STOWE — Mark Frier has a full plate these days. He and business partner Chad Fry own the Reservoir Restaurant & Taproom in Waterbury, and Stowe restaurant The Bench. And they recently added a third spot to their repertoire, revamping the iconic Stowe music venue Rusty Nail into a Mexican restaurant and live music space called Tres Amigos & Rusty Nail Stage. The restaurant opened to the public on Sept.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The 2017 Nissan Leaf Todd Kowalczyk purchased in June to replaced his trusted Subaru Outback is about as eco-friendly as 21st-century automotive technology can get. Silver, futuristic, curvy in all the right places, and mechanically reliable, the Leaf is a sleek-looking ride for its class and generation. Best of all, the Leaf is great on gas.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MONTPELIER — When people conjure up an image of a typical Vermont farmer, they most likely think of a middle-age white man on a dairy farm. But the state’s farming community is now made up of a more diverse population farming more than just dairy cattle, and the University of Vermont and several partners plan to update that image. The university and its partner groups have earned a three-year $90,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities that requires them to raise the same amount to tell the story of Vermont’s diverse farming community, with more women, young farmers and new Americans now involved.
BROOKFIELD — Lee Duberman and Richard Fink have owned and operated Ariel’s Restaurant on the shore of Sunset Lake for 21 years. While their respective skills as chef and sommelier have sharpened in that time, their energy level has gradually diminished. Now, they say, it is time to abandon Vermont winters, acrimonious politics and unaffordable health care.
The Associated Press NEW YORK — Six months into her tenure as head of the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon sees a split among small business owners — they are increasingly optimistic, she says, but many are held back by their inability to get loans or find the right workers for jobs that are staying open. “Entrepreneurs are willing again to be bigger risk-takers than they have been over the past eight years,” McMahon said in a phone interview this week with The Associated Press. But, she said, there are also lingering effects of the Great Recession, and “I think there is still a caution.” McMahon’s observations matched owners’ self-assessments in surveys including ones released by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and Dun & Bradstreet Corp. and by the National Federation of Independent Business. She also named some of the stumbling blocks that many owners have cited in addition to a scarcity of loans and workers: regulations, taxes and the cost of health care, all issues President Donald Trump has pledged to address.
Because Vermont sales tax laws are so complicated, to do their job correctly, cashiers at Pinky’s on State, a deli and gift shop in downtown Montpelier have to conduct a “mini-audit with each customer,” Pinky’s co-owner, Nancy Martel, told a four-person panel from the Vermont Department of Taxes, during the department’s recent listening tour on tax concerns. The mini-audits, she said, can take up to three minutes each, a real concern during a busy lunch-hour rush. The main problem for a business like hers, she said, is some items are taxed some of the time but not always. “Chips are not taxed if sold alone but are taxed if sold with a sandwich. If they are part of your meal they are taxed.
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. Instead, it met the goal this year, three years ahead of schedule. Now, the school has upped its commitment to 25 percent by 2020.
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. Cohen taught herself how to play steel drums, and first introduced it into Clarendon Elementary School, where she taught.
“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.
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. “Northern New Hampshire has very few really hot nights, which makes it perfect for us,” said North Country Growers CEO Richard Rosen, who grew up in the greenhouse business. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says hydroponics, or growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions in water, without soil, is a growing area of commercial food production.
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. 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.
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.
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.