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In This Issue
Fun at Five TONIGHT!
Annual Meeting
Assistive Technology, Websites and Apps for Family Caregivers
Sponsor a Chamber Event
Chamber Scholarships
Marketing For Members Only Packages 2019
Wanted: Loan Officers
Oh, What Fun it Was!
QuickBooks Class Starting Soon
Cornerstone Bank Appoints Peppel to BOD
Harrington Joins BACO
Cornerstone Donates to Kennedy-Donovan Center
The Light in the Piazza
Hitchcock Academy
Events at Salem Cross Inn
Last Green Valley Events
Winter Warmth at OSV
MLK Jr. Day
Publick House Feast
Free Throw Competition
Reverse Mortgage for Purchase Transactions
Painting with Chris
Gary McKinstry at OSV
Winter Scholarship Gala
Annual Chowder Fest
Edward Jones Career Dinner
50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Village Toastmasters
24/7 Training
Save these Dates!
Construction Loans by SCU
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
 
Jessica Bettencourt
Chair
 
Laurie Nelson
1st Vice Chair 
Bruce Watkins
Treasurer
Karl Storz Endovision
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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

 
Leila Hurt
 
Lynn Mero

Rita Schiano 
 
Rich Suitum
 
Erica Travinski

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

Welcome to CROSSROADS EVENTS!

How's 2019 treating you so far? Let's get together tonight for Fun at Five networking at Sturbridge Porterhouse and catch up! Tomorrow is the deadline to register for our Annual Meeting on January 23rd. This will be an amazing opportunity to hear directly from Congressman Richard Neal, the chair of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, as he shares his views on the history being made right now in our nation's capital. We also have a Brown Bag Seminar for caregivers on tap next week, always free for our Members. All the details follow in this issue.   
 
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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NETWORK WITH YOUR CHAMBER
Fun at Five!
TONIGHT!  
Tuesday, January 15 
at 5:00pm 
 
Sturbridge Porterhouse
407 Main Street, Sturbridge, 508-347-2700
 
Network with us at Sturbridge Porterhouse!
 
Sturbridge Porterhouse offers classic world cuisine using contemporary techniques and ingredients in a casual environment. Chef Ken and his staff are passionate about providing great food and an amazing atmosphere to their guests. The menu features mouthwatering steaks, chops and burgers cooked to perfection. You will also find a fantastic selection of wines and beers on tap, a decadent dessert menu, even a piano bar upstairs, along with beautiful amenities throughout and a friendly  
and helpful staff.    
 
The brainchild of Chef Ken Yukimura, who also operates Sturbridge Seafood, Sturbridge Porterhouse is an extraordinary steakhouse waiting to  
welcome you!    
 
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
508-347-2761 
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  
January Fun at Five Sponsor!
 
Baystate Dental 
Baystate Dental is proud to support the Central Massachusetts community! Since 1983, our multi-location practice has provided comprehensive general, restorative, and cosmetic dental care to adults and children. We're committed to providing the highest standard of care in a welcoming environment by establishing lasting relationships. Patient convenience is important to us and we strive to make your entire dental experience as easy and pleasant as possible. Visit any of our 11 convenient locations including Hobbs Brook Plaza, Sturbridge to experience the Baystate Dental difference!
 
100 Charlton Road, Suite 25, Sturbridge, MA
(774) 316-2352 
 
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ANNUAL MEETING
JANUARY 23, 2019 11:00am to 1:00pm
GUEST SPEAKER: US CONGRESSMAN RICHARD NEAL
THE BARN AT WIGHT FARM, STURBRIDGE
Please RSVP by January 16. 
 
You are cordially invited to attend as The Chamber of Central Mass South holds its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 11:00am - 1:00pm at The Barn at Wight Farm, 420 Main Street, Sturbridge.
 
The Chamber is very pleased to welcome Congressman Richard E. Neal as our keynote speaker.
 
SPEAKER BIO
Richard E. Neal Richard E. Neal was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on February 14, 1949 and was raised and educated in the City of Springfield. He is a 1972 graduate of American International College, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and was a member of the National Honor Society. He received his Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Barney School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Hartford in 1976.
 
Richard E. Neal was first elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1988. He represents the First Congressional District of Massachusetts. He is the Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee. He is also the dean of both the Massachusetts delegation and the New England Delegation in the House.
 
Congressman Neal has been a lead sponsor of legislation to prevent American companies from moving offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes. He has sponsored legislation that would increase the national savings rate by encouraging the use of individual retirement accounts, and has worked to make health care and tuition expenses tax deductible for middle class people.
 
Congressman Neal is an At-Large Whip for the House Democrats. He is a co-chairman of the New England Congressional Caucus, where he continues to advocate for the unique regional interests of the six New England States.
 
