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Blackstone Valley 2019 Expo pleases participants and visitors alike

By Magda Dakin

Truly fun for the whole family, the 21st Annual Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Home & Community Expo was a rousing success on a beautiful March 16 Saturday.

Jeannie Hebert and her competent staff put together all the elements to make coming out on a Saturday for a fun family day a thing to look forward to year after year.

With at least eighty different groups represented, there was m... Read More

The Curtis House

By Thomas D'Agostino

Woodbury, Connecticut, in Litchfield County is your average small New England town. Church spires rise up over the trees, old homes grace the landscape and even a cemetery or burial yard sitting next to the church completes the criteria that most small New England towns possess. It also has one thing that most towns have, and that is a haunted inn. In fact, The Curtis House is said to be the oldest inn... Read More

How sweet it is…Fork It Over raises more than $24,000 for Girl Scouts

By Rod Lee

It did not take official pronouncement of Pepe’s Italian Restaurant as a second-place winner (twice) in the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts’ Fork It Over event at the Worcester Art Museum on March 26th for Theresa Travaglio-Romeo to know that her family’s restaurant was going to be a hit with patrons.

Competing in Fork It Over for the first time, Pepe’s Chefs Derek T. Herman and Michael P... Read More

Choice1Graphics – ready with a very long list of printing products and services

Janet Stoica

They’ll print, etch, and emboss on just about anything you can think of, that’s the “impression” the capable group at Choice1Graphics promotes to its customers. “We can do almost any type of promotional item. Just come in and see us for a gift idea, any type of family reunion item, or bridal gift,” says Store Manager Zach Brogna.

Zach describes some of the items the shop on Webster’s Main Stree... Read More

Oxford American Legion welcomes

By Connie Reddy Dwyer

“For all too long, there’s been a misunderstanding about the American Legion being a private club. It is open to the public and we welcome everyone, all ages, especially veterans,” said Don Mekler, as of last year the bar manager and new administrator at the Legion, Post 58.

He talked about his new position. “There is a lot of paperwork to deal with that the town and state require but I have tr... Read More

Webster school system partners with MAPFRE for student safety

By Janet Stoica

She’s been Webster’s public schools superintendent for 19 months now and Ruthann Goguen is on a fast track to bring new leadership and safety programs to the three schools in the system: Park Avenue Elementary, Webster Middle School, and Bartlett High School.

She has enlisted MAPFRE Insurance, the area’s largest employer, and Boston Children’s Hospital to implement several of the programs.

“We... Read More

Bartlett High School’s Tyler Adolfo wins DECA State Finals

By Janet Stoica

DECA, formerly Distributive Education Clubs of America, is a non-profit career and technical student organization for colleges and high schools. The organization’s roots go back to 1946. The U.S. Department of Education authorizes DECA programs, which prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in the areas of marketing, finance, hospitality, and management.

Tyler Adolfo, Bartlett High School senior,... Read More

Upton State Forest targeted for work by BSTRA

The Upton State Forest, a Department of Conservation & Recreation property, is a popular destination for individuals and families who come out to enjoy nature.  Whether it is for recreational or fitness purposes, the community enjoys accessing multi-use trails running through this 2,660-acre forest.  Some of the primary trails have major erosion and have become difficult to use for the various user groups.

That’s why B... Read More

“Rising Towards Unity ... when not all voices were equal”

“Rising Towards Unity ... when not all voices were equal” presents the Life of Frederick Douglass on Sunday, April 28th at 2:00 at the South Grafton Community House, 25 Main St., South Grafton.

Edward T. O’Donnell, Chair, Dept. of History at Holy Cross College, will present a lecture followed by a discussion.  Learn about this extraordinary social justice activist and why his words and work still matter today.

Frede... Read More

Chester P. Tuttle Post of Auburn hopes for “bigger and better” after fire

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

A fire broke out at Auburn’s Tuttle Post on Friday, March 15, between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m., the cause of which is under investigation and to be considered for insurance purposes. A packed group of town residents and friends had been reveling in a Lenten Fish & Chips “dinner and dance” when the manager and head bartender, Steve Conway, escorted every person from the building in an orderly fashion.... Read More