Business Briefs, Feb. 24 edition


Museum of Russian Icons collection largest of its kind in North America

Explore the Museum of Russian Icons collection of more than 500 Russian icons and artifacts. The collection is the largest of its kind in North America, and one of the largest private collections outside Russia. Spanning six centuries, the collection includes important historical paintings dating from the earliest periods of icon “writing” to the present. The museum, founded in 2006 as a nonprofit educational institution by Massachusetts industrialist and art collector Gordon B. Lankton, is located at 203 Union St. in Clinton.


Tower Hill to hold annual Winter Carnival

Despite what seems to be, so far, a mostly snowless winter, Tower Hill Botanic Garden will hold its first annual Winter Carnival Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All kinds of activities will delight children and families of all ages, including indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts, live alpacas from Great Rock Alpacas of Barre, outdoor winter games, ice sculpture demonstrations by Rhode Island artist Sean Harrington, guided walks focused on finding animal tracks, spotting winter birds, and identifying trees in winter. Children’s crafts and a Music Together Family “Jingle Jam” will round out the day. Admission to the carnival is included with regular admission. Tower Hill is located at 11 French Dr., Boylston. Visit for more information.


DreamStar Dance Supply announces new location

Business Briefs, Feb. 24 edition
Sheila Ferraiulo, owner. Photo/Submitted

In commemoration of its five-year anniversary and in continued effort to bring you the best shopping experience possible, DreamStar Dance Supply is moving to Olde Shrewsbury Village, 1000 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury. Enjoy the bigger and better space, new merchandise, and longer store hours. DreamStar Dance Supply carries everything you need for dance, theater, gymnastics, ballroom, and cheer. Follow them on Facebook for weekly updates on the new store or visit for more information. Also, Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., join in for a grand re-opening celebration, with free giveaways, raffles and refreshments.


Edward Jones to hold Business Owner Solutions presentation

You’se invited to a Business Owner Solutions presentation Tuesday, March 13, starting at 6 p.m., in the Edward Jones office at 367 West Main St., Northborough. Financial advisors Barbara Cantwell and Jason Hicklen will discuss important investment strategies. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to register, call 508-393-2255.


Helen Miller named WEA Executive of the Year

Business Briefs, Feb. 24 edition

The Worcester Executives Association (WEA) presented Berlin resident Helen Miller (pictured, left) with the WEA Executive of the Year award at their Annual Dinner, held Jan. 28 at Leo’s Ristorante in Worcester. The award recognizes the recipient’s unwavering commitment of time, energy, enthusiasm and dedicated service as an active representative of their company to the Worcester Executives Association. Miller is president of Miller and Associates, and has been a member of the Worcester Executives Association for 16 years. She is past president of the Worcester Executives Association, as well as a recently retired board member of the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce, and is a corporator at Avidia Bank.



Avidia Bank makes donation to Muscular Dystrophy Association

Business Briefs, Feb. 24 edition

In honor of Avidia Bank’s five-year birthday celebration, the Westborough East Office, as well as the Willows Office, is donating $250 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Pictured from left to right are Jim Ames, AVP, market manager of Westborough East; Kim Perkins, branch manager of The Willows; and Brittany Wiest of the MDA. Avidia Bank is a $1 billion mutual community bank, headquartered in Hudson with branches in Hudson, Westborough, Clinton, Leominster, Marlborough, Northborough and Shrewsbury.



Sixty years and three generations of caring

Business Briefs, Feb. 24 edition
Three generations of Salmons, including company founder Helen Salmon, (seated at left) with Dottie Salmon; (standing, from left) are Matt Salmon, Kate Salmon-Robinson, Danny Salmon and Andrew Salmon. Photo/Submitted

In an age when only 15 percent of family businesses last past the second generation, SALMON Health and Retirement, a third-generation business based in Westborough, is marking its 60th year in operation. The Salmons always put family first and consider their staff and customers part of that family. “We simply wanted to take care of people,” said Helen Salmon, co-founder of SALMON Health and Retirement, as she recalls the major reason for establishing her family’s senior continuum of care business. Her entrepreneurial spirit and hard work pioneered her family’s understanding of the wants and needs of seniors. For more information on SALMON Health and Retirement, visit


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