Agenda
11:00-11:30 Registration & Mingling
11:30 Welcome
12:15 Congressman Richard E. Neal
12:45 Questions & Answers
1:00 Adjourn
 
The Menu
Garden Salad Served with Rolls and Butter
Tuscan Herb Roasted Chicken
Sliced Roasted Potatoes & Broccolini
Apple Cranberry Crisp
 
The cost to attend is $30 per person for Chamber Members
($225 for a table of 8) or $40 per person for non-Members.
 
Please RSVP by phone or email by January 16.
Call: 508-347-2761
 
Thank you to our sponsor:
 
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North Brookfield | East Brookfield | West Brookfield | Ware
Belchertown | Palmer | Three Rivers
Brown Bag
Assistive Technology, Websites and Apps for Family Caregivers
Caregivers
Presented by: Laura Black Silver, LICSW
Tuesday, January 22 at Noon
Chamber Conference Room
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge

FREE for CMS Chamber Members, $15 for non-Members.
Space is Limited! Please RSVP.
Call 508-347-2761 or email info@cmschamber.org to save your spot!

Feel free to bring your lunch. Use our microwave to heat it up! Relax, learn and grow with us!

Working caregivers, whether they are caring for someone in their own home, living close by or long-distance need access to resources, information and supports. This workshop will focus on informational websites, Care Coordination "Apps" and different types of assistive technology which caregivers can access to assist them in their responsibilities.

The workshop will feature the following:
Caregiver Education and Training Websites and YouTubes
Care Coordination and Scheduling Apps
Medication Management Apps and Medication Dispensing Devices
Monitoring systems including GPS and Video Monitoring
Stress Relief for Caregivers: Forums, Blogs, On-line Support Groups and Meditation Apps
Comfort Companions and Music for the Care Recipient

About the Presenter: Laura Black Silver, LICSW
Laura Black Silver Laura Black Silver, LICSW, received her Masters of Social Work from Boston College. She has been the Caregiver Specialist with the Family Caregiver Program at Tri-Valley, Inc. for the past 15 years.

The Family Caregiver Support Program is part of a national program which helps caregivers of older adults manage the personal, social and economic challenges of caregiving. As the Caregiver Specialist, Laura helps caregivers access information, resources, and supports. She consults with professionals on caregiver issues and provides community outreach and educational programs to support groups, senior centers, adult day health programs, assisted living, nursing home facilities and hospitals. Laura is trainer for evidenced based education programs for caregivers including Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Savvy Caregiver and A Matter of Balance, fall prevention.

Laura works closely with the Central Massachusetts Family Caregiver Program team, which consists of Tri-Valley, Inc., Elder Services of Worcester Area, Inc., Montachusett Home Care Co. and the Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging, to publish a Caregiver's Guide, now in its fourth addition. The team also developed an educational program "Social Media, Digital Technology and Apps for Caregivers" which has been presented to numerous caregiver groups and to professional conferences including the Western New England College Spring Social Work Conference, the Massachusetts Council on Aging conference, and the Map through the Maze, Alzheimer's Association annual conference.
Events Sponsors
Sponsor a Chamber Event in 2019! 
 
Our Promotions Committee is hard at work planning this year's schedule of Chamber events including the April JOB FAIR at Bay Path RVTHS, our monthly FUN at FIVE networking events, the summer Golf Classic and Clambake Outing as well as a MEGA Networking Event with four local Chambers. We are actively seeking sponsors to support these events.
 
Sponsorship will shine a light on your business as it includes:
  • Your logo on all print and email event marketing materials
  • Recognition at registration table and on event programs and agendas when applicable
  • Mentions as sponsor during event
  • Opportunity to provide marketing materials at a sponsor table
  • And more which vary by event!
If you are interested or would like to hear more about sponsoring these upcoming Chamber events, please give Alix a call at 508-347-2761 or email at alexandra_mcnitt@cmschamber.org.
Member2Member Discounts!
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Click the M2M logo to view all current discounts! 
  2019 Chamber Scholarships: Apply Now!


The Chamber of Central Mass South is now accepting applications for the 2019 CMS Chamber Scholarships. You may download the application to apply below.

Typically, three $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year. The final decision is subject to our Board of Directors approval.

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.

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.

DEADLINE: Return the completed application, transcript, recommendations and student essay by April 1, 2019 to Scholarship Committee, Chamber of Central Mass South, 46 Hall Rd., Sturbridge, MA 01566

   
Marketing Series
Be Visible, Stay Visible:  
2019 Marketing For Members Only Packages  
 
The Chamber's Marketing For Members Only packages for 2019 are available to be reserved! These packages include low cost advertising opportunities using all the Chamber's channels. 
 
Crossroads NEWS and EVENTS ads
Chamber Website Homepage banner ads
Dedicated Email blasts
Featured Member Spotlight in the Chamber Corner of Southbridge News
 
Purchase individual items or a comprehensive package to keep you visible all year long.
See the M4M packages and individual items and
contact Jack with questions or to get started.
 
