Welcome to Crossroads Events!
Hey, folks! Are you ready to get back to some NETWORKING with your Chamber? At last, we are ready to announce our next gathering, a very special occasion at a very special location. Due to Covid restrictions, attendance will be limited, but we are still extremely excited for our first major get-together since March. See the details below and register today. We very much look forward to seeing you by the fire!
Crossroads is our Members' platform to share their latest news with fellow Chamber Members and our community. Enter your upcoming happenings on our Events calendar and email us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in the next issue!
November Networking Bonfire
Thursday, November 5, 3:30-5:30PM
Salem Cross Inn, West Brookfield
260 West Main Street (Route 9) • West Brookfield, MA • 508-867-2345
NETWORKING • CASH BAR • PASSED LIGHT HORS D'OEUVRES
$15 PER PERSON
Meet us by the fire pit for a networking bonfire at the historic Salem Cross Inn
on the first Thursday after Daylight Savings Time ends!
Members, bring your own chair. You may also bring a small side table if you desire.
We will need to remain seated as standing and mingling is prohibited due to Covid.
Chairs can be placed 6 feet or more apart near the bonfire or in small groups.
Masks must be worn.
Park in the field near the fire pit.
If you would like to make a dinner reservation for after the bonfire, the Inn will be open!
Give a call to reserve at 508-867-2345.
Give us a shout to reserve your spot at our November Networking Bonfire at the historic Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield!
Reservations for the bonfire will be given on a first come, first served basis and attendance will be limited to 50 guests.
Guests must register and pay in advance ($15pp) for this event.
Thank you to our sponsor!
Call for a Free Estimate (413) 245-7368
SHOP LOCAL FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND WIN!
Campaign and Contest are Coming Soon!
The Chamber is proud to announce our SHOP LOCAL FOR THE HOLIDAYS Campaign and Contest which kicks off on November 1 and runs through December 15, 2020. We will be encouraging folks to SHOP, DINE, & PURCHASE EXPERIENCES AND SERVICES at designated CMS Chamber Member businesses and incentivizing them to KEEP IT LOCAL with cash and prizes. Your business can get involved but you'll have to respond soon! Here's how it will work:
Shop at 6 different Chamber of Central Mass South businesses and enter a raffle for great prizes.
$500 Cash Grand Prize!
Gift Cards and other Prizes, too!
Shop at any six Chamber businesses between Nov. 1, 2020-Dec. 15, 2020
Mark each business you shop and note the date/amount you spent (gift certificates included) on the entry form.
You must shop at 6 different businesses per entry
You may enter multiple times as long as you are making 6 different and original purchases per entry
Take a photo of you shopping at at least one of the businesses you marked and include with entry form for our use
By entering this raffle you agree to our use of the image and information you provide
Email a completed entry form and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off at the CMS Chamber office
at 46 Hall Rd., Sturbridge (open M-F 10-4), no later than noon on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020
Winners will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020
The contest entry form and official rules will be available to download from the Chamber website.
GET MORE BANG FROM THIS CAMPAIGN!
If you would like to contribute an item - a Gift Card, a Gift Basket, a Service or Special Item - from your business to the Raffle Prize offerings, great! We will highlight you on the list of participating businesses on the campaign promotion page on our website.
You'll just have to let us know by OCTOBER 23 if you want to contribute!
Call 508-347-2761 or email Alix
and she'll be happy to pick up your item(s)!
THE SHOP LOCAL FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND WIN webpage and entry forms are coming soon!
We will keep you posted!
SINCERE THANKS TO OUR 'SHOP LOCAL FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND WIN' SPONSOR!
Is Your Business Ready for Paid Family and Medical Leave?
Two Online Opportunities to Prepare Your Business
Bring your questions and join legal employment experts and the Department of Family and Medical Leave for a no-cost online discussion on the complex Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) benefits that workers can begin utilizing in January.
The Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) law created new responsibilities for businesses of all sizes, even businesses with fewer than 25 workers. Labor lawyers are always looking to make an example out of a business, don't let it be yours!
Monday, October 26
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Jaclyn L. Kugell, Partner
Morgan, Brown & Joy
Wednesday, October 28
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Howard M. Brown, Founder
Boston Employment Law PC
Call Information Provided Upon Registration
CDBG-CV Grants up to $10,000 available to Eligible Microenterprise Businesses
in Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton in response to COVID-19
The Town of Southbridge is leading a regional Microenterprise Assistance Grant Program, awarding up to $10,000 to eligible businesses in Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton that have experienced financial loss due to Covid-19 and the associated shut downs. Eligible businesses must have five employees or fewer (including the owner), must have been in business since January 1, 2019 and must be able to demonstrate revenue loss caused by the pandemic. The business owner’s family income must fall within certain limits. Other eligibility requirements apply.
