Welcome to July's CROSSROADS NEWS!
Those lazy, hazy days are back and this month has a lot to offer including Independence Day celebrations, bike rides, beer fests and the Brimfield Shows! Come enjoy networking with your Chamber at the Bullard Tavern inside Old Sturbridge Village, and save the date for a summer clambake at The Publick House on August 2. We congratulate all the graduates including many scholarship winners in this issue, welcome several new members, and reveal the winning team from June's Golf Classic. Free concerts on the commons and local fireworks shows are included at the end of this issue. We wish you a very happy summer and we hope to meet you out and about, enjoying every minute of it!
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NETWORK WITH YOUR CHAMBER
Fun at Five!
Tuesday, July 10
Bullard Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA, 800-SEE-1830
Meet us at the Village for July Networking!
Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, depicts a rural New England town of the 1830s. Step inside more than 40 original buildings, and explore homes, meetinghouses, a district school, country store, bank, working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops - all situated on more than 200 scenic acres.
For July's Fun at Five, our guests will be greeted by a costumed interpreter at the Visitor Center entrance and be guided to the Bullard Tavern. Built by Old Sturbridge Village in 1947, the tavern was originally called the Village Inn and it was built to serve food and beverages to visitors at the Village. Today, it is named for Cromwell Bullard, who owned and operated a tavern in Sturbridge in the 1830s (now The Publick House Historic Inn and Restaurant).
Enjoy tasty hors d'oeuvres, Rapscallion Honey Pale Ale, wines and Charlotte's Web-inspired cocktails and a wonderful summer evening as we mingle, network and catch up with our Members and friends.
You could win:
A Family Membership to Old Sturbridge Village
Thanks to OSV!
Place your business card in the cookie jar at the registration table upon entering the Bullard Tavern for a chance to win Sunday Brunch for Two
at the Oliver Wight Tavern
Thanks to OSV!
Connoisseur Series 6-Piece Steak Knife Set
Thanks to Dexter-Russell!
THE CHARLOTTE'S WEB EXPERIENCE!
July 5 - August 26
Register for Fun at Five by
Cost is $10 for Members who pre-register,
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
Thank you to our
July Fun at Five Sponsor!
Dexter-Russell is proud to Sponsor the Chamber of Commerce Fun at Five to be held at Old Sturbridge Village on July 10, 2018
Dexter-Russell's products encompass over 2,400 items servicing various market sectors including food service, meat/seafood processing, industrial applications, and outdoor pursuits.
Visit our Factory Outlet Store
44 River Street, (Off Hamilton Street), Southbridge, MA 01550
Thursday 5:00 pm-8:00 pm, Saturdays 8:00 am - 12 Noon
Welcome New Members!
Please join us in welcoming our newest Members.
682 Main Street, Fiskdale, MA
Community Center with Activities for Seniors, Families, Everyone...
321 Mashapaug Road, Holland, MA
Quaboag Historical Society
Non-Profit History Museum
Central & Front Street, West Brookfield, MA
Remember... MEMBER TO MEMBER!
We THANK YOU for KEEPING IT LOCAL...
The Chamber's Annual Summer Outing is back!
Thursday, August 2, 2018
The Publick House Historic Inn, Sturbridge
We hope you will join us for a traditional New England Clambake hosted by
The Publick House!
We can't wait to get together with our Members and friends and enjoy a summer clambake with all the fixin's! Here are the details!
5 to 6pm at The Little Red Barn
Stationary and butlered hors d'oeuvres. Cash Bar.
6 to 8pm in the Garden Tent
New England Clam Chowder, Steamed Clams, Assorted Breads & Salads,
Boiled Red Bliss Potatoes, Corn on the Cob
WITH YOUR CHOICE OF:
1 1/4 lb. Lobster, 12 oz. Sirloin Steak
or Vegetarian Entree
Assorted Coffees & Teas.
FEATURING LIVE MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT:
Enjoy the groovy sounds of
"Throwback to the 60s"
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor:
Also featuring our annual raffle benefiting the
Chamber's Charities & Scholarships Fund
Just $10 per ticket for
"Your Chance to be a Millionaire!"
in $1000 worth of lottery scratch tickets!
This will be your last chance to buy tickets!
The winner will be drawn at the Clambake!
Why not make this your company outing?
Groups of any size can be accommodated. Just tell us how many are in your party,
and we'll reserve your table.
COST: $55 per person or tables of 10 for $525.
277 Main Street, On The Common, Sturbridge, MA
CONTACT US TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE TODAY!
Remember to let us know your meal choice! Lobster, Steak or Veggie?
Deadline to RSVP is July 26.
Hail to the Champs!
(Photo by Les Gardner)
Congratulations to the 2018 Winning Team from Dave's Pest Control!
