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The Man Who Saw Hell

By Thomas D’Agostino

A Mr. G. from Webster contacted me in regard to some amazing accounts he witnessed growing up in Puerto Rico. He thought a few of them would make great stories for this column. After listening to him for a bit, I was in complete agreement with the accounts he related to me. Here is one of them.

As a young man, Mr. G. lived in a small village where everyone knew each other and were all very close... Read More

RI Hydroponics in Sutton promises growth and gardening

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

While everyone else is “going internet,” Tom Fox, owner of Sutton’s new gardening (growing) business, located on Route 146, chose to “go brick and mortar” following a decade of IT sales and marketing, traveling and working for corporate America at Anheuser Busch, Alashan Cashmere, American Partners and Oracle. 

“I’ve done upper level sales for Fortune 500 companies, selling million dollar pr... Read More

The whole gang was here for The Hole in The Wall Gang

Led and inspired by Traci Mercier, PA-C, provider at Harrington’s UrgentCare Express and her son, Nicholas, a cancer survivor, a 12-member team known as "Older Kids for Younger Kids" ran the Ragnar Cape Cod - a 200-mile overnight race from Hull to Provincetown May 12-13. The team raised funds for Ashford, Conn.’s ... Read More

Awed by the food on a sunny day

By Magda Dakin

On a Saturday of gorgeous weather, the 3rd Annual Wooed By The Food took place at the Whitin Community Center’s Whitin Park. “It’s a perfect day for this event,” said Jeanine Dionn, an activity director for the Northbridge Senior Center and actively involved in The Giving Tree project. “Last year we were standing here in the rain, hoping people would stop long enough to ask why we had a Christmas tree up in... Read More

Modern Day Explorers are Invited to EXPLORE The Last Green Valley

The Last Green Valley, Inc.’s (TLGV) updated, brand new edition of Explore, a comprehensive and complimentary Guide to Outdoor, Indoor, and Around Town Adventures in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, is available now! Covering 35 towns in eastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts, The Last Green Valley is a destination worth discovering. Modern-day expl... Read More

Strategies for a safe workplace

“Pay attention to your surroundings,” advised Dudley Police Chief Stephen Wojnar at the Lunch & Learn seminar sponsored by the Webster Oxford Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Christopher Heights of Webster last month. He echoed that important message several times during his talk to members of the local business community.

The chief’s topic was Tips for a Safe Workplace. “It’s unfortunate that we have to deal with eme... Read More

As VSO, Fletcher is keeper of the flame in Mendon and Upton

By Rod Lee

Not all persons who hold the position of veterans’ services officer (VSO) are created equal. Some take their duties more seriously than others.

A visit with Robin L. Fletcher, VSO for the towns of Mendon and Upton, confirms that he is that rare individual who will go beyond in assisting and advising vets and their dependents in their attempts to obtain benefits from the U.S. Department of Vet... Read More

Artist shares transformative power of nature through her work

by Christine Galeone

“Raised by scientific and philosophical parents, I always knew that I would be an artist,” said Allison Coelho Picone. “My desire to unite aesthetics, science and spirituality inspires my painting.”

The Grafton resident, who’s represented by L’Attitude Gallery in Boston, has had her fine art included in exhibitions at places such as Arts Worcester’s Hadley Gallery... Read More

BV North towns in Memorial Day mode

By Rod Lee

They are older now of course and the turnout for parades isn’t what it used to be but members of Upton VFW Post 5594 will continue an important tradition by conducting Memorial Day observances next Monday (May 29th).

So too will veterans in other Blackstone Valley towns including Grafton, Millbury and Sutton.

“We had to shorten the parade route,” David Kennedy, quartermaster of Upton V... Read More