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Uxbridge Times

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oCToBer 2011

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

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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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Letters to the Editor

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

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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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delicious a la carte lunch with seating indoors and out. A variety of hot soups and sandwiches and hot and cold drinks will be available. Tables set up in the yard at the back of the museum will give an outdoor café feel to those looking to take a break from the day’s festivities. The Douglas Historical Society will also be holding a bake sale on the Depot Street side of the store to benefit the ongoing maintenance and preservation of the store and its artifacts. The popular “Good Morning, Douglas!” coffee and donuts will also be on sale. A section of the yard beside the facility’s barn will be set up with pop-up tents for a Farmers Market-style area where vendors will sell locally produced products.

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

members like you. While approximately 50 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, less than 5% gives blood on a regular basis. To ensure the quickest possible process, please schedule your appointment by calling 800-RED CROSS or visit Walk-In donors are always welcome, however appointments are preferred.  Blood donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission) and be in good general health.

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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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A community tradition since 1975, The Mendon Country Fair will be held on Saturday, October 8th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Mendon Country Gift Barn on Rt. 16. The event, sponsored by The Mendon Lions Club will feature country music on stage with local favorite "Durango Mango”, lots of craft and business booths, free wagon rides, petting zoo, 4-H dairy animal display and many raffles and prizes.  New at this years fair will be a pumpkin decorating contest sponsored by Dean Bank.  Contest rules are available at the bank and at Mendon Green-house. "Kids Faire" returns with games, contests, face-painting and entertainment for young fairgoers under the direction of The B.V.T. Leos Club. Hungry Fairgoers can visit The  Lions Club food court serving hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage and pepper sandwiches, French fries, fried dough & drinks. Admission is free for all, with a $3 parking fee divided between the Lions Club and Mendon Boy Scouts.  All proceeds will go to Lions Eye Research and community projects. Major sponsors of The Mendon Country Fair include Imperial, The Milford National Bank, Dean Bank, ANP Blackstone Energy, Charles River Bank and Milford Federal Savings.  Visit website: for more info.



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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 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

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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 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

Blackstone Valley. The BVRRC thanks UniBank, Walmart and the Chamber of Commerce for their participation and support in

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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@, 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 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. 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.  As we get into the winter months, we'll also be accepting donations of sleds, skates, boots and mittens. 

The Play Outside Project is a ministry project of the Blackstone Valley United Methodist Church. Toys and sporting equipment are distributed through the Peace of Bread Community Kitchen on Wednesdays at the Preysbeterian Church in Whitinsville.  If you have any questions or would like to make a donation, please call Nathaniel at 508234-8131 or email: playoutsideproject

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, children’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 ( 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.

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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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• 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, 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 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

Close To My Heart, Creative Memories, Memory Works, and Stampin’ Up! Lots of tools to use including 2 Cricut Expressions and 45 cartridges. Ten minute chair massages will be available for an additional $10. Invite your friends! Reservations are required. RSVP to Julie Bleyhl at 508-278-9994 end_of_the_skype_highlightingor m or go to the website for guidelines and information. Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available at

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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:

“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 For information on tickets, as well as sponsorship/vendor opportunities, call Cristi at 508-266-6520 or


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 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: 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, 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

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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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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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great success and I’m so thankful for all those that came out to support this worthy cause,” stated Rosborough. The American Cancer Society believes every birthday you celebrate is a victory. Another year that cancer has not prevailed. That's why the American Cancer Society is dedicated to creating a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Thanks in part to the American Cancer Society’s work, 11 million cancer survivors will celebrate another birthday this year.

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Girl Scouting News...

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, 

Middle School. Troop 30334 learned about animal care and communication in an effort to help the Dog Orphans in Douglas by collecting and delivering many needed supplies.

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Grafton History Cemetery Tour scheduled for October 2nd The Grafton Historical Society will host its second annual Grafton History Cemetery Tour at Riverside Cemetery on Sunday afternoon, October 2nd from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. This year’s cemetery tour features eight new stories of people who have made an impact on the community’s life and history. Costumed interpreters will tell tour participants stories that include  Civil War chaplain Rev.

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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UxbridgeNight photo project Photographer Damien gaudet at River Bend The project, titled UxbridgeNight, was created with the assistance of a grant from the Uxbridge & Massachusetts Cultural Councils. The grant allowed the printing of the images  which will be on  display and used by the town of Uxbridge for the benefit of the community. Gaudet  made these photographs of

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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.

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Prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer found in American men, behind skin cancer. This year, some 232,000 men will be told that they have the disease. Join us at this special event to learn more about the latest breakthrough treatments for prostate cancer from three experts in the field. On Tuesday, October 25th, at 7 p.m., Milford Regional urologist Mitchell Bamberger, MD, MBA, FACS will present an overview on prostate cancer and various treatment options. Brigham and Women’s radiation oncologist Peter Orio, DO, known nationally for his expertise in prostate brachytherapy, will discuss this leading edge procedure for treating prostate cancer patients; and Milford Regional urologist Eddie Michli, MD, a specialist in robotic prostatectomy, will discuss how this state-of-the-art approach has revolutionized prostate cancer treatment. The event will be held in the Physicians Conference Center at Milford Regional Medical Center,

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Upton “Fun to Remember” 5K / Walk The Upton VFW Post is finalizing preparation plans for its 2nd Annual, “Fun to Remember” 5k/walk in conjunction with Heritage Day, October 1st commencing at 9:00 a.m. The race will start and finish at the VFW Post on Route 140 in Upton. Each participant will be running in Honor of a Veteran of their choice written on a name tag available that day. For those who have no specific Veteran they wish to honor, names of Veterans of the various conflicts will be made

available for them to choose. Applications are available on line

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T-shirts available to the first 150 registered names. There will be prizes for male and female first place finishers in various age groups as well as to the first Iraq or Afghanistan veteran and the first Upton teachers. There will also be prizes raffled that each entrant present will be eligible for. The entrance fee: $25. Questions may be submitted to or It is an Honor to Remember a Hero in such a visible way!

Northbridge SPED presentation to address insurance topics The Northbridge Special Education Parent Advisory Council is hosting a presentation on Thursday, October 20th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. It will be held at the Northbridge High School Media Center, 427 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville. The presentation will be given by Beth Dworetzky.  It will cover a broad range of health care issues and provide valuable information about working with MassHealth for coverage of equipment and services for your child as well as eligibility and application.  Other topics that will be touched upon are advocacy strategies for working with private health insurers, an explanation of MA Waivers and Relief Fund, and an introduction to the Massachusetts Family-to-Family

Health Information Center. Making ‘Cents’ of Health Care Financing is a presentation by the Massachusetts Family-toFamily Health Information Center, a project of Mass Family Voices @ Federation. The Center is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, a Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs. If you would like more information on the PAC, please feel free to contact Kathy Lyons at or at 234-6224 or visit our website at


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Letter to the Editor


Thank You, Sutton! The Blackstone Valley Women’s Club’s Board of Directors expresses its thanks to the community of Sutton for responding to the club’s request in the New Uxbridge Times for donations for its Sept. 10 yard sale at the Dudley Gendron American Legion, a fundraiser for the Sutton Food Pantry. Sutton was the only town that responded. Five families called the BVWC to donate items—three families on Hartness Road!—one 92 year old woman on Uxbridge Road and a family off Boston Road. Thank you, Sutton, for helping us stock the shelves of the Sutton Food Pantry at the Sutton Senior Center-food for those in need not only in Sutton but in nearby towns in the Valley. - Constance Dwyer; President Sutton - Barbara Berry; Vice President Grafton - Marie Bastone; Treasurer Northbridge - Laurie Williams; Recording Secretary Sutton - Meryl Levine; Corresponding Secretary Westboro,

sPeCIaL Tm continued from page one extent of the “equipping” of the fields, and the next resident recognized by the Moderator was School Committee Chairman Ernie Esposito who promptly made a motion “to move the question.”

