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Fun at Porterhouse!
Annual Meeting
Brown Bag Seminar
Chamber Seeks Sponsors
M4M: Be Visible, Stay Visible
Trivia Night Raises $7,400 for Southbridge ER
Winter Scholarship Gala
Harrington Auxiliary Christmas Meeting
WANTED: Experienced Loan Officers
bankHometown Donates $25,000 from 2018 Campaign
NBSB Hat Contest Winner
Village Photo Closing
Local Photographer Exhibit
Cornerstone Bank Contributes to Toys for Tots
Center of Hope Announces Program's Success
NBSB Thanks Community for Toy Donations
Cornerstone Contributes to Spencer Toys for Kids
Lord Hobo Pint Night
Fireplace Feasts!
Auditions for Sylvia
Tax Tips & Techniques
50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Evening of Illumination
Stageloft Theater
The Last Green Valley Events
Publick House Feast
Village Toastmasters Meetings
24/7 Online Training
New Member Baskets
Save These Dates!
BankHometown Business Checking
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jessica Bettencourt
Laurie Nelson
1st Vice Chair 
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision

Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group 
Michael Checkosky
Angela Chviek
Alycia Dzik
Rich Eichacker

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Leila Hurt
Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union  
Rita Schiano 
Rich Suitum
Erica Travinski

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co. 

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

Chamber Links

Cms Chamber

Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary

Welcome to 2019 and January's CROSSROADS NEWS
The new year is here and we are excited to get it started with some terrifically timely events in January. We'll be networking at Sturbridge Porterhouse, offering a fascinating seminar on caregiving, and welcoming Congressman Richard Neal as the guest speaker at our Annual Meeting at The Barn at Wight Farm. We can't wait to hear the Congressman's view of Capitol Hill and we hope you will join us. See the details on this and much more below and give us a ring or email to reserve your seats!      

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Fun at Five!
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
at 5:00pm 
Sturbridge Porterhouse 
Sturbridge Porterhouse
407 Main Street, Sturbridge, 508-347-2700
Network with us at Sturbridge Porterhouse!
Sturbridge Porterhouse offers classic world cuisine using contemporary techniques and ingredients in a casual environment. Chef Ken and his staff are passionate about providing great food and an amazing atmosphere to their guests. The menu features mouthwatering steaks, chops and burgers cooked to perfection. You will also find a fantastic selection of wines and beers on tap, a decadent dessert menu, even a piano bar upstairs, along with beautiful amenities throughout and a friendly  
and helpful staff.    
The brainchild of Chef Ken Yukimura, who also operates Sturbridge Seafood, Sturbridge Porterhouse is an extraordinary steakhouse waiting to  
welcome you!    
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
Cost is $10 for Members who pre-register,  
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
We hope to see you there!
Thank you to our  
January Fun at Five Sponsor!
Baystate Dental 
Baystate Dental is proud to support the Central Massachusetts community! Since 1983, our multi-location practice has provided comprehensive general, restorative, and cosmetic dental care to adults and children. We're committed to providing the highest standard of care in a welcoming environment by establishing lasting relationships. Patient convenience is important to us and we strive to make your entire dental experience as easy and pleasant as possible. Visit any of our 11 convenient locations including Hobbs Brook Plaza, Sturbridge to experience the Baystate Dental difference!
Baystate Dental of Sturbridge
100 Charlton Road, Suite 25, Sturbridge, MA
(774) 316-2352 
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JANUARY 23, 2019 11:00am to 1:00pm
You are cordially invited to attend as The Chamber of Central Mass South holds its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 11:00am - 1:00pm at The Barn at Wight Farm, 420 Main Street, Sturbridge.
The Chamber is very pleased to welcome Congressman Richard E. Neal as our keynote speaker.
Richard E. Neal Richard E. Neal was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on February 14, 1949 and was raised and educated in the City of Springfield. He is a 1972 graduate of American International College, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and was a member of the National Honor Society. He received his Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Barney School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Hartford in 1976.

Richard E. Neal was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1988. He represents the First Congressional District of Massachusetts. He is the Ranking Member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. He is also the dean of both the Massachusetts delegation and the New England Delegation in the House.

Congressman Neal has been a lead sponsor of legislation to prevent American companies from moving offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes. He has sponsored legislation that would increase the national savings rate by encouraging the use of individual retirement accounts, and has worked to make health care and tuition expenses tax deductible for middle class people.

