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Sutton Town Voters acquire Manchaug Dam BY CONSTANCE DwYEr On October 17th, 2011, at the Simonian Center for Early Learning, with 144 voters present, the 16 article warrant for Sutton’s Fall Annual Town Meeting was brought before the voters at 7:05 p.m. and completed in approximately 80 minutes. With Town Administrator James, “Jim” Smith back from medical leave, warrant articles dealing with the FY 2012 financial issues, numbers 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 and 9 passed easily, many unanimously and Art. 4 was passed to transfer two tax title parcels to the Board of Selectmen for their future disposition. Art. 3 passed to permit up to two Selectmen to serve on the Charter and By-Law Review Committee, but only after opposition based on: the suggested absence of charter required committee reports to the Selectmen; and no evidence of corrective effort by the Selectmen or Moderator, who, together, appoint the 5 committee members – including recognition, in the Town’s Annual Report, of the committee’s existence. Art. 8 brought forth the most voter debate participation, both from the audience, Patricia Weagle, and Phyllis Charpentier, secretary of the Manchaug Pond Association & Foundation who offered their strong support and from Finance Committee member Robert Recore who spoke in opposition. In addition, a passionate plea was made by Andrew Mosher, a resident of Sutton for 40 years who runs a business locally. He spoke about the Manchaug Pond Association and its newly formed non-profit foundation of which he serves as treasurer. He said the organization was 44 years old and is “100 members strong.” He applauded Town Administrator Jim
Smith and the Board of Selectmen for their “foresight and hard work in bringing a workable solution to protect Manchaug Pond for our community and generations to come.” The effects on lake front properties of abandoning the dam appears to have overcome the objections based on the ongoing cost of ownership by the Town. The $350,000 gift to the Town upon its assumption of ownership, while it would greatly assist in the dam maintenance, was deemed by some as not sufficient in the long run. The acquisition succeeded by a near unanimous vote. Articles 10 through 13 were passed, most by unanimous votes before the Moderator requested that Art. 10 be re-voted “to make it legal.” Art. 10 passed again unanimously. The remaining articles, amendments dealing with Renewable Energy Sources under the Zoning By-Law, numbers 14, 15 and 16 passed unanimously and the meeting was concluded.
HEALING HANDS: Members of Mendon Girl Scout Troop 30398 learn about the plight of abandoned horses in our country. (left to right) Sarah, Kelly, Emma, Lydia, Emily, Emily, Amanda and Kelsey. See complete story on page 42
Mrs. Flansburg retires after 31 Years of service BY CONSTANCE DwYEr Mrs. Beverly Flansburg of Douglas started “subbing” at Our Lady of the Valley Regional School in Uxbridge back in 1980 when her sons, Jeremy and Jonathan, were OLV students. It happened when Sr. Kathleen, well known and loved at the grammar school, as longtime principal and former teacher, decided to call Beverly and ask if she would like to teach the 8th grade. She
gladly accepted the opportunity to put her Framingham State College B.S. degree in Education back into practice; she had graduated in 1964 when the college was an “all girls” school. She had taught the fourth grade in Hopedale (Memorial School) for five years, but gave it up when she became pregnant in 1969. Her husband, Charles, better known as “Chic,” was very supportive of her return to work after being a stay-at-
home Mom for about 8 years. She said, “My first love was junior high since I was able to appreciate the students who, in turn, appreciated my humor and teaching style.” Her last year, though, was teaching fifth grade and it was a positive experience to see kids “excited about everything.” Mrs. Flansburg was instrumental in starting a Student Council at OLV and was its advisor for close to 7 years, at which time she passed the reins on to
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Mrs. Sandy Robbins. She admires the Student Council for its involvement with “community concerns;” it and the Junior Honor Society spearheaded many community outreach programs— school supplies were sent to the school’s “sister-school” in New Orleans, Christmas gifts were given to needy families in the Blackstone Valley, and a Red Cross blood drive is held yearly. continued on page 42
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On behalf of all of us at St. Camillus Health Center, and most especially our residents, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to our very successful “6th Evening at the Mansion” held on September 23rd. Even the rainy weather couldn’t dampen the spirits of the people who attended and enjoyed the beautiful fall décor, delicious food and drink, and great raffle and silent auction items. In these challenging economic times, we are most grateful to the sponsors, local merchants, community members, and indi-
viduals who bought tickets and who so generously donated their time, talents, goods, and who made monetary contributions. As a result of the generosity of all of you, St. Camillus will continue to make improvements that will positively affect the lives of our residents, making our health center a true home for them. We are looking forward to our 7th Annual “Evening at the Mansion” to be held on Friday, September 21, 2012.
To the Editor: The Town of Uxbridge will have its annual Veteran's Day Parade on Sunday, November 6th. The parade will commence at the North Uxbridge Baptist Church parking lot at 2:00 PM. Any group(s) that wish to participate should start assembling at 1:00 p.m. The parade will make a brief stop at Sullivan Square then continue on West Hartford Avenue, turn left onto Elm Street to Memorial Square, then proceed onto North Main Street on to the town common. In case of inclement weather the Veteran's Day service will be held at 2PM at the Veteran's Memorial Gymnasium, located at the Uxbridge High School on Capron St. (Request participants to assemble by 1:30 PM) If you have any questions you can reach me at 508-278-2392 (home) or 860-305-7681 (cell) or email me at email@example.com.
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The Perfect Christmas Gift Idea Dear readers: With the holidays just around the corner, are you trying to think of a gift for someone who has everything? Or perhaps, you’re looking for a gift that would be as meaningful to you as to the person who receives it. Consider a donation to the Northbridge Association of Churches Food Pantry in honor of your neighbor, family member, friend or co-worker. What a wonderful way to show the true meaning
Bag Sale to aide local food pantry Dear readers: This year we started a new fundraiser for the food pantry. It is a Community Supporter grocery bag program. Many local businesses who support the food pantry bought advertising space on these bags to help us run this program. With their funding we were able to print 500 bags that will be sold in the Uxbridge community. Each bag cost $5.00. Because of the generosity of the companies who supported us... 100% of every bag sold will benefit the food pantry. If all bags are sold, this program will raise over $3,000! This is where we need your help! Won't you consider purchasing 1 (or more) bags to benefit the food pantry and its services? If you would like to purchase a bag (s), please contact me through e-mail. We will have volunteers selling the bags in the community as well. Please help support this program! We are serving more people (over 300 people per month) every month and through innovative programs like this we will be able to continue our mission of feeding those in need. If you are interested in helping sell these bags please contact me. It's a great way for the kids to volunteer and learn about helping people. Thanks again for all of your continued support and generosity on behalf of the families we serve,
of Christmas. Please send your donation to: NAC Food Pantry, c/o Senior Center, 20 Highland St., Whitinsville, MA 01588. Include your honoree’s name and address, as well as your own, so that “thank you” and an “acknowledgement” notes can be sent. Your generous gift will be a blessing to someone in need in our community. Thank you. Sincerely, - The NAC Food Pantry
Malia Bake Sale raises over $15,000 Dear Editor: I want to thank everyone who recently took part in the Malia Crushes Cancer Bake Sale/Raffle Fundraiser. Between the volunteer workers, the volunteer bakers, and the people who made monetary donation - we can not thank you enough. It takes a village!! We raised over $15,000 at this
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I recently had the opportunity to join the faculty and staff of Milford High School to kick off this year’s Advance Placement event sponsored by the Massachusetts Math and Science Initiative. It was an opportunity for me to witness the success of a state program that I have supported in the budget. However, it was also a great opportunity to applaud the growing number of Milford High students who are challenging themselves by taking demanding English, math and science courses that can earn college credits saving them, and their parents, time and money. The Advance Placement program helps students to improve their grades, gives them a boost toward acceptance at the college of their choice, and can help to earn college credits wherever they might go after high school. For parents and taxpayers, as well as the students, it represents a
great return on investment of scarce tax dollars that is improving education results in our district and the Commonwealth. The program also gives our outstanding teachers the training and encouragement they need to help students learn. I am especially proud not only of the 305 Milford students enrolled in Advance Placement courses this year – a 127% increase over last year – but of the students at Bellingham, Blackstone Valley Tech, Douglas, Nipmuc Regional, Northbridge, and Uxbridge who are also participating in the programs at their schools. These students are putting in extra time and effort – including Saturday classes – that will help them succeed in college and in the workforce of the future! Let’s all be proud of what our schools, and especially our youth, are doing. These Advance Placement students really are our “best and brightest.” - Sincerely, Senator Richard T. Moore
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Should Uxbridge Have Community Gardens? In many communities the desire for fresh, local food at a reasonable cost has led to the establishment of community gardens. In addition to producing nutritious food, community garden space can provide a great opportunity to learn gardening skills from friends and neighbors and to have some fun in the process. A meeting to explore the need and desire for community gardens in Uxbridge will be held on Tuesday, November 8th at 7 p.m. in the parish conference room at St. Mary Parish, Mendon St., Uxbridge. If you are interested in the possibility of community gardens for Uxbridge, please plan to attend the meeting.
