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Uxbridge Times

“Your Hometown News” VoluMe 20 • ISSue 8

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Uxbridge voters reject $5M Athletic Complex sought authorization to put before the selectmen, and the town at a special balIn the ballot election for the so called lot election, a Debt Exclusion of up to “proposition 2 l/2” Debt Exclusion $5.0 million to create Athletic Fields and Override, voters on July 12th rejected related facilities at the Quaker Highway the $5 million override for athletic facil- site of the new High School. A fairly ities for the new high school under con- detailed project scope document was struction on the Quaker Highway site. handed out to attendees. With a voter turnout of less than 15%, According to the state the project was the town defeated the question by a vote limited to 120,000 square feet at $350 of 1,143 to 855. The failed vote fol- per square foot and thus the $43 million lowed the ballot authorization passed high school project was insufficient to under Art. 2 of the Special Town Meet- cover these requested facilities. In suping (STM) on June 23rd in the Uxbridge port of the requested appropriation, it High School gym. was stressed that athletic programs were There is no question based on com- an essential part of education. ments on the street as to whether this Resident Mark Stacey suggested this request will be brought back before the second school override request was like Uxbridge voters, so a a piece of candy, “too brief review of the expensive” and that Town Meeting seems “The cost for the “we can’t afford it.” most appropriate. The School Business average homeowntwo article Special Manager Donald, Town Meeting (STM) er would be about “Don,” Sawyer, howwas called to order $71.00 a year, less ever, supported the with 336 voters presadditional cost and ent when newly-elect- than 20¢ a day.” asked any concerned ed Moderator Ed citizen to contact the Mahary called for a - John Higgins School Building Commoment of silence in mittee with any conChairman of the School memory of Elton Building Committee cerns. John Higgins, Jones, a long time Uxchairman of the bridge resident, for his School Building Comfour decades of service as Town mittee, then came to the podium and Moderator. said the cost for the average homeowner At 7:39 p.m., Art.1 to amend the would be about “$71.00 a year,” less Zoning Bylaws was put before the vot- than 20 cents a day. ers seeking authorization of a “Solar At 8:40 pm, almost exactly one hour Photovoltaic Ground Mounted Instal- after the meeting had opened the debate, lation Solar Farm” in all zones, except the question on Art. 2 was moved, the Residence A. It had the support of the sometimes passionate debate concluded, Planning Board (3 to 0), the Board of and the motion passed by the necessary Selectmen (5 to 0) and the Finance 2/3 margin. The warrant was immediateCommittee (3 to 1). Although support- ly dissolved. ing the proposed amendment, Former In the opinion of more than one obSelectman Peter Baghdasarian noted server, by the time this issue is brought that in his opinion, the Attorney General back to the voters questions on additionwould find it in conflict with state law. It al costs associated with infrastructure, passed by the necessary 2/3 vote margin. maintenance and operations and updatModerator Mahary, because of his ing the present High School will surely relationship to the school issue, turned surface. One ballot election voter, possiover the moderator’s gavel to former bly echoing Mark Stacey, volunteered Town Moderator Ken Redding. Art. 2 that we couldn’t afford it.

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Alternatives’ Whitin Mill will generate 90% of energy needs onsite.

Commended for use of Hydroelectric Power Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. awarded coveted LEED Gold Certification Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. (Alternatives) was recently awarded the coveted LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its restoration of the historic Whitin Mill! On Friday, August 5th at 10:00 a.m., Alternatives will unveil the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certificate and perform a ceremonial “Turning on of the Water Turbine,” which provides the Mill with hydroelectric power. The event, which will take place on the Community Plaza at the Mill, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville is open to the public. Attendees will also be invited to tour the entire green complex, including the Department of Mental Health Retrospective of Worcester State Hospital currently


on exhibit at Alternatives’ Aldrich Heritage Gallery. Alternatives, which provides a wide range of services to individuals with developmental or psychiatric disabilities throughout Central Massachusetts, restored the mill to house its corporate headquarters, training center and an employment program and affordable apartments for individuals served by the organization. For the community, there is a state-of-the-art performance center, art gallery, public plaza, and studio and retail space for artisans. A museum focused on the history of the mill and textile industry in the Blackstone Valley is in the planning stages and restaurant space is available. Approximately 90% of the Mill’s energy needs are generated on site through the use of photovoltaic, hydroelectric power and a geothermal heating and cooling system. The buildings utilize a variety of green technologies, including high efficiency lighting and

energy efficient windows. Alternatives received a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center for the installation of the hydro generation and photovoltaic units. The Mill previously received a 2009 Preservation Award from the Massachusetts Historical Commission, Central Massachusetts Green Award, and Low Impact Hydro Institute Certification. Dennis H. Rice, Alternatives’ Executive Director, believes that the Mill project reflects the organization’s commitment to live in a more collaborative and sustainable community with a strong sense of that welcomes people of all abilities. “Making the best use of resources should be important to all of us...whether we are talking about natural resources to power our buildings or funding for human services,” explains Rice. For more information about the event contact Cristi Collari at 508-266-6520 or 


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GUESt CommEntARy

On being named a "Good Scout" By: Senator Richard T. Moore I am deeply honored to be a recipient of the "Good Scout Award" from the Milford, Mendon and Hopedale Scouting community and the Knox Trail Council. Joanne and I want to thank those who suggested me for the award and those who gave of their time and treasure to support this event. There is no doubt that support of the Scouting program is a sound investment in America's future. This award is a special honor for several reasons. First, and foremost, is my

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great respect for the Scouting movement and what it has done for the past century, and continues to do, for countless young men who become respected leaders and active citizens in our communities. Scouting teaches essential values of civility and service that are vital to the future of Massachusetts and America! To receive an award from an organization that has done so much for our youth and has exemplified the concept of community service so effectively, makes this particular award truly meaningful. Public service is who I am and what I do or, at least, strive to do for the communities of Milford, Hopedale, and Mendon as well as the other eleven towns in the district, as well as for our Commonwealth. The success of Scouting in training leaders and encouraging service to others is obvious to me as I've had the privilege to meet - literally - hundreds of Eagle Scouts at their award ceremonies over the years and learning the community value of their service projects. In fact, several Eagle Scouts later were among my most capable interns in

GooD SCouTS: (l-R) Members of Troop 1 Mendon Boy Scouts, Jacob oliveria, Matthew o'Brien, John o'Brien, Sen. Richard Moore, D-uxbridge, recipient of the 2011 Milford, Hopedale and Mendon "Good Scout" award, and Noah Tardy. my office in Boston, including Patrick Bedard who is currently serving as an intern...I have also been especially proud to have several of these gifted young men - notably Tim Hoppe a few years ago served and, Sean Riley currently serves, as key members of my State House staff. They have been part of a talented and dedicated support

team in my office who have worked hard to make me look good and to serve the people I am honored to represent. The second reason this award is especially meaningful is that it was presented by Representative John Fernandes, a legislative colleague who I hold in high regard, and I am proud to be sharing the honor of this award with Joe Boczan-

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owski, who has contributed so much to Scouting in our area. To the extent that I may be deserving of this year's "Good Scout Award," it is because of the values I learned from my parents and family - and, over the past 37 years from Joanne; from having the good fortune to grow up in Hopedale; from the opportunity of a good education at Clark University and Colgate University, and from having great political role models such as my first Board of Selectmen - Bill Gannett and Carl Bresciani, my distant cousin John F. X. Davoren, my first House Speaker Tom McGee, my current Senate President Terry Murray, and my early hero - John F. Kennedy and so many more who gave me the opportunity to learn and to exercise leadership. In fact, being a "Good Scout," I have always tried to conduct myself by the principles embodied in the Scout Law such as being trustworthy, helpful, courteous and thrifty. You might need to speak with Joanne about how well I do with obedience! I've also been blessed with many wonderful supporters over many campaigns - most of which were successful - but who stuck by me win or lose; and by a very loyal constituency at each level that I've served. Every town that I've been honored to represent has a special place in my heart! People like John Fernandes and I entered the legislature and we continue to serve, not because of the pay, benefits, or even prestige, but because we get to be part of something much larger than ourselves - deciding what idea should become a law to address some pressing community issue - great or small. We also must help to choose how much of our collective tax dollars should be confiscated from us and to what should it be applied. In these difficult economic times - those decisions are especially difficult because they can help the economy create urgently needed jobs, or limit the vital services of the poor, the elderly, the disabled, or they can make a difference in the quality of education of our youth, or they can govern the safety and quality of the health care we receive. One of America's larger-than-life "Good Scouts," Theodore Roosevelt, once characterized what many of us hope might describe our efforts at public service when he spoke of the man in the political arena "...who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly..." However, in speaking of politics, the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy said it best: "An honorable profession calls forth the chance for responsibility and the opportunity for achievement, against these measures politics is truly an exciting adventure." Although my public service extends over a number of years, I still find the job exciting and challenging; and I look forward to continuing to serve this area in the future. I will certainly treasure this award!

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A Message from Chief Freitas

Pan Mass Ride dedicated to Haley Walsh Retired Waters Corporation executive Mike Glynn, formerly of Hopkinton and now from Cape Cod, will participate as a bike rider in this year's Pan Mass Challenge and will “Pedal Partner” in the name of Haley Rose Walsh. Haley is the daughter of Greg and Rebecca Walsh of Uxbridge and granddaughter of Red and Rose Grady of Mendon and Bob and Perry Walsh of Marshfield. She was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of childhood cancer, last December. She has been undergoing treatment at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Children's Hospital in Boston. She celebrated her first birthday on July 26th. Mike retired this spring as Director of Manufacturing of Chemistry Operations at Waters. His participation in the annual PMC will be his ninth. He has personally raised over one hundred thousand dollars for Dana Farber. His commitment to cancer research has been a personal devotion for him, as several years ago he lost a daughter, Kristin Glynn Gregory, to this dreaded disease. When Mike, a friend of Haley's grandfather, became aware of her health condition, he expressed great concern and compassion. He decided to race another year and dedicate his ride to Cape Cod in Haley's name. Mike is building a “Pedal Partner” team for Haley that includes fellow Waters employees Ernie Hillier and Bill Cassidy. Both Ernie and Bill are former cancer patients and ride in the PMC as a way to give back. Anyone wishing to support Mike's noble cause may click on profile/mg0115. One hundred percent of donations will be used for cancer research. This year's PMC takes place on August 6th and 7th.

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Over the last two months a disturbing trend is reemerging in Uxbridge in the area of underage persons consuming alcohol. For quite a few months in a row there were very few incidents of underage drinking that were coming to the attention of the police department. However, since April of this year more than 18 people have been arrested or summonsed to court for procuring alcohol for minors or for persons under age 21 being in possession of alcoholic beverages. Over the 4th of July weekend around 10 individuals were charged with ether procuring for minors or possession of alcohol as an underage person. Subsequently efforts to combat this have begun.

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Officers are taking a much stricter approach to this in an effort to reduce injury and property damage that result from underage drinking. Thanks to a regional grant there may be other efforts this summer and fall, including but not limited to alcohol compliance checks, party patrols and educational efforts. This grant was given by the Highway Safety Division/ Grants section of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security under a federal award to the Uxbridge and neighboring communities.

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On Sunday, August 21st The Uxbridge American Legion Riders will be hosting their Annual Bob Boucher Memorial motorcycle ride and Chicken Barbecue. The riders will be leaving from The Charles A. Rice Post #33 on Route 16, Uxbridge. Sign up begins at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The ride will be returning to The Uxbridge VFW Post 1385 for a Chicken Dinner and dancing from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. to the band "The Dead Dawgs". Tickets are $15.00 and are available to both riders and non riders. Proceeds from this event will go to the Homeless Vets Shelter in Worcester. For additional information contact John Pres. American Legion Riders 508-8732245 or the VFW Post 1385 at 508-2787540.

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Town News

VFW hosts August Blood Drive

Thanks to Yanks tribute dinner A special tribute dinner is being planned to recognize and honor military families, pay tribute to Gold Star families, and to remember the heroes and victims of 9/11/01. This non-political event is to simply say "Thank You". The dinner will be held at the Medway V.F.W. Medway on Sunday, September 11th 5 pm - 7 pm. In order to extend a formal invitation, we need help locating families who have a loved one in the military or are a Gold Star family. If you are a family that has a loved one in the military, or are a Gold Star fami-

American Legion BBQ American Legion, Charles A. Rice, Post 33 is having a Chicken Barbeque on Sunday, August 21st at VFW Post 1385, Route 16, Uxbridge. Serving from 12 – 2 pm. Live Band – The Road Dawgs will be performing and there will be a 50/50 Raffle. Donation is $10.00. Tickets are available at the Legion Hall, 59 Douglas St., Saturdays 10 am to 1 pm or by calling Don Letourneau at 508-278-2100 or John Pemberton at 508-278-7836.

ly or know of a family that we should invite, please send that contact information to Michael Shain, at: Michael Shain is a private citizen who feels strongly that a "Thank You" as a random act of kindness is due military families. Since there is no cost to the families for this dinner, monetary donations are welcome and are being solicited from businesses, organizations and individuals. Any amount is appreciated and can be sent to Thanks to Yanks, c/o Charles River Bank, 70 Main Street, PO Box 740, Medway, MA 02053. For further information or if you are interested in volunteering with this event contact Michael, or call 508-330-8487. Donors will be recognized for their contributions.

Troop 1122 plan 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. 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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The American Red Cross is holding their monthly Uxbridge V.F.W. Blood Drive on Monday, August 29th in the V.F.W. Hall on Route 16 between 2:007:00 pm. All presenting Blood Donors will receive a free gift courtesy of Edible Arrangements plus Register to win a pair of Boston Red Sox Tickets as a Blood Donor of the Game To ensure the quickest possible process, please call 800-RED CROSS or visit for information or to schedule your appointment to donate. Walk-In donors are always welcome, however appointments are preferred. Blood donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission)  and be in general good health. The summer months are among the toughest for blood collection.  20% of the blood collected in Massachusetts comes from high school and college blood drives. With the students on vacation, the need of the hospital patients stays the same meaning that more blood must be collected at community blood drives. With people on vacations we are counting on you to please step up and donate blood for those in need.  The goal for this blood drive is to get 80 people through the door, which should yield 65-70 pints of blood.    The entire process takes about one hour, including Registration, a one on one Health History check, 5-10 minute Donation Time, followed by 15 minutes at the Canteen where you will receive something to eat & drink. Please take an hour of your day and Give the Gift of Life on August 29! &








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Uxbridge Town Meeting videos available online Flea Market Submitted by: William Gottlieb The Internet has introduced new ways for governments to interact with their citizens and for citizens to interact with their governments. Although this may seem like common knowledge nowadays, I feel it is important to emphasize that the World Wide Web has changed our entire culture and we’re never looking back. Here in Uxbridge, the local access station, Uxbridge Community Television (UCTV), has taken this reality to heart. In 2009, UCTV decided it was time to get online and posted its cable access channel on a brand new website. Along with the new website came a video archiving space for town meetings, so that residents could view the meetings whenever and wherever convenient for them. Working closely with LightWay Media Solutions, a media firm based in Bellingham, UCTV was able to successfully launch a media-rich website that helps Uxbridge residents interact more easily with the local community and government. By posting the community access channel live online, residents can watch the town’s government channel on any Internet connected computer or mobile device. This has made it much easier for residents, no matter where they are

in the world, to enjoy UCTV programming. This stream also helps residents whose cable providers do not host local cable stations to finally access local programming. So when an important town meeting is broadcasted live, every resident, not just those with a certain

cable provider, can view the meeting. Video archiving, also known as “ondemand videos”, allows website visitors to access an online video database full of town meetings on UCTV’s website. This has proven to be a big success for concerned citizens looking to stay current with the latest local issues because it lets them watch town meetings whenever and wherever they want. This also means greater government transparency because citizens now have an easy-to-use record of meetings to refer back to for playback and research. As with live streaming, the video archive plays to any platform (Windows, Mac) and to almost every mobile device (iPhone, Android, etc.),

without having to download plug-ins and programs. Video streaming and archiving are only the beginning for UCTV. Over the next few months, LightWay is excited to roll out some new developments that will make it easier for residents to stay connected with local access. For example, e-mail/text message alerts will help viewers know when their favorite programs are on. Also, a live discussion bar that will allow, for example, government officials to host live webcasts where they can answer submitted questions live on the air. Additionally, new tools like active search bars will be used to help make the video archive even more organized and easy to use. While these are only a few of the things UCTV will enjoy in the coming months, they are certainly great steps towards a more Internet-based future for local access stations. Take some time to check out the government stream and archive at It’s definitely a great way to easily keep in touch with what’s going on in town and to stay up-to-date on the latest issues facing town officials. William Gottlieb is Vice President of Marketing & Development at Light Way Media Solutions and can be reached online at william.gottlieb@ or at 401-764-4168.