View and Download the Marketing For Members Only .pdf file from the Chamber website.  
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Do you have a solid knowledge of FHA, CONVENTIONAL & VA LOANS?

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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 (www.nmlsconsumeraccess.org)
Holiday Fun
Oh, what fun! Were you there? Our Holiday Fun at Five took place at The Publick House on the eve of December 20, 2018. Paige Hall was all aglow and the night's theme was "Come and Sleep with Us." With the new Tillyer House just opened, the hall featured a replica room from the new building. With their awesome staff donning comfy PJ's, stations stocked with delicious comfort foods and the giant gingerbread house looking as festive as ever, it was a night we won't soon forget! Thank you to The Publick House for hosting our holiday bash, our amazing sponsor, Cornerstone Bank, Cops N Kids of Southbridge, and all of our guests!
QVCDC
Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation & 
Quaboag Valley Business Assistance Corporation
 
QUICKBOOKS COURSE STARTING SOON
 
Start the New Year off right! 
The New Year is the perfect time to get your business's books in order.
Register now for a five-week QuickBooks 2018 class led by Doris Towns, CPA, a QuickBooks ProAdvisor to be held at the Jacob Edwards Library, 236 Main St., Southbridge, MA.
 
A sliding scale fee for the course includes the textbook and supplemental materials.
For more information about this course, or to register, please contact Melissa at the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation at 413-967-3001 or melissa@qvcdc.org.
 
To find out more about the Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation visit www.qvcdc.org 
 
23 West Main Street, Suite 1, Ware, MA 01082, (413) 967-3001, Fax (413) 967-3008
 
Serving: Belchertown, Brimfield, Brookfield, Charlton, Dudley, East Brookfield, Hardwick, Holland, Monson, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Oxford, Palmer, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Wales, Ware, Warren, West Brookfield
 
The Quaboag Valley CDC/BAC is an equal opportunity employer, lender and provider and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, family/parental status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender identity (including expression), sexual orientation, marital status, income derived from public assistance programs, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. The QVCDC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, certified by the State of Massachusetts and CDFI.
Cornerstone Bank Appoints Alan Peppel to Board of Directors
Alan Peppel
Alan Peppel

Cornerstone Bank is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Peppel to its Board of Directors. A former Southbridge Savings Bank Board Member, Peppel is replacing John Colognesi's seat on the now Cornerstone Bank Board. Colognesi first became a Director for Southbridge Savings Bank in 1984; in October 2018, he retired as a Director and was named an Honorary Director of Cornerstone Bank.

A Missouri native and now longtime resident of Central Massachusetts, Peppel holds a BA in Economics from Carleton College and an MBA from Nichols College. He is also a graduate of the Management Course of the American Management Association and is certified as a Food Service Professional by the National Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers. Currently, Peppel is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Affinity Group and CEO of Dexter-Russell, Inc. Along with his new Board Member position with Cornerstone Bank, Peppel also serves on and is a member of many local boards and organizations.

"We thank John for his contributions and service to the Board over the years, and we're honored to have someone as experienced as Alan to join our Board," stated K. Michael Robbins, Chairman and CEO of Cornerstone Bank.

"Alan embodies the spirit of community. We are fortunate to have him by our side as we continue to strengthen community in Worcester County," commented Todd M. Tallman, President and Treasurer of Cornerstone Bank.

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 cornerstonebank.com, on Facebook or call 800-939-9103.
Harrington HealthCare System joins Boston Accountable Care Organization
 
Harrington HealthCare System is the latest organization to partner with Boston Medical Center (BMC) Health System and participate in the MassHealth Accountable Care Organization (ACO) program through the Boston Accountable Care Organization (BACO).
 
"This partnership is an important step forward in our commitment to the MassHealth patients in our community. We will place strong emphasis on gaining access to primary care and on making sure our patients have a seamless connection to a range of community-based support and wraparound resources," said Ed Moore, Harrington HealthCare System President and CEO.
 
BMC Health System and its BMC HealthNet plan formed accountable care partnership plans with BACO and three other ACOs in other parts of the state in order to provide enhanced services to MassHealth members.
 
The ACO program supports MassHealth's commitment to:
  • Improve quality and member experience and integrate the full spectrum of care, including medical care, behavioral health and long-term services and supports;
  • Provide clinical and community-based support for populations with behavioral health and long-term health care needs;
  • Shift incentives to hold providers accountable for quality and total cost of care for a population of patients;
  • Invest in primary care and community workforce development;
  • Allow for innovative ways of addressing social determinants of health;
  • Expand access to substance misuse disorder treatment, including treatment for co-occurring disorders.
BMC Health System President Kate Walsh said that the organization's longstanding patient and community-centered approach, understanding of MassHealth cost drivers, and its commitment to innovative, new approaches to improve care put BMC Health System and BACO in a strong position for success. "We're pleased to be a part of this important restructuring of the MassHealth program to improve care for MassHealth patients and reduce costs for the Commonwealth," Walsh said.
 
