Greetings from the Chamber of Central Mass South!
Welcome to CROSSROADS EVENTS
! We flip the calendars to Fall in this issue and reveal some of the season's many delights. The Chamber will be there to cut the official ribbon at Baystate Dental's new offices in the Plaza at Hobbs Brook on the morning of Tuesday, the 18th. A free Member Orientation is offered in the Chamber Conference Room on the 19th which covers all the benefits of Membership 90 minutes. Later in the month, we will create some tasty masterpieces at our Brown Bag Seminar with Susan Gaulin of Let's Cake Decorate! These are always free for our Members. Enjoy these waning moments of summer and get ready to reap the harvest as we welcome back Autumn!
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The Chamber of Central Mass South
and Baystate Dental
cordially invite you to attend a
September 18, 2018
100 Charlton Road, Suite 25
The Center at Hobbs Brook, Sturbridge, MA
Please join us as we welcome our newest Members, Baystate Dental of Sturbridge! Come by on the morning of Tuesday, September 18 to help us celebrate their Grand Opening in the Center at Hobbs Brook.
There will be free promo items, light refreshments, an opportunity to tour the new offices which come equipped with the latest technology, and meet the doctors and staff. Friendly and affordable, Baystate Dental of Sturbridge is focused on providing not only the expert dental services you require, but also on making your experience as smooth and easy as possible.
for more information and to make an appointment!
"We are all excited to be a part of the growing community of Sturbridge and its surrounding areas. We provide dental services for the entire family in our brand new, state-of-the-art dental office and accept most insurances to provide this care. Healthy mouths are our goal," says Dr. Matthew Haluch.
We hope to see you at the Ribbon Cutting!
No RSVP necessary! Just come on by!
Get the Most from Your Membership!
New Member Orientation
September 19, 8:30AM TO 9:45AM
The Chamber offers these 75-minute sessions to help our new members and people who may be considering joining the Chamber to maximize the benefits they receive from their membership. Veteran members are welcome to join in as well and get a refresher on all the benefits of being a Chamber Member. We are very pleased to invite you to participate the next session which will take place on the morning of Wednesday, September 19th 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.
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION
SEPTEMBER 19, 8:30AM TO 9:45AM
(Please arrive at 8:15 for a prompt 8:30 start)
CHAMBER OF CENTRAL MASS SOUTH CONFERENCE ROOM
46 HALL ROAD, STURBRIDGE, MA
My Chamber Experience
Maximizing Your Membership
CMS Referral Group
Affiliation with Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
Questions & Answers
Coffee & Light Refreshments will be available.
We sincerely hope you will join us as we present these tools, tips, and strategies to help you get the very most out of your Chamber Membership. Feel free to give us a ring if you have any questions.
If you are able to attend, please RSVP
to Paulette via phone at 508-347-2761 or email
If you are unable to attend this session but would like to be informed of future sessions, please let us know. Thank you for your time and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Business Needs Survey
Please take a Business Needs survey from the QVCDC.
Complete by September 28 to be entered into drawing for a $50 gift certificate.
The Quaboag Valley Community Development Corporation/Quaboag Valley Business Assistance Corporation is asking local small businesses to complete a brief Business Needs Survey. Answers will be kept confidential.
All completed surveys received by September 28 will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant.
For more information about the QVCDC visit
www.QVCDC.org or call 413-967-3001.
Here is the link to the survey...
Thanks for your feedback!
Please join us for the
2018 Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Domestic Violence in the Tri-Community
Marcia Szymanski, New Hope, Executive Director
Kimberly Dupuis, Pathways for Change, Youth Counselor
Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies, Community Legal Aid, Managing Attorney
Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center
366 Main Street
UNITED WAY OF SOUTHBRIDGE, STURBRIDGE AND CHARLTON
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Let's Cake Decorate with Susan!
Presented by: Susan Gaulin of "Let's Cake Decorate"
Tuesday, September 25 at Noon
Chamber Conference Room
46 Hall Road, Sturbridge
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!
Susan will introduce you to her world of sugar art and her business
"Let's Cake Decorate."
Even if you feel that cake decorating isn't 'your thing' you'll see that Susan's classes can be designed for anyone, because everyone likes entertainment! Classes can be arranged as simply entertaining fun, all the way to more technique-specific classes. It's a great activity for co-worker events as well as family and friends' get-togethers, especially for the upcoming holidays!
Come get a taste of this edible art as she guides you step-by-step to decorate two cupcakes with autumn buttercream flowers that you can take home and enjoy! Learn how fun and easy decorating can be!
About the Presenter: Susan Gaulin
Hi Everyone! My name is Susan and I'm thrilled to share with you my love of the beautiful sugar art of cake decorating! I've been decorating for 25+ years since I first enrolled in the Wilton Method of Cake Decorating Courses as a teenager. At that time, they were offered as correspondence courses that were sent in the mail. I can still feel the excitement I had when that big box of decorating tools and instructions arrived at the doorstep! I couldn't wait to dig in and practice!