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Could you use a community garden plot? Would you help set up a program? Bring your ideas to the meeting about who the gardens might serve, how they might be organized, and what steps would be necessary to initiate a successful program. The best gardens involve many groups and individuals working together to provide the kind of experience that works for their particular town. Materials published by the American Community Gardening Assn. will be available for review and discussion at the meeting. For information contact Barbara Hall at (508) 278-5004 or Annette Gion at (508) 278-3777.
Enjoy Ladies Night at the E.N. Jenckes Store Museum The 5th annual Ladies Night will be held at the E.N. Jenckes Store Museum at 283 Main Street on Friday, November 18th from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The annual event is hosted by the Douglas Historical Society and the museum will be transformed into a holiday store full of crafts and gifts by local vendors. Holiday music, festive lighting and refreshments will round out the event for all to enjoy in this unique shopping venue. Come visit one of the most intact
general stores in all of New England for this special holiday shopping experience. Your support helps local producers and crafters and the Douglas Historical Society’s efforts to preserve and protect the E.N. Jenckes Store Museum. Holiday refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit douglashistoricalsociety.org or call 508-476-3856 or 508-341-4876.
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The Northbridge Girl Scouts is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Food & Clothing Drive to benefit the Peace of Bread Kitchen/Pantry located in the Presbyterian Church. You can drop off your donations on Saturday, November 19th, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church located on Cottage Street, Whitinsville. Scouts and church members will be there to assist you. Help your Community this holiday season by donating gently used clothing, bedding, pillows, and non-perishable food items to this Pantry. All donations benefit your neighbors, friends, and schoolmates in your own town who may need a little extra help at this time. We have also placed Drop-off Boxes in various locations throughout the community for your convenience. Donations will be accepted at Whitinsville Community Center, The Gauthier Residence (28 Pleasant Street porch), Gaudette Insurance Agency (non-per-
Join in the Uxbridge Town Loop Run/Walk Challenge Nov. 20th The Uxbridge Town Loop Run/Walk Challenge will be held on Sunday, November 20th RAIN OR SHINE, at the Taft School Cafeteria, 16 Granite Street, Uxbridge. Join us for a morning of fun and excitement as runners and walkers face the challenge of circling the town, approximately a 3 mile loop. Proceeds
of this event will benefit the students in the Uxbridge Public Schools. Registration 10:00 a.m. - Race Start 11:00 a.m. Pre-register for $10 and receive a t-shirt. Contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org or Judi at jlanoue@uxbridge. k12.ma.usfor more information.
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Communities share additional funding "Another promise kept," according to Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, as he announced a supplemental distribution of local aid that will restore level funding to this vital program. The additional funding is the result of a vote cast by Moore and his colleagues in the Legislature last spring to share up to $65 million of any unspent FY '11 funds with the cities and towns after the state closed its books for the fiscal year. At the beginning of the recession, when state revenues were falling dramatically, the state was forced to reduce promised local aid, resulting in cuts for local services. However, now that revenues are beginning to improve, lawmakers listened to local officials and agreed to share the increases with municipalities. When crafting this year's budget, lawmakers pledged the mid-year boost if state revenues improved and reached a certain threshold, which they say it has. During the last week of October, the State Comptroller certified the amount of unspent funds returned by state agencies to the General Fund. State officials, according to Sen. Moore, are expected to find sufficient funding to meet the Legislature's goal for supplemental local aid. The reverted funds will restore previous cuts and represent overall level funding compared to last year. The aid will be distributed using the formula designed to divvy up lottery income. The following is the town by town expected allocation: Bellingham $1,435,208, Blackstone - $1,157,715, Douglas - $617,250, Dudley $1,511, 226, Hopedale - $551,538, Mendon $345,651, Milford - $2,583,471, Millville - $344,528, Northbridge - $1,785, 406, Oxford - $1,739,231, Southbridge - $2,975,671, Sutton - $660,269, Uxbridge - $1,163,833 & Webster $2,094,234. If you have any questions? Visit: www.senatormoore.com
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Heritage Quilters set meeting date Blackstone Valley Heritage Quilters are meeting Wednesday, November 30th at 7:00 p. m. Meetings are held in the basement of St. Patrick’s Church, 1 Cross St., Whitinsville. The guest speaker will be Pat Ferguson, showing a machine quilting trunk show. Members are asked to bring handmade items for St. Peter’s Bazaar.
Electronic & Appliance Recycling Event Saturday, Nov. 5th Final Fall Cleanout! Need to get rid of that old computer monitor, air conditioner or hot water heater out of the basement? What about those nonworking barbeque grills, lawn mowers or snow blowers? For a small fee, you can drop off these and other items at St. Mary’s Church in Uxbridge! Stop by early and enjoy the rest of your day. Our Lady of the Valley Regional School, in partnership with CRT Recycling Inc., a Brockton company, is hosting an eRecycling event on Saturday, November 5th, 2011 from 8a.m. to 1p.m. in St. Mary’s Church parking lot at 75 Mendon Street (Rte. 16) in Uxbridge. The school will be collecting used computer equipment (monitors, CPU/hard drives, laptops, servers, disk drives), computer accessories (mice, keyboards, wires and cables), printers, fax machines, copiers, camera/video/audio equipment, video games/systems, telephones / cell phones, microwaves, air conditioners,
large appliances and televisions. Our collection fees are MUCH LESS than most towns and waste removal companies are charging! All fees collected directly benefit the school. Recyclable Items Include: CPU/Server /Monitors/Laptops; Fax/Copiers/Printers; Telephones, Cell phones; Video Game systems; Cameras / Video / Audio / Speakers; Computer Parts / Acces-sories (mice, wires, cables, cards, keyboards); TVs - Plastic Housing / Wood Console / Projection; Large Appliances; washers, dryers, dishwashers; Microwaves & Air Conditioners. Also accepting metal items: Gas Grills (no tanks), Lawn-mowers / Snow blowers (fluids drain-ed), metal swing sets, desks and hot water tanks. CRT Recycling Inc. will refurbish and recycle the equipment keeping it out of our landfills! Do your part to help preserve our precious planet Earth! Join us rain or shine! Contact Patti Kane at 508-883-1282 for information or to request a price list.
