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Construction underway at Harrington’s new Child & Family Services building

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. – In just a few weeks, Harrington HealthCare System will open the doors to its new Child and Family Services Center in Southbridge.

The healthcare system has leased the former CarQuest Auto Parts store at 139 South Street. After the renovation is complete, the facility will house mental health counseling and group sessions for children and adolescents, ages 4-24, and their families.

The move gives... Read More

WDO Chamber Expo at Indian Ranch a hit with vendors

By Rod Lee

If the “Son of Spam” set up as part of a display put together by representatives of Bay Path Vocational Technical School’s Robotics department could have talked, it would have deemed the Webster-Dudley-Oxford Chamber of Commerce’s sixth annual Home and Business Expo at Indian Ranch on October 24th a success.

The same conclusion could have been drawn as well from the varied mix of presenters taking part—ma... Read More

Alzheimer's Partnership hosts free forum for caregivers

BELLINGHAM, MA (October 12, 2016) -- The South Worcester County Alzheimer's Partnership, in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter will offer caregivers a free forum on Friday, November 17 beginning at 12:45 p.m., at the Bellingham Senior Center 40 Blackstone Street, Bellingham.

Scott H. Gonzalez, M.D., Geriatric Psychiatrist, Community Healthlink, Inc., and Assistant Professor, U... Read More

At CareOne, a next step to getting back home

By Rod Lee

The urge that brought Kristine A. Binette back to CareOne at Millbury as senior administrator after a brief time away is the same one that prompted her to readily agree to talk about the facility’s “Next Step Home” program, last Wednesday afternoon.

“I have one o’clock today available,” Ms. Binette said in response to a morning telephone call. There was in her voice a noticeable eagerness to accept the ch... Read More

Hometown pride and beauty blooms in artist’s studio

by Christine Galeone

When Bonnie Frederico was growing up in Grafton, she always wanted to be a painter.  However, despite her talent for art, she chose the more practical profession of teaching math. It helped her realize she had a gift for teaching.

But without a passion for the subject, that career ended after she got married. Fortunately, as she and her husband started a family, her love for art drove her to lea... Read More

Park Ranger to present on local artist’s wartime service on Aleutian Islands

The Drapers were one of the most powerful and wealthy families in Massachusetts. Their company sold looms to textile mills around the world, and various family members served as generals, Ambassador to Italy, Governor of Massachusetts - even an Italian Princess. It’s easy to imagine what the family expected of their children. Sometimes the children had other plans.
November 8th, join Joshua Bell, Park Ra... Read More

Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce awarded Skills Capital Grant

BOSTON Representatives David K. Muradian, Jr. (R-Grafton), Joseph D. McKenna (R-Webster) and Kevin J. Kuros (R-Uxbridge), along with Senators Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) and Ryan C. Fattman (R-Webster) are excited to announce that the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Central Massachusetts Center for Business and Enterprise has been awarded a Massachusetts Skills Capital Program Grant.... Read More

Bright future ʽon tap’ for KBC Brewery & Beer Garden

By Rod Lee

Brian Kretchman began home-brewing beer more than twenty years ago, never imagining at the time that what essentially started as a hobby would lead to the launch of a small brewery with go-to sales by growler only on Thompson Road in Webster in 2012.

Things have taken off from there, as they have for so many craft brewers who have capitalized on the public’s fervor for beer manufactured by hand in small b... Read More