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Star Island Ghosts

By Thomas D’Agostino

Star Island, off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has been a destination for many tourists for over two centuries. Originally known by the local "Shoalers" as the town of Gosport, in 1876 the island was annexed to the town of Rye. The Oceanic Hotel was built on the island in 1873 but burned in 1875. The owners went to work on a new hotel and before long, Star Island was once again open to visito... Read More

Mary Krumsiek appointed to the board of directors of MCU Commercial Services, LLC

MILLBURY—Mary Krumsiek of Millbury has been appointed to serve as a member of the board of directors of MCU Commercial Services, LLC, a subsidiary of the Millbury Federal Credit Union (MCU).

In making the announcement, Joseph F. Barbato, MCU president and chief executive officer and chairman of MCU Commercial Services, LLC, congratulated and welcomed Ms. Krumsiek to the board.  Mr. Barbato noted that Ms. K... Read More

Blackstone Heritage Corridor seeks photos for 2019 Calendar Contest

Whitinsville, MA  – As the Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, the Blackstone Valley includes poignant traces of history, including the impact transportation had within the boundaries of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. From the historic Blackstone River Canal to the many rail lines which eventually put the canal out of business, from old trolley lines to cobblestone streets, these artifacts m... Read More

The Friends of Oxford Dog Park close in on goal

The Friends of Oxford Dog Park close in on goal

By Rod Lee

Kris Bird, Stephanie Doty and The Friends of Oxford Dog Park think of building a place that would be called “The Barking Lot” as their “Field of Dreams.”

Their vision, however, is not fantasy. It is very real, and based on the need to accumulate enough dollars to make the park, which would be located at the Greenbriar recreat... Read More

Velvet Greene features exotic plant choices and all things organic

By Janet Stoica

Since 2007, Marty Greene’s roadside greenhouses on the Sturbridge/Brimfield town line have offered the most unusual and exotic perennials, annuals, shrubs, and herbs to customers. His success has been built on remarkable plant offerings, such as black cat petunias, yellow daisies, and double moonglow daisies with their bi-color cream colored petals and even more beautiful yellow petals on center. 

Be... Read More

Choir Fest is for kids who like to sing

The week-long annual Choir Fest for children ages 4 through grade 8 will be held this year July 9-13 at the Fairlawn Christian Reformed Church in Whitinsville.

Choir Fest is open to kids from all towns. Taught by professional music instructors, the program’s purpose is to “train children to use their young voices correctly by singing quality songs, both sacred and secular, appropriate for the age group.” 

Daily sche... Read More

Blackstone Heritage Corridor hosts Tick Safety workshop July 11

Whitinsville, MATick-borne illnesses are on the rise and in an effort to educate area residents who enjoy outdoor recreation about the risks and tips for prevention, Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC) is hosting a Tick Safety workshop on Wednesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at its office at 670 Linwood Ave., Whitinsville, MA. The workshop is number 13 in its Volunteer Skills Workshop series and the public is... Read More

Hot Beach Reads for Summer

By Debra Horan
Booklovers’ Gourmet, Webster

What could be more relaxing than sitting at the beach or backyard pool with a nice cool drink in one hand and a hard to put down book in the other? Here are just a few suggestions to get you started, whether your choice is a spellbinding mystery, light romance or engrossing novel with an enticing setting. Try one (or more) of these great fiction choices, all available in pap... Read More

Auburn Chamber of Commerce awards $16,500 in scholarships

By Janet Stoica

On a perfect morning on a perfect day at the Auburn/Webster Elks Club, the Auburn Chamber of Commerce happily awarded nine scholarships to area students in amounts ranging from $3,000 to $1,500. Chamber President Francis DeFalco was master of ceremonies. Mr. DeFalco explained that the scholarships were awarded based on school involvement and essay submissions.

The first award scholarship, the $3,000... Read More

“Sneakerama Fun Run” to celebrate 40 years in business

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

A forty-year anniversary party means a lot of things to Vanessa Whalen, store manager of Sneakerama, a family-owned business that received a head start in 1978, when her grandfather, “Lou the Shoe,” founded what he thought would be a fun summer gig.  It means finishing three out of five miles around Lake Park during one of numerous local races sponsored by Sneakerama. It means joking around with her... Read More