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In This Issue
Networking: Fun at Five
2020 CMS Chamber Scholarships
Spotlight on Tuscany
M2M Discounts
Seeking Presenters, Hosts & Sponsors for 2020
Brown Bag: Surviving Networking
Sturbridge Restaurant Week
Cornerstone Bank Hires Laila Mhirig
NBSB Promotes Andrea Healy
DCEF Annual Appeal
Cancer Center Welcomes Nascimento
Cornerstone Bank Appoints New SVP, Retail Banking
NBSB Promotes Rick Egan
Election Night Position
United Way Breakfast
Cornerstone Opens Loan Center
Wanted: Loan Officers
Harrington Auxiliary Irish Feast
Hands-Free: It's the Law
New Hope at the Railers
Escape the Pike!
Cornerstone Donates to Literacy Volunteers
NBSB Announces Lending Team Promotions
Country Bank Annual Meeting
Valentine's Partner Painting
Salem Cross Inn Dining
Klem's Winter Break Actvities
TLGV's February Calendar
Lunch and Paint at OSV
Cooking With Rico
Mobile Pet Adoption
Winter Events at OSV
Doobie Brothers Tribute
Rapscallion's French Canadian Day
Simple Supper
Chowder Fest!
Fat Sunday Party
Mardi Gras Tapas Dinner
Publick House Feast
Country Folk Art Craft Show
ServSafe Class
Federated Church Events
Writing and Publishing Workshop
50+ Networking Group
Village Toastmasters
Country Folk Art Craft Show
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Laurie Cashman 
Yellow Iris Farm
Erika Travinski
1st Vice Chair 
Jessica Bettencourt
Immediate Past Chair
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision

Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group  
Michael Checkosky
Angela Chviek
Kimberly Cobb
Rich Eichacker

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty
Steve Gardiner

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Nathan Hardt
Leila Hurt
Lynn Mero
Rich Suitum

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  

Happy Valentine's Day! Half of February has passed, and as we march into the second half of the month, there are many great things to which we are looking forward. First up is Presidents' Day and school vacation week and Crossroads has some ideas to keep you and the kids happily occupied. We look forward to networking with you next Tuesday at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and, if networking makes you a little nervous, we have the cure for that, too. Our good friend Rita Schiano presents February's Brown Bag Seminar on how to network and live to tell about it on the 25th. These seminars are always informative and always free for our Members.
If you are searching for signs that winter is winding down, you'll find the latest décor trends for spring at the Country Folk Art Craft Show coming to the Sturbridge Host Hotel from February 28 to March 1. The details and a link to discount admission coupons to the show are featured below in this issue.  
P.S. Only 34 days until spring!
WANTED: Your 2020 Events!   
We rely on you to share with us and our community your news and events. Whether your business employs thousands or you are a one-person operation, Crossroads is your platform to share your latest news and happenings. 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 to share them!  
Extra for Experts! Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest for more from your Chamber!  
Fun at Five!
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Sturbridge Host 
Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
366 Main Street (Rte 20), Sturbridge, 508-347-7393
Join us for a Mid-Winter Warm Up Fun at Five at the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center. Enjoy a signature cocktail or two offered at a cash bar with complimentary soft drinks and water. Partake in tasty treats and appetizers!
Take a tour of guest rooms, the hotel's meeting space, and historic Oxhead Tavern.
You could win...
A Romance Package
($210 value)
Thanks to our host,  
the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center!
The package includes an overnight guestroom for one night, a four course meal at The Oxhead Tavern for two and Breakfast for two in our Greenhouse Restaurant. (This package is available for one full year after the Fun at Five, based on availability. Peak blackout dates, such as New Year's Eve, will apply.)
A "Just the Details"  
Car Detailing Package
($125 value)
Thanks to our sponsor, The Center of Hope!
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
Cost is $12 for Members who pre-register, 
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
Thank you to our  
February Fun at Five Sponsor!
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The Center of Hope
The Center of Hope Foundation has been serving local individuals with disabilities for more than  
60 years.
The Center of Hope Foundation provides people with disabilities and their families the  
employment, day services, social and other opportunities to be contributing members of their communities, and to achieve the most fulfilling and meaningful lives possible.
100 Foster Street, Southbridge, 508-764-4085

Apply Today!
2020 CMS Chamber Scholarships

The Chamber of Central Mass South typically awards three $1000 scholarships per year. Scholarships are disbursed directly to the student upon presentation of grades from first semester completed after the award is announced and a minimum 3.0 GPA attained.

Students must be a resident or student within the towns served by the Chamber of Central Mass South. (Southbridge, Sturbridge, Charlton, Spencer, the Brookfields, Warren, Wales, Holland and Brimfield.)
For information call 508-347-2761.

The Chamber does not discriminate against an applicant because of race, color, sex/gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.

Please return the completed application, transcript, recommendations and student essay
by April 1, 2020 to:

Scholarship Committee
Chamber of Central Mass South
46 Hall Road
Sturbridge, MA, 01566

Spotlight on Tuscany
September 30 - October 8, 2020
9 Days, 10 Meals
Get away with your Chamber as we offer this 9-day trip to Tuscany in Fall of 2020!
The trip includes a single hotel stay (Hotel Ercolini) from which you will visit Montecatini Terme, Florence, Lucca, the World War II Gothic Line, Pisa, take a cooking class, Siena (choose to visit a gothic cathedral or take a guided tour through a Siena neighborhood), take a Winery Tour, visit a Cheese Farm and San Gimignano.
These are just the highlights!!
You can also find pricing and more details.
For more information or to book, please contact
Patti Wilmot or Joe Fitzgerald at
(800) 267-1858 or (413) 668-6202
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Present a Brown Bag Seminar,  
Host or Sponsor Fun at Five in 2020

