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Annual Meeting
January's Fun at Five
Three Pillars of Online Success
Thank You for Your Generosity!
Ribbon Cutting: Harrington Child & Family Services
bankHometown To Donate Matching Funds To CT TEEG
Cornerstone Donates to Local Food Pantries
bankHometown Continues Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign
Harrington Welcomes Richard Manolian, DPM
NBSB's Toy Drive Fundraiser
Friends of Sturbridge Trails Annual Meeting
NBSB's November Hat Contest
Office Space For Rent
Central Mass Antique Show
New Year's Day Brunch
Enjoy a First Day Hike
Hitchcock Happenings: Week 1
Salem Cross Inn
Ribbon Cutting at Harrington
Stageloft: The Boys Next Door
Midwinter Mischief
The Last Green Valley's January 2018 Calendar of Events
Village Toastmasters Meetings
24/7 Online Training
New Member Baskets
Save These Dates!
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
  
Jocelyn Callis
Chair
OFS
 
Jessica Bettencourt
1st Vice Chair
Klem's 
 
Bruce Watkins
Treasurer
Karl Storz Endovision
  
Cindy Howard 
Immediate Past Chair
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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
Counsel
Padgett D. Berthiaume
 
Chamber Staff
 
Executive Director
 
Finance & Administration
 
Communications Specialist
 

Chamber Links

Cms Chamber

Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary

Happy 2018 from your Chamber! 
 
Welcome to the First Day and the first issue of CROSSROADS NEWS for the New Year!
We get right into the swing of things in January with a Ribbon Cutting at Harrington's new Child & Family Services Center in Southbridge, our Annual Meeting, some tasty networking at Sturbridge Porterhouse, and a scintillating seminar with Idea Agency on building your online presence. We look forward to working with you this year! 
 

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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Annual Meeting
Thursday, January 18, 2018
11:30am to 1:00pm
The Barn at Wight Farm
420 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA
 
You are cordially invited to attend as The Chamber holds its Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 18, from 11:30am - 1:00pm at The Barn at Wight Farm, 420 Main Street, Sturbridge.
 
The Chamber is pleased to welcome a distinguished panel of officers from our local colleges who will address the challenges colleges are facing in attracting students with a shrinking college age population, the related impact on campuses, and what each of our local campuses are doing to address local workforce needs.
 
Educators Panel
 
The panel will include Dr. Melissa Morriss-Olson (left), Provost at Bay Path University, Dr. Susan West Engelkemeyer (center), President of Nichols College, and Dr. Luis Pedraja (right), President of Quinsigamond Community College.  
 
Agenda
11:15 Registration Opens
11:45 Welcome & Opening Remarks
12:20 Panel Presentation
1:00 Adjourn
 
The Menu
Harvest Salad
Tuscan Herb Roasted Chicken
Roasted Butternut Squash
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Warm Bread Pudding with Whipped Cream
Fresh coffee and assorted teas.
 
The cost to attend is
$29 per person for Chamber Members
($225 for a table of 8) or $35 for non-Members.
 
Please RSVP by phone or email by noon  
on January 11.
 
Chamber of Central Mass South
508-347-2761
NETWORK WITH YOUR CHAMBER
Fun at Five!
Monday, January 22, 2018
at 5:00pm 
Sturbridge Porterhouse 
Sturbridge Porterhouse
407 Main Street, Sturbridge, 508-347-2700
 
Network with us at Sturbridge Porterhouse! 
Sturbridge Porterhouse offers classic world cuisine using contemporary techniques and ingredients in a casual environment. Chef Ken and his staff are passionate about providing great food and an amazing atmosphere to their guests. The menu features mouthwatering steaks, chops and burgers cooked to perfection. You will also find a fantastic selection of wines and beers on tap, a decadent dessert menu, even a piano bar upstairs, along with beautiful amenities throughout and a friendly  
and helpful staff.    
 
The brainchild of Ckef Ken Yukimura, who also operates Sturbridge Seafood, Sturbridge Porterhouse is an extraordinary steakhouse waiting to  
welcome you!    
 
