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Dealing With Ice Dams?
Koopman Lumber can Help!

Ice dams form when heat from the house melts snow on the roof, which freezes at the bottom edge of the roof preventing water from draining off the roof. Over time, water freezing against the ice dam backs up under the shingles and may leak into the house causing damage. Prevention with insulation or likewise is key. But assuming you're experiencing a lot of snow right now, here's the best advice:

Steps to treat Ice Dams:
1. Rake the snow off the bottom 3 feet of your roof after every storm. Be sure to watch for drifting snow later!
2. If you have dams already forming, use the ice melt in a stocking method to melt channels in the dam.

Ice Melt Stocking Method:

  1. Cut the legs off a few pairs of nylon stockings.
  2. Fill each leg with about a pound of pelletized deicer and tie it off.
  3. Tie the stocking off in six-inch segments for even distribution.
  4. Place stockings on your roof, about one to two feet apart over the ice dams.
Replace when emptied and remove when winter is over!

Farm Fresh News: Community Harvest Project's Open House 2017, Saturday, March 25th

Join us to learn more about how you can become a Community Harvest Project Team Leader. Work outdoors within a great community of volunteers leading them in daily farm activities. For more information, contact

Community Harvest Project

MassDOT Capital Investment Plan Update

MassDOT and the MBTA are updating the 5 year Capital Investment Plan (CIP) and we need your thoughts and ideas for the next CIP. Our comment tool is available on the newly updated CIP webpage:
This year's CIP will be focused on revising fiscal years 2018 - 2021 CIP, approved last year, and programming investments for FY2022. Additionally, improvements to the CIP process include alignment with the annual development of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Following the success of last year's newly created approach - focusing on priorities, programs and then projects - the FY2018-2022 CIP will program investments similarly. The three priorities for the CIP are:
  • Reliability
  • Modernization
  • Expansion
Within each of the three priorities are sixty-two funding programs that are filled with projects addressing the most important capital needs of our transportation system.
We are accepting comments until March 17, 2017. To submit a comment, click here or send an e-mail to If you provide an e-mail address, you will receive a response before the Draft CIP is released in May for another round of public comment and meetings.

The Vaillancourt Chalkware Rabbit Collection

It may be partly because chocolate mould manufacturers have created a vast quantity of Rabbit moulds for Easter chocolate or because one can never get enough of the cute bunny rabbit. Regardless, if you are looking for Rabbits, you've come to the right place. Each chalkware rabbit has been created and hand painted in the same manner of our popular chalkware Santas.

March events at Alternatives

400 Kilometers
By drew Hayden Taylor
Directed by Marty BlackEagle
Presented by Algonkuin Theatre Projects
March 24,25,31 & April 1 at 7:30 PM
March 26 at 2:00 PM
Sequel to the story "Someday" and "Only Drunks and Children tell the Truth." Told through fictional characters and full of Taylor's distinctive wit and humor, 400 Kilometers is based on the real-life tragedies suffered by many Native Canadian families. Strong adult language.
Tickets: $15, $13 seniors. Reservations: (508) 875-1463 (VM) or credit card payment at:
Produced by Special Arrangement with Drew Hayden Taylor
Location: Alternatives' Singh Performance Center
Whitin Mill, 60 Douglas Road
Whitinsville, MA 01588
One Act Play Festival on the Mumford
Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18
Opening Reception Friday, March 17, 6:00-7:15 PM
Join us for this exciting two day event as community and professional theater groups compete for cash prizes.
Plays will be performed and judged on both nights with awards granted after Saturday evening performances.
Admission each night: $5pp (maximum $15/family)
For more information visit:
Location: Alternatives' Singh Performance Center
Whitin Mill, 60 Douglas Road
Whitinsville, MA 01588

Stunning private collection of Spanish and Portuguese colonial art makes its only New England visit at WAM; opens on March 11

Worcester, MA -January 31, 2017-Highest Heaven: Spanish and Portuguese Colonial Art from the Collection of Roberta and Richard Huber, opening at the Worcester Art Museum on March 11, explores the paintings, sculpture, furniture, ivories and silver of Spanish and Portuguese South America in the 1600s and 1700s. Through the work of both well-regarded masters and anonymous artists and artisans, Highest Heaven highlights the role of art in the establishment of new city centers in the Spanish and Portuguese Empires, and the propagation of the Christian faith among indigenous peoples. Drawn exclusively from the distinguished collection of Roberta and Richard Huber, who have built one of the most significant collections of colonial Iberian art in private hands, the exhibition highlights the distinct visual language created by the cultural and creative exchanges that occurred between Spain and Portugal and their South American colonies. The exhibition will remain on view through July 9, 2017.

Attention Home Buyers!

Start the year off right and get one step closer to home ownership by attending a FREE Home Buyer's Workshop with Homefield Credit Union!

