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Acclaimed author Nicholas Gage calls North Grafton home Share the gift of security Woodworkers of all skill levels encouraged to join club For local veteran, serving is a family tradition Scientist applies chemistry knowledge to craft brewing pastime Air Force veteran continues serving in AMVETS Post 208 100 years of convenience, but at what cost?
 

Acclaimed author Nicholas Gage calls North Grafton home

Nicholas Gage in his North Grafton home By Jane Keller Gordon North Grafton – Sunlight pours through the windows of the Nicholas Gage’s writing studio in North Grafton. A bookshelf with ionic columns runs along one wall. Behind his cluttered desk, photos are displayed on another. In one, from 1963, President John F. Kennedy stands […]

Share the gift of security

By Kristen Alberino, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist, Boston We have all received gifts we’ve wanted to return: ugly socks or sweaters that look exactly like the one you got (or gave!) last year. Sometimes, just letting loved ones know that you’re there for them, no matter what, is the best gift of all. And […]

Woodworkers of all skill levels encouraged to join club

By Jane Keller Gordon, Contributing Writer Lexington – The Association of Revolutionary Turners’ 85 members have at least one thing in common – they use a lathe. ART President John Flynn explained that wood turning is, “Using chisels with a variety of points to shape wood that is spinning on a lathe, secured at two […]

The Mission Mountains By Victor Block Towering mountains overlook dense forests and broad plains that are home to a wealth of wildlife. That safari-like setting is reason enough to visit the northwestern corner of Montana.   Add a choice of enticing towns, Indian reservations and vestiges of authentic cowboy culture and it’s no wonder that the […]

For local veteran, serving is a family tradition

Being a member of the U.S. military means many things: loyalty, tradition and service to name a few. Westborough native Ronald Perry is a prime example of someone who embodies these honorable traits.

Scientist applies chemistry knowledge to craft brewing pastime

Standing in front of his fermenter, Charlie Herbert shows off the brew pot and stirrer he uses when crafting his own beer. By Lori Berkey, Contributing Writer Shrewsbury – Charlie Herbert received a Christmas present in the late 1980s that unraveled into a hobby he’s kept up for the more than 25 years since. It […]

Air Force veteran continues serving in AMVETS Post 208

Past Commander Sue Conrad of Hudson AMVETS 208 happily promotes Home Alone for the Holidays. By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Hudson – Over 50 years after enlisting in the U.S. Air Force at age 21 during the Vietnam War era, Sue Conrad holds the distinction of serving as the first woman commander of two […]

100 years of convenience, but at what cost?

Boston Area Gleaners at work. Photo/submitted By Marianne Delorey The first modern grocery store, a Piggly Wiggly, opened in 1916 in Memphis, Tenn.  With the ability to buy in bulk from farmers farther away, Americans were no longer restricted to local produce and the growing season.  This modern supply chain has greatly expanded the quantity […]

Programs for the elderly should be ‘untouchable’

29 November 2016

By Al Norman When state budget projections turn south, money for the elderly and disabled should be protected from cuts. Usually in the fall, state officials do an analysis of how revenues are coming into state coffers. If funds appear to be trending low, the governor has the power to impound money, in what is […]

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Couldn’t we just snooze through it all?

29 November 2016

By Janice Lindsay Woodchucks do it. Bats do it. Chipmunks and jumping mice do it. Bears do it. I want to do it, too. I want to hibernate. We mammals known as Homo sapiens are sometimes not all that sapient. In the autumn, Mother Nature informs all mammals of northern climes that it’s time to […]

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Reverse mortgage: regained hope?

29 November 2016

By Alain Valles, CRMP Everyone has heard the words “reverse mortgage.” But few people really know how one works. However, most of us know the challenge, uncertainty, worry, financial stress and struggle that comes with increasing healthcare costs, shortage of monthly cash flow, urgent home repairs, rising real estate taxes, divorce, credit card interest rates […]

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How family caregivers can cope with depression

28 November 2016

By Micha Shalev What family caregivers can do to prevent depression Social support is essential. As a family caregiver you should reach out for both logistical help and emotional support from the outset of caregiving and not wait until you are feeling strained. That means trying to involve the whole family in care planning (and […]

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National Family Caregivers Month

29 October 2016

By Catherine Walsh, Marketing Communications, Intercity Home Care November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and it’s also National Family Caregivers Month.  As we acknowledge both of these important issues, it’s worth taking a few moments to reflect on this year’s theme for National Family Caregivers Month: “Take Care to Give Care.” The first rule of […]

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Reverse mortgages – good to be skeptical

29 October 2016

By Alain Valles, CRMP No other loan product is wrapped in as much mystery and misinformation as a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM), more commonly known as a “reverse mortgage.” Unfortunately, this aura has led to a number of seniors making poor home financing decisions.  Many senior homeowners who could truly benefit from a reverse […]

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