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Open for business: Keith’s Styles & Shaves

By Janet Stoica

This is not your usual article about a new shop in town – it’s a story about perseverance, faith, and loyalty.

When Keith Paquin opened his newly refurbished style and shave establishment in Oxford last month, out of necessity due to job loss, he literally furnished, built, and supplied it on a wing and a prayer. To say his relatives and friends came through for him would be an understatement.

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No walking the plank, just food, ice cream at Pirate’s Cove

By Rod Lee

In the old days in the old hometown there was a place called Grover’s, a pig stand with barbecued pork sandwiches (thinly shaved pork topped with a secret relish and packed onto a steamed bun), fries, root beer and carhop service that everyone raved about. Long gone now but the kind of restaurant that still makes the mouth water.

The Blackstone Valley’s own notables of this variety include Pirate’s Cove o... Read More

The Last Green Valley announces all new farmers in the Valley Tours

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is excited to announce “Farmers in the Valley Tours!”  Four family-friendly tours are set to run from March through August, and will include kids’ activities, local foods to gobble up, alpaca haircuts, cows and more cows, visits with The Last Green Valley Rangers, and lots more wholesome fun and fresh air. The fifth and last event on the tour will be TLGV’s “Tastes of the Valley” annual fundrais... Read More

Paula Poundstone Fundraiser in Southbridge brings awareness for mental health and substance use disorder recovery

In just a few weeks, Harrington HealthCare System will welcome comedian Paula Poundstone to Southbridge. Paula Poundstone, a legendary comedian featured on NPRs “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me,” will perform an exclusive comedy show on Saturday, April 1 at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center. 

But the evening won’t just be about laughter – it is Harrington’s major fund raiser for 2017, with partial proceeds ben... Read More

WIB members motivated for Hank Phillippi Ryan talk

By Rod Lee

Who better to speak at Woman In Business Inc.’s first-ever “Motivational Gathering” than Hank Phillippi Ryan?

That it took months for WIB to land the well-traveled and much-in-demand Ms. Ryan for her appearance on May 10th at Old Sturbridge Village only reaffirms, as if there was any doubt, the validity of her credentials.

From her start as a radio reporter in 1971 up to the present day as a sixty-... Read More

On to the town of Millis for Douglas TA Mike Guzinksi

By Rod Lee

It is fair to say that Douglas Town Administrator Michael J. Guzinski’s career in public service is far different today than it was at the beginning back in the seacoast town of Hampton, New Hampshire where he grew up.

In discussing his imminent departure from Douglas later this month to become town administrator in Millis, Mr. Guzinski said he actually got his start in the profession (although he didn’t... Read More

BVT Student Transportation Van

The Millbury Federal Credit Union (MCU) is pleased to announce its support of a student transportation van for Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School. 
This van provides much needed transportation of students to and from job sites within the 13-town school district.

Under the leadership of instructor Thomas Lamont, students in the Painting and Design Technologies program, Abbigayle Stratton and He... Read More

Suzanne Purtee named organist and choir director

The Congregational Church of Grafton, UCC is pleased to announce that Suzanne Purtee has been hired as the new Organist and Choir Director. She began on February 10, and was welcomed by all with a celebration after church services.

Suzanne served for ten years as the Music Director of the 1500 member Church of the Nativity (Episcopal) in Huntsville, Alabama. She... Read More

Slice of Heaven: New name, new owner for former Pizza Post

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Randy Bergeron, owner of Oxford’s brand new Slice Of Heaven, smiled easily when asked about his new restaurant, which is located in the former Pizza Post house on Main Street.  “I grew up in the industry. My family owned Riverside Pizza in Thompson, Connecticut. I started doing dishes at the age of fifteen, then worked my way up to grill, kitchen duties, and menu preparations. I became a m... Read More