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In This Issue
Fun at Five, Lakeside!
Brown Bag: What's Your Type?
Chamber Scholarships
New Member Orientation
Job Fair is Coming!
Marketing For Members
Legislative Breakfast
Harrington Heroes Gala
Real Housewives: The Musical
NBSB Donates to Ware Fuel Bank
United Way Pub Quiz
Cornerstone Bank Donates to WCAC
CFC Gardens: The Expansion
The Easter Bunny at NBSB
Gear Up for Spring Outdoors!
Wanted: Loan Officers
NBSB Hat Contest
Second Chance Adoptions at Klem's
Salem Cross Inn
Maple Days
Secure Shredding Event
Classes at Hitchcock Academy
TLGV: March Events
Home Buyer's Seminar
BBQ, Bay State Brewing & Blues
50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
Beekeeping Seminar
Second Chance: Dinner Auction
Movie Day at The Center
Fishing Expo 2019
Roast Beef Dinner
Gateway Players Theatre
Easter Cookie Decorating
Village Toastmasters
24/7 Training
Save these Dates!
SCU Auto Loans
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jessica Bettencourt
Laurie Nelson
1st Vice 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

Leila Hurt
Lynn Mero
Suzanne Parsons

Rita Schiano 
Rich Suitum
Erica Travinski

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  

Welcome to March's CROSSROADS EVENTS!
Birds are singing, a new season is springing and we are all getting ready to hop into it! Your Chamber has a lot going on and CROSSROADS is here to get you up to speed on many upcoming offerings. Learn the tips, tricks and more about your member benefits at  a Member Orientation next Wednesday morning. Our March 26 Brown Bag Seminar will be a fascinating presentation on personality types with Peter Tamulis. In early April, we network at one of our newest Members, 308 Lakeside in East Brookfield. It's also your last chance to apply for the 2019 Chamber Scholarships. The deadline for applications is April 1.
You'll find more info on April's JOB FAIR, a save-the-date for a Legislative Breakfast with Congressman Jim McGovern, and much more from our Members and friends.  
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! 
Extra for Experts! Connect with us on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest for more from your Chamber!  
308 Lakeside
Fun at Five!
Monday, April 8
at 5:00pm
308 Lakeside 
308 Lakeside 
308 East Main Street, East Brookfield
Spring Networking with a View!
308 Lakeside offers casual American cuisine in a lakeside dining environment. Chef Kevin and his staff are passionate about providing great food and our wait staff strive to provide casual and friendly atmosphere for their guests.  
The menu features everything from burgers, pizzas, and fish tacos to some excellent sauté dishes. You will also find a fantastic selection of wines and beers on tap, a fantastic homemade dessert menu, and beautiful scenic views from every seat throughout and a friendly and helpful staff. 
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
Cost is $10 for Members who pre-register,  
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
Thank you to our
April Fun at Five Sponsor!
Steve_s Collision  
At Steve's Collision we are driven to provide the very best in Vehicle Collision Repair and Auto Body Repair. Located in Sturbridge, MA, our experienced and skilled specialists are dedicated to restoring your vehicle to pre-loss condition. From estimates to actual repairs, we are proud to be the shop that you have chosen to perform the necessary work. Each one of our collision repair professionals has several years of expertise under his belt and are fully-trained to ensure that your vehicle will have that pre-loss look and performance that you enjoy. From collision repair, auto body, painting, bumper, dent and scratch repair, and more - Steve's Collision will handle your crash from beginning to end - we offer free estimates for your convenience. We do what we can to try to minimize the inconvenience that the accident has caused you and get your vehicle back on the road  
in a timely manner.
Steve's Collision Center, Inc. 
210 Charlton Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566
What's Your Type?
Presented by: Peter Tamulis
Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Quinsigamond Community College
Tuesday, March 26 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 to save your spot!
Feel free to bring your lunch. Use our microwave to heat it up! Relax, learn and grow with us!

There are many ways to discuss the personality types of the people that we work and interact with. There are common elements that, individually, we can relate to and that we prefer. These are often referred to as styles or types.
During this hour, you will learn something about your individual preferences, your likes and dislikes, and how that may impact your interactions with others.

About the Presenter: Peter Tamulis
Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education, Quinsigamond Community College
Peter has over 40 years' experience in the field of training and development. He has worked for the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission as a Staff Development Supervisor and the Commission for the Blind as an Assistant Commissioner. He has worked in the manufacturing sector with experience in quality improvement efforts, competency development, coaching and supervisory/management development. Peter was the Chief Learning Officer for the Seven Hills Foundation, a private non-profit human service agency with over 3,000 employees.

