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Goretti’s: The little market that could

By Rod Lee

Long before The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley came along as a bustling center of commerce that in part defines life in the town of Millbury there were the powerhouse factories that stamped the community as a mill village. Those and such recognizable landmarks as The Torrey House, The Asa Waters Mansion, the familiar brick-and-mortar lending institutions (MCU, Millbury Savings Bank and Millbury National Bank), the... Read More

Grafton copes with discouraging LPG storage ruling

By Christine Galeone

In 2015, the Town of Grafton faced major challenges. But despite controversies, the town’s personnel and elected officials have been busy, striving to face the challenges alongside the citizens. One of those elected officials is Craig Dauphinais, the chair of Grafton’s Board of Selectmen. He graciously agreed to give his insights into a few important issues Grafton faced last year. He also discussed a... Read More

Call for artists

The Auburn Cultural Council is once again preparing for its Spring Art Show – “Art for the Arts” show and sale to be held Saturday May 7 from 10-3 at Pakachoag Church . The show is free and open to the public. We invite adult artists and high school students in grades 11 and 12 from Auburn, as well as surrounding towns, to participate. We are looking for original framed works in these categories:Oil/Acrylic paintings, Watercolors... Read More

Jumpstart your new business with Krosslinks

By Janet Stoica

Starting your own small business can be exhilarating but it can also be lonely and frustrating. 

That’s where Krosslinks comes in.

If you’re thinking about starting a new business or need advice to guide you through the new business permit process then it’s time for you to meet with other entrepreneurs and business advisors at Krosslinks. Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at... Read More

Charlton ready for challenges in the New Year

By Janet Stoica

Charlton – The biggest accomplishment for the Town of Charlton this past year has been its success in dealing with a very dangerous stretch of Route 20 on the Oxford/Charlton line.  “Before the terrible accident that had recently happened on that section of Route 20, the state had advised us that our request for safety improvements was going to be dropped from their modification list,” said Rick Swensen, Ch... Read More

Support group for families of addicts and alcoholics outgrows the living room

Pam is the mother of a drug-addicted child. To help her cope with the challenges of living with an addict, she would go to Worcester-based support groups, as there were none in the southern Worcester County area.

“So many families are struggling with addiction,” says Pam. “It has just exploded in our community and a lot of families need help to deal with loved ones with this horrible disease.”

The need for a local s... Read More

Annual WCCD seedling sale underway

By Magda Dakin

When thoughts turn to spring, it inevitably means, “When can I start thinking about planting?”  Whether your yard is big or small, or you’re planting in pots on the patio, a great place to begin is at the Annual Seedling Sale. The fundraiser benefits the Worcester County Conservation District (WCCD), a mostly volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the quality of local water, soil and natural resource... Read More

Mendon headlines: school budget, D.C. Bates move, Pearson Farm sale

By Magda Dakin

A bustle of activity at the Mendon Town Hall reflects the enthusiasm of residents doing what’s best for their community and the future of their town. 

Town Administrator Kimberly Newman praised the involvement of committee members and volunteers alike in doing the work required to pass the biggest budget item that came before the town this year: the override that funded the regional school district bu... Read More

ʽBe Mine’ never tasted sweeter

By Rod Lee

For shopkeepers in the Blackstone Valley, Valentine’s Day is more than that interlude between the tepid post-Christmas month of January and the push to spring when sales start to spike again.

  February 14th (a Sunday this year) may be “a lighter holiday for us” as Patrick Moran of The Welcoming Lantern in Whitinsville—speaking for stores that cannot rely... Read More

Hyping Central Massachusetts


By Janet Stoica

Dudley resident Katelyn Rozenas is the new Regional Marketing Coordinator for Discover Central Massachusetts, the recently reorganized tourism council for the southern section of Central Massachusetts, and there couldn’t have been a better person selected for the position. Her positive energy and vibrant enthusiasm for all things Central Massachusetts are infectious.

The first thing she talk... Read More