The Town of Southbridge was awarded $250,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds (funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the Federal CARES Act and administered by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development) for this regional program. The Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation (QVCDC), located in Ware, is administering the program locally.
“We are grateful that the federal government and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have given us this opportunity to assist our region’s small businesses during this very difficult time,” says Rosemary Scrivens, Director of Economic Development and Planning for the Town of Southbridge. “We encourage all eligible small businesses in Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton to apply for a Microenterprise Assistance Grant.”
Applications for the program will be available on October 9, 2020. Grant awards will be made on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds are exhausted. To learn more about the Microenterprise Assistance Grant Program, contact Dakota Desrochers at email@example.com
or 413-967-3001. Applications are available on the QVCDC website at www.QVCDC.org
. Paper copies of the application are also available at the Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton Town Halls and at the QVCDC office.
The Quaboag Valley CDC/BAC is an equal opportunity employer, lender and provider and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, family/parental status, national origin, race, religions, sex, gender identity (including expression), sexual orientation, marital status, income derived from public assistance programs, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less
WASHINGTON (October 8, 2020)—The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, today released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
“The PPP has provided 5.2 million loans worth $525 billion to American small businesses, providing critical economic relief and supporting more than 51 million jobs,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “Today’s action streamlines the forgiveness process for PPP borrowers with loans of $50,000 or less and thousands of PPP lenders who worked around the clock to process loans quickly,” he continued. “We are committed to making the PPP forgiveness process as simple as possible while also protecting against fraud and misuse of funds. We continue to favor additional legislation to further simplify the forgiveness process.”
“Nothing will stop the Trump Administration from supporting great American businesses and our great American workers. The Paycheck Protection Program has been an overwhelming success and served as a historic lifeline to America’s hurting small businesses and tens of millions of workers. The new form introduced today demonstrates our relentless commitment to using every tool in our toolbelt to help small businesses and the banks that have participated in this program,” said Administrator Jovita Carranza. “We are continuing to ensure that small businesses are supported as they recover.”
SBA and Treasury have also eased the burden on PPP lenders, allowing lenders to process forgiveness applications more swiftly.
SBA began approving PPP forgiveness applications and remitting forgiveness payments to PPP lenders for PPP borrowers on October 2, 2020. SBA will continue to process all PPP forgiveness applications in an expeditious manner.
Click here to view the simpler loan forgiveness application.
Click here to view the instructions for completing the simpler loan forgiveness application.
Click here to view the Interim Final Rule on the simpler forgiveness process for loans of $50,000 or less.
About the U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov.
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Teddy G’s Pub & Grille Joins Coats for Kids Effort
Sturbridge, MA – Teddy G’s Pub & Grille, at 179 Main Street, Sturbridge, will be conducting a month-long winter coat drive beginning Monday, October 26 and ending Wednesday, November 25, according to owners Ted and Jenna Gidopoulos. The local effort is being conducted in partnership with the Anton’s Cleaners Coats for Kids program that each year aims to collect 50,000 warm winter coats for individuals and families in need.
“This has been such a challenging year that we wanted to do something special to help out the local community and to thank everyone for their support,” says Ted. “That’s why we’ve decided not just to collect coats, but to also offer a discount to customers who participate in the drive.” Customers will receive a 15% discount off the food portion of their tab on the day they bring in one or more coats for the drive, according to Gidopoulos.
“To obtain the discount,” he added, “customers should place the coat they wish to donate in a bag, and present it to the host on arrival, who will exchange it for a coupon to be presented with your payment at the end of your meal. Your server will then deduct 15% from the food portion of your bill (the discount does not apply to alcoholic beverages, tax or tip).”
Coats for Kids accepts warm winter coats - kids, adults, and babies - that are gently used, good quality, and all sizes (especially XL and infant/pre-K sizes). The drive does not accept coats with rips, tears, broken zippers, or permanent stains, nor does it accept sweatshirts, vests and spring coats. “Please donate coats you would give a friend to wear,” advises Jenna, “and please be sure to empty out all pockets.”
