Greetings from the Chamber of Central Mass South!
Welcome to your mid-June CROSSROADS EVENTS
Join us as we celebrate the first day of summer on the links, cut a red ribbon, host a solar seminar, and offer an energy aggregation program. We also reveal our scholarship winners in this issue and share news and many cool events from our Members.
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The Center of Hope Foundation, Inc.
cordially invites you to our
RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
23 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Join us as we introduce our new Sturbridge Day Habilitation and Kitchen, and enjoy coffee, candy, and samples prepared in our kitchen and in presenting appreciation awards to our generous sponsors, The George W. Wells Foundation,
The Hoyt Foundation and the
Herman F. Becker Foundation.
Meet our honored guest, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Marylou Sudders.
No RSVP necessary! We hope to see you there.
Chamber of Central Mass South
Heritage Country Club, Charlton
June 21, 2018
To Benefit The Chamber Scholarships & Charities Fund
THE GOLF CLASSIC IS BACK
AND THIS YEAR WILL BE A BLAST!
Join us for a fun-filled day of golf and camaraderie on the course at our annual Golf Classic.
A LeaderBoard Air Cannon Competition sponsored by Karl Storz Endovision!
A chance to win a 2-year lease on a 2018 Mustang Convertible sponsored by Lamoureux Ford!
A beautiful art glass trophy for our winners donated by Karl Storz Endovision!
All to help benefit the
Chamber Charities & Scholarship Fund.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
8:00 am Registration
9:00 am Shot Gun Start
2:30 pm Dinner Reception
YOUR DAY INCLUDES:
(Thanks to our Sponsor:
Sturbridge Coffee Roasters)
Greens and cart fees
Cookout lunch on the course
Spectacular raffle prizes!
Refreshments on the course
Reception and dinner after play
All players hit from the best lie
$100 Tee Box Sponsor: Includes a sign with your business name and logo at the tee box or green.
$750 Corporate Sponsor: Includes 1 Foursome, Tee Box Sponsor, 4 additional meal tickets for guests, featured in all promotional materials at event.
Foursome: $475, Individual: $125, Dinner Only: $30
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE.
CONTACT MIKE CHECKOSKY FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Phone: 508-764-0012 Fax: 508-765-1187
21 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Going Solar
Exploring the benefits, myths and common concerns about going solar.
Presented by: John Boiano,
VP of Sales/co-owner at 180 South Solar LLC
Tuesday, June 26 at Noon
Chamber Conference Room
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
FREE for CMS Chamber Members,
$15 for non-Members.
Feel free to bring your lunch. Use our microwave to heat it up!
Relax, learn and grow with us!
Solar power pioneer and motivational speaker John Boiano invites you
to join a peaceful revolution by taking the mystery out of going solar.
The solar movement is a peaceful revolution, giving us the reigns to take control of how we access our energy and the amount that we pay for it.
We live in challenging times. Mother Earth is hanging in there, waiting for our commitment to jump into action as peaceful warriors on the path of preserving a healthy and vibrant planet. And fortunately, we are at the perfect time in history to take peaceful, but powerful revolutionary action as individuals - simply by changing how we access our energy and installing solar at our homes, businesses and farms.
We the people can revolutionize the world! Bill Nye, The Science Guy, believes that with today's technology, we could be using 80% renewable energy worldwide by 2050.
Please join us for this engaging and inter-active workshop as Solar Power Pioneer and Motivational Speaker John Boiano offers insights, challenges and solutions into the 21 most asked questions about installing solar energy at your home, small business or farm.
Please bring your questions and let's have some fun talking about accessing the most powerful energy source in the universe!
About the Presenter:
John has a long history as an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, environmental activist and business leader in sales and marketing with owning businesses and running highly successful sales teams. With almost 7 years' experience in the solar industry helping people decide if solar is right for them or not, John is currently the co-owner and VP of Sales at Massachusetts based 180 South Solar LLC. Cell: 860-798-5692
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Sponsor Sought for Annual Clambake
The Chamber is seeking a presenting sponsor for this year's summer outing:
A New England Clambake
to be held at
The Publick House Historic Inn
on the evening of
Thursday, August 2nd, 2018
. The sponsor of this event will be recognized in all invitations, event postings and signage at the Clambake. The contribution from our sponsor will cover the cost of the evening's musical entertainment. Always a very fun and well-attended get-together, the clambake is a much-anticipated and memorable summer tradition.
if you are interested in sponsorship or have any questions about the event.
Chamber of Central Mass South Awards Scholarships
to Three Local Scholars
Julia Ferron Jiliana Marrero Erika Quesada
The Chamber of Central Mass South is very pleased to announce the winners of the Chamber Scholarships for 2018. This year, three scholarships in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to three local students upon successful completion of their first semester of college with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
"This is a highly competitive scholarship," said Chamber Executive Director Alexandra McNitt. "We received applications from all but one of the high schools in our catchment, and our selection committee worked hard to identify the most deserving students. All applicants have great grades and involvement at their respective schools. What sets these three students apart is their level of community engagement. These young women have already made a positive impact on their community."
This year's $1000 scholarship recipients are Julia Ferron and Erika E. Quesada, both graduates of Southbridge High School, and Jiliana Marrero, a graduate of Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School.
