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Fun at Five Strikes Back!
Welcome New Members!
QCC Offers CSET Training
Staples: Back to School Sale
Seminar: Domestic Violence in the Workplace
Ribbon Recap: The Daily Grind II
Southbridge Oktoberfest
Anna Piascik Named Director of Wound Care Center
Are The Last Green Valley's Streams Healthy?
When One Door Closes
Harrington Welcomes Laura Amorese-O'Connell
NBSB Encourages Parents to Teach Kids About Finance
Harrington Receives National Accreditation for Breast Ultrasound
United Way's Day of Caring
Big Y Donates $2,000 to Harrington
Cornerstone Bank Stuffs the Bus
SCU Welcomes New Team Members
NBSB's Back to School Drive
A Look Back at Hitchcock Academy's Summer
July Hat Contest Winner
Sturbridge Cultural Council Grants
Office Space For Rent
The Spencer Fair
The Woodstock Fair
Militia Weekend at OSV
Brimfield Shows
Klem's Fall Fest & Tent Sale
The Queen of Bingo
Harvest Craft Fair
2017 Apple Bazaar
37th Annual Nipmuck Pow Wow
Salem Cross Inn Dining Delights
Publick House Feast
Sturbridge Business Breakfast
Dr. VanVooren Golf Tournament
Woman in Business Luncheon
The Overlook's Fall Festival
Second Chance Craft Fair
The Big MOE
Village Toastmasters Meetings
Farmers' Markets
24/7 Online Training
New Member Baskets
Save These Dates!
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Cindy Howard
Center of Hope
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision 

Jocelyn Callis
1st Vice Chair

Michael Checkosky
Immediate Past Chair


Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group 

Jessica Bettencourt
Susan Collins
Bank Hometown

Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Nathan Hardt

Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union

Laurie Nelson
Christopher Heights

Heather Pedersen
Country Bank

Rita Schiano 

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co. 

Jim Waddick
Southbridge Rotary Club

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

Chamber Links

Cms Chamber

Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary

Greetings from the Chamber of Central Mass South!

Welcome to September's CROSSROADS NEWS!
Here comes harvest time, back-to-school and back-to-business season. You'll find this issue packed with the latest news briefs from our Members and friends plus a fresh batch of cool events including great ideas for your long Labor Day weekend! We would also love to see you there as we network at Bogey Lanes this month! You are also invited to Oktoberfest in Southbridge this month and we hope you will join us for an important breakfast meeting on Domestic Violence in the Workplace coming in early October. Read on for all the details!

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


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Fun at Five!
Wednesday, September 13
at 5:00pm 
Bogey Lanes  
Bogey Lanes 
199 North Brookfield Rd., East Brookfield
508-867-66 29
 Join us for networking at Bogey Lanes... 
Join us for September's Fun at Five at a venue built for FUN! Mingle and network with a terrific crowd, enjoy tasty appetizers and chances to win great prizes!
Bring your business cards and your playful spirit as we partake in all the fun activities that Bogey Lanes has to offer - FREE Candlepin Bowling (includes shoe rental), FREE Billiards, FREE Mini-Golf, and more fantastic amusements! 
Enjoy beer and wine! Sample food and more tasty treats from Moosey's Muddy Brook Cafe ... Amy Luksha's new food truck will be on hand at the Fun!
This just in!  
Our Friends at North Brookfield Savings Bank have donated a $50 Lottery Ticket Basket that will  
go home with a lucky winner!
Good Luck!
$10 for registered Members, $15 at the door or  
$20 for non-Members. 
RSVP by phone at 508-347-2761 
or email 
Thank you to our
Fun at Five sponsor!
River-Air HVAC 
River-Air HVAC first began operating in 2003, providing services to West-Central Massachusetts and the surrounding area.   
Based out of Brimfield, River-Air HVAC installs, services and retro-fits various heating and air conditioning systems for residential and  
small commercial applications. 
Fully Licensed and Insured. 
River-Air HVAC            774-230-6880 
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Welcome New Chamber Members!

We are very proud to introduce our newest Members!

Brimfield Flea Finder 
Brimfield Shows App 
40 Hillside Road, Southbridge, MA
Sturbridge Dental 
Family Dental Practice  
P.O. Box 225, Sturbridge, MA

Always in Season!  
M2M logo 
Discounts from Members...for Members!