Free Fall Clothing Extravaganza North Uxbridge Baptist Church is hosting their annual FREE Fall Clothing Extravaganza on Saturday, November 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Clothing is available for FREE from infant up through adult, all ages
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Community Band to present “Holiday Pops” Support offered for coping with The Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band, under the direction of Mrs. Kathleen Penza, will be performing their tenth annual Winter Holiday Concert, “Holiday Pops”, at the Northbridge Middle School Auditorium, 171 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville. This is a new venue for our concert. The concert date is Friday, December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the “storm date” will be Saturday, December 3rd at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free, although donations will be gratefully accepted. The band is pleased to welcome the Blackstone Valley Community Chorus, under the direction of Mrs. Diane Pollard, as special guest performers. The chorus will be performing several seasonal songs on their own, as well as joining with the band for O Come All Ye Faithful, and the Hallelujah Chorus. We are looking forward to this opportunity to create, together, a memorable musical experience for you. This year’s concert will feature a wide variety of music to help celebrate the winter holidays. Musical selections include: I Saw Three Ships, A Chan-
ukah Celebration, A Christmas Festival, Merry Christmas Darling, Santa’s Journey, Sweet Little Jesus Boy, Good Swing Wenceslas, Bells, Coventry Carol, and A Christmas Portrait (which includes: The Christmas Song, It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas and We Need a Little Christmas). Bring your singing voices, as we will be having a carol sing-a-long that includes Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, Silver Bells, Rudolph, the RedNosed Reindeer, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. This will be an enjoyable concert and fun time for the whole family. The Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band consists of approximately seventy talented musicians from throughout the Blackstone Valley and beyond. It is directed by Kathleen Penza, who is also the band’s founder. There is no audition for anyone wishing to join, but at least high school proficiency is recommended. If you’d like more information about the band you can visit the band’s website at www.bvccband.org or contact our director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band is a non-profit organization. It is supported in part by grants from the Uxbridge, Northbridge, Douglas, Millville, Medway, Hopedale, and Blackstone Cultural Councils. The band is also supported by Unibank and Schotanus Design Center.
St. Anne’s Pancake Breakfast St. Anne’s Parish will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday, November 13th in the church hall, 31 Main St., in the village of Manchaug. There will be two sittings at 8:30 and 10:30 AM. Tickets, available at the door, are $6 for adults, $4 for children and free for children younger than age six. For more information, visit parishesonline.com and search for 01526 in the zip code field. To buy tickets in advance, call 508-476-2405. Advance ticket purchases are preferred.
Troops’ Holiday in a Shoebox The holidays seem so far away, but they’re just around the corner, and Uxbridge Supports Our Troops has been busy organizing a community effort to reach out to the troops in time for the holidays. The Shoebox Campaign is a way for you to show your support for these brave men and women. All you need to do is fill a shoebox with any of the items listed below and drop off the unsealed shoebox to the Whitin Middle School or the Uxbridge Town Hall between November 1st and 21st. Your shoebox donation will go a long way in making the troops feel a little more comfortable over the holidays. If you prefer to put your donations in a bag instead of a shoebox, that’s fine, too! If you wish to make a monetary donation to Uxbridge Supports Our Troops to help defray shipping costs, checks may be made payable to Uxbridge Supports Our Troops and dropped off or mailed to the Uxbridge Town Hall (21 S. Main St.). If you wish to include a personal note or card, USOT will make sure it travels with your package! If you have any questions regarding this campaign, or you would like to add a name to USOT’s list, please call either Diane at 508-278-5131 or Linda at 508-278-9425. Or visit us on Facebook! Possible items for shoebox: AA or AAA batteries, Lip balm, Holiday decorations, Greeting cards, CDs and DVDs, Pens and pencils, Small games, Hard candy, Gum, Cookies, AT & T phone cards, Socks, T-Shirts, Red Sox or Patriots memorabilia and Fusion Razors
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Participants will support each other by listening and sharing stories and reflecting on things that helped others in coping with loss. Meetings will be held on Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Meeting dates are: November 17th, December 15th, and January 12th at the Milford Senior Center. Pre-registration is required. Margie Gonzalez, LICSW, is the bereavement counselor for the VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford and will be leading the support group. Individuals should contact Margie at the VNA at 508-4730862 in order to pre-register.
The VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford will be holding a special Grief Support Group. This support group is for three sessions only, and is available to individuals who have lost a loved one and are seeking support with their grief and mourning. The holiday season is particularly difficult for grieving individuals. These sessions will be held in November, December, and January with a focus on how to develop coping skills, seeking support, and acknowledging the impact of the loss of the loved one. Each individual’s experience of grief is unique and lifelong.
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UxBRIDGE - Theodore B. “Ted” Oliver, 77, a resident of Uxbridge for 50 years, died September 22nd surrounded by his loving family in Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge. He was the husband of Nancylee (Dunn) Oliver. Mr. Oliver was the national sales manager at Garrity Industries, Madison, CT for several years, retiring in 2001. He had previously worked for Warner Chilcott Pharmaceutical Company and Family Products. He was born Dec. 6, 1933 in Boston, son of the late Harold B. Oliver and Margaret (Peary) Arton. He was an Eagle Scout, a graduate of Brookline High School and a graduate of Boston University. Mr. Oliver served in the U.S. Army Reserves attaining the rank of Captain. Mr. & Mrs. Oliver observed their 53rd wedding anniversary on September 6th, 2011. He loved time with family, enjoyed his animals, gardening, and cruises. He possessed a strong work ethic throughout his life and had served for many years as a member and past chairman of the Uxbridge Finance Committee. A member of the Trinity Episcopal Church in Whitinsville, he previously served on the church’s Vestry and was member of the church’s "Geezer Club". In addition to his wife Nancylee, he is survived by two sons, Scott B. Oliver and his wife Deirdre of Harrisville, NH and Stephen R. Oliver and his wife Rosalie of Uxbridge; one daughter, Janet L. Oliver and her partner Eric Yeo of Putnam, CT; one brother, Harold Oliver and his wife Sue of Roslindale; 8 grandchildren including Nicholas, Kailyn, Jason, Michael, Kelly, Brian, Patrick, and Yasmeen, and several nieces and nephews.
NORTHBRIDGE - Daniel J. Houde, 54, of Northbridge, died September 26th in Ichabod Washburn Hospice Residence, Worcester. He was the husband of Linda L. (Giarrusso) Houde. A resident of Northbridge for 24 years, Mr. Houde was employed as a Certified Public Accountant for the past 4 years at Lord & Benoit, LLC in Worcester. Previously, he worked for 7 years at Ostrow Electric Co. and for 20 years at Singer & Ludsardi, both in Worcester. He was born in 1957 in Worcester, the son of Katherine (Sullivan) Houde of Worcester and the late Robert F. Houde, Sr. and was a graduate of Bentley College and Bryant College. Mr. Houde loved time with family, enjoyed golf, collected Civil War memorabilia, and was an Eagle Scout. He was a member of St. Peter’s Church in Northbridge where he had served on the church’s Finance Committee for 2 years. He had been a soccer coach for the Northbridge Youth Soccer and a basketball coach, Finance Committee member, and Controller for 5 years at Our Lady of the Valley School in Uxbridge. Mr. Houde also served the Town of Northbridge on the Finance Committee for 5 years. He was active with the YMCA in Worcester where he had served on the Finance Committee for 5 years and the Management Committee for 7 years. He had also been active with the YMCA of Greater Worcester and had served on the Finance Committee for 5 years. In addition to his wife Linda and his mother Katherine, he is survived by one son, Devin Houde of Northbridge, one brother, Robert F. Houde, Jr. of Princeton and nieces and nephews.