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Following the required 2/3 vote and an explosive applause, and after a vote on a motion to dissolve the warrant, the meeting ended at 10:45. The stage was thus set for the September 27th Ballot Election. State Rep. Kevin Kuros (Uxbridge) and State Rep. Ryan Fattman (Sutton) were both present.

pain and suffering. We help find homes for unwanted, abused and abandoned dogs. We are a small shelter that houses 12-18 dogs at time. Our orphans receive individual attention in a home/kennel atmosphere, as we try to find them the best home possible. There are no same day adoptions, an application must be filled out onsite before an adoption is approved. We are located at 90 Webster on Rt. 16 in Douglas Mass, near the Douglas State forest. Our phone number 508-476-1855.


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Historical society membership Drive The Douglas Historical Society is hosting a Harvest Fair Membership Drive on Friday, October 21st, at 7:00 p.m. at the E.N. Jenckes Store Museum located at 283 Main Street. If you have a passion for sweets and would like to learn more about your community, please plan on attending.  Adults and Children are welcome.

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Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Canada to compete against each other. After we arrived and got settled in our dorms, it was time to get ready for the Grand March of all the groups, opening ceremonies and the lighting of the torch to signify the beginning of the Slet. In the evening all the kids were put into small groups and they played “Minute to Win it”, which was a great way for them to meet each other. The official start was with gymnastics in the morning, field events in the afternoon and senior drill competition in the evening. The next day followed with track & field, followed by junior drilling in the evening. Drills are dance routines that the kids have practiced all year. The final day held the final races run in track and after lunch was drill practice for everyone. In the evening was closing ceremonies which started again with a Grand March after which the drills were performed by the junior boys, junior girls, senior men and senior women. Then everyone did what is called the Mass Drill to the theme of “Jurassic Park”. After all this, the trophies were awarded to the groups that came in 1st place for drills, gymnastics and track. Then the torch was extinguished and the Slet came to an end. Then the kids had a dance and pizza party to unwind after a week of hard work. Group 3 won many medals, gold, silver and bronze, had an all around gymnast, 9 individual drillers along with 3 second place and 1 third place for team drills and one of our girls broke the record in the 800 meter run. We came in 3rd place overall and also won the “Spirit Award” which is voted on by all the participants, so this is a special award to receive. Group members come from Auburn, Bolton, Douglas, Hopkinton, Leominster, Uxbridge, Whitinsville and Pascoag, RI. Thanks to all the kids for their hard work and dedication to make this such a great Slet. Also, a huge thank you to the parents who came to show us their support, it is greatly appreciated. If anyone is interested in finding out more about our organization and all the sport events that we participate in, please call Roger Manyak @ 508-4762668. We are looking forward to another great year.



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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

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

SatURdayS Ladies Auxiliary  MEAT RAFFLE 5 pm at VFW Post 1385 Hall, Rte. 16 in Uxbridge

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N. E. COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB JAMBOREES VFW Post 1385 Rt. 16, Uxbridge. Music: 12:30 - 5 pm Luncheon to be announced and served 12:30 - 2 pm Music: 2 - 5 pm House Band: Rachel & Western Partners Admission: $6 after 2 pm members pay $4.

1st & 2nd MALIA’S BAKE  SALE AND RAFFLE 10 to 4 pm Waters Farm,  53 Waters Road in Sutton

1st • Sat. LYDIA TAFT  FAMILY FUN DAY 60 Quaker Hwy, Uxbridge  11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Activities include: moon walk, petting zoo, pony rides, crafts, food  & live music. Something for everyone and its free!

2nd • Sun. N. E. COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB JAMBOREES VFW Post 1385 Rt. 16, Uxbridge. Music: 1:00 - 5 pm Pot Luck Dinner: 12:30 - 2 pm Contribute a dish; pay $3 NECMC Members without dish; pay $5. Non-members pay $6. House Band:  Ray Cross & The Country Heartbeats 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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21st • Fri. DOUGLAS HISTORICAL SOCIETY HARVEST FAIR MEMBERSHIP DRIVE  7 pm at E.N. Jenckes Store Museum, 283 Main Street.   Adults & Children welcome.  

28th & 29th Fri. and Sat. OPEN HOUSE BACK DOOR VACUUM & HOME KEEPING STORE Friday 10 am to 7 pm & Saturday 10 am to 3 pm 432 N. Main Street, Uxbridge.

30th • Sun. N. E. COUNTRY MUSIC CLUB JAMBOREE VFW Post 1385 Rt. 16, Uxbridge Luncheon to be announced. 12:30 - 2 pm  Music: 1 - 5 pm Halloween benefit to help fund N.E.C.N.C projects. House Band: TBA. Admission: $6  IT IS ENCOURAGE FOR THOSE WHO ATTEND TO BRING A NON-PERISHABLE ITEM OR PAPER PRODUCT TO BENEFIT THE UxBRIDGE FOOD PANTRY

24th • Mon. 14th • Fri. Speaker:  Elaine Paquette COLONIAL STONEWALLS OF NEW ENGLAND & STORIES THEY TELL Deborah Wheelock Chapter, DAR, North Main St. Uxbridge Simeon Wheelock House at 1:30 p.m. Public welcome; refreshments served.

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AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS MONTHLY MEETING 7 pm at the American Legion Hall, 59 Douglas St.

26th • Wed. AMERICAN LEGION MONTHLY MEETING 7 pm at the American Legion Hall, 59 Douglas St.

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4th • Tues. NAMI SUPPORT GROUP Uxbridge Nazarene Church, 130 Douglas St. 7 - 8:30 pm For info call 508-917-8381

8th • Sat. FUN RUN - VFW Post 1385, Rt. 16, Uxbridge...Questions? Call 508-278-7540.

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~Society ~ Holiday Glamorama “Gals’ Sunday Getaway” Put your best holiday face and figure forward with inspiration from the Holiday Glamorama sponsored by The Uxbridge Elderly Connection and the Uxbridge Lions Club on October 30th. The afternoon of glamour and beauty will be held from 3 - 6 p.m, at the Uxbridge Progressive Club at 18 Whitin Street. For a donation of $10 one may enjoy the latest fashions from Coldwater Creek, make up tips from Mary Kay, holiday hair styles, jewelry and accessories by Chevere, a ten minute massage by Riverbend Therapeutic Mas-

sage, and holiday floral ideas by Mendon Greenhouse. Yes, it’s all about you. The spotlight will be on the mature woman but women of all ages will find something of interest. Delightful gifts will be awarded and baskets and prizes will be offered for raffle. No one will go home without a goody bag of treats and samples. Refreshments will be served. Tickets should be purchased in advance at the Uxbridge Senior Center or by contacting 508-340-6152. Proceeds will benefit the Senior Center and the newly formed Uxbridge Lions Club.

Woman’s Club plan meeting The GFWC Whitinsville Woman’s Club will meet at noon at the Village Congregational Church, Church St., Whitinsville, on October 3rd. Please bring a brown bag lunch. Desert and coffee will be supplied. The program will follow lunch. Chairman Marie Foley will introduce a representative from Lucille’s Flower Shop, North Uxbridge who will present ideas for creating floral arrangements utilizing

plants we have in our gardens or that are available at local farms or shops. We will be collecting items for newborn babies. Items most needed are: Newborn size diapers, wipes, lotion, under shirts, booties, caps and receiving blankets. These will be given to Club Institute in a basket on October 6th. GFWC and the March of Dimes have worked together on improving the health of babies for over 65 years.

