Skip to main content

Feature Articles

Monroe Street Industrial Park rezoning question on town warrant

DOUGLAS – Selectmen will let voters decide whether a parcel of land on Monroe Street should retain its industrial designation or be rezoned to residential.

The 42-acre parcel, situated squarely in a residential area and landlocked by homeowners, was zoned as industrial in 1978 when zoning was first introduced in Douglas. At the time, zoning committee member Leon Mosczynski recounts, the goal was to delineate industrially-z... Read More

Ann D. Carlsson retires after 29 years

It was on a day nearly three decades ago that Ann Carlsson, reading on her couch in her Burrillville, Rhode Island, home, saw a small advertisement for a Library Director for the Simon Fairfield Public Library in Douglas.

At the time, Ann was working in a Providence bookstore, in charge of remainder books, and free-lanced as a potter. “Douglas was closer than Providence, so I applied for the job and got it,” she said. Ann... Read More

Grafton’s Business Scene – April 2015

by Christine Galeone

Spring is finally here. Although it’s not as obvious as some of us would like, there are indications that the season of birth and renewal has arrived. The days are growing longer. Birds have returned and are tweeting outside our windows early in the morning. And somewhere in Grafton, there must be a few rogue flowers trying their best to bloom. Likewise, there are signs of the season popping up in comm... Read More

2015 Webster Lake Ice-Out Contest

Spring has arrived on Webster Lake and once again, Einstein took his spring swim.

Winning Time: April 7th at 05:09 PM

The Eighth  annual Ice-Out Einstein was a great success and we want to thank everyone for their support. We are pleased to report that we sold 1544 tickets and collected $14,920 including sponsorships.
For the first time in this contest’s history we have a three... Read More

Bradley Playhouse auditions

The Complex Performing Arts Centre in Putnam announces open auditions for the summer smash hit musical, PIPPI LONGSTOCKINGS.  Ages 7 to 19. Auditions are April 28 from 6-8pm and April 29 from 6-7pm. hPrepare a short monologue and 16 measures of music.  Performance dates July 10, 11, 12 at The Bradley Playhouse, Putnam CT

In addition... Read More

American Rent-All and American Self Storage

By Janet Stoica

THOMPSON, CT – It’s like a mini-Spag’s for a do-it-yourself homeowner: seven acres of self-storage buildings, tool and party rental supplies and sales, moving trucks and vans, and home and yard equipment sales and rentals.  More than one could ever imagine along a country road in Thompson, Connecticut.

Husband and wife team Kevin and Jane Beno have grown and refined their American Rent-All and Americ... Read More

East Main Café – Just Like Home

By Janet Stoica

WEBSTER – Being the recipient of the Silver Spoon Award for “Best Breakfast and Lunch Place in Webster” is an honor of which East Main Café owner Mary Conrad is very proud. She must be doing something right as the steady flow of regular customers to her tidy and neat eatery located at 129 East Main Street was never-ending as I sat and interviewed her at the first booth in her café.

The waitperson tod... Read More

Gail’s Fabulous Finds: Milestones

By Magda Dakin

OXFORD - A sign above the register says “Shopping is cheaper than a psychiatrist,” and Gail Maloney can help with that. For the past five years she has found a way to combine her interest in art and unique items with her passion for finding a bargain.  At Gail’s Fabulous Finds she shares these special talents and the thrill of consignment shopping with her loyal bargain hunting customers.

Gail’s past... Read More

Hot dog eatery in Webster reopens as Joanne’s Coney Express

By Barbara Van Reed

Joanne Kubicki is a familiar name and face in downtown Webster, having worked for three years at the Coney 1950 hot dog shop at 119 Main Street. She was en employee there until a year ago, and the restaurant closed later last year.

But beginning Saturday, March 21, the popular lunch place will reopen with a flourish, a new owner, and a new name: Joanne’s Coney Express.

Joanne will be selli... Read More

Fifty health and business exhibitors at Annual Health and Business Expo

By Magda Dakin

AUBURN – Hundreds of visitors attended the Eighth Annual Health and Business Expo last week to see what’s new with local health care agencies, talk with local businesses, and participate in a host of free activities and raffles.

“The Expo was definitely more crowded than last year, and has steadily grown in the three years we’ve moved it to an evening event,” said Eleanor Houbre, director of the... Read More

Pages