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Welcome to October's Crossroads News!
CROSSROADS is in your inbox on the last day of the month so you won't miss a trick (or treat) as October begins with a flurry of fantastic local events. Celebrate all that the season offers starting this weekend with Sturbridge Herbfest, The Overlook's Fall Festival, Rapscallion's Oktoberfest at Brimfield Winery, a Walktober hike at Dingley Dell, and so much more! You'll also find the entertainment schedule and more info on The 32nd Harvest Festival coming to the Sturbridge Common on the weekend of the 15th and 16th! We hope you can join us at our offices for networking and pizza on October 18th. If you have fall events to share with our subscribers, we’d love to spread the word in the next issue of CROSSROADS.

CROSSROADS is our Members' platform to share their latest news with over 1,000 fellow Chamber Members and subscribers in our community. Thank you for entering your upcoming offerings on our NEW Events calendar and emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in CROSSROADS. NEXT ISSUE: OCTOBER 14, 2022.
OPEN Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
No appointment is necessary. Give us a ring at 508-347-2761 to be sure we are here.
Can you lend a hand at THE 32nd ANNUAL HARVEST FESTIVAL?
We are seeking volunteers to perform light duties during the festival which include:
Traffic/Parking Control, Selling Soda & Stuff, Trash Pickup, Tent & Table breakdown on Sunday.
If you are able to help out for a 3-hour shift on Saturday or Sunday please email Alix or call 508-347-2761.
Thank you!
Pizza Party Networking!
Tuesday, October 18, 5:00-7:00pm
46 Hall Road, 2nd Floor, Sturbridge, MA

Let's try something new for our first get-together of the fall season!

You are cordially invited to network with your fellow members and grab a hot slice (or several) as we host a pizza party right here at our Hall Road offices. Enjoy colorful views of the woods out back as you relax and catch up with your friends. We will supply the pizza pies and soft drinks!

Just give us a ring or email to RSVP and let us know your favorite pizza topping while you're at it!

We hope to see you there!

RSVP by email or phone. 508-347-2761 

Cost is $10 for CMS Chamber Members ($20 for non-Members)
New Chamber & Tourism Websites!

Members, create your profile on the new Chamber website: Login to the "members only" Info Hub to create your Account. Click the Member Login button at the top of the home page to get started. Your email address must be in our new system for you to be instantly approved. If it is not, give us a ring or email and we can add your email address from our end.

Once you have joined, you will be able access vital resources, advertise your upcoming events, post any Hot Deals you may be offering, register for Chamber events, post Member 2 Member discounts, pay invoices, even create Job Postings to recruit new employees!

Also, take a peek at, the new tourism site for visitors to our area. If you post your event to the Chamber calendar and it is tourism related, we will feature it on the Sturbridge Townships page, too!

We look forward to your feedback!
If you run into technical issues or questions, don't hesitate to drop us an email or call 508-347-2761.
Get Great Exposure for Your Business! 
Sponsor an upcoming Chamber event!

Our Promotions Committee is hard at work planning the schedule of Chamber happenings including FUN at FIVE networking events. We are actively seeking businesses that would be interested in sponsoring these events.

Our event sponsors are given positive exposure and enthusiastic crowds that are eager to share the good word about your business with their friends, neighbors and business contacts!

NEW! Limited space is available for Kids Activity Sponsors at this year's Harvest Festival. $1000 sponsorship fee for your 10' x 20' sponsorship booth. Proceeds to be used to enhance the Kids Fun Zone at the festival. If you are interested, contact Alix immediately!

If your company would be interested in being a sponsor for these upcoming events, or would like more information about sponsorship, please contact Alix at 508-347-2761 or email


