sad note, Rep. Fattman recalled the sudden death of a high school student, Michael Ellsessir, who suddenly died at a JV football game. He wants to make sure defibrillators and an Emergency Plan is available for all schools. A young man in Millville might have succumbed to the same plight as Michael if the defibrillator had not been available.

Sen. Michael Moore spoke about our state colleges now becoming universities. He observed that of the students graduating from high school and going to community colleges, 70% needed remedial courses. on an exciting note, he said that Quinsigamond Community College is exploring setting up a satellite campus in the Blackstone Valley in Sutton. Related to the fact that “So many are out of work and job retraining is necessary,” he noted that No. Carolina’s community colleges have a big role in retraining. He also made reference to a 2009 study to make the sheriff’s office more efficient. Sen. Michael Moore also brought up the “entertainment blackout area” related to casino location, noting that it has an adverse effect on Worcester’s Hanover Theater. He also referred to the elimination of some classes of employees from the Take Up Rate (TUR). This was the third in the series of meetings of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce covered by the Uxbridge Times and we are told the information content of these meetings has been shown to be of vital interest to the welfare of Valley businesses and municipalities.

Don’t be a Litter Bug Don’t be a Litter Bug and How to Recycle will be the topic for the July 9th children’s program from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Purgatory Chasm in Sutton. Kids will participate in a "drop-in" game that shows how long it takes for common objects to decompose. They will make "Not all bugs are litterbugs" paper litter bags for their parents' cars. We will also show uses for recycled items such as plastic soda bottles that is re-made into such things as fleece fabrics.

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Smart Driving By mark Hare I drive a Smart Car. No, not all the time. Don’t be ridiculous. I’m still a red-blooded American man, with a preference to oversized pick-up trucks, but in moments of weakness the little buggy just gives me a look and I simply can’t resist. Maybe it’s because every little boy grows up hoping for a go-kart at Christmas. Maybe it’s because I don’t get out golfing as much as I would like, and it reminds me of a golf cart. Perhaps I just like the way it zips around. Whatever the case, I’ve made

some pretty neat observations in my time cruising around in this little crackerbox. Everyone stares. I mean, everyone. I’ve driven pretty much whatever you can imagine, from classic Camaro convertibles to Porsches, Corvettes, Dodge Vipers. Nothing comes close to catching people’s eye like this silly little Smart Car. I certainly haven’t gotten any better looking, so I know they aren’t all staring and waving at me. I think there’s something disarming about these cars, something that makes people smile, that you don’t get from a 505 horsepower Corvette. People aren’t embarrassed to laugh a little

when they see me driving downtown, and I’m glad they do. People don’t laugh enough these days. If this is what it takes, maybe we should start a Smart Car Caravan down I-95, try to drum up some smiles. No one is immune. I remember the first time I ever drove a Smart Car. I was driving it downtown to pick up a pizza at my favorite local pizza shop (you know who you are). Admittedly, I had my head down a little in case anyone saw me. I pulled in, got some awkward looks from the teenage girls out front, and strolled in to pick up my usual little box of happiness. Upon walking out, though, an amazing thing happened. A grown man was sitting in the driver’s seat of my car! Well, you can imagine my surprise at returning with my pizza only to find an enormous Swede checking out the headroom on my ride! Even more peculiar, he didn’t seem to think it was unusual at all to be sitting in my car, only that the car itself was the oddest thing he had ever seen. I saw what was coming next, and quickly hid my pizza. You can try out my car, good sir, but keep those hands off the large cheese. Kids love Smart Cars. Every kid waves. Every kid smiles. Heck, kids

want to crawl inside, pretend to drive, stand on the seats, look out the convertible top, and see if they can fit in the back cargo area. Kids feel a special kinship with my Smart Car, a bond between tiny beings that us boring grown-ups no longer understand. I bet kids can even speak the same language, whatever that is. There is one exception, and that’s when those kids happen to belong to you, and you propose driving them to school in it. Turns out kids are not all that keen on showing up at Junior High in the silliest thing on wheels, especially when they’re late for school as usual and know the entire north wing of the building will see them pulling in. I guess it’s cooler to show up in an Escalade, a Dodge Ram, or (gasp) a Honda odyssey. When I asked my girls if they needed a ride to the Jr. High dance, they had to look in the driveway first to see what I was planning to drive them in. Nobody really trusts Smart Cars. Women ask me what in the world it is, and if I actually drive it on the road. They’ll pet it like a lap dog. They’ll even sit inside and giggle with their girlfriends about how cute they look. They claim that just as soon as they buy that beach-house, they just need one of

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Culinary Program cultivates garden and global thinking in students Chef Matt Williams, Culinary Team Leader at Blackstone Valley Tech, has begun including an important lesson in his program this spring. The program has begun cultivating a root vegetable garden in two plots at the Upton Community Gardens on Mechanic St. Work on the garden has already begun and will continue through the late fall. With prep work near completion, the program plans to have seeds sewn and plants in the ground in the upcoming weeks. Valley Tech’s plots will consist of root vegetables that will require minimal maintenance over the summer months when students and teachers are on summer break. Chef Williams plans to plant onions, potatoes, carrots, parsnips and asparagus among other items. once the fall arrives and the crop is mature, the vegetables will be harvested and used in the school’s studentrun restaurant, the Three Seasons Restaurant, which operates throughout the school year. While the yields of the garden will not be enough to fully sustain the needs of the restaurant, the project will primarily serve as a learning tool. “It is important for the students to see how this is done - to plant something, care for it, watch it grow, and ultimately to harvest the crop, and put it to use,” stated Chef Williams. “This is a tremendously rewarding learning experience. We’re teaching each individual in the culinary program how to successfully garden, but we will also learn from any potential failures. There is a real benefit to knowing precisely where your food comes from. Additionally, the program has planted small fruit trees including apples and peaches on the Valley Tech campus that will yield fruit in a few short years when the trees mature. They have also begun using a composting bin located on campus where compostable refuse from the restaurant and sawdust from the Carpentry program are recycled for use in the vegetable gardens. Valley Tech is a Massachusetts Green School, and is continually looking for ways to conserve. Composting not only produces nutrient rich material for use in the garden, but it reduces the amount of waste the school pays to remove from the campus. The Upton Community Gardens were established as an organic, pesticide-free community garden at the former Stefans Farm Parcel in 2009 by the Upton Land Stewardship Committee. Plots are assigned to Upton residents by lottery, with preference given to handicapped individuals, community groups and senior residents. Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech works toward enhancing the economic, social, and historic strengths of the region by providing integrated academic and vocational technical skills, empowering students to achieve world-class educational excellence, diverse career opportunities, and individual success in an ever-changing global society all in a safe learning environment. The school’s website is www.valleytech. k12.ma.us.

Blackstone Valley Tech junior James Berrini-Shaner of milford (left) spreads top soil that has been placed by Culinary Team leader Chef matt Williams (right) in one of Valley Tech’s two plots at the upton Community Gardens. Chef Williams plans to plant onions, potatoes, carrots, parsnips and asparagus among root vegetables.

BVT juniors kaitlyn marlborough of Bellingham (left foreground) and Hannah Green of Grafton remove plant waste from a garden bed at the upton Community Gardens where the culinary program has two plots. Valley Tech’s plots will consist of root vegetables that will require minimal maintenance over the summer months when students and teachers are on summer break.

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Wanderlust On the road again... By Bob Haigis I don’t think that anyone could deny – at least anyone over forty years of age or so – that they haven’t experienced at least one life defining moment. That “lightening strike” may not be recognized for what it was in the moment it occurred, but later, some times much later, they realize “hey, that was a really important event. It really changed our lives.” Such was one of Peg’s and my moments which eventually introduced us to one of the most wonderful ways to travel we ever dreamed of. It all happened like this. our youngest son came to us one day when he was getting ready to graduate from high school. He craftily asked me if I would like to go “halves” with him on a motorcycle. After I recovered from the natural parental instincts of survival that told me to scream “No WAY!” we talked it over rationally with Peg included, and after laying down all the rules and regulations, agreed to “give it a try”. It was a relatively small machine (250cc) and both of us cut our teeth on it learning both the fun and hazards of being a “biker”. It was a great learning experience, and we both had our trials and scares, but both got through that phase of education with no broken bones or road rash. It wasn’t too long before Mike moved on to new adventures, and somehow “convinced” me to buy his half in the machine. So, for the first time in my life (at around 50) I owned my very first motorcycle. As I said, it was a

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course Uxbridge, ontario). We went south to ride Skyline Drive, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the areas to the East and West of the mountains. We marveled at the Biltmore Estate, and how much cotton was still grown in our southland. Some of these places we had seen before, but it seemed like the first time, and seen through different eyes from the back of our “Faithful Steed”. We even found the small field where Lindberg learned to wing walk. Looking back though, we recognize now that all our riding and experimenting with different roads to take, weight loads and such were all in preparation for a ride we never dreamed early on that we would ever take. I think all motorcyclists that ride big touring machines fantasize that someday they are going to get on their bike and just ride and ride and ride. For many the dream seems to evade them until, some

morning they wake up and realize it’s too late. Jobs, kids, college costs, age and more just don’t lend long periods of time to play in. It was pretty much the same for Peg and I up until we both retired. I quit a few years before she did, but just before she jumped ship, she suggested that we take “a nice long ride” to celebrate our new freedom. Intrigued, I asked her what she meant by “long”. “How about three months” was her reply. Stunned, I said something like “WoW! Yeah, sure. Let’s go! After deciding what to take on board our newer bike (another 1200cc machine but this one a pretty burgundy), and just where we wanted to go, we left on April 1st. and headed South. Besides the time, the “long” wound up being twelve thousand five hundred miles done over the better part of three months. our lodgings along the way included various home swaps owed to us ranging from quite comfortable to truly luxurious. The route took us around most of the perimeter of the U.S. and into 31 states. We had lots of good and bad weather and some perilous incidents like winding up in snow trying to find Spirit Lake, and getting broad sided with 4050 MPH winds on the Sault St. Marie bridge. We spent our anniversary on Mt. Hood in early May. of course we have never experienced an encore to that ride, but had many, many more great fun and adventurous excursions. And then, we knew it was time – time to give up “Winging”. Age and health have a way of making decisions for us all. Looking back at that defining moment years ago, we certainly are so glad we responded to it, and didn’t let it pass. We were privileged to see so much in continued on next page

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Last month on June 11th Anthony F. Mussulli, Sr., a lifelong resident of Milford, turned 100 years old. A birthday party in his honor was celebrated on June 12th by a hall full of family and friends at the Hoboken Club in Milford. 155 guests enjoyed music, dinner and a lot of reminiscing. A history of Mr. Mussulli's life was joyfully given by his son, Deacon Pasquale “Pat” Mussulli, followed by the introduction of children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. The party was hosted by Mr. Mussulli's five children and their spouses; Mr. & Mrs. Anthony F. Mussulli, Jr, (Milford), Mr. & Mrs. Anthony De Pasquale, (Milford), Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Porzio, (Milford), Mr. & Mrs. Robert Minichiello, (Medway), and Deacon Pasquale Mussulli, (Milford). Mr. Mussulli is in good health and still resides in his home with his son Pasquale. He enjoys outings for ice cream, looking at the latest model cars and strolls through Fatima Shrine in Holliston. He was married for over 52 years to the late, Eleanor (Kearnan) and was employed by the former Draper Corporation in Hopedale as a Shipping Foreman for 44 years.

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Recently, Sen. Richard T. Moore (D-Uxbridge) visited the Henry P. Clough School in Mendon to thank 2nd grader Joshua Watson, for his efforts in coordinating and delivering emergency food and supplies to the victims of the June 1st tornados by presenting him with an official Senate citation. Not one for the spotlight, Joshua was quick to thank everyone else who helped in the effort to collect and deliver the supplies to the affected areas. A list that includes: Mendon, Milford, Hopedale, Bellingham and Upton school officials, Police Chiefs and Departments, area Boy Scout Troops and their members, town residents and local businesses. Due to his efforts, a truck was filled with supplies which made their way to open Pantry in Springfield, The First Church in Monson, and the First Congregational Church in Brimfield - to towns and people Joshua has never met. (l - R) Sen. moore (D - uxbridge), Joshua Watson, and Henry P. Clough School Principal Vincent F. Rozen.

