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February's Fun at Five
Seminar: The Function of Communication in Business
Grand Re-Opening Celebration: Norcom Mortgage
Welcome New Members!
Meet 180 South Solar
Ribbon Recap: Altruist Brewing
bankHometown CEO To Retire
McCurdy Staff Passes Licensing Exams
Eagles Love The Last Green Valley
'Go Red' Day at Harrington
HomeTown Bank Community Foundation Contributes $5,000
Cornerstone Supports Local Food Pantries
Susan Breen Joins EANE
Tax Symposium
Cornerstone Donates to Literacy Volunteers
EANE Adds Three to Board
NBSB's December Hat Contest
What is The Power of One?
Sturbridge Rotary Supports United Way
Office Space For Rent
Warm Up at Salem Cross Inn
Balloon Bash
OSV's February Events
Rewards Nights at Worcester Railers
Hitchcock Happenings
Sex Please, We're Sixty!
Outlet Tent Sale
9th Annual ChowderFest
Bethel Heights Vineyard Wine Dinner
WIB Luncheon
Pet Adoptions at Klems
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 February and CROSSROADS NEWS
There is a lot going on as we dare to look to the groundhog and start counting down the days until Spring. Join us for some networking and love at the Sturbridge Host Hotel with The Center of Hope for a Valentine's themed Fun at Five on the 12th. We also  welcome you to attend our next Brown Bag Seminar on the function of communication in business and celebrate a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Re-Opening at Norcom Mortgage in Sturbridge... all on tap this month! You'll also find important news and many cool events in this issue. 

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Fun at Five!
Monday, February 12, 2018
at 5:00pm 
Sturbridge Host 
Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center 
366 Main Street (Rte 20), Sturbridge 508-347-7393
Join us for Valentine's themed Networking!
Bring your business cards and your sweetie along as we network in the heart of Sturbridge, at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center on the Monday evening before Valentine's Day!
There will be tasty treats, wine, beer and cocktails, chances to win some cool prizes and opportunities to mix and mingle with a spirited crowd of local professionals.
You could win...

A Valentine's Day Overnight Package for Two
which includes an overnight guestroom one night, four course meal at The Oxhead Tavern for two and Breakfast for two in our Greenhouse Restaurant. 
This package is available between 2/12/18-
Dinner for Two at The Oxhead Tavern
Thanks to our friends at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center!
"A Basket of Services" including Car Detailing at   
"Just the Details"
Thanks to The Center of Hope!
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 would LOVE to see you there!
Thank you to our 
February Fun at Five Sponsor!
Center of Hope logo 
The Center of Hope
The Center of Hope Foundation has been servicing local individuals with disabilities for more  
than 60 years.
The Center of Hope Foundation provides people with disabilities and their families the resources, services and opportunities to be contributing members of their communities, and to achieve the most fulfilling and meaningful lives possible.
Did you know...
The Center of Hope operates several small Service Businesses employing and supporting people with disabilities that we can use every day including:

All Manners of Banners & Signs
Honest Town Postal & Print
Hope Sweet Hope
The Daily Grind
Yards of Hope
and more...

Visit the website and check the
Agency Businesses tab to see them all!
100 Foster Street, Southbridge 
CMS Chamber Brown Bag Seminar
The Function of Communication in Business:
Is It a Needed Soft-Skill? 
presented by Peter Tamulis
Tuesday, February 27 at Noon
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!
Feel free to bring your lunch.  
Use our microwave to heat it up!
Relax, learn and grow with us! 
Communication is important but often taken for granted. All of us have been babbling since the moment we were born. As adults, it's only when we stumble in our efforts to communicate, or are exposed to an individual who is having difficulty communicating with us, do we begin to understand the complexity of the process.
This one-hour seminar will explore:
  • the problems/issues you currently face regarding communication in your organization;
  • the relevance of communication in business;
  • the components of communication, including the process, modes, obstacles and strategies;
  • the "used car" concept as it applies to company employees; and,
  • your role in addressing all the issues identified.  
About the Presenter: Peter Tamulis
Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education
Quinsigamond Community College
Peter has over 40 years' experience in the field of training and development. He has worked for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission as a Staff Development Supervisor and the Commission for the Blind as an Assistant Commissioner. He has worked in the manufacturing sector with experience in quality improvement efforts, competency development, coaching and supervisory/management development. He was the Chief Learning Officer for the Seven Hills Foundation, a private non-profit human service agency with over 3000 employees.
Prior to retirement, Peter worked in the Workforce Development and Continuing Education Center assisting businesses in a variety of industries in assessing employee training needs and developing training programs. Currently, Peter continues to lend his expertise at the college on a part-time basis with grant management and interpersonal and supervisory/management training delivery.
Grand Re-Opening Celebration!
Norcom logo 
Make Your Home Happen With "The Mama K Team"

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018  
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
135 Main Street (Route 131), Suite 4, Sturbridge

Norcom Mortgage has outgrown its old Sturbridge branch location and the Chamber is excited to cut the official ribbon and welcome them to their new home in Sturbridge. We hope you will join us for the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Re-Opening Celebration on Wednesday, February 28 beginning at 5:00pm.

