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The ghost of the White Bird

By Thomas D'Agostino

Charles Lindberg is credited for the first transatlantic flight after leaving Long Island, New York, on May 20, 1927, and landing safely in Paris on the 21st. This is pretty widely known in history but what is lesser known is that two pilots took off from a Paris airfield and crossed the Atlantic Ocean 12 days before. The only difference: They have never been found. The disappearance of L'Oiseau Blanc ... Read More

Charlton Optical – an eye on service

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Charlton Optical is a full-service eyewear business striving to serve the eye care needs of Worcester County patients.  Peter Maly, R.D.O., a licensed optician since 1988, has owned and operated the business for twenty-one years, and holds thirty years of experience in the optical profession.  Peter’s specialties include working with difficult prescriptions, customizing lenses, and performing techni... Read More

Blackstone Heritage Corridor releases Earth Day Cleanup Map

Woonsocket (March 15, 2016) – In celebration of Earth Day and its Trash Responsibly™ program, Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC) contacted each community within the National Heritage Corridor to create a map of cleanup activities. After speaking with a number of town and city officials and volunteer groups, BHC discovered more than 25 cleanup events are in the works for this spring. “That’s a really healthy... Read More

George’s going strong in Mendon

By Rod Lee

Did George’s Surf n Turf really leave Providence Rd. in Linwood for Uxbridge Rd. in Mendon that long ago?

“Our twentieth season here!” George LeFrancois said on March 3rd, the second day of business in 2016n with cars pulling into the parking area right and left shortly after one o’clock in the afternoon.

“Or yesterday, depending on how you look at it,” he added.

The George’s that so many re... Read More

Craft workshops for a Joyful experience

By Rod Lee

The mere fact that Joyful Things is approaching its one-year anniversary on North Main St. in Uxbridge speaks volumes about Jamie and Joy Demers’ knack for creating an “antique/vintage/handmade” marketplace and workshop that is a different enough shopping adventure to ensure a steady stream of customers coming through the door.

The plethora of home-décor merchandise is certainly a main attraction for patr... Read More

Lowell’s Restaurant

By Magda Dakin

Whether you want to gather the family and go out for a good family dinner or enjoy a meal in a cozy pub area, a perfect place is Lowell’s Restaurant in Mendon at the Bellingham line on Route 140. The staff at Lowell’s makes you feel welcomed and appreciated from the moment you come in through the serving of your meal, each one helping to make your dining experience a pleasant one.

The well-lit dining... Read More

Choose a gym in 2016

­­­By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

2016 is well upon us.  Our New Year’s resolutions ought to be in full motion by now.  We’re supposed to look good, feel good, burn fat, and Think Positive!  We’re supposed to let the 2015 negatives roll off of us like a nasty March rain.  We’re supposed to start out fresh, forgive, and forget.


I don’t mean to sound cynical. But I’m writing about fitness,... Read More

Valley Tech Receives $407K Equipment Grant

UPTON –  A Workforce Skills Capital Grant of $407,517 will allow Blackstone Valley Tech to make state-of-the-art upgrades to several programs without increasing the school's local-taxpayer-supported budget for fiscal year 2017 (FY17).

On Thursday, February 25, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced Valley Tech as one of 35 high schools, community colleges, and vocational training providers se... Read More

Christopher Heights: Webster

Chamber Spotlight WDO

Recognizing that it’s time to leave the relative safety of the home and surroundings you’re accustomed to can be difficult, and making a different choice can be one of the most scary—and yet exciting—experiences in our lives. When you make that choice and decide to find a new home that is better suited to your current needs, Christopher Heights in Webster might be the perfect solution... Read More

ʽCurtain’ raising on a second store

By Rod Lee

If Patty Cloutier’s vision is accurate, “The Quiet Corner” of Northeast Connecticut is about to get a little noisier with the stampede of shoppers to a new Curtain Factory Outlet store opening in mid-March at 626 School St. (Rt. 44) in Putnam—across from Walmart.

  Long associated with the historic Rockdale Mill in Northbridge, Curtain Factory Outlet’s second location will build on the success of the orig... Read More