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Historical Society pushes membership, museum upgrade

By Rod Lee

If native son General Rufus Putnam (1738-1824) were alive today, he would appreciate the effort leadership of the Sutton Historical Society has put into the organization’s latest membership drive.

“We surpassed last year,” Christine Watkins, the Society’s secretary, said in late April. “We had a goal of at least one hundred new members.”

The push to bolster the ranks did not end in February; it wil... Read More

June 16th Youth Fishing Derby brings joy and wonder

Looking for a special experience and fun memories with your children or grandchildren?

Then please join us on Saturday, June 16 from 8 AM-Noon for the wholesome outdoor fun of the Blackstone Valley Fishing Derby for youth, ages 3-15 at the historic, scenic Hopedale Pond Boat Launch, Hopedale.

There are prizes galore, including 1st and 2nd place trophies in 5 categories: trout, perch, bluegill, pickerel and bass. Bri... Read More

Millbury Lions Club’s roar is heard loud and clear

By Rod Lee

No four people are more aware of how long the Millbury Lions Club has been in existence than Stuart D. Mulhane, Stephen V. Walinsky, E. Bernard Plante and Joseph F. Coggans Jr.

Or how much the club has given back to the community in its “service to humanity.”

Of all the names that have surfaced as “King Lion,” fellow officers, tail twisters and lion tamers over the years, theirs are the ones that h... Read More

Ten years of donations an immeasurable Treasure

by Christine Galeone

If people asked you to tell them about your treasures, what would you say? You might start by telling them about your faith, family, community and education. After, you might mention the objects you own that either make your life better or make you smile.

In North Grafton, there’s a shop that’s managed to sell the latter to serve the former. It’s the appropriately named Treasures... Read More

Hometown Bank Community Foundation contributes $10,000 to Worcester Community Housing Resources

Oxford, Massachusetts – Michael D. Hewitt, President of Hometown Bank Community Foundation, Inc., announced today that a contribution in the amount of $10,000 was presented to Worcester Community Housing Resources (“WCHR”) on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018.

WCHR is a not-for-profit organization providing services to low-income residents and communities throughout Worcester County.  Their initiatives assist low-income, underserv... Read More

William Miller and the Great Reckoning

By Thomas D’Agostino

On October 22, 1844, over a million people gathered on hills, mountaintops, and inside cemeteries singing hymns and praying out loud, waiting the midnight tolling. It was that moment they were told that the Great Reckoning would commence. The sky was to burst open and all the true followers were to be whisked up to heaven while the rest would die by fire.

These ardent followers sold all their be... Read More

Though few in number, Oxford vets are Memorial Day-strong

By Rod Lee

Again this year an ever-dwindling number of veterans associated with American Legion Post 58 and VFW Post 5663 will perform their solemn duty by leading observances of Memorial Day in the town of Oxford.

It is Post 58’s turn to host the Memorial Day Parade, which will start at about 10:15 a.m. on May 28th from the VFW Post on Federal Hill Road and proceed south on Main St. for dedications including remark... Read More

Spencer Furniture reinvents itself along with showroom transformation

By Janet Stoica

Spencer – Looks can be very deceiving at times and the multi-storied Spencer Furniture building certainly falls into that category.  “People cannot believe our large inventory of furniture displays,” says Tammy Setterlund, marketing director for Spencer Furniture. “They come through our front doors and begin their exploration, soon realizing that our store has many more beautiful displays than they thought.... Read More

Auburn is A-OK for merchants and customers they serve

By Rod Lee

Wherever one turns along the main corridors (Routes 12 and 20) that thread their way through the town of Auburn it is obvious that business is thriving.

That is certainly true at Bentley Pub, 602 Southbridge St.; attributable, Owner Jim Taylor said during the noon hour on May 9th, to “a great crew and great staff” that keep customers coming through the door for lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.... Read More