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Games for toddlers (3 and under)

The primary goal of playing a board game with a toddler is learning turn-taking. Board games a toddler can play won't be the most interesting for an adult, but we can still do better than Chutes & Ladders or Candyland!

  • Hisss - a great introductory game, this uses simple color-matching, and can be played either competitively or co-operatively.
  • Don't... Read More

Human and animal disaster trainings held in the valley

Blackstone Valley – The Central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team, Inc (CMDART) participated in two significant  trainings this past month to aid preparedness for  natural or man-made disasters in our region.  CMDART worked in cooperation with the Tri-Epic Regional Planning Committee and Harrington Hospital  who organized a practice exercise that focused on  preparedness for a hazardous material incident.  CMDART set up... Read More

Auburn Chamber President makes strides to increase value to members

By Ed Londergan

Carrie Cross is a busy woman. The lifelong Auburn resident, the youngest of six children, is Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Life Care Center of Auburn, a rehabilitation and long-term care facility. She has worked there for 21 years.

Carrie is also President of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, taking over that role last May. She has been a Chamber member for 10 years and served on many com... Read More

Harrington’s second Urgent Care location announces opening for patient care

OXFORD – Harrington HealthCare System has announced its newest UrgentCare Express location at 78 Sutton Avenue in Oxford, across from Market Basket, Home Depot and the Oxford Retail Crossing Plaza. UrgentCare Express in Oxford will have the same hours of operation as the Charlton site: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The O... Read More

Wareham's Haunted Violin

Thomas D'Agostino

I remember reading this account many years ago as a child and it has always intrigued me. The mere fact that it made world news alone made this next story a legendary tale for Halloween, especially since the ghost is not a misty figure roaming the dark chambers of an old mansion but rather a beautiful ornate violin.

The Joseph Horn... Read More

The Gypsy Rose adds to re-flowering of Oxford

By Rod Lee

Enter Joanna Thomas with a plan to make The Gypsy Rose Floral Boutique at 250 Main St. an integral part of an evolving and expanding retail scene in the town of Oxford.

“Oxford can change. It’s not just gas stations and pizza places!” Ms. Thomas said last week, in explaining why after twenty-seven years in the floral industry and a period of time providing decorations for weddings out of her house she opt... Read More

A Tree for Christmas

By Magda Dakin

If Christmas for you means family, love and tradition, then you may have a Christmas tree tradition that involves a real tree. Whether you have an established annual routine of going out to the fields and cutting your own tree or if the family gathers at the local tree lot to choose the perfect one, everyone looks forward to the final result, displayed in a prominent place in the family room.

One grea... Read More

South County shops abuzz for Small Business Saturday

By Rod Lee

The start of the holiday shopping season comes too early for some consumers whose sensitivities are offended by the early marketing blitz—and not soon enough for shopkeepers who have been anxious to see the increased foot traffic that the post-Thanksgiving Day stampede brings to their door.

  At stores like Affordable Salt Therapy Spa and Appletree Fabrics in the West Side Plaza and Teddy Bear Farms in Au... Read More

Southwick’s Zoo mixes the stew for 2017

By Rod Lee

Normally the phrase “this place is a zoo” conjures up thoughts of crowded aisles at Market Basket or maybe riders jamming MBTA trains to get to the Esplanade for the Boston Pops’ Fourth of July fireworks show.

A term that is usually viewed as a negative, because of its suggestion of chaos or imminent stress.

At Southwick’s Zoo it’s just the opposite. Those five words are worn as a badge of honor—as... Read More

John Waller’s Christmas Concert Tour starts Nov. 28 in Whitinsville

Ignite Outreach is proud to partner with Pleasant Street Church in Whitinsville to present the John Waller Christmas Tour with Special Guest Vanessa Honea.  The Christmas Tour includes more than 15 stops along the East Coast and is honored to begin the tour in Massachusetts at the Pleasant Street Church on November 28 at 7:00 p.m.

The concert will feature the popular Christian singer-songwriter’s top songs, including the #... Read More