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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Many people visit Old York in Maine for its historical content.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

The Douglas Farmers Market seeks vendors

The Douglas Farmers Market is a wonderful weekly farmers market held on the grounds of the historic E.N. Jenckes Store in downtown Douglas. Our 2015 Season is already shaping up quite nicely. We are excited to welcome back the amazing organic produce from Potter Hill Farm. We will have a weekly honey vendor, maple syrup, and hand made soaps. And new this year we are so excited to welcome a local cheese vendor and a new artisan br... Read More

The end of Life in the Fat Lane

By Ginger Costen

I have to admit that I’m getting the biggest kick out of surprising people with my 200-pound weight loss. It’s like I’m wearing a disguise and while the rest of the world looks the same to me, no one seems to know who I am.

Last month I was shopping at Price Shopper when I noticed that Webster residents Mike Finamore and his girlfriend Dianne Hunter were buying ice cream. I stopped and commented tha... Read More

Business profile: Barney’s Bicycle

By Magda Dakin

A Worcester icon since the early 1970’s, Barney’s Bicycle has served several generations of bicycle enthusiasts. Owner and store manager Peter Howard grew up in the store under the tutelage of his father, Barney, founder of the store.

“Many of our customers are bringing their children in to buy their first bikes with the nostalgic memory of having purchased their own first and subsequent bikes here to... Read More