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Free Summer Concerts

By Barbara Van Reed

Summer time is also music time in several of our towns. Oxford, Auburn, and Webster all have free summer concerts, thanks to cultural councils and business sponsors who make the events possible.

Oxford

One day two years ago Joyce Sirard, chairman of the Oxford Bandstand Committee, happened by the bandstand and saw two people sitting there. She stopped to chat and discovere... Read More

On the Move: Aubuchon Hardware moves to East Main Street

By Barbara Van Reed

“Wow! This is the nicest hardware store I’ve ever seen.” This was a comment overheard from a woman entering the new Aubuchon Hardware store at the old Price Chopper Plaza in Webster for the first time.

Store Manager Kristian Remes is all smiles as he surveys the newly renovated 9,000 square feet of floor space that was the former CVS and Sleepy’s stores.  Aubuchon moved from its previous, smaller... Read More

Summertime and the Reading is Easy!

by Debra Horan, owner of Booklovers’ Gourmet in Webster, MA

Grab a couple of these great titles so you don’t get caught without something fun to read this summer!

Prolific author Stephen King’s newest release Finders Keepers is a masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far--a book about the power of storytelling, st... Read More

Warren Gibbs of Pelham, Massachusetts

By Thomas D’Agostino from A Guide To Haunted New England.

This is one of those stories you have to read to believe. But it is not only set in paper, but in stone as well. The story of Warren Gibbs is just one of the many strange tales of the Quabbin Reservoir region.

In early spring 1860, Warren Gibbs became suddenly ill. Neighbors attempted to assist in his return to health by bringing him cider to quench the stran... Read More

Millbury Health Care Center involves community

The word “Millbury” in the Millbury Health Care Center’s name is more than just a reference to its location. In fact, the skilled nursing facility has made it a mission to be a resource for the town’s residents.

“We are reaching out to the community of Millbury because it is important they, the townspeople, realize we are here for them,” says Kristine Binette, the administrator at Millbury Health Care Center.  “Gone are th... Read More

Integrative Nursing Services: The healing power of a gentle touch

By Janet Stoica

WEBSTER – Soon, there will be a new local site where people in need of pain relief can visit to experience whole-body health improvement.  Webster resident Susan Hansen, R.N., B.S.N., will be opening a local practice to assist individuals in need of cranio-sacral therapy, which she says will help them get on with their lives.

Susan is very high-energy, and listens very attentively to her clients’ pai... Read More

Fresh Air Floral & Gift Boutique

By Magda Dakin

Aptly named, Fresh Air Floral brings a bright fresh note to the downtown Douglas shopping area.  With its lively plants and sidewalk art displays, heads are turning every morning as the cars drive by to appreciate owner Jeff Sekscenski’s latest creations. Drivers might also see Jeff out there taking care of the plants, watering the flowers, and returning waves. 

It’s a pleasure to see someone who love... Read More

Lee Gaudette, Dan Desjardin: Like father, like son

In reaching out to men doing business in the Blackstone Valley who are grateful for the influence their dads had on them, in anticipation of Father’s Day, Vibes found Gerald L. “Lee” Gaudette III of Gaudette Insurance Agency Inc. and Dan Desjardin of Dan’s Carpentry Inc. Both owe much to the men they simply call “dad.” And in fact, in both cases, to their grandfathers.

Mr. Gaudette is the third-generation president of an a... Read More

Learning the game is kids play at Blissful Meadows

It is not so far-fetched to imagine the next young golfing hotshot—a Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Paula Creamer or Michelle Wie—claiming Blissful Meadows in Uxbridge as his or her home club.

With PGA Class “A” Member Joe Griffin having recently returned to Chockalog Road as director of instruction, Blissful Meadows is putting fresh emphasis on grooming “juniors” (kids age six to fifteen) in the mechanics of th... Read More

Waiting game is par for the course

Blackstone Valley golf-course personnel have no such luxury as the little varmint known as Punxsutawney Phil to help them predict when they can open for the season, come spring.
Instead they have to rely on the judgment of seasoned grounds professionals like Michael O’Connell who is superintendent at Highfields Golf & Country Club on Magill Drive in Grafton.

I caught up with Mr. O’Connell at Highfields’ maintenanc... Read More

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