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In This Issue
Become a Better Presenter with Dennis McCurdy
New Employment Law: Pay Equity
May's Fun at Five
Lunch with Secretary Sudders
Wound Care Center Receives Center of Excellence Award
Cornerstone Bank Donates to the Dudley-Charlton Education Foundation
The Charlotte's Web Experience
NBSB's March Hat Contest
Harrington Cuts Ribbon at Putnam Office
Highlights of Hope
Cornerstone Bank Donates to Big Brothers Big Sisters
NBSB Donates to Hearts for Heat
An Evening to Benefit WIB Scholarship Fund
Office Space For Rent
Stageloft: Pete 'n' Keely
Gateway Players: The Lost World
Family Farm Fest
Comedy Theater Workshop
Beekeeping Seminar
TLGV's April Calendar
Fundraiser For Jim Leaming
Salem Cross Inn Feasts and Mother's Day
Hitchcock Happenings
Patriots' Day
Cooking with Rico & Dan
Pet Adoptions at Klem's
BBQ, Blues & Bay State Beer Co. Dinner
Castle Island Brewing Co. Beer Dinner
CMSRG Speaker Series
United Way Pub Quiz
Country Bank 5K Race and Walk
Equipment Consignment Auction
Brimfield Shows are Back!
Village Toastmasters
Free Saturday Tastings
24/7 Training
Save these Dates!
SCU Home Equity Loans
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jocelyn Callis
Jessica Bettencourt
1st Vice Chair
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision
Cindy Howard 
Immediate Past Chair

Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group  
Michael Checkosky
Rich Eichacker

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Nathan Hardt
Helios Mako

Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union

Laurie Nelson
Christopher Heights 
Mary O'Coin

Rita Schiano 

Michael Wales
Michael L. Wales Painting Co. 
Jim Donahue
Honorary Board Member
Padgett D. Berthiaume

Chamber Staff

Alexandra McNitt
 Executive Director

Paulette Hughes
Finance & Administration

Jack Starkey
Communications Specialist 

Chamber Links

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Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary  

Greetings from the Chamber of Central Mass South!

Welcome to April's CROSSROADS EVENTS !
We are in your inbox on Friday before Patriots' Day weekend with great events you can enjoy beginning tonight! OSV's Family Farm Fest and Hop Head Fest at Rapscallion are sure signs spring has sprung and we reveal an incredible new "experience" coming to the Village in this issue. Chamber offerings are in abundance as well with Dennis McCurdy's Brown Bag Seminar, JOB FAIR, an important Pay Equity Seminar and networking and fun at The Barn at Wight Farm!

Got news? Thank you for emailing us your press releases, links and photos for inclusion in Crossroads!
Keep posting your events to our online events calendar! We love sharing them with our readers! 
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Brown Bag Seminar
Become a Better Presenter
(and Get Your Butterflies to Fly in Formation)
Tuesday, April 24, Noon-1:00pm
CMS Chamber Conference Room, 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge 

for CMS Chamber Members,
$15 for non-Members.
Space is Limited! Please RSVP. 
Call 508-347-2761 or email
to save your spot!
Dennis McCurdy will present tips on how to write, and deliver better presentations. This one-hour seminar will cover:
Rule of 3
Power Point
with plenty of time for Q & A
Presented by Dennis A. McCurdy
Dennis McCurdy Author, Speaker, Toastmaster Dennis McCurdy, holds the Advanced Communicator Gold, Designation from Toastmasters International, Dennis has been speaking, training and mentoring speakers since 2004. He has competed in many toastmaster speech contests and is the founding and Charter President of Village Toastmasters in Sturbridge, MA.
As president of Adam Beck Institute, he speaks frequently about personal development and growth. His 5-week workshop, Find A Way, was developed for individuals who want to invigorate their life, reach for their dreams, and learn new ways to achieve... Those who have attended his presentations agree-Dennis is a practical and down-to-earth coach/guide. No frills just lots of meat and potatoes.
Job Fair
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School
57 Old Muggett Hill Road, Charlton, MA 01507
Proudly presented by
The Chamber of Central Mass South in partnership
with Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School
Are you looking to hire for
Reserve a table today at the Spring JOB FAIR. Designed for employers seeking to fill positions and open to all job seekers, the JOB FAIR will take place in two parts.

From 1:00 to 2:30pm
, the fair will welcome Juniors and Seniors currently attending Bay Path RVTHS, Shepherd Hill Regional High School, and Southbridge High School.

From 3:00 to 6:00pm
, there will be a full on job fair open to all adult job seekers throughout the region.
Two adjacent classrooms will offer Resume Building Workshops and a panel discussion titled "Reality Check: What Employers Expect from Entry-Level Employees" during the fair.

The JOB FAIR will be promoted with ads and inserts in a half dozen local papers with a reach of over 40,000 homes locally and supported by posters in high-traffic business locations throughout the region.
Tables are FREE for CMS Chamber Members!  
First Come, First Served.
($50 for non-Members)
Though we hope to expand in the future, in this first year space is limited to 30 tables so call, email or download the 1-page application for a table here.
(This includes helpful tips on what to bring!)

We will confirm your table reservation via email upon receipt of your application. 

Fax your completed application to: 508-347-5218
Don't delay! This will fill up rapidly.

Call 508-347-2761 for more information.

