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Spring Networking at Rapscallion!
Become a Better Presenter
New Employment Law - Pay Equity
Lunch with Secretary Sudders
Welcome New Member!
CMSRG: Quarterly Speaker Series
Family Health Center Celebrates Expanded Family Dental Practice
Cornerstone Donates to Abby's House
NBSB Hat Contest Winner
Harrington To Open Behavioral Health Office in Putnam
Cornerstone Donates to the CASA Project
Dr. Lowell Kallen Joins Harrington
Brimfield 5K Race and Walk
Volunteer at the Community Garden
Harrington's Summer Fundraising Gala
Office Space For Rent
Hitchcock Happenings
Meat Raffle
Easter at Table 3
Easter at Salem Cross Inn
Easter Jazz Brunch
Easter Breakfast Buffet
Fishing Expo
International Dinner
Tantasqua's Team Chef Competition
Publick House Feast
Change Your Habitudes 2.0
Stageloft Theater: Pete 'n' Keely
The Lost World
Family Farm Fest
Comedy Theater Workshop
Beekeeping Seminar
The Last Green Valley Events
Patriots' Day
Second Chance Adoptions at Klems
United Way Pub Quiz
Village Toastmasters Meetings
24/7 Online Training
New Member Baskets
BankHometown _200
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jocelyn Callis
Jessica Bettencourt
1st Vice Chair
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision
Cindy Howard 
Immediate Past Chair

Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group 
Michael Checkosky
Susan Collins
Bank Hometown
Rich Eichacker

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Nathan Hardt
Helios Mako

Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union

Laurie Nelson
Christopher Heights 
Mary O'Coin

Rita Schiano 

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co. 

Jim Donahue
Honorary Board Member
Padgett D. Berthiaume
Chamber Staff
Executive Director
Finance & Administration
Communications Specialist

Chamber Links

Cms Chamber

Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary

Welcome to April's CROSSROADS NEWS
We are in your inbox on the last business day of March to give you the jump on some big news and events springing up all around! We hope you join us for networking and fun at Rapscallion this month. If you are looking to hire we are also presenting a JOB FAIR in April. Tables are FREE for Chamber Members. The new Pay Equity law goes into effect in July. We have a seminar coming to get you up to speed. Terrific local events from ideas for Easter to Patriots' Day also await you in this issue!  

Got news? Thank you for emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads! Keep posting your upcoming events to our online events calendar! We love sharing them with our readers! 


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Fun at Five!
Monday, April 9, 5:00pm
Rapscallion Brewery & Tap Room 
195 Arnold Road, Sturbridge, MA
Join us for Networking at
Rapscallion Brewery!
Recently voted Sturbridge's best neighborhood hangout, Rapscallion is warm and inviting with rustic farmhouse touches combined with the industrial backdrop of a craft brewing operation.

A brewery-run food truck serving gourmet flatbreads and classic pub munchies and an adjoining 18-hole disc golf course invite visitors for a quick escape or a full day's retreat! Enjoy warm and friendly vibes at one of Massachusetts' oldest tap rooms!
 Enjoy tasty treats, fresh brews, chances to win valuable drawing prizes and the opportunity to mingle with local professionals in a very cool and relaxed setting!

Register for Fun at Five by email
or phone.
Cost is $10 for Members who pre-register,  
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
We hope to see you there!

Thank you to our
April Fun at Five Sponsor!
Opacum LT
Opacum Land Trust - Your local land trust - protecting almost 2,000 acres of land in our 13-town service area stretching from Southbridge to West Brookfield and Monson to Charlton.
Tour Opacum 
Please join us to meet the Opacum Land Trust Board of Directors and learn about our new bike event - TourOpacum, Ride for Land Conservation. Last year our first TourOpacum drew 91 riders and our goal is to grow into a major regional bike event, drawing hundreds of riders to Sturbridge and the Opacum service area. Many riders commented on how beautiful this part of the region is. Working with our partners Rapscallion Brewery, Hyland Orchard and Southbridge Bicycles, Opacum Land Trust seeks to enhance the quality of life in our communities while protecting important habitat and open space for the benefit of wildlife and the public.
Join us at 5:00 at Rapscallion Brewery to sample their beer and food and help us promote the growth of TourOpacum. Mark your calendar for July 8th for TourOpacum. More information and registration at . . 508-347-9144
Job Fair
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School
57 Old Muggett Hill Road, Charlton, MA 01507
Proudly presented by
The Chamber of Central Mass South in partnership
with Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School
Are you looking to hire for
Reserve a table today at the Spring JOB FAIR. Designed for employers seeking to fill positions and open to all job seekers, the JOB FAIR will take place in two parts.

From 1:00 to 2:30pm
, the fair will welcome Juniors and Seniors currently attending Bay Path RVTHS, Shepherd Hill Regional High School, and Southbridge High School.

From 3:00 to 6:00pm
, there will be a full on job fair open to all adult job seekers throughout the region.
Two adjacent classrooms will offer Resume Building Workshops and a panel discussion titled "Reality Check: What Employers Expect from Entry-Level Employees" during the fair.

The JOB FAIR will be promoted with ads and inserts in a half dozen local papers with a reach of over 40,000 homes locally and supported by posters in high-traffic business locations throughout the region.
Tables are FREE for CMS Chamber Members!  
First Come, First Served.
($50 for non-Members)
Though we hope to expand in the future, in this first year space is limited to 30 tables so call, email or download the 1-page application for a table here.
(This includes helpful tips on what to bring!)

We will confirm your table reservation via email upon receipt of your application. 

Fax your completed application to: 508-347-5218
Don't delay! This will fill up rapidly.

Call 508-347-2761 for more information.

Participating Businesses as of 3/29  
Sturbridge Coffee Roasters, Cornerstone Bank 
Venture Community Services, Dave's Pest Control 
North Brookfield Savings Bank, Cumulus Media 
Sturbridge Host Hotel, SnapChef, CCL Landscaping 
OFS, Karl Storz and Schott
With gratitude to our JOB FAIR Sponsors
Job Fair sponsors
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Brown Bag Seminar
Become a Better Presenter 
(and Get Your Butterflies to Fly in Formation) 
Tuesday, April 24, Noon-1:00pm
CMS Chamber Conference Room, 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge 
FREE for CMS Chamber Members, $15 for non-Members.
Space is Limited! Please RSVP. 
Call 508-347-2761 or email to save your spot!

