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July's Fun at Five
You're Invited to a Clambake!
Welcome New Members!
Golf Classic Champs!
Country Bank's Employee Giving Program
EANE Compensation & Benefits Conference
NBSB Awards $10,000 in Scholarships
Katie Laplante Joins Venture
Harrington Auxiliary Scholarship Awards
Sturbridge Rotary Golf Classic
SCU Awards $5,500 in Scholarships
Make Music Day Memories
May Hat Contest Winner
Office Space For Rent
Independence Weekend Celebration
Lady Liberty's Tribute Music Fest
Acorn Adventure
Table 3's Restaurant Week
Leonide J. Lemire Road Race
Cruising for Charity Car Shows
Class Offerings at Hitchcock
Free Play at Pintastic!
Aqua Riders: Water Ski Show Team
Stageloft Theater
Tour Opacum: Bike Ride for Land Conservation
Brimfield Shows
Summer at Salem Cross Inn
EEO-1 Reporting Requirements Webinar
Second Chance Golf Tournament
Village Toastmasters Meetings
radKids® at Hitchcock Academy
Publick House Feast
Business (& Baseball) After Hours
Fireworks Shows
Concerts on the Commons
Farmers' Markets
24/7 Online Training
New Member Baskets
Save These Dates!
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Cindy Howard
Center of Hope
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision 

Jocelyn Callis
1st Vice Chair

Michael Checkosky
Immediate Past Chair


Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group 

Jessica Bettencourt
Chris Canniff

Bob Datz 

Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union

Laurie Nelson
Christopher Heights

Heather Pedersen
Country Bank

Rita Schiano 

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co.    

Jim Waddick
Southbridge Rotary Club

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

Greetings from the Chamber of Central Mass South!

Welcome to July and CROSSROADS NEWS!
In your inbox one day early to so you can get a jump on planning your Independence Day celebrations and experience all kinds of summer fun on tap in our area! We look forward to seeing you as we network at The Overlook in July. You are also invited to our summer outing, a New England Clambake at The Publick House in August! See all the details in this issue. Also, find local fireworks shows at the bottom of this issue! We wish a HAPPY SUMMER to you all!

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


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Fun at Five!
Tuesday, July 18 at 5:00pm
Overlook logo  
88 Masonic Road, Charlton, MA 866-753-5429
The Overlook
Join us for summer networking and fun at The Overlook in Charlton! We'll get together in The Overlook's spectacular Performing Arts Center,
enjoy beer, wine, soft drinks, tasty appetizers and each other's company on this special midsummer's eve!
Did you know...? The Overlook offers a full continuum of care on one campus including independent living, enhanced living, memory care, short-term rehabilitation, long-term skilled care and hospice care. Overlook Visiting Nurse Association provides home health services twenty-four hours a day, every day of the year,
if needed.

You could win a Gift Basket of Fine Wines, courtesy of our host, The Overlook!
$10 for registered Members, $15 at the door or $20 for non-Members.

RSVP by phone at 508-347-2761
or email 
Thank You to Our July   
Fun at Five Sponsor!
OFS has one of the longest and most respectable corporate lineages in the history of American business with a heritage dating back to Alexander Graham Bell.

Our continued commitment to quality and innovation has been instrumental in shaping the future of optical communications and fiber optic technology.
OFS Fitel, 50 Hall Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566
You're Invited to
A New England
Thursday, August 3, 2017 
New England Clambake
The Publick House Historic Inn, Sturbridge
  The Chamber's Annual Summer Outing is back!
We hope you will join us for a traditional New England Clambake hosted by The Publick House!
We can't wait to get together with our Members and friends and enjoy a summer clambake with all the fixin's! Here are the details!   
5 to 6pm at The Little Red Barn
Stationary and butlered hors d'oeuvres. Cash Bar.
6 to 8pm in the Garden Tent
New England Clam Chowder, Steamed Clams, Pasta Salad, Cole Slaw, Boiled Red Bliss Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Grilled Vegetable Medley.
1 1/4 lb. Lobster, 12 oz. Sirloin Steak
or Vegetarian Entree
DESSERT:   Chef's Choice. Assorted Coffees & Teas.
Enjoy the acoustic stylings of
Yankee Dogs 
Thanks to our Entertainment Sponsor:


Also featuring our annual raffle benefiting the
Chamber's Charities & Scholarships Fund
Just $10 per ticket for
"Your Chance to be a Millionaire!"
in $1000 worth of lottery scratch tickets!
This will be your last chance to buy tickets!
The winner will be drawn at the Clambake! 
Why not make this your company outing?
Groups of any size can be accommodated.
Just tell us how many are in your party,
and we'll reserve your table.
COST: $55 per person or tables of 10 for $525.
277 Main Street, On The Common, Sturbridge, MA  
Remember to let us know your meal choice!
Deadline to RSVP is July 27.
CMS Chamber logo
Welcome New Chamber Members!
We are very proud to introduce our newest Members!