NORTH UxBRIDGE - George Philip “Mayor T” Tancrell, 92, formerly of Crown and Eagle Apts died October 19th, at St. Camillus Health Care Center where he was a resident for the past 5 months. His wife Roseanna (Dumont) Tancrell died in 1966. He is survived by his son Philip Tancrell and his wife Maureen of Penn; 5 daughters Elaine and her husband Raymond Craw of Uxbridge, Harriet Tancrell of Uxbridge, Suzanne and her husband Laurence Batchelder of Milford, Claudia and her husband Kenneth Beavis of Bellingham and Denise and her husband Normand Paul of Brookline, NH; 15 grandchildren; many great and great great grandchildren; a brother Lawrence Tancrell of Whitinsville and several nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his son Jeffery Tancrell, daughter Linda Paille, sister Jeannette Tancrell and 6 brothers Rene, Leo, Alfred, Armand, Morris and Gerald Tancrell. Born in North Uxbridge on Oct. 3, 1919 he was the son of the late George and Josephine (St. Andre) Tancrell and has lived in Uxbridge all of his life. Mr. Tancrell was a WWII U.S. Army Veteran. He worked for many local area woolen mills, he also served on the North Uxbridge Fire Dept for 25 years, was an Auxiliary Police Officer and a crossing guard at the North End of
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Grieco UxBRIDGE - Vincent Grieco, 79, of Uxbridge died October 13th in Blaire House, Worcester. He was the husband of Theresa (DeJesus) Grieco. He was born in Providence, RI in 1932 the son of the late James and Josephine (Renzi) Grieco. Mr. Grieco was a foreman for many years at the former Gorham Manufacturing in Smithfield, RI. He enjoyed bowling and was an avid golfer. In addition to his wife Theresa, he is survived by a son Glenn V. Grieco of FL and a daughter Linda L. and her husband Paul H. Chita of Uxbridge; three sisters Jeannette Gabriel of Providence, RI and Etta Ricci and Arlene Matracia both of Cranston, RI; 2 grandchildren Crystal Palmari of Douglas and Paul T. Chita of Blackstone; 4 great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister Barbara Salvatore. Memorial donations may be made to Blaire House, Resident’s Fund, 116 Houghton St., Worcester, MA 01604.
Hospice Memorial Service to honor & remember patients The VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford will be holding a Memorial Service for the families of former hospice patients on November 6th. Hospice is considered a philosophy of care that provides physical and emotional comfort for patients with a terminal illness. One of the unique aspects of hospice is the availability of bereavement support for family members. The VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford has a bereavement program that provides counseling and resources to the family up to a year after the patient’s death, community based grief support groups and an annual memorial service. “This is an opportunity for us to reunite with the families that we came to know so well while their loved one was on hospice,” according to Jean Masciarelli, Director of Home Health Services. “We will be honoring and
remembering our patients.” Marjorie Gonzalez, LICSW, is the Bereavement Counselor for the VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford. She explained, “Our intent is to hold an annual memorial service that is spiritually comforting and not necessarily religious. Hospice patients and their families have a variety of beliefs. We will hold the service in a different location each year; possibly in a church or a community room. The goal is to acknowledge the loss of each of our patients.” The service this year will be held on November 6,th at Trinity Episcopal Church in Milford at 2:00 p.m. The hour long service will be conducted by the staff and volunteers of the VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford. Family members are encouraged to call 508473-0862 for further details.
Fall Fun For All at Lydia Taft House Lydia Taft House held their annual Fall Fun Fair on October 1st. We were fortunate to have so many fun loving vendors such as; Bo Bo the Clown, Big Smile Entertainment, Ompah! Singers, Paul Belanger Polkas, Train and moonwalk supplied by Paul’s Rental and Supply Center, Horses and Ponies by Ridge Valley Stable, Iron Shoe Farm Petting Zoo, Uxbridge Fire Department, Gwen Merritt with her pocketbook collection and Sue Flynn with her Trollbead collection and many more. Lydia Taft House is a 53 bed Nursing Home in the beautiful community of Uxbridge. We are owned by the Thisse family who has been in the nursing home business for over 35 years. Our mission has been to promote and deliver optimal care in a comforting atmosphere to meet each individual’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs through a mutually respectful and nurturing relationship. We have serviced the Uxbridge and surrounding communities for the past 10 years providing
care to over 3000 patients. Lydia Taft House is Joint Commission certified and is a recent recipient of the American Health Care Association’s Bronze Award for commitment to quality care. The staff and residents here at Lydia Taft House would like to express our appreciation to the Uxbridge Community for their support to our small community. Thank you to all who participated on Saturday and we hope to see you next year.
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Spaghetti Supper raises funds for pantry Our 2nd Annual Italian Dinner was a huge success! We raised over $4,000 for the food pantry! We would like to thank our dedicated staff of volunteers who worked so hard to make the night so wonderful! Thank you to all the local community groups and students who volunteered their time for our event! Thank you to all those who baked dinner items and desserts, to all those residents and businesses who donated items for our raffle table and to all those who came and supported our mission of supporting those in need in our community. Thank you to the Progressive Club for donating their room and the bar tending services. We are serving more and more people every week. Through events such as this, we are able to raise the necessary funding we need in order to purchase food for the families we serve. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to our local community! Check out our Facebook page for pictures of the event! ON TO OUR NExT FUNDRAISER: Our new grocery bag program is now underway. We are looking for volunteers to help sell these grocery bags outside of Hannaford, Savers Bank and after mass at local churches in the next few weekends. This is a great opportunity to volunteer with your kids! If you would like to help us out in this capacity please contact me with dates that you are available. Our goal is to sell all the bags by the holiday season. And we need your help! We thank you all for your continued support of the food pantry and your dedication to helping those in need! Denise Mussulli Pantry Coordinator
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UniBank donates over $15,000 to community programs Area library UniBank is pleased to announce donations to the following programs and organizations: Community Harvest Project in Grafton, MA: $10,000 This donation will help expand the Volunteer Farming Program in order to strengthen and increase the project’s influence by increasing the pounds of fresh and nutritious produce donated for hunger relief. The Community Harvest Project has made a significant impact in both hunger relief and community building in Worcester County.
With over 6,000 volunteers to help plant and harvest the produce, the project has donated well over 120,000 lbs of fresh produce to the food bank. The Community Harvest Project gives individuals and school, church, civic local business and corporate groups the opportunity to get their hands dirty, dig in, and help their neighbors in need. James F. Paulhus, president and CEO of UniBank states, “In these current economic times, there continues to be so much need. We are proud to support the Community Harvest Project in their mission to help feed the hungry in our
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community.” The Whitin Community Center in Whitinsville, MA: $5000 Supporting local youth has consistently been an area of interest for UniBank. This donation will support the center’s Youth Outreach Program, which helps underprivileged youth and their families in our community. By investing in our local youth, we provide a sound investment for a better future for everyone. UniBank is pleased to support the efforts of the Whitin Community Center.
UniBank is pleased to once again sponsor the Worcester Center for Craft’s Thanksgiving Festival of Crafts. This event is recognized as one of New England’s premier craft festivals and will host thousands of visitors. This sponsorship allows the center to maintain low ticket prices, make the event accessible to a broader audience, and ensure the fair is a success for the artists who participate.