Prior to retirement, Peter worked in the Workforce Development and Continuing Education Center assisting businesses in a variety of industries in assessing employee training needs and developing training programs. Currently, Peter continues to lend his expertise at the college on a part-time basis with grant management and interpersonal and supervisory/management training delivery.
  Apply for Chamber Scholarships  
Before the April 1 Deadline!

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

Member2Member Discounts!
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MARCH 20, 8:30AM TO 9:45AM
(Please arrive at 8:15 for a prompt 8:30 start)
The Chamber offers these 75-minute sessions to help our new members and people who may be considering joining the Chamber to maximize the benefits they receive from their membership. Veteran members are welcome to join in as well and get a refresher on all the benefits of being a Chamber Member. We are very pleased to invite you to participate the next session which will take place on the morning of Wednesday, March 20th in the Conference Room at the Chamber Office in Sturbridge.
The details of this FREE program follow. Please RSVP if you are able to attend.
My Chamber Experience
Maximizing Your Membership
Networking Exercise
CMS Referral Group
Promotional Opportunities 
Affiliation with Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
Questions & Answers
Coffee & Light Refreshments will be available.
We sincerely hope you will join us as we present these tools, tips, and strategies to help you get the very most out of your Chamber Membership. Feel free to give us a ring if you have any questions.
If you are able to attend, please RSVP to Paulette via phone at 508-347-2761 or email .
Job Fair
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School
57 Old Muggett Hill Road, Charlton, MA 01507
Proudly presented by The Chamber of Central Mass South
in partnership with Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School
Are you looking to hire for
Reserve a table today at the Spring JOB FAIR. Designed for employers seeking to fill positions and open to all job seekers, the JOB FAIR will take place in two parts.
From 1:00 to 2:30pm, the fair will welcome Juniors and Seniors currently attending Bay Path RVTHS, Southbridge High School, Shepherd Hill Regional High School and other high schools in the CMS Chamber catchment. Two adjacent classrooms will offer resume building workshops and mock interviews.
From 3:00 to 5:00pm, there will be a full on job fair open to all adult job seekers throughout the region.
The JOB FAIR will be promoted on Indeed, ZipRecruiter,, Eventbrite and in Your Hometown Shopper and supported by posters in high-traffic business locations throughout the region, the Chamber's Membership and the Bay Path School Committee.
Job seekers can view a list of companies as they come on by visiting the Chamber's website.
Tables are FREE for CMS Chamber Members! First Come, First Served.
($75 for non-Members but this fee can be applied to a new
Chamber Membership if signed up by the end of April 2019.)
Space is limited to 35 tables so call, email or
download the 1-page application for a table here.
Arbor Associates
Center of Hope Foundation
Dave's Pest Control
ERA Key Realty
Karl Storz
MassHire Southbridge Career Center
North Brookfield Savings Bank
Optim, LLC
Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center
Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
Table 3 Restaurant Group
You, Inc. 
We will confirm your table reservation via email upon receipt of your application.
Don't delay! This will fill up rapidly.  
Fax your completed application to 508-347-5218.
Call 508-347-2761 for more information.
With gratitude to our JOB FAIR Sponsors  
91 Carpenter Hill Rd. Charlton, MA 01507
122 Charlton St, Southbridge, MA 01550
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.  
Save the Date!
Jim McGovern
Legislative Breakfast
Congressman Jim McGovern
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Oliver Wight Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA
Sponsored by: Harrington HealthCare System
Join us for a breakfast event with Jim McGovern, Congressman for the Second District of Massachusetts, at the Oliver Wight Tavern at OSV on the morning of Thursday, April 25. The Congressman will share his views and there will be time for your questions.
The cost is to attend is $25 per person. RSVP is required. Call 508-347-2761 or email to reserve. The deadline for reservations is April 18.
The Agenda
                                                   7:30       Registration and Breakfast
                                                   8:00       Congressman McGovern
                                                   8:45       Questions & Answers
                                                   9:00       Closing & Adjourn

The Menu
 Ham and Cheese Frittatas
Scrambled Eggs with Cheddar Cheese
Buttermilk Pancakes with Maple Syrup
Tavern Fried Potatoes
Bacon & Sausage
Assortment of Breakfast Breads & Muffins
Whipped Butter & Preserves
Fresh Sliced Seasonal Fruit
Assorted Juices
Regular & Decaf Coffee, and Assorted Teas

