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Life-Skills expands reach of services in Dudley

Life-Skills expands its services in Dudley

By Janet Stoica

They outgrew the former Ethan Allen office building on Chase Avenue, and when the opportunity arose to purchase a relatively new facility located at 163 West Main Street in Dudley, Life-Skills, Inc. took the jump. The social services organization, specializing in programs for the developmentally disabled, is quietly but assuredly making its... Read More

ʽShop Websterʼ campaign gets thumbs up from merchants

By Rod Lee

On the day after Christmas in the Big Belly Café on Gore Road, Julie Hamm smiled in asserting her enthusiasm for a “Shop Webster” campaign being launched by the municipality’s “economic development team” as a way to encourage residents to support local merchants.

The premise of the promotion is simple enough. People frequenting stores and restaurants in town are being asked to save their proof of purchase... Read More

Millbury businesses, organizations in think-2019 mode

By Rod Lee

The Howe Ave. project is done. The Millbury Fire Department’s Santa Run is in the books for 2018, as is the town’s annual Chain of Lights celebration.

Now Millbury’s businesses and organizations can turn the page to the dawn of a new year. The Millbury Historical Society is doing just that—literally—by making its 2019 calendar available at several locations in town including Goretti’s Supermarket on Provi... Read More

Grafton: picturesque, quaint charm, and giving to neighbors

by Christine Galeone

Recently, someone said to me that it must be heartwarming to spend Christmas in New England.  And it is. Thankfully, New England is still filled with picturesque towns that celebrate the season with holiday fairs, evening strolls and caroling events. But it’s not just the quaint charm of the region that’s heartwarming. It’s also the kindness that many of its residents share with their neighbors.

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Dukakis jokes, advocates for better rail service at Chamber’s 40th

By Rod Lee

He is much older now and long removed from his position as the 65th governor of the Commonwealth and then a candidate for president whose bid in 1988 against the late George H.W. Bush was doomed by mistakes that he himself admits were catastrophic.

Anticipation nevertheless ran high for the appearance of Michael S. Dukakis as guest speaker at the 40th annual meeting and awards ceremony of the Blackstone V... Read More

Three-sport athlete, mother, wellness teacher and photographer lives life in color

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

She has three children under the age of five, a job she’s passionate about, and a photography hobby that satisfies her craving for art while helping to pay the bills. Sutton Middle School’s Phys Ed and Wellness teacher, along with her share of multi-tasking, knows how to zoom in on what makes her life so good.

“I surround myself with what makes me happy,” she says. “I love my husband. I love... Read More

Millbury Savings Bank gives $2500 to Millbury and Sutton food pantries

MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS —In time for the holidays, Millbury Savings donated $2,500 to four food pantries in Millbury and Sutton.

Combined, the Sutton Senior Center’s Michael A. Chizy Food Pantry, the Friends of the Millbury Seniors Food Pantry, the food pantry of the St. Vincent DePaul Society of the Catholic Parishes of Millbury, and the Sandra L. Fischer Food Pantry at Millbury Federated Church, assist hundreds of househ... Read More

Auburn selectmen shower business community with love

By Rod Lee

Life for business in the town of Auburn was once not so good but is now much better and looking even rosier in the years ahead.

In exclusive comments they made to The Yankee Xpress, Mark Sarkisian Jr. of Capitol Siding & Home Improvement, Steve Londregan of Chuck’s Steak House & Margarita Grille and Dick Taylor of Masterman’s all praised the recent unanimous decision by the Auburn Board of Selectm... Read More

The Seaview Terrace

By Thomas D'Agostino

Those who grew up in the 1960s watching soap operas might recognize the outside of Seaview Terrace, as it was used for exterior shots in the Gothic horror television soap opera “Dark Shadows.” The 40,000-square-foot mansion is also known as the Carey Mansion in honor of its present owners and has an interesting and mysterious... Read More

BVAA's 7th Annual Anything Goes Photography Show

Blackstone Valley Art Association is calling out for submissions to their 7th Annual Anything goes Photography Show.  This is our most popular show, last year we had 104 photographs submitted for the show. It was an excellent collection.  We are hoping for the same turn out this year. The Open Sky’s Gallery has become a hub for the arts in Uxbridge, membership to the BVAA now includes members from Charlton to Framingham to N. Att... Read More