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Bundles of $20 bills are placed on a table as Jerred Kiloh, owner of the Higher Path medical marijuana dispensary, prepares a trip to Los Angeles City Hall to pay his monthly tax payment in cash in Los Angeles. For Kiloh, the cash is a daily hassle. It needs to be counted repeatedly to safeguard against loss. State and local taxes must be set aside and stored, sometimes for a month or more.
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Inside a nerve-rattling trip to pay pot taxes


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. Kiloh was unarmed, on his way to City Hall to make a monthly tax payment, and managing only stop-and-start progress in the midday traffic. He was afraid of one thing above all else: getting robbed.

Jacob Edgar, a global talent scout and music producer who grew up in Plainfield, in Iquitos, Peru on a shoot for the television show, “Music Voyager,” which he hosts. Edgar founded the Charlotte-based music company Cumbancha in 2006.
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Cumbancha in Charlotte: Music from a big world

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.

Two appointed to Vermont Commission on Women  

MONTPELIER — Marybeth Christie Redmond of Essex and Emilie Kornheiser of Brattleboro have joined the Vermont Commission on Women, appointed by Vermont Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson. Redmond serves as a partner in the Vermont Story Lab project, training nonprofit communicators to weave storytelling through the fabric of their organizations to increase impact and reach. For six years she taught journalism at St. Michael’s College and also co-founded a program for Vermont’s incarcerated women called “writing inside VT.” Redmond also directed the development and communications efforts at Vermont Works for Women, a nonprofit organization training vulnerable women for meaningful, livable wage employment. Kornheiser is early childhood action plan director with Building Bright Futures, and recently with Promise Communities for the State of Vermont.

Onion River Animal Hospital owner Karen Bradley in front of the Berlin facility, designed to make veterinary visits less stressful for pets and owners.

Pet hospital geared to ease anxiety for animal, owner

BERLIN — There is a current shift in veterinary medicine toward creating a fear-free practice that reduces anxiety and stress for both pets and owners. Onion River Animal Hospital, a full-service operation, has made fear-free practice one of its top priorities at its new, state-of-the-art facility on Airport Road in Berlin. “Some of what stresses our patients happens at the level of the facility. Noises, odors and face-to-face meetings with other patients can be anxiety triggers for some pets,” said Dr. Karen Bradley, owner of Onion River, and one of six veterinarians at the clinic. “Reducing the anxiety and stress that some of our patients feel when visiting us is one of our most important goals right now.”
“It is certainly trending now,” said Dr. Sara White, president of the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association, about fear-free practices.

Back on Track physical therapy expands to Rutland Town location

RUTLAND — The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting at the new, expanded location of Back On Track Physical Therapy, at 365 U.S. Route 4 East in Rutland Town. Back On Track Physical Therapy offers private treatment rooms and a welcoming gym area with state-of-the-art equipment. Back On Track provides manual therapy, functional training for strengthening, flexibility and balance, work hardening programs, pre- and post-operative rehabilitation, and individualized fitness programs for post rehabilitation and more. For more information, visit backontrackpt.org or call 855-8068.  





First resident graduates from SVMC podiatry program

BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has graduated the first resident in its Podiatry Residency Program. Michael Banh was awarded a certificate of completion on the evening of July 11 at the Mount Anthony Country Club. “I have enjoyed building close professional relationships with fellow residents and faculty members,” said Banh. “And I am grateful for the wide range of general medical and surgical experience I have gained. This was a great start to my medical career.”

Banh received his undergraduate education at California State University, Fullerton, and his medical degree at Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine in Kent, Ohio.

Sean Hood, right, speaks with fellow wedding photographer Jeff McLoughlin while photographing a wedding in Waitsfield.

College student grows photography business from kernel

BARRE — Sean Hood, a 21-year-old from Barre, runs his own photography business while attending the Community College of Vermont, working part time for the last two years. It’s something that happened gradually. Hood began his time with cameras young. “Ever since I was little, I’ve been messing around with filming,” said Hood. “I got my first camera when I was eight.

Arthur W. Nichols

Nichols joins administrative team at Brattleboro Retreat

BRATTLEBORO — Arthur W. Nichols has been named Brattleboro Retreat’s new executive vice president and chief financial officer. “We’re excited to bring in a person of Art’s caliber,” said Louis Josephson, president and chief executive officer. “The Retreat is getting a great leader who I know will play a key role in helping us achieve the financial goals we have set out in our new strategic plan.”
Nichols received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the College of William & Mary and a master’s degree in business administration in finance at the University of Florida at Gainesville’s Hough College of Business Administration. He served most recently, from 2004 to 2015, as president and chief executive officer of Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, New Hampshire. “I feel very fortunate to be joining the Brattleboro Retreat, one of the premier nonprofit providers of psychiatric and substance abuse services in the Northeast,” said Nichols.

AP PHOTO This screen grab provided by the U.S. Department of Justice shows a hidden website that has been seized as part of a law enforcement operation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation

What ‘darknet’ sites have in common with eBay

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.


‘Popular’ will set you right back in the playground

“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.