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Ten Article Warrant voted on at Sutton TM
By Constance A. dwyer
Forty two voters gathered October 15th to act on a 10-article warrant. Half of the articles were sponsored by the Planning Board and the others sponsored by the Board of Selectmen and all 10 were recommended by the Finance and Warrant Advisory Committee. The first Selectmen’s article, number 1, passed unanimously to authorize the Board to enter into long term contracts (exceeding 3 years) to purchase “net metering credits” which, upon request, were explained as discounted rates for energy supplied by solar power sources. Articles 2 and 3 were sponsored by the Selectmen to balance certain Fiscal Year 2013 line items and to fund small expenses, unanticipated by the Spring 2013 Town Meeting. Funding for these items came, respectively, from late
increases in state funds and funds from new growth in the tax base. Each of these articles passed unanimously. Selectmen’s Article 4, to pay FY 2012 bills, received after the close of that fiscal year, required more than a 2/3 vote. The Moderator’s announcement that the required vote was 9/10 was challenged from the floor, based on the fact that the meeting was not a Special Town Meeting, but a regular meeting as defined in the Town Charter. The Town Counsel’s opinion was sought and he supported the Moderator. The matter became of academic interest when the article passed unanimously. The Planning Board moved, under Article 5, the acceptance as public ways 6 roadways previously laid out by the Board of Selectmen on the plan continued on page 14
Uxbridge Veterans Day Parade The Uxbridge Veterans Day Parade will be held on Sunday, November 11th. The parade will start at 2 p.m. from the parking lot of the North Uxbridge Baptist Church. All veterans are en-courage to participate, also groups should assemble by 1:30 p.m. The parade will stop at Sullivan Square to honor Edward Sullivan, a Medal Of Honor recipient from the Spanish American War, it will then continue to Memorial Square where we will honor our deceased Vietnam Veterans. It will then continue to the Town Common for the main speaking program. This year's guess speaker will be Sgt 1st Class Ron Tetreau, our newly appointed Veterans Service Agent. Mr. Tetreau enlisted in the US Air Force in 1983, Active duty from 1983-87, working as a Crew Chief at Dover AFB,DE. Upon leaving active duty he spent a brief amount of time in the Air Force Reserves at Westover AFB before joining the Army Reserves in 1989 with the
187th Infantry Division Ft. Devens from 1989-1992. From 1992-1994 he served with the 76th Training Division in Warwick RI. From 1994-1996 served with 347th Military Police Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Providence, RI. 1996-1999 served with the 94th Military Police Co, Londonderry NH. 1999-2004 Served with the 443rd Civil Affairs Bn. Warwick RI with tours in Kosovo (2002), and Iraq (2003-04). Currently assigned to US Special Operations Command Ft. Bragg NC with tours in Iraq (2007, 2008-09) and Afghanistan (2011). On Saturday, November 10th, the Uxbridge VFW Post 1385 will be celebrating the U.S. Marine Corps 237th Birthday Celebration. The event starts at 6 PM, public is invited, a hot and cold buffet will be served. Tickets are $15.00, and may be purchased at the VFW bar. For any additional information, you may contact Don Letourneau.
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Free admission for Veterans & families Old Sturbridge Village is offering free admission to veterans, active military personnel and their families (up to 6 people) on Veterans Day, Sunday Nov. 11th. Special programs will highlight the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Youngsters get an opportunity to drill with toy muskets directed by a militia captain, and fife and drummers will perform martial music on the Village Common. Visitors can meet an 1812 U.S. Navy surgeon from the U.S.S. Constitution, and join a curatorial tour to view 1812 artifacts in the Old Sturbridge Village collection. Reenactors will display uniforms and demonstrate period firearms in a costumed "timeline" spanning 300 years of military history. For more information visit www.osv.org or call 800SEE-1830. On Saturday evening, Nov. 10th, the museum hosts An Evening of Illum-
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ination, a once-a-year opportunity to see the Village lit only by candles, oil lamps, and firelight. Following a lantern light tour around the Village Common and into select 19th-century homes, visitors will return to the
Bullard Tavern to enjoy light refreshments, mulled cider, a cash bar and entertainment. An Evening of Illumination is a rare opportunity for visitors to see what
Clark’s Dog Kennel Not just doggie daycare this is a retreat for your pet
Owner or Clark’s Dog Kennel in Northbridge. Beth Clark, speaks enthusiastically about her successful business and how proud she is to have her place located in an historic barn with 23 pristine acres for her guests.
Beth Clark and friends
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evening life was really like for New Englanders in the early 1800s. Each tour is limited to 15 visitors to ensure a peaceful, intimate look at the Village. On their tours of select homes and buildings, visitors will learn how people stayed warm and productive during the fall and winter when daylight dwindled and long hours of darkness began early. With light and heat coming only from candles, oil lamps, and fireplaces, 19th-century families typically gathered in a single room where the limited light would provide enough illumination for one person to read aloud to the entire family. Old Sturbridge Village celebrates life in early New England from 1790 – 1840. Located just off the Mass. Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, OSV is open year-round. For details, visit www.osv.org or call 800-SEE-1830.
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Letters to the Editor
Do Selectmen have the right to act as Commissioners? Selectmen exercise the authority of Water and Sewer Enterprise Commissioners? When I was sworn in as a Selectman the Board had presumed they had such authority and acted thereon by scheduling and opening meetings of the Commissioners and acting on their agenda. It never occurred to any of us, at least openly, to question our right to
Dear Editor, The timing of a question is frequently as important as the question itself. I am taking this opportunity to apologize to the residents of Uxbridge for my failure, when a Selectman, to ask what now is the obvious and extremely relevant question: By what authority did and do the members of the Board of
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do so. The silence of the Uxbridge Town Charter and its general Bylaws on this issue has led to a review of Massachusetts general Laws accepted by the town. Votes by which the Town could authorize selectmen to perform the Commissioners’ duties are found in Massachusetts general Laws Chapter 41, Section 21 and Chapter 83, Section 1; these I did not find in the Town’s list of such laws accepted by the Town. Finally, on this issue, the selectmen’s vote to waive charges related to servicing the new Uxbridge High School did not take place in a meeting of the Commissioners with an advertised agenda, but during a formal meeting of the Board of Selectmen. This vote, even if legal, was a vote that undercut the interests of clients served by the Water and Sewer systems and transferred the waived charges to those same clients. Former Selectman Mike Potaski’s ad
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suggesting formation of an independent Board of Commissioners is worthy of serious consideration for a number of reasons. Enterprise Funds are essentially businesses, separate from the interests of those who aspire to serve as Selectmen. Even Massachusetts general Laws suggest specific qualifications desirable for those serving as Commissioners and my experience
Dear Editor, I was amused by the editorial letter written by Lori Colbert who is “incensed” over a previous editorial written by Brett Belanger. They obviously represent the troubling deep divide and partisanship atmosphere in politics today. That said, Ms. Colbert is lacking credibility when she tries to make us believe that Kuros and Fattman are highly visible figures in our district. I personally do not know who my representative is after the redistricting took place. But I think she
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really lacks any logic when she refers to Obamacare as something “jammed down her throat” in her words. Has Ms. Colbert forgotten that “Romneycare” was “jammed down our throats” when Romney was governor of this state? The result of Romneycare is that 98% of the people of Massachusetts now have health insurance and it only added 1% to the overall state budget. I for one believe that when Obamacare is fully implemented in 2014 we will all be better off. Sincerely, Randy Kolodziej
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Thank You from the Jimmy Fund To the Editor: Jimmy Fund golf extends its sincerest thanks to the organizers and sponsors of the third annual Ed Waters Memorial golf Tournament held on
We are ready for December 1st...Are You? Plans are coming together for 15th Annual Uxbridge First Holiday Night Santa Parade. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be officially kicking off 2012 Town of Uxbridge holiday season with our 15th Anniversary Parade at 4:30 p.m. The Uxbridge High School Band will be leading off the parade; also joining in on the cheer will be Peter Ostroskey as our parade grand Marshall and the Douglas High School Marching Band, Shepard Hill Marching Band and the Buxton Fife & Drum. Here are few highlights: Back by popular demand the music of Double Play and our Blackstone Valley Chorus will grace us with sounds of the season. Also stay tuned for music by generations a Barbershop Quartet, Strolling singers from the Blackstone Carillons, Uxbridge High School Chorus, “Encore” from Whitinsville Christian School, Bell Ringers, the Honky Tonk Piano Man, and DJ Paul Belanger will be on the Town Common spinning his selection of holiday classics.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. - Margaret Mead Kids can have fun with Bobo the Clown, a children's favorite and amazingly skilled balloon artist will be back for another year of fun for the kids and our friends Wayne and Lois Tucker will be stopping by the Town Common with their Petting Zoo. In addition to several face paintings stations, caricature artist’s locations, story time at the Library and crafts at town Hall. Take a ride on the Old Town Trolley to the Riverbend Farm to enjoy a hayride by the Iron shoe farms through the illuminated fields of the Riverbend. Our committee and events thrive on the partnership of community, local business support, fundraising, and volunteers like you. We sincerely appreciate ALL who have donated and supported us over the years! Additionally, Santa always has room in his workshop for helpers and elves who would like to participate in the parade. Contact us to join in on the holiday cheer www. uxbridgeholidaynight.org.
October 1st, at Blissful Meadows golf Course in Uxbridge. Special recognition and appreciation goes to Jessica Rubinow of Holden and the committee who organized the third annual event. The dedicated sponsors, participants, and volunteers helped raise critical funds to support lifesaving cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The third annual Ed Waters Memorial golf Tournament is one of the many golf tournaments that will be held in 2012 to raise funds for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber. From traditional golf tournaments and
country club member events to mini golf tournaments and all day golf marathons, volunteers create golf fundraisers that combine their love of the sport with their desire to support the fight against cancer. Each event is an incredibly rewarding and fun way to support a great cause! Those interested in finding out ways to support DanaFarber and the Jimmy Fund through golf may visit www.jimmyfundgolf.org or call (866) 521-4653 to learn how.
The Perfect Christmas Gift Food Pantry, c/o Senior Center, 20 Highland St., Whitinsville, MA 01588. Include your honoree’s name and address, as well as your own, so that “thank you” and an “acknowledgement” notes can be sent. Your generous gift will be a blessing to someone in need in our community. Thank you.
To the Editor: With the holidays just around the corner, are you trying to think of a gift for someone who has everything? Or perhaps, you’re looking for a gift that would be as meaningful to you as to the person who receives it. Consider a donation to the Northbridge Association of Churches Food Pantry in honor of your neighbor, family member, friend or co-worker. What a wonderful way to show the true meaning of Christmas. Please send your donation to: NAC
Sincerely, Kelly Lariviere The NAC Food Pantry
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Join in the Uxbridge Town Loop Challenge The Uxbridge Town Loop Run/Walk Challenge will take place on Sunday, November 18th – rain or shine. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and the run/walk begins at 11:00 a.m. from the Taft School Cafeteria, located at 16 granite Street in Uxbridge. Come for a morning of fun and excitement as runners and walkers face the challenge of circling the town, approximately a 3 mile loop. Proceeds of this event will benefit the students in the Uxbridge Public Schools.
Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and run/walk begins at 11:00 a.m. $10.00 for an individual, $30.00 for a family if postmarked before 11/1 and includes a T-Shirt or $15.00 for an individual, $35.00 for a family if postmarked after 11/1 and walk-ins. Contact Laura at laurader6975@ gmail. com or Judi at jlanoue@ uxbridge.k12.ma.us for information. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and the run/walk begins at 11:00 a.m. Come and join us!
tary 8x10 color studio portrait to be taken by a professional photography studio at the Fire Station at 64 Main St. in Douglas. The fund raising program is legitimate and the Douglas Firefighters union asks for your support. If you do not receive the firefighters mailing, or have any questions, please call Lieutenant Justin McCallum or Lieutenant Pauline Labrecque at (508) 476-2267 for further details.
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The next meeting of the Douglas Library Book group will be discussing Dava Sobel’s galileo’s Daughter on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:30 p.m. Inspired by a long fascination with galileo, and by the remarkable surviving letters of galileo's daughter, a cloistered nun, Dava Sobel has written a biography unlike any other. galileo's
Residents of Uxbridge - Please expect uniformed Cub Scouts, Webelos, and Boy Scouts from Uxbridge packs 7 and 25 and Troops 7, 25 and 1122 have dropped off bags for food/personal care item donations to our local food pantry. Scouts will return again on Saturday, November 3rd to collect your nonperishable food/personal care donations to our annual food drive. All donations will be given to the People First Food Pantry located at 19 Douglas Street in Uxbridge. Please place your donations at the door where you received your bag by 9 a.m. on November 3rd. Thank you!
Douglas Firefighters Union needs public support The Douglas Firefighters Union is sponsoring a fund raising program to raise money to provide special training that will help our firefighters perform their life saving duties and to purchase items for which tax dollars are not available. In the coming days, all homes in the area will receive a request for a mail-in contribution. The firefighters wish to thank everyone for their donation by giving a complimen-
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Pajama Story Time at library In celebration of Family Literacy month, please bring your favorite snuggly, stuffed animal, or blanket, and wear your most comfy PJs to Pajama Story Time with Miss Amy! Children and their families can enjoy nighttime rhymes, bedtime stories, and songs on Thursday, November 8th at 6:30 p.m. This is a free, drop-in program and no registration is required. The program will be held at the Uxbridge Free Public
Group class reunion planned Douglas Memorial High School Class Reunion – years 1980-1986 and anyone else interested in attending. November 23rd at 7:00 p.m. - Sokol Hall, Douglas. Band and buffet – $22.00 per
Daughter also presents a stunning portrait of a person hitherto lost to history, described by her father as "a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness, and most tenderly attached to me." Call the Library 508-476-2695 for a copy of the book. New members welcome. Homemade refreshments, inspired by the title being discussed, will be served.
person. Mail checks payable to Maryellen Watson, 123 St. Andre Drive, Uxbridge, MA 01569-1149. For more information call 774-280-1984.
Library in the Children's Room. All children are welcome to attend however the program will be geared toward children ages 0-6. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit the library as a family!
Singers invited for caroling Blackstone Valley Music located at 6 Mendon Street in Uxbridge will be performing at the shop as well as caroling for Uxbridge First Night on December 1st. Interested people from the general public are invited to join for caroling, rehearsals will begin in November on Saturdays at 4:00 P.M. If you have any questions please call 508-278-7211.
