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Uxbridge Times

“Your Hometown News” VOlume 20 • issue 9

A FREE Monthly Publication

uxbridge • North uxbridge • linwood • Douglas • Northbridge • Whitinsville • sutton • manchaug

sePTemBer 2011

Hopes are high for National Park in Valley By Constance Dwyer There was a tremendous outpouring of support at a public hearing for the creation of a new national park in the Blackstone Valley, along the treasured waters of the river and canal that connect us from as far northwest as Worcester and as far southeast as Providence, Rhode Island. The hearing, organized by Jeannie Hebert, Executive Director of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce in Whitinsville, was held on Tuesday, August l6th, in the Singh Theatre at Alternatives in Whitinsville. The plan includes Whitinsville and Hopedale Historic Districts. The time period for public comment ended on August 26th. The theatre was filled with approximately 150 interested people, ordinary citizens, the press, rangers, politicians, and members of various groups with related interests, including the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission and many of its partners. Ms. Hebert especially thanked Dennis Rice, Executive Director of Alternatives, for attending and providing such a suitable space. Mr. Rice then shared his own appreciation for being included as a “part of the process to establish a National Park;” he mentioned how the history of the restored Whitin Mill has its proper place in this effort, especially, since it has been recognized nationally for its “use of green technology.” According to Donna Williams, Chair of the Heritage Corridor Commission, the newly prepared “Special Resource Study Report, SRS,” available to everyone who attended, suggests that Blackstone Valley sites and historic districts, together with the river and canal, meet the four criteria required by law (Public Law 105391) in order to become a new unit


of the National Park System. “Blackstone National Historical Park—it has quite a nice ring to it, don’t you think?” she said. In the SRS report, the chair added that the “preferred alternative,” Management Option 3, has two important components. First, it recognizes that the Valley possesses nationally significant resources; that those resources would be a suitable addition to the National Park system…and the “active management by the NPS is necessary to ensure proper protection of those nationally significant resources, located in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.” These include the Blackstone River and its tributaries; the Blackstone Canal; Old Slater Mill National Historic Landmark District, Pawtucket, R.I.; Slatersville Historic District, North Smithfield, RI; Ashton Historic District, Cumberland, R.I., Whitinsville Historic District, Northbridge, and Hopedale Village Historic District, Hopedale. The second important component of this preferred option is that the National Historical Park “would be cooperating with a regional partner, specifically designated to play a lead role in preserving, protecting, and interpreting related industrial heritage resources throughout the Corridor….this would not be the existing Heritage Corridor Commission, due sunset in October, 2011, [with development funding through 2016], but would likely be the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Inc., a non-profit successor organization that we would have established.” Ms. Williams stated that ‘like the Commission, this entity focuses on empowering partners to help preserve heritage resources, promote recreation and tourism, restore and protect natural resources, and offer continued on page 28

BVT FirsT Day: Blackstone Valley Tech students board busses and head home after their first day of school. Freshmen reported for their first day on august 17th for a day-long orientation,

Incoming Freshmen welcomed at BVT Valley Tech’s class of 2015 were welcomed to the school on Tuesday, August 16th along with their families for the annual Freshmen Cookout. The class of 2015 began their high school careers with a full-day orientation on Wednesday, August 17th. Upon arrival at school on their first day, new students were greeted by enthusiastic high-fives from the school’s mascot, Sporty the Beaver, followed by welcoming remarks from Assistant Superintendent-Director/Principal Christopher Cummings and other members of the school’s leadership team. Well over 700 students from throughout Valley Tech’s 13 member towns applied for seats in the freshmen class, but only 300 are fortunate enough to now call Valley Tech home. Of those 300 students, 23 are from Bellingham, 8 are from Blackstone, 23 are from Douglas, 20 are from Grafton, 8 are from Hopedale, 25 are from Mendon, 38 are from Milford, 15 are from Millbury, 9 are from

Millville, 33 are from Northbridge, 22 are from Sutton, 31 are from Upton, and 45 are from Uxbridge. Orientation provides new students a

“You have all worked very hard to get here, and you should be very proud of that. As a group, you are from 13 different towns, but you will all blend together in no time. Valley Tech is your home now.” - Mr. Cummings Assistant SuperintendentDirector/Principal

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18. Orientation included school tours, locker assignments, student ID photos were taken, and students received a complimentary lunch. Since 1997, Valley Tech has implemented a longer school calendar year of 193 days. This year, instructional staff returned on Monday, August 15th, 2011 to prepare for the 2011-12 school year. Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School serves the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge. Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech creates a positive learning community that prepares students for personal and professional success in an internationally competitive society through a fusion of rigorous vocational, technical, and academic skills. The school’s website is

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Letters to the Editor

memo To: John Higgins Chairman of uxbridge school Building Committee thing they did not really need. The total cost of the new school should have included all of these extras which are only starting to be revealed now. This is because the proven method to separate people from their money is to talk small until you have your fish on the hook, and then start padding the bill once they are trapped

This letter is in response to the quote on the front page of the August issue of the Uxbridge Times stating the cost of yet another proposition 2 ½ override would be less than 20 cents a day for the average homeowner. That old pennies a day scam was first used many years ago by a salesman trying to bilk people out of their money for some-



and cannot let go. When the new school was voted in, it was like the straw that broke the camel’s back. Now you’re trying to kick us while we are down. I have several elderly customers living on a fixed income who have already cut out a meal a day to make ends meet. Your pennies a day could be dollars a day, no

one can pay money they do not have. By the time Uxbridge is done revealing the rest of the tab for sidewalks to town, more school busing, road work and traffic lights, and the other expenses I have a feeling have yet to be addressed, it will be dollars a day. Do the math. You decided to purchase land out in the sticks with no town water or town


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sewerage as opposed to building on land already owned by the town requiring a fraction of the cost. As a business owner in Uxbridge, I am already paying the Town over $68,000. a year in taxes and fees. That is $187 a day, or as Mr. Higgins would say, “Only eighteen thousand and seven hundred pennies a day.” I could live with that amount of money, but it’s not enough for the Town Of Uxbridge. It will never be enough. The school building committee can keep fishing, but I am not biting anymore. You put yourself in that boat, and the time has come to sink or swim. Do not look for me to help save you. I have not been a lifeguard since that blue kid got me fired. - Jack Darling Uxbridge



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Malia has been recovering from August 8th's surgery slowly but surely. She has begun eating and she was allowed to leave the hospital for a few hours to spend the time with relatives from PA. They went to the park for a little while before Malia decided that she wanted to go "back to the docta's." It was apparent to everyone just how little energy Malia had whilst out and about; she was very quiet. She has been walking but wobbly and gingerly so. Malia has a new Twitter account: Malia Crushes Cancer @MaliaJusczyk. There is also a new Twitter feed on, if you'd like to keep up to date with Malia's day-today life. Thanks, as always, for the tremendous outpouring of support - It couldn't do this without you. NOTE: If you are volunteering to bake for the bake sale, per the Sutton Board of Health - NO frostings or fillings, NO cheese or cream cheese, and NO cream - nothing that needs to be refrigerated. For the people who want to donate if you want your donation to be part of the Malia Crushes Cancer Bake Sale Fundraiser, you can mail your donation to Holly McNeil, 55 Fowler Ave, Northbridge, MA 01534. Make checks payable to Soccer for Kids' Sake or Team Malia and write Malia in the memo. 100% of all donations are under lock and key in Malia's non-profit at Bank  of America until Malia needs it for her treatments that are not covered by insurance. Or log onto maliacrushes cancer. com and click on donate. We are still looking for people to volunteer to bake for the October 1st and 2nd Malia Crushes Cancer Bake Sale at Water's Farm in Sutton.  We are also looking for people to donate items to be raffled.  If you would like to donate a raffle item (gift card, golf outings, anything at all) or volunteer to bake, please email Holly at holly.mcneil@gmail. com. - Holly McNeal; Sutton


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International Rodeo comes to Uxbridge A new international opportunity is coming soon to the Blackstone Valley! On September 10th and 11th, the BICA International Rodeo will open to fuse good old American country and the Latino vacero (cowboy) culture.

Watch as 35 cowboys compete to win the International Cowboy Association (BICA) Title and reign as the elite until next year. The cowboys are purposefully chosen to represent the diverse communities found internationally and

Savers Bank sets up fund for family of drowning victim

Savers bank has started a fund for the Hanna family after 43 year-old Uxbridge father, Sarwat Hanna drowned trying to pull his 6-year-old son out of Meadow Pond last Tuesday. Hanna leaves behind wife Rajaa Maximous, 3year-old daughter, Mary Hanna and 6year-old son, Youssef Hanna. Savers Bank has opened the account with its own donation. You can make monetary donations at any of the bank's six branch locations listed below or mail your contribution by check, payable to Sarwat Hanna Family Memorial Fund,

mailed to Savers Bank, 6 North Main Street, Uxbridge MA 01569. The bank encourages your support for this family at this difficult time. With offices in Southbridge, Uxbridge, Auburn, Grafton, Charlton and Sturbridge, Savers Bank is a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Federal Home Loan Bank, the Co-operative Central Bank and the Massachusetts Bankers Association. For more information call 1-800-649-3036 or visit the website at

home here in the U.S. The rodeo not enough to entice? Don’t fret. A large variety of entertainment options are available to visitors, such as a Miss BICA Pageant, concerts, kids sheep rodeo, kids petting zoo, food, games, beer, vendors and more! The Miss BICA Pageant is a two day competition featuring plentiful prizes for the top three contestants. The pageant features approximately 20 lovely young ladies, ages 18 – 25, advertising our own BICA gear. The BICA International Rodeo will host four musical acts – Digger Dawg (from Boston), The Anthony K Band (from Nashville/New York), William and Wilmar (from Brazil) and Paulo Cesare Danilo (from Brazil). The event runs from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. both days. Tickets sold locally throughout Massachusetts, for locations check out . On September 11th, a special ceremony will be held to remember the victims and honor the service men and women

The grand opening event, the BICA International Rodeo, will emphasis the fairgrounds ability as a multi-cultural landmark. The BICA International Rodeo will be held at the International Fairgrounds at 146 Providence St., Uxbridge. For more information contact Jessica Kumor, information above, or visit our website: .

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Town News

Uxbridge V.F.W. host Blood Drive

Sheriff Evangelidis celebrates his birthday by giving back Sheriff Evangelidis doesn’t celebrate his birthday and hasn’t since he was 9 years old. However, he agreed to a party this year because it was turned into a way to give back to Worcester County. His 50th birthday party was recently held, in Sutton, and those that attended were asked to bring food or monetary donations for the town’s food pantry. The response was overwhelming. The pantry is dedicated to providing food and household essentials to Blackstone Valley families in need. “Nobody looks forward to their 50th birthday but I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than doing something positive for the community. Food Pantries have been hit especially hard during these tough economic times� said Evangelidis. During a recent visit to the Sutton Senior Center and Food Pantry, the Sheriff was honored to present nearly $1000 in cash and checks as well as

dozens of boxes of grocery items to the Center's Director Michelle Edelstein. “I was overwhelmed to have the Sheriff bring so much money, great food and cleaning supplies to our pantry. It was a terrific idea and special gesture to give away his birthday presents� Edelstein said. “We greatly appreciate all of his generosity and support.� The Sutton Food Pantry, located inside the Sutton Senior Center, serves individuals and families that are finding it tough to make ends meet during tough economic times. Currently, the pantry serves fourteen to twenty families per week.  This summer has been particularly rough and many families are in need. The Senior Center has just begun construction on an attachment that will house the pantry. This will provide patrons with their own entrance, rather than going through the Senior Center.

Parents for Safe Graduation announce Yard & Bake Sale

Uxbridge Parents for Safe Graduation 2012 will be holding a Yard & Bake Sale on Saturday, September 10th at St. Mary's Church on Mendon Road (Route 16) in Uxbridge between 8:00

a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The night of Safe Graduation is a drug and alcohol free celebration for the UHS senior class.  Thank you, in advance, for supporting 2012 PSG.



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Douglas prepares for Octoberfest The Douglas Octoberfest Committee is pleased to announce Douglas Octoberfest will take place on Saturday, October 1st. We are currently seeking entertainment, vendors, sponsors, and volunteers to help continue the excellent tradition of this signature event. Last year Douglas Octoberfest welcomed over 7,000 people from all over the Blackstone Valley to Main Street in Douglas for this family friendly event. At 9:00am on October 1st we will once again close off Main Street with two

performance stages and the streets will fill with vendors, music, rides, games, and more. This year's event will also feature "15 Minutes of Fame," a special entertainment segment in which local musicians will have the opportunity to showcase their talent. Â If interested in a vendor spot, volunteering, or if interested in performing, email us at douglas_octoberfest@, or visit for more information.


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The best equipment Milford Regional’s significant investment provides the Whitinsville location with the most clinically advanced, state-of-the-art rehabilitation equipment. This investment includes the region’s only Trazer, a breakthrough technology that connects strength training and aerobic conditioning to meet the needs of all ages in work, leisure and sports activities. Whether you are eight or 80, the Trazer can dramatically improve movement skills.

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Troop 1122 Yard Sale Troop 1122 Uxbridge will be holding a yard sale on Saturday, October 1st at St. Mary's Church on Rt. 16 between 9:00 - 1:00 p.m. If interested in a table contact Lisa Ahern (508) 278-3221 for more info. Thank you for your continued support to the scouting program. &

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Ride for Kayla Scholarship Fund Chestnut Hill Community Assn to host B-B-Q

Since Kayla passed, her mom Cindy, NOT JUST FOR BIKES! ALL are WELCOME!  On September 17th there step dad Dennis Martin and Brother will be a benefit for the Kayla Palker John Palker started bike runs in her memory.  The family feels they Scholorship Fund. The ride need to keep Kayla’s memory begins at 9:30 a.m. for registraalive and also give back to the tion and the ride will leave at 11 community through supporting a.m. rain or shine from the VFW kids who want to go to college. Post 1385, 13 Cross St, UxEach year this fundraiser gets bridge. If you don’t ride, come bigger and it’s great to see all the on down for dinner & raffles at support.  The family would like 5 p.m. New Bay Colony will begin playing at 6 p.m. Kayla Palker to congratulate last year’s scholarship winners: Abigail Amaral, Kayla died in a car crash on November 24th, 2007.  Kayla was a Blackstone Valley Tech,  Zachary senior at Douglas High School but Chupka, Douglas High, Tyler Stewart, attending Quinsigamond Community Oxford High and Adam Hashey, College receiving high school and col- Oxford High.  Also thanks so much to all of last lege credits.  She was a very enthusiastic girl and touched so many lives. year’s sponsors and a big thank you for Kayla’s passion was cheerleading all our family and friends who have which she had done for 6 years and supported this fundraiser the past few competed nationally.  Her dream was to years. It couldn’t be done without any attend Sulfolk University after gradua- of you. For updates go online to: www.kaylasride. com. tion. 

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The Chestnut Hill Community Association, Inc. is nestled up on the hill, as the town folk call it. To be precise it’s 285 Chestnut Hill Rd. in Millville. This organization was formed and built in 1952 by a handful of area men and children, supported by their wives with the intention of helping the community and fellow man, as needed. This organization has been supported by these men and women all these years and provided the community with helpful information, support, and fellowship. During the years these “Men’s and Women’s” group held numerous events such as: square dances, whist parties, children’s Christmas and Halloween parties, pitch leagues, horseshoe leagues, Applefests

– selling the members home made apple pies and baked goods, and the Clarice Daniels Southwick Memorial Scholarship of $500, and the Tom Lyons Scholarship of $200 given each year. Some of these events have dwindled or suffered over the years, only because of the economy. One event that lives on is our Annual Family Chicken Barbeque, being held this September 10th, from 1-3:30 p.m., with the chicken being cooked over the fire pit by Bob Aguiar and friends. Bob will again this year put up his huge tent for your convenience and comfort for this event. Also on the agenda is entertainment, surprises, bake sale, raffles galore, zoo raffles. Once again this is our biggest fundraiser, and in these try-

ing economic times this is a wonderful way for family, neighbors, and friends to gather and enjoy the day the old fashioned way, together. Tickets for this event are on sale now and may be purchased from any member or by calling 508-883-7426. Also, some tickets will be made available for purchase at Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, but all tickets must be purchased by September 5th for an accurate count. There will be NO tickets available on the day of the BBQ. Tickets for adults are $12 each, children 9 and under are $9, and once again we will provide a hot dog meal for $4 for young folks, or smaller appetites. So, come one and all and enjoy the food and festivities!

