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The Tailor Pros can fix busted zippers, adjust bad hems, even re-create costumes

By Magda Dakin

It might not keep you up at night, but it sure is annoying if you need to sew on a simple button or hem a pair of pants and you just can’t find the time and don’t feel like digging out the sewing stuff, find the right color thread and the right needle. You think, “Wouldn’t it be a whole lot easier to take it to a professional and not worry about it anymore?”

The sometimes-challenging adventure into re... Read More

Hilltop Self Storage is Addeo the Entrepreneur at work

By Rod Lee

One of the first things that becomes apparent in any conversation with Rocco Addeo is that there beats within him the heart of an entrepreneur.

In fact, mention this to Mr. Addeo and a smile accompanied by a nod is offered in return, by way of agreement.

The latest reflection of a yen on his part for tackling new startup ventures is Hilltop Self Storage of Grafton LLC.

Situated on Milford Ro... Read More

Jan Barlow: Spreading “Sunshine” in Grafton

by Christine Galeone

J.M. Barrie, the iconic playwright and author of “Peter Pan,” once said “Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” And it radiates from unusual sources. Sometimes, it even brightens people’s lives from behind the four strings of an instrument that looks like a little guitar.

Jan Barlow, a singer and ukulele musician who’s the Education Director at Apple Tre... Read More

CodeRED notifications, grants from Tufts, promotions, in Grafton

by Christine Galeone

Along with arctic breezes, 2018 has arrived. A new year provides us with a chance for a new exciting start in some part of our lives. It could be something as simple as acquiring a new healthy habit (like eating more dark chocolate). Or it could be something as monumental as buying a new home. Whatever it may be, one of the first steps is embracing the opportunities needed to make it happen.

Rig... Read More

Change, progress are name of the game in Sutton

By Rod Lee

Jen Hager used to hear the words “traffic is backed up at the light at Boston Road on Rt. 146” most every morning on the radio during her commute from Sturbridge, where she lives, to Sutton, where she works as the town’s planning director.

The inference being “it’s all Sutton’s fault,” she laughed in noting that this is no longer the case.

The recently reconfigured intersection with a “no-left-turn... Read More

ʽThe Journey’ readied Willardson for his role in Webster

By Rod Lee

One subject that comes up early in any conversation with Webster Town Administrator Doug Willardson is the startling contrasts he has noticed in the communities in which he has spent his first years in municipal government.

Such was the case shortly after four o’clock on January 10th when Mr. Willardson, who exudes an animated, youthful, restive energy, welcomed a visitor to his small office on the first... Read More

Indian Ranch announces Wynonna & The Big Noise to play July 29

WEBSTER, MA - January 26, 2018 - Indian Ranch announced that Wynonna & The Big Noise has been added to their 2018 Summer Concert Series for Sunday, July 29, 2018. Tickets go on-sale Friday, February 2, 2018 at 10:00AM at

Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30-mi... Read More

Putnam to celebrate the 8th Annual Fire & Ice Event on February 10th

Putnam, CT – In less than a month, downtown Putnam will once again host the largest single ice block competition in the United States – the 8th Annual Fire & Ice Festival. On Saturday, February 10 from 12 noon to 10 p.m., the public is invited to visit this community event, boasting more than four dozen ice carvings, ice photo opportunities, glowing fire torches, fire dancing performances, rose sales, a wedding cake decoratin... Read More