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Summer concert series returns to the Whitin Mill

Alternatives and ValleyCAST are proud to announce the return of their Free Summer Concert Series featuring a wide variety of high quality music performed by some of Blackstone Valley’s local talent. The concert series, now in its 7th year, is one of the most popular events at the Whitin Mill drawing crowds of all ages and walks of life.

The concert series kicked off on Friday, June 30th at 6:00 an... Read More

Oxford town manager upbeat for good reasons

By Rod Lee

Oxford Town Manager Brian M. Palaia smiles self-deprecatingly when asked if it is true that he has a reputation for being “level-headed and solution-oriented.”

“Maybe level-headed,” he said from behind his desk in Memorial Hall on June 26th, as if jokingly leaving unsaid his agreement with the other half of the description.

Two and a half years in the position may be too short a time to determine w... Read More

Ice cream time – on the road with Suzy Q’s

By Janet Stoica

From Charlton to Webster to Sturbridge to the Brookfields, Sue Putis and her Suzy Q’s Ice Cream truck are back on the road, rolling through your neighborhood and even up to your office door.

Cool treats in every shape and size are ready to be purchased from her traveling van. Adult favorites are novelty ice creams like Magnum gold almond, Magnum double caramel, and Magnum double peanut butter. For th... Read More

Great Reads for Summer 2017

By Debra Horan, Owner of Booklovers’ Gourmet, Webster

Whether for the beach or lounging in your own backyard, here are some recommendations to keep you cool and entertained all summer long, featuring both long-time favorite authors as well as some brand new series. Get started soon-before you know it, the summer will breeze by!

Perennial favorite Judy Blume has a new release in paperback, In the Unlikely Eve... Read More

Thursday night concerts at Douglas Common

If you are looking for a free, fun family night this summer all you have to do is stop by the Old Town Common in Douglas. The Douglas Cultural Council is sponsoring 3 Thursday night concerts during the 2017 concert series. All concerts are 6pm-8pm.

*July 20th- The Grey Whisker Pickers will share their blend of honky t... Read More

The Cancer Center at Harrington celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day

Southbridge, MA – More than 250 current and former patients and guests celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day on Monday, June 12 with the staff of The Cancer Center at Harrington and Radiation Therapy Services at a special dinner program under the tent at The Publick House Historic Inn on the Sturbridge common.

The group was welcomed by event organizer Blaine Schnare, Harrington CFO Tom... Read More

Annual Recycling Day at Douglas Farmer's Market

IndieCycle will be hosting their electronic waste drive during market hours. Most items are accepted at no charge - computers, laptops, PDA's, cell phones, mice, keyboards, printers, toner cartridges, CD/DVD players, radios, network equipment, wires, stereos, speakers, telephones, VHS tapes, microwaves, small household appliances, and batteries of any size, type or shape. There is a $10 disposal fee  for all TV... Read More

The Dance Place celebrates 30 years of non-competitive dance instruction

By Magda Dakin

When you see your little one in a crib or are feeding them in the wee hours, you dream about the life you want for them, the perfect school, supportive friends and family, no bullies or tears. But as they get older you realize that no matter what your best intentions are, you can’t protect them. Even enrolling them in dance, football or soccer classes designed for kids often end up being competitive challeng... Read More

Fresh at the farm stands

By Magda Dakin

Farmer’s World Roadside Stand, 152-157 Southwest Cutoff Route #20, Worcester

If you’re driving down the Southwest Cutoff Route #20 westbound, with your head down, intent on getting home at night and not paying attention to much, you might be missing out on a great opportunity to get some delicious produce choices for dinner tonight, not to mention plants and flowers for the garden.... Read More

Harrington welcomes Jessica Calcidise, VP Nursing and Ancillary Operations


Harrington HealthCare System has welcomed Jessica Calcidise as the new Vice President of Nursing and Ancillary Operations.

Calcidise, a Belchertown native, was most recently the chief nursing officer for Mercy Medical Center, Weldon Rehab Hospital and Providence Behavioral Health Hospital, and served as vice president for patient care services at Sisters of Providence Health System.

Over the past decade, Ca... Read More