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In This Issue
Fun at Five - TONIGHT!
The 30th Annual Harvest Festival
Member Orientation
Reduce Your Risk of Business Fraud
Membership Directory Photo Contest
Paid Family and Medical Leave
Harrington's ED Staff Announcement
TLGV Awards Historic Preservation Grants
NBSB Announces TV Drawing Winner
Southbridge Garden Club Annual Meeting
Cancer Center Opens Office in Webster
Wanted: Loan Officers
Book Your Holiday Party!
CFC Garden Awarded Grant
NBSB's Fall Food Drive
Spitfire Grill The Musical
Upcoming QCC Workshops
Holland Community Center Events
Cooking with Rico
Candle Light Vigil For Domestic Violence
Wine/Craft Beer Tasting & Live Auction
The Fashionable Murders
TLGV October Calendar
Sturbridge Community Bonfire
Events at OSV
Halloween Barktacular
"An Enchanted Afternoon"
Eagles Tribute at The Barn
Venture Wine and Beer Tasting
Village Toastmasters
24/7 Training
Save these Dates!
SCU mortgage loans
Chamber of Commerce 
Board of Directors
Executive Committee
Jessica Bettencourt
Laurie Cashman 
1st Vice Chair
Yellow Iris Farm 
Bruce Watkins
Karl Storz Endovision

Board Members

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

Michelle Fanion
ERA Key Realty
Steve Gardiner

Les Gardner
Les Gardner Photography

Nathan Hardt
Leila Hurt
Lynn Mero
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  

How's your Fall going? Let's catch up tonight at Fun at Five at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center. There is so much to experience this time of year and we are looking forward to another amazing celebration of the season at The 30th Annual Harvest Festival which takes place this weekend on the Sturbridge Town Common and the grounds of The Publick House. Be sure to check out a spooky crop of scarecrows, including the Chamber's own entry, and vote for your favorites! Winners are announced on Sunday at Harvest Festival. Check the Chamber's calendar for many cool events happening throughout our towns.
WANTED: Your Holiday Events on our calendar!    
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Southbridge Hotel
Fun at Five!
TONIGHT! October 15 
Southbridge Hotel    
Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center 
14 Mechanic Street, Southbridge, MA, 508-765-8000 
Fall Networking at Southbridge Hotel! 
We will meet at the Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center in Shades Lounge and, depending on the weather, enjoy the outdoor Courtyard which features a fire pit and soft seating. Come and network with your fellow members! A variety of food selections from our menu will be served. Try a specialty drink or grab a cold craft brew from one of our 10 taps! Tours of the hotel including Focus Fitness, guest rooms and meeting space will be available.
You could win: 
An Overnight Stay for Two including Breakfast at Southbridge Hotel 
A Six-Month Membership to Focus Fitness at Southbridge Hotel 
Thanks to our host,  
Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center!
Register for Fun at Five by email or phone.
Cost is $12 for Members who register, $15 at the door, or $20 for non-Members.
Thank you to our
 October Fun at Five Sponsor!
Jeff D. Helgerson Excavating, Inc.
Your Septic, Excavation and Waste Pumping Experts!
Helgerson's services include: Septic tank cleaning, septic system installations, septic repairs and maintenance, Title 5 work, excavating, storm water management, grease trap pumping, perc tests, high pressure jetting, lift station, non-hazardous waste water hauling, hydro excavating, catch basin, treatment plant services, foundation excavation, and grading.
79 Bay Path Road | Charlton, MA 01507 
Harvest Festival
The 30th Annual Harvest Festival 
October 19 & 20, 2019
The  30th Annual Harvest Festival on the Sturbridge Town Common and grounds of the Publick House Historic Inn is a family fun tradition. The event includes around 80 local crafters, artisans, live music, entertainment, specialty food vendors and farm fresh harvests.

The Publick House's Scarecrow Contest is a perennial favorite. Check them out including the Chamber's entry! Cast a vote for your favorites! The winners will be announced on October 20 at The Publick House.

Food Trucks

FREE Parking. FREE Admission. 
Festival hours are 10am to 5pm on Saturday and  
11am to 4pm on Sunday. RAIN OR SHINE.
HARVEST FESTIVAL is presented by the Chamber of Central Mass South & The Publick House Historic Inn.
HARVEST FESTIVAL is sponsored by  
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OCTOBER 23, 8:30AM TO 9:45AM
(Please arrive at 8:15 for a prompt 8:30 start)
The Chamber offers these 75-minute sessions to assist new and current 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 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, October 23rd 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
Central Mass South Networking & Referral Group
Affiliation with Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
Discover Central Mass
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 .