The ACO program is a major component in the state's five-year innovative "1115 MassHealth Demonstration1," bringing in $1.8 billion in new federal investments to restructure the current MassHealth system. The waiver - effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022 - seeks to transform the delivery of care for most MassHealth members and to change how that care is paid for, with the goals of improving quality and establishing greater control over spending.
 
ACOs will receive more than $100 million in new investments to support the transition of health care providers providing value-based care.
 
Funds will be used to:
  • Enhance care coordination and management efforts through formal partnerships with certified behavioral health and long-term services and supports community organizations;
  • Improve electronic health records and ACO analytic capabilities;
  • Reduce avoidable inpatient and emergency department utilization;
  • Implement other key initiatives for ACOs to improve health outcomes and member experience under the new payment models.
Member enrollment in an ACO will be based upon an established relationship with his/her current primary care provider to ensure continuity of care. All ACO models support MassHealth's commitment to invest in community-based organizations, referred to as certified community partners for behavioral health and long-term services and supports.
 
The Boston Accountable Care Organization is made up of 19 provider organizations. It includes Boston Medical Center and, in addition to Harrington HealthCare System, the following health care organizations: Boston University Affiliated Physicians, Inc.; Boston University Family Medicine, Inc.; The Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Inc.; Child Health Foundation of Boston, Inc.; Codman Square Health Center, Inc.; Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, Inc.; Evans Medical Foundation, Inc.; Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, Inc.; Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center; Health First Family Care Center, Inc.; Manet Community Health Center, Inc.; Mattapan Community Health Center, Inc.; South Boston Community Health Center, Inc., South End Community Health Center, Inc.; South Shore Physician Hospital Organization, Inc.; Stanley Street Treatment and Resources, Inc.; Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Inc.; and Valley Health Partners, Inc./Holyoke Medical Center. 
 
Cornerstone Bank Makes Donation to Kennedy-Donovan Center
KDC Donation
Pictured here, L to R: Kennedy-Donovan Center's Program Director Robin Weber and Occupational Therapist Catherine Abate; Cornerstone Bank Chairman & CEO K. Michael Robbins; Kennedy-Donovan Center's Vice President of Children's Services Courtney Keleher and Foundation & Communications Manager Amy Chaunt.
 
Cornerstone Bank's Charitable Donations Committee is proud to announce its recent donation of $1,000 to the Kennedy-Donovan Center (KDC). This donation will help the Center purchase sensory equipment for their South Central Early Intervention Program located in Southbridge, MA. 
The KDC is a non-profit human service agency serving families in eastern and central Massachusetts and northern Connecticut. The KDC provides a wide range of programs, including in-home services to support children, adolescents and adults with developmental delays, disabilities or family challenges. 
 
The South Central Early Intervention (EI) Program has offered early intervention services since 1992 and consists of 55 staff members. EI coordinates services to families with children from birth to 3 years of age who may have developmental delays or whose circumstances put them at risk for developmental delays. The sensory equipment purchased will be utilized by the EI program's Occupational Therapists during home visits; each therapist will receive a "Mobile Sensory Kit" that includes the most commonly used tools.
 
"We are pleased to assist the South Central Early Intervention Program with purchasing the sensory equipment needed to improve the lives of children and families in our community," stated Cornerstone Bank Chairman & CEO K. Michael Robbins. 
 
For more information about the Kennedy-Donovan Center's South Central Early Intervention Program, visit KDC.org or call 508-765-0292.
"January brings the snow,
Makes our feet and fingers glow."
-  Sara Coleridge 
Stageloft Theater Presents
The Light in the Piazza
THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA 
Book by Craig Lucas 
Music and Lyrics by Adam Guettel
January 11 - 19 
Fridays @ 8pm & Saturdays @ 2pm 
Presented in collaboration with JEMS Theater Company
 
Join Stageloft for their 25th season and enjoy another year filled with laughter, music and inspirational performances! 
 
THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA takes place in Italy in the summer of 1953. Margaret Johnson, the wife of an American businessman, is touring the Tuscan countryside with her daughter, Clara. While sightseeing, Clara - a beautiful, surprisingly childish young woman - loses her hat in a sudden gust. As if guided by an unseen hand, the hat lands at the feet of Fabrizio Naccarelli, a handsome Florentine, who returns it to Clara. This brief episode, charged with coincidence and fate, sparks an immediate and intense romance between Clara and Fabrizio. Margaret, extremely protective of her daughter, attempts to keep Clara and Fabrizio apart.  
 
As THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA unfolds, a secret is revealed: in addition to the cultural differences between the young lovers, Clara is not quite all that she appears. Unable to suppress the truth about her daughter, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara's future, but her own hopes as well.
 
Presented by special arrangement with Rodgers & Hammerstein. 
 