Well, practice I did, over and over I would make those detailed roses and rosebuds. I practiced and learned enough to make my own wedding cake (what Cake Boss would call old-school) with pillars, fountain, staircases and all!
Although I still enjoy making occasional specialty cakes for friends and family, I realized the enjoyment of showing others how to decorate their own beautiful sweet creations. So eventually, after enrolling in many more skills and technique classes and training at the Wilton School (and raising four wonderful boys with many, many birthday cakes) I started my own business "Let's Cake Decorate" teaching classes throughout Central Massachusetts at various local venues, community centers, and private In-Your-Home Class/Parties.
I currently schedule routine classes at Charlton Arts & Activities Center, Hitchcock Academy, Bay Path High School Evening Classes, Seven Hills Foundation, along with private In-Your-Home Classes and occasionally other venues, libraries, and restaurants.
My favorite part of teaching is hearing a student look at their sweet decorated creation at the end of class and say, "I'm so proud of myself right now - I made this!"
We are seeking amazing photos to showcase
Annual Membership Directory Photo Contest
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 2019 Membership Directory and the runners up may be used in the 2019 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 November 26, 2018.
(Note: the deadline has been moved up.)
Thank you in advance for your best shots of our towns!
Southbridge, Sturbridge, Charlton, Brimfield, The Brookfields,
Holland, Spencer, Wales, Warren, Northern CT
Chamber of Central Mass South
North Brookfield Savings Bank Helps Feed Local Children
with $500 Donation to Angels & Backpacks Program
Donation funds weekend food bags for local school children in need
Caitlin O'Connor (right), North Brookfield Savings Bank Assistant Vice President and Marketing Manager presented the $500 donation to Angels Answer, Inc. / Angels & Backpacks Program Executive Director
Linda Lloyd and Vice President Dana Lloyd.
North Brookfield Savings Bank is pleased to announce that for the fourth year they have donated $500 to the Angels & Backpacks Program, a program held through the Angels Answer, Inc. organization that is dedicated to providing local school children in need with food bags each weekend.
"North Brookfield Savings Bank places a high importance on supporting the children of our local communities to have the best chances for a bright and strong future. Each child deserves the opportunity to live a life that is not distracted by hunger or concern about where there next meal will come from," said North Brookfield Savings Bank Senior Vice President of Retail Banking Patty Ostrout. "That is why North Brookfield Savings Bank is proud to support the Angels and Backpacks Program through this vital organization and support their mission of ensuring local children in need are not going hungry."
Angels Answer, Inc., a nonprofit organization, currently distributes bags each weekend to many children attending local schools through the important Angels & Backpacks program. The program assists low-income children by providing them with the essential three meals for each Saturday and Sunday, as well as the necessary monthly toiletry items. In addition, items such as clothing, hats, gloves, mittens and scarves are provided as needed. More than 100 food items are offered each weekend, with each bag totaling $10 each. Food includes tuna, chicken, salmon, ravioli, mac and cheese cups, pasta, soups, cereals, granola bars, fruit cups and many others. Food donations are accepted at the Turley Publications office located 80 Main Street in Ware.
"It is difficult for children to concentrate in school when they are hungry but by providing nutritious meals for these children each weekend they improve as students and have greater academic success in school," said Angels Answer, Inc./Angels & Backpacks Program Executive Director Linda S. Lloyd. "We are thankful for North Brookfield Savings Bank's support and commitment to this organization and to our local children facing food insecurity."
To learn more about North Brookfield Savings Bank's community giving efforts and all of the convenient banking products and services offered, visit www.NorthBrookfieldSavingsBank.com.
ABOUT ANGELS & BACKPACKS PROGRAM: Visit www.AngelsAnswerInc.com. Monetary donations are being accepted and checks should be made payable to Angels Answer, Inc., Box 221; Ware, MA, 01082. For those who would like to donate food items call 413-320-1981 to arrange for pick-up. Any questions can be emailed to Angel_Aide@yahoo.com.
Harrington Announces 'Devastating Effects' to Patient Care
if Question 1 Passes in November
Government mandated nurse staffing ratios will cause hospital $5 million loss
Harrington HealthCare System today announced the negative impacts mandated nurse staffing ratios would have on their viability and their capability to provide safe, quality care to patients in the region. Slated to be Question 1 on the ballot this November, these rigid staffing ratios will devastate community hospitals and behavioral health facilities across Massachusetts.
"Harrington is proud to deliver safe and quality care to those in our community," said Jessica Calcidise, Vice President of Nursing and Ancillary Operations at Harrington HealthCare System. "The government has no place in implementing cookie-cutter care across all of patients, all of our departments, and all our hospitals across Massachusetts. From our nurses to our doctors, our anesthesiologists and support staff, we already make the best decisions for our patients every minute of every day-we don't need a blanket mandate telling us how we should be delivering care."
The enormous costs associated with the nurse staffing ballot question will cost Harrington Hospital approximately $5.2 million, resulting in possible bed closures and cuts to critical health programs, including cancer screenings, substance use treatments, mental health services and domestic violence prevention programs.