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OBiTuaries lavallee MANCHAUG - Henry (Sonny) Lavallee passed away peacefully, and free from pain, at his home on August 1st. He is now together again with Doris, his loving and loved wife of 57 years, who passed away in 2005. Henry is survived by his five children; Carol Smith, wife of Joe Smith of Manchaug, Laurie Ballou, wife of JR Ballou of Douglas, Greg (Bunka) Lavallee and Lisa Lavallee of Manchaug, and Henry A. Lavallee of Douglas, 8 grandchildren; Tammy Booker, Tony Smith, Kim Putnam, Nick Smith, Chris Smith, Melissa Ballou, Heidi Belanger and Joshua Lavallee, 13 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild, 1 sister, 1 brother, and many nieces and nephews. Sonny, the name most people knew him by, was born in Manchaug on May 23, 1924, and lived in Manchaug all of his life. He was the son of Albert and Vernie (Wilson) Lavallee, who along with 3 brothers and 1 sister predeceased him. After high school he joined the United States Navy as a gunners mate and served aboard the USS Helena, the USS Augusta, and the USS Healy. He was proud of his service to his country, and often spoke with pride of being aboard the escort ship for General Patton in the Mediterranean. After his discharge, Sonny worked as

a card fixer at Heyward Mill, and as an electrical assembler at Whitin Machine Works. Sonny enjoyed a life with much love and laughter in it. He and Doris always had a house full of family, and the door was always open to a friend. They enjoyed dancing, fishing, yard sales, their once a month trip to the casino, and all family gatherings. After losing the love of his life, Sonny spent most days lunching at Burger King with his buddies and his side-kick; his sister “Fiffin”. You knew it was Sonny because he always sat in the back and always wore his USS Helena baseball cap. He and “Fiffin” also spent time each week visiting their brother “Slim” at Beaumont Nursing Home, and their once a month visit to the casino. Evenings were spent with family or watching the Red Sox games. Sonny will be deeply missed, but his love will be with his family always.

Departie WHITINSVILLE - Robert E. Departie, 67, of Whitinsville died Friday, August 12th in St. Camillus Health Center, Northbridge from complications of pulmonary fibrosis. He was the husband of Dorothy M. (Quinn) Departie. He was employed for 37 years with National Grid working throughout New England. A resident of Whitinsville for the past 8 years, he had previously been a longtime resident of Uxbridge.

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muello UxBRIDGE - Caitlin (Pierce) Muello, 59, of Uxbridge died August 12, 2011 in the Rose Monahan Hospice Center, Worcester. Ms. Muello was born February 13, 1952 in Framingham, the daughter of the late Lincoln and Margaret (Knight) Pierce. She was a graduate of Sarasota High School, Florida and studied at Manatee Jr. College, Sarasota, FL. She was a longtime member of the African Violet Society, loved riding horses, and loved all animals. She volunteered and also worked at the United Sarasota/Bradenton Humane Society. Caitlin was a believer in the Lord, possessed a strong faith and was compassionate to all. She had lived in many areas throughout Middlesex and Worcester County areas. Ms. Muello is survived by one son, Gabriel M. Muello of Providence; one daughter Faith M. Muello of Grafton; Mark Muello of Weston, two sisters; Marlin Pierce Anderson of Carmel, Indiana and Robin P. Hirst of Marina del Rey, California, and 6 nephews.

Grief Support Group starting in October at Milford COA The VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford will hold a 6 session Grief Support Group starting Thursday, October 6th. There has been a positive community response to this Grief Support Group series with a high

Remembering September 11th A concert of music and word marking the 10th anniversary of September 11th will be presented by the choir of First Congregational Church of Sutton under the direction of Mr. Erik Johnson on Sunday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church located at 307 Boston Road in Sutton.

turnout. The group is available to individuals who have lost a loved one and are seeking support with their grief and mourning. Each individual’s experience of grief is unique and lifelong. Participants will support each other by listening and sharing stories, reflecting on things that helped others in coping with loss. Participants will learn various coping strategies. Meetings will be held on Thursdays at the Milford Council on Aging from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Margie Gonzalez, LICSW, is the bereavement counselor for the VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford and will be leading the support group. Interested individuals should contact Margie at the VNA at 508-473-0862 in order to pre-register.

MRMC meeting to discuss “Taste of the Towns” benefit The next meeting of the Milford Regional Medical Center is scheduled for September 13th at 9:30 a.m. in conference room A at MRMC. The mission of the Auxiliary is to provide the Medical Center, its patients, and community with support through fundraising efforts. This meeting agenda will include preparations for our upcoming fundraiser. On Wednesday, September 21st the Auxiliary will present Taste of the Towns at The Portuguese Club, 118 Prospect Heights, Milford. The event will include tastes from the menus of the following local restaurants, Aglia, Alicante, Blue Dog Restaurant, Dunkin Donuts, E, Frescos, Hannaford, J&L Catering, Little White Market, Mango’s, Mendon Diner, Nonnie Rose Bakery, Oliva’s, Panera Bread, Purchase St. Market, Restaurant

45, 89 Centrale Trattoria, Wanokura. Tickets are available at the MRMC Gift Shop, 14 Prospect St., Milford or call Grace Lavallee at 508-473-4493. Cost is $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. Proceeds from this event will support MRMC Diabetes Services. Along with the great food, there will be raffles, 50/50 and comradely of many. The next event of the Auxiliary will be the New Member Tea, on October 27th at the Hopedale Community House. Any adult interested in learning more about the Auxiliary and supporting Milford Regional Medical Center, please contact us at 508-422-2099 and request an invitation to join us for tea. This tea will acknowledge all new members and accept applications for new members.


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Fowler joins New Uxbridge Times as Sutton/Millbury Sales Representative Jamie says “Call me at my home Tax in Whitinsville, selling real estate at ERA Key in Whitinsville, supporting office at (508) 278-5570 to place an ad. Driven to maximize whatever spare Cub Scout Pack 25 as a committee I work seven days a week, mornings time is given her, Jamie Fowler of member and den leader, becoming a and evenings. I will always do my best Uxbridge, is now able to member of the Blackstone to work with the customer’s schedule expand her busy schedule Valley Women’s Club locat- and be available at their convenience.” by including the selling of Prior to moving to Uxbridge when ed in Sutton and blocking ads for The New Uxbridge out some “study time” as a she was 6, she lived in Hopedale and Times. The energetic, enjunior “on-line” at Kaplan most likely, will be pursuing some ads thusiastic sales representaUniversity, studying foren- out there, too, because as she said, tive for the paper says she sic accounting. She already “Although I have been given four is eager to “increase our has her calendar circled for towns in which to sell ads I can also go presence in Sutton, Millher graduation date...Jan- to ‘surrounding towns;’ so, I’m checkbury, Grafton, and Upton ing every possible lead.” uary 2013. by having more ‘drop locaThe new sales representative said she Jamie recently started her tions’ for the Uxbridge Jamie Fowler position and says she has already hears a lot of praise for the Times, as well as helping already made a number of sales but paper and is aware that many of you area businesses increase their presence wants to “increase” her customer base save the paper for the entire month with advertising.” and asks readers, her family and friends until the next issue, unusual in view of Those of you facing “full calendars to pass on any leads going into 2012 & beyond” can relate they may have. She to Jamie’s capacity to make the most of and her parents, every day by feeling good about your Denver and Doris accomplishments for that day. She is a Savage, of Uxmother of two sons, Shane 9, and bridge, sisters, Kris Deven four and a half, she was a past and Kim of are Vice-President of the Uxbridge Ele- already “prospectHeather McKeon Mawn mentary PTO and is still an active ing” for leads, member. She fills her days in driving a along with her husschool bus, preparing taxes at Liberty band, Jay. 508-479-5874

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people customarily “tossing papers out soon after they read them.” “This is a great paper and I am happy to be part of the staff and look forward to helping expand The New Uxbridge Times into new areas!” Kathy Mussulli, Publisher/Owner of The New Uxbridge Times is very

pleased to have Jamie on board. “Jamie has experience in sales and with her outgoing nature; I feel she will be a great fit here. We are excited to see the development of the Sutton-Millbury territory and hope readers enjoy seeing new local shops and restaurants to patronize.”

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The Big E has everything you could imagine - including the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Tourism Association. For the first time, the association will have a table on the lawn of the Massachusetts pavilion at the Big E, the largest fair in the Northeast. The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Tourism Association hosts events that promote tourism in the beautiful Blackstone Valley. Visit the association table from 9 am to 5 pm Thursday, September 22nd, which just happens to be Massachusetts Day at the Big E. The table will be staffed with tourism association members who will provide literature and information showcasing the wonderful attractions and scenic beauty of our 11 towns. Stop by and enter our free raffle. And of course, don’t miss the array of attractions, including the The Big E Super Circus, The Avenue of States, animals, competitive exhibits, rides, crafts and food from around the world. For more, visit


Labor Day Breakfast scheduled The First Congregational Church of Sutton will host its 58th Annual Labor Day Breakfast on Monday, September 5th from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. (continual seating) on Sutton Center Common.    Donations for tickets are:  $8 adults; $7 “Golden-agers” 65 and older; $5 children ages 6-12; and free ages 5 and under.  Tickets will be available the morning of the Breakfast.  Raffle tickets will be available for $1 each or six tickets for $5. Donations of canned goods are encouraged to benefit  the Sutton Senior Center Food Pantry.  Anyone donating an item will receive a free raffle ticket. All proceeds will help finance church programs.

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Legislators & Celtics honor Jody Whyte Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, and Rep. John Fernandes, D-Milford, had the privilege of joining with the Boston Celtics to honor Jody Whyte as one of the 2011 "Heroes Among Us" award recipients, at a ceremony held recently at the State House. Jody will never forget the night of December 20, 2010. Milford High School's hockey team had a game against Nipmuc and suddenly 15-year old Tyler Symes was hit in the chest with a hockey puck and instantly collapsed on the ice. With alarm pulsing through the arena, Jody and a few other good Samaritans immediately rushed to his aid. Thankfully, because of her training in CPR, Jody was able to successfully revive Tyler's heartbeat with the help of a defibrillator. "Jody's actions were nothing less than heroic," Sen. Moore stated. "Without her quick thinking and without the aid of a defibrillator, this story could have ended tragically." "Jody truly is a "Hero Among Us," added Moore. "I am so honored to recognize the courageous actions of Jody Whyte, whose CPR training and rapid response in utilizing a defibrillator helped save the life of a 15year old before emergency personnel could render assistance," stated Rep. Fernandes.

The Heroes Among Us program is one of the premier community outreach programs in professional sports. Established as an initiative of the Boston Celtics in 1997, Heroes Among Us honors individuals who have made an overwhelming impact on the lives of others.

Hospice seeking volunteers Have you ever thought of becoming a Hospice care volunteer? SALMON Hospice Care, part of SALMON Health and Retirement, is seeking volunteers 16 years or older to donate their time assisting the Hospice team by serving patients and families through their supportive and caring presence. An information session will be held Tuesday, September 20th from 6 to 7:00 p.m. at Whitney Place Adult Day Health Center, 65 Beaumont Drive in Northbridge for those interested to meet Hospice staff and learn more.

lOCal HerO (l-r) sen. richard T. moore, D-uxbridge, award recipient Jody Whyte, Jody's parents Carol & Vincent Whyte, and rep. John Fernandes, D-milford, present citations honoring Jody on being named one of the 2011 Heroes among us recipients recently at a ceremony held at the state House.


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Stone promoted to Executive Director of Youth Villages Mass. and N.H. compliance, program development and fundraising efforts for Youth Villages Massachusetts and New Hampshire.     Stone previously served the organization as state manager, leading Youth Villages’ efforts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.   His career at Youth Villages began as a teacher-counselor at a Youth Villages residential treatment campus. He eventually managed eight Youth Villages group homes before starting up Youth Villages’ intensive in-home services and transitional living programs in Massachusetts and, more recently, New

Matt Stone of Uxbridge, has been promoted to executive director of Youth Villages Massachusetts and New Hampshire, a private nonprofit with the mission to help children with emotional, behavioral and mental health issues and their families live successfully. In his new position, Stone will continue to oversee Youth Villages’ operations in Massachusetts, leading a team of more than 70 staff dedicated to helping more than 200 children and families, as well as more than 100 former foster youth across the Commonwealth this year. Stone also heads program


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musician and composer, Stone has won several awards for theatrical sound design. Stone holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of Memphis. He and his wife, Kristen, a clinical psychologist with Women and Infants Hospital and Brown Alpert Medical School, are the parents of Gabriel, 3, and a newborn daughter, Shea.      Youth Villages provides intensive inhome services to help children and families where they need help most: in their own homes. By strengthening the entire family, Youth Villages helps prevent children from being placed into foster care or residential treatment, and helps children who have already been placed outside the home to reunify quickly and safely with a member of their birth family whenever possible.     Youth Villages’ transitional living program provides guidance and support to former foster youth in the Commonwealth as they transition into independent adulthood, helping them learn to budget, finish high school, find their first job and apartment, go on to higher education, stay out of trouble with the law and achieve their life goals.      Youth Villages consistently produces outcomes twice as high as the national average at only about one-third the cost of traditional child services.  Youth Villages began providing services in Massachusetts in 2007. Today, Youth Villages Massachusetts has offices in Plymouth, Woburn, Lawrence, Worcester and West Springfield.  Named one of the Top 50 Nonprofits to Work For by Nonprofit Times and Best Companies Group in 2010 and 2011, Youth Villages has been recognized by Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report, and was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising resultsoriented nonprofit organizations.

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Inexpensive Electronic Recycling The much anticipated Electronic and More Recycling Day is here! Need to get rid of an old computer monitor? Have a broken air conditioner in the closet or broken hot water heater in the basement? For a nominal fee you can drop off various electronic items and appliances at Uxbridge High School parking lot, 62 Capron Street on Saturday, October 22nd, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. No need to even get out of your car! Students will move items from your truck or back seat to the collection area. The funds raised goes directly to the Uxbridge High School Yearbook. This opportunity is open to anyone in the Black-

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mia lockhead helps stock the mendon Food Pantry, with the assistance of her mother, Chris and younger sister, with food donations she received from her sixth birthday party, instead of receiving gifts. The mendon Food Pantry is located at the mendon senior Center and is administered by the Council on aging serving mendon families and individuals of all ages. it is extremely grateful for donations received from the public. Donations can be made monday-Friday during senior Center hours 8:30-3:30 or dropped off at the mendon Post Office during business hours.

stone Valley area and there is no limit to the number of items you can drop off. Shop around… we have the cheapest rates in the Valley! Here are some examples of our excellent pricing: Computer Monitor $5, Printers $5, Microwave $5, Washing Machine $15, TV $15, Extra Large TV $20, Stove $15, AC $15, Refrigerator $25, Fax Machine $5, Keyboard $1, cell phones free. We can’t list all the items we accept but we can take almost anything that can be plugged in. Call if you have any questions. Recycling Collection Day is a joint partnership between the Uxbridge High School and the Uxbridge Board of Health. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Karin Knapik at 508-259-5369.

The People First Food Pantry will be sponsoring their 2nd Annual Italian Dinner on September 24th. The event will be held at the Progressive Club 18 Whitin St. Uxbridge from 6-10 p.m. Ticket cost is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. Dinner includes pasta, lasagna, stuffed shells, meatballs, salad, rolls, coffee and dessert. Drinks are available for purchase. Entertainment provided by Musically Reclined. Tickets are available by contacting the food pantry at 508-278-5506. Come enjoy a night of dinner, music and fellowship! All proceeds from this event will benefit the food pantry.