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Back to School Sale
Continues Through Sept. 9!
Save the date!
Domestic Violence in the Workplace:
What Employers Need to Know
Wednesday, October 4
The Barn at Wight Farm
420 Main Street, Sturbridge
 $20 per person.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
7:30   Registration, Mingling & Continental Breakfast
8:00   Program Begins
9:10   Questions & Answers
9:30  Adjourn
Key Takeaways
  • The troubling statistics
  • Dispelling myths about Domestic Violence
  • How to become a Responsive Workplace
  • Understanding Restraining Orders & Criminal Harassment Orders
  • Understanding the Massachusetts Domestic Violence Act for Employers
  • Documentation
  • Best Practices
  • Resources & Tools available
  • and so much more
With presentations from our panelists:
Margo Chevers, Stop Abuse Today
Gabi Alan, New Hope Inc.
Hillary DaDalt, Sturbridge PD Patrol Officer/School Resource Officer  
Peter Brunault, Esq., Employers Association of the Northeast (EANE) 
Space is Limited! Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 27. 
Call 508-347-2761 or email
Ribbon Cutting Recap: The Daily Grind II
Daily Grind Ribbon
On August 30, 2017, Members of Harrington, Center of Hope Foundation and The Chamber of Central Mass South came together for a ribbon cutting at the Daily Grind II - a coffee and refreshment kiosk at Harrington's 10 N. Main Street, Charlton campus.

Daily Grind II is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and gives patients, their families and local residents a place to grab a coffee, a muffin or a quick snack in between medical appointments or errands. Center of Hope presented Harrington with a check from proceeds raised by a special #HarringtonStrong drink sold at the Charlton and Southbridge Daily Grind locations. We also thank Rep. Peter Durant and Sen. Anne Gobi for their representation and citations today.

We wish Daily Grind II lots of success! Please be sure to #supportlocal and stop by if you're in the area!

Thank you to Blaine Schnare of Harrington Hospital for the photos and text. See more pics here.
Saturday, September 23
Southbridge Common and Art Center Grounds

The Beer Tent with Rapscallion on tap!
Local Crafters, Kids Activities, Face Painting, Pumpkin Painting
Big Bunny Farmers Market, Italian Ice, Canvas Painting

Live Music STARTING AT 12:30
WITH "The Oom Pappas" and "The Happy Five Oompah Band"
Lawn Chairs Welcome

This event is supported by volunteers from Southbridge Recreation Department,  
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities and Southbridge Business Partnership .
Anna Piascik Named Director of Wound Care Center
Anna Piacik Anna Piascik, a Webster resident, has been named Director of the Wound Care Center at Harrington.
Piascik was most recently the Director of Operations for Fresenius Medical Care North America, where she was responsible for the financial, quality and regulatory activities of eight dialysis facilities in Connecticut, and previously in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Her oversight included daily operating budgets, contract negotiations, business strategies, compliance regulations and expansion projects.
"We are pleased to welcome Anna to our Harrington family," said Pam Zouranjian Connor, executive director of satellite operations. "She brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership which will complement the growth of our wound care services."
As Director of the Wound Care Center, Anna is responsible for the implementation, ongoing management and strategic growth of the program, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
She received her bachelor of science from Alliance College in Cambridge Springs, PA, and her MBA from Regis University in Denver, CO.
The Wound Care Center is located at 10 North Main Street in Charlton and offers treatment for individuals with hard-to-heal wounds, including diabetic patients and cancer patients.
Are The Last Green Valley's Streams Healthy? You Can Help Us Find Out! 
Water Testing
Volunteers are trained to collect, sort and identify common stream bugs that can tell us a lot about water quality in those streams.
Each fall, dozens of volunteers gather important water quality information by collecting, sorting, and identifying underwater bugs from small streams in eastern Connecticut. Through this program, called, "Riffle Bioassessments for Volunteers (RBV)," we can learn a lot about water quality in these fragile stream environments by knowing what bugs live in the water. Some of these bugs, primarily stone flies, may flies and caddis flies (trout food!), have a low tolerance for pollution, so when you find lots of different kinds in a stream, then you know that water quality is good.  
If you like to go on outdoor treasure hunts, sign up to learn more about the RBV program! Jean Pillo, The Last Green Valley's Water Quality Monitoring Coordinator, will present a class about the RBV program, followed by an actual stream sampling experience. You can choose between two free training opportunities: September 8 at the USDA Service Center, 238 West Town Street, Norwich; or September 9 at the Connecticut Audubon Society Center, 218 Day Road, Pomfret. Both programs will run from 9 - noon.  Preregistration is required by calling 860-928-4948 ext. 605, or by emailing Once trained, new volunteers will be paired up with experienced team leaders to sample bugs from assigned streams. Results from previous years' collecting, including a link to an interactive map, can be viewed online at Sign up for this program, become a Citizen Scientist, and help TLGV put more stars on the map! 
The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor - the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C.  The Last Green Valley works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. Together we can care for it, enjoy it and pass it on!    
Live Flourishing Life logo  
Change Your Habitudes, Change Your Life!
Workshop scheduled for October 28 
When one door closes... This has been a different summer for me. While many people's businesses see a winding down over the summer, I have not had that experience -- until this year, that is. You see, I had been planning to spend July in Hawaii and so other than teaching an online course, I did not make any efforts to book speaking engagements this summer. But as can sometimes happen, life threw us a curveball and the door on our Hawaii vacation slammed shut.

Now what? I wondered, "What am I going to do with all this free time on my hands?"

Yes, I had a few coaching clients who were glad to know I was going to be available for in-person sessions. Yet, I still had a lot of unbooked time, and I like being busy.