Reduce Your Risk of Business Fraud
Presented by Jacqueline Croft of Country Bank
Tuesday, October 29 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!

This presentation provides an overview of fraud related considerations of which every small business should be aware. Having the right fraud prevention and detection methods in place can help prevent or reduce financial and reputational loss.

  • Data and Cyber Security
    • Identify
    • Protect
    • Detect
    • Respond
    • Recover
  • Fraud Schemes Targeting Businesses
    • Internal Fraud
    • Ransomware, Phishing and Social Engineering
    • Imposter Scams
  • Fraud Mitigation
    • Banking Services
    • Reconciliation
    • Policies and Procedures
    • Separation of Duties
ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Jacqueline Croft, Fraud Analyst

Jacqui Croft has been in the field of banking for 10 years. As the Fraud Analyst at Country Bank, she is responsible for maintaining the Bank's Identity Theft Prevention Program. She monitors and investigates fraud across multiple product lines and educates customers and employees about fraud trends. She is a member of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IFACI) and has a Certificate in Fraud Prevention from the American Banker's Association. 

 3rd Annual Membership Directory Photo Contest
4 seasons 
We are seeking your best photos to showcase
our region in all 4 glorious seasons!
The Chamber of Central Mass South is calling on all photographers, amateur and professional, to submit images which represent the four seasons in our area.  
The photos cannot contain any distinguishable advertising or business entities and they must be easily identifiable with one of the four seasons.
Submit one or all four seasons!
There will be one winning photo chosen for each season, selected by the Chamber's Promotions Committee. The 4 winning seasonal photos will be used on the cover of the 2020 Membership Directory and the runners up may be used in the 2020 Annual Report and other Chamber publications with a photo credit to the photographers where possible. All submitted photos become property of the Chamber of Central Mass South.
The photos must be high resolution (300 d.p.i. or greater)
and submitted digitally by email to Alix.
by December 15, 2019.
Thank you in advance for your best photographs of our towns!
Southbridge, Sturbridge, Charlton, Brimfield, The Brookfields,
Holland, Spencer, Wales, Warren, Northern CT
Chamber of Central Mass South
Questions? 508-347-2761

Paid Family and Medical Leave

Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave program is here.

Withholding began on October 1.

The videos in the links below lay out quick facts about the program, responsibilities, and important dates to remember for both employers and employees.

The most up-to-date information about the program can be found at 
Harrington Announces Emergency Departments Now Staffed by Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Harrington HealthCare System has announced its Emergency Departments (ED) in Southbridge and Webster are now staffed by Associated Physicians of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians (APHMFP) of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC).
The collaboration brings seasoned physicians, nurse practitioners (NP) and physician assistants (PA) to Harrington's Emergency Care Centers to manage patient care and oversee clinical measures. 
As part of the transition, all Emergency Department providers who were Harrington employees became APHMFP employees effective October 1. Nursing staff and Nurse Managers remain as Harrington HealthCare System employees. There were no staff reductions or layoffs to complete this partnership.