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Letter to the Editor
had 1 vote against it and was crafted and sponsored with little or no debate. This was a Democratic crafted and sponsored bill. My opponent was one of 10 Republicans to vote against the new health bill. This was a cost savings measure which was extremely important. REP george Peterson a grafton Republican, which I respect and admire, voted for this bill. As a Former 24 year Selectman, Local and school aid has always been a concern. It was because of the Democratic Leadership that we received an increase this past year. In a letter dated June 20, 2012, 44 legislators signed on a request to the Senate and House, Ways and Means Leaders for an increase in Chapter 70 School Aid. My Opponent was not one of them. Only 1 bill out of 4 of his proposals made it past the committee stage. Senator Richard Moore and Representative Kuros Co-sponsored Senate Bill 2060 and 2169. It passed though the
Tired of the mud throwing Dear Editor, We are running a clean campaign. We believe that people are tired of the mud throwing, and dirty politics. I ran 10 years ago for this seat and we are now facing an incumbent who has basically never been voted on by 12 of the 13 precincts that the new district consists of. I have lived here all my life. I have been a public servant for 30 years. This district needs full time representation from someone who is accessible and visible. We need someone like myself who can work both sides of the aisle as I have my entire career. My opponent has voted with his party's leadership 97.8% of the time on the issues. I would have voted for the Jobs Bill, which only
Senate and is still sitting in the House. Either my Opponent has no power, or he just didn't push it through the House. I believe that we need someone who knows the district inside and out, and can bring back the representation that we used to have. My 5 Most important areas of concern: 1) Jobs and economic growth: I believe in offering tax credits to businesses that make under $250K a year. If they hire new employees A tax credit of : $10K for a Veteran, $8K for hiring someone on unemployment and $5K for each new job created I would like to make low interest loans available to help small businesses survive. Many need these loans to put back into improvements. I also believe in addressing the stringent regulations, and help streamline the permit process in start-up businesses. We must fund programs to help train our residents for unfilled positions as well as jobs for the future. I would also like to coordinate a forum, and invite Hospitals Staffing Agencies to help determine what employers are looking for. We should also
invest in our infrastructure. 2) Health Care: Reforms of our malpractice system is needed, many doctors are concerned of a law suit thus creating shortages in the state. This along with administrative simplification would attract more physicians, and help address the shortage. Reduce unnecessary cost by working for better access. We must work towards preventive care - too much of health care dollars are spent in treating chronic diseases, we must treat people before they get sick. We must also work to educate our children, and adults on nutrition - a top priority. Reward value over volume, we must shift fee for service to global payments. 3) Education I will work closely with the MTA to make sure teachers have the tools they need to teach children effectively. I will work to help make more resources available for pre K and early education. Improve the post secondary education of our young adults. We need to make sure we train our young people to help attain jobs. 4) Senior Citizens: As a former Friends Council of Aging President I have the
experience to work with organizations to support programs and activities. Funding concern; being a Selectman for 24 years I know how important it is to assure that our senior programs will continue to be funded. We should get young people involved to volunteer their services, and spend time in communicating with our senior citizens, we can do this through schools. I support the senior circuit breaker and will work to offer other tax benefits. 5) Veterans: We need to make our veterans and their families aware of the benefits available to them. We, in Massachusetts have been leaders with the efforts of the Welcome Home Program, Chapter 115, and the Valor Act but we must do more to support our Veterans, administration enable VSOs locate, and inform our veterans about the benefits available to them. We must work to partner with charitable organizations to make sure we are doing everything we can to serve our veterans. We must work to support the military families. For more information please check out our website at www.duboisforep. com or Facebook at “Elect Bob Dubois for State Representative”
- Bob Dubois Blackstone
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oBituArieS Powell MILFORD – gary S. Powell, 48, of Milford and formerly of Bellingham, passed away Sept. 17, at home. Mr. Powell had worked for several years at the former Jordan Marsh and Company in Framingham. He was born March 22,1964 in Newton, the son of Clyde B. and Ethelyn T. (Hallet) Powell of Uxbridge. gary enjoyed time spent with family, especially with his nieces and nephew. He also enjoyed music, theater, and the New England Patriots. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Pamela Farris and her husband Anthony Duszak of Milford and Kristin L. and her husband Christopher Kuehn of Fallston, MD; 4 nieces, Ashley Farris, Madison Kuehn, Sarah Kuehn, Breanna Duszak; a nephew, Christopher Kuehn, Jr., aunts, uncles and many cousins.
Mrs. Burton was a member of the Union Evangelical Church in Hopedale for more than 50 years. She was very proud of all her family and enjoyed sewing, knitting and crafting gifts for them. She enjoyed outdoor walks and spending time with her great-grandchildren and she will be sadly missed. Mrs. Burton is survived by two daughters, Joyce Anderson and her husband Kurt of Slingerlands, NY and gail Earle and her husband Richard of Uxbridge; 5 grandchildren, Cheryl Kelly, Linda Stewart, Robert Anderson of New York, Richard Earle of Uxbridge and Laurie Christie of FL, along with 10 great-grandchildren. She also leaves a niece Eleanor Doble of NH and a nephew William Chasteen of SC. She was predeceased by two sisters, Bertha Ranslow and Edith Chasteen.
Blinkhorn Burton MENDON – Dorothy M. (Bassett) Burton, 98, formerly of Mendon, passed away on Sept. 20, at Countryside Health Care of Milford. She was the beloved wife of the late Westley Burton who died in 1981. She was born on March 7,1914 in Woonsocket, RI, the daughter of the late Verne and Carrie (Holbrook) Bassett. She spent her early years in Uxbridge, graduating from Uxbridge High School, Class of 1933. Mrs. Burton was a resident of Hopedale for 23 years before moving to Florida and later returning to Mendon in 1984. Mrs. Burton had been employed in the main office of the former Draper Corporation in Hopedale for 14 years, retiring in 1970. She had previously been employed at the former Hopedale Coal and Ice Co. In her retirement, she began volunteering at the Milford Hospital in 1990.
N. UxBRIDgE - Edward W. “Buster” Blinkhorn, 81, passed away Sept. 24, after an illness. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jacqueline E. (Lachapelle) Blinkhorn, 2 daughters Mary Ellen Nedoroscik and her companion Leslie McCarron of Wakefield, RI and Lori A. and her husband Christopher Monterotti of Uxbridge; 4 granddaughters AF Staff Sgt. Emily J. Nedoroscik, Andrea J. Monterotti, Maria V. Monterotti, and Olivia C. Monterotti; a sister Jennie and her husband Eric Cameron of Bellingham and several nephews and nieces. He was brother of the late Lloyd Blinkhorn, Ernest Blinkhorn, and Olive McFadden. Born in N. Uxbridge on Jan. 6, 1931 he was son of Owen and Laura (Parkes) Blinkhorn King and was raised by his mother and her husband Valentine. Buster lived in Uxbridge most of his life. Mr. Blinkhorn worked as an assembler at the Former general
Motors in Framingham for 30 years. He also was a school bus driver for the Town of Uxbridge for many years. He was a U.S. Air Force Korean Conflict veteran. He was a graduate of Uxbridge High School, Class of 1949 where he was a standout 3-sport athlete. He was inducted into their athletic hall of fame in 2007. He was a member of the United Auto Workers, Charles A. Rice American Legion Post 33 and a lifetime member of VFW post 1385. He enjoyed bowling and golf as well as jogging and had won several road races.
goulet N. UxBRIDgE - Alfred L. "Barry" goulet, 97, passed away Sept. 28, at Beaumont Nursing Home after an illness. His wife of 39 years Florence V. (gouin) goulet died Dec. 2, 1980. He is survived by his 2 daughters Ann M. O'Connell of Worcester and Harriet L. Campbell of Uxbridge; 3 grandchildren Kim Landini, Eric Campbell, and gary Burrows; 5 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; and many nephews and nieces. Born in Uxbridge on June 15,1915 Barry was one of 9 children born to Jeremiah and Angelina (Naureau) goulet and lived here all his life. Mr. goulet worked as a machinist and flyer at the former Whitin Machine Works in Whitinsville for 38 years, retiring in 1977. He also worked in the Uxbridge quarries and operated an egg and chicken farm in his younger years. Always a hard worker, he was known for building stone walls and his woodsman skills. He would replenish the land while harvesting trees for firewood. He was educated at the good Shepherd school and was active his entire life. He played tennis until he was 85 years old, enjoyed playing badminton and rode his bicycle around town many years. A compassionate man, Barry would lend a hand to any one in need and enjoyed his family immensely. He was a member of good Shepherd Church.
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UxBRIDgE - Linda A. (Carolo) Benoit, 52, of Uxbridge passed away Oct. 1, at home surrounded by many of her loved ones after a nearly 2 year courageous battle against breast cancer. She was born February 5th, 1960 in Woonsocket, RI, the first daughter of Robert M. and Lucille (Ayotte) Carolo of Uxbridge. She was the devoted wife
of Stephen P. Benoit; the couple would have celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary on Oct. 21. In addition to managing Stephen’s business, Linda had been a legal secretary and office manager for the law firm of Zimmerman, Roszkowski and Brenner in Woonsocket, RI for the past 35 years. She will be remembered for her everpresent and radiant smile, positive attitude, and for keeping a warm and loving home for her beloved family. In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by her three children, Laura L. and her husband Nathaniel Chadwick of Lowell, Stephanie M. and Trevor S. Benoit, both of Uxbridge; two sisters, Diane L. and her husband Lawrence Ethier of Ararat, VA, and Donna M. and her husband Peter graves of Lowell, as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends.
Stanley UxBRIDgE – Brian David Stanley, 51, passed away on Oct. 2, in the Lydia Taft House, Uxbridge, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Milford, the son of David and Lucy (Mele) Stanley of Uxbridge. Brian grew up in Milford and was a graduate of Milford High School, class of 1979. He proudly served in the U.S. Army for 3 years in Copenhagen, germany. Brian was an avid New England sports fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, rocking out to good tunes, and was always ready to lend a helping hand where needed. Brian’s strong faith was admired, encouraging, and an inspiration to many. He will be fondly remembered for his many stories, magnetic personality, and constant reminder to everyone that “It’s all good”. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two daughters, Chelsea and her husband Troy Davis of Houston and Lindsey Stanley of Chicago; his sister LuAnn and her husband Peter Eknoian of Shrewsbury; his loving nieces, Megan, Lauren, and Erin; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his precious daughter, Brianna Stanley in 1996.
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lajoie WHITINSVILLE – Richard J. Lajoie, 41, passed away Oct. 16, in UMass Medical Center Lake Ave., Worcester. He had been employed as an Environmental Technician for Roux Associates in Providence, RI and previously for Lincoln Environmental in Lincoln, RI. Mr. Lajoie was born Feb. 10, 1971 in Milford and was a graduate of Uxbridge High School, class of 1989. He had previously lived in Seekonk, Douglas and Uxbridge, before moving back to Whitinsville three years ago. Richard enjoyed snowmobiling, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, boating, fishing, working outdoors and going to the ocean. He is survived by his father Richard F. and his wife Joan Lajoie of Brownville Junction, ME; his mother Jean E. (Colby) Lajoie LaBossiere and her husband Kenneth R. LaBossiere of Uxbridge; his son Dylan R. Lajoie and his former wife Lori E. (Maratto) Lajoie, both of Seekonk; a brother Jonathan D. Lajoie of Whitinsville; an aunt and uncles, Pete, Maria, and Daniel Lajoie and his godmother Mary Jane Mathewson.
Behrens UxBRIDgE – Karl W. Behrens, 56, of Uxbridge, passed away Wed. Oct. 17, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of Debora (Ware) Behrens. A longtime resident of Uxbridge, Mr. Behrens was employed at EMC Corporation in Hopkinton for the past 15 years. Previously, he had worked at Prime Computers for 18 years. He was born in New York in 1956 the son of the late Herman W. and Kathryn (Wagner) Behrens, was a graduate of Uxbridge High School, and had attended UMass – Amherst and Worcester State College. Karl enjoyed hiking, biking, traveling, and cooking. He was also a longtime volunteer and member of the Blackstone Valley Sugaring Assoc. at Riverbend Farm. He cherished time spent with family and friends. In addition to his wife Debora of 33 years, he is survived by two daughters Kristie H. Behrens of Boston and Jackie g. (Behrens) Bayer of Uxbridge, and a brother Robert A. and his wife Noreen E. Behrens of Southborough.
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Rotary sponsors Operation Warm Coats for Kids Cool weather of fall has arrived in the Blackstone Valley, reminding us all to prepare for winter. For many in our community, with the rising cost of fuel, food and basic necessities, preparing for the cold weather can be challenging. The Rotary Club of Uxbridge would like to remind everyone that we are in the process of collecting donations from the community to provide warm coats to children in need in the towns of Douglas, Northbridge and Uxbridge who are served by our local food pantries. Your donation of just $17.00 will provide a warm coat to a child who may otherwise go without. In the past two years, through the generosity of so many in the community, we have provided over 250 coats to kids of families receiving emergency food from our local food pantries. The list grows each year, and this year is no exception. It is our hope that you will consider making a donation this year. Checks made payable to The Rotary Club of Uxbridge may be mailed to The Rotary Club Uxbridge, P O Box 4, Whitinsville, MA 01588 or dropped off at The Valley Cafe, 98 Church Street, Whitinsville. Each year The Rotary Club of Uxbridge sponsors many fundraising events, including Operation Warm Coats For Kids, Rotary Fun Run, Wine & Chocolate Tasting, Annual golf Tournament and more. With funds raised by these charitable endeavors, we have seen many lives changed for the better. It is the goal of the Rotary Club of Uxbridge to continue to make a
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difference here in the Blackstone Valley and also around the world, through our affiliation with Rotary International. With the help of donations from supporters such as you we will continue to help wherever we see a need. Thank you again to everyone whose generous support over the past years has made Operation Warm / Coats for Kids a great success and a sincere thank you to those who will contribute again this year! The Rotary Club of Uxbridge: President: Nancy Naylor - Vice President: Ed Eldridge - Secretary: Wendy Brown - Treasurer: Dennis Smith Operation Warm / Coats for Kids Chairpersons: Dennis Smith & Jackie gosselin.
On Saturday, November 3th, the St. Denis Catholic Women’s Council will host their annual Holiday Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please note the new time. St. Denis is located on Manchaug St. in Douglas and are now handicap accessible. This year will be even bigger and better than last year. The hall has been expanded and there will be more space to display the hand crafted holiday crafts. Assorted soups, sandwiches, dessert and refreshments will be served by the Tea Committee. There will be a lottery scratch ticket raffle, fancy works table, baked goods, raffle table and activities for children. Vvendors selling 18” doll clothes, jewelry, home made chocolates and rosary bracelets. Please come and enjoy.
