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In This Issue
Fun at The Barn!
Brown Bag Seminar with Rita!
Lunch with Secretary Sudders
Country Bank Donates to DVTF
NBSB: Feed a Camper at Camp Putnam
Rotary Donates to Literacy Volunteers
bankHOMETOWN Promotes Christina DiRusso
Cornerstone Bank Donates to March of Dimes
Harrington Celebrates Nurse and Hospital Week
Help Southbridge Blossom
bankHOMETOWN Hires Sr. VP of Retail Banking
HHS Secretary Visits Harrington
TLGV's Announces Funding Phase of Forest Protection Project
Volunteers Needed
Hometown Bank Community Foundation Contributes to WHCR
Office Space For Rent
Stageloft: The Graduate
Celebrating Women's Entrepreneurship
Pet Adoptions at Klem's
Brimfield's 8th Annual Town Wide Tag Sale
Asparagus and Flower Heritage Festival
Cedar Street Tapas Dinner
WIB Scholarships Fundraiser
Cooking with Rico & Dan
Wool Days
LiveSTRONG Golf Tournament
Health & Wellness Fair
Beer Social at The Duck
Fifth Annual Dinner Dance Fundraiser
Murder Mystery at Salem Cross Inn
Tour Opacum
Fast Track Work Ready Manufacturing
Village Toastmasters
Free Saturday Tastings
24/7 Training
Save these Dates!
SCU Home Equity Loans
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jocelyn Callis
Jessica Bettencourt
1st Vice Chair
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision
Cindy Howard 
Immediate Past Chair

Board Members

Brad Arcoite
Table 3 Restaurant Group  
Michael Checkosky

Karla Christiansen
Bank Hometown

Alycia Dzik
Webster First Federal Credit Union 
Rich Eichacker

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Nathan Hardt
Helios Mako

Lynn Mero
Southbridge Credit Union

Laurie Nelson
Christopher Heights 
Mary O'Coin

Rita Schiano 

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

Chamber Staff

Alexandra McNitt
 Executive Director

Paulette Hughes
Finance & Administration

Jack Starkey
Communications Specialist 

Chamber Links

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Stur Townships - Everything but Ordinary  

Greetings from the Chamber of Central Mass South!

Welcome to your mid-May CROSSROADS EVENTS !
This month's Chamber offerings include a de-stressing seminar with Rita Schiano and networking and fun at The Barn at Wight Farm! It's time to enjoy great seasonal events like Brimfield's Town Wide Tag Sale, the Asparagus Festival in West Brookfield, Wool Days at OSV... and don't forget to register your team for our GOLF CLASSIC in June! Spring to it!

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Keep posting your events to our online events calendar! We love sharing them with our readers! 
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The Barn at Wight Farm
Fun at Five!
Tuesday, May 22, 5:00pm  
The Barn 
The Barn at Wight Farm
420 Main Street, Sturbridge, MA, 774-241-8450

Meet us at The Barn for 
May Networking!

The Barn at Wight Farm is the picture-perfect choice for Sturbridge weddings, receptions, corporate events, anniversary parties and functions of all types.
The Barn is a fully renovated post and beam structure hosting events up to 175.

Our new Alpheus Wight room is ideal for brides seeking a climate controlled on-site ceremony and also for more intimate parties or functions.
The Barn and the Alpheus Wight room are set on nearly four acres of manicured grounds in a colonial village setting which includes a patio, fire pit, and gazebo.

Check out photos of The Barn and its grounds
Enjoy tasty treats, cocktails from The Barn's rustic bar, chances to win valuable drawing prizes, and the opportunity to mingle with local professionals in a fun and relaxed setting!
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
Cost is $10 for Members who pre-register, 
$15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
We hope to see you there!

Thank you to our May
Fun at Five Sponsor!

Country Bank 

Country Bank is proud to sponsor the May Fun at Five
at The Barn at Wight Farm. Come and enjoy the patio and fire pit with giveaways and a Raffle Basket Full of Special Treats for Spring!
Main Office: 75 Main Street Ware, MA 01082
Want to Feel Less Stress In Your Life?
Living A Less Stressed,
More Flourishing Life
Presented by Rita Schiano 
Tuesday, May 22, 12:00 Noon 
Chamber Conference Room, 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge, MA
FREE for CMS Chamber Members,
$15 for non-Members. 
Space is Limited! Please RSVP.  
Call 508-347-2761 or email 
to save your spot!

Rita Schiano Join us as Resilience Strategist Rita Schiano offers an educating and entertaining exploration of the choices that determine our direction, and the decisions that ultimately dictate our destiny.
The way stress impacts us does not necessarily have to be negative. We have a capacity for resilience, behaviors, thoughts, skills, and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone.
Rita discusses ways to manage stress through resilience, the characteristics of resilient people, as well as personal resiliency skills and attitudes, and how to strengthen them.
About Our Guest Speaker:
Ask Rita Schiano what she does, and she'll answer, "It depends on the day of the week."
On Monday through Friday, you may find her presenting resilience-based programs on managing stress or leadership development.
Or you may find her giving a keynote or workshop on Changing Your Habitudes, Managing Stress, Resilience, or The Healing Power of Forgiveness.