Julia Ferron, of Southbridge, is an exceptional student, a gifted artist and dancer. Julia was a member of the National Honor Society, the Art Honor Society and served as Class President through her sophomore, junior and senior years. During her tenure at Southbridge High School, Julia has given tirelessly of herself and demonstrated leadership within the school and our community. Julia has worked as a summer camp counselor with the Southbridge Recreation Department and an assistant dance instructor at Spotlight Dance Academy. Active in her community, Julia has volunteered at Relay for Life since 2009, the Southbridge Police Department, Holiday Visions, and the Lions Club among others. Julia ranked second academically in her graduating class. Passionate about art, Julia is a talented photographer, painter and sketch artist and hopes to major in illustration.
Jiliana Marrero, of Southbridge, is a wonderful example of a good citizen who is committed to academics and her community. With an impressive transcript from Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School and outstanding grades, Chelsea was active in Student Council where she was vice president, the Class Steering Committee, Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) and the National Honor Society. Hard-working and committed, Jiliana has truly made a difference in our community. She was the recipient of the Community Service Hours Award for volunteering over 100 hours in one year. Jiliana is now a Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health aide, an active member of the Charlton Police Explorers and she works as a Dietary Aid at Harrington Hospital. With the goal of working in the medical field, Jiliana plans to major in biology.
Erika E. Quesada, of Southbridge, is a motivated and focused student who has dedicated much of her energy and resources to her school and community. In her senior year at Southbridge High School, Erika was president of the Student Council and president of the school's National Honor Society. Smart, driven, organized and a great participator, Erika has been on the varsity cheer squad, varsity tennis and volleyball teams. She has won the Anna Maria College Book Award, the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, a DECA award and a HACE (Hispanics Achieving and Celebrating Excellence) award. During her senior year, Erika was dual enrolled with Southbridge High and Quinsigamond Community College where she continued to achieve at the highest level and made QCC's Dean's List. Through her National Honor Society commitment, Erika is a frequent volunteer in our community. Academically, Erika ranked fifth in her graduating class. She intends to major in accounting.
The Chamber is extremely gratified to be able to contribute to the ongoing education and success of these exceptional young scholars and we wish them the very best as they pursue their academic ambitions. The Chamber of Central Mass South typically offers three $1000 scholarships to local students each year. Monies are allocated from the Chamber's Charities and Scholarship Fund which is supported by the annual 'Your Chance to Be a Millionaire' lottery scratch tickets raffle, the Chamber's Golf Classic and individual contributions from Chamber Members. Scholarship applications can be obtained at local high school guidance offices or online at the Chamber website. The annual deadline to apply is April 1.
An Energy Brokerage
Energy Aggregation Program - OPEN ENROLLMENT IS HERE!
Do you cringe when you open your utility bill? Are your energy costs squeezing profits?
Come together as a group and fight back!
Submit your utility bill to be included for the Group Energy Aggregation Program brought to you by Radical Solutions and the Chamber of Central Mass South.
BIG SAVINGS OFF YOUR CURRENT ELECTRIC RATES
FIXED COST PRICE, NO MORE WINTER INCREASES
GET CONTROL OF YOUR ENERGY COSTS
TO PARTICIPATE (2 STEPS):
Bring a copy of your utility bill to one of the info sessions, drop it off at the chamber office, email it to
, or schedule a time for us to pick it up.
Complete the Authorization form allowing us to work with your utility to get specifics on your usage.
Still have questions? No problem, attend an info session or contact us today. Please email us at
, or call us at 508-346-3035.
[Session One was
June 14 8:30-9:30am at the Chamber Office.]
June 19 5:30-6:30pm at the Chamber Office
Light refreshments will be provided.
Don't forget to bring a copy of a recent utility bill so that we may begin calculating cumulative group usage amounts.
How to Register
About Radical Solutions
Radical Solutions is a locally-owned and operated broker of electricity and natural gas. We take a consultative approach to managing energy costs. Our clients can expect a personalized experience and a plan that fits their need, not the other way around.
Our business is built on honesty, integrity, and value. As members of this community, we take our reputation and your trust seriously. We will always have your best interests in mind.
There are absolutely no changes to your service, and you will still be billed by your current utility.
There is no cost to the Chamber or any member for participating.
Washington Symposium 2018
Every other year, the Springfield Regional Chamber works with Congressman Richard Neal to host a two-day trip to Washington DC. It will be mid-term election time and this will be an excellent opportunity to meet with leaders in the Senate, Congress, and the Administration, as well as other top policy makers on the federal issues that matter to you! Congressman Neal arranges for great speakers throughout the day. On our 2016 trip, speakers included members of Congress, Senator Warren, Columnist Mark Shields, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, House Ways and Means Chair Kevin Brady, among others.
Presented in partnership with 1Berkshire, the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Central Mass South, the trip is all inclusive and covers your flight, hotel accommodations at The George Kimpton (within walking distance to the Capitol and Union Station), airport parking, all transfers, two evening receptions with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages thanks to our sponsors Comcast and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, breakfast each morning and lunch on Thursday. We are inviting 1-5 Members of our Chamber to participate. If you are interested, please contact Alix by email as soon as possible.
This year, the trip will take place September 26-28 and we are very pleased to invite you to join us for the opportunity to visit and gain firsthand knowledge of important happenings on Capitol Hill. An early bird discount is offered for registrations made by July 1, and all reservations must be made no later than July 20. You may view the draft of the
Register by July 1 for the Early-Bird discount!
