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June's Fun at Five
Golf Classic
Brown Bag Seminar: 21 FAQs About Going Solar
Welcome New Members!
Electricity and Natural Gas Aggregation Program
Washington Symposium 2018
Dexter-Russell Celebrates 200th Birthday!
Harrington Shifts Women's Health Office to Full-Time Gynecology
OFS Employee Wellness Fair
Help Southbridge Bloom!
Banking Choice Awards: NBSB Wins Top Honors
Dreaming of Vacation?
NBSB Hires Frank Amato as VP & Lending Manager
Are Habits That Don't Serve You Holding You Back?
International Make Music Day
A Fun Night Out
Hitchcock Happenings
Murder Mystery & Drovers' Roast
Wednesday Night Cruising for Charity Car Show
Stageloft Theater: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Klems' Farmers Market
Transportation Festival at OSV
Gateway Players Show
Publick House Feast
29 Annual Legislative Breakfast
Sturbridge Summer Concert
Second Chance Pet Adoptions
Country for a Cause
Pintastic Pinball Expo is Coming!
Village Toastmasters Meetings
New Member Baskets
BankHometown _200
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
 
Karla Christiansen
Hometown Bank
 
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

Welcome to June and CROSSROADS NEWS
 
Besides great warm weather, there's a lot more on tap at your Chamber and in our community this month. We'll be networking at Altruist Brewing,  answering your questions about going solar, and introducing our new partner who will help us all save on energy costs! The countdown to official Summer culminates on June 21, the very day of our Golf Classic. Celebrate with a terrific time on the links! We hope you'll join us! 
 

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NETWORK WITH YOUR CHAMBER
Fun at Five!
Tuesday, June 12, 5:00pm
Altruist logo  
  Altruist Brewing Company
559 Main Street, Sturbridge Marketplace
Sturbridge, MA, 774-241-8022
 
Fun at Five Visits Altruist Brewing Company!
Have you experienced Altruist Brewing?
 
Altruist Brewing Company was founded as a result of the Bixby family sharing their passion for beer with a group of neighbors, all strangers who had just moved to a new town. Friendships were made, bonds were built...over a passion for beer.
 
Before long, Bob & Nancy teamed up with life-long friend, Chris Mancini. As demand for their beer grew, the team at Altruist realized that they wanted to make this into something bigger... something they could share with more people.  
 
Altruist Brewing was born.
 
Altruist brews small hand-crafted batches, adjusting each recipe in an endless pursuit of perfection, and including a big dose of love into each batch.
 
Visit Altruist Brewing Company online here!
 
Enjoy fresh brews, tasty treats, cool drawing prizes, and the opportunity to mingle with local professionals in a fun and relaxed setting!
 
NOTE: When you pull into the mill (Sturbridge Marketplace) parking lot, please drive all the way to the back of the lot and pull around behind the building to the other side. There, you will see an entrance dedicated to the taproom facing the back parking lot. 
 
Altruist's Hours currently are:
THURS 5pm - 10pm, FRI 5pm - 10pm, SAT 12pm - 10pm
 
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.
 
Thank you to our  
June Fun at Five Sponsor!
Amcomm Wireless logo 
Amcomm Wireless is a locally owned and operated Verizon Wireless Retailer. Partners Mark Amadio and Kyriakos Konstantakis opened their first location in Sturbridge in 2002. Our friendly, courteous staff can satisfy all your Verizon Wireless needs.
 
Sturbridge Location: 135 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA 01566
508.347.0008
Chamber of Central Mass South
GOLF CLASSIC 2018
Golf
Heritage Country Club, Charlton
June 21, 2018
To Benefit The Chamber Scholarships & Charities Fund

THE GOLF CLASSIC IS BACK
AND THIS YEAR WILL BE A BLAST!  
Join us for a fun-filled day of golf and camaraderie on the course at our annual Golf Classic.

NEW THIS YEAR!
Golf Cannon
A LeaderBoard Air Cannon Competition sponsored by
Karl Storz Endovision!

Mustang
A chance to win a 2-year lease on a 2018 Mustang Convertible sponsored by Lamoureux Ford!

A beautiful art glass trophy for our winners donated by
Karl Storz Endovision!

All to help benefit the
Chamber Charities & Scholarship Fund.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
8:00 am   Registration
9:00 am   Shot Gun Start
2:30 pm   Dinner Reception

YOUR DAY INCLUDES:
Continental breakfast
(Thanks to our Sponsor: Sturbridge Coffee Roasters)
Greens and cart fees
Cookout lunch on the course
Spectacular raffle prizes!
Contests
Refreshments on the course
Reception and dinner after play

SCRAMBLE FORMAT:
All players hit from the best lie

COST:
Foursome: $475, Individual:   $125, Dinner Only: $30

Visit the GOLF CLASSIC webpage for more!

To reserve your day of play View & Download the
detailed brochure here

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE.
CONTACT MIKE CHECKOSKY FOR MORE INFORMATION.