DanJac Design 
Graphic Design, Branding, Print Materials,
 Web Design & Development. 
234 Harrington Street, East Brookfield, MA

The Employers Association of the NorthEast 
Providing HR Solutions and Training.
P.O. Box 1070, Agawam, MA
Hail to the Champs! 
  SCU Golf Team
This talented foursome (l-r Jordan Hoy, Kate Alexander, Terry Lisle and Dan Lewis) were crowned champions of the 2017 Chamber Golf Classic held at Heritage Country Club, Charlton on June 22.
They posted a very impressive 12 under par!
Thanks to our golfers, our amazing host and wonderful sponsor, and Mother Nature for providing a fantastic day for golf! We'll see you next year!
View more foursome photos from the tournament here
All Summer Long! 
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Discounts from Members...for Members!



Country Bank's Employee Giving Program Gives Back in a Big Way!
Country Bank
Pictured in Photo, Eric Devine, Bonnie Trudeau-Wood and Jeremy Toussaint -
Most Valuable Coaches for the Jimmy Fund for 2017.

Country Bank's Employee Charitable Giving (ECG) program recently donated more than $40,000 to two great causes near and dear to their staff. The giving program raised more than $30,000 to support the Jimmy Fund in April. It was a record breaking year for the Country Bank team as they exceeded their record in fundraising and also took first place in the team challenge. Eric Devine, Bonnie Trudeau-Wood and Jeremy Toussaint were also selected as the Most Valuable Coaches for the Jimmy Fund for 2017.

Employees donated raffle baskets, paid to wear jeans on casual Fridays and joined the online fund raising team to reach this level of support, along with a matching donation from Country Bank. "I am in awe of the commitment from the team at Country Bank and their support of this great charity year after year. We are very proud to be the coaches for this team and know that our efforts make a difference. We really hit a grand slam this year!," stated Bonnie Trudeau-Wood, Chair of the Employee Charitable Giving Program and Jimmy Fund Coach for Country Bank.

The Easter Seals "Walk with Me" program held at Elm Park on May 13, 2017 received a $10,000 donation from the ECG program. A whoopie pie auction was a big hit in the fundraising efforts this year. Denise Walker, SVP of Retail Lending donated a batch of whoopie pies to the highest bidder which raised $3,102. Additional donations came from casual Fridays, direct donations from the staff and Country Bank's matching program along with being a walk sponsor.

"As a proud supporter of Easter Seals, I am so grateful that our staff supports such exceptional organizations. While attending the Easter Seals "Walk with Me" event on May 13th, we were fortunate to have witnessed the impact Easter Seals has on the Worcester community and on the individuals who benefit from their services," stated Alison Shilinsky, SVP of Human Resources.
Country Bank
EANE Compensation & Benefits Conference Set for July 20th;
Keynote by Laureen Stiller Rikleen
Nationally Recognized Expert on Developing Multigenerational Workforce

Please note that our conference attendance is currently at capacity! If you would like to be on our wait list for open seats, please contact Michele Jackson at 877-662-6444 or and we will keep you posted on any openings. 
The Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE) announced today its annual Compensation and Benefits Conference. The full-day conference, themed The Game Has Changed, will be held on Thursday, July 20th at the Publick House in Sturbridge, MA. It will focus on trends in employee compensation and benefits.
"The one size fits all model no longer applies to employee compensation and benefits. Employers need to understand the demographic, legislative and competitive dynamics that have created the trend towards personalization of employee benefits," says Meredith Wise, President of the Employers Association of the NorthEast. "Our conference this year is all about these outside influences that are game changing."
The program will feature Lauren Stiller Rikleen, a nationally recognized expert on developing a thriving, diverse and multigenerational workforce. She is the author of the widely acclaimed book: You Raised Us - Now Work With Us: Millennials, Career Success, and Building Strong Workplace Teams. Additional conference presentations will include: How to Survive High Deductible Health Plans; Is the 40-Hour Work Week Dead?; and The Trump Effect on Employee Compensation and Benefits.
The cost for the program is $285 per person with discounts for three or more. Register at or via phone at 877-662-6444. The program will offer 6.25 credits by the HR Certification Institute and SHRM. Sponsoring the program are Johnson & Hill Staffing Services and the HR Certification Institute.                                   .
Serving employers in the Northeast for over 100 years, EANE provides resources for organizations to maximize employee engagement and retention while minimizing risk. Over 900 members utilize the human resource information/hotline, learning and development and specialized human resource services.
Agawam, MA | Waterbury, CT | Auburn, MA | Lincoln, RI
North Brookfield Savings Bank Awards $10,000 in Scholarships
to Local High School Seniors 
North Brookfield Savings Bank is proud to announce that the Bank presented $10,000 in scholarships to local high school students to help offset the cost of attending college. North Brookfield Savings Bank has always been committed to supporting the youth of local communities and future generations in attaining their financial and education goals.
North Brookfield Savings Bank awarded a $1,000 scholarship to each of the following exemplary students graduating from local high schools:

