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Lincoln goes to Providence College

By Amy Palumbo LeClaire

It wasn’t Lincoln’s first time at the college though, all things considered, it just might be his last. The two of us, Dog and Dog Mom, got a jump on Providence College “holiday break” traffic, heading south on Route 146 on a Monday afternoon, rather than battle the more hectic Thanksgiving Eve drivers. One of my son’s classes was cancelled, allowing us to capitalize on road cheer.

The first... Read More

The Dancer’s Sole comes home after Webster tornado

By Janet Stoica

Saturday, August 4, looked like a typical rainy summer day until the wind picked up and an EF-1 tornado touched down in Webster and left its malicious mark on residents and businesses.

Kristen St. Laurent, owner of The Dancer’s Sole, located at 6 Main Street, was preparing for her customary “open house.” She sat at a reception table with her mom Ann Surprise, dance instructor Greta Pearson, and offic... Read More

Dudley Police Department will participate in the 17th Annual Goods for Guns program

On Saturday, December 15th from 9 am to 1 pm, for the third time, the Dudley Police Department will participate in the 17th Annual Goods for Guns program sponsored by UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Injury Prevention Center and the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office. 

This program is designed to prevent injury or death from unwanted or unsafe guns in local homes.  Many people have older or unused firearms in their... Read More

Oxford Police Department practices charitable giving all season long

By Connie Reddy Dwyer

During a recent interview with Oxford Police Chief Anthony Saad, he acknowledged how pleased he is that “our Police Department’s staff is involved with the community” in its ongoing efforts to reach out to those in need in Oxford. 

On Sunday, September 2, the Oxford police, fire and EMS associations sponsored their “11th Annual “Operation Santa” for children up to age 10, at the Oxford Communit... Read More

Sky’s the limit for Galaxy Development in Webster, elsewhere

By Rod Lee

In his office on the first floor of a handsome building on Southbridge St. in Auburn Michael C. O’Brien was thinking about a trade show coming up in New York City the following week.

“It is a three-day show” and a chance for his company, Galaxy Development LLC, to tout its capabilities to prospective clients including members of the retail industry.

Mr. O’Brien in his blue golf shirt open at the ne... Read More

Tri-Valley joins Meals on Wheels America and Subaru in Sharing the Love this Holiday Season

DUDLEY/WEBSTER (December 7, 2018) – Tri-Valley’s Nutrition Program is proud to announce that it will be participating in the annual Subaru Share the Love Event as a member of Meals on Wheels America – one of four national Share the Love charitable partners for the 11th  year running. From November 15, 2018 to January 2, 2019, Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle s... Read More

Rehoboth's Village Cemetery

By Thomas D'Agostino

The Village Cemetery in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, is host to a most unfriendly ghost, or at least those who have witnessed him seem to think so. Reported sightings of the apparition go back but a few decades but the haunt seems to be of Victorian origin. Those who have witnessed him say he is dressed in period clothing, but he certainly... Read More

bankHometown Kicks off 16th Annual Pajama Drive for Local Children in need during the Holidays

OXFORD, MA:  bankHometown kicked off their 16th annual pajama drive on November 26 with a challenge to residents to help support local children in need of new pajamas or slippers.

From now until December 15, all 13 bankHometown branches will be accepting pajama donations for children sizes 4T and up, as well as small and medium sizes in men and women. Pajamas must be in complete sets (top and bottom) or an appropriate nigh... Read More

New Tillyer House keeps it local at Publick House

By Rod Lee

Excitement was already running high in the place named Tillyer House even before the dignitaries and well-wishers swooped in to offer their congratulations on an official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony the afternoon of November 29th.

Connie Pion who is director of sales for The Publick House Historic Inn & Country Motor Lodge on Rt. 131 (On the Common) in Sturbridge and Michael J. Glick who... Read More

Pastors reflect on how to “Gather Straw” for Christmas

by Christina Galeone

During the holidays, many people find participating in traditions a heartwarming experience.  For many Christians, some traditions can also lead to a deeper connection to our faith. 

One such tradition that many families enjoy involves an empty manger. For each good deed a family member does, that person may place a piece of straw in the manger. By Christmas Eve, it should be filled with straw,... Read More