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Historical Society pushes membership, museum upgrade

By Rod Lee

If native son General Rufus Putnam (1738-1824) were alive today, he would appreciate the effort leadership of the Sutton Historical Society has put into the organization’s latest membership drive.

“We surpassed last year,” Christine Watkins, the Society’s secretary, said in late April. “We had a goal of at least one hundred new members.”

The push to bolster the ranks did not end in February; it will continue throughout 2018, Ms. Watkins noted.

Hoopla builds for Blackstone Valley Education Hub

By Rod Lee

The long road to establishing a satellite campus of Quinsigamond Community College in the Blackstone Valley has seen its share of twists and turns; seemingly getting no closer to its destination.

Now, however, a new plan—an alternate route—is in place. Not for an extension of QCC in the region per se but rather for a “Blackstone Valley Education Hub” the mission of which will be essentially the same as before. Which is to address a growing need for workforce development in “The Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution.”

Weldon’s have ice cream business down Cold Stone

By Rod Lee

Paul and Karen Weldon, owners of the Cold Stone Creamery store at the Shoppes at Blackstone Valley, sometimes find it hard to believe this is their fourteenth year in business.

The Weldon’s are among the original tenants of the complex, which sprawls atop a hill bordering the Worcester Providence Turnpike (Rt. 146) in Millbury.

They occupy Suite 420.

As enthusiastic about the enterprise now as they were in November of 2004, the Weldon’s took time Valentine’s Day afternoon to recall how it all began.

 They never tire of telling the story.

Passion for food is hallmark of Sully’s Dog Shack

By Rod Lee

Situated across the street from McGee Toyota and just down the road from Nichols College—in Dudley—Sully’s Dog Shack is deceptively unpretentious.

But the small restaurant packs a big wallop.

“The Home of the Passion Dog” is the first clue anyone would need that Sully’s is all about the food. Owned and operated by John Sullivan, a retired telephone-company worker, and his wife Laurie, a realtor, Sully’s boasts a menu that any aficionado of fare that excites would appreciate.

Merchants primed for fall, Halloween and the holidays

By Rod Lee

Sharen Doray thought for several seconds, wondering how to respond to a question about “what’s new with your business” when it is fairly obvious that at Ladybug Florist there is not a whole lot to add to “it is flowers for all sorts of occasions.”

Then, realizing that the inquirer wanted something to go with a story he was writing in advance of Halloween, Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday gift-buying frenzy, she pointed to an arrangement sitting nearby and said “that’s for the funeral of Officer Lee.”