Speaker Bio: Congressman Jim McGovern was born in Worcester on November 20, 1959 and grew up around the corner from his current home on Burncoat Street. Growing up in Worcester taught Jim a lot about the value of hard work and giving back to his community. He attended Burncoat Elementary School and then Worcester Academy. By seventh grade, Jim knew he wanted to make a difference. He volunteered on the 1972 presidential campaign of Senator George McGovern-no relation-and held signs and knocked doors for the Senator's anti-war campaign. Jim attended The American University in Washington, D.C. where he earned both his bachelor's degree in History ('81) and his Master's Degree in Public Administration ('84). Jim was elected to the House of Representatives in 1996, and through his work in Washington and at home in Massachusetts, he has been a voice for the most vulnerable and a strong advocate for working families. One of Jim's greatest passions is ending hunger at home and abroad. He is the founder and co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus and Ranking Member on the House Subcommittee on Nutrition, where he advocates tirelessly for funding programs that help working families, children, and the elderly put food on the table when times are tough. He also authored the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program to provide school-based meals for millions of children in some of the world's poorest countries.  In 2001, Jim was appointed to a seat on the powerful House Rules Committee, "the traffic cop of Congress" which sets the terms for debate on most legislation and he became Chair of this committee in January. Jim's work on behalf of Massachusetts and the nation has a proven record of success and he is proud to represent Massachusetts' Second Congressional District in Washington, D.C. (Read more about Jim McGovern online at

Harrington HealthCare System
Harrington Heroes Gala    
Harrington Heroes Gala Features Food, Auctions 
and 2004 Red Sox Champions
Hospital's major fundraiser will benefit The Cancer Center in Southbridge
Derek Lowe                                         Tim Wakefield 
Harrington HealthCare System will host a major fundraising gala this summer with net proceeds to benefit its Southbridge-based Cancer Center.
After a successful event in 2018, the healthcare system is back with the Harrington Heroes Gala on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. This year's special guests are Tim Wakefield and Derek Lowe.
Tickets go on sale April 1. Event details can be found at
The event will feature signature food tastings from area restaurants, open bar, a live and silent auction, dancing and a photo booth, among other entertainment surprises and on-stage programs.
Tickets levels are identified as General Admission ($150 per person) and VIP Experience ($500 per person).

VIP Experience ticket holders will be given an exclusive cocktail hour beginning at 5:00 p.m., advanced access to the event's silent auction items, a private bar and lounge for the entire evening, and a meet and greet with Wakefield and Lowe, including a signed baseball and photo. Only 100 VIP tickets will be sold.

The event will be, in part, a 15-year celebration of the 2004 World Series Red Sox, with themed events and décor throughout Washburn Hall and the main Ballroom.
Net proceeds from the 2019 Heroes Gala will benefit The Cancer Center at Harrington, a free-standing, two-story building in Southbridge, MA, celebrating its 10th birthday this fall. The Cancer Center offers medical and radiation oncology, hematology treatment, patient navigators, advanced support services and compassionate, quality care. Over 1,900 patients were treated at the Cancer Center in 2018.
The dedicated pharmacy located inside the Cancer Center is undergoing extensive renovation to expand its square footage, add state-of-the-art monitoring systems and upgrade air handling equipment in the compounding room. The project is estimated at $1 million.
The Heroes Gala is a collaboration of many area vendors and organizations in addition to Mechanics Hall, including Creedon and Co., 508events, Creative Chaos Photography, Ocean State Charity Events, Your Love in Lights, Your Fun Photos and AMR Elements.
The VIP Experience is in partnership with Boston-based Blue Sky Sports and Entertainment, an industry leader of client services including sports marketing, athlete endorsements, media representation, event planning and corporate entertainment and consulting.
Fallon Health has announced its participation as a Gold level sponsor, with Claflin, BRG and Pierce and Mandell already signed on to be Bronze sponsors.
For donation and sponsorship inquiries, please contact Director of Development Angela Chviek at (508) 765-3029.
Stageloft Presents Real Housewives: The Musical
The Women of Real Housewives: The Musical
L to R: Stephanie Sarkisian, Regina Stillings, Christina Pierro, Libbey Stearns, Laura Gulli

Stageloft Repertory Theater, 450A Main Street, Fiskdale, MA, is pleased to announce our upcoming production of Real Housewives: The Musical with Book, Music and Lyrics by Molly Bell.
Real Housewives will perform for three weekends on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm from March 29 through April 14. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors (60+), students, and military and can be purchased online at  Due to subject matter, this production is not recommended for children. Advance ticket reservations can be made by calling Stageloft at 508-347-9005.  All seating is reserved and our theater is fully accessible.  Please call Stageloft to inquire about ticket discounts for groups of 20 or more.

They shop, brunch, drink white wine with lunch, and now The Real Housewives are ready to make their debut at Stageloft. Grab a glass of pinot and watch the girls lie, cheat, and sing their way to the top of the social ladder! Based on the infamous TV franchise "The Real Housewives of [fill in the blank]," these ladies who lunch are ready to dine right in your own backyard.

