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All hail Capitol’s wonder workhorse

By Rod Lee

Capitol Siding can count its lucky stars that Alfred “Al” Hall didn’t become a schoolteacher, which was his original intent.

  “My parents didn’t have enough money to send me to college,” Mr. Hall said of his dad, a toolmaker, and his mom, a housewife, over coffee on July 8th at a Dunkin’ Donuts on Southbridge St. in Auburn—a regular morning stop.

A son of Worcester’s Belmont Hill (he attended Belm... Read More

The Orleans Inn

By Thomas D’Agostino: From Haunted Massachusetts.

It was July 19, 2006. The day was dismal and wet. The thunder echoed through the harbor and the rain came down in sheets. Arlene and I were traveling through Cape Cod researching our book Haunted Massachusetts, a book that would be used for various documentaries and television series. Our next stop would be the Orleans Inn. Once inside the inn, it was a whole different atmo... Read More

Mr. Response Electrical hooks up with Habitat for Humanity for a special kind of connection

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Mr. Response Electrical, Inc. of Dudley, has been dedicated to volunteer service for the past twenty years, helping police, firemen, the elderly, and veterans.  Currently, they are involved in Habitat for Humanity of Metro West/Greater Worcester, wiring a duplex home located at 4 A-B Homestead Ave in Auburn.  The job came “in response” to the needs of two qualified families—the Sher... Read More

70th season at Indian Ranch: Free community day, Saturday, July 23

Live music from Dalton and the Sheriffs and Joshua Tree, Indian Princess Cruises to benefit Officer Ronald Tarentino Memorial Fund. family friendly games, food --
Webster, MA-  Indian Ranch has been hosting live outdoor entertainment since 1946, making it one of the oldest concert venues in the country. The outdoor amphitheater, situated on the shores of Lake Chargoggagoggma... Read More

Xtreme Restorations by Todd Lewis

By Magda Dakin

The latest trend in investing is called Passion Fund Investing and until recently referred primarily to Art Portfolio investing and the like. Now, due to its incredible surge in popularity, Classic Car Investing has morphed into a viable investing option. According to investment experts quoted in a recent CNBC special, “Ten years ago, classic cars were looked at as collectibles, but now people are recognizin... Read More

The Socrat family recreates Douglas Orchard

“I want to be here until I’m a hundred. I want to always be here.” Nick Socrat is standing in his newly planted vegetable patch, a dream come true for the young man who’s just graduated from the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture with a degree in sustainable food and farming.

Nick will be the heart and soul of the Douglas Orchard & Farm, though it’s abundantly clear that this is a family affair. The Socrat family... Read More

Woonsocket Glass Fabricators officially opens in Whitinsville

By Rod Lee

Helping Woonsocket Glass Fabricators (WGF) move into its 33,000-square-foot production center and showroom on Douglas Road in Whitinsville last November wasn’t the first time MassDevelopment has come to the assistance of Blackstone Valley enterprise and it probably won’t be the last.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting for the facility was held on June 24.

Just since 2011, through June of this year,... Read More

It’s time for PYO Blueberries

By Magda Dakin

Fourth of July isn’t just the beginning of the vacation and holiday season, it’s opening day for Blueberry picking at local farms and farm stands. It’s a fairly short picking season so if you want a fun picking experience be sure to call ahead during open hours and find out if there are berries available for picking that day.

At Vandervalk Farm and Winery 25 Lovell Street in Mendon, p... Read More

Who will win $1000? This is Week 4.

The weekly clue is in your July Xpress edition. The second weekly clue is posted at participating businesses by noon Fridays.  Be sure to check your Xpress for the first clue of the week, and visit any of these participating businesses. They will have it--and all the current clues.

Or you can view the participating businesses and their full addresses on Page 5 page of the full edition PDF downloads a... Read More

Larry’s Landscape Supplies LLC – bark, mulch, and stone

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

New England winters have become a problem.  By late February, we’ve had it with the cold, the shovels, the bouts of road-rage and the sludgy slop of a season that’s taken it waaaaay too far.  A morning blanket of snow in March has lost its luster.  The magic is gone.  Let it go!—we cry out with bare fists, adopting a sudden appreciation for the state of Florida.  We curse.  We crumble. We may even c... Read More