& Crafts Sale at Upton VFW The George L. Wood Post #5594, Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, will hold a flea market and crafts sale on the post grounds, Route 140, Upton, on Saturday, August 13th from 8:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. A rain date is set for Sunday, August 14th, same time frame. Dealer spaces cost $8.00 each. Reservations are required ONLY for dealers needing to reserve tables. To reserve tables, call the fund raiser chairman, Donald (Doug) Keniston at (508) 529-6247. Flea Market & Crafts: Several tables will feature homemade/handmade crafts. Many tables will offer new and used items for sale at low prices. Coffee, donuts and soda will be on sale from 8:00am. Lunch will feature hotdogs. Proceeds of the flea market and crafts sale will be used for the post’s improvements. There is NO admission charge. Call Doug @508-529-6247 for more information.

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Meetings slated for Special Resource Study The Blackstone River Valley Special Resource Study Report is now available for public review and comment. The National Park Service prepared this study to determine whether the sites and associated landscape features within the boundaries of the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor that contribute to the understanding of the Corridor as the birthplace of the industrial revolution in the United States would be eligible for potential inclusion as a unit of the National Park System. The Corridor encompasses all or part of 24 communities from Worcester to Providence, RI. A digital version of the special resource study is available on the project website special-resource-study.htm. Printed copies of the study report are available upon request by contacting Ellen Carlson using the information below. The public comment period will be open until August 26th. Comments may be submitted on-line by following the links on the project website or via electronic mail or by U.S. Mail by sending them to Ellen Carlson, Project Manager, National Park Service, Northeast Region – Boston Office, 15 State Street, Boston, MA 02109; Ellen_Carlson Two public meetings will be held to discuss the study. The first will take place on Wednesday, August 10th at 3 PM at the Blackstone Valley Visitor Center located at 175 Main Street in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. A second meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 16th at 7 PM at Northbridge Town Hall located at 7 Main Street in Whitinsville. The meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to learn about and comment on the study’s findings and proposed management options. In addition to the Old Slater Mill National Historic Landmark District, 6 core resources within the Blackstone Valley were found to be nationally significant. They include historic districts in Slatersville and Ashton in RI and Whitinsville and Hopedale in MA, the Blackstone River and its tributaries, and the Blackstone Canal. The resources evaluated also appear to meet the NPS criteria for suitability, feasibility, and the need for National Park Service (NPS) management. The study identifies 3 management options including the status quo.

HelPING VICTIMS - Knights of Columbus 1562's Grand Knight, John Courtois presents People First Food Pantry volunteer, Stephanie Caffrey with a check for $300 for the Save our Children organization in Springfield. The Caffrey family of uxbridge collected food and monetary donations on behalf of the children supported by Save our Children. This organization was hit hard during the recent devastating tornados. Thank you to all those who donated many wonderful items to support these victims!

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The VNA and Hospice of Greater Milford will hold a 6 session Grief Support Group starting Wednesday, August 10th. 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

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WHITINSVILLE - Jean (Feenstra) Wynja, 96, formerly of Whitinsville went to be with the Lord on July 5th. She passed away in Faith Hospice Center, Byron Center, Michigan. She was the wife of the late Taeke Wynja who died in 1958. Mrs. Wynja worked for many years in the cafeteria of the Northbridge High School and later at the Whitinsville Retirement Home in Whitinsville. Mrs. Wynja was born in Arum, Friesland, province of the Netherlands, on October 25, 1914 the daughter of the late Auke and Hieke (Dykstra) Feenstra and had been a resident of Whitinsville since 1950. She was a longtime member of the Pleasant Street Christian Reformed Church in Whitinsville and enjoyed knitting, sewing and crocheting. She also cherished time visiting her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Wynja is survived by six children, Mrs. Helen Postma of Jenison, MI, Rev. Richard and Mary Wynja of Denver, CO, Fred and Theresa Schuurmann of Oxford, OH, Carolyn and Wes Nieuwbeerta of Hudsonville, MI, Arthur and Sandy Wynja of Whitinsville and Jim and Alice Wynja of Ohio; a sister Klaske Van Abbema of the Netherlands, 26 grandchildren, and 46 great-grandchildren.

DOUGLAS – Bruce T. Dwight, 65, of Douglas and former longtime resident of Uxbridge died July 7th at home. Bruce was a Masonry Contractor for over 40 years throughout the region and was passionate about each project with which he was involved. He was born June 13, 1946 in Uxbridge, son of Dorothy (Tucker) Dwight of Uxbridge and the late Leon Dwight. He had served in the U.S. Marines Corps during the Vietnam War from June 1966 to June 1969, was a life member of the VFW Post 1385 in Uxbridge, and the American Legion, Post 390 in Manchaug. In addition to his mother, Dorothy, he is survived by one son, Brian T. Dwight of Douglas, two daughters; Allyson Stoddard of Goodyear, AZ and Lacey Bennett of Dawsonville, GA, two brothers Randy Dwight of RI and Jody Dwight of Uxbridge, one sister Patricia Deveau of Uxbridge; three grandchildren Tucker Stoddard, Hailey Stoddard and Bradley T. Dwight, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister-in-law Linda Dwight.

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The Blackstone Valley Heritage Homecoming Committee presents the summer concert series, which is in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation at Blackstone Heritage State Park at River Bend Farm in Uxbridge. These programs are supported by the towns of Blackstone, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Millbury, Northbridge and Uxbridge Cultural Councils, which are local agencies supported by Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Check out our full Calendar of events online at www. For more information, please call the park at 508-278-7604 or e-mail blackstone.

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Join us at River Bend Farm for our annual summer concert series. For these outdoor concerts pleas bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on while you enjoy the music. Concerts begin at 3:30pm on Sundays, and are free. For more information, or to check the event status due to weather, please call the River Bend Farm Visitors’ Center at (508) 278-7604.

August 21st Jesse Fontaine Trio August 28th Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards

Annual “Evening At The Mansion” date set St. Camillus Health Center, 447 Hill Street, Whitinsville, will hold its 6th Annual “Evening at the Mansion” on Friday, September 23rd, from 6:30 9:00 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 Discount Liquors

in Whitinsville, 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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Purgatory Events for all age groups The Department of Conservation and Recreation, Purgatory Chasm State Reservation announces upcoming free events for August. All Programs are free and open to the public. Sturdy footwear recommended. Please contact Visitor Services with any questions at 508-234-9610. Visit online at http:// for current calendar for Purgatory Chasm and parks across the state. ChaSm ToUr Sunday, August 14, 21, 28, 4:00-5:30 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” DiSCovery PaCkS Available by reservation. 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 continually updated with 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! Please call the park to reserve. Available Friday-Sunday. (508) 2349610. Junior Naturalist Series will run late Friday afternoons: BUg hUNT Friday, August 5, 4:00-5:00. Safely capture, view, and release bugs of the grassy field & leaf litter critters. CloUD PaiNTiNg Friday, August 12, 4:00-5:00 Relax on a smooth rock for a few and learn to identify cloud formations. Paint a chart of your own. Meets rain or shine! roCkS aND miNeralS SCaveNger hUNT Friday, August 19, 4:00-5:00. Learn the basic rock groups, find examples in the park! kiDleiDoSCoPe kiDS NaTUre STory hoUr Mondays in August, 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 stay to enjoy the playground! hike BeyoND PUrgaTory ChaSm Saturday, August 27, 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 off the beaten path. Sturdy footwear, snack, water and bug repellent recommended. All ages and friendly dogs on a leash welcome! Meet at Visitor Center. Name ThaT SkUll Saturday, August 6, 20, 27, 2:00-3:00 What features help an animal survive? Find clues in teeth and other features of


the skull. Stop by the pavilion during this hour to participate in this interactive display

moist lichen, and get a sense of the surrounding woods! Moderate 1.5 mile hike.

roCk arT Saturday, August 6, 11:30-noon Grab your sketch pad or make a nature journal (supplies provided). Make granite paper and collect rubbings of rock etchings! Try your hand at sketching rocks with graphite- the mineral that pencils are made of. Meet at the entrance to the Chasm.

SCaT & SigNS Thursday, August 18, 2:00-3:00 Decipher track clues and find the signs that wildlife leaves behind.

roCk DeTeCTiveS Sunday, August 14, 21, 28, 2:00-3:00 Learn some simple clues that will help you identify rocks and minerals. Drop by during this hour to try this hands-on display at Pavilion.                         SeNSory hike Thursday, August 4, 2:00-3:00 Use all your senses to discover the forest!  Identify trees by their smell, hear woodland birds, feel the heat on sun soaked rocks in contrast with the cool

TimeliNe Trek Thursday August 11, 2:00-3:00 Sunday, August 14, noon-1:00 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 early settling in the town of Sutton. Hear mysterious, if not historical, stories of the chasm!

Tom Conlon in concert at Café Friday, August 26th starting at 7:30 pm Tom Conlon will be performing his one-man show.  His music is not to be missed, as few can evoke the kind of emotions Tom can bring forth with his voice and guitar.    Tom  shares  not just his talents and music with his audience, but he  pulls you in with his deep, thoughtful  observations on life.    He is just back from his country-wide

tour. You can check him out at  www. Doors open at 7:00 p.m, Tom will start at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $3.00 at the door.  Light refreshments served.  The Congo Bongo Fourth Friday Café, is located at the First Congregational Church, 3 Common St., Douglas.

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Uxbridge Community Yard Sale & Craft Fair This fundraising event will be held on Saturday, September 24th from 9:00am till 1:00pm 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

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Alternatives tapped for presentation at conference The United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association’s Annual National Training Conference, held in Boston this June, featured a presentation by Alternatives, the Whitinsvillebased human service provider. Michael Seibold, Director of Community Services for Alternatives, Kelley Gamble Rice, Director of Mental Health Services, and Christine Regan, Director of Home-based Recovery Services, shared the organization’s Home-based Recovery Services Model. An alternative to traditional residential services, this model involves either placing the individual with a host family, or having them remain within their own family. It is a highly individualized approach to supporting a person’s recovery that focus-

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The Whitinsville Social Library will be hosting summer weekly events, every Thursday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. These events are free, no registration required, and is funded by Unibank. Please visit www.whitins for more information about summer reading program.

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Food for Thought “Be still and know that I am God.” - The Bible

by Sheryl Corriveau Before writing this month’s article on health, I thought of what I frequently hear from my clients and have often said myself: “Where does the time go?” It seemed like just yesterday when I saw my daughter’s face for the first time and now she is seven! And with every passing year, the time seems to only go that much faster. I’m sure you can relate. Keeping up with the pace of life these days in our fast paced world with our families, work, chores, errands and commitments – often leaves little to no time left to take care of ourselves. Health is like a bank account though – eventually if we keep withdrawing and put nothing in – something is going to pay the price. Our bodies and our minds eventually suffer and show symptoms that are simply mirroring what your spirit is trying to say: “Hello my busy body! Can you pay attention to me?! I’m tired and need a break!!” This is a loving reminder that we do in fact need to “be still” and to let go of the control sometimes. To not “should” on ourselves long enough to rest and recover from the pace in which we’ve become accustomed to. Whether it’s going somewhere quiet to read, getting a massage, going for a walk out in nature, getting a pedicure, going fishing, or whatever…just listen to your spirit and let it guide you to where you will find joy, rest, peace and love. Taking time just for you is for your health! And even if it means saying “no” to something you know you don’t really want to do anyway – just do it!! We know in our hearts and spirits what we need to do in order to be in good health. Don’t wait for tomorrow – love yourself enough to rest and be still TODAY (or if you can’t today then plan it in for tomorrow). To learn more about my work, visit

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If you decide to advertise use local publications It’s time to get creative with your message to potential customers By Jack Darling It seems that practically every company that pumps septic tanks is listed in the local Yellow Pages section of the telephone book. Some of the ads are well written, but some of them make me cringe knowing the contractor is actually paying money every month to run the ad. They all have one thing in common…The companies are not getting a good return on the amount of money they’re spending. How can I say that with confidence? Let’s consider a few important facts that the Yellow Pages representatives who sold you that ad may have neglected to bring to your attention: The bigger the phone book, the more expensive the advertisement. Although that larger book reaches more people in a heavily populated area, it is also likely many of those people will be served by municipal sewer lines. Those homeowners are not your potential customers. Also, you will have more people who are renting, so they won’t be your potential customers either. At least half of the homeowners who are your potential customers already have a septic tank pumping company. The Yellow Pages are a good deal for a lawyer or a dentist, because every household receiving the telephone book has a least one person who is a potential customer. While winter, with its snowstorms and freezing temperatures, may slow down many northern pumping companies for two or three months, they are still obliged to pay for the ad. Dentists and lawyers don’t have a slow season. If something comes up that you would like to put into your ad to increase business, you will have to wait a year to make a change. If the telephone company decides to change your area code or telephone number (this actually happened to me once), you will have to pay the phone company a fee to forward calls automatically to your new phone number. If you refuse to pay the fee, your customers will get a recording telling them the number has been changed and give the new number. After a period of time, depending on your local phone company policy, the recorded message will tell your callers that the number is no longer in service. So what pumping business situations justify Yellow Pages advertising? Two scenarios come to mind: If you are in a rural area where every house has its own septic system, or when a good portion of the phone book coverage area includes new residential development, like a fast-growing suburban region. It’s those areas where you’ll find a lot of homeowners who haven’t established themselves with a local septic tank pumping company. If you determine a Yellow Pages ad makes sense for your company, the next steps are creating an ad that will capture the attention of potential customers and proving the ad is reaching those customers. Here are a couple of tips I’ve learned over the years: write an effective headline The most common mistake I notice in ads is failure to put a headline at the top. Studies have shown that a headline increases the attention your ad receives by 14 times. When is the last time you saw a story in the newspaper without a headline? Other elements to include You need the ad to stand out from all of the others in that section of the Yellow Pages. Always offer something free in your ad. Maybe it’s a low-cost product or a nominal service you can perform to get your foot in the door with a new customer. Always include a photo in your ad and point out anything you can think that will give you an edge over the competition. Think creatively The effectiveness of your ad depends on how creative you are in putting it together. If you aren’t creative, hire someone who is. Prove the ad is working Always track your advertising by finding out what prompted customers to call in the first place. Give customers a postagepaid response card and have a drawing for a free septic tank cleaning from survey cards you receive back. The information you receive from a good response card is gold. You can find out where to spend your advertising dollars and what your customers like or dislike about your service. They may identify valuable services you’ve never considered offering before. Successful marketing and advertising programs may vary quite a bit, depending on where you are located. What works great for me may not work in the next state, or in a different part of the country. This is why tracking your advertising is vital to a successful and growing business. Potential customers think that all septic tank pumping companies are pretty much the same. The pumpers just show up with a truck, pump the tank and they’re gone. If you can break away from that mindset, you can open a floodgate of work. And when it comes to promoting your company, a perceived

difference between you and your competitors may be just as good as a real significant difference. To illustrate this point, I’m reminded of a small beer company many years ago that hired a marketing expert to devise a campaign to boost sales. After spending a day at the brewery, the consultant to the boss said that he was amazed at the big rooms with the glass front doors, the workers in clean white uniforms, the sanitary conditions, the use of only the finest grains, the fact that they used their own water supply rather than the municipal water supply and so on. The marketing guru told the boss he wanted to bring cameras in and film the brewing process for the advertising campaign. The boss shrugged his shoulders and asked, “Why, what’s the big deal? That’s the way everybody makes beer.” Show off your work The big deal was that consumers didn’t know that. You probably remember those ads when they first came on television. All the competitors laughed. The beer company went from about 20 in sales to number two in sales in less than a year because it offered a perceived difference from its competitors. Have your potential customers seen a video or photos of your camera equip-

ment in action, locating onsite system components so you didn’t have to dig up the whole yard looking for a cover or a distribution box? Can you promote anything about your company in the Yellow Pages advertising that is different from the equipment or services offered by your competitors? Granted, Yellow Pages advertising can be a simple strategy. Just run the ad year after year and you’re done. I believe the best advertising strategy is to keep your potential customers from looking in the Yellow Pages in the first place, since that’s where they’ll find your competitors as well. If a potential customer hasn’t already heard of you, you’re not doing your marketing correctly. Get your name out there with mailings, creative signs, ads in local newspapers, fliers, door hangers, refrigerator magnets and many other ways I haven’t thought of. All these ways work if done correctly. For those of you who are already successful and thinking there is no need to do anything differently, I have one question for you: Wouldn’t you like to be making a lot more money? John “Jack” Darling Jr., owner of J.L. Darling Septic Tank Pumping Company Inc., Uxbridge Mass., has been involved in the liquid waste hauling industry for more than 40 years.