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November is Family Literacy Month. The Whitinsville SociaI Library will be joining Beginning Bridges, a local division of Mass. Office for Children, in promoting literacy among families. On Tuesday, November 15th at 6:30 P.M., there will be PAJAMARAMA for young children and their families. Children may come dressed in their favorite PJ’s. to listen to their favorite stories, rhymes, and fairy tales, read by Miss Amy Cowen. On Thursday, November 17th at 10:30 a.m., Miss Deb Hudgin will perform her Thanksgiving Holiday program for children and their families. These events are free to the public, and require registration by calling the library at 508-234-2151 ext. 4 to register. The events are funded by Beginning Bridges.
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On Sunday, November 20th, the East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House at 197 Elm Street, Blackstone, will be the site for a traditional Thanksgiving ecumenical service sponsored by the East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House & Cemetery Historical Association, Inc. Reverend Christian Spoor will serve as guest pastor for the service that will commence at 2 p.m. Pastor Spoor is a retired minister ordained in the Reformed Church in America. He served churches in Iowa, Canada, Florida and Illinois. From 1988 to 2008, he was Sr. Pastor of Living Springs Community Church near Chicago. Under his leadership, the congregation was able to make a major demographic transition in an ethnically changing community. Upon retirement, pastor Spoor and his wife Trudy moved to Massachusetts in order to be closer to their children and grandchildren. They now live in Uxbridge where they are members of the Church of the Nazarene. Jonathan Steele of Blackstone will serve as the organist. Special musical selections will be featured. The East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House and Cemetery Historical Association, Inc. was formed in 1954 for the purpose of preserving and maintaining the historic Meeting House and burial grounds. The burial grounds date back to 1799 and the Meeting House was built in 1812. The Meeting House has been on the National Register of Historic Places since August 1995. Membership in the Association is open to all persons interested in the preservation of the Meeting House and cemetery. Anyone interested in information regarding the Association and its workings or membership in the Association should email Board member Harriet Chase Sharp at Harriet @blackstonequakermeetinghouse.org.
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Open Letter to the Parents and Teachers of Uxbridge Public Schools dear Readers; I am writing this letter as the owner and principle photographer of Laprade Studio to thank the many parents and teachers I have had the pleasure to work with and to serve as the school photographer for the last 15 years. Although it was not my choice to part ways, I would like to think that we provided a great school portrait of your children at an affordable price. Initially a parent group chose our company as the school photographer, but then the previous administration
decided to combine the schools together under one contract to assure the parents a good product at the best price available. Although we only increased our prices once in the last 4 years, when we were contractually allowed to raise them each year, I was told this year that the High Schools needs had changed, which I agreed to meet, but still another photographer was selected. I do not object to competition and believe it indeed keeps the prices down, but I do think that a few questions should be asked. Why do the
package prices of the studio chosen start at $23.00 instead of the $10.50 that Laprade starts at? And why did all of the schools need to change photographers when only one school’s needs changed? Shouldn't the parents who pay for the photos have a larger role in choosing photographers? In closing, I thank you for your support over the years, and hope that one day Laprade Studio can serve you again.
The polls are closed. I can honestly say, despite the outcome of the debt exclusion for the athletic fields at our new high school, that I feel privileged. I feel privileged to be able to use my voice and my vote. I feel privileged to have met an amazing group of citizens and friends who care about our community and are willing to give of their talents and time, despite busy schedules. Regardless of our outcome, we have made a difference. We have shown our friends, our neighbors, and those who oppose our beliefs, the spir-
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Boy Scouts ask community to give generously in food drive Cub Scouts will be on the move throughout Uxbridge in the upcoming weeks to encourage local residents to donate non-perishable foods to the People First Food Pantry of Uxbridge as part of the 24th Annual Scouting for Food Drive. Scouts canvassed neighborhoods throughout the town and dropped off plastic bags to residents and will return to collect the donated foods on November 5th. “Scouting teaches important life les-
sons, and the Scouting for Food campaign reinforces those lessons,” said Jeff Graves Cub Master for Uxbridge Cub Scout Pack 25. “The annual drive allows Scouts to see first-hand the impact they are making on lives of their neighbors, reinforcing the important Scouting lesson of doing a “good turn” daily.” Last year alone, Scouts in Uxbridge collected about 2,800 pounds of food for the drive. “Unfortunately, these are
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desperate times for many in the local community. It is our hope that the drive continues to be successful and can help
Bring a Turkey, Golf for Free at Blissful Meadows On Wednesday, November 9th, Blissful Meadows Golf Club will offer players a round of golf in exchange for a 12+ pound frozen turkey, canned goods, cash donations or a gift certificate to a local grocery store. Blissful Meadows will turn over
100% of all cash, gift certificates and food to the local food pantry in order to help those less fortunate this season. If you would like to help feed your neighbors in need, and enjoy a round of golf, please call 508-278-6110 or visit www.blissfulmeadows.com.
Whole Wheat Pasta and Rice Crackers, Granola Bars and Cheese & Cracker Packages, Canned or Dried Beans Throughout Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts and Connecticut, Narragansett Countil Scouts collected more than 300,000 pounds of food during last year’s drive. Since the drive’s inception in 1988, the Narragansett Council has collected more than 7.5 Million pounds of food. Scouting for Food, the largest food drive in New England, is a cooperative effort supported by the Narragansett Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, WPRI Channel 12, FOx Providence, the Rhode Island Army National Guard, Walgreens, The Valley Breeze and local fire stations. If the Scouts are unable to cover your neighborhood, please contact Jason Andolina 508-278-5357. The People First Food Pantry The People First Food Pantry is committed to providing families in the communities of Uxbridge, North Uxbridge and Linwood in need of food assistance. Our day-to-day operations are supported by over 50 volunteers. We serve over 2,000 clients each year and average upwards of 80 households per month. For information about the Food Pantry, visit www.peoplefirstuxbridge.org.
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UFD recieves unclaimed property Women & good news recently from Treasurer Investing Steven Grossman during the taping of an upcoming segment of the Senator's Free Workshop "Moore from the Hill" cable show. Wayne A. Cottle, President and CEO of Dean Bank announced that an upcoming free educational workshop entitled: “Women & Investing - How to Protect Your Money in this Environment” will be held on Tuesday, November 8th from 5:15 - 6:45 p.m. at the bank’s Blackstone Office. This session will provide women valuable insight into the following topics: Protecting your money in today’s economy. Workforce issues affecting women: Investing strategies for those who are returning to the workforce after childbirth and child-raising. Living longer: How investing & saving must fulfill the changing needs and goals of the surviving spouse. All material presented by Carl Scheinman, Financial Services Manager at Dean Bank & Beth Hammond, Regional Vice President at Fidelity Investments Women & Investing: How to Protect Your Money in this environment Date: Tuesday, November 8 Location: Dean Bank 8 Main Street, Blackstone Time: 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm Register: Contact Diane Jordan at (508) 883-2122 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org Though there is no cost to attend this event, seating is limited to the first 25 so it is important to pre-register. This complimentary workshop is not a sales presentation. Dean Bank is committed to serving our communities through educational programs such as this. Refreshments will be provided.
Senator Moore (right) presents uxbridge Fire Chief Peter Ostroskey with a check. Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, presents Uxbridge Fire Chief Peter Ostroskey with notice of unclaimed property amounting to $443 through the State Treasurer's Unclaimed Property Division. Sen. Moore received the
The $443 comes from a group policy benefit or claim benefit received by United Healthcare Insurance Co. During the cable TV segment, Treasurer Grossman urges everyone to check the list of unclaimed property to see if they are owed any long forgotten funds. Sen. Moore himself received a similar notice for $31 that is owed to him from an insurance benefit. If an individual sees their name on the unclaimed property list published periodically in many area newspapers, they may call the Abandoned Property Division during their normal business hours of Monday-Friday 8:45am to 5:00pm EST at 617-367-0400 or 1888-344-MASS (toll free Massachusetts only.)
