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Unhappy neighbors take issue with proposed 40B Prentice Place

Grafton – A filled meeting room met the Grafton Board of Selectmen at their June 21 meeting, generated by the board’s continued discussion about the proposed 40B development called Prentice Place LLC. The proponent and developer, Sotir Papalilo, had originally scheduled the hearing to get a letter of support from the selectmen.

Selectmen sign lease for US Wireless facility in Grafton

Grafton - At its June 21 meeting, the Grafton Board of Selectmen unanimously signed the lease with US Wireless that had been approved by voters at Town Meeting. The lease is for a 10,000-square-foot lot at 104 Creeper Hill Road for construction of a facility. The lease is expected to realize almost $900,000 over 20 years.

Little kids enjoy big trucks in Grafton

Grafton – Families spent a warm June 18 morning attending Grafton Recreation Department’s annual Big Truck Day. Various vehicles were parked behind the Grafton Municipal Building. Kids got the chance to sit behind the wheel of town vehicles from the fire, police and highway departments. They also honked the horns of local businesses’ tractor, concrete mixer and Mack trucks. A highlight for many was climbing into an Army National Guard Jeep.

Grafton Historical Society hosts 49th Antiques & Arts Fair

Grafton – The Grafton Common was filled with vendors’ displays June 18 when the Grafton Historical Society presented its 49th annual Antiques & Arts Fair. Guests browsed among dozens of booths offering antiques, collectibles, and artisans’ creations and demonstrations. An appraiser was available to reveal the value of visitors’ antiques and heirlooms.

George Bickford, 93, formerly of Grafton

Greensboro, Vt. - George Haynes Bickford passed away Monday, June 13, 2016 in Greensboro, Vt. at the age of 93. George was born Jan. 31,...

Standing on the side of love

Grafton – Over 100 people of all ages, religions and sexual orientations attended an emotional and poignant candlight vigil held June 15 on the Grafton Common to honor those killed in the Orlando, Fla. shootings. The vigil, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton’s Social Justice Committee, featured songs and prayers that reflected the UUSGU theme of “standing on the side of love.”

‘Tourna-Mint’ to benefit Grafton girl

Grafton – Ever since five-year-old Sophia Sugarman tragically lost her mother in April, the Grafton Police Department has actively participated in raising funds for the little girl. On Saturday, Aug. 6, members of the department are inviting others to join them in the 5th Annual KMS Golf Tourna-mint, to be held at Highfields Golf and Country Club in Grafton. Proceeds will benefit a fund set up for Sophia.

Proponents of proposed Grafton marijuana clinic pull application

Grafton - The ongoing saga of the Sage Cannabis marijuana clinic seems to have ended this week when town officials received a letter notifying them that Sage had abandoned its plans to create a marijuana clinic at the old Cumberland Farms building at 206 Worcester St. a site abutting the Hollywood Drive residential neighborhood. This issue has become an ongoing controversy between the Town and angry residents since November, 2015, when the Board issued a Letter of Non-opposition to the clinic’s siting.

Grafton Public Library to celebrate Jerome Wheelock’s birthday June 18

Grafton – The Grafton Public Library will celebrate the birthday of Jerome Wheelock Saturday, June 18, beginning at 9 a.m. at the library, 35 Grafton Common. Wheelock was an American inventor, born in Grafton, who made his fame and fortune with a number of Industrial Revolution inventions, including a cylinder packing and a steam engine valve.

Darlene M. Oksanish, 62, of Grafton

Grafton - Darlene M. (Heath) Oksanish, 62, passed away at home Tuesday, June 14, 2016 following a lengthy illness. She is survived by her husband...

Ten ways to volunteer for the Community Harvest Project in North Grafton

Grafton - You can join the fight against hunger in Worcester Country by volunteering at the Community Harvest Project (CHP) at its North Grafton location. Last year, thanks to the work of nearly 11,000 volunteers, the CHP grew and distributed almost 260,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables. That translated to approximately 1.2 million servings of produce.

Veterans’ Memorials Trust seeks additional members

Grafton - The Grafton Trustees for Soldiers and Sailors Memorials is looking for a few good men – and women.

Candlelight vigil to be held in Grafton to honor Orlando victims

Grafton  - The Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton will be holding a Candlelight Vigil to be held in solidarity with the victims...

Officials and residents celebrate re-opening of One Grafton Common

Grafton – Local officials and residents gathered on a bright and beautiful Saturday morning, June 11 to commemorate the grand re-opening of One Grafton Common. The iconic building had recently undergone an extensive $4.5 million renovation to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as updating the utilities and fire protection. The project also started the process of creating offices, classes, practice rooms, and a performance center for the arts for its primary tenant, the nonprofit Apple Tree Arts.

Grafton defeated in Central Mass. softball final

Grafton – The top-seeded Grafton Indians suffered a tough loss to end their season June 12 against the third-seeded Auburn Rockets in a Central Mass. Division 2 final at Rockwood Field at Worcester State University. Grafton had defeated Auburn in their two regular-season matchups, but fell short in the final 2-1, in a close game that came down to the final inning.

‘Battle of the Sidewalks’ continues in Grafton

Grafton - The status of the Grafton Roads Project was reviewed at the June 7 Grafton Board of Selectmen's meeting. Presenting were members of the Department of Public Works (DPW) Advisory Committee. At the spring Town Meeting held May 9 voters approved a total of $1,513,375 for road repairs. The project includes Valley View Drive, Adams Road, Carroll Road, Institute Road, Merriam Road, Sibley Street, Waterville Street, Wesson Road and Westboro Road.

Selectmen review new affordable housing proposal

Grafton - Sotir Papalilo, the developer of the proposed 40B affordable housing development at 23 Prentice St., met with the Grafton Board of Selectmen June 7 to discuss the project. The planned development is estimated to cost $9.4 million and would have 54 units in five buildings: 21 one-bedroom, 28 two-bedroom, and six three-bedroom units.

Patricia J. Boisvert, 50, of North Grafton

North Grafton - Patricia J. (Williams) Boisvert, 50, of North Grafton, passed away in her sleep at home Friday, June 3, 2016. Patricia was the...

Lorraine E. Mombourquette, 98, of Grafton

Grafton - Lorraine E. Mombourquette passed away Monday, June 6, 2016 at the age of 98. She died peacefully of natural causes in her...

Apple Tree Arts presents community ice cream social

Grafton - Apple Tree Arts is hosting the third annual Community Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, June 15, 5 – 7 p.m. on the...