Real Housewives: The Musical stars local performers Stephanie Sarkisian, Regina Stillings, Christina Pierro, Libbey Stearns, Laura Gulli, and Nick Doig - who plays all 16 male characters in the show!  This production is directed by Jackie Fashjian, with music direction by John Leslie, choreography by Jackie McGerigle and is presented by special arrangement with Stage Rights ( 

Stageloft Repertory Theater        450A Main Street, Fiskdale        508-347-9005
North Brookfield Savings Bank Donates $2,000 to Ware Fuel Bank
Essential fuel payments to assist Ware residents made possible by NBSB's $2,000 donation.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Assistant Vice President / Marketing Manager Caitlin O'Connor (left) presented a $2,000 check to the Ware Fuel Bank program, represented by Church Administrator Patricia Nicholas and Reverend Charles Taylor of the United Church of Ware, to support local residents in need of emergency heating assistance.

With cold New England temperatures and unpredictable winter weather in full force, North Brookfield Savings Bank has made a donation of $2,000 to the Ware Fuel Bank program, in support of individuals and families in need.
The Ware Fuel Bank is a locally-supported emergency assistance program that helps struggling Ware residents meet heating fuel costs, including those who are facing utility shut-offs. The program is administered by the United Church of Ware and has been serving the community for 31 years.
"North Brookfield Savings Bank is so pleased to be able to support the Ware Fuel Bank once again," said North Brookfield President & CEO Donna Boulanger. "Their mission of aiding local residents in keeping safe and warm during difficult winters is so vital. They are an outstanding organization that we are proud to have an ongoing and meaningful partnership with."
So far this 2018-2019 winter season, the Ware Fuel Bank, has provided 30 families with fuel assistance. Applications still being accepted for emergency aid. Families are eligible for aid once a heating season with check distributions made payable directly to their utility providers.
"Because of the support we receive from local businesses such as the North Brookfield Savings Bank, the Ware Fuel Bank has been able to support families that really need a helping hand to keep their heat on through the cold days of winter," said Reverend Charles Taylor, United Church of Ware. "We are able to help them because the Bank has continued to donate to this local cause. We are thankful for their continued support."  
United Way SSC
Are you the "Sharpest Knife in the Block"? 
Sponsored by Dexter-Russell, Inc. 
Old Sturbridge Village - Oliver Wight Tavern, Sturbridge, MA 
Friday, April 26, 2019 
Teams of 4 - $100 per Team 
Individual and Team Registration available. 
Optional Dinner Buffet available for purchase 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM - $25 per person.  
Dinner Buffet Reservation and payment due prior to event
Cash Bar 
Dinner starts at 5:30PM
Team Check-in starts at: 6:00 PM
Game starts at 7:00 PM 
Registration is available at ▪ Space is limited ▪ First come - first served 
Payment must be received by April 20, 2019 to reserve spot.  
Call (508) 765-5491 for more information.
Cornerstone Bank Makes Major Financial Contribution to  
Worcester Community Action Council
Cornerstone Donation
 Pictured here: WCAC's Director of Development Ellen M. Ganley and Director of Energy Resources  
Mary Knittle; Cornerstone Bank's Chairman & CEO K. Michael Robbins and EVP/Chief Administrative Officer  
and Chairman of the Bank's Charitable Donations Committee Susan A. Gunnell

The Charitable Donations Committee (CDC) of Cornerstone Bank is proud to announce its recent donation of $40,000 to the Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC). This major financial contribution will go toward assisting local residents with home heating costs this winter.

WCAC is a Worcester-based agency for Central Massachusetts, dedicated to helping people move toward economic self-sufficiency through programs, partnerships, and advocacy. Winter can mean additional stress for some as they try to find ways to afford their heating bills and keeping their family warm. WCAC's Fuel Assistance Program is designed to provide relief to those individuals and families that are most vulnerable to the high costs associated with heating.

"The Worcester Community Action Council is a vital organization that helps people gain economic self-sufficiency," stated Cornerstone Bank Chairman & CEO K. Michael Robbins. "We are pleased to support such a worthwhile organization and assist our local community where they need it most this time of year."
WCAC is also responsible for helping to fund community initiatives including: Head Start, Early Head Start, Healthy Families of Southern Worcester County, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), and Youth Jobs & Education. For more information about the WCAC, visit them online at or by calling 508-754-1176.
CFC Gardens
The Easter Bunny Hops Over to North Brookfield Savings Bank
Bring your camera and have fun with the famous seasonal bunny at NBSB!
Easter Bunny at NBSB
A sure sign of springtime is the arrival of the warm and fuzzy, beloved seasonal Easter Bunny! He is ready to make his rounds to visit local children and he is starting his journey at your trusted, community bank, North Brookfield Savings Bank. From Friday, April 5th through Saturday, April 20th, the Easter Bunny is hopping down the bunny trail to continue the tradition of visiting North Brookfield Savings Bank branch locations and bring joy to families.
Visits are always free and all are welcome to this series of family friendly events. The Easter Bunny will eggcitedly await visitors who can enjoy fun activities, yummy treats and, of course, keepsake photos with the Easter Bunny. Don't miss out on this eggcellent hopportunity to bring the whole family to North Brookfield Savings Bank! Don't forget your camera to capture those treasured photos.
The Easter Bunny will visit North Brookfield Savings Bank branches at the following dates and times:
Palmer Branch
Friday, April 5
1:00 - 4:00PM

