Cottage Industry: Pulling Herself Up By Her Own Boot Bracelets
Jan25

Cottage Industry: Pulling Herself Up By Her Own Boot Bracelets

Dawn Hancy, a Vershire resident and fan of all things local, ushered in the New Year with a glass of hard cider from a nearby farm. This year, Hancy plans to turn her longtime interest in fiber and sustainability into a business of her own. The product? Boot bracelets. Worn over anything from cowboy boots to Uggs, the accessories often are made of beads or metal chains. Hancy’s, however, are handwoven sheep’s wool and alpaca fiber,...

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Apprenticeship Stories: ‘It Has Changed My Life’
Jan05

Apprenticeship Stories: ‘It Has Changed My Life’

An incomplete transcript. A layoff notice. For Ashley Williams and Charina Canete, the adversity they experienced in summer 2014 became, as the saying goes, the seed of opportunity. Today, Williams and Canete are medical assistants at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center who can look back at the bad news they received as opening the door to a new career with good pay, benefits and unlimited career growth potential. They were among the...

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Good Old-Fashioned Hard Work
Nov22

Good Old-Fashioned Hard Work

Chicago — Jimmy John Liautaud, the founder of the sandwich chain bearing his name, is a passionate salesman of a simple philosophy: Work hard. Push forward. Learn from mistakes. It’s a philosophy that has served him well since he took a $25,000 loan from his father in 1983 to open his first sandwich shop in the downstate Illinois city of Charleston after high school. He enrolled at Eastern Illinois University only to drop out before...

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Convenience Driving Food Delivery Mania

Delivery is hot right now, with Taco Bell announcing Wednesday it’s bringing tacos, burritos and other Mexican-inspired fare to the doorsteps of customers in some 200 locations around the United States. The fast-food chain is the latest addition to an already long list of quick-service giants that offer delivery — including Starbucks, Chipotle, McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts. And it underscores an increasingly apparent truth about what...

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Savor the Flavors
May01

Savor the Flavors

Falling on the first gorgeous spring day after a winter that wouldn’t quit, Flavors of the Valley was “definitely competing” with the weather, said coordinator Emily Gardner. Nonetheless, the annual tasting expo for local food drew about 900 people. The crowd at the April 12 event at Hartford High School included a group of Dartmouth students who arrived by bicycle and “a lot of 20- and 30-year-olds looking to get into the buy-local...

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