Phone: 508-764-0012 Fax: 508-765-1187
Remember...MEMBER TO MEMBER!
M2M logo 
We THANK YOU for KEEPING IT LOCAL! 
21 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Going Solar 
Exploring the benefits, myths and common concerns about going solar.
Presented by: John Boiano, VP of Sales/co-owner at 180 South Solar LLC
 
Tuesday, June 26 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 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!
180 South Solar
Solar power pioneer and motivational speaker John Boiano invites you
to join a peaceful revolution by taking the mystery out of going solar.

The solar movement is a peaceful revolution, giving us the reigns to take control of how we access our energy and the amount that we pay for it.

We live in challenging times. Mother Earth is hanging in there, waiting for our commitment to jump into action as peaceful warriors on the path of preserving a healthy and vibrant planet. And fortunately, we are at the perfect time in history to take peaceful, but powerful revolutionary action as individuals - simply by changing how we access our energy and installing solar at our homes, businesses and farms.

We the people can revolutionize the world! Bill Nye, The Science Guy, believes that with today's technology, we could be using 80% renewable energy worldwide by 2050.

Please join us for this engaging and inter-active workshop as Solar Power Pioneer and Motivational Speaker John Boiano offers insights, challenges and solutions into the 21 most asked questions about installing solar energy at your home, small business or farm.

Please bring your questions and let's have some fun talking about accessing the most powerful energy source in the universe!

John Boiano About the Presenter: John Boiano
John has a long history as an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, environmental activist and business leader in sales and marketing with owning businesses and running highly successful sales teams. With almost 7 years' experience in the solar industry helping people decide if solar is right for them or not, John is currently the co-owner and VP of Sales at Massachusetts based 180 South Solar LLC. Cell: 860-798-5692
CMS Chamber logo 
Welcome New Members!
Please join us in welcoming our newest Members.
 
Dream Vacations 
Travel, Cruises, All-inclusive Resorts, Tours, Hotels
Destination Weddings and Honeymoons
P.O. Box 164, West Warren, MA  
 
Melody L. Beach Consulting Group 
HR Consulting, Coaching, Training 
63 Newell Avenue, Southbridge, MA  
508-330-0343
 
Radical Solutions 
Electricity & Natural Gas Broker
Energy Management 
27 Lake Street, Norfolk, MA  
 
 
LOOKING FOR A MEMBER? FIND THEM HERE.
Radical Solutions 
An Energy Brokerage
 
Electricity and Natural Gas Aggregation Program
 
The Chamber of Central Mass South has partnered with Radical Solutions to deliver a group purchasing opportunity centered around reducing your company's energy costs. All members are encouraged to attend an upcoming information session to learn more about open enrollment for group purchasing.
 
Information Sessions
Radical Solutions will be holding two information sessions during the open enrollment period. These sessions will feature an overview of the competitive energy market, how to read and understand your energy bill, and details about the open enrollment process.
 
Session One June 14 8:30-9:30am at the Chamber Office
Light refreshments will be provided. Please bring a copy of a recent utility bill so that we may begin calculating cumulative group usage amounts.
 
Session Two June 19 5:30-6:30pm at the Chamber Office
Light refreshments will be provided. Please bring a copy of a recent utility bill so that we may begin calculating cumulative group usage amounts.
 
How to Register
To sign up for the program, all participants must submit a recent utility bill and sign a Letter of Authorization consent form - allowing Radical Solutions and its partners access to your utilities usage information. Full details and all forms will be available at the information sessions.
 
Please email Paulette at pjh@cmschamber.org or call 508-347-2761 to register.
 
About Radical Solutions
Radical Solutions is a locally-owned and operated broker of electricity and natural gas. We take a consultative approach to managing energy costs. Our clients can expect a personalized experience and a plan that fits their need, not the other way around.
 
Our business is built on honesty, integrity, and value. As members of this community, we take our reputation and your trust seriously. We will always have your best interests in mind.
 
There are absolutely no changes to your service, and you will still be billed by your current utility.
 
There is no cost to the Chamber or any member for participating.
 
Capitol
Washington Symposium 2018
September 26-28
 
Every other year, the Springfield Regional Chamber works with Congressman Richard Neal to host a two-day trip to Washington DC. It will be mid-term election time and this will be an excellent opportunity to meet with leaders in the Senate, Congress, and the Administration, as well as other top policy makers on the federal issues that matter to you! Congressman Neal arranges for great speakers throughout the day. On our 2016 trip, speakers included members of Congress, Senator Warren, Columnist Mark Shields, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, House Ways and Means Chair Kevin Brady, among others.

Presented in partnership with 1Berkshire, the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Central Mass South, the trip is all inclusive and covers your flight, hotel accommodations at The George Kimpton (within walking distance to the Capitol and Union Station), airport parking, all transfers, two evening receptions with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages thanks to our sponsors Comcast and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, breakfast each morning and lunch on Thursday. We are inviting 1-5 Members of our Chamber to participate. If you are interested, please contact Alix by email as soon as possible.

