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Oh Christmas Tree

by Barbara Van Reed

For many people the Christmas spirit includes the feel and fragrance of a genuine tree, whether pre-cut, potted, or chosen and cut at a local tree farm. Sure, artificial Christmas trees come close to being perfect, but it's in a plastic, manufactured world. Although statistics show that more than eighty percent of trees displayed at Christmas will be artificial, close to twenty percent of us are willing... Read More

Lucy Keyes, The Lost Girl Of Wachusett

This story is an abridged version from Tom and Arlene's new book “Legends, Folklore and Secrets of New England,” published by History Press.

by Thomas D’Agostino and Arlene Nicholson

As the shadows grow long and darkness begins to cover the hillside of Wachusett Mountain, an eerie voice calling out “Lucy, Luuuucyyy!” can be heard beckoning in the night air. It is the desperate call for a little girl... Read More

Mount Moosilauke’s Eternal Wanderer

Flashes of lightning steak across the peaks as the pelting rain and thunder make it impossible to talk at less than a shout. The Ravine Lodge sways in the heavy wind as the mountain storm takes on full fury. As the flashes of light illuminate the mountain, a human form is spied flitting among the trees and brush. It is the perennial figure that is still spied along the peaks and fissures near Benton, New Hampshire, a man named Dr... Read More

Oxfords Casual Dining

OXFORD – On a recent rainy Friday night, the lounge at Oxfords Casual Dining was a welcoming place. The bar was mostly full, but there was enough space for us to sit and order a drink while waiting for a table. While the lounge is dimly lit, the bottles and glasses and brushed copper bar just sparkled. The beers on tap were Wachusetts Blueberry and Blue Moon Belgian. The featured drinks included mudslides and mango mai tais.  Oxf... Read More

Oxford Lions donate to food shelf

Continuing a long tradition of charitable giving, the Oxford Lions club at a recent meeting presented a check to representatives of the Oxford Food Shelf in the amount of $2000.00.

Funds for the donation were raised at various Lions fundraisers held in the community. Through the generosity of these local churches, area businesses, the general public and organizations such as the Lions the Food shelf has assisted Oxford res... Read More

Fins & Tales

by a Yankee diner

There are two stories here: the restoration of the historic Delahanty Building, and the genesis of Fins and Tales, a wonderful upscale restaurant specializing in seafood. You can't help but be impressed with both.

Located at 858 Main Street in Southbridge, the brick building is in the Gothic Victorian style and dates from 1878. It served first as the Alden dry goods business and th... Read More

View From the Sidelines

Greetings sports fans! By the time most of you read this column, the high school sports season will be over for all the local teams and before you know it basketball and indoor track will be underway.

It was quite a high school football season for the local teams and both Shepherd Hill and Bartlett made it to their respective division finals.

Shepherd Hill appeared to be on their way to another Gillette stadium supe... Read More

Holiday book gift ideas

What could be better than a meaningful book for a gift? You can find something for practically everyone on your list-family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc. Every subject under the sun is out there. Here are some suggestions to get you started.

For the fiction lover: Fall always brings plenty of new releases from favorite authors, and this year is no different. The First Phone Call from Heaven... Read More

The end of life in the fat lane

Three years ago I took the first step towards having Gastric Bypass surgery; on October 29th I had that operation.

The surgery lasted a little over five hours and when I woke up in the recovery room I was sure I’d been hit six times in my abdomen by a Plymouth hood ornament. For the first 24 hours I kept asking myself, “What have you done?” But as the anesthesia wore off and the pain meds took the edge off the procedure, I... Read More

Chain of Lights holiday tradition continues in Sutton and Millbury

Sutton's Chain of Lights Christmas-time tradition continues in good form this season, with a full day of festivities on Saturday, December 7, along with a Santa parade through Manchaug the night before. Millbury's Chain of Lights takes place the following day, Sunday, December 8, and while it promises to be a fun-filled event, its road to realization this year was rocky.

Gary Vaillancourt, owner of Vaill... Read More

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