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November's Fun at Five!
Chamber Seeks Sponsors
Presenters Needed for Brown Bag Seminars
Welcome New Member!
Business Planning & Structure Seminar
Member Directory Deadlines Looming!
Membership Directory Photo Contest
Vote No on Question #1: 5 Reasons
Visitor Experience Survey
Tillyer House Grand Opening
NBSB Awarded Five Stars
TLGV Awards Grant to Help Protect Bull Hill
Fundraiser to Benefit United Way
Monday Night Auction Socials
Center of Hope Food Drive
Toy Drive Returns to NBSB
WANTED: Experienced Loan Officers
Cornerstone Bank's Food Drive
Senior Center Hosts Talk on Dementia
Pintastic Returns in 2019
Bounty: Thanksgiving at OSV
Essential SoftSkills for the Workplace
Holiday Craft Fair
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Painting on Wine Glasses
14th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting
Behaviorist Bob Bailey at Hitchcock
7th Annual Tantasqua Craft Fair
Veteran's Day at OSV
Publick House Feast
Cooking With Tamsin
Woman in Business Networking Luncheon
50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions at Klem's
Salem Cross Inn Events
Lions Club Poker Tournament
Gobble Gobble Road Race
Stageloft Theater
Village Toastmasters Meetings
24/7 Online Training
New Member Baskets
Save These Dates!
BankHometown _200
Country Folk Art Craft Show
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jessica Bettencourt
Laurie Nelson
1st Vice Chair 
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision
Cindy Howard 
Immediate Past Chair

Board Members

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

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union  
Mary O'Coin

Rita Schiano 

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co. 

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

Chamber Links

Cms Chamber

Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary

Welcome to November's CROSSROADS NEWS
The clocks fall back this weekend as the year winds down and we wind up for the holiday season! Get a jump on your holiday shopping by joining us at the November 6 Fun at Five at Mexicali Grill in Spencer. Klem's is sponsoring which means everyone goes home with a gift card! We hope to see you there!  
There are a lot ways to get involved coming up. We're seeking sponsors for 2019 Chamber events, presenters for the spring slate of Brown Bag Seminars and photos for the new Member Directory! The Chamber will offer an engaging seminar on Business Planning and Structure on November 28 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel. Moderated by Rita Schiano with an expert panel, the session will offer critical advice for startups and businesses that may be growing or expanding. Read on for all the details about this and many more exciting, informative and fun happenings coming up soon. 

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Fun at Five!
Tuesday, November 6
Mexicali logo  
Mexicali Mexican Grill
117 Main Street, Spencer, 774-745-8200
Enjoy a spicy evening of Networking at Mexicali!
Mexicali Mexican Grill honors its authenticity and family spirit. At Mexicali, everyone works together, not only as a team, but as a family. When customers come to Mexicali Mexican Grill, they are treated just that way, like a part of our family.  
Make Mexicali your destination for fresh cooked, authentic Mexican food. Not only will you feel the difference, we guarantee you will  
taste the difference!

Everyone goes home a Winner! 
All of our guests will receive a Klem's Gift Card!
Minimum value $10.00
2 cards will have a value of $50.
1 card will have a value of $100.
1 card will have a value of $200!
Thanks to our amazing sponsor: Klem's!
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
Cost is $10 for Members who pre-register, 
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
Thank you to our November
Fun at Five Sponsor!
Klem's is your local destination for all your holiday needs. We have a large expanded gift section with great brands like Vera Bradley, Hallmark, Willow Tree and much more. Our apparel department features Carhartt, Columbia, Woolrich and  
Life is Good.
Our Greenhouse is a winter wonderland with everything you need to make your Christmas Merry, and our toy department features specialty and learning toys. We want to help you, so whether it's a question on training your dog, fixing your snow blower, or finding the perfect gift, we are here to help and answer all of your questions.  
Stop in and enjoy some free popcorn!
117 West Main Street
Spencer, MA    508-885-2708  
CMS Events
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Sponsor a Chamber Event in 2019! 
Our Promotions Committee is hard at work planning next year's schedule of Chamber events including our Annual Meeting in January with special guest Congressman Richard Neal, the April JOB FAIR at Bay Path RVTHS and our monthly FUN at FIVE networking events. We are actively seeking sponsors to support these events.
Sponsorship will shine a light on your business as it includes:
  • Your logo on all print and email event marketing materials
  • Recognition at registration table and on event programs and agendas when applicable
  • Mentions as sponsor during event
  • Opportunity to provide marketing materials at a sponsor table
If you are interested or would like to hear more about sponsoring these upcoming Chamber events, please give Alix a call at 508-347-2761 or email at .
Brown Bag
Brown Bag Seminar Series Seeks Presenters 
The Chamber's Education Committee is currently planning our schedule of Brown Bag Seminars for Spring/Summer of 2019. Typically 1 hour long, these seminars are intended to attract intimate audiences of 5-30 people. Seminars are held at the Chamber office on the 4th Tuesday of the month at noon.
Presenting a Brown Bag Seminar is a great way to shine a spotlight on your business and the services you offer. You create the lesson plan, we do the rest including creating the invitations and promoting your seminar.
We are now planning for the months of March, April, May and June.
If you are interested in sharing your expertise with your fellow Chamber Members while promoting yourself and your business, we would love to hear from you!
Just drop Alix a line with the topic you would like to present and your preferred month to get the ball rolling! Email Alix at
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Welcome New Member!
 Please join us as we welcome the newest Member to the Chamber of Central Mass South!