Mill Church Café posts schedule 9/2/11 NBJ (Nothin’ But Jesus) A long time New England favorite worship band. Originals and covers. NBJ is an awesome tight band who’s glue is no doubt the King of Kings.  9/9/11  John Polce John Polce brings a sweet spirtit of praise and thanksgiving to the altar as a solo singer/songwriter and guitarist. We absolutely love having him at the Mill Church Cafe and if you come out you will find out why! 9/16/11  John Dumont Back for his second night of ministry, John has a unique and anointed gift of songwriting and playing style.  His songs are clear cut and straight from the heart of God.  We are looking forward to having him back! 9/23/11  FTI (Fighting the Influence) Come experience a special night of worship with Fighting The Influence, a four piece indie pop-rock band from Southeastern MA, blends a unique wide-range of rock vocals, driving guitars, catchy synth melodies, and meaningful Christian lyrical content, to cultivate a sound that makes this band exceptionally, a cut above the rest. 9/30/11  Open Mic Whether you sing, dance, do drama, write poetry or whatever.... your Christ Centered gift participation is welcome! Always a fun and interesting evening! The Mill Church Café is located at 45 River St. in Millbury.

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Wanderlust Farewell to Uncle Bill By Bob Haigis A recent trip to the Augusta, Maine area provided Peg and I with a nice couple of days off, and at the same time solved for her a family mystery that had been on-going for nearly forty years: Where was Uncle Bill buried? Over the years, Peg would mention the name occasionally, and the tales of the strong, tall, handsome blue-eyed Irishman nearly always ended with something like: “My mum and I always wondered just where he had died and was buried. All anybody knew was that his last known location was someplace in Maine, most likely in potato country: Aroostook County.” Peg’s mom always wanted to visit his grave and leave some


flowers for her big brother, but she had passed away without fulfilling her wish. Once and a while, Peg would hint that she also, would like to find him. Her mother came over from Ireland around ten years or so after Bill emigrated in the early nineteenth century. Although her mum came from a very large family, Bill was the only uncle Peg ever knew. Her earliest recollections were of a handsome and friendly chap who showed up infrequently and unannounced to visit with his “little” sister. If Bill learned anything before he arrived at Ellis Island, it was farming and hard work. With those two skills, he never had any problem finding work in the suburbs of Boston. Peg recalls that they wouldn’t see anything of Bill for months. Then “the thirst would come upon him” and he would leave his job, get on a bus and inevitably would show up at her home. He normally arrived with fruits of the farm - eggs, chickens, and produce,

singing at the top of his lungs. He’d stay a day or two, usually keeping Peg’s house and the neighbors in an uproar all the while, and then back to the farm again. Some time around the late 60’s, Bill headed off to Aroostook County Maine with a family he had kind of adopted (or rather they adopted him) and was never heard from again. Then, word came in 1972 that Bill had died at eighty two years of age. Peg’s family was saddened to hear of his passing, but had no information of just where in Maine he was buried. As I related above, Peg would pass on the tale to just about everyone in our family, if for no other reason just so they would know something of their heritage. Once in awhile she hinted to me that she would like to find the grave, and fulfill her mom’s wishes. Not too long ago, we were looking for someplace to take off to and see some new country, and I decided it was time to find Uncle Bill. It didn’t

take me long looking at a map of Maine; especially Aroostook County to realize that to just go up there blind would be like searching for a dime “someplace” on the bottom of the ocean. Through a friend of ours here in town, Mike Potaski, who has an active hobby in genealogy, we learned a lot about Uncle Bill that we hadn’t known before. Mike knew just where to search, and which buttons on the computer to push to reveal a wealth of information. What really made the day for us was when he gave us the great news that Bill hadn’t died as far up north as we had previously thought, but rather in a hamlet near Augusta. Boy, now that really narrowed down the area to search, and saved us months of fruitless searching. Thank you, Mike. I was still a little skeptical as to whether the “Uncle Bill” Mike had found was really ours, but Peg was satisfied that it was. So, it was off to Augusta, to see what we could find. Mike had learned that Bill had died in the little town of Whitefield not too far East of Augusta, on October 20th, 1972 and was probably buried there. I decided to take the project one step further and called the town hall in Whitefield, but didn’t learn too much. We realized we wouldn’t find out much more until we got to the area. The country roads around Whitefield are no place to doze off while driving I learned early on. It amazed me that a town so close to the capital of a state would be so rural. Of course I’m sure it was nowhere near as rural as we would have found Aroostook County if we had ever wound up there, but still it was rural enough for us. The day we arrived in the area turned out to be nothing short of frustrating. Aside from seeing some nice rural countryside, we really accomplished nothing as to finding Bill’s resting place. In cruising the area, we wound up in the neighboring town of Windsor, and stopped at the town hall there. The town clerk was really helpful in giving us information on the small, local cemeteries, and thought that Bill might even be buried in Windsor. We checked out several including the Dyer Hill Cemetery in Windsor with no luck, and tired and disgusted headed to our motel. Over dinner, if for no other reason but to cheer us both up, I remarked to Peg that I thought next morning before we headed home we would go to the library in Augusta and see if they might have any microfiche of old newspaper obituaries. It turned out to be gold. We hooked up with a really pleasant and knowledgeable attendant in the continued on next page


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WaNDerlusT continued from page 14 State Library just behind the State House, which by the way is a magnificent structure. Within fifteen minutes she found the obituary which left no doubt in Peg’s mind that indeed her Uncle Bill had died nearby.

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Only a few minutes later and the lady verified that Bill was buried in the small cemetery in Windsor that we had searched in vain the previous day. Was she sure we queried? “Absolutely!” she replied. The document giving the location she showed us was hand written she told us, “and copied directly from the grave marker”. Oh boy! What a lift from the frustration of the previous day. Even though we had checked stone by stone and had found nothing, we headed back to Windsor and Dyer Hill Cemetery. On the way we stopped and purchased a flowering plant to mark the grave with. Although the roads were a little familiar this trip, it still required full attention to duty. We arrived, and within a few minutes I found it: A flat stone marker declaring that William J Vahey was indeed a permanent resident of Windsor Maine. And thus ended a nearly forty year old family mystery. We borrowed a shovel from a family that lived next door to the cemetery to plant the flower. I walked back to our car to get my camera so we could prove to the rest of the clan that we really did find Bill. As I started back to where Peg was standing at the grave, I saw her take a little flask out of her purse, and sprinkle something on the ground. “Oh my” I said to my self, “she must have brought some holy water along just to make it official. Isn’t that nice.” When I asked her about it, she replied that it wasn’t holy water, but just a wee drop of, that she said Uncle Bill would appreciate. So, with “baby sister’s” wishes finally realized, Peg and I headed home. As we returned to Rte. 95 we had to pass close to the Capital building once again, and we both agreed that we would love to return and spend some time touring the structure and the rest of Augusta. And of course make a visit to Uncle Bill.

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St. Camillus to hold Evening at the Mansion St. Camillus Health Center, 447 Hill Street, Whitinsville, will hold its 6th Annual “Evening at the Mansion” on Friday, September 23rd, from 6:309:00 p.m. in the Fr. Turci Manor. This Autumn Wine and Beer Tasting Event is a fundraiser whose proceeds will be used to continue to make necessary capital improvements that will positively impact the lives of our residents. This elegant evening consists of fine beer and wines, provided by Friendly Discount Liquors, hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, specialty desserts, silent auction and raffle items and entertainment. This event has become one of

the most anticipated evenings of the fall season and tickets are currently available at the reception desk at St. Camillus (or by calling 508-2347306), at Friendly Dis-count Liquors in Whitins-ville, or at Wine ordered that evening will be discounted by 20% and beer by 10%. Tickets for the event are $45 but reduced ticket prices and groups discounts are in effect until September 16th. Tickets are limited to 125 so early purchase is recommended as this event sold out last year.

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St. Patrick’s parish will be celebrating its Nineteenth Fall Festival on Saturday, September 17th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be held in the Parish grounds on Cross Street in Whitinsville, across from the Church, with many different areas adding to the festivities. Rain or shine. The festival grounds will have numerous areas of entertainment and fun including: A Silent Auction with many popular items for bid. A kids area with new games, prizes and a Moonwalk. The


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Second Annual Ride For Fun Throughout the summer motorcyclists have been participating in many charitable rides by donating thousands of dollars. Riders enjoy helping the many worthwhile causes by donating their time and money. Now it is time to ride for you. A "fun ride" will take place on Saturday, October 8th, with signups at 9:30 am - 10:30 am. The ride will leave the VFW on Route 16 in Uxbridge at 11am.


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The Play’s the Thing among other things The Shakespeare Club of Grafton is ready to launch its 23rd year with a Kick Off Meet and Greet to be held on Sunday, September 11th, at the Brigham Hill Community Barn on Wheeler Rd, N. Grafton, at 5:30 p.m.. This is an opportunity for old friends and new to welcome enthusiastically a new season of fun and study of the Bard’s life, works and times. Each year The Shakespeare Club of Grafton selects three of four plays for in depth study. Among this year’s selections are Much Ado About Nothing and As You Like It. A producer leads discussion and adds insights while the characters are cast from among the members. Reading the play aloud is a regular feature of the meetings. Other frequent diversions include speakers, films and live performances by members and guests. A highlight of the year is the celebration of

William Shakespeare’s birthday in April, a costume ball filled with good food, games, music and delightful doings including the crowning of a King and Queen to reign over festivities. Last season’s King and Queen were Sheila and Bill Granger of Grafton, entertainment was provided by the Wayside In-Steppers, and the event was catered by the Buggy Whip. The Annual Business Meeting and Elections were held at the Willard Clock Museum in May. New Officers include Cathy Thornton, President; Priya Rathnam, Vice President; Donna Coleman, Secretary; Diana Sullivan, Treasurer; Sheila Granger, Archivist; Peg Ferraro, Casting Director. While the club’s title includes Grafton, membership is not confined to that locale. To join a lively group of folks from various backgrounds who enjoy reading, studying, discussing and sharing the Elizabethan experience, call 508-340-6152 or check out

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Milford Regional named a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report Milford Regional Medical Center has been recognized as one of the region’s top ranking hospitals in the Worcester Metropolitan area in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011- 2012 Best Hospitals rankings, available online at The rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale August 30. The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals

the regional hospital rankings include hospitals with solid performance nearly at the level of nationally ranked institutions. “These are hospitals we call ‘high performers.’ They are fully capable of giving most patients first-rate care, even if they have serious conditions or need demanding procedures,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health

teers. I’d like to congratulate all of them for this honor,” states Edward J. Kelly, president of Milford Regional. “This recognition affirms our continuous efforts to provide leading-edge diagnostics, clinical excellence and state-of-the-art treatments to our patients.” Covering 94 metro areas in the U.S.,






Rankings Editor. “Almost every major metro area has at least one of these hospitals.” Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties- death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they con-

sider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in. The rankings cover 16 medical specialties and all 94 metro areas that have at least 500,000 residents and at least one hospital that performed well enough to be ranked.

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Republican Town Committees plan Fall Family BBQ Area Republican Town Committees are having a Fall Family BBQ on Sunday, September 18th at the Blackstone Valley Beagle Club located at 135 Walnut Street in Douglas from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to meet conservatives in the

Blackstone Valley including local GOP officials and find out how you can help with the 2012 Election. For further information or tickets, contact Jennifer Modica at (508) 278-7363. Limited tickets available the day of the event.

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Milford Regional welcomes pediatrician, Elena Dragoi, MD to our active medical staff. She has joined Dr. Sang Chung in his practice in Whitinsville. Dr. Dragoi earned her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Iasi, Romania in 1995. She performed her residency in pediatrics at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Patterson, NJ, an affiliate of Mount Sinai Medical School, NY. Dr. Dragoi continued her training with a fel-

lowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at Long Island Jewish Hospital, New Hyde Park, NY. “At Milford Regional we know the health of the children in our community is paramount. We feel so fortunate to welcome Dr. Elena Dragoi to our terrific staff of highly trained pediatricians,” states Edward J. Kelly, president, Milford Regional Medical Center. Board certified in pediatrics, Dr. Dragoi practiced at Willimantic Pediatrics PC, Willimantic, CT prior to joining Dr. Chung in Whitinsville. She is fluent in Spanish and Romanian. Dr. Dragoi can be reached by calling 508234-7311.

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This fundraising event will be held on Saturday, September 24th from 9:00 am till 1:00 p.m. on the Uxbridge Town Common located at the intersection of Route 16 and Route 122. The B.V. Cats, Inc. is a non-profit organization that reaches out to the countless numbers of abandoned, stray and feral cats living in the Blackstone Valley and surrounding communities. Our mission is: To strive for cleaner, safer homes and neighborhoods in which families, felines and others can co-exist in harmony by providing compassionate care and control of cat overpopulation.

tina's Story... Hello my name is Tina; I love to go for car rides and long walks. I love to play with my toy Kong filled with peanut butter; it helps to keep me out of trouble. I have learned to crate and also have been working on crate training. I would like to go hiking and camping and all out exploring. Most of all I would love a forever home where I can grow old and snuggle up with my new forever family. Breed: Greyhound/Pointer Mix Color: White Age: Puppy Size: Med. 26-60 lbs (12-27 kg) Sex: Female - I am already spayed. 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. Phone (508) 476-1855; visit www.dogorphans. com or Email

We raise money to provide desperately needed veterinary care and spaying/neutering services for feral, lost & abandoned cats. Please visit our website at A limited number of spaces for the yard

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singing 25 classic Simon & Garfunkel songs in perfect harmony. Simon and Garfunkel are not currently touring and hearing their music performed live is truly a rare opportunity. This show will be a treat that any Simon & Garfunkel fan will value discovering and will truly enjoy attending.

AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle have been performing this remarkable tribute to the music of “Simon & Garfunkel” for more than a decade and their sold out shows prove the effect on their audiences is undeniable. A chance meeting in 1991, in a local club in  Bethlehem, PA, brought these two talented artists together. A brief introduction and  moments later they were blending their voices as if they had been performing together for a lifetime. AJ’s warm baritone and Jonathan’s soaring tenor combine flawlessly to  capture the essence and magic of “Simon & Garfunkel’s” sound of the early years in Greenwich Village. With a quiet stage and an acoustic guitar, A.J. and Jonathan recreate the memories of the classic hits and obscure songs of “Simon & Garfunkel.”  Discover why audiences are cheering for this duo as they capture - the magic of “Simon and Garfunkel.” Simon & Garfunkel Retrospective will be performed on Saturday, September 10th at 8:00 PM. The show will be held at The Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket. Tickets are

Alpha Introduction to the Christian Faith begins The Alpha introductory course to Christianity begins Wed., September 7th, at 5:45 pm to 8:00 pm at the Pleasant Street Church, 25 Cross St, Whitinsville. The course is for people interested in finding out what Christianity is all about and for asking any and every question about God, the Bible, or any aspect of the Christian faith. Each Alpha session begins with a free

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On Saturday, September 10th 2011 (9/10/11 what a date!) the Stadium Theatre will be hosting a very interesting show called “Simon & Garfunkel Retrospective”. Two talented artists named A.J. Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle will pay tribute to Simon & Garfunkel’s legendary career by

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Finally! By mark Hare I was happy to check my emails this past month and have some messages from readers with questions. Now, I don’t know if this makes me an official "expert" or not, but I've been strutting around telling anyone that will listen that I am. So, this month, I'm excited to offer up my first "Ask the CarGuy Town Hall Meeting” where we can cover some quick questions from concerned readers. Here goes…

"Dear sir, what's the deal with service engine soon lights and Tire Pressure lights? When do i need to panic?" –T.B. Douglas, MA Ok, first, let me throw out the disclaimer that I don’t want anyone calling me at midnight based on the following answer. Basically, though, here's the rule of thumb: if the Service Engine Soon (SES) light is ON steady, your car knows something you don’t know, and is trying to tell you to bring it in to your service shop as soon as possible. This is like when your wife mentions that the lawn is getting a little long. You should be OK to wait it out a couple days. The trouble comes with a FLASHING SES light. This is your car telling you things are about to go very badly, and you can do some real damage if you keep driving. See your car, like your wife, is smarter than you. So this is like when your wife has hidden your golf clubs and replaced them with a push-mower. There's no avoiding taking care of it right away, if you want to avoid a major problem. Tire pressure monitoring system lights (TPMS) are finicky little fellas. The government passed a law that any vehicle produced after September 2007 had to be equipped with a system that would tell the driver if tire pressures changed. This could mean either low or high. The trouble is, many manufacturers didn’t have a good system in place, and the sensors can be affected by things like changes in the temperature, speed, driving distance and so on. An eyeball test is about the best you can do when your light comes on. Pull over, check your tires, and make sure they are all inflated alright. I recommend buying a tire pressure gauge to keep in your glovebox to be safe. They are cheap, and can at least give you peace of mind until you bring it in to your mechanic.

