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Fun at Five at Baba!
Harassment Prevention in the Workplace
2018 Chamber Scholarships
Ribbon Cutting: Red Door Realty
February's Seminar
Lunch with Secretary Sudders
Welcome New Members!
Massachusetts Health Connector for Business
I Spy Quilt Raffle
Community Food Collaborative
Musings of a Recovering Worrywart
EANE Management Conference
Hometown Bank Community Foundation Donates $6,000 to Sponsor Junior Volunteer Program
21 Questions About Going Solar
Village Toastmasters Open House
The Power of One Campaign
Boston Bruins PJ Drive
Office Space For Rent
Country Folk Art Craft Show
Dining at Salem Cross Inn
Maple Days!
Hitchcock Happenings
Global Tapas Dinners
An Evening with Ted Reinstein
Workforce Training Fund Information Session
Stageloft Theater: Jake's Women
Poultry Seminar
Elm Street Church Variety Showcase
Moondance at The Barn
Daylight Savings Time Begins
Publick House Feast
WIB March Luncheon
Cooking with Rico & Dan
Second Chance Pet Adoptions at Klems
Marshall Tucker Band at Woodstock Academy
Financial Planning & Investment Workshop
Second Chance Dinner Auction
Village Toastmasters Meetings
24/7 Online Training
New Member Baskets
BankHometown _200
Country Folk Art Show
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jocelyn Callis
Jessica Bettencourt
1st Vice Chair
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision
Cindy Howard 
Immediate Past Chair

Board Members

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

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Nathan Hardt
Helios Mako

Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union

Laurie Nelson
Christopher Heights 
Mary O'Coin

Rita Schiano 

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co. 

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

Chamber Links

Cms Chamber

Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary

Welcome to March and CROSSROADS NEWS
We are eager to spring ahead into the new season and this issue is packed with engaging news and interesting events from the Chamber and our Members. We hope you will join us for networking at Baba Sushi this month and a fun Ribbon Cutting at Red Door Realty. You are invited to attend an important seminar on Harassment Prevention in the Workplace at Bay Path University on March 29. The Chamber is also taking reservations for a Legislative Luncheon with the Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders to be held at the Oliver Wight Tavern in early May.  

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


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Fun at Five!
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
at 5:00pm 
Baba Sushi 
453 Main Street, Fiskdale, 774-304-1068 
Join us for Networking at BABA!
Step into BABA. Feel the energy. Seductive, Sophisticated, Cozy and Subdued. Modern Asian décor. Eclectic music. Enjoy the freshest, most innovative, mouthwatering sushi dishes anywhere. This is a total sensory feast.

Wilson Wang, BABA's master chef and owner is MetroWest's premier sushi innovator and showman. He has created a world-class dining experience. Classically trained in China at the Zibo Chef School and Shandong University he came to the U.S. in 1995 where he trained under Master Sushi Chef Yen of the acclaimed Oishii Sushi Bar in Chestnut Hill, consistently voted "Best of Boston." Wilson has been a master chef since 2001 and is well known in the area for his artistry.  

Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
Cost is $10 for Members who pre-register,  
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
We hope to see you there!
Thank you to our March  
Fun at Five Sponsor!
Harrington HealthCare System 
Harrington's significant growth over the past decade has helped to define us as much more than a 'community hospital'; We are a regional healthcare system that covers more than 24 zip codes in three states. We employ over 60 physicians in both primary care and specialty medicine. We are one of the state's largest comprehensive behavioral health systems, with an inpatient unit in Southbridge and a co-occurring disorders unit in Webster, as well as multiple outpatient clinics for substance use and mental health. We have a state-of-the-art Cancer Center, two Urgent Care locations, wound care, rehab, cardiology, surgical, two Emergency Departments and diagnostic imaging that includes radiologists from BIDMC, among many other services.

We've won 12 consecutive "A" grades for patient safety by The Leapfrog Group - one of only 59 hospitals in the country to accomplish this achievement. Our patient satisfaction scores and nationwide benchmarks speak for themselves: Harrington offers what people expect and deserve for quality, compassionate healthcare. 

Learn more at
Harassment Prevention 
in the Workplace:
Best Practices to Reduce Risk
Thursday, March 29, 2018, 8:00am to 9:30am
Bay Path University, 1 Picker Rd, Technology Park, Sturbridge, MA 01566