Owner/Manager of the Norcom Sturbridge branch Kristen Walther and their growing staff (Norcom is in the process of recruiting and hiring around five new Loan Officers) are looking forward to introducing you to their new place of business at 135 Main Street (Rte. 131), Suite 4. This new space is almost double the square footage of their previous space at (71 Main Street) to accommodate Kristen's and Norcom's ambitious growth plan.

All are invited to join the party, meet the staff, check out the new space, and enjoy light refreshments, wine, cheese, fruit, and pastries until 7:00pm.

No RSVP necessary! We hope to see you there.
Equal Housing Opportunity
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Welcome New Members!
Please join us in welcoming our newest Members.
180 South Solar
Residential & Small Commercial Solar Specialists
2 Merrimack St, Floor 3, Haverhill, MA
Altruist Brewing Company
559 Main Street, Sturbridge Marketplace
Business Printer
2 Shaker Road, Ste D103, Shirley, MA
Jones & Jones Realty, Inc.
P.O. Box 773, Sturbridge
Music Camps North
Traditional Music Education
P.O. Box 17, Cromwell, CT

Village Photo & Portrait Studio
345 Main Street, Southbridge, MA
Meet 180 South Solar: Your Partners in Clean Energy
180 South Solar staff
180 South Solar was founded by industry veterans with the goal of putting the customer's best interest first.

With over 15 years of combined experience, 180 South Solar set out to provide custom solar solutions and deliver world class service at a very competitive price.  By utilizing a proprietary software developed to present the best solution for each custom solar system, 180 South Solar provides every customer with individualized options by comparing panels and financing.  

Located here in Massachusetts, 180 South Solar specializes in residential as well as commercial solar with rooftop, ground mount, ground mount tracking, carport, charging station and battery storage applications.

Remaining on the cutting edge of solar and clean energy advancements, 180 South Solar maintains a local business feel by providing an easy consultative process and personalized experience for each and every customer.  

If you're curious about solar for your home or business please give them a call at:
John Boiano, VP of Sales 860-798-5692 / Office: 800-935-9786 /
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See a New Offer from our New Member: ISS 
Save up to $500 with 15% off first orders over $100  
when you mention this offer and show your Card! 
aLTRUIST bREWING On Saturday, January 13, the Chamber presided over a thrilling ribbon cutting ceremony that marked the official opening of Altruist Brewing Company in Sturbridge Marketplace.  
Thank you to the owners of Altruist for the very warm welcome and all who came out for the celebration including Senator Anne Gobi, Rep. Todd Smola, Chair of the Select Board Mary Blanchard, Sturbridge Town Administrator Leon Gaumond, Selectman Moran and Selectman Suprenant. Best of luck to our new friends at Altruist! See more pics from the day here.
Altuist is currently open Thursday 5pm - 10pm, Friday 5pm - 10pm, & Saturday Noon - 10pm. 
bankHometown CEO To Retire

Hewitt bankHometown announced today (January 5, 2018) that Michael D. Hewitt, its President and Chief Executive Officer, has decided to retire on June 30, 2018. Sam S. Pappas, Chairman of the Board, stated that "We have been very fortunate to have Mike Hewitt as the leader of our Bank since 2013. His vast banking experience and strong leadership will be missed by us all. We wish Mike all the best in retirement."

Mike Hewitt joined the Bank in 2011 and was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 2013. The Bank has more than doubled in size under his leadership and is widely considered to be one of the best performing banks in the region. Mr. Hewitt added that "I have truly enjoyed my time at bankHometown. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to work closely with the dedicated professionals on bankHometown's Board of Directors over the past five years. It goes without saying that I will miss my daily interactions with bankHometown's exceptionally talented staff and management team. With that said, after 40 years in banking, I am excited to turn my attention to spending more time with my family."

