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Millbury businesses, organizations in think-2019 mode

By Rod Lee

The Howe Ave. project is done. The Millbury Fire Department’s Santa Run is in the books for 2018, as is the town’s annual Chain of Lights celebration.

Now Millbury’s businesses and organizations can turn the page to the dawn of a new year. The Millbury Historical Society is doing just that—literally—by making its 2019 calendar available at several locations in town including Goretti’s Supermarket on Providence St., Live Flea or Buy on West Main St. near the intersection with Sutton Rd. and Ray’s Barbershop on Main St.

“We did this starting in 2000 for five or six years and then some people on the Board retired and we started again last year so this is the second year,” Society President Frank Gagliardi said of the calendar initiative.

2019 calendars provided by the Millbury Historical Society go hand-in-hand with such collectibles as an egg nog bowl and cups at Live Flea or Buy on W. Main St. in Millbury.

The Society draws on the more than five hundred pieces in its collection of photographs for the monthly images it uses in the calendar. The 2019 calendar features such pictures as the “Millbury Woolen Baseball Champions of the Blackstone Valley League—1939,” the “Shell station at No. Main and Rt. 146—circa 1910” (with Daniel McDuff, his wife and four of their five sons sitting in one of the town’s first automobiles) and “Paletta’s Market, Smithfield Ice Cream, Millie’s Kitchen and Puffin’s—1938-2018.”

Brian Jackson Jr. of Live Flea or Buy, a seven-days-a-week emporium of antiques and collectibles that will celebrate four years at its location this coming St. Patrick’s Day weekend, is happy to have the calendars, which are provided to him by Gloria Schimke who is one of his vendors. Ms. Schimke is also on the Board of Directors of the Millbury Historical Society.

Wreaths in the windows mark the season for Millbury National Bank; soon, MNB will be introducing a flagpole and new signage to the corner of Main and Elm streets.

The arrival of 2019 also marks a milestone for Millbury National Bank, a solid presence in the community since its founding in 1825.

Home of Kasasa checking accounts (“build savings effortlessly”), MNB’s presence in downtown Millbury will be that much more conspicuous with new signage now going up at Main and Elm streets that will undoubtedly be the same kind of accent piece the municipality’s message board, kitty corner from that site, is at the moment.

“The new flagpole was installed last week and the new sign should be completed shortly,” Kate Corey Marcum, Millbury National Bank’s third-generation president/CEO, said on December 17th.

“We are hoping to complete the project this month and expect it to really beautify the corner,” VP John T. Latino Jr. said.

For Millbury Self Storage on Providence St., mid-January will bring the addition of new units on the west side of the property that were planned all along as part of an eventual expansion, Cindy Allard said.

“We’ll have 56 units more, all outdoor units, gated with security, 10x40’s and 12x40’s,” Ms. Allard said.

Meanwhile, in an event that will rival New Year’s Eve in Times Square, Boston or Worcester, Millbury’s venerable Asa Waters Mansion on Elm St. is hosting its “Countdown to 2019” at 7:00 p.m. on December 31st. Those in attendance will step through the gates of the property and “go down the rabbit hole to our magical, mysterious Wonderland Masquerade;” with food and drink as an embellishment.

Contact Rod Lee at [email protected] or 774-232-2999.