Cancelmo CPA LLC
CPA Firm
159 Main Street, Spencer MA
Joanne Cancelmo

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Business Planning & Structure Seminar
Wednesday, November 28, 6:00-8:00 pm
Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center, 366 Main Street, Sturbridge
Are you thinking about starting a new business?
Do you already have a business that is growing?
Is your business structure best positioned to protect your assets and interests?
These questions and more will be answered at this informative seminar.
Key take-aways include:
  • Fundamentals of starting a business in MA
  • The importance of a business plan
  • Why businesses fail
  • Access to capital and lines of credit
  • Business structure options, including sole proprietorship, LLC, Limited Partnership, corporation and liability and tax risks for each one
  • Separating business from personal
  • Specifying ownership of assets
  • Filing with the state and corporate dissolutions
  • Handling payroll and retirement plans
  • New tax law
  • Filing requirements, vehicles, home office, sales tax and withholdings
  • Business and general liability
  • Cyber security
  • Contractual exposure
  • Employee handbooks and benefits such as IRAs, Roths, SEPs and solo 401ks
Moderated by Rita Schiano
Rita Schiano is a resilience strategist and coach, speaker, and founder of Rita Schiano ~ Live A Flourishing Life. A former corporate vice-president and small business owner, Rita's leadership knowledge, strategies, and insights draw from both sides of the aisle. Organizations use Rita to help staff build resilient leadership skills, manage stress, and improve morale. As a personal strategic coach, Rita helps clients focus specifically on their most important goals, interests, challenges, and needs. She received her Strategic Intervention Coaching Certificate from Robbins-Madanes. The author of several books, including Live A Flourishing Life, a stress management and resilience-building process workbook; the critically-acclaimed, semi-autobiographical novel Painting The Invisible Man, and Sweet Bitter Love, Rita has written numerous articles for The Huffington Post / AOL Healthy Living and is a guest blogger for Psychology Today. Rita is an adjunct professor at The American Women's College and Bay Path University and a past Professional Member of the National Speakers Association.
Our expert panelists include:
Padgett D. Berthiaume
Padgett D. Berthiaume was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2006 and joined the North Brookfield firm of Berthiaume & Berthiaume to practice beside his father and brother. He then became a Worcester County Bar Advocate, serving in the East Brookfield District Court and gaining in-depth experience in a wide variety of District Court criminal cases. While the focus of his practice is criminal defense, he also handles matters in the probate court as well as representing buyers, sellers, and lenders in the purchase and sale of real estate, refinance transactions, and second mortgages or lines of credit and commercial law.
Brenda M. Bianculli
Brenda M. Bianculli is the owner of Brenda M. Bianculli, CPA, LLC, in Charlton, Mass. and has worked in the tax and accounting industry for more than 25 years. Her firm handles complex tax and business issues for a variety of clients and specializes in the real estate and service industries and also specializes in tax matters relating to individuals, trusts, and estates. She is currently on the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC) and Board of Advisors for Nichols College. She is also a Corporator for Cornerstone Bank and recently retired as Treasurer of Woman in Business after 10 years of service. And, she is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. Brenda holds a B.S. Degree in Business Administration from Nichols College, Dudley, MA and a Master of Science Degree in Taxation (M.S.T.) from Bentley College, Waltham, MA.
Richard S. Cheney
Richard S. Cheney is the Regional Director of the Massachusetts Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) at Clark University. The MSBDC at Clark provides business development advice to clients in the Central Massachusetts region. Since 1980, the MSBDC at Clark has worked with over 25,000 entrepreneurs. During that time, the SBDC has assisted entrepreneurs in raising over $325 million in financing. Richard completed his undergraduate studies at Hobart College in Geneva, New York and earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut in Storrs.
Dennis McCurdy
Dennis McCurdy 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 business and asset protection. He holds an Insurance Broker license in the State of Massachusetts, Dennis is a Vietnam Veteran, 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.
Cost: $20 pp for members, including affiliates, $25 pp for non-members
Light refreshments and cash bar included
Please RSVP by noon on Monday, November 26 to reserve your seat.
Call 508-347-2761 or email
Member Directory
As the leading advocate for local business, the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce promotes the success of its members and enhances regional prosperity through networking, education, and promotion. With that mission in mind, the Chamber has plans to once again publish a regional guide and membership directory for 2019 designed to promote local, support tourism, and build community for homeowners, business owners, residents and tourists.
"Enjoy Central Mass South" will make it easy for locals and visitors to turn to our Chamber Members first when looking for reliable recommendations on where to go, what to do, where to dine, where to stay, where to shop, and who to call when you need business and homeowner services. In addition to a listing of all (and only) Central Mass South Chamber members, Enjoy Central Mass South will include a handy map of our member towns, general resource and community information, and an overview of what makes living, working in, and visiting Central MA so special. 
The Chamber plans to print 4,500 copies of this glossy magazine and make it available all year long at the Chamber Office and Member shops and businesses throughout the region. It is expected to be in circulation by mid-January 2019.
The Chamber has once again teamed up with Chamber member Weathervane Enterprises, Inc., publishers of Your Hometown Shopper and the Guide to Brimfield, to design and produce Enjoy Central Mass South for the Chamber. 
All Chamber members are welcome to support this important community resource by advertising their business or the services they provide. You will be hearing from Weathervane Enterprises shortly to discuss your interest in advertising. Please contact Alexandra McNitt, executive director of The Chamber of Central Mass South at 508-347-2761 or Maxine Carter-Lome, publisher, Weathervane Enterprises Inc. at 508-347-1960 x402, for more information.
Regional Guide Deadlines
It is important that you review your listing in last year's directory and contact the Chamber with any changes NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 1.
A signed contract is required by November 16, 2018 to confirm ad space.
Payment is required by December 7, 2018 for ad to be included.
Download the 4-page Press Kit (PDF) including the Advertising Form here.
Download the Advertising Form only (PDF) here.
(Both of these documents include all deadlines and contact info.)
Annual Membership Directory Photo Contest
4 seasons
  We are seeking amazing photos to showcase
our region in all 4 glorious seasons!
The Chamber of Central Mass South is calling on all photographers, amateur and professional, to submit images which represent the four seasons in our area. The photos cannot contain any distinguishable advertising or business entities and they must be easily identifiable with one of the four seasons.
Submit one or all four seasons!
There will be one winning photo chosen for each season, selected by the Chamber's Promotions Committee. The 4 winning seasonal photos will be used on the cover of the 2019 Membership Directory and the runners up may be used in the 2019 Annual Report and other Chamber publications with a photo credit to the photographers where possible. All submitted photos become property of the Chamber of Central Mass South.
The photos must be high resolution (300 d.p.i. or greater)
and submitted digitally by email to Alix.
by November 26, 2018.
(Note: the deadline has been moved up.) 
Thank you in advance for your best shots of our towns!
Southbridge, Sturbridge, Charlton, Brimfield, The Brookfields,
Holland, Spencer, Wales, Warren, Northern CT
Chamber of Central Mass South
Questions? 508-347-2761

