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Grafton firefighter and farmer saves lives through service

April 1st, 2015

Kenneth Dion
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Grafton – Whether it was fighting fires or cultivating crops, Kenneth Dion of North Grafton often was found at the scene, helping people in need. Dion retired in March after nearly 29 years of dedicated service with the Worcester Fire Department. But he will be continuing with his full-time job as operations director at the Grafton-based Community Harvest Project, a nonprofit organization that brings volunteers together to grow and distribute fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief.

Concert to benefit independent film focusing on child abuse

March 30th, 2015

“Life Abstract”

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Region – Sira Naras of Shrewsbury is combining her passions as a fervent consumer of live music and an active nonprofit volunteer by supporting an upcoming fundraiser. “Girl Blitz: Voices for Hope Benefit Concert” will be presented Saturday, April 18, 6 p.m., at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.

Liam invites everyone to ‘get your bump on’

March 29th, 2015

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Northborough – In November 2014 nine-year-old Liam Fitzgerald became an Internet sensation when a video clip of him “fist bumping” Boston Bruins players as they came off the ice at TD Garden in Boston went viral. The clip was shared across the globe and viewed on YouTube nearly 100,000 times.

School librarians: more than checking out books

March 29th, 2015

Photo: (l to r) Audrey Alenson, Trottier Middle School; Janice Bisset, Melican Middle School; Joanne Giancola, Proctor School; Nancy Kellner, Peaslee School; Leigh King, Lincoln Street School; Michelle Rehill, Algonquin Regional High School. (Photo/Liz Nolan)

Northborough/Southborough – Collaborating with teachers and the community, coordinating special projects, and utilizing new technology are all part of a typical day of a Northborough or Southborough school librarian.

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.

Egan named board chair for The Home for Little Wanderers

March 27th, 2015

Christopher F. Egan (Photo/submitted)

Region – The Home for Little Wanderers, the nation’s oldest and one of New England’s largest child and family service agencies, has named Christopher F. Egan, president and founding member of Carruth Capital, LLC, as chair of its board of directors. As chair, Egan will oversee the non-profit’s Executive Committee and steer the strategic direction [...]

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.

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