December 2017 Newsletter
Thank you to
all who participated in the 2017 Stuff the Truck at Trucchi's Supermarket in Middleboro Nov.11 & 12 for St. Vincent de Paul and
Sacred Heart Food Pantry! 
Nothing better than the power of community! 
  209 Turkeys were donated. We estimated collecting 4,000 to 5,000 pounds, however, over 11,000 pounds of food was collected!!​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  Thank you....
and Welcome to all our New Chamber Members who joined us on November 15th at our NEW MEMBER RECEPTION

Thank you to Brett Peroni for discussing insurance options and the benefit that being a Chamber member brings.

And thank you to our Board Members and Ambassadors who attended and shared their positive experiences of being a Chamber member!
We are looking for Nominations for the Cranberry Country Chamber Business of the Year for 2017. 

Forms are due back by December 29th. 
It's EASY!  Click below to nominate a current chamber member for Business of the Year! 
Business After Hours

Tuesday, December 5th   
5:00 -7:00 p.m.

Lorenzo's Italian Restaurant
500 W Grove St, Middleboro, MA

Come and join your fellow Chamber members networking at a local favorite restaurant!
Women's Coffee & Collaboration

Join us on Friday, December 8th at 8-9:00 a.m.
"The Happiness Advantage"
Cranberry Country Chamber of Commerce
9 Clayton Road, Middleboro

Please RSVP:
or Click Below to Register by Friday, December 1st.

First event is FREE!
February Business After Hours

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Time:  5:00  - 7:00 p.m.

TownPlace Suites by Marriott
50 Rosebrook Place - Wareham, MA
Join your fellow Chamber members to socialize and participate in Networking activities!
From Retailers Association of Massachusetts September/October 2017 
Other Legislative Initiatives...
Massachusetts' new supplemental Employer Medical Assistance Contribution (EMAC) assessment, which will support the MassHealth program beginning in 2018
As of November 15, 2017:

We want to make you aware that as part of this assessment, employers will be required to annually submit a new version of the HIRD (health insurance responsibility disclosure) form, also beginning in 2018. Recently approved by the Massachusetts Legislature, the new form will be used to verify information that is currently self-reported by individuals who apply for public health insurance programs.

The new form will require the following information:

  • Whether the employer has offered to pay or arrange for health insurance; and,
  • Information about that health insurance, such as the premium cost, the benefits offered, cost-sharing details, and eligibility criteria.

Employers who knowingly falsify the form or fail to file it face a penalty of $1,000-$5,000, according to state law. A draft of the new HIRD form and the reporting timeline have not yet been released; we will share details as they become available.

What is the supplemental EMAC assessment?

The state has scheduled several public hearings on the draft regulations during the week of November 13, 2017. The regulations will apply to employers with more than five employees, including nonprofit organizations and government.

Payments of the supplemental assessment will be due for each quarter in which one or more non-disabled employees received health insurance coverage either through MassHealth or through ConnectorCare for a continuous period of at least 14 days, according to the regulations. The supplemental assessment-a maximum of $750 per employee, per year-will remain in effect through December 31, 2019.


Country Charm and Wreath Making are the Highlights for

Soule Homestead’s Annual Holiday Fair

Saturday, December 2nd, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Address: 46 Soule Street, Middleboro, MA

                 At the Education Center

Long-time volunteer and instructor, Mary Ann Cunningham will conduct two sessions of wreath making workshops.  

Sign up to make a Wreath, Swag or Table Centerpiece from 10 a.m. until noon or from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wreaths are priced at $25 for members, $30 for non-members; Swags and Centerpieces are $15 each for members, $20 each for non-members. Space is limited, so  pre-register early by email at or calling the office prior to the fair.

Also there will be soup for lunch, homemade baked goods, and hand-crafted items made by Soule Homestead volunteers available for sale. There will also be local craft booths to visit, and children will enjoy stopping by the Arts & Crafts Table to make a free item to take home.

