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Big Belly Café welcomes hearty diners

By Janet Stoica

Webster used to have a pretty good variety of breakfast and lunch eateries, but not so much these days. Introducing: Big Belly Café. Even in the still of a lazy summer afternoon, when you’d expect no diners to be dining, the Big Belly had its share of customers entering its clean and inviting environment. The bright red curtains, co-owner Wendy Young’s favorite color, speak to a sense of passion for the foo... Read More

The 2018 Ice Cream Tour: Part 1

By Dante Turo

Summertime is filled with happiness, warm weather, and good friends, and the things that link up perfectly with summer include the beach, car rides with the top down, and ice cream, the perfect treat to have with your friends on warm summer nights.

Here's how we did it: Each one of my friends ordered a flavor of ice cream they enjoy or had never tried before at the places we visited. This was a fun way... Read More

Sutton native Billy Fredericks joins Senator Fattman staff

BOSTON—Senator Ryan C. Fattman (R-Sutton) announced the hire of Sutton native Billy Fredericks as a legislative aide. A perennial intern for the past 3 years, Fredericks finally joins the office in a full-time capacity after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a minor in business from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

 “I am excited to work in this new role and with the staff in the Sena... Read More

Reading Frederick Douglass Together: What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

This year, the nation celebrates the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass. Commemorate the life and legacy of this distinguished 19th century statesman, civil rights advocate and journalist, and especially his fierce determination to address the contradictions of American society. Celebrate Douglass's commitment to equal justice, particularly as they relate to race, gender and immigration. The Unitarian Universalist Society of Gr... Read More

Star Island Ghosts

By Thomas D’Agostino

Star Island, off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has been a destination for many tourists for over two centuries. Originally known by the local "Shoalers" as the town of Gosport, in 1876 the island was annexed to the town of Rye. The Oceanic Hotel was built on the island in 1873 but burned in 1875. The owners went to work on a new hotel and before long, Star Island was once again open to visito... Read More

Mary Krumsiek appointed to the board of directors of MCU Commercial Services, LLC

MILLBURY—Mary Krumsiek of Millbury has been appointed to serve as a member of the board of directors of MCU Commercial Services, LLC, a subsidiary of the Millbury Federal Credit Union (MCU).

In making the announcement, Joseph F. Barbato, MCU president and chief executive officer and chairman of MCU Commercial Services, LLC, congratulated and welcomed Ms. Krumsiek to the board.  Mr. Barbato noted that Ms. K... Read More

Blackstone Heritage Corridor seeks photos for 2019 Calendar Contest

Whitinsville, MA  – As the Birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution, the Blackstone Valley includes poignant traces of history, including the impact transportation had within the boundaries of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. From the historic Blackstone River Canal to the many rail lines which eventually put the canal out of business, from old trolley lines to cobblestone streets, these artifacts m... Read More

The Friends of Oxford Dog Park close in on goal

The Friends of Oxford Dog Park close in on goal

By Rod Lee

Kris Bird, Stephanie Doty and The Friends of Oxford Dog Park think of building a place that would be called “The Barking Lot” as their “Field of Dreams.”

Their vision, however, is not fantasy. It is very real, and based on the need to accumulate enough dollars to make the park, which would be located at the Greenbriar recreat... Read More

Velvet Greene features exotic plant choices and all things organic

By Janet Stoica

Since 2007, Marty Greene’s roadside greenhouses on the Sturbridge/Brimfield town line have offered the most unusual and exotic perennials, annuals, shrubs, and herbs to customers. His success has been built on remarkable plant offerings, such as black cat petunias, yellow daisies, and double moonglow daisies with their bi-color cream colored petals and even more beautiful yellow petals on center. 

Be... Read More

Choir Fest is for kids who like to sing

The week-long annual Choir Fest for children ages 4 through grade 8 will be held this year July 9-13 at the Fairlawn Christian Reformed Church in Whitinsville.

Choir Fest is open to kids from all towns. Taught by professional music instructors, the program’s purpose is to “train children to use their young voices correctly by singing quality songs, both sacred and secular, appropriate for the age group.” 

Daily sche... Read More