January 18, 2017

Inbox [Jan. 18]: KrafTea Kombucha accepted by trade group, YOU Inc. offers free food prep certificate, Auburn Rotary awards $3,500 to students, Simon Youth Foundation seeks scholar applicants

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Courtesy of Rotary Club of Auburn

Left to right, Auburn Rotary President-elect Heather Chivallatti; Auburn Rotarian Rick Stock; Thomas Randall and his son, Zachary Randall; Christine Anderson and her son, Thomas Anderson; Auburn Rotary President Steve Jones-D'Agostino; Abigail Lucas and her mother, Pamela Lucas; Auburn Rotary Treasurer Marcia Davis; and Auburn Rotarians John Convent and Jon Manning.

Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about.

KrafTea Kombucha accepted into trade association

KrafTea Kombucha was accepted into Kombucha Brewers International (KBI). KrafTea Kombucha is the only commercial kombucha brewer in Central Massachusetts and one of only two in the state.

Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage flavored with juices and other natural ingredients that has been growing in popularity among health-conscious individuals, including a large following among millennials. It’s predicted that the kombucha market will grow 25 percent annually through 2020.

KrafTea Kombucha was established in 2015 as a brand of 3cross Brewing Company. KrafTea was born from a collaboration between Matthew Glidden, a Worcester-based kombucha brewer, and Dave Howland, founder of 3cross.

Check out our free story on 3cross and its growing business

KrafTea Kombucha is available for purchase at 3cross Brewing Company, on Cambridge Street, as well as at local retail locations including Ed Hyder’s Mediterranean Marketplace, The Living Earth, BirchTree Bread Company, and Mass Liquors.

The additional promotion as well as the legal and educational resources that KrafTea Kombucha will receive through Kombucha Brewers International is a major step for the local brewers. “I’m pleased and excited to join the international association and look forward to sharing knowledge, insights and experiences with the world community,” Glidden says.

YOU Inc. to offer free food prep certificate training

YOU Inc., in cooperation with Quinsigamond Community College, is starting a Fresh Start Certificate Training Program in March.

The program is geared toward unemployed or underemployed work-ready individuals 16-24 who want to begin a career in foodservice operations that produce high quality, local and sustainable menu options.

The program runs March 13-April 6 at Worcester Senior Center, 128 Providence St. The first week runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m., weeks 2-4 run 1-5 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 2-5 p.m. on Tuesdays.

All participants who complete this training program, which consists of four modules and requires 75 hours of class/kitchen lab time, will obtain the following certifications: ServSafe, equipment safety, Mass. Allergen, and knife safety.

Auburn Rotary awards $3,500 in scholarships

The Rotary Club of Auburn has presented scholarships totaling $3,500 to three graduates of Auburn High School and one graduate of Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton who are now attending their first year of college.

Auburn Rotary

Courtesy Rotary Club of Auburn

Left to right, Auburn Rotarian Jennifer Reil, a Bay Path High teacher; and Anthony and Zachary Martins and their mother, Jennifer Martins.

The ceremonies took place during Scholarship Dinners with the recipients and their parents on Dec. 21 and 28 at Chuck’s Steak House in Auburn.

The recipients are as follows (alphabetical, by last name):

  • Thomas Anderson, an Auburn High graduate who attends Worcester State University
  • Abigail Lucas, an Auburn High graduate who attends the University of Connecticut
  • Zachary Martins, a Bay Path High graduate who attends the University of Northwestern Ohio
  • Zachary Randall, an Auburn High graduate who attends the University of Maine

“Over the course of more than 50 years, Auburn Rotary has raised in excess of $420,000 for scholarships to local high school graduates,” club President Steve Jones-D’Agostino said. “Our club’s scholarship program serves to advance one of Rotary’s six Areas of Focus: Supporting education.

Simon Youth Foundation seeks applicants for $1 million in scholarships

Simon Malls in New England announced that once again the malls and centers are proud to help deserving graduating seniors pay for college. Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, is now looking for qualified applicants who live near a Simon Mall or a Simon Premium Outlet and within the surrounding communities.

Each year, Simon Youth Community Scholarships are awarded in every community across the country that is home to Simon Malls. That includes Auburn Mall and Solomon Pond Mall in Marlborough.

The application period has begun and ends on March 1. Students can apply online by visiting syf.org/scholarships.

Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2017 and lives in the community surrounding a Simon property is eligible. Recipients will receive up to $1,500 to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.

In 2016, the Simon Youth Foundation awarded $1.2 million to 300 students nationwide.

Read the entire story on the Simon Youth Foundation website

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