NSA Member Or she might be presenting a book discussion on one of her novels.  
Or she might be meeting with one of her coaching clients, helping them focus on their most important goals, interests, challenges, and needs.
And if it is a Saturday, you'll most likely find Rita at Bay Path University's Central Mass Campus where she is an adjunct professor teaching Philosophy and Women Empowered As Learners and Leaders courses.
Yes, for this resilience strategist and coach, inspirational speaker, author, and professor, it truly does depend on the day of the week.
Secretary Sudders Luncheon
  Lunch with Secretary Sudders 

We would like to express our appreciation and gratitude to Secretary Sudders for joining us for lunch at Old Sturbridge Village on Thursday, May 3rd. We very much enjoyed and were enlightened by the Secretary's direct, informative and engaging presentation.  
Thanks as well to all who joined us, our hosts at the Village for a satisfying lunch and our event sponsors, Harrington HealthCare System, The Center of Hope, Christopher Heights of Webster and Venture Community Services.
Member2Member Discounts! 
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Check out this NEW M2M Offer!
Free 1-Year Home Warranty! 
ERA Key Realty 
With the purchase or sale of a home using Michelle Fanion of ERA Key Realty Services by 12/31/2018.
Click the M2M logo to view all current discounts! 
Chamber of Central Mass South
Heritage Country Club, Charlton
June 21, 2018
To Benefit The Chamber Scholarships & Charities Fund

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

Air Cannon
A LeaderBoard Air Cannon Competition sponsored by Karl Storz Endovision!

A chance to win a 2-year lease on a 2018 Mustang Convertible sponsored by Lamoureux Ford!

A beautiful art glass trophy for our winners donated by Karl Storz Endovision!

All to help benefit the Chamber Charities and Scholarship Fund.

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

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

SCRAMBLE FORMAT: All players hit from the best lie

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

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

Phone: 508-764-0012 Fax: 508-765-1187
Country Bank Donates $15,000 to the Domestic Violence Task Force

Country Bank Donation Country Bank announced that it recently donated $15,000 to the Ware River Valley Domestic Violence Task Force to assist them in their continued commitment to helping those in need in the Quaboag Hills Region.
" Country Bank's donation has been the foundation of all local domestic violence services at Valley Human Services of BHN, Inc. in the Quaboag Hills. Their funds have been the seed money and remain the match for programs now supported by municipal, state and federal dollars. We literally would not have our team preventing and responding to domestic violence in our region without Country Bank," states Jac Patrissi, Director of Domestic Violence Services at Valley Human Services.

The bank's continued support of this program stems from their belief that when their local communities have the necessary services and support to assist those in need, everyone has the opportunity to improve their quality of life. "Having the right resources is critical in rural locations where transportation can also impact the availability of assistance. We know that Jac and her team help with all the necessary means to help those who reach out for support and guidance which may also include transportation if needed, their work changes lives for the better and we are proud to support their program funding needs," stated Shelley Regin, Senior Vice President, Marketing at Country Bank and Advisory Board Member of BHN, Valley Human Services.

To learn more about how they might be able to assist you, please visit:

Pictured: JAC Patrissi, Director of Domestic Violence Services, Valley Human Services and
Jodie Gerulaitis, Vice President, Community Relations, Country Bank.
About Country Bank
Country Bank is a full-service mutual community bank serving central and western Massachusetts with 14 offices in Ware, Palmer, West Brookfield, Brimfield, Belchertown, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Leicester, Paxton, Charlton and Worcester. Country Bank is a member of FDIC, DIF and the SUM network. Country Bank can be reached at 800-322-8233 or online a

Country Bank
  North Brookfield Savings Bank Continues
Feed a Camper at Camp Putnam Fundraiser
Help NBSB Feed a Camper
North Brookfield Savings Bank is thrilled to announce that the Feed a Camper at Camp Putnam fundraiser will return once again during May and June of 2018. The Bank is encouraging their communities to join forces with them to help feed local campers this summer. Nestled in the fields and forests of New Braintree, Camp Putnam provides an authentic, nature-based camping experience for children and is made affordable for all families regardless of income.

Since North Brookfield Savings Bank consistently places a high importance on public service and bettering local communities, the Bank has kick started this fundraiser with a $1,000 donation. NBSB also believes that together as a community we are stronger and can accomplish even more. With a total fundraising goal of $1,500, NBSB is welcoming community members, customers and Bank employees to help raise the remaining $500 during May and June at any branch location.

"It is amazing to see some campers during their first few meals at camp as they realize that there is 'plenty' of food. Usually around the second or third day, the overall pace slows down and kids begin to realize that they don't need to rush, don't need to save food for later and that there will be plenty of food at this meal and every other." said Todd Stewart, Executive Camp Director.

Camp Putnam, which spends
nearly $40,000 on food per summer, proudly serves campers tasty yet healthy home-cooked and "kid-friendly" meals such as homemade mac and cheese, tacos, Shepherd's pie, fresh fruits and veggies, pancakes, French toast and more, in a family-style atmosphere.
Stewart continued, "Although it is heartbreaking to realize just how many children come from situations where securing their next meal is a concern, it is a wonderful experience to see over 100 kids, from a wide-range of backgrounds, happily enjoying a delicious meal as one large family before, during, or after a great day experiencing nature in the carefree way all children should be afforded. This is why donations from organizations like North Brookfield Savings Bank and our generous communities are vital and so appreciated."