This foursome (l-r: Nick DiReda, Rob Williams, Dave Penttila and John Jeniski) was really on their game posting an amazing 16 under par at the 2018 Golf Classic. The team took home the championship cup, a beautiful art glass trophy donated by Karl Storz. Thanks to our golfers (over 80 came out!), our amazing hosts at Heritage Country Club, terrific sponsors, Cornerstone Bank, Karl Storz, Incom and Southbridge Credit Union. Thanks as well to Lamoureux FORD for giving us a chance at a new Mustang, our continental breakfast sponsor, Sturbridge Coffee Roasters, and our lunch sponsor Melody L. Beach Consulting Group. We're also grateful to Mother Nature for providing a perfect first day of summer and a fantastic day for golf! Let's do it again next year!
Washington Symposium 2018
Every other year, the Springfield Regional Chamber works with Congressman Richard Neal to host a two-day trip to Washington DC. It will be mid-term election time and this will be an excellent opportunity to meet with leaders in the Senate, Congress, and the Administration, as well as other top policy makers on the federal issues that matter to you! Congressman Neal arranges for great speakers throughout the day. On our 2016 trip, speakers included members of Congress, Senator Warren, Columnist Mark Shields, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, House Ways and Means Chair Kevin Brady, among others.
Presented in partnership with 1Berkshire, the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Central Mass South, the trip is all inclusive and covers your flight, hotel accommodations at The George Kimpton (within walking distance to the Capitol and Union Station), airport parking, all transfers, two evening receptions with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages thanks to our sponsors Comcast and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, breakfast each morning and lunch on Thursday. We are inviting 1-5 Members of our Chamber to participate. If you are interested, please contact Alix by email as soon as possible.
This year, the trip will take place September 26-28 and we are very pleased to invite you to join us for the opportunity to visit and gain firsthand knowledge of important happenings on Capitol Hill. An early bird discount is offered for registrations made by July 1, and all reservations must be made no later than July 20. You may view the draft of the
Register by July 1 for the Early-Bird discount!
After July 1 (reservation deadline July 20)
Reservation deadline: July 20, 2018. No refunds after this date.
Departs Bradley International Airport 1:15 p.m. via DCA (Reagan International).
Returns 4:40 p.m on September 28.
if you or a member of your team is interested in participating in this legislative event. Space is limited, so don't delay!
A Fare to Remember
, Harrington's black-tie fundraiser, happens July 14th at Mechanics Hall in Worcester featuring Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman on stage!
Less than a 10 VIP tickets remain!
FLASH SALE: ALL GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS 50% OFF
TWO DAYS ONLY, ONE DAY LEFT!
THURSDAY, JUNE 28 - FRIDAY, JUNE 29
(Does not apply to VIP tickets)
Guests will sample signature dishes from local restaurants, be part of a creative Silent and Live Auction, enjoy dancing, entertainment and more. Help us honor special guest
Elise Wilson, RN
, as we raise money for an improved Emergency Department for South Central Massachusetts.
For tickets visit:
bankHometown Donates Second Installment of $5,000
North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation
Pictured (L to R): Roy Nascimento, President and CEO, NCMDC ; Donna Daigle, AVP/Branch Manager, bankHometown; Christina DiRusso, VP Commercial Lending, bankHometown; Norman Vigeant, VP Lending, NCMDC ; Sandie Cataldo, Economic Development Manager, NCMDC; and Michael D. Hewitt, President and CEO, bankHometown.
Michael D. Hewitt, President and CEO of bankHometown, presented a check for $5,000 to the North Central Massachusetts Development Corporation (NCMDC) on May 31, 2018.
This donation is the second installment of a three year commitment to the corporation, resulting in a total donation amount to be $15,000.
The NCMDC is the principle resource for the region in terms of economic development, lending and financing, and implementing a multi-faceted regional economic development strategy to enhance economic development services while expanding lending capacity to accommodate the region's unique industry mix. The Council's mission is to plan and implement programs to create jobs and increase economic opportunity in the region.
"Hometown Bank is proud to support the important work being done at the NCMDC for small businesses. Our area is so fortunate to have these free resources and we continually encourage small businesses to take advantage," said Christina DiRusso, Vice President of Commercial Lending at bankHometown.
The NCMDC is staffed by experienced professionals with extensive backgrounds in economic development, banking and finance, and government affairs. It also provides businesses with resources such as a real estate site finder, which provides information, tools and technical support to establish, grow, and expand their business in North Central Massachusetts.
bankHometown has served its communities since 1889
with offices in Massachusetts (Athol, Auburn, Leominster, Oxford, Lancaster, Sturbridge and Webster) and Connecticut (Putnam, Brooklyn, Killingly, Thompson and Woodstock).
Depositors of bankHometown have their deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for amounts up to $250,000 with amounts in excess of $250,000 insured in full by the Share Insurance Fund, a private excess insurer.
Harrington Auxiliary Scholarship Awards
Auxiliary Scholarship awardees.
Winners of the Van Vooren Scholarship.
