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North Quabbin Trail meeting to be on education, entrepreneurship



Recorder Staff
Saturday, March 03, 2018

ORANGE — The upcoming North Quabbin Trail Association’s gathering will focus on youth higher education and entrepreneurship.

On March 12 at 6 p.m., the Orange Innovation Center at 131 West Main St. will host the NQTA’s monthly meeting, featuring guest speakers and some “delicious dishes” that “have made a wonderful community meal time together,” NQTA President Bobby Curley said in a statement.

The main guest speaker will be Bri Pena, career development coach at Mount Wachusett Community College.

Pena will also be there to schedule campus visits for local youth ages 17 to 29, and provide information on the college.

To supplement the focus on youth opportunity, Curley has invited Red Apple Farm owner Al Rose as the event’s educational speaker.

Rose will talk about entrepreneurship, specifically detailing his business’ transition to the business model of “a country experience,” following Bill Rose’s relinquishing of the business.

Rose will also talk about “how we can utilize the natural resources of our North Quabbin for both community and financial betterment and sustainability,” Curley said.

According to Curley, Red Apple Farm is one of the leading youth employers in the area during its seasonal operations. Any person interested in entrepreneurship — both old and young — is encouraged to attend.

Attendees may bring food to be shared by the group as part of its “delicious dishes.”

In addition, NQTA is now in its new-membership cycle, and those looking to join the outdoor trail organization can find more information at www.nqta.org.

David McLellan can be reached at dmclellan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 268.