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In This Issue
Holiday Fun at Five
How to Paint/Wallpaper Your Home the Right Way
"Paperless" Reminder
Fall/Winter Visitor Guides
2017 Annual Awards
Membership Directory Photo Contest
Harrington Achieves 12th Straight "A" for Safety
Small Business Saturday
NBSB Donates to Local Food Pantries
bankHometown: Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Cornerstone Bank Annual Food Drive
TLGV: Photo Contest
Harrington Auxiliary Sponsors Self-Defense Presentation
Mrs. Claus Returns to NBSB
EANE: "2017 Employer of Choice" Recognition
Katarzyna Pomianowski, M.D. Joins Harrington
Raffle to Support New Hope
December Passport Day
WIB Networking Socials
Office Space For Rent
Thanksgiving Traditions
Auxiliary Bake & Gift Sale
Gary McKinstry at OSV
Salem Cross Inn Events
Explore the Dark Skies
Burn the Bird
Country Folk Art Craft Show
Winter Wonderettes
Trot with Ted.
Brunch With Santa
Deck the Hall
Workforce Central: Job Day
Festival of {Giving} Trees
A Bach Baroque Christmas
Annual Greens Sale
Village Toastmasters
Free Saturday Tastings
24/7 Training
Save these Dates!
CFAS 2017
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jocelyn Callis
Jessica Bettencourt
1st Vice Chair
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision
Cindy Howard 
Immediate Past Chair

Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group  

Jessica Bettencourt

Susan Collins
Bank Hometown

Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union 
Rich Eihacker

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Nathan Hardt
Joe Klimavich
Helios Mako

Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union

Laurie Nelson
Christopher Heights 
Mary O'Coin

Rita Schiano 

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co. 
Jim Donahue
Honorary Board Member
Padgett D. Berthiaume

Chamber Staff

Alexandra McNitt
 Executive Director

Paulette Hughes
Finance & Administration

Jack Starkey
Communications Specialist 

Chamber Links

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Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary  

Greetings from the Chamber of Central Mass South!

Welcome to November's CROSSROADS EVENTS!
Here come the Holidays and many ways to celebrate! Register today for our annual Holiday Fun at Five, our last chance to party and network with our Members and friends in 2017. We also have an engaging seminar on tap the week after Thanksgiving, these are always free for Members. Learn from the pros at Michael Wales Painting Company how to paint and/or wallpaper your home the right way. There is so much to be thankful for as we wrap up the year! We wish you a very warm, happy and safe start to your holidays!   
Got news? Thank you for emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads!
Keep posting your 2017 events to our online events calendar! We love sharing them with our readers! 
Extra for Experts! Connect with us on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest for more from your Chamber!  
Monday, December 11  
The Publick House Historic Inn
277 Main Street, Sturbridge
Join us for some holiday cheer with our Members and Guests on the evening of
Tuesday, December 5th!
The final Fun at Five of the year will be  
a glittering celebration at
The Publick House in Sturbridge
featuring fantastic food, a joyous atmosphere in a glowing hall, many great prizes and surprises, a 50/50 Raffle, and your chance to celebrate the season with your fellow Members!  
We will be collecting for TOYS FOR TOTS at
Holiday Fun at Five. If you are able to donate an unwrapped new toy, your contribution would be most welcome and help spread holiday joy and smiles to the less fortunate.
Thank you for your generosity!
We look forward to celebrating with you!
RSVP by phone at 508-347-2761 or email   
Cost: $10 for pre-registered Members,
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
Thank you to our  
Holiday Fun at Five Sponsor!
New England  
Custom Closets 
New England Custom Closets is a local, family-owned and run business (not a franchise) specializing in Custom Closet Designs and installations for both Reach-In and Walk-In Closets along with Custom Mudrooms, Laundry Rooms, Pantries, Entry-ways, In-Home offices, AIP (Aging In Place to preserve the quality of life allowing our loved ones to remain in their homes as they get older), Garage Systems and recently we have added the Omega Bathroom Cabinet/Vanity Line.
We offer Free In-Home Consultation to understand your Desires, Needs and Budget, then create a Custom Design for your lovely home. Partnered with, we have testimonials with a 5-Star rating.
At New England Custom Closets,
We Organize Your Life... One Hanger At A Time...
Serving MA & CT.  
860-741-6809 or 774-219-3444
CMS Chamber Brown Bag Seminar
How to Paint/Wallpaper 
Your Home the Right Way,
and Make it Last.
with Michael & Alise, Michael L. Wales Painting
Tuesday, November 28 at Noon
Chamber Conference Room, 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge

FREE for CMS Chamber Members,  
$15 for non-Members.
Space is Limited!  Please RSVP by November 27.

Call 508-347-2761 or email to save your spot! Feel free to bring your lunch. Use our microwave to heat it up! Relax, learn and grow with us!

This seminar will focus on the major reasons that some home owners' painting projects fail to turn out how the owner hoped. From prep work to priming, to tips on hanging and repairing wallpaper. We will help you to recognize and avoid some of the pits and pratfalls that cause early failures of your planned projects.

Michael Wales has been in the painting/wallpapering/handy man business for 32 years. His company Michael L. Wales Painting Company, has worked on many different types of projects, from hotel repairs and painting to wallpapering in schools and private homes. For the last several years Michael's daughter Alise has been working with him first as a painter/paper hanger, and "moving up the ladder" to project manager, and now as a working partner. She has been in the painting trade for 16 years.