Catherine Buzzell of North Brookfield High School
Jessica Ruiz of Quaboag Regional High School
Olivia Fahey of David Prouty High School
Cindy Tran of Quabbin Regional High School
Kate Beland of Tantasqua Regional High School
Michelle Zawalski of Ware High School
Matthew Davidsohn of Belchertown High School
Thomas Roberts of Palmer High School
Shannon Fiore of Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School
Mackenzie Hart of Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School

North Brookfield Savings Bank staff attended the graduation ceremonies and awards nights taking place at each high school to personally present the scholarship certificates to the recipients. Recipients of the scholarships were within the Bank's geographical footprint and were required to exemplify a commitment to excellence and dedication to their community. The 2017 North Brookfield Savings Bank Scholarship Award recipients were nominated in the spring by the designated scholarship committee at each high school.

"North Brookfield Savings Bank is so proud to do our part to support these brilliant students," said Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. "We congratulate all of the recipients of the 2017 North Brookfield Savings Bank Scholarship Award for their achievements and wish them good fortune as they begin this journey in pursuit of a college education. We are confident they will do great things."

Katie Laplante Joins Venture Senior Management Team
Accomplished Healthcare Professional Named as Vice President of Health Services

Katie LaPlante Venture Community Services, one of the Commonwealth's leading providers of innovative human services has announced the selection of Katie Laplante as its new Vice President of Health Services. In this role, Katie will oversee residential and day habilitation nursing operations, plan and direct all agency medical trainings, and coordinate management of care for people receiving services.

Katie brings over 20 years of professional experience to Venture and has a strong history of management and clinical oversight. She most recently served as the Health and Wellness Director at The Estate at Franklin where she was responsible for the clinical department in the assisted living community. Katie has also served with the Berkshire Healthcare System, The Fieldstone School, St. Mary Healthcare Center and The Meadows Healthcare Center. She has held various positions from Quality Improvement Manager and CNA Certified Instructor to Director of Nursing Services and Clinical Services Coordinator.

"We are very pleased to have Katie join our Senior Management Team," said Venture President & CEO Mike Hyland. "Katie brings a tremendous amount of professional experience that will further enhance our ability to provide cutting edge and innovative care models to the people we support."
Katie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Social and Health Services from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI and her RN Nursing Diploma from St. Vincent School of Nursing in Worcester, MA.

Venture Community Services is committed to providing compassionate, person-centered services that assist individuals and families in reaching their goals. What began as an organization with two small group homes has grown into one of the largest human service providers in Massachusetts, and with over 750 employees, one of the largest employers in the Worcester County area. Venture encourages independence through a continuum of support which includes community residential services, day programs, supported employment, transportation, autism supports, adult foster care, and shared living.
Harrington Auxiliary Scholarship Awards
Top Photo: Recipients of Harrington Auxiliary Scholarships. L-R: Sally Baum, Auxiliary Scholarship Committee co-chair, Julieanne Welsh, Sophia Kontoes, Jack Cederberg, Katie Israelian and Eric Fryberg

Bottom Photo: Recipients of the Dr. Van Vooren Memorial Scholarship. L-R: Judy Flannery, Dr. Van Vooren Memorial Scholarship Chairperson, Alison Scully, Erin McTernan, Heather Staniszewski, Charles Hall.
Michelle Matte is missing from the photo.

The Harrington Auxiliary held its 4th annual scholarship awards ceremony on Monday, June 12, 2017. The Auxiliary's Scholarship Committee, which is co-chaired by Sally Baum and Pat Motyka, awarded $21,250 to 11 students from nine area schools who are pursuing careers in a healthcare field. Some of the recipients are also employees at Harrington Memorial Hospital.