All donated coats are cleaned free of charge by Anton’s Cleaners then made available to a network of over 90 distribution partners made up of local nonprofits, social service agencies, schools, and religious groups to ensure the coats are given to those who really need them, also free of charge.
is a casual American Pub & Grille that is open for dining and take-out Sunday to Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Currently operating in compliance with state and national safe distancing guidelines, dinner is presently being served both indoors and outdoors under a heated tent. Reservations are accepted until 3 p.m. daily at (508) 347-1900 or (508) 347-9300. Walk-ins are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis from 3 p.m. until the restaurant reaches capacity.
Partners for this year’s Coats for Kids drive include Anton’s Cleaners, Jordan’s Furniture, Enterprise Bank, Boston 25 Cares, Kiss 108FM, Jam’n 94.5, 101.7 The Bull, WBZ 1030, 97.7 The Beat, WRKO, and 100.7 WZLX
Photo: Donate a warm winter coat between October 26 and November 25 and Teddy G’s Pub & Grille owners Ted & Jenna Gidopoulos will say “thank you” with a 15% discount.
Harrington HealthCare System Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader
SOUTHBRIDGE, MA, October 2, 2020 – Harrington HealthCare System announced today the certification of its Cardiac Rehabilitation Program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). This certification is in recognition of Harrington HealthCare’s commitment to improving the quality of life of patients by enhancing standards of care.
Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation programs are designed to help people with cardiovascular problems (e.g., heart attacks, coronary artery bypass graft surgery) and pulmonary problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], respiratory symptoms) recover faster and live healthier. Both programs include exercise, education, counseling and support for patients and their families.
Harrington HealthCare’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is located inside Harrington Hospital. It offers individualized, multi-phase approach to helping patients return to an active and fulfilling lifestyle after cardiac surgery or a cardiac event. Treatments are provided through a team approach between the patient’s primary care doctor and cardiologists, nurses, and an exercise physiologist. Treatments include medically supervised exercise and strength training as well as cardiac health counseling and education sessions to help patients reduce and manage risk factors.
To earn accreditation, Harrington HealthCare’s Cardiac Rehabilitation Program participated in an application process that requires extensive documentation of the program’s practices. AACVPR Program Certification is the only peer-review accreditation process designed to review individual programs for adherence to standards and guidelines developed and published by AACVPR and other related professional societies. Each program’s application is reviewed by the AACVPR Program Certification Committee, and certification is awarded by the AACVPR Board of Directors.
In 2018, AACVPR moved to an outcomes-based process with performance measurements that represent more meaningful outcomes. Therefore, AACVPR-certified programs are leaders in the cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation field because they offer the most advanced practices available and have proven track records of high quality patient care. AACVPR Program Certification is valid for three years.
About Harrington HealthCare System
Harrington HealthCare System is a comprehensive regional healthcare system serving more than 25 communities across south central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. The system includes Harrington Hospital in Southbridge, Harrington HealthCare at Webster and three additional major medical office buildings: Harrington HealthCare at Charlton, Harrington HealthCare at 169, also in Charlton, and Harrington HealthCare at Spencer; Harrington Physician Services, our primary care and multi-specialty physician group; UrgentCare Express at Harrington in Charlton and Oxford; The Cancer Center at Harrington in Southbridge, and the region’s largest Behavioral Health programs for mental health and substance use. www.harringtonhospital.org
Founded in 1985, the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the mission of reducing morbidity, mortality and disability from cardiovascular and pulmonary disease through education, prevention, rehabilitation, research and disease management. Central to the core mission is improving the quality of life for patients and their families. Learn more about AACVPR at www.aacvpr.org.
Optim LLC celebrates 50 Year Anniversary
of Optical Imaging Excellence
Sturbridge, MA (October 6, 2020) — Optim LLC, a leading manufacturer of proprietary portable flexible endoscopes and videoscopes for use in the visual diagnosis of Ear-Nose-and-Throat (“ENT”) disorders, contraband detection equipment as well as components for the Ultrasound market, announced today the company is celebrating a major milestone with 50 years in the optical imaging industry.
Originally founded in 1970 as Applied Fiberoptics Inc., AFI was one of the first companies to produce glass fiber imaging for use in surgical device illumination. With the acquisition in 1996 of Schott Fiber Optics’ flexible endoscope division, medical and industrial endoscopes were added to the product portfolio. A name change to Optim in 1998 along with a move to Optim’s current Sturbridge location solidified the company’s offerings. In 2003, Optim received its certification as an ISO 13485 Medical Device Manufacturer.
