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Riverdale Mills ʽsteels’ itself for continuing impact of Trump tariffs

By Rod Lee

Misconceptions about the state of the steel industry in general and the status of the Riverdale Mills Corp. in particular were much on James Knott Jr.’s mind when he agreed to discuss where things stand the afternoon of January 29.

Seated at a conference table above where Riverdale Mills’ machinery hummed and throbbed in the creation of products for the marine, security, construction and agricultural indu... Read More

Local couples share Valentine’s Day values

Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

I don’t mean to sound like a sullen Charlie Brown, but has Valentine’s Day become commercialized? Department stores are no sooner  “stuffing the trees up” than they are decking the halls with hearts and a love-struck cupid. While grocery store bakers shake a few more red sprinkles over a tray of sugar cookies, obligated (perhaps procrastinating) men wait in line at the candy shop to pay for a box of ch... Read More

Maureen O’Connor steadies the “roller-coaster” real estate experience

By Janet Stoica

“The first real estate experience I ever had was with a condemned home — and it was mine,” said Maureen O’Connor, local realtor for RE/MAX Advantage I.

“My husband and I moved into the home we purchased for $40,000 in Oxford 30 years ago. To say it was a fixer-upper would’ve been an understatement. Everything had to be done over from top to bottom. It took us three years to finish everything but we d... Read More

Dwight Yoakam to perform August 18 at Indian Ranch

Insiders Club Memberships and Season Passes on sale now

Webster, MA - February 4, 2019 - Indian Ranch announced Dwight Yoakam will return to Webster, MA on Sunday, August 18th for the 2019 Summer Concert Series. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 8th at 10:00 AM;  an Insiders Club Presale will take place Thursday, February 7th at 10:00 AM at ... Read More

Everybody’s Fitness Center in Webster celebrates grand opening

By Janet Stoica

The newly-renovated Everybody’s Fitness Center (EFC) on Sutton Road in Webster officially launched with a grand opening in January, under new ownership

The Webster location is the third health center for the Cook family of Charlton and Worcester. Their first venture was the EFC Auburn site on Southbridge Street (across from Staples) which opened nine years ago, and their second venue opened in Sturbr... Read More

In a hiring mode, The Overlook bucks gloom about economy

By Rod Lee

There may be more than ample evidence that the U.S. and global economies are in a sudden state of decline with business confidence ebbing, hiring slowing, interest rates rising and home building tapering of.

This is not the case at The Overlook in Charlton, however.

Situated on 450 acres atop Masonic Home Road, with picturesque views of the surrounding countryside and a wide range of options for se... Read More

Peer Recovery Center adds programs for family support and gambling addiction

“We know there are people who want and need help, but there is a shyness about walking into a facility – it takes a lot of courage,” says The Rev. Janice Ford.

The “facility” is the Opening the Word Peer Recovery Center at 10 Mechanic Street in Webster, which opened in August to address substance use disorder issues faced by its residents and those of the surrounding communities. Since then it has added a support group for... Read More

Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Legislative Breakfast

WHITINSVILLE, MASSACHUSETTS --The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Legislative Breakfast on Friday, February 8, 2019, 7:30-9:00 AM at the Charles F. Minney VFW Post 3329 located at 16 South Main Street, Millbury.

All of the Valley’s state legislators are expected to attend.... Read More

TLGV’s February Acorn Adventure POSTPONED

The Last Green Valley’s Acorn Adventure, Winter Birds, scheduled for Feb. 2 at Hopeville State Park, 929 Hopeville Road, Griswold, CT is being postponed.

 A pre-hike of the park revealed challenging conditions, which combined with the predicted cold temperatures Saturday morning necessitated the postponement.

 The Acorn Adventure is being rescheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 23. However, TL... Read More

‘Friends of Lasell Field' regroups in Northbridge

Jan. 29, 2019 - Northbridge, MA -- ​A group of local volunteers have come together as the result of the deplorable conditions at John Whitin Lasell Memorial Field, Northbridge PublicSchools’ athletic complex located at 171 Linwood Avenue. The field, dedicated to Lasell’s memory houses the school district’s track, football, soccer lacrosse and field hockey games.
John Whitin Lasell, born in 1897, an extended me... Read More