This year, the trip will take place September 26-28 and we are very pleased to invite you to join us for the opportunity to visit and gain firsthand knowledge of important happenings on Capitol Hill. An early bird discount is offered for registrations made by July 1, and all reservations must be made no later than July 20. You may view the draft of the itinerary here.

Register by July 1 for the Early-Bird discount!
$1425 (Single)
$1295 (Double)

After July 1 (reservation deadline July 20)
$1525 (Single)
$1395 (Double)

Reservation deadline: July 20, 2018. No refunds after this date.
 
Departs Bradley International Airport 1:15 p.m. via DCA (Reagan International).
Returns 4:40 p.m on September 28.
 
Please email Alix if you or a member of your team is interested in participating in this legislative event. Space is limited, so don't delay!
 
Historic Cutlery Manufacturer Dexter-Russell Celebrates
Bicentennial Birthday
 
Southbridge, MA, May 1, 2018 - Dexter-Russell, Inc., a professional cutlery manufacturer that has maintained operations in Southbridge, Massachusetts since 1818, will celebrate its 200th birthday on June 16th.
 
Dexter-Russell, Inc. is the largest manufacturer of professional cutlery in the world and is the proud successor to the two oldest American cutlery manufacturers, both of Bay State origins: the John Russell Cutlery Company, originally of Greenfield, and the Harrington Cutlery Company. Dexter-Russell's products encompass over 2,400 items servicing various market sectors including food service, meat/seafood processing, industrial applications, and outdoor pursuits.
The company started as a small one-man shop operated by Henry Harrington in Southbridge, supplying surgical equipment and shoe knives. In 1933 the Harrington Cutlery Company merged with a rival cutlery manufacturer, The John Russell Cutlery Company. In 2001, the company became Dexter-Russell, Inc., in recognition of its long history of proud brand identity. 
 
Dexter-Russell's 200th Anniversary celebration will include a "Dexter Day" event at the Southbridge manufacturing facility for employees and their families which will include factory tours, food and refreshments, presentations and family activities. Dexter Day will be followed by a Gala Fundraising event at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village, which will benefit local institutions Harrington Memorial Hospital, Old Sturbridge Village, and the Tri-Community YMCA of Southbridge.
 
"We at Dexter-Russell are thrilled about our upcoming birthday celebration," said Alan Peppel, President and CEO of Dexter-Russell. "We are proud of the values and history behind our company, and we are eager to celebrate with our community our 200 years of providing high quality, durable American-made products to our customers."
   
For more information about Dexter-Russell, Inc., visit www.dexter1818.com.
 
About Dexter-Russell, Inc.
Dexter-Russell was established in 1818 and has maintained a tradition of excellence in both workmanship and materials. Located in Southbridge, Massachusetts, Dexter employs more than 200 employees to produce over 2,400 different professional cutlery products to meet the demands of various markets. For more information, visit www.dexter1818.com or call (800) 343-6042.
Harrington Shifts Women's Health Office to Full-Time Gynecology
 
SOUTHBRIDGE, MA, May 15, 2018 - Harrington Physician Services (HPS) will shift its current Ob/Gyn practice to a full-time Gynecology office at the end of May.
 
Dr. Mark Simonelli and Dr. Christine Carey will be available at the 100 South Street, Suite G05 location in Southbridge to continue providing diagnostic, surgical and routine gynecological and urogynecological services for women. Their scope of practice includes, but is not limited to, well woman annual GYN checks, adolescent and teen health, birth control, menopause, abnormal uterine bleeding, sexually transmitted infections, abnormal pap smears, urinary incontinence, pelvic prolapse issues and all post-natal care. Dr. Carey will also continue to be available in Spencer for appointments.
 
The organization has announced a new collaborative partnership with Women's Health of Central Massachusetts (WHCMA), who will be managing all prenatal and obstetric care effective May 31, 2018.
 
Women's Health of Central MA (www.whcma.com) is the largest independent physician's group in Central Massachusetts. Beginning May 31, patients will be able to schedule appointments in their newest office location at 164 South Street, Southbridge, adjacent to the main hospital campus. The office will be staffed by obstetricians and a certified nurse midwife. Deliveries will continue to be performed at UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus in Worcester. 
 
Women's Health currently has offices on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester, Marlborough and Webster. The independent practice has 12 board-certified obstetricians and midwives, many of whom will be rotating to the Southbridge office. The group is very much looking forward to assuming pre- and postnatal care for Harrington's obstetric patients.
 
HPS obstetric patients are being assisted to transfer medical records and continue receiving care close to where they work and live.
 