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Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, is excited to present to you this year's calendar for the Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Fridays series. The program originated as part of the Foundation's 20th Anniversary in 2009, where they underwrote the cost for 10 area cultural institutions to open their doors for free. The 2011 program will be even bigger and better, and will feature multiple museums on nine Fridays over the summer beginning on July 1st. "This is an exceptional program put on by the Highland Street Foundation, where parents have the ability to share an educational and cultural experience with their children for free, when normally they might not be able to afford the cost of admission," said Sen. Moore, a member of the Joint Committee on Travel and Tourism. "To take a family out in today's economy is a stretch on already thinning budgets; Free Fun Fridays is a great opportunity and I hope that everyone takes full advantage of the program!" Highlights of this year's schedule include Plimoth Plantation, Worcester Art Museum, Boston Children's Museum, Franklin Park Zoo, Tanglewood and the Museum of Science. But there is much more! Each Friday features four attractions in various locations across the Commonwealth. For a full schedule and to plan out your Free Fun Friday adventures, visit, www.high landstreet.org. To keep up with Sen. Moore and his work in the legislature, please visit, www.senatormoore.com.

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UHS presents “The Beetles”...a success story in Uxbridge The year is 1824. Millions of immigrants wishing to begin a new life come to America bringing their possessions, family, hopes, and dreams. However, there is one particular item that was not removed at the immigration gate, let alone even noticed—purple loosestrife seeds. The Purple loosestrife, or Lythrum salicaria, is a beautiful plant recognized for its radiant purple color and rapid growth rate. Any avid man or woman with a green thumb knows that behind the beauty is, quite literally, the root of destruction for native wetland plants. Purple Loosestrife is an invasive species. After seeds were introduced to the Blackstone Valley Region, the familiar flora near rivers started to disappear until nearly all that was left was a purple blanket of flowers. on Friday June 10th, students from Uxbridge High School studying Advanced Placement Biology, led by

Mr. David Worden, who started the project six years ago, undertook the task of studying how to regulate and control the growth of purple loosestrife. To first understand the species, one must look at why purple loosestrife experiences such unimpeded growth. Purple loosestrife is not indigenous to the region, therefore it does not have any natural predators, diseases, or competition. The plants are able to produce up to 2.7 million seeds per plant, and experience an extremely high germination rate. Control is needed to ensure that the Loosestrife leave room for the continued growth of other species. Biocontrol was found to be the most effective method to produce this control, when other methods such as burning, digging or herbicides proved to be ineffective. Biocontrol is when a new species is introduced in order to control an invasive species.

West Hill celebrates 50 Year Anniversary Fifty years strong; West Hill Dam staff and valley guests will celebrate their fiftieth anniversary on July 23rd (rain date July 24th). The original opening Ceremonies quote 1955: “The new West Hill Dam will be a bulwark against a repetition of these scenes in Woonsocket after the flood of 1955”. Local newspapers report damages over $110 million, with Uxbridge and Northbridge reported at 4 million alone. Imagine those amounts in today’s economy. Were you there? Were you a child, adult, survivor, Civil Works member etc. Join Ranger Viola at the Uxbridge Senior Center on Tuesday July 12th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to help us record your memories, struggles, survivor stories, childhood memories and family stories from generations past. Please feel free to bring newspaper articles, photographs and other related keepsakes to help preserve this historic flooding and milestone event. If you cannot attend, please contact Ranger Viola Bramel at (978) 3188417 to have your memories recorded in the Anniversary West Hill Dam Journal.

In 2005, students raised Galerucella beetles (a natural predator of purple loosestrife found in Europe) and transported them to Rice City Pond, introducing them for the first time. Before this point, the Purple Loosestrife grossly overpopulated Rice City Pond, leaving little space for familiar species like the Cattail. They had few other species to compete with, and started to exhibit competitive exclusion, in which Loosestrife dominate, and other species are eliminated from the area. The introduction of the Galerucella beetle reduced Loosestrife population significantly over time. In the first few years, the beetles exhibited exponential growth, drastically increasing the population from the few that were introduced to the vast population that covers over ten acres of land today, regulating the Loosestrife at Rice City today. This biocontrol decreased Loosestrife popu-

lation, while also increasing Galerucella population. These two will soon reach an equilibrium in which both maintain a stable population at a healthy rate, allowing growth of other species as well. Having more species at Rice City increases its biodiversity, making it a much healthier ecosystem. It is important to remember that the main goal of this project is not to eradicate the plant, but rather to regulate its growth. The life cycle of the beetle begins as the adults from the previous year come out of the soil in early May. The Galerucella beetle eats, mates, and lays eggs for the remainder of the month. In June, eggs hatch and larvae completely eat the leaves of Purple Loosestrife, effectively killing the plant. The success of the growing beetle population has caused the Purple Loosestrife populations to decrease significantly. In

the wake of the scare caused by the Asian Longhorn beetles, gardeners need not worry about Galerucella turning into an insect epidemic, because the beetles are specialists, eating only Purple Loosestrife. Students of Uxbridge High School have been working on bringing the native species back through the control of the Loosestrife. This is another great success story of bicontrol and practical application of Science by Massachusetts high school students. After several hours spent at the mosquito infested Rice City Pond, Uxbridge High School students emerged covered in bug bites, stinging nettle rashes, but filled with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Written by Nicole Vendetti, Andrew Reardon, and contributions from the AP Biology classes at UHS

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Children learn about Fire Safety The Northbridge Fire Department received a grant from the S.A.F.E. (Student Awareness of Fire Education) program to educate preschool and kindergarten students on fire safety. The S.A.F.E. program is designed to create a partnership between the school and fire department, working jointly to reach the goals and objectives of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the Common Core of Learning. Fire Fighter Tom used props and hands-on materials to help the children understand safety awareness. The preschool and kindergarten students were visited four times this year. Safety lessons included how to respond to a fire alarm; stop, drop, and roll; crawl low under smoke; matches and lighters; and 911. Fire Fighter Tom ended the year with a demonstration of fire fighting equipment. In addition, literature and lessons were sent home to families and offered

The Department of Conservation and Recreation, Purgatory Chasm State Reservation announces free events for July. All Programs are free and open to the public.  An adult must accompany children. Sturdy footwear recommended. For more information contact (508) 234-9610. KidLeidoScoPe KidS NaTUre STory hoUr Mondays in July 10:30-11:30 am Nature themed story and activity hour for ages 3-5, Siblings welcome! Connect to the great outdoors with nature stories followed by an outdoor activity and craft.  Pack a lunch and enjoy the playground!

Fire Fighter Tom teaches Fire Safety to Northbridge Preschool and kindergarten students. to the general public during Wal-Mart Safety Day, various church festivals and open houses. The Northbridge

Elementary School staff is appreciative of Fire Fighter Tom and the NFD for this opportunity.

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diScovery PacKS Thursdays 3:30-5:30 pm Fridays 4:00-6:00 pm Create your own adventure! Borrow a "Discovery Pack" backpack filled with great tools, field guides and activity suggestions. What’s your interest? Park Interpreter will be available with suggestions on where to hit the trail and have fun exploring. Birds, bugs, rocks, trees, and ponds are some of the topics

to discover! Contact the park for packs and availability. (508) 234-9610 wiNgiNg iT, birdiNg by ear Thursdays in July 6:00-7:00 pm “Thief!” “Where are you?” “Here I Am!” Learn mnemonics to help remember common bird songs of Sutton State  Forest.  Let’s see what we can hear as we walk the edges of the forest. JUNior NaTUraLiSTS Fridays 3:00-4:00 pm Nature hikes, scavenger hunts and hands on activities for budding naturalists. Suggested ages 5-8. Siblings welcome, no registration required. July 8 Watching Wildlife, July 15 Rocks and Minerals, July 22 Beginners Birding, July 29 Tree Walk. Children must be accompanied by an adult. JUNior raNgerS Pre-registration required for this popular three-part program for youth ages 8-12. Participants learn about nature with hikes and activities highlighting features of the park. Earn a shoulder patch and certificate of achievement for attending all three sessions. Registration is required. Adult must accompany each child. Choose Thursday July 14, 21, 28 1:00- 3:00 or Thursday August 4, 11, 18 1:00-3:00. Call 508-234-9610 to register. arT aT The brooK Saturday July 16 and 23 - 10:30 – noon Purgatory Brook changes with the weather and may even dry up! It provides an ever-changing background for drawings in your nature journal. Materials provided to make a nature notebook. Be prepared for a one-mile hike, passing by the intersection of trails; so you can stay as long as you like, or explore or your own! Leave Visitor Center at 10:30 am. 

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WEEKLY SuNDAYS BiNGO. knights of Columbus 70 Prescott Road, Whitinsville Doors open at 4 pm

moNDAYS PiTCH PaRTY 6:30 pm at the Uxbridge Senior Center on South Main Street

TueSDAYS ROTaRY CLUB MEETiNG 12:15 pm at Unibank, 49 Church St., Trustee’s Room P.a.C.E. CLaSS…FREE! People with arthritis can exercise 10 am in the Community Room at Lydia Taft House. Call Paulette 508-476-4467

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WAlk FoR WellNeSS Clear your mind, meet new people and get healthy & Walk the trails at Pout Pond. Call Nicky at 508-278-3558 or nickydabrosca@hotmail.com

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VFW Post 1385 Rt. 16, Uxbridge. Music: 1 - 5 p.m. Contribution: $6.00 Dinner: 12 – 2 p.m. in-Door Cook-Out a Benefit for St. Jude Children’s Hospital includes: Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Potato Salad, Coffee, and Dessert . also, raffles, door prizes and more. all proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital for research and treatment of Children’s Cancer House Band: Tony Pal & the Mountain Road Band, Durango Mango, ken Landry and more iT iS ENCOURaGE FOR THOSE WHO aTTEND TO BRiNG a NON-PERiSHaBLE iTEM OR PaPER PRODUCT TO BENEFiT THE UxBRiDGE FOOD PaNTRY

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NPS receives donation from Shaws, Pepsi and Frito Lay The NES and Balmer PTA received a $750.00 donation from Shaw’s Supermarket on Tuesday, June 14th. Shaw’s is participating in "Working Together for our Community," a joint venture sponsored by Shaw's, Pepsi and Frito Lay.

The Northbridge Public Schools and PTA greatly appreciate the donation. The funds are earmarked for the "Gift of Reading." Twice each year every student at NES and Balmer receive a book to take home.

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~Society ~ Recipients of FY2011 Cultural Council Grants Damien Gaudet Photography - Uxbridge Photo Project; Uxbridge Holiday First Night - Uxbridge Holiday Parade; Rick Hamelin - Pied Potter's Magical Potters Wheel; Hunter Foote-Fiddlin' Around with Hunter Foote; Rori Coakley -  A Musical Performance; Blackstone Valley Heritage Homecoming - Concerts on the Canal and Larry Parker- Close Up & Stage Magic Show A reception welcoming these programs to the community was held on June 30th, at River Bend Farms in Uxbridge. The Uxbridge Cultural Council is a program designed to bring communitybased projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually to our community. Applications for grants are due by October 15th, 2011 and are available online at www.massculturalcouncil.org For further information please contact: Dierdra H. Cahill, Chair, Uxbridge Cultural Council, 21 S. Main Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569 or dierdra. cahill@gmail.com.