Congressman Neal is an At-Large Whip for the House Democrats. He is a co-chairman of the New England Congressional Caucus, where he continues to advocate for the unique regional interests of the six New England States.
11:00-11:30 Registration & Mingling
11:30 Welcome
12:15 Congressman Richard E. Neal
12:45 Questions & Answers
1:00 Adjourn
The Menu
Garden Salad Served with Rolls and Butter
Tuscan Herb Roasted Chicken
Sliced Roasted Potatoes & Broccolini
Apple Cranberry Crisp
The cost to attend is $30 per person for Chamber Members
($225 for a table of 8) or $40 per person for non-Members.
Please RSVP by phone or email by January 16.
Call: 508-347-2761

Thank you to our sponsor:

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North Brookfield | East Brookfield | West Brookfield | Ware
Belchertown | Palmer | Three Rivers
Brown Bag
Assistive Technology, Websites and Apps for Family Caregivers
Presented by: Laura Black Silver, LICSW
Tuesday, January 22 at Noon
Chamber Conference Room
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge

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

Working caregivers, whether they are caring for someone in their own home, living close by or long-distance need access to resources, information and supports. This workshop will focus on informational websites, Care Coordination "Apps" and different types of assistive technology which caregivers can access to assist them in their responsibilities.

The workshop will feature the following:
Caregiver Education and Training Websites and YouTubes
Care Coordination and Scheduling Apps
Medication Management Apps and Medication Dispensing Devices
Monitoring systems including GPS and Video Monitoring
Stress Relief for Caregivers: Forums, Blogs, On-line Support Groups and Meditation Apps
Comfort Companions and Music for the Care Recipient

About the Presenter: Laura Black Silver, LICSW
Laura Black Silver Laura Black Silver, LICSW, received her Masters of Social Work from Boston College. She has been the Caregiver Specialist with the Family Caregiver Program at Tri-Valley, Inc. for the past 15 years.

The Family Caregiver Support Program is part of a national program which helps caregivers of older adults manage the personal, social and economic challenges of caregiving. As the Caregiver Specialist, Laura helps caregivers access information, resources, and supports. She consults with professionals on caregiver issues and provides community outreach and educational programs to support groups, senior centers, adult day health programs, assisted living, nursing home facilities and hospitals. Laura is trainer for evidenced based education programs for caregivers including Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Savvy Caregiver and A Matter of Balance, fall prevention.

Laura works closely with the Central Massachusetts Family Caregiver Program team, which consists of Tri-Valley, Inc., Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc., Montachusett Home Care Co. and the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, to publish a Caregiver's Guide, now in its fourth addition. The team also developed an educational program "Social Media, Digital Technology and Apps for Caregivers" which has been presented to numerous caregiver groups and to professional conferences including the Western New England College Spring Social Work Conference, the Massachusetts Council on Aging conference, and the Map through the Maze, Alzheimer's Association annual conference.
Chamber Events
Sponsor a Chamber Event in 2019! 
Our Promotions Committee is hard at work planning the new year's schedule of Chamber events including the April JOB FAIR at Bay Path RVTHS, our monthly FUN at FIVE networking events, the summer Golf Classic and Clambake as well as a four-Chamber MEGA Networking Event coming on June 13, 2019.

We are actively seeking sponsors to support these events.
Sponsorship will shine a light on your business as it includes: 
  • Your logo on all event marketing materials 
  • Recognition at registration table and on event programs and agendas when applicable 
  • Mentions as sponsor during event 
  • Opportunity to provide marketing materials at a sponsor table 
  • And many more which vary by event  
Thank you to North Brookfield Savings Bank for sponsoring our Annual Meeting with U.S. Congressman Richard Neal at The Barn at Wight Farm on January 23, 2019. 
FUN AT FIVE Networking Events (monthly except August)  
With an average attendance of over 100 guests per event, our FUN at FIVE sponsors are assured positive exposure and an enthusiastic crowd that is eager to share the good word about your business with their friends, neighbors and business contacts!

Be a FUN at FIVE sponsor and your company name and information will be seen prominently on all promotional material for the event. We invite all members of the Chamber to FUN at FIVE via email blasts and provide further exposure for our hosts and sponsors by posting these events to the calendars of widely read local publications such as the Southbridge News, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and Worcester Business Journal, among others.

Proudly presented by The Chamber of Central Mass South in partnership with Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in spring. Held in two parts, the first is for high school seniors. Later in the afternoon there is a full-on job fair open to all adult job seekers throughout the region looking for summer jobs, internships and full-time positions. The event is promoted with ads and inserts in a half-dozen local papers with a reach of over 40,000 homes locally and supported by posters in high-traffic business locations throughout the region.  
Held annually in June, the Golf Classic welcomes around 100 golfers for a spectacular day on the links plus a hearty steak dinner after play. There are several sponsorship opportunities at this event including Corporate and Tee Box sponsorships.  
The Chamber's summer outing is a midsummer party and feast beyond compare. We welcome around 200 guests for an August get-together featuring live music, incredible food and we draw the winner of the Chamber Raffle at this memorable event.

Central Mass South teams up with Auburn, Webster-Dudley-Oxford (WDO), and Worcester Regional for a four-Chamber MEGA Networking event. The coming year's gathering happens at Indian Ranch in Webster on June 13 and we expect 250-300 attendees to join us.