After July 1 (reservation deadline July 20)
Reservation deadline: July 20, 2018. No refunds after this date.
Departs Bradley International Airport 1:15 p.m. via DCA (Reagan International).
Returns 4:40 p.m on September 28.
if you or a member of your team is interested in participating in this legislative event. Space is limited, so don't delay!
Cornerstone Bank Celebrates One-Year Anniversary
with Banking Choice Awards
Cornerstone Bank is honored to have been recognized as one of the top providers and winners of Overall Quality, Customer Service, Technology and Community Contribution awards for Central Mass at the first annual Banking Choice Awards of Massachusetts. The nomination and awards ceremony falls just as Cornerstone Bank is getting ready to celebrate its one-year anniversary.
The Banking Choice Awards, hosted on April 26th, was developed in conjunction with The Warren Group and Customer Experience Solutions and celebrates the many banks in Massachusetts that provide outstanding service to their customers based exclusively on customer feedback.
"What an honor it is for us to have been nominated and recognized at the banking awards ceremony," said Chairman and CEO of Cornerstone Bank K. Michael Robbins. "We are grateful to our dedicated and knowledgeable staff for their hard work in helping Cornerstone Bank to achieve such great success in its first year."
"Thank you, Cornerstone Bank employees, for the commitment and passion you bring to the workplace every day," added President and Treasurer of Cornerstone Bank Todd M. Tallman. "We are so proud to have brought home four banking awards, and look forward to another great year as we celebrate our anniversary."
About Cornerstone Bank:
Cornerstone Bank is an independent, mutual savings bank serving the residents, businesses, and communities throughout Central Massachusetts from offices in Charlton, Holden, Leicester, N. Oxford, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Warren, Webster and Worcester. Deposits are insured in full by a combination of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Depositors Insurance Fund. The Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Equal Housing Lender, and SBA Preferred Lender. For more information, visit online at
, on Facebook or call 800-939-9103.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Honors Employees for Years of Service
Shown at the North Brookfield Savings Bank Years of Service ceremony are employees Paula Tankersley, Joseph Deady, Linda Cunningham, Patricia Bernard, Samantha Lavalley, Scott Farr and Kathy Grigas.
North Brookfield Savings Bank recently hosted a Years of Service celebratory event at Salem Cross Inn located in West Brookfield to honor Bank employees who have reached special anniversaries with the Bank. Each employee was presented with a Years of Service award and a gift.
Every year, North Brookfield Savings Bank recognizes and rewards employees for their dedication to the Bank and for the outstanding service they provide. The following North Brookfield Savings Bank employees received Years of Service Awards.
5 Years of Service
Joseph Deady, Operations Specialist/Fraud Analyst
Scott Farr, Teller
Kathleen Grigas, Senior Accounting Specialist
Samantha LaValley, Loan Servicing/Senior Loan Servicing Representative
Paula Tankersley, Teller
10 Years of Service
Linda Cunningham, Commercial Administrative Assistant
15 Years of Service
Patricia Bernard, Senior Vice President/Compliance Officer
"I congratulate this fine group of North Brookfield Savings Bank employees on reaching their Years of Service milestones and thank them for their commitment and dedication to the Bank's success," said North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger. "Each of them are highly skilled in their specialties and they bring immense value to the Bank and its customers every day."
Country Bank Donates 65-71 Main Street Building Block to the QVCDC
Pictured from left to right: Alexandria Martinez, Project Specialist, QVCDC, Sheila Cuddy, Executive Director, QVDC, Paul Scully, President and CEO of Country Bank and Mary McGovern CFO of Country Bank.
Country Bank is pleased to announce that it donated their former building, located at 65-71 Main Street, Ware, to the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation to assist them in their commitment to economic development and helping small businesses grow and prosper in the Quaboag Hills Region. "The bank is looking forward to the development of this property as a creative, innovative space for artists and crafts people to practice and teach, as well as, display their work" stated Paul Scully, President and CEO of Country Bank.
The retail space is currently being revitalized and will provide incubator space to three new small businesses to help them begin their new journey. The plans for the retail space include a pottery studio that will work in conjunction with Workshop 13 on pottery classes for the public, an art gallery with a coffee shop and an additional space for another artistic business.
The QVCDC also received a $75,000 grant from the Mass Development Collaborative Workspace program to help with the renovations taking place in the new space. The new businesses are expected to open this summer, and will provide opportunities for people of all ages to experience arts and cultural activities right on Main Street in Ware. "This prime location promises to be an important component to the revitalization of the downtown area. It enhances the collaboration with the Bank, the Town of Ware and QVCDC that started with E2E Education to Employment, the Holyoke Community College Workforce training satellite facility that Country Bank donated space for two years ago," stated Sheila Cuddy, Executive Director of the QVCDC. "We are so pleased to cultivate this community partnership aimed at enhancing the quality of life for the residents of Ware."
