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Ring Leader program tackles ‘six-pack ring’ waste

Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Even when she’s not feeling well, Bonnie Combs, Marketing Director for Blackstone Heritage Corridor, has her mind on a greener earth. After a short bout of dehydration last year, her husband brought home a case of Polar Seltzer, packaged in four tidy six-packs.  His intentions were good.

But when Bonnie inspected the plastic, she saw one thing: an accumulation of waste. “It bugged me,” she admit... Read More

The Grafton Grill adds upscale flavor to the local restaurant scene

By Magda Dakin

Eat. Drink. Gather. That’s the focus of the newest option for dining in the area: The Grafton Grill. Owners Steve and Lori Belfiore believe that Grafton has everything they need to be happy in this town, but it was missing a “Boston-type” restaurant.

Located at 10 Bridge Street, Steve and Lori renovated the vacant restaurant building last year and proudly opened their upscale eatery in November. Lots... Read More

Ray’s: paint, hardware, and a whole lot of friends

By Rod Lee

Durability may be what Ray’s True Value is best known for, and not just because of the store’s standing as one of the town of Millbury’s longest continuously operated businesses (officially 40 years, in 2017), a rock-solid relationship with its main product supplier (True Value) or the hardiness of the hand tools that are part of $400,000 worth of inventory (a standard or metric wrench and a custom circular saw... Read More

New CrossFit gym in Hopedale ʽlifts’ members’ lives

By Rod Lee

One might say that the CrossFit Final Duel “box” on Rosenfeld Drive in Hopedale is where the rubber meets the road.

Rubber weights crashing with a resounding thud onto rubber mats near the end of a WOD (“workout of the day”) run by Owner Donna Lombard would be music to the ears of CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman, were he to pay a visit and see about a dozen of his disciples taking part in the hour-long pro... Read More

The Legend of Tessa

Thomas D'Agostino
www.tomdagostino.com

The St. John River in Northern Maine is the scene of this legend regarding witchcraft and the devil. The main character, a woman named Tessa.

Tessa's mother was believed to be a minion of the devil, having practiced witchcraft and spells. Her name was known far and wide and the locals always kept a wary eye on her, as they were su... Read More

Cleanup funds available from The Last Green Valley

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is once again looking for people who care about this beautiful place we call home. TLGV will provide funds to nonprofit organizations and municipal, regional, state or federal agencies that sponsor a 2017 land or river cleanup in the region.  Last year, 1,559 volunteers from 35 groups removed more than 66,101 pounds of trash from our rivers, parks, and roadways!

TLGV will reimburse organi... Read More

Diamond able to glitter at new home in Auburn

By Rod Lee

It becomes more apparent every day that when it comes to the Diamond Auto Group, the city of Worcester’s loss is the town of Auburn’s gain.

Since relocating from its longtime home on Park Avenue to Washington St. (Rt. 20) about ten years ago, Diamond has grown and prospered.

Heading into Presidents Day which is one of the dealership’s biggest sales periods of the year Diamond is offering “deep ince... Read More

Volunteers help make Auburn a better place

By Ed Londergan

Town government relies on its residents for more than just taxes. Various boards and committees, both regulatory and advisory, of every town play a vital role the government of the town. In Auburn, there are currently 13 vacant seats on nine boards and committees.

“We always seek a nice mix of current and new residents. There are people who recently moved to town and want to know more about the gover... Read More

Fresh start for Oxford’s Shagged Hair salon – soon to be renamed “Illume”

By Janet Stoica

When the fire hit her salon at 604 Main Street in North Oxford, Vicky Durant, her staff, and their clients were in shock and disbelief. Thankfully, in that early morning inferno on January 2, no lives were lost.

The cause of the fire was determined to be a malfunction in a small refrigerator.

“Everything we had was totally destroyed,” said Vicky. There was nothing we could save.” One positive... Read More

Visit Mexicali in Webster to help celebrate two years of success

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

On Thursday, February 23, Mexicali Fresh Mex Grill of 41 Worcester Road, Webster, will open its doors from 5:00 – 8:00 PM (snow date March 2nd) to celebrate a two-year anniversary that comes, first and foremost, with a sense of gratitude.

“I want to thank the community and everyone who has supported us,” said Manager Carlos Brambila.  “Being part of a community is all about hard work, friend... Read More

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