Want to know how you can donate? Anyone can make their donation into the designated collection jars displayed along the teller line at any North Brookfield Savings Bank branch location, with branches located in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, Palmer and Three Rivers. In addition, employees of the Bank will each donate $5 in order to participate in designated Jean Days throughout April, May and June.
"North Brookfield Savings Bank is proud to partner with and support organizations like Camp Putnam, whose efforts help aid in the health and happiness of our young, local community members." said Donna Boulanger, North Brookfield Savings Bank President and CEO. "Camp Putnam provides a safe, nurturing, healthy and fun environment for campers to make friends and experience personal growth. We are hopeful that with our contribution and the benevolent generosity of our community members we will once again reach and exceed our goal to help feed campers well-rounded, nutritious meals."

About North Brookfield Savings Bank: North Brookfield Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank with full-service branches in North Brookfield, East Brookfield, West Brookfield, Ware, Belchertown, Palmer, and Three Rivers Village of Palmer. NBSB offers a wide variety of deposit and loan products for individuals and businesses throughout Central and Western Massachusetts and has been a steadfast supporter of the communities in which it serves since 1854. All deposits are insured by the FDIC and the Depositors Insurance Fund. For additional information, please call 1-866-711-6272 or visit

About Camp Putnam: Camp Putnam, located on 150 acres of fields and forest in rural New Braintree, has been serving local children for over 65 years. The Camp provides a safe and healthy summer camp experience that is affordable for all families, regardless of income and is camp in the truest sense of the word; a place where kids and staff interact with nature all day, every day. Camp Putnam encourages and promotes emotional, social, intellectual and personal discovery for children in a safe, structured environment. To learn more about Camp Putnam, visit
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Rotary Donates to Literacy Volunteers
Rotary Donates to LVSCM

The Sturbridge Rotary Club has donated $5,000 to Literacy Volunteers of South Central MA located in Southbridge.  This agency covers the six-town area of Southbridge, Sturbridge, Charlton, Webster, Dudley and Oxford.  For more than 40 years, LVSCM has helped residents to open new doors of opportunity by teaching them to read, write and speak English.  "In 2017, we provided instruction to over 150 adults with plans to grow that number in 2018.  We rely on grant monies and support of community organizations, such as Sturbridge Rotary, to enable us to carry on our mission," says Holly Christo, Executive Director.  As an all-volunteer organization, LVSCM aims to reach people who may not have been able to attend classroom programs due to common issues such as scheduling, childcare, transportation, or lack of funds.  "We're happy to support Literacy Volunteers with funds from our educational trust account.  Providing education fits into one of our focus areas as Rotarians," stated Past District Governor, Klaus Hachfeld.

The Sturbridge Rotary Club has been providing humanitarian service to the local and international community for over 45 years.  Club members develop community service projects that address many of today's most critical issues including hunger, as well as support programs for youth, educational opportunities and international exchanges for students and other professionals.  The Rotary motto is "Service Above Self."  Find more of what Sturbridge Rotary does by visiting our website at  Also check out the Club's Facebook page and "Like" us at
bankHOMETOWN Promotes Christina DiRusso

Christina Dirusso Michael Hewitt, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced the promotion of Christina DiRusso to Vice President Commercial Lending. "Christina provides commercial lending expertise in Northern Worcester County, delivering the right financial solutions to our business clients. She and our Leominster branch team are making a real difference, with the best in personal service as well as their extensive involvement in our local communities."
DiRusso was hired in January of 2014 and is based in the Leominster, MA office. She covers the North Central MA market as a commercial lender.
She received a Certificate in Commercial Lending from the Massachusetts Banker's Association in 2012.
Christina is active in the BNI Group of Leominster and is a committee member of the North Central Mass Community Development Corp and currently serves as a board member of Newvue Communities, CDC in Fitchburg.
She resides in Leominster.

bankHometown is headquartered in Oxford, Massachusetts and has $730 million in assets. bankHometown has served its communities since 1889 and operates thirteen full service offices; eight in central Massachusetts and five located in northeastern Connecticut.
Cornerstone Bank Donates to March of Dimes

Pictured L to R: Cornerstone Bank's Chairman and CEO K. Michael Robbins; March of Dimes Senior Development Manager Stephen Sycks; Cornerstone Bank's VP, Regional Branch Administrator Lori E. Kelly; and Cornerstone Bank's President and Treasurer Todd M. Tallman.

Cornerstone Bank proudly announces its recent donation of $2,500 to the March of Dimes 2018 March for Babies annual fundraiser. The donation will support the services provided by the March of Dimes to women and babies.

Celebrating its 80th year, the March of Dimes provides support and solutions to area mothers and infant children to address the complex public health issues of premature birth, birth defects and infant mortality. The organization fights for the health of all babies by supporting research, leading programs and providing education and advocacy. The March of Dimes mission is to support mothers through every stage of the pregnancy journey.

We were proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2018 Worcester March for Babies, which was held on Sunday, April 29th. This event welcomed hundreds of participants and has raised $182,000 thus far! 

"March of Dimes has been influential in its fight to help mothers and children to live the healthiest and best life possible," stated Chairman and CEO K. Michael Robbins of Cornerstone Bank. "We're happy to support its mission to unite our community members with the knowledge, tools and support they need." 

