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The Janet Malser Humanities Trust announces 2018 Grant Award Recipients

The Janet Malser Humanities Trust recently awarded their eighth annual distribution of grants to various local non-profit organizations totaling nearly $205,000.
The following are this year’s grant recipients: Bartlett High School Art Department, Webster; The Black Tavern Historical Society, Dudley; Capt. J. Knapp-Daughters of the American Revolution, Dudley Chapter; Chester C. Corbin Library, Webster; D... Read More

Hair’s To You full service salon opens in South Grafton

By Magda Dakin

Michigan native Kim Norton came to the area 13 years ago with a friend, her daughter, and a dream to eventually own her own beauty salon. It’s been a few years in the making and after the arrival of a son, but Kim has made her dream a reality: her shop, Hair’s To You, is now open at the former site of Tony’s Barber Shop at 299 Providence Road in South Grafton.

She and her helper Brad have been redecor... Read More

Bully Prevention Program at Boys & Girls of Webster-Dudley June 1

Local businesses team-up to provide “Wizards and Knights: Bully Prevention Program” on June 1 at the Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley, starring world- class ventriloquist Lesley Smith and her side-kick, family favorite Sammy Snail.

The Boys & Girls Club has been awarded a grant from the Dudley Cultural Council to bring Smith and her stage show to teach bully prevention to Club members on Club Member Appreciation... Read More

Historical Society pushes membership, museum upgrade

By Rod Lee

If native son General Rufus Putnam (1738-1824) were alive today, he would appreciate the effort leadership of the Sutton Historical Society has put into the organization’s latest membership drive.

“We surpassed last year,” Christine Watkins, the Society’s secretary, said in late April. “We had a goal of at least one hundred new members.”

The push to bolster the ranks did not end in February; it wil... Read More

June 16th Youth Fishing Derby brings joy and wonder

Looking for a special experience and fun memories with your children or grandchildren?

Then please join us on Saturday, June 16 from 8 AM-Noon for the wholesome outdoor fun of the Blackstone Valley Fishing Derby for youth, ages 3-15 at the historic, scenic Hopedale Pond Boat Launch, Hopedale.

There are prizes galore, including 1st and 2nd place trophies in 5 categories: trout, perch, bluegill, pickerel and bass. Bri... Read More

Millbury Lions Club’s roar is heard loud and clear

By Rod Lee

No four people are more aware of how long the Millbury Lions Club has been in existence than Stuart D. Mulhane, Stephen V. Walinsky, E. Bernard Plante and Joseph F. Coggans Jr.

Or how much the club has given back to the community in its “service to humanity.”

Of all the names that have surfaced as “King Lion,” fellow officers, tail twisters and lion tamers over the years, theirs are the ones that h... Read More

Ten years of donations an immeasurable Treasure

by Christine Galeone

If people asked you to tell them about your treasures, what would you say? You might start by telling them about your faith, family, community and education. After, you might mention the objects you own that either make your life better or make you smile.

In North Grafton, there’s a shop that’s managed to sell the latter to serve the former. It’s the appropriately named Treasures... Read More

Hometown Bank Community Foundation contributes $10,000 to Worcester Community Housing Resources

Oxford, Massachusetts – Michael D. Hewitt, President of Hometown Bank Community Foundation, Inc., announced today that a contribution in the amount of $10,000 was presented to Worcester Community Housing Resources (“WCHR”) on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018.

WCHR is a not-for-profit organization providing services to low-income residents and communities throughout Worcester County.  Their initiatives assist low-income, underserv... Read More

William Miller and the Great Reckoning

By Thomas D’Agostino

On October 22, 1844, over a million people gathered on hills, mountaintops, and inside cemeteries singing hymns and praying out loud, waiting the midnight tolling. It was that moment they were told that the Great Reckoning would commence. The sky was to burst open and all the true followers were to be whisked up to heaven while the rest would die by fire.

These ardent followers sold all their be... Read More