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At 22 years, Booklovers’ Gourmet has much to celebrate

By Rod Lee

It is a Wednesday in late February with a touch of spring in the air. Debra Horan is talking about the milestone she has reached with twenty-two years in business as owner of Booklovers’ Gourmet on East Main St. in Webster.

  A celebration to mark Booklovers’ Gourmet’s latest anniversary and to thank the public for its ongoing support will take place all day Saturday, March 4th with special discounts, giv... Read More

Gayle Suzanne ‘moving forward’ with cable show

Gayle Suzanne’s list of work aspects include writer, life coach, teacher, and motivator; now she’s added another: cable talk show host.

Gayle is maybe best known locally for her book “It’s In The Little things,” published in 2013. The book is a series of 50 short stories on how to cope with life’s frustrations and press through difficult times. She’s now working on a second one, this one dealing specifically with merging s... Read More

Sweet dreams: Insomnia options appear elusive

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

William Shakespeare appears to have understood the discomfort of chronic insomnia when he wrote “O sleep! O gentle sleep! Nature’s soft nurse, how have I frighted thee that thou no more wilt weigh my eyelids down?” But you don’t need to be a poet to appreciate the value of a good night’s sleep. According to information provided by the National Institute of Health, depending on your definitio... Read More

A shout-out to the volunteers in Millbury

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Volunteering time to help others is not only a common ethical practice; it’s also medically sound.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the health benefits for volunteering one’s time are substantial. On a mission to measure its precise benefits, researchers over the past two decades have found that “in addition to the positive feelings known as a helper’s hig... Read More

Ring Leader program tackles ‘six-pack ring’ waste

Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Even when she’s not feeling well, Bonnie Combs, Marketing Director for Blackstone Heritage Corridor, has her mind on a greener earth. After a short bout of dehydration last year, her husband brought home a case of Polar Seltzer, packaged in four tidy six-packs.  His intentions were good.

But when Bonnie inspected the plastic, she saw one thing: an accumulation of waste. “It bugged me,” she admit... Read More

The Grafton Grill adds upscale flavor to the local restaurant scene

By Magda Dakin

Eat. Drink. Gather. That’s the focus of the newest option for dining in the area: The Grafton Grill. Owners Steve and Lori Belfiore believe that Grafton has everything they need to be happy in this town, but it was missing a “Boston-type” restaurant.

Located at 10 Bridge Street, Steve and Lori renovated the vacant restaurant building last year and proudly opened their upscale eatery in November. Lots... Read More

Ray’s: paint, hardware, and a whole lot of friends

By Rod Lee

Durability may be what Ray’s True Value is best known for, and not just because of the store’s standing as one of the town of Millbury’s longest continuously operated businesses (officially 40 years, in 2017), a rock-solid relationship with its main product supplier (True Value) or the hardiness of the hand tools that are part of $400,000 worth of inventory (a standard or metric wrench and a custom circular saw... Read More

New CrossFit gym in Hopedale ʽlifts’ members’ lives

By Rod Lee

One might say that the CrossFit Final Duel “box” on Rosenfeld Drive in Hopedale is where the rubber meets the road.

Rubber weights crashing with a resounding thud onto rubber mats near the end of a WOD (“workout of the day”) run by Owner Donna Lombard would be music to the ears of CrossFit Founder Greg Glassman, were he to pay a visit and see about a dozen of his disciples taking part in the hour-long pro... Read More

The Legend of Tessa

Thomas D'Agostino

The St. John River in Northern Maine is the scene of this legend regarding witchcraft and the devil. The main character, a woman named Tessa.

Tessa's mother was believed to be a minion of the devil, having practiced witchcraft and spells. Her name was known far and wide and the locals always kept a wary eye on her, as they were su... Read More

Cleanup funds available from The Last Green Valley

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is once again looking for people who care about this beautiful place we call home. TLGV will provide funds to nonprofit organizations and municipal, regional, state or federal agencies that sponsor a 2017 land or river cleanup in the region.  Last year, 1,559 volunteers from 35 groups removed more than 66,101 pounds of trash from our rivers, parks, and roadways!

TLGV will reimburse organi... Read More