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Kick off Summer at Fun at Five!
Business & Personal Insurance: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You
Welcome New Members!
Register for the Golf Classic!
Rotary Inducts New Members
Tour Opacum: Bike Ride for Land Conservation
Lucky Duck Day Recap
bankHOMETOWN Promotes 3 and Hires 1
Harwich-Vaughan Returns to the Host
bankHOMETOWN Promotes 4 to Assistant Vice President
NBSB Promotes 4 to Asst. VP
Great Things Happening at the Y
Harrington Welcomes Michal Frejka, VP and COO
EXPLORE The Last Green Valley
NBSB Elects Trustees
Harrington Partners with UMass Memorial To Enhance Women's Health Services
Office Space For Rent
Harrington Team Runs Ragnar
Job Day
Trails Beckon in the Last Green Valley
National Trails Day
Gateway Players Yard Sale
Open House: Camp Frank A. Day
Class Offerings at Hitchcock
OFS Job Fair
Workforce Training Fund Information Session
Cruising for Charity Car Shows
Stageloft Theater
Change Your Habitudes, Change Your Life
Klem's Farmers Market
OSV: A Celebration of Transportation
Action Sports Fest
Acorn Adventure
Publick House Feast
Sturbridge Business Breakfast
Village Toastmasters Meetings
Cooking with Table 3
Venture's Golf Classic
Aqua Riders: Water Ski Show Team
Self-Defense Workshop
Historic Drovers Roast
24/7 Online Training
New Member Baskets
Save These Dates!
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Cindy Howard
Center of Hope
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision 

Jocelyn Callis
1st Vice Chair

Michael Checkosky
Immediate Past Chair


Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group 

Jessica Bettencourt
Chris Canniff

Bob Datz 

Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union

Laurie Nelson
Christopher Heights

Heather Pedersen
Country Bank

Rita Schiano 

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co.    

Jim Waddick
Southbridge Rotary Club

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

Greetings from the Chamber of Central Mass South!

Welcome to June and CROSSROADS NEWS!
This issue is packed with the latest news and entertaining events to help you make the most of the longer days and warm nights to come. We would love to see you as we network at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center on the 13th. You are also invited to a seminar on business and personal insurance to be presented by Dennis McCurdy at the Chamber office on June 27.

Got news? Thank you for emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads! Keep posting your spring and summer events to our online events calendar! We love sharing them with our readers! 


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Fun at Five
Kick Off to Summer!
Tuesday, June 13, 5-7pm 
Southbridge Hotel  
14 Mechanic Street, Southbridge, 508-765-8000 

Join us as we kick off another spectacular summer!
We will meet at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center in the newly upgraded Courtyard which features a fire pit and soft seating. Come and network with your fellow members! Grab a cold one or try a specialty drink from the cash bar. Experience the new 10 Tap Craft Brew Station! Participate in assorted lawn games including Corn Hole and Jenga!
You could win:
An Overnight Stay for Two including Breakfast at Southbridge Hotel
A Six Month Membership to Focus Fitness
Thanks to our host, Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center!

A $100 Gift Card to Sturbridge Porterhouse
A Summer Bird Basket

Thanks to our Sponsor, ERA Key Realty Services! 
(In the case of inclement weather, the event will move indoors to Visions.)

$10 for registered Members, $15 at the door or $20 for non-Members.

RSVP by phone at 508-347-2761
or email 
Thank You to Our June  
Fun at Five Sponsor!
ERA Key logo
Serving Central MA and Middlesex Counties for 30 years, ERA Key Realty Services has been helping home sellers and home buyers make their housing dreams become a reality.

ERA Key Realty Services EARNS customers and clients for life by providing
Visit online at:

Call Michelle:
508-335-8120 or Terri: 508-615-5450
CMS Chamber Brown Bag Seminar Series
Brown Bag Seminar  
Business and Personal Insurance: 
What You Don't Know Can Hurt You 
June 27 at Noon 
Chamber Conference Room 
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge 

FREE for CMS Chamber Members,  
$50 for non-Members.
Space is Limited!
Call 508-347-2761 or email
to save your spot! Feel free to bring your lunch.
Relax, learn and grow with us!

Insurance is an important part of our daily lives. We drive cars, trucks, and motorcycles; own homes or rent space. And then there are our toys - boats, RVs, campers, jet-skis, and so on.  Each and every one of these have inherent risk. Handling that risk properly is the difference between financial stability and bankruptcy. Points Dennis will cover include:
  • What to insure and not to insure
  • Policy differences
  • Common myths
  • Huge gaps
  • Dangerous assumptions
Dennis McCurdy Presented by Dennis McCurdy, CIC, CFP®
Dennis has been providing insurance to small to mid-sized businesses, and families since 1975.  In addition to his wealth of product knowledge, Dennis' vast experience as a business owner makes him a valuable resource for his clients. Whether it is Worker's Compensation, Malpractice, Business Auto, Property Coverage, or Risk Management, Dennis understands the fine points of these insurance plans and will work with you to protect your business.

Dennis is a member of the Independent Agents of America, The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, Society of Certified Financial Planners, Financial Planning Association and Toastmasters. He is a Vietnam Veteran serving with the 12th SPS Phu Cat AB Republic of South Vietnam 1970-1971.

Dennis is an author of; Find A Way, A Guide to Getting The Most From Life, and 52 Ways To Find A Way and conducts
motivational seminars throughout the Northeast.

Visit online at
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Discounts from Members...
for Members!



CMS Chamber logo
Welcome New Chamber Member!
We are very proud to introduce our newest Member!

CPM Career Connections 
Non-profit Workforce Development.
176 Main Street, Southbridge, MA

Chamber of Central Mass South
To Benefit the Chamber Scholarship Fund
Sponsored by Southbridge Savings Bank
Heritage Country Club, Charlton
June 22, 2017    

Join us as we hit the links at Heritage Country Club for a fun-filled day of golf and camaraderie on the course at our annual Golf Classic. Check out the details and find registration information below.

7:45 am Registration 
9:00 am Shot Gun Start 
2:30 pm Dinner Reception

Continental breakfast
Greens and cart fees
Heritage Country Club in Charlton, MA
Cookout lunch on the course
Spectacular raffle prizes!
Longest drive, male & female
Closest to the pin
Refreshments available on the course
Reception and dinner after play

All players hit from the best lie

Foursome: $475 
Individual: $125 
Dinner Only: $30    
View and download the detailed brochure.

$100 Tee Box Sponsor:
Includes a sign with your business name and logo at the tee box or green.

$750 Corporate Sponsor:  
Includes 1 Foursome, Tee Box Sponsor, 4 additional meal tickets for guests, featured in all promotional materials at event.

