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Lisa Jane’s a different breed of hair salon

By Rod Lee

Wall art—scenes from London, Paris and Italy—are the first clue that Lisa Jane’s is not a typical hair salon. The framed pictures are a reflection of Owner Lisa Desjarlais Amaral’s love of travel; as a flute or piccolo in her hands would be evidence of her longtime involvement in the Blackstone Valley Community Band—if those instruments were also on display.

Nestled on Providence Road in a pocket of Linwo... Read More

Historic Uxbridge Quaker Meetinghouse to host Open House series

The historic 1770 Quaker Meetinghouse at the corner of Quaker Highway and Aldrich Street in Uxbridge will hold a series of Open Houses this summer.  “Many people have commented that the meetinghouse seems to have new life as a result of our cleanup efforts last fall”, noted Ellen Perry, President of the Quaker Meeting House Association. “We hope that our summer events will highlight the wealth of local history that is associated... Read More

Sen. Moore highlights availability of State House Tours

BOSTON – With summer around the corner, and with the promise of warmer temperatures, Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) encourages area residents to take advantage of free tours of the Massachusetts State House. Tours are offered by the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office and are led by knowledgeable guides. 
“The building is more t... Read More

Sponsorships available for a new twist on Tastes of the Valley – A Farmer at the Table!

Sponsorships are available to help support The Last Green Valley’s (TLGV) programs through its annual Tastes of the Valley feast and fundraiser. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, August 27, at the Publick House in Sturbridge. Help us celebrate all things green, growing and delicious in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor with a new twist on the region’s favorite farm-to-table event!

Tastes of the Valle... Read More

Whitin Community Center Pool

The Original Pool will be closed for our annual scheduled maintenance from Monday, June 12th through Sunday, June 25th. The Original Pool will reopen on Monday, June 26th.
The following programs will be available in the Competition Pool:

McIntyre Materials moves to Uxbridge

By Barbara Van Reed

McIntyre Loam’s 60 acres of land at West Hartford Avenue in Uxbridge has been a visible gravel and loam processing operation for two decades. Across the street, McIntyre’s “Walnut Grove gravel pit” saw trucks moving material out for more than a dozen years before it was closed and completed as a housing subdivision about ten years ago.

On West Hartford Avenue, though, the gravel site is as active... Read More

Support group for families of addicts merges with state-wide network

By Barbara Van Reed

Dudley-based Families Helping Families will reach a major milestone on July 1. That’s when the group will merge with the Learn to Cope support network, a state-wide organization that offers education, resources, and peer support for family members coping with a loved one’s addiction to opiates, other drugs, or alcohol.

“It’s going to be awesome,” says Pam, one of the three moms of addicts who fou... Read More

The site lives anew--on Facebook

By Rod Lee

Talking about the website and its reincarnation as a Facebook page last week, Carla Manzi acknowledged that the power of social media was too strong for her to resist.

This is not to say she doesn’t have some regrets. The website, a veritable treasure trove of information about Ms. Manzi’s hometown, is an impressive piece of work—built “from bits and pieces of Webster’s past” by a team con... Read More

Could Amazon fill your next prescription?

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

The online mega-business that virtually owns the book and e-reader markets, now has its eye on pharmacy. According to reports, Amazon is in the process of developing a mail-order pharmacy services which could offer consumers another option for filling their monthly prescriptions. In a recent article, USA Today wrote that “Amazon has been holding annual meetings on whether it should consider... Read More

No June swoon for busy South County attractions

By Rod Lee

It must be June. Evidence of this is everywhere, from the concrete bird baths, animal statuary, gazing globes, fire pits and bird feeders on display at Robbins Garden Center in Oxford to the imminent start of the Yuengling Summer Concert Series at Indian Ranch in Webster to the strawberries, rhubarb, tomatoes, cucumbers and greens that are now available with the opening of Charlton Orchards’ 2017 season.

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