Dennis McCurdy will present tips on how to write, and deliver better presentations. This one-hour seminar will cover:
Rule of 3
Power Point
with plenty of time for Q & A
Dennis McCurdy
Presented by Dennis A. McCurdy
Author, Speaker, Toastmaster Dennis McCurdy, holds the Advanced Communicator Gold, Designation from Toastmasters International, Dennis has been speaking, training and mentoring speakers since 2004. He has competed in many toastmaster speech contests and is the founding and Charter President of Village Toastmasters in Sturbridge, MA.
As president of Adam Beck Institute, he speaks frequently about personal development and growth. His 5-week workshop, Find A Way, was developed for individuals who want to invigorate their life, reach for their dreams, and learn new ways to achieve... Those who have attended his presentations agree-Dennis is a practical and down-to-earth coach/guide. No frills just lots of meat and potatoes. 
New Employment Law - Pay Equity
Pay Equity
Thursday, April 26, 8:00am-9:30am
Bay Path University
1 Picker Road, Technology Park, Sturbridge
FREE for CMS Chamber Members, $25 for non-Members.
Space is Limited! Please RSVP. 
Call 508-347-2761 or email to save your spot!

The new law will go into effect on July 1, 2018.

If you think your pay practices are okay simply because you are paying people comparably within the same job, think again. July 2018, marks the effective date of the Massachusetts Pay Equity Law. 

This law is redefining what it means to pay employees in a fair and equitable manner and it is forcing Massachusetts employers to closely re-examine their pay practices across positions that are "substantially similar" in scope. What is your real risk? When is it okay to pay people differently?   

This briefing will outline some of the common causes for pay inequities, the impact of the Massachusetts Pay Equity Law on pay practices and we will discuss strategies for auditing your current pay practices and corrective action strategies to help you mitigate risk.
Patti D'Amaddio , Director of HR Services with Employers Association of the NorthEast and John Gannon , Partner at Skoler Abbott, will review the guidelines and answer your questions.   
Some of the key topics include:
  • An overview of the law and key compliance measures
  • Whether incentive pay and benefits (such as vacation, holidays, etc.) are included in the term "wages" under the Act (they are)
  • What constitutes a valid seniority system and merit system
  • Whether market forces can be used to justify pay disparities (they can't)
  • Whether employers can ask applicants what their salary expectations are (they can)
  • What it means for a self-evaluation to be performed in "good faith," as well as providing some tips for employers on how to conduct a good-faith self-evaluation
Presented by Patti D'Amaddio (EANE) and John Gannon (Skoler Abbott).
You are cordially invited to join us for
Lunch with Secretary Sudders
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge MA, 01566

The Chamber is very excited to welcome Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services who will share the latest news from Beacon Hill and answer your questions. We are pleased to offer this invitation to the Members of the Chamber of Central Mass South as well as our affiliates with the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and hope you will join us for an informative and delicious luncheon at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village.

Topics the Secretary will cover include:
  • State and Federal changes in health care and how they affect Massachusetts residents
  • The Massachusetts response to the opioid crisis
Please call or email us for more information or to reserve your space.

Secretary Sudders Marylou Sudders, MSW, ACSW
Secretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS)

Appointed by Governor Charlie Baker, Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health & Human Services, leads the largest executive agency in state government, overseeing a $22 billion state budget, twelve agencies and 22,000 public servants. EOHHS services directly touch the lives of slightly more than 1 in 4 residents of the Commonwealth. Sudders' responsibilities include the state's MassHealth (Medicaid) program that provides health coverage to 1.9 million low income or disabled residents, chairing the board of the state's health care marketplace (The Connector), the Autism Commission and, the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) Oversight Council; and, co-chairs the Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness and the state's first Governor's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts. Sudders is leading the Commonwealth's efforts to address the opioid epidemic, strengthen the Department of Children and Families, and to ensure a sustainable MassHealth program.

Professionally trained as a social worker, Sudders has been a public official, private non-profit executive, advocate and college professor. She served as the Massachusetts Commissioner of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003. Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Sudders was an associate professor and chaired the health/mental health program at Boston College's Graduate School of Social Work. She also served as a behavioral health expert with the Department of Justice.

She has been recognized by top business, social work and civic organizations, including the Boston Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Eastern Bank, and from the National Association of Social Work for her work.

Sudders is an alumna of Boston University with a Bachelor's degree with honors and a Master's degree in social work, and received an honorary doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Believing in community service, she has served on many charitable boards, including the Pine Street Inn, DentaQuest Foundation, Massachusetts Association for Mental Health and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor
Harrington HealthCrae System

Gold Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
           508-764-4085 ________________________508-949-0400 ___________________________508-347-8181

The Luncheon Menu

First Course
Tossed Mixed Greens with Choice of Dressing

Chicken Arrabiata: Grilled Chicken tossed with Penne,
Roasted Tomato and Caramelized Eggplant

Dulce De Leche Bread Pudding with Brown Butter Glazed Pears
Coffee and Assorted Teas

To Attend:
Please RSVP to 508-347-2761 or
The cost is $30 per person with tables of 8 for $225 for Members and affiliates.
The cost for non-members is $40 per person with tables of 8 for $320.

The Deadline to RSVP is April 26, 2018.
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Welcome New Member!
Please join us in welcoming our newest Member.
ATM Associates, LLC  
Commercial Leasing
P.O. Box 775, Sturbridge, MA 

Central Mass Referral Group
Central Mass South Referral Group Announces
2018 Quarterly Speaker Series

The Central MA South Referral Group is a venue for networking, enhancing public speaking skills, exchanging business referrals and marketing ideas and sponsoring guest speakers who share their knowledge of the latest developments in business.

The 2018 quarterly speaker series begins Friday, April 27. Robin Samora, marketing and public relations expert, will present on "7 Ways Social Media Can Get You More Customers, Sales and Profits." The meeting will be at The Barn at Wight Farm, 420 Main Street, Sturbridge, Mass.
Robin's presentation will include:
  • Discover what it takes to turn prospects and loyal customers into raving fans, who can't get enough of you.
  • Create and promote your own media channels so you're in charge of your message and brand.
  • Leave with a checklist of tips, tricks and promotional ideas that will help you build your target audience, eager to buy.
The public and all Chamber members are invited to attend. The meeting begins with coffee and networking at 7:00 a.m. and concludes at 8:30. There is no charge to attend.