According to an independent study by MassInsight and BW Research Partners, Question 1 will cost Massachusetts' health care system $1.3 billion in the first year, and $900 million every year thereafter. This cost will be passed on to community hospitals, and result in the closure of programs and services, impacting access to care. Emergency department wait times will increase dramatically as the hospital struggles to comply with the rigid ratios.
The ballot question would require that hospitals across the state, no matter their size or specific needs of their patients, to adhere to the same rigid nurse staffing ratios within all patient care areas at all times. The petition does not make allowances for rural or small community hospitals, holding them to the same staffing ratios as major Boston teaching hospitals.
"As a nurse, I find the inflexibility of these proposed ratios so dangerous," said Tracy DiGregorio, RN, a 18-year veteran nurse at Harrington. "These numbers will not change with patients' conditions, will not change based on the nurse and their experience, and will not change for emergency situations that we can't plan for. I have the training and experience to make these decisions so the government -- or anyone else for that matter -- doesn't have to."
The ballot question is opposed by the American Nurses Association - Massachusetts, Emergency Nurses Association - Massachusetts Chapter, Organization of Nurse Leaders, Infusion Nurses Society, Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Nursing, Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses' Greater Boston Chapter, the Western Massachusetts Nursing Collaborative, the Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, the Massachusetts Council of Community Hospitals, the Conference of Boston Teaching Hospitals, and other healthcare and business leaders across the state.
"There are no scientific studies or reports that demonstrate the effectiveness of government mandated, one-size-fits-all nurse staffing ratio for improving quality of care, patient outcomes or professional nursing practice," said Donna Glynn, President of the American Nurses Association and a Nurse Scientist for the VA Boston Healthcare System. "In fact, no studies evaluating nurse staffing ratios reported a magic number as the single factor to affect patient outcomes or job satisfaction. This ballot question is ignoring scientific fact around what is best for nursing practice, decision making and quality patient care."
Harrington HealthCare System is a comprehensive regional healthcare system serving more than 25 communities across south central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. The system includes Harrington Hospital in Southbridge, Harrington HealthCare at Webster and three additional major medical office buildings: Harrington HealthCare at Charlton, Harrington HealthCare at 169, also in Charlton, and Harrington HealthCare at Spencer; Harrington Physician Services, our primary care and multi-specialty physician group; UrgentCare Express at Harrington in Charlton and Oxford; The Cancer Center at Harrington in Southbridge, and the region's largest Behavioral Health programs for mental health and substance use.
TLGV Asks Community to Share Its Vision and Use its Voice to Shape
The Future of The National Heritage Corridor
The Last Green Valley, Inc. needs your help to shape the future of The National Heritage Corridor. TLGV is launching an 18-month effort to bring together community members to share their visions and use their voices to help us create a long-range plan for the future of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor.
The TLGV Board of Directors has created a community engagement committee that has already begun work to engage TLGV's community partners in shaping a long-range plan. The board plans to involve the community in multiple phases during the next year and develop a long-range vision plan looking towards 2030 and beyond.
"The Last Green Valley, Inc. has been a steward of our region's National Heritage Corridor for more than two decades," said Bill Jobbagy, Chairman of TLGV's Board of Directors. "One of our main objectives is connecting and inspiring people to care for, enjoy and pass on the quality of life and the region's unique elements. Over the next year we will be updating our long-range vision to guide our activities for the future. It is important that we receive input from those who enjoy the region's many features and opportunities. To that end, we will engage our residents and local organizations to assist in creating this vision."
The committee will be meeting with other organizations during phase one to discuss topics such as agriculture, land conservation, economic vitality and historical and cultural resources. Any organization wishing to be part of the conversation is welcome to contact TLGV.
TLGV Executive Director Lois Bruinooge said community engagement has always been part of TLGV's work. "Everything we do, we do with partners," Bruinooge said. "There is strength in partnerships enabling us to do more for The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor."
In addition to meeting with organizations it already partners with, TLGV is looking for opportunities to engage with individuals and organizations that it does not already have a relationship with.
"We all enjoy living in this place we call The Last Green Valley. Sometimes we get so busy enjoying this place that we forget to step back and think about preserving it," said Mike Longenbaker, chairman of TLGV's Community Engagement Committee. "So, this is it! This is our time to step back and talk about it. To engage with each other and our whole community! What do we like about our heritage, our history, or natural resources, our people? What challenges are we facing? How should we try to handle those challenges? This is our chance to plan our future direction for the valley that we love."
During the late summer into early winter, TLGV will be meeting with numerous organizations to learn about their hopes and concerns about the future of the national heritage corridor. Organizations interested in hosting TLGV for a workshop can contact Kyle Gregoire, TLGV Community and Donor Relations Manager, at 860-774-3300.
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!
Hometown Bank Community Foundation Contributes $1,000
to Southbridge Family Fun Day
The Hometown Bank Community Foundation announced their contribution to the first Southbridge Family Fun Day that took place on August 25, 2018.
As a major sponsor of the event, bankHometown worked closely with The Salvation Army, who put on the event, Southbridge Community Connections, Tradewinds Clubhouse and KIVA Wellness Center. The event served around 500 meals, much of which was donated, and provided free fun activities such as face painting, raffles donated from local businesses, two bounce houses and a live DJ.