The Chamber's Education Committee is currently planning our schedule of Brown Bag Seminars for the first half of 2020. Typically 1 hour long, these seminars are intended to attract intimate audiences of 5-30 people. Seminars are held at the Chamber office on the 4th Tuesday of the month at noon.
Presenting a Brown Bag Seminar is a great way to shine a spotlight on your business and the services you offer. You create the lesson plan, we do the rest including creating the invitations and promoting your seminar.
We are now planning for the months of March, April, May and June. If you are interested in sharing your expertise with your fellow Chamber Members while promoting yourself and your business, we would love to hear from you!
Just drop Alix a line with the topic you would like to present and your preferred month to get the ball rolling! Email Alix at 
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Host or Sponsor a Fun at Five
The Chamber is also planning its schedule of monthly networking events for the year. If you are interested in hosting or sponsoring a Fun at Five, contact Alix and she'll give you all the details. Our next opening is April's Fun at Five.
Call or email Alix for more info. 508-347-2761  
Brown Bag Seminar
Brown Bag Seminar: Surviving Networking
How to Attend a Networking Event and Live to Tell About It
Presented by Rita Schiano
Tuesday, February 25 at Noon
Chamber Conference Room
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge

FREE for CMS Chamber Members, $15 for non-Members.
Space is Limited! Call 508-347-2761 or email to save your spot!
Feel free to bring your lunch. Use our microwave to heat it up! Relax, learn and grow with us!

No other 10-letter word strikes more fear into the hearts of business people than networking (except, perhaps, bankruptcy). If you would rather go bankrupt than attend a networking event, then you may be on your way, for as that cliché goes, "Your network is your net worth."

This month's Brown Bag Seminar presented by self-proclaimed introvert Rita Schiano (yes, that Rita, the public speaker who presents to hundreds of people) will offer practical tips and techniques on how to work through your networking fear, including:

Managing the stress
Networking preparation
Conversation starters
Is your body language working for or against you?
Follow-up tips

Remember, networking is not about handing out dozens of business cards.
It's about building relationships.

About the Presenter: Rita Schiano
Rita Schiano is a resilience strategist and coach, speaker, and founder of Rita Schiano ~ Live A Flourishing Life. A former corporate vice-president and small business owner, Rita's leadership knowledge, strategies, and insights draw from both sides of the aisle. Organizations use Rita to help staff build resilient leadership skills, manage stress, and improve morale.

As a personal strategic coach, Rita helps clients focus specifically on their most important goals, interests, challenges, and needs. She received her Strategic Intervention Coaching Certificate from Robbins-Madanes.

The author of several books, including Live A Flourishing Life, a stress management and resilience-building process workbook; the critically-acclaimed, semi-autobiographical novel Painting The Invisible Man, and Sweet Bitter Love, Rita has written numerous articles for The Huffington Post / AOL Healthy Living and is a guest blogger for Psychology Today.

Rita is an adjunct professor at The American Women's College and Bay Path University and a past Professional Member of the National Speakers Association.
Learn more online at
Sturbridge Restaurant Week

The Sturbridge Tourist Association (STA) is announcing its first ever RESTAURANT WEEK. In fact, in an effort to draw even more patrons to Sturbridge, the STA will be holding RESTAURANT WEEK over a two week period. The RESTAURANT WEEK will begin on 16 March and end on 29 March.

Now, unlike normal restaurant weeks, the STA's RESTAURANT WEEK is not asking restaurants to create a menu based on pre-fixed prices. Rather the STA will be investing up to $3,000 in local and regional advertisements to encourage patrons to come to every Sturbridge restaurant during this two week period. This way every restaurant, regardless of their size, theme or menu, can participate. For this RESTAURANT WEEK, the STA encourages restaurants (but does not require them) to create a new special dish during this period to help give patrons new reasons to visit their establishments.

The goal of this RESTAURANT WEEK is to help highlight the many wonderful restaurants that we have here in Sturbridge and to be a boost to our local economy.

For those who have questions or comments regarding the STA's RESTAURANT WEEK, please contact the Economic Development and Tourism Coordinator at (508) 347-2500 ext. 1411 or
Cornerstone Bank Hires AVP, Business Development Sales Manager
Laila Mhirig, AVP/Business Development Sales Manager

Cornerstone Bank is pleased to announce that Laila Mhirig has been appointed the new AVP, Business Development Sales Manager of its Holden Branch located at 1073 Main Street.  
Ms. Mhirig has been in the banking industry for over 20 years focusing her attention on customer service, business relationship management, and commercial lending. She previously worked at Commerce Bank, a Division of Berkshire Bank, most recently serving as Assistant Vice President Branch Officer.
Ms. Mhirig is active in the local community, serving on the board of Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester and also volunteers for several non-profit organizations, including Women's Initiative, Dress for Success Worcester, and United Way. The mother of two young daughters, Laila is motivated to empower other girls in the community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and has a love for traveling and cooking.
"I'm thrilled to join the Cornerstone Bank team. The bank provides the highest level of service to its customers and community," said Cornerstone Bank AVP/Business Development Sales Manager Laila Mhirig. "I'm honored to be a part of the team and look forward to building relationships and having a long, successful career."
"With Laila's financial background in the customer service and management fields, she's a great asset to Cornerstone Bank," said Cornerstone Bank President & Treasurer Todd M. Tallman. "I'm confident that both our customers and staff will benefit from her knowledge and experience and we look forward to the growth and success she will bring to our Holden location and the Bank."
North Brookfield Savings Bank Promotes Andrea Healy
to Chief Administrative and Human Resource Officer
Andrea Healy North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Andrea Healy to Chief Administrative and Human Resource Officer.
"Andrea provides North Brookfield Savings Bank employees and our management team a level of knowledge and experience that is extremely valuable." said North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger. "She has continually exhibited her dedication to our Bank family, our communities, our customers and to the overall success of the Bank. We are grateful for her commitment and expertise."
Healy, of Paxton, MA, has a strong background in the Human Resources industry and vast experience in leadership roles. Prior to her promotion she served as North Brookfield Savings Bank's Senior Vice President and Human Resources Officer and before joining the Bank she held the position of Director of Human Resources at Cutler Associates, Inc. for 17 years.
In her new role, Healy will continue to manage the Human Resources department and be responsible for attracting, retaining and developing North Brookfield Savings Bank staff through meaningful performance appraisal, employee training, and recognition programs. As well as, overseeing marketing and strategic planning for the bank as a whole.
She has most recently completed an MBA in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Anna Maria College. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business at Becker College, an associates in Business Management with a Marketing concentration, and has achieved a Human Resources Certification from Becker. Healy has earned designations as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and Society for Human Resources Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). Healy also plans to attend law school in September of 2020.
"Change is inspiring and I am looking forward to the excitement that my new role will offer. Partnering with our talented marketing team in the coming year and being a part of our ongoing efforts to be integral to the growth and strengthening of our communities is a role I am most looking forward to," said Chief Administrative and Human Resource Officer, Andrea Healy. "There is so much opportunity to partner with others and lift others up through our community involvement and at the end of the day, that's what our Bank is about, helping others. I now have the best of both worlds; setting our employees and our communities up for success by partnering with them in a meaningful and supportive way. Through exceptional human resources delivery, thoughtful strategic planning and community centric marketing efforts, I see an exciting year ahead for all of us."