We want to help you get a "Homefield Advantage"
when it comes to home ownership!

At Homefield Credit Union, we make it easy!!
Join Homefield Credit Union's Mortgage Loan Officer Doug Lanzillo (NMLS #932931) along with local Realtors and Real Estate Attorneys who will help you get started.
Refreshments will be served.

Choose from the following dates & locations:
April 13, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Homefield Credit Union
Milford Square Plaza
138 S Main St
Milford, MA 01757
May 11, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Homefield Credit Union
86 Worcester St
North Grafton, MA 01536
June 8, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Homefield Credit Union
Milford Square Plaza
138 S Main St
Milford, MA 01757

Attend one of our seminars and receive a coupon good for $250 off your closing costs!*

Click here to RSVP
for an upcoming Home Buyer seminar today.

*Certain restrictions apply. Offer subject to change without notice. No purchase necessary.

Administrative Assistant
Blackstone Heritage Corridor

Job Description

The Administrative Assistant is primarily focused on the continuity of routine office procedures and the organization of the office environment. Additionally, this staff person is the front line for visitor reception for both Blackstone Heritage Corridor (BHC) and the National Park Service.
Specifically, the duties include but are not limited to:
  • Maintenance of communication systems, including enewsletter, social media postings and website
  • Maintenance of donor records and database systems
  • Maintenance of database systems for programs
  • Ordering general office and meeting supplies
  • Maintenance of postage systems, mail distribution
  • Maintenance of shop inventory
  • Maintenance of website and uploading data
  • Maintenance of official BHC record books
  • Preparation of and support for meetings
  • Office upkeep and organization
  • Making recommendations to improve efficiency
  • Assisting with administrative tasks as needed (proof-reading, copying, print letters, laminating, data entry, etc.)
  • Other duties as required.
Knowledge essential to being successful in this position:
  • Good writing and editing skills
  • Competency in MS Excel, Word Press and Constant Contact
The Administrative Assistant is responsible to and supervised by the Executive Director.

See you next Saturday at the Expo!

Admission is free with this ticket, or the donation of a non-perishable item to benefit Peace of Bread. Regular admission is $2.00.

Saturday, March 18th 10-2pm
Northbridge High School

Get a glimpse into our Home & Business Expo
Get a glimpse into our Home & Business Expo

Save the Date! Our biggest fundraising event of the year and the most well attended event in the Blackstone Valley!

As a Guest: Get to know your local business and find out what they have to offer. Supporting your local businesses ensures that our community thrives. You might be surprised at the unique vendors you come across at the expo!

Chowder Contest: That's right, you get to be the judge! Visit the expo and taste test some of the Blackstone Valley's best chowder. It will be a showdown between local chefs to be the best in the Valley!

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors:

Gaudette Color

Ready, Set, Goal Network kicking off in April!

Annual Golf Tournament: May 8th

It's that time of year again folks!
The warm weather is here (temporarily) and we can hear the golf course calling your name!

Register yourself or a foursome for this year's tournament, taking place at the beautiful Pleasant Valley Golf Club in Sutton, MA.

Last year, we had to turn people away so sign up today and reserve your spot to play!

The Annual BVCC Golf Tournament is the largest fund raising activity supporting the services provided by the Blackstone Valley Education Foundation to the local school districts throughout the valley. Funds raised by BVCC, Lampin Corporation, and the community have funded over $125,000 in grants to local schools.

This event is also a superb opportunity to advertise your company to a group of almost 200 business people. Contact us for more information today!
14th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting Charitable Event
Featuring Live Auction & Raffles

March 11, 2017 - 6:30 p.m.
Blissful Meadows Golf Club, Uxbridge, MA

How can you help?
You can show your support simply by attending the event, you can sponsor the event with an ad in our program or you can donate an item for our auction:
  • Auction / Raffle Sponsor Donate an item for Auction or Raffle
  • $25 Silver Sponsor Business Card Ad
  • $100 Gold Sponsor Half Page Ad
  • $500 Platinum Sponsor Full Page Ad
Where does the money go?
With funds raised by our club over the past years we have provided scholarships to high school graduates in Uxbridge, Northbridge and Douglas, warm coats and hats to children in need in our community, aid to our local food pantries, sponsorship of CPR Classes at the local Fire Department, and funds for the purchase of a camera for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at UMass Memorial Hospital, just to name a few. It is the goal of the Rotary Club of Uxbridge to continue to make a difference here in the Blackstone Valley and also around the world, through our affiliation with Rotary International. With the help and generosity of the community and business professionals such as you we will continue to provide a helping hand where ever we see a need.
Number of event attendees is approximately 300 people. We would sincerely appreciate any donation that you are able to provide for this event. We hope that you will give our request some consideration. We thank you in advance for your time and generosity and we hope to see you at the event!
The Rotary Club of Uxbridge
Tel: 508-245-0081

Free College Seminar for Parents, Students and Grandparents

When: Wednesday, March 22nd, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Where: Willow Brook Restaurant, 16 Hastings Street, Route 16, Mendon, MA
RSVP: by March 15th to Kathy Toomey at 508-244-5190 or

Complimentary traditional Thanksgiving dinner buffet will be served. Please indicate
how many will be attending at the time of your reservation.
College is one of life's major events - both personally and financially. This seminar will address the steps you and your college-bound children will need to make in advance of this very important decision.