Then on June 29, I had coffee with my friend Chris Tieri, founder and president of Idea Agency. During our conversation, we got on the topic of getting done things we had been thinking about doing. I shared that I had been thinking about developing online courses based on programs I offer. Chris shared she had been thinking about writing a book. As I drove home from our get together, I started thinking about all the things I, or others have said, that they wanted to do, but were not getting done. ( Continue reading Rita's story on our online blog here.)
Is it time for you to Change Your Habitudes, Change Your Life?  
Click for the details on the October 28 workshop.
Harrington Physician Services Welcomes Rheumatologist
Laura Amorese-O'Connell, M.D.

Laura Laura Amorese-O'Connell, M.D., has joined Harrington Physician Services.

She will join Dr. Divya Mahajan, providing care for a variety of rheumatic conditions, including:

*    Rheumatoid arthritis
*    Psoriatic arthritis
*    Seronegative arthritis/Ankylosing Spondylitis
*    Crystal arthritis - Gout and Pseudogout/CPPD
*    Uveitis
*    Osteoarthritis
*    Osteoporosis
*    Lupus and Antiphospholipid Syndrome
*    Inflammatory myopathies
*    Vasculitis
*    Scleroderma
*    Sarcoidosis

For an appointment, patients may call 508-764-2772.

Dr. Amorese-O'Connell received her medical degree from Zulia University (LUZ) School of Medicine in Venezuela. She became a research fellow for more than a year at the Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institute under Dr. Stephen Foster, a known world authority in ocular inflammatory conditions.

She completed an internship and residency at North Shore Medical Center in Salem, MA, and a rheumatology clinical research fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, RI.

She is currently serving as a clinician educator at Brown University Rheumatology fellowship, Roger Williams Rheumatology Fellowship, and Providence Veteran Affairs Medical Centers where medical students from Brown University and medicine residents from different programs receive training.

Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, Dr. Amorese-O'Connell is bilingual in English and Native Spanish. She most recently worked at the Veterans Affair Hospital in Providence, RI. She is board certified in rheumatology and internal medicine.

She is a member of several professional affiliations, including American College of Physicians, Massachusetts Medical Society and the American College of Rheumatology.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Encourages Parents to Teach Kids  
About Finance
It's never too early to start healthy financial habits for their future.
At North Brookfield Savings Bank, we believe that no matter what age your children are, it is never a better time than right now to start teaching your kids important financial lessons that they will use for the rest of their lives.
"It's never too early to begin teaching children the basics of finance," said Patricia Ostrout, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking. "We know parents are busy so we encourage them to incorporate financial lessons into everyday life experiences. For example, when they visit the Bank, work on their budget, balance their checkbook and pay bills. We always welcome children to visit any of our North Brookfield Savings Bank branches and be a part of their very own account opening. It helps them to better understand the process and how and why they are saving. Plus, they will get a lollipop!"
North Brookfield Savings Bank offers examples of teachable moments to help you get started:
  • At the bank. When you go to the bank, bring your children with you and show them how transactions work. Any of the North Brookfield Savings Bank managers can explain how the bank operates, how money generates interest and how an ATM works.
  • On payday. Discuss how your pay is budgeted to pay for housing, food and clothing, and how a portion is saved for future expenses such as college tuition and retirement.
  • At the grocery store. Explain the benefits of comparison shopping and using coupons. After the shopping trip, let them watch while you update your checkbook to include the transaction.
  • Paying bills. Explain the many ways that bills can be paid: over the phone, paper or by check, electronic check or online check draft. Discuss how each method of bill pay takes money out of your account. Be sure to cover late penalties, emphasizing the importance of paying bills on time.
  • Using credit cards. Explain that credit cards are a loan and need to be repaid. Share how each month a credit card statement comes in the mail with a bill. Go over the features of different types of cards, such as ATM, debit and credit cards.
North Brookfield Savings Bank proudly participates in local community reading days, school parents' nights and teaches financial literacy classes at middle and high schools.
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's convenient banking products and services offered, visit .

Harrington Receives National Accreditation for Breast Ultrasound
Harrington Sonographers Kayla Delisle, Chelsea Mallet and Gwyn Gable (Ultrasound Supervisor)

Harrington has received accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for its breast ultrasound.

The Breast Ultrasound Accreditation Program provides facilities performing breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies peer review and constructive feedback on staff qualifications, equipment, quality control, quality assurance, accuracy of needle placement and image quality.

"With this accreditation, we are on track to become a Center of Excellence in Breast Care, having achieved accreditation in mammography, breast MRI and breast ultrasound," said Jess Calcidise, vice president for ancillary operations. "I am proud of our staff and the community should share in this excitement, knowing they are choosing the highest standard of care with Harrington."

The ACR is the leader in quality assurance programs for diagnostic breast imaging. In order to meet accreditation, a facility must pass a rigorous set of standards, including having all board-certified radiologists read images. All of Harrington's adult imaging studies are read by Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Many of the radiologists have an on-site presence in Southbridge.