For more information on March of Dimes, visit:

About Cornerstone Bank:
Cornerstone Bank is an independent, mutual savings bank serving the residents, businesses, and communities throughout Central Massachusetts from offices in Charlton, Holden, Leicester, N. Oxford, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Warren, Webster and Worcester. Deposits are insured in full by a combination of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Depositors Insurance Fund. The Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Equal Housing Lender, and SBA Preferred Lender. For more information, visit online at, on Facebook or call 800-939-9103.
Harrington Celebrates Nurse and Hospital Week

Nurses Week SOUTHBRIDGE, MA, May 4, 2018 - Harrington HealthCare System is proud to support the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the American Hospital Association (AHA) by participating in the national recognition of Hospital and Nurses Week for 2018.

Celebrated May 6-12 across the country, the observances are a tribute to local healthcare workers and those who tirelessly put patient care first each and every day.

Founded by ANA, National Nurses Week is observed each year in alignment with the birthday of Florence Nightingale. The week recognizes the significant contributions nurses make to improve the health of the nation. This year's theme for Nurses Week is "Nurses: Inspire, Innovate, Influence".

Hospital Week, as founded by the AHA, celebrates hospitals, health systems and the women and men who support the health and well-being of their communities through dedication and care from the heart.

"This week we're celebrating our entire Harrington staff, as each individual makes up an incredible team that puts patient care, the safety of our community and the health of our friends and family at the forefront of every day," said Ed Moore, President and CEO. "We have an outstanding team - from our Emergency Department Nurses to our Environmental Services staff. We recognize the key role each individual plays in providing compassionate, quality care.

Harrington employs more than 1,500 people who work at over two dozen office and campus locations across south central MA, as well as their newest outpatient behavioral health office in Putnam, CT. The system is made up of Harrington Hospital-based employees and Harrington Physician Services.

Harrington kicked off its week with annual employee service awards, where those who have been employed five, 10, 15, 20 years and beyond are recognized for their years of dedication to patient care.

Celebrations continued all week long with employee raffles, free coffee and special refreshments in the cafeteria.
Help Southbridge Blossom
Donate to the Southbridge Planting Fund

Southbridge Planting Fund Isn't it wonderful? Spring has arrived at last, and every day we can see the landscape coming alive. And so welcome after the winter and early spring we had!  

Here in Southbridge, volunteers are busily preparing to fill the urns, planters and hangers of the downtown area with flowers for the spring and summer. This natural, colorful display has become a much appreciated tradition, and as we begin our 16th year, the volunteers are more enthusiastic than ever.  The annual tradition is a source of pride to residents, and is much appreciated by those visiting or passing through the Town.  

Please consider helping us to continue this tradition by contributing to this worthy effort.  In fact, we cannot keep Southbridge flowering without your help!  In addition to the cost of the flowers, we must purchase fertilizer, moisture pellets, and potting mix. Volunteers undertake the maintenance of the various planters, urns, and hangers themselves, but there are expenses associated with that as well.

We greatly appreciate the contributions of those who have supported us along the way and could not have maintained this effort without you.    

If you would like more information, please contact Steve Brady, Chairman of the Physical Improvements Subcommittee of the Southbridge Business Partnership at 508-765-9827.

Checks should be payable to the Southbridge Business Partnership with "planting fund" written in the memo portion of your check and mailed to:

Southbridge Business Partnership
PO Box 587
Southbridge, MA 01550

Donation groups are as follows:

                                                           Platinum         $500.00 or greater
                                                           Gold                 $100.00 to $499.99
                                                           Silver                $50.00 to $99.99
                                                           Bronze             Any donation under $50.00

Many thanks for your consideration!
bankHOMETOWN Hires Senior Vice President of Retail Banking
Michelle Moniz
Michael Hewitt, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced the recent hiring of Michelle Moniz as Sr. Vice President - Retail Banking.  "I am very excited to have Michelle become a member of our Senior Management team.  Her strong leadership experience in Retail Banking will further enhance bankHometown's position as one of the top performing community banks in New England."

Under the direction of the Bank President, Michelle's responsibilities will be to plan, organize, and direct Retail Banking and Branch Administration, including business development and sales. She will also serve as a liaison to the Marketing Department regarding strategy and execution.

Moniz has a wealth of banking experience which includes her most recent role as a Senior Vice President, Market Manager at Webster Bank in Rhode Island. Moniz was responsible for leading, coaching and managing 15 banking centers throughout Rhode Island and the shoreline of Connecticut. Her market was ranked #1 in the company for customer experience.

Prior to Webster, Moniz was with Santander Bank where she held the position of Senior Retail District Executive and managed 14 banking centers.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from Rhode Island College.

Moniz is an active United Way volunteer and will be highly visible in the communities we serve.

She resides in Coventry, RI.
HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders Visits Harrington

Massachusetts Secretary of Health & Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders visited Harrington HealthCare System on Thursday, May 3, where she toured the new Child & Family Services Center on South Street and then held a roundtable discussion with Leadership about behavioral health services and the opioid epidemic in the Commonwealth.