This past spring, Harrington had an opportunity to evaluate the staffing model in its Emergency Departments following a critical shortage of physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
"We had a decision to make: recruit, hire and train several Emergency Medicine providers -- which would have taken considerable time and resulted in an extensive period of interim coverage -- or consider a partnership with a high-quality organization to collaborate in a way that made sense long-term," said Ed Moore, President and CEO. "The partnership with APHMFP/BIDMC brings an even higher level of excellence, clinical standards and academics to our Emergency Departments and we are pleased to let our community know this decision supports our investment in their future by providing the best in emergency care."
The healthcare system expects a seamless transition between staffing models.
"We feel confident this will not disrupt patient care in any way," Moore said.
This isn't the first partnership between the two healthcare organizations. Since 2007, Harrington's Diagnostic Imaging Department has been staffed by HMFP/BIDMC radiologists, who read and interpret all adult scans, perform interventional radiology procedures on-site and provide 24/7 coverage for the department.
"One of the goals of Associated Physicians of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians is to bring the best possible emergency care to the community and to provide an optimal working environment for emergency medicine specialists," said Richard Everard Wolfe, M.D., Chief of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "Our patient- and provider-centric approach ensures that we can retain high-quality providers, allowing us to help community hospitals recruit the best talent despite a relative shortage of emergency medicine specialists in Massachusetts. [Ed Moore and] Harrington HealthCare System's philosophy perfectly aligned with our strategy. Together, we have established a dynamic partnership to provide us with the resources needed to bring the emergency care of large academic centers to the community."
The Department of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at BIDMC is staffed by over 150 board-certified, attending physicians, many of which are faculty at Harvard Medical School and are academically focused on both scientific and administrative/leadership and research.
The BIDMC Emergency Department is also home to the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program, a highly-rated and competitive three-year residency program with a total of 39 residents (13 per year), who have been selected from over 1,000 annual applicants. Its faculty publishes extensively in the field of emergency medicine, leading to evidence-based medical practice, and manages multiple international fellowships in Disaster Medicine, Emergency Ultrasound, ED Leadership and Administration.
APHMFP Emergency Department focuses on the community and manages four affiliated hospital emergency care centers, including markets in Worcester and New Bedford, and cares for over 250,000 patient visits per year. The department has also developed uniform clinical practices, quality systems, and transfer protocols to ensure excellent patient care throughout the network.
Harrington's Southbridge and Webster Emergency Departments see an average of 42,000 patient visits per year.  
TLGV Awards $12,000 in Historic Preservation Grants
The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) recently awarded $12,000 in grants to four local organizations to preserve, protect, interpret, promote or market historic and cultural resources. Since TLGV began awarding historic and cultural grants in 2003, more than $1 million has been disseminated to local organizations. For many the funding is the necessary step toward completion of their projects.
"These four projects are important to preserving the rich history and culture of The Last Green National Heritage Corridor," said Lois Bruinooge, Executive Director of TLGV. "These projects all stand out because of the long-term benefits they will provide not only to the organizations leading the projects, but to the entire community."
TLGV awards grants based on a competitive application process. Every project is vetted and evaluated for its potential benefit to the region by a team of reviewers. Every successful grant must be matched 1:1.
The following grants were awarded:
Killingly Historical and Genealogical Society in Killingly, CT was awarded $1,000 for its "Preserving the Past" project. The project will catalog and preserve historic photographs, postcards, maps and other items and make them more accessible to the public.
Norwich Historical Society in Norwich, CT was awarded $4,000 for its project called "Restoration of the circa 1759 David Greenleaf House." The house is a historic property on the grounds of the Leffingwell House Museum and the funds will go directly toward restoration of the rear lower level of the home to create an accessible space to accommodate more visitors for events and programming. Renovation of the space will allow both the Leffingwell House Museum and the Norwich Historical Society to expand programming and events.
Thompson Together in Thompson, CT was awarded $4,000 for its project called "Thompson Cemetery Restoration II." The grant will fund cleanup and repair work at six of the town's 24 cemeteries. The grant will help fund an ongoing effort of the committee to preserve and conserve the cemeteries, which had been neglected for many years. All the cemeteries play an important role in Thompson's history.
Town of Thompson, through its Trails Committee, was awarded $3,000 for its project called "Traveling Through Thompson: Directional and Interpretive Signage to Protect & Promote Thompson's Historic and Cultural Resources." The Town will develop a consistent signage plan to promote and protect Thompson's resources and provide valuable information to visitors to enhance their experience. Many of the town's historic locations will receive signage.
The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor - 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. We help you to care for, enjoy and pass it on.
North Brookfield Savings Bank Announces 55" TV Drawing Winner is  
Farmer Matt 
NBSB TV Winner
Drawing Winner Matt "Farmer Matt" Koziol shown with his 55" Samsung HD Smart TV alongside North Brookfield Savings Bank employees, from left to right, Supervisor Jessica Shimansky, Supervisor Jamie Hubacz, AVP/Marketing Manager Caitlin O'Connor, Branch Operations Manager Cheryl Orne, and
SVP/Retail Banking Patricia Ostrout.
With fall bringing cool, crisp weather and the season of the harvest, finding out he was the winner North Brookfield Savings Bank's drawing contest brightened up Matt Koziol's week. As part of a special limited time drawing contest, customers of North Brookfield Savings Bank could enter for their chance to win a 55" Samsung Ultra HD Smart TV.
With an abundance of ticket entries received, Matt Koziol was the lucky winner. The West Brookfield local, lovingly known by many as "Farmer Matt", manages 400 acres of farmland in the Brookfield's and surrounding communities. Much of the land he farms has been certified organic since 2015 and he sells grass-fed beef as well as certified and conventional hay. Farmer Matt also offers custom haymaking for many of the local farms.
When Farmer Matt was contacted about the exciting news, he was on his tractor and working his farmland. Initially, he couldn't believe what he was hearing. The following Monday, he happily visited North Brookfield Savings Bank to pick up his prize and do his banking.
"I am very happy to be part of the North Brookfield Savings Bank family," said Matt "Farmer Matt" Koziol. "When I visit, everybody knows me, and my dogs, Rolly and Klaus, by our first names. They always treat us very well and provide us with great customer service."
To learn more about Farmer Matt and the great products and services he offers, visit
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community outreach and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit
Southbridge Garden Club Hosts Annual Open Meeting

