Hello all Forest Peeps,
Monday March 12th 6 o'clock at Orange Innovation Center 3rd. floor 131 West Main Street is the time and place for this month's Gathering.
Please bring those "Delicious Dishes" as always and I thank you for these Delicious Dishes for the past several years as they have made for a wonderful communal meal time together.
To continue the Hot Streak of quality speakers at our Gatherings for the past couple of months NQTA proudly presents--
Guest Speaker Bri Pena:
Bri is Mount Wachusett Community College's Career Developmental Coach. Last month's Guest Speaker Doctor John Henshaw is the Director of this program for the free Robotic and Advanced Technical training. He introduced us to this program.
Bri is the 'boots-on-the-ground' representative and lead contact to start the implementation process.
I will be reaching out to the Vet Organizations for the youths in their twenties and our own NQTA Youth Community leader Ally will be bringing in the youths of high school age to attend and take advantage of this wonderful program.
Bri will be there to set up campus visits and give detailed information to begin the implementation process (an NQTA favorite word ) for the youths in the Quabbin Region age 17 to 29.
All are welcome and encouraged to come learn more about this exciting program.
I am personally grateful and proud to announce that Red Apple Farm owner and leading North Quabbin entrepreneur Al Rose will be this month's Educational Speaker
Al's educational talk will focus on the history of the lineage of the generational changes to Red Apple Farm.
It will emphasize the business change from patriarch Bill Rose to Al's vision of the development of the business model "A Country Experience" for Red Apple farm.
Al has been a personal friend (and fellow A.T thru hiker) and has allowed NQTA in so many ways to develop as a outdoor trail organization.
The NQTA custom-designed Red Apple trail system is a personal laboratory of tick eradication, blazing, proper mapping and trail development.
I encourage all entrepreneurs both young and old to come and learn from Al on how we can utilize the natural resources of our North Quabbin for both community and financial betterment and sustainability.
The Red Apple Farm is also one of the area's leading youth employers during it's seasonal cycle.
⭐ And finally, NQTA is now in its Membership Cycle Time.
I have been so grateful and humbled by all of your support in the past and ask for your continued support. Our growth has created the need for General Trail Liability Insurance and funds to help with the daily cost of running a larger and more social community active organization.
Of course as part of your membership many new NQTA Custom Designed Maps will be coming out this year starting with the new Poplar Mountain Ridge Loop Trail now available.
All maps will be available at this Gathering to get everybody caught up.
Please go to nqta.org for more membership information ⭐
Thanks again for all of your support.
See you on March 12th with those Delicious Dishes.
Upward and Onward
Man in Motion
Maine to Georgia '85'
Hello All Forest Peeps,
A NQTA Gathering of true diversity has unfolded and I welcome All to come out of the cold of winter and join us for this very special February Gathering.
This month the time is Monday February 12th at 6 o'clock 3rd floor at our headquarters at Orange Innovation Center, 131 West Main Street in Orange, please bring those Delicious Winter Dishes.
Our main Educational Speakers will be our close stewardship partners the Native American Nolumbeka Project.
More Information to follow below but a hot late breaking development
Straight from the words of the MWCC Career Development Coach enthusiastic Brianna Pina !
Mt. Wachusett Community College, Devens MA campus is currently operating on a US Department of Labor grant targeted toward youth (persons 17 -29 yrs.). MWCC, will be offering two different FREE 6-week programs in Quality Technician Training and Automation Technician Training that are run multiple times throughout the year. After completion of training, you will have the opportunity to work with the Career Development Coach to assist with job placement in manufacturing. For more information, please call 978-630-9552.
So what we are talking about here is free Robotic and Advanced Technology training that is immediately needed for our US economy and after training continual support in job career placement by Brianna and the Mount Wachusett team.
Bri will be away on a Tropical Breeze vacation but we are honored to have John Henshaw as the main introduction speaker.
John M. Henshaw, PhD.
Dean, Workforce Development
Mount Wachusett Community College
This introduction to this training will take place during our communal meal time together.
NQTA is proud to be partnering with this MWCC initiative and act as a Hub for continual outreach to N Quabbin Educational systems, Community and Veterans outreach centers.
I ask all that join us to put on your partner ears and eyes and think on how using your connections the word can be spread out far and wide of the North Quabbin Region.
The obvious benefits in creating a better life for our North Quabbin youth aged 17 to 29 cannot be understated.
Thank you sincerely MWCC for your efforts in bringing this program to the North Quabbin region, a truly needed initiative.
⭐ Back to our main educational speakers The Nolumbeka Project
NQTA has had some of its finest Spiritual and Stewardship days working over at Great Falls at the Wissatinnewag village, ancient burial grounds and Native American Gathering site and at this Gathering looks to continues this relationship in the upcoming stewardship season.
Building circular three sisters gardens, collection of lava rocks, invasive species work and wonderful education on this 12,000 year old Native American sacred site.
David Brule Nolumbeka Project Program Director will be coming to talk on this Wissatinnewag site and again directly from David's own words.
I will give a history talk about Tribal presence at the falls, a history of the National Park Service project we are working on studying the massacre there in 1676. I can also talk about future projects for the Wissatinnewag site in general terms of preservation, restoration, education, etc.
I do have a few slides on my flashdrive to share.
Again, please understand the thrust will be cultural history about the falls site, and developing a master plan for Wissatinewag..!
Brent Pitcher in working with Howard Clark's research on "The History of Maize" will be attending and an interactive display example of this back breeding maize and a few photos of this new presentation. (no maize, no social civilization)
Due to the amount of exciting information in this new "History of Maize" presentation NQTA will be looking to do a Part 2 series with the Nolumbeka Project folks to ensure that we get a full education and are made aware of stewardship opportunities.
There will be a stewardship sign up sheet so NQTA and the community can be a partner with the Nolumbeka folks in the upcoming spring and summer stewardship seasons.
So WOW technology meets history at this very special NQTA Gathering.
I have had a lot of requests for these Nolumbeka Project peeps to come join us.
So please come on out of your house, out of your pajamas and come join us for this very special Educational Monday February 12th at 6 o'clock Gathering at OIC and please remember those Delicious Dishes.
I also welcome all of our friends over at the Nolumbeka Project to join us for this communal meal and Gathering time together.
*WEEKLY TUESDAY HIKES
Join the Tuesday Trekkers each Tuesday for a hike on local trails. Meet at the Athol YMCA at 9:00 AM.
We gather at 6 PM on the second Monday of each month at :
OIC (Orange Innovation Center) Room 222
131 West Main Street
Orange, Ma 01364