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In This Issue
New Member Orientation
Nine Reasons to Consider Assisted Living
Domestic Violence in the Workplace
Fun at Fins!
Christopher Matteson joins EANE
Sturbridge Business Focus Group
Harrington Walks for Diabetes Awareness
Change Your Habitudes
Ezzely's New Employee Management Platform
NBSB Donates to Top Floor Learning
Car & Motorcycle Show
Office Space For Rent
The Overlook's Fall Festival
Second Chance: Craft Fair
The Queen of Bingo
The 20th Annual Big MOE
Hitchcock Classes
Brookfield Churches
Opacum's Fall Fundraiser
Cornerstone: Home Buyer's Seminar
UnCommon Job Fair
Fire and Ice Party
Salem Cross Inn
Farm-to-Table Dinner
The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People
Dinner Dance Fundraiser
Apple Fest
Second Chance Fundraisers
Ice Cream Social
Southbridge Oktoberfest
New England Makers at OSV
Publick House Feast
Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast
BBQ, Blues, and Long Trail Brewing Beer Dinner
Walk to End Abuse
Village Toastmasters
Free Saturday Tastings
Farmers' Markets & Stands
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Cindy Howard
Center of Hope
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision 

Jocelyn Callis
1st Vice Chair

Michael Checkosky
Immediate Past Chair

Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group  

Jessica Bettencourt

Susan Collins
Bank Hometown

Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Nathan Hardt
Joe Klimavich

Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union

Laurie Nelson
Christopher Heights

Heather Pedersen
Country Bank

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!

Happy Friday and welcome to September's CROSSROADS EVENTS ! With the last full week of summer upon us, this issue is full of ways to embrace the season and soak in the goodness all around us. You will find info on fall festivals including Oktoberfest in Southbridge, crafts fairs, dinner dances, even an ice cream social, as well as important news from the Chamber and our Members in this issue. There is a lot on the Chamber schedule including a New Member Orientation, a Brown Bag Seminar on Assisted Living, our program on Domestic Violence in the Workplace, and we network at Fins & Tales next month. All the details are here!
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! 
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New Member Orientation:
How to Get the MOST out of Your Chamber 
September 20

The Chamber offers 75-minute sessions, four times per year, to help our new members and people who may be considering joining the Chamber to maximize the benefits they receive from their membership. Veteran members are welcome to join in as well and get a refresher on all the benefits of being a Chamber Member. We are very pleased to invite you to participate in the third session of 2017 which will take place on the morning of Wednesday, September 20th in the Conference Room at the Chamber Office in Sturbridge.

The details of this FREE program follow. Please RSVP if you are able to attend.

SEPT 20, 8:30AM TO 9:45AM
(Please arrive at 8:15 for a prompt 8:30 start)

My Chamber Experience
Maximizing Your Membership
Networking Exercise
Community Business Associates
Affiliation with Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
Questions & Answers

Coffee & Light Refreshments will be available.

We sincerely hope you will join us as we present these tools, tips, and strategies to help you get the very most out of your Chamber Membership. Feel free to give us a ring if you have any questions.

If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Paulette via phone or email at 508-347-2761

CMS Chamber Brown Bag Seminar Series
Nine Reasons to Consider Assisted Living
with Laurie Nelson, Christopher Heights Webster
Tuesday, September 26 at Noon
Chamber Conference Room
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
FREE for CMS Chamber Members
$15 for non-Members.
Space is Limited! Please RSVP by September 25.
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!

While most people think the idea of aging in place is the preferred living arrangement as we age, it might be better for those people to consider assisted living as a housing option. Moving to an environment that would provide ongoing resources and services one would need in order to live a happy, secure, and fulfilling life in the later years is often the best decision one could make. This seminar will review nine key factors to consider when deciding whether or not assisted living might offer the best lifestyle for our loved ones or even for ourselves.

Laurie Nelson Presented by Laurie Nelson
Executive Director
Christopher Heights Webster

Located in a peaceful rural setting just above the Connecticut line and right near the shore of Webster's Lake Chaubunagungamaug, Christopher Heights™ Webster is a housing alternative for seniors, offering an abundance of amenities, in a warm and dignified residential setting.

