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Instagram for Business
Welcome New Members!
MEGA Networking
Vote for Business at Sturbridge Town Meeting
NBSB Donates $500 for Senior Center Defibrillator
Country Bank Rallies Against Cancer for the Jimmy Fund
Pintastic: Get Your Golden Ticket!
Downtown Beautification Planting Fund
NBSB Donates toward Tuition Fees
TLGV Offers 2019 Historic & Cultural Resources Grants
Cornerstone Bank Donates to MA CASA Association
Stageloft: Legally Blond The Musical
WANTED: Experienced Loan Officers
Department of Family and Medical Leave
NBSB Donates $500 to Camp Putnam Ramble Q
Stranger in the Attic
TLGV's June Calendar
QuickBooks Course
Holland Community Center Events
Cruising for Charity Car Shows
The Pioneer Valley Wine and Food Festival
Publick House Feast
Woman In Business Annual Meeting
Charity Golf Classic
Stageloft: Legally Blonde
A Tribute to Van Morrison
Father's Day Drover's Roast
Baseball, Brews & BBQ
Baby Boomer Comedy Show
Second Chance Golf Tournament
Concerts on the Commons
Village Toastmasters Meetings
24/7 Online Training
New Member Baskets
Save These Dates!
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jessica Bettencourt
Laurie Cashman 
1st Vice Chair 
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision

Board Members

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

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

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

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co. 

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

Chamber Links

Cms Chamber

Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary

This issue is arriving on the last day of May to get you ready in advance for some big happenings in June! First up at your Chamber this month is a breakfast seminar at Old Sturbridge Village: "Instagram for Business" presented by our Members, the experts at Exsel Advertising. Instead of Fun at Five networking, this month we join the Worcester Regional Chamber and 5 local affiliate Chambers for MEGA BUSINESS AFTER HOURS at Indian Ranch in Webster. Later in June, we tee it up to support our Charities and Scholarships Fund at the Chamber's GOLF CLASSIC at Heritage Country Club on June 27. Summer's almost here so you'll also find the first scheduled free Concerts on the Commons near the end of this issue!  
We want to share your news and events! Thank you for emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads!  We love to share your events with our readers. Keep posting them to our online events calendar so we can help spread the word!
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Instagram for Business
June 10, 7:45-9:00am
The Fuller Conference Center  
at Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge 
Instagram is a simple and effective way to connect to new customers.
No matter what your business is, it pays to build a presence on Instagram. Instagram is a powerful and fun social tool that allows you to market your business to hundreds of new customers every day! There are over one billion Instagram users, and learning simple strategies to gain targeted followers can significantly increase your business's revenue.
Small time investment for a huge customer return! During this seminar, Rich Suitum (President) and Amanda Guilmain (Creative Director) from Exsel Advertising Group will help you understand where you should be focusing your efforts, what kind of content resonates most, and how to track your metrics and key performance indicators (KPI).
The Presenters 
Instagram Presenters
Exsel is a driven and agile group of creative strategists. With nearly 30 years of solid work, we thrive on designing experiences that elevate brands. Whether it's identity, design, marketing strategy, websites, SEO, digital advertising, social media, video or even packaging - we've done it, learned it, and lived it.
Seminar Agenda:
7:45  Registration with Continental Breakfast
8:00  Presentation starts
8:45  Q&A
9:00  Adjourn
Continental Breakfast Menu 
Assortment of Mini Croissants, Danish and Muffins 
Whipped Butter & Preserves 
Fresh Sliced Seasonal Fruit 
Make Your Own Parfait Station  
with Yogurt, Granola, Raisins, Dried Cranberries  
& Chocolate Chips 
Assorted Juices 
Regular & Decaf Coffee and Assorted Teas 
COST: Members: $15 Non-Members: $25 
Please RSVP by June 4 to save your spot.  
Call 508-347-2761 or email 
June 27, 2019
Heritage Country Club, Charlton
To Benefit the Chamber Charities & Scholarship Fund
We hope you will 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! See all the details below. To register, you may download and print the brochure or visit the Golf Classic tab on our website!

Your Day Includes:
Continental Breakfast
Greens and Cart Fees
Cookout Lunch on the Course
Spectacular Raffle Prizes
Refreshments available on the course!
Reception and dinner after play.
Scramble format: All players hit from the best lie.
A LeaderBoard Air Cannon Competition!
A chance to win a 2-year/30,000 mile lease on a 2019 Mustang GT sponsored by Lamoureux Ford!

$125 for individual, $475 for foursome
or dinner only ticket for $30.

8:00am: Registration
9:00am: Shotgun Start
2:30pm: Dinner Reception
Questions? Call Mike Checkosky at 508-764-0012 or email
Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor!

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsor!
Tee Box and Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Mike Checkosky for more info.

About Our Host
Heritage Country Club is an 18-hole championship golf course located in the rolling hills of Charlton, MA. It is the home of the Central Mass. Professional Open and has long been considered one of the finest public golf courses in Central Massachusetts. The course is a par 71, measuring 6,710 yards, offering players of all abilities a spectacular golf experience.
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Welcome New Members!
 Please join us as we welcome the newest Members
to the Chamber of Central Mass South!

