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Training Opportunity from the MA Department of Agricultural Resources

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, NewVue Communities, and Fidelity Bank have collaborated to bring the following valuable training to the area:
Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources'
Agricultural Business Training Program
There are a few openings in MDAR's TILLING THE SOIL OF OPPORTUNITY BUSINESS PLANNING course for farmers scheduled this fall.
When: 5:30pm to 8:30pm - Tues 10/17, Wed 10/25, Wed 11/01,
Wed 11/08, Wed 11/15, Tues 11/21; Wed 11/29, Wed12/06,
Wed 12/13, and Wed 12/20.
Where: Fidelity Bank in Leominster
Cost: $200 per enterprise
This course is for owners/managers of established income-generating farms, to help develop a business plan and improve decision making on the farm. The experienced course instructor guides participants through the creation of a full business plan during 10 group sessions. The instructor visits each participant's farm during the course and provides individualized assistance and confidential one-on- one financial planning. The course draws on peer experience, instructor knowledge and guest speakers on topics such as taxes, legal issues and marketing.
For more information or to access an application for the course, go to the MDAR's Agricultural Business Training Program site business-training-program-abtp.html
or contact Melissa Adams: 413-548-1904 or
Latest Scheduled Firearms Training Classes

The "Handgun Selection" class is a natural fit after the "NRA Home Firearm Safety w/Live-Fire Segment" class for people not sure what type, size and/or caliber gun to purchase. We are the only business in the area that provides the very valuable "Handgun Selection" class. Following is why. Students new to firearms successfully complete the "NRA Home Firearm Safety w/Live-Fire Segment" class or some other firearms safety class, apply for, and receive their Massachusetts LTC, go to a gun shop to buy their first handgun and all of a sudden they realize they have no idea what they should purchase.
The handgun selection criteria is more than simply choosing the least expensive or the fanciest gun available. The "Handgun Selection" class diminishes this dilemma where you get to try 12 handguns varying in physical size and caliber from the .22 caliber pocket pistol up to a .357 magnum revolver and .45 caliber 1911 military style pistol, including an additional revolver, the Smith & Wesson Governor. This revolver can shoot .45 caliber Colt ammunition, .45 caliber ACP ammunition, or .410 shotgun shell ammunition, and may well be the best home defense weapon for an urban area. The "Handgun Selection" class currently costs only $110. The prerequisite for this class is successful completion of our "NRA Home Firearm Safety w/Live-Fire Segment" class or some other gun safety class that is approved by us. Your safety is absolutely paramount.
MDAR: FY2018 Massachusetts Food Ventures Program Request for Response (RFR) Posted to COMMBUYS

Application deadline is 2 pm, September 7, 2017.

The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources seeks proposals for funding projects that will advance the Massachusetts Food Ventures Program ("MFVP"), help to implement the objectives of the Massachusetts Local Food Action Plan and provide economic opportunities that promote job creation enterprises or new businesses. MDAR is seeking to award grants statewide, primarily in communities of low or moderate income, to individuals or entities with experience developing and supporting food businesses.
Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) Pre-Certification Workshop

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

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Attending this program is required
for Minority-Owned, Woman-Owned, Veteran-Owned and/or Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
certification applications.

Get information on the certification criteria and how to begin the

As an SDO certified business, you will:
? Become more marketable to government entities
? Create Business to Business (B2B) partnerships
Connecting Your Business to the Commonwealth

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm

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This workshop is designed for businesses interested in learning how to work with the State.

During this program participants will learn:
? About the bidding process
? Where to find state and local bidding opportunities
? The basics of COMMBUYS, the Commonwealth's online Market Center
? About OSD's programs and services

Discover Central Mass

Discover Central MA brings news on the latest going on in the valley

We've rounded up three summer adventures that encompass the natural beauty and uniqueness of the region. Choose your favorite destination and explore Central Massachusetts - conveniently located located less than an hour and a half from Providence, Boston, and Hartford.


Celebrating the new Performing Arts Center and Gymnasium at Whitinsville Christian School

Bring your family to Madagascar - A Musical Adventure Jr. at the Stadium Theatre August 25, 26 & 27th

Take a journey out of the zoo and onto the stage with your favorite crack-a-lackin' friends from the blockbuster DreamWorks film.
Get ready to "Move It, Move It" with Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and of course, those plotting penguins! This hilarious youth musical production follows the gang of misfits as they escape from New York's Central Park Zoo to join the madcap world of King Julien's Madagascar.
Madagascar - A Musical Adventure Jr. will be performed three times:
Friday, August 25th at 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 26th at 7:30 PM
Sunday, August 27th at 2:00 PM
The musical will be held at The Stadium Theatre located at 28 Monument Square, Woonsocket Rhode Island.
Admission is $16. Tickets are available at the Stadium Theatre Box Office or by calling 401-762-4545 and online at
Early Bird Registration Ends Soon - Are You Up For The Challenge?
GO! Kickoff event in Auburn August 31st

New trails have been built in the Pappas Recreation Complex! Auburn is the Newest addition to the National Heritage Corridor and this is the newest trail system in the Town. See what it's all about as we explore the park, learn about the flood controls put into place more than fifty years ago after much of the town flooded, and take in all that nature has to offer. It's all here!
This is a rustic trail, so please wear good shoes and long pants and be sure to bring water.
A Symphonic Tribute to Paul McCartney with
an Orchestra at the Stadium on Sept. 16!
Live and Let Die features a four-piece band led by Tony Kishman (vocals, bass, guitar & piano) and the 19-piece Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra lead by orchestrator & conductor, Martin Herman. You'll hear, complete in every detail, hit songs from the Beatles catalog and Paul McCartney's solo works.
Look forward to hearing robust renditions of your favorite Paul McCartney, Beatles and Wings songs including: Hey Jude, Penny Lane, Live and Let Die, Yesterday, My Love, Uncle Albert, Let It Be, Maybe I'm Amazed, Hello Good-Bye, Long and Winding Road, Silly Love Songs, Jet, When I'm Sixty-Four and many more...

"Tony Kishman Sounds Like Paul McCartney" - Beatles Producer George Martin
"Tony Kishman is a great Musician" - Sir Paul McCartney
Live & Let Die - A Symphonic Tribute to Paul McCartney, will be performed on Saturday, September 16th at 8 PM
The concert will be held in the Stadium Theatre located at 28 Monument Square, in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.
Admission is $31, $39, $49, $59. Tickets are available at the Stadium Theatre Box Office or by calling 401-762-4545 and online at
Live & Let Die - A Symphonic Tribute to Paul McCartney is made possible in part by the generous sponsorship of Countertops by Superior.
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