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From left are Taylor Scott, President Bill Scott and Adam Scott of Scott Energy, the Gloucester-based heating provider that is one of the sponsors of Thursday ’s YMCA of the North Shore St. Peter's Fiesta 5K in Gloucester.

Farmers market open for season

The Magnolia Community Farmers Market is open Sundays from 9 a.m. to noon through Sept. 15 on Lexington Avenue in Gloucester.

“We are building a better market,” said Rebecca Doyon, co-director of the Magnolia Community Farmers Market, in a prepared statement.

The market is aiming to offer favorite flavors, produce and products, created and operated by local vendors, crafters, artisans, farmers, purveyors, bakers, and chefs. The market team will strive to provide the very best in local goods while creating a new avenue to give back to the community of Magnolia.

“The blue sky and fresh flowers were the perfect backdrop for the positive vibe that was up and down the full length of Lexington Ave. this morning,” said Colleen Moceri of Rockport, at the June 9 opening. “Can’t wait for next time!”

Magnolia Community Farmers Market supports the local community of Magnolia by working in partnership with the Magnolia Library and Community Center and the Magnolia Fund. Money raised by the market will directly benefit the enrichment of Magnolia, organizers said.

Scott Energy sponsoring Fiesta 5K

Scott Energy, a local provider of home heating oil, propane, heating and cooling system installation and service, is proud to announce its support of YMCA of the North Shore’s St. Peter’s Fiesta 5K. As part of the YMCA’s new Community Race Series, this 5K is a family-focused run/walk with post-run activities for all ages.

The race is part of the Fiesta activities in Gloucester. The race kicks off Thursday, June 27, at 6 p.m. at Stage Fort Park. The race race benefits the Cape Ann YMCA Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program.

“We are so grateful to Scott Energy for their first-time sponsorship and support of our 5K races. We cannot do what we do without the support of our community partners, staff, volunteers and sponsors,” said Carol Meyer, YMCA of the North Shore’s special events director. “To have local businesses like Scott Energy join us in support of our races, whose proceeds help us provide important Y initiatives like Corner Stone for cancer survivors and their families, teen leadership, summer literacy programs and so much more, is a true testament to the power of giving back. We are thrilled to have Scott Energy on our road race team!”

Registration for the race may be done online, $30 for adults, $15 for children, until Monday, June 24, at 10 p.m. at Race day registration at Stage Fort Park is $35 for adults, $15 for children, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.

“For over 70 years, Scott Energy has been giving back to the communities we serve,” said Scott Energy President Bill Scott. “By supporting the YMCA of the North Shore, we’re able to help even more of our neighbors in ways we never imagined.”

Jobless rate at 3 percent

The Massachusetts unemployment rate rose in May, but rested at the low rate of 3 percent.

State labor officials, citing federal data, reported Friday that Massachusetts lost 3,600 jobs in May, despite the addition of 400 government jobs.

Over the past year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that Bay State employers have added 26,700 jobs. The bulk of the job gains were in education and health services (14,300), professional services (7,100) and government (4,200).

“Massachusetts continues to experience a strong economy with a low unemployment rate of 3 percent and over 60,000 more employed residents and 17,500 fewer unemployed residents in the last year,” Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta said in a statement. “Also, the Commonwealth’s labor force participation rate remains at a near 15-year high and is 5 points above the U.S. rate.”

Local area unemployment statistics for May will be released on Tuesday.

The U.S. jobless rate in May was 3.6 percent.

- Michael P. Norton/SHNS

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