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Three generations of Whitin’s attend reunion at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill attendees from 11 states and the District of Columbia. Family members came from as far as California to attend. The family enjoyed guided tours of the Whitinsville historic district by National Park Service Ranger Kevin Klyberg, visits to the Whitinsville Social Library, Village Congregational Church, Memorial Hall and the Whitin
Three generations of Whitins gathered recently at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill for a family reunion. This was the first Whitin reunion of the century and the first in Whitinsville in approximately 50 years. Attending were members of the 7th, 8th and 9th generations directly descended from Paul Whitin and Betsey Fletcher Whitin. There were 66
For the first time in half a century a group of Whitin descendants gather in Whitinsville plots in Pine grove Cemetery. The group also toured Paul Whitin’s original mill, now part of Alternatives’
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Financial Planning Group Supports the Troops By Harold estabrook, CFP® , director of the FPA™ mA military Pro Bono Program Almost every day, the media direct people’s attention on the plight of active military and returning veterans. In the current environment of an ongoing war, a presidential election, and Veterans Day soon approaching, one can expect that people will continue to focus on what our military people have done, and what we as a country are doing for them. Although much of the coverage is focused on the rhetoric of supporting our troops, there are many national and regional organizations that have made an actual commitment to helping our servicemen and women and their families, and are following through on those commitments. The Financial Planning Assn.™ of Massachusetts (FPA™ MA) is one such organization. One way the FPA™ MA and other organizations have shown their support is by providing volunteers to attend Yellow Ribbon events. These events are very important to the service members as they are either preor post-deployment, and are attended by different support agencies, allowing service members a chance to visit all the agencies in one place. In addition to FPA™ MA, a sampling of other organizations that have
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been present includes: the American Red Cross, Veterans Hospital, American Consumer Credit Counseling, Massachusetts Housing, TriCare, Veterans Education Benefits, and American Legion. Representatives of FPA™ MA have attended all nine of the Yellow Ribbon events that have been held so far this year. The work of these kinds of organizations is crucial toward providing financial and emotional support to military servicemen and women, and their families. The FPA™ MA alone completed 1563 Federal and State tax returns, generating $2.1 million in federal and state tax refunds, and saving these families $239,000 in tax preparation fees, not to mention countless headaches and anxious hand-wringing. In addition, FPA™ MA offers free financial coaching and planning to those who have served our country, are currently serving or are about to be deployed. This year alone they counseled more than 260 servicemembers and their families. volunteer planners assist in defining financial goals, creating budgets, establishing savings plans, and ensuring that those participating in this no-cost program receive full advantage of their employee and military benefits. Homes For Our Troops (HFOT) is another such non-profit organization that is making a difference in the lives of wounded veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Headquartered in Taunton, Mass., the program has been so successful here that they have spread the volunteer model to other states. The veterans selected for this program are severely wounded and need homes that are built specifically to create a better quality of life and tai-
lored to meet their individual physical limitations. These homes receive about two-thirds of the funding from donations to HFOT. The community that hosts the new house, usually in the home area of the veteran, rallies around the family with donations of labor and money for the home. Veterans in the program are required to complete a financial plan before taking possession of the home. Through FPA™ MA’s pro bono complement to this program, veterans gain the financial knowledge needed when owning a home, again by meeting one-on-one with a planner. Assigned volunteer planners then assist in defining financial goals, create budgets, establish savings plans, and ensure that those participating in this no-cost program receive full advantage of their employee and military benefits. In most cases, the FPA™ volunteer will meet at a later date after the veteran and family occupy the house to ensure the house budget, cash flow, and other issues are going according to plan. To date, HFOT has either built or has currently under construction over 100 homes throughout the United States. The adjustment to a very new stage in life is not an easy one for these soldiers, nor is it one for which they have any experience. Our role is to help them make the transition as smoothly as possible. They are great young veterans and families. If you get a chance to work with them you’ll be rewarded in ways that cannot be measured. FPAMA is an organization made up of 900 members that has sought to foster the value of financial planning and advance the financial planning profession in the Bay State since 2000. For more information, please visit www.fpama.org.
Uxbridge Community Gardens ends successful first year November 3rd will mark the official end of the first season for the Uxbridge Community gardens. Barbara Hall, Chairman of the group, called the program an “amazing success”. She noted that 53 gardens were cultivated in the first year and more are planned for 2013. “Most who had gardens this year have already signed up for next season. We've also received requests this Fall from people who heard about the program and want to be part of it next year. We'll give returning gardeners a chance first; applications for new gardeners will be available after January 1st.”
Hall said she's most pleased with the fact that gardens were designated for the People First Food Pantry, the Uxbridge Senior Center and the Uxbridge Public Schools. “We expect to expand this kind of involvement and to really emphasize the 'Community' in the Uxbridge Community gardens,” she added. What's ahead for 2013? Along with ambitious plans to cultivate more plots and to get more groups
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involved, the Uxbridge Community gardens will ask that they be recognized as an official committee of the town. Petition articles in support of the gardens will appear on the November 20th Town Meeting Warrant. “A community gardening program is a very important thing for the town to support”, said Hall. “Dozens of towns, including Franklin, Southbridge, Ashland, Upton and many, many more, have taken this path.” She
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Cormier Woods Mushroom Hunt By mary Beauchamp, The Trustees of Reservations Recently on a beautiful, bright morning, over 50 participants joined together for the Boston Mycological Club’s (BMC) Mushroom Hunt at Cormier Woods Reservation in Uxbridge. People of all ages, families, students, and experts alike from all over descended on this quiet place for the 3rd annual event. Participants dispersed into the woods and fields in search of fungi and lichens. Slowly the specimens were brought in by individuals and groups. The specimens were sorted on tables by type, and became a beautiful expanse of color and texture. From the miniscule to the Hen of the Woods, which takes two hands to carry, the bounty flowed in. Some participants were expert collectors from the Boston Mycological Club, and many were folks with curiosity about a mysterious part of our natural world. David Hibbett, Professor of Biology at Clark University, and Anne Pringle, Professor of Biology at Harvard University utilized this event to further research fungi for its uses in medicine, industry, and in creating new fuel sources. They were accompanied by students and colleagues in the field. Professor Hibbett and Professor Pringle were available to answer questions and share their knowledge with participants. Ms. Pringle encouraged those attending to be aware of the importance of conservation efforts related to fungi as it is one of the most basic and important links in the earth’s eco-system. For information on how you can get involved with The Trustees or to learn more about volunteering or membership, visit www.thetrustees.org or call The Trustees’ office at 781-784-0567.
a letter to readers, I would like to tell you about someone that I met a few years ago. She called the VFW Post 1385 and I happened to answer the phone. And she was telling me all about how she has been knitting blankets, and slippers that she wanted to donate to the Veterans hospital. And I thought what a great thing to do for our Veterans. I told her that the VFW Post 1385 does gift packages that are brought to the VA hospital. Let me see if they would like some blankets and slippers. So I made some phone calls and they were thrilled and said yes. So I called Claire back and told her I would come over and pick up
Become an Uxbridge Girl Scout or leader Uxbridge girl Scouts is actively seeking adult volunteers and girls in grades K-6. Did you know that girls donâ€™t have to be in a troop to participate in girl Scouts? Today, each girl has the opportunity to choose how she wants to participate in girl Scouting. Will she go to camp? Attend girl Scout events? Take part in exciting travel opportunities? When you register, be sure to ask about the many ways your child can be a girl Scout. Please contact Lynne Brochu at: lmbrochu@ charter.net or 508-278-6678.
what she had done, she was very excited. I went to her apartment to pick everything up and I was so happy I did. We sat and talked for a while. I noticed some pictures of service on the wall and they were pictures of two of her brothers that served and she let me borrow them so I could make copies and put them on the wall at the VFW Post 1385. Claire had a few bags full of blankets and slippers that looked like booties to me. I said to Claire if you donâ€™t mind I am going to call you Claire the bootie lady she laughed and said sure. So for the past 4 or 5 years she has a mission of love for our veterans like you have never seen. She fell a few years ago and
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Milford Humane Society are in great need of pet food donations as it enters 2013. WHEN: Donations accepted December 1-12, 2012. WHERE: Donations can be dropped off at the following locations: Uxbridge: Puppy Cuts, Hannaford Supermarket & Uxbridge Animal Hospital. Mendon: Mendon Animal Clinic. Northbridge: Paw Planet, Paw Steps Veterinary Center & Shaw’s Market. For more information, contact Beth Stevens of Your Best Friends’ Best Friend at 508-641-6954 or YBFsBF PetSitting@Yahoo.com . Also, if you are a business that would like to be a drop off location, please let us know.
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Michael Graves’ painting raffled Michael graves, Millbury’s own nationally-recognized landscape artist, has donated a painting of Millbury to be raffled by the Millbury Bicentennial Committee and the Millbury Women’s Club. Tickets are available from any member of the club or by calling 508755-2703. Tickets are $20 each and the drawing will be on June 15, 2013 at the town wide birthday party. His works were among the top 100 paintings in the Arts for the Park, eight times, as he has painted in many national parks. He has received over
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by Sheryl Corriveau
What would happen if you were able to go into a laboratory, design your life and all you’d like to experience and come out and live it? There is such a place – it’s the laboratory of our minds. This is the place where our way of thinking leads to our choices – which directly relate to how we will experience our lives. It took me a long time to realize that my thoughts are things. I didn’t grasp this before I really started paying attention to my own laboratory – but now I know that I can look at my actual thoughts and choose if they are in alignment with what I want to experience, keep experiencing, or no longer want to experience. It comes down to two things: awareness and giving attention to our choices. Sometimes the only choice there is to make is to change my attitude about something that I have no control over – but I still have that choice. Our choices directly reflect how we will experience something vs. merely reacting to it. Being truly grateful for the experiences that have lead me to this understanding, I’ve decided to share these tools that have so drastically led me away from a victim-mentality into a pro-active-empowered one. If you’re a person who wants the kind of crazy awesome life that if you were reincarnated, you’d come back to be you again (because it’s so much fun! haha)… AND are at a place where you feel ready to take a step towards your dreams and desires (or at least really, really want to) – then you have piqued my interest (always love other savvy no-excuse pioneer types) and I’d love to hear from you to join me in one of my kick-butt workshops. Check out the goods at www.SherylCorriveau.com.
Holiday Wreaths delivered “Thanks for Giving” Blood Drive at VFW The American Red Cross is holding a patients when donated by willing commu- pounds and be in general good health. to your home or business "Thanks The entire process takes about one hour for giving" Blood Drive on nity members like you. This season enjoy beautiful 24” diameter, double-faced, balsam fir wreaths delivered to your home or business. These fresh Maine wreaths arrive with a multi-loop red velvet bow and will be delivered, compliments of the Whitin Community Center, the week following Thanksgiving to your choice of location in the Blackstone Valley (Blackstone, Douglas, grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, and Whitinsville). “These wreaths make perfect timely holiday gifts for friends, neighbors, employees, or for any special person on your holiday gift list,” states Mike Robertson, President and general Manager of New England Disposal Technologies, Inc. and Chairman of the
WCC Board of Trustees. Heather Elster, V.P. Business Operations adds, “A Whitin Community Center gift certificate in any denomination may be requested and delivered with the wreath.” All proceeds go to support the Whitin Community Center’s mission of enhancing the health and wellbeing of individuals and families and building a strong community in the Blackstone Valley. Don’t delay in placing your order. To insure a timely delivery following the Thanksgiving holiday, your order must be placed by Friday, November 9th. Wreaths sell for $20. To order, download an order form at www.Whitin-Community Center.com or call 508-234-8184. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted.
(Registration, Health History, Donation Time, followed by time at the canteen). Please invest an hour of your day and give the gift of Life!
Appointments are preferred by calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or online at RedCrossBlood.org. Walk-Ins are always welcome. Blood donors must be at least 17 years of age (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110
Monday, November 26th at the Uxbridge VFW between 2:00 – 7:00 pm. Each pint of blood collected can save the lives of up to three hospital patients. There is no substitute for human blood. Life saving blood is only available to hospital
Salvation Army Bell Ringers needed Monday, December 24th. This is a great way to raise money for our Salvation Army Unit here in the Blackstone Valley which will help meet needs of our local families. If you would like to join us in this endeavor, call 508-342-7122, leave your name and telephone number and Sharon will return your call.