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Cormier Woods celebrates Volunteer Day The first Volunteer Day Event at Cormier Woods will be held on Aug. 20th, 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Projects being planned for the day include updating the trail marking system, homestead clean-up, trail bridge building, trash clean-up, or stone wall maintenance. The Trustees rely on developing networks of interested local volunteers, community groups, and educators to utilize this amazing resource. Whatever your area of interest, this special property has a place for you to help out. For those who enjoy the outdoors and hiking, there are 3-1/2 miles of trails that require ongoing stewardship. There are many stone walls to preserve; invasive species of plants that must be removed; wildlife, birds, insects, and plant life to catalog and record; habitats such as vernal pools,

woodlands, native grasslands, and swamp areas to monitor; and historical research to enhance our understanding of this reservation through the centuries. There are also the special events, educational, and interpretive programs for which the assistance of volunteers is needed. Becoming a volunteer will bring you together with new people that share common interests in preservation and conservation. The Trustees are people like you, from every corner of Massachusetts, who share a deep set of similar values: a love of the land, of the outdoors and of the distinctive charms of New England, as well as a shared vision of celebrating and protecting them for everyone, forever. Volunteering as a family provides quality time together for a good cause. Educators and school

districts can utilize the Reservation as an outdoor laboratory, while at the same time helping collect valuable information. Students can use this time towards their community service hours, and scouting organizations can earn valuable credit toward service awards. Refreshments will be provided. Plan to bring your own lunch if you'd like to spend the day. Wear long sleeves and pants, bring water, work gloves, if you have them, and be prepared for warm or cold weather. Preregistration is helpful but not required. Contact 508-7850339 or Cormier Woods is comprised of 175 acres in Uxbridge and Mendon and was opened to the public in October of 2008. It holds a very special place as the first Trustees reservation in the Blackstone Valley and the 100th

Trustees property opened to the public. Trailhead parking is available near the red barn at 217 Chapin Street in Uxbridge. The Trustees of Reservations’ mission is to protect special places of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts. They now own and care for more than 100 properties, consisting of over 25,000 acres. You can be part of this mission by becoming a member and a volunteer. The Cormier Woods Management Plan is available on-line at www.thetrustees. org or at the Uxbridge or Mendon Library. For more information on how you can get involved with The Trustees or to learn more about volunteering or membership, visit or call The Trustees’ Southeast Regional office at 781-784-0567.



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Northbridge Elementary School is NAEYC Accredited The preschool and kindergarten programs at Northbridge Elementary School have been accredited through the National Association for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC has developed ten standards for early childhood programs, which can help parents and families make the right choice when they are looking for a child care center, preschool, or kindergarten. The standards and criteria are based on the latest research on the development and education of young children, and were created with input from thousands of experts and educators from around the country. The standards define what NAEYC—the world’s largest organization of early childhood professionals— believes all early childhood programs should be. The standards—and more than 400 related criteria—are also the foundation of the NAEYC accreditation system for early childhood programs. To earn NAEYC Accreditation, programs must meet all ten standards, by successfully performing at least 80 percent of the criteria related to each standard. The ten standards include:  Children Standards under this group focus on the advancement of children’s learning and development. • Standard 1: Relationships • Standard 2: Curriculum • Standard 3: Teaching • Standard 4: Assessment of Child

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The Rotary Club of Uxbridge has announced plans for their annual “Ronny’s Fun Run Road Race”. This year’s event will once again include a 4 Mile USATF Certified Course Road Race, a 2 Mile Walk and Kid’s Races (which will be held at the Northbridge Middle School Track). Timing for the Road Race will be provided by Central Mass Striders. Awards and Prizes will be given to first overall Division Winners in all races. Lining up your summer run schedule? Ronny’s Fun Run is just a few weeks away! Please mark your calendar for Saturday, August 27th; what a great opportunity to enjoy yourself while supporting local charities. The Rotary Club would like to extend a thank you to Unibank, who has agreed to sponsor the “Kid’s Races” again this year. Kid’s races will be broken down into age groups from 3 – 5, 6 – 8 and 9 – 11.

Registration time for 4 Mile Road Race & 2 Mile walk is 8:00 – 9:30 – Start time 10:00 a.m. Entry fee is $25.00 for entries received by 8/20/2011. Register online at or by

mail. Make checks payable to Rotary Club of Uxbridge and include: name & address, age, male/female, t-shirt size & email address. Mail in entries can be sent to Rotary Club of Uxbridge, P O Box 4, Whitinsville, MA 01588. All entry fees are non-refundable.

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Sutton’s Jusczyk family still hopeful for a cure for Malia By Constance Dwyer Any parent who has a child with a serious illness, like Cancer, whether lifelong or newly diagnosed, will understand what the parents of 3-yearold Malia are going through. This precious child was diagnosed on April 1st of this year with stage four neuroblastoma. Her parents are Megan (Lytle) Jusczyk, a 1997 graduate of Sutton High School, and Glen Jusczyk. Meg and Glen believe Malia can beat this cancer and call her their “Warrior Princess,” coined by Meg’s best friend from Sutton High, Amy Cross-Peterson. To insure Malia will receive the necessary up-to-date medical care, Meg and Glen pulled up roots in Florida in April and moved back to Massachusetts. They now live in Brookline, within walking distance of Children’s Hospital. Holly (Cardin) McNeil, a native of Sutton, and graduate of Sutton High School, is one of the organizers of the bake sale fundraiser, to be explained later in this article. Her family and

Megan’s were “close.” Holly’s sister, Hannah, was in the same class as Megan, and Megan kept in touch with Holly’s parents by sending them yearly Christmas cards and letters, but Holly hadn’t spoken to Meg in 15 years until Malia’s diagnosis. Holly said “I wanted to get involved because Meg was such a big part of my family’s life growing up. I have two children of my own and I could not fathom what Megan and Glen were going through. Malia and my son, Eli, are the same age and what happened to the Jusczyk family could have just as easily happened to my family or that of any other friend.” She added that she and her husband, Pete, attended the “Malia Crushes Cancer” fundraiser in Plainville and they witnessed all the support that Glen received (he’s originally from North Attleboro). Holly was moved by this event. Holly said, “After this fundraiser, Amy Peterson-Cross, Megan’s best friend since high school; Melissa Ronayne-Bobolia, another high school friend, Ellen Mulroy who is a friend of Melissa’s but never knew Megan, and I decided we wanted Megan to feel the

Malia and her mom at a recent Bake Sale event. same love and support from her hometown; we decided on a bake sale and became the bake sale organizers.” “Our goal,” Holly continued, “with the bake sale was for the Sutton community (and surrounding communities)

to come together and support the Jusczyk family. The sale was recently held at the Sutton Common. People volunteered to help bake, whether they knew Malia or not, and a phenomenal $10,000 was raised!” The family assures everyone that 100% of the money raised goes directly into an account for Malia’s medical treatment when insurance will not cover expenses, such as the trial treatments. Megan, Malia’s Mom, said, “This was beyond belief and people’s generosity takes your breath away.” Even with this significant financial contribution from so many, Meg and Glen may have to face medical bills close to $500,000 with a large portion of that not covered by insurance. Another bake sale is being planned in West Sutton at Water’s Farm Fall Festival on Saturday, October 1st & Sunday, October 2nd. The festival runs from 10 am until 4 pm. At the festival, they will have raffles (to benefit Malia), games, music, pumpkin painting, face painting, train and wagon rides, animals, pony and horse rides, farm machinery and equipment, demonstra-

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Kuros, Fattman pleased with restoring local aid Central Mass members of the House Republican Caucus are pleased to announce their amendment to the House budget which seeks to restore one-time local aid to cities and towns was included in the final version of the Fiscal Year 2012 State Budget. Central Mass Republican members include Assistant Minority Leader; Representative George N. Peterson (R-Grafton); Representatives Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn); Richard Bastien (RGardner); Matthew A. Beaton (R-Shrewsbury); Peter J. Durant (R-Spencer); Ryan C. Fattman (R-Sutton); Kimberly N. Ferguson (R-Holden); Kevin J. Kuros (RUxbridge); Steven L. Levy (R-Marlboro) and Todd M. Smola (R-Palmer). The Republican Caucus successfully filed and passed this amendment during the House budget debate back in April. A six-member conference committee composed of members of the House and

Francis M. Saba, Ceo of Milford Regional Medical Center, has been selected as the 2011 Health executive of the year by the American College of Healthcare executives (ACHe). William Fleming, president of ACHe of Massachusetts, presented Frank with the award at the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) Annual Meeting held recently.

Smokey Bear’s Birthday Celebration Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park announces upcoming events at the Visitor Center. Check out our full Calendar of events online at www.mass. gov/dcr/events.htm. For more information, please call the park at 508-278-7604 or e-mail us at blackstone.heritage@state. Smokey Bear’s Birthday Celebration! – FREE! Come celebrate Smokey Bears 67th birthday and Massachusetts Bureau of Forest Fire Controls 100th anniversary with us at River Bend Farm on

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Senate included this local aid language in their compromised version of the FY12 State Budget. As proposed, the Local Aid amendment seeks to allow half of the Commonwealth’s reversions, or a maximum of $65 million, to be distributed to municipalities. Distributed using the Lottery formula, the money seeks to aid cities and towns with this one-time funding. Historically, reversions to the General Fund have averaged approximately $150-$200 million per fiscal year must be distributed by October 31, 2011. In a time where Local Aid has been consistently cut, legislators are pleased to offer this fiscal relief to cities and towns to assist in alleviating the financial burden of the past three fiscal years. This clearly shows that the Republican Caucus is continuing to make our mark in the legislative process. This Republican provision, which








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Moore votes for major reform of child services system Recently, the Senate unanimously passed a complete overhaul of the current system for handling children who consistently get in trouble at home or at school, including runaways and students who are habitually truant, Senator Richard T. Moore, D - Uxbridge, announced. “In an effort to protect our children and young adults in the Commonwealth, the Senate – lead by my colleague Sen. Karen Spilka, took an important step forward today by overhauling and modernizing the CHINS system. Introducing children, in an already fragile state, to the court system was archaic and unnecessary. The new community based system will integrate all necessary personnel and services without exposing the child to the courts, unless absolutely necessary,”

stated Sen. Moore. The legislation transforms the 38year-old Children in Need of Services (CHINS) program that critics say unnecessarily puts troubled children in front of a judge before seeking services to help the children and their families. The bill eliminates the inconsistent juvenile court-based system and replaces it with a statewide community-based intervention network that would integrate and promote school and community services for children and families. “After working on this for six years and hearing the repeated calls for reform from those involved in the CHINS system, I am thrilled that the Senate has passed our legislation to put in place a new procedure for assisting children and families in their time of

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need,” said Senator Spilka (DAshland), lead sponsor of the bill. “By implementing this new system, we will be improving children’s health, strengthening and supporting families, making our communities stronger and safer, and ultimately investing in the well-being of our collective future.” The new system would be established under the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and consist of a statewide network of family resource centers and community-based services for families and children requiring assistance. Under the new system, children would be diverted from the legal process when appropriate and instead provided behavioral, medical and mental health treatment; special education evaluations; mentoring, family and par-

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Society of Genealogists Summer Hours The summer meetings of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc Worcester Chapter will be held on the second TUESDAY evening of each warm-weather month. Meetings will be held at the Auburn Public Library's Merriam Room which is located at 369 Southbridge Street in Auburn, Massachusetts. The meeting room will open at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m. Please take note that there will be no meetings taking place during the month of August due to the summer break. The public is invited to attend (along with a friend) and refreshments will be provided. For more information on future meetings and speaker subjects, please visit our website: or: or:

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Myasthenia Gravis Month resolution Recently, Senator Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, presented a Joint Resolution and to the Massachusetts-New Hampshire Chapter of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MANH MGFA), recognizing their work as the only volunteer health clinic devoted to the research of Myasthenia Gravis (MG). MG is a rare disease that causes weakness of the voluntary muscles and that can be fatal should proper care not be administered. The Joint Resolution submitted by Sen. Moore and Rep. Ryan Fattman, RSutton, cites the work and research that has been accomplished by the MA-NH MGFA, and calls for the month of June to be recognized as "Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month" in the Commonwealth. MG is often misdiagnosed, and rarely dealt with by physicians: only 70,000 cases currently exist in the United States. The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, which was established 58 years ago, is the only volunteer health organization dedicated to combating the disease. MA-NH MGFA is one of 20 chapters of the organization in the United States, and has been recognized as one of the nation's most actively involved groups in raising MG awareness efforts and research.

STATe HouSe PReSeNTATIoN; (l-R) Participating in the presentation of the Joint Resolution held in the historic Senate Reading Room, which declared June as Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month, was (l-R) Marc & Judy Weinberg, Sen. Moore, MA-NH MGFA Chairwoman Marilyn Buckner, MA-NH MGFA, Rep. Ryan Fattman, and Sutton resident Robert Deboer.