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
508-347-2761 
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 January Fun at Five Sponsor!
bankHometown "The Bank of You."
bankHometown has been serving  
local communities for more than 125 years.  
The Bank continues to be a safe and sound institution offering a broad range of customizable products and services for individuals  
and businesses of all sizes.  
Become a customer and become a part of bankHometown's banking family.  
The institution is a member of both FDIC and SIF, so 100% of your deposits are insured.
 
bankHometown, 331 Main Street, Sturbridge
Karla Christiansen, Branch Manager 
508-347-3312 
Remember...MEMBER TO MEMBER!
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SEE ALL THE MEMBER2MEMBER OFFERS HERE AND DON'T FORGET TO USE YOUR CARD!
We THANK YOU for KEEPING IT LOCAL! 
CMS Chamber Brown Bag Seminar
Three Pillars of Online Success
Building Your Digital Presence
with Chris and Nathan, Idea Agency
Three Pillars
Tuesday, January 23 at Noon
(Snow Date: January 30)
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 info@cmschamber.org to save your spot!
 
Feel free to bring your lunch. Use our microwave to heat it up!
Relax, learn and grow with us! 
 
Join the experts from Idea Agency in a fun 90-minute workshop to  
learn 3 ways to create a stronger online presence for your business.
  • Is your website working for you?
  • Which social platforms should you be on?
  • How to drive more traffic to your site?
Chris and Nathan
Presented by Idea Agency President & Certified Brand Strategist Chris Tieri with Idea Agency Brand Administrator Nathan Hardt.
 
Idea Agency is an award-winning New England brand development and marketing firm dedicated to building extraordinary brands that command long-lasting attention and creating high-performance activities that connect with the audience to drive success.
Holiday Fun Tree with Toys
 
That's the Spirit!
Thank you to everyone who came to the Holiday Fun at Five with an unwrapped toy. With so many wonderful items, we were able to make a substantial donation to Toys For Tots just in time for the Holidays! There were many more smiling faces on Christmas morning thanks to your generosity!
 
and Thanks to Idea Agency for the photo! 
New Child and Family Services Center To Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Harrington 139 South
 
The newly-renovated Child and Family Services Center at Harrington HealthCare will hold a ribbon cutting on Monday, January 8th.
 
The center, located at 139 South Street, is the former CarQuest Auto Parts store and has been under renovation for several weeks.

Harrington Director of Mental Health Katie Adams said this project has been about a year in the making and follows a personal and professional goal she had since joining Harrington in 2016.

"This move gives our Department of Mental Health an opportunity to present an expanded family treatment facility to the community. The new center really won't be anything like our current office space. This renovation will showcase a bright, inviting place where families can feel good seeking services," Adams said.
 
The ribbon cutting, in coordination with the Chamber of Central Mass South, will be an opportunity for local legislative representatives, school officials, providers and municipal leaders to tour the new space, which offers mental health counseling and group sessions for children and adolescents, ages 4-24, and their families.
 
When she first joined the behavioral health team at Harrington, Adams faced a few shortcomings of the department, one being a lack of communication with the local school systems. Her initiative to strengthen those relationships had great success, but the quick growth of the program led to growing pains for 29 Pine Street location.
 
In preparing for the move, Adams said hired several new members to her team - expanding from six to 12 clinicians --  and expanded the range of specialties offered for child and family services, including more expansive cognitive therapy. Through a grant, Adams was able to send several of her staff to receive training in child trauma.
 
"Our new team has great experience and more to offer clinically," Adams said.
 
The 6,500 square-foot space includes 12 therapy offices, two group rooms, an administration suite and a large common waiting area.
 
Immediate therapy appointments are available by calling (508) 765-2222.
 
The 29 Pine Street location will continue to offer adult mental health counseling services, as well as Harrington's Partial Hospitalization Program.  
bankHometown To Donate Matching Funds To Connecticut TEEG
BankHometown Donates to TEEG
Michael Hewitt, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced that the bank will be making a $5,000 matching donation to TEEG Thompson (CT) Ecumenical Empowerment Group) to be used towards the purchase of a food delivery truck.
 
Hewitt said "as a local community bank, we were able to quickly respond to TEEG's need for a delivery truck." The demise of the old truck resulted in TEEG's inability to collect large food donations. Hewitt added "the $5,000 match contribution will enable TEEG to leverage their fundraising efforts to more quickly acquire the truck. We were impressed that TEEG's use of a new truck would also benefit other local food banks."
 
TEEG ran a Giving Tuesday campaign on Facebook and received an offer from Rich and Karyn Dibonaventura of Longmeadow Auto to be the first community match donor. TEEG will be announcing their need for a new box truck on WINY radio.
 
Anne Miller Executive Director of TEEG said "the bank's match and our fundraising puts us well on our way to meeting our goal." She added, "TEEG has been fortunate to have received support from bankHometown to improve our community food pantry and other programs."
 
