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Northbridge Self Storage sports local colors

“We wanted the color of our new self-storage units to be maroon, to reflect the town’s school colors,” said Dirk Koopman, owner of Koopman Lumber, describing the company’s latest project, Northbridge Self Storage. “Then we realized that would also match the colors of the old brick mill buildings across the street.”

Dirk was referring to the former Whitin Machine Works complex of mills along the Mumford River. Northbridge S... Read More

Auburn 23rd Annual School/Business Partnership Golf Tournament to be held September 11

Auburn, MA – The Auburn Chamber of Commerce will host its 23rd tournament on Monday, September 11 at the Heritage Country Club. The event is sponsored by Herb Chambers of Auburn Inc., New England Land Survey, and Webster Five. The proceeds of this tournament go directly to support the Auburn Chamber's mini-grants for teachers, and scholarships to graduating seniors, of both the local community, and for our Chamber member business... Read More

Mercer Monuments Works opens Dudley location

By Janet Stoica

Their many customers in the Webster-Dudley area prompted Graeme and Kristin Mercer to open a new Mercer Monument Works location here. “We were assisting local families with their loved ones’ final resting places and funeral directors here had been using our services too,” said co-owner Graeme Mercer. “Many of them kept asking us when we might open a local showroom. So we did our research and on Wednesday, M... Read More

Stars aligned for QCC’s extended campus in the Blackstone Valley

By Rod Lee

Industrialists who made their name in the Blackstone Valley of Massachusetts and Rhode Island starting with Samuel Slater and including the likes of John Singletary, Asa Waters, Paul Whitin and the Draper family would surely be smiling at the thought of an annex of Quinsigamond Community College at the Linwood Mill.

So too, today, are Jeannie Hebert, president and CEO of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of C... Read More

Bernat Mill, town on the rise, business-wise

By Rod Lee

Down by the old mill stream (Capron Falls) and indeed throughout a town that is rapidly approaching its 300th anniversary, evidence abounds that modern-day Uxbridge is an inviting place to do business.

  This should come as no surprise. Uxbridge is a community that has always taken great pride in being at the forefront. Incorporated in 1727, Uxbridge was home to the first hospital for mental illness; the... Read More

Venture Community Services opens Uxbridge office

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Mike Hyland, president and CEO of Sturbridge-based Venture Community Services, has a lot to smile about this summer.  The non-profit provides “support to individuals facing diverse challenges” and has become a leader in the industry. With an annual revenue of $32.7 million, a new name, 775 happy employees, 44 community residences, and a new location in Uxbridge, the business, groun... Read More

Health Insurance Saves Lives

By Jason Poquette,
BPharm, R.Ph

A new study recently published in a June 2017 edition of the respected Annals of Internal Medicine proves what appears to be obvious: health insurance saves lives. Surprisingly, such conclusions are not easily come by. But by comparing various studies done around the U.S. and carefully analyzing the data, the authors could confidently conclude they found a “large reduction in m... Read More

Dudley’s walking trails and Conservation Land Trust

By Janet Stoica

Sandra Peterson, a member of the Dudley Conservation Land Trust (DCLT) was about to take me for a hike on the Tufts Branch trail to the upper knoll’s open meadow when five hikers came down the trail and stopped in front of us. Sandra knew the hikers, David Harrigan and his four grandchildren, the youngest, Caleigh Poirier, is four years old. When Sandra asked me if I was ready to begin our trek, I thought “... Read More

Summer concert series returns to the Whitin Mill

Alternatives and ValleyCAST are proud to announce the return of their Free Summer Concert Series featuring a wide variety of high quality music performed by some of Blackstone Valley’s local talent. The concert series, now in its 7th year, is one of the most popular events at the Whitin Mill drawing crowds of all ages and walks of life.

The concert series kicked off on Friday, June 30th at 6:00 an... Read More

Oxford town manager upbeat for good reasons

By Rod Lee

Oxford Town Manager Brian M. Palaia smiles self-deprecatingly when asked if it is true that he has a reputation for being “level-headed and solution-oriented.”

“Maybe level-headed,” he said from behind his desk in Memorial Hall on June 26th, as if jokingly leaving unsaid his agreement with the other half of the description.

Two and a half years in the position may be too short a time to determine w... Read More

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