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Spring into fun at Buffumville, Hodges Village Dam

By Rod Lee

Even longtime residents of the area might not be aware of the many organized activities that take place under the direction of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Buffumville Lake and Hodges Village Dam, come spring.

Some of these are held in conjunction with The Last Green Valley, Park Ranger Jamie Kordack said during an interview in the Corps of Engineers’ office at the Buffumville Dam on Oxford Road in... Read More

Calling anglers of all ages and abilities!

Family Fun Fishing Day returns to River Bend Farm State Park in Uxbridge Saturday, May 20 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (rain date May 21). Free to attend, this inclusive catch- and-release event welcomes young and old, experienced anglers and first-time fishers alike. With a variety of educational activities, demonstrations on casting and tying techniques, and prizes awarded in three different age groups, it will be a day full of fun... Read More

Empire Travel makes your traveling worry-free

By Janet Stoica

Stress-less and worry-free is what every traveler wants and surely deserves when taking a trip, whether it’s a simple airline hop or a fully-appointed vacation spree, and that’s what Empire Travel and Celeste Lavoie Cooper will provide for you. Celeste is one of several travel agents associated with Empire Travel Agency, located at 98 West Main Street in Dudley.

Mary Ann Fontaine has... Read More

Central One Credit Union re-opens Auburn location

April 27, 2017--President and CEO of Central One Credit Union, David L'Ecuyer and the board celebrate the grand re-opening of their Auburn location.  Doubling in size the new bank now has all the latest state of the art facilities of larger bank chains but the individual touch of personal banking with people who know you.





What’s going on with Fentanyl in Massachusetts?

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

The challenge we are facing here in Massachusetts, and across the nation for that matter, with drug addiction, abuse and death is a story that is sadly too well known. In fact, it is likely that someone within your circle of closest acquaintances has been touched by the consequences of an opiate or heroin habit. But lately news has surfaced about a drug that is even far more dangerous, and i... Read More

Robbins Garden Center of Oxford celebrates 80 years of history

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

If a Robbins Garden Center employee isn’t related to the family, chances are, they’ve worked there long enough to become a part of it. Owner Patricia Robbins, wife of the late Daniel Robbins, grandmother of twenty-two and great-grandmother of eight, is about to celebrate the 80th year anniversary of a business whose family dates back to Oxford’s horse and buggy days (1800’s) and whose produ... Read More

Indian Ranch completes full renovations to function facilities

By Rod Lee

The usual power-packed Summer Concert Series and excursions on the Indian Princess are not the only thing fans of Indian Ranch have to look forward to in 2017.

Refusing to rest on its laurels, the entertainment venue on Gore Road in Webster has also undertaken what Indian Ranch President Suzette Raun describes as “Phase 1” of a major revamp—starting with a complete renovation of the banquet facilities tha... Read More

Summer’s coming and The Lobster Nook is open!

By Janet Stoica

With the first very successful weekend behind it, The Lobster Nook staff is looking forward to greeting their loyal customers again for the spring, summer, and perhaps all year round.  Jim Butler, who was formerly on the cooking staff, is now the new manager, but he’ll still share cooking responsibilities with his very capable staff.  He also has lots of fresh and inspirational ideas on the horizon.

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Pete’s Oasis Greenhouse grows with new ownership and old practices

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Deborah Boutiette, wife of the late and super-talented Pete Boutiette of the renowned South Grafton greenhouse “Pete’s Oasis” is sad, but ready to move on and hand over her gardening gloves. “I ran the business last year and it wasn’t easy.  Pete was a good plant grower. Between the two of us, we made this place grow. He did the growing and me, the designing.  I don’t want the big responsibility no... Read More

Local UPS drivers honored for 25 years of accident-free driving

By Barbara Van Reed

Robert Rainville of Sutton and Michael Mozynski of Webster are among 28 UPS drivers from Massachusetts recently inducted into the company’s Circle of Honor, an honorary organization for UPS drivers who have achieved 25 or more years of accident-free driving. Both men are “feeder drivers,” driving the iconic big brown rigs between UPS hub locations. Bob and Mike work out of the Worcester distribution cen... Read More