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New Year's Hours
January Fun at Five
MOBD Office Hours
NEW M2M Discount!
CMS Chamber Annual Meeting
Spotlight on Tuscany
Brown Bags and Fun at Fives Seek Presenters, Hosts & Sponsors
Retail Association of Massachusetts Recognizes Chamber Members
TLGV Awards $3,000 Grant to Oxford
NBSB Announces Digital Banking Learning Lessons
TLGV Awards Community Enrichment Grants
NBSB Offers Free Financial Literacy Course
Cornerstone Bank Contributes to Toy Drives
WANTED: Experienced Loan Officers
New Year's Day Brunch
Antique Show
Fireplace Feasts at Salem Cross Inn
Site Builder Saturday
Publick House Feast
How to Negotiate Your Worth
Evening of Illumination
TLGV: Eagle Month Events
Gateway Auditions
50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Village Toastmasters Meetings
24/7 Online Training
New Member Baskets
Save These Dates!
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Laurie Cashman 
Yellow Iris Farm
Erika Travinski
1st Vice Chair 
Jessica Bettencourt
Immediate Past Chair
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision

Board Members

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

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Nathan Hardt
Leila Hurt
Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union  
Rich Suitum

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

It's time to say goodbye to 2019! This is the final issue of Crossroads for the decade! We hope to catch up with you in January 2020. Fun at Five at The Duck with Dream Vacations sponsoring happens on the evening of January 14th. Grow your business! The Mass Office of Business Development will hold office hours at the Chamber on January 16th. Give us a ring if you'd like to make an appointment, the information is below. Our Annual Meeting with Dr. Charles Steinberg takes place at The Barn at Wight Farm on January 22. Please RSVP by January 15 if you are planning to attend.
We wish you a very happy new year filled with warm and lasting memories. Thank you for all your support this year! We look forward to working with you in 2020! 
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New Year's Holiday Hours:  
The Chamber office will close at 2:00pm this afternoon (December 31) and remain closed on New Year's Day. We will be open on Thursday, January 2 from noon to 5pm. Closed on Friday, January 3 for staff vacation.
Fun at Five!
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 
The Duck
The Duck 
502 Main Street, Fiskdale, MA, 508-347-2321 
New Year Networking! 
For more than 30 years, the loft in an antique barn has housed one of Sturbridge's favorite restaurants, long known to locals as "The Duck." This perennially favorite restaurant has always been a special place to indulge in a choice-cut steak, enjoy a fantastic seafood special, bite into a mouth-watering cheeseburger, or delight in a signature cocktail at the now-famous sunken bar, The Duck always has something for everyone. In 2017, The Duck was fully renovated and now features, in addition to the aforementioned items, a focus on local and specialty micro brews, pouring from a "state-of-the-art" tap system. Customers old and new have been enjoying the new Tap Room that has also been opened up to the main dining room. With the addition of sliding barn doors, the Tap Room can also be used for private events. The Duck continues to be a place to listen to live music, featuring talented local musicians Thursday through Saturday nights. Come by and check out the new Duck and sample some great food from The Duck's innovative culinary team with an awesome local microbrew.  
You could win Gift Certificates to Table 3 or a Summer Beach Bag of goodies and a $100 Gift Certificate, thanks to our host and sponsor! 
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone. 
Cost is $12 for Members who pre-register,  
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
Thank you to our  
Fun at Five Sponsor!
Dream Vacations  We do the vacation planning for you, finding and creating memories that exceed your every desire, but not your budget. You can be confident that your vacation will be perfectly planned, hassle-free, and filled with moments you'll never forget.
Patti Wilmot & Joe Fitzgerald 
800-267-1858      Warren, MA 
Mass. Office of Business Development: Office Hours at the Chamber 
Meet with State Officials to Discuss How to Grow Your Business
We are very pleased to announce that on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 10:00AM-1:00PM we have state leaders available at the Chamber of Central Mass South to meet with you to discuss your specific business needs as well as state-provided resources that may be available to meet those needs.
Meet with the following State Officials to Discuss How to Grow Your Business: 
Kevin Kuros, Business Development Massachusetts Office of Business Development 
  • Overview of State's Economic Development Incentive Program 
  • Information regarding other State programs to benefit businesses, such as: Mass Life Sciences Center, Massachusetts Small Business Development Center, Workforce Training Fund, MassEcon, MassCEC
Kelly Arvidson, VP, Business Development MassDevelopment 
  • Overview of financing programs available through MassDevelopment for manufacturers, non-profit organizations and developers of rental housing
Appointments available are first come, first served by calling Alexandra McNitt at 508-347-2761 or emailing: 
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STUDIO 20/20 
Offers 10% off any purchase!
CMS Chamber logo
JANUARY 22, 2020  
11:30  WELCOME 
1:00  ADJOURN    
(TABLE OF 8 FOR $320)    
JANUARY 15, 2020.
BY CALLING 508-347-2761 
Spotlight on Tuscany