Belchertown Branch
Saturday, April 6
9:00 - 12:00PM

East Brookfield Branch
Saturday, April 13
9:00 - 12:00PM

Ware Branch
Friday, April 19
10:00AM - 12:00PM

West Brookfield Branch
Friday, April 19
1:00 - 4:00PM

North Brookfield Branch
Saturday, April 20
9:00 - 12:00PM
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit .
TLGV 25  
Gear Up for Spring Outdoors!

The fourth annual Spring Outdoors, held March 20 to June 21, 2019, is shaping up to be a special time in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. The Spring Outdoors Calendar is now available online at The calendar is updated throughout the season and is already packed with amazing, hikes, bikes, paddles and more!

The Last Green Valley's Chief Ranger Bill Reid kicks off Spring Outdoors March 20 with a 4-mile hike to Breakneck Pond, Union, CT.  Reid has a few surprises in store for this hike, which is free for TLGV members and their guests. Registration is required. Please contact TLGV at 860-774-3300 for more information on the kick-off hike.

The hike is one of several adventures happening that day as we ease into spring.

Spring Outdoors began in 2016 to celebrate nature's return from its winter slumber in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. In just its first two years, Spring Outdoors, which is a program of TLGV, bloomed into an event featuring more than 250 adventures attended by about 18,000 people.  

"Even with the unpredictable weather of spring, Spring Outdoors is growing every year thanks to our collaborations with our partners," said Lois Bruinooge, executive director of TLGV. "Together we're putting a spotlight on this special place."

The Spring Outdoors calendar grows as the season goes. Applications to host a Spring Outdoors Adventure are still available. Visit or email to learn more. Hosts must either be members or partners of The Last Green Valley.
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North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest Winner is Joseph Siok
NBSB Hat Winner
North Brookfield Savings Bank's Ware Supervisor and Marketing Assistant Nicole Syriac presented a $100 Lost Towns Brewing gift certificate to NBSB's January Hat Contest Winner Joseph Siok.
Hopes are high with Punxsutawney Phil telling us we may indeed see an early spring. Although we may have a few more cold nights ahead of us there is something to look forward to with the spring equinox around the corner, which hopefully is leading us to some warmer weather. For one local resident there is something extra special to lift him through these last few winter days. Joseph Siok, a resident of Ware, was thrilled to find out that he was the January winner of North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest.
Each month, anyone spotted wearing a North Brookfield Savings Bank hat in the community by a Bank representative is entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to a local establishment. Joseph Siok was spotted wearing his NBSB hat by Ware Branch Manager Tina Allen and he later visited the Ware branch to receive his gift of a $100 gift card to Lost Towns Brewing, a locally owned craft brewery focused on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit .
March, when days are getting long,
Let thy growing hours be strong
To set right some wintry wrong.
~Caroline May, 1887
Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions
March 15, 2:00-4:00pm
Make an Animal Lucky and Adopt! 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.
Klem's             117 West Main Street, Spencer              508-885-2708
Salem Cross Inn logo
260 West Main Street, Route 9, West Brookfield, MA
Rich with history, the Salem Cross Inn is a restored 18th century farmhouse  
nestled on 600 acres of New England countryside.  
A Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Award
and The Knot Best of Weddings Award recipient for 2019.
Fireplace Feasts 
Upcoming Dates: March 15, 17 & 22   April 6 & 7 
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!
Easter Sunday Dinner
Easter is a great time to get together with family or friends and enjoy a home-cooked feast,  
and what better place to spend it than here at Salem Cross Inn!  
Tables fill up quickly so please make your reservations early.

