Nichols College Career Fair 2/19 starting at 2 to 4:30pm

Posted by Economic Development Committee:
Nichols College Career and Internship Fair Open to Area Residents Seeking Job Opportunities
By LORRAINE U. MARTINELLE

Did you know that the Nichols College Career and Internship Fair isn’t just for our students?
Residents of southern Worcester County communities (and beyond) are invited to attend the Feb. 19, 2019, Nichols College Career and Internship Fair. The event, which will feature recruiters from over 70 employers, will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m., in the College’s Athletic Center (in Chalmers Field House) on Center Road. Professional dress and resumes are required.

The annual fair offers a convenient opportunity for Nichols College students and local residents to network with employers and learn what it would be like to work for their companies. Some of the registered employers include Worcester Bravehearts, The Kraft Group, TJX Companies, Mohegan Sun Casino Resort, Okemo Mountain Resort, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Secret Service, Massachusetts Treasury Department, City Year, New Hampshire State Police, GEICO, Newport Hotel Group, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Walgreens, Scotts Miracle-Gro Co., Sherwin-Williams Co., Open Sky Community Services, and AAA Northeast, among many others.
Recruiters at last year’s fair were impressed with the event—and particularly with how polished, prepared, and professional Nichols College students are.
“Excellent quality candidates,” said Mackenzie Walsh of Robert Half Accountemps.

A Walgreens recruiter shared that “Students were friendly and professional. We enjoy attending the Nichols College Career and Internship Fair.”

Business Spotlight: 5 BEANS KIT

5 Beans Kit…Custom Business Solutions for the Web
5 Beans Kit brings a holistic approach to a small company’s on-line success, as defined by you, our client.
Our “Kits” have 1 job: Get you and keep you in front of your customers. There are 5 tenets to our kits that we build upon and each works together to ensure success. We can build upon what exists or begin from scratch. Each Kit is custom built for your company utilizing best-practices and delivering bottom-line results.

The first 2 Pillars – Professional web site and hosting

• Custom, Responsive, and Professional web site and Web Hosting
• Legendary hosting support team – 24/7 ‘minutes-to-resolution’
• Secure websites – https://
• Company emails with spam and virus filtering; web based, pop, IMAP
• File transfer protocol, SSH, sub-domains
• MySQL Databases
• Complete control of your data
• Easy manageability and scalable.
• Web server builds for self-hosting option
• E commerce is not extra, nor is your company’s own private and secure cloud. We employ NextCloud for additional benefit.

The next 2 Pillars – Marketing and Analytics with Reporting

Digital marketing incorporates many aspects, our Kits employ what works for your needs, no ‘feature limits’ only value and function. Analytics and reporting on SEO and other site-based metrics, too, like product campaigns. Managed social accounts and more with each Kit.

The 5th Pillar – A Plan

No endless meetings or Unicorns because we don’t work without a plan. A plan is the most important pillar and efficiency and ROI is the model.

Ancillary services include: SEO Audit, All-Facet Training
Located right here in Dudley and ready to assist your business needs.
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Farmer Forum: Hemp Discussion with MA Dept of AG Resources

As a follow up to our December Agricultural Meeting, We are reminding Farmers that this Thursday, January 17th at 6:30PM, The MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources will be coming to Dudley, at our request, to Discuss recent developments with HEMP.

Meeting will be held at the Dudley Town Hall, 71 West Main Street, Dudley, MA 01571 at 6:30PM
Selectman Room, 321A

Agenda:
• Guest Speaker: Taryn LaScola-Miner (Director Crop and Pest Services Division, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources)
• Talk About HEMP
• What is involved in growing it, harvesting it, testing it
• Does MA Recognize some of the 3% seed being certified in CO as being ok here
• What is process, regulations and reporting/testing requirements
• How Does New Federal Farm Bill Affect Current MA Regs
• Farm Bill: Treating HEMP like Ordinary AG Commodity – doesn’t that mean just like Corn
• Could Dudley Farmers Unite and do a Single Application with State, representing 30 farms and work as a Cooperative under guidance of Town and MDAR?
• Pesticides and Hemp – Learn more
• Q&A : Open Informal Discussion

Job Openings: Gentex Machine Operators

Do You Know Someone Looking For a Good Job?

Gentex (in Dudley) is still hiring machine operators – all shifts.
These are full time, 12 hours shift roles, and every other weekend is required.

New hires starting on the 10th or 17th will receive holiday pay for Christmas and New Year’s.

