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Inclusion is aim of Uxbridge Cultural Fair

By Rod Lee

If enthusiasm counts for anything, organizers of the Uxbridge Cultural Fair may be well on their way to fostering a more tolerant atmosphere in town.

Cindy Scott, Marisol Azize, Erica Chick and their cohorts make up a group that is small in number but big in ambition. They launched the Uxbridge Cultural Fair with a pot-luck meal in the community house behind the Town Common last year as a reaction to some derogatory postings on social media. Ms. Scott is Middle Eastern. Ms. Azize is Puerto Rican. Ms. Chick is Korean.

Fall Festival reflects Oxford Lions’ dedication to the mission

By Rod Lee

Since its founding in 1916 by thirty-eight year-old Chicago businessman Melvin Jones, the Lions Club has grown into a global organization with a vast reach.

Lions Club members’ work—involving such worldwide service initiatives as building classrooms and water wells in Cambodia, empowering youth through an annual Peace Poster Contest, safeguarding Botswana against measles and saving children’s sight in India—is mirrored at the local level by the Oxford Lions Club and other area clubs.

ʽDucks in a row’ for revitalization of Millbury’s downtown

By Rod Lee

There may not yet be strong visible evidence that the heart of the town of Millbury’s business district is going to be the thriving destination proponents envision—but wait. More change to augment what has already occurred by way of banners, flags and potted plants is in the offing, Laurie Connors, director of planning and development, told the BV Xpress on September 18th.

New tool brings clarity to finances in town of Auburn

By Rod Lee

The same inclination toward transparency that motivated Chris Bullock to launch ClearGov recently compelled the town of Auburn to sign up for services provided by Mr. Bullock’s company, which touts itself as having gathered financial data “on nearly every city, town and village across the U.S. to create the world’s most comprehensive municipal financial database.”

Among these are the city of Framingham, the village of Rye Brook, the village of Pinehurst, the city of Decatur and the Walpole Public Schools.

Historical Society pushes membership, museum upgrade

By Rod Lee

If native son General Rufus Putnam (1738-1824) were alive today, he would appreciate the effort leadership of the Sutton Historical Society has put into the organization’s latest membership drive.

“We surpassed last year,” Christine Watkins, the Society’s secretary, said in late April. “We had a goal of at least one hundred new members.”

The push to bolster the ranks did not end in February; it will continue throughout 2018, Ms. Watkins noted.

Hoopla builds for Blackstone Valley Education Hub

By Rod Lee

The long road to establishing a satellite campus of Quinsigamond Community College in the Blackstone Valley has seen its share of twists and turns; seemingly getting no closer to its destination.

Now, however, a new plan—an alternate route—is in place. Not for an extension of QCC in the region per se but rather for a “Blackstone Valley Education Hub” the mission of which will be essentially the same as before. Which is to address a growing need for workforce development in “The Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.”

Weldon’s have ice cream business down Cold Stone

By Rod Lee

Paul and Karen Weldon, owners of the Cold Stone Creamery store at the Shoppes at Blackstone Valley, sometimes find it hard to believe this is their fourteenth year in business.

The Weldon’s are among the original tenants of the complex, which sprawls atop a hill bordering the Worcester Providence Turnpike (Rt. 146) in Millbury.

They occupy Suite 420.

As enthusiastic about the enterprise now as they were in November of 2004, the Weldon’s took time Valentine’s Day afternoon to recall how it all began.

 They never tire of telling the story.