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Worcester, Massachusetts

 Worcester, located both 40 miles west of Boston and north of Providence in central Massachusetts, is called “the Heart of the Commonwealth” and uses a heart symbol as its logo. It is also nicknamed “The City of the Seven Hills.” With a population of 184,508, its total population is the second only to Boston in all of New England. Alliance Express, a branch of the HOP Energy Family, has provided heating oil delivery and 24/7 emergency service to Worcester, MA, and the surrounding areas, for 90 years. Alliance Express is a full-service energy provider. 


The Worcester area was the home of the Nipmuc Indians. The English first settled in the area in 1674 but abandoned the area in 1675. A reestablished settlement was abandoned in 

1702. A third attempt at a permanent settlement in 1713 was successful. In 1722, the town was incorporated and became the county seat in 1731. From 1755 to 1758, John Adams, the second President of the United States, studied law and taught school in Worcester. 

During the American Revolution, Worcester was the location of a patriot ammunition stockpile discovered by the British. It was also the home of the patriot newspaper, the Massachusetts Spy. There is a star on the sidewalk where Massachusetts Spy publisher, Isaiah Thomas, gave the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 14, 1776. The location was the porch of the Old South Church. The Worcester City Hall, built in the 19th century, is currently located there. 

Worcester became a manufacturing center bringing an influx of immigrants and the popularity of the three-decker houses, many of which are still in existence. 

After manufacturing was moved overseas, Worcester declined, but in the late 20th century, Worcester developed a biotechnology and healthcare industry. 

What Is Unique About Worcester MA?

Like Rome, Worcester has multiple distinct hills including Airport Hill, Bancroft Hill, Belmont/Bell Hill, Grafton Hill, Green Hill, Indian Hill, Newton Hill, Pakachoag Hill, Poets Hill, Vernon Hill, and Wigwam Hill. 

As a result of being the home of the Worcester Lunch Car Company, which built diners, the city still has the Boulevard Diner, Chadwick Square Diner, Corner Lunch, and Miss Worcester Diner. 

The smiley face was created by Worcester native, Harvey Ball. Worcester MA is the home of the first commercialized Valentine’s Day cards, the monkey wrench, the first envelope folding machine, and a version of bowling known as New England Candlepin. 

In the world of sports, Worcester MA was the location of the first perfectly pitched game in major league baseball. 


 With four distinct seasons, Worcester MA, has the typical New England continental climate which includes warm, humid summers and cold, windy, and snowy winters. The seasons are influenced by the mingling of warm, humid southwestern currents; cool, dry northern currents; and moderating eastern currents from the Atlantic. The average yearly precipitation is 48.1 inches. 

July is the hottest month with an average of 70.2°F, and summers in Worcester only average 90°F or above for 3.5 days. On July 4, 1911, the record high temperature for Worcester was 102°F. 

The coldest month is January with an average of 24.1°F and the coldest recorded temperature was -24°F on February 16, 1943. Winters in Worcester only average 0°F or lower for 4.1 nights. Snow fall usually occurs from mid-November through the first of April with an average of 64.1 inches. Although, snow can occur in October. Since Massachusetts protrudes toward the Atlantic Ocean, it is normal for it to experience Nor’easters that hit the state with heavy snowfall. These conditions can cause widespread power outages that can last for days leaving many without heat. 

Worcester heating oil customers of Alliance Express, the local branch of HOP Energy, will be less impacted by these power outages. Alliance Express is a full-service energy provider and will provide 24/7 emergency response during these winter emergencies. More people in Worcester are registering for automatic heating oil delivery so they never have to worry about running out of heating oil—usage is monitored, and deliveries are automatically scheduled. 

Things to Do in Worcester MA


Worcester’s science and nature museum, The EcoTarium, offers a digital planetarium, a narrow-gauge railway, and animal exhibits. Displays are both indoors and outdoors including nature trails on the over 45-acre site. It is located at 222 Harrington Way and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. 

The Worcester Art Museum

The Worcester Art Museum, the second largest New England museum next to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, offers Medieval armor, Roman mosaics, and Impressionist paintings. It is located at 55 Salisbury Street and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

The Salisbury Manson

The Salisbury Mansion, built in 1772, is representative of 18th-century Georgian-style houses. It was originally built as a combination house and store and later used as a rooming house and gentleman’s club. This historic house museum has been restored to its 1830s period. It is located at 40 Highland Street and is open Thursday through Saturday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. 

The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts 

The Franklin Square Theater was renovated and renamed The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts. It is the home for Broadway shows and other special performances. It is located at 2 Southbridge Street. 

Mechanics Hall

Built in 1857, Mechanics Hall, is a concert hall known for its superb acoustics It is located at 321 Main Street. 

Tuckerman Hall

 Tuckerman Hall was built in 1902 by architect Josephine Wright Chapman in Neoclassical style. It is the home of the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra and is located at 10 Tuckerman Street. 

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Winters in Connecticut

Connecticut sits where the New England climate zone ends… and the Middle Atlantic climate zone begins. There are essentially two main seasons in the Tri-State area (NY/NJ/CT): Summer (warm to hot from April to late October)…and Winter (cool to cold from November through mid-March).

According to the National Weather Service, the date of the first freeze in Windsor Locks (in far northern Connecticut) is October 12th…while the date of the first freeze at the Bridgeport/Stratford Airport (along the Connecticut coast) is November 5th. By late November all areas of Connecticut are getting cold, and average highs are from 50 to 55 F and overnight lows are in the 30’s. Often a dusting of snow will fall in Northwestern Connecticut Hills of Litchfield in mid or late November. On average, it’s very rare for any snow to fall before December 1st in southern and coastal Connecticut.

The months of December, January, February, and about half of March are the typical ‘true’ winter months in Connecticut. Hartford and northern Connecticut receive on average twice as much snow (an average of 45 inches)….as the New Haven, Stamford, and New London areas (averaging 25 inches). Most snow storms in Connecticut bring accumulations from around 5 inches to 8 inches, but once every 5 to 10 years a heavy snowstorm or blizzard might drop 12 to 18 inches of snow on the state. Daytime high temperatures in the winter months average from 37 to 42 F in southern Connecticut and from 33 to 38 F in northern Connecticut. Average winter nights are much colder (16 F) in the north and northwestern parts of Connecticut compared to those down in the coastal areas in southeast Connecticut where average winter lows are 25 F. Often, rain will follow a snowstorm and all the snow will melt even in northern Connecticut.

In December 1945, a whopping 45.3 inches of snow fell in Connecticut which made it the snowiest month ever on record, that is until January 2011, when 59.8 inches fell and beat the previous record by a mile. The record for the snowiest season was set in 1995-1996 with 115 inches.

During these winter storms, there are frequent power outages. Customers relying on electric heat are often without power for days. Which is why many of them choose Hop Energy’s local branches in Connecticut to provide their heating oil, propane, generators and emergency repairs. The large coverage area and size of the HOP Energy family ensures fast response times and local service, which makes them the leading provider of heating oil in the area.





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