Cover story: In the business of death, one of our most timeless industries confronts a changing world
Apr19

Cover story: In the business of death, one of our most timeless industries confronts a changing world

When Lee Webster’s mother died, her body was laid out at home. Family members came and went for the weekend, before loading her body into Webster’s van. They played her mother’s favorite music while driving the corpse to a crematorium in St. Johnsbury. The next day family members picked up the remains, and Webster’s mother was buried in the family plot in East Montpelier Center. “It was simple,” said Webster, president of New...

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SCORE Stories: Brownsville Butcher & Pantry
Apr19

SCORE Stories: Brownsville Butcher & Pantry

Lauren Stevens and Peter Varkonyi had a dream and a plan. Their vision was to create Butcher & Pantry, a business that would leverage Varkonyi’s training and experience as a chef and butcher with Stevens’ business skills in farm management. They shared a passion for locally sourced food and identified a need for a combination café and retail food store, including a butcher shop, that would deliver great tasting fare with unique...

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HR Pro: As competition for skilled workers heats up, manufacturers improve health benefits
Apr19

HR Pro: As competition for skilled workers heats up, manufacturers improve health benefits

Star Tribune (Minneapolis) Over the past five years, the high-tech manufacturer Protolabs has doubled its sales and nearly quadrupled its head count. With 2,700 employees today, it expects to add 650 this year. In the tight labor market of recent years, finding and keeping people has been a challenge. So the company, known for making complex prototypes on deadline, took a step that is becoming increasingly common — getting more...

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Made in the Upper Valley: The art of taxidermy brings visions of luxury and learning to life
Apr19

Made in the Upper Valley: The art of taxidermy brings visions of luxury and learning to life

Whether it’s a carcass found in the woods, a coyote struck by a car, or the annual hunters’ take of deer, moose, bear and turkeys, death isn’t necessarily the last stop for animals in the Upper Valley. Many are restored to a semblance of their previous lives by professional taxidermists in New Hampshire and Vermont. “We memorialize these beautiful animals,” said John Matyka, owner of Jacobs Brook Taxidermy in Orford, “and in the...

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The Exit Interview: Dr. Judith Hills
Apr19

The Exit Interview: Dr. Judith Hills

Dr. Judith Hills recalls that when she graduated from high school, not many women went on to become doctors. Still, she’d always been interested in medicine, and after her husband became a veterinarian, she decided she had what it took to become a physician. When her youngest child started first grade, Hills started medical school at Dartmouth College. She worked briefly at the Ottauquechee Health Center, when hospice was getting...

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From the Editor: November 2016

Here in the newsroom, the expression “working from home” is always rendered in air quotes, with a wink-wink, nudge-nudge tossed in to make sure the point is made. It’s not that we don’t trust our colleague to use his or her time “working from home” in the most efficient way possible. Well, actually, we don’t. But that’s because we know home is full of distractions — kids or spouses or roommates interrupting, an intolerable...

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Girls, Empowered: Vermont Tech Hosts ‘Women Can Do’ Conference
Oct25

Girls, Empowered: Vermont Tech Hosts ‘Women Can Do’ Conference

For the third year running, the Women Can Do STEM & Trades Conference at Vermont Technical College last month reached capacity, with 500 high school girls attending. The conference has been gaining attention over the years, said Jen Roberts, of Vermont Works for Women, who coordinates the event. “There’s been a focus on girls being exposed to those kind of careers.” This year’s conference, the 18th, featured 35 workshops led by...

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A Passion to Help Pets: Business-Minded Veterinarians Focus on Care
Oct25

A Passion to Help Pets: Business-Minded Veterinarians Focus on Care

Veterinarians Brad Burrington and Angela Burrington came to the Upper Valley in 1989 after graduating from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine — he in 1987 and she in 1989 — and at first they worked in different practices. In 1992, just a few years out of veterinary school and with no business experience, the Burringtons purchased an established Woodstock veterinary practice from the highly regarded Jim “Doc” Roberts...

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Local First Alliance Helps Build Vibrant Local Economy
Oct25

Local First Alliance Helps Build Vibrant Local Economy

We’ve all heard the slogans telling us to “think local” when we make decisions about shopping, looking for professional services and making charitable contributions. We probably even have a sense of why that makes a difference: In the simplest of terms, supporting local businesses and organizations keeps people in our community employed and money right here in our local economy. Local First Alliance, coordinated by the Upper Valley...

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Power Lunch: King Arthur Flour’s Three Co-CEOs
Oct25

Power Lunch: King Arthur Flour’s Three Co-CEOs

It is a warm, sunny Vermont day as I walk along the flagstone terrace toward the King Arthur Flour building in Norwich when a friendly greeting from Katie Walker, public relations manager for America’s oldest flour company, pulls me off my path. “I believe you are looking for these people,” Walker says as she points to the three co-CEOs already gathered around a circular outdoor table. I smile and shake hands with Karen Colberg,...

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