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The People First Food Pantry of Uxbridge is sponsoring their 2nd Annual Italian dinner on September 24, 2011 from 6:30 – 10 pm. The event will be held at the Progressive Club located at 18 Whitin St. Uxbridge. Food donations as well as raffle table donations are needed for this event. Below is a list of items needed: Ziti (1 pound boxes), salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, salad dressing, 1 box teabags, 1 box sugar packets, coffee cups (100), ground coffee, dinner plates - heavy duty (200), plastic forks (300), plastic knives (300), plastic spoons (300), white dinner napkins (400) and last but not least, we are in need of raffle baskets and raffle items for our raffle table. All companies who donate a raffle item will have their com-

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Mill Church Café August entertainment The Mill Church Cafe, 45 River St., Millbury, announces August Schedule August 5th: Heart’s Cry - Awesome band with an original sound! Upbeat as well as worship ballads, originals as well as covers. A super gifted group of people. • August 12th: Overcome - Overcome is a group of like minded born again Christians called to minister and use music to encourage the body of Christ to spread the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. • August 19th: Sound Judgment - Great duo with awesome hearts for the Lord! Electric, acoustic, blues, bluegrass mix...Originals and covers. • August 26th: Zach Mesa and Josh Eldridge - Josh and Zach are songwriters. They write what’s in their hearts hoping that every day God fills them up with more of himself and less of them. They have a lively contemporary style. For more information: call 508-8645658 or email: or

pany name listed on our Community Supporter page on our website If you would like to donate any of these items please contact Denise Mussulli via e-mail at This event is the pantry’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Funds raised at this year’s event will help with building repairs, but more importantly will help provide food to the many families supported by the pantry. It is through the generosity and dedication of so many people in the local community that the food pantry is able to continue its mission of feeding people in need. We appreciate your continued support!

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UniBank Awards Scholarships Each year, UniBank offers scholarships to support the educational endeavors of exceptional students in the Blackstone Valley. A total of eleven scholarships were awarded this year on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, character and involvement in school or community activities. We are proud to announce the following recipients of the 2011 UniBank Scholarships: Blackstone-Millville Regional High School graduate, Luke R. Perreault will study Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the son of Roger and Dale Perreault. Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School graduate, Ethan Moon, will also study Biomedical Engineering at Worcester Poly-

technic Institute. Douglas High School graduate, Bradley Labonne. Grafton High School graduate, Rachel Quist, will attend Framingham State College in the fall and study Elementary Education and Earth Sciences. Hopedale High School graduate, Katherine E. Ward, will attend Northeastern University and study Management Information Systems. She is the daughter of Sean and Constance Ward. Nipmuc Regional High School graduate, Kimberly Burke, will attend the Northeastern University in the fall. She is the daughter of Andrew and Dana Burke. Northbridge High School graduate,


Morgan T. Mackintosh, will attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and study Business. She is the daughter of Diane and Scott Mackintosh. Milford High School graduate, Krysta DiGregorio, will attend Boston University in the fall. Sutton High School graduate, Francis Brogie, also plans to attend Boston University in the fall. Uxbridge High School graduate, Krista M. Perry, will attend Massachusetts College of Art, where she will study Illustration. She is the daughter of Paul and Stacy Perry. Whitinsville Christian High School graduate,  Michael D. Bloem, will attend Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI in the fall. He is the son of Dale and June Bloem.


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Crosby shares her beauty with others Julia Crosby of Northbridge (pictured below) donated her hair to the Wigs 4 Kids & Childhood leukemia Foundation. After having seen family and friends close in her life lose their hair to chemotherapy, Julia decided to grow out her hair and donate to children who are less fortunate than her. Wigs 4 Kids & Childhood leukemia Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides wigs to hundreds of children each year with donations they receive. Julia say's "that she wants kids to feel as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside and making a difference is important to her!" Julia is 9 years old and will be entering the 4th grade at Assumption School in Millbury.

All SMIleS - The week of July 17th was "Make Someone Smile Week" begun by Teleflora who supplied jumbo 'Smiley Cups' for the florists' plants and has been doing this for a decade. To observe this locally, Gerri Ciccarelli of lucille's Floral Designs of uxbridge stopped by the uxbridge Senior Center to make Gloria Skvoric smile, among many others. lucille's donated 150 mugs/plants to other happy recipients at Beaumont Nursing Home in Northbridge and lydia Taft Nursing Home in uxbridge. This is the first time lucille's has taken part and Gerri said "This is one of many more and we will go to more places next year and lucille and I are happy to see the smiles on seniors' faces." Photo By ConStAnCE DWyER

Jazz concert at Harnett Middle School The jazz band of the F.W. Hartnett Middle School recently held their final concert of the school year under the direction of music teacher Russell Arnold. There followed a program of original compositions by the students. “This is more than just a typical concert” said Arnold “the students were responsible for putting the entire event together. In the end their efforts counted as a class assessment just like a test.” In addition to organizing the concert and composing original music, students were responsible for providing in-school marketing of the event using digital photography and computers. The next act featured the “Blues Brothers” with Cameron Russell and Michael Roleri on saxo-

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PRoGReSS MADe oN THe NeW uxBRIDGe HIGH SCHool Above photos show the steady progress on the construction of the new uxbridge High School located on Route 146A, Quaker Highway. PhotoS By ConStAnCE DWyER

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Helping save the earth, Is what I like to do. Every bit makes a difference. You can do it, too. Reducing how much water we use, That should be our goal. Spending less time in the shower, “That is how we roll.” Paper has many uses, Drawing is just one. Reusing it as wrapping paper is also very fun. Collecting cans and bottles, Saving is the key. So get out your recycling bins, And come and join with me. Reduce, reuse, recycle! You need to understand. So let’s be good citizens, And help me take care of our land.


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

MoNDAyS PItCh PARty 6:30 pm at the Uxbridge Senior Center on South main Street

TueSDAyS RotARy CLUB mEEtInG 12:15 pm at Unibank, 49 Church St., trustee’s Room P.A.C.E. CLASS…FREE! People with Arthritis can exercise 10 am in the Community Room at Lydia taft house. Call Paulette 508-476-4467

CRuISIN’ AT THe UPton VFW Route 140 tuesdays from 5-9 pm Food and drink available. Call Bob at 508-603-1242 for info

WeDNeSDAyS FREE PooL VFW, Post 1385, Uxbridge 508-278-7540

THuRSDAyS “CommUnIty BAnD” Practice 7:30 pm at Whitin School on Granite St., Uxbridge

WAlK FoR WellNeSS Clear your mind, meet new people and get healthy & Walk the trails at Pout Pond. Call nicky at 508-278-3558 or

FRIDAyS FISh FRy 12 noon to 8 p.m. American Legion Post 390 352 mancaug, mA Call ahead for pick-up 508-476-7474

SATuRDAyS Ladies Auxiliary mEAt RAFFLE 5 pm at VFW Post 1385 hall, Rte. 16 in Uxbridge

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nAmI SUPPoRt GRoUP Uxbridge nazarene Church, 130 Douglas St. 7 to 8:30 pm. For more information call 508-917-8381

AmERICAn LEGIon monthLy mEEtInG 7 p.m. at the American Legion hall, 59 Douglas St. Uxbridge

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7th Sunday n. E. CoUntRy mUSIC CLUB JAmBoREES VFW Post 1385 Rt. 16, Uxbridge. music: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Pot Luck Dinner: 12:30 to 2 p.m. Contribute a dish; pay $3. nECmC members without dish; pay $5. non-members pay $6. house Band: Ken Law & the Lawmen It IS EnCoURAGED FoR thoSE Who AttEnD to BRInG A nonPERIShABLE ItEm oR PAPER PRoDUCt to BEnEFIt thE UxBRIDGE FooD PAntRy

8th Monday BLACKStonE VALLEy FREE mEDICAL PRoGRAm northbridge high School 427 Linwood Ave., Whitinsville 6-8 p.m. monthLy mEEtInG VFW Post 1385, Route 16, Uxbridge 7:00 p.m.

The Third Annual Blackstone Valley Fall Family Festival and Craft Fair returns october 8th with even more family-friendly features and fun. This annual event will be held from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, october 8th, at the pasture of West end Creamery, a popular tourist destination at the junction of Route 146 and Purgatory Road in Whitinsville.

14th Sunday UPton VFW FLEA mARKEt Route 140. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Rain Date Sunday, 8/14

21st Sunday BoB BoUChER mEmoRIAL motoRCyCLE RIDE & ChICKEn BARBECUE Uxbridge American Legion Riders leaving from the Charles A. Rice Post #33 on Route 16, Uxbridge. Sign up at 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Rides will return to the

Uxbridge VFW Post 1385 for a Chicken Dinner and dancing from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. to the band "the Dead Dawgs". tickets are $15. For additional information contact John Pres. American Legion Riders 508-873-2245 or the VFW Post 1385 at 508-278-7540.

22nd Monday AmERICAn LEGIon RIDERS monthLy mEEtInG 7 p.m. at the American Legion hall, 59 Douglas St. Uxbridge Send calendar items to

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28th Sunday n. E. CoUntRy mUSIC CLUB JAmBoREES VFW Post 1385 Rt. 16, Uxbridge. music: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Dinner to be announced and served 12 - 2 p.m. music: 1 - 5 p.m. house Band: Borrowed time Admission: $6 after 2 p.m. members pay $4.

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The employees of Blissful Meadows Golf Club received quite a surprise when they arrived for a staff meeting at 10am on Friday, July 8th. The legendary Stanley Cup trophy made a 30 minute appearance at the club, just long enough for the staff to view and have their pictures taken with it. It is a tradition for each member of the winning hockey team to have the Cup for the day, and Matt Falconer, the Bruins Equipment Manager received the honor that Friday, and graciously agreed to bring the Cup to Blissful Meadows for a short visit. This was a fitting testament to the staff of Blissful Meadows, as the Stanley Cup was won by the Bruins due in part to the exceptional teamwork involved. As with the Bruins, the family of employees at Blissful Meadows also has a strong sense of teamwork, getting the job done while having fun in the process. Blissful Meadows is celebrating its 20th Golf Season this year, and many of their employees have been here since the beginning. This most certainly is due to the strong team chemistry that is evident throughout the departments, as well as the family atmosphere of the club. To emphasize the family orientated nature of the club, Blissful Meadows is giving away a 2012 Family Golf Membership valued at $4400 to one lucky player. Every player who signs up for a free loyalty membership at the club will be eligible and the winning players name will be drawn on October 22nd at one of the Club’s monthly “theme nights”. This year will also mark the 20th Annual Company Open Charity Golf Outing, taking place on September 16th. This event has been held each year to raise funds for our local youth. Nearly $200,000 has been raised for youth scholarships, scholastic programs and sports related activities in the Blackstone Valley. To participate in this event, or to donate or become a sponsor, you may visit the Club’s website at or call 508.278.6110.

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Please take note that there will be no meeting taking place during the month of August due to the society’s summer break. Questions? Contact: Nancy Schultzberg 508-949-9046. For more information on future meetings and speaker subjects, please visit our website: or: or:

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Communication and Sciences Disorders. In the fall she will be employed by Douglas Public Schools as a 5th grade teacher. Mr. Bousquet is a 2007 graduate of Sutton High School and currently owns Blackstone Valley Energy in Millbury. A December 2012 wedding is planned.

Gardner & Bousquet Keith Gardner and Jacqueline Norberg of Uxbridge announce the engagement of their daughter, Nicole Gardner, to Justin Bousquet, son of Joseph Bousquet of Oxford and Susan Brodeur of Webster. Miss Gardner is a 2007 graduate of Uxbridge High School and a 2011 graduate of Worcester State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Elementary Education with a minor in

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Blackstone Valley Women’s Club hosts Membership Social

Celebrating 65 Years WeDDeD BlISS - Frank and Alice Susskey recently celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary at a party held in their honor at the Village Haven Resturant in Slatersville, RI. At left is their Wedding photo and above, enjoying the party. ABoVE Photo By StAnLy Smyth

The Blackstone Valley Women’s Club is hosting a “Membership Social” and pot luck event at Club member and Treasurer Marie Bastone’s home at 91 Chipper Hill Road in Northbridge on Wednesday, August 3rd, at 5:30 p.m. Women, 18 years or older, interested in knowing more about this new General Federation of Women’s Clubs formed a year ago are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Marie Bastone at (201) 681-1885. Prospective members are welcome to come to the event as guests and enjoy the food and fellowship. The GFWC Blackstone Valley Women’s Club of Sutton is changing

its meeting night from a Thursday to the last Wednesday of the month. The next meeting of the club will be on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm at its regular meeting place, the Dudley Gendron American Legion Hall, 156 Boston Road, Sutton. To kick off the meeting year, samples of food will be provided by a speaker, Linda Meyer of Attleboro, a representative of “Tastefully Simple”. If Thursdays have kept you away as a prospective member, please come join us now. Members represent the Valley towns of Grafton, Sutton, Northbridge, Uxbridge, Whitinsville, Douglas, Millbury, and Westborough.

Theatre hosts Volunteer Recruitment On Wednesday, August 10th at 6:30 PM the Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre will host a volunteer recruitment night in the Stadium Theatre’s Grand Hall. Due to the increasing number of patrons attending performances, the Theatre is seeking additional volunteers to service its patrons. Volunteers will be offered a variety of positions to choose from, including: Doormen, House Managers, Ushers, Pub, Concession, Box office and daily Office staff as well as Technical crew For more information contact: Michael Harrison, Stadium Personnel Coordinator at 401-762-4545 ext. 6. The Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre offers outstanding local, regional and nationally renowned live entertainment in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. For more information on upcoming events go to

Uxbridge Photographer plans exhibit Massachusetts photographer Mike Zeis will display photographs of wornout amusement parks and quirky roadside attractions at the Premium Art Outlet in Milford, MA, between August 3rd and August 13th. “It’s sad when we see a shuttered amusement park,” said Zeis, “but the ruins of a roller coaster should remind us of the temporal nature of life, and can help us separate the things that matter from the things that don’t.” In Zeis’ photographs of old-fashioned miniature golf courses and roadside drive-in food establishments, we can see the variety and personality small businesses demonstrated before malls and chain stores became so common. Most of Zeis’ photos were taken with vintage film cameras, some modified to add distortion. A lifelong photographer, Zeis has been documenting the American roadside since 2004. The “Playland” photo exhibit can be seen at Premium Art Outlet , 10 Beach Street, Milford between 10 am and 6 pm, Mondays through Saturdays. An artist’s reception will be held on Friday, August 5th, between 6 pm and 8 pm.

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Wanderlust CG 36500 By Bob Haigis It was a long time coming, but like they say: “The reward was worth the wait”. A good friend of ours and I finally got to visit one of America’s most famous and treasured marine icons: The Gold Medal Coast Guard rescue boat known as CG 36500. We had intended driving down to Rock Harbor last year where the floating museum is on display during the summer, but life got in the way and we never were able to make the trip. Our contact in Chatham told us that we could come there where the boat was in storage for the winter, but wouldn’t be able to board her, so we decided to wait. We promised each other we would get down in the spring. Ed was particularly interested in the boat because years ago as a Sea Scout he had served on another identical vessel in Cape waters. In addition to just having fun, at times he patrolled, assisted in rescuing stranded mariners, and performed other assigned duties. He had many pleasant memories of serving with his fellow scouts, and was enthralled with the story of the 36500. Of course I am always interested in real life heroes and their accomplishments. In addition, I hoped I would be able to board the boat and, like I did on the African Queen, stand at the helm of another of America’s most interesting treasures. Spring finally arrived, and we got

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news that the boat was back in the water in Orleans, and so at a spur of the moment decision we headed down to see her. I was already on the Cape, so Ed and I met and drove to Rock Harbor. It was a reasonably easy ride East on Rte. 6 to the rotary in Orleans, and then North on Rock Harbor Rd. to the docking site where CG 36500 was tied up. During the ride, we recalled the details of the terrible night that made the boat

and her crew so famous, and how we had learned of it. It began with a book Ed had found in the Uxbridge Library, and recommended to me. It was written by the Coast Guardsman (Bernard C Webber) that was at the helm of the boat the night it (and he) became famous. The name if you want some great reading is: CHATHAM “THE LIFE BOAT MEN”. It was one of the greatest sto-

Blackstone Valley Fall Festival plans underway Mark your calendars now for our popular celebration of the rich agricultural history of the Blackstone Valley The Third Annual Blackstone Valley Fall Family Festival and Craft Fair returns October 8th with even more family-friendly features and fun. This annual event, which draws thousands of visitors, will be held from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, 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 festival is sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Tourism Association. Features will include farm animal demonstrations and exhibits, arts and crafts, great food and games and attractions for children.