TEEG is a community-centered nonprofit agency with programs in community services, early education, prevention, senior education and outreach services. They have been working to meet the needs of low income individuals and families since 1987.
 
Last year, TEEG provided services to more than 2,600 residents of Northeast Connecticut through more than 42,000 individual out-reach efforts.
Cornerstone Bank Donates to Local Food Pantries 
Cornerstone Bank
During the month of November, all branches of Cornerstone Bank collected non-perishable food items to be donated to local food pantries in support of their community members and local families in need.

Food pantries are vital to the community, not only at the holidays but year-round. The employees at Cornerstone Bank, along with many generous customers, recognized the need and made sizeable donations to support their local food pantry.

"We are proud to see such generosity from our employees as well as from our customers," states VP of Human Resources Bonnie B. Losavio of Cornerstone Bank. "The local food pantries provide needed items to deserving families and we are happy to help stock their shelves."

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 cornerstonebank.com, on Facebook or call 800-939-9103.
bankHometown Continues Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Michael Hewitt, President and CEO of bankHometown, the 2017 Neighbors helping Neighbors Campaign has resulted in total donations of $25,000.

This is the 14th year that bankHometown has challenged local residents and businesses to help support local food pantries. It's a way for the bank and its customers to make a real difference in the lives of local residents.  

Customers of the bank and community members are invited to be a "Hometown Hero" for a $1 donation or a "Hometown Superhero" for a $5 donation. In addition to the in-branch fund drive, bankHometown also sends a letter to business customers inviting their contributions. bankHometown then matches all of the donations dollar for dollar and splits the funds among food pantries that serve the areas surrounding each of its thirteen offices in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

This year's Neighbors Helping Neighbors donations benefit the Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf at the Oxford Community Center; Food Share, a Southbridge-based program that serves residents of Sturbridge, Charlton and Southbridge; the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Sacred Heart Church in Webster; the Athol Salvation Army Food Pantry; CARE Food Pantry in Clinton, the Auburn Youth and Family Services, Inc. Food Pantry and Ginny's Helping Hand in Leominster. The Connecticut pantries being served this year are Daily Bread in Putnam; Friends of Assisi in Killingly and Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG) in Thompson.

At the check presentation each organization shared a bit about their particular program and how they are striving to feed the hungry in their communities. John Kneeland of the Ecumenical Food Shelf in Oxford stated that they "are able to leverage each $1.00 raised to buy the equivalent of about $4.00 worth of food".   

Each representative also shared how the generous donations raised collectively from our customers, employees, and the bank, would positively impact their programs and why it means so much that the local communities stepped forward to help.  Karen Osbrey of The Daily Bread located in Putnam, CT shared that "IHSP continues to respond to the ever-changing economic challenges in northeast Connecticut, but we can't accomplish this alone.  That is why we are so grateful for our many community partners, like bankHometown." Collectively, the recipients provide meals to thousands of individuals and families each month.  

Lt. Michael Buzzard of the Athol Salvation Army shared "in addition to the donation received today, I am also so appreciative of the support that bankHometown employees provide throughout the year whether it is spending time on committee work, fundraisers or other support of our programs".

Michael D. Hewitt, President and CEO of bankHometown added that branch employee involvement in the community "is yet another example of Neighbors Helping Neighbors."

To date, more than $142,500.00 has been distributed through this program.
Harrington Physician Services Welcomes Richard Manolian, DPM

Richard Manolian DPM Richard Manolian, DPM, has joined Harrington Physician Services in Southbridge as a specialist in podiatric medicine.

Dr. Manolian received his medical degree from Northeastern University in Boston. He completed his preceptorship in podiatric medicine and surgical rotation at University Hospital in Boston. He is a ten-year diplomat of the American College of Lower Extremity Surgeons and has more than 20 years of experience in podiatric medicine.

Patients interested in scheduling an appointment should call 508-764-2772.

Dr. Manolian is board certified in podiatric medicine and foot and ankle surgery. He will perform surgical corrections to fractures, ligament reconstruction, trauma, deformity and chronic disease.

In addition, he can provide treatment for common podiatric conditions, including:
  • Bunions
  • Arch pain/ Fasciitis
  • Heels spurs
  • Ulcers (diabetic or vascular)
  • Neuroma or pinched nerve
  • Ganglions
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Rheumatoid foot conditions
  • Sports injuries
  • PVD
Most recently, Dr. Manolian has practiced with New England Orthopedic Specialists at North Shore Medical Center.