FREE for CMS Chamber Members. ($25 for non-Members)
Presented by: Mark Adams, Director of HR Solutions
Employers Association of the NorthEast
With the rise of some high profile allegations of Sexual Harassment by politicians, Hollywood celebrities, and others coupled with the rise of the "MeToo movement", sexual harassment remains in the spotlight nationally and is poised to be a high risk area for employers for the remainder of 2018. To avoid the high cost of litigation, employee turnover and lost productivity due to harassment in the workplace, you need a top down prevention strategy in place no matter the size or scope of your business. In today's briefing, Mark will guide attendees through the following:
  • Silence no more - survey says...
  • Setting a Culture of Respect
  • Reviewing your Sexual Harassment Policy
  • Being prepared to investigate a complaint
  • Federal & State Compliance - postings, policies and training
  • Have a tool kit ready to go
Mark Adams About the Presenter: Mark Adams, Employers Association of the NorthEast
Mark Adams leads the HR Solutions team, providing services to member companies and directing programs for affirmative action, background checking, and surveys ... among others. Frequently handling real-time hotline questions, Mark is known for his ability to respond quickly and efficiently to member questions, synthesizing the facts and offering both a compelling legal perspective and the experience gleaned from two decades in the industry.

Mark is a cum laude graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and the Western New England College School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1992. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts. Mark is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), which validates mastery in the field of human resource management and organizational effectiveness.

RSVP: Call 508-347-2761 or email to reserve your space.
Apply Now!
2018 Chamber Scholarships
One Month until April 1 deadline! 
The Chamber of Central Mass South is now accepting applications for the 2018 CMS Chamber Scholarships. You may download the application to apply below.
Typically, three $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year. The final decision is subject to our Board of Directors' approval.
Scholarships are disbursed directly to the student upon presentation of grades from first semester completed
after the award is announced and a minimum 3.0 GPA attained. Students must be a resident or student within the towns served by the Chamber of Central Mass South. Copies of the application have already been sent to all of our local high schools and colleges for easy distribution to students. For information call 508-347-2761. The Chamber does not discriminate against an applicant because of race, color, sex/gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.
DEADLINE: Return the completed application, transcript, recommendations and student essay by April 1, 2018 to:
Scholarship Committee, Chamber of Central Mass South,  
46 Hall Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01566
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Red Door Realty
Red Door Staff
Ribbon Cutting Celebration!
Red Door Realty
Thursday, March 22, 2018
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
71 Main Street (Route 131), Sturbridge, MA

You're invited to a Ribbon Cutting! Owners of Red Door Realty Dawn Truax and Pam Mills as well as their agents are looking forward to introducing you to their new place of business at 71 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA. This new larger location will accommodate Red Door Realty's growing business and allow them to better serve their clients.  
Red Door Realty specializes in residential, commercial and land purchases/sales in Central and Western Massachusetts. We work very closely with a great team of local mortgage professionals and attorneys who assist in every aspect of the transaction. At Red Door Realty, we work as a team and pride ourselves on the service and personal attention we give to every client.

Please join us as we welcome Red Door Realty to their new home in Sturbridge. Stop by, meet these nice folks and enjoy light refreshments, wine, cheese, fruit, and pastries until 6:00 pm.

No RSVP necessary! We hope to see you there.
The Function of Communication Seminar
Thank you to Peter Tamulis (Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Quinsigamond Community College) for presenting "The Function of Communication in Business: Is it a Needed Soft-Skill?" at our February Brown Bag Seminar. We were excited to have 15 attendees at this session. Stay tuned for our next learning opportunity: Tips for Using Social Media for Small Business with Caroline Sun and Sarah Aimad Kassim of Venly coming up on March 27. Details coming soon. Brown Bag Seminars are always FREE for Chamber Members.
You are cordially invited to join us for
Lunch with Secretary Sudders
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge MA, 01566

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor
Harrington HealthCrae System

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

The Luncheon Menu

First Course
Tossed Mixed Greens with Choice of Dressing

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

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

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

The Deadline to RSVP is April 26, 2018.
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Welcome New Members!
Please join us in welcoming our newest Members.
Auction Barn Innovations 
Brimfield Auction Acres 
P.O. Box 385, Brimfield, MA 
Brimfield Winery & Cidery 
(OPENING IN 2018!)

Red Door Realty
71 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA 

MA Health Connector for Business
The Massachusetts Health Connector has a new shopping platform for small businesses with fewer than 50 employees. This new platform brings state-of-the-art tools to employers, brokers, and workers, making it easier than ever for small businesses to offer health insurance to their employees. Small businesses have the power to control costs and offer significant flexibility to employers and employees, in an easy-to-use format.

If you are a small business looking into health insurance options for your employees, you may view and download this one-page PDF file which details the benefits for employers and brokers, current plan options, and new shopping features.

I Spy Quilt Raffle to Benefit Harrington ED Renovation
Quilt Raffle
Are you ready to test your sleuthing skills while supporting Harrington Hospital's emergency department renovation? Well, here's your chance.

Inspired by the popular children's book series, I Spy, local resident and seamstress Linda Pronto handcrafted a colorful 41" by 54" quilt destined to become a treasured keepsake. The award-winning, best-selling book series, illustrated by Walter Wick and written by Jean Marzollo, challenges readers of all ages to find numbers, letters, animals and other objects hidden within a larger picture. In a similar manner, the quilt comprises 40 blocks that depict a variety of activities and invite young and old to find concealed clues and solve the riddles.

Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 and can be purchased in the Gift Shop at the Southbridge campus of Harrington Hospital. All proceeds go toward the renovation of Harrington Hospital's emergency department. Drawing will be held later this year.

The Harrington Auxiliary, established in 1932, helps Harrington Hospital extend and pursue its mission by organizing and sponsoring a variety of volunteer fundraising activities each year. Funds raised by the Auxiliary are used to provide equipment and programs that benefit the health and well-being of members of the communities Harrington HealthCare System serves. For more information, call 508-765-6472.

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Have you heard about us?  We're the new community garden in town - Sturbridge to be specific.  We've been planning and "plotting" since last fall.  We were lucky to find a great site for the garden, too.  There's lots of sun, all raised beds, centrally located, a very supportive neighbor to provide water for the garden, a high fence enclosing the garden, and there's even a tool shed.  Did we mention the giant weeds that grew in the abandoned garden?  The weeds are gone now.  The garden team dug them all up last fall during the big cleanup.  With spring just around the corner, we feel the need to 'work the soil'. How about you?  Stay tuned to learn who the management teams are - you probably know most of them.  They will share with you the various ways you can get involved, all based on your time constraints. Look for "the big reveal" in the next Chamber email blast on March 15th! 
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Musings of a Recovering Worrywart

Unless you knew me when I was very a young girl, you might be surprised to learn I was quite the worrier. My mother used to say, "You're such a Worrywart, Rita." And the tag fit. I was a worrywart. I did tend to dwell unduly on perceived difficulties in my life that developed a pattern (habitude) of troubled emotions and thought patterns.

Then one day I saw a book on my mother's nightstand entitled Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz. The book was a gift to her from her sister Vera. My Aunt Vera was a beloved, albeit feisty, woman ahead of her times. She lived in Hollywood, CA and she was always sending Mom books, articles, and such on personal development. (To this day I carry in my handbag the miniature, red leather copy of As A Man Thinketh by James Allen that she gave my mom back in 1968.)

I devoured Maltz's book in a matter of days. It seemed that with the turn of each page my mind opened and expanded to a new way of thinking about myself and how I move through the world. By the time I was done, it was crystal clear to me that my thinking truly did affect the outcome of my life.

Now I was about 13 years old when I read that transformative book. Being a voracious reader, I went to the library and began what became my lifelong journey to understand the cycle of how thoughts effect emotions and thus behavior. I gobbled up the writings of untold thinkers, beginning with the Ancient Greek philosophers up to modern-day thought leaders, all of whom had (and have) a very similar message: You are what you think about all day long.

My being a worrywart hasn't truly dissipated. It is a pattern (neuro-circuitry) of thinking and reacting (habitude) that formed when I was quite young. When times get tough, when something is troubling me, I can feel that old worrywart downward spiral begin. However, what I now do is I recognize the habitude sooner and I put into motion the various strategies I've developed for myself to slow down the activity in my mind.

As I said, these habitudes took root and deepened and strengthened at an early. Those of you who have heard me speak, have come to one of my workshops, have heard me share my story of some of the events in my life that shaped my initial belief system.

Worrywarts habitually travel down a dark, long, narrow road replete with obstacles such as fear, all-or-nothing thinking, and other cognitive distortions. Yet, what I know is this. We can change our lives by changing our thinking. We can change our outcomes by exploring those habitudes that don't serve us and by be willing to do the work to strengthen the habitudes that do serve us and create more positive thought patterns.

We can travel a different road, enlightened by understanding and widened by a willingness and desire to explore the realm of possibilities. You can change your thinking, change your patterns, and change your life. I know this because I did.

~ Rita Schiano, Strategic Personal Coaching, 774-230-5670

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Sturbridge, MA
EANE Management Conference on "The Power of One" Set for April 5th
Keynotes on Building a Purposeful Culture, Hiring Tough,
and Psychological Safety
Eane Panel
Kim Kenney-Rocwal, Rich Trombetta and Scott Deming

The Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE) announced that its annual Management Conference will be held on Thursday, April 5th at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place in Springfield, MA. The full-day program - which draws 150+ attendees from MA, RI and CT -- will focus on the power of leaders harnessing the passion of talented employees.
"Great leaders encourage their people to come up with excellent ideas and don't try to take the credit," said Meredith Wise, President of EANE. "Our conference is all about the skills that support a passionate, purposeful culture to attract and retain talented, productive people."
The program will feature three keynotes:
  1. Scott Deming's "Powered by Purpose" is designed to equip participants with the tools to create a passionate and purposeful culture. He is a frequent motivational speaker on the inner workings of leadership and culture with experience in organizations across the globe-big and small, in just about every industry.
  1. Kim Kenney-Rockwal's "Hire Tough, Manage Easy: Attitude vs Skill," will address the challenge of hiring for skills or cultural fit. Kenney-Rokwal is the director of the MBA program and Assistant Professor of Business Management at Elms College in Chicopee, MA. Prior to joining the college, she was the Director of Human Resources at Health New England, in Springfield, MA.
  1. Rich Trombetta will present "Psychological Safety and Team Risk-Taking" designed to unleash the talents of team members by creating a culture where everyone feels accepted and respected and, ultimately, safe to participate. He will provide specific tools and techniques to create a high-performing work culture that taps into the talents of everyone. Trombetta is president of The Innovation Company.
There will be 15 breakout sessions on topics including women in leadership; critical thinking for complex problem solving; fostering creativity for leadership; emotional intelligence; and more.
The cost for the program is $350 per person with discounts for three or more. Participants may register at or via phone at 877-662-6444. The program will offer 5.75 credits by the HR Certification Institute and SHRM. Sponsors of the conference are the HR Certification Institute and Constellation Energy.    
Serving employers in the Northeast for over 100 years, EANE provides resources for organizations to maximize employee engagement and retention while minimizing risk. Over 800 members utilize the human resource hotline, learning and development programs, and specialized human resource services.
Hometown Bank Community Foundation Donates $6,000 to Sponsor  
Day Kimball Healthcare Junior Volunteer Program

Michael Hewitt, President of Hometown Bank Community Foundation announced a contribution of $6,000 in support of Day Kimball Healthcare's (DKH) 2018 Junior Volunteer Program at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, CT.

The sponsorship funds will support Day Kimball's highly-competitive Junior Volunteer Program, available to just 60 area high school students for seven weeks during the summer months. Junior volunteers have the opportunity to gain valuable insight into a possible future career in healthcare while also providing valuable service to the community. Junior volunteers contributed 3,790 hours of volunteer service across 11 departments at Day Kimball Hospital last summer.

"This is a great opportunity to support Day Kimball and a program that will have ongoing impact on our community by instilling the value of volunteerism in the students.  Volunteering in the communities we live and work is a cornerstone of our culture and mission and we are pleased to support the sharing of this value with the future leaders of our communities," said bankHometown President and CEO Michael D. Hewitt.

"We are extremely grateful for this opportunity and excited to be partnering with bankHometown in support of one of the hospital's most valuable and long-standing community service programs," said DKH Director of Development Kristen Willis. "It has become increasingly challenging to provide adequate resources for important programs such as this while fulfilling our primary duty and responsibility to provide high quality acute, clinical, and emergent care to our patients. Having bankHometown's support for this program will help us to continue to enrich lives while preparing the future workforce and citizens of northeast Connecticut."

"Being a hospital volunteer adds a whole new dimension to a student's life, allowing them to gain valuable experience while helping to serve their communities," said Janet Johnson, DKH Volunteer Services Coordinator, who has been heading up the Junior Volunteer Program for the past 15 years. "We're so grateful to bankHometown and the Hometown Bank Community Foundation for supporting our Junior Volunteer Program. The impact that volunteer service has, not only on the continued success of the hospital but on the lives of our young volunteers, is immeasurable."

bankHometown is headquartered in Oxford, Massachusetts and has $730 million in assets.  bankHometown has served its communities since 1889 and operates thirteen full service offices; eight in central Massachusetts and five located in northeastern Connecticut.
Twenty-One Questions Answered About Going Solar
Solar power pioneer John Boiano invites you to join a peaceful revolution  
by taking the mystery out of going solar.
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 energy at home. When We the People use our collective power against the industrial institutions that are trying to keep traditional - and most often dirty - energy at the forefront of controlling how we source and how much we pay for our energy, we can revolutionize the world.
The solar movement is a peaceful revolution, giving us the reigns to take control over our energy access and costs. Let's face it, your contract with the utility company basically says they can charge you as much as they can get away with, change the rate at almost any time (with utility commission complicity), and shut off your power if you don't pay your bill. Controlling your energy supply and cost by going solar contributes to a peaceful and healthy planet, as well as providing you with the peace of mind that you are doing something towards that goal on a daily basis.
When my wife, daughter and I went solar seven years ago, we were pioneers in the solar revolution. Today our planet is now a year or two into the early stages of a worldwide switchover to sustainable and less costly renewable energy. Bill Nye, The Science Guy, believes that with today's technology in solar, wind, geothermal and a little bit of tidal energy, we could be using 80% renewable energy worldwide by 2050!
Let's dig into some of the most common questions about installing solar energy at home:

1. What are the top reasons why people go solar?
2. Is installing a solar system too expensive for average homeowners?
3. Are state and federal rebates still available?
4. Can I make money by going solar?
...and more 

READ this article  from Spirit of Change magazine by John Boiano of 180 South Solar
Village Toastmasters Open House 
Village Toastmasters  
For over 90 years, Toastmasters has helped thousands of people improve their communication and leadership skills. People from all professions and ages have benefited. However, there are still many people that don't know of Toastmasters and what they do.