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UMass Memorial Health – Harrington Implements Behavioral Health Emergency
Service Pod at Southbridge Emergency Department
SOUTHBRIDGE, MA, September 19, 2022 – UMass Memorial Health – Harrington has opened a new behavioral health emergency service pod in the Emergency Department of Harrington Hospital in Southbridge. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new facility to officially mark the opening. 
The new four-bed pod includes a dedicated nursing station, full bathroom and shower. The expansion will provide a more comfortable and calming environment for patients seeking behavioral health care who may experience longer emergency room stays awaiting inpatient psychiatric placement or further evaluation. 
The addition of a dedicated behavioral health emergency pod will also allow for better use of existing emergency department rooms, which are primarily configured for medical use, as well as more efficient patient management and care. 
“The need for behavioral health care was already growing before the pandemic, and beginning to stretch our resources. But since the pandemic began, that need has exploded,” said Ed Moore, President of UMass Memorial Health – Harrington. “Patients presenting with depression and anxiety have tripled since the beginning of the pandemic. According to the Department of Mental Health, emergency room boardings have increased by 200 to 400 percent in the state of Massachusetts since June of 2020. And those statistics reflect a greater need for behavioral health care among all ages, including children, teens and young adults. As just one example, national data from the CDC shows emergency room visits by teenage girls following suicide attempts rose by 50% in the past two years.” 
“It became clear that greater resources were required to meet the full needs of caring for our community. This expansion will help us to do that, and to continue our commitment to providing innovative, high quality and compassionate behavioral healthcare to Southbridge and surrounding communities,” Moore said.
UMass Memorial Health – Harrington provides outstanding health care to patients in more than 25 communities throughout south-central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. We are dedicated to our role as the health and wellness partner of the people in our communities and we are relentless in the pursuit of healing. Our comprehensive array of health care services and locations provides our patients with unparalleled access to care. Harrington Hospital in Southbridge provides medical and surgical inpatient care, 24-hour emergency services, inpatient adult psychiatry, an intensive care unit and comprehensive outpatient services. Harrington Hospital at Webster, Harrington at Charlton, Harrington at 169 and Harrington at Sturbridge offer primary care and specialty physicians, diagnostic imaging and more. Harrington Physician Services is our primary care and multi-specialty physician group, UrgentCare Express at Harrington in Oxford serves as a walk-in medical center for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries, and the Cancer Center at Harrington in Southbridge allows patients to receive advanced, local oncological and hematology care.
Second Chance Responds as Springfield Sees an Increase in Canine Parvovirus Cases
Potentially Fatal Disease Confirmed in 7 Dogs in the State Street Area – More Cases Suspected

SPRINGFIELD, MA (September 26, 2022) — Second Chance Animal Services' mobile veterinary clinic will be in the State Street area today after the state confirmed 7 cases of Canine Parvovirus (CPV) in the last month. Parvovirus is a highly contagious and potentially fatal infectious disease that affects primarily young or unvaccinated dogs. Infection occurs following exposure to contaminated feces. Second Chance veterinarians will be assessing the situation, providing free vaccinations and will start treatment for any dogs found to be sick.

Second Chance Medical Director Dr. Ashley Raymond said, “Parvovirus can persist in the environment for months to years, and nearly all dogs will become exposed at some point throughout their lives. Some breeds have also been shown to be at an increased risk of infection including Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Labrador Retrievers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and sled dog breeds.”

Second Chance CEO Sheryl Blancato, who is very concerned about the recent uptick, said,  “Second Chance holds community vaccine clinics to help prevent situations like this. We just held a free parvovirus vaccine clinic in Springfield two weekends ago, and another free clinic in Palmer in July. We are now working to set up additional dates and locations to stop the spread of this deadly disease.” 

Dr. Raymond wants dog owners to check their pet’s vaccine records to make sure they are protected. “Vaccination for parvovirus is highly effective and is considered a core vaccine for all dogs. Puppies as young as 6 weeks can receive their first vaccine, which should be repeated every 3-4 weeks until at least 16 weeks of age. Puppies and dogs who have not completed their vaccine series should not be out in the public (going on walks, dog parks, etc.) or around other dogs of unknown vaccine history due to risk of contracting parvovirus.”

Parvovirus symptoms typically begin within 7-14 days following exposure to the virus and most often include significant diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting, depression, lethargy, and anorexia. Complications from the virus can also lead to anemia, severe dehydration, blood clotting abnormalities, secondary infections, seizures, and death.

Dr. Raymond said “If your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms, especially if young or unvaccinated, you should call your veterinarian right away. Let them know if you think your dog has been exposed to the virus. Prognosis is variable depending on the severity of symptoms, age, concurrent illnesses, and level of care received. If your dog has been diagnosed it is recommended that other dogs in the household receive a booster vaccination immediately and are kept strictly separated from the infected dog. The home should be disinfected, and all fecal material needs to be thoroughly removed and cleaned.”

Second Chance offers weekly vaccine clinics by pre-registration in all their hospitals including their Springfield location on Mulberry Street. The cost for a canine distemper (parvo) vaccination is $18 and includes a vaccine exam.  The nonprofit is currently working to schedule additional community vaccine clinics as well. For more information, visit