As a local business we have had the opportunity to work with the following individuals and businesses: Table 3 Restaurant Group, Steve Phifer Builders, Tree House Brewing, Old Sturbridge Village, Hampton Inn, towns of Sturbridge, Southbridge, Holland, Monson, Wales, Brimfield, as well as Flynn Construction and many local home owners.

We always strive to do things to the best of any painter's abilities, and live by two mottos:
"Do it right or stay home!"
"Quality work done by professionals"

Reach Michael L. Wales Painting by phone at (413) 245-7368. Or online at
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Reminder: Chamber to Go "Paperless",
Eliminating Hard Mailing in 2018

With global warming and excessive CO2 polluting the environment, the world has begun to see the value in going "green". Going paperless by utilizing electronic document management systems and related technology helps cut down on deforestation and pollution, leaving more trees to do the dirty work of absorbing carbon dioxide, and slowing down global climate change.

In an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and save on the ever-increasing cost of paper, labor and postage, starting in January, the Chamber will eliminate its monthly "snail" mailings. All communications from the Chamber will be delivered electronically via Constant Contact. Please stay tuned to your email inbox for networking invitations, special programs and other notifications from your Chamber of Commerce.
Member2Member Discounts! 
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'Tis the season... t o use your M2M Card! 
Discounts from Members...  
for Members!  
Click the M2M logo for all current discounts! 
Discover Central Ma  
Discover Central Massachusetts has created a great Visitors Guide for the Fall & Winter and we have them in quantity at the Chamber office! Give us a ring or come by if you would like some to distribute!
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2017 Chamber Annual Awards: Help Us Recognize Greatness! 

The Chamber of Central Mass South is currently seeking nominations for three awards to be presented at our Annual Meeting in January. The awards are described in general below. To submit a nomination you may download the complete awards criteria and nomination forms here:

Deadline for Nominations is Friday, December 8, 2017.  
General Awards Criteria
  • Recipient must have demonstrated excellence in their business or profession by conducting an ethical, profitable business.
  • They must also have shown dedication to the community and to the Chamber by giving time, energy and resources.
  • They must be a member in good standing of the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce (except Citizen of the Year recipient).
  • Nominated individuals must be actively involved in the day to day management of the member business.
  • Board members currently in office are NOT eligible.
Business of the Year
Presented to an outstanding business in the community. They must have been in business at least 2 years and meet the general criteria listed above.
Chamber Volunteer of the Year
Awarded to an outstanding volunteer who has shown a consistent individual contribution through recruiting volunteers for Chamber projects, donating time to Chamber activities, events, projects, committees, and is a positive representative of the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce and the region's business community.  Recipients must meet the general criteria listed above.
Citizen of the Year
This award was created to recognize individuals who have demonstrated leadership in community projects and organizations and are involved in the betterment of the community through active civic participation. Presented to the individual who has demonstrated outstanding civic leadership to the community. They must live or work within the Central Mass South Chamber's service area and be active in more than one organization. They must have community involvement above and beyond professional obligations and have had input that made a positive impact on the Central Mass South region. Consideration will be given to both financial and volunteer/community service contributions. Elected officials currently in office are NOT eligible.

Questions? Call the Chamber office at 508-347-2761.
Annual Membership Directory Photo Contest 
We are seeking amazing photos to showcase  
our region in all 4 glorious seasons!
4 seasons
The Chamber of Central Mass South is calling on all photographers, amateur and professional, to submit images which represent the four seasons in our area. The photos cannot contain any distinguishable advertising or business entities. Submit one or all four seasons!
There will be one winning photo chosen for each season, selected by the Chamber's Promotions Committee. The 4 winning seasonal photos will be used on the cover of the 2018 Membership Directory and the runners up may be used in the Chamber's Annual Report and the 2018 Membership Directory with a photo credit to the photographers.
The photos must be high resolution (300 d.p.i. or greater)
and submitted digitally by email to Alix.
by noon on November 29.
Thank you in advance for your best shots of our towns!
Southbridge, Sturbridge, Charlton, Brimfield, The Brookfields,
Holland, Spencer, Wales, Warren, Northern CT
Chamber of Central Mass South
Questions? 508-347-2761
Harrington Hospital Achieves 12th Straight "A" for Safety;  
Patient Experience Scores on the Rise
The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare rating organization, announced updated Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades and awarded Harrington Hospital an elite designation of "Straight As" for its ongoing achievements in patient safety.
Harrington is one of only 59 hospitals in the United States and the only hospital in central Massachusetts, to be awarded an "A" consistently since 2012. 
The only other hospitals in Massachusetts to receive 12 straight A's include Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, St. Anne's Hospital in Fall River, Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, Cape Cod Hospital, Addison Gilbert in Gloucester and Beverly Hospital.
"To be one of only 59 hospitals in the entire country to receive 12 straight 'A' grades for our efforts to keep our patients safe is a remarkable achievement and one we are proud to accept," said Ed Moore, President and CEO.
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient-safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
The grade comes on the heels of other notable achievements within Harrington's quality department. Recent Press Ganey scores indicate the hospital is not only meeting but surpassing its patient satisfaction goals, landing in the 96th percentile for outpatient services (with a goal of 90th percentile), achieving 78.1 for inpatient services (with a goal of 74.4) and exceeding scores in the Emergency Department with 72 out of a projected 70.6. 

Nationwide, Press Ganey supports more than 26,000 health care providers in understanding and improving the entire patient experience through measures like census-based surveys and engagement efforts.