Visit online at
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Domestic Violence in the Workplace:
What Employers Need to Know
Wednesday, October 4
The Barn at Wight Farm
420 Main Street, Sturbridge
 $20 per person.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
7:30   Registration, Mingling & Continental Breakfast
8:00   Program Begins
9:10   Questions & Answers
9:30  Adjourn
Key Takeaways
The troubling statistics
Dispelling myths about Domestic Violence
How to become a Responsive Workplace
Understanding Restraining Orders & Criminal Harassment Orders
Understanding the Massachusetts Domestic Violence  
Act for Employers
Best Practices
Resources & Tools available
and so much more
Domestic Violence Awareness Panel
With presentations from our panelists:
Gabi Alan, New Hope Inc.  
Margo Chevers, Stop Abuse Today 
Hillary DaDalt, Sturbridge PD Patrol Officer/School Resource Officer   
Peter Brunault, Esq., Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE)

Space is Limited!  
Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 27. 
Call 508-347-2761 or email
Member2Member Discounts! 
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Don't Forget t o use your M2M Card! 
Discounts from Members...  
for Members!  
Fun at Five!
Monday, October 16  
at 5:00pm 
Fins _ Tales  
Fins & Tales 
858 Main Street, Southbridge 508-764-3349     

 Join us for Fun at Fins! 
We'll be networking at Fins & Tales in October! 
Experience imaginative American fare in a comfortable, festive environment in Southbridge's historic Delahanty Building. Fins & Tales offers the best in seafood, plus plenty of options for everyone. Have a seat at their beautiful bar and enjoy a tasty bite and a cocktail.  
Enjoy great company and chances to win some pretty cool prizes!  
Fins and Tales is excited to welcome back The Chamber of Commerce and all our fellow local Business Owners for our Fun at Five. We would like to remind everyone that as the Holidays are fast approaching to give thanks back to all of your hard working employees that fuel your successes today. We are currently accepting Holiday Gathering inquires and have a few dates still available! Peter, Deborah and Angelique look forward to seeing everyone on October 16th, we hope for yet another great turn out  
We hope to see you there!  
$10 for registered Members, $15 at the door or $20 for non-Members. 
RSVP by phone at 508-347-2761 or email 
Thank you to our Fun at Five sponsor!
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The state-chartered SCU, incorporated in 1938, is a community credit union with  
both federal and private deposit insurance. You may become a member at any time.  
SCU operates under the supervision of the Massachusetts Banking Commissioner. Participating institutions in the credit union movement, as it is often termed,  
pay competitive rates of interest on savings and loan products.
Southbridge Credit Union           888-599-2265
Christopher Matteson joins EANE as Grant Developer
EANE kicks off Workforce-Training Funding Awareness in October
Chris EANE On September 5, The Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE) announced that Christopher Matteson has joined the EANE team as the Grant Developer, effective August 2017. Matteson will work with EANE members to train and develop their workforces using funding secured from targeted grant sources. He brings over ten years of experience - primarily in the areas of manufacturing, healthcare and social services - to his role at EANE.
Matteson will spearhead the October initiative to generate awareness for MA-based companies in workforce training opportunities; he will outline strategies and trends for significant funding resources. Two lunch programs will be held: one in EANE's Auburn office on October 3 and the other in Agawam on October 6. Both programs run from 12:00 to 1:30 pm and businesses and organizations can register (at no charge) by contacting Matteson at
EANE has facilitated numerous grants -- totally close to $2 million with several grants ranging from $200 to $250 thousand -- for members to increase job retention, growth and wages; to foster more productive and competitive companies; and to increase commitments to private investment in training.
Matteson spent more than eight years with the 500-member advocacy group the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association and its non-profit arm the Rhode Island Manufacturing Institute, most recently as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In that position, he maintained member services, developed strong relationships with manufacturers, and created training programs in partnership with universities, community colleges and local training providers. He developed several manufacturing apprenticeship programs which led to dozens of new hires for manufacturers and spearheaded a program for Rhode Island called "Dream it, DO IT" which is a national initiative charged with increasing the positive awareness of manufacturing as a career choice.
With a deep understanding of the needs of community-based organizations, Matteson also spent several years in social service positions and mental health community action programs dealing with sex offenders, fire setters and substance abusers where he implemented behavior modification and managed treatment programs.
Matteson has a BA in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Rhode Island College (2009) and will complete his Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in October at Bryant University. He has served on the advisory boards of Davies Career and Technical School, North Kingston High School, and East Providence Career and Technical School. He is a member of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.
A resident of Harrisville, RI, Matteson is a member of the Board of Directors for St. Mary's Home for Children, a non-profit agency offering comprehensive treatment programs for boys and girls traumatized by abuse or experiencing the challenges of psychiatric disorders.  
Serving more than 800 member-employers in the Northeast for over 100 years, EANE helps employers by providing talent, training and tools to retain, develop and engage employees.  

