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Athletic Fields Score at Special Town Meeting By ConsTanCe DWyer On Saturday morning, September 24th, 638 voters assembled to act on a four article warrant. Before the meeting started voters were solicited for their opinions. William, “Bill” Robertson, a parent of two sons in the public school system, in a one-on-one interview expressed his opposition to the funding of the athletic fields. “When you observe the global
“When you observe the global economy and how our governments are not doing anything tangibly to improve the economy, this is not the time to spend.” - Bill Robertson BLaCKsTone VaLLey FaLL FesTIVaL - This year’s Fall Festival and Craft Fair has a new location, but the same great activities, exhibits and old-fashioned, family-friendly feel. The third annual fair, one of the most popular events in the Blackstone Valley, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. saturday, oct. 8th, at the parking lot at northbridge High school, 427 Linwood ave., northbridge. see page 6 for all the details.
Partnership to benefit High School Project Shawmut Design and Construction, located at 560 Harrison Avenue in Boston, recently announced a new partnership with the Springfield office of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This partnership will allow Shawmut to facilitate OSHA’s construction safety courses and equipment training with employees and subcontractors working on the construction of the new high school in Uxbridge, MA, ensuring continued safe practices on the job site. Subcontractors also signed a commitment to take part in lessons and apply what they learn on future jobsites. “Every step we take allows us to be proactive when it comes to safety,” said Shaun Carvalho, Shawmut’s Safety Manager. “Right now, we are the only construction management firm to have a
partnership like this with OSHA’s Springfield office.” Shawmut Superintendent Luke Grady is credited with developing this partnership, and the company has previously engaged in a similar partnership with OSHA’s Andover office for the construction of the new high school in Wayland, MA. “We don’t do a lot of these partnerships, but it’s clear that Shawmut has a lot of pride in their work,” said Mary Hoye, Area Director of OSHA. “This is a great opportunity for OSHA to work with the best of the best.” Shawmut began construction of the new, ground-up academic building in May. The project consists of a 123,000 square foot, three-story building with a two-story wing that will serve 600 students. Construction is scheduled to be completed in summer 2012.
economy and how our governments are not doing anything tangibly to improve the economy, this is not the time to spend.” He added, “…anybody who runs a business understands risk is the main ingredient to watch in making the best decision.” In commenting about Art. 4 (athletic fields) he said “Risk now is the highest it’s been in a long time. It’s important to understand, before [we] cast our vote, that we’re making a financial impact on the community of Uxbridge for 20 years. There’s a ‘need and want’ column and this is the wrong time to be investing in the wants.” Another father, Tim Creighton, who also has two sons in the school system, was very much in favor of funding the athletic fields. “I think in building a new high school, you’ve got to have fields and keep people attracted to the school and avoid school choice [out]. They’re going to do it sooner or later. It will cost more if we do it later. There isn’t enough equipment for our youth.” The Special Town Meeting was called to order shortly after 10 am and following Moderator Ed Mahary’s refusal to take Article 4 out of order, Article 1 was voted upon to allow the Selectmen to grant an easement to the Massachusetts Electric Company and Articles 2 and 3 passed to validate a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement for 67 Commerce Drive and authorize the Selectmen to negotiate a PILOT agreement for 21 Commerce
Drive, both effective for the 21 fiscal year period FY2012 through FY2032. Article 4 to appropriate, contingent on a debt exclusion ballot election, $3,884,000 for “constructing and equipping athletic fields” on the Quaker highway site of the New High School came to the floor at 10:34 a.m. with former Moderator Harold Klei taking the gavel from Moderator Ed Mahary who recused himself because of his membership on the School Building Committee, SBC. Mark Stacy spoke in opposition to the appropriation and subsequently offered an amendment that the Moderator properly refused because it was outside the scope of the article. Among his objections was the information that, according to the manufacturer, the artificial “turf” would only last “8-10 years.” Stating that he was speaking as a private citizen, Finance Committee member Ray Wright, spoke forcefully to “the merits of acting favorably on [the] motion, and … to the financial consequences of a facility that does not give parents of high school children the perception of a complete and quality educational experience.” He added, “The
“I think in building a new high school, you’ve got to have fields and keep people attracted to the school and avoid school choice (out). They’re going to do it sooner or later. It will cost more if we do it later. There isn’t enough equipment for our youth.” - Tim Creighton solution to this financial black hole ($50 million for choice out) is to give students and parents a reason to stay—not another excuse to leave. The way to retain students and Uxbridge tax revenue is to offer a complete educational experience: academics, athletics, and extra-curricular opportunities.” Neither the pre-meeting comments nor the positions of the two speakers provided specifics on the continued on page 21
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Will budget cuts effect workforce development? Dear Editor, As a school superintendent serving thirteen central Massachusetts communities, and having recently completed a term as president of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, I am concerned that the current budget cutting mind set in Washington will imperil Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act funding for education which is so important to future workforce development in
Postal Crisis Addressed Dear Editor, As an ever increasing number of our oldest and most vital public institutions become threatened by the Internet and advanced computer technology, I thought it perhaps appropriate to share what I recently learned concerning one institution in particular – the United States Postal Service. Begun in 1639, the post office was originally located in an Inn or other place of rest for weary travelers, much to the dismay of the American Colonists, the British took control of the entire mail system in 1707, thereby imposing unaffordable postage fees upon the colonists. It was not until the war for independence in 1775 that Americans were again given back this freedom and Benjamin Franklin was appointed as Postmaster General. The 1800’s gave rise to new changes including the issuing of the first postage stamp as well as the availability of postal money orders. Transcontinental mail service became possible in 1860 thanks to the brief yet important ride of the pony express. These brave young men rode at near flying speed across the barren wilderness in order that the mail would reach its intended destination within 10 days. More recently, in 1970, President Nixon signed a bill which changed the United States Post Office to the United States Postal System and removed the office of Postmaster General from the Federal Cabinet. Today as the post office system faces a serious financial crisis and is threatening closure, let us do all we can to show our support!! Commonly and unjustly referred to as “snail mail”, there are still many Americans who would be lost without this trusted means of communication!! How sad it would be to allow the simple pleasure and excitement of waiting for the mailman to become a past and forgotten memory!!