Patricia Nedoroscik honored with Unsung Heroine Award

Patricia Nedoroscik with her Unsung Heroine Award

Uxbridge VFW Blood Drive July 25th The American Red Cross is holding their monthly Uxbridge Community Blood Drive on Monday, July 25th in the V.F.W. Hall on Route 16 between 2:00 – 7:00 pm.  All presenting Blood Donors will receive a voucher for a Free carton of Friendly’s Ice Cream plus Register to Win a pair of Boston Red Sox Tickets as a Blood Donor of the Game. To ensure the quickest possible process, please call 800-RED CROSS (800) 733-2767 or visit RedCross Blood.org for eligibility information or to schedule your appointment to donate blood. Walk-In donors are always welcome, however appointments are preferred. Blood donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission)   and be in general good health. The summer months are the toughest for blood collection.  20% of the blood that the American Red Cross collects in Massachusetts comes from high schools and colleges. When the schools are out and families are travelling, it is that much more difficult to get people to donate much needed blood at community blood drives.  The entire process takes about one hour, including Registration, a one on one Health History check, 5 - 10 minute Donation Time, followed by 15 minutes at the Canteen where you will receive something to eat & drink. Please take an hour of your day and Give the Gift of Life on July 25!

Patricia Nedoroscik was recently presented with the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women Unsung Heroine Award. The Sutton native was surrounded by family and friends at the Asa Waters Mansion in Millbury when Senator Richard T. Moore and Representatives Paul Frost and Ryan Fattman presented the award and House and Senate resolutions lauding her preservation and efforts with Waters Farm Preservation, Inc. and for her dedication to land conservation through her service on the board of the regional Metacomet Land Trust. Senator Moore also shared a proclamation from Governor Deval Patrick and according to the presentation at the Massachusetts State House, “The Unsung Heroines of 2011 are the glue that keeps a community together…a grateful Commonwealth signs their praises today to show each of these special women how much we value their efforts.” Nedoroscik is also active in planning and coordinating the Blackstone Valley’s annual Greenway Challenge and with the fundraising efforts of St. Anne’s Parish especially during the

Chain of Lights festival each year. The mission of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is to provide a permanent, effective voice for women across Massachusetts.   The Commission stands for fundamental freedoms, basic human rights and the full enjoyment of life for all women throughout their lives.  The purpose of the commission is to advance women toward full equality in all areas of life and to promote rights and opportunities for women.

Legion plans Car Show The American Legion Post 343 will be holding their annual Classic Car Show and Flea Market on Sunday, July 24th (rain date, August 14th) at the Oliver Ashton Post 343, 198 Church Avenue, Northbridge. Admission is free and no set up fees for Flea Market. There will be a live DJ, lots of food and beverages and raffles. Contact Harry at 508-769-1591 for questions, to register your vehicle or set up as an exhibitor.

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Not Monkeying Around!

Congratulations to the members of Girl Scout Troop 30924 of Uxbridge for completing their "Sock Monkey" project to complete their Girl Scout Bronze Awards. The girls learned to sew and used that skill to make 80 sock monkeys to comfort the patients at Children's Hospital Boston. Their Award Ceremony took place on May 13th, 2011. Front Row: Samantha Dumais, Jenna Raleigh, Carissa Turenne, Melissa Brochu, Ava Lawyer, Alese Cone, Abigail Smith. Back Row: Tabitha Young, Chloe Gardner, Emma Kraich, Jessica Rice, Katarina Whitney, Kayte Rooney. Missing: Hailey Muggeo

Bible School begins at Good Shepherd Join US! Monday, July 18th through Friday, July 22nd 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, 121 Linwood Street, Linwood / Uxbridge. The VBS Team at the Church of the Good Shepherd is so excited about our 2011 Summer Vacation Bible School. Our team is busy planning a High Seas Expedition into God’s Love. Our vision is to offer this fabulous adventure at no cost to families. To accomplish this goal, we have had great fundraisers. Please encourage your children to participate in this Expedition in God’s Love and join us for engaging Bible Stories, exciting games, lively music, cool crafts, and goodies from the galley as we share God’s Love. We will also be going on a field trip to Narragansett’s Save the Bay. All children entering preschool (age 4) up to grade 5 are invited to participate. Students in grades 6th - 8th are welcome to join our crew. Ask a neighbor or friend to join you. Register now. Please contact Donna Wilson at dwilson@hotmail. com or call 508-234-5340.

Summer Youth Theatre presents "I CAN'T GO OUT THERE!" This summer, enjoy the Whitin Community Center’s Summer Youth Theatre production of “I Can’t Go Out There!” at Alternatives' Singh Performance Center. Shows will be held on Friday, July 29th at 7 PM and Saturday, July 30th at 2 PM. Purchase your tickets soon as we anticipate sold out shows! "I CAN'T GO OUT THERE!" written by Burton Bumgarner, is a hilarious one act comedy in 4 scenes revealing the challenges of stage performances through different theatre companies and characters of varying ages and experience. The Summer Youth Theatre cast this year showcases the talents of more than 15 young men and women, many of whom are skilled veteran local performers, as well as some who will debut their brilliant talent for the first time. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased in advance at both the Whitin Community Center, 60 Main Street Whitinsville, and also at the Rockdale Youth Center, 2219 Providence Road in the Rockdale section of Northbridge. Since 1999, the Whitin Community Center's Youth Outreach Program has offered the Summer Youth Theatre Program free to all youth in the Blackstone Valley. The program is designed to expose children ages 8-17 to the theatrical arts from all aspects, from acting to choreography to promotion and set design. Each child who participates agrees to the rehearsal schedule and a behavioral contract, as well as fundraising efforts for the Summer Youth Theatre Program itself. The end

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Congo Bongo Cafe posts entertainment The First  Congregational Church of Douglas presents: RAGING GRACE with Samuel Bowen on Fri., July 22nd. These three long haired blues men (plus one) are one of the best blues bands in the northeast and one of the best in the country. Unique, passionate and consummate musicians do not even begin to paint a picture until you see them live!  Doors open at 7 pm with the show starting at 7:30 pm.  This event will be held upstairs to accommodate the band and the crowd!  Light refreshments and drinks will be available before and after the performance.  Advance sale tickets are $2 per person, $3 the night of the show.    Please contact Sam Bowen at 508-476-0022 with questions, or for advance sales.  Check them out at www.raginggrace. com There are no same day adoptions; an application must be filled out onsite before an adoption is approved. We are located at 90 Webster on Rt. 16 in Douglas Mass, near the Douglas State forest. Phone (508) 476-1855. Website:www.dogorphans.com; Email: info@dogorphans.com


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Important Tips to help Senior Citizens avoid falls By John D. Miller, Owner, Home Care Partners, LLC

Those who received award pins for volunteering 1,000 hours – 10,000 hours included front row, left to right - Olimpio Zaino, Eleanor Nalewajko, Lynda Keenan, Anne Perry, Teresa Carboni, Dolores McDonough, Alice Wright, back row, left to right: Tony Alberti, Joan Pannichelli, Bob LaFlamme, Trudy Belanger, Denny Heard, Kay Holmes, Peter Todino, Tom Keenan, Richard Provencal, Pat Carey, Mary Porter, Mel Gouthro, Maria O’Regan, Ernie Gentile, Roger LeBel.

Volunteers honored at Regional Medical Center All of the adult volunteers who give their time and energy to support our patients and staff were recognized recently with a special luncheon in the Atrium Café at Milford Regional Medical Center. Several Milford Regional departments and the Auxiliary donated prizes and gifts to show their appreciation of our volunteers. This

annual event provides an opportunity for Medical Center managers and administrators to personally thank the individuals who are so important to many of the activities at the Medical Center. Last year 383 volunteers provided over 35,000 hours of service (an average of 681 hours each week.) The help they give and the kindness they

New & used items at low prices The George L. Wood Post #5594, Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, will hold a flea market and crafts sale on the post grounds, Route 140, Upton, on Saturday, July 9th from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm. A rain date is set for Sunday, July 10th, same time frame. Dealer spaces cost $8 each. Reservations are required ONLY for dealers needing to reserve tables. To reserve tables, call the fund raiser chairman, Doug Keniston at (508) 529-6247.

Flea Market and Crafts: Several tables will feature homemade/handmade crafts for spring and Father’s Day and Commencement gift giving. Many tables will offer new and used items for sale at low prices. Coffee, donuts and soda will be on sale from 8:00am. Proceeds of the flea market and crafts sale will be used for the post’s improvements. NO admission charge. Call Doug at 508-529-6247 for information.

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For seniors, the odds of falling each year are about one in three. Good odds if you’re looking to win a lottery; not very good odds if you’re a senior or care for a senior and want them to stay safe and healthy. Falls constitute the leading cause of injury and injury-related deaths among older adults. There may be many, many reasons for falls. Perhaps dizziness, or general balance issues. Or Parkinson's related muscle deterioration. Loss of eyesight. Lower body issues related to hips, knees, ankles, feet, and swelling. Fortunately, many falls are preventable by following some common sense steps. For example: 1) To reduce the likelihood of side effects from medications and to maintain overall health, make an appointment to see a physician(s). Have the doctor review all your medications for possible side effects and interactions that could increase the risk of falling. Speak to the doctor about any eye or ear problems that may increase the risk. Discuss questions about balance, numbness, dizziness and joint pain. (Always ask questions!) 2) Keep active. It is only through exercise and activity that you will maintain and improve your balance, muscle strength, flexibility and gait. People who are in good shape are less likely to fall. I know this may sound a bit like the "chicken or the egg" dilemma. To paraphrase..."if I'm not comfortable walking and fear falling, how/why should I walk more often?" But the truth is simple. Keeping your muscles relatively strong necessitates using them! If you don't maintain some level of activity, your muscles will naturally weaken. This may sound like "work", but it is worth the effort. 3) Wear sensible shoes. Stay away

from accidents waiting to happen such as high heels, floppy slippers and shoes with slick soles that can make you slip, stumble and fall. Shoes can provide some stability around your feet and ankles, as well as providing a stable platform for balance. Avoid shoes with extra-thick soles and choose lace up shoes instead of slip-ons (and make sure to tie the laces). 4) Remove home hazards. Your home is likely to be filled with booby traps. Do you have space to walk comfortably in your home? Eliminate the clutter! Remove boxes, newspapers, electrical cords and phone cords from walkways. Secure loose rugs with double-faced tape, tacks or a slipresistant backing. Can you repair any loose, wooden floorboards and carpeting? Prep flooring with nonskid floor wax, and use nonslip mats in your bathtub or shower. 5) Keep the living space well lit. As you age, less light reaches the back of your eyes where you sense color and motion. So make sure to keep your home and front steps brightly lit with 100-watt bulbs or higher to avoid tripping on objects that are hard to see. Also, place a lamp near your bed and within easy reach for when you get up at night. Consider installing glow-inthe-dark or illuminated switches. Put night lights in the bedroom, bathroom and hallways. Turn on the lights before venturing up or down stairs. And store a flashlight nearby so you can grab when needed. 6) Use assistive devices like a cane or walker, if necessary. A little help with balance and walking can go along way. (Leaning on your partner for help and balance is NOT appropriate! This puts two people at risk of falling!) You should consider grab bars mounted inside and outside your shower or bathtub. Perhaps a sturdy, plastic seat in the shower that will allow you to sit more comfortably when bathing. Do you have handrails on both sides of all stairways? Also consider buying a raised toilet seat or one with armrests - which is a big help. Finally, what does the floor or the steps look like? You can apply nonslip treads on wooden steps which will hold your foot and prevent slipping. Falls are not always preventable, and can cause much pain, suffering, and longer term health problems. Breaking a bone and having to spend 4 weeks at a rehab facility may adversely effect both you, and your spouse. Or hitting your head and requiring the EMT's to arrive and a trip to the hospital for overnight observation. Sometimes these things happen. Yet, following these tips can go a long way to limiting your risk. John D. Miller is the owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a local southshore business providing in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions. He can be reached at 781-378-2164; emal: jdmiller@homecarepartners.biz or online at: www.homecarepartnersma. com


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Senior Corner Northbridge Senior Center July Calendar and Events

HANNAFORD’S LUNCH - Many thanks to all the Hannaford employees for grilling up delicious hotdogs and burgers at their “Customer Appreciation Day” event held on Saturday, June 18th! Everyone enjoyed the generous free lunch. The Uxbridge Senior Center is grateful to Sandy and Mike and the entire staff for your continued support of our citizens!

Sutton Senior Center July Events 7th Thursday 1 PM – Movie & Snacks “The Dilemma” Comedy w/Vince Vaughn Rated PG-13 11th Monday 10 AM – Chatterbox Discussion Group 1 PM – NEW “Memories of Me” Q & A about your family for future generations (put into a journal made by Michelle to give to your family). Tea & Refreshments served. 12th Tuesday 11:45 AM – 28th Anniversary Party for Tri Valley Meals on Wheels Program 14th Thursday 1 PM – “Healthy Living” Monthly discussions on eating healthy & exercising for more info call Michelle @ 508-234-0703 18th Monday 10:30 AM – NEW “Wii TV weekly Men’s Bowling League” for more info call Center 21st Thursday 11 AM – Willows of Worcester Retirement Ctr. discussing retirement & continuing care facilities 28th Thursday 1 PM – Movie & Snacks “Burlesque” Musical w/Cher & Christina Aguilera (PG-13) Weekly FeaTures Mondays – 1 PM “Memories of Me” W/Michelle Mondays – 10:30 AM Wii Men’s Bowling League Tuesdays - 2 PM “Boost” High Impact exercise group Thursdays – 9 AM “Boost” High Impact exercise group Thursdays – 10 AM Pitch BINGO every Wednesday & Friday @ 1 PM Fridays - 9 AM “I’m Sorry” Card Game Free Exercise Classes Mondays & Wednesdays (Range of Motion) Free Yoga Classes Tuesdays & Friday

HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m – 4:00 p.m. Friday – 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. HOLIDAY CLOSING The Northbridge Senior Center and TriValley nutrition site will be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. SHINE A Shine Counselor is available by appointment only. Call for more information or to schedule an appointment. FALLON REPRESENATIVE The Northbridge Senior Center will have a Rep from Fallon Community Health (Senior Plan) on Wednesday July13th at 10:00 a.m. Anyone having issues regarding their Senior Health Insurance can come to the center and speak to the Fallon Rep. ASK THE NURSE The Northbridge Senior Center Ask the Nurse Program will conduct a vital signs clinic on Tuesday, July12th, and July 26th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Come, in and meet Pat Wallen our RN, she is available to answer any questions concerning your medications, or any other health issues you may have. WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE Please join us for a walk from the 1920’s -

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1990 on Wednesday, July 13th at 1:00 p.m. with a game of Name That Tune as well as a taste of the past. Bring a personal piece of memorabilia to show and share your stories with others. This program will be presented by a Community Educator from Affinity. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP The Caregivers support Group meets on the fourth Friday of the month from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The next meeting will be on Friday, July 22nd. MONTHLY BIRTHDAY DINNER The monthly birthday dinner will be at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26th. Anyone celebrating a birthday in the month of July is invited to attend and bring a guest. Reservations are needed no later than 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 21st. “LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE” On Wednesday, July 27th at1:00 p.m. take a trip back in time and enjoy Art Link letter, Lucille Ball, and others. Come and have a good time, lots of laughs and a special ice cream sundae treat too! MALL TRIP Call the center in regards to the summer monthly Mall trips, no destination is in place for July12th. How about a mystery trip? If you like surprises, call the center to reserve a seat on the Van.

DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT The Northbridge Senior Center has a variety of Durable Medical equipment available for local senior residents, there is no fee for this service. Come into the center and someone will be available to show you what is available for your needs. In order to serve you better, we ask that you leave your name, address and phone number with the office staff. This helps to keep track of our inventory. Call the center for more information. LIFE PLANNING SERVICE The Northbridge Senior Center now has a financial counselor available free of charge on a wide range of Life Planning matters, his services will include the following: all Medicare A, B, and C and Mass Health related advice and guidance, Social Security including, retirement, disability, and SSI claims for benefits, Credit & Debt counseling matters, Advice on long term care services and alternatives, Money management and budgeting guidance, All life and health and disability insurance related matters, All available social service needs based programs, Medical expense hardship assistance, All services limited to Shine Counselor to be referred as appropriate, and all Veteran entitlement and need based assistance programs.

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Uxbridge Senior Center Calendar & Lunch Menu for July Lunch pick up begins at 10:30 a.m each day with lunch at 11:30 a.m. Call Bev to reserve your lunch 48 hours in advance 278-7609. Call the Center for transportation to and from lunch, for medical rides at 278-8622 for Hannaford’s and Walmart Shopping; first come, first served.

1st • Friday Lunch: Fish with Crumb topping, vegetable couscous, spinach and apricots. Richard Colahan will entertain on the keyboard.

4th • Monday Happy 4th of July! Senior Center closed. No meals served.

5th • Tuesday 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s Lunch – Chicken Rice soup, Penne with Chicken and Broccoli, Corn and Mandarin Oranges.

508-278-8622. Pick-up will begin at 8:30 am. The bus is free but you must bring money for lunch and other expenses. Lunch: (in house) Spaghetti and Meatballs, Broccoli, Garden Salad and Fresh Fruit. Richard Colahan will entertain on the keyboard.

11th • Monday Lunch: Pasta Primavera with Chicken, Spinach and Tapioca Pudding. 1:00 pm – Do you have early signs of hearing loss? Do you hear better with one ear than the other? Dose it seem as if people are mumbling? Steve Senna from Mass. Audiology will be here to test your hearing and make recommendations. Call 278-8622 to make and appointment. Computer Classes – There are no scheduled classes for the summer. If you are interested in taking a computer class please call the senior center. If we get enough interest we will get one started.

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Lunch – Italian Braised Beef, Egg Noodles, Roman Blended Veggies and Fruit Ambrosia.

8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Lunch: Hot Dogs, Baked Beans, Coleslaw and Fresh Melon. 11:30 - 12:30 pm - Lunch and Learn – Where were you in 1959? Do you remember Hurricanes Connie and Diane? Ranger Viola Bramel will be here to talk about the 50th Anniversary of the Construction and Dedication of the West Hill Dam. She will be asking for your stories about the flooding and building of the dam for use at the celebration on July 23rd. 4:00 pm – COA board meeting – Yearly mandated reorganization meeting.

7th • Thursday Lunch- Sweet and Sour Pork, Steamed Rice,Winter mix Veggies and Apple Crisp. Join us with our friend Richard Colahan on the keyboard. 1 pm - 2 pm -New summer hours for Yoga Class! Come and join this class and learn to stretch and relax.

8th • Friday Day Trip to Foxwoods – Space is limited to the first 14 who register by calling

13th • Wednesday Lunch – Orange Beef, Brown Rice, Mixed Veggies, and Mandarin Oranges.

14th • Thursday Lunch- Salmon Boat with Dill Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Peas and Pearl Onions and Granola Bar. Richard will entertain on the keyboard. 12:30pm Pick-up begins for Walmart shopping. 1:00 PM - PageTurners with Jane Granatino, Library Director. If you like to talk about books, good and bad, join us. Share some of your favorite reads, talk about what makes a classic and discover new authors this book discussion is for you! New members are always welcome, just stop by! 2:00 pm – Yoga class.

15th • Friday Lunch – Honey Glazed Pork, Red Bliss Potatoes Summer Corn and Pineapple. Richard Colahan will entertain.

18th • Monday Lunch – Shepard’s Pie, Green Beans, Harvard Beets, Apple Crisp.

19th • Tuesday 8:30 am - Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Lunch: Turkey ala King, Wild Rice, Roman blended veggies & mixed fruit. 11:30-12:30 pm Lunch and Learn – Marie Ambrosino from Affinity Hospice of Life will be presenting a program on laughter and humor in today’s world. As adults we become so consumed with the activities of daily living that we forget to laugh and embrace the simplest joys of life. Ice cream will be served!

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Lunch – Apricot Chicken, Herbed Potatoes, Broccoli and Vanilla Pudding. Richard Colahan on the Keyboard.

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Day Trip to Galilee Beach in Narragansett, RI. Reservations taken first come, first served. Call 278-8622 to reserve your seat, only 14 seats available. Lunch at Water Front Seafood Restaurant. Bus is free, bring money for lunch and expenses. Pick-up begins at 9:30 a.m. Rain date: July 30th.

25th Monday Lunch – Meatloaf and Gravy, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, California Blended Veggies, and Peaches.

26th Tuesday 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s Lunch Fish Cacciatore, Vegetable Couscous, Carrots and Birthday cake.

27th Wednesday Lunch – Pot Roast Stew, Red Bliss Potatoes, Tossed Salad, and Fresh Fruit.

28th Thursday

Lunch: Veal Marsala, Mashed Potatoes, Peas, Brownie.

Lunch – Chicken Mornay, Wild Rice, Spinach and Chocolate Chip Cookie. Richard Colahan will entertain on the keyboard. 12:30 pm – Pick-up begins for Walmart shopping 1:00-2:00 pm – Yoga class with Marilyn Jones. All are welcome.

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1:00 - 2:00 pm - Yoga class- Marilyn Jones, Certified Yoga Instructor, will guide you through an hour of stretching and strengthening while sitting in a chair. This is a great choice for those who are stiff with arthritis, limited physical strength and stamina, or those building up to a different level of exercise. Our classes are offered free of charge. Donations are accepted. No registration necessary. Join us!

Lunch – Corn Chowder, Potato Crunch Fish, O’Brian Potatoes Carrots and Fresh Fruit. Richard Colahan will entertain on the keyboard.

11:30 Lunch: Veggie Primavera, Brussels Sprouts, and Baked Apples. Richard will entertain on the keyboard.

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It is possible to ensure that someone with dementia has their wishes carried out throughout their life. First and foremost is the concept that when a person has the capacity to arrange their affairs in the way that they want, they need to do so. If a person wants to arrange their affairs in a certain way but does not do so, WHEN THAT PERSON NO LONGER HAS THE LEGAL CAPACITY TO EXECUTE LEGAL DOCUMENTS, he or she will have forced a loved one to seek court authority to act on that person’s behalf. If a person does not establish an estate plan when they are able to do so, they leave their loved ones no alternative. So the message is clear: When one has the requisite legal capacity to execute legal documents, they should do so. Durable PoWer oF aTTorney Setting up a Durable Power of Attorney enables you to appoint one or more people you trust to manage your financial affairs for you if this becomes necessary. Making a Durable Power of Attorney is very important, as it will simplify day-to-day money management as dementia progresses, and avoids the more complicated and costly business of Court of Protection Receivership. As indicated above, someone who has a diagnosis of dementia can still make a Durable Power of Attorney, providing they have the capacity to understand what it is they are doing - a doctor's advice should be sought if there is any doubt about this. HealTH Care Proxy Health Care Proxies allow people to say, in advance, what medical treatments they would or would not wish to have in the future, if they are unable to decide this for themselves. Many people prefer not to think about ill-health or death, and some people would rather leave decisions about their healthcare to professionals. If it is important to you to ensure that your wishes for future care are known, then advance statements and advance decisions are worth investigating. Wills Everyone should make a will. A last will and testament is a written expression or declaration of a person’s mind or wishes as to the disposition of his or her property, to be performed or take effect after death. A person with dementia can still make or change a will, if they can show that they understand what they are doing and what the effects of it will be. TrusTs Depending on your situation, there can be several advantages to establishing a trust. Most well known is the advantage of avoiding probate. However, trusts can also be used to protect property from creditors, to help the grantor qualify for MassHealth, or simply to provide for someone else to manage and invest property for the grantor and the named beneficiaries. If well drafted, a trust’s effectiveness continues even if the donor dies or becomes incapacitated. Attorney Kaltsas practices law at Elder & Disability Law Advocates in Worcester and Framingham and hosts WTAG’s Saturday morning talk show ”The Senior Focus” on 580 AM or 94.9 FM @11 AM.


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School News Northbridge High School continues accreditation The Northbridge High School is proud to announce the commission on Public Secondary Schools reviewed the TwoYear Pro-gress Report of Northbridge High School and continued the school’s accreditation. While the report featured many positive aspects of the school, the Commission was particularly pleased to learn of the following: • The development of draft rubrics that reflect the school’s commitment to high expectation • The professional development provided to teachers on the development, evaluation, and revision of curriculum • The work of the district administration to work with the teachers’ assn. to clarify, modify, and implement a revised teacher evaluation process focused on providing support for teachers • The various steps that have been taken to provide up-to-date technology

Students learn about Citizenship NHS students in the Citizenship in Action course, welcomed Rep. George Peterson to speak about what students can do to be active in politics and the community...even before they are of voting age. To begin the talk, Rep. Peterson covered the various ways in which students can participate in the election process before turning 18. He stressed the importance of being informed of the candidates running for elected positions on national, state & local level so that every person can have a voice in government. Through giving a background on how he worked to get to his position as Representative, Peterson emphasized the importance of individual responsibility and hard work. Since most of the students in the class are graduating from Northbridge this June, he spoke about the responsibilities that each person has as a citizen. Peterson spoke about what a great system the American Government is and how in order for that system to be successful, each of us needs to take it upon himself to do his part. He explained how students can lobby and hold signs to help support their candidates, and he also urged students to call or write letters to their elected officials about issues that pertain to them in order to voice their concerns. Peterson fielded questions and comments on a variety of topics that students have discussed throughout the course, ranging from the controversial topics of education reform, health care, welfare, and social security, to issues that students will be facing in just a number of weeks, such as higher education and financing that next step.

to enhance student learning • The planned implementation of professional learning communities to aid in the work of the faculty and administration • The introduction of a new teacher induction program • The introduction of a co-teaching model to provide support to students who experience academic challenges • The variety of methods introduced to measure the schools’ achievement of the social and civic expectations • The school’s efforts to foster a more respectful school environment using programs such as Rachel’s Challenge, the Link Crew, and the local chapter of Amnesty International • The inclusion of the student senate as a school-wide governing body • The reinstatement of subject area leadership and common planning time to allow for revision and implementation of curriculum • The development of a thorough and comprehensive technology plan • The improved transparency associated with the budget process

DiMare wins at State Science & Engineering Fair  The weekend of May 6th and 7th was one of non-stop activity, excitement and applause as the 62nd annual Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) took place at MIT in Cambridge. More than 400 students from all corners of the Commonwealth presented research projects in 10 subject disciplines and competed for $500,000 in college scholarships, cash prizes, and awards.  One hundred eighty-three students received recognition and reward at a ceremony held in a crowded Kresge Auditorium and emceed by NECN Meteorologist, Matt Noyes. Mass. Academy of Math & Science student and Uxbridge resident Christian DiMare won a 3rd Place for his project, “The Collatz Conjecture.” He also received the 2011 Prentice Hall Book Award and the 2011 MIT Educational Studies Program Award. To view all MSSEF winners by town, by place and by school, visit: http:// www.massscifair.com/high-schoolfair/2011-high-school-fair-results/ default.aspx Additionally, 19 students from this year’s MSSEF were chosen to participate in the INTEL International

Cantanese named to Dean’s List Michelle Catanese has been named to the Spring 2011 Dean's List at Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA.  She has now been placed on the Dean's List six consecutive semesters!   Michelle, a 2008  Northbridge High School graduate,  is the daughter of Tony and Gail Catanese.  She plans to graduate next spring with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from

ENC.  Eastern Nazarene College is a 4-year liberal arts college located on the south shore of Boston.  Founded 100 years ago, ENC holds to the belief that academic excellence and commitment to God are in complete complement and strives to serve God, His Church, and the world by providing a quality liberal arts education to students of all ages.

Christian DiMare won a 3rd Place for his project, “The Collatz Conjecture.” Science and Engineering Fair in California. About the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair: The Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair seeks to engage students in the inquiry and exploration of science, engineering and technology. Established more than 60 years ago by dedicated members of the educational community and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, MSSEF now helps to support hundreds of local and regional year-long science fair pro-

grams involving thousands of Mass. students each year. A culminating statewide fair is held in the spring at MIT for high school students, followed by a Middle School Fair at Worcester Technical High School.  These statewide Fairs annually showcase outstanding student research projects, awarding $500,000 in college scholarships and prizes to top-scoring students. For more information about MSSEF and its Curious Minds Initiative, log on to www.scifair.com.

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Valley Tech announces The Graduating Class of 2011 The following is a list of members from the graduating class of 2011 from Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School. Commencement was held on June 2 at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester. National Honor Society members are indicated by NHS: Douglas: Abigail J. Amaral, Health Services (Friends of Sutton Elders Scholarship); Michael S. Belle, Carpentry (Lachance Tool Award); Nichole A. Carter, Business Technology (St. Denis Catholic Women’s Council Scholarship); Leah T. Dufault, Cosmetology; Laura K. Fitzpatrick, Culinary Arts; Kyle H. Gagne, Manufacturing Technology (Jason K. Ball Memorial Scholarship); Andrew P. Gibbs, Business Technology; Joseph S. Gniadek, Plumbing; Matthew J. Gurney, Auto Body; Aliciamarie R. Halacy, Cosmetology (Greater Milford Chamber of Commerce Honors Scholar); Timothy R. Hayes, Culinary Arts; Casey K. Howlett, Electronics; Jeremy S. Lacourse, HVAC/R (James Franklin Memorial Award); Andrew E. Lavin, Culinary Arts (BVT Teachers’ Association Shop Scholarship); Meghan S. Macchi, Culinary Arts (Charter Communications Outstanding ScholarAthlete Nominee, Dean Bank Scholarship); Sean M. Mikhael, Carpentry; Zachary W. Olbrys, HVAC/R; Timothy M. Quinn (NHS), Drafting; Brandon M. Turner, Plumbing; Johnny J. Wright, Drafting. norTHbriDge: Dennon L. Audette, Culinary Arts; Gregory M. Barlow, Culinary Arts; Nicholas R. Barnicle, HVAC/R; Haley Minehan Beaudoin, Business Technology (Greater Milford Chamber of

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(Society of Women Engineers Award); Keith R. Biemiller (NHS), HVAC/R; Damien M. Calado, Carpentry; Andrew B. Cardin, Manufacturing Technology (Joseph J. Coley Memorial Tool Award, Greater Milford Chamber of Commerce Honors Scholar, SkillsUSA Scholarship); Nicholas P. D’Auteuil (NHS), Carpentry (Lachance Tool Award); John A. Dion, Plumbing (New England Plumbing, Gas & Mechanical Inspectors Association Scholarship); John P. Finacom, Electronics; Victoria B. Krula, Dental Assisting (DudleyGendron Post No. 414 American Legion Ladies’ Auxiliary Scholarship, Dudley-Gendron Post No. 414 American Legion Clarence H. & Helen B. Chase Memorial Scholarship, GurneyRafferty Scholarship, ); Diana C. Labelle, Cosmetology; Derek M. Mc Govern, Carpentry; Michael J. Moore, Carpentry; Ryan F. Moore, Culinary Arts; Alexander A. Pappas, Information Technology; John A. Riel, Carpentry; Robert J. Rodgers, Information Technology; Alexander T. Schleper (NHS), Electrical (Greater Milford Chamber of Commerce Honors Scholar); Derek M. Ton, Information Technology. uxbriDge: Craig H. Adamson, Graphic Com-

munications; Emily T. Bernard, Culinary Arts; Zachary D. Bianco, HVAC/R (Edward B. Waters Memorial Scholarships); Ryan T. Blauth, Culinary Arts; Katelyn M. Byrnes, Dental Assisting; Josiah D. Campbell, Auto Body; Joseph P. Ceramicoli, Automotive Technology; Sarah K. Considine, Health Services (BVT Teachers’ Association Paul Sullivan Award); Kelly A. Culkeen, Health Services; Matthew E. Danis, Drafting; Joseph S. Desjardin, Carpentry (La chance Tool Award); Tyler J. Dubovsky (NHS), Drafting (Greater Milford Chamber of Commerce Honors Scholar); John R. Francis, Information Technology; Amber J. Galas, Dental Assisting; Ethan B. Hall, Information Technology; Geoffrey N. Iadarola, Carpentry; Sarah E. Jackson, Graphic Communications (Robert Gardner Memorial Scholarship); Justin B. Kleya, Information Technology; Jessica L. Kollett, Culinary Arts; Joshua L. Lamberson, Electrical; Brittany R. Lambert, Business Technology; Ryan P. Leshinski, Manufacturing Technology (Michael Lindblad Memorial Award); Danielle V. Lizotte, Cosmetology (Alpha Delta Kappa, Beta Chapter Scholarship); Stephanie J. Lorange, Graphic Communications; Amanda L. Michaud, Health Services; Richard S. Mingace, Information Technology; Ryan J. Morton, Auto Body (Ed Holl Memorial Award for Tools); Kathleen C. O’Leary (NHS), Dental Assisting (Greater Milford Chamber of Commerce Honors Scholar, Milford Italian American War Veterans Post 40 Scholarship); Douglas R. Ostroskey, Culinary Arts; (Tricia O’Toole Memorial Scholarship) Nicholas E. Palmer, Carpentry; Zachary G. Perron, Manufacturing Technology; Amanda M. Rogers, Graphic Communications; Matthew D. Saucier, Electrical; Andrew R. Simoneau (NHS), Electrical; Jeffrey A. Small, Electrical; John W. Smith, Electronics (Tomorrow’s Engineers Award); Cody T. Stockwell, HVAC/R; Cullen T. Strand, HVAC/R (James Franklin Memorial Award, Greater Milford Chamber of Commerce Honors Scholar); Nicholas R. Terlizzi, Manufacturing Technology; Christopher P. Venditti (NHS), Electronics; Connor R. Walsh (NHS), Electrical (Greater Milford Chamber of Commerce Honors Scholar, National Honor Society Scholarship, Tomorrow’s Engineers Award, Valley Tech Educational Foundation Scholarship); Jason S. Wheeler, Carpentry; Amber L. White, Business Technology. Blackstone Valley Tech works toward enhancing the economic, social, and historic strengths of the region by providing integrated academic and vocational technical skills, empowering students to achieve world-class educational excellence, diverse career opportunities, and individual success in an everchanging global society all in a safe learning environment. The school’s website is www.valleytech.k12.ma.us.


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Uxbridge H.S. posts Athetic Award Winners

UNiBANK SCHOLARSHiP RECiPiENTS - (above left photo) Wendy Brown (right), Vice President and Branch Manager of UniBank’s Whitinsville office, and Morgan T. Mackin-tosh (with her parents Scott and Diane), a 2011 Northbridge High School graduate, with UniBank’s $2,000 scholarship award. Ms. Mackintosh, a resident of Whitinsville, will attend University of Mass. in Amherst where she will study Business. (above right photo) Lori Lannon; Assistant Branch Manager of UniBank’s Sutton office, and Francis Brogie, a 2011 Sutton High School graduate, with Uni Bank’s $2,000 scholarship award. Mr. Brogie, son of Matthew and Carmen Brogie of Sutton, will attend Boston University in the fall. Each year, UniBank offers scholarships to support the educational endeavors of exceptional students in the Blackstone Valley. A total of eleven scholarships were awarded this year on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, character and involvement in school or community activities.

Valley Tech receives $1,000 donation Blackstone Valley Tech was recently awarded $1,000 by Charles River Bank. The donation enabled the school to complete the wiring and installation of solar panels on a new solar training system. The solar training system, designed by Valley Tech Drafting students, serves as a laboratory for students in the school’s HVAC/R, Plumbing, Carpentry, Electrical and Electronics programs. Students use the system to train on solar hot water and photovoltaic applications creating an additional venue for teaching and learning green technologies and enhancing Valley Tech’s status as a Massachusetts Green School.

“This project has significant educational and environmental merit and we are pleased that Charles River Bank has partnered with us in making a valuable investment in the future of the community. This partnership extends further as Charles River has recently hired a wellqualified bi-lingual Valley Tech student into employment,” stated Superintendent; Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick. Charles River Bank President and CEO John S. Hamilton commented, “With the ever-growing interest in green energy resources, we're pleased that our contribution to Blackstone Valley Tech

Moore advocates civic education Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, welcomed teens from Worcester and across the Commonwealth to the State House recently, where he delivered the keynote address on the importance of civic education to members of a youth-lead civics coalition, "Teens Leading the Way." Sen. Moore is a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 183; An Act to design, pilot and later implement civics as a statewide high school graduation requirement. The bill calls for an implementation date of 2014 and would also form a youth advisory committee to help bring about ideas and changes in the name of, and for the cause of, civic engagement. "Teens Leading the Way" is made up of young adults ages 15-20 from the communities of Cambridge, Lowell, Worcester, Everett, Haverhill, and Springfield who seek to empower the future generation in bringing about lasting change through policy making.

will help students from our community have hands-on access to solar technology training.” Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech works toward enhancing the economic, social, and historic strengths of the region by providing integrated academic and vocational technical skills, empowering students to achieve world-class educational excellence, diverse career opportunities, and individual success in an ever-changing global society all in a safe learning environment. The school’s website is www.valleytech.k12.ma.us.

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Uxbridge High School held its annual Athletic Awards Banquet on May 31st at the Progressive Club in Uxbridge. All Varsity Athletes received Certificates and Letters recognizing their accomplishments. Forty three senior athletes were honored with recognition plaques as they concluded their Uxbridge High careers. Fall, Winter, and Spring Coaches also selected a Coaches Award and Sportsmanship Award recipient for each Varsity Sport. Listed below are the individuals who were recognized for these awards. sPorTsMansHiP aWarDs Football - Bill Bishop, Field Hockey - Brianna Rice, Boys Soccer - Cam Staples, Girls Soccer Shannon Morton, Cross Country (Boys) - Nick Maloney, Cross Country (Girls) - Anna Walsh, Fall Cheerleading - Kelsey Pepin, Golf Matt Jones, Girls Basketball - Kelley Gallagher, Boys Basketball - John DeVries - Scott Nye, Winter Track (Boys) - Nick Lovett – Kevin Desjardin, Winter Track (Girls) Jessica Koehne, Winter Cheerleading Adrianna Audet, Baseball - Nick Lovett, Softball - Kelley Gallagher, Girls Tennis - Michelle Seagrave, Boys Tennis - John Cotter, Spring Track (Boys) - Ben Callahan and Spring Track (Girls) - Liz Caccavelli CoaCHes aWarDs Football - Scott Nye, Field Hockey -

Libbi Richardson, Boys Soccer - Josh Thiebault, Girls Soccer - Stephanie Seagrave, Cross Country (Boys) (Norman Germain Memorial) Andrew Reardon, Cross Country (Girls) - (Norman Germain Memorial) - Chelsey Peso, Golf - John DeVries, Fall Cheerleading - Katie Legg, Girls Basketball - Libbi Richardson, Boys Basketball - (Dennis Lynch Memorial) - Daniel Tessier, Winter Track (Boys) - Jerome Drane - Dan Sullivan, Winter Track (Girls) - Emily Cahill, Winter Cheerleading - Katie Larrivee, Baseball - (Robert Pelland Memorial) Daniel Tessier, Softball Stephanie Seagrave, Girls Tennis - Carson Coyne, Boys Tennis Jake Hession, Spring Track (Boys) - Jerome Drane and Spring Track (Girls) Emily Cahill oTHer aWarDs Robert DeOrsay Memorial & MVP Uxbridge/Northbridge: Tyler Wissekerke District E Athletic Directors Award Athletic Proficiency, Scholastic Achievement, Citizenship-Leadership and Contributions to school and community: Male, Steve Derderian and Female, Libbi Richardson. Spartan Athlete of the Year: Taft Brothers Memorial, Daniel Tessier Spartanette Athlete of the Year: Susan Campo Memorial Award, Stephanie Seagrave


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landed a job right out of school as Technical Director for the Winnipesaukee Playhouse. Dan wrote to the club, giving us an update on his career and once again thanking the Rotary Club for their investment in his education. A few weeks ago, at the New Hampshire Theater Awards, Dan was awarded “Best Scenic Designer” for his set. Dan writes: “I hope that you will continue to hand out scholarships to ambitious high school seniors in Uxbridge and the surrounding towns. Being one of many recipients of your scholarships, I just wanted to make sure that you knew that they truly do help people to get to their full potential.” Each year The Rotary Club of Uxbridge sponsors many fundraising events, including our Annual Scholarship Golf Open Tournament, Ronny’s Fun Run Road Race and a Wine & Chocolate Tasting. With funds raised by these charitable endeavors, we have had the pleasure of lending a helping hand here in the Blackstone Valley: to students in the form of scholarship money, to food pantry recipients through donations, to children in need through the purchase of warm coats, and in so many other ways. You may see us handing out teddy bears to kids attending the Uxbridge First Night Festivities or hear about a contribution we have made to the relief effort in Haiti or you may read about the work being done through our affiliation with Rotary International and their efforts to rid the world of polio. It is the goal of the Rotary Club of Uxbridge to try to make a difference here in the Valley and also around the world. We thank the community for their support helping us to give back to those around us. The Rotary Club of Uxbridge, chartered in 1926, is a club that truly believes in “Service Above Self”. If you would like to learn more about Rotary, join them for lunch at the Windsor Restaurant, Church St., Whitinsville, MA any Tuesday at noon.

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The Rotary Club of Uxbridge has continued their 35-year tradition by awarding a total of $4,000.00 in scholarships to graduating seniors in the Blackstone Valley community. With money raised by the various fundraising events sponsored by the Uxbridge Rotary Club during the year, scholarships were awarded to six 2011 graduates from Uxbridge High School, Northbridge High School, Douglas High School and The Whitinsville Christian School. Candidates were selected based upon scholastic achievement, academic excellence and a record of volunteer service in their respective communities. With so many outstanding applicants to choose from, the selection process was a difficult one. Education has always been important to the Rotary Club of Uxbridge and we are proud to invest in our local students. Scholarship Recipients are invited to attend a Rotary Club luncheon in their honor after they have completed their first college semester. At that time students will have the opportunity to share their college experience with members of the Rotary Club and will be presented with their checks. 2011 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: • Uxbridge High School: Daniel Cardin • Northbridge High School: Anne Hurley • Douglas High School: Tori Landry & Nathan Alves • Whitinsville Christian School: Annalise Vanderbaan & Aaron Colonero Congratulations to all of the scholarship recipients on a job well done! Over the years, The Uxbridge Rotary Club has provided over $100,000.00 in scholarship awards to local students, helping to make a difference in each of their lives. The club recently received a letter from 2005 Northbridge High School Graduate and Rotary Scholarship Recipient, Dan Daly. A graduate of Fitchburg State College in 2009, Dan

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Artworks Exhibit Recently the arts were celebrated at Blackstone Valley Tech as the school hosted its Artworks exhibit. The evening included choral performances as well as a gallery filled with student art. The gallery buzzed with guests perusing the various student art on display that included drawings, sculptures, jewelry, paintings and numerous other medium. A highlight of the exhibit was the unveiling of the school’s Artworks magazine. The magazine is a printed collection featuring the images of the art that was on display at the exhibit laced with student writings filled with heartfelt student emotion and creativity. Valley Tech’s Artworks magazine editorial and layout staff included Valley Tech Graphic Communications students Natasha Poulin (junior) and Sarah Jackson (senior). Faculty advisors included Matthew Sutton, Renee Montero-Bernard, Vicki Serra and Sandra Gregson. Artworks is supported in part by grants from the Grafton, Milford and Northbridge Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass. Cultural Council.


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Business Review Business Bio:

Digger’s Liquors TAkinG PridE in CUsToMEr sErviCE Story and Photos by Constance Dwyer William, “Bill,” and Lisa Lavallee have seen a few transitions in the family owned and run business and the building they occupy, known as “Digger’s Liquors” located at 295 Main St. in Douglas; locals will know it as the former old Silver Spice Rum restaurant and Granny’s restaurant. “The business itself used to be a small grocery store that transformed into a liquor store -and here we are!” Bill said. Interviewed on a Friday night before a Bruins and Red Sox games, many customers came piling into the small but well-supplied liquor store. New customer, Theresa Osenkarski of Uxbridge said it is “my first time here but I wanted to stop in before going to our camper at Indian Ranch and I found exactly what I wanted. I’d come back again.” Lisa and Bill were glad to hear this comment and said, “Customer service and satisfaction is very important to us...more than how much people spend.” Lisa commented that it’s a lot of work to run a small business but as a stay-athome Mom of two little daughters, she’s glad to come and help out and have some adult conversation and to connect with the customers. Talking to “everyone who walks through our door is like talking to an old friend. We are in tune with each other - like a finely tuned piano. As we advertise, we have a smile on our faces and customers can call us anytime with any question. We will try to find what they want even if it’s not in the store,” Lisa said with a smile. “I keep a notebook on what customers like,” Bill continued, “and I stress communication. Communication is big and it’s all about the customers. It makes all the difference in the world,” displaying his own broad smile. Bill added that he’s been in the liquor store business for over 15 years and learned from one of the best—“Bill at Friendly’s Liquors was my first job in the industry and I keep good memories.” Today, I tell everyone that our business is about our customers and we try to keep a finger on the pulse of what people want. Paula Richard, a new employee at Digger’s, for a little over a month at present, and a resident of Douglas for 37 years, enjoys working for Lisa and Bill. Lisa also echoed praise of Paula. “Paula’s awesome...we love her and so do our customers. She has a lot of experience having previously worked for years in a small business; this benefits all of us.” During the interview more than a

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Digger’s is located on Main Street in Douglas dozen customers came by and a few wanted to voice their satisfaction with Digger’s. Douglas native Al Genis said, “Locals line up the street to support local businesses like this. We know it’s

tough for them in this economy.” Sharing a similar feeling about local business being important to a community, Patricia Bessette of Manchaug who was there with her adult niece said,

“This is a local business and we come here to support it.” Another native, Matt Carter, was pleased to add that “Digger’s has the coldest beer in town.” Bill is kept busy running his business because he has a full-time job as an engineer doing product research. “With my background in, and passion for, the business, I never mind researching a special wine, beer or other liquor for our customers; it may end up being something I like as well.” Lisa and Bill live in Grafton but they say that they feel very much at home in Douglas, explaining that “It’s the best community to run a small business. People look out for you. All of the local businesses in town really support each

other” Both owners said they have a stringent policy about carding and if someone comes in to the store looking inebriated, a ride home will be provided but no liquor sold; they stressed “The safety of our customers is more important to us than making a sale.” Digger’s is a family-run business and the partnership is shared by Bill and Lisa with Lisa’s brother, Norman and Lisa’s parents, Norm and Nancy of Northbridge. For more information, stop by Digger’s at 295 Main St. in Douglas or call (508) 476-7315. Hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.


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Historic retrospective of Worcester State Hospital opens at Alternatives’ Gallery On May 20th, Department of Mental Health (DMH) Commissioner Barbara A. Leadholm and Alternatives Executive Director Dennis H. Rice hosted a reception marking the opening of the Department of Mental Health Retrospective of Worcester State Hospital at Alternatives’ Aldrich Heritage Gallery, 50 Douglas Road in Whitinsville. Entitled “Remembering the Past ~ Forging a New Future,” the exhibit will continue through the summer. Admission to exhibit is free of charge and open to the public. The gallery is open 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM weekdays, evenings and weekends by appointment. “We are very pleased to bring to the public this fascinating exhibit that

traces the legacy of Worcester State Hospital,” said DMH Commissioner Barbara A. Leadholm. “Treatment of mental illness has evolved on many levels and with the new DMH hospital opening in 2012, we will see a new future for treatment and recovery.” Worcester State Hospital, which was the first public psychiatric hospital in the nation when it opened in 1833, served as a model that other states soon follow. The exhibit traces the rich history of the Hospital through photography and artifacts relating to both the hospital, staff and the patients served there. The original State Asylum located on Summer Street, the Kirkbride buildings which once dominated Belmont Hill, and the Bryan Building of the 1950s

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Donald Baril, MD Milford Regional welcomes vascular surgeon, Donald Baril, MD to our active medical staff. Dr. Baril earned his medical degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH in 2001. He performed a general surgery internship and residency at Mount Sinai School of

Medicine, New York, NY. He continued his training with a fellowship in vascular and endovascular surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Baril is board certified in vascular surgery. Dr. Baril’s medical interests include abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysms, carotid occlusive disease, endovascular approaches to peripheral vascular disease, and varicose vein disorder. He has published many papers and chapters on various vascular diseases and he is an assistant professor in the division of vascular and endovascular surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. “We are pleased to welcome such a highly trained vascular surgeon like Dr. Baril to our medical staff and look forward to his contributions to our surgery services.” says Edward J. Kelly, president, Milford Regional Medical Center. Dr. Baril is a UMass Memorial physician who will be seeing patients at 91 Water Street in Milford. He can be reached by calling 508-458-4205.

GALLERY OPENiNG: (L-R) Department of Mental Health (DMH) Central-West Area Director Theodore E. Kirousis; DMH Commissioner Barbara A. Leadholm; and Alternatives Executive Director Dennis H. Rice at the opening reception for the exhibit. reflect the manner of care afforded to those with mental illness over the years.

The Kirkbride building burned to the ground in 1991 and, with the construc-

tion of a new Department of Mental Health hospital, the Bryan Building will be used for administrative purposes only. “It seems fitting that this exhibit should be at our community gallery,” said Dennis H. Rice, Executive Director of Alternatives. “As we look at the long history of Worcester State Hospital, there have been cycles of shifts from custodial care to active treatment. Today, the focus of active treatment is on preparing individuals to return to their communities as soon as possible and utilize the types of services Alternatives provides: services that help them build meaningful lives in the community.” DMH Central-West Area Director Theodore E. Kirousis added, “Alternatives is a true partner with DMH and the individuals we serve and we are grateful for their interest in the history and the future of mental health care in the Commonwealth.” For more information about Alternatives or the exhibit, visit www.alternativesnet.org or call 508-234-6232. Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. is a nonprofit agency currently serving over 1200 adults with developmental and psychiatric disabilities in 55 residential, employment and day programs throughout Central Massachusetts

Charter debuts new Interactive Program Guide Over the past few decades, American TV viewers have experienced an explosion of programming choices and video recording options. Charter customers have been at the forefront of that expansion of channels and programming, currently enjoying a selection from thousands of hours a week of digital, highdefinition and On Demand programming. Charter customers in Uxbridge, Douglas, Northbridge, Sutton, Whitins-

ville and surrounding towns are now experiencing the latest, most comprehensive on-screen guide to programming, with the launch of Charter’s new Interactive Programming Guide (IPG), the beginning of a completely new customer experience. “Charter has so many program choices for customers, and they needed a dynamic but easy-to-use guide to assist in navigating those networks,” said Greg Garabedian, Vice President and

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General Manager of Charter operations in New England. “This new technology demonstrates Charter’s commitment to providing the best for our Massachusetts customers, as well as for customers we serve nationwide.” Charter’s new IPG provides streamlined access to an advanced search of On Demand programming, more recording and saving options when used with Charter’s Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) and future customization choices as programming options grow even greater in the next several years. The new programming guide, complete with high resolution graphics, can seamlessly access On Demand programming options while customers continue to watch their favorite movie or program. The guide provides free previews of new movies prior to purchase, allows customers to organize favorite programs by genre or create folders for TV series. According to Charter’s Mr. Garabedian, it is important to gauge customer’s reaction and challenges in getting the most from the guide’s capabilities. “In order to ensure that our customers gain the most from this new guide enhancement, we personally interviewed customers in test households, sitting down with them in their homes to gather feedback regarding use of the new IPG.” Charter new Interactive Programming Guide is available at no additional customer cost. For more information, contact Charter at 1-888-GET CHARTER (1888-438-2427) or visit https://connect.charter. com/newguide/


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Lohnes welcomed at UniBank Deborah L. Larsen, senior vice president and senior lending officer at UniBank, recently announced that Adam P. Lohnes has joined UniBank as a Commercial Loan Officer, Assistant Vice President in the bank’s Worcester Loan Office. In this position, Mr. Lohnes will assist senior lending staff with large, complex prospective and existing relationships. He will also identify and develop new loan opportunities for the Bank and process business loan requests from the branch network in excess of $250,000. Mr. Lohnes comes to UniBank from People’s United Bank where he was a Senior Underwriter and Digital Federal Credit Union where he was a Senior Commercial Credit Analyst. Mr. Lohnes earned his Bachelor’s Degree from University of Mass Amherst. He attended and successfully completed RMA Business Lending School. Originally from Worcester, Mr. Lohnes currently resides in Shrewsbury.

Daniels Farmstead meeting The Daniels Farmstead Foundation recently held its annual meeting at the Chestnut Hill Community Center in Millville. The Foundation operates the historic Daniels Farmstead on Mendon Street in Blackstone consisting of the farmhouse, the oldest part dating to the 18th century, various outbuildings including the barn, carriage shed, henhouse and cider mill. Foundation officers were reelected including Paulette Boyko as president, Justine Brewer as treasurer and Jesse Deacon as secretary-clerk. Annual reports were submitted. Following the business meeting which was presided over by René M. Lafayette, in the absence of Mrs. Boyko, a lecture by D. Keith Chenot, associate professor of Industrial Technology at Fitchburg State University and principal at Chenot Associates, an architectural firm based in Princeton was presented. Chenot’s lecture dealt with the development of cider in 18th and 19th centuries and Foundation’s cider mill, originally built in 1869. His comments included the historic link between the Reverend William Blackstone, namesake of the Blackstone River Valley, and the development of American cider. The local cider mill is in the process of being restored and is in remarkable condition for a building of its age. The Daniels Farmstead Foundation Incorporated is a 501 c(3) non profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Southwick Daniels Farmstead. For additional information visit www.danielsfarmstead.org.

Adam P. Lohnes UniBank prides itself on providing “big bank know-how with a community bank attitude.” With assets of $1 billion as of June 30, 2010, UniBank is a full-service mutual community bank with eight branches. UniBank has been Massachusetts’ fastest growing bank for two years and is dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves, while maintaining a high level of financial soundness and integrity. It is a member of the FDIC and DIF.

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Promotions announced for Foley and Mahoney James F. Paulhus, president and CEO of UniBank has announced that Christopher D. Foley has been promoted to Senior Vice President.  In his new position, Mr. Foley is responsible for Retail Banking, Call Center, Investment Services and Facilities. Mr. Foley has extensive experience in

Harbro finalist in Better Business Award On May 19th HARBRO was honored to be a finalist  in the  Better Business Bureau Torch Awards program. According to the BBB Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics honors businesses that have demonstrated the highest standards and practices and consistently raise the bar when it comes to cultivating ethical buyerseller relationships. When it comes

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to establishing a sense of trust, these companies excel on all levels -among their employees, with their customers and throughout their c o m m u n i t i e s . Ultimately, the award strives to celebrate the businesses that epitomize a corporate conscience and responsibility: those that aim always to do what is right and fair.

retail banking with over 25 years in the industry.  Prior to joining UniBank, he was Senior Vice President/ Director of Branch Administration of Citizens Bank where he received two CEO awards for outstanding performance. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Bentley University and received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Suffolk University. Mr. Foley is very active in the community.  He is a Director of the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation and member of Grafton’s TIF Committee.  He is former Chair of Grafton’s Economic Development Committee and former member of Grafton’s Finance Committee.  He is active with Massachusetts Bankers Association, and was past Chairman of the Retail Banking Committee. Mr. Foley resides in Grafton, where he lives with his wife Jennifer and his two sons, Christopher and Robert. William M. Mahoney, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) has been promoted to the additional position of Chief Administrative Officer.  Mr.

Mahoney, as CFO since 2009, has been responsible for all financial management and investment functions of UniBank.    In his additional position, Mr. Mahoney assumes responsibility for oversight of all administrative functions of the bank including Human Resources, Marketing, Compliance, Operations, Technology, and Security. Mr. Mahoney has over 30 years financial management experience in the banking industry. Prior to joining UniBank in 2009, he was the CFO of Commonwealth National Bank in Worcester.  He previously held a financial management position with BankBoston Corporation and was the CFO of Mechanics Bank in Worcester. Mr. Mahoney is a graduate of Providence College and received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Connecticut. In addition, he completed the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and is a veteran of the United States Army. Mr. Mahoney is a resident of Auburn where he lives with his wife Flo. They have four adult children. UniBank, with assets of $1.1 billion as of March 31, 2011, is a full-service mutual community bank with branches in the Blackstone Valley, Milford, and a loan office in Worcester.  A full-service state-of-the-art branch is scheduled to open on Gold Star Boulevard in Worcester, during the first quarter of 2012. UniBank has been one of Massachusetts’ fastest growing banks for the last five years and is dedicated to contributing to the overall quality of life and economic health of the communities it serves, while maintaining a high level of financial soundness and integrity. It is a member of the FDIC and DIF. The company website is www.unibank.com.

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Celebrating Anniversary & Expansion Relocation “It’s hard to believe that we are celbrating the one year anniversary of our studio being open” says Paul S. Robinson of Paul S. Robinson Photography. “It has been a very good first year. We have met so many wonderful people and have become involved with so many organizations and fundraising events. It feels good to give back to the community we live and do business in.” adds his partner, Jacquelyn M. Garlett. The studio first opened up at 2 South Main Street, First Floor - Unit 101 but has expanded in size with additional lighting, backdrops and props. As a result, Paul and Jacquelyn needed to move the studio within the same building to the 2nd Floor in Unit 202. “We now have over 1400 Sq. Ft of space and have been able to add a viewing and consultation area, a display case with a full line of invitations and stationary, a large dressing room and two photography areas with numerous permanent backdrops and props . Jacquelyn adds “It makes it more convenient for our clients and for us. We don’t have to keep moving equipment and putting up and taking down backdrops. Our consultation and viewing area makes it easier for customers to relax and enjoy their slideshow presentations and proofs.” The studio is a full service studio but specializes in weddings, high school senior portraits, glamour photography and family portraits. Paul has been a professional photographer for over 15 years and is a graduate of the New

England School of Photography. He is the official photographer for The Original Wedding Expo and his pictures are published in Bride & Groom Magazine. This year he became affiliated with Donahue Modeling Agency in Rhode Island and provides portfolio packages to aspiring or veteran models, actresses and actors. Paul also photographed The Ghillies Band for their marketing material and their new CD Release. In addition, Paul was the feature photographer at The Mohegan Sun Arena for the “Its Magic” - Magician Show and his pictures are featured in the “Magic“ Magazine, June 2011 Edition. Paul is also a freelance photographer for several area newspapers. In addition to their busy schedule Paul S. Robinson Photography also volunteered their services to: Dog Orphans Christmas Fundraiser, Run-WalkCrawl Cancer Road Race Fund-raiser, Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce - Senior Career Day and Uxbridge High School “Mock Drunk Driver Crash” for Prom Night. “Just this past weekend, we photographed a charity golf tournament for 216 golfers in Feeding Hills, MA. The course was very close to the tornado path that resulted in massive destruction for the area. All the proceeds from the action photography was donated back to the charity. It was heart-breaking to see people homeless.” said Jacquelyn. “Photography has always been my passion” says Paul and he is excited

New 1400 Sq. Ft. Studio has additional lighting, backdrops and props. that others have the passion, also. The studio offers Basic Photography lessons throughout the year. “So many people buy DSLR Cameras and then leave them sitting in the box or leave them on auto. In class, we show them all the options available to them using the manual setting. We have had over

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Milford Regional Medical Center is inviting Facebook and Twitter users to become Facebook fans of the medical center and to follow us on Twitter. Simply go to our Web site, milfordregional.org and click on either the “F” for Facebook or the little bird, for Twitter. Both icons are located at the top right of the home page on our Web site. Becoming a Milford Regional Facebook fan or following us on Twitter means that you will be kept up to date on the latest information about Milford Regional programs and services, community classes and lectures, staff achievements and special recognitions, new technology and current job openings. We’ll also send some healthy living tips your way!