Since its inception, Optim has developed and marketed a wide variety of visualization products including Medical Endoscopes, Industrial Borescopes, as well as OEM components for large medical device companies. In recent years the company has expanded from a fiber optic-based company to offer a range of video-based products for endoscopy and inspection.
“Optim has a long track record of innovation and customer focus,” said Doug Hughes, President & CEO. "As we enter our 51st year Optim looks forward to expanding its range of products and continuing to offer a unique set of solutions to our customers' visualization needs.”
Optim LLC develops, manufactures and supports state-of-the-art endoscopy products and accessories that help medical professionals, law enforcement officers and industrial users work more effectively and efficiently. Our breakthrough, flexible endoscopes, fiberscopes, and videoscopes with integrated LED lighting enable customers to bring precision optical capabilities wherever they are needed.
Optim offers design and manufacturing expertise in fiber optic endoscopes, videoscopes, endoscope sub-assemblies and components for medical and industrial imaging applications. Leveraging our development and manufacturing experience in prototype production, product validation to final product release allows your company to focus on design requirements, product launch, marketing, and distribution.
PHOTOS: Margo, a dog currently available for adoption at the Second Chance Adoption Center (l) and items up for bid (r).
Second Chance Online Auction a Great Way to Start Holiday Shopping and Help Pets
DinnerLESS Auction has Something for Everyone
EAST BROOKFIELD, MA (October 9, 2020) – Second Chance Animal Services DinnerLESS Auction is offering a great way for supporters to start their holiday shopping. The online auction, which kicked off October 3rd, features four groups of items up for bid with one group closing each Sunday evening through November 1st. The proceeds from every winning bid supports all the Second Chance programs that help pets in need.
Popular items include gift baskets ready for gifting and gift cards to local businesses. Supporters can also bid on one of a kind experiences like a tour of a Boston TV station or a week’s private lodging in Cannes, France or Big Sky, Montana donated by friends of Second Chance for travel to look forward to when things open up.
The auction also features handcrafted items like a pair of Adirondack chairs created by the Hampden County Sheriff’s Office, a beautiful handmade quilt, adorable metal cat and dog garden sculptures and more.
Second Chance Development Director Lindsay Doray is hoping the online auction will be a big success. “2020 has been a year filled with challenges and uncertainty, but the one thing is certain - pets need help now more than ever.” Doray notes that all three hospitals are seeing a tremendous increase in calls for help caring for pets. “Our staff has been amazing, working so hard to help as many pets as we can. With so many people furloughed or unemployed, many pet owners have nowhere else to turn when their pet becomes ill or injured.” Second Chance offers subsidized pricing for qualified low-income households to help keep pets with their families and out of shelters.
Doray expressed gratitude to all who donated the item and to the sponsors for their support when the event was moved online. “The DinnerLESS Auction was made possible by the generous support of RE/MAX realtor Wendy Johnson in loving memory of Pam Crawford. Pam Crawford was a longtime supporter of Second Chance who devoted her life to her family and to helping people find a home. She will be greatly missed by all.”
Interested supporters can visit www.secondchanceanimals.org for links to each block of auction items and they’ll also find this year’s DinnerLESS Auction video with a look back at the nonprofit’s work in 2019, an update on COVID-19 efforts along with behind the scenes footage and some adorable Second Chance alumni.
Make Your Woods Bird Friendly - TLGV and Partners Launch
Next Round of $6.1 Million
Southern New England Heritage Forest Grant Program
Attention woodland landowners: Funding is available to improve your woodland habitat for important bird species and to manage your woods for wildlife and people. The Last Green Valley (TLGV), the MassConn Sustainable Forest Partnership (MassConn) and the Northern Rhode Island Conservation District (NRICD) are pleased to offer the next round of funding for woodland landowners to obtain forest management plans with bird habitat assessments.
The program is part of the $6.1 million Southern New England Heritage Forest conservation effort, an unprecedented three-state collaboration made possible through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The NRCS funding is being matched, bringing the economic infusion into the region to $12.2 million.
A professional forester will walk your property and coordinate with the Audubon society in your state to produce a high-quality forest management plan with a bird habitat assessment of your woods. The plan will recommend measures you can take to improve the health of your woods. The plan will meet federal and state requirements and may be used to apply for property tax reductions at the local level (where applicable).
Grant funds are available to pay for most of the forester’s costs and to completely fund the bird habitat assessments. Landowners will be responsible for choosing a forester from an approved list and paying for a percentage of the total cost of the forest management plan.
This program is ideally suited for landowners who have never had a forest management plan and own more than 10 acres of woodlands.
