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Hometown Bank Announces Appointments and Promotions

OXFORD, MA – Hometown Bank has announced the following promotions and appointments, according to Vice President of Human Resources Norma Collins:

Vice President of Retail Kathryn Latour, who has managed the Bank’s Sturbridge branch off... Read More

Bradley Theater auditions announced

Nunsense

Sunday, February 8th, 6:00 - 8:00PM

Monday, February 9th, 6:30 - 8:30PM

Roles available for 5 multitalented actresses and singers ages 18 and older

Sister Mary Regina - Mother Superior

Sister Mary Hubert - Mistress of the Novices

Sister Robert Anne - streetwise tough nun from Brooklyn

Sister Mary Amnesia - very sweet nun, lost her memory

Sister Mary Leo - Young novi... Read More

Quinebaug Valley Singers begin spring season

All enthusiastic singers, whether new to QVS or QVS veterans, are encouraged to participate in this gala season.  This year QVS celebrates the beginning of their second decade under the direction of Nym Cooke.   The repertory for this concert  was chosen by the singers in a process of online voting from among the 130+ pieces performed at the spring concerts over the past ten years.  These “choice” selections wil... Read More

Call for grant applications

The Janet Malser Humanities Trust is accepting applications for the 2015 grant cycle. Ms. Malser set up the charitable Trust in order to support the arts and humanities, community service and conservation in the towns of Dudley, Oxford, and Webster, MA.

The causes for which funding will be considered include: “the restoration and preservation of historic sites; the furtherance of art and music in the schools, both public a... Read More

The Spa at Whitinsville Wellness Center

WHITINSVILLE – The Spa at Whitinsville Wellness Center invites customers and community to help them celebrate the first year in their new location at 1271 Providence Road, on the second floor of the Milford Federal Savings & Loan building.

Owner and manager Robin Allen said attendees will have the opportunity to tour the facilities, meet the staff, and learn about the many services they offer, such as yoga, meditation,... Read More

Webster parish offers free dinner to veterans

Late last year the Church of the Reconciliation, an Episcopal parish in Webster, felt called to begin an outreach to veterans in the Webster-Dudley-Oxford area.  The goal was to honor their service, but also to create opportunities for those who might like to have serious conversations about their service time--the challenges and concerns that may have surfaced since leaving active duty.   

The Rev. Janice Ford, Rector of... Read More

Family Fuel: today’s price is--

DOUGLAS – It was the day before Christmas and the weather was cold and rainy. But for hundreds of travelers along Route 16 in Douglas the day came with a special surprise:  the gas price sign at Family Fuels at 63 Main Street read $1.99 per gallon.  

Ray Whitehead, owner of the full-service gas station and convenience store, said he lowered the price of gas on Christmas Eve Day from the previous day’s $2.49 as a thank you... Read More

7 ways to love your pets

By Dr. Kelly Wolfenson Guay

And so our thoughts turn to spring's arrival, and love.  Here are tips on how to best love your pet and make caring for your furry friends a year-round valentine.

  1. Quality food makes a huge difference in our pets' health, skin, coat, and even stool quality.  Many pets develop allergies at any age to many common ingredients found in commercial pet foods.  Chicken, beef, and wheat are c... Read More

Peking Garden

Business Profile by Magda Dakin

SUTTON - Is Chinese food on New Year’s Eve a tradition in your family? Was it as good this year as you thought it would be?  At the Peking Garden, New Year’s Eve was, as we say in New England, “wicked busy.”  Owner and Chef Jian Lin said: “We have so many loyal customers who come back week after week and especially for their special occasions.” On New Year’s Eve a handwritten note on the doo... Read More

Oh the places you’ll go!

“When I started working as a travel agent twenty years ago I had to write out the tickets by hand,” says Mary Anne Fontaine. “It was awful, awful, awful.”

Professional travel agents have weathered a lot of changes in their industry in the last few decades, not the least of them that many web-savvy travelers consider agent roles obsolete in light of online ticket bookings.

However, as global travel becomes more compl... Read More

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