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Massachusetts and the Opioid Overdose Epidemic

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

Medical professionals, law enforcement and politicians are scrambling to address what has been called an “opioid overdose epidemic” in Massachusetts.  Deaths related to the misuse of prescription pain relievers like hydrocodone and oxycodone are on the rise.  In 2012 we saw 668 documented cases of opioid-related overdose deaths.  Last year the number was 1089.  And according to some early re... Read More

It’s the Tom Brady Effect-- and Circuit Barn is ready for you

By Janet Stoica

NORTH OXFORD – Sometime in early September the television sets in New England undergo a miraculous cleaning.  They are arranged in their best viewing positions, dusted with cans of air or soft cloths sprayed with electronic cleaning chemicals, smudges are wiped away, and remote controls are at the ready.

Man caves and lady caves and kid caves are vacuumed and mopped, chairs are brought in and relocat... Read More

Free dementia program

St. Camillus Adult Day Health Center announces a free dementia educational presentation in honor of National Family Caregiver Month in November.   Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s.   Julie McMurray from the Alzheimer’s Association will present “Effective Communication Strategies ” on Thursday evening,  November 19 from 6:00pmto 7:30pm at the St. Camillus Adult Day Health Center campus... Read More

Harrington HealthCare System opens New Women’s Health Center in Charlton

CHARLTON, Mass. – October 27, 2015 – Harrington HealthCare System has announced the addition of a new Women’s Health Center at 61 North Main Street in Charlton. The center, which will open in November, is a part of Harrington Physician Services, Harrington’s primary care and multi-specialty physician group. The obstetrics and gynecology office will offer a wide range of preventive and diagnostic services for women of all ages.... Read More

A first visit to the Publick House Historic Inn

By Barbara Van Reed

Several weeks ago a reader called our office to ask where she could pick up a copy of The Yankee Xpress because she wanted to clip the Publick House “buy-one-get-one-free” coupon, which appears in every issue.

That prompted me to do something I’d been planning for years myself: clip the coupon and visit the Publick House Historic Inn and Country Lodge. Though I live in the Blackstone Valley, I ha... Read More

Your Health Matters

By Janet Stoica

STURBRIDGE – Your taste buds will perk up when you enter the new Your Health Matters food store, which opened here in August.  The aroma is tantalizing and it’s not easy to discern which line of healthy product your nose is attracted to or which bouquet of pleasantness you are experiencing.  “Everyone tells me that the store’s aroma is very appealing,” says co-owner David Termine. “I guess... Read More

May Your Hearts Dance Forever!

By Janet Stoica

SOUTHBRIDGE – It was a beautiful sight. The Latino ladies of a certain age with their handsome partners dancing the traditional waltz they would have gently glided to had they still been teenagers.  Many of these wonderful senior citizens did not have the opportunity to take part in a Quinceanera, a Sweet 15 Party, when they were younger. 

But now, they had a leader in Roxana Gomez, Coordinator of th... Read More

Walktober is still going strong

Another week to whet your appetite for fun in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor.  If you have enjoyed the annual program offered by The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) in its first few weeks, don’t stop now.

You can “Tackle the Trail” on Saturday, October 17, to benefit the Quinebaug Valley Community College Foundation.  Individual runners or relay teams will challenge themselves on the Air L... Read More

Northbridge Notes

By Magda Dakin

As the intensive gift-giving season begins, these shops have what you need in the Northbridge/Whitinsville area.

In the heart of downtown Whitinsville a new little shop is blooming.  The Wild Flower is located at 110 Church, the site of the former flower shop called Petals, which had closed.  Opening on August 1, the shop jumped right in and has already created... Read More

Miss Georgia Deane, all peaches and cream

“Miss Georgia” Deane of Mendon may not have become a world-famous actress like Eleanor Powell who she so admired as a young girl growing up in Salem.

But who is to say she didn’t emerge as a potent a force in her own right in the world of entertainment?

“I thought Hollywood would grab me for sure!” the spry, spunky, reddish/brown-haired peanut of a woman—ninety-six years young—said in her home on September 14th. “I... Read More