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11th Annual East Meets West Health & Business Fair

Webster, MA - Join Life-Skills, Inc. and Page Chiropractic Health Center at the 11th annual East Meets West Health & Business Fair fundraiser at Bartlett High School gymnasium on April 28 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This interactive fair offers free screenings, raffles, demonstrations and more from a wide variety of conventional and holistic vendors and local businesses.

Life-Skills, Inc. is also hosting an American R... Read More

Rock of Ages hits the Bradley Playhouse stage for an “80s Rock Party”

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

To the common population, poison is a toxic chemical, warrant, a court order, and extreme, a word that implies excess.

To those of us who grew up in the 1980s (a select group that happens to be anything but common) those words mean something more. They are the names of rock bands or, more specifically, hair bands, and their music marks an eg... Read More

Two contests in Mendon’s Annual Election

By Kevin Rudden

Races for the Board of Selectmen and Town Clerk are the only contests in Mendon’s May 15 Annual Town Election.

Incumbent Christopher Burke is being challenged for the three-year selectman’s seat by Charles Scharnagle. The two men faced off three years ago, with Burke winning his first term on the board by 687-539 votes. With long-time Town Clerk Margaret Bondere... Read More

BVT secures additional donation

UPTON – Blackstone Valley Tech recently accepted a $3,500 donation from bankHometown to support a school student transportation van. The vehicle, now adorned with the bank’s logo, will transport students to job sites within the school’s 13-town district. The district towns’ municipal buildings, public schools, and nonprofit organizations frequently utilized BVT students’ technical skills.

The contribution from... Read More

Rep. Muradian, CU give pantries a Homefield advantage

By Rod Lee

Even the sudden, unwelcome and short-lived appearance of heavy, wet snowflakes could not dampen the spirits of those gathered in the food pantry of the Northbridge Senior Center on Highland St. the morning of April 2nd.

If this was someone’s idea of a sadistic April Fool’s Day joke twenty-four hours after the fact, it fell flat.

Kelly Bol, who is director of the Senior Center, and Kathy Kane, who r... Read More

The Lee Knowlton Community Garden

Despite our recent blanket of snow, it won’t be long before we can plant our tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers.    The Lee Knowlton Community Garden is accepting applications now from Grafton residents who would like to reserve their own garden plot (20’ x 20’). Located off Estabrook Road, the plots are large enough for a substantial garden. The entire garden is fenced to keep garden predators like deer out.  Your responsibility i... Read More

Why dogs are better than people

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

It’s fair to say that I’m a people person. Whether chatting with peeps for an upcoming story, talking football at a neighborhood party, or leading my book club, I genuinely like to interact with people. I appreciate the distinction in every voice, the varied perspectives, and the differences amongst and between us.   

More than I like people, I like dogs; and, more specifically, big dogs.... Read More

Area CSAs promote farmer, consumer synergy

By Magda Dakin

Community Supported Agriculture projects (CSAs) have existed for decades but are now becoming a more popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal produce directly from the farmer.

Based on the size of the farm, the farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. The share typically consists of a box or bag of vegetables and produce that is available each week throughout the season.... Read More

New shops at Stanley Woolen Mill a sign of spring

By Rod Lee

Few people are happier to see the arrival of the season of rebirth in the Blackstone Valley than Bob Conlon and Jeanne Silvia.

On a rainy afternoon—the first Wednesday in the month of April—Mr. Conlon and Ms. Silvia talked with the Blackstone Valley Xpress about being brand-new businesses in the historic Stanley Woolen Mill complex on Mendon St. in Uxbridge.

Their neighboring ventures in side-by-si... Read More