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B. Kind Café opens in Webster for healthy breakfast and lunch

By Janet Stoica

After three years in the making, the B. Kind Café officially opened for business June 3 on Webster’s Davis Street in the spot formerly occupied by Mama Dolce’s.

Owner Ericka Labonte has created a breakfast and lunch restaurant that features all things organic.

“My family and I began saving our funds three years ago,” says Ericka. “This has been a dream for all of us.” After reaching their goal... Read More

Douglas Rhubarb Challenge 2019 winners announced

The Douglas Historical Society’s annual Rhubarb Challenge took place on Saturday, June 15, 2019, and judges scored entries in three categories: Sweet, Savory and Condiments.

First prize in the Condiments category went to Louise Begnoche’s Rhubarb Jelly. The second prize was garnered by Barbara Hendee for her Rhubarb Orange Sauce, Both cooks are from Douglas.

In the Savory category, the winner,... Read More

Sidewalk Sale builds merchant fervor for a revived Church Street

By Rod Lee

As a self-described “townie” and now the operator of The Valley Café, Paulette Ruth has experienced first-hand the ups and downs of Church Street in Whitinsville: its glory days, its demise—precipitated by the disappearance of such fondly recalled businesses as Baker’s Department Store, Flagg Pharmacy, Louis Fashion, Rogers Bakery, offices of the Blackstone Valley Tribune and the Telegram & Gazette, the stud... Read More

Dine, Shop & Stroll a festive success for Uxbridge

By Rod Lee

If recent news reports of a dysfunctional town government and residents shaking their heads in consternation are to be believed, Uxbridge is on the verge of collapse.

Claims of mismanagement and inaction lodged against the Board of Selectmen, the abrupt departure of finance-department personnel and then Town Manager Angeline Ellison (who lasted only about a year in the job), delays in moving a 2019-20 bud... Read More

Pat Hoey still a son of Auburn, and a showman, to the core

Pat Hoey still a son of Auburn, and a showman, to the core

By Rod Lee

On the morning of June 11th Patrick J. “Pat” Hoey was standing in an open loading doorway at the DCU Center in Worcester, as larger-than-life a presence as ever.

Mr. Hoey is a native son of the town of Auburn who first came to prominence as an all-conference football player at Auburn High School and then Nichols Co... Read More

Milford Federal Bank achieves Superior 5-Star Rating

June 2019, Coral Gables, Florida: Milford Federal Bank, Milford, Massachusetts has achieved another Superior 5-Star Rating from BauerFinancial, the Nation’s Premier Bank Rating Firm. In the 30-plus years that Bauer has been analyzing banks, there has been a rise of increasingly complicated investments as well as burgeoning regulation. Each has added another hurdle when it comes to earning a 5-Star Rating from Bau... Read More

Blackstone Heritage Corridor seeks photos for 2020 Calendar Contest

Whitinsville, MA (June 14, 2019) – Between the stunning, varied landscape of the Blackstone River Valley and the four seasons that come to paint it, there are a myriad of ways to capture photos for Blackstone Heritage Corridor’s 2020 Calendar Photo Contest. With the 2020 calendar theme being weather, one could easily find a winning image in their photo archives. From rainbows to sunsets and ice storms to fog, each day the weather... Read More

UniBank names new leadership team

WHITINSVILLE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--UniBank, a community bank based in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, announced today that Michael W. Welch has been named chief executive officer. The bank also reported that Christopher D. Foley, currently the interim president, has been appointed president on a permanent basis.

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Whitin Community Center awarded Workforce Training Fund Grant

WHITINSVILLE – The Whitin Community Center is proud to announce it has been awarded 1 of the 12 grants provided by the Commonwealth Corporation, involving 20 companies that will help fund customize training that promotes job growth, retention, and increased opportunity for workers by enhancing businesses’ productivity and their ability to grow their business in Massachusetts.  

This project is funded by a Workforce Trainin... Read More

Blackstone Heritage Corridor named beneficiary of Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program

Whitinsville, MA (June 14, 2019) – The global Plastic Free July campaign has local meaning this year and Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (BHC) is hoping area residents take the Plastic Free July pledge and purchase a Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag during the month of July. BHC has been named the July recipient of the Hannaford Helps bag program. For every Hannaford Helps Community Bag purchased at the Uxbridge, M... Read More