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Uxbridge Times

“Your Hometown News” VOLuME 20 • ISSuE 11

A FREE Monthly Publication

uxbridge • North uxbridge • Linwood • Douglas • Northbridge • whitinsville • Sutton • Manchaug


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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Letters to the Editor

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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

Sincerely, - William J. Graves, President/Administrator St. Camillus Health Center

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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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event and will reach $20,000 over the next couple weeks with donations we are waiting to receive. A nice story from the fundraiser - when we picked the 50/50 raffle, there was one woman who wrote on her ticket that if she won she wanted all of the money to go to Malia - and she won!!! Thanks again to everyone who took part in supporting Malia! Thanks again to everyone who took part in this fundraiser. - Holly McNeil Sutton



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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 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 or Judi at jlanoue@uxbridge. 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:


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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 or contact our director at

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 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.


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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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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

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

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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 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.)

Live speed painting at Stadium moving music. Through his perormance Rob conveys messages of respect, compassion, creativity and the power of positive thinking. Be entertained and inspired through his amazing talent, Amazing Hero Art! This show is for all ages. Presented Friday, November 11th (Veterans Day) at 7:30 p.m. at The Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket. Tickets are available at the box office or 401762-4545 or

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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

begin to use the greenway trail. Comments and suggestions may be submitted through dcr.updates@state. or addressed to Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, 251 Causeway St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114. To keep up with work on the Blackstone River Greenway\ Bikeway project please visit,

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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,

Service's favored option for replacing the heritage corridor concept. The Blackstone River Valley runs for 46 miles through Massachusetts and Rhode Island, a bucolic ribbon (in places) that harbors stories of the country's transformation from an agrarian nation to an industrialized one. It was in the Blackstone River Valley that the country's Industrial Revolution took grip of an entire region. "The cotton mills themselves became the incubators

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. 


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NEw MEMBErS OF BLACKSTONE VALLEY wOMEN'S CLuB (l to r) Kathie Potvin, Northbridge; Jamie Fowler, uxbridge; Constance Dwyer, Sutton, President, Kristi Cromwell, Sutton; renee Jewel, Douglas; Elizabeth Karpowich, Northbridge, and ramona Lachapelle, Douglas. The 6 new club members are part of the General Federation of women's Clubs which has over 60 women's clubs in Mass.

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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 The Asa Waters Mansion, located at 123 Elm Street, Millbury is registered on the National & State Registers of Historic Places.


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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

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


Swan sail boat, and Grady White in a salt pond in West Yarmouth where they were safe from violent storms. There really wasn’t any reason to drive across the Bass River Bridge: We even shopped in the Upper Cape. We recalled from past years, that the further you went east, the quieter and less populated the corridor got. We remember a time when the Lower Cape still consisted mostly of homes of native fishermen, and small farms scattered around tiny villages and picturesque harbors. Beaches were not really crowded, and the folks that lived in the area were mostly year round residents. Of course there always have been some summer folk, but that was before the National Sea Shore really became a tourist draw. So, when recently on an afternoon off, I headed out to reminisce days gone past on that same stretch of narrow real estate, you can imagine I was quite surprised. Shocked is a better word – I kid

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most all of them covered with that seashore icon – white cedar shingles. Many of the homes were surrounded with manicured lawns and colorful gardens of impatiens, roses, geraniums and just about anything else that would grow in the ancient sandy soil provided by Mother Nature. I could just imagine what it must be like in spring when the tulips and crocuses were in bloom. By the time I was in Harwichport I

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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?

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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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Calendar WEEKLY SUnDayS BINgO. Knights of Columbus 70 Prescott Road, Whitinsville Doors open at 4 pm

MonDayS PITCH PaRTY 6:30 pm at the Uxbridge Senior Center on South Main Street

TUeSDayS ROTaRY CLUB MeeTINg 12:15 pm at Unibank, 49 Church St., Trustee’s Room P.a.C.e. CLaSS…FRee! People with arthritis can exercise 10 am in the Community Room at Lydia Taft House. Call Paulette 508-476-4467 CRUISIn’ aT THe UPTON VFW Route 140 Tuesdays from 5-9 pm Food and drink available. Call Bob at 508-603-1242 for info Men’S BIBLe STUDy Whitinsville Community Center 4th Floor, 9:30 - 11 a.m. Conference Room

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 Nicky at 508-278-3558 or

FRIDayS FISH FRY 12 Noon to 8 p.m. american Legion Post 390 352 Mancaug, Ma Call ahead for pick-up 508-476-7474

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13th • Sunday VeTeRaNS BReaKFaST VFW Post 1385, Route 16, Uxbridge 8-11 a.m. $7.00 WWII & Korea Veterans Free N. e. COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB JaMBOReeS VFW Post 1385, Rt. 16, Uxbridge Music: 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Luncheon) 3 - 6 p.m. Music. Pot Luck Dinner: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Contribute a dish; pay $3. NeCMC Members without dish; pay $5. Non-members pay $6 House Band: Borrowed Time IT IS eNCOURage FOR THOSe WHO aTTeND TO BRINg a NON-PeRISHaBLe ITeM OR PaPeR PRODUCT TO BeNeFIT THe UxBRIDge FOOD PaNTRY

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aMeRICaN LegION RIDeRS MONTHLY MeeTINg 7:00 p.m. at the american Legion Hall, 59 Douglas St.

30th • Wednesday gFWC BLaCKSTONe VaLLeY WOMeN’S CLUB Talk on early stages of alzheimer’s by state office of alzheimer’s association. Refreshments 6:30 p.m. talk at 7:00 p.m. Open to public. More info (508) 917-8415

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Massachusetts Society of Genealogists announce annual meeting date November Annual Meeting: As you may be aware, the Annual MSOG meeting will be on Saturday, November 5th and will be held at the Family Research Center of the Littleton LDS Church on Route 119 in Littleton. Meeting starts at 9:00 am. – with an introductory talk, and then workshops on a variety of topics. The group will be asked to consider a change to the membership. If you are a member, you can vote on the change. Day Events: 8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Annual Meeting 10:00 - 10:20 a.m. Break/Refreshments 10:20 - 11:20 a.m. Technology Panel and Demonstrations Panel discussion and live demonstrations of various online technologies: social networking (Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus), collaboration tools (Google Groups, Google Calendar), LibraryThing, how to use webinars. 11:20 - 11:30 a.m. Short break 11:30 - 12:20 p.m. Continue Panel Discussions

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~Society ~ Uxbridge Elementary plans Annual PTO Fall Festival Please come and join us for a family fun filled day including Magic Show, Petting Zoo, Bounce House, Costume Parade, Pumpkin Decorating Contest and so much more on Saturday, Novem-

ber 5th at 10:15 a.m. at the Taft Elementary School. Tickets are $4. and children 2 and under are free. For more information, please contact Kim Mathieu at

BVAA posts upcoming events A successful photography show was held at Alternatives on Main St. in Uxbridge. This show is being followed by the yearly Alternatives Tapestry show, in which the entire community can participate. The goal of the BVAA is to promote the arts in the Blackstone valley area, we try to accomplish this by sponsoring shows of various media, and holding educational meetings. Our next meeting is scheduled for November 15th at Art Creations at 12 Rosenfeld Dr. in Hopedale at 6:30 p.m. Our demonstrating artist will be Mark Waitkus, a nationally known water colorist who

renders lively paintings of famous stadiums including our own New England favorites. Meetings are open to the public and applications to the BVAA are on our web site. Our next show will be a multimedia show of paintings, sculpture, jewelry, and fiber arts. It will be held at the Woodshed Gallery on Pond St. in Franklin. The opening reception will be Saturday, December 3rd from 3 - 5 p.m. Please come and enjoy light refreshments, original artworks make great Holiday gifts.

Calvey completes specialized Pilot Training United States Air Force 2nd Lt. Eric Calvey, son of Christine and Jeffrey Calvey of Uxbridge, earned his Air Force pilot wings on September 9th after successful completion of Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus AFB in Columbus, MS. Lt. Calvey earned a cum laude degree in Applied Meteorology from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. Eric was on scholarship through the AFROTC program Detachment 157 and was commissioned as an Air Force officer in December, 2009.  Calvey is on a fighter jet track and was assigned to fly the A-10 Thunderbolt (Warthog) out of Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ.  He is currently undergoing Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) training.  After further water survival training in Florida,  Lt. Calvey will learn fighter fundamentals at Randolph AFB in Texas.

