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A Christmas tradition with trees

By Magda Dakin

Holiday traditions are part of what makes the holiday so special. Choosing and cutting your own tree from the fields is a fun family tradition families often start when the kids are small, helping to make it about more than just the presents under the tree.

Many people choose a tree as early as Thanksgiving Day weekend, and that’s when the selection is best. But most tree farms still have a good selec... Read More

Shop Small 01588 thinks big, is a huge hit

By Rod Lee

Picture seasonably ideal late-November weather and Church Street in Whitinsville bustling with activity.

Picture people spinning the prize wheel in the lobby of UniBank in a bid for such giveaways as a canvas carrying bag or a piggy bank.

Picture one shopper at The Maker’s Waypost asking a companion as they perused merchandise “where for lunch, Thai or The Valley Café?”

Picture “Foxy Travele... Read More

Alternatives, Dennis Rice flying high at 40

By Rod Lee

It is quite obvious what Alternatives, a certain spectacular winged creature that is seen regularly in the Blackstone Valley and Dennis H. Rice have in common.

They all soar.

“The heron is on Alternatives’ T-shirts and the company’s brochure (for an annual bike ride) because Dennis is into herons!” Scott Rossiter of Grafton—a former member of Alternatives’ Board of Directors and a longtime friend o... Read More

Win 'em before you can buy 'em--

Indian Ranch is giving you another chance to win tix before you can buy them to Phil Vassar’s show on August 6th – not just any tickets – 3rd row seats and meet and greet passes.  Simply text PHIL to 71441 before noon Thursday. And don’t forget tix go on sale Friday at 10am at

The Other Ramtail Ghosts

By Thomas D’Agostino

Rhode Island is one of the very few states in America that has an official haunted site. The state recognized it as such in 1885 when Amos Perry entered the Ramtail Factory in Foster as being haunted. The area where the small factory and village once stood is but remnants of what it once was, but the haunting continues.

The main character in the haunting of Ramtail has been a former partner in t... Read More

Dr. Parvis hosts Toys for Tots with the help of a community

“The light of hope and change happens when we all come together for a cause, said Dr. Antoinette D. Parvis, TFT official sponsor.  Each year, Dr. Parvis sponsors a TFT drive and offers  her office to be used as an official TFT drop off point. At the conclusion of the toy drive, Dr. PArvis , a private practicing Optometrist  in Oxford, hosts a community  reception in honor of  this cause as toys are donated.  The hot chocolate pou... Read More

Great holiday gift books to fill your stockings

Books always make meaningful gifts that will be treasured throughout the year. You can find every type of book imaginable for family and friends of all ages. Here are just a few suggestions to get you started.

For the youngest on your list, there is a brand-new addition to Laura Numeroff’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series. See what mischief arises If You Give a Mouse a Brownie!

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ʽDudley doesn’t have to be hammer factories!’

By Rod Lee

The most striking thing about the town of Dudley is its natural splendor, which explains why that particular aspect of the community’s 22 square miles is given top billing on the municipal website.

The first town incorporated in Worcester County, the headquarters of Nipmuc nation, proud holder of the second-most agriculturally-protected land in the Commonwealth (after Amherst) and home of Nichols College... Read More

Teddy Bear Farms is ready for Christmas

By Magda Dakin

For more than 20 years Teddy Bear Farms has been located on a busy stretch of westbound Route 20 in Auburn just before the Oxford line. As owner Tony Kruckas says, “People have been driving by here twice a day for years and still don’t realize I’m here.” A gem hidden in plain sight.

A full-scale garden center open 10 months of the year, Teddy Bear Farms is more than it seems to be from the road. In sp... Read More

Dudley Police Goods for Guns Buyback Program

In an effort to prevent injury or death from unwanted or unsafe guns in local homes, the Dudley Police Department is pleased to announce that it will be participating in the 15th Annual Goods for Guns Buyback Program from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, December 10, 2016. This program is sponsored by the UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Injury Prevention Center and the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office. 

The program... Read More