Soule Homestead Education Center is an educational non-profit specializing in farm-based education, rural craft workshops and family cultural events located at 46 Soule Street, Middleboro, MA 02346. For more information, please call 508-947-6744 or visit to view a current calendar of events and the quarterly publication “Heart & Soule”. Be sure to visit their Facebook page and “like” what you see at

LeBaron Hills Country Club:
"Made In Lakeville" 
2017 Holiday Craft & Gift Sale
of Lakeville artists, Live music & edible

Saturday, December 2nd
Time:  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Lakeville Senior Center - 1 Deer Crossing, Lakeville 
Lakeville Public Library - 4 Precinct St., Lakeville
Middleborough Tourism Committee's 4th Annual Middleboro Town Hall

Christmas Tree Lighting

Middleboro Christmas Tree Lighting Dec 2  3:30pm – 5:00pm
                                                                 (tree lights at 4:45pm)
Location: 10 Nickerson Avenue, Middleboro

Middleborough Tourism Committee is hosting the Middleboro Town Hall Christmas Tree Lighting with music and good cheer promised for all. Rain or Shine as the event will be in the 2nd floor Auditorium. Special Guest "Santa Claus"
Crafty Fair! 
Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School
When:  Saturday, December 2 at 10 AM - 3 PM
Address:  207 Hart St, Taunton, MA

Bristol-Plymouth Community Service Club is hosting a craft fair. Stop by and get some Christmas shopping done or treat yourself to something fun! Vendors such as 31 Bags, Lu La Roe, Pampered Chef, handmade crafts and so much more will be here for all your holiday and shopping needs! No cost to get in and raffles will take place all morning!
Dinner with Santa! 
Sunday, December 10 at 3 PM - 6 PM

Lebaron Hills Country Club
183 Rhode Island Rd., Lakeville

3:00PM- Arrival and Crafts, Cookie Decorating, and Photo Booth Fun! 
4:00PM- Dinner Buffet -- Adults $21.95 Children $9.95 
5:00PM- Fireworks & Santa Arrives

RSVP today! Call 508-923-5703

Saturday, December   9 &10, 2017 
Saturday, December 16 &17, 2017
Time:  4:00pm to 9:00pm
KOA, 438 Plymouth St., Middleboro MA

The 4th annual Middleborough Festival of Lights, presented by the Middleborough Tourism Committee.  For $2.00 per carload, experience driving through acres of over 200,000 decorated lights.  A visit to the Christmas Village will feature cocoa, cookies, and hand made, authentic Middleborough ornaments for purchase.  Bring the family and have a professional picture taken with Santa or the Grinch for $5 while strolling through the village to seasonal music.   Model trains will be presented by the Oak Point Model Train Club.
5 Pine St., Carver, MA

When:  Dec 29-2 PM to Dec 30 at 9:30 PM

New England’s most memorable holiday tradition, The Christmas Festival of Lights is bigger, brighter, and better than ever - now with over 18 million lights, unlimited Christmas train rides, unlimited use of all rides and attractions and priceless memories! Admission includes Thomas Land, Christmas Festival of Lights, all rides & attractions. Hours vary, please check our Hours Tab for specific details. 

MA/RI Residents save up to $10 buy ordering online now!

Thursday, December 14 at 6 PM - 9 PM

The Alley Theatre
133 Center St, Middleboro

Lorna Brunelle & The Alley Theatre are excited to invite you to Sip & Stroll on Thursday, December 14 at The Alley Theater. Invited artists and crafters will sell their fabulous creations to a crowd of people who love shopping, wine 🍷, and beer 🍺. Sip & stroll through our 11,000 square foot space and support local artists. The end of your holiday shopping is one sip 🍷and stroll away. A cash bar will be provided by The Bartending Service of New England. 
4th Annual Winterfest 2018 
Sunday January 28th, 2018 
at Ted Williams Camp, Lakeville, MA

This is a community event where individuals and families of all ages can enjoy themselves to free food, entertainment, local businesses, and resources.

As a local business, please consider sponsoring this community event! 

Marketing for Winterfest will begin on December 1st. Please submit your application at your earliest convenience to maximize your sponsorship exposure! 

Kira Watkins at: 
Mitzi Hollenbeck at: 
to learn about sponsorship opportunities and to submit application.
Welcome to our New Members!!!!
Alpaca Bags by Suzi
Green and Gold Financial Planning, LLC​​​​​ 
Thank you to our renewing Members:
Realty One Group, LLC
Sign Design, Inc. 
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