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Grafton’s Business Scene

by Christine Galeone

In the film “You’ve Got Mail” (screenplay adaptation by Nora and Delia Ephron), the Tom Hanks’ character alludes to his love of autumn in New York when he quips about sending Meg Ryan’s character “a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils.” With the academic year beginning and people returning to busier schedules, that image sparks thoughts of the season almost as much as colorful foliage. It’s a time for m... Read More

Crickets chirping at the Douglas Flea, in stores

By Rod Lee

People might initially attribute Harrisville, Rhode Island children’s author Leo C. Frisk’s now-three-volume set of books about crickets to a fascination with that intriguing creature, on his part.

They would only be partly right.

Mr. Frisk’s primary motivation in writing “A Cricket’s Trick or Treat/A Halloween Story” and then “A Cricket’s Ho Ho Hmm? Christmas!” and most recently “A Cricket’s Thank... Read More

Crop Hunger Walk is Oct. 15

The Blackstone Valley Crop Hunger Walk will be Saturday, October 15 at 9am.The three-mile Walk will begin at Trinity Episcopal Church, next to the Whitinsville Town Common, and will end at the Uxbridge Town Common. There will be refreshments at the Community House in Uxbridge located behind the town common following the Walk.

Registration begins at 8:30 am at Trinity Church, 33 Linwood Ave., Whitinsville. Walkers are to br... Read More

Oxford Fall Festival promises to be the best ever

By Barbara Van Reed

The organizers of the Oxford Fall Festival have a lot to be excited about this year, and so will the visitors.  The Oxford Lions Club sponsors the annual event, which will take place Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the bandstand on Main Street.

Festival committee chairman Deb Lamarche said there will be 55 vendors, “the most we’ve ever had.” Twenty of them are participating for t... Read More

Sen. Moore, Rep. Muradian to participate in ballot question discussion

WHO:  Sen. Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury), Rep. David K. Muradian (R-Grafton)

WHAT:  Sen. Moore and Rep. Muradian will be participating in a televised event entitled Grafton Update with Jim Gallagher Presents: The Massachusetts Ballot Question Forum.  The event, moderated by Jim Gallagher, will include a discussion of this year's four ballot initiatives relating to recreational marijauna, charter schools, farm animal confin... Read More

Auburn resident spearheads local Ataxia Awareness Day

International Ataxia Awareness Day is just around the corner; it is held yearly on September 25. Participants around the world participate by holding an Annual Walk n’ Roll.

Auburn resident John Mauro has Ataxia; he was diagnosed 11 years ago.        

What is Ataxia?  Ataxia is a lack of muscle coordination which may affect speech, eye movements, the ability to swallow, walking, picking up objects and other voluntar... Read More

Municipal Modernization Act gives greater flexibility to cities and towns

By Ed Londergan

A bill signed into law by Governor Baker in August will have a far-reaching effect on the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. The Municipal Modernization Act is the first comprehensive overhaul of the laws and regulations governing how the cities and towns operate in decades. The goal of the bill was to eliminate or streamline outdated and obsolete statutes and state requirements, provide some new local... Read More

The Lodge sparkles after extensive renovation

By Janet Stoica

Have you been to The Lodge in Webster lately?   If not, you’re in for some changes that are smoothly done and quite relaxing.  Of course, there are windows that look out onto Route 16 but the pop has to do with the newly-renovated bar area, classy yet subtle in its ambience. 

The custom-made bar is rectangular with high and comfy seating.  Yes, the bar seats were aligned in the same direction, just l... Read More

OBA salutes its Greatest Generation with booklet

By Rod Lee

The Oxford Business Association didn’t forget the town on its 300th anniversary. Now the merchants group, which is in its 50th year, is remembering men and women from the community who served in World War II.

Less than a dozen members of that illustrious honor roll are still alive. But, thanks to the OBA, the legacy of those living and dead continues on in a nearly 100-page 8 ½ x 11-inch booklet, “Our Gre... Read More

And the Shred goes on

The Uxbridge Lions Club continues serving the community through its efforts to help people securely dispose of documents and hard drives and  recycle those materials, while raising funds to aid those in need  The Shred It Event will be held on Saturday, October 8, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, at the VFW parking lot on Route 16 W in Uxbridge  The service will be provided for $5.00 per copy paper sized box or per hard drive. The new goa... Read More

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