Massachusetts. While federal legislators are focused justifiably on the level of the nation's debt, I urge all to recognize the far greater cost to our nation in terms of our ability to compete globally if we retreat on support for education. As our economy continues to languish, it has become increasingly more apparent that a highly educated and talented workforce is necessary to ensure our nation's economic competitiveness. Therefore, it simply makes no sense to decrease or eliminate funding for programs which are successfully preparing students for the more sophisticated workforce demands of today's global economy. In the Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District, student test scores have been consistently improving and graduating seniors have achieved an enviable 100% MCAS competency attainment rate for the past
six years, providing solid proof that career and technical education supported by Perkins Act funding is generating an excellent return on investment and has the potential to form the backbone of a new and revitalized economy. The effectiveness of quality career and technical education is further validated by the research based findings of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education report entitled “Pathways to Prosperity” (not to be confused with the Ryan FY2012 House Budget Resolution report similarly entitled "Path to Prosperity"). The dramatic changes in today’s workplace require that career and technical systems constantly monitor evolving workplace skill needs and adapt curricula accordingly. Perkins funding, which has been eroded in recent budget cycles, is a vital resource supporting that process. Current projections are that Perkins
funding for FY2012 will be cut by some 20%. For our thirteen-town region alone, this represents a $25,000 shortfall in much needed funding for equipment and programs. While that number may appear insignificant compared to multi-million dollar shortfalls in state and municipal budgets across the country, it is an erosion of support for career and college readiness that is simply inconsistent with a commitment to education and workforce develop-
ment which is critical to growing the economy and securing the future. Maintaining the level and integrity of Perkins Act funding will allow career and technical educators to continue to work to prepare today's youth to address the long term debt they will inherit amidst global competition. - Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick, Superintendent-Director Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District
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Jenckes Store Museum cornerstone of Octoberfest Members of the Douglas Historical Society will host the museum’s annual Octoberfest Open House with plenty of delicious food, museum tours and an outdoor market on Saturday, October 1st from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located at the corners of Main and Depot Streets, the museum and barn have an anchor location for this annual fall event. “This is our signature event and we all look forward to having a great time throughout the day,” Marylynne Dube, the Society’s president explained. “We’ll have costumed interpreters to help tell the story of the people who owned and operated the E.N. Jenckes Store generations ago. And our docents will be ready and willing to give tours, answer questions and celebrate the history of Douglas throughout the day.” The “Kitchen Ladies” will offer a
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Red Cross Blood Drive at VFW The American Red Cross will be holding their monthly Uxbridge V.F.W. blood drive on Monday, October 24th between 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. Please help spread the word by telling family, friends, co-workers or anyone you know who may be interested in donating life-saving blood. Each pint of blood collected can save the lives of up to three hospital patients. There is no substitute for human blood. It is only available to hospital patients when donated by willing community
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KIDs HeLPIng KIDs! These children (with their mom's Jen Clark and amie Hyman) put together 82 backpacks for the children served by the People First Food Pantry of uxbridge. Due to the generosity of the local community, the children received backpacks full of the necessary school supplies they'll need to have a great school year! Pictured L to r: (back row) alyssa Clark, Hannah Clark, abigail Clark (front row) sophia Hyman, emily Hyman and Barney, the dog. Thank you to all those who supported the Backpack program!
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Blackstone Valley Fall Festival has new location autumn activities on the horizon, now is the time to mark your calendar for this popular fall celebration, which drew thousands of visitors last year. “We are excited to welcome visitors to our new location,’’ said Holly Gallerani and Tom Bellacqua, co-chairmen of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Tourism Association. “This exciting event showcases the rich agricultural history of the Valley and gives families a wholesome event to experience together.’’ Admission is free, although there is a small fee for some attractions. Features will include farm
This year’s Blackstone Valley Fall Festival and Craft Fair has a new location, but the same great activities, exhibits and old-fashioned, familyfriendly feel. The third annual fair, one of the most popular events in the Blackstone Valley, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 8th, at the parking lot at Northbridge High School, 427 Linwood Ave., Northbridge. And with the Labor Day weekend behind us and
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On Saturday, November 5th, the St. Denis Catholic Women’s Council will host their annual Holiday Fair from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME. St. Denis is located on Manchaug St. in Douglas and we are now handicap accessible. As always we hope this year will be even bigger and better than last year. We have expanded our hall and will have more space to display our hand crafted holiday crafts. Assorted soups, sandwiches, dessert and refreshments will be served by the Tea Committee. There will be a lottery scratch ticket raffle, fancy works table, baked goods, raffle table and a special room with activities for children. We will also have some vendors selling American Girl doll clothes, jewelry, home made chocolates and rosary bracelets. Please come and enjoy.
Upcoming talks at the Uxbridge Library Jeff Belanger is a researcher, lecturer and prolific author of all things paranormal. Join us for a Ghostly Evening on Monday, October 24th at 7 p.m. as Jeff entertains and shocks us with stories of weird and mysterious happenings throughout New England. Copies of several titles will be available for purchase and booksigning following program. On Thursday, November 10th at 7 p.m. we welcome back Gluten-Free Diva Ellen Allard! Ellen will help us plan a delicious Thanksgiving dinner the whole family can enjoy. Several of her favorite titles will be available for purchase following her program. Unless otherwise noted, all Library programs are generously sponsored by the Library Board of Trustees and free and open to the public. Please RSVP so we can be sure to have sufficient seating. We are continually adding programs throughout the year, so be sure to check the library's website for updates!
Kyle Darcy, author of Under Current Conditions, will take center stage on Thursday, October 6th at 7 p.m. as he talks about his bestselling thriller based on actual events. Under Current Conditions is a story of a construction deal gone horribly wrong, resulting in deception, kidnapping, an FBI sting operation and murder. Copies of Kyle's book will be available for purchase and booksigning following his program. Andrea Perron was 12 years old when her family bought the old Arnold homestead in Burrillville, RI, a glorious two hundred acre farm, the perfect place to raise five daughters. But unbeknownst to them, they were sharing their dream home with spirits, some malevolent. Hear Andrea's true story featured in her bestselling book, House of Darkness House of Light, on Thursday, October 13th at 7 p.m. Copies of Andrea's book will be available for purchase and booksigning after program.
