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bankHometown commits $25,000 to Fuel Fund

MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, January 3, 2020In time for the home heating season, bankHometown has contributed an additional $25,000 to the Community Energy Assistance Program, a fund first established by Millbury Savings Bank in 2005 to help low-income residents pay their home energy costs. With the recent merger of bankHometown and Millbury Savings, this contribution demonstrates bankHometown’s continued commitment... Read More

Fresenius Kidney Care facility strengthens mix at Pleasant Valley Crossing

By Rod Lee

The addition of a business dedicated to providing dialysis treatment at Pleasant Valley Crossing in Sutton might seem like an anomaly, in a plaza anchored by a supermarket, a bank, a coffee emporium, a cell-phone store, a burger place and other retailing ventures.

For Fresenius Medical Care North America, or FMCNA, however, the site makes perfect sense. Fresenius Kidney Care—the German-based company’s new... Read More

Fresenius Kidney Care facility strengthens mix at Pleasant Valley Crossing

By Rod Lee

The addition of a business dedicated to providing dialysis treatment at Pleasant Valley Crossing in Sutton might seem like an anomaly, in a plaza anchored by a supermarket, a bank, a coffee emporium, a cell-phone store, a burger place and other retailing ventures.

For Fresenius Medical Care North America, or FMCNA, however, the site makes perfect sense. Fresenius Kidney Care—the German-based company’s new... Read More

Joy and giving in Grafton

by Christine Galeone

Grafton has had an abundance of both. With Grafton native Ricky Duran recently giving outstanding performances and being named the runner up on “The Voice,” many people from Grafton and beyond have been overjoyed about his achievement.  And the success of the annual Grafton Celebrates the Holidays event and the Town’s annual Turkey Challenge not only brought joy to many families and individuals, it res... Read More

Innovation, volunteerism saluted at Chamber’s annual meeting

By Rod Lee

Honors bestowed on Harry Berkowitz and Danielle Desrosiers at the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 41st annual meeting and awards ceremony at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton on November 26 served as affirmation of what a lot of people already knew. Which is that Mr. Berkowitz and Ms. Desrosiers are both luminaries in their respective fields of endeavor.

It is hard to even pinpoint exactly wh... Read More

Wood Island Light

By Thomas D'Agostino

Lighthouses have a certain mystique that makes them alluring. Throw in a ghost or two and you have a perennial tale to forever be told by the flickering light of a campfire. There are many lighthouses in New England that are haunted by their former keepers or their families. The Wood Island light is no exception. In fact, there are a few ghosts roaming the island and the best part, you can actually vis... Read More

Douglas gets ready to deal with impact of climate change

By Matt Wojcik

Town Administrator

Douglas is participating in the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant program.  This two-step process includes a planning component followed by active grant writing and capital projects designed to bring critical infrastructure in the Town up to grade to deal with the impact of climate change. 

Proposed by the Baker Administration and supported by the legislature w... Read More

Historic addresses accent bustling business scene in Uxbridge

By Rod Lee

Attorney Mark P. Wickstrom remembers looking at the property at 6 Court St. from a window in his office in the Savers Bank building in downtown Uxbridge and liking what he saw.

“When a ʽFor Sale’ when up in front of it, I called the realtor and said ʽI want to make an offer!’” he recalled last Thursday morning. “My wife Mary Pat and I bought it.”

The “Robert Taft House,” which abuts the Uxbridge To... Read More

Where’s the beef? Plant-based entrees gaining favor at local restaurants

By Rod Lee

Central Massachusetts restaurateurs including Elaine Cowan who is owner and chef de cuisine at UXLocale on W. Hartford Ave. in Uxbridge do not need Burger King’s heavy promotional advertising to tell them that plant-based foods are becoming all the rage.

While a question The Feisty Fork column posed to some of the region’s restaurant owners and managers—“to what extent are plant-based appetizers and entre... Read More

Webster First Federal Credit Union to open new Webster site

By Janet Stoica

The Webster First Federal Credit Union’s prominent location at 1 North Main Street has served its members well since 1967, but come January, the branch will be moving.

“We’ve opted to build a new Webster facility,” said Michael Lussier, President of Webster First Federal Credit Union. “The town was selling the former Filmer School building last year and it was the right location, not too far away fro... Read More

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