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Valley Vibes

Where dogs are always welcome

By Rod Lee

Nowhere is it less of a dog-eat-dog world than in the four legged-friendly towns of Millbury and Sutton.

Between them, Bark-n-Bubbles and Bark of the Town (both located on Riverlin St. in Millbury) and TLC Pet Haven on Rt. 146 in Sutton lay claim to years of experience catering to the care of some of their customers’ favorite companions.

All are in a stage of growth, evidencing the demand being felt for the services they provide.

George’s going strong in Mendon

By Rod Lee

Did George’s Surf n Turf really leave Providence Rd. in Linwood for Uxbridge Rd. in Mendon that long ago?

“Our twentieth season here!” George LeFrancois said on March 3rd, the second day of business in 2016n with cars pulling into the parking area right and left shortly after one o’clock in the afternoon.

“Or yesterday, depending on how you look at it,” he added.

A new year-- familiar names lead the way

By Rod Lee
The dawn of a new year is always a time for reflection, a setting of goals and objectives. The making of resolutions; true in the business community as in other spheres.

This surely must be a harder proposition for enterprises here in the Blackstone Valley that are not yet firmly established than it is for ones with a solid foothold.

It also must be more difficult for those ventures that are unable to draw on a family name that is widely known and revered.

Miss Georgia Deane, all peaches and cream

“Miss Georgia” Deane of Mendon may not have become a world-famous actress like Eleanor Powell who she so admired as a young girl growing up in Salem.

But who is to say she didn’t emerge as a potent a force in her own right in the world of entertainment?

“I thought Hollywood would grab me for sure!” the spry, spunky, reddish/brown-haired peanut of a woman—ninety-six years young—said in her home on September 14th. “I wanted to sing and dance like her…and Gene Kelly!”

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