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...

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‘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...

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‘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...

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‘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...

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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...

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‘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,...

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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...

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Repairing with the times
Oct14

Repairing with the times

Valley News Correspondent HARTFORD — As it has become with most industries, computers have become a major, if not necessary, investment for collision repair businesses today.Long gone are the days of simply hammering out a dent, repainting a door or installing a new bumper or fender. Collision repair has had to keep up with advancements in automobile manufacturing, where cars are loaded with safety sensors and modules and give drivers...

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‘I love the car business’
Oct14

‘I love the car business’

Valley News CorrespondentWHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Business has been strong at the Upper Valley Auto Mart where Brad Gilman, 61, sells used cars.But cars themselves are hard to find during the COVID-19 pandemic and prices are rising.“The challenge has been (just) finding inventory to sell to people,” Gilman said.Customers know they have to act fast. Waiting a week may mean losing the car, so Gilman has seen his customers go from inquiry...

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More than just towing vehicles and repairs

Valley News CorrespondentTUNBRIDGE — Kyle Blakeman, owner of Blakeman’s Towing & Repair, started his business a year after he graduated high school in 2008.While working in construction, Blakeman worked with scrap metals, recycling old appliances or pieces of metal. Additionally, in his spare time, he aided area residents with his tow truck. After a while, he decided to start towing full-time and open a business.From flat tires to...

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