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June is for Strawberries

By Becky Harvey

Though the ability to find pick-your-own strawberries seems to be dying out here in the Bay State, the strawberries themselves are beginning to ripen on their stems in mouthwatering fashion.  It seems like such an old-time thing to do: gathering the family and heading out to the local farm to fill buckets and baskets with red, ripe berries.  It may be old-fashioned, but it can be fun and rewarding: the succ... Read More

Books for Every Dad

Recommended reads by Deb Horan of Booklovers’ Gourmet, Webster, MA

Whether he enjoys real life adventures, historical events, biographical stories, following his favorite sports teams, brushing up on his skills or escaping into a thrilling mystery, there is a book out there for every Dad.

 The Wright Brothers, just released by two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough, tells th... Read More

A primer for write-in candidates: And it isn’t Mikey Mouse

By Ginger Costen

Although I’ve been an active voter for 46 years, it wasn’t until I became a member of the Webster Board of Registrars that I fully understood the importance of every vote in the election process. Voting has always been very serious to me and although it is just one vote… it’s my voice and together with other like-minded, concerned citizens we make a difference in how our local communities, states, and fede... Read More

Plea for Strawberry Volunteers

Dudley Grange #163 is looking for volunteers to help staff the Strawberry Festival on Thursday, June 18th. We are celebrating our 60th Annual Festival this year and your help is needed! Assistance is needed throughout all areas of the festival - selling food tickets, assisting with serving food, serving our famous, homemade Strawberry Shortcake and more. If you have enjoyed our festiv... Read More

Valley Friendship Tour 2015 – walk, run, or bike for community

By Barbara Van Reed

“For 30 amazing years, the Valley Friendship Tour has engaged the community in learning more about the beautiful and historic Blackstone Valley and about the important services Alternatives provides to individuals with disabilities,” says Executive Director Dennis Rice, who has been with the human services agency since its very early days. 

The annual Valley Friendship Tour brings together hundre... Read More

Grafton Business Scene

by Christine Galeone

May is filled with possibilities. Being the month of Mother’s Day and May Day baskets, it’s also brimming with warmth and appreciation. And Grafton and its businesses have been busy embracing all of the above.

When thinking of possibilities, one of the first places in town that comes to mind is the iconic Grafton Town House. Built in 1863, it houses the Grafton Historical Society, Apple Tree Art... Read More

Realtors upbeat about South County market

By Ginger Costen

For some New England families spring is more than just a time to enjoy the warmer weather while trying to forget the long difficult winter

Just as our past winter will certainly be difficult to forget, so is the 2006 housing collapse that left many of our neighbors in homes that were on the verge of foreclosure or significantly overpriced. Is the housing crisis over and is it a buyers’ or sellers’ m... Read More

Pound of Cure: Health & Wellness Fair, May 30-31

STURBRIDGE, Massachusetts ---- What did people in the 1830s know about promoting health and wellness, and can we learn anything from them today? The answer is a resounding "Yes!" says Dr. Jack Richman, a retired professor of optometry, who notes, "Countless numbers of today's medicines had their origins in the herbaceous plants, tree bark and roots that were used in the 1700s and 1800s." Dr. Richman is a volunteer re-enactor at O... Read More

Al’s Rubbish acquires Pace Waste

By Barbara Van Reed

SUTTON – Al’s Rubbish & Container Service has acquired the assets of Pace Waste Inc. of Auburn, a waste disposal service founded by James Pace in 2003.  Owner Al Gerard said he bought out his competitor in March to expand his customer base in Auburn.

Al’s Rubbish offers dumpster rental services throughout the region, from Southbridge to Holden and in the Blackstone Valley. The company special... Read More

A Tough Pill to Swallow

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

It may be a tough pill to swallow, but the medical community is finally becoming more aware of the number of patients who have difficulty swallowing tablets and capsules.  A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics (April 14, 2015) revealed the problem may be more widespread than we thought.  According to research, greater than 50% of parents indicate their child co... Read More

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