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Chuck's Steak House:

by a Yankee diner

AUBURN – When I mentioned to a colleague my plan to review Chuck's Steak House, her face lit up and she said “I love that place, especially the salad bar with the onion soup.”

She's not alone. Chuck's is a popular place and on a recent Saturday evening we had to wait to be seated. It was just a short wait, though, and the lounge, with it's large bar,  fireplace, hand-painted murals, and pool table... Read More

Grocery Saga--revisited

by Ginger Costen

As a journalist, my first obligation is to present our readers with reliable and accurate facts written in a meaningful context. This “journalistic truth” is a process that begins with the professional discipline of assembling and verifying facts.

My first obligation as an equally devoted wife is to listen and never question what my husband is telling me, especially since he was born, raised and nev... Read More

Up and Running Technology:

by Becky Harvey

OXFORD - The world of computers and technology is one in which the landscape is always changing.  Things are fast paced and ever-reconfiguring, so it is nice when a local business that deals with these technologies is able to get a strong foothold and keep up with the moving times.  Up and Running Technology of Oxford is one of these small businesses that has been able to create a real place for itself.  Ow... Read More

Christopher Heights:

by Ginger Costen

Their website is full of bright colored photos showing seniors playing games, gardening, socializing and in general, having a good time. But what it doesn’t show is the incredible level of love, concern and respect that each staff member brings to work with them every day at the Christopher Heights in Webster. From the laughter in the “Klondike’s Pub” to the warmth from the fireplace in the waiting a... Read More

The Fishman?

by Melissa Dumont

The Fishman: that’s what he calls his business, but the services offered by Rich Chiras of Northbridge are much more extensive than that. It’s true he started with creating and maintaining aquariums, and at one time had over 500 clients, but he has intentionally reduced that number somewhat. “I wanted to spend more time with my wife,” he says, “and as you can imagine, with that many clients all over New E... Read More

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 DealerRater.com.* 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

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