The HPS specialty service office at 94 South Street also includes Pain Management, Orthopedic Surgery and Rheumatology.
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Toy Drive Fundraiser Success for North Brookfield Savings Bank
North Brookfield Savings Bank donates $1,750 and collects over one thousand toys
NBSB Toy Drive
North Brookfield Savings Bank North Brookfield branch employees proudly display the toys collected through their branch location. Shown, left to right: Paula St. John, Branch Liaison; Tonya Morrill, Regional Branch Manager; Jessica Shimansky, Supervisor; Amy Cassavant, Teller; Jamie Hubacz, Teller; Patricia Ostrout, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking and Tammy Gustafson, Assistant Branch Manager.
 
As 2017 comes to a close, North Brookfield Savings Bank is proud to have ended the year on a jubilant high note, especially when it comes to staying committed to supporting their local communities.
 
The Annual Toy Drive, which NBSB has hosted for many years, was once again a huge success, bringing hope and joy to those who needed it most during the holiday season. Due to the overwhelming generosity of community members, customers and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank, the Toy Drive collected over one thousand toys which were distributed to local toy drive organizations in each of the Bank's communities. In addition, North Brookfield Savings Bank donated $1,750 to the local toy programs. All of the toys collected and additional toys purchased with the Bank's donation ensure that local children of struggling families receive holiday presents.
 
For the Toy Drive, the bank accepted donations of new and unwrapped toys for children at any of its branch locations. This year's donations included several impressive items such as bicycles, skateboards, sleds, over 300 beanie babies, slime kits, oversized stuffed animals, among many other various trucks, cars, baby dolls, science kits, board games, crafts and toys.
 
"It brings us such joy each year to host the Toy Drive and to work closely with the generous members of our communities and the local toy drive organizations to make certain we bring happiness to children and families who are in need," said North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger. "It is apparent that everyone in our neighborhoods and at North Brookfield Savings Bank has a strong sense of community commitment. We thank you all for being so charitable again in 2017."
 
North Brookfield Savings Bank proudly partnered with the North Brookfield Police Association's Toys for Joy Program, East Brookfield Toys for Joy Program, West Brookfield Police Association Holiday Toy Program, Ware Police Department "Christmas for Kids" Program, Belchertown Firefighters Association Adopt-a-Family Program and Palmer Lions Club Holiday Toy Program to offer support to the communities they serve.
 
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit www.NorthBrookfieldSavingsBank.com .
 
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"Friends of Sturbridge Trails" 5th Annual Meeting Set

In the winter of 2013, a group of Sturbridge residents came together expressing an interested in forming a local, nonprofit trail support group to be known as the "Friends of Sturbridge Trails" (FrOST) and how appropriate their first organizational meeting will be held in the winter of 2013. This group was started by Sturbridge resident and Conservation Commission member David Barnicle as the creation of a friends group is one of the objectives set out in the Town's Recreation Trail Master Plan.
 
From that start in 2013, the friends group has slowly grown, however as always, The Friends of Sturbridge trails is looking for new members to be diverse in its desires for trails in Sturbridge, from casual hiking and dog walkers, to highly technical mountain bikers and everyone in between. In its bylaws, the mission of the Friends of Sturbridge trails states "composed of individuals, businesses and families sharing an appreciation of the potential for trails and trail related activities, interests and pursuits."

The fifth annual meeting of FrOST will be held on Tuesday January 16, 2018, at 7:00 pm graciously hosted by the Publick House. On the agenda, will be a short presentation on where the Trail building progress of 2017 and what their plans are for 2018, the status of Friends of Sturbridge Trails our 2018 activities with a review of our first 5 years.

Highlighting the agenda will be a presentation on the unique trail tools used to build single track trails. In both the Town's Master Plan and Recreation Trails Master Plan surveys, residents were strongly in favor of building several diverse types of trails to enjoy our open space lands. This trail tool presentation will provide insight into how single-track trails are built.

Our Sturbridge trail guide, local trail brochures, and a copy of the town's trail master plan, will be available.

The friends group is open to anyone who would like to support trails in Sturbridge. If you cannot make the January 16 meeting, or have more questions or wanting to help in the organizational effort please email either David Barnicle at: dmbarnicle8141@gmail.com  or email Sturbridgetrails@gmail.com
More information on FrOST can be found on our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Sturbridge-Trails-476149822433894/
and the Sturbridge Trails website: www.sturbridgetrails.org
Membership forms to sign up and join FrOST will be available that night.
NBSB's November Hat Contest Winner is Daniel Bigda  
November Hat Contest Winner
North Brookfield Savings Bank Ware Supervisor Nicole Syriac presented a $100 Statz Sports Pub & Grille
gift certificate to North Brookfield Savings Bank's November Hat Contest Winner, Daniel Bigda.
 