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the gas engine is forced to kick in to give you the power you need. Technology is changing rapidly, but so far that’s the story. I would analyze the kind of driving you really do most, and find the hybrid system that fits best. If you drive 50 miles on the highway and you work a mile off the exit in Boston, you may not benefit much from a hybrid at all, and can get into a car that gets great highway fuel economy with a gas engine. Also, remember that a Hybrid engine has a whole bunch of different mechanical things going on than a gas engine. You will want to make sure you find a mechanic who knows how to work on one, which means you might have to leave the guy you have trusted for 30 years and seek out someone new. That’s no fun for either of you.

"Where have all the cheap cars gone?" –T.H. Whitinsville, MA There was a time, not too long ago, that you could get a pretty decent car for $4000-$5000. Those days, sadly,

appear to be behind us. The madness of the past few years in the auto industry, and the economy overall, have pushed the cost of "cheap" cars way up. Supply was decreased by the government-sponsored "Cash for Clunkers," a program that helped sell new cars by offering a $4500 trade-in allowance to take older, cheaper cars off the road in 2008. While this gave the new car industry a little shot in the arm, it cut the supply of lower priced vehicles. This happened at the same time as the economy was taking a severe downturn, when more people are looking to purchase a cheaper car, thus increasing demand. What you’ve got there is a perfect storm. The trick to finding a good cheap car is to find something that has been maintained. The good news is that cars now can easily last 150k miles or more, so you don’t have to lock yourself into a "low mileage" car to get something that will serve you well. Unusually low mileage often indicates that a car has sat around a lot, which brings us back to the reason that the lawn got so long

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Why Senator Brown is wrong Dear Editor;

In an August 13 op-ed in the Boston Globe on controlling the debt, Senator Brown echoed the disgust many feel with the bickering in Washington, stressing the need for bipartisan policies to control the debt. Having myself voted for Senator Brown, I was hopeful that the proposals he outlined might indeed represent the type of bipartisanship he ran on during his campaign. I was sorely disappointed to find that his idea of reaching across the aisle was the same as Speaker Boehner’s: unwilling to accept anything less than 98% of his demands. His three suggestions taken together would achieve a “controlled budget” purely through spending cuts, as Republicans wanted during the debt ceiling debate. Sen. Brown asserts on multiple occasions that taxes should not be raised; on the contrary, he suggests that a tax reform package should lower rates! Raising taxes is never popular, but sometimes it is necessary. And when the choice is between either raising the lowest tax rates since at least the year 1950 or gouging Medicare, Medicaid, and education funding, it seems pretty clear which option should be selected. The most ironic part of Sen. Brown’s piece is his desire to both cut taxes and focus on addressing the long-term drivers of the debt. Well, Senator, I have some inconvenient facts for you: by 2019, the Bush tax cuts will be the largest single contributor to the U.S. debt, and taken together, the Bush tax cuts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would account for nearly half of our national debt. I am all for addressing the drivers of the debt, but this would mean ending the Bush-era tax cuts for the very top-tier earners. Take a walk through Boston sometime and talk to the average citizen of Massachusetts; you’ll find that the majority of your constituents are not multi-billionaires and would be in support of raising taxes on the wealthy. Recent polls have found that the country as a whole agrees with me; roughly two out of three Americans support such tax increases. Of course, in your eyes, this would put even more strain on businesses and mega-corporations, which are sitting on their piles of cash because they’re “nervous” about the economic outlook and are already “over-regulated.” If only you and your colleagues expressed the same concern for the other “nervous” constituencies that you are supposed to be representing: the single mother working two jobs trying to make ends meet so she can feed her children; the college student who, even if they manage to find enough loans to pay for school, will be starting their post-undergraduate life with over $100,000 in debt; the countless individuals who have had their homes foreclosed upon by robo-signers. I apologize if I have a difficult time finding sympathy in my heart for corporations who have made record profits and awarded record bonuses to their executives, but refuse to hire because they’re “nervous.” It would be quite a healthy experience for one of these billionaires to trade places with an average citizen to discover what it actually feels like to be “nervous.” In fact, I’d be willing to bet that they’d be terri-

fied. Republicans like yourself can claim all you want that over-regulation kills business. You can deny to your heart’s content that lack of regulation and oversight

was not responsible for the economic quagmire we find ourselves in today as a result of the 2008 collapse. But once again, facts beg to differ. It was the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act by two Republicans, Senator Phil Gramm from Texas and Rep. Jim Leach from Iowa, that broke down the walls between investment banks and depository institutions. One of the arguments against doing this was that risky investments can

lead to enormous losses, which could threaten deposits. And because the government insures deposits, it could be required to pay large sums if depository institutions collapsed as a result of speculation. Sound familiar? It should because this played a role in the larger crisis of 2008, as did lax regulation of predatory lending and a lack of oversight of the credit rating agencies- one of which is now so bold as to downgrade the credit of this country over a crisis it is largely responsible for. Deregulation of business will not solve the unemployment crisis. If anything, it will exacerbate it, only speeding us more rapidly toward the next crash, which the weak Frank-Dodd Act will do little to prevent. We have a consumer economy; we depend upon individuals spending their money. When they do not have money, it is difficult to spend it. We do not need a supply-side solution, we need a demand-side answer. If Sen. Brown truly wants to create jobs and lower the unemployment rate, then he should invest in education and create jobs through the repair of this country’s infrastructure, which desperately needs attention anyways. Invest in clean energy and biotechnology; not only is this increasingly becoming the future of Massachusetts, but if you let it, it could play a role in the future economy of this country. And certainly, make cuts in spending- but do not cut education and other social programs. Instead, cut the bloated defense budget, larger than what the next 19 countries in the world combined spends on defense.

Senator Brown has the right general ideas- cut spending, reform the tax code, and change regulations on banks and businesses. However, every one of his specific solutions is in the wrong direction. We need to slash the defense budget, not social programs. We need to raise taxes on the obscenely rich, not cut them. We need to strengthen regulations on Wall Street if we want to prevent another 2008 collapse. Like the Senator wrote in his piece, both of us, myself included, need to accept that we will not get everything we want. But this means legitimate compromise instead of Republicans issuing a list of demands, willing to crash the entire economy if they don’t get what they want. And it also means that Democrats need to be

more confident in standing their ground; the people are on their side, particularly in regards to raising taxes. Let me assure you Senator; unless you start giving more attention to what the majority of your constituency wants and less to those who give you the most campaign funding, you will lose in 2012. Remember: you win an election by earning the most votes, not the most funding.

- Ryan Normandin Ryan Normandin is a native of Uxbridge and a junior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Political Science and an Opinion Editor of The Tech.

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Purgatory Chasm announces September events The Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, Purgatory Chasm State Reservation announces upcoming events in September. All events are free and open to the public. Please call 508234-9610 for more information. Art at the Brook Saturday, September 3rd: 10:30 – noon Purgatory Brook changes with the weather and may even dry up! It provides an ever-changing background for drawings in your nature journal. Materials provided to make a nature notebook. Nearby is an intersection of trails; you can stay as long as you like, or explore on your own! Chasm Trail Hike Sunday, September 11th, 18th, 25th: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Scramble around boulders and take in the mystery of Purgatory Chasm! Suggested for over the age of 5. Strenuous. Be sure to wear shoes with good tread. Rain cancels, wet rocks will re-route to “Rock Walk” DIY  Nature walk-Discovery Packs Friday - Sunday Call 508-234-9610 to reserve. Create your own adventure by borrowing a "Discovery Pack" backpack filled with great tools, field guides and activity suggestions. These backpacks are park specific, and are seasonally updated with new suggestions on where to hit the trail and have fun exploring. Birds, Bugs, Rocks, Trees,

Caterpillars/Moths and Ponds are some of the topics to discover! Forest Hike Mondays, September 5th: 3-4 p.m. Thursdays, September 15th, 22nd, 29th: 12:00-1:00 Use all your senses to discover the forest! Identify trees by their smell, hear woodland birds, and get a sense of the surrounding woods!  Moderate 1.5 mile hike. Some inclines, roots and rocks peppering the trail. Hike beyond Purgatory Chasm Saturday, September 24th: 10:30-noon   Explore the leafy cathedral beyond Purgatory Chasm on this 2.5 mile fitness hike on rugged trails. Let’s discover glacial features out by Purgatory Brook. Sturdy footwear, snack, water and bug repellent recommended. All ages and friendly dogs on a leash welcome! Meet at Visitor Center. Junior Naturalists Fridays 4:00-5:00 This Friday afternoon series of scavenger hunts will nurture the natural urge to explore! Find objects, make a nature craft to keep. Bug Hunt September 2nd: 4:00-5:00 Safely capture, view, and release bugs of the grassy field & leaf litter critters. wild Bird Bingo Bingo September 9th: 4:00-5:00 Search for bird related items then lis-

ten to woodland songs while making a bird themed nature craft. Cloud Painting September 16th: 4:00-5:00 Learn to identify cloud formations. Paint a chart of your own! Nature Quest September 23rd: 4:00-5:00 Scavenger hunt and craft.

Tree Quest September 30th: 4:00-5:00 Find trees and make a leaf creature out of fallen leaves. Kidleidoscope Kids Mondays, September 12th,19th, 26th: 10:30-11:30 Nature themed story and activity hour for ages 3-5, Siblings welcome! Connect to the great outdoors with nature stories followed by an outdoor activity and craft. Pack a lunch and enjoy the playground. Skull Science Saturdays, September 10th, 24th: 2:00- 2:30 p.m. What features help an animal survive? Find clues in teeth and other aspects of the skull. Stop by the pavilion to participate in this interactive dis-

play. Rock Art Sundays, September 4th, 18th: Noon - 1:00 p.m. Make a nature journal and embellish with sticks and stones, supplies provided! Make granite paper and try your hand at sketching with graphite- the mineral that pencils are made of. Meet at the entrance to Chasm. Rock walk Sunday, September 4th: 4:00-5:30 If only rocks could talk! Discover geological features and natures’ curiosities the roundabout way. Rugged 2 mile hike utilizing parts of our Healthy Heart Trail. Slow paced with unavoidable roots and rocks peppering the trail.   Timeline Trek Saturday, September 3rd:   3:00 - 4:00 p.m. There’s a timeline right at our feet! This walk stops at historical features and structures around the park. See evidence of the last ice age to present day. Hear mysterious, if not historical, stories of the chasm! Family Adventures with Metacomet Land Trust Saturday, September 17th. Mystery Walk 10:30 - Noon. Make a special nature craft with  Metacomet Land Trust. Join us for a mystery nature walk to find objects hidden along the spring path.

“Delights of the Valley” celebration Next month the Uxbridge Woman’s Club and Alternatives are joining together to sponsor “Delights of the Valley”...A Celebration of Gourmet Food and Spirits. 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 $30.00 per person in advance and $35.00 at the door. To purchase tickets online, go to: delightsof For more information on tickets, as well as sponsorship and vendor opportunities, contact Joanne Moore at 508234-9555 or Donna Hardy at dc13hardy @gmail. com.

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Calendar WEEKLY SUNdayS BINGo. knights of Columbus 70 prescott road, Whitinsville Doors open at 4 pm

MONdayS pItCH pArty 6:30 pm at the uxbridge Senior Center on South Main Street

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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

September 6th / Tuesday NAMI Support Group uxbridge Nazarene Church, 130 Douglas St. 7- 8:30 p.m. For more info call 508-917-8381

10th / Saturday uptoN VFW FleA MArket route 140. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. rain Date Sunday, 9/11 DuDley GeNDroN AMerICAN leGIoN yArD SAle 156 Boston road, Sutton 9:00 am Noon. No early birds. Donations welcome and can be picked up (no electronics / big furniture or stuffed animals) Call C Dwyer 508-917-8415 Cancelled if raining.

11th / Sunday N. e. CouNtry MuSIC CluB JAMBoreeS: VFW post 1385 rt. 16, uxbridge. Music: 1:00 5 p.m. pot luck Dinner: 12:302 p.m. Contribute a dish; pay $3 NeCMC Members without dish; $5. Non-members pay $6. House Band: Durango Mango It IS eNCourAGeD For tHoSe WHo AtteND to BrING A NoN-perISHABle IteM or pAper proDuCt to BeNeFIt tHe uxBrIDGe FooD pANtry

12th / Monday BlACkStoNe VAlley Free MeDICAl proGrAM Northbridge High School 427 linwood Ave., Whitinsville 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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FAMIly FuN FeStIVAl First Congregational Church of Douglas 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Face painting, homemade apple crisp, vendors, music, silent auction & more! Call Maryellen 774-2801984 or

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kAylA’S rIDe; VFW, route 16, uxbridge. registration: 9:30 a.m. roast Beef Dinner. Donation:$20

23rd / Friday eVeNING At tHe MANSIoN St. Camillus Health Center, 447 Hill St., Whitinsville 6:30 - 9 p.m. tickets at Friendly Discount liquors or

24th / Saturday uxBrIDGe yArD SAle & CrAFt FAIr 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. on the town Common. to benefit Blackstone Valley Cats, Inc. ANNuAl yArD SAle At lAke HIAWAtHA Bellingham / Blackstone 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (raindate: 9/25) BlueGrASS AND CouNtry MuSIC FeSt : Dudley Gendron legion post Boston rd Sutton $5 cover charge. Noon - 5 p.m.

N. e. CouNtry MuSIC CluB JAMBoreeS: VFW post 1385 rt. 16, uxbridge. Music: 1:00 5:00 p.m. Shepherds’ pie luncheon served 12:30 - 2 p.m. Music: 1-5 p.m. House Band: Bill knight & last ride (pending) Admission: $6 after 2 p.m. members pay $4. It IS eNCourAGeD For tHoSe WHo AtteND to BrING A NoN-perISHABle IteM or pAper proDuCt to BeNeFIt tHe uxBrIDGe FooD pANtry

26th / Monday AMerICAN leGIoN rIDerS MoNtHly MeetING 7 p.m. at the American legion Hall, 59 Douglas St., uxbridge reD CroSS BlooD DrIVe VFW, rt. 16, uxbridge 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.

28th / Wednesday AMerICAN leGIoN MoNtHly MeetING 7 p.m. at the American legion Hall, 59 Douglas St.

BV WoMeN’S CluB “tASteteStING” with tastefully Simple Dudley-Gendron American legion. 156 Boston road. 6:30 p.m. 508-917-8415

30th / Friday VFW, rt. 16, uxbridge porketta Dinner 6:30 p.m. to benefit Northbridge Vietnam Memorial Fund. Call ken for information 508-234-9808

UPCOMING EVENTS: october 1st & 2nd MAlIA’S BAke SAle AND rAFFle: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Waters Farm, Sutton october 1st / Saturday lyDIA tAFt FAll FuN FeStIVAl: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. rain or Shine. 60 Quaker Highway, uxbridge. Miniature train rides, Horse & pony rides, Moon Walk, petting Zoo. live Music with a German oompah octoberfest Band!


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Bluegrass Blackstone Valley Fall Festival &â&#x20AC;&#x2C6;Craft Fair Oct. 8th & Country Music Fest On Saturday, September 24th from noon to 5:00 p.m., the Dudley Gendron American Legion Family is sponsoring a Bluegrass and Country Music Fest featuring The Shady Creek Bluegrass Band and Country Kimberly. There is a $5.00 cover charge. Also available will be a Chicken BBQ, Burgers, Hot Dogs and Fries. This event will take place at the Dudley Gendron Legion Post Boston Road in Sutton.

