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Bluegrass Jam helps Willow Brook hit the right notes

By Rod Lee

The “Bluegrass Jam” for which Willow Brook Restaurant on Hastings St. (Rt. 16) in Mendon is justly celebrated began to happen within a year or so of the establishment’s opening in November of 2009 and is still going as strong as a Bill Monroe or Hank Williams tune that lingers on the ears.

But don’t think for a minute that there is anything one-dimensional about the Hackenson family’s Tuesday-through-Sund... Read More

Band camps are music to area youngsters’ ears

By Rod Lee

There’s just no telling where the next Adele, Jimi Hendrix, Don Henley or Keith Urban might come from. Maybe an obscure street corner like some of the winners of American Idol or The Voice; perhaps a talent show at the local high school or from a performance at a neighborhood church or concert hall.

Meanwhile, Blackstone Valley Music in Uxbridge is doing its part to poi... Read More

Auburn Health & Business Expo set for March 28

More than 50 businesses from many industries, including healthcare, retail, and finance will exhibit their products and services at the Tenth Annual Health & Business Expo presented by the Auburn Chamber of Commerce.

The event will be held at the Auburn/Webster Lodge of Elks on Tuesday, March 28, from 4 – 7 pm. This event is sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare and bankHometown. Raffle prizes will be awarded through... Read More

Uxbridge Farmers Market seeks vendors

The Uxbridge Farmers Market is looking forward to an exciting FOURTH season. Centrally located on the Uxbridge Town Common on Court Street, we are looking forward to our returning vendors and are welcoming new participants for the 2017 season. The market has proven to be a great source for fresh produce, soaps and products to our community.  With the introduction of the popular Weekly Crop Baskets, the Uxbridge Farmers Market is... Read More

Tree House brews up a winner in Charlton

By Rod Lee

Their names might not by synonymous with the famed beer makers of the world, not as yet mentioned in the same breath as Sam Adams (and his heir apparent Jim Koch), Adolph Coors, Joe Schlitz or Augie Busch.

But wait. Greatness may be in the works for Nate Lanier, Damien Goudreau, Jonathan Weisbach and Dean Rohan—the young men who founded Tree House Brewing in a small barn on St. Clair Road in Brimfield two... Read More

The Last Green Valley seeks Spring Outdoors walk leaders

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is coordinating its second annual Spring Outdoors and is looking for walk and event leaders. Spring Outdoors launched in 2016 and was a great success. In 2017, Spring Outdoors will run from the Spring Equinox on March 20 until the Summer Solstice on June 21. 

Similar to Walktober, nonprofits and businesses can benefit by hosting a walk or event that will connect people to their organizati... Read More

Sutton volunteers span ages and activities

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Volunteering time to help others is not only a common ethical practice; it’s also medically sound.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the health benefits to volunteering one’s time are substantial. On a mission to measure its precise benefits, researchers over the past two decades have found that “in addition to the positive feelings known as a helper’s high... Read More

Grafton’s Business Scene

by Christine Galeone

With the new year upon us, many of us are wondering what changes will take place in our country. We even wonder what changes will take place in our world. Sometimes, it can be a bit overwhelming. But what if we turned our attention to our community? Small changes can have a big impact. In Grafton, there are some significant changes on the horizon.

Unfortunately, for local people who like to knit... Read More

Lewis’ ʽBe My Guest’ a showstopper for UCTV

By Rod Lee

If there was ever any doubt about whether a small-town girl could produce a local-access show that rivals those done in major metro areas, it has long since been dispelled by Host Jan Lewis’ “Be My Guest” on Upton Community Television (UCTV).

Operating out of a small but functional space on the second floor of the Upton Town Library, Ms. Lewis manages to attract all sorts of interesting people. She is not... Read More

Winter Outdoor Adventure for kids is no fish tale

By Rod Lee

Start with a staple local business (Fin & Feather Sports), two municipal recreation departments, two ideal settings (Lake Ripple in Grafton and Pratt Pond in Upton), mix in children age six to fifteen who are eager for some healthy fun during school vacation and you have the perfect ingredients for “Winter Outdoor Adventure.”

What began with youth summer camps on a trial basis in 2010 at the request o... Read More