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Who will win $1000? This is Week 4.

The weekly clue is in your July Xpress edition. The second weekly clue is posted at participating businesses by noon Fridays.  Be sure to check your Xpress for the first clue of the week, and visit any of these participating businesses. They will have it--and all the current clues.

Or you can view the participating businesses and their full addresses on Page 5 page of the full edition PDF downloads a... Read More

Larry’s Landscape Supplies LLC – bark, mulch, and stone

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

New England winters have become a problem.  By late February, we’ve had it with the cold, the shovels, the bouts of road-rage and the sludgy slop of a season that’s taken it waaaaay too far.  A morning blanket of snow in March has lost its luster.  The magic is gone.  Let it go!—we cry out with bare fists, adopting a sudden appreciation for the state of Florida.  We curse.  We crumble. We may even c... Read More

Growing pains for the Oxford Business Association

By Rod Lee

Given its history including the role it has played in fostering civic pride, the Oxford Business Association should be a household name in the community—like that of Clara Barton.

Regrettably, that is not the case.

Surprise and disappointment, then, to find upon querying some members of Oxford’s merchants’ community that the OBA is a relative unknown. This despite a host of contributions the organi... Read More

Nichols College provides a "road to success" for students and graduates

By:  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

They are prepared.  They are polished.  They have fresh perspectives.  They are the Nichols College students and they’re willing to set in motion all that they’ve learned, given the opportunity.   

According to Lorraine U. Martinelle, Director of Public Relations for Nichols College, “As of January 2015, ninety-two percent of Nichols College graduates (class of 2015) were employed within si... Read More

Free Folk Concert-Douglas

If you are looking for a free, fun family night this summer all you have to do is stop by the Old Town Common in Douglas. Folk sensations Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards and their band will be performing on July 7th from 6-8pm. This is one of two summer concert events sponsored by the Douglas Cultural Council. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic dinn... Read More

Southbridge Police Department announces Community Assisted Recovery for Everyone (CARE)

SOUTHBRIDGE, MA – Southbridge Chief of Police Shane Woodson has announced the July 1 introduction of the Department’s Community Assisted Recovery for Everyone (CARE) program. Largely based on the Gloucester “ANGEL” program model, CARE is a community-based program designed to reduce the number of fatal and non-fatal opioid and heroin overdoses in Southbridge.

The program, in collaboration with Harrington HealthCare... Read More

Treating Caterpillar-Rash

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph
Literary caterpillars, like the hookah-smoking blue caterpillar in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, may be quite amusing.  But the recent outbreak of caterpillars across New England has been anything but entertaining, and even has some patients heading for the doctor.  If you have been outdoors at all in the past month or so you have probably seen some of these caterpillars falling from the t... Read More

Growing pains for the Oxford Business Association

By Rod Lee

Given its history including the role it has played in fostering civic pride, the Oxford Business Association should be a household name in the community—like that of Clara Barton.

Regrettably, that is not the case.

Surprise and disappointment, then, to find upon querying some members of Oxford’s merchants’ community that the OBA is a relative unknown. This despite a host of contributions the organi... Read More

65 years for Capitol Siding, Sarkisian family

By Rod Lee

Sixty-five years. Going back to the Eisenhower administration, Fats Domino, Frank Sinatra and Kate Smith, fallout shelters, black-and-white television and automobiles glistening with chrome.How many companies last that long, let alone under the stewardship of one family as is the case with Capitol Siding and the Sarkisians?To think that Mark Sarkisian Jr., successor with his brother Dale to the remarkable enterp... Read More

Charlton Landscape Supply – a colorful experience, a quality plant

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Outdoor plants seem to be cropping up everywhere.  One can find “Perennials for Sale” alongside the road, at the local grocery store, or at small local farms.  Pull over, pick out, pay the cashier, and pop in a plant has become the new rage for today’s busy green thumb.  What happened to the journey?  Shouldn’t choosing how to landscape one’s home be more than just a means to an end? 

Plants... Read More

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