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Oxford ecumenical food pantry satisfies every appetite

By Rod Lee

It must give volunteers from eight different churches in Oxford and the clientele they serve enormous satisfaction to know that unlike Mother Hubbard’s cupboard the town’s ecumenical food shelf is never bare.

“Last month 139 families came through,” Chris St. Martin, vice chair of the pantry, which is housed in the lower level of the Oxford Community Center on Maple Road, said on a typically bustling Thurs... Read More

Frozen Alive

By Thomas D’Agostino

This strange tale took place in 1850 and was recorded thus. The characters led a normal life until this moment and the ending of the account will surely be a true-to-the-word example of New England’s strange occasions.

Richard Ingraham and his fiancé Lydia Dyer held up safely on their schooner accompanied by a seaman named Roger Elliott. It was December 22 and a storm suddenly struck the Maine c... Read More

It’s time for PYO blueberries

By Magda Dakin

Anticipation is building for summer’s fresh, juicy fruit. Strawberry season came late and ended way too soon. But now it’s time for blueberries, yeah! Most local growers say the blueberries should be available now. Bill and Debbie Baisley of Sunburst Blueberries at 44 Rawson Road in Uxbridge are diligently watching the crop, spotting more and more blue in the early varieties every day. Targeting an early-to-... Read More

Brett C. Anderson becomes an Air Force Colonel

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Colonel Brett C. Anderson, medical director of the Orthopedic Surgery Clinic of Travis Air Force Base, California, may have been raised in the small town of Douglas, but his accomplishments are both large and honorable.

Born of a military family (two of his uncles attended the US Coast Guard Academy and his father served in the Marine Corps from 1966 – 69), the biologist who once thought abo... Read More

Northbridge Self Storage sports local colors

“We wanted the color of our new self-storage units to be maroon, to reflect the town’s school colors,” said Dirk Koopman, owner of Koopman Lumber, describing the company’s latest project, Northbridge Self Storage. “Then we realized that would also match the colors of the old brick mill buildings across the street.”

Dirk was referring to the former Whitin Machine Works complex of mills along the Mumford River. Northbridge S... Read More

Auburn 23rd Annual School/Business Partnership Golf Tournament to be held September 11

Auburn, MA – The Auburn Chamber of Commerce will host its 23rd tournament on Monday, September 11 at the Heritage Country Club. The event is sponsored by Herb Chambers of Auburn Inc., New England Land Survey, and Webster Five. The proceeds of this tournament go directly to support the Auburn Chamber's mini-grants for teachers, and scholarships to graduating seniors, of both the local community, and for our Chamber member business... Read More

Mercer Monuments Works opens Dudley location

By Janet Stoica

Their many customers in the Webster-Dudley area prompted Graeme and Kristin Mercer to open a new Mercer Monument Works location here. “We were assisting local families with their loved ones’ final resting places and funeral directors here had been using our services too,” said co-owner Graeme Mercer. “Many of them kept asking us when we might open a local showroom. So we did our research and on Wednesday, M... Read More

Stars aligned for QCC’s extended campus in the Blackstone Valley

By Rod Lee

Industrialists who made their name in the Blackstone Valley of Massachusetts and Rhode Island starting with Samuel Slater and including the likes of John Singletary, Asa Waters, Paul Whitin and the Draper family would surely be smiling at the thought of an annex of Quinsigamond Community College at the Linwood Mill.

So too, today, are Jeannie Hebert, president and CEO of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of C... Read More

Bernat Mill, town on the rise, business-wise

By Rod Lee

Down by the old mill stream (Capron Falls) and indeed throughout a town that is rapidly approaching its 300th anniversary, evidence abounds that modern-day Uxbridge is an inviting place to do business.

  This should come as no surprise. Uxbridge is a community that has always taken great pride in being at the forefront. Incorporated in 1727, Uxbridge was home to the first hospital for mental illness; the... Read More

Venture Community Services opens Uxbridge office

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Mike Hyland, president and CEO of Sturbridge-based Venture Community Services, has a lot to smile about this summer.  The non-profit provides “support to individuals facing diverse challenges” and has become a leader in the industry. With an annual revenue of $32.7 million, a new name, 775 happy employees, 44 community residences, and a new location in Uxbridge, the business, groun... Read More