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Tributes to a fallen hero

March 20th, 2016

Photo/Joyce DeWallace

All over downtown Hudson, even on the train marking the Rail Trail, volunteers have placed blue ribbons and American flags in honor of fallen State Police Trooper Thomas Clardy.

Hudson begins 150th year with family fun and fireworks

March 20th, 2016

Fireworks are displayed above Morgan Bowl.

Hudson – Recent unseasonably mild temperatures dipped March 19 when Hudson residents and guests celebrated the 150th anniversary of the town’s incorporation date outdoors at Morgan Bowl.

St. John’s falls to Cambridge Rindge & Latin in basketball title game

March 20th, 2016

Senior Adham Floyd drives toward the basket.

Springfield – When two teams collide with a combined record of 46-2 and there is a Division 1 state championship on the line, it’s safe to say that a lively evening of high school basketball is in store for an enthusiastic crowd of supporters at Springfield’s MassMutual Center.

Neither team disappointed when the teams took to the floor on March 19, but it was Eastern Mass. champion Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School coming out on top over Central Mass. titleholder St. John’s High School, 66-51, before hundreds of loyal Pioneer fans that donned the school’s traditional red colors to exhort their team on in its quest for its first state championship since 2009.

Algonquin set to play for state hockey championship

March 18th, 2016

Goalie Michael Tascione (#1) and defenseman Dennis Achkinazi (#25) scramble for a loose puck in front of the goal.

Springfield — There would be no seat-squirming, nail-biting, heart-wrenching overtime drama or white knuckles in this game for Algonquin Regional High ice hockey players, coaches and team supporters. If “mercy rule” existed in high school hockey, officials would have likely evoked it.

The Tomahawks unleashed a thunderous third-period offensive attack delivering four unanswered goals to turn a 2-1 lead into a 6-2 thrashing of Western Mass. champion Westfield High (11-11-1) on what will be a long-remembered St. Patrick’s Day at Springfield’s MassMutual Center. The Division 3 semifinal win sends the seemingly unstoppable Algonquin skaters on to Boston’s TD Garden for a first-ever state championship matchup with Eastern Mass. champion Hanover High (21-3-1) at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 20.

Project Graduation Westborough unites the community to keep teens safe

March 17th, 2016

Westborough High School 2015 graduates browse photos at last year’s event.

Westborough – The poet Mattie Stepanek once said “Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” Since 1991, such unity has achieved wonderful things for Westborough families. It has kept their teens safe on graduation night, and it has given them peace of mind. For the 26th year, Project Graduation Westborough, a nonprofit organization, is bringing together the Westborough High School community, residents and local businesses to create a fun, memorable substance- and alcohol-free graduation night celebration.

Groomed to be crowned Mr. MHS 2016

March 16th, 2016

Gathered after the pageant are (l to r) Liam Shanahan, first runner-up; Whitney Sharpe, Miss Massachusetts 2016, who served as a judge; Spencer Geary, the newly crowned Mr. MHS 2016; and Matthew Cummings, second runner-up.

Marlborough – Sixteen contestants representing classes, clubs and sports teams good-naturedly competed in categories including legs, talent, formalwear and interview at the 27th annual Mr. Marlborough High School (MHS) Pageant, presented March 11 at the 1LT. Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School Auditorium. This year’s pageant theme was “wedding,” featuring a song-and-dance number of “Marry You!”

Enjoying the nice weather

March 16th, 2016


Shrewsbury – Taking advantage of the recent warm weather, five chickens were pecking the grass in a front yard right off Main Street. Photo/Joyce DeWallace

Algonquin boys’ hockey wins in overtime thriller

March 15th, 2016

Nathan Anderson rips a slapshot from a few feet in front of the blue line.

Fitchburg — With its rich history of sports tradition, it had heretofore seemed incredulous that no ice hockey championship banner has ever hung from the rafters inside Algonquin Regional High.

But now it’s time to make way for that symbol of excellence to unfurl in the near future as the Tomahawk skaters have captured their first-ever title as Division 3 CMass champions with a grueling 2-1 overtime shootout-victory over second-seed Groton-Dunstable on March 14 at the Wallace Civic Center. The win sends the team on to a state semifinal matchup with Western Mass. champion Westfield High (11-10-1) on Thursday, March 17, at Springfield’s MassMutual Center. Puck drops at 5:30 p.m.

Marlborough boys fall to Concord-Carlisle

March 13th, 2016

Marlborough High School's Brian Short lets his foul shot fly.

Fitchburg — After competing on some of the area’s biggest stages – Springfield’s MassMutual Center and Worcester’s DCU Center – one year ago in state competition, any venue less prestigious would be considered a disappointment, Marlborough High boys varsity basketball team players admitted earlier in the season.

The 2015-2016 squad will not go that far this year as the number three-seed Panthers came out on the short end of a 41-38 decision falling to top-seed Concord-Carlisle in the Central Mass. Division 2 championship round played at Fitchburg State University on March 12. The loss ends the team’s hopes for further advancement and concludes their season with a record of 18-5.

The sweet season

March 12th, 2016

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Shrewsbury – While Jane Scheffel of Shrewsbury was out for her daily walk, she was surprised to discover two pails overflowing with maple syrup right on North Street. Photo/Joyce DeWallace

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