Dear Members of the Chamber of Central Mass South,

Massachusetts is home to some of the best hospitals in the nation - including Harrington Hospital, located right here in Southbridge. But that could change if Question #1 is voted into law on November 6th.

Your help is desperately needed in helping our community understand the negative impact Question #1 will have on patient care, our communities and the entire region.

Please consider sharing the following message and join the statewide effort to raise awareness and provide education regarding Question #1.

Five Reasons to vote NO on Question #1

On November 6th, Massachusetts voters will be asked to vote on mandated nurse staffing ratios. The question will appear as Question #1 on the ballot.

Here are five reasons why we ask you to consider voting "no" on Question #1.

1. Crucial healthcare decisions should be made at the bedside and not at the ballot box.

2. If passed, rigid government mandated nurse staffing ratios will be enforced at all hospitals, on all units, at all times with no exceptions.

3. If implemented, the cost to Harrington Hospital will be between $5,000,000 to $6,000,000 annually and the cost to the Commonwealth will be $1.31 billion annually. Healthcare costs for everyone will rise in Massachusetts.

4. Out of all 50 states only one other state (California) has mandated nurse staffing ratios and there is no evidence that it contributes to quality care. In fact, 2018 Leapfrog patient safety data ranks Massachusetts 4th in the nation for percentage of hospitals with the top patient safety rating, while California ranks 25th.

5. Question 1 would result in longer wait times in the Emergency Room and the reduction of 1,000 behavioral health beds throughout the state (38% of the total supply) impacting our ability to combat the opioid crisis.

For more information please visit where you can learn more.

Visitor Experience Survey: We Value Your Opinions!
As we continuously try to improve our visitor experiences here in the Northeast, we want to learn what matters most to you, our valued friends.  
Please visit the Link here and take a survey for a chance to win a $250 VISA card*. Your time and answers will go a long way to helping us promote amazing adventures for years to come.
The survey is COMPLETELY ANONYMOUS. We will not collect any identifying information about you, and we will not solicit you for any products or services. The survey should take approximately 15 minutes and will be conducted by an independent research organization. Our organization will never see individual responses.
We thank you for your support and participation.
*See survey for official sweepstakes rules.

Tillyer House Grand Opening
at The Publick House Historic Inn
Thursday, November 29, 2018

3:30 PM Guest Arrival
4:00 PM Ribbon Cutting & Speeches
4:30 PM Tours, Entertainment, and Light Fare

The Publick House is excited to introduce the community to our new Tillyer House.
Offering 28 rooms, extended stay suites, a salon, spa, health club and more.
Come share the excitement with us on the 29th.