The Harrington Auxiliary held its 5th annual scholarship awards ceremony on Monday, June 11, 2018. The Auxiliary's Scholarship Committee awarded scholarships in three different categories to ten students who are pursuing careers in a healthcare field.
Auxiliary members Pat Motyka and Mary Anne Hickey co-chair the scholarship committee. Other members include Jean Welch, Valerie Degnan, Judy Martinek and Kathy Norrgard; Barbara Avery, the Auxiliary's second vice president, served as advisor to the committee.
The Grace Kirk Memorial Scholarship was given to Emily French, a graduate of Shepherd Hill Regional High School. The scholarship pays tribute to Grace Kirk, a 23-year Harrington Hospital volunteer who also served as co-chair of the scholarship committee for 17 years. Kirk passed away in 2012 and in 2014 the Auxiliary honored her memory with the presentation of the first Grace Kirk Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,250.
The Auxiliary also awarded five $3,000 scholarships to graduates of area high schools. Heather Fontaine, a Quaboag High School graduate, plans to study physical therapy at Springfield College. Shepherd Hill Regional High School graduate Marissa Fontaine is enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Boston with the goal of becoming a surgeon. Megan Marrier graduated from Bartlett High School and will study nursing at the University of Rhode Island. A recent graduate of Southbridge High School, Frances Garcia has been accepted into the nursing program at Anna Maria College. Also destined for nursing school is Shivani Patel, who graduated from Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School. She is enrolled in the program at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
The Auxiliary also awarded the Dr. Van Vooren Memorial Scholarship in honor of Dr. Robert Van Vooren, the founder of the cardiac rehabilitation program and medical director at Harrington Hospital. The award was initiated in 1991 and is given to hospital employees who have returned to school to further their educations in the health field. Each of the following students received a $1,000 scholarship.
Tim Sanchez, a patient observer at Harrington Hospital since 2017, is studying Adolescent Therapy at Westfield State University and has been a proactive employee. Jillian Orsi serves in a dual capacity - she works the switchboard and the emergency room registration at Harrington Hospital and is pursuing her degree in Occupational Therapy at Quinsigamond Community College. Casey Lacaire, a 2015 graduate of David Prouty High School, is attending Anna Maria College as a nursing student. A dietary aide at Webster Manor nursing home, Alessandra Martocci is planning to attend Quinnipiac University to study nursing. Recent Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School graduate Jiliana Marrero has worked at Harrington Hospital in a variety of roles since July 2017. She hopes to become a surgeon and begins her studies at Worcester State University in the fall.
Harrington Auxiliary, established in 1932, is a non-profit organization of dedicated and impassioned volunteers whose mission is to support and enhance the excellent services provided by the Harrington HealthCare System.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Announces Officer Promotions
North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce the recent promotions of four employees; Kimberly Cobb, Andrea Healy, Patricia Bernard and Darlene Jarnagan, at the Bank's recent Annual Meeting.
"We are so pleased to promote Kimberly, Andrea, Patty and Darlene to their new officer roles. They have demonstrated their commitment to the Bank's overall success through their hard work and dedication to our customers and employees," said North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger. "All of them are remarkable employees and I am confident that their knowledge and expertise within their division will continue to bring great value to the Bank and its customers. We are proud to have them on our team."
Kimberly Cobb, of Mansfield, has been promoted to
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. In her role, she is responsible for all aspects of the Bank's finances, including oversight of the budget, investment portfolio, and the internal and external financial reporting. Additionally, she supervises the Accounting, Deposit Operations and Loan Servicing departments and works closely with senior management to develop strategy consistent with the Bank's mission. Cobb holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Bentley College and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Isenberg School of Management.
"I am so proud to be a part of a strong, successful and local community bank that invests in its employees, its customers and the local communities it serves," said Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer Kimberly Cobb. "I look forward to further developing my relationships within those regions and doing my part to contribute to our success as a whole."
Andrea Healy, of Paxton, has been promoted to
Senior Vice President and Human Resources Officer. In her role, Healy manages the Human Resources department and is responsible for attracting, retaining and developing North Brookfield Savings Bank staff through meaningful performance appraisal, employee training, and recognition programs. She is completing her Bachelor of Science in Business at Becker College and has achieved a Human Resources Certification from Becker. She also holds an Associates in Business Management with a Marketing concentration, Healy has earned designations as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Society for Human Resources Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).
"Our employees are our greatest asset and we certainly have a wonderfully talented, accomplished, compassionate and hardworking team of employees at North Brookfield Savings Bank. I am proud to be a part of that team every day," said Senior Vice President and Human Resources Officer Andrea Healy. "I enjoy working with all of the employees; listening to their needs, and helping them to recognize their goals and achieve both personal and professional success. I will always do what it takes to ensure they have the best employment experience at North Brookfield Savings Bank."
