Benches are rooted in history at college

Jacksonville Journal-CourierA pair of benches that now grace Illinois College’s campus are rooted in more than 150 years of history.The benches are made from remnants of the Turner Titan tree, an Osage orange tree that Jonathan Baldwin Turner planted on his Evergreen Farm near Butler around the time of the Civil War.The tree survived everything thrown at it over the years, even outlasting the farmhouse it was intended to shade, until...

Read More
How to attract busy contractors to your home remodel
Jan20

How to attract busy contractors to your home remodel

NerdWalletBrian Gawthrop has waited over six months to remodel his home.The Washington state-based certified financial planner and his wife have a long enough wish list to keep a contractor busy: a kitchen remodel, new flooring, a new deck and many other upgrades.They did a cash-out refinance last summer, which lowered their mortgage rate and gave them money to use toward home improvements. They planned to start soon after receiving...

Read More
Make 2022 the year you start your business
Jan20

Make 2022 the year you start your business

For the Upper Valley Business Alliance As 2022 kicks off, I am reflecting on the year past for our Upper Valley businesses. Despite the ongoing pandemic, 2021 was a surprisingly good year for many businesses. The economy in New Hampshire and Vermont remains strong and many members of the Upper Valley Business Alliance reported a great year.Not to say there were not issues affecting our businesses.Staffing is a challenge for almost all...

Read More

Changes are coming to incentive program

VtDiggerThe Scott administration and state senators are considering overhauling Vermont’s programs that pay people to move to the state. “(M)y budget will support the Senate’s worker relocation incentive program — with some changes — to bring in more families who contribute to our communities, schools and economy,” Gov. Phil Scott said Wednesday in his State of the State address. Instead of paying people once they move to Vermont, the...

Read More
‘It was this mysterious thing’
Jan20

‘It was this mysterious thing’

Valley News Correspondent STAFFORD — Jeffrey Gale was working as a naturalist in New Hampshire when a couple of books by Eric Sloane — Seasons of America’s Past and Reverence for Wood — inspired him in a way that led to a livelihood as a basket maker. From his first basket nearly 40 years ago, Gale, 69, has made baskets in a traditional way, harvesting most of the wood for his baskets on his property and using only hand tools. He...

Read More
‘What it takes to build a structure’
Jan20

‘What it takes to build a structure’

Valley News Correspondent CLAREMONT — Wood, as an instrument for education, can do more than teach someone to build a structure or a piece of furniture: It can also build confidence and a valuable skill set. At the carpentry I class at the Sugar River Valley Technical Center in Claremont last semester, students spent several weeks constructing three large kiosks for the city’s public works department. The kiosks will be placed at...

Read More
‘It is the aesthetics’
Jan20

‘It is the aesthetics’

Valley News Correspondent WINDSOR — Wood — how it is harvested, sawn, shaped, fastened and finished — has changed dramatically since colonial days. But what has not changed is the appreciation for the look and durability of products made from wood. The appearance of a finely crafted solid wood dining room table of cherry or oak, maple cabinetry or other pieces of furniture invites an irresistible urge to run our hand slowly over the...

Read More
Silicon Valley answer to the EV question calls for less silicon
Oct14

Silicon Valley answer to the EV question calls for less silicon

BloombergAs automakers scramble to make electric vehicles with longer ranges and speedier charging times, the chip industry has a message for them: You’re doing it wrong.Semiconductor companies are urging EV makers to ditch traditional silicon chips and embrace materials that will make cars more efficient, helping ease consumers’ “range anxiety” and someday making recharges as quick as a gas-station fill-up. But there isn’t an...

Read More
‘The doors are getting opened up’
Oct14

‘The doors are getting opened up’

BloombergWhen the first snub-nosed, electric van rolled off the assembly line earlier this month at the Electric Last Mile Solutions Inc. plant in Mishawaka, Ind., it was a proud moment for the company’s co-founder and chief executive officer, Jim Taylor. The van, one in a run of 1,000 scheduled for this year, is among the first of its kind in the U.S. market: a fully electric, light-duty vehicle meant for delivery workers,...

Read More
Restoration as an avocation
Oct14

Restoration as an avocation

Valley News Correspondent ENFIELD — Bob LaCroix grew up in West Canaan and after graduating high school in 1967 he enrolled in the National Institute of Dry Cleaning, anticipating he would build a career in the business. But while his head may have been in dry cleaning — where he worked for a few years — his heart and mechanical mind were under the hood of automobiles.In the early 1970s LaCroix began working at a tire business and...

Read More

Our Newspaper Family Includes: