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Veterans to observe Memorial Day


Local Uxbridge Veterans’ have announced that final arrangements are being made for activities scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend. The slate of activities will begin on Friday, May 25th with The “Flying Squadron” which consists of local Uxbridge veterans who will visit all Uxbridge schools for the “ 138th “ consecutive year. On Sunday, May 27th, memorial services will be held for all deceased veterans of all wars at the Faith Fellowship Church on Douglas Street, beginning at 9:30 a.m.. The service will be conducted by Senior Pastor Gil Parmley. All veterans are invited to attend, and should arrive by 9:15 a.m. On Monday, May 28th, members of the VFW Post 1385, and American Legion Charles A. Rice Post #33 will depart the VFW at 6 a.m. and proceed to St. Mary’s Cemetery, and Prospect Hill Cemetery, where ceremonies will be held in honor of all veterans, consisting of a prayer and ceremonial gun volley. The annual Memorial Day parade will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Monday at Whitin Middle School on Granite Street. All units and marchers are asked to be at the school no later than 8:30 a.m. to receive their assigned positions. After opening remarks, the parade route will take the units to Walter F. Wesgan Square, Veterans Memorial Gymnasium at the High School, and Minutemen Monument outside of Prospect Hill Cemetery. A brief ceremony will take place at each location. The parade will end at the Town Common where the main program will take place. Two names will be added to the Post Vietnam War Monument, Alan Joseph Stinchfield and John Anthony Harris, both will also serve as “Parade Marshalls”. Also James E. Givner and John T. Givner will be honored as “Honorary Parade Marshalls” and have their names added to the Vietnam Monument. In the event of rain, scheduled exercises will be held in the high school auditorium at 10:00 a.m. For further information contact Don Letourneau at 508-278-2100 or Bill Robertson at 508-278-2392.


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RetiRement CeRemony - Last month, Uxbridge native, Chief master Sergeant Jonathan D. Demboski was honored during a retirement ceremony on the Uxbridge town Common. CmS Demboski served in the United States Air Force for over 22 years. Pictured (top left) Jonathan's sister, Heidi Clyne, addresses the crowd while local Honor Guards stand at attention. (Above) Lieutenant Colonel thomas J. James and Chief master Sergeant Demboski salute the American Flag. PHOTOS BY STANLEY SMYTH

Coakley transmits hope for Massachusetts businesses By ConStAnCe DwyeR Attorney General Martha Coakley couldn’t have come at a better time with her message of hope to the business community gathered at the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, April 10th, at its 7:30 a.m. breakfast meeting at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton. With the Massachusetts economy trying hard to recover from an economic downturn, she reminded Chamber members that the Massachusetts unemployment rate is remaining at 6.9%, “well below the national rate of 8.3%.” Attorney General Coakley emphasized that she, as a member of state government, takes seriously her role as a resource for businesses. “We have an ear for your concerns and you have a voice within our office,” reiterating that she wants “Massachusetts businesses to grow and succeed.” Her professional demeanor and relaxed manner PRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID BOSTON, MA PERMIT NO 55800


in addressing the Chamber group caused the audience to pay close attention to her message of hope. When she first took office in 2006, she created the Business Technology and Economic Development Division to serve as the “liaison between my office and the business community.” Her Division Chief, Brooke Thomson, was also present and available to interact with members. The Attorney General acknowledged that businesses are also consumers of energy and health care. She admitted that because Massachusetts has some of the highest energy costs in the country, it “impacts our ability to be competitive.” However, she was pleased to state that her office, as a Ratepayer Advocate, has saved Massachusetts consumers more than $600 million due to proposed energy rate increases since she took office. She vowed to “fight unnecessary increases.” Referring to health care, she lauded Sen. Richard Moore (D), who was at the meeting, for

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“his incredible leadership” in health care cost reform. In 2011, her office produced its second report on health care cost trends and cost drivers but noted that “despite all the work we have done, we still need to tackle costs!” With that in mind, Attorney General Coakley will work with the administration and the Legislature as deliberations to contain rising health care costs are now taking place. For example, she suggested that people treated at one hospital for a knee replacement shouldn’t be paying more for the same treatment at another hospital. “It’s a tough battle to have affordability in health care.” Hitting upon a subject on the minds of many, she tackled the sad subject of home foreclosures in Massachusetts, foreclosures that mushroomed because of “crazy teaser rates and other deceptions.” As a measure of hope to families facing continued on page 14

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Annual Dog Walk Please join us at our 14th Annual Dog Walk, Walk for Paws! On Sunday, May 6th, 12:00 noon at our NEW location RIVER BEND FARM, 287 Oak Street, Uxbridge.  Come rain or shine or have the Dog Orphan Team walk for you! Sponsor Sheets also available at our supporters or contact us and we will be happy to mail to you! Please forward info to friends & family.  Lets make this annual Dog Walk the most successful yet!

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asked myself, "How do I thank so many people whom I have never met?" when suddenly the answer came to me; write a thank you in the New Uxbridge Times where they will all be sure to see it, so..."Thank you so very much to all of the friends and patrons of the Picket Fence Restaurant who have contributed to Grammie's Thimble Case; your thoughtfulness is overwhelming. It's exciting to watch her collection grow and to know how pleased she would be if she were here to see it. It is a wonderful remembrance of a truly remarkable woman.

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to all fifty states myself, I have asked family and friends to pick up a thimble for Grammie if they happen to see one in whatever state they may be visiting. My daughter, Tiff, works at the Picket Fence Restaurant in Douglas and when word of our mission got around, very generous friends and patrons of the restaurant began to Grammie's fill Thimble Case with thimbles from not only across the country, but from around the world as well. We have received thimbles from such places as China, Italy, Spain, Germany, Aruba, Barbados and the Caymen Islands, just to name a few. The generosity of the human spirit truly never ceases to amaze me, as no one has allowed us to pay for these thimble; they have all been gifts. I have

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Helping to beautify Uxbridge Dear Editor, We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those that so generously gave to Beautify Uxbridge during the past year. 2011 was yet another busy year for us. We took on many new projects and we were working right up until First Night Uxbridge in December. We are so proud of the impact the Gardens have made on the Gateways to our Community. For those of you not familiar with our group, we maintain the flower pots on the Island in Downtown Uxbridge at the intersection of 122 & 16, the Island near the Courthouse leading to the Quaker Highway, the Island near the Fork at Rivulet & North Main Street, the Uxbridge School Offices across from Lynch’s, Alternatives Office, the Fire Station in North Uxbridge & Uxbridge, the Fire Museum, and Town

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Hall. Jean Patrick, a vital member of this group, maintains the islands at the intersection of Hartford Avenue West & Hazel Street, Hartford Avenue East & Granite Street, Hartford Avenue East & West River Road, and also the Island near the Wheelock Playground. She also maintains the gardens in front of Taft School and Whiten School as well as the Uxbridge Senior Center. All these areas have to be maintained and watered through the spring, summer and even into the fall. Special thanks to Carl Potter for his help with all of the watering. We hope that you are enjoying all the beauty that has been added to our quaint little town. We are always looking for volunteers to help with watering, weeding, cleanup, etc. If you are interested please contact Marie Potter at We will be hosting a plant sale on

Donations can be sent to: Beautify Uxbridge c/o Unibank for Savings 25 North Main Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569

Saturday, May 19th from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 30 Smith Street, Uxbridge. Proceeds will benefit Beautify Uxbridge.  Donations are desperately needed, especially since we continue to expand the areas that we are maintaining.  If you have enjoyed the improved appear-

ance that these areas have offered then we welcome your financial contributions. Thanks again for all your support - Marie Potter & Jean Patricks Uxbridge

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Whist Party included in Uxbridge Grange events The Uxbridge Grange will sponsor a Whist Party on Friday, May 4th at 7 p.m. at the Uxbridge VFW Hall. Proceeds will go toward a scholarship fund to help a graduating senior from Uxbridge High School to further his/her schooling. Admission is $2. Refreshments will be served. Residents are also encouraged to attend if they are interested in learning more about Uxbridge Grange. Uxbridge Grange is also proud to announce that the Uxbridge Historical

Townwide Yard Sale in Sutton Folks all over town will have yard sales on Saturday, June 16th and you can be part of the fun!   The Women's Fellowship of Sutton hosts a flea market at the First Congregational Church and distributes the maps of the sites starting at 8 am. If you would like to have a sale at your home or have a table at the church, please call Nancy at 508-8654907. This event is rain or shine!

Society has been selected as the 2012 Uxbridge Grange Community Service Award recipient for the work they do in the community. The Uxbridge Historical Society was established in 1968 with the first president John J. Wrona. The objects of the organization are historical and educational as pertaining to the local historical scene from the beginnings of the Town of Uxbridge and continuing forward in the process of time to preserve and protect the physical and memorial integrity of all objects of historical interest to the town. All are invited to attend the award ceremony on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at the Uxbridge VFW Hall. The program will include a performance by the Uxbridge Fife and Drum Group. Refreshments will be served. Founded on March 30, 1893, Uxbridge Grange is a fraternal, community organization with a focus on community service, agriculture and family. The Grange is very involved in the community and meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month with fun and interesting programs. For information about Uxbridge Grange visit, UxbridgeGrange.



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Grant Recipients named The Uxbridge Cultural Council would like to congratulate the following grant recipients for FY2012: • Blackstone Valley Community Chorus (St. Mary's Church-November 2012) • Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band (Summer Concert Series) • Bruce Watson - Bread & Roses (RiverBend Farms) • Ed Wirt - Blue Brothers Tribute Band (Summer Concert) • John Root - Gaslight Era Music (Uxbridge Public Library) • Davis Bates - Celebrating New England (RiverBend Farms) • Uxbridge First Holiday Night 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, 2012 and are available online at For further information please contact: Dierdra H. Cahill, Chair, Uxbridge Cultural Council, 21 S. Main Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569

Quaker Meeting House & Cemetery Association to meet The Annual Meeting of the East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House & Cemetery Historical Association, Inc. will be held on Sunday, May 20th at 1:00 p.m. at the historic Meeting House located on Elm Street in Blackstone. Election of officers for the 2012-13 term will be held, in addition to elections to the Board of Directors and various Committee memberships. Membership in the Association is open to all persons interested in the preservation of the historic Meeting

House and cemetery. Anyone interested in joining the Association should contact Brenda Aleksandrowitcz of Blackstone at (508) 883-4667. The Association also will be participating in the Blackstone Memorial Day Parade on Sunday, May 27th, 2012.  A replica of the historic Meeting House is being made by students at the Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School under the direction of Mark Fitzpatrick, head of the Carpentry Department.

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Veterans’ Director to retire Veterans’ Services Director Ken Trajanowski announced recently that he has submitted a letter of intent to Town Manager Ted Kozak indicating that he will retire from his position effective July 3rd, 2012. “I want to publicize this to let the veterans and families in the district know that this is coming. This advanced notice should enable a suitable replacement in time to have a seamless transition.” said Mr. Trajanowski. Trajanowski is director for the towns of Douglas, Northbridge, Uxbridge and Sutton. His office is located at the Veterans’ Hall at 875 Hill Street in Whitinsville.

Book Sale at area library The Whitinsville Social Library will be having a book sale on Saturday, May 5th from 10:00 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the basement of the library. There will be new and used books for adults and children, as well as music cds, movies, and book on cds.

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1944 Bomber Crash Rememberance Service The Uxbridge Veterans’ along with the Civil Air patrol will hold the 68th Anniversary and Memorial Service of the B-24 Liberator Bomber Crash to be held on Sunday May 20, 2012 at the crash site on Chamberlain Road in Uxbridge, MA at 12 noon. On May 18, 1944 three B-24 liberator bombers were changing formation while flying on a training mission over the Town Of Uxbridge at ten thousand feet. One of the B-24 Bombers accidently collided with another cutting off the tail section and putting it in a downward spiral spin nose first into the ground killing 5 of the 7 crewman instantly. A huge fireball erupted causing a large forest fire and filled the sky

with thick black smoke, which could be seen for miles. Two of the seven crewman parachuted to safety. Killed in the crash were 2nd Lt. Arnold Mohole, Missoula, MT, Lt. John G. Goodwin Chicago, IL, Sgt. Thomas L. Cater, Sayre, PA, Sgt. Merle V. Maser, Mount Vernon, WA, Sgt. Anthony J. Patulous, Lowell, OH. Surviving the crash were Lt. Joseph Talbot, Stoneham, MA., and Cpl. Robert J. Kelly, Decal, IL. This ceremony will be held rain or shine, if anyone needs further information you may contact Don Letourneau at 508-278-2100 or Bill Robertson at 508-278-2392.

Blackstone Valley Gardners Plant Sale The Blackstone Valley Gardeners will hold a Public Plant Sale on Saturday, May 12th from 9:00 a.m. until all plants are sold out. The sale will take place at the Northbridge Town Common (Linwood Avenue and Church Street). Great Sale Prices from our member’s own beautiful divided perennials, Herb and Perennial plugs (potted) and Cool Garden Ornaments.

People First Food Pantry Community Yard Sale Start your spring cleaning early! The 2nd Annual People First Food Pantry Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, May 5th on the town common from 8:30 - 2:00 p.m. This year, we are combining our event with the High School Yearbook electronics recycling event for one stop shopping! As with last year, you have the option of reserving space for $15 to sell your own items OR you may donate your items to the Food Pantry. Please note that all items donated to the Food Pantry for sale at the Yard Sale must be dropped off Friday night, May 4th between 6 and 8 p.m. at the Community House (7 Court St. behind the town common) OR by 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 5th at the town common. Any items (with the exception of exercise equipment, large furniture pieces, stuffed animals or TVs) which are not sold at the yard sale can be donated to the Salvation Army. Food Pantry volunteers will transport them to the Whitinsville store. We will also be looking for volunteers


to staff this event. Let us know if you would like to help out with concessions, with selling items donated to the Food Pantry OR transporting items to the Salvation Army! This is a great opportunity for the kids to earn community service hours!

If you’d like to reserve table space at the yard sale or have questions concerning this event, please call 508-2785506. For more information about the recycling event please contact Karin Knapik at 278-8634.

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Linwood Street House Fire under investigation At 12:24 p.m. on Friday, April 6th, Uxbridge Fire Department responded to a three alarm fire at a two family residence at 147 and 149 Linwood St. in Uxbridge. The front of the building was fully involved when firefighters arrived. The residents were alerted by a neighbor who saw the fire and were able to leave the premises. The fire was under control at approximately 1:15 p.m., according to Uxbridge Fire Chief Bill Kessler.

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Due to the aggressive attack by the responding fire departments the residents were able to salvage personal belongings. Resources from nine area fire departments responded. Initial investigation shows the blaze began on the front porch of the residence, and appears to be accidental, but will remain under investigation by the State Fire Marshals office.

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HonoReD - Celeste Frederickson (Grade 7 - Chorus), Zackary mages (Grade 8 - Clarinet), Robert wondolowski (Grade 8 - trombone) and Zachary Jordan (Grade 8 - Chorus). Each year, each district (Western, Central, Northeastern, and Southeastern) of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association sponsors a High School and a Jr. High Music Festival. These festivals consist of groups of students who are selected by audition to participate in an orchestra, chorus, concert band and jazz band. On Saturday, February 4th, over 1,100 middle school music students from throughout Central Massachusetts spent a good part of their day at the Gibbons Middle School in Westboro auditioning for a coveted spot in one of these prestigious ensembles. Uxbridge’s Whitin Middle School music teachers Kathleen Penza, Jeanne Rapoza and Robert Hammerton are pleased to announce that four students have earned the privilege of participating in this festival. Zachary Jordan (grade 8) and Celeste Frederickson (grade 7) will perform in the Chorus, Zackary Mages (grade 8) will perform with the Concert Band on clarinet, and Robert Wondolowski (grade 8) will be performing in the Jazz Band on trombone. In addition to belonging to the Whitin School Band and Jazz Band, Zack and Rob are members of the Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band. Carly and Zack are members of the Whitin School Chorus. As members of the festival ensembles, these Whitin students will join with other talented students from all over Central Massachusetts and attend two lengthy rehearsals at Tantasqua Regional High School in Sturbridge. Outstanding conductors are always chosen to lead the ensembles and the music that the students perform is of a greater difficulty level than they perform in their individual school ensembles. It is quite a challenge and a truly wonderful experience and honor for these students.

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UxBRIDGE - Amalia F. "Mully" (Frabotta) Halacy, 84, of Oak St. died Monday, April 9th at Milford Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. Her husband of 48 years Thomas E. Halacy Jr. died April 22, 1987. She is survived by 3 sons, Daniel J. and his wife Carol Ann Halacy, Michael R. and his wife Donna M. Halacy of Suffolk, VA, and Richard P. and his wife Junemarie Halacy of Douglas; a daughter Donna F. and her husband Martin H. Dyndur of Harrisville, RI; 6 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; her brother Peter Frabotta Jr. of Uxbridge; and several nephews and nieces. A son Thomas E. Halacy III predeceased her and she was sister of the late Armando Frabotta and Natalina M. Knapik. Born in Uxbridge on September 3, 1927 she was the daughter of Peter Sr. and Josephine (Rota) Frabotta and lived here all her life. Mrs. Halacy worked many years at Tupperware Corp. in Blackstone, retiring in 1984. She was a member of the Uxbridge Senior Center and St. Mary's Church. Amalia enjoyed spending time with her family and travelling.