Oxford’s Lt. Gagnon returns to Afghanistan

Operation Suitcase in need of donations Operation Suitcase is an organization that collects donated goods that are in like-new condition or have been gently used and distributes them to people who need them. The store is open on Sundays from 12:00 to 5:00 pm and is located at One Main St., Whitinsville on the third floor of the bell tower. Enter next to the

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UPS and FedEx pickup boxes. All items are free. Donations that are needed include clothing of all sizes for all ages, linens, shoes, books, toys, baby gear, toiletries and small household appliances. For information, contact Megan Riley at OperationSuitcase

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Blackstone Valley Community Chorus to perform in concert The Blackstone Valley Community Chorus will perform their concert, For the Beauty of the Earth, on Sunday November 13th at 3pm. The concert will be held at St. Mary's Church in Uxbridge and will feature music celebrating nature. From pop songs to spirituals to American standards, there will be something to please everyone's ears! There is a $5.00 general admission and all are welcome to stay for a post-concert reception with refreshments, raffle prizes and conversation.  The Blackstone Valley Community Chorus, under the direction of Diane Pollard of Uxbridge, features over

sixty singers from all over central Massachusetts. Members are of various age, ability and experience but work together to create beautiful music. The chorus will also make appearances this December at Uxbridge First Night and at the Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band's holiday concert. The BVCC performs at events and ceremonies throughout the valley and is supported in part by grants from Douglas Octoberfest and the Local Cultural Councils of Douglas and Millville. For further information about the concert or other upcoming events, visit

Mendon Lions honor Kelley and Lizotte Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, joined Mendon Lions Club leaders at this year's Country Fair in recognizing the vision and leadership of two of the club's early presidents - Fred Kelley and Roger Lizotte. The two are credited with organizing community events that evolved into the popular Mendon

Honoring Two Lion Kings Roger Lizotte (left) and Fred Kelley were honored at this year's Mendon Lions Country Fair for their early leadership in organizing the popular community event in 1975.

Mariah Boobar named to Girl Scouts Leadership Board Northbridge Girl Scouts are pleased to announce the appointment of Mariah Boobar as a member of the Girl Scouts of Central & Western Massachusetts Council Girl’s Leadership Board. The Council’s Girl’s Leadership Board will work to provide ideas, guidance, and girl-driven recommendations to the GSCWM Board of Directors, the GSCWM Chief Executive Officer, and the GSCWM staff.

Pattie Hallberg, CEO of GSCWM, actively participates in each of these monthly meetings and the Girl’s Board will attend the Annual GSCWM meeting on April 22, 2012. Mariah is one of fifteen girls selected from the Central and Western Council. She resides in Whitinsville, is a 7th grade student at Northbridge Middle School, is a member of Cadette Girl Scout Troop 30129, and has been involved with Scouting for 6 years. 


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Grass Roots Coffeehouse season posted The Grass Roots Coffeehouse announces its 2011-2012 season starting with Chuck and Mud and the Hole in the Dam Band on Saturday, November 12th at 7:30 p.m.. Chuck & Mud have been entertaining audiences for over 30 years.  Their music is a mix of original and classic Americana music including country, folk, blues, bluegrass and more.  Admission is $12/$10 seniors (60+), $5 for students.  Doors open at 6:45 and there's hot foods available like soups, chili, etc. and plenty of coffee, hot and cold beverages and desserts.  The Grass Roots Coffeehouse is located in the Rockdale Congregational Church, 42 Fowler Road, Northbridge.  For more info visit our website at or email or call 617-429-0347.

Mill Church Café sets Nov. Schedule The Mill Church Café, 45 River St., Millbury November 4th: Horizon Christian Fellowship Worship Team Come and enter in with powerful worship from this group of people who take their gifts into the prisons to share the Good News. November 11th: Raging Grace Raging Grace is committed to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through music. Working the coffeehouse circuit as well as numerous outdoor festivals, they tour steadily in New England and outlying states. Their music is guitar driven rock steeped in the blues; the message is pure gospel. November 18th: Mark Bishop Evans Mark is a singer, songwriter and worship leader. He has led worship in both traditional and charismatic settings for nearly 2 decades.  Mark has a great desire to share how our Father in Heaven can take you out of darkness and bring you into His marvelous light.

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Moore honored as first ever “Public Health Hero” Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, has been named “Public Health Hero,” by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). This award, believed to be the first official recognition of a legislator since the DPH was founded in 1867, was presented to the Senator at a recent meeting of the Massachusetts Public Health Council. In presenting the award to Sen. Moore, DPH Commissioner John Auerbach called the Senator “a true champion of public health whose leadership has saved countless lives and improved the health of the people of Massachusetts.” Moore, who is Senate Chairman of the Legislature’s influential Committee on Health Care Financing, is credited with establishing the state’s successful infection prevention program that is leading efforts to prevent health care acquired infections. Since its establishment in 2006, every acute care hospital in the state is reporting infections to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Massachusetts ranks below the national average in the number of infections acquired in health care settings that often extend hospital stay, increase health costs, and, sometimes, prove fatal to patients. The Uxbridge lawmaker is also recognized for his leadership in preventing falls, the leading cause of premature and preventable death among Massachusetts senior citizens. Moore sponsored the first Falls Prevention Commission and has advocated attention by health care providers and seniors themselves to reducing falls that add to health costs as well as force elderly into nursing homes. At the other end of the age spectrum, Sen. Moore was the lead Senate sponsor of recent legislation to improve school nutrition programs. As the son of a one-time Hopedale High cafeteria cook, Moore championed improved attention to serving nutritious foods in school cafeterias and food vending machines. The regulations developed by the DPH are consistent with the guidelines of the Institute of Medicine, and are expected to reduce the incidence of childhood obesity and diabetes among the state’s youth. Sen. Moore is also the founder of the Betsy Lehman Center for the Prevention of Medical Errors which has produced several landmark studies improving health care and focusing attention on the importance of delivering “best practice” medicine. He has been a leading advocate for electronic prescribing of drugs to reduce medication errors that can cause death or serious illness and for computerized provider-order entry systems in hospitals (CPOE) which has been proven to improve health care quality and cut health care costs. To keep up with Sen. Moore’s work in the legislature and to further review his public health initiatives and accomplishments, please visit,

Milford Regional to present: Take Back Control According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, millions of women experience involuntary loss of urine called urinary incontinence (UI). Some women may lose a few drops of urine while running or coughing. Others may feel a strong, sudden urge to urinate

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common conditions and the minimally invasive surgical procedures that can bring instant relief to an otherwise uncontrollable situation. The event will be held in the Physicians Conference Center at Milford Regional Medical Center, located adjacent to the main lobby. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. To register, go to or call 508-422-2206. Join us for this special evening that will include raffles, give-a-ways and refreshments!

just before losing a large amount of urine. Many women experience both symptoms. UI can be slightly bothersome or totally debilitating. For some women, the risk of public embarrassment keeps them from enjoying many activities with their family and friends. On Tuesday, November 15th, at 7 pm, Milford Regional gynecologist, Samuel Zylstra, MD, MPH, FACOG will present an overview of incontinence and bladder prolapse, (which often goes hand in hand with incontinence). Join us as Dr. Zylstra discusses these two

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Milford Regional Medical Center Auxiliary schudules meeting The next meeting of the Milford Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is scheduled for November 8th at 9:30 a.m. in the MRMC in the Woman’s Pavilion, in the Hill Building. The mission of the Auxiliary is to provide the Medical Center, its patients and community with support through fundraising efforts. In September a successful Taste of the

Towns event and presented an $8,000 to the MRMC Diabetes Services.        This meeting agenda will include ideas for new fundraising ideas and plans for the 2012 organization year. For more information regarding the Auxiliary contact Elaine McNanna, Membership Chairperson at 508-4222099.           

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Whitinsville Women’s Club to host Perry as guest speaker The GFWC Whitinsville Women's Club will meet on November 14th at the Village Congregational Church, Church Street, Whitinsville at  noon. Lunch will be provided by the Club. Past President Veronica Tetreault, Program Chairman will introduce the guest speaker Patricia Perry, who will speak on "The World's oldest profession. We promise it won't be X-Rated.

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Writing About Cancer Workshop Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center at Milford Regional (DFBWCC) will offer a free four-week writing workshop for cancer patients and survivors. Writing About Cancer will begin on Thursday, October 27 and continue on November 3, 10 and 17. The sessions will meet in the second floor conference room at the Cancer Center from 4 to 6 p.m. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been in remission for years, writing about different aspects of your cancer journey can be therapeutic. Writing experience is not necessary. The sessions will be facilitated by Deb Ragosta, MHA, a 22-year cancer survivor and DFBWCC patient. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. For more information and to register, call Ann Sullivan at (508) 488-3783 or Deb Ragosta at


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On Tuesday morning November 1st and continuing each Tuesday through May of 2012 from 9:30 to 11 am  the nondenominational Men’s Bible Study will be held at the Whitinsville Community Center. It is in its 43rd year. The men meet in the 4th floor conference room (the upper room) which can be conveniently accessed by elevator. The study started in 1969 and is a nondenominational look at New Testament Scripture in Galatians from a Christian Worldview perspective. Men are invited from all the area towns to share the Word, fellowship, food and fun. Just come to the Community Center on Church/Hill Street or email for information.

