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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

Health Insurance Saves Lives

By Jason Poquette,
BPharm, R.Ph

A new study recently published in a June 2017 edition of the respected Annals of Internal Medicine proves what appears to be obvious: health insurance saves lives. Surprisingly, such conclusions are not easily come by. But by comparing various studies done around the U.S. and carefully analyzing the data, the authors could confidently conclude they found a “large reduction in m... Read More

Dudley’s walking trails and Conservation Land Trust

By Janet Stoica

Sandra Peterson, a member of the Dudley Conservation Land Trust (DCLT) was about to take me for a hike on the Tufts Branch trail to the upper knoll’s open meadow when five hikers came down the trail and stopped in front of us. Sandra knew the hikers, David Harrigan and his four grandchildren, the youngest, Caleigh Poirier, is four years old. When Sandra asked me if I was ready to begin our trek, I thought “... Read More

Summer concert series returns to the Whitin Mill

Alternatives and ValleyCAST are proud to announce the return of their Free Summer Concert Series featuring a wide variety of high quality music performed by some of Blackstone Valley’s local talent. The concert series, now in its 7th year, is one of the most popular events at the Whitin Mill drawing crowds of all ages and walks of life.

The concert series kicked off on Friday, June 30th at 6:00 an... Read More

Oxford town manager upbeat for good reasons

By Rod Lee

Oxford Town Manager Brian M. Palaia smiles self-deprecatingly when asked if it is true that he has a reputation for being “level-headed and solution-oriented.”

“Maybe level-headed,” he said from behind his desk in Memorial Hall on June 26th, as if jokingly leaving unsaid his agreement with the other half of the description.

Two and a half years in the position may be too short a time to determine w... Read More

Ice cream time – on the road with Suzy Q’s

By Janet Stoica

From Charlton to Webster to Sturbridge to the Brookfields, Sue Putis and her Suzy Q’s Ice Cream truck are back on the road, rolling through your neighborhood and even up to your office door.

Cool treats in every shape and size are ready to be purchased from her traveling van. Adult favorites are novelty ice creams like Magnum gold almond, Magnum double caramel, and Magnum double peanut butter. For th... Read More

Great Reads for Summer 2017

By Debra Horan, Owner of Booklovers’ Gourmet, Webster

Whether for the beach or lounging in your own backyard, here are some recommendations to keep you cool and entertained all summer long, featuring both long-time favorite authors as well as some brand new series. Get started soon-before you know it, the summer will breeze by!

Perennial favorite Judy Blume has a new release in paperback, In the Unlikely Eve... Read More

A Fairbanks Father’s Day tribute – “Making It Work”

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

The vote was unanimous. 

If their parents, married for twenty-eight years, ever decided to separate, all four of the Fairbanks kids would want to live with Dad. Ranked a ‘10’, a man who was only eighteen when he found out that his high school sweetheart was pregnant (the news discovered on Auburn High’s May of 1988 graduation night) told his parents first.

Despite their son’s question... Read More

Thursday night concerts at Douglas Common

If you are looking for a free, fun family night this summer all you have to do is stop by the Old Town Common in Douglas. The Douglas Cultural Council is sponsoring 3 Thursday night concerts during the 2017 concert series. All concerts are 6pm-8pm.

*July 20th- The Grey Whisker Pickers will share their blend of honky t... Read More

Uxbridge quilter sews together gratitude, patriotism & more

by Christine Galeone

There’s no doubt that an almost magical relationship exists between an artist and the works of art she creates and a crafter and the work he creates. They pour themselves into that work, and sometimes, their work seems to share something with them. The same is true with artists and their art form and crafters and their craft.

That connection is apparent in the life of Uxbridge quilter Madonna Te... Read More