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PVCC: Back from the brink

By Rod Lee

Driving up to Pleasant Valley Country Club on Armsby Road in Sutton on one of those goldenhued summer mornings the Chamber of Commerce likes to brag about, I didn’t know what to expect.

I hadn’t been on the grounds of the onetime 350-acre apple orchard-turned-annual tournament home of professional greats Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Billy Casper, Paul Azinger and a host of other elites of the game... Read More

Charlton Orchards Farm open for picking

By Barbara Van Reed

Charlton Orchards Farm is open for business: blackberries and blueberries will be available for picking until near the end of September. Peach picking is still good, and apple picking will continue until Halloween.

Despite news headlines after the August 2 fire, which destroyed the winery and shed, the 100-acre farm is totally operational, and open five days a week. Not that the fire didn’t damag... Read More

Open House and Grand Opening of UrgentCare Express in Charlton

CHARLTON, CT. –- Harrington HealthCare System has announced that UrgentCare Express at Harrington will open its doors to patients on Thursday, September 17, 2015.  UrgentCare Express will be open seven days a week, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The opening will follow an open house for the public from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16.  Members of the community... Read More

Aubuchon Hardware officially open in Webster

A sizable delegation of Aubuchon Hardware’s top management came to Webster to officially open the new store at 112 East Main Street in the former Price Chopper Plaza, among them William Aubuchon IV, the 4th generation family member who recently became the company’s CEO.

Mr. Aubuchon was the official ribbon cutter at the ceremony, which was held both inside and outside the store. “This ribbon cutting demonstrates our commit... Read More

Oxford Fall Festival: A day for fun and food

Oxford’s Annual Fall Festival will be a kid’s dream come true, with opportunities to meet Cinderella or Darth Vader and the Storm Trooper, clown around with Lisa, be awed by Mr. Magic, and laugh with the puppets.

The Home Depot will be back this year with a no-charge workshop for kids - last year store personnel brought 400 hundred kits for kids to make small items like cars and birdhouses, and every one of them was built.... Read More

Pete’s Tire keeps rolling along

By Janet Stoica

Pete Bannister is a tire expert. He’s been installing, aligning, balancing, and selling them at his 471 South Main Street location in Webster for 27 years. And after speaking with several of the customers who stopped in the day I was there, it’s plain to see why he’s been such a success.  Pete is personable, listens to his customers’ needs, and then recommends the type of tire or service that will suit them... Read More

The Ghostly Fog Horn of Baker’s Island

By Thomas D’Agostino

The many islands off the coast of New England have been the setting for some of the most intriguing tales. From buried treasure to ghosts of pirates and beyond, the stories are endless. Baker’s Island, located about six miles from the shores of Salem, Massachusetts, has several stories relating to ghosts and the like. Here is one of them. 

The Baker’s Island Light has a foghorn that seems to hav... Read More

Grafton’s Business Scene

by Christine Galeone

Helen Keller once wrote “Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadow.”  While there are many opportunities to literally do so this month, many Grafton businesses are also spreading sunshine in different ways. From North Grafton to South Grafton, businesses have been preparing for some great sales and giving back to the community.

One of those businesses is Perreault Nur... Read More

Eclectic Annie’s makes a move to Whitinsville

By Carl Achin

Eclectic Annie’s, an antique, collectible and thrift store, has moved from Uxbridge Center to Route 122 in Whitinsville, near Sundeen Furniture. They opened their doors to the public on July 15 at the new location.

The owner, Annie Bonadei, described the store as being “a fun place to shop and look around that has something for everybody.” When asked about what got her into the business she said that “... Read More

King of the road--and the garage

If the motorcycle gods in their infinite wisdom were limited to selecting one last person for sainthood based upon his or her loyalty to the biker life it might be an affable, gray-bearded sixty-four year-old veteran mechanic named Bill Gifford.

They would find him in a dingy, grimy two-bay garage on Church St. in Whitinsville, a place he describes as “a walk back in time.” He would be almost indistinguishable in his blue... Read More