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Historic paint restoration of The Gardeners’ Shed

WHITINSVILLE - The Whitin Community Center (WCC) is pleased to announce that the paint restoration is complete! The building referred to as the “Tennis Shack” originally known as the Gardeners’ Shed, located in Whitin Park, has undergone an extensive historic paint restoration over the past few weeks. The project was donated and completed by the skillful and expert hands of Gadoury Homes, LLC. Its architecture recalls an earlier... Read More

Lincoln’s final swim at Lake Singletary

by Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

The day wasn’t ideal for swimming, despite a humid cling to the air. A typical New Englander, September finds me with a nudge and gentle reminder to lose the flip-flops and lure in routines that have escaped me while stopping to smell the roses all summer long.

Amongst many of their superior qualities, dogs have an advantage that we, the humans (especially New Englanders) don’t seem to posses... Read More

Mendon plans Restaurant Week, “Open for Business” Breakfast

By Kevin Rudden

Mendon’s Economic Development Committee is planning two events next month to help the town’s small business community.

First up is an “Open for Business” breakfast being held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 3, in Mendon Town Hall, located at 20 Main Street. Tom Merolli, chairman of the Economic Development Committee, says various state agencies will have represe... Read More

Douglas earns Insurance Premium Credits through MIIA Rewards Program

(September 11, 2018) – Douglas has received $15270 back on its workers compensation and property casualty insurance costs – applicable toward premiums for the next fiscal year—thanks to an incentive program offered by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), its insurance provider. Douglas earned the credits through proactive and voluntary participation in loss prevention and risk management activities throughou... Read More

Elderly can continue to live at home with care by Fallon’s PACE

By Janet Stoica

“Many people are just not aware of our services and what we provide,” said Dr. Robert Schreiber, vice president and medical director of Fallon Health’s Summit ElderCare PACE program, “and now that we have this beautiful new building in Webster that’s centrally located to so many local towns, we hope all that we provide for the health and welfare of our local aging population will become better known.” 

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Walk to help neighbors in need

Community members, organizations and businesses are invited to participate in the Oxford Ecumenical Council CROP Hunger Walk.  The 5K walk, which travels along roads in Oxford, will be held Sunday, October 21, 2018.  This fund-raising effort, sponsored by the Oxford Ecumenical Council, raises money for our neighbors who are hungry in this world of plenty.  One portion of the funds raised goes to Ch... Read More

Governor Baker to cut the ribbon for Blackstone Valley Education Hub

“I heard from one local manufacturer recently that they have 40 openings they can’t fill,” said Jeannie Hebert, explaining why the first focus of the new Blackstone Valley Education Hub (BV Ed Hub) will be advanced manufacturing.

Manufacturing is the second biggest industry in Central Massachusetts, based on number of employees, those employed, and overall wages, according to the Central Mass Workforce Investment Board.... Read More

Massachusetts Passes the CARE Act

August 31 was International Overdose Awareness Day, an annual remembrance of the terrible toll that addiction and drug abuse currently impose on our nation and beyond. In Massachusetts, nearly 1900 individuals died of a drug overdose in 2017, most involving an opioid, heroin, fentanyl or combination of addictive drugs. Preliminary data from 2018 shows no significant improvement in the sad story that these statistics tell.

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Douglas Cultural Council now accepting grant applications

The Douglas Cultural Council is currently accepting grant proposals from Massachusetts musicians, artists, and performers.  Organizations, schools, and individuals are urged to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. The deadline for grant applications is Monday, October 15.  This year, all applications must be completed online, through the Massachusetts Cultural Council website.

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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 its second annual Apple Festival on Sunday, October 7, 2018, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 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 Vall... Read More