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Carol goes “Country”

by Rod Lee

As if one of New England’s most adored and picturesque town commons is not reason enough to love Grafton, there are the commercial ventures sprinkled like “Jimmies” on an ice-cream cone around its outer rim.

None has a more sterling reputation than the Grafton Country Store, at 2 Central Square.

Built in 1806 by Jonathan Wheeler Jr. and originally known as “the Green House,” the wood-frame structur... Read More

Shakespeare Club Sets New Season

This year marks the 26th season of the Shakespeare Club of Grafton, a group dedicated to the reading and studying of the Bard’s works.  Its KickOff Meeting will be held on Monday, September 8, at 7:30 pm at the Brigham Hill Community Barn on Wheeler Road in North Grafton.  Anyone interested is encouraged to come to this first meeting of the season, meet its members and look into its activities.

The Shakespeare Club of Graf... Read More

Leicester Country Club:

by Magda Dakin 

When you think of a Country Club you may think stuffy, expensive, old, etc.  But not so when you visit the Leicester Country Club.  Perfectly manicured greens and lawns, neat white carts, freshly surfaced parking areas and a friendly, classy entrance to the main function rooms are what greet you when you enter the club.  Although it started out as a great place to golf at reasonable rates, it’s also become... Read More

Ed Stearns Dressed Meats

by Magda Dakin

You might drive past this funky looking building on Route 169 in Charlton many times and wonder what it is and what does it have to do with the Stearns Meat sign nearby.   Rick Stearns, co-owner of Ed Stearns Dressed Meats, happily explains that all the signs and colorful art work on the outside of the building were created for their favorite local cause, “Relay for Charity.”  He says, “We’ve put all this wo... Read More

Pools & Cues and Spas Too

by Magda Dakin

AUBURN - If pool or pools are in your  present or future, there is only one place you need to go. Whether it’s a refreshingly inviting swimming pool for summer, or a beautiful pool table to while away the winter hours, or a stunning hot tub on the deck outside your bedroom door, or you need a fancy new pool cue for your game, or need pointers on your dart game,  Pools & Cues & Spas, Too will have an... Read More

Alternatives’ Valley Friendship Tour Breaks Fundraising Records

Molly Hollibaugh was only 11 years old the first time she participated in Alternatives’ Valley Friendship Tour and the 25 mile bicycle ride she took alongside her father was pretty challenging for a child. Through the years, Molly has returned to the Tour, Alternatives’ signature fundraising event, many times and this year was no exception. Of course, as an adult, the 25-mile ride she completed seems a little more manageable but,... Read More

Family Medicine Physician Shannon Short, D.O., Joins Harrington in Brimfield

BRIMFIELD – Shannon Short, D.O., a Family Medicine physician, is joining Harrington HealthCare System. Dr. Short, who is Board Certified in Family Medicine, will work in the Harrington Physician Services office at 255 E. Old Sturbridge Road in Brimfield, where she joins Thomas R. Clay, D.O., James Goodwin, M.D., and Kimberly Vetal, N.P.

For more information or to book an appointment with Dr. Short, please... Read More

Webster Lake hydroplane race is cancelled

WEBSTER – It's official, the 4th Annual Thunder on the Lake hydroplane race will not happen. The primary sponsor for the event, the American Canadian Hydroplane Association (ACHA), withdrew its support for the Webster race last week after losing money in races earlier this season.

In its official statement the ACHA said “over the past few years the organization, through its budget for the development of sites, has offered... Read More

Harrington launches portal

SOUTHBRIDGE -- Harrington HealthCare System has launched a patient portal that will allow patients to review their medical summary, including latest test results, their allergy list, and medication information online.

The Harrington Hospital Patient Portal, using FollowMyHealth, is available to patients through the Harrington Hospital website (www.harringtonhospi... Read More

Indian Princess move to Webster delayed by CT State Police

The Indian Princess paddle wheel boat had been scheduled to continue its journey to Indian Ranch at Webster Lake last night (Monday) after a layover at the Rhode Island/Connecticut border to allow for  inspection by the Connecticut State Police. The State Police asked for some modifications to the rigging, thus delaying the move.

Indian Princess owner Chris Robert said that those requirements are now being implemented and... Read More

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