PHOTO: Second Chance staff members preparing for the Palmer community vaccine clinic held in July, 2022
About Second Chance Animal Services:
Second Chance Animal Services is a nonprofit animal welfare organization founded in 1999.  Second Chance began as an animal shelter and grew to help more pets in need.  Today Second Chance operates Community Veterinary Hospitals in North Brookfield, Southbridge, Springfield, and Worcester providing access to the highest-quality veterinary care for all.  Subsidized rates are provided to underserved communities to ensure access to care for all pets in need. Second Chance helps over 40,000 pets a year through full-service veterinary care, spay/neuter services, adoption services, community & educational outreach programs, training, and a pet food pantry. For more information, visit Second Chance’s website at
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Rotary Club of Sturbridge Presents 2nd Annual TREK Sturbridge Halloween 5K, 1K & Fun Walk
Sturbridge, MA – The Rotary Club of Sturbridge has announced that its popular TREK Sturbridge Halloween 5K, 1K and Fun Walk will return on Sunday, October 30, 2022, according to club president and race director Klaus Hachfeld.
The family-friendly event includes a couple of timed races and other activities, including a timed 5K Trail Run, a 5K Trail Fun Walk on the same 5K trail, with an official start time of 10 a.m.
A timed 1K Road Race for pre-teens (12 years & under) will start at 9:30 a.m. and finish at the same location as the 5K Race, but it will be a road race, making it accessible to persons with a disability.
“Halloween costumes are very much encouraged,” says Hachfeld. “They added so much fun to last year’s event.”
These activities will again be held at the Old Sturbridge Village Education Center on Old Sturbridge Village Road and will use the well-groomed Arbutus Park Trail in the Leadmine Mountain Conservation Lands for the 5K Race and Fun Walk. Parking will be available in the Education Center lot.
Pre-registration is now available on the RaceWire website at registration will also be available starting at 8 a.m. The first 20 1K racers and the first 150 5K racers to register will get a free TREK Sturbridge Halloween 5K & Fun Walk tee shirt.
Free organized games for younger children, a costume parade, and relay races will begin at 9 AM at the Education Center. No pre-registration is required for these activities.
The Trek Sturbridge Halloween 5K and Fun Walk is a Sturbridge Rotary Club fundraiser, with all profits going to local student scholarships and other community needs projects. For additional information, visit the Sturbridge Rotary Club website at or email the race director at

Photo: A few of the costumed entrants in last year’s TREK Sturbridge Halloween 5K and Fun Walk.
The 15th Annual Pub Quiz is taking place during the 2022 Campaign Kickoff. Join us for a night of United Way fun. Choose to come to the dinner before the trivia contest and enjoy an Italian Buffet and learn a little about the 2022 Campaign and the United Way of South Central MA's 85th Anniversary! Other options are to just register for the dinner ($30 per person) or just team ($100/team) for Pub Quiz. The choice is yours!
Registration is open until 10/14/2022 Click here
The Future of Retail
Our annual business conference.
Gamechangers Business Expo
October 21, 2022, 7:30am – 1:30pm
Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA

The retail business landscape has changed over the last several years in Worcester and across the globe. At this year’s Game Changers Expo, we have two incredible keynote speakers joining us for the day: Kathy LaPlante, Senior Director of Coordinating Programs, Main Street America, and Dan Rivera, President of MassDevelopment. In addition to the keynote speakers, we have six workshops where we will speak to local and national industry leaders who will cover everything from e-commerce to design and placemaking.

The Game Changers Expo is Worcester’s largest business networking and educational event for business leaders and employees. It is a great opportunity to build new relationships, learn new strategies, and discover new ways to grow your business.

Chamber Members: $95 Non-Members: $150 Table of 10: $900

See the detailed schedule, bios of speakers, register online at:
Transportation/Warehouse/Logistics In Person Job Fair
Thursday, October 27, 2022, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
MASSHIRE Central Career Center, 5 Optical Drive, Floor 2, Southbridge, MA


No pre-registration is needed. FACE MASKS REQUIRED. No cost.

Dress properly and bring resumes! Employers looking for CDL A & B Drivers, Bus Drivers, 7D Van Drivers, Warehouse Associates, Material Handlers/ Movers, Fork Lift and High Lift Operators, Route Drivers, Mail Carriers and Handlers, Riggers, Diesel Techs, Laborers, Inventory Jobs, Order Selectors, Heavy Equipment Operators.

Companies: Casella Waste Systems, Specialized Machinery Transport, Capital Driver Leasing, AA Transportation, US Postal Service, Republic Services, Industrial Transfer & Storage, Medline Industries, and H & M Bay, Inc.
Country Bank and the Worcester Red Sox Announce the 2022 WooStars
September 27, 2022 - Country Bank, a full-service financial institution serving Central and Western Massachusetts, and the Worcester Red Sox recently announced the 2022 WooStars, a program that supports non-profit leaders throughout the region.

Country Bank recently recognized nine local WooStars and the non-profits they are affiliated with at Polar Park to include: Katie Roy - Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Nicole Broushet - Glo Mom, Pamela Daly – Girls Inc., Jessika Zequeira - Shine Initiative, Johanna Annunziata - Give Gratitude, Moses Dixon - The Central Massachusetts Agency of Aging, John Rodriguez - Worcester Latino Dollars for Scholars, along with Geoff Naunheim - the United Way of Franklin and Hampshire County and Denise Blodgett - the Jubilee Cupboard in Ware. Each non-profit was presented with a $5,000 check from Paul Scully, President, and CEO of Country Bank.

