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UniBank supports Community Harvest Project with $10,000 donation

WHITINSVILLE, MA – UniBank recently announced that a $10,000 donation was provided to the Community Harvest Project (CHP) located in Grafton, MA. UniBank’s donation will help the Community Harvest Project in their efforts to ease hunger and provide fresh fruits and vegetables to residents in need.

The Community Harvest Project is a non-profit farm that engages volunteers to grow fresh f... Read More

SHMPA group’s Inflatable Park is music to Old Home Day’s ears

By Rod Lee

There is nothing that says an already-popular and successful event has to stand on its laurels, even after more than a century in operation.

Rest assured, the town of Charlton’s Old Home Day Committee never falls victim to complacency, Old Home Day Director Kathleen Walker and Vendor Coordinator Heather Clements said by telephone last week.

Old Home Day in Charlton on September 2nd—Labor Day—will b... Read More

Nominations for Auburn outstanding citizen award now being accepted

John E. Riley served as Auburn’s town clerk for 53 years from 1922 to 1975. His wife Ethel served for 45 years as his unpaid assistant. During Mr. Riley’s tenure he also served at various times as town accountant, clerk to the Board of Selectmen, registrar of voters, and town civilian defense chairman.

The John E. and Ethel E. Riley Outstanding Citizenship Award was established in their honor by a town committee after his... Read More

Local volunteers needed for new endurance relay race

Glastonbury, CT - The non-profit Hartford Marathon Foundation, which produces 30+ race events throughout southern New England, has created a sustainable team relay race that spans 95 miles and three states.  RiMaConn Relay is a day-long endurance running event that will host three-member and six-member teams to experience a scenic course through 20 towns, starting in Lincoln, Rhode Island, running into Massachusetts, and then thr... Read More

For Bill Therecka’s Grille 122 and others, ʽFirst Daysʼ are time to shine

By Rod Lee

The unveiling of Grille 122 Restaurant and Bar in the Linwood neighborhood of the town of Northbridge in early July after months of hard work renovating the premises amounts to a personal triumph for Owner Bill Therecka—and a dream come true for customers who have been eagerly waiting for the establishment to open its doors.

Mr. Therecka’s experience in overcoming the many impediments that stood in the wa... Read More

Open Sky Community Services appoints new senior vice president

(Worcester, MA – July 25, 2019) Open Sky Community Services has announced its new Senior
Vice President of Community Services, Erica Robert. Open Sky provides services for adults, young adults, and youth with mental challenges, developmental disabilities, brain injury, substance abuse disorders, homelessness or other complex challenges. Robert will be responsible for overseeing more than 100 programs and approximately 2,000... Read More

Kelly Carey: Cherishing the Journey

by Christine Galeone

Have you ever pondered the concept of forever? Children’s fiction author Kelly Carey has, and her curiosity about the concept seems to have begun when she was a teenager.

“My friend and I were in a car when a song we loved came on the radio,” Carey recalled. “I squealed, ‘Turn it up! This is the best song ever.’ My friend’s dad scoffed…”

Although her enthusiasm for the song “She Blinded M... Read More

Rehabbed Felter’s Mill ‘home ʽsuiteʼ home for mix of tenants

By Rod Lee

For Denise Kirk, Laurie Vezina Desmarais and other businesspersons, taking up residence in Felter’s Mill on West Street in Millbury was like wrapping themselves in a favorite old blanket.

Or returning to a cherished childhood home.

“I needed to relocate and someone told me about this place,” Ms. Kirk said the morning of July 17th. “It’s been fabulous.”

Ms. Kirk moved National Gallery Framing... Read More

Grafton enjoys summer with celebrations, anniversaries, concerts in the evening

by Christine Galeone

Summer fun is in the air. You can hear it in the roar of the fans at Fenway, smell it in the salt air at our New England beaches, and see it in the colorful displays of fireworks that have been lighting up festivals for the past month. But it’s not limited to Boston, beaches or the sky. It can also be found at several Grafton businesses and organizations.

One of those businesses is Koopm... Read More

What does a “first lady” do all day?

By Barbara Van Reed

In the case of Massachusetts “first lady” Lauren Baker, you crisscross the state to enlist community partners for Wonderfund, a private non-profit dedicated exclusively to serving the 53,000 children engaged with the Department of Children and Families (DCF).

Mrs. Baker met with members of the Discover Central Mass executive board last month to promote Wonderfund, the charity she spearheaded afte... Read More