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The Hitchhiker of Black’s Woods Road

By Thomas D’Agostino

 As you travel along Route 182 between Cherryfield and Franklin, Maine, you cannot help but enjoy the natural vistas nature has provided. Mountains, fields, ponds, and foliage, when in season, all join together to make for one beautiful ride, but if you are in search for something a bit more supernatural, this is also the stretch of ro... Read More

Why dogs are better than people

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

It’s fair to say that I’m a people person. Whether chatting with peeps for an upcoming story, talking football at a neighborhood party, or leading my book club, I genuinely like to interact with people. I appreciate the distinction in every voice, the varied perspectives, and the differences amongst and between us.   

More than I like people, I like dogs; and, more specifically, big dogs.... Read More

Area CSAs promote farmer, consumer synergy

By Magda Dakin

Community Supported Agriculture projects (CSAs) have existed for decades but are now becoming a more popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal produce directly from the farmer.

Based on the size of the farm, the farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. The share typically consists of a box or bag of vegetables and produce that is available each week throughout the season.... Read More

New shops at Stanley Woolen Mill a sign of spring

By Rod Lee

Few people are happier to see the arrival of the season of rebirth in the Blackstone Valley than Bob Conlon and Jeanne Silvia.

On a rainy afternoon—the first Wednesday in the month of April—Mr. Conlon and Ms. Silvia talked with the Blackstone Valley Xpress about being brand-new businesses in the historic Stanley Woolen Mill complex on Mendon St. in Uxbridge.

Their neighboring ventures in side-by-si... Read More

Uxbridge Clean Up Day, April 28

Plans for the Uxbridge Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 28 have been expanded to include a collection of hard-to-recycle items and distribution of free kitchen scrap compost buckets. The Uxbridge Recycling and Sustainability Committee has announced it will be setting up on Town Common where cleanup registration will be, and will collect specific hard-to-recycle items such as toothpaste tubes, dental floss containers, energy bar wra... Read More

Douglas Proposition 2 1/2 Override Facts and Voices

Residents at the Town Meeting on May 7 will be presented with two budgets: a base budget, balanced to reflect anticipated FY19 revenue as mandated by law; a second budget that includes a proposed override of $1.5M that will restore certain town services, school programs, and keep the library open. If the override passes at Town Meeting, it will be also have to be approved by ballot at the election on May 8.
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Queen’s Nails has new owners

By Janet Stoica

Queen’s Nail Salon in Webster, located in the plaza behind Friendly’s, has new owners: Helen Nguyen and her dad bought the place as their first opportunity at shop ownership after working as employees in nail salons in Holden and Northborough. Helen’s brother, Sam, is their spokesperson.

Sam’s well-spoken manner and eager-to-please personality come through. “We purchased Queen’s Nails about a month a... Read More

Rollie takes a break – variety store changes hands

by Janet Stoica

Thompson, Conn. – “My name will stay on the store, but I won’t be seeing my great and loyal customers every day,” said Rollie, “that’s the part I’ll miss most of all.” After 20 years of ownership and meeting and greeting hundreds, if not thousands, of regular customers, Roland Fitts, Jr. has decided to take a break.

About two weeks ago, Rollie left his variety store at 1213 Thompson Road in Thompson... Read More

Getting down to Bizʽnessʼ on Dudley’s main drag

By Rod Lee

A word of advice that Arvind Basil gives his children is “it doesn’t matter what career path you choose, but do it with sincerity.” Owner of Biz Imprints, a one-stop customized-products store located at 185 W. Main St. in Dudley, Mr. Basil—an infectiously positive and industrious man—has lived that philosophy himself. “Back in India,” he said the afternoon of March 26th, “I was a builder for nineteen years. I de... Read More