Healy is also on the Board of Director's for the Worcester Animal Rescue League, the Board of Director's for Rainbow Child Development of Worcester, MA, and the Becker College Alumni Board and Dean's Council. In 2016, she received the New England Human Resources Association (NEHRA) Community Leadership Award for her commitment to the community.

DCEF Annual Appeal Underway

Each year, the Dudley-Charlton Education Foundation (DCEF) awards grants to educators in the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District to fund the implementation of creative and exciting ideas that enhance the school experience for their students.

Please join with the DCEF Board of Directors and invest in the future of our district students by supporting our 11th Annual Appeal which is running through March 31st. Our goal is $25,000.

Donations may be made securely, on-line at: or by sending a check to: DCEF, PO Box 92, Dudley, MA 01571.
The Cancer Center at Harrington welcomes 
Genetic Counselor Amanda Nascimento 
The Cancer Center at Harrington is pleased to welcome Amanda Nascimento, who specializes in Genetic Counseling.
Amanda Nascimento, is a licensed genetic counselor with more than 10 years of experience. She attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York where she received her undergraduate degree in biology. She then went on to the University of Pittsburgh to complete her master's in genetics.
Genetic counseling provides information and support for individuals with an inherited or genetic risk for cancer. Amanda helps individuals understand their risk for hereditary cancer by reviewing family history, explaining risks for hereditary cancers, discussing the benefits and limitations of genetic testing, and outlining medical management options with their physician.
"We want patients to have critical pieces of information necessary so they can make informed decisions about their health," said Tracy Glacken, Operations Manager for The Cancer Center at Harrington. "Genetic counseling can be an important part of the treatment plan, and Amanda brings a wealth of information to patients in our community. We look forward to helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic testing."
Not all patients who schedule an appointment with Amanda have a cancer diagnosis. Many high-risk patients may be referred for counseling, but Glacken points out an additional benefit of the service is to be proactive about a patient's risk.
Patients can call (508) 764-2400 to schedule an appointment.
Harrington HealthCare System is a comprehensive regional healthcare system serving more than 25 communities across south central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. The system includes Harrington Hospital in Southbridge, Harrington HealthCare at Webster and three additional major medical office buildings: Harrington HealthCare at Charlton, Harrington HealthCare at 169, also in Charlton, and Harrington HealthCare at Spencer; Harrington Physician Services, our primary care and multi-specialty physician group; UrgentCare Express at Harrington in Charlton and Oxford; The Cancer Center at Harrington in Southbridge, and the region's largest Behavioral Health programs for mental health and substance use.
Cornerstone Bank Appoints New SVP, Retail Banking
Altaf Ahmed, Cornerstone Bank SVP, Retail Banking

Cornerstone Bank is pleased to announce that Al Ahmed has been appointed its new SVP, Retail Banking.  
Mr. Ahmed joins Cornerstone Bank as a proven banking professional, having accrued over 20 years of experience in senior positions at various Massachusetts institutions, most recently at Bank of America in Boston overseeing the growth of a key retail market. He complements his retail expansion expertise with a passion for delivering world-class customer and employee experiences.
Al studied Business Administration at the University of Phoenix. He and his wife, Shima, and their 3 children live in Wayland and take every opportunity to travel the world and explore new places.

"Al comes to us with a rich background in the banking field and we're pleased he has decided to bring his skills to Cornerstone," said Cornerstone Bank President & Treasurer Todd M. Tallman. "I'm confident he will make valuable contributions in helping us fulfill our commitment to be the preferred provider of financial services in our communities, based on customer and employee relationships built on trust."
"I am honored and excited to join Cornerstone Bank and continue its legacy of building trust with our customers, employees, and local communities," stated Mr. Ahmed.
About Cornerstone Bank:
Cornerstone Bank is an independent, mutual savings bank serving the residents, businesses, and communities throughout Central Massachusetts from offices in Charlton, Holden, Leicester, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Warren, Webster, and Worcester. Deposits are insured in full by a combination of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Depositors Insurance Fund. The Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Equal Housing Lender, and SBA Preferred Lender. For more information, visit online at, on Facebook or call 800-939-9103.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Promotes Rick Egan to Vice President  
and Senior Commercial Lender
North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Rick Egan to Vice President and Senior Commercial Lender of the NBSB Business Center.
"We are so pleased to announce Rick's promotion and grateful for the valuable knowledge and experience he brings to the Bank," said North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger. "Rick goes out of his way to assist and support our business customers with their banking needs and he has continually displayed his commitment to the success of the entire Bank and the NBSB Business Center."
Rick Egan , of Ashburnham, has been promoted to Vice President and Senior Commercial Lender. In his new role, Egan will be responsible for managing and leading the Commercial Lending Team, developing new and existing commercial lending relationships, informing business customers on available lending products and helping borrowers achieve their financial goals.
Egan joined North Brookfield Savings Bank's Business Center team in 2012 and most recently served as Commercial Lending Team Leader, Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer. He has more than 25 years of professional banking experience and is a graduate of the New England School of Advanced Commercial Lending and the Massachusetts Bankers School for Financial Studies.
Egan serves on the Board and the Loan Committee of the Quaboag Valley Business Assistance Corporation (BAC) and Community Development Corporation; is active with the Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce and the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce, and also serves on the Finance Committee for the East Quabbin Land Trust.
"North Brookfield Savings Bank makes it a priority to build and cultivate our customer and community relationships so we can tailor a solution to their situation," said Rick Egan, Vice President and Senior Commercial Lender. "Each day I aim to do just that when I help our business customers with their financial goals and lending needs. I am proud to say that The NBSB Business Center has a knowledgeable and invested team of business banking professionals who are dedicated to supporting business people who need financing or business banking products."
To reach Rick Egan, Vice President and Senior Commercial Lender, call 508-637-7502 or email for your lending inquiries.


