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Preservation Worcester presents the Manhattan Short Film Festival--first time in Central Mass

Worcester, MA – Between September 28 and October 8, over 100,000 film-lovers will gather in more than 300 cinemas across six continents to view and vote for the winning films in the annual Manhattan Short Film Festival.  Manhattan Short is more than just one of the largest short film festivals in the world…. it’s the world’s first global film festival. This year celebrates the 20th anniversary of... Read More

Rep. McGovern visits Douglas Orchard on annual farm tour

By Barbara Van Reed

Douglas Orchard & Farm was the very first stop on US Representative Jim McGovern’s two-day farm tour in late August. It was the congressman’s 7th annual cross-district tour to meet with farmers, agricultural producers, and community development organizations in Central and Western Massachusetts to highlight the success of the region’s agricultural industry and its role in growing the local economy.... Read More

Webster Street Fair set for Sept. 30

The Webster Arts/Recreation Committee and the Webster Dudley Business Alliance teamed up to create the new event, and it's shaping up to be an afternoon of food and fun. It's being billed as the 1st Annual Super Duper September Street Fair and it's being held in downtown Webster on Saturday... Read More

BHC announces 2018 Calendar Photo Contest winners

Whitinsville, MA – (September 7, 2017) – Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC) has selected the images for its 2018 calendar, curated from submissions by local photographers in a photo contest focused on the Blackstone River and the watershed.

Wendy A. Henschel of Whitinsville, MA, submitted a stunning image of the Linwood Falls in Northbridge, MA, titled “Change of Seasons” which landed her the coveted cover shot for t... Read More

WDBA Annual Meeting topic: Main Street’s empty storefronts

The Webster Dudley Business Association will hold its Annual Meeting and Elections on Thursday, October 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Point Breeze Restaurant in Webster. 

The program topic is Main Street. Main Street has too many vacant storefronts. Where did the restaurants, local shops and bakeries go? Are solar farms and marijuana distributors suitable replacements? Residents complain about the lack of businesses to meet thei... Read More

Betsey Brewer takes fight against rhino poaching to China

Betsey Brewer takes fight against rhino poaching to China

By Rod Lee

Betsey Brewer’s devotion to “Environmental Awareness of Resources and Threatened Habitats” is what prompted her to found the organization EARTH Ltd. (an acronym for the cause she feels so passionately about) and then more recently to develop the “Rhino Encounters” program at Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon.

It is also what took her as part of a te... Read More

Bay State Canvas, a custom shop, has the job covered

By Rod Lee

It takes hardly any time at all, talking to Jim Robertson, to understand how much the family’s nearly half-century-old Bay State Canvas business means to him.It meant a lot to his father too. Richard Robertson started the company in Shrewsbury in 1969. The elder Robertson had worked for Johnson Canvas in Auburn until going on his own. Jim Robertson took over in 1995 and now a third Robertson—Jim Jr., 26—is part... Read More

Cahill’s running strong after 50 years in business

By Janet Stoica

When David R. Cahill began his gas station business on Oxford’s Main Street 50 years ago, he probably didn’t think that his wife Ruth, son David F. Cahill, and daughter-in-law Kim, would have continued his vision into 2017. Mr. Cahill passed away unexpectedly in 1996 but his ambition and legacy live on.

The business, now located at 33 Sutton Avenue near the Route 395-southbound on-ramp, and is no lon... Read More

Fort Hill Farms’ a-mazing fun

By Janet Stoica

Just a short drive over the Connecticut line to scenic Thompson will bring you to a tranquil and serene setting called Fort Hill Farms. Owner Kristin Orr runs the 1200-acre property, along with her daughter, Kies. Their days begin between midnight and 3:00 a.m. when they commence milking their 217 dairy cows (Holsteins, Jerseys, and Guernseys).

The Orr family belongs to a local dairy cooperative, The... Read More