Dudley-Charlton Education Foundation, Inc.
Non-profit organization supporting students and teachers
of the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District   
P.O. Box 92, Dudley, MA
McGrath Insurance: A Division of Starkweather & Shepley  
Insurance Brokerage 
258 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA

     Table 3
To all Residents of the Town of Sturbridge,
The Chamber of Central Mass South strongly encourages you to attend the TOWN MEETING at Tantasqua High School on JUNE 3, 2019 AT 7:00PM and VOTE TO APPROVE ARTICLE 36.
This will be an article requesting a zoning change to Table 3 Restaurant Group's property at 420 Main Street to allow expansion of the current parking lot, an expansion which is desperately needed.
Please note: The Sturbridge Selectman, Finance Board and Planning Board have all voted to approve this article.
Table 3 Restaurant Group has invested so much in our community and The Chamber of Central Mass South is honored to count Table 3 and their beloved establishments -
The Duck, Avellino, The Barn at Wight Farm, Cedar Street Grille & Cedar Street Café - among our Members.
We ask that you attend the June 3 Town Meeting and vote to support these vital improvements to their property.
Thank you for supporting local business!
North Brookfield Savings Bank Donates $500 toward  
Ware Senior Center Emergency Defibrillator
Much needed emergency defibrillator made possible by NBSB's $500 donation
to the Ware Senior Center
NBSB Donates
North Brookfield Savings Bank presented a $500 donation to the Ware Senior Center for the onsite emergency defibrillator shown. [l to r] Ware Deputy Fire Chief / Director of Emergency Management Edward Wloch, North Brookfield Savings Bank Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Patty Ostrout, Ware Council on Aging Board Member Julie Cappe, and Ware Senior Center Executive Director John Zienowicz. 
Thanks to the hard work of the Ware Senior Center, many local senior citizens have a place to go for daily exercise classes, activities, and socializing, in turn greatly improving their overall quality of life. Many of the community members served through the Senior Center are 55 or older, and as such, are at an increased risk for Sudden Cardiac Arrest, or SCA. Fortunately, the early use of a defibrillator can be life-saving in events such as SCA.  
To do their part to help keep the senior community safe and secure, North Brookfield Savings Bank proudly presented a $500 check toward the purchase of the new onsite emergency defibrillator to Ware Senior Center Executive Director John Zienowicz, Ware Council on Aging Board Member Julie Cappe, and Ware Deputy Fire Chief / Director of Emergency Management Edward Wloch .

"North Brookfield Savings Bank is proud to assist and partner with the Ware Senior Center to help make the center the safest it can be for all of our valued community members," said Donna Boulanger, North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO. "We are glad to know that the onsite emergency defibrillator will help with the safety of our local seniors and provide a great sense of comfort and relief." 
North Brookfield Savings Bank is invested in giving back to community it serves and does so in various ways, including monetary donations, volunteerism and event support. These efforts align with the Bank's core value "Support Our Community" which focuses on engaging in meaningful relationships with all communities, making everyone feel welcome and included, and always putting people first.
Country Bank takes first place in Rally Against Cancer for the Jimmy Fund
Country Bank's Employee Charitable Giving (ECG) program recently donated $26,000 to the Jimmy Fund's Rally Against Cancer. Team Captains, Eric Devine, Bonnie Trudeau-Wood and Jeremy Toussaint, lead Team Country Bank with fundraising activities to help them exceed their goal of $25,000 and claim the first place spot in the Corporate Team Challenge!
Fundraising activities included staff donated raffle baskets for employees to win, paying to wear jeans on casual Fridays, a bus trip, bake sales and online staff donations. In addition to these activities, Country Bank provided a very generous matching donation. "I am in awe of the commitment from the team at Country Bank and their support of this great charity year after year. We are so proud to be the coaches for this team and know that collectively all of our efforts make a difference. We really hit a grand slam again this year!" stated Bonnie Trudeau-Wood, Chair of the ECG program and Jimmy Fund Coach for Country Bank. The ECG program has raised more than $168,000 to support the Jimmy Fund's Rally Against Cancer since 2006.    
Two members from the Country Bank team have also been invited to the Fenway Fantasy Day on Saturday, June 1st for batting practice at the Green Monster.
About Country Bank
Country Bank is a full-service mutual community bank serving central and western Massachusetts with 14 offices in Ware, Palmer, West Brookfield, Brimfield, Belchertown, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Leicester, Paxton, Charlton and Worcester. Country Bank is a member of FDIC, DIF and the SUM network. Country Bank can be reached at 800-322-8233 or online at .
Meet & Greet The Stars from 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory'
at Pintastic New England!
Wonka Kids at Pintastic

What's the newest sensation to hit the pinball world? The Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory pinball machine by Jersey Jack! Play it at Pintastic (June 27-30 at The Sturbridge Host Hotel) and meet Jack Guarnieri, the founder and owner of Jersey Jack Pinball. Multiple Willy Wonka machines will be available for you to play at the Automated booth in the ve ndor hall. Don't miss your chance to meet the Wonka kids. Peter Ostrum (Charlie), Julie Dawn Cole (Veruca) and Paris Themmen (Mike TV). Have your Wonka items signed and take selfies with the kids! ($25 per signature and $10 selfies). Don't forget your Wonka bars. Only 300 but 30 have golden tickets. Win awesome prizes!

