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Vaillancourt touts Christmas Wine as holiday table embellishment

By Rod Lee

It is a known fact that foresight and ingenuity are as much a part of the Vaillancourt Folk Art family’s success as the prized handcrafted and hand-painted chalkware collectibles including the Starlight Santa on which Gary, Judi and now son Luke have built a world-renowned reputation.

Earlier this month the family took still another bold step forward with the introduction of a limited-edition “Vaillancour... Read More

North Grafton Transit Village not just a pipedream


By Rod Lee

Imagining part of a town that is rural and made up of properties that are separated geographically and by purpose as a tightknit community bound by mutual interests is one thing. Turning it into a reality is another.

That, indeed, however, is the goal of the North Grafton Transit Village (NGTV) Master Plan, which envisions the MBTA commuter rail station at 1 Pine St. and land held in private and... Read More

Small Stones Festival Premieres November 9-11 in Grafton

The public is invited to enjoy fine artwork and fine art photography accompanied by a music program at the opening reception of the Small Stones Festival of the Arts, Fri. Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. and during exhibit hours, Sat., Nov. 10, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 11, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Great Hall, One Grafton Common in Grafton. The free juried regional arts festival is a collaboration of three arts organizations... Read More

Trumpeter Swan Release

E.A.R.T.H. Ltd, the non-profit arm of Southwick’s Zoo, is excited to announce a new conservation program coordinated with the Trumpeter Swan Society.

Southwick’s Zoo was contacted by the AZA and SSP Coordinator for Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) and the Trumpeter Swan Society to have the zoo’s trumpeter swans genetically tested to determine if they are Rocky Mountain Population stock.  Due to rules governing migratory... Read More

New Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center in Worcester opens October 27

Whitinsville, MA (October 23, 2018) --Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC) announces the opening of the new Blackstone Heritage Corridor Visitor Center at Worcester on Saturday, October 27. Festivities begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:00 a.m., followed by a community celebration from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Visitor Center is located at 3 Paul Clancy Way, Worcester, MA, and will also serve as the... Read More

Lake and Watershed Clean-up of Manchaug Pond

Come out and enjoy the beautiful fall scenery with the Manchaug Pond Foundation!  The MPF is hosting the annual fall cleanup Saturday, October 27th inviting all to join members and friends in cleaning up Manchaug Pond and its watershed. Volunteers with boats are also welcome to help clean the shoreline and coves as well as groups and individuals looking for a few community service hours.

Like Yogi, town of Oxford realizes importance of being a destination

By Rod Lee

It was no mere coincidence that a new Master Plan for the town of Oxford that took effect in September of 2017 contained a quote from Yogi Berra, legendary ballplayer and “renowned punster.” To wit, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll wind up somewhere else.”

In signing off on the document a month earlier, members of the Oxford Planning Board—Richard A. Escolas Jr., chair; Jeffrey Stafford, vice... Read More

Allstate Insurance of Auburn marks first anniversary

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

There’s a good reason Aaron Tillberry of Allstate Insurance loves what he does.

The Allstate manager with a background in marketing and advertising was born and raised in the state of Indiana and, southern style, loves to tell others, “it’s going to be alright” during the worst of times.

He sells “piece of mind” in the insurance business and claims to approach situations with a positiv... Read More

Auburn Chamber brings out the ʽBest’ of everything in town

By Rod Lee

As a living and breathing mecca for all kinds of commercial activity, the town of Auburn is a natural for biannual “Best of Auburn” business awards given out by the Auburn Chamber of Commerce—the latest edition of which was held the evening of October 11 at Chuck’s Steak House/Margarita Grille on Prospect St.

For Christopher Conant of TJX Companies and the T.J. Maxx store on Southbridge St., which won in... Read More