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Quinebaug Valley Singers Concert rescheduled

The 50 member chorus from north-east Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts is led by Music Director Nym Cooke of New Braintree, MA.

The centerpiece of these concerts will be the Story of the Birth of Jesus Christ (ca.1660) by early Baroque composer Heinrich Schütz.  Schütz, who composed this piece while he was court composer to the Elector of Saxony in Dresden, Germany, was a master musician, the most import... Read More

The Good Gifts of Christmas

By Bruce Dykstra, Pastor
River Community Church
164 Davis Street, Douglas

Giving gifts and Christmas go hand-in-hand. As a parent, I want to find a gift to give my children that will be the best Christmas gift: one that they like, want, and will enjoy. I learned this from my parents, when I was a child. For several Christmas seasons I had hinted at the Big Tonka Truck, the steel kind that you could load and dump.... Read More

Christmas Tree Farms in the Valley

By Barbara Van Reed

“I can't grow them fast enough,” says Dave Morin, owner of Arrowhead Acres in Uxbridge. He's talking about the Christmas trees he produces on the 25 acres devoted to his choose-and-cut tree farm. Though only a few days into December, he says his volume is up 50% from last year. Artificial  trees haven't seemed to impact the choose-and-cut tree farms, which are as popular as ever with fa... Read More

Cheaper by the Dozen

Auditions for this family comedy will be held Monday & Tuesday, January 13 & 14 at 6:30, in the Gateway Barn, 111 Main St, Southbridge. A large cast of men, women and children are needed for this show, slated for April 4, 5, 11, 12 & 13. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. The large cast allows for a variety of novice and experienced actors. There are roles for children and teens, age 7-14, as wel... Read More

Icon Snowskates opens Dec. 14

UXBRIDGE - Icon Snowskates will kick off their fifth year in business on Saturday, December 14th at 4 pm.  Opening Day will be held at Icon headquarters, 115 South Main St, Uxbridge.  If snow has not fallen, Icon will be making snow, thanks to sponsor, Snow At Home (providing snow-making equipment).

The showroom will be open and refreshments will be available.  Icon team members will be providing demo skating and be availa... Read More

Annie's Book Stop to close Dec. 21

SOUTH GRAFTON – After five years of operating the Annie's Book Stop at the Village Place in South Grafton, owner Elaine Boulanger is closing the store. She cited online competition from Amazon.com and the increasing popularity of e-readers as the reasons that  many people have stopped buying books from small, independent used-book stores like Annie's.

“We still have a lot of good customers,” she said. “They come from as fa... Read More

Moore announces third annual holiday wreath laying tradition

BOSTON – Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, announced his third annual “Wreaths Across the Worcester & Norfolk District.” The events are based on the national “Wreaths Across America” program bringing local veterans, their families, veterans agents and supporting organizations together to decorate veterans memorials across Southern Worcester County in honor of fallen servicemen and women.

For the past two years, Sen. M... Read More

Chain of Lights holiday tradition continues

by Barbara Van Reed

Sutton's Chain of Lights Christmas-time tradition continues in good form this season, with a full day of festivities on Saturday, December 7, along with a Santa parade through Manchaug the night before. Millbury's Chain of Lights takes place the following day, Sunday, December 8, and while it promises to be a fun-filled event, its road to realization this year was rocky.

Gary Vaillancourt, owner... Read More

Oh Christmas Tree

by Barbara Van Reed

For many people the Christmas spirit includes the feel and fragrance of a genuine tree, whether pre-cut, potted, or chosen and cut at a local tree farm. Sure, artificial Christmas trees come close to being perfect, but it's in a plastic, manufactured world. Although statistics show that more than eighty percent of trees displayed at Christmas will be artificial, close to twenty percent of us are willing... Read More

View From the Sidelines

Greetings sports fans! By the time most of you read this column, the high school sports season will be over for all the local teams and before you know it basketball and indoor track will be underway.

It was quite a high school football season for the local teams and both Shepherd Hill and Bartlett made it to their respective division finals.

Shepherd Hill appeared to be on their way to another Gillette stadium supe... Read More

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