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The site oldewebster.com lives anew--on Facebook

By Rod Lee

Talking about the website oldewebster.com and its reincarnation as a Facebook page last week, Carla Manzi acknowledged that the power of social media was too strong for her to resist.

This is not to say she doesn’t have some regrets. The website, a veritable treasure trove of information about Ms. Manzi’s hometown, is an impressive piece of work—built “from bits and pieces of Webster’s past” by a team consisting of herself, her dad Jim Manzi and Chad Pepin.

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 and forward-thinking Charlene Perkins Cutler seems to have been almost foreordained.

Indian Ranch completes full renovations to function facilities

By Rod Lee

The usual power-packed Summer Concert Series and excursions on the Indian Princess are not the only thing fans of Indian Ranch have to look forward to in 2017.

Refusing to rest on its laurels, the entertainment venue on Gore Road in Webster has also undertaken what Indian Ranch President Suzette Raun describes as “Phase 1” of a major revamp—starting with a complete renovation of the banquet facilities that will be followed by a buildout of related space—all of it situated directly behind the main stage and bleachers.

32st Annual Valley Friendship Tour at Alternatives

Alternatives’ signature fundraiser, the Valley Friendship Tour, will be held on June 3 from
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road in Whitinsville. Since it began over three decades ago, the Valley Friendship Tour has raised close to $2.5 Million in support of Alternatives’ services for individuals with disabilities in Central Massachusetts. With an outpouring of community support, last year’s 30th Anniversary event raised more than $270,000.

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.