In addition, to meet accreditation, all sonographers performing breast ultrasound must be registered with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and fulfill continuing education in breast ultrasound. All images approved by the ACR are reviewed by two radiologist reviewers for quality control, image quality and accuracy.

With this achievement, Harrington's Southbridge campus is now on track to offer additional benefits, including a comprehensive assessment of the medical imaging facility, participation in the ACE National Mammography Database and recognition that extends locally and nationally. The ACR accreditation has a three-year status.
United way
Southbridge's Big Y Foods Donates $2,000 to Harrington Hospital
Big Y donation
Harrington Director of Development Karen Spiewak, Southbridge Big Y Store Manager John Menard, Big Y Employee Service Representative Terri Garcia. 
Harrington HealthCare System was honored to be selected by Big Y Foods as one of 30 local organizations to benefit from funds raised at a recent charity event.
The Southbridge supermarket donated $2,000 to Harrington Hospital. The funds will benefit Harrington's Commitment to the Community Campaign, which will renovate the Southbridge Emergency Department.
Big Y's donation was the result of funds raised at its 2017 Paul & Gerald D'Amour Memorial Scholarship Charity Golf Outing. The annual event has raised more than $2 million for local charitable organizations and the Big Y Scholarship Program.
"We greatly respect the work of Harrington HealthCare System, and we are proud to be a business colleague in the south central community," said John Menard, store director. "We are happy to offer this donation which will help increase safety of patients, staff and visitors by enhancing the Emergency Department in Southbridge."
To learn more or donate to the Commitment to the Community campaign, visit
Cornerstone Bank Donates to Stuff the Bus Campaign
Stuff the Bus
Pictured (L to R): Cornerstone Bank's Senior Operations Specialist, Wendy Coran; Catholic Charities Interim Administrator, Marie Kudron; Cornerstone Bank's Southbridge Assistant Branch Manager, Christina Rios and Operations Assistant Manager, Katelyn Krikorian.
It's that time of year when students are getting ready to go back to school. This can be a difficult time for some parents financially, providing not only new school clothes, but also backpacks and school supplies. Catholic Charities of Southbridge tries to fill that need and lessen the burden by holding an annual "Stuff the Bus" school supply drive.
Cornerstone Bank employees generously donated to the "Stuff the Bus" campaign, making a significant difference in the support Catholic Charities is able to provide to local children.
"The beginning of the school year should be an exciting time," stated Bonnie Losavio, AVP-Human Resources at Cornerstone Bank. "We are pleased to partner with Catholic Charities to help local school children start the year in a positive light."  
Donations can be dropped off directly to Catholic Charities at 79 Elm Street, Southbridge MA.
About Cornerstone Bank:
Cornerstone Bank is an independent, mutual savings bank serving the residents, businesses, and communities throughout Central Massachusetts from offices in Charlton, Holden, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, N. Oxford, Leicester, Rutland, Warren, Webster and Worcester. Deposits are insured in full by a combination of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Depositors Insurance Fund. The Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Equal Housing Lender, and SBA Preferred Lender. For more information, visit online at, on Facebook or call 800-939-9103.
Southbridge Credit Union Welcomes New
Commercial Lending & Services Team Members
                                               Jo-Ann Santelli                                                   Jordan Hoy