Participating Businesses as of 4/12   
Sturbridge Coffee Roasters, Cornerstone Bank 
Venture Community Services, Dave's Pest Control 
North Brookfield Savings Bank, Cumulus Media 
Sturbridge Host Hotel, SnapChef, CCL Landscaping
Table 3 Restaurant Group, Saint Gobain, ERA Key Realty
Advocates, United Lens Company, 180 South Solar  
CK Smith Superior, OFS, Karl Storz and Schott
With gratitude to our JOB FAIR Sponsors
Job Fair sponsors
New Employment Law - Pay Equity
Pay Equity Seminar
  Thursday, April 26, 8:00am-9:30am
Bay Path University
1 Picker Road, Technology Park, Sturbridge
FREE for CMS Chamber Members, $25 for non-Members.
Space is Limited! Please RSVP. 
Call 508-347-2761 or email to save your spot!
The new law will go into effect on July 1, 2018.
If you think your pay practices are okay simply because you are paying people comparably within the same job, think again. July 2018, marks the effective date of the Massachusetts Pay Equity Law. 
This law is redefining what it means to pay employees in a fair and equitable manner and it is forcing Massachusetts employers to closely re-examine their pay practices across positions that are "substantially similar" in scope. What is your real risk? When is it okay to pay people differently?   
This briefing will outline some of the common causes for pay inequities, the impact of the Massachusetts Pay Equity Law on pay practices and we will discuss strategies for auditing your current pay practices and corrective action strategies to help you mitigate risk.

Patti D'Amaddio , Director of HR Services with Employers Association of the NorthEast and John Gannon, Partner at Skoler Abbott, will review the guidelines and answer your questions. 
Some of the key topics include:
  • An overview of the law and key compliance measures
  • Whether incentive pay and benefits (such as vacation, holidays, etc.) are included in the term "wages" under the Act (they are)
  • What constitutes a valid seniority system and merit system
  • Whether market forces can be used to justify pay disparities (they can't)
  • Whether employers can ask applicants what their salary expectations are (they can)
  • What it means for a self-evaluation to be performed in "good faith," as well as providing some tips for employers on how to conduct a good-faith self-evaluation
Presented by Patti D'Amaddio (EANE) and John Gannon (Skoler Abbott).
Member2Member Discounts! 
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Click the M2M logo for all current discounts! 
The Barn
Fun at Five!
Tuesday, May 22, 5:00pm
The Barn 
The Barn at Wight Farm
420 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA, 774-241-8450

Meet us at The Barn for May Networking!
The Barn at Wight Farm is the picture-perfect choice for Sturbridge weddings, receptions, corporate events, anniversary parties and functions of all types.
The Barn is a fully renovated post and beam structure hosting events up to 175.
Our new Alpheus Wight room is ideal for brides seeking a climate controlled on-site ceremony and also for more intimate parties or functions. The Barn and the Alpheus Wight room are set on nearly four acres of manicured grounds in a colonial village setting which includes a patio, fire pit, and gazebo.

Check out photos of The Barn and its grounds
Enjoy tasty treats, cocktails from The Barn's rustic bar, chances to win valuable drawing prizes, and the opportunity to mingle with local professionals in a
fun and relaxed setting!
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.
We hope to see you there!

Thank you to our May Fun at Five Sponsor!

Country Bank 

Country Bank
is proud to sponsor the May Fun at Five
at The Barn at Wight Farm . Come and enjoy the patio and fire pit
with giveaways and a Raffle Basket Full of Special Treats for Spring!
Main Office: 75 Main Street
Ware, MA 01082     
You are cordially invited to join us for
Lunch with Secretary Sudders
Thursday, May 3, 2018, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge MA, 01566
RSVP Deadline is April 26, 2018.

The Chamber is very excited to welcome Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health and Human Services who will share the latest news from Beacon Hill and answer your questions. We are pleased to offer this invitation to the Members of the Chamber of Central Mass South as well as our affiliates with the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and hope you will join us for an informative and delicious luncheon at the Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village.

Topics the Secretary will cover include:
  • State and Federal changes in health care and how they affect Massachusetts residents
  • The Massachusetts response to the opioid crisis
Please call or email us for more information or to reserve your space.

Secretary Sudders Marylou Sudders, MSW, ACSW
Secretary, Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS)

Appointed by Governor Charlie Baker, Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Health & Human Services, leads the largest executive agency in state government, overseeing a $22 billion state budget, twelve agencies and 22,000 public servants. EOHHS services directly touch the lives of slightly more than 1 in 4 residents of the Commonwealth. Sudders' responsibilities include the state's MassHealth (Medicaid) program that provides health coverage to 1.9 million low income or disabled residents, chairing the board of the state's health care marketplace (The Connector), the Autism Commission and, the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) Oversight Council; and, co-chairs the Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness and the state's first Governor's Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts. Sudders is leading the Commonwealth's efforts to address the opioid epidemic, strengthen the Department of Children and Families, and to ensure a sustainable MassHealth program.

Professionally trained as a social worker, Sudders has been a public official, private non-profit executive, advocate and college professor. She served as the Massachusetts Commissioner of Mental Health from 1996 to 2003. Prior to her appointment as Secretary, Sudders was an associate professor and chaired the health/mental health program at Boston College's Graduate School of Social Work. She also served as a behavioral health expert with the Department of Justice.

She has been recognized by top business, social work and civic organizations, including the Boston Chamber of Commerce, Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Eastern Bank, and from the National Association of Social Work for her work.

Sudders is an alumna of Boston University with a Bachelor's degree with honors and a Master's degree in social work, and received an honorary doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Believing in community service, she has served on many charitable boards, including the Pine Street Inn, DentaQuest Foundation, Massachusetts Association for Mental Health and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor
Harrington HealthCrae System

Gold Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
           508-764-4085 ________________________508-949-0400 ___________________________508-347-8181

The Luncheon Menu

First Course
Tossed Mixed Greens with Choice of Dressing

Chicken Arrabiata: Grilled Chicken tossed with Penne,
Roasted Tomato and Caramelized Eggplant

Dulce De Leche Bread Pudding with Brown Butter Glazed Pears
Coffee and Assorted Teas

To Attend:
Please RSVP to 508-347-2761 or
The cost is $30 per person with tables of 8 for $225 for Members and affiliates.
The cost for non-members is $40 per person with tables of 8 for $320.