UxBRIDGE - Jack O. Vander Zicht, 54, of Uxbridge, passed away Monday, March 19th, at home. A lifelong resident of Uxbridge, he was the son of Jessie M. (Beinema) Vander Zicht of Whitinsville and the late Sidney E. Vander Zicht, Sr., and was a graduate of Uxbridge High School. He had served in the U.S. Army. He also enjoyed football and crossword puzzles, and he had earned his pilot’s license. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his siblings Marcia G. Titcomb of Honolulu, HI, Carol A. and her husband, Carl Hansen of Uxbridge, Sandra L. Vander Zicht of Grand Rapids, MI, and Sidney E. and his wife, Susan, Vander Zicht, Jr. of Uxbridge; five nieces and nephews, including Keith, Brian, and Kevin Vander Zicht, Amelia Grayson, and Nicholas VanVoorthuysen.

Peters WHITINSVILLE – Lena D. (Liberty) Peters, 61, of Whitinsville passed away Monday, March 26th, in Milford Regional Medical Center. She was born in Whitinsville the daughter of the late Eli and Beatrice (Bourassa) Liberty, Sr. and had worked for many years at The Fair department store in Whitinsville. She loved horses and enjoyed her cats and computers. She is survived by three brothers Ronald A. Liberty of Whitinsville, David J. Liberty of Dudley, and Daniel J. Liberty of Blackstone; a sister Joan E. Lamontagne of Uxbridge; many nieces and nephews; and her companion John Lowe, Sr. of Whitinsville.

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Koss UxBRIDGE - Mildred M. (Knapik) Koss, 95, of Morrison St. died Sunday, April 15th at  the Lutheran Healthcare Center in Worcester after an illness. Her husband of 69 years Ferdinand “Fred” Koss died this past February 8th.  She is survived by her 2 sons Richard A. Koss of Worcester and Fredrick J. Koss Jacksonville, FL. She also is survived by her loving grandson Nicholas Koss of Uxbridge, her brother Joseph Knapik of Blackstone, sister Alice Tessier of Uxbridge, and several nephews and nieces.  She was sister of the late Edward Knapik. Born in Uxbridge on August 16, 1916,  Mildred was the daughter of Joseph and Antonina (Wisnowski) Knapik   and lived in Uxbridge all her life.   Mrs. Koss worked at the Uxbridge Worsted Wool Co., the Kartaigner Hat Shop in Upton, and the Little Gents Shoe Factory in Milford for many years, retiring in 1969. She was a mem-

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Byron UxBRIDGE - Theresa A. “Terry” Byron, 48, of 152 Hecla St. died Thursday, April 12th at home surrounded by her loving family.   She is survived by her parents James E. and Linda A. (Nichols) Byron with whom she lived; a sister Mary Lou and her husband Robert Jordan of Uxbridge; 3 brothers James E. and his wife Christine Byron of Uxbridge, Michael A. and his wife Kristina Byron of Blackstone, and Edward J. Byron and his companion Rose of Blackstone; 8 nephews and nieces; 2 great nephews and nieces; and her companion Shelly Germano of Leominster.  Born in Worcester on October 2, 1963 she lived in Uxbridge for the past 20 years.  Terry was a graduate of the Uxbridge School system as well as pharmacy technician school. She worked at Eaton Pharmaceutical as a Pharmacy Tech and worked for several other area pharmacies.  She enjoyed the seashore, Cape Cod and her beloved dog Corky.   She was a member of St. Mary’s Church.

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A Celebration of Life to benefit the Dana-Farber The fourth annual An Evening for Bridget presented by Alex and Ani, Inc. will be held Saturday, May 19th at 6:30 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton. Created by friends of the late Bridget (Bomberger) Slotemaker, An Evening for Bridget will celebrate the life of this Massachusetts native and Boston College graduate. The event will raise funds for the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer, Dr. Ann Partridge's highly acclaimed breast cancer program at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Since inception, this event has raised and donated over $225,000 to Dana-Farber to support all of the “Young and Strong” women like Bridget who are bravely fighting cancer. Slotemaker was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in May 2008 while pregnant with her second child.  Her treatment was painful and exhausting, but because of her strength and determination, Bridget was able to deliver her second baby prematurely.  Her little girl, Chloe Faith, weighed only 1 lb 2 oz at birth.  While Chloe was able to overcome her own serious challenges after being born prematurely, her mother unfortunately lost her battle. Slotemaker succumbed to the disease

just three months and five days after receiving her diagnosis. She was only 35 years old. She is survived by her parents, Karen and Ron Bomberger, her brother Adam Bomberger, her husband Steve, and her daughters, Grace, 6 years old and Chloe, 3 ½ years old. An Evening for Bridget Presented by Alex and Ani, Inc. will include a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, an Alex and Ani Bangle Bar featuring the Young and Strong Charm Bangle, and plenty of dancing (Slotemaker was a dancer herself, having performed on the Golden Eagle Dance Team at Boston College, and later with the Boston-based dance troupe Rainbow Tribe). The Alex and Ani Young and Strong Bangle representing faith, hope and determination honors the memory of Slotemaker.  Currently scheduled as the evening emcee is WCVB-TV/DT Channel 5 reporter and breast cancer survivor, Kelley Tuthill. Tickets can be purchased at www.  Current sponsors include: Alex & Ani, KPMG, Ted and Maureen English, Bob’s Discount Furniture, PwC, Mass. Electric Construction Co., Staples, 9East Wine Emporium, Sara Campbell, Sean Godbout, CVS, and 1149 Restaurant.

Ecumenical Services at Quaker Meeting House The first in a series of Ecumenical Services sponsored by the East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House and Cemetery Historical Association, Inc. will be held on Sunday, May 6th at the historic Meeting House at 197 Elm Street in Blackstone. Reverend Edward St. Godard, pastor at Holy Family Church in Woonsocket, RI, will serve as guest pastor for the service that will commence at 2:00 p.m.

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Father St-Godard was born in 1939 in Pawtucket, RI. He entered the seminary at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Warwick, RI in 1955.  His theological studies were completed at St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester, NY and he was ordained to priesthood on May 23, 1964.   He served at St. John the Baptist Church in West Warwick, RI before serving 19 years in Pawtucket, RI, first at his home parish of Our Lady of Consolation and then at St. John the Baptist Church and St. Joseph's Church.  He has been at Holy Family Church since 1991.   Music is under the direction of John Staples of Blackstone.   Special music selections will be featured. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Meeting House.  The burial grounds date back to 1799 and the Meeting House was built in 1812.  The Association will be celebrating this milestone throughout the upcoming months and we hope you will join us. Membership in the Association is open to all persons. Information regarding the work of the Association or membership should contact Secretary, Harriet Sharp, at harriet@ blackstonequakermeetinghouse. org.

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Community invited to 20th Anniversary of National Trails Day Next month on June 2nd is the 20th anniversary of National Trails Day, and the Blackstone Valley community is invited and encouraged to celebrate by participating in a National Trails Day fundraising event at the Greenbriar Recreation Area of Army Corps of Engineers’ Hodges Village Dam in North Oxford. The event is hosted by Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. (BSTRA), sponsored by The Saddle Shed, and is open to the public for walking and horseback riding – an opportunity to get the whole family out to enjoy the beautiful trails for recreation and fitness, while raising money for local trail improvements.  The trails will be marked, so participants don’t have to worry about finding their way around the park trails.  Walk for up to 8 miles, you choose how long you want to walk.  Dogs are welcome, but on leashes only.   Horseback riders will need to bring their own horses for riding at this NEHT-

affiliated event.   Festivities start with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.  A $15 registration fee per participant ($10 fee for children under age 12) includes lunch and a free raffle ticket, and for the first 50 registrants it also includes a free commemorative t-shirt.   A large raffle is held following lunch, with a variety of wonderful products and gift certificates generously donated from businesses in the community and elsewhere. Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the morning right through lunch.  Realizing the importance of having a safe, free trail network for outdoor enthusiasts to pursue recreation and fitness, BSTRA puts

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100% of the money raised from this National Trails Day event into much needed improvements to trails on public land. National Trails Day is a time for the whole community to come out, enjoy the park, and give back to trails. By joining BSTRA on June 2, you will be in good company as Americans across the U.S. get outside, connect with local outdoor clubs, community groups, and parks and recreation departments as well as federal land managing agencies to experience, appreciate ad celebrate trails  -- the natural places where they can find scenery, peace, happiness and health.  In 2011 more than 330,000 Americans participated in

more than 2,000 National Trails Day events nationwide, and 38,300 volunteers contributed 188,833 hours of volunteer labor – worth more than $4 million – at 799 trail work projects. More than 3,400 miles of trail were maintained or constructed by volunteer groups.  Other participants hike or walked 5,026 miles, paddled 386 miles, rode horseback for 885 miles and biked nearly 2,600 miles. To learn more about BSTRA and its National Trails Day event, visit  Registration forms and other paperwork are available on the website under the National Trails Day tab. While pre-registration is not necessary, it is recommended and will improve your chances of getting a free commemorative t-shirt by being one of the first fifty participants.  For questions, contact  and reference NTD.

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MAY 2012

Senator Moore votes for more competition, lower electricity costs citing local needs Continuing its efforts to remove obstacles for business growth, the Senate recently took on the high costs of electricity in Massachusetts by unanimously passing legislation that will create more competition for energy contracts and bring down prices, Sen. Richard T. Moore, D - Uxbridge, announced. “Throughout this legislative session, I have maintained my commitment to finding ways to relieve businesses and

taxpayers of the lingering strains that are inhibiting economic growth and ultimate recovery from the Great Recession,” said Moore. “Considering that the rising cost of energy has been, and remains, a significant constraint to business expansion, this bill seeks to aid in creating jobs and helping families to make ends meet.” Because of its ongoing commitment to renewable resources, the Commonwealth has the second-lowest green-

house gas emissions of any region in the nation. It has positioned itself as a frontrunner in the clean energy economy, which currently employs 64,000 people statewide, and become one of the top states for innovation, investment, employment and policy. The state needs to maintain this position without harming the many successful businesses for which electricity is a detrimental cost of doing business. The average electric rate in Massachusetts is 14.24 cents per kilowatt hour – the seventh highest in the United States and well above the national average of 10 cents. Part of the reason is that Massachusetts, in comparison to other parts of the country, does not have an abundance of natural resources such as coal or gas. In fact, New England states in general have very little domestic sources of fuel for electricity. But the high costs are also driven by the industry itself – a combination of aging transmission and distribution infrastructure, and a lack of accounta-

bility from investor-owned utility companies. The bill passed in the Senate on Thursday addresses the high cost of electricity in Massachusetts in an effort to support job creation and economic recovery. It seeks to reduce the price of electricity by identifying cost-drivers, reviewing rates on a more regular basis, and demanding more competition. During the debate, Sen. Moore offered several amendments that he believed would improve the bill based on his experience and interactions locally. The first of his amendments sought to improve the efficiency of permitting and approving the reactivation of preexisting hydroelectric power sites. Moore described a case where a local entity sought to reactivate a hydroelectric power site but needed to obtain dozens of permits, some redundant, over a 10 year period in order to commence the project. Sen. Moore’s amendment, which was ultimately approved, requires the Secretary of the Executive Office of Energy and

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PAgE 11

Marshmallows! Marshmallows! Read all about it at the library

Watt selected for Executive Management Uxbridge School District’s Director of Food Service, Janice Watt, SNS, was recently selected to participate in School Nutrition Association’s (SNA) exclusive Executive Management Program, taught by top ranked faculty members of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. On Saturday, March 3rd, Watt participated in the program, “Meeting the Bottom Line: A Strategic Approach to Managing Change.” in at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. School nutrition programs across the country face historic challenges as they rise to meet tough new federal nutrition standards, while managing increasing participation, complex regulations, evolving technology and more.  The invitation-only Executive Management Program, led by experts in the field of Change Management, is designed to assist participants in developing a solid framework for leading change. The day-long session, offered free of charge, taught the keys to identifying and implementing strategic steps to develop a change management framework. “More than ever before, school meal programs require organizational leaders, armed with the skills to address challenges and lead their teams to success,” said SNA CEO Frank DiPasquale.  “SNA is pleased to offer the Executive Management Program to provide leaders in school nutrition with proven strategies to strengthen their programs.” School Nutrition Association (SNA) is a national, non-profit professional organization representing 55,000 school nutrition professionals across the country.  The 2012 SNA Executive Management Program was made possible by generous grants from school foodservice industry leaders: Kellogg’s Food Away From Home, Schwan’s Food Service, SFSPac Food Service Sanitation Systems, and Tyson Foods, Inc.

Douglas Library book discussion The next meeting of the Douglas Library Book Group will be discussing Maria Doria Russell’s “Doc” on Tuesday, May 8th at 6:30 P.M. The unlikely friendship of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp really begins before Wyatt Earp is the prototype of the squarejawed, fearless lawman, before Doc Holliday is the quintessential frontier gambler and before the gunfight at the O.K. Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology. Call the Library 508-476-2695 for a copy of the book and further details. New members welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Come take the “Marshmallow Pledge” and don’t miss the fun. Uxbridge children’s book author: Donna Mae (Pasiczniak) will be reading her children’s book MARSHMALLOWS GALORE at the Uxbridge Town

Chris Currie, Assistant Vice-President and Blackstone Branch manager of Unibank presents to Charles Sawyer, Parade Committee Chairman and thomas Dunayeski, Parade Committee treasurer a check for $2,500 to help fund the Blackstone memorial Day Parade & Celebration to be held on Sunday, may 27th in Roosevelt Park behind the Blackstone municipal Center. the parade starts at 1 p.m. from the town common on main Street and ends at the municipal Center. entertainment begins in the park after 2 p.m. with food, a carnival and arts and crafts booths. Several bands will perform throughout the day culminating with a performance by the American Band, who will play during the 9 pm fireworks display. Any vendors interested in participating can inquire at State Line equipment, 618 Rathbun St. or by email: (508) 735-8252. PHOTO BY THOMAS DUNAYESki ii


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Pack 25 holds Blue & Gold Banquet Recently, Cub Scout Pack 25 hosted its annual Blue & Gold Banquet at Savini’s Restaurant in Woonsocket, RI. Every March Cub Scout Packs across the country celebrate the birthday of Scouting with a dinner that exemplifies all that Scouting has to offer. This year is the 102nd birthday of scouting. The banquet included a ceremony for five Webelo Scouts, Joseph Legg, Solomon LeFrancios, Connor Reilly, Daniel Salzberg and Scott Shaw, who received their Arrow of Light awards and bridged to Boy Scouts. The Arrow of Light is the highest award a Cub Scout can achieve and allows him to

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crossover to a Boy Scout Troop. The Arrow of Light plaque and ceremonial arrow has color markings representing the boys’ achievements in Cub Scouts. The boys were welcomed into Boys Scouts by Troops 21 and 1122. The Tiger, Wolf and Bear Scouts were also presented their Rank Badges by Cubmaster Jeff Graves at the banquet. Pack 25 meets as a pack once a month at Our Lady of the Valley School. Dens meet weekly at various locations. All boys, in first through fifth grade, are welcome to join. For more information contact Jason Andolina at 508-278-5357 or email

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Yard Sale to aid African children On Saturday, May 12th Mary Trabulsi will be conducting a fundraiser/Yard, Plant Sale/ Garden Party at 37 D Street in Whitinsville. Proceeds will go to support a couple of non profit organizations which support African children whose lives have been devastated by war criminals such as Joseph

Kony or devastated by the aids epidemic. Contributions of small items are welcomed. Mary would also encourage others to conduct similar fundraisers. For more information please contact Mary at

Moms get free admission on Mother's Day Sunday, May 13th at Old Sturbridge Village, and family-friendly activities are planned throughout the day. The first 200 mothers to arrive will receive a free gift – either a heartshaped cookie cutter handmade in the Village Tin Shop, or a small historical redware flower pot made by the museum's potters (with fluted edges handmade by visiting children). Mother's Day highlights will include a special "Moms vs. Kids" tug of war contest on the Village Common, a scavenger hunt centered on 1830s child care, and a variety of "make and take" crafts for children. Modern moms can learn about early parenting and childbirth practices from interpreters portraying 19th-century domestic advice author Lydia Maria Child and 1830s midwife Lucy Tucker. Members of the "Maternal Association" will discuss the joys and challenges of raising children early New England, and OSV historians will demonstrate sewing and knitting for the family. A special Mother's Day Brunch will be served at the museum's Oliver Wight Tavern (reservations required). For all details: 800-SEE-1830; According to Old Sturbridge Village historians, mothers in the 19th century were household managers, and children were an important part of the workforce. "Children were assigned chores, and were expected to contribute to the household," notes Deb Friedman, vice president of public program at the Village. Tasks typically handled by children in early New England included gathering eggs and firewood, hauling water, weeding the garden, gathering berries, picking apples, mucking out stalls, and emptying chamber pots. Girls and boys were taught to sew and knit, which was a good way for children to develop their fine motor skills. In the kitchen, children would help out by churning butter, pounding sugar, sifting flour, and stoning raisins (removing the seeds). Boys as young as 9 or 10 were taught to "drive" a team of oxen, directing them to pull, haul, and plow on the farm by using a series of hand signals and voice commands. Children would also pluck chickens, and feed the pigs and other farm animals. One of the most important chores for children in the larger families of the 19th century was watching their younger siblings. Many mothers had their children over a 20-year span, so there was often an infant at home when the family's oldest child was entering adulthood. Old Sturbridge Village, one of the country's oldest and largest living history museums, celebrates New England life in the 1830s and is open from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. All programs are subject to change. For times and details of all OSV activities visit: or call 1-800-SEE1830.

