News from our members

Darcie Lee Hanaway ART Opening Fitchburg Gallery Sitka June 2017

Darcie Lee Hanaway is someone that Gallery Sitka owner Tamar Russell Brown has been following for a long time. Gallery Sitka is thrilled to have an opportunity to show her work in Central Mass.

Ms. Hanaway is a whimsical, mixed-media artist who takes inspiration from time, nature, and their cycles and patterns. When Ms. Hanaway makes art, she uses “an intuitive process,” she says. “There’s no end-product in mind.” Her art is typically nonrepresentational and about community, family, and love, and what those things mean to her. Her adventures — from having a baby to living in an Airstream trailer — take on meaning and significance that seem to change continually as life goes on.

Encouraged to create art since infancy, the Rhode Island native has created art pieces ranging from installations made of old ventilation systems and harvested street signs in her old studio, to organic gardens for her clients, to a restaurant she helped build from scratch in Delray Beach, Fla. One might think that Ms. Hanaway has done it all! She travels often, creating art with different people to keep herself inspired. She does whatever it takes to “generate creative energy and share it.”

In 2007 Ms. Hanaway moved to Martha’s Vineyard, where she truly discovered something essential about the nature of time, thanks to the island’s cyclical tourist season. It is here that we find the Airstream that she lives in and which has taught her so much about the true meaning of “home.” She finds that “living simply makes my life richer. The less I own, the more value I assign to the items I keep.” Ms. Hanaway loves to make art outdoors, as it allows her to create art based on her feelings and her environment. Her creations originate from a primal sense rather than from rigid technique.

The show will also feature the works of two New Hampshire artists whose artwork complements Ms. Hanaway’s work, Melissa Richard and Angelique Ward. Ms. Richard’s new work, created this past winter, is an “exploration of emotion through color and texture,” using mixed media, mostly acrylic and collage. Much of her work examines relationships. It also explores emotions “that don’t necessarily have words.” Inspired by abstract expressionism, her art has helped her work through many of her own internal struggles. Ms. Richard is an art teacher and participates in art shows throughout New England. She is represented by Gallery Z in Providence, R.I.

Angelique Ward is a self-taught artist who hails from Hudson, N.H. She says that her passion for the arts has ranged from “performing onstage as a singer and in theater pieces, to writing poetry, to creating two-dimensional artworks in acrylic and mixed media.” She enjoys blending different art forms, particularly in assemblage, a three-dimensional medium that employs one or more boxes rather than a flat canvas. This method of storytelling is a deeply personal medium that “sets the stage” for her unique poetic mystery.

The show is expected to present big, bold, edgy artwork that will inspire thought about the subjective world within us and the objective world outside of us. Ms. Hanaway and her colleagues are excited to bring a fun, gypsy-like spirit to Fitchburg this summer and invite all to enjoy the exhibition, which will run from June 3 through August 1 at Gallery Sitka, 454 Main Street in Fitchburg. The public is welcome to attend the opening reception on Saturday, June 3, 4 – 6 p.m.

HealthAlliance Hospital & The Michael’s Run – Party

On Saturday, May 13th, the Michael’s Run – Party with a Purpose was held to raise funds for the newly announced Peer Support Group for Mental Health. Michael’s Run presented The SHINE Initiative with a check to provide funding for the Parent/Professional Advocacy League facilitators to conduct the monthly group. Each meeting will be held at UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital with dinner provided by the Seven Hills Foundation.
The Peer Support Group for Mental Health is a collaborative effort between UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital, Seven Hills, Michael’s Run, Parent/Professional Advocacy League and the Crusaders for Healthier Minds Community Leadership Institute team as part of their involvement in the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce.
The group is open to anyone who would like to share their personal experiences with mental health.



Michael Hewitt, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced “We are pleased to announce the promotions of our Hometown team members listed below.  We are proud of their performance and accomplishments.”

He added, “Hometown is a community bank with a focus on providing the best customer service and truly caring about the communities we serve.  All of the individuals below have earned recognition of execution of that charge and we look forward to many more years of their exemplary service.”

Norma Collins was promoted to Senior Vice President Operations. Collins joined Hometown Bank in 1987 as a teller. She was promoted to Assistant Vice President in 1992 and has held the position of BSA Officer since 1999. Collins was promoted to Vice President of Operations in 2008 and Senior Vice President in 2016. She recently celebrated 30 years with the bank. Collins resides in Webster.

 Susan Collins has been promoted to Hometown Bank’s Cash Management Officer. Collins joined Hometown Bank in 2000 as a teller. She has worked as a Head Teller, a Customer Service Representative and an Assistant Manager. Collins attends Bay Path University. She is a board member of the Central MA Chamber of Commerce and has been Secretary/Treasurer for Business Networking International. Collins lives in Webster with her husband and children.

Matthew LaFlamme has been promoted to Branch Manager of Hometown Banks’ Killingly Office. LaFlamme has been with Hometown Bank since 2015 as an Assistant Branch manager. He was promoted to Branch Supervisor in June of 2016. LaFlamme is currently working towards his Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. He is an active volunteer for many organizations. LaFlamme resides in Chaplin, CT.