Village Toastmasters of Sturbridge has the answers! 

Join us for the March 22 Open House to learn more about how you can benefit from the Toastmasters experience.
Village Toastmasters Open House
Thursday, March 22
6:30 - 8:15 pm
Chamber of Central Mass South
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
For more information, visit or check us out on Facebook.  
Harrington's 'The Power of One' Campaign 
The Power of One
The Power of One

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

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

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

If you prefer to send in a donation by mail, please make check payable to Harrington Hospital and send to:
Harrington Hospital
Attn: Development Department/Power of One
100 South St.
Southbridge, MA 01550
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Boston Bruins PJ Drive 
The Joshua Hyde Library will be collecting new Pajamas to benefit kids (babies to teens) through Cradles to Crayons and DCF (Wonderfund).    
Bring in the pajamas now through
March 15!
Joshua Hyde Public Library 
306 Main Street
Sturbridge, 508-347-2512
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.
No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.
-Hal Borland (American Author)
Country Folk Art Craft Show 
Give old man winter the boot! Come celebrate Spring and fill your Easter basket with all kinds of treats and goodies at the Country Folk Art Craft Show returning to the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center the weekend of March 2-3-4. Our fabulous early spring show will feature many handmade artisans and craftsmanship from across the region! You'll love all of the unique and creative decorating accents such as: handcrafted furniture, seasonal decor, textiles, framed art, quilts, florals, iron work, garden art, jewelry, candles, wearable art, candles, gourmet delights and so much more!

So mark your calendar and bring all your friends... You won't want to miss this fun and exciting shopping opportunity. Come see all your favorites and latest trends for spring, summer and beyond! You're sure to find something special for all your Easter and springtime decorating & gift-giving needs!

Show Hours: Friday, 3/2: 3-8p   Saturday, 3/3: 10a-5p   Sunday, 3/4 10a-4p - FREE PARKING!  
admission - $6 ($5 with discount coupon online)  

More show information & discount coupons at: 

CHAMBER MEMBERS! We have limited supply of show tickets and discount coupons, thanks to our good friends at Country Folk Art Craft Shows. Give us a ring if we can put some aside for you!

To become a VENDOR, PLEASE visit our website or contact us.
Special, discounted pricing for 100% original handmade products!
Country Folk Art Shows, Inc. 15045 Dixie Hwy/Ste. A, Holly, MI 48442
Ph: 248-634-4151 * em via:

Mark your Calendars now for our beautiful holiday show, Thanksgiving Weekend: Nov. 23-25, 2018
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260 West Main Street, Route 9
West Brookfield, MA
Rich with history, the Salem Cross Inn is a restored 18th century farmhouse  
nestled on 600 acres of New England countryside.
  Fireplace feast
Fireplace Feasts in March! 
March 4, 11, 16, & 31  
Experience the inn's series of 1700's style feasts, prepared on the open hearth of a great field stone fireplace. Relax by the fire or lend a hand as dinner is prepared for you in colonial style. Stir the chowder as it bubbles in our cast iron cauldron. See your prime rib, roasted 'to a turn,' as the only known authentic Roasting Jack still operating in America rotates slowly over a  
crackling fire of wild cherry logs.
Held on various dates through April, Fireplace Feast is an experience you won't forget!
Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village
Weekends in March: March 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25

Maple Days For many at Old Sturbridge Village, the first whiff of spring isn't the aroma of spring flowers - it's the smell of wood smoke and maple syrup, a sure sign that the sap is rising and spring is on the way. Join us for four weekends of our Maple Days event throughout March, where you can see maple sugaring as it was done in early 19th-century rural New England in OSV's working sugar camp.

See the entire sugar-making process, from tapping the trees to "sugaring off," and learn why maple sugar was more commonly used than maple syrup in early New England.

Costumed historians will also cook period foods made with maple products by the hearth at the Village's Freeman Farm. In addition, the potter and cooper will be making maple related items.

Molly Geet, the Indian Doctress, will also be here to share Native American Sugaring practices and Native American storytelling. See more and get your tickets here.