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Needle Arts Corner By madonna a. Terlizzi Greetings from my sewing corner of the world! It has been awhile since I have written an article. I have been busy quilting and reading as usual. My business, Blackstone Valley Needle Arts Studio is still going strong, in fact I recently celebrated my 11th year of business. Many thanks to all that have supported me over the years! I thought that I would share a quick review of one of the books that I read recently. It is a book that my friends at the Uxbridge Free Public Library recommended to me, titled: The Dress-maker of Khair Khana, by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. The story takes place in Kabul, Afghanistan. This is an excellent true story of an Afghanistani family that made a living creating pantsuits and dresses for shops during the occupation of the Taliban. Kamila Sidiqi had just received her degree in teaching during the civil war, she was then banned from school and confined to her home after the Taliban seized control of Kabul, where she lived. Kamila became the sole breadwinner for the family after her mother, father and oldest brother had to flee the city. Her oldest sister, Malika, had dressmaking skills that she taught Kamila. She then took that new found knowledge and hand made some clothing samples. Kamila and her youngest brother, Rahim went to the marketplace known as Lycee Myriam bazaar. This was not an easy task, as she was not allowed to go out of her house without an escort otherwise know as a mabram or able to speak to the shopkeepers. She was also required to wear a full burka, which covered everything except her hands. The Taliban watched everyone very carefully and enforced their Sharia law by beating lawbreakers with batons and kicking them senselessly. She braved the danger time and time again and began to receive more fabric and orders for dresses, her pieces went over very well, she then began received additional orders from other shops in the bazaar. With the demand growing she taught her other sisters to sew and bead. This created money which
enabled them to buy food and supplies. Business continued to grow so much that she taught her young neighbors dressmaking skills thus enabling them to work for her and earn money for their families as well. It was a great story of survival during a very brutal time. This is a superb book that I highly recommend to all types of readers. It is not only educational, but inspiring. The Fabulous Famished Feed Dogs Quilt Guild is still alive and meeting at the Congregational Church in Whitinsville. If anyone is interested in attending a meeting or joining our Guild, you may contact me at 508-278-7260 for more information. We normally meet the 3rd Sunday of the month from 2 pm to 4 pm, Sept to June. Dues for the year are $30. We make various projects for fun and quilt donations to local organizations. If you are interested in learning to quilt, embroider or sew, New classes for the Fall. Weekly classes are still held at my Needle Arts Studio, contact me at email@example.com or call me. Peace.
James Montgomery Band headlines Oktoberfest The James Montgomery Band, the famous blues band with Boston roots, will headline the musical talent at Oktoberfest ’11 in Hopedale on October 1st. The band takes to the stage at 4:00 pm. The third annual event on the shores of the Hopedale Pond, in and around the Little Red Shop Museum, and on surrounding streets and park areas, features more entertainment and family fun activities this year than in prior years. Oktoberfest kicks off at 10 am and runs until 9:00 pm. Other musical highlights include Hopedale’s own Whiskeytone at 11:00 am; The Riffniks, a rock band, at noon; the Road Dawgs, playing music from the ‘60s and ‘70s, at 1:00 pm; more rock by Sheez Late at 2:00 pm; and the contemporary mellow sounds of Mike Tarara 3:00. Rounding out the day will be the festive “oom-pah” music pro-
vided by the rollicking Double Eagle Oktoberfest Band at 7:00 pm in the Bier Garden. At 11:00 am, the Bier Garten and music tents open. Starting at 11:30 am, a chowder festival begins, along with Kiddie Land rides, on Hopedale Street. Aethered hot air balloon ride and car show kick off at 1 pm in the Hopedale
Town Park. Later, the crowd will have the opportunity to win money and have some good, old-fashioned competitive fun with the “golf ball drop” at 4 pm. Oktoberfest ’11 is sponsored by The Friends of Historic Hopedale. The rain date is October 2nd. Full details about the event are posted online at www.hopedaleoktoberfest.com.
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UXBRIDGE- Jeannette E. (Skillings) Erickson, 87, of Uxbridge, died August 26th at the Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Jeannette was born in Skowhegan, Maine, daughter of Charles and Helen (Thomas) Skillings, and graduated from high school there. While living in Maine, she enjoyed skiing and tennis. During World War II, Jeannette wrote letters of support to American soldiers overseas. One soldier she had never met became her pen pal. After the war, this pen pal Edwin Erickson, sought her out, proposed to her and she accepted. In addition to her husband of more than 60 years, she leaves two sons, Alan and Richard Erickson. She worked at Pratt & Whitney and later at the Blackstone Valley Tribune. She was an active longtime member of the First Evangelical Congregational Church in Uxbridge, where she was a church teacher, parish Financial Secretary, a member of the Pilgrim Guild, where she and Ed were leaders of the Couples Club at church. While raising her family, Jeannette was involved in many organizations related to her children. She had been a Cub Scout Den Mother and was involved in the PTA. Jeannette had a good sense of humor, was a good friend and a compassionate person.
UXBRIDGE – Clarence E. “Red” Palmer, 93, of Mendon Street died August 26th, in the Countryside Healthcare of Milford. He was the husband of the late Thelma O. G. (Phelps) Palmer who died in 1980. Mr. Palmer was employed at the former Draper Corp. in Hopedale as a forklift operator for 36 years and had been a mechanic at the former Frabotta Motors in Uxbridge. He was born June 2, 1918 in Uxbridge, a son of the late William and Ada (Murdock) Palmer. Mr. Palmer enjoyed fishing, camping, and sitting outside watching nature. He also enjoyed cutting wood and would sell it throughout the Uxbridge area. The family would like to thank the entire staff at Countryside Healthcare of Milford for their care, kindness, and compassion. He is survived by two sons; William C. and his wife Pauline Palmer of Mendon, Bruce E. and his wife Wendy Palmer of Uxbridge, one daughter Mary M. and her husband George Hamm of Uxbridge, 6 grandchildren and 11 greatgrandchildren, a niece Vivian Lescoe of Bellingham, and many other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 7 sisters and a brother.
