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Christmas Tree Farms in the Valley

By Barbara Van Reed

“I can't grow them fast enough,” says Dave Morin, owner of Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge. He's talking about the Christmas trees he produces on the 25 acres devoted to his choose-and-cut tree farm. Though only a few days into December, he says his volume is up 50% from last year. Artificial  trees haven't seemed to impact the choose-and-cut tree farms, which are as popular as ever with fa... Read More

Cheaper by the Dozen

Auditions for this family comedy will be held Monday & Tuesday, January 13 & 14 at 6:30, in the Gateway Barn, 111 Main St, Southbridge. A large cast of men, women and children are needed for this show, slated for April 4, 5, 11, 12 & 13. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. The large cast allows for a variety of novice and experienced actors. There are roles for children and teens, age 7-14, as wel... Read More

Icon Snowskates opens Dec. 14

UXBRIDGE - Icon Snowskates will kick off their fifth year in business on Saturday, December 14th at 4 pm.  Opening Day will be held at Icon headquarters, 115 South Main St, Uxbridge.  If snow has not fallen, Icon will be making snow, thanks to sponsor, Snow At Home (providing snow-making equipment).

The showroom will be open and refreshments will be available.  Icon team members will be providing demo skating and be availa... Read More

Annie's Book Stop to close Dec. 21

SOUTH GRAFTON – After five years of operating the Annie's Book Stop at the Village Place in South Grafton, owner Elaine Boulanger is closing the store. She cited online competition from and the increasing popularity of e-readers as the reasons that  many people have stopped buying books from small, independent used-book stores like Annie's.

“We still have a lot of good customers,” she said. “They come from as fa... Read More

Moore announces third annual holiday wreath laying tradition

BOSTON – Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, announced his third annual “Wreaths Across the Worcester & Norfolk District.” The events are based on the national “Wreaths Across America” program bringing local veterans, their families, veterans agents and supporting organizations together to decorate veterans memorials across Southern Worcester County in honor of fallen servicemen and women.

For the past two years, Sen. M... Read More

Unibank helps Sutton Food Pantry

Donate items at Sutton branch through December 20

WHITINSVILLE, MA – UniBank is proud to announce that a donation in the amount of $500 was recently made to the Sutton Food Pantry to help put food on the tables of local families this Thanksgiving holiday.

Michelle Edelstein, Director of the Sutton Senior Center where the Sutton Food Pantry is located, voiced enthusiastic thanks for the donation whic... Read More

Harrington Scores Highest Grade -- an ‘A’

In Nationwide Survey of Hospital Patient Safety

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass., October 23, 2013 -- Harrington Hospital has received the highest grade – an A – in an independent survey of more than 2,500 acute-care hospitals nationwide conducted by The Leapfrog Group, a healthcare rating organization.

The Leapfrog Group rated the nation’s acute care (general) hospitals on how safe they are for patients, includi... Read More

Auburn Town Manager addresses Chamber members

AUBURN – Town Manager Julie Jacobson was the guest speaker at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce's networking breakfast on November 13. She was appointed as the first Town Manager in Auburn in 2011 under the Town's amended charter. She gave an overview of the “State of Auburn,” detailing the progress made in infrastructure improvements, reduction of the tax rate differential between commercial and residential properties, and increase... Read More

Hometown Bank to Offer Free Coin and Paper Money Appraisals

OXFORD, MA - Have you ever wondered what those old coins or paper money are worth? Hometown Bank is going to help you answer that question with three free verbal coin and paper money appraisals scheduled for three of their local branch offices in December.

Coin appraisal experts from Lisi & Lisi Coin will be available at three local Hometown Bank offices on Decemb... Read More

Grafton Celebrates the Holidays

GRAFTON –There will be more than thirty “Frosty Stops” all over the Grafton communities when the town celebrates its annual holiday event on Sunday, December 8, and thousands of people are expected to join in the festivities.

Originally the brainchild of Grafton Recreation Director Betty Wright, Grafton Celebrates the Holidays began more than twenty years ago as a collaboration of merchants, churches, and organizations on... Read More