Robin Robin Samora works with small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to turn prospects and loyal customers into raving fans. She helps clients increase branding and visibility online and offline by cutting through the clutter, so they can get noticed and sell more products and services. Using social media, email marketing, speaking and free publicity strategies, Robin creates a user-friendly roadmap to enhance her clients' credibility, reputation and leadership position - even without a PR budget.

For more information about the Speaker Series, contact Dennis McCurdy at 508-347-9343 or
Family Health Center Southbridge
Celebrates Expanded Family Dental Practice

Community leaders and patients gathered on Wednesday, March 28 at Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc.'s satellite health center at 32 Orchard Street in Southbridge MA for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the expansion and grand re-opening of Family Health Center - Southbridge's Family Dental Practice. The Federally Qualified Community Health Center first opened medical and dental services in Southbridge in March of 2014 to provide access to care for low-income families and individuals.

The celebration marked the second expansion of services in Southbridge in response to growing community demand since opening.

"Congratulations to the team at Family Health Center of Worcester as they celebrate the expansion and reopening of their facility in Southbridge today," said Congressman Richard E. Neal. "These community health centers are vital across the state and our country as they provide quality care in rural areas. They are a proven, cost effective solution to America's health care access challenges. Based on the growth of this facility, it is clear to see that these programs work. I am proud to be a longtime supporter of these initiatives."

Congressman Neal cut the red ribbon to re-open the renovated facility, along with Executive Director of the United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge, and Charlton Mary O'Coin, President and CEO of Family Health Center Frances M. Anthes, Dental Director Dr. Martha Sullivan, and the entire dental team.

Family Health Center - Southbridge's Family Dental Practice offers comprehensive, high-quality oral health care for patients of all ages, regardless of patients' ability to pay. During the past year 1,053 patients received dental care at the site.

"Family Health Center - Southbridge's Family Dental Practice is meeting the community's need for access to dental care," said Frances M. Anthes, President and CEO at Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc. "Many of our patients in Southbridge had significant dental issues that required immediate attention. We work closely with our patients to improve their oral health which contributes to their overall physical wellbeing. This complements the medical care that we provide for our patients across the street at 29 Orchard Street." Family Health Center - Southbridge Family Dental Practice, Family Health Center offers Family Medicine at a practice site across the street at 29 Orchard Street in Southbridge. Anthes added that many community partners have supported the health center during the past four years, making this expansion possible.

In total, more than 2,200 local residents rely on Family Health Center - Southbridge each year for medical and dental services. The health center receives federal, state and local funding to deliver care for all residents regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

Family Health Center - Southbridge is operated by Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc. whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of all residents in the Greater Worcester area, especially culturally diverse populations, by providing access to affordable, high quality, integrated, comprehensive, and respectful primary health care and social services, regardless of patients' ability to pay. In Massachusetts, 50 community health centers with more than 300 locations provide access to high quality health care for 988,000 state residents.

For more information about Family Health Center - Southbridge, please visit:
Cornerstone Bank Donates to Abby's House
Cornerstone Abby House Donation
Pictured L to R: Abby's House Board President Alaina Olson, Cornerstone Bank's Chairman and
CEO K. Michael Robbins and Vice President of Marketing Lori Kowal.
Cornerstone Bank is proud to announce its recent donation of $7,500 to Abby's House in support of the organization's renovation project of its main building.
Abby's House, which is the largest provider of affordable and supportive housing in the Greater Worcester area, serves women and children who are homeless and in need of shelter. Abby's House not only offers short-term emergency shelter, it also offers longer-term housing.
The offices of Abby's House reside in a 100-year-old, four-story building. The donation will go toward necessary renovations and system updates for the building, to ensure it's up to date with building codes. Services provided by the staff at Abby's House include advocacy, food and clothing assistance, support programs for domestic violence and other issues and assistance in finding long-term housing.
"Abby's House is such an important resource for women and children who are homeless and need a way to regain their independence," stated Chairman & CEO of Cornerstone Bank K. Michael Robbins. "The services provided by the caring staff are paramount to improving the lives of our community members."
For more information on Abby's House including how you can donate, visit or call: 508-756-5486.
About Cornerstone Bank: Cornerstone Bank is an independent, mutual savings bank serving the residents, businesses, and communities throughout Central Massachusetts from offices in Charlton, Holden, Leicester, N. Oxford, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Warren, Webster and Worcester. Deposits are insured in full by a combination of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Depositors Insurance Fund. The Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Equal Housing Lender, and SBA Preferred Lender. For more information, visit online at, on Facebook or call 800-939-9103.
North Brookfield Savings Bank's February Hat Contest Winner  
is John Theofane
NBSB Hat Contest
North Brookfield Savings Bank Teller Scott Farr presented a $100 Steaming Tender Restaurant gift card to North Brookfield Savings Bank's February Hat Contest WinnerJohn Theofane.
With hopes for milder weather and the excitement of longer days upon us, there is something for everyone to look forward to during these cold wintery days. However, there is something extra special in the forecast for one lucky local resident. John Theofane, a resident of Palmer, was recently awarded a $100 gift certificate for being the February winner of North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest.
Each month, anyone spotted wearing an NBSB hat in the community by a Bank representative is entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to a local establishment. Theofane was spotted wearing his blue North Brookfield Savings Bank hat by Palmer Branch Supervisor Jenny Skoczylas while visiting the Palmer Branch location. Later he visited the Palmer Branch location to collect his $100 gift certificate to The Steaming Tender Restaurant in Palmer, MA.
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit 
Harrington HealthCare System to Open Behavioral Health Office in Putnam
Putnam Clinic
The photo shows construction in progress at 17 Kennedy Drive, Putnam CT.