The Deadline to RSVP is April 26, 2018.
Chamber of Central Mass South
Heritage Country Club, Charlton
June 21, 2018
To Benefit The Chamber Scholarships & Charities Fund

Join us for a fun-filled day of golf and camaraderie on the course at our annual Golf Classic.

A LeaderBoard Air Cannon Competition sponsored by Karl Storz Endovision!
A chance to win a 2-year lease on a 2018 Mustang Convertible sponsored by Lamoureux Ford!
A beautiful art glass trophy for our winners donated by Karl Storz Endovision!
All to help benefit the Chamber Charities and Scholarship Fund.

8:00 am   Registration
9:00 am   Shot Gun Start
2:30 pm   Dinner Reception

Continental breakfast
Greens and cart fees
   Heritage Country Club in Charlton, MA
Cookout lunch on the course
Spectacular raffle prizes!
Refreshments on the course
Reception and dinner after play

SCRAMBLE FORMAT: All players hit from the best lie

COST: Foursome: $475, Individual:   $125, Dinner Only: $30

Visit the GOLF CLASSIC webpage for more!
To reserve your day of play View & Download the detailed brochure here.

Phone: 508-764-0012 Fax: 508-765-1187
Wound Care Center at Harrington Receives 2017 Center of Excellence Award
The Wound Care Center at Harrington has received the Robert A. Warriner IV Center of Excellence (COE) award by Healogics, Inc., the nation's largest provider of advanced wound care services.
The Center of Excellence award is reserved for locations that have earned at least two consecutive awards. The Wound Care Center received the Center of Excellence award in 2015 and in 2016.
To be eligible, wound care centers must have achieved or exceeded outstanding clinical and operational results for 2017 including a 92 percent patient satisfaction rate and a 91 percent healing rate (in 30 median days to heal).
Out of 340 eligible centers, 268 received the Center of Excellence distinction. Harrington was one out of 10 facilities in the state to achieve the recognition.
"We are pleased to receive this honor for the third year in a row," said Dr. Poniros, medical director of the Wound Care Center. "Our top priorities every day are patient safety and quality of care."
The Wound Center, located at 10 North Main Street inside Harrington HealthCare at Charlton, opened in 2010 and has treated more than 7,631 patients. The center features a variety of comprehensive treatments for chronic, non-healing wounds, including specialty dressings, debridement and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Chronic and non-healing wounds can result from a number of factors, including diabetes, poor circulation, trauma, vascular disease, and immobility. An estimated eight million American suffer from chronic wounds.
The Healogics Network includes nearly 800 centers, with access to benchmarking data and proven experience treating approximately 2.5 million chronic wounds.
For more information, visit
Cornerstone Bank Donates to the Dudley-Charlton Education Foundation 
Cornerstone Donation
Pictured L to R: Cornerstone Bank's Charlton Branch Manager and DCEF's Board Member Sabrina Webb; DCEF's President John Grondalski; Recording Secretary Jordan Evans; Cornerstone Bank's EVP, Chief Administrative Officer and Chairman of the Charitable Donations Committee Susan A. Gunnell;
and DCEF's Board Member Kate Pesa

Cornerstone Bank is pleased to announce its recent donation of $2,500 to the Dudley-Charlton Education Foundation (DCEF), in support of its mission to provide innovative and creative learning opportunities for the district's seven public schools.

The Dudley-Charlton Education Foundation, Inc. promotes educational excellence by strengthening community support and funding programs that encourage innovation and enrichment throughout the district. The goal is to prepare students for success in higher education. DCEF offers grants to create programs that foster leadership, creativity and advanced problem-solving skills.

"Our youth are the future, and they deserve to have access to as many learning and growth opportunities as possible," stated EVP, Chief Administrative Officer and Chairman of the Charitable Donations Committee Susan A. Gunnell of Cornerstone Bank. "DCEF is crucial to making this happen for local students, and we're happy to be able to help them serve our community."

For more information on DCEF, visit

About Cornerstone Bank:
Cornerstone Bank is an independent, mutual savings bank serving the residents, businesses, and communities throughout Central Massachusetts from offices in Charlton, Holden, Leicester, 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.
Charlotte_s Web Experience
Thursday, July 5 to Sunday, August 26
Tickets go on sale to the public April 14. 
This summer, Old Sturbridge Village and Brian Clowdus Experiences bring the beloved story of Charlotte's Web to life at the Freeman Farm with a live musical production based on the classic and beloved tale by E.B. White. This production is a reinvented version of the story, set in a timeless New England era that honors the 1830s but with a modern license to breathe fresh air into the story!
In addition to the performance, tour the Village for a "Charlotte's Web Summer" where you can visit our adorable piglets, see costumed historians re-constructing the Allen Piggery, weaving and spinning yarn, blacksmithing, farming, making tin objects, and demonstrating other aspects of 19th-century life, and special exhibits.

An abundance of dining options will be available throughout the museum including our Tap Room Restaurant, Bullard Tavern Café, Ice Cream Shop, as well as a Charlotte's Web-themed eatery and concession adjacent to the performance area.

Written by Joseph Robinette, based on the book by E.B. White
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing, Woodstock, Illinois 
Show Dates & Times:
Shows will take place Wednesday - Sunday from July 5 thru August 26 (except no shows on August 4-5 due to Redcoats & Rebels).

