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Dudley Fire Station Dedication brings out crowd

By Janet Stoica

Saturday, October 19 was picture perfect for the dedication of the newly-expanded, ADA-compliant Dudley Fire Station.  Emcee Doc Siddall, afternoon radio host of Lake 940, led the program, and an enthusiastic crowd of approximately 100 well-wishers enjoyed refreshments, the beautiful sunny morning with temps in the 50s –while touring the new fire station’s  addition and renovations.

Fire Chief Dean K... Read More

CrossFit Clean Slate embraces older adults for improved mobility

Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

“You are a lot stronger than you think you are,” Ray Martin tells two of his new members, both of whom are longtime Dudley neighbors and, recently, have become workout pals at CrossFit Clean Slate of 29 Poland Street. The gym, known for weight lifting, expert training, and a hard-core workout, has taken these older adults by surprise.

“My mindset of a CrossFit box was having to roll tires and ca... Read More

Small business can bank on Millbury National as an active partner

By Rod Lee

Gary Vaillancourt shudders to think where Vaillancourt Folk Art would be without the assistance of Millbury National Bank (MNB).

In this, Vaillancourt’s 35th-anniversary year, he reflected recently on how Millbury National Bank, the origin of which dates to 1825, helped the store make it through a crisis.

“We hit a rough period in the 1990’s, when China had an impact on us,” Mr. Vaillancourt said.... Read More

Pleasant Valley Crossing tenants thriving; new restaurant may be coming

By Rod Lee

The next phase in the expansion of Pleasant Valley Crossing at Boston Road and the Providence-Worcester Turnpike (Rt. 146) in Sutton hasn’t yet materialized. Meanwhile, however, existing tenants are enjoying the location and the brisk business it brings to their doors—even as they greet with anticipation word that a second restaurant may be in the offing somewhere within the complex.

Michael C. O’Brien, p... Read More

Auburn Chamber salutes R.H. White’s new training center at Fall Fest

By Rod Lee

In selecting Leonard H. White Training Center on Central Street for its first “Fall Fest” on October 22nd, the Auburn Chamber of Commerce paid homage to a company—R. H. White—with a long and proud history in the town.

Founded by Ralph H. White in 1923, the firm has been family owned and operated ever since. Mr. White’s son Leonard H. White and then grandson David H. White succeeded him as president/CEO.... Read More

Senior Centers are partnering with Salvation Army


The Salvation Army is here to help serve emergency needs in the Blackstone Valley area. Services include assistance with food, clothing, utility payments and heating needs. To find out how we can help with your emergency needs call the Uxbridge Senior Center at 508-278-8622, the Northbridge Senior Center at 508-234-2002 or the Sutton Council on Aging at 508-234-0703.

Salvation Army seeking Bell Ringers

The Salvation Army is a holiday tradition for many in our community, even on the coldest of winter days. Volunteering at the kettle is a great opportunity for families and individuals of all ages. Raising funds at the kettle benefits neighbors who will need fuel, medical or rent assistance this winter. Can you give just TWO HOURS of your time? Do you need community Service hours for school? Walmart, Shaw’s and Market 32 are just... Read More

Christine Beauchaine: exploring the complexities of life through literature

by Christine Galeone

When you ask an author how a particular novel originated, the answer will vary. Some novels evolve from an intriguing character. Others start with a riveting story idea. And some begin with a theme that resonates with the writer.

For Christine Beauchaine, her most recent novel “Allison Forever” emerged from the latter of the three. “I’m fascinated with the whole idea that we only ever know other... Read More

Sue VanderZicht marks 25 years as a realtor with a new address

By Rod Lee

One thing Realtor/Broker/Owner Susan VanderZicht likes better than looking back on the twenty-five years of VanderZicht Real Estate is looking ahead to what the future holds in store.

Recently, that next horizon began to come more clearly into focus with a move from the firm’s previous home in Whitinsville to 119 N. Main St. in Uxbridge. VanderZicht’s new residence just north of the center of town is owne... Read More