Patricia Bernard, of Palmer, has been promoted to
Senior Vice President and Compliance Officer. In her role, she is responsible for the development, continuous improvement and administration of the Bank's comprehensive compliance program which entails overseeing related policies, procedures and processes, staying informed of all changes within the compliance environment and offering support to foster overall organizational compliance. Bernard joined North Brookfield Savings Bank at the time of the merger with FamilyFirst Bank in 2014. She holds a Community Bank Compliance Officer certification. Her promotion to a senior officer role encompasses a new level of leadership that she is eager to pursue.
"It is important that North Brookfield Savings Bank maintain the level of high quality products and customer service that the community has come to expect, all while remaining compliant with all federal and state regulations," said Senior Vice President and Compliance Officer Patricia Bernard.
"I look forward to ensuring that we continue to meet these regulations, protecting both the Bank and our customers."
Darlene Jarnagan, of Warren, has been promoted to
Assistant Vice President, BSA Officer and Deposit Compliance Specialist. In her role, she is responsible for Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) compliance, maintaining an adequate and effective BSA and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Program. In addition, she is responsible for all deposit compliance which involves working with and assisting North Brookfield Savings Bank staff. She also assists the Senior Vice President and Compliance Officer. Jarnagan has been with North Brookfield Savings Bank for 23 years with advancements made throughout the years, previously holding positions including Branch Manager and Compliance Coordinator.
"I am thankful for this opportunity and am pleased with the recognition I have received," said Assistant Vice President and BSA Officer/Deposit Compliance. "I will continue to further increase my compliance knowledge in order to best serve the Bank and assist the employees. I am happy to continue my journey with North Brookfield Savings Bank and share it with this supportive and excellent team of employees."
Cornerstone Bank Congratulates 16 Scholarship Recipients
Cornerstone Bank is proud to announce the winners of their scholarship awards program for local high school students within the graduating class of 2018.
Cornerstone Bank is proud to support their communities and foster relationships with local students. A scholarship awards program was held for area high school seniors looking to pursue higher education in business and finance. Sixteen students have been selected from the received applications and will each be awarded a $2,000 scholarship for Fall Semester 2018.
The winners of the 2018 Scholarship Program are:
Taylor Coonan- Oxford High
Jayme Dowd- David Prouty
Briana Johnson- Bay Path
Farah Mohamad- Doherty High
Elizabeth Moore- Wachusett High
Jennifer Morrissey- Shepard Hill
Christopher Place- Bartlett High
Christopher Porcaro- Leicester
Danielle Purinton- Wachusett High
Erika Quesada- Southbridge High
Cody Robert- Tantasqua
Vanessa Rodriguez- Southbridge High
Camden Rowe- Tantasqua
Catherine Simonds- Tantasqua
Mason Smith- Bay Path
Shawn Soucie- Leicester
To be eligible for the scholarship, students had to meet certain criteria including: 2018 graduation standing, anticipated study in the business or finance field and full-time enrollment in an accredited, degree-granting institution of higher education. As part of the application, eligible students included an essay on their desired field of study and related career path. Qualifying students were considered for their academic achievements and awards as well as for extracurricular activities and community involvement.
"We congratulate the winners of this year's scholarship program," stated K. Michael Robbins, Chairman and CEO, of Cornerstone Bank. "As a financial institution rooted in its community, we are happy to assist those area high school students who wish to foster advancement in the business and finance industries."
For more information on the scholarship awards program, visit one of the bank branches between February and April of the current school year.
Sturbridge Rotary Scholarship Recipients
Left to right is Sylvia Costa, Emily Irene Bready, Philip Standrowicz, Rachel Godek and Thomas Muir. Unfortunately, Tayla Lynn Shepard was not able to attend.
The Sturbridge Rotary Club has been awarding scholarships each year to local students for the past 45 years. The first scholarship was for $500 and the amount awarded has steadily increased over the years. This year Sturbridge Rotary has chosen to award scholarships of $1,000 each to six students from Tantasqua Regional High School. Cumulatively, we are proud to have awarded over $200,000 in local scholarships.
Of the 47 applications reviewed this year, the scholarship committee chose the following students based upon the Club's criteria of personal and scholastic achievement, participation in school activities including sports as well as community participation through work and volunteering.
Tayla Lynn Shepard, from Sturbridge, has been accepted at the American International College in Springfield, MA in the Nursing Program including forensic nursing. At school, Tayla was in the Culinary Arts Division where she won several awards and also attended the SkillsUSA Leadership Conference. This year Tayla won a scholarship for her superior performance on the MCAS. She is a member of the National Honors Society which comes with a requirement of completing 30 hours of community service per year. She also participated in the USBC Youth Bowling Team serving as its team captain. Throughout school she worked at several fast food, pizza and seafood restaurants where she received high praise for her work ethic and focused customer service.