Shows times are 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. Performances are just under an hour in length and take place on the Freeman Farm. Please plan to arrive at least 40 minutes prior to show time to allow sufficient time to check in and walk to the farm. Visit the website for tickets and more info

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
North Brookfield Savings Bank's March Hat Contest Winner is
Richard Ferguson Sr.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Assistant Vice President and Marketing Manager Caitlin O'Connor presented a $100 Klem's gift card to North Brookfield Savings Bank's March Hat Contest Winner Richard Ferguson Sr.
For many, the month of March represents the beginning of spring, the culmination of frigid winter weather, and the longing for warmer, sunnier spring days. All though winter seems to be lingering, there is an extra spring in the step of one lucky local resident. Richard Ferguson Sr. , of North Brookfield, was recently awarded a $100 gift certificate for being the March winner of North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest.
Each month, anyone spotted wearing a North Brookfield Savings Bank hat in the community by a Bank representative is entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to a local establishment. Ferguson was spotted wearing his blue North Brookfield Savings Bank hat by Assistant Vice President and Marketing Manager Caitlin O'Connor while he was getting ready to do some shopping at Klem's in Spencer. Later he visited the North Brookfield, Gilbert Street Branch location to collect his $100 gift certificate to Klem's.
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit .
About North Brookfield Savings Bank : North Brookfield Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank with full-service branches in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, Palmer, and Three Rivers Village of Palmer. NBSB offers a wide variety of deposit and loan products for individuals and businesses throughout Central and Western Massachusetts and has been a steadfast supporter of the communities in which it serves since 1854. All deposits are insured by the FDIC and the Depositors Insurance Fund. For additional information, please call 1-866-711-6272 or visit
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Harrington Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Putnam Behavioral Health Office
Harrington Putnam Ribbon
LEFT TO RIGHT: Christina Beesley, Harrington Director of Recovery Services; Representative Danny Rovero; Katie Adams, Harrington Director of Mental Health; Greg Mirhej, Harrington Vice President of Behavioral Health; Harrington President and CEO Ed Moore; Harrington Board Chair Jay Detarando; Putnam Mayor Barney Seney; Putnam Business Association President Matt Desaulnier.

About 30 people were in attendance on Thursday, April 5, as Harrington held an official ribbon cutting ceremony at its new Outpatient Behavioral Health office in Putnam.

Located at 17 Kennedy Drive, the building will offer lifespan behavioral health services, offering counseling and medication management for children, adolescents and adults.

"This is something we have been talking about for a few years," Harrington President and CEO Ed Moore told the crowd. "We wanted to be sure we were able to identify a service the community needs, and we feel this is a critical need for the Connecticut market."

Sentiments were shared by many of the individuals who attended the ceremony, including Representative Danny Rovero.

"This is such an important service; I can't thank Harrington enough for opening this office," he said.

Other speakers included Putnam Mayor Barney Seney, Harrington Vice President of Behavioral Health Services Greg Mirhej and Putnam Business Association President Matt Desaulnier.

The office began seeing patients this week and is accepting walk-in intake assessments Monday through Friday. Clinical staff includes mental health and recovery clinicians as well as child and adolescent psychiatrist Dr. Lowell Kallen, who spent the last three years as a child and family psychiatrist with Day Kimball Healthcare.

Patients interested in scheduling an appointment can call (860) 821-2985.
New Hope
Highlights of Hope
May 23 at 7:30am
New Hope's Board of Directors invites you to our
Highlights of Hope breakfast - celebrating our work and community partnerships.
Our event begins at 7:30 AM at Dean College in Franklin, MA on May 23rd, 2018
and admission is complimentary.

The program includes a keynote address, awards distribution and survivor speech.

RSVP by May 1, 2018 to or 508.885.4015 x2115.

Visit the website for more: 
Cornerstone Bank Donates to Big Brothers Big Sisters
of Central Mass/MetroWest
Cornerstone Donation
Pictured L to R: Cornerstone Bank's EVP, Chief Administrative Officer and Chairman of the Charitable Donations Committee Susan A. Gunnell; Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass./Metrowest, Inc's CEO Jeffrey Chin; Southern Worcester County's Program Specialist Calleigh Leach; and Cornerstone Bank's President and Treasurer Todd M. Tallman
Cornerstone Bank proudly announces its recent donation of $5,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc. in support of the organization's youth mentoring program. 

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest is to provide underserved children with a positive one-to-one adult mentor relationship. These children often face adversity in the community, and the support each child receives from their adult mentor helps them grow into successful citizens. This donation will go toward the hiring and training needs of the program staff, including the recruitment and selection of youth mentors. The funds will also support the on going needs of the mentors and help maintain the programs offered.

"Big Brothers Big Sisters has helped to positively transform the lives of so many children and adolescents in our communities," stated President and Treasurer Todd M. Tallman of Cornerstone Bank. "We're proud to support their mission and help them continue to provide crucial services to our underserved youth." 

For more information on Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc., visit or call: 508-752-7868.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Donates $2,000 to Hearts for Heat 
Much needed fuel payments made possible by NBSB's $2,000 donation to
North Brookfield chapter
North Brookfield Savings Bank presented a $2,000 donation to the North Brookfield Chapter of
Hearts for Heat.

From left to right:  NBSB Assistant Vice President/Marketing Manager Caitlin O'Connor, Hearts for Heat North Brookfield Chapter members Crystal Caron and Sue Lewandowski, NBSB Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Patty Ostrout and Hearts for Heat members Tom Lewandowski and Michelle Petraitis.
With such a cold New England winter season that won't seem to end, there undoubtedly are local North Brookfield residents who are grateful for their neighbors who are ensuring they do not suffer without heat. It is all thanks to the dedicated efforts of the North Brookfield Chapter of Hearts for Heat members, charitable donations from the public, and a generous contribution from North Brookfield Savings Bank.