Ringing bells for Salvation Army is a worthwhile endeavor for you and your family. TWO HOURS of your time is all we need. Wal-Mart in Whitinsville is joining us in this worthwhile cause and allowing us to ring bells and collect money throughout Thanksgiving and Christmas beginning Friday, November 23rd through
Art Show at Fresh Air Shop Fresh Air Flower Shops rotating art gallery will be welcoming more award winning local artists in mid November. Ria Hills from Uxbridge and Elizabeth Havens from Millbury will be showcasing some of their paintings. Ria is an award winning contemporary pastel artist known for her daily paintings, surrealism and boldness. Her work can be found in private collections
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Wanderlust The incredible legend of the Peggy & The Peggy II By Bob Haigis I recently purchased a Blue Fin dory for fishing off Cape Cod. She is a pretty craft and I knew I had to name her. It didn’t take me long to come up with something. Being married to a Peggy, and also having witnessed one of the greatest displays Peg and I have seen in our many adventures around the world, it was a no brainer. She just had to be called The Peggy II. Peg (my best friend, partner, wife and editor) was thrilled. She also recalled the PEggY we met on the Isle of Mann several years ago. At that time I published the story here and got a lot of compliments on it. So in memory of PEggY (the first), and in honor of The Peggy II, we decided to run the tale again. Hope you enjoy it as much as the first time. It has been rewritten and upgraded, so is now better (I hope). The story you are about to read is true and factual to the best of our knowledge. No names have
been changed to protect anyone - innocent or other wise. We got our information mostly on the site where much of the legend occurred, (and some on line) from an individual who knew the story. This is how it all came about Peg (Mrs. Haigis that is) and I were exploring the Isle of Man (IOM) finding it one of the most interesting places we have been. It was like going back in time a hundred years. There are three means of public transportation on the Island: a steam railroad, an electric railroad, and a horse drawn tram that runs on rails the length of the main street of Douglass, the Capital. All are 19th century modes of transportation in tiptop condition. In our wanderings, we took the steam railway to the ancient capital of the kingdom, Castletown. As we meandered in and out of narrow medieval streets and alleyways, we spotted a small three story stone structure. Over a doorway hung a sign announcing: “Nautical Museum”. Being a bit tired from walking, we entered hoping to rest and to see what was inside. It was a wise decision. If we had just kept on walking, we never would have heard of one of our ex Vice President’s relatives, and what a devious and brilliant character he was. In one section of the museum, we wandered from display to display, more interested in resting
our weary feet than what we were viewing. Entering a large room, we found ourselves with another couple and a gentleman speaking to them. He appeared to be a guide. Just then we spotted what we were really looking for: a padded bench to sit and rest on. As we did, the man’s voice drifted across the room to us, and he caught our attention when he began to tell the couple the story of the museum, its owner and builder. george Quayle was the member of a prominent 18th century Castletown family. At that time, it was the capital of IOM, and thus the heartbeat of the Island. Born in 1751, not much is known of his early life other than he was devoted to his mother (probably named Peggy Quayle), and shunned all other relatives. Early on, george displayed the individualism and brilliance that was to become his legacy. In addition, much of the rest of his life would remain a mystery for just about two hundred years after his birth and one hundred following his death. In 1789, george built a small stone building for himself that also served as a boathouse. He moved there from his family estate and lived as a hermit of sorts. Evidently, not too much attention was paid to the construction of the house by neighbors, and to the fact that the boathouse portion was beneath the residence and had a hidden entry that opened to a waterway that led to the sea. The upper stories of the house were quite unique also, being fashioned after a ship’s captain’s cabin. Curved ceilings with open beams, narrow nautical windows and ship’s style furnishings completed the image. Right around the time george constructed the house; he also built a 26 ft, two masted armed schooner which he launched in 1791. She was well armed, (6 cannons and a stern chaser) and he
named the boat after his mother – PEggY. It is from here on that george’s life became quite unique and adventurous. While apparently living the life of an aristocratic gentleman while at home, the enterprising Mr. Quayle was also carrying on a smuggling and dubious trade business, using the Peggy to achieve his aims. Under the cover of darkness and only on certain tides, Quayle would descend interior stairs, open the concealed door to the boat chamber beneath the house, and with the boat now floating would ease her out into the harbor, from where he would go about his business. During that time period there was considerable smuggling of whiskey in the area, and undoubtedly george was up to his gunnels in it. Having dual masts, the boat was most likely too big for one man to handle on the open seas, so george had to have had some accomplices in his shady enterprises. Their identities are unknown. On one recorded voyage in 1796, he sailed the boat over to England and then moved it over land to sail in (and win) a regatta on Lake Windermere. On the return trip a storm came up, and PEggY and her crew barely made it back. The way the story was told to us, george Quayle carried on his enterprising business well into the eighteen hundreds. Upon the death of his mother somewhere around 1815 however, george ceased his activities, and rowed PEggY into the boathouse for the last time. He got her up above the high tide mark, and sealed up the door leading to the outside to keep out future high tides. He died himself in 1835 after making final arrangements. However, the tale doesn’t end there. It appears that being ashamed of his antics, george told family members – and/or put it in his will - that on his demise NOBODY was to enter his house for at least two generations. Anyone continued on next page
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Coalition for a Community of Caring plan meeting and look for First Night Marchers The Coalition for a Community of Caring will be holding their monthly meeting on November 8th at 6:30 pm at the Uxbridge Town Hall. All are welcome to attend. They will be reviewing community updates and planning for special creative projects. This includes the upcoming First Night parade! They are looking for community members, youth and families, to march in the parade as they carry banners of the 5 core values of the Community of Caring Program, Respect, Responsi-
bility, Trust, Caring, and Family. Please contact Amanda Ayers at email@example.com for more information about this project or to sign up to march! The Coalition would love to have you join in! Since 2008, The Coalition has brought together local service agencies, faith groups, schools, families and youth, to build a safe, healthier community for all. Their mission is to support the Community of Caring Program whose 5 core values empower people to
be responsible and caring members of their community. The Coalition provides positive and creative opportunities and resources for the youth of Uxbridge and surrounding towns. They share information on many community resources, supports, and events for families and their children.
Whether you can attend the monthly meetings, or just have an hour of time to spare, they have many creative community projects that you and your family can help with! Some annual events The Coalition participate in are: World Smile Day, Family Dinner Night Out, The First Night Parade and Hearts of
Holiday Craft Social at the E.N. Jenckes Store Museum The Douglas Historical Society’s annual “Ladies Night Craft Social” will celebrate the holiday season beginning on Friday night, November 16th and extend to include Saturday, November 17th as a craft fair for the entire community to enjoy. The much anticipated event starts at the E.N. Jenckes Store Museum at 283 Main Street on Friday with a “Ladies Night” with locally made crafts and holiday items including maple syrup and honey products on Friday from 7 9 pm. The museum will open its doors transformed into a holiday store with music, festive lighting and refreshments. The following day, Saturday, the store
museum will re-open from 10 am to 3 pm as a traditional craft fair with vendors continuing to offer holiday decorations, hand made products and delightful merchandise that will be sure to round out your holiday shopping! Come visit one of the most intact general stores in all of New England for this special holiday shopping experience. Your support helps local producers and crafters and the Douglas Historical Society’s efforts to preserve and protect the historic E.N. Jenckes Store Museum. Both days’ admission is free and the museum is open to the public. For more information, visit douglashistoricalsociety.org or call508476-3856 or 508-341-4876.
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St. Peter’s to host Bazaar St. Peter's Parish, in Northbridge, will hold its Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 3rd from 9 am - 3 pm in the Parish Hall at 39 Church Avenue. Featured will be a Raffle Table, White Elephant Table, Christmas and Country Crafts, knitted and crochet items. Silent Auction, baked goods, delicious food and lots more. For information call 508-234-2156.
Co-Habitat; a fine craft exhibition Two Uxbridge residents to host Arts Worcester’s first ever fine craft exhibition; ‘Co-Habitat”. Furniture maker/ artist Steve Butler and Jeweler/artist Liesl Carlson will be participating in Arts Worcester’s first ever-fine craft exhibition. The exhibition runs through the month of November with an opening reception on Friday, November 2nd from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. For more Information visit www. artsworcester.org
The Game By the old bay path on an eve about ten A figure in black played cards with a friend Whose name was called Life and whose hand dealt living While the being in black only Took, with no giving They played for a soul swift coming their way On a steed made of iron who Lived for each day How quick flew the cards and greedy their eyes For each played his best for this young human prize Fatigue and the night were cards in Death’s hand But the ace up his sleeve was the curve and the sand Ever nearer and swifter as a math drawn to flame Unknowing, uncaring sped the prize to the game Old Fate stood by watching; a smile on her lips; Only she knew which way the Trump scale would Tip A light pierced the darkness and eternity hung Like some make believe bell about to be rung The wraith made of darkness played each card with a smile Sure that the prize would be his in a while But his ace of spades couldn’t beat a full straight And the young man’s future was decided by Fate While Death in a rage cast his cards on the ground And vowed he’d return in some near future round And the young man got up, walking with a new Lift Completely unawareOf the game and it’s gift
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The Trolleys are coming! sutton’s annual chain of lights event The town of Sutton will once again be ushering in the holiday season with its annual Chain of Lights, Christmas in Historic Sutton, event on Saturday, December 1st from 10 am – 4 pm. Enjoy FREE trolley rides through the rural countryside as you are welcomed at church fairs, farms, retail establishments, and historical locations. Santa arrives by fire truck to town on Friday, November 30th at 6 pm in the Village of Manchaug. Children can visit with Santa while
young and old can admire the recently restored antique Seagrave fire truck. On Saturday, Santa will be spending his day at the Sleighbell Christmas Tree Farm. Visit with Santa in an antique sleigh, enjoy a hayride, and choose your Christmas tree all on the same day. Santa will end his visit Saturday evening at 5:30 pm at the annual lighting of the Sutton Town Common. Individuals and organizations interested in sponsoring a tree can contact firstname.lastname@example.org . The Sutton Memorial High School Band will accompany a crowd of Christmas carolers while the First Congregational Church will host its famous Lake Ripple Roast Beef dinner from 5-7 that evening. Cost for the dinner is adults $10, 12 & under - $5; 4 & under free. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event or advance tickets can be purchased from the church office, open daily from 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. Make sure to visit the nativity display and many craft tables during the day at this location as well. M. M. Sherman’s Antique Blacksmith Shop will be demonstrating antique blacksmithing tools. Just around the corner, visit the historically preserved Washington Hall in Polly’s Antiques – The Brick Block and browse the art gallery. Stop by the Sutton Center Fire Station to “touch a truck”. The Fire Explorers will be available to answer your questions about the fire equipment. Say hello to this year’s trolley coordinator on the Common, Ryan Fattman, Representative for the 18th Worcester District, as he main-
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tains effortless movement of all the FREE trolleys throughout town. Tethered hot air balloon rides, sponsored by RE/MAX Executive Realty Sandy Boucini & Michelle Granger, will be at Whittier Farms where you can also enjoy a wagon tour of the farm, pony rides and a petting zoo. Pleasant Valley Country club will be the site of the Festival of Trees. Brilliantly decorated trees and wreaths will be displayed and for sale. Individuals wishing to have trees and wreaths displayed can contact Rebecca Mott at Suttonpac@suttonschools.net. Proceeds to benefit special needs students in the Sutton Public Schools. A Currier & Ives Christmas welcomes you to St. Mark’s where Engineer Dave and his model trains will delight children. Have your picture taken with St. Nicholas, decorate a cookie, and browse the craft tables. St. John’s Church will be sponsoring its 8th Mall for Humanity. Find unique holiday gifts while supporting those in need. Live music and a “kids craft corner” should keep the crowds busy as well. The Sutton Schools is the spot for the annual gingerbread house contest. Interested bakers can contact email@example.com for more information. Arrive early if you want to win a cake in the famous “cake walk.” Visit the home-based sales vendors and chat with friends while the kids enjoy the giant inflatables. Tour the studio at Vaillancourt Folk Art to see the start to finish creation of Vaillancourt Chalkware and the museum collection of Antique Chocolate Moulds. The stage at Blaxton Hall will be lively with entertainment. Share in holiday hospitality at the Sutton Senior Center. Baked goods, knit crafts, and jewelry made by the elves are worth a stop to this location. Their “Dollar Store” has bargains for shoppers of all ages. Balloon Moose will be entertaining children at the National Gallery Framing & Gifts with his balloon creations. Items from over 40 local and national artists and artisans will be available for sale. Be sure to stop by Rebecca LeCouteur Interiors for a unique holiday experience, beautiful Antiques, and exciting new merchandise. A variety of lunches are served at many locations. The Knights of Columbus will be serving up their famous clam chowder, fritters, and fried dough outside at St. Mark’s while the Sutton Lion’s Club will be serving up lunch at Whittier Farms. Visit www.suttonma. org\lights2012 for trolley routes, directions, location descriptions, lunch spots and a brochure.
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Senior Corner Your Health, Your Choice; Medicare Open Enrollment by raymond hurd Reminders – what would we do without them? Whether it’s the Outlook calendar pop-up letting me know my next meeting is in 15 minutes or the handwritten note with a list of “to-dos,” reminders help me keep track of the important little details in an extremely busy world. I am reaching out to seniors in Massachusetts with an important reminder about your most valuable asset, your health. Open Enrollment for Medicare health and drug plans begins on October 15 and ends on December 7. To prepare, you should begin assessing your current Medicare plan with your health needs. It’s important to evaluate your Medicare plan each year even if you are happy with your current plan. A simple change in your health status could mean that your healthcare needs would be better served through a different Medicare plan. The opportunity to make changes to your plan only comes once a year and now is the time to begin evaluating what, if any, changes you would like to make. After you have examined your health and identified your needs, you should gather information about Medicare health and drug plans and compare them to determine which plan is right for you. The Medicare Plan Finder, available at www.Medicare.gov, is a great resource to help you evaluate plan
options. On this site, you are able to compare quality summary ratings for health plans, identify which drugs may or may not be restricted on a plan’s formulary and compare the cost ranges for plans available in your community.
Fortunately, Medicare today is stronger than ever and the result is a program with better benefits and more options. As you prepare for Medicare Open Enrollment, you may want to consider the benefits that are now available. Annual wellness visits are free and provide an opportunity to sit with your doctor and discuss health and wellness issues that are essential to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Medicare covers many preventive services including screenings for cancer, diabetes or glaucoma as well as flu shots and tobacco cessation. Average premiums for Medicare prescription drug coverage will not rise in 2013 and premiums for Medicare health plans are expected to drop an average of 4%. If you are a Medicare beneficiary with high drug costs and you reach the “donut
hole,” you will receive 50% discounts on brand-name drugs each time you fill a prescription. If you have a limited income, you may qualify for “Extra Help.” “Extra Help” is a program that helps pay the costs of Medicare prescription drug coverage. This is a small snapshot of the options available to you. Be on the lookout for an updated Medicare & You handbook coming in the mail, which will provide more information about health plans and Open Enrollment. If you prefer to speak with someone about your options face-to-face, it might be worthwhile to visit your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) office. Counseling is free and the toll free number in Massachusetts is 1-800-243-4636. A list of SHIP offices in your community as well as the Medicare & You handbook can both be found online at www. Medicare.gov. You may also call 1800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) for more information. Mark your calendars, write a note or cut-out and post this article on your refrigerator. Remind yourself in whatever way works for you that Medicare Open Enrollment begins on October 15 and ends on December 7. Start taking control of your healthcare decisions today. Raymond Hurd is Acting Regional Administrator Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Boston Regional Office.
Psychological testing for those with Alzheimer's Disease Dr. Elizabeth Nasser, PHD, Clinical Psychologist for The Centers for Aging and Memory will present “The Benefits of Psychological testing for Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease” on Thursday, November 8th from 9:30 am – 12 noon at the First congregational church of Sutton, 307 Boston Road, Sutton. This is a free event and will be open to family members, caregivers, professionals and the general public.
Please RSVP by November 5th to julie. firstname.lastname@example.org or 508799-2386. Registration & Continental Breakfast at 9:30 a.m.; Presentation from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.; and questions and answers at 11:00 a.m. This event is sponsored by The South Worcester County Alzheimer's Partnership, The Alzheimer's Assoc. of MA/ NH and The Women's Fellowship of Sutton. Light refreshments will be served.
Seniors host Chain of Lights gift and refreshment stop Join us on Saturday December 1st from 9 AM-4 PM at the Sutton Senior Center, located at 19 Hough Road in Sutton, for the Annual Chain of Lights Celebration. There will be: Affordable Gift Baskets for all Age groups, Knitted Hats, Scarves, and Mittens for Adults and Children, Hand Knit Sweater Sets and Blankets
for Babies and Toddlers, A great selection of Jewelry and Gift Items, Our Popular “Dollar Store”, raffles, bake sale items and much more. Lunches featuring Hot Turkey Soup, Sandwiches and Meatball Subs and Plenty of parking and Trolley Service available.
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Northbridge Senior Center activities HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday – Thursday 8:30a.m – 4:00p.m., Friday – 8:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. HOLIDAY CLOSING The Northbridge Senior Center and Tri – Valley Nutrition Site will be closed on Monday, November 12th, in observance of Veterans Day, Thursday November 22nd, and Friday November 23rd, in observance of Thanksgiving.