For more information, patients may contact the HPS office at (508) 765-5981 or WHCMA at (508) 755-4861.
Harrington HealthCare System 
ofs
  OFS Annual Employee Wellness Fair
Monday, June 18 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
OFS, 50 Hall Road, Sturbridge, MA
 
OFS Fitel , located in Sturbridge, MA, is a world-class leader in the manufacture of optical fiber. OFS is inviting Chamber businesses to participate in their Annual Employee Wellness Fair to take place on Monday, June 18 from 9:00-3:00.
 
If your business is involved in health, fitness, preventive care, healthy eating, or even financial health, OFS would welcome your presence at their Wellness Fair. This event is open to all of OFS' 170 employees. Tables and chairs will be provided (and electric service if needed.)
 
If you are interested in participating, please contact Jocelyn Callis at OFS by phone at the number below or email Jocelyn at jcallis@ofsoptics.com.

Your Optical Fiber Solutions Partner™
50 Hall Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566
Office: 508-347-8511
Fax: 508-347-8668
Mobile: 508-735-8587
Help Southbridge Bloom! 
Donate to the Southbridge Planting Fund 
 
Tree Isn't it wonderful? Spring has arrived at last, and every day we can see the landscape coming alive. And so welcome after the winter and early spring we had!  

Here in Southbridge, volunteers are busily preparing to fill the urns, planters and hangers of the downtown area with flowers for the spring and summer. This natural, colorful display has become a much appreciated tradition, and as we begin our 16th year, the volunteers are more enthusiastic than ever.  The annual tradition is a source of pride to residents, and is much appreciated by those visiting or passing through the Town.  

Please consider helping us to continue this tradition by contributing to this worthy effort.  In fact, we cannot keep Southbridge flowering without your help!  In addition to the cost of the flowers, we must purchase fertilizer, moisture pellets, and potting mix. Volunteers undertake the maintenance of the various planters, urns, and hangers themselves, but there are expenses associated with that as well.

We greatly appreciate the contributions of those who have supported us along the way and could not have maintained this effort without you.    

If you would like more information, please contact Steve Brady, Co-Chairman of the Downtown Beautification  Subcommittee of the Southbridge Business Partnership at 508-765-9827.

Checks should be payable to the Southbridge Business Partnership with "planting fund" written in the memo portion of your check and mailed to:

Southbridge Business Partnership 
PO Box 587 
Southbridge, MA 01550

Donation groups are as follows: 
 
                                                           Platinum         $500.00 or greater
                                                           Gold                 $100.00 to $499.99  
                                                           Silver                $50.00 to $99.99  
                                                           Bronze             Any donation under $50.00

Many thanks for your consideration!
North Brookfield Savings Bank Wins Top Honors at Banking Choice Awards 
North Brookfield Savings Bank takes first place in all categories for Central Massachusetts.

 1st Place in Overall Quality 
1st Place in Customer Service 
1st Place in Technology and Tools 
1st Place in Community Contribution 
 
NBSB Earns top honors
  North Brookfield Savings Bank celebrated taking 1st place in all categories of the Banking Choice Awards - Overall Quality, Customer Service, Technology and Tools, and Community Contribution - at a Celebratory Cookout held on May 23rd. Shown displaying the awards are Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Cobb, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Jay Jil, President and  
CEO Donna Boulanger and Senior Vice President and Retail Banking Manager Patty Ostrout,  
with North Brookfield Savings Bank employees.

Within the Central Massachusetts region, North Brookfield Savings Bank has been chosen as the leading banking provider at the annual Banking Choice Awards, taking top honors in all categories including 1st place in Overall Quality, 1st place in Customer Service, 1st place in Technology and Tools, and 1st place in Community Contribution.

The Banking Choice Awards were developed in conjunction with The Warren Group and Customer Experience Solutions in order to recognize and celebrate financial institutions that surpass the competition in serving their customers.

Using exclusively customer feedback, they identified financial institutions that regularly go above and beyond to provide superior service and support to their customers and communities. To track and measure customer experience, over 20,000 financial institution customers were surveyed across the state of Massachusetts; receiving 10,040 responses, yielding 98,932 reviews, and a total of 1,536,000 data points. This data was used to create a quantitative report that translates customers' market research survey results into a summary showcasing how customers rate their bank, and how those ratings compare to direct competition.   

"All of us at North Brookfield Savings Bank are beyond thankful to be chosen as the #1 bank in Central Massachusetts. Being a local, community bank that is committed to the well-being of our customers and communities is our first priority, so this is truly the greatest honor," said North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger. "Our employees work hard to ensure we provide the absolute best customer experience and they show care and devotion to the Bank's local communities through volunteerism. This top-rating at the Banking Choice Awards is because of their dedication and for that I express my appreciation and congratulate them."

To further thank employees for their dedication, North Brookfield Savings Bank invited all employees to attend an outdoor Celebratory Cookout event on May 23, 2018 at the Bank's North Brookfield Corporate Office location. The event was fully catered, featured a competitive cornhole tournament and gift items for the employees to commemorate the Bank's 1st place accomplishments.

