David Provost

Provost gets VP job

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College recently appointed David J. Provost as the institution’s new executive vice president for finance and administration, starting Jan. 23. Provost comes to Middlebury from Champlain College in Burlington, where he spent 12 years overseeing a variety of core functions, including finance, advancement, campus planning, facilities, human resources and information technology. At Middlebury, Provost will lead the college’s finance and budget office, facilities, capital planning, dining operations, information technology and business services. Provost had a key role in creating Champlain College’s first comprehensive master plan, which created a road map for its projected growth and needs for the next 10 to 15 years.

David Dolginow (left) and Colin Davis founded Shacksbury Cider in 2013.

Expansion is underway for Shacksbury Cider

VERGENNES — A new and expanded space is taking shape for Shacksbury Cider in the Kennedy Brothers facility in downtown Vergennes. The $300,000 project to create the new Shacksbury space started in August, according to Colin Davis, co-owner of Shacksbury Cider. The cider business is leasing the space in the Kennedy Brothers facility, a commercial building which houses several businesses and also a co-working and conference space. Davis and David Dolginow founded Shacksbury Cider in Shoreham in 2013, with plans to focus on their wholesale business the first couple of years, Davis explained. With the opportunity at the Kennedy Brothers building, he said, they decided to take the next step, which includes a retail space and a tasting room, along with much more space for production.

Brian Godnick, owner of Godnick’s Grand Furniture in Rutland, stands with his son, Brent, who is the fourth generation to work in the family business. They expect new heat pumps to help them cut back on energy costs year-round.

Vt. warming up to heat pumps

Godnick’s Grand Furniture in Rutland is now home to Green Mountain Power’s largest installation of heat pumps, which have helped boost energy savings for a number of customers in recent years. GMP recently installed 20 of these hyper-efficient, ductless heat pump heads at Godnick’s, where they’re estimated to reduce fuel usage by 40 percent during the heating season. The heat pumps are also expected to save the business about 30 percent in electricity consumed by air conditioning in the summer. The heat pumps transfer air from the outdoors to heat the building, and in the summer, they transfer heat out to cool the building — making them far more cost-effective than traditional heating and AC systems.

Brian Godnick, owner of Godnick’s Grand Furniture, said the business had a 40-year-old air conditioning system which it hadn’t used in a few years, since it is highly inefficient. “It was old, not feasible to run,” he said.

Amy Kirschner (left), coordinator of VBSR Marketplace, networks with Cielo Mendoza of Johnson Law Group during VBSR’s recent event at Nathaniel Group, Inc., in Vergennes.

Nathaniel Group hosts VBSR Get-Together in Vergennes

VERGENNES — Nathaniel Group, Inc. (NGI) hosted the September networking “Get-Together” for members and guests of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, at its headquarters in Vergennes. Event sponsors included Go! Vermont, Johnson Law Group, Let’s Grow Kids, Merritt & Merritt, SunCommon, Vermont Community Loan Fund, Vermont Trophy and Engraving, and Vermont Web Marking Summit/Curve Trends Marketing. Joel Melnick, president at NGI, called the date of the event a happy coincidence. “As it turns out, today marks our 29th anniversary,” he said.

John Monks, owner of Vermont Tree Goods, stands among the sections of a gigantic maple.

Furniture maker keeps wood’s ‘live edge’

BRISTOL — Environmentally-minded woodworker John Monks has worked with wood for his entire career. He’s also a thinker. Combine the two, and you have Vermont Tree Goods, which Monks launched in Bristol in May. Vermont Tree Goods uses reclaimed heirloom trees to manufacture a specialty line of natural-edged lumber and furniture. “Our approach to making furniture is simple — less is more,” Vermont Tree Goods says on its website, where users can see examples of the business’ work.

Farm event draws over 900

FERRISBURGH — The Vander Wey family of Nea-Tocht Farm opened its third-generation farm to more than 900 visitors for Vermont’s second Breakfast on the Farm on Saturday. This free, public event included a pancake breakfast, self-guided tours of the dairy farm and a peek into the life and business of dairy farming in Vermont. About 100 volunteers helped answer visitors’ questions. The Nea-Tocht Farm is a 500-cow, 800-acre farm owned and operated by Raymond and Linda Vander Wey, along with their five children and grandchildren. For more information, visit www.vermontbreakfastonthefarm.com, email vermontbreakfastonthefarm@gmail.com, or call Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets at 828-2430.

Vt. recycling business honored

MIDDLEBURY — The Northeast Resource Recovery Association recently honored Good Point Recycling of Middlebury with its Business of the Year Award at the association’s annual Conference and Expo held at The Radisson Hotel in Nashua, N.H.

Good Point Recycling received the award for its global stewardship and exceptional service. The business has worked with the association as an electronics recycling vendor since 2003. Good Point Recycling, division of American Retroworks Inc., is a nationally-recognized electronics recycling company and is one of the region’s leading electronic-waste recycling operations.

From left, at the groundbreaking for Middlebury Pediatric Dentistry, are Bill Roberts of the Vermont Economic Development Authority; Chris Huston and Sean Paquette of Bread Loaf Corp.; Andy Collins, Brian Collins and Anne Collins; Robin Scheu of Addison County Economic Development Corp.; and Ian Carrol of National Bank of Middlebury.

Local funding makes dream of new dental clinic possible

MIDDLEBURY — The first shovel recently broke ground for the new Middlebury Pediatric Dentistry building at Middlebury South Village, on 120 Court St. (Route 7) in Middlebury. Participating in the April 18 ceremony were Dr. Brian Collins, a pediatric dentist and owner of both the new practice and the building; representatives of the Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC), the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA), and the National Bank of Middlebury; and Christopher Huston, project architect, of Bread Loaf Corporation. While practicing part-time at UVM Medical Center, Collins realized that many of his patients traveled to Burlington from Rutland and Addison counties. “There has never been a pediatric dentist in Addison County,” he noted, and it became his goal to open a local practice.

Maple Landmark’s recent expansion gave the company 11,300 square feet of new ground-level space, shown here.

Maple Landmark’s growth leads to expansion

MIDDLEBURY — Kids with toys need space to play with them. Now imagine not having enough space to make them.

That was the case at Maple Landmark in Middlebury, which has been operating in a newly expanded and renovated space since April.

“We couldn’t put it off any longer,” said Mike Rainville, who co-owns Maple Landmark, a manufacturer of eco-friendly, educational wooden toys, games and gifts.

Maple Landmark opened in 1979 and has been in business at 1297 Exchange St. for 20 years. Even since an addition in 1999, the company has grown — too much for the 16,000 square feet of space it was occupying on two floors.

Sustainability Expo set for May 14

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Energy Committee will present the 2016 Sustainability Expo from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14 at Middlebury Union Middle School. The Sustainability Expo builds on the success of the previous 2015 Sustainable Living Expo, attended by more than 500 residents and local business people. The Sustainability Expo is seeking demonstrations, exhibitors and children’s activities for its Exhibit Hall from companies and organizations that offer products, services and support for sustainable living. Rates are $185 for a 10 foot by 10 foot space, $135 for an 8 foot by 10 foot space, and $70 for nonprofit organizations sharing a table. Exhibitors will be listed in our program guide/resource directory and on our website.