To learn more about how the QVCDC might be able to assist your business, please visit:
bankHometown Donates Second Installment of $3,500 to the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster's 9th Annual Great Futures 5k Run & Walk
BGCFL kids gathered with bankHometown Executives (L to R): Christina DiRusso, Vice President of Commercial Lending; Donna Daigle, AVP Branch Manager; and Michael Hewitt, President and CEO.
bankHometown presented a check for $3,500 to the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster (BGCFL) as a lead sponsor for their 9th Annual Great Futures 5k Run & Walk taking place on Sunday, June 10th, at 365 Lindell Avenue, Leominster MA. This donation is the second installment of a three year commitment to the club, resulting in a total donation amount to be $10,500.
The 5k Run & Walk raises funds to benefit the BGCFL, which provides 600+ young people with a positive place to learn, explore, and play after school. The club is a place where kids build character and self-esteem, are engaged in learning, encouraged to succeed in school, and develop the skills to become lifelong learners.
"bankHometown is excited to be at this event on Sunday to support the Boys and Girls Club. Anytime we can be at this facility we get a great feeling of hope and inspiration for our area youth!" said Christina DiRusso, Vice President of Commercial Lending at bankHometown.
The mission of the BGCFL is "To inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens."
bankHometown has served its communities since 1889 with offices in Massachusetts (Athol, Auburn, Leominster, Oxford, Lancaster, Sturbridge and Webster) and Connecticut (Putnam, Brooklyn, Killingly, Thompson and Woodstock). Depositors of bankHometown have their deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for amounts up to $250,000 with amounts in excess of $250,000 insured in full by the Share Insurance Fund, a private excess insurer.
Post-Event, Harrington's Security Efforts Represent Industry Champion
for Workplace Safety
HealthCare System Leads Commonwealth in Workplace Violence Prevention Program
It took just three weeks after the events of June 14, 2017 for Harrington to be the first hospital in the Commonwealth to install metal detectors at its Southbridge and Webster Emergency Department (ED) entrances.
The decision was made after long-time Harrington Nurse Elise Wilson was randomly stabbed by a patient in the Southbridge Emergency Department triage room. The event not only shook the Harrington staff and community but rippled across the industry nationwide, as workplace violence and vulnerable frontline healthcare providers became the focus of many conversations.
Wilson survived, thanks to the quick and competent work by Harrington Emergency Department physicians, nurses, staff and Southbridge Fire and EMS personnel, in addition to the professional medical providers at UMass. Within a few weeks, Wilson went on to be a spokesperson for nurse and workplace safety, being interviewed by local and national television shows.
A year later, Harrington and UMass are the only central Massachusetts organizations to have metal detectors in place within their EDs, and potentially the only two in the state, based on research local media has conducted.
The metal detectors are just one element that makes up a well-rounded approach to workplace violence prevention the healthcare system has worked hard to implement over the past year.
"Our employees', visitors' and patients' safety and security are a top priority. We are continuously improving our systems and processes to provide secure and practical solutions," said Harry Lemieux, Harrington's vice president of support services and chief information.
The organization has installed panic buttons and alarm systems at almost all its off-site locations. In addition, Harrington installed more security cameras, increased the number of areas within the hospital that are card-access only and has collaborated with local municipalities on training for aggressive behavior.
Other measures over the past year include progressive training for the Harrington's Public Safety Department, who now don new uniforms and carry handcuffs. The Public Safety Department has also increased the number of staff per shift.
Harrington has hosted several visits and served as a resource to hospitals throughout the Commonwealth and beyond who have expressed interest in enhancing security measures.
Last December, Lemieux represented Harrington as the keynote speaker at the Boston Chapter of the International Association for Healthcare Safety and Security (IAHSS) hosted at Newton Wellesley Hospital. At the conference, Lemieux shared Harrington's experiences and outlined the various enhancements implemented across the healthcare system.
Harrington will commemorate the events of last summer by recognizing Elise Wilson, and members of the Harrington family, at a ceremony Thursday, June 14, one year to the day of the 2017 attack, at its Southbridge campus. The brief program is expected to begin at 11 a.m. outside the Southbridge Emergency Department.
North Brookfield Savings Bank's April Hat Contest Winner is Edward Glod
North Brookfield Savings Bank IRA Specialist Joseph Ribeiro
presented a $100 Steaming Tender gift card
North Brookfield Savings Bank's April Hat Contest Winner
As the warmer weather settles in and spring flowers bloom around us, we all feel appreciative of the gifts this season of growth brings us. For one lucky local resident, the gifts are plentiful and include more than just daffodils and lilacs. Edward Glod, a resident of Three Rivers,
was recently awarded a $100 gift certificate for being the April winner of North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest.
Each month, anyone spotted wearing a North Brookfield Savings Bank hat in the community by a Bank representative is entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to a local establishment.
was spotted wearing his blue North Brookfield Savings Bank hat by Regional Branch Manager Tonya Morrill. Later he visited the Three Rivers branch location to collect his
$100 gift certificate to The Steaming Tender, a local and treasured restaurant located in Palmer.
Dreaming of Vacation?
11 NIGHT EASTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE
NEW YORK (ROUND TRIP)
11/15 - 11/26/2018
What's better than spending the holiday in the CARIBBEAN with the family! This could be the BEST holiday ever!