North Brookfield Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank with full-service branches in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, Palmer, and Three Rivers Village of Palmer. NBSB offers a wide variety of deposit and loan products for individuals and businesses throughout Central and Western Massachusetts and has been a steadfast supporter of the communities in which it serves since 1854. North Brookfield Savings Bank is a 2018 Banking Choice 1st place award recipient in all categories including Overall Quality, Customer Service, Technology and Tools, and Community Contribution. All deposits are insured by the FDIC and the Depositors Insurance Fund. For additional information, please call 1-866-711-6272 or visit us online at
A great way to earn money AND be involved in the Electoral process!

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DATE:   Tuesday, March 3, 2020
TIME:   7:30 pm until the final vote results are released
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Vote reporters must be responsible, punctual and polite, with own transportation.
PAID PROMPTLY after returned materials are processed.
United Way Breakfast
Cornerstone Bank Opens Loan Center in Westborough
Loan Center
Today, [February 11] Cornerstone Bank opened its new Loan Center in Westborough. The office is located at 45 Lyman Street, Suite 20, Westborough, MA.
Cornerstone Bank is a trusted financial institution with established and experienced lenders who understand the financial needs of the MetroWest market and its customers. The Loan Center is conveniently located in Westborough to provide customers in the MetroWest area easier access to its full team of mortgage lenders. "We are extremely excited to welcome customers and team members to the Westborough Loan Center," stated Cornerstone Bank SVP of Retail Lending Scott L. Auen. "Cornerstone Bank delivers a customer experience based on a foundation of trust. We still value a personal touch in the lending process, centered on quick local decision-making and customized solutions."
"We are thrilled to officially open our doors in Westborough," stated Cornerstone Bank President and Treasurer Todd M. Tallman. "Expanding into the MetroWest area was a natural progression for our bank."
In addition to the Loan Center, the Bank currently has thirteen branches across central MA and offers full-service banking for their customers' deposit and lending needs.
Norcom Mortgage is on the hunt for licensed and experienced Loan Officers.

Do you have 2+ years of MORTGAGE EXPERIENCE?

Do you have a solid knowledge of FHA, CONVENTIONAL & VA LOANS?



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

This is not an offer to make a loan or to make a loan or any particular terms. All loan applicants must qualify under underwriting requirements and satisfy all contingencies of loan approval. Rates and terms subject to change without notice. NMLS ID #71655 (
Sturbridge: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Harrington Auxiliary
Time to get your Irish on! The Harrington Auxiliary invites the general public to its annual traditional, all-you-can-eat Irish Feast, which will be held at the Publick House in Sturbridge on Monday, March 16, 2020. The menu features a corned beef and cabbage buffet and includes macaroni and cheese, tossed salad with maple vinaigrette dressing, dinner rolls, dessert, coffee and soft drinks.
Two seatings are available: 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Adult tickets are $15; tickets for children age 4 to 12 are $5.
Attendees also have an opportunity to participate in a 50-50 raffle.
Advance tickets are available at Harrington Volunteer Services.  
Checks should be payable to HH Auxiliary. Hospital employees may also purchase tickets through payroll deduction. Call 508-765-6473 for more information. Tickets are available at the door; cash only please.
Proceeds from the event enable the Auxiliary to provide equipment and programs that benefit the health and well being of the members in the communities Harrington HealthCare System serves.
Harrington Auxiliary, established in 1932, is a non-profit organization of dedicated and impassioned volunteers whose mission is to support and enhance the excellent services provided by the Harrington HealthCare System.
Hands-Free: It's the Law...
On February 23, 2020, Massachusetts law prohibits operators of motor vehicles and bicycles from using any electronic device, including mobile telephones, unless the device is used in hands-free mode.
The penalties for violating the hands-free law are stiff:
  • 1st offense - $100 fine
  • 2nd offense - $250 fine, plus mandatory completion of a distracted driving educational program.
  • 3rd and subsequent offenses - $500 fine, plus insurance surcharge and mandatory completion of distracted driving educational program.
What you need to know . . .
Drivers 18 and over:
  • Use of electronic devices and mobile phones in hands-free mode only
  • You cannot touch phone except to activate the hands-free mode or enable GPS, and then ONLY if the device is installed or properly mounted to the windshield, dashboard, or center console in a manner that does not impede the operation of the motor vehicle.
  • You cannot touch the device for texting, emailing, apps, video, or Internet use
  • You can use voice-to-text communication to electronic devices ONLY when device is properly mounted; use of headphone (one ear) is permitted.
  • Handheld use is allowed ONLY if the vehicle is both stationary and not located in a public travel lane.
  • Handheld use is NOT allowed at red lights or stop signs
Drivers under 18 are not allowed to use any electronic devices.  All phone use while driving is illegal, including use in hands-free mode.
In an emergency , operators may use a cell phone to call 911 to report an emergency. If possible, safely pull over and stop before calling 911.

Thank you to Dennis McCurdy for this heads-up!
212 Main St, Sturbridge, MA 01566   508-347-9343
new hope
Do you want to support a great cause and have a fun out night?  
How about a Worcester Railers Hockey game?

On Saturday March 7th, Gallo Moving and Storage is sponsoring the Non-Profit of the Night, at the Railers game at the DCU Center. New Hope will be the featured non-profit that evening. (For more information about New Hope, check out their web site at ). New Hope will have information booths inside the arena with staff to promote awareness about their services helping victims of domestic and sexual violence.