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bridgepolice.com click on the Code Red and enter your information. If you do not have a computer, contact the Senior Center for more information. 508-234-2002. VOLUNTEER MEDICAL DRIVERS The Northbridge Senior Center's Volunteer Medical Driver program is in desperate need of drivers to take local senior residents to out of town medical appointments. Any time that you could give to this much needed and appreciated service would be most welcomed. Drivers are reimbursed once a month for their miles. FALLON REPRESENATIVE The Northbridge Senior Center will have a Fallon Rep (Senior Plan) on Thursday, November 1st at 10:00 am and Friday November 9th. Come join other seniors who may have questions or concerns on insurance coverage. SAVE THE DATE The Friends of Northbridge Elders will sponsor a Holiday Day Trip on Sunday, December 16th to Waltham. The day will include a luncheon, at the Chateau Restaurant at 11:00 am followed by a matinee performance at 1:00 pm at the Robinson Theater (Waltham High School). VETERANS AGENT Come and meet Ron Tatreau, the new Director of Veterans Services will be introducing himself to the community at the Center on Monday, November
5th at 12:45 pm Everyone is welcome. CULTURAL COUNCIL Come and join others to hear Kate Carney present the 1st Woman M.D. of the West. This presentation is sponsored by the Northbridge Cultural Council. SHINE A Shine Counselor is available by appointment only. Call for more information or to schedule an appointment. 120 CLUB The Friends of Northbridge Elders, Inc are happy to announce that the 2012 season, of the 120 Club has had a positive response. This annual fundraiser is held twice a year, each session runs for twenty weeks. A drawing (twenty dollars) is held once a week (Thursday). The final drawing for 2012 is scheduled for December 20th. ASK THE NURSE The Northbridge Senior Center Ask the Nurse Program will conduct a vital signs clinic on Tuesday, November 13th and November 27th, 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Come and meet Pat Wallen, our RN, she is available to answer any questions concerning your medications, or any other health issues you may have. ATTENTION SENIOR CITIZENS The Town of Northbridge Property Tax WORK - OFF PROGRAM is available for local seniors, who qualify
and have appropriate skills and volunteer their services to the town. They are then matched with volunteer positions that have been offered by various Town Departments. This new program can help you reduce the cost of your property taxes and you will be helping the town as well. STEALING (WITHOUT A GUN) There will be a presentation by the RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer Program) on Wednesday November 14th at 12:45 pm. This presentation covers identity thefts and scams etc. CAREGIVERS GROUP The Northbridge Senior Center’s Caregivers group meets on the fourth Friday of the month. The next meeting will be on Friday, November 16th or November 30th at 11:00 am. If you are currently caring for a family member or close friend, come and join others, who share your compassion? Call the center to confirm the correct date change due to the November Holiday closing. FREE LEGAL CLINIC Thursday, November, 15th 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 pm call for an appointment. THREE SEASONS RESTAURANT The Northbridge Dine Out Group will go to the “Three Seasons Restaurant” (located at the Blackstone Valley Tech H.S. Upton) On Tues., Nov. 20th at 11:30 am. Call the center for more for information 508-234-2002 on any of these events.
Millbury Seniors announces events for November Millbury Council of Aging is located at 1 River Street in Millbury.
THURSDAY Whist @ 12:45 PM
MONDAY Exercise at 10:00 AM Wii Bowling at 12:30 PM Scrabble/Scat at 1:00 PM
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TUESDAY Blood Pressure Clinic at 9:00AM Tai Chi Class at 9:30 AM cost $2.00 Sing-a-Long 11:00 AM Cribbage/Scat at 1:00 PM Yoga at 1:00 PM Computer Class at 3:00 PM Free/Appt Required WEDNESDAY Bingo @ 1:00 & 6:00 PM Crafters @ 9:30 AM
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Lunch is served daily at 12:00 Noon. Call 48 hrs in advance for reservation. Suggested Donation $2 UPCOMING TRIPS Sunday, November 18 to the Newport Play House to see “Greetings” Cost is $69.00 Friday, December 14 to the Hu Ke Lau- Polynesian Christmas Show Cost is $32.00 EVENTS Friday, November 2 from 10:00 a.m.
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to 12:30 the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy will host a seminar at the Millbury Senior Center. Come get answers to questions that lie in the aisles of your local drugstore. Knowledgeable pharmacy students will be on hand to answer questions and help you navigate those aisles a little better.
Holiday Craft Fair Saturday, November 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Many crafters will be on hand. Homemade items, scarfs, afghans, jams, jellies and more. A white elephant and baked good table. A luncheon available serving our Famous Chicken Soup. Something for Everyone!
Mendon Senior Center News Uxbridge Mendon Minstrels Show Tunes Join us on Thursday, November 8th at 10:45am when the Mendon Minstrels will be offering a free performance entitled Curtain Up, featuring show tunes sure to delight, followed by our own fabulous Harvest Potluck Luncheon. Please be sure to register for the program and designate what you'd like to contribute for the luncheon. Feel free to call the Mendon Senior Center at 508-478-6175 for suggestions. Mendon Veteran's Dinner Mendon veterans please save the date for the upcoming 5th annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Friday, November 9th at 5:30pm. And if you haven't previously done so, please drop a photo of yourself in uniform for our photo display. All photos will be returned. More details to follow. Hearing Loss Lecture and Clinic Audiology Associates of Worcester will present a brief educational lecture on Thursday, November15th at 10:30 am
as part of their community outreach on hearing loss including the latest technology available to assist those with hearing loss. In addition, individual five-minute evaluations are available for those interested. Stop by or call the Center at 508-478-6175 to register. Very Fine Vendor Fair Holiday Sale Extravaganza November 16th & 17th. Plan to visit the Friends 2nd Annual Very Fine Vendor Fair Extravaganza for some early holiday purchases on Friday, November16th from 3-8 pm and Saturday, November 17th from 9 am - 2 pm at the Mendon Senior Center. Feel free to stop by the center early to preview a list of local vendors and crafters. Fallon Senior Plan A Fallon senior plan representative will be the Mendon Senior Center on Wednesday, November 21st at 1:30 pm to review 2013 insurance options. Stop by or call the Mendon Senior Center at 508-478-6175 to register.
Center posts events & menu Lunch pick up begins at 10:30 am each day. Please call the Senior Center at 508-278-8622 to reserve your meal 48 hours in advance and also to arrange for transportation to lunch, shopping and for medical appointments. The Uxbridge Senior Center is a drop off site for the People First Food Pantry. Donations are accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. COMPUTER CLASSES – Classes have resumed on Mondays and Fridays from 3 pm to 4 pm. Do you have a new Iphone, Ipad, tablet or Nook but aren’t sure about all you can do with it? Please call the Senior Center at 508278-8622 to enroll and get further details. Classes are geared to individual needs. SENIOR CENTER WISH LIST – The Senior Center would greatly appreciate any donations of decaf and regular cof-
fee, sugar and Splenda packets, foam cups, stirrers, cascade for the dishwasher, dish detergent, sponges and all purpose spray cleaner for the tables. These things are not covered in the budget. We thank you very much for your help. NaviCare SCO will be at the Senior Center on the first Monday of every month at 2:00 p.m. NaviCare SCO is a Senior Care Options program. NaviCare helps you get the most out of your Medicare and MassHealth standard benefits and offers you extra services that can help you stay healthy at no extra cost to you. You are eligible if you are 65 years old or older, you have Mass Health Standard and you live in Worcester County. WELCOME OUR NEW BEREAVEMENT COUNSELOR – Are you dealing with the loss of a loved one, losing a job or your home or just need to talk to someone? Please call the Senior Center and make an appointment to talk to our new bereavement counselor, Dr. Carl Schultz. Dr. Schultz comes to us with impressive credentials. He is available for people of all ages by
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NEW WEBSITE – Now you can go to the new Council on Aging website and get all the news from the Senior Center. There is up to date information on programs and classes, the weekly lunch menu, as well as fuel assistance and open enrollment for Medicare Supplemental insurance. Check us out at www.uxbridge-ma.gov. Go to departments and click on Council on Aging. OPEN ENROLLMENT – During September you should have received a letter from your Medicare Health Plan, Prescription drug Plan and Prescription Advantage. If you have a hard time understanding this information, ask a family member to help you with it or bring it to the Senior Center and get help understanding it. Remember that open enrollment for Medicare Supplemental Insurance began on October 15th and runs through December 7th this year. If you need help making a decision about your insurance call the Senior Center at 508-278-8622. MOBILE OPTICAL SHOP COMING TO UXBRIDGE SENIOR CENTERAnywhere Optical is a mobile optical shop that comes to your door. Lisa Trainor, the optician from the company will be at the Uxbridge Senior Center on Wednesday, November 7th and the first Wednesday of every month, from 11:30 to 12:30 pm to talk about the services offered. Bring a copy of your current prescription to get pricing for a pair of new glasses. Anywhere Optical has prices for every budget. If you have Masshealth Insurance and need new glasses please call Lisa direct at 508634-3596 to schedule an appointment.
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GLAMARAMA – Second Annual Glamarama sponsored by the Uxbridge Elderly Connection and the Uxbridge Lions Club, will be held on Sunday, November 4th at the Progressive Club. Tickets are available at the Senior Center. Local businesses will be giving presentations. THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION – Join us for our Thanksgiving meal and celebration on Thursday, November 15th. We will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal, turkey and all the trimmings. Please reserve your space as early as possible; it is first come, first served because our space is limited. Kevin Carey our new Superintendent of Schools will be here to talk with and support seniors. He will also bring some student entertainment. DATES TO REMEMBER – Tuesday, November 6th, Presidential Election at McCloskey School. If you need a ride, please call the Senior Center at 508-278-8622 to arrange transportation to the school. Thursday, November 8th, Elizabeth Nassar from Tri Valley will be testing seniors for memory loss at the Sutton Congregational Church. continued on page 42
~Society ~ The Whitinsville Women’s Club will hold two meetings on November 5th at Mason Hall of the Village Congregational Church, Church St., Whitinsville. The Executive Board will meet at 10:30 am with the regular meeting beginning at 12:00 noon. Please bring a sandwich. Coffee and dessert will be provided. At 1:00 pm Jeanne A. Gould, Co President will preside. Beverly Keeler, Recording Secretary, and Chairman will present the program – Abby’s House. Please bring toiletries or items in gift bags. Do not wrap. Please no items containing alcohol. This is a very important meeting, please plan to attend.
Author Land to speak to Woman’s Club
Norman & lillian Demers Norman and Lillian Demers were feted at a 65th anniversary party on Sunday October 7th. Norman and Lillian were married on October 4th, 1947 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Worcester. The couple have 3 children, Sandra Gazaille-Lavoie, Cheryl Demers Gantt and Norman Demers Jr. They also have 6 grandchildren and 7greatgrandchildren. While originally from Worcester, they have lived in Uxbridge since their marriage. Norman was a truck driver for Holland's Express until his retirement and Lillian worked at Bernat Yarns and WireFab in Millbury until her retirement.
Jon Land is the bestselling author of over 25 novels. He will be the guest speaker of the Uxbridge Woman's Club on Wednesday, November 7th, at the VWF in Uxbridge. Mr. Land will be discussing his book BETRAYAL, chronicling the scandal involving the FBI and Whitey Bulger, head of the Irish Winter Hill gang. Bulger was a Bureau informant on the Italian mob in Boston. In all his years as an informant, Whitey Bulger gave the FBI nothing that helped them take down the mafia. BETRAYAL is a nonfiction thriller based on FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick’s account. Fitzpatrick was sent to Boston to try to sort through the corruption taking place between local agents and Bulger.
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Community Concert Band posts Winter Holiday Concert The Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band, under the direction of Mrs. Kathleen Penza, will be performing their eleventh annual Winter Holiday Concert, “Holiday Pops”, at the brand new Uxbridge High School Auditorium, 300 Quaker Highway, Uxbridge. This is a new venue for the concert. The concert date is Sunday, December 2nd at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free, although donations will be gratefully accepted. This year’s concert will feature a wide variety of music to help celebrate the winter holiday season. Musical selections include: Sleigh Ride, Secret Agent Santa, A Christmas Overture, Shalom, Somewhere In My Memory (written by John Williams and arranged by the band’s own Brian Beninati), Christmas on the Town Square, Christmas Prelude, A Fireside Christmas, C’est Noel, On This Day, and The Christmas Song (sung by the band’s resident vocalist, Brett Penza). Bring your singing voices, as there will be a carol sing-a-long that includes Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, Silver
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Bells, Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. This will be an enjoyable concert and a fun time for the whole family. Hope you can make it. The Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band consists of approximately seventy talented musicians from throughout the Blackstone Valley and beyond. It is directed by Kathleen Penza, who is also the band’s founder. There is no audition for anyone wishing to join, but at least high school proficiency is recommended. If you’d like more information about the band you can visit the band’s website at www. bvccband.org, or contact our director at email@example.com. The Blackstone Valley Community Concert Band is a non-profit organization. It is supported in part by grants from the Uxbridge, Northbridge, Douglas, Millville, Medway, Hopedale, and Blackstone Cultural Councils. The band is also supported annually by Unibank, and Schotanus Design Center.
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Movie Review: Enjoy the Season with Hotel Transylvania by Jacleen Charbonneau Nothing suits the fun-filled side to Halloween better than Dreamworks Animation’s Hotel Transylvania. This smash-hit film was released on September 30th and is moving its way along through the spooky holiday with a lighthearted storyline and handfuls of clean, fun jokes. Well-known monsters like Dracula and Frankenstein find their way into the film, and more importantly, the monster hotel. Many classic, yet surprising events take place involving the monsters, and within the first few minutes of playing time, audiences are already brought into the mystical world of the hotel that was built as a safe house away from the humans. Watching such classic “monsters” fear contact with humanity brings a whole new twist to the way of thinking about Halloween. Children of all ages, including adults, can enjoy such a film with its recognizable characters and reputable cast. Earning $43 million on its first weekend, setting the record for September, Hotel Transylvania captured the essence of the season in a playing time
of under two hours. A giant mansionlike hotel surrounded by dark skies causes one to think of such a place as being scary, like the classic picture of a Halloween haunted mansion. However, what is found inside is just the opposite: friendly monsters of all sizes and appearances, spending time together to celebrate the 118th birthday of Dracula’s daughter, Mavis, played by Selena Gomez. Dracula, played by Adam Sandler, who is known for his recent comedy Jack and Jill, invites the classic monsters to the birthday bash. Among the invited guests is Frankenstein, played by Kevin James, known for his comedies Mall Cop and Zookeeper. Fun music is played within the film, as well, as Cee Lo Green shows off his vocals with a bit of a twist, in the character of a mummy. The combination of well-known cast and classic characters could make this film a seasonal family tradition. Although the film is mainly about monsters, the audience is given a twist when a human arrives at the hotel. With a clever security system made up by Dracula himself, such chances of this happening is nearly impossible. Having
mixed feelings, Dracula does all he can to fix the mistake. With unique ways of handling such sticky situations throughout the film, one can’t help but laugh at the down-to-earth, human-like qualities and activities of the monsters. Perhaps these famous monsters have more human qualities than we originally thought. Despite the gags, Hotel Transylvania’s unique art style cannot go unnoticed. With a combination of a gothic-styled theme and an optimistic color scheme, this film is fun, yet spooky. The bright color combinations mixed within the character’s outfits, as well as the decor of the hotel, portrays these scary monsters as innocent, yet still taken seriously enough to be seen as monsters. Dreamworks sure knew how to make a Halloween film suitable for kids of all ages, without the risk of coming off too spooky. While the trick-or-treat candy still lasts, make sure to check out Hotel Transylvania. You are surely in for a laugh, and a unique storyline that will have the kids ready to watch for the next Halloween to come.