Ports of Call:
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Basseterre, St. Kitts
- Castries, St. Lucia
- Bridgetown, Barbados
- St. John's, Antigua
- Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
Amenities: Pick TWO:
Ultimate Beverage Package* - 1st and 2nd guests only
Prepaid Service Charges - 1st and 2nd guests only
Internet Package - per cabin
$50 Per Port Shorex Credit - per cabin - max of 4 ports
Dining Package - 1st and 2nd guests only
Cocktail Party - per cabin
20 Photo Package - per cabin
$75 OBC - per cabin
Full payment due on or before July 18, 2018
Call Patti Wilmot to BOOK or with any questions: 800-267-1858
Dream Vacations can do fundraising (raffling a cruise or resort) for any type of event.
Contact Patti for more details.
PLEASE NOTE THE CORRECT WEBSITE ADDRESS FOR DREAM VACATIONS.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Awards $10,000 in Scholarships
to Local High School Students
North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce that the during recent local High School graduation ceremonies the Bank has presented $10,000 in scholarships in an effort to help offset the cost of students attending college.
North Brookfield Savings Bank staff attended the graduation ceremonies and awards nights taking place at each high school to personally present the scholarship certificates to the recipients. From the $10,000 in scholarships presented, North Brookfield Savings Bank awarded a $1,000 scholarship to each of the following students graduating from local high schools:
North Brookfield High School: Konstantina Kapoukranidis
Quaboag Regional High School: Amy Whittemore
David Prouty High School: Connor Scott
Quabbin Regional High School: Benjamin Morin
Tantasqua Regional High School: Skye Audrie Stanger
Ware High School: Nigel Opoku-Achampong
Belchertown High School: Ryan Chrabascz
Palmer High School: Zachary Hershowitz
Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School: Lindsey Kelleher
Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School: Michael Shedd
"We proudly congratulate all graduating students along with the 2018 North Brookfield Savings Bank scholarship recipients for their achievements," said Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. "North Brookfield Savings Bank has always been dedicated to supporting the upcoming generations of our local communities and we are so pleased to contribute to these students' bright futures."
Recipients of the scholarships were within the Bank's geographical footprint and were required to exemplify a commitment to excellence and dedication to their community. The 2018 North Brookfield Savings Bank Scholarship Award recipients were nominated in the spring by the designated scholarship committee at each high school.
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit www.NorthBrookfieldSavingsBank.com.
The Rick Hoyt Sturbridge Half Marathon
Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., Town Commons
Sturbridge Presents a Half-Marathon Honoring Rick Hoyt!
The Town of Sturbridge is proud to be presenting a half-marathon road race to honor Sturbridge resident and ESPN's ESPY Award Winner, Rick Hoyt!
Visit the above link to register as a runner, sign up to volunteer at the event, or become an event sponsor!
The event will be held on September 9, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of historic Sturbridge on this first ever half-marathon to honor Rick Hoyt. This event was recommended by the Sturbridge Special Events Subcommittee as a way of bringing new and exciting events to the Town of Sturbridge.
Proceeds benefit the Hoyt Foundation.
This should be a great time for all.
If you have questions about the event you may contact Kathy Boyer at
July 14 & 15, 2018
RENT A TABLE AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER!!
THE HOLLAND COMMUNITY CENTER, 40 BRIMFIELD ROAD, HOLLAND, MA
SATURDAY JULY 14TH ONLY 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (SET UP 8-9 a.m.)
$10/OUTSIDE TABLE $15/INSIDE TABLE
We will have THE SALVATION ARMY pick up some of your unwanted leftovers after the tag sale at no charge to you.
MAPS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR FREE JULY 11-15
AT HOLLAND COMMNUITY CENTER - HOLLAND MARKET - ROBERT'S GAS STATION - FACEBOOK
DEADLINE TO BE PLACED ON MAP OR TO ORDER A TABLE IS JULY 5.
To place your address on the TOWN WIDE TAG SALE MAP - ($5)
PLEASE CONTACT DEB AT HOLLAND COMMUNITY CENTER
Gazebos Up For Grabs!
Free to a good home!
The campus of OFS, on Hall Road in Sturbridge, will be going completely smoke-free as of July 1. These two, 12-foot octagonal gazebos served as "smoke shacks" for OFS employees but they can be yours free if you are able to transport them safely from OFS to your home or business. They are wired for lights and really worth seeing if you have the space. Available for pick up after July 1. Interested? Contact Jocelyn at
for more information.
Small Office Space For Rent
212 Main Street, Sturbridge
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.
"I just like the beaches in the summer, man."
Dine & Donate, It's that Simple!
Mexicali Mexican Grill
WILL DONATE 20%*
OF YOUR ENTIRE BILL TO CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS PROGRAMS
JOIN OUR FIRST EVER WEEK-LONG FUNDRAISER STARTING ON
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 thru Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Time: 3pm - 10pm
AT EITHER OUR WEBSTER OR SPENCER LOCATIONS
Dine-In or Take Out
Funds collected from the entire week will be used to honor & support children with special needs in our surrounding communities. We have chosen 8 schools currently providing programs for children with special needs. At the end of the week, each school will receive a donation check from Mexicali's Dine & Donate Fundraising Program.
All you need to do is enjoy a wonderful meal &
present this Ad to your server at time of order.
Valid for dine-in or take-out - Webster & Spencer Locations Only
*THIS OFFER ALSO INCLUDES TAKE OUT ORDERS*
*Please present this ad (either printed or electronically to your server).
*Valid for dine-in or take-out Webster & Spencer Locations Only
*Valid during the dates and times listed above only!