Program requirements vary by state. To get started, contact the lead partner for your state. The partners can assist with the application process. The application deadline for Connecticut and Rhode Island is Dec. 31, but we recommend you begin the process early to ensure the application is complete before the deadline. Massachusetts is accepting applications on a rolling basis so you may apply at any time.
for links to the application materials, including a list of communities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island that are included in this program.
For Connecticut Projects – Bill Reid, 860-774-3300; firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting partners for this project include: MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Providence Water, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Hull Forest Products, Thames River Basin Partnership, New England Forestry Foundation, Eastern CT Conservation District, Norcross Wildlife Foundation, RI Division of Forest Management, RI Woodland Partnership, Harvard Forest, Yale Sustaining Family Forests Institute, Audubon Connecticut, Mass Audubon and Audubon Rhode Island.
The Southern New England Heritage Forest is a 1.49 million-acre unfragmented forest corridor stretching along the Connecticut and Rhode Island border to the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts. Bounded by more heavily urbanized areas, with more than one million nearby residents, the SNEHF has an astonishing 76 percent forest cover and offers one of the last viable wildlife corridors from southern to northern New England.
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is the heart of the Southern New England Heritage Forest and 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!
Cornerstone Bank Promotes Heather E. Dumais to VP, Commercial Lender
Worcester, MA— Cornerstone Bank is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Heather E. Dumais from AVP, Commercial Lender to VP, Commercial Lender. Heather has been in the banking industry for over 30 years. She has spent 12 years as a commercial loan officer, five of which have been at Cornerstone Bank.
Heather specializes in working with small business customers and providing guidance through the SBA loan process. She is passionate about finding the right solutions to fit her clients’ financial needs and cares about the success of their businesses.
Heather graduated from Boston University with a BA in Economics. She is an active member of our local community, serving on the Board of Directors for RCAP Solutions in Worcester. In her spare time, Heather enjoys golfing and traveling.
“Heather is a valued member of the Commercial Lending team,” said Cornerstone Bank President & Treasurer Todd M. Tallman. “She provides unparalleled service to her small business clients, and we look forward to her growth and success as VP, Commercial Lender.”
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, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Warren, Webster, and Worcester, along with a Loan Center in Westborough. 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 cornerstonebank.com
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Are you ready to pivot?
What a challenging time this year has been! So many of us are feeling like Humpty Dumpty, either teetering or sliding off that wall, trying to figure out how to put our businesses, our lives back together again.
This is a moment when we will either look back and say, "I stayed down on the ground" or "I found a way to pivot," to get back up again.
I'll admit I struggled on the ground for a while as I watched my trainings and speaking engagements one by one get cancelled. And I will admit my inner ability to inspire and motivate myself began to wax and wane.
Did I wallow for a time in self-pity? Yup! Was I ready to call it quits and retire? Nope! And that "Nope" my friends, was what kept me from falling off Humpty Dumpty's proverbial wall.
It was time to pivot. Time to take tactical action.
I worked out a feasible fee structure for my coaching clients who were also feeling the financial pinch; offered free stress management meetings via Zoom, which gave me purpose.
And I stopped being oblivious to the obvious and listened to that inner signal. Now was the perfect time to take my programs from conference center rooms to your living room.
LIVE! Online Programs
Each of the programs has been restructured as a 60-90 minute program.
Life is less about what happens to you and more about how you respond to what happens to you. Know how to adjust; know how to pivot.
And now I have a big favor to ask: Spread the word about these programs. Share this email with others. And I hope to "see" you soon.
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Enjoy your day. And pivot.
MAKE A RESERVATION TODAY: 508-867-2345
Main Dining Room Hours:
Thursday, Friday & Saturday – 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Sunday – 12 Noon to 6:00pm
Special COVID 19 Notes
- Reservations are required at this time by calling. If no answer, leave a message and we will return the call.
- We are asking people to limit their time at the table to 90 minutes.
- Face masks will be required.
Dante’s Journey for a Third Chance
Second Chance Rescue Dog Returns After a Month on the Run
EAST BROOKFIELD, MA (October 14, 2020) – Oh, the stories she could tell, if only she could talk. Seven-year-old beagle mix Dante, who underwent surgery for a broken leg after being hit by a car earlier this summer, returned to Second Chance Sunday night after a month on the loose.
“It’s like a story out of a children’s book where the heroine overcomes her fear through strength and determination to return to the people and place where she first knew love,” said Second Chance CEO Sheryl Blancato. “Over the past month, Dante traveled over 15 miles from Hardwick all the way back to East Brookfield after escaping from her foster while recuperating from surgery.”