Fashion and Beauty on stage at Holiday Glamorama Put that best holiday face and figure forward with inspiration from the Holiday Glamorama sponsored by the Uxbridge Elderly Connection and the Uxbridge Lions Club on November 4th. The afternoon of glamour and beauty will be on stage at the Uxbridge Progressive Club at 18 Whitin Street at 3:00 p.m. For a donation of $10.00, Karen Guertin, a consultant from Color Me Beautiful, will give tips on personalizing make up and making the best wardrobe choices. In addition, holiday hair styles by The Hair Studio, jewelry and accessories by Chevere, Claire Spurgeon and Lynn McPherson will be featured. The fashion show, emceed by Diane Seely, will showcase outfits from ReFind of Uxbridge and Crazy Daisy of North Smithfield. The spotlight will be on the mature woman, but women of all ages will find something of interest. The health and well being aspect for
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the ladies will be the area of expertise of Faith Kennedy from Harmony Wellness Center of Uxbridge. All capped off with holiday floral ideas by Colleen Oncay of the Mendon Greenhouse. Delightful gifts will be awarded and baskets and prizes will be offered for raffle. No one will go home without a goody bag of treats and samples. Refreshments will be served. Entertainment will be provided by crooner, Tom Casey. Tickets should be purchased in advance at the Uxbridge Senior Center or by contacting 508-340-6152. Proceeds will benefit the Uxbridge Senior Center and local projects and charities supported by the newly formed Uxbridge Lions Club.
MRMC Auxiliary plans next meeting The next meeting of the Milford Regional Medical Center Auxiliary is scheduled for November 13th at 9:30 am in the MRMC Conference room C. The mission of the Auxiliary is to provide the Medical Center, its patients and community with support through fundraising efforts. In September we conducted a successful Taste of the Towns event and presented an $ 10,000.00 to the MRMC‘s $40M Building Project. This meeting agenda will include ideas for new fundraising ideas and plans for the 2013 organization year. The Auxiliary is sponsoring a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, November 17th. Bus will depart at 6:30am from the Milford Regional Medical Center’s Rt. 140 parking lot and depart from NYC at 6pm. For more information contact Lori Scott 508-422-2228. December 6th & 7th each day from 11am to 2 p.m., at the MRMC Cafeteria, The Auxiliary will present a Holiday Greens Sale, with swags, centerpieces, Cape Cod designs, holiday ornaments and gifts. All products are hand made by auxiliary members with supplies collected from family, friends and neighbors. Committee chairpersons, Elaine McNanna, Grace Lavallee and Maria O’Regan will be cutting greens. If anyone has evergreens they would like to donate to this committee, please call Auxiliary at 508-422-2099 and leave a voice mail and we will contact you. December 11th is the MRMC Auxiliary annual meeting. All committee chairs will present their annual reports. For more information regarding the Auxiliary contact, Andra Stone, President or Elaine McNanna, Vice President at 508-422-2099.
School News Whitin Elementary School is the Home of the Warriors The new reconfigured elementary school, Whitin Elementary School, has a new mascot, the Warrior. Miss Lori Fafard, Principal, held a contest to name the new mascot. Students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 had a chance to enter the contest over the summer. Deadline was on August 31st. Two judges from each grade level were picked out of a hat. They were: Eli Roerdan and Lauren Wagner – Grade 5, Colin Caso and Gianna Bassignani – Grade 4, Zachary Goddard and Allison Arnold-Grade 3. These students stayed after school to choose the top four entries that the school would vote on and to count the final votes with the assistance of Lead Teachers, Pam Yukna and Sharon Michalewski.
Staff and students could vote on the warriors, wizards, wasps, and wildcats. The Warriors won with 164 votes, Wizards came in second with 99 votes, Wasps in third with 97, and Wildcats in fourth with 96 votes. On September 28th, Whitin Team Spirit Day, the announcement was made that the Warriors had won. The logo will go on the WES letterhead, spirit wear, banner outside the school, etc. The winner of the contest was Grade 5 student, Alexis D’Araujo (photo #1). Second place was Grade 3 student, Zoe Jones (photo #2). Third place was Grade 4 student, Eilish Linnehan (photo #3). Fourth place was Grade 5 student, Jessica Labossiere (photo #4).
Valley Tech Open House set for November 28th The annual Open House/Parent Applicant Night for parents, guardians and prospective students will be held at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School on Wednesday, November 28th, from 5:30 - 8 p.m. The evening is an opportunity to tour the Pleasant Street campus and gather information regarding the vocational technical system. A snow date of Thursday, November 29th is planned in case of severe weather. “We encourage people from throughout our 13 district-member towns to attend in order to gain a better understanding of our admissions process and what is available to students,” said Elizabeth Hennessy, Director of School Counseling at Valley Tech. “We hope that anyone who has a student interested in attending our school takes the time to explore all that we have to offer. Our staff and student ambassadors will be available to answer any questions.” Ample parking is available and shuttle service from outlined student parking lots would be provided should there be inclement weather. Seventh and eighth grade students, interested transfers, and their parents/guardians are welcome to view first-hand the rigorous academic and high quality vocational technical educational opportunities at Valley Tech. Information about the application and admissions process will be available, and visitors have the option to tour the vocational technical training areas. Some sending school systems might have an earlier submission deadline and parents should be aware that all applications for admission of students interested in becoming members of
the Class of 2017 must be received at Valley Tech by Friday, February 1, 2013. Valley Tech, a Massachusetts Green School and nationally recognized model school system, offers 17 different consolidated, state-approved vocational technical programs in addition to a challenging academic curriculum. The last eleven graduating classes at Valley Tech had 100 percent of its members pass the state-mandated MCAS tests. The system has been lauded at the state and national levels for impressively high student achievement. Since its campus underwent a $36 million expansion and renovation, which was completed in January 2006, Valley Tech’s student enrollment has increased to nearly 1,200 students. For driving directions and information visit www.valleytech.k12.ma.us .
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BVT partners with MA School Building Authority in multiple initiatives Consistent with Valley Tech’s reputation of always pursuing resources that compliment local tax dollars, the school earned approval from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to take part in the state agency’s Science Lab Initiative. By partnering with the MSBA in this project, Valley Tech secured a 53.53% reimbursement rate for the $1.003 million plan to advance science in the school by building two new state-of-the-art science laboratories. According to the MSBA, Valley Tech is the first system in the state to self-fund both its roof repair and science lab initiative, paving the way as a leader in conservative fiscal matters among peer
school districts. Valley Tech joins only two other schools to partake in the Science Lab Initiative with the MSBA. The estimated maximum total facilities grant for reimbursable expenditures for Valley Tech’s science lab project was approved by the MSBA Board on October 3rd at $499,756. The District began preparing for the project this past spring as the Electrical program moved to a new location in the school. Once the program was relocated, work began to clear the area to make way for construction to begin. The project is expected to be complete by August 2013. “The science lab initiative is a strategic investment that better prepares our students for the rigors of the innovation economy and the exciting jobs that it creates,” said State Treasurer and Receiver General Steven Grossman. “Students in these three schools will benefit tremendously from completely refurbished and modernized lab facilities and be exposed to a science curriculum that is truly stateof-the-art.” Superintendent Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick, in making known the plans, emphasized that the lab will facilitate the delivery of a 21st ryan Fitzpatrick of douglas (left) and alex century science curriculum at the school which already includes Serafin of Millbury (right) explore friction during Advanced Placement options, and honors level courses. Through energy savings and other cost containment strategies their aP Physics lab at blackstone Valley Tech. Valley Tech gradually set aside some $325,000, which it earmarked Valley Tech secured a 53.53% reimbursement for the science lab project. As a direct result, the project avoids furrate approval from the Massachusetts School ther spending by member towns, whether by a Proposition 2 ½ debt building authority. exclusion override or a bond issue, Dr. Fitzpatrick explained, adding that those costly steps are out of the question for this project. The Photo Credit: Samantha Giffen, Multimedia Communications school received a grant from the Mass Life Science initiative in 2011 junior at Valley Tech from Bellingham.) which was used to purchase vent hoods for the labs and the Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences curriculum. The in depth biomedical curriculum will complement the traditional science courses already in place. Additionally, they received approximately $75,000 worth of likenew lab furnishings from an anonymous donor that will be used to outfit the laboratories. With the exception of two freshmen general level science classes offered to Valley Tech students, every science class offered is college prep, honors, or Advanced Placement. Each of the school’s 1,154 students is required to 157 Main Street enroll in science courses all four years of high school, including a mandatory year of chemistry. The science lab project is part of the school’s long-term plans to advance educational offerings and provide students with top-notch academic and vocational learning facilities providing the skills needed in the 21st century workforce, while also promoting the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM courses, in line with nationwide goals for further achievement in those areas of study. Valley Tech embarks on this project simultaneously as the District continues work on two other self-funded projects including the development of the Trask Athletic Complex and the completion of roof repairs at the school. The roof repair project was also undertaken in partnership with the MSBA with the same reimbursement rate as the science initiative. All this while students reach higher levels of achievement as is proven by recent MCAS results revealing advanced/ proficient rates of 98% in English Language Arts, 92% in Mathematics, and 87% in Science and Technology/Engineering - The highest among all district member towns. The MSBA also approved final payment to Valley Tech for its final roof reimbursement payment at this most recent board meeting.
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Christmas Relay Center to open at WCS Whitinsville Christian School is pleased once again this year to be a drop off location and official Relay Center for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritanâ€™s Purse. Through a simple gift of a colorfully wrapped shoebox filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items, or other suggested gifts, your church, scout troop, organization, or family can bring joy and the Good News of Jesus Christ to children around the world in need of hope. If you would like more information about these shoebox gifts please contact Ann Fredericks at email@example.com or 508-868-8361. Collection week for the packed shoeboxes and hours for dropping off at the school are as follows: Monday-Friday, November 1216, 8 am-4 pm; Saturday, November 17, 9-11 am; Sunday, November 18, 10 am-12 pm; and Monday, November 19, 8-10 am. Cost for shipping is $7.00 per shoebox. Whitinsville Christian School, 279 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville.
Free Holiday Party hosted by students The Uxbridge High School Holiday Outreach Committee is excited to bring its 15th annual Toys for Tots Holiday Party to the new Uxbridge High School. The party will be Friday, November 30th, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Children age 10 and younger, accompanied by an adult, are welcome for a night of games, prizes, crafts, food, music, Santa, and the Amazing Maze. Uxbridge High School students will be planning, setting up, and working at the party, making it one of the best. They are looking forward to seeing how the party will look after moving from the old high school to the new one. A donation of a new toy or gift card to the Uxbridge Adopt-an-Angel program is appreciated, but not mandatory. As usual, the party relies on the generosity of donations from around the Blackstone Valley. Donations of all kinds, including prizes, decorations, gift cards, and of course money (which allows some flexibility) are much appreciated. If you would like to make a donation of any kind to the party, please contact Hurley Silbor at 508-278-6240 or Pam DiBattista at 508-278- 9448 or at Uxbridge High School at 508-278-8633.
Veterans Day to be celebrated All veterans are invited to attend a Veterans Day Celebration presented by the fifth graders of the Northbridge Middle School. The celebration will be held at the Northbridge Middle School auditorium on Friday, November 9th at 8:30 a.m. Please join the 5th graders as they honor and pay tribute to our armed forces. The show is expected to last approximately one hour. Admission is free.
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Five local high schools celebrate gains Mass Insight Education’s Mass Math + Science Initiative (MMSI) has announced the results of the 2012 Advanced Placement exam scores in math, science, and English for UXBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL, NORTHBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL, DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL, BELLINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL, and NIPMUC HIGH SCHOOL. The high schools have been selected to participate in MMSI, a college success program designed to increase participation and performance in Advanced Placement (AP*) math, science, and English courses, specifically in traditionally under-represented populations. Collectively the schools have more than doubled the number of qualifying scores on the AP exams since they entered the program. The results are being announced this month at each school’s MMSI “KickOff.” Each event is designed to inspire the school community to achieve academic excellence over the school year, culminating in the Advanced Placement exams in the Spring. AP courses help positively shape a student’s college admissions profile and qualifying scores of 3, 4 or 5, out of a possible 5, allow students to earn college credit saving thousands in tuition. MMSI is focused on opening access to and supporting achievement in AP math, science, and English courses – the three subjects designed to promote
success in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) - areas forecasted to experience the most growth in the next decade. The five schools are one of over 60 high schools across the state selected to participate in the Mass Math + Science Initiative to promote and encourage STEM education. According to MMSI President Morton Orlov, “The results we are seeing in these towns demonstrate what is truly possible when a community comes together and focuses on student success. We work together with the schools, specifically with the dedicated AP teachers, to deliver a program that works – but it’s the work the students put in that is cause for celebration.” MMSI combines four levers of success including intensive teacher training and collaborative support, student support with Saturday study sessions, hands-on program management with expert content directors, plus an awards program that reinforces the extra commitment from students and teachers. Senator Richard T. Moore, DUxbridge, a longtime advocate of the Mass Math + Science Initiative who has supported the AP program during the budget process as well as individual districts seeking to participate, congratulated the schools on their progress noting, “This program can either help to curb spiraling cost of college or allow our best and brightest students to pursue new fields of learning by reducing
the number of prerequisite courses. Beyond that it is critical to preparing students for good jobs in the future." Performance for each school this year compared to the year before they entered the program is as follows: UXBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL: 155% increase, from 29 to 74 qualifying exam scores NORTHBRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL: 256% increase, from 23 to 82 qualifying exam scores DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL: 160% increase, from 20 to 52 qualifying exam scores BELLINGHAM HIGH SCHOOL: 94% increase, from 36 to 70 qualifying exam scores NIPMUC HIGH SCHOOL. 46% increase, from 83 to 121 qualifying exam scores Mass Insight Education’s Mass Math + Science Initiative is an AP-driven, public-private partnership operating in 60+ schools with 500+ teachers and 8,000+ students taking 15,000+ exams. The state’s largest academic high school math and science program aimed at underserved students, MMSI combines rigor with multiple supports including teacher training, content coaching and additional learning time for students to produce results. MMSI focuses on AP access and achievement because AP is the most successful program preparing high school students for college success. *Advanced Placement, AP and College Board are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.