You can contribute to New Hope by purchasing a bag of pucks for the nightly Chuck-A-Puck fundraiser. Take your chances by throwing your pucks onto the ice and if they land in the designated area you win area gift certificates, tickets to games and much more. Tickets and food in the arena are affordable, and as an added bonus representatives from the Worcester Red Sox will be on hand to discuss the upcoming 2021 inaugural season.

So consider a great night of family fun and support survivors of domestic and sexual assault.  
Hope to see you on March 7th at the DCU Center when your Worcester Railers take on the Reading Royals. The game starts at 7:05 pm. See you there! 
Escape the Pike
Cornerstone Bank Donates $5,000 to Literacy Volunteers  
of Greater Worcester & South Central MA
Cornerstone Donation
Pictured, L to R: Cornerstone Bank President & Treasurer and Chairman of the Charitable Donations Committee (CDC) Todd M. Tallman with Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester Executive Director Elyse Waksman. Literacy Volunteers of South Central MA Executive Director Holly Christo; Cornerstone Bank Administrative Assistant and Literacy Volunteer Debbie Twigg; and Bank President & Treasurer and  
Chairman of the CDC  Todd M. Tallman.
Cornerstone Bank's Charitable Donations Committee (CDC) is pleased to announce its recent donations of $2,500 to both the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester and the Literacy Volunteers of South Central MA. These funds, totaling $5,000, will support the organization's educational programs that provide English language literacy skills to hundreds of adult students hoping to fulfill their communication, citizenship, and career goals.

Literacy Volunteers is an adult educational program that provides free, one-to-one and group literacy assistance instruction and services to students. Volunteers and staff give their time to local residents to help them improve and advance their English language skills in the areas of speaking, pronunciation, comprehension, grammar, reading, and writing. With this support, these individuals can become active participants in society, learning the skills they need to become successful citizens.

Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester was established in 1973 as a one-to-one English language tutoring program in Worcester. Since then, they have served over 11,000 adults in need of English language literacy education.

Literacy Volunteers of South Central MA was founded in 1975 and provides free, confidential one-to-one English language tutoring, adult basic education, and citizenship test preparation to residents 16 years and older from Southbridge, Webster, Dudley, and surrounding towns.

"We are pleased to support such an important organization that provides educational programs to so many individuals in our communities," stated Bank President & Treasurer and Chairman of the Charitable Donations Committee Todd M. Tallman. "Literacy Volunteers truly make a difference in the lives of local literacy students and we are honored to help them continue their mission."

If you would like to learn more about the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Worcester and South Central MA, or are interested in becoming a volunteer, please visit: or
North Brookfield Savings Bank Announces Promotions of  
Mortgage Lending Team Members
North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce the promotions of Frank Amato, Caitlin Burns, and Michael Terlalis, members of the Bank's Mortgage Center team, with their primary office location at 35 Summer Street, North Brookfield, MA.
"Frank, Caitlin and Mike all have vast experience within the mortgage lending field and a comprehensive background in customer service," said North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO Donna Boulanger. "They strengthen our Mortgage Center team, ensuring we provide our customers looking to finance a home with the best lending experience, from start to finish. They are most definitely an asset to our customers and the NBSB family."
Frank Amato , of Longmeadow, has been promoted to the role of Vice President, Director of Mortgage Lending & Business Development. He began his career with the North Brookfield Savings Bank in 2018 as Vice President, Residential Lending Manager. He quickly demonstrated himself to be a valuable addition to the Mortgage Center team and a respected and appreciated resource to the customers of the area.
In his new role, he will continue to manage the residential mortgage department and assist customers with their home buying goals. In addition, he will further develop and manage the North Brookfield Savings Bank business development program in order to cultivate new prospective customers and build relationships in the Bank's communities.
Amato holds a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Stonehill College and is licensed by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System, NMLS License ID# 204101. Previous to joining North Brookfield Savings Bank, he successfully managed a team of loan officers and originated loans as the Assistant Sales Manager at Citizens Bank. Prior to that he was a Vice President of Production and Senior Loan Officer at 1st Alliance Lending where he oversaw the sales and processing teams to ensure high quality customer service was provided and origination practices were met.
"I am happy to be recognized with this promotion. I look forward to continue to work with our community members to help make their dreams of homeownership possible," said NBSB Vice President / Director of Mortgage Lending & Business Development, Frank Amato. "I am also eager to take on the responsibility of business development program and look forward to further growing North Brookfield Savings Banks relationship within our communities."
To reach Frank Amato, Vice President, Director of Mortgage Lending & Business Development, call 508-637-7435 or email for your lending inquiries.
Caitlin Burns , of West Brookfield, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President / Residential Lending Manager. She began her career at North Brookfield Savings Bank as a Loan Servicing Representative and through career advancements has since held various titles, with her most recent title being Assistant Vice President and Underwriter/Closer. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Worcester State University and is licensed by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System, NMLS License ID# 968666.
In her new position, Burns will be responsible for overseeing the residential mortgage department in the origination, underwriting and servicing of all mortgage loans, as well as ensuring residential lending policies and procedures best serve the bank and its customers.
"I look forward to growing in my new role and taking on the additional responsibility as Residential Lending Manager. I love to help customers along their home financing journey and I always aim to give them the best possible lending experience," said Caitlin Burns, Assistant Vice President and Residential Lending Manager of NBSB. "As a local myself, I enjoy helping those within our communities, whether it be through a lending based connection or through community outreach."
To reach Caitlin Burns, Assistant Vice President / Residential Lending Manager, call 508-637-7412 or email for your lending inquiries.
Michael Terlalis , of Ashford, CT, has been promoted to Senior Mortgage Underwriter. He began his career at North Brookfield Savings Bank as a Mortgage Loan Processor in 2018.
In his new role, Terlalis will focus largely on offering support to customers throughout the process of obtaining a mortgage, as well as verifying, reviewing, evaluating and preparing mortgage loans for approval and loan commitment. In addition, he will be responsible for processing and preparing loans for closing.
Terlalis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Central Connecticut State University, is a Certified Master Mortgage Underwriter through the National Association of Mortgage Underwriters and is licensed by the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System, NMLS License ID# 1039303.
"I enjoy working with the Mortgage Center team at North Brookfield Savings Bank and interacting with our customers as they explore their financing options. It is great to be a part of a person's home buying or refinancing experience and to provide them with the tools they need to make their goals become reality," said Michael Terlalis, North Brookfield Savings Bank Senior Mortgage Underwriter. "I am very happy for this recognition and look forward to continuing my growth with the team and the Bank.
To reach Michael Terlalis, Senior Mortgage Underwriter, call 508-637-7413 or email for your lending inquiries.
Amato, Burns and Terlalis are currently members of the Quaboag Hills Chamber of Commerce, the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce, the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce.
If you are looking to learn more about the home buying process North Brookfield Savings Bank's Mortgage Center team will be hosting a Buyers & Brews Home Buyers Night on April 30th from 6-8PM at Oakholm Brewing Company. More details and registrations are accepted by visiting .
Legal Notice

