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Valley Friendship Tour: fun together for important goals

by Christine Galeone

Have you ever had a goal that required energy, training and endurance? Facing such a challenge can be exciting and rewarding. But reaching that goal alongside friends, family and neighbors can be even more satisfying.

That’s just one of the reasons the Valley Friendship Tour has thrived for so many years.  Saturday, June 4, the “fun day for a great cause” will return to the Blackstone Valley for... Read More

WDO Chamber to award $5000 in scholarships

The Webster Dudley Oxford Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the following students as scholarship recipients for 2016:

$1,000 Academic Scholarships:  Shayna Kubilu, Bartlett Jr./Sr. High School; Brooke Gordon, Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School; Victoria Parr, Oxford High School; Michaela White, Shepherd Hill Regional High School.

$1,000 Chamber Member Philip L. Hopk... Read More

WCC Food Truck Festival is June 11

The second Annual Wooed By The Food event promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event, when 2500 attendees spent the day sampling a wide variety of food from popular food truck vendors. Most of them will be back for this year’s event on June 11, along with many more. 

The Whitin Community Center’s food truck festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the center’s beautiful 7.5 acre Whitin Par... Read More

Chevere is in the hunt for handbags

By Rod Lee

That her Chevere shop on North Main St. in Uxbridge is “more than just beads” is evidenced by Pat DeVries’ annual drive to collect gently-used pocketbooks for Dress for Success. Last year, Ms. DeVries said, “customers brought in 256 handbags. This year my goal is 275, to donate to Dress for Success at the end of June.” With “new arrivals in apparel,” jewelry, gifts, unique clothing and trunk sal... Read More

Food, spirits—and spirits—abound at Waterfront Mary’s

By Thomas D’Agostino

In Part 1 of this two-part story, I gave a little history of how the illustrious Mary Dow, Las Vegas waitress turned restaurant owner and her partner Russell “Magoo” McGeary ran Waterfront Mary’s on Webster Lake for several decades until they both passed within five days of each other in December of 2003. Tracy Lis, former college and pro basketball star then took the keys to the establishment, but she... Read More

Webster Fire to Have Rescue Boat on Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg for 2016 Season

WEBSTER -- Residents and visitors to Webster Lake will have one more reason to feel safe on the water this summer:  A new rescue boat owned by Webster Fire Rescue. 

The boat is a Silver Ships Ambar 22-foot rescue boat.  Originally designed as an ocean vessel, it will be equipped with both rescue equipment and a fire pump, enabling the crew to help individuals who may find themselves in trouble while enjoying all Webster La... Read More

C & S Lumber – a three-generation family business thrives

By Magda Dakin

When Roseanne Morin’s father, Joseph Cataldo, opened his lumber business in 1952 he built it right behind the family farmstead, perched on a hill in Millbury. It was a great location then and it still is, conveniently located on Route #122, close to Route 146, and hard to miss when you know where to look. From the parking lot and office windows you can see the surrounding hills, encompassing many of the acre... Read More

A balanced budget on the Sutton Town Warrant

On May 9, the Town of Sutton will present to the public a series of Articles on the Town Meeting Warrant while celebrating some key successes. 

According to Town Administrator James Smith, “The budget proposed is the best financial situation we have been in since my start here nine years ago.  We are a healthy community financially.  The recession of 2009 hit the town, state, and entire country.  My first few budgets were... Read More

Whitin Community Center to hold fundraising event for new Rockdale Youth Center April 30

Why can’t children just play anymore?

The simple question comes with a complex answer. Nowadays, recreational time is compromised by competitive sports, crammed academic schedules, an overreliance on technology and even a lack of enthusiasm.

But sometimes the reason is more basic than that. Sometimes children can’t play anymore because there simply isn’t a place for them to play at. Thankfully, for over twenty years... Read More

Chariot for Women: ride-share business renamed SafeHer by the public

It may be the year 2016, but when it comes to what women want, one thing hasn’t changed since the days her apron was a staple wardrobe piece.

Women want to be protected.  Oh, they do.  They can kick-box, kick---, and kick the habit of throwing like a girl but deep down they’re still yearning for the fairy tale knight to hold open doors and lend them an ear (in lieu of a glass slipper).  A double standard?  Do women want it... Read More