If you are interested or would like to hear more about sponsoring these upcoming Chamber events, Alix would love to hear from you. Give her a call at 508-347-2761 or email at  
Marketing Series
Be Visible, Stay Visible: Marketing For Members Only Packages for 2019
The Chamber's Marketing For Members Only packages for 2019 are available to be reserved!  
These packages include low cost advertising opportunities using all the Chamber's channels. 
Crossroads NEWS and EVENTS ads
Chamber Website Homepage banner ads
Dedicated Email blasts
Featured Member Spotlight in the Chamber Corner of Southbridge News
Purchase individual items or a comprehensive package to keep you visible all year long.
See the M4M packages and individual items and contact Jack
with questions or to get started.
View and Download the Marketing For Members Only.pdf file from the Chamber website.  
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Harrington Holiday Trivia Night Raises $7,400 for Southbridge ER Renovation
Trivia Night
Harrington held its first-ever Trivia Night at the Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center to benefit the Southbridge Emergency Department Renovation project.
Sponsored by Five Star Automotive Experts, the event drew 16 teams for a night of trivia, raffles prizes and entertainment.
Eight rounds of questions, with bonus point opportunities in-between, was hosted by local philanthropist Rich DeYoung.
Harrington Hospital's Southbridge Emergency Department renovation is in the first of a four-phase construction process, which will add 2,400 square feet of new space while modernizing the existing 8,400 square feet. The project will add three more patient treatment rooms, renovate the waiting area, increase safety and patient access, upgrade technology and enhance the accessibility of patient care services within the footprint. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
Total renovation cost s estimated at $5 million; though more than a quarter of that amount has already been raised through individual and corporate donations and fundraisers, including the Harrington Heroes/AFare to Remember gala which was held in July at Mechanics Hall.

The first-place winners of Trivia Night were "The Tree Toppers" - Mary O'Coin, Terry O'Coin, Wendy Lennon and Greg Lennon.
Second place went to "Useless Knowledge", made up of Harrington Emergency Department Nurses Tracy DiGregorio, Patricia Leach and Heather LaFlamme, and Michael LaFlamme.
Trivia night donations
Participants were also asked to bring a donation for Catholic Charities. A wide variety of full-sized toiletries and scarves/hats/mittens were collected to help support local families this holiday season.
Harrington extends a special thanks to the staff at Southbridge Hotel for their hospitality and beautiful space, as well as Five Star Auto and the numerous individuals and businesses that donated raffle prizes.
To learn more about the Southbridge ED renovation, visit
Jones _ Jones
Jones & Jones Winter Scholarship Gala 2019
Give back to the Community!

Give back to the Community is one of Jones & Jones Realty's Core Values. Our Scholarship Gala is just one way we can work together to make a huge impact on our community and the young adults of our future.

Why is raising money for students so important to us at Jones & Jones?

This past spring, Jones & Jones Realty sponsored a scholarship fundraising event for Woman In Business. Shortly after, as a member of Woman in Business in the Sturbridge area, I was asked and honored to participate in a scholarship presentation to one of five young female seniors in the region. Each of these talented, strong, determined, and intelligent young women had unique, heartwarming, and compelling stories to share. Every one of these young women was embarking on a journey into the medical field with the hopes of having an impact on their community in the future. Witnessing their achievements, I found myself overwhelmed by emotions. It brought back heartfelt and warm feelings of when I was fortunate to be on the receiving end of a community's generosity, which allowed me to further my education. As the ceremony drew to an end, I was amazed, joyful, and proud of these young women. In the weeks and months to follow, this experience left an indelible imprint within me.

Due to the amazing growth Jones & Jones Realty has experienced with significant referrals from our wonderful and supportive clients, family, and friends, it is possible for Jones & Jones Realty to announce our excitement over creating a Scholarship Fund that will continue to give back year after year.

Our goal for 2019 is to provide (5) - $1,000 scholarships to Seniors in the area. Our hope is to target a range of students with these scholarships including women going on to business school, students going to a technical college, minority students going on to higher education, and science majors, just to name a few. We will be finalizing the criteria for scholarships within the next couple of weeks and looking forward to sharing more details as they unfold.

To kick off our 2019 Scholarship Fund, Jones & Jones Realty will be hosting a fundraising event to bring the community together to support this great cause. We are reaching out to businesses for sponsorships who wish to partner with Jones & Jones. Sponsorships for this event will support the cost of the event AND give them high visibility marketing in the community as well as recognition to recipients of this community support. In conjunction with the sponsorships, all the funds from the sales of tickets will go towards the actual scholarship awards.

Contact Jennifer for more information and download the

Call or Text Jen Jones for more information at 774.696.7002 

Harrington Auxiliary Christmas Meeting
Harrington Auxiliary

The Harrington Auxiliary held its monthly board meeting and annual Christmas Party on Monday, December 10, at The Publick House Restaurant in Sturbridge. Approximately 50 members attended this gala event, sharing in a luncheon of turkey, the Publick House's specialty, and scrod with fresh vegetables and the restaurant's signature rolls.

