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Business as usual--though a somber spring at Pete’s Oasis

By Rod Lee

For businesspersons like Jean Chamberlain, this spring is not much different than others Chamberlain Construction in Douglas has greeted with “four kinds of screened loam and compost;” U-Haul rentals, now, too, for the first time.

The orders come in, the trucks go out, the rituals don’t change from year to year, Ms. Chamberlain said.

This is true with virtually all of the region’s garden centers, l... Read More

Woman in Business Local Business Expo

STURBRIDGE, MA…Woman in Business, Inc., a 501c(3) that supports women by fostering networking, sharing information and experiences, and providing educational opportunities, will be hosting a Business Expo showcasing local businesses on Wednesday, May 11 at Old Sturbridge Village, from 5-8pm.

The Business Expo offers a social but productive venue for local businesses to promote their company, network with other business rep... Read More

Black Bears in Massachusetts

The Dudley Conservation Land Trust (DCLT) is sponsoring a Community Educational Outreach Program titled “Black Bears in Massachusetts” on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 1 pm at the Black Tavern, Center Rd, Dudley. Speaker Michael Morrelly is a wildlife biologist from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.  This is a timely topic given the local sightings of Black Bears in Dudley last year. This prog... Read More

Restaurateurs’ life full of ups, downs

By Rod Lee

There is never a dull moment in the restaurant business. So, first things first. Waterfront Mary’s in Webster marked its season opening on April 1st with “some menu changes” according to Tracy L. Lis, including $5.95 fish fries on Fridays and half off all sandwiches on Mondays and Tuesdays. This together with the restaurant’s upstairs being available for private parties should e... Read More

New Opioid Laws for Massachusetts

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

From a legislative perspective, no one could accuse Massachusetts of ignoring the growing opioid addiction and overdose epidemic.  Now, in the latest effort, Governor Baker signed into law several new measures to try and stem the tide of this growing problem.  Deaths due to opioid overdose (drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone) have been climbing for years in our state.  Nearly 1,100 conf... Read More

Food, spirits--and spirits -- abound at Waterfront Mary’s

By Thomas D’Agostino

This is the first of a two part series. Part one relates to the history of Waterfront Mary’s and some accounts of the paranormal occurrences that have gone on within its walls. Part two will detail the paranormal investigation Arlene and I performed with our colleague Rich Allarie, proving that Waterfront Mary’s is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, haunted. - Thomas D’Agostino

Waterfront Mar... Read More

Governor Charlie Baker joins the BVCC for Breakfast Meeting

Whitinsville, MA: The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast meeting featuring special guest, Governor Charlie Baker on Thursday, April 7th from 7:30a.m. to 9:00a.m. at Alternatives Unlimited, Inc., 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA 01588.

Since taking office in January, 2015, Governor Charlie Baker has been making Massachusetts a great place to live, work, start a business and raise a family – while d... Read More

Blackstone Valley Gyms

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

America is supersized.  It’s been said.   It’s been written.  It’s been done before.  We’ve chomped on Whoppers, driven mini-vans because we need extra room for our big things and bought homes four times larger than the ones we came from.  Our indulgences, though convenient, have come with a cost.

34.9% of us are obese, according to CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  American... Read More

Former cocaine addict John Golden to speak at family support group

A&E “Intervention” success story

John Golden, who achieved sobriety ten years ago through an intervention orchestrated by his family, has made it his mission in life to help others by sharing his story. Golden will talk about his recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism at the April 11 meeting of the Families Helping Families support group.

A Massachusetts native, Golden appeared in the second season of the A... Read More

Where dogs are always welcome

By Rod Lee

Nowhere is it less of a dog-eat-dog world than in the four legged-friendly towns of Millbury and Sutton.

Between them, Bark-n-Bubbles and Bark of the Town (both located on Riverlin St. in Millbury) and TLC Pet Haven on Rt. 146 in Sutton lay claim to years of experience catering to the care of some of their customers’ favorite companions.

All are in a stage of growth, evidencing the demand... Read More