Quaker Meeting House & Cemetery Historical Assn. News The Fall/Winter season of Ecumenical Services will continue on Sunday, October 16th at the historic East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House at 197 Elm St. in Blackstone. Reverend Eileen Morris of the Slatersville Congregational Church in Slatersville, R.I., will serve as guest pastor.  This is the fourth in a series of ecumenical services being sponsored by the East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House & Cemetery Historical Assn., Inc.  The service will commence at 2 p.m. Music is under the direction of John Staples of Blackstone.  Special musical selections will be featured. Ecumenical services are sponsored yearly by the Association.  In addition to the October service, the traditional Thanksgiving service will be held on Sunday, November 20th, and a special Candlelight Caroling service will be held on Friday evening, December 9th. The East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House and Cemetery Historical Association, Inc. was formed in 1954 for the purpose of preserving and maintaining the historic Meeting House and burial grounds.  The burial grounds date back to 1799 and the Meeting House was built in 1812.  The Meeting House has been on the National Register of Historic Places since August 1995. Membership in the Association is open to all persons interested in the preservation of the Meeting House and cemetery.   Anyone interested in information regarding the Association and its workings or membership in the

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Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band to perform On Sunday, October 2nd at 1:00pm the Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band will perform at Daniel’s Farmstead, 286 Mendon Street, Blackstone. The Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band is a true community band consisting of approximately seventy talented musicians from the Blackstone

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Airman Cormier graduates John and Lydia Cormier of 138 Linwood Street, Uxbridge, proudly announce the graduation of their son Airman Alexander F. Cormier from BMT at Lackland AFT, Texas. Airman Cormier is a 2008 graduate of Blackstone Valley Tech, where he studied Drafting. He will remain at Lackland where he will continue his training in Security Forces. He will be graduating the program in December. He has signed for 6 years and will soon get his station assignment.

Valley and beyond. Our performance will feature a variety of music including popular songs, jazz, rock, music from the movies, Broadway show tunes, and marches. This is music your whole family will enjoy. We hope you can join us. Admission is free Directions and Contact Information: Available at

North Uxbridge Baptist Church October Events New Caregiver's Bible Study North Uxbridge Baptist Church is hosting a new Caregivers Bible Study on Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. starting October 4th and ending November 29th. This study called "The Heart of the Caregiver" is for any woman who has been, is, or is facing becoming a caregiver to someone with special needs, illness, elderly, Alzheimer's etc. Learn what a special honor it is to be called to the task of caregiver. For more information or to register, call Donna at 774-482-0333. Sunday Service Added North Uxbridge Baptist Church announces that it will be adding a second Sunday morning worship service starting October 2nd. An 8:45 am service will now be available in addition to

the existing 10:30 am service. Nursery and children's classes are available during both service times. For more information on all the ministries visit North Uxbridge or call 508-2785505. Community Open House Saturday, October 1st, North Uxbridge Baptist Church is hosting a Community Open House from 12-4 p.m. FREE and for all ages, there will be games and food. Also a foot spa and tea room for the ladies, a 3 v 3 basketball tournament for the men, co-ed volleyball, outside music, and more for the whole family! All are welcome. NUBC is located at the corner of Rt. 122 and Hartford Ave. For info call 508-2785505 or visit NorthUxbridgeBaptist. com.

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Uxbridge Resident travels to Madagascar for clinic abroad set up clinics to provide free chiropractic care where it would otherwise be limited or nonexistent. Murzycki chose the third-world nation, knowing it was one of the poorest nations in the world. “I felt it was a place that could benefit greatly from our presence” he said. Much preparation was done before the trip. In addition to learning about the Malagasy culture and practicing speaking French, Murzycki and fellow trip-goers raised money for the two orphanages they would be visiting during their two-week stint. They were able to raise $1,500 for each orphanage. “In a country where the typical person earns about $1 a day, $1,500 is a substantial amount of money and (the orphanage coordinators) were especially grateful.” “Madagascar was incredibly beautiful – truly unlike any other place I’ve been. I saw baobab trees, lemurs, zebu…things you’ve only seen in a book or on TV.” Despite its vast beauty, Madagascar ranks among one of the most impoverished nations in the world. “People literally live in tin huts or build makeshift homes in the sand dunes. You look at a river and see people washing their laundry; you look over a few feet and see people bathing; you look over a few more feet and see cattle drinking…resources are so limited and healthcare, especially, is not readily accessible.” Murzycki along with about two dozen Heather McKeon Mawn other chiropractic students provided care for over 1,000 patients during their stay. 508-479-5874 “The Malagasy were very receptive to the

Many people have heard of the blockbuster DreamWorks animated film Madagascar, but outside of the Hollywood frippery, few people know much about the small island off the east coast of Africa. However, Uxbridge resident, Timothy Murzycki had the rare opportunity to travel there for two weeks as a part of his school’s clinic abroad program. Murzycki enrolled in the doctoral program at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa after graduating magna cum laude from The University of Massachusetts in Lowell. “I always knew I wanted to work in the healthcare field, but it wasn’t until my senior year of undergrad that I learned more about the chiropractic profession and its incredible, noninvasive, gentle healing power. I know it is my calling - my purpose in life.” recounts Murzycki. During the latter part of his schooling, he became interested in his school’s clinic abroad program. The college coordinates trips in which chiropractic students travel to other countries and


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She could not afford the $130 it would have cost, so we gave her the money to have the surgery done. That was amazing.” Although the Malagasy do not have the resources to pay for such services, they showed their gratitude in other ways. “The children at one of the orphanages put on a performance to thank us. They sang a song and danced for us. Other (patients) would thank you with a hug, smile or even tears. One woman gave her clinician a quilt she had made. The natives’ gratitude was beyond anything I have ever experienced and has humbled me in a way I can’t even begin to describe.” “The whole thing…the whole experience has changed my view on so many things and has given me the confidence I need to treat future patients and to be the best doctor I can be. It has made me appreciate all of the resources we have in the U.S and I really try not to take anything for granted.” Murzycki recently finished five academic years of professional study and graduated summa cum laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa where he was active on campus, volunteering as a campus guide, teaching spinal anatomy and working as an intern in the school’s radiology department. He was also inducted into the Vogt Leadership Society and Pi Tau Delta Chiropractic Honor Society. Upon graduation, he received the Academic Excellence Award and was 1 of 5 graduating chiropractors to be nominated for the Virgil V. Strang Philosophy Award, one of the school’s most prestigious awards. Dr. Murzycki currently lives in Uxbridge with his wife, Jocelyn and two children, Cadence (4) and Kailen (2). He provides chiropractic care for the full spine, TMJ and extremities for all ages at the Khoury Centre for Health and Wellness ( at 116 Mechanic Street in Bellingham. - Submitted by Jocelyn Murzycki.