*Donations do not include taxes and are calculated before gratuity.
*Cannot be combined with any other offers.
Our Dine & Donate program helps local non-profit organizations!
Stageloft Theater Presents
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell, Directed by Kevin McGerigle
Music Director Leah Marley, Choreographer Jackie McGerigle
June 8 - 24
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film's Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell's new book features verbatim passages from Hugo's gothic novel. The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn't the only one captivated by her free spirit, though - the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies - and it's up to Quasimodo to save them all. A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.
Presented by Special Arrangement with Music Theatre International.
Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions
June 15, 2:00-4:00pm
MOBILE ADOPTION UNIT is coming to Klem's! On the road to saving more lives!
Be sure to stop by and say hi to some of the sweet dogs and cats looking for a new home!
Let adoption help you find your next best friend.
Beat the Heat!
Klem's 117 West Main Street, Spencer 508-885-2708
Salem Cross inn
260 West Main Street, Route 9
West Brookfield, MA
Rich with history, the
Salem Cross Inn
is a restored 18th century farmhouse
nestled on 600 acres of New England countryside.
Read more about what makes our food so wonderful on
Yankee Magazine's Best of Massachusetts 2018 Editors' Choice Awards:
Father's Day Drovers' Roast is SOLD OUT!
Start Making plans now for the fifth season of Farmers' Dinners at Salem Cross Inn...
The inspiration for this menu is solely based on what we have grown here, on our own farm, just steps from our gardens and pastures. The vegetables are grown by our gardener and Bo Salem, the herbs are grown by John Salem and the beef is raised by David Salem. Your dinner is prepared by Chef Laurent and his staff who would love to share tips on their cooking with you. Feel free to join in, ask questions or just meet some new people. We look forward to sharing some great dinners with you at this new dinner series. We'll see you in the garden!
Thursday, August 23
Featuring Local Farm Raised Chicken
Thursday, September 13
Featuring Salem Cross Farm's Beef
And don't forget to check out Murder Mystery Dinners this summer!
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July 22nd and August 12th
These Jokes Are Killing Me...
Lots of laughs, a delicious meal, and a mystery we need your help solving.
Main Dining Room:
Tuesday-Friday- 4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Saturday- 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sunday- 12:00 PM-8:00 PM
Tuesday-Friday- 4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Live music every Friday starting at 6:30 PM
Salem Cross Inn will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.
Make Music and More at Hitchcock This Month
On Thursday, June 21st, Hitchcock Academy will be hosting Make Music Day, a celebration of summer! We welcome all who enjoy music to stop in and share in the festivities that include performances by local favorites, Hitchcock instructors and opportunities to share in making some with Tim Kane and his drum circle or in the Kazoo Finale at 8 PM.
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.
BUDDIES DOG TRAINING: This dog training basics class is for canines of all ages (puppies welcome) and provides positive training methods, good management practices, and problem-solving strategies. The first week is mandatory, and dogs do not attend. Vaccinations must be up-to-date. Children under 14 must be with an adult. (6 classes) Dates: Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 PM Fee: $130 per dog. Instructor: Laurie Merritt, M.Ed, Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or www.hitchcockacademy.org to register.
Are Habits That Don't Serve You Holding You Back?
Then it's time to Change Your Habitudes . . .
Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Sturbridge, MA
Negative thinking patterns can limit the quality of life you desire.
Learn how to transcend those limitations to achieve your goals and get
to that next level in your life.
At an early age we developed emotional habits and patterns - Habitudes- that influence how we perceive and move through our lives. Some Habitudes serve us, others do not. Regardless, these Habitudes determine the outcomes in our lives.
"Rita is a gifted speaker with a heart for helping others in their growth process. Her focus on personal fulfillment as a worthwhile goal is refreshing." Laurie Nelson, Attendee, Habitudes 2.0 Workshop, April 2018
So how do we change these Habitudes that do not serve us? How do we make the shift towards positive thoughts and actions? By exploring, breaking down, and understanding the Habitude process.
Change Your Habitudes 2.0 will:
- Examine habit formation and its effect on behavior
- Help you uncover the Negative Habitudes holding you back
- Examine key decisions that direct your actions
- Explore core beliefs and the choices that may not be serving you
- Offer strategies for releasing those negative thought patterns
"Opened my eyes for my future projects. Very interesting and informative." Joan Campanale, Attendee, Habitudes 2.0 Workshop, April 2018
You will also learn how to break the negative Habitude cycle through reframing using the process of Strategic Goal Mapping - a creative and graphic goal-mapping technique.
Strategic Goal Mapping (SGM) is a system I developed that incorporates the highly effective graphic technique of mind-mapping with a Habitude analysis action plan. By mapping out your Habitudes in a visual way, you connect thoughts, emotions and behaviors around a central goal and create an action plan that works.
"I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and highly recommend it to anyone feeling stuck or ready to make changes in their life...
The genuineness of presentation; [Rita's] passion and energy is inspiring."
Kristina LeDuc, attendee, Change Your Habitudes, Change Your Life Workshop, October 2017
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First Time Home Buyer Seminar
Come learn about the home buying process!
