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Sponsorships available for a new twist on Tastes of the Valley – A Farmer at the Table!

Sponsorships are available to help support The Last Green Valley’s (TLGV) programs through its annual Tastes of the Valley feast and fundraiser. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, August 27, at the Publick House in Sturbridge. Help us celebrate all things green, growing and delicious in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor with a new twist on the region’s favorite farm-to-table event!

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Whitin Community Center Pool

The Original Pool will be closed for our annual scheduled maintenance from Monday, June 12th through Sunday, June 25th. The Original Pool will reopen on Monday, June 26th.
The following programs will be available in the Competition Pool:

McIntyre Materials moves to Uxbridge

By Barbara Van Reed

McIntyre Loam’s 60 acres of land at West Hartford Avenue in Uxbridge has been a visible gravel and loam processing operation for two decades. Across the street, McIntyre’s “Walnut Grove gravel pit” saw trucks moving material out for more than a dozen years before it was closed and completed as a housing subdivision about ten years ago.

On West Hartford Avenue, though, the gravel site is as active... Read More

Support group for families of addicts merges with state-wide network

By Barbara Van Reed

Dudley-based Families Helping Families will reach a major milestone on July 1. That’s when the group will merge with the Learn to Cope support network, a state-wide organization that offers education, resources, and peer support for family members coping with a loved one’s addiction to opiates, other drugs, or alcohol.

“It’s going to be awesome,” says Pam, one of the three moms of addicts who fou... Read More

The site lives anew--on Facebook

By Rod Lee

Talking about the website and its reincarnation as a Facebook page last week, Carla Manzi acknowledged that the power of social media was too strong for her to resist.

This is not to say she doesn’t have some regrets. The website, a veritable treasure trove of information about Ms. Manzi’s hometown, is an impressive piece of work—built “from bits and pieces of Webster’s past” by a team con... Read More

Could Amazon fill your next prescription?

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

The online mega-business that virtually owns the book and e-reader markets, now has its eye on pharmacy. According to reports, Amazon is in the process of developing a mail-order pharmacy services which could offer consumers another option for filling their monthly prescriptions. In a recent article, USA Today wrote that “Amazon has been holding annual meetings on whether it should consider... Read More

No June swoon for busy South County attractions

By Rod Lee

It must be June. Evidence of this is everywhere, from the concrete bird baths, animal statuary, gazing globes, fire pits and bird feeders on display at Robbins Garden Center in Oxford to the imminent start of the Yuengling Summer Concert Series at Indian Ranch in Webster to the strawberries, rhubarb, tomatoes, cucumbers and greens that are now available with the opening of Charlton Orchards’ 2017 season.

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The Man Who Saw Hell

By Thomas D’Agostino

A Mr. G. from Webster contacted me in regard to some amazing accounts he witnessed growing up in Puerto Rico. He thought a few of them would make great stories for this column. After listening to him for a bit, I was in complete agreement with the accounts he related to me. Here is one of them.

As a young man, Mr. G. lived in a small village where everyone knew each other and were all very close... Read More

RI Hydroponics in Sutton promises growth and gardening

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

While everyone else is “going internet,” Tom Fox, owner of Sutton’s new gardening (growing) business, located on Route 146, chose to “go brick and mortar” following a decade of IT sales and marketing, traveling and working for corporate America at Anheuser Busch, Alashan Cashmere, American Partners and Oracle. 

“I’ve done upper level sales for Fortune 500 companies, selling million dollar pr... Read More

The whole gang was here for The Hole in The Wall Gang

Led and inspired by Traci Mercier, PA-C, provider at Harrington’s UrgentCare Express and her son, Nicholas, a cancer survivor, a 12-member team known as "Older Kids for Younger Kids" ran the Ragnar Cape Cod - a 200-mile overnight race from Hull to Provincetown May 12-13. The team raised funds for Ashford, Conn.’s ... Read More