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B. Kind Café rolls out liquor license and dinner menu in November

By Janet Stoica

Ericka Labonte, owner of B. Kind Café in Webster, is excited and pleased to announce that November will bring a fresh and exciting weekend dinner menu along with a full liquor license for her dining guests.

She plans to vary the menu weekly, with initial offering to include seafoods like lobster, clams, and shrimp; pork variations; vegan choices; and a cool Brazilian menu with BBQ’d beef, linguica, r... Read More

Addiction recovery center offers in-person support

By Barbara Van Reed

COVID has captured the headlines and public consciousness for the last six months, making it more difficult for addiction recovery providers and support programs to break through the news cycle.

The Rev. Janice Ford, who heads up the Opening the Word Peer Recovery Center in Webster, notes that the coronavirus has been hard on everyone, but for people struggling with alcohol or opioid addiction it... Read More

Kids’ cancer fundraiser at Erich’s Cutting Edge in Oxford

By Janet Stoica

Donations are slower this year for Erich’s Cutting Edge owner Donna Dion, but she’s hoping that a last-minute appeal for people to come by her shop to take a chance, get a haircut, or make a contribution to the kids cancer fund One Mission of Boston Children’s Hospital will help the cause.

“Business is down, so it’s difficult,” said Ms. Dion, “Maybe if I have a donation box or donate all my... Read More

Stinkin’ Lincoln

By Amy LeClaire

It was bound to happen. Still, nothing could have prepared us for the scene or, more truthfully, the scent of the incident. We had been chilling around the campfire on a cool September night. Lincoln rested on the ground in typical stalk position, paws outstretched at a casual number eleven while he awaited the sight of a bunny. A Senior Pet, Lincoln has lost the will to chase and pounce. Instead, he gallop... Read More

Dudley and Ice Cream Pharm are a great match

By Janet Stoica

Ice cream emporiums seem to be few and far between these days, but Dudley’s newest business is a very welcome addition to the local sweets scene.  With their homemade small-batch blends of delectable delights, the Ice Cream Pharm on West Main Street has been a sure-fire hit with locals as well as with ice cream aficionados looking to support a neighborhood business and to satisfy their ice cream and sorbet... Read More

Festival Presents pianist Stephen Drury concert at Apple Tree Arts’ Great Hall

Grafton, MA, Oct. 12, 2020 . . . Join the 2020 Small Stones Festival of the Arts –  COVID-19 Edition for an extraordinary virtual concert with world-renowned pianist Stephen Drury who will perform Frederic Rzewski’s masterpiece “The People United Will Never Be Defeated” Sunday, Oct. 25, 7:00 p.m. The concert recorded at Apple Tree Arts’ performance venue, The Great Hall will be streamed free to all participants. Visit ... Read More

Small Stones Festival announces Juliet Feibel as the Awards Ceremony keynote speaker

Grafton, MA, Oct. 12, 2020 . . .Small Stones Festival of the Arts (SSFA) presents Juliet Feibel, executive director of ArtsWorcester as the keynote speaker for the Festival’s live awards ceremony Oct. 23, 7:00 p.m. The winning artists will be declared in the fine art painting and drawing and photography categories for first ($500); second $250 and third ($100) place, juror choice and popular choice awards. The public is welcome t... Read More

Manchaug Pond Fall Clean up

Sutton/Douglas, MA: The Manchaug Pond Foundation will be holding their Fall Clean Up of scenic Manchaug Pond on Saturday, October 24th, volunteers are invited to join members and Friends of the Manchaug Pond Foundation in cleaning up Manchaug Pond and its watershed. Volunteers with boats are also welcome to help us clean up coves.

The effort is scheduled to take place Saturday, October 24, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noo... Read More

Microenterprise Assistance Funding Available to Leicester, Brookfield, Dudley, Millbury, North Brookfield and West Brookfield Businesses

Grants up to $10,000 will soon be available to qualified microenterprises in six Central Massachusetts communities to help offset losses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On October 16, the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) will start accepting applications from eligible microenterprises located in Leicester (lead community), Brookfield, Dudley, Millbury, North Brookfield and West Brookfield.

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