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At Long Subaru, a love for patrons—and pets

By Rod Lee

The story of Long Auto Group and Long Subaru is not just one of a transformation from “shoe sales to tire treads” by the company founded by Richard H. Long in 1927.

In this, Long Auto Group’s 90th-anniverary year, it is also one of a dedication to community, as reflected in Webster-based Long Subaru’s support of such local causes as the Webster-Dudley Boys & Girls Club, the Webster-Dudley Food Share and the Webster-Charlton-Dudley school departments—for example.

Webster salvage operation is key link in LKQ chain

By Rod Lee

Sprawled on eighteen acres at the intersection of Old Douglas Road and Rt. 16 in Webster, LKQ New England’s auto-recycling facility looks like most any other salvage operation—at first glance.

It isn’t, and the specter of forklift and back-loader trucks scurrying about the grounds all morning and afternoon, an 80,000-square-foot warehousing component and remnants of totaled vehicles stacked on a large steel rack at the back of the property are an indication that Chicago-based LKQ Corporation’s Webster site is a breed apart.

Ray’s: paint, hardware, and a whole lot of friends

By Rod Lee

Durability may be what Ray’s True Value is best known for, and not just because of the store’s standing as one of the town of Millbury’s longest continuously operated businesses (officially 40 years, in 2017), a rock-solid relationship with its main product supplier (True Value) or the hardiness of the hand tools that are part of $400,000 worth of inventory (a standard or metric wrench and a custom circular saw blade—for instance).

No stage fright for Apple Tree Arts

By Rod Lee

The phrase “be careful what you wish for” is not in the lexicon of Donna Blanchard and her fellow intrepid visionaries with Apple Tree Arts. Never was, never will be. Ms. Blanchard and her colleagues are not shy about yearning for certain things to happen at their new home in the historic Grafton Town House facing the Town Common, nor in their determination to bring these to fruition.

It is this combination of hope, promise and resolve that keeps propelling ATA forward.