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Brenda Lacaire: new owner of Steve’s Collision Center

By Janet Stoica

Brenda Lacaire worked diligently as the office manager at Steve’s Collision Center in Sturbridge for 19 years, and today she is its owner and president. 

“Steve Brunnelle decided to gradually step away from the business he has owned for decades,” said Brenda, “and he made me an offer to buy his collision repair company. After discussing it with my husband, my silent partner, we made the purchase.”  S... Read More

Wild bird care and feeding

By Magda Dakin

Whether you like to take nature walks in winter, cross country ski in the fields and woods, or put a feeder or two in your back yard, it is fun to watch and listen to the birds that spend the winter with us here in New England. Among them are black-capped chickadees, sparrows, wrens, titmice, cardinals and mourning doves, to name just a few. They bring us bits of color and life during the cold of winter. ... Read More

DESA Decorating Center – thanks for the memories!

By Janet Stoica

December 7 was the last day of business for a Southbridge mainstay. After being associated with DESA Decorating Center for 31 years and being the owner for the past 28, Cathy Haggerty has decided to begin a new chapter in her life.

DESA’s, long known for its quality paint, wallpaper, flooring, and blinds, will become but a pleasant memory for many customers in the greater Southbridge area.  Cathy put... Read More

Banks brighten the season for beneficiaries

By Rod Lee

Without a doubt there is symbolism in the names chosen for banks. “Commerce” suggests prowess in the marketplace. “Unibank” brings to mind inclusiveness. “Webster Five Cents Savings” conjures up the thought of pennies and nickels accruing substantial value, over time, when deposited in a secure place. “Southbridge Savings” and “Savers,” same thing.
“Hometown,” as in Hometown Bank, drives home the message of... Read More

Harrington HealthCare System earns 2015 Top Hospital Distinction

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. – December 8, 2015 – For the third year in a row, The Leapfrog Group has selected Harrington HealthCare System as one of the nation’s Top Hospitals for patient care. This recognition is awarded to hospitals for demonstrating excellence in hospital safety and quality as measured through the respected Leapfrog Hospital Survey.  This year, Harrington was one of 62 hospitals nationwide, one of only five hospitals i... Read More

‘Tis the season for trees

By Magda Dakin

Nothing says holidays quite like bringing the outdoors in, with fresh cut trees and wreaths.  The remembered holiday smells of childhood range from Grandma’s cookies and pies and fresh logs in the fireplace to the pungent scent of fresh cut evergreens decked over every available surface.  At the center of all those memory making events is the family Christmas tree, or as some prefer to call it, the non... Read More

Chris Bilodeau brings magic to Blackstone Corridor 2016 Calendar

by Christine Galeone

When Douglas photographer Chris Bilodeau was a child in the 1970s and 1980s, his parents had a darkroom. For them, it was a place to develop their black and white film. But for their son, it was a place of inspiration. Mr. Bilodeau recalled “I remember sitting in that little room with the red light and smell of chemicals. It was magical to see plain paper turn into memories.” 

Recently, Mr. Bilo... Read More

Award-winning lecture series comes to Whitinsville

The award-winning January Series of Calvin College is coming to Whitinsville. From Jan. 6 through Jan. 26, 2016, Fairlawn Christian Reformed Church will be one of 48 remote webcast locations worldwide to broadcast one of the nation’s leading lecture and cultural arts series.

The 2016 edition features a solid lineup of speakers including David Brooks, one of America’s most prominent political commentators and OpEd... Read More

What next for Church Street--

By Rod Lee

How much of the more than $14 billion in sales generated nationally by the American Express-driven Small Business Saturday was garnered by merchants here in the southern Blackstone Valley towns of Douglas, Mendon, Northbridge and Uxbridge on November 28th --or throughout the course of the Black Friday-to-Cyber Monday weekend—would be hard to tell.

For the approximately two dozen businesses that took part... Read More

Mama Dolce’s Café reopening postponed

By Ginger Costen

It seems the old Murphy’s Law adage - whatever can go wrong, will go wrong - is alive and well in Webster,- especially for the new owner of Mama Dolce’s Café.  

Darlene Mwangi explained that the grand opening originally planned for December 7 had to be postponed until the bank could fix the technical issues with the computerized sales system.  She hoped that all would go well by the next weekend so... Read More

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