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Grafton News Transitions to New Ownership

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The Grafton News, a fixture in the Grafton community for the last 53 years, recently transitioned to new ownership.

Founder Charles N. Bolack has sold his interest in the weekly newspaper and its website to editor and publisher Donald E. Clark, graphic designer Wendy L. Watkins and website developer Cynthia M. Bissell, all residents of Grafton.

Bolack will continue to write “Up and Down the Highways,” the weekly column he has penned since 1958 when the newspaper was founded. He will also continue to be listed as “publisher emeritus” in the newspaper’s masthead.

Clark was named editor of the Grafton News in 2003 and publisher in January 2011. He started with the newspaper in 2002. He has been involved in journalism, newspapers, publishing, and graphic design for many years. Clark holds an associate’s degree from Worcester Junior College and a bachelor of arts in English from Worcester State College (now University).

Watkins has been the newspaper’s graphic designer for the past four years. Born in Montreal, she has a degree in commercial art from Dawson College. She was formerly an art director for Phillips-Magnavox in Canada

Bissell started www.thegraftonnews.com, the online version of the Grafton News, in 2009. A registered nurse, she began creating web sites professionally in 1998 and has received several awards and citations for her work on the development of specialized medical and disability-related Internet resources.

“Charlie started the Grafton News as a way to help foster the civic, cultural and economic life of the area, just as it says on our masthead,” said Clark. “Although we may explore new ways to do it, there’s no reason we should change that philosophy.”

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The Chicken Man

We were riding along on the MassPike westbound last Friday at about 6:30pm in the Newton area and what did we see? A truck with a plexiglass room on the back and a guy lounging inside reading a newspaper. On the side of the truck it said, “The Chicken Man, Boston, MA”. Along the top of the room are neon signs spelling out The Chicken Man. We couldn’t get a photo of the whole truck, but Rich snapped a photo of the ‘Chicken Man’ in the glass room as we passed the truck.

There is mention of this truck and the Chicken Man online, but not a lot of info. Others have seen the truck around the Boston area. I’m guessing it is some sort of advertising campaign, but haven’t been able to get the full story. Here’s another photo I found when doing a google image search.


(This photo is by spearmintkitten on Flickr)

If anyone has any information about this Chicken Man, inquiring minds want to know!

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