Purchase a special pass to have the opportunity to meet and greet, get autographs, photos, and visit up close and personal with the actors who brought these precocious kids to life in the movie. The CE Pass to Pintastic includes time with the kids from Roald Dahl's timeless classic. Meet Mike Teavee (played by Paris Themmen), Veruca Salt (Judy Dawn Cole) and Charlie Bucket himself (Peter Ostrum) on Friday or Saturday at Pintastic. Visit online to secure your CE Pass before they sell out! The 4-day LE [Limited Edition] Passes have already SOLD OUT for this year's show, so act now before the CE passes are gone as well.
Pintastic offers single day passes, Ultimate Experience Packages, and the limited CE Meet & Greet Add-On Package with the Wonka kids. Children under the age of 5 are admitted free. For times, tickets and more details, check out the Pintastic Pinball and Game Room Expo website at and make your room reservations today. Contact Pintastic by phone at 774-278-3541 or by email at For reservations call the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center at 508-347-3246.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Get behind the scenes at Pintastic and volunteer at the event. Volunteers can pick their position and their shift(s), and get great special perks for helping out. Just be 18+. Check out the responsibilities and the rewards of being a Pintastic volunteer here.  
Follow Pintastic New England on Facebook for more special guests and expo news as it rolls in!

Downtown Beautification Planting Fund
Your Participation is Requested!

Did you know that this will be the 17th year that we have filled the hanging baskets, planters and urns with summer flowers to highlight the Southbridge downtown area? The hanging baskets were crafted for us by a blacksmith in 2002. A special committee selected the long urns and the Bristol Pots at the corner of Main and Elm Streets with help from members of the Southbridge Garden Club. The iron urns are genuine antiques salvaged from demolished mansions.

The permanent items were financed through a CDBG grant to improve the downtown area, but the flowers have always been purchased through donations from local businesses and folks like you.

We just can't thank you enough for all you have done through the years! May we ask for your continued support?  The work is all done by volunteers who are happy to contribute their time and labor, but the costs of plants and supplies is over $2,000.00 per year. The plants are the biggest cost, even though we are able to purchase wholesale.

This natural, colorful display has become a much appreciated tradition, and as we begin our 17th year, the volunteers are more enthusiastic than ever. The downtown plantings are a source of pride to residents and much appreciated by those visiting or passing through the Town.  

Please consider helping us to continue this tradition by contributing to this worthy effort!
Checks should be payable to the Southbridge Business Partnership with "planting fund" written in the memo portion of your check and mailed to:

Southbridge Business Partnership
PO Box 587
Southbridge, MA 01550

Donation groups are as follows:

Platinum    $500.00 or greater
Gold        $100.00 to $499.99
Silver      $50.00 to $99.99
Bronze    Any donation under $50.00
Many thanks for your consideration!

Questions? Contact Steve Brady, Co-Chairman of the Downtown Beautification Subcommittee of the Southbridge Business Partnership at 508-765-9827.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Donates toward Tuition Fees
for Ware High School Firefighting & EMS Students
NBSB Donates
North Brookfield Savings Bank presented a $1,195 check to the Ware Public High School students enrolled in the Intro to Firefighting and EMS Training Program along with staff.
Left to right: North Brookfield Savings Bank Senior Vice President / Director of Human Resources Andrea Healy, Sydney Bowler, Samantha Biron, Ware High School Superintendent Marlene DiLeo, Zachery Bonnayer, Chanlyn Basham, and Alexia Caramiello with Ware Deputy Fire Chief / Director of Emergency Management Edward Wloch and North Brookfield Savings Bank Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Patty Ostrout.

North Brookfield Savings Bank recently made a $1,195 donation towards tuition costs for Ware High School students enrolled in an Introduction to Firefighting and EMS Training Program, allowing students to participate in the course completely free of costs, making it more accessible. This is the Bank's second year offering their support to the up and coming generations looking into a career in the public service sector.
The choice to serve communities through public service is one that North Brookfield Savings Bank and their employees hold the greatest respect for. A career of community service is an exemplary one that truly embodies all five of the Bank's recently established Core Values. It is those entering a public service field that will be the upcoming helpers and heroes of our local communities and the Bank is proud to lend its support.
"These enthusiastic and forward-thinking students will be the future Firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicians who will protect and care for our local community members. We are happy to be a part of their journey to explore this valiant career path and we wish them nothing but success," said Patty Ostrout, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking. "Our neighbors, our businesses and our branches are safer because of those in public service and we cannot thank them enough for keeping us safe every day."
With the continued efforts made by the Ware Fire Department and Ware Public High School, the program has been able to continue for its second year. Ware Public High School students that are enrolled in the Introduction to Firefighting and EMS Training Program, which is a Massachusetts Department of Public Health - OEMS accredited program, range from 17 to 18 years of age. The program consists of in-class content, discussion and online training, and is designed to prepare students for the challenging Massachusetts State Certification Examination. The class prepares an excellent foundation in basic life support skills and techniques, patient assessment, CPR certification, and safe transportation. The students attend classes 3-4 times a week at the Education to Employment (E2E) Quaboag Region Workforce Training and Community College Center, located at 79 Main Street in Ware.
"Thank you to North Brookfield Savings Bank for their continued partnership with the Ware Fire Department and Ware High School for this program," said Edward Wloch, Ware Deputy Fire Chief / Director of Emergency Management. "This program has become even more accessible because of their contribution towards these students future careers."
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit

TLGV Offers 2019 Historic and Cultural Resources Grants
The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) announces a new round of its highly successful Historic and Cultural Resources grant program. The grant is designed to help organizations and municipalities with projects that preserve, protect, interpret, promote or market historic and cultural resources. Grants may range from $500 to $4,000.
Since 2003, TLGV has awarded more than $1 million in historic and cultural preservation grants to organizations throughout The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, which spans 35 towns and cities from Preston, CT in the south to East Brookfield, MA in the north. TLGV is a non-profit, member-supported organization charged with oversight of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor in partnership with the National Park Service.
"The history of the National Heritage Corridor is rich and varied," said Lois Bruinooge, executive director of TLGV. "But, some of it is in danger of being lost and these grants can help preserve our history, which is also so important to the story of our nation."
The deadline for applications is 4 p.m. July 25. All applications must be received or postmarked by the deadline. Applications should be sent to LyAnn Graff at or mailed to P.O. Box 29, Danielson CT, 06239-0029.
Successful applications will be for projects producing tangible and lasting benefits, and can include interpretive projects, marketing and promotional activities, collections inventories, assessments or conservation measures, and structural or mechanical repairs and upgrades. Creative and innovative approaches are encouraged. Funds will be dispersed on a reimbursement basis and must be matched 1:1 by cash or in-kind contributions.  
All grant applications will be reviewed by a committee and then approved by TLGV's Executive Committee and/or Board of Directors. To learn more about the grant program details visit To discuss a proposal prior to submission, please contact Lois Bruinooge at 860-774-3300 or
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C.  The Last Green Valley, Inc. works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. Together we can care for it, enjoy it and pass it on!
Cornerstone Bank Donates to the Massachusetts CASA Association
Cornerstone Donation
Pictured L to R: Massachusetts CASA's Director Joanne Levenson; Cornerstone Bank's Chairman and CEO K. Michael Robbins; and Massachusetts CASA's Executive Director Adina Giannelli

Cornerstone Bank is proud to announce its recent donation of $2,500 to the Massachusetts Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association.

The Massachusetts CASA Association provides material and training to a statewide network of volunteer court appointed special advocates who support the best interests of abused or neglected children in the juvenile court system.

The funds donated will be used to support their annual network conference where CASA volunteers throughout the Commonwealth are trained.

"The Massachusetts CASA Association plays a crucial part in the lives of children who find themselves in a situation where they need a responsible advocate to ensure their safety," stated Chairman and CEO K. Michael Robbins of Cornerstone Bank. "CASA's mission to promote, assist, and support the development, growth, and continuation of CASA programs throughout the state is noble, and we are happy to be able to support them in this worthy endeavor."

For more information on the Massachusetts CASA Association, visit

About Cornerstone Bank:
Cornerstone Bank is an independent, mutual savings bank serving the residents, businesses, and communities throughout Central Massachusetts from offices in Charlton, Holden, Leicester, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Warren, Webster and Worcester. Deposits are insured in full by a combination of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Depositors Insurance Fund. The Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Equal Housing Lender, and SBA Preferred Lender. For more information, visit online at, on Facebook or call 800-939-9103.
Legally Blonde  
Legally Blond The Musical Opens June 14
Stageloft Repertory Theater, 450A Main Street, Fiskdale, MA, is pleased to announce our upcoming production of Legally Blonde The Musical with Music and Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and Book by Heather Hatch. Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the MGM Motion Picture.
Legally Blonde The Musical will perform for three weekends from June 14 through June 30 with 8PM performances on June 14, 21, 22, 28 & 29, and 2PM performances on June 15, 16, 23 & 30. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors (60+), students, and military and can be purchased online at .  Advance ticket reservations can be made by calling Stageloft at  508-347-9005 .  All seating is reserved and our theater is fully accessible.  Please call Stageloft to inquire about ticket discounts for groups of 20 or more.
Harvard's beloved blonde takes the stage by pink storm in this fun, upbeat story of self-discovery. Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.
Directed by Christine Taylor, with musical direction by James Joinville and choreography by Rosie Joubert, Legally Blonde The Musical is produced through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. 
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Department of Family and Medical Leave - News
Exemption Process Summary Available

The Department of Family and Medical Leave is preparing for the upcoming July 1 deadline when employers begin to withhold contributions for the program. Employers who currently offer their own plans that match or exceed the PFML plan or want to self-insure, have started applying for exemptions from the program through MassTax Connect.