Five individuals received the Dr. Van Vooren Memorial Scholarship, a $1,000 award per student. Charles Hall from Woodstock, CT will be attending the medical lab technician program at Quinebaug Valley Community College in Danielson, CT. Michelle Matte is seeking an MBA in healthcare administration at Anna Maria College. Currently working for Harrington Physician Services and for Seven Hills Foundation, Erin McTiernan is enrolled in the nursing program at Bay Path College. She has also served as a volunteer in Kenya.

Another Harrington Hospital employee, Alison Scully works as a lab assistant and mans the emergency room registration desk; she will attend Quinsigamond Community College to earn a degree in radiation technology. Heather Staniszewski, RN, is employed at Harrington Hospital's Cancer Center and is enrolled in the BSN program at Anna Maria College.

The Auxiliary awarded five $3,000 scholarships to recent area high school graduates. Jack Cederberg from Shepherd Hill Regional High School has been accepted at the University of Rhode Island, where he will study lab science. Eric Fryberg, a David Prouty graduate, is enrolled in the pre-med program at Worcester State University. Bay Path graduate Katie Israelian will attend Springfield College to become an occupational therapist. Sophia Kontoes graduated from Bartlett High School and will study nursing at Worcester State University. Julieanne Welsh of Oxford High School will begin pre-med studies at Boston University in the fall.

The Grace Kirk Memorial Scholarship, a $1,250 award, was given to Sarah Stanhope, a Tantasqua Regional High School graduate and employee in Harrington Hospital's dietary department. She will attend Salem State's pre-med program.

Harrington Auxiliary, established in 1932, is a non-profit organization of dedicated and impassioned volunteers whose mission is to support and enhance the excellent services provided by the Harrington HealthCare System.
Rotary Club
Sturbridge Rotary Club Presents
The 2017 Charity Golf Classic
July 24, Cohasse Country Club, Southbridge

At Cohasse Country Club, experience play on the spectacular 1918 Donald Ross-designed Championship world-class layout. The private course will be wide open for all to appreciate! Enjoy fellowship, lunch on the course, excellent golf, a complete full course dinner and many, many chances to win prizes.

In recent years, Rotary has collected over $35,000 from this fund raising event and have used all profits to fund their Charitable Activities. The goal this year is to raise $10,000...and your help is needed to achieve this goal. View the detailed brochure at this link.  
Southbridge Credit Union Awards $5,500 in Scholarships
In memory of Thomas J. Smalarz, Southbridge Credit Union (SCU) proudly renamed its scholarship fund to the Thomas J. Smalarz Memorial Scholarship. Mr. Smalarz was a former President and CEO of SCU and was a strong supporter of education as he started his career as a teacher himself.

SCU awarded a total of six scholarships to deserving students from local high schools for higher education. The selection of the scholarship recipients is taken care of by each school's Scholarship Committee:

Bay Path Regional Voc. Technical HS, Charlton, MA -
                $1,000 - higher education
                Kelsi Mitchell
                $500 - trade tools
 Craig Dwinell
Tantasqua Regional High School, Sturbridge, MA -
                $1,000 - higher education
  Jack Bouhana
Shepherd Hill Regional High School, Dudley, MA -
                $1,000.00 - higher education
  Abigail White
Auburn High School, Auburn, MA -
                $1,000 - higher education
                Téa Belog
Southbridge High School, Southbridge, MA -
                $1,000.00 - higher education
                Jacob Doiron

"The future does look very bright for these students and we wish them much success throughout their academic years! We're happy to contribute towards their education and know they will make their families and our communities proud," said Kate Alexander, President/CEO of SCU. Best of luck to all scholarship recipients and congratulations to the Class of 2017! 

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Making Music and Memories at Hitchcock Academy 
Making Music Day
International Make Music Day was alive and kicking up its heels on Wednesday, June 21.  Joining cities and countries around the world, Hitchcock attendees enjoyed an eclectic variety of music together from Dobro to Bells, Guitar to Violin, Keyboard to Saxophone, Clarinet to Drums as well as participating in a rousing rendition of 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' on Kazoos.  The beautiful first night of Summer brought revelers of all ages to celebrate music and the solstice together.  Anyone interested in learning to play an instrument, visit or call 413 245-9977 to schedule your music lessons.
Carolyn Daniele of Ware is NBSB's May Hat Contest Winner

Carolyn Daniele May marks the last full month of spring and even though rain has been steady in our forecast, things certainly are looking bright for one local resident. Carolyn Daniele, a resident of Ware,
was awarded a $100 gift certificate for being the May 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. Daniele was spotted wearing her blue NBSB hat by West Brookfield Regional Branch Manager Cindy Fountain while visiting the Bank's booth at the West Brookfield Asparagus and Flower Heritage Festival on May 20th. She was later awarded a $100 gift certificate to The Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield when she visited the NBSB Ware branch location at 40 Main Street on Route 9.
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank and the Hat Contest, visit .
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.
"Summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language." 
- Henry James 
Independence Weekend Celebration
Saturday, July 1 to Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Celebrate the best July 4th in history with old-fashioned, patriotic family fun.