Harrington Auxiliary Following the meal, writer and singer Sarah Jo Burke regaled the attendees with stories from her book

Don't Think It Hasn't Been Fun: The Story of the Burke Family Singers. She offered insight into her family's adventures in the entertainment world as she, her parents and her nine siblings - an assortment of altos, sopranos, tenors and basses - sang their way out of their humble Rhode Island home to several prestigious national venues. During the Burke Family's musical journey, they appeared on local television, as well as on the Ed Sullivan, Mike Douglas and Jack Parr shows. The group crisscrossed the United States and Canada in a pair of monogrammed Chevrolets, meeting television hosts, show business personalities, comedians, cardinals and a host of other interesting people along the way. The Auxiliary members in attendance also had the pleasure of hearing some musical excerpts from the Burke Family's albums.

To conclude the program, the members participated in a gift exchange and socialization.

The Harrington Auxiliary was founded in 1932, one year after the Harrington Memorial Hospital opened its doors. The Auxiliary comprises dedicated men and women whose mission is to support and enhance the excellent services provided by the Harrington Healthcare System. Throughout the year, the Auxiliary organizes and sponsors a variety of fundraising events, including Lucky Duck and Family Day, Irish Night, the Car and Motorcycle Show and bake sales. The proceeds from these events are used to purchase equipment and provide programs that benefit the health and wellbeing of those who live in the communities served by the Harrington Healthcare System.

New members are always welcome. For more information about the Auxiliary or to request a membership form, please contact Volunteer Services at Harrington Hospital at 508-765-6472 or email
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bankHometown Donates $25,000 from
2018 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign
Hometown Bank Donates
Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced that its 2018 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign has resulted in total donations of $25,000. This is the 15th year that bankHometown has invited local residents and businesses to help support local food pantries as a way for the bank and its customers to reduce food insecurity in their communities.

Customers of the bank and community members were invited to be a "Hometown Hero" for a $1 donation or a "Hometown Superhero" for a $5 donation. In addition to the in-branch fund drive, bankHometown also invited business customers to support the campaign. bankHometown matched all of the donations dollar for dollar and split the funds among food pantries that serve the areas surrounding each of its thirteen offices in central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut.
"Over the past 15 years, this campaign has evolved into a successful and collaborative effort from customers, community members and our employees, to support local food pantries that need help with inventory during the holidays. We are proud to be an example of Neighbors Helping Neighbors," said Sosik.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors donations benefit (in MA) the Auburn Youth and Family Services, Inc. Food Pantry (Auburn), CARE Food Pantry (Clinton), Food Share (Southbridge, Charlton & Sturbridge), Ginny's Helping Hand, Inc. (Leominster), Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf (Oxford), Salvation Army (Athol), St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry (Webster); (in CT) Daily Bread (Putnam), Friends of Assisi (Killingly), and Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG) (Thompson).  
To date, more than $167,500 has been distributed through this program.

Area businesses contributing to the 2018 Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign include:
All Phase Dental Lab Service Inc., Arland Tool & Mfg., B D & D Enterprises, LLC, Bay Tact Corporation, Breezy Corner, LLC, Central Mass Builders, Inc., DJD Realty, LLC, EPV Plastics Corporation, Floor Source Inc., Griffin & Company, PC, Harrisville Golf Course, Holland Mail & Graphics, LLC, Jezierski Plumbing & Heating, Inc., JSK Financial Services, Inc., KAD Hotels, LLC, Kitchen Options, Inc., Knapik Builders, Inc., Kristin Shanley Interior Design, Laframboise Sand & Stone, Inc., MASS TEN Enterprises, LLC, Metalogic Industries, LLC, Napa Auto Parts/Vandi Auto Supply, Nichols Enterprises, Inc., Nordic Shield Plastics Corporation, Paradis-Givner Funeral Home, Inc., Paul Rents Inc., Precision Auto Rebuilders, Inc., Premier Listings Inc., d/b/a Century21 Lake Realty, Pro Automotive, LLC, Quaddick Camping Area, Inc., Ricks Painting Service, Robert A. Dediego, Jr., d/b/a Walnut Hill Carpentry, S & N Excavators, Sam S. Pappas, CPA, Sixty-Five West, LLC, Standard Source Inc., Tyler Latour, d/b/a Island Storage, West Dudley Hydro LLC, Why US Enterprises, Inc.