In order to further develop products and systems that support members and area businesses, Southbridge Credit Union has announced two key staff additions: Jordan D. Hoy as Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending & Services; and Jo-Ann Santelli as Commercial Credit & Operations Manager. Both Hoy and Santelli join the SCU team to focus on products and systems for commercial borrowing and operational needs and on additional valuable resources for a wide range of business concerns.
For over twenty-four years, Jordan has been a commercial lender, regional manager, development officer, and department head in various community, regional, and national financial services organizations. Within those roles, he has advised individuals and business owners on various financial considerations involved when making important banking, investment, and insurance decisions.
"I am thrilled to be on the commercial team at Southbridge Credit Union," said Hoy. "SCU is a perfect business partner for area organizations, due to its strength and ability to make decisions locally. I enjoy helping a business get started, stay afloat, and flourish in a way that benefits the communities we serve and beyond."
Jordan lives in Sturbridge, MA with his wife and four children. As a business owner of a children's entertainment center, he understands the various pressures on cash flow and the necessity of a satisfying payroll. He is a US Army veteran, ex-rugby player, and ambitious golfer. Jordan is also currently serving of the Southbridge Economic Development Committee.
Jo-Ann began her financial career as a teller and clerk at Southbridge Savings Bank. Thirty years later, she had become, Credit Manager. Within her tenure there, she developed the bank's tax escrow and was implemental in creating their Collections and Commercial Credit department.
Also a military veteran, Jo-Ann served our country in the US Air Force stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado from 1988-1990. She now resides in Charlton with her husband and two children, where they own and operate Santek Laser, Inc.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Helps Local School Children  
with Back to School Supply Drive 
Backpacks, lunchboxes and supplies were collected for local school children in need.
NBSB Back to School
North Brookfield Savings Bank employees proudly display some of the school supplies donated by generous community members, customers and NBSB employees through the Gilbert Street, North Brookfield branch and the Summer Street, North Brookfield Corporate Offices location. Left to right: Jessica Shimansky, Supervisor; Tonya Morrill, Regional Branch Manager; Caitlin O'Connor, Assistant Vice President/Marketing Manager; Andrea Ledoux, Supervisor; Andrea Healy, Vice President/Director of Human Resources and Tammy Gustafson, Assistant Branch Manager.
North Brookfield Savings Bank knows it is essential for the children of our communities to get an excellent education. Each and every child, regardless of income or circumstances, deserves the opportunity to be as prepared as possible to receive their education and start the school year off right. This is why North Brookfield Savings launched the Back to School Supply Drive at all NBSB locations.
On Monday, August 7, North Brookfield Savings Bank proudly kicked off the Back to School Supply Drive. Equipped with brightly colored backpacks and school supplies purchased by the Bank, employees from each branch got to work and showed their creativity by decorating their collection table in the "Back to School" theme.
North Brookfield Savings Bank employees, customers and local community members came out with big hearts and generously donated backpacks, lunchboxes, pencils, pencil cases, erasers, colored pencils, markers, pencils sharpeners and notebooks for local elementary school children in need. With the fundraiser coming to a close on Saturday, August 26, the fundraiser collected a countless number of supplies to distribute to the local schools.
"All children deserve the opportunity to start each school day full of pride and ready to learn, which is exactly why North Brookfield Savings Bank wants to make certain they are equipped with all the essential school supplies," said Andrea Healy, Vice President of Human Resources. "We are so pleased to have hosted the Back to School Supply Drive. It would not have been as successful without the donations made by such giving community members and our employees; we thank you for your contributions."
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit .

A Look Back at Hitchcock Academy's Summer
Hitchccock Academy Summer
It's hard to believe, but the summer is nearly gone. Hitchcock Academy would like to take this little time before the fall comes to reminisce about the fun we've had this summer.  
The summer got off to a musical start on June 21st with International Make Music Day. This free event let the community celebrate the start of summer with the joy of music, from performances by Hitchcock students and local musicians to participating in Tim Kane's drumming circle on the front lawn.
The Concerts on the Common for Radio Ranch and Gracie Day and the Knights' performances were plagued by summer rainstorms and moved to Hitchcock's front porch, but crowds still came out for these great live shows. The skies cleared for the August 1st show put on by The Casters, and a large crowd enjoyed the music as the summer sun set over the Brimfield Common.
Younger community members had more programs to participate in during the summer, including the ever popular Babysitter Training and Summer Fun Weeks. For kids aged 11-15, Lisa Meunier gave instruction on all things babysitting, from fire safety and emergency procedures to information on running your own babysitting business. Kids from the ages of 3-12 years old took a variety of classes during our Summer Fun Weeks. The fun, focused classes allowed children to have fun with kids in their age group in a safe and supervised environment.
The most popular event of the summer - The Beer Tasting and Stargazing Fundraiser at Hyland Orchard - blew everyone away with the crowd turnout, the event's attendees more than doubled from 2016. Because of the crowd, the event wasn't without its issues, such as long lines for beer and parking, but next year's Beer Tasting and Stargazing plans are looking to solve these problems. Despite the obvious challenges of the evening, most had a wonderful night sitting under the stars looking for meteors in the summer sky, guided by Geoff McLean of the Thames Amateur Astronomical Society. With improvements, we look forward to an even better event next summer!
Hitchcock Academy would like to extend an enormous thank you to everyone who helped this summer, whether financially or through the donation of time. All of this summer's events simply would not have been possible without the support of sponsors and volunteers from the community. We hope to work together next summer to bring events and classes to the community!
As the cooler temperatures start rolling in and the fall season begins, we look forward to another great season at Hitchcock full of learning, connections, and fun! Look for our Fall Flyer coming out soon for a full listing of our classes and events or visit us at Be sure to join us for a class to experience the fun for yourself.
Carlos Bermudez of Ware is NBSB's July Hat Contest Winner

Hat Contest Winner As summer festivities continue on, there seems to be an extra special reason for one local resident to celebrate. Carlos Bermudez, a resident of Ware, was recently awarded a $100 gift certificate for being the July winner of North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest.
Each month, anyone spotted wearing an NBSB hat in the community by a North Brookfield Savings Bank representative is entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to a local establishment. Bermudez was spotted wearing his blue North Brookfield Savings Bank hat while visiting the Bank's West Brookfield branch by Jenny Skoczylas, NBSB Supervisor. He was later visited the Ware branch and was awarded a $100 gift certificate to Klem's located on Route 9 in Spencer, MA.
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit .

The Sturbridge Cultural Council is now accepting grant applications

The Sturbridge Cultural Council is now seeking proposals for this year's grant cycle. The council is seeking proposals for community-oriented projects in the arts, humanities, and science programs.
Applications will be accepted from September 1 through October 16, 2017.