Phone: 508-764-0012 
Fax: 508-765-1187 

SSB Love Your Bank 
Make all checks payable to:  
Central MA South Chamber of Commerce    

Mail your check with the brochure's reservation form to: 
Southbridge Savings Bank 
c/o Mike Checkosky 
253-257 Main Street 
Southbridge, MA 01550 
Rotary Inducts Three New Members
Rotary Members Inducted
Sturbridge Rotary recently inducted three members of Lamparth Consulting as Rotary Business Members.  Christian Lamparth of Sturbridge, Tim Cushmann of Southbridge and Paul Metcalf of Oxford were welcomed by the Club Membership.  The induction ceremony was performed by Past District Governor Klaus Hachfeld and Membership Chairman Bob White and assisted by President Otto Prohaska.  Lamparth Consulting, Inc. is an innovative and rapidly growing full-service IT consulting firm with offices in the United States and Singapore.  They provide their clients with cutting-edge technologies and the know-how to apply them. 

Shown (L to R) is Klaus Hachfeld, Paul Metcalf, Bob White, Christian Lamparth, Tim Cushmann and Otto Prohaska.  Sturbridge Rotary meets on Monday evenings at 6:00 PM at the Publick House Historic Inn.  Learn more about Sturbridge Rotary by visiting
Tour Opacum
"Tour Opacum" - A Bike Ride for Land Conservation!
Land Trust partners with Southbridge Bicycle, Rapscallion Brewery  
for July 9th Bike Ride; All levels welcome for 100, 50, 25 mile Routes

Opacum Land Trust is sponsoring a Bike Ride on Sunday July 9th through the heart of Opacum's service area, highlighting the scenic beauty and small town charm of Sturbridge, Brimfield, Brookfield, Monson and surrounding towns. Bike enthusiasts will seek the honor of completing the full 100-mile ride, while other riders and families can choose a route in keeping with their ability, including 50 and 25 mile loops, and a family-friendly 7.5 mile ride that makes the day a win for everyone!   All proceeds from this ride will go to support the land conservation work of Opacum Land Trust - helping to protect the beautiful character of our communities.
Situated in the rolling uplands of central Massachusetts, in the watersheds of the Quaboag and Quinebaug rivers, the service area of Opacum Land Trust is a scenic region of forests, farms and quintessential old New England Villages. TourOpacum will bring riders past some of Opacum Land Trusts conservation properties, including Monson's Flynt Quarry (site of one of our rest stops), the Plimpton Community Forest and Riverlands conservation areas in Sturbridge and the Broz-Simon Conservation property in Brookfield. Most of the routes bring you through the beautiful village of Brimfield, with a rest stop at the historic Hitchcock Free Academy, which now serves the town as a community and education center (
Rapscallion Brewery at Hyland Orchard on Arnold Road in Sturbridge is the start and end point for TourOpacum. As riders return to Rapscallion between 1:30 and 2:00 they can receive their free beer or other beverage, courtesy Rapscallion. Live music by the Tony Soul Project will fill the afternoon, food and drink is available from the Rapscallion Food Truck, and folks can also bring a picnic lunch. Disc Golf is also available at the brewery.
Opacum Ale: Rapscallion will unearth a special recipe for the occasion, an amber ale made two decades ago in partnership with a land conservation group to protect the North Woods in Maine. Adopting the name Opacum Ale to raise awareness for this local conservation effort, the beer will be released just prior to Tour Opacum and will be on tap during the event as well, with registered riders offered a complimentary pint. A portion of the sales of the beer will be donated to the organization.

Ed Hood, Executive Director of Opacum, is excited to have Rapscallion's enthusiastic and generous support for this first ride of TourOpacum.   With the brewery's central location in Opacum's service area, the very important feature of local craft beer, and Cedric and Christina's commitment to helping grow TourOpacum, Rapscallion is an ideal partner for the event. Ed is particularly grateful for the guidance and technical support of Jon Steppic, owner and manager of Southbridge Bicycles, and himself an avid bike rider.

TourOpacum Registration
for all routes is online at, with the proceeds from the $50 registration fee going to support Opacum Land Trust. Rest stops with food and water available to riders and a support vehicle will be available for emergency assistance. Rides begin at staggered times and are synchronized to wrap up between 1:30 and 2:00 at Rapscallion, where the after-ride celebration will take place.
Opacum Land Trust is a regional, non-profit land conservation organization protecting land for wildlife, forestry, farming and outdoor recreation.  We work in eastern Hampden County and southwestern Worcester County in the towns stretching from Monson to Charlton. Founded in 2000, Opacum currently protects over 1,700 acres of land, and is actively working to protect more land across its service area. We can be reached at Opacum Land Trust,, 508-347-9144.

Details of the routes and starting times can be found at, and on our website. For specific questions about Opacum Land Trust or the TourOpacum, please call or contact us at
Lucky Duck Day Recap
Duck Day_
The Harrington Auxiliary held its 26th annual Lucky Duck and Family Fun Day, in conjunction with Harrington Hospital's 5K Color Run, on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Fay Mountain Farm in Charlton.

In addition to the spectacular weather, the event featured several other highlights, including a petting zoo, lots of good eats, games for children of all ages, face painting, vendors, a Fay Mountain-sponsored meat raffle and community outreach exhibitors. In addition to a pie-eating contest for youngsters, this year's event held it's first-ever adult pie-eating contest.  
Lucky Duck Day requires the coordinated extraordinary efforts prior, during and after the event. Its success is the result of hard work from a legion of volunteers, the generosity of many sponsors and the community members who supported the event.

Special thanks go to several individuals, businesses and agencies who contributed to the success of Lucky Duck Day, including Neil Johnson and his volunteer team who spent a significant amount of time painting and preparing Fay Mountain Farm for the event; Bonnie and Steve Clark, owners of Northside Village Antiques, for the use of their property for the event; Todd Girard of the Conservation Commission for keeping a watchful eye on the pond and the ducks; Officer McGrath and the Charlton Police Explorers for their assistance with parking; Pecore Plumbing & Heating, LLC, for allowing volunteers and vendors to park at their business location; AA Transportation for safely and expertly shuttling Duck Day attendees back and forth from their vehicles to the farm; and Bay Path High School for baking duck cookies, manning the "Decorate a Duck" cookie table and for making the corn hole game.

The Auxiliary also extends thanks to the Town of Charlton for the use of town land at #9 School House and Ye Olde Commons for parking and for loaning "No Parking Signs." We appreciate the generosity of the police chief, who donated two police cars and the services of two officers for the event. We are grateful for the volunteer efforts of the police officers and their assistance with the Color Run, for managing traffic and keeping participants safe throughout the day.

Congratulations to the winners of the Lucky Duck Pluck:

$1,000 prize - J. Walalis; $500 prize - Mary St. Lawrence; $300 prize -Tom Hijeck; $200 prize - Heather Staniszewski; and $100 prize - Sandy Asseltu.