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The Boys and Girls Club of Woonsocket will be hosting Rob Surette, “The Fastest Portrait Artist in the World”. Rob is a widely-celebrated artist who has been profiled on The Today Show, The Tonight Show, twice on Good Morning America, and most recently the Oprah Winfrey Show. You will gasp in amazement as flying paint quickly transforms into masterpieces, all while accompanied and complimented with dramatic lighting and
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Blissful “Company Open” raises nearly $17k for local schools Blissful Meadows Golf Club would like to thank the generous participants and sponsors of the 20th Annual Company Open Charity Golf Outing held on Friday, September 16th. Nearly $17,000 was raised for our area schools. Many of the participants came out winners from the numerous contests and raffles throughout the day, yet only one company, FL Smith, can claim the bragging rights as the 2011 Company Open Champions. The funds raised for the local schools will be used to further the education of many students. Over $6000 was donated to The Uxbridge School system to fund the Title 1 Elementary School reading pro-
gram. Funds were also used to purchase golf bags for the Uxbridge High School golf team. The Northbridge School System received $3000 of the proceeds to be used to purchase materials for the new 4th grade class at the Balmer School. The Blackstone Valley Tech’s Graphic Arts department received $6000 from this event. The funds donated to the Blackstone Valley Tech will be used to purchase specialized
computer equipment needed for the students of the graphic arts department. $1000 was donated to the Douglas High Schools Athletic Department, in addition to the golf bags purchased for the Douglas High School golf team. The entire Bliss Family would like to thank all of the local participants for their ongoing commitment to support youth programming within our communities.
Pictured (L to r): Mark Laskowski, Manager of Blissful Meadows; George Zinni, Superintendant of uxbridge School Systems; Jeff Lizotte of Northbridge School System; Dr. Fitzpatrick, Superintendant of Blackstone Valley Technical High School; Gordon Bliss, Owner of Blissful Meadows; Kevin reardon of Douglas High School; Matt Griffith, PGA Professional at Blissful Meadows Golf Club in uxbridge.
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Blackstone River Greenway Project is moving ahead Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) held a public meeting recently at the Blackstone Public Library to unveil plans for design and construction of the long-discussed Blackstone River Greenway. Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, who has long championed the Greenway\ Bikeway project, attended along with DCR Commissioner Edward M. Lambert, Jr. "The Blackstone River Greenway/ Bikeway project has been among my top district priorities since it will serve many residents and visitors to the Valley giving them a superb recreational experience along the Blackstone River and historic canal," Sen. Moore stated. "I am pleased that DCR and the Patrick/Murray Administration have made it the top trail project in the state," he added. The focus of the meeting was the 4.2 miles of the Greenway that will ultimately connect to Rhode Island at the state line, include Blackstone and Millville into Uxbridge at Route146A (Quaker Highway). The section is one of the most difficult sections of the planned 46 mile recreational trail between Worcester and Providence because it involves eleven bridges beginning at St. Paul Street in Blackstone, according to Dan Driscoll, DCR Director of Recreational Facilities Planning. The state has committed up to $15 million for the bridge work through the Accelerated Bridge Program, and another $4,850,000 has been designat-
ed through an interagency service agreement between the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MADOT) and DCR. When completed, it is expected that this project will be connected to the 14-mile Blackstone River Bikeway in Rhode Island. The exact route through Woonsocket to link with the Massachusetts Greenway in Blackstone is still under review. Design of segments one and two are under way, including analysis of the seven arch and single arch viaducts in Blackstone behind Roosevelt Field, according to Patricia Domigan, Senior Project Manager for Vanasse Hanger Brustlin, Inc., the project designers. There is growing concern about the stability of the viaducts and the cost of restoration could prove prohibitive. The viaduct analysis, expected to be completed by the end of the year, will determine options for restoration or removal of these structures as part of the greenway project. The Greenway will be 14 feet wide, with 10 feet paved and 2 foot shoulders on either side. It will be a multi-use path that is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act. Bridges will utilize much of the existing steel and concrete superstructure that remains for the century-old railroad construction, but with new Ipe wood bridge decks and railings. Parking areas are anticipated at the old Deport site near Monument Square in Blackstone, Central Street in Millville and Old Mendon Street, in Blackstone. The design will include landscape and interpretive elements.
Sen. Moore suggested that planners include a connection between the Greenway path and the historic Blackstone Canal lock in Millville as an important and historic feature. He also suggests that consideration be given to constructing sanitary facilities at various spots including the old railroad depot site. In response to a question from the audience, Driscoll said that this first segment would be closed to motorized vehicles and equestrian use. Explaining that the bridges could not support the size needed to accommodate horse traffic and that environmental and maintenance concerns dictate the prohibition on motorized vehicles. However, according to Driscoll DCR plans to improve the SNETT trail that links at Route 146A and runs through Douglas State Forest for both kinds of traffic. The Greenway's bridge preservation and maintenance program involves two bridges at Factory Pond, and bridges at Kane Court, Canal Street, a new bridge over Main Street, Blackstone, and the St. Paul Street Bridge. The work will include construction of bridge decks and railings, repair and painting of the steel superstructure, and repair of the concrete footings. Advertisement for this portion of the project is expected within the next few months, and work is anticipated to begin in early 2012. The Main Street Bridge and Church Street underpass, as well as the entire Segment One Greenway work, should be advertised for bid in spring of 2012. The Triad Bridge project is scheduled
for advertisement in summer, 2012. DCR officials said that they hoped that several parts of segment one, including some of the bridges will be advertised for bid and construction begin in spring and summer 2012 with completion of construction of this segment and final design of Segment Two by Spring 2013 so that the public could
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‘Truth of the Seasons’ Winter’s hoary breath laces autumn’s blue air While blazing trees wait, clothed in trembling despair For the moody swift winds to scatter bright coats In spiraling maelstroms like rudderless boats Gay flowers now slumber in tranquillest sleep Secure in their dreams, Spring’s promise to keep And bushy tailed squirrels run stocking their lair Neath yellow leafed trees gifting nuts from the air A red breasted robin with quick darting eye Is nervously waiting while searching the sky When far overhead echoes beating of wings, Sir Robin in gone, until the next SpringAll nature is drowsing and nodding her head And searching earth’s womb for the warmest of beds Another year ended; our old friend has flown While under dried leaves waits rebirth to be sownHow then can men wonder and worry at death When the spirit of God is nature’s own breath Four seasons give evidence that nothing will die While under the gaze of our Lord’s watchful eye
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2011 G.O.P. Jobs Tour visits Sutton By Constance Dwyer Rep. Ryan Fattman of Sutton chaired a six member panel of Republican Representatives in their “2011 G.O.P. Jobs Tour” visit to Sutton. He opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Sutton Senior Center with an audience of 28 that included State Senator Richard Moore (D-Uxbridge) and Mr. Denny Drewry, Regional Representative of U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R- Mass.). Beside Rep. Fattman, the panel included Representatives Peter Durant (Spencer), Kevin Kuros (Uxbridge), Paul Frost (Auburn), Matthew Beaton (Shrewsbury) and George N. Peterson, Jr. (Grafton). Seeking public input (called testimony), Rep. Fattman, in a bi-partisan gesture, asked Sen. Moore for his perspective. Most memorable of the Senator’s advice was the invitation to the business community to offer comments, even to the extent of suggesting, “How we can get out of the way.” Business people who had signed up to speak were then invited to “testify.” The first topic, one of considerable
ety of issues, among which was the high start-up fee for LLC businesses , the possibility of a fee for “independent contractors,” and employment for those with prison records or in rehab. Rep. Kuros then noted that there was, in a bill, a section to reduce the LLC fee from $500 to $125. A manufacturer of Durable Medical Equipment spoke of the competition from out-of-state wholesalers and that, based on other factors, his profit margin has noticeably decreased in the last 5 years. An officer from Milford’s Waters Corp., a very high tech company, then spoke of the lack of a technically “savvy” workforce, in part due to the lack of adequate vocational schools and courses; this lack was echoed by other speakers. One of the last few to “testify” spoke again of health insurance and, as if in response to Sen. Moore’s “get out of the way” invitation, suggested eliminating the economically burdensome mandatory requirement for businesses to provide sick days. He spoke of its impact on his company. With only a sampling of the “testifiers,” it is worthwhile to itemize some of the highlights: infrastructure, transportation, lack of a trained workforce, health care insurance, fees and taxes, -/1' !01 !(, 1 regulations, and the need for a 4 -2&*!0 !00!"'20$110 Community College. Finally, one of the more serious issues brought up was in the high tech manufacturing area: an aging work force and inadequate planning to train its replacement.