To provide continuity and maintain the Bank's strategic direction, the bankHometown Board of Directors has chosen to fill Mike Hewitt's role with Matthew S. Sosik, the President and Chief Executive Officer of bankHometown's mutual holding company. Mr. Pappas added that "This decision maximizes our flexibility and leaves many strategic opportunities available to us. Matt formerly served as President and Chief Executive Officer of bankHometown for a period of 17 years up until 2013. We are fortunate to have someone with the familiarity and experience with bankHometown who can seamlessly fill Mike's role upon his retirement."

bankHometown is headquartered in Oxford, Massachusetts and has $735 million in assets. In 2016, bankHometown merged its mutual holding company with that of bankESB, a $1.35 billion bank headquartered in Easthampton, Massachusetts. The two banks are now both subsidiaries of Hometown Financial Group, MHC, a $2.2 billion mutual holding company. The two banks operate autonomously and share many of their back office and administrative resources. Mr. Sosik stated that "We are committed to mutuality and strongly believe in the value of our mutual holding company model. We hope to attract other like-minded banks into our growing and successful company as scale and size have become critical elements of being successful in today's banking environment." Sosik further added that "As excited as I am about the future of our mutual holding company and our two affiliate banks, I am truly excited for Mike on his upcoming and well deserved retirement. Mike is a great banker, but he's an even better person, and all of us wish him the very best in his retirement later this year."

bankHometown has served its communities since 1889 and operates thirteen full service offices; eight in central Massachusetts and five located in northeastern Connecticut. Depositors of bankHometown have their deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for amounts up to $250,000 with amounts in excess of $250,000 insured in full by the Share Insurance Fund, a private excess insurer.
McCurdy Staff Passes Licensing Exams
McCurdy Insurance
Emily Simons                                                     Justin Bellinger  
McCurdy Insurance is pleased to announce that two employees have recently passed licensing exams.
In November 2017 Justin Bellinger passed both the Massachusetts Producer's Property Insurance and the Massachusetts Producer's Casualty Insurance. And in December 2017, Emily Simons also passed both the Massachusetts Producer's Property Insurance and Casualty Insurance exams.
Mr. Bellinger joined McCurdy Group in Sturbridge as a Commercial Lines Account Manager in the spring of 2017. Prior to joining McCurdy Group, Justin was a well-known professional stunt driver who traveled the country performing for such notable thrill shows as: Tim Chitwood's Legends Stunt Show, Tonny Petersen's Stunt Drivers, Joie Chitwood's Reunion Thrill Show, and Doug Dangers Stunt Show.
Ms. Simons originally joined McCurdy Group in 2016 as the morning receptionist and was promoted to Personal Lines Risk Manager in June 2017. She brings to McCurdy Group a diverse work history including insurance, banking and municipal experience. Outside of the office, she is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Charlton PTO.  Emily and her husband, Jeff, live in Charlton raising their two children Bree and Brody.
Survey Proves Eagles Love The Last Green Valley
Eagles Survey Team
Eagles Survey Team 2018

For the eighth year The Last Green Valley assisted the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in its Midwinter Eagle Survey. The Last Green Valley's Chief Ranger, Bill Reid, organizes the group of volunteers in the 26 Connecticut towns of the National Heritage Corridor.
The Last Green Valley, Inc., (TLGV) is the non-profit charged with promoting and advocating for The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor's unique resources.
On January 13, 29 volunteers surveyed 31 locations. The number of volunteers was down due to weather concerns. Despite decreased participation, the number of eagle sitings increased. There were 26 sightings of eagles along the Quinebaug and Shetucket rivers and several lakes and ponds, up from 12 sitings the year before.
The sitings included adult bald eagles, some of which are known to nest in the national heritage corridor, juvenile bald eagles and at least one juvenile golden eagle.
Eagle "This is a great example of citizen science," said TLGV Chief Ranger Bill Reid. "People who love and enjoy the region come together to document the eagles. These birds are good indicators of the health of our waterways and that is critical to all of us."
Reid said TLGV began participating in the survey in 2010 as a way to draw attention to the wonderful attributes of the National Heritage Corridor while showing in a tangible way how the organization's work on water quality has improved the health of area waterways, making it hospitable to the bald eagle once again.
The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will crunch the information gathered by volunteers to determine the number of individual birds in the area. The detailed data reported by volunteers, such as exact time, location, and movement patterns are all vital pieces of the puzzle.
Nationally, the program is a project of the U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division. Teams across the country observe on the same date and during the same hours to make the Midwinter Eagle Survey a national, state and regional snapshot of the health of the eagle population. Some states, such as Massachusetts, do not participate in the Midwinter Eagle Survey but conduct their own nest surveys in the spring.  
Photos: Team shot taken by TLGV Ranger Wendy Brennan and eagle photo taken by Mike Nelson, vice chairman of TLGV Board of Directors.  
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is green by day and dark by night. It is a National Heritage Corridor with a rich history in a surprising rural landscape in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington D.C. Still 77 percent forest and farm, The National Heritage Corridor is the last swath of dark night sky in the nation's most populated region. The Last Green Valley, Inc. works for you to ensure that together we can care for, enjoy and pass on The Last Green Valley.
"Go Red" Day
to be Celebrated with Education, Health Screenings at Harrington

Harrington will celebrate the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" Day on Monday, February 5 by providing education and health screenings at three campus locations.

Heart disease is the number 1 killer of women, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. Members of Harrington's Education and Community Outreach team will be on hand in Southbridge, Charlton and Webster to provide Hands-Only CPR demonstrations, educational material and Go Red Dress pin sales for $1 each, among other activities.