Emily Irene Bready, from Wales, has been accepted to pursue a BS in Public Health/BSN dual degree program offered through Worcester State University and the MA College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences University. While attending Tantasqua, Emily was in the Health Careers Program which upon her graduation, will provide Emily with a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certificate and a Home Health Aide Certificate, serving her well to pursue a nursing degree. She is a member of the National Honor Society, competed in SkillsUSA and participated in the Relay for Life. Her community activities include volunteering at "Hands Only CPR" Booths and making blankets for premature babies at St. Vincent's Hospital, as well as being a member of the Tantasqua Buddies Club where she works with special needs youngsters. Her employment as a student has been with the local Parks Department, child care and working with customers at a local sandwich shop.
Thomas Muir, from Sturbridge, has been accepted at UMass Amherst pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering. In school, Tom participated in Relay for Life and helped with the Westfield River Watershed cleanup, the latter of which relates to his love of the outdoors and protecting the environment. His extra-curricular activities at school include being a successful lacrosse player serving as captain the last two seasons and participating in Club Lacrosse where he was named a US Lacrosse Academic All American. A member of the National Honor Society, Tom finds time to belong to the Fishing Club where he excels at fly fishing. Tom works at a local restaurant filling in wherever needed.
Rachel Godek, from Wales, has been accepted at UConn (University of Connecticut) in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences as a Molecular and Cell Biology major. Her application to Syracuse University is pending. Her occupation preference is a Physicians Assistant. Rachel enrolled in seven AP classes plus has an impressive list of extra-curricular activities including cross country, basketball, lacrosse, National Honor Society and student council where she served on three executive boards and as Class Historian. Her community service list is extensive including THS Red Cross Blood Drive, Community Toy Drive chair, several Special Olympics events, Breast Cancer Awareness, to name a few. Rachel's part-time job is a coach and referee for the Wales Recreational Basketball games.
Sylvia Costa, from Brimfield, has been accepted at UMass Lowell College of Engineering with a major of Civil Engineering. At Tantasqua, Sylvia participated in Relay for Life and belongs to several clubs including "Be Good to People" and is part of a group called Humanities Scholars. She was also chosen in her sophomore year to participate in the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) program and has participated in the school science fair every year. For the last two years, Sylvia has been employed by the Town of Brimfield as a videographer for local meetings.
Philip Standrowicz, from Southbridge, has been accepted to Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston focusing on a Computer Science program. During his schooling, Philip was very involved as a musician in various bands including the Marching Band and advancing to section leader and also to Drum Major. He played in the Jazz Band, the Show Choir Pit Band, and attended Drum Major Academy at UMASS Amherst and was accepted into the 2018 MA Central District Band and received an All State Audition recommendation. He has volunteered regularly at his church in various capacities, as well as with the Southbridge Lions Club.
Philip Standrowicz is also the recipient of the Wendell Wright Memorial Educational Award for $500 which is an award in memory of Wendell Wright. The funds for this award were donated by family and friends of Wendell, a former teacher who took pride in assisting students pursue their educational goals. The Award was presented by Wendell's widow and Sturbridge Rotarian, Dorothy Wright.
Sturbridge Rotary Club is one of 35,000 clubs worldwide providing humanitarian service as members of Rotary International. Beyond the local and international help that we provide, we are most proud of our support of educational programs for youth such as sponsoring students to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Award program as well as awarding scholarships to the young men and women that we recognize here. These students attended a recent Club meeting giving the entire Club membership the opportunity to meet them and to hear about their career aspirations for the future. To learn more about Sturbridge Rotary please visit us at
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Cornerstone Bank Donates to StandUp For Kids Worcester
(L to R) Cornerstone Bank's Chairman and CEO K. Michael Robbins, the Worcester Chapter of StandUp for Kids' Executive Director Donna Katsoudas and Cornerstone Bank's President and Treasurer Todd M. Tallman.
Cornerstone Bank recently made a $1,000 donation to the Worcester chapter of StandUp for Kids, an organization whose mission is to end youth homelessness.
StandUp for Kids is a national non-profit organization that strives to provide life-saving and outreach services to homeless and at-risk youth. They support and guide them by providing counseling, mentoring and life-skills training. The organization, run almost entirely by volunteers, has local programs in many states across the country. To learn more about the Worcester chapter of StandUp for Kids, visit them online at
"StandUp for Kids plays a very important role in our community," said K. Michael Robbins, Chairman and CEO of Cornerstone Bank. "We are pleased to support this organization and their mission to provide these adolescents with help and guidance to a positive future."
About Cornerstone Bank:
Cornerstone Bank is an independent, mutual savings bank serving the residents, businesses, and communities throughout Central Massachusetts from offices in Charlton, Holden, Leicester, N. Oxford, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Warren, Webster and Worcester. Deposits are insured in full by a combination of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Depositors Insurance Fund. The Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Equal Housing Lender, and SBA Preferred Lender. For more information, visit online at
, on Facebook or call 800-939-9103.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Elects New Corporators
North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce the election of five new Corporators, Joanne Cancelmo, Lisa Caron, Liisa Holm, James Morse and Eric Nash at the Bank's recent Annual Dinner held on May 7, 2018.