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
Hitchcock Happenings 
  Scratchboard bird
Scratchboard is an art medium that features a board covered in ink that is scratched away
to reveal a clay layer!
Monday, March 5
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: Playgroup: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-11:00 AM Dates: Wednesdays when school is in session until May 2018. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing
WEIGHT WATCHERS: Traditional Weight Watchers meetings! Times: Weigh-in/Registrations: 5:30PM Meeting: 6:00 PM Leader: Angela Kramer Visit to become a member or to learn more about Weight Watchers.
SEN-I JUDO CLUB: This course runs all year long and is well suited for all levels of practitioners including beginners! Call Sensei Israel Lopez 413 279-4330 for more information.
PHOTO EDITING: Using programs like, Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, or Paintshop ProX, students bring their laptop with photos to edit. Skills like color/lighting adjustment, sharpen images and using layers in editing will be the focus of the class, as well as analyzing an image to decide why we would do these things. (3 classes) Dates: Mondays, March 5, 12, 19, 7-9 PM Fee: $60 Instructor: Kevin Kopchynski Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
Tuesday, March 6
ART GROUP: Participants enjoy time to socialize, draw and paint together informally without instruction. No pre-registration required. Bring your own supplies and enjoy! Free will Donations are welcome. Time: 9-11:30AM Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 for more information.
CIRCUS YOGA: This class is a playful expression of yoga poses where children combine poses together, and use each other for balance. It is a safe and fun way to explore movement, flexibility and trust. Ages 6-13. (6 classes) Dates: Tuesdays Mar 6-April 10 4:00-5:00PM Fee: $70 Instructor: Karen Larsen Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
IRISH STEP: This is an older style Irish step. Done in soft shoes or bare feet. It is called Sean-nos. It was a form of dance that was used to tell stories around the campfire and is a non-competitive style for children (6 classes) Dates: Mar 6-April 10 Time: 5:30-6:15PM Fee: $70 Instructor: Karen Larsen Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
Wednesday, March 7
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.

Music enthusiasts interested in studying beginner/intermediate to advanced Guitar, Bass Guitar, Saxophone, Clarinet, Drums, Ukulele, can enjoy private ½ hour lessons. (6 lessons) Dates: Mar 7 - April 11 Fee: $148 Instructor: Jodi Sevens, BA Berklee College of Music, experienced instructor special needs students.Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.

Thursday, March 8
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, March 9
SCRATCHBOARD WORKSHOP: Scratchboard is a black-and-white drawing medium. The board itself is a cardboard or panel with a thin coating of fine, white clay covered by a layer of India ink. You draw by scratching white lines through the ink with a scratchboard nib. Supplies included (3 classes) Time: 9:30-11:30AM Date: Friday, March 9, 16, 23 Fee: $50 Instructor: Loretta Medeiros Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 10
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 Dates: Mar 10 Instructor: David Masera Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
CREATURE CREATIONS: Before Greene Room Production's June performances of Disney®'s The Lion King Jr, join the backstage preparations with Erin Wallace as you transform foam, cardboard and other materials into costume-puppets for the show! Creators will also have the option to wear the costumes and have photos taken to be used for publicity for the Lion King Jr! Morning sessions are best for younger creators. Glue gun veterans of all ages, unite - bring your glue gun! Times: A) 9 AM-12PM B) 1-4 PM Fee: $5 per person each day ½ or full day. Instructor: Erin Wallace. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
Cedar Street Grille's Global Tapas Dinners 
Cedar Street Grille  
Filipino Cuisine, Monday, March 5, 2018, 6:30 PM

Filipino cuisine is the combination of the cuisines of 135 distinct ethno-linguistic tribes found within the Philippine archipelago. The style of cooking and the food associated with it have evolved over many centuries from their Austronesian origins to a mixed cuisine of Indian, Chinese, Spanish, and American influences.   

Come along and experience Chef Nick's take on this amazing diverse Filipino culinary culture through Cedar-style tapas plates and find out why our first global tapas dinner had such rave reviews. Make your reservations early because we expect these dinners to sell out quickly. Pricing for this dinner is $48.00 per person and includes a special regional cocktail, wine, or beer. The price does not include tax or gratuity. Each Month the Cedar Street team will take you on a culinary journey across the globe.  

Each month a new region will be highlighted to showcase some of the most interesting and delectable food this world has to offer. Please join us for a completely curated experience that will surely be a highlight for any person who loves to try something a little different. Please call the restaurant directly at 508-347-2321 for reservations. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner begins promptly at 6:30pm.  

Here is the schedule for more tapas dinners:  
  • April 9-French Cuisine 
  • May 21-Springtime Farm Dinner 
  • June 4-North Africa/Mediterranean 
New England General Stories  
An Evening with Ted Reinstein - WCVB - TV's "Chronicle" 
March 8, 7:00-8:30pm 

The Friends of the JHPL present an evening with Ted Reinstein!

Ted Reinstein will be talking about his latest book - "New England's General Stores". Told with anecdotes from a variety of local landmark stores across the region, this presentation is accompanied by the award winning photography of Art Donohue. Q&A and book signing to follow.

Save your seat by calling the library at 508-347-2512 or register online here.