In the group photo, LtR: Harrington VP Medical Affairs & CMO Dr. Art Russo; Harrington HealthCare System President and CEO Ed Moore; HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders; Harrington Director of Mental Health Katie Adams, LICSW; Harrington CFO Tom Sullivan; Harrington VP of Administration Chris Canniff.
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The Last Green Valley Announces First Funding Phase of $12.2 Million Project to Protect the Southern New England Heritage Forest
The Last Green Valley, Inc. and its project partners have launched phase one of a $12.2 million program to help landowners in the Southern New England Heritage Forest conserve their land while improving vital habitat for important bird species.
The program is an unprecedented three-state effort made possible through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Joining NRCS and The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) as lead partners are the Mass Conn Sustainable Forest Partnership/Opacum Land Trust and the Northern Rhode Island Conservation District.
This program will provide technical and financial assistance to forest landowners with property within the Southern New England Heritage Forest (SNEHF), who wish to conserve their land by granting an easement to NRCS through the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP). The HFRP is a voluntary conservation easement program for private woodland owners that is new to the region. The deadline for first-round applications is July 20, 2018.
Preserving the Southern New England Heritage Forest is critical for important bird species and other wildlife. With 1.49 million-acres of unfragmented forest corridor stretching along the Connecticut and Rhode Island border to the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts, the Southern New England Heritage Forest is still an astonishing 76 percent forest cover and one of the last viable wildlife corridors from northern New England to the coast in southern New England.
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor accounts for almost half of the Southern New England Heritage Forest. As the last green oasis in the coastal sprawl between Boston and Washington D.C., the program is vital to ensuring the national heritage corridor and the larger Southern New England Heritage Forest continue supporting threatened bird species and other important wildlife and plant species.
NRCS will pay the landowner 75 percent of the fair market value of the enrolled land to promote the recovery of endangered and threatened bird species and improve plant and animal biodiversity. NRCS will also pay for all transaction costs, including a title search, boundary survey, hazardous materials search and appraisal. NRCS will draft a restoration plan for the property that focuses on improving habitat for a specific bird species and will provide 75 percent or more of the funds for the first round of any restoration work that is required.
The funds provided in phase one are a portion of the larger $12.2 million program. NRCS is providing a $6.1 million grant which is being matched by $6.1 of significant contributions from the project's numerous partners, including the three lead partner organizations and 16 additional organizations.  
While the application deadline for the first round of this competitive program is July 20, 2018, we advise potential applicants to contact the lead partner in their state as soon as possible. There are preliminary steps that must be completed, and the partners are available to provide technical assistance:
For Connecticut Projects - Bill Reid, 860 774-3300;
For Massachusetts Projects - Ed Hood, 508-347-9144 (leave a voice mail with your contact info);
For Rhode Island Projects - Kate Sayles, 401-934-0840; 
Application materials are available on The Last Green Valley's website, 
Supporting partners for this project include: MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Providence Water, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Hull Forest Products, Thames River Basin Partnership, New England Forestry Foundation, Eastern CT Conservation District, Norcross Wildlife Foundation, RI Division of Forest Management, RI Woodland Partnership, Harvard Forest, Yale Sustaining Family Forests Institute, Audubon Connecticut, Mass Audubon and Audubon RI.
Community Food Collaborative
Volunteers Needed 
Looking for a fun, outdoor activity to do on an 'as needed' basis?   
The Community Food Collaborative garden in Sturbridge is looking for volunteers to weed and harvest organic vegetables.  All vegetables grown will be donated to the St. John Paul II Food Pantry to help feed those experiencing hunger.  If you'd enjoy this type of activity throughout the spring, summer and fall, please send an email expressing your interest to   
Hometown Bank Community Foundation Contributes $10,000  
to Worcester Community Housing Resources

Michael D. Hewitt, President of Hometown Bank Community Foundation, Inc., announced today that a contribution in the amount of $10,000 was presented to Worcester Community Housing Resources ("WCHR") on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018.

WCHR is a not-for-profit organization providing services to low-income residents and communities throughout Worcester County.  Their initiatives assist low-income, underserved populations by providing high quality, affordable housing options that meet the resident's specific needs.  Whether it's home ownership, family apartments, elderly assisted-living or single furnished rooms, WCHR develops, owns and operates them.

In addition, WCHR works as a Community Development Financial Institution, where their Community Loan Fund provides financing for homeowners who are not eligible for a loan through other financial institutions.  The organization also works with private and public partners to develop home ownership and rental housing in key neighborhood locations.

The funds provided by Hometown Bank Community Foundation will be used for direct service costs to acquire and renovate an eleven-bedroom home that will house a program for teen mothers and their children.  The funds will also help with the development of the property, which will include office space for the 24-hour staff, common kitchen and living areas, parking and outdoor green space for the children to play.

Michael Hewitt said "The WCHR is providing a valuable service to those in need, and we are very happy to make a supporting contribution.  As a community bank we strive to support the communities we serve."

Hometown Bank Community Foundation, Inc. was formed in early 2016 by bankHometown, a state-chartered cooperative bank headquartered in Oxford, Massachusetts with $750 million in assets.
Small Office Space For Rent
212 Main Street, Sturbridge
Les Gardner   
Need to get things done in Sturbridge? Les Gardner has a small office available to rent within his space in the McCurdy Insurance Building at 212 Main Street, Sturbridge. The space measures approximately 12' x 12'  or 150 square feet. This convenient work space includes internet access and a desk. If you are interested or have more questions, contact Les directly at 508-347-7177. 
Spring: the music of open windows.
~Terri Guillemets
Stageloft Theater Presents
The Graduate 
Adapted by Terry Johnson 
Directed by Jim Porter

May 4-20   
This is the first play adaptation of the classic novel and cult film. It premiered in April 2000 at the Gielgud Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, starring Kathleen Turner as Mrs Robinson.  Set in California in the 1960's, Benjamin's got excellent grades, very proud parents and, ever since he helped Mrs. Robinson with her zipper, a fine future behind him... A cult novel, a classic film, a quintessential hit of the 60s, now Benjamin's disastrous sexual odyssey is brought vividly to life in this stage production.
Presented by Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. 
Call or visit online for tickets.
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale            508-347-9005  
Woman Entrepreneurship
Celebrating Women's Entrepreneurship
Boston and Worcester Chapters of SCORE 
Friday, May 18, 2018, 10 am - 3 pm 
Framingham Sheraton Hotel, Route 9, Framingham, MA

Join us for:

Translation services will be provided for afternoon workshops

All are welcome.