Join us and our guest speakers, Nancy J. Coderre, Attorney At Law and 1Worcester Homes Realtor, Jaci Smith, as we discuss the following topics:
- To buy or not to buy
- How to qualify and what loans are available
- How to find your perfect home
- Why credit matters
- The role of a realtor and an attorney throughout the home buying process
Reserve your spot today for this FREE seminar!
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Southbridge Credit Union Hobbs Brook Branch
120 Charlton Road, Sturbridge
Light refreshments and snacks will be served. Plus, all who attend will be entered for a chance to win a
$100* gift card to Home Depot!
*Must be present to win raffle. No purchase necessary to enter. One entry per attendee. Membership to Southbridge Credit Union requires a one-time interest-earning deposit of $5.00 in a prime share account. Equal Housing Opportunity. Equal Opportunity Employer. Federally Insured by NCUA. NMLS #616673.
Summer Concerts on the Commons
June 21: Throwback to the 60s (Lighter side of the 60s)
Sturbridge Tourist Association
June 28: Pandemonium (A-Z Dance Rock) Betterment
All concerts start at 6pm on the Sturbridge Town Common. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Please be mindful of those around you who are listening to the concert. Please refrain from parking directly on the Town Common. Thank you and enjoy the concerts!
July 1: Los Sugar Kings (Cuban Jazz Fusion)
United Lens Company, Inc.
Music, good quality, family friendly entertainment! All performances are 6-8 pm
Southbridge Common (1 Mechanic St)
: Tequila Bonfire
June 27: Blind Tiger Swing Posse
Wednesdays 7pm-9pm on the Common. Rte 67 & 9.
Bring chairs, blankets, picnics, and BUG SPRAY!
Klem's Customer Appreciation Weekend
Customer Appreciation! We've been Serving The Community For 70 Years!
Shopping Cart Sale! Fill It Up & Save BIG! June 22nd, 23rd & 24th!
15% OFF Anything You Can Fit In Your Cart - When You Donate $5 to help establish the proposed Spencer Dog Park at Luther Hill!
Excludes gift cards, previous purchases, power equipment, sale items, rental, parts
and equipment service.
To establish a beautiful, fenced-in, off-leash dog park where well-behaved dogs and their owners/friends have a safe, well-maintained area for recreation and socialization in the
Town of Spencer.
Find out more: www.spencerma.gov/Pages/SpencerMA_Bcomm/ParksRec/index
Saturday, June 23rd & Sunday, June 24th from 11am-2pm:
- 50¢ Hot Dogs & Soda! Proceeds benefit the Dog Park.
- Sno-Cones & Gourmet Food Sampling!
- Kids Activities!
- Spin the Klem's Prize Wheel!
- Raffles! Enter to Win A $100.00 Klem's Gift Card!
- On-site appearance on Saturday by Jake The Lion, The Bravehearts Mascot!
117 West Main Street, Spencer 508-885-2708
Tuesday, June 26, 2018, Noon-2:00pm
Holland Community Center, 40 Brimfield Road, Holland, MA
Join us for our 4th Annual Tea Party on Tuesday, June 26th at Noon. This year we are going to have a Roaring 20's Theme and have it held outside under white tents. Singer, Tammy Casavant, will keep us entertained with songs from the 20's while we eat tasty sandwiches and play yard games like Giant Chess, Bocce Ball, Croquet, Horse Shoes, and more.
RSVP as soon as possible to 413-245-3163. $2 Suggested donation.
If you would like to sponsor a table, please let us know.
Sponsorship would include bringing 8 tea cups, plates, napkins, a center piece, and serving platters for the sandwiches. Everyone is invited!
Our new Members at Holland Community Center have a lot going on!
Check their calendar for a wide array of fun, entertaining and educational events!
The Perfect Dinner Conversation
Interested in a career that offers independence, flexibility and unlimited earning potential? Consider a career as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones.
Join local Financial Advisors for dinner as they share their experiences growing a business.
You'll learn about our unique business model, our extensive training programs and our network of supportive colleagues across the country. If you demonstrate leadership skills and strong initiative, we can teach you how to build a financial services practice.
Join us for this event and take the first step toward a rewarding career.
Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Federal
135 Cooper Street
Agawam, MA 01001
Register with Karen: 508.347.1420
Edward Jones does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
With more than 200 pinball machines, activities for children, food, and craft beer,
Pintastic is an event for the whole family.
Get your tickets and learn more at
Rewards Night at the Worcester Bravehearts!
Klem's Rewards Exclusive! Tickets Only $5!
Save With Your EXCLUSIVE Discounted Ticket Valid For Klem's Rewards Members ONLY!
Fitton Field, Worcester
Choose From 4 Select Games With Fireworks Show:
Friday, June 29th
Friday, July 20th
Friday, July 27th
Friday, August 3rd
Simply show your Rewards Card at the main gate on a select game date to receive the discount!
Seats are based on availability.
Klem's 117 West Main Street, Spencer 508-885-2708
Quaboag Historical Society's Music at the Museum
June 30, 11:00am to 2:30pm
A fun afternoon can be had by all at the
Quaboag Historical Society Museum
, 27 Front Street in West Brookfield on Saturday, June 30 from 11:00-2:30. The local band, the Outlanders, composed of Rick and Janet Baskowski
with special guest Bob Zabielski on upright bass and flute. Rick and Janet will be picking and strumming away, Rick on his banjo and Janet on guitar.