Harrington HealthCare System is expanding its access to behavioral health treatment by opening a new office in Putnam, Conn.
Located at 17 Kennedy Drive, the building will offer adult recovery services and child and family counseling.
"We recognize that patients across our region continue to struggle to access mental health and substance use treatment," said Harrington Vice President of Behavioral Health Services Greg Mirhej. "We are happy to be in a position where we can provide the 395-corridor a place to receive counseling, medication management and therapy groups."
The building is expected to open April 1 and will be staffed by several mental health and recovery clinicians, as well as Dr. Lowell Kallen, who spent the last three years as a child and family psychiatrist with Day Kimball Healthcare.
Patients interested in scheduling an appointment can call (860) 821-2985.
Recovery Services will offer individuals 18 and over intake evaluations, therapy groups, counseling and overall behavior management. Should patients need more complex treatment options, they will have access to Harrington's comprehensive continuum of care, which includes inpatient and intensive outpatient services and step-down programs located in Webster, MA and Southbridge, MA.
Child & Family Services provides mental health support for ages 4-24 and their family members. Independently-licensed clinicians are specialized in a variety of treatment include trauma-based and cognitive therapy. The model is meant to offer support to the entire family to provide continuity and inclusive care. Age-specific counseling groups, one-to-one therapy and medication management will also be available.
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Cornerstone Bank Donates to the CASA Project
CASA Project donation
Pictured L to R: CASA Project's Development Associate Carolyn Hoey; Cornerstone Bank's Chairman and
CEO K. Michael Robbins; CASA Project's Executive Director Robb Zarges and Cornerstone Bank's
Vice President of Marketing Lori Kowal.
Cornerstone Bank is proud to announce its recent donation of $2,500 to the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Project in support of its Child Court Advocacy Program. 

Now in its 37th year, the CASA Project provides advocacy services to children living in the foster care system. The organization trains volunteer citizens to become court-appointed special advocates to represent the best interests of abused or neglected children in the juvenile court system.

The funds donated will be used to help support the recruitment and training of additional CASA volunteers, and thereby allow CASA to serve more victimized children within Worcester County as part of the Child Court Advocacy Program.

"The CASA Project is crucial to Worcester County's children who find themselves in a situation where they need a responsible advocate to ensure their safety," stated Chairman and CEO K. Michael Robbins of Cornerstone Bank. "CASA's mission to expand their services and serve the victimized children in the area is noble, and we are happy to be able to support them in this worthy endeavor."

For more information on the CASA Project, visit or call: 508-757-9877.
Dr. Lowell Kallen, Child & Family Therapy, 
Joins Harrington at New Behavioral Health Office in Putnam
Lowell Kallen_ M.D
Lowell Kallen, M.D., has joined Harrington Behavioral Health Services at their new location at 17 Kennedy Drive, in Putnam, Conn. as a Child & Family Psychiatrist.
With more than 30 years of experience in child and adolescent mental health therapy, Dr. Kallen has spent the last three years at Day Kimball Healthcare. His familiarity in the Putnam area will provide comfort for patients looking to transition or make a new appointment for psychiatry in the northeastern Connecticut community.
Dr. Kallen received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland. He completed a residency in pediatrics and a residency in psychiatry at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Oakland, Calif. He completed his fellowship in child psychiatry at Langley Porter Institute, University of California, in San Francisco. He is board certified in pediatrics, psychiatry, and neurology.
Dr. Kallen will be providing psychiatry management to children and adolescent experiencing a range of disorders including:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Conduct disorders
  • Trauma
  • Mood disorders
Services at 17 Kennedy Drive will include psychiatric intakes and long-term medication management, in conjunction with onsite therapy services provided by our team of independently licensed clinicians. 
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10th Annual Country Bank 5K Race and Walk

April 28, 2018
Race starts at 9:00 AM, Walk starts at 9:15 AM
Five Bridge Road, Brimfield, MA 01010

5K loop on gravel-based trail, mostly flat with varied terrain.
Free T-Shirt for first 75 registrants.
Start/Finish location: Five Bridge Road, Brimfield, MA

Race Entry Fee: $20 if registered by April 9th. $25 on day of race.
Register online at
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Volunteer and Make a Difference in Our Community
Because Everyone Deserves to Eat Healthy 

The Community Food Collaborative is a volunteer-based community garden which grows fresh organic produce that we harvest and provide to the St. John Paul II Food Pantry, serving those in need in Sturbridge and Southbridge. In addition to donating nutritious food to the hungry, the Community Food Collaborative is a great way to socialize, network, and become more active in the community!

Connect With Us and Get Involved! 
To stay up to date on upcoming events and find out how you can get involved, email us at or check out  our website
Follow the garden on Facebook!

The Community Food Collaborative is a a project of the Sturbridge and Southbridge Rotary Clubs .
Harrington Heroes
Harrington to Host Summer Fundraising Gala
to Benefit Emergency Department Renovation
Event to Honor Nurse; Features VIP Guests Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman
Harrington HealthCare System will hold a fundraising gala this July, honoring Elise Wilson, a long-time Harrington nurse who was attacked by a patient in June 2017.
The event is the healthcare system's major fundraiser to renovate and expand the Emergency Department (ED) in Southbridge; a capital campaign estimated at $5 million.
A Fare to Remember will be held on July 14 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. Tickets go on sale to the public May 1.
Wilson, the 40-year employee of Harrington Hospital, who was the victim of an attack last summer while working in triage in the Southbridge ED, will attend with her family as the honorary Harrington "Hero" offering her support for the renovation project. The renovation will, in part, increase the safety of staff and patients, as well as increasing treatment space by 2,400 square feet and modernizing the existing 8,500 square foot space.
In addition to honoring Wilson, A Fare to Remember will feature a two VIP Guests: Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Both will be available for an exclusive pre-event cocktail hour where VIP ticket holders can meet and take a photo with the players, as well as receive autographed memorabilia. Julian and Danny will also make a special on-stage appearance at the beginning of the event to help offer their support for the ED Campaign.
The evening continues with local restaurants from South Central Massachusetts featuring tastings of their signature dishes and desserts. Those confirmed so far include Porterhouse, Sturbridge Seafood, Baba Sushi, Sturbridge Coffee Roasters, Publick House, Mexicali, Rovezzi's and Metro Bistro.
Creative auctions will be available including sports, music and destination-themed prizes.
In advance of ticket sales, the community is encouraged to become a Harrington "hERo" by participating in a series of online fundraising challenges that playfully offer a face-off between Julian and Danny to see who can raise the most money. Each challenge has a unique prize to specific participants, including signed memorabilia, game tickets, event VIP passes and more. The "hERo" Challenge has a $100,000 goal and lasts until July 9.
The last major renovation of the Southbridge Emergency Department occurred in 1998 bringing the ED to its current complement of 14 stretcher rooms plus a triage and overflow room. Since its last renovation in 1998, the annual ED visit volume has grown 23%, from approximately 22,000 to 27,000, with steady increase over the most recent years.
Those interested in tickets or participating in the Harrington hERo Challenge can visit the event website at
For donation and sponsorship inquiries, please contact Director of Development Angela Chviek at (508) 765-3029.
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Small Office Space For Rent
212 Main Street, Sturbridge
Les Gardner  
Need to get things done in Sturbridge? Les Gardner has a small office available to rent within his space in the McCurdy Insurance Building at 212 Main Street, Sturbridge. The space measures approximately 12' x 12' or 150 square feet. This convenient work space includes internet access and a desk. If you are interested or have more questions, contact Les directly at 508-347-7177.
"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
-William Shakespeare
Hitchcock Happenings 
  Jam Band
Join Tim Kane and others in your community in making a band and then performing at  
Make Music Day on June 21st.
Friday, March 30 
LET'S START A JAM BAND: Bring your own instruments or use a variety of djembes and hand drums and join local musician Tim Kane in learning covers and creating original songs as a group! Members will be invited to perform all of these selections at Make Music Day on June 21. Date: Fridays 6-7 March 30, April 6, 13, May 4, May 18, 25, June 1, 8 (no class 4/20 or 5/11) Fee: $80 Instructor: Tim Kane, Kane School of Drums. Contact Hitchcock at 413-245-9977 or to register.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM

Monday, April 2
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: Playgroup: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-11:00 AM Dates: Wednesdays when school is in session until May 2018. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing
WEIGHT WATCHERS: Traditional Weight Watchers meetings! Times: Weigh-in/Registrations: 5:30PM Meeting: 6:00 PM Leader: Angela Kramer Visit to become a member or to learn more about Weight Watchers.
SEN-I JUDO CLUB: This course runs all year long and is well suited for all levels of practitioners including beginners! Call Sensei Israel Lopez 413 279-4330 for more information.
Tuesday, April 3
ART GROUP: Participants enjoy time to socialize, draw and paint together informally without instruction. No pre-registration required. Bring your own supplies and enjoy! Free will Donations are welcome. Time: 9-11:30AM Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 for more information.
ZUMBA® with KAREN: A fusion of Latin & International music/dance themes create a dynamic, exciting and based on the principles that a workout should be "FUN AND EASY TO DO". The routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast & slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. (5 classes) Dates: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM Fee: $42 Instructor: Karen Larsen. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or for more information.
Wednesday, April 4
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: Movement & Music: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing
WATERCOLORS WITH BETH: Ongoing watercolor classes for all levels with a new painting every 3 weeks. You must register with Beth in advance to attend. Time: 9:30 AM-12 PM Fee: $17 per week plus supplies. Instructor: Beth Parys. For information and to register, call Beth at 413-245-3295.

REIKI LEVEL I: Tap into the healing energy of the universe and start your path to becoming a Reiki master. Reiki was developed in Japan, but adapted to many cultures as a non-invasive healing technique that can be used alongside Western medicine. (2 classes) Time: 6:00-8:00PM Fee: $150 Instructor: Jean Miller, Traditional Reiki Master. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.

Thursday, April 5
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: STEM: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing
SEN-I JUDO CLUB: This course runs all year long and is well suited for all levels of practitioners including beginners! Call Sensei Israel Lopez 413 279-4330 for more information.
Saturday, April 7
K9® NOSEWORK: K9 Nose Work® is a sport open to all breeds of dogs and their people. Explore a new hobby with your best friend or improve on you and your friend's current knowledge! Progressive training levels offered from basic to advanced. (6 classes)
K9 Nose Work® Foundation: 12-1:30 PM
K9 Nose Work® Continuing: 10:30 AM-12 PM
K9 Nose Work® Advanced: 9-10:30 AM
Fee: $145/dog. Instructor: Laurie Merritt, M.Ed., Certified K9 NoseWork® Instructor. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
TAI CHI with DAVID: Warm up with 30 minutes of Chi Kung, switching to simple form work and into some more advanced forms. Approachable for all levels. Preregistration required. If not enough students have registered by the Monday before the workshop, it will be cancelled. Dates: Saturdays, from 9 AM - 11 AM Fee: $23 Instructor: David Masera Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
Meat Raffle
March 31, 2018, 6:00 to 9:00 PM 
Italian Club, 20 North Street, Southbridge, MA 
50/50 Raffle 
Cash Bar & Snacks Available 
Easter at Table 3 Restaurants  
Easter at Avellino, The Duck and Cedar Street Grille 
Sunday, April 1

For a special Easter celebration leave the cooking to the Table 3 chefs. Our talented chefs have prepared sensational menus for Easter Sunday. The Duck and Avellino will be serving a traditional pre-fixe menu with all your holiday favorites. Cedar Street Grille will be offering their unique brunch menu all day plus some great Easter specials.

Make your reservation now and enjoy a holiday free from stress in one of our fine restaurants.

Call 508-347-2321
for The Duck and Avellino seating: 11am-4pm
Call 508-347-5800 for Cedar Street Grille seating: 10am-4pm 
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Salem Cross inn 
260 West Main Street, Route 9
West Brookfield, MA
Rich with history, the Salem Cross Inn is a restored 18th century farmhouse  
nestled on 600 acres of New England countryside.

Easter Dinner at Salem Cross Inn 
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Break bread with family and friends and enjoy our special Easter Menu, including:
featured drinks, appetizers, eight entrèe options, and homemade desserts. 

Tables fill up quickly, so please make your reservations early!

Our Dining Room is open from 11:30 to 4:00 with reservations on the half hour.
We require a $10 non-refundable deposit per person to reserve your spot.
The full deposit will be applied to your bill.

Visit the website and make your reservations online* or call Salem Cross Inn at (508) 867-2345.