Our Dining Room is open from 11:30 to 4:00 with reservations on the half hour.
Make your reservations online, or call us today at 508-867-2345. 
 NOTE: Salem Cross Inn will be on vacation March 25 through April 3, 2019. 
Thursday & Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm 
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 9:00pm 
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm
Maple days  
Maple Days at Old Sturbridge Village 
Two More Weekends! March 16-17 and 23-24

Times: The Village is open from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm (CLOSED on Mondays and Tuesdays.)
Cost: Included with daytime admission, a season pass, or Village membership

For many at Old Sturbridge Village, the first whiff of spring isn't the aroma of spring flowers - it's the smell of wood smoke and maple syrup, a sure sign that the sap is rising and spring is on the way.  Join us for four weekends of "Maple Days" in March, when the Village's working sugar camp demonstrates maple sugaring as it was done in early 19th-century New England.
See the entire sugar-making process, from tapping the trees to "sugaring off," and learn why maple sugar was more commonly used than maple syrup in early New England.
Costumed historians will also cook period foods made with maple products and the potter and cooper will make maple related items.

Did You Know? 
  • Production of maple syrup is one of only a few agricultural processes in North America that is not European colonial import.
  • Maples are usually tapped beginning between 30 and 40 years of age. Maples can continue to be tapped for sap until they are more than 100 years old.
  • Once temperatures stop fluctuating between below freezing at night and above freezing during the day, sap stops flowing.

Join us for our Secure Shredding Event.
Coupon code: 23515
Sunday, March 17-Saturday, March 23
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Visit us at:
120 Charlton Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566

Classes at Hitchcock Academy: March 18-24 
Monday, March 18
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:
WEIGHT WATCHERS: Traditional Weight Watchers meetings! Times: Weigh-in/Registrations: 5:30PM Meeting: 6:00 PM Leader: Angela Kramer. Visit to become a member or to learn more about Weight Watchers.
HATHA YOGA:   Relax and rejuvenate with postures and guided meditation to restore the body. Bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. 7:15-8:15 PM
Tuesday, March 19
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. 
PILATES: Floor exercises to target the core muscles and improve flexibility and balance. Time: 5:15 - 6:15 PM; Instructor: Karen Larsen 
LET'S CAKE DECORATE: Learn the techniques to make a hydrangea basket cake. All supplies included in the $42 fee. Time: 6-8 PM; Instructor: Susan Gaulin
MEDITATION: Discover the Bliss of a quiet mind. Time: 7-9 PM; Instructor: Phil (Krishna) Milgrom CSYT
Wednesday, March 20 
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  
Thursday, March 21
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
VIOLIN: Private lessons between 2-5 PM with Linda Day Newland.
FENCING: Youth and adult classes with Andy Bloch. 
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE (ASL) 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, Class B is a continuation of the beginner class. (6 classes) 7:15-8:15 PM Thursdays Fee: $38  Instructor: May Marques, Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf, MA Rehabilitation Commission
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
K9 NOSEWORK® is a sport open to all breeds of dogs and their people.  Progressive training levels offered. Offered at 3 levels. (6 classes) Fee: $145 Saturdays 9-10:30; Instructor: Laurie Merritt, MEd, CPDT-KA, CNWI; Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed; Certified K9 NoseWork® Instructor- National Association of Canine Scent Work
Friday, March 22
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Traditional open AA meetings in a friendly setting. Come early to chat and share in refreshments. Time: 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 23
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. If not enough students have registered by the Monday before the workshop, it will be cancelled. Fee: $23; Instructor: David Masera
K9 NOSEWORK® is a sport open to all breeds of dogs and their people.  Progressive training levels offered. Offered at 3 levels. (6 classes) Fee:$145 Saturdays9-10:30; Instructor: Laurie Merritt, MEd, CPDT-KA, CNWI; Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed; Certified K9 NoseWork® Instructor- National Association of Canine Scent Work
DRUM CIRCLE: Djembe and hand drumming group that explores your inner beat. Learn rhythms from around the world. Drums provided. Info at: Time: 11-noon; Instructor: Tim Kane, Certified Drum Circle Facilitator 
Sunday, March 24
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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March Events

TLGV Spring Outdoors Kick-Off Hike: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 20, Breakneck Pond, Union, CT.  Join Chief Ranger Bill Reid for our annual "First Day of Spring" Vernal Equinox hike and kick off to TLGV's Spring Outdoors program. This year we'll make the trek to Breakneck Pond at Bigelow State Park in Union. The hike will be approximately 4 miles round trip. Wear appropriate clothing for late winter weather and muddy trail conditions. Bring your own water, snacks and a lunch is suggested. This Vernal Equinox Hike is for TLGV Members and their guests. For more information and to RSVP please contact Bill at 860-774-3300 or Inclement weather cancels. Directions and additional information will be provided following RSVP. 
TLGV Acorn Adventure - Letterboxing: March 23, 1-3 p.m. Camp Laurel, 175 Clubhouse Road, Lebanon CT. Do you like to be outside? Do you like to search for treasure? Letterboxing is a family-friendly hobby that gets you outside to follow the clues and find the treasure, a hand-carved stamp that you can add to your personal log book. Acorns will get an introduction to letterboxing and their own letterboxing kits, which will include a starter logbook, an inkpad and the chance to make a personal stamp. The group will then hike the trails of Camp Laurel, following the clues to find a series of four letterboxes. The program is open to all kids and their families. To learn more about letterboxing, visit Acorn Adventures are held monthly and every child participant receives an Acorn journal to keep a record of their adventures. This program is made possible through a partnership with Girl Scouts of Connecticut. Acorn Adventures are sponsored by Putnam 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! 
Cornerstone Bank  
Shopping for a Home? 
Join us for a FREE Home Buyer's Seminar!
Spencer Branch - 176 Main Street 
Wednesday, March 20, 2019, 6:00-8:00pm
Learn about the application and closing process. Take this FREE opportunity to get your questions answered. This seminar will feature expert speakers who will guide you through the process. There will also be door prizes and light refreshments.