The Southbridge Garden Club will hold their Annual open meeting Friday, October 25, 2019 at 7:30 pm in the Fuller Conference Center at Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge. The evening will include original floral arrangements with commentary by floral designer Tony Todesco, an opportunity to win one of six arrangments made Tony and light refreshments.

Join us as we welcome Floral Designer Tony Todesco, founder and owner of Stow Florist/One Main Street Studio, of Stow, Massachusetts. With over 35 years of floral business and design in the Metro West Boston area, Tony's colorful style and expertise, make him a sought after designer, lecturer, and commentator. Because of his creative use of plant material in his designs and technical knowledge, he not only interprets design trends, but helps creates them.

He is a regular guest designer, lecturer and instructor for Civic, Design Groups, and Garden Clubs on state, national and international levels. Among his many accomplishments are set design and staging for numerous flowers shows, including The Massachusetts Horticultural Societies Annual, New England Flower Show. His large scale designs make regular appearances at the MFA Boston. He is proud to be a National Garden Clubs, Master Flower Show Judge, and has served on the National Garden Club Flower Show Committee as New Design Development chair (2001-2009). He developed and introduced five new design types. These designs are included in the NGC, Handbook for Flower Shows, and also seen in the Designing by Types publication. Tony is now Design Consultant for NGC, Flower Show Schools Committee.

The Southbridge Garden Club, a 501 c3 non-profit organization and an affiliate of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. We have had a presence in the community since 1953. Members meet monthly at The Arts Center in Southbridge. The mission of the club is to share an interest in horticulture and expand our knowledge of gardening for our mutual benefit and that of our local communities. The club has an open membership which includes members from Southbridge and surrounding towns. An active club, members host garden-related lectures and demonstrations, and enjoy tours of area parks and gardens. We maintain the gardens at the Arts Center and are always on the lookout for new horticultural outreach opportunities in the community. Information for those interested in membership will be available at the Event.

All proceeds will benefit The Southbridge Garden Club's open programming and the OSV Horticultural program. Tickets - Members Free / Guests $10.00
For questions or to reserve a seat contact Page Szugda774-230-7330
Karen Ballou 413-245-3310
Harrington Cancer Center Opens Office in Webster  
Cancer Center
Dr. Jeffrey Gordon is scheduling consultations and follow-up appointments at 336 Thompson Road, Webster.

The Cancer Center at Harrington is now offering patient appointments at 336 Thompson Road in Webster.
Patients can book consultations and follow-up appointments with Jeffrey Gordon, MD, board-certified oncologist and hematologist, at the Webster location. 
Dr. Gordon, a Woodstock, CT native, has been with the Cancer Center at Harrington since 2018. He received his medical degree at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he also completed a resident and fellowship. 
Celebrating 10 years of offering advanced cancer care services to Southern Worcester County, Harrington HealthCare System wanted to expand its hematology and oncology services to accommodate those patients who live in the Webster/Dudley area, as well as residents of northeastern Connecticut, including Thompson, Putnam and Woodstock.
As a nationally-accredited facility by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, The Cancer Center at Harrington takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases by incorporating patient navigators, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center radiologists, surgeons and social support services to patients and their families.
The 336 Thompson Road building in Webster also houses South County Pediatrics and Auburn Podiatry.  Patients will continue to receive therapy and complex treatment at the Cancer Center's main location at 55 Sayles Street in Southbridge.
Call (508) 764-2400 for more information or schedule an appointment.
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'Tis The Season
Book Your Holiday Party With Us!

Comfort Inn & Suites Sturbridge
83 Hall Road, Sturbridge

Looking for a cost efficient, private space for your company/group holiday party?
Look no further and rent out our cozy lounge, with a capacity of 55 people,
for a private party.

