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BHC awards volunteers during Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park second anniversary

Whitinsville, MA, Dec.14, 2016  – Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC) presented awards to several volunteers for their outstanding service with the National Park Service’s Volunteers-in-Parks program that it manages. The awards were presented during the second anniversary celebration for the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.

Among those recognized for their individual impacts were:  Be... Read More

The Haunted Slater Mill

By Thomas D'Agostino

In 1793, Samuel Slater became the catalyst for the Industrial Revolution in America. Before long, The Blackstone River and its tributaries were laced with mills of all forms of manufacture.
Villages sprouted out of nowhere and people flocked to work at the mills in hopes of a better life.

Children were often employed at these mills due to the fact that many adults felt that such work was be... Read More

No stage fright for Apple Tree Arts

By Rod Lee

The phrase “be careful what you wish for” is not in the lexicon of Donna Blanchard and her fellow intrepid visionaries with Apple Tree Arts. Never was, never will be. Ms. Blanchard and her colleagues are not shy about yearning for certain things to happen at their new home in the historic Grafton Town House facing the Town Common, nor in their determination to bring these to fruition.

It is this combinati... Read More

Charitable giving comes naturally to MCU

By Rod Lee

One doesn’t have to look far to find evidence of Millbury Federal Credit Union’s extensive work on behalf of charitable organizations and community activities.

MCU’s participation in Millbury and Sutton’s recent Chain of Lights festivities is just the latest example.

Sandra E. “Sandy” Piscitelli, executive assistance to MCU President/CEO Joseph F. Barbato Jr., notes that “MCU employees participate... Read More

Grafton’s Business Scene – December 2016

by Christine Galeone

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is almost over. But as we look ahead to the new year, we can enjoy treasured time with friends and family. While we celebrate the holidays, Grafton businesses are also rejoicing. They’ve been celebrating achievements, giving to people in need and helping us to have a festive, cozy season.

A local business that’s ending the holiday season on a high note is... Read More

A Christmas Challenge: Local pastors reflect, in seven words, on the meaning of Christmas

by Christine Galeone

If someone asked you to say, in seven words, what Christmas means to you, how would you respond? It might be tempting to think about the stress of shopping, traveling, cooking and cleaning that goes into preparing for Christmas celebrations. But for many of us, the true meaning of Christmas is what makes that stress tolerable and, perhaps, welcome.

Although it’s important for everyone who celebr... Read More

Run (run!), Rudolph—to Rust to Ruffles

By Rod Lee

Take space previously occupied by a day-care center and before by that the Knights of Columbus, add a plethora of antiques, vintage and collectibles and the result is Rust to Ruffles.

If the catchy name isn’t enough to lure customers, the array of merchandise presented by Owner Lisa Caccialino and the approximately twenty dealers who occupy the premises will undoubtedly do the trick. Indeed it already is.... Read More

Pete Champagne’s rustic creations find Sturbridge, along with the bears

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

After countless years of being told he ought to “pursue this” Pete Champagne, a master wood craftsman and artist, has decided to listen.  Whether building out in his shed, outfitting the restaurants owned by Niche Hospitality Group (the woodwork of Mezcal, Bocado, Fix, People’s Kitchen and Citizen’s Wine Bar all hold his signature) or eyeballing a more “aesthetically pleasing” design for h... Read More

Douglas Common is alight once again

By Barbara Van Reed

The colorful wreaths with red bows decorating the utility poles along Main Street add a cheerful seasonal touch to downtown Douglas and the Town Common. The wreaths and lighting of the Common and gazebo are the work of the Common Preservation Society and dozens of contributing town residents. The Common has not been lit for about ten years.

Teena Porter, Jess Stanick Lambert, April Martinson Vass... Read More

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