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Chief Kessler receives accreditation The Massachusetts Fire Service Commission granted accreditation to Fire Chief William Kessler of the Uxbridge Fire Department on April 17th who has demonstrated the required fire service experience, education, and certifications for accreditation. This accreditation is granted through the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission, a gubernatorial appointed board that has established a process for uniform credentialing for fire chiefs. Everett Fire Chief David Butler, who serves as chair of the commission says, “The program establishes requirements based on education, training and experience in areas relevant to serving as fire chief. It establishes benchmarks for training in fire and emergency service management so that chiefs may be better prepared to serve their department and their community.” The applicant’s documentation is reviewed by a subcommittee of the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission to determine if the individual has attained a minimum level of credits for education, training, and experience. State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said, “The program was developed after extensive research outlining those skills important to today’s fire chief. The process provides an equal opportunity for the volunteer, call or full-time fire chief to meet the minimum criteria for achieving fire chief accreditation.” Chief Kessler said, “I am dedicated to providing the highest level of service to this community and have worked hard to continue my education and experience to bring a high level of professionalism to this position. I appreciate that this accomplishment recognizes my dedication to be the best fire chief I can for this community.” Credentialed participants will be required to renew their credentials every three years. At this time the program is open to people currently serving as fire chief of department.

Douglas Senior Ruth Tryouts Saturday, May 5th 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6th 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Douglas High School Field, Soldiers Field, Douglas 16 to 19 year olds For more information call Dave Meech at 508-278-4773 or email


Fire caused by improper disposal of smoking materials State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan and Uxbridge Fire Chief Bill Kessler have announced the cause of recent local fire. The cause of the fire is attributed to improper disposal of smoking materials on the front porch of the home. There was a plastic container with water inside it on the front porch that was being used to deposit smoking materials. The incidences of fires of this nature are on the rise. Says State Fire Marshal Coan, “Since many smokers have moved outdoors instead of smoking inside for health reasons, we have seen an increase in porch and deck fires from improperly disposed of smoking materials. It is important to have an appropriate container to safely dispose of cigarette butts and ashes and a dried-out potted plant is not one.”

Massachusetts Fires caused by sMoking Materials: In Massachusetts during 2010, 1,862 fires were caused by smoking including: 576 structure fires, 25 motor vehicle fires, 946 tree, brush or grass fires, 78 trash or rubbish fires, 114 special outside fires, and eight cultivated vegetation or crop fires. These fires caused ten civilian deaths, 36 civilian injuries, 42

firefighter injuries and an estimated $14.7 in property damage. For information on fire safety, look on the Department of Fire Services website at www. dfs under Fire Safety Topics. The investigation into this fire was jointly conducted by members of the Uxbridge Fire Department and the State Police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

Penguin Rescue Rescheduled The Great Penguin Rescue: 40,000 penguins, a devastating oil spill and the inspiring story of the world's largest animal rescue by Massachusetts Book Award finalist Dyan deNapoli has been rescheduled to Thursday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Uxbridge Public Free Library on North Main Street.



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ruption and requiring transparency is at the heart of ensuring stability in our markets and faith in our government.” To that end, 2 new divisions are “mise en place” (put into place). There now is a Fraud and Financial Crimes Division as well as a Public Integrity Division. These two divisions are a “priority” in her administration since she recognizes that the “costs of corruption on our businesses, taxpayers, and the public are significant.” “We must be vigilant and keep high standards.” Attorney Joshua Lee Smith of Bowditch & Dewey, sponsor of the Chamber’s breakfast, offered the following highlights in his introduction of

Attorney General Coakley. She was reelected to her second term in 2010. She has devoted her career to protecting children and public safety, standing up for consumers and taxpayers, and fighting for equality for all. She is recognized as a distinguished prosecutor on State and Federal levels, serving as Middlesex County District Attorney for 8 years and, now, as the Commonwealth’s first female Attorney General. When first elected in 2006, she confronted the challenge of addressing the economic crisis that gripped our country. Her office became a national leader in holding Wall Street accountable by bringing first-of-their-kind actions

against investment giants such as Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. During her terms, she has successfully worked to reduce costs for consumers and taxpayers and vigorously prosecuted cases of corruption and fraud. During the 2010 FY alone, her office recovered more than $660 million for taxpayers based on her office’s budget of $37 million. Her office has saved families and businesses hundreds of millions of dollars by challenging utility rate increases and recovered over $100 million in Medicaid fraud prosecutions, a record for that office. A native of western Massachusetts, she received her BA degree cum laude

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have a calling that the Lord has ordained. Barbara Davis Stubbs is the wife of Father John Stubbs, pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church in Whitinsville. Barbara is a professional speaker, life coach, and business coach whose insights on spiritual growth are powerful and inspirational. Lunch will be served after the presentation. There is no charge. An offering will be taken for New Hope and Wayside Domestic Violence Support Services. All women are invited. For more information, contact Katie Stark at ktstark@ or Julie Butcher at

from Williams College and her J.D. from Boston University School of Law. She resides in Medford with her husband, retired Police Chief Deputy Superintendent Thomas O’Connor, Jr. Legislators present were Rep. Ryan Fattman, (R) of Sutton; Rep. George Peterson (R), Grafton and Sen. Richard Moore (D), Uxbridge. Executive Director Jeannie Hebert thanked Attorney General Coakley for her “very enlightening” talk and closed by wishing everyone, once again, “A Valley great day.”

Fundraiser Yard Sale for cancer research Sean Matthews, a resident of Uxbridge will be participating in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Franklin, Bellingham, Wrentham on June 8th and 9th.   The night is spent walking the track to honor and raise money for cancer research. Sean's team is named “Ruthie's Rockstars” after his mother-in-law, a lung cancer survivor. The team will also be hosting a fundraising yard sale.  The 3rd annual Ruthie's Rockstars Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, May 26th, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 254 West Hartford Ave. in Uxbridge.   Over $1,800 was raised last year at the yard sale alone and they look to raise even more this year.  A wide selection of  items and Luminaria Bags will be on sale with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society!

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Water Supply Conservation in effect as of May 1st At a regularly scheduled Board of Selectmen’s meeting on April 23, 2012, the Board of Selectmen declared a state of water supply conservation in accordance with the Town of Uxbridge General Bylaws Section 336, Water Conservation and the Town’s MassDEP Water Withdrawal Permit, which requires the Town to limit nonessential outdoor use through mandatory restrictions from May 1st through September

GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN: Debra Ripsz, Owner & Chief Instructor, 6th Degree Black Belt, American Kenpo Karate, teaches a women’s self-defense technique with participants from the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce during their Women’s ‘Networking’ Business Luncheon meeting held in April at Debra’s Defense-Wise Martial Arts/ Fitness Center at 16 Ferry St., So. Grafton.

30th. Nonessential water usage is prohibited in the Town of Uxbridge between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5p.m. and that such restrictions become effective starting May 1, 2012 and will remain in effect until September 30, 2012. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of the Town Manager at 508-278-8600 ext. 2001 or the Department of Public Works at 508-2788616.


Whitinsville Library Book Sale scheduled The Whitinsville Social Library will be having a book sale on Saturday, May 12th from 10:00 A.M. until 2 P.M. in the basement of the library. There will be new and used books for adults and children, as well as music cds, movies, and book on cds.

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Chorus to present “A Salute to the Mouse” The Blackstone Valley Community Chorus will present A Salute to the Mouse: The BVCC Celebrates Disney on Sunday May 6th, 2012. The concert is at 3pm at St. Mary’s Church in Uxbridge. The chorus will perform songs from classic Disney films including The Jungle Book, Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast. There is a $5 general admission and the BVCC will collect food items to be donated to local food pantries. There will also be a raffle with donations from local businesses, artisans, and chorus members. Please join us for an afternoon of music that is sure to please the whole family! The Blackstone Valley Community Chorus is comprised of sixty singers

from towns throughout Central Massachusetts. Members are of various ages and musical backgrounds, brought together by a love of music. Under the direction of Diane Pollard of Uxbridge, the BVCC has performed at community events throughout the Valley including Memorial Day ceremonies, First Night, and Oktoberfest. The chorus has been invited to perform the National Anthem at a Worcester Tornadoes game in August. The BVCC is a 501c3 not-forprofit organization supported in part by grants from the Local Cultural Councils of Douglas and Uxbridge. For more information about the chorus, including how to join, visit

MRMC Auxiliary plans meeting The next meeting of the Milford Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is scheduled for May 8th, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in Conference Room C, in the cafeteria lobby of the Medical Center14 Prospect Street, Milford. The mission of the Auxiliary is to provide the Medical Center, its patients and community with support through fundraising efforts. If you are interested in the Auxiliary, join us at any meeting for orientation to the group. New members are welcome. The fundraising event for May is the “Mother’s Day Raffle” that includes 2 hours of spring house cleaning gift card from the Maids of Medway,  The auxiliary knows “Any mother deserves a day off” therefore the prize will include magazine and chocolates. Raffle tickets for this event will be available starting April 29th and the drawing will be on May 8th. More information and tickets

will be available in the MRMC Gift Shop, open from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m; Tickets will also be on sale tables at the MRMC cafeteria. . In June the annual breakfast event will be held at Pinz in Milford. Along with the breakfast we will review and evaluate the events of the previous year. We will also brainstorm for events to be developed for the 2012-2013 organization year. The committees for these events are energetic people willing to develop new programs and entertainment. We welcome new members to join us. All monies raised at these events will supplement some department needs at the Medical Center. For information, contact Andra Stone, President or Elaine McNanna, Membership Chairperson at 508-422-2099.

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MAY 2012


DESE Coordinated Program Review of area public school to be conducted Ms. Kimberly Shaver-Hood, Superintendent of the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District was informed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this school year. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the district during the week of May 7th – 9th, 2012. Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth. The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most effi-

Cemetery Trustees to meet The Trustees of the Evergreen Cemetery, West Street, Douglas, will hold their annual meeting of the East Douglas Evergreen Cemetery Company on Monday, May 7th, at 4:00 p.m. in the basement of the Second Congregational Church, Main Street, Douglas. All grave owners are invited to attend. The Trustees also request that all winter flowers be removed by May 16th.

ciently and to encourage strong connections among the programs. The Department's Coordinated Program Review will address the following programs: special education, English language education and civil rights compliance. After reviewing school district procedures for these programs, a Department team will make its onsite visit, during which it will review individual student records, interview administrators, teachers and paraprofessional staff, survey parents and observe instructional spaces. After the onsite visit it will prepare a report for the superintendent and school committee with detailed findings for each program. Using a scale of ratings ranging from

“Commendable” to “Not Implemented,” the report will rate the implementation of each requirement reviewed by the Department. Where requirements are found not implemented or only partially implemented, the district [or charter school] must propose to the Department corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with statutes and regulations. Districts and schools are encouraged to incorporate the corrective action into their district and school improvement plans and professional development plan. The school district [or charter school] will be provided with technical assistance from the Department in developing a corrective action plan. Both the Department’s report and the corrective action plan are public information and

will be available to the public upon request. Program Review Final Reports are also available on the Department’s Internet website at Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the Department's visiting team. Those wishing to be interviewed should call the superintendent's office at (508) 876-0104 no later than April 23rd, 2012 to leave their name and phone number, or they may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at (781) 338-3720. A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit. If an individual is not comfort-

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Upton V.F.W. Flea Market & Craft Sale The George L. Wood Post #5594, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will hold a flea market and crafts sale on the post grounds, Route 140, Upton, on Saturday, May 12th from 8:00am - 2:00pm. Rain date: Sunday May 13th. Dealer spaces cost $8.00 each. Reservations are required ONLY for dealers needing to reserve tables (tables can be reserved at $4.00 per table.) To reserve tables, call the fund raiser chairman Donald (Doug) Keniston at 508 529-6247. Flea Market and Crafts: Several tables will fea-

ture homemade/handmade crafts for Spring, Father’s Day, and Commencement gift giving. Many tables will offer new and used items for sale at low prices. The V.F.W. will have several tables at the sale. Many of these tables feature books and magazines. Coffee, donuts and soda will be on sale from 8:00 a.m. Proceeds of the flea market and crafts sale will be used for the post’s improvements. There is NO admission charge.

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Uxbridge Rotary Golf Open to benefit scholarship funds The Uxbridge Rotary Club has announced plans for this year’s Annual Golf outing to be held Monday, June 4th, at the Whitinsville Golf Club, 179 Fletcher Street, Whitinsville. The Whitinsville Golf Club is a Private Club and the all day event will include lunch which will be served at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon Tee Time and dinner following the event at the Club for all golfers. This year's event will include a HOLE IN ONE CONTEST with a grand prize of $10,000 in cash! The hole in one contest was an exciting addition to our tournament last year and one of our golfers came within inches of making that hole in one! We want to give away that prize, so we hope that someone will do it this year! Don't miss out on this one. In addition there will be contests for closest to the pin, longest drive and raffle prizes. The format will be Style with a 12:00 noon shotgun start. Cost per golfer is $130 and $520 for a foursome. Each golfer in the foursome will play from the location of the best shot of the foursome. Please contact Golf Tournament Chairperson, Ed Eldridge at eeldridge@gaudette-insurance. com or call him at 774-262-5674 to reserve your place in the tournament or contact any of our rotary members. Checks should be made payable to The Rotary Club of Uxbridge and may be mailed to The Uxbridge Rotary Club, P O Box 4, Whitinsville, MA 01588. All checks must be received no later than Friday, May 25, 2012 to insure your place in the tournament. The number of golfers is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis. Where does the money go that is raised at the

tournament? The proceeds from this event are used to fund scholarships provided by the Rotary Club to graduates of Uxbridge High School, Northbridge High School, Douglas High School and the Whitinsville Christian School. Each school receives a scholarship. To date over $100,000 in scholarship funds have been awarded to local students! How can you help if you are not a golfer? We need sponsors. If you would like to sponsor a hole, your name will be displayed on a Golf Ball Sign on the course the day of the event. The cost to sponsor is $100. What an easy way to help out while promoting your business at the same time. The Rotary Club of Uxbridge, was chartered in 1926. We are a club that truly believes in “Service Above Self”. If you would like to give some of your time to help your community, please join us for lunch at the Valley Cafe, Church Street, Whitinsville. We meet most Tuesdays at noon and in the evening on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

Attention Crafters If you would like to participate in Shepherd Hill Regional High School’s 21st Annual “Festival of Crafts” on Saturday, November 17th in Dudley, applications are now being taken and are due by May 31st. We have over 150 crafters; all crafts are homemade by the crafters. You may obtain an application by downloading it from our website at and clicking on the “craft fair” link. Or you may call Robyn at 508-2480710.

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Uxbridge Library Spring Book, Bake and Plant Sale

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The Friends of the Uxbridge Free Public Library will be holding their annual Spring Book, Bake, and Plant Sale on Saturday, May 5th, from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the library located on North Main Street. The Friends are currently accepting

The Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers has awarded Alternatives’ Program Director Remke Remmelts the Marty Martini Award, a statewide award for outstanding leadership. The award goes to someone who has demonstrated excellence, creativity and professionalism in their service over the last year to people with developmental disabilities.

“I am so honored to receive this award, but I don’t go it alone,” Said Remmelts. “I am part of an awesome team that cares tremendously and works together to make it all happen, every day. They are the reason why people enjoy coming to our program and feel accomplished at the end of each day.” - Remke Remmelt In presenting the award, ADDP President Gary Blumenthal cited Remke for having “Created in her program a culture that fosters community involvement for the individuals served by the program.” Remke is the program director for Alternatives’ Center for Personal Achievement which supports

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adults with developmental and physical disabilities to help them become contributing members of the community and to maximize independence through skill building, socialization and advocacy, while promoting a healthy lifestyle. “Remke exemplifies the dedication of all of Alternatives’ staff,” said Dennis Rice, Alternatives’ Executive Director. “Remke believes in the power of relationships- whether it is with her staff, the individuals served by the program or their families. She understands that if

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Wanderlust The Pink Lady Bob Haigis One thing Peg and I have always enjoyed while traveling, is experiencing architecture. It doesn’t really matter whether the object is an ancient pyramid, a Greek temple, a wat in Bangkok, middle age castles or even something from the present century.

