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Great Reads for Summer 2017

By Debra Horan, Owner of Booklovers’ Gourmet, Webster

Whether for the beach or lounging in your own backyard, here are some recommendations to keep you cool and entertained all summer long, featuring both long-time favorite authors as well as some brand new series. Get started soon-before you know it, the summer will breeze by!

Perennial favorite Judy Blume has a new release in paperback, In the Unlikely Eve... Read More

Thursday night concerts at Douglas Common

If you are looking for a free, fun family night this summer all you have to do is stop by the Old Town Common in Douglas. The Douglas Cultural Council is sponsoring 3 Thursday night concerts during the 2017 concert series. All concerts are 6pm-8pm.

*July 20th- The Grey Whisker Pickers will share their blend of honky t... Read More

The Cancer Center at Harrington celebrates National Cancer Survivors Day

Southbridge, MA – More than 250 current and former patients and guests celebrated National Cancer Survivors Day on Monday, June 12 with the staff of The Cancer Center at Harrington and Radiation Therapy Services at a special dinner program under the tent at The Publick House Historic Inn on the Sturbridge common.

The group was welcomed by event organizer Blaine Schnare, Harrington CFO Tom... Read More

Annual Recycling Day at Douglas Farmer's Market

IndieCycle will be hosting their electronic waste drive during market hours. Most items are accepted at no charge - computers, laptops, PDA's, cell phones, mice, keyboards, printers, toner cartridges, CD/DVD players, radios, network equipment, wires, stereos, speakers, telephones, VHS tapes, microwaves, small household appliances, and batteries of any size, type or shape. There is a $10 disposal fee  for all TV... Read More

The Dance Place celebrates 30 years of non-competitive dance instruction

By Magda Dakin

When you see your little one in a crib or are feeding them in the wee hours, you dream about the life you want for them, the perfect school, supportive friends and family, no bullies or tears. But as they get older you realize that no matter what your best intentions are, you can’t protect them. Even enrolling them in dance, football or soccer classes designed for kids often end up being competitive challeng... Read More

Fresh at the farm stands

By Magda Dakin

Farmer’s World Roadside Stand, 152-157 Southwest Cutoff Route #20, Worcester

If you’re driving down the Southwest Cutoff Route #20 westbound, with your head down, intent on getting home at night and not paying attention to much, you might be missing out on a great opportunity to get some delicious produce choices for dinner tonight, not to mention plants and flowers for the garden.... Read More

Harrington welcomes Jessica Calcidise, VP Nursing and Ancillary Operations


Harrington HealthCare System has welcomed Jessica Calcidise as the new Vice President of Nursing and Ancillary Operations.

Calcidise, a Belchertown native, was most recently the chief nursing officer for Mercy Medical Center, Weldon Rehab Hospital and Providence Behavioral Health Hospital, and served as vice president for patient care services at Sisters of Providence Health System.

Over the past decade, Ca... Read More

Upton’s VFW Post 5594 ʽcruising’ along

By Rod Lee

It is not just the less than a handful of World War II veterans and their brethren from later conflicts who maintain their memberships but Tuesday-night cruise shows that keep VFW Post 5594 on Milford St. in Upton going these days.

Such is the nature of the struggle for once-thriving VFWs and American Legions in 2017, Dave Kennedy of Post 5594 acknowledged last week just after four o’clock in the afternoo... Read More

Douglas Orchard & Farm celebrates one year of growth

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Douglas Orchard & Farm celebrates its one-year anniversary on July 1.

Aaron and Patty Socrat purchased the 18-acre property in January 2016 from the Werme family with a shared goal to save a 300-year-old plot of land that would have, otherwise, been demolished and built upon by housing developers. Inspired by a vision to give back to the community through expert and healthy farming pract... Read More

Valley Tech FY18 Budget Approved

UPTON – The status report on the Blackstone Valley Vocational Regional School District FY18 operating budget presented at the BVT School Committee meeting on June 15 confirmed unanimous approval of the district’s request by its 13 member towns during annual town meetings across the district.  The district town’s relatively low average per pupil tax assessment of $10,357 to its voc tech system is just one of the reasons the 13 tow... Read More