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Worcester Envelope Company celebrates 125 years in business

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

It’s been said that history repeats itself. Worcester Envelope, a business founded one hundred twenty five years ago, and which has managed to stay viable and relevant throughout a century of changes, is no exception. On July 24 - considering themselves 125 years young – the family business will celebrate a remarkable anniversary in honor of the innovative thinkers who helped make it all possibl... Read More

Apple Tree Arts promotes Alaina Calloway Bolton

Grafton, July 16, 2018 . . . Apple Tree Arts announces the appointment of Alaina Calloway Bolton as education director. The nonprofit community school of the arts provides music and theatre arts programs to more than 1,500 students of all ages in Central Massachusetts.
Ms. Calloway Bolton will oversee private instrumental and voice lessons, ensembles and the onsite early childhood program. She will be re... Read More

The stars align for learning center at Linwood Mill

Suddenly, significantly, amid the most oppressive heat of early summer and after years of fits and starts, arrives the refreshing news that the “Blackstone Valley Education Hub” at the Linwood Mill will indeed finally burst onto the scene.

“We even have a logo!” Jeannie Hebert, the irrepressible president and CEO of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, said the afternoon of July 2nd in confirming that a learning cent... Read More

Town hall highlights: Douglas

By Matt Wojcik, Town Administrator

In the human experience that we all share, many of us have the “Uncle.”  He’s the Guy who knows everything about everything.The Uncle insists his way is the shortest.  He always gets the cheapest prices.  Uncle is always glad to supervise.  There is a theory, a story, a put-down for any situation that makes Uncle the wisest, most capable person involved.

In my childhood, I had the... Read More

It’s PYO blueberries time

By Magda Dakin

Blueberry lovers delight: it’s proving to be a huge year for the blueberry crops.

“All this lovely warm air is giving the blueberries a push to get riper faster,” said Aaron Socrat of Douglas Orchard & Farm. “The bushes are so full they are leaning towards the ground. Last year’s crop was much smaller than expected so we’re really excited for an abundance of berries this year.”... Read More

Get The Led Out, and they do, at Indian Ranch

By Rod Lee

Dismissive as he is of notions that the rock group Get The Led Out (GTLO) is a “cover band” or “tribute band” for Led Zeppelin, Paul Sinclair would have a hard time convincing an audience of several thousand in attendance for a GTLO show at Indian Ranch the evening of July 13th of this fact.

He tried. A mere waif of a young man, attired in black from head to toe (his hair matched the color of his wardrobe... Read More

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis announces Annual Senior Picnic Date: August 18

Shrewsbury – Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis has announced the Sheriff’s Annual Senior Picnic will be held at SAC Park located at 438 Lake Street in Shrewsbury on Saturday August 18, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Admission is free for all seniors.
“As Sheriff, hosting the Annual Senior Picnic is one of the great highlights of the year.  This year’s Senior Picnic will be a wond... Read More

Harvest Moon makes healthy shopping a breeze

By Magda Dakin

“Your incredible inventory blows me away,” remarked Wayne, a customer, while shopping at the Harvest Moon in Putnam, Connecticut, recently.

Co-owner and store manager Linda Tagg agrees, “We work hard at providing the best quality and most complete inventory of products our customers need. If they can’t find it anywhere else, they will usually find it here.” She adds, “Many of the local health care adv... Read More

Opening day at the Douglas Farmers Market

By Magda Dakin

This year’s entries were creative and spanned all ages of participants. The popular People’s Choice Award winner and the winner of best condiments category was Dorothy with her spicy tangy rhubarb salsa. Winner of the savory category was Julia with her appetizer meatballs. Jillian tied in the sweet category with her Japanese swirl cheesecake, tied with Indy and Mazzy for their chocolate rhubarb mousse. Best... Read More

Pharmacy sued in prior authorization case

Jason Poquette RPh, BS Pharm

A recent Massachusetts Supreme Court decision is serving to remind pharmacies and physicians that communication about medications that are not covered is critical. The case involved the tragic death of a 19 year old girl with epilepsy whose insurance (MassHealth) denied a prescription for a seizure drug known as Topamax back in 2009. Because MassHealth denied the prescription, the woma... Read More