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The Welcoming Lantern: warm light on Church St. celebrates 25 years

By Rod Lee

In a candid moment Patrick Moran would probably admit that he had no idea when he opened his gift shop on Church St. in downtown Whitinsville two and a half decades ago that the popular stop for candles, flags, folk art, prints, signs and a host of other nifty merchandise for the home and office would be celebrating a twenty-fifth Christmas season, in 2017.

  During a conversation the morning of November... Read More

Western Hotel Pizza & Tavern-- a warm place for a holiday evening

Western Hotel Pizza & Tavern a warm place for a holiday evening   

By Magda Dakin

The Western Hotel Pizza & Tavern is a great place to go for casual comfortable holiday dining in a warm, wood-appointed restaurant and neighborhood-style tavern. The tree is trimmed, and the holiday lights add a touch of seasonal spirit. Located in the village of Harrisville, part of Burrillville, Rhode Island, the restaurant h... Read More

A happy ‘wrap’ for Blackstone Valley Christmas shopping

By Rod Lee

Kathy Tonry of Katalina’s Boutique apparently knows how to build on the momentum created by the recent “Shop Small Saturday” event in downtown Whitinsville and the “First Holiday Night and Santa Parade” in Uxbridge—held on back-to-back weekends.

Ms. Tonry’s idea is a first-ever “Holiday Shopping Scavenger Hunt” to be held on Saturday, December 9th starting at 10:00 a.m. Nineteen businesses are involved, i... Read More

New 911 service available to Webster/Dudley Residents

The South Worcester County Communications Center is pleased to announce a new service being offered to the residents and others in Webster and Dudley that will help to decrease the time to reach the local Communications Center during an emergency.

Effective December 11, 2017, the South Worcester County Communications Center began receiving 911 calls from callers on cellular devices directly. Previously all 911 calls origin... Read More

Seven Trail Projects Completed by BSTRA in 2017

Thanks to donations made by friends -- both individual and businesses -- of Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. (BSTRA), there were a number of significant improvements made to trails in Massachusetts’ state forests and parks this year.  BSTRA completed the following projects, enhancing local trails used for recreation and fitness by a variety of non-motorized users.

SNETT Improvements (Bellingham/Franklin, MA... Read More

New chef, new season at Galliford’s

By Magda Dakin

Mendon’s Southwick’s Zoo has a new baby! You’ve seen that reported before when the Spring baby animals arrive, ready for naming. But according to the new Executive Chef Michael Lombardi, the new Galliford’s Restaurant and Tavern, “is like a baby, taking steps to become the perfect place for delicious dining. We’ve been ironing out the kinks and asking our customers for input to create a unique, fresh f... Read More

Announcing Dudley Woman’s Club’s 2018 Scholastic Awards for female residents of Dudley, Webster & Charlton

Three scholarships will be offered to graduating female senior students residing in the towns of Dudley, Webster, or Charlton. One scholarship will be awarded to a Dudley resident, and two more will be selected from of three towns. One scholarship will also be offered to a non- traditional adult woman student returning to college or accredited training program residing in the towns of Dudley, Webster, Charlton, or a curre... Read More

Dudley Police Goods for Guns Buyback Program

In an effort to prevent injury or death from unwanted or unsafe guns in local homes, the Dudley Police Department is pleased to announce that for the second time it will be participating in the 16th Annual Goods for Guns Buyback Program from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, December 16, 2017. This program is sponsored by the UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Injury Prevention Center and the Worcester County District Attorn... Read More

Winner of 2017 "Top Clam" Award

Webster, MA. — The Webster Dudley Oxford Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Home and Business Show at Indian Ranch on October 24, 2017, where the organization recognized the 2017 Top Clam, i.e. The winner of the best clam chowder - with an award. This year, Samuel Slater’s Restaurant took home the prize, with Chef Michael Winslett at the helm. Three other contenders vied to be “Top Clam,” they were: Christopher... Read More