Guest Speakers include:
  • Jennifer Anderson, NMLS #440680 - Cornerstone Bank VP/Mortgage Loan Officer
  • Lynne Esposito, NMLS #441257 - Cornerstone Bank VP/Mortgage Loan Officer
  • Melissa Stowe, Realtor - RE/MAX Professional Associates
  • Michael Gleason, Home Inspector - Michael's Home Inspections
  • Philip Stoddard, Attorney
Please R.S.V.P. by Friday, March 15th (TODAY!) to Jennifer Anderson at 774.745.8681.
The Duck
BBQ, Bay State Brewing & Blues
Featuring Big Jon Short
The Duck on Thursday, March 21, 2019

What better way to kick off the spring season than with a BBQ & Blues Dinner. Chef Tony and Chef Dan are stoked to fire up the smoker after a long winter and local blues legend Big Jon Short will be laying down some blues to keep the good times rolling. We'll also have a special guest brewer, Bay State Beer Company, in the house with something special to accompany the awesome music and food. The cost for the BBQ, Beer & blues dinner is $29.95 per person and the menu includes chips and salsa bar, loaded BBQ plate, dessert and coffee. A cash bar and Bay State Brews are extra. Tax and gratuity are not included. This special event is limited and likely to sell out quickly. Make your reservations by calling The Duck at 508-347-2321. Seating begins at 6 pm and the dinner begins at 6:30 pm.

Easter at Avellino, The Duck and Cedar Street Grille
Sunday, April 21, 2019
For a special Easter celebration leave the cooking to the Table 3 chefs. Our talented chefs have prepared sensational menus for Easter Sunday. The Duck and Avellino will be serving a traditional pre-fixe menu with all your holiday favorites. Cedar Street Grille will be offering their unique brunch menu all day plus some great Easter specials. Make your reservation now and enjoy a holiday free from stress in one of our fine restaurants.

Call 508-347-2321 for The Duck & Avellino seating: 11am-4pm
Call 508-347-5800 for Cedar Street Grille seating: 10am-4pm
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.

Beekeeping Seminar at Klem's
March 23, 11am to 2pm 
Free to attend. Tips for beginners. Instructed by Roland Sevigney, who has over 45 Years of Experience, as well as, Member & Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Worcester County Beekeepers Association. Take Advantage of In-Store Beekeeping Specials 
Dinner Auction
Second Chance Animal Services
Annual Dinner Auction
March 23, 4:00pm
Leicester Country Club
1430 Main Street, Leicester
Join us for a night on the town for a great cause!
Fabulous prizes to bid on with great food and friends!
4-6 p.m. Social
6 p.m. Buffet Dinner Followed by Auction
Buffet dinner - featuring Chicken St. Germaine and Vegan Pad Thai (nut free) $42 pp
We are accepting sponsorships and donations of auction and raffle items.   
For more information visit: 
Movie Day at The Center 
Fred Rogers
March 25, 1:00pm to 3:00pm  
Holland Community Center, 40 Brimfield Road, Holland 
We're showing the movie/documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor.
An exploration of the life, lessons, and legacy of iconic children's television host, Fred Rogers.
Movie beings at 1pm
We will be serving lunch at Noon. If you wish to join us for lunch,  
please let us know 24 hours in advance. 413-245-3163 
Fishing Expo  
Fishing Expo 2019 at Klem's
March 30, 9am to 3pm 
Attention Anglers! 
Free admission. Reel in Savings with the Lowest prices of the year on Fishing Merchandise!
Catch even more fish with the latest gear for 2019!
Drawings, Give-a-ways & In-store specials!
Let's go fishing! 
Featuring PROS from: Berkley, Penn, Yo-zuri, Gamakatsu, Booyah, Arbogast, Calcutta, Yum, Spro, Spiderwire, Seaguar, Eagle Claw, Live Target, Abu Garcia, Mooselook, Loaded for Bass, Mitchell, Pflueger, Dexter, B&D Enterprises, Rebel, Grizz Baits, FX Extreme Rods, Leadfree Jigs, SeaChoice, West System, Jackson Cardinal, TM Fishing, Area 51, Steelshad and Fishin Magician Skid Stik Lures!
Dan Kenney from Go Fish will be signing autographs!
Fly Tying Demonstrations with The Greene Outdoors!
Meet & Greet Coast Guard Auburn Flotilla!
Visit the Spencer Fish & Game Club!
Enter to Win a 1/2 Day Fishing Trip by Jackhammer Charters!  
Charters leave from Point Judith, Rhode Island (Snug Harbor Marina).
For more information contact or 508-885-2708.
Roast Beef Dinner
March 30, 2019 5:30pm