Christopher Mitrano, was killed in an Auto accident in Millville on April 3, 2011. Christopher grew up in Millville; he attended Millville Elementary School as well as F.W. Hartnett Middle School and was a member of the Class of 2009 at Blackstone-Millville Regional High School. He was known for his positive attitude and contagious smile. He loved to entertain and he performed many times at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church and the Millville Senior Center with this “spot-on” impersonation of “The King” Elvis Presley, which is how the senior citizens in Millville-Blackstone identified him. He held the lead role in “Grease” as Danny Zuko with his sixth grade class. He also had a beautiful singing voice and led the National Anthem at BMR sporting events. Not only was he talented as a dramatic performer, but his love of music inspired him to be self taught on the drums and guitar. Above all he had a deep love and loyalty to his family and friends. His bond with his younger brother Nicholas and his dad “Big” Chris was so strong that they became known as “the Mitrano-3”. His mother Margo and two older sisters Ariana and Sasha were his biggest guardians and cheerleaders. He had a very close knit group of friends who were known as the
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“LJC” (Lumber Jack Crew) and they could be identified by “representin’” in plaid lumber jack shirts and jackets; a fun bunch of kids who all miss Chris. He attended Worcester State College, aspiring to become a High School History Teacher. He also was an extremely hard worker with a great work ethic; he held two part-time jobs while attending college. He was employed at UPS, and at Milford Regional Medical Center in the Dietary and Maintenance Department. He worked at MRMC all through high school as well. Christopher lived life to the fullest, never forgetting the spirit of his inner child, he was sensitive to the needs of others, always there to lend a helping hand and he stuck up for the little guy, he was a friend to all whose path he crossed. His lust for life should serve as an inspiration to those he left behind. Money is being raised to start a continuing Scholarship for a graduating senior at Blackstone-Millville Regional High School in Chris’ memory. What better way to honor the memory of a fun loving and caring young man. Local area businesses are being asked for donations as well as individuals. Please consider helping. Donations can be sent to: Dean Bank in C/O CJM Memorial, 8 Main Street, Blackstone, MA 01504
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The George L. Wood Post #5594, Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, will hold a flea market and crafts sale on the post grounds, Route 140, Upton, on Saturday, October 8th from 8:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. A rain date is set for Sunday, October 9th, same time frame. Dealer spaces cost $8.00 each. Reservations are required ONLY for dealers needing to reserve tables. To reserve tables, call the fund raiser chairman, Donald (Doug) Keniston at (508) 529-6247. Flea Market and Crafts: Several tables will feature homemade/handmade. Many tables will offer new and used items for sale at low prices. The VFW will also have their many tables of hardcover and paperback books and collectible magazines. Coffee, donuts and soda will be on sale. Proceeds of the sale will be used for the post’s improvements.
This Holiday Flea Market will have handmade crafts and new items for holiday gift giving. There is NO admission charge. Call Doug @508-529-6247 for more information.
Veterans Day Breakfast The Uxbridge VFW, Rt. 16, Douglas Street will host a Veterans Day Breakfast on Sunday, Novem-ber 13th, 8 a.m. -.11 a.m. Tickets are $7.00 and children under 5 and WWII & Korean Veterans are free. Tickets available at the VFW. For more info call (508) 278-7540. Sponsored by VFW & Ladies Aux 1385. Everyone is welcomed.
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St. Camillus receives national recognition St. Camillus Health Center recently received the “My InnerView’s Excellence in Action” award, a national honor recognizing the facility’s commitment to superior customer satisfaction. Nearly 5,500 nursing homes in the country participated in a 2010 satisfaction survey. The award, which is presented annually, recognizes those providers that performed in the top 10 percent of nursing homes. “We congratulate the Excellence in Action award recipients,” said Amanda Twiss, CEO of My Inner View-OCS. “These skilled nursing facilities deserve recognition for their success. Residents and families thought enough of their care to score their satisfaction as excellent. This award salutes their dedication to customer satisfaction and highlights the
differences they make in the lives of people every day.” My InnerView-OCS, a division of National Research Corporation, provides applied research and qualityimprovement solutions that span the entire post-acute healthcare continuum. My InnerView presents the annual award and supports leaders across the entire senior care profession with tools to measure, benchmark, and improve performance. This year’s award for superior customer satisfaction was presented to My InnerView customers who completed a resident or family satisfaction survey in 2010, had a minimum 30 percent response rate, and scored in the top 10 percent of qualifying facilities on the question “What is your recommendation of this facility to others?” in terms of the percentage
of respondents rating the nursing home as “excellent.” St. Camillus has been a part of the Blackstone Valley community for 48 years. The nursing home is a leader in a nationwide movement called “Culture Change,” which is designed to create a home for each individual resident, not an institution where personal choice is a thing of the past. St. Camillus provides superior ShortTerm Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care services to the local community. This is the second consecutive year that St. Camillus Health Center has earned this national award. They are the only organization in Worcester County to receive the award this year. For more information, contact William Graves at (508) 234-7306.