On the Common, Sturbridge, MA 01566
North Brookfield Savings Bank Once Again Designated  
a "Sustained Superiority" 5-Star Rated Bank

5 Star Bauer Rating
North Brookfield Savings Bank proudly announces it has once again earned a 5-Star Superior rating from BauerFinancial, the Nation's Premier Bank Rating Firm. Having earned and maintained this top honor for 95 consecutive quarters, North Brookfield Savings Bank qualifies for an elite designation of a "Sustained Superiority Bank".  This status is reserved for the top 10% of the nation's banks, those that have maintained BauerFinancial's highest 5-Star rating longer than 90% of the industry.

As a true local community bank, North Brookfield Savings Bank has been a part of the fabric of the local communities since 1854. With full-service branches operating in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, Palmer, and Three Rivers, in addition to a Business Center and Loan Center, North Brookfield Savings Bank offers a wide variety of quality deposit and loan products to businesses and individuals throughout Central and Western Massachusetts. To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's convenient banking products and to access 24 hour services such as online banking, bill pay, mobile banking, mobile check deposit, estatements, eLoanBills and Popmoney®, visit

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
About BauerFinancial , I nc. , Coral Gables, Florida, the nation's leading independent bank and credit union rating and research firm, has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. No institution can pay for or opt out of a BauerFinancial rating. Consumers may obtain free star-ratings by visiting
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TLGV Awards $2,500 Grant to Wyndham Land Trust to Help Protect Bull Hill

The Last Green Valley, Inc. recently awarded a $2,500 Heritage Transaction Grant to the Wyndham Land Trust to help in its ongoing effort to protect Bull Hill, a more than 3,000-acre undisturbed forest straddling Thompson and Woodstock.

"Bull Hill is an exciting place for those concerned with preserving the forests of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor," said Lois Bruinooge, executive director of TLGV. "Wyndham Land Trust has done tremendous work in a short time to ensure this largely unfragmented forest stays that way."

The $2,500 grant will be matched 1:1 and is needed for legal fees to finalize the donation of two parcels of landlocked forest on Bull Hill totaling 19 acres. The parcels abut land owned by the Town of Thompson and Wyndham Land Trust. The parcels contain a segment of north-south trail that connects the entire Bull Hill Forest.

Andy Rzeznikiewicz, a board member for Wyndham Land Trust and the project director for the grant, said these parcels posed a challenge for the land trust.

"These two particular parcels require more legal work than usual land transactions," Rzeznikiewicz said. "Before the transaction can be completed, three previous owners who all died must have their estates go through probate. The probate process was never done in the past.  In order for the land trust to take ownership the land titles must be clear. This is a lengthy process, which our attorney will work through."

The Heritage Transaction Fund was conceived as a program to help organizations such as Wyndham Land Trust close the gaps in funding for projects. Another round of the grant program will be opening soon.
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!
Fundraiser to Benefit
United Way
Bemis Farms Wreath Making
Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Starlite Gallery & Lounge, 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge
Street parking or in the RMV parking lot located at the corner of Hook and Hamilton Streets.

$40 per person-registration required
All supplies included
Light snacks provided
Cash Bar
Cocktails and Craft Beer available
Checks made payable to: Bemis Farms Nursery

Register by 11/7/18 (search United Way)
or by calling 508-765-5491

Holiday Shopping with TrendiBabe Fashion Accessories 

Sponsored by: SAVERS BANK
Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale Kicks Off
Monday Night Auction Socials
Caned Rocker
This newly re-caned antique rocker was sold at this year's Federated Church Auction.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to repair or refinish a treasured family table or re-cane the seat on your grandmother's antique chair? This could be just the opportunity you've been looking for and it's available to you free of charge for just your investment of time.
The Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale's auction committee has put out a call for volunteers to help with preparations for next year's 70th Annual Antique Auction. Beginning on Monday, November 5, and continuing through the winter, members of the committee will meet in Fellowship Hall from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to begin the year-long task of repairing and refurbishing the many items of furniture to be placed on the auction block next August.
Committee member and expert furniture restorer, Tim Bardsley says the Monday night work sessions provide a wonderful opportunity for local residents interested in learning these skills. "Repairing and refinishing antiques, and doing it right, is a lost art," says Bardsley. "The members of our group have been doing this for a very long time, though, and they are happy to pass along what they know."
Bardsley says there are no restrictions on who may join the group. "Men and women, young and old, everyone is welcome," Bardsley notes. "We can teach folks refinishing techniques from simple to complex. We'll show them the best stains to use and how to apply them, how to seal the finish and how to protect against water stains. We can show them how to cane a chair and how to make repairs."
"The only thing we ask is that the volunteer use the skills we teach them to refurbish a piece of furniture for the auction before putting their new skills to work on their own furniture at home," he adds.
The auction committee is also accepting donations of antique furniture, individual pieces or entire estates, for inclusion in next year's sale. Auction committee members include Tim Bardsley, Ken Benson, Pat Hilton, and Brian Rhea. For more information, please call the Church office at (508) 347-3915 or email
Now known as the longest annually held church auction in the nation, the Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale's Antique Auction, is held under tent on the second Saturday in August on the historic Sturbridge Common across from the landmark Publick House Historic Inn. Next year's auction, the 70th annual, is slated for Saturday, August 10, 2019.