"One of the most important goals of our partnership with the Worcester Red Sox is to continue to find ways for us to collectively give back to our communities in an impactful and meaningful way. Country Bank is deeply rooted in supporting its communities and a value that we have lived by for 172 years. We are delighted the Worcester Red Sox is equally committed to supporting its communities. This campaign rewards those truly making a difference out there," stated Shelley Regin, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at Country Bank.

“We are delighted to have Country Bank as our partner in these community endeavors,” said Dr. Charles A. Steinberg, President of the Worcester Red Sox and the WooSox Foundation. “From our WooStars to our Inaugural Police vs. Fire Baseball Classic to our wonderful MVT program to support our teachers, Country Bank and the WooSox share a passion for using our organizations to make Worcester and Central Massachusetts even better places in which to live. We thank our friends at Country Bank, and we salute once again our 2022 WooStars.

The public is invited to nominate a Most Valuable Teacher by visiting to complete a simple nomination form.

About Country Bank
Country Bank is one of the most highly capitalized mutual savings banks in the Commonwealth offering full-service consumer and commercial banking services. Country Bank serves Central and Western Massachusetts with 14 offices in Ware, Palmer, West Brookfield, Brimfield, Belchertown, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Leicester, Paxton, Charlton, Springfield 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

About the Worcester Red Sox
The Worcester Red Sox are the Triple-A affiliate of baseball’s beloved Boston Red Sox. Their inspiring and aspiring players live locally, most in the heart of Downtown Worcester, and play at Polar Park, the city’s sparkling new year-round venue that opened in 2021. The club and the WooSox Foundation are proud to be partners with Country Bank on many community endeavors. 
Second Chance Welcomes Cats Evacuated from Florida Shelter Ahead of Hurricane Ian

NORTH BROOKFIELD, MA (September 27, 2022) — Second Chance Animal Services welcomed 10 cats evacuated from a Florida shelter this morning as Category 3 Hurricane Ian slammed into Cuba and remains on track to strike Florida Wednesday. The cats, ranging in age from 10 weeks up to 4 years, arrived on an ASPCA transport plane at Worcester Regional Airport. They were greeted by Second Chance staff who brought them to their Almost Home facility in North Brookfield where the cats will get a check-up and receive any necessary veterinary care and complete their state-mandated 48-hour quarantine before they begin their search for a new home in Massachusetts.

Second Chance Animal Relocation Director Wendy Hall, who was part of the team that welcomed the cats at the airport, said, “they appear in good health and will get checked over by our veterinary team prior to adoption. I expect these cats will find homes quickly.”
Second Chance founder and CEO Sheryl Blancato says that “as an ASPCA Emergency Placement Response Partner, we have been watching the storm and were expecting the call. We are so happy these cats are safe and sound, and soon they’ll begin new lives here in New England.”

Anyone wishing to donate toward their care can donate at or checks can be mailed to Second Chance Animal Services, PO Box 136, East Brookfield, MA 01515. 

PHOTOS: Cats arriving at Worcester Regional Airport and in the Second Chance transport vehicle for the ride to North Brookfield
Sturbridge Coffee Roasters Opens Third Store Location in Charlton
Southbridge/Dudley/Charlton, Mass. – Sturbridge Coffee Roasters expansion continues with the opening of a third location at 7 Brookfield Road in Charlton in September 2022.
The third location is part of the company’s business plan to bring great coffee where there is none according to current owner Elvis Dyer. Sturbridge Coffee Roasters opened in 2004 in Sturbridge and later relocated to Southbridge. Dyer purchased the business in 2014. With a background in customer service, Dyer says, “people and fresh coffee are my passion.”
When the former coffee shop located at 7 Brookfield Road in Charlton, Milk & Sugar, announced they were closing, Dyer reached out to the owner about purchasing the assets and taking over the space. “Charlton has been a target area for us in the past and everyone – from the town hall, emergency responders, customers and residents – have welcomed us and made us feel part of the town,” said Dyer. Dyer also notes that Milk & Sugar did a great job renovating the space and creating a welcoming and inviting atmosphere for people to enjoy. Dyer and his wife Karen have strong ties to the Charlton community as his wife grew up in the town and his in-laws have been residents for 40+ years.
Sturbridge Coffee Roasters specializes in roasted Arabica beans from around the world, single origin coffees, Swiss Water Process Decaf, Signature Blends as well as organic/fair trade beans. Flavored coffee is also available.
“The older the beans, the more bitter the coffee. Some coffee you buy is brewed with beans three to six months or older. Our beans will be roasted and always fresh – as we roast at least weekly in our dedicated FDA certified facility on Eastford Road in Southbridge,” Dyer said. “I want to roast just enough coffee every week so that it is constantly fresh.”
Coffee to go is available in single servings or one-pound bags. In addition, Sturbridge Coffee Roasters offers a variety of beverages including espresso-based drinks, teas, hot chocolate, fruit smoothies, frappes and Italian soda, among others. “Our signature cold brew concentrate is a crowd favorite, served over ice and also available in growlers,” Dyer added. Light breakfast and lunch sandwiches in addition to assorted pastries is also available.
While he is in business to make a profit, Dyer recognizes the importance of being in the community. “The biggest thing I think a lot of businesses miss is that they are in the community and need to do things to help it,” he said. An active member of the Southbridge Business Partnership since it was formed, he currently serves as Vice President. The business has supported area non-profits by donating a percentage of gross revenue, participates in local community events, and runs an annual campaign in October, donating $1 for every pound of coffee sold to the Cancer Center at UMass Memorial-Harrington Hospital.

