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Good Stories

by Rev. Derek M. Zeyl

I love the Christmas season! It’s that time of the year when we (once again!) dust off the Christmas classics—movies and books—and pull them out for another viewing or good read. Recently, I sat down with my family and we watched Robert Zemeckis’ 2009 rendition of A Christmas Carol, based on Charles Dickens’ heart warming classic by the same name.

The background to how A Christmas Carol came to... Read More

Auburn Sewing: So you want to sew?

by Janet Stoica

AUBURN – Yes, you will be amazed and greatly impressed by the Auburn Sewing Center’s array of computerized, iPhone and droid-linked sewing equipment and, yes, you really won’t believe your eyes.  This is definitely not your grandmother’s sewing center.  How could they possibly stay in business for the past 30 years without having the latest and absolutely greatest sewing gear, tools, and a... Read More

John Mauro to create gingerbread Ice Castle at the Auburn Mall

by Barbara Van Reed

In each of the last eight Christmas seasons, Auburn resident John Mauro created a very large gingerbread figure for display in the lobby of the Hanover Theater in Worcester: a six-foot tall gingerbread man, a three-foot tall snow globe, and a 12-foot high Christmas tree among them.  He baked and constructed the giant displays in the kitchen of the Hanover Insurance Company, where he was the food service... Read More

A Sparkling New Year

by Samantha Straw, CSW

When Midnight strikes and the New Year begins, most people will have some sort of sparkling wine in their glass. Many people look at this as a necessary evil. That’s right, there are people who don’t like champagne! I am not one of them, and I am confident there is a sparkling wine out there for everyone. Here are some facts about bubbly, as well as some suggestions for your celebrations this Holiday... Read More

2014 Holiday Books

by Debra Horan

Books are the gateway to the imagination and you can learn a few interesting things too. There is literally something for everyone and what better way to show someone you care this holiday by choosing a special title just for them. Introduce the love of reading to a young child and they are set for life. Here are some new releases along with a couple of classics to consider.

Fabulous Fiction –  Well-k... Read More

Countryside Seamless Rain Gutters

Story and photo b Janet Stoica

CHARLTON – Thirty years is a long time to be in the home improvement business and husband-and-wife team Bill and Kim McNeaney, owners of Countryside Seamless Rain Gutters, are very much aware of what it takes to run a successful operation.  “What started out as a company begun by Bill’s uncle in the 1970’s has blossomed into a customer base that has grown by customer referrals,” said Kim.

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Webster Lake Gifts: Holiday Gifts Amazing!

Story and photo by Janet Stoica

WEBSTER – Carla Manzi, proprietor of Webster Lake Gifts, has a business card that reads “Along the Shores of Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.”  For those of us living in the greater Webster area, we are already aware of our wonderful landmark lake with the long Indian name meaning neutral fishing grounds.   However, if you venture into Ms. Manzi’s quaint and tidy shop to v... Read More

A Bounce Above:

Story and photo by Janet Stoica

WEBSTER -- Selling fun for holiday and party events is what locally-owned A Bounce Above is all about.  Pedro Villegas is a most engaging business owner.  His business card reads “We Deliver Excitement” and he and his staff can readily supply the fun.  From his great smile to infectious laugh, you can’t help but want to try some of the trendy and cool creations his store has to offe... Read More

Mrs. Mack’s Bakery:

Story and photos by Magda Dakin

A Worcester tradition for 85 years, Mrs. Mack’s Bakery has been baking pies, cakes, turnovers and more for longer than most of us have been around. It began as Mrs. Mack’s Pies back in 1929, not an auspicious time to begin a business, but it thrived and became Mrs. Mack’s Bakery when they moved to the present location at 1393 Grafton Street and added a café.

The business was sta... Read More

The World’s Best Christmas Gift

The Rev. Janice Ford, Rector
The Church of the Reconciliation (Episcopal)
5 North Main Street, Webster, MA

We all love getting gifts--birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, Valentine’s Day, weddings, you name it.  We have created a prolific number of occasions for us to give each other gifts in the course of our lifetime.  The idea behind gift giving is simple:  one person bestows something upon another as a mean... Read More

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