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Voices will be lifted high for Chorus Director Deb Temple’s swan song

By Rod Lee

Infused by members from far and wide including a number of individuals from the Blackstone Valley, the Westborough Community Chorus (WCC) is the living embodiment of the truth of the expression “there is strength in numbers.”

With a cast of approximately one hundred, the WCC is one of the largest troupes of its kind in the state. Also one of the oldest continuously in operation—since 1971 (forty-eight yea... Read More

Merger puts Millbury Savings, bankHometown in lockstep for future strength

By Rod Lee

Only eight miles separate Millbury Savings Bank on Elm St. in downtown Millbury and bankHometown on Sutton Ave. in Oxford, but as of October of this year that distance will have been reduced to nothing—figuratively; and for all intents and purposes in an actual sense.

With an affirmative vote by MSB’s corporators (which was scheduled to take place on April 24th) followed by regulatory approval, an agreeme... Read More

Breakfast at Stephanie’s Upton

After five years of successful breakfast service in South Grafton, Breakfast at Stephanie’s decided to move their well-loved breakfast feasts to larger accommodation, just a little further down the street to 3 Farm St. in Upton.

“We were just too cramped in the old place and there was always a fight for seats,” says owner Stephanie Miller. The new location is just off Rt. #140 near Upton Center, about 4.8 miles from the fo... Read More

The Haunt of Indian Corner Road

By Thomas D'Agostino

Colonial Rhode Island was once scattered with sparse little settlements within the vast woodland. Even today, Rhode Island consists of more woodland than cleared areas where little hamlets lay nestled along the main arteries leading to and from each other. South County, Rhode Island, was a major trading region for the local Indians and colonists. The area is also strewn with memorials where major battl... Read More

Independent Massachusetts Hospital Systems launch Value Alliance

South Weymouth, Mass., April 11, 2019 – A coalition of ten independent Massachusetts health systems, including 14 community hospitals, have formed the Massachusetts Value Alliance (MVA) to enhance their efforts in delivering high quality, patient-centered and cost-effective care to their communities.

The member hospitals of the MVA collectively represent the largest collaboration of independent healthcare providers in the... Read More

BHC announces 2019 “Birding the Blackstone” program

Whitinsville, MA (April 15, 2019) – Volunteers of Blackstone Heritage Corridor’s Birding Ambassadors program are leading a series of free, guided bird walks at some of their favorite birding spots this spring. The “Birding the Blackstone” spring series is being led by volunteer interpretive birders Beth and Paul Milke who have been leading walks for BHC for the past few years and have developed quite a following of avid birders.... Read More

Lake and Watershed Clean-up Event: Manchaug Pond

In a celebration of the arrival of spring and of our natural resources, everyone is invited to join members and friends of the Manchaug Pond Foundation in the annual spring clean-up event of Manchaug Pond and its watershed. Students, scout, groups, and clubs are most welcome.
Be part of the effort scheduled to take place Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Volunteers will meet at the... Read More

Auburn Chamber, Steve Londregan in ʽWoo hoo’ frame of mind

By Rod Lee

These are heady days for both the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and the city of Worcester, a fact that will be celebrated at the Auburn Chamber’s 57th annual general meeting on April 30 at J Anthony’s Italian Grill.

The event, which starts with cocktails at 5:30, will kick off a spring and summer crammed with Auburn Chamber happenings, Steve Londregan of Chuck’s Steak House & Margarita Grille said on Apr... Read More

After banner year, The Overlook takes on dementia, Alzheimer’s

By Rod Lee

Nowhere is the truth of the age-old expression “the whole is the sum of its parts” more apparent than at The Overlook retirement community on Masonic Home Road in the town of Charlton.

Operated by Masonic Health System of Massachusetts, The Overlook’s strength is the various pieces that make up its operation, from independent, assisted and memory-care living arrangements to short-term senior rehab, skille... Read More

bankHometown welcomes Stacey Berg as Mortgage Loan Specialist

Oxford, Massachusetts, April 11, 2019 – Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced the addition of Stacey Berg to the Residential Lending Department as a Mortgage Loan Specialist. With over 20 years of banking experience in the Oxford area, Stacey specializes in finding the lending product that will best fit the customer’s needs.

Stacey has been a trusted advisor to many, formerly with Santander Bank in... Read More