Animal Relocation Director Wendy Hall is thrilled to have Dante back, safe and sound. “We wish she was wearing a tracker. Somehow, she got from Hardwick to East Brookfield. She was seen in Barre around the farms and then nothing for 2 weeks but apparently, she was making her way back here!! She is in pretty good shape. She was finding food someplace on her travels because she actually gained two pounds. She's pretty clean and her leg is very sore, but we expected that.”
An East Brookfield resident began seeing Dante around the center of town. They contacted Blancato about a scared, stray dog that no one was helping and asked if Second Chance could help. “From the description we put two and two together. We immediately put up a rescue trap to try and help her. When she didn’t go in after a day or so, and it appeared she’d moved across the street, we enlisted the help of Missing Dogs Massachusetts to set up a second trap that secured Dante.”
Second Chance Shelter Manager & Vet Tech Shauna Griffin, who had repeatedly searched for Dante while the dog was on the lam, was watching the live camera as she entered the trap set up to secure her for a safe return. Griffin was so excited; she admits she was screaming as she alerted others and Dante was quickly brought back to the Second Chance Adoption Center.
Dante got a checkup and x-rays Monday at Second Chance’s North Brookfield Community Veterinary Hospital. She’ll remain at the adoption center for a respite after her adventure and staff will continue to monitor her.
PHOTO: Dante resting up after her adventure Monday morning.
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WORCESTER REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
2020 GAME Changers - Business Conference and Expo - Opening / Awards
Monday Oct 19, 2020 - Thursday Oct 22, 2020, 10:00-11:30am, Virtual Conference
Worcester Regional Chamber’s annual conference and expo brings together members of the Central Mass business community to learn about and discuss local innovations, business opportunities, hear keynote speakers, and network with other professionals. The event is also an opportunity to congratulate recipients of the 2020 Game Changer awards. These members of the community have been a catalyst for change and are recognized for their work at this event. This year, the conference explores how our business community can work towards a more diverse workforce, provide opportunity for people of color and other diverse groups.
Attendees may register for individual sessions or all four sessions/days. Please make your selection in the registration process.
WEBINAR: New Regulations Surrounding the Paid Medical Leave Act
Wednesday Oct 28, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT
Seminar Series: Cómo Crear y Liderar un Negocio Exitoso
Wednesday Oct 28, 2020, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EDT
FREE ONLINE BUSINESS WORKSHOPS OFFERED BY SCORE
SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Since 1964, SCORE has provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs. Click on the program titles for more info and registration.
Thursday | Oct 15 | 11:00 am
This webinar will demystify Financial Statements and explain in plain language basic financial terms and concepts that small business owners need to know. Financial statements help you understand how a business is doing and prepare you to talk to an accountant.
Thursday | Oct 15 | 1:00 pm
In this webinar, you'll learn how customers find your business online and how to promote your business using Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Smart Campaigns in Google Ads.
Monday | Oct 19 | 10:00 am
From a Legal Perspective: How should you close your business to make sure it is done correctly and to avoid liability. This will apply if you are completely shutting down your business or if you plan on transferring/selling your business. Learn from Jeremy R. Bombard, Esq.
Monday | Oct 19 | 1:00 pm
The first stage in creating a website is to gather as much information as possible to learn what you want (and don’t want) for your site. Regardless of whether you use a design firm or not, you should know the answers to the following questions: Purpose, goals, target audience and content
Tuesday | Oct 20 | 9:30 am
Sales – you don’t have a business without it! This workshop will help small business owners to define their market, develop their marketing and sales messages, prospect for qualified customers, and develop a system to reach your sales goals. Business owners are the sales drivers of their companies – learn how to sell better to grow your business.
Thursday | Oct 22 | 9:00 am
If you are confused about why you need bookkeeping software and what your options are, this webinar will walk you through what you need to know to make the best bookkeeping software decision for you and your business. In Nov, we will be following up with QB online and QB desktop training.
View Previously Recorded SCORE Webinars Here.
