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Rust to Ruffles celebrates one year in antique business

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Lisa Caccialino grew up in the late seventies—when using her imagination to create a cardboard Barbie Townhouse with hand-drawn bushes on the side was customary.  Forty years later, she’s kept her creative vision alive via ownership and management of the antique shop, Rust to Ruffles. Distinguished by handcrafted items and numerous vendors who claim to “rescue items from the past,” the charming Nor... Read More

Lucas Douglass

By Thomas D’Agostino www.tomdagostino.com

This story is as it appears in our upcoming book on New England folk.

On December 5, 1895, seventy-two-year old Lucas Douglass was found dead in a snow-laden street in Ashford, Connecticut. He apparently died alone, cold and penniless, having never married and few relatives to share time with. He is buried in the Westford Hill Cemet... Read More

Do you know of a father-daughter business?

The Yankee Xpress and Blackstone Valley Xpress are preparing a Father's Day story highlighting father-daughter business teams. It could a business the dad passed on to his daughter, or one in which they work together, or both.We are looking for suggestions, preferably in southern Worcester County towns, including the Blackstone Valley. Please send suggestions to [email protected].. Read More

A river, a Corridor, and DiPrete make for a winning combination

By Rod Lee

As subdued in personality as the muddy-banked river that flows quietly and unobtrusively (except when it floods) south from Worcester before emptying into Narragansett Bay, Megan DiPrete is well aware of the challenges she faces as the newly appointed executive director of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Inc. (BHC).

On the other hand Ms. DiPrete’s elevation from deputy director to replace the articulate... Read More

Lake Manchaug campground: Another day in paradise

By Rod Lee

Bill Staruk with his quaint sense of humor and a smile on his face says “I like to think people are coming here to see me, but it’s the lake.”

He understands the compulsion. Lake Manchaug Camping LLC, as the family’s property on Oak St. in Douglas is known, sits astride one of the most picturesque bodies of water in New England.

With just under two hundred sites available from May 1st to October 1s... Read More

Debi Kennedy brings A Touch of Magick to Uxbridge

By Magda Dakin

There’s a touch of Magick in the air when you step over the sparkled front-door step into the newest consignment shop in the Uxbridge area. Opening less than two months ago, Debi and her staff have already doubled their space to make room for all the magick-producing that Debi Kennedy, owner of the shop, has in mind.

Just like any good consignment shop, A Touch of Magick has racks of newly arriving cl... Read More

Moore tapped to lead Senate Cyber Security Initiative

BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) has been appointed by Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg (D-Amherst) to serve as Chair of the newly-established Senate Special Committee on Cyber Security Readiness.   

In the wake of growing concerns relative to data privacy, security and increased threats within the cyber space, the Massachusetts State Senate has taken action to establish a Special Committee to make recom... Read More

Foppema’s Farm and Little Man Handbags collaborate on new product line

By Barbara Van Reed

“A great community is one in which its members work together,” says Christine Guanipa, owner of Little Man Handbags in Whitinsville. Christine’s line of textile handbags has become very popular, enough to be sold in the White House gift shop.

Foppema’s Farm on Hill Street in Northbridge, long a provider of home-grown fruits and vegetables, has become the area’s busiest seasonal farm stand.  

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Grafton Flea Market adds beer garden

By Magda Dakin

One of the biggest regular flea markets around the area, the Grafton Flea Market has opened for its summer deal seekers with an added wrinkle. Now, when you’re tired and need a rest and a drink, you can saunter on over to the new Beer Garden located at the front of the building, inside the white fencing in the shade under the umbrellas. Shoppers can also leave their less enthusiastic partners to wile away th... Read More

Reflexology For The Sole for less stress

By Barbara Van Reed

“The number one reason people come for a reflexology session is stress relief,” says Lindy Brown, who relocated her business from New Hampshire to Whitinsville earlier this year.

Reflexology For The Sole’s official ribbon-cutting took place April 30. Now Lindy is busy educating local groups about the benefits of reflexology. “I have to start all over again, building the business,” she said.

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