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Senior Corner Northbridge Senior Center announces October events HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday - Thursday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Friday 8:30 am to 1:00 pm HOLIDAY CLOSING The Northbridge Senior Center and TriValley nutrition site will be closed on Monday, October 10th in observance of Columbus Day. SHINE A Shine Counselor is available by appointment only. Call for more information or to schedule an appointment. KEEP WELL CLINIC The VNA of greater Milford/Northbridge area in cooperation with the Board of Health will conduct vital signs clinic on Tuesday, October 11th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm FALLON REPRESENATIVE The Northbridge Senior Center will have a Rep from Fallon Community Health (Senior Plan) on Wednesday, October12th, at 10:00 am. Anyone having issues, regarding their Senior Health Insurance can come to the center and speak to the Fallon Rep. ASK THE NURSE The Northbridge Senior Center Ask the Nurse Program will conduct a vital signs clinic on Tuesday, October 25th, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. 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. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP The Caregivers support Group meets on the fourth Friday of the month from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. The next meeting will be on Friday, October28th. MONTHLY BIRTHDAY DINNER The monthly birthday dinner will be at 11:45 am on Tuesday, October 25th. Anyone celebrating a birthday in October is invited to attend and bring a guest. Reservations must be made by Thursday, October 20th.

MALL TRIP The Northbridge Senior Centers Bus will go to Warwick RI on Tuesday, October 11th. The Bus will depart from the Center at 11:15 am for lunch at the Crows Nest with a stop at Wrights Dairy Bakery on the return home. Seating is limited; call the center to make a reservation. DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT The Northbridge Senior Center has a variety of Durable Medical equipment available for local senior residents, there is no fee for this service. Come into the center and someone will be available to show you what is available for your needs. In order to serve you better, we ask that you leave your name, address and phone number with the office staff. This helps to keep track of our inventory. Call the center for more information. FALL PROGRAMS AND LEAGUE START UPS The Northbridge Senior Center’s Pool League will resume on Wednesday morning September 7th at 9:00am, Cribbage League Thursday, September 8th at 1:00 pm and Shuffleboard on Tuesday September 13th at 8:30 am. All other programs and classes will continue throughout the year. A second Chair Yoga class has been added on Monday morning 10:30 am - 11:30 am. 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 Fundraiser 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,

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B, and C. 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. MUSICAL PROGRAM The “Sutton Serenades” will present a musi-

cal program here at the senior center on Tuesday October 4th at 12:45 pm. Plan to attend and enjoy wonderful music by these talented seniors. PROTECTING YOUR NEST EGG You are cordially invited to the Northbridge Senior Center on Wednesday, October 12th at 1:00 pm. Topic of Discussion will include Estate Taxes, The Probate Process, Managing Retirement Income, etc. The presenters Scott P. MacDonald & David McGuire: Agents from New York Life. Call the center to sign up for this informative program. 508-234-2002.

Whats happening at the Sutton Center 3rd • Monday 10 AM: Chatterbox Discussion group. All welcome 10 AM: “Wii TV weekly  Bowling League” for more info call Sr. center 10th • Monday: Senior Center Closed  12th • Wednesday 11 AM: Seminar Q & A “Senior Transportation”                    13th • Thursday 1 to 3 PM: Octoberfest  Celebration & Chili Cookoff. All Welcome to Join in. 14th • Friday 9:30 AM: “Preventing Falls” By Blackstone Valley Tech students             20th • Thursday 1 PM: Movie & Snacks “True Grit” w/Jeff Bridges & Matt Damon (PG-13) 25th • Tuesday 12:45 PM: Sutton Serenaders Country Music Concert w/Guests- Southboro Chorus 26th • Wednesday 11 AM: Musical performances by The

Greendale Men’s Choir 27th • Thursday 1 PM: Michelle & Adam Edelstein’s “ Big Grand Canyon Adventure” 31st • Monday 10:15 AM: Halloween Costume Party w/The Sutton Elementary Students. All ages welcome to dress in costumes and join the fun! 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  Wednesdays & Thursdays  9-12 AM

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Lunch pick up begins at 10:30 am each day with lunch at 11:30 am. Call Bev to reserve your lunch 48 hours in advance at 278-7609. Call the Center for transportation to and from lunch, for medical rides, for Hannaford’s and Walmart Shopping at 278-8622; first come, first served. The Uxbridge Senior Center is a drop off site for the People First Food Pantry. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 9 am - 4 pm. Senior Club begins at 1:30 pm on October 12th and will continue on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. COMPUTER CLASSES Computer classes will resume in October. Call 508-278-8622 to enroll and get further details. Classes are geared to individual needs. Council on Aging meets at 4:00 pm on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The Elderly Connection meets monthly. Call for dates and time. IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Uxbridge Senior Center will sponsor a Flu Clinic on Monday,

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October 3rd, from1:00-3:00 pm for Uxbridge residents 19 and older only. Because of the limited number of doses available, you must call the Senior Center at 508-278-8622 to reserve your vaccine.   If you are on Medicare, you must have Medicare Part B.  There may be a $12 charge applied for vaccine dependent upon your insurance coverage.    Please remember to bring your Medicare and insurance cards with you to the clinic for verification. FLU CLINIC This year the Uxbridge Senior Center will also sponsor a Flu Clinic for Uxbridge children ages 6 months to 18 years of age on Tuesday, October 18th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Call the center to reserve your vaccine. Please remember to bring your insurance card. Uxbridge residents with no insurance may sign up for this clinic and will be given the vaccine after all the children have been served. Please call the center at 508-2788622 for information on all offerings.

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3rd • Monday Salmon boat with dill, mashed potatoes, peas and pearl onions and peaches. 1:00 to 3:00 pm – Flu clinic for Uxbridge residents only. 4th • Tuesday 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Chicken rice soup, honey glazed pork, red bliss potatoes, corn and pepper salad and granola bar. Join us to celebrate Tri Valley’s 27th Anniversary. Les Bartlett will conduct the Trinity Symphonette in concert. Tri Valley is the agency that provides the Meals on Wheels and congregate meal at the Senior Center. 5th • Wednesday Chicken cacciatore, spinach, and brownie. 6th • Thursday Turkey ala king, garlic mashed potatoes, blended vegetables and fresh fruit. Richard Colahan will entertain on the keyboard. 7th • Friday World Smile Day Lunch and Laugh – Comedian David Shikes will be here to entertain and make you smile. Lunch will be Orange beef, brown rice, mixed vegetables and mandarin oranges. 10th • Monday Happy Columbus Day! Center will be closed, no meals.

11th • Tuesday 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Chicken Cantonese, steamed rice, broccoli and fresh fruit. 4:00 pm - Council on Aging meeting 12th • Wednesday Clam chowder, potato crunch fish, O’brien potatoes, honey glazed carrots and peaches. 1:30 pm – Senior club meets. New members always welcome. Please call the Senior Center for further details. 13th • Thursday Bratwurst and bun, red bliss potatoes, cabbage and carrots and apple cake. Richard Colahan will entertain on the keyboard. 12:30 pm - Pick-up begins for Walmart shopping. 1:00 pm – Ed Roth, Regional Director of Shine, will be with us to discuss Medicare and the changes for 2012. Open Enrollment begins earlier this year, on October 15th. This is the one time of the year ALL people with Medicare can see what new benefits Medicare has to offer and make changes to their coverage. 1:00 PM - PageTurners with Jane Granatino, Library Director. If you like to talk about books, good and bad, join us. Share some of your favorite reads, talk about what makes a classic and discover new authors this book discussion is for you! New members are welcome, stop by!