On March 7th , North
Brookfield Savings Bank presented a $2,000 check to members of the North Brookfield Chapter of Hearts for Heat, a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to covering fuel costs to provide heat for residents in need. The $2,000 check represented a matching donation, equal to what residents contributed during the Hearts for Heat capital campaign.
The North Brookfield Hearts for Heat Chapter confidentially provides fuel, including oil, gas and wood, to North Brookfield residents on a fixed income, including the elderly, those who are disabled or sick, and unemployed or underemployed individuals and families. Additional Hearts for Heat chapters located in Leicester, Spencer and Princeton, provide the same service for residents of those towns.
"North Brookfield Savings Bank is proud to be of assistance and to partner with the Hearts for Heat North Brookfield Chapter, such an important local organization that helps our neighbors in need stay warm during this long winter," said Donna Boulanger, North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO. "We are so thankful for the organization's dedicated efforts year after year, and the generous community members who made donations that ensure we assist anyone who may be struggling to heat their homes."
For more information about Hearts for Heat, visit .

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An Evening to Benefit Woman In Business Scholarship Fund 
Dinner at 8
May 23, Sturbridge Host Hotel, 5:30-8:00pm

Over the last 27 years, Woman In Business, Inc. (WIB), a 501c(3) that supports women by fostering networking, sharing information and experiences, and providing educational opportunities, has given out over $40,000 in scholarships to over 100 young women for their continuing education!

This year we are asking for broader support from our community. WIB has teamed up with the Tantasqua High School Drama Club to host a Murder Mystery Dinner and Interactive Theatre Experience, "Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine," to help raise money for our scholarship program. It's 
an experience you won't soon forget!

"In a banquet room, guests are expecting a dinner theatre show.  But when the guest of honor, Eleanor Van Heusen, falls face first into her plate of spaghetti, the guests are suddenly witnesses to a murder!  Luckily, Inspector Bungles is there to help solve this whodunit.  To say the least, Eleanor wasn't loved by all.  In fact, all her family members and even the chef have reasons to kill her.  Hilarity ensues as they each reveal their own murder plans, yet all claim innocence. "

$30 per person
. Evening includes Dinner, Performance, Sweet Treats Dessert Buffet and Penny Auction. All proceeds to benefit WIB's Scholarship Fund.
Small Office Space For Rent
212 Main Street, Sturbridge
Les Gardner   
Need to get things done in Sturbridge? Les Gardner has a small office available to rent within his space in the McCurdy Insurance Building at 212 Main Street, Sturbridge. The space measures approximately 12' x 12'  or 150 square feet. This convenient work space includes internet access and a desk. If you are interested or have more questions, contact Les directly at 508-347-7177. 
"Oh, the lovely fickleness of an April day!"
- William Hamilton Gibson
(American illustrator, naturalist and author)
Stageloft Theater Presents
Pete n Keely
Book by James Hindman
Original Music by Patrick Brady 
Original Lyrics by Mark Waldrop, Patrick S. Brady  and others 
Directed by Kaitlyn Ekstrom-Doig

April 13 - 22
Starring Todd Darling & Christine Taylor & featuring the musical and comedic talents of John Leslie
Staged as a live taping of a 1968 television special that reunites a divorced singing duo, this kitschy spoof had New York critics singing its praises. As Pete and Keely stroll down memory lane (in eye popping costumes) reprising songs from their days of stardom, they take "unscripted" swipes at each other that dredge up hilarious moments from their turbulent past. This musical features unforgettable renditions of the era's popular favorites as well as original songs in the spirit of the times.
Call or visit online for tickets.
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale            508-347-9005  
The Lost World
The Lost World 

Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge presents "The Lost World" written by local playwright Ed Humphries. Performance dates are April 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30pm and April 22 at 2pm. All performances will be held at the Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street in Southbridge. Parking is available on the street, or in the parking lot behind the Southbridge Town Hall.

This comedy/drama will be directed by Ed Humphries and produced by David Corkum. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and youth under 18. Tickets may be reserved by calling Gateway at 508-764-4531. Online credit card ticket sales are available at:

The Story: 'The Lost World' tells the tale of a 20-Year High School Reunion attended by only six people. This is not just any six people - these are six individuals who claim to have hated High School the most. Brought together 20 years later by a common friend, the six former classmates find themselves face-to-face in a discount hotel ballroom for one fateful night of laughs, fights, tears, and soul-searching; as they drag their skeletons to the light in a bid to exorcise the personal demons that have haunted them since they last patrolled those hallowed halls of High School. Children of the Eighties now all grown up; they're 'The Breakfast Club' thrust into the Facebook generation - leading them to pine for a simpler time; an age where if you wanted to connect with someone; you reached out and touched them; not texted, tweeted or Skyped. Their world is truly "The Lost World".
Family Farm Fest
Saturday, April 14, 2018 to Sunday, April 15, 2018 
Saturday, April 21, 2018 to Sunday, April 22, 2018

Old Sturbridge Village invites young and old to celebrate spring with the arrival of baby animals and the preparation of our planting fields. Meet the Village's cuddly, heritage breed newborns up-close and experience first-hand the responsibilities of raising animals on a farm in 1830. At the Freeman Farm, families will learn about 19th-century agriculture practices and tools, as well as learn how they are applicable to today's farmers and Laura Ingalls Wilder, as portrayed by historian Melanie Stringeren backyard gardeners. Kids will even have a chance to try their hand at seasonal chores!
Visit with a variety of animals including cattle, lambs, chicks, and piglets. Compete in our Farm Yard Games, take a hay wagon ride around the countryside, and learn more about farming and gardening. Meet guest teamsters from around New England.