"North Brookfield Savings Bank has set the standard very high for serving their customers," said Tim Warren, CEO of The Warren Group. "This award is a testament to their never-ending pursuit to set the bar for excellence in the Central Massachusetts banking community."

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. North Brookfield Savings Bank is a 2018 Banking Choice 1st place award recipient in all categories including Overall Quality, Customer Service, Technology and Tools, and Community Contribution. All deposits are insured by the FDIC and the Depositors Insurance Fund. For additional information, please call 1-866-711-6272 or visit us online at www.NorthBrookfieldSavingsBank.com.   
 
ABOUT THE WARREN GROUP 
Customers use The Warren Group to identify new business opportunities through access to comprehensive real estate and mortgage data, analytics, industry news coverage, networking, and education opportunities. Based in Boston, the company was established in 1872 and is now in its fourth generation of family ownership and management. The Warren Group is the publisher of Banker & Tradesman, The Commercial Record and Registry Review and architect behind some of the leading events and conferences for banking, legal, and real estate professionals in all of New England. For more information visit www.thewarrengroup.com.  
Dream Vacations 
Dreaming of Vacation? 
 
BOSTON-BERMUDA
Come enjoy your day in port on the resort owned Elbow Beach, well known as one of Bermuda's most beautiful pink sand beaches!
 
Bermuda Cruise leaving Boston, August 24 - 31, 2018 on Norwegian Dawn.
$2044.11 Interior
$2524.11 Ocean View
$3204.11 Balcony
(Prices are subject to change, payment due in full at time of booking)
Prices above based on double occupancy and include all taxes & fees.
Unlimited Beverage Package & Pre-paid Gratuities included in price.
Call or Text Patti at 800-267-1858 for more information or visit this link.
 
NORWEGIAN BLISS, out of Miami 1/12 - 1/19/19, $50.00 deposit pp, final payment due on or before 9/14/18.
Stops: St. Thomas, Tortola & Nassau.
Deposit needs to be in before 6/1/18 to hold cabin.

$1940.05 interior, $2680.05 balcony & $2900.05 mini-suite. All prices are based on double occupancy, includes all taxes and fees. Also includes unlimited beverage package & daily pre-paid gratuities. Prices are subject to change until booked.
 
 Visit our newest Member for more information!
North Brookfield Savings Bank Hires Frank Amato  
as Vice President and Residential Lending Manager  
 
North Brookfield Savings Bank (NBSB) is pleased to announce the hire of Frank Amato as Vice President/Residential Lending Manager of the Mortgage Center located at 35 Summer Street, North Brookfield.
 
"With Frank's concentrated history in the lending and management fields, I have no doubt he will be a great asset to the North Brookfield Savings Bank residential lending department, all of the employees of the Bank, and the customers who are looking to make their home buying or refinancing dreams come true," said Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. "We are excited for what the future holds for our Mortgage Center and are very happy to welcome Frank to the North Brookfield Savings Bank team."
 
Amato, of Longmeadow, MA, joins North Brookfield Savings Bank following the retirement of Donna Tiso, Senior Vice President/Residential Lending Manager. Along with the qualified and accommodating residential lending team, he is based out of the Mortgage Center located at 35 Summer Street in North Brookfield, MA. In his role, he will be responsible for overseeing the residential mortgage department in the origination, underwriting and servicing of all mortgage loans, as well as ensuring residential lending policies and procedures best serve the bank and its customers.
 
Amato holds a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Stonehill College. Previous to joining North Brookfield Savings Bank, he successfully managed a team of loan officers and originated loans as the Assistant Sales Manager at Citizens Bank. Prior to that he was a Vice President of Production and Senior Loan Officer at 1st Alliance Lending where he oversaw the sales and processing teams to ensure high quality customer service was provided and origination practices were met.
 
"I am thrilled to have joined North Brookfield Savings Bank, a local community bank that cares for each individual customer and their financial goals. I look forward to working with the people in the community to help make their dreams of homeownership possible," said Vice President/Residential Lending Manager Frank Amato. "I am also eager to work with the very talented Bank staff to grow the residential lending department as well as maintain the excellent customer service North Brookfield Savings Bank is known for."
 
Amato is currently a member of the Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce, the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce and Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce.
 
Frank Amato, Vice President/Residential Lending Manager can be reached directly by calling 508-637-7435 or by emailing famato@BankNBSB.com. For loan information, contact the North Brookfield Savings Bank Loan Center at 508-867-1302 or visit NorthBrookfieldSavingsBank.com for up to date rates and offers.
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Are Habits That Don't Serve You Holding You Back?
Then it's time to Change Your Habitudes . . .
Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Sturbridge, MA

Negative thinking patterns can limit the quality of life you desire.
Learn how to transcend those limitations to achieve your goals and get
to that next level in your life.

