Welcome to May's CROSSROADS EVENTS!
This issue will take you right through Memorial Day and beyond with some terrific things to do and important news from our Members. Join us for one of three replay sessions if you missed last month's webinar on the new Massachusetts Family Leave Act and its proposed regulations which will affect all employers in the state. New England's only Certified Brand Strategist Chris Tieri will present May's Brown Bag Seminar "Using Thought Leadership to Build Your Business." In June, join us and the experts at Exsel Advertising at OSV for a breakfast seminar on Instagram for Business. The Chamber and its partners will be MEGA-Networking with six local Chambers at Indian Ranch in Webster. and we hope to see you there on June 13. Read on for the details on these and the latest news, events and more from our Members and friends.
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Using Thought Leadership
to Build your Business
Presented by Chris Tieri,
Certified Brand Strategist
Thursday, May 30 at Noon
Chamber Conference Room
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
FREE for CMS Chamber Members
$15 for non-Members.
Space is Limited! Please RSVP.
Feel free to bring your lunch. Use our microwave to heat it up! Relax, learn and grow with us!
It can be hard to get noticed in today's competitive marketplace. Providing your professional point of view and sharing your expertise through thought leadership is paramount to building trust with your audience and prospects. You are a wealth of helpful information, but how do you organize and distribute it in a way that forms the base for a trusting relationship? In this workshop, you will learn about:
- The key elements to building a personal leadership brand to help you stand out
- Honing your unique point-of-view
- Developing a messaging platform you will use to share your expertise
- Identifying your audience and the problems you can help them solve
- Creating a content hub, and the various platforms you can use to spread the word
About the Presenter: With a passion for creative problem solving, Chris Tieri helps businesses and their leaders transform their brands from ordinary to extraordinary. As the only Certified Brand Strategist in New England, Chris brings clarity to her clients' visions for the future, uncovers their unique claims of distinction, and builds breakthrough brands that thrive in today's competitive and ever-changing business universe. After selling Idea Agency, her brand and marketing firm of 24 years, Chris now offers consulting for other marketing agencies and non-profits including Old Sturbridge Village.
Chris Tieri, Certified Brand Strategist,
Instagram for Business
June 10, 7:45-9:00am
The Fuller Conference Center
at Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge
Instagram is a simple and effective way to connect to new customers.
No matter what your business is, it pays to build a presence on Instagram. Instagram is a powerful and fun social tool that allows you to market your business to hundreds of new customers every day! There are over one billion Instagram users, and learning simple strategies to gain targeted followers can significantly increase your business's revenue.
Small time investment for a huge customer return! During this seminar, Rich Suitum (President) and Amanda Guilmain (Creative Director) from Exsel Advertising Group will help you understand where you should be focusing your efforts, what kind of content resonates most, and how to track your metrics and key performance indicators (KPI).
is a driven and agile group of creative strategists. With nearly 30 years of solid work, we thrive on designing experiences that elevate brands. Whether it's identity, design, marketing strategy, websites, SEO, digital advertising, social media, video or even packaging - we've done it, learned it, and lived it.
7:45 Registration with Continental Breakfast
8:00 Presentation starts
Continental Breakfast Menu
Assortment of Mini Croissants, Danish and Muffins
Whipped Butter & Preserves
Fresh Sliced Seasonal Fruit
Make Your Own Parfait Station
with Yogurt, Granola, Raisins, Dried Cranberries
& Chocolate Chips
Regular & Decaf Coffee and Assorted Teas
COST: Members: $15 Non-Members: $25
Please RSVP by June 4 to save your spot.
Call 508-347-2761 or email
Click the M2M logo to view all current discounts!
Party Time Caricatures offers 10% off to CMS Chamber members and an additional 30% off for booking early! Give Herve a call to book him for your next big event.
MA Paid Leave: An Examination of the Proposed Regulations
Tuesday, May 21, 7:30-9:00 am
Thursday, May 23, Noon-1:30 pm
Tuesday, May 28, 5:30-7:00 pm
Chamber Conference Room, 46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
On April 30, we joined a webinar presented by the Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE) and Skoler, Abbott & Presser which explored
the new proposed regulations
for the Massachusetts Grand Bargain. We reviewed the highlights of these proposed regulations and what their implementation will mean
for all Massachusetts employers regardless of number of employees.
