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Boys & Girls Club of Webster Dudley receives donation from The Central Mass. Auto Auction

On Thursday September 19, 2019, The Boys & Girls Club of Webster Dudley received a donation from The Central Mass. Auto Auction in Oxford, MA in the amount of $16,684. Pictured from L - R.   Joe Smalley (CMAA), Mark Marzeotti & Dr. Rock Jean-Guillaume (Board members of BGCWD), Matt Smalley & Luke Semmelrock (CMAA),  Rob Bouchard & John Lefebvre (Board members of BGCWD).

Douglas – Oktoberfest is upon us!

There was a time when they raced horses down Main St., Douglas. This year, on October 5th, we will once again be closing Main and Depot Streets to traffic-- and opening it up to our friends and neighbors!

From 9am to 4pm we will have live music, games, rides, food, car show, fundraisers, little dog races, and a Rib Cooking competition. This year we will feature hyper local Purgatory Brewing beer in our beer tent with music... Read More

Apple Tree Arts offers music programs in the fall

Grafton, MA--Apple Tree Arts is offering three choral programs, a new chamber music ensemble program, two levels of Jam Band, community chorus, Piano Immersion and private music lessons this fall. Registration is ongoing at

Treble Choir features elementary-school aged children in grades two to six under the direction of Kayla Cardin voice and early childhoo... Read More

Regional Drive-Through Recycling & Reuse Event Returns to Grafton on November 2

All towns invited: recycle electronics, textiles and more--

North Grafton, MA (September 16, 2019) -  A regional drive-through recycling and reuse event is returning to North Grafton, MA, on Saturday, November 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 200 Westboro Road. Items being collected include electronics, Styrofoam (white #6 only), textiles, books and more. All towns are welcome to participate. Fees (cash o... Read More

Lincoln goes boating

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

It’s a dog-person thing. Every time I visit a captivating place, I think about my dog. Then I find a way to include him. Regatta Point Community Sailing, of Lake Ave, Worcester, is no exception. If you’ve never been to the camp, here’s a debrief. Think laughter, freedom, boating, ice cream, and swimming. Got it? Then think war, politics, violence, and road rage. And think the opposi... Read More

This workshop is for women only

Who wouldn’t want to have more hours in a day, more control over her life, and a positive work/life balance? But for many of us it’s easier said than done.

The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce established a Women’s Success Network program earlier this year with a goal to provide area women with tools and events to achieve success in every phase of their lives and careers.

The next event is an informative and in... Read More

Spotlight shines on BV Education Hub, student achievers

By Rod Lee

It could be said that no better evidence exists of a perfect collaboration—between the private and public sectors, between Democrats and Republicans, between the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce and its many partners—than the one that was celebrated on August 30th during a MassMEP Recognition Ceremony for twelve learner-achievers at the Blackstone Valley Education Hub at the Linwood Mill in Whitinsville.... Read More

Blackstone, Millville hold their own as centers of commerce

By Rod Lee

Situated just north of the border of Rhode Island and just south of the hustle and bustle of communities located near the city of Worcester, the seemingly sleepy towns of Blackstone and Millville lay claim to business districts that are surprisingly active.

Donna Latour, a decorative painter who has operated The Tole Booth, a gift shop at 129 Main St. in Blackstone, for seventeen and a half years, can att... Read More

Al’s Rubbish & Container Celebrates 25 years of excellence and triumph as “Little Guy”

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Despite a few nudges from his colleagues now and then, President Al Gerard, of Al’s Rubbish & Container, has no plans to retire at the age of 63. He has too much to be grateful for—a small business he’s got down to a science, a wife he admires, an energetic son to carry on the rubbish name, and an Office Manager whom he claims “is what makes everything go well.” The past summer, likewise, dealt... Read More

In September, restaurants’ and patrons’ thoughts turn to patio dining

By Rod Lee

Call it deck dining. Outside dining. Patio dining. Street-side dining.

Regardless of the term used, taking advantage of the opportunity to enjoy cocktails, lunch or dinner in the open air—weather permitting—is a much more prevalent pastime in the Blackstone Valley, Central Massachusetts, Northeastern Connecticut and Northern Rhode Island than most people realize.

Shown a “master list” of establishm... Read More