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Whitin Community Center celebrates selection as beneficiary of “fresh Cookbook” Fundraiser at Uxbridge Hannaford

WHITINSVILLE– The Whitin Community Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to enhancing the health and well-being of individuals and families and to building a strong community in the Blackstone Valley, has been selected as a benefiting non-profit of the “fresh Cookbook” fundraiser at Uxbridge Hannaford for the month of September.

The fresh Cookbook was released in July 2018 and cont... Read More

On a Clearview day you can see a golf course that pleases

By Rod Lee

What becomes immediately apparent on a first visit to Clearview Country Club in Millbury in a number of years is how much the place has changed—for the better.

Set on one hundred twenty acres at the top of Park Hill Avenue (off Route 20) with scenic views that rival those of Boston attributed in television commercials to the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy (or those of Worcester from the high points of... Read More

Registration now open for 2018 Unibank Greenway Challenge

WHITINSVILLE - The Whitin Community Center is pleased to announce that registration is open and underway for the 2018 UniBank Greenway Challenge, the popular multi-segment competition now in its 18th year. The event will be held on Saturday, September 29 and will feature eight challenging segments which will take participants from the start line at Lincoln Woods State Park, North Parking Lot in Lincoln, RI through the Blackstone... Read More

The Seer of Rutland

By Thomas D’Agostino

The Eddy family of Chittenden found fame in their well-publicized acts of mediumship and séances in their family home. Only five miles south of the Eddys, another man, Solomon W. Jewett, was making waves of his own. By the end of the nineteenth century, both parties had put the otherwise sleepy state of Vermont on the spiritualist m... Read More

Grafton Flea Market hums even on a slow day

Grafton Flea Market hums even on a slow day

By Rod Lee

Weather (it was overcast with a hint of rain in the air, and humid) stifled the attendance that the Grafton Flea Market typically enjoys on a summertime Sunday the morning of August 12th, but this did not dampen the spirits of vendors—or patrons shopping for merchandise.

“How much for these pens?” Bob Wilcox, holding up several w... Read More

MAPFRE Insurance Donates $10,000 to American Red Cross in response to Webster tornado that displaced dozens of families

 WEBSTER, Mass., August 28, 2018

MAPFRE Insurance today announced a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts (ARCMA) to support its Disaster Relief fund in response to the tornado that struck Webster August 4. The donation will be used to help the 43 individuals who were displaced by the tornado, and other people whose lives are affected by devastating events.

“When a tornado, fire or flood... Read More

bankHometown welcomes Nancy S. Roberts as AVP and Branch Manager of Webster Branches

Oxford, MA – Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced that Nancy S. Roberts has accepted the position as AVP and Branch Manager of the two Webster Branches (4 Gore Road and 218R Main Street) starting on June 6th.

Prior to joining bankHometown, Nancy was the Vice President, Business Development Branch Manager at Eastern Savings Bank. She worked previously at First Niagara Bank and People’s United Bank.... Read More

Sen. Moore recognizes Adele Gentry for years of service

BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) visited the Northbridge Senior Center to present Adele Gentry with an Official Senate Citation to recognize her service to the seniors of Northbridge.  For more than 18 years, Adele served as the Outreach Worker at the local Senior Center. 

“Adele has been making a difference in the lives of seniors in the Northbridge community,” said Senator Moore.  “She has instrumental play... Read More

Erich’s Cutting Edge, cohorts, tell cancer to Buzz Off

By Rod Lee

The motto “Don’t Tread on Me” having fallen into relative disuse, it was surprising to see it emblazoned on a plaque attached to a wall of Erich’s Cutting Edge Barbershop on Main St. in Oxford on August 8.

Some of those familiar with the phrase may also know that it harks to the days of the first Marines enlisting in Philadelphia; that they carried drums painted yellow with a coiled rattlesnake on them an... Read More

Weekend brunch is next big thing at J. Anthony’s

By Rod Lee

Even having grown up in the restaurant business, which has been good to his family, Jason Villatico admits he is uncertain about what the future holds for the industry—and for the introduction of “brunch” at J. Anthony’s Italian Grill in Auburn every Saturday and Sunday starting September 1st.

“I am setting my expectations low,” Mr. Villatico said from behind a desk in his office just beyond the dining ro... Read More