Business Focus Group Recruitment Announcement
Town of Sturbridge
The Town of Sturbridge is looking to form a Business Focus Group to help identify ways that the Town can better serve the business community. This group will answer five questions:

What are the current challenges for businesses in Sturbridge as it relates to local Town government?
What are short and long-term solutions for each of the challenges identified?
What does the Town currently do well as it relates to its interactions with local businesses?
How can the Town expand on these positive trends in the short and long-term?
How should the Town evolve its policies to better serve the business community in Sturbridge?
The focus group will meet during the fall and early winter to answer each of these questions.
The results of these discussions will then be presented to the Board of Selectmen for further consideration.
The Town is looking for two representatives from each of the following business sectors:
Professional Services
See more details here. If you have an interest in serving on this focus group, please contact the Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator by September 30 for more information.
Harrington Forms Team to Step Out and Walk for Diabetes Awareness
Harrington Walks
Harrington is proud to form a team to walk in the Central MA Step Out for Diabetes Awareness Walk on September 24 in Worcester. Here is a photo of Harringon's team from 2016.

Harrington employees and their family members will join more than 1,000 people on Sunday, September 24 to walk for diabetes awareness.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) will hold its Central MA Step Out Walk at Assumption College. Participants can choose a three-mile course or a one-mile course.
The Harrington team is being led by Jenn Thorpe, LPN, at Harrington Physician Services' Endocrinology office in Sturbridge. Under the direction of Dr. David Erani and Nurse Practitioner Jennifer Lloyd, the practice manages the care of patients with simple and complex diabetes, in addition to other endocrine disorders and illnesses.
"We are proud to participate in the Central Massachusetts Step Out Walk for Diabetes," said Dr. Erani. "Diabetes awareness is important to this office and Harrington Healthcare System. We see a lot of diabetic patients who live in this community. Our goal is to provide not just medication management but also self-education tools to assist them in living a healthy lifestyle. The American Diabetes Association does great work nationally to provide research and advocacy for those with a diabetic condition or illness."
According to the American Diabetes Association, 1 out of every 11 people in the United States is living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. The mission of the ADA is not only to prevent and cure diabetes but to improve the lives of those affected by the disease.
Harrington welcomes members of the community to join its team and walk on September 24. There is no registration fee or fundraising minimum, but all participants are encouraged to fundraise.
Walkers will have the opportunity to meet special guests from the Red Sox, Patriots, Worcester Bravehearts, New England Revolution, Worcester Railers, and local radio personalities.
To register, visit or contact the HPS Endocrinology office at (508) 347-7585.
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What are you doing on October 28?
Change Your Habitudes with Rita Schiano
Information on Habitudes Workshop from Rita! Check it out on YouTube! 
Rita shares information on this workshop in this video from Youtube.
Visit for more!

Do You Walktober? Of course You Do!
Plan Your Walktober Adventures Now!

In Southern New England, Walktober is the most wonderful time of the year.

Brought to you by The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV), the 27th year of Walktober offers an array of adventures, with more than 220 unique experiences and more than 250 opportunities to enjoy autumn in the region. The 24-page Walktober brochure is free and details the guided walks, hikes, bike rides, paddles, tastes and events featured during Walktober. The Walktober brochure also includes contests and challenges for TLGV members.

To receive your own brochure: email; call 860-774-3300; download a PDF from the website; or get one at any town hall, library or information kiosk within the region. All updates, additions and cancellations will be posted on the Walktober page on TLGV's website and Facebook page. Please check them often.

In 2016, more than 64,000 participants enjoyed Walktober, providing a major economic boost to the region. The Walktober brochure makes it easy to plan a month of adventures.

The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor - the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C. The Last Green Valley, Inc. works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. We help you to care for it, enjoy it and pass it on.      
Ezzely Launches New Employee Management Platform
Coggno (the Chamber's 24/7 Training Partner) recently announced the launch of their latest workplace innovation: Ezzely, an employee management system that caters to the needs of the modern workplace. Recent research has shown that more than half of US employees are not engaged at work for reasons varying from a lack of effort recognition to ineffective communication between staff and management. Employee disengagement could lead to a loss in productivity and could cost US businesses between $450-550 billion per annum.

Ezzely was developed, according to Tod Browndorf (Coggno CEO), with the following in mind: "With Ezzely, we are very excited to be offering a broad range of tools available online and on your phones to engage and motivate your workforce, with the aims of increasing retention and motivating employees, all which will grow your bottom line."

Businesses interested in improving their employee engagement can visit to discover how Ezzely can help them to attract, recognize, retain, and reward their staff through a platform that, they assert, lives where employees do - on their phones.

