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Sutton primed to be a center of commercial activity

By Rod Lee

Jennifer Hager who is director of planning for the town of Sutton can hardly contain her excitement in talking about projects on the drawing board that will further strengthen the community’s efforts to encourage economic development.

Ms. Hager was particularly enthused the afternoon of November 13th in revealing that Primetals Technologies USA LLC is relocating its operations from Worcester to land strad... Read More

Revived Felter’s Mill brims with tenants and energy

By Rod Lee

Even on a Monday which was the day after Veterans Day and thus celebrated as the holiday it is easy to see why Felter’s Mill on West St. in Millbury has come back to life as an incubator for dozens of small businesses.

Home to the manufacture of felt for such items as boots and hats for more than one hundred years, Felter’s Mill in the second decade of the 2000’s has taken on a whole new aura while managi... Read More

Salvation Army Kettle Campaign needs volunteers

Salvation Army Bell Ringers are still needed for the seasonal Kettle Campaign at the Price Chopper in Webster. Volunteers chime in for one- or two-hour segments between  2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday. Funds raised through this event stay in the community, and are used to support emergency assistance programs and those in need throughout the winter months. If you can help, call Tony Y... Read More

Sen. Moore to host “Politically Speaking” radio program

BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) will take to the airwaves as host of a radio broadcast every first Saturday of the month.  The program, titled “Politically Speaking,” will cover a broad range of politically-related topics.     

“This radio broadcast will provide an opportunity to share information about what’s happening on Beacon Hill and in our local communities,” said Senator Moore.  “I’... Read More

Lincoln learns to be thankful

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

New things are nothing new when it comes to living with Lincoln. Just like that, my largest male of the litter (now a robust seven year old) makes sudden decisions to change his habits, such as the recent boycott of his $400 Orvis couch-style bed. He’s chosen, instead, to sprawl across my silky white shag (ordered less expensively from Wayfair). “It’s his new thing,” we say, refusing to hit the pani... Read More

The Rose Room rises again – this time at the former Deb’s Place

By Janet Stoica

There used to be a popular restaurant and bar on Webster’s East Main Street known as Andy’s. Kentucky Fried Chicken/Taco Bell now sits in its place.

Andy’s was owned by Andrew Stefanik and his restaurant had a function room by the name of The Rose Room, where this writer’s parents had their 1950 wedding reception.

The great-granddaughter of Mr. Stefanik, Jess Sabine, along with her husband, Bi... Read More

Modern new guest house at the Publick House reflects historic traditions

By Janet Stoica

When the Harrington family decided to purchase the Publick House properties in Sturbridge from the previous owners in 2005, it was with a sense of preserving Colonial-era traditions and the integrity of the property’s humble beginnings in the late 1700s.

Now, their pride in keeping with Colonial tradition continues with the opening of their new, recently-completed 28-room guest house. P & P Const... Read More

TLGV and partners launch next phase of $6.1 Million Southern New England Heritage Forest Grant Program

The Last Green Valley (TLGV), the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership (MassConn) and the Northern Rhode Island Conservation District (NRICD) are pleased to offer a new opportunity for woodland landowners to obtain forest management plans with bird habitat assessments.

The program is phase two of the $6.1 million Southern New England Heritage Forest conservation effort, an unprecedented three-state collaboration made po... Read More

bankHometown Kicks off 15th year of contributing to Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign

OXFORD, MA: bankHometown kicked off their 15th year of participating in the Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) Campaign with a challenge to local residents to help support local food pantries.

For more than 30 years, NHN has helped people faced with financial difficulties caused by accidents, fires, life challenging illness and disabilities or other reasons beyond their control. Each November, customers and community... Read More

Sutton begins to look a lot like Christmas

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Winter in New England may be harsh but – for those of us who live in the historical town of Sutton – there’s a piece of the season we long for each year, and which happens annually during the first weekend of December.  The Sutton Chain of Lights is a treasured tradition glittered with the collective spirit of local businesses, churches, schools, and friends and family of the Sutton... Read More