New features this year include: • A cow chip bingo contest. Take a chance on a spot on our bingo grid. If the cow marks the spot, you will take home the prize. • Mini-whinnies. View these adorable miniature horses. • A quilting bee, with quilters working on handmade projects right before your eyes. • 4-H. Young people from Blackstone Valley 4-H will showcase their animals, including pigs, chickens, goats and sheep. • Kids’ identification kits sponsored by Charter Communications. • Fresh samples of Vermont-made cheese from Cabot Creamery. More events continue to be added so check out our Web site at or check us

out on Facebook at www.facebook. com/BVFallFestival. “We are excited to be putting together our biggest festival ever,’’ said Tourism Association co-presidents Holly Gallerani and Tom Bellacqua. “We hope people will put the date on their calendars now so they will be sure to attend the most popular agricultural event in the Valley.’’ The association is still looking for sponsors and vendors to join the thousands of visitors that day. For more information about the festival, including sponsorship and vendor opportunities, visit our Website at and our Facebook page at or call Marcia Decker at 508-234-9090, ext. 108.

ries of human courage, endurance and triumph either of us had ever read. It is the true story of a rescue at sea by four members of the U.S. Coast Guard, back in February of 1952. On that night, one of the most terrible snowstorm/northeaster’s to hit Cape Cod in modern times occurred. Two oil tankers broke in half off the coast of Cape Cod, and the Coast Guard Station at Chatham dispatched rescue boats. One of the crafts was the 500 (the 36 represents the length of the boat, and the second number is assigned to each craft). The night of the storm, the 36500, manned by a crew of four Coasties, was sent to the site of the sinking Pendleton to hopefully bring back its crew of thirty three safely to shore. What followed, to this day is still considered nothing short of a series of miracles. The episode ended with the boat safely back in port with thirty two rescued sailors, the four crew members, and a story that will be told until the seas dry up. It has been called “The greatest small boat rescue in history”. That night, the first “miracle” was the fact that the 36500 ever got to the wreck at all. Not far off shore, the broken sections were bouncing along the bottom in the massive seas. As Coxswain Webber guided his boat out across the Chatham Bar, he was soon

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Senior Corner “What is Alzheimer's Northbridge Senior Center Events Disease?” By Nicholas G. Kaltsas, esq. As we age, we undergo a number of physiological changes, which affect not only how we look, but also how we function and respond to daily living. Our hair turns grey, our skin wrinkles, we often times have minor memory problems and slower thinking can occur. Individuals experience these changes differently - for some, the level of decline may be rapid and dramatic; for others, the changes are much less significant. When the memory loss is more serious, and is combined with confusion and mood changes, it may be Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease dementia is a progressive, degenerative brain disease and has no known cure. It is the most common form of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease significantly impacts one’s ability to function cognitively and results in the deterioration or loss of everyday functions like speech and memory. Experts have developed ìstagesî to describe how a person’s abilities change from normal function through advanced Alzheimer’s. This seven-stage framework is based on a system developed by Barry Reisberg, M.D., clinical director of the New York University School of Medicine’s Silberstein Aging and Dementia Research Center. However, it is important to note that these “stages” are just general guides and symptoms vary greatly. The stages begin with having no impairment (normal function), where the person does not experience any memory problems and does not show any evidence of symptoms of dementia. The middle stages all deal with a continued cognitive decline. The last stage deals with very severe cognitive decline (or late-stage Alzheimer’s disease). In this final stage of the disease, individuals lose the ability to respond to their environment and, eventually, to

control movement. Although they may still say words or phrases, they lose the ability to carry on a conversation. At this stage, individuals need help with much of their daily personal care. To date, there is no scientific consensus on what causes Alzheimer’s disease and although researchers are hard at work, there is still no cure. Please join us on August 20th as Dr. Daniel Pollen, a leading researcher and listed as Director of the Alzheimer’s Clinic at UMassMermorial Medical Center, will be speaking about ways to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease on August 20th on “The Senior Focus.” Also, please join us for a Symposium on Alzheimer’s disease taking place in November at the Beechwood Hotel in Worcester. Check back for the date and time of this very special educational event. Attorney Kaltsas practices law at Elder & Disability Law Advocates in Wor-cester and Framingham and hosts WTAG’s Saturday morning talk show “The Senior Focus”.

HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday - Thursday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm; Friday: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm SHINE A Shine Counselor is available by appointment only. Call for more information or to schedule an appointment. FALLON REPRESENATIVE The Senior Center will have a Rep from Fallon Community Health (Senior Plan) on Wed., August 10th at 10:00 a.m. Anyone having issues regarding their Senior Health Insurance can come and speak to the Fallon Rep. ASK THE NURSE The Northbridge Senior Center Ask the Nurse Program will conduct a vital signs clinic on Tuesdays, August 9th and 23rd 11:00 am.-1:00 pm. Come in and meet Pat Wallen our RN, she is available to answer any questions concerning your medications, or any other health issues you may have. CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP The Caregivers support Group meets on the fourth Friday of the month from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. The next meeting will be on Friday, August 26th. MONTHLY BIRTHDAY DINNER The monthly birthday dinner will be at

11:45 am on Tuesday, August 23rd. Anyone celebrating a birthday in the month of August is invited to attend and bring a guest. Reservations are needed no later than 11:00 am, Thursday, August 18th. MALL TRIP The Center’s Van will take a Mall trip on Tuesday, August 9th. There is no destination at this time. Call the center for information or make a suggestion. FREE LEGAL CLINIC There will be a Free Legal Clinic on Tuesday, August 23rd from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Call the center to schedule a half hour appointment. TRANSPORTATION Reservations for local transportation must be made 24 hours in advance. Transportation is available for anyone 60+ years of age or for handicapped citizens of any age. Reservations for out of town medical transportation must be made at least three days in advance. Please call 508-234-2002 for more information. DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT The Northbridge Senior Center has a variety of Durable Medical equipment available for local senior residents.

There is no fee for this service. Come into the center and someone will be available to show you what is available for your needs. In order to serve you better, we ask that you leave your name, address and phone number with the office staff. This helps to keep track of our inventory. Call the center for more information. LIFE PLANNING SERVICE The Northbridge Senior Center now has a financial counselor available free of charge on a wide range of Life Planning matters. His services will include the following: all Medicare A, B, and C and Mass Health related advice and guidance, Social Security including, retirement, disability, and SSI claims for benefits, Credit & Debt counseling matters, Advice on long term care services and alternatives, Money management and budgeting guidance, All life and health and disability insurance related matters, All available social service needs based programs, Medical expense hardship assistance, All services limited to Shine Counselor to be referred as appropriate, and all Veteran entitlement and need based assistance programs.

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Uxbridge Senior Center August Calendar and Events

1st monday Lunch: Pork with apples, Vegetable Pilaf, Green Beans and Mandarin Oranges.

2nd tuesday 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. 10:00 am – Private computer classesBen, our young volunteer, will do private computer classes geared to the individuals needs. Call 278-8622 to register. Lunch: Buttermilk Chicken, Red Bliss Potatoes, Spinach and Apple Cinnamon Grahams.

3rd Wednesday

Lunch: Burgundy Meatballs, Egg Noodles, Scandinavian Veggies and Pineapple Fruit Crisp 12:15 - 12:45 FREE Ice Cream Sundae Social sponsored by our community partners at Hannaford Supermarkets! Join us for lunch and top off your meal with a delicious ice cream Sundae. Hannaford’s will also offer toppings and sugar-free ice cream for individuals with dietary restrictions. We want to thank Hannaford’s once again, for the kind support they show to our senior citizens! We appreciate all that you give to us and thank you for the generosity

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4th thursday

Lunch: Beef and Bean Chili, Brown Rice, Broccoli and Bread Pudding. Join us with our friend Richard Colahan on the keyboard. 1 pm - 2 pm - New summer hours for Yoga Class! Come and join this class and learn to stretch and relax.

5th Friday

Lunch: Potato Crunch Fish, Lemon Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables and Fresh Melon. Join us with our friend Richard Colahan on the keyboard.

8th monday

Lunch: Herbed Chicken, Couscous, Winter Mixed Vegetable & Granola Bar

9th tuesday

8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. 10:00 am – Private computer classesBen, our young volunteer, will do private computer classes geared to the individuals needs. Call to register. Lunch: Italian Braised Beef, Egg Noodles, Broccoli, Fresh Fruit.

10th Wednesday

Lunch: Navy Bean Soup, Salmon Boat with Dill, Garlic Potatoes, Peas and

Onions and Mixed Fruit.

11th thursday Lunch: Pork Stir Fry, Steamed Rice, Brussels Sprouts, and Peaches. Our friend Richard Colahan will entertain on the keyboard. 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! 2:00 pm – Yoga class

12th Friday

Lunch: Beef and Cabbage Casserole, Potatoes and Carrots and Pineapple Salad. Richard Colahan will be here to entertain on the keyboard. 15th/Monday Lunch: Lasagna, Roman Blend Veggies, and Baked Apple

16th tuesday

8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. 10:00 am – Private computer classesBen, our young volunteer, will do private computer classes geared to the individuals needs. Call 278-8622. Lunch: Penne with Chicken and Broccoli, Corn, Tossed Salad and Chocolate Chip Cookie.




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Lunch pick up begins at 10:30 am each day with lunch at 11:30 am. Call Bev to reserve your lunch 48 hours in advance ay 278-7609. Call the Center for transportation to and from lunch, for medical rides at 278-8622 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.

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17th Wednesday Lunch: Lemon Pepper Fish, Rice Pilaf, Spinach and Fruited Ambrosia.

18th thursday

Lunch: Beef Stroganoff, Egg Noodles, Jardiniere Vegetables & Fresh Melon. Richard Colahan will entertain on the keyboard. 1:00-2:00 pm - Yoga class- Marilyn Jones, Certified Yoga Instructor, will guide you through an hour of stretching and strengthening while sitting in a chair. This is a great choice for those who are stiff with arthritis, limited physical strength and stamina, or those building up to a different level of exercise. Our classes are offered free of charge.  Donations are accepted.  No registration necessary. Join Us!

19th Friday

Lunch: Honey Chicken, Mashed Sweet Potato, Green Beans and Mandarin Oranges. Our friend Richard Colahan will entertain on the keyboard.

22nd monday

Lunch: Tomato Soup, Fish Sandwich, Wild Rice, Summer Corn and Pineapple Crisp.

23rd tuesday

8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. 10:00 am – Private computer classesBen, our young volunteer, will do private computer classes geared to the individuals needs. Call to register. Lunch: Rosemary pork, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Birthday cake.

24th Wednesday

Lunch: Hot Dog on a Bun, Baked Beans, Coleslaw and Baked Apples.

25th thursday

Lunch: Apricot Chicken, Red Bliss Potatoes, California Blend Veggies, and Chocolate Pudding. Richard Colahan will entertain on the keyboard. 12:30 - Pick-up begins for Walmart shopping. 1:00-2:00 pm – Yoga class with Marilyn Jones. All are welcome.

26th Friday

Lunch: Beef Jardinière, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Honey Glazed Carrots and Fresh Fruit. Richard Colahan will entertain on the keyboard.

29th monday

Lunch: Swedish Meatballs, Egg Noodles, Green Beans and Mandarin Oranges

30th tuesday

8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. 10:00 am – Private computer classesBen, our young volunteer, will do private computer classes geared to the individuals needs. Call to register. Lunch: Roast Turkey, Herbed Rice, Peas and Carrots and Fresh Fruit.

31st Wednesday

Lunch: Liver and Onions, Mashed Potatoes, Roman Blend Veggies, and Vanilla Pudding.

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yard sales. We deeply appreciate our shoppers for their participation and support of those holding yard sales! We hope everyone enjoyed the day. Thank you, also, to those who baked or donated items, or volunteered their time before and during the sale. We could not have done it without you! Overall, we are thrilled with the community's response to our fundraiser and thank you ALL again for your support! We hope everyone has a restful summer and we look forward to seeing you all in September. memorial DoNaTioNS Thank you for your generosity and donations in memory of Friends of Mendon Elder member Judith Langford to the Friends Van Support Fund. These monies will help to defray operational expenses for the senior van. iCe Cream SoCial & mellow mUSiC The Hopkinton "Mellow Tones" will be returning to the Mendon Senior Center on Wednesday, August 10th at 1pm to entertain us...come give them a hand. Following their performance enjoy a 'make your own sundae' social. Please stop by or call to register for this free event sponsored by the Friends of Mendon Elders. Thank you. Free live PerFormaNCe! eDUCaTiNg riTa Reserve your space now for this two person drama on Tuesday, August 16th 1:30 pm starring returning actor Richard Clark (Mark Twain, Ernest Hemingway) and Dianne Giammarrco

2011 meNDoN SeNior CiTizeN oF The year! This year's honoree, chosen from among several qualified candidates, goes to a deserving Mendon native with a long history of public service ~ Tom Hackenson. Mr. Hackenson has served the town of Mendon in many capacities, among them as Assessor, Building Inspector and COA chairperson. As member of the COA (1989-1991) Tom chaired the building committee which coordinated the donation of materials and labor for the present day Senior Center which opened in 1990. Mr. Hackenson also served on the Nipmuc School Building Committee and was instrumental in helping to get a new police station built in Mendon through volunteer efforts. Please join us in congratulating Tom and watch for details to honor him at a dinner hosted by the Mendon Lion's Club at the 34th annual Senior Citizens Day in September. SeNior Tea hoNoriNg 90+ Together, the Mendon COA and the Friends of Mendon Elders will be hosting a reception honoring Mendon seniors age 90 and over on Sunday, August 14th at 2:00pm at the Mendon Senior Center sponsored by the Friends. COA Board member Earl Pearlman, an accomplished pianist, will provide entertainment. Dessert and beverages will be served. Invitations for seniors and their guests will be mailed out midJuly. Please be sure to save the date and don't hesitate to contact the center if you have any questions. whole FooDS DiSTriBUTioNS Come on down! While we would like to encourage everyone to stop by the center on Monday mornings to take advantage of our Whole Foods distribution of bread and produce, we would also like to request a limit of two bags per household so more seniors can benefit. Our sincere thanks go out to volunteers Laurie Barefoot and her son Jeremy for coordinating this effort and to Bob and Martha Gebelein for volunteering weekends to receive this delivery. Bon Appetite & Merci! SeaSoNal exCUrSioNS reTUrN! The Summer Safari returns to Mendon Senior Center on Wednesdays. August 17th— Olive Garden, Patriot’s Place. No sign-up necessary, just meet at the Senior Center at 11:15 am and carpool. FrieNDS oF meNDoN elDerS NewS Despite the damp weather the Friends' 7th Annual Progressive Yard Sale was a huge success due to a great collaborative effort. We wish to thank our generous advertisers and volunteers for their continuing support and commitment in our efforts to provide programs and services for the seniors in Mendon as well as enhancements to our Senior Center. Thank you to our neighbors and friends who are so graciously held the


about an English professor and a young hairdresser who becomes a college student. This performance, filled with humor, wisdom and wit, is sponsored by the Mendon Cultural Council, a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Councils. Call 508-478-6175 to register. Why not invite a friend and join us for lunch beforehand. veTeraNS ServiCeS Mr. Robin Fletcher, Mendon's Veteran Agent, is available to discuss benefits and corresponding eligibility requirements with Mendon Veterans of all ages and their family members. Please call the Mendon Senior Center at 508-4786175 to schedule an appointment. NewSleTTer SPoNSorS The Mendon Senior Sentinel is published at no charge to the Council on Aging due to the sponsorship of several local businesses. We are grateful for their generosity. Please be sure to tell them you saw their ads here and please welcome our newest newsletter sponsor - Warren's Haircutting of Mendon! Welcome aboard... TraNSPorTaTioN UPDaTeS: The Mendon Council on Aging, the newly formed Transportation Advisory Committee and the Friends of Mendon Elders are all committed to meeting the transportation needs Mendon residents age 60 and over or any Mendon resident who is disabled. Rides are provided for medical and/or personal appointments, shopping on Wednesdays mornings and for transportation to and from activities at the Senior Center from