Protect your identity and feed your community UniBank teams up with Metech Recycling, Shred-it Providence, Blackstone Valley Regional Recycling Center, Worcester County Food Bank, Walmart and the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce for a “Protect Your Identity and Feed Your Community Event” at UniBank! Saturday, October 1st, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Bring your documents to shred in order to help you secure your identity and bring canned goods to donate to the Food Bank. Two boxes of paper documents per vehicle (bring only what you can carry and you must be present until items are completely shredded). Food donations for the Worcester County Food Bank will be distributed to local food pantries in the Blackstone Valley. Items accepted for recycling include: electronics, air conditioners, refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, and dryers. Other goods accepted are: computers, monitors, televisions, microwaves, stereos, telephones and more! For more information and a complete list of items accepted, visit our website at www.unibank.com. The cost to recycle most of these items is $2-$20 each. Proceeds from this event will help sustain scholarships awarded by the Blackstone Valley Regional Recycling Center for local graduates in the
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The People First Food Pantry of uxbridge would like to thank Webster First Federal Credit union for their generous donation of items for their 2nd annual Italian Dinner as well as for the savings bond donated for their raffle table! Pictured L to r (backrow): Food Pantry Volunteers sylvia Habe, aline Knapik, maura mcCrohan, Cynthia King-smith, rachel roy, Linda Patrick, Webster First Federal C.u. manager Jennifer gosselin. Front row: Food Pantry Volunteer Phyllis roy
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Uxbridge Library plans Oct. Events LIBRARY BOOK & BAKE SALE The Friends of the Uxbridge Library Annual Fall Book & Bake Sale will be held on Saturday, October 1st, 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Book donations are currently being accepted (please no encyclopedias, Readers Digest, or magazines). If you are interested in baking for this event, please contact the library at 508-278-8624. The Board of the Friends is seeking volunteers to assist with this event. If you can spare an hour, assistance would be appreciated with book sorting on Thurs., September 29th, at 6:30 p.m. We can also use volunteers for set-up on Saturday, October 1st, at 8 a.m, and breakdown at 1 p.m. Assistants for during the sale are also needed. If you are interested in helping, please contact the Board of the Friends via email (UxbridgeLibraryFriends@ ymail.com), or use the Volunteer Sign Up sheet at the main desk at the library. TRICKS & TREATS STORYTIME WITH ROY DREW The Friends of the Uxbridge Library are pleased to announce that the popular annual Halloween Storytime program is scheduled for Friday, October 28th at Riverbend Farm (Oak Street, Uxbridge) from 7-7:30 p.m. This program is presented in partnership with Beginning Bridges of Northbridge and Uxbridge, and features popular performer, Roy Drew. Mr. Drew has entertained for several programs in the past at the Uxbridge Library. He is a singer, storyteller and puppeteer that encourages audience participation. The Halloween program is open to all, but is geared for the young child...it will be silly and scare free. The program is FREE, and will be held inside the barn at Riverbend Farm. Please bring a blanket for your comfort.
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Play Outside Project seeking donations The Play Outside Project collects new and gently used outdoor toys and sporting equipment for kids in our community.Â The Play Outside Project is always looking for donations of bats, balls, frisbees, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, jump ropes, hula hoops, sand toys, kites and other toys or equipment which encourages kids to play outside.Â As we get into the winter months, we'll also be accepting donations of sleds, skates, boots and mittens.Â
The Play Outside Project is a ministry project of the Blackstone Valley United Methodist Church.Â Toys and sporting equipmentÂ are distributed through the Peace of Bread Community Kitchen on Wednesdays at the Preysbeterian Church in Whitinsville.Â If you have any questions or would like to make a donation, please call Nathaniel at 508234-8131 or email: playoutsideproject @hotmail.com
Whitinsville Harvest Festival The Village Congregational Church in Whitinsville will hold a Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Whitinsville Town Common. There will be a silent auction, childrenâ€™s activities, food, vendors, performances by the Whitinsville Christian School Encore Vocal Ensemble, the Family Karate Center Demo Team and the sounds of DJ Dave Roth from the band the Mighty Groove (www.mightygroove.com). You can donate to the church by recycling with Modern Mining Co. for a small fee: cell phones ($5), small appliances/ computer (no monitors) ($10) large appliances refrigerator, etc. ($25). Vendors can still sign up ($40) by calling 508-234-7901.
Whitinsville Social Library announces October Events Boy Scout begin at 10:30 a.m.. also, that day. This program is for tots and preschoolers and is funded by Beginning Bridges, a local division of SMOC. October 11th, Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. A FREE WOMEN'S HEALTH PRESENTATION given by health fitness expert, Sheryl Corriveau.
On Saturday, October 1st, the Whitinsville Social Library will be having their fall book sale in the basement of the library from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. New and used books will be for sale along with a collection of audio books, DVD’s, and VHS's. Music & Movement with Deb Hudgins will
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Blackstone Valley Heritage Quilters are planning a meeting Wednesday, October 26th, at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in the basement of St. Patrick’s Church, located at 1 Cross St., Whitinsville. The featured guest speaker will be Lyn Slade, showing her Needle Felting designs. Members are asked to bring handmade items for St. Peter’s Bazaar.
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• Understand how a little time for yourself will go a long way! Please call library to register at 508234-2151 ext.4 October 17th, Monday evening at 6:30 p.m., meet local children's author ERIC MATEER for a presentation on how to become an author and how to get published. Question and answer period to follow, along with a book signing. Please call the library to register 508-234-2151 ext.4 October 22nd, Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. Learn how to perform MAGIC with Scott Jameson, for ages 10 years and up. Magic workshop for children ages 10 and up. Registration is required as seating is limited. Call 508 234-2151 ext.4. October 29th, Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. Halloween for wee folks dressed in costumes. Deb Hudgins will be entertaining the children with a special Halloween music and movement program. This program is funded by Beginning Bridges.
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Autumn is around the corner, bringing cooler temperatures, falling leaves and ...POPCORN! Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in your town are starting to go door-to-door selling Trail’s End brand popcorn to fund their Scouting activities. Many packs and troops rely on this annual sale to support their activities throughout the entire year. Scouts earn money toward camp, fund trips and buy equipment necessary for the success of their program with proceeds from the popcorn sale. On average, 70 percent of all popcorn sales go directly to support local Scouting. As the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts have offered for the past several years, in addition to a variety of popcorn products, customers also have the option of sending popcorn treats to U.S. Troops stationed all over the world. 70% of every Military Donation supports local Scouting. “We’re thrilled to begin our 32nd year helping Scouts support their activities with our popcorn,” said Elizabeth Weaver, director of marketing for Trail’s End popcorn. Weaver adds that Trail’s End offers an online selling option for Scouts who don’t want to go door-to-door, or who want to sell to family and friends that live far away. “By placing an order on trails-end.com, people who don’t personally know a Scout can also support their local council, just by entering their zip code.” Beginning in September, look for Scouts taking orders in your neighborhood or in local store parking lots. For more information or to place an online order, please visit www.trails-end.com. About Trail’s End Popcorn Trail’s End popcorn, exclusively sold through the Boy Scouts of America as a fundraiser for local Scout councils, returns 70% of all sales revenue to local Scouting. It is produced by Weaver Popcorn Company, Inc., one of the largest producers and manufacturers of popcorn products in the world.
