Inbox [May 29]: Canal District rink design debuts, Elder Services taps new boss, Moore and Frost welcome Auburn students, Paine House sets tour schedule

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0527NewDesignNew rink look debuts on ‘Chamber Exchange’

Worcester Business Development Corp. President and CEO Craig L. Blais debuted the exterior design of the new skating rinks under development in the Canal District on last week’s episode of “Chamber Exchange” on Charter TV3.

A two-story glass facade overlooks Harding Street and will wrap about a third of the way up Winter Street, Blais explained to “Chamber Exchange” host and Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Timothy P. Murray. There will be 40,000 square feet of retail development on the Harding Street side. The rinks will be behind the retail space.

WATCH the full video on the Charter TV3 Central Mass. YouTube channel:

Elder Services of Worcester Area names executive director

Maureen Siergie has been named executive director of Elder Services of Worcester Area by the board of directors.

She replaces Lou Swan, who is retiring Sept. 2 after 30 years as first assistant director and then executive director since 1991. Elder Services is a regional nonprofit, one of 26 Aging Services Access Points in Massachusetts with an annual operating budget of $31 million, 220 staff, 500 volunteers and a subcontracted vendor network of 55 direct service contracts assisting more than 14,000 individuals annually.

Maurren Siergie

Courtesy Elder Services of Worcester Area

Maureen Siergie

Siergie began her career with Elder Services in 1980 and has served as assistant director since 1993. Over that period she has contributed immensely to the growth and performance of the organization. She has a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and a master’s in Nonprofit Management from Worcester State University, and is a licensed social worker.

Read the entire story on the Elder Services of Worcester Area website

Moore, Frost welcome Auburn High students to State House

State Sen. Michael O. Moore, D-Millbury, and state Rep. Paul Frost, R-Auburn, welcomed students from Auburn High School to the Massachusetts State House.

Students were accompanied by teachers Spencer Kennard and Vincent Benacchio from the Social Studies department.

Auburn High at State House

Courtesy of Sen. Michael O. Moore

State Sen. Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury), left, and State Rep. Paul Frost (R-Auburn) host Auburn High students at the State House.

Earlier in the year, the students represented Auburn High School in the We the People state championship held at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute in Boston. We the People is a national program that promotes civic competence and responsibility among students. As part of the curriculum, the program incorporates a simulated congressional hearing in which schools across the country compete for state and national titles. The students finished in third place, with Auburn High School having won the state championship the previous two years.

Read the entire story on Sen. Moore’s website

Timothy Paine House open for tours

Tour one of Worcester’s oldest homes, still standing on its original foundation. Loyalist Timothy Paine commenced building in 1774, delaying completion until after the Revolutionary War. The property remained in the Paine family until purchased by the Colonel Timothy Bigelow Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, in 1914 and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Tours will be available 1-4 p.m. June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10 and Oct. 8. The cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for children.

Tucked amid aged oak trees this special museum is home to unique artifacts, furnishings and ephemera from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The Worcester Art Museum has recently placed many pieces of furniture formerly owned by the Paine family into the home. These pieces are both beautiful and historic.

For more information see the Col. Timothy Bigelow Chapter, DAR Facebook page or email

— Cindy Henderson

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