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GRAFTON LOCAL NEWS & EVENTS

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Drumming, chanting are sacred practices for Grafton mother

Grafton - For many, finding a way to seek refuge from the crazy and hectic world is a struggle. For Susan West, 49, it is found in the sanctity of drumming and chanting

Grafton Economic Development: ‘Committed to the Future. Grounded by the Past’

Grafton – Grafton’s Economic Development Commission, a quasi-government entity, was established in 1991 to foster economic growth in the town of Grafton. Chaired by Elias Hanna, the current 10-member board’s mission is “to promote sustainable economic development and to assist the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board in the implementation of the Town’s economic goals and objectives.”

Grafton resident helps bring classic plays to area theaters

Grafton – About 15 years ago, Frank Bartucca of Grafton rekindled his enthusiasm for theater. He studied master acting classes at several venues in Boston and Worcester, while performing in plays with community theater groups. Then in 2010, he founded the 4th Wall Stage Company.

Luthier Lives the Dream in Grafton

Grafton - Steve Beckwith was already living the dream before he and his wife Jan relocated to Grafton from Bolton this past fall. Beckwith, who left behind a high-stress, senior management position to launch his second career as a luthier - a craftsperson who builds and repairs guitars and other stringed instruments - is hoping that the move will make that dream just a little more visible.

From kestrels to carrots, the Grafton Land Trust saves space for diverse pursuits

Grafton – One night in 1958, a group of men met in the basement of the Grafton United Methodist Church to form what they called the Grafton Forest Association, which would later come to be known as the Grafton Land Trust.

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)

Grafton – As a founding member of Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), Grafton resident Mary Romaniec goes above and beyond to fulfill the group’s goal of providing education, support and information to caregivers of those with autism. TACA believes in early diagnosis, intensive therapies and medical intervention.

Shakespeare Club of Grafton draws enthusiasts from all over region

Grafton – When one thinks of William Shakespeare, perhaps his classic works, such as “King Lear” or “Macbeth,” come to mind. Or perhaps one of the many great actors, such as Richard Burton or Sir Laurence Olivier, who played such memorable roles. Or perhaps one remembers studying a play in high school, such as “Romeo and Juliet.” Chances are though one does not think of Grafton when one thinks of Shakespeare. Unless one happens to be a member of the Shakespeare Club of Grafton (SCoG), a group of approximately 20 men and women, who love anything and everything about the Bard.

GHS students plan film fest as community service project

Grafton - A couple of months ago, Julien Cherry, a senior at Grafton High School (GHS), approached his friend Yusuf Sezer, a junior at GHS, about an idea for a community service project for the National Honor Society (NHS): a film festival.

Luthier lives the dream in Grafton

Grafton - Steve Beckwith was already living the dream before he and his wife Jan relocated to Grafton from Bolton this past fall. Beckwith, who left behind a high-stress, senior management position to launch his second career as a luthier - a craftsperson who builds and repairs guitars and other stringed instruments - is hoping that the move will make that dream just a little more visible.

Willard Clock Museum highlights 100 years of clock-making in Grafton

Grafton – At the Willard House and Clock Museum, clocks of every shape and size, sitting squarely amidst other artifacts and art, highlight the importance of the Willard family’s inventions and their prolific work.

Every great community deserves a great community newspaper

Grafton –We are excited to announce that starting this week, the Community Advocate has added the town of Grafton to the list of communities...

A trip back in time: attending school in Grafton in the 19th and early...

Grafton - Living in 2015, it can be hard to imagine even the most commonplace aspects of life in the centuries that preceded ours.

Grafton’s Simple Church is an experiment in simplicity

Grafton - Zachary Kerzee, 25, is the pastor of Simple Church, an offspring of the former United Methodist Church in Grafton which closed its doors two years ago, allocating funds from the building sale to the “planting” of a new church. Simple Church, a farm-to-table dinner church located at the church parsonage next to the Elvidge farm property at 82 Potter Hill Road, is committed to simplicity, community and service. And, while affiliated with the Methodist Church, Simple Church is open to all, including those who have felt marginalized by traditional religions, with the emphasis on full welcome into the spirit community of Simple Church.

Grafton Police to host basketball game versus New England Patriots All Stars

Grafton – The Grafton Police Association/Alliance will be hosting a basketball game Thursday, May 7, as a team of Grafton police officers and other local athletes face off against the New England Patriots All- Stars. The game will be held at Grafton High School, 24 Providence Road, starting at 7 p.m.

Skyhook Tree and Sons can assist in all phases of tree work

Grafton – Jason Magnusson, the owner of Skyhook Tree and Sons, is the second generation of his family to run the South Grafton business,...

Soccer star receives college scholarship

Grafton – In the fall, senior captain Cayla D’Amico was ranked as the top scorer of her soccer team for a second year. She has also received numerous honors throughout her four-year career as a Grafton High School varsity player, including a first team South Worcester County League All Star position from her sophomore to senior year, a Central Mass. All Star title from her sophomore through senior year, and an All State title during her senior year.

Grafton basketball starter helps lead team to successful season

Grafton - As this year’s basketball season comes to a close at Grafton High School, senior Nonso Melifonwu finishes off his sports career as a strong leader for his teammates whose athleticism has highly contributed to the varsity organization. He was a starter for all 20 of his games, averaging 6.8 points per game and obtaining 12 rebounds a game.

Zumba toning classes

Grafton - Grafton Recreation is offering Zumba toning classes Tuesdays, March 24 to May 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Grafton Municipal...