About Ezzely: Ezzely is an employee management platform developed by Coggno (a California-based training provider) that offers a wide range of online tools accessible through mobile devices to improve communication and training, build consistency into business processes, all the while inviting interaction and achievement among staff.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Donates $1,000 to Top Floor Learning
Donation to help fund adult literacy programs to students throughout Central Massachusetts
NBSB Donation
Patty Ostrout (right), North Brookfield Savings Bank Senior Vice President of Retail Banking presented a $1,000 donation on behalf of North Brookfield Savings Bank to Gail Carneiro (left), Director of Adult Literacy of Top Floor Learning and Maria Thompson (center), President of Top Floor learning.
North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce they have recently donated $1,000 to Top Floor Learning, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing adult education throughout 24 towns in Central Massachusetts. North Brookfield Savings Bank proudly donates each year in support of these programs.
" We are glad to do our part to help make these Adult Literacy programs possible," said Patricia Ostrout, North Brookfield Savings Bank Senior Vice President of Retail Banking. "The growing collection of programs offered by Top Floor Learning are such a valuable resource to those who want to become more productive in their line of work and better their overall lives. This organization is a great benefit to our local community members and those throughout Central Massachusetts."
Based out of Palmer, Top Floor Learning offers a wide range of services to adults including basic reading, writing, math and computer skills, GED preparation, English language instruction, citizenship preparation and specialized license tutoring. The contribution made by North Brookfield Savings Bank will help to provide tutor training materials, student textbooks, various testing workbooks and more.
"North Brookfield Savings Bank has been a long time, generous supporter of Top Floor Learning. We are extremely appreciative of their yearly donation," Gail Carneiro, Top Floor Learning Director of Adult Literacy. "Donations we receive go a long way to support our adult literacy programs. Since we receive no state or federal monies, we rely on the generosity of donors like North Brookfield Savings Bank to make these programs possible."
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit .
About Top Floor Learning: Top Floor Learning is a non-profit that relies almost entirely on local, private funding to deliver top-notch adult education services. Since July 2016, the organization has tutored 86 students and provided educational guidance to an additional 130 people. There are 35 tutors who serve 24 towns in Central Massachusetts. Headquartered in Palmer, MA, Top Floor Learning offers services in many subjects, from basic reading and writing to HiSET testing preparation. For additional information, please call 413-283-2329 or visit
Harrington Auxiliary Car & Motorcycle Show
On Sunday, August 27, the Harrington Auxiliary held its 9th Annual Car & Motorcycle Show at Bogey's Ice Cream/Thompson Speedway and showcased 136 cars and a dozen motorcycles.
The day brought sunshine, numerous spectators and ten prize winners to the event.
This year, four categories were added to the prize list.

Awards included:
People's Choice - Ron Keogh, Webster, MA
'63 Ford Econoline
People's Choice - Motorcycle - Bob Wemyss, Brimfield, MA
2010 Harley Davidson
Ford first place - Bob & Tere Laurens, Woodstock, CT
Red '57 Thunderbird
Ford Second Place - Doris Keogh, Webster, MA
White/Blue '66 Mustang Shelby
General Motor, First Place - Ryan Hollis, Griswold, CT
Red '57 Chevrolet Belair
General Motor, Second Place - Donald Moran, Dayville, CT
Yellow '57 Chevrolet Belair
Mopar First Place - Linda Welch, Rutland, MA
'71 Superbee
Mopar Second Place - Paul Welch, Rutland, MA
'70 Superbee
Open Class first Place, Dan Tortora, Charlton City, MA
'51 Fraser Marathon
Open Class second place - Tom Barsanti, Medway, MA
'41 Willy's Coupe
In addition to the car show, the Auxiliary sponsored a 50/50 raffle and chances to win several prizes, ranging from gift certificates to local shops and wine baskets to automotive accessories and cooking utensils. The Harrington On Wheels (HOW) van was on hand with medical personnel to take blood pressures and conduct health screenings.
Mark your calendars - next year's event takes place on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Bogey's Ice Cream/Thompson Speedway.
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. 
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. 
-Albert Camus 
Fall festival
The Overlook's 2nd Annual Fall Festival
September 16, 10am-3pm at The Overlook 
One spectacular day that could lead to so many more.