importance to the business community, was transportation; in this case Railroads. It was to bring attention to the needed repairs of RR-crossings in Hopedale, Milford, Bellingham and Franklin. Jeannie Hebert, Executive Director of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, made two points: the adverse effects of health insurance cost on hiring and the difficulty of obtaining information on start-up regulations in a timely manner. It was suggested that lower cost insurance be made available to Chamber members and that a web site be setup to provide information on business regulations. Another attendee noted that the state controls who can purchase Bulk Health Insurance Certificates. Rep. Frost noted that Connecticut is seeking to take advantage of such Massachusetts red-tape. Costs of energy use in old buildings and lack of infrastructure, for example, sewer system inadequacy in Dudley also hinder business growth -- hiring. Attorney Denise Minor of Sutton, a small business owner, spoke on a vari-
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Legislation to establish a National Park in the Valley gains support of a new discipline of work, driven by clock-time and the pace of modernity," notes a special resource study the National Park Service conducted to determine whether the valley, currently designated as a national heritage corridor, should be given the more formal title of national historical park or historic site. To keep up with Sen. Moore's work, visit, www.senatormoore.com.
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Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, joined Congressmen Richard E. Neal and James P. McGovern gathered at Lookout Rock in Northbridge on Columbus Day to announce the filing of federal legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to establish the Blackstone River National Industrial Heritage Park. Lookout Rock is a scenic vista in the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park off Quaker Street in Northbridge. The House bill will serve as a companion to a bill filed in the Senate by U.S. Senator Jack Reed. Creating a new national park encompassing the Blackstone River and its tributaries, the historic Slater Mill in Pawtucket, the historic villages of Hopedale and Whitinsville in Massachusetts and two other Rhode Island historic districts is the National Park
ON THE "LOOKOuT" - (L to r) Congressman richard E. Neal, Heritage Corridor Commission Chair Donna williams of Grafton, Heritage Corridor Superintendent - Director Jan reitsma, Congressman Jim McGovern, Heritage Corridor Commissioner and Sen. richard T. Moore, Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce President Jeannie Hebert and her grandson, Jackson. Gathered on Columbus Day at Lookout rock in Northbridge to promote federal legislation to create the national park.
Claflin Hill Symphony unveils season events The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra, the region’s only professional symphony orchestra, based in Milford, MA announces its Twelfth Season of concerts, set to begin on Saturday, November 5th, at the Milford Town Hall Grand Ballroom, located at 52 Main Street, Route 16 in Downtown Milford. Beginning with the opening night November 5th concert, the CHSO season will present five Saturday evening performances and one Sunday afternoon matinee concert in its beautiful home venue, which boasts near perfect acoustics and elegant décor – a slightly smaller version of Boston’s fabled Symphony Hall. All Saturday evening performances begin at 7:30 PM and the March 25th Sunday concert begin at 3 PM. A full schedule and programming follow below. “For this Twelfth Season, we have programmed a rich menu of orchestral masterworks that will be receiving their first time performances by our orchestra,” said Paul Surapine, Executive and Artistic Director of Claflin Hill. “Highlights of the coming season include Claude Debussy’s colorful and exciting “La Mer”, inspired by the sea, an evening of show-stopping overtures, including Rossini’s “William Tell” in January, Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” in March and William Walton’s choral and orchestral masterpiece, “Belshazzar’s Feast” in the spring. It’s a colorful and rich season of great music, and the orchestra is excited to be reconvening in the next few weeks to begin making music for their audience again” The Season Opening Concert on November 5th is entitled “Wave Music” and will present music that was inspired by the sea. George Frederick Handel’s popular “Water Music” opens the evening, which will also include the Debussy “La Mer” and Four Sea
Interludes from English composer Benjamin Britten’s opera “Peter Grimes.” The CHSO Principal Flutist, Phyllis Aronson will be featured in a performance of the Jacques Ibert “Flute Concerto.” “Wave Music is sponsored in part with Claflin Hill Business Partner grants from Grafton Suburban Credit Union and Medway Oil Company. Season Tickets can be purchased by calling Claflin Hill at 508-478-5924.
Claflin Hill has engaged a new independent on-line ticket vendor – Brown Paper Tickets – which will make it possible for patrons wishing to purchase individual concert tickets to do so online. The new on line ticketing process can be accessed through the Claflin Hill website – www.claflinhill.org – and is simple and easy – also affording ticket buyers the opportunity to pick out their specific seats for each concert.
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The Friends of the Asa Waters Mansion are honored to commemorate Veterans Day on Friday evening, 11-11-11 at 7:00 p.m. The featured guest will be the noted author and authority on early American militaria, George C. Neumann. As George Washington’s soldiers and volunteers that made up his triumphant Revolutionary War army were America’s first veterans, Mr. Neumann will present his renowned program “General George Washington: How He Won the Unwinnable War." George C. Neumann is a past lecturer at West Point and the Smithsonian Institution. His collection of revolutionary weaponry, one of the most extensive in existence, is now in the hands of The Valley Forge Museum. He has authored several books on the subject of revolutionary weaponry, and is a writer whose articles have appeared in every major publication devoted to arms and history. Among his many other credits, Mr. Neumann was one of this country’s leading American Revolutionary War authorities to appear in the acclaimed PBS documentary, “Liberty.” The evening will include self-guided tours of the mansion which feature a collection of Asa Waters muskets, pistols and other historic arms and memorabilia. The Asa Waters Gift Shoppe will be open, and light refreshments will be served following the program. Tickets are $15.00 per person. Veterans attending in uniform will be presented with a complimentary admission ticket. Proceeds will benefit the Asa Waters Arms Acquisition Fund. Call 508-757-0578 for reservations and tickets. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Millbury Cultural Council, an agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. For information on upcoming programs visit www.asawaters.org. The Asa Waters Mansion, located at 123 Elm Street, Millbury is registered on the National & State Registers of Historic Places.
Representatives announce strategy to transition districts MOMS Club State Representatives Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) and Kevin J. Kuros (RUxbridge) announce a strategy to facilitate a smooth transition of their legislative districts which will change, should the new district boundaries that were to be adopted. In the districts that were proposed yesterday by the Joint Committee on Redistricting, Fattman’s 18th Worcester district shifts west and will consist of the towns of Sutton, Douglas, and Webster, as well as half of Oxford.