Pizza, fried dough, Del's lemonade, apple crisp: Are you hungry yet? Bring your family and your appetite to the third annual Blackstone Valley Fall Festival and Craft Fair. The fair, which draws thousands of visitors, will be held from 11 am to 4 pm October 8th at the pasture of West End Creamery, a popular tourist destination at the junction of Route 146 and Purgatory Road in Whitinsville. The Blackstone Valley Fall Festival and Craft Fair celebrates the rich agricultural history of the Blackstone Valley with family-friendly activities and programs and agriculture-themed crafts. Features will include farm animal demonstrations and exhibits, arts and crafts, great food and games and attractions for children. The festival is sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Com-

merce Tourism Association. And of course, no festival would be complete without food. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s treats include fried dough, Dominoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pizza, apple crisp, burgers and hot dogs, Delâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lemonade and of course West End Creamery ice cream. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our food booths are always very popular,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; said Tourism Association copresidents Holly Gallerani and Tom Bellacqua. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being in the great outdoors and wandering through the festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many attractions can really build up an appetite. And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got plenty of delicious choices.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The festival also features a cow chip bingo contest, miniature horse displays, crafts for sale, a quilting bee, 4-H displays, including pigs, sheep and chickens, kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; identification kits sponsored by Charter Communications, fresh samples of Vermont-made cheese from

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Event to benefit stray cats BV Cats, Inc., a non-profit public charity organized to trap, neuter and return feral or stray cats in an effort to control feline over-population, will be holding a fundraiser at the Singletary Rod & Gun Club on Sunday, September 18th from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. It is a family oriented event, featuring music and entertainment, good food, and activities for young children, including face painting! There will be raffles baskets, and also a 50/50 raffle. Olivaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s of Milford will be providing

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NaTIONal ParK continued from page one educational programs…it benefits all 24 Heritage Corridor communities from Worcester to Pawtucket.” What next? It’s up to Congress to decide whether the Park should be established, what it should look like, and what the future of the Corridor partnership will be. In this legislative process, public opinion and knowledge counts. That’s why the NPS is holding these public meetings; public comments will be included in the final report that it will submit to Congress late August. Sen. Richard, “Dick,” Moore gave the media or any interested party a copy of his statement supporting the “Designation of a Blackstone River Valley Industrial Heritage National Historical Park (Option #3).” Interestingly, he brought up that it was

“30 years ago, in 1981, as a relatively new State Representative [from] the Blackstone Valley, I helped to convene a Blackstone Valley Regional Economic Development Conference at the Blackstone-Millville Regional High School co-chaired by then Massachusetts Gov. Edward King and then Rhode Island Governor J. Joseph Garrahy [among the 150 participants]. Among the proposals was one to establish a National Park along the Blackstone River.” In his handout the Senator states that “Option #3 proposes a National Park that truly incorporates the Blackstone Valley with focus on existing state and local historic sites as well as the entire region from, and including Worcester, to Providence. The whole river system, the entire length of the National Register-listed Blackstone Canal, the farms and factory sites, and the mill and hilltop villages would all be included….” Sen. Moore

is a member of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission. Northbridge Town Manager Ted Kozak expressed “how wonderful it was to see the response [here]. Let’s get it done.” Ellen Carson, a planner for the National Parks Service in Boston, chaired the rest of the meeting which featured public commentary by many, many people. She reviewed the 3 options presented in the Special Resource Study Report—Option 1: John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission continues to operate; Option 2: Old Slater Mill is the National Historic with NPS Pawtucket Visitor Center and Slater Mill base; Option 3: Blackstone River Valley Industrial Heritage National Historical Park will include Old Slater Mill, NHLD, Slatersville, HD, Ashton

HD, Whitinsville HD, Hopedale Village HD, Blackstone River and its tributaries and the Blackstone Canal. She stressed that there is “no concept of eminent domain. Option 3 is the answer.” Rep. John Fernandes said he was there to represent the town of Hopedale as one of the sites for the proposed National Park and brought up the importance of the Draper Family Mill. “My family came over from Italy and Portugal and my father worked for 35 years in the Draper factory. We need to preserve this [history] for our families.” Worcester City Councilor Konstantina Lukes, one of those who lined up to speak, said she has a “strong bias in favor of Option 3; it incorporates the history of many communities along the Canal District. Worcester was part of the original concept. My family has lived in the canal district for over 70 years.”

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Northbridge Selectman Charles, “Charlie”, Ampagoomian, a 5-term Selectman, commented, “I’ve lived here all my life and embrace Option 3.” He made reference to some of the important mills in the area—the Linwood Mill, Whitin Mill, which uses hydro-electric power thanks to Dennis Rice of Alternatives, and our strong Historical Commission. He added, “We welcome it [the park] and would like to see it.” Numerous others spoke and a native American of the Narragansett Indian Tribe, received loud applause when he made reference to the river and its sacred meaning to all who admired this precious, natural resource. “It was our ‘Super Highway.’ We visit our Nipmuc neighbors here and it is the bedrock history of this river and valley because Native Americans lived here tens and thousands of years ago.” Ray Bacon of the Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket, RI, said the river is the “gateway to Rhode Island and Massachusetts.” He was especially pleased to note that come October, “in spite of the financial crisis, we will observe our 50th year and are proud and the story of the Blackstone Valley is an important part of our national story.” Bacon also opted for Option 3. Among the many speakers offering their support was a lone voice, that of Providence, RI, teacher, Catherine Orloff; she objected to the implementation of this new national park. “I’m worried about our federal debt. As much as I love parks, this is not the time. It will cost $6.12 million in onetime start-up costs.” Her comment seemed very much in line with some not altogether positive statements in the SRS: the NPS “could [not will] bring about a greater level of resource protection…,” whereas, by law, feasibility must be based on “whether long-term resource protection can be assured.” Neither she nor others spoke of the discrepancy between Criterion 4) that new NPS units “must require direct NPS management...” not simply that “NPS management would be superior to potential alternative management arrangements by other entities.” Following the comments by Catherine Orloff, the line of those desiring to speak suddenly grew. Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jeannie Hebert, with her usual enthusiasm, spoke ardently about the 11 towns in the Valley—“from the Worcester border to the Rhode Island border”—and noted that “we can work without borders.” She voted in favor of Option 3. Among those present who did not speak was US Senator Scott Brown’s Regional Representative, Denny Drewry; he did get significant recognition by many of the attendees departing the hall. In the end, Senator Brown will have a vote on this proposal. The meeting started at 7:00 p.m. and ended close to 9:00 p.m. with some people lingering behind to share positive comments in support of establishing a national park in the Blackstone Valley. Since a national park can only become a reality if Congress acts, many wait with baited breath.

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~Society ~ Blackstone Valley Women’s Club Yard Sale Fundraiser Come one; come all to the first Blackstone Valley Women’s Club yard sale fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9 am to NOON, at the Dudley Gendron American Legion, 156 Boston Road, Sutton. This will be an outside event; if it rains, it’s cancelled. Enable us to financially support food pantries in the Valley and to help us build our treasury to do other charita-

Sutton Woman’s Club plans meeting The Sutton Woman's Club will hold its first meeting for the 2011-12 year on Wednesday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Dudley-Gendron American Legion Post, 156 Boston Road, Sutton. This first meeting is titled: Who Am I? This will involve games and prizes and fun! Join us as we begin a year filled with exciting activities! The Sutton Woman's Club is a non-profit club dedicated to serving the community and is open to all women from Sutton and surrounding communities. Newcomers are welcome--come and see what we are all about. For information, contact Cynde Balazs (508)865-2301 or 776-696-6775.

13 Moons Turtle Clan Pow Wow Grand Entry at Noon on September 17th & 18th at the Douglas Flea Market, 436 Northeast Main St, Douglas. There will be a 50/50 Raffle, Table Raffle, Drumming, Dancing, Native Story Telling and Native Vendors. No alcohol or drugs. Drums & Dancers welcomed: Contact or Lori Summersage (401) 954-4817.

Coffee Break Bible Study for Women All women are invited to join Coffee Break, an informal community Bible Study, on Tuesday mornings beginning September 13th, from 9:30am-11am, at the Pleasant Street Church, 25 Cross Street, Whitinsville. Participants do not have to know anything about the Bible to come. The topic for this fall will be “Courage in a Complicated World.” The Coffee Break program presents an opportunity for friendship and fellowship. All women from the community are welcome. Programs and childcare are provided for pre-school children. For information, call 508234-4902 or visit

ble works. No early birds, please! If anyone wishes to donate items— except clothing, electronics and large furniture (small pieces OK) please contact Constance Dwyer, President, of Sutton for details at (508) 917-8415 or Barbara Berry of Grafton at (617) 686-7477 We can arrange for pick-up of clean stuff that is in good to excellent damage, dirty goods

or already-used stuffed animals are acceptable. Donated baked goods are gladly accepted. Please mark food with a price tag. We appreciate your support so much! Blackstone Valley Women’s Club members represent the towns of Douglas, Uxbridge, Whitinsville, Northbridge, Grafton, Sutton, Millbury and Westboro.

Divorce Support Group begins new session The DivorceCare Recovery Support Group begins a new weekly session on Tuesday, September 13th. This program is for men and women struggling through separation and divorce. The program offers support from knowledgeable leaders and interaction with others going through the same experiences. Each meeting includes time for making some new friends, refreshments, and a video, followed by small group discussion. Weekly topics include What’s Happening to Me, Facing Your Anger, Depression, Financial

Survival, Loneliness, and KidCare. The DivorceCare program is free, non-denominational and open to all. Meetings of the group begin Tuesday, September 13th, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pleasant Street Church, 25 Cross Street, Whitinsville. The program continues for 13 weeks, and participants can begin attending at any time. Contact the church office at 508-234-5268, e-mail counselor@ or visit for more information and to register. DivorceCare For Kids will run concurrently with this program. 


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Calling all singers! The Blackstone Valley Community Chorus (BVCC) is holding an Open Call for all new and returning members for its 2011 fall and winter season. Open Call will take place on Sunday, September 11th at 6:30 p.m. in the Douglas Municipal Center Resource Room at 29 Depot St., Douglas. The BVCC, under the direction of Diane Pollard of Uxbridge, has been bringing choral music to the Blackstone Valley since 2004. Members are of varying ages and musical abilities, brought together by a shared love of music. Rehearsals will be Sundays, beginning September 18th, from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Douglas Municipal

Center Resource Room. There is a $30 membership fee to cover minimal concert expenses and all sheet music. The BVCC is a 401c3 non-profit organization supported in part with grants from Douglas Octoberfest and the Cultural Councils of Douglas and Millville. This season the chorus will prepare a repertoire of music celebrating nature for a concert on November 13th at St. Mary’s Church in Uxbridge. Members will have the option of continuing to sing into the Christmas season with performances at events throughout the valley. Come join the fun and get ready to make beautiful music together! For information visit

Community Chorus Concert Please join the Community Chorus Collaborative for a performance of Vivaldi’s GLORIA on Sunday, September 18th at 2:30 p.m. in the Auburn High School Auditorium at 99 Auburn Street in Auburn. The Community Chorus Collaborative is comprised of members from five area community choruses including Apple Tree Arts, Blackstone Valley Community Chorus, Greater

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Taste-Testing at meeting of Blackstone Valley Women’s Club The Blackstone Valley Women’s Club will be having a “fun” meeting to kick off its monthly meetings, now starting in September, with a Tastefully Simple “taste-testing” party. The meeting is on the last Wednesday of the month, September 28th, at our regular meeting place, the Dudley-Gendron American Legion, 156 Boston Road, Sutton, at 6:30 p.m. and ends by 8:30 p.m. Meetings will always be on the last Wednesday of the month at the DudleyGendron except in January (no meeting, but we may have an informal ‘social’ get together) and also on Friday, April 27th, when we will have our 3rd annual Wine Tasting. No formal meetings in June, July or August but we plan social events to stay connected

over the summer. The representative from Tastefully Simple will be Linda Swierk Meyer of Attleboro whose mother-in-law is the state treasurer for the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in Massachusetts. She will have ample delicious samples for us to enjoy. Guests are welcome to join us to see if our community-minded club of caring and dedicated clubwomen is for you! We are especially committed to help food pantries in the Valley. Club members represent the towns of Douglas, Uxbridge, Northbridge, Whitinsville, Grafton, Sutton, Millbury, and Westborough. For information, contact Constance Dwyer, President, of Sutton at (508) 917-8415.

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JUNIOr arTISTS - as part of the summer reading program, the Whitinsville Social library held a weekly art camp, with local artist, Erin lewis. The art camp projects were based on the summer reading program theme, One World, Many Stories. The campers are featured with Japanese wind socks. Other projects included, Native american dream catchers, african drums, Mexican yarn painting, New Zealand Koru painting, and Navajo sand painting. The art camp was free and opened to the public, and was funded by Unibank.

The Blackstone Valley United Methodist Church will host a clothing swap on Saturday, September 10th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. If you're looking to clean out your closets or if you're looking to supplement your wardrobe but money is tight, this event is for you. Bring any unwanted clothes, shoes or accessories; jewelry, handbags, etc  and swap for something you like better. You don't have to bring items to swap in order to take something home. And you don't have to bring something home in order to make a donation. We'll be accepting men's, women's and kids items. Clothing, shoes and accessories only please.  Unfortunately we cannot accept toys, furniture or electronics. Everything is free and there's no minimum or maximum amount you need to bring or take. Remember, one persons trash is another's treasure!  Please use the  driveway between the law office and Domino's Pizza and go in the back door. For information, contact Christine at 508234-8131 or

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DivorceCare for Kids Group Begins September 13th DivorceCare for Kids is a support group for kids who are angry, hurt, and confused by their parent’s divorce. DivorceCare for Kids provides a safe, fun place where children will learn to understand their feelings, express their emotions appropriately, and heal from their pain and confusion. Each group session is filled with motivating and exciting activities,

games, crafts, role playing, discussion times, journaling and activity books, to help children process the divorce and move forward in their lives. Divorce Care for Kids is for children 5-12 years old. It is free and non-denominational. DivorceCare for Kids begins September 13th, and meets every Tuesday for 12 weeks from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Pleasant Street Church, 25

Union Church Fall Flea Market Fall Flea Market and Craft Fair 2011 will be held on Saturday, September 17th at the Mendon Country Gift Barn, Rte. 16, Mendon from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Admission is free. Rain date will be Saturday, September 24th. There will be approximately 50 ven-

Purgatory Chasm plan events Purgatory Chasm State Reservation will be holding “Family Adventures” on Saturday, September 17th. Spend a Saturday morning together, pack a lunch and enjoy the playground. At 10:30 a.m. the Metacomet Land Trust will host a special nature craft followed by a Mystery Walk to find hidden objects along the Spring Path. Then begining at 12 noon, Smokey the Bear will arrive to meet and greet all ages. Don't forget your camera!

dors selling unique crafts, antiques and collectables, assorted flea market finds and more. There will also be a Church sponsored concession booth with hot/cold beverages, hot dogs, hamburgers & home-made baked goods. Attention crafters, dealers and "yard sale" vendors: bring your goods to sell at the fair! Rental spaces available so call now to reserve your space by calling the Mendon Gift Barn at 508-4731820 (please ask for Tina), or go to to download the registration form and follow the mailing instructions on that form. Sponsored by Hopedale Union Church, UCC.

Cross Street, Whitinsville. Contact the church office at 508-234-5268 or email for more information and to register. For details about DivorceCare for Kids go to A divorce support group for adults, DivorceCare, runs concurrently with DivorceCare for Kids.

Greater Milford Community Chorus calling all singers Rehearsals for the Greater Milford Community Chorus holiday concert will begin on Wednesday, September 7th, at 7:15 p.m. at the Memorial Hall Cultural Center, located at 30 School Street, in Milford. GMCC is an adult chorus, for men and women over the age of 18. Singers of all voice ranges are welcome: soprano, alto, tenor, and especially bass. No audition is necessary, just the love of singing and the ability to carry a tune. GMCC is a community chorus and currently has members from Milford and many surrounding towns. Membership for the fall/winter season closes on September 21. The chorus is known for its wide variety of music. Besides spring and holi-

day concerts, the group also entertains at area nursing homes and community events. The next concert will be held December 2, 3 and 4, and will feature seasonal and holiday music. The director is Dan Zabinski of Uxbridge, and accompanist is Wayne Ward of Holliston. For more information call Gail at 508473-1268; Linnea at 781-504-7300; or e-mail at

Church of the Nazarene plans concert The Uxbridge Church of the Nazarene is holding a benefit concert to help raise funds to complete the construction of our new church building on the hill. The benefit will be held at our main sanctuary on Friday, Sept. 23rd at 7 pm. Music will be provided by international recording artist Dave Hughes. There is no cost to attend the concert, donations are accepted, food and beverages will be served after the concert, plus CD’s and DVDs will be available, including Dave Hughes' brand new CD "The Gospel Sessions". For more information about the music go to www.reverbnation/daveandthealleycats or for info about the church go to




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warm-hearted compassion, creative vigor, freshness of approach and appreciation of average humanity that can be wonderfully touching and stimulating." Bus Stop was adapted for the screen and became a star vehicle for Marilyn Monroe in the 1950s. However, the play itself is an ensemble piece that delves into the lives of eight distinct characters. Pilgrim Soul’s upcoming production features local area performers Dave Clark, Al Dano, Steven Dulude, Brian Flagg, Patti Hughes, Brenda Jenkins, Sarah Kary, and Robert C. Latino, directed by Matthew J. Carr, the company’s founder and artistic director. Earlier this year Pilgrim Soul Productions garnered critical acclaim for its stagings of Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine at the Singh and Hugh Leonard’s Da at the Worcester Hibernian Cultural Centre. The theater company is currently about to begin rehearsals for two additional plays to round out its 2011 season.