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

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

RSVP by calling 866-753-5429

Your future looks great from here.
88 Masonic Home Rd., Charlton, MA 01507
Phone: 888-768-5019,
Second Chance Animal Shelter  
3rd Annual Craft Fair  
Saturday, September 16, 10am to 3pm  
North Brookfield Elementary School, 10 High School Drive, North Brookfield
This event will include Raffles!
Food by Ron LaFlash
For more information or to become a vendor, please call 508-867-5525 or visit the website.
Stageloft Theater Presents
Queen of Bingo
The Queen of Bingo
Where can two sisters on the other side of fifty, who want to add a little zest, fun and excitement to their lives find it? Bingo! On any Bingo night at St. Joseph's, you can find Father Mac, Lonnie and Cindy Conklin, Marge Meranski, Coach Anderson, and the many off beat, colorful regulars we meet through the eyes of Sis and Babe. They dish the dirt, giggle like school girls and share old memories. Sis and Babe are sisters and best friends. They've been coming to play Bingo together for years because they love it. Sis is a good loser who just loves to play. Babe is a player who has always got to win. Sis is naturally fit and trim. Babe is naturally overweight and always fighting the battle of the bulge. Sis is content in her widowhood. Babe is still looking for love. They complement each other in ways only sisters can and they drive each other crazy in that same sisterly fashion. On this particular night, Babe and Sis share something new as they each confess a secret and find a special kind of redemption.
The Queen of Bingo
is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.
Remaining Show dates:
September 15-17 and 22-24
To reserve tickets by phone, call (508) 347-9005.
The 20th Annual Big MOE
2017 Massachusetts Outdoor Exposition
Sunday September 17th, 2017
9:00am-4:00PM Rain or Shine
At the Hamilton Rod & Gun Club in Sturbridge MA

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

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

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

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

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

The Big MOE is produced by the Facts About Wildlife and Nature Society (FAWNS)
with grateful thanks and appreciation to our many sponsors and volunteers.
Please NO pets or alcohol. Food and drink available for purchase. RAIN OR SHINE.
Hitchcock Academy Classes
Dog Buddies
Buddies Dog Training will begin on Wednesday, September 20 with Laurie Merritt, Certified Dog Trainer.
Sunday, September 17
REGISTRATION AND GAMES DAY: UNPLUG AND PLAY: Come to Hitchcock Academy with your family or friends and enjoy some tabletop game action! Some games will include: Dominion, Giant Yahtzee, Quelf, Betrayal at the House on the Hill, Tsuro, Bottom of the 9th, Gloom, Forbidden Island, Alhambra, Food Fight, Love Letters, Star Realms, Hanabi and some tried and true oldies but goodies. A perfect time to register for fall classes with a friend! Every participant is entered into the free raffle for a $25 Hitchcock Academy gift certificate! Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or for more information.
Monday, September 18
TAI CHI WITH SHARON: An ancient yet evolving art form that uses slow, deliberate and careful movements to better understand the body's restrictions & performance. Receive the benefits of increased balance, flexibility, endurance & strength. (6 classes) Time: 6-7 PM, Fee: $60 Instructor: Sharon Palmer M.Ed. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
HATHA YOGA WITH SHARON: Relax & rejuvenate with postures & guided meditation to restore the body. Hatha Yoga benefits are stress-relieving! Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. All Levels welcome. Time: 7:15-8:45PM (6 classes) Fee: $65 Instructor: Sharon Palmer M.Ed., certified 500-hr Kripalu Yoga Teacher. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
Wednesday, September 20
CAKE DECORATING FOR THE SEASON: The first in this series of seasonally appropriate cake decorating classes taught by a Wilton Instructor. September's class features Scarecrow and Hay Mini Cakes! Class is designed for adults, but kids ages 8 and up are welcome too! Time: 6-8 PM Fee: $25 Instructor: Susan Gaulin, Wilton Instructor. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
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. Bring the household! Children under 14 must be with an adult. (6 classes) Time: 6:30-7:30 PM Fee: $130/dog. Instructor: Laurie Merritt, M.Ed, Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
Saturday, September 23
K9 NOSEWORK®: K9 NOSEWORK® is a sport open to all breeds of dogs and their people.  Progressive training levels offered from basic to advanced. (6 classes)
K9 NOSEWORK® Foundation: 12-1:30 PM
K9 NOSEWORK® Continuing: 10:30 AM-12 PM
K9 NOSEWORK® Advanced: 9-10:30 AM
Fee: $145/dog. Instructor: Laurie Merritt, M.Ed, Certified K9 NoseWork® Instructor. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
TAI CHI SEMINAR WITH DAVID: Warm up with 30 minutes of Chi Kung, switching to simple form work and into some more advanced forms. Approachable for all levels. Preregistration required. If not enough students have registered by the Monday before the seminar, it will be cancelled. Time: 9-11 AM Fee: $22 Instructor: David Masera Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.
300th Anniversary of Brookfield Churches
The month of September will see a continuation of the 300th Anniversary celebration of the Brookfield Churches that trace their beginning to the meeting house that was built on Foster Hill in West Brookfield in 1717. Church celebrations will take place on September 17 and
October 14.