“For me, one of the best parts of the business is creating the freshest coffee so that customers taste the essence of the beans. Coffee is the second commodity in the world–there is nothing better than fresh roasted coffee and my goal is to educate the masses about it,” Dyer said. “I want to give customers a great experience in everything so when they leave they say, ‘Wow, I’ll be back.’”
All three Sturbridge Coffee Roasters locations are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
About Sturbridge Coffee Roasters
Sturbridge Coffee Roasters is your local, fresh roasted coffee shop. The business opened in 2004 in Sturbridge, Mass., in a small space where beans were roasted, and delicious coffee drinks were served to locals and tourists. We quickly discovered that our customers also wanted a place to relax with their coffee, which led to the relocation 5 miles down the road to our present location in Southbridge, Mass. In August 2014, the business was sold to the current owner and coffee lover, Elvis Dyer. In July 2015, we opened our second location in Dudley, Mass followed by a dedicated roasting facility in Southbridge in 2019. Our third store opened in September 2022. Our bean offerings continue to expand to provide opportunities for coffee lovers to experience new flavor profiles and beans from around the world. Visit SCR online.
North Brookfield Savings Bank, in partnership with the Community,
Continues the Fight Against Hunger with Annual Food Drive
 Annual Food Drive from October 1st through 31st at all NBSB Branches
North Brookfield, MA – As we say goodbye to Summer and the leaves start to turn, North Brookfield Savings Bank is gearing up for their Annual Food Drive fundraiser, offering the perfect chance to share some kindness, support the Community and help those in need during the season of giving.
North Brookfield Savings Bank's Food Drive fundraiser, held from October 1 through October 31, helps provide much-needed food items to local neighbors and families in need. For every item collected through the Community, North Brookfield Savings Bank will contribute $1, for a total of up to $3,000, to help fund the pantries' operations. The Bank's goal is to collect at least 3,500 items total, but the Bank will be contributing monetarily and is issuing a challenge to the Community.
Community members are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items, paper goods, toiletries, or any monetary donations at any of NBSB's convenient branches anytime throughout the month of October, with the proceeds going directly to local food pantries.
Drop off locations:
  • North Brookfield Branch: 9 Gilbert Street or 35 Summer Street
  • East Brookfield: 100 West Main Street, Route 9
  • West Brookfield Branch: 128 West Main Street, Route 9
  • Ware Branch & Business Center: 40 Main Street, Route 9
  • Belchertown Branch: 4 Daniel Shays Highway, Routes 9 & 202
  • Palmer Branch: 1051 Thorndike Street
  • Three Rivers Branch: 2060 Main Street
Examples of non-perishable and non-food items that pantries can use are paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, diapers, and baby wipes; deodorant, soap, toothbrushes, and toothpaste; dry and canned pasta and soups, canned meats, tuna and salmon, peanut butter, jelly, tea bags, and ground coffee; canned vegetables and fruits, hot and cold cereals, rice, cake mixes, pancake mix, syrup, powdered milk, and granulated sugar; canned juices, baby food, baby formula, granola, and cereal bars.
"The unfortunate reality is that there are people who still struggle with hunger close to home in our local communities. The Food Drive is a great opportunity for local community members and North Brookfield Savings Bank to work together to make a real difference in our communities by helping our neighbors," said North Brookfield Savings Bank Digital Marketing Strategist Nicole Syriac. "It is always heartwarming to see the kindness and generosity displayed through this drive by our communities, and we are so grateful for the contributions they make each year."
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's Community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit

PHOTO: NBSB Employees Joe Ribeiro and Tammy Gustafson present the North Brookfield Branch food supply drive donations to Deb Arnold, of First Congregational Church of North Brookfield.

North Brookfield Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank with full-service branches in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, Palmer, and the 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 it serves since 1854. All deposits are insured by the FDIC and the Depositors Insurance Fund. North Brookfield Savings Bank was voted Best Bank in Central Massachusetts for 2021 and was named “Community Icon” Among the Top Extraordinary Banks in the Nation in 2022. For more information, please call 1-866-711-6272 or visit us online at
Sturbridge Businesses and Residents:
Participate in Spooky Nights Decorating Contest!