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ed and able to help with this effort. Finally, renewed grant funding to the Blackstone Valley Transportation Consortium, of which Mendon is a member, will allow for continued transportation to medical appointments outside of our newly adopted fifteen mile radius, to towns and cities including Framingham, Worcester and Boston. Rides for Mendon seniors are coordinated by the Mendon Senior Center and need to be scheduled with greater advance notice. Please contact the center at 508-478-6175 for more information or to schedule a ride. oNgoiNg SUmmer ProgramS: Walking Group - Monday 9 am Whole Foods - Monday 9-11 am Bridge - Monday 9 am Cribbage - Monday/Thursday 9 am Manicures - Monday 9-11am Stretch & Flexibility - Tues/Thur 9 am Lunch Club - Tues/Thurs12:00 noon Bocce - Tuesday/Thursday 1 pm Shopping Van - Wednesday 8 am Yoga - Wed 9am & Thurs 6 pm T'ai Chi - Wed 10:15 am Bingo - Friday 1 pm

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Stroke Clinic to be held Hopedale Annual Day in the Park set for area swimmers Crimson coaches will be holding a stroke clinic at the Whitinsville Community Center from Monday August 29 through Friday September 2 from 4:30-5:30 pm. This clinic is open to American Red Cross Level IV swimmers and up or swimmers who can swim 1 length of the pool of both freestyle and backstroke. Head Coach Carl Cederquist has over thirty years of coaching experience. He has coached swimmers from the beginner level to the National and Olympic Trials level. His former swimmers hold many National Age Group records, New England records, and Top Ten rankings. Carl was named New England Coach of the year in 2002, 2004, and 2008. Assisting Carl will be members of the Crimson Aquatics coaching staff. Each day of the clinic will have a specific stroke focus. Drill and technique

work will be the priority as they are integral aspects of the sport. Contact Coach Carl Cederquist at 508-8137211 or by Email (carl.cederquist@ ) for more information.

Crimson Aquatics Swim Team Tryouts Crimson coaches will be holding swim team tryouts at the Whitinsville Community Center on Thursday September 1st from 6 - 7 p.m. and Saturday September 3rd from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Swimmers should be able to swim 1 length of the pool of both freestyle and backstroke. Contact Coach Carl Cederquist at 508-8137211 or by Email ( carl.cederquist@ ) for more information.

The Hopedale Cultural Council wishes to announce that the 32nd Annual Day in the Park will be held on Saturday, September 10th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Hopedale Town Park on Dutcher Street. Raindate will be the following day. The popular exhibition of fine art “under the tent” will once again highlight the day, demonstrating the talent surrounding our area. Original paintings, drawings, graphics, sculpture,

fiber art, collage and photography will be available for viewing and sale during the day. Artists are invited to set up their artwork using their own display

Free Performances by Singer Jesse Fontaine Music educator and award winning jazz act/performer Jesse Fontaine returns to the Blackstone area for two summer concert shows. The first is on Thursday, August 4th at Alternatives Unlimited Inc. The second is at Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park on Sunday, August 21st. Both performances are a part of the summer concerts series that each organization is conducting throughout the months of July and August. Like his contemporary Michael Bublé, Fontaine keeps the torch burning with quality music compatible to

artists like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Billy Holiday. In turn, Fontaine offers an eclectic blend of classic songs meeting a contemporary sound that will tug on the heartstrings of the listener’s ear. Fontaine’s production performance “Music From The Great American Songbook & Beyond” which was recorded live this November at The Singh Performance Center at Alternatives has been well received by area cable stations and their viewers. “Sometimes, it only takes a fresh perspective to transform an old song into something new and contemporary. Take

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Jesse Fontaine, for example, who sings with the sort of golden tenor that instantly evokes thoughts of Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra. His voice is warm and strong, his phrasing expressive and nuanced, giving each song an almost surreal timelessness, whether he’s singing a standard such as ‘Blue Skies’ or something more contemporary, such as Van Morrison’s ‘Moondance’.” Victor D. Infante, Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Backing Fontaine’s vocals and keyboard skills will be guitarist Mike Finneron, national bassist Genevieve Rose, and Route 66’s drummer Rick Hoosegood. Thursday’s, August 4th performance at Alternatives is a rain or shine event scheduled for 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. In the event of rain, the performance will be held in the Singh Performance Center located on the grounds of Alternatives. Sunday’s, August 21st performance at Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park is scheduled from 3:30pm5:00pm. This event is weather permitting. Both performances are free and open to the public. Lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blanket are welcomed at both locations. For further information and to sample audio and visual footage of the group, please visit

racks, or utilizing tennis court fencing. Applications for the exhibit will be mailed to adult artists who have exhibited at the Day in the Park within the past two years. The annual children’s art show for ages three to eighteen will be held in December. Newcomers may obtain an application by calling Joanne at 508-473-8753 or by downloading the application from website, Boards and Commissions, Hopedale Cultural Council. The completed application must be mailed along with appropriate fee. Applications will also be available during Hopedale’s Wednesday night band concerts at the Town Park. In order to allow time for artists to complete their artwork, the deadline for return of the entry form is September 1st. Exhibitors are invited to complete for several purchase prize awards, each $300. Additional monetary awards have been solicited from local businesses. These sponsorship donations will be combined and distributed to award winning artists whose work will be selected by a professional juror. Members of the 2011 Hopedale Cultural Council are: Dorothy Suszanska, Ellen Murphy, Virginia Larkin, Wilma Manning, Sue Pagnini, Ann Labrode, Sally Decelles, Joanne

Andreotti, Judy Belben and Sue Curran. The 32nd Annual Day in the Park is partially funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Buddy Day Carnival The 3rd Annual Buddy Day Carnival in loving memory of Tricia O'Toole will be held on Saturday, September 17th from 11 am - 4 pm at the Upton VFW. There will be unlimited games all day. Admission is $25 per family or $10 p.p. with all proceeds to benefit a annual scholarship for a high school student in Tricia O'Tooles name. Included in the day’s events are GAMES, FOOD, FACE PAINTING, JUMPEE, HUMAN PAINT BALL, THEMED BASKET RAFFLES and music and entertainment by Mendon Dance Center. Grand Prizes to be given away are: 4 bikes, foursome of golf to Shining Rock Golf Course, foursome of golf to Hopkinton Country Club and each child will receive a logo drawstring bag as a token of thanks. Have a fun-filled day while donating to a great cause.

Vendors, Crafters & Artists wanted for Yard Sale The East Blackstone Quaker Meeting House & Cemetery Historical Association is seeking vendors, crafters and artists in conjunction with a Yard Sale/Can & Bottle Drive the Association is holding on Saturday, September 17th. The sale will be held on the grounds of the Meeting House located at 197 Elm Street, Blackstone, Massachusetts and will run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Rain date will be Saturday, September 24th. Interested vendors, crafters and artists may call Ann Durham at (508) 8830444 or Harriet Chase Sharp at (401) 439-0401 or may email Harriet at Spaces will sell for $20 and will be 10 x 10. Anyone interested in donating items for the Yard Sale may contact Linda Allaire at (508) 883-4462. Should you be unable to deliver your items, arrangements can be made for pickup. Cans and Bottles may be delivered to the Meeting House on the date of the

Yard Sale or contact Linda Allaire or Ann Durham for pickup. All proceeds from these fund-raising projects will be used to benefit the renovation of the historic 1812 Quaker Meeting House. The Association is a 501 c 3 nonprofit corporation under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. To learn more of the workings of the Association and its endeavors visit our website at:

Purr fect Poem Soft still padding cross secret floors; eyes made of night peer from shadowed doors, a seldom thump in the a.m. hours, movement subtle neath dreaming flowers, a grating wispy somewhere moan proclaiming a spirit none may own a something watching as you sleep, divining wisdom, eternal and deep, never devoted; friend or foe such joy to view as Tall hours flow an alien neither wild or Tame who never Judges or points in blame Adam named the cat, communion complete; Man made the throne, for his Honor’s seat. Submitted by Bob Duffy Millville, MA

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School News Worcester State posts Dean’s List The following Worcester State University students have been named to the 2011 spring semester Dean's List:   From Douglas: Patricia N Alvarez, Lisa J Denomme, John F Field, Melissa Gontijo, Evelyn R Hickey, Trevor R Hodde, Laura J Katragjini, Erin E McLaughlin, Andrea N Nelson, Daniel P Romeiro From Northbridge: Aimee L Cotnoir, Jennifer E Haas, Dina W Halabi, Danae N Medeiros, Melissa R Mickunas, Joseph J Young From Sutton: Meghan A Alarie, Tara M Anger, Alexander J Blakeslee, Leah E Dahlin, Rochelle K Desruisseaux, Samuel E Dziel, Jason M Eldridge, Daniel W Gordon, Kori E Jahrling, Danielle C Kasabula, Caitlin Lachowski, Benjamin A Lyon, Edward C Mwangi, Adam S Pendleton, Erin N Reilly, Paul J Richard 

OLV School announces Honor Roll HIGH HONORS GRADE 8: Hailey Kasper, Kayla Lyons and Katherine Wickstrom GRADE 7: Helen Wickstrom GRADE 6: Faith Adam, Hannah Wickstrom and Samuel Wickstrom GRADE 5: Colin Hourihan, Ryan Hourihan and Grace Rett GRADE 4: Erik Backman, Liam Colligan, Quinn Colligan, Kelly Heney, Kyle Henschel, Nothando KHumalo, Eric Markey, Christian Verla and David Wickstrom HONORS GRADE 8: Stefan Masciarelli and Marissa Riley GRADE 7: Haily Ante, Meaghan Bernard, Travis Butler, Keryn Moriarty, and Leslie Nealon GRADE 6: Molly Cloutier, Annemarie Haas, Bathabile Khumalo, Sam Malone, Lauren Markey, Peter Menchin and Daniel Stolte GRADE 5: Maria Buono, Amanda Maccaline, McKenna Moors, Stella Noecker, Jarrod Sturniolo, Emily Whittaker - Smith and Robert Wickstrom GRADE 4: Sal Ante, Ethan Hickey, Alexandra Jones, Alexa Kearnan, Michelle Riley, Callie Schmitt, Michael Wickstrom and Gabrielle Wood

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Valley Tech hosts Aging Well Assessment Day

Blackstone Valley Tech recently hosted an Aging Well Assessment Day at the school. (left to right) Volunteer patient Mrs. Jean Cunis of Ashland meets with a team of students including Gilberto Goncalves (practical nursing student) from Milford, Alexandra Compton, a Valley Tech junior from uxbridge, and Mary labreck (practical nursing student) from Franklin. Valley Tech’s Post-Secondary Practical Nursing (LPN) program recently hosted an Aging Well Assessment Day at the school. The day-long clinical activity focused on health assessments of older adults living in the community independently and with chronic illness. Thirteen patient volunteers were each given head-to-toe health assessments including lifestyle, health and family

history questionnaires along with a physical assessment of numerous body systems including the heart, lungs and skin. Information gathered by the students created a real-life learning environment helping the students understand the needs of older adults and how to help them maintain their health and independence. Throughout the course of the assessments, Practical Nursing

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students apply knowledge and skills emphasized in the practical nursing curriculum. The Aging Well Assessment Day activity was created in response to a call from the National League for Nursing for nurse education to shift toward better preparing students to advance the health of the nation’s elderly population. By focusing on goals such as the promotion of clinical decision-making in real-life encounters with older adults, the activity prepares students to manage and coordinate care in all health care settings. “We received tremendously positive feedback from the thirteen volunteers in the post-assessment questionnaires,” stated LPN Program Coordinator Kathy Ashe, RN, certified nurse educator (CNE) and creator of the Aging Well Assessment Day. “Our students were repeatedly praised for their skill, compassion and willingness to learn and everyone was happy to participate for the mutual benefit to students and the health information received by patients. Having clinical experiences such as these is critical to the learning experience in Practical Nursing.” The learning activity is an important career ladder initiative resulting in collaboration with students in the PostSecondary Practical Nursing program and Valley Tech’s high school Health Service program students along with their respective instructors. Additionally, Valley Tech’s Culinary Arts students assisted with food preparation and service providing lunch for all involved. Valley Tech opened the LPN program in 2009 following Initial Status

Approval from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing and full approval from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The program curriculum is designed to assist graduates in passing the challenging National Council Licensing Examination for Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN). Valley Tech’s 60-week program includes 1,090 hours of instruction including 945 hours of nursing courses and more than 540 hours of clinical practice instruction. The program is currently enrolling applicants. Interested candidates should refer to Valley Tech’s website for information at or call the LPN Program Office at 508-529-7758, Ext. 3122.

Awarded Honors Brown at Phillips Exeter Academy Marcel G. Brown, grade 12, of Uxbridge; parents Mr. and Mrs. William M. Brown, earned Highest Honors for the winter 2011 term at Phillips Exeter Academy, New Hampshire.

Joshua Wright makes Deans List at BU Joshua L. Wright, a resident of Uxbridge, has recently been named to the Dean's List at Boston University for the Spring semester.

