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Tell me: What does Douglas Orchard & Farm do in winter?

The answer is plenty. When you drive by the farm in the winter and see the brown fields and skeletal orchards, one may assume nothing is going on.

Despite what it looks like, winter is an important time on the farm, not only to prepare for the coming season but also for the time of sleep that provides a time of renewal for the orchards. During the winter, Farmer Nick himself is anything but dormant. Behind the scene activi... Read More

bankHometown donates $1000 for transportation program


MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, January 17, 2020—bankHometown recently donated $1,000 to the Friends of the Millbury Seniors’ transportation program, which serves the area’s elderly and disabled residents. Together with Millbury Savings Bank, which merged with bankHometown last October, the combined bank has provided more than $30,000 in contributions to this pr... Read More

Mexicali to celebrate 5th anniversary February 27

Mexicali Mexican Grill makes sure that its annual anniversary event in Webster is an upbeat celebration for all its customers.

As one of the best ethnic restaurants in the area, Mexicali is run with precision, neatness, and most of all, a certain flair of professionalism towards each customer who enters their doors.

The restaurant’s fifth anniversary in Webster will be celebrated Thursday, February 27, from 5:00 – 8... Read More

Art Glass Studio breathes new life into Providence Rd. building

By Rod Lee

The one-story building on Providence Road just south of the traffic light at Plummer’s Corner in Whitinsville has been a hit-or-miss proposition for business since Harry and Terry Ampagoomian’s Linwood Garden Center closed years ago.

It has been home to Northbridge Community Cable Television. It has sat empty. Recently, however, it became “Barbara Connors’ Art Glass Studio.” Now, for the first time in a w... Read More

2020 Call for Grant Applications

The Janet Malser Humanities Trust is now accepting applications for the 2020 grant cycle. Ms. Malser set up the charitable Trust in order to support the arts and humanities, community service and conservation in the towns of Dudley, Oxford, and Webster, MA.

The causes for wh... Read More

Winter’s track is beyond your window

By Sandy Quadros Bowles

The couch can be a tempting place to spend the cold winter.

But there’s plenty to see and enjoy in central Massachusetts beyond the comforts of your living room.

Wildlife viewing should not be limited to warmer weather, nature enthusiasts advise. All four seasons offer the chance to observe, says Viola Bramel, park ranger at West Hill Dam in Uxbridge.

Winter brings its own seren... Read More

Maxwell Luciano’s builds on Gus Giordano’s standing as dine-and-dance master

By Rod Lee

Robert “Gus” Giordano might not have known what to expect when he took the first steps towards opening Maxwell Luciano’s Banquet and Conference Center at Union Station in 2010, but people familiar with the Worcester restaurant scene were probably certain he would make it work.

With now fifty years in the entertainment and hospitality business behind him, going back to his days at Sir Morgan’s Cove and Ste... Read More

ʽBrisk’ economy hailed as a positive by businesses in South County

By Rod Lee

The ball has dropped at Times Square, the first babies have been born at hospitals around the country and businesspersons in South County are reading the tea leaves and seeing an economy that is flourishing heading into 2020.

 Prior to the holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas and the first of the year, everyone goes into relax mode,” Mark Marzeotti of the Marzeotti Group-REMAX Advantage 1 in Dudley, said.... Read More

Linda DeFeudis: Finding inspiration in family, feelings and both kinds of letters

by Christine Galeone

When Linda DeFeudis was growing up as the second youngest – along with her twin sister – of nine children in their family, one of her older brothers went away to college. That inspired her dad, an Italian immigrant, to create a fun contest for his younger children (including 8-year-old Linda). They were asked to write letters to their brother, and the child who wrote the best letter would win a dollar.... Read More

bankHometown commits $25,000 to Fuel Fund

MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, January 3, 2020In time for the home heating season, bankHometown has contributed an additional $25,000 to the Community Energy Assistance Program, a fund first established by Millbury Savings Bank in 2005 to help low-income residents pay their home energy costs. With the recent merger of bankHometown and Millbury Savings, this contribution demonstrates bankHometown’s continued commitment... Read More