Joshua Hyde Public Library                306 Main Street, Sturbridge 
Workforce Training Fund Information Session
Workforce Training Fund Program
Fri, March 9, 2018
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM EST
Quinsigamond Community College
25 Federal St. 3rd Floor, Worcester, MA 01608

This information session provides an overview of all of the Workforce Training Fund programs. Topics covered include: the features and requirements of each program, funding availability, and application process. Following the information session, participants should be able to determine which grants are best suited for their business needs and know how to begin the application process. The information session lasts 1.5-2 hours and covers the following WTFP grant programs:
  • General Program
  • Express Program
  • Direct Access Program
For more information about the Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP), please visit our website:

To contact our hosts at The Workforce Development Center of QCC, contact Christine McNally, 508-751-7929 or:

Parking is available in the QCC parking lot on Federal St.
To contact WTFP:
Stageloft Theater Presents 
Jake_s Women
by Neil Simon 
March 9 - 18 
Directed by Josh Raymond 
Presented in collaboration with BEAT Theater Company

Jake, a novelist who is more successful with fiction than with life, faces a marital crisis by daydreaming about the women in his life. The wildly comic and sometimes moving flashbacks played in his mind are interrupted by visitations from actual females. Jake's women include a revered first wife who was killed years earlier in an accident, his daughter who is recalled as a child but is now a young woman, his boisterous and bossy sister, an opinionated analyst, his current wife who is leaving Jake for another man, and a prospective third wife.

Call or visit online for tickets.

Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale            508-347-9005  
Poultry Seminar
Free to Attend. No registration required.
Thinking of getting chickens?
Have had them for years but have some questions? 
All are welcome to our Poultry Seminar. It will cover:
Poultry Basic Care - Nutrition - Egg Laying - Common Ailments - Flock Maintenance   
Questions and answers with Nutrena® guest speaker.

Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708 
Variety Show
Elm Street Church Variety Showcase 
March 10, 7:00-10:00PM 
Join us on March 10th from 7p-10p for Elm Street Congregational Church's "Variety Showcase".
12 different acts will be performing, and all proceeds will benefit the church. In addition, there will be some great raffle prizes along with snacks and beverages. Cost is $10 and $5 for seniors and children. If you would like to be considered to be an act in the show, contact Tom Lapriore with your information. A message can be left for him at the church office, 508-764-8058.  

Each act will have 10 minutes of performance time.  
The coordinating team will have the final decision on which acts will be selected and when they will perform.  
We will limit to 12 acts for the evening.   
A dress rehearsal will be held on Friday March 9th at 7pm.

Elm Street Congregational Church           61 Elm Street, Southbridge 
Moondance, Van Morrison Tribute Band  
The Barn at Wight Farm 
Saturday, March 10, 8:00pm  

Rock and roll doesn't get any better than Van Morrison. Van the Man has done it all - from classics like Brown Eyed Girl and Domino to legendary tunes like Tupelo Honey and Into The Mystic, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has never failed to impress music lovers around the globe. Moondance is the ultimate Van Morrison tribute concert. This incredible show captures the Van Morrison concert experience like no other. You'll hear classic tunes-Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance, Domino, It Stoned Me, Tupelo Honey, Wild Night, Into The Mystic, Caravan-just to name a few. The show is packed with one VM classic after the next. 
Tickets can be purchased on and are $45 per person* which includes buffet dinner including salad and dessert. There are always several protein options to choose from. Vegetarian and Gluten-free options are available with notice to our staff.

*Price per person does not include tax, gratuity, or Eventbrite ticket fees.

Don't Forget to Spring Ahead!  
Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2:00am on Sunday, March 11
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!

March 12 
Harrington Hospital Auxiliary 
Federated Church of Sturbridge 

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! 
Woman in Business March Luncheon with Guest Speaker
Dennis McCurdy
March 14, 11:30am to 1:00pm  
Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School

52 Ways "Self-motivation is the key to success," say our March Guest Speaker Dennis McCurdy, president of Dennis A. McCurdy (Find A Way) Company. Dennis developed Find A Way, a six-week, workshop and training program for individuals who want to move ahead, invigorate their life, and reach for their dreams. Dennis speaks frequently about personal success and growth. He is a practical and down-to-earth motivational speaker and coach, dedicated to helping individuals grow and reach their potential. Even those who haven't figured out their direction benefit greatly from Dennis' vast knowledge and experience. His book, "52 Ways To Find A Way," is a collection of short, insightful essays - one for each week of the year. They provide wisdom, inspiration, motivation, and yes, an occasional kick in the BUTT.

$20 Member, $25 Non-member. Fee includes: lunch prepared by the Bay Path VocTech Culinary Arts Program, networking introductions, New Member Recognition, raffle for WIB's Scholarship Program, and Guest Speaker Dennis McCurdy.

