‘Fully Connected’ won’t help cure information overload

“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.

Chad Hollister performs at the Grooves & Brews Festival in Waterbury in late June.

Chad Hollister taps into ‘new shift’ in music

Central Vermont musician Chad Hollister has seen a lot of changes in the music business in his 20-plus years as a full-time professional musician. A South Burlington native who has lived in Worcester for a dozen years, Hollister, 49, has been playing his original roots-rock music in a variety of band formations since his first proper solo album, “Chad,” was released in 1998. Late last year, he was signed by San Diego-based label Pacific Records, and released his fifth album, “Stop the World,” in April. The album is the first to feature Hollister’s 10-piece band, which includes four horn players. The band celebrated the release of the album with a packed-house show at the Rusty Nail in Stowe, and has sold out the Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center in Stowe four years in a row.


VEIC co-founder Beth Sachs receives achievement award

BURLINGTON — Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility has given the Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement to Beth Sachs, co-founder and director emerita of Vermont Energy Investment Cooperation. Jane Campbell, VBSR’s executive director, said Sach’s contribution to the state’s focus on the reduction of fossil fuel consumption and the importance of workplace equality cannot be overstated. This award is given to an individual in honor of Terry Ehrich, late owner of Hemmings Motor News, founder of the First Day Foundation and a founding board member of VBSR, exemplifying his commitment to community, the environment, progressive public policy and the workplace. Additionally, Benjamin Adler, founder and owner of the Skinny Pancake, Inc., will receive the organization’s Young Changemaker Award. VBSR’s 16th annual awards ceremony will take place Sept.


Women struggle to balance student debt, life goals

After the grueling pace of graduate school, obtaining that advanced degree and finding a great professional career path, many women can finally turn their attention to other life choices. One choice they’ll be faced with is what to do with the substantial student loan debt. More importantly, how do they balance enjoyment of life while paying off those looming loans, as well as all the other pressures women face? Women hold nearly two-thirds of the current student loan debt in the United States, and “women working full-time with college degrees make 26 percent less than their male colleagues” according to a study by the American Association of University Women. That means that as a busy professional woman, you are not alone in feeling the challenge of trying to balance career, life and your loans.

In this provided photo, Josh and Andra Carter (center, rear) are shown with their employees. The couple hopes to sell their La Cosecha cafe to employees before moving back to Vermont.

Couple hopes to sell Ecuadoran café to employees

After six years making Otavalo, Ecuador, their home, the couple is returning to Josh’s home state of Vermont. But before they do, they have one last goal before they leave — sell their little café and bakery, La Cosecha. And the Carters are hoping — through a crowdfunding campaign — to be able to sell it to their seven employees. To do that, though, they need to raise $100,000 on IndieGoGo (igg.me/at/LaCosechaEcuador) by the end of the month. That’s just enough money to pay off what’s owed on the business.


Nikki Harnish joins IT department of DuBois & King  

DuBois & King consulting engineers announce that Nikki Harnish has joined the firm as a help desk technician in the Information Technology division. Harnish is a graduate of Vermont Technical College with a degree in computer engineering. Her experience includes customer service and diagnostic work for IT departments of industrial and financial firms. She lives in Bethel, and works in the firm’s Randolph headquarters. Founded in 1962, DuBois & King provides multidiscipline engineering services from offices in Randolph, South Burlington, Brandon and Springfield in Vermont, and Bedford and Laconia, New Hampshire.  


CVMC’s Callie Froebel earns DAISY Award for nursing care

BERLIN — Callie Froebel, a registered nurse, received Central Vermont Medical Center’s third DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in a surprise standing-room-only ceremony June 29. Froebel, a two-year nurse on CVMC’s medical-surgical unit, earned the honor for caring for and comforting a patient who had reached the end of life. “Callie took great care (of the patient) every single time,” her DAISY nominator wrote. “She went above and beyond every single shift. She not only was extremely competent and compassionate … but she connected with (the patient).”

The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune SYstem) Award is an international recognition program that honors and celebrates the skillful, compassionate care nurses provide every day.

Three Blue Cross Blue Shield employees get service awards

BERLIN — Three members of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont customer service team recently received national awards for outstanding service to BCBSVT members. Emily Fair, director of customer service, received national recognition from the Service Quality Management group with an award for first-call resolution, showing commitment to improving customer satisfaction levels and customer service experience. Janalee Willett received Service Quality Management’s award for supervisor of the year for her commitment to quality care and customer service satisfaction. Willett has worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont for 17 years. She is currently BCBSVT’s customer service supervisor and a Ulysses Master Coach.

Ana Araguas, left, owner of Just Dance, leads a Salsera  class  Tuesday night at her new Rutland dance studio. ROBERT LAYMAN / STAFF PHOTO

Passion and hard work: Just Dance ready to spread wings in larger facility

RUTLAND — Fourteen years ago, the owner of Just Dance Vermont Studio, Ana Araguas, moved to Rutland. A professional ballerina and off-Broadway dancer, she taught her first dance class for the Rutland Recreation Department at the former Dana School. “Now, things have come full circle for me, with the re-location of my dance studio, Just Dance Vermont, to the newly renovated Dana Center at 41 East Center Street,” Araguas said. “The studio I had before was too small for the expansion of classes I want to provide for young people and adults.”
The new studio consists of two rooms, each 840 square feet, one for dance and the other for fitness. Dance has been an integral part of Araguas’ life since she was a youngster growing up in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Hogenauer joins Nurses Alliance as hospice clinical manager

RUTLAND — Tammy Hogenauer, of Clarendon, has been named hospice clinical manager at the southwest region of the Visiting Nurses Alliance & Hospice. She will oversee a team of nurses providing hospice care to patients. Hogenauer joined the Visiting Nurses Alliance in 2014 as a hospice nurse. She previously worked as a registered nurse at Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Medical Oncology unit. Hogenauer received her training as a nurse and her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Castleton University, and certification as a hospice and palliative care nurse from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.