During Family Farm Fest, guests will thrill at "meeting" Laura Ingalls Wilder, of the "Little House" series, as portrayed by historian Melanie Stringer. Stringer provides research-based, factual information about Wilder, her husband Almanzo, daughter Rose, and their family and friends. Her in-character answers to questions from the audience will reflect Ms. Wilder's known activities, tastes, opinions, experiences, beliefs, and manners.  See more here

This event is generously sponsored by: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
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Comedy Theater Workshop 
Maggie the Clown
April 14, 10:00am to Noon at Charlton Public Library  

Gateway Players Theatre, Inc. is sponsoring a Comedy Theater Workshop, hosted by Nicole Portwood, focusing on comedy movement, slapstick, pratfalls, and juggling. Nicole is a former Ringling Brothers Clown and performs locally as an actor as well as Maggie The Clown. For additional information about Nicole, please visit

The workshop will be held in Charlton at the Charlton Public Library, 40 Main Street, on April 14, from 10:00am until noon. The workshop is FREE and is for all ages; children age 8 to adult. To register, contact Gateway Players, at 508-764-4531.

This workshop is presented by a grant from the Charlton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Hop Head
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Co-presented with Hyland Orchard, Hop Head Fest is a long-time tradition featuring over a dozen hoppy beers from guest breweries, live music indoors and out, and food!
James Keyes plays 12:30-4:30 in the Tap Room followed by Livestock playing 5-9.

Beekeeping Sem
Beekeeping Seminar
April 14, 2018, 11:00am - 1:00pm

All the buzz! Free to attend. Tips for Beginners!
Instructed by Master Beekeeper, Mary Duane, who has been a bee keeper for 19 years, and the former President of Worcester County Beekeepers. She is also the Massachusetts state representative for the Eastern Apiary Society and is a recipient of the Bee Keeper of the Year award for Worcester County Bee Keepers.

Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708
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The Last Green Valley's April 2018 Calendar of Events
Bull Hill Scenic View Hike: April 14, 10 am to 2 pm, 401 Ravenelle Rd., N. Grosvenordale, CT, Park on the grass shoulder on the east side of the road. Join TLGV Board member Janet Blanchette and Wyndham Land Trust Board member Jeff Stefanik on a hike to Bull Hill property owned by WLT in Thompson. We will hike from Ravenelle Road north through Army Corps property and then, partially along roads, hike up to a scenic viewing area for lunch. Be prepared for stream crossings, hills, and rocky, rooty, wet trails. Free event. This hike is Moderate to Difficult; 6 miles; leashed dogs welcome; bring water, lunch or a snack. Rain date: April 15. Contact Janet Blanchette, email: , phone: 860 923-2920, for more information.
The Last Green Valley's Acorn Adventure, Sun Spots and More!: April 15, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., West Thompson Dam. Spend some time with Geoff McLean, a volunteer TLGV Ranger and NASA Solar System Ambassador, examining our closest star. We will view the Sun in normal light looking for currently elusive sun spots and also in the Hydrogen Alpha spectrum where you can see flares, prominences, Ellerman bombs, and other phenomena. Geoff will speak on safety concerning solar viewing, the life of our star, what it does, how it compares to other stars, and how it will end. What is Earth's future going to be like?  If there are sunspots (and the sun is currently at its sunspot minimum) make a drawing of it and learn about Greenwich Mean Time and Universal Time as well as latitude and longitude - i.e. where you are on the Earth.  We'll also talk about NASA's solar projects and space telescopes. Acorn Adventures are Sponsored by Putnam Bank. Call Fran at 860-774-3300 or email for more information.
Earth Day Weekend Trail and Property Clean Up, 10 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m., April 21, Wolf Den Land Trust Otsby Memorial Forest, Opposite 83 East Old Route 6, Hampton, CT. Join The Last Green Valley as we team up with Wolf Den Land Trust (WDLT) and members of the Eastern Connecticut Forest Landowners Association to clean up the hiking trails at the Otsby Memorial Forest in Hampton. The strong winds and heavy snows of this past winter dropped many branches on the trails and property and there is also considerable brush to be removed near the trail head. Two clean up sessions are being organized with the first from 10 a.m. to noon, and the second from 1-3 p.m. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch and stay for both sessions. We'll supply water and snacks as well. We'll have people operating chainsaws and powered brush cutters. Hand tools including rakes and brush cutters will be available, but you're encouraged to bring your own. Make sure to bring work gloves, wear heavy boots, and bring tick repellent. RSVP is suggested but not required. E-mail Bill Reid at or call 860-774-3300. Rain Cancels. Directions: The Otsby Memorial Forest is located on East Old Route 6 in Hampton. It is a half mile northwest of Route 6 in Hampton. There is a Wolf Den Land Trust sign for the tract opposite 83 East Old Route 6. Park along side of the road. 
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 For Jim Leaming
Jim Leaming
(Our good friend and former CMS Chamber Board Member)
April 15, 6:00-10:00pm 
Starlite, 39 Hamilton Street, Southbridge

D.J. Jimmy Jay and D.J. Crazy Jeff 
Music, Food (B.T.'s Smokehouse and more) 
Plus Raffles

Tickets (Donation): $20 Cash at the Door
$15 in advance payable online via Paypal:
Questions: Contact Sarah at 603-557-9481
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Salem Cross inn 
260 West Main Street, Route 9
West Brookfield, MA
Rich with history, the Salem Cross Inn is a restored 18th century farmhouse  
nestled on 600 acres of New England countryside.  
Fireplace feast
Last Chance to Experience Fireplace Feast this Season! 
April 15, 20, 22, & 29    
Experience the inn's series of 1700's style feasts, prepared on the open hearth of a great field stone 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.
Held on various dates through April, Fireplace Feast is an experience you won't forget!
Learn more and make reservations here. 