Full Day $50 (breakfast and lunch included)
Half Day $25 (10-12 breakfast or 12-3 lunch)
Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions
May 18, 2:00-4:00pm  
Make an Animal Lucky and Adopt!  
MOBILE ADOPTION UNIT is coming to Klems! On the road to saving more lives!
Be sure to stop by and say hi to some of the sweet dogs and cats looking for a new home!  
Let adoption help you find your next best friend.

117 West Main Street, Spencer       508-885-2708 
Brimfield's  8th Annual Town Wide Tag Sale
Brimfield Tag Sale
A sale on North Main Street captured the attention of shoppers at 2016's Town Wide Tag Sale!

By Diana Caissie

On the heels of the famous Brimfield Antiques Show, Brimfield residents are preparing for the Brimfield Town Wide Tag Sale on Saturday, May 19th - rain or shine!

The Town Wide Tag Sale started in 2011 as a fundraiser for Hitchcock Academy and is now in its eighth year. Realtor Stephanie Bayliss of MA Homes LLC is generously donating her time and expertise to help Hitchcock Academy make this tag sale possible. Beside the hard work of Stephanie and the staff at Hitchcock, the Tag Sale couldn't work without participation of the community - both those who register to host tag sales and those who visit and shop.

Brimfield residents interested in hosting a tag sale have until Monday, May 14th to register their tag sale with Hitchcock Academy. The First Congregational Church of Brimfield and St. Christopher's Catholic Church will both have space available for those who live outside of Brimfield or who wish to sell in the center of town. Please contact them prior to Saturday, May 19th.

Visitors to the tag sales will be happy to hear that maps will be free this year! Starting on Friday, May 18th people can visit to get a copy of the map or on Saturday, May 19th, pick up a map at Hitchcock Academy starting at 8 AM. The next step is to visit tag sales until the shopping is done!

See for more information.

Hitchcock Academy, 2 Brookfield Road, Brimfield, MA, Phone: 413-245-9977
Stephanie Bayliss, MA Homes LLC., 57 Paige Hill Rd, Brimfield, MA, Phone: 508-523-1314
First Congregational Church of Brimfield, 20 Main Street, Brimfield, MA, Ph: 413-245-7162
St Christopher's Roman Catholic Church, 16 Sturbridge Road, Brimfield, MA, Phone: 413-245-7274
Asparagus Fest
Asparagus and Flower Heritage Festival
Saturday May 19, 2018, 10:00am - 4:00pm
West Brookfield Town Common

Live Music - Artisans
"Clowning for Kidz"
Ed the Wizard
Asparagus Alley Cafe
Kids Activities
Local Growers
Pony Rides
Over 100 Vendors
FREE Parking/Shuttle Available
FREE admission!
West Brookfield Town Common        Routes 67 & 9         West Brookfield MA 01585
Cedar Street Grille Global Tapas Dinners 
Farm to Table, Monday, May 21, 2018, 6:30pm

This month's Global Tapas Dinner takes us right to our own back yard. As winter fades and spring brings re-birth to our spirit and the earth, Cedar Street Grille's Head Chef Nick Faucher and his culinary team are excited to create a multi-course farm-to-table dinner, highlighting ingredients with the distinctive flavors that only this special season can bring. Chef Nick will be using local farmers, wherever possible, for a true "farm-to-table" experience. You'll learn about some of the locally grown or raised treasures right in our own community.

Come along and experience Chef Nick's local culinary connections through Cedar-style small plates and find out why our global tapas dinners have such rave reviews. Make your reservations early because we expect this dinner to sell out quickly. Pricing for this dinner is $52.00* per person and includes a special regional cocktail, wine, or beer. The price does not include tax or gratuity. Please call the restaurant directly at 508-347-5800 for reservations. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner begins promptly at 6:30pm.
An Evening to Benefit Woman In Business Scholarship Fund 
Dinner at 8
May 23, Sturbridge Host Hotel, 5:30-8:00pm
Over the last 27 years, Woman In Business, Inc. (WIB), a 501c(3) that supports women by fostering networking, sharing information and experiences, and providing educational opportunities, has given out over $40,000 in scholarships to over 100 young women for their continuing education!    
This year we are asking for broader support from our community. WIB has teamed up with the Tantasqua High School Drama Club to host a Murder Mystery Dinner and Interactive Theatre Experience, "Dinner at Eight, Dead by Nine," to help raise money for our scholarship program. It's 
an experience you won't soon forget!

