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Webster eager for completion of French River Walk, downtown revitalization

By Rod Lee

It is easy to think of the town of Webster’s business district as comprising two, if not three, distinct entities.

At the far end heading east on Route 16 toward Douglas there is the Indian Ranch entertainment venue, Point Breeze and Waterfront Mary’s on Webster Lake, the East Village Square shopping center and Mapfre, all of which are major assets; and assorted other mercantile activity.

At the ot... Read More

Price Chopper to host United Way August Checkout Campaign

Price Chopper Webster’s Store Manager Tom Sullivan announced recently that for the entire month of August all customers will be encouraged to support our local United Way. “In the past we have asked customers to donate $1 at the register. This year we’re switching it up and we will do a “round up your change campaign” he said. “We’re proud to support such a wonderful organization that focuses on the needs of local residents who r... Read More

Baseball is the name of the game at DJ’s Sportscards

By Rod Lee

The man, a lifelong fan of the National Pastime, entered the card and memorabilia-collecting shop in Oxford Center on a summery Tuesday afternoon. He was still riding a high from the evening before, having watched Vlad Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays and Joc Pederson of the Los Angeles Dodgers slug it out head-to-head in the semifinals of the Home Run Derby in Cleveland, on TV. Their duel, each launching m... Read More

Strange New England Superstitions Part 2

By Thomas D'Agostino

In the first part of this series I spoke of certain superstitions pertaining to cats, witches, and apples. This part may delve a bit deeper into the macabre or arcane. New England folk were, and in some cases, still are a very superstitious lot. Whole books could be written on the number of different superstitions and how they vary from state to state and town to town.

One of the more familiar o... Read More

Jediah finds radiance in music and life again

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

When Jediah Jarvais of the former band “Jediah” tells his story, dates and events blur and waver like the flame of a candle held beneath a darkened sky. The jazz musician is an utter talent, a big name with a history that’s both messy and magnificent. Sober for six months now, he struggles to best convey the broken pieces of a musical life scored by a drug and alcohol addiction that nearly cost him... Read More

Unibank supports Uxbridge Free Public Library with $2500 donation

UXBRIDGE, MA – UniBank recently announced a $2,500 donation was provided to the Uxbridge Free Public Library. UniBank’s donation will be used by the library to fund their 2019 Summer Reading Program.

This donation will be used to fund in-house programs including spaced-themed crafts for this year’s theme “A Universe of Stories,” STEAM activities, and literary character parties.

The mission of the Uxbridge Free Publi... Read More

Blackstone Heritage Corridor brings Adaptive Kayaking Series to Wallum Lake

Whitinsville, MA (July 15, 2019) - Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (BHC) is partnering with All Out Adventures to bring a series of four free, adaptive kayaking events to Wallum Lake at Douglas State Forest, Douglas, MA, on Tuesday, August 27, Tuesday, September 10, Saturday, September 14 and Tuesday, September 17.

With funding provided by a grant BHC received from the National Network of Libraries of Me... Read More

Solar Wolf Energy’s howl heard loud and clear at new den in Douglas

By Rod Lee

It wouldn’t have taken free beverages and food, a bounce house, corn-hole games, face painting, an “Elvis” tribute artist, volleyball, the chance to obtain a free TV or even what could be viewed as Ted Strzelecki’s Red Auerbach-like victory cigar to know that something special was happening on Davis Street in East Douglas the morning and afternoon June 29th.

Mr. Strzelecki’s company, Solar Wolf Energy, wa... Read More

In Uxbridge, excitement for a business scene that bursts with summer sizzle

By Rod Lee

Newcomers to the business scene in the town of Uxbridge are discovering what third-generation insurance man Michael Cove has known for years. Which is that the climate for enterprise in a municipality that is struggling politically but prospering in many other ways is a fertile place for commercial activity—including a diverse and impressive mix of retail.

Virtually no empty storefronts and few shuttered... Read More

WDO Scholarship winners 2019

Five local students were awarded $1,000 scholarships each from the Webster-Dudley-Oxford Chamber of Commerce, with official presentations given aboard the Indian Princess on Webster Lake on June 25,

The Chamber awards a scholarship to a student from the each of towns’ high schools, Bay Path and one to the son or daughter of a Chamber member.  

This year’s winners were Allison Grzembski from Bartlett High School, Jil... Read More