September 17, 2017 will feature a service at the Brookfield Congregational Church and the telling of the story of the "Garret Church". The service will begin at 10:00 A.M., and will be followed by a fellowship time.

For further information, contact Robert Blozie, Chairman 300th Anniversary Committee.
(508) 654-3112
Michael Tougias presents at Opacum's Fall Fundraiser
September 20 at The Publick House

Michael Tougias Join us Wednesday, September 20 for dinner with NY Times best-selling author Michael Tougias, author of the acclaimed  Until I Have No Country (A novel of King Philip's War), and co-author with Eric Schultz of King Philip's War: The History and Legacy of America's Forgotten Conflict.  He also authored Quabbin: A History and Explorer's Guide  based on the hundreds of hours spent in the Quabbin woods and remnants of the former towns.

Bringing together his research and experience as an outdoorsman, historian and writer, Tougias will talk about the rich history that has shaped our region - first focusing on the bloodiest war fought on North American soil - King Philip's War - which devastated the colonial and Native American communities of our region, and then one of the greatest fresh water supply systems in the world - the Quabbin Reservoir which dramatically transformed the central Massachusetts landscape.

Doors open at 6:00 pm, with cash bar and book signing.  Dinner and presentation follow at 7:15.   Last year's event sold out, so get your tickets now!

Tickets by advanced sales only, $50pp.  Tickets can be purchased online or call 508-347-9144 and leave a message requesting tickets and your contact info.
All proceeds to benefit the conservation work of  Opacum Land Trust.
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Cornerstone Bank Hosts Free Home Buyer's Seminar
September 20, 6:00-8:00pm, Cornerstone Bank, Worcester
Learn about the application and closing process from start to finish!
Take this FREE opportunity to get your questions answered.
We will feature Cornerstone Bank VP/Mortgage Loan Officer Lynne Esposito,
local realtor Jasmine Ortiz from Keller Williams Realty, and a local attorney.

Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, September 15th (today) to 7 74-745-8685.
5th Annual UnCommon Job Fair
September 21

Workforce Central Career Center announces the 5th Annual UnCommon Job Fair!

When? Thursday September 21 from 10AM to 2:00PM (Rain Date 9-28-17)
Where? 455 Main St., Worcester, MA, outside on the "Oval" behind City Hall

Last year, 650 job seekers attended, and 65 businesses participated on a beautiful Fall day.
The setting and the casual atmosphere make for a unique event and the most fun job fair on our calendar. The fee will remain at $100 per business. We look forward to seeing you there!
Register by sending an email to:
Fire and Ice: The Hottest Party and Coolest Entertainment
Baba Sushi Sturbridge to Host Fire & Ice Themed Party

The Fire & Ice Party on Thursday, September 21st, at Baba Sushi Sturbridge, is set to be the hottest party in the Worcester County area. This event will be serving up specialty fire and ice-themed cocktails and food, live entertainment, and fun all night long, enjoyed upstairs and on the outdoor patio.

Wilson Wang, owner of Baba Sushi and Momokasai Hospitality Group, is excited to host an unforgettable and exciting party for his customers. Upon purchase of a ticket, partygoers can celebrate with an ice-cold drink from an ice luge, as well as smoking and flaming specialty cocktails. They will also be entered into a raffle for special prizes. Be sure to savor the limited, complimentary appetizers along with a meal from the classic, award-winning Baba Sushi menu.
The party will really heat up with live entertainment from Tequila Bonfire, Central MA's hottest country rock band, who will be performing at 6:30pm-9:30 pm.

What could make this night even better? All Fire & Ice Party guests can keep the party going until 1am with access to the karaoke room, or can take a step outside to enjoy the outdoor patio when they need to cool down. Special extended hours will be open exclusively to attendees of this event.
This is sure to be one of the most memorable and captivating events of the year. Tickets to this event are limited, so be sure to get yours today on Eventbrite.

Stay up to date on the Fire & Ice Party by following the event on Facebook.

The MomoKasai Hospitality Group specializes in Japanese cuisine that has been serving the Worcester County area since 2007. With three restaurants under this hospitality group, Wilson Wang (master chef and owner) is able to provide his decade-long, award-winning menu to other communities in Massachusetts. To learn more about Wilson Wang and MomoKasai's legacy, visit them online at

The Fire & Ice Party will be held at the Baba Sushi Sturbridge location, 453 Main
Street, Fiskdale, MA. To view more information about this location, visit them online at
Salem Cross Inn 
Murder Mystery
September 21: 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.
Additional Dates for Murder Mystery: October 19 and November 17, 2017.

