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Valley Vibes

Grafton Flea is the place to be

by Rod Lee

If ever further proof was needed that the Grafton Flea Market is one of the Blackstone Valley’s most venerated institutions, one need only have visited on a Sunday morning in late June, as we did.

On the sprawling grounds situated along Rt. 140 we immediately struck up a conversation with Jonathan Giantz of Cranston, Rhode Island who was selling rope and bungee cord. Mr. Giantz is one of the Grafton Flea’s new vendors.

Wallis Cove: Good as gold

by Rod Lee

The three secluded cabins set off an obscure and rustic road marked by a sign on a tree that reads “Owl crossing” don’t begin to tell the story of Wallis Cove, which is celebrating a 50th anniversary this year.

Neither does the pristine 216-acre Whitin Reservoir with its sandy beach, great bass fishing and pit for bonfires.

Neither does the opportunity that is always available for a guest-house rental for the perfect lakeside setting for casual weddings, corporate planning sessions, birthday parties and family reunions.

Lean, Green and supreme

It must seem like an optical illusion, all of those “Marty Green Properties” for-sale signs in front of or on the sides of buildings throughout the Blackstone Valley—and beyond.

Surely there are those who have asked themselves, in seeing this blitz of red, white and blue advertising placards, “how on earth can one man, one company, seemingly have such a grip on the business of marketing commercial, industrial and residential property?” Not to mention having more than just a big toe stuck in the waters of property management?