Pilgrim Soul Productions, in collaboration with ValleyCAST!, announces the opening of its 2011 fall season with a production of William Inge’s bittersweet human comedy Bus Stop. The play opens a two weekend run on Friday, September 9th, at the GB and Lexi Singh Performance Center, located in the historic Whitin Mill at 50 Douglas

Road in Whitinsville. Evening performances are at 8:00 p.m. on September 9, 10, 16, and 17, with a final matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 18. Tickets are $15 or $12 per ticket for groups of 10 or more. To reserve tickets, call 508-2960797, or send email to or tom.saupe@ Tickets are also available at the door. For directions visit directions.asp. The play is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.    Set in the 1950s in the middle of a howling snowstorm, a bus out of Kansas City pulls up at a roadside diner. All roads are blocked, and five weary travelers are forced to take shelter until morning. A nightclub chanteuse, a belligerent cowboy and his guitar-strumming sidekick, a harddrinking college professor on the run from his past, the bus driver, the proprietor of the diner, and a naïve young waitress, reveal their hopes, dreams, loves and fears, while the town sheriff does his best to maintain order as the night progresses. Of the play’s author, The New York Post wrote: "William Inge should be a great comfort to all of us…he brings to the theatre a kind of

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Mendon Senior Center News Welcome Back Friends! We hope you all enjoyed your summer with lots of R & R.  We'd like to rev things up as we welcome many vacationers back to the center.  Gary Landgren of Honky Tonk Piano will be stopping by after lunch on Thursday, September 8th at 12:30 to entertain us. Please call 508-478-6175 or stop by the Mendon Senior Center to reserve your space. Why not consider joining us for lunch - Meat Loaf and Gravy and Garlic Mashed Potatoes-  prior to the show  at 12:00noon.  Our Tri-Valley lunch is  $2.00 and reservations are required. Seating is limited.  Many Thanks!  Volunteers Wanted We'd like to take a moment to thank Shirley Kempton for doing such a wonderful job coordinating BINGO on Fridays here at the center the past eight years!  Shirley, although you deserve a big round of applause and a good rest, please know you will be missed.    No one seems to remember what life was like B-4 Shirley and Friday afternoons won't be the same.  So if anyone has an interest in learning the ropes, Shirley is willing to offer instruction for potential volunteer Bingo coordinators.  With your help this Friday tradition will continue.  Please call Amy at the Mendon Senior Center at 508-478-6175 for more information.  Also, Bingo callers are also wanted one Friday a month. Yoga & T'ai Chi For Life Learn to breathe again.  Learn why T'ai Chi may help older people dealing with depression. Learn how to increase your quality of life.  The Mendon Senior Center has three yoga classes as well as T'ai Chi  beginning in September.  One is sure to be right for you. Chair Yoga starts Tuesday, Sept. 13th at 11:30am for six weeks. We have a partial grant for this first session, however, donations are welcome. Traditional Yoga begins Wednesday, Sept. 14th at 9am for six weeks for $30.00.  Evening Yoga will begin a new eight week session on Thursdays at 6pm, please call for a start date and fees.  All classes are lead by instructor Faith Kennedy of the Hummingbird Holistic Center.  Also, if there is enough interest we will hold a Wednesday morning T'ai Chi class after Yoga at 10:15am.  We need a minimum of five participants for both the Wednesday morning classes.  Do something good for yourself.  Do it now. Please call the Mendon Senior Center at 508478-6175 to express your interest.  You would be most welcome! Health Plan Options On Monday, September 19th at 1:00pm a representative from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts will be presenting â&#x20AC;&#x153;Health Plan Options for People with Medicareâ&#x20AC;? at the Mendon Senior Center. The presentation includes an explanation of Medicare, including the Medicare drug benefit.  It will show how Medigap plans and Medicare Advantage plans work

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with Medicare.  Attendees will leave understanding the weights and balances between choosing a Medigap or Medicare Advantage plan.  This knowledge will enable you to compare plan features among carriers during Medicareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Annual Open Enrollment which is October 15th through Dec 7th for a January 1st effective date.  Please call the Mendon Senior Center 508-4786175 to reserve your seat.  Space is limited. Senior Care Options Join us Tuesday, Sept. 14th at 10:30 am for a presentation on NaviCare HMO for individuals with MassHealth Standard and Medicare.  Find out if this plan is right for you.  Call the Mendon Senior center at 508-278-6175 to sign up. Senior Citizens Luncheon Seniors of Mendon you are hereby invited to a  luncheon hosted by the Mendon Lion's Club in  honor of  the 2011 Mendon  Senior of the Year Mr. Tom Hackenson.  Please join us for the 34th Annual Senior Citizens Day, as proclaimed by the Mendon Board of Selectmen on Sunday, Sept. 18th at  11:30am for a delicious meal and wonderful company at the Unitarian Church of Mendon Uxbridge, 13 Maple Street, Mendon.  Please stop by or call the Senior Center at 508-478-6175 reserve your space by Sept. 9th for this free celebration.

Celebrating 65th anniversary Beaumont at Northbridge residents Edward and Beatrice Fior celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on July 20th. They met in her home of Hawaii while Edward Fior, a native of Uxbridge, was in the service there. The couple have two children and four grandchildren.

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Uxbridge Senior Center post Programs, Events and Lunch Menu 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 at 278-8622 for transportation to and from lunch, for medical rides or for Hannaford’s and Walmart Shopping; first come, first served. REMINDER – The Uxbridge Senior Center is air conditioned! If your home is not air conditioned and you are getting uncomfortable please come to the Senior Center and cool-off. We are open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 4 pm. 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, COA and Elderly Connection meetings will resume in September. Please call the Senior Center at 508-278-8622 for dates and time. COMPUTER CLASSES – Computer classes will resume in late September. Please call 508-278-8622 to enroll, and get further details. Classes are geared to individual needs.

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food? Do you know how to prevent air borne illness? These are some of the topics that she will discuss. Lunch: Yankee Meat Pie, Carrots, and Baked Apple.

2nd FridaY Lunch - Hot Dog on a Bun, Coleslaw, baked beans and Peaches. Enjoy your lunch while listening to Richard Colahan on the Keyboard.

8TH THurSdaY Lunch - Meatloaf and Gravy, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, California Blended Veggies, and Fresh Fruit. 12:30 pm - Pick-up begins for Walmart shopping. 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 always welcome, just stop by!

5TH MOndaY LABOR DAY Have a great holiday! Senior Center will be closed. No meals will be served today. 6TH TueSdaY 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Lunch – Veal Bourguignon, Red Bliss Potatoes, Spinach and Mixed Fruit. Call 508-278-7609. 7TH WedneSdaY Lunch and Learn – Join Joan St Andre from the Board of Health for a healthy discussion. She will discuss Eating Healthy and Choosing Healthy Foods. Do you know how to recognize bad

9TH FridaY Lunch - Chicken Murphy, Seasoned Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts and Granola Bar. Richard Colahan will entertain on the keyboard. 12TH MOndaY Lunch - Pot Roast Stew, Mashed Potatoes, Corn Niblets, and Peaches.

1:00 pm – Do you hear better with one ear than the other? Do you find it difficult to follow conversations in a crowded room or noisy restaurant? Steve Senna from Mass. Audiology will be here to do hearing tests. Please call 508-278-8622 to make an appointment for your free screening. This will be first come, first served. 13TH TueSdaY 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Lunch –Corn Chowder, Pork and Peach Chutney, Herbed Potatoes, Summer Veggies and Cookie. 4:00 pm – Council on Aging Meeting. 14TH WedneSdaY Lunch - Fish Cacciatore, Rice Pilaf, Broccoli and Pineapple Cream Cheese Salad. 1:00 pm – Senior Club will resume. Call 278-8622 for details. All welcome. 15TH THurSdaY Lunch – Chicken Chow Mein, Brown Rice, Oriental Vegetables, and Fresh Orange. Enjoy music by Richard Colahan on the keyboard.


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16TH FridaY Lunch – Macaroni and Cheese, Stewed Tomatoes, Green Beans and Fruited Jello. Our friend Richard Colahan will entertain on the keyboard. 19TH MOndaY Lunch - Honey BBQ Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Country Veggies, and Lemon Grahams. 20TH TueSdaY 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Lunch – Beef and Broccoli, Seasoned Rice, Carrots and Mandarin Oranges. 21ST WedneSdaY 11:30 - This special luncheon will feature the Men’s Chorus Group under the direction of Conductor Lee Bartlett. All are welcome! Lunch - Cheese Omelet, O’Brien Potatoes, Mixed Veggies and Fresh Melon. 22nd THurSdaY Lunch – Meatballs and Onion gravy, Egg Noodles, Scandinavian Veggies and Pineapple. Richard Colahan will entertain on the keyboard. 12:30 pm - Pick-up begins for Walmart shopping. 23rd FridaY Bus trip to Salem Cross Inn in Brookfield and apple picking at Brookfield Orchards. Call the Senior Center at 508-278-8622 to reserve a seat and get further details. First come, first serve! The bus is free; however you must pay for your lunch and shopping. Rain date will be September 30th. Lunch (in house) – Baked Fish with crumb topping, vegetable couscous, Spinach and Bread Pudding. 26TH MOndaY Lunch –Spaghetti and Meatballs, Broccoli, and Apple Crisp. 27TH TueSdaY 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Lunch – Apricot Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, and Birthday Cake. 28TH WedneSdaY Lunch - Sweet and Sour Pork, Steamed White Rice, Fall Mixed Vegetables and Fresh Fruit. 1:00 pm – Susan Flanagan from Blue Cross Blue Shield will be here to discuss Open Enrollment in Medicare,as well as the new changes in the Medicare Program. Senior Club will meet after the program. 29TH THurSdaY Lunch - Italian Braised Beef, Egg Noodles, Roman Veggies, Fruited Ambrosia. Our friend Richard Colahan will entertain on the keyboard. 30TH FridaY Lunch – Vegetable Soup, Penne with Chicken and Broccoli, Corn and Mandarin Oranges. Richard Colahan will entertain on the keyboard.

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Bacon and Anne D. Conway report that thanks to the generosity of alumni and alumnae of the above schools, as well as the school themselves, the museum’s yearbook collection has grown tremendously and is very popular with visitors to the museum. However, yearbooks of the following years are need to complete the collection as well as to provide backup duplicates: “The Excelsior” of Mount St. Charles Academy: 1926-1934, 19361939, 1941, 1944, 1947, 1956, 19751979 and 1993-2011. 

The Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket, RI seeks donations of the following yearbooks: “The Excelsior” of Mount Saint Charles Academy, “Je Me Souviens” of Saint Clare High School and “The Quiver” of Woonsocket High School.  Museum Co-Directors Raymond H.

Food For Thought By Guest Contributor; Sheryl Corriveau thing, rather than taking our rightful place over every situation, thought, feeling or difficulty. Pay attention to your thoughts and feelings – they are teachers and guides as to an area that needs to be set free – let them go – flow – down the river –away from you. What is left once all your problems, fears and difficulties flow down the river away, away, away from you? What is left is YOU - pure soul – bound by no-thing. Rest here for a moment and be still. Every time a thought occupies your mind that unsettles you – visually see it in the river – floating quietly away from you. Let it go for this moment and trust that it’s okay to just BE – as you are – FREE – in the river. If you would like to know more about my work, please visit www.Sheryl

What are you paying attention to? What you pay attention to grows. If you believe this is true then wouldn’t it also be true to completely ignore anything that you do not want growing in your life? Scarcity-thinking would have you believe there is not enough to go around so you may want to hoard and be tight…so then the opposite would be to give! Ignoring what you don’t want makes it lose its grip and power on your mind. Wrong beliefs lock you into a prison feeling that there is no way out. But what would happen if you ignored the fear of people and loved them instead? Seeing in each person another aspect of God and bypass mortal thinking that confines most people’s minds and restricts their ability to experience true freedom…. this happens when you feel under a

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where in the world. Donations of the above can be brought to the Museum of Work & Culture during normal business hours: Tuesday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Materials can also be mailed to the museum at 42 South Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895. All donations will be acknowledged.

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On Sunday, November13th the VFW Ladies Auxiliary will be hosting a breakfast from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Post Hall. The cost is $8.00 with children under 5 free. To honor the service of all WWII and Korean Vets they are invited to attend free also. Tickets are available at the post located on Route 16, Douglas Street, Uxbridge.

Mass. Society of Genealogists post meeting The September meeting of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc Worcester Chapter will be held on the second TUESDAY (evening) of the month, September 13th in the Merriam Room at the Auburn Public Library which is located at 369 Southbridge Street (Rte 12) in Auburn, Massachusetts (next to the Auburn Mall). The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm, with the meeting room opening at 6:30pm. We’ll open with a short business meeting before turning the time over to Michael Brophy for his presentation on the 1940 Census – an important and informational document for us


all! Michael Brophy is a professional genealogical researcher, columnist and lecturer in the Boston area. He is Program Director for the Massachusetts Genealogical Council and past Publicity Director. He served as Treasurer of the New England Association of Professional Genealogists. He holds an MBA degree from Suffolk University and a BBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Michael was the lead researcher in Massachusetts for the recently released book from St. Martin’s Press, The Remains of


Company D, A Story of the Great War, by James Carl Nelson. Recently he completed research for the popular NBC television program Who Do You Think You Are? This meeting is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring along a friend(s). Refreshments will be provided. Questions? Contact: Nancy Schultzberg 508-949-9046. For more information concerning this meeting, future meetings and speaker subjects, visit our website: -or- -or-


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Quaker Meeting House and Cemetery Assn. plan events On Saturday, September 17th, the Association will hold a Yard Sale/Can & Bottle Drive at the Meeting House located at 197 Elm Street in Blackstone. The event will take place from 9 am to 2 pm. The Association, in conjunction with several vendors/crafters/artists, will have various items for sale. Proceeds from this fundraising event will benefit the preservation and rehabilitation of the historic Meeting House. The burial grounds date to 1799 and the Meeting House was built in 1812. On Sunday, September 18th at 2 p.m., the Fall/Winter season of ecumenical services will begin at the historic Meeting House with Rev. Sammy Vaughn serving as guest pastor. Dr. Vaughn is the Senior Pastor at Saint James Baptist Church, where he has served since 1989. He was licensed to preach the gospel on April 24, 1983, and ordained as a minister on January 31, 1988. Dr. Vaughn received his Master’s Degree in Religious Education from Gordon-Conwall Theological Seminary in 1990 and his Degree of Doctor of Religious Education from Andersonville Theological Seminary in 1997. Jonathan Steele of Blackstone will serve as organist. Special music will be provided by the men’s choir of St. James Baptist Church. The Association is also sponsoring a Dine-Out Fundraiser to be held on the same day. Friends of the Meeting House can contribute to this cause by dining at the Roast House located at 3 Farm Street, Blackstone. A portion of sales made by fundraiser participants between noon and 11 p.m. will be donated to the Association. A ‘coupon’ must be obtained from an Association member or at the Blackstone Historical Museum, and presented to wait staff personnel upon ordering. In addition, the Association will be holding a raffle of various items including gift certificates to the Roast House and Park & Shop, and tickets to the Neil Diamond Show and the Christmas Carol Show at the Stadium Theatre in Woonsocket, RI. Anyone seeking a coupon to participate, or for further information, may email Board member Harriet Chase Sharp at Membership in the Association is open to all persons interested in the preservation of the Meeting House and cemetery. Anyone interested in information regarding the Association and its workings or membership in the Association should email Board member Harriet Chase Sharp at

