In late summer 2015, Thyme to Cook opened on Tremont Street in Claremont, New Hampshire. This is John and Leslie Marston’s second kitchenware store. The first was established in Rockingham, Vermont, in 2009. “It’s all about the food for us,” Leslie Marston said. “We have a lot of passion for food.
LiFT is the creation of a husband-wife team passionate about game-changing when it comes to students and their individual education tracks. Preschool students and those in college experience student-directed learning. But the traditional classroom approach that students experience in elementary, middle and high school doesn’t work for everyone and leaves some students without a way to explore topics they’re passionate about. David Lipkin, whose career has been in mental health, and his wife, Josie Jordan, an educator, recognize this gap that often exists when a student’s interests and personal goals are sidelined. They argue that this doesn’t have to happen, thanks to their new educational game changer, LiFT, an efficient platform that showcases for teachers and counselors the interests and passions students have that may never see the light of day in the classroom.
Want to learn about outer space, how to throw a pot, attend a history lecture, or debate current events with your peers? You can at the Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL). GMALL’s mission is “to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the community by providing accessible, diversified and high-quality educational programs to the public.” According to Gloria Palmer, executive director of GMALL, there is a growing desire and interest by adults to participate in continuing education opportunities in a wide variety of topics. “This summer alone, we have seen a 27-percent increase in participation numbers for our programs which translated to about 1,000 people in attendance for our summer session,” she said. “Overall this year we are predicting a 10-percent increase over last year.
Southern Vermont College (SVC), a small private liberal arts college in Bennington, recently announced their new Good Neighbor Scholarship program designed to make the college a much more affordable option for area students seeking higher education. The Good Neighbor Scholarship is a renewable scholarship of $11,000 per year. There are an unlimited number of scholarships available, which are now being offered for the 2016-2017 academic year. Students interested in applying for the scholarship must meet SVC’s admission standards and have attended high schools in Bennington or Windham Counties in Vermont or certain high schools in New York and Massachusetts. Students who have earned an associate’s degree from Landmark College and Community College of Vermont students who meet certain criteria are also eligible to apply.
A recently completed $24.5 million project, which includes 42,000 square feet of new construction seamlessly welded to two existing structures, adds up to 750,000 square feet total in the new Center for Communication and Creative Media that opened in mid-fall at Champlain College in Burlington. In addition to serving the specific needs of students in the school’s largest division, Communication and Creative Media, the center will also be a campus hub for shuttle and mail services, and offers dining facilities. Dr. Paula Willoquet-Maricondi is dean of the Communication and Creative Media division of Champlain College. Her division this year has about 870 students pursuing nine different majors leading to a baccalaureate degree. Students may also pursue advanced degrees in emerging media.
At Brook Valley Appliance Inc. in Manchester, televisions are now a part of the inventory, which also includes the store’s already-existing selection of washers, dryers, hot tubs and kitchen appliances. Steve Trout, previously of Center Hill Electronics, recently joined the staff, bringing more than 25 years of experience to the expansion. With the closing of Center Hill Electronics, an opportunity to expand Brook Valley’s product line was presented. As Beth Meachem, Brook Valley’s sales and marketing director, said, “town management reached out to us and asked us to consider a new part of our business model. John O’Keefe, [Manchester’s] town manager, and Pauline Moore, economic development officer for Manchester, wanted to keep the availability of the product line here.” Brook Valley, founded in 1985, already boasted a diverse product line supported by an off-site warehouse, allowing participating retailers in the Franklin, Massachusetts facility to pass on the same buying advantages of the big box stores, explained Meachem.
Understanding the passion of students is at the core of Long Trail School in Dorset, an independent program for students in grades 6-12. Founded 40 years ago, the school has grown from a handful of students to 182 strong today. The first kernel of growth began with an auxiliary, off-campus program of Burr and Burton Seminary in Manchester. Dave Wilson and Rene Schrauth were the program’s founders. Working from a base in a farmhouse on River Road, students flourished in the alternative environment.
MANCHESTER – What does it take to go from center stage in family soirees to the public limelight? The Levis family of Manchester has found the key to success on that front. Siblings Tajlei, Melissa, Oliver and Max Levis are entrepreneurs with careers as a playwright, musician, farmer and innkeeper/scholar. Years of creative energy staging plays in the family living room seem to have paid off for the quartet. Tajlei splits her time between New York and the Green Mountains.
Mortgage broker Nick Parent recently launched his new business, Vermont Mortgage Company, in Burlington, where he opened an office at 77 College Street. Parent brings 10 years of broker experience and more than 1,000 transactions to the business. Vermont Mortgage Company (VMC), which also has an office in Peru, Vermont, works with individuals and families seeking residential mortgages, refinancing of existing mortgages, and investment property financing throughout Vermont. Their objective is to be the lifelong mortgage planner for all equity and home-purchase needs. “I have a great team working with me, and we’re so excited to partner with clients to realize their dreams of home ownership,” Parent stated.
The holiday season is upon us. While many families will enjoy each other’s company amidst the festivities, there will be some who experience awkward moments or learn surprising facts about a loved one. In fact, this time of year can be quite character-revealing. Perhaps you will learn some new tidbits about certain relatives that cause you to second-guess certain estate planning decisions you have made. Have you ever joked about cutting someone out of your will?