September 30 - October 8, 2020
9 Days, 10 Meals
Get away with your Chamber as we offer this 9-day trip  
to Tuscany in Fall of 2020!
We will be hosting a presentation about this trip for anyone who is interested in learning more on January 29, 5:00pm at The Chamber offices. Please RSVP by noon on January 29 if you will attend.  
The trip includes a single hotel stay (Hotel Ercolini) from which you will visit Montecatini Terme, Florence, Lucca, the World War II Gothic Line, Pisa, take a cooking class, Siena (choose to visit a gothic cathedral or take a guided tour through a Siena neighborhood), take a Winery Tour, visit a Cheese Farm  
and San Gimignano.
These are just the highlights!! View the Full Itinerary at this link .
You can also find pricing and more details.
For more information or to book, please contact
Patti Wilmot or Joe Fitzgerald at
(800) 267-1858 or (413) 668-6202
Present a Brown Bag Seminar, Host or Sponsor Fun at Five in 2020
The Chamber's Education Committee is currently planning our schedule of Brown Bag Seminars for the first half of 2020. Typically 1-hour long, these seminars are intended to attract intimate audiences of 5-30 people. Seminars are held at the Chamber office on the 4th Tuesday of the month at noon.
Presenting a Brown Bag Seminar is a great way to shine a spotlight on your business and the services you offer. You create the lesson plan, we do the rest including creating the invitations and promoting your seminar.  
We are now planning for the months of February, March, April, May and June. ´╗┐If you are interested in sharing your expertise with your fellow Chamber Members while promoting yourself and your business, we would love to hear from you!  
Just drop Alix a line with the topic you would like to present and your preferred month to get the ball rolling! Email Alix at 
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Host or Sponsor a Fun at Five
The Chamber is also planning its schedule of monthly networking events for the year. If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring a Fun at Five, contact Alix and she'll give you all the details. Our next opening is March's Fun at Five.
Call or email Alix for more info. 508-347-2761 
Retail Association of Massachusetts Recognizes Chamber Members
We were pleased and excited to see two Member businesses of the Chamber of Central Mass South recently received major awards from the Retail Association of Massachusetts (RAM). You can take a look at the November/December issue of The Retail Review at this link for more.
"Awarded for continuously providing patrons with exceptional service, menu selection, and a pleasurable overall experience..."
Peter and Cedric Daniel opened Rapscallion Brewery & Taproom in Sturbridge in 2013, a relaxed and fun venue featuring their signature Rapscallion Honey. In 2015, they opened their restaurant, Rapscallion Table & Tap in Acton and, in 2018, Rapscallion Kitchen & Bar in Concord. Rapscallion is known as a terrific venue for live music featuring the freshest foods and brews from folks who are strong supporters of our local farms and our community. Congratulations to Peter, Cedric and their amazing staff for this award. You can read more and see the photos on page 5 of The Retail Review.
"A fixture in our community." Founded in 1946 by John and Bernice Klem, Klem's as we know it today began as a tractor repair shop in Hardwick, MA. With an incredible array of products, Klem's now stocks over 100,000 items "from gourmet food to lawn mowers." Klem's is a strong supporter of many community services programs and local non-profits and also offers events throughout the year from beekeeping and poultry seminars to DockDogs, and their charity car show series. We are so grateful for their support of our Chamber and our community and take great pleasure in congratulating Klem's President Jessica Bettencourt and her entire team for this amazing distinction. See more on page 6 of The Retail Review.
TLGV Awards $3,000 Grant to Oxford for Protection of Carbuncle Pond
The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) has awarded the Town of Oxford a $3,000 grant from its Heritage Transaction Fund to assist in the purchase of a 1.23-acre parcel adjacent to an existing town recreation area.
Oxford has made significant investments in the last two years to its recreation area on Carbuncle Pond. The property being purchased allows the town to protect more of the pond's shoreline while expanding opportunities for fishing, swimming and kayaking or canoeing.
TLGV's Heritage Transaction fund was created to support projects permanently protecting significant historic properties or structures, agriculture or forested lands, important wildlife habitat or open spaces suitable for passive, nature-based recreation. The grant funds can be used for closing costs such as filing fees, title work, attorney fees, surveys, appraisals and other costs associated with projects that are "nearing the home stretch" but need additional funds to complete the deal.
"We're pleased to support the Town's efforts to protect Carbuncle Pond," said Lois Bruinooge, executive director of TLGV. "If Oxford did not purchase this property, it could have been developed and the opportunity to protect the pond's shoreline would have been lost."
The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor - the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C. The Last Green Valley, Inc. works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. We help you to care for it, enjoy it and pass it on.  
North Brookfield Savings Bank Announces Digital Banking Learning Lessons
Lessons focused on life-simplifying digital banking products
Digital Banking Lessons

