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World War II sailor lost at sea to be honored

Grafton - EM1 (Engineman First Class) William F. Dohlus will be honored on Tuesday, May 17, in a Grafton ceremony 73 years after he went missing in a WWII battle. Dohlus, a Grafton native, was a crewman aboard the submarine USS Cisco (SS-290), which was sunk by the Imperial Japanese Navy on Sept. 28, 1943. Cisco was a Balao-class submarine launched in December 1942.

The history of White Cliffs – Landscape and Interior Architecture

Northborough- Daniel Wesson’s summer mansion in Northborough included beautiful landscaping. His estate along Main Street contained about 30 acres.

Northborough chorus’ 45th annual spring concert will commemorate town’s 250th

Northborough - The Northborough Area Community Chorus (NACC) will present "America in Song" Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Algonquin Regional High School. As part of a year-long celebration of the founding of Northborough, a repertoire of songs spanning 250 years will be performed including "This is My Country," "Seasons of Love," "Bridge Over Troubled Waters," and "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles," a number composed by Northborough resident John Kellette in 1918.

The history of White Cliffs – Exterior architecture

Northborough - Built in the late 1880s, the White Cliffs mansion is a “Shingle Style” architectural masterpiece. The website www.wentworthstudio.com gives a very good review of this architectural style and was used as a reference for this article. This style was developed in New England between 1880 and 1900. It borrowed liberally from other Victorian styles. Architects handled proportion and details as if they were sculptural compositions. Exterior design elements include wood construction built atop first floors made of stone. Porches, balconies, and large windows encouraged an interaction with the out-of-doors. The design promoted informality and eclecticism as a clear expression of American individualism.

Grafton Center to get roadway rebuild

Grafton - Jeff Walsh, from Graves Engineering in Worcester, gave a detailed presentation to the Grafton Board of Selectmen at their April 5 meeting. The subject was a rework of Grafton Center and the Grafton Commons area. The Commons is an area scenic high point and has been used as a backdrop for TV commercials and as a setting for the 1935 Mickey Rooney movie adaptation of the Eugene O'Neill play “Ah, Wilderness!” The gazebo on the Commons was constructed by the movie company because the director thought the Commons needed one.

CPC approves measure to purchase White Cliffs

Northborough – The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) voted March 21 to give its support to a measure that would see the town purchase the White Cliffs property on West Main Street for $1.75 million. The purchase would still need to be approved by the voters at the Annual Town Meeting which starts Monday, April 25.

Talk on Women’s History Month to be held at Southborough library

Southborough – Donna McDaniel, a local journalist and historian, will be presenting an informative talk on Women’s History Month on Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at the Southborough Public Library, 25 Main St. As the nation approaches a crucial election in November, McDaniel will offer a look back at the women in this country that fought hard for the right to vote—which was not realized until 1920.

What does Main Street mean to you?

Marlborough - Before ‘the mall’ it was the Main Street in communities where it all “happened.”

The history of White Cliffs – Part 4

Northborough - Mr. Daniel B. Wesson is known to be involved with the construction of over 13 buildings during his lifetime. Considering he grew up in a humble home with 10 siblings in Worcester Massachusetts, it is interesting to see his interest in the building of large elaborate homes.