*For parties of 9 or more you MUST reserve by phone.
Only parties of 8 or less can order online.
Fireplace feast
Fireplace Feast Season Continues through April! 
April 8, 15, 20, 22, & 29    
Experience the inn's series of 1700's style feasts, prepared on the open hearth of a great field stone fireplace. Relax by the fire or lend a hand as dinner is prepared for you in colonial style. Stir the chowder as it bubbles in our cast iron cauldron. See your prime rib, roasted 'to a turn,' as the only known authentic Roasting Jack still operating in America rotates slowly over a  
crackling fire of wild cherry logs.
Held on various dates through April, Fireplace Feast is an experience you won't forget!
Learn more and make reservations here. 

Open Full Schedule: 
MARCH 29-DECEMBER 30, 2018 
Tuesday to Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm 
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 9:00pm 
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm 
Easter Jazz Brunch at the Barn 
The Barn 
Sunday, April 1, 10am-4pm
Join us from 10am-4pm for our first Easter brunch buffet at The Barn at Wight Farm while listening to the jazzy sounds of Dale LePage and Joe D'Angelo. The Barn's buffet will be brimming with all your favorites and some of Chef Tony's and Chef Rico's inspirations. The price for this Easter extravaganza is just $38.95 per guest (plus tax & gratuity).

Make your reservations now by calling Danielle Green at 774-241-8450.
The Publick House  

Easter Breakfast Buffet
Sunday, April 1, 2018 
Seatings from 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM 
Adults $18.95 Children $9.95 (3-11yrs) 
(plus tax & gratuity) 
Reservations Required

Fresh Seasonal Fruit Salad, Assorted Fresh Publick House Breakfast Pastries 
Assorted Cold Cereals, Scrambled Eggs, Quiche Lorraine 
Bacon and Sausage, Corned Beef Hash, Home-Fried Breakfast Potatoes 
Omelets Made to Order Station 
Ham, Bacon, Peppers, Onions, Tomatoes, Spinach, Swiss Cheese 
Belgian Waffles with Whipped Cream, Strawberries and Warmed Syrup 
Cheese Blintzes with Fruit Compote 
Coffee, Tea, Juice or Soft Drink

Easter Buffet
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Seatings from 10:30AM - 6:30PM  
Adults $36.95 Children $14.95 (3-11yrs)  
(plus tax & gratuity)  
Reservations Required

Salads, Entrees, Carving Station (Roast Prime Rib of Beef, Easter Ham), Seafood Display, Sides, Children's Station, Delectable Desserts Station, House-Made Sweet Pecan Rolls and Dinner Rolls
Visit the link for the complete menu.
Call Publick House at 508-347-7323 ext. 400 for reservations.
Fishing Expo 
April 7, 9:00am-4:00pm at Klem's Sporting Goods

- Meet the Reps and Experts from: Calcutta, Seas Striker, Yum, Arbogast, Booyah, Reebl and Bomber, Yo-Zuri, Spro, Gamakatsu, Acme Lures, Eagle Claw, Seaguar, Mooselook Wobblers, Thomas Lures, Live Target Lures, Berkley, Abu-Garcia, Penn, Pfleuger, Spider Wire, Mitchell, Shakespeare, Grizz Baits, Boag Hog Baits and Jackhammer Charters. 
Reel in Savings with the Lowest prices of the year on Fishing Merchandise! Catch even more fish with the latest gear for 2018! Drawings, Give-a-ways & In-store specials! Dan Kenney from Go Fish will be signing autographs!

Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708 
International Dinner  
April 7, 5:30-7:00pm, Fellowship Hall
The Women's Fellowship of Elm Street Congregational Church will be holding an International Dinner on Saturday, April 7th from 5:30-7:00pm in Fellowship Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. The menu will include: Chicken Picata, French Meat Pie, Polish Golumbki, Laotian Egg Rolls, and Mexican Taco Casserole. There will also be salad, french bread, desserts and beverages. For tickets call 508-347-3463, or the Church office at 508-764-8058.

Fellowship Hall is handicapped accessible, and parking is free in back of the Town Hall.

Elm Street Congregational Church      61 Elm Street, Southbridge, MA 
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Tantasqua's Team Chef Competition 2018
Sturbridge Host Hotel, April 8, Noon to 3:00pm 

The Tantasqua Senior High School's Culinary Arts Program is holding its 8th annual Team Chef Competition on Sunday, April 8, at the Sturbridge Host Hotel from 12-3 P.M. Students are teamed up with local restaurants for a friendly competition for judge's, and people's choice for best entrée, and dessert. This year's ''featured'' ingredient is Cheese, which will be used by each restaurant team in some form for both entrée, and dessert items. Proceeds from this event go towards the Tantasqua Culinary Arts Scholarship Fund.

The public is invited to come taste all the exciting foods, and meet the students, and area chefs who created them. Raffles will also be available at the event. The fee for the event is $10 for adults, and $5 for kids between 5 & 10 years in age.
The Publick House  
Publick House Cooks for Community Organizations 
Help us give back to the community by joining us for our monthly feasts to raise money for local organizations. Sponsored organization will split a minimum of $4.00 from every dinner served!

April 9  
St. Michael's Church, Southbridge 
Masonic Angel Fund 
Adults $14 / Children $5
(4-12 yrs.) 
Held in Paige Hall or under the Tent!

Two Seating Times 
SEATING ONE: 4:30pm-6:15pm
SEATING TWO: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Casual Dining * Open Seating * No Reservations    
All Feasts include... 
Tossed Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, Dinner Rolls, Dessert, Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks & Iced Water    
Thank you for your support! 
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Change Your Habitudes 2.0
Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m, Sturbridge, MA 

Are Fears, Doubts, Insecurities Holding You Back? Then it's Time to Change Your Habitudes!
Well, if you are looking to take action and change those beliefs that are holding you back, then you'll be joining me in Sturbridge, MA for the Change Your Habitudes 2.0 workshop!

Habitudes . . . those persistent ways of thinking and acting that shape your personal narrative.
Negative thinking patterns can limit the quality of life you desire. Learning how to transcend those limitations is key to achieving your goals and getting to that next level in your life.

"I have a better understanding of how I own my habitudes. Acknowledging their origin and my role in developing them and sustaining them brought me to the realization that I can amend them."  -Kelly Snell, attendee, October 2017 Change Your Habitudes Workshop

So, how do we change these Habitudes that do not serve us? How do we make the shift towards positive thoughts and actions? By exploring, breaking down, and understanding the Habitude process.