In order to help employers evaluate whether they want to apply for an exemption and refer them to specific information about the requirements on the website, a one-page summary has been prepared. Please click on this link for this summary document.

As described on the website, employers with qualifying self-insured plan(s) (not privately purchased plans) are required to post a surety bond to qualify for an exemption. A bond form for self-insurers and remittance instructions will be available from DFML within the next several weeks. Employers may complete an application for an exemption before submitting proof of bond coverage. An exemption application will not be denied solely because the applicant has not yet provided DFML with proof of bond coverage.

DFML is making some changes to its website. We will be providing updated information about 1099 employees and calculating worker count in the next several weeks. We will also be consolidating the information provided and hope that these changes will make it easier to find the information you need.

The Chamber will keep you apprised of these changes as they come.

North Brookfield Savings Bank $500 Gold Sponsor  
of Camp Putnam Ramble Q
NBSB and Camp Putnam  
North Brookfield Savings Bank employees participated in the Camp Putnam Red Feather Ramble 5k and volunteered at the May 19th Camp Putnam Ramble Q fundraiser event.
Left to right: Ruth Honthumb, Teller; Kim Brown, West Brookfield Branch Manager; Meagan Brousseau, West Brookfield Assistant Branch Manager; Renee Jurczyk, East Brookfield Assistant Branch Manager; Jay Jil, Senior Vice President/Chief Information Officer; Samantha Hammond, Loan Servicing Manager; Caitlin Burns, Assistant Vice President/Underwriter and Camp Putnam Board Member. Not shown: Patty Ostrout, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking and Camp Putnam Board Member.
As a long-time supporter of Camp Putnam, a well-loved New Braintree camp for children, North Brookfield Savings Bank was thrilled to continue to further show support through a $500 Gold Sponsorship of the Camp Putnam Ramble Q fundraiser event held on May 19th. The event was an all-day, fun-filled experience that gathered an impressive crowd.

Camp Putnam is nestled in the fields and forests of New Braintree and provides an authentic, nature-based camping experience for children. The Camp is affordable for all families regardless of income. North Brookfield Savings Bank employees loved being a part of the Ramble Q event and showing their support to an organization that offers such a great camping experience for children.

The day began with a Kid's Fun Run at 10:30am with children lining up for a special course that ran around the camp property. At 11am the Red Feather Ramble 5k was underway with adults traversing a course through the beautiful countryside of New Braintree. Spirits were high, the weather was cool but perfect for a long walk or run. Following the 5K, even more supporters arrived to enjoy a delicious Chicken BBQ lunch prepared by the Camp's chef and participated in a raffle for chances to win prizes. Stone Cow Brewery of New Braintree was on-site pouring cold brews along with Batch Ice Cream, also of New Braintree, serving all-natural, premium ice cream flavors.

The fun didn't stop there! The Camp Putnam Ramble Q event also had fun activities for all ages, including corn hole, bounce houses and live music throughout the day. Overall, the event was a huge success with fun had by all who came to show support.

"We're so proud of the fantastic work Camp Putnam has done to serve our communities and we are grateful to be a part of this wonderful event to help even more. It was a perfect day to be outside, enjoy beautiful New Braintree, and see all the Camp has to offer, all while supporting such a valuable cause," said Patricia Ostrout, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking. "At North Brookfield Savings Bank it is important to us to support our communities. For us it was an easy decision to partner with a wonderful organization like Camp Putnam who embodies that value as well."   

North Brookfield Savings Bank has supported Camp Putnam during the years through volunteerism, fundraising, and over $30,000 in contributions to support their needs. Currently, in all branch locations, North Brookfield Savings Bank is holding their annual Feed a Camper at Camp Putnam fundraiser to help raise money to feed campers during their stay. The Bank has kicked off the fundraiser with a $1,000 donation, and hopes to raise another $500 through community contributions.

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 .
Camp Putnam, located on 150 acres of fields and forest in rural New Braintree, has been serving local children for over 65 years. The Camp provides a safe and healthy summer camp experience that is affordable for all families, regardless of income and is camp in the truest sense of the word; a place where kids and staff interact with nature all day, every day. Camp Putnam encourages and promotes emotional, social, intellectual and personal discovery for children in a safe, structured environment. To learn more about Camp Putnam, visit
"I was a lousy hitter in May doing the same things that made me a great hitter in June." 
-Carl Yastrzemski
Gateway Players 
Stranger in the Attic
May 31 at Old Sturbridge Village 
Old Sturbridge Village is proud to welcome Gateway Players to our stage with an exciting dinner theater experience. On May 31st, join us for dinner and the production of "Stranger in the Attic". Dinner and show tickets are $40. Show only tickets are $20. TICKETS FOR THE DINNER AND SHOW MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCED. Tickets for just the show will be available at the door. Dinner begins at 5:30pm. Show begins at 7:30pm. This is a fundraiser for the "Gateway to the Future Fund".  
The menu is Tossed Mixed Greens Salad, Cole Slaw, Corn on the Cob, OSV Macaroni and Cheese, Boneless BBQ Chicken Thighs, Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Rolls with Whipped butter, and Strawberry Shortcake with fresh Whipped Cream. Tickets available by calling Kim Dolan at 508-347-0397.
Synopsis: Gateway Players Theatre presents "Stranger in the Attic" by John Kaasik, directed by Lynn Boucher. The cast includes Billy Bolster, Lou-Ellen Corkum, Ed Humphries, Stephen Jean, Joni Metras and John Turpin. Chris McTigue is the stage manager and Barbara Day is producer. 
Story: Set in the country home of freelance writer Brian Hollander and his wife Dana, their quiet life is unexpectedly upset by the arrival of a stranger named Kendrick, who is offering an exclusive story to Brian about a murder that has not happened yet! Brian pursues discussions of the story with Kendrick, and meets his neighbors Douglas and Margaret Brendan who tell Brian and Dana a disturbing story about a stranger who may be stalking them. Detective Hal Nelson comes into the play to try and unravel these interlocking stories and prevent a murder from happening.

