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CrossFit HammerMill

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Gisele Bundchen’s catwalk across the Rio de Janeiro stage during the Olympics’ Opening Ceremony caught a bit of controversy, along with more than a few glances. Meanwhile, gym members of CrossFit HammerMill were likely doing what they do best—training like Olympians. 

Be it via Olympic Weightlifts, kettle bell work, short sprints, or partnered rowing, members of this strength-based “box” loca... Read More

An Inspiration becomes a reality for Ms. Almquist

By Rod Lee

Jannine Almquist has at least two reasons to feel proud of Inspiration Hair Studio & Day Spa, which she asserts is the town of Uxbridge’s oldest such salon.

  For starters, there is the fact that Ms. Almquist, a local girl and a graduate of Uxbridge High, bought the business from original owner Hope Bedard in 2014—fulfilling an ambition. The transition has been a smooth one. Not only is Ms. Bedard sti... Read More

Mendon’s 350th a time for smalls to stand tall

By Rod Lee

Do not be surprised if businesses like C.M. Allaire & Sons, Country Bumpkins and Yarn Garden trot front and center for the town of Mendon’s 350th-anniversary in 2017.

Or if such other enterprises as Alicante Restaurant & Lounge, The Blessing Barn Home Store, George’s Surf & Turf, The Head Shed, Southwick’s Zoo, New England Steak & Seafood, Willow Brook Restaurant, Mendon Greenhouse and of... Read More

REAL ID Legislation Signed into Law

BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) announced that a bill recently approved by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor will bring Massachusetts into compliance with the Federal REAL ID Act of 2005.   

The Federal law establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards throughout the Nation.  While making progress towards compliance, th... Read More

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