Most of man’s celebrated structural creations all have one thing in common: Eye appeal. There is something that attracts attention to a well designed structure that is symmetrical, nicely balanced or perhaps the exterior is ornately decorated with an eye catching type of stone or paint. Peg and I recently came upon to such an edifice during our winter stay in Florida. We were traveling West on the Pinellas Bayway towards St. Pete Beach. After crossing the connecting bridges, including the Intracoastal



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Waterway toll draw bridge (which is finally being replaced by the way) we were approaching the lights at the junction of Gulf Blvd. Our hosts, friends from home, called our attention to a stately, magnificent pink structure straight ahead that he said: “Is a famous landmark on the Island, and has quite a history”. I knew right then I just had to do an article on the place. And thus, Peg and I were introduced to the most well known privately owned landmark in the area: Don CeSar Hotel. It’s owned by or managed by the Loews Hotel chain, for whose magnificent edifices they are famous. Loews is noted for being a “luxury hospitality company”, and owns or operates seventeen similar facilities around the U.S. If there are any that can compare with Don CeSar, Peg and I will certainly seek them out if we are ever near any of the other locations. You can certainly see looking at the accompanying photo why we were so

intrigued with the place. It was built to be the “finest hotel in Florida”, and is known today as the “Pink Lady”. Knowing roughly the history of the St. Pete Beach, we were surprised to see such a building appear older than most in the area. We knew that much of the development on the West Coast of Florida took place in the mid to late twentieth century, so the Don CeSar seemed almost out of place. Our host parked, and gave us a short tour of the interior, which you can imagine is just as attractive and luxurious as the exterior, and also showed us a metal plaque that gave a history of the place. That, along with some internet searching, revealed an incredible story, which even includes ghosts. Back nearly a hundred years ago, St. Petersburg Beach (as it was known then) was only accessible by ferry, and or a rickety wooden bridge. A gentleman named Thomas Rowe, who made a fortune in Florida real estate, purchased



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and served in several capacities for the military including a hospital. In 1945 the military abandoned the place, and it was taken over by the V.A. They used the structure for a regional office until 1967 when they also closed operations, and the once magnificent hotel was left to rot. By the early ‘70’s the G.S.A. decided that they would bulldoze the now trashed and defaced building, but were stopped by fierce opposition from the local public. Then, just in the nick of time, a hotelier named William Bowman Jr. purchased the property, the rest is living history. Now, for the ghost story. While Mr. Rowe was in Europe studying in the late nineteenth century, he met and courted a lovely lady named Lucinda. The pair fell in love, and hoped to see each other often. However, the girl’s parents were very displeased with Tom, and she was forbidden to see him. In spite of this, they managed to get together occasionally, meeting at a special fountain that they loved. Then, it was time for Thomas to return to America. Once he said goodbye to his love, they were never to meet again. He wrote several letters to her, but they were all returned unopened. Prior to his building his great Pink Castle, Rowe received a letter from his lost love. It seems she had passed away, and had sent him a note she had written on her death bed. It appears she told him to the effect:

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loved Lucinda at. It was a “living” memorial to their love. However, when the V.A. took over the building unfortunately it was destroyed to provide more room for pedestrian traffic. But, that’s not the end of the story. The Don CeSar once again became a hotel some time around 1973. During later renovations the fountain was replaced with a replica of the original, and is now in the lobby. Strangely, it is said that employees, and I’m sure others, have on occasion seen a stately gentleman and a lovely lady clad in garments from another era, strolling by the fountain holding hands. They walk slowly through the hotel and then - disappear. It seems that Mr. Rowe and his Lucinda are together once again. Neither Peg nor I have witnessed the “vision”. Maybe next time we visit? Questions/comments So many places…so little time.


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Milford Regional joins Donor Registration Campaign Milford Regional Medical Center has joined the Hospital Donor Registration Campaign as a Hospital Partner. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, the campaign brings together National Partners, local and regional organ, eye, and tissue donation organizations, and hospitals throughout the nation to educate employees and hospital communities on the importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation. The first benchmark of the campaign is to register 300,000 new registered organ donors by April 30, 2012. Milford Regional has partnered with The New England Organ Bank to bring awareness and encourage the community to participate in the Hospital Donor Registration Campaign. The need is real. Each day, 78 Americans receive life-saving organ


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UniBank Supports Whitin Community Center’s Youth Outreach Program The Whitin Community Center received a corporate grant of $25,000 from UniBank to support the operational expenses of the Youth Outreach Program which includes a Saturday Afternoon Fitness and Fun program, the Rockdale Youth Center, a Mentoring Partnership program and a Summer Youth Community Theatre. The Whitin Community Center, a regional recreational non-profit organization, initiated the Youth Outreach Program in 1996 in an effort to open the door to all children, independent of fee or membership, to enjoy the benefits of a weekly recreational program on Saturdays. That program has been expanded in the years since to include a Summer Youth Theatre program and an after school Youth Center in the Rockdale section of Northbridge. In July 2007, the Northbridge Mentoring Partnership was absorbed into the Youth Outreach Program. The goals of the Youth Outreach Program are to encourage children, ages 5-17, from all socio-economic backgrounds to play together, to develop friendships, to build self-worth, to develop a sense of fair play, team spirit and cooperation in a safe and supervised environment. According to James Paulhus, UniBank President & CEO, “We are pleased to provide financial assistance to the Whitin Community Center for their Youth Outreach Program. Supporting local youth with recreational and cultural programming is an excellent way to invest in our local community. Programs like these prepare our youth to become responsible young adults and contributing members of society.” WCC Chief Executive Officer Gary R. Wood reported, “We are proud of

our charitable youth programs that provide opportunities for young people to spend their time productively while enjoying recreational and social activities that build team spirit, cooperation, and friendships. The results of engaging young people in supervised activities provided under the influence of positive adult role models has a great impact on the community-at-large. School administrators report to us that in the case of a majority of participants, grades have improved, attendance at school is regular and behavioral issues have decreased. Our Youth Outreach program is free to all participants and is 100% funded through donations. The Whitin Community Center does not receive any town, state or federal funding. This program operates entirely on donations. UniBank continues to be a tremendous supporter of our work with these children.” The Whitin Community Center is the Blackstone Valley’s most complete family and recreation center with over 5,000 members. The facility is open to

James Paulhus, UniBank President & CEO, (left) presents $25,000 to Whitin Community Center’s Director of Outreach, Monique Boucher and Gary R. Wood, CEO. all, regardless of residency, and offers members and the community-at-large the use of two swimming pools, a gym-

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WEEKLY sunDAys bINGo knights of Columbus 70 prescott rd., 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

WeDnesDAys Free pool vFW, post 1385, uxbridge 508-278-7540 thursDAys “CoMMuNIty bAND” practice 7:30 pm at Whitin School on Granite St., uxbridge WAlk For Wellness Clear your mind, meet new people and get healthy & Walk the trails at pout pond Call

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sAturDAys ladies Auxiliary MeAt rAFFle 5 pm at vFW post 1385 hall, rte. 16 in uxbridge MeN’S bIble StuDy Whitinsville Community Center, Church/hill Sts. 4th Floor Conference rm. Men from all area towns are invited. 508-234-8185

england patriot, harvard business school students are just some of the people that will be boxing. All event proceeds benefit pediatric and adult cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. For more info or to purchase tickets visit www. tickets will also be sold at the door.

1st Tuesday NAMI Support Group 7- 8:30 pM uxbridge Nazarene Church 130 Douglas St. For more info call 508-917-8381

5th Saturday WhItINSvIlle SoCIAl lIbrAry book SAle 10-2 p.M. 17 Church Street. held in the basement of the library. New and used books for adults and children as well as cds, movies, and books on cds. SprINGtIMe IN lAS veGAS 7:30 pM Greater Milford Community Chorus, Stacy Middle School on School Street, Milford For tickets and info call Gail @ 508-473-1268 or visit

19th Saturday Armed Forces Day PumPernickel PuPPets Ariella and Alana cohen enjoyed the Pumpernickel Puppets at the simon Fairfield Public library in Douglas recently. John mcDonough entertained children and their families during the April school Vacation week with performances of “the three Billy Goats Gruff” and “the lion and the mouse.” Funding for this show was made possible with a donation from unibank.

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A SAlute to the MouSe 3 pM blackstone valley Community Chorus, St. Mary’s Church, uxbridge. the chorus will perform songs from classic Disney films. there is a $5.00 general admission and the bvCC will collect food items to be donated to local food pantries. For more info about the chorus, including how to join, visit

CuStoMer AppreCIAtIoN opeN houSe refreshments & Chair Massage open house 7-9 pM at Creative Strands hair & body Works, 3 boston rd. Sutton. FMI call 508-865-1141

SprINGtIMe IN lAS veGAS 7:30 pM Greater Milford Community Chorus, Stacy Middle School on School Street, Milford For tickets and info call Gail @ 508-473-1268 or visit

WAlk For pAWS 12 pM Douglas Dog orphans annual Dog Walk. Meet at river bend Farm 287 oak Street uxbridge. For more info call 508-476-1855 or visit

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NorthbrIDGe hIStorICAl SoCIety preSeNtAtIoN 7 pM Whitinsville Social library Jane lowell and Amy Dewitt will present “transportation” the talk will focus on how blackstone valley history was formed by changes in transportation.

8th Tuesday DouGlAS lIbrAry book DISCuSSIoN 6:30 pM Maria Doria russell’s Doc on the unlikely friendship of Doc holliday and Wyatt earp. Call the library 508-476-2695 for a copy of the book. New members welcome. refreshments served.

12th Saturday FuNDrAISer yArD, plANt SAle/GArDeN pArty 9 AM

37 D Street, Whitinsville. Fundraiser will support non profit organizations which aid African children whose lives have been devastated by war criminals. Contributions of small items are welcomed. For information contact:

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Mother’s Day 14th Monday blACkStoNe vAlley Free MeDICAl proGrAM 6-8 pM Northbridge high School 427 linwood Ave. Whitinsville vFW poSt 1385 MoNthly MeetING 7 pM at vFW hall route 16 uxbridge

17th Thursday hAyMAkerS For hope boxING MAtCheS 7 pM the house of blues in boston twenty eight local firefighters, equity traders, a former New

yArD SAle 9-3 pM uxbridge Special ed parent Advisory Council held on uxbridge town Common rain date Sunday May 20th proceeds from the yard sale will be used to fund our scholarship program. hAppy 21St bIrthDAy tJ!!

23rd Wednesday AMerICAN leGIoN MoNthly MeetING 7 pM American legion hall, 59 Douglas St.

28th Monday Memorial Day AMerICAN leGIoN rIDerS MoNthly MeetING 7 pM American legion hall, 59 Douglas St.

30th Wednesday blACkStoNe vAlley herItAGe QuIlterS MeetING 6:30 pM basement of St. patricks Church 1 Cross St. Whitinsville Anna Faustino trunk show quilts “Simply Stunning Woven Quilts” and members “Quilt Challenge” displayed tonight. New members are welcome. send your calendar items to: Deadline may 15th @ 5:00 p.m.

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ZUCCHININ PANCAKE INGREDIENTS: 2 lbs. of Zucchini, shredded on the coarse hole; squeezed dry in a kitchen towel 2/3 lb. of Russet Potato, (1 Large Potato); shredded/dried as above 1 cup of finely chopped Onions (about 1 medium Onion); you can use the processor; Squeezed dry in a kitchen towel 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice 2 Cloves of Minced Garlic, (about 1 Tablespoon) 2 Large Whole Eggs, Lightly beaten 2 Tablespoons of Granulated Sugar 1 teaspoon of Table Salt ½ teaspoon of ground White Pepper ½ Cup to 1Cup of Grated Parmesan Cheese 1 Cup of All Purpose Flour ZUCCHINI PANCAKES PROCEDURE: Place your box grater into a medium size mixing bowl. Shred the Zucchini and Potato into the bowl. Using a clean kitchen towel, squeeze the shredded Vegetables dry and set them aside in another medium mixing bowl. Squeeze the Lemon Juice over the Vegetables and toss them to prevent “discoloration”. Fine chop the Onions in your food processor, and then squeeze them dry. Discard all of the juices in the bowl. In the same bowl, whisk the Eggs until they are homogenized. Add the Shredded Vegetables and minced Onion to the Eggs and stir them together. Now add the Parmesan, Flour, Salt, Pepper, and Sugar, knead all of the ingredients together. Heat 1/4'” depth of Vegetable Oil, in a cast iron or Teflon Pan, to 325F degrees (medium heat). Do a small test with the Batter to adjust the temperature. Using 2 ounce scoop (1/4 cup), portion 10 scoops of the Zucchini Batter into the hot oil. Cook the Zucchini pancakes until they are golden brown on the bottom(about 3 minutes). Turn them over with a spatula and cook them for 3 minutes on the other side. Ideally they will be cooked all the way through. If they appear to be coloring too quickly before they are cooked in the center, (check them as you would a pancake, peek inside); then you can finish them in an oven. Preheat your oven to 375F degrees for 10 minutes. Bake the Zucchini Fritters for an additional 7 minutes. Yield: 16 small pancakes.

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~Society ~ Clothing Drive at St. Mary’s in Uxbridge There will be a clothing drive sponsored by St.Vincent DePaul, on Saturday, May 19th at St. Mary's Parking lot located on Route 16 at 77 Mendon St, Uxbridge from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We appreciate your support. If you need someone to do a pick up please contact Dennis at 508-278-7627.

Northbridge Historical Society to meet Northbridge Historical Society will meet Monday, May 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Whitinsville Social Library. Jane Lowell and Amy Dewitt will present "Transportation." The talk will focus on how Blackstone Valley history was formed by changes in transportation.

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Kotseas & Fattman John and Cosette Kotseas of Sutton, proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Nicole to Ryan C. Fattman, son of Donald and Ann Marie Fattman, also of Sutton. Stephanie is an honors graduate of Sutton High School and Boston University where she received her B.S. degree from the College of Communication; cum laude. She is an event manager for Marriott International, Northeast Corporate Headquarters; Medford. Stephanie will attend Suffolk University Law School in September. She currently resides in Boston. Ryan is also an honors graduate of Sutton High School. He received his B.S. degree in Political Science from Suffolk University; magna cum laude. He continued his education at Tufts

The Blackstone Valley Women’s Club’s Annual Meeting will again take place at the Post Office Pub restaurant in Grafton on Wednesday, May 23rd, with a social at 6:30 p.m, followed by dinner and a brief meeting. Guest speaker will be Susan Dicks of Uxbridge, a club member and real estate agent from ERA Key in Whitinsville, who will give attendees tips on maximizing your home’s value in a tight market.

ryan Fattman & stephanie kotseas University where he was selected as a Rappaport Public Policy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Ryan is a Massachusetts State Representative serving the 18th Worcester District. He currently resides in Sutton. A May 2013 wedding is planned.

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Coffeehouse entertainment Mill Church - 45 River St., Millbury Fighting The Influence Friday, May 4th    FTI is an awesome Christian Rock/Worship band from Fall River. They have played at the Mill two times now and their music always ushers in the presence of the Holy Spirit.  An awesome night to bring friends who need to know there is a 'better way' Laurie Williams-Pipkins  Friday, May 11th Laurie is an enthusiastic encourager! She is a Christian singer/songwriter who is sure to lift your spirits. Laurie combines original music with a message and testimony that will surely bring hope and joy to all! Small Names Friday, May 18th Small Names is based out of Springfield. Their ministry is focused on reaching people through Worship, Psalms and spiritual songs. They desire to bring a sense of community in the body of Christ and to manifest the fruits of the Holy Spirit. They are comprised of 5 people: Matt Derderian on Bass, John Duff on guitar, Matt Walker on guitar and vocals and Alex Javier on percussion. Matt played at one of our open mics a while back and it was from there that he was invited to do a night of ministry. Movie Night – The Gospel of John Friday, May 25th "The GOSPEL OF JOHN" - This movie is the truest to gospel movie of the life of Christ, as it is scripted verbatim from the NIV Bible.  The amazing thing is that you would never know it due to the superb performance of the actors. FREE POPCORN FOR ALL!