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Senior Corner November Events at Northbridge Center Sutton Seniors ready for Chain of Lights Celebration able to talk with seniors on how to prepare foods that taste good and are good for you. ASK THE NURSE The Northbridge Senior Center Ask the Nurse Program will conduct a vital signs clinic on Tuesday, November 8thth, 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Tuesday 22nd. Come, in and meet Pat Wallen our RN, she is available to answer any questions concerning your medications, or any other health issues you may have.

HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday – Thursday 8:30 am - 4 p.m. Friday – 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 508-234-2002 HOLIDAY CLOSING The Northbridge Senior Center and TriValley nutrition site will be closed on Friday November 11th, in observance of Veterans Day. Both the center and the Nutrition site will be closed November 24th & 25th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. SHINE A Shine Counselor is available by appointment only. Call for more information or to schedule an appointment. FALLON REPRESENATIVE The Northbridge Senior Center will have a Rep from Fallon Community Health (Senior Plan) on Wednesday, November 9th, at 10:00 a.m to discuss changes in Medicare for 2012. CARE PROVIDERS There will be a presentation given by a representative from Care Providers of Blackstone Valley on Wednesday November 9th at 1:00 p.m. Services available, Personal Care, Companion Care, Homemaking and Errands, etc. Call the center for more information on their services or come to the center to hear about this program. BREAKFAST 3 SEASONS DININGROOM The Dine Out Group from the Northbridge Senior Center will attend a Breakfast at the 3 Seasons restaurant on Thursday November 10th at 8:45 a.m. Call the center for more information or to make a reservation. HEALTHY EATING On Tuesday, November 17th, at 11:00 a.m. There will be a presentation on Healthy Eating. A nutritionist from Tri –Valley Elders Services will be avail-

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP The Caregivers support Group meets on the fourth Friday of the month from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. the next meeting will be on Friday November 25th. MONTHLY BIRTHDAY DINNER The monthly birthday dinner will be at 11:45.a.m. on Tuesday, November 29th anyone celebrating a birthday in November is invited to attend and bring a guest. Reservations must be made by Wednesday November 23th. DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT The Northbridge Senior Center has a variety of Durable Medical equipment available for local senior residents, there is no fee for this service. Come into the center and someone will be available to show you what is available for your needs. In order to serve you better, we ask that you leave your name, address & phone number with the office staff. This helps to keep track of our inventory. Call the center for more information. Several additional items have been added to our inventory

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FALL PROGRAMS AND LEAGUE START UPS The Northbridge Senior Center’s Shuffleboard League plays on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Pool League, on Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m., Cribbage League Thursday, 1:00 p.m. You may call the center for more information on other programs and activities. Shuffleboard 8:30 a.m. All other programs & classes will continue throughout the year. A second Chair Yoga class has been added on Monday morning 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Substitute players are needed for shuffleboard, call the center for more information. 120 CLUB The Friends of Northbridge Elders, Inc has begun the 120 Club for the 2011 season. This Fund raiser continues to be very successful, along with the F.I.N.E. membership. Call the center if you would like more information on either of these Fund raisers. LIFE PLANNING SERVICE The Northbridge Senior Center now has a financial counselor available free of charge on a wide range of Life Planning matters, his services will include the following: all Medicare A, B, and C and Mass Health related advice and guidance, Social Security including, retirement, disability, and SSI claims for benefits, Credit & Debt counseling matters, Advice on long term care services and alternatives, Money management and budgeting guidance, All life and health and disability insurance related matters, All available social service needs based programs, Medical expense hardship assistance, All services limited to Shine Counselor to be referred as appropriate, and all Veteran entitlement and need based assistance programs.

Sutton Senior Center located at 19 Hough Road has posted specials and items that will be available during the Sutton Chain of Lights Celebration on Saturday December 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. • Affordable gift Baskets for all Age groups • Knitted Hats, Scarves, and Mittens for Adults & Children

• Hand Knit Sweater Sets & Blankets for Babies & Toddlers Also a great selection of Jewelry & Gift Items. Our Popular “Dollar Store” will be open and we will have raffles, a bake sale and much more! Lunch will be availalbe: Turkey Soup, Sandwiches and Meatball Subs. Plenty of parking & Trolley service available.

News and Notes from Sutton Senior Center 1st • Tuesday 11 AM: Musical Entertainment by “The Trinity Orchestra” 7th • Monday 10 AM: Chatterbox Discussion Group. All Welcome 1 PM: Movie & Snacks “Bridesmaids” Comedy (R-Rated) 9th • Wednesday 11 AM: Musical Entertainer Dick Chase “The Banjo Man” 11th • Friday 8 AM: Sutton Veteran’s Breakfast (Free) Call for Reservation 508-234-0703 16th • Wednesday 4 PM: “Dealing With COPD” By Tracy Williams-DeStephano. All welcome COMING SATURDAY DECEMBER 3rd CHAIN OF LIGHTS CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION 9 AM - 4 PM

Weekly Features Mondays: 10:30 AM Bowling League Tuesdays: 2 PM “Boost” High Impact exercise group Tuesdays: 1 PM Cribbage all welcome Thursdays: 9 AM “Boost” High Impact exercise group Thursdays: 10 AM Pitch BINGO every Wednesday & Friday @ 1 PM Fridays: 9 AM “I’m Sorry” Card Game Free Exercise Classes Mondays & Wednesdays (Range of Motion) Free Yoga Classes Tuesdays & Fridays Free Computer Classes Wed. & Thurs. 9- 12 p.m. Senior Center Closed: Friday Nov. 11 & Thursday Nov. 24

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Uxbridge Senior Center Programs, Events & Lunch Menu 36 South Main Street Marsha Petrillo: Director 278-8622 Susan White: Administrative Assistant 278-8622 Peter Weager: Van Driver Meg Walsh: Outreach Coordinator 278-8638 Beverly Clark: Tri Valley Nutrition Site Manager 278-7609 Lunch pick up begins at 10:30 am each day. Call Bev to reserve your lunch 48 hours in advance @ 278-7609. Call the Center for transportation to and from lunch and for medical rides at 278-8622. The Uxbridge Senior Center is a drop off site for the People First Food Pantry. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Senior Club begins at 1:30 p.m. on the October 12 and will continue on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. Please call the Senior Center at 508-278-8622 for more information COMPUTER CLASSES - Computer classes have started. Please call the Senior Center at 508-278-8622 to enroll and get further details. Classes are geared to individual needs. Council on Aging meets at 4:00 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The Elderly Connection meets monthly. Call the Senior Center at 508-278-8622 for dates and time. REMINDER: The Senior Center will close at noon on November 23rd and will remain closed on Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25. No meals will be served on those three days.

1st • Tuesday

8:30 am: Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Call 278-

8622 to arrange for pick-up. 11:30 am Cream of Asparagus soup, salmon boat with dill, garlic mashed potatoes, peas and onions and peaches.

2nd • Wednesday

11:30 am Lunch and Learn - Honey baked chicken, seasoned potatoes, Green beans and an orange. Paul Jackson, Director of Energy Services for the SMOCK Energy Conservation Program will be here to give an overview of the Weatherization and Heating Assistance Program. People with heating assistance may want to attend to hear how they can get assistance with furnace cleaning, repair and possibly replacement.

3rd • Thursday

11:30 to 12:30 p.m. - Lunch and Learn; Itali-an braised beef, egg noodles, winter mixed veggies and granola bar. Come join Rachel Brown of Community Legal Aid (CLA) to hear about the services that CLA can provide for you. Ms. Brown specializes in Elder and Medicare law, among other topics. She will share information about CLA’s services, including representation in courts and before administrative agencies with regard to a variety of legal matters such as landlord/tenant disputes, divorces when an elder has been the victim of domestic violence, and denial of Medicare benefits. Ms. Brown’s work also includes work with the Medicare Advocacy Project. Questions are welcome! 1:00 - 2:00 pm; Yoga - New yoga classes have started. Please call the Senior Center at 508-278-8622 for details.

4th • Friday

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11th • Friday

11:30 am: Lunch - Apricot chicken, O´ Brien potatoes, spinach and streusel cake. Call 508-278-7609, 48 hours in advance to reserve your meal. 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Computer classes have resumed at the center. Please call 508278-8622 for further details and to reserve your spot.

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7th • Monday

14th • Monday

11:30 am: Today’s lunch - Beef strogan-off, mashed potatoes, jardiniére vegetables, and fresh fruit. Call 508278-7609, 48 hours in advance to reserve your meal. 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Computer classes have resumed at the Senior Center. Please call 508-278-8622 for further details and to reserve your spot.