The public is invited to stop by any of the three locations on February 5th to learn more about heart disease and prevention. Here is a breakdown of events planned per campus location:

  • Hands-Only CPR
  • Blood Pressure checks
  • Healthy Red Recipes
  • Women and Heart Disease Educational Material
  • Cardiac Rehab/Exercise Tips
  • Life is Why Poster
  • Go Red Dress Pins Sale
  • Raffle

  • Hands-Only CPR
  • Blood Pressure checks
  • Healthy Red Recipes
  • Women and Heart Disease Educational Material
  • Life is Why Poster
  • Go Red Dress Pins Sale
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HomeTown Bank Community Foundation Contributes $5,000
to NewVue Communities
Bank Hometown Donation
L-R:  Michael Hewitt,  President & CEO Hometown Bank Community Foundation, Madeline Mendoza/NewVue Homeownership Program Manager, Donna Daigle AVP Leominster Branch Manager,
Lisa Dutton-Swain/Resource Development Director NewVue, Michael Roy VP CRA Officer bankHometown, Marc Dohan/Executive Director, Christina DiRusso, AVP Commercial Lending bankHometown.

Michael D. Hewitt, President of Hometown Bank Community Foundation, Inc., announced today  (January 9, 2018) that a contribution in the amount of $5,000 was presented to NewVue Communities, formerly known as Twin Cities CDC.
NewVue Communities is a non-profit organization, located in Fitchburg, MA, that serves 22 communities in central Massachusetts. Since its founding in 1979, NewVue Communities has endeavored to improve local communities and the lives of their residents, regardless of their background. The contribution from Hometown Bank Community Foundation helps to support the various programs and services provided by NewVue Communities, including affordable housing, financial literacy, education and foreclosure prevention. It also helps with small business technical assistance for the creation and retention of jobs. Marc Dohan, Executive Director of NewVue Communities, stated that NewVue Communities "envisions healthy neighborhoods where residents choose to live, work and invest."
Hometown Bank Community Foundation, Inc. was formed in early 2016 by bankHometown, a state-chartered cooperative bank headquartered in Oxford, Massachusetts with $730 million in assets. Christina DiRusso, assistant vice president of commercial lending for bankHometown, serves on the board of NewVue Communities. In addition, a number of bankHometown employees also serve as speakers at NewVue's first-time homebuyer seminars.
bankHometown has served its communities since 1889 and operates thirteen full service branch offices; eight located in central Massachusetts and five located in northeastern Connecticut. Depositors of bankHometown have their deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for amounts up to $250,000 with amounts in excess of $250,000 insured in full by the Share Insurance Fund, a private excess insurer.
Cornerstone Bank Supports Local Food Pantries during the Holiday Season
Cornerstone Bank
Cornerstone Bank employees load up their cars to help stock shelves for local food pantries.
During the 2017 holiday season, Cornerstone Bank and its employees donated money, food and man-hours to support the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB).
Cornerstone Bank made a $10,000 charitable contribution to the WCFB, in support of its efforts to house and distribute food to its network of 120 partner agencies in Worcester County. These agencies, which include both food pantries and community meal programs, provide food to local families in need.
In addition, all branches of Cornerstone Bank collected non-perishable food items through the month of November to be donated to the WCFB and to help stock the shelves during the holiday season. Employees, customers and community members alike recognized the need and made sizeable donations to support their local food pantry. The Bank employees then delivered all of these food items to the WCFB.  
"We are proud to see such generosity from our employees as well as from our customers," states
VP of Human Resources of Cornerstone Bank Bonnie B. Losavio. "The local food pantries do a
great job providing needed items to deserving families and we are happy we could help stock
some of their shelves and provide support to the Worcester County Food Bank."
The Worcester County Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in Worcester County. In 2017, the WCFB distributed 5.8 million pounds of food, enough food for 93,000 meals per week, and assisted over 82,000 people, including 27,500 children and 10,300 senior citizens. For more information on the WCFB, go to 

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.
Susan Breen Joins EANE As Member Engagement Specialist

Susan Breen Susan Breen has joined the team at The Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE) as the Member Engagement Specialist for Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut communities.  In that role, she works with businesses to maximize the benefits from membership and serves as the liaison for those exploring EANE's powerful network of HR professionals and solutions. She is based in the Lincoln, RI office.

Most recently, Breen spent more than six years at the Rhode Island Society of Certified Public Accountants, the 2,000-member CPA association providing education, leadership and advocacy. As Marketing Director for over five years and Director of Operations and Education for over one year, she oversaw 60 learning-and-development programs and helped initiate a Women's Council, which is currently among the most successful and engaged committees.  She spearheaded the first Emerging Leaders Network program where CPAs, attorneys and financial professionals joined forces to strengthen their leadership skills while forming solid, career-strengthening relationships.  