"We wanted to do something for the community that was fun and free - a 'get away' from everyday life, even if it was only for a few hours," said Sabrina Grillo, Branch Manager of the bankHometown Sturbridge branch.
This was the first ever Family Fun Day in Southbridge, and due to the event's success, sponsors are looking into making this event happen annually.
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.
bankHometown has served its communities since 1889 with offices in Massachusetts (Athol, Auburn, Leominster, Oxford, Lancaster, Sturbridge and Webster) and Connecticut (Putnam, Brooklyn, Killingly, Thompson and Woodstock). Depositors of bankHometown have their deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation for amounts up to $250,000 with amounts in excess of $250,000 insured in full by the Share Insurance Fund, a private excel insurer.
North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest Winners
Samuel and Michael Kittredge
Samuel and Michael Kittredge, brothers and winners of the North Brookfield Savings Bank Hat Contest,
each won a $50 gift card to Klem's in Spencer, MA.
As the sizzling August days have come to a close, excitement is felt in the air for students returning back to school and new beginnings on the horizon. Last minute shopping trips are keeping everyone busy as they settle into their new schedules but for the winners of North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest the excitement continues, and the shopping, too!
Recently, two local, young residents of North Brookfield,
Samuel and Michael Kittredge
, were surprised to find out they were the winners of North Brookfield Savings Bank's Hat Contest. They were later awarded their prize, each receiving their very own $50 gift card to Klem's for being the contest winner. When asked what they might purchase with their unexpected gift cards, Samuel said he was going to buy chicken wire to use on his farm and Michael was still unsure of what his lucky purchase might be.
Each month, anyone spotted wearing a North Brookfield Savings Bank hat in the community by a Bank representative is entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift certificate to a local establishment.
Michael and Samuel
were spotted wearing their blue North Brookfield Savings Bank hat by staff at the North Brookfield, Gilbert Street branch location. Later the boys visited again to collect their two
$50 gift certificates to Klem's, a local store in nearby Spencer, MA.
Success for your Small Business - FREE Seminar
Join Cornerstone Bank for a FREE Small Business Seminar!
October 3, 5:30 to 6:30pm
Learn all you need to know about Cornerstone Bank's full range of business banking products and services. This free seminar will feature expert speakers who will guide you through a variety of topics.
Guest speakers include:
Andrew Philbrook, NMLS #1193896, Cornerstone Bank Leicester Branch Manager
Bob Mangan, Cornerstone Bank AVP/Cash Management
Jennifer Anderson, NMLS #440680, Cornerstone Bank VP/Mortgage Loan Officer
Tom Moschos, NMLS #1440500, Cornerstone Bank VP/Commercial Lender
Brian Brady, Sage Payroll Services
Mike Roux, Strategic Payment Services
Please RSVP by September 29th to Andrew Philbrook at 508-892-4100, ext. 3500.
Harrington Hospital Lucky Duck Day
Save the date! The Harrington Auxiliary will hold its 27th annual Lucky Duck and Family Fun Day, in conjunction with Southbridge Business Partnership's AutumnFest, on Saturday, September 22, 2018 on the Southbridge Common from 10 am to 4 pm.
In addition to the Lucky Duck Pluck, the event will include live entertainment, a beer/wine garden, arts and crafts, a farmer's market, food vendors and plenty of fun activities for children.
Lucky Duck tickets will be available for purchase that day. One duck is $5; a "6-quack" is $25; a flock of 13 ducks is $50. Awards include $1,000, $500, $300, $200 and $100 for first, second, third, fourth and fifth prize, respectively. Winners do not have to be present.
Through the generous support of the Lucky Duck event in the past, the Auxiliary has been able to provide financial assistance for Harrington Hospital. For example, the Auxiliary has conducted educational programs and projects that promote patient safety and has given new and/or updated equipment to several hospital departments.
So mark your calendars for Saturday, September 22, 2018 for the Harrington Auxiliary Lucky Duck and Family Fun Day.
North Brookfield Savings Bank to Host Home Buyers Night
at Rapscallion Brewery, October 4th
All interested in purchasing or refinancing are welcome to register
for a fun and informative evening
On Thursday, October 4th, from 6:00 - 8:00pm, North Brookfield Savings Bank's Mortgage Center team will host a free Home Buyers Night at Rapscallion Brewery located in Sturbridge, MA.
This fun, evening event will offer complimentary, delicious BBQ-style food from B.T.'s Smokehouse, have chances for attendees to win a $200 Lowe's® gift card, take home a $250 off closing costs coupon and cool promotional items, all while learning about the home buying process. Plus, attendees will each receive a ticket for 1 free craft beer or non-alcoholic drink with dinner.
North Brookfield Savings Bank mortgage expert and Vice President of Residential Lending Frank Amato will kick off the event, sharing his lending knowledge, various available financing options and advice for when it comes to obtaining financing for your dream home. To fully encompass the home buying process from start to finish, the event will feature local guest speakers Michelle Terry of EXIT Realty, Joel Cranston of the Law Offices of Cranston & Cranston, P.C. and Kerry Murtagh of Arch Mortgage Insurance to share their expertise.
