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THE GRAND PRIZE: Now we can show you the money!


Here are the original clues with their meanings in bold beneath.

  1. Good Luck to all my searching friends
    May you be the first to find my spot –
    You’ll be $1,000.00 richer if you do
    And I bet you’ll enjoy the game a lot

(We’re off!)

  1. If you know where the Beach Boys are this weekend
    You’... Read More

Someone just found the cool $1000

Our congratulations to the winner, and our thanks to all who participated in summer's quest. All clues (and their meanings) will be published in the August 26 Blackstone Valley North (and in subsequent Xpress editions). And, of course, you'll get the winner's story!

Douglas – Octoberfest is upon us!

October 1st, 2016 from 9am to 4pm Main street Douglas will once again be filled with people from all over the Blackstone Valley and beyond. This year we will feature 3 stages, as well as live music at our Berkshire Brewing Beer Tent.

Old favorite rides and games like the choo choo train, cash cube, and spinny wheel will be back, as well as expanding music performances at the Mason’s Lodge stage! We are also accepting Visa,... Read More

This is week 7 with clue 13

Clue #14--and all previous clues--appear at the businesses listed below. Good luck!

Aubuchon Hardware: WEBSTER and SOUTHBRIDGE
A&D Restaurant: MILLBURY
Al's Rubbish & Container Service: OXFORD address
Charlton Optical, CHARLTON
Daisy Print, WEBSTER
Douglas Animal Hospital, DOUGLAS
Felicia's Salon & Spa, UXBRIDGE
Fin & Feather Sports, UPTON
Generations Healing Center,... Read More

Buzz about town

Oxford Column, August 5, 2016

By Becky Harvey

Not everyone agrees about whether or not climate change is real.  People have been arguing both sides now for decades. Both sides may remain steadfast in their beliefs for decades to come. One thing that nobody can dispute is that no matter the global temperatures, honeybees have been disappearing at an alarming rate, around the globe.  This phenomenon is called “Catastr... Read More

Couet Farm & Fromagerie

By Magda Dakin

What happens when a highly motivated, recent, college graduate with a masters in Environmental Studies realizes the job market isn’t what she hoped it would be? In Marie-Laure Couet’s case she looked around to find something she might actually love to do, not just a job.  So in 2010, while volunteering at a goat dairy in Rehoboth, Mass., she was inspired by a fellow goat and cheese lover to create her own from... Read More

Alert Driving Academy Passes the “Parent” Test

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Seven years ago Alert Driving Academy of Main Street, Webster, began with a vision, a vehicle, and a business partnership.  Since then, the driving school, owned by Eric Marcoux and Jason Emanuelson, has doubled in size, while impacting 3,000 students with expert instruction, education, and friendship.

“I don’t have kids of my own.  My students are like my kids,” said Marcoux, who - during t... Read More

Grafton’s Business Scene – July 2016

by Christine Galeone

The lazy days of summer have arrived. They’ve sauntered in with their flip-flops, fireworks, beach towels and ice cream cones. But although Grafton has welcomed them, its businesses and organizations have been anything but lazy. This summer, there’s been a lot happening all over town. Organizations have been giving back to the community, celebrating major milestones and providing families with opportun... Read More

Houlden Farm, fantastic at 40

HM-For 7/22/16

By Rod Lee

Tour Houlden Farm’s approximately 50 rolling and tumbling acres on Old Westboro Road in North Grafton in a beat-up 2004 Yamaha Rhino with Tyler Houlden and you get some sense of how far the operation has come since opening for business in 1976.

What Howard and Ruth Houlden began forty years ago, and still own, is now a multi-dimensional enterprise consisting of the fresh-grown vegeta... Read More

Sclamo Home Furnishings

By Magda Dakin

If you like supporting local businesses and are in need of furniture and appliances, then you’ve probably heard of the Sclamo furniture and appliance stores. Started by Louis Sclamo in the early 70s downtown Worcester, the stores have long held a special place in the heart of local shoppers. Louis started off his business as a TV and appliance guy who also repaired what he sold, back in the day when televisi... Read More