As a part of their commitment to their core values, North Brookfield Savings Bank frequently offers educational resources and learning opportunities to empower customers and help them to ultimately have the best possible financial experience. The Bank recently announced their upcoming learning opportunity, Digital Banking Learning Lessons, in an effort to introduce and help customers to understand the life-simplifying digital banking services they can take advantage of through the Bank.
The North Brookfield Savings Bank Digital Banking Learning Lessons are being held throughout January and February 2020 and are scheduled at each branch location to make the lessons accessible to all current and future customers. Experienced and friendly Bank representatives will be available for lessons, personalized demonstrations and will cover the topics of online banking, bill payment, mobile banking app, mobile check deposit, eStatements and direct deposit.
"It is important for us as a local community bank to be available as a financial learning resource for our customers and communities, which is why we are launching our Digital Banking Learning Lessons," said Patty Ostrout, NBSB Senior Vice President of Retail Banking. "We are happy to help simplify our customers' already busy lives by introducing them to all of the valuable tools that come along with our collection of digital banking services. Overall it is our hope this will eliminate some of the stress that can be associated with handling their finances."
Digital Banking Learning Lessons will take place on the following listed days during banking hours. To schedule a private lesson contact Cheryl Orne at or 508-637-7401.
Thursday, January 16:
North Brookfield Branch, 9 Gilbert Street
Thursday, January 23:
East Brookfield Branch, 100 West Main Street, Rt. 9
Thursday, January 30:
West Brookfield Branch, 128 West Main Street, Rt. 9
Thursday, February 6:
Ware Branch, 40 Main Street, Rt. 9
Thursday, February 13:
Belchertown Branch, 4 Daniel Shays Highway
Thursday, February 20:
Palmer Branch, 1051 Thorndike Street
Thursday, February 27:
Three Rivers Branch, 2060 Main Street
If you are not able to make any of the scheduled Digital Banking Learning Lesson days, no problem!
Anyone can contact any North Brookfield Savings Bank branch location to schedule a private lesson when it better suits their schedule.
North Brookfield Savings Bank's established core value of "Commit to Excellence" concentrates on elevating everyone up through growth and learning for success. In addition to this most recent outreach effort, the Bank provides various other helpful educational opportunities to customers, employees and community members. To view the Bank's upcoming educational opportunities visit
TLGV Awards Community Enrichment Grants
The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) awarded almost $60,000 in grants as part of its largest funding program in more than a decade. More than 20 organizations and communities applied for the Community Enrichment Grant Program.
"The diversity and far reaching impacts of all the applications was exciting to see," said Lois Bruinooge, executive director of TLGV. "We were able to fund eight projects and believe they will benefit not only the immediate communities they are in, but the entire Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor for many years to come."
TLGV offered the grants to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of its National Heritage Corridor designation. Projects aimed at conserving, celebrating or enhancing The Last Green Valley's significant natural and historic resources or promoting economic development such as tourism and outdoor nature-based recreation, were eligible for the funding.
TLGV is a member-supported non-profit charged with stewardship of the unique agricultural, natural, historic and cultural resources of one of the nation's oldest national heritage corridors, The Last Green Valley.
Recipients of the grants are:
The Community Food Collaborative in Sturbridge, MA received $6,000 for enhancements to make the community garden more efficient and productive. The garden ensures a food pantry in Southbridge can offer fresh produce to Sturbridge and Southbridge residents in need.
Killingly Intermediate School in Killingly, CT received $3,424.48 for the creation of three nature trails on the school property. The trails will be part of a larger curriculum-based initiative on ecosystems and forest health.
The Town of Mansfield, CT received $7,500 for trail work, including signage, improvements and a trail guide, on its new Simpson-Wood Preserve. The town will be working with Boy Scout Troop 56 and students from EO Smith High School on improvements to the property. The preserve also connects to the town's 35-acre Mt. Hope Park.
Pierce Care in Brooklyn, CT received $10,000 for a light pollution reduction program at its Creamery Brook Retirement Village. The grant will help fund replacement of fixtures which create significant sky glow on the 12-acre campus.
Union School in Union, CT was awarded $9,747 for its Union United effort on the school grounds. Effort have been underway for several years to make Union School both the educational and community center of Connecticut's smallest town by population. The grant will fund enhancements to outdoor classroom space, an outdoor gathering space and the creation of a community garden.
Windham County 4-H Foundation in Pomfret, CT was awarded $10,000 for dam repairs. The dam is essential to the maintenance of the 4-H Camp pond on its 265-acre property. The pond is the center of activity during summer camps and is integral in the programming of the Ragged Hill Environmental Science programs.
The Windham Region Community Council in Willimantic, CT received $10,000 for is Thread City Family Garden Outdoor Classroom. While the council and its GROW Windham effort are the applicants, it is truly the Windham Youth Core, a high school leadership group, that is leading the effort to build outdoor classroom and gathering space at their existing half-acre Thread City Family Garden.
The Town of Thompson, CT was awarded $2,500 for its Garden by The River Project at 65 Main St. The garden is phase one of a long-term vision to reclaim the property and rehabilitate a historic building there. The garden will include installation of a rain garden and a community garden.
All grants must be matched 1:1 by cash or in-kind contributions. The grants for the eight projects will translate into almost $200,000 of additional benefits to the region.
The Community Enrichment Grants were the last of several funding opportunities offered by TLGV to organizations and municipalities in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. A total of $75,000 in grants were awarded this fall.
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!
North Brookfield Savings Bank Invites Teens and Parents to
FREE Financial Literacy Course at Palmer Public Library
FREE 5-week Financial Literacy for Teens & Parents program presented by North Brookfield Savings Bank for 5 Tuesdays beginning January 7th, 2020.  
Financial Literacy

