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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.

Charles Cournoyer Memorial Golf Tournament

N. GROSVENORDALE, Conn. - Judy and Jim Cournoyer lost their 29-year old son Charles five years ago on March 30. The immediate cause was a car accident; the longer-term contributing factor was a mental illness: schizoaffective disorder.

Schizophrenia most often develops in men in their early to mid-20s, and that was the case with Charles. Always a loving, generous person, a hard-working contractor, and attending college to... Read More

Garden Club Perennial Plant Sale

The first 25 people to purchase perennials from the Plant Sale on the Common will receive a free Kousa Dogwood Tree!

If you are passionate about gardening and love beautiful plants and garden accessories, then your gardening season isn’t complete without a visit to the Grafton Garden Club’s Annual Perennial Plant Sale on the Common, Saturday, May 10, 2014.

In its 75th year, the Plant Sale has become a Grafton tradit... Read More

Pro Automotive marks its first year in business

by Magda Dakin

DUDLEY - Finding a reliable auto mechanic is like mining for gold. When you find one you’re happy with you stick with them and recommend them to your friends whenever you can. Jason Rousseau of Pro Automotive is happily celebrating his first anniversary! With more than 20 years of experience in all phases of auto repair, Jason began PRO Automotive a year ago. He attributes his success so far in large part to... Read More

NV Candles: Glowing for health and happiness

by Magda Dakin

AUBURN - NV Candles, a clever name for candles that you really want to have. The shop recently moved to a convenient location near the intersection of Rts. 20 and 146, at the site of the former Gift Chalet (which moved its business to strictly online sales). Watch for the sign and you can see the little chalet at the end of the parking lot.

NV Candles started out as the dream hobby of Veronika Skoromn... Read More