In addition, recent results from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) show an increase in the number of patients recommending Harrington Hospital and citing improvements on measures like communication with doctors, care transitions, and hospital environment.
The CAHPS® Hospital Survey is a core set of 21 questions that pertain to patient perspectives on care. The survey complements data hospitals currently collect to support improvements in internal customer services and quality related activities.
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Small Biz Saturday
Are you ready for Small Business Saturday®?
November 25, 2017

Shop Small is an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small businesses and celebrating communities across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, Small Business Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

On Small Business Saturday® in 2016, 112 million shoppers showed their love for their favorite spots, and spent a reported $15.4 billion at small businesses like yours.

Help attract even more customers on November 25 with the Shop Small® Studio.
You can create customizable marketing materials for your physical location, online shop
and social media with the Shop Small® Studio - in less than 2 minutes.

Visit this link to get started!
and thank you for Keeping It Local!
NBSB Donates $3,500 to Local Food Pantries  
and Thanks Generous Community
North Brookfield Savings Bank donates $3,500 to local food pantries along with the generously donated food items collected from community members and Bank employees. Shown at the West Brookfield Branch location are Meagan Brousseau, West Brookfield Assistant Branch Manager; Julie Burkhardt, Teller; Kim Brown, West Brookfield Branch Manager; Jamie Hubacz, Teller and Leslie Guertin, Teller.
The season of giving is often times a feel good season but also one that reminds us that there are some, if not many among us who still struggle daily. For North Brookfield Savings Bank, it is a priority to help those in our local communities and that is exactly why for 10 years they have proudly hosted the Fall Food Drive in their branches during October.
North Brookfield Savings Bank proudly donated $3,500 to local food pantry organizations to support those who are in need and to help fund the pantries' operations.
"It is our duty as a local business to do our part to help our friends and neighbors in need. The Bank's contribution along with the many donated items will help fill the shelves of food pantries and do just that for local community members," said Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. "We would like to express our deepest thanks to the outstanding citizens who donated food items at our branches."

The Annual Fall Harvest Food Drive is just one of the many local outreach events held by North Brookfield Savings Bank to help address the needs of the communities it serves. From November 1 through December 11, NBSB will continue the tradition of collecting gifts for children of local struggling families through the NBSB Annual Holiday Toy Drive being held at all of the Bank's branches. In addition, Belchertown Santa Day on Saturday, November 25 and the West Brookfield White Christmas Open House with Mrs. Claus on Sunday, December 3, are also great opportunities to visit and contribute to the Annual Toy Drive, all while getting your photo with some admired holiday guests.
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit .
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bankHometown Launches 14th Annual  
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign

bankHometown kicks off its 14th Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign on November 1st with a challenge to local residents to help support local food pantries and a way for the bank and its customers to make a real difference in the lives of local residents.

Customers of the bank and community members are invited to be a "Hometown Hero" for a $1 donation or a "Hometown Superhero" for a $5 donation. bankHometown then matches donations dollar for dollar and splits the funds among food pantries that serve the areas surrounding each of its thirteen offices in Massachusetts and Connecticut. In addition to the in-branch fund drive, Hometown Bank also sends a letter to business customers inviting their help and contributions, which the bank also matches dollar for dollar.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors donations benefit the Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf at the United Methodist Church in Oxford; Food Share, a Southbridge-based program that serves residents of Sturbridge, Charlton and Southbridge; the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Sacred Heart Church in Webster; the Athol Salvation Army Food Pantry; CARE Food Pantry in Clinton, the Auburn Youth and Family Services, Inc. Food Pantry and Ginny's Helping Hand in Leominster. The Connecticut pantries being served are Daily Bread in Putnam; Friends of Assisi in Killingly and Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG) in Thompson.

Last year's campaign concluded with a total donation of $17,500.00, with individual checks in the amount of $2,500.00 were presented to each of the seven participating food pantries. To date, more than $117,500.00 has been distributed through this program.

Hometown Bank is a $400 million mutual bank with offices in Massachusetts (Athol, Auburn, Leominster, Oxford, South Lancaster, Sturbridge and Webster) and Connecticut (Putnam, Brooklyn, Killingly, Thompson, and Woodstock).
Cornerstone Bank Holds Annual Food Drive
Items to be collected at all locations through today 
Cornerstone Bank is hosting a food drive through November 15 to assist local food pantries in their aim to combat hunger and help those in need.
From now until November 15, customers and local residents are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items to any of Cornerstone Bank's 15 branch locations.
Drop-off locations include:
  • 2 Center Depot Road, Charlton
  • 1073 Main Street, Holden
  • 121 S. Main Street, Leicester
  • Route 20 & 56, North Oxford
  • 93 Main Street, Rutland
  • 253-257 Main Street, Southbridge
  • 495 E. Main Street (inside Big Y), Southbridge
  • 176 Main Street, Spencer
  • 72 W. Main Street, Spencer
  • 130 W. Main Street, Spencer
  • 200 Charlton Road, Sturbridge
  • 968 Main Street, Warren
  • 86 Worcester Road, Webster
  • 230 Park Avenue, Worcester
  • 70 W. Boylston Street, Worcester
"This is a great opportunity to support our local food pantries and help our neighbors in need during the holiday season," said Cornerstone Bank Chairman & CEO K. Michael Robbins.
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.
Explore The Last Green Valley - Photo Contest Winners Announced
2018 Explore Cover

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) announces the 13 winners of this year's Calendar Photo Contest.  The winning images were chosen from more than 80 entries by a committee and were selected based on their composition, subject matter and ability to capture the unique spirit of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. The photos will be highlighted on the cover and monthly calendar pages of the "2018 - Explore The Last Green Valley Calendar."

The coveted 2018 cover shot, "Building Beaver," was taken in Pomfret, CT by Karyn DiBonaventura of Pomfret Center, CT.  