North Brookfield Savings Bank knows the important of setting a strong foundation of financial knowledge and how starting that foundation from a young age can increase a person's overall lifetime financial success. That is why it has always been their mission to provide financial education resources to the youth of their local communities through their Financial Literacy Programs and School Banking programs.
North Brookfield Savings Bank, in conjunction with the Palmer Public Library and Top Floor Learning, Inc., is inviting all teens and parents to attend a FREE 5-week Financial Literacy for Teen & Parents program which will take place for 5 consecutive Tuesdays, from 4:30-5:30PM, beginning January 7th in the Palmer Public Library Community Room. Each week will include a lesson plan covering designated financial topics such as personal finance, the importance of saving, learning about credit, further education, careers, and renting verses owning a home. North Brookfield Savings Bank will have Jennifer Plassmann, Palmer Branch Manager and Top Floor Learning Board Member and Joe Ribeiro, North Brookfield Supervisor and IRA Specialist teaching the program to attendees.
Financial Literacy for Teens & Parents
Palmer Public Library, Community Room
5 Tuesdays from 4:30 - 5:30PM
Tuesday, January 7
Tuesday, January 14
Tuesday, January 21
Tuesday, January 28
Tuesday, February 4
TO REGISTER: Contact Bridget Kennedy at or call (413)-283-3330 ex.128
"North Brookfield Savings Bank is happy to welcome teens and their parents to register for this useful, informative but digestible 5-week Financial Literacy program to build on your teen's financial knowledge foundation," said Patty Ostrout, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking. "Our relationship with our community members and customers is far beyond transactional. We are a dedicated and engaged banking partner and we are proud to be a resource of empowerment for the next generation of our communities."
North Brookfield Savings Bank provides various educational opportunities for customers and community members which can be viewed on the Bank's website at Through these opportunities the Bank stays true to their "Commit to Excellence" core value by delivering support for growth, learning and continued success.
If you would like your local organization or school to have a Financial Literacy Program with North Brookfield Savings Bank please contact or 866-711-6272.
Cornerstone Bank Contributes to Cops 'N' Kids & Lions Toy Driv e
Cornerstone Donation
Cornerstone Bank employees and Southbridge Police Officers pose with donations recently made to the Bank's annual toy drive. Pictured here (L to R) are Business Development Sales Manager Carly Wilson, Teller Arielle Brackett, Customer Service Sales Manager Christina Abbotts, Business Development Sales Manager Andrew Philbrook, Deputy Chief Jose A Dingui, and fellow members of the Southbridge Police Department.