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale            508-347-9005  
Hitchcock Academy Events
 
Tuesday, January 15
ART GROUP: Participants enjoy time to socialize, draw and paint together informally without instruction. No pre-registration required. Bring your own supplies and enjoy! Free will donations are welcome. Time: 9-11:30AM Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 for more information.
 
Dance For Fitness: Dance for fun, dance for flexibility and dance for fitness.  This aerobic dance class gives you a great feel-good workout using a wide variety of music and moves.  (8 classes) : Tuesdays, 6:45-7:45 PM. Instructor: Karen Larsen, certified fitness instructor.  Fee: $50
 
Wednesday, January 16
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: Music & Movement: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-10:00 AM Dates: Wednesdays when school is in session until May 2019. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing union61cfce@tantasqua.org.
 
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 AM-1 PM Fee: $17 per week plus supplies. Instructor: Beth Parys. For information and to register, call Beth at 413-245-3295.  
 
Thursday, January 17
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: STEAM Group: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-10:00 AM Dates: Thursdays when school is in session until May 2019. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing union61cfce@tantasqua.org.
 
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.
 
VIOLIN: Private lessons between 2-5 PM with Linda Day Newland.
 
FENCING:  Fencing is a sport of combat that originally started as practice for dueling with swords. Since that time it has grown into a modern sport while maintaining those virtues that made it great: honor, valor, and grace. Bring a water bottle, sneakers and comfortable clothing.  Youth and adult classes with Andy Bloch. Fee: $99
 
Friday, January 18  
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM
 
Saturday, January 19
K9 NoseWork ® is a sport open to all breeds of dog and their people. Progressive training levels offered. (6 classes) Fee: $145 per dog, per session. Instructor: Laurie Merritt, MEd, CPDT-KA, CNWI; Certified K9 NoseWork ® Instructor  - National Association of Canine Scent Work.
 
Sunday, January 20 
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.
 
Monday, January 21                               
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: Playgroup: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-11:00 AM Dates: Mondays when school is in session until May 2019. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing union61cfce@tantasqua.org.
 
WEIGHT WATCHERS: Traditional Weight Watchers meetings! Times: Weigh-in/Registrations: 5:30PM Meeting: 6:00 PM Leader: Angela Kramer. Visit www.weightwatchers.com 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.
 
YOGA:   Hatha Yoga benefits are stress-relieving. Relax & rejuvenate with postures & guided meditation to restore the body. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. All Levels welcome. 7:15-8:45 PM (6 classes)
 
Tuesday, January 22    
ART GROUP: Participants enjoy time to socialize, draw and paint together informally without instruction. No pre-registration required. Bring your own supplies and enjoy! Free will donations are welcome. Time: 9-11:30AM Contact Hitchcock at 413 245 9977 for more information.
 
GRANDPARENTS IN THE KNOW: Grandparents with custody meet on first Tuesday at 9-10:30 AM.
 
WIND CHIMES: A) Hearts & Letters - Get dirty with clay as you create a wind chime with hearts and letters. Bring a branch of your liking to hang your pottery art work.  Time: Tuesdays 6:30-8 January 22 & Feb 5. Fee: $30 includes all supplies, paint, clay and firing. Instructor Linda Early from Nature's Gallery
 
GENEALOGY RESEARCH ABC's: We all know something about our families-it's what we don't know that's intriguing. Genealogical research is becoming very popular and for good reason. You might be living right next door to a 3rd cousin twice removed!  The research can be simple, or it can be a real challenge. "ABCs" will guide you along the right path with tips on research on- and off-line. If you would you like to have a conversation with your own great grandparents, then your job is to tell your family story to hand down to your descendants. (4 classes). Fee: $45. Instructor: Dave Robinson, Old Bones Genealogy of New England
 
Wednesday, January 23
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 AM-1 PM Fee: $17 per week plus supplies. Instructor: Beth Parys. For information and to register, call Beth at 413-245-3295.  
 
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: Music & Movement: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-10:00 AM Dates: Wednesdays when school is in session until May 2019. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing union61cfce@tantasqua.org.
 
SOAP MAKING WORKSHOPS: Gariné (ga-renée) Arakelian, a third generation artist, creates vegan soaps and offers soap making workshops. The lye free soap making workshops are appropriate for all ages and venues. Her studio is located among the hills of Massachusetts and she shares it with Master Potter Rick Hamelin and together, they share a homestead with three cats and twelve chickens Time: 6:30-7:30 PM , ages 5+, Assorted Duckies. Fee $20.
 
Thursday, January 24   
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS 5: STEAM Group: This free program for preschool aged children is sponsored by the Union 61 Family Foundation 5 Grant. Time: 9:00-10:00 AM Dates: Thursdays when school is in session until May 2019. Pre-register your child by calling Karen Distefano at 508-867-2232 or emailing union61cfce@tantasqua.org.
 
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.
 