At an early age we developed emotional habits and patterns - Habitudes- that influence how we perceive and move through our lives. Some Habitudes serve us, others do not. Regardless, these Habitudes determine the outcomes in our lives.

"Rita is a gifted speaker with a heart for helping others in their growth process. Her focus on personal fulfillment as a worthwhile goal is refreshing." Laurie Nelson, Attendee, Habitudes 2.0 Workshop, April 2018 

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

Change Your Habitudes 2.0 will:
  • Examine habit formation and its effect on behavior
  • Help you uncover the Negative Habitudes holding you back
  • Examine key decisions that direct your actions
  • Explore core beliefs and the choices that may not be serving you
  • Offer strategies for releasing those negative thought patterns
"Opened my eyes for my future projects. Very interesting and informative." Joan Campanale, Attendee, Habitudes 2.0 Workshop, April 2018

You will also learn how to break the negative Habitude cycle through reframing using the process of Strategic Goal Mapping - a creative and graphic goal-mapping technique.

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

"I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and highly recommend it to anyone feeling stuck or ready to make changes in their life...
The genuineness of presentation; [Rita's] passion and energy is inspiring." Kristina LeDuc, attendee, Change Your Habitudes, Change Your Life Workshop, October 2017

CHAMBER MEMBERS GET THE M2M 10% DISCOUNT! USE PROMO CODE CMS
Don't miss out.  Register for Habitudes 2.0 today!
International Make Music Day

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International Make Music Day is Thursday, June 21 and Make Music Day Brimfield will be at Hitchcock Academy and alive with tunes, drumming, and humming from 6-8PM!  The evening of music is free thanks to our generous sponsors: SmokestackUSA.com, NoonanEnergy.com, TraffordPainting.com, SullivanandCompanyRealEstate.com, FireFightingEquipment.com and Hitchcock's Alice Sawin Davis Fund.  International Make Music Day was created to celebrate music and the arrival of SUMMER!  If you were to visit www.makemusicday.org, you would find a listing of programs being held around the world.

Hitchcock Academy director, Sue Gregory says, "I love music, I love our community, and when I first heard about International Make Music Day on an NPR story in 2016, I knew we had to join the world in celebration of the Summer Solstice! I have always taken a liking to watching the sky and noticing the changes of the moon, the stars, and the seasons. This event is one of two we have planned for 2018 that include the universe.  The second event is 'Sip & Stars: Beer & Wine Tasting' during the meteor showers on August 8th with our sponsors Rapscallion Brewery and Brimfield Winery. I am looking forward to enjoying both events this year."

In our small corner of the world in Brimfield, MA you will have two hours of musical treats including Southbridge's Bells and Beaus ringing in the evening. A teen duo, Watson & Co will perform followed by Linda Day and Jodi Stevens who are both music instructors at Hitchcock. 
New England Weather, with Jared Fiske, Jessica Adams and Rob Adams are a local favorites with wonderful harmonies.  Amherst singer, song writer, Luke DeRoy will be joining us as well. Tim Kane will be leading a drumming circle for all to join him and drums are provided, just bring some enthusiasm! There will be a brief commemoration and a reveal of two Sawin family portrait photos from the late 1800s donated from Alice Sawin Davis' family. Mrs. Davis left funding for Hitchcock to support musical programs for years at Hitchcock.  We will culminate the evening with a hum along on kazoos (provided) so we can all make music together!  We will be taking requests throughout the evening so come and join the fun!

For more information visit: www.hitchcockacademy.org or call 413 245-9977.
Pictured: Watson & Company prepared for their set in 2017.
I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June. 
-L. M. Montgomery 
FIFTH ANNUAL  
DINNER DANCE FUNDRAISER
Proceeds to Benefit the  
St. John Paul II Food Pantry
Cohasse CC
TONIGHT: Friday, June 1
6:00-10:00pm
Cohasse Country Club
 
Ticket Price - $50.00 per person
Call 508-347-6511 or www.sturbridgerotary.org 
for more information.
 
A Great Time for A Great Cause!
 
Sponsored by:
  Sturbridge Rotary
Hitchcock Happenings 
   David Masera leads a group through forms in Tai Chi Seminars at Hitchcock Academy in Brimfield.
 
Monday, June 4
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.
 
WEIGHT WATCHERS: Traditional Weight Watchers meetings! Times: Weigh-in/Registrations: 5:30PM Meeting: 6:00 PM Leader: Angela Kramer Visit www.weightwatchers.com 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, June 5
GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN: This support group provides social activities for grandchildren and speakers as well as support. The group meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 9-10:30 AM (no childcare available) and on the second Thursday of the month 5:30-7:30 PM. For more information, please contact Margo Chevers P.O. Box 281 Wales, MA 01081, 413-245-1219 or by email margo@margochevers.com  
 
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.
 
Wednesday, June 6
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: Movement & Music: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing union61cfce@tantasqua.org.
 