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School News Summer projects maximize internal talent During the summer at Valley Tech the usual everyday bustle of students and faculty has been replaced with the diligent work of staff members and student employees working on school enhancement projects. The crew is working to enhance and improve the school for new freshmen and returning students for the 2011/2012 academic year. Total enrollment this fall will exceed 1,250. This year’s summer projects include: renovating the Cosmetology area to make better use of the current space and serve growing interest in the program; expansion of the currently cramped Drafting area to provide more space per student and also serve the program’s continually increasing enrollment interests; reconfiguration of the school store; reconfiguration of the Auto Body area; renovating the Three Season’s Restaurant, the school’s student-run restaurant that is open to the public throughout the school year. The school is also working diligently to maintain and improve the football field as well as continuing to develop the Trask/Willard property in Upton which will house a softball field in the future. Additionally, the Electrical training area will move to a new area in the school upon completion of a newly designated space within the school. Since this project will take place during the school year, it will engage students from numerous vocational areas allowing greater exposure to real hands-on work

in a truly rewarding manner. These enhancement projects are part of the school’s long-term plans to advance educational offerings at Valley Tech to allow the school the capability to continue to provide students with top-notch learning laboratories while remaining relevant to the 21st century workforce, all in a cost-effective manner. These projects are done in addition to completing the standard summer maintenance schedule that includes cleaning all classrooms, hallways and stairwells and disinfecting all student lockers among numerous other projects. “The summer enhancement projects are beneficial for everyone involved,” commented Director of Construction and Facilities James Brochu. “By employing existing staff members and students it offers a budget-conscious solution to our enhancement needs for improving the school’s learning environments. It also provides summer jobs and hands-on learning experiences for students eager to put their vocational training to use.” According to research by Northeastern University, the availability of summer jobs for teens is at a record low with only about 1 in 4 teens finding work. Valley Tech prides itself on providing meaningful work for its students that is mutually beneficial for their education as well as the budgetary needs of the District. A total of six student employees are employed by the school this summer including two each from HVAC/R,

Carpentry and Electrical programs. Costs are kept low by minimizing the need for the school to hire outside laborers. Future improvement projects include meaningful and cost-effective solutions to address the growing need for high-quality career and technical education in the Blackstone Valley. These projects, while still on the drawing board, include building a lecture hall, biotechnology learning suite and upgrading existing science laboratories to continue meeting the demands of the 21st century workforce. “We are extremely pleased with the way our dedicated staff maintains this campus,” Brochu said. “We take great pride in protecting our building and once again are eager for the staff and students to return.” Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School serves the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton and Uxbridge. Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech creates a positive learning community that prepares students for personal and professional success in an internationally competitive society through a fusion of rigorous vocational, technical, and academic skills. The school’s website is

Incoming senior dylan Peloquin a Carpentry student from Blackstone and Jeffrey Brown a 2011 Carpentry graduate from Milford, work to complete prep work on the floors in the drafting area as part of the renovations at the school. The pair are part of a team of Valley Tech staffers and students who are working on summer enhancement projects for the betterment of the school.

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Abbey Villa S.C. and The Hab form partnership The Hab is proud to announce that it has come to a partnership agreement with Abbey Villa Soccer Club. Abbey Villa S.C and the Hab will join forces to provide a premier soccer academy and club for the young players in the Blackstone Valley and central mass regions. This club is based out of Hopkinton but will be running soccer training, Futsal training, and club practices out of The Hab. This academy and club is called "Abbey Villa S.C Hab Hurricanes". Abbey Villa Soccer Club based in Hopkinton, Mass. was founded in 2002 to provide an outlet where players can

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Abbey Villa S.C Hab Hurricanes believes that all training for young players should be done with the ball. This again produces soccer players that have superior touch and technique. Any fitness that they need will be achieved from playing and "soccer ball touch" The Hab is the perfect venue for these skills to be taught. The Hab and AVSC can offer not only world class training and coaching, but also professional goalkeeper training, foot skills, and The Hab’s own Sonic Speed clinics all under 1 roof! This is an opportunity for our youth to learn the game the right way and with the highest level of professionalism. Abbey Villa S.C Hab Hurricanes will be offering some free clinics in September. Please watch website for more info. For Questions Email

play, enjoy and learn the game of soccer and/or futsal. Providing a pressure free environment to develop soccer skills an environment where kids are allowed to “express themselves” with the ball and are encouraged to learn from their mistakes. The club has grown from 1 team in Spring 2008, to 22 teams in fall 2011. Abbey Villa S.C Hab Hurricanes promotes the ideal of ‘total football (soccer)’. This is soccer that emphasizes the ability of each player's technique; their ability to play controlled "pass and move" soccer with the emphasis to maintain ball possession. It believes

that players at a young age (U10 to U16) taught this way to play; develop superior first touch, and that when older can easily adjust to a more direct ("kick and rush" ) game if and when the tactics are needed. Younger players that play soccer in the more direct "kick and rush" fashion are just not able to revert to the more controlled possession soccer when they get older. The intent and expectation is for each player to use all their skills to play. Each player's ability to pass, receive, control, dribble, maintain ball possession, shoot and make quick decisions is developed at an early age. Abbey Villa S.C Hab Hurricanes strives to produce two footed, composed and confident players. On youth soccer training


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in English increased by 37%, from 16 last year to 22 this year. Uxbridge High School students made the greatest gains in science, with an increase from 4 qualifying scores last year to 19 this year (a 375% increase). Enrollment in math, science and English AP classes at Uxbridge High School rose from 59 in 2009-2010 to 100 in 2010-2011. AP US History also saw impressive results with the number of students receiving qualifying scores increasing from 6 last year to 12 this year.

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Enriching & exceeding expectations Introduce your family to an exciting new global educational experience! Open your home and hearts to discover a new culture, language, longterm global friendship and possibly even educational, travel or career opportunities you never expected by hosting a German in their annual 3 week October 16 – Nov 6 visit to BV Tech, Douglas HS or Uxbridge High School! Plus, your students will earn 30 hours of community service while broadening their insight into a new culture, high academic standards and fostering a global friendship.

If you are able to provide a bed, three meals a day and a loving home, your German student will shadow classes at Douglas HS, Uxbridge HS or BV Tech daily as well as go on 2 weekday itineraries with the local coordinator. Students have medical insurance and spending money. Students and their two chaperones are carefully selected from the Lessing Schule in Bochum, Germany. Locally, the coordinator is on call 24/7 for any emergencies. You will cultivate long-lasting friendships and promote cross-cultural connections in your community with this experience. For references or more information, call 508-826-1912, 508-839-7199 or go to Ask to see the photos/bios to see who fits best into your family!

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New programs Northbridge among the top in the nation by earning accreditation Elementary School locat- dards. NAEYC-accredited programs are tion revised program standards and cri- was created to set professional stanat Whitinsville edNorthbridge in Whitinsville has earned accredita- also subject to unannounced visits dur- teria to introduce a new level of quality, dards for early childhood education, and tion from the National Association for ing their accreditation, which lasts for accountability, and service for parents to help families identify high-quality Christian and children in child care programs. preschools, child care centers and other the Education of Young Children five years. Whitinsville Christian School is excited to offer two new opportunities for their students this coming fall – an aftercare program for children aged 5-13 who are enrolled at WCS, and an opportunity in athletics for boys to participate in varsity golf. Responding to a need for its families to have qualified, professional care for younger students beyond the regular school day, WCS is beginning an aftercare program this fall. Co-directors of the aftercare program Erica Engbers and Tara Haire explained the need for the program. “Over the past several years, a growing number of new or prospective families have expressed interest in an aftercare program,” they said. “With both parents working, sometimes a considerable distance away, getting to the school by 3:00 p.m. to pick up their child is not a reasonable possibility. These families must try to make arrangements for their child to be picked up by a friend or caregiver, or must arrange with their employer to leave work early. The aftercare program fills the need of families with younger children at WCS to have a safe, nurturing environment where their children can be cared for right here on our campus until their parents are able to pick them up.” Effective with the commencement of the fall 2011 schedule, Whitinsville Christian will join Northbridge High School in a cooperative Boys’ Varsity Golf arrangement, with Northbridge being the host school. Whitinsville Christian Athletic Director Len Krygsman is excited about the opportunity the cooperative team presents.

“We have for a number of years considered the possibility of adding boys’ golf to our fall sports options, We have a number of male students who are avid golfers and could possibly compete very favorably. This will also give the boys a third choice of sports to participate in during the fall season. This is a great opportunity to test the viability of the sport, and to gauge its impact on our cross country and soccer programs without having to field a full team.” - Len Krygsman Whitinsville Christian Athletic Director

(NAEYC) – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. “We’re proud to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC, and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Jill Healy, Principal. “NAEYC Accreditation lets families in our community know that children in our program are getting the best care and early learning experiences possible.” To earn NAEYC Accreditation, the preschool and kindergarten programs went through an extensive self-study process, measuring the program and its services against the ten NAEYC Early Childhood Program Standards and more than 400 related Accreditation Criteria. The program received NAEYC Accreditation after an on-site visit by NAEYC Assessors to ensure that the program meets each of the ten program stan-

In the 25 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC – approximately 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs. “The NAEYC Accreditation system raises the bar for child care centers and other early childhood programs,” said Jerlean E. Daniel, Ph.D, executive director of NAEYC. “Having earned NAEYC Accreditation is a sign that Northbridge Elementary School is a leader in a national effort to invest in high-quality early childhood education.” The NAEYC Accreditation system has set voluntary professional standards for programs for young children since 1985. In September 2006, the Associa-

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ICBA and Charles River Bank offer Tips to Help Students Handle Credit Wisely gifts. All other provisions in the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure (CARD) Act that cover consumers—such as advance notice of

that students learn how to use consumer credit wisely so that they establish good credit and build a foundation that will serve them well when they are ready to buy a car or a home or pursue their dreams of owning a small business.” New rules governing credit cards aimed specifically at protecting students went into effect last year. Credit card companies are prohibited from issuing cards to anyone under the age of 18, and those under 21 need either an adult co-signer or proof of income.  Educational institutions must disclose any agreements they have with credit card companies that market to students, and credit card companies may no longer entice students with free

As the nation’s college students head back to school, and with a growing number of them planning to use credit cards during the school year, the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and Charles River Bank want to encourage students to be responsible when using their credit cards so they can maintain their finances and establish solid credit. “The fact is that no one may ever need to see your transcript after you leave school, but your credit report will be with you for the rest of your life,” said Sal Marranca, ICBA chairman and president and CEO of Cattaraugus County Bank in Little Valley, N.Y. “Community bankers want to be sure

changes, more time to make payments and terms that are easier to understand—apply to students as well. Even with these safeguards, the best protection against getting deeply in debt is knowing the pitfalls and how to avoid them. ICBA and Charles River Bank offer the following tips to help students use credit cards wisely: • Set up and follow a budget that includes paying off a credit card balance. “Maxing out” or charging up to your card’s credit limit can make sticking to your budget more difficult. • Remember that cash advances, unlike purchases, generally have finance charges that apply immediately.

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Option 1: Register by Mail Complete the registration form below with your class selection (s) nd ainclude a check for the correct amount. Mail the form & check to: Uxbridge Community Enrichment Uxbridge H igh Schools 62 Capron Street Uxbridge MA 01569 Make Check Payable to: Uxbridge Adult Education Option 2: Walk-in Registrationwill be held onWednesday, September 14 th at Uxbridge High from 6: 3 0 to 8 pm School. If you have any qu estions, please call Karin Knapik at 508. 278. 0553 or email kknapik@ All courses offered are subject to suf ficient enrollment. There will be no refunds after the first class. Registrations must be received by Sept. 26th. Classes start the week of October 3rd

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tions on your monthly statement or your bank’s website and follow them carefully to protect your rights. • Keep a copy of your sales receipts so you can compare what you bought with the charges on your bill. • When making online transactions, be sure the site is secure. Don’t let others see you enter card information. • Don’t lend your credit card to anyone, not even a friend. Ever. • If you move, notify your card issuer immediately. • If you encounter financial difficulties, contact your card issuer as soon as possible. “If students want to learn more about credit cards and how to manage their credit, they should talk to their local community bank,” Jack Hamilton CEO & President of Charles River Bank said. “Community banks are commonsense lenders that provide credit cards as a valuable service to their customers.” Charles River Bank demonstrates its commitment to helping the young people in the communities it serves develop responsible money management skills through the programs it runs in the local schools. Elementary school students in Medway and in Mendon at the Clough School participate in the School Savings Program run by Charles River Bank. Each year, officers and managers of Charles River Bank deliver Personal Finance classes and seminars regarding responsible use of checking accounts and credit for college bound students at Medway High School. The Bank also operates a fullservice branch in the lobby of Medway High School that also serves as an educational facility for approximately 15 students each year. To learn more about Charles River Bank, visit or call 508-533-8661. To read more about the benefits of community banks, please visit About Charles River Bank Charles River Bank - with assets of $186 million - was founded in 1915 and offers a wide range of individual and business banking services. Charles River Bank is a member of the FDIC and the SIF, and all deposits are insured in full. The Bank’s Main Office is located at 70 Main Street in Medway, MA. Charles River Bank also operates three other local branches - in Bellingham at the intersection of Maple Street and Route 140, in Mendon at the intersection of Route 16 and North Ave, and a branch in the Medway High School that operates during the school year. Call 508-533-8661 or visit www.charles or for more information. About ICBA: The Independent Community Bankers of America, the nation’s voice for community banks, represents nearly 5,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types throughout the United States and is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and the communities and customers we serve. For more information, visit

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Safe Side Chimney Service keeps you worry free Story and Photos by Constance dwyer How many times have you heard of a house fire that started in a chimney that has not been cleaned or in a dryer vent that’s clogged with lint? To the rescue comes John Palker, President, of Safe Side Chimney Service Inc. of Uxbridge. However, John doesn’t want you to encounter a fire before taking action. “Dryer vents can cause more house fires than anything else,” John says, adding “prevention is key to avoiding such fires and other disasters.” In his 9th year in the business, the young, energetic owner said that he loves his work and meeting new people. According to John, “Business is good and soon everyone will be calling. However, many wait until the last minute to call, even though I caution everyone that Spring is the best time to clean your chimney immediately after you’re done using it.” He knows he’s going to be “very busy from now until Christmas.” He said proudly, “I love what I do even if it involves high roofs and the weather.” Most of all, he stressed, “I take pride in our honesty.” He gives a 100% guarantee that whatever he cleans will truly be immaculate once he’s finished. Besides cleaning and repairing chimneys, he also provides many other services: Air duct cleaning, relining & rebuilding chimneys, caps, dampers and clearing blocked chimneys. He’ll remove an animal caught in a chimney, too! He also provides safety inspections. John is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau, National Fire Protection Agency and the National Chimney Sweep Guild and welcomes calls from you at any time. You can reach him at (508) 341-3577 or on his website He and his wife, Amy, are residents of Uxbridge where, in their spare time, they enjoy fresh eggs from their chicken coop and the company of their three friendly dogs.

above John Palker, Owner of Safe Side Chimney Services Inc., schedules and follows up with his customers on his home computer. at right, John with his job truck.

as the warm days of Summer fade it may be time to think about getting that chimney ready.