The Sturbridge Recreation Committee announces the First Annual Sturbridge Spooky Nights – a Halloween Decorating Contest for Residents and Businesses. Please see the link below to learn more details and how to participate. This contest is open to businesses and residents. There will be four Award categories. A list of participating addresses along with a road map will be provided to the public once registration is closed.

Contest Dates are Friday, October 28th – Saturday October 29th – Sunday, October 30th, Monday, October 31st from 5pm to 8pm. Voting closes Monday, November 1st. 

Find more details and registration info. 
Friends of Jacob Edwards Library

The Friends of Jacob Edwards Library are excited to actively seek new members. As with other organizations, the pandemic caused many changes and disruptions. However we are back! The mission of the Friends is to support library programs, provide financial support as needed and be a vital part of the library community. The annual book sale, along with the on-going book carts, near children's room, are organized by the Friends. We provide the coffee service and the museum passes that patrons may borrow.

What does it take to be a friend? Just a love of the library and a wish to contribute time and energy. The Friends meet monthly and sort the book sale contributions as needed. We have organized other fund-raisers in the past, but for now are concentrating on the book sales. The annual sale will be held in May, but the carts are always downstairs and are refreshed as often as we can. Contributions of used books in very good condition are always welcome.

So, join us at our next meeting, Monday, October 24 at 2:00pm in the Mills Room (lower level). We have decided that daytime hours worked better for the group so please note the new time of our monthly meetings. We will elect officers at this meeting. Nominees include Barbara Day, president/treasurer, Louise Majewski, vice president and Kathy VanCamp, secretary. While we generally do a membership drive in January, members can join at any time. Fees are: senior 62+ $5, individual $10, family $20, patron $35 and Lifetime $500. Forms and envelopes are available at main desk. Hope to see you October 24.
Country Bank Recognized By The Boston Business Journal
For Their Charitable Giving
Ware, MA – September 29, 2022 – Country Bank, a full-service financial institution serving Central and Western Massachusetts, is pleased to announce that The Boston Business Journal has once again named Country Bank an honoree in its annual 2022 Corporate Citizenship Awards, recognizing the region's top corporate charitable contributors.

The Business Journal annually publishes this list to highlight companies that promote and prioritize giving back to their communities — a feat that is even more important during times of turmoil and crisis like the one we have experienced.

During this year's celebration held on September 8, 2022, 95 companies have qualified for the distinction by reporting at least
$100,000 in cash contributions to Massachusetts-based charities and social-service nonprofits last year. This year, the honorees include companies from health care, technology, financial and professional services, retail, professional sports, and more.

Country Bank, which ranked 44th, employs 215 staff members within Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester counties. Staff members actively promoted the Bank's mission of giving back to the communities they serve by volunteering to a variety of non-profits.

“The past couple of years has presented companies and communities with many challenges, and the needs have continued to grow. It is with honor that we present our list of the Top Charitable Contributors in Massachusetts – companies who gave $100,000 or more to Mass.-based in charities in 2021. Collectively, they gave $322 million in cash contributions – a true example of the business community coming together to help those in need. We are proud to celebrate these organizations who give both money and time to make Boston a stronger and better place for all,” said Boston Business Journal Market President and Publisher Carolyn Jones.

"We are honored to be recognized by the Boston Business Journal for Country Bank’s philanthropic efforts. As a community bank, it is our mission to help make a difference in the lives of others,” stated Paul Scully, President, and CEO at Country Bank.
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Learning & Networking Opportunities

You'll also find webinars, online workshops and courses from Worcester Chamber, SCORE and MSBDC. Most are FREE! Got something going on? Please add your happenings, online or in-person, indoors or out, to our calendar or email Jack the pertinent info and we will share in the next CROSSROADS!


Seminar Series: Preparing your employees for Medicare Coverage and Benefits
Tuesday Oct 4, 2022, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
George & Sybil Fuller Conference Room, Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
FREE for Chamber Members, $10 for Non Members
Want to see Medicare explained simply? Do you have employees who will soon be transitioning to Medicare? Please join us to hear Russ Swallow, a Certified Senior Advisor and WCRN 830 AM Radio show host of "The Medicare Advisor." Russ will cover all the "moving parts" of Medicare with simple explanations. He will also be available after the presentation should you have questions. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. Since 1964, SCORE has provided education and mentorship to more than 11 million entrepreneurs. Check out these upcoming FREE live webinars.

