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Teddy Bear Farms is ready for Christmas

By Magda Dakin

For more than 20 years Teddy Bear Farms has been located on a busy stretch of westbound Route 20 in Auburn just before the Oxford line. As owner Tony Kruckas says, “People have been driving by here twice a day for years and still don’t realize I’m here.” A gem hidden in plain sight.

A full-scale garden center open 10 months of the year, Teddy Bear Farms is more than it seems to be from the road. In sp... Read More

Dudley Police Goods for Guns Buyback Program

In an effort to prevent injury or death from unwanted or unsafe guns in local homes, the Dudley Police Department is pleased to announce that it will be participating in the 15th Annual Goods for Guns Buyback Program from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, December 10, 2016. This program is sponsored by the UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Injury Prevention Center and the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office. 

The program... Read More

Brightest and Best -- Favorite Christmas Music of the Quinebaug Valley Singers

The Quinebaug Valley Singers, one of south-central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut's finest community choruses known for dynamic and original performances that bring audiences leaping to their feet in rapturous applause, will present their annual Christmas concerts on Saturday, December 10th at 7:30 p.m. in St. Joachim Chapel at St. Anne/St. Patrick Parish, Fiskdale (Sturbridge), Massachusetts (corner of routes 148 and... Read More

UrgentCare Express in Oxford is Harrington’s newest jewel

UrgentCare Express in Oxford is Harrington’s newest jewel

By Rod Lee

The sea of people that gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Harrington Memorial Hospital’s new UrgentCare Express at Harrington facility in Oxford the morning of November 16th included one who could have been described as easily the most excited of all.

That would be Harrington President/CEO Edward H. Moore.... Read More

Games Gift Guide

Games for toddlers (3 and under)

The primary goal of playing a board game with a toddler is learning turn-taking. Board games a toddler can play won't be the most interesting for an adult, but we can still do better than Chutes & Ladders or Candyland!

  • Hisss - a great introductory game, this uses simple color-matching, and can be played either competitively or co-operatively.
  • Don't... Read More

Human and animal disaster trainings held in the valley

Blackstone Valley – The Central Massachusetts Disaster Animal Response Team, Inc (CMDART) participated in two significant  trainings this past month to aid preparedness for  natural or man-made disasters in our region.  CMDART worked in cooperation with the Tri-Epic Regional Planning Committee and Harrington Hospital  who organized a practice exercise that focused on  preparedness for a hazardous material incident.  CMDART set up... Read More

Auburn Chamber President makes strides to increase value to members

By Ed Londergan

Carrie Cross is a busy woman. The lifelong Auburn resident, the youngest of six children, is Director of Admissions and Marketing at the Life Care Center of Auburn, a rehabilitation and long-term care facility. She has worked there for 21 years.

Carrie is also President of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce, taking over that role last May. She has been a Chamber member for 10 years and served on many com... Read More

Harrington’s second Urgent Care location announces opening for patient care

OXFORD – Harrington HealthCare System has announced its newest UrgentCare Express location at 78 Sutton Avenue in Oxford, across from Market Basket, Home Depot and the Oxford Retail Crossing Plaza. UrgentCare Express in Oxford will have the same hours of operation as the Charlton site: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The O... Read More

Wareham's Haunted Violin

Thomas D'Agostino

I remember reading this account many years ago as a child and it has always intrigued me. The mere fact that it made world news alone made this next story a legendary tale for Halloween, especially since the ghost is not a misty figure roaming the dark chambers of an old mansion but rather a beautiful ornate violin.

The Joseph Horn... Read More

The Gypsy Rose adds to re-flowering of Oxford

By Rod Lee

Enter Joanna Thomas with a plan to make The Gypsy Rose Floral Boutique at 250 Main St. an integral part of an evolving and expanding retail scene in the town of Oxford.

“Oxford can change. It’s not just gas stations and pizza places!” Ms. Thomas said last week, in explaining why after twenty-seven years in the floral industry and a period of time providing decorations for weddings out of her house she opt... Read More