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Scenes from Douglas Oktoberfest 2017

By Melissa Dumont

If you didn't make it to the best Oktoberfest in New England, I'm sorry for you! October 7 was a gorgeous, sunny autumn day, 75 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. Vendors from all walks of life, with amazing, colorful, useful, therapeutic products and services were smiling everywhere. You could buy luscious treats, you could deck yourself with homemade jewelry, you could arrange an appointment to get your h... Read More

Merchants primed for fall, Halloween and the holidays

By Rod Lee

Sharen Doray thought for several seconds, wondering how to respond to a question about “what’s new with your business” when it is fairly obvious that at Ladybug Florist there is not a whole lot to add to “it is flowers for all sorts of occasions.”

Then, realizing that the inquirer wanted something to go with a story he was writing in advance of Halloween, Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday gift-buy... Read More

October “Think Pink” campaign benefits The Cancer Center at Harrington

Southbridge/Dudley, Mass. – Sturbridge Coffee Roasters (SCR) will donate $1 for each pound of freshly roasted coffee purchased to The Cancer Center at Harrington Hospital during the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To commemorate our “Think Pink” campaign, coffee is being sold in special pink bags to further raise awareness. The campaign is running at both of Sturbridge Coffee Roasters’ shops in Southbr... Read More

Rust to Ruffles rises above fire with home and a new shop

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

On June 16, Lisa Caccialino stood in two feet of water and took one last look at her burning antique shop, a building luminescent and red, as reflected by a series of fire trucks, which had lined up on 710 Main Street in North Oxford. The three-alarm fire was called in around 6:30 p.m.

“I was praying that by some chance my items would be untouched since the fire started on the second floor (... Read More

ʽ$15 minimum wage would cripple restaurant industry’

By Rod Lee

No sooner had the minimum wage in Massachusetts gone from $8 to $11 an hour than “The Fight for 15” began. There is no surer way to raise the cackles of Worcester restaurant owners than to mention that Bay State voters may be asked to weigh in, yes or no, on another jump, to $15, by way of a ballot question in 2018.

Unlike Michael Kantner of Cambridge Naturals, who in an appearance on WGBH-TV’s “Greater B... Read More

Sen. Fattman backs NCTV in tussle with cable provider

By Rod Lee

With an appearance by State Sen. Ryan Fattman of Webster at its annual meeting on September 21st, Northbridge Community Television (NCTV) indicated that it is bringing out the big guns in a continuing tug-of-war with “Charter/Spectrum” for services the local-access channel says the cable provider is not delivering as required by contract.

House bill H.2682, introduced in the Legislature by Rep. Ruth B. Ba... Read More

Carpet Lover Plus has new owners, familiar faces

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

There’s a new scent to the air here in New England.  It smells cooler, fresher, and as sweet as a stick of cinnamon. It smells like Autumn. The days are shorter, the nights are chillier, and the portable space heaters are on stand-by. It’s time to get excited about the Patriot’s offense, brew a mug of cider, and think about new carpets. Life is too short to ignore them, and pretend we’re okay with... Read More

Beware if You Share

Jason Poquette,
BPharm, R.Ph
Sharing or selling your prescription medication is a crime, and could result in serious legal and medical consequences. Nevertheless, the practice seems more common than we thought. A study by the CDC suggests that nearly 30% of adults have either given or received prescription medications from others. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published a report a few years ago, which... Read More

Unibank free small business seminar Tuesday, October 17

WHITINSVILLE, MA – UniBank, together with VDM Consulting LLC, will host a free Small Business Seminar entitled “Should You Mix Business with Pleasure?” on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 7:30 am to 8:30 am at the bank’s North Grafton branch located at 89 Worcester Street (Route 122).
“Should You Mix Business with Pleasure?” is a free semin... Read More

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