"This Home Buyers Night is a great way to kick off the fall home buying season by giving the community access to mortgage professionals that can help prepare them for the journey of homeownership. Purchasing or refinancing a home is a very important financial decision and educating yourself at events like this is the first step towards setting yourself up for success," said North Brookfield Savings Bank Vice President of Residential Lending Frank Amato.
"We feel this venue will create a fun and inclusive atmosphere where people will be able to seek advice from the experts while enjoying all that Rapscallion has to offer."
Rapscallion Brewery, 195 Arnold Road, Sturbridge, MA
Thursday, October 4th, 6:00 - 8:00PM
Schedule of events:
6:00 Registration and Dinner
7:15 Questions and Answers
7:45 Gift Giveaway
All are welcome to join NBSB. Simply register by calling the North Brookfield Savings Bank's Mortgage Center at 508-867-1302, by visiting any branch location or by registering online at www.NorthBrookfieldSavingsBank.com/homebuyersnight.
$250 off closing costs offer valid for a limited time only and may be withdrawn at any time. Coupon must be presented at the time of application. Use code "Home Buyers 2018" in the comments section when applying online. Limit one per household. This offer is only valid on owner-occupied mortgages for qualified borrowers and is not valid for a home equity line of credit, fixed equity loan or for the refinance of a mortgage currently held with North Brookfield Savings Bank. All loan applications are subject to credit underwriting and property approval. $250 credit will be applied at closing. Coupon is not redeemable for cash. Other conditions may also apply.
Lowe's® gift card drawing is open to all attendees and they are not required to be a customer to enter. Entrant need not be present during the time of drawing to win. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. One entry per individual. To be eligible to win individual must attend the Home Buyers Night on October 4, 2018. Agents and employees of North Brookfield Savings Bank and their family members are not eligible to win. Promotion begins on October 4, 2018 and can end at any time. Winner will be drawn no later than October 4, 2018. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. Lowe's® is not a participant in or sponsor of this promotion. North Brookfield Savings Bank's NMLS unique identifier is 641656.
Rotary Helps Fund New Air Conditioner for Senior Center
Bob White is shown with Jen (Exercise with Jen) on left and Heather on the right.
A check for $5,000 was recently presented by the Sturbridge Rotary Club to the Sturbridge Council on Aging. Accepting the check is Heather Weston, Director of the Senior Center, to which it's most commonly referred. Included in the photo is one of the many exercise classes held on the second floor of the Center. "We are very grateful for the generous support of Sturbridge Rotary," indicated Heather. "The funds have been used toward the purchase of a badly needed air conditioner for the second floor. The new air conditioner has been wonderful for those attending meetings or movies and, as you can see in the photo, for those in the exercise classes."
"Helping our local community is one of the projects we enjoy doing. This project, using funds from our Educational Trust account, satisfies a need for the Senior Center that we are happy to fulfill," stated Sturbridge Rotary Club Past-President Bob White.
Free Judo Classes at Hitchcock Academy
Sensei Aaron Cote and Sensei Israel Lopez instruct students in the forms and movements of Judo at Hitchcock Academy, in Brimfield.
Sensei Israel Lopez and Sensei Aaron Cote are pleased to announce there will be Free Judo classes at Hitchcock Academy with the Seni Judo Club from September through November 29! That is a $165 value. Students may purchase a gi (the white garb usually worn) if they wish but it is not mandatory for this 3 month introduction.
Judo, the gentle way, is an Olympic sport, intended to train the body and mind. It involves using holds and leverage to unbalance the opponent. Sensei Lopez feels it is important to offer this event for free to be able to spread the word about what Judo is, its discipline.
When asked about Judo, Sensei Lopez replied, "Students'
practice helps them to develop discipline, confidence, team-work, fitness, and fun. When asked why is it so important in Judo to lean Ukemi Waza first, I like to quote Ken Miarecki Sensei. "Judoka that are afraid to fall, will never be able to achieve victory with a throw." That is my favorite quote because it translates into life. "Those that are afraid to fail, seldom succeed."
When asked, Hitchcock's Executive Director, Susan Gregory shared her thoughts. "Our goal at Hitchcock is to help enrich lives for all ages through all kinds of programs. Judo has a special niche, it is a place where students work together and develop a great skill which they can carry with them, with confidence, for a lifetime."
Judo classes are held all year round. Mondays and Thursdays 4:30-5:45 (6:00 on Thursdays) Ages 14-Adult meet Thursdays and on Sundays 11:30 (times may vary) for private lessons, adults and advanced instruction. For details and to register for free classes through November, contact Sensei Israel Lopez call 413 279-4330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Office Space For Rent
212 Main Street, Sturbridge
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.
"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
- Albert Camus
The 2nd Annual Fire & Ice Party
September 14 at 5:00pm
Join Baba Sushi on Friday, September 14th, at 5pm for their 2nd Annual Fire & Ice Party.