January features "Spotted Beauty," captured by Julia Roemer of Pomfret Center.  Eleanor Linkkila of Hampton, CT, was the winner for February with "Respite from the Storm," photographed in Hampton.  

"Early Ferns, Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary," was photographed at the Hampton sanctuary by Richard Telford of Pomfret Center, and is the winner for March.  April features "Sunset at the Dam" by Ken Carpenter of Danielson, CT, which was taken from West Thompson Lake Boat Ramp, in Thompson, CT.  Robert Johnson of Eastford, CT photographed "Up Up and Away" at the baseball field in Eastford for May's winning shot.  

"Iridescence" was taken by Sarah Hamby of Brooklyn, CT for the June photo. "Sunflower" by Halina Glowacka of Killingly, CT was chosen for the July calendar page. Robin Ungeheuer of Putnam, CT won the August calendar page with her shot of "American Kestrel," which was taken in Eastford.

Amy Ranta of Danielson, photographed  "Gazillion Gourds" in Pomfret won the September calendar page.  Marcy Lambiras of Putnam captured "Autumn Colors Along the Putnam River Trail" in Putnam for October's winning image.  November's photo, "Bye Local" was taken in Brooklyn by Karin Genard of Uncasville, CT.  December is graced by "Winters Quiet" by Robin Ungeheuer of Putnam.    

The "2018 - Explore The Last Green Valley Calendar" is filled with interesting tidbits about the natural and cultural history of the National Heritage Corridor.  The calendar is on sale soon for $15.  Please call the TLGV Office at 860-774-3300 to order a copy. All proceeds support The Last Green Valley's programs to protect our natural and historic resources. TLGV is a 501-c3 non-profit.

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.  A dynamic nonprofit organization, TLGV works for you in the National Heritage Corridor.  We help you to care for it, enjoy, and pass it on!
Harrington Auxiliary Sponsors Self-Defense Presentation
Self Defense
Karen Spiewak and John Grondalski demonstrate ways to escape an attacker. 

Two near-abduction attempts when she was a child inspired Karen Spiewak to seek ways to keep herself, and others, safe. After earning a first-degree black belt and a Masters in Health Education, she continued her pursuit of safety tactics and developed a program that teaches effective strategies to avoid potentially dangerous situations and how to handle threatening confrontations.

On Wednesday, November 1, Spiewak presented "Defend Yourself: Prepared, Not Scared" at Harrington Hospital, a program sponsored by the Harrington Auxiliary.

Spiewak created the program more than ten years ago and has presented it to students in middle and high school and college, to senior centers and a variety of other individuals, groups and organizations. The program emphasizes that age and physical limitations are not barriers to maintaining personal safety. Rather, the best form of self-defense is non-physical. "You have to use your head, your psychological and analytical skills," Spiewak said. "Physical skills are a last resort."
"Self-defense simplified" is best achieved by practicing the "four A's," according to Spiewak. She emphasized the importance of acknowledging that all individuals are potential victims; being aware of surroundings; avoiding possible confrontations; and taking action, when necessary, using readily-available items, such as keys, an umbrella, hair spray and other commonplace objects.

In addition to delivering a lively, informative demonstration, Spiewak provided tip sheets, a link to a family watchdog website and mobile safety apps.

The Harrington Auxiliary presents several programs throughout the year that range from educational and informational to entertaining and interactive. Harrington Auxiliary, established in 1932, is a non-profit organization of dedicated and impassioned volunteers whose mission is to support and enhance the excellent services provided by the Harrington HealthCare System. For more information or to join the Auxiliary, contact Kelly Hibbard, manager of Volunteer Services, at 508-765-6472.
Mrs. Claus Returns to North Brookfield Savings Bank in West Brookfield 
FREE photos with Mrs. Claus, refreshments, crafts and a drawing!
Mrs Claus at NBSB
The holiday season is one that brings joy for many and North Brookfield Savings Bank likes to do their part to bring a little joy too. That is why they are always sure to invite special guest Mrs. Claus to their West Brookfield Branch White Christmas Open House, taking place this year on
Sunday, December 3rd from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Route 9 location.
Mrs. Claus will be absolutely delighted to take FREE photos with children and pets and will be sure to relay any gift wish list items to Santa Claus in the North Pole. Plus, guests will have a chance to enjoy warm cider and cookies, an opportunity to create a fun-filled and festive craft project, and a chance to win the very impressive North Brookfield Savings Bank drawing basket!
White Christmas attendees may even see some of Santa's cheerful elves that took the trip all the way from the North Pole to North Brookfield Savings Bank. They will be walking around the West Brookfield common area handing out fancy lollipops and North Brookfield Savings Bank pens, which come in handy to write letters to Santa.
As part of its Annual Toy Drive, NBSB will be accepting new, unopened toys for children ages infant to 12 years old, in support of the West Brookfield Police Association Holiday Toy Program. All donations, whether toy donations or monetary donations are welcome, but not required. The bank will match every dollar donated and contribute $1 for every toy collected, up to $250 per branch.
"We are so glad to participate once again, especially with it being the 25 th anniversary of the Annual White Christmas in West Brookfield event. We love hosting our Open House at our West Brookfield branch and sharing in the joy with families as they visit with Mrs. Claus," said North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger. "We are thankful to the community members who work incredibly hard to make this event possible. It is such a fun gathering that gives attendees the chance to create warm holiday memories and support local businesses."
White Christmas in West Brookfield is an annual town-wide celebration, highlighted by hayrides, open houses, a puppet show, an elf hunt for kids, culminating in the tree lighting on the town common with the holiday concert at the Great Hall.
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PeoplesBank of MA and RI Quality Institute Receive  
"2017 Employer of Choice" Recognition
Applicants Focused on Employee Engagement and Community Involvement
EANE Winners
Pictured here are representatives of the winning organizations, Janice Mazzallo, Executive Vice President for PeoplesBank (far left); Michelle Dexter, Director of Human Resources for Rhode Island Quality Institute (far right); and EANE President Meredith Wise (middle).