14th • Friday Veal Marsala, mashed potatoes, garden peas, pear crisp. Enjoy Richard Colahan on the keyboard. 15th • Saturday Reminder - Open Enrollment begins for Medicare. 17th • Monday Lentil soup, Chicken mornay, wild rice, spinach and baked apples. 18th • Tuesday 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Stuffed shells with sauce, Brussels sprouts, and granola bar. 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Visiting Nurses Asso-ciation will be here to do a Blood Pressure Clinic. 4:00 to 6:00 pm – Flu Clinic for Uxbridge Children ages 6 month to 18 years of age. 19th • Wednesday Meatloaf & gravy, garlic mashed potatoes, blended vegetables, fresh fruit. 20th • Thursday Lemon pepper fish, vegetable couscous, carrots and chocolate mousse. Richard will entertain on keyboard. 1:00 PM - PageTurners with Jane Granatino, Library Director. If you like to talk about books, good and bad, join us. Share some of your favorite reads, talk about what makes a classic and discover new authors this book discussion is for you! New members welcome, just stop by! continued on next page

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Uxbridge Seniors continued from page 28 21st • Friday Pot roast stew, red bliss potatoes, succotash and mixed fruit. Richard will entertain on the keyboard 1:00 pm - Barbara Lynch from Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred will be here to discuss options that seniors with advantage plans have with Tufts. The Tufts plan is available in the Blackstone Valley and will take

all Fallon doctors. Call the Senior Center at 278-8622 for information. 24th • Monday Lunch – Beef and bean chili, brown rice, broccoli and bread pudding. 25th • Tuesday 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Roast turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, chuck wagon corn, birthday cake. 12:30-1:30 pm – Donna Maron will teach us how to make boxes out of

Caregiver’s Support Group offered at the VNA and Hospice The Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice of Great Milford offers a weekly Alzheimer Caregiver Support Group. The group meets every Tuesday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the VNA’s office located at 37 Birch Street, Milford location. The VNA has provided a weekly daytime caregiver support group for over twenty years for those touched by Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Becoming informed about Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia is the single most important factor that

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Mendon senior News NEWS FROM SHINE - OCT 2011 Medicare Open Enrollment is changing! New Dates: OCT. 15 - DEC. 7 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.  Also start-

ing 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.  Call your local senior center to make an appointment. CAREgIvER PROgRAM ESSENTIAL SkILLS FOR ALzHEIMER CARE It Starts with Communication.  Join us on Tuesday, October 11th at

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10:30 for an hour long program designed for caregivers. This workshop will provide insight on how dementia profoundly effects communication between the person with the disease and their caregiver. Participants will learn helpful strategies to maintain and enhance their connection to the person with the disease. Please stop by or call the Mendon Senior Center at 508-478-6175 to register. Space is limited. FALL PREvENTION Health Services students from Blackstone Valley Technical School will be on hand on Friday, October 14th from 10-11:00am to offer some important fall prevention tips following our annual flu shot clinic.  Come learn how to make your home a safer place.  Please stop by or call the Mendon Senior Center at 508-4786175 to register. Drop-ins welcome. MENdON MINSTRELS CHORUS RETURNS Practice starts Monday, October 17th at 1:00 pm for this co-ed group.  All are welcome. Contact the Center at 508-478-6175 for more information.

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BERFEST starting on a new day and time this year: Friday, October 21st from 5-8:00pm in addition to Saturday, October 22nd from 9 am-2 pm at the Mendon Senior Center. This wonderful event, sponsored by the Friends of Mendon Elders, is open to the public and features a traditional white elephant table, homemade baked goods, beautiful handknit items and crafts, jewelry, holiday decorations and a delicious soup and sandwich lunch counter (lunch on Saturday only). Your attendance and donations will help to support the Center programs and services! Donations of craft items, baked goods, jewelry and attic treasurers are needed. Items can be dropped off at the center Monday-Friday from 9 am - 3 pm. Help is also needed the day prior as well as the day of the event. If you have an hour or two to spare, please contact Friends President, Marty Fletcher at 508-4733922 or stop by the Mendon Senior Center to sign up. Also, feel free to attend the Friends monthly meeting on Monday, October 5th at 11:00am if you'd like to learn more about our mission. Thank you! BLOOd PRESSURE CLINIC vITAL SIgNS CLINIC The VNA and Hospice of the Greater Milford, in cooperation with the Mendon Board of Health, will once again be sponsoring a Vital Signs Blood Pressure Clinic on its new day and time on Tuesday, October 25th from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm at the Mendon Senior Center. Please call 508-478-6175 or stop by the center to register. Drop-ins are also welcome. vETERAN'S SERvICES Mendon's Veteran's Agent, Mr. Robin Fletcher is available to discuss benefits and corresponding eligibility requirements with Mendon Veterans and their family members. Please call the Mendon Senior Center at 508478-6175 to schedule an appointment.  Mendon veterans please save the date for the upcoming 4th annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Wednesday, November 10th at 6 pm. And if you haven't previously done so, please drop a photo of yourself in uniform for our photo display.  All photos will be returned. More details to follow. EyEgLASS dONATIONS The Mendon Senior Center is an official collection point for used eyeglasses.  The Mendon Lion's Club will donate these glasses to the worldwide Lion's effort to assist those who can't afford to purchase glasses.  The collection box is located in the entryway of the Senior Center by the main door.  Thank you!



School News Program review open to the public Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School’s highly successful post-secondary Practical Nursing Program, a part-time evening nursing program, announces that it will host a site review from November 2 through November 4th for initial accreditation of its Practical Nursing program. The public is welcome to attend an open meeting with the visit team to support and share comments concerning the program in person. The open forum is scheduled to take place on Thursday, November 3, 2011 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Cafeteria Annex at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School located at 65 Pleasant Street, Upton, MA. Written comments are also welcome and should be submitted directly to Dr. Sharon Tanner, Chief Executive Officer, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 or via email at All written comments should arrive at the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC) no later than October 25, 2011. 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 Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing in July 2009 and full approval from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The second class will graduate from the program in June of 2012.

SUMMit 2011 - on Friday, September 9, Whitinsville Christian School's 8th grade class spent a day away at Summit, 2011. to kick-start the year, the class and teachers, Mrs. Cullen, Mr. deWeerd, and Mrs. ebbeling, brainstormed possibilities of service to WCS and the surrounding community and ways of enriching community within the middle school. they took part in many activities and discussions about leadership through service, based on the theme of the day: “it’s not about me. it’s about god and others.” as a first step, the 8th graders collected snack items brought in by 6th, 7th, and 8th graders earlier in the week; carried the items to Summit (held at pleasant Street Christian Reformed Church); and created snack packs for the people First Food pantry in Uxbridge. deb Blackburn, president of the board of directors for the people First Food pantry, explained to the students the way that snack packs are used in the food pantry. the 8th graders were excited to fill 200 one gallon bags with snacks, juice boxes, and notes.

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Travis Roy welcomed by students & faculty Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School and Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School PTO welcomed motivational speaker, former Boston University Hockey Player, Mr. Travis Roy to speak with the 6th, 7th, and  8th graders and faculty/staff on their first day of school Tuesday, September 6th. Mr. Roy shared a message of motivation, perseverance, the importance of not engaging in bullying and harassment, and setting a high expectation of one self which coincides with the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School middle school theme, “We Choose the Moon”, or  we choose a higher expectancy of ourselves. Travis Roy first put on ice skates when he was just 20 months old. As years passed, his love for the game of hockey quickly became a passion. In the fall of 1995 Roy accomplished one of his dream goals by earning a hockey schol-

arship to Boston University. At twentyyears of age he entered into his first collegiate hockey game. Eleven seconds into his first shift, his life changed forever as he crashed into the boards and cracked his fourth and fifth cervical vertebra, paralyzing him from the neck down. Mr. Roy also presented a message of reaching your ultimate goals, as he did playing 11 seconds as a collegiate hockey player for a Boston University. The conclusion of the event, Mr. Roy presented the student body and faculty and staff 5 autographed books (for the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School  school media center) of his memoir, 11 Seconds, coauthored by Sports Illustrated's E. M. Swift. To learn more about Travis Roy and his foundation visit:

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The above picture is of 7th grader Aiden Belanger who is making his "I  Will" pledge amidst the 450 pledges already made. Press are invited to view the banner to read student and faculty "I will" messages.  These pledges culminated on a day where students were led in the pledge of allegiance  by former United States  Military corporal and current MA Chief of Police Erik Demotroplosis.  

