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March 15, 2011

Business briefs

Open house at H&R Block, Amesbury

Do you have any tax questions? Tax professionals will be on hand at the Amesbury office of H&R Block to answer your tax questions for free on Thursday, March 1, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. In addition, they will take a second look at your current or prior year tax returns — back to 2007 — for free. Additional charges will apply if patrons choose to have the office file a corrected return. Free coffee and refreshments.

The office is located at Stop and Shop Plaza, 100 Macy St., Amesbury.

ENPRO three-year BPA with U.S. DEA

ENPRO Services, Inc. (ENPRO), a customer-focused firm specializing in the management of oil and hazardous waste, has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement by the Drug Enforcement Administration to perform hazardous waste clean-up and removal duties on behalf of law enforcement agencies throughout the state of New York. This BPA coincides with ENPRO's continuing work on similar contracts with the DEA and state and local law enforcement agencies throughout New England. The New York DEA award is a three-year BPA.

Irish coffee

Come on down and enjoy a spot of Irish coffee on us! Stop by Greetings by Design, 4A winter St., on Wednesday, March 16, between 4 and 7 p.m., and enjoy a cup of Irish coffee for an early celebration of St Patrick's Day. Local author Aine Greaney and Ireland travel specialist Elaine Carroll will drop by. Greaney is originally from Ireland; her just released novel "Dance Lessons" takes place in both the U.S. and Ireland. Carroll is a certified specialist by the Irish Tourist Board and owner of Vacation Homes Abroad.

Barnyard Maples earns state distinction

The Barnyard Maples of Byfield was recently named one of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau's 2011 Horse Farms of Distinction. Owned by Kevin and Gale Meserve, The Barnyard Maples at 8 Maple St. in Byfield is a natural horsemanship training and boarding stable. It offers personalized care, boarding, training and vacation stays for horses. The Meserves' horse has graced the cover of EQUUS magazine and pages of Discover Horse magazine and photos of their barn and horse have appeared in educational guide books. Their facility was also scouted as a potential movie set location. A horse boarded at the stabled was ridden by Ty Pennington on an episode of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition." The Barnyard Maples was one of 30 farms selected for the Horse Farm of Distinction honor. The program began in 1990 to recognize horse farms and stables that set high standards and achieve a level of excellence in overall horse health, farm management and compliance with public safety. For more on The Barnyard Maples, call 508-523-4862 or e-mail

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