PeoplesBank and Rhode Island Quality Institute were recently recognized as Employer of Choice Award recipients by the Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE). The awards were given at EANE's Employment Law and HR Practices Conference luncheon at the Sheraton Monarch Place in Springfield, MA on November 2nd.

Employer of Choice awards recognize companies and organizations for developing workplaces that value employees, foster  engagement, invest in training and reward performance. Past winners view the award as a cornerstone of their company credentials and often highlight the award in recruiting and retention, grants and funding applications, and business development. All winners receive a professional, customized video that spotlights the organizations's achievements.

"Trending in this group of applications were achievements in both employee engagement and community involvement. Overall, we've seen an increase in progressive benefits," said Meredith Wise, President of EANE. "As always, our entries continue to be inspiring."

PeoplesBank showed their significant cultural push for employee innovation, engagement, performance and development.  Working with their team of highly committed employees, they focus on customer satisfaction and caring for their communities and the environment. The tagline "A passion for what is possible" is evident.

Based in Holyoke, PeoplesBank is the largest community bank in Western Massachusetts providing banking and other financial services.  Learn more about the winners and see the video here.

Rhode Island Quality Institute showcased how all employees are deeply engaged and committed to its mission and core values. The organization has closely linked its core values to every aspect of employment lifecycle, including recruiting, onboarding, performance management, wellness programs and more. Its peer recognition program was outstanding.

Based in Providence, the Rhode Island Quality Institute's (RIQI) mission is to significantly improve the quality, safety, and value of health care in Rhode Island.  Learn more about the winners and see the video here.

Employers from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island who have been in business for at least three years and have a minimum of 25 employees are eligible to participate; both the company size and its resources are considered in the screening and selection process. Entrants are judged in areas that include: company culture, training and development, communication, recognition and reward, and more.

Serving employers in the Northeast for over 100 years, EANE provides resources for organizations to maximize employee engagement and retention while minimizing risk.  More than 800 members utilize the human resource information/hotline, learning and development and specialized human resource services.
Katarzyna Pomianowski, M.D., Family Medicine,  
Joins Harrington Physician Services
Katarzyna Pomianowski Katarzyna Pomianowski, M.D., has joined the Harrington Physician Services Brimfield office at 255 E. Old Sturbridge Road.
Dr. Pomianowski will join Drs. James Goodwin and Ruth Benet, as well as Nurse Practitioners Kayla Cross and Kimberly Vetal. Patients interested in scheduling an appointment should call (413) 245-3389.
Dr. Pomianowski will provide comprehensive and coordinated patient care for adult and pediatric patients. She is also available to consult and schedule referrals for specialist services including nutrition, mental health, oncology and orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Pomianowski received her medical degree from Akademia Medyczna K. Marcinkowskiego in Poznan, Poland. She completed a family medicine fellowship at Boston University and residency at Pennsylvania State University.
Online Raffle to Support New Hope!
New hope raffle
Get your tickets today to support New Hope, Inc and you may be a winner!

Attleboro Jewelers has created this amazing prize package valued at $1200.00. Raffle chances are only $10 each. Purchase your raffle chance today.

Prize includes: The Deluxe 12 Days of Christmas Chamilia Gift Set - featuring 12 charms and bracelet, $100 Gift Card, The Paper Crane Alex and Ani Bracelet, Pearly Light Serenity beaded bracelet, 2 Paris Bracelets, Sterling Silver and Garnet Filigree pendant and earring duo, lighted porcelain holiday village.

Buy tickets here:

Online raffle sales end promptly at 5:00 PM on 11/17/17. Winner will be selected live at the Gourmet Guys event at 9:15 PM. Winning raffle ticket selection will be broadcast via Facebook live.

Want to get away? December Passport Day
Passport Day
This just in from Congressman James P. McGovern!

What: Passport Day - Boston Passport Agency

Where: Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 9:00AM - 1:00PM

Where: Boston Passport Agency - Tip O'Neill Federal Building
10 Causeway Street, Suite 247 - Boston, MA

No Appointment Needed - Routine & Expedite Service Offered
Bring application, passport photo, U.S. Citizenship evidence (birth certificate, naturalization certificate, passport), 2 forms of identification (driver license or state ID and work ID, student ID, health insurance card) and the fee (check, debit/credit card, cash).

For detailed passport information, fees, and forms, please visit
Woman In Business, Inc. Holds November Networking Social in Webster
WIB luncheon
Woman in Business, Inc. held its November networking social at Christopher Heights in Webster. Guest speaker was women's health advocate and OB/GYN Dr. Erica Kesselman, and guests included the Northeast Connecticut Women and Girls Fund.
Next month brings the highly-anticipated Holiday Social for Woman in Business - always one of the most popular events of the year! The event will be held on Wednesday, December 13 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Pre-registration and payment is required by December 6. The cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members.