15th • Tuesday

8:30 am: Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Call 2788622 to arrange for pick-up. 11:30 am: Lunch - Roast turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, honey glazed carrots, and pumpkin pie. Please call 508278-7609 to reserve your meal 48 hours in advance. Celebrate Thanksgiving with a turkey dinner and some great Holiday Entertainment!

8th • Tuesday

8:30 am: Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Call 2788622 to arrange for pick-up. 11:30 am: Lunch - Herbed chicken, roasted potatoes, broccoli and fruited ambrosia. Council on Aging meets at 4 p.m.

9th • Wednesday

11:30 am: Lunch - Minestrone soup, lasagna, mixed veggies and baked apple. 1:30 pm: Senior club meets. New members always welcome. Please call the Senior Center for further details.

10th • Thursday

11:30 am: Lunch - Pasta primavera with chicken, corn, pineapple crisp. Enjoy Richard Colahan on the keyboard 12:30 pm: Pick-up begins for Walmart shopping. Call 278-8622 to arrange for pick-up. 1:00-2:00 pm: Yoga class, all are welcome to join. 2:00-3:00 pm: PageTurners with Jane Granatino, Library Director. If you like to talk about books, good and bad, join us. Share some of your favorite reads, talk about what makes a classic and discover new authors this book discussion is for you. New members are always welcome, just stop by!

8:30 am: Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Call 2788622 to arrange for pick-up. 11:30 am: Lunch - Beef Jardiniere, vegetable couscous, corn and mandarin oranges.

16th • Wednesday

11:30 am: Lunch - Rosemary pork, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, and applesauce. Call 508-278-7609, 48 hours in advance to reserve your meal.

17th • Thursday

11:30 am: Lunch - Fish cacciatore, seasoned rice, California blend veggies, and waffle grahams. Please call 2787609 48 hours in advance to reserve your meal. Richard Colahan will entertain on the keyboard. 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Yoga class, all are welcome to join. Please call the Center for more information, 508-278-8622.

18th • Friday

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25th • Friday Senior Center is Closed No meals served.

28th • Monday 11:30 am: Lunch - Chicken rice soup, veal bourguignon, red bliss potatoes, winter mix veggies and mixed fruit. Please call 508-278-7609 to reserve your meal 48 hours in advance. 3:00-4:00 pm: Computer classes have resumed at the Senior Center. Please call 508-278-8622 for further details and to reserve your spot.

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30th • Wednesday

11:30 am: Lunch - Potato crunch fish, rice pilaf, mixed vegetables, and an orange. Please call 508-278-7609 to reserve your meal 48 hours in advance. 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Computer classes have

11:30 am: Lunch - Lemon pepper fish, wild rice, spinach, and pistachio marshmallow pudding. Please call 508-2787609 to reserve your meal 48 hours in advance.

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The Millbury Council on Aging is planning a Holiday Craft Fair to be held on Saturday November 12th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. They will be selling home made goods, pastries, refreshments and our FAMOUS chicken soup. Millbury Senior Center will be offering a trip to the Newport Play House on Thursday November 3rd to watch the play “Social Security” A laugh-out loud comedy. Cost is $63.00 this includes bus, dinner buffet, play and cabaret. Call or stop by the center to sign up 508-865-9247.

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What’s happening at Mendon Senior Center Medicare open enrollment is changing! New Dates: OCTOBER 15th - DECEMBER 7th Your health needs change from year to year. And, your health plan may change the benefits and costs each year too. That's why it's important to evaluate your Medicare choices every year. Open Enrollment is the one time of the year when ALL people with Medicare can see what new benefits Medicare has to offer and make changes to their coverage. Starting this year, Open Enrollment starts earlier (on October 15th) and lasts longer (7 full weeks) to give you enough time to review and make changes to your coverage. But, also starting this year, you will need to make your final selection for next year's Medicare coverage by December 7th. This change ensures Medicare has enough time to process your choice, so your coverage can begin without interruption on January 1, 2012. It's worth it to take the time to review and compare, but you don't have to do it alone. If you typically use the December holidays to discuss health care options with family or friends, plan now to move that conversation earlier. And remember that SHINE is available to help. Mendon residents may contact the senior center at 508478-6175 to make a free appointment with a counselor.

Fallon open enrollment Fallon Senior Plan representative Gail Trubow will be offering an explanation of the 2012 Fallon Plan for seniors. Space is limited so be sure to sign up early for this informative presentation on Wednesday, November 2nd at 1:30 p.m. at the Mendon Senior Center, 62 Providence St., Mendon 508-478-6175.

Stain Glass Demonstration Mendon resident and talented artist Roger Pouliot will offer a free demon-

Please consider supporting this important effort by donating items such as creamy peanut butter, cereals, canned pasta including ravioli, pasta and/or sauce, dinner starter kits such as taco kits, white tuna, crackers and snack items, and juice and coffee. We are also grateful for non-food items which cannot be purchased with food stamps such as paper goods, toiletries including bath soap, toothpaste and tooth brushes, antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers, and household cleaners as well as laundry detergent and dryer sheets. Note we are pretty well stocked with canned vegetables at this time. If you will be away, you may place items in the Senior Center gazebo drop off box. Also, if you are a Mendon resident in need of assistance please contact Amy at the Mendon Senior Center at 508478-6175.

stration of one of his specialties on Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 1:00 p.m. Please call 508-478-6175 or stop by the center to register.

Thanksgiving Craft Join us on Tuesday, November 8th at 1:00pm for a Thanksgiving themed craft lead by creative volunteer Valerie Knox. Material cost: $5.00.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Cross representative Sue Flanagan will be giving a comprehensive program at the Mendon Senior Center on Wednesday, Nov. 9th at 1:00 pm to discuss the 2012 benefits for the following Blue Cross Blue Shield products: Medex (a Medigap product), Blue MedicareRx (the Blue Cross Part D plan) and Medicare HMO Blue Plus RX and Medicare PPO Blue Plus Rx (the Blue Cross Medicare Advantage plans). All are welcome. However, please call the Center to pre-register for this program as space is limited.

Podiatry Clinic Doctor Cooper of Southboro Medical Group will be at the center to attend to your podiatry needs on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 9-11 a.m. The fee for this service is $30.00 made payable to Dr. Cooper. House calls are also available for an additional fee. Please call the Center to schedule an appointment.

Scouts Food Drive nov. 5th The Scouts of Mendon will be conducting their annual food drive to help replenish the shelves of the Mendon Food Pantry for the winter months.

Very Fine Vendor & Craft Fair Come get a jump on your holiday shop-

Blackstone Valley Women’s Club features speaker on Alzheimer’s will be the South Central District Director, Ann Maciejowski of Upton. The meeting is open to the public. Any woman, l8 years or older, who wants to explore joining this community-minded group of volunteers is welcome to come. Currently, women represent the towns of Grafton, Sutton, Douglas, Uxbridge, Northbridge, Whitinsville, and Westboro. For more information, contact President Constance Dwyer of Sutton, (508) 917-8415.

The GFWC Blackstone Valley Women’s Club will have a speaker from the State office of the Alzheimer’s Association in Watertown at its Wednesday, November 30th meeting, at the Dudley Gendron American Legion Hall, 156 Boston Road, Sutton. Meetings are always held on the last Wednesday of the month at Dudley Gendron in Sutton which is the club’s regular meeting place. Refreshments will be served from 6:30 p.m. and the talk on the early stages of Alzheimer’s will start at 7 p.m. Also in attendance

ping in one easy stop. The Friends ofMendon Elders will be hosting a Very Fine Vendor and Craft Fair on Friday, Nov. 18th from 4-9 pm and Saturday, Nov. 19th from 9 am-2 pm at the Senior Center. The Friends will be hosting a variety of very fine vendors and crafters will be available one or both days. Come view Pampered Chef, Lia Sophia, Wild Tree as well as local crafters for a special viewing and get your gifts in plenty of time for the holidays. A 50/50 raffle and a vendor raffle, not to be missed, will be drawn Saturday afternoon. This special event is open to the public. Please feel free to contact the center at 508-478-6175 with any questions. Players Welcome

Contract Bridge: added Day Alternates are always wanted to fill in for fellow Bridge enthusiasts on Mondays and now Fridays, both at 9:00 a.m. Please contact the center regarding your level of interest so we can plan accordingly.

Cribbage Feel free to just drop in on Mondays and/or Thursdays at 9:00 am for a fun yet challenging game of cribbage.

Scrabble Players are welcome to join in on Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 am for a friendly game of Scrabble.

