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Valley Friendship Tour 2015 – walk, run, or bike for community

By Barbara Van Reed

“For 30 amazing years, the Valley Friendship Tour has engaged the community in learning more about the beautiful and historic Blackstone Valley and about the important services Alternatives provides to individuals with disabilities,” says Executive Director Dennis Rice, who has been with the human services agency since its very early days. 

The annual Valley Friendship Tour brings together hundre... Read More

Grafton Business Scene

by Christine Galeone

May is filled with possibilities. Being the month of Mother’s Day and May Day baskets, it’s also brimming with warmth and appreciation. And Grafton and its businesses have been busy embracing all of the above.

When thinking of possibilities, one of the first places in town that comes to mind is the iconic Grafton Town House. Built in 1863, it houses the Grafton Historical Society, Apple Tree Art... Read More

Realtors upbeat about South County market

By Ginger Costen

For some New England families spring is more than just a time to enjoy the warmer weather while trying to forget the long difficult winter

Just as our past winter will certainly be difficult to forget, so is the 2006 housing collapse that left many of our neighbors in homes that were on the verge of foreclosure or significantly overpriced. Is the housing crisis over and is it a buyers’ or sellers’ m... Read More

Pound of Cure: Health & Wellness Fair, May 30-31

STURBRIDGE, Massachusetts ---- What did people in the 1830s know about promoting health and wellness, and can we learn anything from them today? The answer is a resounding "Yes!" says Dr. Jack Richman, a retired professor of optometry, who notes, "Countless numbers of today's medicines had their origins in the herbaceous plants, tree bark and roots that were used in the 1700s and 1800s." Dr. Richman is a volunteer re-enactor at O... Read More

Al’s Rubbish acquires Pace Waste

By Barbara Van Reed

SUTTON – Al’s Rubbish & Container Service has acquired the assets of Pace Waste Inc. of Auburn, a waste disposal service founded by James Pace in 2003.  Owner Al Gerard said he bought out his competitor in March to expand his customer base in Auburn.

Al’s Rubbish offers dumpster rental services throughout the region, from Southbridge to Holden and in the Blackstone Valley. The company special... Read More

A Tough Pill to Swallow

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

It may be a tough pill to swallow, but the medical community is finally becoming more aware of the number of patients who have difficulty swallowing tablets and capsules.  A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics (April 14, 2015) revealed the problem may be more widespread than we thought.  According to research, greater than 50% of parents indicate their child co... Read More

The York Witch

By Thomas D’Agostino and Arlene Nicholson

Many people visit Old York in Maine for its historical content. There are several buildings that boast legends and stories typical to early New England. Alongside one of those buildings is a small burying yard with many famous names. Several yards from the cluster of stones sits a grave with a headstone and footstone. This may not seem so strange at first but the presence of a grea... Read More

10th Annual Uxbridge Senior Center golf outing

In 2005 Peter DiBattista, Russ Rosborough, and Pete Petrillo thought a golf outing might be a good way to raise money for the Uxbridge Senior Center.  They acknowledge how time flies, as they sit to meet with fellow members of the Uxbridge Elderly Connection to plan the Tenth Annual Uxbridge Senior Center Golf Outing set for Saturday, June 13, 2015, at Crystal Lake Golf Course in Mapleville, Rhode Island.  Tee time is set for 1 p... Read More

Summertime parties at Indian Ranch

The popular country music concert venue will host its first weekly Thursday night Beach Party on June 18, continuing until September 3, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Classic rock Pike 100 radio station will provide music on the outdoor pavilion, with DJ Chuck Perks.  Indian Ranch president Suzette Raun tells us there will be raffles, giveaways, and a cookout on the beach. 

Monthly Friday night dance parties resume in May, but this... Read More

Did you just get ‘Slapped’ by Google?

By Keith Carpenter

Over the years, Google has infamously 'slapped' website owners with major algorithm changes such as Penguin, Pigeon, Panda, Pirate and Hummingbird. Well, this latest change is being dubbed 'Mobilegeddon' and could spell bad news for up to 40% of all non-mobile friendly sites online.

If your website is currently on the 1st page of Google for popular keyword search terms in your area BUT it is not o... Read More