BUSINESS WORKSHOPS OFFERED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER NETWORK
Statewide Training & Event Calendar
Oct 15 Website Basics (Marketing Toolbox) (webinar)
Oct 15 Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the SBA and MSBDC! (webinar)
Oct 16 Recent Changes to the Foreign Produced Direct Product Rule: Implications for Huawei and Beyond (webinar) globe
Oct 19 Reach Customers Online (Marketing Toolbox) (webinar)
Oct 21 Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone (webinar)
Oct 21 Government Contracting (webinar)
Oct 22 Introduccion Contabilidad De Negocios (seminario web)
Oct 22 Get Your Local Business on Google Search & Maps (Marketing Toolbox) (webinar)
Oct 23 Best Practices for End Use & End User Due Diligence (webinar) globe
Oct 26 Make Your Website Work for You (Marketing Toolbox) (webinar)
Oct 28 How to Become a Women-Owned Certified Business with WBENC (webinar)
Oct 29 Use YouTube to Grow Your Business (Marketing Toolbox) (webinar)
Visit the online calendar for more info and to register for these and many more.
DEB K HYPNOSIS
Change is in the air! What would you like to change? Now taking in office clients as well as virtual. Call 508-579-6314.
To join Deb K Hypnosis private Facebook group for support and resources click here:
COGGNO is the Chamber's 24/7 Training platform. Low cost and even free online courses are available for CMS Chamber Members.
The Last Green Valley is celebrating 30 years of Walktober! While it's not what we envisioned when we began planning, Walktober still provides plenty of opportunities to experience what makes this region worthy of being a National Heritage Corridor. With more than 130 walks, hikes, historic tales, paddles, bike rides, farm visits, and more offered by dedicated & passionate Walktober leaders and the generous sponsors that make it happen. Thank you to them all!
PLEASE check the online Walktober Calendar for updates before you go. Wear your mask, maintain physical distancing, and follow all other recommendations from local, state and federal health officials. Do your part to keep Walktober safe for all of us!
MOBILE ADOPTION UNIT is coming to Klem’s!
On the road to saving more lives! Be sure to stop by and say hi to some of the sweet dogs looking for a new home!
Let adoption help you find your next best friend.
1 Family allowed on board at a time. Masks required. Fall in love!
Friday, October 16th from 2pm-4pm
Click here to RSVP on our FB Page
SOUTHBRIDGE CREDIT UNION'S
COMMUNITY SHRED IT DAY
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 | 9AM - 12PM
@ SCU MAIN OFFICE (179 MAIN STREET, SOUTHBRIDGE)
AND HOBBS BROOK BRANCH (STURBRIDGE)
Shredding is a quick and convenient way to dispose of your information in a manner that provides added security against IDENTITY THEFT - and it’s great for the environment as they are recycled. Stop by with your documents and have them shredded on site.
DON'T FORGET YOUR MASK.
Membership to Southbridge Credit Union requires a one-time dividend-earning deposit of $5.00 in a prime share account.
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Autumn Harvest Weekend
Old Sturbridge Village
October 17 - 18, 2020
Celebrate the harvest and the beautiful New England autumn. Learn how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table. Join our costumed interpreters as they harvest apples, potatoes, carrots, and beets, and discuss food preparation, thresh and winnow grain, and shell corn and beans. We will also be putting the gardens to the bed for the winter.
You can also visit with the farm animals, take a horse-drawn wagon ride, see our progress on building a new Cabinetmaking Shop, visit with artisan craftspeople, and more! SEE MORE
KIDS FREE: Visit Old Sturbridge Village this Fall! Up to three kids 17 and younger are admitted FREE when accompanied by an adult paying full admission now through November 28, 2020, thanks to our generous sponsor Country Bank!
All visitors and members will be required to purchase and/or reserve their tickets online to manage capacity in accordance with Massachusetts reopening guidelines. Learn more here
CHECK OUT PHANTOMS & FIRE THIS MONTH! SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE!
October 13 – November 28
Open Friday – Sunday | 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
The Small Business Direct Access Grant is
Free Money to help your business run more efficiently
A well-trained team is more engaged and more productive... leading to better, smarter results for your business.
The shift to remote working has been a learning experience for many of us. We had to change the way we communicate, work, present, meet and more. Chances are, you (and your staff) may need a little help to master them. The Direct Access Grant is for businesses with 100 or fewer employees that would like to learn new skills and run more efficiently. Many courses are based around the virtual work environment.
Businesses approved for this grant can take advantage of these workshops and many more! Here are some examples.
- Communications for Clarity and Impact
- Managing the Virtual Workplace
- Employee Accountability
- Presenting with Impact using Virtual Technology
Don't Delay. Workshops Begin on October 20!
