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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

Cheri Vandersluis to speak at Maple Farm Sanctuary’s “Be Kind to Animals” celebration

On Sat., May 13th Maple Farm Sanctuary will host a Be Kind to Animals Veggie Potluck featuring a special presentation by MFS co-founder and director Cheri Vandersluis and sanctuary tour. The celebration will explore what it means to be kind to all animals and the ways we can show compassion year round. The event marks the last day of National Be Kind to Animals Week and will include the first MFS tour of the 2017 season.

T... Read More

Blackstone Valley libraries offer Ancestry digital service

Among the most common types of questions fielded by small-town librarians are those relating to genealogy. When people want to know about their forebears, they visit libraries to look at yearbooks, town records, annual reports, street listings, and whatever else has been squirreled away into local history collections and archives.

In order to provide more robust genealogical research services, six Blackstone Valley librari... Read More

Get ready to be Wooed by the Food

WHITINSVILLE - The Whitin Community Center is pleased to announce our 3rd Annual Wooed By The Food to be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 11am-5pm. Wooed By The Food is one of the largest events we host here at the Whitin Community Center and it brings a fun and engaging community event to the Blackstone Valley for all ages and backgrounds to enjoy.

Our 3rd Annual Wooed By The F... Read More

Technology leading the way at Homefield CU

By Rod Lee

If anything is a constant in the financial-services industry, it is change. Nowhere is this more evident than at Homefield Credit Union.

Formerly Grafton Suburban Credit Union, the Homefield name was adopted two years ago as a better representation of the institution’s expanding reach in Worcester and Middlesex counties. As of this month, President and CEO Lloyd L. Hamm Jr. said, Homefield boasts over 12,... Read More

Spaightwood Galleries in Upton an art-lover’s haven

By Rod Lee

The little old town of Upton might be about the last place anyone would think of as home to a major art collection. But that is exactly the case in the presence of Spaightwood Galleries, owned and operated by Sonja Hansard-Weiner, president, and her husband Andrew Weiner, director.

Situated in the former Upton Unitarian Church at the intersection of Route 140 and Maple Ave., Spaightwood houses more than 9... Read More

Providence & Worcester Railfan Club & Museum still going strong after 40 years

By Janet Stoica

Milepost #55: that means Webster, Massachusetts, to any train engineer navigating his locomotive and convoy of railway cars through Webster’s downtown. Each street crossing that a train makes is preceded by a milepost marker and, the next time you’re stopped in Webster’s downtown traffic or at the lights on Main Street, you might have time to look to the left or right and you’ll plainly see a white marker w... Read More

Mexicali Grill Says ‘Thank you!’

By Janet Stoica

Giving back to the community is a goal for the owners of Mexicali Fresh Mex Grills. Brothers David and Carlos Brambila, owners of the Mexicali Grills in the region, have been successful with their restaurant business and want to share their good fortune with their customers’ communities. That’s where Lizzette Hernandez, office manager and community outreach manager for the... Read More

The Janet Malser Humanities Trust announces 2017 grant award recipients

The Janet Malser Humanities Trust recently awarded the seventh annual distribution of grants to various local non-profit organizations totaling just over $199,000.

The following are 2017 grant recipients: All Saints Academy, Webster; Bartlett High School Art & Music Departments, Webster; The Black Tavern Historical Society, Dudley; Blessed Backpack Brigade, Dudley; Captain J. Knapp Daughters of the American Revolut... Read More