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Robbins Garden Center of Oxford celebrates 80 years of history

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

If a Robbins Garden Center employee isn’t related to the family, chances are, they’ve worked there long enough to become a part of it. Owner Patricia Robbins, wife of the late Daniel Robbins, grandmother of twenty-two and great-grandmother of eight, is about to celebrate the 80th year anniversary of a business whose family dates back to Oxford’s horse and buggy days (1800’s) and whose produ... Read More

Indian Ranch completes full renovations to function facilities

By Rod Lee

The usual power-packed Summer Concert Series and excursions on the Indian Princess are not the only thing fans of Indian Ranch have to look forward to in 2017.

Refusing to rest on its laurels, the entertainment venue on Gore Road in Webster has also undertaken what Indian Ranch President Suzette Raun describes as “Phase 1” of a major revamp—starting with a complete renovation of the banquet facilities tha... Read More

Summer’s coming and The Lobster Nook is open!

By Janet Stoica

With the first very successful weekend behind it, The Lobster Nook staff is looking forward to greeting their loyal customers again for the spring, summer, and perhaps all year round.  Jim Butler, who was formerly on the cooking staff, is now the new manager, but he’ll still share cooking responsibilities with his very capable staff.  He also has lots of fresh and inspirational ideas on the horizon.

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Pete’s Oasis Greenhouse grows with new ownership and old practices

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Deborah Boutiette, wife of the late and super-talented Pete Boutiette of the renowned South Grafton greenhouse “Pete’s Oasis” is sad, but ready to move on and hand over her gardening gloves. “I ran the business last year and it wasn’t easy.  Pete was a good plant grower. Between the two of us, we made this place grow. He did the growing and me, the designing.  I don’t want the big responsibility no... Read More

Cheri Vandersluis to speak at Maple Farm Sanctuary’s “Be Kind to Animals” celebration

On Sat., May 13th Maple Farm Sanctuary will host a Be Kind to Animals Veggie Potluck featuring a special presentation by MFS co-founder and director Cheri Vandersluis and sanctuary tour. The celebration will explore what it means to be kind to all animals and the ways we can show compassion year round. The event marks the last day of National Be Kind to Animals Week and will include the first MFS tour of the 2017 season.

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Blackstone Valley libraries offer Ancestry digital service

Among the most common types of questions fielded by small-town librarians are those relating to genealogy. When people want to know about their forebears, they visit libraries to look at yearbooks, town records, annual reports, street listings, and whatever else has been squirreled away into local history collections and archives.

In order to provide more robust genealogical research services, six Blackstone Valley librari... Read More

Get ready to be Wooed by the Food

WHITINSVILLE - The Whitin Community Center is pleased to announce our 3rd Annual Wooed By The Food to be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 11am-5pm. Wooed By The Food is one of the largest events we host here at the Whitin Community Center and it brings a fun and engaging community event to the Blackstone Valley for all ages and backgrounds to enjoy.

Our 3rd Annual Wooed By The F... Read More

Technology leading the way at Homefield CU

By Rod Lee

If anything is a constant in the financial-services industry, it is change. Nowhere is this more evident than at Homefield Credit Union.

Formerly Grafton Suburban Credit Union, the Homefield name was adopted two years ago as a better representation of the institution’s expanding reach in Worcester and Middlesex counties. As of this month, President and CEO Lloyd L. Hamm Jr. said, Homefield boasts over 12,... Read More

Spaightwood Galleries in Upton an art-lover’s haven

By Rod Lee

The little old town of Upton might be about the last place anyone would think of as home to a major art collection. But that is exactly the case in the presence of Spaightwood Galleries, owned and operated by Sonja Hansard-Weiner, president, and her husband Andrew Weiner, director.

Situated in the former Upton Unitarian Church at the intersection of Route 140 and Maple Ave., Spaightwood houses more than 9... Read More

Providence & Worcester Railfan Club & Museum still going strong after 40 years

By Janet Stoica

Milepost #55: that means Webster, Massachusetts, to any train engineer navigating his locomotive and convoy of railway cars through Webster’s downtown. Each street crossing that a train makes is preceded by a milepost marker and, the next time you’re stopped in Webster’s downtown traffic or at the lights on Main Street, you might have time to look to the left or right and you’ll plainly see a white marker w... Read More