Bar Packages       Bring in your Own Food       Room Discounts

Call our Sales Director for more information and bookings at 508.347.3306.
Local Community Garden Awarded $6K Grant
CFC Garden

The Community Food Collaborative was recently awarded a $6,000 grant from The Last Green Valley (TLGV) National Heritage Corridor. Funds for this grant come from TLGV's new Community Enrichment Grant Program. Projects that qualify must demonstrate tangible results and lasting benefits to the community as well as advance the visions and strategies of Vision 2020, the management plan for TLGV National Heritage Corridor.
"We are very excited to receive this grant," said Joe Coan, the garden's president. "As specified in our application, funds from the grant will be dispersed on a reimbursement basis and matched 1:1 by cash or in-kind contributions. We plan to use the funds to expand the irrigation system we installed to half of the garden this season. We also want to replace the existing plastic fence with a new metal fence that can withstand the critters chewing through it which we experienced repeatedly this year."
Awarded at the end of September, the Community Food Collaborative garden has one year to complete the projects specified in the grant and to submit documentation for review and approval.
The Community Food Collaborative garden is a volunteer-driven project of the Rotary Community Corps of Sturbridge and Southbridge. All the organic vegetables raised in the garden are donated to the Saint John Paul II Food Pantry in Southbridge. Over 3,000 pounds were donated so far this year and a few vegetables are still growing. The garden is located behind the Sturbridge Town Hall near the lower parking lot. Visit the progress of the CFC garden on their Facebook page at or on their website at
NBSB's Annual Fall Food Drive Continues Through October
NBSB Food Drive
North Brookfield Savings Bank's Fall Food Drive fundraiser, held during the entire month of October, helps provide much needed food items to local neighbors and families in need. The Bank's goal is to collect at least 3,500 items total, but the Bank will be contributing monetarily and is issuing a challenge to the community.

For every item collected through the community, North Brookfield Savings Bank will contribute $1, for a total of up to $3,000, to help fund the pantries' operations.
Community members are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food items, paper goods and toiletries, or any monetary donations at any of NBSB's convenient branches anytime from October 1st through the 31st with the proceeds going directly to local food pantries.
Drop off locations:
  • North Brookfield Branch: 9 Gilbert Street
  • East Brookfield: 100 West Main Street, Route 9
  • West Brookfield Branch: 128 West Main Street, Route 9
  • Ware Branch & Business Center: 40 Main Street, Route 9
  • Belchertown Branch: 4 Daniel Shays Highway, Routes 9 & 202
  • Palmer Branch: 1051 Thorndike Street
  • Three Rivers Branch: 2060 Main Street
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit .
"I cannot endure to waste anything so precious  
as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house."
-Nathaniel Hawthorne
Spitfire Grill  
Music & Book by James Valcq, Lyrics & Book by Fred Alley
Based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff
October 11 - 20
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8pm, Sundays @ 2pm
A feisty parolee follows her dreams, based on a page from an old travel book, to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill. It is for sale but there are no takers for the only eatery in the depressed town, so newcomer Percy suggests to Hannah that she raffle it off. Entry fees are one hundred dollars and the best essay on why you want the grill wins. Soon, mail is arriving by the wheelbarrow full and things are definitely cookin' at the Spitfire Grill.
Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Visit online or call for tickets.
Stageloft Theater         450A Main Street, Fiskdale         508-347-9005
Upcoming QCC Workshops 
QCC Workshop-Conflict Resolution, October 15 to 24, 8:00am-Noon, QCC Southbridge & Worcester: Master the Art of Communication by studying the various modes of communicating. Learn the power of listening and asking effective questions that contribute to meaningful conversations and a positive work environment. QCC is offering this workshop through the Direct Access Grant for Small Business.  
QCC Workshop- Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making, October 29-31, 8:00am-Noon QCC Southbridge: In this highly interactive workshop, participants will learn how to analyze information, think creatively, identify appropriate solutions and choose the best approach. Some common decision making mistakes and how to avoid them will also be explored. 
QCC is offering this workshop through the Direct Access Grant for Small Business.  
Free for Businesses that qualify.  
Let's find out if your business qualifies! 508-751-7929
Contact Christine McNally,  
Holland Community Center Events
Hello Mediumship with Diane Lewis: October 16, 6:30-8:30: Join Diane as she connects to loved ones bringing forth messages of comfort, love and knowing. Be a part of the experience.Don't miss this amazing two-hour mediumship presentation. Ticket price $30 per person.
Go 4 Life Family Fun Walk: October 19, 9:00-1100am: We're doing it again this year.  Join us for Go 4 Life the Go 4 Life Fun Walk. Thanks to a mini grant from the MCOA we want to get you moving. Walkers, Canes, Age is not important, just have fun and join us. The MCOA is encouraging us all to get moving. We have a .2-mile walking track here at the Center and the goal is to walk it one time, or many times. Five times around makes a mile.  Make this a family event, bring your puppies if they are friendly. Snacks, and more will be provided.
Cooking with Adam Popp: October 21, 5:00-7:00pm: Adam and an assistant will be here to teach about cooking with local season vegetables. He will be preparing some fall vegetable side dishes and talking about using local vegetables to create entrees. Cost of this class is $10.00.
PACE Presentation: October 22, 5:30: A representative from the PACE program will be here to talk about what it is, who qualifies for it, and answer any questions you may have.  Summit ElderCare participants have access to one of our PACE Centers-a centralized location where you receive medical care, social services and care coordination in an adult day health setting.
Second Annual Vendor and Craft Fair: November 2, 9:00am-3:00pm: The Friends of the Holland Community Center, Second Annual Vendor and Craft Fair, 50 Vendors - Chinese Raffle, For vendor info please email 
40 Brimfield Rd, Holland, 413-245-3163
Cooking with Rico: Sunday Dinner & Comfort Food
Thursday, October 17, 2019, 6:30pm