Finally, a big salute to our generous sponsors: Accurate Metals Sales; bankHometown; B&M Excavating; Country Bank for Savings; Dexter-Russell, Inc.; Hyde Tools, Inc.; Karl Storz Endovision, Inc.; Laporte Electric; Load Controls, Inc.; McGrath Insurance Group, Inc.; Mr. Mike's; Millennium Power Partners, L.P.; Nature's Classroom; OFS; Savers Bank; Southbridge Credit Union; Southbridge Savings Bank; Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage, Inc.; United Lens Company, Inc.; and Webster Five Cents Savings Bank.

bankHOMETOWN Promotes Three and Hires One
Hometown Hires and Promo
           Norma Collins                             Susan Collins                       Matthew LaFlamme            Jo-Ann Bussiere

Michael Hewitt, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced "We are pleased to announce the promotions of our Hometown team members listed below.  We are proud of their performance and accomplishments."
He added, "Hometown is a community bank with a focus on providing the best customer service and truly caring about the communities we serve.  All of the individuals below have earned recognition of execution of that charge and we look forward to many more years of their exemplary service."
Norma Collins was promoted to Senior Vice President Operations. Collins joined Hometown Bank in 1987 as a teller. She was promoted to Assistant Vice President in 1992 and has held the position of BSA Officer since 1999. Collins was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2008 and Senior Vice President in 2016. She recently celebrated 30 years with the bank. Collins resides in Webster.
Susan Collins has been promoted to Hometown Bank's Cash Management Officer. Collins joined Hometown Bank in 2000 as a teller. She has worked as a Head Teller, a Customer Service Representative and an Assistant Manager. Collins attends Bay Path University. She is a board member of the Central MA Chamber of Commerce and has been Secretary/Treasurer for Business Networking International. Collins lives in Webster with her husband and children.

Matthew LaFlamme
has been promoted to Branch Manager of Hometown Banks' Killingly Office. LaFlamme has been with Hometown Bank since 2015 as an Assistant Branch manager. He was promoted to Branch Supervisor in June of 2016. LaFlamme is currently working towards his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. He is an active volunteer for many organizations. LaFlamme resides in Chaplin, CT.

Jo-Ann Bussiere
was recently hired as a Branch Manager of Hometown Bank's South Lancaster Office. Bussiere has many years of experience in the banking industry, as a Branch Manager. She attended Monroe Community College and is a Board Member of Youth Ministry for St. Isadore and St. Elizabeth. Bussiere resides in Stow, Ma.     
Jennifer Harwich-Vaughan Returns to the
Sturbridge Host as Sales Manager

Jennifer Harwich-Vaughan With over 27 years of hospitality service, Jenn is delighted to be back in the area that she loves and knows so well. She returns here after serving at the Crowne Plaza Verve Hotel in Natick. Over the years, Jenn has worked at The Publick House, Old Sturbridge Village, The Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, and Bentley University among others.

Jenn continues to be well-versed and up-to-date on current trends just having completed two Certifications from Cornell University. Over her many years in the exciting hospitality industry she has worked in all phases of Hospitality Management. In addition, Jenn was a member the Sturbridge Rotary Club, served two terms as President and is looking to get re-involved. She has also been active in the Chamber of Central Mass South and served on various committees including the Executive Board.  Residing in Charlton, Jenn was recently elected to the Charlton Water and Sewer Commission and gives back community time at St.
Joseph Church in Charlton in many areas.  

Jenn is looking forward to promoting the area and working with all folks who may be planning to have an event in the future. Reach Jenn by email at
bankHOMETOWN Promotes Four to Assistant Vice President

        Christina DiRusso                  Donna Daigle                         Marc Ostberg                          Susan Rheault

Michael Hewitt, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced "We are pleased to announce the promotions of our Hometown team members listed below.  We are proud of their performance and accomplishments."

He added, "Hometown is a community bank with a focus on providing the best customer service and truly caring about the communities we serve.  All of the individuals below have earned recognition of execution of that charge and we look forward to many more years of their exemplary service."

Christina DiRusso has been promoted to Assistant Vice President Commercial Lending. DiRusso has been a Hometown employee since January 2014 and is currently based in our Leominster branch. She covers the North Central MA market as a commercial lender. DiRusso is active in the BNI Group in Leominster and is a committee member of the North Quabbin Loan Fund and North County Community Development Corp. She resides in Leominster.

Donna Daigle was promoted to Assistant Vice President Branch Manager of Hometown Bank's Leominster Office. Daigle started with Hometown Bank in August, 2014 as a Branch Manager of the Leominster location. She has more than 20 years of experience in banking. Daigle lives in Lunenburg.

Marc Ostberg was promoted to Assistant Vice President Branch Manager of Hometown Bank's Athol Office. Ostberg came to bankHometown in August of 2013. He is on the Board at the Chamber of Commerce in the North and is a Board Member of the Economic Development & Industrial Committee in Orange, MA. Ostberg resides in Orange, MA with his wife and children.    

Susan Rheault was promoted to Assistant Vice President Operations. Rheault started wi th bankHometown in July 2008 as a teller in the Oxford branch. She transferred to bookkeeping in 2009 and operations in 2013. She was promoted to operations supervisor in 2015. Rheault oversees the deposit operations for all 13 branches. She lives in Putnam, Ct.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Announces Four  
Promoted to Assistant Vice President

North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce the recent promotions of four employees, Ann Brady, Caitlin Burns, Pamela Kozlik and Yvonne Little, to the officer role of Assistant Vice President

"Ann, Caitlin, Pam and Yvonne are exemplary employees who each have an important role at North Brookfield Savings Bank. The hard work and dedication that they demonstrate daily has made a great contribution to the Bank's success and our ability to assist our customers at such a high quality level," said Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of NBSB.  "Their promotions are very well-deserved and we are proud to recognize them."

Ann Brady Ann Brady, of Wheelwright, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President/Assistant Controller. In her new role, she will prepare monthly and quarterly regulatory reports, process, fund and balance investments, create Board reports and perform balance sheet reconciliations. She also serves as the Assistant Treasurer for the North Brookfield Savings Bank Securities Corporation.

Brady previously served NBSB as an Accounting Clerk followed by the position of Senior Accountant/Assistant Controller. Prior to joining NBSB, Brady was an Assistant Accounting Supervisor for over 18 years with Country Bank for Savings. She holds a General Banking diploma from the Center for Financial Training.

"I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to advance at an institution that is strongly focused on the community and is very encouraging of employee development and growth," said Ann Brady, Assistant Vice President/Assistant Controller of NBSB. "I am excited to continue to learn from those around me and participate whenever a chance presents itself in the work place and in our communities."

Caitlin Burns Caitlin Burns, of West Brookfield, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President and Underwriter/Closer of the NBSB Loan Center. She began her career at NBSB as a Loan Servicing Representative and through career advancements has since held titles including Mortgage Processor, Senior Mortgage Processor/Closer, and Junior Underwriter/Closer, with her most recent position as Underwriter/Closer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Worcester State University.

In her new position, Burns will focus largely on offering support to customers throughout the process of obtaining a mortgage, as well as verifying, reviewing, evaluating and preparing mortgage loans for approval and loan commitment. In addition, she will be responsible for processing and preparing loans for closing.

"I'm very happy to be recognized with this promotion. I enjoy providing our residential lending customers support throughout the mortgage process and ensuring they have a pleasant home financing experience," said Caitlin Burns, Assistant Vice President and Underwriter/Closer of NBSB. "I intend to continue to be approachable and available for existing and prospective customers so they can reach out to me when they have a question about their mortgage loan."

