Mike Elfland, Telegram & Gazette

Mike Elfland

Telegram & Gazette

Worcester, MA, United States

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Recent articles by Mike:

Then & Now: Do you know where this is?

The Sears store at the Auburn Mall closed more than a year ago, a sad development for shoppers whose ties to the retailer date to a catalogue. Sears was a mainstay at the mall for a half-century. This week's Then photo does not show Sears in its early Auburn years. Instead, it offers a look at the Sears that was replaced by the Auburn store. In the late 1960s, officials from Sears, Roebuck &… → Read More

From Fort Devens to Hanover Theatre, remembering Colin Powell

Powell was stationed at the former Fort Devens in Ayer in the early 1960s, having joined the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps while at the CIty College of New York. → Read More

Facebook Live: School Committee candidates debate at Mechanics Hall in Worcester

Eight candidates for School Committee are on the ballot for the Nov. 2 municipal election. Six are are elected. → Read More

Tanker truck en route to Barre overturns in Revere

The truck, owned by Goguen Transportation Inc. of Gardner, was headed to Barre, according to state police. → Read More

Game plan for football at Polar Park: Less dirt, more grass

Workers from Sports Turf Specialities installed sod over the dirt infield and outfield warning track Tuesday. Crews will add lines to the field in the coming days. → Read More

Then & Now: Do you know where this is?

The estate of businessman Simon Allen helped bankroll this building in the late 1800s. The architectural design, popular at the time, is Victorian stick style, characterized in part by wood patterns on the exterior, with decorative boards sometimes mimicking actual frames or supports. The building still stands. Allen, born in 1806, was a boot and shoemaker with ties to a few towns in Central… → Read More

Holiday reminders: What's open, what's closed on Columbus Day

No mail on Monday. But stores are open. → Read More

Maury's Deli in Worcester, a Webster Square landmark, to close for good

Maury Goldstein opened the restaurant in 1947, offering traditional deli fare but soon adding burgers to the menu. → Read More

What you need to know about the Nov. 2 municipal election in Worcester

The municipal election will take place Nov. 2, with voters electing a mayor and members of the City Council and School Committee to two-year terms. → Read More

Candidates for at-large seats on Worcester City Council to debate Wednesday evening

The public is invited to attend, with face coverings required regardless of vaccine status. The debate will be live-streamed on telegram.com. → Read More

Then & Now: Old East Princeton Country Store, 78 Main St., Princeton

The East Princeton Country Store, where the day's mail and a gallon of gasoline could be collected in the same errand, was a fixture on Main Street (Route 140) for more than a century. Travelers on the north-south route, heading to and from Worcester and New Hampshire, would mingle with townspeople, welcomed through the door by Warren Whitcomb or C.B. and Olive Cadwell, among the store's owners… → Read More

Then & Now: Do you know where this is?

Small businesses, from country stores to repair shops, once dotted the main streets of the many rural communities in Central Massachusetts. Buying provisions meant heading down the road to the store whose owner ran the cash register. A heavy door, which closed with a familiar warning bell, and a creaky floor, worn in front of the milk case, seemed part of the decor in every such store. In many… → Read More

Planned move by Smith & Wesson a reminder of Daniel Wesson's mansions in Central Mass.

The landmark White Cliffs mansion on Main Street in Northborough was built in the late 1800s as a summer home for Daniel Wesson and his wife Cynthia Hawes. → Read More

Happy news: Today is World Smile Day, thanks to Worcester's Harvey Ball

Created in 1999 by Worcester artist Harvey Ball, inventor of the smiley face, World Smile Day is held to encourage people to devote one day to smiles and kind acts. → Read More

Want to see Tom Brady? Worcester Railers raffling off 4 tix to Sunday's game

Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Jake Thibeault, the Fitchburg hockey player who suffered a spinal cord injury earlier this month. He is a former member of the Junior Railers. → Read More

Traffic: Rig overturns on Mass. Pike in Westborough

Firefighters from Westborough and Grafton used extrication tools to free the truck driver. → Read More

Police in Charlton looking for man who escaped custody; handcuffed on one arm

The search, which began about 8:30 a.m., is focusing on a heavily wooded area. Charlton and state police are on the scene. → Read More

Propane delivery truck overturns on Route 146 in Sutton

The incident occurred between Boston Road and Central Turnpike. → Read More

Then & Now: Do you know where this is?

A contingent from Great Britain journeyed to Worcester this time of year in 1927. After a six-day voyage from Southampton, the travelers carted their clunky bags to the Hotel Bancroft, the city's fanciest address, at the edge of the Common. They were in the city for a serious meeting with American counterparts. Newspapers far and wide were keeping tabs on the proceedings. The well-dressed guests… → Read More

Trooper hurt when alleged drunk driver hits cruiser on I-290 in Worcester

The cruiser was in traffic about 10:30 p.m. on Interstate 290 eastbound ,near Burncoat Street, when the vehicle was struck. → Read More