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Viewpoint – Phi Beta “Average” of high school

March 27th, 2015

Dear Phi Beta “Average” of High School – Seniors are busy writing scholarship essays and I know why they are having such a hard time….they need greens and blues for motivation and all they see is the white of snow. However long it will take – the snow will melt, spring will come, and the [...]

North Grafton parents, teachers prepare for 25th Fun Fair

March 27th, 2015

Carson McGrath, now a first-grader, rides a pony led by a representative from Ridge Valley Stables at last year’s Fun Fair to benefit the North Grafton Elementary Schools Parent Teacher Group.

North Grafton – The North Grafton Elementary Schools Parent Teacher Group (NGES PTG) is excited to be busy preparing for the 25th anniversary of its annual Fun Fair. The landmark celebration is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at North Grafton Elementary School. Also, returning for its third year is the Auction and Raffle Preview Night to be held Friday, May 8, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Shrewsbury Boy Scout Troop 114 plans centennial celebration

March 27th, 2015

Shrewsbury Boy Scout Troop 114 circa 1938 (Photo/submitted)

Shrewsbury – February 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of Shrewsbury Boy Scout Troop 114. The troop, which has been chartered by the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury (FCC) since 1916, is one of the oldest troops in Mohegan Council as well as one of the oldest troops within the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Northborough doctor makes time for compassion

March 27th, 2015

Dr. John Zawacki with a patient at UMass Memorial Medical Center. (Photo/Courtesy of the Schwartz Center for Compassionate Healthcare)

Northborough – Dr. John Zawacki’s first patient Feb. 18 was a 50-year-old woman with long brown hair, a thick Boston accent, and approximately one million questions. Heartburn and bloating were the symptoms that had brought her in to UMass Memorial Medical Center that day, but her inquiries ranged from cancer to mint toothpaste to which liquid for colonoscopy prep tasted best. She was anxious, toying with her hand-knit scarf as she spoke. She wanted to make sure she asked everything.

Meet the ‘star volunteer’ of Grafton Senior Center

March 27th, 2015

Judy McKensie (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

Grafton – Judy McKensie is described as the “star volunteer” of the Grafton Senior Center by Lisa Kelley, the outreach worker.

Local author appreciates the joy of writing

March 27th, 2015

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Grafton – Jennifer Wiza had a dream one night that she was on “The Bachelor” as herself, a 30-something-year-old mother with kids. Horrified, she woke up and thought that her dream sounded like a good story for a book. That was in 2004. Since then, she has published 10 books for teens and young adults, including “Bachelorette #1,” the novel based on her dream, and is currently writing two more.

Grafton pastor co-authors book on church growth

March 27th, 2015

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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.

Community connections important to Homefield Credit Union executive

March 27th, 2015

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Grafton – Daniel Crossin, assistant vice president of real estate lending at Homefield Credit Union, was raised in Grafton; he and his family live not far from the neighborhood where he grew up.

A history of crime in Grafton, one of the county’s safest towns

March 27th, 2015

Illustrations: Courtesy of the Grafton Historical Society

Grafton – At 64.9 crimes per 100,000 residents, Grafton finds itself second only to Shrewsbury at 46.9 as one of the safest places to live in the area, according to the website City-Date.com. Grafton was compared to Shrewsbury, Millbury, Upton, Sutton, Northbridge, Auburn, Douglas and Worcester, which ranks lowest on the list at 417.3 crimes per 100,000 people. The crimes considered include murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft, auto theft and arson.

Grafton High alum enjoys rocking at Berklee in Boston

March 27th, 2015

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Grafton – Kristin Turgeon, a 2014 Grafton High School (GHS) alum, is pursuing her dream as a freshman at Berklee College of Music. While studying at the world’s largest independent college of contemporary music, she’s drawing upon inspiration from her first mentor in middle school, chorus director Karen Barkin.

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