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Pete Champagne’s rustic creations find Sturbridge, along with the bears

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

After countless years of being told he ought to “pursue this” Pete Champagne, a master wood craftsman and artist, has decided to listen.  Whether building out in his shed, outfitting the restaurants owned by Niche Hospitality Group (the woodwork of Mezcal, Bocado, Fix, People’s Kitchen and Citizen’s Wine Bar all hold his signature) or eyeballing a more “aesthetically pleasing” design for h... Read More

Douglas Common is alight once again

By Barbara Van Reed

The colorful wreaths with red bows decorating the utility poles along Main Street add a cheerful seasonal touch to downtown Douglas and the Town Common. The wreaths and lighting of the Common and gazebo are the work of the Common Preservation Society and dozens of contributing town residents. The Common has not been lit for about ten years.

Teena Porter, Jess Stanick Lambert, April Martinson Vass... Read More

Sen. Moore seeks suggestions for State House Display

BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) is pleased to announce an opportunity to showcase the unique cultural and artistic identity of the Second Worcester District.  The Senator is seeking one item that will be featured in a display case at the Massachusetts State House to represent the District.

The theme of the display celebrates Massachusetts' creative economy.  Items that are three dimensional and are visually... Read More

Millbury Savings Bank gives $3000 to Millbury and Sutton food pantries

MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, December 12, 2016In time for the holiday season, Millbury Savings has donated $3,000 to the food pantries in Millbury and Sutton.

Combined, these five food pantries—the Sutton Senior Center’s Michael A. Chizy Food Pantry, the Friends of the Millbury Seniors Food Pantry, the food pantry of the St. Vincent DePaul Society of the Catholic Parishes of Millbury, the Sandra L. Fischer F... Read More

Information Session about the proposed fracked-gas pipeline to run through Grafton

Featured presenters are Carolyn and Rand Barthel, members of the statewide network of climate advocates, 350Mass. The presentation is open to the public and will be followed by a question-and-answer period. The pipeline would also run through the neighboring towns of Upton, Millbury, Shrewsbury, Boylston, and W. Boylston.

When:  Wednesday, December 14th, 7:00pm

Where:  Grafton High School (24 Providence Rd., Grafton... Read More

A Christmas tradition with trees

By Magda Dakin

Holiday traditions are part of what makes the holiday so special. Choosing and cutting your own tree from the fields is a fun family tradition families often start when the kids are small, helping to make it about more than just the presents under the tree.

Many people choose a tree as early as Thanksgiving Day weekend, and that’s when the selection is best. But most tree farms still have a good selec... Read More

Shop Small 01588 thinks big, is a huge hit

By Rod Lee

Picture seasonably ideal late-November weather and Church Street in Whitinsville bustling with activity.

Picture people spinning the prize wheel in the lobby of UniBank in a bid for such giveaways as a canvas carrying bag or a piggy bank.

Picture one shopper at The Maker’s Waypost asking a companion as they perused merchandise “where for lunch, Thai or The Valley Café?”

Picture “Foxy Travele... Read More

Alternatives, Dennis Rice flying high at 40

By Rod Lee

It is quite obvious what Alternatives, a certain spectacular winged creature that is seen regularly in the Blackstone Valley and Dennis H. Rice have in common.

They all soar.

“The heron is on Alternatives’ T-shirts and the company’s brochure (for an annual bike ride) because Dennis is into herons!” Scott Rossiter of Grafton—a former member of Alternatives’ Board of Directors and a longtime friend o... Read More

Win 'em before you can buy 'em--

Indian Ranch is giving you another chance to win tix before you can buy them to Phil Vassar’s show on August 6th – not just any tickets – 3rd row seats and meet and greet passes.  Simply text PHIL to 71441 before noon Thursday. And don’t forget tix go on sale Friday at 10am at

The Other Ramtail Ghosts

By Thomas D’Agostino

Rhode Island is one of the very few states in America that has an official haunted site. The state recognized it as such in 1885 when Amos Perry entered the Ramtail Factory in Foster as being haunted. The area where the small factory and village once stood is but remnants of what it once was, but the haunting continues.

The main character in the haunting of Ramtail has been a former partner in t... Read More