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Rehoboth's Village Cemetery

By Thomas D'Agostino

The Village Cemetery in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, is host to a most unfriendly ghost, or at least those who have witnessed him seem to think so. Reported sightings of the apparition go back but a few decades but the haunt seems to be of Victorian origin. Those who have witnessed him say he is dressed in period clothing, but he certainly... Read More

bankHometown Kicks off 16th Annual Pajama Drive for Local Children in need during the Holidays

OXFORD, MA:  bankHometown kicked off their 16th annual pajama drive on November 26 with a challenge to residents to help support local children in need of new pajamas or slippers.

From now until December 15, all 13 bankHometown branches will be accepting pajama donations for children sizes 4T and up, as well as small and medium sizes in men and women. Pajamas must be in complete sets (top and bottom) or an appropriate nigh... Read More

New Tillyer House keeps it local at Publick House

By Rod Lee

Excitement was already running high in the place named Tillyer House even before the dignitaries and well-wishers swooped in to offer their congratulations on an official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony the afternoon of November 29th.

Connie Pion who is director of sales for The Publick House Historic Inn & Country Motor Lodge on Rt. 131 (On the Common) in Sturbridge and Michael J. Glick who... Read More

Pastors reflect on how to “Gather Straw” for Christmas

by Christina Galeone

During the holidays, many people find participating in traditions a heartwarming experience.  For many Christians, some traditions can also lead to a deeper connection to our faith. 

One such tradition that many families enjoy involves an empty manger. For each good deed a family member does, that person may place a piece of straw in the manger. By Christmas Eve, it should be filled with straw,... Read More

A book for everyone on your list

This holiday season, why not treat friends and family to a good read? There truly is something for everyone’s taste or interest, starting with the youngest on your list.

Who doesn’t love a great story that is wonderfully illustrated to capture the magic? Perennial favorite children’s author and illustrator Jan Brett is back with “The Snowy Nap.” When winter comes, Hedgie the hedgehog tries to stay awake so... Read More

$1 million MassDevelopment Loan helps Worcester Community Action Council launch Head Start program in Webster

MassDevelopment has issued a $1 million loan to the Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. (WCAC), an agency that offers a wide range of education, employment, and social service programs throughout 45 communities in Central Massachusetts. After an exhaustive site search, WCAC recently signed a 25-year lease with the Town of Webster to occupy a two-story, 8,400-square-foot building at 116 School Street. Originally constructed a... Read More

WCS welcomes New Director of Advancement

Whitinsville Christian School (WCS) has named Scott Anderson as their new Director of Advancement. He will be responsible for alumni and donor relations, fundraising, and promotion for the school.

Scott comes to WCS after three years as Director of Development at Holy Name Central

Catholic Junior/Senior High School in Worcester. “I am delighted to welcome Scott to our community. He has considerable experience in adm... Read More

Booklovers’ Gourmet is the biggest little bookstore around

By Janet Stoica

Back in 1995 when Debra Horan decided to open a book shop in Webster, she never imagined it would flourish so beautifully. Many local book hunters and avid readers have found Booklovers’ Gourmet to be a paradise in the small town of Webster and frequently patronize this wonderful emporium filled with more than just books.

As the holidays will soon be upon us, unusual and charming gifts can be found t... Read More

Ventriloquist Santa and elves to perform at Oxford Public Library

Musical Ventriloquist and children’s entertainer Kevin Driscoll will perform as Santa with the children at the 12/7/18 10:30 AM Oxford Public Library.  TheRealBeardedSanta™, his wise-cracking 40" elves Jerry & Jessica, Santa's Doug the Talking Dog, Fred the Singing Frog, and Willie the Red Nosed Whiteboard will bring their clown car full of drums and percussion instruments for the children to play WITH the ventriloquist dummi... Read More

Millbury’s wildlife photographer leaves behind his gifts for grand opening of Eagle’s Perch Gallery

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

The annual Christmas celebration for the Millbury Chain of Lights will take place on Sunday, December 2. Local visitors, while enjoying a festive trolley journey, may want to make a stop at Hawk Hill Orchards, but not only for a piece of apple pie.

Jack Swedberg was a wildlife photographer for the Mass Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. He was a rugged man k... Read More