Annual Toy Drive Returns to North Brookfield Savings Bank 
NBSB Toy Drive
North Brookfield Savings Bank proudly partners with toy collection programs in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, and Palmer to collect toys for local children. North Brookfield Savings Bank Branch Support Specialist Wendy Swallow, Ware Branch Manager Tina Allen along with Supervisor and Marketing Assistant Nicole Syriac are shown with some of the toys donated by generous community members, customers and NBSB employees last year.
This November and December, North Brookfield Savings Bank's goal is to make sure all local children experience the joy of the holidays. Through their Annual Toy Drive held from
November 1st through December 15th, donations and toys will be collected at all North Brookfield Savings Bank locations. In addition, North Brookfield Savings Bank will be making a $1,750 donation to local toy drive programs to further brighten the holidays.
During the Toy Drive, community members are welcome to visit any branch location to make their donations of new and unwrapped toys for children between the ages of infant to 12 years old. All toys collected will be donated to local toy programs in each community, to ensure that local children in need will receive holiday presents.
In addition to toys, NBSB will accept financial contributions in collection containers to purchase additional gifts. The bank will match every dollar donated and contribute $1 for every toy collected, up to $250 per branch location.
NBSB's branch locations and their partner organizations are as follows:
North Brookfield Branch , 9 Gilbert Street - partnering with the North Brookfield Police Association's Toys for Joys Program
East Brookfield Branch , 100 West Main Street, Route 9 - partnering with the East Brookfield Toys for Joy Program
West Brookfield Branch , 128 West Main Street, Route 9 - partnering with the West Brookfield Police Association Holiday Toy Program
Ware Branch , 40 Main Street, Route 9 - partnering with the Ware Police Department "Christmas for Kids" Program
Belchertown Branch , 4 Daniel Shays Highway, Routes 9 and 202 - partnering with the Belchertown Firefighters Association Adopt-a-Family Program
Palmer Branch , 1051 Thorndike Street - partnering with the Palmer Lions Club Holiday Toy Program
Three Rivers Branch , 2060 Main Street - partnering with the Palmer Lions Club Holiday Toy Program
"We want to make sure every child has a joyous holiday this year and every year. We invite all of you to come to visit us as you have so generously done in the past to make your donation towards our Annual Toy Drive," said Donna Boulanger, President and CEO of North Brookfield Savings Bank. "The holiday season is about caring for those around us and being generous, and it is heartwarming year after year to witness the kindheartedness of our community members making an impact through this fundraiser. By partnering with the local toy drive organizations and our giving residents we bring a child holiday cheer."
Two additional North Brookfield Savings Bank holiday traditions, Belchertown Santa Day on Saturday, November 24th and the West Brookfield White Christmas Open House with Mrs. Claus on Sunday, December 2nd are also great opportunities to visit and contribute to the Annual Toy Drive, all while getting your photo with some admired holiday guests.
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit
Norcom Mortgage
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Do you have a solid knowledge of FHA, CONVENTIONAL & VA LOANS?


Please share this information with your friends and colleagues who may have an interest!
Thank you!

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Cornerstone Bank Holds Annual Food Drive
Items to be collected at all locations
Cornerstone Bank is hosting its annual food drive from November 1 through November 14 to assist local food pantries in their aim to combat hunger and help those in need.
During the drive, customers and local residents are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items to any of Cornerstone Bank's 15 branch locations.
Drop-off locations include:
  • 2 Center Depot Road, Charlton
  • 1073 Main Street, Holden
  • 121 S. Main Street, Leicester
  • Route 20 & 56, North Oxford
  • 93 Main Street, Rutland
  • 253-257 Main Street, Southbridge
  • 495 E. Main Street (inside Big Y), Southbridge
  • 176 Main Street, Spencer
  • 72 W. Main Street, Spencer
  • 130 W. Main Street, Spencer
  • 200 Charlton Road, Sturbridge
  • 968 Main Street, Warren
  • 86 Worcester Road, Webster
  • 230 Park Avenue, Worcester
  • 70 W. Boylston Street, Worcester
"This is a great opportunity to support our local food pantries and help our neighbors in need during the holiday season," said Chairman & CEO of Cornerstone Bank K. Michael Robbins.
About Cornerstone Bank:
Cornerstone Bank is an independent, mutual savings bank serving the residents, businesses, and communities throughout Central Massachusetts from offices in Charlton, Holden, Leicester, N. Oxford, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Warren, Webster and Worcester. Deposits are insured in full by a combination of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Depositors Insurance Fund. The Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Equal Housing Lender, and SBA Preferred Lender. For more information, visit online at, on Facebook or call 800-939-9103.
Sturbridge Senior Center to Host Dr. Jonathan Jackson
November 2, 2018 at 12:30 pm
480 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA, 508-347-7575
  1. Half of all adults aged 85 and over have Alzheimer's
  2. 1 in 6 adults aged 65 and over have Alzheimer's or a form of dementia
  3. More than half of the 5.4 million Americans with the disease may not even know they have it
  4. Symptoms of the disease can develop in people as young as 30
  5. The incidence of Alzheimer's will increase to every 33 seconds by 2050
  6. This disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
  7. There are over 16 million American caregivers for someone with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia
  8. There is an increased likelihood of depression, emotional stress and financial problems amount caregivers
  9. There are an estimated 800,000 Americans with this disease, living alone
  10. If you are not already living with or know someone who is living with this disease, the chances you will are extremely high.
TALK SUMMARY: The talk will provide the audience with the latest information on how the brain changes in healthy aging as well as in Alzheimer's Disease (AD). The presentation will address common questions related to genetic risk of AD, the differences between Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Moreover, what treatments are just over the horizon, and what you can do to keep your mind sharp in later years. Questions and discussion will follow the talk.
BIOGRAPHY: Jonathan Jackson, PhD, is the founding director of the Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Jackson also works as a cognitive neuroscientist, investigating the early detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD), particularly in the absence of overt memory problems. He serves on Massachusetts General Hospital's Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC) and MGH's Cancer Center Equity Program. Dr. Jackson serves on the leadership team of several organizations focused on community health, as well as local, statewide, and national advisory groups for research recruitment, Alzheimer's disease, and community engagement.
Pintastic logo Returning in Summer 2019!
JUNE 27 - 30 2019