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Blackstone Valley Women’s Club plans Yard Sale Please mark your calendar for Saturday, June 23rd, for the Blackstone Valley’s Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 12 Noon at the Dudley Gendron American Legion Hall, 156 Boston Road, Sutton. In the meantime, if you are downsizing and have nice items you’d like to contribute to help our club raise money to do more good work in our Valley communities, please contact Constance Dwyer of Sutton, President, at (508) 917-8415 who will come by to pick up your donations. This yard sale participants will be club members only. Your donations of home décor, artwork, tools, jewelry and accessories, hand knitted goods, toiletries (new only), soaps, (new only) candles, (new only), garden items, sports equipment, CDs and movies (no VHS), paperbacks and books that are new or gently used, in good or excellent condition. The club will not accept used pillows, blankets,

throws, children’s or adult’s clothing but will be glad to have anything new in this category. Nor will the club accept board games or stuffed animals unless they are also new. No mattresses, appliances or furniture (except small pieces) will be acceptable either. If you need to make more space or diminish clutter in your home or store, think of us. Items you donate will be gratefully accepted by the Blackstone Valley Women’s Club, a non-profit organization, as long as it can be transported in a car or you can deliver yourself by 8 am during our set up time (no shoppers please until 9 am) on June 23rd. Most of all, come by and shop at this multiple yard sale to be held outside by the barn at Dudley Gendron. When you come, you’ll be sure, guaranteed!, to have fun socializing while supporting a good cause. Rain date will be the following Saturday, June 30th.

The Blackstone Valley Women’s Club is part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and members represent 8 towns in the Valley: Northbridge, Whitinsville, Uxbridge, Douglas, Sutton, Grafton, Millbury, and Westboro.

From Quilts to Dolls of Time Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild will hold their next meeting at 7 p.m. on May 17th in the Unitarian Church Fellowship Hall, 13 Maple St., Mendon. Fran Marcoux, from Sudbury, will share her journey ‘From Quilts to Dolls of Time’. She has many dolls and will bring some with her to the meeting. Visitors and new members welcome.  For more information go to

Enriching opportunity for Middle Schoolers their own spending money. The local coordinator is on call 24/7 though no need has ever arisen. Eleven girls and ten Chinese middle school boys will be visiting the Blackstone Valley/Corridor Nine area. This is the perfect one-week introduction to hosting a foreign student and gaining insight into a changing world. Host students receive a great experience plus 20 hours of community service. For information and to look at the Chinese student bios, call Ellen Onorato at 508-839-7199 or 508-826-1912 or email This is the same program of Chinese and German immersion at Sutton, Douglas, Nipmuc, Millbury, Uxbridge and Grafton High Schools over the past several years.

“We had a wonderful guest, learned a lot about China and I was amazed at what a kind and thoughtful host my daughter could be!” That’s just one experience gained by a Blackstone Valley family when they opened their home for a week to a Chinese middle school student. Please consider opening your home for one week, July 30-August 6, 2012 so that your family can experience fun learning about Chinese culture and creating a longterm friendship across the globe. The Beijing,China students will arrive Monday, 7/30 and then go on chaperoned itineraries Tuesday - Friday so perhaps your students can come along, too! Chinese students have full medical insurance, are carefully screened and chaperoned and have

“Springtime In Las Vegas” performed by Milford Chorus The Greater Milford Community Chorus announces several changes for their spring concert. For the first time, the concert will be held at the Stacy Middle School, on School Street in Milford. Audience members should use the Spruce Street entrance (across from the Town Library, for theater and elevator access. This is a larger venue, and can comfortably seat a much bigger audience. Also, only two performances are scheduled: Saturday, May 5th, at 7:30 pm (new time), and Sunday, May 6th, at 1:30 pm. There will be no Friday show. The concert titled "Springtime in Las Vegas" celebrates the many facets of Las Vegas. Musical numbers will recall performances by Elvis and Frank Sinatra, to Barry Manilow and Celine Dion, and more. Also on the program are songs about taking a gamble and the popular wedding chapels. Tickets are $8.00 through May 4th, and $10.00 at the door, for everyone 12 years of age and over. Children under 12 are free. Tickets will also be available at Music & Arts (formerly The Music Nook), 164 Main St., in Milford. GMCC is directed by Dan Zabinski and is accompanied by Wayne Ward. It is an adult chorus of forty members, representing many area communities. New singers, 18 and over, are welcome to join at the beginning of each season. The GMCC is a non-profit organization sponsored by the Milford Community Use Program and the Milford Cultural Council, which is sponsored in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For tickets and information call Gail at 508-473-1268, or visit chorus_

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Lydia Taft House held a Winter Picnic for their guests from the Blackstone Senior Center. Volunteer Band Leader Lee Bartlett and his 21 players helped to entertain the crowd, The event was held at the Lydia Taft House located at 60 Quaker Highway Uxbridge. Guest Speaker at the event was Doctor Cory Ann Polly. Doctor Polly is the Lydia Taft House on Site Certified Dietitian and The Rehab Associates out Parent Dietitian. The event was hosted by Debbie Putman; Administrator, Janis Joudrey; Activity Director, and Nancy ReFrette; Activity Assistant.

Egg Hunt for young & young at heart Lydia Taft House held its Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on April 7th. Over one hundred egg hunters were on the prowl for candy and prizes as Lydia Taft House in Uxbridge hosted its Easter Egg Hunt. The lawn and at Lydia Taft House was only briefly littered with over 2,500 colorful eggs before they were all scooped into baskets. A magician and a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny also entertained the children.

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Senior Corner Northbridge Seniors post upcoming events HOURS OF OPERATION: Mon. – Thur. 8:30 a.m – 4:00 p.m. Friday – 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. HOLIDAY CLOSING The Northbridge Senior Center and Tri-Valley Nutrition site will be closed on Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day. VOLUNTEER MEDICAL DRIVERS The Northbridge Senior Centers Volunteer Medical Driver program is in desperate need of drivers to take local senior residents, to out of town medical appointments. Any time that you could give to this much needed, and appreciated service would be most welcomed. Drivers are reimbursed once a month for their miles. Call for information 508-234-2002. MEET THE SENATOR Come meet Senator Moore on Tuesday, May 1st from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. as he presents Senior Coffee Hours. Refreshments will be served. NEW YORK LIFE On Wednesday, May 2ndat 1:00 pm New York Life presents Part 2 Subject: Exploring funds that are protected from Creditors, Nursing Homes, Probate and Medicaid. KEEPING YOUR HOME RISK FREE On Monday, May 7th at 10:00 a.m., “Keeping Your Home Risk Free” important information that can save you from falls etc.

IMPORTATION INFORMATION The Northbridge Police Department announces a new Emergency Notification system: Code RED. This system will notify you directly of any emergency information that you should be aware of. Please note (You must have a computer to register with the police department) the website is click on the Code Red and enter your information. If you do not have a computer, call 508-234-2002 WII BOWLING The Wii Bowling Day is Wednesday, at 1:30 p.m. Come be with others and join in the skill of balance. ATTENTION SENIOR CITIZENS The Town of Northbridge Property Tax WORK - OFF PROGRAM is available for local seniors, who qualify and have appropriate skills, volunteer their services to the town. They are then matched with volunteer positions that have been offered by various Town Departments. This new program can help you reduce the cost of your property taxes and you will be helping the town as well. MONTHLY BIRTHDAY DINNER The monthly birthday dinner will be Tuesday, May 22nd at 11:45 a.m. Anyone celebrating a birthday in May is invited to attend and bring a guest. Reservations must be made on Thursday, May17th, no later than 11:00 am.

EXCITING NEWS AT THE SENIOR CENTER Our new meal program has been such a great success! A big thanks you to all of you who have been coming to lunch everyday. Lynne McPherson has been doing a super job making tasty and healthy meals. We also want to thank all of our new volunteers who are doing so much to help our meal time run smoothly. Come down and see for yourself! WEDNESDAY IS GAME DAY! Every Wednesday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am you can join a game of Triominos or Cribbage. Bring a friend and stay for lunch.  You may want to play different games such as checkers, chess or Wii. Get your group together and start some new games.  All are welcome. COMPUTER CLASSES – “SEARCHING THE INTERNET, HOW TO FIND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR”.  Do you have a new Ipad, tablet or Nook but aren’t sure about all you can do with it? Bring it to class and get help so you can learn more about it. Classes are from 3-4 p.m. every Monday. Please call the Senior Center at 508278-8622 to enroll and get further details. Classes are geared to individual needs. Senior Center wish list – The Senior Center would greatly appreciate any donations of paper plates and cups, napkins, plastic silverware, decaf


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FALLON REPRESENATIVE The Northbridge Senior Center will have a Fallon Rep (Senior Plan) on Wednesday, May 9th at 10:00 a.m. Come join other seniors who may have questions or concerns regarding your insurance coverage. ANNUAL FINE BANQUET The Friends of Northbridge Elders, Inc. will sponsor the 2012 F.I.N.E. Banquet on Wednesday, May 16th at the Center. There will be a short Business meeting and Election of officers for the coming year at 4:30 p.m. The evening will consist of a Turkey Dinner Catered by Jan’s Place at 5:00 p.m. Entertainment following, provided by MOCO & Company.

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO VOLUNTEER AT THE SENIOR CENTER? This summer the Senior Center will plant a vegetable garden at the Community Gardens. The vegetables will be used for the lunches at the Center. We need a few people to tend the garden.  If we could get people to volunteer one day a week to check the garden, water, pull weeds and harvest the vegetables, we would all benefit. We will get fresh air, sunshine and exercise! Call the Senior Center if you can join us in the garden.


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join us for a fabulous pizza party immediately following. Please call the center at 508-478-6175 or stop by to sign up for one or both programs. The cost for lunch is $4.00 per person in advance. Thank you.

COED BOCCE RETURNS BEGINNERS WELCOME! Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1pm beginning May 1st for fresh air and a friendly game. Haven’t played for years? We’ll refresh your memory.  Looking to learn?  No problem. Beginners welcome.  Also, if you would like to reserve the court for a game on your own, please call the Mendon Senior Center at 508-4786175.

ELDER LAW EDUCATION PROGRAM Join us on Monday, May 14th at 1:00 p.m. for statewide program presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association entitled “Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup.” Attorney Steve Wiles from Franklin will touch on some important topics in this year’s 2012 resource guide (available for distribution) on a wide range of legal issues affecting the lives of seniors including how to protect your home and assets, power of attorney and health care proxies, reverse mortgages, Medicare/Medicaid changes and alternatives to nursing home care. For more information or to register for this free program call the Mendon Senior Center at 508-4786l75.

MENDON MINSTRELS Spring Program ~Moving Around Don’t miss out! Come enjoy a wonderful array of tunes sure to rekindle your wunderlust performed for your listening pleasure by our own Mendon Minstrels.  The Minstrels including Diana Carter, Connie Forand, Helen Forand, Martha Gebelein, Nuala Mills, Ann Vandersluis, Sonja Porter, are lead by Marge West with Dave Clinkman on piano and Art Forand on guitar will drop in for a visit on Thursday, May 10th at 11:00am just prior to their summer hiatus.  Why not invite a friend and

2012 MENDON SENIOR OF THE YEAR Nominations being accepted! Since 1978 some deserving person (or persons) has been awarded the annual distinction of Senior Citizen of the Year. The chosen Mendon res-

ident generally exemplifies a spirit of public service and has made a positive difference in the community. Written nominations will be accepted until June 1st and the award will be presented in September. Please drop off or mail nominations to the Senior Center at 62 Providence Street, Mendon, MA 01756. PODIATRY CLINIC Doctor Clayton Cooper of Southboro Medical Group will be available on Wednesday, May 16th from 9-11am at the Mendon Senior to assist with your podiatry needs. Home visits are available for an additional fee. Please inquire at Senior Center office. MASSHEALTH EYEGLASS PATIENTS Lisa Trainor from Anywear Optical will be at the senior center on Monday, May 21st  beginning at 10:00 am. If you have Masshealth Insurance and would like to be fitted for your new eyeglasses please call to schedule an appointment. You must have your current prescription available. Call Lisa at 508-634-3596 and have your insurance number ready. SENIOR DAY TRIP JUNE 13TH Boston Duck Tour For the ultimate adventure, come

explore Boston by land and by sea in a World War II amphibious landing vehicle. This day trip coordinated by the Mendon Friends and Foxy Travel set for Wednesday, June 13th will be sure to please. Meet the motor coach at the Mendon Senior Center at 8am and embark on your Duck Tour by 10:00am. Two lunch options follow with corresponding tour costs:  lunch at Durgin Park following the Duck Tour for a total cost of $69.00 or Duck tour and lunch on your own at Quincy Market Place for $55.00. Driver and escort gratuities not included. There will be time for shopping afterward and we will return to Mendon Senior Center by 5:30pm.  Payment is due by May 11th to reserve your space.    Please make checks payable to the Friends of Mendon Elders and drop off or mail to the Mendon Senior Center, 62 Providence Street, Mendon, MA 01756.  Call 508-478-6175 for more information and be sure to have an updated File of Life form completed before the trip. FRIENDS NEWS Thank you to all the volunteers and donors who helped to make the Friends of Mendon Elders 4th Annual Book Fair our most successful yet! We’d also like to thank our hardworking youth volunteers from

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the Nipmuc Friends of Seniors and Bayview Academy as well as our hero, Mendon resident Brian Morford and his son Connor - we could not have done it without them. Thanks also to everyone who supported the Friends’ raffles including Milford National and Dean Bank. Congratulations to our lucky winners: Lottery Raffle Basket winner Joann Goss of Blackstone and Red Sox Raffle Basket winner Marjorie Mastriani of Mendon! The proceeds from the Friends’ Book Fair and raffle will benefit the Friends Van Support Fund to help offset any operating expenses of the Senior Center van.  Your continued support of the Van Support Fund by purchasing VanBucks for a donation of ten dollars each is most appreciated.  Please  come to our monthly meeting on Monday, May 14th at 11a.m. A SWEET TREAT & MUSIC May 31st 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Do we have a treat for you! Following our regular Tri-Valley Thursday lunch we will offer a scrumptious dessert provided by Sum-mit ElderCare and Navicare two programs of coordinated care for seniors, offered by Fallon Community Health Plan.  To top it off we will feature a music program coordinated by Nipmuc High School student Jesse Arsenault.  This saxophone quartet featuring Jesse Arsenault, Kevin Harris, Evan Tamagni, Jesse Charpentier and Rachel Plante on Piano is sure to please.  Call 508478-6175 or stop by the Mendon Senior Center to register for this free program. 8TH ANNUAL PROGRESSIVE YARD SALE Registrations and donations are now being accepted for the Friends’ Town wide Yard Sale which will be held on Saturday, June 9th from 8am until 2pm. We will be calling Friends members requesting donations of items and your delicious baked goods. Also, if you can help man a table for an hour or two the day of the sale, we’d appreciate that. You may drop off your usable items any day the Senior Center is open from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Please, please, please no electronics including computers, monitors, printers and TVs. Also, no extra large furnishings, exercise equipment or clothing. Thank you. If you’d like to register to hold a yard sale of your own that day, please call the Senior Center for more information. We thank you for your continued support. This is one of our big fundraisers so that we may provide the seniors of Mendon with programs and also furnish the Center with needed items. If you’d like to get involved please contact Friends President Marty Fletcher at 508-4733922 or the Mendon Senior Center at 508-478-6175. 

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May Events at Sutton Senior Center 7th - Monday

Weekly Features

10 AM – Chatterbox Discussion Group. All Welcome

MoNDAyS 9:30 AM tai Chi Free classes every Monday. All Welcome 12:45 pM NeW Men’s poker Club All Welcome

8th - tuesday 10 AM to Noon - “Willy’s kitty Angels” A visit from adoptable cats. Donations of cat food & supplies welcome.

tueSDAyS & FrIDAyS Free yoga Classes WeDNeSDAyS & thurSDAyS Free Computer Classes 9-12 AM WeDNeSDAy & FrIDAy 1 pM bINGo SeNIor CeNter CloSeD MeMorIAl DAy MAy 28th

10th - thursday 1 pM – Movie & Snacks “hugo” Award winning Martin Scorsese family pG movie

Worcester county sheriff lew evangelidis with sgt. Anthony Boulette and a sutton senior participating in iris recognition Program offered by Worcester county sheriff's office.

14th - Monday 1 pM – Mother’s Day pampering with Avon & Mary kay products. All welcome.

16th - Wednesday 5:30 pM – Seminar “how to protect your Nest egg and Assets”

tueSDAyS 1 pM Cribbage all welcome 2 pM “boost” high Impact exercise group thurSDAyS 9 AM “boost” high Impact exercise group 10 AM pitch FrIDAyS 9 AM “I’m Sorry” Card Game MoNDAyS & WeDNeSDAyS Free exercise Classes (range of Motion)

Upcoming Trips planned Join Jeanine, our “Travel Queen” for upcoming trips to: Newport, RI   for a Chowder Cook-Off and Breakers Mansion Festival on Saturday,  June 2nd; Mohegan Sun Trip and A Live Theater Show on Monday, June 11th, and a three day Amish Country Trip, July 11-13. For prices & more info call: Jeanine Williams at 1- 508-335-7935

24th - thursday 1 pM – ross & Donna Whittier’s travelogue to Disney

30th - Wednesday 11 AM – Discussion on “ Senior Safety” with Sheriff lew evangelidis

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The Heart of the Matter Health informational event villa at Saint Antoine Symposium scheduled Senior Wellness Group By nicholas G. kaltsas, esq. Elder & Disability Law Advocates is proud to bring to you the second in a series of four FREE Community Symposia on Wednesday, June 20th, from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., at the Hogan Center in Holy Cross College. The Heart of the Matter Symposium is a free community event designed specifically for those suffering from heart disease and stroke. It is a great way to obtain important information for those providing care. As with our prior symposium on cancer, many companies will be exhibiting at the symposium and those attending are encouraged to visit these exhibitor booths to learn about the services these exhibitors offer. Everything is free – there will be no charge for anything that day. Throughout the day,

there will be ample time to visit each booth, sign up for free raffles, and receive materials regarding important community services that are available to you. Free lunch and parking will also be provided to all who attend. The symposium features lectures by national and local experts. As those of you who have previously joined us know, this will be a very special day where you will learn more about the latest innovative treatments for Heart Disease and Stroke. Again, this event is totally free and there is no cost to attend. Please visit, or call 508-755-6525, to sign up for this free event or to get more information. We would be happy to send you a brochure.