The seasonably cold weather is setting in and everyone is focusing on celebrating the season of giving and being thankful. However, this December North Brookfield Savings Bank is giving one lucky local resident something extra special to be thankful for. Daniel Bigda, a resident of West Brookfield, was recently awarded a $100 gift certificate for being the November 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. Bidga was spotted wearing his blue North Brookfield Savings Bank hat by North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger while dining at Statz Sports Pub & Grille in North Brookfield and was later awarded a $100 gift certificate to the same restaurant.
 
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit www.NorthBrookfieldSavingsBank.com .

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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.
"Each age has deemed the new-born year
The fittest time for festal cheer."  
-Walter Scott 
Central Mass Antique Show  
Sturbridge Host Hotel, New Year's Eve & Day, Sturbridge, MA  
 
Imagine spending New Year's Eve and New Year's Day with friends enjoying food, music,  
and the area's best Antique Dealers on display. Stay with us and ring in the New Year!  
This well-loved show is back for its fourth year!    
New Year's Eve 2017  
Just $15 for Advanced Viewing includes light refreshments.  
New Year's Eve & New Year's Day  
6PM Reception  
Featuring: Glenn Hillard "The Piano Man"  
Cash Bar (Beer & Wine) 6-8PM  
Advanced Viewing 6-8PM  
(Public is Welcome)
 
New Year's Day 2018  
$8 New Year's Day Admittance Fee.  
Show begins 10AM - 4PM  
Antique Show Highlights Include:  
Up to 85 Dealers and Exhibitors from all over Central Massachusetts & beyond!  
Onsite Appraisal Service    
Visit the website for all the details!
Cedar Street Grille 
New Year's Day Brunch
At Cedar Street Grille. 
Join us for Brunch New Year's day at Cedar Street Grille from 10am-3pm.  
Make your reservation now by calling 508-347-5800!
 
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Enjoy a First Day Hike
January 1st, 2018, 1 PM
Heins Farm Conservation lands Parking at 197 Leadmine Rd.
 
Join FrOST members Denise and Richard on this guided hike, exploring our newly opened Mt. Laurel trail. Hike is about 3 miles long and will last about 3 hours. Older children welcome and dogs on leash. Dress for the weather and snow on trails. Bad snowstorm weather will cancel. Bring your water bottle and snow shoes if deep snow! Visit the website for contact and more info.
 
Hitchcock Happenings: Week 1  
  Game Day
 Bored to Board! Game Day happens on January 7.
 
Monday, January 1
Hitchcock Academy will be closed on New Year's Day.
 
Tuesday, January 2
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 union61cfce@tantasqua.org.
 
ZUMBA® with KAREN: New Instructor! 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. (6 classes) Dates: Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM Fee: $42 Instructor: Karen Larsen. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org for more information.
 
Wednesday, January 3
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: Music and Movement: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-10:00 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 union61cfce@tantasqua.org.
 
WATERCOLORS WITH BETH: Watercolor classes for students of all levels. Ongoing classes with a new painting every three weeks. You must pre-register with Beth in order to attend. Ages: 18+ Time: 9:30AM- 12:00 PM Fee: $17/week plus supplies. Instructor: Beth Parys. Call Beth at 413-245-3295 for more information and to register.
 
Thursday, January 4
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: STEM: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-10:30 AM Dates: Thursdays when school is in session until May 2018. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing union61cfce@tantasqua.org.
 
Friday, January 5
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM
 
Sunday, January 7
GAME DAY: FROM BORED TO BOARD: Get together with your friends and family and enjoy some tabletop fun! Bring a favorite game to share with some friends or learn a new game! Some games available will include: Giant Yahtzee, Twister, Battleship, Quelf, Banana-grams, Checkers, Cards, Upwords, Betrayal at the House on the Hill, Tsuro, Forbidden Island and many more! Participants receive a free raffle chance to win a $25 gift card for a class of your choice at Hitchcock. Date: Sunday January 7, 4:00- 8:00PM. Pizza available for $1 per slice. FREE EVENT! Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org for more information.
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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.
Fireplace feast
Warm up at a Fireplace Feast in January! 
January 5, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26 & 28 
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!
 
