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Young businessman surprises himself with sales, smiles, and success at Yankee Flea Market

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Mike Walker had “zero intention” to be a flea-marketer. Yet he’s taken over a business originally run by his father that he “absolutely loves” and has caught on like a contagious bargain.   Nearly one hundred sixty vendor spaces stretch across 10,000 square feet at the Yankee Flea Market, located on 1311 Park Street in Palmer.

“The business began in December of 2010. We start... Read More

Auburn aglow over the new Pakachoag

By Rod Lee

Any doubts about whether the town of Auburn is serious in turning Pakachoag Golf Course into “a valuable municipal asset” upon taking over all operations, management and maintenance of the 54-acre complex on January 1st are swept away with one visit.

The place looks that good. Business is brisk. Golfers are singing Pakachoag’s praises. Spirits were effusive at a grand reopening and ribbon-cutting for the... Read More

Boys and girls, start your gravity-powered bid for glory

By Rod Lee

The 120th edition of Charlton’s wildly popular Old Home Day may be more than three months away but the early buzz for the many components of the celebration, including the Soap Box Derby, is stronger than ever.

“It’s a big event, the highlight of our year,” Kathleen Walker, who chairs the Old Home Day Committee, said.

Already loaded with such staple features as a road race, a parade, fireworks, a c... Read More

Douglas Farmers Market ready for June start

By Magda Dakin

Farmers markets are beginning to open all over the area. The Douglas Farmers Market opening day is Saturday, June 18. Yeah! We can’t wait for the opportunity to shop for really fresh greens, fruits, and vegetables. The market will feature many of the familiar vendors as well as newer ones sure to become favorites. A new feature this year will be “Breakfast at the Market,” which will consist of coffee, baked... Read More

Willow Brook Restaurant: Comfort food and ice cream in a Colonial setting

The bend in Route 16 near Mendon’s downtown area has been synonymous with ice cream for more than 100 years, and today Willow Brook Restaurant keeps up that tasty tradition with 37 flavors of ice cream and some incredible special sundaes. With seating outdoors in warm weather and inside the rest of the year, Willow Brook is the place to come when you want an ice cream fix. 

Of course Willow Brook Restaurant today is much m... Read More

Asthma, Allergies and Every Breath You Take

When The Police released their popular 1983 hit, Every Breath You Take, I don’t think they had asthma or allergies on their mind.  But for those who suffer from these conditions, every breath you take is often on your mind.

May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.  Many organizations like the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and the AAFA (Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America) have... Read More

ZZ-Top added to concert schedule at Indian Ranch

ZZ Top

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - Doors open 12:00 P.M./show 2:00 P.M.
Reserved tickets: $79.50 and $60.50
Advanced GA (valid 2 weeks prior): $48.00
General Admission: $53.00
Children: $26.50

Ziggy Marley

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - Doors open 12:00 P.M./show 2:00 P.M.
Reserved tickets: $54.00 and $44.50
Advanced G... Read More

Mendon nursery grows rare and unusual hosta

By Magda Dakin

If you’re a garden aficionado you know the value of a well-placed hosta and how important they can be in making your shade garden a success. But sometimes gardeners get tired of the usual varieties of hosta and want something a little different. That goal can be achieved at this year’s exciting one-day open house days at Fourth Generation Nursery in Mendon, the premiere wholesaler of hosta and water gardenin... Read More

Five Guys opens its doors in Sutton

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

On Monday, April 25th, the town of Sutton welcomed Five Guys with a bright red Grand Opening that spelled FUN.

Burgers sizzled behind a row of red-dressed employees who appeared to take on their first day of work with optimism and a professional attitude.  Music that “we all grew up with” played, dating the old folks, while adding to the energetic spirit of the youthful empl... Read More

Between a ʽRock’dale and a hard place

By Rod Lee

Drop into Skip’s Barber Shop on Beane’s Lane in Northbridge for a haircut (careful of the step, up and down, and the door, which sticks). Ask Norman L. Blood Jr. what the “business climate” is like in the neighborhood. He will frame his response in a way that is appropriate to the question.

One would expect nothing less from a man who is as meticulous with his words as he is with a pair of scissors or ele... Read More