A member of the RI Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Breen is a resident of Cumberland, RI, and a 1984 graduate of Plymouth State University.

With more than a century devoted to creating successful workplaces, EANE offers members access to a powerful network of experienced HR professionals, providing talent, training and tools to retain, develop and engage employees. Its reach extends throughout the Northeast to over 800 organizations - ranging in size from Fortune 1000 companies to one employee -- in industries including manufacturing, finance, health and human services, education, retail and beyond. With a staff of 20+ professionals, four offices in three states, and over a dozen training centers, EANE offers members a local connection with a national perspective.
The Chamber is pleased to forward this invitation to you from the Office of Congressman Neal.
Please join Congressman Richard Neal and
Tom Barthold for a Tax Symposium
Congressman Neal would like to invite you to a tax symposium with Tom Barthold, Chief of Staff, Joint Committee on Taxation. In December, Congress passed a comprehensive tax bill and taxpayers - both businesses and individuals - are now working through its far reaching implications. 
As the head of the Joint Committee on Taxation, Mr. Barthold was a key advisor to Members of Congress in drafting the tax legislation.
This symposium will provide a good opportunity for tax practitioners to ask Tom to explain how many of the tax provisions in the new law work and the policy behind them.
Monday, February 12, 2018
Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel,
One Monarch Place, Springfield, MA, 01144
Please RSVP to Elizabeth Quigley,
Office of Congressman Richard Neal
Cornerstone Bank Donates to Literacy Volunteers  
of Southbridge and Greater Worcester
Cornerstone Donation
Pictured, L to R: Cornerstone Bank's VP, Human Resources Manager Bonnie B. Losavio; Cornerstone Bank's Administrative Assistant and Literacy Volunteer, Deb Twigg; Cornerstone Bank's EVP, Chief Administrative Officer and Chairman of the Charitable Donations Committee Susan A. Gunnell; Literacy Volunteer's Administrative Assistant Andrea Cignarella; Literacy Volunteer's Executive Director Holly Christo and Cornerstone Bank's President and Treasurer Todd M. Tallman

