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Lincoln learns to be thankful

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

New things are nothing new when it comes to living with Lincoln. Just like that, my largest male of the litter (now a robust seven year old) makes sudden decisions to change his habits, such as the recent boycott of his $400 Orvis couch-style bed. He’s chosen, instead, to sprawl across my silky white shag (ordered less expensively from Wayfair). “It’s his new thing,” we say, refusing to hit the pani... Read More

The Rose Room rises again – this time at the former Deb’s Place

By Janet Stoica

There used to be a popular restaurant and bar on Webster’s East Main Street known as Andy’s. Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell now sits in its place.

Andy’s was owned by Andrew Stefanik and his restaurant had a function room by the name of The Rose Room, where this writer’s parents had their 1950 wedding reception.

The great-granddaughter of Mr. Stefanik, Jess Sabine, along with her husband, Bi... Read More

Modern new guest house at the Publick House reflects historic traditions

By Janet Stoica

When the Harrington family decided to purchase the Publick House properties in Sturbridge from the previous owners in 2005, it was with a sense of preserving Colonial-era traditions and the integrity of the property’s humble beginnings in the late 1700s.

Now, their pride in keeping with Colonial tradition continues with the opening of their new, recently-completed 28-room guest house. P & P Const... Read More

TLGV and partners launch next phase of $6.1 Million Southern New England Heritage Forest Grant Program

The Last Green Valley (TLGV), the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership (MassConn) and the Northern Rhode Island Conservation District (NRICD) are pleased to offer a new opportunity for woodland landowners to obtain forest management plans with bird habitat assessments.

The program is phase two of the $6.1 million Southern New England Heritage Forest conservation effort, an unprecedented three-state collaboration made po... Read More

bankHometown Kicks off 15th year of contributing to Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign

OXFORD, MA: bankHometown kicked off their 15th year of participating in the Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) Campaign with a challenge to local residents to help support local food pantries.

For more than 30 years, NHN has helped people faced with financial difficulties caused by accidents, fires, life challenging illness and disabilities or other reasons beyond their control. Each November, customers and community... Read More

Sutton begins to look a lot like Christmas

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Winter in New England may be harsh but – for those of us who live in the historical town of Sutton – there’s a piece of the season we long for each year, and which happens annually during the first weekend of December.  The Sutton Chain of Lights is a treasured tradition glittered with the collective spirit of local businesses, churches, schools, and friends and family of the Sutton... Read More

J. Scott Rielly joins UniBank as Vice President of Commercial Banking

WHITINSVILLE, MA – Robert E. Paulsen, Jr., SVP and Senior Lending Officer of UniBank, recently announced that J. Scott Rielly has joined the bank as Vice President and Commercial Lender. In this role, Mr. Rielly provides relationship management and portfolio management for commercial businesses. 
Mr. Rielly has over 30 years of experience in commercial lending and financial services. He was most recently... Read More

Baker-Polito administration announces $575K MassWorks Award for Grafton

GRAFTON – November 20, 2018 – Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Grafton Town Administrator Timothy McInerney and other local and state officials to announce a $575,000 MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant for sewer improvements on Westboro Road.
The project will add 1,425 feet of sewer main along Westboro Road. The sew... Read More

Salvation Army seeking bell ringers

Ringing bells for Salvation Army can be a challenge in the cold winter days, but it is a worthwhile endeavor for you and your family members of all ages. It will also benefit others who will need fuel, medical or rent assistance this winter.  Can you give just TWO HOURS of your time? Do you need Community Service Hours for school? Walmart, Shaw’s & now Market 32 are joining us in this worthwhile cause and all... Read More

Interesting epitaphs

By Thomas D’Agostino

Since my last two installments, I received several requests for more interesting epitaphs.  It appears the New England sense of humor spans the ages when it comes to these quirky and cute limericks and verses. No one was impervious to the chisel and hammer’s compensated prose. Family, friends and even disgruntled neighbors often came... Read More