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What is a Naloxone Rescue Kit?

Currently hundreds of pharmacies across Massachusetts carry something known as a Naloxone Rescue Kit.  At many locations these can be obtained without a prescription due to something known as a “standing order.”  The pharmacy that I personally manage has these kits available for any patients who request one.  They save lives, as attested to by many news stories like the one a few days ago about a New York City police off... Read More

Fridays at Indian Ranch continue June 10 with Jimmy Dunn

Celebrating 70 years, Indian Ranch in Webster, MA announced a new weekly series, Fridays at Indian Ranch, to take place in their banquet hall starting in June and running through September. On June 10th, Indian Ranch hosts a night of comedy with Jimmy Dunn and special guests Graig Murphy and Mike Whitman. Tickets are on-sale now at, or by calling 1-800-514-ETIX (3849).... Read More

A drum roll as Indian Ranch celebrates a 70th

By Rod Lee

The Mychael David Project will help kick off Indian Ranch’s 70th-anniversary season on June 3rd with a brand-new “every Friday” feature that draws on the ingredient on which the venue built its reputation as an entertainment force in the region in the first place: country music.

But 2016’s Indian Ranch is about much more than the name artists from that medium who have graced its stage over the years; perf... Read More

AAA Self Storage

By Magda Dakin

There’s a great new place to store your valuables in the Millbury area: the large sprawling red brick buildings that used to house NE High Carbon Wire years ago. The buildings, located at 54 Howe Ave, have been beautifully maintained and the AAA Self Storage units inside are newly constructed, safe, secure, temperature-controlled and extremely convenient places to bring your “stuff.” 

If your house is... Read More

Jeff D. Helgerson Excavating and Septic – for a clean and healthy system

By Magda Dakin

CHARLTON - Jeff Helgerson loves to go to work every morning. Who wouldn’t if you get to play with all those big boy toys and trucks every day, the ultimate fantasy growing up. But it’s more than that. Jeff enjoys giving his customers his best and welcomes each day as an opportunity to do just that - fix problems, find solutions and ultimately be proud of the result. 

Jeff D Helgerson began his excavat... Read More

Harvest Moon hosts health fair June 11 in Putnam

Many of Harvest Moon Health Food’s neighbors in the Colonial Plaza office condo complex on Route 21 in Putnam, Connecticut, offer health-related services, giving rise to the idea of a joint outdoor health fair.

People are coming and going here in the plaza all the time,” said Linda Tagg, owner of Harvest Moon. “We share [business] cards and support each other’s businesses.  That’s what gave me the idea to... Read More

Blackstone Valley Art Association events in June

The BVAA will be participating in the second Friend's of Sutton Library's Art Festival on Sutton Common. It will be held June 4th. Look for our two tents; we will be showing scenes of Sutton. Some will be from photo shoots and plein-air sessions held throughout the town of Sutton.  A plein-air training session was held May 21st at Shaw Farm in Sutton, lead by Gerard Blouin, sponsored in part by the Sutton Cultural Council.

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Young businessman surprises himself with sales, smiles, and success at Yankee Flea Market

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Mike Walker had “zero intention” to be a flea-marketer. Yet he’s taken over a business originally run by his father that he “absolutely loves” and has caught on like a contagious bargain.   Nearly one hundred sixty vendor spaces stretch across 10,000 square feet at the Yankee Flea Market, located on 1311 Park Street in Palmer.

“The business began in December of 2010. We start... Read More

Auburn aglow over the new Pakachoag

By Rod Lee

Any doubts about whether the town of Auburn is serious in turning Pakachoag Golf Course into “a valuable municipal asset” upon taking over all operations, management and maintenance of the 54-acre complex on January 1st are swept away with one visit.

The place looks that good. Business is brisk. Golfers are singing Pakachoag’s praises. Spirits were effusive at a grand reopening and ribbon-cutting for the... Read More

Boys and girls, start your gravity-powered bid for glory

By Rod Lee

The 120th edition of Charlton’s wildly popular Old Home Day may be more than three months away but the early buzz for the many components of the celebration, including the Soap Box Derby, is stronger than ever.

“It’s a big event, the highlight of our year,” Kathleen Walker, who chairs the Old Home Day Committee, said.

Already loaded with such staple features as a road race, a parade, fireworks, a c... Read More