Pamela Kozlik Pamela Kozlik, of Ware, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President/Commercial Credit Analyst of the Commercial Loan Department. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Western New England University and has attended several lending and commercial credit training sessions through the Massachusetts Bankers Association. Throughout her career at NBSB she has made many advancements, holding the position of Branch Manager, Commercial Credit Analyst Assistant and most recently Commercial Credit Analyst preceding this latest promotion. Before coming to NBSB, she worked as an Instructional Supervisor in the Supportive Learning Services Department of American International College.

Kozlik will serve a vital role in the commercial lending process, responsible for conducting high-level analyses on business loans, supporting existing financing relationships and reviewing new business loan opportunities.

"Working in the commercial loan department has been a great opportunity for me. My position utilizes all of my strengths and presents me with new and unique challenges every day," said Pamela Kozlik, Assistant Vice President/Commercial Credit Analyst of NBSB. "I look forward to learning more about financial analysis, credit and risk as I learn and grow with the position and I hope to contribute to the department in a way that continues to foster teamwork and growth."

Yvonne Little Yvonne Little, of Brookfield, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President/Human Resources Coordinator. With over 15 years of experience in human resources, she offers a depth of knowledge and capability to the department. She earned a certificate in Human Resources from the Center for Financial Training and most recently she held the position of Executive Assistant/Human Resources Coordinator at NBSB. She currently serves as the Clerk for the North Brookfield Savings Bank Securities Corporation.

In her new role as Assistant Vice President, she will draw upon her previous experience and expertise to contribute to the Bank's Human Resources Team. She will be responsible for assisting in the development of human resources and policies, in addition to supporting the Senior Officers within the organization. Little has been an avid supporter of the local communities and has participated in the Baystate Mary Lane Walk of Champions fundraising event for over 10 years.

"I am thankful for this opportunity. I look forward to growing with the Bank and keeping our culture of mutual trust and exceptional customer service thriving," said Yvonne Little, Assistant Vice President/Human Resources Coordinator of NBSB. "I plan to lead by example and continue to instill a positive and inclusive work environment."
Great Things Happening at the Y
Rotary Supports the Y
Sue Casine, Senior Program Director at the Tri-Community YMCA in Southbridge spoke to Sturbridge Rotary recently about the broad spectrum of programs offered to members of all ages, needs and interests at the Y in Southbridge and at various other locations in our area.  The Y is dedicated to putting Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.  Besides the many exercise classes offered including swimming and machines, the Y offers Youth Sports and great summer day programs at Camp Foskett for the kids including a special program offered   to kids in the town of Ware.  In addition to Camp Foskett, we heard about Scamper Camp, Kayak Camp, Music Camp, Summer Fun Club and Camp Splash.  There is always so much going on at the Y in Southbridge that Sturbridge Rotary donated funds to the YMCA to help continue its great work.  Sue Casine accepts a check from President Otto. 

Sturbridge Rotary meets on Monday evenings at 6:00 PM at the Publick House Historic Inn. 
Learn more about Sturbridge Rotary by visiting
Harrington Welcomes Michal Frejka, Vice President and
Chief Operating Officer for Harrington Physician Services

Micahl Frejka Harrington HealthCare System has announced Michal Frejka as the new Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Harrington Physician Services (HPS).

Michal has more than 28 years of executive healthcare operations management experience. He was most recently Chief Operating Officer at Murray Hill Medical Group, the largest free-standing primary care based multispecialty physician group in Manhattan, New York. His responsibilities included overall strategic management, physician management, accounts receivables and compliance.

Prior to Murray Hill Medical Group, Michal spent four years as Senior Vice President for Physiotherapy Associates in Pennsylvania, where he was responsible for the operations at 155 outpatient rehabilitation facilities and more than 750 employees.

Much of his professional career was spent within healthcare systems in New York State, including eight years at Fresenius Medical Care and eight years at Beth Israel Medical Center.

As Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for HPS, Michal will be responsible for the practice's operational policies, objectives, initiatives, including the development of the organization to ensure future growth.

HPS is a multi-specialty physician group that includes more than 65 providers in more than a dozen locations across south central Massachusetts.

Michal received his Master of Science in Public Health at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and received his Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in New York.

Born in Prague, Czech Republic, Michal lived in Switzerland and Chile as a child before moving to the United States and graduating high school in Princeton, New Jersey.
Modern Day Explorers are Invited to EXPLORE The Last Green Valley!

Expore Guide The Last Green Valley, Inc.'s (TLGV) updated, brand new edition of Explore, a comprehensive and complimentary Guide to Outdoor, Indoor, and Around Town Adventures in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, is available now! Covering 35 towns in eastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts, The Last Green Valley is a destination worth discovering. Modern-day explorers can tackle a trail, gaze at stars, wow over scenic vistas and views, hear stories from the past, sip wine by the vines, shop 'til you drop, find your inner artist, enjoy farm life, and savor local foods. From lakes and hilltops to farmlands and forests, there is plenty to discover!

Explore will connect you with all of The Last Green Valley's treasures, increase your capacity for fun and enjoyment, and point you towards close-by getaways. Explore includes more content than ever, including nearby places for hiking, community concerts, strolling, biking, paddling, swimming, learning, shopping and lots more. Call TLGV today at 860-774-3300 for your complimentary copy, or find it in information kiosks throughout The Last Green Valley.

Stay up to date and learn more about The Last Green Valley and TLGV's programs online at, and on Facebook and Instagram.

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 Elects New Trustees at Annual Meeting
North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce the election of Harold "Ray" Chesson III, Vincent Lucchesi and Tracy Opalinksi to the Board of Trustees at the Bank's recent Annual Meeting held on May 1, 2017. In addition, Roland Gauthier was reelected as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and retiring Trustee John Lofgren was recognized for his many dedicated years of service to North Brookfield Savings Bank; Lofgren will continue his role as a Corporator and Honorary Trustee.
Harold "Ray" Chesson III is the President of Gavitt Wire & Cable Company, a company based out of Brookfield that has been specializing in meeting their customers' requirements for high quality made-to-order wire, cable and cord products and prompt service since 1923. He has been dedicated to the family owned and operated business since his career launched, which began after graduating from Clark University with a Bachelor of Arts and a major in Business Management. He started in the position of Production Coordinator and then advanced to Operations Manager, and now holds the title of President.
Chesson, a resident of East Brookfield, and an avid community supporter, has been very active with the local youth sports programs and has coached soccer and basketball for several years.
Vincent Lucchesi has been CEO and Owner of Graphite Insulating Systems since 1999. Based out of Gardner, Graphite Insulating Systems offers quality graphite and carbon materials, products and services for high temperature environments and was previously named one of the top 500 fastest growing businesses in America by Entrepreneur Magazine. For almost 20 years, prior to owning and running his own business, Lucchesi held the title of Operations Manager for Norton Company, now Saint-Gobain. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Alfred University.
A resident of Oakham, Lucchesi is a Past President and current Board Member of Camp Putnam in New Braintree, a past member of the Oakham Board of Health, Past President of Oakham Youth Sports and in addition has volunteered numerous times over the years as a soccer and softball coach.
Tracy Opalinski , a resident of Ware, is a strong leader and advocate for the Ware community and was named the 2016 Citizen of the Year by the Ware Rotary Club for her unwavering community focus.
Opalinski was recently elected to the Board of Selectman for the town of Ware with a campaign slogan of "It's time we work together". She currently holds additional numerous titles and positions, including: Trustee of the Edward & Barbara Urban Foundation; Vice President of the Ware Business & Civic Association; Board Member of Workshop13 Cultural Arts & Educational Center; Member of the Ware Community Development Authority; Member of the Ware Open Space Committee; Chairman of the Keep Care Local at Mary Lane Coalition; Founding Member of the Ware Strategic Transportation Committee; and Advisory Committee Member to E2E "Education to Employment", a Holyoke Community College & Regional Workforce Training Center. She is a graduate of the Katherine Gibbs School.

