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Charlton store builds Camosse masonry supply credentials

By Rod Lee

What immediately becomes apparent in any assessment of the success of the Camosse family’s Worcester-based masonry supply business is the significance of certain key dates and some strategic adjustments that have been made along the way.

Not the least of these were the decision to open a Camosse Masonry Supply retail store on Trolley Crossing Road in Charlton as a second location in 2004 and the decision... Read More

Oxford People and Politics

By Constance Reddy Dwyer

Editor’s note: This month we welcome Oxford resident Constance Reddy Dwyer to our pages. She will be writing we monthly column focusing on Oxford’s people and politics.

For my first column regarding Oxford news, I thought it sensible to interview Acting Town Manager Dennis Power, a familiar face in town and an “in the know” resident.  Dennis, as he... Read More

Massachusetts Registry announces 2018 Low Number Plate Lottery

BOSTON – Representative David K. Muradian, Jr. (R-Grafton), is happy to announce that applications for the 2018 Low Number Plate Lottery are now being accepted online at or by mail. Applicants must apply by August 27 and, if selected for a low number plate, will be notified after the drawing takes place in September.
In 2017, the Registry received over 11,000 applications, for 162 p... Read More

The Hessian Hole

By Thomas D'Agostino

During the American Revolution, the British employed German mercenaries to assist them in battle. These fearless Hessian soldiers were well-trained crack shots and sided with the English in large numbers. The Americans were well aware of the expert training the Hessians received and were ready for their worst.

On August 29, 1778... Read More

bankHometown donates second installment of $5,000 to the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation

OXFORD – Michael D. Hewitt, President and CEO of bankHometown, presented a check for $5,000 to the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC) on May 31, 2018. This donation is the second installment of a three year commitment to the corporation, resulting in a total donation amount to be $15,000.

The NCMDC is the principle resource for the region in terms of economic development, lending and financing, and... Read More

Saddle Shed is Horseman Terry Therrien’s best friend

By Rod Lee

Get Master Horseman Terry Thierrien talking about Ridge Valley Stables on Upton St. in Grafton and in no time at all the conversation turns to his longstanding relationship with the Saddle Shed.

 I have been dealing with them from the day they opened,” Mr. Therrien said the morning of June 14th in his ranch-style home overlooking some of the fourteen acres that Ridge Valley Stables occupies on the westbou... Read More

Sunday community concert will inaugurate new grand piano

The United Presbyterian Church of Whitinsville invites the community to an afternoon piano concert, under the direction of Music Director Chris Bilodeau, on July 8 from 2:30 to 4:00, followed by a reception, to inaugurate the new grand piano, built locally by the Briggs Co. of Boston.  The concert will take place in the historic sanctuary and feature guest pianist Matthew Guerrieri, Music Director at the Presbyteria... Read More

Boston Children’s Hospital Bloodmobile at Grafton Library

Stop by the Library and hop on the Boston Children's Hospital Bloodmobile. A short 30-minute whole blood donation can help as many as 4 children. 

To donate you must be in good health and weigh at least 110 lbs. In MA, 16 year olds may donate blood but are required to have a consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to donating. Print a copy of the consent form from if you need it... Read More

Veggies to fruit to wines and everything inbetween

by Christine Galeone

There’s no doubt that June is one of the most beautiful months of the year. The bright flowers and warm breezes have ushered in a slower pace of life, and families and friends have started getting together for barbecues, picnics and outdoor excursions. Neighbors have also been gathering at outdoor festivals, events and markets. 

One popular local market that just re-opened for the season is the... Read More

Museum’s reopening a special treat for Joyce Smith

By Rod Lee

One of the first people anyone would be likely to meet upon entering the refurbished General Rufus Putnam Museum on Uxbridge Road in Sutton on Memorial Day 2018 was Joyce A. Smith.

Ms. Smith is not only the new curator of the museum (replacing a gentleman who did a stellar job but has fallen ill), her family has had a presence in the town of Sutton since 1716, she said the morning of May 28th.

“We’... Read More