Lending Library Volunteers Wanted: The Mendon Senior Center has a number of popular works of fiction and non-fiction for

your reading enjoyment as well as an assortment of DVDs, Talking Books and players and puzzles. Feel free to stop by and check out our popular titles. Simply borrow, enjoy and return. Donations are always welcome. The library has been in frequent use and volunteers are needed to help restock the shelves on a periodic basis. Call the center at 508-478-6175 if you have an hour to spare every other week.

Do not Call List & Cell Phone Recycling Protect yourself from unwanted charges for cell phones. Simply call the following number from your Cell phone: 888-382-1222. It is the National DO NOT CALL list. It will only take a minute of your time. It blocks your number for five (5) years. You must call from the Cell phone number you want to have blocked. You cannot call from a different number to turn them in. Also, consider dropping off your old, used cell phones at the Mendon Senior Center and help support center programs and facility through the Friends of Mendon Elders.

Bottle & Can Recycling Drop off your redeemable bottles and cans at the Mendon Senior Center and help turn them into gas for the new Senior Van- due in January 2012. You may drop off your CLEAN bottles and cans at the center's gazebo anytime during the week. Volunteers are needed to help once a month to turn them in.

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Needle Arts Corner November is kind of an interesting month because sometimes it is warm and sunny, then on other days it is snowing and bleak. I try to soak up the good days outside as I know what is around the corner. I have been found reading a book on the porch on a sunny day when I should be working (don’t tell Joe), thus the book reviews. On not so nice days I have updated my website and have been lining up projects and books that I want to be involved in over the next few months. It is working out pretty well for me, so you may want to give it a try too! This month I shall review a book I recently read that I found interesting. The book is called The Friday Night Knitting Club, by Kate Jacobs. It takes

place on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Georgia Walker is raising her 12 year old daughter, Dakota. She basically runs a yarn shop and raises her daughter. There is a cast of ladies that frequent the store and meet on Friday nights for coffee, knitting, friendship, support and treats from Dakota. They consist of Anita, a helpful wealthy lady and mentor, Lucie, a TV producer, who decides to become a single mother. There is Darwin, a doctoral student and feminist and Peri, a part time employee/purse designer who is in law school. KC, a former coworker who has yet to finish a knitting project and two other surprise characters play roles in this book. The book is written in the same style as a knitting




recently checking out her stock. Yes, I bought some. I needed it!!! She has needles, patterns, buttons and yarn. Everything you need for class. Call me for more information! Oh yes, the other thing that I am doing is taking a class at the Uxbridge High School through the Adult Education program. It is really interesting to learn new technology that I can use daily. I feel like a dinosaur with some of the computer programs that have come around. I think that I am doing okay so far, Mrs. Fletcher has not thrown me out yet! I cannot wait to try another class out. As an added treat, I met up with an old friend (Carol) that I had lost touch with! Does it get any better? I do not think so. So have a wonderful Thanksgiving, don’t eat too much and exercise. Call me if you want to meet some new friends and acquire a new skill. Peace.

project. I found it to be an interesting book as it takes place not only in the United States but in Scotland as well. An interesting cast of characters and a few unexpected twists and turns makes it a great read. Enjoy! I have been knitting since I was a child and find it very relaxing. I can hold my own with the best of them, but am far from a professional. Grace, one of my students, recently came to class with a new knitting pattern as I am finishing up the book. So, of course, I have to pull out the needles and yarn to try out her pattern. It is working up well, despite the fact that I need to find my row counter! I also made up a felted change purse kit that Jane had given to me about a year ago. It came out very cute. With this knitting fever going on I decided that maybe others would want to learn to knit. So this month we will be holding beginner knitting classes here at my Studio. You will learn all the basics, like how to cast on, knit stitch and purl. We will start with a simple scarf so you can get the gist of it. You may also want to visit the Yarn Shop located at the Savers Bank building in Uxbridge. Kathleen has some beautiful yarn, I was in

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School News National Merit Students commended Whitinsville Christian High School: The principal, Christopher Vander Baan, of Whitinsville Christian High School announced recently that Samantha Ervin, daughter of Dr. Daniel and Cheryl Ervin of Princeton; Rachel LaDine, daughter of James and Dr. Barbara LaDine of Whitinsville; Joshua Lewis, son of Bruce and Kim Lewis of Franklin; and Jessica Mitchell, daughter of Chris and Cindi Mitchell of Franklin, have been named Commended Students in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Mr. Vander Baan to these scholastically talented seniors. Uxbridge High School: The principal, Tara Bennett, of Uxbridge High School announced today that Daniel Penza has been named a Commended Student in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the

academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic develop-

Basic Rights in Special Education Workshop planned

aCaDeMIC exCeLLenCe - Jessica Mitchell, Rachel LaDine, Samantha ervin and Joshua Lewis where chosen for the 2012 national Merit Scholarship Program school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic progress. Although they will not continue in the 2012 competition for

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The Special Education Parent Advisory Councils of Northbridge, Uxbridge, Douglas, Sutton, Blackstone Valley Technical, Blackstone-Millville Regional, and Mendon-Upton will be co-hosting a Basic Rights in Special Education workshop on Thursday, November 17th from 7-9 p.m. This workshop will be held at the Northbridge High School Media Center, 2nd floor, 427 Linwood Ave., Whitinsville. The presentation will be given by Elaine Rabbitt from the Federation for Children With Special Needs. The Basic Rights workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act(IDEA), Massachusetts Special Education Law, and No Child Left Behind(NCLB). This workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their

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Operation Christmas Child Relay Center Whitinsville Christian School is again an official Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse. Through a simple gift of a colorfully wrapped shoebox filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, or other suggested gifts, your church, scout troop, organization, or family can bring joy and the Good News of Jesus Christ to children around the world who are in need of hope. If you would like more information about these

shoebox gifts please contact Ann Fredericks at or 508-868-8361. Collection week for the packed shoeboxes is Monday-Friday, November 14th-18th between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Saturday, November 19th between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 20th between 10:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. at Whitinsville Christian School, 279 Linwood Avenue in Whitinsville.

Pinwheels for Peace at WMS Imagine…“Whirled Peace”

In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. On September 21, 2011,  the art students of Whitin Middle School took part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace in the front of their school. Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen Mc Millan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feel-

ings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21st - there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world.  Last year (year 6), 2010, over 3.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America. Locally, Lisa Mistler, the Whitin visual arts teacher coordinated the Pinwheels for Peace project this year.

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This project is non-political – peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind. To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.” As part of the creation process, the art students wrote their thoughts about "war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others" on one side. On the other side, they used color, symbols, and decoration to visually express their feelings. The students assembled these pinwheels and on International Day of Peace they "planted" their pinwheels in the front of the Whitin building as a public statement and art exhibit/installation. The spinning of the pinwheels in the wind spreads thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world! For more information, go to www. or contact Lisa Mistler.

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As Northbridge educators continue to dedicate their time and money to our youth’s future, Walmart is helping ten teachers at Northbridge Middle School to purchase much needed classroom supplies this back to school season through its Teacher Rewards Program. Walmart employees honored the surprised NMS teachers at an awards ceremony held on September 27th during a faculty meeting “Walmart appreciates the impact teachers continue to make in our community,” says Walmart Store Manager Robert Rolandelli. “We know our educators contribute not only their time, but also their money to ensure our students have a successful school year. The Teacher Rewards Program is our way of saying thank you.” Through the Teacher Rewards Program, local Walmart stores, Distribution Centers and Sam’s Club locations across the U.S. are eligible to select one local kindergarten through eighth grade public school and provide $100 reward cards to 10 teachers from the selected school. Winning teachers are able to use the funds to purchase essential items such as paper, folders, binders, clipboards, pens, pencils, crayons, markers, etc. In 2011, Walmart and this Foundation gave more than $89 million to fund educational, health, and children’s programs to help students in communities across the country better prepare for their future. To learn more visit,

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Nichols to host “Empowering Women in Business 2011” Nichols College is hosting, on its Dudley campus, “Empowering Women in Business 2011” on Wednesday, November 16th from 3-8 p.m. in Davis Hall. The goal of the Conference is to provide strategies that will empower women to prosper through business and entrepreneurship. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, today, women-owned businesses create more than $1 trillion in wealth and employ more than seven million Americans. “In fact, women-owned businesses are growing at two times the rate of all other U.S. firms,” says Dawn Sherman, interim dean for Graduate & Professional Studies. The conference registration fee is $25; so, go to www. to sign up today! The event,  which is  sponsored by Nichols, the Center for Women & Enterprise, Hometown Bank, Center for

organizers of empowering Women Conference: (Left to Right) Lori Smith, nichols assistant Director of Career Services; Blanche Milligan, Director of the Fischer Institute; Deanna L. Mills, Vice President Commercial Lending, Hometown Bank; Dawn Sherman, Interim Dean of nichols Graduate & Professional Studies; Rae Lynn Glispin, Program assistant, Center for Women & enterprise; Ivette olmeda, Program Manager, Center for Women & enterprise; Lisa Campbell, nichols Director of Student accounts.