To apply, please use this link to bring you to the Sturbridge Cultural Council's page on the Mass Cultural Council website. There you will find local priorities listed and instructions for applying online.

For specific guidelines and complete information on the Sturbridge Cultural Council, email  Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online.

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.
"A late summer garden has a tranquility found no other time of the year."
- William Longgood 
Spencer Fair The Spencer Fair, September 1-4
The Annual Spencer Fair will take place this year on September 1-4, 2017. The Spencer Fair is an old time, traditional country fair including ox and horse pulls, cattle, rabbit and poultry shows, hall exhibits, midway and outdoor entertainment, and should be a great time for all who attend. With agricultural and commercial exhibits, stage shows, a midway, crafts, and a farmers market, this year will prove to be the best. See all the offerings for this year's fair at For more info at Fair time call 508-885-5814.
Woodstock Fair
The Woodstock Fair, September 1-4
Connecticut's second oldest agricultural fair featuring crafts, lots of food, livestock shows, petting zoo, free stage shows, midway, go-kart races. Better Living Center, vegetables, flowers, entertainment and a lot more.
All attractions (excluding midway rides) are included in the admission prices.  
Visit The Woodstock Fair website for more information on live acts, exhibits, and much more! 
Militia Firing
Militia Weekend at Old Sturbridge Village

September 2 - 4 

In the 1830s, all male American citizens from 18 to 30 were active members of their local militia companies. Labor Day weekend will feature all the sights and sounds of the training days that these companies took part in at least twice a year. The days' events will include everything from cannon and musket demonstrations, to martial music and sham battles, and even live firing of muskets at targets.

Come join us for what was one of the most storied events of the year for New Englanders in the 1830s. See more.
Museum Hours: May - October
Open Wednesdays - Sundays
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
2017 Brimfield Shows Fall Edition: September 5-10  
The Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show has been dubbed "the Queen of the outdoor shows" and a Smithsonian Treasure. A New England tradition, the extravaganza represents the largest outdoor gathering of antique and collectibles dealers in the country with acres of tents showcasing the merchandise of thousands of dealers! Happy Hunting!  
brimfield app   
Yep! There's an app for that! Click the image to get the only app you need to do the Brimfield Shows right! Find the stuff you're looking for, even find your car after a long day in the fields. Get the Brimfield Flea Finder app! 
Klems Fall Fest
Klem's Fall Fest & Tent Sale
3 Days Only!
Shop the Tent Sale with close-out and discontinued merchandise up to 90% off!
Come early for the best selection!

Friday Noon-7pm, Saturday 9am-7pm & Sunday 10am-5pm.

Gourmet Food Tasting, Kids Bounce House, FREE Cotton Candy & Sno-Cones.
Meet & Greet with Dan Kenney from Go Fish!

Visit for details .
Stageloft Theater Presents
Queen of Bingo
The Queen of Bingo
Where can two sisters on the other side of fifty, who want to add a little zest, fun and excitement to their lives find it? Bingo! On any Bingo night at St. Joseph's, you can find Father Mac, Lonnie and Cindy Conklin, Marge Meranski, Coach Anderson, and the many off beat, colorful regulars we meet through the eyes of Sis and Babe. They dish the dirt, giggle like school girls and share old memories. Sis and Babe are sisters and best friends. They've been coming to play Bingo together for years because they love it. Sis is a good loser who just loves to play. Babe is a player who has always got to win. Sis is naturally fit and trim. Babe is naturally overweight and always fighting the battle of the bulge. Sis is content in her widowhood. Babe is still looking for love. They complement each other in ways only sisters can and they drive each other crazy in that same sisterly fashion. On this particular night, Babe and Sis share something new as they each confess a secret and find a special kind of redemption.
The Queen of Bingo
is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.
Show dates:
September 8-10, 15-17 and 22-24
To reserve tickets by phone, call (508) 347-9005.
Harvest Craft Fair
September 9-10 
Our Harvest Craft Fair will be a two-day event this year, September 9th and 10th! In the past one day was never enough. We have so much fun hosting this event and enjoying the day seeing all the crafters treasures. This is why we decided to dedicate the whole weekend for all the fun!

We will also be offering Pick Your Own Apples along with our Maze. Our Snack Bar will be open serving delicious apple dumplings and let's not forget the yummy cider donuts that will be made all day long. Our wagon will be giving rides through our orchard and of course our playground and parking is FREE to enjoy!!! Visit Brookfield Orchards online
St. Anne - St. Patrick Parish
SEPTEMBER 9 and 10, 2017........9AM to 5PM
St. Anne & St. Patrick Parish Center
16 Church St.  Fiskdale, MA
(508) 347-7338

Theme Basket Raffles, Baked Goods, Main Raffle, Lottery Tree, Food Court, Clowns,
Face painting, Kids games, Children's Store plus more.