Cornerstone Bank, its employees, and customers worked together this holiday season to donate toys in support of the Cops 'N' Kids & Lions Toy Drive. Cornerstone Bank was also proud to donate an additional $1,500 to three different toy drives throughout Central MA, of which $500 was donated to the Southbridge Police Department's Cops 'N' Kids & Lions Toy Drive.

The mission of the Cops 'N' Kids & Lions Toy Drive is to help bring Christmas to deserving children in our area by collecting and distributing new, unwrapped toys. Branches of Cornerstone Bank served as drop-off locations for the program from November 25th through December 17th. 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.

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.
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"Enter this new year with a gratitude for this new chance to create your dreams."
-Avina Celeste
Cedar Street Grille    
New Year's Day Brunch at Cedar Street Grille
Join us for a fabulous New Year's Day brunch at Cedar Street Grille from 10am-3pm. This is always a busy day at Cedar Street so make your reservation now by calling 508-347-5800 or by visiting
Antique Collectibles Show   
January 1, 2020
The Sturbridge Host Hotel 
The Journal of Antiques and Collectibles-a national monthly magazine for dealers, collectors, and enthusiasts on antique collectibles-will be hosting The Antique Collectibles Show in Sturbridge, MA at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, New Year's Day 2020. Managed by Weathervane Enterprises, Inc., publisher of Journal of Antiques and Collectibles, the Show will feature over 60 hand-selected local and regional dealers covering 11,000 square feet with authentic, quality antiques and antique collectibles. This new Show replaces the now defunct Central Mass Antique Show at Sturbridge, which ran from 2014 until 2018 over New Year's Eve and New Year's Day at The Host.
"This New Year's Day show provides a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase some of the best and most knowledgeable local and regional dealers of antique collectibles," says Maxine Carter-Lome, President of Weathervane Enterprises, Inc. and Publisher of the Journal of Antiques and Collectibles. "It's the perfect way to spend the day as these dealers will create spaces adorned with special finds that are sure to spark memories and inquiry."
The Exhibit Hall will be open on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 from 10am to 5pm, offering guests ample time to walk the floor and meet the dealers while enjoying special treats throughout the day in celebration of the New Year. In addition, The Host will offer a Concession Cafe outside the Exhibit Hall with breakfast and lunch options, and a Hospitality Table will provide great take-home information on future shows and antique publications.
$10 Admission, $8 online. Tickets on sale now at For more information visit, Follow Us on Facebook @ AntiqueCollectiblesShow, or contact Maxine Carter-Lome directly at 508-347-1960 x402 and at
Salem Cross Inn logo
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.  
A Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Award
and The Knot Best of Weddings Award recipient for 2019.
   Fireplace Feasts in January!
January 3, 17, 19, 24, 26 & 31   
Take a trip back in time and enjoy our 1700's colonial inspired feasts,  
prepared on the open hearth of a great fieldstone fireplace. 
See more and make your reservations  online or call Salem Cross Inn at (508) 867-2345
Visit Salem Cross Inn on Facebook
for updates (including weather), event photos and future menu postings!
Open Full Schedule:
Tuesday to Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm 
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 9:00pm 
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm  
Hexmark Tavern: 
Tuesday to Friday (Dinner) - 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
Site Builder Saturday - Build A HomePage Demo Facebook Live
January 4, 2020 from 11am to 12pm
508-320-7832      Becky Bruso

We will be LIVE on January 4, 2020 streaming this session on Facebook 
at 11 a.m. (eleven a.m.)

The session will be recorded but the benefit of being live is that we will hold a Q&A session where you can ask your website building questions!

The demo is best suited for those interested in building their own websites! 
We will feature our Website Builder Tool in this free demo! 

Hope you will be able to make this exciting event!
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 13  
Salvation Army of Massachusetts
Salvation Army of Connecticut 
Adults $15 / Children $5
(4-12 yrs.) 
Held in Paige Hall or under the Tent!

