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Betsey Brewer takes fight against rhino poaching to China

Betsey Brewer takes fight against rhino poaching to China

By Rod Lee

Betsey Brewer’s devotion to “Environmental Awareness of Resources and Threatened Habitats” is what prompted her to found the organization EARTH Ltd. (an acronym for the cause she feels so passionately about) and then more recently to develop the “Rhino Encounters” program at Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon.

It is also what took her as part of a te... Read More

Bay State Canvas, a custom shop, has the job covered

By Rod Lee

It takes hardly any time at all, talking to Jim Robertson, to understand how much the family’s nearly half-century-old Bay State Canvas business means to him.It meant a lot to his father too. Richard Robertson started the company in Shrewsbury in 1969. The elder Robertson had worked for Johnson Canvas in Auburn until going on his own. Jim Robertson took over in 1995 and now a third Robertson—Jim Jr., 26—is part... Read More

Cahill’s running strong after 50 years in business

By Janet Stoica

When David R. Cahill began his gas station business on Oxford’s Main Street 50 years ago, he probably didn’t think that his wife Ruth, son David F. Cahill, and daughter-in-law Kim, would have continued his vision into 2017. Mr. Cahill passed away unexpectedly in 1996 but his ambition and legacy live on.

The business, now located at 33 Sutton Avenue near the Route 395-southbound on-ramp, and is no lon... Read More

Fort Hill Farms’ a-mazing fun

By Janet Stoica

Just a short drive over the Connecticut line to scenic Thompson will bring you to a tranquil and serene setting called Fort Hill Farms. Owner Kristin Orr runs the 1200-acre property, along with her daughter, Kies. Their days begin between midnight and 3:00 a.m. when they commence milking their 217 dairy cows (Holsteins, Jerseys, and Guernseys).

The Orr family belongs to a local dairy cooperative, The... Read More

Phantom Drummers

By Thomas D'Agostino

Percussion is the foundation of a musical piece. The drummer or percussionist sets the tempo and rhythm of the score and the band follows in time to the beat. It creates quite a pleasure for the ears but when that drumming is the omen of ill or death, it is a horrible concert to behold.

Phantom drummers have been around since the Middle Ages and always foretell of some calamity or fulfill a curs... Read More

We have a winner! Sully’s Dog Shack wins Worcester Hot Dog Safari

By Janet Stoica

When the Hot Dog Safari contest organizer, Tom Mahoney, paid a visit to Sully’s Dog Shack in Dudley, owner Laurie Sullivan got into the action. “He said the proceeds were for the Worcester County Food Bank and what better cause than that?” said Laurie.

Sully’s made a donation and the participants in the Safari each paid an entry fee as their Food Bank contribution. Mahoney made sure that Sully’s was... Read More

Vendors and crafters wanted for Holiday Marketplace fundraiser

The St. Joseph Women’s Club of Webster, is sponsoring “GLITTER & GLITZ - A HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE” on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Point Breeze Restaurant in Webster, from 1 pm to 5 pm.  

Pricing for one six-foot space will be $35 and $60 for two spaces.  A description of your craft/exhibit will be required.  For further information and an application, please contact Jackie Skrocki at 508-943-818... Read More

Hurricane Harvey donation days

Family, employees, and members of management at All Phase Glass Corporation have put a plan in place to load up a tractor trailer thanks to their good friends at New World Van Lines to help our fellow Americans in Texas that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey. The goal is on or around September 11th to have -- at the minimum one tractor trailer or more-- with new and used clothing, non-perishab... Read More

Daniels Farmstead Apple Festival

Located at 286 Mendon Street, Blackstone, MA, the historic Daniels Farmstead is celebrating the arrival of fall in New England with an Apple Festival on Sunday, October 1, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine).  Daniels Farmstead is known to have played a pivotal role in the growing of apples and the production of apple cider and vinegar at the largest surviving cider house in the Blackstone River Valley. 

Joa... Read More

Men’s club strikes up the bands for first Country Fest

By Rod Lee

If there was any sign of indecision when Matt Mead, Brad DiDio and Dave O’Brien sat down at a table at Rebecca’s Place on Farm St. in Upton the morning of August 17th to talk about the prospects for a first-ever “Country Fest” being put on by the Upton Men’s Club next month, it didn’t show.

“It’s an inaugural. Our rookie year,” Mr. DiDio said, sounding every bit like a ballplayer discussing his initial at... Read More