VIOLIN: Private lessons between 2-5 PM with Linda Day Newland.
 
FENCING:  Fencing is a sport of combat that originally started as practice for dueling with swords. Since that time it has grown into a modern sport while maintaining those virtues that made it great: honor, valor, and grace. Bring a water bottle, sneakers and comfortable clothing.  Youth and adult classes with Andy Bloch. Fee: $99
 
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL) American Sign Language is a visual language using hands, facial and body expressions. Learn about deaf culture and mostly come and have fun. Laughter guaranteed. Class A is for beginners. (6 classes) 7:15-8:15 PM Instructor: May Marques, Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf, MA Rehabilitation Commission. Fee: $38; Session A - Beginners Part I goes until March 7 (no class 2/21) Session B - Beginners Part II goes from March 14-April 25
 
Friday, January 25  
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM
 
Saturday, January 26
TAI CHI: Warm up with 30 minutes of Chi Kung, switching to simple form work and into some more advanced forms. Approachable for all levels. Preregistration required. Fee: $23. 9-11 AM with David Masera.
 
K9 NoseWork ® is a sport open to all breeds of dog and their people. Progressive training levels offered. (6 classes) Fee: $145 per dog, per session. Instructor: Laurie Merritt, MEd, CPDT-KA, CNWI; Certified K9 NoseWork ® Instructor  - National Association of Canine Scent Work.
 
Sunday, January 27 
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.
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260 West Main Street, Route 9, West Brookfield, MA
 
Rich with history, the Salem Cross Inn is a restored 18th century farmhouse  
nestled on 600 acres of New England countryside.  
 
DID YOU KNOW... Yankee Magazine has chosen SALEM CROSS INN  
as the "Best New England Cuisine" in Massachusetts!  
 
Relax by the fire at... Fireplace Feast!
Upcoming Dates: January 18 & 25; February 1, 3, 8, & 10  
 
Join us for a special dining event as the Innkeepers at the Salem Cross Inn announce their series of 1700's style feasts, prepared on the open hearth of a great fieldstone fireplace. Relax by the fire or lend a hand as dinner is prepared for you in colonial style. Stir the chowder as it bubbles in our cast iron cauldron. See your prime rib, roasted 'to a turn,' as the only known authentic Roasting Jack still operating in America rotates slowly over a crackling fire of wild cherry logs. Beware the brimming bowl of freshly whipped cream - the perfect complement to New England's best apple pie.
 
While your dinner is cooking to perfection, enjoy a horse drawn wagon or sleigh ride through the valley on the Inn's pristine 600 acres. Shake off the chill with warm mulled wine or cider upon your return. Browse our extensive collection of colonial and federal period American antiques. The Fireplace Feast makes a thoughtful and unique gift for special friends or deserving associates.
 
The Fireplace Feast is just one of our many dining events that provides an authentic colonial experience. At Salem Cross Inn, we capture the history and culture of 1700's America. Salem Cross Inn's dining events, excellent cuisine, and atmosphere have been featured on Food Network's "The Best Of," WCVB TV5 Boston's "Chronicle" and chosen as the "Hidden Jewel" by Boston's Phantom Gourmet and WGBY.
 
See the Fireplace Feast schedule for more dates here!  
  
Winter Schedule: 
JANUARY and FEBRUARY 2019 
Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm 
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 10:00pm 
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm  
 
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The Last Green Valley January Events
 
The Last Green Valley's Member Program Series - Bald Eagles in The Last Green Valley: 9:30 a.m. to noon, Jan. 19 at TLGV offices, 203B Main Street, Danielson, CT. The snow date is 1-3:30 p.m., Jan. 28. Geared to adults, this two-part program will begin at the conference room of The Last Green Valley office in Danielson with a power point presentation on bald eagles in the region by Chief Ranger Bill Reid. Ranger Bill will provide updated information on numbers of eagles nesting in CT and results of the 2018 breeding season as well as information and results from the Jan. 12 Midwinter Eagle Survey, a Connecticut program for which The Last Green Valley helps coordinate volunteers. Following the presentation, participants are invited to drive to the Quinebaug Valley Trout Hatchery with Ranger Bill in hopes of seeing bald eagles. The program is free to TLGV members and $10 for non-members.
 
The Last Green Valley's Acorn Adventure: Eagle Eyes, 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 26 at Roseland Park, 205 Roseland Park Road, Woodstock, CT. Children and their families are invited to join The Last Green Valley's Chief Ranger Bill Reid and Ranger to experience just how big a bald eagle's wings are, how huge their eyes are compared to the size of their heads and other fun facts. The group will also search for eagles at this popular spot for these incredible birds of prey. Bring binoculars or a spotting scope if you have them. Enthusiasm and a desire to learn about these beautiful birds are essential! Acorn Adventures are free to families thanks to the generous sponsorship of Putnam Savings Bank.
 