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

$30 per person
. Evening includes Dinner, Performance, Sweet Treats Dessert Buffet and Penny Auction. All proceeds to benefit WIB's Scholarship Fund.
Cooking with Rico & Dan  
Thursday, May 24, 2018, 6:30pm

Nothing brings us together like a great summer BBQ and grilling out. Chef Rico and Dan have created some fantastic summer BBQ and grilling recipes that will help take your summer party to the next level. Our culinary dynamic duo will demonstrate some great options to get the party started right through to the main course. Chef Rico and Chef Dan will also be focusing their energies on some creative sides to accompany the main event. Weather permitting, some, or all of this event will be held on Avellino's outdoor patio.

As always, these events sell out quickly so make your reservation early. This event is $55 per person with wine or beer pairings, or $42 without. Tax and gratuity are not included. Make your reservations now by calling Avellino at 508-347-2321.
Wool Days
Wool Days
Saturday, May 26, 2018 - Monday, May 28, 2018

Discover how New Englanders reared sheep for their wool in the 1830s at Old Sturbridge Village's annual sheep shearing festival - Wool Days - on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28. Welcome our spring lambs and see the adult sheep get their annual "haircut."

Throughout the weekend, farmers perform sheep shearing, while experts show off the sheep herding skills of border collies. Costumed historians will demonstrate the entire wool textile process, from scouring and carding the wool to spinning, and then knitting the hand-spun wool yarn. Visitors can even try their skill at hand-carding the wool.

Learn about the  natural dyes used to produce an amazing array of colors in the 19th century.

Different Wools - Meet alpacas and llamas to learn about wool from different animals.

See  how wool is transformed into household linens and garments with demonstrations of the spinning wheel and loom.

Meet the animals - lambs, chickens, cows, and oxen, and  watch a host of daily demonstrations, including musket firing, hearth cooking, printing, coopering, blacksmithing, shoe-making and more!

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
5th Annual LiveSTRONG Golf Tournament
May 31, 8am to 3pm, Cohasse Country Club , Southbridge

LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a FREE 12-week research-based program that supports cancer survivors in regaining their physical, emotional and spiritual strength.

Our goal for the Golf Tournament is to raise dollars to support the sustainability of this program. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA has had tremendous impact: on the survivor participants, the instructors who work with them and on the Y as an organization.  It is our hope to serve as many survivors as possible and your support of this event is critical to achieving that goal.
  • $125 per golfer
  • $500 per foursome
  • Sponsorship packages available
  • Four Person Scramble Format
  • Shotgun start at 9:00 AM
  • Includes golf, cart, range, lunch, awards dinner & raffles, golfer gift package, snacks & beverages, and hole challenges
Tri-Community YMCA         508-765-5466

Tri-Valley proudly announces its very first
Health & Wellness Fair
May 31, 2018
10am - 2pm at our 10 Mill Street, Dudley Headquarters

A FREE event designed for Older Adults & Caregivers featuring
AAA        AARP        CapTel Captioning Phone
Central Mass Recovery Learning Center
Dudley Fire     Dudley Police     Dudley Veteran's Agent
  Holden Hearing Aid Center       Page Chiropractic
Senior Medicare Patrol      SHINE
St. Camillus Health Center/Adult Day Health
Walgreens Pharmacy

That's not all. We have more...

Discover the Programs & Services offered through Tri-Valley Benefits Enrollment Center, Options Counseling, Alzheimer's Network, Personal Care Attendant, Adult Family Care, State Home Care, Information & Resources, Caregiver Support/Healthy Aging, or learn how to become a Volunteer at Tri-Valley

Want more?

FREE 30 minute seminars offered by
10:00 am-Dudley Police 10:30 am-Dudley Fire
11:00 am-Nutrition Ed Program 11:30 am-A Matter of Balance

Is that all? No, it is not!


See you on Thursday, May 31st!

Questions? Call 508-949-6640

Tri-Valley, Inc., a private, non-profit agency, receives funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and federal financial support under the Older Americans Act furnished by the Central Mass Agency on Aging and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Funds are also received from public and private sources.
The Duck Beer Social
The Duck
The Duck, Thursday, May 31, 7:00pm

For May's Beer Social, The Duck welcomes two local brewers: Brewmaster Jack and Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewing Company.
BREWMASTER JACK, founded in 2011, is a Northampton-based beer company focusing on combining local flavor with the finest ingredients from around the world. All of these ingredients are combined to create approachable and flavorful seasonal and limited release beers.

MOAT MOUNTAIN SMOKE HOUSE & BREWING COMPANY Opened in 2000, Moat Mountain Smoke House is a 174-seat brewpub, restaurant, and inn located in North Conway NH. In 2013 they restored the Limmer Barn in Intervale, NH, opening the Moat Mountain Brewing Company Brewery Barn and Cannery, brewing fresh ales and lagers. The Brewery Barn and Cannery provide year-round availability of many of their brews in both draft and 16-ounce cans.

At The Duck's beer socials... Meet local and craft brewers, Learn about what's new, Taste some of the great brews from The Duck's new "state-of-the-art" tap system, Snack on on-the-house-munchies or order from our fantastic new menu. Come on over to The Duck's new Tap Room and drink some fresh brews with some old and new friends! Call 508-347-2321 or visit The Duck.

Fifth Annual Dinner Dance Fundraiser
Sturbridge Rotary Club

The Sturbridge Rotary Club is hosting a Dinner Dance on Friday, June 1 at the Cohasse Country Club in Southbridge from 6:00 to 10:00 PM.  Proceeds from the Dinner Dance will benefit the Saint John Paul II Food Pantry located in Southbridge, MA.