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New General Manager named Job Scams New England’s NPR Jazz and Folk for four years. Mr. Weston served as Station, WICN Public Radio (90.5FM), President of the Louisville Jazz Society. announces the appointment of Gerry Other community service included the Weston as General Manager. Mr. Wes- American Red Cross, Louisville ton comes to Worcester from Delmarva Downtown Development Committee Public Radio in Salisbury, Md., where and the Development Exchange, Inc. the funding rehe was manager source for pubfor four years. lic radio staMr. Weston is tions across the best known as country. one of the archiTom Lucci, tects of Public President of Radio PartnerWICN’s Board ship, now Louof Directors, isville Public added in anMedia in Louisnouncing Mr. ville, Kentucky. Weston’s apHe was President of the part- WICN Public radio (90.5FM) new p o i n t m e n t : “Gerry Weston nership for General Manager, Gerry Weston. brings to Wortwelve years. Mr. Weston managed the entire project cester an excellent track record in pubof bringing Louisville’s three public lic radio. He is a proven leader, both in radio stations under one non-profit station management and in developumbrella. He served as General ment – plus he knows and loves jazz, Manager ofWFPL and WFPK in American roots music, and all else that makes WICN a unique and special Louisville from 1985 until 1994. Mr. Weston has had a long association resource for our area. We welcome with jazz. He was Jazz Director at Gerry, and are confident he will lead WFPL inLouisville from 1980 to 1985, WICN into a bright new era.” Mr. Weston is a Massachusetts native where he hosted a five hour show every weeknight. He began his career at (Hingham) and a graduate of Syracuse WVLC/WLOM on Cape Cod where he University. hosted a jazz show on Saturday nights

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targeting the unemployed Looking for a job? You’re not alone. With unemployment at a soaring rate of 9.2%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, many job hunters are turning to online job boards to post their resume and search for jobs. Better Business Bureau is warning job seekers to proceed with caution before sharing their personal qualifications and inquiring about jobs found online. As much as the Internet has made searching for jobs easier, it also provides an opportunity for ID thieves and scammers to take advantage of eager— and unsuspecting—job seekers. It’s becoming more and more common for scammers to lure in potential candidates with phrases like, “Get rich quick – without even leaving your home!” all in the hopes of getting their personal information. Craigslist,, and now even Facebook are all breeding grounds for scammers and the like. “Job seekers need to be on the lookout for potential scams. Before posting your resume to a career site or inquiring about a job, make sure you know with whom you are dealing,” said

Paula Fleming, vice president of communications and marketing for BBB. “Many job scammers are having candidates set up direct deposit accounts as part of the application process and making it seem as though it’s naturally part of the process to get an interview—when it’s absolutely not.” BBB advises job hunters to be on the look out for these red flags when conducting their job search: Employer emails are rife with grammatical and spelling errors. Most online fraud is perpetrated by scammers located outside the U.S. Their first language usually isn’t English and this is often evident in their poor grasp of the language which can include poor grammar and the misspelling of common words.

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SPORTS SHORTS “The time of her life” in the Greenway Challenge Robbin Joyce, business manager at Citadel Broadcasting Co. in Worcester and a resident of Spencer, was already an active bicyclist when she decided to enter the UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge adventure race as a triathlete “iron woman” two years ago. Citadel Broadcasting has been an event sponsor for several years and Joyce wanted to support the race; but the driving force propelling her to do it solo, Joyce said, was her impending 40th birthday. She finished last in the iron woman division, but had the time of her life.

to make the Blackstone River fishable and swimmable, and bring tourism to the area – that make it great.” This year Joyce plans to organize one of three Citadel teams, rather than enter as an iron woman for a third year. But whether one enters as a team or a triathlete, she advised particcipants, “The best thing you can do to compete is get out and practice on the course as soon as it’s released. “It’s so important to challenge yourself,” she said. “You never know what you can do unless you get out there and try.” The John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission is the Major Sponsor of the UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge. For more information about the UniBank Blackstone River Greenway Challenge, visit or see the event page on Facebook.

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Ironwoman, robbin Joyce, paddling the Blackstone river in Uxbridge, during the 2010 UniBank Blackstone river Valley Greenway Challenge The UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge takes place this year on Sept. 24th, traveling between Rhode Island and Massachusetts on a course that is kept secret until two weeks before the race. While most Greenway Challenge participants belong to teams that split up the running, bicycling and paddling segments along the approximately 58-mile course, a hardy few iron men and women do it all themselves. “The Greenway Challenge is so friendly and supportive, it’s a great event for a first-time triathlete,” Joyce said. She recalled the enthusiastic encouragement she received from youth volunteers manning a transition station, after struggling through a particularly grueling mountain biking segment last year (this year all bicycling is on roads). “That support makes a huge difference to someone competing as a triathlete,” she said. Joyce supports the Greenway Challenge both personally and professionally. “It’s special to my radio station because it takes place in the Blackstone Valley, where our WORC radio station is located,” she said. “More importantly, it’s the environmental issues –

Crimson Swim News The New England Long Course Open Championship was recently completed at Harvard University. This meet brings the best swimmers in New England together and teams from VT, NH, MA and RI attend. Crimson Aquatics won not only the overall team championship but also the womens and mens individual championships. This comes off after a very impressive meet at the Niagra Classic held in Buffalo in which the team placed first overall. Crimson Aquatics swims out of the Whitin Community Center in Whitinsville. Other highlights from the meet included the Crimson female swimmers going 1-Ashlee Korsberg, 2-Molly McSweeney, 3Erin Foley for the distance high point awards and Josh Beals garnering 3rd place for the men. In the individual swimmer rankings, Crimson ladies 4 swimmers place in the top ten. Ashlee Korsberg was second, Caitlin Sheridan was sixth, Molly McSweeney was seventh, and Erin Foley was tenth. On the men’s side, Josh Beals was fifth and Robert Owen was sixth and Jon Bailey was tenth. In addition, Robert Owen made the Junior National meet in the 200 back. This meet brings the best 18 and under swimmers in United States together for a meet to be held at Stanford University. Katie Priest also qualified for Super Sectionals in the 100 and 200 back. For more information on the team or our upcoming stroke clinic or tryouts for the fall season, please call 508-813-7211 or email Carl Cederquist (

Former WCS Cross Country/Track standouts Alex Rubin (2011) and Annaliese Vander Baan (2011) ran great races at the Nationally acclaimed Rock ‘n’ Roll Providence 1/2 Marathon. Alex Rubin completed his first ever 1/2 marathon in an impressive time of 136:58 finishing 194th overall and 24th in his age group (18-24 year olds). Alex ran an impressive race averaging 7:22 per mile. Annaliese completed her first 1/2 marathon running a 1:43.02 finishing 374th overall, 8th in her age group (18-24 year olds) and finishing as the top 18 year old or younger female The race was won by world class Ethiopian runner Kumsa Adugna Megersa in a time of 1:07:32. In the womens race, Providence College alum Kim Smith won easily in a time of 1:11:54. Smith is the current U.S. record holder for newcomers!

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Aging...Slowing the process


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As the so called normal person ages, his everyday tasks become harder and more difficult to do. Such routine activities like walking up stairs, mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, putting out the trash, playing with the grand kids and so forth become very taxing indeed. A lot of huffing and puffing going on. The noticeable decline of routine activities are the common thread that everyone notices and comments about... OH ! Did you see so and so? She looked old and was stooped over walking slowly along. looks like she could use help with her groceries. So we are seeing and experiencing the physical dreaded signs of aging. Internally there are absolutely things going on that greatly contribute to physical decline as well. Such things as impaired DNA replication, A shortening of our Telemere lengths, A weakening of our immune system, oxidative damage from free radicals, the effects of years of chronic stress, A compromised cardiovascular system from poor maintenance, over stressed adrenal and pancreas glands, and many more, and there are genetics at work as well. Particularly disturbing is the effects of declining hormones, resulting in a host of deleterious consequences, that for another time. What you read next has a direct effect on the above countering the ill effects, and thus slowing down the aging process. Here, I'm talking about improving your physical capabilities, your ability to do work continuing on for as long as possible. my motto:, "THE LESS YOU DO, THE LESS YOU ARE ABLE TO DO" is so true. Your muscles are the main force that makes your life easier,it protects you and bolsters your immune system. Your life becomes easier because your trained muscles have more than

enough force to make all your activities much easier, therefore you can stay engaged in them indefinitely. You do not have to participate from the sidelines. Muscles are the main mechanism for calorie burning, It's your muscles that supply and actually produce L-Glutamine an amino acid that your immune system uses a lot of. The more muscle you have the more your immune system soaks it up. Your body image is maintained and enhanced by your muscularity....It is the only mechanism that can change your appearance to a more youthful figure. Crazy diets and bogus supplements and aerobics even cannot change your appearances like your muscles can, They are the shock absorbers and protectors for all your joints, that alone is enough to engage in training your muscles. Folk's it is simple to demonstrate or

draw an example, just compare people of the same ages who have made exercise a part of their life, and people who have not. .. in an instant, It becomes self explanatory....Chronologically they are the same ages but biologically they are 20 + years apart. Being in the field of physiology I see it every day.


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Vehicles are so very expensive, when you purchase one you want it to last and to give you reliable service. So you take good care of your expensive investment, hoping for long dependable service. Good health, optimum health is not a given, it's not a right, it does not come automatic..You must take care of yourself, you must follow certain steps to assure you are giving your body what it needs to perform at peak efficiency. Your body will, when given the things it needs will run at peak efficiency for you and only then. Your body is always working non stop and without thinking to repair itself and to make it the best it can be just for you....However, you must give it the materials it needs to accomplish the miracles you are looking for. Just give your body what it needs and it will automatically do the rest for you without you even thinking about it. OK, back to aging..... Frailty is the common denominator for nursing home patients. But, it does not have to be. The most noticeable thing about Jack La Lane was not highlighted enough , that is even at 96 years old, his body did not fail him...He was a sterling example of what you can expect from exercise. He was extremely active right up to his passing...(from Pneumonia) The main reason, his muscular strength. Reputable studies show very clearly that regular exercise can increase exercise and work capacity by over 25 % for as long as you continue. And lung capacity can increase thru exercise by up to a whopping 30 %....... People who look beat at 50-60-70, have cheated themselves out of a good twenty years of extended good health. If left alone with no exercise, your body dwindles away rapidly, it's all down hill. Two areas that synergistically can give you a huge biological advantage and are required for optimum health and fitness are, Strength Training & Aerobics Training. Age, is not a limiting factor! Both of these areas are highly vulnerable to inactivity and declines in each come very fast indeed. Your lungs and cardiovascular system can decline up to 30 % and more. This means you get tired easy, you get winded while walking, , you have loss of energy, the stairs tire you out easily and you generally feel tired all the time. Strength training done in an progressive manner, will give you plenty of strength to do your activities and more. It will maintain your body curves, bolster your immune system. allow you to carry your luggage, and take vacations, Pick up your grand kids, and bolster your muscle reserves so that when hospitalized, and upon discharge you are not left like a weak skeleton. You can bounce back twice as fast!!!!! Don't wait for something to happen, start your plan now to shave off years from your chronological age,,,,see how you can turn back time..It will amaze you. You can, literally become a new person!

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Stimulus funding eased the pain of recession BBB fields complaints The federal government's economic stimulus program, while controversial at the national level, helped people living in the district represented by Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge,. The program brought over $150 million into the regional economy; states an analysis conducted by Sen. Moore's office. "While the debate continues about how much the Obama stimulus program helped with recovery from the "Great Recession" of the last three years, it seems clear that the funds kept teachers, police and other public servants on the job in our area," Sen. Moore noted. "In addition, Moore stated, "the federal stimulus helped improve area roads and created jobs for the construction industry." Sen. Moore commended Patrick Bedard of Hopedale, a volunteer summer intern in his State House office, for compiling a thorough report on the impact of the federal stimulus on fourteen towns in the Worcester and Mr. Norfolk Senatorial District. Bedard, a graduate of Milford High School, is currently a student at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY where he is a member of the class of


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2014, pursuing a double degree in Public Policy & Communications. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars have had an enormous impact on the state of Massachusetts. Over $7.4 billion have been awarded since the act's passage in 2009. The ARRA has since provided paychecks for more than 76,000 individuals and has directly affected more than 2 million people statewide. In the 14 towns comprising the Worcester & Norfolk District, over 160 full time jobs were created or retained which currently employ 345 individuals on a part-time or full-time basis. Nearly 1000 residents in the Worcester & Norfolk district have received an ARRA paycheck since the act's passage in 2009. The district was awarded nearly $150 million dollars by the ARRA. To date, towns in the district have spent approximately $136 million of their awarded dollars, and have over $11 million left for future use. Jobs were created or retained in the sectors of clean energy, environmental conservation, education, housing, public safety and homeland security, and transportation. Education saw the most jobs created

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and retained, with paychecks distributed to 743 educators. Transportation also saw significant job creation and retention, with 161 Bellingham workers receiving ARRA paychecks. Additionally, ARRA stimulus money was paid to town governments, public schools, law enforcement and fire departments, and more than 10 private businesses and nonprofit groups in the district. The impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and particularly the Worcester and Norfolk County, has been nothing short of remarkable. Thanks to hundreds of millions of federal stimulus dollars being injected into the sectors that need them most, Mass. has weathered the economic recession far better than most states. Sensible spending and investment in education, clean energy, and transportation have helped to create and retain hundreds of jobs in the Worcester and Norfolk County alone. While the towns of Worcester and Norfolk County have planned for the future - nearly 12 million stimulus dollars remain for future spending - upcoming cuts in federal stimulus aid are unavoidable. Sen. Moore has successfully secured funds to cover expenses including past special elections costs, recent tornado damage, community development and housing projects, and community business grants. While these efforts will undoubtedly help Massachusetts to further its economic recovery, challenges do lie ahead. Necessary state budget cuts for the fiscal year of 2012 will challenge the communities and businesses of Massachusetts, but by looking back at Massachusetts' economic successes over the past three years, it becomes clear that these are challenges the Worcester and Norfolk district as well as the Commonwealth can overcome. For a complete list of ARRA funds allocated throughout the communities of the Worcester & Norfolk Senatorial District and to keep up with Moore's work in the legislature, please visit,

about door-to-door scams Better Business Bureau receives thousands of complaints each year from consumers who have unknowingly purchased multi-year magazine subscriptions. Unscrupulous telemarketers sometimes trick consumers into paying hundreds of dollars for multi-year subscriptions to magazines they don’t want or can’t afford. BBB warns that deceptive door-to-door magazine sales crews are hitting the pavement and looking to earn a quick buck. Oftentimes, the door knocking presentations are so slick that consumers aren’t even aware that they have bought several magazine subscriptions until they receive the bill. In 2011, BBB has already received 662 complaints about door-to-door magazine sellers and dealers, a number that’s well on its way to topping last year’s nearly 1,200 complaints. These high pressure sellers use tactics that can have anyone falling victim. The B BB recommends the following on how to handle door-to-door magazine sellers: Listen carefully and be aware of high pressure sales tactics. Some unscrupulous door-to-door sellers will put pressure on you to close the deal at that moment, and even make special offers to entice you. Listen to their tone. Are they increasing in volume as they speak to you? Are they ignoring you despite saying you are not interested? Find a way to end the conversation quickly to avoid long, drawn-out pressure sales pitches. Stand strong. Do not invite unsolicited salespeople into your home. If you do allow a salesperson inside and decide during the presentation that you are not interested in making a purchase, simply ask him or her to leave. If the salesperson refuses to leave, threaten to call the police, and follow through if they don’t leave immediately. Verify the individual and the company. If you are interested in buying from a door-to-door seller, get everything in writing including price, warranty and all conditions. Tell the salesperson you



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Businesses need to be prepared During the first half of 2011, the U.S. experienced some of the worst tornadoes, wildfires and flooding in its history demonstrating the importance of a business continuity plan, according to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). Before April’s disasters struck, between 6,000 and 8,000 small businesses in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia were expected to close in 2011, according to a report by Dun & Bradstreet. After the tornadoes, the research company increased its forecast to at least 10,000 small businesses. One in four small businesses that is forced to close because of a disaster never reopens. Businesses that have a business continuity plan in place (and use it during and after disaster strikes) typically experience less damage, loss and downtime than businesses without a plan. A business continuity plan should at a minimum include the following measures: • A pre-identified site where the business can temporarily relocate • Means to retrieve data, including employee, customer and vendor records • A process for operating effectively with a smaller staff of key individuals IBHS offers Open for Business®, a free, easy-to-use program that provides small to mid-sized business owners with a tool to create a comprehensive business continuity plan. The toolkit includes valuable planning worksheets, business continuity and disaster recovery tips and risk-specific property protection information. To arrange an interview with IBHS contact Joseph King at 813-675-1045/813-442-2845, or via direct message on Twitter @jsalking.

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May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be adorned, glorified, loved and preserved throughout the world now and forever. Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, helper of the hopeless, pray for us. Say this prayer 9 times a day for 9 days, by the 9th day your prayer will be answered even if you don’t believe. This novena has never been known to fail. Publication must be promised. L.A. Thank you St. Jude -C.A.L. A.B.G.

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