TLGV's June Calendar of Events
Old Furnace State Park Hike : 9 a.m. to noon, June 1, Old Furnace State Park on S. Frontage Street, Danielson. Old Furnace State Park has excellent hiking through mix hardwood and conifer forests with well-marked blue and orange blazed trails. The highlight of the park is a beautiful eastward vista from the 200-foot high Half Hill Cliffs overlooking Furnace Pond (also known as Upper Ross Pond). We'll start at the park entrance, hike the orange trail to the top of Half Hill, enjoy the vista and then hike down the hill and take the loop trail around Furnace Pond. Total hike is about 3 miles. Rain cancels and reservations required. Limited to 20 hikers. Please note this hike is moderate to difficult.  Meeting Place: Old Furnace State Park entrance and parking lot. To register or for information call 860-774-3300 or email
Mobility Challenged Walk/Talk: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 1, intersection of Chewink Rd. & Lynch Rd. Chaplin, CT. Take a leisurely stroll or roll along the trail as we talk about the HETAP (High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process) equipment used to assess the trail and how mobility-challenged users can select trails to meet their individual needs. Wheelchairs and strollers welcome. No restroom facilities available. Registration is appreciated. For more information call 860-774-3300. Rain cancels.
Quinebaug River Paddle: 9 a.m. to noon, June 2, Douglas M. Cutler Canoe & Kayak Launch at 16 Kennedy Drive, Putnam, CT. The Quinebaug River provides scenic paddling through exceptional habitat. This stretch of the river has some quick-water with flat-water sections as well. It is 5.5-miles downstream to the take-out location on Route 101 in Pomfret. Paddlers must have transportation from the take-out location. Registration is required and limited to 25 boats. Kayak or canoe and PFD required. Rain cancels. To register or for information call 860-774-3300 or email
Summer Solstice Paddle: Paddle. 6:30 - 8 p.m., June 21, Mansfield Hollow State Park, Mansfield, CT. Boat Launch, 287 Bassetts Bridge Road. Join Chief Ranger Bill Reid and members of The Friends of Mansfield Hollow for an enjoyable evening sunset paddle and welcome in the Summer Solstice. Registration required. No more than 20 boats. Kayak or canoe and PFD required. Rain cancels. To register or for information call 860-774-3300 or email
TLGV Acorn Adventure - Off-Road on Two Wheels: 10 a.m. to noon, June 22, Goodwin State Park, 23 Potter Rd, Hampton, CT. Children will learn safety and riding tips to make trail riding fun and a way to enjoy nature while exploring on two wheels. Friendly QC NEMBA volunteers will introduce kids to mountain biking on cart roads and single-track trails or hop on the Air Line Trail for a gravel grind.  Kids must be comfortable riding their bikes and will be split into groups according to experience. Ages 8 and up are recommended but participation is up to the discretion of parents and the QC NEMBA volunteers. Helmets and bikes are required. Parents must attend (they can ride but are not required to). Bring water and dress appropriately. Snacks will be waiting at the end of the ride. For information call 860-774-3300 or email
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C.  The Last Green Valley, Inc. works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. Together we can care for it, enjoy it and pass it on!
Get your business's books in order!
This 5-week QuickBooks course (desktop version)  
is led by Doris Towns, CPA, a QuickBooks ProAdvisor.
June 3, 10, 17, 24 and July 1
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Jacob Edwards Library
236 Main St., Southbridge, MA
The cost is $525, including book and supplemental materials.  
Financial scholarships are available for small business owners.
For more information, or to register, contact Melissa  
at the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation
at 413-967-3001 or  
The Quaboag Valley CDC/BAC is an equal opportunity employer, lender and provider and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, family/parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender identity (including expression), sexual orientation, marital status, income derived from public assistance programs, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. The QVCDC is a 501(c)3  
non-profit organization, certified by the State of Massachusetts and CDFI.  
Holland Community Center
Holland Community Center 
40 Brimfield Rd, Holland, 413-245-3163
Age Friendly Collaboration Invitation 
June 14 at 10:00am 
Whether your town is Age Friendly, Dementia Friendly, Both or Neither, you are cordially invited to meet with James Fuccione, from the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative, as well as interested parties from Brimfield, the Brookfields, Charlton, Holland, Monson, Palmer, Wales, Warren, Ware, Southbridge, Spencer, and Sturbridge.
The goal of this meeting is to gather together any Directors, Outreach Workers, Select Board Members, COA Members, and First Responders from several communities to find out how we can work together with the resources we all have. Join us for this FREE Session Friday, June 14th at 10 am. Hosted by the Holland Community Center. A continental breakfast will be served. RSVP is appreciated for seating. 413-245-3163
Why join us? Having your town become officially Age Friendly helps when you're filling out grants, it helps with town collaborations, and it helps with new plans for the town.
June 4, 3:00pm-5:00pm: Cooking with Tamsin 
Join us for this interactive class as Tamsin teaches you how to make pot stickers and pierogies 
Cost of class: $10.
June 10, 1:00-3:00pm: Movie Day at The Center - Bohemian Rhapsody  
Bohemian Rhapsody is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury. Freddie defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, Freddie leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day. 
Movies are free of charge, if you would like to join us for lunch on this day, please give us 48 hour notice. Lunch is served at Noon, and the movie will start at 1pm. Cost of lunch is $3.  
Cruising for Charity Car Shows at Klem's 
Starting June 5th through August 28th 
Every Wednesday 5 p.m. until Dusk  
2019 Weekly Show Classes 
June 5th, Week 1: Best Street Rod & Best of Show 
June 12th, Week 2: Best Ford & Best of Show 
June 19th, Week 3: Best General Motors & Best of Show 
June 26th, Week 4: Best Mopar & Best of Show 
July 3rd, Week 5: Best Pre-WWII & Best of Show 
July 10th, Week 6: Best 50's & Best of Show 
July 17th, Week 7: Best 60's & Best of Show 
July 24th, Week 8: Best 70's & Best of Show 
July 31st, Week 9: Modern Muscle & Best of Show 
August 7th, Week 10: Best Truck & Best of Show 
August 14th, Week 11: Best Mustang & Best of Show 
August 21st, Week 12: Best Corvette & Best of Show 
August 28th, 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! 
Wine and Food Festival
SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 11am-5pm & SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 12pm-4pm
The Pioneer Valley Wine and Food Festival will showcase some of the area's top wineries and food vendors! Guest are invited to sip and sample wines from over 10 locally owned wineries. Alongside all the great wines there will be a dynamic food truck offering, local farmers market vendors, and live music!
COMING SOON ( Check the website for tickets and more information.)
Complete list of participating wineries, food truck lineup and farmers market vendors list.