Eric Nash is a resident of North Brookfield, MA and owner of Nash Contracting based out of North Brookfield, MA.
James R. Morse, Jr. is a resident of North Brookfield, MA and is the owner of Army of One Water Filtration Co. in North Brookfield, MA.
Lisa Caron is a resident of Brookfield, MA, and is a Realtor at EXIT Real Estate Executives based out of Brookfield, MA.
Liisa Holm is a resident of Brookfield, MA and holds the title of Senior Vice President of Marsh & McLennan Agency in Worcester, MA.
Joanne Cancelmo is a resident of Brookfield, MA and CPA at Cancelmo CPA, LLC located in Spencer, MA.
"These successful professionals and business leaders all have respected connections with our shared local communities and this makes them ideal to act on behalf of North Brookfield Savings Bank as our community liaisons," said North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger. "We are very happy to welcome them to the role of Corporator of North Brookfield Savings Bank and we look forward to the guidance and support they will offer, allowing us to serve our customers and communities even better."
ABOUT NORTH BROOKFIELD SAVINGS BANK
North Brookfield Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank with full-service branches in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, Palmer, and Three Rivers Village of Palmer. NBSB offers a wide variety of deposit and loan products for individuals and businesses throughout Central and Western Massachusetts and has been a steadfast supporter of the communities in which it serves since 1854. North Brookfield Savings Bank is a 2018 Banking Choice 1st place award recipient in all categories including Overall Quality, Customer Service, Technology and Tools, and Community Contribution. All deposits are insured by the FDIC and the Depositors Insurance Fund. For additional information, please call 1-866-711-6272 or visit us online at
Adoption Special: Save All the Curtain Ninjas!
Meet Thunder Allie - Fee-Waived Adoptable!
In partnership with Best Friends Animal Society, fee-waived adoptions are available on most adult cats from June 25 - July 4. All other adult cats are $50. Kittens are not included in this special.
We are offering extended hours for this event:
Friday June 29 - 1-4pm
Saturday June 30 - 1-4pm
Monday July 2 - 2-7pm
Tuesday July 3 - 1-5pm
Wednesday July 4 - TBD
"My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece"
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Fourth of July and The Charlotte's Web Experience
Old Sturbridge Village
Independence: Fourth of July
An old-fashioned good time will be had by all on Independence Day at Old Sturbridge Village. Visitors will have the chance to take part in a citizens' parade, play 19th-century style "baseball," march with the militia, make a tri-cornered hat, and sign their "John Hancocks" on a giant copy of the Declaration of Independence. Summer barbecue food will be available for purchase along with beer and wine; visitors may also enjoy a picnic on the Common. Children and families will especially enjoy a little physical activity and friendly competition with "Farm Yard Games."
An exciting feature of the Independence Day festivities is the firing of a reproduction cannon. The cannon has been in production for a few years and is a working model of a "Heavy 3-Pounder," meant to fire 3-pound balls. The cast-iron cannon barrel was made in the 1970s by the LaPans Foundry in Hudson Falls, New York, and purchased by Old Sturbridge Village a few years ago.
Watch and be inspired by a citizen naturalization ceremony on the Village Common. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present scores of candidates to the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and they will pledge their Oath of Allegiance to the United States for the very first time. Old Sturbridge Village Singers will perform patriotic songs during the ceremony.
"Declaring Independence" Returns
Two times during the day, six costumed re-enactors will render the words of the Declaration line by line, assisted by a narrator who sets these words in their rich historical context. Some lines will be familiar to all; others - especially the many grievances that justified altering an ancient government - will receive background and commentary. As the re-enactors dramatize these 18th-century words and ideas, the narrator will draw out their meaning and challenge the audience to consider their relevance and power for today.
"Declaring Independence" is part of a multi-year joint initiative of Freedom's Way National Heritage Area and the American Antiquarian Society to engage citizens in the ideas and transformative potential of the Declaration of Independence. This initiative includes researching the ways in which independence was conceived and debated within colonial communities in the years leading up to 1776; tracing how the Declaration's role evolved in American communities; and considering the challenges and potential of this living document for Americans today.
This summer, Old Sturbridge Village and Brian Clowdus Experiences bring the beloved story of Charlotte's Web to life at the Freeman Farm with a live musical production based on the classic and beloved tale by E.B. White. This production is a reinvented version of the story, set in a timeless New England era that honors the 1830s but with a modern license to breathe fresh air into the story!
In addition to the performance, tour the Village for a "Charlotte's Web Summer" where you can visit our adorable piglets, see costumed historians re-constructing the Allen Piggery, weaving and spinning yarn, blacksmithing, farming, making tin objects, and demonstrating other aspects of 19th-century life, and special exhibits.
