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Growing pains for the Oxford Business Association

By Rod Lee

Given its history including the role it has played in fostering civic pride, the Oxford Business Association should be a household name in the community—like that of Clara Barton.

Regrettably, that is not the case.

Surprise and disappointment, then, to find upon querying some members of Oxford’s merchants’ community that the OBA is a relative unknown. This despite a host of contributions the organi... Read More

Nichols College provides a "road to success" for students and graduates

By:  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

They are prepared.  They are polished.  They have fresh perspectives.  They are the Nichols College students and they’re willing to set in motion all that they’ve learned, given the opportunity.   

According to Lorraine U. Martinelle, Director of Public Relations for Nichols College, “As of January 2015, ninety-two percent of Nichols College graduates (class of 2015) were employed within si... Read More

Free Folk Concert-Douglas

If you are looking for a free, fun family night this summer all you have to do is stop by the Old Town Common in Douglas. Folk sensations Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards and their band will be performing on July 7th from 6-8pm. This is one of two summer concert events sponsored by the Douglas Cultural Council. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic dinn... Read More

Southbridge Police Department announces Community Assisted Recovery for Everyone (CARE)

SOUTHBRIDGE, MA – Southbridge Chief of Police Shane Woodson has announced the July 1 introduction of the Department’s Community Assisted Recovery for Everyone (CARE) program. Largely based on the Gloucester “ANGEL” program model, CARE is a community-based program designed to reduce the number of fatal and non-fatal opioid and heroin overdoses in Southbridge.

The program, in collaboration with Harrington HealthCare... Read More

Treating Caterpillar-Rash

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph
Literary caterpillars, like the hookah-smoking blue caterpillar in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, may be quite amusing.  But the recent outbreak of caterpillars across New England has been anything but entertaining, and even has some patients heading for the doctor.  If you have been outdoors at all in the past month or so you have probably seen some of these caterpillars falling from the t... Read More

Growing pains for the Oxford Business Association

By Rod Lee

Given its history including the role it has played in fostering civic pride, the Oxford Business Association should be a household name in the community—like that of Clara Barton.

Regrettably, that is not the case.

Surprise and disappointment, then, to find upon querying some members of Oxford’s merchants’ community that the OBA is a relative unknown. This despite a host of contributions the organi... Read More

65 years for Capitol Siding, Sarkisian family

By Rod Lee

Sixty-five years. Going back to the Eisenhower administration, Fats Domino, Frank Sinatra and Kate Smith, fallout shelters, black-and-white television and automobiles glistening with chrome.How many companies last that long, let alone under the stewardship of one family as is the case with Capitol Siding and the Sarkisians?To think that Mark Sarkisian Jr., successor with his brother Dale to the remarkable enterp... Read More

Charlton Landscape Supply – a colorful experience, a quality plant

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Outdoor plants seem to be cropping up everywhere.  One can find “Perennials for Sale” alongside the road, at the local grocery store, or at small local farms.  Pull over, pick out, pay the cashier, and pop in a plant has become the new rage for today’s busy green thumb.  What happened to the journey?  Shouldn’t choosing how to landscape one’s home be more than just a means to an end? 

Plants... Read More

Mr. Menard celebrates his 93rd birthday aboard the Indian Princess

On Sunday, May 29, Omer Menard, his wife Carolyn, and daughter Lisa Sharpe of Thompson, Connecticut, celebrated his birthday on the Indian Princess on Webster Lake. Omer is 93 years old, and several years ago began following the story of the Indian Princess.

Following the adventures of the Indian Princess for the last four years became Omer’s hobby, and he made a scrap book recording every fact on the Princess. The Indian... Read More

Wooed by the Food a rainy day hit

By Magda Dakin

Food and fun was the order of the day on Saturday, June 11, in the Whitin Park when hundreds and hundreds of people came to be part of the Whitin Community Center’s Wooed by the Food event. With two dozen food vendors and almost as many other event vendors it was a great place to spend the day, even with the mid-day showers.  Not much would dampen their spirits or as one mom of three said, “We’re here... Read More

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