Seven Ways to Reduce the Cost of College
? Best methods for saving and paying for college
? How to integrate cost considerations into your college search
? How the financial aid system really works and how to maximize the aid you receive
? Targeting achievable merit scholarships
? The financial aid application requirements
? How colleges vary in their financial aid policies and how you can plan for it
? Open discussion to answer your college admissions related questions
Speaker: Gregg Cohen - President/Founder of Campus Bound (

Recommended Legal Documents for New Students
? Power of Attorney (for financial decision-making)
? Health Care Proxy (for health-care decision-making)
? HIPAA Authorization (to provide authorization for parents to get medical information)
? The importance of trust planning for parents of young adults
Speaker: Attorney Maria C. Baler, Samuel, Sayward & Baler LLC

Please join the Worcester Business Journal for this timely and informative event!

The opioid crisis: Understanding the workplace impact

The widespread abuse of opioid drugs, including prescription painkillers heroin and other highly addictive drugs are in the headlines on a daily basis. There is no doubt this crisis is having an impact on the workforce and in the workplace. But are employers prepared to recognize the problem, or know where to go for help?
According to some studies, opioid abuse is costing employers billions of dollars from absenteeism, workplace injuries and lack of productivity. Despite the breadth and seriousness of this crisis, most employers lack a true understanding of how it is having an impact on some of their employees, their families, and the company's bottom line.
This special forum will give employers an overview of what progress the city, the region and the state have made in tackling the crisis, and what challenges still lie ahead one year after signing the State's opioid legislation. Our panel of industry experts and business executives will also provide key information on the proactive role employers can take in mitigating the effect of addiction at their companies, and how to better spot the problem and develop an action plan.
Whitinsville Christian School-Salute to America
Upon return from their performance tour in Washington DC, the WCS Orchestra proudly presents "
SalutetoAmerica" on Saturday, March 25, at 6:30pm in the WCS gym. This inspiring concert will feature a selection of patriotic music, a saluteto our troops and veterans, testimonials from students, and a few special guests. All are welcome. Admission is free; an offering will be taken to
fund strings scholarships.
Raising Backyard Poultry Seminar - Koopman Lumber

YOU CAN DO THIS! Join us for a FREE fun and informative seminar for those who want to raise poultry at home. Bring a friend! Sponsored by Blue Seal Feeds.

There is no cost to attend, but the size of the room is limited, so we ask for advance registration. All classes are from 6pm-7pm. Seminars are available in Whitinsville, Uxbridge, and Grafton. Click below to register for the seminar closest to you!

Travel to Spain with the Chamber

Our partnership with Central Holidays Travel Agency and Foxy Travel has allowed us to offer our Chamber members the trip of a lifetime to Spain and the Costa del Sol in 2017. With the best rates that include air and land, you wont find a better deal elsewhere!

The best part about this trip? It's all planned for you! The flights, the hotel, the tours. You don't have to think about a single thing leading up to this vacation. With your busy lives, let someone else do the planning for you.

Central Holidays will be hosting an informational session to go over all of the details and wonderful aspects of this trip.

Friends and family are welcome to attend! Spain is one of the three most visited countries in the entire world and we want you to experience all that it has to offer on this 9 day vacation.
From Utopian Visions to Mainstream Politics: The Fight for Equal Pay

Panel and Civic Dialogue

"Woman's labor is as intrinsically valuable as any other, and why is it not remunerated as well?" -Abby Kelley Foster, 1851

Join us on Sunday, March 26 as we discuss the long history of the fight for equal pay in the United States. Together, we will examine the impact of utopian visions that were both contested and cultivated in the Blackstone Valley.

Program runs 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM - Hopedale Unitarian Parish, 65 Hopedale St.

Special Guest Speakers: Hopedale Girl Scouts #11650
Panelists: Linda Hixon, Worcester State University
Judy Freedman Fask, Worcester Public Schools
Dr. John McClymer, Assumption College
Moderator: Dr. Allison Horrocks, DOI/VISTA, Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park

Our Misson

To preserve and enhance the economic vitality of the Blackstone Valley by addressing the needs and concerns of businesses and providing leadership, support and resources in connection with issues which impact commerce and the quality of life in the Valley.

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