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Hundreds attend Small Stones Festival of the Arts

Grafton, MA, Nov. 14,  2019.The Small Stones Festival of the Arts opened to a packed exhibit full of beautiful fine art and photography, artists and art supporters at the Great Hall, One Grafton Common in Grafton. During the evening, 150 people viewed the artwork while listening to the Kelly Clark Quartet play jazz standards. Festival co-chairs Donna Blanchard and Ken Crater announced the first place, second place and third place... Read More

Auburn’s “D. A. Dental” practices customer satisfaction

By Janet Stoica

When she was a teenager Demi Athans already knew that one day she would be a dentist. She also enjoyed art and after she had the opportunity to observe a local dentist in her hometown of Sturbridge, she embraced dentistry as an art form.

“I knew at the age of 16 that dentistry would be the field for me,” said Dr. Athans. Today, she confirms her decision. “I really enjoy speaking with the patients, ge... Read More

South County, NE Connecticut merchants eager to ring in holidays

By Rod Lee

That not even Amazon and Walmart can get an earlier or more enthusiastic jump on the holidays is abundantly apparent in the offerings businesses, churches and organizations across South County and northeastern Connecticut are making available to residents in the days and weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For those who want to get a jump on the beverages they might want to select for the holi... Read More

McGovern, Republican legislators are chummy at W-D-O Chamber breakfast

By Rod Lee

The convivial tone of the Webster-Dudley-Oxford Chamber of Commerce’s legislative breakfast at Point Breeze in Webster the morning after Halloween might have been set by Congressman James McGovern even before attendees went to the buffet line for their bacon and eggs.

 How are things?” Mr. McGovern asked, in extending a handshake.

“Better here than in Washington!” came the reply.

“Yeah, nice... Read More

Whitin Five Mile Road Race November 28, 2019

Join race organizers at the Whitin Community Center Thanksgiving Morning November 28, 2019 in the 31st Annual race to promote family health and fitness, and support programs that help protect the environment. The start time is 8:10am in the morning. The race will include cash and merchandise awards (must be present to claim award), long sleeve cotton tee shirts guaranteed if entry is received... Read More

Movie 'Christmas A La Mode' tonight at 8 pm on Lifetime

If you haven't heard already, the movie 'Christmas A La Mode' premiers this Friday night at 8pm on Lifetime.
Portions of the movie were filmed at Whittier Farms back in the springtime. We hope you'll gather the family and tune in. We have the trailer for the movie on our Facebook page. The trailer has great clips of our farm and we spotted a couple of our family members already too!!
"Sinc... Read More

Merchants ʽpin’ plans for Church St. beautification on Shop Small 01588

By Rod Lee

In rolling out the sixth edition of Whitinsville’s popular “Shop Small 01588” event, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 30th, organizers including Christine Guanipa of Little Man Handbags have their sights set on an ambitious goal for moving Church St. forward.

With the introduction of “Love Your Local” pins, merchants are hoping to raise beautification money for the street, Ms. Guanipa said in her... Read More

Oxford town manager announces appointment of Fire Chief Laurent McDonald

Oxford, MA- “After a comprehensive screening process, I am pleased to announce Monson Fire Chief Laurent McDonald has been selected to serve as Oxford’s next Fire Chief”, stated Town Manager Jennifer Callahan. She further stated, “Chief McDonald is a highly skilled candidate with significant training, education, certifications and credentials. He will be a tremendous asset to our Public Safety Team and it is an honor to welcome h... Read More

Longtime employees proud to be part of Koopman’s 80 years

By Rod Lee

Bill Donaldson’s path to a career with Koopman Lumber was a circuitous one, but well worth it, he said the morning of October 29th in the company’s Uxbridge store on Douglas St.

Mr. Donaldson has managed the location since the latter part of 2007.  He has been with Koopman Lumber, however, for going on twenty-one years.

Like other longtime employees of the Koopman family’s business including Jimmy... Read More

Bay Path Superintendent John Lafleche on the road to retirement

By Janet Stoica

“It’s been a great 20 years,” said Superintendent John Lafleche as he reflected on his association with the Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational School District. His time spent at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton began with his appointment as Business Manager in 2000. He also served as Assistant to the Superintendent at that time.

“When I leave this position nex... Read More