Basics of Email Marketing
Oct 4 | 9 am
This is the first part of a two-part webinar will provide a comprehensive guide to the foundation of successful email marketing, including building or uploading lists, list segmentation and platforms and tools that will enhance your efforts. REGISTER

Make Better Business Decisions with Google Analytics
Oct 4 | 12 pm
Join Bryan Caplan, Trainer for Grow with Google, for an info-packed webinar dedicated to growing your business online. REGISTER

Excel Formulas - They Can Do More than Just Math
Oct 5 | 10 am
Formulas are the essence of Excel. They can take large quantities of data - numbers, dates, text, times - and combine them however we want, anything from the simplest 2+2=4 to formulas on the frontiers of science and financial engineering. REGISTER

Finance Essentials For Small Business.
Sponsored by SCORE Boston and East Cambridge Savings Bank
Get all your questions answered about the finances of your business. From Cash Flow to Financing options. Learn from the experts. Our Free series is just what you need to assure your success.
Financing a Business: Oct 6 | 12 pm REGISTER
Understanding Banking Transactions for Small Businesses: Oct 19 | 12 pm REGISTER

View Previously Recorded SCORE Webinars Here.

Statewide Training & Event Calendar

Oct 3   Basics of Starting Your Business
Oct 6   How Can Small Businesses Win the War on Talent?
Oct 6   Get Ready for Government Contracting
Oct 11   How to Open a Business in Massachusetts Legally
Oct 14   China and India Export Controls: Understanding the New ECL and SCOMET Regimes
Oct 20   Basics of Starting Your Business

Visit the online calendar for more info and to register for these sessions and more.
Only two more Saturdays for the market!
Walktober 2022
September 17 - November 6

The Last Green Valley is celebrating 32 years of Walktober in 2022! We know from the past two years of Walktober that we can safely provide plenty of opportunities, in partnership with groups like yours, to help people best experience what makes this region worthy of being a National Heritage Corridor. We have wide-open spaces to explore with walks, hikes, historic tales, paddles, bike rides, farm visits, and more offered by dedicated & passionate Walktober leaders and the generous sponsors that make it happen. Thank you to them all!

Looking to experience your own adventures? Visit our online calendar here (available the week after Labor Day) or view the 2022 print brochure here. When available, the online calendar of events provides the most accurate and up to date information on Walktober, including cancellations and additions.

Walktober events with Opacum Land Trust!
Together, we are protecting land, water, and wildlife for current and future generations.

Join us this October for THREE walks/hikes on Opacum Land Trust properties, part of The Last Green Valley's Walktober series.

  • Saturday, October 1st at 9 AM at Dingley Dell in Brimfield
  • Saturday, October 8th at 10 AM at Opacum Woods in Sturbridge
  • Sunday, October 16th at 1 PM at Claire Birtz in Southbridge

Details about each walk are listed on the Opacum Land Trust Facebook events page, so join in for a hike with us this autumn!
Joshua Hyde Library, Sturbridge, MA
Events - October 1-15, 2022
Saturday, Oct 1: Teeny Tiny Art Show – Kids’ Edition: supplies available beginning today. Return artwork on or before November 1st. Judging will run between November 7 – 28. For children ages 6-12 years. Sponsored by the Friends of JHPL.

Tuesday, Oct 4: Drop-in Story Time. Stories, songs, craft. All ages welcome with caregiver. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of JHL.
10:45 AM

Wednesday, Oct 5: ELF (Early Literacy & Fun!) Join us for a brief book-in-hand program that includes stories, songs & rhymes. Followed by playtime! Open to children 9-18 months of age accompanied by a caregiver. Sponsored by the Friends of the JHPL.
10:45 AM

Friday, Oct 7: Drop-in Story Time. Stories, songs, craft. All ages welcome with caregiver. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of JHL.
10:45 AM

Tuesday, Oct 11: Afternoon Book Group. We’ll be discussing “Painting the Light” by Sally Cabot Gunning. Pick up your copy at the library. 1:00 PM

Wednesday, Oct 12: Guided Meditation with Sylvia Murphy of, offering integrative therapies for cancer patients, survivors, and their families with a focus on breast cancer. Open to all. Free for patients, survivors, and caregivers attending with a patient. To register call or text 508-304-3463. 6:15-7:30 PM

Saturday, Oct 15: Friends of the Library Book Sale. Thousands of books to browse! 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Visit JHL online for more:
Sturbridge Herbfest
Saturday, October 1, 2022, 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sturbridge Town Common, Route 131, Sturbridge, MA.

This Herbfest is a brainchild of three local herbalists: Salli Greene, Jo Anne Grubert, and Chris Haller. There are very few herbal conferences nationally and none in this area. This can make it difficult for herbalists, young and old, male and female, to gain more education in a conference setting. Sturbridge, because it is centrally located, is an ideal location and is expected that the Herbfest will be an annual event.

There will also be local products, handmade items, crafts and more set up on the lawn of the Sturbridge Common.