Psychic & Radio Personality featured at May 4th fundraiser Famed psychic & radio personality Gary McKinstry is coming to Upton Town Hall on Friday, May 4th at 7:00 P.M. This fundraising event is sponsored by the Upton Bloomer Girls, a local charitable organization.  Tickets are $20.00 in advance

and $25.00 at the door. Call the Upton Town Clerk at 508-529-3565 or Ida at 508-529-2822 for ticket information.  Don't miss this exciting event.  You may be the one chosen to connect with a loved one!

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The Villa at Saint Antoine Senior Wellness Group is offering a hearing health informational event on Thursday, May 3rd from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the community room of the Villa at Saint Antoine located at 400 Mendon Road in North Smithfield, RI. The theme for this event is how we hear with our brain. Dr. May Kay Uchmanovicz, AuD., CCC-A from Twin Rivers Hearing Health will present valuable information about different dimensions of

hearing, how we hear with our brains, connection between the brain and hearing, keeping the ears in shape, as well as the latest hearing devices. Dr. Uchmanovicz will also be available for general consultation, battery assistance, and hearing screening. Rediscover your hearing and reconnect with the important things you might have been missing from life. The learning seminar is free and a light breakfast is offered to all participants. Please call Isabel Pestana at 401-767-2574 ext 602 to register for this event.

"Victorian Tea" at Mill Church The women's Ministry will be hosting their first annual "Victorian Tea" on Monday, May 21st. at 6:30 P.M. at The Mill church, 45 River Street, Millbury. Patricia Perry, a HistoricaI Interpreter, will educate and entertain us on the history of the " Victorian Tea", Come and enjoy tasting a variety of Teas and delicious Petit Fours.

There will be a $8.00 cover charge. Please make your check out to "The Mill Church" and mail to Brenda Pozzi, 28 Juniper Drive, Millbury, 01527. For more information, call: Brenda at 508-8654802 Mary Ann at 774312-0675. RSVP by May 14th; Please honor us with your presence.

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School News

Students educate the commuinty Blackstone Valley Tech Dental Assisting sophomore students along with their instructors recently visited the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School in Blackstone as part of their “Watch Your Mouth” campaign. The “Watch Your Mouth” campaign is a state-wide effort to inform and educate the public on the importance of taking care of your teeth. Dental health is as important as the health of any other body part, and affects how individuals feel, learn, and behave. Valley Tech students, as part of their sophomore curriculum, join in the effort by sharing the importance of oral hygiene at various middle schools throughout the community. Eighth grade health students at the Frederick W. Harnett Middle School participated in the program by visiting different learning stations, designed by Valley Tech students to educate them about: braces, mouth guards, the dangers of smoking, teeth whitening, oral hygiene, nutrition, the dangers of mouth piercings, and the Dental Assisting program at Valley Tech. Valley Tech student Julia Dion, of Uxbridge, says, “It’s enjoyable to teach. I learn something from the students, and they learn something from me. I feel like I’m doing something special.” Dion hopes to study forensic science upon graduating from Valley Tech. In addition to the “Watch Your Mouth” program, Valley Tech’s Dental Assisting students provide similar community outreach programs throughout the District to elementary school students through “Project Smile” and to senior citizens through the “Seniors for Seniors” program which involves grade 12 students providing dental education at local senior centers. Valley Tech’s Dental Assisting program has also partnered with Milford Department of Public Health to administer fluoride to students at the Woodland Elementary School in Milford. They administer more than 575 cups of fluoride on a weekly basis at the school. Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School serves the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge. Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech creates a positive learning community that prepares students for personal and professional success in an internationally competitive society through a fusion of rigorous vocational, technical, and academic skills. The school’s website is www.valleytech.

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WAtch your mouth – Bethany king, a sophomore Dental Assisting student at Blackstone Valley tech, teaches Frederick W. hartnett middle school students about the dangers of smoking and tobacco use.

The Northbridge Special Education Parent Advisory Council is hosting a presentation on Thursday, May 10th at Northbridge High School Media Center, Second Floor, 427 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Dr. Jane Carlson will be presenting a general overview of Autism with focus on the educational and behavioral needs of students. Dr. Carlson will be providing current evidence-based information in the areas of diagnosis, etiology, medical/genetic findings, and educational/treatment options.  A framework will be presented for evaluating information to determine the evidence supporting claims of treatment effectiveness.  Resources for evidencebased practice information will be shared. Dr. Carlson is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst with more than 20 years of experience working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities.  She is the Vice President of day and residential programs at the Groden Center

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Spring Carnival planned by Uxbridge Elementary PTO The Uxbridge Elementary PTO and the Preschool/Kindergarten will be hosting a Spring Carnival on Saturday, May12th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Taft Elementary School in Uxbridge. This event will include a Moonwalk, Carnival Games with Prizes, The Wheel of Wow, A Craft Table, Bake Sale and a Concession stand selling popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs,

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Hennessy named 2012 Plumbing All Star Top Students from Vocational Technical schools throughout the state recently represented their classmates at the 2012 Vocational Technical School All Star program at the Plumbing, Heating, and Cooling Contractors of Massachusetts’ (PHCC) annual Trade Show in Marlboro. Representing Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School among those students was Michael Hennessy, a senior in Valley Tech’s Plumbing program from Mendon. The PHCC of Massachusetts Trade Show draws industry professionals from throughout the state. It is a tremendous opportunity for students to network with members of industry. At the event, Mr. Hennessy received the 2012 Plumbing All Star Award from the PHCC of Massachusetts. Senator Scott Brown was in attendance to congratulate him, and other award recipients. Student honorees were given $500 worth of tools to start their careers. Mr. Hennessy was one of the few students to also receive $500 in scholarship money to be used to further his education. “This is an awesome recognition that will give me an advantage when I graduate and begin my career,” stated Michael Hennessy. “I’ve been on various job sites, and I really enjoy that each day is different. I definitely know that I want to be a plumber.” Mr. Hennessy will graduate in May and plans to

Valley tech senior michael hennessy is congratulated by John klesaris, former president of the Plumbing, heating, and cooling contractors of massachusetts, for being named a 2012 Plumbing All star. pursue an apprenticeship with the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union and also further his education by studying business. “The All-Star Program is a wonderful opportu-

nity for vocational school students to distinguish themselves from their peers. Through hard work and dedication, these young men and women have earned this recognition as they prepare for the road ahead,” commented John Klesaris, former president of the PHCC of Massachusetts. “I had the additional pleasure of speaking to Mr. Hennessy personally, and found him to be highly motivated. He is a credit to Valley Tech, and I expect he will go far in his chosen profession.” PHCC of Massachusetts is the Massachusetts chapter of the oldest trade association in the construction industry—PHCC, established in 1883. The Association represents the interests of Massachusetts' plumbing, heating and cooling contractors with a mission to educate, train, promote, and advance their industry. Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School serves the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge. Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech creates a positive learning community that prepares students for personal and professional success in an internationally competitive society through a fusion of rigorous vocational, technical, and academic skills. The school’s website is

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Student places 2nd in statewide contest Valley Tech’s Library Media Center is a bustling hub of activity in the school, so it came as no surprise that when Pamela Mark, the school’s Library Media Specialist, and Renee Monteiro-Bernard, Visual Art instructor, teamed up to introduced the Massachusetts School Library Association’s (MSLA) annual bookmark contest, the students jumped in with enthusiasm. The project was presented to freshmen students in Ms. Monteiro-Bernard’s Visual Arts class. The theme for the MSLA’s 2012 contest was “I’m Wild about My School Library!” and submissions were required to be original works of art, hand drawn by students. Since the contest was so popular, a school-wide contest was coordinated to narrow the submissions from over 60 to three in order to comply with MSLA contest guidelines. Designs from Valley Tech freshmen Hannah Goddard, Marissa Nosiglia, and Alyssa Tomas were submitted to the contest which was a part of the MSLA’s conference in Hyannis in March. A panel of judges including numerous authors and illustrators deliberated, naming Marissa Nosiglia’s design as the second place choice, or honorable mention, in the contests Division IV. The division included submissions from hundreds of students in grades 7 - 12 from across the state. Ms. Nosiglia, a Graphic Communications student from Milford, deeply enjoys being creative and takes pride in her artistic accomplishments, both in Graphic Communications, and in her Visual Arts class. Her winning bookmark design was a galactic representing the “I’m Wild about My School Library!” theme. She also takes part in multiple extracurricular activities including Girl Scouts and is a member of VT’s track team. Ms. Nosiglia, among other contest winners from throughout the state, traveled to the State House in Boston last month to take part in the MSLA Joint Legislation Day award ceremony, where Ms. Mark and Ms. Monteiro-Bernard presented her with her award. She was joined by proud members of her family at the ceremony.

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Uxbridge High School 2nd Trimester Honor Roll Grade 9 HIGH HONORS Amanda Alves, James Caffrey, Abigail Centrella, Jessica FitzGerald, Brittany Genest, Sandra Ghobrial, Alexander Kuros, Marta Leitao, Melissa Morton, Mikayla Rooney, Megan Salemi, Kyle Semle, and Alexandra Van Loon. HONORS James Aldrich, Cameron Gallagher, Daniel Lanoue, Jacqueline Larrivee, Justin Pickering, Jennifer Roy, Tara Seeley, Kamaldeep Sidhu, Katherine Skerry, Jake Taparausky, Alexandra Teare, and Alexandra Wojnowski. HONORABLE MENTION Anthony Abate, Danielle Albertelli, Kelly Benjamin, Patrick Berthelette, Patrick Cole, Elizabeth Davidson, Anna DuBois, Zachary Grenon, Baron Horwath, Kathryn Kincaid, Lacie Kraich, Zoe Krouner, Julia Lomberto, Aislinn Paterson, Brandon Silbor, and Mackenzie van Lingen. Grade 10 HIGH HONORS Benjamin Brule, Andrew Callahan, Luke Derderian, Lucas Hogan, Alexandra Jameson, Jonathan Klos, Alyson Levasseur, Mickaela Lussier, Luke Maloney, Tyler Normandin, Mitchell Page, and Nicole Sherlock HONORS Madeleine Cullen, Bryce Fournier, Martina Ghobrial, Kaci Granger, Chelcie-Rae Hamelin, Luke Higgins, Mariah Lombard, Victoria Luccio, Shawn MacNeill, Veronica Mattson, Courtney Pepin, Brady Phillips, Courtney Rogers, Andrew Ross, Marissa Rousseau, Abigail Sawyer, Kristina Sefakis, Melissa Taylor, Julia Turgeon, and Carey Twyman. HONORABLE MENTION Mary Boucher, Katherine Cota, Taylor Dion, Cory Johnson, Brielle Lafreniere, Joshua Lavigne, Brandon Lussier, Mary Morcos, Katlyn Peters, Gina Petrillo, Nicholas Petrillo, Ashley Rondeau, Jared Stewart. and Samantha Wise Grade 11 HIGH HONORS Seth Blackburn, Emily Cahill, Lindsey Centrella, Olivia Cormier, Mark DeVries, Gregory Ensom, Caitlin Francis, Mitchell Goldman, Seth Gordon, Jake Hession, Christopher Kelly, Debora Lopes, Rachel Lozeau, Wade O’Neil, Paul Peso, Collin Proehl, Andrew Reardon, Allison Van Fechtmann, and Abigail White. HONORS Harley Bison, Timothy Bouchard, Zoe Boyer, Ryan Clifford, Dezerae CorleyTinio, Bradley Couture, Jillian Ebbeling, Autumn Gentzler, Daniel Haines, Mickayla Holt, Michael Iacovone, Kayla Jenkins, Hannah Kosiba, Richard Lanoue III, Daniel Larrivee, Dhaval Patel, Kenneth Paulhus, William Robbins III, David Roxo, Kiernan Sanders, Michelle Seagrave, and Mikaela Shanley. HONORABLE MENTION

Fredrick Aldrich, Thomas Bullock, Edward Burnham, Jennifer Cogliandro, Amanda DiLuca, Erika Ethier, Joseph FitzGerald, Jeffrey Graveson, Dakota Krouner, John Lamanuzzi, Savanna Lawrence, Janessa Little, Christopher Mannka, Christine Miller, Courtney Pavlis, Samantha Powers, Derek Reardon, Nathan Ridl, Jonathan Robert, Jillian Sylvester and Nicole Venditti. Grade 12 HIGH HONORS David Baker, Chelsea Cota, Carolyn Cote, John Cotter, Alexis Denette, Mary Frey, Corey Gomes, Lauren Hammer, Erica Juliano, Jessica Koehne, Kevin MacDougall, Jason Mannka, Melinda Metzger, Haley Ostrem, Daniel Penza, Christopher Powloka, Grace Sharrow, Lindsay Sweet and Danielle Worthington. HONORS Cody Auclair, Robert Bernier, Amy Clain, Nicole Coolbrith, Rachel DeYoung, Nicholas Dilick, Lisa Donoughe, Jerome Drane, Ryan Fredette, Kara Gilbert, Katelyn Glode, Jacqueline Goddard, Brandon Hetherington, Andrew Lemoine, Joseph Martino, Alicia Morales, Kelsey Norberg, Anthony Petrillo, Lauren Rogers, Casey Rota, Sara Shields, Samantha Sottile, Katelyn Stefanick, Christopher Storey, and Emma Van Loon, HONORABLE MENTION Victoria Basiner, Timothy Beaudette, Toni-Marie Brennick, Elizabeth Caccavelli, Katelyn Chabot, Alex DiCrescentis, Ryan Gardner, Christopher Hanson, Brenna Laverty, Lindsey Poole, Emily Powers, Isabella Rush, Cameron Staples, Tyler Wagar, Lindsey Wilson, and Ciara Young.

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Named to All-Academic State Team Uxbridge High School seniors Corey Gomes and Daniel Penza have both been named to the Massachusetts Central Sectional All-Academic Basketball Team. The team is sponsored by the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association and the Red Auerbach Youth Foundation and is comprised of the top student-athletes in the state of Massachusetts for the 20112012 basketball season. Corey and Dan will receive their award at the MBCA Spring Awards Breakfast which is held at the Hogan Center on the campus of Holy Cross College.

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For the season, he has played in 31 games, starting all of them. Allaire is batting .376 (47-for-125) with 47 hits, 31 runs scored, four doubles, 12 RBI and 10 stolen bases. Hoey hurled his first complete game shutout of the season as Rhode Island College earned a key Little East victory at No. 15 Eastern Connecticut on April 21. He scattered nine hits, on eight singles and a double, while striking out three to keep the Warriors off balance. Hoey retired the side in order during the third and fifth innings, respectively, en route to an 8-0 Anchorman victory. For the season, he has appeared in eight games, starting four of them. Hoey is 4-1 with a 2.43 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 37.0 innings pitched. Head Coach Scott Virgulak’s team is 20-11 overall and 7-3 (second place tie) in the Little East. In upcoming action, RIC will host Salve Regina.

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Rhode Island College senior shortstop Kyle Allaire (Uxbridge) was named the Little East Conference Baseball Player of the Week and junior pitcher David Hoey (Lincoln, RI) was named the Pitcher of the Week for their respective performances in a 3-1 week for the Anchormen. Allaire registered six hits this past week to become the Rhode Island College all-time hits leader (192), surpassing the previous standard set by Mike Naylor. He batted .625 (6-for-11) with a double and three runs batted in as the Anchormen went 3-0 against Little East opposition. Allaire recorded multiple base knocks in each of his four appearances. He went a combined 4for-8 with four runs scored and two RBI as Rhode Island College swept No. 15 Eastern Connecticut on April 21. Allaire also went 4-for-5 in a non-conference loss to Curry two days earlier.