"The Board of Trustees and I are pleased to announce Ray, Vincent and Tracy's election to the Board ," said Donna L. Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. "
The combined experience, knowledge and diverse perspectives of all of our Trustees and Corporators are a great benefit for North Brookfield Savings Bank as we move forward." 
Harrington Announces Partnership with UMass
Memorial to Enhance Women's Health Services
Agreement preserves local access to gynecology, pre- and post-natal care

The Board of Directors of Harrington HealthCare System voted unanimously on Friday to seek approval from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to close Harrington Hospital's Family Birthing Center, according to President and CEO Edward H. Moore.
At the same time of the closure, Harrington will enter into an agreement with UMass Memorial Medical Center to maintain local access to pre- and post-natal care and all gynecological care, with deliveries being performed at the Maternity Center at the Medical Center's Memorial campus.
Under the agreement, three Harrington OB/GYNs will become employees of the UMass Memorial Medical Group, Inc. and will join delivery call rotation there. These providers will continue to manage their current patient panel as well as new obstetrics and gynecology patients at two co-branded satellite offices within the Harrington service area.
"Harrington and UMass Memorial already cooperate in the delivery of obstetrics and women's health as high-risk pregnancies are often referred for delivery at the UMass Memorial Maternity Center, and a tertiary level urogynecologist employed by UMass Memorial is currently deployed part-time at Harrington," says Moore. "This arrangement will ensure that patients will experience the best of both worlds, local access for all comprehensive gynecological care as well as 90% of pre- and post-natal care locally, and deliveries taking place in the Maternity Center at UMass Memorial."
A total of 39 administrative and non-physician clinical staff that works within the Family Birthing Center or Harrington Physician Services practices will be impacted according to Vice President of Human Resources Christopher Canniff. "We will do everything we can to support our employees in preparing for this transition with outplacement services, retirement planning and assistance in applying for open positions at Harrington and other area hospitals," Canniff said.
Moore says the closure is necessary due to staffing difficulties, low birth volume, and the financial burden of underwriting $3-$4 million in annual costs to staff a unit with limited utilization. "The writing has been on the wall for some time now. Despite having a low transfer rate, area residents have been hesitant to choose a birthing center like Harrington's that does not have a neonatal intensive care unit," he said. "In 2014, Harrington delivered only 237, or 15% of the 1,560 babies born in our service area."
"Birth volume is decreasing every year in the United States. Harrington deliveries reached their peak in 2001 and have been steadily declining ever since, with a record low birth count in 2016 of just 217 deliveries. That's a lower number of deliveries than any other community or teaching hospital in the Commonwealth except for Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket," according to Moore. "We've also seen the effects of the Massachusetts opioid crisis, with an increase in redirection to UMass Memorial of high-risk opioid-affected deliveries."
The Family Birthing Center at Harrington Hospital has been in continuous operation since the hospital was founded in 1932. The 6,500 square foot labor and delivery unit includes 11 private delivery suites, a 12-bassinet nursery and one operating room for C-sections.
Small Office Space For Rent
212 Main Street, Sturbridge
Les Gardner   
Need to get things done in Sturbridge? Les Gardner has a small office available to rent within his space in the McCurdy Insurance Building at 212 Main Street, Sturbridge. The space measures approximately 12' x 12' or 150 square feet. This convenient work space includes internet access and a desk. If you are interested or have more questions, contact Les directly at 508-347-7177.
Harrington Runners
The Whole Gang Was Here for The Hole in The Wall Gang

Led and inspired by Traci Mercier, PA-C, provider at Harrington's UrgentCare Express and her son, Nicholas, a cancer survivor, a 12-member team known as "Older Kids for Younger Kids" ran the Ragnar Cape Cod - a 200-mile overnight race from Hull to Provincetown May 12-13. The team raised funds for Ashford, Connecticut's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, established by late Paul Newman for children with serious illness and their families to benefit from "a different kind of healing".
Included in the team were six of Harrington HealthCare's providers from the Emergency Department and Urgent Care Centers. The team raised $7,699 dollars for the completely free of charge services for these children and their families: 25,000 of these children live in New England alone.
From left to right in the photo: Mary-Elise Smith M.D., Mike Gray M.D., Traci Mercier PA-C, Bob McCarron M.D., Josh Flanagan M.D. and Lisa Bienia-Kenton M.D.

Six other teammates from surrounding healthcare systems rounded out the team, and were no less important and motivated: Harry Arters, Sovann Yong, Kristen Laferriere, Russ Smith, Lis Swain and Liz Clare.

Welcome June! Here comes Summer! 

Workforce Career Central
Job Day 
June 2, 1-3pm, 5 Optical Drive, Suite 200 

No pre-registration required.
Arrive dressed properly with your updated resume.

Participating companies: Mace Polymers & Additives, The Arc/Center of Hope, Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center, Big Y, Advantage Resources, US Army Recruiting, Kelly Services and PeopleReady.

Workforce Central will be recruiting for openings at: Incom, Webco, Empire Construction, Eaton, Citizens Bank, Core-Mark, ABC Express Delivery, Riverdale Mills, PEI, MicroGroup, Hatch Inc., and HSMC
Contact: 508-765-6430 
Trails in The Last Green Valley are Beckoning This Week!
June 3 - June 9, 2017

National Trails Day is June 3rd, Connecticut Trails Days are June 3rd and 4th, and The Last Green Valley's (TLGV) Spring Outdoors leaders have trail adventures galore for you in the 35-town National Heritage Corridor!

Put your pedals and piggy-toes to the trails during these events on Saturday, June 3rd:

"Enjoy the Trails of Sturbridge" with lots of activity choices from 8 am - 3 pm on the Leadmine Mountain Trails. A trail run, mountain bike rides for advanced riders and for kids, geocaching, environmental awareness hike, and even trail building 101 are a few choices. Some of these activities need preregistration, and for more information contact

"New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) Goodwin Fun Ride" offers a choice of 7, 15 or 25 mile loops in Goodwin Forest in Hampton starting at 8 am. Fees apply. For more information check out

"Holland & Brimfield Trail Bike Ride" rolls off at 10 am for an easy flat trail ride; meet at 20 Pond Bridge Road in Holland. Brought to you by the Holland Trails Committee.

