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Pete's Picks

by Peter Coyle

The 75th Clark Tournament kicks off on Sunday, February 16th in Worcester. Celebrating Presidents’ week and high school vacation week has been a staple for most of us throughout the years. The Clark, over the past 75 years, has been a must goal for the area public high school teams. Qualifying for the Clark Tournament means you are having a good season with the chances of having a great season if you can adv... Read More

Harbro Auto #1 Used Car Dealer for 5th year

WHITINSVILLE, MA –On January 26, 2014 at the NADA National Convention, Harbro Auto Sales & Service reached a landmark when they were honored with the state award for the 2014 Dealer of the Year in the Used-Car segment by* Harbro is a part of an exclusive group of dealers who have won 5 consecutive years in a row at the state level. In Massachusetts Harbro Auto is the only dealer that has achieved this in the... Read More

Blackstone Valley Music

UXBRIDGE – Doug Williamson celebrated two occasions on February 2: his birthday and the fifth anniversary of his music instruction studio, Blackstone Valley Music.

A guitar teacher by training, Doug purchased The Gig Stop music store five years ago and changed its name and focus from instrument sales to music lessons.  

Visiting with Doug on a recent Saturday morning, his enthusiasm for the students and all things m... Read More

Behind the Business: of Giving

by Sheryl Corriveau

WHITINSVILLE - This interview was inspired by discovering how so many local people in the community have been coming together toward a common goal of giving.  Since 2003, The Peace of Bread Community Kitchen has been serving free, nutritious dinners in an atmosphere of community fellowship.  Volunteers from several community churches, organizations, and businesses like Unibank, serve the dinners on a ro... Read More

Need a summer fix?

by M. Dakin

It’s winter, it’s cold, and it seems like a long way away from summer. The days are getting a little longer but unless you have a Happy Light or take mini-vacations in a tanning booth it’s hard to get the fresh summer fix we love. That is, until you step through the doors of the Whittier Farms retail farm store. If the warm friendly atmosphere of this family owned and operated business wasn’t enough, the large... Read More

Is Marijuana Really Good Medicine for Massachusetts?

by Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

Our current culture seems crazy about cannabis.  Access to this supposed “wonder weed” is spreading throughout the country, with 20 states now legalizing the purchase for medical purposes, two of which allow the sale for recreational use.  Massachusetts voted in November of 2012 to join the fray, and recently gave official approval to 20 not-for-profit businesses to operate dispensaries for... Read More

The Tomb of Asa “Popcorn” Snow

by Thomas D’Agostino

This comes from the book “A Guide To Haunted New England” by Thomas D’Agostino and Arlene Nicholson.

When the thirty-nine square mile Quabbin Reservoir was built in 1938, eleven towns were raised and flooded to create a water supply for the eastern portion of Massachusetts. Among those towns, only Dana Common remains above the water. A hike into the town common is a must for adventurers and thos... Read More

Lean, Green and supreme

It must seem like an optical illusion, all of those “Marty Green Properties” for-sale signs in front of or on the sides of buildings throughout the Blackstone Valley—and beyond.

Surely there are those who have asked themselves, in seeing this blitz of red, white and blue advertising placards, “how on earth can one man, one company, seemingly have such a grip on the business of marketing commercial, industrial and residenti... Read More

Caissie named Elected Woman of Excellence

BOSTON – Governor’s Councillor and Former Oxford Selectwoman Jennie Caissie has been named an Elected Woman of Excellence by the National Foundation for Women Legislators, announced Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge. Moore nominated Caissie for the national accolade.

“I was pleased to nominate Councillor Caissie for the Elected Woman of Excellence award because of her efforts in state and local government,” said Moore. “Wh... Read More

House of Wheels is Rock 'n Road-ing

AUBURN – House of Wheels has changed it's name to Rock 'n Road Outfitters to better reflect all the vehicle accessories and performance products it offers in addition to wheels and tires.

Manager Nancy Pratt tells us the name change came about because “our customers brought to our attention that the House of Wheels name didn't give them any idea of all we did, that we just sold wheels and tires. That was true at one time –... Read More