Grafton – Retired Army Maj. Gen. Robert Catalanotti of Grafton returned.to his alma mater May 16 to deliver the commencement address at Assumption College in Worcester, where he graduated in 1980. He gained commission as a second lieutenant through crosstown enrollment in the Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).
Grafton – The Grafton High girls’ track and field team has not had a recent history of success, but that changed this spring when they achieved a perfect 8-0 record, averaged 100 points per meet, were Southern Worcester County League (SECL) East champions for the first time since 2006 and were overall SWCL champions for the first time since 1996. The squad also took home third place in the 2015 District Class B meet.
Grafton – Finding the right mix in high school sports can often present challenges, but one program that got it more than right this year was the Grafton High School boys’ track and field team.
Grafton – Noel Heroux, a 2000 Grafton High School (GHS) alum, now lives and works as a musician in New York City. He credits GHS music director Steve Trombley as a supportive mentor.
Grafton - There’s something about the tables - long, banquet-style, with chicken soup and turkey and (if the hosts were good) a bottle of whiskey in the middle. The tables seem to have worked their way into people’s collective memory of the Polish National Home (PNH) in South Grafton, an unforgettable presence in the Polish wedding celebrations held in the second story hall. Perhaps it’s because of the disappearing act they had to perform by the end of dinner. Broken down, swept aside, pressed up against the wall they could be anywhere but the center of the floor. With wax scattered and the band prepared, it was time to dance. The polka and the “Oberek” of course.
Grafton - “Putting faith into action” is not simply a positive ideal for Reverend Laura Goodwin and the congregation at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Grafton, but an important aspect of living their lives out in service to their neighbors in Grafton as well as communities throughout Worcester County. The church, located at 53 N. Main St. in North Grafton has a long history of service, which is what attracted Reverend Goodwin to the parish in 2007.
Grafton - Reverend Jane Willan grew up in Burlington, Iowa, where she attended a Disciples of Christ Church. It was at a church camp when, at the age of 12, Willan knew without a doubt that she was called to go into the ministry when she “grew up.” In the years that followed, she never wavered in her desire, ultimately leading her to the Congregational Church in Grafton.
North Grafton - What would you do if you were a millionaire for a day? That was the question asked of Grafton’s elementary...
Grafton - Something praiseworthy has been happening during the past few years regarding animal care. The Tufts at Tech Program has joined the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton with Worcester Technical High School to teach high school students animal care so that they may become Certified Veterinary Assistants or Certified Veterinary Technicians. And in the process, animal owners who would otherwise not have been able to afford costly veterinary care have such for their pets and other animals.
Grafton – It has been a stressful few days for employees of Grafton & Upton Railroad as well as several local towns as the railroad has attempted to transfer two 120-foot-long propane cars from Taunton to a propane storage and transloading facility on Westboro Road in North Grafton. First, the cars, which were transporting 120-foot long propane tanks, were unable to navigate a tight, congested corner in Milford.