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Just off the beaten path, A Page Turner strives for a foothold

By Rod Lee

Stan Sumrall can be found, when he is able to be there, nestled among the books and a few musical instruments at The Page Turner in Webster.

Mr. Sumrall smiles in readily acknowledging that he and his wife Donna’s relatively small store must be “the other bookstore” in town, noting as he does so that he and Deb Horan of the heavily trafficked Booklovers’ Gourmet at 55 East Main St. are “buddies.” Because... Read More

New Medicare cards are arriving in Massachusetts mailboxes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing new Medicare cards to protect the safety and security of people with Medicare benefits. The new Medicare cards no longer contain a person’s Social Security number, but rather a unique, randomly-assigned Medicare number that protects the identities of people with Medicare reduces fraud and offers better safeguards of important health and financial information. 

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Weight Loss and Insulin Resistance

By Jason Poquette,
BPharm, R.Ph

A recently published article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has gotten people talking about low carbohydrate diets and insulin resistance again. Entitled “The Carbohydrate-Insulin Model of Obesity. Beyond Calories In, Calories Out,” the article seeks to explain our obesity epidemic which continues to grow in spite of education around calories and exercise. Whi... Read More

“Dr. Liz” is the new superintendent of Oxford Public Schools

By Constance Reddy Dwyer

She started her new job on July 1, and Dr. Elizabeth Ann Zielinski, better known as “Dr. Liz,” is very happy to be at the helm of the Oxford Public Schools system. She will be involved with the four schools in the District: Chaffee Elementary, Clara Barton Elementary, Oxford Middle School, and Oxford High School, in all serving 1,357 students.

Dr. Liz came to Oxford from the King Philip Regi... Read More

Helping Hands Award goes to John Lefebvre of Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley

By Janet Stoica

John Lefebvre has been associated with the Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley since he was ten years old, and for the past 50 years he has given his time, talent, and treasure to the club that helps local youth prepare themselves for their future.

Mr. Lefebvre will be formally honored for his many years of service at a banquet on Thursday, September 6, at Webster’s Point Breeze Restaurant, where... Read More

Blackstone Heritage Corridor Presents 4th Annual GO!

Whitinsville, MA - Go pick pumpkins at an alpaca farm, go geocaching in an historic park, go earn a Junior Ranger badge and go explore the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. With more nearly 100 events to choose from, Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC) proudly presents its 4th annual GO! program this September, highlighting the Blackstone River Valley as a destination for family fun and exp... Read More

State’s foot dragging on tax free weekend rankles merchants

By Rod Lee

It should come as no surprise to legislators on Beacon Hill that the owners of appliance and furniture stores in Central Massachusetts are more than slightly perturbed—and miffed—that  the state is again dragging its feet about whether to approve a “sales tax-free weekend,” good for transactions conducted August 11-12.

“They’re waiting until the last minute like they do every year,” Raoul Chalifoux of Spe... Read More

Diane Pollard: connecting the community through music

by Christine Galeone

In 2004, a couple of church organists approached Diane Pollard. They knew she was a talented vocalist and pianist who had experience vocal conducting the Northbridge Middle School’s drama club. They also knew that she was well connected in the Blackstone Valley music community. When they asked her to put together and conduct a chorus for an ecumenical Advent concert, she was happy to do it.   

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Grafton’s Business Scene – July 2018

by Christine Galeone

With kids out of school and parents having some vacation time to spend, this is the perfect season for families to have some adventures together. But adventures aren’t limited to ziplining in the mountains or parasailing in exotic locations. Sometimes, the smallest adventures can have the biggest impact.

Thankfully, the Town of Grafton and its businesses and organizations have g... Read More

True Touch Massage: therapy for muscle aches and pains

By Janet Stoica

Her business is situated in the medical offices located a skip past Lakeview Marina in Webster at 325 Thompson Road, around the back of the building. She moved to her current location last September and her customers have found True Touch Massage Therapy’s new home to be a calming and peaceful oasis—a spot to be healed from the aches and pains of everyday life.

Pauline Weagle, Licensed Massage Therap... Read More