"Air Line Lore along the Lebanon & Columbia Line" is a family-friendly walk at 11 am with the CT Eastern Railroad Museum's historian Ray. Learn about the Ghost Train and the line construction of 1912-1913.

Enjoy the "Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening" on the newly-installed bridge on the Air Line Trail in Thompson at noon. Bike, walk, jog, ride your horse! Best parking is at the Route 12 parking lot (Mechanicsville Section.) Find out about this event and all things Thompson Trails on

"Hale Homestead Trails Day Walk" starts at 2 pm in Coventry. A slow 2 mile walk down the 18th century road that the Hales used to bring their livestock to market takes you back in time. Registration recommended: 860-742-6917. Heavy rain cancels.

Connect to more land and water trails on Sunday, June 4th!
Visit this link for the complete article and events from June 4 to June 9.

Enjoy Spring! To get all the Spring Outdoors choices, visit or TLGV's Facebook page. New adventures are being added all the time, so be sure to check in often!

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 works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. Together we can care for it, enjoy it and pass it on!
National Trails Day
Local Event: Enjoy the Trails of Sturbridge!
Saturday, June 3, 2017 8 AM to 3 PM 
Leadmine Mt Trails - 10 Shattuck Rd., Sturbridge  
Please park along Shattuck Rd.

Partial List of activities all start at 10 Shattuck Rd. unless noted:

Trail Run, Moderate, (5 to 7 miles 8 a.m.)
A trail run for geared for intermediate & experienced trail runners.

Advanced Mountain Bike Ride (10 Miles/9 a.m.)
The ride is geared towards advanced mountain bikers/racers interested in exploring the Leadmine Trail system (Elevation Gain 1000'+)

Kid's Mountain Bike Ride (5 Miles/9:30 a.m.)
'Point to Point' ride designed for kids with  mountain bike experience! Anticipated Ride Time: 1 hour.  Helmet, water bottle, and spare tube mandatory. 
Pre-registration is required. Ride starts at 197 Leadmine Rd. and ends at 10 Shattuck Rd. 

Official Leadmine Mt Trail Ceremony (10:30 a.m.)
Join us as we "cut the ribbon" and celebrate the hard of work our trail volunteers in building the Leadmine Mt. trail system. Light drinks and refreshments will be served.

Kid's Bike Ride (1.6 Miles/10:45 a.m.)
This adventure is designed for beginner cyclists! Adults must accompany children as we explore the Arbutus Park Trail (1.6 miles). Anticipated Ride Time: 30 minutes.  Helmet required.

Introduction to Geo-Caching (11 a.m.)
Want to learn about this fun family activity? Approx. .75 mile hike, easy.

Environmental Awareness Hike, (11:15 a.m. & 1 p.m.) 
Join our Student Conservation Crew on a short hike down to the ponds and back to learn about our environment and how we "leave no trace" as we enjoy our open space lands.

Trail building 101 (10:45 a.m. to 12 & 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
Work alongside members of The Student Conservation Association as we build a section of the Sand Hill trail.  Learn the techniques in building a sustainable trail.

For more information and to register for the Kid's Mt Bike ride visit the
Sturbridge Trails Website: 

This National Trails Day® event sponsored by The Sturbridge Tourist Association and The Friends of Sturbridge Trails.   
Yard Sale
Gateway Players Yard Sale
June 3, 8am-2pm, 111 Main Street, Southbridge

Soon it will be time for spring cleaning-- and the Gateway Players Yard Sale. Start saving your treasures for the sale. You can rent a space for $20, or donate your saleable items for the Gateway table. Call 508-764-4531 to reserve space. The sale will be held on the Arts Center lawn. This will be a great time to get rid of unwanted treasures and collectibles, make some money and benefit Gateway. Find it on Facebook. 
Camp Frank
Open House at Camp Frank A. Day 
June 4, 10am-2pm 

Join us at Camp Frank A. Day, June 4 for the third Open House of the summer season! All are welcome, young and old. Come for a tour, to chat with the director, or to take in the history and beauty of our summer oasis on Quacumquasit.

Camp History:  For over 100 years, Frank A. Day campers become part of a community as they learn how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group.  Through physical, social and educational activities, camping also teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership-all amidst the fun of camp fires, bugle calls, canoeing, soccer matches, archery and talent shows. As a Y camp, our staff are certified in CPR and First Aid and embrace the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Visit online for more
Or call
617-244-6050 ext. 3008.
Class Offerings at Hitchcock Academy

Hitchcock Academy presents Macro Photography June 6th, and Memoir: Sharing Your Tales starting June 6th.

For more information about these and a variety of other classes visit us at or call 413-245-9977
Ongoing - Free Playgroup - Sponsored by Union 61 Family Foundation Five Grant
            Music & Movement - Wednesday 9-9:45am
            Playgroup - Monday & Thursday 9-11am
June 6 Macro Photography
Unfolding floral spring surprises with a closer look at flowers, colors and contrast through the lens of macro photography.
Date: Tuesday, June 6th 6-8:30pm Instructor: Kevin Kopchynski Fee: $30
June 6 Memoirs: Sharing Your Tales
We all have a treasure of amazing memories. We are the experts of what we know and how we experienced our life! We have it in us! Let Bobbie help direct where you want to go with your writing for pleasure or to "publish" a book to share with family and friends! Participants should bring a spiral notebook and writing utensil or a laptop.
Dates: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00, June 6 to July 18 Instructor: Bobbie Helbig Fee: $72 for 7 classes
OFS Job Fair
Join Us on June 7th from 12-6 PM
for a Job Fair at our Sturbridge Location.

OFS Fitel , located in Sturbridge, MA, is a World-class leader in the manufacture of optical fiber. Working at OFS means having the opportunity to realize ideas, experience innovation, and discover new solutions for the future.
Qualified, safety minded Production Operators will possess:
  • High school diploma or GED
  • 3 year experience preferred but not required
  • The ability to refer to and understand manufacturing layouts, engineering specifications, or work instructions
  • Computer proficiency, including experience with Microsoft Office preferred
  • U.S. work authorization
In addition to our dynamic work environment, OFS offers:
  • $14.08/hour with incentives and regular increases
  • Generous 12% - 20% shift differentials
  • 2-hours weekly overtime built into schedule
  • Medical and Dental insurance after 90 days
  • Matching 401(k) after 90 days
  • Paid holidays, sick time, vacation and personal time
Come discover your potential with a leader in fiber optics TODAY!

