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The Black Dog of the Hanging Hills

Tales from Beyond
Just the name, “Hanging Hills” evokes trepidation as to what lies within the rocky crags of Meriden, Connecticut's, natural wonder. Do not let the name fool you: the Hanging Hills provide breathtaking vistas of the surrounding area. The East Peak is located in the 1,800-acre Hubbard Park where adventurers can ascend a thirty-two foot high tower called Castle Craig, built in 1900 fo... Read More

Next chapter: life in the fat lane

Eight weeks since surgery… 29 months since starting the Bariatric weight loss program… and the first Thanksgiving / Christmas season in twenty years that I haven’t gained weight. In fact, I’ve lost a total of 92 pounds since starting the program. No it hasn’t been easy – but it’s been worth every minute because I have more energy now than I’ve ever thought would be possible for me at the age of 63.

It’s been a month since... Read More

Enjoy the bubbles in your glass

The sound of corks popping is traditional with holidays and special occasions. But new brands have changed the perception of these products. Domestic sparklers, Cava, and especially Prosecco, have increased the use of these bubbly products throughout the year.

Prosecco, an Italian sparkler, began increasing in popularity during our recent recession. The affordable price point and fruit forward appeal have made this product... Read More

Robert Family, Indian Ranch Donate $205,000 to Harrington ED

WEBSTER, Mass., December 24, 2013 -- Webster residents and philanthropists Chris and Bev Robert, and Indian Ranch, the entertainment venue they own on Webster Lake, have donated $205,000 to Harrington HealthCare System’s campaign to raise $8.8 million to build a new Emergency Department at Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard in Webster.

The $205,000 donation is the second largest since Harrington launched the... Read More

We Need A Little Christmas

The Rev. Janice Ford, Rector
The Church of the Reconciliation (Episcopal)
Webster, MA   www.reconciliationweb.org

Most of us have heard the Christmas song, “We need a little Christmas,” by Jerry Herman.  It’s actually from the play, “Mame,” and its upbeat tempo, easy lyrics and sweet sentiment make it a Christmas favorite for many.  The message in the song is simple.... Read More

Quinebaug Valley Singers Concert rescheduled

The 50 member chorus from north-east Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts is led by Music Director Nym Cooke of New Braintree, MA.

The centerpiece of these concerts will be the Story of the Birth of Jesus Christ (ca.1660) by early Baroque composer Heinrich Schütz.  Schütz, who composed this piece while he was court composer to the Elector of Saxony in Dresden, Germany, was a master musician, the most import... Read More

The Good Gifts of Christmas

By Bruce Dykstra, Pastor
River Community Church
164 Davis Street, Douglas

Giving gifts and Christmas go hand-in-hand. As a parent, I want to find a gift to give my children that will be the best Christmas gift: one that they like, want, and will enjoy. I learned this from my parents, when I was a child. For several Christmas seasons I had hinted at the Big Tonka Truck, the steel kind that you could load and dump.... Read More

Christmas Tree Farms in the Valley

By Barbara Van Reed

“I can't grow them fast enough,” says Dave Morin, owner of Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge. He's talking about the Christmas trees he produces on the 25 acres devoted to his choose-and-cut tree farm. Though only a few days into December, he says his volume is up 50% from last year. Artificial  trees haven't seemed to impact the choose-and-cut tree farms, which are as popular as ever with fa... Read More

Cheaper by the Dozen

Auditions for this family comedy will be held Monday & Tuesday, January 13 & 14 at 6:30, in the Gateway Barn, 111 Main St, Southbridge. A large cast of men, women and children are needed for this show, slated for April 4, 5, 11, 12 & 13. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. The large cast allows for a variety of novice and experienced actors. There are roles for children and teens, age 7-14, as wel... Read More

Icon Snowskates opens Dec. 14

UXBRIDGE - Icon Snowskates will kick off their fifth year in business on Saturday, December 14th at 4 pm.  Opening Day will be held at Icon headquarters, 115 South Main St, Uxbridge.  If snow has not fallen, Icon will be making snow, thanks to sponsor, Snow At Home (providing snow-making equipment).

The showroom will be open and refreshments will be available.  Icon team members will be providing demo skating and be availa... Read More

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