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Valley Crop Hunger Walk to aid local food pantries The public is invited to join the fight against hunger by walking in the Blackstone Valley Crop Hunger Walk on Saturday, October 15th, 2011. Walkers will seek sponsors from their churches, neighborhoods and workplaces and then register on October 15th starting at 8:30 am at the Trinity Episcopal Church next to the Whitinsville Town Common. The walk ends at the Community Hall of the First Evangelical Congregational Church, next to the Uxbridge Town Common. The walk begins at 9:00 am and the distance is three miles. Children are welcome. A luncheon will be served to the walkers in the Community Hall. Walkers from the Blackstone Valley
Halloween Haunted House Fundraiser Crossroads Clubhouse is hosting their Annual (kid friendly) Haunted House on the nights of October 28th, 29th and 30th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will be held at Crossroads Clubhouse which is located at 11 Williams Street in Hopedale. The cost is $5.00 for adults and $4.00 for children under 12. Crossroads, a service of Riverside Community Care, is an employment and recovery community for individuals who have a history of mental illness that reside in the Blackstone Valley. The Haunted House is one of the community’s fundraisers and gives the public the opportunity to enjoy a fun evening out while helping a worthwhile project. For more information contact Brad Alsobrook at (508)-473-4715
will join 2.3 million people in 2,000 towns nationwide to support self-help programs in 80 countries organized by Church World Service. In addition, the Crop Hunger Walk provides $4 million a year to 3,200 food pantries in the U.S., including food pantries in Douglas, Northbridge and Uxbridge. The Northbridge Association of Churches has been the local sponsor for the Blackstone Valley Crop Hunger Walk for 37 years. During that time, local walkers have raised $239,474 for the fight against hunger. For information, contact Carolyn Mitchell, coordinator, at 508-234-3544 or Mike Tatarek, treasurer, at 508-234-5768.0
priation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which then allocates funds to each local council. The Northbridge Cultural Council typically grants awards in the range of $200-$500. Contact Jill Dudka, Northbridge Cultural Council Chair, at email:
Uxbridge Elementary PTO SCRAP-A-PALOOZA II Now that the kids are back in school, it’s time to scrapbook those summer memories! Join us for a child-free day of scrapbooking with the girls on Saturday, October 29th from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Taft Café. The $45 admission benefits the PTO and includes: lunch, dinner and snacks, prizes and, of course, chocolate! Also, porter service to and from your car. Demonstrations and products from
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Open House at Whitinsville Wellness Center Whitinsville Wellness Center & Spa will hold an OPEN HOUSE Spa & Wellness Event next month. On Sunday, November 6th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 338 Church Street in Whitinsville. The event will feature: FREE Chair and foot reflexology massage treatments, mini talks and demos on how to reduce stress around the upcoming holiday season with sample smoothies that will add energy and protein to your daily routine, meditation, yoga, foot reflexology, make up application ideas for those up-coming holiday parties. Also with us that day will be Scentsy, Wickless alternative to scented candles and Thirty-One Gifts offering stylish purses, lunchbags and travel bags, Jewelry, and other gift shopping ideas! Please refer to our web-site for times on demos taking place that day. www. skinwellness.massagetherapy.com. Come join us for a fun filled day!
The Northbridge Cultural Council has set an October 15th deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. According to Council spokesperson, Jill Dudka, these grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Northbridge – including exhibits, festivals, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures. The Northbridge Cultural Council is part of a grass-roots network of over 300 local councils that serve every city and town in the state. The program is the largest, most decentralized one of its kind in the United States. The state legislature provides an annual appro-
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Final preparations being made for Douglas Octoberfest Main Street Douglas will once again host one of the Blackstone Valleys most loved and well attended events. From 9 am until 4 pm on October 1st, Main Street will be closed off from cars and opened up to about 7,000 people, a street full of vendors, 2 stages of entertainment, and rides & games.
The familiar favorites will be there like the train ride, bouncy rides, cash cube and ‘spinny wheel’. The Historical Society will be EN Jenckes store will be serving their famous soups, the firefighters will be serving up the ever popular French fries, and of course, what festival would be complete with-
out Kettlecorn & a pie eating contest? Organizations like CMDART will be promoting hurricane awareness while a child ID program will be hosted in front of the Free Masons Lodge. Organizations from the Boyscouts to the Sokols will all be out in celebration of this event. Every year the committee tries to build on the success of the previous year. Octoberfest 2010 was such a success the committee was able to award a
college scholarship and make donations to local non-profits. We have welcomed back the extremely popular acts of the Giant Yes, Jon Short, and the Douglas HS Chorus and Band. Brand new this year, Stage B will be hosting ’15 Minutes of Fame’, a one-hour time slot devoted to giving local talent 15 minutes in the limelight. Also, a sampling of some of the best indie bands the area. View a full schedule at: www.douglasoctoberfest.org/
“Delights of the Valley” date set On Saturday, October 1st, the Uxbridge Woman’s Club and Alternatives will be co-sponsoring “Delights of the Valley” ~ A Celebration of Gourmet Food and Spirits at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road in Whitinsville. The event, which will be held from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., will showcase local restaurants, caterers, craftsmen, artists, and shops. In addition to “delicious food and delightful beverages,” the evening will also feature
entertainment and raffles. All funds raised will support Alternatives’ and the Uxbridge Woman’s Club’s local initiatives that help build stronger communities. Tickets are $30 p.p. in advance and $35 at the door. To purchase tickets online, go to: delightsofthevalley.even tbrite.com. For information on tickets, as well as sponsorship/vendor opportunities, call Cristi at 508-266-6520 or Cristi.Collari@alternativesnet.org.
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Caputo joins Dana-Farber Marathon Team Wendy Caputo of Douglas is running in the 11th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon® presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund on Sunday, October 9th, as a member of the official Dana-Farber team. Caputo is among more than 400 Dana-Farber runners who are each committed to raising at least $500 for cancer care and research at the worldrenowned Institute. The 13.1 mile rolling course is an outand-back loop that runs along the Emerald Necklace park system. It will begin and end in White Stadium in Boston’s Franklin Park. The event attracts a field of 7,000 runners. Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund have partnered with the B.A.A. in the Half Marathon for nine years, enabling team members to raise more than $2.6 million to fuel lifesaving discoveries. To support Caputo’s run go to www.RunDanaFarber.org/BAAHalf. If you have registered to run the B.A.A. Half Marathon and would like fundraise for Dana-Farber, please call the Marathon and Running Programs office at (617) 632-1970 or (800) 551-7036; or email: email@example.com. Dana-Farber’s B.A.A. Half Marathon team is part of Dana-Farber’s Running the Race Against Cancer® program, in which participants can run on an official Dana-Farber team, or run in any race, of any distance, in any city. For more information visit RunDana Farber.org, or call (617) 632-1970.
