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Grafton nonprofit gives homeless dogs a second chance

June 17th, 2015

Two of the dogs helped by Bay State Dogs

Grafton – The famous cartoonist Charles Schulz once wrote “Happiness is a warm puppy.” Bay State Dogs, a Grafton-based nonprofit, would almost certainly add that it’s also a warm dog – of any age – in need of a second chance. With its mission to rescue and find good homes for Massachusetts canines, it’s been busy spreading that happiness to people and their furry new companions. Martha Palermo, who founded Bay State Dogs in 2011, is a dog trainer who has been passionate about helping dogs for years.

SPM tops Shrewsbury in baseball division finals

June 14th, 2015

Shrewsbury’s Ryan Pumphret receives a pickoff throw as St. Peter-Marian’s PJ Barry dives back to first base.

Worcester – – The number 1 seed Shrewsbury High School Pioneers baseball team was defeated by the number 6 seed St. Peter-Marian High School Guardians by a score of 15-4 in the MIAA Central Division 1 finals. The game was played at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field on June 13.

Apple Tree Arts to host Community Ice Cream Social

June 14th, 2015

Ice cream fans enjoy last year's social. 
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Grafton – Apple Tree Arts is hosting the second annual Community Ice Cream Social Thursday, June 18, from 5-7 p.m. on the Grafton Common. Everyone is welcome to enjoy delicious ice cream, live music and a bounce house. Ice cream is $3.00 a bowl with lots of yummy toppings. Rain date is Wednesday, June 24. [...]

Pelosi and McGovern visit Community Harvest Project to lead discussion on hunger

June 14th, 2015

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Grafton – Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader of the United States House of Representatives and U.S. Congressman James McGovern (MA-02) led a discussion on the increasing problem of food insecurity in America in a meeting held at the Community Harvest Project (CHP) June 13.

Grafton kids enjoy Field Day

June 9th, 2015

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Grafton – Kindergarten students at North Grafton Elementary School participate in Field Day held at the school on June 8. Photos/Mary Pritchard  

History comes to life in Shrewsbury

June 6th, 2015

Shrewsbury – Spring Street Elementary School third graders in Elizabeth McRae’s class run through a dress rehearsal for their production of “1773 – The Boston Tea Party” May 26. The class performed the play for Spring Street School students and teachers during the school day and for the McRae class parents that evening. The play [...]

Algonquin wins four home playoff games in one afternoon

June 6th, 2015

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Northborough – The fields and courts of Algonquin Regional High School were buzzing on Friday, June 6 as four Tomahawks teams hosted home playoff match ups.

Marlborough man establishes fundraiser to help victims of Nepal earthquakes

June 4th, 2015

The Tsum Valley after the deadly earthquakes struck.

Marlborough – On March 15, Marlborough resident Lee Miller traveled to Nepal where he spent time trekking through two connected areas – the Manaslu Circuit and the Tsum Valley. He returned home to Marlborough April 15 – 10 days later Nepal was rocked by a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that killed more than 8,800 people and injured more than 23,000. On May 12, the region suffered another huge earthquake, this one a 7.2 magnitude.

Northborough woman ‘shines the light’ for girls in Kenyan villages

June 4th, 2015

Lizzie Maina (fourth from left) and the volunteers from St. Rose of Lima Parish

Northborough – Shine the Light Kenya is a nonprofit that was founded in 2011 by Lizzie Maina to help educate children in rural schools and ensure that they have the necessary tools to succeed.

Having relocated from Africa to the United States in 1995, Maina immersed herself into the community and her passion for helping others. Her grandfather started a school in Kenya and she has committed herself to continuing to help those in the surrounding communities. She currently works as a senior caregiver in Worcester and enjoys spending time with the elderly.

Shrewsbury couple to celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

June 1st, 2015

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Shrewsbury – It’s been said that love knows no bounds, whether life’s challenges lie in age, health or distance; true love can conquer all. There is one such love story going on in Shrewsbury between Lawrence and Frances Laganelli, who will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on June 30. Although health issues have caused both to move a little slower, their love continues to give them strength.

The pair grew up in the same Worcester neighborhood and actually began courting as teenagers. In 1945 they exchanged wedding vows at local Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Together they raised three sons – Lawrence Jr., Richard and Mark.

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