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!
Winter Warmth and Cheer 
January 19-20, 26-27, and February 2-3, and 9-10  
 
Visitors to Old Sturbridge Village in January and February will be treated to a festive story experience in which residents of a 19th century New England town prepare for a seasonal celebration - a winter ball, filled with "warmth and cheer!"  Each trade shop, home, and business on the Village Common will be brought to life by costumed historians as they talk about how 19th- century folks would have prepared for such a lively event.  While such occasions were relatively rare, rural balls most typically took place in winter when there was less pressing work on the farm.  Visitors will gain insight into how people in early New England planned for an evening of dancing, socializing, and fun.
 
No detail will be overlooked as visitors will see how period clothing was tailored, watch a printer prepare invitations to the ball, play games, learn about the latest fashions, listen to 19th-century music, and enjoy popular libations of the time.  Guests will also learn about early hairstyles and cooking for company on an open hearth.

Please note that during this time, certain exhibits in the countryside and mill areas (such as the Bixby House and Blacksmith shop) will not be open and staffed.

Warm Up and Enjoy Hot Soup and Speciality Cocktails in the Bullard Tavern.  
Open 11:30 am - 3:00 pm. 
$13.00 per person (includes tax)

Includes: 
    Choice of Soup - Beef Stew (gluten-free), Clam Chowder or Gourd Soup (gluten-free and vegetarian) 
    Dinner roll and butter (gluten-free bread available upon request) 
    Dessert - 2 options to choose from - Chef's choice of a warm homemade fruit dessert (such as Apple Crisp, Mixed Berry Crisp, or Cobbler) or Homemade bread pudding. Both served with whipped topping. There will be a gluten-free option.  
 
Cocktails: 
We will be offering 3 specialty cocktails at the bar for an additional fee. 
 
Times: The Village will be open 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: Included with daytime admission, a season pass, or Village membership
 
 
Evening of Illumination at Old Sturbridge Village, Friday, January 25
SORRY - THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT 
 
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road  
Sturbridge MA 01566
OSV  
The Chamber office will be closed on Monday, January 21 in celebration of
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  
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!

January 21 
Brimfield PTO 
Quaboag Performing Arts
TURKEY FEAST
 
CASH DONATION 
Adults $14 / Children $5
(4-12 yrs.) 
BUFFET STYLE  
Held in Paige Hall or under the Tent!

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

Casual Dining * Open Seating * No Reservations    
All Feasts include... 
Tossed Salad with Maple Vinaigrette, Dinner Rolls, Dessert, Coffee & Soft Drinks     
Thank you for your support! 
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
Free Throw Competition
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3:45pm

(A parent or guardian will need to sign registration form at the event, unless
pre-registration is completed, and which is encouraged. This event is FREE.)
West Brookfield Elementary School, 89 North Main Street, West Brookfield, Mass.

Open to boys and girls ages 9-14 (Eligibility age is determined as of January 1, 2019.
Birth certificate or other proof of age is required. Participants may only compete in one KofC council competition)

Winners will receive awards and prizes and will be eligible to advance to District, Regional, State, and possibly International Competitions (Student athletes should check with their school Athletic Director about eligibility)

For pre-registration & more info call Wally Connor at 413-813-8100 or email connor122@charter.net

Sponsored by: Knights of Columbus Council #11080
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Parish, West Brookfield, Massachusetts
Reverse Mortgage for Purchase Transactions

January 29, 2019 at 8:30am
Holiday Inn & Suites, 21 New Boston Road, Sturbridge, MA

Join us for this FREE seminar to learn about Reverse Mortgage Lending from a leading expert,
John Luddy, SVP Reverse Mortgage Lending/Norcom Mortgage.

1) What is a Reverse Mortgage?
2) Who qualifies?
3) The Process
4) Common Misconceptions
5) And Much More

Breakfast will be provided courtesy of Kristen Walther.

RSVP by January 28th, 2019 to Donna Forte
RSVP Today to Reserve a Spot
774-241-0770

John Luddy - SVP of Reverse Mortgage Lending
Kristen Walther - Branch Manager
Norcom Mortgage 
Painting with Chris
Painting with Chris
January 30, 1:00pm to 3:00pm  
Holland Community Center, 40 Brimfield Road, Holland 
 
Chris has been a painter and an artist for almost forty years. She started painting with oils and now she works in acrylics. Her style is abstract. She has taught people with disabilities. Her desire is to inspire people to paint and to enjoy what they have created. It's simple, come have fun and discover a new side of yourself. Maybe you will start a new hobby.
 
FEE $10
 
Please contact us at 413-245-3163 by Jan 28th to reserve a spot.
 
SEE MORE ACTIVITIES AT HOLLAND COMMUNITY CENTER ON FACEBOOK
Gary McKinstry Returns to OSV in Harrington Auxiliary Benefit
Gary McKinstry
The Harrington Auxiliary is proud to bring back Gary McKinstry, world-renowned, professional medium and psychic, to Old Sturbridge Village on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 6 pm to 8 pm. McKinstry's presentation will offer attendees an opportunity to connect with loved ones who have passed to the other side. 
 
