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Tonia’s Treasures opens for business in Douglas

By Magda Dakin

It’s a brand-new shop in downtown Douglas, but when you enter you’ll be welcomed by a very familiar face: Tonia Gosselin. For more than 30 years, Tonia has been employed just across the street at the Citgo/Xtra Mart, watching the comings and goings of this very store. With the closing of yet another flower shop, leaving the space empty, Tonia and her friends began to dream about what would best serve the com... Read More

Local Toastmasters Club hosts an open house

STURBRIDGE, MA – March 1, 2018 — Village Toastmasters hosts an Open House on Thursday, March 22 from 6:30-8:15 pm at the Chamber of Central Mass South. 

For over 90 years, Toastmasters has helped millions of people improve their communication and leadership skills. People from all professions and ages have benefited.

The March 22 Open House is an opportunity for people to learn how Toastmasters can help improve conf... Read More

Kim Miles to headline Auburn Chamber Annual Meeting with ‘Getting Past Hello’

The 56th Annual Meeting of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce will be held on Thursday, April 12, at J. Anthony’s Italian Grill 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Networking expert Kim Miles, whose clients include Babson College, Winchester Hospital, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Women’s Leadership Conference, and many more, will be the featured guest speaker.   

Networking doesn’t come naturally for most of us. Yet every savvy b... Read More

Expanded Uxbridge historic district prompts yeas, nays

By Rod Lee

Whenever a move is afoot to preserve the historic character and uniqueness of small New England towns, a corresponding hue and cry typically goes up from businesspersons and sometimes residents claiming that advocates of “as is” are against “progress.”

Such a scenario could be playing out in Uxbridge right now. Fortunately, it isn’t. But this is not to say there hasn’t been a smattering of resistance to a... Read More

BRC watershed group seeks volunteer monitors

The Blackstone River Coalition (BRC) is seeking volunteers to assist with its 15th year of water quality monitoring of 30 sites in the headwaters region of the watershed. Field monitors are needed to sample Poor Farm Brook along N.E. Cutoff in Worcester, and Broad Meadow Brook near Dunkirk Rd in Worcester. Additional volunteers are needed who can serve as "floaters" to cover sites on an "as needed" basis. Fieldwork not your thing... Read More

So You Bought A Haunted House-Part 3

By Thomas D’Agostino

The ghosts slowly began to show themselves. One morning Arlene, while walking by the doorway of the parlor, started talking—to whom she thought was me sitting in my favorite chair. I was in the study and heard her speaking. I shouted from the study, and she screamed, realizing she had just addressed a ghost. Another morning I came into the... Read More

D.E.B.S. Place says goodbye—

by Janet Stoica

Webster – Brian Estabrooks has run his breakfast and lunch café at the busy intersection of North and East Main Streets for 22 years, and now it’s time to file away his tasty recipes and retire his well-worn chef’s hat. For the last five years, his daughter Amy, has been at his side serving up some of the tastiest homemade foods in Webster. The establishment’s  last day hasn’t  exactly been decided, but it’... Read More

Flooded out, Generations Healing Center finds a new home

By Rod Lee

It was with a sense of gratitude that Del Bachand spoke of her business the afternoon of February 20.

The rest of the year is going to be a lot better for Generations Healing Center than the beginning was, Ms. Bachand said.

She has her son, Steve Bachand, to thank for that.

When Ms. Bachand was flooded and frozen out of her former location at “The Shoppes at 250 Main Street” in Oxford during... Read More

Tri-Valley Inc. meets the challenges of aging and disabilities

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Tri-Valley, Inc.’s new Executive Director Lisa Prince admits “we don’t like to say no,” about a company that’s grown remarkably in services while adhering to a fundamental principle: to help others. The private, non-profit agency, established in 1976, provides information, referrals, and care management for in-home and community services in Central Massachusetts. Their services target older adults,... Read More

Lake Shore Legal – Webster area’s newest “Legal Eagles”

By Janet Stoica

The first impression you have of the two newest attorneys in town is their professionalism and desire to bring success to its residents and businesses. Proud graduates of Webster’s Bartlett High School, Kiel Becker and Nicholas Adamopoulos recently opened their own law firm, Lake Shore Legal LLC. But before that, they spread their wings, beginning their law careers and honing their individual expertise in l... Read More