bankHometown is a member of the Hometown Financial Group. Founded in 1889 as Hometown Bank, bankHometown is headquartered in Oxford, Massachusetts, bankHometown has 13 branches located throughout central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. For more information, please visit
Peter Schaefer is North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest Winner
NBSB Hat Contest
North Brookfield Savings Bank's Ware Supervisor Nicole Syriac presented a $100 Salem Cross Inn gift certificate to NBSB's November Hat Contest Winner Peter Schaefer.
Although Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, many people's hearts are still filled with warm acknowledgements received from friends and loved ones. With that in mind, winter weather, holiday lights and festive decorations are reminding everyone that the giving season is upon us. It's a busy time of year to share cheer with loved ones through gatherings, gift-giving and feasting. However, one lucky local resident has something to be even more cheerful about because he received an early gift from North Brookfield Savings Bank this holiday season.
Peter Schaefer, a resident of Ware, was delighted to find out he was the November winner of North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest. Each month, anyone spotted wearing a North Brookfield Savings Bank hat in the community by a Bank representative is entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to a local establishment. Schaefer was spotted wearing his NBSB hat by Ware Branch Manager Tina Allen and he later visited the Ware branch to receive his gift of a $100 gift card to Salem Cross Inn.
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit
Village Photo notice
Best of Luck to Judy, Ron and the staff of Village Photo!
Thank you for the memories!
World Traveler and Renowned Photographer Ron Rosenstock  
from Holden, MA Exhibiting at the Auburn Public Library

Ron Rosenstock from Holden, MA has been leading International Photography tours for fifty years. He is a member of the U.S. State Department's Art for Embassies program. His photographs have been exhibited in the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, MA, the National Museum of Iceland in Reykjavik, Iceland and over one hundred galleries worldwide.

He is represented by Sbrogna's Artistic Promotions from Auburn, MA. He is currently exhibiting at the Auburn Public Library located on 369 Southbridge Street in Auburn, MA. This remarkable and beautiful exhibition is entitled "Inspirations."

Here is Ron's brief summary of his current exhibit:
"My personal goal is to be in communion with the land. For me photographing the landscape of Iceland is like experiencing the birth of our planet where natural forces are still at work creating and shaping the land. I feel that remarkable energy in Iceland and strive to express it through my photographs."

His next scheduled exhibition is entitled, "Italy" which will be on view in the Auburn Public Library from January 7th to February 19th, 2019.

Here is Ron's brief summary of his upcoming "Italy" exhibit:
"I have walked down the same streets as Leonardo DaVinci and Michelangelo once did. Italy is a place where you can feel the atmosphere of the Renaissance in the buildings, the cobbled streets, the vineyards and olive groves."

The viewing of these exhibits are available to the public free of charge and are located in the Merriam room during all normal operating hours of the library, excluding times when a program is in progress in the room. The public is welcome to call the library at 508-832-7790 to determine program times to ensure the room will be open upon your visit.

The beauty of our world can be seen through Ron's lifelong photography work.

I hope you can visit the Auburn Public Library to enjoy his photographs, books and to see future exhibits.
Sbrogna Art
Cornerstone Bank Contributes to Toys for Tots Annual Campaign 
Cornerstone Toys Donation
Cornerstone Bank employees pose with donations recently made at the Bank's Southbridge Office.  
Pictured here (L to R) are Assistant Branch Manager Christina Abbotts, VP/Marketing Lori Kowal,  
Receptionist Sylvia Dunne, and Teller Starr Peck.

Cornerstone Bank, its employees, and customers worked together this holiday season to donate toys in support of the US Marine Corps Toys for Tots campaign. Cornerstone Bank was also proud to donate an additional $1,500 to the cause.

The mission of the Marine Toys for Tots Program is to collect and distribute new, unwrapped toys to local, needy children in Worcester County. Branches of Cornerstone Bank served as drop-off locations for the program from November 23rd through December 6th. Additionally, Bank employees donated toys, as well as helped organize the donations made by the community.

"We're always looking for ways to be a part of the communities we serve and this toy drive is a great way to do that," said Cornerstone Bank President & Treasurer Todd M. Tallman.

The Bank is proud to participate in this program and once again, its customers and employees came through with an abundance of great toys. For more information about the Toys for Tots Program, go to
The Arc-Center of Hope Foundation, Inc. Announces the Success of the Second Session of the Internship Program Partnership with
Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center & Harrington Hospital

The Center of Hope Foundation, Inc., a non-profit human service agency serving adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, has provided a second session of Partners for Positions, a six-week internship program, to program members. This program is funded through the Arc @ Work, a $12,000 grant that was received from the Walmart Foundation. Allowing program members to work in a unified work environment to gain the skills needed to obtain meaningful and paid employment.

In the first session three program members held an internship at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center. Here they learned laundry, dishes, time management, organization and hospitality. At the end of the session one of the interns was offered a job and continues to grow and "love it".

The Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center enjoyed having the interns for the first session that they wanted to be included in the second session. This time the Center was able to send another three program members; Laura Douty, Erin Power, and Chris Lund. Just like the first session the interns learned laundry, dishes, time management, organization and hospitality. They have continued to learn new skills and have become independent with these tasks.

Harrington Healthcare System, in Southbridge, also is involved in the second session of Partners for Positions. Kelly Parker began her internship doing transports which entails transporting specimens and sterile supplies between the different departments within the hospital. April Parzych, IT Application Analyst in the Communication Department & Transport, reported that Kelly takes initiative, has a great demeanor and is dedicated. Kelly takes pride and has been recognized by staff for going above and beyond. Following the internship, Kelly Parker was offered a per diem position that can consist of up to 40 hours a week.  