Reardon commended in Student Merit® Scholarship Program The principal, Tara Bennett, of Uxbridge High School announced recently that Andrew Reardon has been named a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior. Andrew is the son of Milanka and Edward Reardon. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic progress. Although they will not continue in the 2013 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students placed among the top
BVT Restaurant open to public Valley Tech’s popular and award-winning Three Seasons Restaurant, located at the school’s 65 Pleasant Street campus in Upton, invites the public to come enjoy the culinary talents of the student-operated restaurant. Featuring a full-service luncheon menu, the restaurant is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. throughout the school year. It highlights the talented students in the Culinary Arts Program under the direction of Chef Matthew Williams, Culinary Arts Team Leader and a solid team of chefs, featuring appetizing menus and a relaxed dining atmosphere. The Three Seasons includes a pastry counter with fresh breads and pastries available on a daily basis including
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gluten free and sugar free items. The bakery also receives cake, cookie, pie, and pastry orders. A catering menu is available and special items are offered for sale for the Thanksgiving holiday and the Super Bowl. The Three Seasons also hosts groups from throughout the Blackstone Valley for a variety of functions accommodating up to 85 people. Reservations are strongly encouraged and patrons may call 508-529-7758, Ext. 3109. Each spring, the Culinary Arts program plans, prepares, and serves the annual Superintendent’s Dinner. The gourmet dinner, which is a fundraiser for various programs at Valley Tech, is an instant sell-out each year. The next dinner is scheduled for March 14, 2013.
Literacy Month Celebrated November is family literacy Month The Northbridge Elementary School, in cooperation with the Northbridge Public Library, invites you to help create a foundation for lifelong learning in each family. Northbridge Elementary School invites local families to meet and listen to local author Donna Mae read Marshmallows Galore. November 13th, 6:30PM at the Northbridge Public Library Northbridge Elementary School encourages families to support literacy at home. Some activities that have been suggested include: set aside time for 20-30 minutes of reading and/or math related activities, make regular visits to the library, and use every day activities to incorporate literacy (i.e. develop shopping lists, read signs and labels at the grocery store, count money, and read recipes when cooking). For further information, please contact: Jill Healy, Principal.
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Clark’s Dog Kennel providing “par excellence” Doggie Care Story by Constance dwyer If you wonder what’s the best and safest place to take your dog when you need to be away, look no farther than Clark’s Dog Kennel in Northbridge. Owner, Beth Clark spoke enthusiastically about her successful business and how proud she is to have her place located in an historic barn. She is but the 5th family to live on this pristine 23 acre property in over 200 years! The business moved to Northbridge in 1997. It began after they adopted a dog who clearly needed training and from there it grew from simply offering training to dog boarding, doggie day care and grooming. Besides providing a private space for each dog in the kennel area, Beth lets the dogs run free (while supervised) on a 2-acre fenced-in pasture. Beth added that her son, Robert III, enjoys having the dogs nearby and especially is fond of his adopted dog, Cisco, a golden retriever. As a single Mom, Beth says her job allows her to be available to her son in their home, only a stones throw from the barn. Her son’s Dad, Bob Clark, is the official trainer “who has great puppy and dog training expertise and in dealing with behavior issues.” Beth is quick to add, “It is important to start training young to avoid forming bad habits”. From her family roots… having a barn in her midst fits right in. Her grandparents were farmers in the Framingham-Marlboro area. Beth knows how lucky she is to be the caretaker of such a place. She believes that this is the only kennel in the Blackstone Valley to offer such a large pasture for dogs and the barn too (in bad weather) for them to play. To make sure Clark’s Dog Kennel keeps up to date with amenities, she invests in renovation. When you arrive at the 100 year-old barn, for instance, you’ll see the “Enter Here” sign which leads to a newly renovated office space, formerly the chicken coup. Her area for the dogs has also been renovated - it is climate controlled with doggie doors that lead to an outside private run with a roof to keep the dogs out of the weather. “I take pride in getting to know each dog and providing it with its own private space.” This high-energy business owner said she feels “lucky and blessed to have loyal customers and a great staff.” She describes one of her staff, Aly Hearon, a recent graduate of Northbridge High School, as “a dog whisperer.” Aly is now in her second year at Becker College and is majoring in Animal Care and, once she graduates, she’ll work full-time with Beth. “Aly is young but has an instinctual understanding of dogs, plus she is great with people.” Another student, a junior at Blackstone
brought to Clark’s Dog Kennel and Beth pointed to a couple of those dogs’ pictures on her bulletin board. “We nursed them back to health and were lucky to find them homes. One of those rescued dogs, Casey, a mixed breed was taken home by employee Aly. Casey who now works here too, while Aly is at college. “Casey the dog” helps Beth and others manage the pack during playtime. The favorite comment of her custom-
ers is “My dog loves coming here.” It is that attitude that has made her business grow, even in this tight economy. Hours are 7 a.m. - 9 a.m. & 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; Saturday 8-9 a.m. & 4-5 p.m.; Sunday 5-6 p.m. Early AM drop off for day care can be arranged. The kennel is located at 425 School Street in Northbridge. Call (508) 2349385 for more information or visit www.clarksdogkennel.com.
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Valley Technical High School, Melanie Dumont of Blackstone who was on site during the interview, said working for Beth was the “first and best job” she’s ever had. She ended up getting the job because her mother is a customer that brought their two German Shepherds here for care. She wants to work in the animal field and already displays skills
in “knowing how to handle dogs.” Beth also praised her groomer, Kristen Crowley from Northbridge. Kristen used to do training at a kennel but decided she preferred grooming dogs. “Customers love her and she cares and has such patience with the dogs.” Sometimes homeless dogs are
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Gjylapi joins UniBank as Vice President Business Administration from Worcester State College. She serves on the Board of Directors as the treasurer of the Growing Places Garden Project in Clinton, MA, and is a member of the American Economic Association. UniBank, with assets of $1.3 billion as of June 30, 2012, is a full-service, mutually owned community bank with branches in the Blackstone Valley, Milford, and Worcester. A full-service, state-of-the-art branch is scheduled to open in Grafton in 2013. UniBank is a member of the FDIC and DIF. The company website is www.unibank.com .
UniBank recently announced that Alvara Gjylapi has joined UniBank as Assistant Vice President, Credit and Loan Review Officer. In this position, Ms. Gjylapi participates in the commercial lending activity of the bank through underwriting and administering of commercial loans. Prior to joining UniBank, Ms Gjylapi was a Commercial Credit Analyst at Clinton Savings Bank. She also has prior banking experience as a Credit Analyst, Branch Manager/Officer and Sr. Personal Banking Representative at both Avidia Bank and Sovereign Bank. Ms. Gjylapi has an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Assumption College and a Bachelor of Science in
Grillo receives Team Member of the Year Award Nina Grillo, eight-year team member and server assistant at the LongHorn Steakhouse in Millbury, has been presented with LongHorn’s top honor for local restaurant employees – the Team Member of the Year Award. Presented annually, the Team Member of the Year award recognizes local team members throughout North America who demonstrate outstanding results by providing LongHorn guests with expertly grilled steaks and a memorable LongHorn experience. In addition, honorees are recognized as embodying LongHorn’s core values, like treating everyone with dignity, respect, honesty and integrity, and living the brand’s culture by providing unforgettable service and making guests feel at home each day in their restaurant. Nina is one of four team members
selected this year from the more than 390 LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants in North America, making this a truly outstanding honor. Her recognition is a result of her passion for LongHorn’s new Steakhouse Lunch offer, which features more than 30 lunch combinations priced at $7.99. Nina sought to grow the Millbury location’s lunch business and developed a list of local companies that might enjoy a “free sampling” delivered to their office. She planned and executed the entire local lunch program, in partnership with her managers, and as a result helped grow this location’s lunch business by 35 percent from prior year. Additionally, Nina is committed to welcoming new team members and making them feel a part of the Millbury family. She asked for a small budget to put
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together welcome kits for new servers that contained pens, highlighters, wine openers and an employee phone directory. “Nina is a highly valued team member who understands the importance of doing things the right way, helping us achieve our goal to become America’s favorite steakhouse,” said Dave George, President of LongHorn Steakhouse. “She puts a tremendous amount of effort into her work and is tireless when it comes to ensuring guests have a memorable LongHorn experience. As a result, we are honored to recognize Nina’s contribution to helping the Millbury LongHorn be a superior performing restaurant.” The Millbury LongHorn Steakhouse is located at 70 Worcester Providence Drive.
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Jobs commission presents ideas to spur job growth Recently, members of the Jobs Creation Commission, created by the Legislature last session, released their final report, including recommendations on how to reduce barriers to job creation, leverage the strengths of the Massachusetts economy, and better align the needs of employers with the available workforce. The Commission was established to seek ways for the state to create and maintain quality private sector jobs in the Commonwealth. To address its mission, over the past year and a half, the Commission has convened monthly meetings, and conducted a regional hearing tour. "We should all thank Senator (Karen) Spilka and the Jobs Commission for their leadership in helping to put Massachusetts back to work," said Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge. "I am very excited that so many of the Commission's recommendations match some of the initiatives I have been pursuing to help people in my area find jobs and promote economic growth in the region," he added. The Senator further explained that the first roll call vote in the current term was to freeze rates for unemployment insurance premiums to prevent an increase that would have hurt the ability of businesses to hire or retain workers. In their final report, the Commissioners outlined four main strategies to reach their overarching goal of creating jobs as well as suggested tactics to accomplish these strategies: (1) increase demand for goods and services produced throughout the Commonwealth; (2) increase state investment in infrastructure; (3) support public educational institutions and better align education and training to job demand to ensure an appropriately skilled workforce; and (4) ensure a robust and coordinated system of workforce training programs and job search resources. One of the greatest impediments to job creation, especially for small business, is the cost of health insurance, according to the Jobs Commission. Sen. Moore pointed to the Legislature's recent adoption of comprehensive health care cost containment legislation that he helped shepherd through the Senate. "The latest step in health reform will lead to lower costs for health care for individuals and businesses," Sen. Moore explained. "We've already seen lower premiums for many small businesses and even insurance rebates for some, because of changes we've made in health insurance law," Moore noted. Sen. Moore has been a major advocate of legislation aimed at promoting state purchasing of products made in Massachusetts or, at least, in America, and sponsored a law that helps disabled veteran-owned small business compete more effectively for state contracts. Veterans, the Jobs Commission reported, are having a more difficult time than the general population in finding jobs. Another recommendation of the Commission was for the state to sup-
port investments in roads, water and sewer, and other infrastructure projects that provide jobs themselves and help businesses to expand. Sen. Moore was the driving force in successfully obtaining a $2.1 million MassWorks infrastructure grant for IPG Photonics in Oxford to connect to municipal sewers in order to expand and hire another 175 workers. Moore and Rep. John Fernandes, DMilford, also worked together to obtain another MassWorks grant of $1 million for Milford and Hopedale to restore grade crossings for the revitalization of the Grafton & Upton Railroad. The rebirth of the railroad has already attracted one new business to Hopedale and promises to make the long-closed Draper facility attractive to new industrial development that will add even more new jobs in the region. Last year, Sen. Moore hosted two regional meetings in Mendon and Dudley to hear from local businesses about how the state can reduce barriers to job creation. Many of the suggestions offered by local business leaders and educators at those meeting are now included among the recommendations of the Jobs Commission, Sen. Moore noted. During the past two years, Senator Moore has visited a wide variety of local businesses including retail shops, service businesses, and manufacturing to listen to their concerns. He has also worked closely with Quinsigamond Community College to develop their Southbridge campus and to develop another satellite campus in the Milford or Blackstone Valley areas.
reCoGnIZed For eXCellenCe - Milford regional Medical Centerâ€™s lactation consultants were recognized for excellence in lactation care. Pictured (left to right) are Julie naya, rn, laura Fantini, rn, Susan diMario, rn, Kimberley Sullivan, rn, Sharon Pellerin, rn, rose Galimi, rn, nurse Manager. "While our Massachusetts unemployment rate is better than the national statistics, the Commission's recommendations offer us a roadmap for continuing to help residents of our state to get back to work, and to help businesses grow here providing employment for our citizens and tax revenues for our communities," Sen. Moore concluded. For more information on Sen. Moore's economic development and job creation efforts, visit www.senatormoore.com, or follow him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/senatormoore.
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Mass. is more business friendly Massachusetts is getting more business friendly from the standpoint of the tax burden on businesses. This year, Massachusetts ranks 22nd among the States, and is the most favorable in the Northeast except for New Hampshire, according to the Tax Foundation. Massachusetts moved to 22nd from 24th last year, and from 28th in 2011. The Tax Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan tax research organization based in Washington, DC. "While Massachusetts tax policy could still be more friendly to business, we seem to be moving in the right direction," noted Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge. "Massachusetts has the second most favorable business tax climate in the Northeast and scores significantly better than some of our southern competitors such as Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina," he added. Each year the Tax Foundation produces the State Business Climate Tax Index to enable business leaders, gov-
ernment policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states' tax systems compare. While total taxes paid is a relevant measure, another is how the elements of a state tax system enhance or harm the competitiveness of a state's business environment. The Index looks at over 100 variables in individual income tax, corporate income tax, sales tax, unemployment insurance tax, and property tax to reduce these many complex considerations to an easy-to-use ranking. The 2013 Index reflects state tax systems as they stood on July 1, 2012, the start of the 2013 Fiscal Year in most states. The 10 best states in this year's 2013 Index are Wyoming, South Dakota, Nevada, Alaska, Florida, Washington, New Hampshire, Montana, Texas, and Utah. Many of these states do not have one or more of the major taxes, and thus do not have the associated complexity and distortions. For more information visit www.senatormoore.com,
Local industry celebrates “Steel Day”
In Sutton (from left to right) Congressman Jim McGovern, Package Industries co-owners Miriam Sanderson and dan Moroney, Sen. richard T. Moore, Jeannie hebert, President and Ceo of the blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, and bruce larsen, director of the Central Mass. Center for business and enterprise.
Last month Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, joined with Congressman Jim McGovern and Jeannie Hebert, President and CEO of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, to salute American manufacturing during a "Steel Day" celebration at Package Industries in Sutton. "Steel Day" is an annual national event sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and is dedicated to promoting the structural steel industry. Package Industries is a family owned business that since 1962 has become a top provider of high quality steel buildings in New England. The Package Steel Building System(tm) is provided exclusively through a builder network, which represents some of the best contractors in the Northeast.
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Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, announced that Sarah Zeis of Uxbridge has been selected to conduct an internship at his State House Office in Boston. Zeis is currently a junior at Boston University (BU) where she is seeking a dual degree in Finance and International Management from the BU School of Management and International Relations from the BU College of Arts and Science. Sarah currently serves as a BU Admissions Ambassador and is a member of the BU Synchronized Skating team. Zeis comes to Sen. Moore's office with impressive global studies experience having interned in the Oireachtas (Irish National Parliament) during the summer of 2012 for Senators Martin Conway and Colm Burke while taking courses at Dublin City University. Sarah credited her experience in Ireland as the inspiration for seeking an American government internship upon return. Zeis will return abroad upon during the spring 2013 semester to study and intern in Geneva, Switzerland. Zeis graduated from Uxbridge High School in 2010 and is the daughter of Mike and Joanne Zeis of Uxbridge. When not studying and interning in Boston or traveling, she works at George's Surf 'n Turf in Mendon as a server. Interns for Sen. Moore assist in the daily operations of his State House office, work on special projects varying from local issues to legislative concerns, and are provided the opportunity to observe and learn about the Massachusetts legislative process.