Cornerstone Donation
Pictured, L to R: Cornerstone Bank's VP, Human Resources Manager Bonnie B. Losavio, Cornerstone Bank's President and Treasurer Todd M. Tallman, Literacy Volunteer's Executive Director Jolene Jennings, and Cornerstone Bank's EVP, Chief Administrative Officer and Chairman of the Charitable Donations Committee Susan A. Gunnell.
The Charitable Donations Committee (CDC) of Cornerstone Bank is pleased to announce its donation of $2,500 to the Literacy Volunteers of Southbridge as well as Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester. These funds, totaling $5,000 in support of Literacy Volunteers, will assist the Literacy Program, English as a Second Language (ESL) Literacy Program and tutor training needs.
Literacy Volunteers is an adult educational program that provides free, one-to-one and group literacy assistance instruction and services to students. Volunteers and staff give their time to local residents as well as refugees and immigrants to help them improve and advance their English language skills in the areas of speaking, pronunciation, comprehension, grammar, reading and writing. With this support, these individuals can become active participants in society, learning the skills they need to be successful citizens.
"We are proud to support such an important organization that provides language services for our local communities," stated President and Treasurer Todd M. Tallman of Cornerstone Bank. "Many people come to this country to better themselves and provide a better life for their family, and this program will help them attain those goals."
Literacy Volunteers provided instruction to over 600 adults in 2017, with plans to educate up to 625 adults in 2018. If you are interested in making a donation, learning more about the Literacy Volunteers organization or want to become a volunteer, visit them at: or call 508-754-8056.
Three Area Executives Representing MA-RI-CT Added to Board
for The Employers Association of the Northeast
(January 29, 2018) Meredith Wise, President of the Employers Association for the Northeast (EANE), today announced the addition of three executives to the EANE Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2018, for three-year terms.
They are: Patricia Guenette, Director of Human Resources at Consolidated Health Plans in Springfield, MA; Jeffrey Lemos, Vice President of Human Resources for Navigant Credit Union in Smithfield, RI; and Sharon Regan, Director of Human Resources for Yarde Metals in Southington, CT.
Patricia Guenette has devoted herself to the field of human resources for the last twenty-six years and currently serves as the Director of Human Resources and Training for Consolidated Health Plans. Guenette's experience extends to performance management, compensation and benefits, employment law compliance, and professional development. She is on the advisory board for Springfield College. A resident of Belchertown, MA, she holds a B.S. in Business Management from Lesley College.
Jeffrey Lemos began his career after graduating from Providence College with a B.S. in Business Management. He has worked for Navigant Credit Union since 2010 and became the Vice President of Human Resources in 2012. Prior to that, Lemos was employed by a leading regional business in the positions of compensation analyst, payroll manager and benefits specialist. Lemos is a member of the Human Resources Committee for the Pawtucket Boys and Girls Club. He has served on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer for the Pawtucket Youth Hockey Association, now the Greater Providence Youth Hockey Association where he remains active as a coach. He is a resident of East Providence.
EANE welcomes back Sharon Regan, who is the Director of Human Resources for Yarde Metals, Inc., a multi-state metals service center employing more than 600 associates in locations throughout the East Coast and Midwest. Regan served on EANE's Board of Directors from 2009 - 2012 and held the office of Secretary in 2012 and 2013. She has a B.S. in Business Administration and Psychology from Sacred Heart University in CT, and has worked at Yarde's headquarters for more than three decades. She is a resident of Bristol, CT.
With more than a century devoted to creating successful workplaces, EANE offers members access to a powerful network of experienced HR professionals, providing talent, training and tools to retain, develop and engage employees. Its reach extends throughout the Northeast to over 800 organizations - ranging in size from Fortune 1000 companies to one employee -- in industries including manufacturing, finance, health and human services, education, retail and beyond. With a staff of 20+ professionals, four offices in three states, and over a dozen training centers, EANE offers members a local connection with a national perspective.
NBSB's December Hat Contest Winner is Clifford Haendige
Hat Contest Winner
North Brookfield Savings Bank Palmer Branch Supervisor Jenny Skoczylas, presented a $100 Steaming Tender Restaurant gift certificate to North Brookfield Savings Bank's December Hat Contest Winner, Clifford Haendige. North Brookfield Savings Bank employees were invited to sport their Patriots apparel as part of their Jean Friday and in support of the New England Patriots AFC Championship Game.
The winter weather season is now in full swing which can mean bitter, cold days and being thankful for extra layers to keep warm. However, because of North Brookfield Savings Bank, one lucky, local resident has yet another reason to be thankful. Clifford Haendige , a resident of Palmer, was recently awarded a $100 gift certificate for being the December winner of North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest.
Each month, anyone spotted wearing an NBSB hat in the community by a North Brookfield Savings Bank representative is entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to a local establishment. Haendige was spotted wearing his blue North Brookfield Savings Bank hat by North Brookfield Savings Bank Supervisor Jenny Skoczylas. Later he visited Jenny and the Palmer branch staff, who were proudly supporting the New England Patriots playing in the AFC Championship game by wearing team apparel, 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 .
About North Brookfield Savings Bank : North Brookfield Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank with full-service branches in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, Palmer, and Three Rivers Village of Palmer. NBSB offers a wide variety of deposit and loan products for individuals and businesses throughout Central and Western Massachusetts and has been a steadfast supporter of the communities in which it serves since 1854. All deposits are insured by the FDIC and the Depositors Insurance Fund. For additional information, please call 1-866-711-6272 or visit

What is The Power of One?
The Power of One
The Power of One

Harrington Hospital's Power of One campaign runs from January 1, 2018 to April 1, 2018. Area businesses are welcome to get involved any way they can. Some ideas from last year's campaign included a $1 off a specific product or service, "jeans day" for a contribution to the cause, or a one-time donation. We welcome creativity - whatever works for your business and employees!

Remember the need to support domestic violence awareness and prevention is timeless, so support can be made at any time. You may donate at any time by visiting this link.

Proceeds from the 2018 Power of One campaign will benefit Domestic Violence Prevention Education Efforts - part of Harrington's  Wellness Initiatives.

If you prefer to send in a donation by mail, please make check payable to Harrington Hospital and send to:
Harrington Hospital
Attn: Development Department/Power of One
100 South St.
Southbridge, MA 01550
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Sturbridge Rotary Supports Local United Way
Rotary Supports UW Mary O'Coin, Executive Director of the United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton (UWSSC), attended a recent Club meeting.  She briefly reviewed the history of the local United Way, currently celebrating its 80th year.  We learned about the wide variety of needed services provided in the Tri-Community area by the 17 non-profit partner agencies that UWSSC funds that cover 25 separate programs.  Besides volunteering each year during the United Way 'Day of Caring', Sturbridge Rotary also gave Mary a donation to help support the much-needed work of UWSSC.  Shown with Mary (center) is Rotarian Pauline White who is a volunteer with United Way and Rotary President David Zonia.