Two Seating Times 
SEATING ONE: 4:15pm-5:45pm
SEATING TWO: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Open Seating    No Reservations    
All Feasts include... 
Tossed Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, Dinner Rolls & Dessert
We ask guests to enjoy their dinner but not to linger at your seat, the more guests that are seated the more money raised for the groups. 
Thank you for your support! 
How to Successfully Negotiate Your Worth
January 15, 11:45am-1:00pm, The Publick House 
Gain confidence and improve your negotiation style with these tips to help you better identify and articulate your worth.
Guest Speaker Rachel Ferreira, Director of the Institute for Women's Leadership, Nichols College.
Before she started working at Nichols College 6 years ago, Rachel Ferreira's focus was on human rights and access to education working in the non-profit sector. In her current role as Director of Nichols College's Institute for Women's Leadership, she works to bring awareness and advocacy to the issues that face women in their professional lives, acts as a resource for female students at Nichols, as well as engaging both men and women in the conversation to bring about change in the wage gap, underrepresentation in leadership, and confidence gap, in addition to other topics addressing women in the workplace.
$20 Members, $30 Non-members. Advance registration required:
Old Sturbridge Village
Fridays, January 17 & 31
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.
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.
TLGV's January Calendar - It's Eagle Month!
Bald Eagle Hike: 10 a.m., Jan. 18, the Quinebaug Trout Hatchery, 141 Trout Hatchery Road, Central Village, CT. Join Chief Ranger Bill Reid on a ramble around the Trout Hatchery, one of the sites where the Connecticut Mid-Winter Eagle Survey is conducted. This property is one of the best places to see a bald eagle in the wild, and we have seen them here several years in a row. While on the walk Bill will update participants on the numbers of eagles nesting in The Last Green Valley and results of the 2019 breeding season. He'll also share some of the early findings of the Mid-Winter Eagle Survey, occurring Jan. 11.  This is a mostly flat terrain, one-hour walk on rough surfaces. Please register by calling Bill at 860-774-3300 or emailing
Eagles with Horizon Wings: 1:15 p.m., Jan. 24, Creamery Brook Village, Brooklyn, CT. Join The Last Green Valley and Horizon Wings at Creamery Brook Village for a program with Atka and friends. There is limited space for this program, and everyone must register by calling Creamery Brook Village at 860-779-8700.
Acorn Adventure - Bald Eagles and Big Nests: 10 a.m., Jan. 25, Roseland Park, 205 Roseland Park Rd, Woodstock, CT. Children and their families are invited to join The Last Green Valley's Chief Ranger Bill Reid to experience just how long a bald eagle's wings are, how huge their eyes are and how big their nests are. 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. Toward the end of our adventure Horizon Wings of Ashford will join us with some special guests.  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!
Auditions for "The Cemetery Club"

Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge, will be holding auditions for "The Cemetery Club", by Ivan Menchell, on Sunday, January 19th and Monday, January 20th at 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, Southbridge. Entrance is on Park Street (around corner). The cast for this Romantic Comedy includes four women and one man. All characters are in their late fifties to early sixties. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Performance dates are April 3, 4, 17, 18 and 19. Rehearsals will be on Monday and Wednesday evenings. Presented by permission through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Lou-Ellen Corkum is the Director, and Kathi Grenier is the Producer. For questions about auditions call 508-764-4531 or 774-230-1321, and leave a message.

Synopsis:  Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands' graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life; Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun; and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife's grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt-stricken when this nearly breaks Ida's heart.
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NETWORKING WORKS!! Your AGE really is your EDGE!! 
Fall has Arrived! A Perfect Time to Turn Over a New Leaf!

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 central mass 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: Our first meetings began in September 2019 and typically we will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Doors open at 9:00 am for registration and casual networking so come early! And often! 
  • Worcester Senior Center located at 128 Providence St. Worcester (508-799-1232)  
  • Auburn Public Library at 369 Southbridge St, Auburn  (508) 832-7790)
  • Northampton Senior Center located at 67 Conz Street Northampton (413)587-1228
Did you know: 85% of all jobs are found through NETWORKING!! REALLY!!
Our First Session Topic: Self-Assessment/Transferable Skills:
"What Do I Really Want to Do Now that I'm Grown Up?!" Life After 50+!
For more Information and Pre-Registration (required), please feel free to contact:   
The Worcester COA at 508-799-1232.
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.  

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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 1: The Antiques Collectibles Show at The Sturbridge Host 
January 4: Site Builder Saturday with Becky Bruso
January 14: Fun at Five at The Duck  
January 15: Woman in Business: How to Successfully Negotiate Your Worth  
January 16: MOBD Office Hours at The Chamber  
January 17: Evening of Illumination at OSV  
January 22: CMS Chamber Annual Meeting at The Barn at Wight Farm  
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