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Blissful Meadows owner conducts excavator simulator test at Valley Tech.

UPTON a Between growing up on a farm and owning Blissful Meadows Country Club in Uxbridge, Gordon Bliss estimates that he's been operating heavy machinery for nearly 50 years. In that time, he's learned some valuable lessons about the importance of training and preparation.

"The damage that can occur because of inexperience on construction machinery can be phenomenal,'' Bliss said.

Given his personal experience with construction machinery and his long-standing support for Blackstone Valley Tech, the school recently invited Bliss to take part in a hands-on test of the Construction Technology department's new excavator simulator. Following a tutorial from Construction Technology junior Brandon Carmichael of Douglas, Bliss took a seat in the simulator and marveled at the machine's ability to replicate the excavator features and procedures while removing the risk of damage to property or injury to the operator.

"The simulator is just terrific,'' Bliss said. "There is nothing like hands-on learning and the confidence it brings. Anyone looking to work in the construction trade should have experience on one of these machines.''

Since 2001, the Blissful Meadows Country Club's Annual Company Open golf tournament has raised nearly $250,000 for regional schools, including Blackstone Valley Tech.

Superintendent-Director Michael Fitzpatrick said the continued financial support goes a long way toward making sure cutting-edge technology is available to BVT students and is a shining example of local philanthropy.

"The future work force could not find a more appropriate role model to emulate than Gordon Bliss,'' commented Fitzpatrick.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Nov 22, 2013
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