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Considering what Memorial Day means

by Ginger Costen

The television ads show people playing in swimming pools or grilling on the new super fancy barbecue. Kids splash in the lake as family and friends drive up in their new cars or campers. “Don’t miss the first big weekend of summer,” Toyota says as the red white and blue flags wave in the background and the fancy sports car zips around a curve along the coastal highway of Maine.

The print ads talk ab... Read More

Vendors can still sign up!

Shop Local & Celebrate Your “Independents”

Date: Saturday, June 7, 2014 (rain date June 14)

Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Set up: 8 a.m.

Place: Main Street & Church Street, Webster, MA

Cost: WDBA Members FREE, $10 All Others

Who: Local businesses, crafters, artists, non-profit groups, food vendors, entertainers

Vendors must bring their own table or other display setup for approximately a 6-... Read More

Auburn Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Breakfast

Scholarships awarded to local students

by Barbara Van Reed

AUBURN – It was all about education at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce's scholarship breakfast on May 21, and it started at the top, with a talk by Richard M. Freeland, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. 

Mr. Freeland gave a compelling picture of the Vision Project, which aims to take education in Massachusetts o... Read More

Wound Care Center at Harrington

National Wound Care Awareness Week is being held June 2 – June 6, 2014 in cities nationwide.

The Wound Care Center at Harrington in Charlton, a member of the Healogics network, is participating in the first Healogics National Wound Care Awareness Week from June 2 to June 6.  One of nearly 600 Healogics managed centers, The Wound Care Center at Harrington offers advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic... Read More

Ribbon Cutting for RE/MAX Professional Associates in Auburn

by Barbara Van Reed

AUBURN – RE/MAX Professional Associates opened its sixth area office with a festive grand opening celebration on Thursday, May 23, complete with friends, employees, local dignitaries, and the RE/MAX balloon.  

Lorraine Herbert founded RE/MAX Professional Associates in 1992 and has since been joined by partners Pam Crawford and Sheri Barrette.  The three owner/brokers were presented citations by r... Read More

Kleen 'n Hard Sports:

BUSINESS PROFILE

by Magda Dakin

WORCESTER - Taken from a common coaches' term when working with young hockey teams, players are encouraged to, “ Play clean and hard.”  Owner and manager of Kleen ’n Hard Sports, Mike Ciavola, was actively involved in his young son’s hockey  activities when he opened his store in 2005.  It began as a store that specialized in all phases of hockey services, cleaning, a... Read More

Daisy Print adds while-you-wait T-shirt printing

WEBSTER – Dan Marcoux, owner of Daisy Print, has a new machine in his store: an AnaJet MP5i . 

What it does, he says, is “direct-to-garment printing, which is the fastest and most effective way to transfer full-color images to T-shirts.”

The Anajet uses ink specifically made for fiber, and is a newer technology than the older thermal transfer and screen printing technicques. “It wears like a regular shirt you'd buy,... Read More

Using Basic Science to Clean

by Leslie Reichert

Greening your cleaning is twofold. It’s getting back to basics as well as using science to clean. Once you know what the basic ingredients do – you are able to become a “scientist” and mix up your own cleaners. I have a background in chemistry, yet I don’t really need that information to show you how to green your cleaning. Instead all you need to know is what each ingredient in my “basic four” will do f... Read More

Small retailers’ season to shine

by Rod Lee

The curse is lifted.

Snow, gone.

Ice, gone.

Salt and sand trucks, gone.

Television weather forecasters bearing bad news, not gone but at least tolerated.

A handful of small retailers I talked to recently are among the happiest people around now that a new morning and a more favorable climate have dawned for themselves and their customers.

Todd Willette at The Candy Shopp... Read More

Valley Friendship Tour at Alternatives

Valley Friendship Tour at Alternatives

Valley Friendship Tour, Alternatives’ annual fundraiser will be held on May 31 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, 50 Douglas Road in Whitinsville.

Since it began 29 years ago, Valley Friendship Tour has raised more than $1.6 Million in support of Alternatives’ services for individuals with disabilities in Central Massachusetts. The tour is an opportunity... Read More

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