Find details online:
The Overlook Fall Festival
Saturday, October 1, 2022, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The Overlook, 88 Masonic Home Road, Charlton, MA

Fall Festival open to the public.
Many vendors, food trucks, Oakholm Brewery, kids games, horse drawn trailer rides, live music, and much more!

Check it out and RSVP on Facebook here.
Oktoberfest '22
October 1 & 2, Noon to 8 PM
Brimfield Winery
Event by Rapscallion and Brimfield Winery

Rapscallion's Oktoberfest is back along with the 2022 release of our hand-brewed O-Fest beer!
Join us for a festive weekend with food trucks, live music, Brimfield Winery cider and wine, and a beautiful fall weekend. 12-8 both days!

Check it out on Facebook:
Gateway Players Theatre Presents "Out Of Order"

Gateway Players Theatre, Inc. will present the Ray Cooney British farce, “Out Of Order” in October. Gateway Players performs at the Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street in Southbridge. Carole Hayes is the director, with Barbara Day as producer and Diane Servant as stage manager. Performances are scheduled for October 7, 8, 14, 15, 16. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and youth and may be reserved by calling 508-764-4531. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm, the Sunday matinee is at 2pm.

This farce is full of fun scenes, improbable comedy, and a window that features famously.
Synopsis: When Richard Willey, a government junior minister, plans to spend the evening with Jane Worthington, one of the opposition's typists, things go disastrously wrong. Wrong rooms, mistaken identity, and a body that keeps moving- all add to the improbable humor.
The cast includes Billy Bolster, Patrick Bracken, Angela Clark, Abby Duell, Bill Haggerty, John Kennedy, Rae Koch, Gwen O’Brien, Jake Terredon and Sierra Trudel. Gateway Players has been entertaining the community since 1975 and is very glad to have survived the pandemic and to be back on stage. Make your reservations early, seating is limited.
Phantoms by Firelight at Old Sturbridge Village
October 7-31, 2022, 4:30 PM - 9:00 PM

A Halloween experience of epic—and eerie—proportions!

As the sun sets at Old Sturbridge Village this October, come see Phantoms by Firelight. Explore the myths and folklore of Halloween at the museum. Evening guests will see the Village in a darker, more eerie light. Adding to the experience is a mysterious troupe of performers who have taken over the Village, including gravity-defying acrobats, creepy conjurers, and fate-tempting fire jugglers who appear in firelight shadows.

Also featuring:

  Clues & Candy a safe, one-of-a-kind experience for children to Trick or Treat
  Festive foods and drink
  Crafts and games for all ages
  Storytelling by firelight
  Spooky Selfie contest – Show us your best costume!
  Bonfires, water fires, torches, and candlelight
  Awe-inspiring performances* that will surprise and delight

*See more details, choose your preferred date and arrival time and purchase your tickets HERE.

OCTOBER 15th & 16th

The 32nd Annual Harvest Festival on the Sturbridge Town Common is a family fun tradition. The event includes countless local crafters, artisans, activities for kids. specialty food vendors and farm fresh harvests. 

Festival hours are 10am to 5pm on Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday. Rain or Shine. 
Admission is FREE. Parking is FREE.


Saturday, Oct 15
10:00 – 12:45  Still Pickin’
1:15 – 2:00    Magic Show with Magician Pete Haddad
                Two hours of roving magic
2:30 – 5:00     Railroad House

Sunday, Oct 16
11:30 – 12:15  Magic Show with Magician Pete Haddad
                Two hours of roving magic
1:00 – 3:45     Jared Fiske & The Casters

Temporary Closure
Due to an accident, Salem Cross Inn is temporarily closed for public dining.

The historic Salem Cross Inn is in search of individuals to assist our service staff for our upcoming busy fall and winter season. 
Earn great tips and work in an upbeat team oriented environment.
Please forward contact information and work history for consideration. 
We are willing to train anyone with the right attitude, come join our team!

Visit the Facebook page for the latest updates.


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Executive Committee

Erika Travinski, Chair
The Center of Hope

Cynthia Saucier, 1st Vice Chair
Country Bank

Bruce Watkins, Treasurer
Karl Storz Endovision, Inc.

Board of Directors

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group

Michael Checkosky
Cornerstone Bank

Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union

Rich Eichacker
Vibrance Technology Corp

Dan Friel
Old Sturbridge Village

Steve Gardiner
Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center

Christina Hadis-Blackwell
The Center of Hope

Kelly Hibbard
Harrington Hospital

Anthony Marini

Trevor Nielsen
Edward Jones

Rita Schiano
Live a Flourishing Life

Rich Suitum
Exsel Advertising Group

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Company

James Donahue
Old Sturbridge Village
Honorary Board Member

Padgett Berthiaume
Berthiaume & Berthiaume
46 Hall Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
Alexandra McNitt
Executive Director
Jack Starkey
Communications & Media