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Blackstone Valley Tech post Commendation List Sutton; Samantha Giroux, Uxbridge; Kristyn Laferriere, Uxbridge; Casey Stone, Douglas. DENTAL ASSISTING: Angelica Aube, Douglas; Brianna King, Sutton; Jade Piercey, Douglas; Seanna Roy, Northbridge; Haley Vaudreuil, Douglas. DRAFTING: Elizabeth Belanger, Northbridge; Peter Cournoyer, Uxbridge; Andrew Gauvin, Sutton; Attila Kara, Douglas; Nicholas LeMay, Douglas; Marcus Mesquitta, Uxbridge; Stephanie Rivard, Northbridge. ELECTRONICS: Jonah Brunetti, Douglas; Alexander Payne, Northbridge. GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS: Maggie Dugan, Uxbridge; Kelsey Lyons, Uxbridge; Holly Tokarz, Sutton. HEALTH SERVICES: Jillian Crowley, Douglas; Oscar DeLaRosa, Northbridge; Katelyn Graves, Sutton; Meagan Mahoney, Northbridge. HVAC/R: Steven Lagasse, Northbridge; Bryan O'Rourke, Sutton. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Micaela Connors, Uxbridge; Nathan Firmes, Douglas; Cory Graham, Uxbridge; Matthew Morse, Sutton. MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES: Erik Oleksyk, Uxbridge. SoPhomoreS (Class of 2013) AUTO BODY: Tyler Amour, Uxbridge. AUTO TECHNOLOGY: Christopher Moran, Sutton. BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY: Danielle Combs, Uxbridge; Kayla Holdsworth, Douglas; Sarah Keith, Northbridge; Mary Bridget O'Callaghan, Northbridge; Cody Saucier, Sutton. COSMETOLOGY: Adrianna Belanger, Uxbridge; Crystal Brule, Douglas; Toyomi Johnson, Uxbridge; Nicole Jolicoeur, Uxbridge; Victoria Robidoux, Uxbridge. CULINARY ARTS: Ashley Arsenault, Uxbridge; Ashley Bedrosian, Northbridge; Andrew Dabney, Uxbridge;

Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick has released the following Commendation List for the third trimester of the 2010-11 academic school year at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School from the towns of Northbridge, Douglas, Sutton and Uxbridge. Students are listed by class according to their vocational technical shops with their name and hometown. SeNiorS (Class of 2011) AUTO BODY: Josiah Campbell, Uxbridge. AUTO TECHNOLOGY: Adam Carabba, Northbridge. BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY: Haley Beaudoin, Northbridge; Kerri Plant, Northbridge. CARPENTRY: Michael Belle, Douglas; Geoffrey Iadarola, Uxbridge; Alex Schopf, Northbridge. COSMETOLOGY: Aliciamarie Halacy, Douglas. CULINARY ARTS: Andrew Lavin, Douglas. DENTAL ASSISTING: Kathleen O'Leary, Uxbridge. DRAFTING: Tyler Dubovsky, Uxbridge; Timothy Quinn, Douglas; Johnny Wright, Douglas. ELECTRONICS: Christopher Connell, Northbridge. GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS: Melissa Hartland, Northbridge; Meghan LeBlanc, Northbridge. HVAC/R: Cullen Strand, Uxbridge. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: John Francis, Uxbridge; Ethan Moon, Northbridge; MacGuyver Sengtong, Northbridge. MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES: Andrew Cardin, Sutton. JUNiorS (Class of 2012) AUTO TECHNOLOGY: Roman Archambault, Douglas; Kevin Plaza, Douglas. BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY: Tyler Burns, Northbridge; Robert Jordan, Uxbridge; Bridgit Wallace, Uxbridge. CARPENTRY: Kerri Morse, Sutton. COSMETOLOGY: Brittani Allard,

Cara Hickenbottom, Sutton. DENTAL ASSISTING: Kerri Chamberlain, Uxbridge; Nicole Lucciarini, Uxbridge; Julie Montesdeoca, Northbridge; Krystal Waters, Uxbridge. DRAFTING: Andrew Belanger, Northbridge; Meghan Ferschke, Uxbridge. ELECTRICAL: Eric Adams, Sutton; Patrick Durkin, Douglas. GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS: Katerina Batchelder, Uxbridge; Alexandra Bonin, Sutton; Sarah Clark, Douglas; Alyson Lisak, Northbridge; Holly Noel, Uxbridge. HEALTH SERVICES: Caitlyn Ellis, Douglas; Michaela Joyce, Northbridge; Leila Larson, Douglas; Mercedes Nelson, Douglas; Michelle Paquette, Uxbridge. HVAC/R: Zachary Bernard, Northbridge; Joseph Tomaino, North-bridge. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: Christopher Afonso, Northbridge; Jack Cone, Uxbridge; Brendan Downs, Uxbridge; John Krula, Sutton;

Shane O'Shea, Sutton; Tyler Swett, Northbridge; Marc Tetreault, Uxbridge. MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES: Baron Apple, Uxbridge; John Whittier, Sutton; Zachary Young, Uxbridge. PAINTING & DESIGN TECHNOLOGIES: Katelyn Parkinson, Douglas. FreShmeN (Class of 2014) BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY: Carly D'Amato, Uxbridge. CARPENTRY: Kyle Buma, Northbridge. COSMETOLOGY: Deanna Decoteau, Douglas; Melissa Mason, Sutton. CULINARY ARTS: Heather DeMers, Uxbridge; Hannah Holbrook, Uxbridge; Taylor Lincoln, Northbridge; Jacqueline Tysen, Uxbridge. DENTAL ASSISTING: Bethany King, Sutton; Michelle Maynard, Northbridge; Kinsale McGrath, Sutton; Katherine Wills, Uxbridge. DRAFTING: Laurelyn Anderson, Uxbridge; Nicholas Bedrosian, Northbridge; Kyle Faucher, Sutton;

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Whitin Middle School 4th Quarter Honor Roll graDe 8 high hoNorS Carly Alden, Amanda Alves, Pooja Amin, James Caffrey, Samantha Chamberlain, Rebecca Dubovsky, Jessica FitzGerald, Brittany Genest, David Lozeau, Brianna Morais, Melissa Morton, Jocleyn O’Brien, Mikayla Rooney, Megan Salemi, Kamaldeep Sidhu, Alexandra Teare, Timothy Tetreault, Alexandra Van Loon, Branden Wagar graDe 8 hoNorS Anthony Abate, Abishek Arokiadoss, Alexis Berlinguet, Patrick Berthelette, Daniella Birri, Jacob Bodell, Travis Brown, Abigail Centrella, Emily Cole, Patrick Cole, Jordan Cornell,Joshua Cournoyer, Nicholas Coutu, Connor Dailey, Samuel Danis, Anna DuBois, Owen Dugan Lilli Ebbeling, Alexandria Ekberg, Matthew Ferrara, Colin Fiorentino, Emma Frey, Cameron Gallagher, Kasey-Lee Gariepy, Sandra Ghobrial, Daniel Gniadek, Zachary Grenon, Daniel Haynes, Katherine Holt, Nicholas Horne, Baron Horwath, Danielle Jolicoeur, Amber Jones, Kathryn Kincaid, Lacie Kraich, Zoe Krouner, Alexander Kuros, Daniel Lanoue, Jacqueline Larrivee, Marta Leitao, Osvaldo Luna, Sophie Makowski, Elizabeth Maloney, Jessica Maloney, Ryan Manz, Kenneth McLellan, Emily Melo-Coppinger, Andrew Perry, Justin Pickering, Naomi Racicot, Claudia Daniela Rodas, Claudia Patricia Rodas, Jacob Rota, Jennifer Roy, William Russell, Tara Seeley, Kyle Semle, Brandon Silbor, Isadora Silva, Katherin Skerry, Ian St. Pierre, Jake Taparausky, Nicholas Taparausky, Jacob Tekut, Lindsey Thiebault, Michael Tominsky, Melissa Truett, Mackenzie van Lingen, Sydney Volpe, Matthew Wagner, Courtney Walker, Kaitlyn Waters, Alexandra Wojnowski

graDe 7 high hoNorS Drew Abbott, Olivia Brochu, Jacqueline Caffarelli, Allison Cotter, Timothy Cotter, Amanda Gentzler, Emma Gilchrist, Shelby Hendee, Micheala Hillier, Nicholas Juliano, Emily Keeler, Cailee King, Sadie King, Patrick Klos, Brian MacDougall, Zackary Mages, Alicia Miller, Setu Patel, Lucas Pomeroy, Ryan Riddell, Jared Robert, Oliver Sawyer, Rebecca Siefken, Kyle Suchanek, Cameron Sullivan, Samuel Wojciechowski, Robert Wondolowski, Jackson Wright graDe 7 hoNorS Sofia Alves, Brooklyn Anderson, Paige Anderson, Danielle Andrade, David Auclair, Nicholas Aufiero, Antaya Bathgate, Joshua Bell, Paul Berthelette, Alexander Bianco, Olivia Bianco, Brett Bibeault, Courtney Bond, Elijah Boudreau, Lexi Campbell, Hannah Clark, Madison Clement, Abigail Cote, Sean Creighton, Nicholas D’Amato, Zachary Dagle, Zachary Dumais, Tyler Durran, Makenzi Ethier-Poliquin, Randi Fournier, Sarena Gervais, Dannielle Giroux, Austin Gonya, Ally Gordon, Ethan Goulet, Kassidy Granger, Stephanie Graveson, Jesse Hanscom, Lyndsey Hebert, Jacob Irving, Erin Kalousdian, Emily King, Jessica Lam, Taylor Lennox, Sara Lesack, Sophie Lynch, Michael Lyons, Hailey Millette, Kerry Monahan, Hannah Muggeo, Kyle Murphy, Beau Nestor, Kaylee Olson, Allyson Parabicoli, Christian Pasichny, Marybeth Phillips, Amanda Poulin, Chelsea Proehl, Ryan Pulicari, Michaela Randall, Sarah Reese, Kevin Reimer, Cory Rexford, Daniel Rice, Emily Roxo, Rachel Roy, Katherine Salzberg, Nicholas Simmons, Elizabeth Simonds, Melanie Simonini, Jessica Stevens, Cameron Stewart, Jordan Tancrell, Ethan Toomey, Devin

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BVT Students receive Technological Certifications Students at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School are pursuing in-depth career and technical training at a young age and are gaining the fundamental skill needed to create workforce-ready students. Record numbers of students enrolled in the Information Technology program, have received industry certifications for computer maintenance and networking opening the door to numerous career opportunities. Juniors Cory Graham and Micaela Connors, both residents of Uxbridge, received their CompTIA Network+ certifications. Network+ certification proves knowledge of networking features and functions and is the leading certification for networking professionals. Micaela also received her A+ certification last year. Potential future career roles for certified individuals include network administrator, network technician, network installer, help desk technician and IT cable installer. Seven students, all sophomores, received CompTIA A+ certifications. Ryan Fitzpatrick of Douglas, Ian Kelly of Northbridge, Shane Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shea of Sutton, Tyler Swett of Northbridge,

Blackstone Valley Tech juniors and Information Technology program students, Micaela Connors and Cory Graham, both residents of uxbridge, received their CompTIA Network+ certifications. Marc Tetreault of Uxbridge, John Krula of Sutton and Chris Afonso of Northbridge can all now add this important certification to their rÊsumÊs. A+ certification validates the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in PC support. It is the starting point for a career. The certification proves competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. Potential future career roles include enterprise technician, field service technician, PC or support technician and IT administrator among other entry level posi-

tions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether our students plan to enter directly into the workforce, college or the military, we provide them with the necessary skill to thrive in any setting,â&#x20AC;? stated Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Careers in the information technology field are in high demand. By passing these difficult exams our students prove that they have what it takes to succeed in any future career path.â&#x20AC;? In addition to traditional teaching methods employed in the Information Technology program at Valley Tech,

Sophomores that received certifications. (Front, left to right) Ryan Fitzpatrick of Douglas, Ian Kelly of Northbridge, Shane oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Shea of Sutton, Tyler Swett of Northbridge, Marc Tetreault of uxbridge, (Rear left â&#x20AC;&#x201C; right) John Krula of Sutton and Chris Afonso of Northbridge can all now add this important certification to their rĂŠsumĂŠs. Team Leader Walter Ramsey uses LabSim software from TestOut. LabSim combines interactive online labs, instructional videos and practice exams to create a simulated test environment for students to practice and focus the training they receive in the classroom. Since the program began using this software to complement classroom instruction in 2010, 100% of students taking the A+ certification exams have passed, proving the new

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Charlie’s Variety & Spirits offers many choices to customers By Constance Dwyer For 31 years, Glen “Skip” Salmonsen, owner of Charlie’s Variety, on Douglas Street in Uxbridge, has happily run his business in the same building. Coming from a family with four generations running a milk company, one thing you can be sure you’ll find is milk at this clean store! Besides milk, there are cold cuts, chicken salad, and the other usual items you’d find in such a store, such as some canned goods, household cleaners, pet food, beer, wine, liquor and coffee. During these “hard times,” since the housing market took a dive, he regretted having to admit that he ends up paying “two to three times more in taxes a quarter than in 1980.” However, quick to display his day-to-day optimism, he said...

“I’m making it because I watch where I spend, and cut where I have to. I pay attention to customer at a time...since each customer is very important to me.” In fact, he knows customers so well that once they stop in, he knows what they want before they ask; for example, the teacher (who preferred to be anonymous) who once she entered, found the two pack of cigarettes put right in front of her by Skip. He admits that sometimes he feels his years are adding up when he sees the grandchildren of customers he’s been dealing with over the years. One of his regulars, Bud Seagrave of Uxbridge said “I’ve been coming here for years and years. I’ve been very satisfied with Skip since he’s very helpful and even if he doesn’t live in town, he cares about the town.” Locals are aware, too, of Skip’s ongoing support of community fund raisers. Other regulars, Jean and Fred Kamphenkel of Uxbridge said “We come in every day, we like the store, we like Skip and find him very professional.” Security at the store is a comfort since he’s “alarmed” to the police station and he, fortunately, has not had the problem of ongoing break-ins. Proud to be managing a business in the Blackstone Valley, Skip said he is the only store that sells Blackstone River T shirts that, on the front, boast that “I swam the Blackstone River” with the back teaser quote, “I survived.” Something most readers may not know about Skip is his breaking a record in the Guinness Book of World Records in water skiing in the Manchaug Pond (the “great pond” between Douglas and Sutton) in 1976. He is very familiar with the site since

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his family has a camp next to Sanborn’s campgrounds in Douglas. To this day, he is grateful to his brother, Lance, for coordinating the event. He has raised a significant amount of money, $5,000 for cerebral palsy. His record was made in 34 hours, 54 minutes, and 42 seconds. His record caught the attention of the city of Worcester and he was presented the key to that city by the mayor. Charlie’s Variety & Spirits is located at 30 Douglas Street in Uxbridge and is open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, call the store at (508) 278-7522. Skip and his wife, Patty, reside in Douglas.


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Primary Care Physician appointed to medical staff

Enjoy Your Summer Travels

Milford Regional is pleased to welcome Dennis Pannullo, MD, an internist, to our active medical staff. Dr. Pannullo graduated from the University of Nebraska School of Medicine in 1980. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Board certified in internal medicine, Dr. Pannullo has practiced primary care for 30 years, most recently at Mansfield Health Center in Mansfield, MA. He is particularly interested in providing preventive healthcare to his patients, and he is fluent in Spanish. “Primary care physicians are the foundation of our healthcare system,” says Edward J. Kelly, President, Milford Regional Medical Center. “We are very pleased to welcome Dennis Pannullo, MD to our medical staff and to our community.”

Summer has a way of bringing out the best in us. There’s nothing better than a top-down Jeep, evening by the lake, or campfire-smell-still-on-your-clothesmorning. Don’t believe me? Try rolling down the windows and turning up some Bob Marley in January. See, I told you. Heck, I remember writing in this very column not so long ago about potholes and snowbanks. Ahh, such sweet memories. Part of the allure of summer, maybe the best part, is the family road trip. Times are tough out there, so if you’re lucky enough to get an extra day or two off from work, pack up and hit the road, then please... go! Which leads me to my point: sure, that Ford Fiesta you bought to save money on gas is cute, but try packing it for a family vacation. To quote the immortal summer blockbuster movie Jaws, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” We love summer. Here in New England, we stretch it out for as long as we can. We love the open road. We love roughing it, love a campfire, a guitar,

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and s’mores. We love packing half the house and moving it 160 miles north, finding some woods and a lake, and setting up camp. And this, you see, is why we love our SUV’s. This is why we don’t all drive around in silly little Smart cars, and we grin and bear it at the pump. We know that sooner or later, we’re gonna pack that thing so full of stuff that it will all be worth it. I had the recent good fortune to have a weekend on the open road. My wife and I planned a trip north to take our girls camping. Tent? Check. Sleeping bags? Check. Surfboards? Kids? Dog? Check, check, check. It was sometime around putting the gas grille in the back of the GMC Yukon XL we were driving that I realized: I’m not going camping. I’m moving! Now, I was thinking about the Chevy Cobalt I had been driving earlier that day, and sure, it would have saved me a bundle in gas. Trouble is I would have had to make 3 trips to haul everything my little family needs to bring up into the woods to “rough it.” From what I’ve heard, local authorities frown upon fathers who strap their children to the roof for the

New Pediatric Practice to open in Grafton New pediatric practice to open in Grafton on September 6th by Dr. Barbara Rugo Focht. The practice, located at 28 Grafton Common will be called “Kids on the Common Pediatrics”. A Parent Council, composed of ten volunteer parents from the practice will be helping with the design of the practice and will be giving Dr. Focht regular feedback, to ensure the office meets the needs of its families. This should help families have an increased sense of ownership of their healthcare environment.

