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Countryside Seamless Rain Gutters

Story and photo b Janet Stoica

CHARLTON – Thirty years is a long time to be in the home improvement business and husband-and-wife team Bill and Kim McNeaney, owners of Countryside Seamless Rain Gutters, are very much aware of what it takes to run a successful operation.  “What started out as a company begun by Bill’s uncle in the 1970’s has blossomed into a customer base that has grown by customer referrals,” said Kim.

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Webster Lake Gifts: Holiday Gifts Amazing!

Story and photo by Janet Stoica

WEBSTER – Carla Manzi, proprietor of Webster Lake Gifts, has a business card that reads “Along the Shores of Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.”  For those of us living in the greater Webster area, we are already aware of our wonderful landmark lake with the long Indian name meaning neutral fishing grounds.   However, if you venture into Ms. Manzi’s quaint and tidy shop to v... Read More

Small Business Saturday

by Jacleen Charbonneau

Many smart shoppers are familiar with the excitement of Black Friday, awake in the early morning hours to grab the best deals of the season. Following this day, however, is Small Business Saturday, when local businesses hold special events and sales for those who shop local. Introduced by major credit card company American Express, Small Business Saturday has become known around the country, includin... Read More

A Bounce Above:

Story and photo by Janet Stoica

WEBSTER -- Selling fun for holiday and party events is what locally-owned A Bounce Above is all about.  Pedro Villegas is a most engaging business owner.  His business card reads “We Deliver Excitement” and he and his staff can readily supply the fun.  From his great smile to infectious laugh, you can’t help but want to try some of the trendy and cool creations his store has to offe... Read More

Mrs. Mack’s Bakery:

Story and photos by Magda Dakin

A Worcester tradition for 85 years, Mrs. Mack’s Bakery has been baking pies, cakes, turnovers and more for longer than most of us have been around. It began as Mrs. Mack’s Pies back in 1929, not an auspicious time to begin a business, but it thrived and became Mrs. Mack’s Bakery when they moved to the present location at 1393 Grafton Street and added a café.

The business was sta... Read More

Vampire of Foster, Rhode Island

by Thomas D’Agostino

Vampires were all the rage in New England for a little over one hundred years as documented from 1784 to 1892. Families desperate for a cure to what is now called tuberculosis turned to folklore to put a stop to what they feared was a creature of the night taking them to the grave.

Nancy Young, the oldest daughter of Levi and Annie Perkins Young, died of consumption on April 6, 1827. Her sister,... Read More

The World’s Best Christmas Gift

The Rev. Janice Ford, Rector
The Church of the Reconciliation (Episcopal)
5 North Main Street, Webster, MA

We all love getting gifts--birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, Valentine’s Day, weddings, you name it.  We have created a prolific number of occasions for us to give each other gifts in the course of our lifetime.  The idea behind gift giving is simple:  one person bestows something upon another as a mean... Read More

The Blackstone Valley Free Medical Program to close after Monday, December 8th.

The clinic was founded in January 2000, providing free medical care for fifteen years to those who were uninsured. The goal of the Free Medical Program was to provide care until people could get insured and have a Primary Care

Physician. The need for services has decreased.

 

Volunteer doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, counselors and others generously... Read More

The end of an era: Brian’s closes

by Rod Lee

There is no calculating in dollars or by any other means of measurement what the loss of Brian’s Restaurant, which closed its doors on Sunday night, October 19th, means to the town of Northbridge and the village of Linwood.
Brian Snay’s eating and drinking establishment was not just the only pub-style family dining venue of its kind for miles around, it was in a real sense the glue that held a tight-knit ne... Read More

The Phantom Dog of Fort Wetherill

by Thomas D’Agostino from Haunted Rhode Island

A demon dog is known to wander among the ruins of Fort Wetherill in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Witnesses have seen the wraith approaching them with its glowing red eyes and white fangs protruding from its gaping mouth. Whether or not those who have gazed upon the creature have met with an untimely death has not been ascertained. The origin of the dog is not clear as wel... Read More

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