Women & Enterprise, and Fabrico, will feature two prominent speakers, including author of The Mercury 13; Martha Ackmann, and CBS reporter and host of WBZ’s Women’s Watch, Laurie Kirby. In addition, there are 14 sessions on a wide-range of topics, including: Boot Campus for Busy Women; Cakettes; Carrier Paths Panel - Four Roads to Success; Changing Your Career; Connecting with Your Customers On-line; Creative Ways to Fund Your Business; Google + What? Empower Me!; Intro to Ikebana Flower Arranging; Looking Your Best on Budget; Making a Powerful Presentation; Maximizing Facebook; Who Are These People: Understanding Self and Others in the Workplace. Come see why women have been leading our nation’s commerce for more than 230 years!

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Whitinsville Golf Club Supports Families Last month the members of Whitinsville Golf Club organized 50/50 raffle to benefit the students of Northbridge Elementary School. WGC members and guests were invited to participate in a raffle at 2 of the 18-hole course. Participants paid a $5.00 fee to participate in a “Hit the Green” contest. If their shot off the tee landed on the green, a raffle ticket was issued to them for a chance to win 50% of the till. In addition, there were many who made personal donations. This donation will be used during the holiday season to purchase winter clothing, grocery gift cards, and age-appropriate toys for Northbridge Elementary School families in need.


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An anti-bullying bus incentive program is new this school year at Taft School under the direction of Lori Fafard, Principal and Judi Lamarre, Assistant Principal and Vendetti Bus Co. When the busses arrive in the morning, each driver gives the thumbs up or thumbs down signal to the Paraprofessional on duty. If the students on the bus follow bus safety rules going home from school and coming to school in the morning, the driver gives thumbs up. If some students are unsafe or not following the bus rules then the driver shows a thumbs down. The two busses at the end of each month with the most thumbs up will get an orange magnet on their bus that says, “TAFT SCHOOL BUS OF THE MONTH” with Tiger paws on it. Also, the students will get an orange bracelet and a group picture will be taken. Good luck to all! Congratulations to Bus #15 & #6 for being the first busses of the month at Taft School. Wear your bracelets proudly!

Valley Tech to hold Open House UPTON - The annual Open House and Parent Applicant Night at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School will be held Wednesday, November 30th from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.. at the school on Pleasant Street in Upton. Prospective students, their parents or guardians, and members of the general public are invited to tour the seventeen awardwinning vocational technical areas and will be given the opportunity to speak with both vocational and academic teachers about course offerings. All eighth-graders living in the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge are eligible to apply for admission to Valley Tech. Vocational-technical programs offered at Valley Tech include automotive technology; automotive collision repair; business technology; carpentry; cosmetology; culinary arts; dental assisting; drafting; electrical; electronics; graphic communications; health services; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration; information technology; manufacturing technologies; painting and design technologies; and plumbing; as well as a post-secondary program in practical nursing.  In the event of inclement weather, the snow date for the open house will be Thursday, December 1st.

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Business Review Business Bio:

Grafton Inn rebounds with great food & lodging Story & Photos by Constance Dwyer When John and Laurie Pardee bought the historic Grafton Inn in 2000 they put their heart and soul in the business. They enjoyed running the restaurant and Inn but in 2007 they leased it out. The restaurant then turned into “fine dining and prices went up” John commented during the interview in his office. Business was not going well; therefore, John and Laurie decided to “take it back” in 2009. “Now, business is picking up and coming along nicely despite these tough times.” The business owners quickly saw they needed to make the restaurant more of a place for “family dining” which is more “affordable, minus the white tablecloths.” Lunch is as low as $4.99 and a full dinner is $9.99. A revised menu is now in the works. There are daily specials and on Thursday nights live acoustic music is featured. In addition to the Grafton Inn, John also manages The Grill, a sports bar, in Northbridge on Providence Road. Besides the restaurant and lounge, in good weather, customers can enjoy eating out on the patio. In addition, there is a function room on the second floor that can be booked for high school reunions, meetings & family gatherings. The Grafton Inn is, indeed, a familyrun business with their son, John Pardee Jr, working full time there. He is the Manager of the Inn which has 7 rooms, with private bath, and is currently undergoing renovations with new rugs and flat-screen TVs. At the time of the interview, John happily commented that the Inn was “sold out” and, in fact, a customer came to the office to book a room for next March. John Jr. is a graduate of the hotel management school at Johnson & Wales University in Providence. The whole family takes part in making sure the Grafton Inn...”25 On the Common Restaurant” a par excellence spot on the Grafton Common. Laurie, who works full time as a nurse leader/health coordinator in the Northborough school system, also helps out on the weekends. She bakes all the homemade pies, a treat for the diners. Besides their son, their two daughters also come to assist. Lauren works as a waitress besides holding down a fulltime job in the court system in Uxbridge, Mary fills in between her Boston job. When asked how John’s interest began in the restaurant business, he said that “It’s in my blood and I don’t mind working the 60 hours a week between the Grafton Inn and the Grill.” He added that he and his sister ran a frozen yogurt shop in Rockport, Massachusetts, back in the 70’s, prior to accepting a job in food sales for 8 years. John and Laurie are residents of Westboro.

Grafton Inn Proprietor; John Pardee doublechecks dining room prior to the 11:30 a.m. opening. The Grafton Inn is located at 25 On the Common in Grafton and is open for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Dinner is

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TMC Environmental raises $13,000 for Make-A-Wish TMC Environmental hosted the 3rd Annual Environmental Services Fall Golf Classic to benefit the Make-AWish Foundation® of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. On a beautiful, warm and sunny day, golfers of all abilities convened at Red Tail Golf Club in Devens, MA in support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, raising $13,000. These funds will enable the Foundation to grant as many wishes as possible for the 580 children in Massachusetts and Rhode Island diagnosed each year with life-threatening medical conditions. “We cannot thank TMC Environmental enough for hosting this event and gathering the community together on our behalf,” said Tony Sampaio of the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. “We have grown from granting a single wish in our first year, to striving for 400 children’s wishes in 2011 and this donation will allow us to make more of our children’s wishes come true,” continued Sampaio. In 2009, TMC’s first annual golf classic raised $11,500 for the Foundation which allowed the organization to grant the wishes of 2 critically ill children – sending them and their families to Walt Disney World® Resort. With on-site medical facilities providing treatments as necessary and Disney characters spending quality one on one time with the children, they were given an all expenses paid vacation of a lifetime. The money raised from last year’s tournament, allowed the Make-AWish® Foundation to grant three wishes. Fayth, age two, met Mickey Mouse and the Disney Princesses when she and her parents spent a week at Walt Disney

World® Resort. Six year old Sara loves the movie Beethoven and received a puppy who is now her constant companion. Andrew, age nine, and his family embarked on a fun-filled Nickelodeon cruise to the Bahamas. “This year’s tournament was a great day for the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, TMC and all the participating companies,” says Matthew Clark, President and CEO of TMC Environmental. “We are grateful to have so many amazing people in this industry who are willing to donate their time and money for such a wonderful cause.”

TMC plans to continue this tradition of community involvement – holding the 4th Annual Environmental Services Fall Golf Classic in 2012 to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. ABOUT THE MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION® OF MASSACHUSETTS AND RHODE ISLAND The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Massachusetts and Rhode Island grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The joy began in 1987, when

Cottle appointed to ICBA Board of Directors The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announced that local community banker, Wayne A. Cottle of the $220 million-asset Dean Bank, Franklin was appointed to the ICBA board of directors. ICBA is the nation’s voice for community banks. “I am honored to be appointed to this position,” Cottle said. “It gives me a chance to continue to work for community banks across the country that practice trusted, common-sense lending and offer hands-on personal service and invaluable financial expertise to local consumers and small businesses.” In addition to helping shape and advocate ICBA’s national policy positions and programs, Cottle’s duties include being a liaison between independent community bankers in Massachusetts and ICBA staff and leadership in Washington, D.C. He is past national

Secretary and member of ICBA’s executive Committee and serves as Chairman of ICBA’s Mutual Bank Council. ICBA is the only national trade association dedicated exclusively to promoting the interests of locally operated community banks and savings institutions. With trusted financial expertise and high-quality customer service as their hallmarks, community banks offer the best financial services option for millions of consumers and small businesses. “Cottle is a dedicated community banker who is respected by his industry peers,” said ICBA Chairman Sal Marranca, president and CEO of Cattaraugus County Bank, Little Valley, N.Y. “We are delighted he will continue to offer his time and valuable professional talents to the service of the community banking industry.”

the Foundation fulfilled its first wish: a family trip to York Beach for a girl with Niemann-Pick disease.  Since that first inspired wish, the Foundation has served over 4,500 children in Massachusetts and over 1,000 children in Rhode Island.  This fiscal year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts and Rhode Island is working to fulfill over 400 wishes for  medicallyeligible children in its two-state community. To learn more, please visit or call 617- 3679474.  Since 1995, TMC Services has provided innovative solutions for complex environmental challenges – including 24 hour emergency and disaster response, remediation and abatement, marine services, industrial cleaning, environmental construction services, and waste management. The company is now known as TMC Environmental. This name together with the new logo instantly communicates who the company is and what they do for their customers: TMC solves environmental challenges whenever and wherever they occur. The company’s mission is to make the places where we all live and work, safer and more productive. TMC responds quickly and strategically to every situation, whether they are dealing with an emergency or a complex, long-term project. Matthew Clark, President and CEO, sums it up: “As a forward-looking company, we undertook this effort to reinforce our overall mission and to better communicate the expertise, passion, and professionalism of our people.”

