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Harrington welcomes Jessica Calcidise, VP Nursing and Ancillary Operations


Harrington HealthCare System has welcomed Jessica Calcidise as the new Vice President of Nursing and Ancillary Operations.

Calcidise, a Belchertown native, was most recently the chief nursing officer for Mercy Medical Center, Weldon Rehab Hospital and Providence Behavioral Health Hospital, and served as vice president for patient care services at Sisters of Providence Health System.

Over the past decade, Ca... Read More

Upton’s VFW Post 5594 ʽcruising’ along

By Rod Lee

It is not just the less than a handful of World War II veterans and their brethren from later conflicts who maintain their memberships but Tuesday-night cruise shows that keep VFW Post 5594 on Milford St. in Upton going these days.

Such is the nature of the struggle for once-thriving VFWs and American Legions in 2017, Dave Kennedy of Post 5594 acknowledged last week just after four o’clock in the afternoo... Read More

Douglas Orchard & Farm celebrates one year of growth

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Douglas Orchard & Farm celebrates its one-year anniversary on July 1.

Aaron and Patty Socrat purchased the 18-acre property in January 2016 from the Werme family with a shared goal to save a 300-year-old plot of land that would have, otherwise, been demolished and built upon by housing developers. Inspired by a vision to give back to the community through expert and healthy farming pract... Read More

Valley Tech FY18 Budget Approved

UPTON – The status report on the Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District FY18 operating budget presented at the BVT School Committee meeting on June 15 confirmed unanimous approval of the district’s request by its 13 member towns during annual town meetings across the district.  The district town’s relatively low average per pupil tax assessment of $10,357 to its voc tech system is just one of the reasons the 13 tow... Read More

Unibank names Sam S. Pepper, Jr, president and CEO

WHITINSVILLE, MA – Timothy P. Wickstrom, Chairman of UniBank’s Board of Directors recently announced that Sam S. Pepper, Jr. has been named President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UniBank and the bank’s holding company, UFS Bancorp.

“Following a comprehensive search process that was conducted by a team of UniBank board members, corporators, and employees, we are confident that Sam Pepper has the knowledge and experi... Read More

Millbury basks in glow of ʽHistoric U.S. Route 20’ status

By Rod Lee

Bryan Farr likes to say that there are “a lot of wow moments” along “Historic U.S. Route 20.” He should know. Mr. Farr is founder, president and CEO of the Association formed to promote the road—America’s longest at 3,365 miles.

Another such wow moment came when Mr. Farr appeared as guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Millbury Historical Society on June 11th at the Asa Waters Mansion. In what Socie... Read More

Summer bounty to begin in Grafton

by Christine Galeone

Gardeners know the thrill of seeing their gardens grow. When their dedication turns seeds into produce, they get excited about the summer ahead. Likewise, the Grafton Farmers Market volunteers, vendors and shoppers have a lot to be excited about. 

With more local vendors offering produce, hand-crafted items and handmade treats, syrups, snacks and beverages, the Grafton Farmers M... Read More

BVAA open call for multi media art show

The BVAA will host an open call for a multi media art show during the months of August and September.  All area artists are invited to participate, regardless of skill level. This is an excellent opportunity for beginners to get their feet wet and begin to share their creative styles.  More advanced artists are encouraged to participate as well to help inspire the emerging new artists in the area.  The show will be judged for pri... Read More


The Uxbridge 4th of July Celebration Committee and Premeer Real Estate are excited to announce the return of fireworks to Uxbridge.  Operation: Bigger Boom is in effect.  The event this year will be held on July 8th at the McCloskey Middle School Field from 4:00pm – 9:00pm (Rain date July 9th).  Fireworks will begin at 9:00pm.  Bring a chair or a blanket and plan for and evening of fun, entertainment, food and fireworks! ... Read More

Bible school registration

The ecumenical Vacation Bible School will be July 17-21 at the Village Congregational, Church St., Whitinsville. The VBS is sponsored by the Northbridge Association of Churches. The time is 9:00 am to 12 noon, followed by swimming.
All children who are age 4 through Grade 6 are welcome. Youth are invited to be helpers. 
Our program consists of Bible stories, worship, singing, craf... Read More