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Local pumpkin growers undaunted by summer drought

By Magda Dakin

Part of the wonder of fall in New England is the abundance of color, apparent in the beautiful maples and other deciduous trees and shrubs that line the roads and hillsides. You can see the huge arrangements of mums in every shade of autumn color adorning roadside stands and the front stoops of nearly every home. And then you have Pumpkins! Everyone has a favorite way to display them, big or small, shaped li... Read More

Early voting: Town of Auburn

We are excited to announce that all registered voters will be able vote before Election Day for the first time ever in Massachusetts. Early voting will begin on October 24th and continue through November 4th, 2016. Prior to the enactment of this new law, the only way a registered voter was allowed to vote prior to Election Day was through absentee voting. Although absentee voting will still be available for registered voters who... Read More

Grafton’s Business Scene

by Christine Galeone

In the film “You’ve Got Mail” (screenplay adaptation by Nora and Delia Ephron), the Tom Hanks’ character alludes to his love of autumn in New York when he quips about sending Meg Ryan’s character “a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils.” With the academic year beginning and people returning to busier schedules, that image sparks thoughts of the season almost as much as colorful foliage. It’s a time for m... Read More

Crickets chirping at the Douglas Flea, in stores

By Rod Lee

People might initially attribute Harrisville, Rhode Island children’s author Leo C. Frisk’s now-three-volume set of books about crickets to a fascination with that intriguing creature, on his part.

They would only be partly right.

Mr. Frisk’s primary motivation in writing “A Cricket’s Trick or Treat/A Halloween Story” and then “A Cricket’s Ho Ho Hmm? Christmas!” and most recently “A Cricket’s Thank... Read More

Crop Hunger Walk is Oct. 15

The Blackstone Valley Crop Hunger Walk will be Saturday, October 15 at 9am.The three-mile Walk will begin at Trinity Episcopal Church, next to the Whitinsville Town Common, and will end at the Uxbridge Town Common. There will be refreshments at the Community House in Uxbridge located behind the town common following the Walk.

Registration begins at 8:30 am at Trinity Church, 33 Linwood Ave., Whitinsville. Walkers are to br... Read More

Oxford Fall Festival promises to be the best ever

By Barbara Van Reed

The organizers of the Oxford Fall Festival have a lot to be excited about this year, and so will the visitors.  The Oxford Lions Club sponsors the annual event, which will take place Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the bandstand on Main Street.

Festival committee chairman Deb Lamarche said there will be 55 vendors, “the most we’ve ever had.” Twenty of them are participating for t... Read More

Sen. Moore, Rep. Muradian to participate in ballot question discussion

WHO:  Sen. Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury), Rep. David K. Muradian (R-Grafton)

WHAT:  Sen. Moore and Rep. Muradian will be participating in a televised event entitled Grafton Update with Jim Gallagher Presents: The Massachusetts Ballot Question Forum.  The event, moderated by Jim Gallagher, will include a discussion of this year's four ballot initiatives relating to recreational marijauna, charter schools, farm animal confin... Read More

Auburn resident spearheads local Ataxia Awareness Day

International Ataxia Awareness Day is just around the corner; it is held yearly on September 25. Participants around the world participate by holding an Annual Walk n’ Roll.

Auburn resident John Mauro has Ataxia; he was diagnosed 11 years ago.        

What is Ataxia?  Ataxia is a lack of muscle coordination which may affect speech, eye movements, the ability to swallow, walking, picking up objects and other voluntar... Read More

Municipal Modernization Act gives greater flexibility to cities and towns

By Ed Londergan

A bill signed into law by Governor Baker in August will have a far-reaching effect on the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. The Municipal Modernization Act is the first comprehensive overhaul of the laws and regulations governing how the cities and towns operate in decades. The goal of the bill was to eliminate or streamline outdated and obsolete statutes and state requirements, provide some new local... Read More

The Lodge sparkles after extensive renovation

By Janet Stoica

Have you been to The Lodge in Webster lately?   If not, you’re in for some changes that are smoothly done and quite relaxing.  Of course, there are windows that look out onto Route 16 but the pop has to do with the newly-renovated bar area, classy yet subtle in its ambience. 

The custom-made bar is rectangular with high and comfy seating.  Yes, the bar seats were aligned in the same direction, just l... Read More