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SPORTS SHORTS Scouts participate in Buddy Walk On Sunday, October 9th, the Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress sponsored the 15th Annual Buddy Walk that took place in Wakefield. This year there were over 3,000 registered to walk the 3 mile course and $311,000 has been raised to date with a goal of $350,000 when all donations are in. The Buddy Walk is a celebration and promotion for acceptance and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome.  This walk takes place each year in Massachusetts to support the more than 5,000 families who have a member with Down syndrome in the Commonwealth.

Northbridge Girl Scouts and Northbridge Public Schools have always been a huge supporter of Natalie Lyons, a member of Cadette Troop 30129 who has Down syndrome. Members and leaders of Girl Scout Troops 30129, 11411, 30377 and 30383 along with students from all four of the Northbridge Public Schools joined her

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The Northbridge Youth Softball Association is a non-profit organization that was formed to give girls between the ages of 6 and 14 an opportunity to participate in youth sports, to make new friends and above all, to have fun! During this past season the Board of Directors decided to adorn each girl’s uniform jersey with a pink ribbon to show our support in the battle against breast cancer. The intention was to raise awareness throughout the Blackstone Valley community. The players took it one step further and during home games passed around a pink bucket to collect donations. The Association is proud to say that our girls collected $100 during the season and the Board decided to match their efforts. The Northbridge Youth Softball Association was happy to send a check to Dana-Farber in the amount of $200. The Association would like to thank Dana-Farber for all their efforts in a fight that has touched so many people’s lives and for their continued efforts in finding a cure.

Veterans Day In november, we celebrate Veterans Day with honoring our Veterans from the past, present and future who make it possible for our freedom. Veterans who have given so much of themselves. So lets put the Veterans back into Veterans Day and celebrate by giving thanks with HaTS oFF HanDS oVeR yoUR HeaRT. - God Bless them one and all

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Ask the Car Guy

Greenway Challenge overcomes storm aftermath In the soggy aftermath of tropical storms Irene and Lee last month, the Steering Committee of the 11th annual UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge adventure race wasn’t sure what shape the waterways and byways along the Blackstone River would be in for the 57-mile multisport adventure race on Sept. 24. But with dozens of volunteers cleaning storm debris from the river and trails right to the last minute, 63 teams successfully paddled, biked and ran between Lincoln Woods State Park in Rhode Island and Douglas State Forest in Massachusetts. Top finishers in the race’s several categories included: Championship – Great Canadian 4:36:24; Recreational – Three New Dads 5:03:46; Ironman (solo) - Josh Flanagan 5:09:54; Masters - Fairlawn Masters 5:28:50; Corporate Cup - TMC Environmental 5:31:38; All - Women - R.I. Dept. of Environ-mental Management Ladies 6:01:44. Kate McPherson, captain of the R.I. DEM Ladies team, said her team’s preparation strategy paid off. “I think the biggest thing was just practicing the legs beforehand,” she said. “It’s knowing where you’re going.” McPherson’s team also enjoyed this year’s course, which included three R.I. Dept. of Environmental Management properties and four Mass. Dept. of Conservation and Recreation proper-

ties. The Greenway Challenge course changes every year. “It definitely seemed like this year they picked a really pretty loop,” McPherson said. “The girls enjoyed getting out to see the scenic natural beauty.” “The partnership of the state parks and the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor to introduce the recreational highlights in the Blackstone Valley shined,” said Barbara Dixon, special events coordinator for the National Heritage Corridor Commission. Ms. Dixon added that this year, for the first time, the R.I. DEM provided a boat-washing station for paddlers entering the race’s last leg at Douglas State Forest’s Wallum Lake. The boat wash was used to reduce the risk of introducing invasive plant species from other bodies of water along the course. The Greenway Challenge Steering Committee is looking forward to next year’s race, scheduled for Sept. 29, 2012. The John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission is the Major Sponsor of the UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge. For information about the Uni-Bank Blackstone River Greenway Challenge, visit or see the event page on Facebook.

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ReTURnInG To DeFenD THeIR TITLe FRoM 2010: The Rhode Island Department of environmental Management all-Women's team took First place in their division for 2011. Pictured (l to r) Heidi Travers, Katie DeGoosh, Team Captain Kate McPherson, Terry Walsh and Marci Recher.

Hola Amigos! A few months ago, I was happy to find some questions in my email inbox from readers. I don't know if any of my answers were lifealtering, but I received more questions this month. I guess that's the way this whole thing works. So, here goes. "I'm starting to look for a pre-owned car. Should I run a CARFAX report?" - M.H., Sutton, MA Let's start with a quick explanation of what CARFAX is. CARFAX is the name of the largest provider of Vehicle History Reports (VHR) in the US. There are several others, with the second most common being AutoCheck. Over the past decade, with the ability to quickly link information through the internet, companies such as CARFAX and AutoCheck have compiled databases with VHR's for billions of automobiles. Now, a VHR is a good idea, as one could assume that having as much information as possible would be a good thing. However, there are a few things to be aware of: 1. a VHR doesn't always tell the whole story. 2. A VHR doesn't always tell any story at all. 3. A VHR can sometimes tell the wrong story. How does this make sense, you ask? Well, for one, companies such as CARFAX pull information from 3rd party sources. This means that they rely on accurate information coming from these sources. CARFAX claims to have more than 34,000 outside sources, continued on next page

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This program will run on Friday Nights Starting January 13th – March 30th, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm PROGRAM INCLUDES: 1 hour each week of speed and agility training specific to Baseball and Softball with Joe St. Dennis of Sonic Speed and Agility 1 hour each week of hitting instruction with the instructors from the hitting connection. 1 hour each week of indoor field training with Chris Reding from Central Mass Baseball/Softball Academy. Cost is $425.00 Go to to register and pay

Lil Sluggers is a great place to learn and have some fun. This clinic is designed to introduce the young player to the basic principles of throwing, fielding and hitting in a fun and relaxed environment. Clinic will run on Fridays for 5 weeks: 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/30 and 1/6 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm cost is $100.00 • Boys and Girls ages 5-7 years old To register please send a check payable to Central Mass Baseball/Softball Academy with your child’s name, age and an email address to: The Hab, 374 West Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569

Baseball/Softball Catcher’s Clinic This clinic will be run by Chris Reding of Central Mass Baseball/Softball Academy. The clinic will cover all areas of the catching position; receiving, blocking, throwing, pass balls and pop ups. This is a great clinic for the beginner or experienced catcher. Must have your own equipment. January 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm cost is $100.00 For ages 9 and up: to register please go to The Home Turf Shop Section of The Hab website

Fast Pitch Open/Clinic Pitching Time AN ENTIRE WINTER OF PITCHING FOR ONLY $150.00 This clinic will run on Fridays from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm It will be an open clinic so please bring your own catcher, our pitching instructor Lauren Birkbeck (former Stand Out Pitcher at Anna Maria College) will be available for instruction from 5:30 pm - 6:00 pm Clinic dates are 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/30, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/2 and 3/9. To register please send a check made payable to: Central Mass Baseball/Softball Academy with your daughter’s name, age and an email address to: The Hab, 374 West Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569

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Feel Good Fitness: Advice on staying healthy and weight loss By JoHn aLLeGRInI The average American has cut his fat consumption down from 42% down to 30%, But gained an average of 11 pounds of fat...???? How can that be...??...Cutting down on fat increases your ingestion of Carbs. and that's what packs the weight on. Your heart size determines your endurance capacity. Over time and training your left ventricle enlarges and gets stronger, (don't forget your heart is a muscle also) and can pump more blood. Pumping more blood increases your oxygen to your muscles enabling better performance and endurance.

