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Emergency shelter prepares for winter; needs ‘many volunteers’

By Barbara Van Reed

The United Presbyterian Church in Whitinsville began a brave new venture last winter, the opening of the Blackstone Valley Emergency Shelter, the first time such a facility had been available in the community.

The shelter provided a warm welcome and warm place to sleep for men, women, and children on the harshest winter nights, when temperatures fell below 15 degrees and snow fell more than three... Read More

Part 7 - Samuel Slater Museum in Webster: John Slater arrives from England

Two hundred years ago, everyone in Webster knew the name Samuel Slater. He had just sited the country’s very first woolen mill here, after establishing the American cotton spinning industry in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Slater’s textile business pioneering ventures earned him the name “Father of the American Industrial Revolution.”

Samuel Slater’s legacy can still be seen here... Read More

Five years and still clippin’

By Janet Stoica

WEBSTER – As she celebrates her fifth-year anniversary as owner of Clippin’ Tymes, Crystal Golden is proud of her shop, accomplishments, and clientele. A steady stream of customers entered the shop on a sunny Saturday morning as Crystal and her fellow barber and employee, Freddy Cotto, worked. They clipped, buzzed, and shaped the hair of the many men who walked through their shop’s doors. There are more tha... Read More

Jacobson: Move toward single tax rate a boon to Auburn

By Rod Lee

Auburn Town Manager Julie Jacobson, State Sen. Michael Moore and State Rep. Paul Frost shared their answers on a number of questions as panelists for a fast-moving hour-long breakfast meeting sponsored by the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and hosted by J. Anthony’s Italian Grill in North Oxford on November 8th.

But the one that Moderator Hank Stolz posed to them last—tax classification—was the most eagerly a... Read More

Drumming & Dreaming, Nipmuc legends book launched in Webster

By Janet Stoica

At the age of 21, Larry Spotted Crow Mann had an awakening. He had been quite a serious drinker, and that awakening stopped his alcoholism. Now, many sober decades later, Larry Spotted Crow Mann’s new book Drumming & Dreaming will become part of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s life skills training program to help educate teens, and hopefully prevent addictions of all types.

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HomeTeam Inspection Services of Auburn supports home purchase decisions

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Charlene Bonzey, owner of HomeTeam Inspection Services of Auburn, is sorting through a lot of party invites these days, credit to her talent for building relationships with potential homeowners and helping them to feel completely comfortable about the purchase of a new home.

HomeTeam Inspection Services, a twenty-five-year-old company, celebrates a new Auburn location this year, and boasts u... Read More

Alternatives Honors Charles Washburn with the Unibank Community Building Award

Each year, at the organization’s annual Thank You Reception, Alternatives recognizes an individual or group that has used their talents and resources to strengthen the community with the UniBank Community Building Award. This year’s award, Alternatives’ most prestigious, was granted to Charles Washburn, recently-retired Executive Director of VSA Massachusetts. Over 800 people were on hand at the Boxborough Regency as Charlie acce... Read More

Uxbridge Quaker Meetinghouse to host service of Thanksgiving, November 23

On Thanksgiving morning you can take time before your guests arrive to celebrate the true meaning of the holiday with your family in the traditional non-denominational service sponsored annually by the Uxbridge Quaker Meetinghouse Association.  It will be held this year on November 23 at 9:30 A.M. in meetinghouse, which is located at the corner of Aldrich Street and Quaker Highway in Uxbridge.  A fellowship gathering in the carri... Read More

Whitin Community Center’s annual Support our Troops program underway

By Barbara Van Reed

Every November for the last six years, the Whitin Community Center (WCC) senior staff has geared up for its Support our Troops program, to thank the men and woman who serve our country by giving them a care package from home. And this year is no exception.

I am proud that the WCC can help bring the community together to remember our neighbors who are serving our country during the holidays,” said... Read More