WATERCOLORS WITH BETH: Ongoing watercolor classes for all levels with a new painting every 3 weeks. You must register with Beth in advance to attend. Time: 9:30 AM-12 PM Fee: $17 per week plus supplies. Instructor: Beth Parys. For information and to register, call Beth at 413-245-3295.
 
REIKI LEVEL I: Tap into the healing energy of the universe and start your path to becoming a Reiki master. Reiki was developed in Japan, but adapted to many cultures as a non-invasive healing technique that can be used alongside Western medicine. (2 classes) Time: 6:00-8:00PM Fee: $150 Instructor: Jean Miller, Traditional Reiki Master. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org to register.
 
Thursday, June 7
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: STEM: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing union61cfce@tantasqua.org.
 
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.
 
Friday, June 8
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM
 
Saturday, June 9
TAI CHI with DAVID: Warm up with 30 minutes of Chi Kung, switching to simple form work and into some more advanced forms. Approachable for all levels. Preregistration required. If not enough students have registered by the Monday before the workshop, it will be cancelled. Dates: Saturdays, from 9 AM - 11 AM Fee: $23 Instructor: David Masera Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org to register.
Salem Cross Inn logo
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.
 
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: These Jokes are Killing Me
Murder Mystery
June 8

Salem Cross Inn and Cornely Productions present a Murder Mystery Dinner: Our interactive dinner theater, These Jokes are Killing Me...

Friends of a lovely woman discover she is dying. To bring some joy into her last days they organize a dinner party where everyone, including patrons, delivers jokes in order to bring laughter to her final days.

But you never know if she will make it through the night. Who has the last laugh now!?
Join us for a laugh-filled night, a great dinner, and a mystery we need your help solving.

Menu
 
Tossed Garden Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing 
Rustic Boneless Breast of Chicken - Supreme Sauce 
Seasonal Potato and Vegetable 
Homemade Rolls 
Ice Cream Cakeballs with Homemade Hot Fudge 
Brewed Tea or Coffee

The Murder Mystery Dinner is an advanced ticket purchase dining event. To order tickets, please call Salem Cross Inn at 508-867-2345 or submit your order online. $56 per person, includes all taxes and gratuities. Arrive 6:45pm. Show begins at 7:00pm.

See all dates for the 2018 Murder Mystery Dinners Series here

Drovers Roast
Father's Day Drovers' Roast
Sunday, June 17, 2018 
1:00 PM

Want to make sure Father's Day will be better than Dad's jokes?

Celebrate by taking him to our historic Drover's Roast. A day filled with activities, live entertainment, and an endless feast (eight tables long) - he won't go home hungry.

Tickets sell out quickly, so please purchase them early!
Use this link to RESERVE YOUR SEATS! 
 
Main Dining Room:
Tuesday-Friday- 4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Saturday- 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sunday- 12:00 PM-8:00 PM

Hexmark Tavern:
Tuesday-Friday- 4:00 PM-9:00 PM

Live music every Friday starting at 6:30 PM
 
 
Car Show  
Wednesday Night Cruising for Charity Car Show 
Every Wednesday Night! 
Starting June 6th · 5pm to Dusk · 100% profits go to the Masonic Children's.  
Weekly Show Classes

June 6th:   Best Street Rod & Best of Show 
June 13th:   Best Ford & Best of Show 
June 20th:   Best General Motors & Best of Show 
June 27th:   Best Mopar & Best of Show 
July 4th:   Best Pre-WWII & Best of Show 
July 11th:   Best 50's & Best of Show 
July 18th:   Best 60's & Best of Show 
July 25th:   Best 70's & Best of Show 
August 1st:   Modern Muscle & Best of Show 
August 8th:   Best Truck & Best of Show 
August 15th:   Best Mustang & Best of Show 
August 22nd:   Best Corvette & Best of Show 
August 29th:   Best of Season, Mason's Choice & Driver's Choice

For more information e-mail: johnb@klemsonline.com 

Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708 
Stageloft Theater Presents
Hunchback of Notre Dame
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME 
Music by Alan Menken 
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz  
Book by Peter Parnell 
Directed by Kevin McGerigle 
Music Director Leah Marley 
Choreographer Jackie McGerigle 
June 8 - 24

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film's Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell's new book features verbatim passages from Hugo's gothic novel.  The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn't the only one captivated by her free spirit, though - the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies - and it's up to Quasimodo to save them all.   A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic.  Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.
Presented by Special Arrangement with Music Theatre International.  
 
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale            508-347-9005  
Farmers Market  
Klems' Farmers Market 
Starting June 9th through October 20th · Rain or Shine
Fresh produce. Visit Many Local Crafters, Artisans & More!
 
(Please Note: Setup will be possible during our Dock Dogs event on Saturday July 20th, but a separate application must be filled out and regular vendor fees for that event will be collected.)
 
This is a producer only market. Vendors are welcome. No Fees. Learn more or print an application!

Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708 
Transportation Festival at OSV
  June 9, 2018 at 9:30pm to June 10, 2018 at 5pm

Transportation Festival Old Sturbridge Village salutes the history of transportation in New England. Beginning with the Village's annual antique car rally, nearly 100 automobiles from 1946 and earlier will be displayed on the Village's common. There will be an assortment of pre-1946 cars representing a variety of makes and models including steam engine cars. Throughout the weekend, guests can take wagon rides or a boat ride (additional $3/person fee applies to the boat rides).

Classic Cars Evoke America's Post-World War II Drive-Through Culture
Today people are often surprised to learn that when Old Sturbridge Village first opened in 1946, it wasn't just a walking Village - it was a driving Village. Visitors could actually drive their cars into the Village and tour by auto, motoring past the Blacksmith Shop and around the Common to view its historic stores, shops, homes, and churches.

What seems odd now was perfectly normal in post-World War II America. During the war, gasoline was rationed, and automobile production ceased as factories turned out Jeeps, planes, and tanks. After these wartime deprivations, there was pent-up demand for all kinds of consumer goods - especially cars. The country embraced the drive-through culture, and Americans loved their new automobiles.
 
Auto-touring at Old Sturbridge Village was short-lived, however, due to rising attendance at the Village, and ceased in 1949. But OSV visitors still love antique and classic cars, and the Village salutes its early heritage by hosting its annual Antique Car Rally for autos from 1946 and earlier.

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1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
OSV  
Brothers Grimm
June 9, 6:00pm 
 
Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge presents a Dinner Theater production of "The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon" written by Don Zolidis. All proceeds will go towards the "GATEWAY TO THE FUTURE FUND". Saturday, June 9th at 6pm, at the Italian-American Club, 20 North St, Southbridge, MA. Tickets are $25 per person, and include Italian buffet and show.
 
This comedy will be directed by Joe Sawyer and produced by Mary Gahagan. Presented by permission through special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. 
 
Tickets may be purchased by calling Gateway at 508-764-4531. Online credit card ticket sales are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3411886

Synopsis: 
The fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in this fast-paced, rollicking ride as two narrators and several actors attempt to combine all 209 stories ranging from classics like Snow White, Cinderella, and Hansel and Gretel to more bizarre, obscure stories like The Devil's Grandmother and The Girl Without Hands. A wild, free form comedy with lots of audience participation and madcap fun.  
The Publick House  
Publick House Cooks for Community Organizations 
Help us give back to the community by joining us for our monthly feasts to raise money for local organizations. Sponsored organization will split a minimum of $4.00 from every dinner served!

June 11 
Congregational Church of Tolland, CT 
Kennedy Donovan Center 
TURKEY FEAST
 
CASH DONATION 
Adults $14 / Children $5
(4-12 yrs.) 
ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET! 
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! 
Center of Hope logo
29 Annual Legislative Breakfast
June 12, 8:30-10:30am
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester 
 
The Arc-Center of Hope Foundation, Inc., The Central Mass Providers and The South Valley Citizens Advisory Board present our 29th Annual Legislative Breakfast. This year's featured speaker is Commissioner Jane Ryder (Department of Developmental Services).
 
8:30 a.m. Registration & Complimentary Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Program - Discussion around the needs of the disability community.  
Appreciation Awards for members of our community will be given out.
 
Please RSVP to Pauline a 508-764-4085 or pdavis@thecenterofhope.org
2018 Sturbridge Summer Concert
Sturbridge Concert

June 14: Worcester Youth Wind Ensemble  (Betterment)
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!

Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions
June 15, 2:00-4:00pm
 
MOBILE ADOPTION UNIT is coming to Klem's! 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.
Beat the Heat!
 
   Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708  
Country for a Cause
The Center of Hope Foundation, Inc. presents Country for a Cause, where  The Mychael David Project will be performing. Come on down and enjoy this great performance and a country style dinner for only $20. A night of fun while supporting a great cause.

Dinner 6:00 p.m. - Show 7:00 p.m.

Please contact Pauline at 508-764-4085 to reserve tickets.

With more than 200 pinball machines, activities for children, food, and craft beer,  
Pintastic is an event for the whole family.
Get your tickets and learn more at
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
CHAMBER OF CENTRAL MASS SOUTH CONFERENCE ROOM
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 alexandra_mcnitt@cmschamber.org if you have any questions or to arrange a pickup. Thank you for your contributions!

Important Dates to Save!
June 9: Farmers Market Begins at Klem's
June 9: Transportation Festival at OSV
June 12: Center of Hope's Legislative Breakfast
June 12: Fun at Five at Altruist Brewing with Amcomm Wireless
June 15: Country For A Cause 
June 17: Father's Day Drovers Roast at Salem Cross Inn    
June 21: CMS Chamber GOLF CLASSIC at Heritage Country Club
June 26: Brown Bag Seminar: 21 FAQs About Going Solar with John of 180 South Solar 
 
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