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SPORTSâ&#x20AC;&#x2C6;SHORTS Allaire to attend Cape Cod League Tryout Rhode Island College junior shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge, MA), junior outfielder Brent Hopkins (Cranston, RI), junior first baseman Dan Hopkins (Cranston, RI) and freshman pitcher C.J. Tsoumakas (Hope, RI) have been invited to try out for the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League. Allaire played in 42 games, starting 41 of them. He was named Third Team All-New England, First Team All-Little East Conference and team MVP. Allaire batted .398 (72-for181) with 41 runs scored, 72 hits, six doubles, one home run, 30 RBI and 12 stolen bases. He owned a .448 slugging percentage, a .450 on-base percentage and a .931 fielding percentage. His 72 hits are a new program record for a single season. Brent Hopkins played in 42 games, starting all of them. He was named Second Team All-Little East Conference. Hopkins batted .325 (53-for-163) with 26 runs scored, 53 hits, eight doubles, seven home runs, 39 RBI and four stolen bases. He owned a .503 slugging percentage, a .398 on-base percentage and a .831 fielding percentage. Dan Hopkins played in 42 games, starting all of them. He batted .359 (56-for-156) with 46 runs scored, 56 hits, eight doubles, seven home runs, 37 RBI and one stolen base. He owned a .545 slugging percentage, a .482 on-base percentage and a .982 fielding percentage. Tsoumakas appeared in 13 games, starting nine of them. He was 7-2 with a 3.22 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 64.1 innings pitched. Head Coach Scott Virgulak's team finished the season with a 22-20 overall record and a 6-8 (fifth place tie) in the Little East Conference. RIC went 4-0 at the 2011 Little East Conference Championship to win the program's second tourney title (2005) and advance to the NCAA Championships. RIC went 1-2 at the New England Regional, picking up a 12-2 win over MIT, which was the program's first NCAA win in 31 years.

Good Shepherd Third Annual Golf Tournament Good Shepherd Parish (Linwood) will be hosting its third annual golf outing on Sunday, August 7th at Blissful Meadows Golf Course in Uxbridge, with all proceeds used to support parish maintenance. Parishioners and non-parishioners alike are welcomed to attend the event, which will be followed by an awards banquet, raffle, and silent auction. The cost to participate in the tournament is $125 per golfer, which includes a bagged lunch, dinner, gift bag, and awards. Non golfers are also invited to attend the Chicken and Ribs dinner and awards banquet at 6:00 p.m. Dinner tickets are available for $30 p.p. Businesses and families looking to sponsor a hole can do so for as little as $75, which includes your company or family name on a hole sign as well as in the banquet brochure. Silver Sponsorship ($500) and Gold Sponsorship ($1000) are also available and include the same benefits as Hole Sponsorship, along with golf and dinner for two (silver) or four (gold). Gold Sponsorship also includes your company logo on up to 72 golf cart player signs, and special recognition at the awards banquet. Sponsor a family for $25 or individual for $10. Sponsorship provides a great opportunity for businesses to reach out to their community, while also contributing to a worthy cause. Contributions can also be made by donating goods or services (gift cards, gift baskets, crafts, etc.) to raffle or auction off at the tournament. Contributions of all types are appreciated. The tournament will be in the format of a Best Ball Scramble and will include cash prizes of $400 for the first place team, $200 for the second, and $100 for the third. Additional awards will be distributed at the banquet. Check-in is at 12:00 Noon, with a Shotgun start at 1:00 p.m. sharp. To register for the tournament and dinner, or to sponsor the event, e-mail Don at donbruneau@gmail.com, or pick up a registration and sponsorship form at the Parish. You can also contact Diana Bruneau at 508-341-4501, Don Bruneau at 508-278-9858, or Bob Gazaille at 508-278-7471.

Central Mass Thunder U16A Tournament Team attended The 2011 Southern Maine Diamond Challenge Tournament last month. This was their first tournament of the season, and they placed second. They competed against 12 other tournament A teams around New England. 1st row Casey Arpin; Uxbridge, Kelsey Norberg; Uxbridge, Rae-Ann MacLellan-Hurd; Franklin, Kaleigh Bishop-Kotarba; Dracut, Shannon Ramirez; Dracut, Allison Ramirez; Dracut, Back row Gary Arpin; Asst. Coach, Dave Norberg; Asst. Coach, Giovanna Ferreira; Framingham, Casey Diana; Framingham, Kathryn Noviello; Franklin, Haley Medeiros; Franklin, Maura Marchese; Franklin, Kristen Niland; Upton, Ray Ramirez; Pitching Coach, Noreen Arpin; Head Coach, not in photo Elizabeth Stallone; Milford.


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YWCA Benefit Golf Tournament We hope you will join us on Sunday, July 17th for a great day of golf for a great cause. Register to participate! The tournament will be held at Foster Country Club in Foster, RI, and will begin with a shotgun start at 1pm.  Proceeds from the tournament and raffle will help support ENCOREplus® and other YWCA programs. ENCOREplus® is a systematic approach to women's health promotion, in particular, breast and cervical cancer education. The YWCA offers community outreach, breast and cervical health education, linkage to clinical screening

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REAL ESTATE Mortgage Advisor hosts Cable Show Michael Shain, a 25 year veteran of the mortgage/banking industry and currently a mortgage consultant with Charles River Bank, announces another informative episode of Real Estate Roundtable, his public access cable program focusing on the local real estate market. The first segment of Real Estate Roundtable features a panel of local real estate experts who provide analysis and commentary on current, local, and important topics related to residential Real Estate. The second segment provides topic specific in depth oneon-one discussion with an guests. This month’s panel is comprised of Josh Lioce from Lioce Properties Mendon and Leo Fantini of The Massachusetts Realty Group, Bellingham and the Advance Real Estate Academy in Bellingham. Both guests are experienced professionals, owners and brokers. The first topic is a healthy discussion of what to look for in a real estate professional when buying or selling. Some common themes from our panel discussion include: the need for excellent communication between the customer and the real estate professional, realtor experience as well as a track record of success, and how to determine successes. Other issues that are discussed are the combination of low mortgage rates, homes that are priced to sell, seller concessions for closing costs and mortgage pre-pays. These combinations make this a very good time to purchase a home. Shain reminds viewers that low mortgage rates, low down payment mortgage programs and ample mortgage money is available for qualified buyers. The second segment of the show features a one-on-one interview with Mr. Leo Fantini who discusses the change in requirements for real estate salespersons. As of June 1st 2011, new requirements to become a real estate broker have changed. Now a salesperson must work for a real estate broker for a minimum of 3 years, versus the previous 1 year requirement, in order to qualify for the broker’s course. Leo and Joan Fantini are owners and instructors at Advanced Real Estate Academy. The academy begins its fifth year of operation this September. For information on Advance Real Estate Academy; visit their website at www.AdvanceReal EstateAcademy.com Real Estate Round table can be seen on most public access channels. Check your public access station for scheduled times. The panel of Real Estate experts invites you to contact them at their offices to answer your real estate questions. To contact the show’s host, Michael Shain, with any comments/ questions please call 508-330-8487 or e-mail mshain@charlesriverbank.com

Short Sale Guidelines Are Making a Difference Submitted by: Susan Baghdasarian The theory behind short sales seems simple enough: If a homeowner owes more money on a house than the house can sell for, and the homeowner is struggling to pay the mortgage, the lender will allow the house to be sold for less than is owed. For obvious reasons, lenders are not big fans of short sales and often make it a complicated process. In April 2010, The Home Affordable Alternatives Program (HAFA) released new guidelines designed to streamline the short-sale process and allow more delinquent homeowners to sell their homes and move on with their lives. In its first year, participating servicers initiated 12,266 HAFA agreements and completed 5,447 transactions. According to the National Association of Realtors, the share of distressed homes—bank-owned properties and pre-foreclosure short sales— in April 2011 dropped to 37% of total sales volume, down from 40% in March and an average of 39% over the first quarter. HAFA complements the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), a loan modification program designed to reduce delinquent and atrisk borrowers’ monthly mortgage payments by providing alternatives for borrowers who don’t qualify for or don’t complete a trial modification. “[HAFA short-sale guidelines] are designed to help people who are unable

to keep their home under the HAMP loan modification program,” said Jeff Lischer, managing director for regulatory policy for The National Association of Realtors. “Let’s say you can’t keep your property under HAMP, the next step is a short sale, which is better than a foreclosure.” It’s estimated that lenders lose about 40% of a property’s value on a foreclosure, whereas the figure is reduced to about 19% on a short sale. Moreover, the short sale is a graceful exit from the ownership, which is better for people’s credit scores. New rules also add incentives for the short-sale process. One incentive helps sellers relocate by providing them with $3,000 for moving expenses. A second incentive is for mortgage servicers, who receive $1,500 from the federal government for each completed short sale. Under new guidelines, homeowners can secure a short sale approval in advance from the bank representing a minimum net amount the bank will accept. Lenders participating in the HAFA program maintain the following requirements for homeowners considering short sale: The loan must be less than $729,750, made before Jan. 1, 2009, and the home must be the owner’s primary residence. Also, the homeowner must be delinquent and unable to pay the mortgage, and the homeowner’s mortgage payment must be more than 31% of his or her beforetax income.

Susan Baghdasarian ABR, SRES, eCertified is a local realtor with Prudential Prime Properties she can be

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Local leaders help raise funds for Alzheimer care, support and research The Alzheimer’s Association® announced that the 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer’s™ will take place at Quinsigamond Community College, 670 West Boylston Street in Worcester on Sunday, September 25th, with leadership from local volunteers. Becky Carrington of Westborough and Kristi Mendoza of Lunenburg have been tapped by the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter as the regional leaders of the Worcester County Walk To End Alzheimer’s. “We expect more than 2,000 participants in Worcester and Becky and Kristi are already organizing to make it a powerful experience,” said James Wessler, President/CEO of the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter. Mendoza, Alzheimer’s Unit Program Coordinator at Kindred River Terrace Healthcare has been involved with the walk for nine years. Carrington, Marketing Director at Salmon Health

and Retirement Whitney Place at Westborough, has been involved with the walk for ten years. This walk is being held in a new location this year as the former Central Massachusetts and Northern Worcester County locations were merged into one larger walk encompassing all of Worcester County. The 2011 Walk To End Alzheimer’s is being dedicated to Sue Corbett, former Volunteer Regional Walk Leader, who passed away last November. Sue is being honored for her outstanding advocacy on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixthleading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing well beyond today’s estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. The disease has a significant impact on

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family members, with nearly 15 million providing care to a loved one, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. on September 25th. The walk begins at 10:30 a.m. and offers a 3-mile route along Burncoat Street. For a shorter walk, participants may use the Quinsigamond Community College track. There will also be a special tribute to those who have experienced or are experiencing Alzheimer’s. “There has never been a greater need to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by participating in Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” said Wessler. “Funds raised will provide care and support services to the people of Massachusetts affected by Alzheimer’s, while also contributing to advancing criticallyneeded research.” First Lady Diane Patrick and U.S. Representative Edward Markey are serving as honorary chairs of the Walk which is being held at 12 locations throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. To learn more or to sign-up to participate, call 800-272-3900 or visit www.alzwalkMANH.org. About the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s: The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Hundreds of online businesses are finding inactive Social Security numbers online –most of which are assigned to children under the age of 18 who have not started using them yet - and selling them under different names to help people establish fake credit. The scheme may lead to significant debts for children that might be almost impossible to pay off. Better Business Bureau is warning parents to be on the lookout for the signs that point to their child’s identity being compromised or stolen. For adults, last year alone, 8.1 million Americans became victims of ID theft, resulting in the loss of $37 billion, according to a 2011 report from Javelin Strategy and Research. While this number is exuberantly high, NBC TODAY reports that it becomes harder to define how many children are actually affected by identity theft because of the fact that most cases go undiscovered for years. However, an identity theft monitoring company, Debix, found an alarming 4,000 cases of tainted identities, out of only 40,000 children. “It’s terrifying to think that your child or even unborn child’s identity could be comprised for the sole reason that they have clean a record,” said Paula Fleming, Vice President of Communications and Marketing at BBB. “It is extremely important that parents take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their child’s precious and helpless identity.”

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