Cottage Industry: 3 Biddy’s Pet Treats committed to making delicious, healthy food
Oct10

Cottage Industry: 3 Biddy’s Pet Treats committed to making delicious, healthy food

When Suzanne Bohman, of Warner, N.H., began working from home in 2008 she knew she needed a creative outlet. She enjoyed her job in the financial services industry, but she realized that she was becoming isolated working alone behind a screen all day. “I wasn’t getting out of the house, socializing, driving. It was getting unhealthy,” Bohman said. Her only companions most days besides her husband, Sean Bohman, were her three dogs:...

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Beast friends furever: Americans spend billions on pampering their pets
Oct10

Beast friends furever: Americans spend billions on pampering their pets

Heidi Miller would do anything for her dogs.   “I can comfortably say our four dogs are our kids, and we would drain our savings to take care of them if we had to,” said Miller, who doesn’t have any human children. She isn’t alone in her enthusiasm for her pets. At her business, Woof While You Walk, which Miller runs out of her Windsor home, Upper Valley residents pay $25 a day for doggie daycare and $40 for overnight boarding with a...

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Business of Agriculture: Farms offer lease on (animal) life for show time
Oct10

Business of Agriculture: Farms offer lease on (animal) life for show time

It may not seem like much of a real business deal but closer study reveals an investment proposition. Orford’s Tullando Farm, a 500-cow dairy that employs robots for milking, this summer leased prize heifer calves to a dozen 4-H Club youngsters from the vicinity to care for and then show at agricultural fairs. There’s not much of a direct economic payback to Tullando Farm, as no money is exchanged and the payment is in the work the...

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Don’t let your vet bill dog you forever
Oct10

Don’t let your vet bill dog you forever

On a normal car ride, Grace the brown-white Chihuahua might have been happily “singing” along in traffic with her owner, Ellen Ross. But this wasn’t a normal ride. Ross, author of the lifestyle blog Ask Away, was driving her 9-year-old dog to the veterinary specialist’s office in September 2016 after noticing that even the slightest touch to her neck would cause her to yelp in pain — and cause Ross’ heart to shatter. She wanted...

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‘Lambscapers’ on the job at Massachusetts solar farm
Oct10

‘Lambscapers’ on the job at Massachusetts solar farm

Juno only appeared to be lying down on the job, lazily munching a snack at the community solar farm on Thursday. Juno, a sheep from Suffolk, Mass., was actually being productive, as one of a herd of 15 “lambscapers” from Solar Shepherd LLC that were grazing on the fescue, grapevine and crabgrass surrounding a field of solar panels. The sheep were brought in to manage vegetation naturally around the 4,212 panels covering 20 acres of...

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The Exit Interview: Dr. Daniel Kelly, SAVES founder and owner of Stonecliff Animal Clinic
Oct10

The Exit Interview: Dr. Daniel Kelly, SAVES founder and owner of Stonecliff Animal Clinic

Jeremy Perkins means business. Tough, professional and downright imposing in his bullet proof vest, the senior officer in charge of Lebanon’s K-9 unit doesn’t mince words when he describes the dangers dogs face searching for drugs and evidence or deterring violence. “It’s about training, loyalty, courage, and the relationship between dog and officer,” he said. But ask him about Max, the Belgian Malinois who died two years ago after a...

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The Business of Agriculture: Succession Is a Family Affair
Jan22

The Business of Agriculture: Succession Is a Family Affair

Agricultural enterprises constantly confront swarms of problems and issues as they try to be profitable and sustainable, but often there’s one in particular that hovers over everything, that vexes the owners for years and, occasionally, spells doom for the business. It’s the matter of succession — what will become of the farm when the present generation ages out and whether or not there’ll be the talent, interest and wherewithal to...

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The Exit Interview: Terry Appleby
Jan22

The Exit Interview: Terry Appleby

Most people in The Upper Valley have visited the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society at one point or another. With locations in Hanover, Lebanon and White River Junction, as well as auto service centers in Hanover and Norwich, the Hanover Co-op Food Stores does about 5,000 customer transactions each day, totaling around $72 million annually. For decades, the man behind that force was Terry Appleby, the co-op’s general manager from...

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SCORE Stories: Pampered Poultry Takes Flight
Jan22

SCORE Stories: Pampered Poultry Takes Flight

Claremont resident Julie Baker has turned a do-it-yourself home craft project into quite the nest egg: a business that designs and sells chicken diapers and tutus. (No joke.) While it sounds beyond quirky, it’s more popular than one might think, and Baker has been laughing all the way to the bank since she started Pampered Poultry more than 10 years ago. The 47-year-old Baker, who considers herself a bit of a hippie artist, has always...

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It’s All Relative: Multigenerational Businesses in the Upper Valley
Jan22

It’s All Relative: Multigenerational Businesses in the Upper Valley

Jason Whitney was a college student when he first worked for Whitney Pension Associates, his father’s retirement administration firm, then located in Wellesley, Mass. The summer job involved a lot of data entry, which was boring for a young man majoring in criminal justice and with his sights set on joining the FBI. “I hated it,” Whitney said. “I hated the job.” While waiting on the FBI, Whitney went out west to San Diego, where he...

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