How to Apply:
For assistance with the grant application or course registration please contact:
Phantoms & Fire
Old Sturbridge Village
Wednesday-Sunday, October 21 - 31
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Don’t fear, Halloween is here! Explore Old Sturbridge Village after hours where you will find spooky delights from bats and bonfires to cauldrons and candy, from ghosts and guitars to horror and…maybe even…a headless horseman! Take your entire family, as this Halloween, there is something for every age around every corner. So grab your tickets today for Phantoms & Fire – brought to by Country Bank!
Guests must purchase tickets for specific arrival times.
Occupancy is limited. Pre-registration is required.
Tickets on sale to Village members now.
Oktoberfest at The Duck
Join us for this fun annual festival with a Bavarian-themed dinner featuring a variety of traditional courses prepared by The Duck’s head chef, Eric Jolin, and his culinary team—all with a healthy dollop of local ingredients.
This dinner may sell out quickly so make your reservations now by calling 508-347-2321. $55.00 per person* includes a special cocktail, wine, or beer. German beer courses will be paired with each course and available at an additional charge. Hope to see you there!
Oktoberfest originated in Munich Germany on October 12, 1810, in celebration of the marriage of the crown prince of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Today, Oktoberfest draws more than six million people each year over a two-week period with over 2 million gallons of beer consumed.
This will be an indoor event and tables will safely spaced to adhere to all CDC and BOH guidelines. No more than 10 people per table and masks must be worn when not seated.
*Tax and gratuity not included. Credit card information will be taken at the time of reservation. Cancellations must be made at least three days in advance. Refunds will be made in the form of a Table 3 gift card to be used in one of our restaurants or for a future special event dinner.
Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale
October 24: Electronics Recycling Event
The Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale will hold an electronics and appliance recycling event on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine at the rear of the church at 8 Maple Street, Sturbridge. Social distancing will be observed and participants are required to please wear masks.
Residents of any town are welcome to participate to bring electronic or appliance items for recycling at a graduated cost per item:
- $5 each for Computers, DVD Players, Printers, Laptops, Misc. Electronics
- $10 each for Microwaves, Small Household Appliances
- $15 each for Computer Monitors, AC’s, Dehumidifiers, Large Printers
- $20 each for TVs up to 24”, Washing Machines, Dryers, Stoves, Large Appliances, Grills, Exercise Equipment, Large Yard Equipment
- $25 each for TVs between 25” and 31”, Large Refrigerators
- $30 each for TVs between 32” and 35”
- $35 each TVs over 36”
- $40 each for Projection TVs
- NO CHARGE for Cell Phones, Bikes, Car or Truck Batteries
Cash is preferred. Checks will be accepted for items requiring payment of $30 or more. The event is being held in collaboration with Green Day Recycling. If you have questions, please email GreenDayRecyclingMA@gmail.com
Painting Fall at Brush It Off
October 24, 6:30-9:00pm
Only 9 seats left!
Come paint this image in about 2 1/2 hours with step-by-step instruction along with our professional artist at Brush It Off. Includes 1 beverage.Original painting by Brush It Off LLC.
10" X 20" Canvas.
Gals night out, family gatherings, partners, what ever your reason to get out for some fun, with easy painting techniques our professional artists will teach you while having a GREAT time! You might want to wear something you don't mind getting paint on (should it happen).
For your enjoyment, we offer a nice selection of wines, local cold beers, snacks and non- alcoholic beverages.
We are following all the Covid-19 regulations specified for our industry based on restaurants and running air purifiers.
So many cool paintings on the Studio Calendar in October! Check them out!
Chamber Members! Use your Member2 Member Card and save!
Enter CHAMBER1 as the promo code when you sign up.
A community decorating contest!
December 4th, 5th, 6th
December 11th, 12th, 13th
All Entry Forms are due by November 30th
Please Review Official Contest Rules and Get the Entry Form Online here.
Email Entry Forms and Questions:
A road map of participating addresses will be provided.
Judging will be done by the public.
VOTE ONLINE for the best display per category!
Norcom Mortgage is on the hunt for licensed and experienced Loan Officers.
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Laurie Cashman, Chair
Yellow Iris Farm
Erika Travinski, 1st Vice Chair
The Center of Hope
Bruce Watkins, Treasurer
Karl Storz Endovision, Inc.
Board of Directors
Table 3 Restaurant Group
North Brookfield Savings Bank
Webster First Federal Credit Union
Vibrance Technology Corp
ERA Key Realty
Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center
Les Gardner Photography
Old Sturbridge Village
Southbridge Credit Union
Exsel Advertising Group
Michael L. Wales Painting Company
Old Sturbridge Village
Honorary Board Member
Berthiaume & Berthiaume
Communications & Media