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Valley Tech is proud to announce that the first graduates of the school’s postsecondary Practical Nursing (PN) Program, a total of 19 individuals, have all successfully passed the challenging National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). All graduates passed the exam in their first attempt. These 19 students, now Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), are eligible to begin entry-level Licensed Practical Nursing careers in long term care, office settings, ambulatory care settings, acute care settings, rehabilitation centers and to continue their nursing education. Employment of LPNs is expected to grow 21 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations, in response to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population and the general increase in demand for health care services. “This was an extremely motivated and dedicated group of students. The practical nursing faculty is proud to have participated in their professional growth and academic success,” stated Practical Nursing Program Coordinator, Kathy Ashe, MSN, RN, CNE. Valley Tech opened the LPN program in 2009 following Initial Status Approval from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing in July 2009 and full approval from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Practical Nursing Program has been awarded Candidate status for Initial Program Accreditation by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. Interested candidates should refer to Valley Tech’s website for information at or call the LPN Program Office at 508-529-7758, Ext. 3122.

Seniors clean up at car wash Northbridge High School’s Class of 2012 cleaned up with their recent car wash fundraiser. Thanks to a seemingly never-ending flow of customers from the community, including parents, students, and NHS faculty and staff, more than 25 seniors washed cars all morning and into the early afternoon. Even though the line of cars sometimes became six deep, the seniors kept up the pace. Many customers generously donated extra funds to the class for their hard work. “I was happy to see such a great turnout from the students and can’t thank the community enough for helping our class,” said Jack Green, an ad hoc officer for the class. Thanks to the unprecedented success of the car wash, the Class of 2012 plans to hold another car wash...or two...this coming spring.


Exploring Extracurricular Opportunities On Thursday, August 25th, all Valley Tech students attended the school’s annual Activities Fair, giving them a chance to explore the vast activities and clubs the school has to offer. Club and activity members or advisors were available to discuss their club and invite other students to sign up in an exposition in the Competition Center. Valley Tech encourages all students to get involved in the many extra-curricular offerings at the school. These clubs and organizations are offered in addition to the numerous athletic teams students can join. Costs supporting extracurricular activities are offset by community work performed by the numerous hard-working students involved.

Sarah gover, a sophomore painting and design technology student from Millbury, promotes the Cheese appreciation Club at the annual Student activities Fair. the Fair is held annually to promote student involvement in the many clubs and activities offered at the school. There are over 20 of these clubs and organizations including a diverse group of offerings sure to spark an interest for any student. They include: Aviation Club, Student Council, SkillsUSA, Robotics, Humanities, Model UN, Fashion Club, Math Club, SEA Club, Friends of Rachel Club, Team Harmony, Cheese Appreciation Club, Wildfire Bible Club, Martial Arts Club, Ski and Snowboarding Club, DECA, Leo Club, Yearbook, Chorus/Pep Band, and Multi-Cultural Club. Assistant Superintendent-Director and Principal Christopher Cummings stated, “Involvement in extracurricular activities creates a sense of belonging and well-rounded students. We encourage all of our students to get involved in our school community through the variety of sports, clubs and activities we offer.” 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.


Valley Tech builds upon legacy of 9/11 Many adults remember the events of September 11th vividly: where they were, what they were doing, who they were with and how they felt. Valley Tech students were between the ages of 4 and 8 when the events unraveled on that day. Many have recollections and memories of the day, but presently are learning valuable lessons learning from the experience of the event. As part of the rigorous academic curriculum at Valley Tech, Social Studies team leader Ms. Rosemary Quirk has employed the New York City 9/11 curriculum to teach students the history of this fairly recent, but historic event that forever changed the lives of Americans and citizens from throughout the world. The curriculum focuses on the events that unraveled on that fateful September day, but students are also learning about the Muslim culture, extremism, Al Qaeda, and the impact that the events of 9/11 have had on society. Lessons give students the context of the event as an attack on freedoms, while also offering students a chance to partake in memorializing the event. On Friday, September 9th, Assistant Superintendent-Director/Principal, Mr. Christopher Cummings, led the school in a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the attacks ahead of the anniversary. As part of the curriculum taught at Valley Tech throughout the week following the anniversary; multiple videos detailing the attacks have been made available for teachers to use in lessons; academic instructors used an interactive timeline detailing

events; and archived news articles. Many instructors also assigned students to interview someone they knew about the event. Copies of these interviews will be made available for all students to view in a binder archive in the school’s Library/Media Center. In anticipation of the 10th anniversary and 9/11 curriculum, students who attended the school’s spring trip to Washington, D.C. visited the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.

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neW HiReS 2011: assistant Superintendent-director/principal Christopher Cummings (Standing left) welcomes new hires. new Valley tech hires for the 2011-2012 school year are: (Standing, left - right) Kerry Moynihan, Spanish/Humanities elective teacher; Joseph Corriveau, plumbing instructor; amy Ferrandino - Bedard, Health Services instructor; Kenneth erickson, HVaC/R instructor; Constance Ward, Reading teacher; george Carpenter, information technology/telecommunications instructor. (Seated, left - right) Christine Cote, technology integration Specialist; adele ellis, graphic Communications instructor; gillian granger, School Counselor; elizabeth Sherman, Chemistry teacher; and Marilyn Cabral, Cosmetology instructor.

School year begins with new teachers & staff Since 1997 and to give its students an edge in the workplace, Valley Tech has implemented a longer school calendar year of 193 teaching days. This year, instructional staff returned on August 15th to prepare for the culmination of the 2011-12 school year. Incoming freshmen and new students along with their families attended the school’s annual Freshmen Cookout on August 16th. On August 17th, freshmen attended a day-long orientation and all students returned for their first full day on August 18. “We have had a smooth and successful school opening, and we have high expectations for a great year as we welcome everyone back,” Assistant Superintendent-Director/Principal Christopher Cummings said. “Students returned with a high level of energy and enthusiasm.” In addition to the incoming class, Valley Tech also welcomes a group of new employees.

