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Get The Led Out, and they do, at Indian Ranch

By Rod Lee

Dismissive as he is of notions that the rock group Get The Led Out (GTLO) is a “cover band” or “tribute band” for Led Zeppelin, Paul Sinclair would have a hard time convincing an audience of several thousand in attendance for a GTLO show at Indian Ranch the evening of July 13th of this fact.

He tried. A mere waif of a young man, attired in black from head to toe (his hair matched the color of his wardrobe... Read More

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis announces Annual Senior Picnic Date: August 18

Shrewsbury – Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis has announced the Sheriff’s Annual Senior Picnic will be held at SAC Park located at 438 Lake Street in Shrewsbury on Saturday August 18, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Admission is free for all seniors.
“As Sheriff, hosting the Annual Senior Picnic is one of the great highlights of the year.  This year’s Senior Picnic will be a wond... Read More

Harvest Moon makes healthy shopping a breeze

By Magda Dakin

“Your incredible inventory blows me away,” remarked Wayne, a customer, while shopping at the Harvest Moon in Putnam, Connecticut, recently.

Co-owner and store manager Linda Tagg agrees, “We work hard at providing the best quality and most complete inventory of products our customers need. If they can’t find it anywhere else, they will usually find it here.” She adds, “Many of the local health care adv... Read More

Opening day at the Douglas Farmers Market

By Magda Dakin

This year’s entries were creative and spanned all ages of participants. The popular People’s Choice Award winner and the winner of best condiments category was Dorothy with her spicy tangy rhubarb salsa. Winner of the savory category was Julia with her appetizer meatballs. Jillian tied in the sweet category with her Japanese swirl cheesecake, tied with Indy and Mazzy for their chocolate rhubarb mousse. Best... Read More

Pharmacy sued in prior authorization case

Jason Poquette RPh, BS Pharm

A recent Massachusetts Supreme Court decision is serving to remind pharmacies and physicians that communication about medications that are not covered is critical. The case involved the tragic death of a 19 year old girl with epilepsy whose insurance (MassHealth) denied a prescription for a seizure drug known as Topamax back in 2009. Because MassHealth denied the prescription, the woma... Read More

Charlton store builds Camosse masonry supply credentials

By Rod Lee

What immediately becomes apparent in any assessment of the success of the Camosse family’s Worcester-based masonry supply business is the significance of certain key dates and some strategic adjustments that have been made along the way.

Not the least of these were the decision to open a Camosse Masonry Supply retail store on Trolley Crossing Road in Charlton as a second location in 2004 and the decision... Read More

Oxford People and Politics

By Constance Reddy Dwyer

Editor’s note: This month we welcome Oxford resident Constance Reddy Dwyer to our pages. She will be writing we monthly column focusing on Oxford’s people and politics.

For my first column regarding Oxford news, I thought it sensible to interview Acting Town Manager Dennis Power, a familiar face in town and an “in the know” resident.  Dennis, as he... Read More

Massachusetts Registry announces 2018 Low Number Plate Lottery

BOSTON – Representative David K. Muradian, Jr. (R-Grafton), is happy to announce that applications for the 2018 Low Number Plate Lottery are now being accepted online at or by mail. Applicants must apply by August 27 and, if selected for a low number plate, will be notified after the drawing takes place in September.
In 2017, the Registry received over 11,000 applications, for 162 p... Read More

The Hessian Hole

By Thomas D'Agostino

During the American Revolution, the British employed German mercenaries to assist them in battle. These fearless Hessian soldiers were well-trained crack shots and sided with the English in large numbers. The Americans were well aware of the expert training the Hessians received and were ready for their worst.

On August 29, 1778... Read More

bankHometown donates second installment of $5,000 to the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation

OXFORD – Michael D. Hewitt, President and CEO of bankHometown, presented a check for $5,000 to the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC) on May 31, 2018. This donation is the second installment of a three year commitment to the corporation, resulting in a total donation amount to be $15,000.

The NCMDC is the principle resource for the region in terms of economic development, lending and financing, and... Read More