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Christmas trees and holiday spirit abound at Jim’s

By Rod Lee

Jim Gagne is a broad-shouldered, affable, middle-aged and mustachioed man whose affection for Christmas Day rivals that of a certain better-known character, even without the adornment of a beard and a red suit.

Mr. Gagne has loved the holiday “all my life,” ever since his parents began taking he and his sister around to look at Christmas lights when they were young, he said on November 18th in a Santa’s w... Read More

Millbury Savings to host children’s concerts and hayrides during Millbury Chain of Lights December 3

MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS—Millbury Savings Bank will host an array of free activities from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the Millbury Chain of Lights on Sunday, December 3.     

Back for a ninth year is award-winning children’s musician and puppeteer Mr. Kim Webster, who will perform two free children’s concerts at 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the bank’s lobby. Mr. Kim’s performances feature friendly puppets like “Ted Bear” a... Read More

Uncovering the hidden beauty in paper

by Christine Galeone

Have you noticed that artists and artisans seem to have a different way of looking at the world?  They can look at a block of ice and see a complex sculpture. They can see far beyond the surface into a world filled with hidden possibilities. 

Lisa Shea, an origami artist, can see a delicate, vibrant world in a single piece of paper, and, then, she brings the most beautiful parts of that world to... Read More

Annual Old-fashioned Christmas Bazaar

AUBURN - Come and enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas Bazaar and check out the collectibles, attic treasures, jewelry, plants, knit goods, holiday decor, toys, candy and baked items and lots more. Take a chance on one of the many raffles. There is something for everyone. It's all happening at St. Joseph's Church at 68 Central Street in Auburn from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 2. There's plenty of parking and the church is... Read More

No excuses allowed at No Alibi Fitness in Millbury

By Rod Lee

Ali Taber is a wife and the mother of two boys. Her neatly kept salt-and-pepper hair coupled with a gentle side brings to mind Joan Baez. In a former life, “all through my youth,” she says, she struggled with weight issues. Later she was a stay-at-home mom and a graphic designer for a company based in Framingham.

Today she is owner, personal trainer and group fitness instructor at No Alibi Fitness in Mill... Read More

Window Genie of Sutton – windows, gutters, and Christmas lights

By Magda Dakin

It’s fall and along with putting away the lawn tools, ripping up the dead tomato plants and getting the snow blower serviced, washing the windows to take advantage of the warm winter sun seems like a good idea. Except it would be great if you could use magic to get it done and not have to get up on the ladders yourself.

Wait! There’s a new guy in town who can make a little magic and you don’t even hav... Read More

The Sutton Chain of Lights – Connecting People to Places and Faces

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

As the name implies, the Sutton Chain of Lights - originally assembled in 1995 by Vaillancourt Folk Art owner Gary Vaillancourt, along with Eaton Farm Confectioners, Pleasant Valley Country Club, and Keown Orchards - is about to light up the historic town of Sutton while connecting people to places and faces from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 2.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship o... Read More

Sen. Moore, Humane Society to Hold ‘Paws & Policy’ event

WHO:  Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury), Stephanie Harris, Massachusetts State Director, Humane Society of the United States
WHAT: This event is an opportunity for local residents to learn more about how they can turn their compassion for animals into effective public policy advocacy.  The event is being coordinated with the support of the Humane Society of the United States and will cover how reside... Read More

Emergency shelter prepares for winter; needs ‘many volunteers’

By Barbara Van Reed

The United Presbyterian Church in Whitinsville began a brave new venture last winter, the opening of the Blackstone Valley Emergency Shelter, the first time such a facility had been available in the community.

The shelter provided a warm welcome and warm place to sleep for men, women, and children on the harshest winter nights, when temperatures fell below 15 degrees and snow fell more than three... Read More

Part 7 - Samuel Slater Museum in Webster: John Slater arrives from England

Two hundred years ago, everyone in Webster knew the name Samuel Slater. He had just sited the country’s very first woolen mill here, after establishing the American cotton spinning industry in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Slater’s textile business pioneering ventures earned him the name “Father of the American Industrial Revolution.”

Samuel Slater’s legacy can still be seen here... Read More