Change Your Habitudes 2.0 will:
  • Explore the Six Basic Human Needs -- Which are driving you?
  • Help you uncover the Negative Habitudes holding you back
  • Examine key decisions that direct your actions
  • Offer strategies for releasing those negative thought patterns
You will also learn how to break the negative Habitude cycle through reframing using the 5-step process of Strategic Goal Mapping -- a creative and graphic vision-board based goal-mapping technique.

Strategic Goal Mapping (SGM) is a system I developed that incorporates the highly effective graphic technique of mind-mapping with a Habitude analysis action plan. By mapping out your Habitudes in a visual way, you connect thoughts, emotions and behaviors around a central goal and create an action plan that works.

So, join me in Sturbridge on Tuesday, April 10. Seating for this workshop is limited so act fast!

INVESTMENT: $147.00 (Workshop and materials) Keep reading for special deal!

BONUS #1! CMS Members receive one (1) free strategic personal coaching session with Rita . . . a $95 value. Session is held in person (Sturbridge office), or by phone, Skype, Facetime, or

CMS Folks! Use PROMO CODE CMS and get an additional 20% off! Final price: $117.60 plus 1 Free coaching session!

Stageloft Theater Presents
Pete n Keely
Book by James Hindman
Original Music by Patrick Brady 
Original Lyrics by Mark Waldrop, Patrick S. Brady  and others 
Directed by Kaitlyn Ekstrom-Doig

April 13 - 22
Starring Todd Darling & Christine Taylor & featuring the musical and comedic talents of John Leslie

Staged as a live taping of a 1968 television special that reunites a divorced singing duo, this kitschy spoof had New York critics singing its praises. As Pete and Keely stroll down memory lane (in eye popping costumes) reprising songs from their days of stardom, they take "unscripted" swipes at each other that dredge up hilarious moments from their turbulent past. This musical features unforgettable renditions of the era's popular favorites as well as original songs in the spirit of the times.
Call or visit online for tickets.

Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale            508-347-9005  
The Lost World
The Lost World 
Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge presents "The Lost World" written by local playwright Ed Humphries. Performance dates are April 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30pm and April 22 at 2pm. All performances will be held at the Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street in Southbridge. Parking is available on the street, or in the parking lot behind the Southbridge Town Hall.

This comedy/drama will be directed by Ed Humphries and produced by David Corkum. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and youth under 18. Tickets may be reserved by calling Gateway at 508-764-4531. Online credit card ticket sales are available at:

The Story: 'The Lost World' tells the tale of a 20-Year High School Reunion attended by only six people. This is not just any six people - these are six individuals who claim to have hated High School the most. Brought together 20 years later by a common friend, the six former classmates find themselves face-to-face in a discount hotel ballroom for one fateful night of laughs, fights, tears, and soul-searching; as they drag their skeletons to the light in a bid to exorcise the personal demons that have haunted them since they last patrolled those hallowed halls of High School. Children of the Eighties now all grown up; they're 'The Breakfast Club' thrust into the Facebook generation - leading them to pine for a simpler time; an age where if you wanted to connect with someone; you reached out and touched them; not texted, tweeted or Skyped. Their world is truly "The Lost World".
Family Farm Fest
Saturday, April 14, 2018 to Sunday, April 15, 2018 
Saturday, April 21, 2018 to Sunday, April 22, 2018

Old Sturbridge Village invites young and old to celebrate spring with the arrival of baby animals and the preparation of our planting fields. Meet the Village's cuddly, heritage breed newborns up-close and experience first-hand the responsibilities of raising animals on a farm in 1830. At the Freeman Farm, families will learn about 19th-century agriculture practices and tools, as well as learn how they are applicable to today's farmers and Laura Ingalls Wilder, as portrayed by historian Melanie Stringeren backyard gardeners. Kids will even have a chance to try their hand at seasonal chores!

Visit with a variety of animals including cattle, lambs, chicks, and piglets. Compete in our Farm Yard Games, take a hay wagon ride around the countryside, and learn more about farming and gardening. Meet guest teamsters from around New England.

During Family Farm Fest, guests will thrill at "meeting" Laura Ingalls Wilder, of the "Little House" series, as portrayed by historian Melanie Stringer. Stringer provides research-based, factual information about Wilder, her husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and their family and friends. Her in-character answers to questions from the audience will reflect Ms. Wilder's known activities, tastes, opinions, experiences, beliefs, and manners.  See more here

This event is generously sponsored by: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
Comedy Theater Workshop 
Maggie the Clown
April 14, 10:00am to Noon at Charlton Public Library

Gateway Players Theatre, Inc. is sponsoring a Comedy Theater Workshop, hosted by Nicole Portwood, focusing on comedy movement, slapstick, pratfalls, and juggling. Nicole is a former Ringling Brothers Clown and performs locally as an actor as well as Maggie The Clown. For additional information about Nicole, please visit

The workshop will be held in Charlton at the Charlton Public Library, 40 Main Street, on April 14, from 10:00am until noon. The workshop is FREE and is for all ages; children age 8 to adult. To register, contact Gateway Players, at 508-764-4531.

This workshop is presented by a grant from the Charlton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Beekeeping Sem
Beekeeping Seminar
April 14, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm

All the buzz! Free to attend. Tips for Beginners!
Instructed by Master Beekeeper, Mary Duane, who has been a bee keeper for 19 years, and the former President of Worcester County Beekeepers. She is also the Massachusetts state representative for the Eastern Apiary Society and is a recipient of the Bee Keeper of the Year award for Worcester County Bee Keepers.

Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708
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The Last Green Valley's April 2018 Calendar of Events
Bull Hill Scenic View Hike: April 14, 10 am to 2 pm, 401 Ravenelle Rd., N. Grosvenordale, CT, Park on the grass shoulder on the east side of the road. Join TLGV Board member Janet Blanchette and Wyndham Land Trust Board member Jeff Stefanik on a hike to Bull Hill property owned by WLT in Thompson. We will hike from Ravenelle Road north through Army Corps property and then, partially along roads, hike up to a scenic viewing area for lunch. Be prepared for stream crossings, hills, and rocky, rooty, wet trails. Free event. This hike is Moderate to Difficult; 6 miles; leashed dogs welcome; bring water, lunch or a snack. Rain date: April 15. Contact Janet Blanchette, email: , phone: 860 923-2920, for more information.
The Last Green Valley's Acorn Adventure, Sun Spots and More!: April 15, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., West Thompson Dam. Spend some time with Geoff McLean, a volunteer TLGV Ranger and NASA Solar System Ambassador, examining our closest star. We will view the Sun in normal light looking for currently elusive sun spots and also in the Hydrogen Alpha spectrum where you can see flares, prominences, Ellerman bombs, and other phenomena. Geoff will speak on safety concerning solar viewing, the life of our star, what it does, how it compares to other stars, and how it will end. What is Earth's future going to be like?  If there are sunspots (and the sun is currently at its sunspot minimum) make a drawing of it and learn about Greenwich Mean Time and Universal Time as well as latitude and longitude - i.e. where you are on the Earth.  We'll also talk about NASA's solar projects and space telescopes. Acorn Adventures are Sponsored by Putnam Bank. Call Fran at 860-774-3300 or email for more information.
Earth Day Weekend Trail and Property Clean Up, 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m., April 21, Wolf Den Land Trust Otsby Memorial Forest, Opposite 83 East Old Route 6, Hampton, CT. Join The Last Green Valley as we team up with Wolf Den Land Trust (WDLT) and members of the Eastern Connecticut Forest Landowners Association to clean up the hiking trails at the Otsby Memorial Forest in Hampton. The strong winds and heavy snows of this past winter dropped many branches on the trails and property and there is also considerable brush to be removed near the trail head. Two clean up sessions are being organized with the first from 10 a.m. to noon, and the second from 1-3 p.m. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch and stay for both sessions. We'll supply water and snacks as well. We'll have people operating chainsaws and powered brush cutters. Hand tools including rakes and brush cutters will be available, but you're encouraged to bring your own. Make sure to bring work gloves, wear heavy boots, and bring tick repellent. RSVP is suggested but not required. E-mail Bill Reid at or call 860-774-3300. Rain Cancels. Directions: The Otsby Memorial Forest is located on East Old Route 6 in Hampton. It is a half mile northwest of Route 6 in Hampton. There is a Wolf Den Land Trust sign for the tract opposite 83 East Old Route 6. Park along side of the road.

The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C.  The Last Green Valley, Inc. works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. Together we can care for it, enjoy it and pass it on!
Patriots' Day
Monday, April 16, 2018 
Old Sturbridge Village

Patriots' Day observances at Old Sturbridge will resound with the peal of bells, the stirring beat of drums and the thrilling call of the fife, as the Sturbridge Militia musters in the countryside on Monday, April 16. Special programs and activities throughout the day will invite visitors to experience the sights and sounds of our colonial ancestors as the Revolutionary War began.

Through military drills and maneuvers, musket demonstrations, and more, the members for the Sturbridge Militia will bring to life the stories of the men who hastened from their farms, homes, and families to march to the aid of those already engaged in the initial battle of the American Revolution against King George's tyranny. Young visitors are invited to take part, wielding muskets and swords, learning to drill and march in the manner of the boys of '76. "Muskets" are provided for this ever-popular exercise in leadership, bravery, and derring-do for small patriots. Witness the making of real musket balls in the Blacksmith Shop. Also joining us for the day will be the martial band and the visiting surgeon from the USS Constitution. Cannon demonstrations will be held in the morning and afternoon.

Not all Americans fought against the British crown; many sided with and pledged their allegiance to the king. They called themselves loyalists; to them, our patriots were rebels. On Monday meet one of those loyalists; he will tell you of his side of the conflict, oft times at the cost of hardship and heartache to him and his family.

How did the news of Lexington and Concord affect a small New England community? For a day of history, entertainment and discovery, visit Old Sturbridge Village on April 16 as we celebrate our nation's beginning and continuing perseverance, in war and in peace. See more online.

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Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions
April 20, 2:00-4:00pm

Make an Animal Lucky and Adopt!
MOBILE ADOPTION UNIT is coming to Klems! On the road to saving more lives!
Be sure to stop by and say hi to some of the sweet dogs and cats looking for a new home!
Let adoption help you find your next best friend.

117 West Main Street, Spencer       508-885-2708 
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Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
Village Toastmasters
Village Toastmasters is a local group focused on helping its members improve their public speaking and leadership skill while building confidence in their abilities.  
As of Thursday, April 27, 2017, Village Toastmasters will meet every Thursday from 7:00-8:15 pm  
at the offices of the Chamber of Central Mass South, located at 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge.
Guests are always welcome!!  
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.  

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We Welcome Interesting Goodies for our Welcome Baskets!  


New member Baskets

The Chamber has teamed up with the Center of Hope to create gift baskets to welcome new members to the Chamber of Central Mass South. The Chamber presents our new members with gift baskets that will not only have a monetary value but also to give the recipient an opportunity to learn more about other Chamber members and their services. These baskets make a terrific first impression and are a great way to introduce your business to new prospects. Can you help us fill these baskets with interesting goodies?   


We are always seeking interesting, practical items to include in our welcome baskets. We welcome your contributions of items like modest gift certificates, discount coupons, items with your company's logo like piggy banks, thumb drives and coffee mugs, free trial items, small items your company manufactures or whatever else might promote your company and be a value to our new members.


We are looking to assemble about a dozen baskets at a time so that time sensitive material will not be out of date when received. If you would like to donate items for this program, please drop them off at the Chamber office or give us a call to arrange pick up your donated items. Contact Alix at 508-347-2761 or e-mail if you have any questions or to arrange a pickup. Thank you for your contributions!

Important Dates to Save!
April 1: Happy Easter!
April 8: Tantasqua Team Chef Competition
April 9: Fun at Five at Rapscallion with Opacum Land Trust 
April 10: Change Your Habitudes 2.0 Workshop with Rita Schiano
April 14: Family Farm Fest Begins at OSV
April 16: Patriots' Day
April 25: JOB FAIR
April 26: Pay Equity Seminar at Bay Path University 
   May 3: Lunch with Secretary Sudders
June 21: CMS Chamber GOLF CLASSIC at Heritage Country Club 
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