When the weather turns cold and life's activities become focused indoors, gathering around the table for Sunday dinner with an emphasis on home cooking and comfort food is a common thread for many of us. Comfort food often brings us a connection to where we came from or a special time in our lives. For Chef Rico, Sunday dinner and comfort food is food that is satisfying because it is prepared in a simple or traditional way and reminds us all of home, family, or friends. We all have our favorites and so does Chef Rico. So come along to explore and enjoy the nostalgic foods that bring Chef Rico both contentment and a connection to family.

As always, these events sell out quickly so make your reservation early. This event is $55 per person with wine pairings, or $41 without. Tax and gratuity are not included. Make your reservations now by calling Avellino at 508-347-2321.
Candle Light Vigil For Domestic Violence 
October 22 at 7:00pm
Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church
9 Upper River Street, Brookfield
In support of Domestic Violence Awareness month, you are cordially invited to attend our annual candle light vigil against domestic violence. Speakers participating will be Officer Swain of the Holland Police and community members. The vigil is an opportunity for attendees to honor those who have passed, those who are still in the midst of abuse, and those who have made it  
out of darkness.
Light refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by Stop Abuse Today, Inc. and the Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church.
Wine/Craft Beer Tasting and Live Auction
October 24 at 6:30-9:30
The Barn at Wight Farm, 420 Main Street, Sturbridge 
Join the Center of Hope for a fun night filled with wine, craft beer, hors d'oeuvres, games, raffles and a live auction. Proceeds from this event benefit the Holiday Giving Program which gives gifts to families who struggle financially during the holiday season. There is nothing better than seeing the relief on people's faces and their children's smiles. 
Call 508-764-4085 for more information.
The Center of Hope 
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.
   Murder Mystery
October 27, 2019, 5:00pm  
Salem Cross Inn and Cornely Productions present a Murder Mystery Dinner:  
Our interactive dinner theater, The Fashionable Murders.
You are welcome to a special event, the National Awards for special fashion design boldness!
The fashions are so bold that they might knock you over or even kill you when you see them! That is if the jealousy and infighting exhibited by the designers themselves doesn't result in death before the awards can be announced.
Guests may dress as casual, crazy, and comfortable as they choose, Most important, bring your thinking caps in case you are asked to solve a murder!
The Murder Mystery Dinner is an advanced ticket purchase dining event. To order tickets, please call Salem Cross Inn at 508-867-2345 or see the menu and submit your order online using the link below.
Select Thursday, Friday & Sunday Evenings 
$56 per person | includes all taxes and gratuities.
The Murder Mystery Dinner Theater is an advanced ticket only dining event.
Make your reservations online, or call us today at 508-867-2345.
Take a trip back in time and enjoy our 1700's colonial inspired feasts,  
prepared on the open hearth of a great fieldstone fireplace. 
Make your reservations online or call Salem Cross Inn at (508) 867-2345
Visit our Facebook page
for updates (including weather), event photos and future menu postings!
Open Full Schedule:
Tuesday to Friday (Lunch & Dinner) - 11:30am to 9:00pm 
Saturday (Dinner) - 5:00pm to 9:00pm 
Sunday (Dinner) - 12 Noon to 8:00pm  
Hexmark Tavern: 
Tuesday to Friday (Dinner) - 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
TLGV October Calendar of Events
