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Flynn’s for fine wines, spirits, returns and rentals

By Janet Stoica

Red Sox season is here, and fans should know about the latest wine offerings at Flynn’s Fine Wine & Spirits on Schofield Avenue in Dudley. Flynn’s is featuring David Ortiz’s Big Papi Charity Wine. The reds and whites are reasonably priced, and all profits go to the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which supports children who do not have access to critical pediatric services they need.

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Apple Tree Arts hosts Roaring 20s Gala


Grafton, MA. March 26, 2018.  . . Join us as we celebrate the historic Great Hall at our “A Night at the Speakeasy” Gala fundraiser April 28, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. featuring live music, a DJ for dancing, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, cocktails (cash bar) and auction items. Admission is... Read More

Is Ibuprofen really better than Oxycodone?

Jason Poquette,
BPharm, R.Ph

For years the medical community has turned to opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone to treat patients for severe, chronic back, knee or hip pain, particularly when other medications have failed. But a new study published in March 2018 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggests opioids may actually be no better than non-narcotic alternatives. At least that is wha... Read More

In Dudley, she’s the Cake Lady

By Janet Stoica

Loretta Millette doesn’t have any local cake baking competition that we know of. Could be because she has honed her craft of specialty-cake creation through trial and error for 40 years.

When her children were young, Loretta always baked the usual round-shaped birthday cakes. One day, the creativity bug bit her and she felt it was time to bake something new and different. If you remember the Strawber... Read More

Patio furniture tightens Kaszowski family’s ties with Amish

By Rod Lee

Hundreds of miles separate Charlton, Massachusetts from Amish country in Pennsylvania and Ohio but that distance has only made Gary M. Kaszowski’s heart grow fonder for the connection Charlton Landscaping and Nursery Supply has enjoyed with “The Plain People” over the years.

This relationship dates back to the Kaszowski family’s days as dairy farmers, he said last week. It has only grown stronger since.... Read More

Culligan – testing and treating for good water

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Now that he’s tasted “the pure stuff,” Jim Grieder, district sales manager for Culligan water treatment systems in Auburn, fills his bottle for the gym each morning with renewed appreciation for the taste of water. The former college wrestler and health club owner may joke that his sales colleague, Jim Pickles, is the only “good” employee he’s managed throughout his career, but when it comes to the... Read More

Funding for state water line repair in Webster is on the way

BOSTON--- State Senator Ryan C. Fattman (R-Sutton) and State Representative Joseph D. McKenna (R-Webster) announced $50,000 in the state’s budget, which had been designated for water line repairs in Webster, is being dispersed.

“Making sure the citizens of Webster and our fellow communities have access to clean water continues to be a priority for Representative McKenna and I. We understand every dollar ma... Read More

Bob Dick: Love of bluegrass enriches Northbridge musician’s life

by Christine Galeone

Bluegrass music is string band music that fuses elements of blues, country mountain music, fiddling, jazz, gospel and popular music. It’s also the style of music that captured the attention and heart of bass player and guitarist Bob Dick when he was just a child. In 1979, he discovered it at the Berkshire Mountain Bluegrass Festival. Mr. Dick recalled “I was 10, and I just fell in love with the music…”... Read More

Thompson Speedway Icebreaker Races this weekend

By Janet Stoica

Spring must be here as the Icebreaker Races are set to begin the auto racing season at Thompson Speedway on April 6 and 7.

The Icebreakers won’t be just any racing series, however, as one of the more unique classes of race cars will lead the introduction. The Northeastern Midget Association (NEMA) will bring its brand of amazing excitement to our area. The midget race cars are small, sleek, and hit s... Read More

Beatz Dance Studio a family enterprise for dance at all levels

By Magda Dakin

“Our driving theme for opening the Beatz Dance Studio is ‘Everyone has a chance to dance,’” says mom and co-owner Cindy Libby. “My daughters have loved dance since they were very small and it’s an important part of their lives. As adults they’ve been teaching at other dance studios but now they want to share their passion for movement and dance with children and adults in their own dance home.” The new Beatz... Read More