Harrington Hospital was impressed with the program and stated that they look forward to welcoming additional interns.
If you are interested in learning more about our internship program, Partners for Positions, please call us at (508) 764-4085 or visit .
COH Program
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North Brookfield Savings Bank Thanks Community for Toy Donations
Bank Proudly Hosts another Successful Toy Drive
NBSB Toy Donation
North Brookfield Savings Bank's Regional Branch Manager Cindy Fountain (left) and Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Patty Ostrout (right) are shown with North Brookfield Police Department Officers when they came to collect toys for local children.
As 2019 commences, North Brookfield Savings Bank looks back at the past year to reflect on the efforts made to give back to the communities it serves. Like many years before, 2018 was an excellent year that ended with the overwhelming success of North Brookfield Savings Bank's Annual Toy Drive. Wholehearted thanks are extended to those who donated to the Toy Drive and to the organizations the Bank partnered with to ensure all children had a wonderful holiday season.
For the Toy Drive, the bank accepted thousands of donations of new and unwrapped toys and collected monetary donations in jars at its branch locations. This year's donations from community members included several impressive items such as bicycles, oversized stuffed animals, large toy trucks and vehicles, among many other various board games, puzzles, trucks, crafts and toys. All toys collected were donated to local toy programs in each community, to ensure that local children in need were able to receive holiday presents. In addition, North Brookfield Savings Bank donated $1,750 to the local toy programs.
"We couldn't be more pleased with this overwhelming fundraiser turnout. On behalf of all of us at North Brookfield Savings Bank, I want to say "thank you" to all of the generous community members, customers and North Brookfield Savings Bank employees who donated this holiday season to our Toy Drive," said North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger. "The holiday season was filled with joy for many children because of your kindness."
Partnering organizations include North Brookfield Police Association's Toys for Joy Program, East Brookfield Toys for Joy Program, West Brookfield Police Association Holiday Toy Program, Ware Police Department "Christmas for Kids" Program, Belchertown Firefighters Association Adopt-a-Family Program and the Palmer Lions Club Holiday Toy Program.
Cornerstone Bank Contributes to Spencer Toys for Kids Campaign  
Effort provides toys for 30 local children during the holiday season 
Cornerstone Donation
Pictured here: Jennifer Anderson, Cornerstone Bank VP/Mortgage Loan Officer, poses with donations recently made at the Bank's Spencer Office, which serves as a drop-off location for this program each year.
Once again, Cornerstone Bank employees worked together this holiday season to support the Spencer Toys for Kids campaign. Collectively, staff members donated toys to 30 children living in Spencer. The Bank's employees are the largest contributor to the Spencer Toys for Kids program, while the Bank also serves as a drop-off location for this program each year.
"Our employees look forward to giving back during the holiday season. We're incredibly proud that they put forth such an effort to help local children and their families," said Chairman and CEO of Cornerstone Bank K. Michael Robbins. "It is always a joy to make this season brighter for so many families."
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. Deposits are insured in full by a combination of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Depositors Insurance Fund. The Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Equal Housing Lender, and SBA Preferred Lender. For more information, visit online at, on Facebook or call 800-939-9103.
"For last year's words belong to last year's language
and next year's words await another voice."
T.S. Eliot
The Duck
Lord Hobo Pint Night at The Duck
Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 6:30pm

With a team of a collaborative group of industry veterans, creatives, beer geeks, pet lovers, and pop culture aficionados, Lord Hobo has been proudly bringing the New England beer experience to thirsty fans everywhere from their Woburn, Mass. Brewery. They relish in the connection and find sanctuary in the beers that unite us. Lords and Hobos alike, we all deserve to drink like royalty.