Established in 1991, the Food Pantry provides emergency food assistance to qualified residents of Southbridge and Sturbridge.  An average of 400 families are served every month.  That's over 70 tons of food distributed annually in these two communities.  While some food is supplied by the Worcester County Food Bank and by generous local grocery stores, the Food Pantry is dependent upon local financial contributions to continue serving those in need.

While this is the fifth year of hosting a Dinner Dance, Sturbridge Rotary has taken another step to further help the Food Pantry.  They have partnered with Southbridge Rotary and created the Community Food Collaborative (CFC) located in Sturbridge.  The CFC is a volunteer-based community garden growing fresh organic vegetables, all of which is being donated to the Food Pantry.

We invite you to join Sturbridge Rotary to demonstrate your commitment of helping to feed hungry people served by the Saint John Paul II Food Pantry.  Besides serving a buffet dinner, there will be dancing to the music of Sunshine Entertainment with DJ Chris Hookie. Raffle prizes will also be available.  How long has it been since you've danced, had a great meal, socialized, perhaps won a prize, and helped a great cause - all in one evening?  Tickets are $50 per person or purchase a table of 8 for $350 and bring your friends.  To purchase tickets, contact Austin Jenkins at 508-347-6511 or for information.  Checks should be made payable to the Sturbridge Rotary Club.

Come prepared with your dancing shoes for a fun night out and for such a worthwhile cause!
Salem Cross Inn logo
Salem Cross inn 
260 West Main Street, Route 9
West Brookfield, MA
Rich with history, the Salem Cross Inn is a restored 18th century farmhouse  
nestled on 600 acres of New England countryside.

Read more about what makes our food so wonderful on
Yankee Magazine's Best of Massachusetts 2018 Editors' Choice Awards: 
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: These Jokes are Killing Me
Murder Mystery 
June 8, 7:00pm Show (arrive 6:45)

Salem Cross Inn and Cornely Productions present a Murder Mystery Dinner: Our interactive dinner theater, These Jokes are Killing Me...

Friends of a lovely woman discover she is dying. To bring some joy into her last days they organize a dinner party where everyone, including patrons, delivers jokes in order to bring laughter to her final days.

But you never know if she will make it through the night. Who has the last laugh now!?
Join us for a laugh-filled night, a great dinner, and a mystery we need your help solving.

Tossed Garden Salad with Creamy Italian Dressing 
Rustic Boneless Breast of Chicken - Supreme Sauce 
Seasonal Potato and Vegetable 
Homemade Rolls 
Ice Cream Cakeballs with Homemade Hot Fudge 
Brewed Tea or Coffee    
The Murder Mystery Dinner is an advanced ticket purchase dining event. To order tickets, please call Salem Cross Inn at 508-867-2345 or submit your order online. $56 per person, includes all taxes and gratuities. Arrive 6:45pm. Show begins at 7:00pm.

See all dates for the 2018 Murder Mystery Dinners Series here
Open Full Schedule:
MARCH 29 - DECEMBER 30, 2018 
Tuesday to Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm 
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 9:00pm 
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm
Tour Opacum
Southbridge Credit Union TourOpacum - A Bike Ride for Land Conservation
July 8, 7am to 5pm

Bikes and Beers! Who could ask for more on a summer afternoon?

With Rapscallion Brewery in Sturbridge as a home base, join Opacum Land Trust for a scenic ride through Sturbridge, Brimfield, Brookfield and surrounding towns and take in the beauty of the several properties Opacum Land Trust has conserved.

Riders can choose a family-friendly 7.5 mile loop or opt for a 25, 50 or 100 mile ride.
We'll be finishing with a party at Rapscallion/Hyland Orchard -- music by Tony Soul Project -- and a complimentary beer or beverage for registered riders.
"Opacum Amber Ale" will be featured; a special recipe unearthed specifically to raise awareness and funds for Opacum's work ($1 per pint sold will be donated to the organization).
Food will be available from Rapscallion Food Truck, and the brewery's disc golf course will be open as well.

Registration is $50, online at; route maps available. Rest stops with food and water and support vehicle emergency assistance are available. Proceeds from this ride will support the land conservation work of Opacum Land Trust.

Thank you to our sponsor, Southbridge Credit Union, and the generous support of the Sturbridge Tourist Association.
For more details, email us at
Fast Track Work Ready Manufacturing
Click on the image to learn more about this program from QCC.
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
Village Toastmasters
Village Toastmasters is a local group focused on helping its members improve their public speaking and leadership skill while building confidence in their abilities.  
The club has recently moved its meeting location.

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

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

Winebuyers Outlet

Free Saturday Tastings!


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


179 Main Street, Sturbridge    


Coggno Training
Click on the image to browse our catalog of training courses! 
Save these Dates!
May 18: Celebrating Women's Entrepreneurship with SCORE
May 19:
Asparagus & Flower Heritage Festival
May 22: Lead a Less Stressed, More Flourishing Life with Rita Schiano  
May 22: Fun at Five at The Barn at Wight farm with Country Bank
May 26-28: Wool Days at Old Sturbridge Village
May 28: Happy Memorial Day! 
May 31: Health & Wellness Fair
June 12: June's Fun at Five at Altruist Brewing with Amcomm Wireless 
June 21: CMS Chamber GOLF CLASSIC

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