No tickets required, just lots of fun, fire, and ice!
Special menu items
Other awesome entertainment that we can't wait to tell you about!
Stageloft Theater Presents
THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL
Music & Lyrics by David Nehls
Book by Betsy Kelso
September 14 - 30
There's a new tenant at Armadillo Acres - and she's wreaking havoc all over Florida's most exclusive trailer park. When Pippi, the stripper on the run, comes between the Dr. Phil-loving, agoraphobic Jeannie and her tollbooth collector husband - the storms begin to brew.
"Adultery, strippers, murderous ex-boyfriends, Costco and the Ice Capades. Undeniable fun."
Festival of New England Makers
September 15-16, 2018
At this celebration of artisans, the Village will showcase New England trades from the 19th century. The Village's blacksmith, potter, tinner, printer, and others will showcase their skills by crafting more complicated items not usually displayed at the Village. From etching, to spinning, to woodworking, experience "handmade" from the past.
Demonstrations vary depending on the day.
The Village's potters will also fire the 15,000 brick kiln outside the Pottery Shop. The 24-foot tall kiln must be heated to 1,900 degrees Fahrenheit during firing, which requires three cords of wood stoked over 24 hours. When it is fully loaded, the kiln can hold 800 pieces stacked 10 feet high! It certainly is a sight to see.
All of the artisans have a passion for the traditional elements of their trade and for bridging techniques between the past and the present as well as sharing their talents with visitors. This Festival of New England Makers will give guests the opportunity to take a step back from their busy lives to focus on a simpler time and to understand the importance of these crafts and their relation to modern life. Visitors can observe how much effort and time goes into these hand-made pieces, and we hope that learning about these crafts will encourage them to think in innovative and creative ways.
See more and plan your visit at www.osv.org.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
Tammy Casavant Sings
September 17, 2018 from 1pm to 2pm
Holland Community Center
40 Brimfield Rd, Holland, 413-245-3163
If you missed her at our Tea Party, be sure not to miss her now. Tammy will be here for one hour to sing some of your favorite tunes from the 50's, 60's, and 70's.
Senior Health Fair
September 18, 2018 from 10am to 3pm
Holland Community Center
40 Brimfield Rd, Holland, 413-245-3163
Join us for our 2nd annual Senior Health Fair. We will be having blood pressure screenings and various vendors here.
Sandwich and Social
September 18, 2018 from 12pm to 2pm
Center of Hope Foundation
100 Foster Street, Southbridge
Contact Marie: 508-764-4085
Please join us for the Center of Hope's Sandwich and Social. Enjoy lunch on us while we provide information about the Center of Hope, a brief history, information about our agency businesses and how they can help your business. Following will be a tour of our agency and businesses. We hope to see you there! See more on the
14th Star Brewing Pint Night
The Duck, September 20 at 6:30pm
Hailing from Historic St. Albans, VT, 14th Star is a veteran-owned and conceived craft brewery on a mission to brew high-quality beer while enriching the local community. The business plan for 14th Star Brewery was originally drafted on the back of a battle notebook by Steve Gagner while serving our country on the battlefields of Afghanistan. Upon returning home to Vermont from deployment, 14th Star founders Steve, and his best friend and fellow soldier Matt Kehaya, worked to refine their plans to make their dream of 14th Star Brewing Company a reality in 2012.
During November of 2014, they moved to their current location with a 30 barrel capacity brewery and tap room where they now produce thousands of barrels each year. They have also added canning capacity and their brews can be found on sale throughout New England. 14th Star brews a wide variety of brews with something for everyone. Whether it is using the freshest local ingredients possible or finding new and innovative ways to brew, they impart military precision and creativity into every batch of 14th Star beer.
At The Duck's pint nights...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, Listen to some great live music.
Cooking with Rico & Dan: New Orleans, The Big Easy
Thursday, September 20, 6:30pm
The cuisine of New Orleans is perhaps the most distinctively recognized regional cuisine in the United States. Some dishes originated in New Orleans, while others are popular in the city and surrounding areas, such as the Mississippi River Delta and southern Louisiana. Seafood also plays a prominent role in this cuisine heavily influenced by Creole and Cajun cuisines and soul food. Classic dishes invented in New Orleans include po' boy and muffuletta sandwiches, oysters Rockefeller and oysters Bienville, pompano en papillote, among others.
Come along and experience Chef Dan and Chef Rico's take on this amazingly popular and diverse cuisine and find out why our Cooking with the Chef dinners receive such rave reviews. As always, these events often sell out so make your reservation early. This event is $52 per person with wine pairings, or $39 without. Tax and gratuity are not included. Make your reservations now by calling
OSV Speaker Series:
Presidential Profiles from Washington to Trump
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Take a surprising new look at the personal lives of each of the 44 Presidents, based on Herb Pearce's new book. Pearce uses the 9 Enneagram personality types, and Myers-Briggs type indicator, to reveal personality profiles of each of the past U.S. Presidents.
All programs begin at 6:00 pm with a reception, followed by the presentation at 7:00 pm.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
Second Chance Animal Shelter Pet Adoptions
September 21, 2:00-4:00pm
Fall in Love!