An old-fashioned good time will be had by all on Independence Day Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village. Visitors will have the chance to take part in a citizens' parade, play 19th-century style "base ball," march with the militia, make a tri-cornered hat, and sign their "John Hancocks" on a giant copy of the Declaration of Independence. Summer barbecue food will be available for purchase along with beer and wine; visitors may enjoy a picnic on the Common. Children and families will especially enjoy a little physical activity and friendly competition with "Farm Yard Games."

An exciting feature of the Independence Weekend festivities is the firing of a reproduction cannon. The cannon has been in production for a few years, and is a working model of a "Heavy 3-Pounder," meant to fire 3-pound balls. The cast-iron cannon barrel was made in the 1970s by the LaPans Foundry in Hudson Falls, New York, and purchased by Old Sturbridge Village a few years ago.

On July 4th, watch and be inspired by a citizen naturalization ceremony on the Village Common. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present scores of candidates to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and they will pledge their Oath of Allegiance to the United States for the very first time. Old Sturbridge Village Singers will perform patriotic songs during the ceremony.

Learn more about the historical background of Independence Day Celebrations here.

Big River
Big River:  
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Runs through July 9  
Wednesday-Sunday at 7:30pm,
Sunday matinee at 2:00pm

This Tony Award-winning musical will sweep audiences down the mighty Mississippi as the irrepressible Huck Finn helps his friend Jim, a runaway slave, escape to freedom at the mouth of the Ohio River. Their adventures along the way are hilarious, suspenseful and heartwarming, bringing to life your favorite characters from the novel with a cast of 15 actors, musicians and singers.

Don't miss this show which is getting rave reviews!
Get your tickets today at

Museum Hours: May - October
Open Wednesdays - Sundays
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
508 International
July 1-2
Lady Liberty's Tribute Music Fest
An eclectic mix of tribute and cover bands with fun games for the whole family.
A great line up of tribute bands: Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Southern Rock covers and Contemporary covers.

We'll have beach volleyball, cornhole, and horseshoe set up as well.

See more and get tickets online at 508 International
TLGV Ranger Marcy's Acorn Adventure 
Patriotic Parade to Celebrate Independence in The Last Green Valley!
Saturday, July 1, 1-2:30pm
Lebanon Historical Society Museum
856 Trumbull Hwy (Rte. 87), Lebanon, CT

We'll march & wave our flags just like George Washington did, feeling revolutionary!
Visit the FREE Museum to dress up in historic outfits, pitch a tent & shoot a musket in the children's room!
Enjoy all the other exhibits, too!
Snacks, stickers & fresh air FUN are always included in Acorn Adventures!
Be sure to bring a friend!
FREE! All ages welcome.
Learn more about the Lebanon Historical Society Museum and Visitors Center.

Explore, visit & connect with what makes our National Heritage Corridor special,
like history and going back in time to celebrate independence!

Acorn Adventures are sponsored by Putnam Bank
Table 3
Table 3's Restaurant Week continues through the weekend!
Road Race
The 68th Annual Leonide J. Lemire Road Race
July 4, 9am to Noon, Tri-Community YMCA  

Join in the second oldest, continuous, road race in America.  The 68th Annual Leonide J. Lemire Road Race - where you can run or walk the 4.9 miles.

Event starts at the Tri-Community YMCA with prizes, awards, refreshments and shower facilities available. FREE for ages 65+ and military personal.  Pre-entry $8 / Post Entry $10 / Families $25. 

