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Commercial Lender Todd Donohoe of bankHometown

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

On September 28 of this year, Todd Donohoe celebrated his one-year anniversary as Commercial Lender for Bank Hometown, Auburn. As far as the new job goes, the banker with a college background in Business and Japanese Studies is candid about what “gets him up every day” to come to work:  Helping people. With ten years of management experience (Rental Enterprise, Bank of America, Santander Bank) Dono... Read More

Webster Dudley Business Alliance marks 10 years

By Barbara Van Reed

The Webster Dudley Business Alliance (WDBA) celebrated its 10-year anniversary last week at its annual meeting, held at Point Breeze Restaurant in Webster. The WDBA was founded in October of 2006 to promote the benefits of doing business locally, and currently has more than 50 members.

The group’s president Deb Horan, owner of Booklovers’ Gourmet, recounted some of the lasting contributions the a... Read More

Thanksgiving dinner help

By Barbara Van Reed

Where can I get a fresh, hormone-free turkey? Where can I get a prepared Thanksgiving meal for pick-up? Who has homemade holiday pies for sale? If those are the questions, here are some possible answers.

At Whittier Farms in Sutton, fresh turkeys from the Out Post Farm in Holliston will be available in sizes from 12 to 30 pounds, at $3.79 per pound. Out Post’s gravy is $6.99 a quart.  Out Post tu... Read More

Hospice Volunteers Needed

November 4, 2016 – SALMON VNA & Hospice seeks volunteers in Charlton, Dudley, Leicester, Marlborough, Oxford, Spencer, Webster and West Boylston for companionship to hospice patients, giving their caregivers a much-needed break. Just 2-3 hours per week, with training and support provided. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Mike Metcalf at 774-214-8702 or... Read More

Blackstone Valley Shopping Tour to support local merchants on Small Business Saturday

Local travel agency Foxy Travel Inc. has a big idea for Small Business Saturday, the annual day-after-Black-Friday, which mostly benefits the larger enterprises.

“We have designed a Blackstone Valley Shopping Tour that we sincerely hope to make an annual event,” said Tiffany Cutting, motorcoach tour coordinator for Foxy Travel. “This tour was developed to feature the small businesses that we consider hidden gems here in th... Read More

New home suits Rebecca’s Place 3 just fine

By Rod Lee

After having occupied several previous locations, Rebecca Tredeau may have found a permanent home for “Rebecca’s Place 3” at 3 Farm St. in Upton next to the Upton Senior Center.

Her current spot, in a handsome building retrofitted by Owner Tim Davidson, seems to fit the bill in all regards with seating for approximately 85 people in space that has been nicely divided between an area featuring a counter an... Read More

You’ve got a friend, at Millbury Savings Bank

By Rod Lee

The $80,000 and sometimes more that Millbury Savings Bank hands out to organizations, youth and senior-citizen groups and other nonprofits each year through its charitable-giving program does not begin to quantify MSB’s commitment to the communities it serves.

So says Judy O’Connor, executive director of the Millbury Senior Center. “My God, they are such a best friend, one of the best banking institutions... Read More

Grafton’s Business Scene – October 2016

by Christine Galeone

Halloween is newly gone. For some of us, thoughts of the holiday bring to mind the cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and his beloved character, Linus, and his dream of seeing the Great Pumpkin.  For others, it’s more about the costumes, candy, décor and festivities. But there are other fall festivities here in Grafton and a couple of big dreams coming true.

One of those dreams is about to come true a... Read More

Local veterans invited to dinner at Point Breeze

For the past two years, the Church of the Reconciliation, an Episcopal church in Webster, and its Rector, the Rev. Janice Ford, has been offering free dinners to veterans in Webster, Dudley and Oxford twice a year. The goal was to honor veterans for their service, but also to create opportunities for those who might like to have serious conversations about their service time, as well as the challenges and concerns that may have s... Read More

Cranberries for UTI? Maybe Not

Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner.  Like others, I’m already anticipating a scrumptious feast including turkey, stuffing and of course, cranberry sauce!

But cranberry producers in Massachusetts might not be pleased with the results of a recent study suggesting cranberry products are really not effective at treating or preventing a UTI (urinary tract infection).  The study, published in the Journal of the American... Read More