Thank you to Monson Savings Bank for generously being our Sponsor!

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

June 10 
Elm Street Congregational Church 
Black Tavern Historical Society
Adults $14 / Children $5
(4-12 yrs.) 
Held in Paige Hall or under the Tent!

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

Casual Dining * Open Seating * No Reservations    
All Feasts include... 
Tossed Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, Dinner Rolls, Dessert, Coffee & Soft Drinks     
Thank you for your support! 
Woman In Business Annual Meeting
June 12, 11:45am to 1:30pm
Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village 
Members and Non-members are invited to join us for our Annual Meeting & Luncheon, where we recognize and celebrate our five scholarship award recipients, vote in new Board members, and hold our annual membership raffle to win a frame-full of lottery tickets!  
This meeting is Sponsored by Carol & Paul Porra, Jones & Jones Realty, and Steve's Collision Center.  
$20 for Members, $25 for Non-members. Tickets online at
Venture CS logo 
22nd Annual Charity Golf Classic
Blissful Meadows Golf Club, Uxbridge 
We hope you can join us at our 22nd Annual Charity Golf Classic. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit programs and services at Venture including our new autism programming that features free adaptive yoga and free family social skills groups.  We sincerely appreciate your support! 
Friday, June 14, 2019
Registration opens at 8:00am - will be held in the Pavilion
9:00am Shotgun Start
$150 Per Golfer

Includes: Greens fees and cart, morning coffee, boxed lunch, buffet dinner in the Pavilion, one free drink, Venture logo gift.  
For more information and to register visit: 
Join Stageloft for their 25th season and enjoy another year filled with laughter, music and inspirational performances!
Legally Blonde 
Book by Heather Hach
Music & Lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe & Neil Benjamin
June 14 - 30 
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Elle Woods appears to have it all. Her life is turned upside down when her boyfriend Warner dumps her so he can attend Harvard Law. Determined to get him back, Elle ingeniously charms her way into the prestigious law school. While there, she struggles with peers, professors and her ex. With the support of some new friends, though, Elle quickly realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world.
Presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Visit online or call for tickets. 
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale         508-347-9005 
The Barn
Moondance - A Tribute to Van Morrison
Saturday, June 15 at 7:30pm

Rock and roll doesn't get any better than Van Morrison. Van the Man has done it all - from classics like Brown Eyed Girl and Domino to legendary tunes like Tupelo Honey and Into The Mystic, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has never failed to impress music lovers around the globe. Moondance is the ultimate Van Morrison tribute concert. This incredible show captures the Van Morrison concert experience like no other. You'll hear classic tunes - Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance, Domino, It Stoned Me, Tupelo Honey, Wild Night, Into The Mystic, Caravan - just to name a few. The show is packed with one VM classic after the next.