Summer is not that far away! Well, yes it is, but it's not too soon to dream! Pintastic 2019 passes are on sale now and make great gifts for the pinball enthusiasts in your life! Visit Pintastic online for more!
Now in November nearer comes the sun down the abandoned heaven.  
~D.H Lawrence  
Bounty: Thanksgiving
Wednesday-Sunday, November 1-22
Times: The Village is open from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Experience the traditions of an early 19th-century New England Thanksgiving. Learn about 1830s dining etiquette and watch the men of the Village compete in a post-dinner target shoot. Smell the scents of roasted turkey and pies warming by the fire. Hear the minister talk about the true meaning of Thanksgiving in the Village's historic Center Meetinghouse. Learn how preparations were made for this holiday meal.

On weekends, guests can enjoy a delicious bountiful harvest buffet in the Bullard Tavern ( see this link for more information).

Did you know?
In early New England, Thanksgiving was the biggest holiday of the year, far surpassing Christmas, which wasn't celebrated in the tradition of the Puritans who settled the region.

Turkeys in the early 19th century were much smaller than today's "butterballs," and turkey wasn't always on the Thanksgiving menu, because they were a lot of work to prepare for not much meat.

In the early 1800s, turkey "drovers" herded and marched turkeys on foot from central and western Massachusetts to the huge Brighton market just outside of Boston, Mass. to sell the birds to wealthy city dwellers.

Many vegetables weren't peeled for everyday cooking, but they were for holidays like Thanksgiving to show the elevated status of the day.

Pies were baked weeks ahead of time and stored in unheated attics and bedrooms where they would freeze and keep for months. Pies not consumed at Thanksgiving would sometimes last until April.

The cranberry is one of three fruits native to North America, and was used by Native Americans to make pemmican - a survival food made of mashed cranberries mixed with deer meat. They also used cranberries in poultices to draw poison from wounds.

This is your last chance to catch...
The Sleepy Hollow Experience
September 26-November 4 at Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
Essential SoftSkills for the Workplace
Move to the Top of the Class and the Office!
QCC's Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education is offering professional development workshops for free! Employers who qualify through the Direct Access for Small Business Grant can send their employees for Free.
Join us on November 2nd or 9th
For an Information Session on the
Direct Access Grant Program
and Other Workforce Training Fund Grants
Workshops Begin in February 2019
Essential Business Skills
Time Management
Conflict Resolution
Presenting with Impact
Communication with Clarity & Impact
Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making
Southbridge Information Session
Friday, November 2nd, 8:30-10:00am
QCC Southbridge Campus, 5 Optical Drive, Room 102
Worcester Information Session
Friday, November 9th, 8:30-10:00am
QCC Downtown Campus, 25 Federal Street, Room 304
The Direct Access Grant for Small Business is designed for the small business that has 100 employees or less and pays into the Unemployment Fund which funds these grants. 
Quinsigamond Community College was awarded this grant and designed this program with you in mind. Through various channels we have heard your call for softskills and workready training.    
Don't miss this opportunity you have been waiting for!  
Holiday Craft Fair

The Center of Hope is hosting a Holiday Craft Fair on
November 3rd from 9-4
at our Sturbridge Day Habilitation location, 23 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA.
We will be showcasing a wide variety of quality crafters and vendors.

For more information or if you are interested in becoming a vendor
please call 508-764-4085 or visit our website

November 4
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Don't Forget to FALL BACK
and Set Your Clocks Accordingly!
Painting on Wine Glasses
November 7 & 13
Holland Community Center, 44 Brimfield Rd., Holland

Join Loretta Medeiros as she teaches us how to paint on wineglasses.
We'll be having two classes on this. The cost for each class is $15 and for seniors it's $12.
The classes are November 7th at 6pm, and November 13th at 1pm.

