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Call for actors, call for artists...

Alternatives and its arts and culture subsidiary, ValleyCAST (Blackstone Valley Culture, Art, Science Together) have just the thing to get your artistic side stretching its legs. Both the 4th Annual Art Palette Contest and the One Act Play Festival on the Mumford are returning to Alternatives’ Whitin Mill this March – and are seeking participants of all ages and abilities, today.

The Art Palette Contest is an annual event... Read More

New digs for The Sassy Foxx…and The Hay-Wagon?

By Rod Lee

Amie Briggs is not one to let loss of location for a business as popular and well-established as The Hay-Wagon Restaurant get her down.

Informed by the property’s new owners that The Hay-Wagon must vacate its comfy country home atop picturesque West Hartford Ave. (where the sunsets are spectacular) by the end of February (its last day of operation was Sunday, January 31st... Read More

Harrington HealthCare System to open second Urgent Care Center in Oxford

OXFORD. – Harrington HealthCare System has announced it will open a second urgent care center in Oxford early this summer.

Harrington Physician Services, an affiliate of Harrington HealthCare System, recently signed a lease to renovate 5,000 square feet of a building located at 78 Sutton Avenue, across the street from Market Basket, Home Depot and the new Oxford Crossing retail center. The building is owned by Dorr Aviatio... Read More

Indian Ranch has Beach Boys and Trace Adkins for 2016

Indian Ranch has two new shows for its 2016 concert season. The Beach Boys return on Sunday, July 10th at 2:00 and Trace Adkins  performs Sunday, September 25th at 2:00 P.M.  Tickets for both shows went on-sale Friday, January 22 at 10:00 A.M.

As The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, the group continues to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America’s musical his... Read More

Festival grants available for 2016

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is launching a new Festivals Program this February to help festival programmers meet the needs of producing, promoting, and developing audiences.

In this pilot year, grant awards will be $500. Grant recipients will also receive technical support. Working together, MCC and ArtsBoston w... Read More

Call for grant applications, Janet Malser Humanities Trust

The Janet Malser Humanities Trust is accepting applications for the 2016 grant cycle. Ms. Malser set up the charitable Trust in order to support the arts and humanities, community service and conservation in the towns of Dudley, Oxford, and Webster, MA.

The causes for which funding will be considered include: “the restoration and preservation of historic sites; the furtherance of art and music in the schools, both public a... Read More

Millbury maintains infrastructure, community life

By Rod Lee

That progress sometimes comes down to mostly maintaining the nuts and bolts is apparent in Millbury Town Manager Robert Spain’s assessment of where the municipality stands looking forward to the 2016-17 fiscal year.

Not necessarily the most exciting side of government but nevertheless crucial.

“We’re in good shape,” Mr. Spain said. “The last seven, eight years have been tough with about $800,000 le... Read More

Harrington celebrates Go Red Day for Women on February 5

Harrington HealthCare will celebrate national Go Red for Women Day on Friday, February 5 by visiting three of our main locations. Each site will have free blood pressure screenings, health education and information on women and heart disease, and door prizes.

You can visit any of the sites below:

Harrington HealthCare at Spencer (118 W. Main Street, 2nd floor, Spencer)  from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Harrington Hosp... Read More

Bald eagles love The Last Green Valley

Fifty wide-eyed volunteers looked skyward during the early-morning hours of January 9 to record bald eagle sightings in The Last Green Valley as part of the Midwinter Eagle Survey.  The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) has organized teams of volunteers for seven years, and this year, they scouted 24 different locations on the Quinebaug, Shetucket, Willimantic, and Natchaug Rivers, as well as 10 lakes and ponds where eagles have bee... Read More

McGovern upbeat about economy at BVCC breakfast

By Barbara Van Reed

Congressman Jim McGovern touched on a range of topics, from the omnibus federal spending bill passed last month to the importance of local tourist attractions, as the featured speaker at the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast held on Thursday, January 14.

“We actually came together and did something,” he said, speaking of the massive bipartisan budget bill passed in Decem... Read More