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Indian Princess en route to Indian Ranch

The Indian Princess paddle wheel boat completed the first leg of its 70-mile journey from Barrington, Rhode Island, to its new home at Indian Ranch in Webster, Mass., early this morning, and is now at a scheduled layover near the Rhode Island/Connecticut state line.  

The 75-ft long, 20-ft-wide boat was lifted by crane onto a specially-built trailer and left Barrington at 9:30 p.m.  Sunday, traveled overnight, and will be... Read More

The Isles Of Shoals Phantom Dory

by Thomas D’Agostino and Arlene Nicholson from the book, Pirate Ghosts and Phantom Ships.

Welcome to part 3 of our ghostly tales from the Isles of Shoals. The Isles have many tales of ghosts and ghoulish vessels that emerge from the thick of the foggy nights. This is the story of a boat and its ghostly tenant that still wanders the shores in search of interminable revenge.

In the early twentieth century, the Isles o... Read More

Oxford Bandstand concert series continues through August

OXFORD – Every Sunday afternoon in August is a good one to spend listening to music and being entertained by magicians or dancers. This year for the first time the concerts will be preceded by a special time for other forms of entertainment.

On Sunday, August 3, it's magic first and then music performed by the Leicester Town Band. The band was formed in 2008 to bring music to surrounding towns and some of... Read More

America's night out against crime is August 5

WEBSTER - Towns all over the US will be participating in this year's National Night Out, and Webster is among them. First introduced in 1984, America's Night Out Against Crime began an effort to promote community involvement in crime prevention activities and police-community partnerships, and now has more than 16,000 communities taking part every year.

The Webster Police Department and North Village Winn Management are th... Read More

Thunder On the Lake 2014 in jeopardy

WEBSTER - The 4th Annual Thunder on Webster Lake hydroplane race that had been scheduled to take place the weekend of August 23 and 24 may be cancelled or reduced in scale.  Mike Grendell, founder and manager for the Webster race, said the American Canadian Hydroplane Association (ACHA) pulled funding for the Webster event because of financial issues earlier this season. Webster Lake was to be the sixth stop in the seven-race cir... Read More

Foppema's Farm

by Magda Dakin

NORTHBRIDGE - A wild riot of color greets you when you walk into Foppema's Farm fruit and vegetable store at 1605 Hill St, Northbridge. The scent of summer and the brilliant colors confirm what you already know, summer is in full swing and all the glorious fresh fruits and vegetables are here for your enjoyment.  After an incredible strawberry season, “the best in 10 years,” according to owner Ken Foppema, “... Read More

Grafton Flea is the place to be

by Rod Lee

If ever further proof was needed that the Grafton Flea Market is one of the Blackstone Valley’s most venerated institutions, one need only have visited on a Sunday morning in late June, as we did.

On the sprawling grounds situated along Rt. 140 we immediately struck up a conversation with Jonathan Giantz of Cranston, Rhode Island who was selling rope and bungee cord. Mr. Giantz is one of the Grafton Flea’... Read More

Tickets for Red Sox vs. Angels

Grafton Recreation has tickets for The Red Sox vs. Angels game on Wednesday August 20 at 7:10 p.m. Take the worry out of missing the last train leaving, and the stress of parking. They will do it all for you.

Cost is $77.00 per person, which includes transportation to and from Fenway Park and ticket in the right box seats section.

Tickets are available to anyone and everyone. You do not have to be a Grafton resident... Read More

Douglas Farmers Market, Saturdays!

by Melissa Dumont

The opening of the Douglas Farmers Market on June 14th was a huge success for the vendors, as well as for the hundreds of visitors who came. The vendors are local craftspeople who can be found at the Douglas Farmers Market every Saturday from June to October. “I put forth a mission to revive the Douglas Farmers Market last year,” says Molly Hollibaugh, one of the market’s coordinators. “I wanted to create... Read More

Blueberrying, Blackstone Valley

by Jacleen Charbonneau

Nothing represents New England's sunny season more than fresh blueberry picking at some of the finest local farms. And luckily, two local businesses in the Blackstone Valley are offering this luxury. Take Mendon's Christmas tree farm, Vandervalk Farm and Winery, for example. Although owners Casey and Sue Vandervalk have sold thousands of Christmas trees for the last 30 winters, the c... Read More