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There’s a bear out there

Originally posted on UPTON DAILY:
The Upton Police Department is advising residents to take precautions to avoid conflicts with animals after a bear was sighted on North Street near Westboro Road. Here are some additional tips from mass.gov about living with black bears. Despite popular belief, black bears are usually wary of people. In woodland…


No Good Deed, Part 9: A Spirited Fiasco

You may not be familiar with Planet Grafton, which was created by Ed Prisby. Until recently, Prisby was on the town’s Affordable Housing Board, where he had served as chairman. The Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 to not reappoint him last week, and therein lies a saga that really needs a lengthy tale. I am…


RIP, Burt from Burt’s Bees

There is absolutely no Grafton angle to this. However, Burt Shavitz, founder of Burt’s Bees, died at the age of 80 Sunday, which led me to dig up this (no longer online but in my archives) story I wrote after a day hanging out with Shavitz at the Bellingham Whole Foods back in December 2002. He…