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Officials at the Montshire Museum are looking at ways to use its 100-acre over the coming decades.

Museum looks to a future spent outdoors

NORWICH — The Montshire Museum of Science is developing a master plan to expand the museum’s outdoor experience for a 100-acre landscape that focuses on discovery. Plans began in 2016, with completion envisioned for 2020. “The master plan has been implemented to unify the vision of the outdoors — to maximize the opportunity of our shoulder seasons. For us, “discovery” pertains to learning science through an interactive process. When you come to visit us we make science accessible by helping people make connections to the world around us and how the world around us works,” said Marcos Stafne, executive director at the Montshire.


Think you’re enjoying your weekends? Guess again

“The Weekend Effect” by Katrina Onstad, 2017, HarperOne, $25.99, 304 pages
Zzzzzzzzzip. That was the sound of your last weekend as it passed by. But it probably doesn’t matter, anyhow: It was packed with work, to-do’s, obligations, kids sports and more work. Sometimes, you wonder why you even bother. You might as well just go to the office.

Mike Mainer

UVM grad Mike Mainer joins DuBois & King

Mike Mainer has joined DuBois & King consulting engineers as a civil/environmental engineer. Mainer is a graduate of the University of Vermont’s environmental engineering program. His six years of professional experience includes design and permitting of residential, commercial and municipal water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure projects, as well as site investigation and remediation of hazardous materials. He resides in Hinesburg and works out of the firm’s Brandon office. DuBois & King provides multidiscipline planning, engineering and environmental services from offices in Randolph, South Burlington, Brandon and Springfield, Vermont, and Bedford and Laconia, New Hampshire.

Andrew Carlson

Visiting Nurse chaplain is employee of the year


RUTLAND — Hospice chaplain and bereavement coordinator Andrew Carlson was named Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region’s 2016 Employee of the Year. The winner is selected from nominations submitted by colleagues based on commitment to exceeding expectations in work and in support or comfort of patients and their families. It recognizes an employee whose work exemplifies the values of respect and dignity of the individual, excellence, honesty and fairness, stewardship of resources, and teamwork. Carlson joined VNAHSR in 2015. “Andrew sees hospice patients and families at a critical juncture in their lives.

Medical video recording provision creates tricky dispute

Among Vermont workers’ compensation lawyers, one of the most hotly debated issues of the past year has involved the clash between an employer’s right to neuropsychological testing and the injured worker’s right to video record all employer examinations. Neuropsychological testing is an assessment of how someone’s brain is functioning, which includes an interview and the administration of a battery of tasks or questions by a neuropsychologist. One of the requirements of valid neuropsychological testing is that it cannot be conducted with the presence of a third-party observer. Doing so is considered not only allowing an unknown variable that can affect testing, but a violation of the neuropsychologist’s professional ethics. Even a video or audio recording of the actual testing compromises the test, they say.

Scott Woodward

Second-in-command named for Digital Services team  

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott and Agency of Digital Services Secretary John Quinn have appointed Scott Woodward deputy secretary of Digital Services. Woodward will join Quinn in leading the newly formed agency, created by Scott and approved by the Legislature. “He is a problem solver with a reputation for successful delivery of service to customers and partners,” said Quinn. “He will be a valuable addition to our team as we work with other agencies and departments to implement Governor Scott’s vision for a more modern, efficient and valuable state government.”

Woodward brings more than 25 years of leadership, consulting and IT experience to the position. He began his career as an officer in the U.S. Army.

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Butterfly Bakery owner and developer Claire Georges poses with some of her most popular products recently at Butterfly Bakery's new location at 46 Gallison Hill Road in Montpelier. The growing bakery recently moved from Hardwick.

Butterfly owner found a hot market in chili sauces

MONTPELIER — The 2017 pepper harvest can’t come soon enough for a growing Montpelier business. The new home of the Butterfly Bakery, a commercial bakery and hot sauce manufacturing facility, is quietly coming together on Gallison Hill Road after being located in Hardwick. The exhaust hood was installed on the roof on Thursday, the final equipment will be in position by the beginning of next week, and the first batch of hot sauce should be sending steam up from the kettles in short order. The bright, airy 3,000-square-foot space promises much-needed elbow room for the business that has grown exponentially since it was born in Claire Georges’ kitchen. Georges, 36, of Montpelier, wanted a way to combine her love of baking with filling a need she saw for all-natural vegan baked goods made with whole grains and free of refined sugar.

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Wet and rainy weather did not prevent runners from participating in the annual Covered Bridges Half Marathon in Woodstock in June 2016.

Competition ramps up for running event participants

The number of running events in Vermont and beyond has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years. In May alone, there is a plethora of organized running opportunities for all stripes of runners. Those looking for a 5 kilometer race can even find one in Stowe with a beer festival at the end, while more hardcore types can tackle full marathons in Burlington and southern Vermont, or epic, multi-day endurance races in Goshen. Whether there are enough runners to support these events depends on who you ask. “There are plenty of folks to go around,” said Lisa McCurdy, director of communications for Gray Matter Marketing.

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Wendy Knight was recently appointed commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing.

Wendy Knight: Tourism, business development closely tied

MONTPELIER — Vermont’s $2.6 billion tourism industry is one of the cornerstones of the state’s economy, and Vermont’s new tourism and marketing commissioner hopes to take that a step or two further. Coming from the private sector as head of her own marketing firm, one of Wendy Knight’s priorities will be to take a holistic approach when it comes to promoting the state. “Basically, many of the attributes that attract visitors to Vermont are the same qualities that attract workers and entrepreneurs,” said Knight, who officially began her job May 1. She ticked off a list of attributes that includes caring for the environment, outdoor recreation, world-class ski resorts, low crime and value-added food products. “So, the Agency (of Commerce and Community Development) is being very focused on marketing Vermont as a place not just to visit but a place to live, work and set up a business,” Knight said.

Keith Michl

Michl joins health care foundation leadership

BENNINGTON — Dr. Keith Michl, of Dorset, has joined the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation Board of Directors. “Keith is an important health leader in the Northshire and the region,” said Leslie Keefe, the foundation’s vice president of corporate development. “His experience and insights will contribute greatly to our mission, and we are grateful to have him join us.”
Dr. Michl is an internal medicine physician in private practice in Manchester, and a member of the Department of Medicine at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. He is an affiliate of MDVIP, a network of physicians providing personalized primary care medical and wellness services. He attended Middlebury College and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio.