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Webster receives community development grant

By Janet Stoica

Webster has received a Fiscal Year 2017 Community Development Block Grant of up to $825,000 from the state, Senator Ryan Fattman and Representative Joseph McKenna announced last week. The grant money will be used to make physical improvements on Dresser Street, improvements to local residents’ homes, and support for the local Head Start program at its new location on School Street.

According to Carol... Read More

Free Trolley Tours of Historic Whitinsville

WHITINSVILLE, MA -  On Saturday, September 23, 2017, the Blackstone Valley community is invited to join the Northbridge Historical Commission on “The Whitin Legacy” trolley tours of historic Whitinsville. Tours are free, but seating is limited. Those interested may call the Whitinsville Social Library at 508-234-2151 to sign up. Please see full details below.

Through the narration of town historian, Ken Warchol, participan... Read More

Samuel Slater Museum in Webster: The people who worked in the mills

By Richard Cazeault

This is the fifth in a series of articles recounting the history of Samuel Slater, who built the first textile mills in Webster. Local businessman Christopher Robert is creating a historical museum that will chronicle Samuel Slater’s far-reaching impact on both local and national textile manufacturing. The museum will be housed in the Webster town-owned National Guard Armory. State approval for the... Read More

2nd Annual Art & Music Makers Festival coming September 9

One-of-a-kind arts and crafts, hands on art opportunities, and kids crafts, too! ValleyCAST’s 2nd Annual Art & Music Makers Festival coming to Alternatives’ Whitin Mill on Saturday, September 9th is a free event where guests of all ages and abilities are sure to leave with something special. Rain date Saturday, September 16th.

From 10am – 3pm a variety of talented artisans will be sel... Read More

Wojcik keen on future as Douglas town administrator

By Rod Lee

It might not have been readily apparent to those in attendance at the selectmen’s meeting of August 1st that the town of Douglas has landed itself a capable administrator in Matthew J. Wojcik, who officially began work on July 24th.

For starters Mr. Wojcik (pronounced Wo-jik, with a silent c) was a barely conspicuous presence sitting on the left-hand side of the table (as viewed from the gallery) in the R... Read More

Apple Tree Arts Stages “Sister Act”

Grafton, Mass. Aug. 14, 2017 .  . Apple Tree Arts presents “Sister Act,” an inspirational, musical comedy showcasing the talents of 19 actors on Friday, Aug. 18, 7 p.m. at Grafton High School, 24 Providence Road in Grafton. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors/students. The show is appropriate for PG audiences. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Based on the popular 1992 film, the hilarious musical tells the story... Read More

Massachusetts 2017 Low Number Plate Lottery Applications now being accepted

 BOSTON – Representative David K. Muradian, Jr., (R-Grafton) is happy to announce that the Registry of Motor Vehicles is currently taking applications for the 2017 Low Number Plate Lottery.
 In 2016, the Registry received approximately 8,600 applications for the 183 plates being offered. This was a whopping 2,600 increase from the previous... Read More

It’s time to Pick Your Own at local orchards

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire
Breezeland Orchards – optimism, flavor, and fruit

The Tuttle Family of Breezeland Orchards, in Warren, has a simple philosophy when it comes to growing apples: that is, to ensure that they offer the public the best possible eating apple. Doing so is anything but easy, yet the five-generation family, seeded in 1896 by Vernon Tuttle, has the system down to a science.

“We... Read More

Harrington Auxiliary 9th Annual Car and Motorcycle Show

SOUTHBRIDGE: Does your garage house a ’67 Pontiac Firebird? Or maybe your favorite ride is a red ’65 Mustang convertible or a 2004 Dodge Viper. Regardless of make or model, buff up those classics and head to Connecticut for the 9th Annual Classic Car and Motorcycle Show. The Harrington Auxiliary once again sponsors “Cruising’ into Healthcare” at Bogeys Ice Cream Stand/Thompson Speedway in Thompson, Connecticut, on Sunday, Augus... Read More

Millbury Savings Bank donates $7,000 for senior van

MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, August 9, 2017—Millbury Savings Bank recently donated $7,000 to the Friends of the Millbury Seniors, aiding the purchase of a new van for transporting area elderly and disabled residents.       
“The Friends’ transportation program provides a valuable service, supporting the care and well-being of hundreds of people,” said Robert J. Morton, the bank’s president and chief executive officer. “W... Read More