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ʽI can’t imagine doing business anywhere else’ (than Dudley)

By Rod Lee

On the television show “Jeopardy” one night, recently, Chapel Hill, North Carolina was referred to as “the southern part of Heaven.”

It is human nature to assign nicknames—slogans—to places, as a way to further solidify their identity. Sometimes more than one, so that New York is “the Big Apple” or “the city that never sleeps” and Boston is “Beantown” or “the Athens of America.” St. Louis is “the gateway... Read More

Daniels Farmstead open for farmers markets and tours of historic property

July 7, 2018, Blackstone, MA—Why are there two huge cast iron kettles built into a stone shelf inside the front entryway?  Why is there an outbuilding raised up on stilts?  Why did they keep two stoves—and so many other antique items accumulated by generations of farming families?  The curiosity of visitors is satisfied each time a tour is given at the historic Daniels Farmstead at 286 Mendon Street in Blackstone.  Through the la... Read More

Wallum Lake Rod & Gun Club offers Women’s Introductory Shooting Program

Wallum Lake Rod and Gun Club will offer its popular Ladies Learn to Shoot course July 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the club’s 200 Brook Road in Harrisville, Rhode Island location. The course, which is affiliated with the National Rifle Association’s Women on Target® program, introduces participants to safe gun handling and shooting in a relaxed, friendly environment.  The program starts with a classroom presentation and safety bri... Read More

B. Kind Café opens in Webster for healthy breakfast and lunch

By Janet Stoica

After three years in the making, the B. Kind Café officially opened for business June 3 on Webster’s Davis Street in the spot formerly occupied by Mama Dolce’s.

Owner Ericka Labonte has created a breakfast and lunch restaurant that features all things organic.

“My family and I began saving our funds three years ago,” says Ericka. “This has been a dream for all of us.” After reaching their goal... Read More

Douglas Rhubarb Challenge 2019 winners announced

The Douglas Historical Society’s annual Rhubarb Challenge took place on Saturday, June 15, 2019, and judges scored entries in three categories: Sweet, Savory and Condiments.

First prize in the Condiments category went to Louise Begnoche’s Rhubarb Jelly. The second prize was garnered by Barbara Hendee for her Rhubarb Orange Sauce, Both cooks are from Douglas.

In the Savory category, the winner,... Read More

Sidewalk Sale builds merchant fervor for a revived Church Street

By Rod Lee

As a self-described “townie” and now the operator of The Valley Café, Paulette Ruth has experienced first-hand the ups and downs of Church Street in Whitinsville: its glory days, its demise—precipitated by the disappearance of such fondly recalled businesses as Baker’s Department Store, Flagg Pharmacy, Louis Fashion, Rogers Bakery, offices of the Blackstone Valley Tribune and the Telegram & Gazette, the stud... Read More

Dine, Shop & Stroll a festive success for Uxbridge

By Rod Lee

If recent news reports of a dysfunctional town government and residents shaking their heads in consternation are to be believed, Uxbridge is on the verge of collapse.

Claims of mismanagement and inaction lodged against the Board of Selectmen, the abrupt departure of finance-department personnel and then Town Manager Angeline Ellison (who lasted only about a year in the job), delays in moving a 2019-20 bud... Read More

Pat Hoey still a son of Auburn, and a showman, to the core

Pat Hoey still a son of Auburn, and a showman, to the core

By Rod Lee

On the morning of June 11th Patrick J. “Pat” Hoey was standing in an open loading doorway at the DCU Center in Worcester, as larger-than-life a presence as ever.

Mr. Hoey is a native son of the town of Auburn who first came to prominence as an all-conference football player at Auburn High School and then Nichols Co... Read More

Milford Federal Bank achieves Superior 5-Star Rating

June 2019, Coral Gables, Florida: Milford Federal Bank, Milford, Massachusetts has achieved another Superior 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial, the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm. In the 30-plus years that Bauer has been analyzing banks, there has been a rise of increasingly complicated investments as well as burgeoning regulation. Each has added another hurdle when it comes to earning a 5-Star Rating from Bau... Read More

Blackstone Heritage Corridor seeks photos for 2020 Calendar Contest

Whitinsville, MA (June 14, 2019) – Between the stunning, varied landscape of the Blackstone River Valley and the four seasons that come to paint it, there are a myriad of ways to capture photos for Blackstone Heritage Corridor’s 2020 Calendar Photo Contest. With the 2020 calendar theme being weather, one could easily find a winning image in their photo archives. From rainbows to sunsets and ice storms to fog, each day the weather... Read More