At The Duck's pint nights... Meet local and craft brewers... Learn about what's new... Taste some of the great brews from The Duck's new "state-of-the-art" tap system... Listen to some great live music.
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260 West Main Street, Route 9, West Brookfield, MA
Rich with history, the Salem Cross Inn is a restored 18th century farmhouse  
nestled on 600 acres of New England countryside.  
DID YOU KNOW... Yankee Magazine has chosen SALEM CROSS INN  
as the "Best New England Cuisine" in Massachusetts!  
Warm up at Fireplace Feast in January!  
January 4, 18, 20, 25 & 27  
Join us for a special dining event as the Innkeepers at the Salem Cross Inn announce their series of 1700's style feasts, prepared on the open hearth of a great fieldstone fireplace. Relax by the fire or lend a hand as dinner is prepared for you in colonial style. Stir the chowder as it bubbles in our cast iron cauldron. See your prime rib, roasted 'to a turn,' as the only known authentic Roasting Jack still operating in America rotates slowly over a crackling fire of wild cherry logs. Beware the brimming bowl of freshly whipped cream - the perfect complement to New England's best apple pie.
While your dinner is cooking to perfection, enjoy a horse drawn wagon or sleigh ride through the valley on the Inn's pristine 600 acres. Shake off the chill with warm mulled wine or cider upon your return. Browse our extensive collection of colonial and federal period American antiques. The Fireplace Feast makes a thoughtful and unique gift for special friends or deserving associates.
The Fireplace Feast is just one of our many dining events that provides an authentic colonial experience. At Salem Cross Inn, we capture the history and culture of 1700's America. Salem Cross Inn's dining events, excellent cuisine, and atmosphere have been featured on Food Network's "The Best Of," WCVB TV5 Boston's "Chronicle" and chosen as the "Hidden Jewel" by Boston's Phantom Gourmet and WGBY.
Arrive at 6pm, feast begins at 7:30pm. See the Fireplace Feast schedule for more dates here!  
Winter Schedule: 
Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm 
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 10:00pm 
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm 
Auditions for Sylvia
Gateway Players Theater 
Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge, announce auditions for "Sylvia", by A. R. Gurney, to be held on Sunday, January 6th at 5:30pm and Monday, January 7th at 6:30pm in Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, Southbridge. Entrance is on Park Street (around corner). Men and women ages 18-60 are needed for this production. Please see Detailed Character Descriptions online at Gateway. Performance dates are April 5, 6, 12 & 13 at 7:30pm and April 14 at 2pm. Rehearsals will be on Sundays at 6pm, and Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Wear comfortable clothes and plan to have a good time. Presented by permission through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service. David Corkum is the Director, Bill Guy is the Producer, and Mary Darling will be the Assistant Director. For questions about auditions call 508-764-4531.    
Synopsis: Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park - or that has found him-bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her nametag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.
Tax Tips & Techniques for the New Year
January 9, 7:45 to 9:15am
The Barn at Wight Farm, 420 Main Street, Sturbridge 
Join us for breakfast to learn more about what we can do as a business owner and individual  
to prepare for tax season and better manage our finances in the future.  
Guest speaker Brenda Bianculli, CPA will offer tips and techniques for  
a financially stronger, smarter new year!  
Tickets can be purchased at
Worcester 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Regional Networking Group
NETWORKING WORKS!! Your AGE really is your EDGE!! 
Funded by AARP and Managed by MCOA, we have expanded our 50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Group program to support and assist people in the 50+ demographic living in the greater Worcester area and looking for a new job, a totally new career direction, re-entering the workforce after an employment gap or looking for a Second Act career.    
Meet and network with fellow job seekers at our bi-weekly networking group meetings.  
Learn how to Network!    
New Topic at each Meeting!
Come join Melody Beach, an experienced Human Resource professional who is the Facilitator for this collaborative Networking Group.  
Start your journey towards self-realization, re-invention and transformation!    
WHO: Mature Job Seekers! That's YOU! (50 years of age +)  
WHEN: Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Doors open at 1:30pm  
for registration and casual networking so come early! And often!

WHERE: Worcester Senior Center located at 128 Providence St., Worcester, MA (508-799-1232)  