Please reserve a spot early by calling us here at the Center: 413-245-3163.
14th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting
November 8, 5:30-8:30pm 
Oliver Wight Tavern, Old Sturbridge Village  
Join Venture Community Services at our annual charity wine and beer tasting and sample a variety of wine, beer, ale,  mixed cocktails and featured liquor while you enjoy snacks from OSV & Ted's.  Bid high in the Silent auction featuring a huge variety of items and groove to music by DJ Lindsey D!
Fun Free Interactive Areas and Games:  Play Venture Plinko, Double Down Dice and 'Beer Pong' and have your passport stamped to win prizes.
Also take a chance to win our "Off the Wagon" wheelbarrow full of wine, beer, spirits, and more... 3 chances for a $10 donation.
Proceeds to support programming at Venture that includes free Autism events for the community.
Tickets are $40 each through 11/1/18 and $50 11/2/18 onward and at the door.  
225 tickets will be sold.  
Visit the event page
for details and to purchase tickets. 
Behaviorist Bob Bailey Seminar at Hitchcock: November 10 & 11 
Bob Bailey quote
Bob Bailey is an internationally renowned behaviorist, animal trainer, and former colleague of the famous psychologist, B.F. Skinner.  He will be teaching his trade at Hitchcock on November 10 & 11.
Bob Bailey Chickens, spiders, cats, whales, dogs.... you name it, Bob Bailey has trained it.  
You can spend the weekend with Dr. Robert (Bob) Bailey, internationally respected animal trainer. Bob has brought the application of scientific principles, Applied Behavior Analysis, out of the lab and into the field. For decades Bob has influenced a wide range of animal trainers, Marine Mammal Trainers, to Zoo Keepers, to US Dept. of Defense, to pet and performance Dog Trainers, etc. in the application of humane, efficient, and effective training techniques. He, himself has trained thousands of animals, a vast array of species; from dolphins to chickens and more... even spiders.
Incredible results can be achieved through the application of non-force/non-pain based methods. Bob is known as a master behavior technician and points out that training is a mechanical skill. Mistakes will slow the training process and may confuse and discourage the animal.
Observational and mechanical skills are essential in the clear, concise delivery of our "training message" to the animal. Attendees can come away with an enhanced understanding of how to develop, implement, and adjust their training plan to improve communication with the animal being trained.
Laurie Merritt, dog trainer and K9 NoseWork® instructor at Hitchcock Academy shares her thoughts on the event. "I'm really excited for the opportunity to facilitate this event.  Bob is foundational to the development clean, efficient, reward-based training.  He has decades of experience with animals in real world situations. He trained dolphins to find mines and birds to take pictures for the US Defense Department.  It is just incredible."
You can join us on Saturday & Sunday, November 10 & 11, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM. We have limited positions for dogs with working spots. You can audit for two days or just one day.  Lunch is included. For more information or to register visit or call  
7th Annual Tantasqua Craft Fair
Tantasqua Regional Sr. High School
Saturday, November 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.   
Tantasqua's Cornerstone Café will be open for an early bird breakfast buffet at 9 a.m.  
Craft Fair offers over 100 crafters with an array of merchandise for all of your holiday shopping, and refreshments. Free parking and shuttle service.  Free admission.
319 Brookfield Road, Fiskdale
Veteran's Day at Old Sturbridge Village
November 11, 9:30am to 4:00pm

All active, veteran and retired members of the military and their families* receive free admission on Veterans Day.  (*up to 6 people.)

To celebrate Veterans Day, Old Sturbridge Village will present special activities celebrating the nation's military history. See how lead musket balls were cast. Meet a U.S.S. Constitution 1812 surgeon and the U.S.S. Constitution's Marines, listen to fife and drum music, and watch a cannon demonstration. See how American military uniforms and weapons have changed over the past 300 years and see demonstrations of the weapons. Weather conditions could impact where and how certain activities take place.

Children will get an opportunity to drill with toy muskets under the command of the Captain of the Village militia.  

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
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 organization will split a minimum of $4.00 from every dinner served!

November 12 
Sturbridge Nursery School 
Mary Martha Guild, St. Joseph Charlton 
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! 
Cooking With Tamsin
November 13, 3:00-5:00pm 
Holland Community Center
40 Brimfield Road, Holland 413-245-3163

This is an interactive cooking class with Chef Tamsin. This month we are making Corn Bread with fresh corn and Fresh Cranberry and Pumpkin corn bread. Please bring something to be able to bring the finished product home in. The cost is $10.00.

Please pre-register for this event by calling 413-245-3163 or email:
Woman in Business Networking Luncheon
November 14, 11:45am to 1:15pm
Oliver Wight Tavern at OSV

Join us for a delicious lunch at the Oliver Wright Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village and share information about your company to make new business and personal connections. Bring your business cards and promotional materials, and prepare to spend a few minutes talking about yourself and what you do. This is one of our most popular events of the year - and it's all about networking!
$20 for Members, $25 Non-members & guests
Register online at:
Worcester 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Regional Networking Group
NETWORKING WORKS!! Your AGE really is your EDGE!!  
Fall has Arrived! A Perfect Time to Turn Over a New Leaf!    
Funded by AARP and Managed by MCOA, we have expanded our 50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Group program to support and assist people in the 50+ demographic living in the greater Worcester area and looking for a new job, a totally new career direction, re-entering the workforce after an employment gap or looking for a Second Act career.    
Meet and network with fellow job seekers at our bi-weekly networking group meetings.  
Learn how to Network!    
New Topic at each Meeting!
Come join Melody Beach, an experienced Human Resource professional who is the Facilitator for this collaborative Networking Group.  
Start your journey towards self-realization, re-invention and transformation!    
WHO: Mature Job Seekers! That's YOU! (50 years of age +)  
WHEN: Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Doors open at 1:30pm  
for registration and casual networking so come early! And often!

