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Stave & Still brings a bit of Bourbon Street to Webster

By Janet Stoica

Jessica Valby and her husband, Craig, who is also the restaurant’s general manager, have put together an attractive, classy, and relaxing dining establishment that reflects their past career strengths.

“We are avid whiskey, bourbon, and rye connoisseurs and you will find that our cocktail and meal menus are a reflection of this,” said Ms. Valby. “All the menu items are crafted with fresh ingredients... Read More

The Winsted Wildman

By Thomas D’Agostino

Here is an abridged version of a story from our latest book, Ghosts of Litchfield County.

On August 21, 1895, the Hartford Courant reprinted an article from the Winsted Citizen regarding an incident involving Winsted, Connecticut, selectman Riley Smith. Smith was in Colebrook on business, and it was during a few moments of downtime when he witnessed something he would never for... Read More

Rising above the challenges of the pandemic

by Christine Galeone

Do you ever wonder how you can make a difference in your community? In these unprecedented times, it’s not unusual for people to feel disconnected and unaware of local needs. However, there are many ways that people can make their corner of the world a better place to live.

This new series will spotlight Blackstone Valley nonprofits – including the Rise Above Foundation, a Northbridge-based orga... Read More

Oxford’s Half Baked & Fully Roasted an instantly popular eating spot

By Janet Stoica

When he decided to come out of retirement, Ralph Verzillo searched far and wide for a place that would offer the right amount of seating for guests and kitchen space for the cooks.

A friend told him about the former Big I diner in Oxford, and after checking out the location at 578 Main Street, he decided it would be the right spot to open his new Half Baked & Fully Roasted restaurant. 

Mr.... Read More

Growing up Black in Dudley and Webster

By Janet Stoica

Abigail Cooper of Dudley knew she wanted to do something after learning about the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  As many of us know, this past May Mr. Floyd was pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer after being arrested and he died soon after. Mr. Floyd’s autopsy results concluded that the excess pressure from the officer’s knee on his neck caused his death. His death was the cataly... Read More

Grafton businesses dealing with a challenging year

by Christine Galeone

To say this year has been challenging would be an understatement. But even in dark times, there’s hope.

For some small businesses, the hope is that they’ll find new ways of serving customers. For others, it’s that their businesses will bounce back after the COVID-19 pandemic. And for those small businesses that need to close, the hope is that the owners will pour their skills, gifts and knowledg... Read More

Drive-by donations for Food Bank at senior center held at Millbury First Congregational Church

The Millbury First Congregational Church, at 148 West Main St. is inviting people to bring donations of Food, Personal Hygiene Items, or Goretti’s Gift Certificates to the church parking lot on Saturday, October 3, from 11 am to 2 pm. All donations will be taken to the Millbury Senior Center. A wide row of tables will be set up so that you  can drive on either side, and you can put your donation on the table, or stay in your car,... Read More

Cornerstone Bank donates to Old Sturbridge Village

Worcester, MA— Cornerstone Bank is pleased to announce its recent donation of $5,000 to Old Sturbridge Village. This donation will support OSV in various ways, including one of the most popular events of the year, the Village Trick or Treat.

Old Sturbridge Village provides a unique, historical atmosphere to our community. When you enter the Village, you are stepping into the largest outdoor history museum... Read More

Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce to Host Safari at Sunset Event at Southwick’s Zoo

Mendon: The Blackstone Valley Chamber is excited to host their first in-person, social distancing, event this Summer, Safari at Sunset. The event will be held Tuesday, September 1st 2020, 5:30pm at Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, MA.

You are invited to a fun evening out with your family and colleagues at this private event inside Southwick’s Zoo. Enjoy full admission to the zoo and unlimited skyfari rides. Deli... Read More