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SpencerBANK and Southbridge Savings Bank merger of holding companies approved

May 31st, 2016

Region – SpencerBANK, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Spencer MHC and Southbridge Savings Bank, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Green Valley Bancorp, MHC, have agreed to combine their two mutual holding companies under the name SSB Community Bancorp MHC. Spencer Mid-tier Holding Company and Green Valley Bancorp, Inc., the subsidiary mid-tier holding companies of Spencer MHC and Green Valley Bancorp, MHC, respectively, will also combine under the name SSB Community Bancorp Inc. in connection with the merger. The merger is expected to be completed on May 31, 2016.

UMass Medical School to hold women’s health event

May 31st, 2016

Worcester – On Saturday, June 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., UMass Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester will be hosting a Women’s Health & Wellness Event. Offerings will include free health screenings, and health and wellness presentations. Free parking and shuttle services will be available. Childcare will also be available at no cost.

Avidia Bank initiates wellness programs for employees

May 31st, 2016

Avidia employees participate in physical activities, such as community walks and road races.
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Region – Avidia Bank, a $1.3 billion community bank based in Hudson, has made considerable strides regarding its employees’ overall wellness. During the beginning of 2016, the Human Resources Department held a “Biggest Loser” competition where they asked employees to create teams and help each other reach their weight loss goals over the course of three months. They had 76 participants which is 37 percent of the bank’s employees. Overall, employees who participated lost a total of 574.3 pounds or 7.5 pounds per participant.

Author of ‘Still Alice’ to appear at educational forum

May 25th, 2016

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Region – Lisa Genova, Ph.D., author of New York Times Bestselling book “Still Alice,” is appearing at Mechanics Hall at the Notre Dame Health Care Annual Educational Forum Thursday, June 9, at 4:30 p.m. “Still Alice” is the fictional account of Dr. Alice Howland’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease and was the basis for the Oscar award-winning film.

Assabet Valley Chamber hosts networking event

May 24th, 2016

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Stow – Jonathan Esteves (r ), the young proprietor of his own lawn business, poses for a photo with Dave Rykbost of Dave’s Landscape Management Company. The two were enjoying a morning of networking at the May 20 Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Coffee Connections held at Star Custom Framers in Stow.  Approximately 66 chamber […]

Echobrook Nursery offers affordable, professional garden and landscape design service

May 23rd, 2016

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“Our selection of annuals is impressive. We carry everything, including the unique and hard to find varieties. We sell annuals from local growers and Proven Winner, with new varieties such as mini-wave petunias,” said Francine Shear, who has owned Echobrook Nursery with her husband, Howard, for 18 years. They started the garden center after being in the landscape business since 1975.

May 13 – Your Community Advocate – Focusing on life up and down Route 9

May 15th, 2016

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The Community Advocate is now partnering with Charter TV3  in Worcester to produce a new cable feature – “Your Community Advocate – Focusing on life up and down Route 9.” Every week, the 90-second spot will feature either Publisher David Bagdon or Managing Editor Bonnie Adams profiling three of the newspaper’s top stories.  The feature […]

Three towns hold annual elections

May 10th, 2016

Region – Low voter turnout was reported as three local towns held their annual town elections May 9.

In Southborough, there were two contested races. Stephen Morreale received 493 votes to win the position of moderator defeating Desiree Aselbekian who received 182 votes and William J. Boland, who received 161 votes. Meme Lutrell defeated Craig Nicholson, 561-272, for a seat on the Planning Board.

CARE Laser to hold open house May 18

May 9th, 2016

Region – CARE Laser will hold an open house Wednesday, May 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring authors Maureen Letendre and Kathy Ekdahl, who will read an excerpt from their new book “Today’s Superwoman…What to Do When Your Cape is at the Cleaners.” Guests will receive one free treatment (call to reserve a spot), 65 percent off any treatment packages purchased at the event, $10 per unit Botox special, chances to win prizes, and refreshments.

Local choral concert to benefit displaced families

May 9th, 2016

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Shrewsbury – Assabet Valley Mastersingers will present two compositions new to this area in a concert titled “Songs of Hope and Consolation” Saturday, May 14, at 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury.

Artistic Director Robert Eaton will lead the chorus and chamber orchestra in a program featuring “Requiem for the Living” by Dan Forrest, described as “a fresh and inspiring perspective on life, love, loss, and renewal.”

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