The Holiday Social will feature great food, networking and a Recipe Basket exchange. More information can be found by visiting
Woman in Business, Inc. will also have a featured tree at the Festival of (Giving) Trees event in Southbridge from November 30 to December 3. 
On January 10, 2018, a breakfast seminar and social will be held at The Overlook and feature registered dietician and nutritionist Kirsten McEvoy to discuss women's health as it pertains to food and exercise.
Woman in Business, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) organization that supports women by fostering networking, sharing information and experiences and providing educational opportunities. Our meetings incorporate a comfortable blend of socializing and networking; we believe this is the most important benefit we offer. Individual and business memberships are available.
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. 
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
-  Henry David Thoreau 
OSV Thanksgiving
Bounty: Thanksgiving Traditions
Wednesday, November 15 to Sunday, November 19
Wednesday, November 22 to Thursday, November 23

Experience the traditions of an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot. Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Hear the minister talk about the true meaning of Thanksgiving in the Village's historic Center Meetinghouse.
Learn how preparations were made for this holiday meal.
Watch a  slide show.
Both of these meals tend to sell out, so make your reservations early!


Museum Hours: October 29 - November 26
Open Wednesdays - Sundays
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Harrington Hospital Auxiliary Announces Annual Bake and Gift Sale

The Harrington Hospital Auxiliary is hosting its annual Bake Sale on Thursday, November 16, 2016 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the hospital lobbies at 100 South Street, Southbridge, and at Harrington HealthCare at Webster, 340 Thompson Road, Webster. A variety of baked goods from cookies and cakes to pies and cupcakes will be available for purchase. In addition to a variety of pastries, you might also find fudge, homemade spaghetti sauce, Polish specialty dishes, spinach pie, soup and seasoned nuts.

Proceeds from all purchases enable the Auxiliary to provide equipment and programs that benefit the health and well being of the members in the communities the Harrington HealthCare System serves.

This year the Harrington Auxiliary celebrates its 85th anniversary. Harrington Auxiliary, established in 1932, is a non-profit organization of dedicated and impassioned volunteers whose mission is to support and enhance the excellent services provided by the Harrington HealthCare System.
Gary McKinstry at Old Sturbridge Village
November 16, 6:00pm

The Harrington Auxiliary is proud to bring back Gary McKinstry, world-renowned, professional medium and psychic, to Old Sturbridge Village on Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 6 pm to 8 pm. This is an ideal opportunity to attend McKinstry's presentation and connect with loved ones who have passed to the other side.

McKinstry's psychic activities are legendary and have been chronicled in Ghost Hunters of America: Real Stories of Paranormal Investigators. He is one of a handful of psychics to have toured the Victorian Mansion in Gardner, which he certified as definitely haunted. McKinstry has also verified that the Publick House in Sturbridge is haunted and has been since the Colonial era.

At the event attendees will have an opportunity to purchase tickets for two raffles. Proceeds from a 50/50 raffle will enable the Auxiliary to purchase equipment and provide community health programs that support Harrington Hospital's mission. The second raffle entitles the winner to a one-hour private reading with McKinstry. 

Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased through Harrington Hospital's Volunteer Office at 100 South Street, Southbridge. For more information, please call 508-765-6473 or email

This event featuring Gary McKinstry is held in memory of Cecile T. Edmunds.

Harrington Auxiliary, established in 1932, is a non-profit organization of dedicated and impassioned volunteers whose mission is to support and enhance the excellent services provided by the Harrington HealthCare System.
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Fireplace Feast
Fireplace Feast season is back!
Join us for a special dining event as the Innkeepers at the Salem Cross Inn announce their series of 1700's style feasts, prepared on the open hearth of a great fieldstone fireplace. Relax by the fire or lend a hand as dinner is prepared for you in colonial style. Stir the chowder as it bubbles in our cast iron cauldron. See your prime rib, roasted 'to a turn,' as the only known authentic Roasting Jack still operating in America rotates slowly over a crackling fire of wild cherry logs. Beware the brimming bowl of freshly whipped cream - the perfect complement to New England's best apple pie.
The Fireplace Feast is just one of our many dining events that provides an authentic colonial experience. At Salem Cross Inn, we capture the history and culture of 1700's America.  Salem Cross Inn's dining events, excellent cuisine, and atmosphere have been featured on Food Network's "The Best Of," WCVB TV5 Boston's "Chronicle" and chosen as the "Hidden Jewel" by Boston's Phantom Gourmet and WGBY. See more and get your tickets!  
November Feast dates: Nov 17, 19, 25 & 26. 

November 17: Murder Mystery Dinner Series
Solve a crime while you dine. See more and get your tickets here!   
Salem Cross Inn and the Stageloft Repertory Theater present a Murder Mystery Dinner theater dining event, "A Healthier Life - The Making of an Info-mercial."
We need your help. Oppie Losefree needs you to cast a ballot as to which strategy should be chosen for the upcoming info-mercial about leading a healthier life. Meet some health experts as they battle for the spotlight in an upcoming television ad. Hopefully the battle won't result in a murder! But you never know with these health fanatics... 
The Murder Mystery Dinner is an advanced ticket purchase dining event.
Menu for the Murder Mystery Dinner
Tossed Garden Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing (served at 7:00pm)
Rustic Boneless Breast of Chicken - Supreme Sauce (served at 7:45pm)
Seasonal Potato and Vegetable
Homemade Rolls
Ice Cream Cakeballs with Homemade Hot Fudge
Brewed Tea or Coffee

Arrive by 6:30pm. Show begins promptly at 7:00pm.
Visit the website for more information and tickets.