"This is something we've been looking forward to for a long time. Not only do we want to provide good music but we want people to have a chance to see the museum and learn more about the Society, what we do and how we do it," says Co-president Amy Dugas.
The museum has many wonderful exhibits and interesting artifacts from throughout the six Plantation towns from Native American items that are thousands of years old to those from business and industry and all things related to Lucy Stone, a pioneer in the struggle for women's rights.
The Outlanders will play from 12:00-2:00 and food and refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend.
"The six towns making up the Plantation area," says Co-president Ed Londergan, "New Braintree, Warren, North Brookfield, Brookfield, West Brookfield and East Brookfield, have a long and fascinating history. The area was inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years, settled by the English in 1665-353 years ago-and was a center for business, industry and recreation for many years."
The Quaboag Historical Society was begun in 1895, by a group of residents of the original Quaboag area who saw the need for preservation of its history and artifacts. The Executive Board works to maintain interest in the Society and the Museum. Additionally, it promotes an interest in Quaboag Plantation's beginning and continuing existence.
The museum is open every other Saturday and by appointment. Reference materials are available, artifacts are on display, and attendance and participation are welcomed.
Fourth of July and The Charlotte's Web Experience
Old Sturbridge Village
Independence: Fourth of July
An old-fashioned good time will be had by all on Independence Day at Old Sturbridge Village. Visitors will have the chance to take part in a citizens' parade, play 19th-century style "baseball," march with the militia, make a tri-cornered hat, and sign their "John Hancocks" on a giant copy of the Declaration of Independence. Summer barbecue food will be available for purchase along with beer and wine; visitors may also enjoy a picnic on the Common. Children and families will especially enjoy a little physical activity and friendly competition with "Farm Yard Games."
An exciting feature of the Independence Day festivities is the firing of a reproduction cannon. The cannon has been in production for a few years and is a working model of a "Heavy 3-Pounder," meant to fire 3-pound balls. The cast-iron cannon barrel was made in the 1970s by the LaPans Foundry in Hudson Falls, New York, and purchased by Old Sturbridge Village a few years ago.
Watch and be inspired by a citizen naturalization ceremony on the Village Common. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present scores of candidates to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and they will pledge their Oath of Allegiance to the United States for the very first time. Old Sturbridge Village Singers will perform patriotic songs during the ceremony.
"Declaring Independence" Returns
Two times during the day, six costumed re-enactors will render the words of the Declaration line by line, assisted by a narrator who sets these words in their rich historical context. Some lines will be familiar to all; others - especially the many grievances that justified altering an ancient government - will receive background and commentary. As the re-enactors dramatize these 18th-century words and ideas, the narrator will draw out their meaning and challenge the audience to consider their relevance and power for today.
"Declaring Independence" is part of a multi-year joint initiative of Freedom's Way National Heritage Area and the American Antiquarian Society to engage citizens in the ideas and transformative potential of the Declaration of Independence. This initiative includes researching the ways in which independence was conceived and debated within colonial communities in the years leading up to 1776; tracing how the Declaration's role evolved in American communities; and considering the challenges and potential of this living document for Americans today.
This summer, Old Sturbridge Village and Brian Clowdus Experiences bring the beloved story of Charlotte's Web to life at the Freeman Farm with a live musical production based on the classic and beloved tale by E.B. White. This production is a reinvented version of the story, set in a timeless New England era that honors the 1830s but with a modern license to breathe fresh air into the story!
In addition to the performance, tour the Village for a "Charlotte's Web Summer" where you can visit our adorable piglets, see costumed historians re-constructing the Allen Piggery, weaving and spinning yarn, blacksmithing, farming, making tin objects, and demonstrating other aspects of 19th-century life, and special exhibits.
An abundance of dining options will be available throughout the museum including our Tap Room Restaurant, Bullard Tavern Café, Ice Cream Shop, as well as a Charlotte's Web-themed eatery and concession adjacent to the performance area.
Written by Joseph Robinette, based on the book by E.B. White. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Illinois.
Show Dates & Times:
Shows will take place Wednesday - Sunday from July 5 thru August 26 (except no shows on August 4-5 due to Redcoats & Rebels).
Shows times are 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. Performances are just under an hour in length and take place on the Freeman Farm. Please plan to arrive at least 40 minutes prior to show time to allow sufficient time to check in and walk to the farm.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
CHAMBER OF CENTRAL MASS SOUTH CONFERENCE ROOM
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
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.
We are grateful to our community partners!
Guests are always welcome!!
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.
Click on the image to browse our catalog of training courses!
Save these Dates!
June 15: Country For A Cause
June 17: Happy Father's Day!
June 19: Change Your Habitudes 2.0 with Rita Schiano
June 20: Ribbon Cutting: The Center of Hope's Sturbridge Day Habilitation & Kitchen
June 21: GOLF CLASSIC & 1st Day of Summer!
June 22-24: Customer Appreciation Weekend at Klem's
June 26: Brown Bag Seminar: 21 FAQs About Going Solar
June 28: Edward Jones Financial Advisor Career Dinner
June 28-July 1: Pintastic Pinball & Game Room Expo
July 10: Fun at Five at Old Sturbridge Village with Dexter Russell (Details coming soon!)
August 2: Chamber Summer Outing: A New England Clambake at The Publick House
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