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Whitin Middle School Honor Roll

Sarena Gervais, Dannielle Giroux, Austin Gonya, Ally Gordon, Ethan Goulet, Kassidy Granger, Stephanie Graveson, Jesse Hanscom, Lyndsey Hebert, Jacob Irving, Zachary Jordan, Nicholas Juliano, Erin Kalousdian, Emily King, Sadie King, Ellie Lapan, Taylor Lennox, Sara Lesack, Sophie Lynch, Michael Lyons, Brian Mac Dougall, Brittney Matheson, Alicia Miller, Hailey Millette, Kerry Monahan, Hannah Muggeo, Beau Nestor, Kaylee Olson, Allyson Parabicoli, Marybeth Phillips, Amanda Poulin, Chelsea Proehl, Ryan Pulicari, Sarah Reese, Kevin Reimer, Cory Rexford, Ryan Riddell, Jared Robert, Rachel Roy, Katherine Salzberg, Oliver Sawyer, Nicholas Simmons, Melanie Simonini, Morgan Smith, Cameron Stewart, John Sturniolo III, Jordan Tancrell, Alex Toner, Ethan Toomey, Devin Travaline, Thomas Travaline, Joshua Trottier, Bradford Vecchione, Casey Veinotte, Allie Volpe, Sharon Wallace, Taylor Walsh, Brent Whitlock, Maura Wilson, Jacob Winner, Samuel Wojciechowski GrAdE 7 HIGH HoNorS Kyle Archambault, Trevor Benoit, Brooke Blackburn, Cameron Butler, Krysta Coates, Celeste Fredrickson, Lucas Horan, Jennifer Hunter, Meghan Jones, Lauren Lapointe, Zackary

GrAdE 8 HIGH HoNorS Paige Anderson, Olivia Brochu, Jacqueline Caffarelli, Allison Cotter, Timothy Cotter, Tyler Durran, Randi Fournier, Emma Gilchrist, Micheala Hillier, Emily Keeler, Cailee King, Patrick Klos, Zackary Mages, Christian Pasichny, Setu Patel, Lucas Pomeroy, Emily Roxo, Rebecca Siefken, Elizabeth Simonds, Kyle Suchanek, Cameron Sullivan, Meghan Wills, Lukasz Wisniewski, Robert Wondolowski, Jackson Wright, GrAdE 8 HoNorS Drew Abbott, Sofia Alves, Brooklyn Anderson, Danielle Andrade, Lexxus Andrews, David Auclair, Nicholas Aufiero, Samantha Beaudet, Joshua Bell, Rachel Bergeron, Paul Berthelette, Alexander Bianco, Corrine Bianco, Olivia Bianco, Brett Bibeault, Courtney Bond, Elijah Boudreau, Hannah Clark, Madison Clement, Abigail Cote, Sean Creighton, Nicholas D’Amato, Zachary Dagle, Zachary Dumais, Kassidy Elliott, Makenzi Ethier-Poliquin, Amanda Gentzler,



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Blackstone Valley Tech posts Commendation List Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick has released the following Commendation List for the second trimester of the 2011-12 academic school year at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School from Douglas, Northbridge, Sutton, and Uxbridge. Students are listed by class according to their vocational technical shops with their name and hometown. SENIorS (Class of 2012) AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY: Roman Archambault, Douglas. BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY: Deneige Arguin, Uxbridge; Emily Brochu, Uxbridge; Hayley Clifford, Uxbridge; Kaylee Dubeau, Uxbridge; AmandaLee Healy, Northbridge; Robert Jordan, Uxbridge; Kayla Trombino, Northbridge; Bridgit Wallace, Uxbridge. CARPENTRY: Kerri Morse, Sutton. COSMETOLOGY: Brittani Allard, Sutton; Casey Stone, Douglas. CULINARY ARTS: Kassandra Lord, Northbridge. DENTAL ASSISTING: Angelica Aube, Douglas; Brianna King, Sutton; Seanna Roy, Northbridge. DRAFTING: Elizabeth Belanger, Northbridge; Peter Cournoyer, Uxbridge; Andrew Gauvin, Sutton; Attila Kara, Douglas; Jacob Kellett, Northbridge; Amber Laskowski, Uxbridge; Nicholas LeMay, Douglas; Stephanie Rivard, Northbridge. ELECTRICAL: Ryan Ferschke, Uxbridge; Adam Karagosian, Northbridge; Brendan O'Rourke, Sutton; Shawn Slaney, Northbridge. ELECTRONICS: Jonah Brunetti, Douglas; Brian Figueroa, Northbridge; Alexander Payne, Northbridge. GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS: Maggie Dugan, Uxbridge; Madison Mewhiney, Sutton; Holly Tokarz, Sutton; Phaedra Wiles, Northbridge. HEALTH SERVICES: Melissa Burdick, Northbridge; Jillian Crowley, Douglas; Oscar de la Rosa, Northbridge; Jessica Gorman, Sutton; Meagan Mahoney, Northbridge. HVAC/R: Bryan O'Rourke, Sutton. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Micaela Connors, Uxbridge; Nathan Firmes, Douglas; Cory Graham, Uxbridge; Matthew Morse, Sutton. MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY: Daniel Gauvin, Sutton. JUNIorS (Class of 2013) AUTO BODY: Tyler Amour, Uxbridge. AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY: Christopher Moran, Sutton. BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY: Cari Ambrogio, Northbridge; Danielle Combs, Uxbridge; Sarah Keith, Northbridge; Cody Saucier, Sutton; Alycia Wagner, Uxbridge. CARPENTRY: Ian Schopf, Northbridge; Samantha Smith, Northbridge. COSMETOLOGY: Miranda Doiron, Uxbridge; Toyomi Johnson, Uxbridge; Nicole Jolicoeur, Uxbridge; Lindsay Silva, Sutton. CULINARY ARTS: Ashley Arsenault, Uxbridge; Ashley Bedrosian, Northbridge; William Bodell, Uxbridge; Cara Hickenbottom, Sutton; Coreen Stanovich, Northbridge. DENTAL ASSISTING: Julie Montesdeoca, Northbridge. DRAFTING: Patrick Collicutt, Northbridge; Meghan Ferschke, Uxbridge; Christopher Lannon, Sutton; Sean

McLaughlin, Douglas. ELECTRICAL: Eric Adams, Sutton; Kevin Carroll, Northbridge; Khahnty Daraphet, Northbridge; Patrick Durkin, Douglas; Nicholas Rymeski, Northbridge; Brian Stearns, Northbridge. GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS: Katerina Batchelder, Uxbridge; Alexandra Bonin, Sutton; Sarah Clark, Douglas; Alyson Lisak, Northbridge; Joseph Petrillo, Uxbridge; Alicia Phillips, Uxbridge. HEALTH SERVICES: Jordan Abbott, Uxbridge; Caitlyn Ellis, Douglas; Michaela Joyce, Northbridge; Michelle Paquette, Uxbridge. HVAC/R: Zachary Bernard, Northbridge; Kyle Desruisseaux, Uxbridge; Taylor Hanson, Northbridge; Alexander Mielnicki, Douglas. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Christopher Afonso, Northbridge; Jack Cone, Uxbridge; Ian Kelly, Northbridge; Shane O'Shea, Sutton; Tyler Swett, Northbridge; Marc Tetreault, Uxbridge. MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY: Baron Apple, Uxbridge; John Whittier, Sutton. PAINTING AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGIES: Katelyn Parkinson, Douglas. SoPHoMorES (Class of 2014) BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY: Carly D'Amato, Uxbridge. CARPENTRY: Kyle Buma, Northbridge; Ryan Fleming, Northbridge. COSMETOLOGY: Paige Carrington, Northbridge; Deanna Decoteau, Douglas; Rachel Demrest, Uxbridge; Melissa Mason,


Sutton. CULINARY ARTS: Heather DeMers, Uxbridge; Taylor Lincoln, Northbridge; Jacqueline Tysen, Uxbridge. DENTAL ASSISTING: Julia Dion, Uxbridge; Michelle Maynard, Northbridge; Kinsale McGrath, Sutton; Laura Mikelonis, Sutton; Katherine Wills, Uxbridge. DRAFTING: Laurelyn Anderson, Uxbridge; John Beane, Douglas; Nicholas Bedrosian, Northbridge; Kyle Faucher, Sutton; Christopher Ferrick, Uxbridge; Daniel Lemire, Uxbridge; Jake Rivard, Northbridge; Brandon Wickett, Sutton. ELECTRICAL: Jacob Moon, Northbridge. ELECTRONICS: Jeremy Kniager, Sutton; Sierra Schotanus, Uxbridge. GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS: Reid Boutin, Uxbridge; Hannah Helstrom, Douglas; Mackenzie Lannon, Sutton; Brianna LibbeyLajoie, Northbridge. HEALTH SERVICES: Monica Benoit, Douglas; Courtney Britt, Uxbridge; Adam Intinarelli, Sutton; Kailee Kennedy, Uxbridge; Jennelle LeBeau, Douglas; Molly Wallace, Uxbridge. HVAC/R: Kevin Benjamin, Northbridge; Devin Borjeson-Troupe, Uxbridge; Jacob Jaillet, Sutton; Thomas McGowan, Northbridge; Jason Rawinski, Sutton. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Jonathan Capece, Uxbridge; Matthew Goldstein, Northbridge; Timothy Richer, Northbridge. MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY: James Connors, Uxbridge; Ryan Nulty,


Northbridge. PAINTING AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGIES: Jessica Belle, Douglas; Victoria Thanthavongsa, Uxbridge. PLUMBING: Ryan Cuthbertson, Douglas. FrESHMEN (Class of 2015) AUTO BODY: Benjamin Orphin, Sutton. AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY: Joseph Fitman, Northbridge. BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY: Michael Demeritt, Northbridge; Kaitlin Girouard, Northbridge; Kathryn Hughes, Northbridge. CARPENTRY: Colin Fiorentino, Uxbridge; Daniel Gniadek, Uxbridge. COSMETOLOGY: Lilli Ebbeling, Uxbridge; Kasey-Lee Gariepy, Uxbridge. CULINARY ARTS: Jacob Bodell, Uxbridge; Samuel Danis, Uxbridge; Katherine Holt, Uxbridge; Lilly Howe, Douglas; Kathryn Kelly, Douglas; David Lozeau, Uxbridge; Kayla Lyons, Uxbridge; Elizabeth Maloney, Uxbridge; Jessica Maloney, Uxbridge; Elizabeth Mielnicki, Douglas; Olivia Tourony, Douglas. DENTAL ASSISTING: Samantha Chamberlain, Sutton; Amal Khan, Northbridge; Emma Quinn, Douglas. DRAFTING: Nicholas Guerin, Northbridge; Jacob O'Donnell,

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Whitinsville Christian School Third Quarter Honor Roll GRADE 6 High Honors: Heidi Albright, Jacque-line Cloutier, Briana Fleming, Abby Greer, Julie Kaminski, Katelyn Lashley, Elizabeth Marder, Shannon Morrill, Drew Quercio, Cindy Swartzel, and Jake Violette. Honors: Jacob Belanger, Zach Bergeron, Julia Bobe, Joshua Cook, Esther Fomin, Luke Hassinger, Grace Malabanti, Jackie Rose, Brianna Smith, and Rose Thayer. GRADE 7 High Honors: Lauren Bek, Bianca DiVitto, Adelaide Dykstra, Abby Graves, Danielle Harvey, Sidney Johnson, Naomi LaDine, Jonathan Leduc, Nicholas O'Toole, Libby Quercio, Mikaela VandenAkker, Jacob Vander Hart, and Noah Zeyl. Honors: Peter Casey, Emily Cutler, Sam Gulinello, Charlotte Herndon, Katrina Holm, Colin Irwin, Ben Koopman, Maura Kulesza, Gabe Lenart, Kade

McCann, Hannah Mercer, Cam Sutherland, Colin Swaim, Nicholas Swiader, Christopher Tulley, Aiden Van Tol, Christian Visgatis, and Katie Wilcox. GRADE 8 High Honors: Abby Cook, Michael Dunlap, Angie Epplett, Spencer Gorman, Molly Hardiman, and Sarah Jarosz.

GRADE 10 High Honors: So Jung Choi, Matt Colonero, Montana Darling, Abby Epplett, Billy Fredericks, Daniel Gandek, Matthew Leduc, Evan Perkins, Kevin Pierro, Emma Quercio, Richard Santos, Sarah Sullivan, Jacob Swaim, Mackenzie Thibodeau, and Timothy Vander Hart.

Honors: Andrew Baker, Katelyn Baker, Luc Booz, Owen Brookhouse, Joshua Casey, Clara Kim, Ethan Lamoureux, Grace May, Stefani Moore, Devin Morrill, Michaela Perkins, Alex Vander Ark, Billy von Hein, and Jake Wiersma.

Honors: Rachel Andrews, Lauren Baker, Diana Brown, Nathan Casey, Colleen Christman, Hunter Darling, Elizabeth Groot, Jake Gulinello, Hanna Gulla, Alex Hebert, Zach Kulesza, Steven LaDine, Kate Monaghan, Alice Qin, Rachel Treide, and James Walden.

GRADE 9 High Honors: Angela Bobe, Katie Caswell, Greg Ha, Kate Killoy, Jamison Koeman, Renee Marinone, David Oh, Sarah Poquette, Jihee Son, Juhee Son, Haley VanderSea, Katie Vriesema, and Elena Wassenar.

GRADE 11 High Honors: Andrew Cozzens, James Dunlap, Antonio Estrella, Cami Huizenga, Young Soo Kang, Liz LaCava, Ji Young Na, Olivia Smith, Molly Stark, and Robert Vigeant.

Honors: Nicole Cloutier, Lydia Hong, Lizzy Petrocelli, Josh Schneider, and Jacob Van Dyke.

Honors: Matt Applegarth, Isaac Bates, Bob

Brodeur, Becca Caswell, Ashley Cook, Micah Curtis, Morgan Dzicek, Paul Hamlet, Alexandria Hay, Caleb Holt, Max Kuik, Colin Richey, Kathryn Rubin, Willy Rugo, Amarillys Santos, Jake Swartzel, and Julia Thayer. GRADE 12 High Honors: Jonathan Buma, Sienna Clough, Thomas Cook, Connor Dolan, Samantha Ervin, Breanne Hamlet, Anna Hardiman, Heather Irwin, David Jassmond, Casey Johnson, Rachel LaDine, Joshua Lewis, Jessica Mitchell, Eric Monroe, Maya Palmisciano, Hannah Plantinga, Deanna Ristaino, and Alison Sohigian. Honors: Laura Allen, Emily Barrett, Julia Berkowicz, Colin Bradley, Mu Sol Byun, Allison Campbell, McKenzie Dion, SaraBeth Hanny, Sarah Kloczkowski, Kathryn LiVigni, Nicholas Marino, Jake McGriff, Micaila Olson, Michael Park, Brian Pierro, Kristen Sullivan, Aksel Thibodeau, Tyler VandenAkker, Jenna Visgatis, and Amanda Williams.

Stockwell completes CG Training Cody Thomas Stockwell of Uxbridge recently graduated from Coast Guard Training in Cape May, NJ. Cody has been stationed in St. Petersburg, FL where he is a member of the Aids to Navigation Team. He is a 2011 graduate of Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School and the son of Thomas and Crystal Stockwell of Uxbridge. He is the grandson of Thomas and Pamela Stockwell of Upton and Thomas and Joan Koopman of Northbridge.

SEPAC Yard Sale space available The Uxbridge Special Ed Parent Advisory Council will hold its annual YARD SALE on Saturday, May 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Uxbridge Town Common. (Rain date – Sunday, May 20th).  For $15, you can rent a 10’ x 10’ space to sell your yard sale items, craft items, or to market your home products.  To rent space or donate items, please send an email to uxbridgespecialedpac@  We offer pick from your home for donated items or you can drop off items on the morning of the sale. Proceeds from the yard sale will be used to fund our scholarship program.  Please stop by the yard sale and support our kids!  You never know what treasures you might find!