Ribbon Cutting: Harrington Child & Family Services Center
Monday, January 8, 4:00pm
139 South Street, Southbridge, MA 01550 (former CarQuest building)
 
Join us as we cut the official ribbon and welcome the new
Harrington Child & Family Services Center (CFSC) to Southbridge.
 
The newly-renovated Center offers:
  • A bright, welcoming environment for ages 4-24 and their families
  • Expanded clinical team with increased range of services
  • Bilingual staff, including licensed mental health clinicians
  • Two group rooms, 12 offices and a large waiting area
Be there as local dignitaries and our guests bear witness to the official unveiling.  
Light refreshments will be served and all are welcome!
 
CFSC has immediate openings for therapy appointments!
(508) 765-2222
Harrington Child _ Family Services   
Stageloft Theater Presents
The Boys Next Door
The Boys Next Door
by Tom Griffin 
January 12 - 21 
Directed by Ed Cornely

A communal residence in a New England city, where four mentally challenged men live under the supervision of an earnest, but increasingly "burned out" young social worker named Jack. Norman, who works in a doughnut shop and is unable to resist the lure of the sweet pastries, takes great pride in the huge bundle of keys that dangles from his waist; Lucien P.  Smith has the mind of a five-year-old but imagines that he is able to read and comprehend the weighty books he lugs about;  Arnold, the ringleader of the group, is a hyperactive, compulsive chatterer, who suffers from deep-seated insecurities and a persecution complex; while Barry, a brilliant schizophrenic who is devastated by the unfeeling rejection of his brutal father, fantasizes that he is a golf pro.  
 
Mingled with scenes from the daily lives of these four, where "little things" sometimes become momentous (and often very funny), are moments of great poignancy when, with touching effectiveness, we are reminded that the handicapped, like the rest of us, want only to love and laugh and find some meaning and purpose in the brief time that they, like their more fortunate brothers, are allotted on this earth.
 
Show Dates:
January 12-21
 
To reserve tickets by phone, call (508) 347-9005.
Midwinter Mischief at Old Sturbridge Village
Midwinter Mischief
Saturday, January 20 to Sunday, January 21
Saturday, January 27 to Sunday, January 28
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.

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Timed tickets must be purchased in advance - either online at www.osv.org 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.

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Sturbridge MA 01566
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The Last Green Valley's January 2018 Calendar of Events
 
The Last Green Valley's Acorn Adventure: Eagle Eyes, 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at Roseland Park, 205 Roseland Park Road, Woodstock, CT. Children and their families are invited to join The Last Green Valley's Chief Ranger Bill Reid and Ranger J.P. Babineau to experience just how big a bald eagle's wings are, how huge their eyes are compared to the size of their heads and other fun facts. The group will also search for eagles at this popular spot for these incredible birds of prey. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope if you have them. Enthusiasm and a desire to learn about these beautiful birds are essential! Acorn Adventures are free to families thanks to the generous sponsorship of Putnam Savings Bank.
 
Protecting Family Farms and Forest, 7-9 p.m. Jan. 24, Knowlton Memorial Hall, 25 Pompey Hollow Road, Ashford. TLGV is partnering with Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) , Connecticut Farmland Trust , MassConn, and the Ashford and Willington Conservation Commissions for this workshop to help landowners determine whether they want to ensure some or all of their land remains open space permanently. The workshop is free.
 
The Last Green Valley's Member Program Series: Bald Eagles in The Last Green Valley, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Jan. 27 at TLGV offices, 203B Main Street, Danielson, CT. The snow date is 1-3:30 p.m., Jan. 28. Geared to adults, this two-part program will begin at the conference room of The Last Green Valley office in Danielson with a power point presentation on bald eagles in the region by Chief Ranger Bill Reid. Ranger Bill will provide updated information on numbers of eagles nesting in CT and results of the 2017 breeding season as well as information and results from the January 13th Midwinter Eagle Survey. Following the presentation, participants are invited to drive to the Quinebaug Valley Trout Hatchery with Ranger Bill in hopes of seeing bald eagles. The program is free to TLGV members and $10 for non-members.
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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 alexandra_mcnitt@cmschamber.org if you have any questions or to arrange a pickup. Thank you for your contributions!

 

Important Dates to Save!
January 1, 2018: Happy New Year!
January 7: Game Day at Hitchcock Academy
  January 8: RIBBON CUTTING: Harrington Child & Family Services Center
January 18: CMS Chamber Annual Meeting
January 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
January 22: Fun at Five at Sturbridge Porterhouse with bankHometown 
January 23: Seminar Three Pillars of Online Success with Idea Agency
 
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