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Reptile store to mark first anniversary

By Janet Stoica

As I stood next to Lucy, the 17-foot python, I immediately thought of my co-worker Carol’s words to me when I was assigned this story and expressed second thoughts about entering a reptilian pet store.  “Oh, come on, Janet, it’s no big deal.”  Well, it certainly was a big deal and my senses were on high alert as I peered into the ivory Burmese python’s living quarters and saw it staring back at me.... Read More

Diana’s Pool

By Thomas D’Agostino

The Natchaug River boasts beautiful scenery and natural wonders as it flows along its 17.9-mile stretch through Windham and Tolland Counties in eastern Connecticut. There are many areas to hike, swim, or picnic along the river but one particular area is steeped in legend and haunts. This area is known as Diana’s Pool in the town of Chaplin.

The pool is 15 feet deep in places and resembles a smal... Read More

Massachusetts and the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

Medical professionals, law enforcement and politicians are scrambling to address what has been called an “opioid overdose epidemic” in Massachusetts.  Deaths related to the misuse of prescription pain relievers like hydrocodone and oxycodone are on the rise.  In 2012 we saw 668 documented cases of opioid-related overdose deaths.  Last year the number was 1089.  And according to some early re... Read More

It’s the Tom Brady Effect-- and Circuit Barn is ready for you

By Janet Stoica

NORTH OXFORD – Sometime in early September the television sets in New England undergo a miraculous cleaning.  They are arranged in their best viewing positions, dusted with cans of air or soft cloths sprayed with electronic cleaning chemicals, smudges are wiped away, and remote controls are at the ready.

Man caves and lady caves and kid caves are vacuumed and mopped, chairs are brought in and relocat... Read More

Free dementia program

St. Camillus Adult Day Health Center announces a free dementia educational presentation in honor of National Family Caregiver Month in November.   Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s.   Julie McMurray from the Alzheimer’s Association will present “Effective Communication Strategies ” on Thursday evening,  November 19 from 6:00pmto 7:30pm at the St. Camillus Adult Day Health Center campus... Read More

Harrington HealthCare System opens New Women’s Health Center in Charlton

CHARLTON, Mass. – October 27, 2015 – Harrington HealthCare System has announced the addition of a new Women’s Health Center at 61 North Main Street in Charlton. The center, which will open in November, is a part of Harrington Physician Services, Harrington’s primary care and multi-specialty physician group. The obstetrics and gynecology office will offer a wide range of preventive and diagnostic services for women of all ages.... Read More

A first visit to the Publick House Historic Inn

By Barbara Van Reed

Several weeks ago a reader called our office to ask where she could pick up a copy of The Yankee Xpress because she wanted to clip the Publick House “buy-one-get-one-free” coupon, which appears in every issue.

That prompted me to do something I’d been planning for years myself: clip the coupon and visit the Publick House Historic Inn and Country Lodge. Though I live in the Blackstone Valley, I ha... Read More

Your Health Matters

By Janet Stoica

STURBRIDGE – Your taste buds will perk up when you enter the new Your Health Matters food store, which opened here in August.  The aroma is tantalizing and it’s not easy to discern which line of healthy product your nose is attracted to or which bouquet of pleasantness you are experiencing.  “Everyone tells me that the store’s aroma is very appealing,” says co-owner David Termine. “I guess... Read More

May Your Hearts Dance Forever!

By Janet Stoica

SOUTHBRIDGE – It was a beautiful sight. The Latino ladies of a certain age with their handsome partners dancing the traditional waltz they would have gently glided to had they still been teenagers.  Many of these wonderful senior citizens did not have the opportunity to take part in a Quinceanera, a Sweet 15 Party, when they were younger. 

But now, they had a leader in Roxana Gomez, Coordinator of th... Read More

New England’s Last “Vampire”

By Thomas D’Agostino

I am surprised at number of New Englanders who do not know that our region was once the vampire capital of the world. From 1784 to 1892 as known, countless families exhumed their loved ones in search of a spectral ghoul praying upon the living. Once found, the most common remedy to rid the vampire was to cut out the heart, liver, lungs, and burn them. In most cases it was recorded that their living fam... Read More

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