Tickets can be purchased on (link above) and are $45 per person* which includes a buffet dinner including salad and rolls. House-made desserts will be available for purchase. A cash bar will be open throughout the show. Vegetarian and Gluten-free options are available with notice to our staff. Doors open at 6:00 PM. *Price per person does not include tax, gratuity, or Eventbrite ticket fees.
Salem Cross Inn logo
260 West Main Street, Route 9, West Brookfield, MA
Rich with history, the Salem Cross Inn is a restored 18th century farmhouse  
nestled on 600 acres of New England countryside.  
A Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Award
and The Knot Best of Weddings Award recipient for 2019.

Drover's Roast - Father's Day (June 16)
Join us for our popular Drover's Roast outdoor dining event, where we prepare a 1700's American trailside feast recalling the days of John Pynchon, the colonies' first cattle drover.  Experience our version of the Drover's Roast as we prepare the feast as you watch; hand rubbed prime ribs of beef with an age old recipe of spices are slowly roasted for hours over a huge fire pit; fritters are made by hand and cooked; chowder of the sea is slow-cooked in cast iron cauldrons over open fires.
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. After your feast it's time to enjoy an assortment of delightful baked goods and fresh. home baked shortcake or pies topped with real whipped cream.
As if the feasting weren't enough, there are festivities you can enjoy throughout the day; enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, music and other live entertainment, demonstrations by period crafts people, a Cow Puncher Drink, and more!
FESTIVITIES begin at 1:00pm 
FEASTING begins at 2:30pm
The Drover's Roast is an advanced ticket only dining event.  
Visit the link for details and to reserve.
Open Full Schedule:
Tuesday to Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm 
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 9:00pm 
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm 
B B and BBQ
June 16, 2019 
All dads enjoy FREE admission to Old Sturbridge Village on Father's Day. 
Join us for our first-ever Baseball, Brews & BBQ on the Common!

Not only will you learn about the history of baseball and brewing, but you can take part in early American games and try a variety of beer from local breweries. The Village will bustle all day with music from well-known bands, delicious BBQ from our Village Grill, and tons of fun for the whole family. And to truly make Dad happy, bring him to our Father's Day BBQ Brunch at the Oliver Wight Tavern (reservations required - learn more here). 


Build your own flight of beer from a variety of local breweries or enjoy full pours of your favorites 

Learn about the history of brewing and other 19th-century beverages

Find out about the roots of baseball and step up to bat during our day of games

Listen to amazing music from local bands including: 

Jeff Warner (Traditional American Music)

Chuck and Mud and the MudChuckkers (Family Friendly entertainment) 
Members of Full Gael (Celtic Music)
Check out the participating breweries for this event online here.  
Bring Dad to brunch with BBQ specialties and more at the Oliver Wight Tavern - learn more here
May 25 - September 2:
Open Wednesday - Sunday | 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Second Chance Animal Services' 7th Annual Golf Tournament
July 13, Leicester Country Club 
Second Chance Animal Services is having their 7th Annual Golf Tournament on July 13th, 2019 at the Leicester Country Club to benefit pets in need. Registration: 7:30 AM/Tee off 8:00 AM. Foursomes will play 18 holes using scramble format. Tickets cost $100, includes golf and a buffet style lunch, along with a cart and goodie bag. If you don't golf, no problem! Meal only tickets are available for $35.
Visit  to buy your tickets today!  Sponsorships available - email or visit our event page for more information. 
Concerts on the Commons  
West Brookfield 
Relax and enjoy live music on the West Brookfield Town Common!
ALL concerts are from 7-9pm. Bring chairs, blankets, picnics, and BUG SPRAY!
June 12 - Tequila Bonfire   (Country Bank)
June 19 - The Green Sisters   (Quirk Wire Co.)

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!
June 13 - Haphazard Jazz  (Betterment)
June 20 - Island Castaways   (Savers Bank)
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
Village Toastmasters
Village Toastmasters is a local group focused on helping its members improve their public speaking and leadership skill while building confidence in their abilities.  
As of Thursday, April 27, 2017, Village Toastmasters will meet every Thursday from 7:00-8:15 pm  
at the offices of the Chamber of Central Mass South, located at 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge.
Guests are always welcome!!  
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.  

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


New member Baskets

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


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


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

Important Dates to Save!
June 8-9: The Pioneer Valley Wine & Food Festival
June 10: Instagram for Business Breakfast Seminar 
June 12: Woman in Business Annual Meeting 
June 13: MEGA Business After Hours with 6 Chambers 
June 14: Age Friendly Collaboration Invitation at Holland Community Center 
June 16: Happy Father's Day!
June 21: Baby Boomers Comedy Show to Benefit United Way SSC 
June 27: CMS Chamber GOLF CLASSIC 
June 27-30: Pintastic New England at The Sturbridge Host Hotel
July 13: Second Chance Animal Services 7th Annual Golf Tournament
August 1: Chamber Summer Outing: A New England Clambake at The Publick House! 
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