$56 per person (Tax and gratuity included. Tickets are non-refundable. Advance purchase only)
To attend our Murder Mystery Dinner, visit the website, or call us at 508-867-2345.
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Farm-to-Table Dinner: Support Your Local Farmers
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Cedar Street Grille
Cedar Street Grille

As summer fades into fall, Cedar Street Grille Head Chef Nick Faucher and his culinary team are excited to create a multi-course farm-to-table dinner highlighting ingredients with the distinctive flavors that only this special season can bring. Chef Nick will be using local farmers for a true "farm-to-table" experience. Make your reservations before this event sells out and be prepared to enjoy and learn about some of the locally grown treasures right here in our own back yard. Each course will be paired with a local microbrew specifically selected by the chef.

Pricing for the event is $55 per person with beer pairings and $48 per person for food only.
Tax and gratuity are not included. A cash bar is available.

Call Cedar Street Grille now at 508-347-5800 to make your reservation for this special event.
Three-Part Series on
"The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People"
Presented by Rita Schiano
Central Mass South Referral Group (formerly CBA)
September 22, 2017

Rita Rita Schiano will deliver the second of a three-part series on "The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People" at the   Central Mass South Referral Group meeting on September 22 (part 3 on October 27). The meeting begins at 7:15 a.m. and is held at the Chamber of Central Mass South Conference Room at 46 Hall Rd. in Sturbridge, MA.

In this series of presentations, Schiano will explore how negative and persistent thinking patterns can affect our quality of life and limit our ability to achieve our goals and get to that next level in life and in business. "While Stephen Covey wrote about the habits of highly effective people," said Schiano, "many people, about 90% studies show, still struggle with getting things done. The reason? Habits and attitudes that don't serve us and keep us from achieving our goals?"

Schiano will dissect habit formation; examine early influences on our internal belief system; explore the cognitive distortions that affect our decisions; and offer tips and techniques to create positive change.

Rita Schiano is a resilience strategist and coach, speaker, and founder of Rita Schiano ~ Live A Flourishing Life ( A former corporate vice-president and small business owner, Rita's leadership knowledge, strategies, and insights draw from both sides of the aisle. Organizations use Rita to help staff build resilient leadership skills, manage stress, and improve morale. As a personal strategic coach, Rita helps clients focus specifically on their most important goals, interests, challenges, and needs.
Fourth Annual Dinner Dance Fundraiser
September 22, 6:00pm at Cohasse Country Club, Southbridge
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The Sturbridge Rotary Club is hosting a Dinner Dance.
Proceeds will benefit the St. John Paul II Food Pantry.  Music by MASS of MUZIK DJ Shawn Clark.  Tickets are $50 per person or a table of eight for $350. 
For tickets, please contact Austin Jenkins at 508-347-6511 or at
Join us for a fun evening and for a worthwhile cause!
Apple Fest
Cook's Orchard, Brimfield
September 23 & 24

Fall is the time of year when the fun really starts at Cook's Farm Orchard. Pick-your-own apples and enjoy the crisp air, sun-warmed fruit, and the sights & scents of autumn in the orchard.
Cider, Apple Pies
Fire Engines, Maze
Family Fun, Wagon Rides
Baked Goods, Face Painting

Don't forget to stop by the Bakery for Apple Pies, Pumpkin Pies, Brownies, Jams and Jellies, Fruit Preserves and Mini Pies! Whether you're ordering pies, or just stopping in for a quick snack, the staff is always friendly and ready to serve. Call for hours and more info. (413) 245-3241
Help Raise Funds for Second Chance Animal Shelter
 Second Chance Walk N' Wag and Cruise for Critters Car Show 
Saturday, September 23, 10am to 3pm  
River Hollow Family Golf Center, 15 Hospital Road, Monson, MA 
Register online to walk and raise pledges with the link below!
Ice Cream Social
Sturbridge Dental First Annual Patient Appreciation Ice Cream Social
Saturday, September 23, 1-4pm, 3 Wallace Road, Sturbridge
Dr. Gene and our team want to say thank you for being such amazing patients by hosting our First Annual Ice Cream Social here at the office! There will be music, raffles, games and of course, Ice Cream! Stop by the office for a ticket that will get you entered into our raffle!  
Visit online at
Everyone is welcome! We appreciate your support!
Saturday, September 23
Southbridge Common and Art Center Grounds