Since we were only given short notice to invite our Members to join in on the presentation, we are pleased to announce three sessions in which we will replay the recorded webinar to give everyone the opportunity to learn about these new regulations. There is
to attend. Please just drop us a line and let us know which session works best for you. Call 508-347-2761 or email
We would like to express our appreciation to instructors Mark Adams and John Gannon and the
Employer's Association of New England
for making this recorded webinar available to our Members.
June 13, 2019
Thank you to our
Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center
Cost: $10 - Chamber Members
$20 - Non-Members
$20 - Members at the door
$30 - Non-Members
For questions, contact Lili Zannotti, Programs and Events Coordinator, at 508.753.2924, ext. 224
June 27, 2019
Heritage Country Club, Charlton
To Benefit the Chamber Charities & Scholarship Fund
We hope you will join us as we hit the links at Heritage Country Club for a fun-filled day of golf and camaraderie on the course at our annual Golf Classic! See all the details below. To register, you may download and print
or visit the
Golf Classic tab
on our website!
Your Day Includes:
Greens and Cart Fees
Cookout Lunch on the Course
Spectacular Raffle Prizes
Refreshments available on the course!
Reception and dinner after play.
Scramble format: All players hit from the best lie.
A LeaderBoard Air Cannon Competition!
A chance to win a 2-year/30,000 mile lease on a 2019 Mustang GT
sponsored by Lamoureux Ford!
$125 for individual, $475 for foursome
or dinner only ticket for $30.
9:00am: Shotgun Start
2:30pm: Dinner Reception
Tee Box and Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are available. See the brochure for details or call Mike Checkosky for more info.
Thank you to our 2019 GOLF CLASSIC Sponsor!
About Our Host
Heritage Country Club
is an 18-hole championship golf course located in the rolling hills of Charlton, MA. It is the home of the Central Mass. Professional Open and has long been considered one of the finest public golf courses in Central Massachusetts. The course is a par 71, measuring 6,710 yards, offering players of all abilities a spectacular golf experience.
Harrington Hospital Earns ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center Designation
Harrington Hospital has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for individuals at the highest risk for lung cancer.
In 2015, Harrington launched its Early Lung Cancer Screening Detection Program, which provides guidelines for high-risk patients to receive a CT scan to identify any areas of concern.
Patients who qualify for the screenings are those aged 55-77, current smokers or those who quit fewer than 15 years ago, and those with a personal history of 30-pack years (meaning one pack per day for 30 years, two packs per day for 15 years and so on).
The program begins with a consultation from a referring physician and includes a discussion about the patient playing a proactive role in their health.
The screening is a 10-minute low-dose CT scan, offered at Harrington's Southbridge and Webster campuses. Harrington's radiology team in conjunction with leading experts at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School study the results. A multidisciplinary team composed of radiologists, oncologists, thoracic surgeons and pulmonologists meet regularly to review the findings and plan appropriate treatment pathways.
The program has continued to grow each year. Demographically, Southbridge has one of the highest levels of lung cancer incidences and mortalities in the region.
Harrington completed 1,144 scans in 2018, a 24 percent increase over 2017 and a 57 percent increase over the first full year of the program in 2016. Harrington Interventional Radiology Nurse and Nurse Navigator of the Lung Screening Program, Jean Comeau, anticipates a 10 percent increase by the end of 2019, adding close working relationships have been developed, both within Harrington Physician Services and surrounding communities.
This is the second year in a row Harrington has also been designated a Screening Center of Excellence by the Lung Cancer Alliance.
In order to receive this designation, a facility must be accredited by the ACR in computed tomography in the chest module, as well as undergo a rigorous assessment of its lung cancer screening protocol and infrastructure. Also required are procedures in place for follow-up patient care, such as counseling and smoking cessation programs.
Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography scans, and appropriate follow-up care,
lung cancer deaths.
For more information about the Lung Cancer Screening Center designation, visit acr.org.
Savers Bank Supports The Last Green Valley
Savers Bank continues its commitment to strengthening communities and getting people outdoors by sponsoring The Last Green Valley, Inc.'s Ranger Program and the Hiking, Walking and Strolling Trails Section of the 2019 "Explore!" guide.