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Business Review business bio

Paul S. Robinson; offering creative images at reasonable prices “people

don’t buy the picture, they buy the image”

story & Photos By constAnce DWyer Professional photographer Paul S. Robinson of Uxbridge offers a creative style for you when you engage him to take your portrait. For him, though, it’s more than looking through his lens to capture a meaningful moment in time for you. “I capture memories to be cherished by our clients for years to come.” The result, he adds, is artistically crafted images that are unified and of impeccable quality. As a professional photographer, he is the official photographer for The Original Wedding Expo and his photographs appear in Bride & Groom, and other magazines such as Parade; Country Living, Go Magazine, Bass Masters, Field and Stream, Martha’s Vineyard, Cooking Light and Sky Magazine. His photography has also appeared in the Telegram & Gazette, Boston Globe and Milford Daily News. As an award-winning photographer, he’s published in over 20 newspapers and magazines. Over Paul’s fifteen year career he has photographed notable celebrities like Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Susan Tadeschi, John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown band and J Giels bassist Danny Klein as well as Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and Boston Celtics Captain Paul Peirce. His studio’s entrance downtown Uxbridge is on the 2nd floor (Unit 202) between Refind Consignment Shop and Fringe Salon at 2 South Main Street. During the interview, he talked about his transition in 1996 from being a production mechanic for Gillette in So. Boston for many years to going to the New England School of Photography in Boston in its accredited Applied Program. “The Applied Program was a six month long program with a full two year study load.” He opened his studio two years ago on July 1, 2010, and said that business will be “picking up” with upcoming Senior High School Portraits and weddings. However, he is available to take a variety of photographs, from high school portraits, family photos to babies or model portfolios. A family portrait in his studio he was proud to highlight was the one of Mrs. Gloria Skvoric. She had a “family reunion” for the first time in years and her family came from around the country. The portrait shows Gloria seated with her two grandsons kneeling by her side and her daughters and spouses and their children. “This is an example of a memorable image taken that can never be reproduced.” Besides the photographs taken at his studio, Paul is available to go to your

home or workplace or any place of your choosing for that memorable image to be taken. He will travel long-distance as well; as far as Canada. Today, he is doing what he loves the most. “At 40, I decided to do something I’ve always wanted to do—photography.” However, he stresses, his photography is done “the right way.” To insure he is doing his utmost for his customers, he takes advanced courses to stay up to date with the latest techniques. Recently, he attended a 5-day professional photography school at NEIPP ( New England Institute of Professional Photography) to improve his craft and provide a better quality product for his clients. Paul’s business parnter is Lynn Garlett and both reside in Uxbridge. For information on Paul S. Robinson Photography, call (508) 278-5530 or

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Arnold and Ivans promoted at UniBank UniBank, with assets of $1.3 billion as of December 31, 2011, is a full-service, mutually-owned 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 early summer 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

Milford Regional receives Healthcare Achievement Award Jonathan P. ivans

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Patricia A. Baker, senior vice president, Government Banking at UniBank, recently announced that Michael H. Arnold has joined UniBank’s subsidiary UniPayDirect, Inc. as Sales Officer. In this position, Mr. Arnold will develop partner bank relationships nationwide in order to expand and grow the subsidiary through the sale of UniPayDirect a proprietary solution for secure tax and fee payment processing.   Mr. Arnold has over 24 years of Sales Management experience in the banking industry. Most recently he was employed by Forward National Company, subsidiary of Milford National Bank and Trust. Previously of Shrewsbury, Mr. Arnold currently resides in North Grafton.

UniBank recently announced that Jonathan P. Ivans has joined UniBank as Vice President of Compliance and Security. In this position, Mr. Ivans is responsible for overseeing regulatory compliance, vendor management, business continuity programs, and security for the bank. Mr. Ivans has over 15 years of experience in banking, most recently as a compliance consultant. Previously, he was employed with Shatswell, Mac Leod & Company. Prior to his career with Shatswell, MacLeod & Company, he was employed by BB&T, WinstonSalem, NC and served in roles such as Internal Auditor, Corporate Training Instructor, and Area Operations Manager. Formerly of Gibsonville, NC, Mr. Ivans currently resides in Enfield, CT with his husband William J. Ivans, Jr.


Milford Regional Medical Center received the 2012 Member Achievement Award from Amerinet, a leading healthcare solutions organization. Amerinet grants these honors yearly in recognition of the efforts undertaken by its membership to reduce healthcare costs, improve healthcare quality and serve the community-at-large. This is the second consecutive year that Milford Regional has received this honor. “By offering these awards, Amerinet not only recognizes and celebrates the true leaders and innovators in our industry, it also provides an outstanding forum – a unique opportunity for collaboration among our membership and organization,” said Todd Ebert, Amerinet president and CEO. “This year’s winners formulated and delivered unique, customized strategies that tackled challenges universal to the healthcare industry at-large.” Entries were carefully evaluated by a panel of expert judges and superior




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shooting pains, dizziness or lightheadedness. A “crick” in the neck feels sudden and intense, limiting the ability to move your neck from side to side, making it feel as though it is “stuck”. Massage therapy helps with all of those causes and symptoms. One treatment plan involves trigger point therapy. A trigger point is a hypersensitive point in the body of a muscle that releases other areas of the body when pressure is applied. There are active trigger points and inactive trigger points. An active trigger point refers pain locally or to another location called a secondary trigger point. From the secondary trigger point, release happens in the satellite trigger point. For example, pressure on a trigger point in the trapezius muscle will release the back of the ear, to the back of the head, and into the eye. Trigger points pull on the tendons and ligaments associated with the muscles and cause pain at the joint. Successful treatment is to deactivate the trigger points and elongate the muscles with stretching the muscle fiber after releasing it. Trigger point massage therapy alleviates the source of the pain through pressure, or pressure points through cycles of isolated pressure and release. After having trigger point release there is a significant decrease in pain after the first treatment. Getting massage trigger points regularly helps naturally to manage pain and stress. For more information contact:

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Brick Mill Marketplace...A recipe for success INGREDIENTS: A dream A unique concept Imagination and creativity Support & encouragement from family & friends DIRECTIONS: Combine a dream, imagination and creativity Blend with a unique concept, support and encouragement from family and friends

Stir in a great location Mix with carefully selected dealers and artisans RESULTS: BRICK MILL MARKETPLACE Like any recipe, the ingredients are basic, the directions are simple and the end result is both different and unique. Jackie Norberg had a dream. Her love for country and primitive home furnishings inspired her vision and distinctive concept. She started out many years ago selling small items

Katydid Flowers is open for business With a combined 31 years of floral experience, the two former Mendon Greenhouse employees had a vision of what their flower shop should be. “We’re all about bringing a little outside in! As a full service flower shop, we wanted to stay upscale but very affordable. Our look is clean, fresh and timeless with a custom built cottage cooler with sliding windows for easy access to pre-arranged flowers or you are invited to enter through the French doors where you can see, touch, smell and choose your own flowers.” “We think it will appeal to both men and women of all ages. So many flower shops seem too pink, frilly and stuffy. We wanted to design a place everyone will enjoy”. A photo in a magazine that Katy saved for the last seven years inspired the cooler. Luckily, Tom Gaetano of Grafton Refrigeration was able to translate that photo into the wonderful focal feature of the shop. “No other flower shop has one like it! It’s more than we could have hoped for!”

To keep expenses down, Kim and Katy did a lot of the demolition and reconstruction of the store themselves. They quickly learned how to rip up carpet, knock down walls, remove glue on the concrete floor, lay down tiles and create stonewalls. “And for the things we couldn’t do by ourselves, friends and family pitched in and did it for us! It was amazing how many people volunteered! We are so grateful for their support. We just can’t thank them enough!” Nearly 300 attended their Grand Opening Celebration during which Senator Richard Moore surprised Kim and Katy by presenting them with a New Business Citation. Kim and Katy invite you to stop in and smell the flowers. “We can’t wait to see you! We think people are just going to love it!” Katydid Flowers located at 32 Hastings Street, Mendon. For business hours and more information visit:

at home parties. Before long, she realized she needed an outlet to sell her wares and rented booths in various consignment and co-op shops in the Uxbridge area. And now, her dream has become a reality. Jackie owns and operates Brick Mill Marketplace located in the historical Stanley Woolen Mill building on Mendon Street (Route 16) in Uxbridge, Massachusetts which dates back to 1833 with its hand hewn wood beams and brick walls. Brick Mill Marketplace is much different than the usual co-op shop. It is a unique place where customers can conveniently shop for all their primitive and country wares under one roof.

It showcases a mix of antiques, primitives, reproductions and country home furnishings and accessories amidst a historical site, and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. To complete her idea, Jackie carefully selected vendors who would enhance this project. The multi-dealer shop houses 12 individual dealers and artisans, all of which evolve around a primitive/country theme. Each dealer is a long-time collector or artisan and possesses their own specialty, creativity and style. Diversity coupled with individual expression is the key to success at Brick Mill Marketplace.

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Sports Shorts Holbrook Memorial Golf Tournament announced

State Champions!

The 3rd Annual Chad A. Holbrook Memorial Golf Tournament will take place on Friday, June 22nd at Blissful Meadows Golf Club in Uxbridge. Registrations are currently being accepted and sponsorship opportunities are available. The cost is $500 per foursome and a $100 deposit is required to secure your spot. All proceeds benefit the Chad A. Holbrook Memorial Scholarship Fund for Blackstone Valley Tech students. The Chad A. Holbrook Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of Chad A. Holbrook who died as the result of a tragic car accident at the age of 18, shortly after having graduated from Blackstone Valley Tech. His family, including parents Lisa and Chic Holbrook, and their children, Holly, Travis and Hannah, honor his memory through the Memorial Scholarship for deserving Blackstone Valley Tech students. For more information contact Renee Tetreault at 508-579-8709 or visit


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AYF Football & Cheer Registration scheduled Millbury-Sutton AYF Football Organization (MSAYF) is one of the oldest youth football and cheer organizations in Central Massachusetts. This year, our not-for-profit organization marks its 22nd season of giving Millbury and Sutton children as young as 7 the experience of participating in football and cheer.

Playing in the American Youth Football League, Boys and girls have the opportunity to learn football and cheerleader skills that they put to use in a competitive environment. Teams are based on grade level. From as young as our 2nd/3rd grade instructional level up to 8th grade, players and cheerleaders are teamed with friends and peers and compete for accomplishment in local and national championships as well as local and national All-Star placement. For the last 2 years our K/1st grade flag football program has been a great success. This year we will also be continuing to develop our K/1st grade flag football teams with hopes that the teams get to play some other towns in the league during the season. Our next registration dates for the 2012 season are being held on May 5th and May 12th at the Millbury public library. We hope to see you there.

Where’s the baseball? By constAnce DWyer

sutton Division A Grade 6 Boys Basketball team; Winners of the south central massachusetts youth Basketball A Division championship and now state champions! Winning their new title in Foxboro on march 24th, they are the first sutton team to win states!! top row (left to right): evan mcVey, Ashton Grenon, Assistant coach Paul Buffone, coach steve Grenon, noah craft and sean Burke. Bottom row from left to right: mike simonelli, Wyatt lucia, malcolm little, Jarod Buffone, Damon yargeau and Justin Buffone.

Donna Smith of Marion, Massachusetts, contacted our paper to see if someone reading this article might know where an historic baseball from Uxbridge might now be. It is autographed by 16 players of the “Uxbridge Worsted in the Blackstone Valley League of the 1940s.” Donna’s father, the late Ronnie Stone who lived in Worcester, signed the baseball. Originally, the official American League ball was given by the players to their outstanding pitcher, the late Joe Geer. Donna yearns to find the baseball and believes it has a rightful place in the Uxbridge Historical Society. If anyone has any information, please contact Donna Smith at (508) 965-0644.


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Registration opens for Greenway Challenge Registration is now open for teams to enter the 2012 UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge in Mass. and Rhode Island. The race is set for September 29th. The mission of the race now, in its 12th year, is to promote the recreational quality of life in the Blackstone River Valley. Working with the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission, and other partner organizations, the Greenway Challenge supports clean water campaigns, hiking and biking trails, wildlife projects, environmental education and development of waterway access. Each year, the course is redesigned to provide returning athletes a new challenge as well as to showcase one of the most beautiful and historic regions of New England the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. The adven-

ture race may total 50 to 60 miles and include canoeing or kayaking, street or mountain biking, and street or trail running. The official segments for the 2012 race will be announced on July 1st. Teams may be comprised of company employees, neighborhood friends, classmates, club members, families or virtually any other group with a combined love of adventure, running, biking, and paddling competition, and the Blackstone River Valley. The Greenway Challenge includes a variety of divisions to offer teams and participants opportunities ranging from intense competition to daylong fun: • Championship Division - For teams seeking purely the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. • Corporate Cup - Teams must be comprised entirely of co-workers from the same organiza-

Michael Ellsessar Family Run planned This is the second annual run for Michael Ellsessar, our Sutton teen who lost his life unexpectedly in a sports related incident in November 2010. Michael was a student/athlete from Sutton who died while playing in a junior-varsity football game for Oxford. After catching a pass, Michael was tackled and then hit in the chest which fatally stopped his heart. The 5K, 10k Races will have a 9:00 a.m. start and the Kids Fun Run at 10:45 a.m. Race registration/number pick up/start and finish at Sutton Simonian Center For Early Learning. The cost is $25 per runner and T-shirt for first

150 pre-registered applicants by May 4th; $2 per child and a food pantry donation for Kids Fun Run – race day registration only Run or walk, come to enjoy a country, scenic route to help raise money as well as promote a great family, healthy and community event in honor of Michael Ellsessar. This event is being coordinated with the school as a fund-raiser for all profits raised will be going directly to the Michael Ellsessar Scholarship Fund. Race forms, direction, further information and details can be found on the school website at:

tion, either for-profit or nonprofit. • All-Woman Teams - Teams consist of all female competitors. • Ironman/Ironwoman - For individuals with the spirit and determination to do the whole course on their own with the aid of one support person. Trophies are awarded to the top Ironman and the top Ironwoman. • The Masters - An ideal event for Senior athletes. All participants must be 50 or older. • Recreational Teams - A lot of fun and a maybe a little competition. Teams are comprised of up to nine members in any combination of men, women, and youth aged 16 or older. Individuals who wish to participate but don’t have a team can contact the Greenway Challenge to connect with an existing team or to create a new one. UniBank, with nine locations in the Greater Blackstone River Valley, joins the Greenway Challenge again in 2012 as Title sponsor. Joining in support are: Red Star WorldWear and Taco/The White Family Foundation as River Champion Sponsors, Whitin Community Center as Trail Blazer sponsor, Mass. State Representative George Peterson as Pace Setter sponsor, and the Town of Cumberland Parks & Recreation Dept. and "On the Border" Mexican Grill and Cantina as Friend sponsors. To register, or for information, visit the website at Registration.html. Follow the Greenway Challenge on Facebook at http://facebook. com/ greenwaychallenge, on Twitter at http:// greenwaychall, or on Google+ at http://gplus. to/greenwaychallenge.

The theory of making inn roads to success It's actually not a theory but a fact. Most people have no clue as to what this means. But it is the action solely responsible for progress, without it there can be no progress. Here I will explain it in brief for you. What does it mean?  Here's my short version; It  literally means taking your muscles and mind to a place it has not been before, thus creating a high stimulus that your body responds to by getting stronger and fitter. In fact it makes responding to this stress a high priority since it cannot distinguish weight lifting from a physical threat. It's one in the same to your body, which is highly programmed for survival. Here's an example, you are lifting 100 pounds for 8 reps. At first your muscles are perfectly able to start this set of 8 reps, there's no real struggle. As you continue on however,  your muscles begin to fatigue,  your body thus recruits more muscle tissue to counter the fatigue and keep you going. However, by the time you reach 8 reps you are struggling with the weight. The weight now becomes too heavy to lift. Your muscular force that you generate now is weaker than the weight This is the beginning of entering into your inn roads to progress. Every rep before this point your muscles can already  do,(no adaption needed) now you enter a state of momentary muscular failure. You cannot move the weight  You continue to push against the bar without movement for as long as you can, This space in time where your muscles have failed but yet you continue pushing is the stimulus time that makes your body adapt. It's but a few seconds, but it is the most precious few seconds of your set. Note!   forced reps and negatives also take you into your inn roads  as well. This stimulus time is short , but of  very high intensity (your muscles are shocked). This is the magic or sweet spot as I call it that your body responds too. You have entered the inn roads to improvement.(You have entered a place your muscles have not been before, and your muscles cannot move the weight any further). It only has to be short but intense for triggering your body's response mechanisms to kick in CAUTION! Going way into your inn roads at this point is not only not necessary but will halt progress if not injure your muscles, for the more intense your effort the more recovery time is needed.  The stimulation period is short, and you should not continue on thinking that more and more shock is better, just the contrary, it can become an injury, or at the very least take you weeks to recover. The all too common big mistake (resulting in disappointment and failure)  people make is they do not extend there recovery time as they get stronger and work out harder, thus  they never tap into their ultimate strengths. Remember, as you get stronger, you need more recovery time to heal. Using your same old work out schedule will now be obsolete and prove to be inadequate for progress. Make that a priority. Muscles can take up to a week or longer for recovery, working out again within your recovery period just negates any progress.  Power lifters wait some 10 days or more to rest their muscles. Making inn roads into your exercise efforts are the key to improvement, that is constantly challenging your body to do more. This applies to any sport, and most importantly to your health So that's my simple explanation of making inn roads to success (the same inn road principles apply to just about all sporting and training activities)  and improvements, there's a whole lot more, but enough for now. You should always strive to make improvements. Way too many people just go through monotonous routines over and over for years even, with absolutely no improvement. It's just a shameful waste of time and effort. I have been reading some great articles on the elderly and strength training and the fantastic results obtained by them, very impressive and even astonishing. And they employ what I have just explained to you,  gaining access to their "Inn Roads to Success". Space and time do not permit me to explain the success I've had with some of my clients working their muscles but just a few minutes per week, resulting in not only the biggest gains made, but they ALL reached new strength levels never before achieved, that's just working their muscles but a few minutes per week, astounding success. John Allegrini "Trainer Elite" "Health Coach Adviser" (ACSM) American College of Sports Medicine Certified

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