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No snow, lots of Christmas trees, holiday spirit

By Rod Lee

The holiday season is not the same without snow, noticeably absent early this month, but you would not have known that at farm stands and gift shops on the back roads of the Blackstone Valley on a blissfully balmy recent Saturday.

“I’ve been coming to Kelly’s since my mother brought me when I was a kid,” Charlie Innis of Milford said at Dick Kelly’s Farm Stand on Milford St. (Rt. 140) in Upton, where he a... Read More

Grafton’s Business Scene

by Christine Galeone

For many people, the holidays came too quickly this year. Some people are just beginning to catch their breath. But as the holidays begin to wind down, it’s not too late to spread some of that seasonal cheer and good will. The days between Christmas and New Year’s Day give us the chance to do so at a more relaxed pace. This month, many businesses have been spreading cheer in little ways that have a big... Read More

Dudley Conservation Land Trust acquires 77 acres

Through a generous donation from  the Wieloch family, The Dudley Conservation Land Trust (DCLT) has acquired a 77 acre parcel of walking paths, streams, wetlands, forest, stone walls, historic  railway and native wildlife habitat right along  Rt. 197. Within the Wieloch Woods, another 10 acres has recently been offered to the DCLT.  With the purchase of this additional parcel, Wieloch Woods, an iconic Dudley landscape, will expan... Read More

Brenda Lacaire: new owner of Steve’s Collision Center

By Janet Stoica

Brenda Lacaire worked diligently as the office manager at Steve’s Collision Center in Sturbridge for 19 years, and today she is its owner and president. 

“Steve Brunnelle decided to gradually step away from the business he has owned for decades,” said Brenda, “and he made me an offer to buy his collision repair company. After discussing it with my husband, my silent partner, we made the purchase.”  S... Read More

Wild bird care and feeding

By Magda Dakin

Whether you like to take nature walks in winter, cross country ski in the fields and woods, or put a feeder or two in your back yard, it is fun to watch and listen to the birds that spend the winter with us here in New England. Among them are black-capped chickadees, sparrows, wrens, titmice, cardinals and mourning doves, to name just a few. They bring us bits of color and life during the cold of winter. ... Read More

DESA Decorating Center – thanks for the memories!

By Janet Stoica

December 7 was the last day of business for a Southbridge mainstay. After being associated with DESA Decorating Center for 31 years and being the owner for the past 28, Cathy Haggerty has decided to begin a new chapter in her life.

DESA’s, long known for its quality paint, wallpaper, flooring, and blinds, will become but a pleasant memory for many customers in the greater Southbridge area.  Cathy put... Read More

Midnight Mary

By Thomas D’Agostino                      

One of New Haven’s favorite legends lies in the Evergreen Cemetery near the back, close to Winthrop Avenue. There is a pink granite stone with the inscription:


Banks brighten the season for beneficiaries

By Rod Lee

Without a doubt there is symbolism in the names chosen for banks. “Commerce” suggests prowess in the marketplace. “Unibank” brings to mind inclusiveness. “Webster Five Cents Savings” conjures up the thought of pennies and nickels accruing substantial value, over time, when deposited in a secure place. “Southbridge Savings” and “Savers,” same thing.
“Hometown,” as in Hometown Bank, drives home the message of... Read More

Harrington HealthCare System earns 2015 Top Hospital Distinction

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. – December 8, 2015 – For the third year in a row, The Leapfrog Group has selected Harrington HealthCare System as one of the nation’s Top Hospitals for patient care. This recognition is awarded to hospitals for demonstrating excellence in hospital safety and quality as measured through the respected Leapfrog Hospital Survey.  This year, Harrington was one of 62 hospitals nationwide, one of only five hospitals i... Read More

‘Tis the season for trees

By Magda Dakin

Nothing says holidays quite like bringing the outdoors in, with fresh cut trees and wreaths.  The remembered holiday smells of childhood range from Grandma’s cookies and pies and fresh logs in the fireplace to the pungent scent of fresh cut evergreens decked over every available surface.  At the center of all those memory making events is the family Christmas tree, or as some prefer to call it, the non... Read More