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As VSO, Fletcher is keeper of the flame in Mendon and Upton

By Rod Lee

Not all persons who hold the position of veterans’ services officer (VSO) are created equal. Some take their duties more seriously than others.

A visit with Robin L. Fletcher, VSO for the towns of Mendon and Upton, confirms that he is that rare individual who will go beyond in assisting and advising vets and their dependents in their attempts to obtain benefits from the U.S. Department of Vet... Read More

Artist shares transformative power of nature through her work

by Christine Galeone

“Raised by scientific and philosophical parents, I always knew that I would be an artist,” said Allison Coelho Picone. “My desire to unite aesthetics, science and spirituality inspires my painting.”

The Grafton resident, who’s represented by L’Attitude Gallery in Boston, has had her fine art included in exhibitions at places such as Arts Worcester’s Hadley Gallery... Read More

BV North towns in Memorial Day mode

By Rod Lee

They are older now of course and the turnout for parades isn’t what it used to be but members of Upton VFW Post 5594 will continue an important tradition by conducting Memorial Day observances next Monday (May 29th).

So too will veterans in other Blackstone Valley towns including Grafton, Millbury and Sutton.

“We had to shorten the parade route,” David Kennedy, quartermaster of Upton V... Read More

Stowe Farm K-9 Kids Camp Prepares for summer dog training

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Maura O’Connor, a sixth-generation Stowe family descendent, wasn’t about to leave behind her American bulldog, Leo, the rescue dog assigned her at Star Academy for Professional Dog Trainers in Texas, where she became certified with a new diploma -- K-9 Training Specialist -- in March of 2017, following three months of school. Nor did she plan to return to the family farm with Tim... Read More

Grafton’s Business Scene

by Christine Galeone

Although Memorial Day is a solemn occasion to honor and remember the many brave men and women who gave their lives to protect our freedom, it’s also a time for family, friends and neighbors to come together to gratefully celebrate that freedom. The holiday also signifies the unofficial start of summer. And with it, comes a more relaxed season.

Several Grafton businesses have embraced that summer... Read More

Say No More? Hank says it all, at WIB gathering

By Rod Lee

What irony! Hank Phillippi Ryan expounding on her new book “Say No More” (about “what happens when silence becomes your power”) when all that members of Woman in Business Inc. wanted was for her to keep talking.

  In an enthralling approximately forty five-minute address as guest speaker at WIB’s annual motivational gathering in the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village the evening of May 10th, Ms... Read More

Edward Jones opens Auburn estate planning office

By Janet Stoica

No one really wants to talk about planning for the future and how their families will be affected, says Dennis Antonopoulos, a financial advisor with the Edward Jones investment agency, who has made it his career to assist individuals with their estate planning.

“It’s important for me to see what’s important to my clients,” said Mr. Antonopoulos, “I’m here to help them achieve their goals. Educating... Read More

East Meets West 10th Annual Health Fair a success

By Magda Dakin

Practice does make perfect and the 10th Annual East Meets West Health & Business Fair certainly proves that – Life-Skills and Page Chiropractic make a perfect combination in producing yet another hugely successful Health and Business Fair. 

A continuous stream of attendees were treated to lots of interactive activities, displays, raffles, demonstrations and a little bloodletting as well, at the Re... Read More

Rust to Ruffles celebrates one year in antique business

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Lisa Caccialino grew up in the late seventies—when using her imagination to create a cardboard Barbie Townhouse with hand-drawn bushes on the side was customary.  Forty years later, she’s kept her creative vision alive via ownership and management of the antique shop, Rust to Ruffles. Distinguished by handcrafted items and numerous vendors who claim to “rescue items from the past,” the charming Nor... Read More

Lucas Douglass

By Thomas D’Agostino www.tomdagostino.com

This story is as it appears in our upcoming book on New England folk.

On December 5, 1895, seventy-two-year old Lucas Douglass was found dead in a snow-laden street in Ashford, Connecticut. He apparently died alone, cold and penniless, having never married and few relatives to share time with. He is buried in the Westford Hill Cemet... Read More

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