Car guy continued from page 40 which you can imagine may lead to a little bit of confusion. For example: police records in Massachusetts may be much more, or less, accurate than those in Arkansas. A vehicle that has had an accident may say simply "accident," or it may give a detailed description, along with a case number that you can go look up. A more concerning issue, however, is what a VHR can miss. It is not uncommon for a vehicle to have an accident and never be reported to insurance, or the police. This will not show up on a VHR. Millions of vehicles begin life as fleet rentals, which are often self-insured, and accidents that occur while on these rental fleets are rarely reported. Lastly, VHR's are the product of the information put into them. So, when a company like CARFAX pulls data from 34,000 sources, clerical errors are pretty common. Let's say the guy changing your oil at the corner Quick-Lube flips around a couple numbers on your mileage. No big deal, right? Wrong. Your car will be branded with an odometer discrepancy, which follows it around like a bad habit. Basically, a VHR is a good idea, and if you're shopping at dealerships, most will give you one free (don't believe the CARFAX ads that they're free - the dealer has to pay dearly for them). Just be aware that a VHR isn't always as important as actually looking at the car itself. I have seen plenty of cars with issues like frame damage, flood damage, and hail damage with a perfectly clean VHR, and I've also seen perfectly clean cars with accident reports, or worse. Have an expert you trust give the car a good old fashioned checkover, and you should be fine. "Why bother with synthetic oil for oil changes?" - S.B., Sutton Synthetic oil is basically man-made oil. So, while the dinosaurs left us with a pretty neat thing with crude oil, eventually chemists figured out a way to produce oils that would perform better, especially in severe environments (one of which being inside an engine). Long story short, synthetic oils tend to hold up better under hot and cold extremes, don't break down as easily, and provide more consistent viscosity (slip) to internal parts of your vehicle's engine. As cars get more complex, many manufac-

Most people think there are 3 types of muscle tissue, Type 1....Type Two.... and Type two A.... It is little known that there are really 10 types of muscle tissue. The biggest destroyer of muscle tissue is...lack of activity, and mitochondrial damage from free radicals, or oxidative stress. Continuous exhaustive exercise creates high levels of free radical damage in the mitochondria, boot camp training is an illustrative example. People who train every other day are putting their body's in constant perpetual recovery from exercise, and must be careful of over training or hitting plateaus.

Nourishment must be maintained sufficiently to keep your body in an Anabolic state. After your work out your body is in a state of breakdown (catabolism). If you do not apply proper recovery supplementation immediately, your body will continue to break down. Starting immediately stops the break down of tissue and allows your body to enter an Anabolic state of re building. VERY IMPORTANT. The average American now eats their equivalent body weight in sugar per year, no wonder Obesity Cancers, Cardiovascular problems are rising like flood waters. The first offensive in weight loss is to

turers are now requiring synthetic oil to properly lubricate the sensitive internal components of your engine, so the first question when deciding on your oil is "what does the car call for?" Synthetic oil costs a considerable amount more than conventional oil, but changing your oil with synthetic typically allows you to go longer between oil changes, which is nice unless you really really love your mechanic. If that's your problem, just stop in and give him some chocolate chip cookies every 3 months...your car will never know!

One more quick one: “My husband won’t let me drive his truck. WHY?” - E.J., Whitinsville Get another one. I’ll let you decide if that means truck or husband. Hope that helps. That's it for this time. Now... eyes on the road!! Mark Hare has an English degree from Worcester State University, and an unusual affinity to old convertibles. With his family, he owns and operates Harbro Auto Sales & Service. He is a car guy. He can be reached at markh@

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about longevity and living a longer healthier life....I find that very odd indeed..What does that mean..??? People are satisfied with shorter lives and premature illnesses...I don't know about the rest but I would like to be around for as long as I can without dependence on others. Stay the course. John Allegrini "Trainer Elite" "Health Coach Adviser" (ACSM) American College of Sports Medicine Certified

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Scouts learn about Healing Horses By emily Perry; Troop 30398

North, CANTER, and Bright Futures Farm Rescue, by fostering the horses they have rescued. They also run community outreach programs at Letter Perfect Farm, so that people who love horses and want to spend time with them can do so without the financial burden of actually owning them. Horse rescues are important organizations because they go to horse auctions and buy the horses that are bound for slaughter in Mexico and Canada. In those countries, people eat horse meat, but this is very bad because horses here in America are generally injected with medicines that help them be better athletes, but are known to cause cancer if digested. The troop has designed a website for Healing Horses, started a blog on that site, and worked hard to educate the community about this worthy cause. Troop members gathered Saturday afternoons at Letter Perfect Farm, Inc. in Uxbridge, where the Healing Horses programs are held. While there, the troop learned how much work is involved with running a farm and caring for the horses. The girls participated in all of the communi-

How much do you know about the plight of abandoned horses in our country? Want to learn more about these animals? Just ask a member of Mendon Girl Scout Troop 30398. These eight girls learned plenty as they set out to earn their Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Scout can earn. Kelly Borg, Amanda Godowski, Kelcey Klaya, Lydia Mason, Emily Perry, Sarah Walden, Emily Waldman, and Emma Wright have been troop members since kindergarten. Over the years, all of them have shared a passion for animals, so the easiest part of the project was choosing a topic – animals! The girls just needed to decide which animals and find a way they could help. To earn a Silver Award, troop members also had to develop a time-line, choose an advisor, and each member had to complete at least 50 hours of community service. The troop chose to partner with the nonprofit organization Healing Horses, an organization that rescues and helps non-profit horse rescues, such as NEER

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one of the Pack’s “Sales Teams” awaiting customers. Cub Scouts from Uxbridge’s Pack 25 would like to thank their community neighbors and businesses for supporting their 2011 Popcorn Show and Sells. The pack was able to sell popcorn outside Walmart, Koopman Lumber and Hardware, Savers Bank and at Hannaford Plaza. The sale was very successful and the Pack is especially proud of

the money they raised to send popcorn to the military serving our country. All sales support the Pack’s programming for the coming year, including the annual Pinewood Derby; field trips; patches, pins, books, and so much more. Individual Scouts can earn credit towards overnights at area museums and many great prizes. Fully 70 percent of every popcorn sale comes back to support local Scouting. Thank you, Uxbridge, for your support of Scouting. Pack 25 looks forward to satisfying your popcorn needs! If you haven’t gotten your popcorn yet please contact Tara Corcoran at 508-278-4163. Pack 25 is chartered out of St. Mary's Church in Uxbridge, and is still taking registrations for the 2011-2012 year, which has just gotten underway. For more information, contact Committee Chair Jason Andolina at 508-278-5357.


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“The whole school has grown and changed for the better over the years. There are more extracurricular activities with sports and intramurals and cross country” and, she added, “Our Lady of the Valley is on the upswing and coming into its own. The school has a bright future because everyone watches out for each other and is eager to lend a hand.” The engaging and dedicated teacher eagerly summed up her love of OLV and what it means to teach in a Catholic school. “Catholic schools provide an environment that allows students to learn how to integrate their faith into their daily lives.” She said that in this day and age, people sometimes “approach faith as being separate from their everyday activities; religion is something reserved for Saturday or Sunday.” OLV students, she was happy to report, realized the importance of meeting the expectations placed on them by their teachers. “They were diligent about assignments and prepared for tests. It was not unusual for me to see a child sacrificing recess time to help a friend to the nurse’s office out of a true sense of concern.” During her early morning strolls through the halls, she often saw older students tutoring classmates who were having difficulty with a particular skill. “I will always be grateful for my years in Uxbridge at Our Lady of the Valley,” she says; “I was fortunate to have been able to work with a group of dedicated teachers who are truly committed to education.” She knows, firsthand, that the teachers are concerned about educating the whole person. “The teachers strive to develop a sense of pride in each of their students and encourage and affirm the positive potential each child has -- thereby

Mrs. Beverly Flansburg ensuring a sense of worth for all, [one] that will be passed on to future generations.” Her last week at OLV was a busy one with a “Mrs. Flansburg spaghetti night,” a special Mass in her honor, and special visits from all the classes. She summed it up as, “It was party, party all week, and we all had a good time.” During her time at OLV, Mrs. Flansburg earned a special award from the Diocese of Worcester—“Teacher of the Year.” “I never knew when I walked through the door at Our Lady of the Valley 31 years ago what an impact it would have on my life. It wasn’t just 31 years, but 31 happy years,” she concluded with tears, adding “God has a plan for each of us and, now, I’ll see what He has in mind for my future.” One direction she thinks God might be leading her is to return again in the fall to OLV as a substitute teacher. The current principal Mrs. Marilyn Willand, all the teachers and students, without any doubt, would welcome her back!

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