An abundance of dining options will be available throughout the museum including our Tap Room Restaurant, Bullard Tavern Café, Ice Cream Shop, as well as a Charlotte's Web-themed eatery and concession adjacent to the performance area.
Written by Joseph Robinette, based on the book by E.B. White. Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Illinois.
Show Dates & Times:
Shows will take place Wednesday - Sunday from July 5 thru August 26 (except no shows on August 4-5 due to Redcoats & Rebels).
Shows times are 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. Performances are just under an hour in length and take place on the Freeman Farm. Please plan to arrive at least 40 minutes prior to show time to allow sufficient time to check in and walk to the farm.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
Wednesday Night Cruising for Charity Car Show
Every Wednesday Night!
Starting June 6th · 5pm to Dusk · 100% profits go to the Masonic Children's.
Weekly Show Classes
July 4th: Best Pre-WWII & Best of Show
July 11th: Best 50's & Best of Show
July 18th: Best 60's & Best of Show
July 25th: Best 70's & Best of Show
August 1st: Modern Muscle & Best of Show
August 8th: Best Truck & Best of Show
August 15th: Best Mustang & Best of Show
August 22nd: Best Corvette & Best of Show
August 29th: Best of Season, Mason's Choice & Driver's Choice
117 West Main Street, Spencer 508-885-2708
Stageloft Theater Presents
FOUR WEDDINGS AND AN ELVIS
by Nancy Frick
July 6 - 22
Sandy, the four-times-married (now currently divorced) owner of a wedding chapel in Las Vegas, has certainly seen her fair share of matrimonies. In the hilarious Four Weddings and an Elvis, we witness four of her funniest: Bev and Stan, who are getting married--by the King himself--as revenge on their exes; Vanessa and Bryce, two arrogant aging stars who are tying the knot as a publicity ploy, and are vexed by an aging Elvis who doesn't know who they are; and Martin and Fiona, a gentle postal-worker and a tough ex-con trying to get married before the police arrive! However, the final wedding is the funniest of all: Sandy's fifth and final wedding which reveals a hilarious twist!
Presented by Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Summerfest 2018 at Rapscallion
Saturday, July 7, 2018
An annual event marking the release of Rapscallion Summerfest with live music from Boogie Chillin' and Big Jon Short.
Southbridge Credit Union TourOpacum
A Bike Ride for Land Conservation
July 8, 7:00am to 5:00pm
Bikes and Beers!
Who could ask for more on a summer afternoon?
With Rapscallion Brewery in Sturbridge as a home base, join Opacum Land Trust for a scenic ride through Sturbridge, Brimfield, Brookfield and surrounding towns and take in the beauty of the several properties Opacum Land Trust has conserved.
Riders can choose a family-friendly 7.5 mile loop or opt for a 25, 50 or 100 mile ride. We'll be finishing with a party at Rapscallion/Hyland Orchard -- music by Tony Soul Project -- and a complimentary beer or beverage for registered riders.
"Opacum Amber Ale" will be featured; a special recipe unearthed specifically to raise awareness and funds for Opacum's work ($1 per pint sold will be donated to the organization).
Food will be available from Rapscallion Food Truck, and the brewery's disc golf course will be open as well.
Registration is $50, online at
; route maps available. Rest stops with food and water and support vehicle emergency assistance are available. Proceeds from this ride will support the land conservation work of Opacum Land Trust.
Thank you to our sponsor, Southbridge Credit Union, and the generous support of the Sturbridge Tourist Association. For more details, email us at
The Brimfield Shows are Back!
2018 Shows: July 10-15, September 4-9
VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to staff the Chamber's Information Booth at the shows!
Call us now to grab a shift!
The Brimfield Antiques and Collectibles Show has been dubbed "the Queen of the outdoor shows" and a Smithsonian Treasure. A New England tradition, the extravaganza represents the largest outdoor gathering of antique and collectibles dealers in the country with acres of tents showcasing the merchandise of thousands of dealers! As many as 4,500 dealers make Brimfield their home away from home three times a year (in May, July and September) and sell their wares on a one mile stretch of Route 20. Brimfield offers all amenities to buyers which makes Brimfield a buyers' paradise you will want to experience again and again. Join the thousands of shoppers who make the Brimfield Shows their #1 destination for the finest in antiques, collectibles and the unusual. There are 20 shows for your shopping pleasure. Rain or Shine.
Get the App!
Here's a whole new way to do the Brimfield Shows! Get the smart phone app that uses GPS technology to help you find the treasures you seek at the Brimfield Shows! Great tool for shoppers and dealers! It even helps you find your car after a long day in the fields. Check it out and download this amazing app today! www.brimfieldapp.com
July 14 & 15, 2018
RENT A TABLE AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER!
THE HOLLAND COMMUNITY CENTER, 40 BRIMFIELD ROAD, HOLLAND, MA
SATURDAY JULY 14TH ONLY 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (SET UP 8-9 a.m.)
