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Farmers' Markets

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is encouraging farmers' markets across the state to go electronic with Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) machines.

Adding EBT machines on site will allow eligible customers to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) vouchers for the market's items. The machines will also allow any customer to pay with a credit or debit card.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $4 million in funding available nationwide to place EBT machines in farmers' markets, with Virginia receiving $92,000 of that money based on the number of farmers' markets not currently using EBT machines.

Market managers need to contact Leanne DuBois from the VDACS or Toni Washington from the Virginia Department of Social Services by Sept. 7 to apply for a machine. DuBois can be reached at leanne.dubois@vdacs.virginia.gov or (804) 225-3663. Washington can be contacted at toni.washington@dss.virginia.gov or (804) 726-7662.


People Incorporated is hosting a Customer Service Workshop from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Shenandoah County Government Center.

The workshop will include an engaging discussion on great customer service and will provide tips to help build teamwork and to better understand the customer experience.

Topics covered will include:
• Identifying why customer service is beneficial to your bottom line
• Identifying and practicing positive behaviors
• Treating your co-workers as your internal customers
• Giving front-line employees the confidence and support they need
• Managers learning to lead by example

The government center is located at 600 North Main Street, Suite 100A, in Woodstock.


Mary June (MJ) Williams
, owner of Alpha Voyages, Inc. in Winchester, is now certified by Sandals Resorts as a Sandals WeddingMoons Specialist.

Williams was personally selected to participate in the Sandals WeddingMoon Specialist training held in July in Jamaica. The training provides travel agents with detailed information on the unique Wedding and Honeymoon programs offered within the Sandals Resorts International portfolio.

Williams, already qualified as a Certified Sandals Specialist, is now certified as an expert in the varied destination wedding and honeymoon offerings at Sandals resorts.

"I am thrilled to have been a part of this certification course and I have come away with a wealth of knowledge," Williams said. "My clients want to feel confident that the information they receive is based on expert knowledge and now, my Sandals WeddingMoons Specialist designation does just that."

Alpha Voyages, Inc. is located at 133 Premier Place in Winchester and can be reached by calling 662-6279.

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