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Wanderlust Ko Samui story by Bob Haigis Studying a map of the area, it appears the Island of Ko Samui should belong to Malaysia, but in fact it is part of Thailand. The island turned out to be one of the highlights of our Singapore trip several years ago. Of course the very first place we saw when we arrived was the airport. It reminded us of the quaint, friendly terminal on the long gone TV show, Fantasy Island. It was really nothing more than a dirt strip carved out of the jungle, and a cluster of grass roofed shelters to shield passengers from the hot sun or frequent deluges of rain. When we arrived, as our plane banked on its approach to the island, we could see yellow sandy beaches stretching out of sight along the shore, and we anticipated hours of leisure exploring them. In front of the “terminal” we hired a local taxi, and went “shopping” for a place to stay. Our first stop was at an attractively laid out resort called World Resort right on the ocean in Bophat. It was also convenient to the small town center and restaurants close by, so we checked in. Of course there was a beach there, and it was excellent: just a long, uninhabited strand of warm, yellow sand disappearing into the haze. It didn’t take us long to find out that we could follow it all the way to town, and jump in to the sea whenever the urge came upon us and swim in the relatively cool water (relative that is to the hot, sticky air). As we usually try to do in new surroundings, we rented a motor scooter nearby, and proceeded to explore the Island. Although Samui was quite different from nearby Si Chang, one thing was very similar: the heat and humidity. In fact, I think it was more oppressive on Samui due to the fact that the jungle was much denser, and there was a lot of standing water left behind from monsoon deluges. We weren’t on the island long before we realized that the wind here was quite unique. It would blow from the east all day long, die down in the evening and then come from the west at night. On our scooter rides around the area, we saw several huge black buffalo staked out to graze. These massive creatures looked quite menacing, but they seemed content to munch the grass or sleep. We learned that the locals held “bull fights” in nearby arenas in season, but we couldn’t imagine the docile creatures getting up enough energy to fight. Traveling about on our scooter, we quickly realized that drivers on Samui weren’t exactly safety conscious. The roads were narrow, twisting and steep in places as a result of the mountainous terrain. Speed limits must have been “as fast as you can go”, and passing anywhere was common, even on blind curves. Peg and I being dedicated motorcyclists; we got a big laugh out of a large sign near our motel that warned that scooter drivers were required to
wear helmets: but not passengers! Strange to say the least. After a few days of annoying bugs at the resort, we packed up and moved to a German owned resort nearby called Harry’s. It was closer to the beach, but was a little more difficult to get to. Also the accommodations were not as nice as our first location, but it was still refreshing to take a dip occasionally to cool off. From a local map, we discovered a waterfall nearby that was a local attraction. We rode the scooter to the other end of the island in search of the site, and after a long, hot trek in the jungle up a mountainside, we at last arrived at the falls and pool. About half way to the falls, we were amazed to come upon a structure that was a combination home and store. The owner sold a variety of mostly food items, and we were happy to be able to purchase a couple of cold sodas. We sat on bar stools enjoying the refreshing drinks, while parrots and monkeys cavorted around us, chattering away. Finally arriving at the falls, we took a swim in the pool, and slowly made our way back down the mountain. Following that hike, I had great sympathy for the soldiers that struggled in full
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at some time of the year there must be an influx of foreigners. To return to Singapore we had the option of a two-day trip by bus, train and ferry, or a three-hour flight on an air-conditioned plane. We flew! As our plane lifted from the runway, we looked down on the last island of our trip, and could readily recognize many of the places we had experienced on our short stay. It was a great part of the world.
ence. We even discovered one specializing in Italian cuisine, and to our surprise, it was excellent. We learned that the reason the food tasted so authentic was that the cook was in fact Italian and a long, long way from home. I say surprised because we learned long ago that the best food to eat in a country is the local variety. But we have found that usually when cooks try and serve up food that they are not familiar with; it isn’t very palatable, especially outside of tourist areas. Although we saw very few other travelers on these islands, seeing a restaurant that specialized in cuisine from over half way around the world told us that
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pack through the jungles of nearby Viet nam. Not long after we settled in at Harry’s, we discovered that right next door was a Buddhist temple, and were pleasantly surprised to hear every evening and early in the morning, bells gonging and monks chanting quietly. It had a therapeutic effect on us, and we awaited each session. We sampled several of the restaurants in the area, and never had a bad experi-
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Uxbridge Auto Tournament raises funds to fight cancer Uxbridge Auto, Inc. hosted a charity golf tournament on Friday, July 1st to benefit the American Cancer Society. Forty-four golfers played nine holes at Blissful Meadows Golf Club. The two man team of Doug Beland and Michael Sabatino were the champions of the tournament. The tournament ended with entertainment by Polka Paul of WNRI and a delicious lobster and steamer dinner prepared by Dick Baker, Henry Stefanick and Bob Peacock at Uxbridge Auto, Inc. located at 187 North Main Street in Uxbridge. The charity event raised over $1,000 for the American Cancer Society.
aFTer ParTy - Participant enjoy a lobster and steamers dinner. Uxbridge Auto, Inc. is a family owned and operated business since 1978. It has expanded its business from pre-owned vehicle sales to now including service, state inspections, rentals and towing. Russell Rosborough, Jr., President and owner of Uxbridge Auto, Inc. is a proud supporter of the American Cancer Society. “The day was a
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On Friday, October 14th from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Saturday, October 15th 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. you can tan for only $5 a session and the entire $5 goes to send Care Packages of food and other essentials to US Troops serving in some of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan. Also, that day will include a Bake Sale and all of the proceeds will also go to send care packages to our troops. Heavenly Hair Plus of Whitinsville makes this offer every year to let our serving men and woman know that we are proud of them and that they are not forgotten! So…..get tanned, look good and feel good about your help for our men and women in harm’s way. For more information: 508-234-6177 or www.heavenlyhairplus.com.