The Sturbridge Rotary Club meets on Mondays at 6:00 PM at the Publick House Historic Inn near the Sturbridge Common.  For additional information on the Club, please visit  Click the "Contact Us' tab in our website if you wish to attend an upcoming meeting.  Also check out the Club's Facebook page and "Like" us at
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.
"In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy." 
-  William Blake
Salem Cross Inn logo
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.
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Bring your significant other and have dinner with us at Salem Cross Inn for Valentine's Day - Wednesday, February 14th.
OR purchase tickets to our hugely popular  Fireplace Feast for a fun date!
Our chef has also created a special Valentine's menu which will be offered in addition to our regular menu.
Check back closer to the date to view our Menu Specials.
Call us today at 508-867-2345 to make your reservations.
Fireplace feast
Warm up at a Fireplace Feast in February! 
February 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, & 18 
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!
Balloon Bash   
Balloon Bash
February 2, 6:00-8:00pm 
Join the YMCA for an evening of FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT with comedy, music and balloons all twisted together!  Featuring David Londergan of Major Amusement, master balloon twister as well as an entertainer for all ages! Crafts and snacks will also be provided.
  • FREE for Y Members & Y Daycare Families
  • $15 for Non-member/families
Register in advance, space is limited. 508-765-5466 
NOTE:  This is a family event and children must be accompanied by an adult.
Midwinter Mischief & Winterfest at Old Sturbridge Village
Midwinter Mischief
Saturday, February 3 to Sunday, February 4
Saturday, February 10 to Sunday, February 11

Non-members: $30 Adult | $20 Youth
OSV Members: $20 Adult | $10 Youth
Note - Admission includes 2-hour outdoor/indoor experience and a 19th-century inspired meal at the Bullard Tavern - beverages not included.

After a successful run last year, Midwinter Mischief returns to Old Sturbridge Village this January and February! Midwinter Mischief combines theatrical storytelling, historical interpretation and period dining to offer guests a daytime winter adventure...

Imagine the tale of a Yankee peddler passing through the village who decides to settle down at the Bullard Tavern on a cold winter's night. There the peddler spends every dollar he has earned on food and drink, racking up a tab far beyond his means. After being confronted over his debt, the peddler fills up his cup with ashes from the hearth and promises the tavern owner that he will return with a cup overflowing of gold. From the Bullard Tavern, costumed storytellers, artisans, and villagers will entice tavern guests to wander deep into the village where they will find evidence of the peddler's adventures and schemes.

Admission to a Midwinter Mischief includes the two-hour outdoor/indoor experience and a period-inspired meal in the Village's Bullard Tavern where guests can enjoy live music, demonstrations, and a cash bar featuring hot beverages and 1830s-inspired libations. Each day, the first experience departs the Visitor Center at 9:00 am and the last at 3:00 pm, with experiences beginning every 20 minutes (except for noon and 12:20). After your adventure, you will be led to the Bullard Tavern Great Room where you can enjoy your inclusive hearty soup or stew meal.

Midwinter Mischief was written and directed by P.J. Griffith.

Timed tickets must be purchased in advance - either online at or at the museum's Visitor Center.

NOTE - Old Sturbridge Village will be closed for regular, daytime visitation from February 1-19. The general public and museum members will be required to purchase a ticket to Midwinter Mischief during this period.
Winterfest: February 17-25
Keep the kids busy during February school vacation week at Old Sturbridge Village with a mix of invigorating outdoor fun and cozy indoor activities and hands-on crafts. The Village is open all week from February 17-25. Visitors can enjoy a horse-drawn winter sleigh ride, and sledding on 1830s-style reproduction sleds (weather permitting). Indoor activities include learning about and making chocolate, along with tours and other demonstrations. For all times and details, please visit or call 800-733-1830.

