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Valley Vibes

Lee Gaudette, Dan Desjardin: Like father, like son

In reaching out to men doing business in the Blackstone Valley who are grateful for the influence their dads had on them, in anticipation of Father’s Day, Vibes found Gerald L. “Lee” Gaudette III of Gaudette Insurance Agency Inc. and Dan Desjardin of Dan’s Carpentry Inc. Both owe much to the men they simply call “dad.” And in fact, in both cases, to their grandfathers.

Learning the game is kids play at Blissful Meadows

It is not so far-fetched to imagine the next young golfing hotshot—a Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Paula Creamer or Michelle Wie—claiming Blissful Meadows in Uxbridge as his or her home club.

With PGA Class “A” Member Joe Griffin having recently returned to Chockalog Road as director of instruction, Blissful Meadows is putting fresh emphasis on grooming “juniors” (kids age six to fifteen) in the mechanics of the game.

Waiting game is par for the course

Blackstone Valley golf-course personnel have no such luxury as the little varmint known as Punxsutawney Phil to help them predict when they can open for the season, come spring.
Instead they have to rely on the judgment of seasoned grounds professionals like Michael O’Connell who is superintendent at Highfields Golf & Country Club on Magill Drive in Grafton.

Local boy makes good!

If anything is apparent as Blackstone Valley dealerships rev up for Presidents’ Day 2015 it is
that Russ Rosborough of Uxbridge Auto Inc. knows cars like George Washington knew cherry
trees or Abraham Lincoln knew right from wrong.

He also knows what it takes to be a success in a highly competitive industry.

Staying power? Come 2018, Mr. Rosborough will mark forty years serving the region he calls
home.

Searchin’ for St. Pat, finding Posh

by Rod Lee

St. Patrick’s Day in the Blackstone Valley may not mean parades like the ones that take place in Boston and Worcester, a widespread lifting of a pint at the local pub (there aren’t that many such establishments around these parts) or much of the other fanfare that accompanies celebrations of the life of “The Apostle of Ireland”—a fifth-century bishop and missionary around whom great legend is built.

In fact, a tour of several stores for retailers who are pushing merchandise to commemorate the holiday left us virtually empty-handed.

The end of an era: Brian’s closes

by Rod Lee

There is no calculating in dollars or by any other means of measurement what the loss of Brian’s Restaurant, which closed its doors on Sunday night, October 19th, means to the town of Northbridge and the village of Linwood.
Brian Snay’s eating and drinking establishment was not just the only pub-style family dining venue of its kind for miles around, it was in a real sense the glue that held a tight-knit neighborhood together.

Grafton Flea is the place to be

by Rod Lee

If ever further proof was needed that the Grafton Flea Market is one of the Blackstone Valley’s most venerated institutions, one need only have visited on a Sunday morning in late June, as we did.

On the sprawling grounds situated along Rt. 140 we immediately struck up a conversation with Jonathan Giantz of Cranston, Rhode Island who was selling rope and bungee cord. Mr. Giantz is one of the Grafton Flea’s new vendors.

Wallis Cove: Good as gold

by Rod Lee

The three secluded cabins set off an obscure and rustic road marked by a sign on a tree that reads “Owl crossing” don’t begin to tell the story of Wallis Cove, which is celebrating a 50th anniversary this year.

Neither does the pristine 216-acre Whitin Reservoir with its sandy beach, great bass fishing and pit for bonfires.

Neither does the opportunity that is always available for a guest-house rental for the perfect lakeside setting for casual weddings, corporate planning sessions, birthday parties and family reunions.