Savers Bank has donated $2,000 to The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV). The donation will continue the bank's long-standing support of the TLGV Ranger Program, allowing rangers to continue offering programs and educating the public about The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor at the region's fairs, festivals, community events and civic meetings. In sponsoring the Hiking, Walking and Strolling Trails section of "Explore! Outdoor, Indoor & Around Town Adventures in The Last Green Valley," Savers Bank is helping extend TLGV's efforts to shine a spotlight on the extraordinary, natural, agricultural, historic and cultural resources of the National Heritage Corridor.
"The Ranger Program is an integral part of The Last Green Valley and their efforts of spreading the word about the importance of our natural resources," said Joseph Coderre, Chief Executive Officer of Savers Bank. "Savers Bank is proud to support this program and, also, to extend our sponsorship to bring awareness to the vast amount of hiking and walking trails available throughout the area encompassing the National Heritage Corridor."
"Savers Bank was an early supporter of the Ranger Program and with its support we've been able to raise awareness and encourage stewardship of the National Heritage Corridor," said Lois Bruinooge, executive director of TLGV. "We're grateful for the bank's ongoing commitment to The Last Green Valley."
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!
North Brookfield Savings Bank Continues
Feed a Camper at Camp Putnam Fundraiser
North Brookfield Savings Bank has been a proud, longtime community supporter of Camp Putnam, making donations exceeding $30,000 over the past years. The strong community connection with the organization continues as the Bank announces that the
Feed a Camper at Camp Putnam fundraiser
will return again during May and June of 2019.
North Brookfield Savings Bank is encouraging community members to once again join forces with the Bank to raise funds and 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 affordable for all families regardless of income. With the help of the community, North Brookfield Savings Bank hopes to ease the concern for campers who may face the struggle of food insecurity during their everyday lives, and allow them to have a carefree, fun-filled camp experience.
North Brookfield Savings Bank places a high value on public service, with "Community Support" being one of the five established core values of the Bank. Therefore, the Bank kicked off the fundraiser with a $1,000 donation, in hopes that the continued teamwork with their communities will allow them to raise even more. With a total fundraising goal of $1,500,
North Brookfield Savings Bank
is asking community members, customers and Bank employees to help raise the remaining $500 during May and June by donating at any branch location.
"We continue to be exceptionally grateful for the generous support of the customers, employees and leadership of North Brookfield Savings Bank. NBSB's support through the "Feed a Camper" campaign assists in us providing three healthy, home cooked meals per day each day to each of our 750+ summer campers. For many of our campers, food insecurity is a real and constant factor in their lives," said Todd Stewart, Executive Camp Director. "
The generous support of the "Feed a Camper" campaign assists us in continuing our mission of providing all campers an enriching, safe and productive summer experience regardless of their families' financial circumstances."
Camp Putnam spends
more than $40,000 on food every summer and proudly serves campers tasty and 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.
Stewart continued, "
We are entering our 72nd summer of maintaining our mission to serve ALL interested children regardless of ability to pay. Healthy, filling, family-style meals are central to our programming and to our mission. There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of our dining hall full of happy campers sharing highlights of their day over a delicious and nutritious meal."
Want to know how you can donate?
Anyone can make a 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.
"North Brookfield Savings Bank is honored to partner with and support organizations like Camp Putnam, whose efforts help aid in the well-being 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 generosity of our community members we will once again reach and exceed our goal to help feed campers well-rounded, nutritious meals."
North Brookfield Savings Bank is also a proud $500 Gold Sponsor of the Camp Putnam Ramble Q event taking place on May 19, 2019. The event features a Kid's Fun Run at 10:30am, Red Feather Ramble 5K at 11am, a Chicken BBQ from 12pm - 2pm, and an After Party from 2pm and on with live music, local craft beer, a corn hole tournament and kids games. You can contact Camp Putnam at 774-757-8264 for pricing and tickets or visit them at
for more information.
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. North Brookfield Savings Bank is a 2018 Banking Choice 1st place award recipient in all categories including Overall Quality, Customer Service, Technology and Tools, and Community Contribution. All deposits are insured by the FDIC and the Depositors Insurance Fund. For additional information, please call 1-866-711-6272 or visit us online at
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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Heather Sienel, PA, Joins the Wound Care Center at Charlton
Heather Sienel, PA, has joined The Wound Care Center at Charlton, located at 10 North Main Street.
