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Miles to Go Sports’ focus is on endurance for athletes

By Rod Lee

Debbie Eddy’s business is all about staying power, hence the bit of verse she employs on her website for Miles to Go Sports:

The woods are lovely, dark and deep

But I have promises to keep

And miles to go before I sleep

Miles to Go Sports, which occupies a small storefront in the Sutton Square plaza, 160 Worcester-Providence Turnpike (146S), launched in Sept... Read More

BV retailers eager to share the love for Valentine’s Day

By Rod Lee

Occasions like Valentine’s Day do not come around often enough for small-town retailers. Which is why Carol Dauphinais, Todd Willette and Jill Greene—to name three—are looking forward to what February 14, this year, will mean for their businesses.

They are more than ready.

Ms. Dauphinais’ Grafton Country Store, on the Grafton Town Common, was decked in red on January 21—well ahead of time—as she ta... Read More

The ghost who solved a probate error

By Thomas D’Agostino

James “Pink” Chaffin was not an avid believer in ghosts, that is, until his father paid him a visit. Pink’s father, James, had been dead for four years and in the meantime, Pink and his brothers, Abner and John, had felt slighted and dismayed that the will produced by their other brother, Marshall, awarded their father’s full estate to the latter. Still, they toiled on with their lives, realizing that... Read More

February valentines and such

by Christine Galeone

Did you know that, for many years, Worcester was the hub of the United States valentine industry? But while, in 1847, Esther Howland was the first person in Worcester to successfully make and sell valentines, Jotham Taft, a Grafton resident, had already established a booming valentine business that he was inspired to create after he became smitten with European valentines during an 1840 business trip t... Read More

Harrington HealthCare System enters formal negotiations with UMass Memorial Health Care for acquisition agreement

SOUTHBRIDGE, MA (January 29, 2020) – The Members of Harrington HealthCare System voted last night in support of its Board and Strategic Executive Committee’s recommendation to formally enter into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with UMass Memorial Health Care to pursue an acquisition agreement.

Harrington formed a 10-member Strategic Executive Committee during 2018 to evaluate long-term options to maintain Harrington as a financi... Read More

New Paul Macek book puts Trump in historical context

By Rod Lee

Although there is a comedic element to the new book The Fall of the House of Trump by Paul J. Macek, the serious nature of the subject matter contained therein was not lost on those who took in an appearance the author made at Booklovers’ Gourmet in Webster on January 11th.

 When a woman seated near him in the store’s café asked, of The... Read More

bankHometown announces winners of Holiday Giveaway

Millbury, Massachusetts, January 24, 2020 — bankHometown has announced the winners of their special holiday giveaway held in conjunction with Goretti’s Supermarket. Shoppers visiting Goretti’s Millbury location during the promotion received a free bankHometown tote bag and could enter to win one of four Goretti’s gift cards. The winners are as follows:                                             ... Read More

Open Sky Community Services appoints new Chief Operating Officer and EVP/Chief Financial Officer

(Worcester, MA – January 22, 2020) Open Sky Community Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Small to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Anthony Consolmagno, MBA, CPA as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

As the new COO, Small will provide executive support and oversight to the agency’s community services, human resources, clinical services, and community engagement... Read More

New contract certifies Ms. Jacobson as a gem of opportunity for Auburn

By Rod Lee

In an interview with Timothy Murray of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce in November of 2016, Julie A. Jacobson demonstrated why she was the right choice to become Auburn town manager in 2011.

Nine years later, it is more apparent than ever that Ms. Jacobson was the ideal pick to serve as lead administrator of the town’s fortunes, including a FY 2020 budget of $65.9 million. In appreciation of th... Read More

Cornerstone Bank donation to keep WCAC clients warm





Cornerstone Bank recently presented a donation of $40,000 to the Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC). This major financial contribution will go toward assisting local residents with home heating costs. The donation will support the agency's Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund. Every year, this fund provides critical support to clients who are m... Read More