Or submit your resume by applying in person or online at:
OFS Fitel, 50 Hall Rd, Sturbridge, MA 01566,
Workforce Training Fund Information Session-Worcester
by Workforce Training Fund Program
Wed, June 7, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

This information session provides an overview of all of the Workforce Training Fund programs. Topics covered include: the features and requirements of each program, funding availability, and application process. Following the information session, participants should be able to determine which grants are best suited for their business needs and know how to begin the application process. The information session lasts 2 hours and covers the following WTFP grant programs:
  • General Program
  • Express Program
  • Direct Access Program
  • Technical Assistance Grant
For more information about the Workforce Training Fund Program (WTFP), please visit our website:

To contact our hosts at QCC, contact Christine McNally, 508-751-7929 or:
To contact WTFP:

The Workforce Development Center of Quinsigamond Community College
25 Federal St., 3rd Floor, Worcester, MA 01608
Wednesday Night Cruising for Charity Car Shows
Klems Car show
Klem's Field, 117 West Main Street, Spencer
Starting June 7th through August, Every Wednesday 5pm until Dusk

2017 Weekly Show Classes:
June 7, Week 1: Best Street Rod & Best of Show
June 14, Week 2: Best Ford & Best of Show
June 21, Week 3: Best Chevrolet & Best of Show
June 28, Week 4: Best Mopar & Best of Show
July 5, Week 5: Best Pre-WWII & Best of Show
July 12, Week 6: Best 50's & Best of Show
July 19, Week 7: Best 60's & Best of Show
July 26, Week 8: Best 70's & Best of Show
August 2, Week 9: Modern Muscle & Best of Show
August 9, Week 10: Best Truck & Best of Show
August 16, Week 11: Best Mustang & Best of Show
August 23, Week 12: Best Corvette & Best of Show
August 30, Week 13: Best of Season, Mason's Choice & Driver's Choice

Please note that if there is a cancellation or rain out, the missed week's awards will be given out at the next cruise along with the scheduled awards. In the event that the Grand Finale show is rained out, the season will be extended one week in order to hand out awards.

Donations Accepted. 100% of the profits go to the Masonic Children's Charity!
Stageloft Theater Presents
The Producers
The Producers
Opens June 9
Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks' classic cult comedy film. Now as a big Broadway musical, The Producers once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. It is a truly "boffo" hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night. The plot is simple: a down-on-his-luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers (all "little old ladies") out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! The antics of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom as they maneuver their way fecklessly through finding a show (the gloriously offensive "Springtime for Hitler"), hiring a director, raising the money and finally going to prison for their misdeeds is a lesson in broad comic construction. At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.

With a truly hysterical book co-written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan ( Annie) and music and lyrics by Mr. Brooks, The Producers skewers Broadway traditions and takes no prisoners as it proudly proclaims itself an "equal opportunity offender!"

Show dates: June 9-11, 16-18 and 23-25. 

The Producers
Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

To reserve tickets by phone, call (508) 347-9005.
Stageloft Theater
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Change Your Habitudes™, Change Your Life 
June 10, 8:30am-5pm, Sturbridge Host Hotel 
A One-Day, Personal Development Event
Special Price for Chamber Members. $338 ($87 savings!)

Are you ready to take your life to the next level? Then it's time to Change Your Habitudes - those persistent ways of thinking and acting  - that are holding you back!

Negative thinking patterns can limit the quality of life you desire. Learning how to transcend those limitations is key to achieving your goals and getting to that next level in your life.

I have limited this hands-on workshop to maximize the personal experience. No just sitting back and listening, you will be participating! Registrants will receive preparatory information prior to the event to gear up for the day. After all,what is the sense in attending a life-changing program if you don't come away with an action plan, right?

Call Rita at 774-230-5670
Klems Farmers Market 
Starting June 10 through October 21
Every Saturday from 10am-2pm at Klem's Field 
(Please Note: There will be NO Farmers Markets on July 23rd or August 20th due to other events running in the field. Setup may be possible on July 23rd, during our Dock Dogs event, but a separate application must be filled out and regular vendor fees for that event will be collected.)
This is a producer only market. Vendors are welcome. No Fees.
Movin' Through History: A Celebration of Transportation
Saturday, June 10, 2017 to Sunday, June 11, 2017

OSV Cars Rally This year Old Sturbridge Village is saluting the history of transportation in New England. Beginning with the Village's annual antique car rally, more than 100 automobiles from 1946 and earlier will be displayed on the Village's common. There will be an assortment of pre-1946 cars representing a variety of makes and models including steam engine cars. In addition, two dozen historical bicycles and their riders will travel through the Village, along with horse-drawn carriages. Throughout the weekend, guests can purchase wagon, boat and pony rides. See a slideshow!
Classic Cars Evoke America's Post-World War II Drive-Through Culture
Today people are often surprised to learn that when Old Sturbridge Village first opened in 1946, it wasn't just a walking Village - it was a driving Village. Visitors could actually drive their cars into the Village and tour by auto, motoring past the Blacksmith Shop and around the Common to view its historic stores, shops, homes and churches.

What seems odd now was perfectly normal in post-World War II America. During the war, gasoline was rationed, and automobile production ceased as factories turned out Jeeps, planes, and tanks. After these wartime deprivations, there was pent-up demand for all kinds of consumer goods - especially cars. The country embraced the drive-through culture, and Americans loved their new automobiles.

Auto-touring at Old Sturbridge Village was short-lived, however, due to rising attendance at the Village, and ceased in 1949. But OSV visitors still love antique and classic cars, and the Village salutes its early heritage by hosting its annual Antique Car Rally for autos from 1946 and earlier.

Museum Hours: May - October
Open Wednesdays - Sundays
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
508 International
June 10-11
Action Sports Fest
Challenges for cycling, boarding, climbing, slacklining, acrobatics, disc, and sky-based sports. Discover new gear and outdoor adventures in New England.

See more and get tickets online at 508 International
TLGV Ranger Marcy's Acorn Adventure:  
Letterboxing with the Girl Scouts in The Last Green Valley!
Sunday, June 11, 1-2:30pm
Camp Laurel, 175 Clubhouse Rd., Lebanon, CT

Letterboxing is good old-fashioned fun. Be creative. Be a sleuth & a modern-day explorer!
Get out in fresh air! We'll learn how.

RSVP REQUIRED so we will have enough materials for all of you!

Snacks, Acorn stickers & fresh air FUN always included!
Be sure to bring a friend!
FREE! All ages welcome.

Explore, visit, engage & connect with the things that make our National Heritage Corridor special, like our trails, woods and having letterboxing fun in the fresh air!

Acorn Adventures are sponsored by Putnam Bank.
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Publick House Cooks for Community Organizations

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

June 12
Leicester's Woman's Club
Sturbridge Senior Center

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

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

Casual Dining * Open Seating * No Reservations

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

Thank you for your support! 
Sturbridge Business Breakfast
June 13, Sturbridge Host Hotel, 7:45am-9:00am 

On June 13th the Town of Sturbridge is hosting its second ever Sturbridge Business Breakfast. This time we will hold the breakfast at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center from 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. For this month's breakfast we will host all the Town's businesses together.