The Annual Meeting of Corporators of Country Bank for Savings will be held on Monday, March 9, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. at 29 Stallion Hill Road, Sturbridge, MA for the election of Corporators, Trustees and Officers along with any other business as required by law and the Bylaws of Country Bank for Savings.
"There is no remedy for love but to love more."
-Henry David Thoreau 
Heart Trees  
Valentine's Partner Painting 
TONIGHT! February 14 at 6:30-9:00pm
Enjoy partner painting on Valentine's Day evening!  
Feel free to bring some cheese and crackers, fruit or other to snack on, we offer a nice selection of Beers and Wines to enjoy as you paint along with our professional instructor.
Brush It Off      559 Main Street    Fiskdale     774-241-3444 
Salem Cross Inn logo
260 West Main Street, Route 9, West Brookfield, MA
Rich with history, the Salem Cross Inn is a restored 18th century farmhouse  
nestled on 600 acres of New England countryside.  
A Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Award
and The Knot Best of Weddings Award recipient for 2020.
Valentine's Day! 
Bring your significant other and have dinner with us at 
Salem Cross Inn for Valentine's Day weekend. 
We're booked on the 14th for dinner but we still have lunch spots available.  
We also have availability Sunday all day.

Come try our new Lunch and Dinner Menu items.
Call us today at 508-867-2345 to make your reservations. 
Fireplace Feasts! February 21 & 28 March 1, 8 13, 14 & 15 
Take a trip back in time and enjoy our 1700's colonial inspired feasts,  
prepared on the open hearth of a great fieldstone fireplace.
Make your reservations online or call Salem Cross Inn at (508) 867-2345.
Fireplace Feasts run through April! 
Visit our Facebook page
for updates (including weather), event photos and future menu postings!
Main Dining Room: 
January & February 
Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm 
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 9:00pm 
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm 
Thursday & Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm 
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 9:00pm 
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm 
Closed for vacation March 29 at 3:00 through April 9th
Hexmark Tavern:
Friday - 4:00pm to 9:00pm 
Thursday & Friday - 4:00pm to 9:00pm
Klems Kids Week

Join us for a week of Free Activities to keep kids (and parents) busy and having fun during winter break! All ages welcome!

Monday - 2/17: Story Time with Becca Boucher, author of the children's book The Adventures of Mist, a Young Koala! $2.00 of every book sold that day will go directly to Friends of the Koala!

Tuesday - 2/18: Decorate a flower pot and plant seeds!

Wednesday - 2/19: Indoor Games, Puzzles & Crafts! Play board games with your family and friends! Assorted activity packs! Coloring Pages & more!

Thursday - 2/20: Make a mini birdfeeder!

Friday - 2/21: New England Reptile Show! Instructed by Eric Erickson. Take a walk on the wild side!

Sessions may be limited. No registration required. First come, first served basis.
Let us know you're coming. Click here to RSVP at our Facebook Event Page.
Please don't forget to share with your friends!
TLGV's February Calendar
Historical Happenings - Telling Your Story, Part I: 6 - 8 p.m., Feb. 19, The Last Green Valley office, 203B Main St., Danielson, CT. We all have a story to tell, but as non-profit historical and cultural organizations getting our story in front of new visitors and supporters can be a challenge. But, in 2020 the opportunities to tell your tales are greater than ever before. Join The Last Green Valley's Assistant Director Francesca Kefalas in part one of a two part series aimed to help historical organizations, and any non-profit looking for some help, spread the work about the wonderful work being done. This session will focus on understanding your audience and how to use that to create more effective press releases, e-newsletters and create a social media presence. Registration is required and a light supper will be offered. Please call 860-774-3300 or email In case of snow, the seminar will be rescheduled for Feb. 26. Part II of the session will be held April 15.
Acorn Adventure - Animal Tracks: 10 a.m., Feb. 22, Lead Mine Mountain Trail, parking area, 10 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA. Some animals love winter. Snow and the winter landscape can provide the perfect opportunity to follow their movements, even if you never see them. Join The Last Green Valley's Chief Ranger Bill Reid on a kid-friendly woods walk where we will look for animal tracks and all the other signs critters leave behind (like poop). Kids will learn what to look for and the differences between some of the more common animal tracks we see in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. Acorn Adventures are sponsored by Putnam Bank. For more information call 860-774-3300 or email .
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor is the last stretch of dark night sky in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington, D.C.  The Last Green Valley, Inc. works for you in the National Heritage Corridor. Together we can care for it, enjoy it and pass it on!
Paint at OSV  
Lunch and Paint at Old Sturbridge Village 
Thursday, February 20, Noon to 2:00pm
Oliver Wight Tavern 
Old Sturbridge Village and Brush it Off Paint and Sip Bar are teaming up during February School Vacation week for a fun and creative afternoon! The program will include a buffet lunch (see the menu at the registration link), cash bar, and, of course, painting! This program is for ages 6+.  
Click here for more info, pricing and to register.
Pre-registration is required and must be received by 12:00 pm on Monday, February 17, 2020 
Cooking With Rico: Emilia-Romagna (Northern Italy-Bologna) 
Thursday, February 20 at 6:30pm
Emilia-Romagna in Northern Italy is today affectionately known as the legendary "breadbasket" of Italy! Most noteworthy of the region is prosciutto di parma, aceto balsamico (balsamic vinegar), parmigianno-regiano, and an enormous variety of fresh, hand-made, stuffed pastas. What a better way to begin our tour through the regions of Italy with many of the essentials we come to know as the building blocks for many great Italian meals. Chef Rico will combine the best ingredients from the Emilia-Romagna region and will show you how to create these wonderfully inspired dishes at home. As always, you'll get to try them all with wine parings while enjoying a great night out.
As always, these events sell out quickly so make your reservation early. This event is $55 per person with wine pairings, or $41 without. Tax and gratuity are not included. Make your reservations now by calling Avellino at 508-347-2321.
Second Chance Mobile Unit Pet Adoption | February 21st

You can't buy love... but you can adopt it.
Will you be my valentine? Meet your match from 2pm-4pm

MOBILE ADOPTION UNIT is coming to Klem's! On the road to saving more lives!
Be sure to stop by and say hi to some of the sweet dogs and cats looking for a new home!
Let adoption help you find your next best friend!

