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Town appetite for Indian Ranch restaurant?

By Rod Lee

Early indications are that no hackles will be raised by Indian Ranch ownership’s plans to add a restaurant to the venerable entertainment/recreational venue on Gore Road in Webster. No hue and cry, no as-yet fierce resistance, no battle lines like the ones drawn for the long confrontation that preceded the launch of the paddleboat Indian Princess.

So it proceeds for the Robert/Raun family in its continuin... Read More

Sen. Moore Announces 78th Citizens’ Legislative Seminar

BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) announced that the 78th Citizens' Legislative Seminar (CLS) will be held this spring on Tuesday, March 21st and Wednesday, March 22nd at the Massachusetts State House.

CLS is a citizen seminar that aims to better educate the public on the Commonwealth’s legislative process. Established in 1976 through a collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Senate and the University of Mas... Read More

Author James Chambers talk and booksigning

On Saturday, January 7, Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to welcome author James Chambers to our 65 James Street store with fiction and graphic novels continuing the adventues of the iconic Kolchak the Night Stalker. Chambers will be in the store from 3:00 – 5:00 talking about his work and signing.

Kolchak the Night Stalk, credited by X-Files creator Chris Carter as one of the main inspirations for the series, was a... Read More

In Grafton: Troop 107 offers Christmas Tree pickup service Saturday, January 7

A Scout is helpful and thrifty. Helpful, because once the holidays are over, you need to figure out what to do with your Christmas tree. Thrifty, because composting trees helps to recycle their nutrients back into the environment.

As part of our ongoing fundraising and community service, we will pick up your tree and dispose of it for you for a donation to Troop 107. Monies raised during our 3rd annual Christmas Tree Picku... Read More

BHC awards volunteers during Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park second anniversary

Whitinsville, MA, Dec.14, 2016  – Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC) presented awards to several volunteers for their outstanding service with the National Park Service’s Volunteers-in-Parks program that it manages. The awards were presented during the second anniversary celebration for the Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.

Among those recognized for their individual impacts were:  Be... Read More

The Haunted Slater Mill

By Thomas D'Agostino

In 1793, Samuel Slater became the catalyst for the Industrial Revolution in America. Before long, The Blackstone River and its tributaries were laced with mills of all forms of manufacture.
Villages sprouted out of nowhere and people flocked to work at the mills in hopes of a better life.

Children were often employed at these mills due to the fact that many adults felt that such work was be... Read More

No stage fright for Apple Tree Arts

By Rod Lee

The phrase “be careful what you wish for” is not in the lexicon of Donna Blanchard and her fellow intrepid visionaries with Apple Tree Arts. Never was, never will be. Ms. Blanchard and her colleagues are not shy about yearning for certain things to happen at their new home in the historic Grafton Town House facing the Town Common, nor in their determination to bring these to fruition.

It is this combinati... Read More

Charitable giving comes naturally to MCU

By Rod Lee

One doesn’t have to look far to find evidence of Millbury Federal Credit Union’s extensive work on behalf of charitable organizations and community activities.

MCU’s participation in Millbury and Sutton’s recent Chain of Lights festivities is just the latest example.

Sandra E. “Sandy” Piscitelli, executive assistance to MCU President/CEO Joseph F. Barbato Jr., notes that “MCU employees participate... Read More

Grafton’s Business Scene – December 2016

by Christine Galeone

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is almost over. But as we look ahead to the new year, we can enjoy treasured time with friends and family. While we celebrate the holidays, Grafton businesses are also rejoicing. They’ve been celebrating achievements, giving to people in need and helping us to have a festive, cozy season.

A local business that’s ending the holiday season on a high note is... Read More

A Christmas Challenge: Local pastors reflect, in seven words, on the meaning of Christmas

by Christine Galeone

If someone asked you to say, in seven words, what Christmas means to you, how would you respond? It might be tempting to think about the stress of shopping, traveling, cooking and cleaning that goes into preparing for Christmas celebrations. But for many of us, the true meaning of Christmas is what makes that stress tolerable and, perhaps, welcome.

Although it’s important for everyone who celebr... Read More