SPORT SHORTS WCC swim team to host Official Swim-A-Thon™ The Whitin Community Center and Crimson Aquatics - WCC swim team will be hosting an official Swim-AThon November 5th - 16th at the WCC competition pool in Whitinsville. This event will raise funds to support Whitin Community Center Aquatics, Crimson Aquatics-WCC swim team and USA Swimming Foundation. Whitin Community Center members and guests are invited to swim up to a maximum of 200 lengths during swimming lessons, lap swim and/or recreational swimming throughout the entire two week Swim-A-Thon period. Crimson Aquatics-WCC swim team members will have a two-hour period on November 10, 2012 in which to swim their 200 lengths. Donors are encouraged to sponsor the swimmers by pledging to support their effortseither via a flat donation, or by pledging a certain amount of money per length that the swimmer completes. The Swim-A-Thon will provide funds to enable the Whitin Community Center to improve the ventilation system at the competition pool, help defray new filter costs and improve the aquatics programs. It will help the swim team cover meet costs, fund athlete travel, buy new training equipment and fund team functions. The money raised by the Swim-AThon will be split evenly between Whitin Community Center Aquatics and Crimson Aquatics-WCC swim team. In addition, 5% of the money
Members of the Whitin Community Center Swim Team raised by the swim team will go back to the USA Swimming Foundation. The Foundation works to strengthen the sport of swimming by saving lives and building champions—in the pool and in life. Whether they’re equipping kids across the country with the life-saving skill of learn-to-swim through their Make a Splash initiative, or providing financial support to the heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country. For more information on the USA Swimming Foundation, please visit usaswimmingfoundation.org Swim-A-Thon™ is the only pledge-
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Get out and get moving at West Hill Dam Tour canceled for heavy rain. Junior Rangers Level -2 earn credit. An adult must accompany youth under the age of 16. For details or information call the Ranger Team at (508) 278-2511. WInTer CrITTer AnD WILDLIFe Trek TO be HOSTeD AT WeST HILL DAM Sunday, November 25th Do beavers hibernate? What does the red fox eat in the winter? Join Park Ranger Viola Bramel for a Wildlife Trek on Sunday, November 25th at 2:00pm. A great ending to the Thanksgiving weekend, a trek in the outdoors. Meet at the West Hill Dam Office, 518 East Hartford Avenue. Youth under the age of 16 please bring an adult. Junior Rangers Level-2 earn credit. Participants should dress for the weather and be prepared to walk for about an hour over a variety of terrains. This program will be canceled in the event of a heavy snow storm or rain. Visitors are welcome to bring walking sticks, field guides, a water bottle, binoculars and a camera. Please contact Park Ranger Viola Bramel at (978) 318-8417 for additional information.
TOur OF WeST HILL DAM WITH A PArk rAnger Sunday, November 4th @ 2 pm Curious . . . How high did the October 2006 Flood Waters reach behind West Hill Dam? What plants and animals inhabit West Hill Park and Dam? Do you hear flood survival stories from your grandparents and parents? West Hill can release about 400 CFS, water in cubic feet per second, is that a large amount of water? Take a leisurely stroll around the park and dam and stop for a “bird’s eye view from the dam”; of what the animals see and how they survive. Stop by with your questions and join our Ranger Team on Sunday November 4th at 2:00pm. Meet at West Hill Dam (518 E. Hartford Avenue, Uxbridge); at the Project Office building. Obtain answers to your questions such as how the dam works, and how it functions with other dams in Massachusetts and New England. Participants will tour the restoration area to better understand the new concrete cutoff wall inside the dam and final improvements made. Scouts troops welcome.
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The winners and results of the 2012 UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge “Adventure Race - Like No Other,” held last September have been announced. The race was the largest in its 12-year history — with 457 athletes and 87 teams running, paddling, and biking in a variety of competitive and fun divisions on a seven-leg, 44.5 mile course through the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The mission of the race is to raise the public’s awareness of the history, natural beauty, and environmental significance of the Corridor. The official results of 2012 UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge Adventure Race are: CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION (Pure thrill of victory): Defending their 2011 Championship title and taking first place with the best overall time of 3:49:23 was team Great Canadian from Sutton, MA; Captain Dave Mingori, Astrid Trahan, Mark Trahan, Alex White and Alice McKeon. Second Place Silver medal winners and returning for the 12th year was the
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son): Josh Flannagan, from Cohasset, MA returned to defend his 2011 Ironman title and claimed the 2012 title in 4:05;44, also third overall time, with support person Justin Dreary. Second place silver medals went to Ironman John McCarthy from Ludlow, MA and Crystal Popko completing in 4:33:31 and the Bronze medal went to Cumberland, RI’s Ironman David Fagnant and Tim Finocchio finishing in 4:34:51. IRONWOMAN (One female athlete with support person): Previously competing on a team, this year Kara Trottier, from Douglas, MA. with her support person, Donna St. Louis, entered the Ironwoman division and took first place with a time of 6:02:31. The silver medal went to Diane Legere, from West Boylston, MA with her support person Joan Recore, with a finishing time of 7:03:40. THE MASTERS (Senior athletes aged 50 years or older): Returning division Champions “Fairlawn & Friends” from Whitinsville, MA, Captain Henry Lane, Greg Ebbeling, Jeff Smith, Cary Vanden-
Akker and Don Vescio completed the course in 4:29:14 to retain the 2012 title. Silver Medals were won by Team Hawaiian from Chepachet, RI, Captain Paul Brais, David Schachte, Ray Martin, Wayne Mallory, Bert Brais, and Paul Russell with a finishing time of 4:34:56. Bronze medals went to EcoTarium’s TVFR from Worcester, MA Team captain Joe Hamm, Bruce Ackman, Jeff Hattem, Hirashi Morimoto, Daniel Devin, John Parker & Ray Lussier with a finishing time of 4:49:19. RECREATIONAL (Teams of up to nine members; men, women, or youth aged 16 or older): A returning team for many years, claiming the First Place title in the Recreational Division for 2012, from Mendon, MA was the “Tri Valley Front Runners” in 4:16:03 with Team Captain Rich Victor, Glen Miller, Aaron Milne, Brendon Cairney, Jlia Caruso and Jason Stock. Silver Medals went to returning 2011 second place division title team “Gang Green” from Shrewsbury, MA. Team Captain Chris Marques, with team members Dan Marques, Mark Hamilton, Thomas Connor, Rob Barter, Bob Branscombe and Mike Garcia completed the course in 4:17:21. Bronze Medals went to the “Late Comers” from South Grafton, MA, team Captain Pete Schotaus, Garrett Ott, Steven Segenchuck and Trent Kopopman completed the course in 4:21:24. The race began at 9 a.m. at Diamond Hill Park in Cumberland, RI. The course included three running segments — trail (1.5 miles), street (5 miles), and cross country (4 miles); two biking segments — mountain (5 miles) and street (22 miles); and two paddle segments (3 miles and 4 miles). The final athletes crossed the finish line at River Bend Farm in the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge at 7:03 p.m. A complete list of race results for all participating teams and individuals will be posted on the Greenway Challenge website at http://www.greenwaychallenge.org. About the 2012 UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge The 2012 UniBank Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge promotes the recreational quality of life in the Blackstone River Valley. Working with the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission and other partner organizations, the Greenway Challenge, now in its 12th year, supports clean water campaigns, hiking and biking trails, wildlife projects, environmental education and development of waterway access. UniBank is the 2012 Title Sponsor. River Champions sponsors are Red Star WorldWear, the Taco/The White Family Foundation, the Telegram & Gazette, and Cumulus Media. Trail Blazer sponsors are the Whitin Community Center, MRA Multisport, the Mass. Dept. of Environmental Protection, and the Massachusetts Dept. of Conservation and Recreation. Visit www.greenwaychallenge.org.
Salmon to compete in Goal Setting has many important reaIronman World Championship sonsGoalfor it.setting For one, just going to the gym On Saturday, October 13th Andrew L. Salmon, Executive Director at SALMON Health and Retirement’s Northbridge campus who trains at the Whitin Community Center (WCC), embarked on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind, and spirit to earn the title of “Ironman.” Now, in its 34th year, the Ironman World Championship centers on the dedication and courage exhibited by participants who demonstrate the Ironman mantra that, “Anything is Possible.” Mr. Salmon qualified for the Ironman World Championship by placing 6th in his age group and 21st overall at Ironman Louisville in Kentucky this past August. The Ironman World Championship event will be held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and involves a 2.4-mile swim beginning and ending at Kailua Pier, a 112-mile bike course that travels through scorching lava fields and along the Kohala Coast, and a 26.2-mile run that takes athletes on the Queen Ka’ahumanu highway, ending at Ali’i Drive to the cheers of thousands of spectators at the finish line. “I am thrilled to be competing in the world’s most recognized endurance event,” states Mr. Salmon. “It is a global benchmark for testing one’s personal limits. The Whitin Community Center has provided me with the perfect training grounds to prepare for this extreme sporting challenge. I hope people in our community realize how very fortunate we are to have a local facility that offers us the fitness tools to compete on a global level.” Mr. Salmon has been training regularly at the WCC for the past six years using a combination of the competition pool and fitness center. He swims approximately 10,000 yards per week at WCC in preparation for the Ironman,
with no specific purpose leads you nowhere. Your energy expenditure can be used improperly wasting time and energy, with no desired results. Ultimately leaving one disappointed, and discouraged. Having no specific goal, lets your gym or trainer off the hook of responsibility for your wishes and desires. They just get a blank check with no evaluation of their success or efforts with you. Leaving you not knowing just what to do. Do I fire him, do I question him, do I challenge the gym, do I try him again one last time, or was it me that failed. Let's get it straight, they work for you specifically, not generically. Which means you and they have met and spoken and agreed upon a commitment to your desires. What would happen if you stopped paying your gym fees? I think they would let you go! Rightfully so. So your trainer, who is supposed to be fully qualified is responsible for your success. You pay, he leads the way for you. The agreed upon goal should be reasonable, practical, attainable and timely all
and starts his runs from the WCC property where he tallies approximately 40 miles per week. Chairman of the Whitin Community Center Board of Trustees Michael Robertson states, “Andrew and the Salmon family have been long term supporters of the WCC and our free Youth Outreach Programs, and we are proud that that WCC has been part of Andrew's training regimen.” Mr. Salmon was elected to the WCC Board of Corporators last March. By any measure, Ironman presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit for professional and amateur athletes. And, as the Ironman Triathlon has emerged into the mainstream, the experience continually transcends pure sport. It centers on the dedication, courage and perseverance exhibited by athletes who demonstrate the Ironman mantra that “Anything is Possible.” We wish Andrew all the best in his quest to earn the title of “Ironman.”
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cial advisor if he kept losing your money? Of course all of this depends fully on the client following all reasonable, safe suggestions and comments by the trainer Any trainer working for me will be judged by his/her clients success, their comments and trainer motivation skills,as well as communication skills and personal integrity. It's a job not like any other. You need to produce. So, think about goal setting, and when hiring a trainer ask for references, and ask for his success as well as his failures and why things happened as they did. I have many certifications and much schooling in a host of health and fitness issues, and I still feel I need to know more. My learning will never end and that's the way I want it. Goal setting is an absolute tool to be used effectively by both party's. Helping someone to achieve their goals is extremely rewarding for the trainer, and his goal is to make your goal a reality. John Allegrini ; "Trainer Elite" "Health Coach Adviser" (ACSM) American College of Sports Medicine Certified www.feelgoodfitness1.com
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the optician from the company will be at the Uxbridge Senior Center from 11:30 to 12:30pm to talk about the services offered. Bring a copy of your current prescription to get pricing for a pair of new glasses. Anywhere Optical has prices for every budget. If you have Masshealth Insurance and need new glasses please call Lisa direct at 508-6343596 to schedule an appointment. 8th • Thursday Lunch - Swedish meatballs, egg noodles, green beans & sugar free Jell-O. 12:30 pm - Pick-up begins for WalMart shopping. 1:00-2:00 pm – Yoga class, all are welcome to join. Fee is $4 per person. 9th • Friday Lunch – Baked fish, rice pilaf, mixed vegetables and apple crisp.
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3:00 pm-4:00 pm – Computer classes, call 508-278-8622 for information.
14th • Wednesday Lunch – Beef stroganoff, egg noodles, green beans and fresh fruit.
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VeTerAnS’ DAY SENIOR CENTER CLOSED NO LUNCH SERVED 13th • Tuesday 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Lunch – Vegetable soup, grilled cheese sandwich, garden salad and sugar free pudding. 2:00-3:00 pm – Page Turner 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!
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15th • Thursday THANKSGIVING CELEBRATION Lunch – Turkey and all the trimmings. School Superintendent Kevin Carey will be here to meet with seniors and bring some student entertainment. 1:00-2:00 pm – Yoga class, all are welcome. Fee is $4 per person. 16th • Friday Lunch – Baked fish, roasted potatoes, broccoli and sugar free Jell-o 3:00 - 4:00 pm – Computer classes, call 508-278-8622 for information. 19th • Monday Lunch – Lasagna, garden salad, Italian bread and peaches and cream. 3:00pm-4:00pm – Computer classes, call 508-278-8622 for information. 20th • Tuesday 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Lunch – Turkey potpie, roasted potatoes, peas and fresh fruit. Town Meeting at New High School. 21st • Wednesday CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING NO LUNCH SERVED 22nd • Thursday
HAPPY THAnkSgIVIng SENIOR CENTER CLOSED NO LUNCH SERVED 23rd • Friday CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING NO LUNCH SERVED 26th • Monday Lunch – Vegetable quiche, garden salad, cookies and ice cream. 3:00 - 4:00 pm – Computer classes, call 508-278-8622 for information. 27th • Tuesday 8:30 am – Pick-up begins for grocery shopping at Hannaford’s. Lunch – Meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli and sugar free pudding. 28th • Wednesday Lunch – Chicken Marsala, roasted potatoes, green beans and fresh fruit. 29th • Thursday Lunch – Hot dogs, baked beans, coleslaw and sugar free Jell-o. 1:00-2:00 pm – Yoga class, all are welcome. Fee is $4 per person. 30th • Friday Lunch - Baked fish, jasmine rice, mixed vegetables, and birthday cake. 3:00 - 4:00 pm – Computer classes, call 508-278-8622 for information.
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