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The Fishman?

by Melissa Dumont

The Fishman: that’s what he calls his business, but the services offered by Rich Chiras of Northbridge are much more extensive than that. It’s true he started with creating and maintaining aquariums, and at one time had over 500 clients, but he has intentionally reduced that number somewhat. “I wanted to spend more time with my wife,” he says, “and as you can imagine, with that many clients all over New E... Read More

Signature Finishes

NORTH GRAFTON – Ever envied a piece off lovely, unique hand-painted vintage or antique furniture?  If so, there’s now a place in North Grafton where you can make it your own.

Maureen Bane opened Signature Finishes at 202 Worcester Street in September, after several years of selling her painted furniture at antique malls in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The new store specializes in restored vintag... Read More

Hometown Bank to repeat popular coin appraisal

OXFORD -  Hometown Bank is going to help you answer that question with free, verbal coin and paper money appraisals scheduled for three of their branch offices in March.

Based on the popularity of similar sessions held late last year at a number of locations, coin appraisal experts from Lisi & Lisi Coin will be available at three additional Hometown Bank offices on March 14-19, 2014 to offer a free verbal appraisal of... Read More

Chili-Cook-off warms you toward spring!

On Sunday, March 2 from 12-2 p.m. is the 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off at Isador's Organics located at 261 Main Street in Oxford. All proceeds benefit the Hand Fruit Program which brings fresh organic fruit to local elementary schools in Webster, Dudley & Oxford. This year's event is once again co-sponsored by Commerce Bank in Webster.

On Saturday, April 26 we will be the Annual Earth Day cleanup in the Webster/Dudley area... Read More

Pete's Picks

by Peter Coyle

The 75th Clark Tournament kicks off on Sunday, February 16th in Worcester. Celebrating Presidents’ week and high school vacation week has been a staple for most of us throughout the years. The Clark, over the past 75 years, has been a must goal for the area public high school teams. Qualifying for the Clark Tournament means you are having a good season with the chances of having a great season if you can adv... Read More

Harbro Auto #1 Used Car Dealer for 5th year

WHITINSVILLE, MA –On January 26, 2014 at the NADA National Convention, Harbro Auto Sales & Service reached a landmark when they were honored with the state award for the 2014 Dealer of the Year in the Used-Car segment by* Harbro is a part of an exclusive group of dealers who have won 5 consecutive years in a row at the state level. In Massachusetts Harbro Auto is the only dealer that has achieved this in the... Read More

Blackstone Valley Music

UXBRIDGE – Doug Williamson celebrated two occasions on February 2: his birthday and the fifth anniversary of his music instruction studio, Blackstone Valley Music.

A guitar teacher by training, Doug purchased The Gig Stop music store five years ago and changed its name and focus from instrument sales to music lessons.  

Visiting with Doug on a recent Saturday morning, his enthusiasm for the students and all things m... Read More

Behind the Business: of Giving

by Sheryl Corriveau

WHITINSVILLE - This interview was inspired by discovering how so many local people in the community have been coming together toward a common goal of giving.  Since 2003, The Peace of Bread Community Kitchen has been serving free, nutritious dinners in an atmosphere of community fellowship.  Volunteers from several community churches, organizations, and businesses like Unibank, serve the dinners on a ro... Read More

Need a summer fix?

by M. Dakin

It’s winter, it’s cold, and it seems like a long way away from summer. The days are getting a little longer but unless you have a Happy Light or take mini-vacations in a tanning booth it’s hard to get the fresh summer fix we love. That is, until you step through the doors of the Whittier Farms retail farm store. If the warm friendly atmosphere of this family owned and operated business wasn’t enough, the large... Read More

Is Marijuana Really Good Medicine for Massachusetts?

by Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

Our current culture seems crazy about cannabis.  Access to this supposed “wonder weed” is spreading throughout the country, with 20 states now legalizing the purchase for medical purposes, two of which allow the sale for recreational use.  Massachusetts voted in November of 2012 to join the fray, and recently gave official approval to 20 not-for-profit businesses to operate dispensaries for... Read More