MOBILE ADOPTION UNIT is coming to Klem's! On the road to saving more lives! Be sure to stop by and say hi to some of the sweet dogs and cats looking for a new home!
Let adoption help you find your next best friend.
Klem's 117 West Main Street, Spencer 508-885-2708
Southbridge Business Partnership, with Platinum Sponsor Schott North America, presents:
Southbridge Town Common
Rain or Shine
Featuring Harrington Hospital Auxillary's
HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR SECOND CHANCE ANIMAL SERVICES!
Al Widlan's Service Connection Presents
CRUISE FOR CRITTERS
Saturday, September 22, 2018 10 AM to 3 PM
Featuring Walk N' Wag Pledge Raising Walk
River Hollow Family Golf Center
15 Hospital Road, Monson, MA
Rain Date: Sunday, October 1, 2018
Raffles - Doggie Boutique - 50/50 Raffle - K-9 Demonstrations - Food Vendors/Crafters
Live Music by Witch Doctors
Vendors- $15 plus a raffle item or sign up for the Halloween Barktacular and save $5.
Car Entries $15
Visit the event webpage
to Download a Pledge Walk Sheet, find Sponsorship Information,
Be a Vendor, Download a Poster, and more!
Saturday, September 22 - Sunday, November 4
Plan Your Walktober Adventures Now
In Southern New England, Walktober is the most wonderful time of the year.
Brought to you by The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV), the 28th year of Walktober offers an array of adventures, with more than 200 unique experiences and almost 300 opportunities to enjoy autumn in the region. The 22-page Walktober brochure is free and details the guided walks, hikes, bike rides, paddles, tastes and events featured during Walktober. The Walktober brochure also includes contests and challenges for TLGV members.
To receive your own brochure: email
; call 860-774-3300; download a PDF from the website
; or get one at any town hall, library or information kiosk within the region. All updates, additions and cancellations will be posted on the Walktober page on TLGV's website and Facebook page. Please check them often.
In 2017, more than 82,000 participants enjoyed Walktober, providing a major economic boost to the region. The Walktober brochure makes it easy to plan a month of adventures.
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.
Walktober in The Last Green Valley
Various Locations in MA & CT.
Beekeeping Seminar: Getting Ready for Winter!
September 22, 11:00am-1:00pm at Klem's
All the buzz!
Free to attend. GETTING READY FOR WINTER!
Instructed by Master Beekeeper, Mary Duane, who has been a bee keeper for 19 years, and the former President of Worcester County Beekeepers. She is also the Massachusetts state representative for the Eastern Apiary Society and is a recipient of the Bee Keeper of the Year award for Worcester County Bee Keepers.
Take Advantage of In-Store Beekeeping Specials!
Klem's 117 West Main Street, Spencer 508-885-2708
Cook's Orchard, Brimfield
September 22 & 23, 10am to 5pm
Fall is the time of year when the fun really starts at Cook's Farm Orchard. Pick-your-own apples and enjoy the crisp air, sun-warmed fruit, and the sights and scents of autumn in the orchard.
Cider, Apple Pies
Fire Engines, Maze
Family Fun, Wagon Rides
Baked Goods, Face Painting, Live Music!
Don't forget to stop by the Bakery for Apple Pies, Pumpkin Pies, Brownies, Jams and Jellies, Fruit Preserves and Mini Pies! Whether you're ordering pies, or just stopping in for a quick snack, the staff is always friendly and ready to serve. Call for hours and more info.
2018 Massachusetts Outdoor Exposition
Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
What is the Big MOE?
The Massachusetts Outdoor Expo, also known as The Big MOE is a free, family-friendly event designed to introduce young and old to wildlife and the outdoors. Attracting several thousand attendees annually, the Big MOE features a variety of skills stations, craft tables, and other exhibits relating to wildlife and the outdoors. This is your opportunity to try new outdoor skills and activities such as fishing, archery, kayaking, shooting, building a bird box, geocaching, mountain biking, nature arts and crafts. Visit a New England Pioneer encampment, take a peek at live birds of prey and native reptiles, be part of a treestand safety demonstration and get up close and personal at the 4-H petting zoo. Local sportsmen's clubs, outdoor businesses, conservation organizations and state agencies sponsor most of the activity stations.
ADMISSION, PARKING, & ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE!
Hamilton Rod & Gun Club
Cedar Street Grille's Chef's Series Dinners: Caribbean Cuisine
Monday, September 24, 2018, 5:30pm
Caribbean cuisine is a fusion of African, Creole, Cajun, European, Latin American, East Indian and Chinese traditions. Over time, the region has also created its own unique styles. Common ingredients are rice, plantains, beans, cassava, cilantro, bell peppers, chickpeas, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, coconut, and various locally available meats such as beef, poultry, pork or fish. A green herb and oil-based marinade imparts a flavor profile which is quintessentially Caribbean in character. Experience Chef Nick's take on this amazing diverse culinary culture through Cedar-style tapas plates and find out why our global tapas dinners have such rave reviews.