Our goal for this month is to hear more from owners and managers. We will be discussing the local business climate at length and we need your thoughts and insights. The points raised in our discussion will be shared with the Board of Selectmen and with other Town Committees for further review and consideration. As we did last time we will leave a substantial amount of time at the end of the meeting to address specific questions or concerns that businesses have.

If you would like to attend we ask that you RSVP with Kevin Filchak at or call 774-318-8032.
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
Village Toastmasters
Village Toastmasters is a local group focused on helping its members improve their public speaking and leadership skill while building confidence in their abilities.  
The club has recently moved its meeting location.

As of Thursday, April 27, 2017, Village Toastmasters will meet every Thursday from 7:00-8:15 pm at the offices of the Chamber of Central Mass South, located at 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge.
Thank you to the Chamber of Central Mass South for serving as the new meeting location and thank you to Southbridge Savings Bank for hosting our meetings for the past decade and more!
We are grateful to our community partners!

Guests are always welcome!!  
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.  
Cooking with Table 3:

Street Food-Bringing Ethnic to the Mainstream
Thursday, June 15 6:30pm at Avellino

In just about every city around the globe one can find ethnic street foods inspired by Latin America, Asia, and a multitude of other cuisines and influences. From banh mi sandwiches to gourmet grilled cheese, and from sushi to Korean barbecue, one can find nearly every type of ethnic cuisine represented. Street food is nothing new to most of the world, but to most Americans, ethnic street food is the hottest new trend in town.

Many a food truck has come about for economic reasons-it's less expensive and easier to start with a mobile venue to showcase innovative cuisine than to finance a brick and- mortar restaurant. The fact that word spreads quickly on the street (and via social media) means street food is a convenient way for innovative chefs to get their food to market quickly.

Although we won't be putting Cedar Street Grille Head Chef, Nick Faucher on the street anytime soon, Chef Nick is excited to demonstrate some of the ethnic street foods he's drawn inspiration from over the years. As always, these events often sell out so make your reservation early. This event is $55 per person with wine pairings, or $42 without. Tax and gratuity are not included. Make your reservations now by calling Avellino at 508-347-2321.
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Venture Community Services Announces
the Return of the Charity Golf Classic
Popular Event returns on June 16th
Venture Community Services, one of the Commonwealth's leading providers of innovative human services will hold its 20th annual Charity Golf Classic at Blissful Meadows Golf Club in Uxbridge on Friday, June 16th. The shotgun start time will be at 9 a.m.

The cost is $540 per foursome (individuals can sign up for $135 per person) and includes morning coffee, green fees, golf cart, boxed lunch, Venture logo beach towel, complimentary cocktail and buffet dinner in the pavilion. There will be contests held throughout the day in addition to a raffle and silent auction.
Proceeds will benefit programs and services at Venture and will provide greater opportunities for people with developmental disabilities in the community. The current major sponsors for the event are: Starkweather & Shepley, TD Bank, Fallon Health, MDG Employee Benefit Solutions and Southbridge Savings Bank.
For more information or to register or sponsor, please visit the Venture website at or contact Paige Mador at 774-922-1135.
Who: Venture Community Services
What: Hosts the 20th Annual Charity Golf Classic
When: Friday, June 16, 2017 at 9:00 am
Where: Blissful Meadows Golf Club, 801 Chockalog Road, Uxbridge, MA
To Register :
Venture Community Services is committed to providing compassionate, person-centered services that assist individuals and families in reaching their goals. What began as an organization with two small group homes has grown into one of the largest human service providers in Massachusetts, and with over 700 employees, one of the largest employers in the Worcester County area. Venture encourages independence through a continuum of support which includes community residential services, day programs, supported employment, transportation, autism supports, adult foster care, and shared living.
Aqua Riders
Aqua Riders of Holland Water Ski Show Team
June 16, 6:00-7:30pm, Aqua Riders Team Beach
163 Mashapaug Rd., Holland 

A hidden gem in Central Massachusetts, the AquaRiders are a water ski show team founded in 1960 performing a sport most expect to see only in the Southern and Mid-Western regions of the US.  The show includes acts such as barefoot skiing, jumping, human pyramids, ballet lines, around the boat, strap and conventional doubles.  Members have gone on to ski professionally at SeaWorld, Cypress Gardens and LEGOLAND.

More 2017 Summer Show Dates:
June 23
June 24 @ Cedar Lake, time TBD
June 30
July 7
July 14
July 21
July 28-30 Eastern Regional Tournament at the Oxbow in Northampton, MA
August 4
August 11
August 19 - Our annual Homeshow at 10:00am

Bring a lawn chair and enjoy our spectacular FREE shows! Follow on Facebook for more!
Self defense
Level 1 Intro Class  
Saturday June 17th, 1:30-4:30PM
Would you know what to do if you were in a life-threatening situation?
Learn Realistic Practical Self-Defense!

$89.00 Per Person*
Special discount for 6 or more.
Age 14+
Call (508) 347-0001
*All Chamber members and staff executives and their families
will receive a $10.00 off when they pre-register.

High School graduates receive a free safety guide.

MJA Martial Arts
559 Main St., Fiskdale, MA 01518
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Historic Drovers Roast: A 1700s Colonial American Feast
Drovers Roast
June 18, Father's Day 

Join us at our dining event as we prepare a 1700s American trailside feast recalling the days of John Pynchon, the colonies' first cattle drover.  We hand rub prime ribs of beef with an age-old recipe of spices and slowly roast it for hours over a huge fire pit.  Watch us make fritters and chowder of the sea in cast iron cauldrons over open fires.

Our dining event Drover's Roast is completed with a wagon ride. These are just the beginning of an endless feast (eight tables long!) including other seasonal entrées and a large variety of hot and cold vegetable dishes.  At our dining event, enjoy an assortment of delightful baked goods and fresh home baked shortcake or pies topped with real whipped cream. Enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, live entertainment, demonstrations by period crafts people and a Cow Puncher Drink.

Available Dates for Drover's Roast:
Held twice a year; always on Father's Day and the 2nd Sunday of September. 
June 18, 2017 - Father's Day
September 10, 2017 - Sunday
Event dates will be removed when they are SOLD OUT.
Please check your dates when you are ordering.

Historic Drover's Roast Dining Event Schedule:
Over 600 pounds of prime rib is roasted over a hot bed of wood coals  
in a fieldstone pit at our Drover's Roast.
Festivities begin at 1:00pm. Feasting begins at 2:30pm

Cost of Tickets:

$63.00 per adult 
$25.00 per child (under 12 yrs. old)
(Tax and gratuities included)  

To attend our Drovers Roast, order tickets online or call 508-867-2345.

Salem Cross Inn 

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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!
  June 7: Workforce Training Fund Information Session
June 10: Change Your Habitudes, Change Your Life with Rita Schiano
June 10-11: Movin' Through History at OSV
June 13: Fun at Five at Southbridge Hotel with ERA Key Realty 
June 14: Flag Day  
June 16: Venture CS Golf Tournament
June 18: Father's Day  
June 22: CMS Chamber GOLF CLASSIC   
June 27: Seminar: "Business And Personal Insurance" with Dennis McCurdy   
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