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March 12, 2013

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Northeast Harvest agricultural confab

TOPSFIELD — Northeast Harvest Buy Local will host the annual Northeast Harvest Agricultural Conference on Tuesday, March 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Coolidge Hall, Topsfield Fairgrounds.

Consumers, farmers, farmers markets managers, agricultural commissioners, state officials, and legislators from Middlesex and Essex counties are invited to attend.

Preregistration cost is $20, registration the day-of is $25.

Coffee will be served in the morning, and lunch will be provided.

The conference will include sessions on new FDA regulations, backyard poultry, farmers’ markets, farm to table cooking, and an opportunity to earn two spray credits.

The topics of the new fruit fly and the stink bug will be discussed for earned credits.

To register, visit www.northeastharvest.com. Call 978-887-5000 or email joy@topsfieldfair.org.

State medicos offer tips to parents

WALTHAM — As reports of child sexual abuse increase at Massachusetts schools and with the Pennsylvania State and church pedophile scandals still in memory and making headlines, the Massachusetts Medical Society is encouraging parents and guardians to learn more about child sexual abuse with the publication of “Protecting Your Child from Sexual Abuse,” a collaborative effort with Massachusetts Citizens for Children.

The free 12-page brochure includes basic information on child sexual abuse; tips to help protect children; potential signs and changes in behavior to look for; what to do if abuse is suspected; and resources on reporting, preventing, and treatment of child sexual abuse.

“Protecting Your Child from Sexual Abuse” and the other brochures in the series are available free via download from the Massachusetts Medical Society at www.massmed.org/violence. Printed copies may be ordered individually or in sets from the Medical Society by writing to dph@mms.org or calling 1-800-322-2303 x7373.

Short takes

Giuseppe’s Ristorante and Piano Bar, corner of Main and Washington streets in Gloucester, has announced it will be closed Easter Sunday, March 31.

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