Deck The Hall is coming, too!
Scroll down in this issue for details!
Explore the Dark Skies with The Last Green Valley
November 18 
Join TLGV Rangers Kim and Geoff McLean for a Deep Sky Observing Program, 7-10 p.m. Nov. 18 at The Sprague Land Trust.
The program is sponsored by The Last Green Valley,Inc. (TLGV) and McLean Research Associates.
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C.  The Last Green Valley, Inc. works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. Together we can care for it, enjoy it and pass it on! To learn more about the organization, visit
Weather permitting, participants will enjoy a night observing distant objects such as galaxies, clusters of stars, Red Giants, and Nebulae. If you have a telescope, bring it. If you don't know how to use it come early and the McLean's will help get you get started. Learn how to find the North Star. The McLeans will talk about, and answer, all kinds of astronomical trivia while we observe. This is a family-friendly event. Please, no lanterns, no white lights, and flashlights should be only red lights. No dogs except for guide dogs.
Burn the Bird 
November 23, 6:30am to 10:00am, Tri-Community YMCA, 43 Everett St., Southbridge  
Get those calories burning before the big meal! Stop by the Y to enjoy a great workout with friends or a family member!
Come try one of our pool activities - Lap Swim and a Water Exercise Class.  For the cardio enthusiast, choose from three (45-minute) total body workouts using balance, core and body strength.  Child Watch will be closed that day.
Entrance fee for everyone is a bag of non-perishable food items, or a monetary donation of $10.00 per person to benefit the Southbridge Food Share Program. 
So bring a friend or family member to join you in a pre-THANKSGIVING feast workout.
Country Folk Art Craft Show  
Country Folk Art Craft Show 
Held at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center on Thanksgiving weekend!
November 24, 25 and 26 
Fill your heart and cart with the spirit of the holidays with some great decorating and gift giving ideas, seasonal decor and gourmet delights! We've got what you're looking for at the Country Folk Art Craft Show returning to Sturbridge, Thanksgiving Weekend, November 24-25-26 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference.
You will love our beautiful Holiday-themed show featuring wonderful handmade decorative accents and beautiful artwork such as: handcrafted furniture, framed artwork, lighting, holiday decor, architectural decorative pieces, textiles, candles, signs, metalwork, floral designs, wearable art, home and garden decor, jewelry, adult/children's clothing and accessories, gourmet delights and so much more!
Mark your calendar and bring your friends... You won't want to miss this fun and exciting  
holiday shopping opportunity! 
Check the website for details, discount coupons and more information!
Mention the show for the special rate at the Sturbridge Host Hotel!
PS: Alix has 4 FREE Passes to the Show!
Members, give us a call to grab them! First come, first served! 
Show Hours: 
FRIDAY 11-6, SATURDAY 10-5, SUNDAY 10-4 
Admission $7 ($6 With Coupon) 
Ph: 248-634-4151 
Stageloft Theater Presents
Winter Wonderettes
Winter Wonderettes 
The Wonderettes are returning to Stageloft!  This seasonal celebration finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper's Hardware Holiday Party.  When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party.  Featuring great 60's versions of holiday classics such as Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, Jingle Bell Rock, Run, Rudolph, Run, and Winter Wonderland, the result is, of course, marvelous!  This energetic and glittering holiday package is guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.
"A scrumptious confection! This glittering holiday package is a sugar plum delight for audiences of all ages!" -Backstage
"A musical holiday feast!" -Delaware News Journal
"The perfect Christmas revue! Crackles with energy and joy!" -LA Weekly
"A delightfully escapist musical revue."  -Los Angeles Times
"Winter Wonderettes is a winner as a fond salute to girl pop groups. The show practically overflows with a rich nostalgic-pop charisma." -Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"This altogether pleasant mixture of character conflict, ineptitude and terrific McGuire Sisters-style chanteusing is as comfortable as coming home for the holidays to cocoa and a Johnny Mathis Christmas album." -Variety
"This lively mix of rockin' holiday hits will surely have audiences dancing in the aisles!"
-TheatreWorld Internet Magazine
Performance Rights for Winter Wonderettes are handled exclusively by Steele Spring Stage Rights.
Show Dates:
November 25-26, December 1-3, and 8-10.
To reserve tickets by phone, call (508) 347-9005.
Join us for the 5th Annual Trot with Ted.!
November 26, 8:00am, Tantasqua High School
* $25 if pre-reg/postmarked by 11/12/17
* $30 Day of the race
* Family cap of $75 (mail-in only)

Goodie bag & t-shirt if reg. by 11/12

* 8:00 am Sign in, Registration & Refreshments
* 9:30 am 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run Starts
Fun Run Immediately Following

Tantasqua High School, Fiskdale
Kids' Fun Run, crafts, raffles in the gym
Santa Brunch
Brunch With Santa at Old Sturbridge Village 
November 26, 2017
December 3, 10 and 17 
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

$26.95 for adults, $23.95 for seniors (65+), and $13.95 for children 4-12. 3 & Under FREE.   
Prices do not include tax & gratuity.

Reservations DO NOT include admission to Christmas by Candlelight, an evening event, which must be purchased separately.

Old Sturbridge Village's Sunday brunch gets a special visitor in December - Santa! Brunch with Santa at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village offers a large selection of brunch items and a chance for the little ones to meet Santa Claus. Reservations are required for this annual sellout event. Seatings are between 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Please call 508-347-0397 to make reservations.
View the website for the menu and more! 
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Deck the Hall
Decorate a Wreath
November 28 & 29

Seasonal comfort food combined with holiday crafting.
This holiday event begins in one of our dining rooms -- festively decorated, cozy, and set for a winter feast. You'll be seated at your assigned table, where you can sit with your friends, or make some new ones over famous bar cheese and crackers. Soon after, your meal is served to you: Chicken pot pie with buttermilk biscuit, harvest squash, duchess potato, seasonal dessert,
and choice of tea or coffee.