Jo-Ann Bussiere was recently hired as a Branch Manager of Hometown Bank’s South Lancaster Office. Bussiere has many years of experience in the banking industry, as a Branch Manager. She attended Monroe Community College and is a Board Member of Youth Ministry for St. Isadore and St. Elizabeth. Bussiere resides in Stow, Ma.

Tom Brady Speaks at Motivational Seminar with Tony Robbins


Click here for the Tony Robbins Achieve Summit Flyer

Boston, MA – Tom Brady, five-time Super Bowl Champion Quarterback of the New England Patriots and Tony Robbins, the World’s #1 Business Strategist, will hit the stage in Boston on June 8, 2017 for the Ultimate Wealth and Success Summit.

Business and community leaders all over New England will gather at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for this daylong event to get motivation and training from Tony Robbins and Tom Brady, celebrate the Patriots Super Bowl victory, and glean success strategies from other celebrity achievers featured at the event.

This world class business event combines entertainment, education and celebration in a one day seminar packed with superstar speakers. Tom Brady and Tony Robbins will be joined live on stage with two-time Super Bowl Champion Julian Edelman, the “Profit” Marcus Lemonis, Skinnygirl founder Bethenny Frankel and several surprise guests.

“If I have something to say, I want it to be meaningful,” says Tom Brady, world-famous for his drive, determination and motivation to win. At the Ultimate Wealth and Success Summit Brady will reveal some of the top keys to his incredible success.

“This is Tom’s first public event since winning  his fifth Super Bowl and becoming the greatest quarterback in NFL history,” says Brian J. Forte, Director of the event and award-winning producer.  According to Forte, “New England’s top business leaders and professionals will attend this event because it’s a way to recharge and refocus, network and sharpen your skills. There is no question Tony Robbins can motivate an audience. He is the best in the world. When you combine that with coaching from Tom Brady, the wisdom of the Profit, Marcus Lemonis, and all the entertainment and surprises we have in store – it’s going to be the most phenomenal event we have ever produced!”

For tickets call 1-617-418-6939 or go to  Use a promo code BKW1 to receive a 10% discount.


Do you suspect fraud?
Although we are making great strides to stop the majority of fraudulent activity with new payment technologies such as EMV, you may still encounter it. Should you suspect fraud, there are several steps you can take to minimize your risk and manage the situation.
When you suspect fraud

If your employees are suspicious about a card or a cardholder at any time during a transaction, tell them to call the Authorization Center and request a Code 10 authorization.
A Code 10 authorization request alerts the card issuer to suspicious activity – without alerting the customer. During a Code 10 call, your acquirer may ask for transaction details. Your call will be transferred to the card issuer’s special operator who will provide instructions on any necessary action.

When the operator picks up, train your employees to say, “I have a code 10 Authorization Request,” and then follow these steps:
1. Stay calm to avoid alarming the person who presented the card.
2. Keep the card in question in hand to address any questions.
3. Answer the operator’s questions in a normal tone, with a simple “yes” or “no.”
4. Follow the operator’s instructions.
5. For your staff’s safety, do not, under any circumstances, confront or try to apprehend the customer.

If it becomes necessary to notify the police, the operator will do so while your employee waits on the line.

Reporting fraud
Sometimes fraud happens even with strong preventive measures in place. Keep contact information for reporting fraud easily accessible, and make sure your employees know how to use it.

If a fraudulent transaction occurs, contact the following entities for assistance:
• Your bank or payment processor
• Your legal counsel
• Your local police department or U.S. Secret Service office
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Thank you for your business,

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On-Line Credit Card Services and Payment Systems
54 Main Street – PO Box 795 Sturbridge, MA 01566-0795

Bring your Mother to the Devens Common Center

Bring your Mother to the Devens Common Center
For our fabulous Mother’s Day Brunch!
Sunday May 14th 2017
9AM to 2PM
Seasonal Fresh Fruit Salad
Vanilla Yogurt with Crunchy Granola
Assorted Baked Muffins & Danish
Omelet Station with Assorted Gourmet Stir-Ins
Fluffy Scrambled Eggs & Crispy Apple Wood Smoked Bacon & Country Sausage
Roasted Breakfast Potatoes, Toast and Bagel Station with appropriate accompaniemets
Thick-Cut French Toast with Whipped Cream & Maple Syrup
Fresh Baked Crepes with Blueberry Sauce & Strawberry Sauce
House Garden Salad
Assorted Rolls & Butter
Carved Slow Roasted Prime Rib of Beef with Aus Jus & Horseradish Sauce
Rice Pilaf, Fresh Seasonal Vegetable Medley
Portobello Mushroom and Cheese Stuffed Ravioli with a Balsamic Cream Sauce
Assorted Cakes, Pies & Mini Pastries
Apple, Orange, Cranberry & Tomato Juice, V8 Juice
Milk & Chocolate Milk, Coffee, Decaf & Tea
Cash Bar Available
Adults $27.95 Seniors $19.95
Kids (5-10) $14.95 Kids (4-under) FREE
Please Call to Make Your Reservations Now! (978) 772-0188
31 Andrews Parkway Devens MA 01434
& New England Baked Haddock
Tuscan Chicken
Roasted Bone-In Kentucky Brined Pork Steamship, Served with a Maple Bourbon Glaze

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Campaign Update
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Don’t wait to pledge! Visit our campaign page today and make a contribution! Thanks to very generous match donors, each contribution made today will be matched by an equal amount, up to a total of $350.