Bring the family... bring your friends!
nipmuck pow wow
37th Annual Nipmuck Pow Wow
Sept. 9-10

The Nipmuck Indian Council of Chaubunagungamaug will present their 37th annual Nipmuck Pow Wow on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday September 10th at Lake Siog Park in Holland, MA.
This event is open to the public and will feature traditional and contemporary foods, authentic drumming and dancing and Indian crafts and jewelry. 

Admission fee is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for seniors and children 6-12.  Children under 6 are free.  The grounds will be open to the public from 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. each day.

For more information, please call 508-347-7829 or email
Please use "Pow Wow" as subject of email.
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Drovers Roast
Historic Drover's Roast: September 10
Travel back to the 1700's for some good, old-fashioned food, fun, and entertainment
at our always popular Drover's Roast event.
You'll enjoy an exciting afternoon, featuring horse-drawn carriage rides, music, demonstrations, and more. Watch as we prepare a feast, starring hand-rubbed prime ribs of beef, slow-roasted over an open flame right before your eyes. Your meal also includes a wide array of hot and cold vegetable dishes, chowder, chicken, fish, and other seasonal entrees. And who could forget dessert? We're serving deep dish apple pie, made with apples from Breezeland Orchards, topped with real whipped cream. See more and get your tickets here.
Farmers Dinner
Farmers' Dinner: September 14 at 6pm

Join us for seasonal dining experience featuring locally-sourced ingredients
for a unique farm-fresh experience.

Enjoy our Magnificent New England View!
In the Yard - 6:00pm arrival
Relax and unwind with...
Hors d'oeuvres, Cool refreshing drinks, An informal garden tour, Chef demonstration

The Menu 
Featuring Salem Cross Farm's Pasture Raised Beef
View the menu for Farmers' Dinner here!

In the Barn - 7:00pm Dinner
One big, long table will be set in our barn, reminiscent of family dinners. Here you will enjoy a delicious dinner that has been inspired by our farm and gardens, just steps away from our kitchen. You'll be treated to 4 amazing courses - a starter/appetizer, salad, featured entrée, and dessert. Oh, and what you can't eat, you can bring home to enjoy later - waste not, want not!

Our Farmers' Dinners are an advanced ticket only dining event. To attend one of our Farmers' Dinners, order tickets online, or call us at 508-867-2345.
Stop in on Fridays for our Local Farm Dinner Special
Featuring fresh local vegetables and meats. 
Dishes are limited, so get there early!
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Publick House Cooks for Community Organizations

Help us give back to the community by joining us for our monthly feasts to raise money for local organizations. Sponsored organization will split a minimum of $4.00 from every dinner served!

September 11
Brimfield Senior Center
First Congregational Church Dudley

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! 
Sturbridge Business Breakfast - September 
Town of Sturbridge

The Town of Sturbridge is excited to announce that our next Business Breakfast will be held at Rapscallion Brewery on Tuesday September 12 starting at 7:45am. This month we will hear from several excellent speakers and discuss a number of issues relevant to businesses today:

Commercial Tourist District Study - Jean Bubon, Town Planner: Ms. Bubon will talk about the study conducted by the Town, what we have accomplished so far, what we still need to work on, and what business owners can do to help.

Panel Discussion - Inspectional Services: With representation from Building, Health, and Fire, the panel will talk about their efforts to help businesses secure their permits, and will make themselves available to answer any and all questions you might have.

As always we will provide an update on what the Town is doing to help local businesses and provide plenty of time at the end to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Breakfast will be served starting at 7:45am.
If you would like to join us for this event, please email Kevin Filchak at to reserve your space. Or if you cannot attend, but would like to receive updates about this and other events for businesses in Sturbridge, please email Kevin Filchak to and ask to be added to the business email list serve.

Dr. V Golf Tournament
Raceway Golf Club, Thompson, CT
Tee Time: 9:00am

$125 per golfer includes coffee and donuts before golf, a delicious post-game
beef or chicken awards dinner and a goody bag for every player!
Contest, Raffles with lots of great prizes!

For more information or an entry form
email Terry Lisle ( or call Judy Flannery at 508-765-2290.
Woman in Business Monthly Luncheon

Save the Date for WIB's first meeting of the new season:
Wednesday, September 13 at Old Sturbridge Village, Oliver Wight Tavern, 11:45am-1:30pm.

This first meeting is dedicated to "The Power of Community Giving." Hear from four community non-profits about how their mission supports community, and how you and your business can work with them to make a difference. We also want to hear from you, about how you and your business support community giving.

Speakers include: Lynn Brouill ette of Kids in the Congo, Jill Motyka of Dress for Success,  
Cindy Howard of Center of Hope, and Mary O'Coin of our regional United Way.

Register online to reserve your seat now at
$20 for Members, $25 for Non-members.
Fall Festival
The Overlook's 2nd Annual Fall Festival
September 16, 10am-3pm at The Overlook 

One spectacular day that could lead to so many more.