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Bay State Floor Company, Inc Celebrating 15 Years! Story & photos by Constance dwyer Bay State Floor Company, Northbridge, MA celebrates its 15th year in business this month. Whitinsville resident Patty Cloutier founded the company in the fall of 1996 after working 10 years in the purchasing department of Worcester’s largest furniture and carpet store. Bay State Floor specializes in both residential and commercial flooring. During an interview at her office, Patty said “Business is going well. We have a very knowledgeable and friendly staff, and offer a range of quality products and services. We offer that personal touch and free estimates; something that the big box stores don’t offer.” She added that the company offers a “great value for the products and services that we provide.” Bay State Floor sells all major carpet brands, such as Shaw, Mohawk, and Mannington—and also offers tile, wood, laminate and vinyl products. The company offers full service floor covering and provides professional installation for their complete product line. “We also cater to the do-it-yourselfer”, added Patty. Sales Manager, David Brennan and Design Associate, Joan Nydam, along with Patty, are more than happy to answer any question and to offer solutions to one’s flooring needs - “Customer service is very important to the success of our business.” Patty’s husband, Joe, and their two children, Zachary and Molly, also help at the store; these she refers to as her “weekend warriors.” Last January, readers may recall, the Curtain Factory Outlet went out of business. Operating next to the Curtain Factory Outlet over the years has been good for the Bay State Floor business. The company saw this closing as an opportunity to complement their business, keep jobs in the local area, and keep the Outlet open for the many who had shopped at the store since its inception in 1974. In March, 2011, the Bay State Floor Company completed the acquisition of the Curtain Factory Outlet’s, Northbridge location and had a successful grand re-opening during the first week of April. “Building owner Henry Coz was instrumental in supporting our vision to keep the Curtain Factory Outlet at the existing location.” Patty noted. The staff -- most have been there for 15 to 20 years -“knows their product” and are “wonderful.” “Customer’s were happy to see the Outlet remain open for business with the same knowledgeable staff they had come to know, in addition to the wide variety and styles to choose from”. The cheerful store owner commented

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By: Mark Hare I'm a writer. That statement in itself should explain plenty about the way I feel about Math. Numbers? Blah. But, for this month's installment, it has been brought to my attention that many people don't understand much of the language and mathematics behind buying a vehicle, and so maybe I can shed a little light on an altogether unsettling subject. There are several important things to take into consideration when it comes

bills. You don't max out every credit card you can get your greedy little hands on. As a result, you have a pretty decent credit score. So you waltz into the dealership with your eye on a snappy little hatchback. You agree to a

price, and they tell you the good news... You're approved for the loan! At this point, you want to be fully seated, hands on the armrests, and eyes pried open with tiny toothpicks, because the next thing you hear will change the next 5 or 6 years of your life: the interest rate! Now, it's no secret that interest rates are at record lows these days, so you should hear a pretty good number. The trouble is, the dealership, in many cases, is getting an even lower number. So if they got you approved at 4.25%, and they tell you 7.25%, they stand to make a pretty nice little chunk on just the interest mark-up they get every time

you make a payment. Sounds like no big deal, sure, but if you buy a $20,000 vehicle, and pay an extra 3%, you end up paying an extra $30 every month. That's almost $2000 over a 6 year loan. Wouldn’t you rather take the kids to Florida? So, now you can see why that "low" asking price isn't always the most important thing. How can you fight it? You should know your credit score. You should ask the salesman straight out if they mark up interest rates (they may not tell you, but it will be fun to watch them squirm). You should also check with a bank you trust to see what their rates are, and make sure the dealership is in line with them. An honest dealership should have no problem with you calling the bank you get approved through to go over the numbers with a loan officer. Hey, you are the one that's gotta sign the contract. Might not be a bad idea to know what it says, eh? Trade-in value: There was a time when pretty much every vehicle that got traded in was junk. Ship it to an auction, and hope to never ever see it again. These days, though, people trade in some really nice vehicles. Many people trade in







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Chamber receives Growth Capital Corp Grant The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce has been awarded a $30,000.00 Small Business Technical Assistance Grant from Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation. “We are thrilled to receive this funding,” stated Jeannie Hebert, President and CEO of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce. “We gratefully accept this award that makes possible the continued good work by our Chamber to provide assistance and training to small business and entrepreneurs in the Blackstone Valley region.” The purpose of the Small Business Technical Assistance Grant Program is to expand economic and entrepreneurial opportunity throughout the

es through interactive instruction. Individuals can ask questions, give examples, and maximize their time to get the knowledge they need to help themselves in their own business situation.  For details contact the BVCC at 508 234 9090 X100 or visit www. The Mission of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce is to promote the economic vitality of the Blackstone Valley, meet the needs of the Chamber’s business members, while providing leadership on issues which impact the economy and quality of life in the Valley. The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce serves the eleven towns in the Massachusetts BV Region: Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge. The Mission of the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation is to create and preserve jobs at small businesses, women and minority owned businesses, and to promote economic development in underserved, gateway municipalities and low and moderate income communities.

Commonwealth. The program is designed to complement and enhance the traditional public and private small business assistance network by providing technical assistance or training programs for underserved and disadvantaged businesses with 20 employees or fewer. The program seeks to facilitate small business economic viability and to improve their ability to secure private and public financing needed. “The BVCC Enterprise Academy”, made possible by this grant, will kick off its’ first training program on October 5th. “QuickBooks with Confidence” is a three session program (Oct. 5-11-18) designed to explore all that QuickBooks has to offer business-

Advice on Student Security As college students get settled on campus, fighting fraud may not be at the top of their list of priorities. College students are susceptible to identity theft, however, and Better Business Bureau recommends that they take seven simple steps to protect themselves on campus. In 2010, 8.1 million Americans – or 3.5 percent of the population – became victims of identity theft, according to the 2011 Identity Fraud Survey conducted by Javelin Strategy & Research and sponsored by BBB. The average mean cost of identity theft is $631 and the average time to resolve identity fraud is 33 hours – valuable study time. “Friendly fraud” accounts for 14 percent of all ID theft crimes. This means that new roommates and friends have just as much potential of being as dastardly as a foreign-based scam artist phishing on the Internet. And identity thieves – friend or foe – think nothing of dumpster diving (or rifling through unattended trash cans) for unshredded paperwork or even taking mail from unlocked mailboxes (or off a desk). They can even cruise social networking sites looking for some personal tidbit that can unlock a wealth of information elsewhere. BBB recommends that college-bound students take the following seven steps to fight identity theft on campus: Send sensitive mail to your parents’ home or a post office box. School mailboxes are not always secure and often can be accessed easily in a dorm or apartment. Important documents should be stored under lock and key. This includes your Social Security card, passport and bank and credit card statements. Shred credit card offers and any paper documents that have sensitive financial information rather than just tossing them out. Never lend your credit or debit card to anyone. Just say no if your friend wants to borrow your card or asks you to cosign for a loan or financing for items like a TV. Make sure your computer has up-todate antivirus and spyware software.  Always install any updates and patches to your computer’s operating system or browser software, which help keep your computer safe from any new advances by identity thieves online. Always check your credit or debit

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Take a step forward in the Boston Brain Tumor Walk There needs to be a step forward in the fight against brain tumors. Help make that happen by taking a few steps of your own in the National Brain Tumor Society’s Boston Brain Tumor

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NECMA education day & tradeshow The New England Concrete Masonry Association (NECMA) announces the 2nd Annual NECMA Annual Education Day & Tradeshow taking place on October 25th at the Holiday Inn Taunton in Taunton. This event will offer attendees up to 5 Continuing Education (AIA) credits. (Certificates provided upon request.) Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about the latest concrete masonry and hardscape products and accessories from vendors on the tradeshow floor. Last year’s event drew more than 150 attendees and showcased more than 25 exhibitors.

This is the only New England area masonry and hardscape specific event and is intended for architects, landscape architects and designers, contractors, developers, builders, engineers, specifiers and building & municipal officials. New this year will be the offering of the Segmental Retaining Wall Certified Installers Program offered through the National Concrete Masonry Association. This program offers independent verification of an SRW installer’s knowledge of SRW installation principals and practices.

of nine walks that take place throughout the year to raise brain tumor awareness and essential funds for research and patient services through the National Brain Tumor Society. The 5K walk will take place on Castle Island in South Boston. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and programs and activities run from 9 a.m. to noon. Families, friends and co-workers are invited to join as a team or an individual for the inspirational, all-ages fundraising walk and community day to support the brain tumor cause. The event will include a scenic walk, fun family activities, food, prizes and more. Proceeds support transformative research to accelerate the discovery of new therapies for adult and pediatric brain tumors as well as support services for brain tumor patients and their families. The Brain Tumor Walks developed

from the actions of a single person. In 1995, a motivated brain tumor survivor named Chris Kuchera Hemker organized a small fundraising event on Angel Island in California, simply called, The Angel Island Adventure. Although Chris succumbed to complications from her tumor in 1996, her vision and passion to help fund a cure for brain tumors live on. Now called Brain Tumor Walk, the event has grown into a far-reaching national program that gives people affected by brain tumors a chance to join others in their local community while uniting with the national brain tumor community. “The Boston Brain Tumor Walk is a chance for the entire community to come together and support the fight against brain tumors,” said N. Paul TonThat, Executive Director of National Brain Tumor Society.