Sponsors: VFW, Tri-State Running, Stride, Central Mass Striders and the Tri-Community YMCA.
43 Everett Street, Southbridge                   Contact: 508-765-5466
Wednesday Night Cruising for Charity Car Shows
Klems Car show
Klem's Field, 117 West Main Street, Spencer
Starting June 7th through August, Every Wednesday 5pm until Dusk

2017 Weekly Show Classes:
July 5, Week 5: Best Pre-WWII & Best of Show
July 12, Week 6: Best 50's & Best of Show
July 19, Week 7: Best 60's & Best of Show
July 26, Week 8: Best 70's & Best of Show
August 2, Week 9: Modern Muscle & Best of Show
August 9, Week 10: Best Truck & Best of Show
August 16, Week 11: Best Mustang & Best of Show
August 23, Week 12: Best Corvette & Best of Show
August 30, Week 13: Best of Season, Mason's Choice & Driver's Choice

Please note that if there is a cancellation or rain out, the missed week's awards will be given out at the next cruise along with the scheduled awards. In the event that the Grand Finale show is rained out, the season will be extended one week in order to hand out awards.

Donations Accepted. 100% of the profits go to the Masonic Children's Charity!
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Hitchcock Academy Classes

Thursday, July 6
This class designed for ages 13-17 employs pencil, acrylic, and watercolor to help students explore how to draw, see things differently, and learn an understanding of shapes, subject & color mixing. All supplies included. (2 classes) Time: 9:30 AM-2 PM Fee: $72 Instructor: Laura Cenedella. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.

Friday, July 7
Can you teach an old dog a new trick?  The trick is in your consistent training method.  Learn with Certified Canine Instructor, Laurie Merritt and enjoy a pizza dinner for only $6! Sponsored in part by Country Bank for Savings. Time: 6- 7:30 PM Fee: $6 Instructor: Laurie Merritt,  M. Ed, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Certified K9 NoseWork® Instructor. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.

Saturday, July 8
In this class designed for ages 13-17, choose from several images to paint your own canvas and become a "Fake" Master painter. Learn artistic skills, how to keep color records or journal your artistic process.  All supplies included. Students, please bring a lunch. Time: 9:30 AM- 2 PM Fee: $72 Instructor: Laura Cenedella. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
Pintastic Pintastic Returns to the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center!  
July 6-8, 2017
30,000 square feet of Fun for the Whole Family! Never-ending excitement with tons of activities for kids! 200 pinball machines set on Free Play! Pinball Games for Sale! Wicked Cool Vendors! Ice Cold Beer! Tournaments! Seminars! The coolest stuff for your Game Room! Be there or be square!
Aqua Riders
Aqua Riders of Holland Water Ski Show Team
July 7, 6:00-7:30pm, Aqua Riders Team Beach
163 Mashapaug Rd., Holland 

A hidden gem in Central Massachusetts, the AquaRiders are a water ski show team founded in 1960 performing a sport most expect to see only in the Southern and Mid-Western regions of the US.  The show includes acts such as barefoot skiing, jumping, human pyramids, ballet lines, around the boat, strap and conventional doubles.  Members have gone on to ski professionally at SeaWorld, Cypress Gardens and LEGOLAND.

More 2017 Summer Show Dates:
July 14
July 21
July 28-30 Eastern Regional Tournament at the Oxbow in Northampton, MA
August 4
August 11
August 19 - Our annual Homeshow at 10:00am

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy our spectacular FREE shows! Follow on Facebook for more!
Stageloft Theater Presents
Muder at Howard Johnsons
Murder at the Howard Johnson's
By Sam Bobrick & Ron Clark
A Comedy in Two Acts

All is fair in love? Even murder? That's the question posed by this light and funny suspense comedy about a love triangle in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn. A three scene love triangle involving a woman, her lover, and her husband. In the first scene, the wife and her lover plot to murder the husband. In the second scene, the wife and her husband are plotting to murder the lover. The third scene has the husband and the lover plotting to murder the wife - but this attempt, like the others, fails.
Show dates: July 7-9, 14-16 and 21-23.

Murder at the Howard Johnson's is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

To reserve tickets by phone, call (508) 347-9005.
Stageloft Theater
Tour Opacum
"Tour Opacum" - A Bike Ride for Land Conservation!
July 9

Bikes and Beers! Who could ask for more on a summer afternoon?

With Rapscallion Brewery in Sturbridge as a home base, join Opacum Land Trust for a scenic ride through Sturbridge, Brimfield, Brookfield and surrounding towns and take in the beauty of the several properties Opacum Land Trust has conserved.

Riders can choose a family-friendly 7.5 mile loop or opt for a 25, 50 or 100 mile ride.  We'll finish with a party at Rapscallion - music by Tony Soul Project - and a complimentary beer for registered riders.

"Opacum Amber Ale" will be featured, from a special recipe unearthed specifically to raise awareness and funds for Opacum's work ($1 per pint sold will be donated to the organization).
Food will be available from Rapscallion Food Truck, and the brewery's disc golf course will be open.  