Drawing for Two Season Passes to Stratton Players!
The names of all campaign followers and supporters who live within 20 miles of Fitchburg, MA will be entered into a drawing to win two season passes (next season) to the Stratton Players. We will draw a winner on Friday, May 5th at 5pm!

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Leominster Credit Union to hold Annual Fall Shred-A-Thon


Leominster Credit Union will hold a Shred-A-Thon at its 910 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA location on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9:00AM – Noon.

Members and non-members can get rid of old, sensitive documents by shredding and recycling them at the Shred-A-Thon.  All items will be shred on site by a secure shredding service, New England Security Shredders.

Members of the community can bring up to three legal size file boxes or three 13-gallon kitchen trash bags to be shred for free.  However we will be accepting donations to Habitat for Humanity during the event.  The Shred-A-Thon helps raise awareness about recycling and of course the importance of shredding personal documents to protect against identity theft.

Important documents to bring to the Shred-A-Thon include bank statements, tax returns, medical bills, credit card statements and other personal documents.

For more information contact Joanne Lattanzi, Marketing Manager 978-466-7240 or

Founded in 1954, Leominster Credit Union (LCU) is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative with a full range of deposit, lending and other financial services. Headquartered in Leominster, Massachusetts, LCU is proud to claim nearly 50,000 members and more than $600 million in assets. LCU has seven branch locations in Leominster, Worcester (2), Clinton, Holden, Sterling and North Leominster with ATM services at all branch locations. LCU also provides 24 hour banking via Mobile and Online services. Visit or call 800-649-4646.

Workers Credit Union Acquires Braley Wellington Insurance Group

Workers Credit Union Acquires Braley Wellington Insurance Group 

Acquisition signals continued commitment to financial success of members

In a move designed to further enhance its role as a trusted financial advisor, Workers Credit Union announced today its acquisition and partnership with one of Central Massachusetts’ leading retail insurance agencies, the Braley Wellington Group.

“At Workers Credit Union it is our mission to improve the daily lives of our members. After an extensive search, we could not be more pleased to have found Braley Wellington, a highly reputable firm with the expertise, cultural compatibility and a shared commitment to helping our members achieve long term financial success and security,” said Doug Petersen, Workers Credit Union President and CEO.

Commenting on the acquisition, Robert Lockett, President of Workers Financial Services. LLC. said, “Over 91,000 local residents already trust Workers with the core of their financial life – savings, investing, home mortgages, car loans and other personal credit. Adding direct insurance activities will significantly enhance our ability to provide comprehensive financial solutions to our existing membership and be a powerful tool to attract new members. I look forward to welcoming the talented team from Braley Wellington into our organization.”

With assets of more than $1.5 billion, Workers Credit Union, founded in 1914, serves members from across Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. A leading credit union in Massachusetts, Workers has 16 branches from Orange to Acton. Workers Financial Services is a credit union service organization with the mission of delivering services that compliment traditional credit union products.

The Braley Wellington Group is a full service insurance agency offering assistance with the insurance needs of Massachusetts residents for over 200 years. Representing over 30 reputable carriers, the agency provides a complete range of commercial and personal insurance products as well as a full time claims department, all under one umbrella. The agency operates out of four locations in Worcester, Auburn, Millbury and Leominster.

Parker Wellington, President and CEO of Braley & Wellington Insurance Agency, explains, “Our goal has always been to give our customers the peace of mind that comes with knowing someone is looking out for them. We could not be more pleased to become part of Workers Credit Union, which shares in this belief and will allow us to expand our ability to fulfill our mission.”

Both institutions will be working together over the next few months on integration activities while developing a number of delivery strategies directed toward the Credit Union’s members and the broader community. Commercial lines agents will continue to represent a blend of business types throughout Central Massachusetts, while personal lines agents will be augmented with support and referrals generated from the Workers branch and digital network. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

About Workers:

Workers Credit Union is high performing financial institution owned by its members, with 280 employees and 16 branches throughout north central and eastern Massachusetts. In 2017 Workers gave its members $3.3 Million as part of its annual GiveBack program which rewards members based on their utilization of credit union products and services. Workers is passionate about community, making financial contributions in the communities it serves and facilitating volunteerism among its staff.


Workers Financial Services is a Credit Union Service Organization (CUSO) dedicated to providing trusted products and services to help people achieve financial security. One of the fastest growing CUSO’s in the country, Workers Financial Services is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Workers Credit Union.


Media Contact: Vivian H. Brooks, #774.452.4270,

Source: Workers Credit Union