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Grafton celebrates animals, art, apple pies and more

by Christine Galeone

Our world is made up of various types of communities. There are religious ones, artistic ones, athletic ones, political ones, etc. But although being part of global communities can be exciting and inspiring, it’s nice to also be part of our local communities. 

This month, some of those local communities are coming together in Grafton. At a myriad of events, they will celebrate animals, art, appl... Read More

Get fired up for networking

This fall, get back into the networking of things, and make that connection you have been hoping for. The meeting will be Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 5-7 pm at Firebrands Bar & Grill, 8 Airport Road in Dudley. Cost: Chamber members, $10; Non-members, $20. To register:

We hope to see you there--

OSV Militia Men – on the job to preserve a slice of American history

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Ever wonder what it would be like to go to work dressed up and ready to serve in the military?  

A stroll through Old Sturbridge Village during a sunny Labor Day Saturday had me curious.  What’s it like to wear an 1830’s Militia Man uniform and reenact a scene from our great nation’s history?  Are these stiff-armed, musket men reliving a stale childhood dream to carry a gun or are they volun... Read More

Auburn’s Chester P. Tuttle Post is for everyone to join

By Janet Stoica

The Auburn American Legion Post is dedicated to the memory of Chester P. Tuttle, an Auburn resident and Army Field Artilleryman from the 82nd Division who died in World War I, just a few days shy of his 23rd birthday.

“This local American Legion Post’s members want the public to know that we are ‘open to the public,’” said Mike Hobbs, Post Adjutant. “Our building is open seven days a week and has a n... Read More

Lamoureux Ford motto for 40 years: Respect and courtesy

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Vice President Marc Lamoureux is becoming more and more like his father, a quality he admits isn’t such a bad thing. His Ford dealership, located on 366 East Main Street, East Brookfield, and founded by his father, Lionel Lamoureux (in 1977), who first opened up at a small shop only minutes down the road from its current location, after he purchased the Ford franchise (then known as Varney’s Garage... Read More

New England’s first UFO sightings

By Thomas D’Agostino

I have not covered the subject of UFOs much in my writings, but this particular piece of New England history became of great interest to me. When I was a young lad I was into the UFO sightings and stories. I always carried a copy of Project Blue Book with me and had memorized every case within its pages. This account predates the cases scribed within the aforementioned book by over three hundr... Read More

Sturbridge Coffee Roasters supports Southbridge Police Association’s fundraising efforts to help Officer Reddick “Crush Cancer”

Southbridge/Dudley, Mass. – Sturbridge Coffee Roasters (SCR) will donate $1 for each single pot coffee package of our SCR House and Black Gold Blends purchased during the month of September to help Southbridge Police Department Officer Reddick as he battles cancer.

Each pot of these two house blends of our freshly roasted coffee makes 12-cups of coffee. For every $3.95 single pot package purchased, SCR will donate $1.00 to... Read More

Samuel Slater Museum in Webster Part 6:

By Richard Cazeault

1785: A convention of some of the future states was held in Annapolis, Maryland. The meeting concerned the rights of navigation that eventually led to a general discussion on interstate commerce.  Attending this meeting, along with James Madison, was Trench Coxe, who was familiar with growing cotton in his back yard and the nature of cotton cultivation in India. He was a political and economic visionary... Read More

Woman in Business Inc. kicks off year with ʽnew energyʼ

By Rod Lee

The sunshine-like glow on the face of Laurie Nelson is the same whether she is talking about her place of employment—Christopher Heights of Webster—or Woman in Business Inc. (WIB) as that organization’s new president.

WIB was very much on Ms. Nelson’s mind early last Thursday morning, as well it should be. She was fresh off the previous day’s WIB Board of Directors first meeting of the fall and so still b... Read More

Manhattan Short Film Festival comes to Central Mass

By Magda Dakin

Calling all armchair movie critics! Do you watch those movie award shows and say to yourself, “Who voted for that?” Thanks to the hard work of Harry Albert of Preservation Worcester, Central Mass will now be part of a worldwide movie experience called Manhattan Short Film Festival. Now in its 20th year, this film festival invites you, the viewers, to vote on the best film as well as the best actor.

Wi... Read More