New Fundraiser available to local groups A new fundraiser, called "Cards for a Cause," has been introduced by Usborne Books and More. Groups who participate raise funds by collecting orders for two different sets of handcrafted greeting cards.  There are two card sets available, an all-occasion set and a kid-themed set.  The participating group keeps up to 43% of the profits. The cards are a high-quality product that people are eager to buy, and it is a very easy fundraiser for the organization to conduct.  It's a great deal for the customer, and very profitable for the group! This fundraiser is ideal for any group/individual that needs to raise money- schools, pre-schools, libraries, scout groups, church groups, food pantries, service groups, etc.  Athletic teams can raise funds for new uniforms, dance schools for competition fees, schools can raise money for new playgrounds-any type of group or individual can use this program to help support their cause.  Many people who participate in charity events such as Relay for Life, Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, MS Challenge Walk, etc. have successfully raised money selling the card sets.  For more information on this very easy, yet very profitable, fundraiser, contact your Usborne Books representative, Liz Hallfelder, at 508-278-9314 or

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The Frabotta Family of Northbridge had the honor of being selected as the Ambassador Family for the 19th Annual Tee Up for Tots Gold Tournament held recently at Mount Pleasant Country Club. Both Chloe and Olivia Frabotta were born prematurely at 8 and 10 weeks respectively. Funds raised from the Tournament are used to purchase equipment for the tiniest and critically ill babies at UMASS Memorial Hospital.

Milford Regional’s 22nd Annual Golf Classic held on Wednesday, August 31st was a record breaking tournament raising $295,000! Proceeds from this year’s event, which include $52,000 from the WMRC Radiothon, will directly benefit Adolescent Health Services at Milford Regional and the Oliva Patient Comfort Fund for cancer care. The Medical Center owes this success to the tremendous generosity of the community- sponsors, supporters and volunteers. Milford Regional would like to extend gratitude to all the sponsors for their generous support. “Milford Regional’s Golf Classic has been a tradition in this community for 22 years. This was not only the first time ever we have had to reschedule the tournament; it was also a record breaking year in terms of funds raised. I continue to be both impressed and grateful that the community continues to support the Medical Center in such a significant and meaningful way,” said Martin Richman, executive director, Milford Regional Healthcare Foundation. For information on how to participate in the Golf Classic 2012, please call 508-422-2034 or visit

Bombers take Summer League First Place “The Bombers” proudly accepted their first place awards when the Tuesday night summer bowling league ended its season on August 30th at their annual potluck supper. The winning team included: seated, Vivian Joubert, standing: Nancy Page, Barbara Randall, the presenter/manager of Sparetime Recreation, Wayne Couture and Margaret Alger. The fall leagues are now underway, but there’s always room for interested or “want to be” bowlers. Subs are always needed.

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McKeon Dancers 2011 National Champions at Dance Xplosion finals in New Jersey More than 1300 solo, duet, trio and group contestants entered the weeklong 2011Dance Xplosion National Finals in Wildwood, New Jersey last July. Dancers from the McKeon Dance & Gymnastics Center in Hopedale collected 28 Extreme Platinum and 37 Platinum adjudication awards in the Extreme Division Competition and another 28 Platinum awards in the Novice Division. Overall Champions from the McKeon Center were: In the Petite Extreme Division Group National Champions were - 1st Place High Point “George M” was picked for Extreme Challenge Finals and Placed 2nd over all winning $500.00 - Hannah Winship, Hannah Smith, Piper Hampsch, Julia Hall, Laina Cleaves, Emma Cummings, Alyssa Williamson, Hayley Caliri, Meghan Holt, Brooke Hill, Kristina Chiarelli, Taylor Goldstein, Charlotte Beaudrot, Ava Juliano, Natalia Lee, Cassidy Baratta, Katie Washburn, Paxton Dichele, Bethany Ackerman, Christina Tong. 2nd Place High Point “Ants”- Alyssa Williamson , Piper Hampsch, Hayley Caliri, Hannah Winship, Julia Hall, Brooke Hill, Kristina Chiarelli, Jordan Remillard, Laina Cleaves, Alexis Cabral, Alaina Gobbi, Bethany

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Mortgage lenders dissect the entire credit history of a potential client with strict attention to income, credit, collateral and assets. Of the four, assets are perhaps the least discussed yet may be the most important in securing credit and buying a home. Simply put, assets include the amount of money needed for the down payment, in addition to closing costs, pre-paid costs such as insurance and taxes, escrow fees and funds that would be available in case of an emergency. “Assets may be the truest reflection of a borrower’s fiscal strength,” Dean Hartman, regional vice president for Benchmark Lending, Melville, N.Y., in his post on the KCM (Keeping Current Matters) blog site. “Their ability to save and properly budget could be a significant indicator to their future paying habits.” Common assets considered in a mortgage loan application include stocks, bonds, mutual funds, 401K and retirement accounts, life insurance, cars, boats, antiques, jewelry and other real estate. The source of the assets is also important. Anyone who has attempted to secure a loan recently knows that restrictions have tightened, and when borrowers are paying off credit cards to get their ratios in line, lenders want to know where the money came from. “For instance, we can obviously see a direct deposit from your employer or a transfer from one account to the next,” says Justin Miller, a mortgage broker for FEMBi Mortgage, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “If we cannot determine this, we will need a letter of explanation and show proof of where it came from. My suggestion is to not make any cash deposits or take any monies from someone personally unless it is going to be a gift from a relative.”  Large and recent savings deposits raise underwriter concerns as they can indicate loans that have yet to appear on borrowers’ credit reports. Borrowing from relatives to boost savings and creditworthiness also doesn’t help. If funds aren’t reflected on income statements and tax returns, they can’t be used to qualify for mortgages. Indeed, make sure your assets are in order with proper documentation. Your preparation can speed you on the road to homeownership. Submitted by: Susan Baghdasarian, ABR, e-Certified Prudential Prime Properties


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Musician Jesse Fontaine, along with his quartet, performed for a crowd of 90+ attendees on Sunday August 21st at the Blackstone Canal & Heritage State Park in Uxbridge. This performance was part of the free summer concert series sponsored by the area Cultural Council in partnership with the Blackstone Valley Heritage Homecoming, Inc.  Ominous clouds overhead and a weather speculation of rain did not convince audience members to stay at home.  In fact, those who attended the outside concert were not even fazed during the two rain showers that moved through the area during the performance. Fontaine is constantly engaging his audience. He is equally at ease sitting behind the keyboards swinging his body in time to the music or standing up to sing “Fly Me To The Moon” with guitarist Mike Finneron. The concert, which pulled from a variety of genres of music, featured song selections from the Great American Songbook.  As one audience member commented Fontaine “gave the songs an up to date sound but was able to maintain the music’s integrity.” Several of the musical selections played were a Bossa Nova arrangement of “S’Wonderful,” a tune composed by the

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