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ʽWe are family’ is Manchaug Mills’ mantra

By Rod Lee

If ever any of the old manufacturing buildings sprinkled around the Blackstone Valley was worth preserving and being repurposed, it is the circa 1826 Manchaug Mills Inc. complex on Main St. in Sutton.

Originally a cotton mill, the initial home of the “Fruit of the Loom” brand and later a site for the production of foam products used as trays and plates, Manchaug Mills—a sprawling edifice built of thick gr... Read More

Hawk Hill Orchard promises apples instead of peaches

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Due to unseasonably mild winter temps, along with a frigid Cupid’s night (Valentine’s Day, 2016) the peach crop has been, well, cropped from the August landscape. Nevertheless, Kent Stowe, owner and operator of Hawk Hill Orchards of 83 Carleton Road, Millbury, has an attitude that’s ripe with optimism.

“We have plenty of apples for picking. I have a sixty percent crop. Last year we all had a... Read More

‘Green living’ activist espouses foam recycling

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

She drinks Cumberland Farms coffee from a reusable mug, collects monofilament fishing line to reuse for fish habitats, and collects litter while walking along the Blackstone River trails.  She’s saved honeybees from “colony collapse disorder” and recently caught the attention of Bill Walsh, Executive Director of the Blackstone Valley Regional Recycling Center.  Bonnie Combs, Marketing Director for... Read More

2016 Blackstone River Valley Greenway Challenge

Team registration has begun for the 16th Annual Greenway Challenge, the “Adventure Race Like No Other” in the Blackstone Valley.  The event is being held on Saturday, September 24 with a rain date of October 1.  As always, the Greenway Challenge will take place over a 55+ mile course through sections of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The Whitin Community Center, 60 Main Street, Whitinsville, is this year’s presenting spon... Read More

The Grand Prize winners hail from Sutton

Editor’s note: Sutton residents Bob and Laura MacKinnon and Cindy Charest came by The Yankee Xpress office last week to pick up their $1,000 check for finding the Grand Prize certificate and tell us their stories about the scavenger hunt. Bob had noticed The Grand Prize notice in the June issue of the Blackstone Valley Xpress and convinced his friends it could be a fun summer activity.

It was lightning, thundering... Read More

Hop, skip & jump to TLGV’s ʽWalktober’


By Rod Lee

There may be no better place in America than the 1,100 square miles of “irreplaceable historic natural resources”—the appropriately named “The Last Green Valley” of southcentral Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut—for an event like “Walktober.”

Talk to Marcy B. Dawley and Scott Benoit and you will certainly get the impression that they are of that mindset.

Ms. Dawley is project administr... Read More

The Seguin Light

By Thomas D’Agostino

I would like to present one more lighthouse ghost story before moving on to a new subject. This is one that will be appearing in a forthcoming book. It is one of my favorite little stories as it mixes music with a haunting. This is the account of the second oldest light in Maine, the Seguin (SEE-guin, also pronounced se-GUIN) Light.... Read More

Pizza Post: Oxford’s popular eatery changes hands

By Becky Harvey

Though you may not see a new structure or a change in menu, there is a big change at a local pizza shop in Oxford. For the past thirteen years, Pizza Post, on Main Street, has been one of the popular places to hit for a tasty bite to eat.  Founding owner Bob Leveillee opened the restaurant at its original site in the old post office in 2003. Seven years later, he pulled up stakes and moved the business acro... Read More

CrossFit HammerMill

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Gisele Bundchen’s catwalk across the Rio de Janeiro stage during the Olympics’ Opening Ceremony caught a bit of controversy, along with more than a few glances. Meanwhile, gym members of CrossFit HammerMill were likely doing what they do best—training like Olympians. 

Be it via Olympic Weightlifts, kettle bell work, short sprints, or partnered rowing, members of this strength-based “box” loca... Read More

An Inspiration becomes a reality for Ms. Almquist

By Rod Lee

Jannine Almquist has at least two reasons to feel proud of Inspiration Hair Studio & Day Spa, which she asserts is the town of Uxbridge’s oldest such salon.

  For starters, there is the fact that Ms. Almquist, a local girl and a graduate of Uxbridge High, bought the business from original owner Hope Bedard in 2014—fulfilling an ambition. The transition has been a smooth one. Not only is Ms. Bedard sti... Read More