Sienel has over nine years of experience in clinical settings, including Urgent Care, orthopedics, Emergency Medicine and Wound Care.
She previously worked at the Novikov Wellness and Skin Care Surgical Center in Northborough, where she managed patient care with a diverse clinical team to address acute and chronic wounds of all etiologies.
Sienel received her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Western University of Health Science in Pomona, California.
At The Wound Care Center in Charlton, Sienel will be providing wound debridement, small tumor excision, incision and drainage of an abscess, and biopsies for patients. She will also diagnose and treat various skin conditions.
The Wound Care Center at Harrington offers our patients and their physician(s) access to state-of-the-art outpatient clinical wound care and hyperbaric medicine.
We are a three-year designated Wound Care Center of Distinction by our partner, Healogics. We specialize in advanced wound care, using a variety of clinical treatments, therapies and supportive services to treat chronic wounds. Our physician-driven, multi-disciplinary approach to outpatient wound care has a superior success rate in facilitating the healing process.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Donates $2,000 to Hearts for Heat
Fuel payments distributed because of NBSB's $2,000 donation to North Brookfield chapter
North Brookfield Savings Bank presented a $2,000 donation to the North Brookfield Chapter of Hearts for Heat. From left to right: NBSB Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Patty Ostrout, Hearts for Heat North Brookfield Chapter members Tina Buzzell, Michelle Petraitis, Tom Lewandowski, Sue Lewandowski and NBSB Assistant Vice President/Marketing Manager Caitlin O'Connor.
Thanks to the invaluable work of the North Brookfield Chapter of Hearts for Heat, charitable donations from the public, and a generous $2,000 donation from North Brookfield Savings Bank, many residents thankfully did not have to suffer without heat through another winter.
In March 2019, North Brookfield Savings Bank presented their donation to members of the North Brookfield Chapter of Hearts for Heat, a community-based, non-profit organization dedicated to covering fuel costs in order to provide heat for residents in need. The $2,000 check represented a matching donation, equal to what generous residents contributed during the Hearts for Heat capital campaign.
North Brookfield Savings Bank is invested in their local communities and is proud to share kindness and support to those in need. The Bank's core value "Share Kindness" encourages the use of empathy, fairness, and above all, kindness, knowing that even one small act of kindness can make an overall impact that extends farther than expected.
"We are so thankful for the support Hearts for Heat receives from North Brookfield Savings Bank and generous donors from our community. Without their support many in need would struggle through our cold New England winters," said Sue Lewandowski, Hearts for Heat North Brookfield Chapter Founder & President. "In fact, because of the outpouring of support, this winter season we were able to provide two deliveries of fuel to each household in need of fuel assistance."
The North Brookfield Hearts for Heat Chapter confidentially provides fuel, including oil, gas, and wood, to North Brookfield residents on a fixed income, including the elderly, those who are disabled or sick, and unemployed or underemployed individuals and families. Additional Hearts for Heat chapters located in Leicester, Spencer and Princeton, provide the same service for residents of those towns.
"North Brookfield Savings Bank is proud to once again partner with the Hearts for Heat North Brookfield Chapter. We're so happy to be able to be of assistance alongside such an important local organization that helps our neighbors stay warm every winter," said Patricia Ostrout, North Brookfield Savings Bank Senior Vice President of Retail Banking. "We are so thankful for the North Brookfield Chapter of Hearts for Heat's dedication to the community."
Harrington's April Parzych named President of
United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton
April Parzych, a Brookfield native, has officially been named President of the United Way of Southbridge, Sturbridge and Charlton (UWSSC).
Parzych has been a local resident for over 40 years. She currently lives in Sturbridge with her husband, Walter. She has been employed by Harrington Hospital for 32 years and currently works as an IT Analyst.
A mother of four and grandmother of five, Parzych enjoys giving back to her community and making a difference.
"My passion is providing the most vulnerable members of our community with the resources they need. I enjoy collaboratively working to provide needed services," she said.
Parzych chaired the UWSSC 2018 Campaign, which raised over $300,000 for local programs and services. She has been on the UWSSC Board for six years and has been a United Way member for 10. Her role as President comes after she completed her Vice Presidency term.
"April has been a longtime supporter and a board member for a number of years. She is very passionate about the mission of the United Way and has always advocated for those in need in the Tri-Community," said Mary O'Coin, UWSSC Executive Director. "We look forward to her leadership over the next year and know we are in good hands."
