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Signature Finishes

NORTH GRAFTON – Ever envied a piece off lovely, unique hand-painted vintage or antique furniture?  If so, there’s now a place in North Grafton where you can make it your own.

Maureen Bane opened Signature Finishes at 202 Worcester Street in September, after several years of selling her painted furniture at antique malls in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The new store specializes in restored vintag... Read More

Hometown Bank to repeat popular coin appraisal

OXFORD -  Hometown Bank is going to help you answer that question with free, verbal coin and paper money appraisals scheduled for three of their branch offices in March.

Based on the popularity of similar sessions held late last year at a number of locations, coin appraisal experts from Lisi & Lisi Coin will be available at three additional Hometown Bank offices on March 14-19, 2014 to offer a free verbal appraisal of... Read More

Chili-Cook-off warms you toward spring!

On Sunday, March 2 from 12-2 p.m. is the 3rd Annual Chili Cook Off at Isador's Organics located at 261 Main Street in Oxford. All proceeds benefit the Hand Fruit Program which brings fresh organic fruit to local elementary schools in Webster, Dudley & Oxford. This year's event is once again co-sponsored by Commerce Bank in Webster.

On Saturday, April 26 we will be the Annual Earth Day cleanup in the Webster/Dudley area... Read More

Harbro Auto #1 Used Car Dealer for 5th year

WHITINSVILLE, MA –On January 26, 2014 at the NADA National Convention, Harbro Auto Sales & Service reached a landmark when they were honored with the state award for the 2014 Dealer of the Year in the Used-Car segment by* Harbro is a part of an exclusive group of dealers who have won 5 consecutive years in a row at the state level. In Massachusetts Harbro Auto is the only dealer that has achieved this in the... Read More

Blackstone Valley Music

UXBRIDGE – Doug Williamson celebrated two occasions on February 2: his birthday and the fifth anniversary of his music instruction studio, Blackstone Valley Music.

A guitar teacher by training, Doug purchased The Gig Stop music store five years ago and changed its name and focus from instrument sales to music lessons.  

Visiting with Doug on a recent Saturday morning, his enthusiasm for the students and all things m... Read More

Behind the Business: of Giving

by Sheryl Corriveau

WHITINSVILLE - This interview was inspired by discovering how so many local people in the community have been coming together toward a common goal of giving.  Since 2003, The Peace of Bread Community Kitchen has been serving free, nutritious dinners in an atmosphere of community fellowship.  Volunteers from several community churches, organizations, and businesses like Unibank, serve the dinners on a ro... Read More

Need a summer fix?

by M. Dakin

It’s winter, it’s cold, and it seems like a long way away from summer. The days are getting a little longer but unless you have a Happy Light or take mini-vacations in a tanning booth it’s hard to get the fresh summer fix we love. That is, until you step through the doors of the Whittier Farms retail farm store. If the warm friendly atmosphere of this family owned and operated business wasn’t enough, the large... Read More

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 residenti... Read More

Caissie named Elected Woman of Excellence

BOSTON – Governor’s Councillor and Former Oxford Selectwoman Jennie Caissie has been named an Elected Woman of Excellence by the National Foundation for Women Legislators, announced Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge. Moore nominated Caissie for the national accolade.

“I was pleased to nominate Councillor Caissie for the Elected Woman of Excellence award because of her efforts in state and local government,” said Moore. “Wh... Read More

House of Wheels is Rock 'n Road-ing

AUBURN – House of Wheels has changed it's name to Rock 'n Road Outfitters to better reflect all the vehicle accessories and performance products it offers in addition to wheels and tires.

Manager Nancy Pratt tells us the name change came about because “our customers brought to our attention that the House of Wheels name didn't give them any idea of all we did, that we just sold wheels and tires. That was true at one time –... Read More