McKinstry's psychic activities are legendary and have been chronicled in Ghost Hunters of America: Real Stories of Paranormal Investigators. He is one of a handful of psychics to have toured the Victorian Mansion in Gardner, which he certified as definitely haunted. McKinstry has also verified that the Publick House in Sturbridge is haunted and has been since the Colonial era. 
 
At the event attendees will have an opportunity to purchase tickets for two raffles. Proceeds from a 50/50 raffle will enable the Auxiliary to purchase much-needed equipment and provide community health programs that support Harrington Hospital's mission. The second raffle entitles the winner to a one-hour private reading with McKinstry. 
 
Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased through Harrington Hospital's Volunteer Office at 100 South Street, Southbridge. For more information, please call 508-765-6473 or email khibbard@harringtonhospital.org
 
This event featuring Gary McKinstry is held in memory of Cecile T. Edmunds. 
 
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.
Winter Scholarship Gala
  JONES & JONES REALTY
INVITES YOU
Winter Scholarship Gala 2019
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH
6PM - 10PM

THE BARN AT WIGHT FARM
420 MAIN STREET
STURBRIDGE, MA

BLACK TIE OPTIONAL
CASH BAR

DINNER ~ DANCING ~ MERRIMENT

FOOD CHOICE OF
PRIME RIB OR CHICKEN PICCATA
$75/TICKET OR
$600/TABLE OF 10
100% OF TICKET SALES GO TOWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS

Give Back to the Community!
Our goal for 2019 is to provide (5) - $1,000
scholarships to High School Seniors in the area.
We are reaching out to businesses for sponsorships
who wish to partner with Jones & Jones.

Call or Text Jen Jones 774.696.7002
Jennifer@HomesWithJonesRealty.com
10th Annual Tri-Community Exchange Club Chowder Fest
February 10, Noon-3:00pm, Sturbridge Host Hotel

10th Annual Chowder Fest being held by the Tri-Community Exchange Club on 2/10/19 from 12-3 at the Sturbridge Host Hotel.

Come enjoy some wonderful chowder from the best restaurants around! Cash bar, silent auction, chances to win some great prizes!

The proceeds are going to assist families in need in the Tri-Community Area. (Southbridge, Sturbridge, Charlton)

If there are any restaurants interested in participating please contact Russ Penney at 508-347-1556 or Sheri Bibinski at sbibinski@cornerstonebank.com
The Perfect Dinner Conversation

Interested in a career that offers
independence, flexibility and unlimited
earning potential? Consider a career as
a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones.

Join local Financial Advisors for dinner as they
share their experiences growing a business.
You'll learn about our unique business model,
our extensive training programs and our network
of supportive colleagues across the country.
If you demonstrate leadership skills and strong
initiative, we can teach you how to build a
financial services practice.

Join us for this event and take the first step toward a rewarding career.

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Time: 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Location: Rovezzi's Restaurant, 2 School Street, Fiskdale, MA 01518
Register: with Mallory (508)347-1420 OR mallory.horn@edwardjones.com

Edward Jones does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
Worcester 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Regional Networking Group
NETWORKING WORKS!! Your AGE really is your EDGE!!
Fall has Arrived! A Perfect Time to Turn Over a New Leaf!

Funded by AARP and Managed by MCOA, we have expanded our 50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Group program to support and assist people in the 50+ demographic living in the greater Worcester area and looking for a new job, a totally new career direction, re-entering the workforce after an employment gap or looking for a Second Act career.

Meet and network with fellow job seekers at our bi-weekly networking group meetings.
Learn how to Network!

New Topic at each Meeting!  Come join Melody Beach, an experienced Human Resource professional who is the Facilitator for this collaborative Networking Group.
Start your journey towards self-realization, re-invention and transformation!

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

WHEN: The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 2pm - 4pm. Doors open at 1:30pm for registration and casual networking so come early! And often!

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

Did you know: 85% of all jobs are found through NETWORKING!! REALLY!!

For more Information and Pre-Registration (required), please feel free to contact: 
The Worcester COA at 508-799-1232.

Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
CHAMBER OF CENTRAL MASS SOUTH CONFERENCE ROOM
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
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Save these Dates!
January 15: Fun at Five at Sturbridge Porterhouse with Baystate Dental  
January 21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
January 22: Brown Bag Seminar: Assistive Technology, Websites and Apps for Family Caregivers 
January 23: Annual Meeting with US Congressman Richard Neal
January 29: Reverse Mortgage for Purchase Transactions with Norcom Mortgage
February 8: Winter Scholarship Gala
February 10: Chowder Fest at Sturbridge Host Hotel
February 13: Edward Jones Career Dinner  

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