25 Years More! Looking Forward in The Last Green Valley: 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 24, Pearl L. Crawford Memorial Library, 40 Schofield Ave., Dudley, MA. As we celebrate 25 years of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, join us for a look back at how partnerships have shaped this unique and nationally significant region. Then share your vision of how we can ensure future generations will be able to care for, enjoy and pass on the beautiful landscape, rich history and proud culture of the National Heritage Corridor. Light refreshments will be served. Registration required by contacting Kyle Gregoire at or 860-774-3300.
Enjoy the Dark Side of The Last Green Valley: 8 p.m. to Midnight, Oct. 25, Lebanon Town Green, Lebanon, CT. Join TLGV Rangers Kim and Geoff for a night observing some far distant objects like galaxies, clusters of stars, Red Giants and Nebulae. If you have a telescope - bring it. If you don't know how to use it come early and we'll help you get started. Learn how to find the North Star. We'll talk about - and answer - all kinds of astronomical trivia while we observe. This is a family-friendly event. Please - no lanterns; flashlights should be only red lights. No white lights. For information call 860-886-8599.
Acorn Adventure - Hug A Tree and Survive: 10 - 11:30 a.m., Oct. 26, James L. Goodwin Conservation Center, 23 Potter Rd., Hampton, CT. Before you can truly enjoy the outdoors, you need to learn how to be safe outdoors. First, we will watch a short video and talk about how to find your way and stay safe out in the woods. Then, we'll go out and put our new skills to work on the trails. For more information call 860-774-3300 or email
Cherish the Night Sky: 7 - 9 p.m., Oct. 26, Camp Laurel, 175 Clubhouse Rd., Lebanon, CT. Join The Last Green Valley as we turn our gaze to the skies to look at our constellations and how light pollution impacts our night sky viewing. We will show you how to use a light meter and share information about our efforts to reduce light pollution in the National Heritage Corridor and ensure generations to come can still see the stars. You'll also learn about our new Night Sky Ranger volunteer program and how you can be a part of the effort to Cherish the Night Sky.
25 Years More! Looking Forward in The Last Green Valley: 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 29, TLGV Office,
203B Main St., Danielson, CT. As we celebrate 25 years of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, join us for a look back at how partnerships have shaped this unique and nationally significant region. Then share your vision of how we can ensure future generations will be able to care for, enjoy and pass on the beautiful landscape, rich history and proud culture of the National Heritage Corridor. Light refreshments will be served. Registration required by contacting Kyle Gregoire at or 860-774-3300.
Stones, Stones and Stones: 10 a.m. to Noon, Oct. 30, Rt. 44, Eastford, CT. Parking lot just west of Fire Tower Rd. Visit a lone grave of a black Civil War veteran and a cellar hole with a nice front step. Next stop is a very large erratic and moving on you will see a CCC-improved stone well and across the way, the remains of a quarrying operation. Lastly, we will visit the remains of a stone stile, the sole access to a cemetery. Most of this 2-mile walk is on a CCC-improved forest road and will be led at a very slow pace by TLGV Ranger Dick. Call 860-315-9869 for more information.

The Last Green Valley is a National Heritage Corridor - 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. We help you to care for it, enjoy it and pass it on.  
The Special Events Committee Presents...
The 2019 Sturbridge Community Bonfire
When: October 24th from 4pm-8pm
Where: Sturbridge Town Common
Featuring: Live Music and Kids Entertainment
Food: Featuring many local eateries with dinner, dessert and drink options for all ages!
Come and celebrate fall with another amazing Town bonfire!!
Sleepy Hollow
The Sleepy Hollow Experience 
September 27 to November 3 
Old Sturbridge Village 
Old Sturbridge Village once again joins with producer/director Brian Clowdus to bring The Sleepy Hollow Experience to the Village. Recognized as one of the country's top five Halloween plays by American Theatre Magazine, The Sleepy Hollow Experience is an immersive, outdoor, musical theater experience that reimagines Washington Irving's iconic 1820's tale.