Registration is $50, online at; route maps available. Rest stops with food and water, support vehicle emergency assistance available. Proceeds from this ride support the conservation work of Opacum Land Trust.
Contact: 508-347-9144 
2017 Brimfield Shows Summer Edition: July 11-16
The Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show has been dubbed "the Queen of the outdoor shows" and a Smithsonian Treasure. A New England tradition, the extravaganza represents the largest outdoor gathering of antique and collectibles dealers in the country with acres of tents showcasing the merchandise of thousands of dealers! Happy Hunting!

Volunteer Opportunities are available at the July Shows! Give us a ring if you can help!
See the volunteer schedule here for open shifts.
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New Summer Menu, Outdoor Grilling and Dining Events! 
New Summer Selections
New Summer Menu! 
Our Summer menu includes seasonal offerings like
the Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus (pictured),
Cedar Plank Salmon, Lavender Chicken,
Vegan Veggie Ribbon Noodles... just to name a few.

Stop in on Fridays for our Local Farm Dinner Special,  
featuring fresh local vegetables and meats. 
Dishes are limited, so get there early!

Outdoor grilling at our Hexmark Tavern begins July 12th!
Outdoor Grilling
Every Wednesday and Thursday evening from 5-8pm, 
we'll be serving an outdoor dinner (weather permitting, of course). 
Check our website for menu and details.

July 28: Murder Mystery Dinner Series 
Solve a crime while you dine. See more and get your tickets here!   

August 10: Farmers' Dinner
Join us in the garden for tours, hors d'oeuvres,
chef demonstrations, and more.
August 10 dinner will feature local farm raised chicken. 
Find the details and get tickets here!

Salem Cross Inn's Hours of Operation change with the seasons! 

Salem Cross Inn will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th. 
Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday!

The Employers Association of the NorthEast
New EEO-1 Reporting Requirements
July 13, 2017 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Mark Adams For companies with over 100 employees (and for federal contractors and subcontractors too), EEO-1 Reporting has become a way of life. Customarily required to be submitted no later than September 30th each year, the reporting collects employment data to be categorized by race/ethnicity, gender and job category and is used for a variety of purposes including enforcement, self-assessment by employers, and research.
Now, the reporting will be expanded with an initiative to classify employees by predefined pay ranges. While the deadline for the EEO-1 reporting alone has also changed as well, employers are best served to understand now what they will need to do moving forward in order to be able to meet their future EEO-1 reporting needs accurately.
  • How is the form changing?
  • Why the changes?
  • Who is subjected to the expanded reporting?
  • Are your systems already equipped to summarize and report on the necessary information?
  • If not, what will you need to be prepared?
  • What are the new timelines for completion?
Join Mark R. Adams, SPHR, SHRM-SCP as he addresses these questions and more in this webinar.
HRCI and SHRM Recertification Credits: 1.5
Our monthly "HR Info" webinars focus on foundations of HR throughout the life of the employment cycle. These 90-minute sessions on the second Thursday of the month refresh your skills and knowledge and review new twists on traditional topics from handbooks to drug-testing, record-keeping to termination...and beyond. Our webinars are also recorded and people can listen to them "on-demand" any time.
For a list of 2017 topics and to register click below:
Second Chance Animal Shelter
5th Annual Golf Tournament
Our annual golf tournament is right around the corner, happening on July 15th!
This 18-Hole Shotgun Start Scramble is sure to be a great time for all players!
There will be many other activities to take part in such as the 50/50 raffle, a silent auction, mulligans and many other contests. We hope to see you there!
Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Registration: 7:00 AM
Start Time: 7:30 AM Tee Off
Format: 18 Holes Using Scramble Format with Foursomes
Where: Leicester Country Club, 1430 Main Street, Leicester, MA
Ticket Information:
Golf/Lunch $100.00 - includes 18-hole round of golf, delicious buffet style meal, cart & goodie bag.
Limit of 144 tickets.
Don't golf? No Problem! We offer meal-only tickets!
Lunch Only $35.00
508-867-5525       See more here: 
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.  
The club has recently moved its meeting location.

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.
Thank you to the Chamber of Central Mass South for serving as the new meeting location and thank you to Southbridge Savings Bank for hosting our meetings for the past decade and more!
We are grateful to our community partners!

Guests are always welcome!!  
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.  
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Radkids at Hitchcock
radKids® instructor Aaron Cote, gives students some guidance on how to
remove yourself from a dangerous situation and get help. 

A new kind of self-defense class for kids ages 6-13 is coming to Hitchcock Academy this summer.

