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Oxford Fall Festival: A day for fun and food

Oxford’s Annual Fall Festival will be a kid’s dream come true, with opportunities to meet Cinderella or Darth Vader and the Storm Trooper, clown around with Lisa, be awed by Mr. Magic, and laugh with the puppets.

The Home Depot will be back this year with a no-charge workshop for kids - last year store personnel brought 400 hundred kits for kids to make small items like cars and birdhouses, and every one of them was built.... Read More

Pete’s Tire keeps rolling along

By Janet Stoica

Pete Bannister is a tire expert. He’s been installing, aligning, balancing, and selling them at his 471 South Main Street location in Webster for 27 years. And after speaking with several of the customers who stopped in the day I was there, it’s plain to see why he’s been such a success.  Pete is personable, listens to his customers’ needs, and then recommends the type of tire or service that will suit them... Read More

The Ghostly Fog Horn of Baker’s Island

By Thomas D’Agostino

The many islands off the coast of New England have been the setting for some of the most intriguing tales. From buried treasure to ghosts of pirates and beyond, the stories are endless. Baker’s Island, located about six miles from the shores of Salem, Massachusetts, has several stories relating to ghosts and the like. Here is one of them. 

The Baker’s Island Light has a foghorn that seems to hav... Read More

Grafton’s Business Scene

by Christine Galeone

Helen Keller once wrote “Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadow.”  While there are many opportunities to literally do so this month, many Grafton businesses are also spreading sunshine in different ways. From North Grafton to South Grafton, businesses have been preparing for some great sales and giving back to the community.

One of those businesses is Perreault Nur... Read More

Eclectic Annie’s makes a move to Whitinsville

By Carl Achin

Eclectic Annie’s, an antique, collectible and thrift store, has moved from Uxbridge Center to Route 122 in Whitinsville, near Sundeen Furniture. They opened their doors to the public on July 15 at the new location.

The owner, Annie Bonadei, described the store as being “a fun place to shop and look around that has something for everybody.” When asked about what got her into the business she said that “... Read More

King of the road--and the garage

If the motorcycle gods in their infinite wisdom were limited to selecting one last person for sainthood based upon his or her loyalty to the biker life it might be an affable, gray-bearded sixty-four year-old veteran mechanic named Bill Gifford.

They would find him in a dingy, grimy two-bay garage on Church St. in Whitinsville, a place he describes as “a walk back in time.” He would be almost indistinguishable in his blue... Read More

Rabies in New England a serious issue

By Dr. Kelly Wolfensen Guay

Please don't blow off your veterinarian's recommendation to keep your pets' rabies vaccination status up-to-date.  Rabies is almost 100% fatal in humans if not caught right away.  It is estimated by the World Health Organization that 55,000 deaths occur world-wide from rabies.  In New England, the most common vectors, or carrier species, of animals are bats, raccoons, skunks, foxes, and coyotes.... Read More

Whitin Community Center announces new executive director

WHITINSVILLE-- The Whitin Community Center (WCC) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that it has unanimously chosen Heather Elster as the new executive director.

Heather has worked for the WCC for over 8 years and has had much experience with many facets of the Center, located at 60 Main Street.  She began as Director of Marketing and Development, was then promoted to Vice President of Operations and most recently to... Read More

Indian Ranch Summer Brewfest-- August 22

WEBSTER  – On Saturday, August 22, New England’s beer enthusiasts will come together at Indian Ranch once again to sample some of the best local, regional, national and international beers, micro-brews, craft beers and malt beverages available. Attendees will enjoy delicious food, live music and beach games on the shores of Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.

The local Massachusetts brewery scene will be we... Read More

History of the Sitkowski School Apartments

By Janet Stoica

WEBSTER -  The Webster Town Hall was built in 1903 with a building addition completed in 1927 for Webster High School, soon to be renamed Bartlett High School in honor of Captain Amos Bartlett, a Civil War veteran and local resident.  The high school graduated 50 years’ worth of local students, the last graduates being the Class of 1978.

In 1979, a new Bartlett High School was opened near Lake Parkwa... Read More