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HELPiNg OTHERS The Mighty Dux Girl Scouts of Uxbridge and Douglas would like to recognize the Junior Girl Scouts of Troops 30924, 30982, and 30334 for their hard work in earning their Girl Scout Junior Bronze Award this past spring. These girls worked very hard identifying needs in their community, learning new skills, and working as a team to set and achieve their goal to make a difference in their world. Troop 30924 learned to sew and made sock monkeys which were donated along with board games to comfort patients at Boston Children's Hospital. Troop 30982 learned about gardening and landscaping as they designed and created a beautiful courtyard at Whitin
CELEBRaTiNg 100 YEaRS Girl Scouting is celebrating 100 years and is looking for girls to make new friends, learn new skills, and make a difference in their world. Mighty Dux Girl Scouts of Douglas and Uxbridge will be having New Parent Information Nights. In Uxbridge, join us at Taft Elementary School on Monday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. In Douglas, join us at Douglas Elementary School on Tuesday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. We will have information on the Girl Scout program and help connect you with established troops or guide you to starting a troop. The Girl Scout program relies on volunteers in many capacities within the local community to help girls grow and have fun. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Donna Wilson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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William Scandlin, historian Catherine Warren and local sports star Emmett Ludy, one of the 19 brave Grafton residents who gave their lives for their country in World War II. “We had a wonderful time last fall with our first Grafton History Cemetery Tour and the enthusiasm of our interpreters has carried over to this year. Riverside Cemetery is one of our community’s most beautiful places, and in
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October the autumn foliage should be spectacular,” noted Grafton Historical Society President Linda Casey. Tours start promptly every half hour beginning at 1:00 PM. The last tour of the afternoon takes place at 3:30 PM. Tickets for the tour are $5.00 for Grafton Historical Society members, and $8.00 per person general admission. They are available the day of the event at Riverside Cemetery’s Hudson
that collects preserves and interprets all things related to the history of Grafton, Massachusetts. The office and museum are located in the historic Grafton Town House. The Historical Society is managed by a twelve member volunteer board of directors, along with a core of dedicated volunteers. Educational programs are held September through May.
Mill Church Café line up Food for Thought 10/21/2011 - Patty Biernacki Patty is an anointed singer/songwriter. She has played at our last two open mic nights and we decided that this gifted woman needs to share these beautifully simple love songs to Jesus with others! You will be absolutely blessed and lifted by her music. 10/28/2011 - Covenant Covenant is something of an anomaly. Separately they are a sound system designer, an IT manager, a retail store manager and a college student, but together they are a Christian rock band with a twist. In a day and age where bands uproot and move to either L.A. or Nashville with dreams of stardom, nothing could be further from their minds. You see, Covenant is all about only glorifying God with their music and message.
The Mill Church Café, 45 River St., Millbury posts October Schedule: 10/07/2011 - Mary-Jo Joyce Christian Recording Artist, Mary-Jo Joyce, realized at a very young age what her purpose was in this life. Passionate about music to begin with, she effortlessly puts her feelings to powerfully created melodies that captivate her audiences. Her musical style blends pop/rock with contemporary /worship. 10/14/2011 - Bob Thompson Bob Thompson is somewhat of a Christian Music 'legend' in New England. He has a powerful testimony and ministry style. His smooth "Lou Rawls" type of voice resonates with the love and grace of our Lord! Don't miss out on the ministry of this wonderful Man of God.
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by sheryl Corriveau For optimal health and wellbeing it is important to find the lesson in all of life’s happenings. What is the lesson? When life is good and temporarily problem-free, we feel safe and experience momentary happiness. This delicate mixture of no problems and momentary happiness, as we all know – is easily disturbed as soon as something comes our way that isn’t what we like, wanted to happen or expected. To ease the sting of how we may feel following one of these unexpected “problems” – is it a wise idea to change the only thing you can? – YOU! So instead of gripping and complaining, I’ve found it helpful to ask myself, “What is the lesson here?” If I’m a student of life (life being the teacher) – then there must be something to learn when the waves of life roll my way. If you are able to take something positive that you are wiser, smarter and better for – out of each and every “problem” – then why not? Sure you may not have as much to air on your facebook page…lol…but you may rest easier, have less wrinkles and maybe really be thankful for the lessons you have learned. - Just FFT : )
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various locations in Uxbridge, late at night, in summer darkness. By using long exposures, the hope was to create a sense of reflection while looking at scenes we were likely to pass without a second glance during daylight. An opening night reception/gallery event will be held at River Bend Farm in Uxbridge on Saturday, October 22nd from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. The exhibit itself will be on display from October 14th till November 13th. All are Welcome!
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Blackstone Valley Women’s Club to discuss Public Health & Safety Lisa Jackson from the Medical Reserve Corp./Medical Emergency will be the guest speaker at the Wednesday, October 26th, meeting of the Blackstone Valley Women’s Club of Sutton which meets at the Dudley Gendron American Legion, 156 Boston Road, Sutton. Refreshments are served from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m., followed by the speaker and a brief business meeting. Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month and end by 8:30 p.m. Ms. Jackson will speak about her Region, 4A MRC, which provides public health volunteer medical services when disaster strikes such as toxic chemical release, building collapse, fire, storm, flood or other event that displaces groups of residents that must be moved to emergency shelters. The meeting is open to any woman l8 years or older who may wish to explore joining the General Federation of Women’s Club’s Blackstone Valley Women’s Club. Members come from several towns in the Valley: Sutton, Grafton, Millbury, Northbridge, Douglas, Uxbridge, Whitinsville and Westboro. For more information, contact Constance Dwyer of Sutton, President, at (508) 917-8415 or Barbara Berry of Grafton, Vice President, at (617) 6867477.
On September 3rd, Samantha Chrabaszcz, 9 years old of Northbridge had her hair cut for Locks of Love. Tanya Janovsky of The Hair Studio in Whitinsville had the honor of cutting the ponytail. Samantha was inspired to donate her hair after her cousin was diagnosed with cancer and lost her hair. Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children in the U.S. and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.