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DPW Director Sean Divoll named employee of the year

Story & Photo by Connie Reddy Dwyer

At the annual Oxford End-of-Year Celebration dinner for all Town employees on December 27, held at the Pine Ridge Country Club, Town Manager Jen Callahan honored Department of Public Works Director Sean Divoll as Oxford’s “Employee of the Year.”

Mr. Divoll said “I was totally surprised. I had no idea. Jen asked the DPW employees to come to the stage to talk about me and they s... Read More

The eagles have landed in the state

By Sandy Quadros Bowles

The eagle has landed in a big way in Massachusetts.

The bald eagle serves as the national symbol of the United States. The majestic bird also serves as a symbol of the successful reintroduction of vulnerable wildlife into the state’s ecology.

Just recently, a “full week of eagle sightings along the Blackstone River corridor,’’ was reported, said Viola Bramel, park ranger at West Hill D... Read More

Suffragist Lucy Stone will ‘come alive’ in special performance marking 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote. Thus, it’s a good time to remember the suffragists who made it come to pass. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton come to mind immediately. But the struggle for women’s rights had gone on for years before 1920 and one of the women who led the way was Lucy Stone.

Lucy Stone will “come alive” in the critica... Read More

Grafton Businesses present ways to combat winter doldrums

by Christine Galeone

Have you been hit by it, this winter? Although cold and flu season is still in full swing, getting a case of the winter doldrums is probably even more common. It’s easy to see why. Many days have been chilly. The holiday season is behind us. And bright blue skies seem like a distant memory.

But there are many cures. Looking ahead and planning for brighter days is one of them. Others include expe... Read More

ʽQuicker not always better,’ legislators tell Chamber breakfast crowd

By Rod Lee

It did not take long during a legislative breakfast hosted by the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce in Millbury on Valentine’s Day for the eight panelists’ response to several questions posed by Moderator Joshua Lee Smith to come through loud and clear.

It was also quite apparent that they shared a similar point of view on most of the issues that were brought up for discussion.

Mr. Smith is new... Read More

All-in-the-family spirit personifies Millbury business scene

By Rod Lee

For Roseanne Morin and the people who work at C&S Lumber including her husband Ronald and her sons Stephen and Anthony, the business—now in its 68th year—is all about family.

The same can be said for many of the companies and organizations that operate in the town of Millbury. Family is a linchpin in virtually every case.

The C&S story is fairly well known—and appreciated by all who hear it... Read More

Uxbridge and the Underground Railroad

by Christine Galeone

Nancy Adams was a wife, a mother and a courageous, strong abolitionist. Although she had the grave misfortune of being born in Maryland in the 1700s, the African American woman was fortunate to be able to escape slavery via the Underground Railroad. The secret, intricate network that abolitionists established to rescue slaves and bring them to either Free states or Canada helped Adams to finally find t... Read More

Spirit Meets Science

By Thomas D’Agostino

The first Spiritualist movement in the 19th century opened many pathways for communication with the dead. The idea was not new, but with the advent of the movement, many new ideas and ways to speak to the other side were born. Inventors such as Thomas Edison and John Hays Hammond tried to create machines where we could better communicate with the spirits in real time as they spoke. By the middle of the... Read More

Jamey Johnson to return to Indian Ranch August 2nd

Webster, MA - February 24 -  Indian Ranch announced that Jamey Johnson will return for the Summer Concert Series in Webster, MA on Sunday, August 2nd at 1:00 PM. Tickets go on-sale this Friday, February 28 at 10:00 AM and the Insiders Club Presale will take place Tuesday, February 25 at 10:00 AM. 

Eleven-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson is “one of the... Read More

Charlton Historical Society feels the loss of Bill Hultgren

By Rod Lee

Life goes on for members of the Charlton Historical Society, but much more somberly these days with the death of the CHS’s vice president, William O. “Bill” Hultgren at the age of seventy-seven, last June, still fresh on everyone’s mind.

“Bill was singly most responsible for saving the Rider Tavern,” Frank J. Morrill said during a conversation by telephone on February 6th.

“He was selfless” on the... Read More