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‘Chief Joseph’ embodies spirit of giving

December 6th, 2016


Shrewsbury – According to Ellen Dolan, director of the Shrewsbury Public Library, Robert “Chief Joseph” Terkanian is one of the most generous and humble people she knows. Terkanian has just put the finishing touches on the landscaping, sculpture and art he donated to the newly renovated and expanded library building and grounds.

Interfaith walkers continue to fight hunger near and far

December 6th, 2016

Westborough – You are probably already aware of the positive impact walking can have on your health. Among other things, it can lower your blood pressure, lower your anxiety, increase your energy and help you to maintain a healthy weight. But did you know that by taking a walk, you could improve the health of others as well?

Second annual Farmers Market benefits Shrewsbury Public Schools’ Colonial Fund

December 6th, 2016

Melisa Hollenback (left), Shrewsbury Farmer’s Market founder - with Bonnie Combs, marketing director of the Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. - holds a reusable bag that she created out of animal feed bags.

Shrewsbury – On a beautiful and unseasonably warm afternoon, Nov. 19, Shrewsbury Farmer’s Market teamed up with Shrewsbury Public Schools’ Colonial Fund for the second year by co-sponsoring a Farmer’s Market and Artisans Fair at Sherwood Middle School.

Grafton DeMolay chapter offers outlet for male youth

December 6th, 2016

DeMolay members and leaders: (back, l to r) Colin Lynch, CJ Aker, Paul Howarth, Hunter Gordon, Justin Cargill, chapter advisor Don Cargill, (center) John Girard, Nathan Burdzel, Sam Meade, advisor Craig Cargill, (front) Donovan Cargill, Ian Gordon, Alex Zucker, Gary Watson Jr., Kyle Cook and Teodor Nicola of Romanian DeMolay


Grafton – A nonprofit youth service organization for preteen boys and young men based at the Franklin Masonic Lodge in North Grafton is overseen by two men with 30 years of experience with DeMolay. Serving since the founding of the Benjamin Franklin DeMolay (BFD) chapter are Michael Leonard as chair and Don Cargill as advisor. They first met while participating in DeMolay during their youth, Cargill noted.

Mary A. Marinelli, 97, of Marlborough

December 5th, 2016


Marlborough – Mary A. (Taft) Marinelli, 97, of Marlborough, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at Marie Esther Health Center, Marlborough. Born in Marlborough, the daughter of the late Lena (Taft) Brown, Mrs. Marinelli was the wife of the late James V. Marinelli, to whom she had been married for 69 years at the time his […]

Gilbert T. Durand, 93, of Marlborough

December 5th, 2016


Marlborough – Gilbert T. Durand, 93, of Marlborough, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at the Reservoir, Marlborough. Born in Brockton, he was the son of the late Placide F. and Irene A. (Gilbert) Durand and the husband of the late Antoinette (Trotta) Durand. Mr. Durand had been employed at the former General Motors Company, Framingham, […]

Todd A. Miller, 51, of Westborough

December 5th, 2016

Westborough – Todd A. Miller, 51, of Westborough, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. He was the husband of Nermina (Pasic) Miller. Born in Parkersburg, W.V., he was the son of the late Clifford William and Barbara (Craig) Miller. Todd spent the majority of his childhood in Tampa, Fla. He then relocated to Tallahassee, […]

Theresa M. St. Onge, 86, of Shrewsbury

December 5th, 2016


Shrewsbury – Theresa M. “Tree” (Schiavone) St. Onge, 86, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016 in St. Francis Rehab & Nursing Center with her family by her side. She leaves her husband, Alfred M. St. Onge; a daughter Cheryl A. St. Onge of Shrewsbury; a son, Barry St Onge of Shrewsbury; a brother, Leo […]

Downtown Hudson expands 14th annual Holiday Stroll

December 5th, 2016


Hudson – Over 30 businesses and nonprofit organizations extended season’s greetings Dec. 3 at the 14th annual Hudson Downtown Holiday Stroll. Some new businesses joined established mainstays to geographically expand this year’s celebration.

Kids enjoy a visit with ‘Caring Santa’

December 4th, 2016

Jacob Manucci plays with a car while Santa looks on.

Marlborough – Meeting Santa Claus can be an exciting but scary thing for a child. And for a child with special needs, that experience, combined with the noise and bustle of a busy mall, can be truly overwhelming.

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