Register online here
Cooking with Rico and Dan: A Return to Italy
Thursday, March 15, 6:30 pm

In this first return to "Cooking with Rico" events to be held monthly at Avellino, Chef Rico will bring us back to where it all started in "A Return to Italy. Chef Rico is well known for his passionate Italian cooking style, taking great pleasure discussing and demonstrating the preparation of each savory course. Rico and Dan will take you on a culinary tour of some of their favorite regional Italian foods. As always, these events often sell out so make your reservation early. This event is $48 per person with wine pairings, or $39 without. Tax and gratuity are not included. Make your reservations now by calling Avellino at 508-347-2321.

Cooking with Rico returns to Avellino this year as Cooking with Rico & Dan. Fresh with new ideas, Chef Rico and Chef Daniel will be combining their efforts to produce some spectacular cooking demonstrations and dining events throughout 2018. As always, make your reservations early as these events often sell out. Please call 508-347-2321 for reservations.
Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions
March 16, 2:00-4:00pm

Spring Fling! My bags are packed and I'm ready to go!
MOBILE ADOPTION UNIT is coming to Klems! On the road to saving more lives!
Be sure to stop by and say hi to some of the sweet dogs and cats looking for a new home!
Let adoption help you find your next best friend.

117 West Main Street, Spencer       508-885-2708
Marshall Tucker Band Concert
The Woodstock Academy invites everyone to shake off the winter blues and join in a celebration of the beginning of spring and everything that is new at the school.

In association with Putnam Bank, The Woodstock Academy proudly presents:
The Marshall Tucker Band in concert at the Center for the Arts
on Friday, March 16th

Doors will open at 6:15 and the show will begin at 7 p.m. with Cold Train, New England's own southern rock tribute band, opening for The Marshall Tucker Band.

Get your tickets for $35 each at

Food and beverages will be available for concert-goers to purchase at the show.

The benefit performance will help The Academy continue to make improvements to
the Center for the Arts.

See you at the show!
Start 2018 off Right!
Complimentary Financial Planning & Investment Workshop
Wednesday, March 21, 2018, Time: 6:30 - 7:30
212 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA

Personal Financial Planning
This workshop is designed to provide the average person with the basic knowledge necessary to make beneficial financial decisions.

We will cover the following:
  • Basic planning concepts and ideas
  • How & What do I do about investing
  • Retirement planning & Retirement plans
  • Tools to make better personal financial decisions.
Please RSVP by March 16th to:
Seating is limited

Dennis McCurdy
Instructor: Dennis McCurdy CFP®
Registered Investment Financial Advisor
Dennis A. McCurdy is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional practicing at 212 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566. He can be reached at 508-347-8107 or at

ph: 508-347-8107            fax: 877-200-7506
Second Chance Animal Services
Dinner Auction
March 24, 2018 
This is one of the largest fundraisers for the Second Chance Animal Shelter and we are gladly accepting donations of new items to the action. It will be a lot of fun with Chinese raffles, silent auction, as well as our live auction. We hope to see you all there! Tickets sell fast so reserve
yours now as they will NOT be available at the door.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 
TIME: 4:00 pm Social hour   
6:00 pm Dinner
Auction will immediately follow dinner

Leicester Country Club
Main Street , Leicester , MA 01524
(508) 892-1390
$42 per person
Donate an Item or Purchase an Ad

Second Chance's Auction Preview Night & Networking Event
March 22, 5:00-7:00pm, Leicester Country Club 
Come network, preview and bid on auction items while enjoying the hospitality of one of the premiere venues in Central Mass. Auctions will close at the dinner auction on March 24th. Appetizers will be served.

FREE Admission at Door with Donation to Second Chance

Contact Second Chance at 508-867-5525 
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
Village Toastmasters
Village Toastmasters is a local group focused on helping its members improve their public speaking and leadership skill while building confidence in their abilities.  
As of Thursday, April 27, 2017, Village Toastmasters will meet every Thursday from 7:00-8:15 pm  
at the offices of the Chamber of Central Mass South, located at 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge.
Guests are always welcome!!  
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.  

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We Welcome Interesting Goodies for our Welcome Baskets!  


New member Baskets

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


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


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

Important Dates to Save!
March 2-4: Country Folk Art Craft Show
March 3: Maple Days Begin at OSV
March 10: Poultry Seminar at Klem's
March 11: Daylight Savings Time Begins
March 14: Woman In Business Luncheon with Dennis McCurdy
March 14: Fun at Five at Baba Sushi with Harrington Hospital
March 21: Financial Planning and Investment Workshop at McCurdy Investments
March 22: Ribbon Cutting Celebration at Red Door Realty, Sturbridge
March 27: Chamber Seminar: Tips for Using Social Media for Business 
March 29:  Sexual Harassment Training with EANE at Bay Path University
May 3: Lunch with Secretary Sudders
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