The Women's Fellowship of Elm Street Congregational Church will be holding another delicious dinner. This time it is Roast Beef! The menu is: Roast Beef, roasted red potatoes, French green beans, salad, rolls, dessert and beverages.
Adults are $12.00 and children (ages 6-12) are $6.00. Live entertainment will be provided during the dinner by Bob Christiansen, Toby Parent and Barb Lammert. 
Tickets are available from Harriet Lacasse or by calling the Church office at 508-764-8058. The deadline for purchasing tickets is March 25th and they will not be available at the door. We look forward to another successful dinner! 
61 Elm Street                                   Southbridge, Massachusetts 01550
Gateway Players Theatre
April 5, 6, 12, 13, & 14 
Gateway Players Theatre of Southbridge presents "Sylvia", written by A. R. Gurney. Performance dates are April 5, 6, 12, 13 at 7:30pm and April 14 at 2pm. All performances will be held at the Fellowship Hall of Elm Street Congregational Church, 61 Elm Street in Southbridge. Parking is available on Elm Street, or in the parking deck behind the Southbridge Town Hall.
This comedy will be directed by David Corkum and produced by Bill Guy. The cast includes Nika Tomasic, Billy Bolster, Joan Stewart, Teresa Simpson, Barb Lammert, and Luis Aviles. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and youth under 18. Tickets may be reserved by calling Gateway at 508-764-4531. Online credit card ticket sales are available  at: 
Presented by permission through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.
Greg and Kate have moved to Manhattan after twenty-two years of child raising in the suburbs. Greg's career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate's career, as a public-school English teacher, is beginning to offer her more opportunities. Greg brings home a dog he found in the park-or that has found him-bearing only the name "Sylvia" on her nametag. A street-smart mixture of Lab and Poodle, Sylvia becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. She offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. To Kate, Sylvia becomes a rival for affection. And Sylvia thinks Kate just doesn't understand the relationship between man and dog. The marriage is put in serious jeopardy until, after a series of hilarious and touching complications, Greg and Kate learn to compromise, and Sylvia becomes a valued part of their lives.

Easter Cookie Decorating Class
April 6, 1:00-3:30pm
Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale 
No experience needed! All supplies included! Tons of fun!
I am excited to announce my Easter Cookie Decorating class on Saturday April 6th from 1:00-3:30. Class will be held in the lower hall at the Federated Church of Sturbridge & Fiskdale. Enjoy an afternoon having fun and learning something new with a great group of people. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided for you. We'll be decorating a dozen cookies using basic techniques. I'm excited to share my passion with you along with some tips and tricks to create decorated cookies in the future.
Attendees will receive practice sheets, sample dough and frosting recipes and a few more surprises.
Under 12 must be accompanied by an adult with a purchased ticket. 
Cost: $60 Register for Class: Sign up using the Eventbrite link.
Payment is due in full at signup to reserve your spot.
Class Refunds/Cancellations: If you are unable to attend a class after you have registered please call or email Michelle at or 617-967-1169. A 10% admin fee will be assessed to all class cancellations.
No refund will be available if cancellation is within two weeks of the class date unless the spot can be filled from the waitlist.
Cancellation of Class: If Work of Art Cookies needs to cancel a class due to inclement weather or other emergency a make-up date will be scheduled or a full refund will be offered to enrolled attendees.
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
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Save these Dates!
March 17-23: Staples Secure Shredding Event
March 20: First Day of Spring 
March 20: CMS Chamber New Member Orientation 
March 23: Second Chance Animal Services Annual Dinner Auction 
March 26: Brown Bag Seminar: What's Your Type?  
March 29: Real Housewives The Musical Opens at Stageloft Theater 
April 1: Deadline for CMS Chamber Scholarship Applications 
April 8: Fun at Five at 308 Lakeside with Steve's Collision Center
April 11: JOB FAIR
April 25: Legislative Breakfast with Congressman Jim McGovern 

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