After your great meal, Barry Mongeon will share his talent for holiday preparations and will give step-by-step instructions on how to create your chosen take-home holiday design, as well as DIY helpful hints along the way.

All classes should arrive for 5:30.
Decorate a Wreath - November 28th and 29th
Cost: $55.00

This is the perfect class for the beginner who wants to learn how to take a basic fresh evergreen wreath and transform it into a beautiful holiday decoration. You will learn the basic techniques of wreath decorating along with other important design tips.

What should we bring? You will need to bring a pair of wire cutters, craft scissors and a pair of hand-held garden pruners. We suggest that you share tools between TWO PEOPLE ONLY so that each person has ample time to complete this project. All supplies and greenery are provided.
If you would like to personalize your design and bring along your own decorative stems, greenery from your own yard, or collected branches and berries, we encourage you to do so!

Order tickets online or call 508-867-2345. These events sell out fast!
Workforce Central Career Center is hosting a
5 Optical Drive, Suite 200
Southbridge MA 01550
Arrive dressed professionally and bring resumes! Participating companies: Venture Community Services, Vibram, Schott No. America, Integer (lake Region Medical), Karl Storz, Advantage Resourcing, Foster, The Bridge of Central Mass, HW Staffing, Big Blue Bug, Webco-Chemical, Mapfre, International Paper, Savvy Staffing, United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI), FedEx Ground, and Securitas.
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Festival of {Giving} Trees - 2017
It's here!! The 2017 Festival of {Giving} Trees is taking place November 30 through December 3. Celebrating our 20th year, this four day family event is designed to be a holiday activity. The mission of the Festival is to raise money to help the Silent Spring Institute, the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and The Cancer Center at Harrington Hospital fight the battle against breast cancer and to help fund cancer research. Over the past nineteen years, the Festival of {Giving} Trees has raised and donated over $500,000 to these beneficiaries.
The Festival of {Giving} Trees features more than 100 uniquely decorated trees on display under one roof. 
Some are elegant, nostalgic and breathtaking.  Some are humorous, some are traditional and some are really hip. The only thing they have in common is that they are all different and they are all sparkling!
And each and everyone of them will be taken home by lucky raffle winners.
Come join us!  It is a community-wide event, so bring your family, friends and neighbors.
Visit the website for all the details!
Worcester Chamber Music
Christmas Dinner & Concert - A Bach Baroque Christmas
Old Sturbridge Village 
Friday, December 1, 2017 - 6:00pm
Tickets for both the dinner and the concert are $75.00 per person for non-members and $65.00 for members Tickets for just the concert are $45.00 per person for non-members and $35.00 for members. Please note that the concert portion does not start until 7:30 pm. Pre-registration is required. Please note that Old Sturbridge Village is not open during the day for general admission.
Experience an evening of festive cocktails, fine dining and a special holiday concert presented by The Worcester Chamber Society, a mixed classical chamber ensemble . Learn more about The Worcester Chamber Society at 
The Concert:
Two of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos raise the Christmas spirits as only Bach can!  The buoyant violas of No. 6, and the miracle of flute and violin in No. 5, Corelli's wonderful Christmas Concerto, and Bach's Suite in B minor create a seasonal celebration which will lift the hearts of the whole family.
The Musicians:
Tracy Kraus, flute; Rohan Gregory, violin; Peter Sulski, viola; Ariana Falk, cello
With guests Jesse Holstein, violin; and Andrus Madsen, harpsichord
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5
CORELLI Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op. 6 No. 8,  "Christmas" Concerto
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 6
The Dinner:
Tossed Mixed Greens with Parmesan Tuile, Balsamic Vinaigrette
Rosemary Pork Tenderloin w/ Thyme Seasoned Fingerling Potatoes and Roasted Root Vegetables
Chocolate Lava Cake with Peppermint Shavings & Freshly Whipped Cream
Vegetarian Entrée available upon request (you will be able to select this option when purchasing your ticket(s) online).
Call 508-347-0397 if you have questions or concerns regarding the meal portion of this program.
Annual Greens Sale
The Southbridge Garden Club will hold their Annual Greens Sale on Friday, December 1, from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, December 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at The Arts Center,, 111 Main Street, Southbridge, MA.

The Southbridge Garden Club has been hosting this event for more than 15 years. All items sold are hand crafted by club members using fresh greens purchased locally or harvested from their personal gardens and the nearby woods. Holiday items, including wreaths, centerpieces, roping, swags and arrangements will be offered. Bundles of greens will also be available for purchase. During the Green Sale there will be an opportunity to win a basket of holiday related items.

Proceeds from the Annual Greens Sale provide the garden club with funds to support beautification efforts at the Arts Center, The Town of Southbridge and surrounding communities.
In addition, the Greens Sale funds annual scholarships for local high school students planning
to major in horticulture, environmental science or related studies.
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.  

Winebuyers Outlet

Free Saturday Tastings!


Please join The Winebuyer's Outlet / Sturbridge Cheese & Chocolate at their Free Tastings of Artisan Cheeses, luscious Chocolates & Fine Wines every Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. This is a great way to taste before you buy and discover new favorites!


179 Main Street, Sturbridge    


Coggno Training
Click on the image to browse our catalog of training courses! 
Save these Dates!
November 23: Happy Thanksgiving!
November 24-26: Country Folk Art Craft Show
November 26: 5th Annual Trot with Ted.
November 28: Seminar: How to Paint/Wallpaper Your Home the Right Way
November 30-December 3: Festival of {Giving} Trees 
December 11: Holiday Fun at Five at The Publick House  

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