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Past articles by Mandy:

Wineries in Central Mass. expand their offerings, attracting enthusiasts and the curious

As the old saying goes, “it takes a lot of beer to make good wine.” The adage is relatable and true, and winemakers agree that patience is a virtue as they painstakingly bring their product from the vine to the palette.But for winemakers and vineyard owners around Worcester, there is another thing they can agree on - wine sales are only one arm of the growing industry of winery ownership. The… → Read More

Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley excited by donation from Central Mass. Auto Auction

DUDLEY - The Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley receives monetary donations regularly - a little bit here and there adds up quickly to help the bottom line.Last week, however, an unusual check came in that will have an enormous impact on programs and memberships costs, said Board President Rob Bouchard.Central Mass. Auto Auction, thanks to a powerful childhood connection to his local community… → Read More

Rev. Josh Ferris getting to know Holden congregation

HOLDEN — The Rev. Josh Ferris is the newest face at Immanuel Lutheran Church, having been recently installed as the pastor of Youth and Family Ministry, working alongside longtime Pastor Daniel Wilfrid. He has built his reputation on a very simple principle that has served him well at his previous position in Pennsylvania, and one that he will carry with him throughout his time in… → Read More

PINK lights way at Sept. 26 breast cancer fundraiser at Hanover Theatre

WORCESTER — For 14 years and counting in Worcester, one night in September is set aside for a critically important fundraiser, and the decor is easy. It’s all about the color pink.You start with countless yards of pink fabric, pink light bulbs and pink decorations. You’d be hard-pressed to find an attendee without at least the suggestion of pink incorporated into their clothing.Pink, after all,… → Read More

Rosh Hashana begins at sundown on Sept. 9

People who observe Rosh Hashana, a Jewish high holy day that translates into “beginning of the new year,” are celebrating not only a new year → Read More

Scouting is life and tradition for Sioui family, which boasts six Eagle scouts

HUBBARDSTON — In the Sioui family, being involved in Boy Scouts is more than an extracurricular activity. For three generations and counting, → Read More

Faith Tabernacle Church kicks off Feed the Homeless program

It's no secret that money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy food and food can bring an incredible amount of joy to a community of people who are hungry or food insecure.During last weekend’s kick-off event for a new initiative called Feed the Homeless that is being spearheaded by leadership and volunteers of the Faith Tabernacle Church on Chandler Street in Worcester, hundreds of people came… → Read More

Rutland native MacKenzie Hennessey zooms in to capture ESPN X Games photo competition

MacKenzie Hennessey got the money shot.As the woman behind the camera for the recently announced winner of the ESPN X Games ZOOM photo competition, the → Read More

United Nations Pilgrim Virgin Statue coming to Putnam

It was 16 years ago when Pawtucket resident Judith Studer battled cancer and found herself praying to a statue of the Virgin Mary and asking for healing. → Read More

Riding out the poverty: Ready to Go program provides reliable transportation to work, daycare

When New England-based Ascentria Care Alliance, formerly Lutheran Social Services, started taking a look at where its efforts might have the most → Read More

Zion Lutheran Church continues tradition of outdoor worship

According to Pastor Mike Lengel, who is just rounding the bend on his first year of leadership at Zion Lutheran Church in Oxford, Lutherans have a long → Read More

Bourbon Street Bash June 15 at Indian Ranch benefits Summit Academy

Providing an optimum learning and social environment for students on the autism spectrum is serious business, but the organizers of the upcoming Bourbon → Read More

'Strong Church, Strong Community'

WORCESTER — The enormous steeple of First Unitarian Church on Main Street is an iconic sight in the city, and when in its full glory is lit like a beacon for those seeking spiritual refuge and acceptance.Like any landmark building with a long and storied history, the exterior beauty has faded enough that congregants have made a firm commitment to refurbishing and renovating it, and the initial… → Read More

Algonquin Regional driven senior Cassidy Wang is state high school Journalist of Year

In a world that is quickly being exposed to the voice of a younger generation of people who are not afraid of the power of their collective voice, Algonquin Regional High School senior Cassidy Wang has every intention of putting herself on the front lines of the movement.With a passion for storytelling through various media — a passion that most recently earned her the distinction of being the… → Read More

Thursday Cafe serves heaping helping of compassion

Among the many cafes in Worcester, the Thursday Cafe at All Saints Church might be serving up the city’s most generous portions of compassion. → Read More

Fitchburg community delivers fond send-off to Finnish teacher/editor Marita Cauthen

FITCHBURG — When Marita Cauthen arrived in Central Massachusetts with her husband Gene in the early 1970s, supporting his pursuit of a job at Mount Wachusett Community College, she was surprised to find a bustling population of Finnish people in the area.Upon further inspection, she discovered that if a connection to her homeland was what she was seeking, she’d found the holy grail. The… → Read More

Deli Duel: Delicatessens beef for bragging rights

WESTBORO — In recognizing the rich heritage of Jewish people, one cannot overlook the food. And while B’Nai Shalom has no shortage of opportunities for members of the congregation to pray and worship communally, sometimes it's simply the food and fun that brings people together.If you were to close your eyes and try to conjure an image of the most iconic of Jewish foods, you may envision a… → Read More

Organizers believe Worcester will warm to Food Truck Row

Despite a longstanding reputation for being less than friendly to food trucks, Worcester is about to find its way onto the national map as home to one of → Read More

Reaching out: Central MA Connections in Faith brings together people of diverse beliefs

WORCESTER — Working to strengthen relationships between people of varying faiths by first helping them to understand each other, the Central MA Connections in Faith initiative is well underway after holding its first gathering last weekend. According to the community leaders behind the scenes, the first event — which was held at the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester at 57 Laurel St. and… → Read More

Breaking Bread in Worcester feeds the homeless, gives youths chance to serve

WORCESTER — Even when she was in lockup at Framingham Women’s Prison as a troubled 17 year old who had spent much of her adolescence in foster homes, Olivia Francois had a heart of service. It was only upon getting out, growing up and moving on that she began to realize her potential as a leader and mentor. Now a Youth Re-Entry Case Manager with Straight Ahead Ministries in Worcester, Francois,… → Read More