RUTLAND — The steel drum music of Trinidad is making its way to Rutland via Calypso Consulting, a new business set up by Jennifer Cohen. Cohen, a classically trained pianist and violist with 30 years experience as a performer and educator, wanted to bring what she describes as a transformational experience to the workplace. “Music has a way of connecting us like no other experience. I have seen how the transformative power of collaborative music-making can be used to achieve outstanding results,” she said.
It’s a challenge the University of Vermont did not shy away from — supporting family farms through the purchase of locally grown and raised produce and meat products. So, five years ago UVM joined the national Real Food Challenge with the goal to increase the purchase of Vermont food products so that 20 percent of what’s served on campus would be locally grown. UVM committed to reaching that goal by 2020.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A business that wants to build two hydroponic greenhouses in New Hampshire’s North Country to get tomatoes and salad greens more quickly to New England supermarkets has received $25 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. North Country Growers plans to start building its two, 10-acre greenhouses in Berlin, New Hampshire, soon, and planting next July, with its first harvest next October. The company expects to produce 8 million pounds of tomatoes and 15 million heads of lettuce annually in a year-round operation.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES — Jerred Kiloh’s eyes narrowed as he checked his mirror again. The black Chevy SUV with tinted windows was still behind him. It had been hanging off Kiloh’s bumper ever since he nosed out of the parking lot behind his medical-marijuana dispensary with $40,131.88 in cash in the trunk of his hatchback.
“The Long Haul” by Finn Murphy, 2017, W.W. Norton, $26.95, 229 pages From here to there. That’s where you need to move your stuff: from Point A to Point B. Take it out of one place and put it in another, possibly many miles away. And it’s not like you can wiggle your nose or wave a magic wand to do it, either. You need someone who knows what he or she is doing. In “The Long Haul” by Finn Murphy, there’s somebody like that out there.
Farmers across New England are faced with new challenges every day, including the issue of finding the right piece of land to farm. As a part of its undertaking to help farmers overcome these challenges, the Department of Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Vermont continues its efforts with the Land Access Project to help transition farmers, landowners, conservation organizations, service providers, communities and policymakers throughout New England. The Land Access Project is entering its final year of a three-year timeline. This project builds from the first phase of Land Access, which took place from 2010 to 2013, and focused on improving and coordinating access to resources and services available for farmland. This current phase is structured around land access and transfer networking.
CHARLOTTE — Defining in simple terms what Jacob Edgar does for a living is no easy task. Sure, you could call him an ethnomusicologist, which he is, by training, earning a master’s degree in the unique field from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1994. “But most people don’t know what that is,” he said with a laugh. “So I have a hard time explaining it to them.” Or they assume he’s in academia, which couldn’t be further from the truth. “I guess you could say I’m a global talent scout and a music producer,” said Edgar, who founded music production and promotion company Cumbancha.
“Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World” by Mitch Prinstein, 2017, Viking, $27, 273 pages. None of the other kids like you. They don’t include you in anything. In fact, they often just plain ignore you, and some even pick on you. You don’t understand why this is, but there isn’t much you can do: Quitting your job is not an option.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK — AlphaBay, the now-shuttered online marketplace that authorities say traded in illegal drugs, firearms and counterfeit goods, wasn’t all that different from any other e-commerce site, court documents show. Not only did it work hard to match buyers and sellers and to stamp out fraud, it offered dispute-resolution services when things went awry and kept a public-relations manager to promote the site to new users. Of course, AlphaBay was no eBay. It went to great lengths to hide the identities of its vendors and customers, and it promoted money-laundering services to mask the flow of bitcoin and other digital currencies from prying eyes. Such “darknet” sites operate in an anonymity-friendly internet netherworld that’s inaccessible to ordinary browsers.
Trevor Mance launched the composting division of TAM Waste Removal four years ago, hoping to make better commercial use of food scraps and other biodegradable materials from the trash his company hauls. While composting has been good for TAM’s “green image,” and for employment — the company added 3 1/2 new jobs devoted to composting — Mance said it’s been unprofitable so far. “I don’t think it’s ever going to pay,” Mance said. “But we are pushing really hard because we believe in it. We’re doing it more for the environment.” Mance started TAM as an after-school venture in Shaftsbury in 1996.
WAITSFIELD — There are five new beers in central Vermont and, for now, they are available only at Localfolk Smokehouse in Waitsfield. This spring, Localfolk owner and “pit boss” John Morris added four house-brewed beers to the 20 he had on hand — Tolerable Pale Ale, a four malt, seven hops beer; Big Brown & Down, a four malt, four hops, full-bodied malty brown ale; Giggles IPA, a light IPA brewed with four classic American hops; and Adequate Maple Amber, a beer made with Dark B maple syrup added to the boil kettle, which creates a full-bodied, mildly sweet, amber ale. Killer RyeLife, a session rye pale ale, brewed light and crisp, was added in July. Why add your own brews when, for the past 12 years, your bar and restaurant has been a hot spot for skiers, hikers, tourists and locals? The motive for Localfolk, Morris said, was “to brew really good beer” and see what happens next.
KILLINGTON — The Killington region real estate scene has picked up. Offering what many called the best prices for a major resort area, brokers said the region’s properties offer good values and some bargains. However, there are shortages of certain types of inventory, so prices are starting to rise. “We don’t see the usual slow period anymore. I think there was really only one slow week since the snow season ended, and we are all finding it very challenging to keep up,” said attorney Marylou Scofield, who is based in Killington and handles real estate closings in the region.
On July 1, the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing launched a welcome campaign to its northern neighbors. The communications campaign is intended as a heartfelt reminder to Canadians that Vermont greatly values their friendship, tourism and trade. The initiative launch coincided with Canada Day, and began with 15- and 30-second video spots that ran throughout Quebec in both English and French on social media, featuring Gov. Phil Scott inviting Canadians to visit. “The feedback we have already received through both email and social media has been incredibly positive,” said Steven Cook, deputy commissioner at Tourism and Marketing. “On Canada Day, we ran a one-day media blitz, and in that one day we received over 300,000 views.
“Fully Connected: Surviving and Thriving in an Age of Overload” by Julia Hobsbawm, 2017, Bloomsbury, $28, 256 pages Your phone will not stop ringing. It chimes constantly, too, letting you know that you’ve got mail. Facebook announces itself with a “thwock,” and another noise works as a calendar notification. On one hand, it’s nice to be needed. On the other hand, you’d like to throw everything into a nearby river and walk away.