Click here to RSVP on our FB Page!
Winter Events at Old Sturbridge Village 
Winter Warmth & Cheer
Weekends through February 23 & February School Vacation Week 
During Winter Warmth & Cheer, visitors will be treated to a self-guided story experience where the residents of 19th-century New England prepare for a winter celebration - a Grand Ball, filled with "Winter Warmth and Cheer!"
Midwinter Revel
Midwinter Revel | A Ball at the Oliver Wight Tavern
February 21, 2020 | 6:00 pm
You are cordially invited to a brand new one-of-a-kind event: Midwinter Revel! Guests will enjoy fine fare and cheer, listen to period music, and can have their silhouettes cut. After a buffet dinner, the evening culminates with guests joining the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers for fun dancing in the ballroom of the Oliver Wight Tavern. 
THE VILLAGE WILL BE OPEN SATURDAY 2/15 through SUNDAY 2/22 from 9:30-4:00. 
The Barn
Takin' It To The Streets-Doobie Brothers Tribute  
The Barn, Dinner And Show  
Friday, February 21 at 6:00pm
This incredible concert performance covers all of The Doobie's great hits and an occasional deep track or two with stunning accuracy. You'll hear Long Train Runnin', China Grove, Listen to The Music, Takin' It To The Streets, What A Fool Believes, Rockin' Down the Highway, Minute By Minute, Black Water and many more! With amazing vocal skill and topnotch musicianship, Takin' It To The Streets brings it night after night, show after show.
All shows are accompanied by a complete buffet meal including salad and rolls. House made desserts can be purchased at an additional charge. There are always several protein options to choose from. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available with advanced notice to our staff. Doors open at 6:00 pm, buffet at 6:30 pm, music starts at 8:00 pm. Ticket prices range from $45-$55 and can only be purchased at
Rapscallion Brewery's 1st Annual French Canadian Day 
February 22 at Rapscallion Brewery  
Join us to celebrate the rich French Canadian history of the greater Sturbridge area, with many traditional food and beverage items such as poutine, meat pies, and pea soup.  
We will also have our take on a Quebec beverage called Caribou Juice.

At 4 pm, enjoy live music by '11 on the Outside', a local favorite from Southbridge  
with French Canadian heritage.
February Simple Supper - Mac and Cheese
February 22
As part of the mission of Elm Street Congregational Church, our members provide a Community Supper to Church members and any resident of the greater Southbridge community each month. Please note that the suppers are held on the fourth Saturday of the month. The suppers are FREE, with donations accepted.


We are always looking for people to help out with the preparation and serving of the supper. If you can help out in any way, please contact the Church office.

Fellowship Hall, Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street, Southbridge, MA, 508-764-8058
11th Annual Tri-Community Exchange Club Chowder Fest 
February 23, 12:00 to 3:00pm
Sturbridge Host Hotel
Join us on 2/23/20 for the 11th Annual Tri-Community Exchange Club Chowder Fest!  
Come sample some of the areas best restaurants chowder! There will be drawings, silent auction, and cash bar. We appreciate all of the support from the community as without you we wouldn't be able to give back and help the needy in the Tri-Community Area.
Contact: Sheri 508-347-2701 ext 1200 
Fat Sunday Mardi Gras Party  
February 23 at Altruist Brewing Company, noon to 6:00pm 
Last year was so much fun, we are doing it again!  It's Fat Sunday in MA with a Crawfish Boil!
Featuring Mumbo Gumbo, 4-piece bank playing live funk, Mardi Gras style, 2-5pm
Tickets for the Crawfish Boil will be sold in the taproom during the event.  $20 will get you 1lb crawfish, potato salad, a slice of King Cake, and a full pour of your favorite Altruist brew!
Cedar Street Grille
Mardi Gras Tapas Dinner 
Monday, February 24, 2020
Channel your inner Cajun and get a taste of Mardi Gras. New Orleans' unique cuisine is known for po'boys, seafood gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp étouffée, beignets, and so much more. Join us at Cedar Street Grille as they show us how to warm up our winter with a Mardi Gras tapas dinner party. As always, these events sell out quickly so make your reservation early. Come along for a completely curated evening by the talented staff at Cedar Street Grille.
Make your reservations early because we expect this dinner to sell out quickly. Pricing for this dinner is $52.00 per person and includes a special regional cocktail, wine, or beer. The price does not include tax or gratuity. Please call the restaurant directly at 508-347-5800 for reservations. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner begins promptly at 6:30pm.
The Publick House  
Publick House Cooks for Community Organizations 
Help us give back to the community by joining us for our monthly feasts to raise money for local organizations. Sponsored organizations will split a minimum of $4.00 from every dinner served!

February 24   
Oxford Women's Club
Brimfield Elementary
Adults $15 / Children $5
(4-12 yrs.) 
Held in Paige Hall or under the Tent!

