The ‘Incredible Life’ of Tuck’s Dia Draper: Businesswoman, Coach, Traveler, Survivor
Oct30

The ‘Incredible Life’ of Tuck’s Dia Draper: Businesswoman, Coach, Traveler, Survivor

On a U.S. Army base in Germany in 1982, trained by her father and wielding a jar of colorful glass globes, a 10-year-old self-proclaimed black belt ninja of marbles emerged and beat the boys who’d spurned her, winning every marble in the ring. The next day, she sold the marbles back to the boys at a premium and, in so doing, revealed — like Superman’s Clark Kent or Wonder Woman’s Diana Prince — an alter ego: Dia Draper, businesswoman....

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The Exit Interview: Paul Gross
Oct30

The Exit Interview: Paul Gross

When Paul Gross arrived at Dartmouth College as a freshman in 1969, making jewelry was the farthest thing from his mind. “I had done a little woodworking at home, but never had a chance to take shop or even an art class in high school,” he said. Then one day, the psychology major walked into the student jewelry workshop at the Hopkins Center for the Arts and discovered his passion, and talent, for the craft — which he called “an...

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Chamber Profile: Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce Chamber Leader Leverages Art, Business Experience
Oct30

Chamber Profile: Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce Chamber Leader Leverages Art, Business Experience

Growing up in rural Florence, Vt., Caitlin Christiana couldn’t wait to get out and see the world. In 2001, she moved to Utica, N.Y., as a sculpture major at Pratt Institute, where she became interested in jewelry making. After two years, she transferred to the Brooklyn campus, but the city offered more excitement than she bargained for. “I was robbed at gunpoint on my third day, which was very traumatizing,” said Christiana, executive...

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Made in the Upper Valley: Silly Cow’s Cocoa Is Hot
Oct30

Made in the Upper Valley: Silly Cow’s Cocoa Is Hot

At the Wells River headquarters of Silly Cow Farms, the Vermont hot chocolate company that has become a nationally recognized brand, Christmas started way back in June. That’s when production kicked into high gear and the company began filling cocoa orders for the holiday season. The holiday rush will be followed by the winter rush, and there won’t be a lull in production until March. There are no Christmas carols playing in the...

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Chamber Profiles: Hanover Improvement Society Works to Make People’s Day
Sep25

Chamber Profiles: Hanover Improvement Society Works to Make People’s Day

When Jeff Graham graduated from Hanover High School in 1977 and left for college at the University of Maine, he never dreamed he’d return to his hometown to live. As the end of college approached, Graham and his girlfriend, Pamela (who is now his wife), were eyeing Portland, Maine, and Burlington as sites for their future home. But life has a way of disrupting the best-laid plans. “My dad got sick my senior year in college so I came...

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Beyond the Farm: Supporting Vermont’s Food System Involves a Lot More Than Agriculture
Sep25

Beyond the Farm: Supporting Vermont’s Food System Involves a Lot More Than Agriculture

When most people hear about Vermont’s Farm to Plate Network, they assume that it is focused on supporting farms and restaurants. However, Sarah Danly, who was named network manager of Farm to Plate food system plan in April, wants people to know that the network is much larger. “It goes way beyond that,” she said. “The Farm to Plate Network is looking at the food system comprehensively.” Danly, who lives in Royalton, is a 2015...

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Local First Alliance: What Goes Around Comes Around at Three Tomatoes Trattoria
Sep25

Local First Alliance: What Goes Around Comes Around at Three Tomatoes Trattoria

When Robert Meyers and his business partner Jim Reiman opened Monsoon, a Southeast-Asian bistro and satay bar, in then-newly established Centerra business park in 1997, the place was ahead of its time for the Upper Valley. The building was bright and modern in design, centered around an open kitchen, hip with its bright colors, stainless steel and slightly industrial vibe. The food was like nothing available in the area at the time,...

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Over 100 Years, Trumbull-Nelson Has Left Lasting Impact on the Upper Valley
Sep25

Over 100 Years, Trumbull-Nelson Has Left Lasting Impact on the Upper Valley

In its 100 years of business, the Trumbull-Nelson Construction Co. has left its mark on the Upper Valley in scores of very visible ways. From new construction to restoration and remodeling, from residential to commercial to industrial projects it’s hard to spend any time at all here and not be touched by the company’s work. Caught a movie at The Nugget Theater in Hanover? Trumbull-Nelson built that in 1951. Paid a parking ticket at...

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Chamber Profile: Newport’s Brand Ambassador
Aug30

Chamber Profile: Newport’s Brand Ambassador

Ella Casey first came to Newport, N.H., in 1966. Her husband was serving in the military in Vietnam and she, her mother and two young daughters drove through town on a visit. “I had two little kids and I needed a job,” Casey said. “One time riding through Newport, my mother pointed out that there were two banks in town. I had worked in banking in California, so I applied to both and got a job … at what was then the First...

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