Don't forget about Mom! 
Mother's Day at Salem Cross Inn.
May 13 from 11:30am to 4:00pm. (Reservations on the half hour.)

Open Full Schedule:
MARCH 29 - DECEMBER 30, 2018 
Tuesday to Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm 
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 9:00pm 
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm
Hitchcock Academy Happenings
Farmers' Market Opens on Saturday! 
Farmers Market  
The Farmers' Market opens for the season on Saturday, April 14! Support local farmers and pick up some locally produced Maple Syrup and more at the Farmers' Market at Hitchcock on Saturdays from 9AM-2PM.

Note: School Vacation is the week of April 16th-20th, some regularly planned classes will be affected.

Monday, April 16    
WEIGHT WATCHERS: Traditional Weight Watchers meetings! Times: Weigh-in/Registrations: 5:30PM Meeting: 6:00 PM Leader: Angela Kramer Visit to become a member or to learn more about Weight Watchers.

SEN-I JUDO CLUB: This course runs all year long and is well suited for all levels of practitioners including beginners! Call Sensei Israel Lopez 413 279-4330 for more information.

Tuesday, April 17
COOKING WITH THE METRO BISTROT: Jay Livernois and his wife Marie Paule place an emphasis on fresh, mostly local ingredients for the food in the Bistrot and change the menu according to what is in the markets or what Jay can forage! Bring your favorite wine to go with this 3 course meal! Thank you to Jay and Marie Paule for this very generous donation-all proceeds from this class will go to benefit Hitchcock Academy. Location: The Metro Bistrot 176 Main Street, Southbridge, MA Time: 6:00-8:00 PM Fee: $35 Instructor: Jay Livernois & Marie Paule, owners of Metro Bistrot. Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 or to register.

Wednesday, April 18
WATERCOLORS WITH BETH: Ongoing watercolor classes for all levels with a new painting every 3 weeks. You must register with Beth in advance to attend. Time: 9:30 AM-12 PM Fee: $17 per week plus supplies. Instructor: Beth Parys. For information and to register, call Beth at 413-245-3295. 
Thursday, April 19th   

SEN-I JUDO CLUB: This course runs all year long and is well suited for all levels of practitioners including beginners! Call Sensei Israel Lopez 413 279-4330 for more information.

Friday, April 20
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 21 
FARMERS' MARKET: Brimfield's weekly Farmers' Market-now in its 12th year! Stop by and browse a selection of locally grown and made products from baked goods, produce, and flowers to soaps and more! Dates: Saturdays April 14 - October 27, 2018 except during the Brimfield Antiques Show. Time: 9 AM-2 PM. For more information, see the Farmers' Market page under Events on our website, 
Patriots' Day
Monday, April 16, 2018 
Old Sturbridge Village

Patriots' Day observances at Old Sturbridge will resound with the peal of bells, the stirring beat of drums and the thrilling call of the fife, as the Sturbridge Militia musters in the countryside on Monday, April 16. Special programs and activities throughout the day will invite visitors to experience the sights and sounds of our colonial ancestors as the Revolutionary War began.

Through military drills and maneuvers, musket demonstrations, and more, the members for the Sturbridge Militia will bring to life the stories of the men who hastened from their farms, homes, and families to march to the aid of those already engaged in the initial battle of the American Revolution against King George's tyranny. Young visitors are invited to take part, wielding muskets and swords, learning to drill and march in the manner of the boys of '76. "Muskets" are provided for this ever-popular exercise in leadership, bravery, and derring-do for small patriots. Witness the making of real musket balls in the Blacksmith Shop. Also joining us for the day will be the martial band and the visiting surgeon from the USS Constitution. Cannon demonstrations will be held in the morning and afternoon.

Not all Americans fought against the British crown; many sided with and pledged their allegiance to the king. They called themselves loyalists; to them, our patriots were rebels. On Monday meet one of those loyalists; he will tell you of his side of the conflict, oft times at the cost of hardship and heartache to him and his family.

How did the news of Lexington and Concord affect a small New England community? For a day of history, entertainment and discovery, visit Old Sturbridge Village on April 16 as we celebrate our nation's beginning and continuing perseverance, in war and in peace. See more online
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Cooking with Rico and Dan: Indian Cuisine  
Thursday, April 19, 6:30 pm 

Indian gastronomy consists of a wide variety of regional and traditional styles of cooking native to the Indian subcontinent. Given the range of diversity in soil type, climate, culture, and ethnic groups, these cuisines vary substantially from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables, meats, and fruits.

Indian cuisine uses the whole palette of flavors-spicy, sour, sweet, and hot. With all its exotic ingredients, unique dishes, and tongue-tingling flavors, Indian cuisine can be a complete world of taste. The best Indian cuisine chefs combine techniques from other regions and add a magical blend of spices to get a thrilling food experience.

Come along and experience Chef Dan and Chef Rico's take on this amazingly diverse culinary culture and find out why our Cooking with the Chef dinners receive such rave reviews. As always, these events often sell out so make your reservation early. This event is $52 per person with wine pairings, or $39 without. Tax and gratuity are not included. Make your reservations now by calling Avellino at 508-347-2321.
Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions
April 20, 2:00-4:00pm  
Make an Animal Lucky and Adopt!  
MOBILE ADOPTION UNIT is coming to Klems! 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.

