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Glastenbury/Long Trail

By Tom D’Agostino

Some people believe that there are portals or gates that lead back and forth to places far removed from our plane of existence or understanding. Perhaps they are the thin veils between dimensions.  There are many who have come to believe that the area of Glastenbury, Vermont, might house such a portal in the woods, waiting for the unsuspecting hiker to unwittingly enter its opening. There happens to also... Read More

Ties that bind are special to Oxford UMC, Boy Scout Troop 147

By Rod Lee

In a rapid-fire and unequivocal expression of disapproval, the Mormon Church severed its century-old partnership with the Boy Scouts of America after the organization announced in October of 2017 that it would open its Cub Scout ranks for the first time to girls age five to ten.

That November, the Girl Scouts sued “Scouts BSA,” claiming trademark infringement.

No such ill will exists, however, betw... Read More

Whitin Community Center Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony

WHITINSVILLE – The Whitin Community Center’s annual meeting was held on Monday, February 25, 2019, at the WCC. The evening began with a beautiful spread of hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Whittier Farms that were enjoyed by the Board Members, Trustees, Corporators, Award Recipients, WCC Staff and Administration who gathered to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments.    

At the event, the organization was addressed with... Read More

Blackstone Valley Chamber tackles workforce skills gap and sustainability with innovative educational programming

Located in the historic Linwood Mill, which is geothermal, the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce (BVCC) is definitely walking the walk when it comes to innovation and clean energy.

BVCC was just selected as one of 5 local and state chambers across the country to receive an Economic Development grant from the US Chamber of Commerce. The grant allows the Chamber to implement a work-based learning program to help the loca... Read More

Unibank’s Carolyn Grider promoted to Vice President, Manager of Branch Administration

WHITINSVILLE, MA – Christopher D. Foley, EVP and Chief Banking Officer of UniBank, recently announced that Carolyn Grider has been promoted to Vice President, Manager of Branch Administration. In this role, Ms. Grider oversees and manages operations of UniBank’s retail division which includes 14 banking locations. She acts as the main liaison between the retail bank and all internal support departments.

Ms. Grider has been... Read More

The Former Black Duck Inn

By Tom D’Agostino

The Black Duck was originally a rum-running vessel that smuggled liquor into Newport Harbor in 1929 during Prohibition. The Coast Guard was furious over the incident, yet Rhode Islanders found it to be a comfort in the “dry time” of the twentieth century. In fact, many places in the Ocean State refused to recognize the era of prohibition to the extent that in some cases, alcohol flowed freely in various h... Read More

Dear Abel & Sofi: Help! My travel agency has been a failure to launch. How can I get it to 'take off'?

About Dear Abel and Sofi: While the Alignable.com Q&A Forum addresses 1,000+ public questions weekly, we wanted to give our small business owners an outlet to anonymously share the kinds of frustrations, fears and private struggles few people express openly. Father-daughter duo Abel and Sofi co-author the column, bringing diverse perspectives to both professional and personal problems. A serial e... Read More

Mill will stay a ʽCornerstone’ even as Purgatory Beer Co. expands

By Rod Lee

In taking time the morning of February 23rd to talk about the Cornerstone Award he and partner Kevin Mulvehill received at the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce’s recent 40th annual meeting, Brian Distefano admitted that running a small craft brew company like Purgatory Beer can be a humbling experience.

“I was halfway to Milford and had to come back to fix a tap,” Mr. Distefano said, while unlocking... Read More

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