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Hint, hint, Valentine

by Becky Harvey

What am I talking about?  Once again it is that time of year that some people can’t wait for and others dread because they are unable to come up with ideas on what to buy their sweeties for Valentine’s Day.  Yes, it’s that time already.  Luckily for those who are looking to impress their heartthrobs, our area is brimming with businesses, large and small, that offer just the right special token of one’s appr... Read More

Auburn Towne Cleaners

AUBURN – Scott Johnson has always had the entrepreneurial spirit and wanted to run his own business, so about a year and a half ago, on Memorial Day weekend of 2012 to be exact, he not only bought the current location of the Auburn Towne Cleaners at 700 Southbridge Street, but also purchased two other dry cleaning stores located in Sutton and Uxbridge.

Even though Johnson, who spent 15 years in corporate America,  had neve... Read More

Screeching to a stop at the local Subway shop

by Ginger Costen

I guess it was inevitable, but who would have thought that the owner of a store established on the very premise of offering a “healthier, less fattening food” would be the first person to rain on my weight loss parade?

It’s been three months now since the Bariatric surgery and I’ve lost 103 pounds. At the end of December the nutritionist moved me up to level five, which meant I could start eating tw... Read More

Harrington to require unvaccinated staff to wear flu masks

SOUTHBRIDGE -- Harrington HealthCare System is requiring all employees, physicians and volunteers who have not received the flu vaccine to wear surgical masks when they come within three feet of a patient or are entering a patient room or an enclosed treatment area.


“Because of the spread of the flu in the area, we have instituted our masking policy,” said Edward H. Moore, President and CEO of Harrington HealthCar... Read More

What is Your Cost for Slow Computers?

At one point or another we all feel the burden of waiting for a slow computer. It usually happens when we are in a rush and unfortunately for us the time just keeps going.

A recent study of 8,000 desktop users by data storage company SanDisk revealed that much of our time is wasted waiting for a program to load. The study revealed that people in the US and UK spend about five days a year waiting for slow computers.... Read More

Pete's Picks

The 75th Clark Tournament will begin on Sunday, February 16 this year. The committee has been preparing for this milestone for the past three years and it will be a festive week on the campus of Clark University.Throughout the past 74 years, the local high school teams have been a staple in the tournament. It looks like Bartlett is in again and Shepherd Hill has to win at least 9 games and maybe 10 depending on what the other tea... Read More

The Ghost Of Aunt Lonnie Davis

This wonderful little story comes from the “Haunted Rhode Island” book and documentary and “Ghosts of Foster,” all part of this writer’s works.

Foster, Rhode Island, seems to command a great deal of attention on the subject of ghosts and haunts. Old maps show places of legend and ghosts that have secured their place in the town’s history. One of the more prominent figures is a woman named “Aunt Lonnie (some say Lannie)” Da... Read More

Change lives while having fun

Alternatives, one of Central Massachusetts’ leading human service providers will be hosting a Meet & Greet to mark the kickoff of its new initiative, Club 21 Blackstone Valley. The event is scheduled for  Wednesday, February 12, 2014 in the Heritage Gallery at Alternatives, 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA.


Club 21 Blackstone Valley is a social club whose members include adults with developmental disabilities... Read More

Friends of the Simon Fairfield Public Library

DOUGLAS - The Friends of the Simon Fairfield Public Library in Douglas is mailing out its 2014 membership solicitation the end of January. This yellow flyer asks residents to drop off their completed forms and membership fees at the Douglas Public Library, 290 Main Street. Our Friends group needs you:

  • To help raise funds for the library’s renovation
  • To support and extend library services to a growing communit... Read More

Harrington Emergency Department Physicians Donate to Campaign

Contribute $62,756 to Fund to Rebuild Emergency Department

WEBSTER -- The Emergency Department Physicians at Harrington HealthCare System have donated $62,756 to Harrington HealthCare System’s campaign to raise $8.8 million to build a new Emergency Department at Harrington’s Webster campus.

“The reconstruction of the Emergency Department at Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard will help us prov... Read More