Aaron Cote shared his thoughts about becoming an instructor of radKids® at Hitchcock Academy and the benefits of the program for kids. "Becoming a radKids instructor is an ideal addition to the children's safety initiative of any caring community. I found that radKids teaches our youth how to recognize, avoid, resist and, if necessary, escape from violence or harm.  The program teaches critical thinking skills at a fight or flight level in a short period of time, versus a traditional martial arts schools. What do I hope for radKids for the future? I hope it provides a base so kids will continue pursuing their knowledge and understanding of tools they can apply to break the cycle of violence or possible victimization in their own lives."

Margo Chevers from the Domestic Violence Task Force ( supports this program wholeheartedly.  "We will provide tools and materials for Aaron to work with the kids. We will also provide the pizza to celebrate with kids on the last class. Watch for our postings on our web site, FaceBook and through other means to help spread the word about stopping violence."  

Register your child age 6-13 today.
Mon, Tues & Thurs, July 17, 18, 20, 25 & 27 at 3:00- 4:45 at Hitchcock. Fee: $8 
Ages: 6-13 years

Visit or call 413 245-9977 for details
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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!

July 17
Polish American Veterans
Sturbridge Rotary

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! 
Save the date!
Business After Hours at the Bravehearts - July 28, 2017
Join the Worcester, Auburn, Blackstone, Central Mass South, Wachusett and WDO Chambers at this month's Business After Hours. Network with area business professionals for an informal, networking event and a baseball game!

Location: Worcester Bravehearts vs. Seacoast Mavericks
College of the Holy Cross, Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, One College Street, Worcester

Date/Time Information:
Friday, July 28, 2017
Networking - 5:00 - 7:30 PM
Baseball game - 7:00 PM  

Contact Information:
Eleanor Houbre
Fees/Admission: $15.00 - Chamber Members (includes admission to the game) 
$30.00 - Non-Chamber Members
See more and register at this link.
Local Fireworks Shows 
Friday, June 30
Worcester, 9:30pm, Cristoforo Colombo Park, (Rain Date July 1)

Saturday, July 1
Webster, 9pm, Memorial Beach Drive (Rain Date July 2)

Saturday, July 8
East Brookfield, 9pm, Connie Mack Field
Concerts on the Commons 
Concerts on the Commons
Sturbridge Summer Concerts
All concerts start at 6pm on the Sturbridge Town Common. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Please be mindful of those around you who are listening to the concert. Please refrain from parking directly on the Town Common. Thank you and enjoy the concerts!

July 6: 215th Army Band 
July 13: Squeeze Box Stompers (Mardi Gras, Cajun)

Southbridge Summer Concerts
Music, good quality, family friendly entertainment! 
All performances are 6-8 pm on Southbridge Common (1 Mechanic St)
If bad weather, we will be at the Auditorium at 25 Cole Ave.
 July 2: The East Woodstock Cornet Band
sponsored by Southbridge Business Partnership
July 9: JoyCo (Jazz/Pop)
sponsored by Southbridge Savings Bank

West Brookfield Concerts on the Common 
All Concerts 7-9pm. Bring chairs, blankets, picnics and bug spray!

July 3: Bonfire and Neil Diamond New Edition (Rain Date: July 7)
July 12: The Otters 
Local Farmers' Markets & Farm Stands 
Local Farmers Market at Big Bunny
Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. 
Big Bunny Parking Lot, 942 Main Street, Southbridge
West Brookfield Farmers' Market
June to October. Wednesdays. From 3:00-6:00pm.
On the Town Common, Route 67 & 9, West Brookfield.
Hitchcock Academy's Farmers' Market
Open every Saturday from 9:00-2:00pm until October 28.
(Not held during Brimfield Shows)
HFA Parking Lot. 2 Brookfield Road, Brimfield .
Overlook Farm, 15 Long Hill Road, Brookfield
Retail stand opens June 20 with limited product.
Open 10-6. Closed Mondays.  
Check the website for availability.

Klem's Farmers' Market
June 10 to October 21, Saturdays 10am to 2pm.
Excluding 7/23 and 8/20 due to other events at Klem's.
117 West Main Street, Spencer

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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!
  July 4: Happy Independence Day!
July 6-8: Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo at Sturbridge Host
July 9: Tour Opacum Bike Ride
July 11-16: Brimfield Antiques & Collectibles Shows 
July 15: Second Chance Animal Shelter Golf Tournament 
July 18: Fun at Five at The Overlook with OFS
July 28: Business After Hours at The Bravehearts 
August 3: Chamber Summer Outing: A Clambake at The Publick House!   
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