Kuros’ 8th Worcester district shifts east and will consist of the towns of Uxbridge, Millville, Blackstone and Bellingham. Currently, the districts intersect in Kuros’ hometown of Uxbridge, where Fattman represents the 1st, 2nd and 4th precincts and Kuros represents the 3rd precinct. Because of that intersection, the Representatives have been working closely together since taking office in January of 2011. Fattman noted, “Since January, Rep. Kuros and I have been
Date change for Nursing Program Site Review The dates for the site review by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) for Initial Accreditation of Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School’s post-secondary Practical Nursing Program have been changed. The public is invited to meet the visiting team and share comments about the program in person at a meeting now scheduled for November 10th, at 2 - 3 p.m. at the school located at 65 Pleasant Street, Upton. Valley Tech’s Practical Nursing Program is a 60-week part-time evening nursing program whose curriculum is designed to assist graduates in passing the challenging National Council
Licensing Examination for Practical Nurse (NCLEx-PN). The Program opened in 2009 following Initial Status Approval from the Mass. Board of Registration in Nursing in July 2009 and full approval from the Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education. The second class will graduate from the program in June of 2012. 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.k12.ma.us.
working together on a daily basis. As a matter of fact, we received approval from Speaker DeLeo shortly after being elected to essentially run our two offices as one, sharing a chief of staff and district aides. We also use the same constituent database system to track and manage any cases we are working on for our constituents. While I am sad to lose many of the constituents that I’ve met over the course of the past year, I am also excited about the prospects of meeting my new constituents.” Kuros added, “Like Rep. Fattman, I am disappointed that I will no longer be representing many of the people I’ve met since I first sought this office – people I now call friends – but I understand the rationale behind the new districts. Both of our districts become more geographically compact as we each go from representing five towns to four towns. More importantly, the towns of Sutton and Uxbridge are made whole again, going from two state reps to one, and the town of Oxford goes from having three state reps to two. The towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Dudley, Millville and Webster remain whole, with a single state rep in each town.” The Representatives intend to schedule a series of transition meetings with local officials to introduce their colleague where needed, and to review any open issues or pending legislation.
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Wanderlust I Kidd You Not By Bob Haigis IT HAD BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME since our last trip down on Cape Cod going East on Rte. 28 from Bass River. Looking back, it seems that all our business (and pleasure for that matter) has usually occurred from the “West Bank”. Usually when on the Cape we stayed in West Yarmouth, and Peg and I enjoyed sailing and fishing in the waters between Hyannis and Harwich for several years, and also on the Bay side. On the South side, we seldom ventured far past Swan River however, as we knew it was a long reach getting back to our anchorage if the Southwesterly was howling (which it usually was). We kept our little BB
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was convinced that there was no land left anywhere to build on, and the area had been totally transformed from how we knew it, to a conglomerate of vacation homes. Of course the traffic reflected the changes also. It was near a harbor that I spied the vessel high and dry you see in the photo, at left, and I wondered if it was referring to the infamous Captain Kid. I had forgotten until I reviewed the photo at home that the real Captain spelled his name Kidd, although his family name was spelled Kyd. It is history that the unfortunate fellow was hung twice in 1701 (the rope broke the first time) for crimes accused of, which quite possibly he was innocent of. It seems that he had some enemies in high places as he supposedly acted as a privateer for various governments, but was arrested and hung for pirating by one he had “represented”. During his seafaring days, Kidd had occasion to sail to the “New World” where he visited New York and Boston, and I wondered if perhaps he might have had the occasion to visit any of the busy Cape sea ports, mostly on the north side. Who knows, maybe deep under some sand dunes there might still be a chest filled with rubies, gold and perhaps some bones. I Kidd you not, there are still tales and legends of lost treasures scattered along the beaches of the Cape, and who knows how many are true. Don’t forget the Whydah. For my entire trip East, I think the greatest eye opener was entering into Main Street in Chatham. By the time I was half way along into the town, I was convinced that somehow I had been transported to North Conway, New Hampshire. Both sides of the auto clogged thoroughfare were lined with a multitude of antique shops, small restaurants, boutiques, jewelry stores, souvenir shops, bakeries, and just about any type of establishment that the hordes of tourists could leave their cash in. It sure didn’t look at all like it did the last time Peg and I had passed this way. The turning around point for me was reached both physically and emotionally where the sea met the land. I found myself at the Chatham Coast Guard Station, and of course could not continue any further East. England was the next stop in that direction! Emotionally, the number of “sightseers” struggling to get into the public parking lots near the CG Station were just overwhelming, and I just wanted to get out of there. However, for those of you that read our recent column on the incredible story of Bernie Webber and the CG 36500 rescue mission you will understand that this place holds a special nitch in my memories. I don’t know how much the actual Station has changed over the years since that incredible episode took place back 60 years ago this coming February, but there is no doubt that the surrounding area sure has. Still, it was a thrill just to view the site where Bernie and his comrades served, and those that followed him are still serving. For what it’s worth, I say thank you to all of you for your service. continued on next page
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continued from page 20 My return trip back to W. Yarmouth was a bit quieter as I opted to go west on Rte. 6A from the Orleans Rotary. I figured with so many large estates and parks the influx of building and traffic would be less, and I was right. Most of the area is still pretty much as I remembered. Any new structures were in keeping with the Cape Cod style of buildings, with most sheathed in the White Cedar and some with red or clapboards. The road hasn’t changed at all: still the old, twisting two lane black top, bordered in many places with magnificent, well landscaped estates, many surrounded by ancient stone walls. The one area I passed through that really had changed was East Dennis and Sesuit Harbor in particular. As a small boy I used to walk with my family down Sesuit Neck Rd. to the beach. I recall it was a pleasant hike, and I don’t remember ever seeing another person until we reached the Marina. There were only a couple of farms on the road back then, and now the entire length is bordered by splendid homes where I remember only hay fields and old barns. The marina also of course is one hundred times what it was way back then. I’m still not sure whether all these changes are for the better or worse, but I “Kidd” you not, they certainly are there. Questions? Comments? firstname.lastname@example.org
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uXBrIDGE ANTIQuE FIrE MuSEuM On most days you will find william Martin (left) and roy L. Henry passing the time away in their favorite rocking chairs at the museum. For more information about the museum contact roy Henry at 508-278-2014 or william Martin at 508-341-8029.
Frederick Seagrave was of the early Seagrave Family of Uxbridge. He left Uxbridge sometime around the mid 1800’s and moved to Michigan. His early occupation was making wooden ladders for the apple orchards in northern Michigan. In 1886 in Detroit, he founded The Seagrave Fire Apparatus Company. The company began making aerial ladders, and soon The Seagrave name became quite famous for its excellence in the production of aerial ladders. Some years later, the company moved to Columbus, OH and continued on producing fire apparatus. In 1901 Frederick patented a spring hoist device that made
raising ladders much easier, and faster, and with that he revolutionized fire fighting by designing, and building the centrifugal pump. There is a 1940 Seagrave Pumper that was built at The Seagrave Factory in Columbus, OH and it is at The Antique Fire Museum on Depot Street in Uxbridge. Stop by and visit, and see how fires were fought by fire fighters in the good old days. The members of The Uxbridge Antique Fire Association would like to remind you good folks to be sure to check your fire alarms to see if they are working, and to buy some if you don’t have any for fires can happen at any time. We wish everyone to have a nice safe holiday season.
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