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Shop owners and customers show their appreciation on Small Business Saturday, November 30

by Christine Galeone

Thanksgiving is almost here. The warmth of family gatherings should take the chill off of the wintry weather. And not too long after, a similar kind of warmth will emanate throughout Grafton.

On Sunday Dec. 8, for the 24th year, the Grafton Recreation Department will hold its Grafton Celebrates the Holidays event. It’s sponsored by businesses and organizations,... Read More

The Time Has Come; ground broken for renovated Grafton Public Library

By Rod Lee

In one sense residents of the town of Grafton have been blessed, in having at their disposal a handsome and historic public library situated in the best of all possible places: on the Grafton Town Common.

In another, they have been cursed, in being asked to depend for far too long on a ninety-year-old building that doesn’t meet the needs of a growing membership.

It is understandable, then, that eup... Read More

Sen. Moore Honored as Legislator of the Year

BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) has been recognized as the ‘2019 Legislator of the Year’ by Net of Compassion, a Worcester-based organization committed to bringing vital support services to people in need.     

“On the streets of Worcester, Net of Compassion has opened doors to provide essential services to individuals experiencing homelessness and addiction,” said Senator Moore.  “I’m impressed and humbled... Read More

Hundreds attend Small Stones Festival of the Arts

Grafton, MA, Nov. 14,  2019.The Small Stones Festival of the Arts opened to a packed exhibit full of beautiful fine art and photography, artists and art supporters at the Great Hall, One Grafton Common in Grafton. During the evening, 150 people viewed the artwork while listening to the Kelly Clark Quartet play jazz standards. Festival co-chairs Donna Blanchard and Ken Crater announced the first place, second place and third place... Read More

Auburn’s “D. A. Dental” practices customer satisfaction

By Janet Stoica

When she was a teenager Demi Athans already knew that one day she would be a dentist. She also enjoyed art and after she had the opportunity to observe a local dentist in her hometown of Sturbridge, she embraced dentistry as an art form.

“I knew at the age of 16 that dentistry would be the field for me,” said Dr. Athans. Today, she confirms her decision. “I really enjoy speaking with the patients, ge... Read More

South County, NE Connecticut merchants eager to ring in holidays

By Rod Lee

That not even Amazon and Walmart can get an earlier or more enthusiastic jump on the holidays is abundantly apparent in the offerings businesses, churches and organizations across South County and northeastern Connecticut are making available to residents in the days and weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and Christmas.

For those who want to get a jump on the beverages they might want to select for the holi... Read More

McGovern, Republican legislators are chummy at W-D-O Chamber breakfast

By Rod Lee

The convivial tone of the Webster-Dudley-Oxford Chamber of Commerce’s legislative breakfast at Point Breeze in Webster the morning after Halloween might have been set by Congressman James McGovern even before attendees went to the buffet line for their bacon and eggs.

 How are things?” Mr. McGovern asked, in extending a handshake.

“Better here than in Washington!” came the reply.

“Yeah, nice... Read More

Whitin Five Mile Road Race November 28, 2019

Join race organizers at the Whitin Community Center Thanksgiving Morning November 28, 2019 in the 31st Annual race to promote family health and fitness, and support programs that help protect the environment. The start time is 8:10am in the morning. The race will include cash and merchandise awards (must be present to claim award), long sleeve cotton tee shirts guaranteed if entry is received... Read More

Movie 'Christmas A La Mode' tonight at 8 pm on Lifetime

If you haven't heard already, the movie 'Christmas A La Mode' premiers this Friday night at 8pm on Lifetime.
Portions of the movie were filmed at Whittier Farms back in the springtime. We hope you'll gather the family and tune in. We have the trailer for the movie on our Facebook page. The trailer has great clips of our farm and we spotted a couple of our family members already too!!
"Sinc... Read More

Merchants ʽpin’ plans for Church St. beautification on Shop Small 01588

By Rod Lee

In rolling out the sixth edition of Whitinsville’s popular “Shop Small 01588” event, which is scheduled for Saturday, November 30th, organizers including Christine Guanipa of Little Man Handbags have their sights set on an ambitious goal for moving Church St. forward.

With the introduction of “Love Your Local” pins, merchants are hoping to raise beautification money for the street, Ms. Guanipa said in her... Read More