The United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. To learn more about the UWSSC, visit www.unitedwayssc.org.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Participates in
Community Reading Day at Warren Community Elementary
North Brookfield Savings Bank proudly participated in Warren Community Elementary School's recent Community Reading Day along with many other community volunteer readers. North Brookfield Savings Bank Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Patricia Ostrout (Left) and Three Rivers Branch Manager Rachael Slozak (Right) read books to the students of Mrs. Rainaud's and Mrs. Cygan's fourth grade classes and are shown in the school's library.
North Brookfield Savings Bank loves interacting, supporting and offering educational resources to local community members whenever possible, including even the youngest of citizens. It is no surprise that when the Bank was given the opportunity to visit students of Warren Community Elementary School to participate in their May 3rd Community Reading Day they jumped at the chance. As a part of their continuing initiative to commit to excellent and help encourage literacy, North Brookfield Savings Bank employees read to students in various classrooms. The Bank was in the company of an impressive group of local professionals and community leaders, who also read to students as a part of the event.
Patricia Ostrout, Senior Vice President of Retail Banking read
Letting Swift River Go, by author Jane Yolen, a book about the flooding of the Quabbin Reservoir as told through the eyes of a young girl, to Mrs. Rainaud's 4th grade classroom. Rachael Slozak, Branch Manager read the book
Each Kindness, by author Jacqueline Woodson, to 4th graders of Mrs. Cygan's class. The book followed Chloe, a young girl who learns that even small acts of kindness can have a profound impact.
Students were very excited and eager to listen to the books read to them by special guests. Patty and Rachael began by briefly sharing what their role is with the Bank, how they help customers with their finances, and discussed with students their current saving habits and ways they could become super savers. Afterward, the Bank gave students piggy banks so they could begin or continue to practice early saving habits.
"It was so wonderful to participate in the Community Reading Day at WCES and to interact with all of the enthusiastic students," said North Brookfield Savings Bank Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Patty Ostrout. "At North Brookfield Savings Bank, we care about all of our community members. Just one of the ways we demonstrate this is through involvement with our local schools - promoting literacy through Reading Days, Financial Literacy Programs, among many other fundraisers such as our School Supply Drive."
North Brookfield Savings Bank is a proud supporter of their communities and is a great promoter of literacy education for all generations. Evident through their steadfast community outreach and involvement, the Bank proudly teaches Financial Literacy classes in local high schools, participates in Community Reading Days at various schools, attends school Financial Aid Nights, and strongly supports literacy focused organizations assisting older generations such as Top Floor Learning in Palmer and The Literacy Project's Ware Classroom. The Bank understands that continuing financial and literacy education is of course important for adults, but just as important for the upcoming generations.
Ostrout continued, "These children are our future, and we know it is important that we give them every opportunity, every resource, to be confident, strong and successful members of our society. We are so grateful to the school for giving us this opportunity."
"May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel alive."
Brimfield Antiques & Collectibles Shows
2019 Shows: May 14-19, July 9-14, September 3-8
"The Queen of the outdoor shows" is on now! A New England tradition, the extravaganza represents the largest outdoor gathering of antique and collectibles dealers in the country with acres of tents showcasing the merchandise of thousands of dealers! As many as 4,500 dealers make Brimfield their home away from home three times a year (in May, July and September) and sell their wares on a one mile stretch of Route 20. Brimfield offers all amenities to buyers which makes Brimfield a buyers' paradise you will want to experience again and again. Join the thousands of shoppers who make the Brimfield Shows their #1 destination for the finest in antiques, collectibles and the unusual. There are 20 shows for your shopping pleasure.
Visit our Information Booth and say Hello!
The Chamber's booth is between the Brimfield Annex and the Brimfield Public Library.
Thank you to our amazing volunteers for welcoming visitors to the May shows!
Don't get lost in Brimfield! Get the App!
Get the smart phone app that uses GPS technology to help you find the treasures you seek at the Brimfield Shows! Great tool for shoppers and dealers! It even helps you find your car after a long day in the fields. Check it out and download this amazing app today!