Stop by today to fill out an application!
183 West Main Street, Dudley, MA 01571

Gentex Dudley MA

Dudley Farmer Forum 12/8 1pm Dudley Grange

Attention all Active farmers, Retired Farmers and Agricultural Land Owners,

Agricultural Commission Initial Launch Meeting Planned 

A Public meeting to explore and setup the New Agricultural Commission for the Town of Dudley will be held on December 8th, 2018 at 1PM at the Dudley Grange, Center Road, Dudley, MA. Refreshments will be provided.

The purpose of this exploratory meeting is to introduce Dudley Residents, most particularly farmers, to the concept and benefits of the new Town Agricultural Commission and have a discussion with those who have a vested financial interest in framing and agriculture in Dudley.

The new Agricultural Commission is a non-regulatory, town recognized entity which provides a voice for the agricultural community, a resource for mediation, and a link to assistance providers.

The Goal of this meeting is to create a slate of interested candidates that can be submitted to the Board of Selectmen to be appointed as the initial founding members of the New Dudley Agricultural Commission as well as create an initial format for the short and long term goals of the new commission.

DUDLEY CULTURAL COUNCIL SURVEY

The Dudley Cultural Council (DCC), the local presence of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), is eager to learn what residents of Dudley think of the state of their cultural lives in town. We on the DCC are conducting a survey of Dudley residents to we can learn what sorts of programs and events in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences we might help fund that could possibly enrich the quality of your life in Dudley. We would be very grateful if you would take just a few moments to complete this brief survey:
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Don’t forget to visit our online page at: https://dudleyma.gov/town-hall/cultural-council/

State health officials announce fourth case of West Nile virus in Massachusetts

State health officials announce fourth case of West Nile virus in Massachusetts

Boston — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced the fourth human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in the state this year. The person is a woman in her 50s from Middlesex County who was never hospitalized for her illness. Three other cases were reported on Friday.

Investigations conducted by state public health officials indicate that at least two of the four cases were exposed in the greater Boston area leading them to raise the risk level from moderate to high for 11 communities in the area. Those communities are Arlington, Boston, Belmont, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Medford, Newton, Somerville, and Watertown.

“Several individuals from the same area have developed West Nile virus,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “That means that there is an increased risk in this specific area and that additional people could become infected. We are particularly concerned about people over 50 and those who are immunocompromised as they are the ones most likely to develop WNV disease.”

On August 21, DPH raised the risk level for West Nile virus from low to moderate in every Massachusetts city and town. It was only the second time since WNV was first detected in the Commonwealth in 2000 that public health officials have raised the risk level statewide.

For those 11 communities now at high-risk, DPH recommends that local health officials intensify messaging to raise awareness and promote personal protective behaviors, target outreach to high-risk populations, and increase surveillance for human disease.

People at high risk for severe illness are encouraged to consider avoiding outdoor activity at dusk and dawn. Local boards of health should continue to work directly with their Mosquito Control District to determine appropriate control measures.

“It is extremely important for people to take steps to avoid mosquito bites, including using repellents, wearing clothing to reduce exposed skin, dumping standing water, and moving indoors when you notice mosquitoes biting you,” said DPH State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown.

In 2017, there were 6 human cases of WNV infection identified in Massachusetts.

WNV is usually transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe disease. Most people infected with WNV will have no symptoms. When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. In rare cases, more severe illness can occur.

People can take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes.

Avoid Mosquito Bites

Apply Insect Repellent when Outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)], or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age.

Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours. The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.

Clothing Can Help Reduce Mosquito Bites. Wear long-sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

Drain Standing Water. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or discarding items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change the water in birdbaths frequently.

Install or Repair Screens. Keep mosquitoes outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

Protect Your Animals

Animal owners should reduce potential mosquito breeding sites on their property by eliminating standing water from containers such as buckets, tires, and wading pools – especially after heavy rains. Water troughs provide excellent mosquito breeding habitats and should be flushed out at least once a week during the summer months to reduce mosquitoes near paddock areas. Horse owners should keep horses in indoor stalls at night to reduce their risk of exposure to mosquitoes. Owners should also speak with their veterinarian about mosquito repellents approved for use in animals and vaccinations to prevent WNV and EEE. If an animal is diagnosed with WNV or EEE, owners are required to report to DAR, Division of Animal Health by calling (617) 626-1795 and to the Department of Public Health (DPH) by calling (617) 983-6800.

More information, including all WNV and EEE positive results, can be found on the Arbovirus Surveillance Information web page at www.mass.gov/dph/mosquito or by calling the DPH Epidemiology Program at (617) 983-6800.