Please join us for a day full of fun, food, music, games and exhibits, plus a tempting array of goodies. Come see all that's great about The Overlook - and the area that surrounds it.
Come enjoy hayrides, lawn games for kids and adults, hard cider tastings, live music all day performed by No Tomatoes, local wood crafts, pie eating contest and so much more.
Exhibits include Alicia's Homemade, Alpaca-Llips Farm, The Gypsy rose, Hanna Devine's and
Mole Hollow Candles just to name a few.  

Please join us Saturday, September 16 for our 2nd Annual Fall Festival.
The way we see it, there's never been a better time to fall in love with The Overlook.

RSVP by calling 866-753-5429
or visit

Your future looks great from here.
88 Masonic Home Rd., Charlton, MA 01507
Phone: 888-768-5019,  
Second Chance Animal Shelter
Second Chance
3rd Annual Craft Fair
Saturday, September 16, 10am to 3pm
North Brookfield Elementary School, 10 High School Drive, North Brookfield

This event will include Raffles!
Food by Ron LaFlash

For more information or to become a vendor, please call 508-867-5525 or visit the website
The 20th Annual Big MOE
2017 Massachusetts Outdoor Exposition
The Big MOE
Sunday September 17th, 2017
9:00am-4:00PM Rain or Shine
At the Hamilton Rod & Gun Club in Sturbridge MA

Brief History: The Massachusetts Outdoor Expo, fondly referred to as The Big M.O.E., started out with a group of sportsmen and women who wanted to create an opportunity for kids of all ages to learn more about outdoor skills, wildlife and conservation.  They approached the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club in Sturbridge to host the Mass. Outdoor Expo, due to its central location, facilities and the connections the group had to the club. An annual event was born!

A couple of  years later, members of the Massachusetts Outdoor Expo group approached F.A.W.N.S., (Facts About Wildlife & Nature Society), a non-profit group founded in 1998 to promote the connection of people to the outdoors. FAWNS was interested in promoting educational experiences focusing on the outdoors. A "natural" connection between the Expo group and FAWNS was obvious.

With 45+ activity stations, there's something for everyone!
Shotgun, airgun, and rifle shooting
Mountain biking
Birdhouse building
Tomahawk throwing
Birds of prey
Petting zoo
Stations are supervised and provide a unique hands-on experience, perfect for all ages.

For more information, visit: Like 'Fawns Expo' on Facebook!

NEW INSURANCE REQUIREMENT: Everyone attending the Big MOE will be required to sign a Liability Release Form. Save time, avoid lines; download the form from our website and bring signed copies for your entire family.

Convenient, off-site parking provided at the Sturbridge Business Park, 660 Main Street (Rte. 20) FREE shuttle bus transportation runs nonstop throughout the day.

On-site parking is reserved for volunteer staff and those requiring handicapped access (plate required). Parking provided by Chacharone Properties.

The Big MOE is produced by the Facts About Wildlife and Nature Society (FAWNS)
with grateful thanks and appreciation to our many sponsors and volunteers.
Please NO pets or alcohol. Food and drink available for purchase. RAIN OR SHINE
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
Village Toastmasters
Village Toastmasters is a local group focused on helping its members improve their public speaking and leadership skill while building confidence in their abilities.  
The club has recently moved its meeting location.

As of Thursday, April 27, 2017, Village Toastmasters will meet every Thursday from 7:00-8:15 pm at the offices of the Chamber of Central Mass South, located at 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge.
Thank you to the Chamber of Central Mass South for serving as the new meeting location and thank you to Southbridge Savings Bank for hosting our meetings for the past decade and more!
We are grateful to our community partners!

Guests are always welcome!!  
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.  
Local Farmers' Markets & Farm Stands 
Local Farmers Market at Big Bunny
Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. 
Big Bunny Parking Lot, 942 Main Street, Southbridge
West Brookfield Farmers' Market
June to October. Wednesdays. From 3:00-6:00pm.
On the Town Common, Route 67 & 9, West Brookfield.
Hitchcock Academy's Farmers' Market
Open every Saturday from 9:00-2:00pm until October 28.
(Not held during Brimfield Shows)
HFA Parking Lot. 2 Brookfield Road, Brimfield .
Overlook Farm, 15 Long Hill Road, Brookfield
Retail stand opens June 20 with limited product.
Open 10-6. Closed Mondays.  
Check the website for availability.

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

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We Welcome Interesting Goodies for our Welcome Baskets!  


New member Baskets

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


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


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


Important Dates to Save!
  September 2-4: Militia Weekend at OSV
September 4: Labor Day Holiday
September 5-10: Brimfield Antiques & Collectibles Shows
September 9-10: St. Anne/St. Patrick's Apple Bazaar
September 10: Drovers Roast at Salem Cross Inn  
September 13: Woman in Business Luncheon  
September 13: Fun at Five at Bogey Lanes!
September 16: The Overlook's Fall Festival
September 17: The Big MOE (Massachusetts Outdoor Exposition)  
October 4: Domestic Violence in the Workplace Seminar 
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