Make your reservations early by calling 508-347-5800 because these dinners sell out quickly! Pricing for this dinner is $52 per person (not including tax or gratuity) and includes a special regional cocktail, wine, or beer. Doors open at 5:30pm and dinner begins promptly at 6:30pm.
Worcester 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group
NETWORKING WORKS!! Your AGE really is your EDGE!!
Fall has Arrived! A Perfect Time to Turn Over a New Leaf!
Funded by AARP and Managed by MCOA, we have expanded our 50+ Job Seekers Regional Networking Group program to support and assist people in the 50+ demographic living in the greater Worcester area and looking for a new job, a totally new career direction, re-entering the workforce after an employment gap or looking for a Second Act career.
Meet and network with fellow job seekers at our bi-weekly networking group meetings.
Learn how to Network!
New Topic at each Meeting! Come join Melody Beach, an experienced Human Resource professional who is the Facilitator for this collaborative Networking Group.
Start your journey towards self-realization, re-invention and transformation!
WHO: Mature Job Seekers! That's YOU! (50 years of age +)
WHEN: The 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 2pm - 4pm. Doors open at 1:30pm for registration and casual networking so come early! And often!
WHERE: Worcester Senior Center located at 128 Providence St., Worcester, MA (508-799-1232)
Did you know: 85% of all jobs are found through NETWORKING!! REALLY!!
For more Information and Pre-Registration (required), please feel free to contact:
The Worcester COA at 508-799-1232.
The Sleepy Hollow Experience
September 26-November 4 at Old Sturbridge Village
After more than 60 sold-out performances in 2016 and 2017, Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) once again brings Serenbe Playhouse's The Sleepy Hollow Experience to the living history museum this fall. The immersive, outdoor theatrical performance has become New England's newest Halloween tradition. Tickets for this fall's run are on sale now at
Guests of The Sleepy Hollow Experience will be enthralled by this classic, spooky tale set in the 19th century - with all of the thrills, chills and laughs that keep audience members on the edge of their seats. The tale - originally written by Washington Irving and published in 1820 - revolves around the bumbling, awkward schoolteacher, Ichabod Crane, the coquettish Katrina Van Tassel, and Ichabod's brutish rival, Brom Bones. In this immersive, experiential adaptation, guests will be guided by roving minstrel storytellers through Old Sturbridge Village's countryside, while the Headless Horseman rushes about on horseback and through the museum's historic Vermont covered bridge.
An hour and a half before the start of each show, guests may purchase libations, chowders and soups, snacks and sweets at Ichabod's Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village, as well as additional drinks and sweets during intermission.
Show dates and times for The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Old Sturbridge Village are
September 26 - November 4, with performances on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm; Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30 and 9:30 pm. Ticket prices range from $35-$45, with a special $25 rate on Thursdays for college students. The Sleepy Hollow Experience is performed outdoors - rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, a modified version of the show will take place in the Stephen M. Brewer Theater at the Village's Visitor Center. No refunds or exchanges.
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge MA 01566
"The Pumpkins are Coming! The Pumpkins are Coming!"
For the entire month of October, pumpkins and decorative gourds will be for sale on the front lawn of the Sturbridge Federated Church. Proceeds from the sale will be shared with many local and regional charities as well as support the daily operations of the church. The pumpkins are grown on the Navajo Indian Reservation in New Mexico in a perfect climate that produces a high quality product with an extended shelf life.
We will be partnering with the Sturbridge Library to sponsor a variety of children's activities during the weekends.
Join us on Sunday afternoon, September 30, 2018 to view and select your special pumpkins and gourds.
The following hours are subject to change: Weekdays 11 AM to 7 PM; Saturdays 9 AM to 6 PM; Sundays 12 to 6 PM.
For updated information check
, Facebook page or contact the church office at 508-347-3915.
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.
DID YOU KNOW... Yankee Magazine has chosen SALEM CROSS INN
as the "Best New England Cuisine" in Massachusetts!
October 25th & November 18th
Join us for an exciting interactive dinner theater,
These Jokes Are Killing Me...
Lots of laughs, a delicious meal, and a mystery we need your help solving.
Main Dining Room:
Tuesday-Friday- 11:30 AM-9:00 PM
Saturday- 5:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sunday- 12:00 PM-8:00 PM
Tuesday-Friday- 4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Live music every Friday starting at 6:30 PM
Klem's Farmers Market
Saturdays starting June 9th through October 20th · Rain or Shine
Fresh produce. Visit Many Local Crafters, Artisans & More!
(Please Note: Setup will be possible during our Dock Dogs event on Saturday July 20th, but a separate application must be filled out and regular vendor fees for that event will be collected.)
117 West Main Street, Spencer 508-885-2708
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!
September 15: Tails on the Trail
September 18: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Baystate Dental
September 19: Member Orientation at the Chamber Office
September 22: Southbridge AutumnFest
September 22: Cruise for Critters
September 22-23: AppleFest at Cook's Farm Orchard
September 23: Autumn Begins!
September 23: Massachusetts Outdoor Exposition
September 25: Brown Bag: Let's Cake Decorate with Susan!
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