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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

Darrah Pond

Thomas D'Agostino

Roy Memorial Park in Litchfield, New Hampshire, features ample playgrounds, two baseball/softball diamonds, soccer field and a talent hall. In the summer months Litchfield residents can enjoy fishing, swimming and boating in Darrah Pond within the confines of the park.

Darrah Pond is the showcase of this quaint little park in many... Read More

Don’t just stand there! Volunteer Dudley!

By Janet Stoica

It’s safe to say we all realize people seem to have less time to devote to community service.  We’re all busy, we’re working, maybe working two jobs we’re taking care of our children, we’re taking care of our grandchildren, we’re too busy. Let someone else do it. What if there wasn’t anyone else to do it? Would our town governments grind to a halt? Unfortunately, yes, they would. Many of o... Read More

Amish craftsmen help Charlton Furniture rise above

By Rod Lee

Mention “the Amish” and the first images that come to mind are horse-drawn carriages being guided along back country roads by devout, stern-faced people in simple clothing who resist notions that they should modernize their way of life.

At family-owned and operated Charlton Furniture on Dresser Hill Road in Charlton, however, the Amish are known for the lovely hand-hewn home furnishings they are creating... Read More

Explore Business & Nonprofit Partnerships with The Last Green Valley in 2017!

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is hard at work producing another all-new, comprehensive adventure and recreation guide to our National Heritage Corridor. Explore! Outdoor, Indoor & Around Town Adventures in The Last Green Valley will feature even more places to hike, bike, paddle, swim, shop, tickle your taste buds, rest for the night, dally in a museum, enjoy farms open to the public, and engage... Read More