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Ray Pfau and Richard Simon of the Repair Cafe (Encore Episode)

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Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 10:00pm

In an encore of The Business Beat, Steve D’Agostino interviews Ray Pfau and Richard Simon, members of the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, which runs Repair Café programs in Bolton and Sudbury. They talk about reducing waste while building community. This episode aired originally on September 17, 2017.

The Repair Café was initiated by Martine Postma. Since 2007, she has been striving for sustainability on the local level in many ways. She organized the very first Repair Café in 2009 in Amsterdam. It was a great success.

This prompted Martine to start the Repair Café Foundation. In 2010, this Dutch non-profit organization was officially set up. Since 2011, the foundation has provided professional support to local groups in the Netherlands and other countries wishing to start their own Repair Café.

At Repair Cafés, everything centers on making repairs. By promoting repairs, Repair Cafés want to help reduce mountains of waste. Repair Cafés are also meant to put neighbors in touch with each other in a new way, to help people save money, and to help people discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home.

There are now 21 groups running repair events in Massachusetts. Nine are Repair Cafes, eight are Fixit Clinics, and four are independent events, not under either the Repair Cafe or the Fixit Clinic umbrella. The next local Repair Cafe is on Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Church in Northboro, located at 23 Main St.

With a motto of "service above self," Nashoba Valley Rotary is a charitable non-profit that serves Bolton, Lancaster and Stow. Ray Pfau is an organizer and fixer volunteer and Richard Simon is a fixer volunteer of the club's Repair Cafe program, which also helps other groups in the area and in the state to run repair events.

In the spirit of full disclosure, Steve D'Agostino is also a member of the Nashoba Rotary Club.

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