Did you know: 85% of all jobs are found through NETWORKING!! REALLY!!
For more Information and Pre-Registration (required), please feel free to contact:   
The Worcester COA at 508-799-1232.
Evening of Illumination
Evening of Illumination at Old Sturbridge Village
Friday, January 11; Friday, January 25
Times: Guided tours limited to 15 people leave from the Visitor Center every 10 minutes from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
How did New England families spend their evenings before the intrusion of texting, telephones, TVs and computers? Visitors to Old Sturbridge Village will get a rare chance find out as they tour the historic Village lit only by candles, oil lamps, lanterns, and firelight during Old Sturbridge Village's "Evening of Illumination."   Guided by lantern light around the Village Common, guests visit select homes and shops to see how early New Englanders spent their evenings in the days before electricity. Visitors will be treated to music and storytelling throughout the tour and will see Village artisans at work by candlelight.
Following the tours, visitors return to the Bullard Tavern for light refreshments, mulled cider, and a cash bar.   Tours are limited to 15 people and leave from the Visitor Center every 10 minutes from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Advance registration is recommended as this event historically sells out. Register by visiting the event webpage and clicking your desired time.
According to Old Sturbridge Village historians, early New Englanders stayed warm and productive during the fall and winter despite dwindling daylight and long hours of darkness. With light and heat coming only from candles, oil lamps, lanterns, and fireplaces, 19th-century families gathered around the fire and played music, games, or listened quietly as someone read aloud by candlelight. In contrast, today's hectic schedules rarely allow for quiet time like this in the evening - unless the power goes out in a snowstorm. Visit the link to register.  
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
Stageloft Theater Presents
The Light in the Piazza
Book by Craig Lucas 
Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
January 11 - 19 
Fridays @ 8pm & Saturdays @ 2pm 
Presented in collaboration with JEMS Theater Company
Join Stageloft for their 25th season and enjoy another year filled with laughter, music and inspirational performances! 
Stageloft Repertory Theater, 450A Main Street, Fiskdale, MA, is pleased to announce the opening production of our 25th Season: The Light in the Piazza.
Presented through collaboration with JEMS Theater Company of West Boylston, The Light in the Piazza is directed by John Leslie and stars Sally Holden as Margaret Johnson, Kelly Letourneau as Clara Johnson, and real-life father and son duo Isaac Swanson and Gary Swanson as Fabrizio Naccarelli and Signor Naccarelli. 
The Light in the Piazza will have four performances: Fridays, January 11 & 18 at 8pm and Saturdays, January 12 & 19 at 2pm.  Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors (60+), students and military and can be purchased online at  Advance ticket reservations can be made by calling Stageloft at 508-347-9005.  All seating is reserved and our theater is fully accessible.  Please call Stageloft to inquire about ticket discounts for groups of 20 or more. 
Winner of multiple Tony Awards, The Light in the Piazza, with a book by Craig Lucas, and music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, is set in the summer of 1953, when Margaret Johnson, an elegant and strong-willed Southern woman, has taken her daughter, Clara, on a vacation to Italy.  When a gust of wind blows Clara's hat into the hands of a young Italian gentlemen, neither age nor language nor familial disapproval can stop their whirlwind love affair.  As Clara and Fabrizio fall into each other's arms, Margaret must grapple with the question of whether to disclose Clara's devastating secret to Fabrizio's warm, passionate Italian family.  With soaring operatic melodies that set it apart from most contemporary musical theater, The Light in the Piazza is a story about mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and the deeply intertwined emotions of love and loss. Presented through special arrangement with Rogers & Hammerstein Music Library, New York. 
Other performers appearing in Light in the Piazza include James Lamoureux, Christine Petkus, Elaine Craine, Dave Ludt, Kaitlyn Ekstrom-Doig, Anthony Masciangioli, Derek Sylvester, Libbey Stearns, and April Swanson. 
We are also delighted to announce that 2019 marks the 25th anniversary performance season for Stageloft Repertory Theater and the 5th year of Christine Taylor's tenure as Stageloft's Executive and Artistic Director.  Our 2019 season will include 10 Main Stage productions, of which Light in the Piazza is the first, and six youth productions and workshops.  Our other nine main stage productions are: Hate Mail, Real Housewives the Musical, Drinking Habits, Legally Blonde the Musical, Seven Ways to Say I Love You, Disney's Newsies, Beer for Breakfast, Spitfire Grill the Musical, and Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some). 
Presented by special arrangement with Rodgers & Hammerstein. 
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale            508-347-9005  
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The Last Green Valley January Events
The Last Green Valley's Member Program Series - Bald Eagles in The Last Green Valley: 9:30 a.m. to noon, Jan. 19 at TLGV offices, 203B Main Street, Danielson, CT. The snow date is 1-3:30 p.m., Jan. 28. Geared to adults, this two-part program will begin at the conference room of The Last Green Valley office in Danielson with a power point presentation on bald eagles in the region by Chief Ranger Bill Reid. Ranger Bill will provide updated information on numbers of eagles nesting in CT and results of the 2018 breeding season as well as information and results from the Jan. 12 Midwinter Eagle Survey, a Connecticut program for which The Last Green Valley helps coordinate volunteers. Following the presentation, participants are invited to drive to the Quinebaug Valley Trout Hatchery with Ranger Bill in hopes of seeing bald eagles. The program is free to TLGV members and $10 for non-members.
The Last Green Valley's Acorn Adventure: Eagle Eyes, 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 26 at Roseland Park, 205 Roseland Park Road, Woodstock, CT. Children and their families are invited to join The Last Green Valley's Chief Ranger Bill Reid and Ranger to experience just how big a bald eagle's wings are, how huge their eyes are compared to the size of their heads and other fun facts. The group will also search for eagles at this popular spot for these incredible birds of prey. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope if you have them. Enthusiasm and a desire to learn about these beautiful birds are essential! Acorn Adventures are free to families thanks to the generous sponsorship of Putnam Savings Bank.
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C.  The Last Green Valley, Inc. works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. Together we can care for it, enjoy it and pass it on!
The Publick House  
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 organizations will split a minimum of $4.00 from every dinner served!

January 21 
Brimfield PTO 
Quaboag Performing Arts
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 & Soft Drinks     
Thank you for your support! 
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.  
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.
Guests are always welcome!!  
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.  

Click on the image to browse our catalog of Coggno training courses!
We Welcome Interesting Goodies for our Welcome Baskets!  


New member Baskets

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


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


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

Important Dates to Save!
January 3: Lord Hobo Pint Night
January 9: Tax Tips and Techniques for the New Year     
January 11: Evening of Illumination at OSV   
January 12-13: Spirit: A Psychic Weekend Event at Comfort Inn & Suites Sturbridge  
January 15: Fun at Five at Porterhouse with BayState Dental   
January 22: Brown Bag: Assistive Technology, Websites and Apps for Family Caregivers   
January 23: Annual Meeting with Congressman Richard Neal  
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