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The saga of supermarkets, as Shaw’s closes

It seems there’s some truth to the old adage what goes around, comes around this week in Webster and Dudley.

If you can remember grocery shopping in the 1960s and 70s at the former Big D, Park n’ Shop and Thrifty Markets in Webster and the A & P in Dudley, then you can remember life in the Webster, Dudley and Oxford areas before Price Chopper, Market Basket and Walmart.

The Big D Supermarket was located at the s... Read More

View From the Sidelines


Photos by Steev Riccardo

WEBSTER – Greetings sports fans! There is something truly special about high school sports that puts them on another level than say, watching professional sports or even college sports. High school sports may be competitive, but it’s mostly about kids having fun.

The way I see it, I have been very lucky to be in the position to cover and report on high school sports the las... Read More

Alberto Mercado releases sixth book, Winds of Fall

WORCESTER –  On Saturday, February 22, from 2-5 PM Annie's Book Stop of Worcester on 65 James Street welcomes Alberto Mercado for a reading, signing, and speaking engagement to celebrate the release of his sixth book, Winds of Fall.

Mercado is a native of Puerto Rico who moved to Massachusetts in 1985. Over the years, he turned his hobby of photography into a freelance career. During an exhibition, he wrote up a f... Read More

Hint, hint, Valentine

by Becky Harvey

What am I talking about?  Once again it is that time of year that some people can’t wait for and others dread because they are unable to come up with ideas on what to buy their sweeties for Valentine’s Day.  Yes, it’s that time already.  Luckily for those who are looking to impress their heartthrobs, our area is brimming with businesses, large and small, that offer just the right special token of one’s appr... Read More

Auburn Towne Cleaners

AUBURN – Scott Johnson has always had the entrepreneurial spirit and wanted to run his own business, so about a year and a half ago, on Memorial Day weekend of 2012 to be exact, he not only bought the current location of the Auburn Towne Cleaners at 700 Southbridge Street, but also purchased two other dry cleaning stores located in Sutton and Uxbridge.

Even though Johnson, who spent 15 years in corporate America,  had neve... Read More

Ramping up mileage for the WCC Half Marathon

WHITINSVILLE – It's time to start training for the WCC Half Marathon, a new event organized by the Whitin Community Center, which will take place on Sunday, April 6. Not ready to do a half marathon?

There are options for a 7K, family 5K walk, and a group relay.

“This event is mainly a fundraiser for the WCC, but it's also a way to get the community active,” said Megan Rogozenski, WCC Aerobics Coordinator. More than... Read More

Two women on a mission:

Editor's Note: Nancy Whalen of Worcester and Carol Lewis of Whitinsville have worked for seven years to establish  the Healing Heart Hospitality House, which will be for  families who have a critically ill relative in a Worcester hospital.  The city has two hospitality houses for families of cancer patients, but none for families of patients seriously ill from other causes.
Here, Na... Read More

An awesome reopening for Chevere

UXBRIDGE – Crafters and beaders came out in full force on Saturday the 4th to check out Chevere's new  home at 366 N. Main Street in Uxbridge. Chevere's is “the place to bead,” and the new store gives owner Patricia DeVries plenty of space to display her hand-crafted jewelry, beads and beading supplies,  Yak & Yeti clothing, Beijo handbags, and accessories.

At twice the size of Chevere's old location at 158 N. Main Str... Read More

Linwood Mill

WHITINSVILLE - The day here starts at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast and a headline news update. That's followed by a half hour of stretching and exercise, and then it's on to morning activities that range from a geography spelling bee to baking oatmeal cookies in observance of January as the official oatmeal month.

Lunch is followed by games, discussions, movies, board games, bowling. It’s an entire day of engaging... Read More

11th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting Event

UXBRIDGE, MA – January 11, 2014:  The Rotary Club of Uxbridge would like to remind everyone to save the date for their 11th Annual Wine & Chocolate Tasting Fundraising Event, which will be held on Saturday March 1, 2014 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Blissful Meadows Golf Club, 801 Chockalog Road, Uxbridge, MA.  As always, the event will include two floors of Wine and Beer Selections provided by Lynch’s Riverview Wine & Spirits... Read More