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
Rewards Members 
Klem's Rewards Nights at Worcester Railers 
Enjoy Special Opportunities To Watch Worcester's Only Professional Sports Team,  
The Worcester Railers!
$18 Lower Level Mid-Ice Seats & Receive A FREE HAT!
(Reg. $25.00 ea.)
Choose From Select Games: Saturday, February 3rd & Saturday, February 10th
Order Over The Phone: (508) 365-1750 or Online 
There are NO FEES when purchasing the tickets, and you can pick up the hats and tickets at will call the night of each game. You must purchase the tickets 72 hours prior to each game.
Hitchcock Happenings 
Discover generations of your family with Dave Robison, Professional Genealogist at Hitchcock. 
Monday, February 5
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, February 6
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.
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
February 7 
Genealogy: Pulling the People out of the Paperwork: Become a family history detective!  
Learn how to discover multiple generations of your family: what documents to look for & where to find them; how to interpret what you've found. Create pedigree charts & learn the basics of expanding them into a variety of family history. You'll be introduced to a wide variety of free & subscription based genealogy websites. (4 classes) Dates: Wednesdays & Thursdays, February 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th Time: 6:30-8:00 PM Fee: $45 Instructor: Dave Robison, Professional Genealogist.
Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
February 12
Violin/Viola Lessons: Ongoing 1/2 hour private violin or viola lessons offered every year between September and June. Linda enjoys teaching all ages and levels and offers a variety of musical styles to suit the interests of her students.  Please note, children ages 5-7 must be accompanied by an adult. Please fill out the   Consent form  for students under 18. (6 classes) Times: 1/2 hour lessons scheduled by the instructor/student between 2-6 PM Dates: Mon, Feb 12-Mar 19
Fee: $148 Instructor: Linda Day
February 13  
Cake Decorating-Valentine's Sweetie Cake: Appropriate for adults but ages 8 and up are welcome, too! Come have fun and leave with a decorated cake while learning and/or practicing detailed decorating skills! 1 class per session, all supplies included.  Students under 18 must complete a consent form. All classes Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 PM. Golden 6" Cake with Raspberry Mousse Filling. Learn how to level, torte, fill, and decorate a cake with a Sweet Valentine Face.
Date: Tuesday, February 13th Time 6:00-8:00 PM Fee: $27/person
Instructor: Susan Gaulin, Let's Cake Decorate, certified Wilton Instructor
Sex Please_ We_re 60
Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge presents "Sex Please, We're Sixty!" written by Michael Parker and Susan Parker. Performance dates are February 9, 10, 16, 17 at 7:30pm, and February 18 at 2pm. All performances will be held at the Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street in Southbridge. This comedy will be directed by Lou-Ellen Corkum and produced by Kathi Grenier. Stage Manager is Gwen O'Brien and David Corkum is the Technical Director. The cast includes William Bolster, Joni Metras, Rom Portwood, Lynne Boucher, Joan Stewart, and Barb Lammert. Presented by permission through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and youth under 18. Tickets may be purchased by calling Gateway at 508-764-4531, or Online at 
The Story: 
Mrs. Stancliffe's Rose Cottage Bed & Breakfast has been successful for many years. Her guests (nearly all women) return year after year. Her next-door neighbor, Bud "Bud the Stud" Davis believes they come to spend time with him in romantic liaisons. The fun begins as her 3 guests arrive and they turn the table on Bud and Mrs. Stancliffe's suitor, Henry, in an uproarious funny attempt to show them who is the smarter sex.
Outlet Tent Sale
Dexter Factory Outlet Store
February 10, 8am to Noon
Save 50% - 80% off professional cutlery and chef apparel at the Dexter Factory Outlet Store.  Great deals on seconds and chef jackets in all sizes.  
Follow the red heart balloons for great savings, raffles and snacks that day!
44 River Street, Southbridge       508-765-0201  
Tri-Community Exchange Club's 9th Annual ChowderFest 
Sunday, February 11, 2018 from 12-3PM 
The Tri-Community Exchange Club presents the 9th Annual ChowderFest at Sturbridge Host Hotel!
Tickets prices are a $10.00 donation per person in advance and $12.00 donation per person at the door. Advance tickets will be available at Penney's Appliance, 171 Charlton Rd, Sturbridge.  
(508) 347-1556
Cedar Street Grille 
Bethel Heights Vineyard Wine Dinner
February 12, 7:00-9:00pm 
Bethel Heights Vineyard grows its grapes on 103 acres in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA. The family-owned winery is an Oregon pioneer, founded in 1977, and all its wines are produced from estate-owned vineyards.
Ben Casteel, co-owner and winemaker, pursues a light and delicate style, decidedly old-school, putting the emphasis on fruit flavors and intensity and delivering a marvelous sense of weightlessness in the wines. The winery specializes in Pinot Noir and was declared Best Oregon Winery 2017 at the Robert Parker Wine Advocate Extraordinary Winery Award ceremony in New York on October 30, 2017 and was also recently listed as one of 30 wineries to trust by Wine Spectator.
To complement and enhance the evening's wine parings, Head Chef, Nick Faucher, will prepare a four-course gastronomique experience that will surely delight the most discerning pallet and will be remembered for some time to come. The price of the wine dinner is $75 per person and includes all wine and food parings. Tax and gratuity are not included.
Call 508-347-5800 to reserve your spot at this spectacular event!
Love Your Business
Woman in Business Networking Luncheon
February 14, 11:45am to 1:00pm at The Publick House
Love your business on Valentine's Day by joining us for our annual networking luncheon - one of our most popular of the year! Network with fellow members over lunch and then take a few minutes to share information about your business. Open to anyone interested in learning more about WIB and talking about their business. Remember to bring plenty of business cards and brochures. Visit the link for more info and to register.
Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions
February 16, 2:00-4:00pm

You can't buy love but you can adopt it. Will you be my Valentine?
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
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.  

Click on the image to browse our catalog of Coggno training courses!
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!
February 2: Happy Groundhog Day!
February 5: Go Red For Women Day at Harrington
  February 10: Dexter Factory Outlet Tent Sale
February 11: 9th Annual ChowderFest
February 12: Fun at Five at Sturbridge Host Hotel 
February 14: Happy Valentine's Day!  
February 14: Woman In Business Luncheon  
February 28: Ribbon Cutting & Grand Re-Opening: Norcom Mortgage
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