From left, Amy Robb, director of the Engine Room, and Jenny Albee, events coordinator, pose for a photo in White River Junction.

Engine Room Coworking opens in WRJ

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Engine Room Coworking, a co-working space in downtown White River Junction, launched last month. It is all about the freelancer, the startup, the independent creative type, the developer — you name the profession, they’re working together under one roof. Engine Room Coworking is a partnership between Tip Top Pottery owner Amy Robb and local redeveloper Mike Davidson. The 6,000-square-foot co-working space is located at the end of the Freight House, formerly known as the Tupelo Music Hall. The space has been restored — the rustic and industrial mix is the perfect backdrop to foster communal networking, like-minded professionalism and community.

The audience awaits the next scene of “CATS The Musical” in April at Woodstock Town Hall Theater, where Pentangle Arts Council is planning a major renovation.

Pentangle plans major theater renovation

WOODSTOCK — Pentangle Arts Council is planning a major renovation of the Woodstock Town Hall Theater, a project aimed at making the group’s overall operations financially sustainable over the long term. The two-phase project is estimated at the lower end of the $2 million range, which includes interior improvements and an addition at the rear of the building. The timeline for the project is not set at this early stage. Alita Wilson, Pentangle’s executive director, said the time has come for major upgrades, which include various efforts to make the theater more comfortable for all patrons, including ADA compliance. Wilson said these kinds of improvements will make the theater easier for everyone to use and will help sustain and grow Pentangle’s programs, therefore fostering a stable financial future for the organization.

Anika Abrahamsen prepares vegetable fritters for customers to try with one of Oh! Veggies’ sauces on Columbus Day weekend at the Windsor store.

Healthy eating earns good reputation at Oh! Veggies

WINDSOR — “You love veggies — you just don’t know it yet.”
That’s one of the slogans Oh! Veggies uses to let consumers know that a healthy diet can also be a delicious one. The 2,000-square-foot retail store located in Artisans Park in Windsor features sauces, seasonings and spices created specifically to flavor vegetables. Oh! Veggies also sells a line of reasonably priced products such as chopping and slicing tools and steamers that make prepping vegetables faster and easier.

Maloney

Maloney takes director job

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Cristine Maloney was recently hired as the full-time hospice medical director at Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire, after working for the agency for four years in its hospice program. Maloney is a graduate of the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She completed her residency at Yale School of Medicine and completed her palliative care fellowship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. She is board-certified in internal medicine and in hospice and palliative medicine.  

David Edson

Edson hired for VNH manager position

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — David Edson was recently hired as the new rehabilitation manager for Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire. Prior to joining VNH, he was the director of rehabilitation for Genesis Rehabilitation Services at Kendal at Hanover. Edson also worked as a staff therapist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for 15 years, where he gained experience, knowledge and expertise in many different areas of physical therapy. In his new job at VNH, he will be responsible managing the therapy team and rehabilitation program in the north territory of VNH’s service area, which includes a number of towns north of Route 4.

Bob Franzoni, CATV's executive director, is shown with Sophie Bodnar, the station’s production coordinator and educational outreach assistant.

CATV exec retiring after 24 years

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The man who has helped Community Access Television grow over the past 24 years is ready to retire. Robert “Bob” Franzoni, 70, announced he is retiring from his position as CATV’s executive director next May, handing off leadership of an organization he helped shape into what it is today. CATV is a nonprofit public access station airing on local channels 8 and 10 that serves the towns of Hartford, Hartland and Norwich in Vermont, as well as Hanover and Lebanon in New Hampshire. First located in nearby Hanover, CATV relocated to the Tip Top Building in downtown White River Junction in 2005. “Channel 8 is for public and select board meetings and Channel 10 is for education, arts and school board,” Franzoni said.

BFM announces quilt awards

WOODSTOCK — Billings Farm & Museum recently announced the results of its 30th annual Quilt Exhibition. The winners of the “People’s Choice” awards for full-size quilts were: First place, “Wolf,” by Josette M. Jones, of Windsor; second place, “Aurora,” by Kathleen Geagan, of Brownsville; and third place, “Crop Circle: Aldbourne, 6 August 2004,” by Joanne Shapp, of North Pomfret. The winners for small/medium-size quilts were: First place, “Glass Flight,” by Alexandra Ambrose, of Hartland; second place, “Sunbonnet Sue Dressed in Regal Purple,” by Ruth Delaney, of White River Junction; and third place, “Bird Watching,” by Bonnie Atwood, of Woodstock.

Jason Dessureault

Dessureault takes VNH post

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Accountant Jason Dessureault was recently hired as the new accounting manager for Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire. Dessureault has a master’s degree in Professional Accountancy from University at Albany, State University of New York and has held accounting positions for more than seven years. Most recently, he worked as a senior accountant at the Office of the New York State Comptroller.