At The Sleepy Hollow Experience, guests will be ghoulishly guided through the Village's countryside where they will encounter Ichabod Crane, Katrina Van Tassel, Brom Bones and quite possibly the Headless Horseman. Please note that each outdoor performance is approximately 1.5 hours long, and requires standing and walking. Performances are rain or shine. If you choose not to come to the show and the performance goes on, there are absolutely no refunds. If a rainout occurs, the show will be rescheduled.
Please visit the Event page for information, show times, tickets and more!  
September 3 - November 30:
Open Wednesday - Sunday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Second Chance Animal Services Halloween Barktacular
October 26, 11:00am to 3:00pm
Camp Marshall, 92 McCormick Road, Spencer, Massachusetts 
Halloween event bringing families and pets together to benefit Second Chance. Indoor and outdoor event activities including trick-or-treating for kids and pets, haunted hayrides, pony rides, indoor Kid Zone with carnival games, bouncy castle by Central MA Jump, dog massages and agility 'Try Its', music, food & craft vendors and other Halloween fun for families and pets.  
Special featured events include a Costume Contest judged by the Barktacular King & Queen, Your Dog Can Paint with CC Lowell and an indoor RC racetrack sponsored by Turn4 HobbyTown.  
FREE ADMISSION! Families and pets are welcome! 
"An Enchanted Afternoon"
Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 11:30am to 2:30pm
Sturbridge Host Hotel at The Lakeside Theater, Massachusetts
What a SWELL PARTY this is, spend an afternoon with the Music of Broadway. Giants like Lerner & Loewe ("Gigi", "My Fair Lady", "Camelot"), Rodgers & Hammerstein ("South Pacific", "Carousel", "The King and I")

All this and much LOVE and LAUGHTER too!
Who could ask for anything more, WOULD YOU?!

Your menu of the Day
SEASONAL SOUP or Tossed SEASONAL GREENS with Garden Vegetables with two dressings
CHEF'S CHOICE: Sturbridge Roast Turkey with Herb Dressing,
Natural Gravy & Cranberry Chutney, or
Herb Crusted Baked Haddock in Lemon Butter
Rolls and Butter
Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables
CHEF'S Apple Crisp with whipped cream
Coffee, Decaf and Assorted Teas 
Water on the tables

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The Barn at Wight Farm
An Acoustic Tribute to The Eagles - 7 Bridges Road Band 
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Dinner 5:30pm; Show 7:00pm
New England's own 7 Bridges Road Band returns to The Barn at Wight Farm to perform an acoustic tribute to the one and only Eagles. If you are even a little bit of an Eagles fan this show is not to be missed. The last few times 7 Bridges Road came to The Barn it was sold out... so make sure you purchase your tickets early. All shows are accompanied by a complete buffet meal including salad. House made desserts are available for an extra charge. Ticket prices range from $45-55 and can only be purchased at ( at this link).
There are always several options to choose from. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available with advanced notice to our staff. Doors open at 5:00 pm, buffet at 5:30 pm, music starts at 7:00 pm. Please visit or The Barn Facebook page to keep up-to-date on new shows or upcoming events. You can also call Alex Jolie at The Barn 774.241.8450 for questions or for more information.
The Barn at Wight Farm
Venture Wine and Beer Tasting
November 7, 5:30 at Oliver Wight Tavern
Venture is proud to be in its 15 th  year hosting this exciting event with  Ted's of Charlton.
Join us and sample a variety of beer, wine, vodka, cider, bourbon and more while enjoying games, raffles, and our extensive silent auction.  
Enjoy a night out while supporting our mission - SIP, SAMPLE & SUPPORT!
Proceeds from the event will benefit programs and services at Venture including our new autism programming that features free adaptive yoga, free cooking classes, free music classes, and sensory friendly events.  We sincerely appreciate your support! 
This is a 21+ event.
Tickets are $40 each through 11/6/19 and $50 at the door.  225 tickets will be sold. 
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!
October 19-20: The 30th Annual Harvest Festival in Sturbridge  
October 22: Candle Light Vigil for Domestic Violence 
October 23: CMS Chamber Member Orientation  
October 24: Center of Hope Wine/Beer Tasting & Live Auction  
October 26: Second Chance Animal Services Halloween Barktacular 
October 29: Brown Bag Seminar: Reduce Your Risk of Business Fraud
 October 31: Happy Halloween!    
November 2: Vendor & Craft Fair at Holland Community Center 
November 7: Venture Wine and Beer Tasting  

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