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

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

This event is supported by volunteers from Southbridge Recreation Department,  
Quinebaug Valley Council for the Arts & Humanities and Southbridge Business Partnership .
Festival of New England Makers at Old Sturbridge Village 
September 23-24
At this celebration of artisans, the Village will showcase New England trades from the 19th century. The Village's blacksmith, potter, tinner, cooper, printer, and others will showcase their skills by crafting more complicated items not usually displayed at the Village. They will be joined by artisans of historic crafts from throughout New England who will demonstrate their work. From etching, to spinning, to woodworking, experience "handmade" from the past. See more. 
The Sleepy Hollow Experience: Sept. 27-Oct. 29
After last year's sold-out run of The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Old Sturbridge Village,  
the museum is again joining forces with Brian Clowdus Experiences to bring the immersive theatrical experience back to the Village.
Museum Hours: May - October
Open Wednesdays - Sundays  
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Publick House Cooks for Community Organizations

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

September 25
Center of Hope Foundation
Charlton Helping Hand Society

Adults $14 / Children $5
(4-12 yrs.)
Held in Paige Hall or under the Tent!

Two Seating Times
SEATING ONE: 4:30pm-6:15pm
SEATING TWO: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Casual Dining * Open Seating * No Reservations

All Feasts include...
Tossed Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
Dinner Rolls, Dessert, Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks & Iced Water

Thank you for your support! 
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Please join the United Way Southbridge, Sturbridge, Charlton for the
2017 Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:30am-9:00am
Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, 366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA
New look, new video and a special training session immediately following presentation
for workplace managers.

RSVP by 9/21/17 to
or call 508-765-5491.

Seating is limited for this complimentary breakfast sponsored by:
Southbridge Credit Union.
BBQ, Blues, and Long Trail Brewing Beer Dinner Featuring Big Jon Short     
The Duck
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6:30 pm

What better way to kick off the upcoming weekend than with a BBQ, blues, and beer dinner. Chef Tony is stoked to fire up the smoker and local blues legend Big Jon Short will be laying down some blues to keep the good times rolling. We'll also have Vermont's own Long Trail Brewing Co. in house with some special brews to accompany the amazing music and food. The cost for the BBQ, beer and blues dinner is $39.95 per person which includes chips and salsa bar, loaded BBQ plate, beer sampling, dessert, and coffee. Tax and gratuity are not included. This special event is limited and likely to sell out quickly. Make your reservations by calling The Duck at 508-347-2321.

About the brewer: The first batch of Long Trail Ale® rolled off the line in 1989. Back then the brewery-known as the Mountain Brewers-was a modest brew house tucked into the basement of the Old Woolen Mill in Bridgewater Corners, with the goal to brew an affordable, American-made alternative to the pricey German and English exports that filled the shelves.

At the time, the craft brewing industry in America was on the rise and Vermont was better known for maple syrup than beer. In 1989, Long Trail Ale® hit the taps at local watering holes; blazing the trail for Vermont's craft brewing industry.
10th Annual Walk to END ALL FORMS OF ABUSE
October 1, 10am-4pm, Brimfield Common
DV walk
October 1, 2017 on the Brimfield Common there will be FREE Food, Entertainment,
Kids Games and Crafts and more to help raise money to end all forms of abuse.

For the tenth year, STOP ABUSE TODAY, a division of the Tri-Town Domestic Violence Task Force will hold its 1.6 mile walk from the Brimfield Common at 1PM rain or shine. Local and state politicians will be there to show their support as well as churches from the area.

When the walkers return to the common they will be able to visit area agencies booths, listen to music for all generations, kids can play games, make crafts, face paint, etc.

Why do we walk?
Because 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men are victims of some sort of violence in their lifetime. 1 in 5 teen girls have reported being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner. 1 in 3 students report being bullied during the school year. 1 in 10 elders are being abused.

These are startling statistics. Let's show our community that we stand together against all kinds of abuse. Show up and walk to show your support to our mission to stop all forms of abuse.

For more information call Margo at 413-668-6965
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    


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

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

Coggno Training
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Save these Dates!
September 16: The Overlook's Fall Festival
September 17: The Big MOE: Massachusetts Outdoor Exposition
September 20: New Member Orientation      
September 21: Fire & Ice Party at Baba Sushi    
September 23: Oktoberfest in Southbridge
September 23-24: AppleFest at Cook's Orchard
September 26: Nine Reasons to Consider Assisted Living with Laurie Nelson
October 4: Domestic Violence in the Workplace: What Employers Need To Know 
October 14-15: 28th Annual Harvest Festival   

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