$10/OUTSIDE TABLE $15/INSIDE TABLE
We will have THE SALVATION ARMY pick up some of your unwanted leftovers after the tag sale at no charge to you.
MAPS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR FREE JULY 11-15
AT HOLLAND COMMNUITY CENTER - HOLLAND MARKET - ROBERT'S GAS STATION - FACEBOOK
DEADLINE TO BE PLACED ON MAP OR TO ORDER A TABLE IS JULY 5.
To place your address on the TOWN WIDE TAG SALE MAP - ($5)
PLEASE CONTACT DEB AT HOLLAND COMMUNITY CENTER
Publick House Cooks for Community Organizations
Help us give back to the community by joining us for our monthly feasts to raise money for local organizations. Sponsored organization will split a minimum of $4.00 from every dinner served!
Polish American Veterans
ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET!
Held in Paige Hall or under the Tent!
SEATING ONE: 4:30pm-6:15pm
SEATING TWO: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Casual Dining * Open Seating * No Reservations
All Feasts include...
Tossed Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, Dinner Rolls, Dessert, Coffee, Tea, Soft Drinks & Iced Water
Thank you for your support!
Salem Cross inn
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.
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: These Jokes are Killing Me
Next Show: July 22
Salem Cross Inn and
Cornely Productions present a Murder Mystery Dinner: Our interactive dinner theater, These Jokes are Killing Me...
Friends of a lovely woman discover she is dying. To bring some joy into her last days they organize a dinner party where everyone, including patrons, delivers jokes in order to bring laughter to her final days.
But you never know if she will make it through the night. Who has the last laugh now!?
Join us for a laugh-filled night, a great dinner, and a mystery we need your help solving.
Tossed Garden Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing
Rustic Boneless Breast of Chicken - Supreme Sauce
Seasonal Potato and Vegetable
Ice Cream Cakeballs with Homemade Hot Fudge
Brewed Tea or Coffee
The Murder Mystery Dinner is an advanced ticket purchase dining event. To order tickets, please call Salem Cross Inn at 508-867-2345 or submit your order online. $56 per person, includes all taxes and gratuities. Arrive 6:45pm. Show begins at 7:00pm.
Main Dining Room:
Tuesday-Friday- 4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Saturday- 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sunday- 12:00 PM-8:00 PM
Tuesday-Friday- 4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Live music every Friday starting at 6:30 PM
Klems' Farmers Market
Saturdays starting June 9th through October 20th · Rain or Shine
Fresh produce. Visit Many Local Crafters, Artisans & More!
(Please Note: Setup will be possible during our Dock Dogs event on Saturday July 20th, but a separate application must be filled out and regular vendor fees for that event will be collected.)
117 West Main Street, Spencer 508-885-2708
2018 Concerts on the Commons
Music, good quality, family friendly entertainment!
All performances are 6-8 pm. Southbridge Common (1 Mechanic St)
July 1: Los Sugar Kings (Cuban Jazz Fusion) United Lens Company, Inc.
July 8: JoyCo (Jazz/Pop) Cornerstone Bank
July 15: Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers (Blues) United Lens Company, Inc.
All concerts start at 6pm on the Sturbridge Town Common. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Please be mindful of those around you who are listening to the concert. Please refrain from parking directly on the Town Common. Thank you and enjoy the concerts!
July 5: Uncle Sam's Patriotic Jazz Band STA
July 12: Nowhere Men (Music of The Beatles) Betterment
Relax and enjoy live music on the West Brookfield Town Common!
Bring chairs, blankets, picnics, and BUG SPRAY! 7-9pm.
July 3 - Podunk Proclamation (and a wicked cool Bonfire!)
July 11 - Eddie Forman Orchestra
Worcester, 9:30pm, Cristoforo Colombo Park, (Rain Date: July 3)
Saturday, June 30
Webster, 9pm, Memorial Beach Drive (Rain Date: July 2)
Sunday, July 1
Auburn, Pappas Recreation Complex, At Dusk
Sunday, July 1
Putnam CT, Rotary Park, At Dusk
Monday, July 2
Tuesday & Wednesday, July 3 & 4
Millbury, Windle Field, 9:45pm
Saturday, July 7
East Brookfield, 9pm, Connie Mack Field (Rain Date: July 8)
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
CHAMBER OF CENTRAL MASS SOUTH CONFERENCE ROOM
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or to arrange a pickup. Thank you for your contributions!
Important Dates to Save!
July 4: Happy Independence Day!
July 5: The Charlotte's Web Experience Opens at OSV
July 7: SummerFest at Rapscallion
July 8: Southbridge Credit Union TourOpacum Bike Ride
July 10: Fun at Five at OSV with Dexter-Russell
July 10-15: Brimfield Antiques & Collectibles Shows
July 14-15: Holland Town-Wide Tag Sale
August 2: Our Summer Outing: A New England Clambake at The Publick House
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