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Renovations underway at Herb Chambers Toyota/Scion in Auburn

By Rod Lee

A discussion of the multimillion-dollar renovation of Herb Chambers Toyota/Scion on Washington St. in Auburn had hardly begun when Jeffrey Krasner, the dealership’s service director, turned his thoughts away from the ongoing work to “the man” himself.

“I have been with him on and off for thirty years,” Mr. Krasner said of Mr. Chambers. “He’s the same guy.”

A stack of framed pictures lay on a cabine... Read More

Outside the Box is for escape artists

By Janet Stoica

Located on Webster’s Main Street, next to Mapfre/Commerce, is a unique puzzle solver’s dream. Even the signage is mysterious, Outside the Box. If you consider yourself to be a cryptic riddle solver, then this place is definitely your style. Webster’s exclusive escape room has now officially become part of the town’s landscape.

Here’s your chance to use your brain power and skill at solving d... Read More

How long.

It is with a heavy heart that I write today. I want to write about interesting things, fun things, spring things. But seventeen students, victims of another school shooting, are dead as of two weeks ago (February 14).  These adolescents had dreams, struggles, achievements, and failures to learn and grow from.  These adolescents had life.

Their lives were taken crudely, viciously, by the senseless act of a young adult who,... Read More

Indian Ranch announces two new shows

Webster, MA--Indian Ranch announced that The Mavericks will return to Webster, MA on Saturday, June 16, 2018 and Lee Brice will perform on Sunday, July 22, 2018 as part of the 2018 Summer Concert Series. Tickets for both shows go on-sale Friday, February 16, 2018 at 10:00AM at
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New Skills Workshops enhance the volunteer experience in the National Heritage Corridor

Whitinsville, MA (February 5, 2018)A series of workshops designed to enhance the volunteer experience with Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC), and the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park (BRVNHP) is bolstering the Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program which the two entities co-manage.  The VIP Skills Workshop Series launched last fall, and already nearly a dozen workshops have provided unique ed... Read More

Businesses veer to Cape Road, Mendon, location

By Kevin Rudden

Cape Road in Mendon – better known as state Route 140 – runs just 2.5 miles from the Hopedale town line to the Bellingham town line. But, business owners say it’s the perfect location to build.

Abraham Jreij took over the old Westwood Lumber site several years ago and converted it into a GASCO Fuel gasoline station. Last year, he built and opened a GASC... Read More

Chief Miglionico is small town and he likes it that way

By Rod Lee

New Douglas Chief of Police Nick L. Miglionico is refreshingly candid in discussing his life and his career in law enforcement.

He will, for instance, allude to being a bit of a hellion as a boy.

The son of a construction worker and a mom who waitressed for years at Friendly’s Restaurant in Webster, Chief Miglionico (it is pronounced Mig-li-on-ico) grew up on North Main St. in that town, “between t... Read More

The Valley Bean fills a void on North Main in Uxbridge

By Rod Lee

Motorists heading north or south in Uxbridge in recent months probably said to themselves “another empty storefront” when they passed the small building at 336 N. Main St.

The Cupcake Girl was gone, relocating to more fertile territory on the Mendon-Bellingham town line.

But then up popped The Valley Bean, a new-to-the-scene breakfast-and-lunch restaurant owned by Eric and Jennifer Visbeek of Uxbri... Read More

First Leaves makes microgreens for all seasons

By Magda Dakin

It’s exciting to see the first few shoots of green come out of the ground in the spring. Your mouth waters thinking about the fresh crisp tastes that will be coming soon. Larissa Molina of First Leaves Family Farm doesn’t have to wait until spring and neither do you. Larissa enjoys sprouting greens every day, in every season, in her greenhouses in Whitinsville.

“I love to watch the sprouts come up, al... Read More

Blackstone Valley groups address homelessness

By Magda Dakin

Seventy-five people gathered in the Media Center at the Northbridge High School on Thursday night, January 25, to learn about and discuss current needs in the community, and specifically homelessness as it appears in the Blackstone Valley. Dozens of groups and individuals gathered together in what appears to be the beginning stages of one, getting the news out that there is a problem and two, determini... Read More