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Comfort Inn & Suites Sturbridge, MA
83 Hall Road or (Rt. 20), Sturbridge, MA 01566
Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6:00p - 8:00p
Knights of Columbus, 44 Circuit Ave N, Worcester, MA 01603
Dream Vacations would like to invite you to come join us for a night of information from Royal Caribbean and Club Med representatives. They will tell you what each one has to offer for your next vacation. Coffee and pastries will be served. Raffles available. Club Med will be giving away a 5-night Caribbean get away.
May 25 - September 2:
Memorial Day Weekend: May 25-27
Old Sturbridge Village
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 25-27. Welcome our spring lambs and see the adult sheep get their annual "haircut."
Throughout the weekend, farmers will perform sheep-shearing while 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 and about the different kinds of 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
- Watch a host of daily demonstrations, including musket firing, hearth cooking, printing, coopering, blacksmithing, shoe-making and more!
Open Wednesday - Sunday | 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tri-Valley proudly announces its 2nd Annual
Health & Wellness Fair
Sponsored by Baystate Benefit Services
May 30, 2019
10am - 1pm at our 10 Mill Street, Dudley Headquarters
A FREE event designed for Older Adults & Caregivers featuring
AAA Central Mass Agency on Aging
Dudley Fire, Police & Veteran's Agent Holden Hearing Aid Center
Lions Club, Millbury OEI CapTel Captioning Phone Page Chiropractic
Second Chance Animal Services (mobile adoption vehicle) SHINE
United Way of Webster & Dudley Webster Five
Webster Senior Center WDO Chamber of Commerce
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
FREE 30-minute seminars: 10:30 am Webster Five - Senior Fraud: What to Avoid
11:15 am AAA - Travel Tips
Plus - Healthy Cooking Demos throughout the day by our Nutritionist
FREE screenings & assistance: Lions Club (vision screening), Holden Hearing Aid Center, Page Chiropractic, and Benefits Enrollment Specialist (enrollment assistance by appointment)
3 raffle packages of one-night stays for two including breakfast donated by:
The Publick House Historic Inn, Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center
and Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
FREE BEVERAGES, SNACKS & the OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A REAL CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE!
See you on Thursday, May 30th!
TRI-VALLEY, INC., 10 Mill Street, Dudley, MA 01571
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.
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
The Knot Best of Weddings Award recipient for 2019.
Drover's Roast - Father's Day (June 16)
Join us for our popular Drover's Roast outdoor dining event, where we prepare a 1700's American trailside feast recalling the days of John Pynchon, the colonies' first cattle drover. Experience our version of the Drover's Roast as we prepare the feast as you watch; hand rubbed prime ribs of beef with an age old recipe of spices are slowly roasted for hours over a huge fire pit; fritters are made by hand and cooked; chowder of the sea is slow-cooked in cast iron cauldrons over open fires.
These are just the beginning of an endless feast (eight tables long!) including other seasonal entrées and a large variety of hot and cold vegetable dishes. After your feast it's time to enjoy an assortment of delightful baked goods and fresh. home baked shortcake or pies topped with real whipped cream.
As if the feasting weren't enough, there are festivities you can enjoy throughout the day; enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, music and other live entertainment, demonstrations by period crafts people, a Cow Puncher Drink, and more!
FESTIVITIES begin at 1:00pm
FEASTING begins at 2:30pm
The Drover's Roast is an advanced ticket only dining event.
Visit the link for details and to reserve.
Open Full Schedule:
APRIL 4-DECEMBER 30, 2019
Tuesday to Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm
Village Toastmasters Weekly Meetings
Thursday Evenings, 7:00-8:15pm
CHAMBER OF CENTRAL MASS SOUTH CONFERENCE ROOM
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
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.
We are grateful to our community partners!
Guests are always welcome!!
Please arrive 15 minutes early (6:45pm) as meetings start promptly.
Click on the image to browse our catalog of training courses!
Save these Dates!
May 14-19: Brimfield Antiques Shows
May 18: Asparagus & Flower Heritage Festival
May 19: Tantasqua Team Chef Competition
May 25-27: Wool Days at OSV
May 27: Happy Memorial Day!
May 30: Brown Bag Seminar with Chris Tieri
June 10: Instagram For Business Breakfast Seminar at OSV
MEGA Networking with 6 Chambers at Indian Ranch, Webster
June 14: Venture's Charity Golf Classic
June 27: CMS Chamber GOLF CLASSIC
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