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

Did you know: 85% of all jobs are found through NETWORKING!! REALLY!!
For more Information and Pre-Registration (required), please feel free to contact:   
The Worcester COA at 508-799-1232.
Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions
November 16, 2:00-4:00pm
Thankful for a Home!
MOBILE ADOPTION UNIT is coming to Klem's! On the road to saving more lives!  
Be sure to stop by and say hi to some of the sweet dogs and cats looking for a new home!
Let adoption help you find your next best friend.
Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708
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.  
DID YOU KNOW... Yankee Magazine has chosen SALEM CROSS INN  
as the "Best New England Cuisine" in Massachusetts!  
The First Fireplace Feast of the Season!  
November 16
Join us for a special dining event as the Innkeepers at the Salem Cross Inn announce their series of 1700's style feasts, prepared on the open hearth of a great fieldstone fireplace. Relax by the fire or lend a hand as dinner is prepared for you in colonial style. Stir the chowder as it bubbles in our cast iron cauldron. See your prime rib, roasted 'to a turn,' as the only known authentic Roasting Jack still operating in America rotates slowly over a crackling fire of wild cherry logs. Beware the brimming bowl of freshly whipped cream - the perfect complement to New England's best apple pie.
While your dinner is cooking to perfection, enjoy a horse drawn wagon or sleigh ride through the valley on the Inn's pristine 600 acres. Shake off the chill with warm mulled wine or cider upon your return. Browse our extensive collection of colonial and federal period American antiques. The Fireplace Feast makes a thoughtful and unique gift for special friends or deserving associates.
The Fireplace Feast is just one of our many dining events that provides an authentic colonial experience. At Salem Cross Inn, we capture the history and culture of 1700's America. Salem Cross Inn's dining events, excellent cuisine, and atmosphere have been featured on Food Network's "The Best Of," WCVB TV5 Boston's "Chronicle" and chosen as the "Hidden Jewel" by Boston's Phantom Gourmet and WGBY.
Arrive at 6pm, feast begins at 7:30pm. See the Fireplace Feast schedule for more dates here!  
Last one of the season! November 18th
Murder Mystery 
Join us for an exciting interactive dinner theater, 
These Jokes Are Killing Me...    
Lots of laughs, a delicious meal, and a mystery we need your help solving.
This is an advanced ticket purchase dining event.
Please call or order through the online form
Main Dining Room:
Tuesday-Friday- 11:30 AM-9:00 PM
Saturday- 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sunday- 12:00 PM-8:00 PM

Hexmark Tavern:
Tuesday-Friday- 4:00 PM-9:00 PM

Live music every Friday starting at 6:30 PM
Lions Club
No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em
Poker Tournament
$1000 First Place Prize
Saturday November 17th, 2018
Italian American Club, 20 North St, Southbridge, MA

An $80 donation gets you $8000 in chips.  Prizes will be awarded in American Express Gift Checks.  All chips must be purchased before the tournament begins and there are no re-buys.
Registration in advance is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome as long as there are still seats available.

Doors open at 5 pm for registration
Tournament will begin promptly at 6pm
Must be at least 18 years of age to participate
Free pizza will be provided for all players during a break in the action.

To register or for more information, contact Mark at 508-347-5034.
All proceeds from the tournament will be used to provide scholarships
to local high school students.
Gobble Gobble
Gobble Gobble Road Race
November 18, 7:30am to 12:30pm
The Center of Hope, 1 North Street, Southbridge 
Join us for our annual Gobble Gobble Road Race.  
First 100 registered runners receive a Race Shirt.  
Visit this link for registration and more. 
Stageloft Theater Presents
Stageloft Christmas Show
by James Hindman & Ray Roderick 
November 24 - December 9  
This intimate revue takes a wry and knowing look at the stressful holiday season. Armed with a copy of A Christmas Survival Guide and an optimistic attitude, the characters charge into an urban holiday landscape searching for the true essence of Christmas. In songs and vignettes, they learn to cope with the season in ways that are both hilarious and heartwarming.

"Ho Ho Hilarious! The funniest Christmas revue around!"
- The New York Press

Presented by Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. 
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale            508-347-9005  
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!
November 3: The Center of Hope's Holiday Craft Fair
November 6: Fun at Five at Mexicali with Klem's   
November 8: Venture CS Annual Wine and Beer Tasting 
November 11: Veteran's Day
November 14: Woman in Business Networking Luncheon 
November 16: Fireplace Feast at Salem Cross Inn  
November 18: Gobble Gobble Road Race at The Center of Hope
November 23-25: Country Folk Art Craft Show at The Sturbridge Host Hotel
November 27: Brown Bag "Avoiding Winter Rodent Invasions" with Dave's Pest Control 
November 28: Business Planning & Structure Seminar  
November 29: Tillyer House Grand Opening at The Publick House
December 20: HOLIDAY Fun at Five at The Publick House with Cornerstone Bank 
new business chamber logo