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Ribbon Cutting for RE/MAX Professional Associates in Auburn

by Barbara Van Reed

AUBURN – RE/MAX Professional Associates opened its sixth area office with a festive grand opening celebration on Thursday, May 23, complete with friends, employees, local dignitaries, and the RE/MAX balloon.  

Lorraine Herbert founded RE/MAX Professional Associates in 1992 and has since been joined by partners Pam Crawford and Sheri Barrette.  The three owner/brokers were presented citations by r... Read More

Kleen 'n Hard Sports:


by Magda Dakin

WORCESTER - Taken from a common coaches' term when working with young hockey teams, players are encouraged to, “ Play clean and hard.”  Owner and manager of Kleen ’n Hard Sports, Mike Ciavola, was actively involved in his young son’s hockey  activities when he opened his store in 2005.  It began as a store that specialized in all phases of hockey services, cleaning, a... Read More

Daisy Print adds while-you-wait T-shirt printing

WEBSTER – Dan Marcoux, owner of Daisy Print, has a new machine in his store: an AnaJet MP5i . 

What it does, he says, is “direct-to-garment printing, which is the fastest and most effective way to transfer full-color images to T-shirts.”

The Anajet uses ink specifically made for fiber, and is a newer technology than the older thermal transfer and screen printing technicques. “It wears like a regular shirt you'd buy,... Read More

Using Basic Science to Clean

by Leslie Reichert

Greening your cleaning is twofold. It’s getting back to basics as well as using science to clean. Once you know what the basic ingredients do – you are able to become a “scientist” and mix up your own cleaners. I have a background in chemistry, yet I don’t really need that information to show you how to green your cleaning. Instead all you need to know is what each ingredient in my “basic four” will do f... Read More

Small retailers’ season to shine

by Rod Lee

The curse is lifted.

Snow, gone.

Ice, gone.

Salt and sand trucks, gone.

Television weather forecasters bearing bad news, not gone but at least tolerated.

A handful of small retailers I talked to recently are among the happiest people around now that a new morning and a more favorable climate have dawned for themselves and their customers.

Todd Willette at The Candy Shopp... Read More

Valley Friendship Tour at Alternatives

Valley Friendship Tour at Alternatives

Valley Friendship Tour, Alternatives’ annual fundraiser will be held on May 31 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road in Whitinsville.

Since it began 29 years ago, Valley Friendship Tour has raised more than $1.6 Million in support of Alternatives’ services for individuals with disabilities in Central Massachusetts. The tour is an opportunity... Read More

3rd Annual Craft and Vendor Fair full of fun and flair

by Magda Dakin

The Uxbridge Woman’s Club was established in 1950 and has promoted educational, social and civic interests to the Uxbridge community for more than 60 years.  Their Third Annual Craft and Vendor Fair was recently held on the first truly beautiful weekend of the year.  Proceeds from this event aids in funding community service projects and two annual scholarships given in the community. Gorgeous sunny warm wea... Read More

Apple Tree Arts: “Spring Concert”


Grafton, MA, Apple Tree Arts celebrates its Community Chorus and graduating students with a heartfelt, beautiful “Spring Concert” Friday, May 16, 7:00 p.m. at Grafton Middle School, 22 Providence Road in Grafton.  Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for youth and children. Tickets are available at the door.  

“We are presenting a dynamic evening o... Read More

Allergies in Pets

by Dr. Kelly Wolfensen Gauy

It’s allergy season and your pet is probably giving you some clues that the outdoors (or indoors) is bothering him or her.  Signs of allergies in pets are not the familiar upper respiratory, itchy eye type of symptoms we see in people.  Instead, pets’ allergies often manifest as skin issues: licking, chewing areas, hair loss, ear infections, and more.  You may notice your pet is constantly licki... Read More

Spring Cleaning Shred Event

Saturday, May 10, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

At Ray's True Value, 22 Howe Street, Millbury and sponsored by Girard Financial Group and Fidelity Bank.

In honor of Owen E. Carrignan Sports Scholarship and Memorial Fund.

Coffee and breakfast will be provided.