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Blackstone Heritage Corridor Presents 4th Annual GO!

Whitinsville, MA - Go pick pumpkins at an alpaca farm, go geocaching in an historic park, go earn a Junior Ranger badge and go explore the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. With more nearly 100 events to choose from, Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC) proudly presents its 4th annual GO! program this September, highlighting the Blackstone River Valley as a destination for family fun and exp... Read More

State’s foot dragging on tax free weekend rankles merchants

By Rod Lee

It should come as no surprise to legislators on Beacon Hill that the owners of appliance and furniture stores in Central Massachusetts are more than slightly perturbed—and miffed—that  the state is again dragging its feet about whether to approve a “sales tax-free weekend,” good for transactions conducted August 11-12.

“They’re waiting until the last minute like they do every year,” Raoul Chalifoux of Spe... Read More

Diane Pollard: connecting the community through music

by Christine Galeone

In 2004, a couple of church organists approached Diane Pollard. They knew she was a talented vocalist and pianist who had experience vocal conducting the Northbridge Middle School’s drama club. They also knew that she was well connected in the Blackstone Valley music community. When they asked her to put together and conduct a chorus for an ecumenical Advent concert, she was happy to do it.   

W... Read More

Grafton’s Business Scene – July 2018

by Christine Galeone

With kids out of school and parents having some vacation time to spend, this is the perfect season for families to have some adventures together. But adventures aren’t limited to ziplining in the mountains or parasailing in exotic locations. Sometimes, the smallest adventures can have the biggest impact.

Thankfully, the Town of Grafton and its businesses and organizations have g... Read More

True Touch Massage: therapy for muscle aches and pains

By Janet Stoica

Her business is situated in the medical offices located a skip past Lakeview Marina in Webster at 325 Thompson Road, around the back of the building. She moved to her current location last September and her customers have found True Touch Massage Therapy’s new home to be a calming and peaceful oasis—a spot to be healed from the aches and pains of everyday life.

Pauline Weagle, Licensed Massage Therap... Read More

Enchanted Passage bookstore a fantasyland for kids

By Rod Lee

Eighteen months or so have slipped by since the grand experiment that is Enchanted Passage began operations on Armsby Road in Sutton. Long enough for Kimberly Cake, who owns the children’s bookstore and enrichment center with her mother Sandy Loomis, to feel that a corner has been turned.

Speaking of which, there are a fair number of those in traversing the hallways of a building that once housed Vaillanc... Read More

Fallon Health offers alternative to nursing home care with new Webster site

Webster, Mass., July 18, 2018—Fallon Health, a nationally recognized health care services organization and a leading provider of health care to older adults, announced today the opening of a new Summit ElderCare® center in Webster. The center, which is located on 108 Thompson Road, offers all-inclusive, coordinated and patient-centered health care and related support services to individuals age 55 and older who need assistance an... Read More

Small Stones Festival announces Jurors

Grafton, MA, July 13, 2018.  .  . The Small Stones Festival of the Arts (SSFA) has appointed several distinguished jurors for the Nov. 9-11 juried exhibition of fine art and fine art photography to be held at the Great Hall, One Grafton Common. Three regional art organizations – Apple Tree Arts, Worcester County Camera Club and Blackstone Valley Art Association have collaborated to create the Festival. The juried displays of phot... Read More

Outside the Box expands with new puzzle room: Darklight

By Janet Stoica

Two weeks ago, Jeff Lorditch and Jen Harrington, owners of the gaming escape room, Outside the Box in Webster, opened another exciting and interactive physical adventure game, Darklight, at their Main Street location.

Adding to their ever-expanding recreation rooms, this one is a puzzle format that pits two teams of up to six players each against each other. The object of the game is to fin... Read More

Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. and The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, Inc. announce affiliation

(Worcester, MA – July 25, 2018) Two well-established Central Massachusetts human service providers have announced their affiliation effective July 1, 2018. Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. and The Bridge of Central Massachusetts both have long histories providing services in the region for people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. Together, the two agencies will have a combined workforce of over 1200 staff... Read More