Dr. Focht’s approach to care with her patients is also different from the corporate approach used by so many health systems today. She is committed to providing loving and personalized care to her patients and their families. She treats patients in a holistic manner and is open to the use of many forms of complementary medicine. She believes it is important to consider the physical, developmental, emotional, and spiritual health of each patient. For more information contact

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ride, so taking a four-door sedan simply isn’t an option. I find that everyone seems to get there safer, happier, and much less wind-blown in a nice, big, comfy SUV. Americans are good at a few things. One of them is making things big. If someone else has a statue of their favorite king or emperor, we think it’s best to carve ours into the side of a mountain in South Dakota. We dig big stuff so much that we name things that are big “Great.” There are no “pretty good” lakes, but we have our “Great Lakes.” It doesn’t always work out in our favor. Niagara Falls really sticks in our craw, because those crazy Canadians got the bigger side. I wonder who negotiated that deal. These days, we’d immediately fire him and give him an enormous severance package. Now, the beautiful thing about family vacations is that they never go quite as planned. This, thankfully, is why we have kids. Kids don’t realize when things have collapsed entirely. See, on our family camping trip, my kids thought it was just part of the plan to have the alternator give out at 1AM on our trip north. So, although I felt a little betrayed by my favorite SUV, the kids thought it was just a nice way to see Grampa in the middle of the night (thanks Dad). And in the end, after all the effort and planning we put into the trip, after all the cash thrown down for ice cream and fried dough, the thing they talk about most is the 2 hours sitting on the side of the highway, giddy about how late they got to stay up. It broke my heart to explain that we couldn’t spend all weekend on the side of 495 between exit 27 and 28. It really is a nice area, if I say so myself. Wooded. Shady. I already made reservations for next year. The GMC Yukon XL is huge. By that I mean, basically the biggest one available. There’s enough room behind that 3rd seat to hold a small class reunion. Somehow, though, there never seems to be enough room. I never expected that an 82 pound child would need several times her weight in luggage for a 2 night stay. When my wife finally convinced me to get a family dog, we chose a Chihuahua because they seemed to travel pretty lightly. Well, somehow, this little rascal takes up most of the cavernous backseat. I don’t know how people live without a giant SUV. I mean, I’m not the only fella in the world with 2 kids and a dog, am I? So, after all my bragging about how I love my little Smart car last time, I guess here’s the truth: as long as there are summers, and as long as there are kids, beaches, and campgrounds, there will be big, gas-guzzling SUV’s. I hope you’re all lucky enough to enjoy them as much as I do. Mark Hare has an English degree from Worcester State University, and an unusual affinity to old convertibles. With his family, he owns and operates Harbro Auto Sales & Service. He is a car guy. He can be reached at markh

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Gaudette announces Rose as certified as Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist Gaudette Insurance Agency is pleased to announce Deborah Rose has been certified as a Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS). This insurance designation recognizes specialized expertise in construction insurance, and establishes one’s com-

mitment to the construction industry through an on-going continuing education component focusing on construction risk and insurance. “The CRIS designation indicates to our construction clients and prospects that we understand their most impor-

NE Concrete Association plans Education Day & Trade Show Last fall the New England Concrete Masonry Association launched the 1st Annual NECMA Education Day & Tradeshow and offered more than 100 architects attending the opportunity to earn up to 4 AIA continuing education hours for an incredibly low registration fee. Also included in the low fee was the opportunity to meet with more than 25 exhibiting companies to discuss concrete masonry and hardscape products and how to enhance design projects with these durable and versatile products.    The 2nd Annual NECMA Education

Day & Tradeshow promises even more educational opportunities and CEUs as well as an expanded scope of programs, including sessions specifically addressing contractor issues. Mark your calendar to make sure you attend this remarkable educational event on October 25, 2011 at the Taunton Inn and Conference Center in Taunton, MA. For more information contact Dave Dimmick, Executive Director at 508476-3466, Fax:  508-476-3467 or

tant insurance issues,” said Lee Gaudette, the agency’s president. “Now, Deb Rose has further strengthened our agency by earning the CRIS designation. Deb’s achievement advances our strategy of delivering the best service and advice to our clients through highly-skilled insurance professionals.” The CRIS continuing education program is a specialized curriculum consisting of five, self-paced courses presented entirely online. Only those who complete these courses and maintain their knowledge with an ongoing continuing education program are entitled to display the CRIS designation to certify their knowledge of construction insurance. For more information about the CRIS continuing education program and designation, visit www. Gaudette Insurance Agency, is a Whitinsville-based personal and business insurance agency. For more information, visit www.gaudette-insurance. com, or contact us at 800-922-8381.

Whitinsville BURGER KING® helps fight Cancer Supporting Pediatric Cancer Research and Care for 12th year Whitinsville BURGER KING®,1177 Providence Road guests can help fight childhood cancers by giving $1 to The Jimmy Fund through the A Chance for Kids® program, through Sept. 5th. With each contribution, restaurant guests will receive a promotion card guaranteed to be a winner with prizes ranging from all-inclusive resort vacations, airline tickets, theme park admissions and BURGER KING® food. Through the A Chance for Kids® program, 552 franchise and company owned BURGER KING® restaurants set a goal to raise $1.1 million for pediatric cancer research and care at DanaFarber Cancer Institute. “The BURGER KING® family around the world is dedicated to making a difference in the communities in which we work and live,” said Ivette Diaz, director, corporate social responsibility, Burger King Corp. “We are pleased to support our franchisees’ local philanthropic efforts and partner with such a worthy organization as The Jimmy Fund to benefit the DanaFarber Cancer Institute.” A Chance for Kids® and participating BURGER KING® restaurants have raised more than $9.5 million over the last 11 years for pediatric cancer research and care at the DanaFarber Cancer Institute. This year, BURGER KING® restaurants in 10 states will participate in the campaign: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont If BURGER KING® reaches this year’s goal they will surpass the $10 million mark, making them one of the most success-

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Real Estate Credit Score requirements ease for some Tight lending guidelines have weighed on the U.S. housing market during its ongoing recovery. Most lending institutions during the past two years raised their credit score requirements to as high as 650, making it nearly impossible for many people to obtain a loan. Wells Fargo made it a little easier for homebuyers this past year, when the lender lowered its credit score requirements on FHA mortgages. “Under its new policy, Wells Fargo will accept borrowers with credit scores of 500 to 579 if those borrowers can make a down payment of at least 10%,” said Robert Lentini, a mortgage expert who blogs for the website “For borrowers with credit scores of 580 to 599, borrowers must put down 5%. Borrowers with credit scores of 600 or higher can make a 3.5% down payment.” Quicken Loans, Inc. adapted similar policies— dropping to a minimum 580 FICO score. “There are folks who have steady incomes and a solid payment history but were temporarily affected by the economy or a life event in some way. “These challenges can lower their credit score significantly,” said Quicken Loans Inc.’s Chief Economist Bob Walters in a company statement. “We believe that a credit score, on its own, is not the sole arbiter of a person’s

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The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about a new email scam designed to steal your money. Be on the lookout for an email claiming to be from someone you know who is stuck in another country. They are asking you to give them a loan to pay for their hotel bills and airfare home and request that you respond via email. “This is yet another phishing scam,” said Paula Fleming, BBB Spokesperson, “all the scammers are doing is using a new ‘hook’ to lure you into wire transferring money to them.”

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SPORTS SHORTS HVAC Employees prepare for UniBank Greenway Challenge building practices and preservation of natural resources. “For us, in terms of our culture and values, it’s a really good fit,” she said. The Greenway Challenge strengthens community ties, too, Adamonis said. “It’s exciting for us from a team perspective as well as an environmental perspective, and we’re doing something good for the community. This is where we live.” Taco’s Greenway Challenge teams were recruited from throughout the company and participants are of all levels of readiness.  Adamonis confessed she’s not a runner – yet – but she’s planning to run one of the relay segments.  “We told employees, ‘We’ll help train you to get in shape and compete,’” she

said. Taco is arranging for kayaking sessions with Eastern Mountain Sports Schools, bicycle rides and bike-care tips with Cycle New England and group training runs with Rhode Runner specialty retailer in Providence. “We’re really trying to involve as many people as we can,” Adamonis said.  “We hope to have six-to-eight teams next year.” 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.

WCHS Athletes display excellence at Bay State Games

VICToRy - Sarah Golden, a senior at Mount St. Charles in Woonsocket, RI crosses the 2010 Greenway Challenge Finish line at lincoln Woods State Park. Competing in the recreational division with fellow classmates, the "Mounties" completed the 59 mile course in 5:58:42. HVAC equipment and systems manufacturer Taco, Inc.’s employee wellness program is taking a giant leap beyond just promoting health and fitness this year. The family-owned company and its foundation enlisted four staff teams for the UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge adventure race, scheduled for Sept. 24th. Taco/The White Family Foundation is

a River Champion Sponsor of the region’s signature outdoor recreation event. Volunteers from among its roughly 475 employees in Cranston, RI and Fall River will also man the race starting area in Lincoln Woods State Park in Lincoln, RI and provide support along the course. Greenway Challenge relay teams run, bicycle and paddle approximately 57

miles through the Blackstone River Valley in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Senior Vice President Kyle Adamonis said that wellness wasn’t the only appeal of getting involved with the Greenway Challenge; the race’s promotion of sustainable use of the Blackstone River tied right into Taco’s focus on sustainability, including green

Servicing the Blackstone Valley for over 36 years.

On July 9th at Regis College in Weston, MA, the 30th Annual Bay State Game Finals took place with five WCHS athletes taking part in the festive event. Rising 7th grader Angie Epplett won the Junior Girls Javelin Turbo event with a throw of 52-09. Her sister, rising 10th grader, Abby had a great day winning the scholastic 400 meter hurdles and 100 meter hurdles with times of 69.92 and 17.65. In addition, Abby took second in the triple

jump with a leap of 32-9. Rising seniors Jackie Cronin, of Milford, won the scholastic Pole Vault with a jump of 90 while class mate Thomas Rodger won the Scholastic 800 meter with a time of 2:09.1. Recent WCHS graduate, Annaliese Vander Baan will be taking her running skills to D-III powerhouse Calvin College, won both her events winning the Women’s Open Mile and 800 Meters in times of 5:34 and 2:32.


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Run for Faith at Plimouth Plantation The first annual Run for Faith 4Miler is set for Sunday, August 28th at 9 a.m. at historic Plimoth Plantation. Entry fee is $25 - all of which will be donated to local charities. The new 4 mile race loop captures spectacular views of Cape Cod Bay, the Eel River and scenic horse farms. The course features rolling hills and unmatched history. Water stations will available and the event will be professionally timed by Spitler Racing Systems. There will also be a 100 yard fun run for children. Prizes will go to top finishers for various age groups. Post-race "light refreshments" will include bananas, oranges, bagels, muffins and scones. To amuse younger family members, a jumpy house will be available. The Run for Faith is organized by Run for Faith, Inc., which is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to commemorate the special life of Faith “Marcy” Romboldi who gave so much of herself to individuals and the community. Money raised from this Run/Walk will benefit the Plymouth Public Library, Children’s Department, Plymouth Elementary Schools, and music scholarship programs. Proceeds will also be contributed to awareness and prevention programs for ovarian cancer.. Faith, or “Marcy” as she was known by her friends and family, was a teacher, member of the Red Hat's Society, Sweet Adeline's, and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008. Marcy’s ability to fight this vicious disease with incessant might and unsurpassed grace will never be forgotten and surely serves as inspiration to those who were close. Mostly, Marcy will be remembered for her acts of kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness. Many will remember her for her two best accessories- a lovely hat and a radiant smile! For more information and to register for the race, please visit, or email View the course online at: http://www.mapmyrun. com/routes/view/42074524. Register for this event at:

Weight Control Recap

DeDICATIoN - Ms. Toni Duval, former Whitin P.e. teacher, and Mr. Dean Tourangeau.

Whitin School Gymnasium dedicated to Dean Tourangeau On June 23, 2011, during the 8th Grade promotion ceremony, the Whitin School Gymnasium was proudly dedicated to Mr. A. Dean Tourangeau. Mr. Tourangeau dedicated 41 years of service to the children of the town of Uxbridge in the area of physical education. Mr. Tourangeau retired last year,

but his legacy of determination, respect, and perseverance will continue to live on through all the lives he touched. The Whitin Gymnasium will be forever named the A. D. Tourangeau Gymnasium in honor of a man who truly had a passion for his students and for physical education.

The subject of weight control is at the present time sky rocketing. There are many thoughts out there - point and counter point, it's endless. But we are still not only getting fat but many of us now are obese. What this does to your health and body is huge and very devastating but for another time. All of the effects are disastrous, not anything good. People cannot lose weight, and are getting fatter, they have no real understanding, and neither do a lot of the gyms and health clubs as well. However, one has to, NEEDS TO, look at science and history to sort through it all and find the answers - because the answers are right there for you.  Cave men were not obese, they weren't even fat by all accounts I have read. They ate primarily meat, fish and very low raw glycemic roots and plants. They did not eat diet pills, they did not eat sweets, and their total sugar consumption was very very low in pounds compared to hundreds of pounds today. And they lived for several million years and did not get fat during that long, long period of time. WHY? Just one simple reason that kept the fat off for millions of years, in fact if the cavemen were to see what we look like today I'm sure they would not figure us out but may think we are some strange fat tribe. The reason of course is CARBOHYDRATES, namely JUNK CARBOHYDRATES. My past few blogs were really condensed down to easily clarify and make simple to understand the facts about sweets, All sweets the most popular, and the hidden sweets as well. By now you have the info that you need to form your plan. I gave you in short form the pertinent facts you need. Astounding is the fact that fat parents produce fat babies. The glucose eaten by the mother is passed through to the unborn. This creates an imbalance and the baby yet born responds by producing more insulin secreting cells, more than normal and this sets the stage for not only a fat newborn baby, but one doomed to fatness and obesity as an adult. Fat people do not live as long and have many malady's develop from their condition. Sugar is addictive and it is just as hard to break the habit as is smoking. The path to success is not covered in secrecy, or technicalities or complex diets or supplements. However, it is difficult and not quick to achieve the results wanted. The two biggest things needed do not cost a fortune, they are not complex to follow, They are however difficult and challenging more so than any project you undertake.  So what is it that you need? PATIENCE AND TOLERANCE, along with a strong determination to succeed. Nothing else is going to work for you - trust me I have just about seen it all. Patience and tolerance do not cost you a penny, but it is required. An understanding of body physics is the only real irrefutable means there is to combat this scourge. We were not meant to eat all of this sugar. Our body's evolved over millions of years to eat unprocessed foods, the evidence shows no diseases of today were rampant back then. The last hundred years of  process foods has brought with it this great epidemic scourge.  Our body's had no time to develop counter measures.  Changing the body to cope will take eons of time, which we do not have. 0 Your alternative is to take control yourself...NOW. I have given you the knowledge, it's now up to you. NOTE, EXERCISE ALONE WILL NOT DO IT, YOU MUST MODIFY YOUR DIET! STAY THE COURSE.....DUMP THE will finally find the results you desire.

John Allegrini "Trainer elite" "Health Coach Adviser" (ACSM) American College of Sports Medicine Certified

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