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The Valley Bean fills a void on North Main in Uxbridge

By Rod Lee

Motorists heading north or south in Uxbridge in recent months probably said to themselves “another empty storefront” when they passed the small building at 336 N. Main St.

The Cupcake Girl was gone, relocating to more fertile territory on the Mendon-Bellingham town line.

But then up popped The Valley Bean, a new-to-the-scene breakfast-and-lunch restaurant owned by Eric and Jennifer Visbeek of Uxbri... Read More

First Leaves makes microgreens for all seasons

By Magda Dakin

It’s exciting to see the first few shoots of green come out of the ground in the spring. Your mouth waters thinking about the fresh crisp tastes that will be coming soon. Larissa Molina of First Leaves Family Farm doesn’t have to wait until spring and neither do you. Larissa enjoys sprouting greens every day, in every season, in her greenhouses in Whitinsville.

“I love to watch the sprouts come up, al... Read More

Blackstone Valley groups address homelessness

By Magda Dakin

Seventy-five people gathered in the Media Center at the Northbridge High School on Thursday night, January 25, to learn about and discuss current needs in the community, and specifically homelessness as it appears in the Blackstone Valley. Dozens of groups and individuals gathered together in what appears to be the beginning stages of one, getting the news out that there is a problem and two, determini... Read More

CVS to Address Drug Disposal Concerns in Massachusetts

By Jason Poquette,
BPharm, R.Ph

Next to “Why is my copay so high?” one of the most frequent questions we get in the pharmacy are questions about how to properly dispose of unwanted or expired medications. CVS Health, which operates the CVS pharmacy chain, just announced they will install 42 drug disposal units in stores throughout The Bay State. The Governor seemed pleased, as unused opioid prescriptions have... Read More

Belsito name builds on Arnie’s Auto Body’s good reputation

By Rod Lee

At the age of forty-eight, Ray Belsito Jr. has seen enough cars and what can happen to them condition-wise not to be surprised when they show up at Arnie’s Auto Body in need of repair.

Still, he must have been just a little shocked last Wednesday when a young man drove his pretty red Camaro to the top of the hill on Center Depot Road in Charlton on which Mr. Belsito’s shop sits, parked, and pointed out da... Read More

Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast

Millbury, MA: The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce to host its Legislative Breakfast on Friday, February 16th, 2018 from 7:30am – 9:00am at the Charles F. Minney VFW Post 3329 16 S Main St, Millbury, MA 01527.

Join the Blackstone Valley Chamber, and all of your local legislators, for a question and answer session on all current legislation happening now. We are here to educate you as our members on issues that are goi... Read More

Auburn Annual Health & Business Expo set for March 27

The 11th Annual Health & Business Expo sponsored by the Auburn Chamber of Commerce will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, at the Auburn/Webster Lodge of Elks, 754 Southbridge Street in Auburn.

The popular annual event features dozens of local merchants, businesses, and organizations, each exhibiting their latest products and services, many offering free screenings, samples, and activities.  

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The Ghost of Mattie Cornwall

By Thomas D'Agostino

Many people are aware of the mansion in Gardner called the Victorian. The building has been the subject of several television shows, books and historical accounts. Arlene and I have had the fortunate pleasure to become acquainted with the two previous owners and even more, a few of the ghosts that reside within the mansion.

One in particular is the ghost of Mattie Cornwall, a former nanny to the... Read More

Hot Strings Guitar moves to Woodstock for lutherie, repair and antiques

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

“Are you a musical genius?” 

The question finds me midway through a visit to Hot Strings Guitar Shop, Woodstock, a new business located on 156 Route 171, where I’ve come out in the January rain to interview owner Jamie Boss, a musician whose talent, special trades, and history are as fascinating as the display of guitars adorning the shop’s right hand wall. 

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Russian women’s Olympian remains loyal and proud despite doping allegations

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

“It’s like living a dream. You still don’t believe it. It hit me during the Opening Ceremony. The countries come out and you walk out into the stadium and the crowd is there and you think, wow, we made it here!”  ~Yekaterina Pashkevitch

On February 1, the IOC lifted the bans of 28 Russian athletes, after the Court of Arbitration for Sports determined there was insufficient... Read More