Two Seating Times 
SEATING ONE: 4:15pm-5:45pm
SEATING TWO: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Open Seating    No Reservations    
All Feasts include... 
Tossed Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, Dinner Rolls & Dessert
We ask guests to enjoy their dinner but not to linger at your seat, the more guests that are seated the more money raised for the groups. 
Thank you for your support!
Coutry Folk Art Craft Show 
Country Folk Art Craft Show
February 28-March 1 at The Sturbridge Host 
Show Hours: Friday, 2/28: 12N-5p, Saturday, 2/29: 10a-5p, Sunday, 3/1 10a-3p - FREE PARKING! -admission - $6 ($5 with discount coupon online)  YOUR HANDSTAMP RE-ADMITS YOU ALL 3 DAYS!  
More show information & discount coupons at: 
Come celebrate Spring at the Country Folk Art Craft Show returning to the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center the weekend of February 28-29-March 1. Our fabulous spring show will feature many handmade artisans and craftsmanship from across the region! You'll love all of the unique and creative on-trend decorating accents such as: handcrafted furniture, seasonal decor, farmhouse style, textiles, framed art, quilts, florals, iron work, garden art, jewelry, fine arts, sculpture, woodworking, ceramics, handmade products, arts & crafts, collections, fine arts, floral design, garden cut flowers - specimen, grains & apiary, needlecraft, photography, candles, wearable art, gourmet delights and so much more! So mark your calendar and bring all your friends... You won't want to miss this fun and exciting shopping opportunity. Come see all your favorites and latest trends for spring, Easter and beyond! You're sure to find something special for all your springtime decorating & gift-giving needs - Moms, Dads & Grads! Please Like us on 
Our beautiful Sturbridge Host Hotel Christmas Holiday Show returns to the Host on Thanksgiving Weekend, November 27-28-29, 2020.
Country Folk Art Shows, Inc.  15045 Dixie Hwy/Ste. A, Holly, MI 48442   Ph: 248-634-4151   
ServSafe Class 
Saturday, February 29, 2020, 9-5:30pm 
Location: E2E 79 Main St., Ware, MA 01082 
$140 per person.

Don't miss out! Our ServSafe class is running soon - make sure you reserve your seat.
This is a 6 hour instructional class and a 2 hour exam.    

You must reserve your spot for this class.  
to reserve your spot.
Quaboag Valley Community Development & Business Assistance Corporation
Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale Announces Two Winter Events
The Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale is celebrating the wearing of the green with two special St. Patrick's Day-themed March events.
On Friday, March 13, 2020, a Baked Potato Buffet complete with Irish music will be held in Fellowship Hall. The menu includes a baked potato with a variety of delicious toppings, coffee, tea, or juice. Assorted desserts will also be available for purchase. The festivities begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue until 6:30 p.m., and take-out orders will also be available. The ticket price is $6 for adults, and $4 for a child's portion (6 & under).
Event organizer Nancy Castendyke says the Baked Potato Buffet is a repeat of last year's successful event. "Everyone had such a good time and enjoyed it so much that we decided to do it again this year," she said. Advance tickets are available from any church member or by dropping by the church office at 8 Maple Street, Sturbridge any weekday from 8 a.m. to noon.
The second event, a Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner, is slated for Monday, March 16, 2020 at the Publick House Historic Inn & Country Lodge on the Sturbridge Common. The dinner, which is part of the Publick House Cooks for Community Organizations program, will offer two seatings in Paige Hall, the first of which takes place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. A second seating will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The menu for this popular annual dinner includes corned beef cabbage, potatoes, carrots, macaroni and cheese, and Irish soda bread.
This casual dining event is conducted with open seating and no reservations in Paige Hall at The Publick House. Advance tickets are available from Sturbridge Federated Church members Ken Benson, Linda Misiaszek or Susan Schwartz, or they may be purchased in the church office weekdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Price of admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children (ages 4-12). A portion of each ticket sold benefits the Federated Church of Sturbridge and Fiskdale.
For additional information about one or both of these programs, please call the church office at (508) 347-9980.
Creative Writing and Publishing Workshop
with Ed Londergan 
March 15, 10:00am-3:30pm
Salem Cross Inn

The workshop will cover:
How to get started
Writing exercises
Developing ideas
Story structure, pace and flow
Character development
Creation of atmosphere/location
Creating authentic dialogue
Holding a reader's interest
Overcoming writer's block
How's and why's of publishing
Finding an agent
Book marketing

Registration is required and must be to Ed by March 7. It is limited to 20 people.
Price is $95 and lunch is included.
Call 508-864-8685 to register.
50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
NETWORKING WORKS!! Your AGE really is your EDGE!! 
Fall has Arrived! A Perfect Time to Turn Over a New Leaf!

Funded by AARP and Managed by MCOA, we have expanded our 50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Group program to support and assist people in the 50+ demographic living in the greater central mass area and looking for a new job, a totally new career direction, re-entering the workforce after an employment gap or looking for a Second Act career.  
Meet and network with fellow job seekers at our bi-weekly networking group meetings. Learn how to Network!
New Topic at each Meeting!  Come join Melody Beach, an experienced Human Resource professional who is the Facilitator for this collaborative Networking Group.  
Start your journey towards self-realization, re-invention and transformation!

WHO: Mature Job Seekers! That's YOU! (50 years of age +)


WHEN: Our First meetings began in September and typically we will be meeting on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Doors open at 9:00 am for registration and casual networking so come early! And often! 



  • Worcester Senior Center located at 128 Providence St. Worcester (508-799-1232)  
  • Auburn Public Library at 369 Southbridge St, Auburn  (508) 832-7790)
  • Northampton Senior Center located at 67 Conz Street Northampton (413)587-1228
Did you know: 85% of all jobs are found through NETWORKING!! REALLY!!
Our First Session Topic: Self-Assessment/Transferable Skills:
"What Do I Really Want to Do Now that I'm Grown Up?!" Life After 50+!
For more Information and Pre-Registration (required), please feel free to contact:   
The Worcester COA at 508-799-1232.
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.  
Coggno Training
Click on the image to browse our catalog of training courses! 
Save these Dates!
February 14: Happy Valentine's Day!
February 17: Presidents' Day (Chamber offices are CLOSED) 
February 18: Fun at Five at Sturbridge Host with The Center of Hope 
February 21: Midwinter Revel at OSV
February 21: Doobie Brothers Tribute at The Barn
February 22: French Canadian Day at Rapscallion
February 23: Tri-Community Exchange Club Chowderfest at Sturbridge Host