117 West Main Street, Spencer       508-885-2708 
BBQ, Blues & Bay State Beer Company Dinner 
The Barn 
Friday, April 20, 7:30pm

What better way to kick off the spring season than with a Beer, BBQ & Blues Dinner. Chef Tony is stoked to fire up the smoker again after a long winter. Kosher Kid and the Incredible Amplifires will be laying down some electric blues to keep the good times rolling. We'll also have a special guest brewer in the house, Bay State Beer Company, with something special to accompany the awesome music and food. The cost for the BBQ, Blues & Beer Dinner is $34.95 per person and the menu includes chips and salsa bar, loaded BBQ plate, dessert and coffee. A cash bar and microbrew station are extra. Tax and gratuity are not included. This special event is limited and likely to sell out quickly. Make your reservations by calling The Barn at 774-241-8450. Doors open at 6:00pm show starts at 7:30pm.
Castle Island Brewing Company Beer Dinner
The Duck
The Duck, Thursday, April 26, 2018-6:30pm

With an emphasis on American ales, Norwood, Mass. based Castle Island Brewing Company focuses on keeping their brews affordable, widely available and accessible. They are dedicated to crafting the highest quality beer with purpose and without pretense. Today, Castle Island brews about 30 different year round or seasonal brews with a great range of IPA's, lagers, pilsners, brown ales and stouts...there's definitely something for everyone. Head Chef Dan Finger has only been with The Duck a few months but is quickly setting the area's standard for distinctive cuisine. Pairing Dan's culinary talents with Castle Island's approachable brews is a sure-fire recipe for a night to remember. These events are limited and sell out quickly so make your reservation today by calling The Duck at 508-347-2321. $44 per person, not including tax and gratuity.
Central Mass Referral Group
Central Mass South Referral Group 2018 Quarterly Speaker Series
April 27
7 Ways Social Media Can Get You More Customers, Sales and Profits 
The Central MA South Referral Group is a venue for networking, enhancing public speaking skills, exchanging business referrals and marketing ideas and sponsoring guest speakers who share their knowledge of the latest developments in business.

The 2018 quarterly speaker series begins Friday, April 27. Robin Samora, marketing and public relations expert, will present on "7 Ways Social Media Can Get You More Customers, Sales and Profits." The meeting will be at The Barn at Wight Farm, 420 Main Street, Sturbridge, Mass.
Robin's presentation will include:
  • Discover what it takes to turn prospects and loyal customers into raving fans, who can't get enough of you.
  • Create and promote your own media channels so you're in charge of your message and brand.
  • Leave with a checklist of tips, tricks and promotional ideas that will help you build your target audience, eager to buy.
The public and all Chamber members are invited to attend. The meeting begins with coffee and networking at 7:00 a.m. and concludes at 8:30. There is no charge to attend.

Robin Samora
Robin Samora works with small business owners and entrepreneurs who want to turn prospects and loyal customers into raving fans. She helps clients increase branding and visibility online and offline by cutting through the clutter, so they can get noticed and sell more products and services. Using social media, email marketing, speaking and free publicity strategies, Robin creates a user-friendly roadmap to enhance her clients' credibility, reputation and leadership position - even without a PR budget.

For more information about the Speaker Series, contact Dennis McCurdy at 508-347-9343 or
10th Annual Country Bank 5K Race and Walk

April 28, 2018
Race starts at 9:00 AM, Walk starts at 9:15 AM
Five Bridge Road, Brimfield, MA 01010

5K loop on gravel-based trail, mostly flat with varied terrain.
Free T-Shirt for first 75 registrants.
Start/Finish location: Five Bridge Road, Brimfield, MA

Race Entry Fee: $20 if registered by April 9th. $25 on day of race.
Register online at
Equipment Consignment Auction 
April 28, 2018, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Free to attend. Open to the public.
Buy or sell all types of used tractors, farm and landscape equipment, tools and agriculture related items! Have something to sell?

Contact Donald Raucher at (413) 537-3177 or 
for commission rates and more information. 
Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708
2018 Show Dates: May 8-13, July 10-15, September 4-9 
Get the smart phone app that uses GPS technology to help you find the treasures you seek at the Brimfield Shows! Great tool for shoppers and dealers! Check it out and get it here:

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED to staff the Chamber's Information Booth at the shows! 
The schedule will go out next week but you can call us now to grab a shift!

The location of our booth has changed.
We will be setting up our Information Booth along the sidewalk between the Town Hall Annex Building (where we park) and the Brimfield Public Library, just across the street from our old spot. 
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
Village Toastmasters
Village Toastmasters is a local group focused on helping its members improve their public speaking and leadership skill while building confidence in their abilities.  
The club has recently moved its meeting location.

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

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

Winebuyers Outlet

Free Saturday Tastings!


Please join The Winebuyer's Outlet / Sturbridge Cheese & Chocolate at their Free Tastings of Artisan Cheeses, luscious Chocolates & Fine Wines every Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. This is a great way to taste before you buy and discover new favorites!


179 Main Street, Sturbridge    


Coggno Training
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Save these Dates!
April 14: Family Farm Fest Begins at OSV
April 16:
Patriots' Day
April 24: Brown Bag Seminar: Become a Better Presenter with Dennis McCurdy 
April 25: JOB FAIR at Bay Path RVTHS
April 26: Pay Equity Seminar at Bay Path University 
April 27: CMS Referral Group Speaker Series with Robin Samora
  May 3: Lunch With Secretary Sudders
May 8-13: Brimfield Antiques & Collectibles Shows 
June 21: CMS Chamber GOLF CLASSIC

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